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LET'S ALL VOTE WITH
THE FIREMAN'S WIFE
rpHE amendment to the charter proposed by the firemen deserves
1 hearty support. About the work of these men, their courage,
so often made manifest, their unquestioning response to every
call of duty, regardless of danger, their fine esprit dc corps—about
these manly, admirable things we shall say nothing. We put the
argument for the amendment upon the broad basis of fair play and
common justice and of increased efficiency.
Better protection and the square deal—those are the planks of
The firemen are picked men, chosen for their intelligence, sobriety
and good character. They are men of the sort that love the home,
who know right well the truth of Robbie's brave verse:
To make a happy fireside clime
For weans and wife—
That's the true pathos and sublime
Of human life.
And how shall a man whose work calls him from sunrise to
sunrise, through all the hours of day and night, enjoy the happiness
of his fireside as a man should —more especially a good citizen who
faithfully serves the community?
The experience of all the world proves beyort(frqucstioning that
short hours of duty and long hours of home make for the very highest
possible efficiency. And what is true of men in the ordinary voca
tions of life is more emphatically true of men whose hazardous duty
calls them to the high strung exertion of their utmost energies in
hours of daring and excitement.
A specific instance of the danger attendant upon this constant
watch of the firemen is the liability that at any time the high pressure
lines may be undermanned. The men must eat. and at certain hours
a part of the force is necessarily absent from the sound of the
"hurry call." These lines, under enormous pressure, require to be
strongly manned, or they are worse than useless. It is quite possible
that in some dangeous emergency the minutes lost in properly man
ning the lines would be minute? fatal to immensely valuable property.
One stream at the jump is worth a hundred when fire has broken
bounds and begins to eat up buildings and blocks at a mouthful.
What the firemen ask is a twelve hour working day. That is not
an unreasonable request, certainly. They want twelve hours in
twenty-four to spend at home. That, surely, is little enough time
to be with weans and wife.
Here's a little, simple story, a true one: A fireman's wife bore
a child to him not long ago. His home is in the Mission, his station
down town. At his wages he could not afford a nurse, so the wife
was alone through the anxious night, as well as most of the long day.
An aged woman, a neighbor, returned from an unwonted trip the
other day and explained her absence in this'way:
"I am an old woman, but I went down town today and regis
tered, because I want to vote to let your man stay home with you
Men and women with homes of our own. suppose we all go to
the polls and vote to let the fire laddies in their turn stay home a
bit with the good, brave wives and the beloved little ones at night.
COMMENT AND OPINION
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OXE can only guess at the god in the machine, but it is reasonable
•ispect the fine hand of Italian diplomacy in the war which
is rolling in upon Turkey from the northern mountains. Thei
haste with which the Ottoman government patched up a peace with!
Italy is a circumstance strongly supporting the suspicion.
The Turks have a formidable assault to withstand if Greece andj
the Balkan states move in concert to widely distributed attacks, but!
on land Turkey is no contemptible military power. Her northern:
frontier is naturally adapted to defense, and the fine Turkish infantry
has never failed to show its valor and capacity on the field of battle.
What it can do behind intrenchmeuts will be recalled by all who
remember the tremendous onslaughts and the stubborn resistance
which marked the last effort of Russia to force her way to Stamboul.
The Avar, if permitted by the great powers to be fought out. will
be one of desperate ferocity. The allied Greeks and mountaineers
hate the Turks with the.deadly hatred,of religious animosity, and the
Turks return the hatred in full. There is no fury on earth or in hell,
beneath which is comparable to the fury of religious hate. The j
fervor with which men can shoot, stab, hack and hang and buru one
another to the glory of God is set down on many mournful pages
of history. •
From an ethical point of view I myself prefer the Mohamme
dan religious beliefs to those of "the Greek church, and the effects
upon character- and national life as exhibited on the grand scale in
Russia and Turkey certainly do not make the gospel of the Arabian
prophet suffer by comparison. But this is a mere digression to
express an individual opinion. What is of moment is that those
who make their genuflexions before the Greek cross are as thirsty
ior the blood of the followers of Mahomet as those gentle religion
ists arc eager to rip up the neighboring Christians in arms.
If it were possible lor the coalition to drive the.Turks from
Europe, the inevitable outcome would be the extension of Russian
dominion over the, Balltan states and the conquered territory—not
immediately, ol course, but in time. The Slav race is naturally homo
geneous, and if the Patriarch of Constantinople should once more
resume residence in the ancient sacred seat of his predecessors the
powerful bond of religious authority would draw the separated
peoples together under the scepter of the czars.
