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■ THE lIF.RALD IN SAN FRANCISCO— Los An«eles and
Southern California visitor* to Can Franciaco will find The Herald
en aale dally at the n*wa standa In the Palace and St. Francl*
hotel*, and for aale at Cooper A Co., 84« Market; at New* Co.,
■. P. Ferry, and on the atreeta by Wheatley.
The czar haa the heartfelt sympathy of most family
men. His official troubles seem almost unendurable
without tho nocturnal distress Incident to walking the
floor with the baby.
San Francisco's normal rainfall is seven inches. This
■eason the precipitation to date is nearly twelve inches.
Evidently there is plenty of California rain to "go
'round" and some to spare.
The university professor who undertook to tell the
legislature all about taxation said "stamp taxes might
be another source of revenue." Yes, they might be,
but they won't in California.
Tacoma must have very loose financial methods
which allow of an embezzlement of $14,000 by a city
treasurer and a failure to discover the deficit until
* too late to recover from bondsmen.
The legislatures of Illinois and Wisconsin are back
ing the president In his railway tilt by commenda
tory resolutions. Other legislatures are sure to follow
suit and California's statesmen should not lag behind.
The California club, which tendered its first formal
! - reception Thursday night at Its new club house, Is
housed in the finest and best equipped building of its
kind on the Pacific coast, owned and occupied solelyjfor
its own purposes.
'The lemon shippers report that their product is sell
ing in the eastern marketes' at "much better prices
than have been received before in a number of years."
A full crop and excellent quality are the reports that
come generally from the lemon groves.
It was a deserved compliment that the Merchants
and Manufacturers' association paid at the annual elec
tion to its president and secretary. President Niles
Pease was elected for a fourth term and Secretary
Zeehandelaar was re-elected "as usual."
Secretary of State Hay Is credited with having frus
> trated any covert attempt that may have been started
in Europe for division of the Chinese empire. The
. secretary's domestic knowledge convinces him that
broken China would be good for nothing.
A junketing committee of assemblymen Is slated to
start tomorrow for the southland. A commerce and
navigation contingent will visit San Pedro. They are
not supposed to be investigating the difficulties of land
navigation where there are dangerous shoals and bars.
An unexpected benefit from the new Kern river
electric power plant, which serves Los Angeles, is re
ported from Bakersfleld. At a point in the river bed
where the water is taken out by the power company
gold bearing gravel has been discovered that yields as
high as $3 to the pan.
In the agricultural department of the state university
the fact has been demonstrated that fowls are victims
of tuberculosis, but the kindly assurance is given to the
public that "the transmission of this disease through
eggs does not seem probable." As hot temperature Is
supposed to destroy germs, it may be considered safe to
consume poultry except in a raw state.
The Important news is cabled from London that
"Ambassador and Mrs. Choate will be entertained at
Windsor castle as the guests of the king and queen
for two days next week." When "Joe" Choate was
merely a lawyer and a good fellow in New York years
ago all he pretended to know about kings and queens
•was that they graded just below the ace.
That extraordinary stoppage of the electric lighting
service reported from San Bernardino may afford a
hint for the Los Angeles dispensers of such product.
When the familiar complaint comes to the office that
a neighborhood is in darkness it would be a relief to
change the threadbare excuse by responding, "Cats are
tangled in 'the wires at the top of a pole."
Former Mayor Snyder is well equipped by his six
years of official experience for the uew business on
which he is entering. He is president of the City Rub
bish Removing company, a new concern organized to
give "the moßt satisfactory service" in respect to sani
tation and cleanliness. It Is a much easier job than
handing the human rubbish that littered the city hall.
The disastrous collision on the Midland railway of
England, involving the death of several persons and the
injury of a large number, is a reminder that such calami
ties are not peculiar to our American railways. The
accident on the Midland is attributed to fog, and the
subsequent burning of the wreck indicates that England
has progressed no farther than the United States in
safeguarding life on railways.
