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APPARENTLY from the depths of an abysmal ignorance
of the entire subject, the Chronicle drags another exposition
of the alleged frailties of the Held-Wright constitutional
amendment, ponderously asserting: "It is evident that v
under this amendment, if adopted, as it presumably will be, it would
be competent for the push to begin operations by holding conven
tions, and making the nominations on the give and take principle as
al present ; and also to lay down certain principles and to prescribe
certain tests, by which all candidates purporting to belong to a
certain party must be tried."
There is no provision in the Held-Wright amendment upon
which the most ordinary intelligence could base such deductions.
This amendment will be adopted by the people, because the people
demand emancipation from the corrupt boss rule that has reduced
the California electorate to a most pitiable political serfdom, and
because, under the Held-Wright amendment, the next Legislature
is free to enact a real direct primary election law. How under
anything that even approximates a real direct primary law it would
be competent for the *'push" to begin operations by holding con
ventions and making nominations can be solved only by minds
that have not the faintest conception of the basic principle of direct
•primaries. It is expressly provided in the Held-Wright amendment
that the Legislature and not political parties or organizations of
electors shall have the power to prescribe the tests and conditions
for participation in the direct primary elections.
Again the Chronicle ingenuously admits "We do not know the
rcasor. for inserting the words 'political parties or organizations of
electors': direct nomination by electors would seem quite sufficient
to fulfill the popular requirement." That is an entirely unnecessary
confession of ignorance. The provision for direct nominations by
electors is essential, but by no means sufficient. It provides, as
every decent election law should provide, for the nomination of can
didates by the independent voter. Hut this is a government by party
and very properly. The real purpose of direct primary legislation is
v.oi to destroy parties or party organizations, but to put them where
they belong, in the hands of the people, where they will be made
strong, clean, representative and responsible.
Still struggling under the apparent delusion that the Held-
Wright amendment is in some manner a direct primary statute, in
stead of a mere authorization of legislation that cannot be secured
under existing constitutional provisions, the Chronicle draws a
weird picture of party organizations paying bills to advertise can
didates nominated by push conventions, because all candidates must
first qualify under the conditions imposed by these "push" conven
tions. Repetition of this silly claim can only indicate a willful at
tempt to misrepresent, or failure to read that provision which repeals
the present constitutional right to confer the power on political
parties to prescribe tests and vests it solely in the Legislature.
The Hcld-\\ right amendment is not a direct primary statute,
jt^is just what it purports to be. a proposed change in the organic
law. which, when adopted, will enable the people to secure the kind
of laws the Chronicle refuses to understand. It was carefully drawn
by those who do know what direct primary election laws mean. The
inconsequential changes in verbiage made by the Legislature have
added nothing in law or fact. By its uninformed criticism the
Chronicle cither consciously or unconsciously lends itself to the pur
pose of the organization, which, having failed to encompass the de
feat of the Held-Wright amendment before the Legislature, now
to accomplish its popular rejection by sheer misrepresentation.
. The Chronicle has at times professed its- devotion to the direct
primary principle — generally between the times when any serious
effort was making to get that principle enacted into law. It is not
possible, but it soon will be. to determine whether the Chronicle is
a I false friend of the direct primary or merely foolish.
IT is a dull day on which the political trap docs not spring a fresh
Presidential candidate. It is every pop a pigeon. It might pos
sibly be considered libelous to remark that Leslie M. Shaw.
« sojnetimc Secretary of the Treasury, is a fresh candidate,
because that might imply a certain immature verdancy : and, in fact,
Mr. Shaw is nothing if not well seasoned. The improvident,
indeed, might «call him desiccated.
Mr. Shaw is a candidate only in the sense that if the nomina
tion should pursue him with decent and gratifying clamor he would
mm resist nor flee. On the eve of his retirement from the Cabinet
he gave out an instructive and philosophical discourse on the. way
of politics with a man in which the prosperity of aspiration is
assigned to the coy and the doctrine that geography makes the
statesman is slighted. Thus Mr. Shaw for himself:
A man by taking thought may make himself Justice of. the peace, but
im man by taking thought has made himself President of the United States."
and those who have given the \jm bject most serious consideration have
tiHtally died -in disappointment. Admittedly some of, these, successful one*
have nought the place, but none was nominated because he sought it., -Neither
Lincoln, Grant. Hayes? Garficld. Elaine,' McKiriley, Roosevelt.,: nor; Bryan
was nominated because of the State he represented, and some of them
secured the prize notwithstanding location. S- .
