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THE campaign of perfidy and dishonor inspired by a greedy
appetite for spoils, of which Meyer Lissner is the noisiest
exponent, does riot commend itself to a plain, straightforward
man like Editor Clarke of the Riverside Press,
who knows right from wrong and never hesi
tates to speak his mind. Mr. Clarke has been,
with consistent record, a vigorous and able
supporter of the cause of reform in California
Reply to the Job !
and has delivered some telling and effective blows in that purpose.
he who last summer was approached on behalf of Alden
n with a proposition to sell out the support # of his news
y per and desert Hiram Johnson, then running for the republican
nomination for governor. At that time Mr. Clarke indignantly
ted the proposition and printed facts.
Now the proposal or demand that he abandon his principles
• Mr. Clarke from Meyer Lissner's chief journalistic lieuten-
Los Angeles. In reply to that demand Mr. Clarke wrote:
«I Replying to your telegram urging me to come out strong for
\\ orks for senator, will say that I can not see my way clear to do so and
' or, a> a "progressive" republican 1 am not in sympathy with what
- to me to*be an effort to force the election of Judge Works regard
of the primary law and the sentiment of the people of the state.
luring the primary campaign the Press supported Judge Works
--- he was the only "progressive" candidate before the voters of the
knd we advised the republicans of this county to vote for him.
While the county gave a very fine plurality for Johnson the advisory vote
senator showed a large plurality for Spalding.
f Thj» vote demonstrated very clearly that the/ supporters of John-
Riverside county were not generally for Works. Under those cir
■nces I should not feel like advising our senator and assemblymen
< tor Works, and I certainly should not presume to hand out to
legislators advice that I would not urge on-the members from this
V <J I fear that the election of Judge Works, under existing conditions.
I would injure rather than benefit the cause of progressive republicanism
V^nd handicap the state administration which, in a measure at least, would
V Id responsible for it. In the first place.Works did not win the ad
visory vote under the lavy, for we have to deal with the law as it is and not
wish it was; and, in the second place, his views are so extreme that
his course in the senate would liable to bring discredit on the progressive
ment in this state. Under the provisions of the primary law, which
received the votes of all the reform members of the legislature two years
Spakling certainly won the indorsement of the advisory vote. "
This is the plain, unvarnished statement of an honest man who
can not be blinded by the cheap Pecksniffian sophistry of pretended
rmers like Rowell and Lissner. It is the* statement of a man
who will not be turned from the straight road and the honest course
by the bullying of politicians seeking a dishonest advantage for the.
sake of spoils. He understands that the policy demanded by
Rowell and Lissner has already done the cause of reform more
injury than they can ever repair.
The strength of that cause lies in its sincerity, and when that
virtue is once for all decisively abandoned it puts the reformers of
commerce like Rowell and Lissner in the category of professional
gHWliticians who can see nothing in politics but job chasing.
A PART from the fact that the funds provided to finance the
ZJLproposed world's fair at New Orleans are quite inadequate
*"ior an undertaking of this magnitude, it should be noted
that the money has a string to it. It is not
a bona fide appropriation, as it is based on
a contingency that involves substantial aid
from the national treasury. A statement of
the facts of record in this relation follows:
The Case for
Under the Louisiana constitutional amendments, the special tax to
cover $6,500,000 of bonds with interest can not be used for exposition
purposes "until the congrc^ of the United States shall designate the
city of New Orleans as the location for an exposition commemorating the
opening of the Panama canal."
This means that congress must initiate or create the exposition at
The Estopinal bill, now pending before congress, provides that
the federal government shall create the New Orleans exposition
and shall appropriate $1,000,000 in aid thereof, and unless this
bill passes the state appropriation of $6,500,000 will not be available
t > finance the exposition.
On the other hand. San Francisco asks not a penny from the
federal treasury, and with the aid of the state of California there is
nmvided a liberal fund of $17,5^0,000 to finance the exposition in
this city. The one and ftnly request is that congress shall authorize
the president to issue an invitation to foreign nations on behalf of
this country to participate in the San Vrancisco world's fair.
In view of the prevailing sentiment against spending public
money taken from the national treasury in aid of expositions, it
does not seem possible that congress can hesitate about the decision
of this controversy.
