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The San Francisco Call
CHARLES W. HORNICK. .aeneral Manager
ERNEST S. SIMPSON Managing Editor
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CHICAGO OFFlCE— Marquctte Bid*. .C. Georgn Krogness, Representative
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WASHINGTON BUBEAU — 1406 Q Street N. W^JkL E. Crane, Correspondent
snrßscnrPTio?r hates
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Terms by Mall. Including Postage (Cash TVltb Ordor):
r»ATT.V CALL Cincludinp Funday). 1 year $8.00
DAILY CALL (Including Sunday). 6 months 400
TiAILY CALL— By single month 76c
. PUNDAY CALL. 1 year 2.60
WEEKLY CALL. 1 year 100
____,_„ ( Daily SJ.IO Per Year Extra
FOREIGN J SvndaV 4.15 Per Year Extr».
POSTAGE I Weekly J.OO Per Year Extra
Entered at the United Statps Pns'offlpo A« Fecond-Class Matter.
Sample Copies TTill Be Forwarded \Then Requested.
Mnil PubFcribors in ordrrlng change of address should be particular to
give both NEW AND OLD ADDRESS in order to Insure a prompt
r.nd correct compliance with their request.
IHE embassador business, complicated by the snooping- and
occasionally explosive feminine, is not what it is cracked up to
be. It is a long time since Coleridge remarked that diplomacy
and its supposed mysteries were "all stuff." Recent disclosures
promote the belief that there is a stiff infusion of petticoat politics
It is not alone the uncomfortable and untimely revelations of
"Dear Maria." after whom Theodore Roosevelt has named a cat
that came as a Christinas present — it is not merely the meddling
h'-ki i::uddlmg of Bellamy and Maria and the consequent molten flow
of Presidential epithets that inspire this judgment, but likewise the
ray adventures of Lady Susan Townley and the cattish methods
jy which she accomplished the final discomfiture and downfall of
Henry Durand, the retiring Embassador of His Most Gracious
Majesty King Edward VII at the court of Washington.
Lady Susan is the wife of a former attache of the British em
bassy and a born aristocrat. She did not approve of Lady Durand,
whose blood was not blue and who was, besides, something of a
puritan. "Thank heaven," said Lady Susan after her husband had
lost !ii? job. "I shall no longer have to go in to dinner behind a little
country curate's daughter." In Washington the order of social
precedence is as strictly respected and revered as it is, for instance, in
the court of Vienna, but under our humble and simple form of gov
ermr.cnt almost the only function where this social roll of honor
CQjjies in play is in that sacred ceremony known as "going in to
During the period when Lady Susan was compelled to submit
to this form of degradation she became great friends with the Count
ess Cassini. wife of the Russian Embassador. Now, Lady Durand
'Hslinctly disapproved of this vivacious Countess and would not
visit her. Indeed. Lady Durand went the length of forbidding her
daughter to attend any social function to which the Countess Cas
sia i was invited. The British matron wrapped herself in her mantle
ofindignant virtue and drew her respectable skirts aside. She not
only threw the first stone, but kept on throwing.
But the gay Countess was likewise great friends with Alice
Roosevelt, the present Mrs. Longworth, and so it happened that
Lady Durand became persona non grata at the White House and
this influence very quickly extended to Sir Henry, who, in fact, was
nothing of a "sport" and very little of a good fellow. Lady Susan took
care to let it be known in exalted quarters on the other side of the
Atlantic that the French Embassador habitually played tennis with
the President, while the German Embassador, Baron Speck yon
Steniburcr, was on terms of such affectionate intimacy with Mr.
Roosevelt that the chief executive called him by the pet name
"Speckv." British interests were being imperiled for want of some
body who could be slapped on the back like a good fellow. In truth,
it was whispered that Sir Henry was something of a bore and a good
deal of a prig. It was agreed that he was neither an ornament nor
a lubricant of Washington society.
Now they are sending us James Bryce, the distinguished author
of the "American Commonwealth/ and, by way of making him at
tractive to Washington society, they propose to make him a lord.
The force of absurdity could no farther go. That a man of Bryce's
eminence should be expected to obscure himself in a ridiculous me
dieval disguise to make him more acceptable to a lot of intriguing
.women only -serves to confirm Coleridge's remark that diplomacy
is "stuff."
