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San Francisco call (Newspaper) - August 29, 1898, San Francisco, CaliforniaAil to a starter not volume 90.san Francisco monday August 29, 1898. Price five cents. Believes he saw the death package posted a strange meeting at the ferry j. E. Fer Messee is a new witness in the Dunning Case. Detective Mcvey outlines the object of his trip to this City. The movements of mrs. Cordelia Botkin accused of the horrifying murder of mrs. J. P. Dunning and mrs. J. D. Deane Are being traced in this City As were those of Theodore Durrant. Another witness and one of vital moment in the Case has come Forward and is ready to stand the Best of identification. This witness is j. E. Fennessee who believes that on August 4 he saw mrs. Cordelia Botkin mail a Box Itiat in size and general appearance resembled a Box of Candy. Fennessee is positive in his assertions. He recites incidents that explain his in rest in the matter and in a plausible Way explains Why he took particular interest in the actions of a woman who was unknown to him. He details an incident that May be of the utmost value in the struggle that mrs. Botkin must make for her life As he carries the Chain of incriminating evidence from Stockton to this City. If Fennessee is not Rossly in error he saw mrs. Botkin Deposit at the ferry postal station in this City a Box such As was opened by the unfortunate women at Dover. Fennessee is a slightly built clean shaven dark complexioned Young Man employed at the Philadelphia shoe store. He is nervous of manner Quick of speech and evidently weighted with a sense of the responsibility of appearing As the accuser of one so seriously conditioned As mrs. Botkin. The Young Man lives at 666 sixth Street. Oakland and returns Dally to his Home at 6 a clock in the evening. He has Seldom occasion to go into the postal station in the ferry depot and that is Why he remembers so clearly the incident of August 4. About fifteen minutes before 6 of clock on that Day. He says he went to the postal station on some business connected with the Manila malls. As he hastened into the station he met and almost jostled a woman who was on the Point of depositing a package in the receptacle for parcels. Fennessee stepped to one Side and would have paid no further attention to the incident had the woman not showed evident signs of uneasiness and annoyance. She seemed to be disturbed that any one should have so interrupted her. Her actions at once attracted Fennessee and excited his curiosity. He noted the woman and her dress and noticed the Box that had been dropped into the mail. The woman he declares answers the published descriptions of mrs. Botkin. The Bent he says looked As if it might be a Box of Candy such As dealers sell for 60 cents. When the murders at Dover were so extensively exploited and mrs. Botkin was placed under arrest Fennessee recalled the incident at the ferry postal station. He recognized in the picture of mrs. Botkin that of the mysterious woman he had seen at the ferry. He compared dates and recalled the fact that he had seen the woman on the very Day and at the very hour that the poisoned Box of Candy was mailed from the ferry postal station in this City. The postmark on the Box completed the series of coincidences and Fennessee decided to give his information and his opinions to the authorities. He called last night at police Headquarters and made a detailed statement of what he knew. He offered to test the accuracy of what be believed to be True by trying to identify mrs. Botkin. He was not permitted to do this however As the local police do not care to attempt a verification of any evidence they possess until the Dover detective arrives and supplies the evidence which is so necessary to the prosecution of mrs. Botkin. No one has been permitted yet to see mrs. Botkin b i a Quot b e t another probable link forged in the Chain. J. E. Fennessee relates How he saw a mysterious woman mail a Box at the ferry on the afternoon of August 4. Another important incident in the Dunning Case if mrs. Botkin is identified As the principal has come to Light. John e. Fennessee a Young Man Well known in this City and Oakland dictates the following details of a remarkable occurrence which May have an important bearing on the Fate of the woman now under arrest. My business hours Are from 8 a. M. To 9 p. M. Every thursday evening is my evening off. On that Day x leave the store at about 5 35 p. M. On the first thursday in August which was August 4, i left the store at the usual time. I boarded a car at third and Market at 5 35 and arrived at the ferry about eighteen minutes to 6. While looking for a Friend who lives in Sausalito i neared the Tiburon ferry Entrance. On my return to the Oakland Entrance i stopped to inquire at the ferry Postoff Ioe what Date the next Steamer sailed for Manila. I had friends in the first California regiment in Manila and i wished to write to them. As i approached the letter drop i Side stepped a lady who was walking toward the parcel drop. She immediately turned and walked about a dozen Steps to her left. On finishing my inquiry and resuming my course toward the Oakland ferry this lady quickly retraced her Steps and deposited in the parcel drop a package about the size of a four bit Box of Candy. I remember she was a Wei Formea woman of medium height. I also noticed that she was very nervous in her actions. When i first saw the lady she Nad the package under her left Arm and her right Haud was on the package she was about to mail. She had on a wrap which came nearly to her Elbow and partially hid the Box. The wrapper on the package As nearly As i can remember was of medium Light Coop. I saw her Deposit that parcel at exactly fifteen minutes to 6. I am positive of my assertion because thursday is the Only night of the week i have off and is the Only night i am Down at the ferry at that hour. I cannot write out a positive description of the lady but i am confident that i would recognize her if i saw her again. Through Reading in the papers the details of the Dunning poisoning Case the incident was recalled to my mind and then when i saw the Date of August 4 As the Day o mailing the package from san Francisco i remembered the nervousness of the woman and the recollection became forceful. Now that x recall the occurrence the woman a apparent nervousness and the fact that she retraced her Steps when i stepped in front of her seems rather strange. I have not seen mrs. Botkin since she was arrested. X have never been acquainted with her. Captain Bohen intimated to me that i would be called upon to see if i could identify the woman under arrest and informed me that he would Send for me when he wanted me. I have thought Over the incident of that Day. And i am positive of the hour and the minute. In my statement to Captain Bohen i use the expression a a Side stepped the i mean by that that i stepped in front of her thereby impeding her movements to the parcel drop. / my / a p 1 v a twi of f j i lasting peace the end sought by russians Czar Nicholas appeals to All european Powers to join in a conference. Believes the Tiri e is Ripe for a reduction of the armaments now crushing to e nations. St. Petersburg aug. 28.