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WILLARD'S BRILLIANT FLIGHT
THAT the aeroplane is passing—has indeed al
ready passed—from the classification of
sporting apparatus could not be doubted' by
anyone who witnessed the brilliantly successful
flight of Charles F. Willard over the city of Los
Angeles yesterday. With all the ease and grace
of a science fifty years old (instead of less than
that many months in reality) this exponent made
his journey from the western boundary of Los An
geles, over the jagged roof lines, smoking chim
neys and throbbing life, on to Pasadena and back
over the same course.
Recall that so late as the fall of 1908 Orville
\V right, at Fort Meyer, made the world gasp by
staying,in the air fifty-seven minutes and later on
the same day extended the time to one hour and
two minutes. In France, simultaneously, Wilbur
Wright made the time an hour and a half. It was
demonstrated by them that the aeroplane would
fly, but there is a vast advance in a flight 3000 feet
high like Willard's, over two cities, with no "soft
spots" beneath, to the parade ground flights of the
Paulhan's flight from London to Manchester,
Curtiss' flight from Albany to New York, Ham
ilton's New York-to-Philadelphia trip and Chavez'
crossing of the Alps are no longer matters of mys
tery to those who saw yesterday's exhibition here.
The "practical" aeroplane has "arrived." Its pos
sibilities are boundless. It may in a large sense
revolutionize the world. At the height Willard
flew yesterday what known thing could have
estopped him from destroying with high explosives
a naval fleet worth millions of times the cost of
his machine, or scattering destruction and demor
alization through the strongest intrenched army?
If it is possible for a score of aeroplanes to
sweep into the sky at a height of 3000 feet and do
harm so vast the imagination can hardly picture it,
war will become too terrible to be countenanced
by any civilized people. And this suggests only
one of many utilitarian offices the flying machine
John B. Moissant, the American who flew from
Paris to London, has made the prediction that
within ten years somebody will cross the Atlantic
in an aeroplane. Ten years is such a long time
compared with the brief history of flying that Mr.
Moissant's prediction will astonish few people. So
accustomed have we become to new wonders that
there is likely to be impatience if someone does not
fulfill it in five years.
Los Angeles has now given to the world two
very noteworthy exhibitions in the new science.
Paulhan's height record a year ago, at the first
American meet, was epochal, and deserving to
rank with several of the great flights of the past
year was Willard's feat of yesterday.
THE CASE OF FRED WARREN
A FEW months since, in a speech made in
Ohio, President Taft declared that Social
ism would be the next great problem in
this country. He spoke of it as a thing to be
dreaded and if possible avoided, and implied that
if he could do anything to avert it he would do so.
If that inference is correct some of the presi
dent's friends might take him aside and tell him
that if he wants the making of Socialists stopped
he should check the misguided zeal of federal offi
cers who have succeeded in putting Fred D. War
ren, editor of the Appeal to Reason, into prison.
Warren's offense consisted in printing on his en
velopes the offer of a reward for the return of ex-
Governor Taylor to Kentucky for trial.
It will be remembered that after the murder
of Governor Goebel of that state Taylor fled to
Indiana and remained there in fear of political per
secution if he should return. Now, Editor Warren
had nothing against Taylor. His object in printing
the offer of reward, it is explained, was to show
that some Socialists had been seized and carried
over state lines for trial, while Taylor, with polit
ical influence, was secure under the same con
Warren's charge had the sting of truth in it.
We feel inclined to criticise him for a too great
vehemence at times in carrying on his propaganda,
but in this case it does look absurd to imprison
him for "libeling" Taylor, who was not harmed so
much as the weight of a toothpick bj Warren's
envelopes or newspaper. Tlic charge has been
made, and with some show of reason, that the post
office department has for years harassed Warren's
paper, just as it harassed for years the Woman's
National Magazine, evidently under pressure from
some source that had a pull.
