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THE MS CALL
F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher
JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer
San Francisco Has Won Its
Right In Hetch Hetchy
Now the City's Responsibility Begins, the Responsibility to
See That the Work at Hand Is Done Honestly
San Francisco now has its rights in the Hetch Hetchy; the
city's responsibilities now begin.
The United States senate on Saturday sustained the action of
the house of representatives and by a vote of 43 to 25 gave to San
Francisco the grant desired in the Hetch Hetchy valley, the right
to store water there, to build a dam and to flood meadow lands.
There remains now only for President Wilson to sign the measure
and it will become law. The long, long fight, the fight of a decade
and a half, will then be over.
A certain accurate student of cities and men once said: "Why
deny San Francisco anything she wants? She will get it; she can
not be stopped when she has set her mind on a thing."
That shrewd comment was made at the time of San Fran
ciscos' other bitter fight in congress, the contest which resulted in
San Francisco being selected as the city for the world's fair, which
will celebrate the opening of the Panama canal.
That fight was much the same as this later contest, but the
Hetch Hetchy matter was the more important. It is more important
that the city have a pure, sure, secure water supply than that it
have a world's fair.
But we are to have both. We are to have the Panama-Pacific
international exposition and we are to have Hetch Hetchy water;
nor would we do without either.
Now, fortunately, the day is gone when we shall have to com
bat the puerile and the mendacious arguments which San Fran
cisco's enemies used against the Hetch Hetchy grant. We can
forget the words "nature lover," and that type may go into retire
ment, nursing the burns which its honest hands received in the
pitiful task of trying to pull corporation chestnuts out of the sen
Our enemies from without are routed.
But the waters from the Hetch Hetchy valley are not yet in
San Francisco. They will not be flowing through our mains for
several years yet to come; a great public work is to be undertaken
by the city. This work will be done honestly, expeditiously, ably
if the people of San Francisco desire earnestly enough that it shall
be done in that way. If the people of San Francisco keep valiant
watch over the Hetch Hetchy water system, if each voter makes
it a personal matter that he shall do all in his power to see that
honest and able men are in executive positions during the period
of construction of the water works, if the whole city begins now to
train an inquisitive, but a fair and just, eye on the Hetch Hetchy
project, then we shall soon have a water system of which San
' Francisco may be proud.
The federal government has done all in its power for San
Francisco. Now let the electorate pledge itself to co-operate with
all good officials and to tolerate no others in the city government
until the Tuolumne river sends its refreshing draughts into San
The Panama Pacific Law of
Its Workings May Be Seen in Southern California, China,
We offer our congratulations to the seven southernmost
counties of California upon their final action in selecting space at
the Panama-Pacific international exposition.
There has been discussion of the participation in the 1915
exposition by southern California and the counties at one time
showed a strong disinclination to participate upon the identical
terms which every other county in the state had accepted. Now
the trouble is over, everything is amiable and there will be a united
California at San Francisco.
Why Imperial county, for instance, would not come into the
exposition upon the same terms as Siskiyou county has been an
enigma to San Francisco. But we need no longer bother about it,
for Imperial county is to be with us in 1915, and by the same token
we are to be with Imperial county and Siskiyou county and Mono
county and Marin county anc every other county, and they will
be with Spain, France, Germany and England and every other
civilized country, and doubtless some countries which are not now
entirely civilized, but hope to learn how to be at the fair.
The truth about the Panama-Pacific international exposition
is that it is so big it has a law of gravitation all its own. There
won't be an exhibitable object on the face of the globe in the year
1915 that will not gravitate to the city of courts and palaces on
the shores of San Francisco bay. Just as the earth exercises an
influence of gravity which no object can withstand, so will the
Panama-Pacific international exposition—or Universal exposition,
as Mr. Skiff has called it—exercise a magnetic influence through
out the world. Some nations have been more susceptible to that
influence than others. Debonair France, proud of its own exquisite
expositions and proud of its record at other world's fairs, was
among the first; China, opening its republican eyes, will come; the
great nations of Germany and England are about to announce
formally their official participation.
If the men who are making the Panama-Pacific exposition
were not so engrossed with their practical, necessary work they
might evolve a law of gravitation governing the attraction which
the Panama-Pacific idea is having upon the world. But whatever
the force of that attraction may be in foreign countries, its strength
in California is immeasurable.
"Overshoes" for the Horse a
The horse is to have a burlap overshoe for rainy weather.
Good for the horse.
