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AND BANKS ESCAPE
Public Service and Insurance
Companies Must Bear
Burden of Increased
Rates for Revenue
ENDS ITS HEARING
Schedule Finally Agreed On
Is Expected to Produce
GEORGE A. VAN SMITH
*acremrnlo, January 2.".
Four classes of public service cor
porations and the insurance companies
operating in California will be called
■upon for an additional tax contribution
of approximately $1,500,000 for the
support of the state government in the
next fiscal year.
The revenue and taxation committees
of the senate and assembly, sitting
jointly, agreed this afternoon en gross
earnings tax rate increases relied upon
to add 52.500,000 net to the state's rev
enue for the ensuing: fiscal year.
They also agreed, without having the
subject matter before them, to repeal
the license tax. This agreement, when
it goes into effect, will reduce the
state's revenue about $800,000 a year
and reduce Secretary of State Frank
Jordan's staff by about 30 persons.
BANKS BSGAFE INCREASE
The rates on express companies and
banks were not Increased. The compar
ative figures furnished by the hoard of
equalization showed that express com.
panics were paying on a parity with
The board's recommendation for an
increase in the bank rates found no
champion among the rate makers.
The increases agreed upon are:
Railroads, including street railroads,
from 4 per* ; cent to 4.75 per cent; car
companies, from 3 per cent to 4 per
cent; telephone and telegraph com
panies, from 3.r> per tent to 4.2 per
cent; gas and electric companies, in
cluding power companies, from 4 pv
c»nt to 4.6 per cent; Insurant com
panies, from 1.5 per cent to 1.75 per
The undisturbed rates of the banks
and express companies' are 1 per cent
end 2 per cent respectively.
APPARENT DEFICIT IX MIND
An examination of the increases
agreed upon, considered upon a per
centage basis, discloses a disposition
to provide against an apparent deficit
rather than a disposition to effect an
equalization according to the figures
•submitted by the board of equalization.
That examination might tend to ex
plain why the committees , deliberated
behind locked doors. As a matter of
fart the two executive sessions of the
committees sitting jointly were not
devoted to a consideration of equal
ization of rates.
The proposed rates were presented
by Chairmen Thompson and Sutherland
and were accepted by many of the
cnmniitteemen as th* 1 recommenda
tions of Tax Commissioner Plehn.
The comparative figures submitted
by Professor Plehn through the board
of equalization suggested the follow
Railroads, 22 per cent: telephone
and telegraph companies, 22 per cent;
pas and electric companies, 50 per
cent; car companies, 33 1-3 per cent.
HOW IXfREASES WERE MADE
The increases imposed were: Rail
roads. IS 3-4 per cent; car companies,
33 1-3 per cent; telephone and tele
graph companies, 20 per cent; gas and
electric companies, 15 per cent; in
surance companies, 16 2-3 per cent.
The peculiarities of the equalization
are suggested by 20 per Cent increase
impijsed on the telephone companies, or
substantially the increase suggested
by the board of equalization figures,
and the 15 per cent raise imposed on
the power companies instead of the
50 per cent suggested by the board of
The rates agreed upon by the com
mittees are relied upon to produce
actually about $1,480,000 in addition to
the normal increase for the next fiscal
> ear. That normal increase is esti
mated at $1,000,000.
The repeal of the corporation license
tax law will not be made effective until
the end of the present calendar year or
the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 1914.
The normal increase in gross earnings
taxes, based upon the experience of the
last two years, will compensate for
that loss before it becomes effective.
< OMMITTEES WILL STAND PAT
Identical bills will be reported into
the two houses Monday morning.
The members of the two committees
will stand pat. There is no indication
' that there will be anything like a
serious attempt to amend the bill on
the floor of either house.
Every indication points to third read
ing and final passage not later than
That in turn means that both houses
will be prepared to adjourn February
IJ. the last constitutional day for the
first leg of the bifurcated session.
