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FOITNDW) DECEMBER 1. 1856
W. W. rIT A PIN. Publisher.
In the public utilities act (section
the state railroad commission is
given "power to require one railroad
corporation to switch to private spurs
and industrial tracks upon its own
railroad the cars of a connecting rail
road corporation and to prescribe the
terms and compensations for su~h
It is by authority of this statute
that the state railroad commission,
dictated to the Union Pacific and
crn Pacific officials the order
that in adjusting the dissolution the
two roads must give to any other
line the same privileges which are
mutually given; that the Western
Pacific, for example, must be permit
ted to use Southern Pacific industrial
spurs on the same terms as Union
Pacific and Central Pacific.
The regulation of spur and indus
trial tracks- should go further. The
board of supervisors, under the au
thority of a charter amendment, has
power to regulate the laying of spur
and industrial tracks in the streets of
San Francisco, and boards of trustees
in other cities have or may acquire
similar jurisdiction. In granting per
mits for industrial tracks the authori
ties should henceforth do so only on
the agreement of the company laying
the spur that the track shall be a
ighfare, subject to the use ot
any competing line for a uniform und
reasonable charge. Spur tracks arc
7ir.-essary fdT commerce. Attorney
■\Yheeler has rightly said that the in
dependence of the industrial track
determines the degree of competition
Industrial tracks must be consid
ered as part of the public highway,
connecting factories and industrial
plants with the main lines of railroad.
They should no more be barred
against competing lines than a street
should be open to one drayage com
pany and barred to all others.
Prof. Frederick Starr would abojish
' s professor of the anthro
pological department of the Univer
sity of Chicago he tells us that in time
there will be no hair, teeth or littie
toes in the possession of the hum-in
race. "Predigested food, hat and
shoes," lie says, "have rendered hair,
teeth and little toes useless."
Professor Starr is a man of wide
. Ue, by the way, was the only
undent investigator who
found the regime of King Leo
pold in the Congo beneficent. Now,
as Leopold took the ivory out of the
Congo, Professor Starr will take it out
of the human gums.
He would take hair off the human
head That would spoil poetry.
Shall we permit him to take these
lines from us:
H»r py*9 m etare nf fair:
Uke Twilight'e, too, her dusky hair.
One shade tb* morp one rar the lese.
Had lialf impeir'd the nameless grace
Which waves In every raren tress.
Take the teeth and toes, professor,
but leave us the hair.
STATE MINING BUREAU
State Mineralogist Hamilton, re
cently appointed by Governor John
son, will appear before a legislative
committee at the March session on
behalf of an increased appropriation
for his department. Meanwhile he
very properly seeks to interest the
public in the advantages to the stite
of the mining bureau.
The mineral production of the state
of California in 1912 was more than
$90,000,000 in value, and practically
every county was represented. "It is
absolutely necessary," says the state
mineralogist, "that this bureau be in
a position to serve the best interests
of the state by the dissemination of
reliable information on the mineral
deposits and industries of the state."
No single industry is more profit
able to California than mining, and
none can be used to more dishonest
purpose. It is the function of the
state to preserve the good name of its
ces and to encourage their de
velopment. To neglect the mining
industry of California would be a
serious blunder on the part of the
legislature. The bureau, rightly man
aged and adequately financed, will be
an effective factor in the development
of our great resources.
THE FRIEDMANN CURE
Taking his own word for it, Dr.
Frederick F. Friedmann docs not
come to America in a mercenary spirit
to exploit tie with his purported cure
for tuberculosis, but as a physician
nnd scientist, willing , that the human
face shall benefit by the remedy for
the "white plague" which he claims
to have discovered.
America welcomes Doctor Fried
manu with the sincere hope that his
specific will do what he claims for it.
The manner of the German savant
disarms skepticism. He makes no
secret of his cure, but, on the con
trary, has given a quantity of his
bacilli to the United States pubiic
health service to be tested by the
government. That affords this coun
try opportunity to learn the merit of
the discovery. Doctor Friedmann
asserts that the method of adminis
tcring the treatment is 50 per cent of
the cure. He will doubtless impart
that method to American physicians.
