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THE San Francisco CALL VOLUME CXIL?NO. 81. SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1912. PRICE FIVE CENTS. CALIFORNIAN IS HUNTED TO HIS DEATH IN CONGO Former Commission Merchant of Los Angeles Long Poacher in Africa Virtual King Is Pursued for Weeks Through Jungle by British Force Story Revealed in Official Report One of Most Dramatic in Colonial Annals LONDON, Aug. 19.?Hunted down by British soldiers in the depths of the jungles of central Africa. where for years, in defiance of all authority, he had pursued the career of elephant poacher and illicit Ivory trader, James Wood

Rogers, formerly commission merchant of Los Angeles, Cal., is dead. He was shot down by little force of troops that had been sent into the wilderness in pursuit with or- ders not to return without the outlaw, dead or alive. News of Ropers' death came formally today to the British colonial office'from Captain C. V. Fox. inspector of M*m- galla province, who commanded the expedition. Although told in an offi- cial report, the story revealed is one of the most dramatic in colonial annals For years Rogers had carried on his lawless trade which popular opinion r-redited with netting him fortune.

The remote regions along the Lado en- clave and Congo boundaries were the scenes of his operations. Time after time British officials of the Soudan had tried in vain to trap him. It was this defiance of years which determined the government to crush the old man. Organized Administration Captain Fox's report shows that In hla long operations Rogers had done more than had been dreamed of by the colonial office. He had established an organized administration over the wild trackless country and among the na- tives was* virtual, if not crowned "king. The success of the outlaw in hand- ling his

"subjects" and in th pursuit ot his trade drew from Captain Fox. in 'tm -report, the tribute mat ?RrSgers' work was worthy of better cause. Not since the explorer, Henry M- Stan- ley, pierced the jungles in 1871 and found Doctor Livingstone has such tale of hardships, trials and dangers come out of Africa. Captain Fox's re- port in this respect resembles most early, perhaps, the tale of General I'unston's dogged pursuit of Aguinaldo in the Philippines. For the purpose of tracking the out- law the English commander was, given noncommissioned subordinate and six Sudanese soldiers. Body carriers

and mules for the transportation of supplies were part of his equipment. His in- structions were plain?not to return un- til the outlaw was captured. With soldier's disregard for red tape. Captain Fox in his report fails to mention dates in describing the man :;unt. Apparently the denouement of the ingle drama came three months ago. Weeks in Pursuit The pursuers then had spent weeks plunging through the jungle, that al- most defied passage, Rogers cunningly lea dine them through the densest of swamps, forests and across deep streams. Before the outlaw was overtaken he had crossed the Nile into

the Belgian Congo. Creeping up the Uganda bank of the Nile, the expedition pushed forward for six weeks before the quarry was lo- cated. Fox and his men then had worn their clothes to tatters and their sup- plies were exhausted, leaving them fac- ing starvation in the wilderness. The last 12 hours of the pursuit was cularly trying. The chase led over mountain, with Rogers' men short distance in advance. As they fled the ppelike natives of the outlaw sent back taunts and jeers at their pursuers. Dramatic Close Dramatic in the extreme is Captain Fox's explanation of the death of Rog- ers. In the

jungle into which they had descenaed from the mountain his party came suddenly upon camp. native Hijimacned the English officer and said: 'The commander wants you to come in. He is sick and can not come out." Entering the hut. Captain Fox found himself in room dimly lighted by candle. white man was lying on ouch and beside him sat companion, Uso wnite. For time there was dead silence. Captain Fox bellevng* he had jeen led into trap. Then he asked: "Which is Mr. Rogers?" "Mr. Rogers has been shot," replied the outlaw's companion. "Yes," interrupted Rogers, "and by ?our men." Points Revolver at

