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JOHN D. SFRECKELS, Proprietor.
Add:- - mmumcations to W. S. LEAKE, Manager.
PUBLICATION OFFICE Market and Third Sts.. S. p.
Telephone Main k<6S.
EDITORIAL ROOMS 217 to 221 Stevenson streo
Telephone Main 3574.
served by carriers In this city and surrounding town*
for 15 cents a weeK- By mail $6 per year; per month
65 cents.
THE WEEKLY CALL One year, by malt. $1.50
Fnstcrn Representative. DAVID ALLEN.
NEW YORK OFFICE. Room ISS, World Buildlnft
C. C. CAKLTON, Correspondent.
BRANCH OFFICES— S27 Montgomery street, •orner Clay:
cpeo until 9:30 o'docK- 339 hayes street; open until
9:30 o'ciocK. 621 MoAlllster street; open until 9:30
o'clock- 615 LarKin street; open until 9:30 o'clock
6W. corner Sixteenth and Mission streets: open until
9o'clocK- 2518 Mission street: opeo until 9 oclocK.
106 Eleventh St.; open until 9 o'clocK. 1505 Pol K street
cpeo until 930 o'clccK- NW. corner Twenty-second
end Kentucky streets; open untU 9 o'clock.
Falrtwin— " The Man From Mexico."
California— "A XUht in New York."
Alcazar— "Esmeralda. "
Morocco's— "The Plunder."
Tivoll — "Mother Goose."
Orpheum— Vaudeville.
Bush— Thalia German-Hebrew Open Company.
Oberon— Cosmopolitan Orchestra.
The Chutes— Cnimiita and Vaudeville-
J-ybeck Cycle Skating Rink— Optical Illusions.
Central Park— BasebalL
California Jockt-y Chib, Oakland Raceirack— Races to-morrow
By Killlp A- Co.— Tuesday, Jauuary 13, Horses, at corner Van
KeM avenue ana Market am., at 10 o'clock. '
THE report that some doctor abroad had de
prived a patient of a troublesome stomach has
begun to have the inevitable elTect. Every
doctor seems t<- want to do the same thing and is
in quest of a stomach for which the owner has no
strongly marked alTcction. Twice has the opera
tion been essayed in this country, and twice has the
patient died, but in each instance, it is gratifying to
note, not until admiring science had pronounced the
operation successful. Here arises a point of some
delicacy. What constitutes success? The mere re
moval of an internal organ can scarcely be thus
characterized, for Jack the Ripper never fell short
of accomplishing this when he set out to do it, and
any butcher could take a cleaver and achieve the
same feat. If the purpose of eliminating the stom
ach from the human economy is to cure the ache of
it without regard to the longevity of the original
proprietor, of course the creation of a vacuum mid
way of the mortal frame is sufficient token that suc
cess has crowned the efforts of the operator, and
whether the frame collapse is a collateral consider
ation of but incidental moment. That the medical
world and the sure-enough world fail to agree is
due to a difrerence in the point of view. The first
estimates an operation by the joy of making it, and
the second clings to an old theory that some con
sideration ought to be given to the effect upon the
subject who contributes to the affair his mortal
REPORTS from Washington are to the effect
that strong prepare has been brought to bear
upon Congress to transfer the management of
national homes lor disabled volunteer soldiers from
the present control to that of the War Department.
It is asserted by the advocates of the change that the
present management of the homes is expensive and
cumbersome and that there would be a gain of both
efficiency and economy by the transfer.
The effect of the proposed movement would be
to take the homes for disabled volunteer soldiers
from the control of officers who, like the inmates,
were volunteers, and place them under that of a
bureau created fur the purpose in the War Depart
ment, where the management would be in the hands
of officers of the regular army. It would revive the
old strife between the volunteer and the West Point
graduate, and it is by no means certain the expected
benefits would accrue.
According to statistics compiled by Andrew J.