Assemblyman Benedict offered in the
house this morning a concurrent reso
lution fixing March 10 as the date for
DE HAVEN STILL ALIVE
Judge Is UnroneolouM and End Seema
Xot Far Off
(SjwSal Dispatch t" The Call)
WAP A, Jan. 21.—Judge John de
Haven still is alive tonight, but he is
unconscious and the end does not seem
to be far distant. His son, Joseph J.
de Haven of .San Francisco, is at his
bedside "and believed that his father
may survive the night. He has given
up hope for him for ultimate recovery,
CALLS $2,400 PAY INSULT
(Special Dispatch to TTic Call)
STOCKTON, Jan. 25.—Following the
recommendation of the grand Jury, the
supervisors today requested District At
torney Foltz to draw up an ordinance
to separate the offices of county audi
tor and recorder. The salary of the
auditor is to be fixed at $3,000 and the
recordc-r at $2,400. Relative to the pro
posed changes County Auditor and Re
corder Kroh said: "It is an insult to fix
the salary of the recorder at $2,400
per year. Who would care to make the
run for office at that salary? Why, the
chief deputy in the treasurer's office
gets that much."
ASKS 830,000 FOR HLSBAMJ
i Special Dispatch to The Call)
YREKA, Jan. 25.—Mrs. Etta Norris of
s v *-dford today tiled suit against the
Weed Lumber company asking $30,000
damages on account of the death of her
husband. Sue asserts he was smothered
to death in a sawdust pit at the com
pany's mill in Weed, October i>.
FATHER OF WARSHIP BILL
SENATE DIES LITTLE
Among Bills Introduced Is
One for Observance of
"Gold Discovery Day"
SACRAMENTO, Jan. 25.—Among
measures introduced in the senate to
By B^nton —Fixlnß th<» salary of members
of the state Ixwrd of equalization at $0,(Xl0. a
rise of $1,000.
By Sanford —For irricatlon dpTrlopmrnt along
the upper Sacramento riyer, $00,000; for a suag
Ry T.ron—For a flflh hatrhery. $40,000; for a
statV board of arrliiteotur* , without pay and one
supprrlsing arrbitpot at $5,000.
Ry Copswell — Ratifying _'6 amendments to
the'rhartpr of tho town of Long Beach.
By Hans Ordering display of the state N»ar
flap' ni state bulldlnc* wlien the national flag
is displayed, the utate flap to fly underneath.
By Cainlnetti —For the obser-»an<v» in public
schools of January 24 as (Jold Oisiovery day,
f-otninemoratinc the finding of cold in California
in IMS* at Oolonia by James W. Marshall.
By Finii—An.endinc the parole act to include
others than first . offenders. Uenvdlel legisla
tlon to complement an act iiassvd two years
V ON ASSEMBLY FIGHT
SACRAMENTO. Jan. 25.—The lower
house of the fortieth legislature closed
the third week of its session with more
than 700 bills on its flips. («ea than 100
of which have been considered by com
mittees and reported for second read
ing and with five bills passed, all of
which were put through as emergency
Regulations governing , the divided
session were expected to lessen greatly
the number of bills introduced at this
session compared with past sessions.
At the last regular session about 2,700
bllle were introduced in both houses.
Bnt 1,500 have been Introduced thus
far this session and the consent of two
thirds of the members of either house
is required for the introduction of a
bill after the recess.
A democratic conference has been
called for tomorrow night, for the pur
pose, it is said, of cleaning up the
legislative program mapped out by the
bourbon leaders. Every democratic
member of each house was assigned
the preparation of one or more meas
ures early in the session, and the
greater part of these have been intro
The assembly resolution requesting
an investigation of the San Francisco
maternity hospital and foundling
asylum. which was reported by
Assemblyman W, 8. Scott of San Fran
cisco to have attempted to sell a lot
deeded to it in trust by the state,
reached Governor Johnson today and
was turned over to the state board of
control for action.
Practically the entire membership of
both houses will leave for Stockton to
morrow morning at 9 o'clock on a trol
ley excursion as the guests of the
chamber of commerce nf that city.
Among the bills introduced were the
By Murrey—Directing the state board if
prison directors to flx the price of jute bags
annually on January 15.
By Green—San Luis Obispo county Rovprn
ment MB. , ~ ,
By Shannon —Providing a maximum penalty of
$.100 flue or •"><■> days f n jail for any minor con-
T'rtP(\ of having misrepresented bis age to
obtain toteeco or intoxicants.
