The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California on December 24, 1908 · Page 1
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Bakersfield, California
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Thursday, December 24, 1908
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V Vol. XX. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1908. No. 123 TO FIGHT FOR "FREE SPEECH" WASHINGTON, Dec. 24.—The question of sentencing Oompera, Mitchell and Morrison, the labor leaders, will be threshed over at a meeting of the executive council of the Federation in this city on January 11. It will be notable because of the vital issues affected. A resolution will be submitted carrying a scathing arraignment of the decision. Gompers was not in his office today but Morrison said it W»s the purpose to exhaust every effort to sustain "the right of free speech and » free press." The men must file an appeal bond within twenty days and perfect an ap. peal In forty days. Accuse Witness of Perjury FLUSHING, Dec. 24.—A sensational Incident in the Hains trial today was when the defense moved to have Martin Skura, the cabman, and a witness for the state, committed for perjury. The court denied the motion. Skura drove Halns and his brother to the spot of the shooting, and testified that he heard one say "We've got him now." It was brought out that he previously states that he heard no conversation In the cab. He will be examined further. CASTRO READY II) ABDICATE JEFF LA BRAKE THE WEATHER Fair tonight and Friday; warmer In the soutn, Frost Friday morning. Life Sentence For Claudianes Jeff La Brake, one of the proprietors of the Windsor saloon and hqtel, was found dead in bed this morning, La Brake lived with Mike Sledt, an old friend, near the gas workg In a small cottage where they had been batching for several years past. Sledt made the ghastly discovery shortly after arising this morning about 10 o'clock. As he passed through La Brake's room on M» way to the kitchen, Siedt «aw La brake still In bed and he said something to him about getting up. there was no response and on his way back, Sledt went over to the bed and shook his friend by the shoulder. There still BEKLIN, Dec. 24.—Castro makes a statement to tne Associated Press which amounts virtually to an abandonment of his claims to the preslden- v _ v of Venezuela. He said: "After taking cognizance of everything printed In the newspapers from Venezuela I doubt the attitued attributed to the present government at Caracas. But I'll have more to say on this subject when I am in better health and when I have full knowledge of what has ocurred. In any event I will place no difficulties In the way of the present administration of Venezuela settling any pending controversies with foreign governments even If this should Involve my own withdrawal from activity in the affairs of the na-' tlon." j Castro will remain two weks longer | at the sanitarium. AN AllNS moi/iie Bwh the-t'ne:, Cor- and L.-.V".», 1-i.c. -•:.— An auto- i-tiinie unmanageable on ipci n |<?i^ drrlnr: the after- ( rr.;;h and Injured eight o of whom may die. nelius Fox, a real estate dealer jlpavid Mandel, a waiter, were most seriously and were taken to the hospital. The large touring car dashed down Broadway, skidding on the Icy pavement, the chauffeur unable to check the terrific speed. A policeman leap. ed into the car as it dashed by and a few minutes later the ca r was gotten under control and turned back to pick up the injured, eight in number. OAKLAND, Dec. 24s—Peter Claud- ians, the Greek, charged with dynamiting the home in this city of former Supervisor James L. Gallagher, the star witness for the prosecution In the San Francisco bribery graft cases, was found guilty last night by a jury and sentenced to life Imprisonment. The jury was out only eight minutes and a verdict was reached upon the first ballot. Claudianes waived time and Judge Waste immediately sentenced him for life to San Quentln. The trial of Claudianes was one of the many ramifications of the San Fru::clsco graft cases in which the testimony of ex-Supervisor Gallagher is the connecting link between Abraham Ruef, the former political boss, for whom Gallagher^ Qpnfessed having acted as agent,'and the board of su pervlsors. Gallagher's honi" was blown up last spring. The former supervisor, his wife and several I'rlends in the house at the time, narowly es caped with their lives. It v.-ar- the the ory of the prosecution in the San I-Yani cisco bribery-graft canes ilia!, tin-'' al| tempt was made <o put (Jalb.:;i of the way, so ilia! he,! i:< HI'V jiL'alnst Ruef mil rct !!••-.• ;l ,i'nv in" 01 Jo.u. . .