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Including Postage (Cash "With Order): PATLV CALL (including Sunday-. I year $8-00 I>AILT CAT..I, fJncludtnier Sunday). 6 months 4.00 PAILT CALL — By single month 76c SUNDAY CALV 1 yepr 2.50 WEEKLY CALL. 1 year 100. rrtr , T .yr-K' ) r>a - 1 >" • JB. OO Per Year Extra FOREIGN C PuTl<l j, v 4.15 Per Year Extra POSTAGE ) "Weekly 1.00 Per Year Extra Entered at the United Plate* Pcstoffice as Second-Class Matter. ALL POSTMASTKRS ARK AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE SUBSCRIPTIONS Sample Copies Will Be Forwarded When Requested. Mall eubscrlhers tn ordering change of address should be particular to Kivc both tfISW AND OLD ADDRESS in order to insure a prompt rtr.fl correct compliance with their request. PUT MUZZLES ON LEGISLATIVE WOLVES GOVERNOR GILLETT bewails the fact that he has' no in fluence with members of the Legislature — or, at least, none strong enough to keep them from picking and stealing. We Jiave been accustomed to point the finger of scorn at the politics of Pennsylvania and its people "corrupt and contented," but the .figures show that? the rapacity of our own legislators makes the Keystone State politicians look decent by comparison. New York State is no model of political virtue, but Albany is white as snow when stood up alongside of Sacramento. . Governor Gillett suggests a constitutional amendment to put a muzzle on the legislative appetite*. Amendments of this kind have been rejected in the past because they were saddled with "riders" increasing the pay of legislators. An amendment of this character is already on tne Senate file for this session, offered by Sanford. Like the other propositions of this kind that have met with defeat, the proposed amendment substitutes blackmail for robbery. What thtfcp'eople want and will insist on is a straight amendment limiting legislative patronage, and confined to that smgle subject. They will not pay for this limitation by offering a bribe to the Legislature. The Sanford proposition proposes to increase the length of the sessions to seventy-five days. Imagine any sane man voting to prolong or extend the power of such a crew as now holds sway at Sacramento. If the proposition were to cut down sessions to fifteen days it would be carried with enthusiasm. Two or three weeks would be sample time to consider and pass all the legislation that Having for the present exhausted the possibilities of patronage, the gang is now engaged in the search for excuses on which to hang expensive junketing trips. One of Ruefs hand}' witnesses, re warded for his testimony with a committee chairmanship, proposes himself as a fit person to examine the morals of the racetracks at «the cost of the State. The same active patriot wants to investigate the coal famine in San Francisco, with power to summon witnesses. The scheme is nothing but a hpldup, to be financed by the State treasury. Is there any reason why the State should put a shotgun in the hands of a highwayman? An amendment that proposes to enlarge in any particular the powers or pay of these thrifty rascals will not be acceptable to There are some decent men in the Legislature, and if one of these will offer a straight amendment limiting legislative patronage, we venture to say that the press of the whole State will unani mously take up the matter and will nold up to obloquy the members who have the temerity to oppose its submission. GET AFTER THE ROAD FUND GRAFTERS THE Marin County Grand 'Jury' has taken action that might profitably be imitated in other rural or partly rural communi ties. The jury in Marin has instructed the District Attorney to bring suit against the Board of Supervisors for neglect to ac count in the manner required by law for expenditures on the county roads. If the charges can be proved the Marin Supervisors will forfeit a round sum to the county treasury. :--<\ The practice in Marin, as in other counties, has grown out of the vicious system of road administration that prevails in Cali fornia and makes Supervisors in practice accountable only to them selves. The Good Roads convention at Glen Ellen thus character ized this system in its report : As a board the Supervisors levy the taxes