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Los Angeles Herald
i A THOMAS I, GIBBON, President nod Editor
Entered «~ second das* matter at the postoffice in Loa Angeles.
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Population of Los Angeles ' 319,198
A MUNICIPAL NEWSPAPER
A MUNICIPAL newspaper such as has been
proposed for Los Angeles might or might
not be a good thing. Its influence would
. be limited unless it were entertaining enough to
cause a good demand for it, and some of those who
propose it seem to have an inadequate idea of the
amount of money, the extent of equipment and the
large force of workers needed to collect, prepare
and verify the matter and make it interesting.
; Then suppose there should be a slump in the
reform movement and the old machine forces
should regain control. They could adopt ordi-
I nances as they pleased to govern the conduct of
the paper. Not only would it have within it large
graft possibilities for a few men but it conceivably
might be made an agency for misrepresentation
and a force to entrench bad officials in power. .
If Philadelphia and Denver have municipal
papers it does not appear that they have accom
plished much. Philadelphia is still in the complete
grasp of the worst machine in the country. It
gave about 100,000 majority for Penrose's man
Tener this fall. Denver has had a housecleamng,
but the independent citizens and press brought it
about. .'," •', '■• .
The hope of politics is a clean and fearless in
dependent press, If i">- time ever comes when its
members do not for the most part measure up to
this requirement, no municipally-owned substitute
is likely to effect much. The most potent thing
for the 'forces of decency to do is to support clean,
honest newspapers and see that they do not play a
losing, game if they expose selfish and crooked
A lock of Napoleon's hair sold in New York for
$45 The price is exorbitant. Any girl will tell
you that you can buy a whole mop of extra fine
coiffure from a dead Chinaman s head for that
SOME GOOD HOLIDAY "RULES"
THERE are a few things that all Christmas
shoppers who believe in the golden rule
should consider and bear in mind, besides the
duty of and profit in buying early. Here are some
of the important ones: .
Buy early The stocks are more varied, prices
better for you and clerks have time to give you
Make up the list of those you must send gifts
to now. If you forget any you'll have time to make
amends. _ . , i__:„ '„
Buy useful things. Even your rich relatives
prefer "these to odd and useless gifts.
Send packages that must go by mail or express
early They will be more likely to reach their des
tinations in good condition. After December 15
will be late. • ...
In addressing parcels for mail or express deliv
ery write the address plainly and also put your own
address on the package, that you may be notified
if it goes astray.
Be sure your parcels are properly wrapped and
securely tied and that your card is with each gift.
That is a courtesy that the recipient is entitled to
under all circumstances.
If in doubt, .send money, if the gift is for a mem
ber of your own family.
The observance of these admonitions would
add about 50 per cent to the sum total of good hu
mor in the holiday season and reduce by about the
same, degree the bother to yourself that is incident
to the annual custom of gift-giving.
A Kansas preacher is trying to prove Moses
didn't write the Pentateuch. If that matter isn't
settled yet we despair of any settlement of the
tariff question in this century.
DANCING MADE ELOQUENT
THE present season at the Los Angeles houses
of amusement is already a notable one for the
high class and variety of attractions offered
to the public. The past few weeks have forced this
fact to public attention with a series of brilliant
events, both musical and dramatic.
Particularly is this true of offerings that appeal
to the intellect and the artistic senses. Simul
taneous^ with the close of a remarkable run of
grand opera we had Nazimova -i Ibsen plays, then
an all too brief visit from Ellen Terry in Shakes
pearean lecture-acting, and now the Imperial Rus
sian ballet and the classic Russo-Greek dances, all
of them, it is gratifying to say, received with the
' discrimination and enthusiastic patronage that at
tend their appearance in the oldest cities that as
sume a superiority in the matter of cultme.
A worthy link in this chain of attractions is the
.Russian troupe now at the Auditorium. _ We are
given a hint of what it means to provide such
things in the information that it cost Manager
Behymer $24,000 to make ready for the first per
formance, but fortunately Mr. Behymer's venture
bids fair to prove not unprofitable. No such danc
ing, ii it may properly be so called, ever has been
seen in America. It is an art which had been lost
and which, happily, has been found again. .Mine.