Smith, governor of the Pacific Coast national homes
for disabled volunteer soldiers, the argument for
economy is on the side of the present management
r?ther than on that of the reformers. Figures taken
for the three fiscal years ending June 30, tßq6, show
the average cost of maintenance per capita in the
soldicr=' homes to have been $118 2R. while the re
ports of the inspector-general, U. S. A., show the
average cost of maintenance per cap!ta at the regu
lar army soldiers' home at Washington to have
been ?2ni 11.
While the comparison with the Soldiers' Home
at Washington is hardly a fair test of the compara
tive merits of volunteer and regular army adminis
tration, inasmuch as the home and its grounds at
the capital are show place? and are kept like a park
and a summer home for the President, nevertheless
the showing made for the management of the vol
unteer homes is sufficiently excellent to throw the
burden 6i proof upon those who maintain there
would be greater economy under the control of a
War Department bureau.
On general principles the management of the na
tional homes f<>r disabled volunteer soldiers should
be left as it is in the hands of their former comrades
in arms. The War Department has enough to do with
out creating a new bureau of service for it to per
form. There may be reforms needed in the exist
ing management, for no management is perfect, but
such as are requisite can be obtained just as well
without making the radical change proposed.
Investigation of the reason that trolley cars are
fenderless may win for members of the Grand Jury
the approval of their own conscience?, but it will
not equip a single car with a fender. The Southern
Pacific does not care whether or not it kills people,
nor does it wince under the occasional rebuke of the
Coroner. The only way to reform it will be to make
it pay roundly for a few of its homicides, or if by
chance the trolley were to catch a Vining or two
the effect would be salutary.
Sir Charles Fairlie-Cunningham fell in love with
i chorus-girl who did not reciprocate, and so he has
comforted himself by blowing out his brains. The
girl probably feels herself a participant in the com
fort thus created.
The child-wife of childish old General Clay would
confer upon this country a considerable boon by the
. aimplo act ot iumj?iu& inter a well* " s^-
CERTAIN members of the Prison Board
seem to be punishing themselves with the de
lusion that The Call has a malicious or polit
ic. il grievance against them; that its exposure of the
glaring and inexcusable subversion of the Ostrom
law has a sinister and shrouded motive to injure, to
blemish willfully, their individual good name.
Nothing in intent could be further removed from
the purpose of the inquiries made as to the manage
ment of the San Quentin jutemill and the disposal
of its product.
Let there be no plausible misunderstanding of the
interest of The Call in this matter. It was privately
informed of illegal transactions which received the
approval of the board, and urgently requested to de
fend the law. The informant of The Call is a reput
able citizen of the State; indeed an officer of the lnw
himself, to whom the conspiracy of violations of the
Ostrom act was brought home in his capacity as a
public servitor.
After a painstaking investigation covering a pe
riod of two weeks, the mismanagement of the prison
iuiebag product, and the reckless juggling with the
statutory restrictions supposed to govern its sale,
were so plainly proved that The Call felt in duty
bound to place the subject, in its various phases, be
fore the people. It has been prompted by no desire
to create sensation or defame public officials.
Evidently the Prison Directors have a mistaken
notion as to their duties and powers. It is no suffi
cient apology for their actions that they, and not
Senator Ostrom, devised the statute of 1893. This
they assert. Why they should have drafted a law
and urged its enactment only to violate its provi
- in detail and condemn it in their report of ißg6
is not explained.
Selling sacks to middlemen and favored commis
sion houses might have been a prudent expedient in
1897 ii the process of such sales inured to the benefit
of those whom the law should forefend.
An unprejudiced review of the situation will sat
isfy any tyro in business affairs thai the boar.!
conscious in the early spring of 1897 that a prosper
ous year was promised to the farmers, that grain
sacks would be in full demand and that the Calcutta
"Big Five" were particularly and peculiarly inter
ested in advancing the prices.
