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The Grave Danger That
Threatens San Francisco
THE CALL invites the attention of the peopr* of San Francisco
riain grave conditions affecting in the most vital way the
future of this city. Incidentally, the matter is political but
primarily it is commercial and industrial.
In a word, there is serious danger that this port will.be quite
unable to handle the important increase of shipping that must inevi
tably follow the opening of the Panama canal. The fact is that the
water front facilities are at the present moment quite inadequate to
take care of the business that offers. Advance notes of the forth
coming report of the harbor commission admit as much.
From the information given out by the commission it appears
that the shipping business of the port will show an increase of nearly
50 per cent for the last fiscal year and that by consequence the exist
ing accommodations are insufficient to meet the demand in a satis
factory way. The belt railroad—operated, by the way, only six days
a wec k_is quite unable to handle the freight, and there is a serious
shortage of berthing room and freight space for ships and their
freight. When the Tenyo Maru sailed on its last voyage it was
compelled to go out with a short cargo because there were no facilities
for handling thje freight that offered.
These are facts given out semiofficially by the commission and
they point to a grave condition, affecting the business of San Fran
cisco in its most vital place. .11 things are as bad as that today,
what may we expect when the shipping trade is doubled in conse
quence of the increased commerce of the Pacific coast that must
inevitably follow the opening of the canal?
In two years or less ships will be coming through the ditch,
and in the meantime the work of preparation halts and drags. Bonds
to the amount of $9,000,000 were voted two years ago, but the harbor
commission fumbles and fuddles, having no time, apparently, for
anything but ward politics. The water front is overrun with useless
and superfluous employes, whose most important function is the
service done for the state political machine.
These facts, which are not disputed, demonstrate the culpable
inefficiency of the harbor administration under state control. In
fine, the water front is not administered in the interest of the business
of San Francisco, but merely as a political asset. As a result, San
Francisco stands in danger of losing the business that should be hers
were adequate preparation made to handle it.
It is not as if this port had no competitors for the coast trade.
In Seattle, Los Angeles and elsewhere vigorous and effective efforts
are making to seize the business that San Francisco can not take care
of in a satisfactory way.
There is the further objection to the present control that the
bonds issued on the state guarantee are not easily salable under the
conditions prescribed. No 4 per cent bond finds a ready market
today. Such securities are slow of sale, and concessions are
demanded. The municipalities all over America have discovered this
fact and they no longer think of offering securities at this low rate
of interest. In consequence, the sale of state bonds hangs fire.
The remedy lies in giving the same measure of justice to San
Francisco that the legislature has accorded to Los Angeles, Oakland
and San Diego. If San Francisco is permitted, like those other
cities, to administer its own water front, the work will be pushed
with energy and there will be no delays about the issue and sale of
bonds to finance the necessary betterments.
The only opposition to this measure of justice and right is
political, but this is a matter in which selfish purposes and ambitions
must give place to the vital interests of San Francisco. The matter
is one for the legislature, and every candidate from this city for a
place in that body at the coming election should be compelled to
make a definite pledge on the subject. San Francisco would cut a
m.range figure in Sacramento next winter asking to be given control
of her harbor with a local delegation dividend. It should be under
stood that any candidate for the legislature from a San Francisco
district who refuses to pledge himself to this measure is a traitor to
the interests of the city.
This is a matter that should not be neglected; it should be
followed up by organized effort to exact definite pledges from all
candidates in San Francisco districts. How does Tom Finn stand,
for example, on this question?
COMMENT AND OPINION
SENATOR STETSON announces that the next legislature will
find a way to allow the third termers to take a new party name
and at the same time debar republicans from using the name
"republican" for at least four years. It is a viTtuous program.
But Senator Stetson overlooks one possibility. There are enough
republican voters to defeat a majority of the bull moose legislative
candidates, if they unite with the democrats. Republicans do not
like to vote for democrats, of course; but they can hardly be expected
to vote for bull moosers, when the bull moose leaders plainly declare
their intention of destroying even the republican name in California.
. It's a poor mule that won't kick both ways, senator.
IX "'The Man From Home" there is a sentiment with which I have
always been in hearty accord. "When a man starts to cross the
Rubicon," says the chief character, "he ought to keep on till he
is across. What's the use of stopping in the middle and getting hell
from both banks?"
