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Maria Kip Orphanage.
Colonial Minstrels Will Render Mu
sical Programme ' for Benefit of
VATJDEVILLE PERFORMANCE
IN AID OF WORTHY CAUSE
' England, it is said, is preparing for. war in the
Orient. Not ; even .the ,most mendacious of corre
spondents'will suggest that 'our dear cousin is looking
for "trouble in South; Africa, . ..' , .
Art critics in the East are 'wondering why Ve
restchagiri, who won fame by. painting battle pictures
of. Napoleonic wars, should have come to this country
to paint not the scenes of our great Civil War but
those ' of the Spanish 'war, such as the ' battle/ of Za
pote Bridge and the battle. of ; Caloocan. ( " It, is^quite
possible, however, the astute Russian is working, us
for.: coin .and not for art, and when he returns to
Europe will mock at, us.
Delaware recently permitted her penitentiary con
victs to play a game of football/and'now if she would
let her Legislature settle the Senatorial deadlock on
the gridiron all would be fofgivea »
To ; Mark Historic Sites.
The , California Promotion Committee
and the landmarks', committee ' held a
joint meeting yesterday at the rooms of.
the first named committee, when the
movement to place tablets on the city's
hlstcric sites was considered. The meet
ing adjourned to hear further information
on a future, date. There were present A.
Sbarboro, W. H. Mills, Rufus P. Jen
.nings, J. J.»Liermen, Joseph R. Knowland
and Mrs. Laura Bride Powers. «.
Customs: Appointments.
' J.'. H. :. Dawson 1 was appointed by the
Collector,' of the : Port i yesterday aa tem
porary examiner ot teas, vice Cornelius
Toohey, . who is on a two months' vaca
tlcn.> D. G. Lewis -was ' appointed a Cus
tom": House Janitor 'at a salary of $60 per
month.'-. .;',,;" ;. - . • • .
IN view of the fact that the discouraged and misled
Democracy is advised to enter upon another cam
paign of class against class it is of "interest to
again review., the , fate of its last^ campaign ofx the
same kind. ¦: lltt it be understood that we -repudiate
the; existence of classes in this' republic. Rant as the
ranters may, this is a country of equal laws and equal =
opportunity. All men are not' equal in ability; to ; take
advantage of opportunity, but no 4aw can equalize
ability any more than statutes can equalize- those
other natural differences of stature, 1 color, of eyes' and
hair, and physical strength or mental individuality*-,
When an act to amend an act can make all men write'
the poetry of Tennyson or Longfellow, or. sing. like,
the masters! of .vocal melody, then such a statute, can
equalize natural ability of all men to see..and;.seize^
opportunity. Foreign agitators have laboi<d with
out ceasing to create "a permanent labor class, antag
onistic to all other interests, into which men- 8hall
b'e born and whence they shall riot escape until they
die. :>But this- classification is unAmerican andini
imical to all our national ideals. As it is evident that
the next dependence of the Democracy is to be on
this artificial and anti- American classification, it is
interesting ' to note the public judgment which;, has
soberly condemned the last} appeal: of ,that~party ..to"
class : prejudice * and -distinctions*' /' .' { ••¦'" V/ . X- •.
In 1896 Bryan carried, west of. the Missouri' River, *
1 the ten States of. Colorado,- Idaho, Kansas, Montana',
' Nebraska, Nevada, ¦ South Dakota; Utah,' Washington
and Wyoming by an aggregate majority 0^280,369. In
1000 he carried of that: group only Colorado,- Idaho, i?
Montana and Nevada, by ah aggregate majority of
34,548, though four, years before the same States gave
him an aggregate majority of 190,232.^ In 1902 1 the'
whole group except Nevada is Republican. \Thefall
in Nevada" is indicative of the return of that "'State'
'also to. the Republican fold; in; 1896 it gave; Bryan ;
6439 majority, in i960 2498, and in . 1902 its majority
for Brya'nisnvwas only 1000..
From this may.be drawn the lesson that the Anieri-'
cans are American. They reco'gnize arid;" value: -the!
The Svriday Call ehristmas Edition;
<=jj=jHE most talked of book of the year is f<The Gospel of Judas
I Iscariot," by Aaroni I>wight.: Baldwin. It has created a tremend- '
11 ous literary. and religious furor, both in Europe and America.
It is stronger than "Ben Hur," more thrilling than "Quo Vadis/'
and by far superior, to any -of the great modern., books, that tell of
the fierce struggle between the Christians and the Romans.