There is no discount on the tender-heartedness of
the women who control the St. Louis Humane society.
Because Ihe president of the association was credited
with killing a raccoon when with a 'coon hunting party
he was deposed from the presidency of the -society.
But there might be a wide field of usefulness for him
if he Bhould now conclude to go gunning for Missouri
political 'coons on the high perches.
The new president of the Y. M. C. A.. Frederick H.
Rindge, Indicates promptly that he means to be a very
active head of that excellent institution. Mr. Rindge
is announced to deliver an address before the asso
ciation Sunday afternoon at 3. o'clock. He and the new
vice "president, Arthur Letts, are entering "heart and
•oul" into the project for a new Y. M. v C, A.' building,
la this city, of which all citizens will have cause to feel
LOS ANOELE3 HERALDs SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY . at, 1905.
AN EXPERIENCE THAT FAILS TO TEACH
Th© rule that "experience teaches" Is not always re
liable. ' If It were an Invariable rule the thousands of
cotton mill operatives at Full River would not now be
crowding to get back Into the positions they held sit
months ago. I^ast July they entered upon a strike for
higher wages, and they were striking continually until
last Wednesday. Then Governor Douglas, the new
Democratic thief executive of Massachusetts, succeeded
In ending the strike and causlns tho big cotton mills
to resume operations. All the operatives were allowed
to return to their former places at the old rate of
wages. The net financial result of the strike Is a loss
of six months' production of the mills, the loss of wages
for that time by the operatives and vast loss to the
general business Interests of Fall River.
But the financial- loss from that protracted strike
was only one feature and by no means the moat Im
portant one. The most deplorable feature was the
destitution and suffering entailed upon the families of
the striking wage earners. What that must have been
can be imagined from the fact that the weekly pay
rolls of the mills aggregated |160,000. The total loss
in wages for the half year, therefore, foots up $7,900,000.
During the period of idleness nil the trade unions
with which the Fall River workers were affiliated
were drawn upon for means of support, thus causing
the effect of the strike to be felt in remote localities.
Hut even with all the assistance rendered it is stated
that many families of the strikers were dependent for
subsistence on free soup houses and other charities.
Dull business in the cotton manufacturing Industry
made it necessary for the mill owners to reduce operat
ing expenses last July, and a new scale of wages was
introduced with an average reduction of 12V6 per cent
on former rates. The operatives spurned the offer of
a loaf with a slice equal to one-eighth of it taken oft,
and for half a year they had no bread but that of
Those operatives had been through such experiences
before, or at least had witnessed such experiences by
other workers, but they profited not thereby. After all
the loss and the suffering by their families they now
gladly return to work on the old terms.
And that sad experience, like all others of the kind,
will afford no lesson potent enough to prevent its repe
STATE TAX AND REVENUE REVISION
The legislature has taken up the subject of state
tax revision, in which Governor Pardee evinces a spec
ial interest. At the governor's instance, presumably,
members of the legislature were enlightened thereon
Thursday night by an address delivered in the assem
bly hall by Prof. Plehn of the department of economics
in the state university. The address was interesting,
as might be expected from Its source. To what extent
it disclosed a practical method for improving the
state's method of taxation is another question.
It comes near being a rule that men whose business
is to teach by theory are not good guides in the prac
tical affairs of life. For instance, a professor In the
agricultural department of the university may have
the science of farming down to the fineness of a needle
point, but quite likely he would fail as a practical grower
of potatoes. So in the question of taxation and revenue.
It is one thing to lay down a theory and fortify it by
university training, but another thing to make it fit
in application as an improvement on present methods.