The republican voters of this state have been pushed into the
Rubicon by the delightfully honest gentlemen whom they helped
put in political power. They can either go on across or stay in the
water. Under these circumstances the advice of the play actor is
about right. Mr. Roosevelt, Mr. Johnson and their friends are on
one bank jeering at the republicans they have robbed of their party;
"Mr. Wilson and his friends are across on the other bank, with wel
coming hands. •
What is the use of stopping in the middle of the creek?
IN the second story windows of two business buildings in Market
street are flower boxes, and the pretty blooms arc peculiarly
•attractive to the eye in such a desert of stone, steel and concrete.
We need to learn the value of beauty—the cash value, as well as
the esthetic value. We have here a famous city, a unique city, a
great park to be proud of, a nobly beautiful panorama of hills and
sea and bay; and we have also miles of residence streets which are
painfully ugly in architecture and depressingly lacking in the use of
the most lovely of all decorations —trees, shrubbery and grass plats.
It is a hallmark of provincialism to look upon shaded and «rass
bordered street* a* unmetropolitari—as if these things belonged only
in rural communities. The finest capitals of the world are so decorated
—cities which vastly exceed San Francisco in population. In Paris,
iiifßerlin, in Vienna, municipal and private energies arc alike cou
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
One Wrong, One Right
tinuously directed toward beautifying the city. Not to promote and
to practice the art of outdoor decoration is decidedly a proof of back
wardness in municipal life.
It would take but little trouble to ornament the upper windows
of every business street in San Francisco with window gardens—
boxes planted to the hardy flowers, such as the dwarf geraniums, the
nasturtiums and others that bloom freely and brightly.
The effect of so decorating a business district would be charm
ing; and if, by concerted effort, hundreds of blocks were so orna
mented within the next year the visitors to. the great exposition would
spread far the fame of the beautiful gardens blooming in the months
of winter, not in carefully tended and jealously fenced parks, but
on the very walls of the trade centers.
I believe that an equal advertisement and an equal return in
cash dividends could not be had by any other equal expenditure of
money and effort.
ADMIRAL SOUTHERLAND turned his boys loose against the
Nicaraguan gentry who have been shooting up that unhappy
country lately, and the expected happened. The opposing
army was cleaned up in thirty-seven minutes.
The Monroe doctrine is a national fetish, and it is useless to
question its worship. It is an unending source of trouble and vexa
tion, and some day will involve us in a first class war. By it we are
forced to do police duty in all these small and ill governed Central
American republics—which are republics only in name; and the only
reward of protecting them is their bitter hatred and continuous insult.
Since we will worship the Monroe fetish the sensible thing to
do would be to institute once for all an armed and sufficient pro
tectorate over whatever administration the people of any of these
small states might select—guaranteeing them free elections, which
they never have had, and making them behave afterward.
Otherwise, some day we are surely going to be compelled to
fight Germany or Japan or even England—as we came near having
to do in Cleveland's time—over one of these pesky- little countries
of the south, all of which put together are not worth the cost of a
dozen American lives—not to Americans, at least.
HIRAM JOHNSON'S personal newspaper organ here prints
daily eulogistic accounts of the governor's meetings in the
east, written by one of its own writers sent to accompany the
governor and instructed to write eulogistically.
I don't blame the young* man, for he is simply earning his wages,
and I don't blame the Bulletin, for it acts after its kind. But if you
want to know the truth about the governors eastern campaign, buy
and read a dozen or snore ofthe leading eastern journals—democratic,
republican and independent.
They are unanimous in declaring that if California can send no
better representative to the east she would do well to send none at-all.
And they intimate plainly that a state expecting the people of the
east to visit its world's fair is not going to increase the number of
visitors by sending its governor abroad to lampoon the president
and to insult and berate the political party to which so many millions
of eastern men and women owe and'loyally render fealty.
The governor should come home, where he belongs, and attend
to the business for which he is drawing wages.
THE Romanoffs forget nothing and learn nothing. The present
czar is an abject slave of superstition and of the worst traditions
of bureaucracy. He has just decided upon another, and the
worst, step in a career of imbecile government. The Finns are to
be Russianized by force. Finland is a part of the Russian possessions
by virtue of compact, and every covenant in this solemn agreement
is to be broken. The Finns are to be deprived of their liberties, of
their courts, their guarantees and their very language.
