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PAPER OF AUTHORITY ,,
Traffic Squad Performs
Much Needed Service
In Congested District
the pure gold is nut mixed with a hardening copper alloy, and, in the other
quarter, because the intentions used are of too fragile composition.
The traffic squad of the San Francisco police department is not organized
perfect body, and the traffic regulations in occasional and individual
instances may work a temporary hardship, but, on the whole, the San Fran
cisco traffic regulations are sensible, efficient and expeditious, and their
enforcement by the traffic squad, under Police Lieutenant Duncan Matheson,
i; orderly, intelligent and practical. Vehicular traffic in Market street, includ
tthe streetcar service, has been immeasurably improved by the traffic
lations, and the complaints made against the system by a contemporary
based, if on any foundation, on isolated instances of inconvenience. In
natural order of things, the individual may do what he pleases, drive
where he pleases, stop and turn where he pleases. A community given to
anarchy would have no traffic regulations, and a man might drive on either
>iue of the street either way. He would get along famously until a heavier
vehicle struck his outfit and turned him and his load on to the pavement.
Then he would renounce anarchy.
All cities that make any pretensions to good government have traffic
squads. San Francisco has such pretensions, and it has a traffic squad which
will continue to expedite traffic, keep the streetcar service improved and
prevent people from driving on the wrong side of the street. It took us a
long time to find out how badly we needed service like that rendered by
Lieutenant Mathcson and his men —a long time to get up to the metropolitan
standard with respect to street traffic in the congested districts. Having
secured that service and attained that standard, it would be folly to go back
to the old disorder and confusion. The traffic squad has fully justified its
establishment; it is here to stay.
Sun Spots Truly Tell
Father Ricard Which
Way Storm Will Blow
1 : — ~ ' The prediction covered a period of one
month. That time has expired, and we may now review the accuracy of the
observer's prediction and the authenticity of his forecast.
The stormy intervals during the month of January, as predicted, were to
come on the following dates: January 3 to 7, January 15 to 19, January 22 to
26, January 29 to February 1.
During and approximately in every one of these periods California was
visited by storms. Meteorologically, the records show that disturbances
arrived as follows: January 3. 7, 8, 10, 16, 20, 23 and 28.
As matters of extraordinary record, on January 5 and the days imme
diately following the whole of California was in the grip of a most amazing
cold wave. There was ice in the streets of San Francisco and the citrus crop
of southern California felt the first destructive frost in the history of the
industry. Damage estimated at upward of $25,000,000 occurred over night in
the orange and lemon groves in Los Angeles. San Bernardino, Orange and
San Diego counties. San Francisco felt the coldest weather in 25 years.
On January 9 there was the phenomenon of snow in San Francisco and
the bay regions.
On January 14 and 15 there was a storm over the entire coast and light
ning struck and damaged the life saving station at Point Bonita. On January
22 there was a rainstorm in San Francisco, and on January 28 and for several
days near to that date a tule fog made navigation on the bay difficult and inter
fered seriously with seagoing traffic.
lather Ricard appears to have established a new place for himself in the
school of weather prediction. His forecast reads as well after the period of
prognostication as in advance. In the light of his January success, the pre
dictions of Father Ricard for February and March are worth pasting under
They are given as follows by the astronomer:
The forecast for February and March includes the following stormy
periods: February 3 to 7. 10 to 13, 16 to 20, "2 to 28, and February 5 to 9,
11 to 15, IS to 24, 25 to 29.
.March 1 to 6, S to 12, 15 to IS, 21 to 24, and March 4 to 7, 9 to 14, 16
to 21. 23 to 28.
The first set is most likely to affect the south. The second Is most
likely to run east directly. There will again be a deficiency of rain.
Farmers should lose no time in planting their crops.
cities, tame the savage sound vibrations,
calm the unruly echoes, subdue the fierce
boiler factory of metropolitan existence
and give v≤ quiet and serenity; lend to
our days the stillness of night and give us tranquillity and peace.