•.!', was no response and pulling back the bed covering Sledt saw that he was dead. Coroner McGinn took charge of the remains and an inquest will be held to determine the cause of death, which is a mystery. La Brake retired as usual last night and apparently was in the best of health. He com plained of no ailment. Death was undoubtedly due to heart failure. La Brake was one of the beat known and popular saloonmen in town. He was a. member of the Eagles, the Royal Arch an* Bartenders Union. He had been associated with A. Freear In the Windsor for several months past. More Arrests Are Expected PITTSBURG, Dec. 24.—There Is a temporary lull In the graft scandal, but there are rumors of a second raid soon to be made against council men and business men charged with corruption. The voters league la said to have prepared twenty-two warrants for the arrest of these persons. It is authoritatively stated that a number of wealthy Plllsburgers have offered donations to finance the prosecution and to make the "clean-up" complete. * A grand juiy will be empaneled January 4 and It Is stated the cases in-i.iusl the counr.lluien and fjrrner Jankers will be amon-; do t w st con- IELLS SAD SIORV Scene in the Ladies Minstrels as Reported By Billy Home There Is a good deal of secrecy about-just what some of the stunts are going to be at the opera house on Monday next when the ladies don burnt cork. Mrs. Wrenn knows and she won't tell. Miss Forker and a lot the oncra house manager, "and the man or woman who doesn't go will have something to regret, In my judg: ment. In the meantime the rehearsals con tinue and the seat sale is progressing more of the young ladies of the town in the most encouraging manner. Sat- James N 1 . Witt, accused of the murder of Bradford Peck, took the stand in his own behalf today and he told * touching story of his experience a« • father from the time he first knew the deceased. More than once wall* giving his testimony, the witness was nearly overcome with emotion, but fe* went through with his story up to th» time of the shooting. The case will not reach the jury b«. fore Saturday ,if It does then. Answer* Filed. complaint of Mary Beckes rdluuuutt E. E. Burkess has filed answer to the complaint of Mary Burkess. W. H. White has filed answer to -.-omplalnt of John Bolender. Fullers Earth JUVENILE HiRT on the Desert LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24.—Fullor'H earth In vast quantities IIHH boon discovered in the Mojavo desert near RiggB station, according to a report made today to traffic officials of the Sonopah and Tidewater railroad. A. L. Coleman of the Shadow Mountain Mining Company, states that the substance had been found on the property of the mining company only '.{00 feet out 1-f •* .("! Hill I <T Al SENTENCE OF RUEF AGAIN POSTPONED. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 24.— The passing of sentence upon Abe Ruef was again postponed today, next Tuesday being the time set by ^ndge Law-, lor. A dozen lengthy affidavits were sub- off the railroad right of way, two miles north of Rlggs, in tlio northern part of San Bernardino county. The company Is developing a silver- lead mine, and in trying to find the ledge on which It was. working at a lower level, u white substance penetrated more than thirty feet. The miners did not know what it was and samples were brought to Los Angeles to be assayed. They proved to be fuller's earth. The substance Is said to !>e valuable as a filler for paint, for talcum powder j and for many other uses. The probation committee necently appointed by Judge Bennett, organized today by electing Franz Buckrues chxlraian and Wallace Morgan secretary. Constable D. B. Newell was appointed probation officer. The members of the board as required by law, drew lots to determine the length of term, with this result: Franz Buckreua one year; F. W. Worthorst, and Mrs, Emma Larsen, two years; Mrs. Coolbaugh and Wallace Morgan, thre6 years, and Mrs. J. E. Yuncey and Alfred Harrell, four years. HEROIC WORK AT TENEMENT HIE EAGLES HAVE I Night, as Reported by Billy Horne.Scene In Ladles Minstrels for Monday could enlighten the public but will not. they flee opens for reservations and It would be just as well to go early. The MERRY CHRlSTMAS TO AlL THE TOGGERY UOWtU » ILOOM This was the banner day of the year at the postofflce, in facl the banner day in the history of Ihe The floor of Ihe distributing room was piled high with packages of all descriptions, and the carriers and rural route men went out loaded down with Christmas offerings. The pile of matter for the oil fields alone seemed of sufficient proportions to fill a dray. "The business loday," said Poslraar, ter Edmonds, "Is 40 per cent greater than for any other day in Ihe hlstorj of the office. I don't see how w« can make a full distribution. Yester- the