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WHY EUROPE GAVE UP THE GOLD
THE extraordinary and at the same time encouraging future of
the present financial stringency is the readiness with which
Europe has responded to the American demand for gold. The
fact is that this compliance was compulsory and was made
much against the grain. The great money centers of Europe have
been forced to surrender $50,000,000 to meet the monetary necessi
ties of America because, in fact, they owe us the money. Crops on
the continent of Europe are greatly deficient this year and the mar
kets on that side of the water are compelled to come to America to
make up the need. In a word, all this means that the financial con
dition of this country is essentially sound with the exception of a
single rotten spot in Wall street, where a debauch of speculation has
run its course with unfortunate results for the stock market.
The estimates of the department of agriculture show conclu
sively the financial condition of the farmer and serve to explain the'
great drain of gold from Europe. The figures show-ing results for
the crop year will not be finally issued until December 1. but the Oc
tober estimates give the following results for the cereals:
Estimated yield, Yield,"
Corn 2.500,000.000 ' 2.96.1,000,000
" h *at 625.567.0iW 735.000.000
Oats ..• ; . . . , 741.520,000 931.000,000
The approximate farm value of crops is summarized as follows:
Farm value. Farm value,
1907. 1905. "
Com $1,375,000,000 $1,185,000,000
heat 531,000.000 519,000.000
Oats 333.000,000 300,000,000
Other products 1.717.000.000 1.628,000,000
Total value 53.956.000.000 53,632,000,000
Increased valuation over last year \u25a0.-: 324,000,000
Thc-e figures take no account of cotton or of the profitable
business that California lias done this, year in the production of
staple luxuries. The Pacific coast situation was described by an
official of the llarriman road in these words:
The Oregon antl Washington wheat crop? are enormous, the vicld in
the eastern^ part of, those states exceeding 55.000,000 bushels and the prices
are from 15 to 25 per cent higher than a. year ago. Wheat is being largely
exported to Kurope through the Paciik coast.
Ihere is also much cause for encouragement in the large fruit and
vegetable crop in California. Last year our lines hauled 26.000 car? of citrus
fruit; this year it will run 33.000 cars. hi deciduous fruits there will be an
j increase of something like 25 per cent and the vegetable crop also will be
one-fourth larger than last year.
These facts explain the otherwise astonishing surrender.of gold
by Europe and completely differentiate the present situation from
that of 1893. In that year American crops were poor and at the
same time the European demand was weak. As a consequence the
needed gold was slow in coming from Europe and was only then
surrendered when we offered extraordinary concessions. In" fact,
it was quite two months after the panic in the summer of 1893 be
fore gold began to flow this way. In the present instance- the
response was immediate and conies in great volume. The meaning
of this condition is that the stringency must be of short duration.
Doubtless one result of the" late flurry will be an earnest effort
to reform the currency in the way of elasticity. By a temporary ex
pedient the banks met the pressing need for additional currency by
the issue of clearing house certificates that within certain obvious
limits are quite as good as money. They serve all the purposes of
the cities, but are -awkward and inadequate in the way of moving
the crops. Outside of the cities where they are issued they make
an inconvenient form of. currency, and some means must be found
whereby the government can supply an occasional but imperative
•temporary demand for increase of current legal tender.
REALTY OWNERS SHOW CONFIDENCE
SAX FRANCISCO, during the present financial flurry, is. sin
gularly different from any city in the United States. At such
times, in most places, there is generally availing real estate
market, which affords speculators the opportunity to purchase
gilt edged property at low figures. This is not the case here. De
spite the stringency of the money market, our property owners have
shown no intention to sacrifice their holdings or abate one cent of
the valuation they placcd'oNi their lots whenland was being eagerly
sought- after for business locations.
This reluctance to get down to what operators call a working
basis is much decried by dealers, but still it must be regarded as a
healthy sign and as evidence of the confidence owners have in the
It is reported that there are numerous speculators in the' city
\yho have been drawn here from the east in the vain hope that the
present unsettled financial condition might have the effect of bring
ing down the price of realty. There docs not : seem to be the least
possibility of such a contingency, and those who believed they had
"formed the real estate habit" predicted confidently last winter that
real estate would "take a tumble" during the summer month's/ and;
finding themselves mistaken as to the time when our property
owners would begin to offer bargains, the selfsame prophets were
equally as certain that the happy period when bargains coufd be
picked up for the mere asking would be when taxes became due.