THE treatment of the Philippines and their people makes a
very disgraceful chapter of our national history. We are
JL quite certain that the moral sense 'of the nation does not jus
tify or approve the wrong done to a helpless people, but the
fact is that indifference, coupled with lack of knowledge, has per
mitted selfish interests to exploit the archipelago and impoverish;
a defenseless people. The feeling in the islands on these matters
is indicated by the following paragraph from the report submitted
by Secretary Taft :
The commission renews its recommendation for a repeal of the act
providing for the refund of duties paid on articles exported from the islands
to the United States and consumed therein. The people feel that they are
being exploited for the benefit of certain interests in -the United StatesJ
Since the passage of the act, on March 8, 1902, down to June 30, 1906, there
has been taken from the comparative poverty of the insular treasury, to be
delivered directly into the hands of the manufacturers of cordage and other
users of Philippine hemp in the United States for their enrichment, $1,471,
208.47. As the /cordage interests are prosperous and the Philippine Islands
are struggling it is stated that legislation which takes money directly from
the one and passes it over. to the other is not founded/ on sound principles
of political economy or of simple justice to the Filipinos."
-If the sugar, tobacco and hemp of the islands are permitted
entry here on reasonable terms it will be a great help to the com
merce of San Francisco, as well as a measure of justice to
ihc Filipinos. Hfll '
THE report of Interstate Commerce Commissioner Franklin K.
Lane on the prevailing car shortage serves chiefly to show the
difficulties of the subject/ but ix\a general way it indicates that
-the railroads, from one cause or another, have not fulfilled their
duty to the public. The question of remedies is left open, although
certain suggestions are thrown out by Mr. Lane. Among these the
report makes this tentative/recommendation:
If the Interstate Commerce Commission is to be vested with power
to l make rules under which the railroads shall be required on penalty to
The City Statesman Prep&es-for the Fray
furnish cars to shippers this commission should also be empowered to make
rules under which free interchange of cars shall be made, or to require
railroads engaging in interstate commerce to make such rules for their
own protection and provide for their enforcement.
There will be no desire to take snap judgment on the railroad
companies or to insist on penalties without due notice given. What
ever may be done will be dictated by a spirit e\ justice and fair play
to the most important interest in the country, but action in regard
to this recommendation , is dictated by much wider considerations
than even the complications of the prevailing blockade.- We do
not wish to minimize the suffering in. the Northwest due to lack of
fuel, but the fact that railroads have had the power, either from
caprice or favor, to deny means of transportation at will lies at
the root of monopoly and the trusts. It is a very form
of discrimination, quite as menacing as the rebates which have
been made a criminal offense. We have seen -how in California
this denial of transportation by the /railroads has operated to
build up . the Standard Oil "trust at the expense of the inde
pendent producers. - \u25a0<•- - ,
It may be that the railroads are trying' to do a double-track
business on single lines, and that production has greatly outgrown
the means of transportation. We realize the difficulties of the
situation and that there is no cause. for hasty or punitive action, but
we are convinced that the- whole public will demand that the: power
to discriminate by denying transportation to producers not in the
railroad ring shall be taken away, and that on proof of such dis
crimination adequate punishment shall follow.
PROFESSOR EDWARD A. ROSS, who in' years gone by flut
tered the dove cotes of Stanford University with disturbing doc
trines, is still the bull in the economic china shop. One scarcely
knows whether he gains or suffers by the lack of intelligence in
his interpreters. One of the most fat-witted of these presents Pro
fessor Ross in the, act of "sounding a warning note, against race sui- :
cide" in a lecture delivered at Brown University, R.' l; As a mat.
ter of fact, Professor Ross did exactly the contrary, and came out
with a flat-footed commendation of a diminishing birth rate. * We
quote from the lecture :
The emancipation of .woman raises her value and weight in the mar
riage partnership and causes the heavy physiological and personal, cost of
excessive maternity to be more considered by husband; as well as .by, wife.
The immediate consequences of a diminished birth rate; are .an arising
plane of comfort among the masses, a growth of savings, a- diffusion of
ownership, a reduction of infant mortality, and an increase' in the average
prospect that population pressure, hitherto the principal cause of war, mass
poverty, wolfish competition and class conflict, will cease to shape social
destinies. - \u0084 '.