"The Gospel of Judas Iscariot" throws a new" light on the
strange life of this, the most bitterly execrated, the most despised
man in either biblical or profane history of all ages.
.The Sunday Call has not bnly secured the exclusive rights to
this literary, treasure for publication as an extra section absolutely
free— with the Christmas Call out December 14, but has illustrated
the whole eight pages of the first -installment with half-tone and
color reproductions of art masterpieces of the life and . scenes of
Christ and the/ Romans, by the most famous painters in the world.
Then there is thg/ big special fiction section, wherein every
story is written by a prominent San Francisco divine. This ts a feat
ure that is absolutely unique. Nothing likeit has ever been origi
nated in the West before, v*' V t : ' -" v
"San Francisco's Bump of Benevolence," by ¦William Ford
Nichols,. Right Beverend Bishop of California; "Nyanza, .a Christ
mas Tale of the Thirtieth Century," by Rabbi Jacob Yoorsanger of
the Emanu-El Church; Redemption of the Mtasked Marauder,"
by Father John A. Lally of All Saints Church, Haywards; "The
Choir Boyfs Last Christmas Solo," by Father Herbert Parrish, Church
of the Advent; "The Carols of San Francisco de Asis," by Rev. Wil
liam Rader, Third Congregational Church; "The Red Devil of the
.Slums,", by Colonel George French, Conxmander of the Pacific Coast
Division of the Salvation Army,- etc:- ; ' -<\* ; ; -';
Then there is a If ull -page poster picture, photographed from*.
real life, that will appeal to every heart, oW or. young, "Santa Claus
Discovered.", A fidl page of pictures of "National Types of Ma
donnas." A magnificent studycalled "The Christmas Star." A full
page of society girls In Christmas "Mother Song" living pictures—
They are "ail San Francisco girls— just watch that page.
:; : Then there are "The Colonel Kate Papers." . Who is : Colonel
•KateP Do you know? -Wellj. there is the mystery, and therein, too,
lies a big surprise.. The first article is "The Beautiful Woman Who
Knows It All."
Then there are two pages of Christmas Menus by leading- San
. Francisco. chef s^-godd. recipes— and how to prepare them, and a
page by the best waiter in the Palace Hotel, telling you how to
arrange the Christmas table. , " • '"^%
t ¦'( Two more pages, edited -by' the. Ladies of the Woman's Ex^j
change, tell where,, how and .what" to buy for Christmas—espe
cially, the inexpensive presents. -
Butthis is only a small- part of THE STTNDAY OALL^S
. CHRISTMAS NITMBER-OF 32'SPECIAL PAGES
; BER 14. pon't.fofgetthe date.
THE DECLINE OF BRYANISM.
It is said Henry of Pless wishes to come to
this country as Embassador from Germany, and it
will be remembered that he is reported to have told
the Kaiser that he had met in this country some very
intellectual men, so if he gets the position we will be
glad to see him again. . .
¦Portland was too ponderous and formal for him.
Her notion of Siam seems to have been founded on
the late and lamented Siamese tjnns,- who came to,us;
from; the land « of the white elephant and interested
two generations of Americans.' But* Siam is no longer,
the land of Eng and Chang. It .has: railroads, elec
tricity,- Milwaukee beer and , all those things; that go
to make up a civilized-state," 'and -the-Prince himself
talks as 'good English as the Portland; papers -print.'
He went away with the sweet savor !of£an Francisco
in -his. mouth and the opalescent vision of California
scenery in his eye, the odors of our.Araby in hisnos
trils- and the diapason of our cataracts in^his ears.
•Naturally he'did not wish to mix these with the frigid
charms of the northern: city.
PORTLAND is undulv ; excited because the
'Crown. Prince of Siam did , not respond to a
public demonstration prepared : for,/ him there,
and did not receive the-Mayor of that city as part of '
an official function. There is no reason why Portland
should kick at vanishing' royalty on that account.
He did not meet the Mayor of -.San .Francisco.
While here his entertainment was* entirely private.
He partook of private hospitaljjjf like any "gentleman,
and was received *in the clubs. For the rest of the
time he was left to enjoy himself in his. own way, and
did it like a sensible ; man.'/ ' : . ". t
He took recreation' in Golden Gate .Park, -visited
the Cliff House, had a delightful day at;; Stanford
University, saw our ,snipyards, ; docks and business
places, and when it was all-' over, admitted that in' San
Francisco he^had the time of his life. Yet there were
no addresses made of fustian and replies made of
fatigue. His Royal Highness was treated as an in^
telligent, self-respecting -gentleman, with a youthful
sense of pleasure, and a desire to \mingl_e. enjoyment
.with"- the acquisition of information. The officers of
his father's .court , who , guarded him did the dignity
act and exuded responsibility and formality,-' as they
would jf set to watch any one of his ninety-two
brothers who compose his father's;, fine family of
boys* . A ' . -.^. ¦ / * ,-' ' ¦
THE PRINCE AND THE MAYOR.
