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Vote for These Charter Amendments
And for the Bigger, Better San Francisco
DURING the last six years San Francisco has devoted itseli
assiduously to material reconstruction. In that period, or
within the last decade, the science of municipal government
has been explored by other cities. Modern methods of granting
franchises to pubtfc service corporations have been introduced,
Modern practice in handling improvement problems, such as the
construction of tunnels, street extensions and such vital works has
been incorporated'in city charters. At the charter amendment elec
tion to be held on next Tuesday, December 10, San Francisco has
the opportunity to align itself with other American cities.
To do this, and this alone, San Francisco must adopt certain oi
the amendments. There is no alternative. Either the amendments
must be adopted or San Francisco will stand still.
These amendments vital to the city's growth and development
are 1, 2, 6, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 34.
. Amendment No. 1 permits necessary action by the city to make
possible the civic center plan.
Amendment No. 2 empowers the supervisors to pass -needed
legislation on behalf of the Panama-Pacific international exposition.
The other amendments deal direct with legislation absolutely
necessary—and those words are used for their full and ultimate value
—for the advancement of the city at this time, when it must go
ahead or go back.
Briefly to summarize these amendments:
Amendment No.' I—This is to provide for the logical develop
ment of the civic center. It will enable the supervisors to bring the
new public library into the civic center group, instead of having it
beyond the group, at a tangent to the orderly architectural scheme.
It will enable the supervisors to exchange property with the state,
on equal terms, so that the state building can be located within the
civic center group. The state now pays $48,Q00 a year rental in San
Francisco, and at that rate could afford to erect a $1,000,000 building
in the civic center group, adding that much to the beauty of the city.
Amendment No. 2—This will empower the supervisors to pass
necessary ordinances to close streets and parks for the benefit of the
Panama-Pacific international exposition and to pass special ordi
nances regulating building construction and service installation suit
able temporary character of the exposition. In no way can the
amendment be tortured-into meaning that the city shall construct or
maintain public works in that district for the benefit of property
c wncrs from whom the exposition company leases land.
Amendment No. 6 will enable San Francisco for the first time
to manage, regulate and fix the rates for public utilities in a business
like and efficient manner. It provides for expert management of the
different utilities which the municipality will operate, removing them
from the contamination of politics and the spoils system. It pro
vides for the extension by the city of public utilities services—street
railroads, water and lighting mains, etc.—into unsupplied territory,
the expense of the extension to be met by a tax on the property
benefited. The existing utilities will be compelled to operate over
the extension, paying an adequate rental for the privilege. Under
the present system extensions can not be made, unless, as in the
case of the United Railroads extension in the Sunset District, the
property owners assess themselves, and neither the city nor they
receive a cent of return for their bounty to the corporation. The
amendment also provides for control over the water front by a com
mission if the state should cede the harbor to the city.
Amendment No. 18 provides an economical, feasible and direct
method for the opening, extending, widening or closing of public
streets. Its passage is absolutely necessary for the accomplishment
of the civic center plan, for the culmination of the tunnel projects
and for all public Avork involving the opening, extending, widening
or closing of streets. Unless it is adopted the city will be powerless
to make the growth and expansion that is necessary for its future life.
San Francisco, Too, "Should Have Some
Say" About Its Own Harbor
THE views expressed by Mayor Fitzgerald of Boston before the
national rivers and harbors congress of the United States, hold
ing, in effect, that municipalities should have control over their
harbors and water fronts, should be approved in San Francisco. Fitz
gerald spoke in opposition to the opinion of Senator Townsend of
Michigan, who favored federal control of dock sites on rivers im
proved by the government. Fitzgerald's reply was that he favored
co-operation in dock control between the nation, state and munici
pality. He believed that the "municipality should have some say."
This is a question upon which the California legislature wilt be
called to pass at its next session—the question of giving San Fran
cisco "some say" in the management of its water front.
