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BANKS WILL PAY
THEIR PRO RATA
Express Companies Only
Concerns Paying Segre
gated State Taxes to
NEW TWIST GIVEN
TO BLUE SKY LAW
-Senavor Thompson Reopens
Fight to Better Transpor
tation of Insane Patients
GEORGE A. VAN SMITH
Sacramento. January 15.
vSpeelal Dispatch to The Cati)
The corporations paying: segregate-!
*tate taxes, with the single exception
pl the express companies, may pre
pare to present next week their argu
ments against the imposition of in
creased rates, or submit to the rates
that will become law the week after
This warning extends to the banks.
Chairman Thompson and Sutherland of
the senate and assembly revenue com
mittees, respectively, have agreed to
organize their committees tomorrow.
They will begin holding joint hearings
They propose to give one day tn
each class of corporation in the segre
gated list. They also purpose to wind
up the hearings next week, report their
bill In Monday or Tuesday of the fol
lowing week i-.d pass it before the
end of that week.
The tentative plans involves read
justment of all the rates except those
on franchises and express companies.
That readjustment will not be made
on the basis of exact percentages but
designed to equalize the rates as near
ly as may be without writing them in
The gas and electric companies stand
to be hit hardest In any adjustment
scheme based on an acceptance of the
comparative figures prepared by the
board of equalization. Those figures
will be attacked b th on behalf of the
banks and the gas and electric com
panies, which include the power com
WHERE INCREASES WILL FALL
The suggested readjustment involves
Railroads, including street railways,
4 to 5 per cent.
Gas and electric companies, 4 to 6
Telegraph and telephone companies,
3>£ to 414 per cent.
Car companies, 3 to 4 per cent.
Insurance companies, to 1%, per
Banks, l to LI per cent.
These increased rates are tentative,
but they may be accepted approxi- I
mately as correct unless it can be
shown that there is serious error in i
the data prepared by the state board j
of equalization. The disclosure of such j
error is up to the interested corpora
tions, and the time is short.
Senator Caminetti. whirlwind legis
lator and spokesman for the minority,
renewed today his campaign to undo
the transportation nabobs. He rein
troduced his proposed constitutional
amendment for the establishment of
state railroads, steam and electric.
The Caminetti scheme does not in
volve the operation of roads by the
state. It is designed to enabie the
state to acquire existing lines of rails
and to construct, if need be. new lines,
upon which all persons, corporations
and companies might operate their own
trains or cars under the supervision of
NEW TWIST TO BLI E SKY
Assemblyman Ch_ idler has given a
B*w twist to the v . Ie sky law cam
paign. He is sponsor for a bill which
makes the state superintendent of!
banks the administrator of a blue sky !
law, covering all classes of securities j
other than those now within the juris
diction of the railroad commission, and, J
of course, public securities, which the
legislature has no jurisdiction nor de
sire to manage.
The extra legal opinions c<t misin
formed editorial writers have given j
rise to grave concern on the part nf
legislators generally and bifurcated
session advocates especially. The sen
ate gave voice to its concert and for
mally appealed from the opinions of
the editorial writers this morning.
There Is nothing In the bifurcated
session provisions of the .constitution
to prevent the legislature from passing
any bill or bills prior to the interreg
num. While the ante-recess portion I
'tt the session is designed primarily
to be devoted to the introduction of
bills, there is no inhibition against the
passage of bills. The constitutional!
changes have to do with that portion of
the session after the interregnum.
After the reconvening of the legis
lature, no bill may be introduced with
out the consent of three-fourths of the
members elected to the house in
introduction Is sought. Not more than
'wo bills may be introduced by any
The ante-recess session ia limited to
30 days. Wherefore, the senate would
have all citizens know that their pet
measures must be introduced prior to
February 4, but that there is no re
ptrlction other than that of policy
upon the legislature's power to pass
bills before that date.
TRANSPORTATION* OF INSANK
The humanitarians' long fight to
take the transportation of insane pa
tients out of the hands of the sheriffs
of the Bta.te was renewed today by
Senator Newton "VV. Thompson of Los
At this session the sheriffs will be:
compelled to face a new and exceed
ingly potent factor in the fight to se
cure humanitarian treatment for the
unfortunate wards * the statp. The
board of control Will exert a powerful
if not an influence on the side of
the bill introduced today hy Thomp
The sheriffs always have fought the
1 ill successfully because the transpor
tation of insane is clear velvet to them,
aggregating about $25,000 a year.
