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Los Angeles Herald
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Population of Los Angeles 327.685
CLEAR. CRISP AND C 1 FAN
IT |U
AT THE THEATERS
AI'DITORIfM—
BELASCO—"The Man of th* Hour."
•■ BIRBANK—"Cameo Klrty."
FISCHER'S (area.
"Florodora"
LOS ANGELES—
MAJESTIC — Jane 1. Pi."
MASON" —"The Boy* anil Betty.'
OBTirEßM—Vaudeville.
"GET BUSY—OR!"
ALARMED, and with good reason,
over the imperiled prospects of
Republican party supremacy in
the nation, the president In an almost
Rooscveltlan outburst of energy, has
lost h!.« temper with senate leaders and
has said to them: "Why don't you
push measures to redeem party pledges
while the houpe is dealing with appro
priation bills?" It fs reported he ex
hibited extreme impatience, and we
think probably he did.
Xot only will the people ask what has
become of the Republican promises of
popular, progressive legislation, but
Mr. Roosevelt will "want to know,"
and the attitude he may take with ref
erence to the position of leadersship
he enjoys among the American people
no doubt will be determined to a great
extent by the report of what the Re
publican politicians have accomplished
when his inspiration was gone and
his compelling presence was far, far
away.
It Is of the utmost importance the
American people should REALIZE the
Americanism of Theodore Roosevelt.
A relapse to routine Republican politics
was perhaps necessary In order to
bring out with new distinctness the
true political picture of Mr. Roosevelt,
who is not a routine Republican poli
tician. He has no sympathy with rou
tine Republican politics or with the
machinations of men whose antipathies
to Roosevelt policies only needed tho
absence of the former chief executive
in order to be developed to an extent
that has aroused popular disapproval
and replaced with wild alarm the for
mer stolidity of Theodora Roosevelt's
successor.
MARINE DEVELOPMENT
/"^ONGRESSMAN BARCHFIELD'S
I i address before the Gulf .States
American Merchant Marine league
consisted in great part of a recogni
tion of Die maritime activity of Great
er Los Angeles. Most of tlie American
people have seafaring Wood in their
veins, and a city that seeks the sea
and devotes its energies to the mari
time development to which its geo
graphical site entitles it wins popular
approbation.
Congressman Barchflehl said: "Los
Angeles deserves a ship line, and will
get it. Los Angeles has spent $10,000,
--noo in creating a deep-water harbor at
San Pedro. Los Angeles has Uone
things. The people are alive. They
are up and doing, and with the passage
hi the Humphreys ship subsidy
bill Los Angeles is to be given a
steamship line from San Pedro to
Hawaii, China, Japan and the Orient.
San Pedro Is the nearest of all the
new ports of the south Pacific region,
lias a future because there la a
city back of it that will push it."
Of importance in tho maritime de
velopment of the (seaport of Greater
Lou Angeles will be the establishment
uf a federal line of steamships to Pan
ama. A federal line, oporateil in con
nection with the federal lino on the
Atlantic, will be conducive to a solu
tion Df tin; rates problem by helping
to emancipate the industries of .South
ern California from corporation over
loidshlp and rates tyranny.
POPULATION
/NONGESTIOX of population Is the
I . most serious danger to which any
city is subject. Our western
citlos are not exceptions to the gen
eral rule. They are not immune, from
peril; and one of the. principal advan
tages connected with an expansion pro
gram like that of Greater Los Angeles
ia that it lessens the risk of huddling.
A committed on congestion of popula
tion In New York has made discoveries
■which are of great interest, as they
prove conclusively overcrowding is duo
to remediable conditions, and not to
the age or the situation of a city.
London, which has a greater popula
tion than Xew York, is not nearly as
crowded as the American metropolis.
Tin's seems paradoxical; and certainly
Is contrary to reasonable expectation.
But the explanation is London has been
d"voloped by a series of normal growths
or centers, while New York has tried
to combine and concentrato Into n.
ridiculously small area practically all
tho financial Interests of the entire
city, and this has been done without
regard to the wolfare of the community.
The average number of Inhabitants in
a email central part of London is only
62. In Manhattan In 190.1 it was 150.
In most of London the density does
not exceed over twenty per acre, while
New York Is building up, not through
out the city as a whole, but with an
unhealthy density of 300 or 400 to the
acre; and, In many blocks, of 600 to
700 per acre.
