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A Triumph of Decency
4fcnpHlS verdict means the beginning of
X the end of gang rule in New York,"
declared District Attorney Whitman when the
four young "gunmen" were convicted of the
murder of Herman Rosenthal, the gambler
One life was taken by the gang, under the
direction of Lieutenant of Police Charles
Becker, known as the "Magnificent." This
was the gang's warning, its declaration that
it was dominant in New York. In rebuke and
in the exercise of retributive justice the law
has laid the penalty of death upon five men—
Becker, and the four instruments of his mur
derous will. The law has the better of the
District Attorney Whitman has saved New
York city from the fate of modern Paris. In
the French capital 'TApache" rule's in his dis
trict. He tells the gendarmes to be gone, and
the police leave him to his spoils and his
ravages, his murders and his pillage. It is
said that the Parisian police never enter the
Apache quarter of their city, at least on of
New York had its perfumed young men and
its suave gamblers and the police lieutenant
who was in league with them, and when one
of the suave gamblers violated the rule of
his class by obeying, from whatever motive,
the law of the land, and prepared to testify
against the police official, he was slain in the
most brilliantly lighted street in the world by
four silk stockinged young men, who drove to
their bloody assignation in an automobile, as
silken Florentine assassins would have come
in a coach, or as the loose bloused highbinder
of a decade ago would have swung off a Clay
street cable car to shoot a rival tongman.
The gang thought itself victorious when
Rosenthal was dead. It counted itself su
preme in New York, a law unto itself with
an agent of the other law, Becker, as its
Then came Whitman, with his fearless
prosecution and Justice Goff, of relentless
firmness, and the gang was defeated.
That it is conquered for all time is improb
able. There must be a continuation of Whit
man prosecution and Goff procedure to save
New York city. But without the services of
those two men at this time New York would
have been lost, to become a second Paris of
TApache. They grappled with the "system"
and saved their city.
President Wilson promises to be the man
who took the Payne-Aldrich "O" from the
front of "Schedule K."
A woman will pardon her husband for
being a muff if he gives her one
THE PROFESSOR'S PLAN—A UNION
OF FREE BAY CITIES
CONSOLIDATION of the cities bordering
on San Francisco bay into a closer
union is inevitable. Oakland's present po
sition is that it does 1 not wish to be consoli
dated with San Francisco. Berkeley has
taken the position that it does not wish to be
consolidated with Oakland, and there the sit
uation rested on the last election day.
Now Dr. David P. Barrows of the depart
ment of political science of the University of
California, has - devised a plan for a union
without consolidation, a sort of United States
of free cities, "in order to * * * insure
domestic tranquillity, provide for the common
defense, promote the general welfare, and se
cure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and
He has suggested that a county form of
government be adopted by the cities about
the bay; San Francisco, Oakland Berkeley,
Alameda, Richmond, San Mateo, San Ra
fael and other places within the zone organ
izing a county government. It is a new idea
in America, as Doctor Barrows said. Nomi
nally it is the opposite of the greater New
York idea, where there is one city divided into
counties with certain independent functions.
But for all purposes except the United States
census, the name of the form of government
for the larger unit means nothing
There must be a community of interests
about San Francisco. Another University of
California professor has suggested a plan for
a harbor district embracing the cities about
the bay. The two ideas merge. Doctor Bar
rows says that present legislation i's ade
quate to organize the larger county. But if it
is not, other legislation can be provided.
The people living on San Francisco bay
must agree that there needs to be a central
ized government to control their interwoven
interests. Let them give serious thought to
Doctor Barrows' suggestion and to the plans'
of other thinkers. The more thinking the
sooner will something be done.
If the Sutter street car horses only had the
case to settle!
Also in Europe Young Turkey is most
GOOD SENSE IN TAFT'S TALK OF A
SINGLE SIX YEAR TERM
PRESIDENT TAFT. in what he was
pleased to consider his "swan song"—
although the country can listen with profit
to his calm philosophy many more times be
tween now and March 4 next —declared him
self in favor of a single presidential term of
six years. If one can learn only by experi
ence, there are just two men in the nation
today qualified to say how long a man should
be in the White House. The views of one
of those men were forcibly presented from
June until November 5. We are now gaining
the valuable confidence of the other one
qualified to speak.
