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CLEAR, CRISP AND CLEAN
A final reminder—this is the last day
Football having been reformed, there
should be fewer deformed participants
In the game this year.
■Well, Mr. Plnchot and the oil men
have met and they didn't find him such
a terrible creature, after all.
Some of the letters to The Herald on
the use of tobacco on trolley cars fair
ly smoke with hot indignation.
Several members of the Bulgarian
cabinet have resigned, but on. this side
of the world Balllnger holds on.
If you'll pardon the pun, the dele
gates to the Mining congress decided
that Gifford Pinchot Is distinctly oil
Some of these nights that street
bandit may have the luck to tackle a
member of our female police force, and
James S. Sherman can share with
Bifchard A. Ballinger the distinction of
having been repudiated by the people
of his own state.
If there is anything in spiritualism
the shade of Lucky Baldwin is hover
ing around and taking a lively Interest
in mundane things.
It can safely be said that President
Taft could find no special joy in the
outcome of the New^York state fight,
whichever way it went.
All this talk about the raising of the
Maine is rather cruel to the stand
patters. Any mention of the word
Maine gives them a shudder.
If Bobby Chanler paid Lina all he
owes her and paid the newspapers for
the advertising he has had there would
be mighty little left of that estate.
St. Louis boasts that she is going to
have the best hospital in the country.
I«os Angeles boasts that she finds it
hard to fill what hospitals she has.
A newcomer noticed that Los Angeles
pedestrians do not all turn to the right,
so he naturally and properly turned to
the write and tells The Herald about it.
Margaret Illington comes next week,
and her female admirers will be par
doned for letting the darning of the
60cks go over a week to see the now
The New York woman of 32 who mar
ried the millionaire of !)3 ardently
hopes that he will be spared to her for
at least a quarter of a century more.
Gen. Funston has ordered that then
shall be "no further dogs on the Leav
eaworth reservation," and the Bt. Louis
'line s wonders what kind of canine
animal a "further dog" is.
Let us hope, in the name of human
ity, that the cabinet members to whom
Ballinger has bul r.iitu.d his case are
spreading a lot of soft pillows about
on the floor to break his fall.
If you want to tee what a convention
of alert, clean, iv American
business men looks like, drop inrto ono
of the Hegßions of the American Mining
congTess at the Mason this week.
The biff increase in our Philippine
trade in pointed to as a feathei tor the
payne-Aldrlch tariff. As the Philip
pine goods are exempted from tho hiprti
duties on goods (oming from other
countries il is a proof of the exact
oppoßlte-the benefits of uritrummolcd
MR. PINCHOTS ADVICE
GIKFOICD I'INcHOT declared brfnre
tha mining congWM thnt the gov
ernment should attnek the title of
the Southern Pacific railroad to the im
mense area including the oil lands in
California which it obtained by mr
ruption of congress, by sneakinß riders
into bills making the grants whose
main parts show plainly that it was
never the intention to give to the rail
road the minerals over which their
linos ran, and by false witness in tho
courts supported by all the delays,
sophistries ami technicalities that able
attorneys could conjure.
Mr. Plnchot'l blunt statement and
his possible intention to make it his
business to do something about the
matter may hurry the righting: of B
wrong to the people of this state and
country that has fr*& parallels even in
the history of our corporation-cor
rupted government. The subsidy
granted to the Atlantic & Pacific, tho
Texas Pacific and their successor, the
Bouthern Pacific, was enormous and,
plundaroul under the most considerate
interpretation that can be put upon the
of congress. It will amount to
billions of dollars, perhaps, if the rail
r.>;ul is permitted to pet away with its
own interpretation of the corruptly
Would any court now hold that the
stupendous increment In and under
these lands, worth a thousandfold the
original Kraut, was ever intended by
congress to be taken away from the
people and put into the hands of pri
vate individuals? It may well be
doubted. The riches here involved,
rivaling the wealth of Midas, bear no
relation to the purpose for which the
grant was made—the fair remunera
tion of a company for its enterprise In
building a railroad.
The oil lands are the odd sections In
the primary and indemnity limits of the
railroad grant in Kern county. They
are worth thousands of dollars an
acre. They are mineral lands and not
coal or iron lands. They were granted
to aid in the construction of the rail
road. They were granted for distribu
tion to .settlers. They were not granted
to enrich a few Individuals who control
the destinies of a quasi-public corpora
But while the original grants specific
ally exempted minerals the railroad
now claims them under those grants.
