Newspaper Page Text
The San Francisco Call JOHN D. SPRECKELS. ; .Proprietor CHARLES W. HORNICK General Manager ERNEST S. SIMPSON ...... Managing Editor j Addrfii All ComnmnlcatU»» to THE tSAJi FRANCISqp CALI* , Telephone Temporary 86" — A«k for The Call. The Operato* WIIJ Connect Yon "With the Department Yon Wlih.. " BUSINESS 0FF1CE...:... Market and Third Streets, San Francisco " Open Until 11 O'clock Every Night in the Tear. ; EDITORIAL ROOMS. .»-.«.... ;... ....... .Market and Third gtreets MAIN CITY 8RANCH...... .../........ ..1681 Fillmore Street Near Post OAKLAND OFFicEr-r4.68. ilth JSt.. (Bacon block) . .Telephone Oakland 1083 ' ALAMEDA OFFICE— I43S Park Street Telephone Alameda to» BERKELEY OFFICE— SW.' Cor. Center and Oxford. Telephone Berkeley 77 CHICAGO OFFlCE— MarQuette Bldg..C. George Krogness, Representative NEW YORK OFFICE— 3O Tribune B^dgf, Stephen B. Smith, Representative j WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT .Ira E. Bennett SUBSCRIPTION RATES Delivered by Carrier, 20 Cents- Per Week.-.' 75 Cents Per Month. Single Copies 5 Cent*../; .-. . . . . Terms by Mall, Including Postage (Cash With Order): DAILY CALL (Including Sunday), 1 year $8.00 DAILY CALL (Including Sunday), 6 .months : . . . $4.00 DAILY CALL — By single month ;... *T. .t ..... ....'• ?6c SUNDAY CALL, 1 year . .- ..- *. i.52.80 WEEKLY CALL, 1 year .....-.;.. ...v .fi.oo FOREIGN ( Da »y •• ;..... ........ f£oo Per Year Extra J Sunday '. $4.15 Per Year Extra • POSTAGE. ( weekly ...... . .-. $1.00 Per Tear Extra Entered at the United States Postofflce as Second Class Matter. - ALL POSTMASTERS ARE AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE SUBSCRIPTIONS. - Sample Copies Will Be Forwarded When Requested, Mall 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. UPHOLDING OF DEVLIN PRIMARY REGISTRATION LAW A VICTORY FOR REFORM THE action of the supreme court in the primary registration case was painfully disappointing to the machine politicians. By its opinion, sustaining the validity of the Devlin registra tion law, the court greatly simplified the work of political refocni in California. The Call earnestly advocated the passage of the Devlin bill providing a partisan registration law. Its enactment was a long step in the right directi6n. That the supreme court would declare it unconstitutional was the hope of every political trickster and the belief of some of the legislators who helped enact it. The Call congratulates the court and the. people of California upon a decision which indicates that the rules of law and a sense of justice rather than of political expediency control the acts of the court of last resort in this state. . ; The Devlin law is good law and wholly equitable. Its pro visions are simple. Under it electors who wish to participate in the selection of delegates to partisan conventions must, at the. time ofsregistration, give formal notice of their partisan affiliations.- The primary election is and must be a partisan function. The required declaration of partisan affiliation works no injustice upon the voter. It is but an evidence of good faith and an insurance of the preserva tion of party integrity. The republican voter has no more right to participate in the selection of democratic delegates and democratic candidates than has an unbidden guest to a seat at a family dinner table. Unfor tunately, prior to the enactment of the Devlin law the bona fide partisan was at the mercy of the corrupt political manipulator and the "unscrupulous voter who was willing to help elect bad dele gates to the conventions of opposition parties. In all populous cen ters unprotected by such enactments as the Devlin law it has been the practice of minority politicians to organize voters of their parties for the purpose of packing majority party primaries. In. San Fran cisco members of the union labor and democratic parties have par ticipated habitually in the republican primaries. The result has been that republican conventions were in no sense representative of the republican rank and file. But the Devlin law has a greater intrinsic value than as a mere protector of intermediary primary elections. It is the accom plishment of the second great step toward the direct primary elec tion goal to which the people of California are marching steadily. Enemies of direct primary reform in eastern states . have bitterly fought registration laws like the Devlin act, on the ground that they were in violation of the constitutional guaranty of a secret ballot. This argument should fall of its own weight, but it has served