The German physician has been
enveloped in a maze of sensational
report, the most glittering rumor
being that he was to receive $1,000,000
for the treatment of the son in law of
a New York banker. This aurora of
gold has dazzled the eyes of the
public so that it could not see the
doctor distinctly. Doctor Friedmar.n
sweeps it away, although admitting
that he i≤ to be well rewarded if he
effects the cure of the ailing man. He
is entitled to a generous bounty if M
can accomplish what he has under
taken. No fee is too large, for the
man who can surely cure tuberculosis.
America gives him a ready welcome
and. will await patiently the outcome
of experiments with his discovery.
Sonoma, fronting both bay and
ocean north of San Francisco, ranks
thirtieth in area anions the counties
of the state; tenth in population,
tenth in productiveness; first in num
ber of poultry owned, in eggs pro
duced and in value of poultry .md
°gg s produced; second in number of
bearing apple, plum and prune trees;
third in number of bearing orchard
fruit trees i third in number of small
fruit product and fourth in grape
products. Its farm properties in
creased in value in ten years 67.4 per
cent, the value of its 744,644 acres ot
farm land being, in 1910, $55,351,049.
The farm land value per capita in
1910 was $1,150.
And Sonoma county has much more
than is shown by fiscal statistics. It
is within easy distance of San Fran
cisco and it is blessed with a climate
which, month for month, can not be
excelled in all California. It serves
a dual purpose to the state: it is a
summer resort county, with the long
stretch of Russian river .attracting
thousands of summer visitors, and as
a productive'area it adds a great sum
annually to the wealth of the state
with its industrious hens and its
orchards that have never known a
failure or a serious setback.
TOWN AND GOWN
There is a course of landscape gar
dening at the college of agriculture
at the University of California It is
not confined to textbooks and garden
beds laid out on the campus. Last
Saturday the women students taking
the course went into the town of
Berkeley and assisted in laying out
the gardens in the court of the new
Southern Pacific station and in ether
plats the city.
Berkeley is fortunate in having the
University of California in its heart,
just as the University of California is
fortunate •in being located in what is
the most beautifully situated city in
California. It is wholesome to see
the community of interests between
city and campus, the affiliation of
"town and gown"; it is wholesome to
see that the students are disposed to
give their time and training for the
good of the town and to behold the
town lending itself as a laboratory in
which the students may work.
The Union Pacific and Southern Pa
cific were quite willing to be divorced
until they were Informed that they
could not afterward effect a "common
Burglars robbed the sheriffs office
in Chicago. The New York city police
station will never be robbed while
there is any ethics left in the pro
The playground convention is meet
ing In this city. But our hearts turn
most naturally to the -playgrounds at
Boyes springs and Paso Robles.
Two San Francisco husbands have
been divorced because they could not
dance. Thus do the courts tacitly pay
homage to Genee.
Little toes are to vanish from the
human race—goodby, little corn, good
The arctic circle district has cent
a representative to the Alaska legisla
ture. Wβ haven't heard anything about
the hot fight in which he was elected.
"When all the rest have been as
sassinated in Mexico, Huerta and Felix
Diaz might form a suicide club and
The coal goes to the grate and the
coal dealer to the grating.
"Good morning; are you Miss
"Why does that darned old hen al
ways want t« roost on a letter box?"
"She was hatched from a parcel post
AND TELLS IT
"BliggJns always knows the latest
story." "Not the latest," replied Miss
Cayenne, wearily, "the longest."—
THE MAI> T POINT
"Pop, what is the difference between
an artist and an artisan?"
"An artisan, my son, can usually
make at least $3 a day."—Judge.
"I thought you said. Grouch, that
you would never permit your wife to
run an auto?"
"So I did; but she happened to hear
me say it." —Judge.
He told the shy maid of his love,
The color left lier cheeks.
lint on the shoulder of hie coat
It showed for several week?.
THE SWEET THl>'<;
Fair Visitor —Oh. don't trouble to
see me to the door.
Hostess —No trouble at all, dear. It's
a pleasure.—New York, Mail.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1913
A GOOD TRICK IF THE PROFESSOR DOES IT
IN THE STATE PRESS .
A GRATEFUL BOOSTER
The editor is grateful to the mem
bers of the county press for all the
nice things they said about our recent
booster number. And we also do gloat
over many things that were not said
by anybody. When we consider all of
the things that might have been said,
but were not said, our bosrom swells
like the buds on the prune tree and
the blinding tears fall fast and furi
ously. So much appreciation of one's
efforts sometimes has a tendency to
almost cork a person, if one may be
permitted to express oneself in that
way or otherwise or at all. —Moun-
tain View Register-Leader.