Notwithstanding it was provided that
the lands should be sold to settlers for
a nominal sum, the company has ig
nored the provision and expects to take
from underneath them wealth that only
the imagination can estimate. Let any
bona fide settler now try to secure
some of these properties that were sup
posed to be sold for $2.50 an acre to en
courage population and enterprise along
tho line of the roadß and see what suc
cess he will have.
And even this does not state the
worst of the case as it relates to the
matter of Justice and equity. By the
possession of "its" lands in the Kern
field the Southern Pacific can drill Into
the ground and by draining off the oil
for miles around rob others who have
Invested heavily In an industry that
has wonderfully enriched and pros
The title of the Southern Pacific com
pany to the Kern county properties
seems to be full of holes. What court
decisions have been rendered in con
nection therewith certainly do not
strengthen the corporation's position
before the law. The supreme court, it
would seem, could be convinced beyond
the chance of cavil that the company
has held the lands in bad faith and has
not fulfilled the letter or spirit of the
grants under which they were secured.
If the matter of public policy should
enter Into the litigation there must be
only one way of ruling on It, for surely
it Is grossly unfair and dangerous that
the present situation should exist.
Altogether it would appear that there
is good fighting ground for the govern
ment In an attempt to recover the vast
wealth held by a corporation consisting
of an increment no congress ever in
tended to give away, and the depart
ment of justice should lose no time rin
taking the matter into court.
A LETTER FROM 'TIM'
ONE of the newspapers that are
supporting Timothy Spellacy for
lieutenant governor Is the San
Francisco Star. In its Saturday issue
the Star fives one reason, anil those
who read it will not be disposed to
find any fault with It. The reason is
contained in a private letter which the
Btar ii.>n- reprints from its files of July
21, 1906, after tin 1 Han Francisco cata
clysm. It seems that among the let
ters received by the Star was one from
Tim Bpellacy, reading as follows:
How is your bank account? Or
are your countless thousands
locked in gome 'Frisco vault? I
have never yet paid In advance for
the Star. I wish to do so now;
therefore, with best wishes for
your health, happiness and pros
perity, 1 send y>u one hundred
The Star recalls that at that time
Tim Spellacy was not himself "walk
ing- on velvet"; in fart, was in need of.
what resource; lie had for his own
use; neither was he a. candidate for
office or a prospective one. It was the
act of a ):':"-t full of sympathy forget
ting its own troubles, and the prof
fen,] a d to • i friend was so
delicately extended that the Star
doesn't propose to forget It, and does
propose to say now ;i'.:i| many times
again that Timothy Spi llaej Will be a
credit to California as lieutenant
Can you blamo it?
John D. Rockefeller Is said to bo try
ing to get a list of his relatives,
It is probable that they will give him
plenty of assistance, but of course only
in the hope that they can do something
to add a little cheer to the old man I
Aviator Chavez crets $10,000 for cross
ing the Alps, which sum, at the rate
Mayor Gaynor had to pay, will Just
about satisfy the doctors lor patching
iii< lii« broken bones.
LOS VXGELES HERALD: WEDNESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 28, 1910.
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MUST DIG TO THE ROOTS
THE convening in "Washington, D.
C, of the American Prison asso
ciation and the international
prison congress testifies to world-wide
recognition of the gravity of the prob
lem with which those bodies profess
to deal. Never before will so large an
aggregation of experts have gathered
together, nnd this, at least, should
hold out promise for the future. Yet
we feel by no means sanguine when
we survey the differences of opinion
admittedly existing among those who
have made this subject their special
In Monday's Herald wo save nn
exhaustive digest of the addresses to
be delivered, and we confess to hav
ing risen from its perusal with a sink
ing heart. We had supposed, for ex
ample, that the indeterminate sen
tence, whereby the term of detention
is gauged by the prisoners proved fit
ness for release, iiad been thrashed
out so thoroughly as to rank among
the issues on which a practical agree
ment had been reached. Nevertheless,
it will be opposed by four of the
scheduled speakers, whil<-> its five sup
porters will uphold it. only with re
Again, on the eternally debated abo
lition of capital punishment there are
conflicting views, and one delegate
will argue in favor of extending the
death penalty to many crimes besides
As has been shown by our own
Prison Reform league, modern crlm
inologists denounce unsparingly the
"deterrent" philosophy, declaring that
the law should purge itself of vindic
tiveness and examine more particular
ly into the causes that result in crim
inal acts. Many of the European del
egates, however, will plead for a more
drastic code, and one gentleman ad
vances the opinion that "the period of
imprisonment for tramps should be
from one to ten years, with power to
prolong the term." Now, the preva
lence of vagrancy admittedly de
pends on economic conditions, and we
note that the English delegate frank
ly acknowledges this as an incontes
In the abstracts submitted we find
hardly a trace of that study of so
ciology without which it is Impossible
for i riminologists to reach a just con
clusion, the papers having been pre
pared apparently by specialists, -whose
work has been confined mainly to the
condui i of their own admlnißj rath c
departments and experimentation with
their own cherished remedies. On the
causes of crime an ominous silence
is preserved, and there is a not unde
served sting in our correspondent's
closing remark that "naturally those
mainly concerned the criminals—have
not been Invited to give their views."