Officer "Come stand right here so can look you," Rogers continued. His eyes vere blazing and from beneath blan- ket he drew revolver and pointed it at the officer. dying man, guess," he said. 'I?dn't think they could kill old Rog- ers, but they got him this time. "Still, you are in Belgian territory Main Armies Encamped but Six Miles Apart Defenders and Invaders Rest on Their Arms ADVANCE BY DETACHMENT OF THE BLUES YESTERDAY IN THE COUNTRY NORTH OF MORGAN HILL. GRAVE FEAR FELT FOR AERONAUTS Balloonists From Venice May Be in Peril Far Out Over Pacific Ocean VENICE, Aug. 19.?Fears for the safety

of five men who started on what was intended to be cross country flight in the gas balfoon California, which ascended from the end of the Frazier pier here today, were expressed by their friends tonight. With Edward Unger, the builder, as pilot; Clyde G. Benjamin, as passenger, and Arthur and Leslie N. Civin and Ray Raymer, as crew, the balloon's flight was begun at 2:15 o'clock this afternoon. To avoid striking bath- house, several bags of sand were thrown out hastily, and the balloon appar- ently shot into an unexpected air cur- rent, as it was whisked away northward instead of eastward, its

intended course. As the balloon disappeared over the Malibu mountains it was seen to veer toward the ocean, and it was thought tonight, when no word had been re- ceived from its occupants, that they might be in danger far out at sea. GIRL OF 15 BRAVE, BUT UNSUCCESSFUL Heroic Attempt to Save Drown- ing San Franciscan Fails by Narrow Margin SAXTA ROSA, Aug. 19.?Miss Ethel Ogburn, the 15 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Ogburn, made brave but unsuccessful effort this afternoon to save Leo Presti of Waller street, San Francisco, from drowning while bathing in the Russian river at Cosmo

farm, summer resort where Presti and his two brothers went last night for week's vacation outing. Presti is fairly good swimmer, but is believed to have entered the water either too warm or too soon after eat- ing. He was taken with cramps. Miss Ogburn witnessed the sinking of the man from her father's place on the opposite side of the river and with- out momont's hesitation plunged into the stream. She succeeded in getting hold of Presti," but was unable to get him a.shore. She then *t\ent ashore and, quickly re- leasing some of her clothes, was just on the point of making dive into the river

to secure the inert body when she was restrained by others who had arrived. The body was not recovered for several hours and life was extinct. GENERAL BOOTH IS RAPIDLY SINKING Commander of Salvation Army Thought to Be Near Death NEW YORK, Aug. 19.?General Wil- liam Booth, commander in chief of the Salvation Army, is at death's door, ac- cording to cablegrams received at army headquarters here from Loudon today. COLONEL OF REDS TAKEN PRISONER OLIVER W. TUTTLE [Special Dispatch to The Call] MORGAN HILL, CAMP OF FIRST BRIGADE, SIXTH DIVISION, RED ARMY, Aug. the rays of perfect California moon two

hostile arraic- lie bivouacked for the nigh,jeady to %t the first streak of dawn tomorrow ?one, the Red army, invading California from the south; the other, the defend- ing Blue army, protecting San Francisco from the north. Occupying strategic positions in the hilly passes at Coyote is the Blue force, under command of Colonel Cornelius Gardener. Six miles to the south, just outside The Red force represents an invading foe which has landed from transj Tts in Monterey bay and is marching north, destroying everything in its path, with its object the capture of the city of San Francisco. The

Blues represent an American army mobilized in the city at the Golden gate, which has been rushed south by the war department to hold the enemy in check until the arrival of forces from the east. The outcome of the battle will depend on strategy. The two forces are about equal in strength. Sleep on Their Arms Scores of campfires blaze and flit through the gloom in the thickets near the supports, while at the outposts and pickets all is in darkness. At the lat- ter positions no is allowed to speak above whisper. At the camps of the main bodies of both armies tired soldiers lie huddled around the

