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THE resignation from the Police Board of Commissioner G. H.
Umbsen is not good news; it is, on the contrary, distinctly
depressing. Though Commissioner Umbsen has stated that
his retirement from this department of public service is due
wholly to the pressure of his private affairs, it is not difficult to
find a deeper and stronger reason— a reason written at length in,.the
minutes of the board. It is that there is neither use nor usefulness
in the Police Commission for citizens of Mr. Umbsen's views and
principles. There is no profit in such a commissionership for an honest
man, nor. in the present conditions, any honor. Mr. Umbsen stayed
long enough to prove to himself that he could not serve the public,
and. being incapable of serving any other interest, he re
tired — wisely.
It will'be remembered that when Mayor Schmitz invited Mr.
Umbsen to a .seat on the Police Commission he was having one of
his virtuous spells. He had evicted Poheim and O'Grady, nominally
for misuse of their positions: actually, it is -understood, for "hog
ging" the illegitimate perquisites thereof. The appointment of
Mr. Umbsen and Mr. H. T. Creswell looked like a belated effort
of the Mayor to redeem his enthusiastic promise of "the best admin
istration this city ever saw." But pretty soon came Heney and
an honest Grand Jury, and the Mayor was too busy trying to dodge
trial for grafting to make any more efforts in that line. IJpon Chief
of Police Dinan also fell Uie shadow of San Quentin. The Police
Department was needed — and£4sed — to protect Schmitz and Ruef
and Dinan from aroused public sentiment manifesting itself through
Heney and the Grand Jury. This need and use make the commis
sion no fit place for a citizen like .Mr. Umbsen. ..... .
It would be pleasant to say these same things in commendation
of Commissioner Creswell. who ought to be in the same class with
Mr. Umbsen. but they would not be true. There is something the
matter with Commissioner Creswell's spine or his public conscience.
At any rate, he is'not standing up for public decency and he is not
resigning. It is reported that Commissioner Creswell has developed
political tendencies — tjiat he dreams dreams of the Democratic nomi
nation for Mayor this year and is trimming sail to catch that breeze;
Xow. Umbsen a,nd Creswell together could have made a sturdy
fight for the regeneration of , the Police Department. They might
even have succeeded in deposing a Chief of Police wlio has neither
the respect nof the confidence of policemen or public; a Chief of
Police indicted and on tr^al for perjury; a Chief of Police who
brazenly associates on terms of intimacy with a notorious pick
pocket. Umbsen alone could do nothing — and it appears that he
was alone. To remain longer in such a place in such circumstances
was to lend an honorable name as a cloak of respectability for the
crooked work of a crooked administration. Mi\ Umbsen did well
to resign. v^v-J:
Obviously, reform of the Police Department must come from
the outside. It must be reform with an ax. v
THAT was a suggestive remark made by a member of the local
Board of Public Works to the Grand Jury : ;
• "Levy beat us" to it."
The subject matter of this ingenuous explanation was the
issue of a permit for a firetrap playhouse. There are. many such
houses in San Francisco today, and their presence constantly invites
catastrophe of the kind that makes the whole world shudder. The
official who issues a permit for such a commits a fearful
crime against humanity. He takes chances on becoming accessory
tothe murder of hundreds under the most cruel conditions. . -
"Levy beat us to it." >
There appears to have been some kind of race among muni
cipal officials to seize opportunities of selling permits to break the
law. That is the simple theory of the Schmitz administration in
all its branches — a law is something to convert into merchandise.
Everything is for sale, and it is a race among the officials, subordi
, nates and chiefs, to see who can get there first. There is no dis
cipline and the devil takes the hindmost. As they are all grafting,
it becomes a scramble, for the. spoil, and when the long reach gets
it the others have no kick coming. That is part of the game. *
There cannot be any doubt that every firetrap theater in town
is paying/ for pcrmissip^ to run. Every last one of them -should
be shut up before disaster unspeakable arrives to. horrify, the world.