The state system of taxation Is susceptible of im
provement undoubtedly, but the subject is of such vital
importance that every step in that direction should
be taken cautiously. Some of Prof. Plehn's recom
mendations are well worthy, of consideration, others
are questionable and some are either impracticable
or worse. The professor says truly, "It is enough to
study the tax roll to show that personal property es
capes taxation to a very great extent." Specifically
he says "the kinds of property which notably escape
are bank deposits and merchandise." As both of these
classes of property are assessable generally in the
personal tax, does Prof. Plehn propose that the
assessor shall invade private accounts in bank and take
inventories of stocks of merchandise?
The suggestion that a state tax be put upon liquor
saloons may be feasible, as that would be only one more
public tax on top of the three already imposed. The
saloons now pay a federal government tax, a county tax
and a city tax for the privilege of doing business, and
also a personal tax on the value of their goods. A
state tax on top of that load would be only "another
feather on the camel's back."
"Stamp taxes might be another source of revenue,"
says the resourceful professor. Without understanding
just what the professor is driving at or where he pro
poses to stick his stamps, it" may be said generally
that Americans have not recovered from their early
aversion to a stamp tax and that they tolerate it only
as a war necessity.
The question of tax revision is so important that any
suggestions are acceptable which are calculated to il
luminate it. But it is a question requiring exhaustive
consideration before any radical action Is taken.
A YELLOW FAKE
The state senate committee on federal relations has
reported in favor of recession to the United States of
Yosemite park and the Mariposa big tree grove. The
bill was made a special order for consideration in the
senate next Tuesday morning. Its passage by the legis
lature is thought to be assured, as it is indorsed by
ihe leading state organizations, the universities and
nearly all individuals who understand the Importance
of having those natural wonders preserved properly
by the federal government.
As the question is now before the legislature for
decisive action it Is timely to call attention to the
opposition that has been made to the plan of recession
and to the source whenc© that opposition came. The
Sacramento Union, which, of course, has opportunity
for accurate tnfo'rraatlon in legislative affairs, has this
to say of the jnovement aimed to defeat the plan of
recession: "It was taken up by the San Franclso Ex
aminer simply as a means of self-exploitation, and it
has been pursued from beginning to end In the spirit
of an advertising fake." The Union explains how the
opposition movement was "worked up" by the Exam
iner's reported "who stand at street corners with
petition and pencil in hand, literally waylaying every
one who passes up or down the street, urging each to
stop long enough to put his name to the petition 'to
save the Yosemite valley for California.' "
Against this "advertising fake" opposition on the
part of the Examiner is the indorsement of the reces
sion plan by more than fifty commercial and trade
bodies and by practlally all the leading organization,
of the state. But the Examiner's fake petition will
be unrolled before the legislature* and all the Influence
that yellow journalism can command will be brought to
bear tn an effort to defeat the bill.
.. ... Legislators from the southern counties understand
the importance of , passing the bill,
THE WEEK'S CHURCH NEWS
Tomorrow, the feast of Pt. Agnes,
Blohop Conaty will preach at the sol
emn mass nt St. Agnes' church on West
Adams street. Solemn high mass will
be celebrated nt 10:15 a. tn., Rev. «.'. I)e
Cmnlni'k, celebrant ; ttev. J. Moticlltl,
deacon; Rev. M. Scanlon, sub-deacon;
Hey. C. Molony. the pastor, master of
ceremonies. Ttlshop fonaty will be
acslrtted by Rev. G. Donahoe, arch"
priest; Hevß. Lunney, O. F. M., nnd
St'her, deacon* of honor. In the after
noon Hlshop Conaty will confirm ft
class of children. Renedlctloln will be
given following the confirmation «er
vlre, there being no evening devotions.
Rev. Leo Jules Foln came here ths
past week from Fresno. He bus been
appointed to the Cathedral of St. Vlh
inna by Bishop Conaty.
General communion will be celebrated
for the members of, the English nnd
German branches of the Christen
Mothers' and Altar societies at St. Jo
seph's church at the 8 o'clock mass to
Very Rev. Joseph S. Glass, C. M., D.
D., president of St. Vincent's college,
has been appointed chaplain of Los An
geles council, Knights of Columbus.