Many of them could toll a story of
temptation—such temptation as often
forces them to choose between suicide
nnd crime from which the easier
financial circumstances of the experts
seated In judgment happily exempt
On one point, however, the writers
of these papers agree < rime is alarm
ingly on the increase. For this, as for
till else in nature, there must be ex
act and adequate ■ the arith
metic of the universe never gets out
of gear. Let us hope thai in the con
vention's debates these causes will be
elucidated. Failing this, the experts
w m have i n bul scratching on the
surface of a problem that calls f<>r
THE PERFECT POEM
Into tho perfect potm three things en—
Tha poet's heart, the love, of woman, Qod;
'1.-iso with their light and might and nery
Transform to singing what wore else a clod.
See how Fhe runs across the (trftM, yon Klrl!
Snajlns and swlnelng, Illy-tall and swoet!
What Joyful cadenc* In th" wind-blown curt!
What chiming rhyming In tli<. dew-shod feet!
■I lie balanced aims arc itrephM, find th« kners
Heml like a nuppl* couplet smooth and
The whols a lilting lyric! Who looks spps
My perfect daughter, hears my pr-rfcct.song.
| — J'»U Mall i:»iy«ll»-
Reform in Court Procedure
Editor Herald: Under above head
ing in The Herald of 13th. lnst. some
views were advanced, the proponent
being the provident of the state bar
iation, so remarkable as to re
quire comment: "Flrßt, Where a man
is charged with crime he should be
inti rrogated by a magistrate. He may
decline to answer if it so pleases -him.
But the state should be permitted to
comment on auch refusal before a
Our constitution regarding criminal
prosecutions says, "No person shall be
compelled to be a witness against him
self." This declaration is tantamount
to a prohibition of anything to the
contrary of such declaration; Denio,
C. J. says: "But the affirmative pre
scriptions of the constitution are far
more fruitful of restraints upon the
legislature. Every positive direction
containing an implication against any
thing contrary to It, or which would
frustrate or disappoint the purpose of
t..at provision." People vs. Draper, 15
X. T., 532.
The proponent says his proposal is
"INHUMAN." but this designation is
needless. When the constitution for
bids compulsion of defendant to tes
tily against himself it necessarily in
cludes everything that would frustrate
or disappoint the purpose of that pro
vision. If the Interrogatories of the
magistrate frustrate or disappoint the
purpose of the constitution then they
nrr> illegal. They are specially de
si ni"l, however, to entrap defendant
Into sumo damaging admission, right
in the teeth of t.ie constitutional pro
Under the prohibition defendant may
stand mute and no authority exists
to compel him to speak a word. The
proponent proposes, however, to
MAKE HIM SPEAK, and on his re
fusal, to ÜB6 the fact of his CONSTI-
Merely in Jest
HIS IDEA OF FTOURB
"John, dear," queried the young wife, glanc
ing up from the physical culture magazine she
was perusing, "what la your Idea of a perfect
"Well," replied her husband, "JlW.OflO may
not be perfection, but It's near enough to sat
isfy a man of my simple taste3."—Chicago
CAUSES OF THINGS
Reverend Gentleman— you know, my
friend, that half the cases of cancer are caused
by people smoking «hose foul, dirty, short,
black clay pipes?
Eon of Toll—And you you know, Guvnor,
that 'alf of the black eyes are caused by folks
not mlndin' their own business?— Ladles' Home
A HEALTHFUL TOWN
"If this town is as healthful as you say it
Is, why do there happen to be so many doc
tors' eigns in evidence?"