Irving M. Scott, president Pacific Commercial
Museum; George A. Newhall, president^rian
Francisco Chamber of Commerce: A. A.^Vvat
kins president San Francisco Board of Trade;
George TV McNear," president Merchants' Ex T
change- F. H. Wheelan, . second vice president
Merchants' Association-,' A. Sbarboro, president
Manutacturers' and Producers' Association;
Jamo/Rolph Jr.', president Shipowners' As
sociation of the. Pacific Coast; Rufus P. Jen
nings, executive officer California promotion
c6mmlttee: James .K.. Lynch. ..president Cali
fornia State Bankers' Association; N. F. Chip
man, president California State. Board of Trade.
Committee on arrangements — A. Frank Hess,
secretary ¦ California promotion'- committee;
Robert S. Clarke, secretary Shipowners 1 Asso- 1
elation; Robert M. Welch, secretary. California
State Bankers' Association.
Committee on invitations — B. Scott, • secre
tary San Francisco Chamber of Commerce;
Eugene Goodwin, secretary. Pacific Commercial
Museum; J. A. Filcher, .secretary California
State Board of Trade. "
Committee . on' .' speakers — I*. M. -King,- sec
retary ¦: Merchants' • Association; T. C Fried
bander, secretary Merchants' Exchange; Charles
E Bancroft, secretary. Manufacturers' and
Producers' 'Association; H. L.. Smith, secre
tary San Francisco Board of Trade. ; '
The members of the California Promo
tion Committee held a special meeting at
the Palace Hotel yesterday afternoon in
order to arrange for a public reception;
which^wiirbe tendered to the officers and
men of the cable steamer Silvertown, now
in this port. r A: reception will be given
next Thursday at the Palace Hotel to the
officers of the Pacific Cable Company.
Tho following committees were appoint
ed yesterday to take charge -of both re
ceptions:,
Meeting Is Held to Make Arrange
ments for Reception to Pacific
Cable Company "Officers.
Evidence in several recent English divorce cases
in high life indicates that domestic infelicities f^und
their inspiration on the hunting" field." Our English
friends should be more particular in reference to the
character "of the game they, chase.
ONCE upon a time Germany was supposed to
be a land of beer and metaphysics; her peo
ple were believed to derive from their brew
eries and their philosophies a disposition of grave
and immovable serenity, and any such thing as a row
outside of university dueling clubs was looked upon
as about as rare in Germany as a peaceful cat in the
neighborhood of Kilkenny. It was known of course
that now and then some learned philosopher would
write harsh words of another, just as Schoppen
liauer called Hegel a .'charlatan, but it was presumed
that such utterances were to be taken in a strictly
transcendental sense and not as evidence of any de
sire to fight. However, it seems we must abandon
all those old beliefs concerning the repose of the
German mind, for now that Germany has a Parlia
ment her people are showing as large a capacity of
rows and ructions as any other people on the globe.
At this time the Reichstag is the- liveliest show on
earth. The Parliaments of Britain, France, Italy and
Austria are mild in comparison. Compared with the
reports from the Reichstag it may' be said that in alj
the other Parliaments on earth there is; nothing
doing. Here and there in other capitals there may
be a bold, bad word or two flung into a debate, but
in Berlin it is a dull day when the debates of the
statesmen do nojt rise to the height of a tumult and
suggest to the presiding officer the advisability of
calling in the Kaiser.
Of all parliamentary bodies on earth the Reich
stag has the least reason to disturb itself. It has so
little political power that its debates are hardly more
than academic. It cannot turn out a Ministry like
the Parliaments of Britain and of France, neither can
it originate legislation and make deadlocks like our
House of Representatives. It can, in fact, do very
'little more than make talk itself and furnish occa
sion for further talk from the country. Therefore it
ought to be calm and philosophical, but it isn't. We
learn from our dispatches that for weeks past it has
been a daily occurrence for the debaters to denounce
one another as "dogs, hogs and scoundrels." The
presiding officer has no power to call on a sergeant
at-arms to arrest anybody, silence anybody, or expel
anybody, so when the row gets too hot he has to sus
pend the session. He has had to do that so very often
of late that it is. getting monotonous.
