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Leaves Portions of His Body in
Different Parts of the World
and Comes Back Broke
Unluckiest Man Alive
He Partly Came Back
Here is what fate dealt to
Took the ele;tat of hie right eye
la a street light In Hong
Took his leg through the
agency of a shirk In Pa
Mangled his hand through an
animal In the jungles of
Gave him an Incurable Jungle
"Broke" him nfter he had
This is the story of James Henry
Elßson. adventurer and victim of fate.
He told it in the lobby of tiie Palace
hotel this morning while waiting for
a train to take him to the little home
and the father and mother he left in
the cotton belt of Alabama eight
years ago. Barely 28 years old, Elli
son looks to be 50, hair sprinkled
with white and face lined with suffer
ing. He came in on the Chiyo Maru
yesterday afternoon, and he be
grudged the hours that kept him from
his train and home. Not a word of
complaint did Ellison utter, and he
smiled while talking.
"I XLI CKIEST MAX ALIVE"
"I guess I'm the unluckie-st man
alive." he said. T started out for
South America Xew Year day. 1906.
"Went to Rio Janeiro and then back
into the Jungle country. Spent months
months prospecting and fighting
fever, animals and hostile natives. I
Ftruek gold time and again, and as
many times I «pent it in the seductive
native cabarets —that Is. when I found
time to trip back to civilization.
'Going through the forest one day,
100 miles from a white man or a na
tive village, I was attacked by an
animal on the order of a jaguar, or
wild cat. He fought like a demon
and he got my hand in his mouth.
Here Is what he left me. It is prac
tically useless, but in time I learned
lo do without it very well.
SHARK GOT HIS LEG
"T left the jungles and went to
Tahiti, and in my first dip into the
waters of that smiling land my devil
luck returned. A shark, not the reg
ulation man eater, but a fierce demon,
got my leg and he speared the flesh
off. It was necessary to undergo an
amputation. 'All I could get In Pa
peete was a wooden pin and I hobbled
on that until I got to Hongkong.
"A street fight, not of my seeking,
cost me my eye. A cooly lunged at
me with a bamboo cane, and when I
pulled it out the sight went with it.
And then came the ague and long
delayed fever, and here I am. a wreck
ot my former manhood and In not a
nickel. Of my adventures and mis
adventures of the last two years fol
lowing the Hongkong trouble I need
rot tell. But I have this to say to
the lads who are growing up and who
believe that beyond the hdtlzon lies
wealth untold—leave it there. Stay
at home, and when your days are
closing you'll probably go beyond
with all your body, not with a rem
Ellison left fOr the east this morn
ing, and he smiled wnen the train
pulled out of the station.
STATE SENATOR OWENS
FACING RECALL ACTION
PAX RAFAEL. Dec 31. —A petition
Was filed with the county clerk yes
terday asking the recall of State Sen
ator James Owens, representing Marin
and Contra Costa counties. The peti
tion, signed by 1,200 Marin county
voters, alleges as a reason for the re
call that Owens voted against the
water conservation bill and the min
ing inspection bill; that he spoke In
committee against the eight hour law
for woman, and was absent at 113
JAILED AS FOOTPADS
An extra soft hat and a pistol were
responsible for the arrest of Nick
Conte and Angelo Gilio, held today on
suspicion of being footpads. Joseph
McCarte and William Dalion are also
under arrest on suspicion. They had
chisels and pistols.
Call-Post wants pay.
All Women Interested In Good Food Should Attend the
Free Cooking School
Conducted by the
Call-Post in Hale's Pompeian
Court, January 5-6-7-8-9
Under the Personal Direction of
KATE B. VAUGHN
Delicious 1 ' O
Doors Open 1:30. Lecture Demonstration 2:30
SHE IS SURE SOME CHICKEN
$2,000 HEN WEARS DIAMOND
Lady Alice Orpington, With
Royalty of Poultry Yard,
Feature at Dreamland
Ha: ha! The secret is out!
Th? mystery of hicostliving and tlie
nigh price of eggs has been solved.
The hens have taken to wearing
The grit that went to make the shell
which covered the egg that made your
breakfast omelette was probably
scratched up with the help of a $100
sparkler by a $~000 dowager of the
Certainly: If you are skeptical, go 1
to Dreamland rink today or any day i
before January 4 and be convinced.