"They are nearly all the 'signs of eye doc
tors. The people are. so healthy here that they
stay up nights enjoing the climate and in
jure their ees."— Chicago Record-Herald.
I NEW STANDARDS
"The county fair management used to take
pride, In showln' the finest pumpkins an" sweet
potatoes an' such that could be raised."
"Yes," replied Farmer Corntossel. "But
we've got way past that. What we're after
now Is the smartest aviators an 1 the most sur
prising orators."— Washington Star,
•Who Is that man at the next table with
that downcast, sad, resigned expression?"
npked the guest at the club.
•1 'don't recall his name," replied the host,
i «mt he Is either a Republican or married to a
ArtSogette; one can hardly tell them apart
ONLY A FEW
"I understand the Frasers are having trou
ble," remarked the spinster. "Some, people
take her part, and other* side with him."
"And, I suppose," growled the bachelor,
"there are a few excentrlc people who mind
their own business?"— Stray Stories.
THE JOY OP COMBAT
"What did you think of the performance of
"Hamlet?" asked the theater manager.
"Pretty good,"-said the patron. "Only that
flKht with Laertes seems a little tame after
tho show given by the moving pictures last
Ho—That's a queer looking rocking chair.
She—Teij It was brought over In the May
He—Ah, indeed! One of the original Plym
outh Roc Hera, as It were.— Chicago Daily N«wi.
TUTIONAIj SILENCE, aa evidence
against nim on his trial!
Is this the twentieth century, or have
we harked back to the dark ages? If
wo have harked back, why not em
ploy "PEINE, FORTE, ET DURE?"
But the proponent says by way of
excuse, that "under the existing sys
tem" the poor dovil is subjected to
the sweat box and the third degree,
until he confesses or furnishes clews
which enable the prosecutor to ob
tain evidence to secure a conviction.
What is here termed a "system 1 'Is
only an imitation of the Spanish in
quisition, and an outrage which should
be made a felony and punished by law.
And without such law, the prosecu
tor who resorts to such sudorific
treatment, could be indicted for mal
feasanco in office, and the policemen
dismissed from the service on charges
preferred. In every court of the last
resort, such methods as the sweat box
and the third degree have been de
nounced and testimony thus obtained,
rejected as illegal.
This was the course at common law;
it always denounced inquisitorial meth
ods of obtaining evidence and recog
nized fully the dangerous and utterly
untrustworthy character of extorted
confessions, and was never subject to
the reproach that it gave judgment
upon them. Cooley, Const. Llm. 442.
All the works on evidence inform us
that confessions anfl admissions must
be voluntary In order to be admis
sible: and where obtained by the flat
tery of hope or the torture of fear,
they are rejected. Our statute which
permits a person to testify in his oWn
behalf, follows the constitution, by re-
fusinfr permission to cross-oxamlne him
as to any facts not testified to by him
on his examination in chief. People
vs. O'Brien. 66 Cal., 602 Cooley, Const.
Llm. 447-8-9. N. O.
Lonpr Beach, September 22.
Far and Wide
MEANING OF "CLUBMAN"
In the far spread New York of today the
public takfs less interest In the private affairs
of the children of Vanity Fair than It used to
do. And so It ia elsewhere. You may se« the
splash In a pond; It is lost In the ocean which
is" a modern metropolis. Today the term "club
man" means nothing. In t.ll days that are no
igore It was a definition thnt stood for some
thing.—New York Evening Sun.
The Illinois Central idea that the more a
workman la paid the less efficient he becomes
must also mean that' the less he Is paid the
more efficient he becomes. Thus to have men
work without any wage at all would not only
give the best service, but would also provide,
the fattest dividends. It Is surprising that
somebody did not think of this long ago.—
Indianapolis (Ind.) News. v
WILL BE WORTH IT
When th« animals shall all wear clothes,
'Twill be worth a half dollar,
When th« giraffe Is all dressed "up" . •
To see hi» standing collar.
—Christian Science Monthly.
\ ■ '
WOULD BRIGHTEN IT UP
Prize essays on the question of what to do
with our ex-presldent are now in order, though
the competition will bo lifeless unless Chan
cellor Day enters It.—Syracuse Poet-Standard.