# Nowhere else at this time can a community be •found purchas
ing real estate for .homes, not alone in the. city," but in the country,
\u25a0except San Francisco. The buying pf a home is proof of the ex
cellent financial standing of the buyer. Poor .men, or those in
straightened circumstances, do not buy homes. That is a luxurvi
reserved for the rich or the comparatively well off, and in this
category the citizens of San Francisco must be placed.
In no other city is the work of opening tip tracts for people
with small means so. vigorously prosecuted. The firm which is
developing the Crocker tract is composed of shrewd businessmen,
who would not embark their energies in so expensive a venture un
less they felt morally certain that it would meet with success. Their
argument must be that San Francisco is entering 'upon a new era
of development, which will bring in its train employment to thou
sands of workmen. These artisans are well paid and also thrifty,
who are fully cognizant of the advantages of owning their homes.
The mere fact that men like George H. Umbsen and \V. H. Crocker
proceed with the task of putting this /tract on the market should in
spire confidence in everybody. Nothing can delay the progress and
growth of San Francisco. She is not^'only expanding within her own
boundaries, but her expansion extends down the peninsula, and the
numerous towns that are springing up on the line of the railroad are
merely the offsprings of the greater San Francisco.
PERKINS AND LA FOLLETTE
SENATOR PERKINS apparently is 'slow to anger. When La
Follette was in San Francisco, now several months ago, he
made some very uncomplimentary remarks, about his col
leagues from California, and among other things was very
free to say that Senator Perkins was the ready tool of the Southern
Pacific political bureau. But Brer Perkins iay low. He had noth
ing to say about these odious charges. He folded his toga about
him and looked wise. No man was ever so wise as Senator Per
But now, having found a favoring audience of office holders, the
elect of Alameda county, Senator Perkins unbosoms his pent up
emotions and becomes very stinging. The senator reviews in mock
heroics the candidates for president in order to work up to a crush
ing climax on La Follette. To quote:
The only candidate that has come to the front that never made a mis
take or committed- a wrong is Senator La Follette of Wisconsin. He an
nounces himself,. a candidate because, he says, ;he:is the only thoroughly
reliable member of congress and the one honest marria the United States
that never told a He. He says he is obliged to charge an admission fee to
those who attend his lectures for the reason that he"; does not '„ travel on a
free pass'on the railroads, which suggests that the other members" of congress
have no compunction oi conscience in violating the la,w which they them
selves have enacted. No one would have -suspected he possessed all -these
sterling traits of , character, however, if he himself had not proclaimed them!
This is real sarcasm and obviously comes from the heart, but
one asks naturally, Why it arrives so late? Senator Perkins must
have suffered grievously while all that perilous stuff was pent up
within his tender bosom. The associated office h6lders of Alameda
heartfully applauded Senator Perkins for his noble although indi
rect vindication of himself.- Yet he does not answer the charge
that he Humps lively when the whistle blows. " \u25a0\u25a0'\u25a0''
NOTE AND COMMENT
" And it was a sure thing' tip. too!
But. they may run better on Monday.
\u25a0 The latest news, from Nevada is to
the effect that the Rickey bank' is
not rickety. »
Holdup men are using automobiles
in their, work- across the bay. Over
here we call them chauffeurs. ''
Henry- WattersoriO says that. Fair
banks doesn't know : the difference
between a. martini and a manhattan.
Incidents of the Season
"A cocktail flooding o"cr the brim, a
simple cocktail is to him, and noth
ing more." : : '':' \u25a0_, . .. '/\u25a0\u25a0-.
Another house robbed by a man
pretending \u25a0to be the gasman. He
was lucky to get there-ahead of the
one he vfas impersonating.
Chancellor E. Benjamin Andrews
of ; the- University of Nebraska has
made :a : speech advocating^ the ; hang
ing of , editors. At latest accounts,'
no newspaper Had indorsed iiii viauts..
ÜBy The Call's Jester.
First Trust Magnate — The public
seems to be getting onto us.
Second Ditto — Well, that doesn't
matter/ if we can keep the stripes from
getting onto us.
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VEIIY PROPER CHARGE
Policeman — Here's a fellow bit a
piece out of another. What charge'll
we put against him?
Sergeant — Disturbing th.* peace.
W. J. W.
Among the objects found in recent
excavations In Egypt was a whole com
pany of wooden soldiers 15 inches high.
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Women's Clubs Enjoy Musical Week With Good Programs
THE week has been a musical one
among the clubs and, with the
exception of one or two good
civic days, it has been given over
to social meetings, with their accom
panying songs and piano selections.
Just why the first week of November
should have this distinction is not quite
clear, but certainly these days of music
are most welcome and they draw busy
women from ail over the city for an
hour or two of delightful relaxation.
