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Los Angeles Herald
President and Editor.
Entered m second class matter at the
postofflce In J.os Angeles.
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ager; | ■
Population of Los Angeles 327,685
There is said to be one magic word
that will wipe the bland smile off Mr.
Taft's expansive face: Winona.
Standpat congressmen are looking
forward to election day with all the
pleasurable g-usto that a big' fat tur
key feels in anticipation of Thanks
A scientist figures it out that the
earth weighs ten trillion tons, and the
6ympathy we always felt for old man
Atlas is immensely increased by the
Why wouldn't that plucky young
woman who tackled and held Belk
make a good policewoman, too, If the
present force of one should ever need
an Increase?
Anyway, it stands to reason that if
they cut down the size of the paper
currency there will be a proportionate
decrease in the danger in their use
from microbes.
When Sunny Jim Sherman said re
cently that he would retire at the end
of his term he had the dope straighter
than when he said there was little in
surgency In the west.
Perhaps the beef trust magnates will
find It possible to borrow some of the
whitewash that th» Ballinger comt
mittee had left over—if Lorimer hasn't
put in a requisition for it.
A. large number of California voters
are going to remember that Theodore
Bell was the original St. George in
the fight on the S. P. dragon and give
him the credit for It at the polls.
Premier Botha of South Africa lost
the election, but saved his job. Some
American statesmen would feel a good
deal more comfortable now if elections
here could be arranged on that plan.
Atlanta has inaugurated an open air
classroom for delicate children. There
1b no climate in the world so well
adapted to the use of this praisewor
thy Idea as that of Southern Califor
It seems that the particular form or
wife murderer Charlton'B insanity was
"constitutional inferiority." And that
was about the condition of his wife
when he got through attending to her
The past year has led all otbors in
ship arrivals and departures at Los
Angeles by a large margin, which is a
better indication of prosperity, pres
ent and future, than the railroad ar
A New York city official has re
signed a $4000 Job because Its duties
didn't entitle him to that mvak: sal
ary and the office should be abolished.
And poor Diogenes has been dead 2235
Ai New York girl of 16 years swam
seventeen miles to Coney Island, de
feating two grown women. An Inter
esting question omitted from the dis
patch is whether they have the dirt
scraped off of her yet.
Customs receipts at New York are
by far the larg "t in the history of
the port, but that doesn't chanK" the
apinion of that mar Loob held by tho
women who tried to smuggle in Paris
gown and London tiaras.
President Vreeland of the N>w York
street railways admit* that his com
pany bought legislators, but don't re
member the names, it i-4 n remarkable
fact, however, thut when a corpora
tion wants a legislative Job atl
to it can remember the Identity of
all the friendly statesmen.
WE are glad that the city officials
have taken up at this time the
matter of disposing of the sur
plus water of the aqueduct. Consid
ering the fact that the city will have a
very large and very valuable asset
in this surplus water if properly used,
and that In the very nature of things
considerable tlm© will be required by
any community that may secure the
water for agricultural use to prepare
for its "roper distribution, it is none
too early to begin forming plans for
the disposition of the water.
Of course there is one thing that the
city officials will adopt as a basis for
any plans that are made, and that Is
OP THE WATER. The only way
to/secure the title to any of the water
'owned by the city of Los Angeles
should be to come within the corporate
limits of the city. No thought should
be piven the idea of PARTING WITH
THH TITLE to any part of this water
to land outside of our corporate limits.
The disposing of the surplus of the
water is another matter entirely. A
city has the right, under the law, to
sell the surplus of any property that
it may possess for which it has no
use. According to Mr. Mulholland's
estimate thero will be 18,000 Inches of
water owned by the city for which the
city has no present use. Contracts
can be made for disposing of this sur
plus at the best price obtainable to
outside parties so long as it is a sur
plus. The contracts, however, should
plainly and distinctly specify beyond
any possibility of misunderstanding or
misconstruction, that this water is
sold only SO LONG AS IT IS A SUR
No other form of agreement can be
entered into by the city.
