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OUR MILLION COMING SOONER
THAN EXPERT ARNOLD SAYS
SAX J-'KAN'CISCO with 1,000,000 population in 1945 is the ultra
conservative prediction of Bion J. Arnold, the transportation
expert and adviser for the city. San Francisco and its metro
politan district with a population of 1,000,000 in 1919 and 2,000,000
in 1945 is another Arnold prediction.
The growth of this city since the fire has been at the rate of 54
per cent, declares the expert, and that growth will continue, although
he reduces the percentage of increase to 34 for the decade ending
with 1920 and 29.3 per cent for the following decade. Naturally, in
the normal growth of a city, the percentage will decrease from decade
to decade, even though the population increases, for each decade gives
a larger denominator with which to indicate the fractional increase
and arrive at the percentage.
But it would seem that Expert Arnold's figuring is too conserva
tive. There is coming an abnormal growth to San Francisco, due to
conditions which are about to materialize—conditions indisputable
and irrepressible. Those conditions have mainly to do with the
Panama canal. The first is the opening of the canal itself, which
will mean the establishment of new tiade routes of the world ending
at San Francisco. Secondly, there is the fortuitous advertisement
San Francisco and its environs will receive from the Panama-
Pacific exposition—fortuitous is the word, for in addition to those
who are directly drawn by the exposition and the advertisement that
it will be to the city and state, there will be thousands who will visit
the exposition casually, with no thought of settling in California,
who will be influenced by its charm of climate, its splendor of scen
ery, its fragrant touch of life, and will decide to live happily here
There will be other considerations to add to the population of
San Francisco which are nonexistent now, and most effective among
those will be the introduction into this city of an ample, pure
Sierran water supply, which will be a reality. And there will also
be an improved and extended car service. There is the rub at pres
ent, the rub that makes San Francisco threadbare of homes in too
many districts—the lack of proper transportation. How that lack
is to be met, how that need is to be fulfilled is this city's most vital
problem, if we may consider the water question settled.
According to Expert Arnold's report:
In extension of track mileage San Francisco is at least six years
behind the necessities of the growth in population. Trackage should
extend at least as fast as the population, if not faster. The total track
mileage is now about the same as before the fire, due to abandonments,
and the last 15 years shows a slower growth than at any period of the
city's history. This delayed construction must now be made up.
The present necessities for track extensions require about 15 miles
per year up to 1920.
The voters, on December 10 last, defeated amendment 34, which,
in the opinion of Arnold and Professor Willcox, would have solved
in a measure the transportation problem of the city.
There is a law on our statute books which declares that a father
must provide his children with the necessaries of life, but there is
no law which compels, permits or induces a street railway company
to provide the city depending upon it with that prime necessary of
its life—adequate transportation.
San Francisco will grow faster than Bion J. Arnold predicts.
i\Ve shall have our million in 25 instead of 35 years. That million
of population will not walk. For the city to finance the necessary
streetcar facilities seems impossible. Let us quickly determine who
is to do that and how.
Prince Albert, the king's son, narrowly escaped being ''cinched"
out of the naval academy. Never mind, son; you'll be the admiral
of the fleet when the 63 who surpassed you in the examination are
The postmaster general has directed that it be called "parcel
post." Eut the only singular thing about it is the multiplicity of
Story of This Port's Activities for 1912
As Shown by Statistics
SAN FRANCISCO'S development as a commercial port during
1912 was both healthy and significant. The increase of imports
and exports over 1911 was much greater than in other com
The total valuation of imports and exports for the last five years,
as computed at the custom house, are as follows:
Year. Imports. Hxports
1908 $44,403,197 $30738 610
1909 51,469,023 30.43L459
1910 A 50,669,435 77.3 746
1911 56,075,324 4-? 4VOI 1
"1912 64,404,977 53,722,668
♦Inasmuch as the figures for December. 1912, will not be tabulated
before the 10th of this month (January), the statistics of imports and
exports for 1912 have been estimated by adding the figures for December
1911, to the totals for 11 months ended November 30, 1912.