It is the practice generally for cities to control their harbors. The
cities of England and its colonial dependencies exercise local control
through harbor boards representative of the city government and the
commercial bodies of the ports, independent of the national govern
ment: the free German cities of Hamburg and Bremen control their
own harbors; New York city controls its own harbor; in California
the state has given over to Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland and
JLong Beach the control of their respective harbors, leaving the San
Francisco harbor under state direction.
"Municipalities should have some say" in the management of
their docks, for the docks and water frontage of a seaport are all that
make it useful and profitable.
As Long as We Have a Strong Navy We
Shall Have No Use for It
ii\ 7"ANITY," said Dr. David Starr Jordan, "is our national excuse
\f for maintaining a great navy."
v That is the theory of the president of Stanford university,
a peace advocate of wide influence. That is the good doctor's
analysis of American conditions. If it be agreed that vanity is really
the seed from which our navy springs, then we pay dearly for our
pride, and the trifling extravagances of women for diamonds, pearls,
furs and limousines are as nothing to the steel turreted gee-gaws
with which we deck the bosom of the sea. If we are actuated* only
by vanity, let us sweep away the navy, convert our dreadnoughts
into tramp freighters and our cruisers into liners and go after the
world's commerce with nationally owned carriers.
The theory of the major portion of the nation, including con
gress, is that if we did not have a navy we would have dire need of
one, while since we have one we don't need to use it. A modern
navy is a costly precaution, but under existing conditions on this
planet it is worth the money. A navy can not be made in a day, but
the demand for one can be born over night
Some day peace will rule on the earth and the navies will have
disappeared from the seas. Archaeologists of that period, ransacking
the archives of their yesterdays, will come across the words of
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
t Amendment No. 19—This is directly a tunnel subway or viaduct
• procedure amendment. The necessity for tunnels in San Francisco
: is recognized by all. The passage of this amendment is necessary
I for the facilitation of their construction. Further, it provides for
. the use of tunnels by two or more street railroads and for the use of
: all tunnels by municipal railroads.
i Amendment No. 20 —This amendment will remove a restriction
■ on streetwork in the outlying districts, where the improvement is
i paid for by installment assessments. The city can only grow rapidly
when its outlying districts are improved.
Amendment No. 21 provides that when improvenfbnts are or
i dered the expense of which is to be borne by property owners by
assessments payable in installments the city may bond itself to pay
for the improvements, the city in turn to be reimbursed by the
assessments levied against those property owners. In other words,
i the city lends its credit to an assessment district to facilitate public
work. The city can furnish the money for the work and it can be
done cheaper by the contractor than it could if he had to wait for
the property owners to pay during a period of ten years.
Amendment No. 34—This is the public utilities franchise amend
ment and relates most pertinently to street railway franchises.
Unless it is adopted San Francisco itself must build street railways
to the Panama-Pacific exposition grounds—which would be imprac
tical, if not impossible, and a public extravagance—or the people of
San Francisco will have to walk to the fair in 1915.
Whatever the merits of the present charter provisions governing
street railroad franchises, no street railroad company will build a
mile of railroad under its terms. If the terms were businesslike
street railroads would be constructed, if not by the United Railroads,
by other corporations. But the only railroads built in San Francisco
since the charter went into effect were built by property owners,
under heavy assessments and contributions. The only light we may
be guided by in that, as in other matters, is the lamp of experience.
San Francisco must have more street railroads in 1915.
The proposed amendment, No. 34, was prepared by Bion J.
Arnold of Chicago and Dr. Delos F. Wilcox of the public service
commission of New York, traction and franchise experts whose
integrity in the most responsible positions has never been assailed
and whose training and experience in handling just such questions
as have arisen in San Francisco have been more complete than that
of any two men in the world.
Briefly, the amendment provides that franchises for all public
utilities shall be granted by the supervisors in accordance with ordi
nances hereinafter to be adopted and ratified by a vote of the. people.