Furthermore, The Herald believes
that no water should be supplied
municipalities whose absorbtion by the
city of Los Angeles may be necessary
to carry out the plans of city and
county consolidation. It is unthink
able that the present extravagant dual
government by which the city of Los
Angeles pays two-thirds of the expense
of the county government, an entirely
unnecessary expenditure, shall be con
tinued. In order that this waste of
money may be ended it will be neces
sary that certain territory now lying
outside of the city of Los Angeles
shall be Incorporated with it. This in
cludes Pasadena, .Long Beach, the
ocean front from San Pedro to the
hills west of Santa Monica, and all
the territory intervening between this
waterfront and the city of Los An
geles, with probably other territory as
Our sister city of Pasadena will
probably want some of Los Angeles'
superabundance of water. In order
to carry out the scheme for consolida
tion of the city and county govern
ments, in which Pasadena is equally
as much Interested as Los Angeles,
the city of Los Angeles will want
Pasadena in its corporate limits. We
have no objection to our Bister city
retaining some of its identity by com
ing In as a borough, which can be done
under our present city charter. In
fact, considering the sentiment of
Pasadena on the liquor traffic, wa be
lievo It would be better should it do
so. But in order to carry out the
scheme of consolidating the city and
county government, in which both
communities are vitally interested,
they should be one community. We
should say to Pasac" ■: "You are wel
come to all the water that you want,
If you will take it, as a part of the
city of Los Angeles, and by obtaining
It in thla way, you obtain it without
any extra cost whatever." The same
thing should be said to the city of
Long- Beach, which at the present timo
has a fair water supply, but which
will at somet.me want a part of Los
Angeles' water. The same thing
should be said to other municipalities
that must join us in order to consoli
date the city and county governments
and form an economical and efficient
By disposing of tho surplus water as
above suggested without parting with
the title 'to any part of it, and by us
ing It also as an attraction for neigh
boring municipalities that we may de
sire to incorporate with us, it should
be possible for the city of Los Angeles
to reap a double good out of tho gTeat
water supply which she is developing
with so much expenditure of money and
It should be eary to devise some
plan by which the surplus water of the
city shall be sold by the city to the
highest and best bidders to be used.
by those obtaining it ONLY SO LONG
TER, and such use to terminate upon
need arising for the water Inside the
corporate limits of the city. We have
no doubt that our city council and
the other city officials can work out
such a scheme as this In a form that
will bring into the treasury of the
city a very large revenue from the
sale of this surplus water, and will
not in any way jeopardize the title of
the city to any part of it.
Ex-Senator Lexow of Now York says
he has been in Los Angeles three days
and hasn't seen a policeman. Perhaps
Mr, Lexow's reputation as a police
prober preceded him nnd the cops are
dodging when he heaves in sight.
It may be true that Mr. Hallinger
lias discovered and thwarted another
big attempted Meal in Alaska, but ho
needn't think that will cause 1
to forgft the Morganheim affair which
young Mr. Clavls balked.
Mr. Taft is wise In not permitting
his friends to boom him fur a ■
term. The less of that the easier it
will bo for lain to step aside.
The White Cross society in New York has started a campaign for the elimination of French
from the menu cards.—News Item. __^_ —
LOS ANGELES as a community
feels a special interest i» the
Democratic candidate for lieiuen
ant governor. No man can know Tim
Spellacy and come under the influence
of a personality which embodies all
that undefinable charm that Tonic
blood carries with It, without being
his friend.
Furthermore, men who know him
well find their friendship for him
founded upon the most absolute confi
dence in his high character for hon
esty, integrity and ability. In the
community in which he lived before he
came to Los Angeles, and In this city
since he became a citizen of it, he
has made a reputation for public spir
ited devotion to the welfare of his city
and his state that entitles him to be
regarded as the best of good citizens.
His friends on the oil fields expect
him to carry that section of the. state
by a tremendous vote. In fact, it is
said that some years ago when he ran
for office out of 76 votes in the pre
cinct in the oil fields where ho was
best known he polled 75, and as the
man who cast the only dissenting vote
was never discovered it Is presumed
it -was cast by accident or mistake.
Tim Spellacy's friends in Los An
geles feel that if the voters throughout
the state knew him as well as they
do, there would be no question about
the lieutenant governorship. It would
with him be a case of "Eclipse first
and the field nowhere."