The unlooked for promptness with which, undjrr the influence of de
mocracy and public education, the masses are acquiring a sense of: respon
sibility in the matter of parentage is remarkable.
There is nothing new in this view. It has always been the ac
cepted doctrine of political economists, but that does not, prevent the
common sense of tlie nations from rejecting it on moral and social
grounds. This common consent is indicated by theiudicrous blun
der,of the fat-witted interpreter aforesaid, who, failing, to -understand
the lecturer's words, was still certain that a college professor could
not' be guilty of anything not quite respectable, and thereupon issued
to Ross a gratuitous certificate of good moral character.
Those Pittsburg millionaires who want to keep their escapades
out of the newspapers should have organized before Pennypacker
lost his grip on the Legislature.
Personal Mention
Arthur A. Kahn Is at the Majestic.
W. O. Stuart of Chicago is at. the Ma
B. : N. Hyde of Chicago is at the Jef
ferson. \u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0:'• .-."• \
John Barnesonof SanN|dateo is at the
Huxnboldt Gates of Tonopah is at the
"Phil Harris is at the Jefferson from
St. Louis.
M..P. Dalton of New York is at the
Fred Houland of Boston is at the
W. H. Rutledge Is ,at the St Francis
from Tonopah.
Robert J. Kerr> of ' Mexico City, is at
the St.' Francis.
'M. P. Fox of Ifcew York; is registered
at the St. Francis.
P. J. McCullough of New.Yorkiis at
the Majestic Annex. ,v - ,'.
\u25a0 Mrs. W. . G. Hunter of Stockton is at
the Majestic Annex.
J. E. Cushing : of .the : Stanford Uni
versity,. i»- at the Jefferson. • '
'H. H. Manny , and Mra. . Manny of
Seattle are at the: St; ' Francis .. - !. .
'Albert rß.',RlgKs^and^Mrs.-Riggss of
Los Angeles are at the Majestic Annex.'
lii'the Joke/Wbrlci
Friendr-Who was- that .funny old
party you were speaking, to just now?
"That was my wife'.'i(sighing-deep
ly), "but she Isn't at 'all, funny,: I can
tell you." — Bombe."'" •
V "Oh." said the ' conceited youth, "J
can marry most any girl I 'wish. "._ *
• ."You've -got that.- s rather twisted, 1 '
eaid Wise. "You ;mean' you, wish you
could marry most any girl."—Philadel
phia Press. •'••• ' \u25a0
,-. Mrs. Keene — Have all the other la
dies arrived? • "
The Maid— Yes'm; you're' the last one.
;'.; '. Mrs. •; Keene^— Well. you'd I better .an
nounce me, so -that they; can get
through i talking/about me before I go
ln - — Cleveland Leader.: '
Dr. Stephen ; H. Rouiri, pastor, of , the
Colurabus-avenue f Universalist. Church?
Boston, was calling bn'antold-lady, one
of ;. his : parlshlonera.i before : going ; away
on . his i summer 'J: vacation; rs when. ' his
church la 'always closed.:: \u25a0 Theioldllady
evidently does not believe' ln' ministerial
vacations,- for 'she: eald: v •'
. .''Doctor,' remember Satan never takes
vacations.': .^ •
* ;^'My.'dear ( madam"* answered' the doc
tor, "I-never -did ; believe* in*, imita ting:
Satan."— Boston 3 Herald.. " - ',;_">•--'
Gossip :oi Doings
of Railroad Men
T. R. Ryan, general freight agent
of the Mexican Central Railway, is in
this, city, and, says his lino is as hard
pressed for cars to move freight as
any .railroad in the United. ._ States.
Mexico, he remarks, has never been
so* _'. prosperous, as she. Is today, and
business is increasing, in every direc
tion.; Ryan came to the city for the
purpose of installing R. C. Burns as
general agent of the Mexican Cen
tral in 'San Francisco.