Under the existing law the sheriff is
charged with the custody of an insane j
patient from the time the order for hie
commitment is issued by the court until
he is delivered to the designated hos
pital. The law gives the sheriff a
claim of $5 a day for the services of
the person deputized to conduct the
For instance, the claim for the serv
ices of a deputy taking a patient from
San Francisco to Stockton or Uklah is
$10. The sheriff sends one of his regu
lar deputies, paid by the county, and
nets $10 personally on the deal.
BIG SAVING TO STATE
The Thompson bill provides that in
the absence of express order from the
court- based on a physician's certificate
«£ necessity/ the patient shall be held
Johnston After Lotteries
Proposes Felony Charge
SACRAMEXTO, Jan. 15.—Hi*
personal observation of court
action* for the collection of gro
cery bill*, in which it developed
that th<> wife had spent for lot
tery tickets the nioney her hue
band had given her to pay for
food *va« the reason driven by As
semblyman T. D. Johnwtoo of
Contra Costa connty today for
the introduction of bills making:
the promotion of a lottery or
veiling of tickets a felony.
"Xot to be tiufrnllnnt." he add
ed, "probably many more hus
bands buy lottery ticket* with
money they should take home."
The penalty provided In the bill
Is to be not less than a year's Im
prisonment in a penitentiary.
by the sheriff pending the arrival of an
attendant or attendants from the hos
pital named in the commitment. It
also provides that female patients shall
not be intrusted to male custodians
Th»» experience of alienists is that
deputy sheriffs, wholly untrained in the
methods of caring for insane persons,
frequently subject patients to inhuman
treatment, and not infrequently pa
tients are painfully injured. The
Thompson bill would not only Insure
expert and humane treatment for pa
tients, but would result in saving ap
proximately $25,000 a year to the state.
O REFORM MEASURES
SACRAMENTO, Jan. 15.—Bills for the
protection of workingmen continued
to appear in the senate tod y.
Senator E. S. Birdsall of Auburn
offered one for the creation of a state
mining department, which should In
spect all mines regularly.
■ Incidentally, the bill puts out of
business the state mining bureau,
which is attacked in a recent report
of the state board of control as ac
complishing "nothing of value."
This bureau, under the Birdsall bill,
w uld become a subdivision of the
state department, and the latter would
be presided over by a state mine in
spector, appointed at the pleasure of
the governor and drawiflg $300 per
month. This official would be state
mineralogist, ex officio.
The state, and ail persons and cor
porations in it. must pay its employes
not less frequently than every 16
days, according to a bill by Senator
Henry H. Lyon of Los Angeles.
PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION'S
The bill provides for notices, prom
inently posted, specifying such "pay
days"; directs that payments be In
T'nited States money or in negotiable
bank checks and that it be in full
up to five days before pay day.
A penalty of $50 to $500 and 30
days to 6 months in jail is provided.
Men who go to sea in the ships of the
north Pacific especially are, in view of
a bill offered by Senator D. P. Regan
lof San Francisco for payment of
seasonal laborers. It provides that on
request of employer or employe pay
ment shall be made In the presence of
the president of the state bureau of
labor statistics, who may allow or re
ject deductions made on account of ad
vances in wages, but who may not aJ
low any such deductions made because
of gambling debts or for intoxicants
supplied the laborer. The awards may
be carried into court on the ground that |
they are excessive, that the award was !
gained through fraud or that the find
ings in fact do not support the award.
BILI S REGULATING INSURANCE
A beries of bills was introduced by
Senator William E. Kehoe of Eureka on
behal* of the state insurance depart
ment. They provide, among other
things, that there shall fie no discrim
ination in life insurance by any com
pany against any person in any given
classification; that officers and employes
of the companies may not borrow money
from them, and neither directors nor
officers may sell mortgages to the com
panies. The bills affect domestic com
panies—that is, those chartered in this
Establishment of a government tele
graph system is asked of congress in a
Jpint resolution introduced by Senator
William E. Brown of L,os Angeles.