In the matter of imports, the gain of 1911 over 1010 was approx
imately 10 per cent, while the gain of 1912 over 1911 was approxi
mately 12* S per cent. The increase in exports was nearly 25 per
cent in 1912.
The record of receipts for duties, tonnage taxes and fees is
interesting. It shows a falling off in 1912, as follows:
1908 $6,863,904.56 1911 $68110^0^
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But it is estimated that $800,000 was lost to the United States
and to the credit of this port by the exclusion of opium, which, if a
normal importation had been made, would have paid that much in
duties and made the port receipts more than those of 1911.
The action of the United States in prohibiting opium importa
tion at this time may well be compared to the pretensions of Eng
land, which, assuming anguish over our "lack of morals" in the
Panama canal tolls controversy, is bringing to bear on China all the
force of its powerful commercial influence again to force that hapless
country to import Indian opium.
The attention of San Francisco merchants and shipping men is
particularly called to the following figures and comment on the trade
between San Francisco and Alaska and the Hawaiian islands, as
recently printed in The Call:
The values' of shipments directly from this port to Alaska and Hawaii
were as follows:
To Alaska. To Hawaii.
12? • ~52,280,593 $10,325,666
1909 2,868,943 12,154869
1910 3,174,973 14 975 199
1911 • 3,246,799 14,593,966
1912 2,567,556 17,612,076
.Most of the shipments from this port to Alaska are transshipped at
ittle and credited to the shipments from Puget sound, which accounts
the small totals from tint port, as the above figures are for only
rchandise carried in vessels clearing directly from this port to ports in
The sea trade with. Alaska was the only real falling .off in San
Francisco's commerce. The sole reason for that is lack of trans
portation facilities. The year 1913 must see San Francisco con-
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
Elected with Alaska by a steamship line. Then the reports issued at
the end of this year will show a uniform increase, an increase in
every line of commerce.
Five hundred and thirty-two deaths occurred in the streets of
New York in 1912, not counting, of course, the victims of Lieutenant
Visible Work on the Fair Has Begun
Now Watch It Grow
WORK has started on the international exposi
tion—the manual work, the hewing of wood and drawing r '"
water that will create at Harbor View, now the fair site, the
most glorious architectural panorama the world has seen. Twenty
five months before the gates of the exposition open the first of the
great exhibit palaces, a building which will have an area of eight
acres, has been begun. Within this good year 1913 work on all
fourteen of the exhibit palaces will be under way, and the states
and nations that are to participate—to name them is to recite the
political geography of the world—will be affected by the spirit of
the exposition itself and will hasten with their construction work.
San Francisco stood 200,000 deep on Wednesday to attest its interest
in the success of the exposition.
New Year day was the appropriate time for beginning the work.
President C. C. Moore turned a shovelful of earth and the construc
tion was under way. Now the huge timbers will be reared and
joined, the heavy beams will be bolted to their places, the skeleton
of wood and metal will take shape upon the shore of San Francisco
hay, and then will come the artists with their delicate tints, the
decorators with their phantasies, the sculptors with their heroic
figures, and the magician of the electric wire, who will grace the
palaces with finer fancy than eastern potentate ever demanded. Then
the exposition will be completed and the world will come to be
amazed and gladdened.
The Panama-Pacific international exposition will be built within
sight of the Golden gate, alongside the roadstead where pass the
vessels that enter and depart from San Francisco. Every sailor,
every passenger that enters or sails from the Golden gate will wit
ness the work as it is progressing, and his first impression of San
Francisco or his last memory will be that the Panama-Pacific inter
national exposition is under way, will be ready for his coining in 1915.
The man who sent a pitchfork by parcel post instead of express
was making his hay while the sun didn't shine.
William Rockefeller Plays Bad Citizen
When He Defies Congress
WILLIAM ROCKEFELLER, in evading the process servers
who bear a subpena calling the oil magnate before the Pujo
congressional committee, is at this moment the most active
agent in creating popular discontent, the most culpable breeder of
that ill feeling toward the rich which is growing among the poor.
