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SUN DAY AUGUST 11, 1895
THE CALL SPEAKS FOR ALL.
Now for the fairs.
Every district has a show.
We must have a winning exhibit at At
The fair season will open wide enough
this week to give everybody a show.
Much of the literature in The Call this
morning deserves to be called classic
The forest fires in the Puget Sound coun
try are a warning to California to look out.
Perhaps had it not been for the Solid
Eight the Civic Federation's energy would
have lain dormant.
It is impossible for any one to be sad
who fills his system with the merry sun
shine of California.
The missionary in China seems to need
a six-shooter as well as a Bible and a gun- j
boat as well as a chapel.
The most successful rose-growers here
about are the girls, and their prowess is
merely a matter of cheek.
The Camp Roache experiment has justi
fied itself and it will meet next summer as
an established institution.
If the Grand Jury will press the button
of an indictment against the Solid Eight,
the people will do the rest.
There are as many ways of being happy
in California as there are seductive allure
ments in the glance of the sun.
The proposed census every five years
would be crowding the limit. At the
present time it requires five years to take
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The only reformer nowadays who can
dare to face the modern sneer is he with
the commanding brains and character to
Study the literary features of The Call
this morning and see what Western writers
can do to make a Western paper for all the
world to read.
In his serious illness Governor Budd has
the sympathy of the whole State and even
the office-seekers will probably consent to
give him a rest.
Police Commissioner Grant of New York
is probably appalled by the Tammany
ghost which his opposition to PLOOsevelt's
reform movement has raised.
The Miners' Association seems to be
keeping an alert eye on the Southern Pa
cific weaknesses which some of its mem
bers are in danger of betraying.
Cleveland will not be allowed to fish in
peace until he has named the man to fill
the vacancy on the Supreme beach, but he
may possibly catch a few suckers in doing it.
It has been several days since Hawaiian
"filibusters" were breathing sulphur and
brimstone hereabout, and this makes us
fear that enterprising journalism is losing
Bland of Missouri likes silver, but he
says he Would not take the Democratic
Presidential nomination next year even if
it were offered him on a silver platform
and a silver platter.
The captain of the steamer Mexico has
made a wholesome departure from a dis
graceful practice by refusing to perform
the marriage ceremony for two eloping
minors from Los Angeles.
It would seem that the south side, of all
parts of the City, should have the least
reason for supporting the Southern Pacific
in its determination to hold possession of
its spur-track franchise to the park.
Joseph H. Choate has been making the
people of Illinois unhappy by telling them
that while England with 30,000,000 of
people maintains only thirty-two Judges
Illinois makes her people support 178.
The alterations which are being made in
• the Safe Deposit building will serve as a hint
to the owners of all the old, and almost
abandoned but really well-built houses
between Montgomery street and the bay.
Henry Watterson's statement that who
ever says Cleveland is one of the greatest
statesmen of this country " is either a fool
or a craven tool " shows that the distin
guished Kentuckian has had a lucid in
The signs of reform are probably causing
the Solid Eight to indulge in an amused
speculation as to whether their future
emulators will be influenced more by a
fear of the penitentiary than by loyalty to
' Yesterday's issue of James H. Barry's
Star contained the following: "Every
worker for the single tax in this City
should subscribe for The Call, the only
daily that gives the movement prominence
in its columns.'" 1 in publishing informa
tion, regarding the single tax movement
. The Call is following the course that it
has laid out in regard to all public mat
ters. Where earnest, thoughtful citizens
are joined together for the discussion of
topics relating to the affairs of life the sub
jects are given respectful treatment in the
news colums of the paper,
A LITERARY FEATURE.
This issue of The Call gives a fair idea
of its policy on the score of its literary
features. It is a radical departure from the
methods of daily journalism in San Fran
cisco, in that it gives preference to the
writers of California over those living in
the Eastern States and England. This is
not only carrying out The Call's general
plan of giving more attention to the de
velopment of California than has been the
custom hitherto in this City, but lying
behind that are important reasons to
justify it. It is evident that the plan of
using original contributions from leading
California writers is much more expensive
than that of buying cheap "syndicate"
matter, over winch the editor has practi
cally no control, but the advantages offset
ting the increased expense are numerous.
In the first place, California is Immeasur
ably the richest field for literary explora
tion in all the New World, Louisiana not
excepted. History and romance of the
most fascinating kinds and in marvelous
variety abound from the very first settle
ment of the region by the Franciscan
monks. Thu beautiful idyls of the mis
sions, the austere lives and strange adven
tures of the Franciscan pioneers, the
thrilling stories of buccaneer days in the
time of Sir Francis Drake, the struggles of
the Russians in securing a foothold on the
northern coast, the discovery of gold and
the strange and incredible events which
succeeded it, the stirring days of the
vigilantes and of stock speculations in San
Francisco, the dazzling fortunes which
were made and lost in an hour, the ruin
and suicides and all manner of other
wonderful tragedies which have stained
the pages of the State's history with crime
and blood, the fierce wars waged against
Mexico and the Indians, the birth of the
constitution and the organization of law
and order out of a whirling and bewilder
ing chaos, the terrible fires and savage up
risings of the poor against the rich, the
delirium of political entanglements and
alliances, the duels and lyncnings, the
daring highway robberies that shadowed
with terror all the famous highways lead
ing to the goldfields, the outlandish and
altogether unique criminal mysteries
which crowd every one of the forty-seven
years since the American occupation, the
development of the vine, fig tree and olive,
the evolution of a civilization which finds
no parallel in history, the springing forth
and present existence of a race of men and
women born of impressive conditions never
encountered before, peculiarities of climate
and topography wholly unmatched for
beauty, splendor and overwhelming mag
nificence — these constitute but a part oi
the material upon which the Californian
may train his pen, and which it is possible
for none other than a Californian to under
stand and utilize.