Pavlowa, M. Mordkin and their attendants at the
court of Terpsichore have made dancing eloquent;
have discovered and disclosed new-old meaning in
the wave of an arm, the pointing of a toe, the toss
of a head. And because it is harmonious their
pantomime is universal, as understandable as
The moon is said to be 17,000 miles nearer the
earth than usual. May he trying to get a glimpse
of that curious phenomenon, the upward fall in
Editorial Page _f 15he Henald
LOS ANGELES AS IT ISN'T
JOSH BILLINGS' observation that "it is bct-j
ter not to kno so menny things than to kno
so menny things that ain't so" never had a
more direct application than to the Scranton (Pa.)
Tribune-Republican, whose issue of November 22
contains the most remarkable editorial description
this city has ever had, and it has had a good many.
The Scranton paper tells its readers that "it might
be well to explain," and then it "explains" after
this fashion (we omit the unesscntials) :
"The city seeks only those who have
plenty of money to spend.
"A promoter with a project leading to
the establishment of an industry that would
be liable to attract the middle classes to the
city in any great numbers would receive a
chilly welcome in Los Angeles.
"It is a city of wealthy idlers.
"The people who have settled in Los An
geles during the past decade will not be af
fected by any changes of government. Tariff
tinkering will not paralyze industries of the
"Everything in the line of living is high
in Los Angeles and everybody has the price.
"The people who supply the cash to run
the town made it somewhere else and they
have gone there to play.
"A few laboring people are necessary to
wait upon the wealthy tourists and perma
. nent settlers.
"The .humble toiler in coarse working
garment does not cut much of a figure.
"Those who conduct the resort are press
agents without peers in the wide world."
To all of which this "resort" must first say
"Ouch!" If the Scranton commentator had ab
sorbed his long-range information correctly Los
Angeles would be the most remarkable city of
modern times and would be in a fair way to back
ancient Babylon off the historical boards. It ought
to be his ambition to see a community of 319,198,
in which 319,000 are wealthy idlers and 198 the
laboring people, and when lie comes to gratify the
curiosity and see the world's largest collection of
fat-necks there is a shock ready for him as great
as his own slap on our wrist.
He will find in a town that he says discourages
industry some 1850 manufacturing establishments
(to which a $10,000,000 steel plant is about to be
added) employing $30,000,000 of capital.
He will find a harbor on which the people have
voted to spend ten millions of their own money to
promote trade and commerce. Its annual business
is now $650,000,000.
He will find the world's greatest municipal
aqueduct building, at a cost of $23,000,000, for the
purpose largely of generating a vast amount of
hydro-electric power to attract and foster capital
invested in manufacturing and make more work
for the "humble toiler in coarse working gar
ments," who is already here by the thousands, and
in fact in the majority. * ,
He will find here the headquarters of the great
est oil producing field in the world, producing 60,
--000.000 barrels annually.
He will find here the western headquarters of
two of the great transcontinental railway systems.
He will find a wholesale trade with the south
west and Mexico of $300,000,000 annually.
He will find $20,000,000 being spent yearly for
buildings, the largest part of it for buildings to
provide for the growing business of the city.
If it is an offense to have in our matchless cli
mate, in our twenty-two ever-blooming parks, our
$3,500,000 good roads system, in our seaside re
sorts and our beautiful hotels magnets that draw
thousands of tourists and other thousands of well
to-do settlers we cannot hope to disarm the preju
dice of our Pennsylvania critic. But we must ask
him to pause and let this question have free course
through his mind and a candid answer, at least to
What does he think keeps going the great en
terprises that we have briefly sketched in these
A year ago England was panicky with fear of a
German invasion. Since the demonstrations of
the suffragettes it is believed that the Germans
are the ones who are most afraid.
Gen. 1". D. Grant thinks we ought to have an
army of 250,000. And it is probable that "General"
Madero holds the same sentiments down in Mex
ico with regard to his forces.
The managers of the next Mexican revolution
are going to find it hard to persuade us to follow
their movements unless they improve the spelling
of their battlefield names.
"Walter Wellman announced a lecture in New
York and only two persons bought tickets. It
must have made Walter wonder why the Trent
Now, if the shippers succeed in forcing the rail
roads to be fair, are they in turn going to be. fair
with the ultimate consumer?
In brief, the Mexican revolutionists intimate if
they can have more ballots they won't care so
much about the bullets.
Perhaps we do the meat barons an injustice.
They may be holding back the price reductions for
a Christmas present.
Eastern Maoists, after seeing Los Angeles
county weather arid roads, wish they had brought
their autos along.
General Diaz had better take the ban off the
bull fights or there will be genuine cause for a
More and more of the tourists arc becoming
sojournists, and the latter are becoming remain
The committee of arrangements for the local
aviation meet appear to be somewhat up in the air.