The resolution recites that such a
system would be a profitable and eco
nomic extension of the postal business
and would afford greater facilities to
Another joint resolution, by Senator
Sanford, confirms the national constitu
tional amendment for direct election of
United States senators. North Caro
lina, Senator Sanford said, passed such
a resolution yesterday, and New York
is expected to act tomorrow. Both res
olutions were referred to the committee
on federal relations.
AGAINST SUNDAY CLOSING
Half a dozen petitions against any
Sunday closing laws were presented by
various senators as coming from their
People of the state were •warned by
President pro tern A. E. Boynton of
' Oroville to get their desired legislation
! before both houses at the present half
of the divided session. Responding to
inquiries by senators. Senator Boynton,
in the chair, declared that bills could
be acted upon finally at this half of the
session, and it would be a hard matter
to introduce any after the recess. A
general misapprehension exists In the
state, he said, on this question.
The senate kept up its average of a
hundred bills a day, among those pre
sented today being:
Bt Tyrrell—Providing for the bonding of rail
road policemen In $1,000 each, and holding them
personally responsible for damage.
By Wright—Providing penalties for stealing
By Finn—Appropriating $1,000,000 fr> r a state
building at the Panama-Pacific exposition.
NEW NORMAL SCHOOL
By Kehoe—Appropriating $30,000 for a state
normal school at Eureka.
By Brown —Providing that officers of irrigating,
districts shall exert themselves in the develop
ment of rieetrical power.
By Birdsali —Appropriating $20,000 for the pro
r«vied new extension work of the University of
By Beban —For 10 foot billboard?;.
By Camlnetti —For equal guardianship of chil
dren between parents.
By Jullllard- Appropriatine $5,000 to rebuild
the "chapel in Russian fort, at Fort Boss, Sonoma
By Gates —For a cosmopolitan school In Los
Angeles like the one in San Francisco, to teach
Italian. French and German
By Campbell—Making the killing or possession
of sea otter a felony.
CREATES JURY COMMISSIONER
Another bill by Senator Lyon pro
vides that in any county where they
now select trial juries superior court
i judges may select a Jury commissioner,
holding office at the pleasure of the ma
jority of any county bench, ?t a salary
of $300 per month. The Jury commis
sioner shall investigate the personal
qualifications for jury service of men
J liable to it and make reports to the
judges, who* may accept or reject them.
Mare Island Notes
MARE ISLAND. Jan. I.l.—Captain Prank M.
B'nnett. V. S. >.. former commander of the
cruiser South Dakota of the Pacific fleet, as-
Mimed bis duties as captain of the Mar* Island
navy yard this morning.
Seeks Missing Husband
Frantic, she claimed to have lost
sight of her husband. He was peace
fully reposing at home. She really did
not recognize him—he had Improved so
In dressing on the $1 a week Credit
Plan, 5a Stockton st, upstairs.—Advt.
THE SAX FRANCISCO CALL, THURSDAY, JANTTABY 16, 1913.
Only Five San Francisco
Members of the Lower
House Are Chairmen
Sacramento, January 15.
Only five of the assembly
men from San Francisco were given
committee chairmanships by Speaker
Young today. Every member of the
Lee Angeles delegation except C. "W.
Kingsley (socialist) was honored with
San Francisco men appointed as
chairmen are; E. J. D. Nolan, claims;
Walter McDonald, labor and capital;
William B. Bush, manufactures; W. S.
Scott, municipal corporations; J. J.
Ryan, public charities and corrections.
Milton L. Schmitt, eenior member of
the San Francisco delegation, sought
the chairmanship of the insurance com
mittee. He declined to head the in
consequential manufactures committee
tendered by Mr. Young and announced
he no longer would play in the pro
gressive back yard.
The committee appointments are:
Agriculture— Assemblymen Jndson (chairman , *,
Bi»cl£. Bowman. Bradford. Cram. Gabbert. Quill,
Johnston*. Mooruonse. Palmer and Wall.
