Rich Gopcevics Sued by Cousin
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Financial Tragedy Rends Family
Austrian Speculator Asks Balm From Gripman Who Won Floyd Millions.
The Gopcevic family of San Francisco is in a tangle again. Milos, who was a gripman on the California-street cable railroad, and is now a capitalist with the millions of the Floyd estate because Harry Floyd, the heiress, married him and died, is being sued by his cousin, Spiridon Gopcevic, who says he is a count.
Spiridon and his wife Fannie want $1,900 from Milos because, Spiridon says, he was inveigled into running for office in Austria, and not only failed in being elected to the Austrian Parliament, but ran into debt, which is the usual consolation prize of most people who run for office and loss.
The suit has been filed in Judge Sturtavant's court, but court has adjourned until July 23d. In the meantime Spiridon is nursing his wrath and waiting to tell his story.
King Without a Throne.
It is a very involved story. A king — without a throne — is a character in it, and is blamed for the loss of his money and the debts he left behind after the Austrian returns were in and Count Gopcevic was not elected.
The throneless king is Bozo Gopcevic, brother of Milos. He could set the Balkans aflame if he should go after the Servian throne. He traces his descent from Stephen Nemange, who founded the dynasty in 1105, and on the maternal side he is the rightful ruler of Montenegro.
In 1909 he planned a revolution, which was to be financed by Milos, with the Floyd millions, but somehow or other he gave up the expedition. It seems that England didn't want any trouble in the Balkans.
His brother Kristo was poisoned in Colorado in 1903 by Spies, and Bozo is careful where he takes his tea.
Bozo Started Trouble.
Now, according to Spiridon, Bozo started all this trouble about the $1,900. He didn't want to run for Parliament, being a historian and preferring the seclusion of his library to politics. But he says Bozo told him Milos would finance his campaign, and he reluctantly allowed election cards to be printed, or whatever they do in Austria when they want office.
After the election, Spiridon says, Bozo left Austria — and debts. Spiridon drew on his wife's account in the Wiener Bankverien, whatever this is, and paid his debts. Than he waited for his millionaire cousin in San Francisco to repay him. That was in 1909 and he is still waiting.
That isn't the worst of it, by any means. On account of the alleged dilatory methods of Milos, Spiridon's wife lost a lot more money when the panic broke loose in New York and reached to Austria.
The San Francisco Examiner, Friday, July 7, 1911, p. 3:3