Fruit growers of all kinds in Southern Califor
nia report that this year's crop is a peach.
The San Francisco Sun was bright and well
named. Its total eclipse is a misfortune.
If you can't do better than that, make out your
list today and start in on Monday.
Pity the Jailed Rich in Nebraska!
V^' t^l \ JmM^M J \ &>™ £ rr
Four wealthy cattlemen, sentenced in Nebraska for illegally fencing government land, have
been allowed to choose the jail in which they will serve their sentences, and to furnish it to suit
their own ideas of comfort.—News Item.
THE HERALD'S PUBLIC LETTER BOX
CAN THIS BE TRUE?
Editor Herald: A young woman car
rying in her arms a two-months-old
baby boarded a Garvanza car the
other day. Do you imagine any man,
or woman offered the woman a seat?
No. She stood, holding the baby in her
arms, and never a man or woman of
fered her a seat. Now what do Herald
readers think of. that?
Los Angeles, Cal.
LETTER FOR GEORGE GORDON
Editor Herald: George Gordon,
whose communication appeared in The
Herald Letter Box a few days ago,
has a letter addressed to him at the
South Pasadena postoffice, which can
not be delivered as the address is not
sufficient. The writer, who is Interest
ed in. his affliction, merely as sym
pathizer, might help to point a way
out of his difficulty. M. A. F.
Log Angeles, Cal.
KANSAS AND PROHIBITION
Editor Herald: Speaking of Kansas
people riding around ' in automobiles
and of their presenting such a show
of wealth, reminds me that if they
continue Inforclng strict prohibition
laws as they have during the past few
years it won't be long till they will be
sailing about in airships and dropping
silver dollars down on some of the
states, where they are needed, to feed
drunkard's wives and children- on,
while the hu- >ands and fathers serve
out priron sentences or lie around
saloons. W. S. BURROUGHS
THE TROUBLE IN MEXICO
Editor Herald: A cartoonist in a
newspaper pictures the United States
as an eagle, with an extremely vicious
look, threatening Mexico, represented
as a little rooster standing on a smok
ing bomb. This is silly. Why should
our republic threaten the Mexican
revolutionists, who are only trying to
throw oil an Intolerable tyranny and
make their country a republic in fact
as well as in name? It will be the
height of wickedness if Uncle Bam
steps in to coerce the Mexicans into
continuing to live under a tyranny
which would not be borne by Ameri
cans for a single day. LIBERTY.
DECRYING VICTOR BERGER
Editor Herald: Your editorial speak
ing of Victor Berger eating pie out of
his hand, stating that someone had ob
jected to his style of eating, and your
humorous reply: "Whose hand should
he eat it 'out of."' reminds me that
there are a few in this glorious country
of ours who are taking the very bread
out of the mouths of thousands of poor
men, women and children and who are
looked upon as shrewd business men.
And these shrewd fellows will do
everything In their power to handicap
such men as Victor Berger because he
believes in every man having an equal
chance In this life; because he is op
posed to a few men owning this coun
try and everybody In it. It is to be
hoped the people will come to under
stand thai Socialism docs not mean
the dividing up of what people now
have, but that It menus the dividing
of chances of getting what is to be had;
that Instead of earning $5 and getting
$1 as Is now often the case, mankind
will get the actual worth of their toll.
Los Angeles, i 'ai.
FIGHT OVER THE HERALD
Edit Herald: The boys in the
county jail, attaches as well as the
prisoners, have petitioned me to sub
scribe for another copy of The Herald
lor the reading room. We already take
your paper but they light over it every
mornin w in preference to the others
and in order to keep the peace I see
nothing ahead but add another copy
of The Herald to our reading room. We
have found It a bright, newsy and en
tertaining sheet. f.
County Jail, Los Angeles.
VIOLATION OF LAW CHARGED
Editor Herald: The members of the
butter and egg trust met yesterday
and decided that eggs were too high
and reduced the price 5 cents per
I respectifully call the attention of
District Attorney Fredericks to this
fact and to the fact that such a trust
exists and that the case is fully cov
ered by the Sherman act and the Cart
wright law. If he wants proof let him
visit" the cold storage warehouses and
see the million, of pounds of butter
and dozens of eggs that are held for
higher prices. Or is he under such
obligations to "the Interests" that the i
people cut no Ice? Let us wait and sje
if he acts. SOLOMON TEMPLE.