Cleveland,. Harrison, Parker and possibly one or two othtr defeated
candidates have been aided by location, though Cleveland ;was : once nomi
nated in the face of an opposing delegation from iris own State. All but
two of the men whose names I have mentioned were , nominated because
of what they were and for what they stood, and the two exceptions were
compromises. •\u25a0 . \ / -
General Grant expressed the correct attitude of an ideal AmeficanNcitizerf
.when he said he had never sought a place; of honor or preferment and 'had
never declined one. The honorn that have conic to me have been unsought!
The proponent of this admirable philosophy declares that what-
ever "Shaw sentiment" cxist^ has grown up spontaneously— a sort
*»f Volunteer crop. As far as observation goes, this "Shaw senti
ment is not noisy or overwhelming. Mr. Shaw has filled a difficult
office with credit, but we never expect to see him run for President,
if only for the trivial reason that the wicked Democrats would be
unable to resist the temptation to begin his name with 'a capital
but derisive P. - :
UNDER the hard-worked- disguise of a "literary aibte"— that
handy vehicle of ; puffcry— The Call receives notice of the
establishment of a corporation organized to deal in genealogies'
"This is the day of specialists/ says the \u25a0literary note car
penter, "and the new company announces that it will confine itself
strictly to the genealogical field.*' The president of the company,
we learn, is a "trained genealogist with -many years of experience,"
and is the author, among other -entertaining works, of "The 1 Arms
and Pedigree of Kingdon Gould." .-.t'; 'v
To be exact, the- ingenious president of the : • genealogical' cor
poration does not claim to be author but only "compiler" of the
genealogies that he supplies on order. It; might 'be unkind and, we
hope, untrue to say that this is a distinction without a difference.
"The Ancestry of Lcandef Howard Crall" is another work of /which
tills versatile corporation president boasts, and "• the unskilled in
such musty lore may wonder why that should be a cause of literary,
pride. We regret to say that we have never before heard of Leaiider
Howard Crall, and it is fair cause for wonder whether Mr. Grail/got
his monev's worth:
We had an idea that this "literary note" had fallen on barren
ground, but possibly this is" a mistake. There used to be aii im
pression in the Golden West that the less said about these things
the better, and it may be that. the time has arrived ; when there is a
demand for the genealogy of commerce warranted to obscure the
washtub and ignore the pick. Genealogists, we regret to say, are
given to lying. That is why they arc employed. The exceptions
to the rule are found in the notable pedigrees we have'; mentioned,
because we arc quite certain that- the president of a corporation
would not lie. ;. ;
But why not extend the idea and incorporate, a poetry mill
and a. historical ;> romance : factory?; To be~surei;the^ magazines
attempt soniething pi : the kind, -but. like our fricner the i "trained
geneaTOgist." they inakc .the mistake of pretending ; to"; be '.-"literary"
when, in fact.lhey arc purely, commercial. ,•
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of California relative -to,: marriage are
to be found; ln the Civil, Code. There is •
no common form of marriage ceremony,
in California.'. .
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Cartoonist's Review of Week's News
Ariswers^tp Queries
HEVEXUE— H. B/P.. City., The Unit;
><J states "revenup ' receipts ln,l BBß were"
?69.«3;.26«!.- in.. IDO6 the- amount was
5143.394.053. .
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Frenchman pronouncing^ tl;e" name ! of
.Delmas; the \u25a0 attorney;* wlUlsay; Del rniahr
and ;Enpllsli speaking '• persons i will pro
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Gossip of the Doings
of Railroad Men
Tho reports of • the \train*agents of
the" Southern Pacific on colonist Immi
gration ; show an increase of , 45 • : per
cent over, the same time last year. -The
rate went into effect on the first of
the month, and by Fridajv according
to the official count, 6M3 persons were
on their way to -: the State*. .Last year
the , largest number to pass -through
any one of the .gateways was SO^.. This
year for three successive days VBOOV 800
passed through Ogden. and on one day
the number reached 891. ;. ?'
The figures are as follows: Ogderi,
4017; Los Angeles, 44; El Paso, 2044,
and Portland, 248. Total, 6393.
The. Southern Pacific has given
Chairman R. H. Countiss of the Freight
Transcontlnetai; Bureau instructions. as
to a. flat: rate of 1310.50 on baggage, ex
press and mall cars from Chicago 'and
common points. On chair, dining, par
lor and sleeping cars $377.50 and on
combination baggage and passenger
car (day coach) the rate, ia $350.50.