• There is more or less uncertainty
among the merchants as to the 'exact
application of the new rule — or ". re
adjustment- of the old rule— allowing
50-foot cars to come -west/of Albu
querque -and Ogden. "The rule, 'as
amended, does -not apply on shipments
destined to points on the Southern.Pa
clflc north !of ,' Ashland. Ore., , when
routed via Portland, ; and ' reads:
"Freight cars, whether of -railroad or
private ownership, in no. case will be
received ,- for transportation when
length is greater than :52 feet, out
side measurement,-, over sills. : Any
provision , of : the .tariff or Western
classification affecting shipments load
ed on equipment of greater dimensions
Is hereby modified accordingly." This
rule becomes effective from January
31, and while .the Southern Pacific and
the Santa Fo have signified their in
tention to let the cars. come west dur
ing the intervening period the penalty
of 25 per* cent to minimum \ weight
must, under the tariff and rule of \u25a0 the
Interstate Commerce Commission,* be
assessed. .
• • •
It does not seem to-: be -as generally
understood as it should be that copies
of all; tariffs are on: file stations
and agencies of all the railroads In
the United States, and that the rules of
tho : Interstate * Commerce Commission
provide that)these shall be. open to
the public. The laws governing . the
transportation of freight" provide a
penalty for any deviation from; these
tariffs. A great many: complaints are
made from- time to time that railroads
do not- protect the rates ' named ;on
their bills of lading. ' They cannot do
so, as this would, be a discrimination,
which is ' expressly forbidden ; and so \u25a0It
Is with r tho other rules \u25a0of . the tariffs,
such as minimum weight," length of
cars, etc. , In; other words, the -tariff
Is the law, and. ignorance thereof > Is
no excuse, as the merchant and the
shipper, are entitled" to free and full
access to the tariff at all times. •
: G. E. Babcock. 'vice. president of the
Los' Angeles and ; San, Diego Beach
Railway, passed through the. city yes
terday en \u25a0 route to!hls,home in - San
Diego. . \u25a0 ' , '
C. R. Robinson ofj the \u25a0 passenger de
partment ; of :. the : : Southern Pacific 'has
returned from . the' City of Mexico.
"Wo -have something to' learn from: our
friends in -the neighboring, republic,'?
he observed, "about shop
pers. The stores in the City 'of- Mexico
are , a • revelation. , ; They : are beautifully
furnished, and instead of making cus-'
tomers- walk on plain 'boards several
have r ; the . finest carpets: It looked , as
if one-, were some •; private
abode", irfetead \of a' trade \ place. \ , Stores
like ;. tlfose " they >' have ; In \ Mexico '•>: City
add to 1 -' the' pleasure' of -shopping. 'One
is .' tempted ' to buy . there." . ; .
The* Southern Pacific, will continue to
give half fares \ within '.the ? boundaries
of the , State .to "clergymen ' ; and . the
•members of. 'their! families and- also to
army officers and the; members of their,
The Southern Pacific announces the fol
lowing round-trip" :,, excursion
rates to the Pacific Coast for 1907, 1 which
.will vbe ) in J effect \ froni'f Eastern points : i
Si/ram'er^' excursion* tickets!" from l.Chlfi
cago Ho J San; Francisco ;and ;Los ;'Ange-i
les and ' return ', via direct* routes \in .both
directions, C 5*75::/ from > Missouri i.v» River
coraraon; points, •"} $60 ; ; , from \u25a0 Sioux City,
s62;'[from*jDenver,", $50 ; • from s St.- Louis
and New . Orleans, \u25a0 $69; rfrbm'^ Houston;"
$60.\.>;..-: •'.\u25a0./.. - r - : . :'\u25a0 ;-\u25a0;\u25a0 - "/-\u25a0 -\u25a0: :
\u25a0-. Sale dates- of these tickets Vwlll : : be
from 1 : June lito:.: September^ 15,~.'1907, :
final return ; limit October..; 3l. •/There
.will TalsoZ be .special -rates -made 'for
the Mystic Shrine' convention, Ho be
held? In ' Los'fA'ngeles ' on?; May \6 Ao' 11;
for.the'- cdnferenec '.at; German'^ Baptist
Brethren«(Dunkards)iatl:Longsßeach; i
"Association 'meeting/ at^Long jßeach,"
'June-: 18 !to '21., Rates and particulars
will"' be. 1 announced;^later.'-. ._ . .