�?by order of emperor Nicholas count Mouravieff the foreign minister on the 24th instant handed to the foreign diplomats at St. Petersburg a note declaring that the maintenance of peace and the reduction of the excessive armaments now crushing All nations is the Ideal for which All governments Pught to strive. The Czar considers the present moment favourable for the inauguration of a movement looking to this end and invites the Powers to take part in an International conference As a Means of thus insuring real and lasting peace and terminating the progressive increase of armament. a a a a a Siw my my a and support their suspicions and beliefs by identification of the woman. Until this is done the authorities Here will not express an opinion on the value of any of the testimony that has been offered. Fennessee a offering remains therefore in the condition that All others Are they must be verified before they Are accepted As the truth. All of the testimony thus far submitted is based upon the generally unsatisfactory element of the identification of the woman by people who do not claim to know her and have no very Strong reason to recall incidents that Are vital to the Case. If the detectives succeed in tracing the Box of poisoned Candy to the Stockton store the identification of the various witnesses will then become of grave importance. As the proof now stands mrs. Botkin is supposed to have been seen at the Stockton store. The Box of Candy was mailed in this City and another witness claims to have seen the accused woman at the ferry Post office in this City. The attorneys for mrs. Botkin will employ every Legal artifice to prevent her being taken to Delaware. The lawyers do not relish a trial at Dover for Many reasons. The Eastern authorities have displayed so vigorous an interest in the Case that the accused woman May expect nothing More than the severest Justice. The evidence against her is gradually increasing and a trial at Dover will mean tremendous expense. The woman a attorneys have practically Given up All Hope of escaping some sort of a trial either in this state or in Delaware. If the prosecution can be forced to hold the trial in this state the Burden in Hub a by a by a of expense will be shifted to the shoulders of the prosecution. It will Cost a great Deal of Money to bring witnesses across the continent and to maintain Here the machinery of prosecution that May perhaps be better utilized in Delaware. For these reasons extradition will be bitterly contested. Most of the important evidence against the accused woman is at Dover. The defense rec Wlsh the trial to take place at Dover. If it is found that there is no Law under which the woman May be extradited the trial will be held Here. If the extradition Law is construed literally it seems that mrs. Botkin cannot be extradited. She has not fled from Delaware and the Law specifically declares that she must have fled from the state in order to be returned there for trial. A a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a amp a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a i Mcvey talks of his Mission. The Delaware detective Hopes strengthen the Case against mrs. Botkin. To Reno. Aug. 28.�?a Call correspondent boarded the westbound Overland at Wadsworth at 1 30 to night and found Mcvey. The detective from Delaware who is in route to san Francisco with papers for the extradition of mrs. Cordelia Botkin snugly ensconced in the Pullman car or mus. It was late and or. Mcvey had retired for the night. Upon being routed out he flatly refused to exhibit the papers or evidence he had in his Possession. He had been warned by san Francisco officers to beware of reporters and was cautious about talking of the object of his trip across the continent. He said Quot the result of taming about the evidence i have would probably interfere with if not defeat one of the objects of my coming to the Pacific coast. Quot i have what i believe to be very important evidence in the Case. I know nothing about the Legal Points involved in the extradition proceedings. My Only Hope is to Strep then the Case against mrs. Botkin by adding. Combining and comparing what evidence i have to and with what the san Francisco officials have Mcvey expects to meet detective Gibson of san Francisco at Colfax to Morrow morning. His allans beyond that have not been definitely shaped and will depend largely upon Gibson a advice. By by by a _ state they ear she has outraged the Justice of the state and in that sense Hes fled from it. There is Little Hope however that such 1 construction will be accepted. The question is not however. One of immediate moment As mrs. Botkin will be arrested every time she is released. This process must have an end and it can Only be by trying the woman Here. The police court proceedings will then be commenced or the state will 4 4 4 4 4 44 secure an indictment which will take 4 the matter into the Superior court at 4 once. Mrs. Botkin is still reticent in 4 her quarters at the City prison. She 4 finds it necessary to resort to the fre-4 quent use of a stimulant As the Strain 4 upon her nerves is evidently severe. 4 she declines to speak of the merits of 4 her Case and is confining her thoughts 4 at present to the technical phases of 4 her defense. London. Aug. 28.