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The San Francisco Call and Post
F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher
JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer
The Girls in the Shops Are
Wfll You Not Try to Finish Your Christmas Buying Now
Rather Than Make Conditions Worse ?
Christmas is just one week distant, five shopping days.
Is your shopping all done?
It is too late now to advise you to "do your Christmas shop
Only, don't do it late.
At this time of the year keepers of stores can not avoid hard
ships that weigh heavily upon their employes. Unfortunately, the
heartless indifference of the public increases the hardships un
Thousands of girls and young women are already tired, worn
out in mind and in nerves, by the strain of the holiday season's
Win not the readers of this newspaper set a good example
and do NOW the shopping that has been postponed? Don't wait
till next week.
Remember, that if you do not want to pay for what you buy
now, you can make 1 a deposit, always, and leave the order to de
liver the goods when payment is made; but, better still, arrange to
buy and to pay at once.
Realize that it is your duty to shop IN THE MORNING.
Women especially can do this if they will
In the morning, at a reasonable hour, they can go to the stores
and leave the stores and avoid the rush hour on the street cars.
They can trade in stores that are not crowded, and deal with
clerks, men and women, that are not exhausted, as at the end of a
long day of hard work, standing on their feet.
Unfortunately, everybody says "shop early," and there is
really very little improvement from year to year. This is because
each one * inks "MY PARTICULAR SHOPPING WILL
MAKE NO DIFFERENCE—THERE IS SO LITTLE OF IT."
But the readers of this newspaper alone—all will buy some
thing. And while each individually is not the problem, all together
Already the girls are tired, the patience and energy of the men
in the delivery departments of the big stores are almost exhausted.
Do what you can to make Christmas cheerful, or at least bear
able for those who wait upon you—from the man who manages a
big business to the smallest employe in the basement.
AND DO YOUR BUYING NOW.
Judge Graham Has a Closed
Contributes to Christmas Good Will by Refusing to Grant
Decrees Until After the Holidays
"No more divorces until after Christmas in cases where chil
dren are concerned," says Superior Judge Thomas E. Graham.
Judge Graham has a different technique in handling the
divorce problem than most judges have.
The customary procedure in a divorce case is for a lawyer to
present the complaint, say to the judge, "Sign here, please, your
honor," and walk from the court with the fee and the first install
ment of alimony. Judge Graham prefers to find out for himself
whether or not the hearts that want to beat as two should be given
the legal opportunity. Knowing something of human nature, know
ing that many divorces are caused by the interference of friends
or relatives, the reconciling jurist begins an independent investi
gation into the cause of the trouble and often finds that there is
no trouble at all.
Annually at Christmas time he established a period of family
peace which must not be shattered by divorce.
In the old days, when war was more of a commonplace be
tween nations, the season of Advent, or the four weeks before
Christmas, was set apart as a time during which there should be
no declaration of hostility. Judge Graham has applied the old
international rule to domestic matters.
A Christmas season can not be particularly felicitous in a
family which is divided by impending divorce; but it is just as
well to delay the flood of bitterness that would break forth with
the trial of a divorce action. While the feeling oi estrangement
between a mother and father bent on divorce can not be smoothed
over by a postponement of the trial, the acute expression of the
family feeling can be smothered and fresh violence will not be
kindled if the family troubles do not come to an issue in court.
Judge Graham's ruling may not result in bringing fathers and
mothers together at the Christmas tree, but it should stifle much
incrimination and bitterness.
Does the Pawn Broker Claim All
Public Policy Demands That Robbers' Loot Be Returned
Without Cost to Rightful Owner
Through an action in replevin the victim of a robbery in San
Francisco has called to the attention of the public a curious form
of extortion which pawn brokers have exercised. This man had
property valued at $1,182 stolen from his room. The property was
subsequently" located in a pawn shop. The pawn broker demanded
payment of $375 before he would return the goods to their rightful
Why a man should be penalized $375 because he had his prop
erty stolen from him and was able to locate it is not apparent.
Granted that the pawn broker advanced $375 on the articles.
The pawn brokers are in a business which makes thievery profit
able. The individual pawn broker is doubtless as honest as the
next man, but if it were not for the pawn shops thieves would have
a difficult time in disposing of their loot. It is against public policy
to have larceny a simple, remunerative vocation. If pawn brokers
understood that they must restore all stolen property found in
their possession they would be more cautious in their investments.