OXE very .curious result of the absurd Swettenham incident
and the rude behavior of that mad Governor of Jamaica is
that Canada and the Canadians are hugel>v disgusted with
the mother country for- neglecting her dependencies -to the
degree thai^in the hour of need the people were dependent for relief
on foreign agencies. -Now it is the British programme toy ask
Canada for a round * contribution to • Help build ships of war for
England, and a conference *to that end is shortly to be held. But
the Canadians are asking. Where is the British navy in the; hour
of need? In the House of Parliament at Ottawa, \V.F. -Maclean, a
member of that body. discussing the incident, hinted at secession,
and said: . \u0084
I take the . opportunity ,bf this motion to say, for myself, perhaps for many'
of my fellow-Canadians, "that I regard certain incidents'^^of the Jamaica* earth
quake as a distinct: loss, to imperial prestige "or. 'this continent—a, thing -all
Canadians tookpridein.^ , m.^^^. " '' \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0^, ' : \ :.^ :"\u25a0 '-
The British,^nayal^tations^ on the Atlantic coast are no more.. There
is a lessen in" it 'for ,u\. •'-^•"^ X .... /' '\u25a0 -^s^^
Intimations some : time ago we may hive 'failed to apprehend," though as
distinct as the sun rising in the east.' That was to have a care .fpr^ ourselves.
If we are, to be continental , in^ our own aspirations we must ..-have the
means of expressing it ourselves, even as our neighbors have. ;--. •
We may yet find need of a Canadian flag on Canadian ships in seas that
are as much ours as others'. V, \ ' * • \u25a0 , . \ • '.: .f •
There has been for some time a strong national party in
Canada that desires'; complete 1 It may .be regarded
a§ certain that Greats Britain -[would not resist*.,by: force a move
ment of that kind, and if * Canada desires'to r work out her own des
tiny as a new-born- nation; the .mother country-would probably
say, "Go in peace and^good' will." At the* same' time, 'every effort
in the way of and diplomacy wilbbe made to reconcile
colonial disgruntlements 'and^lnaintain the nominal^ integrity of
the unwieldy and loose-jointed ' That' organization would
probably fall to, pieces of its own weight' if- it were- subjected to
any real test,' but it has become a fad .With British statesmen to
keep up' the make-believe. ' p_f course; Canada and Australia are
lmrely connected with*. the.'eVnpire by a nominal and purely sen
timental bond. . . : '-/>>' r :
The Smart Set
INVITATIONS have been received 1 to
the wedding of Miss Charlotte Wil :
son and George Cadwajlader, which'iß
to take place at noon on- Saturday,
March 2. at the home of the bride's
mother. Mrs. Russell Wilson, 2027.Cali
fornia street. A large number of
guests will be present, as C. both the
Wilson and Cadwallader families are
among the oldestand best known here
and they have a large circle of friends
who are eager to.wish Mr.. Cadwallader
and his charming.' bride all . happiness.
Miss Emily Wilson will be the maid 'of
honor and the brldesmalds'.wlll beMlse
Linda Cadwallader, thevgrpom's.sis^er;
Miss Lucie King, • the cousin;
Miss Jennie- Croclfer and '-Miss ; Mary
Keene^v. Bert Cadwallader will be his
brother's best- man and ; the -ushers will
be Percy King, the bride's cousin ;-Kndx
Maddox, Willard Drown and Oscar
Cooper. \u0084" . . /
Mrs. Malcolm -Henry entertained
very charmingly . \u25a0 last night at an in
formal bridge party,- given as -a fare
well occasion for Dr.C./E. Riggp, U. S.
N., who sails today 'on the Siberia for
Peking. The .handsome rooms .were
prettily decorated ' with' j quantities of
exquisite jonquils.. Those, present were
T)r. and' Mrs. A. H. Voorhies, Dr.^'and
Mrs. Reginald Knight Smith, Mrs:^ W.
M. S." Beede.- Mrs. E. Walton Hedges,
Mrs. -Leßoy Nickel, -Mrs. Charles But
ters, Miss lives, Dr. Klggs,,PhilipiPas
chel, ; Drti'Pressley, Major Stephenson,
Paul Koeakeyitch and Lieutenant Com
\u25a0mander' Barries.'. _. '. . .- . -: ,>. -
' Mrs.. A.- P.; Ni black entertained half
a dozen guests, quite informally 1 at tea
yesterday afternoon, who were asked to
-meet V her slster-ih-^aw, , :Mrs. .•W.V.-.C.