admirably the purposes of the practical politicians, whose deathknell rings by the enactment of direct pri mary laws. Such registration is essential to the best form of direct primary law. The- one weak spot in the Wisconsin law is the result of failure to/incorporate a partisan registration para graph. Fortunately for* the honest partisans .of California, the supreme court has leveled one of the worst obstacles in the way of ultimate realization of the election reform, which will wrest the political control' of the state from Herrin and his crew and give THE STATE AND THE HARBORS •jmORMER GOVERNOR PARDEE- has declared himself as I-J unalterably opposed to state control of the Oakland water J^: front, for the reason that the Southern Pacific controls the state. The fact upon which Dr. Pardee bases his argument is sufficiently established. The former governor says the \hing that is when he charges that the Southern Pacific dominates -the government of the state; he knows -what he is talking about.\ But that is not a sufficient reason for stripping the state of its proper functions, among which is the control and administration of its harbors. The logical conclusion from such a premise is not that the harbors should be- taken or kept out of the hands of the state, but that the state should be taken out of the hands of the Southern Pacific. Dr. Pardee's facts are all right, but his theory is all wrong. As to Dr. Pardee's charge that th« appointment of a senate committee to look into the needs of the state's harbors was part of a grabbing scheme' for the benefit of the Southern Pacific and, the. Western Pacific, it is not borne out by the record. That .com mittee, which was lately- in session here, was created at the insistent request and as a result of the labors of the= California Promotion committee, whose representatives met with little encouragement when they first went to Sacramento demanding - that something be done toward the development by the state of the state's harbors. Moreover, the action of the promotion committee was the imme diate fruit of an entirely representative convention, the counties convention held in San Diego last year. And, furthermore, the committee of holdover senators which. will report to the next.legis lature in favor of the expenditure by the state of many millions of dollars upon harbor improvements is not dominated by corpora tion men; it is distinctly a good committee, though we arc- quite prepared to admit that it would be better if its membership included some representative of Alameda county. \u25a0 -» • " What Dr. Pardee desires for Oakland harbor, is that it. shall be kept open to as many railroads as # may be induced .to seek terminals on San Francisco bay, and not -fenced off for the, accdmr modation of the roads now using and preparing to use 'it So far The Call is in full accord with the ex-governor^ But -we disagree EDITORIAL PAGE with him widety when it comes to method. Oakland harbor is not merely for Oakland. San Francisco harbor is not merely for San Francisco. All the state's harbors are for all the state . and for all the vessels and all the railroads that want to use them. Very likely prosperous Oakland could build: and equip its water front in the best, most modern and most costly manner, but that burden should not fall upon Oakland- alone. It belongs to the state, as do the benefits. It would be a poor policy, -indeed, which would cut up the control of the harbors of California among the municipali ties adjacent to them. It would be an absurd denial of the prin ciples of ; commence and of state; government, according to which the harbors are deemed to be tlie. concern, of the entire com monwealth. \u25a0\u25a0.'-;\u25a0 -.. : ;/ r — ", ;"/':-'; "/':-'^ f - •\u25a0'-• '' >0 '"\u25a0 . But we think. Dr. v Pardee. can^. easily? jbe made" to see ;tlie error of his ways. He means right and he will; doubtless, do right if he will let the light #of Mr.,Rufus P.* Jennings" shine upon the dark places. of his understanding. We shall; leave to . Mr! 