The speedy exhaustion of the San Quentin sur
plus for future delivery and the subsequent fixation
of price by the board at a higher point than was
pegged for the surplus sales facilitated the upward
movement. As if this were not going far enough in the
wrong direction, the board on March 20, before the
sack surplusage had been delivered and paid for,
and while the Calcutta middlemen were dealing ac
tively in future deliveries, raised the price to $5 40
per hundred, a rate in excess of reigning Calcutta
If any sound business principle actuated the
Prison Board in this course it has not been pre
sented to the attention of The Call. The inflated
price into which the board seem to have blown a
goodly quantity of what the epigrammatic Emory
Storrs described as "east wind" was fixed by them
in the current products of the mill. Their own ex
pert accountant shows that the average cost of that
product was $4 24 per hundred. The law distinctly
restrains the board from fixing a price in excess of
1 cent per bag above cost. They marked bags up 16
cents per hundred above cost figures.
RARELY does the Congressional Record con
tain anything of interest to the general
reader. Even when debates are liveliest in
Congress the Record manages by eliminations to
make them appear of that kind of decorum which is
always dull. Sometimes, however, it has the good
luck to get out a live issue, and that luck attended
it in the publication of the number containing the
discussion in the House on the civil service law on
January 7.
Mr. Gillett of Massachusetts, a warm supporter of
the mugwump system of civil service, cited the ad
ministration of the House of Representatives it
self as an evidence of the evil results of leaving the
selection of officials to party patronage. "We have,"
he said, "more employes, we pay them higher sal
aries, we have poorer service than under any other
system." Dropping into poetry, he described the
way to success iv getting on the payroll of the
House as follows:
"It lies through two swing doors, swung to.
The attendance is always full.
Some by the door marked 'Push' get through,
And the rest by the door marked 'Pull.' "
That scored one for the civil service examination
side, but the other party got their innings when Mr.
Paris pointed out thai ability to pass an examination
does not imply ability to perform good executive
service. Robert Ingersoll, he said, could pass an
examination in theology, but that would not fit him
to serve as pastor in an orthodox church. On the
other hand, a man who could not pass an examina
tion in the simplest matters might have the exact
capacity for the work required of him. To prove that
he told the story of a man in his city who had suc
cessfully managed a large mercantile business and
acquired therein a fortune, but who, being
selected to take an inventory of a stock of goods,
wrote "sox" for socks, and when his attention was
called to it as an error changed it by writing
Mr. Mahany made a good speech and won ap
plause in maintenance of the theory that ability to
get an office is a sufficient evidence of ability to fill
it, and that examinations are a waste of time. He
laid it down as an axiom that "any man is capable
of administering any job he can get." Carrying his
argument to its logical and supreme conclusion, he
declared, "It is the greatest glory of our Govern
ment that almost any man you meet on the street
is capable of being Chief Magistrate of the United
Stales, and if capable of wielding that high power
is certainly capable of administering a subordinate
Mr. Kerr showed the absurdity of the examina
tion system by citing some of the questions candi
dates had to answer. Two of these are as follows:
Two-thirds of seven-ninths of what number is a half
of eight and two-fifths divided by fourteen and
seven-tenths less fourteen and two-sevenths? A
man weighing seventy-two pounds runs with a ve
locity of six against a standing but not resisting man
whose weight is ninety-six pounds. What is the re
Taken altogether it was a good debate, and even
if not instructive to future generations was at any
rate calculated to add to the gayety of nations.
No ship is to be sent to Havana, but if the Spanish
go so far as to invade Washington and charge on
the Senate with fixed bayonets there will be a pro-
BY the discussion in the Senate on Friday the
public is made aware of the nature and extent
of the opposition to the confirmation of At
torney-General McKenna as Justice of the Supreme
Court, and his friends may congratulate him on the
showing. During the debate he had the support of
the strong men of the Senate, and Tiis opponents
could do no more than postpone the confirmation
for a week.
Senator Allen, who spoke for the opponents of
Mr. McKenna, disclaimed any knowledge of the
truth of such charges as have been made against
him. He, however, read over all the protests that
have been sent to Washington from this coast and
asked time to investigate them. He laid stress upon
the assertion made in some of these that the At
torney-General lacks the legal attainments necessary
to an aspirant for the Supreme bench, and also em
phasized the report that large corporations have
been instrumental in procuring the nomination.
Such being the sum and substance of the charges
of the opposition, it did not take the friends of Mr.