San . ernando, Cal.
SOCIALISM AND THE HOME
Editor Herald: That Socialism will
destroy the home is such an old gag
It Is hardly worth one's notice, but
when one proves such Ignorance of the
meaning of Socialism as did the writer
who signs herself "Mother" in the Let
ter Box of November .2, I cannot re
frain from saying a few words.
I would like to ask the dear sister
what is destroying the home today?
If she will go Into the slum or tene
ment districts of any largo city she
will find places of abode that can
scarcely be called home. A shanty
with a bed of straw,' a broken stove
and a few tumble-down chairs, is not
a home, but simply a place to drop into
after a day of toil. Even our good
homes cannot be fully enjoyed by a
man worn with long hours of toll, or a
woman whose household duties make
her a slave., The rich may have pal
aces, but while the father's time is
spent in planning to squeeze more
profit out of his employes, and the
mother is worn with society cares, the
home cannot be ideal or the children
We are told that In New York city
there are 90,000 bedrooms without a
window. Today there are about 8,000,000
women out in the world struggling for
bread. Can these women care prop
erly for homes and families? There are
3,000,000 children working in mills,
miles and factories. Would they be
there If they had good homes? Last
summer in Chicago and New York
babies died by the hundreds because of
If our homes are perfect, why so
many divorces? Many men today do
not dare marry because under the
present high cost of living and low
wages they are afraid they cannot
maintain a home. —
Socialism will not destroy the home,
but lather give to all an opportunity
to have a home by giving to every
worker the full product of his toll. It
will take children out of factories and
place them In schools. it will give
everybody a chance to develop tho best
there Is within. MARY THRASHER. j
Los Angeles, Cal.
Editor Herald: The prize fight mov
ing picture trouble Is all over and the
only sound argument that has been
advanced against the pictures is that
prize fights are not legal in this state.
Why are murder pictures permitted in
our theaters? Is It because murder Is
legal in this state? H. D. BYRNE.
THE CASE OF FRED WARREN
Editor Herald: There are so many
Interesting paragraphs and communi
cations to the Letter Box that ono is
tempted when taking up the morning
Herald to trespass on time Intended for
other matters. But after all the Letter
Box discussions and the interesting
editorials are so gratifying to those
interested in the Important subjects of
these stirring • times that it pays for
the time spent.
The editorial remarks about Social
ists and what they want to do can
but command respect, coming as they
do from the organ of another party.
Such wero the pleasant thoughts
suggested by reading lately the good
things in The Herald. But I should
not be true to myself If I put down
my pen and said no more. I must ex
press disappointment when I came to
a paragraph which in a few words an
nounced such an important matter as
the fact that a hero and martyr, Fred
D. Warren, haM to go to Jail. It was
not a surprise, the writer being famil
iar with the various unsuccessful at-
tempts to find him guilty of a viola
tion of law. The first accusation
against Warren was dismissed for
want of evidence to sustain it. Then
came an order from Washington to
reopen the case; and later a trial by
jury, not of his. peers, as is lawful,
but composed wholly of Republicans,
some of whom were opposed to him
before called to serve on the jury. He
was sentenced by a judge who said;
"When tills case was presented I was
in doubt whether there hud been a
violation of law. ... I am still
In doubt," but submitted to the de
mands from Washington and passed
sentence. Instead of a speedy trial
tho Warren case had, by the prosecu
tion, been postponed again and again
from May, 1907, until November, 1910,
when the appellate court, after a de
lay of many months (doubtless wait
ing until after election), decided that
Warren must go to jail. (
That a man'who unselfishly devotes
the best years of his llfo for the
emancipation, or, if you please, what
he considers to be for the emancipa
tion of the producers of all wealth, the
men, women and children of the coun
try, should be by a partisan Jury and
Judge condemned to pay a tine of $1500
and to go to prison for six months
must, It would seem, be a matter of
great interest to every voter, and, In
deed, to every resident lest he should
have to suffer the same injustice. And
could not The Herald, that evinces so
much sympathy for the widow and
orphans, and a disposition to be Just
to political opponents, find something
to say in condemnation of the un
precedented and unconstitutional ' con
duct of the Warren case, for which not
tho Democrats, but Republicans and
the Republican president, are respon
sible? M. V. LONGLEY.
South Pasadena, ('al.
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ROCKING THE BOAT
Borne atatcsmon are so flip
or lata ,
They want to rock the ship '■
Of state. - A '-.:'<:» ■;
- Kansas City Journal. ,
DECEMBER 2, 1910.
