The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on January 28, 1919 · 13
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 13

San Francisco, California
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Tuesday, January 28, 1919
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" M'MUtf v 1 f ageg 13 to20 an eU0 "V 3n attocrtiSing 3n Circulation k I' R TUESDAY SAN FRANCISCO, JANUARY 28, 1919 TUESDAY 6 6 X EL r7 rn n rn t$i' j fl r Mil ft 1 U UU U U U U VJ 3 mm IN DOWNTOWN OFFICE BL Frank Cator Held Up as He Sits at Desk; Man 'Gets $180 and Gives Back $20 on Plea Bandit Neglects to Search Victim, Who Had $1,500 in His Pocket; Diamond Is Also Saved 0 A masked bandit early last evening: Invaded the downtown business district of San Francisco, holding up Frank Cator, bond broker, and robbing him of $180 in his office on the third floor of the Sunset Building, 830 Market street. The bandit, a youth about 22, entered the office about 6:30 and Inquired for Harry Abrams, a business associate of Cator. Cator was seated at a desk and did not take particular notice of the caller, who stepped into an outer office after being told that Abrams was not in. In a moment he reentered, his face partly covered with a white handkerchief. "Throw up your hands!" he said, poking a revolver into Cator"s face. "I. want some money, and I want it quick." Cator motioned the man to the drawer of a desk where he had $200 in currency.1 When the man made no move Cator got up and took the money from the drawer. He offered it to the bandit, who Stuffed it Into his coat pocket. "You ought to give me some of that back," said Cator. "I've just been ' discharged from the navy, and I haven't got a surplus of cash." "I haven't got any coin myself," replied the bandit, "or I shouldn't be doing this. I don't want to be too hard with you, though, and you can have some of this back," handing two $10 bills to Cator. The man then hurried out, locking the door so that Cator could not follow. Cator telephoned to the police and detectives were hurried to the building in an automobile. ' They learned from Cator that the bandit had overlooked $1,500 in currency that Cator had in a wallet in the breast pocket of his coat. The man also made no attempt to deprive Cator of a diamond ' ring that he wore. Man Charged With Attack on Woman Mrs. May Allen, fifty years of age, is a patient at the Central Emergency hospital on account of her experience with six hoodlums who dragged her into a park at Seventh and Folsom streets late Sunday night. Corporal Everett C. Covell, of the United States Provost Guard, sav the woman come screaming cut of the park. Then ho saw six men come running out and scatter. C'.vell chased one of them and nr-x re ted him on a street car. Ihe prisoner gave the name of s Giovanni Chcrico. The police say ho attempted" to bribe Co veil after Ihe the arrest- Cherico was -charged- wi.h asMdJlt.' i -'- ' 'Supervisors Indorse Highway Bond Issue ' After listening to an address yesterday by State Senator Johnson of , San Mateo county, the Board of Su-. pervisors indorsed the proposed measure for the extension of highways with further State bond issues. The indorsement was given with the understanding that pait of the proposed $15,000,000, additional bonds to be voted will be used in constructing a Skyline boulevard overlooking the Pacific ocean from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. This scenic road would wind through San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Welfare League to Be Reorganized At the annual meeting of the San Francisco Welfare League at the Palace Hotel yesterday, articles of reorganization were adopted, providing for the enlargement of the organization. Committees were appointed to draft measures fr increasing the terms and salaries of police judges and to provide for changes in the the public school system, of the city. Miltou A Nathan was elected president, Mrs. D. W. Rucker treasurer and Chauncey M. M'Govern, secretary and general manager. U. S. Food Bureau Closes S. F. Of f ice The local office of the United States Food Administration with the exception of the Grain Corporation wil close next Friday, Preston Mc-Klnney, v acting food commissioner, announced yesterday. After next Friday the business of the oiRanizatlon will ba handled by the Washington office ntil mica ' t .'me as the department automatically Knott nut ot exisjtanco with th sign-lng ot tho pcaco Uvaty. THE AE Captain Smith, Author of "The Aerial Crusader," Tells of. Thwarting Plans of German Naval Reserve Officers Brought on Board the Mazatlan by Captain Fred Jebsen of San Francisco CHAPTER nr. COALING THE LEIPSIG. (Continued from Yesterday.) WE met the Leipsig in Eallcnas Bay, about two hundred miles north of Magdalena Bay on the Lower California; Coast. She was swinging at anchor, the band was playing, and all the crew were running about the deck for exercise. We could hear the sailors cheering as we swung to. anchor a short distance off. Immediately a boat put off