SHIPPERS of the country find rea
son for much encouragement in
the blunt statement of Commis
tlonner Lane to railroad representa
tives at Chicago that if the roads want
to increase their dividends they must
find somo other way to do it than by
raising freight rates. Otherwise, he
says, there Is no point at which the
public can ever be assured the maxi
mum has been reached. The raisins
could be indefinite.
This means that the interstate com
merce commission does not propose
to go on Ignoring the fact that the
money it is now claimed the roads need
for repair and extension has in the
case of most roads been earned but
largely put into the private pockets of
men in charge instead of being ap
plied to those mods. Tho way melons
have been cut, stock issues have been
thimble-rigged, capital has been wa
tered, and accounts have been doctored
or befogged to conceal the truth, while
necessary improvements have been
left to such resources as could bo
taken from the public on extortionate
charges, is common knowledge.
Now the managers find It impossible
to go on the stand and agree in their
stories under cross-examination to ac
count for their plight, and few persons
believe what they say under oath.
Southern California has had recent in
sight into their methods In the over
charges for refrigeration only partly
done and the raising of freight charges
with no more excuse than that con
gress had given tho fruit men more
It is possible, only for experts posi
tively to know Just how the railroads
stand financially, but the most super
ficial observer has evidence a-plenty
that thero is not a disposition on the
part of many railroad* to play fair
with the public, but rather their gen
eral policy is dictated and governed
by greed, past and present. The pub
lic is convinced tluit not only is v
raise In rates now unnecessary to the
stability of the companies but thai
existing rates are higher than is jus
tified, and that they have much to do
with the increased cost of living-
It is to be hoped that the Interstate
commerce commission will not con
tent itself with denying the request for
higher charges for freight service, but
will make a clear, impartial statement
of conditions that will fix the blume
where it rightfully belong.-, for the al
plight of tho roads, and take
away the props of deceit, subterfuge
nnd garbled truth on which they have
ng in their attempt to show
a sorry oondittoa, and thereby arouse
He Has Come Into His Own
It must be that many Intelligent
mothers would write an urgent appeal
to the officials of the '-'Boy Scout"
movement to banish the gun from the
drill and discipline of their valuable
work. The free use of the gun is dan
gerous at all ' times, and more and
more guarded and Jegislated against in
our commonwealths. It is antagonistic
to the better sentiment of our twen
tieth century—and Its use, if sanctioned
by the officials in the hands of the
boy scouts, cannot fall to revive and
cultivate the barbaric instincts of the
primitive man, and halt the progress
of the race toward better conditions.
Actual experience in our own country
by the various summer camps In the
east, has proved that hunting with the
camera, and the delights of the woods
and neighboring lakes, with their row
ing, swimming, etc., give great cost
to these outings, and are made sources
of fine taste and noble development
in the young people, under, of course,
an inspiring and sympathetic instruc
The following, from a most success
ful San Francisco leader of long ex
perience and admirable qualifications,
is valuable, as giving well and mod-,
erately, his own view.
"I read with interest your comment
on the Scout movement. It is. unfortu
■ate that this is heralded and headed
by army men of old-time war records.
For the scouts could as well be peace
heralds, as warriors. I saw the boy
scouts in Australia, and saw much to
win me to them. They were certainly
far better than the impossible cadet
system which was being developed un-
The subject of government owner
ship of railways in the United States
proper is in the stage where the peo
ple are feeling their way. Both the
public and the railroad magnates axa
being educated. Only a few magnates
are still so Bourbon that they Imagine
the nation will ever again be willing
to have a handful of private citizens
determine, unchecked, the conduct of
the one utility on which all commerce
depends. The people, on their side, are
coming to realize that blind hostility
to railroads is suicidal. Friendly co
operation is needed between public as
pirations and technical knowledge.
Such co-operation may enable private
ownership to last for some time—per
haps it may even be permanent. But
Alaska presents a different problem.
The resources are fabulous. Guggen
heim, Schiff, and othors are telling the
world how hazardous Alaskan invest
ments are. Unhappily for this game,
the revelations before the senate com
mittee on territories last winter are
not forgotten. Alaska is rich beyond
description. Its resource* must re
main unused unless certain steps are
taken. Who is to take them? The
Morgan-Guggenheim syndicate Is a
candidate for the job. It will gladly
develop and personally conduct Alaska.