£-• Townsehd's Cal.'. glace ".fruits and can
dies « at i Emporium. Post.and- Van : Ness.'
1250; Sutter str-and 1203:and*1220 Va
iencia.st,"- *"'.'•'•;
How People Would
Use $4,000,000
THE CALL'S offer of $100 for the best plan submitted for dis
tributing the $4,000,000 surplus that is worrying members
the Relief Corporation has aroused much attention in ban
Francisco and other 'parts of the State, judging from the W™*™
responses.it has called forth. From the varied character o t* > sug
gestions made about disposing of the $4,000,000 it is "^J^™* ™!
contest is to \u25a0 develop into a public symposium on philanthropy ox
widespread interest and that the Relief Corporation will not beat
a loss for ideas in getting rid of the incubus when the prize is even
tually awarded. * -• •'•-
i-.rOU request my opinion as to the final ; disposition of he Imme n.e > rf
A/ fund, amounting to nearly $4,000,000, part on deposit In bank s n
V part In the East at the order of the Relief and Red Cross Fund cor
' VOT T^ that two million dollars should be set aside for th« buHdlnJ
of a great, free general hospitaC Throughout the world this £ty ha^ .
•viable reputation for generosity and wide humanity, and yet through an t
years we have never had a free hospital worthy of the name. It is i™
have a City and County HospitaL^||fl| d al j
This hospital should be not only a city but a State m«tlt«tlOB. « nd
the towns and cities lit the State should be asked to contribute to its « d ° WI J
and support. Care should be taken that for all time its manaß s^ ce f nt m^*?,
out of politics, and to this end. I would suggest that its board of «* na £^
consist of the chairman of the finance committee of the Relief and *«*£[
funds. Mr.- James D. Phelan. during his lifetime, a man whom W**™^*
of San -Francisco should hold In highest honor for the able and ' «»"^»
manner in which he has performed the arduous duties of consen-ing and di
tributlng this fund to the honor and credit of California^ W "h Wm t (> J
associated the Mayor of the city,: Governor of the State. Chief Justice of the
State, presidents of the State and 1 - Stanford universities, presidents of the
Merchants' Association and of the Chamber of Commerce. P rMid n ot
California branch of the Red Cross. These to elect -for a term of one j .
a doctor of medicine, a lawyer and a bank president. Th.s board to control
and conduct the business of the hospital. ,:; ..•-.. K «..vih^H for
An objection might be raised to this scheme that the money "^iiDed I tor
the fund was Intended for the immediate relief of the sufferers of the c^ ral jJ
of April last, but I should. think the consent of the trustees of '" nd
the East could readily be obtained to such a scheme; it would c ° mmem ° r _ t °
the great disaster and be a lasting benevolence to all our people for • all , time,
as well as a benefit to the whole world, for here diseases peculiar to the-
Orient and to tropical countries could be studied as nowhere else. . s
This will leave two million dollars with which to carry out the present
objects of the finance committee for Immediate relief, rehabilitation and pro
viding homes for the homeless. -,«,„,
I believe the Rehabilitation Committee has now under consideration cases
enough to occupy attention for the next three months; no further *PP» catl °°f
of any kind should be received until these are settled, and when this la aone
a fresh start should be made and a new line of policy by this committee
should be adopted. ...
"W. H." of Sacramento writes: "Buy
$4,000,000 worth of San Francisco city
bonds, the money to be expended by the
city in the reconstruction of public
school houses and other public budd
ings and In beautifying the city. The
interest on said bonds to be used as a
permanent fund out of which to make
loans to poor but worthy mechanics for
the purchase of tools and to poor but
worthy tradespeople to begin business
in a small way. The loans to be made
on indorsed notes without Interest and
payable in small installments over an
extended period. When the bonds are
redeemed by the city let new bonds be
issued and bought by the fund, the
money to be. used 'by. the city in the
erection of additional public buildings
and for still further beautifying the
city, and the Interest on said bonds to
continue to be used for loans to worthy
people in the foregoing manner, this
operation to be repeated indefinitely."
