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NEW YORK LOOKS WEST FOR
LESSONS IN "BOOSTING"
LET us hear no more hypercritical talk about "village methods"
when San Francisco or any San Franciscan sets out to foster
the civic spirit of the town or to translate that spirit into effort
and achievement. The common citation of that sort of criticism, its
criterion, is gone. Xew York has waked up. In the words of a
leading eastern magazine of progress, the American metropolis "has
discovered its civic spirit," has "proved that it is a city, not a place."
Too often we have been told that community "boosting" on the
plan of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and of cities
lying inland, of us was "cheap," "petty," "small town stuff," "beneath
the dignity of a real city." And the next sentence has usually been
"Look at Xew York; it doesn't know what 'boost' means, and yet
see how great it is!"
That cock fights no more. >few York is trying to learn how to
•boost and is looking to the far west for instruction.
The New York view was that that great city had no civic pride
or community spirit and needed none. Some individuals and organi
zations knew better, but they made little headway. Nobody listened
to them seriously, if at all. The newspapers paid little attention to
their efforts and the newspaper readers still less.
Quoting the "World's Work,* the magazine referred to:
It wasn't the newspapers' fault. They, too, suffered under the delu
sion that New York had no community spirit—that its populace was
interested only in the ticker and the criminal courts, the stage and the
great white way. And the populace! reading little and hearing less about
the things the commercial organizations were doing, fell into the habit of
thinking that nobody was doing anything and comforted itself with the
thought that New York probably didn't need any "boosting," anyhow,
but would continue to forge ahead through its own momentum and remain
the metropolis of the new world, whether they did anything or not.
The few who knew better did not begin to be heard until last
year, when a few of the directors of the Merchants' association put
up the funds for a campaign to get more members—just such a cam
paign as was made not long ago-by the Chamber of Commerce of
Again quoting the same magazine:
The men who were trying to do something knew better. They were
alive to Boston's efforts, backed by its Chamber of Commerce, 4,000
strong, to make that ancient city a more formidable rival of New York.
They knew how Chicago's A%sociation of Commerce was creating con
ditions that led great industrial enterprises to choose their city rather
than Xew York for their factories. They saw clearly the need of doing
for Xew York such service as the community organizations of San Fran
cisco and Denver, Buffalo and Detroit, New Orleans and Jacksonville,
are doing for their towns. But such work takes money, and the only way
commercial organizations can get money—regular incomes, at least—is
through membership dues. And the Merchants' association, the largest
of all the New York organizations, had only 1,500 members!
If it had only half as many members in proportion to population as
Boston's organization had, there would be 16,000 instead of 1,500.
Recruited to the proportionate strength of San Francisco's , Chamber of
Commerce, it would have 48.000; of Denver's, on the same scale, it would
have 79,000 members.
Late in the year a call went out to leading business men and
houses to volunteer for the preservation of New York's commercial
primacy. Three hundred and more responded, including the heads
of some of New York's greatest concerns. They tramped the streets,
wrote, telephoned and made personal visits and then met at luncheon
daily to compare notes. It was just like any one of countless-similar
"get together" campaigns in western cities.
And the supercilious New York press woke up. It began to
realize that there was news in the doings of the Merchants' associ
ation. Items along that line grew from lines to columns and. jumped
from the financial page to the "front of the paper." /
The New Yorkers are still at it, but they, have a far road to go
before they can catch up with the west in community spirit or in
pulling effectively together. That asset.comes only with time and
experience and out of realization that in the common good lies o the
good of the individual. o ° '
Judge Weller's Plea Fails to Impress
Either His Accusers or Grand Jury
POLICE JUDGE WELLER did himself little good by his per
sonal plea before the women's mass meeting called to denounce
his course in the Hendricks case. He practically pleaded guilty
to the fact alleged against him. Indeed, there was no alternative
except that of silence. His defense was, in effect, that not he, but
the police court "system" and a certain police court attorney, were to
blame, and that he himself was of a distinguished ancestry.
Now the women of Oceanside are not concerned at all about the
record and conduct of Judge Weller's father, but a great deal con
cerned in the judicial acts of Judge Weller's father's son. His
hneage is no offset to his laxity. That much the ladies gave him
plainly to understand.