The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals has provided several hundred "non-skid" overshoes or
"overhoofs" which horses in the teaming trades can wear when
the streets are wet and slippery with rain and the hilly thorough
fares are difficult to negotiate.
In the days of cobblestones and of the somewhat smoother
basalt block, the horse, in rainy weather, did not have the tendency
to slip that comes when it travels over asphalt. No one would
think of returning to the stone pavement, of losing all the smooth
ness and elasticity of the asphalt, but the cost in animal life has
been high and it is fortunate that some means have been found to
protect the draught horse.
Automobiles are protected with non-skidding devices of many
sorts, and now that the horse's "tires" are to be guarded, that
worthy and historic animal may again know a pride of race and a
flattered vanity that will come when it feels that organized effort
is being made to lighten its labors.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL
Colorado folks please note: California is still before you.
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Have you reserved your headache tablet for New Year morning?
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It's a wonder the Peace society does not expurgate Shakespeare.
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The shortest day in the year will soon come; we will be shortest four
days later. /
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Denver, Colo., is not having a much worse snowstorm than Denver
Church has had.
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The Western Fuel company has applied for active membership in
the "Spug" society.
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Stanford university has abolished the "plug-ugly." Only pretty horse's
can be seen on the campus now, eh?
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Senator Works has not yet—in so many words—announced that he
will not be a candidate for re-election.
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The prince of Wales is said to have shown approval of Gaby Deslys'
act. Beware, young man. Think of Cousin Manuel.
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The way oriental restaurants are springing up around town, we infer
that the chop suey crop for 1913 was a great success.
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Jack London's autobiographic novel, "John Barleycorn," is to be
made into a motion picture. It is a sort of "fill 'em" yarn.
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Shakespeare seems to have caught the twentieth century point of
view as well as George M. Cohan, which is auite some achievement, and
is meant seriously
BLOTTING THEM OUT
Footnotes of Humor
"How's the family?" a fond parent
"Well, my children are of a diffi
cult age now.
"Difficult? Why, they've all passed
the measles and teething stage, have
"Long ago. But you don't know a
father's troubles. My children are at
the age where, If I use slang, my
wife says I'm setting a bad example,
and if I speak correctly the kids think
I'm a back number. Which would
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In an asylum, two worthies named
Sandie and Tarn formed a plan to
make their escape. Sandie says to
"Bend doon and I'll get on your
back and get on the tap o' the wall
and haul you up."
Sandie gets on the top of the wall
and slides down the other side, say
"Tarn, I think you'll be better to
stay onither fortnicvht, for you're no
near sane yet."
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During a football match in the
north a spectator persisted In making
loud remarks about the conduct of
the referee. At last the official went
up to him and Bald:
"Look here, my man, I've been
watching you for about the last 15
"Ah, thdwt so." came the scathing
reply. "Ah thowt so! Ah knew varry
weel tha' wasn't watching- t' game."
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The young- man who sat next to a
demure young- thing at the supper
table found himself at a loss for
words. Suddenly his thoughts flew
to picture theaters.
"Are you fond of films?" he asked.
"As a general thing, yes," she an
swered, prettily; and before he could
follow up the subject she added,
hastily, "but not tonight, thank you.
It la rather late. A little Jelly will
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The late Timothy Woodruff once
attended an alumni dinner In New
York—the dinner of a coed college—
and at this dinner, in the course of a
toast, the president of the college
"You can always tell a woman who
has taken a university degree."
"Tell her!" Mr. Woodruff inter
rupted. "What can you tell her?
You can't tell her anything. She
knows It all.'
DECEMBER 8, 1913
The Nice Little Girl
Who Would Make a
Good Wife for Any
Man, but Who Never
Has a Serious Beau.
AMONG my acquaintances
there is a dear little girl
who is everything that we
sum up in the adjective "nice."
She belongs to a nice, refined
family; she has been nicely
brought up. She's no beauty,
but she's nice, and pretty, and
wholesome looking, and she
dresses nicely, and she has been
taught not only all the useful
domestic accomplishments, but
is a fine musician, and performs
equally well upon the gas range
and the piano.
This girl is exactly the sort of
girl that every mother and sister
would like to see her son or
brother marry. She's the very
type of young woman to make a
good wife, but for some reason
that nobody can explain she
doesn't attract men at all. She
never has a beau. She is never
invited to go to any place of
amusement by a man, and she's
left looking wistfully after the
other young people when they
go trooping off without her to
have a good time.