The Socialists are said to be making most of the
disturbance, and the report is not surprising, for ex
cessive sociability is always allied with a fondness for
a fuss. Wherever there is a family there is a row. -It
is only the unsocial that live in peace and' are silent
like dams. It appears, . however, that in the Reich
stag the Socialists have been subjected to many irri
tations and are to a large extent justified in trying to
raise the roof so that the eye of heaven can see. how
they are treated even when they are trying' to ' be
good. "'.:¦", ..
An illustration of the exasperating way in which
the Socialists are teased by the Government occurs
in the reports of the session of Thursday. Arrange
ments were made a week, ago for a series of social
istic mass meetings throughout - the country. No
less. than twenty-one such meetings were to be. held
in Berlin. The drators of the party in the Reichstag
desired Jto attend and to make speeches. The desire
is natural. In fact, a desire to serve humanity by
making an extempore, speech to a sympathetic .au
dience is one of the instincts of the true orator, and
among socialistic orators, the instinct is cultivated and
venerated as a" conscience. Consider, therefore, how
great was the provocation when "oh the very day of
the meetings the majority of the Reichstag decided
to hold a late night session and even threatened to
• . take a \'ote on the tariff bill before adjournment.
Compelled by such tactics to remain in the Reich
stag instead of going forth to spreadeagle at the
meetings of their party, is it any wonder the Social
ists felt like raising Cain? Is it strange thatthere
should have been vociferous illusions to hogs, dogs
\and scoundrels? .,—.,' . . -
In the meantime the serious work of the Reichstag
is this: Last year there was a deficiency in the rev
enues of the empire amounting to nearly $15,000,000,
and during the current year the deficit is expected to
exceed $37,000,000. Under .such circumstances the
• Government naturally doesn't 'feel sociable. Hence
the conflict Fortunately -the rows, are not very se
rious. The , Kaiser lives arid . Germany Is ' all right-
THE ROARING REICHSTAG.
1 the people of Plumas County would Inves
! Ugate for themselves," said Mills, "they
• would wish to have the Government take
charge of the forests. Private owner
ship is not to be trusted with the cus
tody of the forest. Private ownership
means- private greed and rapacity. Who
ever controls- the forests of California
•controls its future and destiny."
SEIZING I*A23DS.
: Some attention was paid by Mills to tha
extent to which the .forests of this State
are passing into private ownership. A
few years ago, he : said, locators came
into Calif ornia in * large numbers. The
wealthier ones had from twenty to forty
timber cruisers in . their, train. One of
these men is now credited with the own
ership of ljOOO.000 acres of forests in Cali
fornia. Olher men haye 20,000,000 acres.
The purpose of the majority of the
timber men Is to take from California
the raw timber to have H "worked up in
the East, thus carrying a great amount
of wealth away from the State. Eight
men in one day located 242 quarter sec
tions of timber land in Plumas County
as placer claims. They thus acquired
130,000 acres of timber. They represented
that they - were going to mine on the
north fork of the Feather River, In
Plumas County, and transport the graxil
to Oroville to be washed. Tha Govern^"
ment has 3 sent an agent to investigate
this and other matters.
Speaking or the way In which tho min
ers may have suffered by the placing of
timber locations over their claims. Mills
said that he believed,, after Investigation,
that mineral lands had been covered by
the timber locators and that timber lands
had been taken up as mineral claims. The
Secretary of the Interior had withdrawn
five large bodies of land in California in
order that he misht have a chance to In
vestigate and find?- out "whether frauds had
been committed. The agents sent out to
investigate for the Government would
probably recommend . that all lands be
reserved until they can learn all the facts.
It would be useless to appoint a commit
tee,' he said, to tell the investigators what
the California "Water and Forest Asso
ciation desire, for they would reply that
they have only to Investigate and -have
nothing to do with tho Government pol
icy. . •' : . •
At • the afternoon session a series of
resolutions were adopted. These were to
ask Congress- to appropriate $75,000 for
the irrigation Investigations carried on by
the Department of Agriculture; pledging
the support of the association to the Cali
fornia Club's bill for the establishment of
a school of forestry in tho State Univer- ,
sity; asking the Secretary of tho Interior
to have a definite determination made of
the lands under the proposed storage
reservoir. In Clear Lake* ..Lake v County^
for the reclamation of arid lands, and
that the Secretary of the Interior be also
requested to Inform the association what
lines to proceed upon that the district
may organize and enjoy the benefits of
the law for the reclamation of arid land.
The following resolutions were also
adopted: ¦ ' .
