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H. S. Bates Issues Report on
Eastern Negotiations for
Local Co-operation Needed to
Establish San Francisco-
Panama Traffic
Secretary of War Eager to As
sist Movement Beneficial
to California
AN Independent line of steamships
between San Francisco and Pan
ama trill be established soon if
local merchants co-operate. This
fact was made public yesterday by
H. S. Bates of the shipping firm of
Bates & Chesebrough. who gave out a
report on his eastern negotiations for
the new enterprise.
Bates will make a complete report to
the local traffic organizations, and upon
their action will depend the fate of the
projected service. If the shippers In
these bodies will unite and guarantee
a sufficient amount of freight under a
definite contract. Bates & Chesebrough
will proceed to establish "the line.
Bates points out that it would be
futile to Inaugurate a service which
would be forced out of existence by a
Fpecial low rate placed- in effect for a
temporary period by rival lines. Speak
ing of the prerequisites for such a line,
Bates said:
Bates Discusses Project
"After consultation with numerous
ship owners and freight forwarders
and others with a knowledge of the
business I am of the opinion that, pro
vided interest In the new line could be
divided throughout the community,
particularly among Interested shippers,
and a guaranteed capital of say
$250,000 procured, the new line could
be established and with the co-6pera
tlbn'.i of shippers be made a paying
proposition Jong before the completion
of the canal."
It is estimated by Bates that an aver
age rate of something over . JII.IO a
ton must be paid on cargo from San
Francisco to New York in order to al
low the government to meet expenses
on its part of the haul. For carrying
the cargo by rail across the Isthmus
and from Colon by boat to New York
the government would receive 50 per
cent of the through rate. This rate Is
below the present steamship tariff and
a big cut under the rail schedule.
For the present the government would
be willing to assist the Independent
line, by deflecting to it where possible
the haul from the isthmus to San Fran
cisco on westbound freight. Bates ex
pressed the belief that a profitable
trade could be built up between Pacific
coast points and .Galveston, New Or
leaijs. Mobile and other gulf and south
Atlantic ports. He figures also that a
trade for California products could be
arranged at Panama.
Assistance Offered
Bates opens his report by telling of
the assistance rendered him in Wash
ington by William R. Wheeler. He
mentions also that he found Secretary
of War Wright, who has control of
canal affairs, willing: and eager to assist
the California shippers. • Bates re
quested Wright to make a new division
of the rate giving the proposed inde
pendent line 75 per cent of the through
traffic. This was found impossible un
der the agreement of the United States
government to maintain an "open door"
policy for all nations across the isth
mus, giving all lines like treatment.
Speaking of a possible advantageous
arrangement. Bates says:
* "However, the secretary of war did
seem to think that in consideration of
our co-operating a dispatch lfne be
tween San Francisco and "La Boca, the
Pa'nasia railroad company would divert
"tp our. line all freight carried from
K«w York and consigned to San Fran
cisco \ which might not be specially
routed via Pacific Mail. This agree
ment was made with the idea of fur
thering the* interests of both shippers
' an<s - consignees and would only hold
good in the event of the Pacific Mail
'or other competitors of the proposed
new**line not putting on a direct ser
vice. Further, that if a second or third
dispatch service be ' put on, in com
petition with the new. line, the freight
would be forwarded by, the first vessel
leaving La Boca."
• Fact and Figures
After speaking- of the high port
charges of $1.25 per ton at La Boca
aDd> the general cost of service. Bates
J'l am assured that the cost to the
government of hauling cargo from Co
.lon to New York is not over $3.50 per
ton, which, added to the railroad. cost,
would mean that an average rate of
something over $11.70 must be paid on
cargo from. San Francisco to Xew York
in order to allow, the government,
through its 50 per cent equity, to come
out. even. These figures are, of course,
based on the assumption that the Pa
cific'carrier can operate at a minimum
Continued on Pace 2. Olanm'S
The San Francisco Call.
YESTERDAY— Southwest wind; cloudy; niasi
uiiim temperature SG, minimum 44.
FORECAST FOR TODAY— Light showers;
fresh southwest wind. Page 13
The memory of Lincoln. Pose 0
United Railroads promises. Pnffe C
Vest city's rights in Hetch Hetchy. I'flEcO
.. The Japanese Incident closed. , Page 0
Assemblyman Cogswell attacks college end of
agriculture at state uhlTerstty, saying the fac
ulty need practical knowledge and students are
lazy or stupid.' - Pagel
Railroad commissioners to appear before senate
to explain alleged inactivity. Page 3
Assemblyman Beatty i introduces bill to give
San Francisco right to appropriate Spring Valley
water company's plant. . Page 1
Senate kills bill aimed at Japanese after short
consideration. Pagrc 3
Machine's attempt to wreak Tengeance on Prof.
