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"AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER—THE
FOTTNDED DECEMBER 1. 1868
W. W. CHAPIN, Publisher.
CRANE, WELL LOVED ACTOR
Like the melody of an old song well
loved, the name of William 11. Crane
falls gratefully upon the hearing of
any American theatergoer who has
known the best there is in our stage
land these fifty years. It is a name
to call up out of the past only clean,
wholesome, cheering memories; to
bring back rcminiscently many a soul
casing smile, many a good, honest
laugh from the long, long ago and
far away—a name to conjure upon
us again the spells of old and rare
delights in the Land of Make Believe.
Say "Crane," and visualize again
'"Senator Hannibal Rivers," "Silsbee"
of Chicago, "David Harum," "Brother
John Hackctt"—hear and see always
■a virile and kindly and honorable
Americanism, instinct with a humor
that we like to think is racy of our
svi!. shrewd, but not cynical; robust,
l>iit never gross; keen, but kindly.
Almost without exception the plays
that have afforded Mr. Crane the
medium of expression for his dis
tinrtiveart have been American; none
other would harmonize with a per
sonality too big to be disguised
by any artifice of dressing room or
co-turnery or of-speech affected.
It would be interesting to set down
how many millions of his country
men have known William 11. Crane
across the footlights of how many
theaters; how many there have been
to welcome him into their hearts
through that door which genuine and
laughter unbolts. Close
upon two generations of us have glad
dened at thought of him, at recollec
tion of liis art and presence, at pros
pect of drinking again from that clear,
>parkling. full flowing spring of pleas
ure that leaves no after taste.
It is jubilee year for this master
craftsman of human enjoyment. Fifty
years ago this summer he began, a lad
of 18, the career that has brought to
him honor for all men to envy and
none to begrudge and to his uncount
able host of auditors brimming meas
ures of happiness. The half century
has but ripened and perfected the man
and his genius. The work that its
doer sincerely loves takes no toll of
his strength, but pays him with a self
renewing youth and vitality. Witness
Crane at joyous-and-seventy—almost
that by the tale of the years—the
blade of his spirit bright, blithe and
true edged, the mortal sheath of it
tearless and sound.
And San Francisco may rightly
rti'-ugh rejoice in present opportunity
to help Mr. Crane keep his jubilee.
Nearly forty years we have beef)
privileged to call him ours as well as
the rest of America's—since in the old
San Francisco he was one of the
brave company that opened the his
toric Baldwin theater. It was fitting
that he should come back to us after
pr« had risen up from calamity and
aid in the opening of the playhouse
now his stage home for a pleasant
period which, in justice to us, should
"The Senator Keeps House" this
week in a town that will not let him
outdo it in hospitality. We shall, for
old sake's sake and because of what
he means to us and to his profession,
make his house ours while he is here
and all our houses his.
THE "FREAK BILL"
It is often said in all sincerity that
when a man of common sense, re
spected and trusted in his community,
is elected to a state legislature he is
likely to lose his mental balance. The
New York Evening Post discusses the
same subject coolly, saying: "Thirty
eight of the forty-eight state legis
latures are in session, and two more
will meet before the year is half gone.
Out of two score deliberative bodies
what wisdom may not cornel Yet
there are indications now and then
that all that is legislative is not wise."
However, the New York newspaper
and other critics of legislatures make
no distinction between bills intro
duced and bills passed. The statutes
of a session seem highly rational
when compared with the list of pro
posed measures out of which those
The real reason for foolish legis
lation is twofold. Some legislators
want notoriety at any price. Most
legislators, especially under the recall
system, fear to offend constituents
by declining to present "request"
bills. A Wisconsin state senator
wants to abolish the "junior prom"
at the University of Wisconsin; a
North Carolina senator wants to
abolish all beehives within 100 yaids
of the public roads; our own Senator
Birdsall would clothe all public school
children in uniforms. All those things
make talk for and of the men who
introduce them; the father of a freak
measure feels as important as the
father of the roost benevolent bill
The "freak bill" is one of the rea
sons for limitations' and attempts to
limit the length of legislative sessions
and for a growing tendency to in
crease the intervals between spells of
The recent opening of a playground
in yakucia. street is a timely illus-
tration of what may be readily accom
plished in the field of practical eu
An employer of this city has turned
over to the municipality a plat of land
adjoining his factory, equipped with
tents, swings, merry go rounds and
other paraphernalia dear to the child
ish heart. This playground is pri
marily for the children of his em
ployes, but all are welcome.