San Francisco has more than the us
ual proportion of musicians among her
clubwomen and all sorts of varied and
unusual programs; are the result.
Wednesday afternoon the auditorium
of^ the Califoi-nia club was filled with
the leading clubwomen of the city, all
eager ; to hear Dr. Minore E. Kibbe's
plans for making the hard : holiday
weeks easier for shopgirls In. this city.
A more sensible and useful campaign"
could hardly be thought of, for this is
one >of the great needs of the day and
one of the things that clubwomen can
do. A start in this direction was made
last-yenr with most gratifying results
and this year wider efforts- will cer
tainly be proportionately effective.. Dr.
Kibbe made some practical suggestions
-to the' assembled clubwomen, urging
every woman to resolve : that her own
shopping shall be well out of the way
days before Christmas, that' her ideas
of what she' wants shall be clearly de
flried before she starts on her. holiday
shopping and . that cards asking the
same of other women be put in promi
nent places. A.ll this Is a move in the
right direction and; Immensely to the
credit of the progressive club.
.'"., Saturday afternoon members of the
whlstsectiori of the" California- club will
be " hostesses # at a- large.card party, Jto
which all enthusiastic players of the
modern popular games are I cordially
bidden. Little tables will be scattered
about | the rooms and flowers and greens
will add, to the beauty of the artistic
wainscots and walls. The money that
is made by this affair, will be used for
much needed clubroom furniture and a
large, attendance Is confidently, expect
ed.- for the California -club has been
hospitable during past months and
this- will prove a; good 'opportunity ',-for
Clubwomen; all" over the city 'to show
NOVEMBER 11, 1907
Mascagni's "Iris" May Be Given by Milan Opera
Company in Engagement at the- Central Theater
Walter B. Anthony
MAYBE we shall hear Mascagni s
"Iris"- and mayoe we won't.
That fs the present situation
regarding this novelty so far
as the Milan opera company's farewell
week in this city is concerned. "The
aggregation^ of Latin song birds has
fluttered back and tonight appears in
Oakland. A week from tonight they
alight In this city and will go to the
Central theater. \u0084-Mlgnon" is the Wrst
opera for presentation. It was one of
the most popular of the repertoire
given at the Chutes theater, and It will
bo followed, we are promised, by
"Othello" and "Hamlet." two operas
comparatively unfamiliar to San Fran
Do you remember the old days when
Salassa sang lago and Avedano sang
Othello? That was before Salassa re
tired to private life on his extenslre
estate In Italy and preceded Avedano's
unfortunately successful venture In
North Beach cafe life, and equally be
fore he turned teacher of vocal art.
How much appreciation one owes to
a mood rather than the singers, and
how far his conception of the worth of
an opera rests on its intrinsic worth
alone Is difficult to say, but "Othello"
to me is one of the giant masterpieces
in music drama, and is a work which
puts where he belongs — with
Wagner in the dual lead of the noble
company of moderns. \ I formed that
opinion when Salassa and Avedano
But. returning to Mascagn('s "Irla."
It was solemnly promised by the man
agement of the Lambardi company.
Surely we would hear it. Announce
ment is made now, in dellghtrully sim
ple way, that "the management of the
company has been working hard for a
month to overcome all the difficulties
which are In the way of giving San
Francisco the so longed for first pro
duction of Mascagni's most beautiful
Japanese opera. "Iris." So far no
definite decision has been reached, but
the management is still hopeful, in
It would be gratuitously mean to
make fun of such a frank statement as
that; but it's funny Just the same. The
obstacles which are being overcome by
the management at the expense of so
much time and energy would melt like
Padovani's dulcet E in altlsslmo before
the gleam of gold. Even clearing house
certificates would serve. What Is
needed to insure the production of
"Iris" is not the perspiration of the
management, but money enough to pay
the royalties which the publishers de
mand. "Iris" would have been given
at the Chutes by the Mllan-company If
there had been surncient patronage ac
corded the musical enterprise. "Iris"
would cost more money to produce than
any three operas In the Milan opera
company's repertoire, because the roy
alties are held so dearly by the Italian
publishers. \There '» & royalty on the
opera and another on the orchestration,
and -the aggregate sum Is greater than
the management wants to pay unless
the season bids fair to be profitable.
In short. If we want to hear* "Iris"
we may, because the cast , can sing it;
but it must be justified by big advance
sales and much enthusiasm.