business was tremendous but it cannot compare with today." The outgoing, business has been equally as heavy as the Incoming. The clerks are putting In long hours and making every effort to dlspoie ot the mass of packages and letter* but the task to the uninitiated appears to b a hopeless one. "It's Just going to be a minstrel' "-™ «» »kely to be a long one. show-and you'll have to pay your i A loca t dressmaker, who has seen dollar to find out details," said one.' t!le costumes of the end men-or wo- ! men—says they are the cutest ever, you a tip. It's going to be worth the money." Billy Home, however, who claims to be somewhat on the Inside, says that the accompanying picture Is fairly reprseentatlve of one of the scenes and Billy ought to know. "It's going to be a good show says urday morning at 10 o'clock the box of- and the young ladies are given to practicing with the bones and tambourines In anticipation of the great night. Pretty much everybody seems to have tickets now—and If you are one that hasn't—well, you had better get yours. Miss Edythe Alexander is here from San Francisco to spend the holidays with Mrs. A. Alexander and family. VON PLANK WILL BE TAKEN TO HIS HOME. The condition of Adrian Von Plank is Improved today and the patient ii resting easily. Dr. Long announces lhal just as soon as the patient la able to travel, In probably a week, he will be removed to his home In Port land. The wound made In Che operation Is healing nicely. No further operations will be performed In this city, It being decided to wait until he j arrives In Portland before another fort is made to remove the bulletg. milled to .support the motion for a new trial. Those of Ruet contained sweepIni: charges of prejudice. HI- said lilt. , su'lt or innocence WHS a feature of a ; political campaign. The motions for the right to show Irregular conduct during the jury's deliberations was denied. I A Merry Christmas to all Bear in Mind ! A "Hooaler" cabtr-'. will be given away on New Year; Day to one of our customers—coins i and we will explain just how *3 '-?come the winner of this valuable article. See toe cabinet .« r . ie window. Hayden Furniture Co. The Eagles last night held a short business meeting, Initiating three new •candidates. They were Peter Lol, H. E. Rountree and Frank S. Shaw, all of Marlcopa. The lodge Is anticipating a most pleasant gathering tomorrow nilbt al their Christmas celebration. Decorator Weedall has been busy all day getltng Ihe hall In Ihe desired effect. Holly and ferns and other Christmas decorations are being put up and the beautiful club rooms will present an ideal appearance. A splendid program has ben aranged. STEWARffiFIRMS DEAL NEW YORK, Dee. 24.—One man | killed, and three women seriously j burned, while the lives of many wero j saved by prompt and heroic work of I fin-men anil tenants themselves in a fire that wrecked a live story apart- men! at 1L'2 \Vi-st 127 stiwt early today. Daniel Frizzle, an Englishman, 18 years of age, who lived on the top tloor, was burned to death. Mrs. Alice looker, aged 50 years, was rescued from the fifth story as she was about to jump, by Fireman Mullen; both are badly bruned. Mrs. Looker's two sons were Injured. big machine .as piled high with packages for the boys and girls of the west side and big Tom sat among them on the back seat keeping guard over the good cheer bound for the oil town. The last, triii out Tom kept guard over the dynamite, but the Job was nothing llke» the one he had today. G. A. Knox, the Randaburg physician, fs In town today. The Oil World today says: * That the Union has virtually 4> consummated its purchase * of the Jewell ft Blodget lands •fr at Sunset and expects to take * possession was fully confirmed + by First Vice President W. U 4- Stewart Monday. He IB not + yet prepared to give details. * From other sources, reliable + in every way, it IB learned + that the portion of land owned * In fee by Jewett ft Blodget * the refinery and personal prop* erty on the ground will be * leased for a long* term. The * portion that Jewett and Blod•{• get have leased the Union 4- lakes over wllh an under•5- standing with the owners, It is ''f supposed, as to an extension * when the present lease runs * out, which will be In about six •!• yeart'. It was originally for •:• twenty years. j f f .;. .5. .;. .5..;. .;. .;• .;. .;• .;• •;• .;. •;• •;• •;• •;• j AL THACKERY IS I OLD SANTA HIMSELF. I Al ThiteUery am! Tom Kingston left. | for McKittrlck this afternoon In the former's automobile. Al was old Santa Claus himself. The tonneau of the Merry Christmas \ We will be open on Christ- mas for late shoppers. J. A. Hughes The Leading Prescription Druggist

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