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Los Angeles Herald
' President and Editor.
Entered m second class matter at the
eottofTlce to Loa Ancrlcs. i
Tended Oct. .*. 187». Thirty-sixth Year.
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AND OAKLANDLos Angolas and South
ern California visitors to San Francisco an I i
Oakland will find The Herald on sale at th« ;
Dews stands In the Ban Francisco ferry
building and on the streets in Oakland by
Wheatley and by Amos News Co.
A Hl* of The Lai Angeles Herald can b«
seen at the office of our English represen
tatives, Messrs. E. and J. Hardy & Co.. 30,
II and SI Fleet street. London. England,
free of charge, and that firm will be glad
to receive news, subscriptions and adver
tisements on our behalf.
On all matters pertaining to advertising
address Charles R. Gates, advertising man
ager. __
Population of Los Angeles 319,198
At last accounts King Diaz I had
issued no royal proclamation concern
ing the troubles on his side.
Our advice is to watch the S. P. and
Bee that It does not absorb the aque
duct and the federal building, too.
Mr. Taft arrived at Panama in Rood
health. After that election not even
a rough voyage could make him sea
Tacoma and other cities that padded,
did it, like some of the women are
SAID to have done—to improve the
Missouri voted down a prohibition
amendment by 200,000 majority. This
should be sufficient to "show" its ad
No wonder so many men seek to be
aviators. The new aviation costumes
of the women would make any man
want to fly.
Turkeys have gone down 2 cents a
pound in New York, but there is hardly
time now to have one shipped from
the metropolis.
If, as a Philadelphia man says, Bello
Elinore is in Chicago, her punishment
is almost as severe as that of her dis
tinguished husband.
Nothing appears to stand in the way,
the fruit canning and election being
over, of the women doing their Christ
mas shopping early.
The charter amendment election next
month is a trivial matter. The im
portant question in, who will manage
the Angels next year?
The attention of .Mr. Balllnger 13
called to the fact that the British cab
inet talks of resigning and asking the
voters for a vindication.
Another election in December. Los
Angeles is the onb Ity to hold
five reform elect) n In a year und
get away with them all.
Democratic congressman nr^ com
bining against Cl ti ipeak
er. Evidently Clai k Is not an
abbreviation for champ m.
Lafayette Young, the nnw lowa rrn
ator, is a n hist >ry ho
will be known who made
DolUver more fai lous 1 rlson.
If our Engli3h cousins were
puted as noi overmuch given t" humor
we should, suspei I n in the choice
of 23 as the date foi Crippi m '^ fan
The population of Cl] 364,463,
c.-vi be read backward I I
ward. JJut don't Met the impp
that "Cinoy" i.' in any vay la :kward.
It would seem that a decent regard
for the amenities would impel Jlr. Bal
linger to congratulate Mr. Plnchot for
his excellent campaign work In Cali
A San Bernardino m,.n brought the
hme company to time by threat
ening to shoot a lineman. Many peo
ple aro tempt It to put a
bullet into the > . a punitive
"American* want nothing chear.
this It m ; ■ oheap .1 m Sher
man told the SouiU Carullnlans. Jim
li eomii tent The liia
rii a ml truat Bre n< retting tbeir
ice obeap,
Texas had a dtate-Wul< Corn club
which vtl urtive in the recent
]>algn. ')Vx:i < han claimed inu
her crops, )<ut tins is tiie iir.it ivo'va
heard of the corn that is a. thouiand
tuiles or no in width.
THE movement for consolidation of
City and county governments has
been piven a gratifying forward
1 push by the appointment of a special
commission by Mayor Alexander, whose
j selection! could hardly have been made
1 with mON wisdom. There is abundant
legal ami lay ability, as well as proven
aggressive public Fpirit, in this body
Inspires confidence that it ■will
' i work out a feasible plan to bring
an important reform, and will
mi its duties without unnecessary
The arguments for the union are so
ninny that the commission will be al- |
| most relieved of any work in that dl
■ rection. The economy of a single gov
| rrnment, the need of our aqueduct wa
ter arid power in tho growing com
munitles around us, either now or in
the future, the sentiment involved in
ised prestige that will come
ilto them by merger, and the material;
benefits that go with our broader city
charter ought to overbalance n>iy paro
chlal obj< etions that can be raised.