Rockefeller, a man who, with his more notorious brother, John D.,
owes all his great wealth to the protection of property which the law
has assured him, should be the first to obey the law. His attorneys,
on whose advice he is probably acting, should be eager to recom
mend that he accept service of the summons and appear before the
committee investigating the "money trust." He will only be asked
to tell the truth. Will that hurt him?
The name of Rockefeller has an evil sound in America, due to
the remorseless commercial tactics of the two brothers, John D. and
William, more than to the fact that they are prodigiously rich.
William has evaded the greater share of public opprobrium "hereto
fore, although John D. has carried enough for two. A third brother,
who seems human, tells the world that William is richer than
John D. He acts as if he were.
In their ruthless business career the Rockefellers have held
themselves superior to the dictates of commercial decency. Now
William feels that he is about to be cornered, and he hides his head,
slinks away and gives the army of the hungry, the naked, the unem
ployed, the discontented, occasion to reiterate that there is "one law
for the rich, another for the poor."
The doors of William Rockefeller's castle should be battered in
with sledges by the congressional process servers if its inmate con
tinues to defy the process of that law which protects his life and
his vast fortune.
A. h. CONRAD, a Ked Bluff hotel men; J. F.
litzgerald <>f Palermo; B. A. Stewart, s busi
ness man of Lindsay, ami K. W. I'rovine, ac
companied by Mrs. M. A. Swan and C. l>.
Swan of Mo<lpsto i make up a group of yester
day's arrivals at the Manx.
* * #
JOSEPH M. ATWELL of Bakersfleld. Thomas H.
Pike of Ooalluga, Cyrus Bell of Taft, W. O.
Todd of Lost Hills and W. M. Brown of Mc-
Klttrlck make up a group of oil operators
staying at the St. Francis.
* * *
F. F. ATKINSON, assistant district attorney of
Sacramento; A. M. Allison, t< broker of New
York, and A. B. Jackson, a banker of Colusa,
are among the recent arrivals at the Stewart.
* ♦ *
JOHN F. NIBLEY, son of the presiding bishop
of the Mormon church, Iβ at the St. Francis
with Mrs. Nibley. They are on their way to
the Hawaiian islands on a pleasure trip.
* * *
THOMAS W. PATTERSON, a Fresno banker,
and K. M. Slieehan, a wine producer of Sacra
mento, are among yesterday's arrivals at the
C. N. JOHNSTON, a business man of Seattle, Iβ
at the Stewart with Mrs. Johnston. Thej mo
tored up from I.os Angeles yesterday.
J. R. CLOUGH, interested in eeTeral mining
properties In Nevada, and Mrs. Clough are re
cent arrivals at the Argonaut.
W. S. SMULLER of and M. M. rraley
of Fullertnn, oil operators, are guests at the
W. E. REYNOLDS, senior captain. T\ S. R. C.
>S., is at the Bellevue, accompanied by Mrs.
PROF. W. W. CAMPBELL of the Lick observa
tory is at the Uniou Square with his family.
* * *
JOHN D. ROSS, a Denver merchant. Is at the
Palace with Mrs. E. Haywood, his sister.
F. 0. AFFOLD JR., a New York attorney, is
spending a few days at the St. Francis.
WILLIAM HOWARTH, » merchant of Seattle,
is at the Palace with Mrs. Howarth.
JULIAN CODMAN, an attorney of Hamilton.
Mass., is registered at tlie Kairiuont.
W. C. HALE, a land owner of Solano county, in
at the Union Square with Mrs. Hale.
* * *
F. C. DERN, a capitalist of .Salt Lake City, is
at the St. Francis with Mrs. Dern.
STATE SENATOR LEROY A. WRIGHT of San
l>iego is staying at the Palace.
DR. A. C. BAGLEY and Mrs. Bagley of Santa
Maria are guests at the Palace.
W. J. WATSON and Mrs. Watson of Calgary
are guests at the Fairmont.