McKenna long to dispose of them. Senator Hoar,
speaking as chairman of the Judiciary Committee,
stated that the committee has investigated all the
charges and found there is no truth in them. The
greater number of the charges, he said, had been
made for the American Protective Association, and
as they had been founded solely upon the fact that
Mr. McKenna is a Catholic by religion, they had
not been deemed worthy of serious consideration.
From the tone of the discussion which followed it
is evident a large majority of the Senators took the
same view as the Judiciary Committee. No Senator
undertook to maintain the truth or even the ap
proximate accuracy of the charges. Senator Allen
himself disavowed the championship ot them. They
were treated as unworthy of consideration and
served no purpose other than that of giving to the
friends of Mr. McKenna a welcome opportunity to
refute them in open Senate and dispose of them once
and for all.
It is gratifying that both the Senators from Cali
fornia cordially supported the candidacy of their
follow Californian. Senator White, though a Dem
ocrat and opposed in politics to Mr. McKenna, bore
witness to the fact that he is an honorable man, a
competent lawyer, a just jurist, and declared he
would vote fur his confirmation. Senator Perkins
was equally vigorous in refuting the charges of the
opposition and very pertinently pointed out that
Judge McKcnna's record on the circuit bench suffi
ciently attests his fitness for promotion to the higher
ofiice to which he has been nominated.
The whole course of the fight against McKenna
has been a new illustration of the old spirit of an
tagonism and jealousy that in the past has defeated
the aspirations of so many Californians and kept
the State from holding a rightful prestige at Wash
ington. Fortunately this case has not resulted as
those of the past. A new era has dawned for the
people of this coast. Mean and unfounded charges
urged by petty spite to prevent the advancement of
honorable men are now treated here as in Washing
ton as unworthy of serious consideration.
THERE are ten different kinds of currency cir
culating in this country and authorized by its
laws. These are gold coins, silver dollars, sub
sidiary silver coins, gold certificates, silver certifi
cates, United States notes, currency certificates,
treasury notes of 1890 and national bank notes.
It will be seen that al! of these originate in Fed
eial authority, and there seems room for question
ing the necessity for so many kinds of money com
ing from the same source. Putting all metallic
money in one group and placing with it such paper
currency as is merely representative of metal like
the silver certificate, the tendency of legislation
would seem to be wise when it aims at one single
kind of paper currency, safeguarded In its issue, se
cure in its redemption and uniform In its value in
all parts of the country.
The report of the Volunteer Monetary Commis
sion aims at this simplifying of the currency. Its de
liberations were directed to the presentation of a
plai> that will:
1. Remove all doubts about our standard of value.
2. Give the United States the best credit of any
y Purge our currency system of features shown
1 y experience to be weak and dangerous.
4. Provide a paper currency convertible into gold
and therefore equal to gold at all times and in all
places adequate in volume to the needs of business,
with a quality of growth and elasticity enabling its
automatic adjustment to variations in demand and
capable of distribution throughout the country as
want and use may demand.
5. To so utilize existing silver dollars as to main
tain their parity with gold without imposing undue
burdens on the treasury.
6. To avoid injurious contraction of the cur
7. To avoid issue of interest bearing bonds except
in case of unlooked-for emergency, but to author
ize their issue when necessary to preserve the na
tional credit.
8. To so separate public and private credit that
weakness in the former may not destroy the latter.
It is expected that if the system recommended t>y
the commission be enacted into law we will secure
stability of standard, two kinds of currency, metal
lic and paper, of equal value and each good a3 gold.
The paper will be a bank issue, as well secured as the
present national bank note, and its permanence will
not be affected by the final payment of the national
debt, and, therefore, the disappearance of United
States bonds now required as security for the bank
notes. The greenbacks and treasury notes will grad
ually disappear without perceptible increase in the
bonded debt and without contracting the volume of
currency. The new national banking system will be
unrestricted and banks with $25,000 capital may be
In this feature the West has a special interest.
The function of a bank is to distribute the surplus
capital of the country and put it as a loan fund with
in reach of men who must use their credit in their
business. A proper distribution of this loan fund
will avert frequently the necessity of mortgaging
land and will give a readier and cheaper use of credit
than now.