All of these rates are regardless of the
length of. the -car and apply only on
equipment on Its own wheels. 'This is
intended. to» rectify -any possible, error
on? figuring the rates under the West
ern classification.' At present'the rates
are made on a mileage basis and some
times such flguring'is subject to the
conscience : of the employe naming the
rate. - . . . '.--
Preliminary surveys have been made
by the -Western^, Pacific .'for^a high
grade line over tho divide at»,Nlles
Canyon pending, the completion. of ; the
low-grade line through , the : tunnel, ns
the .--road.' between Oakland aud; Stock
ton, will bo ready. for operation before
the; tunnel Is built. This may. be done
also at", the Beckwith tunnel,* which
pierces^he summit of the Sierra. 'and in"
one;.: or. two places ' in Nevada, where
there' are long tunnels in the s mountaln
ranges./ .The ; longest tunnel \u25a0 on .t he" line
of ,*,the Western' -Pacific ; will . be . at
Spring ; Garden, ; which is. a little over
7000. feet: in length. UThlsj tunnel! Is to
be : bored .'jthe a divide •'between
the North I Fork and , the * Middle \ Fork
of : Feather; River. On ' account : : of the
topography^ of^ the country." lt" will ". not
befpossiblOyfto build a'! temporary line
over;- the j mountain, so- the -itrack will
not'^bc - connected., until . the i tunnel \u25a0 ; Is
completed."-^;.' Work '. " is^; being - pushed
ahead, ami the tunnel, -It; is. said,, will
botfinished ;:in "about twelve., months.
-> The. Southern '{Pacific, is /beginning ' to
receive ; the first £of > 1 in : \u25a0par lo r ca rs;
' which j were ordered ;; several ", months
ago. ;Onov of. .^ these s . has .already'- been
put-; into commission and ' ls 'on' the fast
train. 'to Lios Angeles.-. Others are on
their" way from; New Orleans.
R. ; .; fl.l" Count!ss, r ;," chairman- , of; - the
Freight iTranscohtlnentaly: Bureau, has
published a^6o-cent*" rate! on» sugar 'from
all Tpoirits ; In \u25a0California; to Jail; stations
on"" the \u25a0 Union / Paciflcl; between-} Denver
and; Cheyenne, I ', lncluding"-; points! esn- the
Brighton-Boulder^ branch.;- ' ;'^ 7
I ;J/. ; - \u25a0 11. /Grifiln, 'district 'i frelght'agent
of Lthe^' Canadian'^ Paclfic.-'l. will; leave" on
: TuesdayjforJhls/bldihome\lji;;Mllwa"ukee'
vf6rithelpurpbseA>f jbrlriginglhis|famlly 5
Verse Current in the
Country's- Press
(A British Tribute.)
HAIL! ; Peary, hail : Back from the
Voiceless Vast! ....-\u25a0
That calls the bravest deeds oh
earth. ....,'.
Calls with a very trumpet's insistent
I blast , -
And- claims from man his utmost
! worth.
We from this island home have sent
In thrice a" hundred wondering years
A Viking brood on conquest bent. '.
And Britain still their footsteps hears.
Offspring of Froblsher and Drake
Kinsmen of gallant Greely's band — *
For! our beloved Franklin's sake.
We stretch a congratulating hand
To one strong man— foredoomed to
v leave *
The secret of the pole unread,
Yet blest by subtlest Fateto.weave
And garland green to deck his head —
Aye.-greener from the stern intent
That turned unfaltering followers
: back
From pressing whence Ideal meant
.' To cross the meanly distant track
That lay ..'twlxt thee and life's Desire,
self-sufficing iron soul!
Who greatly faced the Ice King's ire
To fight the floes that guard a Pole!
Who .broke the record farthest North!
We home tied, burnt by Envy's flame.
Fain to, the winds would blazon forth;
Let Peary's rest with Hudson's name!
— Edwin Alnsley.
Dublin, Ireland, Dec. S, 1906. — New
York Herald.
"I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence
\u25a0;.. My mother often supg
In soothing numbers soft/and mild
• To me, when I a fretful child
Unto her bosom clung*. /
I could not know the sense of pain
That mingled with the sweet refrain,
*' . Her gentle spirit- wrung.
I could not" know, the weight of care
With which" she breathed for me the
h prayer
That trembled on her tongue.
That love-wrought cadence to my ears
Comes floating down the stream of
years .
In tones that seem divine.
My soul Is lulled to calm repose -
As when of yore at daylight's close,
She laid her face to mine.
And now beyond the mystic veil
Angelic voices never fail
. That song of love to swell;
The heavenly chorus greets her ears
In praise of Him* whom through long
She loved and served so well.
— Mlllen Sanfotd Green.
