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Metropolis Must Have the
Good Will of Its Neighbors
WHATEVER greatness and prosperity San Francisco has or
may have is and must be thfr sum of the greatness and pros
perity of its neighbors —of the thriving cities to which it is
mother city, of the tilled lands whose commercial gateway it is. So
San Francisco has no more important concern than the upbuilding
of those neighbor cities, the settlement and cultivation of those
For a long time that business was neglected. Speakers at civic
functions talked about it, but nobody took much pains to convert
barren words into pregnant deeds. Latterly there has been a whole
some change. Metropolitan merchants, commercial interests, civic
and trade organizations are taking a lively and more or less effective
■nterest in the prosperity of the cities and sections upon which their
mvn prosperity depends. They need to do more of it and do it better.
The Call will keep them reminded of their duty in the premises.
Independently of them it will foster and forward every movement
that mates for the good of all California.
Besides the share the gateway city, the metropolis, will have in
the prosperity of its neighbors, it wants their good will. It wants
to be the kind of mother city of which its children cities may be
proud. That good will and pride must be earned, deserved.
After a period of government that was mostly inert and indif
ferent and sometimes positively bad, we started house cleaning.
That job was pretty well done last year. Now there is nothing to
be ashamed of in the municipal establishment. In the higher civic
sense San Francisco has gone out of politics and into business—the
business of making itself worthy and fit for metropolitan rank and
honors. That was the necessary first step toward gaining the good
will of the state.
Materially and esthetically there is still much to be done—and
San Francisco is doing it with all the might of a town that has not
yet found out the limit of its strength. More and better water, more
and better transportation, smoother and cleaner streets, fine, stately,
beautiful public buildings—these and other things like them we must
add to a v\'orld famous equipment, capacity and spirit for playing the
host, for entertaining our visitors.
And the far celebrated hospitality of San Francisco will not
alone suffice to get us and keep for us the good will of our neighbors—
not even when there are added to it a regenerated government, an
awakened concern in the prosperity of the communities whose interest
is our interest. There must be also the quick, spontaneous, warm
hearted'eourtesy that makes the visitor, be he stranger or familiar
triend come to us again, feel as if there were an especial welcome
extended to him.
Courtesy may be a little thing, but there is no surer means or
way to good will. The new government of the metropolis has that
little thing in mind and has begun to establish and enforce it among
the city's servants. The individual citizen may not be able pef
sonaily to do much toward bringing new industries and new popula
tion to the interior, nor can he by himself give more than vote, voice
and his tax share toward public improvements, but every citizen of
us can aid powerfully to win for his town a reputation for courtesy.
This is not by any means a surly, grudging, cold shouldered
community. It has quite another rating among the world's cities.
But it can be still more courteous, still more genuinely cordial to the
stranger and the visitor.
San Francisco has already a generous share of its neighbors'
good will, but it needs and.wants more. There is no better municipal
asset, and it takes a great deal of it to make a real metropolis.
THE question of accepting or rejecting Andrew Carnegie's prof
fered gift of $750,000 for a public library building will be deter
mined by the electors of San Francisco at the polls next Tuesday.
The proposition as submitted to the people
is unfortunately stated, both as to form and
substance. Its form is misleading to such a
degree that the elector who favors accepting
the gift must vote "no." In its substance the
proposition suggest? a matter of broad public policy rather than the
It is not denied that the Carnegie gift of $750,000 would serve
in a large measure to solve the public library problem—a genuine
and vexatious problem since the fire. Neither is it denied that the
offer made eleven years ago was ma<2e and stands without offensive
Opposition to the acceptance of the gift is based frankly and
solely upon the assumption that San Francisco would stand forth
self-stigmatized if it permitted Carnegie to assist with his money in
the realization of the wonderful civic center plans. The same objec
tion might have been raised with equal moral force against many
of the genuine public benefactions that have served to make the life
of'the people of this and other great cities the better worth living.
The question really involved is: What will best serve San
Francisco and her people? Will acceptance of the gift add to the
happiness and material welfare of the people of San Francisco? Is
it worth while to put $500,000 in the pockets of this city's laboring
men without adding a farthing to the tax payers' burden ? Does the
addition of $750,000 to the civic center fund mean anything to the
future of San Francisco?
The Call believes that these considerations are altogether para
mount to any objection founded only on a sentiment that offers no
more than a great public loss in compensation for its gratification.