'Jennings the task of converting Dr.: Pardee to the promotion. committee's\harbor gospel, which is sound gospel, with no Southern Pacific heresy in it. THE first election of a legislative body for the Philippines appears to have resulted in a striking victory for the nation alists. The platform of this party was outlined at the time of its organization -in April and is thus summarized: On Sunday, morning, April 28, was officially launched -the nationalist party. There were five speeches at the. meeting, three in, Spanish and. two m Tagalog; and among the speakers were Dr. Gomez, former leader of the urgent independists; Dr. Lukban,- former leader of the immediate inde pendists, an<rßafael del Pan, former leader of the union independists. The speakers protested that they are not hostile to America — not to its language, ,r.or .its schools, nor its ideas, nor? its government. They declare that they will not bury the aspirations of ;thtir people, but that. they will, inside the law and by every honorable means, "strive to achieve the independence of their country and that they expect; to win it \yith the help and under the guidance of the United States.. . . ' . . There is nothing alarming in all this ;and it. appears to~be a strictly parliamentary program, but it is' a significant fact that Dominador Gomez and Dr. Lukban, who are leaders of the party, were both tried for sedition' by the' American authorities some years ago. ' . ... . \ >.' The other party, the progressionists or federals^' support the present^government. - The three native, commissioners are federal ists and most of the government employes,are of th£ same \u25a0political faith, at least by profession if, jiot Mn fact. V<" ' ;^f . ' \u25a0 The newly elected body, known iasVtlie rassenibiy, rwill pracli cally constitute the lower, house _ of .^legislature; for the . islands and the Philippine commission 1 'will! be the uppernhouse. The prospect for harmony between ;the''. two bodies-is -not very bright. But the - lower house will doubtlessf furnish^ah to blow off. tropical steam. The genius- ;of - American ' : statesmanship has created anew cave* of the winds. ; '-— -" ; v~ • T. C-'THden* of Boston .'is : staying ;at the Hamlin. -'.-. ; - ; ' : ' :?>'••; " J. P. Shaw.of Carson City. Is a guest at the Majestic, s '\u25a0-/:. H. W. Brewer^ Lakeportls staying at the Jefferson: : . . f F. D. Parker of \ Kansas City Is stay ing at the Majestic. . , % O. W. Cartwrlght of Fresno Is stay ing at the Dorchester. . • Charles F. HlrshVof Coronado Is; a guest at the -Fairmont. -' /"ri \u25a0'\u25a0;.• John S. Wilson of Marysville arrived at the Hamlin yesterday. •• ; . ; .-:.- i • George W. Gains of Philadelphia is a guest at the Dorchester.. , \u0084 V J. R. Garnett, a merchant of. Willows, Is staying at the^ Baltimore. \u25a0\u25a0--' H. E. Doolittle 'atid wlf e : are";"a*t ; the St. Francis from* San Dl ego. . - W. J. Curtis arrived at . the Savoy yesterday from ; Sftn ;Ber'nardino.'v Joseph CA Todd \u25a0of Long V Island ' ar rived at the Majestic yesterday. ' W. T. Hood and ' f amilyof * Los -An geles are guests at the Majestic. ' W. D. , Bridges* arrived: at the 'j Dor-. Chester yesterday, from Los Angel ea. George Calvert; and .Miss; Calvert of Los Angeles are ( staying at the : Savoy. '• Ts.' D. Bowles, ; &i mining; man • - f roiri Goldfleld, is a guest at the Baltimore. J. C .Balrdf'of. Redding^and S. «C. Balrd of Long Beach are guests at the Sayoy^ - .••-.. --.--- \u25a0 - \u25a0• / --\u25a0•-...! A NEW CAVE OF THE WINDS Personal Mention . ; ,W., T. Raw -arrived New . York yesterday and : registered : at the St.' James. . ' / ; ' - Theodore ~ Dosch ' ) arid.- wife arrived from '-Portland 1 yesterday and are' guests at the; Jefferson. . ;T ' . J. B. Alexander.-- C. Selig-man and wife and C. H. Meredith of Los Angeles are registered at the Fairmont. J. Ross Clark, vice ' president of the Salt Lake road, arrived from Los An geles yesterday and Is; atthe St Francis. .. . .. * -.v; ] Mrs. Wlckwlre— lf , you go first, you will; wait .for; me> on the other shore; won't you, dear? .. " * -\u25a0 ' j Mr. 1 ; suppose '; so. \u25a0I • never went , anyhere " yet- .without -having \to wait for you.- : -Illußtrated; Bits. She-^-Mary: Graham is certainly a very j clever - woman,, yet she has little to 'say. ;".'.'\u25a0 ~ : * \u25a0 : : ';c - \u25a0'" " He— That's i where .-.'; her cleverness comes in. ' She leads \u25a0 a man ; to I believe that she thinks be is worth listening to.— Pick-Me-Up. \u25a0 '- '• \u25a0'\u25a0'\u25a0.\u25a0•--• ' ' '~,'l- *\u25a0.'*, • • ' \u25a0 ' \u25a0 ACittimanr-I understand that you are keeping house In. the t country? -: s- Lonesumme-^Yes,,;soVfar/I have.\The neighbors; have '\u25a0;, borrowed • everything 1 else.'-^-woman's: Home -Companion; :. i ' i > Then and Now In the Joke^ World The Smart MX. and Mrs. Frank Miller have Is sued Invitations for . the mar riage reception of | their daugfh 4 ter, Edith, and Lieutenant Matthew Henry Thomlinson, \u25a0 United States army, on Saturday, August 24, at their home, The Hedges," In Sausa lito. The ceremony will ' be performed at noon, and a hajf hour, later the re ception Vwill. be held.'