* * #
J. W, SHOULTS, a Ben Lomond hotel man, is
stopping at the Argonaut.
M. E, LONG, an Insurance man of Turlock, is a
guest at the Argonaut.
CARLOS S. HARDY, a Los Angeles attorney, is
staying at the Palace.
* * ♦
T. HARRINGTON, a Colusa banker, is registered
at the St. Francis.
* # *
ARNOLD H. KELLOGG, a ?spw York architect,
is at the Bellevue.
* » *
L. C. SARGENT nf Santa Barbara is registered
at Hi* Argonaut.
* * »
H. P, ANDREWS, an attorney of Red Bluff, is
at the Argonaut.
* * *
J. F. CAMPBELL, a Colusa rancher, is at the
■» * *
J. M. McGEE, au Ororille attorney, is at the St.
LET IT KXOCK
"Naw. I don't want your patent can
"A rare chance, madam."
"Don't want it."
"You'll regret your decision."
"Don't want it, I tell you."
'Opportunity, madam, knocks but
'•Opportunity, eh? You look more
like Importunity."—Washington Her
CHARLESTON, S.C. I
Of all the cities in the United States
none is more prominent or more highly
spoken of than Charleston, & C.
Charleston is of very ancient and dis
tinguished birth, having been founded
before the year 1700. In most of the
history which the United States has
compiled, Charleston has been very
artive. it is . Impossible to read more
than four pages in any account of the
American revolution or the civil war
without meeting Charleston careering
madly to fanio in a storm of bullets.
Charleston called the first continental
congress. It produced a vice president.
It passed the constitution and defied the
government. It stceded from the Union
and stood a three years' siege. It was
twice bombarded by the British. It was
destroyed by fire and saved by a fort
of palmetto logs. It entertained the
most disastrous earthquake that had
visited this country to tht 1 time of the
San Francisco shiver. It has provided
local color fAr a shelf full of novels. It
has half a ctosen steamship lines. It
built a world , * fair and recovered from
it. It produced Major Ilemphill, whose
ideas are quoted with respect by the
New York newspapers. Railroads sell
excursion tickets to Charleston from
all over the country. Xo map of the
nation, no matter how small, is com
plete without at least an emaciated
flyspeck representing- Charleston, even
though Pittsburgh Cleveland and St.
Ix>uis are lett out of said maps , to
The casual collector of information,
who has only read of Charleston and
has evaded statistics, will therefore
be somewhat dazed to learn that
Charleston has only 55.000 people, of
whom not over 25,000 are white.
Charleston, with its L'.VOOO white men,
is bigger in history and headlines than
many a city of half a million.
Charleston is a quaint and beautiful
southern town, with rare old churches
and houses, handsome palmetto ave
nues, the manners of two centuries
ago, the pride of two Spams boiled
down into one, the temper of a stick
of 'dynamite and the spirit of eternal
truth, which always bounces , when it
is crushed to earth. It has been burned
down, shot down, tipped over, and
buried under weeds from a three years'
blockade. In spite of all these things it
has always risen again with both fists
doubled. It is .the slowest growing of
all American cities, but it doesn't have
to grow. It was born big. If Charles
ton had 100.000 people it would run all
over the south.
DISGRACED SOITH CAROLINA
The topic of all editorial expression
just now is the spectacle that the gov
ernor of this state made of the state
I and its people in the recent convention
lof governors. It makes very little dif
ference just what words were used, for
the governor has said, as he always
does say, that he has been misquoted.
The great fact remains that not one of
the many men who sat with him in the
convention, not one of the women ■who
were there until he started speaking,
and all of these must have been
naturally inclined to defend one of their
own number, has had a word to cay in
defense of him. He disgusted men and
offended women, and disgraced the
state, as he has done times before.
The suggestion made by one of the
newspaper writers that the real situa
tion should be made plain to the mis
taken men who supported the governor,
and made plain before an election Is
on again, is a good one.—Florence (S.