In this State it will be found especially useful to
organize banks on $25,000 capital in the sections
where money is needed in handling the fruit crop,
and the new law, if properly made use of, would in
terpose protection between the producer and the
commission man in a form very useful to the pro
The courts have given a notorious pickpocket the
privilege of "leaving town," but if the police have
any idea that she will leave town their faith is sweet
and childlike. .
A good friend counsels me that this
column does not contain enough sun
shine. Possibly she is correct, or it
may be that she overestimates the util
ity of the solar ray. My effort thus
far has been less in the direction of
getting sunshine in than in keeping
moonshine out. If my friend, bound by
a sense of duty to r»-ad such casual
and fleeting comment as here recorded,
And herself thereby plunged in gloom,
I hope she will not blame me. My aim
is not to hang a Bomber curtain
athwart the orb of day. but to main
tain a safe and dignified position mid
way between the joke and obituary de
France has reason for feeling
cheered. The baby has come into fash
ion again. The statistician whose Joy
it has been to figure out the time when
the mewling of the French Infant
would be but a Messed memory, can
turn his valuable attention elsewhere.
In 1595 deaths in that country exceeded
births by 17.813. and in 1596 the births
exceeded deaths by 94,000. Speculation
aa to reasons for this burst of patriot
ism are a little out of my line, but I
would be pleased to hear from" a! com
petent authority, and more than will
ing to surrender to his solution of the
problem all the space he might need.
Complaint is often heard that the
Salvation Army and kindred organiza
tions make a noise. This will be con
ceded by thoughtful persons to have
some basis in fact. But it must not be
forgotten that noise is a lons way from
I being all they make. They make many
a man better thm. they find him. make
life bright again for many a woman to
whose deeps of despair silked and
satined piety could not reach even If
it wanted tQ, B desire of which I have
not had the happiness to observe any
Indication. Th-- subtle connection be
tween the hammering of a bass drum
and the awakening "f a conscience I
confess myself unable to grasp. It
does not readily :i- -ear why the prom-
I lse of eternal life gathers force by be
ing shouted from under the shadow of
a waving l!ag. There is nothing tend
ing fo show that tamborines were
tinkling when the sermon on the
mount fell from lip^ inspired of love
and tenderness. Yet these truths do
not change the circumstance that the
uniformed and vociferous enthusiasts
lift the fallen, comfort the mourner.
| Let them do it in their own way. They
I at the worst are not the only offenders
|of the ear. There Is ever the whistle
and the belL The brass band emerges
from a dive at nightfall to murder
I melody and lure the chump. The cheap
show rents a street car, fills it with
blare and turns it loose upon the peo
ple. The faker cries his worthless
wares undisturbed by remorse or by
police. If a silence seems desirable the
soldiers marching over the cobbles be
cause they want to do good and are
doing good are the Inst who should be
required to lay aside the implements
of discord.
The latest Knpliahman to give his
impressions of this country after a
long and patient investigation covering
nearly two days uses the term "New
Yorkeress." To follow him to his con
clusions, or Indeed to follow him be
yond this offense, were a -waste of time.
There Is a prohibition paper across
the bay which takes especial delight
In accusing the city dallies of bribery.
Not only is it addicted to this offense,
but it insists on printing a picture of
Henry B. French. To the latter affront
I object. The French style of whiskers
Is not prepossessing: the French way
of reeking with goodness rind hanging
out a sign to call attention to it has a
tendency to pall, and recollection of the
manner in which French got mixed up
in Normal School matters reminds me
that all that glitters is not necessarily
a good imitation of gold.
It is impossible to regard the un
tamed and unfendered trolley-car with
favor. The manner in which it darts
upon the Innocent citizen and sends
him in irregular sections to the Morgue
is bound to create hostile prejudice.