NO WONDER SHE WANTS MORE
The report that Him. Cavaliorl got all of
Robert W. Chanler'3 money seems to be In
correct. Some surgeons recently • operated on
her for appendicitis.— Kansas City Times. -
WORLD'S SELF-CONDENSATION RECORD
By putting on all the brakes William De Mor
gan has held his latest novel down to 423
pages. Such self-repression " has something
heroic about it.—Denver Republican.
OR ONE TO RAISE) TUB WRECK
An aproprlatlon i. ay be needed to deter
mine whether this year's political explosion In
Maine was from the Inside or the outside.—
Kansas City Times. • /
WHY SPEND THE MOVET?
Hoke Smith's campaign cost 111,686.10. Yet
we hail been led to believe that It was a spon
taneous offering to greatness.— Pittsburg Dis
TOOK HIM LITERALLY
Mnie. Cavalierl evidently thought Bob Chan
ler weant it when he said With all my world
ly goods I thee,endow."— Indlunapolts Star.
WHAT . ID UK BAY?
What was the lowa man's inquiry of the
Sth instant, thut .turned so ania«ing a reply?
PUBLIC LETTER BOX
TO CORRESPONDENTS—Letter. Intended for publication nut be »ceomp»nl*4 by the
n.ni. .ml »ddre» of The writer. Th* Herald .Ires th« wldMt latitude to corr«»pond«nt..
but Hivmn no mponatbllltjr (or their view*.
POLICE AND PRESS
Editor Herald: Tour editorial un
der caption as above hardly does Jus-
tiee, I think, to my position, which vraa
NOT, as stated, a criticism of the
publication of Belk's picture, but of
"its publication HKFOUK HIS IDEN
TIFICATION." The whole point i» In
the last three words.
Also, a by no moans negligible part
of my letter was its challenge of the
reprehensible practice so common in
this city of allowing police officers to
"usurp the Judicial function" by air
ing their views aa to the guilt of
The London papers recently report
ed a case whore a woman having
"Identified" a prisoner, the latter"s
lawyer told the court that a detective
had "assisted" the identification by
affording the witness a preliminary
peep at the prisoner through a half
open door. Now, on your principle,
the magistrate should have pro
nounced this "all right," but ho did
not. He said such a thing was "most
improper," and if It could be proved
the court would declare tho identifica
tion Invalid and discharge tho pris
oner. I think that magistrate " i
right and that that preliminary peop
was on all fours with tho "too pre
vious" publication of a prisoner's pic
ture. "FAIR PLAY."
Los Angeles, September 26.
ROOSEVELT NO SOCIALIST
Editor Herald: W. C. O. thinks my
plea for particulars of Roosevelt
achievement should be answered. So
far, so good. But I fear he goes (as
usual) somewhat fnr afield for his data
upon which to link up T. R. with So
cialism. Koosevelt is decidedly not a
Socialist. At all times an arifltocr.it.
he is potentially, and aiming to become
actually, an autocrat; and any At
tempt to identify his "new national
ism" claptrap with Socialism will be
spurned and repudiated by every So
cialist worthy of the name.
By the way, a Mr. Allison, who
writes me privately through Thn Her
ald after saying he enjoys my contri
butions to the Letter Box, asks why
T. R. should score Lorlmer, seeing the
latter denies knowledge of any money
being spent to put him in the senate;
while Roosevelt, despite his denials,
is known to have written the letter
which brought $250,000 to his campaign
fund. And Mr. A. thinks the following
paragraph—one of many similar—from
Roosevelt's own pen Is Illuminating
"as to character:"
"It was not exciting sport. As the
birds flew in every direction I used
my pump gun as rnpidly as I could
pull the trigger. Rlsht and left I
caught them, and at tho end of thirty
minutes I found that sixty-seven of
the beautiful birds had fallen before
my aim." VAL STONE.
Los Angeles, Sept. 24.
Editor Herald: I agree with your
correspondent. Dr. Aiebttt, that the
direct primary with the subsequent
election is expensive. But comparing
the expense to us of the Harper regime
with that of Mayor Alexander, I think
the latter is really dirt cheap. But I
believe the cost can be reduced by
adopting the plan in successful opera
tion in Grand Junction, Colo., of
preferential voting. Under that plan,
say there were five candidates for
mayor, the voter would record in
columns on the ballot sheet his first,
second and third choices for that of
fice. The candidate receiving an ab
solute majority of all the votes cast
would be elected. If no candidate had
an absolute majority, the candidate re
ceiving the lowest vote would drop
out, and the first and second choice
votes of the remaining candidates
added together. If no candidate re
ceived a majority vote the candidate
receiving the lowest would be lropped,
and the first, second and third choices
for the respective candidates would be
added together, and the candidate re
ceiving a majority of all votes cast
would be elected. In case of a tie
vote the election would be decided by
the drawing of lots.