The donor must have felt amply
repaid in the smiling faces, exuberant
spirits and keen appreciation shown
by the thousands of youngsters who
availed themselves of the opening day.
It is an example of philanthropic enter
prise to be emulated and encouraged.
We may not be able to leave our
children an abundance of this world's
goods, but we can and we should pre
pare them for the battle of life by
insuring them sound minds and
healthy bodies, which transcend all
other considerations and make the
most valuable heritage we can trans
mit to posterity.
THE HETCH HETCHY VICTORY
In the report of the board of army
engineers on the water question, San
Francisco is encouragingly sustained
at all points of its contention. Secre
tary Fisher will undoubtedly accept
and fbllow its conclusions if he acts
at all, and so his successor ought to
do. After 12 years of arduous and
costly campaigning, *this expert and
nonpartisan judgment is a most grati
fying vindication of the city's attitude.
lletch Hetchy is found by the army
board to be the cheapest, the most
practicable and most desirable of the
possible sources; it is set forth that
due conservation of the flow will pro
vide for the reasonable needs of San
Joaquin valley irrigation and for
the reasonable needs of the bay
cities for tie rest of the century;
the objections of the ''nature lovers"
are held to be without merit; it is
impressed upon the authorities that
there is need and reason for early
action, inasmuch as before long all
the available water sources in the
state will have been appropriated and
utilized; finally, it is found that the
Hetch Hetchy source is by far the
best with respect to hydro-electric
development, offering a maximum of
115,000 horsepower, an asset worth
$45,000,000 of capital investment.
Now what will Secretary Fisher do
about the permit?
What will be the effect of the re
port and of the immediate granting
of the permit upon San Francisco's
negotiations with Spring Valley?
There is ever}' reason for believing
that the secretary will accept the
judgment of the army engineers. But
for the fact that the administration
to which he belongs will go out of
office in a few da3'S it is likely that
the permit would issue forthwith.
Mayor Rolph believes that he will
grant us our rights in spite of the
imminent change, and will go still
further, recommending to congress
that the permit be confirmed and
made irrevocable by legislative erant.
Let us hope so. If the matter
should go over to a new secretary, he
might insist upon reinvestigation and
so open another % long campaign;
he might even do as Ballingcr did,
putting us on our defense against a
proposition to revoke. The mission
of the city engineer and the city
attorney to Washington is, therefore,
of the highest importance to San
Francisco. They should be sup
ported by every influence and in
every way in their efforts to secure a
permit from Secretary Fisher.
It is logical to suppose that the
effect of the report and of a new and
broader permit upon the masters of
Spring Valley will be to make them
regard the city's liberal offer in a
more Reasonable spirit. We can
imagine that they were disappointed
by the tenor and terms of the repot
It does not suggest, much less recom
mend, that the permit be conditioned
upon the purchase of Spring Valley.
Indeed, it is to be inferred trfat the
engineers regard the acquisition of a
source better than Spring Valley can
offer as vital to the future of San
Francisco; they expressly declare that
the Spring Valley experts have largely
overestimated the development possi
bilities of that plant.
Gold has been found in Alum Rock
canyon, Santa Clara county. The ledge
will have to show some speed to com
pete with the prune orchard.