and audit and allow the claims against the county, and as individual road commissioners they them selves expend the road funds, thus in effect auditing and allowing their own claims. Such a system is bad and liable to lead to abuses. Grand juries all over California might well concern themselves with a searching examination of road expenditures, with the assist ance of expert testimony and comparisons of cost. A new code of road laws is greatly needed to change radically the present system and take the business as much as possible out of the domain of graft. The existing plan is a direct invitation to graft and hands over the road fund to Supervisors for use to fortify their political fences. That is the chief reason why the country roads in Cali fornia are so bad. TOO MUCH BUMBLE HAT is a gay cat '? One is led to ask the question owing to* an unfortunate lack of that familiarity with thieves' lingo displayed by. the official scribe of the State Board of Chari ties and Correctio*ns f from whom we quote these picturesque remarks found in the annual report of the board: Vagrancy is an astonishing evil in California. Our mild winter climate, *our bountiful orchards and our hospitable people make this a tramps' paradise. Here this man of easy life can sleep in the winter season often out of doors, and in the morning throw his shoe into a friendly orange tree and bring down a breakfast. By a little exertion he can beg from our homes almost anything he may wish to eat. This tramp population during the winter months is a large one and comp^csed^ of all classes. i*iiere.are old criminals knocked out by too much imprisonment, youpjj criminals hiding under the garb of the vagrant, yegg-men who have sworn never to do any work, gay cats who will work occasionally for drink money, ; blanket men who tramp with their sleeping blankets through the State in summer, working i day or two here and there and who return to the lower dives along thN city's water front for winter and live on what they can beg or the rtfutv. picked from garbage cans. One admires the amiable facility with which the scribe, start ing with a ready-made conclusion, proceeds- at once to demolish hh own position. Indeed, his ingenious description of the agreeable vicftfritttdes of tramp life in- California sounds like an invitation, to io'm the Independent Order of the Exalted Tomato Can. On his EDITORIAL PAGE own showing it would be astonishing if tramps were rare in Cali fornia. A country where a man can bring down breakfast food, using his old shoe for a missile weapon, might make any old cat gay. We trust there is nothing improper in the reference. The board's accepted remedy for vagrancy is long imprison ment at hard labor. It would have the State . provide three big workhouses, where the tramp nose would be kept on the grind stone. It is like curing a sick man by giving him a new disease. Multiplication of officials and functionaries never cured anything. Rather 'does Mr. Bumble cultivate the disease as a means to demon strate how indispensable he is. Already the State suffers from too much Bumble. %•£; , THE California Promotion Committee had hoped that* the Legislature might appoint a commission composed of experts j[ and of interested citizens and ask for the appointment of a Federal commission of engineers, these bodies jointly or separately to examine the harbors of California and report a well considered plan for their improvement in which the State and Na tional Governments might take their just and proper parts. The findings of such a commission would be authoritative and valuable as a guide to legislation and the use of public money. The Promotion Committee, however, discovered early in the game that it was useless to ask the Legislature to intrust this ..mat ter to an outside commission. If there is any investigation to be made the lawmakers want to keep it in their own hands. That is the way politics is done, and there is no use quarreling after the pins are set up. / The Promotion Committee, therefore, accepts the alternative and asks for the appointment of a special committee of ten mem bers of the Legislature to "investigate the conditions of the harbors of the State and make recommendations