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THE HERALD IN SAN FRANCISCO AND OAKLAND—Los Angeles and South ern California visitors to San Francisco and Oakland will find The Herald on .ale at the news stands in the San Francisco ferry building and on the streets in Oakland by Wheatley and by Amos News Co. A file of The „os Angeles Herald can be Been at the office of our English representa tives, Messrs. E. and J. Hardy _ Co., SO. 31 and 32 Fleet street, London. England, free of charge, and that firm will be glad to re ceive news, subscriptions and advertise ments on our behalf. On all matters pertaining to advertising address Charles R. Gates, advertising man ager. Population of Los Angeles 327,685 CLEAR, CRISP AND CLEAN 'Lection day. . Exit the June bride. Get interested, but don't get excited. Well, it has been a campaign of edu cation,'all right. j . Vote in the morning so that the workers can check you up. The voters will give us more light on the electric situation today. Vote against Healy and Houghton, and for Honor and Honesty. Back east they have to worry about c the election weather. We don't. Worst of it is, we'll have to plunge right into another election campaign. Nobody is going to stop the progress of Los Angeles, circulars or no circu lars. In a few days Jack Johnson will be granted a Reno divorce from the cham pionship. The new pure milk ordinance is an other plume in the cap of Good Gov ernment. Senator Gore of Oklahoma Is blind, but he says he can see a bribe when it is offered. The Roosevelt cocktail is a new de coction. We'll ijet one of the ingre dients is ginger. They talk of the new gait of the trol ley cars as "reduced speed." But can it be called speed at all? "Jeffries is as fresh as green paint," says Jim Corbett. And what Is the color of Johnson, pray? Won't it be nice to drop kilowatts, amperes, et cetera, and get down to plain every-day English again? We confess to having had a greater admiration for Zeppelin's airship day before yesterday than we had yester day. Timely tip: The St. Louis Post-Dis patch says that electric current is man ufactured in that city for 1.1 cents per kilowatt. It is said that a single brief in the Balllnger case contained 60,000 words. That is certainly not a good example in conservation. The new license ordinance gives tic smaller dealers a better chance to be come bigger dealers. That is what Americans call a square deal. .'mother party has killed himself by Jumping over Niagara Falls. We shouldn't like that way for suicide. Its downward direction seems too sig nificant. The city's finances are In splendid shape—which cannot bo said of those American cities that are run by pro fessional politicians of the Healy and Houghton kind. Goldwln Smith's legacy to Cornell, following the large and unexpected gift to Yale by an Englishman, shows that blood is thicker than water and will promote the solidarity of the race. We judge from the manner in which the nomination of John K. Tener, the former ball player, for governor by the Republicans of Pennsylvania has been received that the party did not make a three-base hit. Los Angeles Facing a Crisis AVERY important day for the city of Los Angeles has ar rived, and the readers of The Herald who are voters are urged to cast their ballots today with care and discrimina tion befitting the occasion;" In some respects, it seems not too much to say, this is the most important election ever held by the citizens of this town, for it may settle for years to come whether the electorate that last year threw out a corrupt and recreant regime has the persistence to complete a good work well begun; whether an administration that has had the courage and stamina to dissociate itself from the evil elements in the community and enforce the law without fear or favor shall be sustained in its acts; whether it is worth while for able, clean, high minded men to consider the appeal to give of their time to the pub lic service. WILL LOS ANGELES FOLLOW UP ITS HOUSECLEANING The wickedness and profligacy of the former administration so aroused the people of Los Angeles that they determined to clean out the agents of privileged capital, and the grafters, parasites and partners of vice that had secured control. Some of the best and ablest men in the community agreed to aid the cause by serving in official capacities, which they have done to the great renown of the community, for Los Angeles is today widely known as one of the few large American cities that seemed determined upon the kind of management that makes a private corporation successful and great and makes a city worth