In his address Saturday night before the
Lotus club of New York the president gave
reasons why he favored a single six year
term. "Four years," he said, "is rather a
short time in which to work out great gov
ernmental policies. Six years would be bet
His reasons for advocating a single term
for the president are cogent. Under the
present system, even if a president be com
mitted solely to the cause of his country, not
leeeking re-election, his subordinates, moved
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by the desire to benefit their chief and them
selves, work for the re-election of the presi
dent, and, with less fealty to the country
than to their leader, strive to further his
That argument by the president in favor
of the single term is a good one. We are
supposed to elect men to the presidency who
are more patriotic than self-seeking, but we
can not count on the patriotism of all the
men under them. As long as their welfare
can be benefited by their acts it will be, even
at the expense of the country.
If this keeps up it will be only those peo
ple who are disturbed by the high cost of
diamonds who will be interested in the high
cost of beef.
SAN FRANCISCO'S OPPONENTS TO
HETCH HETCHY GRANT
IF it is true, as reported, that Secretary of
the Interior Fisher has decided the beauty
of the Hetch Hetchy valley and Lake Eleanor
region will not be impaired by the construc
tion there of a lake to supply San Francisco
with pure water, the contest which the city
is making to secure an irrevocable permit
from the government may be regarded as
There are two aspects of the city's fight,
or, rather, two types of opponents, the nature
lover and the self-lover or corporation inter
est. The nature lover's argument is that it
will deface the Hetch Hetchy valley to trans
form it into a lake; so it would, presumably,
just as much as it would improve the environs
of Mount Tallac to drain Lake Tahoe to a
marsh. These faddists are honest, capable,
adroit men, whose ability must not be under
estimated, but they appeal to caprice, not to
logic. Even though the beauty of the valley
would be impaired, the water needs of a
metropolitan population of millions must not
With the nature lovers are the self-lovers,
most conspicuous in that clan being the
Spring Valley Water company, whose
affection and admiration, directed to itself,
can not be measured in terms of ordinary
dollars and dividends. The Spring Valley
company loves itself too well to see San Fran
cisco secure a grant from the government.
An irrevocable permit to the city would mean
an. irreparable loss to the company.
There is no public spirit in the opposition
to San Francisco's right, no recognition of
the supreme claim of millions of Americans
to pure water; only a fantastic plea to pre
serve a beauty which would be enhanced by
the city and to preserve a corporation which
should be absorbed.
San Francisco is determined to win its
fight, to go to congress and seal its victory.
The rights of the Turlock-Modesrto irriga
tion district are important. These are the
only contestants who come with clean hands
into the hearing. Their claim is based on a
question of miner's inches of water, and the
San Francisco engineers can demonstrate
that the irrigationists' rights will be pro
San Francisco is to have pure water.
The Hetch Hetchy valley is to have a lake
and we hope that Robert Underwood John
son will delight in its beauty.
A rule for chiefs of police who wish to
make their captains work: "Shake (up)
well before using."
For that jobless feeling—try Bermuda.
— , 1
SECRETARY FISHER WILL SHORTEN
SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR FISHER
has startled water power corporations by
the simple announcement that he believes
that a court of appellate jurisdiction has ap
pellate jurisdiction, that its decisions are
competent and will be accepted by the depart
ment of the interior. He has declared that
the department of the interior will see that
the prolonged litigation used by corporations
to delay final judgment must end; he has
even devised a penalty to inflict upon those
who contribute to the law's delay.
What Secretary Fisher did in substance
was fo announce that when state authori
ties have fixed a rate for water or power and
it i.s upheld by the state supreme court, the
corporation must accept it. If the corpora
tion tries to prolong the litigation by appeal
ing to the United States supreme court the
department of the interior will revoke its
license to operate. The power companies will
probably let well enough alone.