Tbe $2,900 hen is there; and she is !
wearing her jewelry just as nocha
lastly aa any chicken has a rigttl i
«2,000 HEX WEARS GEM
But Lady Alice Orpington, who
wears the diamond on her—well, it
has to be said, there Is no other name
for it—leg, is not the only aristocrat
of the poultry yard proudly display
ing her superior charms and value to
the curious public. In a coop just
across is Golden Gate, born in San
Francisco, a member of the Golden
Campine family that flutters a $1,000 :
price mark on his proud breast; and
there is King Alois I, a young Sicilian
Buttercup who holds himself s o high
in cost that to think of putting him
into a chicken broth is sacrilege.
In another aisle is a whole family
of Black Orpingtons, very distant
relatives of Lady Alice. The hens are
worth about $200 apiece, while the
roosters range between $150 and $1,000
The show wag opened today by the
San Francisco Poultry, Pigeon and
Pet Stock association, of which E. J.
Talbot of San Mateo is president, and
W. H. Ingram, the owner of Lady
Alice, Is secretary.
ALL VARIETIES OX DISPLAY
A good many new varieties of
chickens are on display. Coming from
somewhere in France, chic and dainty
in shape and color, just as one would
expect a Parisian hen to be, are the
silver and golden Campines.
The Sicilian Buttercups are cracked
away up by their boosters as egg
layers. They come from Sicily direct
and look pretty much like a brown
Leghorn that forgot to put on enoug-h
of her browi .
T'.e English Faveroles are quite
new, too, only they don't look Eng
lish half as much as they do Russian.
Golden and stiver pheasants, with
talis c'- 'eet long, are tue special de
light of the women.
The pigeon display is unusually
large and fine, and the same may be
said of th* Belgi. hares.
Altogether there are about 3,000
specimens on diplay.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CATJG AND POST, WEDNESDAY, DEOEMBEK 31, 1913
IN U. S. COURT
Oakland Letter Writer to Be
Arraigned Before Judge
Van Fleet Today
Mrs. Minnie L. Christman, indicted
by the federal grand jury last night
for sending defamatory letters to
Oakland society folks, will be brought
before Federal Judge Van Fleet for
arraignment this afternoon. United
States Deputy Marshal Warner was
sent to Oakland this morning to bring
the woman here.
Last night without kn' lng it Mrs.
Christman saw Mrs. P. Hol
land, the woman she is accused of
libeling In the letters that caused
her arrest. Chief of Police Petersen
of Oakland brought the two women
together in his office. Mrs. Christ
man did not know that Mrs. Holland
was to be present. She made the
statement that Mrs. Holland came to
her house and offered to give up Mrs.
Christman's husband for $2,000.
"Do you know Mrs. Holland?" asked
'•Yes, I know her," replied Mrs.
Holland, adding a vile epithet.
During the interview Arthur Hol
land came in. Mrs. Christman told
him that she did not mean to injure
him and must have been crazy if
she did so.
Thirteen Year Old Girl
Is Claimed as Bride
DAVENPORT. la., Dec. 31.—After
saying goodby to her dolls and school
books today, Ethel Taylor, 13 years
old, was married to Roy Skaggse, 31
years old, a laborer. The girl was in
the seventh grade at school. The
girl Is a daughter of Samuel Taylor,
proprietor of the Sherman hotel, and
gave her age as 18 when procuring a
license. School records, however,
prove that she is but 13. Her parents
consented to her marriage.
Owns So Much Land
She Can Not Pay Taxes
ST. LOUTS, Dec. 31.—Mrs. Grace A.
Leathe, generally known as St. Louis'
richest unmarried woman. Is so land
poor that she is unable to pay her
city taxes. Records at the tax Col
lector's office show that Mrs. eLathe
is $12,000 in arrears on her 1912 taxes
and $33,000 behind on her 1913 taxes.
Her name will go on the delinquent
list if the amounts are not paid by to
Extra Ferry and Electric Train serv
ice !Vew Year's Eve.
Regular 20 minute service will be
maintained from Ferry Station via
Oakland Pier up to and including
11:40 p. m.. then 12:20 a, m., 1.20 a. m.
and 2:15 a. m. Connection with 2:15
a. in. ferry boat will not be made at
Sixteenth street station for Four
teenth and Franklin streets. Oakland.
Regular service will be maintained
from Ferry Station via Alameda Pier,
with the addition that boat leaving at
1 a. m. will connect with train for
Fourteenth and Franklin streets,
Oakland. Southern Pacific.—Adver
Grace Allen and $2,000 hen
exhibited at poultry show.
Birds of a feather,
The poets aay,
May flock together;
But on display.
We've often heard,
A difference Ilea
Tvrlxt bird and bird.
So give the prize
Aa your fancy vrllla
To the one that alngn.
Or the one with quills—
For bird* are lovable things.