Mr. Maxim has already perfected a gun silencer, which has been used
with success by assassins both in the organized military establishments and
in private life. Now he is going further and will draw the teeth of urban
Maxim's Sound "Jetty"
Will Give World
Havens Free From Noise
As the Maxim device is being patented, the inventor is reticent concern
ing its details and will speak only in general terms. He said:
The one great silencer I hope for and one that the world will see
invented and established within five years is a general silencer of noises,
a device for sick rooms, hospital?, hotels, offices, factories and a hundred
other places, which will shed silence In the same way that a lamp sheds
Our eyes detect certain kinds of light only. Many kinds of light are
absolute darkness to us. For example, an X-ray in a dark room is in
visible. And yet it will photograph your bones on a plate. It gives
enough of a certain kind of light to pass through a man's body. With
sound it is the same thing. Our ears are built to detect certain kinds of
sounds, air vibrations. If these vibrations are outside of a certain limit
of suddenness our ears can not detect them. Again, If they are beyond a
certain limit of frequency they are silent to us, though they may be so
intense as to be of agony to a cat or a bird.
The day may come when state legislation will demand that all boiler
factories be equipped with a Maxim silencer, deafness now being recognized
as one of the occupational hazards of foundry work. Hospitals will have the
Maxim silencer installed, and under the benericent protection of its shield, the
invalid will whisper his thanks to the Connecticut inventor who is now
building a "breakwater' , against the waves of sound and creating havens of
quiet in a tumultuous world.
We have had "spotless town." All aboard for "noiseless town"!
The Hundred Million
Dollar Baby Starts
Under a Handicap
Tim young marvel of America's plutocratic infant class intend that he shall
be raised right; not be a ••sissy," but be a manly chap.
How far will they go in that purpose? Will they let his mind and body,
brain and hands develop .is naturally as would the members of the ordinary
youth? The child's maternal grandfather was a Colorado miner, a bluff,
Teady man who mixed with affairs, was a prominent figure in the trans-Mis
ppi congre>s and in public life; his paternal grandfather was a newspaper
publisher. Both sides of the family have contributed to that hundred million
dollar fortune. Have both contributed those qualities of leadership and
Suction that have distinguished the names of Walsh and McLean.
Too many cooks must not spoil this broth of a boy; too many detectives
must not weaken his courage; too many millions must not vitiate his inherited
inclination for work. Twenty-live years from now, when this child has come
into his own and is taking his place with men, the attitude of this country
toward wealth and its responsibilities should be more sharply defined than
I nor May the hundred million dollar baby make the definition go for
Critics can be found for every institu
tion, and there are few organizations
which do not expose a vulnerable side to
the pessimistic citizen. Adverse reports
On December 26 last Rev. Father
Ricard, astronomer of the observatory of
the University of Santa Clara, issued a
weather forecast based upon sun spots
that appeared on December 16 in a high
northern solar latitude.
To be heir to $1,000,000 has its decided
advantages, whatever the "blessings of
poverty" may be; but to be heir to
$I.ooo,ooo,ooo—what of that?
The United States may learn in time
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
yojOXSIDER the taxi pirate as he
I flourishes at the ferry depot. Like
\j necessity, he knows no law. He
doesn't even need a lawyer, for
every member of the police department
is his official collector and police courts
are bureaus where liquidation of hie
demands is compelled • with summary
dispatch. Like the doctors, he makes
his charges according to his own esti
mate of the depth of the victim's purse.
He is the living embodiment of the let
ter of marque and his motto is: "Go as
far as you like."
* # *
All of which has more to do than you
may think with the success of the
Panama-Pacific international exposi
The taxi pirate, as the theme of a
ferry tale, was suggested by the ar
rival here the other day of the liner
Cleveland. The Hamburg-American
line has made a success largely because
of the Teutonic thorougness of its
methods. When everything that seemed
necessary had been done for the recep
tion of the Cleveland and the care of
Its passengers, H. F. Dorgreloh, the
company's Pacific coast agent, re
marked to his associates that there
was one more matter that required
Donning - an overcoat that had been
designed in Europe and a cloth cap, he
disguised himself as a tourist and took
a car to the ferry depot. This was the
day before the Cleveland arrived.
