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I MONDAY
The San Francisco Call
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SAN FRANCISCO'S RESIDENCE SITES
SAN FRANCISCO is singularly fortunate in residence sites.
Most cities possess one fashionable area, where all the larger
houses are placed, which is distinctly marked out as the most
favored. This is not the case here, for no particular section can
lay claim to the reputation of being the only desirable residential
quarter. Many cities have their finest homes" in the vicinity of the
parks, for p^asure grounds always act as a magnet to attract the
wealthy. This has been the custom from time immemorial, and
ancient cities, when they first emerged from barbarism and planted
stately gardens, counted upon palaces being built in the neighbor
hood. ,
Parks were made fashionable because they generally belonged
to the ruling order, and kings regarded them as their own property.
The nobility, who made it their duty to ape the practice of their
sovereign, erected their palaces adjacent to parks and thus built up
a fashionable quarter. A park neighborhood has, therefore, the sanc
tity of ages to be classed as aristocratic. To some extent this is
so in San Francisco, but the territory around Golden Gate park does
not exclusively belong to the favored few, and the reason that the
streets leading to and running alongside of the park are not occu
pied solely by the mansions of our wealthy residents is due to the
circumstance that San Francisco offers a counter attraction with
her marine views. Many people who would naturally have selected
the vicinity of the park to build their homes preferred the. hills,
which gave them a command of seascape and landscape unrivaled
by any city in the world. .-'' ','
It is due to this that the hills overlooking the bay were
chosen by the rich for the location of tHeir homes, and this, too,
would not have been possible except for the cleverness of a citizen
of .this city who evolved the plan of the cable car. This locomo
tion made the hills accessible, and with the growth of artistic tastes
these sites were taken for the building of splendid mansions, which
are an ornament to the city and a delight to the eyes.
As further evidence of the expansion of San Francisco and the
increase in real estate values, the prices of lots around the park
have advanced steadily. Take Fell street, for example. Lots
which a few years ago soldJor $2,500 cannot be bought now for
less than $4,000, and some of the least desirable in this neighbor
hood cannot be purchased for under $3,000.
San Francisco has, then, two desirable residence sections, and
within the last few weeks a strong desire has sprung up to build
handsome houses. The future owner is, then, given the choice of
two excellent locations. If he desires to, feast -his eyes upon the
waters of the bay, with their never ending panorama of moving
shipping, and a background of gray green hills topped by lofty
Mount Tamalpais, he can buy on those streets from whose brows
the view is unbroken. If he prefers sylvan glades and the quiet
that reigns near groves, he can purchase a lot near the park.
Then there is another section to be t considered. As the city
expands, and in its expansion more riches are created, owners will
also demand picturesque sites on which to build. Their choice un
doubtedly will be on the hills south of the city, back of the Affiliated
colleges. If this eminence, which is reached by the Fourteenth
street car line, was terraced, it would be one of the most beautiful
residential sites in the state. From these hills the entire city can
be seen and the bay beyond. It is protected from the sweep of the
ocean winds, and indeed would be an ideal spot for handsome
homes and lovely gardens. That this will be its ultimate destiny
seems certain. A location with so many commendable features
cannot be overlooked for long, and as the space grows narrower in
the two sections which have been discussed already, these hills will
be the next in favor with our merchant princes. . v
MR. HARRIMAN'S LOGIC
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MR: HARRIMAN is unfortunate in his most recent denial.
Interviewed by the Nevada State Journal, he was reported
as saying: "Allthe railroads in the country would be mine
if I could get hold of them. Personally, with ail lines in my
possession I would be better suited." On the heels of this publica
tion came from Mr. Harriman a prompt repudiation of the senti
ment.
Mr. Harriman may be given credit for good faith in his denial,
and 3'et the opinion as printed in Reno scarcely differs from his
own testimony before the interstate commerce commission and is
wholly in line with the general policy that he pursued since he
came into control of Union Pacific in 1898 and pursued without
deviation until last year, when things began to happen that seemed
to get in the way of his most cherished plans.