Niblack of Chicago, who Is here for a
few days en route. to Southern"Califor
nia. \u25a0' • . \u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0 .-. ; \u25a0 \u25a0 " •; '^ _* :
Mr. and Mrs. James Carolan and Miss,
Emily Carolan' have gone, 'to .Santa
Barbara for a stay of several weeks
and are at present guests at the Ar
lington, although thesf expect to take
a cottage there later. ;
. Mrs." George 11. -How\rd went down
a few days since from San Mateo' to
Del Monte to visit her mother, Mrs.
Henry Schmiedell.: . \u25a0 ; ;;
Mrs. Philip Lansdale^ has returned, to
Personal Mention "J
x < Judge -Henry M. Hoyt of Nome
&at the St. Francis. . \u25a0 . .> -
Cecil H. Bacon and wlf.e of Seattle
are. at the Baltimpre. / .
Edward: Morgan of New York
"is : registered -at '.-the Hamlln., i .^
Fred. B.^Glass and his bride, of Red
W^K?J^iftt^th'e ; Hotel"Sayoy/-.ji.x>.^.>.;.-.-;
; W. Gi Saunders, . capitalist of Fresno,
is registered at the Baltimore. X .
J.* H.. Lockwood: and wife of .Minne
apolis are guests at the Hamlln.-
Dr. W.\ G., Downing of Suisun .and
wife are at: the Majestic: Annex. * \u0084 ,_
A. A. Stanton andlwife b^Manhattan
are registered \u25a0 at , the St. 4 F raftcls~J? •" \u25a0'.''
' C.-Ml'Hobbs.Va'.mlningt man of Toho
pah. Is a" guest. at. the St.' Francis. " , \u25a0\u25a0 ;
W. JE. Bush, a ; Los Angeles business
man, -is a late :s arrival at' the : Hamlln;'
Frank H. Johnson, and wife of ; San
Rafael- are . registered, , : at 'the--; \u25a0= Dor
chester. v " \u25a0 \u25a0' '.•'/".«• "iI-~ - -
. W.'iH.'- Park i son, . manager of several
Goldflald •'mining.'^ interests, ; Is at ;the
St. Francis." ;; rV.-**- ; ,T .."\u25a0:-.}- • ; -\u25a0 - '..;\u25a0; \u25a0- -
'<.'/£.' \3.~- McKay, ; a prominent; business
man r of rHollister, is., registered" at; the
Hotel' Congress. ' r v "."" r^\
W. " G: Rice, .'a r prominent i.buslness
man of; Detroit, : is 'among -; the ? recent
arrivals at.the^Hamlin. ; . V' ' >
i r , L.-'A. Nares of Los Angeles,; who came
up-to ;attend'-,the, automobile -show, :^is
staying at the' Baltimore. - . - *
ColoneliO. :-Y. owner.. of
Woodwortnsjlsland: in 'the \u25a0Sacramento
Rtver.is afthe Imperial. \. .
E. W. 'Hale. ; a \u25a0 merchant ; of - Sacra
mento, i : feccompanie'dY-by .-'his' wife,.' Is
registered ati^hel Majestic. ;V; V '- .v. v .; •*
: ;- W. ." H. .; Quln\by,» and; party.Sof '(Clevef
land.jOhio,' ; who ;are:-on s;their,iway/.'tb5 ;their,iway/.'tb
Japan, "are * staying" at^the-' St. 'Francis.
;W. v Parker Lyon; j Mayors of i; Fresno,
arrived :' yesterday „ and : ißf'?a guest ? at
he says, that the: oil districts shall not
The Schmitz Reception Committee
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her home "in San Mateo after .a visit
of several days In town with iier
parents, Bishop and Mrs. William Ford
Nichols.- -[ 1 ' , \u25a0 ' v - • • '
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Mrs. C. O. Alexander and Miss Mario
Berger.'who went abroad early in the
year, .were,. when last heard from, in
Naplos. . '.;' ;
\u25a0 • . ; •\u25a0•'*.. .'
Dr.. and. Mrs. E. : E. Brownell, who
have been 'in Berkeley, since last^ June,"
are anxious to | retnrh 'to \u25a0 town, and as
soon as.; they can Arid a suitable house
will move . acrdss.i
.'Mrs. Jack Johnson, wlio- has "been
spending a; week in OaklaudV visiting
her parents, Mr. ; and "Mrs. William 'J.