Police Seek Leader
Of Boy Thieves' Gang
The police are today working to
find the leader of the 15 boy thieves
who operated as one gang in tlie Park
district, and were rounded up yes
terday with a van load of their stolen \
plunder by Policemen W. E. Rice and
J. H. Hiett of the Park station. AH ,
the lads are from well to do families
living In this district, their ages vary
ing between 13 and 17 years.
The plunder was found in their
homes snd in a large vault that occu
pied a vacant lot on Scott street be
tween Oak and Fell. The lads have
been turned over to the juvenile
court. The stolen goods consisted
largely of bicycles, automobile ac
cessories and motorcycle parts, the
whole valued at several thousand dol
CRADLE OF INCA
Br Associated Fr«ig.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31.—What
probably will prove to be the largest
and most Important ruin discovered In
South America since the days of the
Spanish conquest—th© discovery of
the ruins of the city of Machu Picchu,
the cradle of the Inca empire on the
top of the Peruvian Andes—was
brought about by the chance meeting
of an expedition under the auspices of
the National Geographic society and
Yale university with a Peruvian In
dian. Details of the discovery became
known today, when the society made
public the preliminary report of Prof.
Hiram Bingham of Yale, director of
"Machu Plcchu," says Professor
Bingham, "is essentially a city of ref
uge. It is perched on a mountain top
in the most inaccessible corner of the
most Inaccessible section of the Uru
bamba river. So far as I know, there
is no part of the Andes that has been
better defended by nature. Here on
a narrow ridge, flanked on all sides
by precipitous slopes, a highly civil
ized people—artistic, inventive and
capable of sustained endeavor—at
some time in the remote past built
themselves a city of refuge. Since
they hßd no iron or steel tools—only
stone hammers —its construction must
have cost many generations, if not
centuries, of effort."
Women Read Civics;
Taboo Love Stories
By Associated Press.
CHICAGO. Dec. 31.—Books on civics
and sccial problems are taking the
place of love stories and other fiction
on the reading lists of the clubwomen
of Chicago, according to Henry E.
Legler. librarian of the Chicago public
APPEAL STAMP SALE CASE
By Associated Press.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31—After;
years of labor to prevent the swell
ing of the receipts at postofflces
where the salary of the postmaster
depends upon the sale of stamps, the
postofflce department has appealed a
suit to the supreme court of the United
States to decide whether it Is a crim
inal offense to exploit the stamp bus
lnesa. _ I
FILE SUIT TO GET
LAND FOR CAR BARN
Legal Work Started to Con
demn Block for Munici
pal Railway Sheds
For the purpose of erecting swops
snd barns for the municipal street
railway, the city, through City Attor
ney Percy V. Long, today filed a con
demnation suit against the block
bounded by York, Hampshire, Mari
posa and Seventeenth streets. The
defendants are the O Neil Estate com
pany, August Eggert, Myer Reuf, Ida
M. Cruikshank, Mary A. Baumgart
ner and the Ocean Shore railway.
Tlie condemnation resolution was
passed December 8 of this year by the
board of supervisors.
SHIPPING MAN ENDS LIFE
W. R. Matteson. Shanghai agent of
the Pacific Mail, is dead, a suicide,
according to cable advices. Well
known in San Francisco, he was 60
OF L A. MURDER
Story of Pendell Killing Does
Not Tally With Records,
By Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31. —The pos
sibility that tlie alleged confession
made yesterday by Burr L. Harris, the
negro condemned to be hanged for
the murder of Mrs. Rebecca Gay, a
Christian Science practitioner, to the
murder of Charles E. Pendell, wealthy
diamond merchant, Is false, developed
here today when a search of the po
lice records failed to disclose the theft
of an automobile from the vicinity of
the Temple block at that time.
Harris, in his alleged confession,
declared that after killing Pendell he
stole an automobile and attempted to
drive to San Diego with the loot he
secured. The police declare that the
theft of a mach'ne of the type named
by Harris has never been reported to
Mrs. Pendell said she believed Har
ris did kill her husband. She pointed
out the similarity of methods em
ployed in the killing of her husband
and Mrs. Gay, particularly in regard
to the weapons used. Harris says he
killed both his victims with lead pipes
around which he had wrapped rags
The police are making every effort
to find the owner of the supposedly
Heart Is Kept Beating
With Blood Removed
PHILADELPHIA. Dec. 31.—Three
doctors from Johns Hopkins univer
sity by actual demonstrations on a
living animal showed to scientists of
America in convention here today
that it Is possible to remove every
drop of blood from a living animai,
clean the blood of its impurities and
return it to the animal without in
terrupting the heart beat.
