Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on February 11, 1910 · Page 1
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Ann 1 f7 n n rpir IiuMl fir i 1 i Vt 111 If VU 'a a Sou U Oil I 3 I Exclusive Associated Proso Service -0 51 4 , ' 1 -1 1 1 i. if t - 1 yi-.x.:-. y- VOL LXXIJ. WFATHFR ' Oakland and vicinity: Fair tonight and " l v "Saturcay; light northwest wind. OAKLAND. CALIFORNIA, FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 11, 1910. 22 PAGES NO. 175 1DAIW MATED AS WIF e jSurderei T3 MAN NOW ALLEGES FRAUD A & Y7 ais an If JL m3 1 tSUuiiXDjj I mi Y r- - - CRE P VlouldlB we Jbnds S EiS S A T 1 0 11 A L CHARGES' IN DIVORCE Mrs. Nellie Cordes Accuses Husband and Names Dead ; as His Affinity. SIGNED DEATH CERTIFICATE -OF 'WIFE' SHE DECLARES Claims Spouse Did This in Attempt to Convey Belief It Was She. Dragging into the air of " the divorce court the name of a dead woman who.'he asserts, was cremated at the -instigation of her husband under n name singularly, like his own, with a view to . leaving to the world the inference that the 'dead woman was his wife, Mrs. Xellie Cordes, iiva suit for divorce from her hus-, band, Frank Cordes, filed iri Judge Graham's court in San Francisco this morning, presents one of the-strangest affidavits of a like nature filed in this vicinity in many years. BODY CREMATED. According to the wife's clalmi-the woman In question was burled In this city on January 25, 1909, from Taylor's undertaking parlor, under the name of Grace Bowman Cortes. Her husband, she asserts, signed the death certificate and afterward arranged for the cremation of the body t the Oakland Crematory. Previous tothe time of the woman's death the wife maintains Cordes lived with the woman now dead, claiming her bpen-Jy'as his wife. Trie circumstances surrounding tho story an peculiar. That a ffdin named Grace Bowman Cortes was hurled here on the d.itt in question has been established. Further light on the death Is afforded by Dr. T. B. Channel of 1018 Washington street, who maintains that during the month of January he treated a woman who called herself Mrs. Cortes. She was suffering from an Incurable disease, according to the physician, and the nisjht she expired a man, presumably her husband, summoned him to thr-lr residence at C74 Twenty-seventh street. The man of medicine arrived too late, however, and before he reached the house the patient was dead. ACCUSES HER HUSBAND. When It became necessary to sign the burial certificate the man unhesitatingly attached his name to the document and the cremation was effected. That the man who signed the. death certificate, using the name Frank E. Cortes, Is none other than "her husband, Frank Cordes, of the ffrm of Barrach & Cordes, Is Mrs: Cordes' allegation. NO DENIAL SO FAR. So far no denial lias been made, and tbe wife in a further plea for divorce. a'.iesres that her lmiand has spent the better prt of a larce fortune at the raoa , track. This, lie asserts, renders It Impossible for her to Ji:dg of the sum of alimony rit;htfnlly hers, and she asks an Investigation of the defendant's financial tan."lins: at this date. Mrs. Cordes' complaint Is of an extremely sensational nature from start to finish. That her husband frequently accused her of never having been divorced from her first husband, a man named Hoch. is the wife's further charge, and Cordes, she asserts In conclusion, even Insisted that she attempt to borrow money from her former spouse. The case has been talfen under ndvise-ment by Judge Graham.'. Eugene Bert TaKen , Suddenly 111 on Street SAX FRANCISCO. Feb. 'll. Eugene Bert, attorney, former state senator, and irne-tine head of the Coast Has. ball I.enuue. v as found in a ding condition thi. morning in a house at 1912 Fillmore street. M- was- first stiU-ken on the striet and thin iepovel to a. room. Wln-n fllsco-red f:ert was 'nearly unronsrlous an 1 was suffering greatly from hemorrhages from the lungs.