The people of the United States are
just now in a mess of problems, both
political and economic, which have
Victims of the Tipping Habit
. (Baltimore American)
If what a New York religious week
ly alleges concerning the organised
and systematized methods of extorting,
tips and managing the tip funds at
New York hotels is only approximately
correct, and if tipping conditions on
Munhattan island are spreuding the
country over, then, indeed, has the
time arrived when state legislatures
should do something to protect the
trsVellng public and that part of the
fixed community which lives at the
hotels or restaurants.
According to a statement made in the
OhrUtlan Herald, the leading hotels—
the lessees and proprietors of these
caravansaries— profit from the tips.
That is they farm out places in the
service whore the tip receipts are
large and under control of the individ
ual purchasing the privilege. It Is al
thfti voutroom privileges in the
larger hotels sell for from *500 to $10,
--000 a year, and that one hotel U re
ported to have reeived as high as $50,
--ni.ii for its omblned privileges let to
Notwithstanding these
high prices paid, the men owning the
Banish the Firearms
I der government auspices; for, after all,
' the great movements are for building
: up healthy, sturdy youths, and this, to
I my mind, is going to be the greatest
! preventive of war. A race of fine,
sturdy men, physically magnificent,
| causes another nation to hesitate in
1 Us warlike demands.
"I believe in training the boys to be
j enduring; to love simplicity in food;
I to feel their innate strength, and by
j these attributes, they have a regard for
'• the weak and a desire to help those
| not so gifted. I know my dear boys
created a fine respect from the Aus
irallan boys, because thoy could see at
a glance, strength and muscle In every
part of their body; thoy had no tlshts
or quarrels; and it convinced me that
if we train our youths to be giants
in strength, we will have less to fear
from future wars.
•Now, the fighting general can make
the scouts a silly war appendage—and
[tie boy lover can teach thorn to slip
thro 1 the forests stealthily, observing
eaoh sis;n of nature, just as carefully
as the camera nature-man must, to
achieve his end; and he can also teach
■the boy first aid to the hurt, to be
prepared' for emergencies in every way
of life. I like the Idea, myself; It has
so much that can be helpful to young
boys. And they ne«>d no much help,
these dear, sweet neglected boys of our
cities. Few realize how sad, and un
happy, their tender years are to them;
how little there is In life to make
them think of their elders other than
as their persecutors artd persistent
enemies."—Extract from Mr. Sidney
Pelxotto's letter Of September 12, 191(1.
How to Save Alaska
(Editorial In Oilller'u Weekly)
grown out of the aize and power of
trusts, and they hesitate to turn over
to the Ouggenheim-Morjjun interests,
already mighty on several continents,
the entire responsibility for a territory
which faces an great a future as Alaa
ka. Probably the departments at
Washington, If they get back where
they were under Roosevelt, will bo able
to think up some terms under which
private capital can be active In Alaska
without being monopollHtle, but they
c n find such a solution only if they
appreciate that the railroads are the
key to the whole situation. Whoever
controls them will control the Indus
trial future. One conclusion from any
appreciation of the AlaHkan problem Is
irresistible. We have no desire to
hedge about this matter, and come out
then-fore in black type:
The statesman who can put through
BUOh a measure will act with foresight,
and his glory will be great. The ex
perience will be valuable, for the light
it will shed, when government owner
ship in this country proper becomes a
question, but this experience l» not
our reason for the step. The reason Is
that In no other way can these vast
resources be developed without being
' turned into a gigantic club, swung by
one of the greatest trusts the world has
I ever known.
tip stands gather In more than $100,
--000 a year from the generous guests.
The tip privilege* for vehicles at the
' front" and side doors of hotels sell at
from $1000 to $10,000 a year. The door
man has a day and night watch and
reaps a rich harvest from both.; The
doorman gets from 25 cents to $1 from
each of his wealthy visitors, It is said
that a man paid $50,000 a year for the
tips for checking garments at one ho
tel alone." | : '-■'.••'•
It is easy to comprehend how I this,
lipping scheme operates as a holdup.