AMONG the curiosities of freak legislation is a bill to be
proposed for enactment which is intended to incorporate the
whole body of statutes to be enacted during the present session
in the constitution of California. The method
by which this strange object is proposed to
be effected is to submit the statutes of the
session as a whole in the shape of a constitu-
. ; ; —' tional amendment for ratification or rejection
by the popular vote.
This would be a fine thing; for the newspapers which would be
designated to pr.nt the volume of statutes as an advertisement with
arguments for and against them. Presumably, and incidentally, it
would he expected of voters to read the statutes of the session from
end to end and form an independent judgment thereon. The obliga
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
Works, the Repudiator
WORKS won't do—he wobbles. When he thought the people
would be for him he was for the direct primary law. The
people repudiated Works, and Works repudiates the law and
the people—tags himself traitor and records himself a renegade. He
wants the job—wants it at any price, even the price of self-respect
and the public's respect. The public could afford to pay almost any
price to keep him out of the job, out of any job.
You can't trust a trimmer. Works is a typical trimmer, setting his
sails for any breeze that may blow him toward the harbor of public
office. Once in such a port the trimmer usually "trims" his public.
That may be sltfng, but it fits Works as if it had been built for him.
It gives an accurate line on the kind of senator he would be—a repu
diator of the law and of his pledges, a quibbler and wobbler.
Maybe Works is personally and privately honest; the influences
behind him are not. Works is putty to those influences; wax in the
hands of the schemers; clay under the thumb of Lissner, the potter;
Lissner, the plotter. The schemers—Rowell, who has gone wrong,
and Lissner, who never was right—whisper in Works'' ear and he
goes blind to the law and deaf to public opinion.
A little while ago Works was proclaiming his faith in the pri
mary law as it stands on the statute books. He did not want the
indorsement unless he could get it under the letter of that law. He
wrote to every republican candidate for legislative nomination, asking
if that man would stand by the direct primary law as to the senator
ship. Here is what he said under his signature to every republican
"I say to you now, that as between me and any candidate
before the people, I neither expect nor desire a vote from you
not authorized by the votes of the people under that (the direct
primary) law. In other words, I desire to stand or fall upon the
advisory vote of the people at the primary election as against
any other candidate that has submitted Ms candidacy to the
Listen to Works now:
"The law is no law. It is not legally or morally binding
on the legislators. If a majority of the districts that elected
republican legislators had declared for me, then things would
be different. But they actually declared for Spalding, so I de
mand that you legislators repudiate the law and elect me"
tions of the contemporary elector are growing in an alarming way.
The object which it is intended to accomplish by this strange
freak of the legislative brain is to foreclose the courts of their right
to review the statutes and determine whether a given act of the
legislature is or is not unconstitutional. It is assumed that once
an act is made part of the constitution by popular ratification it will
thereby become impregnable to attack in the courts.
It should be obvious that no act of the legislature, whether
madd part of the constitution or not, can foreclose the courts of
their right and power to review and construe the same in the light
of other constitutional provisions of the state or nation, and the
courts will continue to exercise that power. The single way to accom
plish the object sought would be to abolish the courts altogether.
The whole proposition proceeds on an essential misconception
of the nature, purposes and functions of an organic law which should
be concerned only with the declaration and enactment of the general
scheme of government, leaving details to be dealt with by the legis
lature in the form of statutes. On the whole the proposition to
include all the petty details of statutory law in the constitution is
chiefly remarkable as an example of the freak legislation that some
times commends itself to half baked members of deliberative bodies.
THE city of Providence, R. 1., is troubled about its streetcar
service in much the same way as San Francisco. Although
the population has increased remarkably the streetcar service
has not kept pace with the demands of travel,
and by consequence an urban journey is not
unlike engaging in a football game under
the old rules. The Hartford Times makes
The Trouble With
The Providence Journal is conducting a vigorous warfare on the
management of the local street railway system which, it affirms has added
16,388,147 to the total number of its passengers within three years, and has
only bought four new cars;
San Francisco has fewer cars in service today than before the
fire. The travel has increased enormously in the last three years
and is still increasing. We learn from official announcements that
the United Railroads has bought some new cars for future delivery,
but unless the policy of that corporation is to undergo a radical
change we need not expect any improvement of service.