Donor of Arch Must
Pay for Plans Made
Mrs. Paul Breon, who has an
nounced that she will erect a $20,000
memorial arch in Golden Gate park,
must pay Architect E. J. Vogel $300
for plans furnished by him. according
to the decision by Judge Cerf today.
Vogel sued Mrs. Breon after she
had refused to pay. upon the plea that
the park commissioners had not ap
proved the design.
FORGER PLEADS GUILTY
A. R. Beechard of Oakland pleaded
guilty to forgery yesterday before
Judge Donahue and asked for proba
tion. He is accused by C. O. Cappell
of Sausalito of signing his name to an
agreement whereby Cappell was to be
held responsible for an automobile
borrowed by Beechard from A. It. Mc-
Carl, a motorman. The auto burned
up and Beeehmfl's alleged perfidy
came to light.
Grant Aye. at Geary St., San Francisco Phone Sutter 3600
Our Annual White Sale
Friday, January 2d
AiVnicfc Wash Fabrics » Laces
YV <Uols and Crepe de Chine
Imported and American garments of each genre.
In this Annual White Sales there is no "stuff" purchased for
"Special Sale," but our own clean, NEW MERCHANDISE
BOUGHT ADVANTAGEOUSLY and marked accordingly.
WILL BALLOT ON
Initiative Petition Filed In
sures Property Title Plan
Place on Ticket
SACRAMENTO, Dec. 31.—California
electors Will be given an opportunity
at -the 1914 election to determine
whether the state shall adopt the
Australian method of transferring
and establishing property titles. An
initiative petition proposing a law
similar to the Torrens land law of
Ausralia was filed today with Secre
tary of State Jordan containing 36,
--758 signatures, which assures the
proposition going on the ballot at the
next state election.
The proposed Torrens act would
have the effect of eliminating the
necessity of abstracts of title and, its
proponents claim, would simplify the
transfer and title of all real estaet
Bills proposing the enactment of
the Torrens law have been Introduced
at every session of the legislature for
more than 20 years. At the 1913 ses
sion a bill passed both houses, but
was refused approval by Governor
MORE AID FOR JOBLESS
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31. —An addi
tional fund of |3,500, to be known as
the "labor test" fund and used in put
ting the unemployed to work in the
city parks, will be recommended to
the city council at once by Acting
Mayor Whiffen and the finance com
mittee of the council. If this decision
is carried out the amount which will
have been provided to take care of
the unemployed in Los Angeles will
COST OF FREE TEXTBOOKS
SACRAMENTO, Dec. 31.—Califor
nia's free textbooks during the first
year the state has furnished them free
to pupils cost $316,043.49. The cost of
printing was $220,671.97, royalties
$87,371.52 and freight $8,000. A total
of 1,461,623 books were distributed.
MILLIONAIRE TAKES BRIDE
STOCKTON, Dec, 31.—Max Clotz.
millionaire of Rockford, 111., and Miss
Caroline Fledderman of New Orleans
were married here yesterday. Imme
diately following the ceremony the
bride left for home and Clotz will fol
low next week, at which time they
will break the news to the bride's
MAY FIGHT OVER CLAIMS
SAN BERNARDINO, Dec. 31.—Ac
cording to advices from Searles Lake,
trouble is expected today over the pot
ash claims in that vicinity. The
\merican Trona company is said to be
ruling the district with an iron hand
to prevent others Jumping Its claims.
Two automobiles carrying armed men
left San Bernardino for the district
GOLDEN WEDDINGS GALORE
PETALUMA, Dec. 31.— J. C. and Mrs.
Scott and J. L. and Mrs. Winans will
celebrate their golden weddings to
morrow. The first named two were
married here. C. A. and Mrs. Bodwell
of Lakeville will celebrate their
golden anniversary Monday at the
home of their daughter in Berkeley.
THINK ROBBERS CACHED MONEY
OROVILLE. Dec. 31.—Detectives
working on the robbery of the First
National bank of Oroville believe the
12,000 or more taken by the thieves
naa been cached somewhere in this
vicinity. Fifty dollars in nickels, $700
in dimes, more than $500 in quarters,
$700 in halves and $200 In silver dol
lars made up a part of the loot.
KILLED ON WAY TO JAIL
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31.—While be
ing taken to the city jail in a patrol
wagon last night David R. Carr, ar
rested for disorderly conduct, shot
Patrolman Fulton through the jaw
and tried to fire on the driver, but
was killed by Fulton.
GRASS VALLEY WEDDING
GRASS VALLEY, Dec. 31.—Miss Ma
bel Clinch, well known society yong
woman, anj Roy Tramoureux, man
ager of the Champion mine at Ne
vada City, were married here last
SANTA ROSA GIRL BETROTHED
SANTA ROSA, Dec. 31. —The en
gagement of Miss Ada Cline, a tal
ented society girl of this city, to Fred
erick Ellsworth Palmer of San Fran
cisco, has been announced.