fires Testing on their arms. The staff officers of General Wan- kowski tonight are carefully examining the maps of the surrounding country, while Captain S. O. Fuqua, chief of staff, is dictating orders to the com- manding officers of the regimental units. Orderlies are rushing back and forth between headquarters and the tents of the colonels of the various commands. Out at the outposts of the invaders telegraph operators of the Utah signal corps are buzzing messages back to headquarters. In advance of the out- posts pickets are keeping vigil all the sharper, as the enemy Is directly In their

front. Further still toward the Blue army lone sentinels are sil- houetted against the night sky. Blue Cavalry Driven Back In sharp skirmish battle the Blue cavalry were driven from their position at Murphys peak near here today. The fight lasted from o'clock in the morn- ing until this afternoon. The Blues put up stubborn resistance, it being necessary for the Red commander to deploy several regiments to dislodge them. The Red army entered Morgan Hill shortly after o'clock, tired and dirty and nearly famished. The engagement, which took place in the hills of Paradise valley, was fought in the

sweltering August sun after forced march of nearly 25 miles. The Red army was awakened from its camp at Gilroy at 3:15 this morning and was on the move long before sun- rise. thick gray fog enwrapped the hills and valleys along the line of march and extra precaution was neces- sary. Instead of taking the regular county road from Gilroy to Morgan Hill the Red army took the longer PINIONED WOMAN BEGS TO BE SHOT Husband, Himself Pinned Be- neath Automobile, Hears Wife's Dying Screams [Special Dispatch to The Call] PETALUMA Aug. 19.?Pinned be- neath an automobile following an early morning

accident two miles south of here today, Mrs. Lottie M. Mason, wife of E. W. Mason, secretary of the Coa- linga 011 company, pleaded with her husband for 10 minutes to end her life with his revolver. Mason, helpless to aid her, heard her screams until death relieved her. The Masons, who lived in Kentfieid, Marin county, were en route home from weekend trip to Blue Lakes, Lake county, in their automobile. Mason had been driving all Sunday* night in an effort to reach his San Francisco office early today. They passed through Petaluma at o'clock and few min- utes afterward, at spot on the county

road known as the haystacks, Mason lost control of the machine, which veered into four foot ditch and over- turned. Both of the occupants were pinned under the body of the car. Mason managed to extricate one arm ana reach the horn, which waa their only means of calling for help. James Wall, farmer, responded quickly, but could do nothing without tools, and ran back to his barn to fetch jack. In the meantime Mrs. Mason was screaming in agony and begging her husband to shoot her. Wall returned with jack and was able to ease the pressure upon Mrs. Mason and drag her out, but it was too late. She

was dead within few minutes. With the help of others Wall rescued the frantic husband and soon had him under sur- geon's care. Although painfully injured, Mason will live. Mason "Home Man" E. W. Mason for more than 10 years was private secretary to J. A. Chanslor, capitalist and oil man, and when Chanslor assumed the presidency of the Coalinga company Mason waa made secretary. He was married six years ago to Mrs. Mason and has no children. On receiving telephone message yesterday Chanslor went immediately to San Rafael to see the injured man. Mason has been member of the Txansportjilion club

ior many year** BLUE ADVANCE IS FORCED TO RETIRE ROYDEN WILLIAMSON [Special Dispatch to The Call] HEADQUAkiuks, iJLUh. akmk, us iBE FIELD NEAR COYOTE, Aug. 19.?The Blue army tonight is sleeping in its trenches. The long expected battle prom- ises to open at dawn with an engagement all along the line. Gardener has occupied strong position mile and .a"Half to tne north of here, between twx> sloping eleva- tions', and, reinforced by Bowen with the cavalry and artillery, is preparing to make things hot for the Reds, who until now have been having everything their own way. The first brush with the

enemy since Colonel Gardener assumed personal command of operations at the front took place this morning, when the Reds advanced on Morgan Hill, eight miles south of here. Some lively fighting occurred, but Colonel Bowen's rear guard evacuated the town before Wankowski's superior numbers. Takes Up New Position Dawn had not broken when Bowen,, having struck camp, sent his wagon train to the rear under guard to join the main force marching down from San Jose and took up position in the town to await the enemy's advance. Throwing out his cavalry under Major S. W. Kay to the southeast to sweep