The matter of pride will cut some flg- j
ure. Pasadena and other cities of
growing Importance may hesitate to
give up entity and identity, and fear
to surrender self-government to a dis
tant central authority. But the Pasa
dena Civic association has already de
clared for the union if some satisfac
form of autonomy can be pre
; in them, and there ought net to
be much difficulty in arrannrinß for this. I
New York worked out this problem
to the satisfaction of the boroughs com- ;
posing the greater city, and it should
bi possible to do the same here, either
alonp the same lines or after some orig- ;
innl plan which the able commission is
well fitted to think out. If Brooklyn has
lost none of its identity by union witli
Manhattan, Pasadena and Long Beach
can see In It an example of groat bene- ;
fits with no considerable disadvantage
in consolidation.
If the plan can b<? worked out, 'with I
all the gain to every town concerned j
that seems to inhere in it, it probably :
will be tho crowning achievement of j
the Good Government administration, j
Under no other would there be a seri- j
ous chance for it. Under machine poll
tics more offices and not fewer are |
wanted in order to take care of the j
party workers out of the tax money. '
And it may also be said with confidence j
that under the old reprime the towns
it is now proposed to invite into our
fold would not consider for many mo
ments a scheme to give ud good for
bad government and to be exploited by
professional politicians and office hold
The initiative, referendum and recall
are the guarantee to these other com- |
munitles, and from the more local
.standpoint it is to be hoped the plan
will go through, because it would be
apt to help insure the continuance of
a non-partisan, business administration
n£ the city and county.
PEOPLE will read the "news" that
the price of foodstuffs is going
to drop with more of an amused
cynicism than confidence. They will
Btill go to market with the conviction
that if some commodities are offered
at a slight reduction It will be for
but a short time, -when the upward
tendency will again assort itself and
probably more than make up for any
temporary fall.
Tim public has come to understand
at last why food Is high (as well as
everything else), etnys high and goes
higher. It is because the law of sup
ply and demand is no longer operative
i In Isolated cases. The means
of production may not yet all be in
the hands of combines, but they might
as well ln\ for the means of distribu
tion are, and the keynote of the rail
roads Is "all the traffic will bear."
This also is the motto of the sugnr
trust, the coffee trust, the beef trust
and the score of other trusts that ab
solutely command the control of their
commodities, thanks largely to the
protection of a high tariff. All the
traffic will bear in their case means
that nil the possible profits must be
squeezed out up to the point where
exorbitant prices would cause a se
rious falling off in consumption. Be
that, of course, It Is not policy
Occasionally a. trust may lower a
price for reasons of policy. It may
1,,- ; — itocked i.r may want to culti
lurger market by a temporary
con esslon. But even this does not
often happen; indeed, It Is so rare
that mi. v cases are hard to recall. So
th public has learned to base no
on iilg crops or any other event
that used to make a difference II
there i» any "velvet" the trusts ami
the railroads atid the Jobbers, too,
when they can, are going to have it,
as they have had it now for some
Lillian Russel' would not only give
lhe ballot t" women, but take it away
from the nun. if Lillian should take
. it away '• m ;■!' her husbands sin
i would accomplish much toward her
Son-in-law Nick Long worth, having
I o books to his i onstituentesHßS,
i should now follow thorn up with some
l as to !.ow to bring the
recipes within reach of the ordinary
Congressman Bennei of New York
was licked, but Its will retire with the
fame <f having been the man who
made San Francisco play pious to gut
an exposition.
A Republican candidate for congress
hfivii licen elected in Texas,
nothing » ild surprise us now; not
even If Ban Francisco tihouid vote
unanimously for a respectable gov
N«»w York's fashionable women have
liikon to carrying dolls a.s a (ad. it is
edly ile trop, a bas and so forth
In N«W Xork swelldom to touch a baby.