Wβ have had Turkey in Asia and
Turkey in Kurope and now General
Huerta Is staging a little Turkey in
The real trouble with Senator Root Iβ
that he doesn't think he is a political
The mayor's assistant secretary had
his toe frozen at Truckee. The munici
pal gladhand, however, was not even
The real gulf of Mexico Is a whirl
pool of barbarity separating the repub
lic of that name from civilisation.
"What a Man Will Do for a Drink"
is the title of a magazine article. Wβ
already know what enough drinks will
do for a man. What'll your'e be?
Dispatches say that President elect
Wilson gave up his seat In a car to a
woman. That's nothing. Mr. Taft
once gave up his to '.three.
Mr. Pro Bono PubMco Is informed
that the "deceased wife* sister In law"
is not applicable In the United States.
A widow may marry all of her hue
band's brothers if she does not crowd
matters. The law against a husband
wedding his widow's sisters , expired
with the passage of tho Edmunds act;
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALE, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2^191^
AN eastern judge recently refused
to sanction an agreement where
by a husband, taken into court
on a charge of failure to pro
vide for his wife, promised to turn
over to her his entire salary. As a
remedy for the condition of which the
lady complained, the repentant spend
thrift would make her the family
The Solomon on the bench told the
defendant that he was a weakling
even to suggest such a solution. The
man. said the Judge, was the natural
and legal head of the family, the archi
tect of the budget and the chancellor
or the exchequer. A man was no man
who tried to shirk his responsibilities,
either by building a budget exclusively
for his own needs or by turning the
family purse over to his wife.
Unfortunately for a large army of
potential financiers, women—illogical
creatures—are unable to grasp the sit
ution from this thoroughly sound and
legal point of view. They may think,
for instance, that mere food and a
file of receipted bills are of greater
material importance than father's repu
tation among the boys. Then, again,
they may merely take the pay envelope
without thinking much about it, until
father reminds them that the nickel
that buys carfare is of no assistance
in settling a restaurant check.
All of which creates the proper at
mosphere for the introduction of the
story of how Charlie Dunann tempered
for an unJknown easterner an existence
that had been embittered by a total
lack of pocket money.
Last Christmas Dunann sent to each
of his numerous friends in the trans
portation world a certificate for 100
shares In the "Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year Mining company."
The certificate, handsomely engraved
on heavy parchment and bearing a seal
that gave the document a solid financial
appearance, looked so like the real
thing that for many of the recipients
the sight of it revived the sting of
forgotten flirtations with ventures of
the wildcat variety.
The wording of the greeting:, how
ever, soothed the hurt and the token
of good will was promptly acknowl
edged in every case but one. The last
acknowledgment came the other day.
and Dunann was good enough to read
It to a carload of hia commuter friends.
It began with an apology for delay.
"You will forgive me," the writer
went on, "when I tell you the good use
to which the certificate was put. I
have a friend whose wife handles all
the finances of the family. She knows
his salary to a cent and is a good
collector. Bill gets car fare. She
settles for his lunches by check. I
showed him the certificate. Hβ bor
rowed It He kept it until pay day,
when be handed over to his wife half
his salary and exhibited the certificate
as evidence of what he had done with
the other half.
"He was in on the ground floor, he
told hla wife, and it Was too good a
chance to miss. He wouldn't let her
examine it closely for fear, he ex
plained to her, that she might inno
cently divulge the name which would
queer the whole business, as the stock
was being floated secretly.
"She fell for it beautifully, and with
that as a basis Bill has been able to
save out of his salary for himself and
his friends, the rent of a very expen
sive safe deposit box and two heavy as
sessments. BUI wishes me to thank
And to think that a man like that
couldn't handle his own salary!
Another ferry tale has made good
In the way of getting results. A few
weeks ago attention was called to the
lack of definite understanding as to
where Mark at street cars would stop
in the vicinity of California street to
pick up passengers. For the infor
mation of the United Railroads it was
set forth that this condition had made
possible the game of "streetcar dice,"
which was fun for the tired business
men who wanted to stick somebody
for their after luncheon cigars, but a
poor ad for the streetcar system.