Not only have we this dazzling material,
almost untouched through lack of en
couragement, but experience long ago es
tablished the fact that as a rule the Cali
fornia writer discovers a peculiar and pic
turesque virility, a boldness of conception
and independence of individuality, a
unique and daring ambition, a splendid
disdain for the hampering conventions
and traditions, and an expansiveuess
wholly in keeping with his environment
and lacking with writers produced under
commonplace conditions. Most of these
whom local opportunities for expression
made famous have been lured away: but
still it must be that others will appear,
and we know that still others of brilliant
power yet remain with us.
It is an understanding of all these mat
ters that leads The Call to prefer Cali
fornia writers to the hackneyed "syndi
cate" contributors, who generally are
working solely on a fame acquired in lines
of production immeasurably superior to
those which they are now presenting. The
Call will be helpful as well as original,
and in the pursuit of its policy will pro
duce a paper with literary features utterly
distinctive and incomparably attractive,
strong and racy of the soil. It will de
velop not only the wonderful things that
have produced so strange and beautiful a
country but the literary genius competent
to portray them.
The legislative act providing for the
creation of sanitary districts at the will of
the district voters is having a decidedly
cold reception in various parts of the State.
As a rule the elections which have been
called for the purpose of establishing such
districts have resulted in an overwhelming
There is possibly more common sense in
these negations than might at first appear.
In view of many considerations it would
be unfair to compare the obstructionists
with those ignorant hordes of Europe and
Asia who regard cleanliness, vaccination
and sanitation as Institutions of the Evil
One. Evidently obstruction in California
is based on a knowledge of the fact that the
climate here is the most efficient of all
sanitary agencies, and that in a large
measure it takes the place of necessary
sanitation in other parts of the world.
This is another instance of the fact which
under no circumstances we should over
look, that the traditions and experiences
of other places have proved inapplicable to
California and injurious to its progress.
Wise sanitation is good, but unnecessary
sanitation is bad, because it is expensive
and useless. The peculiarities of Cali
fornia which reduce the necessity for sani
tation to a minimum are these: First, the
constant ocean winds of the coast, which
effect instant aeration and dissemination
of deleterious effluvia; second, the great
atmospheric dryness of the summers in the
interior, working against putrefaction and
all bacterial fecundity and inducing desic
cation, which is the counterpart of sterili
zation and the enemy of injurious germs.
The remarkable freedom from zymotic
and endemic diseases which California en
joys ought to be a sufficient lesson to those
sanitary reformers who seek to harness us
to the humid conditions of the Eastern
States. California, in spite of the fact tbat
it has free commerce with the track of the
pilgrims to Mecca, has had but one cholera
epidemic. That was over forty years ago.
Its victims were the Mexicans and the
Chinese who lived in filth in the Sacra
mento Valley. The coast proved immune.
Smallpox is the only virulent disease that
San Francssco has ever had reason to
dread, but it has never been so fatal as
diphtheria, and the danger of both passed
almost entirely upon the introduction of
a very inadequate sewer system.
Diphtheria still breaks out in a sporadic
form not only in San Francisco (though it
has been a long time since we had an epi
demic), but in other cities of the State as
well. Invariably it is traceable to defec
tive sewerage. Smallpox and cholera may
be left out of consideration altogether.
The conclusion is that in very thickly set
tled communities there should be good
sewers, and that in thinly settled commu
nities they are unnecessary.
One evil remains, and one only. That is
malaria. It does not exist on the coast,
because the constant ocean winds prevent.
It is found only in communities where the
ordinary facilities for breeding malarial
germs — an abundance of stagnant fresh
water carrying decaying vegetation and
unaccompanied by constant winds — present
all the conditions for its presence. This
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 1895.
evil has been found particularly in swampy
and artificially irrigated districts, and in
the foothill and mountain regions where
natural drainage was lacking. This is the
easiest of all evils to overcome. Drainage
is the solution of the whole problem. No
malarial germ can withstand the normal
dryness of a California summer. If there
are any places in California where the
organization of sanitary districts would
prove beneficial it is those where malaria
exists. As for the strictly local and artifi
cial causes which produce diphtheria, they
can be easily overcome by free exposure to
the sun of the matter breeding it or a fre
quent admixture of it with freshly turned
earth. The climate will do the rest.