"If I Can Only Get My Foot on That String"
'^/pJ^'S&S'* I?* 1 *^ *^^^AajJ^^'&r' " '^"'JfU#^ e^"^ ir||||| 111 I 111111 l Illflllllllllllll I I fIFI
WE find tlio following cxtruct of
sublimated wisdom in the es
teemed Ventura Democrat.
By dint of the masterly effort*)
of tlie Los Angeles Herald and Los
Angeles Express to defeat Fred
ericks and elect Wool wine district
attorney of Los Angeles county, the
former was elected by a rousing
The district attorney's Ventura,
champion is more valiant than dis
creet. At a time when the. attorney
for John Gales is trying to "forget It"
and promises to turn over a new leaf
if left to his own meditations, the
champion forces us to cay that the
revelations made by The Herald and
other papers did liave tremendous ef
fect In the campaign.
The Herald has already shown that
as near as it can be figured the. normal
Republican plurality in Los Angule3
county was 24,263. While some of the
candidates wero getting that indorse
ment, Fredericks was receiving the
"rousing majority" of a scant 2000—or
about 22,000 behind the normiil. Mr.
Hartwell, the coroner, who is probably
also a subject for the Ventura paper's
commiseration, was about 20,500 behind
what he should have been.
Nothing saved these candidates but
tb'e largo Socialist vote and the diffi
cult matter of cutting the ticket. The
Independent, thinking, reading vote,
which The Herald is pleased to believe
makes up the greater part of its clien
tele, was overwhelmingly against th"m.
Jiud officials will have even a harder
row to how when the party circle is
abolished and the ballot shortened as
they will be by the next legislature;
and the Ventura Democrat and other
thick-and-thin party organs will be
unhappler than ever.
CALIFORNIA, thinks the Chicago
Record-Herald, was an exception
in the elections of la.-a week. The
rest of the country rose up in mighty
protest against the Aldrlch tariff, but
(In the word of that Journal; "the state
of California Is for a high tariff, and
the California Insurgents know it.
Their fight was made in the main
against the railroad domination of their
party. It was popular when v fight on
the tariff would have been unpopular,
and the people will naturally prefer the.
Republican party to the Democratic
party for the very reason that the
former is the party of protection."
/i [a the reverse "f true that the
tariff Is popular here. In that respect
irnla is of a mind with the rest
country. She turned down Dun
ran HcKlnlay and elected William
Kent, an avowed enemy of special
privilege. She turned down McLachlan
i 3 Stephens, another foe of .1
ege tariff. She turned down En
; :ht and elected Judge linker, a
he cast upward of 60,000
. i -more proportionately
ihan : l state—every one a pro
i t gainst privilege as It )s typified
in tin tai
■ era of California have
[oubl ' aid in the tariff. They
riminated against bi -
the manufacturers of the
east have built the tariff so as to shut
foreign competition on
, the protection given our
n't give them the
Am. rii la market. Southern Italy sup
pi;, i mons In this country.
l here who la helped hy
the t.triv rouged by it. For
every dollar of benefit there are flvo
dollar trusts. And Cali
forni it.
In case w» nntertaln a man,
A. atraiiK< i or renown,
Wu'vo nuihtiii mure to offer than
Th» freedom of tin' town.
But when n woman come* our way
And In upon us drop»,
Wn hand lior on a silver tray
The freedom of the sho,
TO ci>l>Hi..-l".i.M)i:xT> —Letters Intended tor publication mum be accompanied or tu<
name and address of the writer. Th» Herald give* the widest latitude to correspondents,
but assumes do responsibility for their views. ,
Editor Herald: 1 have read with
amusement the letters in which the $15
young lady and the $7 young man are
the stars. I loaned a young man once
the money to buy the license and
bought the young lady a pair of white
slippers and hose to wear at her wed
ding. It turned out all right, and
today they are worth, I guess, ten
or twelve thousand dollars. The old
saying, 'jjove will tind a way," is truej
enough If the parties stari out with
the right intentions. I am a widower,
44 years of ase, been through the mill
and willing to try it again If some J
comely maiden or good Christian ,
widow will come to the rescue, for
I'm bashful nnd a stranger. My ad
vice to youne people is marry early I
in life and raise a nice lamily. There j
Will always be enough bread in the I
world to feed them. Good luck to the
young couple. J. O. ARTHUR.