for legislation necessary to be enacted at this session to provide for the present necessities and for future requirements." We cannot doubt that an investigation of this kind, Xvith the attendant publicity sure to be given by the press, will result in useful enlightenment of the public mind on this most important subject and, perhaps, in timely action by the Legislature. Duffey, of the Board of Works, may want things, but let it not be overlooked that he also does things. - * There are Legislatures worse than California's. The lawmakers of Arkansas have driven from his seat a Senator who exposed a fellow-member's corruption and had him convicted of' bribe-taking. Gossip in Railway Circles W. HJ Bancroft, general manager, of the Oregon Short Line, has been ap pealed to by the residents of Nevada to help them ih the way of fuel. It appears that while the State Board of Asses sors was holding a • meeting in Reno a message was received by the Gov ernor from Virginia City asking him to devise some means to relieve the fuel distress. It was stated that there was neither wood nor coal In the town and that the situation was serious. The Governor read the telegram to the board and asked each member to act in concert with him In requesting Bancroft to send as many carloads' of coal as could possibly be procured to prevent further suffering. The people of Reno are in almost the same plight as those In Virginia City. Many fami lies have banded together and cook their meals on the same stove to save fuel. A telegram was received at Reno from the Floriston Paper- Works say- Ing that the company; would send broken' lumber and wood, although it was itself short of fuel. - -•- \u25a0 \u25a0 • \u25a0 • 'B. '. Black: Ryan, tax 'agent for the Southern Pacific, - has returned "• from Nevada, and says that last- Monday: it was snowing very " hard at Reno. The hills were covered' with snow and the weather wasbltlngrly. cold. - '\u25a0 • \u25a0\u25a0 • . \u0084'•-," C W. Foy, who attends to the the atrical business of the Southern Pa cific Is seriously 111 at a hospital. It, is said that, he will have to be operated on for appendicitis. •\u25a0• ' • \u25a0 Epes Randolph has been appointed gen eral manager , of . the ; Sonora ? Railway. A circular signed by,. E. H. Harriman announces that Randolph succeeds E. E. Caivin.i "who finds it necesary. to give up the duties ofi the- onlce^bnac^ r-.onnt of ores* of work In other direc- Looking Into It TO IMPROVE THE HARBORS ' NOTE AND COMMENT lions." A continuation of,. the Sonora Railway south to Guadalajara is being built. Randolph Is president of the following • roads: Arizona and Colo rado Railroad Company;: Cananea, YaquP River and Pacific ' Railroad Com-. I pany; Maricopa and Phoenix , v and Salt River Valley Railroad - Company: : Glla Valley, Globe and Northern • Railway Company; Arizona Eastern Railroad i Company. - • - \u25a0 • . -. \u25a0••. • i R. P. Schwerin,' general manager of the Pacific Mail, left on Wednesday I night forthe East/ - Murasky Approves of Call's Views EDITOR Call— Sir :, lam in ' thor ough accord w4th the views ex pressed in your editorial of yes terday oV "The Pay of Probation Officers." " , . I- would go a . step further. In the makeup of, thoseTengaged ; ln the ;work of '\u25a0. helping the young," the weak,*;' and the unfortunate,' experience of a' special kind,*; deep * sympathy^ and j fitting; tem perament are | invaluable | qualities"; \ and lt^shouldfbeHheJeffortiiOf the! State Ito obtain people of such qualifications in the - management iof J reformatories and like '?. public^institutions' s and to -retain them ;:in , : siich ' service; '.in < a". word, v., to make unremovable itor^ political reasons or for any.'othe"r.-'cause-not"con nected -with .their work, ii Respectfully; V FRANK * J.\ MURASKY.r;; San .Francisco, January 16,' 1907 ? -i *. The Smart Set > .\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0".