Men and Women That Are of
Real Value to San Francisco
SEX HOUSE, the poet naturalist hero of Maurice Hewlett's cycle
of three English novels, the last of which is "Rest Harrow,"
had a voluntary mission to sow England with wild flowers, to
make the cliffs overlooking the sea bright with a profusion of bloom,
to make the meadows in the shires gay with unexpected patches, to
make the downs vivid with brilliant blossoms, and to that task he
set himself with greater or less concentration through three charm
The Outdoor Art league is planning for San Francisco a similar
campaign to that which took Senhouse from end to end of England.
It is concentrating its efforts on a comparatively small zone, the
right hand (as you enter) portal of the Golden gate. It would make
the Golden gate golden. A co-operating organization in Marin
county will illumine the left hand portal.
On next Saturday., it is planned, the women of the Outdoor Art
league will assemble at the Presidio and under the muzzles of the
twelve inch guns that are placed to repel an antagonistic force they
will plant flowers which »vill be placed to make an immense and
attractive garden. A painter in his studio will stipple on his canvas
an inch wide lozenge of yellow and the imagination of the connois
seur sees a waving field of buttercups. The women of the Outdoor
Art league, with the cliffs that rise from the surf of the Golden gate
as their canvas, will sow an acre of seed and there will come with
the spring a growing, glowing acre of real flowers, poppies, mari
golds, Scotch broom, clinging to the sod and beckoning to the eye
of the visitor who steams into the Golden gate.
That is part of the manifestation of an esthetic love for San
Francisco, part of the splendid work, as The Call sees it, of adding
to the real value of San Francisco.
The service which some want to do for the city manifests itself
in a different way. The utilitarian may find in smoothly paved
streets, the sanitationist may find in hygienic districts, the property j
owner may find in noble buildings, each after his own views, the end
toward which he would direct his energies. Each would be doing
a valuable work. None should be praised less than the other for
his contribution to the betterment of the city. There must be co
operation along all lines, without jealousies, without disdain for the
work of another, before the work of the city is done.
Be your service what it is, if you are part of the city and are
striving to make your city more wisely managed and honestly
directed, if you are interested in the Panama-Pacific Exposition
company and are devoting your energies to the advancement of that
magnificent project, if you are a business man and are striving for
the general improvement of yourself and your kind, if you are a
citizen with a vote and are giving thoughtful, alert attention to the
needs of your city and state and nation, if you are a member of the
1 hitdoor Art league and are giving your zeal to the beautification of
the city, or if you are a quiet citizen, concentrating on preserving
the neatness of your home and the welfare of your family, you are
a factor working for the betterment of San Francisco, But the
bigger your task, the greater your zeal, the more disinterested your
efforts, the more valuable are you to your city, and that is what San
Francisco wants—needs—men and women of value.
The current woFd defining one who is of value to his city is
Be a booster.
which would prevent either from moving his place of business
without securing a special permit from the
police commission the supervisors appear to
have made a serious error in classification. To
retard the movements of auctioneers, to con
fine their activities to one place, would be a
serious handicap to that business.
At its meeting on Friday the board of supervisors approved the
proposed amendment regulating pawnbrokers and auctioneers and
providing that a special permii must be secured before they can
change the location of their business. The San Francisco Associa
tion of Auctioneers has protested against that provision and will
appear before the supervisors this afternoon, represented by counsel,
ate their case and have the conditions of the proposed amend
However beneficial to proper regulation of pawnshops by the
police the proposed act might be, it does not appear to be needed for
the regulation of auctioneers. The businesses are different. Pawn
shops, however convenient they may be to persons in temporary
pecuniary distress and however honestly they may be conducted, are
by the nature of their business, used so extensively by thieves that
the police force makes it a matter of routine daily to inspect their
pledge--. That they should be accessible to the police at all times is
The auctioneer's business is different. It is not necessary that
he conduct all of his business at one place. It is usually convenient,
economical and advantageous that an auctioneer go to the place
where the articles for sale are located, instead of having them
removed to his quarters. This applies in the case of household
goods and other chattels, and. of course, is almost essential in
auctioning real estate and real property. If the auctioneer should
bliged lo secure a permit for every place he does business he
1 be prevented from holding sales where time is an element to
be considered. Extra legal delays could be invoked to delay sales
which should speedily be consummated.