Nor is there any virtue in Judge Weller's request that the women
do nothing toward recalling him until after the grand jury shall have
investigated the affair under consideration. In police court circles
his appeal to the grand jury would be termed a "protection p1%."
Later in the day of the women's mass meeting an attempt was
made to put the prime movers against Judge Weller "in wrong"
before the grand jury. It failed. Incidentally a strong majority of
ihe jury succeeded in uncovering the hands of four members of that
body who were curiously friendly to Judge Weller's plea for the
favorable report he appears to have had in mind when he asked the
women to wait.
The majority also drew from the foreman of the jury the admis
sion that Judge Weller had called on him privately, had asked him
to get the leading women of the recall movement before the grand
jury and had suggested that they be compelled to make specific
This pleasant little "whitewashing" scheme was denounced as
such by members of the jury and it failed, the whole matter being
j>ut over for four weeks by a vote of 15 to 2.
Now the women are going , ahead with the recall petition. The
grand jury will not let itself be used for the purpose of judge
Weller's defense. Me must look elsewhere for relief from a situation
that is most unenviable, but for which he can blame nobody except
judge Weller. * He might properly seek and have* the aid and advice
of the lawyer who induced him to lower bail fixed by another judge
and thereby to let escape from justice a man charged with a criminal
offense against a young girl. If it was through the "system" and
through Counselor Hagerty that Judge Weller fell into error and
trouHe, then let the "system" and Hagerty defend him.
Graft Era Survival in Fee for Taking
Convicts to Prison
AS an instance of the extravagance of public service the state
b6ard of control cites the practice of giving sheriffs $5 a day
and expenses for transferring prisoners to the state prisons.
Why they should receive that per diem in addition to their salaries
js one of those mysteries of practical politics which are hidden to
the lay mind. Doubtless when the recommendation of the board of
control is presented to the legislature in the form of a bill the sheriffs
will organize themselves into a band, appoint and anoint a lobby and
invade Sacramento and the capitol to show the legislators how neces
sary it is to the integrity of the state of California that the fee be
maintained. That California will save $35,000 by legislating against
the fee is the estimate male by the board of control. L Why that
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money should not be, saved by the state is not apparent and will not
be, whatever arguments are adyanced.
The transfer of prisoners is often an arduous and perilous duty.
It is frequently a dangerous job to take a desperate criminal from an
outlying county to the penitentiary, and the sheriff is entitled to all
necessary assistance in performingo the work. He is entitled to his
expenses, as are his deputies.
But the board of control is right in objecting to the payment of
$5 to the sheriff and $3 to his xieputy in addition to the salary those
officials receive. There is no more reason for the extra payment to
the sheriff and his deputies than.there would be to pay the governor
magazine rates of 5 cents a °\vord on his biennial message.
The 'district court of appeal holds that winter months are any
months in which artificial heat is required. That puts our July in a
Trade Journal of High Rank Comments
Upon Our Prosperity
SAX FRANCISCANS do not need to be reminded of the prosper
ity enjoyed in the year 1912, but it is gratifying to find that our
commercial achievements are recognized elsewhere. Dun's
Review, in the annual number which records the financial and com
mercial activities of the nation, classes San Francisco with the cities
worthy of a place in the prosperity lists. The article on this city is
headed: "San Francisco's Most Successful Year; Trade Generally
Stimulated by Satisfactory Crop Results and Preparations for the
Certain events have their influence upon the volume and value of
trade, and the selection of San Francisco as the site for holding the
Panama-Pacific international exposition in 1915. in commemoration of
the opening of the Panama canal, has quickened business activities in all
lines in the city and throughout the state. It could hardly be otherwise,
for the union between the two great oceans, which this artificial water
way is to form, is the greatest engineering feat yet accomplished, and
therefore the honor of celebrating it in the manner proposed is one of
which any American city might well be proud.
Of two new industries in California the report says:
Cotton raising in the southern part of the State was again a pronounced
success. This enterprise is enlisting increased attention from sources
outside of the state, and there will be an increased acreage this year.