At the ferry he called a taxi.
"Take me," he said to the driver, "to
the wharf where the Cleveland will
This wharf is just six blocks from
the ferry and the trip was made in less
than five minutes.
"How much?" asked Dorgeloh as he
stepped out of the cab.
"Dollar 'n half." replied the taxi
pirate without a blush.
"Isn't that pretty high?" Dorgeloh
asked. "Let me see your meter."
"Meter ain't workin". Dollar n half's
the price. Come through."
Before "coming through" Dorgeloh
secured the name of the driver and the
number of his car, jnformejl the pirate
that he was the agent of the steam
ship company, that the charge was ex
tortionate, and that the matter would
be laid before the chief of police.
All of this was done. Dorgeloh,
however, did more. He sent a wire
less to the Cleveland directing that
the passengers be advised not to pay
more than 50 cents for the taxi trip
from wharf to hotel.
• * *
San Francisco is the only city on the
coast Vhere the taxi fare is left to the
fancy of the taxi pirate, and where ob
jections on the part of the victim to the
extemporaneous tariff are overcome by ,
the use of the police machinery. As
one of the preparations to be made for
the big exposition the regulation of the !
taxi pirate must and will receive early
In crther cities the taxi fare from all
important passenger depots to points
within a radius, which includes most of
the principal hotels and theaters, is not
more than 25 cents per passenger, with
an established schedule for baggage.
The hurt of a '"sting" like $1.50 for a
six block trip is not soon forgotten.
First impressions cut deepest, and no
matter how good a time the visitor
may have or how long he may stay,
the memory of the ransom exacted as
the price of his escape from the taxi
that carried him from depot to hotel
on the day of his arrival is likely to be
the impression of San Francisco that
lasts longest with him. These licensed
extortioners have the reputation of the
city in their hands, and it is up to the
harbor commissioners, who give them
a place of ambush on state property,
and to the city government, which
issues them letters of marque, to see
that they do not abuse their opportu
* * #
Jack Drew waning the state legis
lature to pass a law compelling , influ
ential citizens, particularly office hold
ers, to list on their visiting cards the
enterprises in which they are inter
ested. Such a law would have saved
him a mo.-'t disagreeable embarrass
ment the other day.
It happened like this: Drew wanted
the co-operation In a perfectly legiti
mate affair of Supervisor Kmmett Hay
den. Hayden, in addition to being an
energetic alderman, is the proprietor
of a restaurant nrar the foot of Mar
ket street. To drop in there on his
way to the ferry and have dinner sug
gested itself to Drew .is the most prac
tical way of approaching Hayden. He
could talk the matter over while dis
cussing his evening meal.
"Thought you usually ate on the
boat," said Hayden as he sat down at
"So I do." replied Drew, "hut to tell
you the truth, r wanted a good dinner
tonight, and that's something I can't
get on a Sausalito boat. 'Why don't
they let somebody that understands his
business do the catering for them. Now
1 can come—"
Drew stopped. There was a peculiar
twinkle in Hayd*»n's eye.
"By the way, Emme'tt, who runs the
restaurants on the Sausalito boats?"
"I do," replied the supervisor.
Drew knows now that In the United
States boomerangs are made just like
hammers. LINDSAY CAMPBELL.
I looked for a drug and I found a draft
Of water that made me whole:
And the cup is full out of which I
The health of my inmost soul.
I sought for a gem and discerned a
For an inn and I found a home
Where waking is better than visions
And loneliness can not come.
I looked for a solace and I gained a
For a lie. and I found it true, —
For I found affection within a kiss , .
And behind an appearance, you!
"The Youth Replies and Other
Verses," by Louis How.
O'er many a weary, aching mile
The parcel postman ambled,
And when he reached our domicile
The eggs he brought were scrambled.
The hat he left for Mabel, too.
Caused her poor heart to flutter:
'Tvas saturated through and through
With some one's melted butter.