Los Angeles.
Editor Herald: I have seen in your
paper, as well as in others, that the
first Socialist ever elected to congress
has been chosen from Milwaukee. I.
have been waiting for a correction, but
in vain.
The first Socialist elected to congress
was Henry Smith. He was elected
from the county of Milwaukee in 18 5
by the following vote: Brown, Re
publican, OG4T.; Black. Democrat, .23:
Smith, Social-Labor, 13,335, winning by
a plurality of 3TIO. To show that he
was a real Socialist, I will give you
the platform upon which he was el ict
ed: Arbitration for the settlement of
labor difficulties, government control
iif money, land and means of com
munication; public improvements, la
j bur bureau, opposition to contract con
vict labor, the election of all offli tali
by a vote of the people, income tax,
the forfeiture of all land giants and I
the prohibition of alien ownership of
lands, etc.
This movement did not stop with
Milwaukee, but the following spring it
came near capturing the city of Chi
cago, their candidate fur miyor,
Charles G. Dixon, standing second in
the race. The state ticktt in Chicago
came within 17,(00 votes of carrying
Cook county, and was only 1000 behind
the Democratic nominee, and they
elected a dozen members of the legis
Los Angeles.
Editor Herald: Tour clipping from
Collier's Weekly, giving the experience
of the New York farmer gelling
peaches, the railroad and commission
dealer kindly leaving him ?;> cents on
thirty-six baskets of peaches, is sure
to make men look for betterments, I
own a lot in Ocean Park. Recently
that city ordered a street Improvement
and ma.le an assessment, it cost me |
more than $3 a front foot. In another
place, not incorporated, the citizens on
a. certain street joined In an Improve
ment on their frontage, hired it done
under competent supervision, and the,
same kind of work cost G5 cents a front
I ordered six sacks of corn from a
farmer in Merced county, Cal. It cost
96 cents a sack to get it to Tropico.
At that rate a carload would cost, in
freight, $1580. Everywhere and on all
small quantities, whether in freight or
In purchases, people must pay exorbi
tant prjees. The man who buys five
pounds of sugar or a peck of apples or
v sack of coal must pay from 20 to 40
per cent more than the man who
a barrel of apples or a SB£k Of sugar.
I have been a Republican Corty-flve
years, and if the Socialist party has
remedies for many or even a few of
these His, 1 shall give th.it party my
hand and heart in the work. Let the
grafters and exorbitant dealers go on
making Socialists. They will get a mul
titude of Socialists ere long.
Tropico, Cal.
Editor Herald: 1 notice that editors
in this country and In Europe nre giv
ing reasons for the Republicans In the
last election changing their voi
Borne other party, but nono of them
have discovered the principal reasons
for the increase in the Democratic
ranks. As I have been a member of
the Knights of Labor and also of the
Carpenters and Joiners' Union of tlio
United states and Canada, for the la i
36 yearn, I am well Informed in regard
to the change of voting. The funda
mental principle of the preamble of
the Knights Is to agitate and educate
the tolling muiN in a way tliat will
enable them to exercise the right" of
suffrage In an intelligent manner. At
least thirty minutes In each meeting
must be occupied in discussing the
question of intelligent voting. In the
trade unions politics were tabooed
until lately, when the confederated
trades unions resolved to vote for the
party through which they would be
most likely to secure legislation more
favorable to the working classes. The
last election was the first opportunity
i they had to exercise their judgment
l according to the decisions of their or
j dors. The worklngmen have learned
j by experience that the leaders Of the
Republican party are their enemies,
and all of the Judges of the courts are
j their enemies, and all of the women
of the churches except the Catholic
are their enemies, and all of the Young
Men's Christian associations are their
enemies; consequently the labor or
ganizations have resolved to either
form a new party or Join the party
they think will be most favorable to
them. As Bryan was the first cham
pion of the rights of the toiling masses
the last election has recorded large
gains for his party, and any editor that
i can't understand the situation and
realize the principal factor for the
voters deserting the Republican ranks
can't be thoroughly posted.
