OCR Interpretation

The San Francisco call. [volume] (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, March 12, 1907, Image 6

Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside; Riverside, CA

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85066387/1907-03-12/ed-1/seq-6/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for 6

The San Francisco Call
CHARLES W. HORNICK General Manager
ERNEST S. SIMPSON Managing Editor
Address All Commnaicatlons to THE SAX FRAJVCISCO CALL
"Telephone, *^lrn»por«ry !»8" — Ask lor Titc Call. The Operator Will Connect
Yon With the Department Yon \Vi»lj.
BUSINESS OFFICE Market and Third Streets. San Francisco
Open Until 11 O'clock Every Night In the Year.
EDITORIAL ROOMS .»...» Market and Third Streets
MAIN' CITY BRANCH ~ 1651 rillmore Street, Near Post
OAKLAND OFFICE: — 101$ Broadway Telephone Oakland 108 S
ALAMEDA OFFICE— I4SS Park Street Telephone Alameda 559
— — — —
BERKELEY OFFICE — SW. Cor. Center and Oxford. .Telephone Berkeley 77
CHICAGO OFFICE — MarQuette 81dg...C. George Krogness, Representative
NEW YORK OFFICE — 20 Tribune Bldg. . .Stephen B. Smith, Representative
Delirered by Carrier, 10 Cents Per Week. 75 Cents Per Month. Single
Copies 5 Cents.
Terms by Mail, Including: Postage (Cash With Order):
DAILY CALL (including Sunday). 1 year \u0084.$B.OO
DAILY CALL (including: Sunday). 6 months.. - -.^..M.00
DAILY CALL— By single month • • 76 °
SUNDAY CALL. 1 year — ....—— 2.50
WEEKLY CALL. 1 year ~ 10 °
r D a iiy \ 18.00 Per Year Extra
FOREIGN ) p an d"ay" .'.".' *- 16 Per Year Extra
POSTAGE. ( weekly.. 1 *- 00 Par Tear Extra
Entered at the United "States Postofflce as Second Class Matter.
Sample Copies Will Be Forwarded When Requested.
Man subscribers In ordering change of address should be particular to
give both NEW AND OLD ADDRESS in order to Insure a prompt
and correct compliance with their request.
RUEF is cheerful, even jocular. He exhausts the potentialities
of song and humor in aid of a stiff upper Jip. "Stone walls
do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage." His durance is
not vile, but is attended by all the modern conveniences. The
prisoner of the St. Francis does not languish }n a dungeon. He
is nourished on pate de foie gras and truffles, or their equivalent, but
all these cates and frills may not obscure the fact that he is a pris
oner. His cage is gilded, but the bars are there. Not yet does his
portrait appear in the rogues' gallery, but he is on his way.
But yesterday Ruef was boss. Today there is none so poor to
do him reverence — unless it might be his man, the companion of
his flight, Myrtile Cerf, who was eager to engage the whole Grand
Tury and all the minions of the law in personal combat, a warrior
singled from the stews. It may be that the argument of fists is the
last resort available for Ruef and his heelers.
There is, for instance, Mr. S. M. Shortridge, usually the most
peaceable and respectable of citizens, albeit troubled with a flux
of language, Mr. Shortridge appears to have fallen among thieves,
and suffers by the association. Evil communications corrupt good
manners. So says the copybook moralist. Mr. Shortridge should
take heed and warning, for, in truth, he conveys a great moral lesson
for the first time in his life without saying a word. Just watch him
busy trying to keep out of jail and wearing a muzzle for self
protection. Too late comes repentance. Like his famous prototype,
he talked too much.
It is reported from Sacramento that Ruef's gang of assorted
disreputables in the Legislature is meditating some sort of grotesque
foray intended to blacken Judge Dunne and whitewash Judge Heb
bard. The tale is scarcely credible, but it is to be hoped that they
may try it. It would be quite of a piece with the silly and impotent
tactics that have characterized the defense of Ruef, which, in fact,
has been no defens^ but merely a continuing process of evasion that
reached its logical conclusion in flight- The verdict of a crew of
political blacklegs, delivered between intervals of robbing the State
henroost, would simply be read backward. Most of them will be
lucky if they keep out of jail.