Attaches and employes—Assemblymen Smith
(chairman 1, Chandler, Guill, Htnkle, Inman,
Peairs and Ryan.
Banking—Assemblymen Roberts (chairman}.
Alexander. Finn Gates, Gelder. Gulberson. Libby,
Scott and Wyllie.
Building and loan associations—Assemblymen
Hayes (chairman). Cram. Farwell, Ferguson,
Libby. Roberts, Shannon, Stuckenbruck and Wyl
Civil service—Assemblymen Bloodgood (chair
man). Emmfflw. Ford. Johnstone, McCarthy, Mor
gtnetern. Shannon. Weisel and Woodley.
Claims —Assemblymen Nolan (chairman). Fer
guson, Green, Hinkle, Kingsley, Richardson and
Commerce and navigation—Assemblymen In
man i chain..an 1. Bloodgood, Clarke. George A.
McDonald, Nolan, Palmer, Shartel, Tulloeh and
Conservation —Assemblymen Cary (chairman),
Clark. Ellkf>. Finnegan. Fitigerald. Jolmstone,
Judson. Morganstern and Wall.
Constitutional amendments—Assemblymen Clark
(chairman). Brown, Clarke. George A. Johnson,
McDonald, Shartel, Stuckenbruck. Sutherland and
Contingent expenses — Assemblymen Farwell
(chairman), Gabbert, Hayes. Richardson and
Contested elections —Assemblymen Gelder (chair
man*. Canepa, Emuions. Joiiuson. Kuck, Slater
Corporation*—Assemblymen Woodley (cbatr
mam. Alexander. Ambrose. Benedict. Gates,
Gree. Hlnkle, Richardson, Shearer, Etrine and
County government —■ Assemblymen Woodley
(chairman!. Alexander. Bagby, Beck, Bloodgood,
Brown. Cram. Gabbert, Green, Griffln, Palmer,
Simpson and Slater.
Drainage, swamp and overflowed land—Assem
blymen Morganstern ichsirmani. Bradford,
Byrnes. Giilbernon. Have*. Inman. Kfllingeworth.
Kuck. Mcl>onald, Murray, Polsley, Shannon and
Education —Assemblymen Wyllie (chairman),
Bloodgood, Bohnett. Clark, Dower. Griffln. KiU
lngsworth. Peairs, Polsley, Smith and Strlne.
Aliexander. Benedict, Clark, Ellis. Farwell, Fin
negan Gelder. Johnson. Moorhouse, Peairs, Pole
ley. Tullock. Walsh and Woodley.
Engrossment and enrollment — Assemblymen
Moorhouse (chairman), Ambrose. Collins, Em
mom. McCarthy, Nolan and Palmer.
Federal relations —Assemblymen Johnson (chair
man). Ambrose. Chandler. Johnstone, Shannon,
Slater and Wyllie.
Fish aad games—Assemblymen Guill (chair
man). Beck. Canepa, Cary. Clarke, George A.
Collins, Emmons, Gates. Green. Judson, Murray,
Nelson. Scott. Shannon and Shearer.
Hospitals and asylums—Assemblymen jCram
(chairman). Ambrose. Cary. Collins. Fish. Gelder.
Hayes, Inman. Slater. Sutherland and Wall.
Insurance — Assemblymen Kuck (chairman , ),
Bagby. Bush. Byrnes. Collins. Nelson, Nolan,
Roberts. Schmittt Simpson and Smith.
Irrigation—Assemblymen Murray (chairman).
Cary. Ellis, Griffin, Guiberson, Johnstone. Libby,
Mrv>rhmise. Simpson. Tulloeh and Weisel.
Judiciery —Assemblymen Benedict (chairman),
Alexander. Bohnett, Bradford. Brown. Byrnes,
Clark. Fish. Griffln. Johnson, Johnstone. Libby,
Nelson, Peairs. Shannon. Shartet. Simpson, Suth
erland, Weisel, Weldop and White.
Labor and capital — Assemblymen McDonald
(chairman), Bloodgood. Cary, Fitzgerald, Ford.
Johnston?, Morganstern, Mouser, Scott, Strlne
Libraries — Assemblymen George A. Clark
• chairman). Bradford, Brown, Finnegan, Mouser.