DEPENDS OX THE DOG
"We can imagine people who might
be improved mentally and morally as
well as physically by scraping out the
present contents of their skulls and fill
ing up the hole with gray matter from
a good, wise dog.—Bakersfield Echo.
SPITTING IX VISALIA
The Individual who spits upon side
walks ought to be spit upon the official
lance of the city marshal, but the dan
ger incurred in Visalia is not such as
to alarm any of the offenders. —Visalia
NEWS FROM THE HOTELS
R«t. Charles E. Cowman, president of the
Oriental Missionary society, with headquarters
in Tukyo, who has been In the field there for
12 years. Is at the Union Square. Mr. Cowman
plans to remain here practically all of this
year In order that he may recruit and Instruct
the many workers who are to be sent to Japan.
Speaking of his missionary work, Mr. Cowman
"The people of Japan are- rery responsive to
our work, and we feel thai; we ere meeting with
much success. I,nst year, !n what we call our
Central tabernacle, in Tokyo, we bad 1,200
concerts. We have 20 schools for training native
workers throughout the provinces, not to men
tion tho six we have in Tokyo.
"All of the workers trained by us have re
mained true to their first pledge as converts.
Our missionary work Is Interdenominational —
that is, it includes all of the Protestant denom
ination-;. Last year we distributed tracts and
other printed religious matter In 5.000,000 homes
In Japan and we plan to complete the distribu
tion of this matter during the coming year. We
have hundreds of natives, both men and women,
who visit every city, town, village and hamlet,
cpeak to the people and deliver tracts. I think
this is the largest missionary movement ever
attempted—the distribution of tracts Into ten
"We are planning to augment our force of
missionaries in Japan. I will 6CDd three mis
sionaries on the next steamer. Oar work ex
tends to Korea and China also."
,V A. 0044, chairman of the board of regents
of the Nevada university and owner of lease
No. 2 of the Nmzel camp, who is staying at the
Tiirpin, is Iα San Francisco for tbe purpose of
purchasing machinery and supplies necessary for
the working of his mine.
Discussing conditions in the new camp, Mr.
"Despite the snow and cold weather, 1 have
heen able to make a cross cut off the main
tannel for n distance of nb'mt 127 feet. I hope
te strike tbe main vein within a few days. So
well utMM am I with the condition of the
pay ilirt vhat I ara hero now purchasing a com
jit-cpsoil air outfit to run my drills. I will have
£v ton ore wagons, which will be bauled by an
automobile from the mine to the railroad, a
distance of about 12 miles. There are about
2,5<i0 persons in the camp now, and eTerything
is in a sauitary condition. We lftve about 20
hotels ami restaurants and by April or May
at the latest we expect a big rash into the
territory. Of course the snow Is a handicap
to the prospectors and those who want to work
above ground, but with the coming of the warm
weather the worS of developing will start with
its full vigor. I think the new camp has a
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j. c. Ford, president of the Pacific (UjMt
Steamship company of Seattle; W. B. Bonham,
president of the Pacific Coast company. tb«
holding company of tbe Pafifie Coast Stenmship
company; J. 1.. Farrell, president of the OregOft-
Washington Railroad and Navigation company;
Mrs. Karrell of Portland and Mr. and Mrs. A.
SI. Smith of Spokane are registered at the
Andrew Markham, wealthy property owner of
Santa Rosa; A. G. Amee, an ice manufacturer
of Chlco; J. S. Hofmsu, a Jeweler of Wlnne
mucca, and A. M. Allen, county commissioner
of Monterey county, are at the Sutter.
Wilbur F. Georg?, an attorney of Sacramesto;
Organized labor throughout the state
is going on record as opposed to pen
sions for teachers, or for* any other
preferred class. The unions hold that
there should be no favored class en-
Joying a bounty at the expense of all
the people: and that there are other'
public servants an<i benefactors, in
both public and private life, who have
just as much claim on the public
bounty as the teachers. Tt Is evident
that the laboring classes will object to
further pensions of a class nature, and
will insist that when the government
embarks in civil pensions, their benev
olence shall be uniform in purpose
and effect.—Stockton Record.