Even the pedestrian has a sort of right
to live, provided he is agile enough to
dodge. Yet it is with a thrill of ad
miration I learn that the trolley has
run down a beer wagon. Heretofore
the beer wagon has been regarded as
Invincible. It has been conceded the
kingship of v the thoroughfare, and the
multitude has either scurried from it
or been sorry. But the beer wagon
has met its master. It has often puz
zled people who happened to think of
it why the beer wagon has not been
adopted as an engine of war. No char
lot with glittering blades protruding Im
politely from the hub has ever pursued
the tenor of its way or mowed down the
populace with a more cheerful Best.
Now it has lost its prentige. Instead of
being a thing of terror it is a vulgar
vehicle for the transference of kegs,
and instead of being the boss of the
road would on meeting a trolley-ear
take Its axle between its wheels and
It la not surprising to observe that
another "model" young man has gone
away and that a large sum of his em
ployer's money is keeping him com
pany. When a young man gets this
adjective fastened to him he must
either do something like this or violate
precedent. There is no young man who
deserves so ill of the world as to be re
garded as a "model." In fact, there is
no line of conduct he may pursue that
can Justify the placing upon him of
the handicap constituted by the ridi
ulous title. The youth unfortunate
enough to be pointed out as a pattern
Is apt to be one of two things. Either he
Is a rogue in disguise or a Miss Nancy
with too little brains to assume a dis
guise. In each case the plan of not
imitating him has much to commend
it. If the natural Impulse to be honest,
industrious and decent la not sufficient
to govern a life the sooner the police
become cognizant of the matter the
better. When one has been taught to
look up to and emulate the example of
a certain "mod"l" and the model sud
denly lights out for Canada, embarrass
ment is certain to rise. The exact point
at which a "model" ceases to be this
and becomes a horrible example is dif-
Iflcult to define. If the rising genera
tion must have a "model" by all moans
let it choose one who is dead and had
the fortune to die without being found
In a recent number of the Examiner
was printed a picture of an electric
sword in action. It would appear from
the spirited Illustration that a soldier
i , equipped .with, on© of thesd remarjsa.-.,
ble weapons has a battery on his per
son. He touches the enemy with the
gleaming blade, at the same time
pressing a button. This gives the ene
my a dose of electricity which takes the
form of a stellar display, and has the
effect of paralyzing. After the enemy
has been knocked cold he may be dis
patched at leisure, or perhaps deprived
of an ear in token of having got the
worst of it. There could hardly be a
better scheme unless it be hypnotism.
To hypnotize a whole army would be
as practicable, more effective, and
there would be an absence of the awful
danger that the battery, getting
beyond control, might burn a hole in
the uniform of the swordsman.
It !■ with a feeling of the utmost
friendliness, not unmixed with awe.
that I venture to speak of Parson Da
vis. As there may be more than one
Parson Davis, it is necessary to speci
fy that these few remarks apply to him
of Oakland. This Davis is a source of
endless pleasure. His presence causes
a smile to flit across the face of nature.
If it were possible to imagine a fat
beam of sunshine wearing a plug hat
he would be it. Some have found fault
because Davis occasionally thinks he is
a circus, they affirming that he is only
a clown, which is clearly an under es
timate He is the circus, ringmaster,
bandwagon, dog under the same, case
of performing monkeys, and all the side
shows, as well as the concert-now
about-to-take-place. In other words,
and to abandon figurative speech, Da
vis is a daisy. Erring persons prone
to rudeness might call him a nilu. He
can sing, dance, lecture, act, strike
more poses than a contortionist, has
good taste in ties, gives first class spir
itual advice, wears his hair wide and
long, entertains his friends and an ex
alted opinion of Davis. That's enough
for any Oakland salary. I am unable
to credit the rumor that at San Quen
tin he was observed to swing a bottle
above his head, a rumor which has
■ 1 him a high grade of mental an
guish. Nor do I believe that if he did
swing a bottle it contained a liquid
more exhilarating than ginger ale. He
was over there with a gang known as
the Examiner push. When he went to
the condemned cell to snatch a brand
from the burnine, what if he was
merely a disguised reporter under con
tract to describe the process at space
rates? It is not for the worldly to lay
down a course for the professionally
righteous. He may have had a laud
able purpose. The gang by which he
was surrounded was godless to a de
gree. No finer material ever fired evan
gelistic zeal. The Examiner prize fight
era were fierce and clamorous. When
he found them not amenable to exhor
tation, perhaps he felt an impulse to
bring them by carnal means to a state
of grace. In this way the swinging of
a bottle could easily be excused, and
had he brought it down upon the pate
of the unregenerate could even be
praised, though the ginger ale had been
sacrificed. Whether the Rev. Mr. Davis
acquired $50,000 worth of the high grade
mental anguish hereinbefore men
tioned, is of course a matter not to be
passed upon by me, but at any rate he
has the satisfaction of knowing that
he emerged from the scrimmage with
his halo polished to a new luster, hi?