That there should be a supervision over the auctioneer's busi
ness may be admitted, but that could be made by the issuance or a
permit to the auctioneer himself, independent of his place of business,
but which he would have to display before he could conduct a sale
at any place. The fault of the amendment lies in the rough classifi
cation which groups together the pawnshop and the auctioneer's
stand. The fault may be easily rectified by the supervisors today
before they pass the amendment to. print.
A SSESSMENTS on property owners for the Stockton street
/ \ tunnel are now due and may be paid in full to the tax col
lector or in the form of deferred payments in installments
covering a period of ten years, as the property
owner may elect. In the event that the prop
erty owner does not within thirty days file
his decision with the tax collector,' he will be
declared delinquent and his property sold to
the highest bidder to protect the assessment.
It is important that property owners make an election on the
method of payment and very important that they decide to pay their
n full at once. A deferred payment bears interest at 7 per cent,
whicjh will make it advantageous to the tax payer to settle at once.
There is also to be considered the benefit to the city that will
come it the assessments are promptly met. It will show an easy
For the City
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
GRASPING AT A STRAW
good, it will demonstrate that the advantages of the tunnel project
are realized by all citizens and by none so much as by those in the
district affected by the bore. If the assessments are promptly paid
in cash it will be possible for the city to secure far better terms from
contractors, for then they can be paid for their work in cash, and
not in certificates which they would have to negotiate.
A ready payment on the part of those assessed for the Stockton
street tunnel will he the best advertisement that San Francisco can
receive this month and the truest vindication of San Francisco's
* requested of fhe city attorney his opinion on the power of the
1 board to control or abolish the unsightly and
distasteful advertising offenses. The two
main points of the question submitted are:
Can the supervisors legally limit the height
i of billboards and can they tax the billboards?
Pending the decision of the city attorney nothing may be done.
But that armistice need not extend to the people of San Francisco
who are interested in the abolition of billboards. When the opinion
of the city attorney is received it will be acted upon by the super
visors. Meanwhile there should develop no apathy which might be
communicated to the members, some of whom might need but little
It is valuable for the supervisors to have a legal opinion on the
question. The Call would be the last to suggest that the board act
in this matter illegally, but the law is made for the people, not for
billboards, and even if there should be an adverse opinion rendered,
which The Call is confident can not be given, the fight against the
abominations must not cease. A new law must be passed, a new
power given. The American people are reaching a state of esthetic
development, of common sense development, where crass commer
cial conditions may no longer override and overrule decency.
The billboards are in their decline. The authorities have in the
past been forced to bar from the boards vulgar prints, and the
unsightliness of those remaining differ only in degree from the
signs which had to come down. Granted the right to rule against
the indecent poster, the right to guard against the objectionable ones
follows as a corollary.
It is the stock argument of the bill posters that one person's
idea of esthetics might not be another's, and because one person
finds the billboards objectionable and another does not, the board
must stay. It is not a question between one person and another,
between a critic who considers the "Mona Lisa , ' the world's greatest
painting and a nature lover who prefers Landseer's "Stag." It is
a question of the community, which holds that billboards are objec
tionable, against those few who profit by the boards and hold that
they bring in the money every month and so are admirable beyond
That a number of men and women would lose paying positions
if the billboard evil was abolished is regrettable. A number of canal
boat men, *Ug« drivers, pony express riders and freight teamsters
were thrown out of employment when the railroads came. Yet the
laws which permitted and encouraged railroads could not be called
ANSWERS TO QUERIES
TUBKB AMI ARABS—Knhscribfr. Clt.r. To
what race «io the Turks and the Arabs belong?
A Turk is a member of any of the
numeroua Tartar tribes of central Asia,
especially one of the dominant race in
Turkey. An Arab is one of the ewarthy
race occupying Arabia and numerous in
Syria, northern Africa, etc.
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TAT.LFST Blir,rmr;~A. S.. niei-ks Sta
tion. Wbieb Is the talleet building in the world
ami h'>w many stort* , *": .
The Metropolitan Life ■ Insurance
building in New York city, 700 feet 3
inches hlffb. Fffty stories.