It is timely to offer a humble suggestion that the Legislature
before adjournment get together and deliver a certificate of good,
moral character to Ruef. It is never too late to mend a reputation
with a splotch of mud.
It is right to hold the shifty boss in custody. Like his evasive
exemplar, George D. Collins, he became a fugitive from justice on
the eve of trial. He sees the same fate before him, and may shortly
be competing with Collins for the law business of his cellmates.
But he should not neglect the opportunity of the dying session to
bring forth a counterblast from the Legislature. A verdict from
that body on the morals of the judiciary would at least promote the
gayety of the commonwealth and make the ten commandments
THE researches of certain Boston doctors who claim to have
ascertained the weight of the human soul should be regarded
as another triumph of science — if you believe the doctors. -Dr.
Duncan MacDougall, who conducted the experiments in com
pany with four otfier physicians, describes the process ofr weighing
the soul. The consent of the moribund subject was not obtained,
apparently, and it may be that the subsequent proceedings interested
him but • little. Dr. MacDougall's account of one experiment
runs thus:
Four other physicians under my direction made the first test on a
patient dying with tuberculosis. This man was one of the ordinary type,
of the usual American temperament, neither particularly high-strung nor
of marked phlegmatic disposition. We placed him, a few hours preceding
death, upon a scale platform that I had constructed and that was accurately
Four hour,s later, with five doctors in attendance, he died. The instant
life ceased the opposite scale pan fell with a suddenness that was astonishing
— as if something had been suddenly lifted from the body.
Immediately all the usual deductions were made for physical loss of
weight, and it was discovered that there was still a full ounce of weight
unaccounted for. question then arose as to what the loss meant. It
v was a loss of substance that could be, obtained in known figures, and was
also such a singularly appreciable loss as to place it beyond all doubt that it
might be due to any error in calculation.
All this makes a very odd and suggestive revelation of the
scientific attitude. Having sentenced the patient to death without
inconvenient. delay tliey put him on one end of the scales to weigh
his soul as he gives up the, ghost t Fiat experimentum corpore vili.
The dying man was just so much material for research and nothing
more. Admitting the truth of the change, in weight, they have
proved nothing about the soul. Its existence remains as much as
ever a matter of faith and wonder, not of proof. But as for these
doctors, it is doubtful if they have an ounce of soul among all
five. of them.
T>v ANGEROUS are the uses of impetuosity m the digging of
I 1 rcanals. Dr. Roosevelt chose a kindred soul in Chief Engineer
I / Stevens, another Hotspur, who would make the tropics sizzle
and the dirt take wings. That was very well and well planned,
but—}. Mr. Stevens, like the President, is impatient of restraint and
resentful under criticism. All manner of Congressional busybodies
began poking impudent noses into the conduct of operations at
Panama, and then there came a question of taking the work out of
the chief engineer's hands and giving it to a contractor, while
Stevens was to be nothing more than a looker-on, in receipt of salary.
Now, Stevens wanted glory as well as pay. He hoped that His
tory would point an admiring finger at him as the man who joined
two oceans and subdued the turbulent tropics to his will.
He wrote a message. It is a sovereign cure for the mental
distemper, although it sometimes comes back hard at the writer. At
any rate, Stevens felt better after he had written his message to
the President. It was hot stuff, and although its text is withheld,
the general tenor is known. The chief engineer wrote that in the
preceding thirty days he had broken the record for digging, and he
strongly objected to letting in *a mere contractor on the job. He
would share the glory with none. Neither would he be dictated to
or cross-examined by any committee of Congress, nor hampered
by petty and annoying legislation by men who did' not know a
shovel from a pickaxl Finally he told the President that his resigna
tion was ready if his wishes were disregarded, and -this ultimatum
was fraught with the implication that his retirement would be little
short of a national calamity. Promptly came back the answer,
"Resignation accepted."