Next Wednesday the conversion of
St. Paul will be observed, It being the
two hundred and seventy-third anni
versary of the founding of the congre
gation of the mission by St. Vincent
de Paul. High mass Will be celebrated
at St. Vincent's church nt 8 a. m.,
Rev. E. A. Antlll, C. M., celebrant.
Instructions will be given each day
at 3:45 p. m. at St. Mary's church,
Boyle Heights, for a class preparing to
receive first communion. On Saturdays
special instructions will be given at
1C a. m., omitting the afternoon service.
Rev. Joseph Barron, the pastor, will
be assisted by two Sisters of Charity.
The Young Ladles' and Young Men's
sodalities of St. Vincent's church will
give a vaudeville entertainment In the
Father Meyer Memorial hall next
The women of the First Methodist
church will give a social afternoon in
the women's parlor Monday afternoon.
Mrs. S. P. Mulford will give an ad
dress on the world's fair. The follow
ing women will act as hostesses:
Mines. Beckwith, Brill, Bridensteln,
Brown, Brock and Brodbeck.
Next Tuesday afternoon the Ladles'
Aid society of the Westlake Methodist
church will give a reception at ' the
The Young Men's Bible and normal
classes of the Prospect Park Methodist
church are preparing to give the "Dis
trict School" February 17 In the church.
The proceeds will be for the benefit of
the building fund.
The corner stone of the Marvin
chapel of the Methodist church, South,
will be laid this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
The chapel Is located at the corner of
Fifty-fourth street and Hooper ave
nue. Addresses will be made by Revs.
Allen, Hovvell and Hamilton. Rev. E.
P.lßyland will lay the corner stone.
Sunday morning, Jan. 29, the boys of
the McKinley home will attend the
service at the Westlake Methodist
church in a body. The boys will render
several songs. The boys of one of the
military academies will also attend
the service. Following the service the
boys of the McKinley home will be en
tertained at luncheon at the different
homes of the members of the church.
Presiding Elder A. W. Adklnson will
preach at the Vernon Methodist church
The new pipe organ of the First
Christian church has been completed,
the dedicatory recital being given
Thursday evening under the direction
of Joseph Dupuy. The organ will be
used for the first time In the church
A lot has been secured at Monrovia
and it is expected a church will be
organized In the near future. Rev.
Sumncr T. Martin, evangelist, has been
conducting evangelistic services there.
The Southern California evangelistic
committee of the Christian church has
engaged Professor Wilson of Indianap
olis, singer, to assist Rev. S. T. Mar
tin, . evangelist, In his work. The two
will conduct meetings at Downey soon.
Rev. H. Elliott Ward is holding suc
cessful revival services at Highland
Park. It Is expected a church will be
The officers and committees of the
Y. P. S. C. E, of the Olivet Congre
gational church were entertained at
dinner by the pastor. Rev. B. F. Boiler,
and wife, at their home, 1463 West
Washington street, lust week. Follow,
ing the dinner a social time was en
joyed and plans made for the work
of the coming year. Later In the even
lug those present serenaded several in
Rev. Dana W, Hartlett, pastor of
the Bethlehem Institutional church,
will preach at the morning service to
morrow on "The Building of the Spirit
ual Temple." In the evening there will
be no service, a mass meeting to be
held at the Bethlehem church in Dolge
Uev. Mr. Murman of Minneapolis will
preach at tho Olivet Congregational
"Liberty" will be the topic of Francis
Murphy at the service tomorrow even
ing in Blanehurd hull. Henry J. Ste
vens, an attorney, will preside. Ad
dresses will be made by several promi
nent business men.
Tho following iiiikeiH were elected
for the Francis Murphy Temperance
union last Monday evening: B. F.
West, chairman; Frank Pratt, chief
usher; Mrs. 8. It. Alexander, secretary;
J. XV. Ecclenton, musical director, Mr.
Murphy haH selected the following men
for members of his cabinet: Messrs.
