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I'MQI'K —Melodrama. MSCHKR'S —Musical burlesque. OLYMPIC —Musical burlesque. WALKER —c 'omedy. BUILDING ACTIVITY IN the interesting figures of the building department the story of the wonderful growth of Los An geles during-1909 is told eloquently. The total building valuation reached the huge sum of $13,260,703. This was ap portioned as follows: Residences, f7.932,827; business buildings, $3,489,337; alterations and additions, $1,428,836; churches, $65,733; municipal buildings, $207,310; miscellaneous, $136,460. LOB Angeles is a city of home? as well as of business buildings. In the pos se.--ion of improved, modern business buildings this city is the peer of any other in the land, and far surpasses any niln-r city of its population. Ai far as building with relation to population is concerned, this is the most metropolitan city of its census S, end it is being shown very clearly iind definitely that our worthy citizens, with their usual faith in the destiny of the superb metropolis which has never yet played them false, and never will, arc building with an eye to the rapid growth of Los Angeles to a city of halt a million Inhabitants. Whili- ritizens are proud of the great business activity and of the confidence in the future shown by the men who are investing their money in huge, well appointed modern office buildings, they are pleased to think the home life of r.os Angeles is so great that in home building it is the foremost city in the land. A far bigger percentage of the population of Los Angeles lives in in :iviilual or "self-contained" houses than i>C the population of any other city. More people in Los Angeles own their own home:; than in any other city. That Is one reason for its spirit of progress. Citizens who not only "have" their homes in Los Angeles, but 'own" their homes in Los Angeles, fool they are "in and of Los Angeles, and have a right to share In the life and counsels of the community, and to take an active, personal interest in its affairs. CUPID Ci I'll) was busy in Los Angeles during 1909. In fact, it was his busiest year. More marriage ll ■ were issued than In any preced ing year. The total number was 5059. This showed a gain of 523 marriage licenses over the total for 1908. Tho previous record was held by 1907, when 49,'<7 licenses were issued. But Is the record year. The increase of the number of mar liann licenses issued indicates the pros perity as well as the growth of Los An .-. Matrimony always accompanies prosperity. When times are uncertain or hard people won't or don't marry. Some of them do not want to "take the risk." others cannot afford to take it, or think they cannot. In times of great prosperity there is always a rush to the license bureau. Abundance encourages matrimony, and when a salaried man thinks his posi tion is secure he will ask the girl of his holes l" take a risk with him. Lob Angeles has reason to be proud of its record. It Is an eloquent raony to the prosperity of this big _tv. AVIATION WEEK AVIATION week plans are being carried out with great thorough ness and preparations arc being made for the biggest event in the his tory of modern flying machines. Avia tion week will attract to Los Angeles a huge crowd of visitors and an army of expert aviators, amateurs and stu dents. The greatest flying machines and dirigibles and the most famous air pilots and scientists will be assembled In Los Angeles, and during the m ik this will be the "hub of the world." The trials and contests at Los An geles will attract great and universal attention, because it is believed that this, city has the ideal site for the avia tion headquarters of the world. The air courses here aro all easily navi gable under ordinary conditions, and ordinary conditions last practically all the year round. Every country in the world will be represented by expert observers. The United States government will send an expert to watch the trials, contests and experiments, and If, as is expected, his report will say Los Angeles Is the ideal aviation head quarters, a permanent aviation station may be established here; and a gov ernmental building yard may give an impetus to a permanent airship build ing Industry In Greater Lob Angeles. GENEROUS OLD COUNCIL IX the absence of Councilman Wren and against the protesting vote of Councilman Wallace the outgoing city council canceled the city's claim of $34,537.60 against the Los Angeles Railway company. The money rep resents the amount of the tax levied in 1907-08 on the franchise. When the assessment was levied for 1907-08 rail road official* neglected to tell the city assessor the principal place of business had been moved from Los Angeles. In voting against the cancellation of the claim Mr. Wallace said: "As a matter of equity the railroad owes that money to the city. By cleverness the railroad placed the city in a position where it could not legally enforce payment of the amount. But if we refuse to cancel the obligation undoubtedly we could force a, com promise. No private Individual in the city"s position would release the rail road from that obligation." The expiring council, however, saw nt by canceling the claim to give away nearly $35,000 of the city's money. It was too much to sacrifice, and