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10 SENATOR WRIGHT EXPOSES AIMS OF THE I. W. W. Austin Lewis, Socialist, Exhorting, Defends Street Speaking Campaign Colonel Harris Weinstock Hurls Oratorical Shafts at the Other Speakers people of San Diego have been at war with. The fundamental principle underlying; our fight waa that of democracy—that the people rhust rule. In San Diego the people have ruled in driving the I. W. \V. from their midst, "You have read of the Reitman case, and I want to tell you the truth about that. I have the sworn statement oC two men who were present that night, and both of them describe what occurred. Their statements show absolutely that Reitman lied and grossly exaggerated his account as published in the newspapers. "I want to state that I don't approve of tarring Doctor Reitman. but I believe in sending him out of San Diego, and if that is a violation* of the law, I am proud to have violated it. "But it was not a violation of the law; it was obedience to the law—the law of self-defense. Our peace officers and our citizens were in danger. Deadly attacks were being planned by these men. It is said that they were never found armed. No, because before they went out on the streets to speak, they left their revolvers and Maxim 'silencer' guns behind. REVOLUTIONARY SPEECHES "There came a point where the people of San Diego had no more patience, I heard these T. W. W. speakers for three months beneath my office windows denouncing the flag, denouncing the constitution, denouncing all man made laws, calling on their hearers to barricade the streets and start a revolution and boasting that they would bring their millions of members into Fan Diego and give us a tpste of their lawless rule. "When the police arrested ttn»m they professed to have no god, no flag save the red flag, no national boundaries and no laws which they respected. More than 50 per cent of them were foreigners. "What we did waa in self-defense and we are not ashamed of it. The trouble has been quieted now. but it was not the governor of the state nor his investigation, made at the instigation of certain socialists and Industrial Worker?, that bettered conditions. The vigilantes are responsible. MORE TROUBLE PREDICTED "The attorney general has started another investigation now, but no matter what proceedings may be brought by the governor or the attorney general or any other authorities against the vigilantes for their methods or their acts, there will not be a jury in San Diego county to convict a *ingle one, "The fight we have been waging in San Diego is going to spread. It la coming to San Francisco, but when such a situation as we have had corfmnts this city I hope there will be laws to meet it." BASE FOR INSURRECTION' After the last speaker had finished, Wright was asked a dozen questions from the floor. When asked what would have happened had no restrictions been Placed upon speaking in the downtown district or elsewhere, Wright replied: "We have positive information, which is now in the hands of a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, to the effet t that th» I. W. W. intended using San Diego as a rendezvous until they would grow in numbers sufficient to start an insurrection and take possession of Lower California, thereby involving tho United States government in an International controversy with Mexico. Some of their leaders already have been indicted on this charge." DEFENSE BY SOCIALIST Austin Lewis, the socialist representative who opened the meeting, denounced the "hysteria" which he declared had taken the place of common sense in the minds of the citizens of San Diego. He sketched vividly the outrages which he said had been perpetrated upon men who "fought for their right of free speech." and branded the police department as "cowardly, incompetent and unbalanced." Describing the I. W. W. creed, he stated that acts of violence and insurrection were not countenanced, although he admitted that worklngmen were urged to consider only one standard of right and wrong—the things that mak« for the worker's good being considered moral, and all other things immoral. SPEECH BY WEINSTOCK Following Senator Wright came Colonel W r einstock, hurling his* oratorical shafts at both the preceding speakers. He said the I. W. W. would fail because it was not founded on righteousness, but he also charged that nothing could justify the people of San Diego in taking the law into their own hands in fighting the evil. Closing he quoted an article which ended with'the "swords:, *Y)ne mob chasing another mob out of town settles nothing and can lead to nothing except civil disorder " Attorney General U. S. Webb, who returned Thursday evening from San Diego, said yesterday that the situation was quiet when he left there. "Conditions in San Diego seem to be reaching normal rapidly," h e said "When I left, quiet had been reatored and I don't believe any further trouble' is to be expected." Jury Defers Inquiry LOS ANGELES, May 31.