If you believe that San Francisco will benefit by the acceptance
<>i the Carnegie gift: that its acceptance will lighten the burden upon
the shoulders of wage earners and tax payers; that it will make for
a bigger and happier San Francisco—then vote "no" on the propo
sition to reject it.
COMMENT AND OPINION
AS far as vote making goes, the campaign is over, and I am
among those who rejoice thereat. Not since the Blame
Geveland contest has a national campaign been waged on a
plane of such meaningless sound and iury. The personalities of the
candidates have entirely obscured the discussion of measures. It
is not very gratifying to national pride to see the contemptuous
leaders and cartoons with which the principal journals of Europe
sneer at our election methods.
The fact is that without the knowledge, apparently, of thousands
upon thousands of voters we are engaged in a great struggle for the
preservation or destruction of our system of government. This is
the real issue, the vital point of dispute.
The purpose of Mr. Roosevelt, if he can be elected, is to remove
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
New European Game-'Hit the Head'
the constitutional limitations upon the power of the president to
destroy the co-equal powers of the congress and the supreme court
and to put the government in the hands of a commission, appointed
by himself and his successors. This is the plainly declared doctrine
of his platform. Now, granting that Mr. Roosevelt is all that his
most ardent worshipers believe him to be, still there is no surety
that all or either of his successors will be honest or unselfish, and
the tremendous powers which he asks the people to place in his
hands would soon serve to establish a despotism in the hands of an
able and unscrupulous dictator.
It is nonsense to say that the American people can never be
enslaved. Other peoples as civilized, as martial and as high spirited
have lost their liberties. There are men yet living whose eyes saw
Louis Napoleon obtain the presidency of France by profuse promises
and then establish his imperial rule by fraud and force. What an
ambitious adventurer did with the French people an equally ambitious
adventurer can do with us if we are fools enough to give up our
safeguards, our liberties and our ancient system of representative
republican government in exchange for the Utopian promises of
The question to be settled at the polls next Tuesday is not
whether the tariff is to be changed or lemons and oranges made
cheaper or the rich poorer or the poor richer. The question to be
settled is whether or not the republic is to stand as Washington and
the men of 76 handed it down to Lincoln and the men of '61, and
as that great and patriotic president handed it down to us. We are
to decide between a republic of free men or a socialist common
wealth of government clerks.
Fortunately there are enough of us left who honor the memories
of our brave fathers and love the institutions of the land and are
not to be misled by glittering, high sounding generalities to defend
victoriously our liberties with our ballots. We will settle this
question next Tuesday and settle it decisively. The republic will
not be delivered into the hands of any man, to be the football of his
caprice and the prize of his ambition.
FDR the seventh time in two weeks the Ottoman army has been
annihilated. If this thing keeps up a while a cat with only nine
lives will have nothing much to brag about.
SUPPORTERS of each of the three candidates claim that their
favorite will sweep the country Tuesday. If nobody is dis
appointed the country ought to be pretty clean Wednesday.
Letters From the People
PLEA FOR YERBA BIEXA
Editor Call: As state chairman of
history and landmarks of the California
Federation of Women's clubs, and as a
native daughter of this grand common
wealth bequeathed us by the pioneer
heroes, I wish to add my protest, to the
changing of the historic names of Cali
fornia which were given at its birth
Each one carries with it a link of
significance in the chain of past events,
intimately and indissolubly inter
woven with the romance and tradition
o* our dramatic history.
Let every loyal, patriotic Callfor
nian rise to the occasion and work for
the original name. "Yerba Buena."
MRS. WILLIAM FAIRCHILD,
State Chariman H. and C.—C. F. W,
Placerville, Oct. SO.
THE BILLBOAHD M'ISAXCE
Editor The Call: If the committee of
the board of supervisors is going to
weigh the testimony and arguments
of a lot of interested people against
the petitions of those who are trying
to abate the billboard nuisance, we
might as well quit. We will deserve
ail the contempt we will receive and
all the nasty things that will be said
about us. Tfcfe advertisers who use
those abominations would plaster the
columns of the Parthenon with their
tamales if they couid. Very truly,
ZOETH S. ELDREDGE.
San Francisco. Oct. 30. 1912.
Out of Date
Wife—Any fashions in that paper.
Jack (who has just settled a dress
makers bill) —Yee, but they're bo use
to you, dear. It's yesterday's cauerl—
Answers to Queries
HUMIDITY—S. n., City. How ranch greater is
the atmospheric humidity in the enst than in
raliforniav (t) Wben the temperature in 100 in
the pa#t people die while in California when the
temperature is 100 and ov»>r iwople do not die
from the effects of heat. Why is that so?