Murray and Wyllie.
Livestock and dairies — Amtemblymen Byrnes
(chairman). Brown, Gren, Gulberson. Gnill. Klll
ingsworth. Murray. Stuckenbruek and Tulloeh.
Manufactures —Assemblymen Bush (chulnnan),
Byrnes. Canepa, Fitzgerald, Ford. Johnston and
Medical and dental — Assemblymen P«airs
(chairman), Alexander, Ambrose, Bush, Emmom,
Ford. Smith, Sutherland and Weldon.
Mileage — Assemblymen Mouser (chairman),
Collins. Ferguson. Ryan and Shartel.
Military affair* —Assemblymen Hlnkle (chair
man). Bagby, Beck, Bowman, Byrnes, Gates,
Slater. Scott and Wall.
Mines and mining—Assemblymen White (chair
man), George A. Clarke. Dower, Emmone, Far
well. Ferguson. McCarthy. Shearer and Weldon.
Municipal corporations — Assemblymen Scott
(chairman). Benedict, Bush, Gelder, Kingsley.
LihbY Mouser, Peairs, Richardson, Smith and
Normal schools —Assemblymen Strine (chair
man). Bagby, Cary. Gnill, Hayes, Hinkle, Scott,
Tullock and Woodley.
Oil industries — Assemblymen Green (<*halr
mani. Bagby. Bowman, Bush, Chandler, Gabbert,
Kingeley and Simpson.
Prisons and reformatories—Assemblymen Ellis
(chairman). Farwell. Ferguson, Johnston, Mc-
Carthy. McDonald, Mouser. Roberts, Ryan, Tui
loch and Walsh.
Public charities and corrections—Assemblymen
Ryan (chairman). Ambrose. Bowman, Dower,
Farwell, Ferguson, Kllliugawortb, Palmer and
Public health and quarantine—Assemhlymen
Fitzgerald (chairman). Bagby. Kuck, McCarthy.
Palmer, Ryan, Sebmitt. Shartel and Stucken
Public morals—Assemblymen Nelson (chair
man). Bohnett, Canepa. Clark, Cram, Hayes,
Judson. Polsley and Strine.
ReTeriue and Taxation —Assemblymen Suther
land (chairmani. Bloodgood. Bonnet. Chandler,
Cram. Ellis. Fisb. Guiberson. Gulll. Johnson,
Kingsley. Polsley, Schmitt, Wall,
Weldon and White.
Revision of criminal procedure—Assemblymen
Weisel <chairman t. Bloodgood. Bradford, E!l!s.
Finnegan. Gelder, Griffin, Inman, Nelson, Simp
son and White.
Roads and highways—Assemblymen Gabbert
(chairman. Beck. Chandler. George A. Clarke,
Cram. Dower. Emmons, Fish, Judson, Kuck, Rob
erts. Slater and Wyllle.
Rules —Assemblymen Brown (chairman , ). Boh
nett. Guill. Johnstone, Schmitt, Sutherland and
State grounds and parks—Assemblymen John
ston (chairman). Bowman. Brad/ord. Bush,'
Dower. KillingswoTth, Klngsley, Morganstern
Universities —Assemblymen Gates (chairman),
Benedict. Bohnett. Clark. Finnegan, Moorhouse,'
Nelson. Shartel and Simpson.
Ways and means — Assemblymen Chandler
(chairman). Berk. Ellis. Fitigerald. Ford, Gab
h*rt. Gates, Hinkle. Inman. Killincsworth. Kuck.
Richardson. Ryan. Scott. Slater. Strine. Stucken
bruck, Tulloch, Wall. Walsh and Wyllie.
A LAMEDA RECEIVES
r\ FIRST TEXTBOOKS
SACRAMENTO. Jan. 15—To the city
of Alameda will go the honor of re
ceiving the first consignment of free
textbooks from the state of California,
as authorized by the constitutional
amendment adopted last November. To
day the state superintendent of public
instruction authorized the state printer
to ship approximately 3,000 textbooks
to Will C. Wood, superintendent of the
Alameda schools. This order will be
supplemented during the day by orders ,
to ship to Willows, Bakersfield and
Pending the passage of legislation,
•which will regulate the method of
distributing- boM» to the pupils. Su
perintendent Hyatt will eend the con
signment direct to the city or county
superintendent, or. where there is no
superintendent, to the clerks of the
school boards of the respective dis
tricts, upon whom will rast the re
sponsibility of distributing them to the
It has been tentatively agreed that
for the present these books will be
merely loaned to the pupil, the owner
ship remaining with the state.