George H. Boke for League of Justice " work
proves failure. Pace 3
Ileney's Illness causes delay in the Calboun
trial. Page 14
Coffcy trial resembles : - Calhoun case when
United Railroads' officials take stand. Page 14
Policeman "broke" by commissioners for the
good of the serrice and one fined. Page 5
Highbinders from Oakland are held up by po
lice at ferry and 6is arrests made. Page 5
Klrmess given final touches at rehearsal at the
Fairmont. Page S
G. J. Bradley, manager of the California
traffic association, resigns. Two traffic bureaus
may consolidate to carry on campaign for better
transportation facilities. . , Page C
Footpad caught after pistol duel with pollce
\ uicn, but burglars escape despite fusillade of
! bullets. Page S
Breakwater and fishermen's, wharf found to
extend borond state's Jurisdiction. J'age 5
H. S. Bates reports on projected independent
steamsutp line. Page 1
Man who saw Lincoln shot relates for The Call
story of historic tragedy. Page 1
Echo of graft scandal beard In discussion of
gas rates before board of supervisors. Page 2
Marquis of Anglesey, wealthy British peer,,
arrives for short Tlslt. Page 3
Billy Sunday greeted by throngs and saves
souls with ball talk. Page 14
Theodore Xelmeier, divorce - defendant, says
wife wants butterfly life.. Page 7
I Burke threatens to have Chris Buckley arrested
for alleged embezzlement. Page_3
Attorney B.JL.Aiken calls O'Donoghue mar
riage ; certificate a forgery. . - Page 14
Lincoln's » centenary observed at SC Mary's
! Presentation academy.' Page 2
Colonel E. A. Denlcke, distinguished war vet
eriir'"fc&a'*San Franciscan, dies In - Swltzer^
land. . 'Page 2
Sau*allto society men prove sad failures^ in
business venture. Page 4
Berkeley wishes to co-operate in Hetch Hetchy
j water supply. Page ' 4
Negro whose garments are bloodstained ar
rested as suspect In \u25a0 case . of Miss Elizabeth
Grapes in Sau Rafael. ' Page 4
Dynamite found cached under dwelling at
j Crockett; Page 4
Red Cross guild hospital at San Mateo is
opened. ~ \u25a0 Page C
Dr. Lorin E. : Hunt leaves university- to as
sume municipal work. Page 4
Girl guilty of larceny hides Identity to save
family fpai shame. Page 4
University of California to have an orchestra
of student and faculty members. Page' 4
David Bollinger wins suit against his brother,
George, for share of father's estate. Page 3
Stocktcn board of education offers reward for
conviction of pupils - who exploded bombs in
high *ciiool. Page 2
State engineer conducts test of strength : of
buildings at Agnew. Page 4
Grand Jury of San Joaquin county goes on
slumming tour. Page 4
i Ambassador Tahaklra will speak at Lincoln
I banquet, acceding to president's request. Page 2
I I'rocedent found for seating Knox in Taft' s
I cabinet after repeal of act increasing .. the
! salary. . . Page 2
' President proclaims Lincoln centenary holiday
i under . Joint resolution passed by con
gress. Page 2
President elect Taft makes speech at -New
Orleans approving lock type : of Panama canal
and predicting Its : completion before the '' year
1015. Page 1
Immoral plays to be fought by powerful
theatrical interests. - Page 1
Expert players will enter polo i championship
i tourney that begins at Coronado' field March
I 13. . PageO
I Kctchel-O'Brlen match comes as a big surprise
Ito the local tight fans, i* ' I'age S
, Mexico thoroughbred racing club is organized
i and will operate circuit of four tracks. I'age S
I John Mackey says that racing has beeh.badly
managed and overplayed In America. Page tj
Members of Catholic schools* athletic league
training hard for the first meet, fine trophies
J being offered. Page ti
• Many misguided plunges made at Emeryville,
I supposed "good things"- all going the wrong
way. jfltaaßgPaggtf
Xoung Men's Christian association to hold
Marathon relay race at Auditorium rink'*,to
night. . HBjwWMB I'age 8
Tony Bonero wins Linda Vista handicap' at
Arcadia in common romp. I'age ti
Steamer Lurline. In mldocean,' engages .Hono
lulu and San Francisco' In wireless conversation
at. the' same time.' \u25a0 Page 13
The building trades council urges the passage
I of the India basin act. Page S
President's Daughter Will \u25a0 Be
Honored by Workmen
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. , 11.—
At the meeting of brick layers'; sjrtd
stone masons' union No. 1- 1 this^evening
Mrs. Alice Roosevelt; Longworth will J^e
formally issued a, union : card.-. This
honor will be conferred In preparation
for, the part she will take tomorrow in
the" exercises at the Jaying of the.cor
nerstone of the new Grand Uapids fed
eral building. •
SAN: FE ANGISCO^ i;^^^ FEBRUARY; 12, ;1909.