Resolved, that the executive committee of
this association shall elect a committee of three
from among its members whose duty it shall
be to gather facts and present them to the
Government commission with a view to laying
before such commission the relation of the>
forested area of the northern portion of the
State to the valley or agricultural portion
thereof, and to illustrate the vital Importance
to the agricultural portions of the State, of the
absolute preservation of the forest areas, not
only of the Sierra Nevada (and Sisklyou moun.
tains, but also of the Coast Range, especially
the eastern slope of the latter.
Resolved further, • that in the Judgment of
this association a withdrawal of the forested
lands of the State from private entry would ac
complish the objects had In view without tho
objections which are being urged to the -with
drawal by means of the . Forest Reservation
Act. :. .• . ' . ¦¦-.¦¦
>¦ By a< rising vote the association thanked
the California Federation of "Women's
Clubs for work In co-ooeratlon with the
association and indorsed the same r and
the efforts of the California Club in tho
direction of the preservation of the Cala
veras Big Trees was . commended. ' Tha
executive committee was Instructed to co
operate with the California Club, Mrs.
Lemon addressed the association concern
ing the work of the women for forest
preservation.
..To-day the convention will take up tha
proposed irrigation law for discussion.
nial Male Quartet .will render a few s&fe
lections and a "Florodora" sextet, cora-f
posed of clever juvenile talent, will do
tbe famous sons and dance. . ' . -
Prunes stuffed with apricots.. Townsend*s»»
Townsend's California glace fruit an*
candies, 60c a pound. In artistic flre~etcne<t
boxes. ' A nice present for Eastern friends,
839 Market st.. Palace Hotel building. •
Special information supplied dally to
business houses and public men by tn«
Press Clipping: Bureau (Allen's), 330 Call-,
fornia street. Telephone Main 1012. . *
One of the highest shot-towers ta thai
world *»^to be found at Villach, in Carin
thlar, where there is a fall of 249 feet.
Loss oS hair, which often mars tha prettiest
face, prevented by Parker's Hair Balsam.
Hindercorns, the best cur* for corns. 15cta»
FROM: present prospects the suit '.brought by.
negroes . in Virginia ; to; test the constitutionality
of th« law by whichTtliey .•- have been .-disfran
chised, promises to be one of the most notable' cases
that "ever went to the^Supreme Court. It is stated
that nothing quite 'so sweeping as 1 this suit has ever
before been known^inj.th'e 7 records of American law;
and so numerous are the petitions which it is the in
tention to file that th^docket^of every court-in-Vir
ginia having jurisdiction in the matter is expected: to
be filled with them for months to come. ; : .
The chief counsel in the case > is John S. Wise, and.
associated with him" is; John G.' Carlisle. Both are
men of Southern birth and- both are Democrats.
Their selection was probably due to a desire to rid the
issue of any appearance of party politics, afad in -that
respect the choice is fortunate.: • ;'
In a recent interview on the subject Mr. Wise'said:
"Politics has nothing'to do, with the suits. They
necessarily involve" the nature, and origin of suffrage
and the extent and character: of .delegated -powers
possessed by constitutional conventions. They in
volve above all the questions whether any convention/
without expressly delegated power can_ impose its
work upon the people as'thejorganic iaw, without first
submitting it for ratification or; rejection. This issue
was. bound to arise after the proclaiming o£ the con
stitution on issues" involving the right of the people
to vote in Federal elections. The Federal Supreme
Court has recently ¦decided that the-' right to vote for
members of Congress is a ri^ht derived riot only
from the constitution of the" State but from the con
stitution of the United States. . On the merits of the
case Ido not think the action of the Virginia Con
stitutional Convention can be sustained for a moment.
It was a violation -of the plighted faith of the com
monwealth when she applied for her readmisfion to
her rights in the Union. This is a matter of record."
In each case the bill of complaint against Governor*
Montague and sundry members of the constitutional
convention in these individual suits alleges conspiracy
on the-part of these members to deprive the plaintiffs
'of, their, right -to vote, and Governor Montague is^
made a -.party to the 'conspiracy, in that he called
upon the people, of Virginia to obey and respect the
constitution. It-further relates . that . the defendants
knew they were not a lawful body, but, despite that
fact, went ahead and' deprived the plaintiffs of their
rights. 'The bill 'eftds'; by "asking; $5000' 'damages 'in
each case. ¦ -. \ --i r .¦••.•--.¦.:•-:..'• - :> - '-¦ ¦¦¦
¦ One phase of_ the question that is interesting many
is that of the ' costs of the numerous suits. The
whites are wondering where the^. negroes are toraise
money enough to paythe fees "in so many cases. • It
appears that Wise and- Carlisle are not alarmed on
that point, for. they go right, ahead. : ....
the Virginia case.