�?the czars proposition for an International conference for the purpose of securing real and lasting peace among the Powers and the termination of the progressive increase in armaments As conveyed in a note from count Muraff the russian foreign minister to the foreign diplomats at St. Petersburg. Is Likely to produce a sensation throughout Europe and. Coming from such a Quarter and with such evident sincerity of purpose it is Likely to have important effects. There is no doubt that with Russia taking the Lead in such a step. Germany France and the other nations will be ready to follow. The text of the note follows Quot the maintenance of general peace and the possible reduction of the sex ton As the armaments of each Power increase the less and less they fulfil the object the governments have set before themselves. A the economic crisis due in great part to the system of armaments la out Rance and the continual danger which lies in this massing of War material Are transforming the armed peace of our Days into a crushing Burden which the Peoples have More and More Dlf flu try in bearing. A it appears evident that if this state of things were to be prolonged it would inevitably Lead to the very cataclysm it is desired to Avert and the horrors whereof make every thinking being shudder in Advance. Quot to put an end to these incessant armaments and to seek the Means of preparing the jail for mrs. Botkin the Dover officials getting ready it it for the trial of the Al a legend poisoner. Wilmington del., aug. 28.�?it is pro posed to hold a special session of the Kent county court in november to try it it the Case against mrs. Botkin if she can be brought Here before that time. Officials deny that she will be kept at a hotel. Preparation has been made for her at the Dover jail. Attorney general White will to Morrow Send new requisition pay pers made out in the name of a Cor Delia a it instead of a Adelaide c. he will also Send affidavits containing the evidence of important Delaware witnesses. W j Czar Nicholas of Russia who now favors Universal peace the victims of the poisoner s plot. It Ltd it s a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a on Les this fact and will act accordingly. The local authorities under these conditions have outlined their policy and will permit no delay to act i an interference. In the first place the District a attorney and the police in an Effort to overcome this difficulty the District attorney and the police will seek to construe the statute 4 liberally and to carry the meaning that 4 the woman Hab fled from the Justice of4 Delaware. I Lille she was never in the Cesslee armaments which weigh upon All nations present themselves in existing conditions to the whole world As an Ideal toward which the endeavours of All Good governments should be directed. The humanitarian and magnanimous ideas of his majesty the emperor my August master have been won Over to these views in the conviction that this lofty aim is in conformity with the most essential interests and legitimate views of All the Powers and the Imperial government thinks the present moment would be very favourable to seeking the Means. Quot International discussion is the most effectual Means of insuring to All Peoples benefits a real durable peace above All putting an end to the progressive development of the present armaments. Quot in the course of the last Twenty years the longing for general appeasement has grown especially pronounced in the consciences of civilized nations and the preservation of peace has been put Forward As an object of International policy. It is in its name that great states have concluded among themselves powerful alliances. Quot it is better to guarantee peace that they have developed in proportions hitherto unprecedented their military forces and still continue to increase them without shrinking from any sacrifice. Quot nevertheless All these efforts have not yet been Able to bring about the Beneficent result desired pacification. Quot the financial charges following the upward March strike at the very Root of Public Prosperity. The intellectual and physical strength of the nations labor and capital Are mostly diverted from their natural application and Are a productively consumed. Hundreds of millions Are devoted to acquiring terrible engines of destruction which though to Day regarded As the last work of science Are destined to Morrow to lose All their value in consequence of some fresh discovery in the same Field. National culture economic Progress and the production of wealth Are either paralysed or checked in. Development. Moreover in proper. Warding off the calamities which Are threatening the whole world such is the supreme duty to Day imposed upon All states. Quot filled with this idea his majesty has been pleased to command me to propose to All the governments whose representatives Are accredited to the Imperial court the assembling of a conference which shall occupy itself with this grave problem. Quot this conference will be by the help of god the Happy presage for the Century which is about to open. It would converge into one powerful focus the efforts of All states sincerely seeking to make the great Conception of Universal peace Triumph Over the elements of trouble and discord and it would at the same time Cement their agreement by a corporate concentration of the principles Whereon rest the Security of states and the welfare of support of Germany May have been pledged czars proposal believed to have been submitted to the Kaiser in Advance. London aug. 28.�?the times correspondent in St. Petersburg says Quot the proposal for a conference which was made by the Czar on wednesday through the medium of foreign ambassadors at St. Petersburg has been kept profoundly secret until to Day at the express wish of count Mouravieff. The foreign minister so that it might be first promulgated on the Day of the unveiling of the Monument in the Kremlin to Alexander ii. Quot there is reason to believe that it formed the object of communication Between the courts of St. Petersburg Banff Berlin some time previously and in All probability the support of Germany at least was secured in Advance. A Russia with her chronic famines and her Large enterprises in the far East to provide for out of a budget which is being drawn upon More and More each year for materials of War in
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