yet it was not altogether lost. The trans action pointed a moral. It emphasized the absolute necessity of having good men on guard in the city council, and gave occasion for congratulation that the city is making a change for the better and is substituting for the gift making council one that will look after the best interests of the tax payers and will see to it that Greater Los Angeles gets a square deal. RAIN WHILE the east has suffered from blizzards which have caused great destruction of property and loss of life. Southern California has had an unusual midwinter experi ence in the mischief-making powers of huge quantities of water. While the rainstorm brought assurance of abun dant crops, from points outside of Los Angeles comes news of damage caused by floods and washouts. In some parts of the country the rainstorm has ac tually caused perceptible changes in the general configuration of the land. The torrential rain has rilled dry riverbeds with flood water and has turned trickling rivulets into big, strong streams. Traffic has been in terfered with by washouts and land slides and bridges have been swept away. Stormy weather adds to the zest and interest of life, and when the rain is over and gone we will be all the more grateful for the glorious South California sunshins because of the interruption caused by the open ing of the floodgates of the sky. LOS ANGELES THRIFT THE people of Los Angeles have nearly $30,000,000 more on deposit in tho banks than they had a year ago. Loans and investments have been Increased by more than $29,000,000, and practically all of this money has been used In business and improvements in Greater Los Angeles. The year began with total deposits amounting to $118, --466,483, an increase of $2! >,910,956. Loans and investments represent $95,103,457, an increase of $29,228,148. Capital, $14, --606,800, shows an increase of $2,190,645. Surplus and undivided profits amount to $8,079,729, an increase of $832,413. The population of this city is thrifty and prudent, and for that reason and because of general and constant pros perity, Los Angeles Is a good bankers' city. All our financial institutions are in flourishing circumstances and there is every reason to look forward to a "happy New Year" of great prosperity for the metropolis of the far west. At the great and successful patriotic mass meeting held in Temple audito rium yesterday afternoon "Don't wor ry" and "It pays to smile" were mot toes on the program. The meeting was remarkable in many ways. It brought together men of different churches and creeds who believe in Americanism, in morality, in patriot ism and in the Los Angeles way; and Mayor Alexander, who extended the greeting of the new year, was warmly welcomed as a personal representative and exponent of Americanism, moral ity, patriotism and the Los Angeles way. Y. M. C. A. reports an auspicious beginning of the new year, with a bright outlook for the welfare and prosperity of the flourishing local branches of an organization that Is powerful for good In the United States. I LOS ANGELES HERALD: MONDAY MORNING. JANUARY .*. IJHO. GOOD GOVERNMENT YEAR THE cause of good government has made constant headway in this community, until Los Angeles be gins this happy year as a good govern ment city. The charter amendments adopted in spite of the obstructive tac tics of the reactionaries increased the opportunities of Los Angeles for public prosperity by providing for the election of counellmen at large, eliminating par tisanship, giving the people the right to make nominations, placing Los An geles in a position to derive utmost pos sible benefit from the harbor and aque duct and other great public enterprises. Consolidation of San Pedro and Wil mington with Los Angeles made this city a great, commodious and safe har bor, making it one of the principal sea port cities of the United States. A representative of a steamship line says Los Angeles should import its merchandise from Europe direct. The harbor of Greater Los Angeles doubt less will be the scene of a thrilling commercial shipping trade with Eu rope. The destiny of Los Angeles to be the maritime as well as the com mercial and manufacturing metropolis of the Pacific is indicated clearly to discerning eyes and understanding brains. ______________ Postmaster Flint is one of the strongest advocates of the consolida tion of Hollywood with Greater Los Angeles. We believe he voices public and popular sentiment when he says: "Voters should go to the polls on January 24 and prove by an over whelming majority that the gTeater city welcomes Hollywood, the latest and one of the best additions to Greater LO3 Angeles." When City Attorney Hewitt was in Washington as delegate to the rivers and harbors congress he looked dili gently for the congressman for this district, but reports he "could not find him." The congressman for this dis trict may have been up in Alaska grubstaking office boy coal claim markers. Good government is firmly estab lished in Los Angeles, and won't be dislodged in a hurry. This city is too big to be dominated by any political clique or ruled by any machine. In Greater Los Angeles the people rule. Weather for Aviation week will bh ideal. The sunshine will have dried out dampness resulting from the rains and