Even the man of moderate , means
comes to understand that the tip is
expected at every turn at these hotels,
and he has not, generally speaking,
the moral courage to net his face hard
and refuse to tip. And he" Boon un
derstands another thing,; which Is that
the small tip is generally accepted with
such apparent contempt that.it is bet
ter not to proffer it. If tipping . hast
already come to be such an organized
and systematized plan of extortion in
this country, it is certainly time the
large victimised class should, bo seek
ing about for a remedy, ' • .
TO rORKKtiroVDKNTS—Letter* lntendafl for publication must be accompanied by the i
n«?°and^dd«M of the wHter. Th- Herald give. the wide* latitude to corre.p«ndent..
but Miunei no responnlbSlty tor their \iewa. %
Editor Herald: If Val Stone cannot
be saved, it may bring a doubtful
comfort to his heart to know there
are others who are lost. The writer
is of the opinion that T. R. is too
clover a politician not to hear the mul
terings of the coming storm, and by
keeping his ear close to the ground
to learn what the people want;
and whether he can give it to them or
not, he. is wise enough to understand
that an aroused people is a force
■afar to lead than to oppose. So ho is
training his horse—tho elephant—not
to buck when the stampede comes.
Los Angeles, Sept. 21.
Editor Herald: I would ask the anti
smoke sect which are committing sin,
the "end seat hogs," who take delight
in smoking to the displeasure of those
'seated near them, or the women who
eat beef which has been horribly bat
tered In the head by the blow of an
ax, or eats mutton from a sheop whose
throat has been fearfully cut from ear
to ear—which is worse?
I say, you fault finders, please read
"Humanitarian Philosophy," and bo
convinced that the "smoke hog" may
be only injuring his own nervous sys
tem by smoking, while tho lady meat
eater who is so particular about the
fumes of tobacco smoke is a party to
the crime of murder of innocent ani
Ladles, smoke that in your pipe. Re
form yourselves! A SMOKER.
Whittler, Sept. 21.
Editor Herald: In your paper today
I notice an invitation to me to debate
with Lo Gutterez De Lara upon the
influence of that great statesman and
patriot. President Diaz of Mexico, as
to matters of "freedom, progress and
humanity." I will accept the chal
lenge, upon condition, however, that
Scnor De Lara renew his-offer, leaving
out reference to Diaz as "Mexican
despot" and his gratuitous "proof" to
me that I am wrong in supporting
Diaz. I had supposed that a public
"debate" might mean a discussion be
fore an audience, or might be In the
nature of a demonstration of what is
claimed by each side to the contest,
and that the discussion or argument
might be for those assembled to hear
the argument based on facts, not
As to "place and time," let Senor De
Lara provide a suitable place large
enough, then we may agree upon a
convenient time.
I will be there to meet him in debate
on this question.
Los Angeles, Sept. 22. ,
Editor Herald: There was published
in Monday's Herald an account of the
celebration of the anniversary of Mex
ico's independence by 500 Sunday school
children in Los Angeles. It was stat
ed that the children gathered around a
piano in tho yard and joined in sing-
Ing the Mexican national hymn.
I wonder if one of these little sing
ers knows that the singing of the Mex
ican national hymn at public gather
ing in Mexico is prohibited by law
on tho ground that It has a tendency to
".stir up the people"? A Bpecial per
mit is required, otherwise arrest and
imprisonment may follow. At its re
cent celebrations the government may
have been a little more liberal in this
Fancy a company of Frenchmen hav
ing to ank permission to sing the Mar
seillaise! Sacre! Or just imagine the
citizens of somo American city, Loh
Anselea for instance, intending to hold
a political m.iss meeting and boing re
quired to secure a permit to sing Amer-
Ical Wow! Great is Diaz and great
(?) are his defenders. M.
Monrovia, Sept. 22.