B. E. Faroat, J. H. De La Monte, J. W.
Kccleiton. Frank J. Fiuluysou, Henry
J. Sleveim, T)r. J. J. Still. These offi"
cers have been elected for a term of
three months. J. R. Doyle hns been
appointed superintendent of the em
ployment bureau of the union.
UNION RESCUE MISSION
Hey. Adam Munimn of Minneapolis
Will address the meeting tomorrow
evening at tho tTnlon Rescue mission.
14!> North Mnln street. The police com
mission will not permit the use of the
Ro*pel waifmi of this mission, but
street nineties will hr> held nt the corner
of Flint and Los Angeles streets at 3
p. in., und tit Fifth and Hrondwny at
R p. ni. The mission will have no'con
fllot with the nuthorltles und will not
attempt to use the wtignn until a new
permit Is secured.
The Indoor enmp meeting held the
past three weeks at the Salvation Army
headquarters, 438 South Hprlng street,
will close with the services tomorrow.
Adjutant and Mrs. Coe will have
charge, assisted by Prof. Charles Mil
ler, Captain Harry Kline und Lieuten
ants Gates and Mathls. Major and
Mrs. Connet will have charge of the
services at Corps No. 2, 103 San Pedro
street, assisted by Ensign and M«,
Davis and Captain Plnnaman.
Rev. W. H. Walker, pnstor of the
Calvary Baptist church, entertained a
number of the members of the church
at the parsonage, 1961 East Second
street, last Thursday evening.
The Missionary union of the Mem
orial Baptist church met Thursday
afternoon at the home of Mrs. H. A.
Baldwin, 1223 West Twentieth street.
Miss Mayhew made an address.
B. FAY MILLS
B. Fay Mills will take for his topic
at the service tomorrow morning of the
Los Angles Fellowship "The Play of
Everyman." In the evening he will
preach the fourth of a series of ser
mons on "The Wisdom and Folly of
Married Life," on the topic "The Model
STRANGERS' FRIEND SOCIETY
"Pioneers" will be the topic of Chap
lain Kldder at the service of the Stran
gers' Friend society In Burbank hall
tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. An
orchestra will furnish music. All in
valids can hear the service by calling
up 8162 on the Home phone.
The first of a series of monthly teas
was given by the Woman's Auxiliary
of St. John's church at the home of
Mrs. A. W. Morgan on Hobart boule
vard last Tuesday afternoon. Mrs.
Hubert delivered the address which she
presented at the general convention in
Miss Frazler, synodlcal secretary for
young people's work, was given a re
ception yesterday afternoon by the
missionary societies of the Immanuel
Presbyterian church. Miss Frazier
will speak tomorrow evening -at the
Bethany Presbyterian church. .
I Woman's Clubs
Friday Morning Club
The members of the Friday Morning
club listened to an excellent and in
structive program yesterday morning,
which was contributed by two able
attorneys, A. B. McCuteheon and
Frank J. Thomas, both members of
the board of civil service examiners.
In the course of the two addresses
the audience learned many things
hitherto unthought of by the majority
on civil service, Mr. McGutcheon
handling in a scholarly way the civil
service or "merit system" historically
considered. ' ,
The speaker traced the merit system
from the Chinese, who introduced it
many years before It was ever heard
of In any occidental country. Its next
appearance was in England in 1553
and was introduced to controvert the
India spoils system. It was then in
troduced in the United States, and Is
fast becoming recognized in other coun
The speaker finished his review of
the subject with "Blnce the adoption of
the federal system of civil service va
rious municipalities throughout the
United States, namely, Milwaukee,
New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago, San
Francisco and laßt, but not feast, Los
Angeles, have caused their administra
tive departments to be brought under
Its beneficent provisions. The state
of New York Is also under the civil
service and, In spite of its many de
fects, there can be no doubt that
the sentiment of the people is and
will continue to be overwhelming In
Us support. As a basic principle to
be practically applied to the business
of government, whether national, Btate
or municipal. It Is sure to stand the
test of time and the golden rule."