The Camp Roache experiment has been
made. The school of instruction has com
pleted its work and adjourned. The pro
fessors, students and casual listeners have
left the groveß in the mountains, where
they have been encamped for two weeks,
and the time has come to look back over
the work of the session and see what has
been accomplished for the good of those
present and the general welfare of the
The highest worth of the school must, of
course, be tested by the amount of infor
mation which the grangers derived from
it, and this depends, of course, not upon
the teachers only, but upon the grangers
themselves. The course of lectures has
certainly covered fields of wide and varied
importance, and the instruction has been
given by men well fitted to make it of
value to those to whom it is to be a matter
of practical application. That lectures of
such a scientific nature should be so well
attended gives assurance of the high intel
ligence of the campers and juotifies the
belief that they will prove themselves
capable of applying it to advantage as
well as listening to it with understanding.
Those who have studied the camp at
close range are sanguine of good results.
Enough has been accomplished to make it
certain that the sessions will be resumed
next year and instruction given on broader
lines. We may now account the school,
therefore, as one of the established educa
cational forces of the State. The only
danger that confronts it is that it may fall
from its high purpose, and for the sake of
drawing crowds substitute popular lectures
by noted persons in the place of the scien
tific teaching by trained professors of our
If the tendency toward popularity is
avoided and the future sessions of the
school are devoted, like the one just past,
to the serious study of serious subjects, the
importance and the value of the enterprise
will grow until it takes rank among the
foremost summer schools of the country
and achieves a reputation as wide as the
Nation. The promoters have fixed the
standard high and are sanguine of main
taining it. They have fortunately an in
telligent constituency to appeal to. The
agriculturists of California, as a rule, are
broadly educated men, with a sufficient
knowledge to know that they do not know
everything. They understand the value
of science in the practical affairs of life
and they are aware that it is continually
increasing. They know, therefore, that
they must study to keep abreast of the
times, and in that knowledge they may be
counted on to give a cordial support to
those who seek to advance the Grangers'
School of Instruction to the highest stan
dards of scientific study of agriculture
A BUTTER BACILLUS.
According to a correspondent of the
Pittsbur? Dispatch, Professor H. C. Conn
of Pennsylvania, who has been making ex
periments for the last two years in the
cultivation of bacteria for improving the
flavor of butter, has already obtained re
sults which promise to introduce impor
tant changes in the dairy business, and
prove of considerable benefit to butter
The particular bacillus which Professor
Conn has discovered has been named by
him "Bacillus No. 14." It is said to be
capable of doing surprising things in the
way of ripening cream for butter-making.
The butter when first produced by the in
oculating process developed a delicate and
delicious flavor, but it deteriorated after
two weeks. A full inoculation with the
bacillus from the laboratory, however, re
stored the flavor and demonstrated the
usefulness of the discovery. The informa
tion is added that Professor Conn intends
to introduce the inoculation process into
all the large creamenes in the United
States within the next year, and then even
the humblest citizen can have the delicate
bacillus butter instead of oleomargarine.
Whether the new discovery will be of
real value to the world remains to be seen.
The experience with what have been called
"sophisticated foods" has not been encour
aging. Science has taught us to make
honey out of glucose, olive oil out of cot
ton seed, fruit jellies out of mineral acids
and wine out of nearly everything under
the sun, but these achievements have been
more flattering to our intellects than pleas
ing to our palates. Professor Conn is, of
course, entitled to credit for his work and
fame for his discovery, but, all the same, a
hesitating world of butter-eaters would be
very glad if he would put his butter bacil
lus back where he found it.
REFORM IN ENGLAND.
Although until Parliament meets the
new Conservative Ministry in England is
not likely to make any official announce
ment of the work it intends to undertake
enough has been said since the elections
by members of the Cabinet to make it
fairly certain that Parliament will be
called upon to deal with what Chamberlain
has called "constructive social reform."
The phrase is a vague one, but it implies
some attempt to find a remedy for those
economic evils of the age which are felt
even in this country and in England have
become well nigh intolerable. Mr. Cham
berlain says: "The new Government will
not be unmindful of, popular aspirations
nor backward in its efforts to promote the
social amelioration of the condition of our
people at home." Lord Salisbury has ex
pressed a full approval of this statement.
Sir John Gorst has declared tbat im
mediate attention will be given to ques
tions of labor and capital and providing
work for the unemployed. Balfour, who
is to be leader of the Commons, has out
lined a more elaborate policy, embracing
the better housing of the working classes,
the subdivision of big estates, the protec
tion of farm tenants in their improve
ments, compensation to injured working
men and lightening the burdens of taxa
tion on agriculture.
It is curious that the Conservative party
of so conservative a country as England
should thus declare for a policy which in
America would be regarded as radical
socialism. The conditions of England,
however, are widely different from those of
the United States, and many evils which
can here be safely left for individual enter
prise to remedy must there be dealt with
by the Government. The announcement
of this policy of constructive reform
enables us to understand Lord Salisbury's
victory in the elections. The Liberals pro
posed to give Ireland home rule and to
reform the Lords. The Conservatives pro
posed to give homes to Englishmen and to
reform industrial conditions. The voters
decided that tbe latter programme prom
ised most for them and voted accordingly.