Greater Los Angeles, by adhering to
a generous policy of land spaces and
breathing places, and by firmly op
posing tendencies to pile up human be
ings on small parcels of ground, will
avoid future trouble, and will grow to
the dimensions of Xew York without
creating the conditions which glvo our
American metropolis Its unenvled po
sition of being tho most unhealthily
crowded In the world. Now is the time
to take care of the breathing spaces.
The consolidation of East Hollywood
with Los Angeles will help to give as
surance the Los Angeles program will
be carried out as it has been begun,
and will result In increasing greatness
without menace to health and to com
fort.
LOS ANGELES LEADERSHII
LOS AXGELES led the state in
the record of mnrrlagps and
births for December. The of
ficial figures show Los Angeles cele
brated 475 marriage*, while In San
Francisco there were only 353. A!a
meda was a good third, with 249, then
came Orange with TB, Fresno 74, San
Joaquln 60. The birth record was:
Los Angeles 613, San Francisco 537,
Alameda 309, Santa Clara 114, Fresno
111, Sacramento 106. San Bernardino
92, Orange and San Joaquin each 67.
The record of marriages and births
should serve to Impress on everyone
the fact Los Angeles Is a family city,
a city of homes, and It Is because it
is a city of homes as well as of indus
tries It Is Important to exercise con
stant vigilance In order that it may
be well governed. Only good govern
ment Is good enough for Greater Los
Ang-elas.
The government that may be ex
pected with Mayor Alexander and,
Chief Galloway on duty Is the gov-,
eminent that will attract to Greater
Los Angeles thou^nnds upon thousands
of homeseekers and homebuilders to
Increase the population, the prestige,
the civic power and the national and
world-wide popularity of Greater Los
Angeles.
CAR CARELESSNESS
FULL speed at sharp curves is a
particularly bad car policy; and
the recklessness of any motor
man who risks a rush around a curve,
especially when that curve already lias
been the scene of serious accident, has
a criminal quality, unless It is duo to
physical conditions. The record of
serious accident should be enough to
warrant unusual can? at a bad cross
ing or a nasty curve, even when com
mon sense fails to suggest prudence.
Car conductors and motormen In Los
Angeles are hard-working 1 men.
Their hours are long and tho strain
on their nervous system is constant
and wearing. Is recklessness a prod
uct and result of strain and stress and
long hours of labor? Reckless speed
at a deadly curve is a natural conse
quence^ but the public should not and
must not be subjected to risks of this
kind.
Our public car servants should work
under conditions that would tend to
soothe and steady the nerves. In an
accident that se^ns tr be attributable
to carelessness tho public should ask,
Were the conditions of employment
such us to produce a blunting effect
on the nervo-inltiative faculties of tho
motorman?
BILLBOARDS
ARTISTS and art students are in
terested in the emancipation of
Los Angeles from the billboard
nuisance. The eligibility of Los Ange
les for the position of art center of fie
North American continent is generally
recognized. Art schools and nrtists
flourish here; and it is an Ideal place
for art education. But what shall be
■aid of such a constant violation of the
canons of good taste as is prMOnted by
the billboards which disfigure our art
educational center ?
The movement against billboard ad
vertising Is not founded upon prejudice,
It Is not the result of anyone's spito
against anyone »IM, We don't believe
that in any Instance any personal con
sideration has entered into the ques
tion.
Vlio demand for the reform Is a
spontaneous expression of the keen' in
t taken in Greater Los Angeles by
its pufelie-iplrtted elttoea*, an inter
est that, of course, extend* to the
general appearance of our beautiful
metropolis, in which all of us take
prld*.
LOS ANGELES HERALD: FRIDAY MORXTXC, FEBRUARY 18, 1010.
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I Bat. i. y for r / \
I US> eCt > WEVE GrOT HIM
The Miser's Kindred Know
Him Only When He Is Dead
WHEN Jerry Moynihan of St.
Louis took to his bed Tor the
last time the other day It was
not known that he had a single rela
tive in tho world.
But when he died, and tho public
administrator discovered thru he
owned a big sum of money, When the
man's habits of life were considered,
Moynihans who claimed kinship with
the dead man were heard from In large
numbers. They arose on two conti
nents and claimed tho $60,n00 which
Jerry Moynihan had amassed.