NAT GOODWIN BRINGS SUIT
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31. —Nat Good
win has filed an action against Lelb
ler & Co.. a large theatrical firm of
New York, claiming $15,000 damages
by reason of alleged failure on the
part of the defendant in carrying out
a contract during the season of
Captured by Woman,
Flees; Slips on Peel;
She Nabs Him Again
Fair Bakery Owner Spurns Police
Aid; Takes Prisoner to Jail
By Associated Press.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 31.—Mrs. L.
W. Heinley, proprietor of a bakery,
did not call the police when she rec
ognized in the street today a young
man who, she alleges, passed a worth
less check on her six weeks ago. In
stead she seized him, compelled him to
board a streetcar and started with
him to the police station.
As the two alighted from the car
near police headquarters the young
man slipped out of his coat and fled.
A banana peeling then came to Mrs.
Heinley's aid. It slipped under the
man's foot .and sent him sprawling.
Before he could arise he was once
more a prisoner of the woman, who
had followed him closely in his dash.
Naval Paymaster to
By Associated Press.
VALLEJO, Dec. 31.—Charged with
conduct unbecoming an officer of the
navy and a gentleman. Assistant Pay
master Russell V. de W. Bleecker,
formerly of the gunboat Yorktown, is
to face a court martial, orders to this
effect having been received at the
Mare island navy yard from the navy
department in Washington. Four
charges have been preferred against
Paymaster Bleecker, all based on his
conduct in New Orleans 19 months
It was announced at Mare island to
day that Civil Engineer Adolfo J.
Menocal. U. S- N., public works officer
at Olongapo, P. 1., who recently ar
rived here, is to be court martialed.
Menocal has wired to Washington to
learn the nature of the charges.
$80,000 in Rare Skins
Gift for Pope Pius
Vattuone, a Catholic priest, who ar
rived from Ecuador recently, has
sailed for Italy with 200 Vicuna skins,
said to be worth $80,000. The skins
will be presented to Pope Pius with
the idea that they will be sold for
TRUNK VICTIM LABORER
NEW YORK. Dec. 31.—The body of
the trunk victim has been identified
as "Laborer No. 102," employed by J.
F. Donovan, a contractor at Cornwall.
N. Y. A foreman for Donovan could
not say who the man was.
Itn> White Intra*
CoratSiiuatiioM of the
Three Great Sales
COATS SUITS DRESSES
REPLY TO ENGLAND
IS TO RUSH FORTS
War Department Forces Work
on Canal Fortifications to
Beat Formal Protest
WASHSXUTOX, Dep. 31 I'nder
the cover of diplomatic secrecy,
England haa been quietly urging
the repeal of the free Panama
canal toll charge of the canal act
on the present administration, It
waa admitted today.
"There have been talkn on the
subject," admitted Acting Secre
tary of State John Baaaett Moore.
Denials at the state department
have been frequent that any dla
cuawlon of the toil subject vraa
going forward alnce the Bryce
note of 1912.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 31.—Stirred by
the renewed restlessness of Great
Britain concerning the Panama canal
fortifications, the war department is
straining its energies to complete Its
work in advance of a formal protest
It has leaked out that the board,
composed of the highest officials and
fortification experts in the army,
named last Saturday by Secretary
Garrison to put the final touches on
the canal fortifications, is the result
of the hint from England that the
fortification controversy might be re
EXPERTS OX BOARD
The chairman of the board is Major
General Leonard Wood, chief of staff,
with Major General Witherspoon, as
sistant chief of staff and recently
head of the war college, next in line.
The other members of the board are
Brigadier General Crozier, chief of
ordnance; General Erasmus M. Weav
er, chief of coast artillery; Captain
Harry S. Knapp, U. S. N.; Colonel
George W. Goethals. corps of en
gineers; Captain William R. Shoe
maker, tt. S. N.; Colonel Edward Burr,
corps of engineers; Lieutenant Colonel
William G. Haan, coast artillery corps,
and Major William Chamberlain, coast
From the beginning the war offi
cials have maintained secrecy con
cerning the defense plans. Neither
Americans nor foreigners are per
mitted to visit the fortification sites
at the canal.
At the state department there is
scarcely any further attempt to con
ceal the fact that this government ia
making a close inquiry, not only con
cerning the pact of Germany and
Great Britain not to exhibit at the
San Francisco exposition, but to get
at the bottom of the whole German-
English commercial combine against
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