The degree of humidity varies in
different parts of the east, and for that
reason a general answer can not be
given to the first question. (2) The
reason that people can stand the heat
in California at a temperature which
is sometimes fatal in the east is be
cause California has a dry heat, while
the eastern atmosphere is humid, and
it is the humidity that causes the fatal
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AIR BRAKE—C R.. City. What i« the power
of the air brake, such as Is used on railroads, and
in what dietance can a train be stopped?
The following: from the Science Con
spectus answers your question: "It
takes a powerful locomotive, drawing a
train of 10 passenger cars, a distance
of about five miles to reach a speed of
60 miles per hour on a straight and
level track. The airbrakes will stop
the same train in TOO feet. Roughly,
it may be stated that a train may be
stopped in about 3 per cent of the
distance that must be covered to give
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WHY NOT ANSWERED—Subscriber,
Lodi. and A. J. F., City. Your letters
asking why the answer to the question
asked by each of you has not appeared
in the query department have been re
ceived. The answer is that in each
case the question asked calls for
an answer that interests the writer
only, and, if printed, would not interest
any other reader of the department.
Answers to questions of this character
will be answered, if possible, by mail
only, and when the query is accom
panied by a self-addressed and stamped
Author of ''At Good Old Sivtaah."
WYOMING Is a large, lonesome
state, situated in the middle of
the great, uncrowded west. It
has 97.000 square miles, divided into
£3 counties which are presided over
by footsore and weary sheriffs, who
often have to get up in the middle
of the night and ride 100 miles be
fore breakfast to arrest a malefactor
in the other end of the community.
Wyoming has 150,000 people, many
of whom have to travel a week In
order to get to the nearest rural free
delivery mail box. It is a green,
succulent state, criss-crossed with
mountains and rivers so wild that
even a republican congress wouldn't
try to make them navigable. These
streams are strongly impregnated
with a very fine varley of trout and
flow through a country thickly settled
with bears, mountain lions, wolves,
panthers, outlaws, and other noxious
fauna. Wyoming is one of the few
states in the union in which it Iβ still
perfectly easy to walk away from a
fairly good hotel and pace a panther
up a tree in less than an hour.
Thus far Wyoming consists of a
crust of civilisation with a vast and
raw interior into which railroads are
just beginning to penetrate In a timid
manner. It is shy on human popula
tion, but is densely populated by
horses. sh«»ep and cattle. The state
produces hay, wool, petroleum, coal.
lanky cattle, which are upholstered
later on lowa farms, and a poor grade
of senators. Wyoming Indians are
still fatal when Indulged in to excess,
and when a Wyoming cattle man be
gins discussing politics with a Wy
oming sheep man, the repartee sounds
like the battle of Gettysburg.
Wyoming has been greatly blessed
with curiosities by an Indulgent and
frivolous nature, and contains all the
geysers am! most of the mud volcanoes
not in politics in the country. These
(Copj-rijrht. Ifll2. by Georpe Matthew Adams)
PERSONS IN THE NEWS . \
HENRY BCOTT, president of the Pacific Tele
phone and Telegraph company and president of
the Sao Francisco Hotel company, the oper
ating company of the St. France, returned
from a business trip yesterday. Ho lias spent
the last month In the east.
E, D. CLARTOM , , a dealer in hardwoods. Iβ at
the St. Francis, registered from Australia.
He has -i larjce collection of wootls which he
inten.is to *how in this country.
MR. AND MRS. FRANCESCO AMADEA and In
fant of San Francisco sail today from New
York on the Koenlg Albert for Gibraltar and
J. C. ISDAHL and bis son of Bergen. Norway,
have apartments at tixe St. Francis. They
are on a pleasure tour of the world.
D. E, LLEWELLYH. who is associated with his
brothers in the Iron industry in Las Angeles,
is at the Palace with Mrs. Llewellyn.
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WILLIAM THOMAS, a well known attorney,
has taken apartnients at tbe Fairmont with
his family for the winter.
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DAN H. LAFFORTY, a Santa Rosa real estate
man, and wife are guests at the Sutter.
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MAJOR r. E. HARRIS of Fort Gorble. R. 1., is
at the at. Francis with his family.
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L. H. BEANEB, a Woodland bank commissioner,
ta .«tsyiui; at the Stanford.
C. D. DANAHER. a Taeonia lumbertnaa, is
staying at the St. Francis.
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MAJOR C. H. McJTEIL and Mrs. McNeil hare
apartments at the Palace.