And Brother Bill is tearing hot;
He doesn't think it funny.
The , socks and ties and shirts he got
By mail were smeared with honey.
But father's smile is soft and bland;
We all know by that token
His snake bite cure, though contra
Came through the mail unbroken
It didn't take Jong fer th , fever
that says "passes" post t , show up.
Gittin' on an , off th' water wagon
is th' only exercise some fellers
Dcrio Querzani, a wealthy planter' of Panama,
and a personal friend of Colonel George W.
Goethals, chief engineer of the Panama canal,
arrived in San Francisco yesterday for a short
visit nnd registered at the Palace. Speaking of
the canal. be seltls
"I believe that by *ext December ships will be
going through the Klwat cat. although the locks
will not be entirely completed by that time. The
engineers figure on making exhaustive trial tests
j before the canal is opened to the commerce of
the world. Persons can form no adequate con
ception of the raetness of the work on the lone
unless th*y see it with their own eyes. It Is won
derful in its vastness, and 1» a great tribute to
the Bklii and resourcefulness of American engi
# # *
Dr. Fells ana P«d Thorer, lioth of Berlin, are
guests at t!ie Fairmont. Among other arrival* at
the Fairmont were Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Wright
of Newcastle. Pa.: Mr. nnd Mrs. R. Perry Jones
of Cleveland and George S. Moore of Detroit.
* * #
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Maekay and Donald W.
Maekay of Portland arrived in this city yester
day, after an automobile tour of several weeks
through the southern counties. Mr. Maekay. who
is a mining magnate, said tho roads were Iα
average good condition, but that much improve,
ment could be made. Chuckholes and aand drifts
composed the worst difficulty with which they
had to contend, he said. They are staying at
TT. M. Van Anden and Mrs. Van Anden, the
fornrnr for mauy years editor of the Brooklyn
Eagle, arrived in San Francisco yesterday to
begin an around the world trip on the steamer
Cleveland. Mrs. Van Anden was most enthusias
tic OTer San Francisco and California generally.
"It seems to me that, with the beautiful cli
mate you hare the year around, there wouldn't
be a vacant lot in the entire Mate," she eald.
'•Eastern people are waking up to the fact that,
while they arc virtually snowed under six months
of the year, CalifornSans are enjoying sunshine
and flowers. The population nbould double eTery
year. San Francisco is one of the most delight
ful cities 1 have ever visited."
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Peter Philips, general manager of the Inter-
Island Steamboat company of Honolulu, is :i
guest at the Stowa-t. This is what he said
about the travel to the Islands:
"More persons from Canada, California and the
northwest generally visited Honolulu and the
islands during January than eyer before. Our
bookings have been unusually heavy for the tour
ist travel since November, when our great spec
tacular attraction, the volcano Kilauea started
to 'show off.' The season usually starts about
the last of February, but this year saw ue going
Tun blast in January. We will reciprocate to
California in 1015, as I have heard many citizens
in the islands announce their intentions of visit
ing the Panama-Pacific espositien."
# • *
L. R. Atwood, a paint manufacturer of Loots*
Tillp. Ky., and Mrs. Atwood and their two debu
tante daughters are staying at the Palace. They
sail on the Cleveland. Mr. Atwood said Ur was
pleased with San Francisco from every angle,
especially from a climatic point of view. Mi-s
M. A. Wood of Pittsburg, la., is also in the
L. Clausen, a wholesale dry goods merchant
of Buffalo, i s registered at the St. Francis with
Mis. Clausen. Th?y are off for a tour of the
world, Mr. Clausen explaining that both of them
needed a long vacation without worries or cares
of any sort.
Lieutenant Colonel G. W. Stevens of Fort
Stevens, Ore., is a guest at the Palace. Dr. Wil
liam Squires, U. S. A., of Fort D. A. Russell,
Wyo., is registered at the Stewart.
Dr. T. 11. McNab of Los Angeles, a son In law
of Alexander Young, known as the "sugar king '
of Honolulu, is a gueet at the Stewart. Among
other arrivels at the Stewart were T. H. Lane, a
candy manufacturer of Los Angeles, and D. M.