Act Enables Exposition
Grand State Building
Senator Finn Presents
Bill to Legislature
For Big Structure
Sacramento, January 15.
To enable a consummation of con
tracts for construction and other work
on the exposition site, the exposition
company has asked the legislature to
segregate the charter amendments re
cently ratified and immediately to ap
prove amendments 1 and 2.
Police Commissioner Max Kuhl, rep
resenting: the exposition company, spent
tho day with members of the San Fran
cisco delegation and secured a tentative
agreement to get immediate action on
two of the amendments, that have been
held up to enable all the affected em
ployes of the city to qualify before the
civil service amendment was submitted
for legislative approval.
These amendments give the exposi
tion company control of the streets and
public lands in the exposition tract.
Pending the ratification of the amend
ments contracts for work on such lands
Senator Finn of San Francisco intro
duced the state building appropriation
bill today. It provides for an appropria
tion of 11,000,000 and control of the
fund by the state exposition commis
sion, and is designed to provide the so
called counties building without the
necessity of raising the money directly
in the several counties.
State Building Advocated
(Sfwcial Dispatch to Tbe Call)
MODESTO, Jan. 15.—The Stanislaus
county board of trade and the county
supervisors, both in session here yes
terday, adopted resolutions urging that
the state for the
construction of a California building
at the Panama-Pacific exposition.
Copies of the resolutions were ordered
forwarded to the Stanislaus county rep
resentatives In the legislature. At the
Board of Trade meeting George Mc-
Cabe of Los Angeles was elected % sec
A SSEMBLY HOLDS
r\ SHORT SESSION
SACRAMENTO, Jan. 15.—The appoint
ment of the standing assembly commit
tees today by Speaker C. C. Young en
abled th>e lower house to get down to
regular routine. The committee on re
vision and printing had sent 150 bills to
the printer at noon today, and as fast
as these return the committees will be
gin consideration of them.
As had been expected. Assemblyman I
W. A. Sutherland of Fresno was as
signed the chairmanship of the revenue
and »taxation committee: his fellow
townsman, Assemblyman W. F. Chand
ler, ways and means, and Assemblyman
H. S, Benedict of Los Angeles, judiciary.
John H. Guill, the only democrat as
semblyman to rnter the nonpartisan
caucus, was made chairman of the fish
and game committee. Inman of Sacra
mento, who was assigned to commerce
and navigation, wag the only other
democrat to receive a chairmanship.
After announcement of the committee
assignments the assembly adjourned
until 11 o'clock tomorrow morning.
POSTAL SAVINGS AS LOANS
A joint resolution requesting congress
to amend the postal savings act to per
mit the lending of deposits to school
districts was introduced today by As
semblyman Arthur L. Shannon of San
"Banks are now receiving interest at
5 per cent on $8,000,000 worth of San
Francisco school bonds," said Mr. Shan- j
non. "These same banks are paying the
government 2% per cent on deposits of
the postal savings banks."
Other measures introduced today were
By Slater—Appropriating $65,000 for
building , an assembly hall and school
at the Sonoma state home.
By Mouser—Providing Italian and
Slavonian interpreters , in courts in
counties of the first class.
By Kingsley—Providing for the cash
payment of wages and abolishment of
By Kingsley—Providing that em
ployes must be paid wagea earned to
within six days , of date of such em
By Griffin —Empowering supervisors
to appoint county horticultural com
missioner upon petition of 25 growers
complaining of presence of scale or
MORE SUPERIOR JUDGES
By Woodley—Providing 20 superior
judges in counties of first class , .
By Judson—Appropriating $24,000 for
wharf at biological institution at La
By Chandler —"Blue sky law."