-; He is now at the Central Emerc-iicy' hospital. Bert responded to tratm-.'nt. He is but a ehadow nf his former self. P(rt is well known atout the city. Several years ago he was found shot on the ba'.k porch of his home. The police were never able to-s. ertain whether the Injured man tired the shot -which Uld him low. l Tl supervisor josj.heuey is RHLcm Popular lounty imicial by Mayor W. H. ' Supervisor Joseph M. Kelley Is a candidate to succeed himself, as will be seen hy the following letter: ! EDITOR TRIBUNE Dear Sir: Having been requested by your representative to make a definite announcement of my Intention in the coming campaign, I beg to advise you that after mature deliberation and consultation with many friends, I have been finally persuaded to again become a candidate for the office of Supervisor of the Third District of Alameda county, which includes the western portion -of Alameda and the entire Forty-eighth Assembly District of the city of Oakland. I have represented this district on the Board nf Supervisors during the pa3t two terms, during which time I have consistently advocated and supported every movement for permanent public improve, rnents, not only in my own district but throughout the entire county. The tunnel road between Alameda and Contra Costa counties, the Foothill Boulevard, from High street' to Hay-ward, which is today the finest road in the State of California, and the new county, jail, declared by experts to be the best constructed and equipped Jail (n the country, have all met with my full support. j WUAj help his county. i ! While many of my friends have desired me to stand as a candidate for member of the Board of Equalization, and while I feel under maYiy obligations to them for their promlse'of support in that Contest. I feel I can do my own county greater good in the pqsition of Supervisor. I believe the next four years will be the most important ones in the history of Alameda county. With the settlement of the question of annexation and consolidation, great improvements are certain to be undertaken and I shall be glad if as the representative of the people I can carry out their wishes in making this the best and greatest county in the State. I am inclosing a copy of a letter received by me from Hon. William 11. Noy. Mayor of the city of Alameda, TWELFTH - ST. 1 REALTY DEAL PENDING For some time past a deal has been pending" between the Twelfth Street Ilealty Company and George M. Fer ine for the transfer of a lot adjoining- the St. Mark Hotel on the east side, havinp 'a frontage of fifty feet on both' Twelfth and Nineteenth streets. Some complications have arisen in the course of negotiations which it is expected will be .straightened out within the next ten or twelve days whereby tho transfer of the property will be made to the Twelfth Street eRalty Company for a consideration of $123,000. Houses Swept Away and Men Drowned in Flood i VICTORIA. 15. C. Feb. 11. yeavy foods prevailed in. Australia when the steamer Makura, which arrived yesterday, left the Antipodes. At Jamworth ten feet of water Hooded the town. Several houses were" swept away and four men were drowned. Thousands of sheep i and lar.ee numbers of horses and cattle- were drowned. Heavy debris was swept through the town, smashing doors and windows and ruining the stocks in the Stores. When the water subsided the streets-were llttefd with furniture and debris. Is Wrongly endorsed Noy of Alameda concerning my candidacy. Sincerel3-yours, J. M. KELLEY. I.DOUsri BY AI.AMKDA'S MAYOR ALAMEDA, Cal., Jan. 31. 1910. J. M. Kelley, F.sq., Oakland, Cal. Dear Sir: You will probably recall a conversation between us sometime ago concerning your candidacy for Supervisor, in which I expressed the hope that you might again become a candidate for that office. As I then told you I "believe It to be essential to the best interest of Alameda that you should stand for re-election to your present position. We know that you have always responded heartily to any request made for your support on all projects coming be-fore the Board of Supervisors affecting the good of Alameda. Especially do we believe that your project for constructing a tunnel across the estuary between Oakland and Alameda is one that appeals directly to every resident of otty. While i might appear impracticable to some at this time on account of the great cost of the work proposed, I cannot but feel that the good to be accomplished to both Oakland and Alameda will more than compensate the outlay. APPKALS TO SlTKRVISOIt KKLLEY. If we are to expand we cannot be idle. It