I received no letter of thanks from
the United Railroads; v but it did better.
It adopted the suggestion made In this
column and has installed "Cars stop
here" signs in that formerly bewilder
If there's anything , else about town
that seeds fixing, let me know.
NEWS FROM THE HOTELS
T. W. Murdough, for many years the pro
prietor and manager of hotels in San Francisco,
returned here yesterday aftf>r a U'ng trip to the
islands an<l took rooms at the Manx.
In speaking of his trip, Mr. Murdough said:
"I spent considerable time traveling about the
Pacific islands, but I stayed in the Society
Islands longer than in any other place. I visited
Tahiti to look over the ground and the possibili
ties for a large tourist hotel. The scenery in
Tahiti is beautiful and there Is quick »nd safe
connection between the other Islands of the
group. Ido not tbiok conditions are ripe for a
large hotel in Tahiti just sow, but I do think
with the opening of die Panama canal that
travel will greatly Increase to the Society
Islands, and the field for a hotel will be good, t
The steamship companies and other concerns
who have need for laborers have to transport
them from Cook's island", as the natives of the
Society Islands are not very willing to do hard
Former States Senator Thomas F. Grtffln. the
father of the eight hour law for women, who la
a guest at the Sutter, says that the Irrigation
schemes In Stanislaus county are well under way
and that this will be the banner year for the
farmers in that district.
Mr. Grlffln said:
"The farmers will get plenty of water this year,
as the irrigation projects are all but completed.
1 think the farmers will have the best year in
the history of the county this season. We will
have more milk and will make more butter than
ever before, because we will have the extra
water necessary to raise natural fodder for the
cows. The Turloch irrigation districts were
never better than they are now. I think Stanis
laus county will have more dairy cows this year
than any other county in California."
G. B. Harris", a retired land operator and
rancher of Canada, whose home is In Vancouver,
has been at the Manx for nearly two months an.
hH annual winter vacation.
In comparing San Francisco with Loe Afigeles
as a winter resort. Mr. Harris eald:
"For Bpyeral years I came to San Francisco
every wlntrr, stayed her* a few days and then
went to T.os Angeles to spend the remainder of
my racation. This year for «orne reason or other
I_ stayed In San Francisco long enough really to
get to know a little about the city. I hare been
here now nearly two months, and In the future,
instead of spending but a few days here and
many weeks in Loe Angeles as T did In the past,
I will pass the greater part of the winter in San
Francisco and go to Loe Angeles but for a few
days. There Is nothing to see or to do in IjOS
Angeles except play croquet, go on the bowling
greens, loot at some flowers or go to a, shooting
SOONER OR LATER
Assistant- "What's the address of
this New Yorker?"
Kditor—"You mean th« one "who has
some position there in the local gov
"Address him rare of the Tombs. It
will reach him all right.' , —Life.
"The cook threatens to leave tomor
"Wβ must interest her." , •
"How can we interest her?"
"11l have a new set of china sent
BALKAN WAR SONG
Hurrah, hurrah, we'll sing the Jubilee,
Hurrah, hurrah, the flag that sets us
So we'll sing the chorus from Zxen
kqvipf to the sea.
While we go marching through Skyl
DOGS HAVES IT
"Say, Bill, wot's a pedigree?"
"Same as hydrophoby. I guess."
"Hydrophoby, nothin'! You're way
"Well, it's somethin , dogs have, any
HARD LUCK STORY
"Opportunity knocks at every man's
"Maybe," said Mr. Growcher. "But to
me Opportunity has always seemed
more like one of those small boys who
ring the doorbell and then run.—Wash
"There are times In every man's life
when he wants to kick himself."
"Quite so. And at the same time he
Iβ secretly glad that the facilities are
*o inadequate,"—BUmingliam, Asa-
gaJlery. Tn San Francisco you have excellent
weather, you have a real city. This is more like
New York than any other city In America. It
was so dull for me In Los Angeles last year that
I got a little excitement by going up with Avi
ator Rogers Just a few days before he was killed.