Predicts Completion of the
Great Isthmian Waterway
Before 1915 /
-•\u25a0.•.\u25a0- - ; - \u25a0; V-
Cabinet Activities Begin With
Arrival of President Elect
at New Orleans
Makes Rapid Run Up River on
Cruiser and Receives Fine
NEW 1 ORLEANS, Feb. 11.— President
elect William H. Taft landed here
shortly before 3 o'clock this afternoon
from Panama and was enthusiastically
received. He will lie the city's. guest
until Saturday morning. Taft made
a brief speech this afternoon, heartily
approving the lock type of canal across
the isthmus. Tomorrow he will address
the negro Y. M. C. A., and at night he
will be the guest of honor at an elabo
rate banquet. Saturday he will goito
Cincinnati. Monday he will go. to
Washington, returning again to Cincin
nati Wednesday.
Taft received by wireless telegraph
yesterday the news of the constitu
tional question raised against the ap
pointment of Senator Knox as secretary
of state. ' He was somewhat disturbed
over the situation last night, but early
today he received the news of the dis
position of congress to amend the
cabinet salary law. He was inclined to
take this as a happy solution of the
difficulty! . ;
Cabinet Activities Begin
Taf t ' said he should adhere to his
previously announced plan of'remain
ing silent regarding, his cabinet and
also keeping appbintments r open until
the last moment to provide against pos
sible, contingencies. ... .„\u25a0 -.
The ~ arrival"" here "this- afternoon of
Frank^lJi'. Hitchcock and the presence
of . J.- C. 'Shaffer,- owner of the Chicago
Evening Post, on whose judgment Taft
said he^ should! place, weight .regarding
cabinet aspirants from ,the vicinity oT
Chicago* made it apparent that cabinet
activities have begun. There was a re
port that J.. P. Dickinson of Nashville
was being considered for the war port
folio. -; . ,
On the trip from Panama Taft made
the first draft of . his inaugural ad
dress. This he intends to- submit to
certain friends in . Washington next
• The inability of the consulting civil
engineers to complete their report on
the Panama canal made the Washing
ton visit planned by Taft necessary.
The engineers will go. at'orice to Wash
ington to complete their work. It may
be stated that their report will be a
complete approval of present plans and
methods on the isthmus.
In his address here today Taft made
what he said was his summing up of
his trip.. .
Good Work on Canal
"I am here on my way from-a great
constructive work," he said; "the great
est entered in. by any nationduring the
present two centuries, and I am glad
to say to you that the work is going
on as you would have it go on. That on
the first of January, 1915, -^.t least, if
not before — and I am very much inter
ested in having it within the next four
years— that canal will be completed.
And when that time comes you will see
floating down this river, your great
commerce bound through those straits
to the west coast of America, to the
west coast of South America, to the
orient and to Australia.. ' • . :
v "The board of .have ex
amined the whole work, and they say
it is good; that it shall go on as it
has gone on; that the organization of
the isthmus, the American push and
the; good feeling! that exists, commend
themselves toithem.as menjwho under
took great works of that class and
convinced them that the- canal is now
an immediate, prospect."
Rapid Trip Up River
- Taffs entry 'into .New Orleans, was
of great interest. He came up the 100
miles of .Mississippi river fromT its
mouth on the scout cruiser Birming
ham at the > rate of nearly 30 miles an
hour, breaking all records. All the
shipping on tn ® river had on fgala
dress, and \u25a0; as far as a dozen miles
below the city . the big, muddy "stream
was alive with tugs and stern wheelers
having aboard crowds of shouting "citi
zens. The concert of steam whistles
brass bands and banks lined with sa
luting: enthusiasts added to the scene.
A big i stem" wheeler carried the local
reception committee - eight miles below
the ;City, accompanied by; a' dozen"; tugs
andf'other passenger "steamers!