In practically all litigation over impor
tant stakes, the case is carried up to the
highest court, until some persons have ad
vanced the proposition that courts of first
instance be done away with entirely and all
lawsuits' be filed with and decided once and
for all by the United States supreme court.
Secretary Fisher hasn't gone that far in his
position, but he has decided that the jurisdic
tion of the state supreme court's in late con
troversies will suit him and will have to suit
the corporations. In that he has done a serv
ice to water and power consumers through
out the west, and particularly in California.
Identified! The lady who leaves the street
car door open these chilly days is the wife
of the fellow who sells Tom and Jerry at
the transfer point.
WISE RICHMOND TO BOND ITSELF
TO BUILD A HARBOR
THERE is one thing about Richmond,
over the bay, that must be recognized:
everybody there believes in the place. By
a vote of 2,342 to 291, or eight to one, the
city on the Contra Costa shore voted to
bond itself to construct an inland harbor,
and, by a vote of nearly the same proportions,
to build a tunnel to the west shore of the
town, boring the same line of hills that the
Santa Fe railroad has tunneled. With a deep
water inland harbor, with its location as the
terminal for one transcontinental railroad
and adjacent to the main line of another sys
tem, Richmond is to surpass its already phe
nomenal growth and prosperity.
The amount of the bond issue is $1,170,000.
The harbor to be constructed will he an in
land basin, which is the plan most favored
in Europe. The dredger that constructs the
docking basin will lay the foundation fox.
warehouse Sites and other harbor facilities,
which the city will control.
There is room on San Francisco bay for
many such harbors as Richmond will have,
but few points along the many miles of bay
shore have such inland harbor possibilities
practically alongside main line railroad
Richmond is the most fortunate little city
in California, the most businesslike, for it
has planned to realize on its natural ad
A robbery is reported at Hilt. Kind of a
rough place that. It's where the knife is so
frequently plunged to.
The motto used to be "Pay as you go."
Now it's "Pay as you enter."
ONCE MORE A DISCOVERER FINDS
HIMSELF FLOCKING ALONE
BERNARD SHAW would apply the preface
of his play, "The Doctor's Dilemma," to
the disturbed condition of medical Society
in San Francisco. One of the points of the
Shavian thesis is that, while doctors pro
foundly defend their profession from attacks
by the layman, they are more bitterly critical
among themselves of members who depart
from the accepted canons than a layman
could possibly be. The medically nonedu
cated San Franciscan is now deep in the en
joyment of a Shaw situation, in which the
chief actors are Dr. Albert Abrams on one
side and on the other a number of physicians
equally well known at home.
The rival doctors classify as "rubbish"
Doctor Abrams' announcement that appendi
citis can be cured by spondylotherapy, that is,
by stimulating nerve centers through exercis
ing specific spinal vertebrae. From the com
paratively mild assertion that Doctor Abrams'
system is "not founded on scientific fact," to
the lucid indictment that it is "pure bunk,"
Doctor Abrams receives distinguished dis
approbation for his efforts in carrying the
name of San Francisco into the British Medi
Whoever may be right in the controversy,
Doctor Abrams or his critics, the former has
the proud consolation that he is enjoying the
experience felt by Harvey when he announced
that blood circulated, by Koch, when he
identified the bacilli of tuberculosis, and by
every other man who has contributed to the
advancement of medical science. Doctor
Abrams need "not feel lonely, however his
San Francisco contemporaries treat him. But
most of the birds of his pioneer feather are
dead. He has to flock alone.
THE ALSO RANS
By THE POET PHILOSOPHER
The country's full of also rans, who tell why
they got left; the Peepul queered their little
plans, and now they stand bereft. The little
snaps for which they yearned don't come their
way at all; the sacred Peepul rose and turned
their pictures to the wall. The holy Peepul
standing pat. a halo o'er each brow, said to
their aspirations, "Scat!" and so they're fre
quent now. They're well supplied with lids
and cans, and they have soup to burn; but
will the tireless also rans a useful lesson
learn? Will they emerge from mire and murk
the debris of defeat, and bravely say: "We'll
go to work, and earn our bread and meat'"
Will they forsake the idle course of all the
statesmen crew, who rant and howl till they
are hoarse, and nothing useful do? Will they
upon the farm abide and labor as they should
and let the sacred Peepul slide while they are
sawing wood? You little know the also rans
if you are dreaming thus; already they are
forming plans for stirring up a fugs. Again
they'll soon be waving flags and tolling with
their jaws, distributing the same old gags
about the Peepul's cause. The drunkard who
for years with gin his played out tank has
warmed, may by the docs be gathered In and
by their skill reformed; the dope fiend, when
the doctors try, becomes a useful man; but all
the docs beneath the sky can't cure an also
Well Done, New York!