When Stolypin was alive he resolutely refused to apply this
process of enslavement to Finland. "It is an abominable program,"
he declared, "a proposal of shameful brutality. It will earn the
undying hatred of Finland/ -But the Greek priests have the feeble
ear of Nicholas now. There is no Stolypin to impose a more power
ful will upon the semi-imbecile who sits on the throne of the
Romanoffs. The bloody program will be executed and another
enmity added to those which will some time leap upon the despotism
of Russia and tear its royalty and its nobles as tigers tear in pieces
It is only by the bloody and awful road of another French revo
lution that Russia can be snatched from the grip of medieval super
stition and tyranny—and revolutions always come when despotism
makes them inevitable. The czar will yet hear the voice of Finland
crying its defiance and its revenge.
Author of "At Good Old Slnash."
YESTERDAY was the birthday of
Jenny Land, who was a famOus
singer 60 years ago and is still
remembered—something that has
seldom happened to great singers after
they have died and their press agents
have folded up their typewriters.
Jenny Llnd was born in Stockholm,
Sweden, October 6, 1820. and began to
sing almost immediately. She was a
beautiful girl, with a voice which made
even the loan sharks soft and senti
mental when they heard it, and at 30
she was the most famous singer in
About this time P. T. Barnum, hav
ing tired of elephants temporarily, de
cided to educate America in music, and
he imported Jenny Lind at vast expense
to sing in this country. Mr. Barnum
made a great many flattering remarks
about the young lady In the news
papers, on the billboards, on the side
walk and street cars and blank walls
and church steeples and tree trunks and
delivery wagons and mountain sides
and elsewhere, and as a result she was
met at the dock by almost all of New
York city. Her first concert was in
Castle Garden, and at its close she could
have been elected mayor. That she
wasn't has always continued to be one
of New York's greatest misfortunes.
Jenny Lind afterward sang through
the entire country and became a great
favorite, hut unfortunately she was too
ignorant of modern methods to utilize
her popularity. She did not demand a
new contract with tripled prices and
overtime for encores, and she did not
refuse to come on the stage at night
until a purple carpet could be spread
through the wings. She did not insist
on special trains and individual hotels,
and she did not have hysterics and re
fuse to stir one step when anything
happened to the 19 dogs, four tigers
and two pet snakes which she didn't
(Copyright, 1912, by George Matthew Adanis>
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
X>. N. BUTTNER, editor and publisher of a news
paper at Martinez; O. Hurtberg, a real estate
operator of Turlock, and K. Thompson, a hotel
man of Salinas, and Mrs. Thompson are guests
at the Argonaut.
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HARHY LEON WILSON, author and playwright,
arrived from Carmel yesterday and registered at
the St. Francis with Mm. Wilson.
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F. E. BATTiniS, general passenger agent of the
Southern Pacific at Los Angeles, is at the St.
Francis with Mrs. Batturs.
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OSCAR LAWLER, W. D. Wilson and F. V. Gor
don of Los Angeles are guests at the Palace.
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DON LEE, an automobile agent at Los Angeles,
is spending a few days at the St. Francis.
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F. O. F. HARBESON, a fire and ante Insurance
broker of Los Angeles, is at the Palace.
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DR. GEORGE H. FOX of JanesvlUe. Wis., and
- Mrs. Fox are registered at the Sutter.
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GEORGE W. RXTER, county clerk at Nashville,
Term., is a guest at the Baldwin.
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GEORGE F. KTBKsfAW of Chicago la at the
Fairmont witli Mrs. Klrkman.
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H. W. HTJSKEY, an attorney of Reno, Nev.. la
registered at the Baldwin.
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L. T. SREtTAS, an attorney of Stockton, is a
gnest at the Dale. ,
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JOHN 3. FOY, a manufacturer of Los Angeles,
is at the Palace.
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B. B. CUTTLE, a fruit man of Darts, is a guest
at the Stanford.
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A. T. GRAVER, a mining man of Trinity, is at
the St. James.
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H. LANDER of Los Angeles and Mrs. Lander are
at the Court.
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L. J. WHITMAN of Sacramento is atUh* Oaart.