Mrs. Harris likes It here because you have so
many nice stores. She say» a woman can get
real bargains in the stores her*. Yes, this is
W. B. Vners, a well known sportsman of Mel
bourne, who has beea making a trip over the
United States looking for good horses to ship
back to the antipodes, said at the Palace that
the sheep men of Australia would like to hate
the tariff take* off wool in the United States.
Mr. Vuers paid:
"The" woo! growers of Australia would like
to have tbe duty taken off wool In the United
States. I understand they are trying to effect
som* sort of a compromise with the sheep men
of this country. T don't know the details of the
plan suggested, but I understand it is some sort
of a reciprocal proposition. The sheep business
in Australia is growing steadily each year.
Many men there are going In for the raising of
good horses. We have got any number of thor
oughbreds from California."
G. S. Holmes, proprietor of the Semioh hotel
of Salt Walter R. Trent, a mining engi
neer of Reno; L, T. Kellogg of Seattle, Mr. and
Mrs. Herbert Dupuy. Miss Eleanor Dupuy, Mrs.
William Spencer of Pennsylvania and I>ady
Darwin of Cambridge, Bng., are registered at
Mr. and Mm. VT. ,T. Han-li of Spokane, who
hate been In California on their honeymoon, are
at the Sutler. Mr. Harris Is the owner of a
large hotel and In also Interested In several
mines. Othere who aro at the Suffer are Mr.
and Mn. W. W. Boyer and Mr. and Mrs. J. B.
Lovely of Fort Falrfleld, Me., who are here on
a winter holiday, and Mr. and Mrs. T. N. and
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Murphy of Saskatoon, Can.
J. Norden, a business man of Sacramento, and
Mrs. Norden; J. R. Steele, a real estate op
erator of Seattle, and W. r. Manley, an or
cbardlst of Medford, are at the Manx.
O. A. Lore, a rancher of Woodland; If, 11.
Murray, a business man of Santa Cruz; George
S. Waterhousc. owner of a large packing bouse
In Honolulu, and Mrs. Waterhonse; Anton H.
Boxwiid, Norwegian Ylee consul of Utah; Mr.
and Mrs. F. W. Rteauloff and Mr. and Mm.
Daniel F. Fry of Salem, Ore., who are going oa
a trip to the islands, are at the Stewart.
Jesse W. Cbnrrh or Yrcka, a banker, and Ifr*.
Churchill; T. Vourpy, a mining man from Trin
ity, and S. A. Blythe. an oil operator from
are at the St. Francis.
V. A. Wadlelgb. geucral passenger agent of
the IVnvpr and Kio Grande railroad, and H. A.
March of Seattle are at the Fairmont.
C. F. Haworth of Milwaukee, Frank J. Graham
r>f Sin-ratriPnto and Mr. end Mr?. C. L. Scott of
Kansas City are at the Washington.
A. J. Wright, a mannfsKturer of ~Stvr Yerk;
Dr. W. Ton Brincken and Captain ron Brlnck'n
of Santa Clara a.n<i Rudolph Brandenburg, an
orange grower of southern California, are at the
J. O. Clark, a contractor and builder of Stook
too; P. D. Mobley, a cigar manufacturer of Mo
rtpst"; Uoscoe Fawcett, sporting editor of the
Portland Oregoninn; C. V. Schneider, a merchant
of Sacramento, and Mrs. Schneider are staying
at the Argonaut.
Arrtrals at the Turpln Include Mr. and Mrs.
J. K. Knight of Sacramento, Mr. and Mra. G.
B. Hart and \V. k Langdon of Seattle, J. B.
Oder of Santa Cruz, 0. Z. Bronnon, a merchant
of Fresno; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Beaa Jr. of Santa
Cruz, Leslie Puett of Lakeport, D. W. Wallis of
Los Vanos, W. t>. Wagner of San Diego and A.
