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California's Congratulations - and
Ours - to President Elect Wilson
CONGRATULATIONS to President Elect Wilson, to the party
which he has led to a remarkable victory and to the country
whose destinies he is to direct for the coming four years.
It was the good fortune of the democrats in a time of republican
dissension to have a candidate of such type and stature, a man of
national standing to draw them together again and hold their line
unbroken through a furious campaign.
The country, too, is fortunate in that it is to have for its chief
executive a citizen of impeccable character, of the attributes and
qualities that go to make the statesman and the high magistrate.
For all the bitterness of the canvass, and in spite of the searching
partisanship turned against him, it may be truthfully said of Gover
nor Wilson that he has not for a moment stood in need of defense:
he went into the campaign and comes out of it clean handed. He has
never permitted himself to be drawn into any exchange of angry
accusations —has fought a good fight with a good temper and with
But the especial beneficiary of the hour is Governor Wilson
himself. Xo other democratic president ever came into power so
auspiciously. Externally and internally the government which he
will take over from the hands of President Taft next March is in
good condition. He will be the heritor of no perplexities in the
nation's foreign relations. We are at peace with the world, and our
credit as a nation is at its highest through all Christendom.
At home the conditions are exceptionally good, and they promise
to be still better. It has been a year of enormous production. Farm,
field and factory, mill and mine make the severest demands in our
history upon the transportation industry. There is at hand a short
age of cars that will be a grave problem in itself, though not one to
worry the White House. There is so much for us to sell and the
people of our own and other countries want it so urgently that time
and means of conveyance are the prime consideration, not price.
All the signs point to an era of prosperity for the American
people, so based, founded and fortified that only unthinkable calamity
could disturb or alter it. Governor Wilson goes into the higher
office amid circumstances so fortunate and under conditions so pro
pitious that he will be free to devote himself and his energies to the
putting into practice of his own theories of government. He will
not be vexed by the distress of the people whose affairs rTe adminis
ters, but may behold them prosperous, contented and peaceful.
Governor Wilson is essentially a conservative. All his educa
tion and experience have tended to make him so. It is not likely
that, even if he have a democratic congress, he will urge or advise
tariff changes that might unfavorably affect the country's prosperity.
Certainly he will not lead nor seek to lead the lawmakers of the
land into fields of dubious experiment as to other matters. His part
will be, we imagine, to move prudently along the lines of wisdom
for the general good. He has no rash promises out that may be
brought back to him for fulfillment.
Such analysis of the vote as is possible at this writing leads to
the conclusion that the American people are less and less to be
moved by the arguments of either partisanship or passion. The vic
tory of Governor Wilson appears to have come to him from the
hands of several millions of electors who are nothing if not indepen
dent—who think independently and then vote that way. However
necessary the party system may be under our form of government,
it is a good thing for the republic that so many of its citizens feel
themselves free to vote for the man who comes nearest to their
ideals in his record and his views. They are a national factor of
safety, a salutary corrective for parties grown too powerful and
partisanship become too bitter.
At this writing the indications are that California has put itself
in the Wilson column. Whether this be so or not, the heartiest of
California congratulations will go to the victor's New Jersey home.
This big and rapidly growing state, just entering upon a period of
marvelous development and expansion, will be found doing its share
to make the next four years nationally prosperous , . When President
Wilson comes to San Francisco to open the exposition for which we
may thank President Taft he will be given a welcome without any
note of partisanship in it—will be moved to think, indeed, that all
California was for him this November to a man and a woman. That
is our way of doing things.
IN its investigation of express company conditions in California the
state board of railroad commissioners, which has just undertaken
♦v.>+ ~,^o*,♦;,- C) may devote some of its energy to a considera-
Bof excess delivery collections made by the
ess companies in cities.
Express companies refuse to deliver pack
addressed to cities for the flat express
— ge, save within restricted areas. For
instance, in the delivery of packages to the Richmond District, San
Francisco, Wells Fargo & Co. transfers the consignment to another
delivery company, which charges an added 25 cents or 35 cents, a
practice common to all outlying districts.