dazzling hat only subtly askew, and
his self esteem without spot nr blemish.
Now that his conerreeation have seen
fit to uphold him, far be it from me to
call attention to the fact that the con
gregation had the joy of being absent
while their pastor was on exhibition
with a rabble of co-Avorkers at the
When an attorney named Terry, per
forming the sacred rites of his calling
before Judge Daingerfield. dashed a
glass of water Into the face of the op
position, he was warned from the
bench that he was in contempt. So
far as Is learned this closed the epi
sode. Simply to be told that one is
in contempt, one knowing this in ad
vance, does not seem to constitute a
strong restraining influence. If Terry
had been sent to jail the effort of spec
tators to avoid sharing in the contempt
would have been less arduous.
For many months the Examiner has
boon coddling 1 the parents of a mur
derer who has now passed from the
scene. The coddling appertained par
ticularly to the mother. This woman's
picture has been printed times ■without
number, always making: her young and
comely, while — it is no possible reflec
tion upon her to say it — she is neither.
Money has been lavished on the fam
ily. Different members of it have been
paid for the portrayal of emotions far
better not described. Any trash the
murderer himself might choose to
scribble was seized upon with the avid
ity displayed by a buzzard winging its
happy way to carrion feast. Re
porters capable of doing pood work
have been trained to be maudlin, tear
ful, slobbery. Tn vain the public re
volted against indecency long drawn
out. To so much as to make known
in general terms the protracted and
disgusting programme adhered to
would be offensive to morals. But
there was a purpose behind it all. The
giant Intelligence which pilots the Ex
aminer thought that at the last it
would get a confession from the mur
derer. With this end in view it scat
tered money freely, hired men and
women to camp by the condemned,
ever hoping for a startling climax. At
the end its emissaries swarmed,,
buzzed, flew in eccentric circles. They
indulged in pugilism, hysteria, rant,
rot. They brought a minister of the
gospel to the scene and at their be
hest he disgraced his high calling.
And the result of it all was that they
did not get a particle of information
which representatives of any other pa
per failed to get, though the Examiner
did publish much no respectable jour
nal would have given room. In brief,
It started out to cover Itself with tbe
peculiar glory it love* and succeeded
in covering itself with odium. The Ex
aminer strikes me as the hog of news
paperdom, its nose for news a snout
seeking garbage, as its four feet the
trough. Among the pleasures vouch
safed some of us who work in the field
of journalism is that of not being con
nected with a sheet so gross that its
existence casts a shadow over the
honor of the craft. Such Is th.> ethical
side. The practical side is that thou
sands of dollars and much hiffh-prlced
talent have been thrown away. I trust
this circumstance will prOTf pl«*stnf
to Mr. Hearst. If he wants to h.i\e his
paper here a thing of booty and a jay
forever I can assure htm thnt he is not
likely to be disappointed.
"AL A. D." write* to know why It is
that while much is being done to stop
adulteration of food, liquor is being
sold in such form that it destroys the
stomach and turns it into ulcers. I
will overlook the point that the in
quirer spells liquor in the free and easy
faßhion thus, "licker," and answer
frankly that I don't know. I did not
even know that this awful thing was
being done. If any saloon keeper haa
played such a trick on M. A. D. he can
not be blamed for feeling just as he
does about it. Still, there Is a remedy.