It is on the list of operas which will
be given at the Metropolitan In New
York. The performance in the eastern
metropolis is billed as the first com
plete production in America. San Fran
cisco has a chance to beat New York if
it wants to and likes Mascagni well
Personally. I don't know whether It
is worth all this pother or not. I have
heard the word "Iris" so often that I
can pronounce it with nice Italian in
flection — "Erees** — without a quiver and
Tetrazzini and her volcanic tempera
ment, impish and divinely saucy, are
again engaging the public's attention
and she is getting that share of free
advertising which singers no less than
merchants love. It seems, according to
Associated Press reports, that she
wtfuld sing with Oscar Hammerstein If
the latter would make the kind of
agreement that suited the Tetrazzini
temper. He has offered her all the
money her little soul asked, namely — so
she says from London, where she is
now singing — $1,600 each for the first
40 performances, $500 more each for
the next 40, and $2,500 for each of the
third series of 40 performances. But
Tetraazini has a protege barytone in
tow. J Last time it was a tenor whose
vocal accomplishments were her care.
Thl3 time it is a barytone. "Engage
him." says Tetrazzini. "and I will sing
also. If you do not engage him. I will
not sing with you."
Hammerstein urges that he doesn't
Two of the city's cleverest young mu
sicians gave the members of the Laurel
Hall club a delightful afternoon Thurs
day. These were Uda Waldrop, who is
already recognized among pianists here,
and Heirry L. Perry, who possesses a
bass voice of exceptional range and
power. The members of the club 3 and
their guests met at 3 o'clock in the
rooms -of the California club and en-
Joyed the following program: Sonata
in .E jnlnor,, four movements. Grieg;
nocturne, opus 37, No. 2. Chopin; "The
Trout." Schubert; "If I Were a Bird."
Hauselt. and novelette, opus 21. No. 7.
Schumann, by "Waldrup, and "Danny
Deever." Damrosch; "The Ould Lad."
Harty; "Drink to Me Only." old Eng
lish, \and "Pretty Polly Oliver," old
English, by Perry..
The little program occupied about an
hour and was enthusiastically received.
.Ices and teas followed, when the young
musicians were Introduced to the music
lovers of the club and half an hour of
informal chatting finished the after
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The Papyrus club also gave a musi
cal day a week ago and secured some
delightful singers and musicians for
the afternoon. They meet, like so
' many of the clubs, in the California
club rooms, and It was there that mem
bers and friends gathered on Jhls oc
casion. The singers were Mr. and Mr».
Prosper Relter. Signorlna Lariosa and
Signor E. Porcini, while Mrs. A. Levin
and Miss Jane Gardner played several
delightful piano solos and Miss Elmer
Miller gave two violin selections. The
program and the tea that followed it
were voted must successful both from
a musical and a. social standpoint.
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The dinner to be given by the Equal
Suffrage league of San Francisco at one
of the big restaurants in the near fu
ture is being eagerly discussed by the
members in charge. The date has not
yet been definitely decided upon, but It
will be close to the holidays.
* • • '
The members of the musical section
of the Mill Valley Outdoor Art club
met for an afternoon of delightful mu
sic a week ago, when fivq or six charm
ing singers made the occasion a mem
orable one. These were Miss Atkinson.
Mrs. A.' Bridge. Mrs. : Jesse Andrews.
Miss Marian Cumming and Mrs. E. de
los Masee. Once a month the section
need a barytone and don't like her 3
anyhow. "Then I will not sing for
you," says the prima donna. "Love me,
lovm my .barytone."
The name of the gifted barytone has
not been mide public yet. Hammer
stein intimates that he doesn't know
his name and says, v.-ith Kipling, that
the singing they do by two and two
he must pay for one by one.
• * *
Who does not remember Fritz Scheet.
who brought the Vienna Prater orches
tra to the Midwinter fair and gave
many of us our first taste of orchestra
music? His genius Illumined this city
for several years, but we could not
keep him. His artistic ventures after
the exposition was over were not finan
cially successful. There were not
enough who would pay to hear sym
phony and so he went east. Phila
delphia secured hSs services and there
he founded th© Philadelphia orchestra
and made It one of the best In America.
They appreciated Scheel there and
when he died recently funds were
raised to provide a suitable monument.
It has been completed. It Is of North
Carolina granite. In sarcophagus snap*.
The design Is simple and classic. To*
Inscription has just been agreed uponj
It will read: "FRITZ SCHEEL. Lti
beck. Germany. 1552 — Philadelphia.