from the Leipsig and came alongside. After a short parley in German a few cases of stores and some packages of mail were put aboard, and Captain Jebsen and his Huns, the German Naval Reserve men who had boarded us at San Pedro, climbed in and were taken to. the cruiser. One of them was Captain Zur Ilelle, who remained with the Leipsig and was lost when the British sent her to the bottom of the sea. That day there was much hilarity aboard the Leipsig. We could hear loud laughter and much boisterous singing. On the tide drift scores of the strav protectors in which champagne bottles are packed came floating past us, testimony of the inspiration of the festivities. Jebsen came aboard the Mazatlan late in the day, and again was very drunk. . - ; The coal was not transferred to the Leipsig there. We hoisted anchor and put to sea again, and I heard members of the crew saying that the Leipsig was to take the. coal aboard at Guaymas. TELLS BRITISH CONSUL STORY AT GUAYMAS Shortly -after we had steamed away from Ballcnas Bay, Traub, the wireless officer, came to me and said: "I want to keep in communication with the Leipsig all the time." - "There's? the set," I told him, "go right ahead." , "I can't work the set," he returned. "I ' think you've made trpuble with it. If you" have, Jebsen will kill you. You'll never see your home again." We went around to Guaymas and unloaded the coal into lighters, which were not towed ashore but anchored right out in the harbor. . - All hands were so busy that no. attention was paid to me, and so I succeeded in hailing a passing native boatman and engaging him to take me ashore. Our departure was unnoticed. As quickly as I cound I found Mr. Fearon, the British consul, and told him all that had happened. lie expressed doubt of being able to get into communication with the Canadian ''government. Guaymas was at that time besieged by the constitutionalists, and fighting-5 was going on all over the city, with a real battle in progress only a mile or ; two outside. . '.-' Mr. Fearon said the only thing he could do was to get word to Canada, so that a British, cruiser' could be started south, in the hope of catching the Leipsig before she could get away. He . succeded in spite of the difficulties, and it was on this information' that the Newcastle was sent in pursuit of the German cruiser, just missing her. Mr. Watson, British consul at Mazatlan, told me that the Newcastle steamed into Guaymas eight hours after the Leipsig had left, but I heard recently at Victoria, B. C, that it was only four hours after. My boatman got me back aboard the steamer without difficulty. We left the, coal on the lighters and steamed off down to Topolobampo. One morning Captain Jebsen came to me with a. long code message whkh ' he ordered me to send to the Leip- sig. He explained that it was only press news, which the Leipsig could not get otherwise, being hunted by hundreds of enemy ships. I knew the captain was lying, as several Coast stations were sending out press bulletins every night, and anybody with a receiving set could take it in. I promptly refused to send it. Jebsen's face grew black. Towercring over me he said: "My patience with you is about exhausted. You obey the orders I give you, or you'll never see another day." It's a noble thing to be courageous and defiant, but the fellow who first remarked that discretion is the belter part of valor said something. I told Jebsen I would send his message. What he did not know, of course, was that the wave length was still at five meters and that the Leipsig m V UK .15 could never get a word of it. So I sent the message without further remonstrance, with Gustav Traub standing by all the time, listening to the spark and making sure that I was .obeying orders. Traub knew I sent the message, but he didn't know that nobody was getting it and that I was having a quiet little laugh to myself all the time, "Did you send the message?" demanded Jebsen when I came out of the cabin. I told him I had, and Traub nodded his head in confirmation. Jebsen there- . upon took the message out of my hands, tore it up and threw the pieces overboard. The next ' day another , code message was handed to me, and once again I went through the pretense of sending it. During these days life on the Mazatlan was rather lonesome for me. Loyal to the cause of the British, I was alone in " a vessel full of Huns, and I knew that they would not hesitate a moment in blowing out my brains. But loneliness was getting on my nerves. I felt I had to talk to somebody, and so I foolishly confided my- story to the cook, an Austrian, with whom I had be.en on fairly intimate terms. He pretended friendliness, but cautioned me to keep a still tongue and not to let Jebsen suspect me. ! The afternoon after I had sent; the second code message .this' cook came to me and borrowed a peso, sayingi he wanted to go ashore and ; telephone to see - if he could get a job on the railroad. That might have been his original programme, but he , never got beyond the first can-tina. He