L. Lindsay of Los Angeles.
C. H. Baker of WatsonTille, Mr. and Mm. F.
0. Barto of Loe Angeles and J. S. Wlckham of
Sacramento are at the Golden West.
J. A. Gemeer, a merchant of Antloeh, and A.
VT. Lasher of Sulsun are at the Stanford.
Olga W. Brandenburg of Rock Island, 111.;
Ben W. Drury of Stockton and Mr. and Mrs.
Homer McElhany are at the Colonial.
Ch*rl«i F. Stewart of Chicago and Judge W.
Young of Loe Angeles are guests at the Bald
W. n. Keeelang of Lake Spaldfog and Mrs.
Inkeep of Los Angele-s are at the Colombia.
D. S. Abell of Wlnnemucca is at the Dale.
John Langford, head of a large flsh packing
concern of Portland, Mβ., and O. I* Everts, an
attorney «£ Fresao, ax* at the Unloo
BILLS NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION' IMPARTIALLY ANALYZED BY
THE CALL FOR THE PEOPLE'S BENEFIT
GEORGE A. VAN SMITH
Organized labor is directly inter
ested in a large number of pending
bills designed to change the civil
rights and obligations of both citizens
and persons resident in California.
These bills range in character from
the measures designed to prevent the
use of the injunction in strikes and
boycotts to those designed to remove
the property qualification from the law
touching the competency of juror?.
Here are the provisions of eight char
INJUNCTIONS AND CONSPIRACIES:
SENATE BILL, 54 AND ASSEMBLY
These companion bills are designed
to secure the enactment of a so called
"anti-injunction" law and to write into
the statutes of California a new defini
tion of conspiracy to govern courts in
passing upon applications for restrain
ingorders in labor disputes and prose
cutions growing , out of strikes, boy
These bills provide that no injunc
tion or restraining order shall be
granted by any court in this state in
any case involving a labor dispute un
less such order is necessary to prevent
irreparable injury to property or a
property right of the applicant. A fur
ther restriction upon the power or
right to grant such injunction ie the
condition that it shall not issue unless
it appear that there is no adequate
remedy at law for the injury sought to
be averted. The property right must
be particularly described in the appli
cation, which must be in writing and
sworn to by the applicant, his attorney
The rights which are specifically ex
cluded from the definition of property
(a , ) The right to continue the rela
tion of employer and employe.
(b) The right to assume such rela
tions with any particular person or
persons or at all.
(c) The right to carry on business
of any particular kind, at any particu
lar place or h£ all.
These exclusions, in effect, virtually
confine property rights for the pur
poses of the proposed act to tangible
The bill excludes from the existing
legal definition of conspiracies upon
which actions are brought in labor dis
putes the following:
(a) Agreements between two or more
persons concerning conditions of em
(b) Agreement? concerning the as
sumption or creation or termination of
any relation between employer and
(c) Agreements concerning anything
to be done or not to be done with ref
erence to a labor dispute.
The bill prohibits restraining orders
or Injunctions in cases involving any
of the foregoing agreements unless the
act involved in the agreement would be
ulawful if done by an individual.
These provisions would be a bar to
court process against boycotts on tho
ground of conspiracy to destroy the
business , of the applicant.
PEACEFUL PICKETING LEGALIZED:
SENATE BILL 1520
This bill Is designed to prevent the
termination of the contractural rela
tion between employer and employe by
"lockout" and to legalize picketing as
incident to strikes. It adds a new sec
tion to the civil code.