By Uliby — Providing for tli*> prosecution of an
embewlpv upon the assrrPEatp sum instead of
one of his individual misappropriations.
By Dower— Appropriating $75,000 for hospital
and new equipment at Preston school of Indus
try. Also appropriating $30,000 for the oon
strnrtion of the Take Tahoe road.
By Chandler— Providing for the appointment
of a etate inspector of weights and measures.
By Strine —Approving I»ng Beafh charter
By Ryan— Oeatin? a state hoard with power
to examine and license bsrhcrs.
By Farwell—Appropriating $r>no.nOf> for the
establishment of a state hospital within 50
miles of Loe Angeles.
By Alexander —Amending the banking art so
an to permit banks to borrow GO p<t cent of
their rapltal stock, reserve and surplus, whlrh
the author says will chiefly benefit country banks
of small capital.
CITY STREET CHIEF ARRESTED
(Special Dispatch to Th* Call)
NAPA, Jan. 25.—5. H. Pettlt, street
superintendent of St. Helena, was ar
rested today on a charge of assault
with a deadly weapon, on a complaint
sworn out by Fred Merrian. a business
man of that place. They had a quarrel
over a gravel pit which the town
GRAY HAIR TURNS lIS NATURAL
COLOR ATTTO APPLYING SAGE TEA
Mixed With Sulphur It Darkens
Beautifully and Takes Off
Almost every one knows that Sage
Tea and Sulphur, properly compounded,
brings back the natural color and luster
to the hair when faded, streaked or
gray; also cures dandruff. Itching scalp
and stops falling hair. Years ago the
only way to get this mixture was to
make it at home, which is mussy and
Nowadays skilled chemists do this
better than ourselves. By asking at
any drug .store for the ready-to-use
product—called "Wyeth's Sage and tiul-
THE SAff FRANCISCO CALL. SUNDAY. JANUARY 26. 1913.
SAN DIEGO WINS
FIGHT TO GREET
Southern City Will Be First
to Welcome Vessel When
Turned Over to the
SACRAMENTO, Jan.#2s.—San Diego,
the first port of call for ships around
the Horn or through the Panama canal,
won its fight in the senate today for
the privilege of welcoming the I*. P. S.
Portsmouth, which congress is exy
pected to turn over to this state under
a bill now pending.
Under oppo6itj°n from Senator T. W.
H. Shanahan, author, of the resolution
accepting the ship, and from the San
Francisco delegation. Senator Leroy A.
Wright of Ran Diego succeeded in hav
ing adopted his amendment providing
that the Portsmouth m.iy be received
"at any p*ort" in the state, instead of
A roll call demanded by Senators
Finn and Bryant of San Francisco
showed five negative votes, including
McENERNEY ACT GETS
EXTENSION UNTIL 1915
tuwmhly Passe* Schmltt Bill as Its
First Emergency I,rKl*iln(ioii
of Current Session
Sarin men to, January 25.
Revival and extension of the pro
visions of the McEnerney act from Jan
uary 1. this year, to July 30, 1915, by
the assembly, today, was the first
emergency measure finally acted upon
by the lower house.
Assemblyman Milton Schmitt. senior
member of the San Francisco delega
tion, responsible for the first exten
sion of the act, is author of the bill
The bill as introduced provided for
an extension of only two years.
Schmitt amended his bill on the floor
to provide for an extension of two
years and seven months.
There are 10,000 parcels of land In
San Francisco yet to be given title
under the a< , !.
FIANCE GONE, GIRL
ENDS HER LIFE
Young Woman Leaves Note,
"My Last Thoughts
Are of You"
"With a note from her fiance inform
ing: her of his departure for Alaska
crumpled in her right hand, Miss I.aura
Schimmel, an attractive woman, 22
years old, and a member of a Sioux
falls, S. P., family, was found yester
day in a dying condition from gas
asphyxiation in her room at 905 Eddy
The unconscious girl was rushefl to
the central emergency hospital imme
diately upon the discovery by house
servants, who had been attracted to
her room by the odor of gas, but she
died on the way to the institution.