By Plater —Pensioning minor em
ployes of state hospitals after 21 years
By Farwell—Appointment of commis
sion of three to investigate old age
pension systems; one to represent em
ployers, and one labor; to receive $1,000
for completed services and to report
By Polsley—Appointment of one fish
and game commissioner instead of the
present system of five; salary to be
$3,000 per year.
SACRAMENTO. Jan. 15.—An active
lobby for legislation in the interest of
women was begun today at the first
executive session of the Women's Leg
islative Council of California, held at
the Sacramento hotel.
So far, the council has gone on record
for hut one appropriation. That is for
a state training school for girls and
the closing of the girls' department
at the Whittier state reformatory. The
organization proposes to maintain per
manent headquarters and will hold
conferences daily with the law makers.
The officers of the council are Mrs.
George E. Swan, Upland, chairman;
Mrs. C. M. Weymann, San Francisco,
secretary; Miss Anna Chase, San Fran
cisco, treasurer; Mrs. Florence Collins
Porter, Los Angeles, elector.
NEVADA RAISES RATE ON
CARSOX. Nev., Jan. 16.—Assessment*
of the property of public service cor
porations in the state of Nevada were
materially raised at the meeting of the
state assessors today. The Welle
Fargo company valuatiqn was in
creased from $300 to $950 a mile.
The Southern Pacific railway was
assessed at $35,000 a mile, with an ad
ditional $6,000 a mile for sidetracks.
Other assessments made were: Adams
Express company, $90 a mile; Globe
Express company, $65 a mile; Pullman
company, $300 a mile; Nevada and Cali
fornia railway. $14,000 a mile; Hazen
and Fallen railway, $9,000 a mile; To
nopah and Goldfteld railway, $10,000 a
Assessments on the other roads will
bo levied at the meeting tomorrow.
Senator Thomas F. Firm, who has
introduced bill appropriating $1,000,
--000 for state building at Panama-
CHANGES IN STATUTES
PROPOSED BY ATTORNEYS
District Officers Would Let
Judges Comment on Facts
as Well as Law
LOS AXGELES. Jan. 15.—Business
sessions of the annual convention of
the District Attorneys , association of
California closed today and the re
mainder of the week will be devoted to
the entertainment of the visitors. The
election of officers resulted In the selec
tion of Arthur M. Free, district attorney
of Santa Clara county, as president;
John D. Fredericks, Los Angeles, vice
president, and Arthur M. Keetch, Los
The convention today named a legis
lative committee which will attend the
present session of the legislature and
seek to bring about amendments to the
penal code which were recommended by
the convention. The executive com
mittee comprises Rev. Mr. Goodcell. San
Bernardino; E. S. Wachhorst, Sacra
mento; Clarence F. Lee, Santa Rosa,
and Byron C. Hanna, Los Angeles.
Among the amendments decided upon
today were the following:
"Permitting judges to comment on
facts as well as the law in charging
juries; fixing the punishment for petty
larceny, with a prior conviction, at a
minimum of one year and no maxi
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MUNSEY URGES HIS
PLANS FOR UNITY
Declares Republicans Divid
ed Cannot Fight Demo
(Sp«ei»l Dispatch to The Call)
NEW YORK, Jan. 15.—Frank Munsey,
in a signed article in the press goes
further Into his plan for the amalgama
tion of the republican and bull moose
He says: "View my suggestion of
amalgamation as you will, it has had
the merit of revealing the attitude of
the voters of the two parties, and this
is something of real importance. We
have a pretty good idea now of where
we stand; we had no definite idea be
fore. It was not known whether the
republicans would accept a suggestion
from the progressives or would arro
; gantly spurn it; it was not known
whether the progressives would look
upon It with favor or coldly oppose it.
"I hadn't a very large measure of
confidence in the idea being graciously
and favorably received by the repub
licans; I fancied the progressives would
see in it some practical common sense.
I reasoned that a brand new organ
ization would be less in a rut. less
wedded to name and free from slavery
to party traditions.
REPUBLIC AX S RECEPTIVE
"The evidence, as it comes in from
' the whole country, reveals the repub
licans as in a receptive mood —anxious-
ly receptive, for the most part—for the
political union, if. it can be brought
about in a mutually satisfactory way.