The new cars are bought because their design will make the
collection of fares more certain, and not because of any desire to
increase the accommodations offered the traveling public.
ANSWERS TO QUERIES
ECLIPSES*—O. O. Y. R.. Oakland. " When
will there ;be total eclipses of the sun in the
next 10 or 12 years?
Calculations have • been made up ■ to
1923, as follows: •
April 28, 1911. Total eclipse in the
; October 10,1912. The moon's shadow
will cross South America from Peru to
August 21, 1914. The shadow will
pass across Norway and' Sweden,
through Russia and Persia and . con
tinue its course nearly to India.'" ., •■■'•
February 3, 1916. The shadow will
pass, near the Isthmus of Panama, into
the Atlantic ocean and cross it nearly
to England. . • j. •.:
June 8, 191?. The shadow will be In
I the' north Pacific ocean and strike the
coast of 7 America i near Vancouver, is
land and pass in a, southeasterly direc
tion over' the whole .United States,
reaching to Florida, when it will enter
the Atlantic and terminate. "
September 10, 1923. The shadow will
enter upon the Pacific ocean and cross
the southern part of California and
Texas, where it will enter the gulf of
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EMERALDS—F. H.. City. Prom where Id the
balk of emerald* obtained?
Most of them are "obtained from the.
mines in Muzo,'. province > of, Bayaca,
Colombia, South America. These mines
are on the .eastern* slope of the Andes,
nearly j7O miles 1; in a, north-northwest-■
erly direction from Santa Fe de Bogota,'
Emeralds are also ' obtained '.: from an
other mine at Lasquez, about two days';
Journey frf>m the one at Muzo.
; CARB OF GOLDFISH—V.. H.. City. How
should RoMflKh be cared for? How much cold'
will tbe fish stand?,
'/■ Goldfish: wfl! not' hear a temperature
below the: freezing! point. , A dealer; In;
animals, on the t subject; of feeding- and ■
caring for fish, says:, "Never give the \
fish ; food:-_ that contains yeast. *. Use '
prepared * fish " food,"; a piece : three-quar
ters of an inch square being i sufficient *
y. ■• ■ '. ■ ■:'■'. ■■',' .-:> '::■■* ■ ■ •,. •
for one day's feeding for a medium
sized fish. The flsh should be fed every
morning, and In cold weather | the po
tion should be reduced half.\ Give
them » flies. . The water should be
•■hanged morning and night, and In the
changing the fish s should not be
handled. There should be growing
plants in the water In which the flsh
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PRESSURE—a.. OttJ What Is the prensure
or friction aon a -ft. Inch pipe, and is the pres
sure four times ax great on a 1% Inch pipe?
As you do not mention the length of
the pipe, what it is to be used for, nor
its fall, it is Impossible to answer the
question:. Suggest' that you go to the
reference room iof the free f library; in
Hayes street i and,"consult i "Kent" t and
"Haswell," which contain- tables show
ing pressure and friction under various
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■*& m*£ FRANCIS TRAIN C. : S.; Oitj-.
'"""* dirt G*orge Francis Train • make big
r»mon» trip around the world." when did he land
on the Pacific coast ana did he make better
time thin Nellie Ely? . ' ,
i He reached Tacotna, Wash., at 6:45
p. m. May-24,' 1890, completing his tour
in 67 days and 13 hours, beating the
time of Nelly Biy by five and a half
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EASTERN QUESTION—Smith, Bwkeler.
vvb*n wtf. the "eautern question" flr»t , agitated
in £Qn>peY r " ■ /
:" It dates back as far as European his
tory goes and tis said to have 'begun
with:the clash of the first Greek colon
ists upon the Asiatic mainland: about
700 B. C.
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„ *DJ£.T ANT OENEBAIi— V. M., XouatTllle.
Cal. >ho ™ adjutant - general of. the United
State* army on ' December 8," HMO? •
Major General Fred C. Alnsworth.
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ONIA' A STEP—D. P., - city, v Who 1* the
author of ■•Only a Step,". a poem, an.l where is
it to be found? t ; ■■ • . _ . ■ -'„..