is our' duty to conserve our resources as best we may to be abreast of the times in all things and especially to develop our commerce. Believing with you that the pro-ppsed tunnel between Oakland and Alameda will, more than any other one thing, make for the development of both places and realizing that with your experience on the board, your familiarity with , existing conditions and your enthusiasm for the consummation of tho work, you are best equipped to make the fight, I sincerely trust you may be persuaded finally to consent to serve the people as Supervisor for another term, and before that term will have expired I trust we may see your project completed. Sincerely yours, (Signed) ' W. H. NOY, Mayor 'Of Alameda. former mwm IS FATALLY Lewis Wolf ley of Arizona Is Struck Down By the Venice Flyer. T.OS ANGELES, Feb. 11. Lewis Wolfley, a former governor of Arizona and prominent in the mining affairs of that terriiorv, was struck and t perhaps fatally Injured by the "Venice flyer" of the Pacific Electric company at Sixteenth and Harvard streets in this city today. Mr. Wolfley was removed to the receiving hospital where surgeons held out little hope for his recovery, because of his ag -70 years and his great weight. He had' suffered concussion of the brain, severe scalp wounds, the fracture of a rib and many bruises. Mr. Wolfley was appointed governor of Arizona by President Harrison In 1S90. He resigned after serving two-years of his term, to engage .in private business. Since that time he has been closely Identified witii the mining development of the territory. He located th? first quartz mining enterprise in Arizona in Tavapal county and .'mother of his great enterprises was the "W'tdfky dam at Gila Bend. Before hi arrival in Arizona, Mr. Wolfley was collector of customs at New Orleans. He served with "i Kentucky regiment in the Civil war al-though a native of Ohio. His home is in Prescott, Ariz., but he has lived in LosXngeles more than a year, prosecuting his mining ventures. U CZARINA OF RUSSIA, NEAR DEATH, FAILS TO RECOGNIZE FAMILY m spirit as I 1 s-V"' J "hi 1 I - ......... J J EYDTIiUHXKV, Russia, Feb. 11. The Czarina'!? illness took a serious turn today and she was unable to recognize the Czar ami their children. She is suffering the .recurrent hysteria nnd melancholia to liich slie lias been subject for .several years. It is I'carod that her death nay lie a qhestion of but a short lime. Dispatches concerning the Czar- na s condition are neingr strictly cn.sored. ill REIGN IS 1EAHING TS END Victory of Revolutionists at Matagalpa and Boaco Con sidered a Death Knell BLUEFIELDS, Feb. 11. Upon the arrival of- General Zel-edon at Moogan yesterday preparations were begun for. another forward ' movement of General Mena's division, the progress of which was checked by the government forces in the recent engagement at Santa Clara. Walter Gordon's aide has been despatched to Panama to recruit fifty more Americans who, armed with rifles, are expected to join General Mcna in three weeks. This move suggests that there will be no further actual fighting until, the reinforcement of American sharpshooters arrives. General Matuty with 200 additional men is reported moving up the Mico river and is expected to for ma junction with General Mcna in two weeks. There is great rejoicing here over the news that General Cha-morro had occupied Matagalpa, as that department is a fruitful source of supplies. The city of Matagalpa is but about seventy-five mites fr.om Managua, the 'objective point of th-e "Revolutionists. WASHINGTON. Feb. 11. State department officials are greatly interested in the news from Managua that Matagalpa and Boaco have been captured by the revolutionist army. This interest especially attaches to the Character of Matagalpa, as in ail probability any further cause of apprehension on the part of the Ameri cans in that part of the coffee growing section of Nicaragua has been removed. ' The capture of the steamer Man agua oy revolutionary sympathizers is regarded as a serious loss to the Madriz government. The whole situation appears to be distinctly in (Continued on Page 2.) Medal Of Honor to Be Given to Peary WASHINGTON. Feb. 11. A medal of honor instend of promotion, to he. a rear admiral for