--\u25a0 - • \u25a0* * ' ,»\u25a0 MRS. WILLIAM KOHL will enter tain with one of the largest and most beautiful affairs of the season this evening at the Pal ace Hotel, at which Miss Lydia Hop kins will be the guest of, honor, and at wHlch about 250 guests . will be present. The ballroom will be simply decorated, as the management of the Palace Hotel refuse to allow anything to be done in the way of ornamenta tion, save the arrangement of potted plants .and the disposing of a few wreaths. Mrs. Kohl will be assisted !n receiving by the. guest, of, honor, Miss Hopkins, and by her daughters, Mrs. Evans S. Pillsbury and Mrs. C. Fred Kohl. A number of dinners will be given before the ball, notably by Mr. and Mrs. William G. Irwin, by Dr. and Mrs. . J. W. Keeney, by Mr. and Mrs.) "Warren D. Clark and by Miss Alice Hager. •* . * Mrs. Edward Barron wa3 the hostess at a charming luncheon yesterday at the Palace Hotel, at which that much feted, Miss Lydia Hopkins, was the guest of, honor. The table was attractively decorated with quantities of red roses and violets, each of tho guests receiving corsage bouquets of violets. Those present were: Miss Hop kins, Miss Marguerite BarronS Miss Helene Irwin, Miss Christine Pomeroy, Miss Anita Harvey, Miss Gertrude Jo! - Hff e, Miss Constance de Young. Miss Margaret" Hyde-Smith, Miss Louise Boyd, Miss Malzle; Langhorne, Mia* Frances Coon. Miss Lucy Gwln Cole man, Miss Julia Langhorne. Miss Claire Nichols and Miss Mary Keeney. • '\u25a0 \u2666 ' \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 • \u25a0 Mrs. William Redding was the host ess at a'pleasant luncheon at the Pal-" ace Hotel yesterday afternoon. ; enter taining ten guests. "The table was prettily decorated in pink carnations and among those present were:' Mrs. W. P. Redington. Miss Whitney, . Miss Grace Wilson; Miss Louise Redington, Miss Helen Ashton. Miss Ethel Melone and Miss Eliza Kline/ \u25a0 - • \u25a0 \u2666 - * • ' Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hopkins will entertain at a dinner on Thursday evening. January 24, in honor of Misa Helene Irwin. V \u25a0 • • .. • \u25a0 Mrs. Joseph ManuelMasten has sent out Invitations for two bridge parties, one to take place on .Wednesday, Jan uary 23, '; and the Mother on the follow ing afternoon. At both .-of these thi*. popular hostess will entertain : eight tables of guests. "«:\u25a0'\u25a0* '\u25a0 • \u2666 ' Mrs. Clinton B. Hale of Santa, Bar bara sent out 'invitations • recently for a luncheon at her charming homey " Le Chalet, in tho \ southern city,, at -which Mrs. Joseph " Chamberlain •'\u25a0-.'(formerly Miss Elizabeth Stillman) of San' Fran cisco was to; have been the guest- of honor. Owing to the very bad .weather, however. Mrs. Hale .postponed, the af fair until the climate ; is moderated. \u25a0 \u25a0*, • ,'• \u25a0.\u25a0' • \u25a0 J.W. Byrne, has gone "east on v brief business .trip,; but will return about the; -first * of >; February. H?a mother, Mrs."; Margaret Irvine, • remained .at Del Monte : during : his absence. '. .-\u25a0 •.- .\u25a0- • : : ; '•\u25a0-'\u25a0 •>\ \u25a0 " Mr.- and Mrs. Bourke Cockran (for merly , Miss Anne Ide),* whose move ments are always of Interest to Call fornlans, spent _' the holidays, in Spain and.are doing quitea bit \of traveling there. gEfiBBaSfIBJJwJH Lieutenant Clarence Carrlgan, U. ;S. A., and Mrs. .Carrigan; who: have-been living, at. Fort Baker,'; in Marin County, since thelf;,marriage : a year or two since, will - come", to (town .about \u25a0 the middle ;of February^ and . will : make their, home* here •permanenly, *. as Lieu tenant Carrigan's resignation ; from « the service will ' take " effect J shortly . and he will . engage'ln business; here. ' Mrs. James Robinson and. Miss Ethel Cooper,' have i returned » from ' a 'visit : to Del Monte; where' they spent the week end. Vlt is 5. probable Jv that . they lwill leave', In February,,; for : Santa Barbara to remain '.for.', several', weeks. • \u25a0"''"•'• \u25a0 \u25a0 :"';• '..'