THE BUSY BEE
Author of "At Good Old Slwaab."
The busy bee is a small, fuzzy animal with
a great habit of minding its own business and
almost unparalleled facilities for encouraging
the casual passerby to do the same.
The bee Is small and could not lick a grown
man in a fist fight. But very few men care
to creep up to an industrious bee and look
over Its shoulder to see what it is doing. If
a bee must be approached it Is best to meet
him face to face and treat him with distant
respect. Even those who love the bee do not
stroke him on the back. Those who have been
led in enthusiastic moments to do so have
acquired a hand which could be wrapped up
and sold for a Virginia ham.
The busy bee gets up at daylight and toils
with tremendous industry until dark, gather
ing honey and storing it away. He is the
most industrious of all insects and is pointed
out by philosophers as a model to the human
race. While man is dwadling over his break
fast, or reading four acres of useless news,
or trying to annoy a large automobile into
action, the busy bee is nobly lugging honey
to his hive in minute quantities without even
pausing to admire the scenery.
Thousands of lectures have been written on
the bee's industry, but very few philosophers
have paused to deprecate the bee's thick head
edness. No one works harder than the bee or
gets less out of it. Instead of sticking to the
woods and hiding his honey where it will do
him the most good in winter, he allows him
self to be tempted into a hive in the back yard
of a conscienceless farmer, who permits him
to toll over hours all summer and then smokes
him out in the fall, takes his honey away and
feeds him through the winter on sugared
For this reason we can not admire the
bee's industry He is too much like the com
mon man who is encouraged by earnest in
spirational writers to rise at daybreak and
toil with great fury in order to supply him
self with enough prosperity to enable the
trust magnate to raise the price of beef.
(Copyrighted by George Matthew AdamsJ
"My husband is always cracking up the vir
tues of his first wife," said Mrs. Hinkley, with
a sigh, "though, as a matter of fact, they got
on very badly."
"Perhaps he understands her better, now
that she has been translated," said Mrs.
THE PATH OF THE POET
"I have lost that poem submitted by Wom
bat," said the magazine subeditor. "Guess
we'll have to pay him for it."
"Dear me," said the chief. "I wonder if he
would not be content if we returned him two
poems by another author."—Washington Her
Road Hog (after mishap In which puppy has
been run over) —Madam, I will replace the
Indignant Owner—Sir, you flatter yourself!
NEVER TOO LATE
About the time a man gets too old to do
tvrong he begins to do right.—Dallas News.
PERSONS IN NEWS
W. H. BULLEN, agent of the Grand Trunk
lines at Los Angeles; Franklin Helm, a
promoter of the same city; D. J. Cahlll, vice
president and general manager of the West
ern Hardware Lumber company, and John
E. Marble, a dealer in mortgages, make up a
group of visitors from the southland who
registered at the Palace yesterday.
* * *
LIEITE\AXT J. C. BURIVETT, U. S. N., re
tired, who was' in charge of the branch
hydrographic office here for a number of
years, and who left here when relieved
from that duty to make his home in the
east, has returned to San Francisco to
spend the winter. He will make his home
at the Union League club.
* * *
S. IAITEBIIACH, a clothing merchant of Los
Angeles; Edgar Hafer, a real estate oper
ator of Medford, Ore.; David Keith, a bank
er of Salt Lake; H. F. Andrews and Mrs.
Andrews of New York, and H. Weber, a
publisher of Leipzig, Germany, make up a
group of recent arrivals at the St. Francis.