We do not know that every one of
the claimants to his fortune is not a
bona fide relative, but that is not the
point we wish to make.
The fact Is that here was a man
who lived to be 80 years old. He was
not married. He lived the life of a
reoldse, and it appears that no friends
<vi i- came to bring counsel or to re
ceive it. Xo one knew that he .hod
money stored away. He lived alone,
and he died apparently unregretted—
until his fortune came to light.
Movnlhan seems to have been of
ANNEXATION GAIN
EAST HOLLYWOOD will be a not
able addition to Greater Los An
grles. It is one of the finest sub
urban districts in the entire metropol
itan area. It will bring to Lns Angeles
fine streets, excellent buildings. good
public schools and a 'splendid park
area. Los Angeles will give East Hol
lywood good government, efficient po
lice protection and a. share in the pres
tige and the prosperity of the most
marvelous city in the west, or in tho
world.
To extend the boundaries of Greater
Los Angeles is a measure fraught with
pood to all the people who live within
tho metropolitan influence or area.
Los Angeles is growing faster than any
other city in the world, and Its growth
will continue to be healthy if it takes
place under favorable conditions—
that is to say, If there is always con
sciousness tho city has plenty of room
to grow, and there is no excuse for un
healthy crowding*.
INSTRUCTION NEEDED
ONE of the demands of the hour
that cannot be gainsaid is that
definite instruction regarding the
nature and prevention of tuberculosis
should be given to public school chil
dren of the United States; of whom.
according to an authoritative bulletin,
loss than 6 per tent are being thus
posted. Tuberculosis must be fought
in the schools as well as in the ten
ements and factories. It is estimated
that nearly 100,000 children now in
school will dlo of tuberculosis before
they are IS years old. Can this shock
ing sacrifice of the innocents be con
templated with equanimity?
Tho aggregate loss to the country
in wasted education amounts to $1,152,-
000 per annum. It would be fur cheaper
to spend millions of dollars in clean
ing out tenements, building sanitary
school houses, equipping outdoor
schools (benches and desks in the open
air, with waterproof canopy in ( case
of rain) and employing experts to
Instruct school teachers and school
children about tha dangers of the
disease and show them how they may
prevent it in their I homos, than It
would be to permit the continuance
of this great annual drain on the blood
and the wealth of the United States.
Perhaps It was not good politics, but
it was good sentiment to send old Joe
Chamberlain back, to parliament. Jos
eph Chamberlain is a tottering 1 wreck
of humanity, but he was re-elected and
allowed to append his mark to a roll
of members ho la physically unable to
sign. For the sako of the:brilliant
Chamberlain of long ago, the faded and
Snarled
St. Ix>ul» Times
that type of a man who holds nothing
worth while save money. Those who
knew him have said that he spent lit
tle for food, fir.d that he shared no
man's amusements with him.
And wo wonder how it can seem
worth while to any man to live unto
himself. If he loved any one In tho
world he could scarcely have lived fo
lonely a life—and what did his money
do for him?
It will be scrambled for now by those
who, in all probability, would not have
given him a pleasant word if they had
seen him the day beforo he died.
But lie labored through a long life
and denied himself tho things by
which tho soul and tho body thrive.
And hft left $00,000 which cannot avail
him now, and which may awaken only
strife and bitterness in the hearts of
those who come after him.
There is a perfectly plain moral to
bo drawn from the fate of Jerry Moy«
nihan; yet tho thousands of men In
the land who are following the course
pursued by him will continue to go on
unheeding and unchanged.
withered Chamberlain today sits a
silent member of one of the world's
greatest deliberative assemblages.
T. M. C. A. membership campaign is
booming. Help It to boom. Let the
good Tvork go on. Greater Los Angeles
Y. M. C. A. has an excellent chance
of becoming the biggest and best or
ganization of Its kind In the world.
Membership in the T. M. C. A. is a
certificate of character. Make it 10,000.
Expert Inquiry Into the question of
the consolidation of city and county
government will be a public service of
the greatest magnitude and impor
tance. Consolidation Is coming into the
area of practical politics. It is one of
the great problems our intelligent peo
ple must solve, sooner or later.