L«f, a rancher tad real estate promoter of So
* * *
A. W. Raybauld, a railroad man of Salt Lake
City, arrived in Sen Francisco yesterday at the
head of a delegation of Elks, who are bound for
Los Angeles for their annual frolic and vacation.
Mr. Kbybauld said he was having a fine tlnw
trying to keep the members of the party together
when no many attractions were offered by the
city and its hospitable people. The party have
headquarters at the Manx.
P. L. Kern, a Chlco orehardist. and George
Sutherland and Mrs. Sutherland of Portland were
among other arrivals at the Manx. .
K. Aylesworth, an attorney of Snisun: L. K.
Xorman, v merchant of Santa Maria, and James
F. Cameron, a hotel man of Sydney, Australia,
were among the arrivals at tue Argonaut, yes
James Barry of Cottonwood. owner oft large
sheep and cattle ranch in Shasta county, and
James McPherson of Brandon, Manitoba, are
recent guests at the Union Square.
LETTERS FROM READERS OF THE CALL
Editor Cull: At the risk of being con
sidered "too much in evidence," permit
me to say a word in commendation of
The Call for establishing as a new
feature "The People's Forum." This,
In the opinion of the undersigned, is a
feature quite as essential as the edi
torial. The latter is the expression of
opinion, advancement of views, of the
individual who writes the editorials..
True, he is the exponent of the policy
or principle of the journal for which
he Write* ; but it does not necessarily
follow that all persons who read what
he lias written and the paper has pub
lished agree with him.
Likewise, as to expression of opinion,
advancement of view, through the me
dium of "The People's Forum" by indi
vidual readers of The Call, by no means
does it follow that those opinions, those
views, are concurred in by The Call or
its editor. It Is merely an interchange
of opinion whereby ofttimes both en
tertainment and edification accrue.
In fine, since The Call's new policy is
to furnish a "people's paper" by estab
lishing the "forum," it has been both
logical and wise. The people will feel
a real interest in their daily paper
when they have opportunity In Its
columns to say a few words now and
then on public questions, and if need
be to "talk back" at the editor.
Here's wishing The Call the success
it merits under its new management.
JOHN AUBREY JONES.
CRIPPLES AT THE WHEEL.
Kditor Call: I am writing you re
garding an article which has been in
your paper for the last few days re
garding a Mrs. Henry Anderson, who
has been instrumental in having a bill
introduced prohibiting cripples from
This I consider is an infringement on
a citizen's right to earn a livelihood,
for some of the most reliable and skill
ful chauffeurs as well as taxicab driv
ers throughout this state wear" arti
ficial legs or arms.
When President Taft came to Oak
land on his last trip the reception com
■'mittee selected the safest man they
could find to drive his machine through
this city. They selected a man who
wears an artificial leg.
We know of a man with both arms
and one leg amputated and another
who wears two artificial legs and two
artificial arms who successfully drive
automobiles. Why should they be de
prived of the pleasure and conveni
ence of driving their own machine?
A contractor and county supervisor
In one of the middle California counties
drives her runabout all over Berkeley
and Oakland and has never met with
an accident. Should she be forced to
walk just because a man with his one
ana amputated had the misfortune to
run over a dog?
Hundreds of persons "with all their
natural limbs have injured pedestrians
and no one has ever offered any legis
lation to bar them from driving auto
1 don't own an automobile and may
never possess one, but I do object to
being deprived of the right and priv
ilege of running one just because I
have had the misfortune to lose a leg.
Why permit some one who has never
been injured or crippled and who knows
nothing of the hardships and difficul
ties of earning a living with but one I
leg or arm dictate laws that will place
an additional handicap in tjie way of
those who have chosen automobiling as
a means of earning an honest and re
I urge that you. through the col
umns of your publication, use your in.
iiuence in defeating this bill.
W. F. DICK SON.
Oakland, February 3.