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SALABLE— J. 1... City. W»b "saleable" errr
Salable appears In Worcester's dic
tionary, issues of 1859 and of 1888. It
also appears in the Century dictionary
and in Webster.
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PHILOTKEA—T. H. S., rity. What in tUe
mptttiinK of "philotlioi"';
It means love of God-
NA\AT, ACADEMY—L. J. M.. San Jose. Is
there such a thing as a competitive examina
tion for yoimar men who wish to eater either tli
naval academy « t Annapolis or tbe military
■eaoenj at West Point?
There is. For full details see the
AorJd Almanac at the public library in
your city, issue of 1912, page 648.
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r,ii KW f ' AX r. BIBLE - 5! - W- ( ' ;,T - Wl '*t ' s the
value of a (rfrtuau bible printed in 1705?
Just what a person desiring to be
popsesse«l of it would be willing to pay
for it. Such books haw* no fixed market
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SOLDIER-* TAXRS-M. X.. City. Being a
veteran <* ** civil war, what iw.xie of pro
etdnro shall i follow in paying my taxes?
Go to the office of the tax collector
and you will be fully advised.
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HAY OF" THK E X S.. City. On
wh;u uay of tbe week UiU Jaiiuary 19. lbaL", fall?
Author of "At Good ©Id Mnash."
IT is now time to consider the voter.
Every one Is considering him juet
now. People are neglecting their
business in order to grasp him by the
hand and thank him for his noble gen
erosity in consenting to remain on
The voter is a quiet, busy man who
is merely a part of the census returns
in January, but who keeps growing
bigger aa the political campaign warms
up until in November he picks up can
didates for congress and the legisla
ture and looks them over as if he wai
The voter is the silent partner in pol-
Jties. He does no talking. He usually
doesn't have a chance. But at the
proper time he steps up to the polls and
picks out the hired help for his coun
try for the next few years. There are
few sights more majestic than that of
a tired man in overalls stepping into
the voting booth at the close of the day
to decide whether to give the president
of the United States another trial or to
put a new man on the job.
After the voter has done his hiring
lie is supposed to go away back and sit
down. There is nothing less important
than the voter on the day after elec
tion. On the day before election he
could obtain a loan of $5 from a perfect
stranger and his vest pocket bulges
with cigars. But on the day after the
candidates have been chosen and there
is no more hiring to be done, it Is a
(Copyright, 1912, by George Matthew Adam*)
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
FEANK PAGE of Eurofca, Captain K. TV. Perry
of the I'nltfd States revenue cutter Manning
and George A. P«w«t of Vacaville are guests
at the Manx.
FBANK G. DKEW, sales manager of the Win-
Repeating Arras company of New
Haven, is at the Palace with Charles 11. Knight.
E. H. BURKE and Miss Burke of New York and
Mr. and Mrs. Wiilard H. Platt of Brooklyn
have apartments at tbe St. Francis.
JAMES G. OWEN, general manager of tbe Knights
of Pythias innurtnce department, is at the
Manx, registered from Los Augeles.
COLONEL HENRY P. McCAIH, wbo has been as
sociated with the adjutant general's office In
WasbiDgtou, h at tbe Stewart.
ROBERT HAYS SMITH, a capitalist of this city,
ha* taken apartsneuts for the winter at the
Fairmont with Mrs. Smith.
ALFRED WBIGHT, an attorney of Los Angeles.
Iβ at the St. Francis with Mrs. WrigUt. They
arc on a. Uuneyuioou trip.
L. B. BERVIS and C. S. Van Brandt, insurance
men of Lee Angelta, are registered at the
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E. E. HEWLETT, an attorney of Log Angeles, is
among tbe recent arrivals at tbe Palace.
0. G. McDANIEL. an Antloeh business wan. Is
at tbe Argouaut with Mrs. ilcDaniel,
CHARLES E. VIRDEN of Butte is among the re
cent arrivals at the St. Francis,
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THEODORE LUCE and John W. ADderson of De
troit are guests at the Palace.
J. F. WILSON of T.oe Angeles is at t*e St. Fran
d« wttli Mrs. Wilwtn.