In Dr. Aisbitt's plan a mere plurality
vote would elect on the first ballot.
That would enable railroad, booze and
big business to unite on one candidate,
while the decent vote was perhaps
divided among two or more good can
didates, and thus elect the worst one.
I would be glad to hear the objections
to this preferential system of voting.
W. H. STUART.
Los Angeles, Sept. 24.
FOR STATE RAILROADS
Editor Herald: Prom information
given last night by the distinguished
lawyer—Mr. Works—at the Votos for
Women club we are more firmly con
vinced that a useless expense is In
curred in trying to legislate against
corporations so well entrenched that
the people are dependent on the final
decisions of the courts as to tho con
stitutionality of the laws their legis
lators may make. We were told that
the rights of a corporation must be
protected, that fixing of rates should
be loft to the Judiciary and that the
city council had no jurisdiction In fix
ing tho electric light rates. If this be
true, why do candidates for offlco
waste so much energy ln ( attacking the
Southern Pacific? We hfive suggested
a way out of the difficulty and trust
The Herald will kindly bring it before
The legislature, having power of
making appropriations of the state
money for various purposes, such as
expositions, etc., should appropriate a
sum to build necessary lines of trans
portation, to bfl owned by the state
nnrl operated for the benefit of the
public. This wfll not conflict with the
wording of the constitution, for it will
promote the general welfare of all
the people nnd will obviate the neces
sity of railway supervision and 'other
useless expenditures. It will help to
solve the problem of unemployed men,
lower the cost of living, to sny nothing
of other advantages to the state.
We are surprised that reform fac
tions of all parties are not united In
protecting the few rights still remain
ins from corporate control. It I« a.
well known axiom that the man who
controls the means by which you live
controls you. The Standard Oil com
pany and the Southern Pacific own n
large proportion of the land of this
jtate, In tho conservation district
their lands nre not withdrawn. Well
founded rumor says they will soon be
gin developing their oil lands. W»
trust that no man aspiring to office
I obtuse mentally as to be unable
to foresee the result. We have only
to recall the tactics of the Standard
< HI Company elsewhere to see how help
less the small oil men will be with no
mean* of transportation at reasonable
rat's, with both of these corporations
allied against them. Remember, the
fine Imposed by Judge I-andls has not
been paid, and other judges are ready
to reverse deoislons. So if there is to
h. c real Insurgency against wrong, let
there be consistency In progreeslveness,
nnd with the heralded •■new national
ism" let us have a little rationalism.
EMMA G. SCHAFER.
LIKES HERALD MAGAZINE
Editor Herald: Sometimes we are In
clined and do criticise what we fancy
the shortcomings of our preferred pa
per and I too seldom offer a word of
commendation. But today it is a great
pleasure to make honorable mention of
the magazine section of your Sunday
issue. It is a veritable gem from
cover to cover. If. should be in ©very
homo in Los Angeles and would prove
a pleasure as well as profitable to
every household. "Moments with the
Camera," "Amateurs," "The Home,"
"Health and Scientific Sanitation" and
other departments are all gems of the
first order. Tho simple suggestions
which are given weekly in the llttlo
paper regarding the matter of eating,
when, how and what to eat, If fol
lowed would soon solve the question of
high living and worry on that score
would soon cease. Wife and I have
decided • we cannot afford to throw
away the magazine section of The Her
flnd, but will keep them for reforenco
when needed. I repeat that today's
issue is a veritable gem throughout
and should be in every home in the
city; bettor still, in every home in
the county. J- R. K»
Los Angeles, Sept. 25.