Mr. Thomas followed the speuker by
a bright und interesting address on the
civil service as to Its local history and
lie gave a summary of the good de
rived by the commission in Los An
geles and of the great improvement in
the class of men now employed in va
rious positions over those who were
victims of tho spoils System. In each
department may be found men who,
having been placed as candidates by
the civil service commission and who
have subsequently filled vacancies and
who are of superior minds, bodies and
morals, to say nothing of knowledge
of their calling. "As a member of the
commission," he said, "It is perhaps ill
becoming in me to eulogize its work, but
I cannot let the opportunity pass : with
out referring to my - co-commissioners
and their conscientious ' efforts. '. , ax«
pressing the belief that no cliy ev«»r
had In Us service four more faithful
servant*, endeavoring to do exact Jus
tice both to the city and Its employes,
striving to uphold the principles of
and to protect civil service against the
onslaughts and schemes of those who
are endeavoring to defeat Its objects
and purposes, and on the other hand
preventing the servants of the people
abusing their positions under the clonk
afforded by the protection of civil serv
The following program hns been Is
sued for the meeting of the District
Federation of Woman's clubs, to be
held here February fl, 7 and 8.
The program Is as follows:
Tuesday morning, February 7, 9:30
a. m.—Credentlal committee will en
roll delegates during the forenoon.
Demonstration of Shakespearean rend
ing by Kiite Tupper Qalpln, 10 a. m. —
Meeting of executive board. 10:30 v. m.
— Meeting of executive board and presi
dents of clubs. Subjects for discus
sion at this council: "What can the
clubs do for civil service?" "Shall
we at future conventions have four
days' sessions?" Committee on noml
tlons will be in session on Tuesday
Tuesday, 2 p. m.— lnvocation, Eliza
Tupper Wllkes; music. Address of
welcome, Mayor Owen McAleer; nd
dress of welcome, chairman of local
board, Mrs. J. XV. llendrlcks; response
by president, Mrs. George Law Smith;
fraternal greetings, Mrs. W. W. Mur
phy; California, congress of mothers
and child study circles; Mrs. J. D.
Olbbs, woman's parliament. Report of
officers of C. F. W. C— Vice president,
Mrs, J. E. Cowles; recording secretary,
Mrs. C. N. MacLouth; corresponding
secretary, Mrs. Arthur Cornwall; treas
urer, Mrs. C. M. Beckwlth; state cor
responding secretary, Mrs. L. F. Dar
ling. Report of committees — Creden
local board, club house, badges, state
pins. Constitutional amendment com
mittee on rules and regulations—Ad
dress of president, Mrs. George Law
Tuesday evening — Reception, 8 p. m.
at Cumnock hall, 1500 Flguteroa street.
• Wednesday, February 8, a. m.—Min
utes of previous day, reports of com
mittee on rules, music, report of com
mittee on nominations, appointment of
tellers, election of officers, (polls open
from 10 a. m. to 12 m.), amendments
to constitution, forestry. Report of
chairman, Mrs. J. J. Scovllle; preserva
tion of California wild flowers, Mrs.
Alice May Davidson, Hollywood.
Wednesday, 2 p. m, — Music. Report
of district vice presidents: Mrs. "Vic
tor Montgomery, San Diego district;
Mrs. Frank E. Prior, Los Angeles dis
trict; Mrs. E. D. BusK San Joaqulrt
district; Mrs. Thane, Alameda district;
Mrs. A. B. Osborne, San Francisco
district; Mrs. \V. H. Lawson, Northern
district. Discussion. The reciprocal
obligations of the vice president and
the clubs of the district: Mrs. A. E.
Osborne, Mrs. Victor Montgomery
Mrs. E. D. Buss. Reciprocity. Report
of chairman, Miss M. R. Babson; ad
Wednesday evening — "California His
tory and^ Landmarks," Mrs. A. S. C.