living in. The question now is: Having made this large step forward, will Los Angeles back it tip? If it should today repudiate men like Mayor Alexander, Mr. Stewart and Mr. Whiffen and restore to power men like Barney Healy and Doctor Houghton, both of un i savory record, it will invite every member of the old regime and every self-seeking politician to aspire to the offices of power and opportunities for pelf, and thus encouraged and fortified by the . restoration of these two arch apostles of machine rule, the "old push" will with redoubled energy seek the first opportunity to turn their minority in council to a working majority, and the people, discour aged and disorganized by defeat, will find it hard as never before to, again win over the sordid elements of the community that maintain a compact, well-financed organization through what Grover Cleve land called the "cohesive power of public plunder." TWO GOOD MEN AND TWO BAD ONES Today is therefore a crisis for Los Angeles. It will show wheth er we are for clean government only by spasms or have a deep, set tled conviction for good and honest municipal management. Over topping all other issues, important as they are, is this one involving the moral welfare and fair name of the city. The eyes of the coun try are on Los Angeles because of the widespread interest aroused last year. That fact, as well as the probable effect on home inter ests, should stir the public spirit of residents of the right sort, who are in overwhelming majority, to unusual activity today. The records of the aspirants for council, as set forth during the past month, are not disputed. Mr. Stewart and Mr. Whiffen are spoken of only in praise for their independence of character and ex perience in affairs. Hundreds, from the mayor down, vouch for them. Mr. Healy has a record in council of having voted for the "river bed steal," involving a million dollars of the city's _ assets, which it was proposed to turn over to a corporation for nothing. Dr. Houghton did the same thing. Healy voted with the corporations against a reduction in the lighting rate from 9 cents to 8 cents, al though those same corporations say they are now eager to give that rate to be spared another cut. It is therefore plain where Healy and Houghton would stand on any question between people and cor porations. Houghton also has a police court record. Only one voice has been raised in his defense in this campaign, and that by the Record, which denounced him unmercifully as a councilman. SHALL IT BE 8-CENT OR 7-CENT LIGHT? At today's election it will also be decided whether the action of the council in reducing the rate for electric current from 8 cents to 7 cents shall be sustained. After investigation, through experts, by the board of public utilities, the council decided that 7 cents would give a fair return on the invested capital. The companies say it will not, although they are on record as having offered light to Pasadena on a three-year contract for 4 cents, with no. minimum rate and extras thrown in, in the form of electrical appliances. The companies do not meet the accusation that they are overvalued and overcapitalized, and are asking the public to pay dividends on the inflation. They make a poor defense against the charge that by sell ing power below 1 cent to the trolley systems, while charging the merchants and householders a very much higher rate, they are dis criminating unfairly against the individual buyer and compelling him to make up an actual loss on the rate to trolley roads. The companies have put forward a list of the charges in several cities, purporting to show that the present Los Angeles rate is be low the average, but in at least one case the Good Government or ganization has shown that their figures arc incorrect, which in evitably leads to the suspicion that the whole list may be and prob ably is untrustworthy. The Good Government party investigation has also revealed that in the cities of Spokane, Oakland. Cleveland, Seattle and River side electric current is being sold at a profit under 7 cents average (as well as in Pasadena). Therefore it does not seem plausible that the board of public utilities experts were far wrong in their state ment that 7 cents will give the companies a good profit on actual capital, or that the council's indorsement of the report spells con fiscation. Finally, the Edison company is on record as saying in a bond circular that its 1910 surplus at the present rate will pass the $1,000,000 mark. A CHANCE TO VOTE ON THE SQUARE DEAL Another very important matter to be balloted upon today is the new license