We trust the military gentleman selected to fill the place^ — we
cannot pronounce and. with' difficulty spell his name, but we know
he is a major — we trust that the major is not impetuous. We cannot
afford to have more than one Hotspur on the job, unless we want it
to cost a billion. A Boston editor of confiding temper, commending
the selection of the army engineer corps to carry, on the work, allays
our anxiety. He says "they are often accused of deliberation."
Wherefore accuse? Say, rather, Well done, thou slow and faithful
servant, who made the dirt crawl.
"They are often accused of deliberation !" "La-la-la I What is
slower than a seven-year ditch ? Why, the Panama canal, of course.
INVITATIONS have been received
here from Mrs. Edith Syle to the
marriage of her daughter, Miss
Elizabeth Blddle Syle, to Arthur
Edward Madison on March 24 at noon
In the Church of the Angels, Los An
geles. Miss Syle Is the daughter of the
late Professor L. Dv Pont Syle of the
University of California, and Is well
known here and In Berkeley, although
of late she has made her home in
Southern California. She Is a charm-
Ing girl, clever and popular, and her
friends are rejoicing with her and send
ing the heartiest congratulations to
Mr. Edwards as well. He is one of the
rising young business men of Santa
Barbara and it is there they will live.
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Irwin, Miss
Helene Irwin and Miss Julia Lang>
homo, who went down last week to
Coronado for the polo tournament, will
stop a. few days at Santa Barbara on
their way home this week.
Mr. and Mrs. James Follis, who have
spent the winter at the Hotel Rafael,
expect to move into their beautiful new
home In San Rafael about the end of
this month.
Mrs. Rosenstock and her daughter,
Mrs. J. R. K. NuttalU left yesterday
morning for New York, where they are
called by the serious Illness of Mrs.
Rosenstock's mother. They expect to
remain In tbe East for a month or six
weeks, although their plans are of
necessity rather indefinite.
Mrs. George Tllghman has arrived
from Switzerland, where she had been
for the past two. years, and will spend
some « time here. Mrs. Hal Tilghman,
who crossed with Mrs. Tilghman, did
not come West, but Is at present « the
guest of her brother-in-law and sister,
Rev. and Mrs. Charles J. Mason, .in
Stonington, Conn.
Mrs. Marguerite Hanford expect* to
Personal Mention |
H. F. Bpenker of Goldfleld ; la at the
Monroyd • Sharp*" of Santa Crua Is fet
the Dorchester. /
F. C Smith of Reno and bis mother
are at the Majestic Annex.
J. I* Bryson, with mining interests at
Stent, Nev, li at the Savoy.
W. Riedllnger of Jerex de la Fron
tera, Spain, is at the ; Palace.
George VT. Sill, a fruit grower of
Watsonvllle, Is at the Majestic ;
O. : P. Posey and his son. O. W. Poeey,
of Goldflold are at . the Majestlo.
J. O. Cummings'and wife />f Crank
rook, B. C, are at the Hamlin. .
-j.- h. Brlnceneld, . prominent. In ; real
estate circles ' at \ Han ford., Is at "* the
I* Gerlingrer, & capitalist of Portlaad,
Ore., accompanied by his family, is at
the Palace.
Smith Cttrwder. vice president and
manager tit the Los Molinos Land Com
pany. Is , at the ; St. Francis.
\u25a0;,Rav. Father ThomastF. Cashman of
Chicago - and : his sister, - Miss 1 Helena*
Cashman, - are at - the* Doirchester. v .
David D. Seerie ' and . his - brother,
Peter ' Seerie," prominent in business cir
cles . of ' Denver. at the; Hamlin.
: James B. Brady,; familiarly known as
"Diamond Jim". - Brady, of '\u25a0 the • Standard,
The Smart Set
leave In about two months for Canada,
where she will spend some time visit
ing relatives.
'Miss Ardella Mill* and Miss Eliza
beth Mills returned yesterday from
New York, where they have been dur
ing the winter months. They came by
way of New Orleans, spending a day
or two there and Enjoying their leis
urely, trip homeward greatly.