That clause gives the people the necessary voice in regulating the
terms of the agreement. The franchises to be awarded shall be of
indeterminate duration, in that its original grant is for twenty-five
years, subject, however, to revocation by the city at any time under
conditions which protect the vested capital and the city's interests.
Under certain conditions, if the corporate holder of the franchise has
not secured an adequate return on the investment, the franchise may
be extended for not more than fifteen years. The amendment pro
vides for the purchase by the city of the utilities,at any time. It
furthermore authorizes the resettlement of terms of existing fran
chises, subject to ratification by a majority vote of the people.
The amendment provides that both original and resettled fran
chises shall be prepared with the ultimate end in view of acquisition
of the utility by the city and shall also give to the city power to
order extensions of service.
San Francisco's feet have been bound by obsolete laws, as the
feet of Chinese women were bound by obsolete Manchu edict. The
city has been unable to move, to expand. The charter amendments
here reviewed will cut those bandages and San Francisco can step
forth as a modern city.
Vote "YES" for amendments Nos. 1, 2, 6, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 34.
Doctor Jordan and proclaim him seer and prophet. "Behold," they
shall say, "a man who in that remote and bloodstained year of 1912
saw the vanity of navies. Yet," these savants of the future will
declare, "his day would have naught to do with his views."
We hope the day will hasten when Doctor Jordan's theories may
be so well considered; but for the present he is rather interesting
; than convincing.
Scott Sense has been appointed special humane officer in Berke
j ley. If he's any relation to Horse Sense he ought to fill the bill.
Goethals Has Earned High Honor, but
Not Supreme Army Rank
THE proposal of Representative Mann that congress create the
rank of general, the highest rank in the army, for Colonel
George W. Goethals, chief engineer of the Panama canal, is
an application of the axiom that "peace hath her victories no less re
nowned than war."
It would be an excellent promotion for congress to make, if
henceforth the United States army is to devote itself entirely to
engineering projects and public works and leave whatever fighting
there is to be done to the navy and the police force.
Colonel Goethals is a remarkable engineer. His victories at
Panama, his conquests over the forces of nature and against deadly
tropical disease are as splendid and more noble achievements than
any conquest over any enemy.
But the unfortunate fact remains that war and not engineer
ing is the chief work of the soldier. The army's first duty is to
defend the country and not to build canals. The ranking officer
of the army should be a man of military prowess. Now he is of
the medical corps, to be sure, but General Wood reached his rank
through promotions for military service, not for the practice of
The highest possible honor should be given to Colonel Goethals
in recognition of the great work he has done, but while the busi
ness of the army is war, an active warrior should hold its ranking
Captain Mooney doesn't want any mooning around the detective
Amnesty to Mexican Rebels Better Than
Any Sort of Conquest
THE tentative promise of Rafael Hernandez, secretary of the
interior of the Madero government, that amnesty may be granted
to-rebels in Mexico, is a cheerful hint of peace across the border.
"Barbarous" Mexico may not be as bad as'it is printed, but
there is much of vindictiveness and revenge ia that battle torn land,
and tkere is no question that the rebels keep up their warfare in
fear of death to come upon the surrender of their- arms.
Rebellion, in its better sense, is a belligerent expression of a dif
ference of opinion. .While the opinon may be incurable, the active
expression of it can be stopped, even by the most strongly opinion
ated. Never were more tenacious opinions held than by the
southern people during the long period of hate and hesitation before
the war between the states, and in the midst of that struggle. Even
yet the "unreconstructed" population of the states south of the
Mason and Dixon line is large. Yet with the peace of Appomatox
and the general amnesty granted by the United States came a real
peace in the land. The "unreconstructed" recognized the end of
the war and accepted even the irritations of reconstruction with a
patience at once hopeless and bloodless.
The rebels of Mexico, to be sure, do not at all compare in pa
tience, intelligence or adaptability with the southerners, but fair
ness and mercy appeal to the more primitive types no less than
to the highly civilized. Madero should apply those principles.