ordinance, which is a redraft of the one now in force. If the reader has examined the published schedules he already knows that the new one was drafted to repair unfairness and inequality in the old one, which it does admirably. The small dealer no longer is asked to pay the same rate as the large and wealthy one. The "per capita" system, so to speak, has given way to the "ad valorem" principle, whereby the rate of tax, small in the lower scale, will automatically increase as business grows. The new law recognizes the principle that the rich and prosperous should bear a greater share of the public burdens than the modest and perhaps struggling rival, just as he is expected to pay more for his rent in larger and more beautiful quarters. If ever an ordinance was drawn on the square deal plan this one was. and it would be a pity to defeat it both because of that and the further fact that the readjustment will add materially to the rcsennc of tho city. LET'S NOT BITE OFF MORE THAN WE CAN CHEW The proposition to authorize the sale of the city hall site and building on Broadway, so that a new structure may be erected on the Temple block site is another matter up for the voters to pass upon. The Herald has made it plain that it is not opposed to a new city hall or to the proposed location, which is in conformity with the Robinson civic center plan. We favor the plan, but believe that Los Angeles had better "bide awee"; that it can get along as at present and may be the great gainer by resisting the impulse, com mendable in itself, to go ahead now. The city now has on hand three enterprises calling for immense sums, one so large and daring that it has aroused the admiration of the entire country. They will require all the available funds to push to speedy completion. Meantime, The Herald believes it would be most unwise to take up any other project, and very unfortunate if the impression should get abroad that the city is plunging beyond a safe limit in improvements, or carried by undue enthusiasm to draw on its resources to the limit. If that idea should go abroad pros- LOS ANGELES HERALD: THURSDAY MORNING, JUNE 30, 1910. iiniiM^^H^^^^^^^^-^^^^^^ (V£ HAD A CHANCrtz j O * H£AKT TOO f / tt ©..'• e>oo-> « o bkSlb *■ » ' # 10,000 000 HARBOR ° '////!/ L_^________. pective investors in other towns whom we are inviting to come here will be apt to be deterred by reason of imaginary tax burdens. '>>\ And so, believing that nothing will be lost by waiting for two or three years until the union of city and county governments can have been effected (in all probability), and much may be gained, The Herald advises a vote against the sale of the present city hall. RIGHT BACK TO THE FIRST SUBJECT This resume of the big and important interests that are a part of the city government brings one inevitably back to the character of the men who must deal with the problems. Suppose these things were matters in the hands of one of our great American corporations or trusts. Does anyone for a moment believe that the investors in the securities of that corporation would listen to a suggestion that Barney Healy and Dr. Houghton should be put on the board of di rectors? Will the stockholders of the corporation of Los Angeles commit such a stupendous folly? We hope and believe not. But we would like to see the de cision so overwhelming today that it will be a long while before men of that character dare to aspire to grin in the face of a city they once outraged and aspire to places fit only for the ablest and most hon orable men. PUBLIC LETTER BOX TO CORRESPONDENTStetters intended for publication must be accompanied by the name and address of tne writer. The Herald (Ives tbe widest latitude to correspond tnta. but assumes no responsibility for their views. CORPORATION ACTION BOOST FOR MUNICIPAL OWNERSHIP Editor Herald: I would be glad to know where to find a better argument in favor of municipal ownership of public utilities than in the action of our public utilities corporations at the present time. It is amazing that they can be so short sighted as to come the cry-baby act when things do not go Just as they want them to. Those of us who are fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to live in Hollywood are spend ing from twenty to thirty minutes a day more on the cars of the Los Ange les-Pacific Railway company at pre sent, because that concern, sore over the passage of a certain ordinance, has decided to run its cars at a speed of twelve to fifteen miles an hour. Their schedule has probably never equaled twenty miles an hour, and the cars certainly could not be run at that speed