The many friends of Mrs. R Walton
Hedges will be delighted to hear that
ehe has taken her pretty apartments
on Broderick street for another month
and will remain here until May 1. She
will then go East to rejoin her family
and will pass the summer with them
on the Maine coast. It was hoped that
Mrs. Hedges would decide to remain In
the West during the summer months
and there is much disappointment over
her latest decision..
Mr. 'and Mrs. Charles Hammond have
returned from Boston, where they had
spent the winter, and have gone to
their ranch In Lake. County. . . .
Much sympathy is felt for, Mrs. Ed
ward Polhemus, who has been quite 111
for the past week at her home in Clay
street, and. although she Is now better.
Is still far from well. \u25a0 -
• -•-"* • •-• §^
Miss Rowena Davidson has sent out
announcements of i the marriage of her
daughter, Miss Florence Ethelberte
Davidson, , to Brecklnrldge 1 David Marx
Greene on Thursday, March 7, In
Berkeley. They will be at. home after
August -5 at Hill Top, Garber street,
Mrs. H. M. A. Postley is expected to
arrive from Santa Barbara for a; visit
to her son-in-law and daughter. Mr.
and Mrs. Ersklne Richardson, who have
an attractive home on Walnut street.
Mrs. Philip K. Gordon will return
about the end of the week from a visit
to- San Diego. • . ".
In the Joke World
Friend— You never had much trouble,
did you? .•"\u25a0\u25a0•• \u25a0; \u25a0,-:.-_ '•' : "\u25a0^\u25a0i r j''~ : "- \u25a0
. Cynicj — No, that's it; I never get my
share of anything.— Milwaukee Journal.
Kniokor — Jones says he is a Yale
man.' , .; -' .-'-./; \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0'" '.;\u25a0;, \{':T^
Bocker— Yes;- he never .went himself, 1
but hr© paid his son's way through^—
New York Bun.
- "Do you believe an : Infant that dies
unbaptlzed'can : be saved?" .' / \u25a0 /•' ;
"Urn; I dunno. What does Roosevelt
\u25a0ay ' about ' UT^-^-Chlcago Record-Her
ald. \u25a0' • \u25a0 \u25a0 :''.''\u25a0\u25a0' ~ '\u25a0• : : \u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0' \u25a0 : . "
"How do you know that^strange doc
tor you called In is, a bachelor?" ;
• ; "Because he picked up aIK the mag
azines that . were lying on the floor' and
caref nlly< laid'. them on ' the table."~De
trolt. Free, Press. ' ":' ; v
Steel ; Company of New York, is at the
Palace. : - '_'.:' '."\u25a0\u25a0" r :-"v.'- "-"•':\u25a0• »WV • ; '--\
H. L. Pittock, 1 . business ; manager and
half i owner,, of ithe ' Portland lOregonian,
is at the Jefferson" with. his '.wife.";- i They
are on their way to Santa I Barbara. \>\
J. B. : Powles and -, wife} and \ daughter,'
Miss .\u25a0 Olive I R. t Powles. tofj Seattle, Vwho
have '.been l touring' SoutherrilCalifornia
in*; their, automobile; ; 'are \u25a0 at] the Dorches
ter on their way : northward. i_~i .\u25a0 •_ >.
Gossip of the Doings
of Railroad Men
The northern part of the State Is re
ceiving from the East about 1000 per
sons a day, and If this ratio be kept up
till the last day of April San Francis
co, to which the majority of the trav
elers are coming, will have a respecta
ble addition to her population. The
numbers that have been taking advan
tage of the colonist rate is far in ex
cess of that of other years and it is In
teresting to note that the Northwest,
which had quite a boom in population
in-the last . two years, Is getting: but
little patronage this year. The general
offices of the Southern Paclflo give out
the following figures for a single day
— Saturday: Ogden 446, El Paso SOl,
Portland 72, Los Angeles 7. These,
with 129 reported by the Santa Fe,
make a total of 995 persons, and this
is the smallest number since the colo
nist rate went Into effect on March L
Monday morning reports from Oak
land to the operating office of the
Southern Pacific read like those of a
general action. There are always some,
killed and Injured to be reported, and
it seems as though on the second day
of the week men were more anxious to
cross the path of speeding trains than
on any other day. The summary yes
terday was as follows:
J. Southern, badly bruised and sent
to the hospital; struck while crossing
in front of a railroad train which was
running at the rate of twenty miles an
'Gee Up, Chinese, head cut and other
wise bruised. Oee Up tried to cross In
front of a moving train which was go
ing 1 at the rate of eight miles an hour.