the air will be like Los Angeles Herald, crisp, clear and clean. Bradstreet's reports there are reasons for confidence in an excellent if not record trade In 1910. The outlook for the United States is one of great and increasing general prosperity. Boost and boom Aviation week. Do your part toward making it a great success. It will mean much to Greater Los Angeles and every citizen inter ested in it. After the heavy rainfall South Cali fornia will be lovelier than aver, Abundant crops. The new year will be one of abundance and prosperity. " Well, the Cook's Fired! " The State Press Aeroplane Trust The "Wright brothers have claimed to be the originators of aeroplane flighty, but jrat it appears that in Important respects they were following the lead of ihe Santa Clara prufessor who theoretically applied the •clentlflfl curves and warplngs which are features of the best aeroplane construction. This goes far to nullify the claims of the newly organized Wright company, or nero plane trust, to exclusive patents sufficient to give them a monopoly of aeroplane construc tion in the United States. —Sacramento Boe. -+- Mexico Tyranny and cruelties and lapse* Into barbarism may be found In the Mexico of today, beyond doubt. Diaz is a despot and much of the country which he rules is semi savage. Yet in Mexico more than In most lande the balance Is on the side of progress toward better things than the past has known, tin ins for civilization are enormous. The material advances of the country are wonderful, in many directions—San Jose Herald. Packers' Combine The packers' combine, known as the Con solidated Seeded Uaisin company. Is traveling a rough road then days. In endeavoring to break Qiffen's and the California Dried Fruit Agency's hold of the raisin market by selling retains at cut price 3 they have stirred up n. vc-rit&ble hornets' nest from which they are trying to escape. They lire In the position of the boy who t«ld a lame story of playing "hookey" and suing in swimming and was finally spanked.—Fowler Ensign. More Publicity Needed That there is need of reliable information on which the government may take legis lative and administrative action In control ling financial and industrial forces, and In such concise and available form as to serve fnr the basis of public opinion, Is one of the most Important matters to which Sec retary Nagel has directed attention in his annual report. —San Jose Mercury and Her ald. -♦- Loyal Germans Germans love the land of their nativity, just as easterners, westerners and southern ers retain fond recollections of the states vhere they were born, but as there are no better Californium than the transplanted X. w Enflander, hoosier and southerner, so citizens who first saw the light in Germany are none iht- less loyal to the United States, the hume of their adoptiun.—Sacramento Union. Ruinous Rates Th« committee on railroad rates of the Cali fornia Fruit Growers' association has started what may be a big thing in its complaint that ratea on deciduous fruits are ruinously high, and are discriminatlvely higher than the ratei «ii. citrus fruits, most of which are shipped over the longer haul from Southern California at lower rates.—Fresno Republican. New Leaf Ye.*, let's turn over a new leaf next Satur day and Inscribe upon It resolutions to act a better part in the world's drama, making the best use of tho fleeting time allotted us. forgetting self as much as possible, and cultivate a more ■ unselfish feeling for the rights of others. —Slitter Independent. —<►- One Family It Is, Indeed, blessed that bo many are dis posed to give, but the kingdom of Christ who wait born on Christmas day will never Come on earth until there Is less, need of RlvlriK and until men realize during all the year that they are one family, as well as at Christmas. —Palo Alto Tribune. Los Angeles Inspiration The result of the election In I.oa Angelas should Inspire with some confidence members of the I.lncoln-Roosrvelt league and of the Democratic party, whose main fight at the ocmlng primaries nnd election will be against th* Espee machine—Vlsalla Times. Not Health Resorts If every criminal whose health will finally fail If he la kept In Jail were let out on bail the Jails would be soon emptied.—Tu lare Advance* In Extremis KathT he has got ecdyals. Mother's sure that she will die; Grandmama Is at a crisis. Hordeoium od her eye. Little Dan has got coryza, Gastralgla's gripping Kate; It's dentition alia Kllia, Causing her to laeryinate. Our old hnna liaii got the glanders. ' Mange the dog, and Ftp the chick; it' Hip is killing off aur ganders — Yes! The whole darn family's sick! —K. H. Maue»un In Puck. Far and Wide Question for Everybody Every business place has its partic ular bores. If certain men could know how they are regarded at certain places they would die of shame. They are regarded as bores and talked about in a very brutal manner. Are you adding to the burdens of any one? Then, in the name of pity, quit it.— Atehison Globe. Imminent Depreciation "What is the value of the contents of this trunk?" asked the customs in spector. "Which do you mean?" asked Miss Cayenne; "their value now or after you get through musp'n™ over them?' —Washington Star. -*- Cheap? It seems a shame that Senator Ray ner should have been forced to pay $17,000 in order to be re-elected to the senate without opposition. And yet, how cheap—oh, how cheap!