From the bridge Tart was keptlbusy
wavlrigj his cap? and saluta
tions." * .;The parade ;iiad been - waiting
an hbur^and^ Taft Tkus at once placed
at its head in a carriage drawn by four
horses; ;. .•;• : . •\u25a0" -\u25a0'. .;•\u25a0 "\u25a0'\u25a0'•.\u25a0•'• {"'.
"-- After his speech to, a gathering of
thousands before the city hhall.Tat.reviewedf t.re
viewed the paradsfrom -the same place.
Relates for First Time in Public
Intimate/Details of the
Assassination y
Lent Knife to Rip Clothes of
Dying President and Found
Pistol Booth Used * /
Dramatic Narrative for The Call
of True Facts of Nation's
Great Calamity y: ;
"We heard a pistol shot. • • •
In : a few seconds the curtains of
President Lincoln's opera box* were
thrust aside. A face- pale as death
peered forth for an instant, and
then with marvelous agility a man
mounted the velvet parapet of the
box and plunged toward the stage,
12 feet below. A spur on his boot
caught in the gay. drapery ..of tho
box and he fell in a heap on the
stage. Like a flash the man leaped
to his feet. He paused a brief In
stant in a dramatic pose, nourish
ing aloft a dagger. In a voice
shrill with tense excitement he
"'Sic semper tyrannis!'
"Before the meaning of that Vir
ginia motto had penetrated our
stunned minds the man had reached
the other side of the stage, where
he paused again. Once more he
struck the dramatic* pose, and this
time he shouted:.
"'The south is avenged!'"
"In an instant the full import of
his words struck every one in the
theater. We knew that Abraham
Lincoln had been shot.", — Wllllnm
I*. Kent, eyewitness of (lie Lincoln
William F. Kent, so far as known
the only surviving eyewitness of
President -Lincoln's assassination, 'is in
San"Franci sc<s, 'and " today ViV will' 'reel te
the," thrilling- yet simple tale "of "the
nation's greatest tragedy, to the pupiis
of WHmerding school at the hundredth
anniversary celebration of the birth of
the martyred, president. \
Kent was the ; first man to' reach the
president's box after" the shooting, lent
his pocket knife 1 to the surgeon to rip
loose the' dying patriot's clothes, helped
to comfort the stricken man's wife in
the first agony; of her grief and: later
found the pistol with which - the actor
Booth did his. dastardly deed. \u25a0 i'Ci'/J-"]
;.:In calm narrative that, yet throbs
with the spirit- of the terrible calamity,
Kent last night'told The Call' what he
saw, what he did and what he felt on
that momentous night. His testimony
may, alter the pages'; of history, for it
has never been'publicly told before. It
| isj a,: living, \u25a0 breathing,, vital leaf from
the past by the one man best qualified
of all whosaw/ it to', give an intimate
account of the great- tragedy.
Here is his. story for the first time
it. has ever been written:
Story, of Great Tragedy
"It was a;gala, night, that night- of
April 14, .1865, a_t: Ford's theater In
Washington," said Kent. "The: play
was one that was -produced here not
long ago and one that was very popu
lar at 7 that time/ 'If was 'My Ameri
can Cousin,' and Miss; Laura Keene,
who played the leading part, was the
reigning star of tfee day. \u25a0 There was a
great turnout at v the theater of the
city's best people.' Grant, had just re
turned from Appomattox,. flushed with
the victory of the final surrender of
Lee. He was the hereof the hour and,
as it had been announced in the Wash
ington dailies ., that - Grant .and Presi
dent Lincoln < would be at the theater
that night, ..the ; house - was : thronged
withpebple who wanted to see* them.
'"When : the- presidential party ar
rived cheering, : handkerchief , Avaving
and applause ; burst from the big au
dience. In trie presidential^party were
President Lincoln, '.Mrs. Lincoln, Major
Rathbone and Miss Harris,. daughter of
the then secretary of the interior. The
orchestra ; struck 'up the stirring
strains of 'Hail ; to the Chief as -the
party filed*. lnto \u25a0 the -'-.box; and again
there was cheering; and joyous /greet
ing. President -Lincoln came to ..the
front of his, box and bowed several
times to : the applauding -crowd. He
wore theitall silk hat for*which -he 'had
become. widely known..
-\u25a0 "It was during the. third act ;of -the
play/jwhen we heard^a, pistol shot. I
was not familiar with the play and
thought .it -was some bit"; of action be
hind the scenes, the^meaning of which
would come out in. due time. A hush
fell . over \ the ; crowd, r however, and in a
few seconds the curtains .of President
Lincoln's opera box' were' thrust aside
A"; face; pale as; death' peered forth for
an instant and then with marvelous
a gHity a" man mounted the velvet para
pot of the box and plunged toward the
stage 12feet.below.<;A;spur oh his boot
caught; lnj; the/gayV drapery of 'the box
and lie f ell; in a heap on^the'stage.