What the Tariff
fCharles Johnson Post. In N. Y. World.)
TAXING YOUR FLOORS
The bride and groom were figuring
up on carpets, rugs, matting for the
little apartment. For the kitchen, oil
cloth—oilcloth, let us see:
Oilcloth Is tariff-taxed 6 cents a
square yard and IB per cent additional.
Linoleum—linoleum wears hotter—B
cents a square 'yard and ln addition 15
The hall Ik a bit dark and a cheap
carpet will not be noticed. A two-ply
Ingrain carpet is tariff-taxed 18 cents
a square yard and ln addition 40 per
cent; a treble ingrain, 22 cents a
square yard and in addition also 40
per cent, '
For the parlor a Brussels, and a
Brussels carpet is tariff-taxed 44 cents
a square yard and 40 per cent In
Try a moquette, a Saxony or a Wil
ton and the tariff tux Is taxing your
floors 60 cents a square yard and in
addition to that 40 per cent.
. There is not a carpet known, made
of cotton or wool, that pays less than
40. per cent, and always In addition
to that is the tariff tax per square
I yard, never less than 18 cents a square
I yard and in one case HO cents a
The cork mat for the bathroom Is
tariff-taxed 30 per cent.
Even the cheapest matting for the
bedroom Is tariff-taxed S" = cents a
square yard. • ■ ,
Therefore the bride and groom will
economize. They will look up rugs.
Let us see:
Jute rugs for their floor are tariff
taxed 8 cents a square yard nnd 30 per
cent tn addition.
A cotton rug, 50 per cent.
An Oriental iii& is tariff-taxed SO
cents a square yard and in addition
40 per cent.
A Tournay velvet rug, 60 cents a
square yard and 40 per cent.
A linen horse-rug but 45 per cent
in all. Better fit up the stable first
and live there—it's cheaper.
The bridegroom lays the above with
tariff-taxed tacks and a hammer that
is tariff-taxed 45 per cent, on yellow
pine floors taxed $2.37t_ a thousand
board feet, over a carpet lining In
which the cotton and paper are both
Next spring he will beat tho carpets
with a carpet-beater tariff-taxed 35
Far and Wide
Congratulations nro the order of, tho
day. Woodrow Wilson having been
congratulated by his defeated rival
congratulates the latter In turn on "his
handsome conduct all through the
campaign." Such Chesterfleldtan amen>
itles soften politics and prevent poli
tics from becoming brutal.—Boston
Since learning the late King Chula
longkorn of Slam left over 1000 widows
and children we are not surprised that
ho finally decided to leave the earth.—
, SAGAMORE HOLE
The report that Oyster Bay has been
rechristened Blue Point is probably
somewhat egaggerated. Sagamore Hill,
however, is now spoken of, we believe,
as Sagamore Hole.
Both sides in Montana declare there
have been frauds. In the light of po
litical history of the copper region It Is
fair to assume that both are right.—
A BAD BEATING
We admit, voluntarily, that in some
parts of the country the Republicans'
sustained a worse defeat than even
the Cubs suffered. .'
ONLY CARRYING IT TO THE LIMIT
The women abuse the men scandal
ously, It seems to us, but we notice
they keep right on marrying them.—
The election is over now and a man
Is not necessarily a liar just because
he happens to differ from you in his
political opinions.—St. Paul Dispatch.
MARYLAND IS SUSPICIOUS
We entertain a good deal of doubt
whether New England Invented pump
kin pie. It is too good.—Baltimore Sun.
A HEARTY LAUGH
Being the day's best joke from the news
* '' exchanges. • *
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, at a
luncheon at the New York Yacht club,
told a story about a very rich and very
"He used, to visit me with his fam
ily," said Mr. Vanderbilt, "and In his
pride he always brought a host of serv
ants with him. Naturally It was rather [
a tax on one's room.
"But one Tannksgivlng he must have
felt prouder than ever. He swooped
down on my farm with valets and
chauffeurs—a regular army. I was
rather put to It to house that multi
tude, but I said nothing till the dessert'
came on at dinner. Then l shouted
across the table in a loud, hearty
" 'I say, Endicott, I hope your under
gardener is better?' • •
"My under-gardener? What do you
mean?' he asked, In astonishment. 'So
far as I know, the man Is not oven ill.'
. " 'Oh, I thought he must bo,' said I,
'or you'd havo brought him along.' "—a
New York World.