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A. JOHNSON of Napa is at the Uarcourt.
The Gum Chewers
the POET PHILOSOPHER
I SIT beneath my greenwood tree and
watch the girls go by, a-chewing
gum with ecstacy and ardor in each
eye; they chew their gum as though
they knew that every bit of gum they
chew will take them nearer to the
blue and angel haunted sky. They
chew their gum with frenzied zeal, as
poets write their odes; they chew as
though they* seem to feel some con
scientious goads; the Nells and Alices
and Mauds and other sweet beribboned
frauds chew on, and throw their
chewedout wads along the quiet roads.
The Jaws of gentle little Jill, though
wearied, worn and numb, are clankihg
"tike a coffee mill, upon -her chunk of
gum; her duty she will never shun,
she'll chew until her task is done; all
other things beneath the sun may
go to Kingdom Come. The damsels
pass my humble cot in groups of one
or two; they seem to have no other
thought than just to chew and chew;
they haven't time to talk or sing, they
haven't time for anything but just to
make their jawbones swing—oh, here's
a howdydo! I dare remark that chew
ing gum is not our end and aim; 'tis
not the pinnacle or sum of this our
mortal game; the chewers now and
then should pause, for they can find
a nobler cause than this wig-wagging
with their jaws until those jaws are
■urn mww titttm
To run a newspaper all a fellow has
to do Is to be able to write poems, dis
cuss the tariff and money questions, i
umpire a baseball game, report a wed
ding, saw wood, describe a fire so that
the readers' will shed their wraps, make
$1 do the work of $10, shine at a dance,
measure calico, abuse the liquor habit,
test whisky, subscribe to charity, go
without meals, attack free silver, wear
diamonds, invent advertisements, sneer
at snobbery, overlook scandal, appraise
babies, delight pumpkin raisers, min
ister to the afflicted, heal the dis
gruntled, fight to a finish, set type,
mold opinions, sweep out the office,
! speak at the prayer meetings and stand
!in with everybody and everything.—
: Palestine (Mo.) Wabash Pearl.
'Miss my husband? Why should I?
T le left me. plenty of money and at
reakfast I stand a newspaper up in
'ont of his place and think he's here
1 ufet the same."—Puck.
"She might have gotten $10,000 a week
carry with her. She did not decline to
sing unless all other singers were re
moved from the vicinity, and she did
not have her photograph taken in 11,000
costumes, each one more sparse and
embarrassing than the preceding one.
Had she done all this, Jenny Lind
might have become notorious as well as
famous, and might have gotten $10,000
a week in vaudeville after she had
quarreled with all the impresarios. In
stead, she merely sang her way through
America, giving a good share of the
proceeds to charity, and then she com
mitted her greatest artistic blunder by
marrying Otto Goldschmidt and living
quietly with him for the rest of her
As a result of this, Jenny Lind had
no cigarettes or champagnes named
after her, and beyond getting her
statue in Westminster Abbey when she
died, she really accomplished very
little. This is a sad commentary on
the crudity of early genius, and should
make present day voice mongers glad
that they live in a commercial age.
W. JEFFERSON DAYIS, who is associated with
the publicity and exploitation departments of
the ranama-Californla exposition at San Diego,
is at the Palace.
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W. H. MOHAN, a secret service agent of the fed
eral government, is at the St. Francis with
Miss Moran, registered from Washington, D. C.
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ALEXANDER BONA of Corina, Italy, is at the
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JUDGE THOMAS C. DENNY of Santa Rosa is at
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A. BRADY of Davis is registered at the Stan
uoia o lenere gii creott ior navin
th' strength t' say no that haint got
nerve enough t' say yes. Ever notice
how a fat woman runs fer th' scales
when th' grocer goes in th' back room
OCTOBER 7, 191:2 j
W. W. Richards,
who lives in Oak
land and is a
prominent figure in me commuter on<
gade, has a few peers and no superior.
It is when abroad with rod and reel
that his sportsmanlike qualities are
most in evidence. In his battles with
the nimble trout he prefers to give the
fish all the advantage. He u-ses h
three ounce rod and the flimsiest of
lines, and his flics, of his own design.
are armed with barbless 'hooks. If
with these weapons he can coax a two
pound rainbow from a sunlit riffle into
his wicker creel he is satisfied; the
capture of such a fish with such tackle
carries with it the flattering assurance
that the victor in the encounter owns
mere than common skill.