John Adams,. a San Franciscan, who
was; compelled to move to* Marin Coun
ty, and occupy a furnished cottage after
the fire. . has ' "an aching,- y,oid. in his
heart for his old home," and suggests:
"Let the Relief Corporation lend
not give, mind you — John Adams $500,
not in cash. ;but.in ;furniture. Let it
take his promissory. note, payable back
at. so much per month; let him choose
his own furniture store to prevent any
chance of a graft scandal;, demand ref
erences from the said John and pay the
amount of John's bill at the store
after, he has chosen his furniture. . John
will' soon- find a house somewhere in
San Francisco and have" a true home
once more. John and his family could
have a housewarmlng without any fear
of the time payment agent, and that
large fund- could be kept as the nu
cleus for an" endowment fund, as an
amount would be coming in continu
ously 'to the Relief Corporation. Let
them see to it that the poor and needy
are kept. in comfort, but stop pauper
ism at any price. Nobody would suffer
by it," and John Adams and his family,
and -the -hundreds of others, would be
happy. The. Relief Corporation should
give fully and freely— without red tape
—to those deserving It, or half deserv
ing it, without questions. • * • A
portion, of the money— if they do not
know what to dolwlth it — is morally
due: to John and his hundreds of fel
low cliff-dwellers, -«vho want to get
back to 'home* in San Francisco."
- Representatives of. the Forward
Movement, writing' from camp 25,
Richmond District; suggest the" follow
ing: ;
"(1): Five, hundred thousand dollars
to be devoted "to, establishing a central
warehouse and distributive renters for
the purpose of furnishing the people
in "camps* only with the necessaries of
life without profit. For goods sold to
those outside camps regular retail
prices should be charged.
"(2) Five hundred thousand dollars,
with addition later, of aljove half-mil
lion when "available, to purchase tracts
of land' to be divided into lots and sold
without- profit to people living in
camps. -Widows, .with small , children,
persons f in ; impaired I health and others
only .^partly ,'* self-supporting to be
helped from < fund in paying for their
lot.- \u25a0>:•-\u25a0'\u25a0 :i'< ..\u25a0.•\u25a0 - '': "\u25a0"• . ." \u25a0
One, million dollars to establish
five or six^centers of social, educational
and industrial extension work, provid
ing for lectures, classes, clubs,; Jlbrary,
gymnasium, "public bath, nursery, free
dispensary and V other neighborhood
need*.^ .. ,-.''• . : . \u25a0
."(4) One million dollars for char
itable hospital •\u25a0; to care .for those not
able, to; pay usual charges/
'\u25a0- "(5) One million dollars, after pro
viding for Ingleside, to be divided
among the Institutions" doing social
and ..benevolent work in San Fran
.-'Andrew "JV Branagan of 168 Chatta
nooga7street.;after .reviewing the re
sults \ot<. the f April sums up the
disposition of the 'surplus as follows:.
\u25a0;»'-: "(1) ; Funds *f or "* restoring public
buildings! of San - Francisco; these to
comprise as:large amounts of the sur
plus i as 'i may be possible. - .. '
* *.'(2) : (A i small sum for further neces
sary individual relief and an 'enlarged
almshouse.'; -' .
V"( 3) A sum to: be returned- to the
givers which it is 4 impossible to in
clude in >;the first and which is not
needed; In* the! second 'provision above
' >' (2)]: I * would ' continue thq \';i present
relief /corporation for the term of its
existence';- or, . say, ,-a . period \. 6f i 'ten
years; but woulid large./^reduce ita
expenses, \u25a0; and • would . require; efficiency
in^offlce* under 'paln v of -dismissal. : Va-'i
canciesi in, the 'board of /directors should
beY filled ', by j the V. remaining ', members
thereof,; or. be! appointed by; the chair
man;> subject '-j to approval.' -Under no
circumstances that now, seem possible
would-, If permit; every; city; administra
tion ; to? assume; control -or, - direction of
its ,':' affairs, .although : t pleasant- *. re-.
lationa should be sustained . and, co-
JANUARY 6, 1907
operation practiced when posslDie.
In the disposition of the $3,000,000
the first essential is that interest be
obtained on that vast sum of money
from time of deposit to date of with
drawal. If the money now lies if '
bank idle, without drawing interei ,/
it means an annual loss of over $100.