. , ' : Miss Miller'! Js ! a ' Stanford graduate and is talented and popular. She has made several trips to Kurope. Lieu tenant/ Thomlinson is one of the lead ers ofHhe Twenty-second infantry and Is stationed at Angel island, j Miss Helen Wheeler will give an In formal tea to Mrs. Clarence Carrigan in her*, beautiful gardens, Rosebank, ln'SausaUto?.this afternoon. Mrs. Car rigan has just returned from the orient. Miss Helene Irwin, who has had Miss Hyde-Smith as her guest this summer at her plantation home In Honolulu, is expected to return here the latter part of this month. • • '. • \u25a0;. •\u25a0:"iZi J. T. Dunn, Mrs. Dunn and their children motored to Santa Barbara last week. '"\u25a0'\u25a0' rSr ' •".* • , • Mr. and Mrs. Reich^ling 1 • are at the Hotel National, Lucern. Mrs. L. M. Kaiser has reached Paris and is a guest at the Hotel dv Palais. %; Mrs. Hobbs, Miss Percy" and Miss; Michel' left: Paris several days ago for : a- trip to Switzerland and the Tyrol, with Lucern in view for a visit of some length.. / . \u25a0 \u25a0-"'•' • • Mrs. Sherman P. Stow, well-known here, has entertained extensively re oently at her attractive country place, La Patera, at Santa Barbara.; . \u25a0 \u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0'"' ' ' •'. "\u2666 :•\u25a0. »\u25a0 • " • \u25a0 \];-«V \u25a0-' Mlss-Katherlne Ball has returned to the city from a 'visit to the southern part of-the state. While in. Santa Bar bara-, she was the '! guest of Mrs. Bow man -H. McCalla. .!. . ' ' ' \u25a0 r '\u2666\u25a0,*' ~~* ";/The j bpenlngt of .the new casino ., at Tahoe r , tuyerji^last Monday evening proved the social success of the sea eon',atV that popular .mountain resort. A^^cotlllqn' was danced, led ,by' Miss Dorothy- Van Slcklen of Alameda and Walter ' Bliss, and- at itsclose supper was,;'servea'o;u the .veranda and in the clubroom, v after> which dancing was resumed for an; hour. Among those present-w ere: i.Mrs: Frederick Kohl, Mrs-:. Francis/ Carolan, Mrs. Herbert Moffltt. Mrs.. Francis Murphy, Mrs. Wins low,- Mrs.. Ryland^ Wallace, Miss Pick ering," Miss Marie Pickering, Miss Mary Jollffe and. Miss. Ruth Winslow of San Francisco;; -; Mrs.. Adams, and- Mrs. Wheaton of /Oakland; Miss Van Slcklen and Miss- Dorothy .Van Slcklen of Ala meda.."; > .\u25a0•;•\u25a0- :: . \u25a0• \u25a0:.\u25a0%>;".. \u25a0'•:-?. i:^— Answers to Queries :\u25a0 CAPTAIN WEBB— Subscriber. '. Oak land, Cal. ; Captain. Mathew Webb, the famous ; swimmer, made his first public appearance as' a professional in „ July, 1875,^ when ,he swam 20 miles In the .Thames. in 4 hours ; sß minutes. In Au gußt; of - that year he swam the English channel from Dover to Calais, 35 miles, in;, 21 i hours \ 45 minutes. V- This -was his greatest ; feat. ' In 1 87 9 he swam from Sandy ;Hook to Manhattan Beach and on" then night lot October; 13, 1882. he completed . a great '\ task : of i endurance, having remained in . a > tank of water. f0r : 128% .hours. Seating, and sleeping ln^ the water, leaving it only 15 minutes at the close'bf each 24 .hours. He lost his life July 24j- 1883, while attempting to swim the whirlpool rapids, Niagara. LONGEST CANALS— W.E.H., City. The .three longest canals In the United States are ithe Erie, Albany "to Buffalo, N.::Y.;.;387;m11e5; the^Mlami and Erie, from. Cincinnati- to : Toledo, 0., :274 miles, and the Ohio canal,- Cleveland* to' Ports mouth, 0.,;317 miles. '•BATTLESHIPS— W. F. ' .'tt.. City. The nations'?. that ,\ have V first class battle ships-are:-Great Britain '49, 'France 22, United States ; 28, < Germany 18, : Japan 18,?Italy|9,iRusslai8,i Chile 2, and Aus tria-Hungary,* Sweden and* Norway "1 \u25a0Jodup _ ~«VT .^\u25a0^\u25a0^ .- Tells of Grievance of Young Woman Against a Tract Distributor and Writes of Society Leader Who Has a Dislike" for Publicity ONE of my young woman friends tella me that she has a grievance against a „. .. „„ .„.«.„; ... & tract distributor. "I was standing at the corner of Sutter and Devisadero streets," she says, "waiting for my car. There was a little woman standing near by, and all at once she came up arid handed me a tract. I didn't know what it was at first, and just thanked her before I glanced at it, but then I saw what it was— something in the 'Look to God before it is tO9 late* line— and I returned it to her. I also told her quite politely that I was an attendant at church and was not therefore in need of missionary instruction. Now, do you think there is anything irreligious in my looks and clothes?" I courteously negatived the idea, ... "Well," she continued, "not very. long ago. on the Oakland boat a woman came up to me. and offered me a religious paper, which, she said, she thought.! might find instructive. What. do you suppose is the matter with, my face : and figure?" c . : _ L I7 . lam wondering if Mrs. Robert McMillan, Society Dame Who wif e of Captain McMillan, has outgrown her Abhors Publicity 'dislike to 'be' pictorially featured in the so ciety columns of the papers.