It provides that during any dispute
pending between employer and em
ployes the employment shall not ter
minate except by voluntary agreement
between the parties to the contract of
In any such dispute it shall be lawful
for any of the parties, their agents or
other persons acting in concert with
them to do anything or perform any
act lawful in Itself not prohibited by
any general state law and which might
lawfully be done if there were no such
It is specifically provided that in
case of such dispute picketing shall be
lawful if peaceable. Tho bill compre
hensively prescribes what may be done
They may attend the residences,
places of work or places of business of
the parties involved in the dispute for
the purposes of:
(a) Making peaceable observations;
fb) securing or communicating infor
mation touching the merits and the
progress of the dispute; (c) peaceably
recommending or advising or persuad
ing any person from working for the
picketed party or the general public
from working for or dealing with such
party during the pendency of the
JURY TRIAL IN CONTEMPT OF
COURT CASES: SENATE BILL
This bill is designed to prevent courts
from taking summary initial action in
the imposition of contempt penalties
for disobedience of restraining orders
or injunctions issued in labor disputes
involving strikes and boycotts.
It provides for jury trials whether
the contempt be of a civil or criminal
nature and whether It be punishable
by statute, common law or in equity.
Its safeguards are extended to any
ANSWERS TO QUERIES
MECHANICS' INSrriTUTK—O. T. S., City.
The Mechanics' institute of San Francisco was
organized March. 29, 1555, and was located at
what was then fcjjown as 110 California street.
CORONER—X.. Cit.v. Charles C. O'DonncU
was coroner of San Francisco during the years
ISSS and 3SS6.
itrrrea—O. ?.. City. John A. Sutter, the
California pioneer who built Sntter's fort in Sac
ramento, died in Washington, D. C, June 19,
18S0, at the age of 77.
ICELAND—O. S. ami U, City. The latest
atlases show thst Iceland H iv the western
OLD SONGS—Subscriber. City. Mrs. A. E.
Logan of Arbou, Oneida county. Idaho, writes:
"If yoirr correspondent who wanted to know
about the old songs. 'Oh: Susanna , and 'Old Vir
ginia Shore," wishes them and has not yet
secured them, the correspondent can hare them
by addressing me a letter, as I hate both in
"The Harvest Minstrel Books.' published many
years ago. We enjoy The Call very much. -.
AROUND THE WORLD— J. G. 8., Mendocino.
There Is no record of "any one baring walked
around the world ,, and no prize Is offered for
such a feat—perhaps for the reason that It is
JOHNSON*—A. R., City. Jack Johnson, the
colored pugilist, is not a member of the Masonic
order composed of white members. To ascertain
If he ever was a member of any of the colored
Masonic bodies, address the grand secretary,
Harry A. Williameou, 294 Putnam avenue,
Brooklyn, N. I.
THAT STORY—A. S., City. F. W. W. of
this city writes that the story of an Englishman
who, with his son and daughter, discovered a
large nugget In Australia, is to be found In
"The Camp at Wandlnong," by Ethel S. Turner.
SOCIALIST VOT»—I. W. W., City. The
socialist vote in the United States at the last
presidential election was j>00.80?, according to
figures Issued by the socialist bureau. The
World almanac gives 900,672 vast for Debs, the
socialist candidate for president. 4£. J. <;bent,
an authority on socialistic figures, gives the vote
for 1912 as 684,402.
LOWER CASE—H. C. IL, City. The reason
that some newspapers print "American com
pany," "national bank," etc., "lower caaiffe"
«'«oms*BjV'- "national" and "bwk." while otatr
person who shall commit any contempt
of court out of th* presence of the
court and not so near to the presence.
of the court as to obstruct the admin
istration of justice by willfully dis
obeying any writ, process or order of
The right to a Jury trial in such
cases is conditioned only upon the de
mand of the person charged with con
tempt, made personally or by his attor
It is to be understood, of course, that
this bill is general in its terms, and
that while it Is advocate* by and lias
its origin in organized labor, its pro
visions extend to all persons charged
with contempt of court for disobeying:
a court order out of the presence of
court or not near enough to the court
as to interfere with its business. Tt
would be applicable in a divorce case
exactly as it would be applicable in a.
labor dispute involving a strike or boy
INDUSTRIAL. COURTS: SENATE BILL,
This bill establishes Industrial courts
in San Francisco and Loa Angeles and
authorizes their establishment in other
cities and towns. It is designed to pro
vide for courts with original jurisdic
tion in labor cases, civil and criminal,
for the expedition of such cases and to
relieve suitors for wages from the pay
ment of court fees.