Naturally, this distresses the
girl very much.. She's young,
and she craves the enjoyment
that belongs to her time of life,
and she wants to know if there's
anything that she can do to take
herself out of the wall flower
class and get into the bunch, so
Of course, nobody can really
tell what it is that attracts a man
to a maid. In its essence it is
that illusive something that we
call personal magnetism, and
that is the gift of the gods.
Persona! Magnetism Is
the Result of
We have all seen girls who
were homely and commonplace
to the last degree, who had
neither conversation nor wit, and
yet men flocked about them as
bees around a honey pot. We
have seen other girls, beauti
ful, attractive, intelligent, and
adorned like Solomon in all his
glory, that no man ever gave a
second thought to, and the ex
planation of the phenomenon lay
in the fact that one girl had that
mysterious attracting power for
men, the come-hither look in her
eyes that draws men on, while
the other had it not.
Personal magnetism is the re
sult of nature, not of cultiva
tion, and yet a girl can do much
to make herself attractive to
men, for, after all, men are sim
ple creatures and are easily
Any girl with ordinary intelli
gence can learn enough about
the things men care for to talk
interestingly; she can acquire
the art of listening with an ex
pression of absorbed interest
while a man talks to her, and
unless she is an utter fool she
can lead a man to talk about
himself. So vast is human van
ity that every man or woman we
meet within five minutes gives us.
a tip on his or her peculiar
weakness, and we have only to
follow that lead in order to make
ourselves agreeable to that par
Most of the girls that I have
known who never had a beau
had only themselves to blame.
They were girls that terrified %
men by either being so self
conscious and shy that a man
had to do all the entertaining
himself, or else they were girls
A SHADOWY something drifting soft,
Gemmed thick with paling stars aloft;
The softened blur of apple trees,
That, swaying, whisper in the breeze,
And scatter storms of rose and white
In blinding sweetness through the night;
And then—a thickening of the mist,
The silver blurred to amethyst,
And on me creeps the fog.
And through the depths of frosty white
Come memories of another night,
The scent of apple blossoms blown,
The mist—your mouth upon my own,
And you, afraid to give so much.
Came to me, trembling at my touch.
Then—mist again, and memories go
Like phantoms—shall I never know
What lies beyond the fog?
who were so monopolistic that
they made a man feel a? if he
had been kidnaped and was in
danger of being dragged to the
altar by his captor.
However, in a case like that
of my little girl friend who wants
to have a good time, and who is
left out of all of the frolics of
the girls and boys about her, the
difficulty is squarely up to her
mother. There isn't much that
the girl can do herself to help
the situation, but her mother can
What this girl needs, and the
only thing she needs, is oppor
tunity, and that her mother can
give her. If her rpother will get
busy giving the girl a series of
little parties she will force the
other girls to invite her daughter
to their parties and the young
men to pay her attention.
Mothers to Blame for
Daughters' Lack of
The other boys and girls can't
go gayly off and leave Mabel
sitting at the window watching
them if they have just been en
tertained at Mabel's house or
are expecting to be entertained
Many a girl's social success
rests on a basis of her mother's
cakes and sandwiches. If noth
ing for nothing is the rule of
the world, it is equally true that
something for something always
goes, and we can always get
what we want if we pass the
legal tender over the counter.
Mothers can make or mar
their daughters' popularity in so
ciety, and it is well for them to
remember that you can make
people fight for any kind of a
package of tea if you will give
an attractive enough chromo
with it. Therefore, it behooves
those parents with daughters
who are not run after to get
busy baiting their traps.
If a girl lacks attraction it it
all the more the mother's duty
to make her home so delightful
and so hospitable that young
people will like to come to it.
People will always go where
there are good things to eat and
a bright, cheery atmosphere,
and against suhc a background
even a dull and homely girl
shines with a borrowed radi
ance. Also the people that you
entertain are bound in common
decency to make some return,
and so the girl who could not go
anywhere on her own initiative
bowls merrily along the gay »o
cial way through the momentum
her mother has given her.
Parents Have Queered
the Chances of Many
Youth is not the only pleasure
time of life with a girl, it is the
season of her opportunity, of her
chance to marry and settle her
self well in life, and it is just as
much parents' business to help
daughters secure good husbands
as it is to help their sons get
into business. A grouchy father
and an indolent mother have
queered many a girl's chances in
My little friend's mother could
make her a belle and give her a
joyous youth if she would. So
could almost any other girl's
mother, and the pity of it is
that the mothers are too selfish
and stupid to do it.