This Is East Hollywood day. Vote
for consolidation. Citizens will con
sult their best Interests and the best
Interests of Greater Los Angeles by
taking active part in the proceedings
necessary to extend Greater Los An
geles by the addition of East Holly
wood.
Some of the high class banks are
beginning to announce they will collect
legitimate accounts. This will bo a
sad blow to the blackguarding indus
try, but the sooner it Is struck the bet
ter it will be for the reputation of
Greater Los Angeles.
"President Lincoln had a deuce of a
time," says President Taft. And thus
with stately dignity doth the august
successor of tho Immortals proclaim
in the multimemoried White House the
stronuoufness of the nation's heroic
days.
In the charter revision commission,
Los Angeles lids a highly efficient and
trustworthy body. Los Angeles has a
high standard of official efficiency, and
good officials will produce Good Gov
ernment and illustrate the Los Angeles
way.
There Is an eastern gentleman.
Ilia name- Is Mister Cram:—
It- says our education plan
[■ all, Is nil In vain,
The old red school house now must go,
I'"or commerce is the rule,
And he who modern ways would know
Must loin the fact'ry school.
The rash young person we write a
verse. on sought the Atlantic shore.
Cut an eastern blizzard raised hob
with his gizzard, and he'll never come
back any more.
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Welcome East Hollywood by giving
consolidation a. big vote.
Public Letter Box
TO COKKK.-roNDJ.N —Letters Intended
for publication mint be accompanied by the
mum a.' , at.tire»« of lit* ArUt*i I'tie II itil
elves tiie widest lath * ip to correspondent*,
but mumci no rmponAtlilUiy for their view*
PROTECTION INCREASES
PRICES BUT NOT WAGES
REDLAXDS, Feb. 12—[Editor Her
aldj: Mr. Barnett's cartoon In Tues
day's Issue of The Herald, "Has the
Tariff Anything to Do with High
Prices?" depicts the situation more
clearly than columns of word painting.
Permit me to add to his pertinent In
quiry, "Also Highway Robbery?"
With the trusts securely perched on
a stono wall inaccessible to the com
mon people, what obstacle can bo
placed in their way that can possibly
prevent the fastening of welded fet
ters on the limb of a permanent plu
tocratic aristocracy?
Any man with a brain no larger than
an ostrich's can clearly discern the
trend of arbitrary laws that make pots
of aggregated wealth and paupers of
the sweat dropping wage earners.
It has long been an exploded fallacy
among consumers that a high wall
tariff can either give greater opportu
nity for employment or an increase of
wages. If any other argument were
needed to convince even an idiot that
a high wall tariff benefits labor to the
value of a half penny, let him look in
Bradatreet'l report of the rating of
business firms and manufacturers with
"protection" and the skyscrapers being
erected everywhere from the earning
of men, women and children whose
"contributions" furnish the means to
do so.
When all the people who are opposed
to the fleecing of labor practiced by
plutocracy stand as one man in oppo
sition to this sort of oppression and
secure a revision of the tariff to a rev
enue basis, the sulf between the higher
ups and the lower downs will be mate
rially lessened, and an empty pucket
may not bo considered a crime.
ROBERT A. MILLS.
INSISTS THAT WOMEN ARE
NOT A PRODUCING CLASS
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12.—[Editor
Herald]: I see that the Citizen takes ex
ception to my article in The Herald of
a week ago in regard to the present
hard times and women's influence
thereon. I see also that J. R, Walker
and a woman of San Bernardino^ also
another of Lordsburg, have madu com
ment upon the letter in question. The
article in the Citizen quotes me as
saying that American women "toil not,
neither do they spin, yet Solomon in all
his glory was not arrayed like one of
these." That is true If for head cov
ering women wear, not crowns or hats,
but 111-assorted "creations" of hideous,
dlatortod travesties on shape, with idi
otic trappings and trimmings that
would put savages to the blush and
which could not be duplicated or out
done in the vain imaginings of the
phantasmagoria of the wildest night
mares,
I do not say. and have not said, that
all women are idle; but I have said,
and repeat, that tens of thousands of
American women are Riven to this
form of extravagance. Did I mistake
when I said that cheap and frivolous
amusements are- Increasing at wonder
ful ipeed? How is It that cities like
Los Angeles can support twenty or
thirty variety shows, with continu
ous performances? 'Who are their pa
trons? Their patrons are not children.
as a rule; neither are they men. They
are women.