The result has been to make Warren a martyr
and give a double potency to his charges against
those in power and the political conditions that
can almost at will shut off free speech. Here in
Los Angeles a iund is being raised toward the sup
port of his paper while he is in prison. Probably
i< is being done in many cities.
Upton Sinclair, the novelist, and other persons
of prominence have appealed to the president to
pardon Warren, but so strange and so strong is
Mr. Taft's tendency to listen to bad advice that it
is more than likely that the politicians who speak
for the interests will prevent him from doing the
right and tactful thing now.
Warren believes, and thousands of his read
ers believe, that he is battling for the cause of hu
man rights. When the worst that enn be said
against such a man is that he may have been rash
in utterance and yet is cast into prison for it, not
much of a check can be put on the spread of the
idea gaining ground that Socialism offers the only
elective means of protest.
Editorial Page gf 15he Herald
"EDITED BY THE PEOPLE"
NOTHING has been more worthy of note in
Los Angeles newspaperdom the past few
months than the growth in size and popu
larity of the Public Letter Box which is now a reg
ular feature of The Herald, thanks to the live-wire
kind of people who make up The Herald's clientele.
Speaking from a pretty wide knowledge of the
field of journalism we are able to say. that few
papers in the entire country now have so extens
ive and interesting a department of the kind. It is
another proof of the rare public spirit that exists
among all classes in Los Angeles, as it is also a
healthy sign of a widespread purpose of the people
to have a say about what is going on that is of im
portance to them.
Today the number of letters is so large that it
is found necessary to find room for them on an
other page. This overflow from the week-day
issues may become a regular Sunday feature here
after, if the growing interest in the department
during the past few weeks is any criterion.
This is the department that is "edited by the
people." Readers of The Herald are invited to
write, keeping in mind that the acceptance of their
letters depends upon their moderation in two re
spects—in the length at which they write and the
temper in which they express themselves.
NO SKYSCRAPERS NEEDED HERE
THE HERALD is very much opposed to the
proposition which will be put up to the coun- i
cil next Tuesday of again raising the height
limit of buildings in the city. In the first place,
there is no occasion for any such municipal legis
lation. Los Angeles is so blessed with unlimited
surrounding territory as to make it unnecessary
to find room by extending building unnaturally,
either above or below the surface. The hope of
the citizens of Los Angeles is that we shall have,
at some time in the future, a city so beautiful
architecturally that it will be in keeping with the
most beautiful climate in the world by which it is
surrounded. This we cannot have if its streets are
turned into canyons by being lined with 20 and
25-story buildings. Furthermore, the building of
these great structures produces that sort of traffic
congestion which every city should avoid. The
trouble with New York city today is that it is un
able to secure transportation facilities to accom
modate the huge crowds that hive in the great
buildings in down-town New York. A single one
of those structures between 5 and 6 o'clock in the
afternoon will belch out 5000 or 6000 inmates to
be accommodated- by the street cars. Many of
them adding to the crowds in this way it becomes
impossible to furnish transportation facilities suffi
cient to handle the crowds, notwithstanding the
hundreds of millions of dollars which have been
and are being spent in New York for that purpose.
There is some excuse for this sort of thing in
New York because of the fact that being surround
ed by water the building accommodations of the
city can only be extended up or down. This ex
cuse does not exist in Los Angeles, and there is no
occasion for us to have here a city of skyscrapers
which will violate architectural beauty, will make
the city less healthy to live in and will produce
the sort of traffic congestion which New Ycrk is
now struggling with and will probably continue
to struggle with during its whole existence.
Furthermore, to at this late day take off the
height restrictions of buildings would be to inflict
a very great injustice upon those who have al
ready invested their money in costly office build
ings'in the city that comply with the present
There are in the city at the present time a num
ber of fine office buildings reaching the limit al
lowed by law. Had the owners of these buildings
known that others would be permitted to exceed
the limit which they reached they would no doubt
have wanted the same privilege, and justly they
would have been entitled to it.
Los Angeles does not want, and must not have,
sky-scraping monstrosities on its streets.