This Item of
Merchants estimate the cost of delivery of packages at from
7to 10 cents. This estimate is made not only by neighborhood stores
and markets, but by department stores of the downtown district,
which must deliver to all parts of the city. The charge of from 7 to
10 cents a package is the estimate made in the appropriation for the
conduct of the delivery department. The department store takes a
profit over its delivery expenses just as it takes a profit over the
original cost of its merchandise. It sells delivery service just as it
sells silk and soap.
It can not be pleaded by the express companies that their deliv
ery service costs three times as much per package as does the
delivery service of a merchant. The railroad commissioners can ask
them to explain why they make the excessive charge.
rC stranger in the land in which he had slumbered when he came
A *• back to a waking life. The rules of equity in the United States
I federal courts have slept unaltered for fifty
years. What a change those ancient regula
tions must have found Monday when Chief
Justice White of the United States supreme
„ I court opened their eyes to modern conditions
and altered them to suit the movement of time!
In making the change the high court admitted that fifty years is
a long period for any rule to last. As a matter of fact, the rules had
n< t been altered to any great extent since they were received by the
republic from the mother country, and the available records do not
tell how long these rules had lain on the Hooks of British courts
before their immigration to the calf bound libraries of the younger
-spicuous among the changes effected by the court in its
promulgation of new rules are those concerning injunctions. The
new procedure in injunction suits is along the lines advocated by
organized labor, but the benefits will be shared by all litigants who
appear in a good cause.
Under the new dispensation injunctions can not issue on the
mere allegation of the applicant that immediate and irreparable dam
age is about to be inflicted, but it must be shown by specific facts
set forth in affidavits that such damage will result. Furthermore, it
is provided that those restrained maj- appear in court within two days
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
"Woodrow, I Trust You"
and be heard with expedition on a motion to dissolve the restraining
order. Hearing on a motion to dismiss the order must be had within
ten days at the utmost, while under the previous practice no time
limit was set by the rules.
"Mr. Dooley" once satirized the courts and their proclivities for
granting injunctions in the epigrammatic paraphrase, "Let me take
out the injunctions an' I care not who makes the laws."
Under the revised rules it will hardly be possible for any person
or interest to misuse or abuse the injunction process of the federal
courts. The revision is welcome —but it was a long time coming.
MAYOR ROLPH is not to be criticised, but commended, for his
caution in dealing with the United Railroads negotiations. He
is as anxious as anybody to get the existing tangle straight-
to settle in the courts.
But there are important public rights and important corporate
rights involved. The mayor can no more give away what belongs to
the city and the people than the United Railroads can give away
what is rightfully the property of its share holders and bond holders.
The trade—that is exactly what it is—must be fair and must be
within the law. To make it that way needs time for careful consider
ation of all the elements of a complex problem.
Whether or not the Jackson street electric line should partici
pate in the privileges of the outside tracks in Market street, in com
mon with the Sut'ter street system proper, is a nice question. It is
to be remembered that the city is negotiating now with the Sutter
street company as an entity, and not with the United Railroads. The
people living- along the outer Jackson street line would doubtless be
glad to have direct service to the ferry, but they can scarcely expect
the city to accord it to them through the giving away of a valuable
The administration and the company should be given every
opportunity to reach a settlement, every encouragement. In the
present situation no good end will be served by talk of compelling
extension by use of or threat to use the charter power to regulate
fares.* Experience has taught San Francisco that franchises are not
desirable on the terms now permitted by the charter. Private
capital does not want them unless it sees a reasonable chance to get
back its investment with fair interest. In the opinion of the capital
ists that is impossible under the conditions that legally obtain here
now. The result is that we have had practically no extensions under
In other American cities it has been found that the indeter
minate franchise cures just such blights as lie upon our transporta
tion; it protects the rights of the public and, at the same time, it
gives capital enough encouragement and security to induce it to bid
for privileges. In framing the charter amendments of this year,
jtherefore, it should be held in mind that we need more car lines and
that we will not be able to get them with a club. Make the charter
provisions as to franchises equitable and there will be no trouble or
loss of time in getting extensions and improvements of service.