TIIE 1 ATRIGHTEJfED STORK
Suffrage has not frightened the stork
from California. In 1912 the per
centage of births to the 1,000 popula
tion was 15.2, while in 1911 it was only
15.4 and 12.7 in 1010. Men no longer
enjoy a monopoly in voting, but they're
still useful.—Stockton Record.
THE BLISS CROP
California also is producing bumper
crops of bliss. There were more mar
riages in this state last year than ever
J. B. Shelton and J. Fred Mnller, tcrariats from
Grand Kapida; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Blalsdell of
Portland and John H. Wilson of Honolulu arc
staying at the Stewart.
8. Cobb Coleman, a capitalist of Chicago, and
Mr*. Coleman, who are to take a six months'
trip to the orient; Mr. and Mrs. PhlHp Feld
haus'T, R. T. i ascpll and Peter McCourt of
Denver, who are here on a tour of California.;
George Wingfl>H. the millionaire mining msn
of Nevada; Angus S. Htbbard, president of the
American Telephone aud Telegraph company,
who has been on a visit to California for sev
eral weekn on account of his wife's health, and
Doctor and Mrs». Redmond Payne of Los Altoe
are registered at the St. Francis.
Francis C. Peabody. for many years a pro
fessor at Harvard college; Miss Gertrude Pea
body and Miss Homans of Koston; Charles A.
Uartwell of Boston and George C. Moore of
Denver hare taken apartments at, the Fairmont.
Arthur J. Ivncun and J. N. Chevnlss, manu
facturers of dental instruments, of New York
city; G. J. Carle.r and S. Doyle, ranchers of
Toronto, and A. S. Merkley and E. A. Wert,
miners of Daweon, are stopping at the Manx.
G. L. Coburn of Walla Walla, George U
Townes of Seattle and Charles D. Ford of
Suisun are at the Washington.
Pr. W. H. Mays of Newman and George M.
Harrington, a lumber man of Klamath Falls,
are at the Union Square.
Dr. Carl P. "Jones, a physician of Grass? Val
ley; Lieutenant J. W. Lewis, United States
nary, who has charge of the naval submarine
flotilla at San Diego, accompanied by Mrs.
Lewis; Alexander Flume of Cannstadt. Germany,
machinery manufacturer, and J. C. Wells, attor
ney at law of Denver, are at the Bellerue.
*' * *
Dr. S. W. Darnltng, a physician of San Joee;
l>. C. Morgan, a dealer in general merchandise at
Fortune; W. A. Henkins and T. M. Brewster,
tltubermen of Coos Bay, Ore., and F. F. Miller,
president of the Ltkeport Transportation com
pany, and Mr». Miller are recent arrivals at the
Yesterday's arrivals at the Turpln were: J.
W. Wells of Marysville; J. L. Daniels, a promi
nent broker of Chicago; Mrs. A. L. Stelnman
nnd Miss Alma M. Wilson of Los Angeles, F.
B. Humphrey of Reno, J. P. Dodge, a banker
of Ashland, Ore.; E. Hewitt, Vancouver, B. C;
William Wagner and wife, Maryeville; Miss
M. Gray. Healdsburg; Mrs. M. L. Gibson, Miss!
F. M. Cleland and Miss T. L. Auker of Ukiah; j
Her. John Oliver of Fresno, J. S. W. de Jong,
a tobacco expert of Sacramento, and Sheriff F.
H. Newman of Santa Ana.
R. L. Blgelow of Nevada and Mrs. Hlnnle
bauch of Vorden are quests at the BaldwlD.
w vfr 4C-
A. Micherland of San Francisco. Mrs. r,. Vie.
torson of San Francisco and R. H. Powell and
wife of San Jose haTe takfn apartments at the
G. O. Meeee of Martim-z, R. Krauf of Loe
Angeles and F. E. Brown and wife of Kyde,
Cal.. are at the Golden West.
Guy \V. Connor, a real estate broker of Med
ford, Ore.; James Farrell, a capitalist of Salt
Lake City; Newton Philips, a lace manufac
turer of New Yorfe, accompanied by Mr*. Philips,
who are making « tour of the west, are regis
tered at the Stanford.