—some as piring statesmen would consider that! —Washington Herald. -*- Shelving Loeb The importers involved in those cus toms frauds can be depended upon to rally enthusiastically around the sug gestion of Collector Loeb for governor of New York. Anything to get him out of the customs service.—Pittsburg Dispatch. Improvement Comes Slowly Are insurance scandals still possible? We thought that class of public serv ice corporations had learned its bitter lesson. —Baltimore Star. Not a Difficult Task Congress should not have much trouble in living up to the expectations of the country.—Chicago News. "We -would like to have in the Argentine Republic half of the immigrants that land in the United States," said Rudolph Helnecke. a woalthy farmer and business man of Buenos Ayres, at the Raleigh. "As Minister Portela said recent., in New York, while the United States is trying to keep down tho influx of lmmlgra.-ts, Argentine is Inviting Immigration.— Washington Post. NEW DEMON OF DESTRUCTION A new explosive, the invention of an Knglishman, is claimed to be absolute ly Kafo to handle and to possess none of the dangerous qualities of dynamite and blasting powder. The inventor baa factories operating In Norway and England and one is being built in Alaska, it is stated that. Inasmuch as this substance is in itself not an ex plosive, it Is carried al ordinary freight rates by the transportation companies In England and Norway. This new product Is composed of perchlorate of ammonia, nitrate of soda, dlnitroluol and several minor ingredients, such as paraffin for water-proofing, etc. It Is claimed that it is 50 per cent stronger than the 66 per cent grade of dynamite and the cost will be over $20 per ton cheaper. The inventor's exhaustive tests before members of the isthmian canal com mission and officials of the republic of Panama showed that it is absolutely impossible to explode It by ordinary methodß. It was hammered with a sledge, shot into with a rifle, burned, and ordinary dynamite detonators were exploded in it both by fuse and by elec tricity, but the compound was Inert. Not until a special detonator was in serted could the substance be exploded; but then it showed itself more powerful than dynamite. It can only be set off by heating a small platinum wire Just inside the open end by an electric spark or fuse. It will not explode by concussion.—Harper's Weekly. Heroic Remedy Bill I—l1 —I believe I talk altogether too much. Jill—Well, why don't you stop It? "How can I?" "Why, get married "—Yonkers States man. The Public Letter Box TO COKniisrONKKNTS —Letter* Intended for publication must be accompanied by the ininir and nfldrran «f the «rllcr. Thr Herald given the widest latitude to <orre<uond ents, but nannies no respooslhlllty for their views. TAKES ISSUE WITH CLERGY'S IDEAS OF MARRIAGE STATE T-OS ANGELES. Jan. I.—[Editor Herald]: Bishop Johnson, In his lec ture. "Marriage and Divorce," is re ported to be appalled and considerably exorcised over the increased divorce rate, He is quoted as saying: "I re gard marriage not merely as a civil contract, but a union of two souls through mutual pledges. I deem this union indissoluble except with one ex ception, ■ for infidelity. . . Allowing free divorces increases the bad condi tion of the courts. . . Mismaled couples are sad objects, and those who marry too hastily should be the only ones to suffer." It surely poems that when it comes to questions involving a critical scientific handling the clergy are bound "to get oft on tlie wrong foot." And this fact, l believe, is due tn the theological method of training and reasoning. With but few exceptions, the methods of theological instruction deprive the av erage preacher of the advantages of the fruits of modern science .and its priceless counterpart, critical reason ing: and instead he is crammer! with principles of dogmatic faith and a dis torted and plagiarized biblical interpre tation of history. His researches have to do with the cold, lifeless theories of metaphysics, and his mental habits are guided into the ancient mystical ruts. He Is essentially a believer instead of an investigator, a supernaturalist rath er than a naturalist. In the matter of divorce, here, too, we find the clergy fighting symptoms Instead of finding causes, of advocating punishment Instead of seeking out the social and economic caufios and remov ing them. It is indeed a charitable Christianity that would force "mis mated couples who married 100 has tily" to endure the shame and degra dation without recourse! The census reports for the last twenty years do not support Bishop Johnson's Claims that "free divorces increase the bad condition In the courts." It shows that stringent di vorce laws do not lessen tho divorce rate. The census reports show that increased divorce rate Is a sign of higher morality, that 6S per cent of di vorces are granted to women, that one fifth of divorces are granted f"r drunk enness, that the tendency of the times is toward free divorce instead of more difficult. Divorce is not the evil, but only a remedy. The true cure lies not in thun dering at the "divorce plague," but in the prophylactic efforts of producing better marriages, which can only result from individual education, ami better social and economic conditions gen erally. In opposition to Bishop Johnson's ideas T rejoice in tho awakening of the soul of humanity, as evidenced by the increasing divorce rate. It is a blow at tho fetters of slavery that hold hu manity in the mire <>f self-abasement. DR. HUMANITAS. SAYS WOMAN SHOULD LEAHN TO BE HAPPY AND CONTENTED LOS ANGELES, Dee. 30.