If women are producers of things
necessary to the comfort of the fam
ily, please name something which they
produce. In my former letter I named
work necessary to the health and com
fort of the family which was In other
days done by women, but this work in
that regard la sadly on the decline, ex
cept in remote towns and villages and
country districts.
Your San Bernardino correspondent
mentions something about women
trimming trees and lawns in and
about San Bernardino. That may add
greatly to the comfort and bank ac
count of the family. I do not knew.
I do know that spinning and weaving
and knitting and darning and sewing
and cooking and housekeeping In gen
eral have practically gone out of ex
istence, In nearly all cities and towns,
and even in most of the country dis
tricts, except down In the good old
south, an far as Uio United States is
concerned; that even the little gar
den, where the family formerly raUed
its vegetables, is a thing of. the past.
The President's Speeches
Frederic J. Haskin
RSBESQEj HE forthcoming Chicago trip
fK^Hj of President Taft will add to
HUB forthcoming Chicago trip
iif President Taft win add to
his fame as the most exlcn
n Hill slve speechmaker who ever
POfSa sat in Hie presidential chair.
[lug*rfi| Already three volumes Of
principal speeches and ad
dresses have been published, and a
fourth wil soon appear. But they form
only a very small percentage of the
speeches he has delivered since becom
ing the head of the Philippine govern
ment. When it Is stated that he de
livered 417 speeches In the last presi
dential campaign mid 275 on his trip
last fall it will te s.-^n that Mr. Taft
Is really a great speechmaker. With
three years In the White House before
him, and a prospect of four years
more beyond that, it is estimated that
if he continues to deliver speeches and
addresses at the same rate it: will
eventually require tome thirty-odd vol
umes to contain them.
Already there are sixteen volumes of
Taft speeches preserved at the White
House office building. During all his
speechmakins; Mr. Taft has had with
him ono of his assistant secretaries,
Wendell W. Mischief, who Is a "pot
hook" artist of the master class. He
has caught every speech just as it
came from the presidential lips. At
the end of a trip he takes out the
pages of his note book and pastes them
In a great scrap book in the order of
their delivery. When Mr. Taft wants
to know exactly what he snid at nny
way station on his trip he simply calls
Mlschier, and In a minute the secre
tary is reading to him what he wants
to know. Any one who hhs practiced
stenography knows how hard it is to
read notes after they become "cold,"
but MlachJer's word signs and phras
ings seem to bo as plain to him an the
printed words, even after the passing
of months.
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As he gets time from the pressing
duties of an assistant secretary to the
president, Mlsehler has his notes
transcribed and files the typewritten
copies away. When enough accumu
lates ho sends them to the printer and
has them bound. In this way ho has
made up the sixteen volumes which
constitute the record of six years of
speechmaking. These volumes con
tain an average of 400 letter-size pages
each and as perhape half of the pages
are written single-space, there prob
ably is an average of 400 words per
page. This would make some 6400
pages of typewritten matter in the set
of books—nearly 2,000,000 words. The
first'volume begins with speeches de
livered at Manila, and the succeeding
ones embrace all that have followed.
All of these speeches will not be
published at an enrly date, but when
the works of William H. Taft are col
lected and published in years to come
they probably will appear in full. The
works of six or eight of the presidents
have been collected and published. In
the enpr of Washington they embraced
more loiters than speeches, as speech
making was not so popular as It is
today. Up to the time of Theodore
Rooievelt the record as a maker of
Vjresldenti.il literature was held by
Thomas Jefferson, with twenty vol
umes. But even Jefferson's efforts
have boon made to appear brief beside
the printed works of Mr. ReKUßVelt—
rmd he is not yet through. No other
president has talked upon or written
about such a wide variety of subjects
as Mr. Roosevelt. While Mr. Taft mny
exceed the Roosevelt record, so far as
the volume of his speech making is
concerned, he can never hope to rival
his predecessor in the range of sub
iorts or the picturosqueness of presen-
tation.
The speeches delivered by Mr. Taft
have been delivered before all sorts of
audiences and at all conceivable times.
At high noon and at mldnifrht, in the
banquet hall and from the rear plat
form or a truin at a water tank stop,
before those who see and to those who
are blind—even to the deif. On his
last trip he addressed a school for the
deaf at Jackson. Miss. The pupils
seemed to comprehend every word the
president spoke, although they looked
at him more than at the signs of the
interpreter.