That the belief that she was "down
and out" and the departure for the
north of the man to whom she was
engraved caused her act is indicated
by two notes found in her room, one
on the dresser addressed to the finder,
and the other a farewell to her fiance.
The note on the bureau read:
"To all who know me, goodby. I
know it is foolish to do what I am
doing, but it is all I can stand. Tarn
down and out; every one trying to kick
me further down. Please send a mes
sage to my dear old dad in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota, and let Rink tell him all.
■'Goodby, Lyman, I love you. I die
with my thoughts of you. Goodby
to you all. LAURA."
The note clutched in her hand was
signed "Lyman." According to John
Riley, a friend of the dead woman,
she met Lyman in Portland during the
recent "Pendleton round up" and had
often intimated that she soon was to
become his wife.
According to Riley, the young woman
joined him and his young wife in
Sioux Falls about a year ago and as
sumed a part in a traveling carnival
show. She remained with them until
tbe organi7ation reached Oregon.
she left them, paying that she
WOS going to visit a sister. Mrs. A. EL
Harris. and his wife came to
San Francisco and we/c joined four
days ago by Miss Schimmel. who took
»n apartment in their neighborhood.
Deputy Coroner Kelley wired to the
chief of police in Sioux Falls in pur
suance to the instructions in the note.
Late last night he received a reply
stating that there were several prom
inent families by that name, but as
near as could be ascertained her
father, ■ wealthy rancher, sold his
farm and departed some time ago
without leaving any mailing address.
TREADWELI/S BODY WEARS HOME
(Special Dispatch to The Call)
DELTA, Jan. 25.—The body of Ed
ward C Treadwell, who was killed a
week ago Tuesday in a snowslide at
the Bonanza King mine, arrived here
today from Trinity Center, the funeral
party making the mountain trip in
sleighs. Mrs. Treadwell and George
Treadwell, brother of the mining su
perintendent, accompanied the body to
phur Hair Remedy"—you will get a
large bottle for about 50 cents. Some
druggists make their own, but it's
usually too sticky, so insist upon get
ting "Wyeth's," which can be depended
upon to restore natural color and
beauty to the hair and is the best
remedy for dandruff, dry, feverish, Itchy
scalp and to stop falling hair.
Folks like "Wyeth's Sage and Sul
phur" because no one can possibly tell
that you darkened your hair, as it
does it so naturally and evenly, cays
a well known downtown druggist. You
dampen a sponge or soft brush and
draw it through your hair, taking one
small strand at a time. This requires
but a few moments, by morning the
gray hair disappears and after another
application or two is restored to its
natural color, and leoks even more
beautiful and glossy than eve?
Reclaimed land May Fail
Saturation Will Wear Out
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.—Rec
lamation project* In the arid
■west, upon which the crovero
ment ha* spent million* of dol
lars, ultimately- must fall, ac
cording to Dr. R. T. Galloway,
chief of the department of n»crl
ture's bureau of plant industry.
Report* made public today by
the house agriculture depart
ment expenditure* committee
■how that Doctor Galloway tes
tified before the committee that
reclaimed land* In the went -were
being- lOHt to agriculture a* a
result of "saturation wearing
"So far an I know," Doctor
Galloway Maid, 'there never has
been any lone continued Irriga
tion in a semi-arid climate any
where In the world."
Mrs. L. Carroll, Said to Have
Been Supported by Auto
mobile Man, Ends Life
Deprived of a remittance of $200 a
month, according to the statement of
a friend, Mrs. Loraine Carroll of 1456
Taylor street committed suicide early
yesterday morning in her apartments.
Mrs. Carroll is said to have been the
recipient of the remittance from a
prominent automobile dealer of the
city, but the friends of the woman re
fused to divulge his identity.
Mrs. Carroll was only 26 years of age
and good looking. She chose an un
usual method of ending her life. Se
lecting carefully a piece of muslin fitted
for a mask, she placed it over her face.
The cloth held in place cotton saturated
Mrs. Camille Davis, who occupied an
adjoining room in the Taylor street
apartments, said that Mrs. Carroll had
worried over financial matters for sev
Mrs. Davis said that Mrs. Carroll
had received a regular remittance and
that the man who had been sending
it to her had written her several times,
saying that he could no longer keep
up the payments. This caused Mrs.