Mr.- Harriman told the interstate commerce commission that
he would buy control of. the Santa Fe "if the law w6uld;let iiim."
Nothing but legal prohibition could stop the process of absorption.
Mr. Harriman's aiternpt to seize control of the Northern Pacific
in 1901 was altogether in line with the desire attributed to him
by the Nevada paper.
Therefore we are justified ' in assuming that no very, serious'
injustice was done him. The chief significance of the denial lies
in the fact that Mr.. Harriman begins to realize that his ambition* is
not popular. Quite possibly his hasty (denial may have been ac
celerated by reading Secretary Taft's recent speech at Columbus,
in which this passage concerning railroad regulation occurs :
The measures taken and proposed are radical perhaps, viewed from
the standpoint of the laissez faire doctrinaire whose (deas have been al
lowed to prevail in respect of railroad management down to the- present,
but no one can read the report of the commission on the history of -the
union of the Southern Pacific iand Unioo Pacific systems with the Illinois
EDITORIAL PAGE
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Central system^ without trembling at the enormous power that one man,
by tHeunconifofled use of ; the stock and bond issuing power, of interstate
railways under state charters, has acquired in respect of a vital part of the
country's business, and without -looking for r some means of remedying such
a dangerous tendency, which, if not stopped, will lead to the absorption of
all the railroads of the country into one hand. ,'!\u25a0.' .
Next to Roosevelt^ Harriman. is .the -most interesting person
ality on the stage of American life tpday^ *He;is*a ma'ii" ; of* severely'
logical turn of mind, tlie. American liusinessrnan: raised to the high
est power. His supreme ambition is "results," and he is not at
all particular about means.' In alarge way the same thing js true
of almost every executive who has cut "a great figure in the* world's
history. Seeing.his process clearly Harriman's logical mind is impa
tient with those who throw obstacles in -the "vyay of "results." It is
quite plain to him that if he owned all the* railroads he could im
prove the service and make more money. /No doubt he could, and
a year ago the way seemed clear. Since that time he has: been
greatly annoyed and apparently surprised and disgusted by people
like'Taft and Roosevelt, who call him /'dangerous." How can" any
thing, be dangerous .-that is good for business? But in the pres
ence of this unaccountable criticism Mr. Harriman has assumed an
uneasy arid apologetic attitude. He, has lost theicourage of his logic.
.Almost any day now we: may hear
the news that Wellman hasn't found
the north pole. ;; .' - , \u25a0\u25a0**£"'
Whenever yotrhear a. hollow sound
like that produced by hitting an empty
barrel .with an 'ax, you may know that
the head, of another Schmitz appointee
has dropped. ,
It develops* that the army; transport
system is run at- a loss* the cost of.
transporting troops being greater than
private shipping companies; would
charge. Class in government owner
Mrs. Lovell White pd Miss G. HitteH Irrigation Congress
MRS. LOVELL WHITE and Miss
Catherine Hittell will: leave
next week for Sacramento to,
attend the national Irrigation
congress as delegates of the California
club. They are interested especially In
the forestry session, which will be held
on the second day of the congress. Mrs.