My life is like a stroll upon the beach.
A3 near the ocean's edge as I can go;
My tardy steps its waves sometimes
o'erreach, v
Sometimes I stay to let them over
' flow.
My sole employment Is, and scrupulous
care, \u0084 ... ,
i 7 To place my gains beyond the reach
of tides — .'
Each smoother pebble, and each shell
. more rare, -
Which ocean kindly to my hand con
I have but few companions on the
• shore;
They scorn the strand who sail upon
the sea;
Tet oft I think the ocean they've sailed
Is deeper known upon the strand to
me." ,
The middle sea contain^ no crimson
'.'\u25a0 Its deeper waves cast up no pearls to
v view; .
Along the shore my hand is on its pulse,
And - 1 converse with many a shlp^
. wrecked crew.
' — Henry David Thoreau."
When she lay dead.
The "many looked upon her face and
"The. life is gone so filled wltn shining
' deeds. . "-.-
So full of ministry to human needs;
And we who loved her are bereft;
What have we left?"
When she lay dead,
A man looked sternly on her face and
' .said:
"Thank God. the evil of her life is past.
What.lJhave known the world would
Now all Is silence, peace; for me—
When she lay dead. \u25a0
The great "God v looked from his" wide
heaven and said:
"Only the one who made It knows the
v whole
Of strength and weakness In a human
soul. - \
Cease, then, thy wonder; peace; let be;
Leave her to. me."
— Grace . Duffield Goodwin.
A thousand stars glow in th» sky, v
1 Beloved, but what of that?
Thou hast but two— thy eyes—and yet
' I"; only gaze thereat !
The garden thas a thousand bloom?,
' Sweetheart, for. ev'ry rose.,
Thou hast but twor-upon thy cheeks—
~ I only gaze at tlfise! > r
The mountain Has a thousand peaks,
: Capped with their wreaths of snow;
But nflt; less pure or white thy brow,
Whose chastity I know!
Beneath the sea are many pearls,
\u25a0 But;none.so fair and fine ;\u25a0\u25a0_"
As those' between thy coral lips. ;
When- smiles depart them., shine! .-
The -meadows have a thousand birds.
That' float on songful wing: . -.. "
But mono for me like .thy fond heart
; 'Can- with- such; rapture sing! -
Thus >t can count my gain fivefold— r
Sky, garden, mountain, sea,
And meadows sweet ,wlth song, beloved,
.•'Are mine when I have thee!
—Baltimore Sun.
lii the Joke World
Baker— How /long •. have , you ' had that
horrid dyspepsia?
..; Barker— iVinherited my fortune, in
1000.— Life.'- :»\u25a0
Knicker— How did Whackum qualify
as arallroad expert?
Bocker— -He'dnce caught a train by a
timetable.—^-New, York Sun'r \u0084
-; Kind Old, Gent— What do^you mean
by,; saying, your occupation : ls gone?
"i Soul weary [\ Samiiel-^They've;- ipiilled
down the house I used ,to (lean* against.—
'Ally'Sloper'sJ Half ; Holiday..
I; Pater— Well, my boy,, so you,have.in
tervlewed ;*ybur.*'gl rl's f ath er. r . eh ! ";.,; Did
lyou j'rnake \u25a0 the 'old "codger; toe the mark?
:l •>_Son^-Yes.7dad.- . I '.was ' the* : mark.—
MARCH 10, 1907
Switzerland to Reduce
Duty on Sugar
' « SPECJAL agent of the Treasury
l\ Department, writing: of the new
.L\ customs treaty between Swltaer
land and France, says of the ef
fect that "will follow' reduced duty on
sugar on certain Swiss industries:
"The duty on sugar imported Into"
Switzerland was reduced from .7.50 to 5
francs for raw and crystallized suyar,
and f ram 9 to 7.50 francs on sugar in
cones.T (One franc — 19.3 cents.) The
Swiss sugar import was last year about
760.000 kilos (1 ki10— 2.2 pounds), of
which 190,451 came from France, 197.
132 from Germany, and 398.397 from
Austria/ The financial loss accruing to
Switzerland from this reduction of duty
amounts to about 2.000,000 francs
($336,000). The small Swiss sugar In
dustry . (In Aarberg, near Berne) will
also suffer.
'.'Besides the sugar consumers, those
1 industries which use sugar in their
manufactures enjoy a special advan
tage; for Instance, the milk-condensing
factories, those of children's food, con
fectionery, and especially the chocolate
factories.- These requested oJ the Gov
ernment the return of the duty on the
sugar used in the manufacture of con
densed milk, which request was re
"By the reduction (33 1-3 per cent) on
sugar employed in these industries the
chocolate industry especially receives a
strong support,' which will make this
article much more capable of export.