THOSE SAGEBRUSH MII.LIOXS
Editor Call: Editorially this morn
ing you Quote me as saying that $23
worth of chemicals' could be extracted
from a ton of sagebrush at a cost of
$1 per ton.
This is an error. An estimate of
cost of handling a large amount of
sagebrush (36,000 tons), made at the
University of Nevada, shows the cost
to be $3.25 a ton and the net protit
$20.56 a ton.
German chemists are already investi
gating the proposition of extracting
money from sagebrush.
In the state of Michigan many mil
lions are invested in the extraction of
chemicals from hard wood by dry dts
tUlation, and they pay $5 a cord foi
the raw material.
The middle states furnish most of
the staples which can be extracted
from sagebrush, and th« western states
pay the freight on tne commodities
when they could manufacture them at
home for much less cost.
San ! rancisco, January 30.
"BONTA EFFECT" AS A BRAKE
Editor Call: In view of the
unfortunate and unnecessary ac
cident (?) Tuesday to one of our mu
nicipal cars in addition to the \ong
list of similar occurrences that have
taken place In the past on the lines
of the United Railroads, it seems time
for some one to call attention to the
means inherently available in the cars
themselves to positively prevent such
Any car equipped with two or more
series motors arranged to operate
in -multiple, as streetcars universally
are, pan In r> seconds be brought un
der perfect control, whether air brakes,
hand brakes or current fails, or
whether all together fail. In former
days, it was the custom of construc
tion engineers, when installing a new
road or new equipments, to instruct
motormen In this emergency method of
braking, known as the "Bonta effect."
and by now it should be universally
understood. It appears, however, to be
The method of operation is this:
When a car is moving at or above some
reasonable rate of speed, say 10 miles
per hour or over, and the current is
cut off, the mere throwing of the re
verse handle and the turning of the
controller handle into the last or mul
tiple positions will almost Instantly
put the "Bonta effect" into operation.
In the case of certain four motor
equipments, such as those of the Geary
street road, it is not even necessary
to turn the controller handle, but only
the reverse. The one precaution to be
observed is that the current must first
be cut off, either by the canopy switch
just above the motorman or by pulling:
the trolley down.
The resulting effect on the car Is this:
Of two series motors connected in mul
tiple for generation, the one most re
sponsive magnetically will become the
generator, absorbing power from the
wheels driven by the movement of the
car. This generating motor will send
its current over to the other motor
connected in multiple with it. and
thereby drive the second motor and
its corresponding axle and wheels in
the reverse direction from that due to
the movement of the car. In four
motor equipments there will be two
sets so acting. On looking at the car
from the outside, the wheels are seen
to be turning in opposite directions,
so that two braking effects are secured
—one retarding effect due to the motor
absorbing power as a generator and
another retarding effect due to the
positive reverse direction of the
This method of braking should not
be confused with reversing a car. In
the latter case, trolley current is ab
solutely necessary, and furthermore
when the wheels once slip, as they
always do in emergency reversing, a
large part of the retarding or braking
effect is gone.
This form of braking is automatic,
needs no current from the trolley and
is self-regulating. Whether it is se
vere or not depends altogether on the
sp?ed of the car. If applied promptly
enough the car need not gain much
speed. At 10 miles per hour the oper
ation resembles a rather quick air
brake stop. At 20 or 30 miles p**r hour
it would present undeniable induce
ments for passengers to "step forward
please," but aside from this desirable
instruction, it would cause them
neither serious injury nor inconven
It appears inexcusable that motor
men are not regularly instructed in the
practice of this emergency braking
B. CARROLL "SHIPMAW
San Francisco, Jan. 31.
Full Many a Man
Full many a man
Has lost his grip
By being shy
One poker chip.
Full many a man
Has lost his stack
By being shy
Onp dng-grone jaok.
Full many a man
Has lost his all
By being indisposed
—St. Lrf>uis Post-Dispatch.
Full many a man
Has lost his face
For having held
An extra ace.
Stranger—Want to buy a hunting
Hunter—ls he broke?
Stranger—As thoroughly as I am
New Orleans Times-Democrat.