—The federal grand jury now sitting here did not take up the Industrial Workers of the "World investigation today because of a crowded criminal docket. It was announced that the investigation would go over until Tuesday. There were severs! witnesses here from .San Diego, ready to testify, but all returned home! Federal Investigation [Special Dispatch to The Call] WASHINGTON. May 31.—While the government is vigorously prosecuting' its investigation of I. W. W. outrages at San Diego, the attorney general's office is disposed to think that the case against the I. W. W. is stronger under the state law than under the federal statutes. The district attorney at Los Angeles has been given authority to use his own judgment as to whether he will present the matter to the federal grand jury. "We wish to do all we can in this matter, said an official of the government tonight, "because the people out have insisted that the case demanded some action. It is said that there has been anarchist violence and violations of the federal statutes and we are trying to find out what evidence there i 3 regarding this contention." SAN DIEGANS JUSTIFIED Weinstock Favored I. W. W. The following statement Was made last evening by Senator Leroy A. Wright: "Mr. Harris Weinstock's alleged judicial investigation of the I. W. W. situation in San Diego was, in plain English, a farce. "This statement and its explanation through the press is made necessary because Mr. Weinstock declined to speak at the civic center meeting held yesterday unless permitted to speak last. This deprived me of an opportunity to reply to his animadversions on the citizens of San Diego. "In Governor Johnson's letter of instruction, Mr. Weinstock was directed to make a 'judicial investigation.' Notwithstanding these instructions, Mr. Weinstock had neither power to sub- pena witnesses nor to take testimony under oath. " "Immediately upon arrival in San Diego be became engaged . in a controversy with the district attorney and evoked the criticism of a two of our daily papers. I do not charge that Mr. Weinstock did »©t ♦ intend to be fair, but the circumstances under which he came and the J method adopted in snaking the investigation precluded any fairness or a findings warranted by the facts. | "Until, through my personal efforts, he secured one of our superior I court rooms, the investigation was conducted in an out of the way place J in the courthouse, which was crowded with ruffian members of the I. W. t W. as thick as sardines in a can. . * "I was called one afternoon to go to this alleged judicial inquiry i by four old soldiers, who desired to tell what they had heard. The T examination was not conducted by Mr. Weinstock, but by Mr. Fred I Moore, attorney for the I. W. W.. and many other members. No ♦ rules of evidence governed the inquiry, and our respectable citizens t refused to go before Mr. Weinstock and submit themselves to insult- I ing remarks from the gang of I. W. W. hoodlums who crowded the f room, and who* were confessedly in the city of San Diego for the 1 purpose of defying our city ordinance. ♦ "Personally,-! did* all I could 10 persuade a number of our citizens - T to go make their statements. They declined to do so, stating that 4 the examination was being conducted by the 1. \V. W. ruffians, and not ♦ by Mr. Weinstock; that If they entered the room they would be marked 1 for slaughter by the 1. W. W. gunmen: that inasmuch as these violators 4 of the law had induced the investigation, and were conducting it, they 1 refused to be a party thereto, believing that they would not receive t justice at the hands of the investigator. J "Personally I did not approve of this, but it was the attitude taken f by our citizens, and Mr. Weinstock failed to hear but one side of the X controversy. ♦ "This can not be charged solely to Mr. Weinstock. The fault lies f equally with our citizens who refused to testify before him, and I I am not prepared to say that they were not justified in their action. ? Knowing full well that he had heard but one side of the story, Mr. I Weinstock made his report to the governor and drew certain con- I elusions therefrom which are untrue and which reflect discredit upon the ▼ people of Sati Diego. To illustrate: He found that the conduct of I the citizens' committee was more heinous and more criminal than the a crimes committed by the I. W. W.'s. He ha# accepted the unsworn I statements of these men. who admittedly recognized no flag, save J the RED flag; and who deny allegiance to any country as absolute 1 verity. 