The consumption of chocolate in Switz
erland Is very considerable, being
valued at over 10.000,000 francs, or
about 31^ francs per capita per annum.
An increase Is hardly possible. On this
account the export is forced in the most
intense way. The -competition in mass
goods has so grown that this merchan
dise Is sold almost without profit.
"Advertisement and propaganda,
often In grotesque form, attracts the
notice of the world at large to Swiss
chocolate. Fanciful and tasteful pack
ing serves the same purpose. By the
production of fine and choice qualities
all effort* are directed to the making
of the best and of continual novelties.
Special efforts are made for the Amer
ican market. If American chocolate
manufacturers now take pains to Im
prove their quality, to make their
packing more elegant and convenient,
they have the means in their hands to
reduce the import to a minimum."
Competition for Big
Argentine Subsidy
THE Argentine Republic is shortly
to cancel Its present navigation
contract between Buenos Ayres
and Europe, subsidized at $23,000
a voyage, the present company being
unable to agree to the conditions re
cently imposed by the Government In
Its renewal - requirements.
Three other companies— a French, the
Italian Piagglo. backed by German capi
tal, and an Italian-Argentina group —
are now opposing one another for the
award.' The ]*rench group, formed of
Chargeurs Reunis, Messageries Marl
times and Transports Maritimes, pro
posed a voyage from Buenos Ayres to
Lisbon In twelve days. Inaugurating a
service of steamers equal to the luxur
ious trans-Atlantic liners. The Plag
gio propose a fast emigrant service
from Italian ports to Buenos Ayres.
The French company, which seems to
be the most favored of the three, is
supported by the Bank of Paris and
the Paris Union Bank, and has a capi
tal of $3,000,000. It is said that the
Portuguese Government is also irak
lng efforts to encourage this company
and is soon to propose an additional
subsidy with this end in view.
This quick service is to be operated
In connection with the "Sud Express'
from Lisbon to Paris, and will, If car
ried out, .place the town of Rio de
Janeiro -at ten days, from .Paris, thua
reducing the time flow required for
this Journey by half.
Potato of Uruguay
Resists Drought
REPORTING on the Uruguay po
tato, Consul Oscar Malmros of
Rouen states that the crop of the
year ISO 6, a year characterized
in several regions of France by great
droughts, has shown that the "Sdanura
Commersoni Violet" possesses a ca
pacity of resisting excessive drynesa
hardly less remarkable than that of re
sisting frost.
Information lately received from dif
ferent countries confirms a former ex
perience that, exposed to the open air,
it can bear without injury a frost of,
4 degrees below the freezing point. The
potato ought to be dug when the
plant's vegetation ends, which Is indi
cated when no new leaves are forming
at the extremity of the p\ant and when
the stems at their base assume a light
yellow color.
Under all circumstances It Is desira
ble, for the better conservation of the
potatoes, to take them out of the
ground when the growth of the plant
ceases, without waiting until the stems
become* dry, thus avoiding a decrease
of starch in the potato or a new ger
mination and growth which would take
place In very dry . soil after rainy
weather, both equally harmful phe
nomena. It (s best to remove carefully,
level . with the potato, any suckers
(stoles) still adhering after digging.
Since the new crop has beea folly gath
ered the price has been much reduced
and now rules at 19 cents a pound in
quantities of 55 to 110 pounds and. 17
cents a pound In quantities of 111 to
220 pounds. The potato is shipped by
quantities of not less than 25 kilos (55
French Steel Trust
Advances Prices
CONSUL. J. C.v, COVERT of Lyon
advises that the rolling mills of
the. center and Loire districts of
France have sent out a general
circular giving notice that they, -will
charge 1 franc (19.3 cents) per hundred
kilograms (220; pounds) for Iron over
and above the ruling and special prices.
- They 'also give notice of a rise of I
franc per hundred kilograms in stand
ard, quotations' for iron merchant' bars,
standard and ' special shapes In steel
bars, band-iron" ties, sheets. 'and plates,
and in general for galvanized Iron and
for stamped and figured plates. The
circular. . says 7 that the -mills 7,whlch
make this announcement have an un
derstanding with, all "the other .mills
in ~ France, ri It : Is ; what % ln the United
States ; would be called ' intrust,; but ; It
excites ;not the .'least comment la
France;^ as Is .considered proper that
the great • Industrial concerns should fix
their ; prices to " their -. owa
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