Forbes, chairman; "California, Old and
New," Illustrated "by stereoptlcon, Mrs.
Thursday morning, 9:ls— Minutes.
Music. Libraries and portfolios. Re
port of chairman, Miss Susan Patch;
juvenile literature, Mrs. George Barnes
Bird, Alameda; portfolio possibilities,
Mrs. R. T. Devlin, Sacramento. Club
extension: Report of chairman, Mrs.
R. P. Hill; how to foster club organi
zation, Mrs. J. E. Hughes, Fresno;
first aid to injured, Mrs. F. T. Fish.
Household economics: Report of chair
man, Mrs. Robert Watt; "The Most
Neglected Thing of Dally Life," Mrs.
Chas. Woodbury, Oakland; demonstra
tion, Miss Kate Whlttaker, superinten
dent domestic science, San Francisco
Thursday, 2 p. m.— Music, education.
Report of chairman, Mrs. Katherlne B.
Miller; nature study for children, "Wo
men as Members of School Boards,"
Dr. Myra Knox, member of Oakland
school board; "Some Tendencies of
Study Clubs," Mrs. Kate Tupper Gal
pln. Civics. Report of chairman,
Mrs. E. T. Pettlgrew; "Town Improve
ment," Mrs. F. W. Gorham, Vallejo;
"Commission of Social Service," Mrs.
Wllloughby Rodman, chairman play
ground of Los . Angeles; "Proba
tion, Not Punishment," Mrs. B. L.
Baldwin, San. Francisco California club.
Unfinished business. Report of tellers.
Introduction of officers elect. Report of
ehairmun of committee on resolutions.
Thursday evening — Address. "Ra
tional and Beautiful Schools". Ad
dress, "The City Beautiful", Mrs.
Adams Fisher. Address, "Prof. Ber
nard Shaw, a Progressionist," Mr.
Austin Lewis, San Francisco.
WAR ON UNSIGHTLY POLES
West Adams Street Residents Desire
Members of ■ the Improvement asso
ciations of West Adams and Flgueron
streets are determined that the ordi
nance relating to the placing of tele
phone and electric light wires In con
duits within their district shall be en
A meeting of the members of both
associations was held Thursday after
noon at the California club head
quarters, and at that time 'a commit
tee was appointed to employ an attor
ney and to begin active work to se
cure the carrying out of the ordi
The ordinance was passed by the city
council last November and the various
companies using poles and wires within
a certain district were given b!x months
time in which to place their wires un
derground. Although more, than two
months have elapsed H is said the
companies have as yet showed no dis
position to comply with the terms of
the ordinance, • except , that two of th«
companies have , circulated ■ petitions
among property, owners asking permls«
siou to erect poles in back yards/
Versions of Great Play
One of the most important events tn
the history of dramatic Affairs In Los
Angeles Is the fact that the Ben Greet
company of payers will produce "Hum*
let" at the Temple auditorium on Sat
urday afternoon nml evening. The play
will be given In its entirety, com
mencing at 3 In the afternoon and last
ing until r., when an Intermission will
be taken until 8:15, the conclusion of
the play being at 11.
The version of the piny familiar to
theater-goers Is that made by Kemble
for his performance in 1783. A com
parison of bis vr rslon with that of
Cambridge editors shows but a single
line and spme dozen -.vords :iot Shake
speare's. There is no doubt that for
modern audiences Kemlde's Is the bet
ter acting version. But the Kemble
version gives a decided misconception
of Shakespeare's drama. Naturally
everything Is subordinated to Hamlet,
the speeches of others being drastically
"cut," entire scenes omitted, and im
portant characters eliminated. In es
pecial Claudius is degraded from his
well nigh Imperial position to kings-,
ship over Denmark, usually confusel
with the modern state, and the back
ground of the international complica
tions against which this domestic trag
edy Is cast entirely disappears. <
It Is worth the while, therefore, of
every one to take advantage of an op
portunity — for most the single chance
of a lifetime— of seeing staged Shake
speare's "Hamlet" instead of Kemble's.