FEBRUARY 4, 1913
"The canal zone is not our territory,
save in trust." ■ said Fenator Root.
What Senator Root seems about to d->
is to amend the record by inserting
before the word "trust" the words "the
#• ~i *
A carrier pigeon row from the dpfit
of a trans-Atlantic liner in mHi'« , *»n /
Tiif orchestra then played. I y special
request of a passenger leaning- over
the rail, "Oh, for the Wings of a Bird."
* * *
AXOTHER BILOW FOR MOTHER
"The co-eds of the Northwestern uni
versity «=end their laundry home by
parcel post."—News Item.
It's grand and fine for tho college girls
To use the parcel pus< :
It helps their needy Uncle Sara
To buy his tea and toast.
It saves the ; r pocket books the loss
Of money have squandered
In having all their lingerie
And pocket hankies laundered.
But oh, dear girls , , oh. <;ireless girl 3,
I think your work is raw;
Instead of paying , laundry bills,
You put the work on Ma:
* * *
THE PRESCRIBED DIET
"Kindly lady, will you loan me a bite
"Can't. , Don't you know it's already
* # *
DO.VT MAKK THIS MISTAKE
I had a printed tit ket for the dance of
The stevedore, who is a social kin?:
I asked a traffic copper, yes, the first
one that I saw.
Where Id find the hall that held the
lie sent me to the Palace; I was never
I showed the card; they wouldn't let
For the copper was mistaken; say, it
made me awful sore.
For the Palace ball was just the
* * ■&
The fatal panic at a motion picture
theater in New York occurred in a
house that had complied with the
safety ordinance. Now if the ordi
nance will kindly comply with common
sense other fatalities might be avoided.
* * *
"Practical Reflections on the Figura
tive Art of Singing" is the title of a
new book. Some reflections figuring
on the practical art of singing mic! t
be more beneficial to the listening pub
* # ■*
Attorney General Wickersham has
won tiie right to be counted among the
discoverers. He lias found out some
thing which every politician has
known since the war of ISl2—that the
offices of surveyor of the port and
naval officer of the port are sinecures.
The distinction between the attorney
general and the other politicians, how
ever, lies in this fact—they have kept
silent about the jobs; the attorney gen
eral has declared that the places are
sinecures. Unprofessional conduct:
If President Taft takes the attorney
general at his word two stalwart poli
ticians of California. Duncan McKin
lay and George Stone, who now fill
those offices, will lose their jobs. Cruel
To abolish the offices and put those
men out of jobs would be an unsocial
act; they should be preserved as relics
of the past.
But hark: What noise is that "Wβ
hear? It is the Academy of Sciences
building a museum in Golden Gate.
There is the place for our old friends,
stuffed with political preferment, let
them stand on pedestals, labeled, "The
Last of the Stand Pats."
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The defense of the Aliens of Vir
ginia that the judge they slew was
killed by accident will probably be
supported by affidavits of the moun
taineers to the effect that they didn't
know their guns were loaded.
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Faiamas are taboo as bathing BUlta
on the Pacific coast. Of course they
are not proper for aouatics. They are
cut high in the neck and no proper
bathing suit has that decorous* merit.
They are long in the limbs and every
proper bathing .suit terminates at the
knee.«. if not sooner. The young ladies
on the Sonoma who merited the wrath
of the captain of that vessel should
have known bptter than to appear in
the tank in pajamas. But possibly the
captain was right. Who knows but
tliKt had lie permitted any deviation
from bathing suits some of his women
passengers might have had the Phamp
lessness to plunge in their ball gowns?
ELECTRICAL, EXECUTIONS — Subscriber.
City. Electrical executions in place of hanpiiv;
as capital punishment Is lv fnrea in New York*
New Jersey. Massachusetts. Ohio. North Caro
lina, South Carolina ami Kentucky
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DAWSOV CITY- I. M. C, San ITafa»l. P*w
son city Iβ ii»t in Alaska. It is in the Yukon
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PRESSURE—A. S.. City. Tne atmospheric
pressure at th» earths surface 13 14.73 pounds
to the square inch.