invested his peso in tequila, a vile native liquor with a tremendous "kick" in it, and got drunk. ' Then he hunted "up Jebsen and told all I had confided in him. ., V Jebsen's rage was such that my cook was frightened to sobriety. As quickly as he could he returned to the Mazatlan and told me what h?.d happened. CRUSADER "Take my advice," he said, "and get away this minute. If you are here when Jebsen returns, hell kill you, surel" Perhaps my career would have come to an end that very day had not Jebsen stayed ashore celebrating for several Hours after this. Meantime fate had stepped in to help me, and in the knowledge that I was safe I remained calmly aboard the boat awaiting the captain's return. It seems that Jebsen grew chary of sporting the German flag from his helm. Figuring himself a man of much influence in Mexico, he hoisted the Mexican Jag. And that one act of his probably saved my life. One of those sudden changes in government took place in Guaymas that afternoon. Generals Carasco and Iturbe routed the rebels and took over control of the city ot Topolobampo. Accommodations in Guayams were A r ? '..l I 'mm,, j$?c. i .our. , - 'I . v - f J j. 1 The German cruiser Leipsig is shown in the harbor at Guaymas. The smaller picture shows the Mexican officers on board the Mazatlan after it had been seized by the Carranzistas. General Iturbe is shown on the rail in dark uniform. Below is a portion of the log of the Mazatlan, showing the entry. "Smith, wireless operator, claims he put wireless out of order.", I : " not to their fancy, so when they saw a big, comfortable-looking steamship in the harbor, flying the Mexican flag, they simply came aboard with all their staff officers arid took possession hi the name of the Mexican government. . General Iturbe .picked out Captain's Jebsen's quarters for himself and had the captain's effects moved out. General Carasco routed out the chief engineer, put a barrel of beer in his cabin, and made himself comfortable. When the 'Germans returned they found themselves playing second fiddle to a dozen half-drunken army officers, who were simply helping themselves to the best the slrp afforded. Jebsen stormed and raged, but he had no argument . that .would move- GERMAN CRUISER LEIPSIG : ''' 1 1 ; ----- . 4 . .- . W! I ' J U i . Li " tt - v fix - I a , ' ? vis-" , 7Vk -'I! 1 '1 i" '-Jy-iffA '-: 1 f wvdftx-r -I 1 1 s I tor 1 ' - crrr jrr? " the. invaders to give up. their new quarters. Jebsen hunted. me up eventually and we had a merry row. I have somehow always felt that he had "a keener respect for me after that, for when I told him that in my position he would have done just as I did, he eyed me sharply for a moment; then turned and walked away. After that I was not molested. The Mazatlan was used by the Mexicans for several weeks in transporting troops and prisoners, eventually steaming up to San Francisco, still under the Mexican Hag. I got ashore quickly as possible, glad to be out of danger. Upon my evidence, given before Collector of the Port J. O. Davis,'1 Baron Von Schack, the German,..,vicc-ojnuIJl, Lad, , to. tofr'.-L o 0 JM.vtfAv:::.;. feit the, 20,000 bond under which the Mazatlan had- been permitted to clear. , It was upon my evidence, given later on, that the , British authorities gave orders for the capture of the Mazatlan. She was taken by H. M. S. Kent off the South American coast early ., in 191G. . ;: ' ) N' As to Jebsen's fate there is none among the. allied nations who can say what has befallen him. Soldier of fortune that he was, above all else fcc was a Prus-, sian and an officer in the Gerniaii-navy. Shortly after his return on the Mazatlan, "which was followed by his appearance at a fancy dress ball at a time when port officers were said to be looking for him, he a'.lisled from San Francisco. The story was told that, he dii-. guked ; tloif elf . as a . Ncrv2ian m o s BY CAPT. GUY D. SMITH of the British Royal Air Force. AT GUAYMAS Jh. T in' sailor, shipped before the mast and so made his way to Germany. He was next heard of as a U-boat commander, participating in raids upon allied shipping. Then came the tale that he had been tast with his boat, and shortly after this a contradictory story saying that he had been saved and was working on a secret mission for the Kaiser. Many months later . there came again the talc that he had gone to' the bottom of the sea with his U-boat, and this time it was accompanied by such confirmatory details that general belief is that he is dead. My own plans were t made by the time of my return home from Mexico. I had had enough of the Marconi service, and my experiences with Jebsen and his Huns had added fuel to the flames of my desire to do my bit for the land that gave me birth. So after a few weeks of visiting at the old home in Guerneville I set sail for England on the Knight of Thistle, going by way of the Panama canal. I sought a place in the signal corps, but found there was more red tape attached to my getting in than I had ever imagine'd, and after a few weeks