Landers, returned to "her home in Los
Angeles iast'Saturday. During her stay
Mrs. Landers entertained at an elabor
ate- luncheon at the Clarembnt Country
Club in her.horior.:
Miss Frances Reed of Sausalito has
been! spending. several days in Oakland
as the guest of. friends. . . .
' ;- , ' .-.:.•\u25a0<;\u25a0 *'• : \- •'- ,:
Alden Ames, » who has, been appointed
private secretary to Consul Ragsdale
at Tientsin, will sail . ; today, on the
Siberia *\u25a0 for his new post: :. Mr. Ames,
who, is the son of-^lr." and' Mrs. Pelham
Ames,' haa many friends both here and
at Stanford where he was
a leading; member,, of the '06 class,- who
aresloth -to see him depart : for China,'
althoughth'erelis great rejoicing at the
honor shown ~*him ; and at the apprecia
tion of; his* cleverness and ability.' .:
,Mfs.v Charles Schoonmaker has re
turned to her. home in Sausalito after a
visit tofrlends'at Men lo Park.
2 Miss Genevieve Harvey has returned
to her- home in. Gait, after*a week in
town as the guest of Miss-Minnie Rod
gers;.'-^, ;;..;\u25a0;., ... '•\u25a0 .'.--.\u25a0'\u25a0•.•, ,'r. ;--^; --^
,' '-\ ; \u25a0 '• - ' - : .*..;.< ' : .:*-;•
Mr. and Mrs. Worthington Ames went
down last .-week from: their home. ,at
Fairoaks for a sojourn at Monterey. '..
Mrs. M. P. Huntington has returned 1
from' a visit of a' few days to her moth
er, Mrs. Prentice, in Sacramento.
_. Miss T^aura Hamilton is spending
some days at Del Monte as the guest of
Miss Louisa Breeze. , '
In the Joke World
Patience— Did. you ? encounter any
rough sw,ells while crossing to Europe?
Patrice— Two. ; .One nearly .bit a; hole
in my cheek, andthe other nearly broke
one eff my ribs!—^-Yonkers Statesman.
Ragson Tatters — Wts' dat yer swiped
o'uterjdat drug store? \u25a0 ,
'.: Weary Wllile— A bottle o* nerve tohi
ie!: .Ain^t.dafgreat? \u25a0-.-.''. " '\u25a0 \u25a0.'\u25a0--. . '
r-Ragfori: Tatters— G'on:-w;t rood is
datto'yer? :;;\u25a0;; : ' •' •
Weary 'willle— Why, rnebbe;- after]
we've took^a : few? doses we'll be able tef
brace. people 'fur^champaghe instead o*
beer.— Philadelphia Record. :',-\u25a0 • ; \u25a0• .
"''-\u25a0\u25a0'^"? 'VJ' 1 ' '•''.*'' •* \u25a0\u25a0''„\u2666 •'»'\u25a0'? ' \u2666'\u25a0-.\u25a0 \u25a0';. \u25a0 '.;:'
Losing, (after : his confession )-rr
Sb^ you. loßt-*nve, pounds, -then?, llpw
of ten"* have :I'- warned ytfu against -fast
horses? 's*';\u25a0% ?4--'"'.'U' - V- \u25a0jjf^wßJffiftSß \u25a0 '"- '.
;' ; i- Ben i'L^jplngr^T hat's the trouble, v .;;
\u25a0Mrs.VLostng^yhat's- the "trouble?/;,;
\u25a0 ••-\u25a0 Ben !? Loslng—^lo, took:, your ': advice. - , I
bet Jon. the islow/;ones7— Scraps., - : . : ; :
\u25a0 •\u25a0'":\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0•,- '•,''£*\u25a0..'} \u25a0,'\u25a0• .-,• '• \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 * - ,\u25a0' • -^"v, J ;'\u25a0: \u25a0\u25a0.\u25a0"'.\u25a0' -•-\u25a0-
; "Jimmy's ? 'gpt \u25a0 aVgreat scheme to get
out;o'.;'scho6l^pn ;these^nlcp days.". •
, '.'How.'does-nejworktit?";
VHe goes but'an'iwashes his face, -'an*
the; teacher' thinks he's ill ah', sends him
home !V—^-Rhiladelphiat" lnquirer. ' " \u25a0
sever themselves -from \ Fresno^" County
and become'partrbf Kings Countj'.'- ;.