Rice culture in Butte county, in the northern part of the state, has met
with gratifying success, both in the yield per acre and in the quality of
the product. It has passed the experimental stage and may safely be
regarded as a permanent and important industry.
Recognition is given to the great increase in deep sea commerce
of the year 1912, which, as previously announced in The Call, sur
passed the record of any other year in the city's history.
The most important thing in the report is the commercial jour
nal's agreement with the best thought of Francisco in placing
first among the influences of the city's prosperity two features, the
selection of this city as the site of the Panama-Pacific exposition and
the development of agriculture in the state.
President Taft is going to visit in Canada. There's reciprocity
for you. •
Geary Street Road, 17 Days Old, Can
Walk Alone and Fetch Us Profits
ONLY 17 days old, the Geary street municipal railway is able
to walk alone and fetch us every day a little purse containing
$32.47 profits. That is an unusual showing for an infant
Like all infants, the city's railroad line hasn't its full comple
ment of faculties as yet. It has only ten cars in operation, when it
will shortly have 42. Those 10 are good bread winners.
The Geary street line, as now operated, is saving the tax payers
$250 a day interest on the bonds voted to construct the road. If
the line were not in operation that charge would have to be met out
of the pockets of the tax payers; every day that the operation of the
road was delayed meant $250 additional expense to the city, which
is now met by the road itself. The road is paying its way, even with
the present infrequent service that it gives.
Those opr-onents of municipal ownership who wished to delay
as long as possible the operation of the road, urging that the inaugu
ration of the service be postponed until full service could be given,
must reflect on the fact that with only 10 cars in operation the road
is paying its own way, disposing of the bond interest and giving a
slight profit to the city.
During the long campaign for the municipal railroad one of the
stock arguments against the introduction of the service was that
a municipal line in Geary street would kill real estate values there.
On the contrary, real estate activity in Geary street has been note
worthy. Property has changed hands there at a lively rate since
the assurance was given that the road would operate and since the
conception of the service. hr. ; w ttftkfc^i&x
IN THE EDITOR'S MAIL
ACiRIC-ri/TL-RK IN SCHOOLS
Editor Call—Concurrent now, both
with school men ana the public, are
many well meant efforts so to stir the
valley of educational dry bones as to
make them live. To fit men for the life
of men, and not for lives as university
recluses, has led to the instituting vo
cational or technical schools. Among
these some are endeavoring to give
instruction in agriculture, than which
no science or art can be more neces
sary or more worthy. • • •
But up to date I have not heard of
any or even the United
States bureau of agriculture, running
any farm to show an annual profit, or
iginating any new breed of cattle,
sheep, hogs, goats, liens, pigeons,
geese, or even dogs, or sending out in
their costly seed distribution any one
new variety of plalPit at all approach
ing in value Mr. Burbank's potato, or
finding any predatory bug equal to
Koebeles Australian lady bug. "The
mountain in labor has brought forth a
In my opinion the way to draw
young men to the farm is for some of
these men who sell fertilizers, or send
out bulletins, to rent or buy a farm in
every county in every state of the
union and obtain thereon the very
handsome results pictured and figured
in their pamphlets, publishing each
year a full account of their expenses
It may l~»e easy on the small scale of
pot or plot to get certain results,, be
cause ideal conditions are easily man
aged. To obtain those conditions on
100 acres is entirely another matter
when such economy has to he exer
cised as will result in due profit to the
Moisture and temperature are prime
,factora in plant growth, and their reg
ulation in the 100 acre case is not easy
,to secure. If the gentlemen, official
and commercial, know just how to
make economically possible on a large
scale the results they prettily and
plausibly picture, and will prove by
handsome profits on their year's opera
tions that these multiplied'dollars can
be readily made, they will give farm
ing such a boost that it will be hard
to check the exodus from the city to
This will be the best teaching of ag
riculture. It will be "Back to the land!
Hurrah!" And "the land will yield its
increase!" EDWARD BERWICK.
GREAT PROMISE I.V WILSON
Editor Call—President elect Wilson
gives promise of being a Lincoln dem
ocrat in the position of chief executive
and the nation's official and political
That straight out talk he made to
the gathering of representatives of
"bi-g business" at the Chicago banquet
given in his iionor was much Lincoln
Well, it required a Lincoln to meet
and master the nation's crisis of the
sixties. That crisis was trivial com
pared to the present crisis confronting
the nation. That crisis involved the
physical and political welfare of some
4.000,000 black skinned human beings
that were in slavery to white families
in the southern states.