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Colonna club has petitioned the board of supervisors to have
the small streets of the city swept late Friday afternoon, so
I that the children playing in them on their
Saturday holidays may have pleasanter and
The small streets are the children's play
t . I grounds where there are no parks within
shouting distance. The main thoroughfares of the city, especially
in the south of Market street and North Beach districts, are given
over to streetcars and teaming and are dangerous playgrounds fo
the little ones. The small streets and cul de sacs are little used fo
vehicle traffic, and while they do not make ideal amusement parks
they give more opportunity for fresh air and exercise than a basemen
or a tiny yard.
As a matter of civic decency, all streets should be swept regu
larly and kept clean and sanitary. It is possible to have the city
street sweeping arranged so that the crews could work in the district
of small streets south of Market street and in the Mission and North
Reach on Friday afternoons and at least give Sally in our alley a
ened out and start the city on the way to more
and better transportation. So, too, the street
car company seems to be of a mind to arrange
quickly and cheaply, by amicable negotiation,
matters that would cost much time and money
THE DAY AFTER ELECTION
Autbor of "At Good Old Sl«a»h."
OF all the days that are different
the day after election is the
differentest. There is as much
difference between the day before
election and the day after as there ifl
between electricity and rain water,
pandemonium and tombstones, or be
tween a man who is chasing a train
and the same man after he has in
eerted himself into the bosom of a
plush seat in the parlor car.
The day before election is stuffed
with enthusiasm, suspense, kindly
courtesy, hectic indignation, anxious
friendliness, hissing scorn and wild,
patriotic activity. The day after elec
tion is a fiat, gray day composed of
despair, indignation, indifference, and
exhaustion in equal parts.
On the day before election a phono
graph with a dull needle could draw a
crowd anywhere by making a political
speech. On the day after election
Demosthenes on the tariff wouldn't
draw four people away from a patent
On the day before election any loyal
party man would stop four hours on
his way home to supper to let a little
light into the dusty garret of a mem
ber of another party. On the day after
election he wouldn't go across the
street to convert a whole ward.
The day after election is full of vain
regrets, wild sorrow, indignant recrim
ination and wisdom delayed in trans
mission. It is also full of solemn,
exalted Joy, breathless triumph and
magnificent vindication. It is full, in
fact, of everything but politics. It is
about the only day In the year that is
entirely free from politics. It is the
one vacation day in the year for poli-
(Copyright. 1012, by George Matthew Adams)
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
TSUTOMO FTJNAMOTO of Japan, who Iβ asso
ciated with the forestry department of Fujlta
& Co., whoee principal interests are copper
mining, Iβ staying at the Fairmont. He has
been In New York and Washington gathering
data In connection with the forest presentation
and Is on his way borne.
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JAMES SLAUSON, a capitalist of Los Angeles,
beadg a party staying at the St. Francis. It
Includes Mrs. K. S. Vosburg. H. L. Macneil.
Mr«. William E. Ramsay, Miss Rameay and
Miss If. Railway.
* * *
T. W. HEINTZLEMA.N. superintendent of motor
power in the Southern Pacific yards at Sacra
mento, is a guest at the Palace.
* * *
W. B. BHTJCK of the United States forestry
service, Washington, D. C, is among the ar
rivals at the Baldwin.
* # #
HIRAM G. GILL, former mayor of Seattle, It at
the Talace. He is now engaged in the prac
tice of law.
* * »
JOHW W. ALLISON of New York and B. J.
Horton of Providence, R. 1., are guests at the
* * *
BARNEY OLDFIELD, the well known automobile
racer, is at the St. Francia with Mrs. Oldfleld.
* * *
WILLIAM A. PUBLOW, a publisher of New
York, is at the Fairmont with Mrs. Publow.
* * #
WILLIAM HOWAETH. a lumberman of Everett.
We*h. is at fhc Pelace with his family.
* * #
J. O. ROBERTS, a banker of Madera. is at the
Palace with his family.
* * *
B. H. BARTHOLOMEW <>f Montreal is at the
palace with his family.
* * *
H. E. KEEP, a Sacranieuto real estate men, is
a guest at the Sutter.
* * *
E. P. CABWELL. a Jackson rancher, and wife
are at the Turpln.
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E. L. BEALE of Humble, Eag., is registered at
the St. FraiieU.
* * *
A. T. CUMMINS, a Willows rancher, is stopping
at the Xurpln.