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CHARLES LAMB of Stockton tp at the St.
Franvis witli Mrs ( Lamb.
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J. E. GOODLEY and wife of Vallejo are at
the B;i l<l win.
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H. BOTHBURG of Inverness is at the Stanford.
By the POET PHILOSOPHER \
a\ t OU ought to walk five miles a
V day," the learned physician said;
"you're bigger than a load of
hay, and you will soon be dead, unless
you take more exercise, so go and hit
the road, and try to lose, dad burn your
eyes, that aldermantc load." I walked
five miles, and now I lie upon a couch
of pain; my tendon? all are pulled
awry, and I am one big sprain; there
is a spavin on my a ringbone
on my shin; when I can find that
doctor he will have his head"caved in.
"Oh, sleep outdoors and get fresh air!"
another doctor cried; "why do your
sleeping in this lair, with swarms of
germs Inside? The air that heaven
sends to men inhale, and breathe your
fill, and when you're well and strong
again I'll send you in my bill." I slept
last night upon the roof, and when I
woke just now, I found some icebergs
on my hoof, and more upon my brow.
And I am all bunged up with cold. I
can not sing a note, and all the quinine
I can hold I'm pouring down my throat.
One longing rankles in my dome, I
have one great desire, which is to seek
that doctor's home, and set the same
afire. So after this, when I have ills
that make me groan and rant, I'll take
the good old fashioned pills that cured
mv uncle's aunt.
AS DF ASDF A
Georgia lawyer (to colored prisoner)
—Well, 'Has. do you want me to de
fend you? Have you any money?
'Rastus—No; but I'se got a mule and
a few chickens and a hog or two.
Lawyer—Those will do very nicely.
Now, lets see, what do they accuse
you of stealing?
'Rastus—Oh, a mule and a few chick
ens and a hog or two. —Life.
The Better Persuaders
"So you will agree that women have
greater powers of persuasion than
•Yes, Henrietta." replied Meekton.
"No man could go out and buy $500
or $600 worth of ellk hats and suite
of clothes and satisfy Ids wife with
the explanation that he wanted to
make himself more attractive in her
To Make a Showing
"Pa. what is a dead game sport?"
"One who buys his game of the
butcher after his hunting trips, my
son." —Boston Transcript.
Very few brands of face powder taste
as good as they smell—Judge.
"Xew York Men who have ee«*n It say
It compare* favorably with
have been set aside as a natural park
with front doors in Montana and Idaho.
Yellowstone park is full of wonders,
and New York men who have seen
it, say it compares favorably with
The capital of Wyoming is Cheyenne,
which once had that kind of a dis
position, but Is now mild and mannerly
except on frontier day. Other towns
which can be discovered on a fair
sized map are Laramie, Evanston and
Sheridan, none of which contain as
many people as a first class steam
ship equipped with lifeboats for 1,000.
Wyoming can be successfully crossed
by means of the Union Pacific, but
thousands of people stop off each year
to hunt for cowboys and wind up by
coaxing a river Jnto an irrigation
ditch and raising alfalfa.
Wyoming's most famous product
thus far has been Bill Nye, who lived
in the state when it was as interest
ing as a melodrama, and much more
fatal, and who welded it firmly Into
literature as editor of the Laramie
make up a gronp of yesterday's arrirals at
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MORITZ THOM3EM , . head of the Continental
Milling company of Seattle, is at the Palace.
He J>as large railway interest* In Mexico and
i* here on a trip to visit hie associates.
* * *
J. SMITH THQRKTON, commissary manager of
a lumber and pox company Fridelba, Cal.,
ia at the Argonaut.
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N. SKAKKLIW JH., buslncK'e manager of a
twwtpapcr published at Ukiah, Iβ registered
at the ArgouanT.
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C. E. MAUP and Mrs. Maurt are up from
Monterey and have apartments at the
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JOHH E. BEAUFORT, a New York champagne
importer, is spendiug a few days at the St.
* * *
CHARLES M. CASSIN. a prominent Santa Crua
attorney, i s at the St. Francis with Mre.
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W. H. BAND and XI. W. Jones are registered
from Sladera at tae Dele.
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MHB. WILLIAM DANFORD o£ Hooolulu is reg
(>tfred at the Baldwin.
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WILLIAM LEBDICOAT, a raucher from Snttcr
Creek, is at t'.if Turpin.
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R. J. SADDLER, a Venice, Cal.. merchant, Is a
guest at the Argonaut.