The present crisis involves the eco
nomic welfare of some 50.000.000 of
■white and black skinned human beings
that are in economic bondage to a few
hundred of fellows, who are in
control of all the vital functions of the
industrial, commercial and financial
system under which we live.
In truth, then, it must be that a Lin
coln is demanded to meet and master
this greater crisis.
Let us hope that there has emerged
from the classic shades of Princeton
college this second Lincoln, and that
he will meet and master the nation's
present great crisis. He assuredly
gives heartening promise of doing so.
His hands should be upstayed and
his heart should be cheered and sup
ported by the great common people,
even as was Lincoln's, or more so. For
his success as the economic liberator
of the masses will be the triumph of
humanism over devilish selfishness,
and the great common people will be
the chief beneficiaries.
He was elected hy the votes of this
element of citizenry, in the main, and
there is evidence of his full recogni
tion of this fact. He will he the servant
and not the master of these. But he
promises to be the master of those who
would assert their mastery of the peo
ple. JOHN AUBREY JONES.
Some miscreant, either through malice
or pure cuesedness, crept into Hogwal
low night before last, and, while every,
body was over at the Wild Onion school
house, turned ( the postoffice around with
its hind end toward the front.—Hog
Albany is one of the most famous
seven sleepers of America, the other six
being St. Joseph. Mo.. Charleston, S. C,
Quincy, 111., Wheeling, W. Va., Louis
ville, Ky., and Lowell, Mass.
Albany has 100,000 people, but this
is because It got a very early start.
The French had a post at Albany in
1540. The Dutch settled it in 1617. and
long before the year 1700 Albany was a
neat village full of red brick houses
with high step gables. One hundred
and twenty years ago it became the
capital of New York and was one of its
leading cities. Thirty years ago it had
90,000 people. Since then it has been
sliding up and down in its effort to
enter the 100.000 class like a frog climb
ing out of a damp well. In 1910. thanks
to the ever growing horde of state
employes required to dust and sweep
the capitol building, it got over the line
by a few hundred margin and is now
one of the 50 big cities of America.
Albany is the meeting place of half
a dozen railroads, two rivers and sev
eral canals and about 111.000 New York
politicians. Its principal fame comes
from the latter fact and its principal
task is to support its city and county
government in the luxury to which it is
accustomed. It contains many fine state
buildings, including the state house,
which cost $25,000,000. though no one
was ever prosecuted for this fact.
A great many noble statesmen have
lived in Albany briefly as governors of
New York, but most of them escaped
after-wards to the presidential chair.
Chester A. Arthur, former president of
the United States is buried in Albany,
but not as deeply as the rest of the re
publican party is at present.
Albany is famous araonpc the cities on
the New York Central for its depot,
which is quite modern. It will be the
terminus of the new Erie canal which Is
being double tracked and otherwise im
proved, and when the traffic of the
world begins to flow past Its doors
again at low rates Albany will wake up
after a sleep which has made Rip Van
Winkle's seem like a cat nap and will
waddle past Jrfrge numbers of its scorn
ONE GOOD RESO
By THE POET PHILOSOPHER
One good resolution for you is to pay
up your bills when they're due; to
hand out the tin with a soul warming
grin and say something nice when
you're through. This method's a method
that wins; it covers a legion of sins;
the town will forgive many foibles that
live in the man who pays up as he
grins. I know I'm a weary old bore,
with stories I tell o'er and o'er; yet all
through the land I get the glad hand,
in office and parlor and store; for I pay
up my bills with a smile, without exhi
bitions of bile, and you don't hear me
say to collectors, "Go 'way! Your bills
I'll pay after a while." Oh, it's true
that the human galoot can't have a
much better repute than the fame he
will win when the bills are sent in, and
he pulls a big roll from his boot. You
may have a beautiful face, you may be
a model of grace; but if you are slow
paying up what you owe, you won't
stack as high as an ace. You may be
both gifted and wise, and genius may
burn In your eyes; but if you don't pay
in the old fashioned way, the towns
men will greet you with sighs. So
hand out the glittering swag from the
depths of your long money bag; pay up
with a smile, in a sportsmanlike style,
and never stand chewing the rag.