— [Editor Herald]: With regard to the ques tions and answers touching Miss Neth ersole's play, "The Writing on the Wall," in the present stage of evolu tion, "as many women are sacrificed on the altar of virtue as of vice," so we owe it to posterity that women cease making martyrs of themselves and study how to be happy though married. Women should vote if they want to, and do everything they can toward regulation and reform. A man who is afraid his wife has too much learning is himself a slave. The slums are the sequels of slavish ignorance and selfish government. The asylums and prisons get the' recruits there. Parents of these "enfants ter ribles" work early and late. Some don't, and exist any old way. New York and London are one in the con gestion of this type, but England is ■mall and crowded, while the United States is different. In these times of trust owned commodities it's up to the government to ease up. A little "pa ternalism" works well sometimes. Reservations are allotted hero and there to Indians; likewise in the bound less west a poor family should be given an acre to live on, on accommo dating terms. There are many slum mers who wouldn't budge; such could easier be rounded up where they are and regulated. To make an effort to get at the root of things is better than lopping' off branches. • Among the intelligent and well bal anced there Is no domestic etnfe, and there's nothing to forgive except, mis takes. Woman certainly has to over look more faults-buflf there are too many on either side there's one re source-divorce. Those who are sur feited by vice, wealth and idleness look for pastures new and glaring. The Spartans ordained that no girl should be married until she had dem onstrated her ability in the gymna slum. A man should regard his wife as queen of home and mistress of her self? Common sense education is wanted. Aristotle, on being asked Sr r w^uTb^fs SgSi what others^ •£*. INSIST AMERICAN WAY OF PRONOUNCING "AMEN" IS BEST LOS ANGELES. Dec. 80.—[Editor Herald]: How shall -we pronounce "men?" There are two ways, both among the. clergy and the laity, of pronouncing the familiar word One .s the pure English accent and the othei is that of continental Kurope. In or der to distinguish between the two and to avoid needless repetition. I shall write the former as "amen," the "a having the sound of "lons a" as in ale and fate; and the latter or conti nental sound as "ahmen' having the "lons Italian a," as in far and fa thNelther the Standard dictionary nor Webster's International gives the pro nunciation ''ahmen" the International speaking We must remember that the same rules for the pronunciation of words do not govern both speech and music alike. After giving the pro nunciation 'ahmen" the International dictionary adds, "In singing, ahmen." The Century dictionary gives us author ity for the usage "ahmen" In speaking by adding after the ordinary English marking, "in ritual speech often and in singing always ahmen." Thus then Is warrant of the best dictionaries for both of these pronunciations in the use of this word In our ordinary speech In religious services. But the weight of authority among these three leading guides for pronunciation Is, two to one, In favor of "amen." Twenty-five years ago the pronuncia tion "ahmen" was rare among English speaking people In America. Now It Is frequently heard in some parts of our country. How did this change come about? In various ways. There is a growing tendency to substitute the ac cent of continental Europe for the pro nunciation of many of our time-honored English accents. Students studying theology In Germany, musicians pass ing a season or two in France and Italy, "globe trotters" imbibing: the style of speech in niiiny foreign lands, singing "ahmen" at the olose of hymns nnd anthems. These and other movements are changing the sounds of n number of English words, and among these i hat of our familiar "amen." Now I have no fault to find with Ger mans, Scandinavian! and others who learned their language in continental Europe for the use of "Ahmen" in speech. It is the proper way for them when employing their own language in troh service, (on it is the accent of r mother tongue. For the Rame ion I prefer the pronunciation nil." with a distinct "long a," be se that belongs to my mother tongue and is classic.il English. Some person! may think that "ahmen" Is more up-to-date than "amen" is. But this can only bo decided hy the study Of philosophy, going back into the his tory of language to lenrn which has the older pronunciation, English or the con tinental tongues. As a lover of pure, classic English I do not favor the Europeanizlng of the pronunciation of our official language, importing French, Italian and Spanish accents for a num ber of words. Let the musicians pronounce as they please in singing, but