Westgate, Cal.
Editor Herald: The inordinate length
of the decisions of our courts, I would
say, if not disrespectful, i? a veritable
nuisance. They are never read by the
common,'people, as Mr. Lincoln calls
them, and very seldom by members
of the bar, or even of the Judiciary.
The common people, who simply have
not the time to wade through these
longdrawn-out disquisitions, must re
! main ignorant of the law unbodied in
them, although our system of govern
ment assumes, or rather requires,
every man to know the law. Our
Judges generally take it upon them
selves to discuss over and over every
decision on "authority' 1 referred to by
either side. This is a task so entirely
uncalled for as to render It absurd in
the extreme.
This practice must' have grown out
of the youthful or callow character of
our judiciary, but it is not now con
fined to the younger Judges Old and
young alike indulge in It. The older,
apparently, do not wish to be outdone
by their younger brethren or to fhow
loss erudition. The Judicial decision
of a case may be in a very few words.
A long opinion is In the nature of an
apology for the decision, but no apol
ogy is or can be rendered for ita In
ordinate length. O. B. S.
Los Angeles.
Editor Herald: I see where another
small patch of earth has been watered
to the tune of $12,500 in your city with
out any real improvement having boen
added to it.
This means that the chances of the
common man getting a home Is getting
farther away.. It means that the con
suming public is to be taxed a little
more in order that some one may be
able to do business on that lot, but it
means that Socialism is coming that
much nearer.
I was talking with a man on Main
street, near First, some time ago about
hia chances of business in that loca
ti*. He said the rent he had to pay
was such that he could not make a
decent living from his store. In con
versation with men who had come to
ingeles with the expectation of
going into business, I was told that
the prices asked them for business
rooms was but of reach, and that they
would have to give up their prospects
there and seek other fields.
Fictitious prices on ground privileges
were never intended by God Almighty,
and those who bring it about are guilty
of sinning, not only against their (el
low man, but against their Creator as
In our city there are many vacant
lots, right In the heart of the town,
and with rubbish and weeds on them
to spoil the looks of tha place, that are
being held for a fictitious valuation;
and the same is true In Los Angeles
as well.
My claim is, and I see the plan has
been adopted in some foreign country,
to tax such lots Ju«t as if they had
buildings on them, and by thin means
force their owner either to build on
them or sell them to some one who
would. ONTARIO.
Ontario, CaL
Boss Herrin on Socialism
(Oakland Enquirer)
Mr. Herrln, the head of the South
ern Pacific's political bureau, in Los
Angeles the other day discoursed ad
versely on tho growth of Socialism.
The employment by the public serv
ice corporations of the Messrs. Her
rln all over the country Is respon
sible for the growth of Socialism.
For had they not been employed our
legislatures, state and national, would
not have been so busy refusing to
pass laws for the benefit of the pub
lic and our courts would not have
been so technical in construing exlst
lnp laws af&inst the people.
The Herrins, too, are responsible
for those "Innovations," the Initiative,
the referendum and the recall, for
which there Is a popular demand and
against which the Herrins declaim,
For if the Herrins had not been em
ployed these "Innovations" would not
have been necessary to compel public
offlrials to serve the public rather
tluin the public service corporations
and tho Interests.
"Carrying tho mails," said Mr. Her
rin in Los Angeles. "Is a Socialistic
function." So, by the way, are the
public schools, tlie municipal owner
ship of water and lighting plants, the
building and maintenance of streets
and roads nt the public expense, the
free public libraries, free hospitals at
public expense, and the thousand and
one other things the public does for
the benefit of the Individual.