ROBERT WATCHORN, treasurer of the Union
Oil company and assistant to the president of
the same corporation. Is registered at the
Palace. He is here from Ix>e Angeles to
attend the annual meeting of the Union Oil
company to be held today in Oleum, Contra
* *# #
ARTHUR GAT, nephew of Colonel Samuel Par
ker, Hawaiian planter, is at the Stewart. Gay
sajs his uncle, who was stricken with paraly
sis about a month ago in San Francisco, ie
improving, and that a cablegram from Hono
lulu a few days ago said that he -was able
to sit up.
J. A. WALTON, proprietor of a department
store In Santa Barbara: L. H. Hartsook, man
ager of the Pacific Gas and Electric company,
Cnlusa. ard George A. Arnold, a dealer in gen
eral merchandise in Vacaville, are at the Ar
W. F. LINCOLN, assistant general freight agent
of the San Pedro. Los Angeles and Salt Lake
railroad, and T. J. Day, rhief clerk of the
freight trsfflc department of the Pacific Elec
tric Railway company, are at the Sutter.
P. H. GRIFFIN, rpal estate dealer and hanker
of Modesto, in staying at the Sutter. Griffin
is the brother of AssemblyDi?in Thomas Griffin,
author of the woman's eight hour law passed
last year by the California legislature.
OSCAR LAWLOR, assistant United States attor
ney for the southern district of California, who
is here to assist In the government's proaeeii
tlon of the Southern Pacific in the Elk Hill
oil land suits, is at the Palace.
B. F. PORTER, who has been in the engineering
department of the Southern Pacific for 40
years, at present superintending a branch of
the construction of the new road into Eureka,
Is at the Manx.
* * *
MAURICE SCHMITT. wealthy capitalist and
bankpr of New York city, has come to Cali
fornia with Mrs. Sebmitt to spend the winter
here. They hare taken apartments at the
* * *
COMMANDER A. C. ALMY, f'nited States nary,
arrived "ii the Manc'nnrifl yesterday, accom
panied by Mrs. Almy. and is at the Bellevue.
The Almys have been touring the orient.
* * ♦
B. H. WICKERSHAM. a Portland merchant: .1.
Cowan, mining man of Salt Lake City, and K.
H. Shepherd, government official from Wash
ington, r>. C, are at the St. Francis.
* * *
L. C. BEIPTS, vpho !s the proprietor of many of
the concessions in Venice, is at the Manx.
He is here to look into the possibilities In his
line during the IS>l3 exposition.
J. W. KETTSTON, and Un. F. W. Klrecke.
James W. Brown. Mr. and Jlrt, B. J. Sohmidt
and Mrs. E. Hoffman, all of this city, are
registered in Chicago hotels.
* * *
MR. AND MRS. A, E. GILL, prominent society
people of W«t Newton. Mass., are at the
Falrtnoiint. Gill is well known in the east A
* * #
D. W. CARMICHAEL, a prominent real estate
dealer an'l democratic, politician of Sacra -
mento. Is at the Palace with Mrs. Carmichael.
JUDGE R. G. MORROW of the Oregon circuit,
who accompanied the "Rnyal Rosarians" on
their visit through Ca!'*ornia, is at the Manx.
* * *
KENNETH JACKSON of I.os Anjrelps, mining
man and expert on mlDes, registered yesterday
at the St. Francis.
* * *
MR. AND MBS. R. W. RENTON of Boston are
at the Stewart. Renton is a manufacturer.
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AETHTra F. WALL, jewplpr end man of affaire
of Honolulu, is at the Bellevue.
W. C. BKOWN, wine grower of Lodi, is staying
at tbe Palace,
JANUARY 16, 1913
A nameless cor
furnished me with
tion regarding a
petition that is
among their fel-
low commuters by Joe Durney and W.