OUT OF THE SKY.
When English tourists visit San Fran
cisco they lose no time in ascending to the
summits of the picturesque hills which
abound in the City and in marveling that
the residents seem to care so little for the
splendid panoramas which the slight effort
reveals. In feasting upon the beauties and
varieties of the wonderful scene they see
two noble mountains in the immediate vi
cinity of the City and make eager inquiries
to learn something of the Btill grander
views which surely can be seen from the
summits of these handsome peaks, and
they are amazed to learn tuat nobody has
cared to ascertain. One of these mountains
is Diablo, whose dark slopes dominate
with a gloomy majesty the Coast Range to
the east, and the other is Tamalpais, north
of the City, standing guard over the ocean
and frowning away northward to the steel
gray dome of volcanic St. Helena.
Happily there are some among us who
have ftie Englishman's love of adventure
and of, the beautiful in nature, and when
we are older and have developed a taste
above wooden shanties and miserable
streets we may discover a culture which
shall enable us to appreciate the splendid
charms with which nature has blessed our
The ascent of Tamalpais i 3 really made
quite often in these later years, for Yankee
skill in devising easy ways of enjoyment
has proved equal to the construction of a
winding road to the summit, traversible by
teams. This is true of Mount Diablo also,
and therefore no reason except that of an
uncultivated taste can be imagined for the
general neglect of our people to exploit tne
scenic wonders of these mountains. The
true lover of nature knows, however, that
too much ease cannot be indulged without
the sacrifice of some good things, and
hence that the best way to make the ascent
of either mountain is afoot on a summer
moonlit night, with a snort sleep on the
summit in a sheltered nook on the ground
if there be time, but by all means keeping
awake for a view of the glorious summer
sunrise. The whole day may be spent in a
study of the wonderful view, of the chang
ing lights that bathe the landscape in a
succession of crimsons, scarlets, purples,
blues and grays, ending with a glorious
sunset and a cool night descent to the
All the splendors and beauties of the
region about San Francisco are to be seen
from these two eminences, but both are
required to comprebend them all. Each
has its revelations which the other does
not make, and the differences in the point
of view of objects common to both serve as
a new delight.
One-half of the horizon from Tamalpais
is given over to the great ocean, but all
the cities and towns lining the snore of the
bay come under review, and also the nu
merous beautiful and highly developed
little valleys of the Marin coast moun
tains. San Francisco, in spile of its nu
merous high hills, looks singularly flat
from this great elevation and bears the
mystical aspect of a mirage.
By far the grander view is had from the
summit of Diablo. The ocean is clearly
visible, but it is further away, and lies like
a gleaming silver sea on the western hori
zon. San Francisco is merely a patch of
minute rectangles, and its vast bay
stretches out into a long and narrow lagoon
of the deepest blue. Toward the east the
scene is noble beyond the comprehension
of those who have never beheld it. The
broad plains of the Sacramento and San
Joaquin, threaded as far as the vision can
pierce by their winding rivers, and dotted
here and there with towns, are backed by
the splendid serrated mass of mountains
which form the eastern boundary of the
State, the eternally snow-crowned Sierra,
whose shining tops glimmer with an
aggressive brilliancy in the western sun
shine. As the sun sinks the white becomes
yellow, then orange, then the deepest and
most wonderful crimson, fading into a
strange and unearthly purple, which seems
to hold them suspended in the sky. Then
comes the weird blue whiteness of tlie
moonlight and the silence and mystery of
OPINIONS OF EDITORS.
While it is not supposed that a Federal Judge
will condescend to reply to newspaper criti
cism, a good many men who have great respect
for Judge Koss would like to know how he
reconciles hi 3 decision in the Hager case with
his more recent decision in the Fallbrook case.
The former arose under the reclamation act,
the latter under the Wright irrigation act.
Both involved taking property to pay for im
provements made without the owner's consent.
Under the reclamation act Judge Ross held
that the land-owner should pay; under the
Wright act he held that the owner need not
pay. It is probable that Judge Ross will be
able to.point out some substantial distinction
between the two cases. There is the more rea
son that he should, as other lawyers admit
their inability to discover any difference ex
cept that the decisions were rendered under
different acts. The two acts, however, have
an identical purpose. In the one case there
was land that was worthless without water.
In the other there was land that was worthless
because of too much water. In districts favored*
under each law there was land not so materi
ally benefited as other land in the same dis
trict. In both cases, land-owners who did not
think they were getting as much benefit from
the public improvement as others In the same
district refused to pay assessments and took
their cases into court. Judge Ross decides that
one must pay and that the other need not pay.
Of course Judge Ross has reasons for the differ
ent decisions, but at pre»ent they are known
only to himself. The public want to be ad
mitted into his confidence.— Bulletin.
The Oakland Times of July 30 contained the
following editorial: The Call of last Sunday
has a valuable contribution from Frances
Fuller Victor in relation to the missionary.
Dr. Marcus Whitman, who, together with his
family, was massacred by Cayuse Indians
near the present town of Walla Walla. Mrs.