Offending the Eye
(Sprinftflfld Republican)
The drift of civilization Is toward
suppressing useless city noises, and as
with odors the reform is rational even
though bused on an Instinctive repug
nance. And no less reasonablo will be.
the movement for giving relief to the
optic nerve which has already begun,
and whlth will sooner or later decisive
ly win tho day. Now that the part
played by eye strain In nervous de
generation Is understood, there is a
sound basis for reform moasures; it Is
probable that the excessive demand
upon vision is more injurious to city
dwellers than even the most pande
moniac noine. Man was made for out
of-door life among the woods and
fields, and while his organs havo won
derful powers of accommodation, there
are limits. The worker who strains his
eyes all flay at a desk, perhaps with
inadequate daylight or with an equally
harmful glare from a too intense elec
trict light, needs repose and soothing
influences when he leaves his work.
Much of the familiar restfulness of 8
country retreat Is due simply to the In
stant release from eye strain.
In a modern city, on the other hana,
the optic nerve Is Incessantly bothered
with appeals which, though silent, are
Advertising California
The California development board is
a very valuable aid to Immi/ration to
this state. During October it has had
display advertisements of the advan
tages of this favored land In forty-one
eastern rural papers, has had advertis
ing matter at an exhibition in Cincin
nati and will have a» exhibit of prod
ucts and lectures on California re
sources at the Land and Irrigation ex
position in Chicago' during the last half
of the present month. At both these
places men are placed to answer in
quiries about this state and they are
so well Informed as to bt able to an
swer fully and readily all questions.
these exhibits and the advertising
literature accompanying them are the
most effective form of advertising. A
Los Angeles Wins and Deserves It
Los Angeles must be congratulated
on the astonishing growth of popula
tion within its boundaries as recorded
by the federal census. All California
hits known of the remarkable advances
marie in that city (luring the decade,
but the estimates were in fact so
startling and so unprecedented that
some people wore inclined to regard
them as more of less inspired by local
enthusiasm. Now comes the cold
blooded enumeration of the federal
Merely in Jest
"How far is it to Gloompvllle?" we
ask of the native who is leaning over
the gate.
"Ten mile straight ahead," he an
"But we met a man a little way
back, and he said It was only two
"Short, fat man, driving a flea-bitten
sorrel hoss?"
"That's the man."
"Did you meet him or pass him? 1
"We passed him."
"Thought so. He's drivln' a balker I
traded him, and he didn't want tils hoss
to know how much furder he had to
go."—Chicago Evening Post.
A British newspaper, the Clapham
Observer, commenting on our state
ment that humor had no part in the
two groat mortal acts of coming into
the world and departing from it, tella
a certain number of stories in limita
tion of this principle, the best of which
concerns Tom Robertson and Artemus
Ward. The playwright was endeavor-
Ing to persuade the dying humorist to
take his medicine, and assuring him
meantime that lie would do anything
for him.
"Would you really, Tom?" said Ward.
"I would," was the reply.
"Then take the stuff yourself, dear
fellow," said Ward.—Collier's.
"Vis, sor, Misa Jones will be down in
a minute."
"And now, my friends, a few words
about the tariff."
"I wish I didn't have to make a
speech «t the banquet tonight."
"Araminta, darling, you're the first
girl I ever kissed."
"What! You owe me $602. Why,
Thompson, I'd forgotten it entirely."
"Glad you liked that little poem; I
wrote it In a great hurry."
"The baby Is your very Image, Mre.
"I beg your pardon, madam; I didn't
notice that you were standing up."
"AH men," said the earnest citizen,
"are born equal."
"They are that." replied Mr. Raf
ferty. "But they don't stay equal after
they're big enough to get together in
the school yard."—Washington Star*
All thes» thins* havo been, could
still bo, done by private persons or
corporations—many things hardly lens
essential to tho welfare of tho Indi
vidual arc conducted by private enter
prise—street and steam raihroads, tho
telephone, electric power plants, for
instance. In tho early days of Cali
fornia the Pony Express, a public
fervlce corporation, carried letters
"aeroil tlie plains" and charged "all
tbO traffic, would bear," viz., $5 per
half ounce.
No doubt, being employed by a pub
lic Borvlco corporation, our Mr. Her
rln KTOUId bo bettor pleased If all serv
ices rendered to the public were ren
dered by public service corporations.
Them Would be no "Socialism" under
such conditions. But tho tariff for
such services would be, as it Is for
all existing public service corpora
tions, "all the traffic will bear."