DR. C. C. GRIFFITH of Burns, Ore., is * guest
at tbe Palace. "
By the POET PHILOSOPHER
OF all the dark bogies that scare
and keep you a-tearing your hair
and walking the floor in a sweat;
of all the dire perils you know, whose
i pinions are reeking with woe, there's
I nothing so dreadful as debt. The fel
low in debt never knows the meaning
of peace and repose. There's always a
wplf at his door. It's better on liver to
cine than revel in oysters and wine,
J the which have been charged at the
J store. It's better to wear your old duds
! and live on a diet of spuds for which
you have paid out the mon than dress
like a duke or an earl and feed from a
j platter of pearl and always expecting a
■ dun. Oh, debt's an old man of the sea,
from whom it is hard to get free; he
; rides you in spite of your screams; he
rides you when you are awake and fills
' you with sorrow and ache, and gallops
i you round in your dreams. He gives
! you an ugly renown and spreads it all
j over the town and brings you a harvest
o fsneers. He all the Joy from
your life, brings shame to your children
and wife and splatters your cottage
with tears. So keep out of debt if you
can. Steer clear of the creditor man,
and this you can do if you try. It's
oetter to live in a keg and feed on an
onion or egg than eat an unsettled for
fepyrirtt. VKX tr
K»l« luu.. iiuu
It's a Long Lane
They were telling stories of the late
Andrew in one of the clubs the
other night. One man told of a dinner
Invitation given by Lang. He was
staying in Marlowe's road. Earl's
Court, a street away at the end of
that long Cromwell road, which seems
to go on forever. The guest was not
very sure how to get there, co Lang
"Walk right along Cromwell road."
he said, "till you drop dead, and my
house is just opposite!"— London An
Up to Date
Willis—l see you have all the mod
ern conveniences for women banking
in this institution of yours.
Gillls—Yes. Two of the highest paid
gossips- in the city are always in at
♦ cn(larr>o T.ife
Signs of the Times
Peck—There is one sign that should
be placed over every letter box In the
Sniff—What Is that?
Peck—Post no bills.—Exchange.
"Kvery on? l« coneiderlng him just
dead loss of time even to dodge a voter
with an automobile. Before election he
is pestered to death with anxious can
didates asking his advice. After elec
tion he has to send in his card and wait
until after supper for the privilege of
shaking his employes by the hand, and
who would be so foolish as to ask a
voter's advice in December.
This is because the voter can hire but
can not fire. If the voter could fire a
hired man whenever his work got care
less and he used his desk merely as a
depository for tired feet, he would be a
big man all the year 'round Instead of
merely during the campagn when his
vote is still reposing in his vest pocket.
A. J. MmKAB BH. of Irteho is a r , eet at the
Stewart. He is the father of Ctptala A. J.
Mac Nab of the army.
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REV. WILLIAM H. OULICS of Madrid, a mta
siooary, is at the Palace. Hβ is <m hi* way to
A. PEEYEE, a tourist of Berlin, is registered at
H. G. HANSELL, a land owner of Fortunt, is at
E. E. JAMES, a Sacramento druggUt, t> at the
If your wife soM your overcoat fer
J lQi:3 i
sociation is an
?ood In the
community is as
»prtflln act that"
tomorrow will be election day. In view
of this it is regarded by his friends aa
all the more unaccountable that the
only time B. Clifford Ireland ever swore
was on the occasion of his first vieit to
the Y. M. C. A.
"He never swears" is the real stamped
in the metal hallmark of individuality.
It was this distinction that Clifford Ire
land enjoyed—until he Joined the
Y. M. C. A.
Hβ decided to Join some months ago.
Hβ secured an application for member
ship blank, filled it up according to
directions and mailed it, with a check
for his first dues. Having made up his
mind to Join he was anxious to dispose
of the preliminaries as quickly as po«
--sible, and when week after week went
by without the mail bringing him hie
membership card or even an acknowl
edgment of his application he began to
think in terms approaching profanity.
The habit of a lifetime proved his sal
vation and he compromised on: "Oh,
dear, what can the matter be?"
At the end of two months he could
wait no longer. Hβ called at the
Y. M. C. A. office and made inquiries
as to the fate of his application. Hie
card of membership was handed to him
with the remark that it had been wait
ing for him for more than a month.