Ramie, or Chinese grass, the fiber of
which is entering more and more into
dress goods, thread, yarns and mil
linery, can now be grown on suitable
soils from Maryland to Texas, in Cali
fornia and in Porto Rico. Dr. Lyster
H. Dewey, botanist in charge of fiber
investigations at Washington, reports
that the necessity of separating the
fiber from the woody inner portion of
the ramie stalk and from the thin outer
bark has hitherto made it impossible to
produce the material with profit out
side of oriental countries having cheap
skilled hand labor. But now three dif
ferent European companies are adver
tising machines for barking the green
stalks, and a machine built in this
country to decorticate the dry stalks
has proved successful in "rather ex
tensive trials." If it works in practice
a tremendous growth In the production
of goods is assured. —New York
ROSE BEAPS— F. S. 8., Santa Rosa. To
make rose beads, take a good sized basket of
clean rose leaves, turn a food chopper down to
Its lowest point, put in the leaTcs and grind
thpm. preserving what little moisture you may
get out of them. Sift the chopped leaves thor
oughly, put them on a common sueetlron baking
pan free from grease, spread well and put in the
air (not the sun) for 24 hours. Repeat the chop
ping, spreading and drying for 11 consecutive
days. At the end of that time hare a saucer of
water tn which to wet the hands, work the leaves
into thp shape of a good sized marblf. for they
shrink a great deal. Lay them carefully on the
same pan, and, after three or four day*, when
they are firm enough so as not to break, run a
small nail through, leaving the nail In the bead.
It will take from two to three weeks until they
have thoroughly shrunk and are hardened. Turn
the nail In each bead once In two days, so each
may l>e easily taken out when the bea'ls are suf
ficiently dry. The moisture obtained from the
first chopping should be used in the first sifting
of the chapped leaves.
♦ * *
GOVERNMENT LAND—A.. Oakland. A woman
has the right to take up government land under
the provisions of section 22K9 of the tnited
States revised statutes, which says: "Every
person who is the head of a family, or who drs
arrived at the age of 21 years, anil is n citizen
of the Halted Slates, or who has filed declara
tion of intention to become such, hs by
the naturalization laws, simll be entitled to enter
one-juarter section nr a U-ss quantity cf unap
propriated public lamls, etc."
# * *
RIKHT TO VOTK-J. M. P.. F.omon Cove. A
man who has Upph Mateaeed to imprisonment in
a ppiiitontlary of thif> Rtntp and leaves the same
at the expiration of srntpiiop Is not entit!*vl to
rote nt an.v election in the statp unless be has
bees restored to his rights as a Htin?n.
* * *
CALIFORNIA'S CAPITALS—A. S.. Citr. r«n
foruia has had as capitals: San Joso. 1840-51-
Vallcjo. 1852-53; Benicia. 185.(54; Sacramento'
1854 to date.
It's purty hard V eat a egg these
Jays without feelin , like a burglar.
No woman ever enjoys a play unless
she's dressed better'n anybuddy
JANUARY h l^l3
Haven't you often
passed the remark,
"I should think
she'd be cold," as
you gazed, some
upon the upper and
that Miss San Francisco and her sub
urban cousins affect nowadays when
they sro shopping , ?
Sailors are hardy men, and yet you
notice that the bluejacket, whose uni
form blouse is cut on airy lines, dons
a woolen chest protector when the
thermometer gets down.
Not so with the female of the specie?.
She may carry a fur nuiff, but she uses
it as a carry all. She may have ■
neck fur, but she balances It on b«r
shoulders, and even if she wears a
sealskin coat there is the diaphanous
hosiery and the fin keeled slippers with
the low freeboard. You're sure ene
must be cold. You know that if you
went out in the blast so freely venti
lated you would freeze to tieath.
They don't freeze. They don't seem
to notice the changes in temperature,
but they feel the cold just the samo.
I have some first hand information on
the subject that should be interesting,
both to the girls who face a norther in
plumaere that wouldn't overburden a
butterfly and to the men who wonder
how they do It.