White has declined the honor of reading
a paper before the convention, and was
not to be lured by the opportunity to
be the only woman to speak In a gath
ering of United States senators, goy r
ernors of states and heads T of depart-,
ments. '.While she always , has\worked
for the preservation of the state's for
ests; and so' is a practical forester, she
feels that the convention is mainly • for
the purpose of hearing practical sug
gestions scientific experts. It was
suggeswd that 15 minutes of the poetry
and sentiment with which ;the women's
clubs invest their enthusiasm' for the
cause of the trees would be as welcome
among ',: the 'scientific " facts .-< as i flowers
among rocks, but \ Mrs. ' ; White. { hasVde
clined to. be. the landscape gardener. \u25a0
. \u25a0 The plan . for j the ; preservatidn; of ; the
Calaveras trees, Von\whictiy a » series i of
resolutions are: to-be presented at the
convention ,byj the'members i of . the'Out
doorArt league, originated" in J the' Cal
ifornia ;; club ' when" Mrs.7,Whlte\was ; Its
president. > Later; the projectlwas i given
over to : the : Outdoor^'Artt lekgue'of; the
Calif ornla, club,': and under fthe^ leader
ship ;of Mrs..- White i -.lt'has f been.* a part
of .the \u25a0 program" of " the ' league \u25a0: f or .s sevr
eral years. \; : It is' hoped^ that: by bring
ing^ the rpbwerful- Influence of the"na
tional irrigation congress ''to tbear on
the • matter something definite may be
accomplished;-/ .; '% ••.'. •' \u25a0•'\u25a0-. \u25a0'-'.'. >;' ,y :\u25a0"\u25a0-.\u25a0\u25a0. '*
;.The/Outdoor^Aft <'leagiiei" will - nieet
Thursday, afternoon at 1 2 = o'clock* at the
home -.of ithe jpresldent;^ Mrs.* Lovell
White, 2344 * California street. : f Tiie
Ifte Difference
NOTE AND 'COMMENT
ship: please step forward: W. J. B.
has some explanations, to make.
Senator La .Follette says that graft
exists everywhere.' Good! We don't
feel so lonesome now. •
The French should read Kipling's
"Fuzzy Wuzzy" "poem, then double
the, size of the fighting force they are
sending to. Morocco.
\u0084-The- report that the government is
after the harvester trust must -be
harrowing news to that concern. But
one. must reap what one sows.
playground amendment and the, Tele
graph hill questions 3 will be discussed.
Members of the California club at largo
are? lnvited to the meeting,: and;it is
hoped that many of them will join the
league. , \u25a0
The furnishings of the new club
honse'of' the California club are now
virtually completed, and everything will
be -shipshape and } Bristol • fashion* for
: the : first meetlng,^of if the club ;in the
new ; quarters' on )' September 3. The
making of.; the new., curtains i have been
.made the occasion of some pleasant 'so
cial gatherings of, members of the club
and the_work demonstrated incidentally
that the womenrwho can; handle legis
latures and 'use benevolent coercion -6a
the.; city, fathers intthe matter* of play
grounds and old landmarks/are equally,
skillful in , handling the needle and ;co^
ercing" dry, goods tto .serve- their^pur
pose;. ..-•- Airs. H. H. Hart . /entertained
about -25 members -of -the 'club In 'the
.Key; Route- Inn • in^Oakland ; last ;Tuesf
day * and % after > a delightful luncheon
the. curtains of. the new, clubhouse were
; brought out; to ibejhemstitched.^ Among
those '. who," took ?part in the- good ? work
were thai* officers , ; of ;' the ; club— Mrs. vj.
W.'Orr.Mrß. E."L> Baldwin; Mrs. A: V.
Brown, Mrs«.^A:«H.; Black. Mrs L. A.
Hayward; Mrs.' D." J. \u25a0 McMaster," Mrs/ C.
P. "\u25a0• Fonda, Mrs. George Dyer " and ' Mrs.
MuftO. ; - -
••-The; program .-is ;now completed for
the':breakfast ? to " r be. s glven \u25a0 by, theVAs
sociation?of:Pioneer^Women I n : Calvary,
church "j* annex < on 1"'1 "' :.There
will! be'r, severalvmusical ; numbers /and
vocal jjsoios.^ The: following ladies ;.will
respobd "-. to < toasts : ;•" M rs."A. A. Mclntyre^
"The v Plonee r .\u25a0: - Fathers',' ; Mrs. '\u25a0 \ L.l O.
Hodgekins; '"The- Pioneer .Mothers";
Mrs.! Mary ' Harding] Gamave.' "The?Pio-;
neer? Daughters"; sv Mrs.'; E.* \u25a0\u25a0 MS: North
.Whitcombe.i president f of , the 'organlxa
tlon.'^'purf Association.',* AThel breakfast
of ; the"? Pioneer -f.Women is- one? of the
most f delightful; affairs r in clubdom, as
reminiscences,^ songs,- music "andVwltty"
.•.Personal Mention.*. |
David Feiss of New York Is at the
Majestic. —
Mr. and Mrs. A. Mill Jg-an of Toronto
are at the Fairmont. _3§Ss*2£Site«**^
Olive. G.Ames, a. flour miller, of Ta~
coma, is " at the Hamllri.