Tt is not to be believed that the great powers will allow the
Turkish dominion to be so subdued. The interest which Great
Britain has is sufficient to compel her alone to risk any hazard of
war to defeat such a consummation; and, in spite of-loose talk, the
fact remains that Great Britain is the strongest power in the world,
and speaks still, from behind the bulwark of her mighty sea arma
ment, in tones of authority and command.
If the black eagle flag of Russia is ever unfurled above the dome
of St. Sophia it will be only when the battle fleets of Britain have
been driven to harbors of refuge and the wealth of Britain drained
to exhaustion, and the world will wait long to see our kin beyond
the seas at that desperate bay.
It is at best but a guess; still the outcome, of this sudden storm
of war would seem, logically, to be some bloody and ferocious fight
ing, the probable successful defense of their territory by the Turks
and the intervention, when all the combatants have satisfactorily
exhausted themselves, of the great powers, putting an end to the
conflict before it seriously endangers the peace of Europe.
THE author of the box lead over the first page story of the great
struggle for the pennant and several dollars added money asserts
that the world stood still to watch Wednesday's contest.
All the world that came under my eye was standing still only
so long as it took to hop from one foot to the other, and I am pre
pared to say that innumerable potent, grave and reverend seignors
v. ere prepared tv stand oiuthcir heads and wave jubilant feet at the
EDI TO RIA L PAGE OF THE CALL
In the Hands of His Friends
astounded skies had either team put a winning run over the plate
any time after the ninth.
If the truth were known, I'll bet that the president of the United
| States was doing hasty jigs between bulletins. The only way to
keep a blown in the bottle American still these fateful afternoons
would be to freeze him stiff in a refrigerating machine and pile a
ton of rock on the cadaver.
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THE testimony given by witness after witness before the senate
committee proves beyond a shadow of doubtj that the great
trusts —some legal and others illegal—raised an enormous
amount of money to make certain Mr. Roosevelt's election in 19t)4;
that they did this with Mr. Roosevelt's full knowledge, and, in the
case of the quarter of a million dollars given by Harriman, at Mr.
Roosevelt's urgent request.
Mr. Roosevelt denied ail this in 1904, when Judge Parker asserted
that the trusts were contributing heavily to the Roosevelt cam
paign funds. He denied the Harriman contribution under oath.
And the proof of the truth of Judge Parker's allegation is so con
clusive that it would hang a man on trial for his life.
What on earth has possessed so many thousands.of otherwise
reasonable and intelligent Americans that they refuse to listen to
evidence or to weigh the facts, when the facts and the evidence go to
show clearly the true character of Theodore Roosevelt?
If it were Mr. Taft, now, or Governor Wilson, these same per
sons would be indignant—and justly indignant—over such a show
ing of duplicity and trickery. But it seems that it makes no differ
ence at all what Roosevelt does. Roosevcltism is not reason; it is a
religion. It is precisely like Dowieism or any other cult of that
kind. Eventually those afflicted with it will recover, and no one will
be more ashamed of the delusion than those who now labor under it.
A X ingenious ancf possibly truthful resident of Santa Monica
ZA announces that he has discovered a chemical concoction which
* will prevent cocks crowing of an early morn. It is too bad to
blight fond hopes of profit, but in at least eleven states where the
colored brother is numerous there will be no sale of this device. All
that is necessary there to insure a rooster keeping quiet for keeps is
to leave the henhouse door open and tie up the dog. •
ANOTHER tie game like that of Wednesday will be'just about
fatal to somebody in this shop. I can stand a reasonable num
ber of thrills, but twenty-two in a row put me in the state of
mind in which dear little Marjorie Fleming found herself when she
wrote concerning her studies: "Also the multiplacion tabel is very
trying, specially nine times nine, which is more than human nature
Eleven innings to a tie! Be still, fond heart!
ACCORDING to Chairman Daniel Ryan, the republicans of Cali
fornia treacherously conspired to disfranchise themselves and
"put Taft off the ballot," so that they could have the pleasure
of not voting!
Several bull moose editors agree with this remarkable view—
notably those powerful organs of public opinion, the Searching Red
light and the San Berdoo Insects.
The processes of these profound intellects resemble the peace of
God that passeth understanding. Probably no such numerous and
agitated colonies of bats were ever before gathered in an equal
number of belfries.