It provides that any justice of the
peace may sit as the judge of an in
dustrial court, and makes It the duty
of the judge to file final decision or
judgment within 10 days after suit is
The industrial court is given civil
jurisdiction inactions for the recovery
of wages up-to $300.
Tt is Riven criminal jurisdiction of
all public offenses In violation of th*
labor laws of California, committed in
the cities, counties or towns where
such courts have been established.
The bill expressly provides that no
foe shall be charged a suitor for wag's
where the amount involved is less than
RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH , AND AS
SEMBLY: SKNATE BILL. 1517
This bill is designed to enlarge th*
powers of the attorney general and to
make it his duty to prosecute investi
gations of and proceedings growing
out of situations like the I. W. W. dis
turbances in San Diego last year. It
proposes the addition of a new section
to the political code (476).
It provides that it shall be th* duty
of the attorney general, upon the oom
plaint or application of any citizen, to
Investigate any case or question In
volving violations of the personal
guaranties under the constitution,
where the violation Is charged to any
civil or military authority or to the
connivance of such authorities.
If. upon investigation, the attorney
general is convinced that any euch
violation has been committed, he is
authorized to institute proceedings to
bring the person'or persons offending
to answer for it.
If he deems it likely that because of
public excitement, intimidation of wit
nesses or jurors, in or out of court, or
for any other reason it would be diffi
cult to secure an impartial trial In thi
jurisdiction in which the proceeding la
instituted, he may demand as a matter
of legal right and must be given an
order for a change of venue.
QUALIFICATION OF JURORS: BEN
ATE BILL 743; ASSEMBLY BILL
This bill is designed to remove the
property qualification from the law
touching the competency of persons to
sit as Jurors by amending section 19S,
code of civil procedure.
The law as it stands provides that a
person is competent to sit as a Juror
if he is 21 years okl. a citizen of the
United States; a resident of the state
for one year and of the. county in
which he is returned for Jury duty f>o
days- before return; if he is in pos
session of his natural faculties, ordi
nary intelligence, sufficiently acquaint
ed with the English language, and if
he is assessed on the last assessment
roll for property owned by him.
Tliis bill proposes no change In the
existing law except the elimination
of the last condition.
JURORS, HOW DRAWN, SERVICE:
SENATE BILL 748
This measure is- rlosely related to
the two preceding bills. It provides
that the great register shall be the
basis of the jury list instead of tho
assessment roll as under existing law
(section 205, colo of civil procedure),
and changes the terms of ■•rrice for
jurors as prescribed by existing law
(section 210, code of civil procedure).
Under existing law persons returned
on the jury list are to '■« known as
regular jurors and to serve for one
year and until another list is selected
This bill provides that no person re
turned as juror shall be required to
serve more than two weeks in any
one year, unless he Is engaged as Juror
in the trial of a case consuming more
time or extending beyond the expira
tion of his two weeks' service.
papers capitalize theee worde, Iβ tx*<;aoa» of thu
"style" ailopte.l hy the former, which are known
as "lower case papera."
CHANGE OK NAME- A. J. F., Uncoln. If 70a
bare a name that in difficult to pronounce ami
wish for that reason to adopt another, yon mar
make application through an attorney to the a*.
porior oart of the county in wblrh you if
your petition ,> p- u t«d your wife and children
wili be called bjr the new name.
RAlLWAYS—Subscriber. City. Compilation*
op to the clow of ISI2 show that th<* railways of
the world have an aggregate of MMU miles, of
which 400.609 rolles are owned by private com
panies, or 70.57 per cent, and !57,002 miles, or
29.43 per cent, by governments.
Nobuddy rver looked natural
in a photergraf if he knowed U
wuz bein' takon. Speakin' o*
civil service, I believe we could
change our pustmasters ever'
day without interf>rin' with any
thing 'cept an occasional pinochle