J. S. Bryson, a mining man of Gold
field. Is at the Pacific Grand.
| % Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Hall of Sacra
mento are at the Fairmont.
Frank 'E. .Walsh and family of Los
Angeles are at the Fairmont. •
George W. Ross, Mrs.' Ross and their;
daughter are at the Baltimore!
•E. F. DuFresne of Seattle is at the
Pacific Grand with Mrs. DuFresne.
1 " J. S. Campbell, superintendent of the
Selby. smelters, is at the Imperial.
J. W. .Huntley and Mrs. Huntley of
Sacramento are at the Pacific Grand.
CV, V. Whltmore of : Gold field, who ! is
here on business, is at the St. Francis.
Bernard Alllers of Portland and
Frank Alliers of Tacoma are at the St.
Francis. ; S
. -.-\u25a0 Robert Dolden and L. F. Stewart,
railroad men from Ogden. are at the
Imperial.
Colonel Beresford of the International
mining- company of Mexico Is at the
Pacific Grand. \
Captain Robinson of the navy is at
the St. James, accompanied, by Mrs.
Robinson and daughter.
Thomas" ; Cloughley, .owner of large
dairying, interests at Rutherford, is at
the Imperial with Mrs. Cloughley.
V A.. W. 'Skinner and Mrs. "Skinner of
Portland" are at the Hamlin. Skinner
is a prominent Portland merchant.' •
. H. Hocking and - Mrs. Hocking of
Honolulu, who returned yesterday
from a visit to Placer county, "are at
the Jefferson. V
P.. E. Jones, a' Nevada cattleman, .who
recently" married Mrs. Onkst of Pet
aluma, in at the St. James with his
wife ami Miss Onkst. -
speeches contribute to the entertain
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V Mrs. Philip ;N. Moore of St. Louis,
president of the' National Association
of Collegiate Alumnae 'and second vice
president of the General ; Federation of
.Women's Clubs, '/Will arrive in San Fran
cisco this week. She' Is a woman of
national reputation and will belenter
talned extensively by locS.l club women.
A luncheon . will \u25a0be given In her ' honor
by Hhe California ". branch of Collegiate
Alumhae_on Saturday at; the^ Home club.
r'A;business;meeting win; be held after
the luncheon, ; at .which Mrs.' Moore will
speak. The subject of her address will
be .the entertainment- of the National
Association; of Collegiate ; Alumnae by
ithe/.CsJlfornla -branch;' next .summer.
There is a strong sentiment in the local
I association '\u25a0'\u25a0 for making an . effort to
show that despite; last year's disaster
the : are ; able . to entertain the
national' organization.
• , The ) Santa Clara club in San l Jose Is
flghtirig'the scrap 'paper and .the;lpud
bill boards^ that i disfigure the 'streets
of (the city.^ The members hitherto have
relied i. mostly,: on = heart . to heart . talks
with; the* influential men. of the : town
and^they'hope: after, a while. to 1 embody
in legislation' th eir views on the things
that make streets unsightly.
The' Woman's Civic club of Pacific
Grovewili hold a street fair in! the city
parkuhere;on the afternoon and even-
Ing of August 24. The booths will
represent j nationalities and j sections.'
There \will -be : American,-" Indian. New
England,! Spanish 'and Japanese booths.
The ? ? private .< houses "surrounding " the
park :" will :beVdecorated'to * harmonise
wlth r :the * various r booths. '\u25a0>\u25a0\u25a0: ''
The ; Susan B. Anthony club met last
Monday,' atj, the home^of the' president
Mrs. Nellie jj Holbrook | Bllnn; \ 1 3 3 4 Pa
cific f avenue.T^The occasion : vu made a
memorial ' meeting v for Lucy Stone,
"Rivalry in the Presentation of tli^h Class
Musical Artists Will Assure Many Treats
James Crawford
IF competition is the life °2 trada.
there w*ll be no dearth of high class
musical -entertainment the- coming
winter In San Francisco and Oak
land, for well founded "report has It
that Manager Greenbaum is to have an
active^ rival in his former colleague,
Manager Behmyer of Los Angeles.