*. \u0084-\u25a0 , ': •\u25a0, • , Mrs. George Heazelton qf San Rafael went east recently,^ called ;there • by the illness of her .brother. - Dr. and Mrs. Harry M. Sherman .went down* recently, for a visit to. Del Monte. •_,lTownsend'sCal.. glace fruits and can dies at * Emporium, i Post I and > Van v Ness, 1250 Setter st. and- 1203 and 1220 -Va- The Insider Says mourning band is badge of the lackey, in timatesthat Ellen Terry is ungrateful and - comments entertainingly on other matters. S*** ' ~~ H\LI we ever lose the "mourning band 5 " It appears not. A woman walked gaily along Van Ness avenue . Friday morning, attired in a black-and-v,hitc skirt, -,t, t tan coat^ and a Tifit with flowers on it. 0n her arm was a broad band of black. She = was evidently in mourning for some one, though the flowers on her I hat di d n« indicate it Another woman stared in the window of a cloak an d smt i tort She had on a tan coat, a light skirt and a muchly trimmed hat. On her sleeve was a broad black band." A youth ih festive red tie and .. t »"* s ££ sported a black bandon his gray coat sleeve. It seems , as .t «t w€^ a ° Ott^ time that the populace caught on to the fact that *™*^*.^™ coat sleeves arc not the proper thing. A long time smce the , more m tethgent of us discarded the mourning band, first brought westward by a Burlingame anglomaniac, when we found out that only lackeys in Cnglan d are «o drto rated when mourning is in order. ' One remembers the laugh that went o*er the pap^-chase field in San Rafael some seasons back when^a charnunff young woman drove to see the start, wearing a black band on I her J efrowt sleeve. She was asked for whom she wore the band, and naively rephed that she had noticed a smart tourist wi.th her .tan coat so dcco "* d - a ™ that she always liked to sport the latest wrinkles herself, so had ordered her tailor to put one on her new coat. . to Be Forgetful theatrical raap . O h, Ellen, Ellen, how could you? Did you really mean that there is no civilization west of Chicago? Have you forgottcnthe crowded houses that applauded your Portia some dozen years ago at the Grand Opera-house? Have you forgotten how your late associate star. Sir Henry Irving, loved our little city by the sea, and particularly that part of it contained within the Bohemian Club. Have you forgotten that in San .Francisco dwells Mrs. Elizabeth Gcrberding. who wrote you a curtain-raiser which you have called the prettiest playlet in your repertory? Oh, Ellen, Ellen Terry, take back those words. Pendv to Worshio One of the first churches of the Protc *\ a nt iSKu # c# «f Persuasion to be rehabilitated is the First 7 Without a Steeple Congrcgationa i, at the corner of Post and Mason streets. Instead of waiting until the steeple could be restored to its former height, the committee having in charge the rebuilding of the sanctu ary decided to Testore the lower floor* and in that way have the place ready for speedy occupancy. This church is one of the pioneer structures of our city, and the Rev. Dr. Stone, father of Mrs. L. L. Baker, was the pioneer pastor. Dr. Adams is the present shepherd of the fold, which has wor shiped in Plymouth Church since the fire. The old church was the scene of many society weddings, among them that of Miss Ives and Henry Crocker. Ma tide Fay /<? on Among the many San Francisco and Oak u " \u0084 *c land songbirds who went abroad for musical Highway of. Fame ctllt;vation during the last few yea r S , none has met with greater success than Maude Fay, sister of Charles and Phil Fay. She lately signed with an opera company in Germany for an extended season, so it will doubtless be a long time before her fellow citizens will have an opportunity to pass opinion on the results of her foreign training. As Miss Fay had a good voice and indomitable ambition and perseverance before she went to Europe, there is no reason to believe that she has wasted her time there. She studied here under Madame yon Meyerincjc, and when Walter Damrosch heard her sing he said she had the makings of a Wag nerian vocalist in her tones. Of course, Schumann-Heink gave praise to many contraltos who sang for her criticism, but Damrosch was not such a wholesale bouquet-thrower. The reports that have penetrated West about Maude Fay's progress do not seem to have been colored by any imagina tive art. " . ,^~ ' ' ; : Charles JoSSelytlS \ T> Charles Josselyns have finally decided _, riif r> t that tliey wIU go to Pans - They * ove tne near I~ail OI fans gay French cap ; ta i an d<have almost as many friends there as they have here. Mr. Josselyn for a time was an advocate of the Simple Life extolled by Wagner and our President, but a few months of it at Woodside satisfied him that simplicity is only