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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 the 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. les£ effective
'nterest in the prosperity of the cities and sections upon which their
own prosperity depends. They need t5 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 tend 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 world 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 courtesy that makes the visitor, be he stranger or familiar
friend 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 per
sonally to do much toward bringing new industries and new popula
tion to the interior, nor can he by himself give rribre 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.
HP HE question of accepting or rejecting- \ndre\v Carnegie's f
?> -J *■ O/ I\JY i IJ IIOIIL- 11 DralV 01.1' I Cll IIP" W ill V\f*
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
. g . — the gift must vote "no." In its substance the
proposition suggests a matter of broad public policy rather than the
rejection of a specific offer. i
It is not denied that the Carnegie gift of $750,000 womlcl 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 made 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
lion 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
* worth while to put $500,000 in the pockets of this city's laboring
:n 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
of 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
Cleve'and contest has a national campaign been waged on a
plane of such meaningless sound and fury. 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
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 disf>ute.
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 serv.e 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 r
Louis Xapoleon 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, 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 tarirY 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
capiice and the prize of his ambition.
F>R 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
PtKA FOR YERBA BIEXA
Editor ("all: 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 iudissolulily inter
woven with the romance and tradition
of our dramatic history.
Let every ioyal. patriotic Oalifor
nian rise to the occasion and work for
the original name. "Yerba Biiena."
MRS. WILLIAM FAIRCHILD,
Stat*» Chariman H. and C. —C. F. W.
Placervilie. Oct. Sfr.
THK BHABOAKD MISAXtE
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 th<» billboard nuisance, we
might as well quit. We will deserve
all the contempt we wjlj receive and
all the nasty things that will be said
about us. The advertisers who use
those abominations would plaster the
columns of the Parthenon with their
tamales if they could. Very truly,
ZOETII S. ELPREJXSE.
San Francjsco. Oct. .10. 1912.
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Out of Date
Wlfo—Any fashions in that paper,
Jack (who has just settled a dress
makers bill)-—-Yes. juit they're no use
to you, dear. If*, yesterday's caocr! —
Answers to Queries
Hl/MIDITY—S. R.. City. H"itt much grpater is
tho atrjn-s|ilifi-ti- humidity In tlio east tlinri in
i'ji!iforni« ': (2) When the fpntpprature is 100 In
!h.' cast penplr ,lie while In California wlkti tli«
temporaluio is 100 siul over peoplo do not dte
from the effects of beat. Why is that so?
The degree of humidity varies in
different parts of the east, and for that
reason a general answer <4.'an not be
given to the flret question. (2)
reason that people can stand the heat
in California at a temperature which
is sometimes fata! Hi the east ie be
cause California has a dry heat, while
the eastern atmospher* is humid, and
it is the humidity that causes the fatal
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AIR BRAKK—C R.. Ciijr. What if the power
of thp air brake, such us is usp<l on railroad*, aud
In what distance can a train l>? stopptnl?
The following from the Science Con
epectus 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 por hour on a straight and
level track. The airbrakes will stop
the same train in 700 feet. Roughly,
it may be stated that a train may be
stopped in about 3 per cent of the
distance that anut be covered to give
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WHY NOT ANSWERED—Subscriber.
j Lodi. and A. J. F.. City. Your letters
! Asking why the answer to the question
I asked by each of you has not appeared
in the query department have been re
reived. 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 hy a aeif-addreeeed and stamped
Author of "At Good Old Slwaeh."
WYOMING Is a large. lonesome
state, situated in the middle of
the great, unorowded west. It
has 97,000 equate miles, divided into
I?, 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 othor cud 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. crisi-crossed with
mountains and rivere so wild that
even a republican congress wouldn't
try to make them navigable. These
streams are strongly impregnated
with a very fine variey of trout and
flow through a country thickly settled
with bears, mountain lions, wolves,
panthers, outlaws, and other noxious
fauna. Wyoming is one of t\\e few
states in the union in which it is 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 civilization 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, sheep 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 and most of'the mud volcanoes '
not in politics In the country. These "
(Copyright. 1912. l>y OforjJf Matthew Adams'
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
HENHY SCOTT, president of the Pacific Tele
phone and Telegraph company and president of
the Sen Francisco Hotel company, the oper-
Hting company of tbc St_ F'ranels, returned
from a business trip jesterday. He bas (pent
the la*(: month in the east.
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E. D. CLARTON, a rtealor in hardwood*. i« at
the St. Frnm-is. registered from Australia. ,
He ha* a lartte roiipctlon of wood* which he
intends, to show In this country.
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ME. AND MRS. FRANCESCO AMADEA and in
fniit of San Francisco sail today from New
York on tiic Koenlg Albert for Gibraltar and
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7. C. IBDAHL an«l hi« sun of Bergen. Norway,
hare npai'iiiietittt at tlie St. Francis. They
are on a pleasure tour of tlio wmlj.
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D. E. LLEWELLYN, tvlm is associated with his
brother* i>i tb<; iron industry' iv Aegeles,
its at tin. , I'alaiv with Llewellyn.
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WILLIAM THOMAS, a well known attorney,
ha" taken apartment:* at the Fairmont witu
bf» family for the winter.
* * * *
DAN H. LAFFORTY, a Santa Rosa renl *etate
man, and wife are guests at the Gutter.
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MAJOR F. E. HARRIS of Fort GorWe, R. 1., is
at tin St. Francis with his family.
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L. H. BEANES, a Woodland bank eommlesiouer.
is staying at the Stanford.
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C. l>, DANAHER, a Taeoma lurabornian. U
Btefiag at the St. Francis.
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MAJOR C. H. McNEIL and Mrs. McNeil have
jipurtnieuts at the I'alace.