Editor Herald: In answer to a letter
asking for anti-compulsory vaccination
petitions I would sny in behalf of tho
State Anti-Vaccination league recent
ly organized in Lot Angeles, that we
welcome the co-operation, of all those
opposing the compulsory vaccination
law. Tho league was organized be
cause we feel that compulsory vaccin
ation Is undermining- tho health of the
youth of our land. We know that vac
cination viruß, which is composed of
living disease germs and putrid matter
from decayed animal tissue, is poison
ous to tho blood; that the varieties of
vaccine virus are a product of human
smallpox matter inoculated into the
calf. We have indisputable evidence
that vaccination nover has prevented
tho spread of smallpox, but that, on
the contrary, the greatest epidemics
recorded in history have raged among
the vaccinated. The toleration of vac
cniation by the people is secured by tho
deliberate distortion of facts, and by
the continued publication in medical
journals of statistics apparently favor
able to vaccination that havo repeat
edly been proved to be false.
Wo are anxious for leagues to be or
ganized all over the state. For further
antl-compuisory vaccination petitions,
please address Mrs. John Sobieski, 2807
Brighton avenue, Los Angeles.
MKS. JOHN SOBIESKI.
rresldent Auti-Vacclnatlon League
Los Angeles, Sept. 26.
IMMODESTY AT BEACHES
Editor Herald: Reports from conti
nental seaside resorts and watering
places describe interesting sights which
may bo seen where sensational innova
tions studiously designed to attract the
sightseeing and traveling public are
presented. But one does not have to
travel abroad to see sights that will
produce thrills and gasps of astonish
ment, for one does not have to Journey
farther than any of our nearby beaches
to witness scenes rivaling In their dar
ing anything likely to be seen on the
other side of the pond. Europe's latest
sensation—tho network bathing trunks,
the dlrectoire bathing suit and one
piece garment for female bathers —are
all outdone, faded to a frazzle, by the
audaciously daring, well nigh wanton,
abandon of Southern Californlan wa
ter nympha who wade In "au natural."
Protests have been made from various
beaches through press and pulpit bo
frequently about display of nudity and
scantiness of attire *In public that It
was considered, worth while by your
correspondent to Investigate.
To see if any real grounds existed
for these published complaints that the
bounds of modesty were overstepped
or rules of public decency violated,
trips to several beaches were made at
different times In the last month and
these visit* revealed most astonishing
conditions that call for reform.
NOT A PRUDE.
Lo« Angeles, Sept. 22.
WOMAN IN HISTORY
Editor Herald: Not so very lon*
ago a youth of 16—a high school lad
rose In a suffrage meeting and asked
the speaker If there were any etates
in the Union where women now vote.
He was earnestly seeking Information
upon the subject, for his text books
were silent in regard to the whole
problem of woman as a citizen of, tho
Plenty of information about the ao
lngs of Queen Isabella, who made It
possible for Columbus to discover
America, and -whole pages of English
and German history devoted to the
queens of England and other countries,
but America's sovereigns have always
been men, and her women have never
done anything that our historians have
thought worth while to write about.
And so our children have come to the
very natural conclusion that the wom
en of America do not amount to much
and aren't worth minding.
I examined a history of recent man
ufacture—a history of the United
States used in the model school of a
state normal institution. From cover
to cover It was full of the wonderful
exploits of our forefathers—adven
turos discoveries, settlements, tights
and battles galore; inventions, and all
the other things which go to the
founding of a nation—and all tho work
of men. Three females ivlone were
mentioned In tho entire volume. The
Hrst notice was the fact that Virginia
Dare was the first white child born
in the colonies, from which statement
one may infer that there were fore
mothers as well ad forefathers.
Sandwiched in between whole pages
of brilliant descriptions of battle
scenes of the civil war with biog
raphies of all the generals and men
of prominence, there occurred this one
SC"The Red Cross association, under
the able leadership of Miss Clara Bar
ton, did noble service on the battle
field and in the army hospital."
One would think It were as impor
tant for the children of this nation to
know how, why and when the Red
Cross came Into being and of Us
noblo work of life saving as to mem
orize the dates of bloody battles and
the number of killed and wounded
The othor fomale whose name ap
pears upon tho pages of this history
was Miss Frances Willard, in connec
tion with the work of the W. C. T. U.
Two sentences sufficed to cover tho
whole life work of thin magnificent
citizen and her grand coworkers.
This authentic chronicle of events
gave tile dates of admission of terri
tories to statehood and told of the
emancipation of the negro, but not
one word of woman's emancipation In
the four free states, Colorado, Utah,
Idaho and Wyoming. Is this fair to
America's women, than whom no
other country boasts any worthier?
Los Aneelea, September 25.