'•}:-. Lt : Van ? OrdenT- ; formerly room", clerk
at the' St.7 Francis/* has returned' from
Seattle -on a slfort • visif>to "thla city:
J. M. McGeel an t attorney^bf ; Oroville/
is ;stayingyatithe^llptel 'Congress:^; Me:
Gee Ms interestedv In; putting^ up ; a" num
ber of> buildlngs'iriithisjcityo ; t .v; v
Gil^sple^Miss^: Curtis 3, and!jMiss;Gll :
lespie; all"of-New,York,jWho.areitqur
ingithe coast, "are", atHhe Jefferson. ,'
> \u25a0 Admiral .^O.Aw.ilFarehhol t, JJ. -- S. . N:.
who; has ibeeh^vlsltingf friends v in V Los
Angeles j for^thVilastJtwo"' weeks, 1 ; is ;'ex
pected:,back' at HhelCosmosJClubl today/
\u25a0•\u25a0.\u25a0(-.\u25a0'-\u25a0\u25a0 • •- •\u25a0-. -«^ v' ; «.f--j/ Mrfivv-TM rf ivv-T. l ? i ;. ;! '.:r-, l vsr;».««s
Gossip of the Doings
of Railroad Men
"Talk about- material going astray,"
remarked a railroad man. "I believe
this story beats, anything I ever heard
about lost Some time last
October the : Pacific , Coast Machinery
Dealers' Association placed an order 'for
'a carload. of iathes in New York. The
lathes, did not show up and a tracer
was^sent after the car.' The New York
firm aserted that' the car had been.
sent to California, : and that it was the
fault of the railroads that it had not
reached the coast. \u25a0 Naturally we began
an extended search for that car. "We
learned that Clt had never been . re
ceived; by any.road, and the firm was
equally confident -that it had gone -out
of its shop." We finally located the
carload; of maohinery In Paris, France,
It had paid', duty to enter the French
republic and It will have to pay duty
to , get out. As far "as I know the
lathes are still in France. The firm
that wanted them had grown tired of
asking .the same old question as -to
their whereabouts, and when I told
its members, that the shipment was in
Paris ,'• they, -were too .tired even to
\u0084 "That is nothing to a story I can tell
about,, shipments," -put in another
freight/man. ','Last September a busi
ness, man of this city ordered from
Chicago a lot of machinery. It. ar
rived'and i was- delivered v in \u25a0• the; middle
of December,> About bne;week ago one
of \u25a0"\u25a0thej* agents of the delivering 'line
asked.m e for' the | addressi of that mer
chant.Vl-toldhim. ijt appears the way
bill --had been ; lost- and i the'- merchant
had received his rpachlnery and had
not paid for its- transportation, as no
demand had been made; upon him by
the ; railroad. That. is one .time when
tire -merchant,- had no kick- coming."
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"Well, how about this?" remarked a
third. "A hop "dealer of Santa Rosa
wanted .to. ship a * carload of , hops to
New. York. .lie; had 176 bales, but the
car^ would" hold* only 160 bales, so he
consented: to let sixteen, bales go in
with 1 " miscellaneous freight and get
there when they could. The hops were
shipped on November 10. The sixteen
bales, arived in New York bn.Novem
ber.;2s and the. carload, was las], heard
of .on; January '16 ias having' reached
Chicago. Since that' time that car has
disappeared from the,.face of the globe."
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"Who Is that. important looking little
man who just left your . office?" 'was
asked of a ; freight man. ... • .'.'.
;;''Oh,\ that '"chap?" he answered care
lessly. ."He is' the traffic manager for
Bllkem & Sellem."
"What- do those fellows do?"
\u25a0,\ "Traffic managers for. private firms,"
wag; the answer, "are. men who .are a
little more skillful in raisings trouble
and ask: more tomfool questions
than the average merchant, and that's
about all they are useful for: They are
employed "by > the merchants -to. worry
us, who \have enough: trouble without
it being, piled on by. a traffic manager.