under the present conditions of the roadbed and keep on the track. Never theless, in order to vent their spite, they lengthen the schedule from 33 to 50 per cent and try to lay the blame on the city council! If this silly action, and other acts of other corporations, is not enough to make a man vote for municipal ownership, I fall to see how he could be Influenced by anything less drastic than a shotgun. A. E. BRUCE. Los Angeles. June 28. MODERN MINISTERS FORGET NAZARENE'S GENTLE TEACHINGS Editor Herald: In the popular pulpit of today it must be too apparent to the most careless reader of the New Testament that the meek and lowly spirit which was so characteristic of the Christ Is not that dwelt upon, but rather the strenuous life, the warrior, the heroic, the so-called manly. Hence we find the preachers who cannot raise sufficient enthusiasm in portraying the life of the meek and lowly Nazarene, or the morally heroic Paul, resorting to the cheap expedient pt preaching Roosevelt or even King Edward, re ceiving as their remuneration cheap applause from worldly men and poli ticians. The spirit, teachings and life of Christ were non-resistance. If a man smite thee on the one cheek, turn the other also. If he take thy coat, let him take thy cloak also. If he compel thee to go a mile with him, go twain. The gentler, even the woman ly graces. if you wish, wore those which Christ exemplified and sought to teach. His courage was shown In speaking against the evils of his day and dying for his temerity. Now, to hold up, as is constantly done, men of brute force, who resent the least Injury, whose cry Is greater army and navy, to draw illustrations for ser mons from the bloodiest battles of the ages, and to hold these constantly be fore the minds of the youth of the land may elicit applause and develop physi cal courage, but does it make moral heroes? M. <!. McCASLIN. M. '}. McCASLIN. Whittle. June 27 Not Convinced BUILD PLACE IN JAIL YARDS FOR FANATICS; LET PARKS BE Editor Herald: The parks of a city are generally laid out as a place of rest; therefore to take the seats out of Central park as stated in the morn ing papers would not alone be an In justice but would also be a foolish piece of business. Simply to beautify the park, with no accommodations for the people who seek rest in "God's acre," would be throwing $97,000 to the wind. It has been said that many loafers hang around and obstruct the walk ways, Just as though such a thing should cause the council to deny the good citizens a place to congregate. What harm can accrue from a "windy" crowd assembled to argue economic, political, philosophical, sci entific, social or religious topics? If men have hobbies to argue on let them argue, so long as they of fend no one. If need be, build an especial corner in the Jail yard as a coliseum for eccentric reasoners, but for humanity's sake do not deny the public a place of recreation in Cen tral park. ;. TAXPAYER. Los Angeles, June 25. WOMAN SAVED BY DOCTOR'S SKILL IS KILLED BY BILL Editor Herald: An Incident has oc curred in our community which brings sharply to my mind certain needs in our civilization. A widow with a small income on which she supported herself and family was stricken with a terrible illness which lasted for months. Local doctors and specialists from the city were called, and their skill triumphed. Slowly, with many relapses, she was brought back to the workaday world, but it was a different world. Appalling debt confronted her everywhere. To have died would have seemed less aw ful to her than to have lived and not to pay. Her simple life had taught her no means of earning money but the slow process of hard labor, and soon we saw her going to* and fro, trying with her impaired strength to do what in health would have been beyond her power. / Today she died suddenly at her work: saved by the doctors' skill, killed by the doctors' bill. Is there not something wrong with the state which pensions those who bear arms, but will not pension those who bear and rear its sons, in their suffering and need? Which votes un limited money for the business and happiness of the strong, and leaves Its sick to be helplessly exploited unless they come to it as paupers? Surely we will in the future think differently of the mission of the state. A NEIGHBOR. Avalon, June 27. CONSIDERED JUSTIFIED "Easy, air." remonstrated lie manager in the golf club house; "that language may I," permissible on the links, but we can't par. Mit it in here, air.'* "But blame It all!" said tho offending member, "I've lost my collar button!" — .