THE Los Angeles Tribune quotes editorially some ridiculous
ass, emulating afar off the original one of the desert, who claims
that Woodrow" Wilson once told him confidentially that he did
not believe in educating the children of the working masses, that
somebody had to do the hard and dirty work and the best thing was
to bring these children up in a state of illiteracy, so they would be
fit to do this work uncomplainingly.
The Tribune also puts itself oti record as being fool enough to
believe such a canard.
A NEWS dispatch from New York says:
The progressive idea that schoolhou?es be utilized for political
gatherings was carried into practice today by Governor Johnson.
Both of his New Jersey meetings, one in Paterson at noon and in
Jersey City at night, were held in the chapels of high school buildings.
Contemporaneously, the traveling governor's local assures
its readers that thousands are flocking to hear him speak at each
They certainly must have enlarged the capacity of school
houses back east lately. Of course', it isn't possible that the gover
nor's press agent could tell a li£ !v- 1 * * V ;5
Author of "At Good Old Mwasli."
A TANK Is a receptacle for holding
fluids, and Is about as interesting
as a box or a stump- of a crosscut
saw or a spavin cure. <
There are many kinds of tanks which
are very useful, and without which this
would.be a sad and dusty world. Water
tanks are more necessary than legisla
tors and gas tanks are more useful than
orators, though not as imposing. But
there is one kind of tank which Is of
no use to the world In any capacity,
and that Is the man who devotes his
Jlfc to the holding of malt and spiritous
Like other tanks, this sort of man is
filled through a small hole In the top,
but there the resemblance ends. What
ever is poured into him is spoiled, and
moreover it helps spoil him. There are
human tanks who hold almost Incred
ible amounts of liquor, but they do not
do it as successfully as barrels, and
they get nobody's thanks for it.
A human tank is because
after it is full it moves, about from
place to place and gets in the way of
traffic and falls down on crowded side
walks and goes to sleep with its boots
on. If a' wooden tank were to roll off
Its foundation and stagger from place
to place, emitting loud whoops and
shaking hands with total strangers. It
would be demolished wtth,an ax. But
every one is kind to the human tank
and gets out of its way instead of tip
ping it up and rolling it back to the
brewery Where it belongs.
Human tanks devote their live* and
energies to their profession and fill
(Copyright, 1912. 'by George Matthew Adams)
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
PRINCE BE BEATJVAIT of Paris is traveling
tlirouKb the west aod is staying at the St.
Francis. He is studying the conditions of
Awn-lean cities and the largo industries of tho
country. He will be here for several days.
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W. H. WELLS and T. T. Lennon of Washington,
P. C: C. T. Wilson and Mrs. Wilson of Eu
reka. C It. Paul of Chicago and H. B. Adslt
of Riverside are guests at the Ma_nx.
* * *
ALOIS B. BROWNE, an attorney of Washington,
P. c. returned from the islands yesterday with
lils sou, Arthur Browne. The trl* was made
for health and recreation.
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BROR KRONSTRAND, the well known Swedish
portrait painter, Is spending a''few days at
tbe St. Francis. % ~
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H. C. THAYER, a well known Phlladelphian
who I* wintering on the coast, is a guest at
** * •
W. D. FOSTER, general manager of the Goldfieid
and Touopau railroad, is staying at the St.
* * #
CM. WARNER, C. T. Berkett and A. R. Peck,
business men of New York, are guests at the
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W. M. DEERING, a prominent mining than of
Searchlight, Key.. is registered at the Argo
•* * *
JUDGE FRANK R. WILLIS of the superior court
of Los Angeles is a guest at the St. Francis.
* * *
WARREN H. COOK, a real estate operator of
Los Angeles, is staying at the St. Francis.
* * * * - '"'
THOMAS KEARNS, former United States senator
frwn Utah, Is staying at the St. Francis.
*# * *
FRANK ALLISON, a real estate dealer of Tuc
son, Ariz., is a guest at the Argonaut
* * * ;
B. M. JAMES, a mining engineer .from Nevada
City, is registered at the Beltevne.;
* # *
ARTHUR LEVINSKT, a prominent attorney of
Stockton, is a guest at the Palace.
* * *
PRESCOTT ELI*, an automobile man «f Cieve.
land, is registered at the Palace,.
* * *
CLARENCE EDDY, the well known organist, is
at ta* Palace with Mrs. Eddy.
