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SECOND SUNDAY IN
MAY MOTHERS' DAY
White Carnation Chosen as
Special Flower Badge
For the Day
Mothers" day was first observed In a
little village in England, and was cele
brated many years ago. In this ob
scure spot there originated one of the
most beautiful memorial days that is
to be found any where in the world.
In all places where this tribute to
motherhood is paid, each family holds
a reunion. That is, all sons and daugh
ters return home on that day to visit
their mother. Often they bring with
them some little gift to show their ap
preciation of what has been done for
If unable to be present, they, at
least, send long letters full of loving
messages. At these family reunions
a cake Is eaten which Is called "Moth
er's Cake." It contains raisins, cur
rants and many kinds of spices. There
is no shortening in it. It is prepared by
tho mother and served by her to her
The second Sunday In May has been
officially chosen to be the anniversary
of this celebration. The flrst city in
our country to make It a custom was
The churches throughout the land
hold special services in honor of the
The carnation has been chosen as the
flower badge of Mothers' day. It rep
resents the mother's life. White
stands for purity. The carnation for
love. The fragrance stands for the
sweetness of a mother's love. The en
durance of the flower Is a symbol of
the endurance of her love.
We owe our mothers for all the love
and tenderness they lavished on us
when we came into the world, weak
and helpless. This same loving care
has continued throughout our exist
We hold sweet memories of these
beautiful lives when they have passed
from us. One of the "Mother's day" quo
tations was Lincoln's favorite, "All that
I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my
If I were hanged on the highest hill.
Mother o' mine, O. mother o' mine!
I know whose love would follow me
Mother o' mine. O, mother o' mine!
If I were drowned in the deepest sea.
Mother o' mine, O, mother o' mine!
I know whose tears would come down
Mother o' mine, O, mother o' mine!
If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayer's would make
Mother o' mine. O, mother o' mine!
City Needs Auditorium
San Francisco does not need an open
forum as the Romans had. The San
Francisco men are too busy t<s hang
around a forum waiting for news.
Since the printing press has been in
vented we have the newspaper, which
is much better. A man gets his paper
in the morning and saves time by read
ing it while eating his breakfast or
while on the streetcars. Nowadays we
have the wireless and telegraph and
hear the news from all over tlie world
in a short time. -Tlie news from the
Titanic was heard in San Francisco a
few hours after the accident. In the
Roman days if such a thing had hap
pened they would have not known it
yet, simply guessing that disaster had
overtaken the ship.
An auditorium is needed and Is going
to be built in San Francisco.
I hope that the Duilding will be
modern and strong, and built of granite
because i' polishes bo beautifully and
gives a massive appearance. I would
like the auditorium to be well ven
tilated, and to have thick walls so that
the cars won't disturb the Speakers as
the Valencia street cars do the children
of the Horace Mann school.
I think it would help show th" visit
ors that come h"r»> in 1916 what good
sculptors California has if two statues
by California men were at the entrance.
I think inside we should leave some of
tlie pictures of California artists.
Some Flakes of Snow
it was about s o'clock Bunday after
neon, February _■•;, 18-11, that San Fran
cisco had its tirst snowstorm in many
years. Many pretty snowflakes fell,
in the city where such things are prac
I happened to be in Valencia street
when tlie first flakes fell. I said to the
girl who was with me, "Grace, I think
that was a snowtlake that just fell."
".Snow wouldn't fall In San Francisco,"
replied Grace. Then we walked up
Valencia street and It was falling
faster all the time. We mst a lady
with a little child. The lady said to
the child, "See tlie snow, baby." _
was then sure it- was snow.
We hurried home and when we got
there It stopped, in a little while it
began again, much heavier. We heard
thunder. "Listen to the battleships an
nouncing snow," I exclaimed. "Why,
that Is thunder," my friend replied. I
would not believe It was thunder until
I heard the people say so.
THE Sn Francisco CALL
HOT SAN FRANCISCO OAtily SATURDAY, -MAY. 4, 1912.
Born May 4, 1796—Died August 2, 1859.
A TRIBUTE TO HORACE MANN
GRACE M. LINDEN
''Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."—
Horace Mann, the greatest educator that America has ever known,
made a great reformation in the schools and colleges of our country.
He thoroughly realized the paramount importance of education, and,
realizing, devoted the greater part of his life to it.
Strange to say, however, in his early life he had a meager and a very
poor education. He was born in Franklin, Mass., in May, 1796. in a poor
family, whose means of existence were derived from the barren, rocky
soil of New England.
Benjamin Franklin, after whom the town was named, donated a
library of 500 volumes, at which Horace Mann spent most of his leisure
and where he acquired a thirst for further knowledge. He never was
able to spend more than 10 weeks in a year at the country school.
At 13 years of age the boy was bereft of his father and it fell to his
lot to support the family.
Horace Mann toiled hard to earn a livelihood for himself and family
and had no time for an education.
A young teacher who lived in the town of Franklin saw that there
was something extraordinary in Horace Mann and kindly offered to in
struct him and prepare him for college,
Within six months Mann had mastered Greek,and Latin at the ex
pense of his health, and entered Brown university, where he studied law.
lie graduated from Brown a. valedictorian and was soon admitted to
tbe bar. lie always argued for the person he knew to be right and refused
to take the part of those whom he was sure were guilty.
He was soon elected to the Massachusetts legislature, where a hill was
brought up concerning education. Horace Mann influenced the assembly
to pass it. The bill asked for a state superintendent of schools.