There is something to be said for the innocent purchaser of stolen
goods, but his rights are inferior to those of the original victim of
theft, for he has means of protecting himself against contraband
investments; he is under no compulsion to make dubious pur
chases, while the victim of robbery hasn't a chance to defend him
self or protect his property.
If pawn brokers knew that every stolen article found in their
possession would revert immediately and without parley to the
legal owner the brokers would be careful of the antecedents of
their pledges and thieves and robbers would find it difficult to turn
their booty into cash.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL AND POST
THE PRICE OF A GOOD CIGAR
At least no one has ever accused Santa Claus of riding a motorcycle.
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The Pacific Union club is to plant trees' around its Nob hfll clubhouse.
Fine exercise for the old gentlemen.
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Senator Root says he is too old to be a candidate lor president He
should have said, too old-fashioned. '
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Bones of the glyptodon, which flourished in Mexico 500,000 years ago,
have been taken to New York. Almost as extinct a? Huerta.
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The sidewalk of Powell street at Union square has been made narrow
to conform with the architectural style of the fashionable women who will
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Mayor Harrison of Chicago has made a New Year resolution that
the lid will be on tight New Year eve. Well, you know what happens
to New Year resolutions.
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There is another report that Emperor Menelik is dead. As the
genial Abyssinian has been reported ten times previously to have crossed
the Abyss, we'll delay our mourning until details come,
"ONLY A FEW OF US LEFT"
i We hope "Mona Lisa" is enjoying her vacation in Italy.
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San Mateo comity is going to advertise itself in fiction. That's the
trouble with too much boosting advertising as it is.
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In buying a rebuilt auto Bilkins explained that as he had a second
handed watch he didn't see why he shouldn't have a second hand car.
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The state railroad commission has decided that the Mother Lode
can pay less freight rates on its Railroad Load.
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Winston Churchill, the British lord of the admiralty, is to spend his
Christmas vacation in Germany. Curious how some men have to mingle
business with pleasure.
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It has been suggested that a white dove, symbolizing peace, be
released from the deck of a dreadnought at its launching. Good idea;
give the bird at least one peek at the battleship.
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The British empire is having trouble with its dependencies that refuse
to accept Hindu immigrants. The king might hire Mr. Bryan, who had
California experience with that subject, to fix things up fox him.
DECEMBER 18, 1913
Where Do the
Women of the
In a Happy Home, if They
Have One, Says Dorothy
Dix, but if Not, They 1
Certainly Belong Among
the Workers, Not the
Hangers-On — By All
Means Send the Women
Back Where They Be
A MAN was expressing great
/\ satisfaction over the fact
* that the new Pennsylvania
law limiting the hours a week
that ji. woman may be worked
has resulted in throwing thou
sands of women out of employ
His rejoicing was not the re
sult of any sympathy or com
passion for the poor industrial
slaves that have been forced to
toil far beyond their strength.
Nor was it inspired by any
humanitarian sentiment toward
the weakly, neurotic children
that these exhausted mothers
would bring into the world.
He was one of the men—■
happily few now—who hold the
ancient faith that women are a
species of animals,created solely
for the service and pleasure of
man; that they have no rights
in the world, not even the right
to make an honest living by
their own labor, and that it is a
sacrilegious thing for them to
dare to compete in business
with men. Therefore, he was
delighted to hear of anything
that would cripple their earning
"It serves them right," he
exclaimed jubilantly; "a lot of
them have been sent back al
ready where they belong, _ and
a lot more will have to go, too.
I wish they would pass a law
that would send every woman in
the world back where she be
So say we all, brother. We
would all like to see a law
passed that- would send every
woman in the world back where
In the Center of a Happy
Home Is Where Every
Before you could pass that
law, however, you would have
to pass another law that would
usher in the millennium, and,
unfortunately, you can't create
the ideal conditions of kingdom
come by enacting a statute.
The place -w here every woman
belongs is in the center of a
happy home, with plenty to eat
and plenty to wear, and a hus
band who loves her, and is good
to her, and faithful to her, and
with little children, amply fed
and clothed, playing in the sun
shine about her feet. That's
where every woman belongs.