4 "In his report Mr. Weinstock found that they were meek and ? peaceable in their opposition of the law. While he was making the 1 investigation, a plot was being made to murder members of our ♦ police force, and an attempt to carry it out took place early in the T month of May. J "Mr. Weinstock did not ascertain the fact that there were two t rendezvous —one at the corner of Thirteenth and X streets and the I other at the corner of Ninth* and X streets, in San Diego, where * 'gunmen' were stationed and where arms and ammunition were t secreted. It was from one of these stations that the murderous i attack was made on two of our policemen, resulting in their being I shot down. One nf policemen is now in the hospital as a result t of the gunshot wotind inflicted by one of these T. W. W. gunmen. 1 Subsequent to Mr. Weinstock* investigation, two atterrlpts have been I made upon the life of the chief of police, and a number of guns and t small arms have been captured. I "The people of San Diego deplore that extra legal means were t necessary in order to rid the city of these anarchists, but in view of I the open threats against the lives of public officials; in view of their ♦ denunciation of the constitution and the flag, the time had come when it t was necessary to act and not to argue. The citizens did act, and they t did deport hundreds of men who had come to San Diego for the J express purpose, and as a result of a conspiracy* to defy our laws f and overthrow our city government. That some unnecessary acts of I violence occurred can not be denied. These instances are regretted as * much by the people of San Diego a> by Mr. Weinstock. but the action i taken became necessary as an act of self-defense. The people de- ♦ fended themselves and their city, and it ill became Mr. Weinstock to I say that they committed crimes greater than those which resulted * from the conspiracy to overthrow law and order in San Diego and f eventually to overthrow the national government. '♦ "I repeat that Mr. Weinstock'* investigation was not judicial; I that it was directed by members of the I. W. W. organization rather J than by Mr. Weinstock; that he arrived at entirely erroneous con- t elusions and that, as a judicial investigation, it was as complete and ♦ absolute a farce as was ever perpetrated upon the public ♦ "LEROY A. WRIGHT." 1 ROW WITH DIXON DECLINED BY NEW CHICAGO, May 31.—Colonel Harry S. New. chairman of the subcommittee on arrangements for the republican national convention, tonight said that despite various reports and controversies his committee would follow the system of seat distribution in vogue four years ago and previously in handling applications for seats at this year's convention. Colonel New also said he would decline to enter into further discussion with any one on this point, but in announcing this determination he delivered the following shaft at United States Senator Dixon, Colonel Roosevelt's campaign manager: "Regarding the Roosevelt seat incident, so called, I simply wish to say that I will make no attempt to match •Joe* Dixon in billingsgate or insult, and therefore will have no controversy." In explaining the system of seat distribution. Colonel New said that no arbitrary number of seats would be given to any individual national committeeman, but that each committeeman would receive an equable proportion of available seats. "So committeeman can get all the seats he wants," said CoMonei New, 'but with the limited number at our command each will get a just proportion. These will go out in the customary manner that has obtained at republican national conventions for a good many yeara." Considerable interest in Chicago today centered in the departure for Oyster Bay of several of the 58 Illinois delegates to the national convention to meet Colonel Roosevelt tomorrow. In the party are Medill McCormlck of Chicago. Alexander H. Reveil of Chicago, chairman of the western department of the national Roosevelt committee, went with the delegates. At the headquarters of the republican national convention contests from the following districts were added today to the list of 204 contests made public yesterday, making a total of 226 contested seats in the convention to date: Seats State. District. Cud tested. Misxourl ... 13 a North CaroHua ft 2 Tennessee ft •> Tens (at Urge sth-9tb> 14 14 Alaska (at Urge) — 2 Totals 22 ♦■.- TWO RTTNABOT/TS ATTTHORl»aa>—Authorisation to buy two runabout* for the use of hit department, the aggregate cost uot to exceed SI,OOi>. wa» Rlveu the chief of the department of electricity last night by the board of tire commissioners. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1912. ■ *— - Senator Leroy A. Wright. PRISONER'S RETURN TO NORTH SOUGHT [speci'fl/ Dispatch to The Call] SACRAMENTO, May 31.—Sheriff William B. Kent of Seattle arrived }n Sacramento today to obtain papers from Governor Johnson to take back to Seattle Victor Cornell, under arrest in Ran Francisco. Cornell is alleged to have stolen an automobile at Seattle and escaped to f%in Francisco. He shot a policeman who sought to arrest him but was captured. FINED FOR CRUELTY—Found guilty of cruelty to animals, M. Ijjxenechla wa/i fined $20 yesterday by Police Judge Sbortall. Laseoechla drove a lame horse. DYNAMITERS WRECK BUILDINGS IN CITY Three Explosions at Different Places Withm Short Time Cause Consternation Cent!