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Reorganized Chamber of Commerce Plato Initial Social Bow
Banquet of the New Chamber of Commerce Last Night at the Palace Hotel at Which About One Thousand Guests Assembled.—Photo by R. J. Waters & Co.
OF CIVIC SPIRIT
Thousand Citizens at Board
Hail Dawn of San Fran=
fontinned Fr«m Pace 1
Jr., who acted as toastmaster. asked
support for the directors of the new
organization and begrged that criticisms
be brought Into the open or silenced
forever. This he asked in the name of
the new Chamber of Commerce, both
lor that org-anlzation and for
Panama-PacinV exposition directors and
for Mayor Rolph and his cabinet
operation between business and j?overn
inent is necessary, be said, to the up
building of a public spirit.
The subject of '•Community Adver
tising" was discussed by Roll In C.
Ayres, a leading advertising man of
California and one who has done s much
to advance San Francisco's interests
throughout America. He- urged .upon'
the business men the necessity of stat
ing their case to the. world, that the
world may come and see and be con
SPE VKS OR A DM I.V IST It ATIOX
■ William 11. McCarthy had as his sub- j
ject "The, New San Francisco," and he j
combined in, a rhetorical effort the love
of a native San Francis.'an with the as
surance of a successful-;business man
and the confidence^ of the city's political
future. McCarthy spoke; in behalf of
the new* city; government, in which-ho
will take a prominent; part'as* a mem
ber of Maj'/Or elect-Rolph's board of;su
pervisors, and promised the eo-opertion
of his col leagues' in every movement
looking: to the ; advancement :of San
The great banquet.,was arranged on
the plan of the dinner Riven in welcome
to President Taft in 1 October. The tables
were arranged iii the palm court at the
Palace, wit hi: the speakers' table extend
ing the full length of the room, while
the guests occupied places at tables
joining the main:board at rislit angles.
By utilizing/every foot of space there;
was still riot room enough to accommo
date all the members in the main cou^t,
and the biff dining room adjoining was
The doors were thrown open at: 7
o'clock and the. quests were soon seat
ed. Within a few minutes Mayor elect
Rolph. one of the guests;of honor, ar
rived and, took his place at the;right of
Toast Master- Bobbin*. His appearance
was the signal for a hearty demonstra
tion, foilowed by three cheers, while the
new mayor = bowed liis thanks. .
A unique feature of the banquet was \
the • ot nine little Chinese girls j
in dainty oriental .costume.";'; who*, dis
tributed great yellow chrysanthemums
around the tables after first passings up
a hoquet in ito'ph and. those near f him.
-All evening they, moved about among
the bankueters, dispensing ffowers and
smiles. ' '£&&SB&&&leSs'-
TAII' WIHRS COXORATUI-ATIO.VS ■
Earjy in the ovenins;a telegram ar
rived from President^Taf tat ;Washing
ton, 1 tendoring^ congratulations" to the
new chamber of rcommerce. on the occa
sion of its iir'st public 'celebration/ The
message was addressed; to President M.
H. Robbin^s Jr., ; and was as follows: .
"My hearty ■' congratulations to * the
anembers of -the San Francisco chamber
GUESTS WHO SAT WITH
SPEAKERS AT BANQUET
Seated at the speaker.-' table at the Chamber of Commerce ban
quet la>t night were the following;
J. EMMET HAYDEN, supervisor elect.
OSCAR HOCKS, supervisor elect.
PAUL BANCROFT, supervisor elect.
HENRY PAYOT, supervisor elect.
BYROi; MAUZY. supervisor elect.
JOHN S. DRUM, director San Francisco
Chamber of Commerce.
FRANK A. SOMERS. director San Franci*co
Chamber of Commerce.
JOSEPH SLOSS. director San Francisco
Chamber of Commerce.
A. W. COPP. manager Associated Press.
GUIDO E. CAGLJERI. supervisor elect.
M. H. ESBERG, director San Francisco
Chamber of Commerce.
C. W. HORNICK, general manager The Call.
ROBERT A. ROOS. director San Francisco
Chamber of Commerce.
C. S. STANTON. managing editor Examiner.
JOHN MITCHELL, member state board of
PAUL CARROLL, director San Francisco
Chamber of Commerce.
CHARLES DE YOUNG, business manager
JAMES WOODS, director San Francisco
A. B. C. DOHRMANN. secretary San Fran-
C. K. McINTOSH. treasurer San Francisco
Chamber of Commerce.
WILLIAM H. MCCARTHY, speaker.
JOHN A. BRITTON, speaker.
JAMES ROLPH JR., mayor elect.
immerce on th.c occasion which
i marks the merging of four great com
mercial organizations. May you find
strength in your union and may the
Panama exposition city continue to
grow and flourish as of old under this
now commercial duty.
"WILLIAM; «. TAFT."