IF the ferry companies realized the
fact that In the ranks of the com
muter army are minds capable of
solving: any problem that ever pre
sented itself they would maintain on
every boat a "suggestion box." Over
the box might be placed a card bear
f ing , a legend something like this:
"Help! The company asks your as
sistance in running this service. Our
hired employes are too busy studying
new legislation to give attention to
improvements. Tell us how It should
Then, instead of exposing the com
pany's weak places to the ridicule of
their. fellow travelers, the chaps who
"know how" would reduce their ideas
to writing >;nd drop the message in
the suggestion box. The box could be
emptied, say, twice a trip and the con
tents sent to the Flood building or any
other convenient place. I could prob
ably use a bushel of two of them my
The effect of installing rach a box
would be beneficial all around. Those
of us who imagine that the ferry
service represents good value for the
money and really serves, would be left
to enjoy our hallucination in peace.
The bookworms could read -without in
terruption. Lovers could listen to the
music of each others' voices from slip
to slip without a jarring note to , dis
turb and the captain would have noth
ing to do but navigate. Incidentally,
it would tone up the sale of pencils
and writing tablets at the newsstands
arid there would always be a chance of
a good, cheap, practical idea dropping
into that box.
The companies need something like
thi3. The idea suggested itself to me
after listening to some of the sugges
tions made within the last few days as
to the proper method of turning the
capsized Seminole right side up.
The overturned hull of the S. P. ferry
steamer lies in sight of all the Ala
meda county ferries and the snail like
operations of the wreckers have at
times aroused something like white In
dignation on the part of people to
whom it wouldn't matter If the vessel
were never rolled over.
"I could do It in ten minutes," I
heard an amateur engineer say the
other morning, as he crossed the bay
on his way to the bank that pays him
money for telling—if that's the proper
way to describe a teller's duties. "I
would get a pole about 600 feet long.
I would cut a hole on each side of the
hull and push the pole through until
it projected about 50 feet on the other
side. To this short end I would fasten
a chain anchored on the bottom of the
bay. To the other end I would make
fast a line which I would lead over
the wreck to a point beyond the
anchor. Then I would have four or
five tugs take hold of this end of the
line and go full speed ahead. It would
roll over like a door on its hinges."
Another Ingenious soul would tie a
fringe of forty ton anchors to the
keel of the derelict, all the anchors
hanging over one side.
"When you had enough anchors on,
the thing would turn Itself and the
weight on the keel would prevent its
capsizing again. You could send a
diver down to collect the anchors."
Captain Whitelaw, who has been un
capsizing ships for 50 years, doesn't
seem to have thought of any of these
things. Hβ hasn't even tried dyna
"Dynamite always strikes down,"
suggests another expert, "and a good
big charge on the port side would de
press it -.yith such a Jerk that it would
Hop right over."
Whitelaw hasn't used either bal
loons or airships, but is plodding along
with a lot of old fashioned block and
tackle. Think what a godsend that
suggestion box would be to him!
And then there Is that annoying
problem of navigation in a fog. One
commuter appreciates the fact that
the transportation companies have
found the ferry tale column a pretty
good suggestion box once in a while
and sent in his suggestion direct.
I ran say "R. O. S." as if I knew all
about it. I know that "static inter
ference" Is a good excuse for the non
delivery of an aerogram, but do not
know enough about wireless to esti
mate the value of this suggestion.
Here it is:
"I have given the matter of pre
BILLS NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION IMPARTIALLY ANALYZED BY
THE CALL FOR THE PEOPLE'S BENEFIT
GEORGE A. VAN SMITH
Comprehensive state civil service re
form is proposed by two sets of bills
now pending. They are virtually iden
tical. Another set of bills provides for
the establishment of civil service
schools especially equipped to train
pertons for state and local civil serv
ice. Here are the general provisions
of the bills providing for the establish
ment of a state civil service commis
sion and the classification of the
STATE CIVIL SERVICE: SENATE
BILLS 260 AND 1,366.
These bills provide for a state civil
service commission; classification of
the state's civil service; merit appoint
ments; good behavior tenure aoid pro
motions and reductions.
They are designed to take the classi
fied service of the state out of politics.
The enactment of either would mean a
virtual extension of the federal civil
service rules to the state's service.
They are so nearly identical, except In
their specific exemptions from classifi
cation, that they may be considered
otherwise as a single measure. Con
sequently, for the purposes of this ex
position, only one bill will be explained
Senate bill 2CO provides for an ap
pointive state civil service commission
of three members and extends the pro
tection of the proposed law to all in
cumbents in the services to be classi
fied except those who shall be In the
service for less than 60 days when the
proposed act shall go "into effect. It
carries an initial appropriation of
for the biennial period 1913-14.