Carroll much worry and her mind
seemed to wander. The last heard from
her was when she sang a song and
made an effort to appear gay in the
early hours of Friday evening.
Mrs. Carroll was a Miss Carter. About,
six years ago she married a mechanic
named Shemp of this city, but later
he obtained a divorce. Her father was
Jesse Carter, a well to do citizen. Her
uncle was B. F. Stacy of 1433 Green
wich strpet. and it is Stacy's wife who
is said to have done much toward rear
ing and educating the young woman.
One of two letters found in the sui
cide's room, supposed to have referred
to Mrs. Stacy, read:
"I hope you see my ghost every
night, because I blame you for every
thing. I wish you no good luck In the
Another letter read:
"Mr. A. Bloch. Manx Hotel: Don't
you wish you had called me up oftener,
for there would be no chance "
And the note ended abruptly.
Mrs. Stacy is said to have been more
than kind to the writer, and Mr. Bloch.
a pruest, is known to have had few re
lations with her. He was merely a"n
acquaintance, according to friends of
SCOTS TO HONOR BURNS
(Sprcial Dispatch to The Call)
SAN MATEO. Jan. 25.—1n commem
oration of Scotland's poet, Robert
Burns, tiie Caledonian club of San Ma
teo will give its annual banquet and
dance in Odd Fellows hall tonight.
The hornpipes will start tliejr work
promptly at 8 o'clock and the feast
will take place at 10:30 o'clock.
(fire-Automobile-Windstorm-Tourists , Baggage)
ELBRIDGE G. SNOW, President
Cash Assets, January, 1913 $33,406,434.60
Reserve as a Conflagration Surplus * 1,800,000.00
Cash Capital *3,000,000.00
All Other Liabilities 14,254,679.32
Net Surplus M *14,351,755.28
Its Surplus as Regards Policy-Holders, '$19,151,755.28
is the largest protecting Amei'ican Policy
equ?ta T ble
IMMEDIATE } p AYMENTS
OVER HALF A MILLION SATISFIED CLAIMANTS
IN THE PAST 60 YEARS.
San Francisco Office
324 SANSOME STREET,
(ALASKA COMMERCIAL BUILDING)
PHONES: Kearny 853 854.
HARRY L. ROFF. JOHN J. SHE AH AX,
C«er«l Aeent. Aw.'t Gen'l Agent.
The Home has been transacting business in California for more than
half a century.
FOR MORE SHIPS
WILL BE PUSHED
Author of Bill Thinks Great
Results Would Follow
the Adoption of His
Sacramento, January _5. (
The movement to hold California's
shipping registry and attract new
•hoping interests to this state will
not be permitted to lag by Senator
Leslie Hewitt, author of the constitu
tional amendment to exempt California
registered ships from taxation.
"I am going into this matter in
earnest." said Senator Hewitt today.
"I believe it means a great deal to
California, and I am anxious to hear
from those who have expert knowledge
and a direct interest in the subject."
PLAN SEEMS PRACTICAL
The introduction of his proposed
constitutional amendment was sug
gested to Senator Hewitt by an
editorial In The Call. . Hewitt probably
has a more intimate knowledge of the
problems of practical city building
than any member of the legislature.
The illogic of the California situation,
as pointed out by The Call, prompted
Senator Hewitt to make an immediate
investigation of the New York law and
the benefits that have accrued from It.
That investigation resulted in the in
troduction of a proposed constitutional
amendment designed rather to focus
the attention of commercial California
than as an exposition of a hard and
The proposed amendment will not be
given consideration by the legislature
until after the recess. Pending its
consideration the commercial bodies of
San Francisco and other port cities
will have ample opportunity to examine
both the New York system and the Min
nesota registery system that has made
Duluth one of the greatest regtstery
ports in the world.
FREE ENTRY INCREASES REVENUE
The Minnesota system provides for
a small registry fee and exemption
from taxation. The result has been to
attract the bulk of the great lake
tonnage registery to Duluth and the
aggregate of the insignificant registery
fees is said to be greater than the ag
gregate of the taxes collected under
the old system upon an exceedingly
slim tonnage registry.