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HARRY L. BEKTON. a Kedtling merchant, it
staying at th«» Turpin.
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J. A. CLARK, a Stockton attorney, Iβ registered
[NOVEMBER 3, IQI3
ball on one of the
ferry steamers the
other day. The old
ud his ears, ram-
mcd his newspaper into h!s overcoat
pocket and waded into the discussion
"What's the matter with some of
there sporting writers?" he inquired.
Without waiting for an answer, he con
"I read one articie in which the
writer referred to Rugby as a 'new
game. , lam going to look him up and
show him these clippings."
"These clippings" were time yellowed
strips scissored from a San Francisco
paper published in 1880. They were
reports of Rugby games played between
the Oaklands and the Wanderers. The
Old Commuter read out the names of
the lineup in each team, and you may X
be as surprised and interested as I
was when you learn who some of these
reckless footballers were.
In identifying the football players of
32 years ago with those same men as
we know them today, the conviction
forces Itself on us that if Doctor Osier
had really said what he now admits he
didn't say, he would have exempted
football players from the operation of
his scheme for the elimination of the
unfit. That is, he would have done it
if he had been favored with the chanrc
that is now yours of seeing a football
squad 30 years after.
'"Arthur Page made a fine kick,''
reads one of the accounts of this isso
game. Arthur Page is one of the bes'
known men in the local business world
of today. It is a little difficult to
Imagine him rolling B. P. Oliver in the
mud or standing on Pat Cadogan's face.
but, according to the clipping, he prob
ably did both. On 'change, where th.*
little hammers are wont to swing, as
the rain falls, on the Just and the un
just, they say of Arthur Page: "W.t
like him because he always plays fair."
I'll bet he learned that at football. He
has sons playing football now, but
with half a chance I believe he could
still "make a fine kick."
B. P. Oliver, foreman of a celebrate
grand Jury, played In that sam? ISM
game. He's a grandfather now. but
you wouldn't believe it unless I bar]
told you about this resurrected sport
Pat Cadogan is using the ginger lie
stored up on the football field 30 f*are
ago in expressing his opinion on the
subject of annexation.
Evan B. Deane, who was captain of
the Wanderers in this game, is now
one of the pillars of Vancouver, B. C.
He has a large family of athletic »or)» k
and daughters and is himself stili
keenly interested in outdoor sport.
Jim Searle, who now spends his Sun
days teaching his grandson how to
tackle, was another chaser of the mud
stained pigskin. If you don't think his
•wind Iβ still good, try to keep up wit'
him some evening when he thinks he
has only four minutes in which to catch
There were two Belcher brothers on
the team. One of them is now teach
ing mathematics and encouraging foot
ball in a Marin county school.
C. J. Okell, the insurance man, was
on one of those teams, and I don't think
that a streetcar conductor would hesi
tate about ringing , the bell, even if he
was behind time, if Okell eald '.'Stop!"'
as if he meant it. You will agree th«t
any one able to Impress a streetea
conductor must at least look as if he
had a punch. Okell broke his thumb in
that game. Ask him to let you see him
extract a cork from the neck of a bot
tle with it.
J. J. Theobald is every inch as tal!
today as he was when he played that
game 30 years ago, wh-en Tom B*asle>.
now one of Alameda's most dignlfieVi
citizens, kicked the hide off liis l> •"•
Douglas Woolley was In the game of
long ago and Al Cohen, the lawyer, was
the umpire. J. C. Nealon limped for
years as the result of an injury re
ceived in that game. Jules Matthews.
who played halfback, now has two boys
bigger than he was then.
W. W. Campbell, who was one of th-
Wanderers, is now Pacific Mail agent
at Yokohama, and Johnny an
other of them, is in the Pacific Mail
New York office.
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All of which may be taken as tim*
tested proof that the football is
conducive to longevity than the high
Travelers on the broad gauge ferry
boats have been greatly impressed
lately by the fine appearance of the
young Greeks and other Europe*!)
laborers who have abandoned their
chance in the new country to return
to the old world and help fight the
battles of the motherland.
'I guess the Turk is settled this
time," I heard a commuter say th<
other evening after looking over a
boatload of Servian volunteers.
Lest he go on worrying about the
Turk, let me call his attention to the
following brief extract from the diary
of Samuel Pepys: t
"This day comes the news that the
emperour hath beat the Turke."
That was August 9, 1664.
Next f a dsed mustache nothin' gives
a feller away quicker n run over heels.
A feller is never a success as loxut Ml he