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H. S. CANE, a Marysville lumberman, It at
the Sutter. -
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S. P. CYH of Portland Is statin* at the Bald-
A Cloudy Day
J By the POET PHILOSOPHER J
THE sky is dark, the rain is stream
ing, the breezes make despairing
moans, and by the window I sit
dreaming and pondering on dead men's
bones. It's hard to write my silly
verses on such a dark and gloomy day;
I'd rather think of shrouds and hearses
and sextons shoveling the clay. My
grandma says: "Don't sit repining!
Don't think about the grisly dead! 'Be
hind the clouds the sun Is shining, , as
Milton or some fellow said." That's
just the way it always chances when
I in comfort mourn and brood; some
optimist around me prances and springs
a sunshine platitude. Tour optimist
goes 'round demanding that smiles be
long and sighs be brief; it's past some
people's understanding that there's a
wholesome joy in grief. I'm happiest
when I'm saddest, I'm at my best when
feeling punk, and I exult when storms
are maddest, the elements upon a
drunk. The sunshine grows so stale
and weary when it's delivered weeks
on end! How comforting the heavens
dreary that like a pall above us bend!
So let me sit here by the casement, and
groan in peace and weep and sigh, and
watch the waters flood the basement,
and see the funerals go by!
Editor Tribune: My little three
year-old Is digging In the backyard
and rushes In every now and then with
shrieks of delight at some new treas
ure he has dug up. Of course, It is
nothing but an old button, or a worm,
or a stray buckle, as might be expect
ed, but how like a congressional in
vestigating committee! Dad.—New
The Political Zoo—Superintended—
"What was all the rumpus out here
Attendant —"The bull moose and the
elephant were fighting over their feed."
"The donkey ate it."—Life.
"Good gracious, you don't dare to
send out all that abuse of the candi
date, do you?"
"Sure, I do. It's all understood be
tween us. I give the abuse, and he
gets the advertising."—Cleveland Plain
"Demosthenes on the tariff wouldn't
draw four people."
ticians. Those who have saved their
country take a brief rest and tell it to
go to thunder, while those who have
been run over by their country while
trying to save it spend a few moody
hours awaiting its awful fate with
The day after election is also distin
guished by the number of friendships
which meet a sudden and terrible fate.
On the day before election the love of
a candidate for his fellow man is so
great that he will run a mile to help a
total stranger into his overcoat. But
on the day after election former candi
dates do not average over two friends
apiece and they are suspicious o£ these.
One of the most disastrous forms of
procrastination is to put off asking a
favor of a candidate until the day after
C. a. E&WIN, president of the Lord & Thomas
Advertising company, is at the St. Francis
with his family, which includes Mrs. Erwin,
Mlm Mary and Ward Erwin. They make their
home in Chicago and are visiting California
on a pleasure trip.
** . ♦
FBEDEEICK K. KING, a railroad man of Lo.
Angeles; J. E. Norton, a tlraberman of Co
quette. Wash.; P. Palmer, a druggist of Santa
Cruz, and U Peters, a merchant of Stockton,
are among the recent arrivals at the Argonaut
* * *
HEHRY T. GAGE, former goreranr of the stafp
and late minister of the United States to
Portugal, came up from Ltm Angeles yesterday
with Mrs. Gage. They hare apartments at
* * *
MltO X. POTTEH, proprietor of the hotel at
Santa Barbara which bears his name, returned
from a bußines* trip to the east yenterdar
and registered nt the Palace.
A kickeT allus wants somethin , t'
boot. It's worth all it costs V keep
peace in th , family.
NOVEMBER €> 9 1912
r »OU probably
V didn't hear the
noise as your
erry boat steamed
>y the naval traln
ng station on Goat
I v c n a. as some of
us think would be a better name since
"Goat" became a symbol of surrender —
so I will tell you about It. This story
should be read with interest by Dr.
David Starr Jordan, for the light it
sheds on the subject of peace, and is
not unlikely to be clipped from this
page and mailed to Andrew Carnegie.
May it help them both in their relent
less war against war!