- When Mrs. McMillan, who is, by the way, to spend the remainder of the summer visiting her parents here, , was Miss Leontine Blakeman she would never gjve her photograph to the papers for publication, no matter how earnestly importuned. When every other girl of her set had graciously complied, Miss Blakeman always strenuously held to her denial.. Even when a group picture was the. accompaniment of a bride's outfit, she would never, never sit with the others. Yet on one occasion her photograph was captured, and in * a clever way. There was a host of newspaper photographers in attendance at the marriage of Miss Carol Crockett 'and Laurance Scott, and in snapping a picture of the wedding, party Miss Blakeman's picture was caught with the others and appeared in one of the dailies. t. /\u25a0»*.., o L S'lJi 1 - The nearest approach to a French' restats- Tutl Chun, Benedict, rant in Healdsburg is that proprietored by Healdsbtirg'S Chef fun Chun,*wh6 has married a white woman. Mrs. Higginson.' Healdsburg is like the ordinary country* town, careless and barren of a satisfactory night life. To get a decent midnight supper would be impossible were it not for the restaurant presided over by Tun Chun. I do not know how it is now, but when I was there a year ago Tun Chun was ready to get up a first class meal at any' hour. He is a chef in his way, and I recall with pleasure a succulent beefsteak, with accompaniments of French potatoes and vegetables, excellent liquid refreshment and the petit cafe noir served by this Chinaman, who has succeeded in winning the heart and hand of a rich white widow. Perhaps the road to some women's hearts is the same as that accredited to the men's. Perhaps Tun Chun served Mrs. Higginson one of those beefsteaks. Pana Di^ahnrnva Miss Jean Reid ' who is qaite we " known iS- if •?%. • out H rc by reasomof her ™«* a « the coun- Miss Reids Choice try place of her gra ndpapa, D. o. Mills, is said to favo.r the : . suit ;of . Craig W'adsworth. ' It is also said that . Whitelaw Reid does not approve said suit for his daughter's hand. Craig Wadswor'th, though he is an American, is by no means an unknown. He is second secretary of the American embassy in London and extremely popular with. the Londoners. However, Miss Reid is strictly American in her independence and may have her own ideas as to whom she would like to marry. . The last time she was out here there was a hint that her father^ and mother looked with eyes of friendliness upon a young sprig of the British .nobility who had his face turned toward Miss Reid's dot. This would not be the only instance of an American girl preferring to wed one of her untitled countrymen to figuring in Burke. There have been examples of that right here "in our own city. .'.x Gossip in Railway Circles iv PAUL SHOUP, assistant general passenger agent of the Southern Pacific, left last night for the Sierra Nevada mountains and will be absent for two weeks on a vacation. He arranged for pack animals and horses and will spend the fortnight ia roaming through the mountains, tak ing pictures, fishing and hunting; It is thought that his outing In the moun tains will result In the writing of a book by him describing the pleasures of roughing it in the high Sierras. Shoup is a clever and a forceful writer and has won several prizes for fiction in eastern magazines. James Horsburgh Jr., general pas senger, agent of the Southern Pacific, has returned from Chicago, where he attended a meeting of all the general agents of the Harriman lines. The ob ject of the gathering was to discuss advertising for the ensuing year, and Horsburgh brings back the news that the Southern Pacific and the other Har riman roads will spend more money than ever in proclaiming the attrac tions of California in the east and also In Kurope. Several new advertising schemes have been thought out that will require big expenditures of money, but will more than amply repay them selves by bringing immigration to the coast. • • • Edward Snell of the Chicago, Mil waukee and St. Paul is blamed by all the members of the