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Until this season all the virtuosi that
played or sang In California f were
booked by Behmyer and managed here
by Greenbaum. and the same system
was programmed for the coming season
until Behmyer that Green
baum had booked some artists on his
own" 1 account whose dates will conflict^
with those arranged for some of the
Behmyer bookings. Thus, when Beh
myer notified Greenbaum that Pade
rewskrs recitals In * San Francisco
would take place .on certain days,
Greenbaum Informed Behmyer that he
had selected those very days for the
appearance of another pianist, Harold
Bauer, whereupon Behmyer hastened
to Greenbaum and the twain went Into
consultation, the result being that
neither would cancel his dates In favor
of the other. Behmyer then announced
that ha. would manage his attractions
In San Francisco and Oakland without
GreenbaunVS aid.
Greenbaum has rented Dreamland
pavilion and will arrange It for his
concerts and recitals, and Behmyer
probably will present his artists In
Christian Science halL Among the
magnets booked by Greenbaum are
lime.- Johanna Gadski, who will open
the season:" Harold Bauer. Sousa's band
and the New York symphony orchestra.
Behmyer claims to have the cream of
the world's vocal and instrumental
virtuosity. Calve and Paderewskl being
fair samples. - / .
Behmyer alleges that- he does- not
regret the turn affairs have taken, be
cause in past seasons he has been
obliged to personally superintend the
details of presenting his attractions in
such cities as Sacramento, "Fresno.
Stockton and San Jose. Greenbaum hav
ing declined to take the , risk of pre
senting them elsewhere than In San
Francisco . and Oakland. So the Los
Angeles manager claims it is really to
his advantage to dispense with the
services of Greenbaum in these two
profit assuring towns, and he promises
to establish headquarters here in the
near future.
In the meantime, whether the com
petition brings pecuniary weal or woe
to those engaged In it. the music lov
ing people surely will derive benefit
from It. For It promises .them oppor
tunity to hear more artists arid pos
Cator Pleads for Change in Law So as to Adapt
Voting Machines to General and Primary Elections
EDITOP* CALL — Sir: You have
- kindly opened your columns here
tofore to my explanation of why
It wa* inexpedlent^unjaer^jpres
ent conditions for the election commls-"
sion to urge the supervisors to Invest
presently a large sum of money in. the
purchase of voting machines. The low
est price of voting machines is $650
for the Dean 40 key machine and $673
for the Standard 40 key machine. . .
The Dean company also makes a 50
key machine. . The Standard has sev«m
party columns: so has the Dean. If
more than seven tickets are nominated
the \u25a0 Standard machine cannot be used.
The Dean machine .claims an overflow
action by which an unlimited number
of tickets can be voted. It has such a
principle, but I am not certain that it
would not require an, amendment to the
present law to allow of its operation.
But the, chief difficulty lies in the fact
that under the present law as to
straight tickets all these machines are
constructed in such a manner that the
candidates for . any given office, where
only one. Is- to be elected, must be*
placed each In a separate column and
directly side by side. So If Mr. Lang
don's friends should desire to give him
am independent nomination in addition
to the regular one and no other candi
dates were presented by such a certifi
cate, It .would require an entire column
and all the remainder must remain
blank. So eight nominees for any of
fice where but one Is. to be elected
would prevent the use of the Standard
and might raise a. legal question as to
the Dean. For instance. last year Los
Angeles. Sacramento and San Jose all
had bought Standard machines, but by
reason of the number of tickets none
of those cities could use them. In San.
the anniversary of whose birth Is in
the month of August.. Mrs. A. C Kel
logg read an interesting paper, on. the
life and work of the great suffrage
leader, and each of the members, of
the club read an fx tract from her writ-
Ings. Miss Mary Falrbrother ; gave the
club a half hour of instruction in
parliamentary . drill. This will be a
regular feature of the meetings dur
ing the winter. A piano solo. by Miss
O. A. Ferguson and some whistling
solos by Miss Gertrude Judd com
pleted the program.