1907. 'Faithful unto death.' Erected
by many lover 3of music In grateful
memory of the first conductor of the
Philadelphia orchestra, through who**
genius, energy- and devoted service to
his art the orchestra was founded and
•It should be Interesting to contrast
or compare the flaying of Miss Francis
Buckland. the young pupil of Hu^o
Mansfeldt. with that of Enid Brandr.
who completed last week a series cf
remarkable piano recitals. Miss Buck
land will appear at the Fairmont hotel
In a program of difficult and typical
piano music As her teacher is sponsor
for her ability, a treat is expected next
Henry Hadley. who some artist de
clared was physically the typical
American, and who is certainly one
of the best known native composers
also, has gone to Berlin. His stay will
be short, but while there he will con
duct the great Philharmonic orehestn
In a concert devoted entirely to h'.3
own works. He will present his sym
phonic "Fantasle" for orchestra, a
choral dramatic poem of big dimen
sions, based on "Mfcrlin and Vivian."
He will also present a Japanese legend.
"The Fate of Princess Kiyo." written
for women's voices. If Hadley doesn't
take care they will keep him In Berlin
to teach Americans harmony counter
point and Instrumentation, which no
one but residents of Germany are ex
pected to understand. A
The following singers have been se
lected'to interpret the choral music in
the scene from Victor Masses opera.
"Pygmalion and Galatea." which Mr*.
Lillian Birmingham will present next
week at the Alcazar:
Mrs. J. .t>. Gish and Miss Ellen Page.
sopranos: Miss Viola Van Orden an<l
Miss Lillian Vlautin. altos; Frank Ons
low and F. G. Elliot, tenors; Walter
Campbell and Harold Pracht. bas3os.
.". Personal Mention .\
Chester H. Rowell 13 at the Fairmont
C, H. Geer, a. cattleman of Turlock.
is at the Dale. .^
George 'N. Black Is at the Majestic
from Los Angeles.
C. F. Mayer, a mining man of Reno,
is staying at the Hamlln.
H. and Mrs. Casklns of Philadel
phia are at the Baltimore.
J. G. Brainton of Canton. Ohio, is a
guest at th© Grand Central.
W. L. McKay, a Goldfleld mine op
erator, is a guest at the Fairmont.
E. A. S. Keyes. a merchant of New
York, is registered at the Imperial.
E. B. Wie!. a St. Louis merchant,
registered at the Majestic yesterday.
George W. Root, a mining man of
Grass Valley, is registered at the Dale.
J. P. Johnston, a surveyor of Los
Angeles, Is registered at the Jefferson.
G. M. Barnes, a prominent Kansas
City businessman. Is at the Jefferson.
John O'Hara. a wealthy ranch owner
of Penngrove, registered at the Hamlln.
Captain W. C. K^se and Mrs. Rose
of Goldfield are staying at the St. j
James. . f J
M. J. Boggs. a banker of Colusa. and
Mrs. Boggs are guests at the Dor-
entertains the club, and never has it
given a more successful program taan
this proved to be.
The Forum club announces a most
attractive series of programs for th*
current month. Its Hst Includes two
of the most popular speakers in San
Francisco — General Charles A. Wood
ruff, whose talk upon army recollec
tions and the army canteen i% an
nounced for November 13. and Key D--
Nleto. November 27. whose topic has
not yet been announced. Both pape-s
will be preceded and followed by mu
sic, and solos by Mrs. Revalk anil Mrs.
J. J. Apple are promised. Wednesday
November 20, Mrs. J. a Shroeder will
be chairman for a current topic day
the subject being "Eastern Clubsl"
Saturday.^November 30. from 3 to 5
o'clock, the annual reception will take
place In Century hall, and as this al
ways is the great event of tha clu>
year, a large attendance of members
and friends is expected.
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Largely through . the efforts of thM
women's clubs' of Florida there 1* a new
child labor law there which prohibits
the employment of children under 13
years of age. It is announced In the
Florida press that this will take no lesa
thy» 5,000 children out of factories and
The Cllonian club met Tuesday for a
social day. and members and cuevs
were delighted with a good m*S
program and an Interesting short talk
from benor Goldaraeena. the Spanish
consul. He spoke Informally on the
great national amusement of his own
people, the bull ring, and voiced th<»
sentiments of the higher classes of
Spanish people when he expressed his
hope that It soon would be a thing of
the past. This was appropriately fol
lowod by the 'Toreador" so»g from
Carmen.* sung by ilr.- Wylie? Earlier
In the afternoon Mrs. Fife, under whose
direction the club's year of Spanish
study 13 to be conducted, read a clsv-r
paper on Santiago, "The S'arlne of Saint
The club's next meeting will be No
vember 12. when the following program
will, be given: Arabic civilization Its
industries and culture; Christian archi
tecture; the rise of Christian states
the Cid. his place in legend: new Spain*
Ferdinand and Isabella, and the Auto
da-fe—the last for general discussion.*
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