Commander Robert K. Perry, discoverer of the North "Pole is proposed by a . sub-committee of the House committee on naval affairs. The sub-committee today unanimously disapproved the bill passed by the Senate making J l I Peary a rear admiral. Only One Passenger Is Saved From Those on Board PALMA, Marjorca, Feb. 11. The French trans-Atlantic steamer General Chanzy from, Marseilles has been wrecKed on the North coast of Es island. It is stated thaj only a single passenger was saved out of all the persons aboard. PARIS, Feb. 11. The loss of the French trans-Atlantic Steamship Company's steamer General Chanzy is confirmed. She carried 75 passengers, besides a crew of 60 or 70, according' to a statement made by the, owners. Only one person was saved. LONG CLOSURE OF EIGHTti-STREET BRIDGE CONDEMNED Ex-City Engineer Miller Reports That it ft Can Be UDened to Traffic at Small Cost For over a year the Eighth-street crossing of the north arm of the estuary from Fallon street to Fifth avenue has been closed to traffic, the trestle bridge having fallen into disrepair and been condemned. Instead of making temporary repairs so that the Eighth-street electric railway line and teams could use it while the Peralta Park marshland site was being filled in, the bridge was ripped out entirely and a temporary earth dam constructed to retain the dredg-ings from Lake Merritt; and since the park land has-been raised to grade .with, the lake dredgings no effort has been! made to provide temporary means for. the resumption of street car and team traffic, although such can unquestionably be provided at nominal expense. NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLOSED. As a matter of fact, the crossing should never have been closed to traffic. There is evidently no good reason why it should not have been .kept open while the park site was beinq filled in. As it is, the closure has' been a source of great public inconvenience, not only to those .using the -street cars, but also, to the ordinary road traffic which passed over it before it was closed and. which .would. use it now if' the street were opened. In its present condition it is, moreover, tremendously damaging in its effect upon property on Eighth street west of the old bridge and in that part of East Oakland tributary to the crossing, as all of the traffic is now being diverted over the Twelfth-street dam. Desiring ar expert opinion of the situation which has been created by the closing of the street, THE TRIBUNE invited ex-City Engineer M. K. Miller , to make a thorough inspection of the crossing and report on its condition. M. K. MILLER'S REPORT. Following is Mr. Miller's report: ' ( EDITOR TRIBUNE In compliance with your request that 'I examine conditions at. the Eighth-street bridge and report to you the facts relative to the necessity pf blocking street car and wagon traffic across this structure, as has been done for many months past, I beg to say I find upon examination that the site of. the old bridge structure has been filled in with earth for about three-fourths of its length, the wooden structure itself either having been removed- or covered with earth. . It is common practice with engineers in repairing or rebuilding-railway r highway bridges sustaining regular traffic to plan and conduct the building operations with, the view to non-interference therewith, and I am of the opinion" that both street car and wagon traffic could in this case have been maintained at nominal expense during the progress of the work above mentioned. AN UNSIGHTLY MESS. I. In its present condition temporary provision lor wagon tratnc arrows the structure could be made" bage has been dumped on the. earth filling and it would be difficult to conceive of a more unsightly mess than is presented at this place. The Eighth-street bridge has been a public thoroughfare for manv rears, and five or six hundred teams per day passed xver it when open to travel; therefore, the economic loss to the community when closed would soon amount to a considerable sum of money. .' M. K. MILLER, Civil Engineer. Oakland, February 10. 