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A, W. ANGELL, * Jewelry manufacturer of Bos
ton, to staying st tbe Stewart :
| By the POET PHILOSOPHER \
THE falling leaves float dizzy on
every vagrant breeze and sorrfe one
should, get busy and glue them to
the trees. I hate to see them falling
down to their grassy tombs; they bring
reflections galling of death and sable
plumes. The end of all endeavor they
seem to typify: I can't hang on forever,
like them I'll wilt and die. Like them
I'll whirl and eddy and land down in
the mud, and there I fear already I'll
make no louder thud. Man thinks that
when he'll perish his friends will break
their hearts; his memory they'll cher
ish. Alas! when he departs—it is a sad
confession — the world but lightly
grieves; he makes no more impression
than do the falling leaves. His cred
itors may languish for a while and tear
their hair and utter sobs of anguish,
but they alone will care. He'll jar tiie
solar system when he drops in death's
tarn, but dead no one has missed him
and no one cares a darn. Such thoughts
the leaves now falling suggest and
make us sad, and we are caterwauling
when we should all be glad.
A Literary Breakwater
On the subject of a man needing no
other books than the Bible and
Shakespeare, Mr. Dooley has made a
characteristic and final remark. He
reports himself as having been asked
by a lady if he doesn't "regard Morse
Hewlett as th* gr-reatest an' mos"
homicidal writer Iv our time."
"Th' on'y books in me libr'y is th*
Bible an' Shakespeare." says I.
"Ther're gr-eat f'r ye," says she. "So
bully f'r tli' style. D'ye read thim all
th' time?" she says.
"I niver read thim,' says I. "I use,
thim f'r purposes of definse. I have
niver read thim, but I'll niver read any
thing else till I have read thim," I says.
"They shtand between me an* all
modhern llthraehoor." says I. "I've
built thim up into a kind of break
wather," I says* "an* I set behind it,
ca'am an' contint while Hall Came
rages without," says I.
A Fair Warning
Insurance policy to his powerful wife) —
Look here, next time you fall out with
me you'd better take care. This policy
isays that when I suffer from circum
stances over which I have no control
I don't get anything.—Fliegende Blaet-
"A human task Is a nuisance." j
tht ".selves up each day with highballs,
wlii ky sours, sloe gins, peach bran
dies, torn and Jerrys and-malt liquors.
A mixture like this would eat the lin
ing but of a steel tank in no time, but
human tanks stand it for many years,
though they eventually sag on all sides
and become limp and leaky. Nothing
is more pathetic than the sight of an
ancient human tank which has worked
up a magnificent capacity, but which
can no longer fill itself up every day,
because of the cruel cash system pre
vailing at the reservoirs.
There should be a commission in this
country to take care of human- tanks
and set them securely on concrete foun.
dations, so that they can not wander
back into their once homes when full,
and attempt to act as husbands and
fathers with the most dismal results.
T, B. EGAN, a manufacturer of tools and farm
ing implements, is at the Palace, registered
frotn Cincinnati. While hunting in the Puget
sound district recently he was lost in the
woods for 17 hours.
* * *
ANTON HARPER, who has been associated with
the Fairmont hotel for the last four years,
has resigned to take a position with the new
* * *
NORMAN E. GEDGE, secretary and treasurer of
the Inter Island Steamship company, Is staying
at the St. Francis, registered from Honolulu.
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T. B. ITATHEBSTONE of Xewcassle-on-Tyne
is at the Union Square en route home after his
annual business trip in the far east.
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GAIL B. JOHNSON, first Tice president of the
Pacific Mutual Life Insurance company, is
spending a few days at the Palace.
* * *
C. M. HOOTER, a hardware dealer of Caiistoga.
is a recent arriral at the Argonaut, accom
panied by Mrs. Hoover.
* * *
E. R. COOPER, proprietor of .the Hotel Lasker
sfaim, Los Angeles, is among tbe recent ar
* rivals at tbe Stewart.
* * *
L. R. PARSONS, owner of a planing mill at
San Lois Obispo, and Mrs. Parsons are •top
ping at the Argonaut.
* * *
B, B. MARSHALL of the United States geolog
ical surrey is at the Palace.
if. ".♦"'■ *
DR. AND MRS. W. 8. TAYLOR of Lirermore
are guests at the. Palace.
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LEONARD STOKES of London is at the Fair
mont with Mrs. Stokes.
* * *
E. W. CAMP, au attorney of the Santa Fe, is
a guest at tbe Palace.
* * *
W. C. PUGK, mining engineer of Seattle, is at
the Union Square.