Can any reader give the information?
Works, the "progressive"! Yes, He progresses —sidewise, like a
crab, or backward, like the tail pinched crawfish.
# If Works had won under the law you would now witness sup
porting Works not only Spalding, but every influence that now calls
upon the legislature to regard the law and elect him, the choice of the
party. If Spalding had carried every district you would now witness
Works and the schemers behind him, demanding that the legislature
repudiate the law. That is a difference^—one of many differences
—between Works and Spalding.
Now, The Call does not demand that Spalding be elected
because he is Spalding, but because he won under the.law. If Works
had won under the law The Call would be found today demanding
that the law be carried out —and that would be the case even if Works'
were as evil and dangerous man as Lissner, wha runs him.
The election of Works, or of anybody but Spalding, is notice to the
country that California is the same kind of "progressive" as Works —
"progressive" sidewise or backward. The plot to beat Spalding out-
Parkers Walter Parker and makes Jere Burke marvel at his own mod
eration. Its success would make California the first state in the union
to repudiate a vital part of a direct primary law. It would put this
state lower in the scale of morals and decency than those few commu
nities that have repudiated their just public debts for money borrowed
Success for the Works-Lissner-Rowell plotters would mean a
shameful stain upon the good name of California. For years the state
has been struggling toward political freedom. If its first act after
emancipation were such a political crime as the execution of the anti-
Spalding infamy the world might fairly question the wisdom of
emancipation. It would not be very different from the freed bondman
celebrating his liberty by going out to rob, rape and murder.
Earnestly and with no thought nor purpose except to preserve
the law and to save the reputation of the state, The Call urges upon
the legislators—demands of them—that they fulfill the law.
Persons in the News
FRANK W. CARPENTER, executive secretary
of .tlie Philippine islands, will leave this
■ morning on the Mongolia for the islands. He
went,to Washington to testify. in the friar
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MR. AND MRS. EDWARD HUTCHINSON of]
I Lodt,' Major Archibald Campbell. U. S. - A..
and Frnnk M. Evans, a mining man of Nevada
■ City, make up a group of recent arrivals*at
the Manx. - '
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WILLIAM F. WOODWARD, a wholesale drug
gist of / Portland, Is at the Palace with Mm.
Woodward. He is en route to Arizona and
New Mexico on a pleasure trip.
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GRANT CONARD, manager of the Spaldlng fight |
for United States senator, came <lown from ;
, Sacramento yesterday to meet A. G. Spalding. j
Conard is may^r of San Diego. •
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GEORGE H. BORBT. an architect of Chicago. .Is
at the Palace. He is here to attend the an
nual convention of the American institute of
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C. H. DICKIE, a lumberman of Vancouver, is
at the Palace. He will leave on the Mongolia
this morning for the orient.
E. A. WARNER of Ixis Angeles and Cole I*.
Harword of Reno are among the recent ar,
rival* at the Fairmont.
FLORENCE ROBERTS, the actress, and Thnr
low Bergen, her leading man, are guests at the
; St. Francis. '' , '
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A. H. HEPPNER, a planing mill contractor of
Reno, is among the recent arrivals at the
Argonaut. • '
HENRY OHLMEYER. who la In charge of the ]
tent city at Coronado, is registered at the St.
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WILLIAM TRIMBLE, a capitalist of Seattle, is
at the. St. Francis with his family. (
H. R. O'BRYAN, a real estate operator of Mon
terey, is registered at the Stewart.
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DR. AND MRS. L. E. HOLT of New York have
apartments at the Fairmont.' •
D. M. HERRIN, a fruit packer of Concord, is
registered at the Argonaut.
C. NEITFEXD. a merchant of Warsaw, is at the
' Stewart for a week's stay.
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DR. JARVIS W. BARLOW of Los Angeles is at
the St. Francis. •
Lucretia Borgia V
"I think," said Lucretia Borgia, calm
ly, as she administered a dose of Ja
maica ginger to her suffering spouse-—
"I think I shall devote the most of my
time this summer to writing by mem
"Good!" groaned the" sufferer between
spasms. "I was afraid, my, dear, that
you were contemplating the prepara
tion of a cook book." — Harper's
Weekly. . ' -
Peace has her victories but no monu
ment* f unveil. Lafe Bud, who's been
braggln' 'bout a new 10 pound baby,
wuz arrested this mnrnin 1 by the
weights and measures inspector.