Victor, who lives in Portland, is the best his
torical writer now living in this country, and
did nearly all the best work on Bancroft's
California publications. She is a quiet, mod
est, elderly woman, who does not care to claim
all of her own, but her work will live after
her and her name will have eminence on the
literary baldric of Oregon.
The example of the newspapers in Sacra
mento Valley is a good one. They have decided
that there is no politics in good roads, fair
taxes and a navigable river. More and more
we should apply this rule, and nothing but
benefit can come from our unity.— Halfmoon
William Fredericks.who was recently hanged,
will be pained to learn that the appeal in his
case has been dismissed. But the courts are to
be congratulated upon having established a
meritorious precedent by hanging Fredericks
first and considering his appeal later on.— San
Riverside Press : John D. Spreckels tells the
Ban Diego railroad committee that what San
Diego wants is not more railroads but more
water. And John seems to have struck the
nail 'on the head with a loud resounding
whack that ougnt to echo from Tia Juana to
Yreka Journal : The natural resources of this
country are not yet half known. A company
just formed in California will manufacture a
new fuel composed of a mixture of peat and
aephaltum, both of which abound in inex
haustible quantities in different part* of the
AROUND THE CORRIDORS.
"I have been in the profession over thirty
year?," said L. R. Stockwell yesterday at the
"Are the actors better and more studious
now than they were twenty or thirty years
ago?" was asked.
"No ; they don't have to be. Since the forma
tion of the combinations which play a very few
pieces, and often only one for a year or more,
the actor does not have either the opportunity
or incentive for study as in the old stock com
panies, where aa actor would have to study up
a new part nearly every week. All the great
actors and actresses of to-day are those who
L. H. BTOCKWEU..
[Sketched from life for the "Call" by Kankivell.]
have had that experience. Tate Irving, Ellen
Terry, Jefferson, Crane, Robson, Ada Rehan,
John Drew, Warde, James, Barrymore. Some
of these are getting along in years now. Booth
and Barrett are gone, and they wore made by
the stock-company experience. Yes, the old
way of making actors and actresses was what
developed the great lights of the stage.
"But so many more are specialists now. Yet
the public, on the whole, get better shows. All
the parts of a piece put on fora long run can
be better filled. Those taking part have
abundant opportunity to thoroughly study up
and make the most of their roles. In the old
stock companies, whose pieces were being con
stantly changed, many of the parts were taken
by actors who had little time for preparation
or were unfitted for them. Now, as I said, all
the actors are perfect in their parts, and the
play as a whole is better put on and does not
depend on the stars."
Judge J. W.'Turnerof Eureka, Cal., is at the
A. B. Jackson, a Salinas banker, is at the
A. H. Mattzger, a Riverside fruit-grower, is at
Miss Anna Belle Carr of Marysville Is a guest
at the Lick.
Dr. R. E. Rico of Woodstock, Ontario, is a
guest at the Russ.
J. W. Henderson, a banker of Eureka, is
housed at the Lick.
F. D. Nicoll, a prominent Stockton attorney,
is housed at the Lick.
Charles Lindsay, District Attorney of Santa
Cruz, is at the Grand.
J. Wilson Brown, a business man of Los
Angeles, is at the Russ.
Judge L. 11. Buck of Eureka is visiting the
City and is at the Lick.
G. W. Boggs, a large land-owner of Tracy, is
registered at the Buss House.
H. P. Stabler of Yuba City dropped in for a
few days and is quartered at the Lick.
Rev. J. N. Colby, a minister of Coyington,
Ky., is visiting the City, a guest at the Grand.
Andrew Markham, a Santa Rosa capitalist, is
spending a few days in town at the Lick House.
David Keith, a Park City mining man, is in
from Utah, and is quartered at the Lick House.
The Misses Josephine and Francis Colo of
San Jose are visiting Miss Vesta Shortridge in
Captain J. B. Overton, superintendent of the
Gold Hill Water Works at Virginia City, Is
quartered at the Russ.
O. P. Posey of Telluride, Colorado, is a guest
at the Palace Hotel. He is one of the leading
mining men of that State.
Spencer C. Buckbee, of the firm of Shainwald,
Buckbee & Co., leaves to-morrow for a two
weeks' vacation in Shasta County.
Charles M. Coglan, secretary of the State
Board of Equalization, is down from Sacra
mento. He is accompanied by his wife. They
are at the Lick.
CALIFORNIANS IN NEW YORK.
New York, N. V., Aug. 10.— Miss Virginia
Fair continues to be easily the most prominent
person that the California colony can boast of
in the East. The Eastern press chronicles her
movements and her diversions with as much
care as though she were a royal princess. Her ex
ploits on the bicycle and at golf have been gone
into in detail. Lately she has taken to driving.
In the morning she generally appears alone on
tho Newport roadways in a little basket phae
ton. Her sister, Mrs. Herman Oelrichs, gener
ally accompanies her in the afternoon. Both
attract no end of attention. In a sliehtly
different way "Lucky" Baldwin is also coming
in for a great deal of Eastern notice just now.