" The Woman's club of San Mateo coun
ty will resume . Its regular meetings
the first Wednesday in September. It
will be in the nature of a musicale by
the clubV flourishing choral section un
der., the i leadership of John Sib ley. The
chorus.will be assisted by Mrs. Nunan.
sopranol. Miss Fuhrer.^cello. and Miss
Mollie Pratt, accompanist. The Civic
club has a membership of 100 and is
now engaged In furnishing the Carne
gie public library.
Fifty representative womVn of Corte
Madera met last, Monday evening at
the-hom« of Mrs.; Mary E. Hart and
organised the .Woman's dub of Corte
Madera. The. scope of the new organi
zation as declared fn the bylaws is a
wide one. It Includes ment»l advance
ment, the promottnn of goodlfetlowshlp
and the Improvement of; the town. \n
entertainment is planned for» the near
future to, raise money for lighting the
streets. Meetings will be held twice a
month in the homes of members. The
first : meeting will be at the home of
Mrs.;DarHng on the first Monday even
ing in September. The following ora
cers were ; elected: Mrs. Mary E. H*rt.
pr«s dent; Mrs. J. S. McDonald, vice
pres dent:. Mrs. H. C. Hall, second vice
president; Mrs. S. Wood, third vice
president: Mrs. . J. f. Stevens fourth
vice president;. Dr. A. R. Croal. record-
Ing secretary; Mrs. Mary Eastman, cor
responding secretary; Miss Maude.Sec
chl. treasurer; Miss A. M. Ft n grit, au
dltor.
AUGUST 26, 1907
sibly for cheaper pi*ces thaa they ever
were favored with before.
Many of the compositions to be
played by the unfvei»ity orchestra ia
the Greek theater dtrtn* the coming
season never have be-n heard in Cali
fornia, among them «M!ing old fash
ioned dances from "Ca»tor and Pollux"
(Rameau). entr'acte mule from -Rosa
mund" (Schubert): sy-nphonic poem.
"Le» Preludes" (Usst) "Haldigung's
Marsch" (Wagner). baTet music and
wedding march from "Ftramors" (Ru
binstein), lyric suite (Gneg» and con
trasts, the gavotte, A. D. 1700 and 1900
(Elgar). For the -first concert, to b«
given . Thursday afternotn, the pro
gram will embrace the "A'ceste* over
ture. Gluck: Haydn's second symphony;
serenade for strings. Tschal>ows*y, and
Hungarian dances by Brahrra.
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Other symphonies to be gtten during
the season are the fourth of. Beethoven,
the Scotch symphony of MendeUsohn and
the fifth of Tschaikowsky. In the order
named. Ttte fifth concert, to . be given
on October 17. will be a song recital,
with orchestral accompaniment by Urn».
Gadski. than whom no singer before ths
public has a more loyal following. Sha
will bo heard In two arias and a group
of songs. The final concert of th« sea
son should be notable, as two important
compositions will b* beard — Liszt's let
ting of the Thirteenth Psalm, sung by
the university chorus, .and the "Helden
leben" of Richard Strauss. All tSe con
certs will take place on Thursday after
noons and start at 2 o'clock sharp.
• • • .
Greenbaum announces that Mn>. Gad
sk! will have a very busy week under
his direction. She is scheduled to ap
.pear three times in Dreamland pavilion,
once in Ye Liberty playhouse, Oakland,
once in the Clunie theater, Sacramento,
under the auspices of the Saturday club
of that city, and once with the univer
sity orchestra in the Greek theater.
After her tour of the Pacific coast she
will join the Conried forces In New
York.