The commissioners are to be ap
pointed by the governor. Each is to
receive a salary of $5,000 a year. Not
more than two commissioners may be
members of the same political party.
The terms of the first thrao commis
sioners shall expire In July. 1914. 1916
and 1917, respectively. Their succes
sors shall be appointed for terms of
The commission is directed to em
ploy a chief oxamlner, who may be the
secretary of the commission at a sal
ary of $4,000 a year; and other nec
Tt is made the duty of the chief ex
aminer to prepare questions for ex
aminations, conduct examinations and
rate competitors. The commission may
select special examiners. The office
of the (jommlsion is to be in San Fran
The commission must classify all of
fices and place of employment In the
service of the state and their incum
fa) All elective officers.
(b) Appointees of the governor.
(c) Tho teaching and executive
forces of the University of California
and the elementary, high, trade and
(d) Persons engaged In work done
by co-operation between the state and
(c) All other positions for the fill
ing of which tho commissioners shall
unanimously agree that examination is
The foregoing exceptions are to con
stitute the unclassified service. All
other positions under the state gov
ernment are to come within the classi
All appointments to the classified
service shall be for probationary per
iods of not more than six months , , fixed
by the commission.
By unanimous vote of the commis
sioners discharged probationers may be
restored to eligibility to any place in
their class except the one from which
they have been discharged.
The commission must maintain an
efficiency bureau. Through that bu
reau it must provide standards of ef
ficiency for each position, class or
grmd4 and must preserve a record of
efficiency covering each employe.
Efficiency ratings are to be made at
the direction of the commission. Ap
pointees falling below standard may
be reduced in grrade and salary. Those
falling below standard In four succes
sive ratings must be removed from the
The offices , and positions In the class
ified service are to be arranged In
three classes —competitive, noncom
petitive and labor class.
The competitive class Is to Include
all positions for which it is practi
cable to determine the merit and fitness
of applicants by competitive tests.
All positions In the competitive class
not filled by promotion, transfer, rein
statement or reduction must be filled
from the eligible register.
The eligible register is to consist of
the names of persons who have passed
open competitive examinations con
ducted by the commission.
The life of the eligible list shall be
fixed by the commission, but shall not
venting collisions in foggy weather
between ferry boats much thought and
have worked out a plan which. I be
lieve, would prevent them. My idea
is this, 'wireless by streamlets.' Let
the companies owning boats install a
system to have three faucets on each
side of their boats, say one in the cen
ter, one in the r>-ar and another more
to the front so it is bound to strike
the approaching boat somewhere,
where it can't go unheeded. And then
one streamlet in front and one in the
back of the boat. The one in front
could go straight out and the one in
back with some interruption, say
from two to three seconds, so the
boats would know in what direction
they are runnlnsj and how far they
"Now I think if power enough can
be developed to throw those stream
lets with sufficient velocity, say l-> 0
to 200 feet or even more if possible,
I think it should answer the pur
poses. Of course this is only a sugges
tion, but if it is any good I thought
you "would take an interest in it."
You bet I'm interested and wish T
knew enough about wireless to appre
ciate its ingenuity. Perhaps the state
railroad commission would like to
struggle with it?
The 8. P. Is busy Just now un
TRUTH ABOUT THE SPRATTS
As to the meat that was upon
The J. Spratts' bill of fare—
Now. Mrs. Spratt liked hers well done,
While Jack preferred his rare.
Jack Spratt liked lots of light.
His wife desired it dim;
For her the shaded lamp and low—
The 32s for him.
Jack Spratt liked lots of air,
All windows opened wide,
While Mrs. S. detected drafts—
"This flat is cold!" she cried.
Jack Spratt liked comedies. .
The missus liked to weep
At dismal dramas, such as put
Her lawful spouse to sleep.
John Spratt, he hated bridge;
His consort was a fiend.
Who always would suggest a game
Whenever friends convened.
J. Rpratt liked keeping house,
His wife preferred to board.
"Nothing like that for.Colonel Spratt:"
'Declared her liegest lord.
Jack Spratt was all for prose.
His wife was all for rhyme.
And so botwizt them both, you see,
They had a helova time.
be less than one nor more than two
Upon the application of the head of
a department or office the commission
must certify for appointment not more
than three eligible* who shall be at
the top of the eligible list. The bill
is m drawn that the commission might
certify only one eligible, but In either
case the certification must be of the
person or persons graded highest on
the list in the particular class.