There is no race suicide in the doll factories.
Mint Figures for November Show Jus
tice of This City's Contention
VINDICATION of all the claims made in San Francisco's fight
for the retention of the United States mint in this city—a fight
in which The Call is proud to remember that it played a not
inconspicuous-part—is found in the United States mint reports for
November, which show a remarkable increase over the figures for
As will be remembered, democratic subcommitteemen in the
house of representatives reported against the appropriation for the
continuance of the San Francisco mint on the ground that it was
not intthe interest of coinage economy to keep it in operation. The
director of the mint and the treasury department earnestly recom
mended that the San Francisco mint be kept in operation, but the
subcommittee of the committee on appropriations of the house did
not so provide.
The committee's report was made public in February. Instantly
there went up from the entire Pacific coast a clamor against the
closing of the mint, and figures were produced to show that the San
Francisco institution was earning money for the government; that
it was an asset, not a liability. The sound argument was advanced
that a mint should be operated in a gold producing section. By a
nonpartisan vote the house, in May, decided to provide in the appro
priation bill sufficient funds for the operation of the San Francisco
Look at the figures which justify the clamor and the response:
In November, 1911, 12,688 fine ounces of gold, valued at $262,
--460.96, was received from Alaska at the San Francisco mint, and in
November, 1912, 28,613 fine ounces, valued at $591,420.71, was
received. This is an increase of 15,925 ounces, valued at $328,959.75.
The total gold receipts from all quarters for November were 207,975
fine ounces, valued at $4,298,843.25, an increase of 7,798 fine ounces,
valued at $161,191.20, over the receipts for November, 1911.
Those figures should be pasted in the hat of any congressman
who has any notion of further meddling with the mint.
1 GOSSIP OF THE RAILWAYMEN
Cheering news was passed along to
the representatives of tho foreign rail
way lines by the railroad commission
yesterday. Notice was given that the
operation of general order 23 had been
suspended until January 15, or -until
the further order of the commission.
General order 23 was issued by the
railroad commission some time ago in
compliance with that provision of the
new public utility act which inadver
tently prohibited the issuance of free
transportation to representatives of
foreign lines. Had the order become
operative the railroads would not have
Issued passes to these foreign agents,
but the suspension indicates that the
operation of the general order will be
postponed until the public utility act
can be amended as to this point.
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A circular issued by President B. F.
Bush announces the appointment of
Flnley J. Shepard to be assistant to the
president on the Missouri Pacific-Iron
Mountain system, in addition to his
present duties as assistant to the presi
dent on the Denver and Rio Grande.
The appointment became effective De
cember 1. M. C. Markham, whom Shep
ard succeeds, lias been assigned to other
important duties with the Missouri Pa
The Chicago and Alton has decided to
create the position of traveling con
THE CABINET MAKER
ductor to serve while freight traffic Is
at its height. These conductors will
ride trains, noting delays and suggest
ing means to expedite the movement.
The first appointee is B. C. Ennls, of
late a freight conductor. He will have
jurisdiction over the coal fields between
Springfield and Nilwood.
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P. B. Norton, traveling passenger
agent of the Union Pacific, with head
quarters In Fresno, is in San Francisco.
The transcontinental lines have an
nounced that they will have special
back east excursions from San Fran
cisco and all other California points on
certain dates next year in May, June,
July and August The round trip rates
will be as follows: To Missouri river
points. $G0; Chicago, $72.50; New York,
$108.50. The return limit probably will
be October 31.
H. A. Buck, general agent of the
passenger department of the Pennsyl
vania lines, and J. N. Harrison, Pacific
coast passenger agent of the Washing
ton-Sunset route, returned yesterday
from a business trip into the Sacra
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R. G-. Thompson, traveling passenger
agent of the Pennsylvania lines, re
turned yesterday from a trip through
the San Joaquin valley.