It is a disgrace to civilization,
and an outrage on posterity,
when women are forced to feed
the race as well as to bear it;
that young girls exhaust every
ounce of their vitality in store
or factory before ever they come
to the great work of mother
hood, and that married women
are compelled to give their
strength to performing the work
they are hired to do instead of
giving it to their children.
Certainly every woman be
longs in a home where she is
cherished and cared for. No one
will dispute that. Neither will
any one dispute the fact that
ninety-nine and nine-tenths of
the women who are out of their
homes "are out because they have
no homes to be in. If there are
any women so madly industrious
that they have left a luxurious
home and a generous father or
husband for the pleasure "of
standing all day behind the
counter, or pounding a type
writer, or speeding up a machne
in a factory, all I can say is that
I have never met one. All the
working women that I know
work for bread, not for fun.
Every woman belongs in a
sheltered home. But suppose
she hasn't got the home, where
does she belong then?
Where does the old maid be-
Perhaps the only word that Is the
same In all languages Is the "Hallo!"
In response to the telephone call.
Wherever there is a telephone line
the word is in use, and means Just
iwhat it does in English. .
Romance lies behind a legacy of
$25,000 left Mme. Sarah Bernhardt by
Miss Scorer, a St. John* "Wood lady.
For years the testatrix had cherished
unusual admiration, for the great
actress. Every Friday she would for
ward her a bouquet of Malmalson car
nations, no matter wbert) gh* was aju
long, for instance? The last
census report showed theft were
seventeen million unmarried
men in the United States. That
means a corresponding number
of old maids, since no woman
can make a man marry here un
less he wants to. Are these
women to become parasites on
other people, or are they to be
self-supporting? Is it an old
maid's place to settle herself
down on some family that
doesn't want her, or to hustle
out and get a job of her own?
Which way will the woman be
happiest and most useful to so
ciety? I think she belongs
among the workers, and not
among the hangers-on, don't
Where Do a Houseful of
Able Bodied Girls
Not every man is eminently
successful in business. Many
men toil honestly and faithfully
all their lives and never succeed!
in making more than a bare liv
ing. Suppose such a man has
grown old and feeble and he has
a houseful of able bodied daugh
Where do these young wornea
belong? Isn't the place where
they belong some place where>
they can make a good living for;
themselves and help their par
ents, instead of working their
poor old father to death to try
to feed and ciothe them?
In a family where there are
healthy, intelligent girls, are
they where they belong when
they hang like a millstone around
a brother's neck, keeping him
from marriage and establishing
a home of his own because he
has to support them? Or are
they where they belong when
they devote their energies to
work instead of playing golf, and
leave their brother free to live
his life unburdened by his
female relatives? It is often
said that the reason that men
can't marry nowadays is because
of the competition in business
with women. The reverse of
this is true, for every sister who
goes out to earn her own living
leaves her brother free to marry
some other woman.
Where doe* a woman belong
if her hvsband is invalided, or if
he dies, leaving her with little
children and not a dollar to sup
port them on? Doesn't she be
long out in the working world
then, where she can earn the
money to support those de
pendent upon her? Surely she
is in her appointed place doing
whatever work comes to her
hand, and the pity of it is that
the place is often so hard and
its wages so poor.
Wherever There Is Need,
Want, Sickness, You
Will Find a Woman
"Send the women back to
where they belong." They g«
there, brother. Wherever there is
need and want; wherever there
is sickness and suffering; wher
ever there are Infirm old people
to be cared for, or helplesa
little chldren. to be fed and
clothed, there is where a woman
belongs, and there you will find
To begrudge a woman the
right to earn an honest living
for herself and those dependent
on her is the quintessence of
human meanness. That any
man could do it passes compre
hension. A billion souls the size
of his could exist on the point
of a cambric needle—and not be
in telephoning distance of each
pearing, while on the rare occasions
upon which she was privileged to take
tea with Mme. Bernhardt afce would
don a costume of virginal white,
though every other day in the year
black would be the rule.
The butchers of Berlin have a curi
ous way of Informing: their customers
of the days on which fresh sausage*
are made, by placing* a chair, covered
with a large, clean apron at the aid*
of ths shop door.
The female brain commences to d»<
cllne la weight after the age of Bft]
the mala &ot-t£l ten yaara later.