they should not attempt to change our accent in speech. And the "globe trotter" should not for- Bet his "well of English undeflled" when he returns home to his native land. 1 admire the musical flow of the Italian; the dulect soiinds of the Spanish, the rythmic movement of the French. But I dislike too much mix ture in prounciation as In other thing-;. English is a noble language, worthy to have a place among the greater tongues the world has produced. When I we adopt new words from other lan | guages, as is necessary if there is to be growth, let us put an English stnmp on them and preserve them as our own. The word "amen" is not of recent im portation, and all the more should Its native accent among English-speaking people be preserved. However it may sound to the ears of others, "amen." pronounced with a "long a" of no un certain sound, seems to me to have more strength of meaning than when spoken with the accent of continental Europe. This may bo only my fancy, (he growth of usage coupled with tra ditional thought. But even though some persons may imagine that it is old-fashioned r shall continue to speak "nmen" with a "long a." as in classic English. JOHN' K. REED. WISHES INFORMATION AS TO BIBLES AUTHENTICITY LOS ANGELES. Doc. 81.—[Editor Herald 1: If would be great relief to IBy mind if some one would reason ably explain to mo why there need bt. so many conflicting opinions regard ing the meaning of the Bible. Some where I have read that the book is so plain that a fool need not err therein In Mr. Kitt's letter of tho 28th ho speaks of the "Living Word." Now, it is not to east any personal reflections. but to seek truth, thai T desire infor mation, hoping some one will explain through the Letter Box. It is Bald the Graeeo-Israelitish learning led to the translation of the Bacred writings resulting in the Sep tuagint: also, in the fourth century, nearly the whole Bible was translated into Gothic vernacular. Luther in the sixteenth century translated the Bible into the German language and frequently gave a few personal opinions on some books. He characterized the story of the flood and Jonah an "monstrous," also called the book of James "a book of straw." tn fact tore several books out of the Bible ami cast rather a rough epi thet on the author of Revelations'. In 18U the Bible was translated into the English language from the Sep tuagint, rather than from Hebrew original, from which Bible I presume Air. Kltts reads. It is claimed by many Christians and Bible students that this transla tion led to many misinterpretations. It is claimed by those students that there are no less than 100,000 mistakes in the translation to the King James version. Then, I have read again somewhere that we are not to change "one jot or title," but Henry Ward Beecher did not accept the fable of the Garden of Eden. Through courtesy to the Let ter Boxers I will not repeat his words. These few translations are not all, but the most important to us, and when Bible students and translators cannot agree how am I to form an opinion? Am I to accept this book as the true and proven facts or as a hy pothesis? J. o. COLBERT. SAYS SAN FRANCISCO HAS FORFEITED CHANCES SAWTELLE. Jan. 1.-[Editor Her ald]: Since writing the article regard ing the proper location of the Panama Canal exposition, lately published in The Herald, I see President Taft has recommended that the celebration be held in San Francisco. That he should so recommend if he believed present moral and political conditions were to continue there does not seem prob able. The president evidently expects that the better class of the people In that city will take the municipal control from the hands of the grafters and Incompetents that now bear rule. When here In the west President Taft wrote a beautiful toast for the city, concluding with the following words: "May San Francisco's future growth be as remarkable as her past, and her civic righteousness and Individual hap plncsss of her citizens keep pace with it." It' the high aspiration for the city could be realized at an early day there would indeed be but one city on the continent preferable to San Diego In which to hold that great exposition. J.ut no appropriation for an expo sition at Pan Francisco should be made by state or nation while present moral and political conditions obtain. The electors of San Francisco have, under the most tragic circumstances conceivable, deliberately committed the same sin against God and humanity that was committed 1900 years ago when in answer to Pilate's question, 'Whom shall I release unto you?" the people answered, "Release Barrabbas, the robber, but crucify the Christ." Not until San Francisco shall be re deemed from the control of grafters, robbers and assassins has the state or nation a right to unite with that god less city in Inviting the peoples of the world to become victims of, or partici pants In her immoralities and crimes, since to make such an appropriation would make the state and nation vol untary participants in the city's league with the criminal class. STEPHEN H. TAFT. Excellent Prospect* "What makes you think you will coin money out of that mining pros r-ect?" "Our ad. writer has inspected the property and (cell confident he ran write it up to advantage."—Christmaa Puck.