On the other hand, the progressives,
for the most part, to judge from the
evidence I have, turn a cold shoulder
on the idea of amalgamation of any
kinfi. In their triumph over the repub
licans at the polls in November, and in
their zeal for the new party, they feel
strong enough to go it alone, confident
in the belief that recruits' in great
numbers are sure to flock to them.
"This is not the opinion of all pro
gressives, but I should say that It is
of a large majority of them. The
men of the progressive party naturally
differ In their opinions and shares of
opinions as , to the men of all other
parties. They do not all think by a
stereotyped formula amalgamation or
nonamalgamation is a matter of tem
perament and of individual opinion.
Speaking for myself, I am convinced
that the desirable thing to do, the
common sense thing to do and the safe
thing to do in the present situation
is to weld the scattered units of the un
thinking alike Into one organization
that will have bigness and virility and
power—-power to contest the field suc
cessfully with the democratic party.
"I make this statement on the as
sumption that the union would be en
abled without the sacrifice of the es
sential principle of the part of either
side and with good feeling.
MAXY REMAINED IX PARTY
"It is well not to forget that If the
delegates of the republican party con
vention who fought for Roosevelt in
the preconvention campaign shoulder
to shoulder with us of the progressive
party, a very large percentage, per
haps 60 or SO per cent, remained in the
republican when the split came and
are there yet. These men, for the
most part, are progressives, but for
one reason or another, from a belief
that greater efficiency could come from
the old party than a new, stayed there,
bitter and chagrined as they were at
the attitude and acts of the conven
tion. If they would come over to
LETTER IN CALL
FOUND LOST GIRL
Missing Rose Alves Read It
and Wired Grieving
Mother at Once
A pathetic letter from a heartbroken
mother, asking her only daughter to
return home, published in The Call
Monday morning, proved the medium
yesterday of uniting Rose Alves, the
15 year old girl who disappeared from
her home in this city December 12,
with her aged mother.
Rose Alvee mysteriously disappeared
from her place of employment with a
soldier named Benton, whom she had
met at a public dance. A search of
the entire Pacific coast failed to re
veal her location. Meanwhile her
mother was dying of a broken heart
in her lonely home in Bush street. Un
able to bear the strain any longer. Mrs.
Alves wrote a sou! stirring letter to
The Call, which was published with
the picture of the missing girl in last
Monday's issue. This led to the lo
cating of the gir! and caused her re
union with her aged mother.
Rose Alves. who has been living in a
Stockton hotel with the deserter, read
the story yesterday and immediately
wired the following message to her
"Dear Mother: Just read your letter
in The Call. Will come home imme
Mrs. Alves. on receipt of the mes
sage, immediately rushed to the cap
tain of detectives with the good news.
Detective J. J. Callahan was detailed
to go to Stockton to bring the girl
back home. Mrs. Alves, unable to wait,
went with him.
At the Rex hotel In Sto-kton, Rom
Alves. clasped in the arms of her
parent, told a story of love for the
soldier deserter and her suitor's prom
ise of marriage. Mother and daughter
both broke down and cried in each
other's arms. The girl said she hoped
to become married and then return to
her parent, but that she could not have
faced her mother unless ehe bore Ben
She said Benton, fearing capture, had
fled to Mexico when she advised him
she had wired her mother. He is
wanted as a deserter by the United
the progressive party we could get
what we want —a big, strong, amalga
mated party In the progressive party
"But will they do eer? Seriously I
do not believe they will, and It Is be
cause I do not believe they will that I
advocate some way of getting together
that would be acceptable to them and
should be acceptable to us.
"If, by some such plan as I have
suggested we could get together on
a platform similar to one that would
have been acceptable to Roosevelt and
on which he would have run as a re
publican nominee, if he had controlled
the national convention, shouldn't it be
a reasonably satisfactory instrument
to us now?
"I have from the first fought any
thing that looked like fusion In any
way, shape or manner with the repub
lican party. I have not believed in
being a branch of anything and I
don't believe in it now.
"But merging with the republicans
in a new party with good feeling: and
on a platform that would be mutually
satisfactory would be quite another
matter. I am for this, as I am against
fusion with the republican party whjle
each party maintains an independent