that section, he planted two guns of the Oakland battery in side road to the south of the town. Red outposts had been seen to the southwest on the hills overlooking the village, and it -was con- fidently believed that Wankowski was trying to outflank Bowen by passing his right. When no developments resulted after waiting in this position for over three hours, Bowen withdrew his force to the north of the town in accordance with general orders and took up new position. He ordered the cavalry to the rear first, instructing Major Key to reconnolter the terrane in that direction and then be

prepared to support the infantry on the main county road in case of attack. New Base at Crossroads The new base had for its center the crossing between the main road and side road leading westward over the Santa Cruz mountains and supposed to connect with another road leading from Gilroy clrcultously through two valleys, one known as Paradise valley and the other, to the westward, the Llagas val- ley. Supposing that the reds were ad- vancing up one or the other of these two valleys, Bowen sent company of Infantry up Murphys peak, lone moun- tain lying directly west of the town, ordered two

guns of Captain Faneuf battery to take position on the pass behind it, directed battalion of the Twelfth infantry up another elevation to support his artillery and again waited. Meanwhile the cavalry, which should have kept In contact with the enemy in these operations, lost its way, and Bowen was without the definite in- formation it is the purpose of cavalry to supply. According to the experts, who fought the battle over again in the regimental headquarters tonight. Colonel Bowen was In serious situa- tion, liable to be cut off from his line of retreat along the county road, especially as

the battery commander holding the pass evidently forgot that he was pro- tected by Infantry above him and with- drew his guns down the winding road and took up new position In peach orchard, where, had the enemy ap- TOO MANY WIDOWS IN SUICIDE CASE Mysteries Shroud Death of Son of Banker by His Own Hand in Oakland [Special Dispatch to The Call] LOS ANGELES. Aug. 19.?Mystery enveloped the circumstances that led up to the suicide ia Oakland of Joseph T. Miles, son of an eastern millionaire banker now residing at 43 Westmore- land street, this city. Dispatches from the east say- that Mrs. Grace

Taggart, Falls City, Mo., divorcee, is hurrying to Los Angeles with claim that she is Miles' widow. Miles' relatives here refuse to believe she was married to the victim, accord- ing to statement made today by Dr. P. C. Wiser, his uncle. Doctor Wiser says that he and other members of the family believe that the young man left widow, who is now studying music in Europe. The writer of the letter signed "Myrtle," found in Miles' effects, which entreat Miles to return to the writer. BOY MURDERER HEARS CHARGE Youth Who Killed Parents With Rough on Rats Appears in Court [Special Dispatch to The

Call] SANTA ROSA, Aug. 19.?Sheriff J. K. Smith swore to complaint this after- noon before Justice A. J. Atchinson charging Adam Clark, the 15 year old youth of Windsor, who placed rough on rats In the family coffee canister, there- by killing his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. James Clark, with murder. The boy was brought into the justice court and after having the complaint read admitted his name, after which Justice Atchinson placed the case In the hands of the juvenile court. Judge Emmet Seawell presides in that de- partment and he will be asked to decide what action shall be taken. Under

the law Judge Seawell may commit the boy to the reform school un- til he is of age or he may send the case back to the justice for preliminary ex- amination and trial in the superior court. LATE WILD WEST SHOW BEAUTY SHOOTS LAWYER Wooed in California, Married at Renos Seeks N. Y. Divorce NEW YORK, Aug. 19.? Mrs. Eliza- beth M. Edmunds, daughter of an English army officer formerly stationed at Barbados and performer in wild west show when Dr. J. Marlon Edmunds, Manhattan dentist, met her in Cali- fornia and married her at Reno, Nev., September 27, 1897, shot arid seriously wounded Albert C.