000. As before stated. there are
thousands of deserving men and
women in this city outside the trades
or the refugee camps. Let advertise
ments be inserted in the daily papers
inviting sufferers from the fire to send
In their addresses, to state their losses,
their insurance and their actual finan
cial requirements in order to resume
their former occupations. If a deserv
ing widow wants funds with which
to reopen a boarding-house or a room
ing-house or to buy a sewing machine
or some furniture, and she proves
worthy of aid, let her have it — a dona
tion If necessary. If a small manu
facturer or dealer of repute has been
unable since; the fire to resume busi
ness, I would help him out.,
"P. M. S." writes:
"Could, not a home for the aged bo
built and carried on with this sum, cay
to expend on site $50,000. and building,
furniture, etc., $450,000. This would
leave $3,500,000 to invest, which at 8
per cent would give an income, of
$175,000." The expenses of running
the home he itemizes and figures out as
$135,000. This, would leave a surplus
of $40,000, which he wouVl expend as
follows: Outdoor relief, $20,000; re
pairs, etc., $5000; insurance. $5000; sink
ing fund for gradual Increase of home,
$10,000. v
\u25a0 "P. 8.," South Park, section B, room
J5, suggests taking half the fund and
buying land, erecting substantial houses
instead, of shacks with the remainder.
He would rent these dwellings for $t5
or $20 a month to persons rendered
homeless by the fire, and at the end
of four or five years, or whenever the-.
cost' had been paid for. hay«» the buile?-.
ings revert to the ownership of the rent
payers. . ,
A. B. McNeil prefaces the following
suggestions with a comprehensive re
view of sociological conditions result
ing *rom the earthquake and fire:
"(1) I would lay aside $1,000,009
irrevocably for the aid and support off
the aged and infirm of San" Francisco.
Justice and humanity here should pr*>
cede generosity elsewhere. This si;
000,000 I should Intrust to the care of
a new corporation with a board ot
five directors — men noted for their fit
ness and integrity — they to choose*
their term of office and elect their j«ik*
cessors, and to be subject only to re
moval for cause by a two-thirds vota
of the -Associate Supreme Judge* of
San Prancieco. Thus I would remove
the home from politics forever and dis
associate it from that other Institu
tion known as the City and County
'Almshouse. The board of directors of
this home for the aged and infirm
should have absolute control nf the
endowment fund, and their charges,
their property, expenditures and em
ployes. They should be paid not ex
ceeding $1000 each a year for their
services, and their secretary and phy
sician not to exceed $2000 to $2500 a
year, both the latter officers being re
quired to devote their entire time to
their respective duties, and to be fur
nished with nearby residences, not to
exceed a cost "of 53000 each. I would
erect a large, warm building — or sev
eral smaller ones— with ample fire pro^
tection. "near the/ city, with .spacious
grounds surrounding, for gardening,
etc., at a total cost not to exceed $20o"
000. With care in the investment the
$SOO.OOO lett from the endowment coulj'
be made to produce an income of
$50,000 or more per year for the sup
port of the home. /Other sources of
revenue from other/endowments lega
cies, etc.. would undoubtedly increase
the holdings of the home from time to
time. \u25a0B9BHMH
J*l would hesitate before donating
money to any man. for it encourages
idleness and dependence. But I wou Id
lend it to him. if he was found 1 de
serving at a low rate of interest, and
would require ordinary but generous'
security for such loans. I would
guard every gate against impostors
but I would not turn . away the^de-'
servlng. nor would I dwell upon the -
words charity or alms in the X iv '
ing^; or lending of money, if judicious
use of relief funds could be devoted'
to the restoration of burned industries
no better disposition could be made
Another field for the wise use of funds
lies, In property improvements, by
which I mean rebuilding on lots where
owners have not the means, it \l
questionable If $1,000,000 or $2 000 Mo
could be. better employed than in aid
ing destitute land owners .to rebuild.
As.to fund expenditures ;f o ; municipal
improvements, t with the possible ex
ception ;of restoring; burned school:
houses— an exception not admitted— ft
Is^idle to discuss it. it Is extremely ;
unjlkely J that such diversion of ' r?l1i«
funds will, ever .be attempted, for :
would : involve .legal complications that
might result disastrously al^ around."

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