A special edition of the Havana Daily Post
which has come to The Herald is worthy of men
tion. The Post is the only daily paper published
in Cuba in the English language, but what Yankee
journalism lacks there in numbers it makes up in
vigor, for the Post bears every indication of enter
prise and prosperity. A special section of the
paper, printed in fotir colors, gives realism to the
views of scenes in and around the Cuban capital,
for the verdant foliage of the "Pearl of the An
tilles," like Southern California, needs colors to
give any adequate idea of the country's beauty.
The Daily Post's creditable number ought to be a
good thing for Havana.
liven China is beginning to make light of the
divine right of kings. It is said a constitutional
cabinet will be formed immediately after the Chi
nese New Year. At this rate it will not be long be
fore the kaiser will stand alone as the anointed of
An insane asylum inmate has won a prize for
poetry offered by a leading magazine. The stand
ard of magazine poetry might be raised by a fur
ther search in the same direction. We might get
some we can understand.
A New York commission estimates that 4,
--500,000 are unemployed in the country. That is
equivalent to every man, woman and child in fif
teen big cities the size of Los Angeles. Think it
The .Mexican Herald says that Ludloff, the
Mexican honey king, has imported 8768 Siberian
bees "that sing and whistle at work." The Herald
is promoting a nature fake. Them's mosquitoes.
Who says that American justice is not becom
ing more speedy? The elephant "Queen," in Cen
tral park, New York, killed her keeper, was tried
within a week and promptly executed.
A Missouri editor has married a Miss Hartsock.
Another man married a Miss Darnsock and took
her off the stage, but she changed her name to
Illington and "came back."
It is reported that the senate committee wishes
to avoid condemning "William Lorimer. It might
compromise by ruling that he is no worse than
some of his colleagues.
De Swirsky's Dancing Is an
Offspring of Musical Triumph
PRETTY CDUITESS TELLS
HOW ART CLAIMED HER
Girl Won Prize as Pianist, and
Composer Suggested Terp
"Russian women are ambitious, and
when they are talented their friends
encourage them in the development of
the art or science toward which their
interest turns," said Thamara tie
Bwirsky the young Russian dancer
and musician, who is still a guest in
"In my country women are very ad
vanced. They desire to do something
creative, and from my earliest child
hood I was surrounded with men and
women who rejoiced in every OUOO6U
utttained by the other. In such an
atmosphere I grew to believe that I,
too, might win some place in the world
of art, and since I had early shown a
talent for music I began to give seri
ous attention to this study."
The countess paused here to adjust
her automobile veil which the after
noon breeze had disarranged, and
smiled appreciation of the balmy air,
scented with the poil'ume of Holly
wood's loveliest flowers, yet fresh with
the salty tang of the ocean.
"It was not until after several
years' study in Paris nnd later in
Munich that I received the first prize
for piano playing-, awarded-by Felix
Mottl at the conservatory. The night
I played for that prize I gave a
Beethoven sonata, some Chopin and
Liszt numbers and Greig"s 'Peer Gynt
suite,' and Grelg himself was is the
audience and asked to see me. He
spok first of the sense of rhythm he
observed In my playing and then asked
'Have you ever danced?" I was sur
prised, for the Idea had not occurred
to me before. I had been content with
the tonal interpretation I could give
but the great Nor*, egian composer
spoke of folk dancing of his country,
of the emotional scenes which had in
spired him for the writing of this
great suite, and when he had finished I
felt that my metier had not yet been
found and that I must try to dance.
"For two years I danced three hours
each day with the corps dv ballet of
the Opera Comique. Not before the
public, you understand, only Just In
rehearsals that I might learn every
step ancl ever- exercise which Is
taught in that sohool."
Here the speaker paused and turned
to her vis-a-vls, a professional musi
cian, saying 1:
"You know there la a technlo of
dancing just as there is of piano or
violin playing 1. One must learn the
rudiments before one becomes an
artist. As you learn the scales and the
finger exercises before playing your
instrument, just bo one must learn to
poise and bend before one dances."