acceptable to educated human beings when occasionally varied with glimpses of society and the clubs in town. Josselyn has a fine library at his country place, and he is a devoid book-lover. His daughters love country life, but they love Paris better, and that explains why they flit so frequently across the Atlantic. Sharon Depends On The : Fr ? d Sharons are going abroad again, _ - ~ *i * not because they love Europe better than Spas Of Continent California but because Mr. Sharon's health demands the spas of the Continent. For years. I am told, he has suffered from an incurable malady and only finds relief in the baths scattered over Europe. Mrs. Sharon has never wholly recovered^her spirits since the sad series of happenings in her family that deprived her of a son and a daughter. More sadness and sorrow have fallen to her than have afflicted many women, and yet no doubt there are those who envy her her great wealth and social position. Tot Gives Her Own I heard a story the other day about a little nf: •\u2666•,»-. *f AI..Z. tot m a primary school. The little girl was Definition of AJum given the fask of bringin? in awritt^ paper concerning alum. As her father's library had been lost in the fire, the child had no reference books but a dictionary. She did her best with that and added her own Oittle bit. saying: "Alum is white stuff that look* like starch and if you melt it in water and taste it is most awful puckery." The sensible teacher gave her full credit in spite of the copied accounts that j the \ other children furnished, for she said that the little girl evidently knew what -she knew, even if she did not state that alum was the essential element of aluminum. / r'-ie.' l-ti^h Qs-hr>r>T With Miss Thompson resigned and Mrs. GirlS High SchOOl Beals dead there are few of the old set of Staff IS Changing Girls . High School teachers left. Miss Jewett is no longer there and Mrs. Prag, Miss Hunt and Miss Owens are about the only ones of.the oldtime staff left.. Miss Croyland and Miss Hobe belong to the younger generation of instructors and Mrs. May born was a teacher in \u25a0, the-Denman Grammar School before she was. transferred to the Girls-H igh. If Miss Owens chose to resign it would 'be hard to find another teacher to take her place as an instructor in literature and history. I know a good many women who owe their knowledge of what is worth while in literature to the instructions they received when students under Miss Owens, and she has not permitted herself to fall back in her acquaintance with prose and verse writers, but has kept pace with modern thought and methods. , It is the fashion of the college-bred girl and boy to sneer at the pretensions to learning of the old teachers who. did not attend a university, but the knowledge gained from study and experience counts. The old principal of the Girls' High, by the way, John Swett, lives in Martinez, where he raises a patent . fodder and wine grapes on his Alhambra Valley^ ranch! Personal Mention '::'.'JC'- Leaser of St. Louis Is at , the Ma jestic. , v-"\u25a0v -"\u25a0 F.J. Aicher of New York is at the Majestic. " James R. Davis of Goldfleld is at the Jefferson. T. W. Hobson of Honolulu is at the Jefferson. , fBBBB D. ,J. Jarmuth of Denver is at the St.. Francis. • H. /AY" . Wilklns of Chicago is at the Majestic ; Annex. Jj.'W'. I^edero" of -Providence." R. L, is at' the ? Dorchester. * A. H. v Morris and family of St. Louis are \u25a0at the* Jefferson; [ i Mrs; A; } G. Hunter is at the Dor chester from 'Stockton. E. ; K. . Slbbold = and Mrs. Sibbold of JANUARY 18, 1907 Santa Rosa are registered at the Jflf ferson. Edward L Dufancy is at the ;-t Francis from New York. .J.B. Stewart of "Washington. D. C. Is . at the Majestic Annex. H. A. Falrbank and Mrs. Fairbank of Sacramento are at the Palace." Julius Hammersloush of New T*rk Is registered at the Dorchester. ' W. F. Whlttaker of Los Angeles U registered at the Majestic Annex- Frank T. Hunter and Mrs. Hunter are : registered at the. St. Francis. J. T. Stoneroad and F. R. Boydl« of Portland are at the Majestic Annex^ Franklin N. Dewey Is registered at tho Ma je3tic Annex from New Yorki. P. L. Flanagan and Mrs. Flanagan of Reno are registered at the Jeffersoa.