1910. GET TOGETHER, BUY POSTALS MD BOOST! BOOST! BOOST!! Every Citizen Should . Tomorrow is Post CafclfDay 'add all those you forgot yesterday, so that ycu will be ready for the j Engineer Killed by Then buy the cardsand send them on their return' journeys to 'j. PftSSillg LoCOIIlOtiVe other communities, cities, States, -or even other countries. Send all utica. x.(y., Feb. n. Albert -winne. vou can and eilCOUr?.-rC Others tO do the- same, SO that tllG, million j of Renssaellaer. engineerof the . Ad iron-mark Will be reached? , j dacks and Montreal express, was killed ti. f rmmrm ot'holc n idi tr nnint nut no-airi i in his cab "at Little Falls, early - this that the chief object sought to be advertising of the city, and the securing ot a list ot people in all "parts of the country and Europe when-are in the leasf interested in Oakland and what '"it hasto offer as a place for business and residence, .- " " Continued on Page 2.) for a few hundred dollars. Gar Mail Cards Tomorrow ! Get out your list of names, and attained by- Fost Card Day is the j TAKES P 0 THEW FIRES SHOT .INTO BRA i im. t. wimams or Berkeley Shoots Wife and -Commits Suicide. ' AWAKES IN NIGHT TO ENACT DOUBLE TRAGEDY Woman Escapes Death After-Narrow Call From Pistol Bullet ; After having lain awake half the nighty keeping watch over her husband whom she feared was about to. commit some desperata act, Mrs. Ernestine Williams, weary from her vigil; . fell asleep at 2 o'clock. Her husband, Na-hun E. Williams,. seizing: the opportunity, secured a vialr of strychnine which he had concealed and after draining its con- fired one shot at his sleeping wife, then placing-, the weapon in his mouth pulled the -trigger, thus making doubly sure of his own end. I Asa result the wife is in a precarious! condition with "a fractured skull caused by the impact of the' bullet, which glanced across her forehead above and vertically with her nose, lodeins: in the scalp. Williams' remains were taken to the morgue, where an inquest will be held February 20th, providing the victim -of his bullet is able to testify. . SURROUNDED BY MYSTERY. The tragedy, which occurred at the family home. Is surrounded with mystery The William3es, who had been Hvifig there for sorneFtlme.'wero looked upon by the neighbors as being very peculiar In their habits. It - was only a few aays ago that a loud explosion was heard In the basement of the house and smoke seen pouring from the windows In the rear. Not long ago the police were called upon to Investigate the source of several pistol shots which were heard In that vicinity, but the cause and results of them, if any, have not as yet been cleared up. F. C. Dole, bu&inesa partner of the suicide in a gTOcery store -which they contemplated ope.nir.gr - at Telegraph avenue "and Forty-second street, has been living In the house, as has also the daughter, Mrs. Klsie 'Allen, and a roomer by tha name of Joseph Mays. BREAKS INTO ROOM. 1'pon" hearlnp the shots. Dole states that lie rushed to the door, which waa J looked, and. bursting it open, found the' I wife fretting out of bed and the husband j lyinsr thi rein. The weapon, an old style cauoer nm n;e revolver, . was laying Dr. J. P. Metsohmore of Oakland, who dressed the wound of Mrs. Williams. OUT OF EMPLOYMENT. Williams had lived in Berkeley fo fifteen years and was a member of Lyon Post, G. A. R. Ife has for some time past been out of employment and de-spcndi-nt. lie 'was a man of 55 years. His inability to secure employment no doubt led to the suicide and the attempt on the life of his helpmate. ' Deputy Coroner Kd. Nlehaus will make a tnoroupn investigation. Uole will called upon as ;v .yitness, and it is likely that he can throw; some interesting ride-lights on the tragedy. lie stated, however, that preceding .th3 shooting: there had been no noise In the house indicating a quarrel. " Mrs. Elsie Allan, tho daughter, wr.s formerly married to Joseph Brothers of the Berkeley fire department, he having secured a divorce from her soma time ag-o. . Her present husband, Jaeit. Allan, has not ben living with her. mornln Engineer Winne was leaning the window, examlng a hot (journal which had attracted" his atten-S tion, and did not note the approach of an east-bound train. The locomotivo I cab of the approaching train struck him I in the head, knocking him from: th cab and killing him instanUy.-

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