Mr. Tlerrin also views with som«
alarm the fact that Wisconsin lias
elected a Socialist to congress and
that Milwaukee has a Socialist mayor.
He should realize that these Incidents
are merely protests against the op
pressions of the Wisconsin public serv
ice corporations. I>t him also realize
that, for the increase In the Socialistic)
vote' In California, he and his prede
cessors nt the head of tho Southern
Pacific* political bureau are respon
sible he, they nnd the corrupt public
servKi" corporations of the state.
as destructive to nerve tissue us tho
shriek of locomotive whistles. It was
bad enough before th« use of Illumi
nated signs be#ran; now tho once peace
ful night 1s worse than the day. A
bight flashing light automatically at
tracts tho eye, and tho contrast -with
darkness makes its effect tho more In
tense. Moreover, wo are all creatures
of a reading habit—to see print any
where, at any time, la to try to spell it
out. Tho advertiser is turning to his
own private proilt not only the forces
that bring vast multitudes together,
but tho enormous expenditures on pro
longed education which make the aver
ngo man an easy victim to anything
put Into print. It is not. surprising that
tlie question should already bo raised
whether ho has any natural richt thus
to bombard the already overstrained
visual nerves of urban society. To be,
sure, he keeps on his own land, but
he >;enerntes and protects rays of light
which are none the lens real for being
merely undulations of ether. The log
ical tiling would be to let him make
all the light he wants, provided he does
not let it escape from his own prem
ises, and if the evil rtows past endur
ance, some such radical measure may
be necessary.
(Stockton Independnnt)
Hubbard squash weighing nearly 100
pounds is certain to provgke questions
and the answers are repeated a dozen
or a score, Of times by the hundreds
who hear them and thus the fame of
California spreads. California flga,
raisins, prunes, dried fruits and, In
short, every other fruit, vegetable or
product provokes like questions and
elicits Information that Is spread
abroad by those who hear It. Prices of
land, cost of living and what crops can
bo grown and the yield per acre are
fully gone into and the gospel of life In
California and its many delights are
thus widely disseminated. Some of
these exhibits and advertisings are
glow to bear fruit, but they 1 bear It in
the most surprising ways, and San
Joaquln is getting a share of It.
(San Francisco Call)
government and confirms in the full
est and most conclusive manner the
figures made at home.
With a population of 3T9.198, show
ing a gain of 211.5 per cent for the
decade, Los Angelea easily leads the
procession for growth and takes its
place among cities of the first rank.
They are a great people down there.
They not only command success but
deserve it. San Francisco extends to
Los Angeles her assurances of the
highest regard.
Far and Wide
It isn't so much that The Hague tri
bunal has scaled down the American
claims on Venezuela from $1,400,000 to
less than $60,000 that is important, as
that the trouble between the North and
a South American country has been
amicably adjusted without the firing of
a shot.—Philadelphia Bulletin.
Autos at $5 por hour make political
campaigning come high. The pcrty is
in luck which has many members who
will loan theii- machines and so save
the party treasury.—Fitchburg Senti
While posing «ir "the white man's
hope," Barney Oldfleld helped to turn
out some films that are now the hope
of moving picture men.—Des Moinea
Those woh Inveigh against chewing
gum are informed thta the consump
tion of it is only 300,000 pounds a
year.—Knoxville Journal-Tribune.
While putting the lawn mower away
in the cellar you may ag well bring 1 up
the snow shovel, thus killing two birds
with one stone.—Sioux City Journal.
Mary Garden says she is cerebral—
purely and slmly cerebral. We had
harbored the thought that Mary was
vocal. —Baltimore Sun.
A biplane 9000 feet In the air simply
looks like two sHces of 40 cent bacon.
—Denver Republican.
. It is estimated that electric illumina
tion is used by about 700,000 out of a
total of about 8,500,000 households In
the United States.
Sarah Bernhardt has triumphantly
shown that it la not a disgrace to be
60 years old.—Chicago Record-Herald.
Our Idea of a misnomer is the pilot
of a balloon.—Ohio State Journal.

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