*u*d From Page • In Bush street, saw two men acting auspiciously at the time of the explosion. A few secends before the crash occurred he caw them walking rapidly in Buah attest from Kearny to Montgomery. About the tirrfe they were in front of the building, the explosion occurred. They quickened their pace and disappeared from Bush street into Montgomery. McMahon failed to get a good look at the pair, and could not give a satisfactory description of them. The dynamiting of the place in Bush street created a panic in the Wright hotel at 368 Bush street, the guests thinking for a Sme that the structure occupied by them had been damaged as well as the one adjoining. George W. Dahl, a conductor for the United Railroad*, who had Just gone to bed in the Wright hotel, was only about. 12 feet from the epot where the dynamite exploded on the adjoining roof. Aa the Shattering of the glass In the windows of the hotel on that side alarmed the guests, he grabbed his clothing and ran into the hallway. The damaged building is an old one story structure which is about to be torn down. Several tenants have moved from the building. • A report was current laat night that a fourth place, had been wrecked, but the squad of detectives and the regular patrolmen detailed by Detective Tom Ryan to work on the case failed to locate it. Every place likely to be attacked by the dynamiters was placed under guard as quickly a* possible, but evidently the dynamite was all used before the police had time to get to their places of vantage. MANAGER OF NATOMAS „ CONSOLIDATED ELECTED [Special Dispatch to The Call] SACRAMENTO, May 31.—Announcement ia made here today of the election of S. I* G. Knox, former general manager of the Yuba Construction company, as vice president and general manager of the Natomas Consolidated to succeed Newton Cleaveland. who resigned recently. The r Natoma» ha* its principal offices here. It owns a large acreage in this section, operates dredgers and is building levees to reclaim about 80,000 acres of land between the 'American and Sacramento rivers just north of* this city. OHIO REPUBLICANS WILL INDORSE THE PRESIDENT Taft Also Expects to Control State Delegates at Large Contiiraed From Page 9 ence with President Taft late In the afternoon. Harding will be a prominent figure at the Chicago convention. He ia under consideration for the honor of presenting President Taft's name to the national convention, but it is expected that the speech will be made by Senator Burton of Ohio. PLATFORM PLEASES TAFT The prealdent went over the proposed platform that is to be presented by Harding and found most of It aatisfactory. The Roosevelt faction announces that it will fight the Taft platform to the bitter end, seeking to substitute a Roosevelt platform. The president had a conference with Senators Root, Crane, Penrose, Bradley. Townsend and Smith. He Is now in active charge of his own campaign, making sure that all the delegates pledged to him will stick to the end. The Taft managers have gone over the list and expect to have a safe majority of at least 30 votes in the Chicago convention. The Roosevelt managers say they will have a majority of 40, claiming 580 delegates. LA rOLLETTE A PUZZLE Tllere continuea conaiderable speculation about the attitude that will be taken by Senator La Follette, the general impression being that he will try to hold hia delegates to the end and will not release them either to Roosevelt or to Taft. The Roosevelt forces, however, are counting on the 10 North Dakota delegates should there be a second ballot. While the Roosevelt headquarters remains silent on the rumored efforts to unseat members of the republican national committee before the aettlement of contests begins, the Taft bureau asserts that It knows the attempt la to be made. In ft statement issued by Director McKinley the following assertion is made: ROOSEVELT "PLANS USURPATION "An attempt to recall the members of the present republican national committee ia already being; advocated by the Roosevelt forces. William Plynn of Pittsburg and others of the Roosevelt campaign managers are now working; on a plan to substitute for the members of the national committee new men upon whom Roosevelt can rely not to gIVH a judicial decision on the contests pending before that body, but to seat all Roosevelt contesting delegates regardless of the merits of their contests. "Of course the proposal of Roosevelt is wholly revolutionary, and in that regard is in line with his demand for a third term as president." PRESIDENT'S ENGAGEMENTS Former Lieutenant Warren G. Harding of Ohio spent some