Aaother message, signed by Senator
Qeorge C. Perkins, was received, from
Washington and was read at the ban
quet board. It was as follows:
■[ congratulate the business men of
San Francisco in forming an organiza
tion which will unify the efforts of
the mercantile interests to promote the
progress of our city. Concerted ac
tion by al! our merchants can not fail
to bring great results. This new or
ganization assures the success of the
coming exposition atid will enable us
to reap all the benefits which should
flow from the opening of the Panama
Similar messages of congratulat ion
were received from .Joseph R. Ramsd* 3].
president ot the naitonal rivers and
harbors congress, Congressman .Julius
Kahn. .lohn Barrett, director general of
the Pan American union; William M.
Hunker, Washington representative of
the San Francisco chamber of com
merce, and from the commercial bodies
of New York city and state, Pittsburgh,
Cleveland and Detroit.
Following the addresses by the.
speakers on the program. Toastmaster
Robbins called on Mayor elect Rolph
to say a few words in behalf of the
new cit r v administration, and the re
sponse was la the characteristic style
that won the magnificent majority on
September 2i. After thanking his au
dience for their hearty reception, llolph
recalled the early days of th*« Chamber
of Commerce aad 'praised the men who
have guided its destinies from the be
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1911.
, M. H. ROBBINS JR., president Sa.n Fntn
\-. Cisco Chamber of. Commerce. t .
WILLIAM 'T-ISESNOK, first vice president
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. .« •■-
I CHARLES C. MOORE, president Panama-Pa- L
-.';" _ cific international exposition. .^ '"!,7i.,'.?
* HORACE H. ; ALLEN, second vie© president
1 ' San : Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
ROLLIK C. AYRES, speaker. .. . , /
j RYERSON RITCHIE, speaker. : .
' W. - [jr.jj DUTTON. • director San Francisco '
•- Chamber of Commerce. ( -i'Ht* *-•*'*
• j CAPTAIN WILLIAM MATSON. - director San ■■'
, Francisco Chamber of Commerce. ..'■ •, 'W;>U/
> W. M. ALEXANDER, director San Francisco
• ..Chamber of - Commerce. » '..'. . ,„,. v-^3.
JAMES TYSON, - director San Francisco 1
> Chamber, of Commerce. . '
' ROBERT- NEWTON-LYNCH* manager Cali- :
. . fornia Development. board. • * v*. ,^7 i! ~/ *<•
I R. A. CROTHERS. publisher Bulletin. ''..[.",.
GEORGE. C. BOARDMAN, director San Fran- 1
." cisco, Chamber of Commerce. '. f* t ": V'i'. '>": '* *
. W. <v N. t MOORE, ) director : Bar. : Francisco f
i ;,, Chamber of Commerce, ; ■ . '.'■"'•'^■' tV*i
S. FRED HOGUE. publisher Post, - • ' -
; FRED L. HILMER, supervisor elect. i " -"* : _,'
; ADOLF KOSHLANDr supervisor elect. Tl',: * 7
'■ H. J. BROWN, managin* editor Daily Even- 1
: .ing >News."' .Is. (''!--;- s'-)~* ■*>•>' '-'»*-"■■ t'VC-S
| C.'A. MURDOCH, supervisor elect. —-■'•■■'—
t THOMAS JENNINGS, supervisor elect. •
* ALEXANDER- VOGELSANG, supervisor elect. 'i
t RALPH McLERAN, supervisor elect. '/
ginning, back in 15.'.0, down to the
present time. Concluding, he said:
.' v"San - Francisco [has . no ' time ■ to \ look
back, for the worl turning its atten
tion upon us for 1915 and. ;we must
think of the future. The burden of ad
| ministering the city"? affairs -has de- 1
volved upon me and upon the supervi
sors you have, elected. We will do our
' best to realize the best for. San Fran-'
cisco. We are ready for the task. Mr.
Robbins has said' here tonight that the
| advertising men v were /.the:'' liveliest !
bunch in San* Francisco, but T. will warn
you—-just V watch ': those , 'supervisors!
■ elect." •*.'•* ,;■..>.-•,;*■■-'.■■.;-.■.. •.■,*-,s.c;»vV'-<1
HIGH STANDARDS SET f '■"\:'A "■_
. President Charles ('. of the ex
•position company "spoke" briefly in V be-'
"half of his department of San • Fran
cisco's, immediate activity. -He said: i
; , Mayor Rolph and his 1:-board of »' su
pervisors can't * set • their .standard of !
public service any higher than we on
the;; exposition :?■ board i have set ours.
The exposition is i progressing well. The
preparation of plans takes a long time,
but ! unless we .: build ' th*i foundation
wisely and well « there ; can «be only one
outcome, and that is not the way of
i San Francisco.. ... • ■ -;* -
Jf you knew the work that has been
devoted to this object hy public spirited
citizens you would appreciate tliat the
best impulses of San Francisco are
committed to this tusk. The exposi
tion is your affair and any of you who
are called must respond. The direct
ors have been chosen by yourselves
and you must support them.
"I tak^ exception to the statement
that the exposition Is primarily to bene
fit San I'rancisi o. It is not tmr party,
but the governments party. Get your
minds right on this point and under*
stand that if there Is to be any advertis
ing value In the fair it will come to us
simply as a bonus for work well done."