* * *
I. G. ZUMWALT, an attorney of Colusa; F. M.
Rose of Colusa; F. W. Kellogg, a business
man of Altadena; Sheldon Morris, a manu
facturer of show cases of Los Angeles, and
L. L Day, who was formerly in the govern
ment service in the Philippines, make up a
group of recent arrivals at the Stewart
* * *
E. \V. COWELL and E. A. Cowell of Chicago,
C. R. Devereaux and Mrs. Devereaux of
Concord, J. L. Mears Jr. of Seattle, and L.
B. Christopher, a dealer in leather goods
in San Jose, are among yesterday's arrivals
at the Manx.
* * * •
r. V. PITTOCK, proprietor of the Portland
Oregonian, is at the Palace with his family.
Miss' E. J. Leadbetter and Miss Campbell
also are In the party.
* * *
XV. M. BEAMER, a topographer in the United
States geological survey, is at the St. Fran
cis, registered from Washington, D. C.
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LOUIS TORGE and Mrs. Torge. Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Torge and Miss Eva Torge of Sala
manca, N. V., are guests at the Manx.
R. E. ANDERSON, a real estate operator of
Tacoma, is at the Palace with Mrs. Ander
son and Miss Ruth Anderson.
FRANCIS E. WEBSTER of Philadelphia and
Dr. G. W. McKinnon .of Areata are guests
at the St. Francis.
L. B. BRANDSTETTER, manager of a grain
ranch near Hanford, is registered at the
* * *
W. H. STANTON of Bakersfield, interested in
the oil fields near Maricopa, is at the Union
* * *
J. B. FULLER, a fruit grower of Gridley, Cal..
and Mrs. Fuller are stopping at the Argo
* * *
C. J. DRYNESS, a well known hotelman of
Chicago, is at the Court with Mrs. Dryness
* * *
C. M. SHENCK, a banker of Denver, ig at the
Court with Mrs. Shenck and Miss Shenck.
* * *
JUDGE HENRY C. GESFORD of Napa is stay
ing at the St. Francis with Mrs. Gesford.
* * #
A. J. PRENTICE and F. W. Ramsey of Cleve
land are guests at the St. Francis.
H. E. COX AND WIFE of Woodland are
among the arrivals at the Sutter.
* * *
W. S. BUTTAR of Vancouver, B. C, Is at the
Fairmont with Mrs. Buttar.
J. S. BROWN, district attorney of Sacramen
to, is staying at the Colonial.
* # #
DR. A. T. MULLIGAN, a physician of Modesto,
Is a guest at the Argonaut.
* * *
C. R. DOWNS, a mining man of Sutter Creek,
is registered at the Stewart.
* * ♦
E. S. MAUDE AND WIFE of Santa Rosa, are
registered at the Baldwin.
* * *
XV. R. SULLIVAN, a Chicago merchant, is
registered at the Sutter.
* # *
XV. REDDING AND WIFE of Downleville are
staying at the Sutter.
* * *
H. C. MARKLEY, a Marysville rancher, is
staying at the Dale.
* * *
C. L. MARCUS, a silk merchant of India, is
at the Columbia.
* # *
T. E. RICHARDS of Los Gatos is' stopping
at the Baldwin.
* * •*
SAM DAVIS of Nevada is among the arrivals
at the Dale.
NOVEMBER 21, 1912
WHEN the ferry
reached its slip at 8:49
fails to arrive until 8:52
o'clock, the indignation
of the commuter finds
free and lurid expres
sion, both on upper and
lower decks. This indig
nation is as nothing
compared with the rage of the homeward
bound commuter who misses his boat by a
narrow margin. The fact that he missed it
because it started strictly on time brings no
halm to the lacerated feelings' of the man
whose final rush faas been rendered futile by
the slamming In his face of the ticket col
lector's Iron gate.
The ticket collector, under ordinary condi
tions a courteous, uniformed employe attend
ing strictly to business, is transformed, in t\\K
eyes of the belated commuter, Into a cruel
monst*r. The collector's smile of sympathy
becomes a grin of fiendish glee and the man
that missed the boat just knows that he was
the victim of a deep laid plot.