time with the president this afternoon. The president's out of town engagements during June include a trip to Hampton Roads on Sunday aboard the Mayflower to greet the German vesaels which are coming to this country to return the call of the American vessels which visited Kiel several years ago. The president will hold a reception on Monday and later entertain at dinner In honor of the German officers. He is scheduled to return to Washington early Tuesday morning when he will deliver an address at the International Association of Factory Inspectors at its opening session. WILL VISIT ANNAPOLIS On Friday, June 7, the president will go to Anaapolls to attend the graduation exercises at the naval academy. Saturday, June 8, the president will go to Hampton Institute, Va., to attend the commencement exercises Sunday evening, returning to Washington Monday morning. The trip to Hampton will be made on the Mayflower. The day before the republican national convention meets the president will attend the graduation exercises at Hamilton college at Clinton, H. T. The president today granted permission to the Daughters of 1812 to erect a memorial on Craney Island In Norfolk harbor to Major James Faulkner, the American leader of the little band that fought the British there on June 22, 1813. Among the president's callers were: General Powell Clayton, Senators Culbertaon, Cullom. Crane, Catron, Penrose, Smith, Townsend, Root, Bradley and Brown, ex Senator Mason and' Representatives Rodenberg, Ayrea, Davenport, Howland, Gregg, Gardner and Morgan. :—i—• JOHN O'GRADY WANTED—San Mateo, May 31. John O'Grady. a son of K. O'Grady, a wealthy breeder of racing horaes, 1» being aonght by the authorities aa the result of an argument with his wife, which OTlnJtnated early this morning, it is alleged, when the husband struck ber over the head with a baseball bat. inflicting serious injuries. RULES RELAXED FOR LEMON IMPORTERS Treasury Department Extends Time for Proving Condemnation of Fruit [Specie/ Dispatch to The Call] WASHINGTON, May 31.—Lemon Importers have at length secured from the aecretary of the treasury a concesalon with regard to the time within which they must submit proof of condemnation of fruit by the health department of New York in order to obtain a remission of the duty on such condemned fruit. At the time the new regulations were made the time was fixed at Aye day?. probably, as an official of the department puts it. because it was not thought that any one could desire a longer time. However, the importers have been trying constantly to have the regulations abrogated or moditif'i "All importers." said the official already quoted, "are trying all the time to get the better of the government on the regulations governing customs collections. These particular importers had a decided advantage formerly In the manner in which the law was administered. "Because the government found that It was loaing a large amount of money every year through the manner In which the amount of rotten lemons was determined, the regulations now in force were adopted- They required that the amount of fruit ahould be determined from an inspection of the sale samples. "The government is satisfied with the manner in which the regulations ha\ a been workintg, but the importers want the use of sale samples stopped. The fact seems to be that the shipments are usually a little heavier than the market, will absorb. They get the fruit cheap in Italy and try to work off as much as possible here. "Another thing the importers object to is the system of repacking the boxes selected to inspect for rot. The importers say that the repacked sample boxes sell for leas than those which have not been so handled and they want the weight of the rotten fruit estimated. Of course if our men should guess too much the importers would accept their estimate, but if the;' guessed too little they would protest and have the fruit weighed so that they would beat us both ways." PRESIDENT JORDAN TO LEOTURE— The flr*f of a series of lectures to be glren under the auspices of the prison reform section of th« San Francisco center will be held at 3 O'clock. thia afternoon in the white and gold room of the St. Francis. I>r. DaTld Starr Jordan, president of the Stanford T3nTersity. will he th» speaker and his subject will h», ••Eugenia ••-the Science of Being Well Born." /6ne\ /look a ImeansJ I in the "BURLINGAME FOOTHILLS" I 25 Minutes From Third and Townsend Streets. NO FOGS— NO FERRIES Curbs, cement sidewalks, wide streets, water system, electricity, street lights, free daily city deliveries. Deal directly with owners. Office of EASTON ESTATE, 225 Mills Bldg., S. F. £ jfcffettttmnrt WmtvscuvdWmtiiStinatWssmsonvtl % 1 v Plai to «J» | Plan to I IHareoscoort JwvMVll | Havenscourt I x &he Home Tlace 'Beautiful . SundaY J I | ADVERTISEMENT 1 t? 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