He is having a very successful season with his
string at Saratoga, and the long black overcoat
that hs always affects, regardless of variations
in the temperature, threatens to become aa
notable here, in a way, as Greeley's memorable
The marriage in London of C. P. Hunting
ton's adopted son, Arthur nilton Huntington,
to Mrs. Helen Gates, receives gome slight atten
tion. While here young Huntington spent
much ot his time at the ILuntington villa in
Weatchester, and was chiefly known in ama
teur athletic circles. Miss Jennie Catherwood
of Westchester leaves soon to join her mother,
Mrs. Clara Catherwood, at Madrone villa, Napa 4
County. Rev. W. H. Moreland of San Fran
cisco has been at the Ocean House, Newport,
during the week. Californians at the New
York hotels include: San Francisco— J. Brend
sin, A. F. Binz, W. Jung, J. Quaid. Belvedere;
W. A. Bord, Grand Union: C.T.Thomas, Broad
way Central: R. H. Hyland, C. H. Wallace,
Morton House; A. Livingston, Coleman. Los
Angeles— W. D. Opdkye, Stewart.
CALIFORNIANS IN SALT LAKE.
Salt Lake, Utah, Aug. 10.— Mr. and Mrs.
George T. Clark and Miss Wade arrived from
San Francisco this morning and registered at
the Knutsford. Rev. and Mrs. C. M. Fisher of
Los Angeles are at the Walker. W. F. Hitch
cock of San Francisco is at the CuTlen.
The real name of John Hare, the actor, is
John O'Sullivan of Auckland, New Zealand,
is credited with the ripe old age of 149 years.
Marguerita Arlina Eamm declares that
women employed as servants should wear
A daughter of the poet Longfellow lives in
Washington. Her name is Marion Longfellow
Tho»e who ought to know say that the
Crown Princess of Roumania is the hand
somest sprig of royalty in Europe.
BY JOHN M'NAUGHT.
When Emerson divided mankind into two
classes— those who do something and those
who find fault because it was not done in some
other way— he overlooked a decent minority of
people who are neither actors nor fault-finders,
but who being too indolent for the one are too
good-natured or too wise for the other. The mem
bers of this minority regard the world as a
theater in which life is a drama enacted for
their entertainment, and not having any great
admiration for the play they do not exact too
much from the actors. Indeed they demand
nothing more than that people shall act, giv
ing full praise of course to any glittering hero
who radiantly walks the tight rope of success
ful accomplishment, but not neglecting to
indulge also a smile of good pleasure when
6ome clown not venturing upon a difficult
task contents himself with the easy job of roll
ing off a log. Such people may of course be
accused of indifference to the woe or the weal
of the world. Certainly they are not leform
ers. neither are they defenders of the existing
order of thing?. All they ask of the rest of
mankind is that something shall De done to
keep the drama moving. When the play goes
briskly on the serenity of their enjoyment is
disturbed only by the noise of that gang of
fault-finders who are forever trying to spoil
sport by insisting that some other sport would
be better, or at any rate that the sport in hand
would be more amusing if played by different
performers or treated in a different style.
There are s. considerable number of people
who can be satisfied under any circumstances,
but not many who can give reasons for being
satisfied. For the first there is required only a
readiness to accept the world as it comes, but
for the second one must be a philospher and
have a nimble intellect. A good example of
this high faculty of reasoning is found in the
recent argument of a New York scribe to prove
that it is cooler in the city in the summer time
than in the country. He says the light, faint,
delicate breezes of summer when turned loose
in the great, wide spaces of the country soon
become so scattered that thoy are lost in the
fields and nobody gets tha benefit of them.
The same little zephyrs when they come to
town are concentrated in the streets and grow
to be brisk breezes even in the uptown dis
tricts, so that by the time they reach those dis
tricts where the skyscraper buildings are, and
enter what the philosopher calls the down
town canyons, they blow as bracing winds that
purify the atmosphere, invigorate the system
and give happiness to man. That no dweller
in New York has ever felt the rush of these
summer breezes cuts no figure in the case. The
essential point ia that the reasoning is good,
and if any one finds fault the burden is on him
to show better reasons on the other side. With
this proof that a man can find comfort in New
York at midsummer by a rational process of
raising the wind, is it not clear that in San
Francisco we ought to be able to find not
merely comfort, but bliss, without going to the
trouble to be rational.
There are circumstances of course tinder
which even ratiocination fails to give comfort
and joy. Consider the case of John James ln
galls. That eminent statesman out of a job
bought a farm on the Missouri River some fif
teen years ago, but for the last seven years had
not visited the property. A short time ago
having a desire for ready money, and having
found a buyer willing to take the land at a
good price, he set forth to show it to him; ex
patiating along the way upon the fertility of
the soil, the beauty of the site, the healthful
ness of the climate and the thousand charms
of farming on the banks of the broad Missouri.