W. Cooley, protesting "against the
action of the 'Candid Friend , who.
through the power of his pencil, has
robbed Alameda of its only male rru
sader and alloted him to San Fran
'Walter K. Dennison." the writer
continues, "is linked with the Alameda
contingent by every conceivable tie,
and being the only male of the Jor
dan crusader species credited to th<»
island city, and said island city being
rather proud of him. the attempt to
claim him for San Francisco naturally
aroused considerable indignation.
"The afterdeok squad held a con
ference on the subject and decided that
while Denny might be loaned to Ban
Francisco, Alameda would not, witiiy
out a fight, relinquish her title to th«
one male crusader she possessed, a
denizen of her sands."
* * *
"Denizen." Did you get that? It
almost got. by mo. I'm willing, how
ever, to let it go at that. Any man.
no matter how good his reputation,
must feel better for having a pun like
that out of his system. And Dennison
is such a dignified man, too.
The last time I was in Alameda "a
denizen of her sands" bit me. Denny
wouldn't bite a child.
The "Candid Friend." however, had
nothing to do with robbing Alameda
of her crusader. The names were
quoted , as they appear In Doctor Jor
dan's book and it is to Jordan, the
peace loving cause of thie discord, that
the champions of Alameda'e rights t.>
all the glory that is here must apply
to have the wrong righted.
Now a word of warning , to the name
less punster. Dennison by nature an.l
without encouragement Iβ what Bar
rie would call "a masterful man." Bet
ter be careful about taking liberties
with his name and, by way of adding
point to the warning, let me quote
the prophetic words of Dryden:
"As soon as denizened they dom
* # #
Mr. and Mrs. Malaprop are on tour
again. I met her in a streetcar the
other day. The woman she was with
was worrying lest the car should carry
her beyond the city hall.
"Don't worry, my dears,* , said Mrs.
Malaprop. "Take a lesson from me.
When I get on a car I tell the conduc
tor where I want to get off and then
expect him to take me to my destiny. -,
* * *
Mr. Malaprop appeared at the ticket
office in the ferry depot of one of
the transcontinental lines.
"You're sure," he said, "that I can
leave then and be in New York by the
"Sure as I'm here," replied the
"I just wanted to be certain, yoju/
know," Mr. M. continued. "My
to meet me there and we are going n>
celebrate. The fifteenth is our twenty
* * ♦
By inclining my starboard ear at a
receptive angle the other evening I
learned of a new use for the despised
and hunted gopher. The gopher, as
everybody that ever tried to maintain
a garden knows, is a cute little ani
mal that spends his nights digging
tunnels under your garden beds and
that submits the evidence of his noc
turnal activity in the shape of sam
ples of the subsurface soil which he
piles on the lawn in neat pyramids.
He has been denounced by the boards
of health as a spreader of pestilence
and his extermination has been
planned by the simple expedient of
setting a price on his head.
The truck gardeners in the vicinity
of Colma have suffered much from the
gopher's industry. They are getting
rid of him as fast as they can catch
him, but in the process are making
their little enemy furnish them with
rare Sabbath entertainment.
This is what I learned. They use
traps in which the gopher is caught
alive. They catch gophers every day
except Sunday. Each gopher as it is
taken from the trap, is dropped, still
alive, into a small box and the box is
put away in a dark place until Sunday.
The gopher, it seems, after a few
days confinement without food, be-
comes a vicious little cannibal. They
are pretty fighters and their engage
ments are always finish affairs. The
boxed gophers are brought out Sun
day morning and are released, two at
a time, in a deep pit around which the
spectators gather. Bets are made be
fore the animals are released. Once
released the gophers attack each
other and the fight continues until
one is killed.
I'm not advocating this as a substi
tute for golf or even recommending it
as a desirable fc?unday occupation. I
tell it just to show you how much
you can learn on a ferry boat by pay
ing a little attention.
To anticipate the flood of inquiries
that otherwise might follow, I do S'JfT
know where you can get traps thai
will catch gophers alive.
EGG VIEW NOTE
Ambrose Crosslots says: "Fellers
aro funny. Sottip of them go around
with their pockets and others wear
Miss Mazte Bud has called her
weddin' off as she wants t' look
around a while longer. A farmer
Is th , most independent feller J rj i
th , world. Hβ never has t' aeic*i