, Thomas Fernando, left leg cut off be
low the knee. He said he had no Idea
the Southern Paclflo could move trains
so rapidly.
P. Murphy, trackwalker for the
Southern Pacific ; . killed by Santa Fe
extra, traveling at ; the rate : ; of thlry
miles an hour. Murphy was dead when
picked up.
There was high 'water' at the foot of
Broadway, Oakland, yesterday morning
and several ladles and Carleton C.
Crane objected to leaving the train at
that station and swimming to dry land.
By common consent Crane was selected
as chairman of the- grievance commit
tee to wait upon. Conductor Nutting and
ask him to devise ways and means for
the passengers to get ashore without
being drowned.
"Get a plank," said Crane, who was
regarded as a whole life-saving crew.
"Make fast the bow : line," he com
mented, as Conductor Nutting placed
the plank In position.
"Let go there, aft," shouted Crane,
and as he stepped on the plank It was
deftly withdrawn. Had It not been for
his athletic training he would have
been, precipitated head foremost, Into
the muddy pool
"Did you ever see such a, lot of land
lubbers!" remarked Crane, as ha gazed
at the grinning trainmen..
Captain A. H. ; Payson ', returned on
Sunday evening from , Santa Barbara,
where he had been, as he explained,
not on railroad > business, but to give
President Rlpley his revenge at golf.
Payson^again proved".' his prowess "by
defeating Rlpley. . His success possibly
was the reason - for -W. A, Blsseli hav
ing left for Santa Barbara yesterday
morning. Bissell. however. Intends to
go as far as Los Angeles on business
for the company. ... '
C. 13. E. Ussher, - assistant passenger
traffic manager of the Canadian Pacific,
arrived ' in ' this city yesterday and . will
make .a . tour,' of ~ the \u25a0 coast before re
turning to his home at Winnipeg. It is
said* he will appoint a district passenger
agent; with headquarters in this 1 city
before leaving 'for the East
_ A , meeting of the. Transcontinental
Passenger Association is scheduled for
May 8 at the Glenwood Tavern, River
side. The passenger, agents- in : this
city \u25a0 expect that the congress will be
largely attended by the passenger traf
fic officials throughout the oountry.
;\u25a0;'; Splllman J. Marks, who has been pas
senger ; agent, in the Union f Paclfle*of
flcea in . this :•: city '\u25a0 for three . years,' has
been ordered to .. Los : An geles \u25a0as \ city
passenger agent in that ; place. His
position here; will , be taken \ by G.
Lowry.V. - ' ... •»
: ; H. ; ', P. Anewalt, ; '\u25a0-. assistant general
freight I agent : . of -,the Santa ; Fe, . who
has been' in Arizona and: the Southwest
on business ' for the company, returned
yesterday." .
F^X. Jones, who has been the' general
freight, and ;Jagent tof vthe
Santa i Fe ' for ; many j, years J at ' Prescott,
Ariz., has resigned to engage In private
business 'and wi 1 1 b e succeeded . by Paul
R. , Hastings,Twho '\u25a0 has ;been\ the f auditor
of the Santa Fe,. Prescott and Phoenix.