"You mean wretch! You did that on pur
pose. You saw me coming and there was
plenty of time," I heard a well groomed
woman hiss the other day, through the bars
Into the face of the benevolent old gentle
man who had closed the steel gate a second
or two before she reached It.
Even a veteran commuter like E. P. Fish
loses his temper at the slammed door. Flan
is one of the oldest commuters and has missed
his homeward bound boat only twice in M
years. The second time was - the other day.
His watch was 17 seconds slow. Instead of
taking out his watch and moving the laggard
hand forward, "Pop," stood up as close as he
could get to the iron fence and said things
about the veteran on the other side that al
most marred the new aluminum paint. He
was sorry afterward and gave that same col
lector a very fine Havana cigar when he
passed through five minutes later. But it
just.goes to illustrate the constitutional an
tipathy of the free born American toward
anything in the shape of physical restraint.
* * #
It was different In the case of Alexander
Davidson of the United States customs service.
He really has a kick coming and If you haven't
heard him make It that's because you have
not met him lately.
For the convenience of commerce the cus
tom house permits the discharge of dutiable
cargo after regular hours in cases where the
ship owner or agent makes timely application.
A special fee is charged for this privilege
and part of this fee goes? to the customs officer
detailed to supervise the work and look out*
for the government's interest. This oppor
tunity to make a little extra money is eagerly
sought by federal employes, whose regular pay
is but modest and when Davidson was de
tailed to a steamer at Oakland long wharf
the other evening he saw a chance to get
that new hat on which his mind had been set.
* * *
"You'll have to hurry," he was* told. "Tho
captain doesn't know that the permit has
been issued and will start for this side unless
you get there on the next boat."
There was only a few minutes for the next
boat and Davidson started for the ferry
depot on the run. He was just in time. He
bought his ticket. As he reached the col
lector's gate the "all aboard" bell rang. Pos
sessed by the fear of missing the boat after
all, Davidson took the gate with a rush. He
went through with such speed that the ticket,
which he aimed to drop In the box
provided to receive it, flew -wide of the mark
and fluttered to the floor, unseen by the col
The collector's: "Here, where's your ticket?"
fell on unheeding ears. At full tilt the In
spector crossed the waiting room, passed
through the big doors and down the apron to
The collector's yell, however, had been heard
by a member of the railroad police force. Just
as the ferry boat crew was in the act of rais
ing the apron and casting off the lines, the
policeman jumped aboard, grabbed Davidson
by both arms and rushed him ashore.
"You can't beat your way on this ferry,"
said the policeman.
By the time Davidson had explained and the
policeman had found corroboration in the
ticket itself which was discovered lying under
the collector's perch, the boat had gone. The
next boat was too late.
If you meet Davidson and he asks you:
"Have you heard anything about how I lost
?4?" you can save him the trouble of repeat
ing the story by showing him this.
Through the still morning air of North
Berkeley this was' wafted over the fence of
the Newlyweds' home.
"Roy helped me with the washing yester
day and it made it so easy," said a fresh,
young-voice that fairly vibrated with joy and
"And what did Roy do? How did Roy help?"
This voice was different. It wag the voice
of a lady skeptic. It was tinged with hyster
ical sarcasm and if it vibrated the disturb
ance was caused by unholy glee.
"Why he sat on a stool and talked to me
all the time I was working."
Good for Roy. He helped me too, but he
doesn't know it. LINDSAY CAMPBELL.
"Aren't the walls of these houses rather
"Yes," replied the enterprising salesman;
"they were made that way on purpose. Only
don't say anything about it to the man next
door. He is an eminent pianist and our con
struction enables you to hear his magnificent
performances without paying a cent." Wash
BEING AT PEACE
"What must a man do before he can live at
peace with all the world?" demanded the ex
"He must be dead," came a voice from the
outskirts of the crowd.—Philadelphia Rec
"Do you beKeve that money makes the mare
go?" asked Dubblelgh. are
"Sure," said Wiggley. "As soon as a man
gets money he buys an automobile, and the
mare goes for what she's worth."—Harner*