Those literary felloWs^whb" have. been picturing the
Four Hundred of New York as a vicious set have
evidently made a " bad impression, for a fashionable
minister in that city is reported to have. recently de
clared; that it would be' better for. society if all the
authors were rounded up and killed.
' Under i the repeated attacks of this associa
tion, assisted by other organizations, the * De
partment of. the Interior withdrew from sals
on October 25 some 6,000,000 acres of public
lands for the -purpose of -investigating them
and determining what part of the area with
drawn should be ultimately converted into a
forest reservation. . . In November your presi
dent and secretary applied personally to Presi
dent- Roosevelt seeking ¦ further withdrawals of
a like character. -Our personal Interview con
vinced us that the President of the United
CALIFORNIA PROMOTION"
COMMITTEE IN SESSION
FOREST . KESEB.VES.
Concerning the -Federal - : f orest reserves,
Thomas. had the following to report:
This bill, though radical. Is, In toy opinion,
an admirable one, and should pass.' It is cer
tainly in direct compliance with the suggestion
contained in President Roosevelt's message of
December, 1901/ that national aid can be ex
pected only by those States which "by their
legislation and administration show them
selves fit to receive it." It is certainly one
of the "1 eeded reforms in the State laws and
regulations governing Irrigation," winch he
speaks of as necessary in -order to secure the
assistance of.' the Federal Government. .
It has been the policy of the -Federal Gov-.
ernment to offer a premium for co-operation,
consisting in. the. expenditure within the State
co-operating, of a sum larger than its natural
and proper quota. In this .work the Federal
povernment will' look with psculiar interest on
our State. On account of its - climate and soil
and unique character ol its water aupply the
results of national irrigation will be tha more
pronounced and more . successful than any
other State. If the necessity or advisability of
co-operation ever, existed it still exists. We do
not want to. -Bermit ! any .of the . fun A derived
from the sale of public lands in California ta
be expended in any other semi-arid 1 State "or
Territory. Co-operation through the expendi
ture of a ' small amount of . money would pre
vent the diversion of our quota. So far as pos
sible this association co-operated in the passage
of the Newlands bill and has received the
warm thaans of its friends. The California
delegation in Congress has been especially
cordial «n giving us more credit .than we pos-?
oibljr ¦ deserve. :¦
Both of the leading political parties In this
State adopted planks favorable to the caure
which we j advocated. These planks of course
Pledge the representatives of the two Houses
in ihe State Legislature to carry tlie planks
into practical effect. If these pledges are ob
served Senate bill No. 7 will become a law
at the next session of the Legislature. I ex
pect the hearty co-operation of. the Governor-;
elect. He knows that we have no .private
axes to grind and that we are working simply
for the good of Ihe State. Even jf he dis
agrees - with us on < the details of the legisla
tion proposed, g I feel sure that he will stats
his objections.
Mention was made by Thomas of the
appointment of the commission to frame
a measure to present to the Legislature
embodying a new code of irrigation' laws,
the commission being headed by Chief
Justice Beatty. Announcement was made
that open criticisms of the bill have been
Invited and that such criticisms will be
discussed by the commission at a meet
ing to be held during the present month;
Concerning the merits of the bill.-Thomaa
said: . / ,• • »
SEEK CO-OPEBATION.
tention of the California Water
and Forest Association, which met ( in
convention - yesterday : at the Palace
Hotel. Part of - the day Chief Justice
Beatty presided. At other times William
Thomas or N. P. Cmpman was in the
chair. l
* ; William Thomas submitted a report as
president of the association for the past,
year. He called attention to the • passage
of the Newlands bill, by which the Fed
eral Government . committed itself to the
policy of national aid to irrigation. He
said that In order \o' secure for this State
the expenditure of its fair quota of the
money- to be disbursed under the bill,
"feasible irrigation projects," as they are
described in the bill, should be called to
the attention of the Secretary of the In
terior. The State, he said, should co
operate in the work and this co-operation
would secure California her quota.
Thomas said that the reservoir site tak
ing its supply from the San Joaquin and
Kings "rivers was too expensive for the
present, as the amount now available for
use in California' was less than $2,000,000.