When he reached the place, however, the farm
was not there. It had been washed into the
river five years ago, and all that time Ingalls
has been paying taxes on it. Here is a case at
which even reason staggers, for it is hard to
understand why a good farm should be washed
away from Kansas to make another swamp in
Louisiana. Doubtless amid the infinite possi
bilities of the universe there may be some mys
terious harmony between a statesman washed
away in a tidal wave, and a farm washed
away in a freshet, but if so the harmony is too
deep for words; and moreover Ingalls having
paid taxes in Kansas that he can never hope to
recover has now to face the possibility that
when it is learned that his land is in Louisiana
he may be called upon to pay taxes down
The enjoyment of life for persons of good
taste Is marred not so much by any ill condi
tions in things themselves as by the ceaseless
chatter of the critics around them. These
fault-Seders have become so common in life
and are of such small natures that it is perhaps
permissible to call them vermin. They annoy.
In the free and easy circus of the world, where
it is good and gay to eat peanuts, they are
forever telling us that such is not good form at
the opera. It might be presumed* from their
talk that they are always in full dress, prepared
fcr Patti nights, with ducal receptions there
after. Were this so there might be some pleas
ure in the contemplation of them, for when a
man's talk is silly there is often some recom
pense in noting the excellence of his tailor.
The critic, however, is nearly always as shabby
in his clothes as in his conscience. Incapable
of seeing beauty, they are equally incapable of
looking pretty. Abominable at all times, they
are particularly so at this period, since they
have acquired a habit of uttering their criti
cisms in a style of contorted English which
they are pleased to call epigrammatic. Thus we
bear the double annoyance of having all the
little defects of the things we delight in pointed
out in a style that distorts and muddies our
graceful and lucid language. Moreover, as
evil communications corrupt good manners,
we unconsciously take a tumble to the habit
end epigrams abound. They pepper us In the
parlors, they are mustered in the press, they
sauce us everywhere, and one must look for
good English amid the orthographical jingles
of the dialect stories.
Sometimes the critics of good men's actions
resort to action themselves as well as to epi
grams. Here is a recent case in point. A rev
erend gentleman who had been making a
vigorous crusade against the "jointists," as the
keepers of illicit saloons in Kansas are called,
and who had succeeded in arousing a great
deal of public indignation against them, re
turned home one day to find that his horse
had been stolen. On the stable-door was a note
saying: "If you want men of my business to
get out of Kansas so bad, surely you will
not regret the loss of your horse. You have
lost a horse and a jointist.but you have gained
a victory for God and morality, and you ought
to be satisfied." This may be taken as the sum
of all villainies in criticism . Nothing could be
more outrageous to the feelings of a good man.
Nevertheless, it should be carefully studied as
an evidence that the maker of epigrams would
not hesitate to steal a horse In order to saddle
one on his victim.
It is said by the critics in their own defense
that they object to minor poets, popular songs,
lesser artists and all the homely common
things of life, because they wish to raise us
through a divine discontent with such pleas
ures, to reach out after the higher art and
achieve a true culture founded on the immor
tal classics. It Is a specious argument and
sounds like a politician talking morality. It is
not always, however, from the greatest books
that we derive the greatest profit; not always
the greatest bards whose songs are most in har
mony with our moods and best fitted to lift us
to pure joys and serene thoughts. Sometimes
it is better to lie in the valley and look up to
the mountain than to climb the mountain and
look down at the valley. Not long ago I went
to the park for the express purpose of climbing
Strawberry Hill and gazing from that height
on all the glory of park and City, hills and
valleys, the far-stretching ocean and the in
finite sky. On my way to the hill along the
level road I saw a vista opening through the
park to a wide expanse of sand, beyond which
rose the hills on the other side of the bay.
This scene at ordinary time 3 may be of little
note, but at that hour of that day it was as
gorgeous as a dream of fairyland. The nearer
sands were white like silver, but as they re
ceded they assumed a yellow hue, and in the
distance were as masses of dull gold; while be
hind them the hills swathed in mists were as
walls of azure, draped in transparent fabrics
woven of sunlight and cloud; the whole form
ing such a combination of color as would have
been even to a Titian at once an admiration
and a despair, from the summit of the hill I
saw a picturesque view of earth, but no such
miracle beauty as was caught in that vista
from the path below.
There is a pleasure in contemplating a critic
when we see him hoisted on the horns of
another critic A highly gratifying instance is
at hand. In the city of New York there is an
organization known as the National Sculpture
Society, the members of which full many a
time and oft have made life unhappy for the
average citizen by toplofty criticisms on the
statuary of which the voting strength of the
population is so habitually proud. Not once or
twice only, but on grievously many occasions,
the members of the society have told the world
that New York is more ignorant of art than the
goat is ignorant of botany; and all because of
the way the statuary is fashioned, or else be
cause of the way the Park Commissioners have
placed it, it being the argument ot the society
that if the people knew anything about art
they would hang- the Commissioners. Now the
Commissioners have decided to remove many
of the statues from their present positions/and
in order that the best effects may be obtained
they have asked the National Sculpture Society
to select the most appropriate site for each.
The society in an hour of pride consented to
do so. The plans suggested were published,
and 10, the critic of yesterday is on the horn of
the critic of to-day. How the fight will end
there is uo saying, but at the last reports all
the papers of the city were urging the Park
Commissioners to leave the statues where they
While the voices of approving critics are
nearly always pleasant there are times when
they overdo the thing and thus enable modest
folks to say with truth tnat they hate flattery.