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THE MACHINE—E. W. E.. Citr. The term
"machine," as applied to a political party was
first. •Mβ by Aaron Burr, who declared when he
OT the party jroitijj into the hnndß of profes
sional politicians tUat these had become "the
machinery of Uμ party."
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THE SEVEN SEAR-E. VT. H.. City. The
"seven sens" arc. in the ordinary reckoning: The
North Atlantic, South A Mantle. North Pacific,
South Pacific, Arctic, Antarctic and Indian
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TfTE PACIFIC—A. W. F.. City. The steamer
Pacific- was wrecked while on a trip from Victo
ria. B. C. to thU city in collision with the ship
Orpheus, off Cape Flattery, at 0:."0 p. m.. Nr.
vember 4. 1575. of the 189 persons on board,
only two HCfl saved.
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T.ATIN QUOTATION —R.. Cit.r. "Non e*o
ventoaae plebis eisfTratria renor," in from the
of Horace, and means: Ido not bunt for,
or court the votes of the light and rearing ralv
ble. of the mob that ts ch-..igeable as the wind "
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.TUPTTCEP—C. C. Point Rlchmonfl. and 7. J?w
Petalutna. The justices of t*ie supreme court
the United States are: H. P. White (chief Joo
ticeK J. McKenna. O. W. Holmes. W U. Pay
H. H. Lurton. C. E. Hughes. W. Van Deranter,
J. R. I.amar and M. Pitney.
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STATE?— ,T. H.. Petalntna. The United States
has 48 state*, two districts, Columbia and
Alaska, and one territory, Hawaii.
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REPRESENTATIVES .T. n. P<-talums. The
number of representatives 1n conpress Is 392.
After March 4 of the current year the number of
r<-preM>ntatlTes will be 435. under the new con
gressional apportionment act.
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FOUR OF A KIND- It. J. U, San Joe.?. "Fmir
of a kind in cribbage." exelusire of other cards
count 12 for all except the?, which count 20
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AMENDMENTS— If. S. M.. City. There ha**
ner>n 15 araenduients to the constitution of the
I. nitfd States.
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VICE PRESIDENT—W. S. M.. Cltr. ThTe
nay no tie* presi.imit of tbc United States 'on
January T2. 1913.
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r ARGKST COUNTIES-n. S. p.. Vl<it«r»on
\ alley, City. Tup ihree largeet cogntleß in Call
foreia tre: San Bernardino. 2(>.005 .square miles;
luyo, and Kern 8,139
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XICKELS-A. T. SL. Smp*. The sUtera-nt
ttiat yrvi heard that nieffia or \vn> i-ntumand sn
extraordinary proiniuin is based en the fact that
there was pnb!fsbe<] [ n all *»,istfrn paper sereral
months ngo an it'-ni t-. tit* effect that ' - lfllO
nlekelo sre worth $T»V.->O." irrm «ac correct
for l.fllf* n'ekpiii a t 5 ients each are w.-i r th ex
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COUSINS—M. o. C. < iry. Tiicre is no law In
Californin th;it ppobfblta c-mslim of tnv
from marrying. There is a bill on that subject
befote the sitting legislator*.
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BACKSTAMPING—I>., Phoenix. Ariz. "Ba^k
stamplßß" on first class mail has been dis
continued becmi.x.-- it t.«>fe up ton much time
without corresponding benefit!'.
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CENTS AMI pound—Curlons. City. It
takes 120 fcmne 1 (■■•n; pieces to weigh one
po'«n<l and nearly 70 ntekehi i<> make the same
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THE VL\<; -A. P. C, City—The rule
erally followed f..p maftlng an American tinW
U that e*CB >tv:v-. altenMtC red nnd white,
should be half *s> many inches wide as the
flajj In TUe union, nr n-ld. should be
one-third the lfnjtth of the flag and
'Bcven strlneis in width.
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ZUBEI.DA—C. B. C,.. City. The name IH
t>#lda does not appear in any of the books of