It was hoped that he Legislature at its
next session would re-enact Senate bill
No. 7, -with slight modifications, and that,
with the co-operation ; of the. national
Government, the. construction; of storage
reservoirs might soon be commenced. He
said: - ¦ '¦"' . "
P"] f*S HB imim " nent destruction of the
1 -forests of California and measures
2 to prevent such destruction formed
**' the theme which engaged the at-
T. C. Friedlander sai£ that the associa
tion was already on record in favor of
protecting . the forests to • preserve the
headwaters of the rivers of California.
W. H. Mills made an extended speech,
just before the noon recess, in which he
exhaustively reviewed the legal and oth
er conditions relating to the forests of
California on the public domain. He said
that the forests ought all to-be reserved
from sale by, the Government. This was
a very different proposition from the
creation of forest reserves, and "there has
been misapprehension throughout the
State concerning the distinction between
the two. Under the control of the Gov
ernment the forests would be forever a
Eource of prosperity to California; private
ownership meant private greed and de
struction to the forests. . Denuded and
desert-mountains would look down upon
deserts in the valleys -.and,, in place of
smiling agricultural hinds there would be
only a vast /arid waste. '
Mills, next ~of. the; vandalism
which iis destroying '.the. forests on the
west flank.of the Sierras. ••It v would be
the erimo »bf ignorance and the brutality
of barbarism," he said, "to continue this
policy."
. . Mills paid some attention to the move
ment in Plumas County of certain par
ties to have the forests pass into the
hands of private owners because they
thought jthat private ownership- would
bring the establishment of .industries by
which the County would be benefited. "If
General N. P. Chipman spoke in favor
of. having the forest lands in a large
area- reserved by the j national Govern
ment from sale.
Chief Justice Beatty was elected presi
dent upon the nomination of William
Thomas, the retiring -president;^William
Thomas was elected first vice president;
Arthur. R. Briggs and J. B. Llppincott,
respectively, second and third vice presi
dents; T. C. Frledlander secretary; F. W.
Dohrmann treasurer.
SPEAKS OF VANDALISM.
States is in hearty co-operation with the ob
jects of this association. He P« mlse <* *° &*£
the matter his personal attention and this
promise he baa kept, *•_»• . taT tJ!f?f?" °f t d
correspondence -with the Interior Depa rt men£
based upon our interview with him. I am
impressed with the fact that he »f_»"*S n ?
of those men who forgets little thtaKS. and^I
feel confident that we will hear further aiiq,
favorably from our interview.
Notice was feiven of the bills that the
association .will present'. to; the. Legisla
tures These Include' measures for tne
establishment of a State forestry system,
for the reservation of all denuded lands
purchased by the State for delinquent
taxes and for the annual purchase of de
nuded lands. Thomas expressed" the opin
ion that State ownership and maintenance
of a forest reserve is the only way to off
set the rapid denudation of timber lands
held to private ownership. Bills will be
presented* to the "Legislature; by other
bodies as follows: By the Calif orriia Club-
Asking for an appropriation of $25,000 to
establish and maintain a school of for
estry in the University of California; by
the California JOners' Association—Ask
ing -for $50,000 tcf establish a forest fire
patrol; by the California Water and For
est' 'Association — Providing " for anrannual
appropriation of at least $50,000 exclusive
of the salaries and j expenses • of the ¦ en
gineers provided for in the irrigation- bill;
possibly by those intersted in the Big
Basin Park— to provide for the mainten
ance and beautlncation of the park.
In view; of these many prospective ap
propriations the appointment of a com
mittee of three was urged to meet com
mittees of other organizations which have
the same objects in view to agree, before
January 1. upon some bill or bills that
will further the joint interest of all and!
.which will^e. reasonable in the demands
upon -the gJtate ; treasury. The organiza
tions from which - co-operation is hotjed
are the California Miners' AssoclaTOn,
the California - Club, the Sempervirens
Club and the Native Sons of the Qolden
West. .
In concluding his report Thomas said
that the proofs that the Water and Forest
Association had not wasted its time were
found in the passage of the national irri
gation bill; the important planks in the
two State political platforms; the with
drawal from sale of a large area of frfrest
land,- and the promise of co-operation by
the Native Sons.
|-HROM the fact that only 14,167 persons Meemed
J— < it worth while to vote on the eight charter
A amendments submitted to the people on Thurs-;
day it is V quite evident that '• in. this city at any rate,
there is not enough popular interest :in 'municipal
matters to make it expedient to undertake govern
mental control of public utilities. or to venture^ far
in submitting questions of legislation to the popu
lar vote. Since' a combination of ;so many and £><
varied amendments proposed at one election failed
to bring to the polls more than one voter out of five,
it is clear that the mass of the people are averse to
mixing politics with their private business. They
are willing to rouse themselves to elect a municipal
government, but having elected it they desire to be
bothered no further.