The young musician left Munich and
the pianistic success which she had
won and went to Paris, and there with
the ballet drill In the morning nnd
lessons from a private teacher In the
afternoon she worked at the new art
she had adopted. Her piano was not
neglected, nor will It be. Dancing and
music are allied so closely in her In
terest that she will not give up one
for the other.
"Mottl thought me slightly—not
right—here," and she pointed to her
forehead significantly as she con
tinued, "that I should leave my piano
playing for dancing, but last summer
I wrote him and sent him an account
of the money I had made With the
dancing and playing together, and it
was much greater than I could have
earned by playing alone.
"Each dance makes different require
ments." she said, "and I find that I
can meet these best when returning
from some inspirational musical even
ing, from seeing great pictures or wit
nessing some marvelous soul-stirring
play. Anything which Intensifies the
emotions and sharpens the sensibilities
awakens in me the desire to construct
a new dance. Frequently I work until
daylight before my mirror In this cre
ative mood, elaborating the pantomime
which is to tell the story and trying
the effect of different steps and poses."
The family to which this young wo
man belongs is of much talent. An
older brother is a prominent pianist in
Europe and a sistil-, Julie do Swirsky,
culptor, has teturnea recently to
St. Petersburg, where she has a large
atelier and is making some splendid
pit rvs, while the mcther of this group
of talented persons holds a degiv' of
doctor of medicine from the Academy
nl .Medicine of St. Petersburg.
Countess De Thamara finds it diffi
cult to 3xpress her delight in Cali
"Here it is like Italia. I find it hard
to remember I am in America. The
color o£ the mountains, the soft air
and sunshine all seem like the south
Of BUrope, It brings out all the
warmth In the people, too, and they
are more cordial. Here it i.s warn)
and the mountains have the color of
Italia. Always other mountains are
hard and cold-looking, but yours here
in California they have the warm blue
that makes me know I am again in
When asked concerningl the climatic
influence upon her audiences and spec
tators the automobile veil was raited
and the big brown eyos looked out
from under the bronze gold hair as
"But of course where it is warm and
poft in the air the people are kind and
tender and artistic. They are appre
ciative and understand, and I like
best 10 work in such countries."
Prom Los Angeles it is probable that
Countess l>o Swirsky and her mother
will go to Honolulu, thence to Aus
tralia and on around the world; to
London, where the pretty dancer and
musician has already appeared and
where she has hosts of friends to
crivo her welcome.
OOtTNTBSa THAMAKA DB SWIIMKY
Beef Prices in California
It seems as If the rejoicing over tho
fall in the price of beef might be pre
mature, at least in California, There
may be, and probably is, cheaper beef
in the middle west, but California is
passing through a transition stage
that for the present seems more likely
to raise than to lower the price of
meat. The elimination of the big stock
ranges has reached a stage where the
home production of beef on the old
plan has become commercially un
profitable. That Is to say, the owners
of the best ranges find they can do
much better by dividing them into
tracts for fruit-growing or other agri
cultural purposes. By consequence
we nnd that the McHenry Meat com
pany, the most extensive slaughterers
In the San Joaquin valley, has an
nounced an advance of KM cents a
pound In the price of meat simulta-
Millions in Missouri Poultry
Missouri did not make much of a
showing In the census returns, but she
is prepared to maintain steadfastly
that she is still "Poultry Queen of the
Union." In the "Red Book" of the
Missouri bureau of labor statistics,
soon to be Issued, it will be claimed
that the 114 counties of the state in
1909 sold $45,902,655 worth of poultry,
eggs and feathers. The commissioner
of labor challenges any other state in
the union to show as good a record.
A peculiar thing about the poultry
business in Missouri is that it has as
sumed great proportions only since the
world's fair was held in St. -Louis. The
big fair, of course, created an enor
mous demand for poultry and poultry
products, and the good prices realized
brought the farmers to an awakening
sense of the profits to be made in rais
ing chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks
for the city markets. The notable
gains in production began after the
fair had closed and In nine years the
value of surplus poultry, eggs and
feathers was more than tripled.