The bill provides that the examina
tions shall be practical in their nature
and shall be related to those matters
which will fairly test the relative ra
pacity and fitness of the applicants for
appointment to particular branches of
The commission must prepare ami
publish, together with its rules gov
erning examinations, lists of prelimi
nary requirements for admission to
examinations. Such publications must
include the subjects upon which appli
cants to the several grades or classy
will be examined.
The preliminary requirements may
include health and character certifi
cates. The commission may refuse to
examine any person who does not con
form to the preliminary requirements,
and after examination may refuse t.>
certify as eligible any person who in
its judgment is physically or morally
unfitted for such certification.
Places In the competitive classes may
be filled temporarily without competi
tive examinations, if there be no list
of ellgibles and the need for such ap
pointment Is urgent, but such appoint
ment may be only until eligibles may
qualify by examination and in ;.
for more than six months.
Vacancies in the competitive class are
to be filled as far as may be by promo
Any appointee ordered reduced, sus
pended or removed by the commission
is entitled upon petition to an open
hearing by the commission. The de
cision of the commission after eurh
hearing , is final and not eubject to re
view by any court.
The noncompetitive class Is to In
clude all positions not In the onclaui
fled service .or the labor class, and
which the commissioners shall unai ■
mously decido it is impracticable t>>
include In the competitive class. For
eligibility to places the commis
sion may prescribe noncompetitive ex
aminations in its discretion.
The labor class Iβ to Include un
skilled labor and such skilled labor na
the commission may decide does not
belong in the competitive class. Ap
pointments in this are to be made
according to priority of application.
The protection of the proposed lau
is given to incumbents by the pro
vision that the original roster shall in
clude the names of all persons employed
in tfye classified service when tho art
goes into effect: Thoee who have been
in the service for more than one year
are to be deemed as regularly quali
fied ajid permanently appointed. Thoee
who have served lesa than one year
and more than 60 days are to be
deemed probationers and those who
have served less than 60 day?, tem
The Inhibitions against politic! ac
tlvlties on the part of civil servic" em
ployes are comprehensive and strin
gent. Those inhibitions are designed
to protect as well as restrain civil
service employes. The bill pi"
that no person holding an office or em
ployment of any character under the
stato or any county shall directly or
indirectly solicit or receive or bo In
any manner concerned in any assess
ment, subscription or contribution f"r
political purposes. No "person oraily
or by letter shall sojiclt any sudft as
sessment or ' subscription from any
civil service employe.
No officer or employe of the state
shall coerce or attempt to Influence tfle
political actions of any person in tho
No person in the servfc c
may be a member of a political com
mittee, serve as delegate or alternate
in a political convention, act as agent
or representative of any party «>
didate In a primary or general cam
paign, sign nominating petitions or
take any part In politics beyond rot-
Ing and privately expressing his opin
Violations of these regulations may
be punished by suspension for not
more than six months or by rem •
from the service.
Willful violations of any of the pro
visions of the bill by persons within or
without the service are defined as mis
Heads of departments are made per
sonally liable on their official bonds
for salaries of persons appoints) \r.
their departments except in accord
ance with the proposed law.
The commission is given sweeping
powers of investigation.
Judging by the horde of office seek* ■
in town, there's hardly a farmer In tln>
country who hasn't left the plow stand
ing in the furrow under the Impression
that he is a regular Cincimiatus.—
This country needs currency reform.
end it also needs to reform some of
those who have the bulk of our cur
rency.—St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The people of Los , Angeles still in
nlst that the proper way to pronoun'
the name of their town is L.oc6-Aimjr
hayl-ais. You can lead the horse to
the water, but you may not make him
Otto B. Schott is the name of a Cin
cinati man, but from all accounts ho
is such an amiable and worthy citizen
that no harm should come to him. —
New Orleans States.
The cash register people have been
convicted of trustifying their busims<,
but it will be a long while before they
ring up the no sale sign and take out
the money to pay their fines with.—■
St. Louis Republic.
After ail. ther's somethin" nlco
about workin' in a sawmill an'
not carin' who's elected. Doctor
Mopps's whiskers were 21 inches
long the sth o' this month an* hie
wife gave him a scarfpln.