In the case of many of the earlier
presidents all of their letters which
could be found were embraced in their
published works. For Instance, in tho
case of Washington, one finds in his
published works a letter to his stepson
who was attending school at Annapo
lis. The boy had written him asking
to whom he should look for pin money.
The frugal old patriot replied that he
had been supplied with six pounds,
and that with such a liberal supply of
spending money such a question ought
not agitate his mind. It manifestly
would be impossible ever to publish all
the letters of a modern president, even
the ones dictated by himself. The
White House mail ranges anywhere
from r>oo to 2000 letters a day, and
ever y one is answered directly or in-
except among a few foreigners. I do
know, also, that the crowds that
throne the bargain. store spend more
money on waste and extravagance
than the men who earn the money are
able to deposit in banks.
I assert that except in a few mills
and factories the productiveness of
American women has almost vanished,
I invite everybody to make a compar
ison of the cosf^for women's wear with
men's wear; to make a comparison,
based on statistics pr otherwise, of
their productiveness, either mental or
material, in matters of Invention,
thought or progress generally.
I invite a careful inspection of the
causes of divorce as shown by the rec
ords of our courts; and I invite all
critics who desire to answer my first
letter in this matter to take up the
subject logically, and not In mock sen
timent or heroics, and to say whether
or not woman's extravagance and wo
man's failure to perform her parti in
the economy of the household has not
produced, more than any other thing,
the hard times under which the nation
now suffers.
Are there not thousands of work
ing men in this city who are striving
to earn homes and to equip, them like
small palaces for women who do ab
solutely nothing but squander moneys
Do women not insist by thousands that
every inch of land purchased by the
husband's hard earnings be put In the
name of the women? Do they not, as
I have (Old before, refuse to bear then
part of the family burden? How many
children have they? Do hotels and
flats ami lodging houses and homes
without gardens and the constant use
of automobiles and street cars on use
less errands add to the comfort and
the happiness of mankind? Please
answer. EDWARD 1,. HUTCHISON.
MAKES APPEAL FOR EXISTENCE
OF A REAL "CITY BEAUTIFUL"
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11.-[Kdltor
Herald]: Demosthenes in his cele
brated address to Philip of Macedon
said concerning the ancient Macedo
nians- "U is to them we owe that
great number of public edifices, so
many stately temples, so richly era
belllahad, by which the city of Athens
•xoe«(U all the rest of the world In
beauty and magnificence."
How fortunate, indeed, were those
old Athenians! No billboard fiends
directly. The president may see aa
many as a hundred of these. But
copiei oC all correspondence are pre
served and a card index kept, so that
the man who comes to publish the
correspondence of a Tuft or a Roose
velt will find abundant material from
which to cull.
McKinley was not so much a man of
letters as many of the other presidents.
II is published speeches constitute
about his only effort In the field of lit
erature. Few presidents have had more
written about them, however, than
MoKlnley. His tragic death resulted in
a veritable flood of ,11-prcpared biogra
phies, most of them published by the
time his body was laid in the tomb at
Canton. They were got out merely
to catch the subscription book trade
and with little view to their permanent
value.
Grover Cleveland paid little attention
to letters until after his second term
aa president, but from the end of his
career In the White House to the date
of his death ho found ready sale for
the articles and books written by him.
The loyalties from his published books
are said to afford his family a com
fortable income. Benjamin Harrison
wrote two excellent books after leav
ing the White House. Chester A. Ar
thur was little given to literary en
deavor, and in the big card index of
the Library of Congress there Is not a
single card showing a printed docu
ment from his hand. Aside from hi::
messages and routine papers he has left
nothing to literature. In James A.
Garfleld the presidency had its only
minister of the gospel. He was also a
college president. Whllo his utterances
in congress are a comprehensive resume
of reconstruction times he left little
eIM to the abiding literature of the
country.
For profitable endeavor In Iltcrary
work first place will have to be accord
ed Gen. Giant. Ground down to sheer
poverty by the Grant & Ward failure,
he was forced to write his memoirs in
order to provide for his family. He
had written but little before, but it
developed that the fighter was also a
writer, and his autobiography has had
a sale far above the half-million mark.