Fach. district attor- ney of Richmond county, in the law- yer's office on Staten Island today. NAPA WARDS UNDERFED DESPITE EXPOSE More Damning Proof That Asylum Inmates Are Denied Wholesome Food Clearly Developed FIRST COOK FOR PATIENTS SAYS PUBLIC IS DECEIVED Further Investigation at Hos- pital Shows That Diet Still Is Unfit for Unfortunate Insane to Relish MEAT AND FISH SUPPLY SHOWS STEADY DECREASE CLOVIS FARNSWORTH FRANTIC efforts of Governor Johnson and his subordinates in the state machine to discredit The Call's exposure of the starv- ing of patients at the Napa asylum appear all the

more futile as the affi- davits of those thoroughly familiar with the institution are given to the public. Already The Call has given convinc- ing proof of the underfeeding of the unfortunate wards of the state. For- mer head attendants who were dis- missed without cause have told how meager and unpalatable was the food served the patients since Governor Johnson's political machine took con- trol of the asylum. The affidavit of the former butcher?and he was not dismissed?showing bow the supply of meat was cut down after C. N. Whit- .aker became steward, has been printed in The Call. have alio

told ot my personal observations of the vile and scanty food served the patient!. More Damning Proof But today more damning proof of The Call's charges than anything yet pre- sented is given. Herewith is the sworn affidavit of William H. Dittmer, the man who prepared the food f<*r the patients. Dittmer voluntarily quit his position as first cook for the patients last Friday. He is the one man above all others among the employes who knows Just what the inmates of the asylum had to eat. In his affidavit Dittmer charges the board of control with attempting to deceive the public by giving out the

bill of fare for the employes as that for the patients. He fully corroborates every charge made by The Call. In addition he gives many new details about the unwholesome quality of the food he was forced to prepare because of the niggardly policy of the new ad- ministration in its efforts to make record for economy. Dittmer tells In his affidavit how there was so liUle meat put in the stew that only few patients could find meat in the mess placed before them. If there was not enough stew for meal he threw In flour and water to Increase the quantity. Under oath he tells how the soup was without

sub- stance ?such stuff that he would not drink It. He also asserts that the stew was so vile he was ashamed to dish it out. Untouched Food Held Over Food untouched at one meal was not thrown away, according to Dittmer, but sent back to the patients at the next meal. The former cook also tells in* his affidavit why the coffee was so poor. He was given only 22 pounds for 280 gallons of water. Hotels and restau- rants generally use one pound to five gallons. Although Whitaker and the state ad- ministration have been crying aloud that the patients were being amply fed. discovered yesterday on

visft to the asylum that the diet had been slightly Improved over what it was last week Continued on Page 4. Column Continued on Page 2, Column Continued on Page 8 Colanui Continued en Page *f, Cejjuua. THE CALL LEADS IN THEATRICAL HI llf Ip ce e^ ate nirlAf\ COMMERCIAL II HH \u25a0 SOCIETY 111, WWII FINANCIAL \u25a0 \u25a0 W. NaT THE WEATHER YESTERDAY Highest 66; \u25a0* lowest Monday night, 52. FORECAST FOR TODAY?Cloudy, 7W day with fog; nvktcrate southwest wind. For Dotaila of the Weathar 8m Ya* 14 Look Young ?don't look older than necessary by wearing unbe- I ,i\ _*00& coming eye glass-

Vw \fc \_s4_\j___ es. The beauty V" and charm of the face is in the eyes, and the selection of eye glasses sl__*_ suited to the nose IHwl__\*^) should be made before any other feature of {\u25a0*. personal adornment N** can be considered \1 .1 "Equipoise" eye glasses iS| ?solve the problem. \^|> Wear One. California Optical Co* (W.D-Fenntmore J.W.Paris A.R.Fennlmor*) 181 Post St San Francisco 1221 Broadway Oakland (C. L. Hogae at Oakland Store)


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