How She Discarded
iMonii Morren In Town Tattler.)
How often I exclaimed as I beheld
my ugly complexion in the mirror, "If
I "only could tear off this old skin!"
And. do you know, I've learned how
to do that very thing? Not to actually
remove the entire skin all of a sudden;
that would be too heroic a method
and painful too. I imagine. The worn
out cuticle comes off in such tiny par
ticles, and so gradually—requiring
about 10 days to complete the trans
formation —it doesn't hurt a bit. Day
by day the beautiful complexion un
derneath comes forth. Marvelous! No
matter how muddy, rough, blotchy or
aged your complexion you can surely
discard it by this simple process. Just
get an ounce of ordinary mercolized
wax at your druggist's, apply nightly
like cold cream, washing it off morn-
My wrinkles I got rid of by an
equally simple method. By dissolving
an ounce of powdered saxolite in a
half pint witch hazel and bathing my
face Iα the solution, every line com
pletely disappeared. First the finer
lines, finally even the deep crow's feet
THE WELFARE OF YOUNfi STUDENTS
titers and attend GAIAAGHER-MARbH BLSI
-\EBS COLLEGE. 1236 Market street.
V zee D. N. & E. WALTER & CO. 1
gEIBRARY and LIVING ROOM
jx*fcg furniture in beautiful Old English
*>&>& Oak and rich Mahogany-, adaptations
from the Flemish, Elizabethan and Jacob
ean eras, are now on display.
A number of excellent DINING ROOM
Suites in designs similar to the accompanying
sketches are also shown.
The richness that tone, style, finish and
superior workmanship contribute will be
appreciated only through inspection.
The high quality and moderate cost should
H STOCKTON & OTARRELL, S. F.I
I The Call
o Always has the
M Best Bargains
SL in Automobiles
i Any One
for an Automo- —
bile oan SAVE Jj
BOTH i lyioney X
READ The Call's Auto Columns ..
BVRNES AUTO CO 12* Van \M« Arf. MM
CALIFORNIA AUTO PARTS CO 530-.13« Polk St.
EASTERN YUTO EXCHANGE 312 GotiKh St. ======= _
AUTO EXHIBIT AND SUPPLY CO 485 Golden Gate Ay*.
AUTO SHOP 340 Larkln St. p^
\ITO PARTS EXCHAIVGK CO :«■* I.arkin St. E7
11. O." HARRISON \an \e»-i Aye. and Pout M. BaY
K. * S. AUTO AND TRUCK CO 1814 Market St.
CA SWELL 4UTO CO 14."» Hayw St. ————
ORIGINAL AUTOMOBILE CO Tenth anil Folnora Mm.
L. J. BORIE, "METZ" AGENT 12E15 Van Newn Aye. JJ
MOTOR DRAYACE CO 633 Stevenson St. p
V 4 LBN CI A MACHINE SHOP 133 Valencia St. ■
DON' LEE 512 Golden Gate Aye.
A. AXELROD (AUCTIONEER) 514 Pacific Bldjc.
O. W. HAHN 4HO Golden Gate Aye. _
AUTOMOBILE SUPPLIES L
PERKINS AUTO CO 337-341 Golden Oat* A*"«. —r —
BO ESC II LAMP CO tl«B Mlwelon St.
KEATON. VULCANIZING CO 61« Van Neea Aye. .T^
AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS JtL
GEO. WOODWARD 31 Hyde St.
LARKIN AT TO MACHINE CO 454 Golden Gate Aye.
OTTO B \l ER RADIATOR AND LAMP CO MS Polk St.
CALIFORNIA AUTO PARTS CO 330ir»30 Polk St.
O. W. HAHN 489 Golden Gate Aye. |
MOTORCYCLES :: BICYCLES.
J. T. BILL (THOR) 357 Golden Gate Are.
BENTE .ft BAUMGARDNER (EXCELSIOR) 1548 Market St.
A. FREED (PIERCE —EMBLEM—R. S.) 1440 Market St.