The earliest reference to the play'
called "Hamlet" dates from 1689, but'
practically no scholar thinks this
drama was by Shakespeare. As In
many other cases, however, this older
play was probably used by him as the .
basis of the "Hamlet" he produced
about 1602. In July of that year a -
book called "The Revenge of Hamlet, -
Prince of Denmark," was entered on
the stationer's' register, but If It was
published In that year no copy Is
known. The earliest extant edition is „
dated 1603 and is entitled "The Tragi
cal Hlstorie of Hamlet, Prince of Den- •
mark." This the "first quarto," was',
apparently published from shorthand I
notes taken during 1 the performances,
with possibly . some corrections from
parts furnished by unscrupulous ac- '■
tors or minor characters. Though full .
Of Interest to Shakespeare students, it
is for our present purpose negligible:
In 1604 appeared another edition. In
which, according to the title page, the :
play was "enlarged to almost as much j
again as it was, according to the true
and perfect copie." The differences
between this and the earlier edition
are too great to be attributed alto- ;•
gether to careless note-taking, tran
scribing and printing. Apparently in a
the interval Shakespeare, practically
rewrote the play. This "second quar
to," the tercentenary of which 1 is being
marked by performances in Germany,
as well as here, is the basis of all sub
sequent editions. It was reprinted seven
times during the seventeenth century,"
thrice during Shakespeare's life.
In 1C23, seven years after the poet's
death, his fellow-actors, Hemlnge ami
Condell, published the "First Folio"
edition of his plays, the "Hamlet" of
which is substantially that of 1601.
But each contains passages not in the
other, and as, In the opinion of critics,
both were acting versions of a long
play, the standard text of today, the
Cambridge is made by combining the
two. The result is believed to repre
sent more nearly than any previous
version the "Hamlet" In which Bur
bage played the title role and Shake
speare the ghost In the Globe theater
just three hundred years ago.
The third of the Lott-Rogers series
of chamber concerts will take place
next Thursday evening at the Dobln
son auditorium. A feature of the
program will be trios by Gernshelm and -
Mozart played by Mr. Krauss, violinist;
Mr. Opld, cellist, and Miss Rogers,'
pianist. Mr. Krauss and Miss Rogers
will be heard in the Grieg sonata In G;
for violin and piano.
FAVOR OF WATER CONGRESS
Chamber of Commerce Advocates , a
Study of Conditions
Recently the Los Angeles chamber
of commerce acted favorably on the
proposition to hold a water congress in
this city in the near future. C. B.
Boothe, the executive officer of tho
National Irrigation congress, Is , em
phatically in favor of holding the
water congress, in order that the whole
question of water supply for the south
land may be considered, and measures
adopted for the co-operation of every;
interest in the movement.
It is proposed that men of prominence
be secured to deliver addresses on the
forests of the state, the conservative
use of water, the proper development
of the water supply, the flow of water
in the different streams and the best
means of preserving the water supply.
It Is further proposed to consider
the best method of taking up the
water question for presentation to the
government at Washington. Those
actively Interested in the water prob
lem assert that much can be accom
plished if the proper steps are taken to
mass data and information generally
as to conditions In Bouthern California
for the use of the senators and con
gressmen, and all are desirous of holfli
Ing the congress as soon as possible.
LOST DOG REMEMBERS TRICK
Discovered Walking on Hind Leg*
Into Banker* Horn*
Special to The Herald.
SHKBOYGAN, WlB., Jan. 20.— After
two weeks' hunt for 'an educated dojr,
lost from a theater troupe, the police
discovered it walking on its hind legs
up the front steps of Bank Cashier
Hlllmann's home, as it had been taught
to do when hungry.