Mrs. Grant received one check for $200,
--000, to say nothing of many smaller
ones. It is said that the royalties on
the memoirs of Gen. Grant represent
the highest reward that has ever come
to the authorship of a single work.
• • •
Lincoln enjoyed few educational ad
vantages, yet all the world recognizer
his Gettysburg address as one of the
classics of American literature. His
writings have been collected Into eight
good sized volumes, and reveal the
many sides of this wonderful man.
Aside from Washington he is perhaps
the most written about of all the" pres
idents.
James Buchanan wrote a review and
defense of his administration before ho
died. George Bancroft, the historian
collected the letters and diaries of
James K. Polk, and intended to publish
them. They are now bound in twenty
two quarto volumes and are in the
possession of the Lenox library, New
York. William Henry Harrison once
wrote a pamphlet on the aborigines of
the Ohio valley, and Martin Van Bu
ren published an Inquiry into the
origin and causes of political parties.
John Qulncy Adams was a literary
man and some of his poems and essays
have survived in the popular mind. His
poem on "Man wants but little here
below, nor wants that little long," has
found an abiding place in American
literature.
Monroe, who lives in the popular
mind as the author of the Monroe doc
trine, wrote an extended essay on the
conduct of the executive and another
on a tour of observation he made. His
state popers are among the most in
teresting written by any president.
Madison's notes on the constitution
and those on the confederation are
documents referred to by constitution-
al writers .to this day. Jefferson's
Declaration of Independence, his man-
ual of parliamentary practice, which
still remains a general code of rules
for the senate and house, and his notes
on Virginia are among the most in
teresting productions from the pen of
any presidential man of letters. John
Adams wrote a number of essays.
Washington's maxims and his tran
scripts of revolutionary correspondence
constitute his literary production, but
liis farewell address takes front rank
as a state paper.
Taking tho whole sweep of Amer
ican history up to tho time of Cleve
land, It Is probaWo that the most no
table documents that have come from
occupants of the White House are
Washington's farewell address, Jeffer
son's Declaration of Independence,
Monroes Monroe doctrine, Lincoln's
Gettysburg address and Grant's me
moirs.
Tomorrow —Making of Violin*.
had as yet appeared on the scene to
desperate, to mar the grandpur of her
exquisite ornate temples of architec
tural beauty—the Parthenon and other
fomous buildings which had been
constructed. And her pleasing land
scape effect. No doubt those old Gre
cians had troubles of their own: but
were spared the curso of the diabolical,
reprehensible billboard specter.
Cannot the "city beautiful" of sun
kissed Southern California shake off
this incubus, and with the old Athe
nian say, "Los Angeles exceeds all the
rest of the world in beauty and mag
niflcenoaJ" W. P. EBEUMAN.
SHOULD PAY TRIBUTE TO
THE HERALD FOR ITS NERVE
PASADENA, Feb. 15.—[Editor Her
ald]: How can things be finite when
they are but parts of the infinite?
Dormant brain cells are j but unde
veloped germs of wisdom.
• Man receives the booby degree at 25
and the doctor's degree at 40. The
first is obtained from the college of ex
perience and the second from the uni
versity of understanding.
When man becomes too large or vain
to enjoy greatness in others then he
is too small to enjoy greatness of self.
Spiritual man and natural man are one
and the same thing. When Immortal
ity is attained both will be pure; in.
other words, Father and Son will
unite. -. s>\ •;: ■"<,.■• - "
To , understand the law or Christ's
teachings, we must find out who or
what Christ represented and bo able
to read between the lines, otherwise;
his message is a puzzle and wo grope
on through life in darknes. (
Thomas wrote a paragraph for. my -
benefit, so stated, but not being on tho
kindergarten along: this line it falls to
benefit.
Some eastern write) must love good
literature by the way they rehash
gems from The Herald. They should
at least use quotation marks—, would
save time in changing a sentence. One
says truth is appearing here and there
in crude form. Now there's nothing
crude in The Herald, columns. •: Most
Letter Boxers can ■ testify as to * the
I ability of the proof rendef. -It's good
to scatter light. ..but when they get It
from ' any . part •of this \ paper , they
should give The Herald— best paper
on, this coast— lor It. '
... ■ . .. ■ .O. R. LUNA.
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