• • •
With commendable discretion th»
management of the Milan grand opera
company has ceased inviting: compari
son of any of its artists with artists wa
have heard. No more we see printed
hints that Spadovan! promises to eclipse
TetrazzinL or that a certain tenor is
likely to supplant the tenor who now
is highest in our admiration. Experi
ence has shown that such- advance
hints are Imprudent. Poor little Trom
ben of last season's Lambardl's would
have dropped less heavily If she had
not been touted In advance as a peeress
of TetrkzzinL That first "Lucia." night
at the Central theater was one of the
saddest of the Lambardl series. If th^A
Milan company really contains anyif
thing greater than we have been g'ivec/
the fact will be proclaimed in ample
time to carry conviction to the public
and profit to the management.
Francisco eight tickets were nominated,
and of the last one bad only nine names
on It and one but four names. ' Yet
each required an entire column and it
would have been the same If but on*
name had Been— "nsear-— ma ~" supremo
court held one ticket to be illegal, or
the Standard machine could not have
been used. This year the Standard re
fused to rent machines " first unless
$60,000 worth were bought. Later it
sent us word that if we would buy out
right $40,000 worth It might rent the
remainder necessary. The Dean com
pany offered to rent Its machines <ll3>
unconditionally. We referred both
propositions to the then supervisors.
The money to purchase was refused
and a resolution was .passed the next
day that the time had arrived to settls
the question. The vote was unanlmou.4
on that point. A previous motion to
purchase out of our current apprcjjrLi
tions was lost. The Standard was
asked if it desired 24 boors to make a
different proposition. It declined to
ask it. The Dean proposition was then
accepted. But It is evident that no
machines can be bought with the cer
tainty that they will hold all th« tick
ets until we abolish the present
-straight column system, by which ono
nominee may occupy an entire column.
What Is needed is to re-enact th«
genuine Australian ballot as it existed
from IS9I to ISS7. That ballot, as
modified by the decision of the saprema
court In the case . of Eaton vs. Brown
by striking off party headings, was
the ideal ballot. With that ballot a
voting machine could hold far more
names than the longest ticket ev«*
nominated. All possibility .of ove?»
loading the machine - would disappear.
Investment in voting machines could
be : made without any uncertainty as
to their use. AH straight party lever*
would be removed. The voter would
turn or push down the key opposite
each candidate votedifor. In fact, tha
key would stand in place at the rub
ber stamp on the ballot. The simplest
person could vote without previous In
struction. Indorsing bars between col.
umns would 'be unknown. Machines
can be easily constructed . to this en J.
We expect the enactment at the next
session of the legislature of the direct
primary law. Let present section 1197.
political code, be amended to restora
the genuine Australian, ballot, and' the*
ballot machines could be adapted to
both general and primary elections. In
the meantime there is no certainty that
machines, if purchased. , could be oaed.
The rental , plan, while Involving Ic-js
financial risk, also Is uncertain as to
.use. and not the correct policy toy tha
city or the owners of the machines. If.
when the. time to present tickets closes '
the machines will not hold all of them.
It is too late to change safely to elec
tion "by ballot. Let us get the law
right first and. then take up the ques
tion of voting machines and settle it.
I concur heartily In the opinion of
Mayor Taylor, as expressed to me. that
the present situation is undesirable
and too uncertain, and I am satisfied
that the reasons above stated. whlc!i
have been presented to the finance com
mittee, are such that all the super
visors could concur.
THOMAS V. CATOR.
President Department of Elections.
San Francisco, , August SS, 1907.
/.Answers to Queries .".
STORK— O, &. Sacramento. CaL The
orUln of "The stork came to the house
!» traced to zoological mythology- Ac
cording to fairy tale* the « tork b , ri °* 9
the well born child out of tUe well. Tna
popular German belief of children is
that the stork carries children from the
fountain. However, as the stork holds
the child in Us beak, the Utter is not
considered born. It is only born at tna
moment the stork op«ns »» beak ana
put* the child down In the mothers
lap, r ~
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BOABD OF EDUCATION*— O. S.. City.
The board of education tn San Fran
cisco Is compound of commissioners *P-« ;
Wtnttd by .tfe« mayor.

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