(inkers Statesman. Merely in Jest THOSE QUESTIONS. (From the Chicago Record-Herald.) Wadsworth (at the telephone)— Hello! Is this Main 3967? Voice at the other end—Yes. Who do you want to see? Wadsworth—ls Mr. Hammersley there? , Voice at the other end— Do you want to talk to him? Wadsworth—No, I want to kiss him. A SENSE OF SUPERIORITY. (From the Washington Star.) "How many times have you been ar rested?" asked the court. "A good ' many," replied Plodding Pete, "but only for small offenses. I never git pinched for vlolatln* de speed laws or fallln' to blow a horn." SOME RELIEF. Now may we face the summer time with glee. Despite discouragement of sultry winds; From polar controversies we'll be free, And have no Halley's comet on our minds. REASONING. "She has wonderful brown eyes," ex claimed the enthusiastic young man. "Then she does not dress in ultra fashion," commented Miss Cayenne. "What makes you think so?" "If she did her hat wouldn't* permit you to see her eyes." AND BOTH ON TIME, TOO "What member of the class can' men tion .one memorable date In Roman history?" the teacher asked. "Antony's with Cleopatra," ventured one of the boys.—Everybody's Maga zine. NO REWARD "How long a term does the vice president serve, pa?" "Four years, my son." "Doesn't he get anything oft for good behavior?"— June Llppincott's. WHY FASHIONS LINGER "Mame still clings to her puffs." "Guess you would, too, if you'd paid 69 cents apiece for 'em." Far and Wide WHY IS A WILPERNESS? "The reason there's a wilderness at all," says a Georgia philosopher, "is because the lazy chaps get out of it in a hurry, being afraid that they might bo put to sawing wood. You even can't induce a candidate to chop wood when he has to take to the woods."— Atlanta Constitution. WHAT THE HARP AVOIOEP A prominent manager says Shakes peare founded the first theater trust. But he didn't found it on a super structure of blondined chorus girls, stupid musical comedies and Reno di vorce cases. —Penver Republican. A GROWING ARMY * Prospects of success are so bright that when anyone asks "What is a Democrat?" these days the answer is, "The fellow who is going to vote against the Republicans."— St. tils Post-Dispatch. HOPE FOR PHILADELPHIA A Vienna physician has discovered that yawning is a complete cure for most diseases of the respiratory or- 1 gans. Philadelphlans, we presume, ure ' Immune from such diseases.— St. Paul Pioneer-Press. A HOPELESS CASE our idea of a hopelessly sissy man is one who attends tea parties, al though it is true that this far west you never encount.r any such thirty third degree mollycoddles.—Atchison Globe. ONE REASON "Seems to mc the president is away from the capital a good deal." "He la, that's a fact. But they play better ball in some other towns." — Philadelphia Ledger. _ JOYOUS MENTAL EXERCISE A lot of. people nowadays are plan ning perfectly grand summer vacations they know very well they are not going to take.—Washington Herald. "PILLARS OF SOCIETY" LANCES LIFE'S HUMBUGS Mrs. Fiske in Ibsen's Satirical Play Portrays Narrow ness of 'Moral' Folks BY FI-OUE. OB nOSAIUI _A WHENCE . . In writing the "Pillars of Society," which was presented at the Mason yesterday afternoon, licnrik Ibsen has revealed the hypocrisies and humbugs of life so cleverly that we may all laugh even though we know that many of the uncbaritlea and narrownesses we see depicted on the stage are practiced daily by ourselves. . - The satire is so keen and the humor of these plain "moral" folk 80 delicious that every lover of dialogue must find the play enjoyable. Those hypercriti cal ones who demand action and the conventionalities of dramatic form may find some fault! with the play, but there li keen characterization In every personage, and an Insight Into the life of those narrow self-conscious men and women which makes us regard with comprehension Bernlck's .hamming and deception and appreciate to the fullest the horrified amazement with Which they would regard Lona Hessell when she cut her hair short and wore men's boots in rainy weather. It Is entirely possible to . understand the sudden departure of the sewing circle when this same Lona returns from, America, where, she has "even sung on the Stage for money," and other horrible things, Including "lecturing upon all sorts of topics," are Included In the charge against her. Her broad minded womanly love of the man who has deceived her, her effort to save him from the terrors of self-accusa tion and conscientious qualms,' seem a reasonable evolution of that character which years before had led her to give him a loud box on the ear when his defection was first evidenced to her. In this character