Mad can change his drinks. Or if hi 3
stomach has been fooled to the point
of ulceration he can have that organ
snipped out with a surgical pruning
knife, and thus have a joke on the
wicked purveyor of stimulants. With
no stomach to be destroyed nor to har
bor ulcers, he could swallow anything
short of burning brimstone and laugh
at the dispenser thereof, particularly
if he had told him to 'put it on the
'Twas Griffiths of Ohio.
By his fair fame lie swore
That Hanna'd tried to bribe him.
Whereat he tvax-ed sore; t
And every one for milea around
Could hear the Griffiths roar.
•Twas Griffiths of Ohio,
He had a faithful wife.
Who eaid they couldn't buy him,
You bet (quoth she) your life:
So then arose with noise renewed
The sound of party strife.
But Griffiths nf Ohio,
Judged by the thins? you did,
I reach the sad conclusion
That Hanna raised his bid;
Tet trust to your discretion
To keep the figure hid.
I cannot refrain from saying that
some of the best writing in connection
with the Durrant case was from the
pen of Miriam Michelson. Yet Miss
Michelson was at no time required to
dance attendance on the assassin nor
any of his tribe. She did not deal with
the terrible scenes of which he was the
central figure, nor indulge In tearful
exclamations. Her work was In the
nature of a study of the broader ques
tions involved, and she brought to
their treatment keen perception, a fine
faculty of analysis and a broad men
tal grasp. In addition to all these she
possesses a most happy and incisive
faculty of expression.
Far to the Klondike's frozen wilds, where
roams the polar bear,
Rich nuggets hide deep under ground and frost
rides in the air;
One day there went an aged bard to write him
■what he saw,
And getting chilled he quick made haste be
side a stove to thaw.
Alas'. Alack! when he got thawed, oh! awful
thing to hear.
He realized with pang most keen that he had
sloughed an ear.
Yet this is not the worst to tell; the bard Is
coming home;
All chances are when he arrives he'll straight
wuy slough a pome.
Last -week I felt an impulse to write
something harsh about the Durrants.
Thiit the editor drew a long mark
through it did not seem to me then the
part of wisdom. I am willing to con
cede now that he was right, and to
wager that this statement will receive
his smiling approval. That the father
and mother both had done much to for
feit sympathy nobody who was at San
Quentin during the last hours of the
son would think of denying, and yet
human judgment is apt to be unduly
harsh. I came back from the scene of
the murderer's death, with its sordid
preliminaries and its ghastly after
math, certain that the fatal rope would
be for sale and the body go to the high
est bidder. It did not occur to me that
the Durrants would rise to the height
of trying to respect the last wishes of
the law's victim. They seem to have
done this, and their efforts met an op
position hard to understand, brutal I
am sure and senseless I am inclined to
believe. The idea that a body, inert,
lifeless, the malign spirit that had ani
mated it gone, could not be reduced
to innocuous ash without desecrating
the place of flame, strikes me as silly
to a point almost grotesque. The con
sideration shown the assassin while he
was living was too great by far. The
shame heaped upon the broken and
empty shell of clay taken from the
scaffold of justice was equally without
excuse. The crude old plan of leav
ing the bones of the hanged clanking
Ih chains at the roadside is shocking,
but it is the same idea that denied to
Theodore Durrant's body the embrace
of the grave, tho embrace in which all
lie equal, and would have kept it from
the purifying fire, where secrets defy
the prying eyes of science.
To the Editor of The Call— Sir: Under
this heading there appeared in your paper
of Friday, Jan. 7. an article which was
calculated to mislead. The burden of the
article was that it was intended to estab
lish an Italian mission in connection with
St. P.eter's Protestant Episcopal Church,
on the corner of Stockton and Filbert
While it is true that the matter has
been talked of at various times, it is en
tirely untrue that any definite plans are
now being formed for undertaking this
work; and. furthermore, no definite plan
could ever be formulated without the ac
tive co-operation of the rector and vestry
of the parish with the Bishop of the dio
cese. I desire, therefore, to say that the
Bishop' the Woman's Auxiliary and tho (
rector and vestry of St. Peters have ab
solutely no idea now of doing- any such
Rector of St. Peter's Church.
San Francisco, Jan. 15,.1595- ;
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