fit Is reported l from. Paris that Prbfes^
sor 7; Behrinj? . \u25a0 has '] a ' new,
method of. sterilizing milk 'without boll
lng» it or . any s of ( its ; essen
tial: principles. The method : ls based | on
the! powerful qualities ', of j German iper-"
phydrol;T simple 'oxygenated. 'xOne gram
per riitre^ of J this : , substance, is sufficient
to;' destroy • all "noxious" germs.' Milk
thus 'i sterilized V can- '.bp /kept? a long
.time.— Scientific ; 'American.'. ,' *•
The Insider
Discusses "Dick" Hotaling s pursuits m a
theatrical way, the' thrift of a hard-headed
hardware merchant and author's undoing
4 ... \u25a0\u25a0 - t t ad "Dick** Hotaling been born a poor
.Wealth Robbed the I— j boy ins tead of an heir to millions he
Stage Of a Star 1 1 wou ld have cwved out a career with
fame and fortune embellishments for himself. He would have become _ an
actor. But fate supplied him with the golden spoon which knocks ambition
out of the desire box of the rich, and "Dick" had to content himself with
breeding prize Holsteins on his Marin County ranch and occasionally satis
fying- his appetite for dramatics by entertaining stage favorites at House
parties or taking part in amateur theatricals. Hotaling is one of the stars
of the Bohemian Club's amateur actors and he is about the best mimic in
the club. He can take off every known singer, actor, actress or dancer m
capital style. But it is not for this form of .distinction that the y°« n *
millionaire sighs. He believes that serious acting, the legitimate and that
sort of histrionics, is his forte. Therefore he wil{ see what he can do with
"Samson," in which Salvini, the great, used to appear, and will give his
friends 'the result, of his study of the role when the play is given tn the
Greek Theater in Berkeley next month.
There was a time when Hotaling's friends thought that he was gofa*
to be very much more closely allied with the stage than through his amateur
efforts. It was very solidly surmised that he was to wed Blanche Bates.
When he gave a dinner in Miss Bates' honor the last time she was out this
way it was expected that an engagement announcement would accompany
the service of coffee and liqueurs. However, the guests were disappointed.
The Belasco star went off to New York, via St. Lauis. A little later
Hotaling followed, but he came back again, and his Intimates believed that
he must have been refused by the charming actress.
Then it was said that he intended to leave all his interests here and
go to New York to live. Again rumor proved a falsehood, for Hotaling
came back to town and took his usual part in a club jinks, making a hit
as Yvette Guibert. He did not seem to be at all sad. The fact that ho Is
to appear as Samson seems to prove that he ha* at least not lost interest
in his old love, the drama,
c- ir /-i»j *-• r v> -Mf preliminary home-teaching develops noth-
SIX-Year-Old Girl ing P else in^ a child it at least stimulates
Scored a Triumph memory. A six-year-old tot, the daughter
of one of our foremost cits, was sent to the public school upon the term's,
opening. ; She proudly informed her mamma on her return that she could
"read better than Daisy, for* she has to look at the book, and I don't."
n//,,,w h,™ rr»,t P There are way and ways of .accumulating
Would Have Clerks Hcheg and thfi flame of San Frandscan is
Hold Roof Down not a i way 3 aynonytnous with spendthrift.
There is a pioneer stove and hardware dealer In our town whose losses in
the fire, were not heavier than those of others. Indeed, he is on the high
road to a greater financial prosperity than he enjoyed last year. A story
about his thrift has come my way. *It was on the day of a recent storm.
Tbe wind was blowing fiercely and the corrugated iron roof of his ware
rooms showed signs of breaking loose and flying away. He suggested to
a "handy man" about the place that he set about securing the roof into place.
The man said that instead of makeshift he could make the roof fast with
some nails of the right •kind. The man of wealth asked how many nails
would be required, and the handy chap said that four bits' worth would
do the whole job.
"Oh," said the rich man, turning away as if the subject no longer inter
ested him, "I guess some old boxes and barrels or waste stuff laid over the
cracks will do. The wind will die down by and by, so it's nonsense wasting
fifty cents.
"Besides," and his face brightened as he made the suggestion, "if the
blow gets much worse, some of you men might go and stand on the roof."