Mrs. Flske was cast as her friends delight to see her. No soul-harrowing speeches hers. Just the.brief, snappy comment which car ries more conviction for her crisp im personal delivery. The returned Lona found the situation In her brother-in law's home fair field for many of these comments. Never has Ibsen brought out more clearly that exact sort of piety which leads "Society al ways to suspect Impure motives" and that dreadful and Impressive "tyranny of custom" before which the courage and independence of many strong men and pure women has fallen, defeated. Holbrook Bllnn as the smug, dom ineering Consul Bernick, upon whom the burden of the play depends, is, bo eastern writers say, being groomed in this play for the stardom to which Mr. Flske designs him. If so, it is a good training school, for the part is an un-. admirable one, and until the last art; by petty domestic tyrannies and self ish considerations, he retains the tol erance of ids audience only by his own personal power. The role Interests but does not charm. In the . last act, unique in stagecraft with its two long speeches. Mr. Bllnn as the leading man Is entirely forgotten in Mr. Bllnn,tho. actor, and his work brought him a high tribute of applause from the au dience. | Both Mrs. Fiske and Mr. Bllnn were recalled several times after each act? yesterday, and the applause was genu inely sincere and appreciative. The cast is a long one and is well ar ranged, especially noticeable being tho work done by Henry Stephenson as Dr.' Rorlund, the schoolmaster, and by Merle Maddern as ■ Pina Porf. Miss Madden has been seen here with Mrs. Flske in the Inst two tours, but In no: previous Instance has her great per sonal charm been in evidence. The staging of the piece shows the? careful attention to' detail which both Mr. and Mrs. Flske always give, and there was an Introduction of mechan leal effects which materially height-] ened the dramatic intensity of the third act. _ Members of the theatrical world who ■were complimented guests of Mrs. Fiske noticed at her matinee yester day afternoon wore Miss Adele Far rlngton, Miss Ida, Lewis, Miss Beth Taylor, Mrs. Rambeau, Miss Rambeau and Richard Appleby. Others in the audience were Mrs. Harry Alnsworth, Mrs. Titian Coffey, Mrs. Sumner P. Hunt, Mrs. William Ellsworth Dunn,' Mrs. George Montgomery, Mrs. D. C.I McCan. Mrs. Hampton Story. Miss El-I sic Waggoner, Miss Mildred Morris, Miss Luclle Clark, Dr. W. F. Waddell,; 1 Gregory Perkins, Mrs. Otto Sweet, Mrs.] M. A. Hamburger, Mrs. C. L. Hlgbee, Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Clover, Miss Luella Conly and Mrs. F. J. Holmes. • • • Margaret Anglln's ' newest -play.] adapted by Charlotte Thompson from j Margaret Peland's novel, "The Awak ening of Helena Richie," shows In many of its lines the touches of "a woman's pen. Seats for this import ant engagement at the Mason opera house will be placed on sale this morn ing at 9 o'clock. Miss Anglln will give one performance, Saturday night, -of "Mrs. Dane's Defense," one of her greatest successes. Two and a half years ago.Eugene Walter offered "The Wolf" to the man agement of the Belasco theater for one hundred dollars royalty for a week. A mass of play contracts on hand at the time made it Impossible to consider the production of the new Walter play. Next week's royalty for "The Wolf" will be $800. Next season "The Wolf" will he given by three afferent touring companies and the production at the Belasco next week will be the last time that local play patrons will have a chance to see this virile drama of the Canadian woods at the Belasco scale of prices. ..-■"' '.'.':-.. Music Notes Artistic whistling will be displayed at the recital by pupils of the Cali fornia school in Symphony hall, Blan chard building, Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock. The program will be given by Miss Blanche Lashlee, Miss Alta Ken yon, Santa Ana; Miss Lizzie . Brett, Harold Stewart, Miss Iverson, Miss Edna Zoe Modie and Miss Agnes Woodward of the faculty, Andrea Shorb Barnes, aged 11 years; Miss Clara La' Fetra, Glendora; and Miss Elsie Elch-. horn. Vocal numbers will bo given by Madame Anna Elaine; Fisher sand, her pupil, Miss Marian Jacques., ■ —* — ■ nh^-'WT. Miss Esther Butler has Issued Invi tations for a pupils' song recital in Mu sic hall, Blanchard building, Friday ; evening. «•_■____________!« BOY JUMPS OFF BROOKLYN BRIDGE; WINS $250 PURSE NEW YORK, June 29.—T0 win i a purse of $250 and two suits of clothes, Otto Uppers, a seventeen-year-old Brooklyn boy, Jumped off the Brooklyn bridge this afternoon. He was rescued by the crow of a tug.