DECEMBER 8, 1912
BRICE w. TURNER, one of toe foremost cItB
and mining engineers in the United States,
who was formerly associated with Cecil Rhodes
and John Hays Hammond In South Africa, ar
rived In San Francisco from his home in Los
Angeles yesterday and registered at tbe Stew
art. Turner says California is richer in valu
able ores than Africa ever was.
GEORGE W. CHENOWETH, a'Los Angeles
Italiat, is a guest at tbe St. Francis. C'beno
weth gets to San Francisco about twice a year
and he aays he sees something new and Inter
esting every time be cornea.
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I>. H. DWIGHT, a real estate operator and cap
italist of Spokane, is a guest at tbe Pslace.
Dwlght predicts a great future for San Fran
cisco, which he says is "the future metropolis
ef the North American continent."
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HENRY WHEATLEY, a leading Napa attorney;
Montgomery StrJth and Mrs. Smith of Van
couver, B. 0., and S. G. Long and Mrs. Long,
socially prominent In Napa, were among tbe
arrivals at the Stewart yesterday.
EDWARD B. MAIER, John G. Ilott, W. F. Ho
gan and W. A. Berry make up a party of
bnslness men from Los Angeles wtut sre regis
tered at the St. Frauds.
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J. C. MYERS, a Chicago business man; F. A.
Nelson and Mrs. Nelson of Stockton and D. C.
Dubea of lowa were among yesterday's arrivals
at the Manx.
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M. T. DREW, a Chicago merchant; O. 0. Hull
of New York city and A. Mnnkhouse, a bu»i
neas man of Los Gatos, are recent arrivals at
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F. N. VAIL, Mrs. Vail and Mlsa Vail of Stock
ton, tbe first a capitalist and the other two
society leaders are guest* at the St. Francis.
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C. W. SMITH. Mrs. A. Orphln and Miss B. M.
Orpbln are tourists from Medford, Mass.. who
are staying for a few days at tha Fairmont.
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6. M. LINDSAY and Mrs. Lindsay of Victoria.
B. C. who are touring California during the
winter months, are guests at the Fairmont.
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JL C. SMITH and Mrs. Smith, leading residents
of Napa, are spending a few days In San
Francisco. They are guests at ta* Palace.
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LORING N. FARNTJM, a civil and mining en
gineer of New York city, who retired several
years ago, is a guest at the St. Francis.
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W. E. AMANN of Portland, manager of tbe Sig
nal Oil company, one of tbe largest concerns
of Its kind In tbe west, Is at th* Palace.
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C J. RHODES and Mrs. Rhodes, the former a
Philadelphia banker and capitalist, are regis
tered at tbe Fairmont.
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C. H. O'BRIEN, representing a big Chicago nn»r
cantile house on tbe Pacific coast, is regis
tered at tbe Palace.
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E. S. WARREN, leader of a musical organisa
tion in Pasadena, la a guest at the Union
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A. N. DEERING and wife of Knox. Tex., am
among tha recent arrivals of at tbe Baldwin.
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EDWARD P. OSB of tbe Gas and Electric com
pany of Pasadena, is a guest at th* Sutter.
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J. 0. McCOWN and H. Goodell, Livermor* bant
ers, are registered at the Sutter.
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R. E. DEACON, a business man of Vancouver,
B. C, is at the Union Square.
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W. R. BLEWETT, a Turlock real estate man,
Is stopping at the Stanford.
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S. A, BEADLE, a Seattle hotel man, and wife,
are .registered at the Dal*.
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M. DOZIER JR., a Sacramento real estate man,
is stopping at the Sutter.
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F. W, MORGENSEN, a Eureka merchant. Is
staying at the Dale.
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DICK BDGY of Spokane is among th* guests at
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R. K. MacCONNELL of Plttaburg is staying at
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A. P. O'CONNELL, a Heao miner, la at the
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W. M. MCCARTHY of Knox, Tex., la at th*
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S. C. McEATON of Stockton is registered at the
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RAY RODGERS of Portland la at the Columbia.