of fruitless effort I gave up the quest and came home. I made the return trip in the Lusitania, just two or three trips before she was torpedoed. It was my idea that thequiet of the home place would appeal to me, but it didn't. I could in fancy hear Britain calling her sons from all parts of the earth. The desire to" answer that call grew upon me until it took definite shape following a letter from my cousin, Harold Ros her, who was with the Royal Air Force, flying in France. "Kosher; was later killed while test-ing an . airplane of the "Bristol Bullet" type. Without loss.of time I went to Victoria, B. C, took the necessary examinations and was enrolled as a member of the Royal Air Force. (To Be Continued To-Monow,), FTW1 ACTION DUE L. if nffffffif II UL.UBILJ lUL I RATE HOLDS ... Reports Show Increases to 13 Deaths and 54 New.Cases Over Sunday; No Cause for Alarm Dr. Hassler Prepared to Recommend Removal of Headgear to City Supervisors Deaths 37 43 26 40 41 50 46 39 26 i 16 41 19 ' 11 ' 11 20 ,9 ' 4 13 January 19 -January 20 January 21 -January 22 - 162 118 83 ZZZZZZl'l 12 54 became effective. January 23 -January 24 -January 25 -January 26 - January - Mask law The "flu" masks will come off Friday morning: if the present decrease in cases is maintained. Dr. Wm. C. Hassler is prepared"" make a recommendation to this 9 feet to the Board of Health at rrgTilar meeting Thursday evert, and Mayor Kolph said yesterday ti he will sign the proclamation as so as tho Board of Health acts. - i Notice to this effect was given. t( Board of Supervisors late yesterday afternoon by the Mayor, who said to the members: "I have just ' been in consultation with Dr. Hassler and he informs me that this ity is agrain practically free from influenza and he is going to recommend at the meeting of the board on Thursday that the masks be abandoned. . "As soon as the Board of Health, acts I will sign the proclamation, which I hope will go into effect Friday morning. "I want to point to the fact that there were over 450 cases in Los An- . geles yesterday and that we, by the use of the masks, had less than a dozen cases reported today." ' LEAGUE REBUKED. During the meeting f -the Board of Supervisors members of the Anti Mask League-were -sharply-rebuked by Mayor Rolph wheq they hissed Supervisor Andrew J. Gallagher, author of the mask ordinance, and applauded Supervisors Schmitz and Nelson, who opposed the ordinance. Supervisor Nelson asked that the masking ordinance be repealed by resolution. After it had been pointed out that repeal could be had only by the passage of another ordinance, and that the masking ordinance provided that it might be nullified by proclamation by tho Mayor upon advice of the Board of Health, Mayor Rolph said: , . I shall repeal this ordinance when the doctors, the Board of Health and common sense permit. While the number of new influenza . cases reported for the past twenty-four hours displayed a sharp rise over the figures Of the preceding two days, Dr. Hassler declared last night there was no cause for alarm, as U was apparent that the physicians were finding more time to make their reports, and that many of the cases resorted yesterday were of several days' stand ing. 13 REPORTED DEAD. New cases reported yesterday totaled 54. Of these 25 were registered by telephone. Deaths from the disease, reported yesterday were thirteen. . -.. r "We have reached the end of th second wave of the epidemic," declared Dr. Hassler, "but there Is still danger due' to the many thousands of convalescents returning to their employment, and the arrival in the city of people from out of town where the disease is still prevailing. "The increase - in the number of cases reported yesterday is due to the zer.l of the physicians of this city in co-opbrating fully in eradicating the disease. -. . - - "The doctors have been worked to their utmost 'capacity and the falling off of new cases now permits them am opportunity of reporting those cases which were delayed in the congestion." . Council of Defense New Date Cases January 10 612 January 11 365 January 12 , 520 January 13 ,363 January 14 469 January 15 510 January 16 538 January 17 519 January 18 504 .linnai-v 10 ' 40 fl 366 170 Finds Work for 272 In a list of 272 men placed in employment recently by the Army and Navy Placement Bureau of the State Council of Defense are included attorneys, bookkeepers, draughtsmen, surveyors, mechanics, jewelers and salesmen, it was announced yesterday More than 500 applications have been , handled according to announcement yesterday by Charles Wright, ia charge of the bureau. Applicants necking work as d3T laborers and men from outside tb State are advised to apply to tW Ffsderal Employment Bureaus. , Kmp'oynunt lor California ns frtm various parts of the State is sought t as near to their hones as ponslble, f the idea being to get "men settle among their l o ne perpte and avoi congestion in San FYarcisco wot' there It aa, excess of unetcploynvsr; rr

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