The Poet Philosopher
I have a large Buff Cochin hen. I keep her in
a gaudy pen, and there she fosses all the day, and
never takes the time to lay. In
summer time, when eggs were
cheap, that hen would lay eggs
in her sleep she laid enough to
feed a troop; she piled them up
oil -^..~A .!„ T .. 1 .
an lutiuu me coop, i usea to
take those eggs of hers and throw them at the
passing curs; for all the world was daubed with
eggs; they fetched three cents per dozen kegs. But
now that winter raves and groans, } and * eggs are
scarce as precious stones, that silly hen just loafs
all day, and doesn't earn her corn and hay. Some
day, when wearied by the strife that-marks this journey we call life;
when with a deep conviction fraught that cHicken pie would hit the
spot 11l kill that old hen, I'm afraid, and then she'll"wish that she
had laid. There's,nothing worse, you'll all agree, than misdirected
energy. The hen that lays when eggs are cheap, and when thev'r
dear lies down to sleep; the dog that barks when nothing's wrong
and sleeps when burglars come along; the man who tills on Sabbath
day and loafs the whole long week away—these from one's eyes
the tears would draw ; there ■ *
surely ought to be a law. «2EESrU2L (Jkj&fTlco*^
The Morning Chit-Chat
I WANT to talk today, firstly, to my young girl friends,
and, secondly, to any one else who cares to listen,
about using slang.
But, in the first place,-I want to safeguard myself
against the logical person who insists that I live up to
what I preach, by admitting that I always do and always
shall use some slang. -
You see, I don't think there is any harm in a little
picturesque slang. As a spice, it's ' all right. ,It's when
you come to putting it into the cake in the same quanti
ties as you do the sugar and,flour that the harm is done
But the especial indictment that; 1 want to bring
against slang today is this— with many of us it is
a sort of crutch which, used too often, results in atrophy
ing the muscles of the limb whose place it takes. '
Tsuspect that isn't so clear as it might be.
Let me Illustrate with an example. . .' .
I have a young girl friend who has recently become A~ki* iii v a *
the slang expression "Good " night"—with : the accent on the "good •• M to
This expression I will explain for .the benefit of those who W
met it-seems to be nearly equivalent to a shrug of the shoulder,ave T , or yet
something like "Oh, very well.'; shoulders, it means
Now the young person in question is a very bright youns „«=«„ c ho
has a good command of English and I usually, expreSes he?fel? wen" !?,?
when she gets hod of an expression like this she uses it on all occSons ' v]
forces it to explain what she ought to pot into her own words In thu w».
you see. she ; weakens her vocabulary, and • her command of English
In the.same way "Some class to that," "What do you know about that*"
and all the similar expressions that have "had their day andTc?a Se d 'to II"
have the same effect of atrophying natural powers of expression
Slang is the lazy man's language. \-- - ..
'. It is - the - speech .of the man who is, so indolent that he prefers to « RP
some ; one else's : long coined expression to new minting his ■ own
In itself slang isn't so bad. (With 1 the;exception, of course "of vni M r
slang) Some slang expressions are. very bright and amusing when you first
hear them. le It is : the mental laziness which they encourage which is so
objectionable. " s wnu-n «» so
me If you think this is all far fetched nonsense please try an expression for
The next time you open your mouth to say your favorite slang exnres
sion close it and make yourself explain the thought or feeling you were
about to make to cover, in your own language.
# I f/? l\, flnd thls the least blt dimcult you can't say that my thesis is all
far retched nonsense, can you? ■ .
Homesick AU Fixed .
'•Gee, PI. but I wuz homesick when Said the artist, "Though prices may
I went to th" city!" soar
"Gosh! AVas yer? How homesick?" For each turkpy aH duck in the store,
"Wen. I stood on th- corner t,n ,
seen a car marked 'To the Barn.' and, I can still keep the/wolf from the door"
by gum, I took it."—Exchange. i Weekly.
JANUARY 9, 1911
WALT MASON I
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