Novelist Arnttses lt aPPearsa PP cars that picrre ti ha 3 « ot himself
ivoveii?z arouses , nto quite a mea3 his btcst nOY^ « Dis _
Wrath Of Sultan enchanted." Loti is the French naval officer
whose "Romance of a Spahi" and other works have placed him in the front
rank of modern writers, and all his. works are said to be more or less
biographical. "Disenchanted" relates the story of a certain French novelist
who revisited Constantinople at the behest o£ a Turkish lady of rank and
there surreptitiously made acquaintance with three harem favorites. He
met them under various conditions, ' and the three paid for their pleasure
In tragic deaths.
The current Putnam says that Loti met in Constantinople a high Turkish
official who introduced him to his three daughters. There was no intrigue about
the matter, for the official was pleased to have his daughters meet such a.
distinguished man of letters. Through these young ladies Loti met two
others, who had been brought up in the European manner. One cf these
was a Malaslan who had been educated in England, and she naturally found
her position in a Turkish household extremely irksome, but there were none
of the terrors with which the novelist invested his "Disenchanted."
Loti and the ladies often met to talk over the material for his noveL and
it seems that the two of European' education thought that they were to
share the profits accruing from publication. They were disappointed, so
goes the story, at not receiving coin of the realm for their collaboration,'
and there has been talk of a lawsuit The two elder daughters of the high
official went even further, and buying the passports of two French tourists
they escaped to "Paris to interview Loti in person.
Oritrin of Fourth Dn Henry Van who has «•**»«*\u25a0«•\u25a0
nrf \* tt? professorship at Princeton University to
Wise Man Unknown devote himself entirely to literary work, is
the author of "The Story of the Other Wise Man," which is probably the
most -popular Christmas story, barring Clement Moore's "The Night Before!
Christmas," that the world knows.' It appeared about twelve years ago and'
has been translated into- every language, 'new editions being brought out;
every year. Literary wiseacres have found innumerable imaginary original
for it, but Van Dyke himself says that it has none that he knows of.
"I do not. know where It came from," he told inquirers, "out of the,
air perhaps. IJiad long studied and loved the tales of the Three Wise
Men of the East as told in the Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragin* and
other medieval books, but of the Fourth Wise Man I had never heard until'
that: night."
.:. .'Princeton's Triangle Song" was a composition of Van Dylcs In hi»
college'days; it goes to the tune of "Marching Through Georgia." He has
written any number of quotable things, and The Footpath to Peace" is hung
by^Stevenson's,' famous "Prayer" on many a woman's boudoir wall. This ta
one of his sayings:
"Time Is
»>\. : - Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Short for 'those who Rejoice:
Van Dyke "Queers" At a . di . nner , at the Pc rfodicai Publishers'
Hi* Clam Stories Asso ? atloa &**..\u25a0 *.? Washington about two
MS Liam Stories ycar3 >go Hamilton Wright Mabie intro
duced Dr. Van Dyke as the man who puts fishing into good literature and
literature into good fishing. The prof essor^told how he would write about
the clam for different American magaiines: : An essay on the pronunciation
of:the word clam for Harper's; an essay on the superiority of the cod to
the dam for the Atlantic Monthly; the Clam Trust, for McClureV the
clam in the tenement houses among .the /Italians, for the Century; and the
clam in society, for the Smart Set. For the Outlook it would be
Low dost thou lie amid the languid \u25a0 ooze.
Because thy slothful 'spirit doth refuse
. The bliss of battle and the strain of strife
\u25a0 . Rise, craven clam, and lead the strenuous life.
At that, time Brander Matthews was weighing Harper's down with essays
on words, and the Century, was making a specialty of .the Riis articles on
the tenement Italians, while, the "strenuous life" had been made a catch
phrase by the President's .biographers in newspaperdom. Roosevelt, by the
way, was present at the dinner and I have heard that he enjoyed the' grind
so much that he could scarcely keep his seat from laughter. The toast
master ventured the opinion that Dr. Van Dyke had' settled his own. fate,
[ for non« of the magazines would ever again accept any of his articles.
MARCH 12, 1907

xml | txt