To tell you his name would mere'v
get him in trouble with his sister, who
blames an innocent laundry concern for
the mysterious knots and rips that ■
survey of some of her most prized pos
sessions has revealed. Let the laundry -
man take the blame. It's probably
coming- to him for something.
He and his brother were invited, the
other evening, to a fancy dress ball.
His brother went as a cavalier or
something. He went as a bathing girl
and he wore a green costume. They
dressed for the ball at home,
"Let's walk there," he said; "It'll be
They had not gone far when he dis
covered that it takes an Iron constitu
tion to be a girl on a winter evening.
His teeth began to chatter.
"Great Scott!" he said to his brother.
"I've either got to have a rug to wrap
around my legs or a big horn of
whisky. I'm freezing."
"Walk a little faster," suggested
brother; "that'll warm you."
"Warm nothing!" protested tli»*
bathing girl." "The faster I walk the
more the wind blows. Let's drop in
here and get a drink."
The bar tender gasped—-not 10 tttacti
at the bathing costume ac at the size
of the lady's drink.
"We'll phone for a taxi. Til have
rheumatism and pneumonia if I so out
again in this."
His costume made a hit at the ball.
but his technique, like his constitution,
was not equal to the occasion, and his
very first partner, before the very first
dance started, exposed him in these
"I'm on to you, kid. You'll have to
shave closer before you can fool mo.
And"—he added this in a stage whis
per—"l'll punch your h»>ad if you tcli
anybody that I tried to kiss you."
Of course they feel the cold. You can
Judge for youTself from this story that
it takes some man to be a girl these
The public drinking: cup has been
banished to a great extent, but is still
in commission on many of the ferry
boats. I sat beside one the other
evening , and made a discovery that may
interest those commuters whose thirst
Is greater than their prejudice against
using a cup after somebody else.
During the trip across the bay eight
people visited the font and slaked more
or less imperative thirsts. The first
cupful went down the throat of a
Chinese peddler. A little girl drank the
second cupful. Then a thirsty colored
gentleman came along. Numbers 4 and
5 were young women, 6 was a Chinese,
7 another negro, and the eighth anil
last drink was poured into the mouth
of a little girl by her mother.
Every one that used the cup tric-il
to make the drink as individual as
possible by twisting the uteneil around
so that the lips caressed the rim at a
point directly opposite the handle. Jμ
this way everybody acknowledged a
prejudice against drinking after the
other fellow, and in the effort to avoid
this they all put the same part of the
cup in their mouths.
This may not be a very esthetic
story, but I thought the people who
used these cups might want to know.
The commuter army hai lost a dis
tinguished figure in Henri Merou, who
was consul general here for France ami
recently retired from the diplomatic
service to accept a railroad Job in Ber
lin. Merou lived in Berkeley and bad
many friends among the commuters.
Xow that he has gone I am going to
tell you something. He is going t<>
make you all famous. Merou is recog
nised in France as a writer of dis
tinction. A recent book of his on
America found a ready sale and cre
ated a demand for more from the same
pen. He has been .a commuter for a
number of years and has been travel
ing with his eyes open. He Is going
to serve you, spiced, sugared and
toasted, to the French reading public
He told me so himself.
If you behaved in his presence as a
member of the consular corps would
expect a well regulated commuter t-»
behave, you will fthd yourself in his
book classified something like t ii.s
•There are, of course, others who by
their behavior when traveling could
not be distinguished from well bred
THE NATION'S ADVISERS
There's a friend
On whom to lean;
Write a note
To Laura Jean.
If you find
That she's a fluke
Tell your woes
To Luke McLuke.
"When fell misfortune
Makes you writhe,
Invite the aid
Of Bettie Blythe.
ludianapolls Kuu , .
If with too muss
Flesh you tussle,
Take a tip
From Lillian Russell.
Detroit Free Press.
Or wisdom failing
All of these,
What's the matter
"Your woes?" says he
"I'shaw, I can't end 'em,
You d better try