Richards has a beautiful place In the
Santa Cruz mountains. Through his
domain tumbles a stream well stocked
with the liveliest varieties of the trout
family. The greatest compliment
Richards can pay to a friend is to in
vite him to his country place for a
day's fishing. As far as possible Rich
ards confines his hospitality to those
of his friends who possess, at least
in a measure, his standards of sports
manship. Being human, he sometimes
makes mistakes. He confessed one
of these mistakes the other morning
when he related his experience with a
guest who proved himself a vandal
of the deepest dye.
"He had talked so much about fish
ing that I mistook him for one of us,"
Richards is said to have admitted, "and
I invited him down to my place. My
misgivings were aroused early in the
game, when he spoke of my pet rod
as a 'dandy pole.' He was my guest,
however, and it was too late for me
to turn back." •
Equipping his guest with a rod,
Richards led him to the stream, gave
him a few directions and a little ad
vice as to the best holes, and left him
fishing. Richards returned to the house
to give some orders,, and a half hour
later followed in the trail of his friend.
He walked quietly and was amazed, as
he approached the fisherman, to hear a
violent splashing of the water, which
his trained ear told him was not caused
by any battling trout. He came within
view of the pool that was being
splashed. His guest had laid his fish
ing r©B against a tree and Was poking
viciously into the deep side of the water
hole. Then he stopped poking, picked
up the rod and began casting furiously.
After a few casts he discarded the. r»k
and resumed his poking with the po\ mf
"For the land's sake, man, what are
you doing?" demanded Richards, step
ping down beside his b.usy guest.
"I'm flshin'." replied the guest
rather testily. "There's plenty of fish
in this stream all right and they're
big ones, but every time I make a
cast the darned cusses scoot In under
the ledge. I'm just herdin* 'em out
into the open where I can get a chance
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It is comparatively easy, as may
be seen from this ferry tale, to acquire
a sporting vocabulary that will de
ceive the most accomplished expert.
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Richards neither fainted nor drowned
his guest. Presence of mind is one
of the most pronounced glfta that
Richards possesses. It was presence
of mind, a cool head and steady nerve
that enabled him, a year or so ago, to
get the only photograph snapshot ever
taken of a whale on the wing.
Richards was off Santa Cruz in his
motor boat. Attracted by a strange
commotion he headed seaward and
presently came within easy view of.
a battle between a whale and its two
most deadly enemies, a thrasher and
a awordfish. The swordfish would jab
the whale from below and when the
whale came to the surface to escape the
thrusts the thrasher would leap high
in the air and drop his several tons
of carcass square on top of the whale,
quickly winding the leviathan.
As the fight progressed and the
whale's desperation increased the
whale, instead of merely floating to
the surface, came-up with a rush that
carried its enormous bulk far out of
the water." Richards had his
camera with him and after
failures succeeded in getting a picture
of the whale as it leaped in the air.
This may sound improbable, but if
you care to go to Santa Cruz Richards
will show you the motor boat from
which he took the picture. He also can
show you the camera.
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: I heard a woman on one of the broad
gauge boats complain the other day
that people" in California do not know
i the points of the compass. She was
from the middle west, where, when you
ask a policeman how to reach such and
such street, he answers crisply:
"Two blocks north and one east."
She had been looking for a site on
which to build a home, and not one of
the agents, she said, could tell her ex
actly which was north and which was
south. She had found it necessary, she
said, to buy a pocket compass to guide
her in this respect.
"In San Francisco," she admitted, it
is different to some extent. East of the
western addition nearly anybody can
point to the west. Down town North
Beach and the south of Market district
supply popular guides to at least two
points of the compass, although even
j with North Beach at the right. South
' San Franciscojit the left and the West
ern Addition"straight ahead. I have
seen people hesitate about locating the
east. Out beyond the park, where these
aids are of no value, I find the con
"She's talking nonsense,'' said a man
who haakbeen listening. "Wo all know
where the sun rises and we all
where the Golden gate is, and anyboovf
that has stood on Telegraph hill ana
scan the sun rise in the Golden gate
can't go far wrong with the points of
Perhaps the lady from the middle
■test wm not so far out after all