* * *
A. J. FEMNELL. a merchant of New York, is
at the Fairmont.
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FRED FENCHLER of Mexk-o is registered St
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1 OCTOBER 11, 1912
p ! n eapplen
and printer's ink.
It was suggested
by the remarks
I overheard the
other morning as
the steamer Lurline, just in from Hono
lulu, passed up the harbor. I'ispatohes
from Honolulu had announced that the
Lurline was bringing to San Francisco
a record shipment of canned pineapples.
The appearance of the ship started a
discussion of the Hawaiian pineapple
industry, which is now second only to,
sugar in importance.
In 1896 the bark Mohican, Captain
C W. Saunders, arrived here from
Honolulu with 1,184 cases of canned
pineapples. It was the entire pack
for the year. Except those immedi
ately interested, nobody knew any
thing of the shipment. The world had
not been told that Hawaii was ventur
ing into a new field, and what the
world is not told it doesn't know, and,
naturally, doesn't care about. The men
who sent that first big shipment—ltggfc
was considered big then—knew, that*
they were sending to the mainland
market a first class article that should
sell like hot cakes. They did not know,
however, how to inform the world that
the first class article was for sale, and
tne world didn't buy. That shipment
was sent to a warehouse and took so
long to dispose of that after the ware
house charges and other expenses were
paid the net returns to the packers
were so small that they almost de
cided to abandon the industry.
Then somebody who did know how
to interest the world, jumped into the
game. More money than the first pack
ers ever dreamed of making was spent
in advertising. The Interest of the
world was aroused and when the pine
apples came along and confirmed all
that had b«en said in their favor, the
world unanimously adopted the Ha
waiian product as a welcome addition
to the food supply.
The canned pineapple sold today Is
not any better than the shipment that
was brought up on the Mohican and
that proved a drug on the market. The
Hawaiian packers today are unable to
supply the world's demand. The total
pack last year was nearly 1.000.0nn
cases. It will be more than 1,000,000
The moral of this story Is, that for
success in business it is as necessary
to advertise as it is to have something
to sell, and if you have something to
sell that is worth buying, advertising
vflH Sell it.
* * *
When a Mill Valleylte searches his
mind for a figure of speech expressive
of-extreme activity, it is nothing more
than natural that he should think, first
of all, of the most industrious little*
politician in all Marin county. It w-11
this perfectly logical method that in-*
spired the coinage, in Mill Valley, of
the expression: '.'Busy as Dolly Jen
Mrs. James Jenkins, who was Dolly
Cushing, and Mrs. Ralston White (Dor
othy Boericke that used to be) were j
not in favor of the suffragette move
ment. When the men of California,
however, extended to the women of the
state the franchise that gave them an
equal voice with the men in the gov
ernment of the land, both Mrs. Jenkins
and Mrs. White showed their appre
ciation of that act of gallantry by
taking up the duties of citizenship with
a vigor that only a high power touring
car can keep up with.
Their interest in politics was aroused,
they confess, by Mrs. Lillian Harris
Coffin, president of the New Era league.
They have enlisted in the campaign for
the election of William KenW They
talk Kent on the ferry boats, and if i
every woman voter in Marin county is
not registered, it will not be their fault.
Every day they go forth in a big :•
touring car and transport load after
load of women from all parts of Kent's
district to the office of the registrar
of votors, Judge Futrelle.
The other day, with their car filled
with unregistered women, they over
took Mrs. Roy Somers. There was
really no more room in the car and it
was a long way to the registrar's of
fice, but when Mrs. Somers said: "Oh.
I haven't registered! Won't you please
take me, too?" they made room for
The registrar rolled up his sleeves
when he saw the car coming.
"So they got you, Mrs. Somers," he
said, helping to pry her out of the
overloaded car. "Dolly Jenkins and
Mrs. White- are the two best workers
we have. And every one they bring
in means a vote for Roosevelt."
"If they think that," Mrs. Somers
looked doubtfully at the smiling faces
of Kent's fair champions, "I'm afraid I
got my ride under false pretenses. I
may vote for Mr. Kent, but only
cause I believe he will support my
president. I'm going to vote for Gov-,
After the shock of the discovery had
passed, the two fair politicians proved
that they were not so bull moosey after
ail by inviting- the traitor to tea and
giving her a ride home.
Nobuddy loves a fat man but it don't
seem t" worry him. Lafe Bud sayn he
wishes somebuddy would invent a pain*
o* shoes that woulda't hurt fair week.