. The prevalent popular indifference to special elec
tions would be fraught with great danger were such i.
elections to deal with\natters of concern to particular
classes or special interests among the people. It is
certain that' if such were the case" the parties having
a direct interest in the matter would be well nigh. sure
of winning because the general mass of voters would
let the contest go by default. A comparatively small
body of men working resolutely and tirelessly for a
particular end would in almost 'every case bring out
at a special election a larger vote than the opposi
tion, even if the opposition were made up of by far^
the larger number of citizens.
Some idea of what might happen in; such a case
can be gathered from, what is going on in Australia
at this time. The state of Victoria owns and oper
ates her railroads, and all railway employes are public
servants, bound together by a common interest and
a bond of unionism. Some time ago these employes
demanded and obtained an increase of. pay and a
diminution in the hours of daily service. The result
has been a deficit in the earnings of the roads. . tTo
remedy the evil the Ministry cut wages, and imme
diately the employes struck. The legislators, fearing
the voting power of the railway employes and their
allies, took side with them, and the Ministry. has had
to meet the situation by bringing in a bill to deprive
public. servants of the right to vote in ordinary con
stituencies, while allowing them- to elect -two repre
sentatives of their own in the Assembly, and one in
the State Council. The introduction of the measure
has of course raisedysomething of an uproar through
out Victoria/ and ail Australia ikrepdrted to be more
or less affected and disturbed by it. ';'¦¦'/
The point,, of interest to us in the story iS this:
Suppose we Jhad undertakenvany extensive system of
municipal operation of railways and had thus brought
into our politics a large body of men with a com
mon class interest, and that class, had asked special
legislation of a kind requiring its submission to the
people at a special election, what would have been
the result? __ \ >
Judging by the small vote of Thursday the class
legislation would have been carried with compara
tively little difficulty. There would have been re
quired a majority of only, a little more than 14,000
votes. ' To ohtain such a majority would not have
been hard to earnest campaigners in a city of this
size. • ¦*
The Call does --not desire to press the analogy of
Australian experiments too closely. It is not_in
tended the. public shall believe that all the evils and
disturbances that have"" attended governmental opera
tion of. railways would necessarily follows Jike
undertaking 'here. ' It is certain, however, that we.
would have to 'meet all those problems of' control
that are inherent in tlje governmental system.; The
public employes would sooner or later become a
special class among the people, having interests s of
their own,' and. they Jwould naturally seek to v advance
those interests by r political methods. We should
then have a situation which would surely be suffi
ciently'like that in Victoria to make it worth while
for us to study the lessons her' experience is now
teaching. '>' \ .
The people of San Francisco have shown a desire
to keep politics separate from business, / and they
have also revealed an unwillingness to turn away
from business to engage in special elections. That
much has been made evident by the events of the
week. The dreams of the socialists of establishing
among 'us a system of governmental control of pub
lic utilities and of legislating by referendum find but
little favor among the masses of our people, and we
may congratulate ourselves. upon it.
DISCUSS MEASURES TO PREVENT
DESTRUCTION OF OUR FORESTS
equality of. opportunity in this republic; • They, repu
diate; the theory that statutes; can '- equalize unequal
individual, mental j and moral qualities, ' and: they re
ject as anti-American the theory that all men must
be leveled down to the least capable. "Therefore they
stand against all attempts to* artificially classify so
ciety and make such unnatural classification perma
nent. ,-.^ ; \': y ¦'; ¦ . / ' ,
j The next class campaign will begin in the face of
these American principles. It will carry" some States,
as did the last campaign;- but, it will not carry the
country, and the States ¦ which it temporarily wins
will in the sober, second thought desert it, as have
nine of the ten in the ds-Missouri group which fol
lowed it in 1896. \ " -':•-'
REFERENDUM POLITICS.
THE SAN rHAKGISCO;CALL, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, ISHJ'A'
A splendid array of talent has been se
cured for 'the occasion, including some of
the cleverest artists in the city. Tom
Dobson, the boy soprano of St. Luke's
Church, will sing, sfa . will also Mr. Smith
of the Tivoli opera company. The Colo-
The Colonial Minstrels 'will give a grand
benefit entertainment In aid of the Maria
Kip Orphanage on Monday night at Gold
en Gate Hall, 625 Sutter street. A splen
did programme has been arranged/ and as
the show Is for. a worthy cause a large
crowd is expected to be present. No pains
have been spared' by those who' have the
affair in charge to make it a bigr financial
success.. -;.'r
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