"Why didn't you mail it to me?" in
quired B. Clifford.
"We never do," replied the polite
young man behind the desk.
"Then all I can say"—here the scales
of convention fell off and the primitive
instinct asserted itself—"all I can say
is that it's a heluva (accent strong on
the first syllabic) way of doing busi
It was his first and only known de
parture from the conventions of strictly
polite speech. As he turned he found
himself under the reproachful gaze of
an austere looking Individual, who
shook his head as he pointed a finger at
Ireland and said:
"Young man, if you would retain your
membership here you must govern your
tongue. We do not permit swearing."
F. W. G. Moebus, the Alameda com
muter who can be recognUed by the
camera he always carriee, respectfully
asks that the anchorage for whaler*
and other picturesque craft be moved
from off the barge office to within
photographing distance of the narrow
gauge ferry fairway.
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They are still in the newlywed class
and glad of it. Aa of old, however,
there are still bumps in the course of
true love, and when, at Steuart street,
he Interrupted a flow of monologue that
had started with their walk to the ferry
from Van Ness avenue with:
"Gee! I never knew you were such
a talker," she relapeed into silence after
declaring that she would never speak
to him again.
In one sided discourse they made
their way to the ferry. His questions
remained vnanewered. She was stiH
silent when he led her to at seat near
the center of the crowded cabin of the
steamer 'Berkeley. She was going to
teach him a lesson. His eloquence ex
hausted, he, too. lapsed into gloomy and
seemingly repentant silence. Suddenly
he brightened up and with all the ani
mation of a poorly lubricated marion
ette, began to talk to her in sign lan
guage. Hβ snapped his fingers In her
sfvu Vi! , !* m ° et ap P roved fl eaf mute
111 *I s and h!s sub s*quent antics
served the purpose of attracting the at
ini.Vi 0 " «° f ev , e /y bod y in the cabin, until
hSn d , sVn n d 8 e c a I fa defenSei ' 6heer " Pedhlß
'Bill, don't be a fool."
That broke the ice, restored dinlo
matic relations and Bill, with a ser*nh!c
fe r ntio°n n t hl !H faCe - >ieMed hls ••»"«£ '
tention to the resumed monologue
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\V hy Is it that a usually level heade*
man becomes rattled and that a hither
™ re °. r IeSB e * c itable woman be
ml?rl 8 m C o 00l , he x aded " the «PProach of
this Ti7l Im . ° Ot * o,n * to an »*-er
this. I just want to know. There is a
*w a H °, m * er ' for '»«»«•• "ho was
awarded a congressional medal for an
looked like certain death. The day he
was married he hung up his hat in the
hotel elevator and walked out In Mar
the i/v e nf V M nly Btru *« lin S to balance
tne key of his apartments on his head
daV cr Th S *, 1 heard of the »ther
aa>. The day before the wedding he
discovered that his dress trousers had
lin ere K » When the neck bro *« off a
dlnn. bOt ll' at , Ma fa ">»«>l bachelor
?i*m * J/ 18 tallor P roraiß e<l to have
them at his hotel by noon. They had
not arrived at 3■ p. m. and were .till
missing at o when he began to dress
In despair he telephoned to the bride
and told her his predicament, she told
h m to get one of the ushers and have,
him go to the tailors. Hβ hadn't
thought of that but took the suggeV
Half an hour before the time sched
uled for the wedding the usher t/le-
Jfevator." them: mCet me iD the
hall when th© elevator with usher and
trousers shot into view.
"Jump In and get 'em 0n. ,, said the
he r ; k7» h? d th< ; eieVat ° r a " 3
The bridegroom was nervous and thi
elevator made six trip, b.twe.nbaae*
ment r, d K tOP flo ° r before th « operador,
v-»s finished. Bells were ringing on
every floor. On every fl Oor was gath"
ered a little crowd of angry e fou
who, through the grill work. „ *
fngTnew danced 1 apparent * P«cti
v,,?? 6 ? n Z* Uy had ' em °" the ele
vator took them to the bridegroom i
Srh-Zw? ri turned to the room iS? r l
the ring P and
"We might have done all that In
here, eugxested the bridegroom.
rer^d\°h e e u S »^ Ver th ° Ught ° f
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