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CHARLES LAMB of Stockton is at tbc St.
Frsn<-is with Mrs. Lamb.
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F. E. GOODLEY ai«l veltv of Vallrjo are at
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H. ROTHBUBG of Inverness ts at toe fctanfwd.'
\ By the POETPHILOSOPHER^i
<t\ /ou ought to walk flve nllles . 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 y
eyes, thSt aldermanic load." I walked
flve miles, and now I lie upon a couch
of pain; my tendons all are pulled
awry, and I am one big sprain; there
is a spavin on lify knee, a ringbone
on my shin; when I *an 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 elept
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
lean 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 »ld fashioned pills that cured
my uncle's aunt.
. ton i fifc'. ttll, bf
tmrr* lUmlmw +tami
Georgia lawyer (to colored prisoner)
.—Well, Uae, do you want me to de
fend you? Have you any money?
'Raetus —No; but I'se got a mule and
a few chickens and a hog or two.
Lawyer—Those will do very nicely.
Now, let's see, what do they accuse
you of stealing?
'Hastus —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 silk hats and euits
of clothes and satisfy his 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
Very few brands of face powder taste
as good as they smell—Judge.
"-"»•** *orn >ien t»Ho have ic«a U irj
It compßivi favorably with
it, say It compares favorably with
The capital of Wyoming is Cheyenne,
which once had that kind of a die
position, but is now mild and mannerly
except on frontier day. Other towns
which can be discovered on a fair
sized map are Evaneton 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 into 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 mor"e
fala.l. and who welded it firmly Into
IVAN COY and Mr*. Coy of London, W. L
(reig and Miss K. F. sioe.n or .Melbourne aw
Y. Sc-ott and Mrs. Scott of Victoria, B. C.
make up a group of yesterday's arrlyals s
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MORITZ THOMSEN, head of the Continents
Milling company <>f Seattle, is at tbe PaUce
He has large railway internets In Mexico an<
is hero on a trip to visit his associates.
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J. SMITH THORNTOK. e«mmts*nr:r manager o
a Imqber and box company at Frldelba r Cal.
is at tlie Argonaut.
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K. SHAJfKLIN JR., business manager of i
wweparwi puWlebed at rkiah. is registers
at the Argonaut.
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C. E, MAUD and Mr*. Maud are op fron
taint have apartments at thi
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JOHN E. BEAUFORT, a Xew York champagn.
importer, is spending a few days at tho »t
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CHARLEg M. CABBIK, a prominent Santa Crtu
attorney, b* at tilt- St. Francis with Mrs
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W. H, RAKD and R. W. .Toues are rogisteret
from Madera at th»> Dale.
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M»». WILLIAM DA»FO»B of Honolulu Is reg
istereU at the Balilwin.
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WILLIAM LEDDICOAT. a rancher frem Snrtei
C'rfek, 3m at the Tsrpia.
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R. a %>nice, Cal., merehatit, ie s
fucst at tlie Argonaut.
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HARRY t. BEWTON, a Rpdilin? Inerob*Bt is
Jtaying at' th<- Tnrpin.
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J. A. CLARK, a Stookton attorney. i« registered
at tlii» tnlon Square,
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A. H BROWN of fTitita iti anjnue the ar-
ai the .Slitter.
J NOVEMBER 2, IQK2
ball on one of the
ferry steamers the
other day. The old
;;p hie ears, ram-
mcd his newspaper Into his overcoat
pocket and waded into the discuMlon.
"What's the matter with some of
these sporting writers?"' he inquired.
Without waiting for an answer, he con
"I read one article in which the
writer referred to Rugby as a 'new
game.' I am 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
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 Oeler
had really said what lie now admits he
didn't say, he would havp 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 chance
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 l«80
game. Arthur Page is one of the best
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 Cadogans face,
but, according to the clipping, he prob
ably did both. On "change, where the
little hammers are wont to swing, as
the rain falls, on the Just and the un
just, they say of Arthur Page: "Wβ
like him because he always plays fair."
I'll bet he learned that at football. Hβ
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 celebrated
grand jury, played in thajt same 1880
game. He's a grandfather now. but
you wouldn't believe it unless I hail
told you about this resurrected sport
Pat Cadogan is using the ginger ho
stored up on the football field 30 years
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 son?
and daughters and is himself still
keenly interested in outdoor sport. J*
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 is still good, try to keep up with
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
bell in a Marin county school.
C. J. Okell, the insurance man. was
on one of those team*, and I don't think
that a streetcar conductor woulr] hesi
tate about ringing , the bell, even if h«
was behind time, if Okell said "Stop! ,,
an if he meant it. You will agree that
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 lei you see hint
extract a cork from the neck of a bot
tle with it.
J. J. Theobald is every inch as tall
today as he was when he played that
game 30 years ago, when Tom Beaslev,
now one of A'ameda'e most dignified
citizen*, kicked the hide off his left
Douglas TVoolley was in the game of
lon& 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 boy*
bigger than he was then.
W. W. Campbell, who wa* one of th*>
Wanderers, is now Pacific Mail agent
at Yokohama, and Johnny Liechlan. an
other of them, is in the Pacific Mall
New York office.
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All of which may be taken as tinr=
tested proof that the football is more
conducive to longevity than the high
lately by the fine appearance of the
young Greeks and other European
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 nay th>»
other evening after looking over a
boatload af Servian volunteers.
Lest he go on worrying , abo-
Turk, let me call his attention to tli«
following brief extract fmm the diary
of Samuel Pepye:
■ LINDSAY CAMPBELL.
Next f a dyed mustache nothin' give.
a feller away quicker 'n run over heels
A feller is never s» succe%» as loa« as h