Editor Herald: Mrs. D. appeals in
the name of "Justice and fairness" for
women to allow smokers the front car
seats. Justice and fairness are out
side the argument. Women had no
vote in making this poor ordinance—to
their credit be it said. It is not mor
ally binding upon them. Besides, the
front seatß are not reserved for smok
ers. It Is the rest of the car that Is
reserved for non-smokers and the
smoke. It Is such a poor law that the
sex which made it does not obey nor
enforce it. Mr. Murphy Is worried,
too. When men vote for street cars to
be run for the convenience of the pub
lic instead of for the profit of a cor
poration there will be seats for all.
Women, having no vote, are not re
sponsible for the present situation.
Men, by their votes, perpetuate a sys
tem of grab and then whine if women
Merely in Jest
"But why In the world did your husband
select such a high bed?" asked Mr». Barker In
surprise. "Why, It would he sp convenient for
a burglar to crawl under It."
"Oh, no," laughed Mrs. Barker; "my hus
ha. d selected a high bed so he could crawl
under It if he heard a burglar.—Chicago News.
Bessie (whose teacher la a vegetarian)— Ma
mma, Mlxs Adalr says It li wrong to kill the
poor little spring chickens.
Bessie's Mother— Well, It l«, dear: none but
the plump ones should be killed.—Chicago
Tribune. -.. . ' '
r spouting NOTE - .
"Can I get off to go to the ball game?"
"Nix," answered the head clerk. • ■ ■
"Furthermore, you will have to work to
night. The office. Is going to play a double
htader toda;-."—Kansas City Journal.
"A stitch In time saves nine," repeated the
■ .ent of old sayings.
. "It doean 1 always save nine," objected the
man with a hole In his pocket. "I lost only
$S.W."— Chicago News.
"lie's a married man." . „,
"How do you know?" '. . ,
"That charming young woman over there
..n't even look up when he entered the
room."— l<Yee Press. ,; $
"What ' explanation have you," the Judge
asked sover«iy. "for not speaking to your wife
In five years?"
"Your honor," replied the husband, 'I
didn't like to Interrupt the lady."—
"I thought surely you'd sell that lot of sau
sages," declared the grocer. "You praised It
highly enough." I '■-■' ■. • I
"I praised It too darned muoh," said his as
sistant. "It overheard me and wagged - Its
ta.»."—Chicago Journal.
"Do you think a memory for dates helps a
"Sometlmts." replied - Farmer Corntossel.
"But not when he Is selling spring chickens,"
—Washington Star.,. • .: • . -. ,
"In what respect do you regard It as most
detlritble to Imitate the old maitenr'.-ukad
on« painter. •■■ „•• ; .■■■•• •"■»■* - ' '.
"In the price tag," replied IJm other.—Wa»h
lnvton Star.
tnko a whirl at the samo game. Mr.
Murphy'.s antique closing; statement ll
set aside by statistics which show that
one-fourth of tho women In a largo
city are wage-earners. I obey man
made laws for the same reason that I
obey class-made laws, vix., to keep
out of jail, and nut because I recog
nize any Justice or fairness in them.
Yours for the front seat where tho
smoke blows away the bust. G. K.
Los Antcli-s, Sept. 21.
Editor Herald: Val Stone'B demand
for a bill of particulars respecting
Roosevelt is one that should be an
swered. Apart from personal charac
ter, as to which a volume could be
written, the thing we all want to know
—actually to know—is what type of
national and Individual life does Mr.
Roosevelt stand for? I reply that he
is, beyond all poslbillty of a doubt,
the greatest "paternalist" of his day.
He stands for a powerful centralized
government that shall run the affairs
of this nation; ruling with a rod of
iron the predatory rich and the dis
contented poor.
Naturally, as he is necking votes, ho
does not emphaalio the latter- as he
does the former, but the two go to
gether. He looks always to the for
mation of a strong government, as will
be seen from tho following, clipped
from a recent speech: "When you get
masses of wealth gathered together
and great corporations developing,
then there must be an increase in gov
ernmental activity to control the
wealth for business efficiency."
In a luminous article in the St. Louis
Mirror of September 16 William Mar
ion Reedy, one of the most thoughtful
and impartial social writers of the
day, says: "His proposals Include the
stretching of the national constitution
to the breaking point and the ignoring
of state constitutions altogether. His
purposes, as somewhat vaguely but
noisily defined, involve such a echemo
of paternalism as not even the broad
est Socialists can find fault with. Just
how he is going to takve over the reg
ulation of everything, visible and In
visible, does not clearly appear."