Petrosky is a bluejacket in the United
States navy. He Is stationed at Terba
Buena, and, as you may know, has
won something of a reputation as a
pugilist. Somebody, for a reason that
doesn't matter in this connection,
wanted a record of Petrosky's battles
in the ring, and applied to one of the
officers stationed on the island, for the
information. The officer turned over
the request to Pay Clerk Knowlei, man
ager of the baseball team and Petro
sky's agent in the bluejacket's dealings
with civilian fight promoters. Knowles
handed the request to the chief yeoman,
telling him to dig up the information,
and do it right away, as the man was
waiting for it and wanted to catch the
The chief yeoman, whose heat girl
had come to the Island on a visit, dele
gated the Job to two apprentice yeo
man, and from the chief yeoman's of
fice there soon came the peaceful click
of busy typewriters. Suddenly the
typewriters ceased their tapping. The
sound of loud voices was heard, fol
lowed by a series of crashes against
the bulkhead that divided the chief
yeoman's office from the reception
An investigation revealed the appren
tice yeoman rolling on the floor, locked
in deadly conflict- The room was in
violent disorder. At the opening of the
door the fight ceased. A badly mussed
yeoman took from the typewriter a
finished copy of Petrosky'a record and
handed it to Knowles.
It developed later that the fight had
been over a trivial difference of opinion
which, under ordinary circumstances,
would hardly have precipitated even
an argument. The difference of opinion
had nothing to do with Petrosky'e rec
ord, but over on the island, where they
are giving some attention to the study
of psychology, there is a firm convic
tion that the nature of the work on
which the men had been engaged, was
directly responsible for the violent cul
mination of the quarrel.
With this as an object lesson, and in
view of President Jordan's ultimatum
regarding rough play in the coming
varsity football game, It is suggested
that the coaches of the two teams exer
cise a s'.rirt censorship over the read
ing of their charges, forbidding in par
ticular perusal of European war news
and the sporting columns of the daily
Nothing inspires confidence In giving
advice like the absence of practical ex
perience. In the ferry depot driveway,
close to the Southern Paciflo broad
gauge ferry slip, there is maintained
an automatic chemical fire engine. It
is kei-t In a closet on the door of which,
in letters large enough to attract at
tention, are the words: "Chemical fire
engine." By the prompt use of chemi
cal extinguishers many a big conflagra
tion has been averted. The value, how
ever, of these first aids to extinction
lies in their prompt use. This being
the case, it would seem to the Inexpe
rienced commuter that it might be wise
to keep the driveway in front of the
fire extinguisher room free from ob
struction. As it is now, the space oppo
site the chemical engine door is ueed
for the piling of heavy freight, which,
in an emergency, might take just
enough time to move to give a fire the
chance it needs to become a real blaze
* # *
Chapine. the leading lady of "The
Rose of Panama" company, now in Oak
land, held a crowd of commuters fasci
nated the other evening on the ferry
with her joyous comments on the de
lightful time she has had during her
visit to the coast. She set them all
giggling when she complained of one
sight that she had missed:
"And I have not yet, ,, she chirped,
"been to ze barber shop coast."
* * *
Talking about "ze barber shop coast"
—that part of San Francisco with which
the eastern visitor is more familiar
than the average San Franciscan re
minds me of the recent experience 6f a
well known commuter who played guide
to some eastern visitors a few days ago.
The visitors were a prominent citi
zen of Boston and his wife. She was
from Boston and Washington, D. C,
strong for the conventions, a strict
churchgoer, and, at home, a Sunday
school teacher. When they expressed
a desire "to see the sights," our friend
laid out a most circumspect itinerary
There was dinner at one of the bia'
fashionable restaurants, followed by a
visit to several of the large hotels and
concluding with a trip through China
The lady appeared to be disappoint
ed. It was not a bit like the s\ r
Francisco her friends in ih* east nad
told her about. She wanii-d to see
some dancing. After a whispered con
ference with her husband, tne guide
led the way to the dancing: emporium
that bears the name of a lhruous Ro
man general. The ' -ag" was there in
all its abandon. The men hurriedly
sipped the refreshment they had or
"Let's get out of here, ,, said the
"Yes, let's," assented the husband.
But the lady didn't move. She
watched the dancers as If hypnotized.
"They'll never forgive me," thought
"Til catch it for this when she gets
me alone," mused hubby.
"We don't have to go, do we?" The
lady turned to her husband.
"George!" she spoke as if seized by
an Inspiration. 'Touldn't we try it?'"