They are; generally, men who. have been
agents In ; some, small 1 place and are
'just aching'all over- to ;make, us jump
as we~ma.de-; them- Jump \u25a0 in the svreet
old summer-time." t-' \u25a0 S
; W.~ J/."- Shotwell*-:' general .- agent of
the , Denver and Rio Grande and also
a .'director of the Western Pacific, said
yesterday:. >;."
" "".The' Western. Pacific- is beginning
to receive .\u25a0 the'; steel '\f or the bridges it
will .build in:, various' canyons .in Cali
fornia,' and we , shall 'be enabled j to com
mence work; at -once. •We shall begin
also to^lay tracks near Marysyllle and
Orovillei*- and ; lOrders-'. have . been": given
to-lay, track, lh;the NilesCanyon." : -'\u25a0':':"
Achilles Ottlnger Is back from New
York.'- 'lie. has; brought with,-him a
w.ardrobe- of -strange \u25a0 colors : and new.
styles and :also;a -, ticket-. to \Southamp
ton,!* for -which vpo^t" he and his family
arejlo sail about . the "middle of next
mo-nfli. v '-J'':-. '>'."\u25a0.- "••.-V J - : .-.--'\u25a0' - '\u25a0\u25a0'.. '•\u25a0 ''\u25a0-'. \u25a0'\u25a0<'
* t "I have cast business cares to the
wind," he." explained. "I have closed
up'all my'offices except the one in this
city/ and Uhat;*ln",Los.- Angeles and; I
intend j to "' pass the summer in Europe.
1/ may 1 hire a palace jon-. the -Riviera,
which {will remind me of California, or
I imay; sojourn 3 in i Paris. '.'\u25a0\u25a0. I Ijear that
the socle ty ; in 'Vienna; is delightful, 7 and
I r may,:" go "\ there." '\u25a0> ' I shall •'-. be - for - the
next 'six months^ a' 4 bird of. passage,
spreading; my wings and* taking- long
or! short, flights 'asjfancy/dictates."* \u25a0>*
v-'As-': Ottinger i Is"-' worth '^considerably
more,* than ?; $1,000,000 <hl? can \u25a0 indulge
any'whlm he-may entertain.', '..*
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: , John' A. GUI. ; In -. charge of -freight
for.?. the ~ New;- York,! CentralT>'iines.T is
back^fromvthe ; southern 'jpart^ of Mthe
State- and; says that'as "far^as^hls ob^
seryatlonjgoes there' is? no .shortage,; in
refrigerator; cars 'at the" different' points
from \ which foranges are; shipped. •; Citrus'
fruit 'was - going ;-; Eastv at ;• the? ratei of
100 cars a'day," and from what. he. could*
gather ; the /growers were expecting *to
do well : with their "crop. \u25a0 ::
i ,'Peter^ Harvey of, th.c Baltimore and
Ohio left last ; night for; the south to
look after orange'shipments.^'*
\u25a0;* John ; Y.: Calahan,"; general / agent , of
the : ; department . otV the
Nlckel>Plate,\wlth. headquarters in: Chif
cago,"iwas v In -;this Jcity,; on*: a ; ; pleasure
trip'Jand Jleft* yesterday ; for -' the;^?south
ern i part iofJtheJStateiwithrJaV.: Adams,
the » general' agent on .this -coast. '-','.
f||KUARY 2i; 1907 1
The Insider
Things Institution source of
Sunday stories and Confesses in
i^terest'in ; Davis' defense of Stanford White.