baseball club of the Transportation club for losing every match that has been played up to the present time. According to the state ments of the other members inell wa-i the only man who mad t an error in all the games, and. he is accused of standing and clapping his hands at a fellow player when he should have been running. . He also wr? discovered fast asleep at one of the bases, and then it is. said that he further added to his offenses by making the remark: \u25a0 "We would have won the game If the other dubs had been more lively." i' All this happened at Palo Alto. The rest of the members of the club declare t that they are going to win the game to be played tomorrow In Oakland. Snell will be there merely as a spec tator. \u25a0.• • • * "Think," said the railroadman as he flourished a large and a fragrant cigar, "what a benefit to' the country the rail roads are.. We, sir, we are; the pioneers of industry, the advance guard of civ ilization. It Is owing to our effortsthat the. lndians have been swept away and that the forests, once inhabited by the Conditions in California Th« California Promotion committee wired the following to its eastera bureaa ia Hew York yesterday: '.' ' •> Js** ! '«jE|h California temperatures for the past 24 hours: * Eureka .'...... Hinimum 54 Maximum 60 San Francisco ..Minimam 58 Maximum S3 .San Diegc ...1....... ..Miaimum 60.. .... Maximum 73 * Carloads of green fruit shipped from California during the last week, 400. Beports received by the Calif ornia PromoUoa coscnittee from St. Helena, »ap» county •ay that top prices are beinj realised on crops. The snpenrisors of Los Angeles county hare .appointed a road commission to lay out • upward of 300 mUes of boulerard. unitlai aU cities and town* ia that part of California. A proposition will be put to popular vote for bonding the county for 13,000,000 for til construction of these roads.' . - J Work U now projressiaj on section 13 of the seawall, at the foot of Second street. • San Francisco. This section will be 1,000 feet fax len»th and wiU cost 1150 000 T^" con * r * c ? IJ^JV. **W tOM tf rabble, together with the concrete and masonry work \u25a0 AUGUST 10, 1907 predatory lion, the furry grizzly, the voracious wolf and hunters, have been turned Into fruitful farms. Where there were deserts are now thriving cities, and. sir. men with brains and energy, Olke Harriman and Stubbs and Carleton C. Crane, have been evolved. "Yes, sir. it ia these men to whom the world owes a debt of Impertahabie gratitude.. Would « r au be able to com municate with your friends a3 readily as .you do now if It. were not for tbes* great railroadmen? Would you be able to partake of the luxurfej of the east as you do now? Why. air; the rail roads have annihilated distanc*. There is no such thing as distance now that we are traversing the hemisphere at tbs rate of a mile a mlnuco — '* • Just then the door of the office was opened and an Irate merchant aaked: "When do you expect to let m« have that car from Kansa3 City? It ha* been 30 days on. the road already.- Do you think you can promise It to me by ths first of the year?" •. • * At a recent meeting of the. member* of the Chipps Island shooting etab, which is composed of railroad men*' a. committee was appointed to visit th« island and make recommendations; to the club for improving. the. grounds and the* house* tor -the coming? season; As these improvements will cost consider able money It has been decided to call for a larger assessment than was made last year. H. P.. Anewalt. who was tha first president, will In all likelihood b« re-elected, and W. C. Donnelly. th« present secretary, probably will succeed The Texas antlpass law Is creating considerable discussion in that state, a L. Winchell. president of the .Rock.lsl and Hoes, has sent out a circular 4 ln which he says: "Your attention is respectfully called to the fact that under the Texas anti pass law you are prohibited from using; free transportation going to or rrtum ihgfrom any political convention or on any political errand in this state.'"' " • \u25a0 ; • \u25a0\u25a0 • \u25a0 *^-3ti' John Miles la one of the few wis« railroad men. according to the state ments of his friends, In the railroad business. For many years he was agent of the Boston and Maine l}ne, and* after acquiring a competency pur chased a rancho at Los Gatos, where he Is engaged 3a the growing of fruit. Miles' left la-4 for Boston to do some missionary CaJiJoxnia. • * O F. C. Lathrop. tvirreftng v»^eng«r agent, of the Southern Pacific in Lo» Angeles, 13 in the city on a visit.