What, does appear, however—what
appeared quite clearly to those who
studied his original conservation
speeches—is that Koosevelt wants first,
last and all the time a strong central
government to regulate the nation's
affairs. It is the old quarrel between
Hamilton and Jefferson; between all
pivcrnment and as little government
as possible. He represents one side of
the most fundamental of all lssu*B-
Ix>s Angelen, Sept. 21.
Editor Hemk»: I cry second to no
man in the earnestness of my desire,
for the capture of the woman molestor
(be he one or many), whose fiendish
exploits are terrorizing the city. But
I want the right man! Not another
Horning case, or worse; for he, at
leant, was known to have been a
companion of the reul culprit.
Now whatever may be the result or
the Elmer Belk arrest, I am sure Tho
Herald and its readers will agree that
the giving out by the .police and pub
lication broadcast of a picture of Bolk
before identification Is & grievous mis
take, to put It at th<> mildest. That
picture, too, is accompanied by a list
of crimes with Belk's name attached
as the possible culprit, and the seven
times reiterated opinion—almost asser
tion—of tho arresting officer that he
will be proved so.
Now, all this is In the nature, of
suggestion to a degree that I can only
call almost hypnotic; especially where
the identifiers are women, whose Judg
ment (more than that of men) Is, In
such cases liable to be swayed by
fright-begotten hysteria. What more
feasible than that Elmer's portrait,
scon plainly and studied in a news
paper, should usurp in a terrorized
woman's mind the face of the desper
ado indistinctly seen by night, and
thus lead to a false identification?
This premature publication of the ac
cused man's picture is the more de
plorable because, should the prisoner
be identified as the man, there will
naturally always be a lingering doubt
in thoughtful minds as to how much
that identification owed to the sugges
tion of the published picture. Had
Identification come first, such doubt
could not arise.
This preparing tho way for Identifi
cation of a prisoner is unfair and rep
rehensible. It is oiling the wheels for
tho railroading of men whether Inno
cent or guilty; and the practice, too.
of allowing a common arresting officer
to air his wisdom by forecasting in the
newspapers the results of a charge, as
is done In this city, is a derogation of
the dignity ot the law, and should be
held as contempt of court. In an
English city It would r£ AiR
Los Angeles. Sept. 23.
Far and Wide
i And yet It was not because It was Mich -
lnn and Burrows or Wisconsin and La-
Follette. The same thing would happen in
Shod" Island with Aldrleb. or In Colorado
with Guggenheim If the people of these
states were permitted to express their real
wishes by means of a direct primary.—
Indianapolis Sun.
It cost Hoke Smith over »17,000 to win In the
ree'ent Georgia primaries a nomination for gov
ernor, in which office he can get but $8000 a
year salary If the friends of the direct pri
mary are wise they will devise some way to
limit campaign expenditures.— Herald.
It will interest the United States to learn
that France Is beginning to dismiss the
propriety of floating huge loans for gov
ernments not on th. friendliest of terms
with that country or which are allied to
unfriendly nations.—Flnanoial Chronicle.
If there Is anyone 'who thinks that Bal
linger did not betray his trust there can be
few who believe that he Is not treating
the president outrageously by his obstinate
clutch on an office he cannot be permitted
to retain.— York, PresV
GET MARRIED! . , ■^'..'•I
■ The only possible relief fer a mnoh-bored
publlo is for. the duke and Miss Elklns to
get married —to each other or somebody
—Newark News. '. / '.;■"<
. \, "purity ...
Pure radium Is being manufactured |at
last. A most notable result of the Interna
tional pure food and drugs agitation.—Chi
cago Post.. , ■•
1 Have you ever noticed how brave and
devil-may-care some husbands are when the
head of the house Is not about? —Richmond
Times-Dispatch. • •i' '
' Wild wheat has been discovered In Si
beria. , Wild oats, however, flourish In the
home —Rochester ' Post-Express. '.
It looks more and more all the time as If'
Senator Aldrlch would have to I some oft his
gutta-percha.—St. Louts Post-Dispatch, '

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