HOW many readers of the sensational
pages of" the New York Sunday sup
plements know where the authors of the
highly illustrated articles get the matter for their "freak" stories? | I mean
the articjcs on airships, marine monstrosities, Egyptian vdiscovene-, natural
histbry monsters and freaks of nature. I am willing to wager that most of
the ideas for t&Vse stones were obtained from the reports ot the SatAsonian
Institution. These reports are more interesting than a novel and pub
lished volumes are hard to get hold of outside of the membership but
they contain % a mine of information. Out of two vo.lumes of Smithsonian
'Institution reports I would guarantet»to furnish Sunday supplernentstorics
for five papers for a twelvemonth. . jkk- C
Source of Gotham's
Sunday Tales
One of the Eastern weeklies recently ran i
page article by Richard Harding Davi in
defense of Stanford White, of which the
general argument. is that, having known White intimately, h« believei it j
would have been impossible for him to have been such a monster withtut
revealing it. Now Davis, though it is the fashion for, his rivals who hate
met with less financial success to sneer at him and his heroes as cads cut
out of the same piece, did not come down from the clouds with this morn
ing's sunrise, but he impreised most of us who met him here as being a clean,
vvhQlesome chap. He couldn't be what he is, a war correspondent, alway3
as ready for an assignment as a soldier asleep on his arms, nor could he
be fit to'endure what corresponding under fire, means, if he were given to
undermining dissipations. It would not be possible for him to keep ''straight"
if his friends — not mere acquaintances,- but chosen associates— were of the
btherMype. Since Dicky Davis is not the style of writer who, like a popular
preacher,- jumps into the type case at every excuse, when he writes a per
sonal article it ought to count for something. He would scarcely write
the kind of stones he does if he were the other kind of man. Authors,
more than any other class, live on their emotions, and there is nothing of
the degenerate type in any of the Van Bibbers, Clays or Macklins of his
stories. lorrce readti review in which the novelist's popularity was accounted
for because his heroes were the kind. of. men that every girl woold like to
know, they-'were what evefy young man thought he would like to be in
the same circumstances, and what every old codger .imagined he wa3. Else
where some/ one remarked that they were all Davis playing a game, and
perhaps that is their true explanation... \u0084
Davis in Defense '\u25a0\u25a0
of Stanford White
Professor William James, who has just re
signed.from the faculty of Harvard, has many/
friends out here in the universities and ouC-\
side of the academic-set. He'is more popular than his brother Henry, the
novelist. Somebody once said that William could write psychology like a
romance, while Henry's novels were all psychology. William, by the way,
is said to be the most ardent admirer of his brother's books and a voracious
reader of them. Professor James lectured at Stanford 1 University last year.
His most recent special prominence has been in connection with the Ivens '
case in Chicago. Briefly, a woman, a respectable housewife, was outraged
and murdered. Ivens either confessed or was first arrested and sweated. He
Brother of. Henry
James Known Here
\u25a0^vas .executed. Professor James and his colleague. Professor Hugo Munster
berg, both say that In their opinion it was legal murder. Ivens was not a
strong-minded youth and they say that nothing in the evidence produced at
the trial proved his guilt. There was rather, so they say, much reason to
believe that the > lad was hypnotized By police methods. The professors'
argument is against hypnotism as a legal measure. \u25a0 I believe it was James
whbeited a case, as an instance of self-delusion, of a girl who made circum
stantialcohfession of,, having, killed a person of whom' she \ya* j«rfpus/. Xot
only was her alleged victim not dpad at all, but she had not been molested
and there had not been a death in the family.
"Women pick their winners a good deal by
intuition," said a bookie at the Oakland race
track on Saturday when Voladay walked off
with {he honors of the Family Club handicap. "Ask the pool boys, they'll
tell you.T Men-look up _ the -horse's record, notice his points and reckon up
the chances on solid facts, but. half the time they are" not such good guessers
as the .woman who picks- a : horse because she likes. his name or because
the jockey's colors are. favorites of her'own. It's a sojt of a happy-go-lucky
Way of playing the races, biit v in most cases I find the women who go tb'A
haphazard' way to pick a wfhner don't lose by it." \ 40 \u25a0^^
Women Pick Horses
in Haphazard .Way
» Seumas MacManus, who is still being lion
ized by our Irish-Californians, was a Donegal
. schoolmaster. He married Ethna Carberry,
a poetess, not of the Brummagem Garrison type, but the real thing. Hia
neighbors thought her too good for him, -he sa#rs, but she died, after a short
wedded life, and then they all sorrowed with the young widower. MacManu3
.was not, especially well known but here until he paid us this visit, but now
the .libraries are being rushed for copies of his books. He has written a
number of stories of peasant life of his native country and probably took
many of them from the "Schaunachy," the local narrator who keeps alive
tradition by telling tales where books are few and people more or le?3
illiterate. MacManus is an authority on the proper pronunciation, of common
.words that we have derived from' the Irish. "Tarmajent" 13 one which he
gives as the genuine Irish version, and that is as much an improvement ovct
Libraries Searched
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