Missouri now is shipping millions of
pounds of poultry to Chicago and the,
eastern cities in refrigerator cars. Ac
cording to the figures compiled for the
"Hed Book" there were 116,079,505
pounds of fowls sent to market "on
the hoof," or in coops. _^At the low
A HEARTY LAUGH
Being the day's best Joke from tb» newi
Little Mollie, the daughter of a popu
lar physician, has a most vigorous
imagination. Inded, it is such a very
vigorous imagination that it runs away
with Mollies honesty, to her parents'
The other day her mother overheard
her telling a story to Bobby Davis,
a neighbor. It was a very interesting
story. It related, with every appearance
of truth, the adventures of Mollie on
an airship. Now, Molie's mother knew
very well that the child had never seen
an airship in her life. So she called
her away from Bob-by Davis and be
gan to talk to her.
"Mollie, don't you know that you
make mother very unhappy by telling
such awful stories?" she asked. Mol
lie hung her head and said nothing.
"Don't you know what happened to
Ananias and Sapphira?" the mother
continued, and Mollie looked up
"Oh! yes," she eaid. "I know all
about them. They were struck dead
tor lying. I saw them being carried
into the corner drug store."—Chicago
The Letter Box department
will be found today on page 4
of this section.
(San FYanclsco Chronicle)
neously with the cut made In Chi
cago. The conditions that affect the
interior valley market are likely to
prevail in other parts of California.
It is not likely that meat will ever
again touch the leve! of former prices
in California. The pastoral age has
passed never to return. We are pro
ducing more profitable commodities,
and every day we are working In the
direction of intensive agriculture.
This is a tendency that must increase
constantly under the application of
irrigation methods, on which the fu
ture of this region may be said to
depend. Something, of course, will be
done in the way of cattle feeding on
alfalfa, but although the product will
be much higher in quality than range
beef it will be expensive in like pro
The most effective cure for the high
cost of living is to produce commod
ities that bring the highest prices.
We believe California Is able to meet
the conditions of that contract.
wholesale price of 10 cents a pound,"
the statistician says, "from this vast
amount of farm wealth there was re
alized $11,607,951." Nearly all this poul
try was consumed at home and nearly
100,000,000 pounds were shipped away
to be eaten in other states, where the
poultry supply is unequal to the de
mand. Missouri ranks pretty high in
mineral products. Lead, zinc, iron and
coal are mined In the state, but the
value of the output of all the mines is
not equal to that of the state's poultry
and poultry products.
Some idea of the extent and the pos
sibilltiea of the poultry business in the
Untied States may be gained from these
figures, showing the vast revenue
which cornea therefrom to the people of
a single state. A chicken farm con
ducted by a man who knows his busi
ness is about as profitable a branch of
agriculture as can be engaged in by
the enterprising farmer.
A POEM WORTH WHILE
These quatrains by Robert Cameron Rogers, author of "The Rosary"
and other well known poems, have the touch and the fire of true poetry
in a measure more generous than ono finds in much contemporaneous verse.
They were written for and delivered at the Elks' memorial services at Santa
Barbara, this year, but their interest, like their art. Is universal:
The faltering footsteps of the aged year
Are at the threshold of Time's outer door.
Again we meet in convocation here
To speak of those whose voices speak no more.
Wherever in their mystic symmetry
The mighty antlers of protection roach,
We come once more together reverently,
To speak of those beyond all mortal speech.
To speak of those who, passed—their labor done;
To speak of those who left it. Incomplete;
Of those who wore the laurels —fairly won—
Of thoso whose shields dropped riven by defeat.
For some are gone who rose to high estate,
Who leave the inspiration honor brings;
And some are gone whose lives were humbly great.
In the just stewardship of little things.