Mann was made secretary of the state board of education, where he
made great reforms in educational work.
His friend-, were disgusted with him for giving tip his fine law prac
tice for Mich a poorly paid position, but he knew that he was doing the
right, so f c went ahead. His motto was to be useful in the world, and
he fulfilled it.
After he had gone to congress lie was defeated in several political
campaigns through the enmity of Daniel Webster, whom Horace Mann
had once offended.
Horace Mann secured a position as president of Antioch college, in
Ohio. It, too, was a poorly paid position, but he took the chair not for
its monetary value, but for the noble purpose of helping others.
He gave speeches on high ideals to the students at Antioch and in
spired them with beautiful thoughts. He was loved by every one with
whom he came in contact for his gentle disposition.
In his' occupation of usefulness to others Horace Maun passed away
at Antioch in 1859, amid the grief stricken whose characters
their president had in many cases helped to develop. t
Horace Mann was the greatest educator that the western continent
has ever had, and hi-*educational writings' and reports were sent all
over the world and translated into many languages.
He established the First normal school and created new method-, of
To Horace Mann, then, we owe all the honor for the excellent edu
cational system of which our great country is so proud today
SAN FRANCISCO TO
Like a Zealous Hostess Is
Cleaning House for the
i Big Party
IGNATIUS W. McGUIRE
There's going to be a treat, big time
in this town in a few years and the
city is as eager and excited as many a
child giving Its first "party."
The people are talking about the
men who are going to make our fair
unexcelled in history, but, privately,
they are doing precisely what they al
ways do when "company" is coming—■
they are falling back on the ladies for
A zealous housewife expecting vis
itors does one thing—she makes
things hum while she is cleaning
house from top to bottom and the
brooms and carpet sweepers are seeing
That is just what we want the city
to do—to clean house —to show a clean,
pure city to the world in ldl»> tthal
Aside from suggesting the idea the
women of the city will undoubtedly be
foremost in carrying it out. Flower
boxes In the windows of houses having
no gardens, shade trees on the streets,
vacant lots cleared and planted with
grass and flowers. These are but a few
of the many plans which are being sug
gested by our enthusiastic populace.
The people of Kan Francisco are not
slow to take a hint.
One public spirited lady has given a
tract of 'land on the hills west of the
city for planting with golden Cali
fornia poppies. The hills will be a
beautiful reminder to all who see them
of why our wonderful state has been
called California! They will see that
our storied hills of gold really exist!
The coming civic center is looked for
ward to as full of promise, to be for
Han Francisco what tho Place de la
Concorde Is for Paris—the nucleus of
the city; a place famous and known to
But though we must add beauties
and splendors to our city, we must also
see that the ugly spots are removed,
I think that it is a grewsome and un
pleasant thing to see reminders of our
recent fire in the lots on which are
remnants of old buildings and railings;
San Francisco must ever look forward
to her bright future, and not waste
time hy looking over her shoulder at
what is past.
Market street is our principal street;
every visitor, on however short a stay,
sees it; yet even on that street, glaring
billboards are allowed to cheapen and
vulgarize it with their notices. Other
cities have abolished them; we must do
away with them, too.
With our beautiful bay and other
wonderful natural advantages; with
our generous and great hearted people,
we may safely look forward to showing
our visitors in 1915 a city worthy of Its
position in the world as Queen of the
We will show the world that the
Phoenix of San Francisco has, indeed,
risen from the ashes of Its last ordeal
of fire, rejuvenated and purified, and
that it Ss ready to ascend its throne;
to reign supremo over its wonderful
domain —California, the unexcelled.
Christmas Eve in San Francisco
San Francisco, the "queen of the Pa
cific," hgo). introduced another remark
able feature In the way of a Christmas
eve celebration. She has always been
very unique in her selections and ideas.
This celebration was appropriate,
first, because of the wonderful existing
climatic; conditions; second, because the
city is so cosmopolitan, and, third, be
cause the people are of such a gay and
music loving nature,
The first celebration, held in 1910 at
Liotta's fountain, was the first of its
kind in the world. At this celebration
Madame Tetrazzini sans before a crowd
of 100,000 people. In her love for San
Francisco site risked her wonderful
voice, upon which her fortune depends.
The second gathering and eel,-bration
on Christmas eve, 1911, at newspaper
angle, was much more elaborate than
the flrst. The program waj carried out
so successfully that San Francisco has
decided to contribul<- t > the city's en
joyment- in this way every year, T!,.
--gathering was Composed not only of the
people of Saa Francisco and the bay
towns, but also of many European tour
ists. The program k-san at 7 and ended
at B o'clock, allowing tbe people plenty
of time to have their Christinas eve cel
ebration at home. The first part of the
concert was devoted to the Mountain
Ash choir of Welsh singers. After re
ceiving great applause they were fol
lowed by Madame ChambeHan, the
soprano; by Af.ro, the tenor, and by the
Parle grand opera company. David
l'ispham greatly pleased the audience
with his selection, "Uin-? Out Wild
Bells." As an encore be sang "Danny
Doevor." The Columbia park boys
added to tlie entertainment with their
band mUSIc. A German society called
the Saengerbund was well applauded
by the audience. This wonderful enter
tainment 'closed at !• o'clock with the
singing of "Adeste Fideiis" ("Come All
Ye Faithful"), In which the audience