An example of this overdoing a good thing
occurs in a description of Santa Clara County
in the last number of Harper's Weekly. The
writer, with the best intentions to do us proud
and thrill the East with ideas of our Elysian
life, says of that thrifty valley: "There are
few fences in this county and the visitor may
wander at will from orchard to orchard, or
through the sweet scented vineyards, and eat
as he chooses of their choicest yield." This
conception of California's "freedom of the
orchard" to casual visitors has been taken by
many tourists, and in the southern part of the
State where tourists abound has been the cause
of much trouble. In fact the visitor filled with
wide ideas of the profuse hospitality of the
Golden State wanders through the orchards at
his own sweet will and not infrequently breaks
the limbs of fine trees, thus compelling the
owner to break the illusions of the visitor and
sometimes even to break his head. It is a pity
that such things should happen in Elysium,
but then it should be remembered that after
all Elysium was intended for the Elysians.
The rightful object of all serious criticism is
to tell the world of that which is good. The
professional critic should account it his duty
to studiously seek out all the best things that
have been said and done in the world, and
diligently make them known to others. If you
would follow this path read the poem of
Joaquin Miller, ''Father Damien of Hawaii,"
published in The Call this morning, and when
you nave brightened your mind with the in
spiration of the music and the meaning tell
your neighbor of it, and be glad that California
has such a poet and that humanity has had
such a man as Damien— nay, that it has one
worthy to succeed him, for at this moment
there is on his way to Hawaii, to take up the
self-sacrificing work of the sainted priest, a
member of the Salvation Army. In the glow
of deeds like these, and in the music of the
lofty verse that commemorates them, very
small and very thin and empty will all satire
and cynicism appear this morning to "the
great, wide, honest, the wise, big world."
"Oh, doctor, how do you do? You look kill
ing this evening." "Thank you, but I'm not;
I'm off duty, you know."— Brooklyn Life.
Tripper— That love affair of Tom's has ended
in emoke, eh? Flipper— l guess so. He was
burning her letters last night.— Comic Weekly.
Prisoner — I want to get out of here bad.
Jailer— is the way you came in. What we
want is for you to go out of here good.—Norris
town Herald. _____
"It isn't what ye do," remarked Clarence Fitz
Hautbeau, "that always counts in determining
a man's prosperity." "No," replied Reginald
de Bumme, "it's who ye do more'n what ye do
dat signifies."— Exchange.
,' Minnie— Then yon do really think Jack cares
for me? Maggie— sure of it. His eyes fol
lowed your every movement last night. Min
nie (alarmed) — Gracious! Do you really think
he saw all I ate at supper?— Tit-Bits.
"Why, sir," exclaimed an enthusiastic mem
ber of a regimental band, "we can play the
most intricate airs at sight." "I should like to
hear you play the airs, the drum major puts
on," remarked an' unbelieving listener.—Lon
"It seems to me," said the manager, "that
you do that part of receiving money from the
chief villain in a most awkward manner."
"Mebbe I do," admitted the actor; "it has been
so long since I had any chance to rehearse with
the real stuff ."—Cincinnati Tribune.
"So there will De nothing to conceal after wo
are married, dearest, I may as well tell you that
I smoke cigarettes, play poker, drink, and am
rarely home before 1 o'clock in the morning."
"I am glad to hear you say so. I was afraid we
wouldn't be perfect companions."— Life.
Manager— We must put a greal deal of real
ism in this wood scene. Can you get some one
to growl so as to resemble a bear?
Assistant— l think so. There are six or seven
chorus girls who haven't received their wages
for ten weeks. I'll call them.— Norristown
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Customer— Why, this is a new shade of red.
Assistant— Yes, madam. That is the anarch
Customer— How did it come to get that
. Assistant— lt won't Louisville Post.
Subscribe for "The Delineator," that uri
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Doctor— Put out your tongue. (Meanwhile
he writes out a prescription.) There, that
Patient— But, doctor, you did not even look
at my tongue.
; Doctor— I only wanted you to keep quiet
while I wrote the prescription.— Geillustreerd
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v Ci.eansk the vitiated blood whenever yon find
its impurities . bursting through . your skin in the
form ;of ■ pimples, eruptions and sores. Hood's
Sarsaparilla is the best blood purifier.
De. SrEGEBT's Angostura Bitters Is known all
over the world as th« great regulator of the di
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'"From the Lowest Level,"
A Story of Mining Life in
By the Rev. J. H. Wythe Jr.
The Call has secured the right to pub-
lish this charming story in serial form, and
the first part appeared Saturday, Au«. 11.
Readers of The Call declare the story to
be one of unusual interest. The next iu-
stallment will be printed next Saturday,
Aug. 17. It is customary to publish such
contributions in the Sunday edition of The
Call, but the author has conscientious
scruples against having any of his produc-
tions published in the Sunday edition of
any paper anu in deference to his convic-
tions The Call has agreed to print this
story in the Saturday issues only.
The Call devotes a great deal of attention
to excellent articles on Western Themes by
Western men and Western women.
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