And some are gone who waged the losing fight,
"Yet ever with the will to smile" —whose lot
Lay all too near the verge of starless night;
But therq is none whose names shall be forgot.
The world may censure, or the world acclaim;
May give its verdict, whether ill or good;
. Will grant them guerdon, or ascribe them blame;
We only praise—for this is brotherhood.
Not ours to Judge: Enough for us to save
What rings true metal, from corroding rust;
We only praise; into the open grave
Should fall the dross of error—dust to dust.
Hail and farewell! In small or great degree
You played your parts, O comrades gone before.
Your ships, hull down, have found the boundlesn sea;
Ours still He moored beside a troubled shore.
Yet, not farewell! From out this fellowship
The arms of memory reach beyond the tomb,
And Fate, the weaver, with half-quivering lip,
Wreathes amaranth and ivy round her loom.
Ivy and amaranth together twined—
Emblems of memories that eternal last!
Ivy and amaranth today we bind
About the gate that opens on the past.
DECEMBER 11, 1010.
California^ are putting their native
spirit to good effect in their effort to
obtain tho official Panama exposition.
Apparently every mun. woman and
child in the Btata Is engaged In the
movement. Private correspondence
contains a word of boost for it; busi
ness houses have letter heads, I»st
cards or advertlairg matter bearing
upon it and the big fruit and raisin
packing industries send out similar
matter to every corner of the country.
Here Is a great stato united for one
object. That alone, to say nothing of
the argument oftored, has its effect.
All petty Jealousies and rivalries are
forgotten while this fight Is on. Los
Angeles has entirely lost sight of its
determination to wrest from San Fran
cisco tho honor of being the state me
tropolis while San Francisco Is strug
gling with New Orloans for this groat
Here is a wholesome example for
other states to follow. In older states,
where country communities are ar-
j rayed against the large city or cities,
I the example might be taken home. In
states where It is anything to down the
metropolis the California spirit should
be emulated. Does anyone imagine
that the benefits accruing from this
I exposition, If It goes to the Golden
| Guto, can possibly be confined to San
1 Francisco? Does anyone presume that
I they will not overflow into every por-
I tion of the state? And Just so the
1 benefits or advantages that come to the
metropolis of any state like those of
the middle west or'far west—they aro
bound to bo felt in some proportion all
| over the state. What helps the city
cannot but help the town or country,
and vice versa. It is sheerest folly,
the most shortsighted policy, for people
to imagine otherwise. It is not worth
while to stop and try to weigh the
relative good that comes to the city
from the country. Intelligent people
know that their prosperity Is mutual.
that the way to build up one is to
build up the other.
Far and Wide
A MATTER OF CULTIVATION
Sarah Bernhardt, aged 67, is one of
the reasons why there is a beauty par
lor in every city square.—Nashville
Burb&nk has grown a seedless prune,
and now it is up to him to produce a
pruneless boarding house.—Danville
(111.) Commercial News.
ONE COURSE OPEN
"A little widow is a dangerous
thing," though you can imitate the St.
Louis man and sue for breach of prom
ise.—Boston (Mass.) Transcript.
Uncle Sam announces that hickory is
disappearing. But, then, the principal
use for hickory has vanished since th«
kindergarten came Into vogue.—Daven
DEGREES OF DANGER
Riding in an aeroplane seems to be
somewhat more dangerous than hand
ling a gun that isn't loaded, but safer
than playing football under the new
rules.—Springfield (Mo.) Republican.
TAKING MUCH FOR GRANTED
A St. Louis woman advertised that
she has 600 pounds of bacon and wants
to marry. There are plenty of St.
Louis suckers who will bite at bait like
that.—Houston (Tex.) Post.
TELLING TIME FOR REPEATERS
In some parts of Indiana "Ten
o'clock club" have bees formed. The
purpose is to vote early. Members
pledge themselves to cast their ballots
before 10 o'clock.—South Bend Tribune.
By Roberts Cameron Roger!
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