CAYS BODY IS
BRAIN OF CITY
Xew Executive Officer of
('liainber of Commerce
Outlines Its Work
Ryprson Ritchie, the new executive
officer of the San Francisco Chamber of
Commerce, showed by his addresa to
the members that he plans that the
organization shall contribute most im
portantly to the life and growth of the
city. ITe was warmly greeted when he
W4UI introduced by the toastmaster. In
part lie spoke as follows:
: •'For years 1 have, been looking for
ward to a , visit to San Francisco and,
California. .' About, a year agro; I made
up -my- mind I s would come this winter."
kittle <ii<l r then think ' that; my visit
would hp at your invitation:'or v that T
would ; be actively interested' in your'
i work of organization. -.It"' is a -great
privilege to be here, to sit at your lios
.pitable\board,:and;l esteem 1 it an honor
to 'be asked to -t speak, to*, you :: on-this
notable (illusion. - - «j; : ;,» • •■ \, ■ • "
' "The 4 , modern chamber, of commerce.
Is a new element In urban- development,
" for. in less than 20 decades. It has come
to -be- recognized as the active agency
by means of which the city buildsivit
self, "" molds"; its character,*.* shapes its
physical qualities and forms its social
ideals. Prosperity has invariably fol
lowed the work of the modern chamber
of .'commerce, and ; - it has: secured good
government and Rood public service in
every city,>;.wherev it * has « been estab
lished. It touches the. city's interests
at« so many, points ;,; that one finds lit
difficult to express a - few plain * thoughts
upon so great a subject. I can only
v [it / '/ y^ j|ftf!fj&M^afy%^,'f i
I* to!j J 7, i .11)JI
I tOOCh the edges of the intricate prob
! lem, and in any case the Xaii Francisco
j Chamber of Commerce can know it only
through its intimate study and experl
\\i\ im urn conviDimcn
"tVhen thr higher motives of service
to the city inspire a chamber of com
merce. When civic pride is greater than
personal greed, the results are infinite
ly more advantagreoua from the stand
point of a wise and discriminating com
mercialism. Whatever opinion each one
of you may have as to what your cham
ber of commerce may undertake, you
should, as an organization, aim to win
that indefinable, yet very real, element
of power, public confidence.
"Yon are to mass the business intel
ligence and enterprise of San Fran
cisco, and if you direct these resist*
less forces into constructive channels,
you will discriminate between those
undertakings that have a substantial
upbuilding value and those that are
merely emotional, temporary or inter
mittent. You will make the word of
your chamber as good as your bond.
The great merchant, manufacturer or
banker does not say overmuch, but he
Arnold Bennett's Christmas
— and Will Irwin's
AN the "Feast of St. Friend," in The Christmas story of the Chrjstmas American.
American Magazine, Arnold Bennett has This story proves conclusively that wher
laid down some principles about celebrat- ever two or three are gathered together
ing the festival of Christmas, which sum with real good will toward one another,
up Christmas as a question of heart, of there is Christmas. No amount of running
the instinctive brotherliness of man on to and fro on earth will produce Christmas
this day. without this same good will feeling.
1F Will Irwin had read Arnold Bennett's AVEAD the Arnold Bennett prescription
recipe and then written a story to illustrate as soon as possible. It will have a great
it, he could not have come nearer it than deal of bearing on what your Christmas
he does in "Where the Heart Is," the might be.
Judiciously analyzes and weighs every
enterprise before he enters upon it and
lie makes certain that he can carry it to
,i successful issue. It is not uncommon
(or associations of business men in this
country to assume serious undertak
ings and pass resolutions on the most
important matters without due reflec
tion. The modern chamber of com
merce should possess and treasure that
"Conventions are believed to be val
uable as an advertisement for the city
;mt\ profitable to business; consequent
ly your convention bureau is supported
in order to bring conventions to San
Francisco. I mention this subject be
cause [ know that it interests you, but
more especially because you ought to
estimate the comparative value of all
of your undertakings. Why is it that
a Chamber of Commerce will work It -
geff into a frenzy at the prospect of
getting a great national convention
for the city, while at the same time
the location of a modest industrial
enterprise will hardly arouse a flutter
PHBMANKJfT IXDISTRIES BEST
"Let me make a comparison for the
sake of consistency. Suppose that _•".
000 visitors come to San Francisco t<
attend a big: convention, what is th<
effect? The whole town is put into an
uproar. The streets and public places
become congested. The hotels, theater*
and transportation lines may profit f<>;
a day or two, but the strain, the treat
and tear, the damage to property, th<=
interference with regular business
these and other things seem to be lost
sight of. I have no doubt the conven
tion has good value as an advertising
medium but every merchant know?
that an abnormal condition in the pits
is not to be preferred to the regular
and steady course of business. Hut
aside from all that, figure it out for
yourself, the addition of one little in
dustry that brings 50 families to San
Francisco, whose members live an*
nova about 365 days In the year, is of
| more actual profit to business and morr
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