Flourishes the^jDagger ;
"Like a \ flash; theTman ' leaped "to his
feet. - He paused' aC b,rief~ Instant , in - a
CootJnued/ PP - Pose -2. .Column 4
'\u25a0\u25a0 William F. Kent, connected with the United States 'warjlepartnient
since 1863, now; auditor \u25a0 for. the American National Red :Cross, who was
an eyewitness of; the assassination of President Lincoln.
Powerful Theatrical Interests
: Behind Movement to Free. !
Stage From Taint j|
[Special Dispatch to The Call] ;j I
NEW YORK, : Feb. 11.— That, powr
ful theatrical interests': are behind! t&ei
move ;to ' free . the stage : from \u25a0Imraonai!
plays'was' made plain *; tonight^whfin
Marc Klaw. one of the chiefs of Uie
theatrical -syndicate, -and Charles'Burn
ham, president; of the Theater
agers' association 'handled the subject
without; gloves- at the -reception of jthe
Entertairiment - club, held in the "Aator
gallery in; the .Waldorf-Astoria., • \u25a0
The': managers were . the guestsj" of
honor '/and, tlieir talks were the feature
of the /entertainment , which - follo.wed
the seception • prop-er. . .. , v j ;
Klaw said:. ."Society can do its great
est good to- the : stage by turningi h^s
back upon* indecent plays.": / . ; i j
Burnham 1 took up ;the subject pGm
another, angle • and proved by box ©ffice
figures that suggestive 'or sensational
plays are invariably -money
whereas, .the. "clean ; - and . wholetsome,
sometimes starve to death. . j-p ..
"Let but the, word be; passed ab9ut|
that some^piay announced forJ-pro- .;
ductlon- is .broad or, indelicate anil
whole town .runs wild;- about, it,"- he
said, Awhile : some. play of merit, bright
and 8 ' entertaining,': has; a' hard; stnuggle
for '\u25a0 and ; nine times} out - of
ten'is laid on the shelf of obllvionLjNot
to be ungallant, 1 ; would say that 'the
women who makeup 'our audienoes; are
"more to biame" 1 for- this'Stateof (
than the "men. - For no play can exist
that is not patronized 1 by the women.; \u25a0
"When: the much abused : 'Sap so\ was
being presented in this city a igentle
man-came." to. the box^ office amd en
deavored to ' secure; seats. Owing ;.to
the tremendous demand he wa^s j unable
to *do ;so ; and finally made thqi ticket
seller-promise to save him ;' two | for,-! the
.coming week.- 'For,' said.. he,< 'Ciiy>wife
is making my. life ; '.unbearab'le|'bVy ; hVr.
incessant desire to; see this play.':. /-But
when the police •refused\ to interfere
withiSaph'o his wife -canceled hier, order
for the seats."..' • .. . \u0084,. , r , . .
President Eliot Voices' Com
plaint Against Luxcry
CHICAGO. Feb. '11.— '.'Harviard ;\unl
versltyT.is .'opposed, to, "luxury^ and the
segregation of the .rich." declared fDr.'
Charles ,\V. Eliot.-retlrlng president- of
the .university',"- before the closirigVses-'
sion -of -the Religious Education • asso-'
elation ".today. \u0084 . -'."\\.-
'.'A ; , few " years ago. when I was.a stu
dent; .we had no g»3; we. drew water
from a pump -in -the* courtyard, and
when.' the" first, carpet.wa s introduced
considerable '^complaint \u25a0' was made ~. at
this of luxury. j
"We ;doh't '.want exactly .those cohdl-;
tions to prevail^now, but we: are op
posed, tpjextreme -luxury." '
V X • w
On the eleventh v^nniyersary of the jl
Blowing Up^^g^^e
\u0084 in Havana harbor, Adm»ara^6w i^Tff - *'
his last word on the subject in
Beatty's\Bill Authorizes
Vdemnafion of the - Water
XCorapany*s jProperty
[Special Dispatch, to T*c Call] [
MEXTO,: Febi'.ll.^-Paving the^ way for
the appropriation, by -the -.city^ of ;the
Spring Valley \u25a0water'comp'any's plant In
San • Francisco*^ Assemblyman \.H.-, "W.
Beatty;; at the request of the board of
supervisors •* of San • Francisco, today
introduced _ a"; bill which would give the
city the right to appropriate the prop-
\u25a0?; Because-, there is a \u25a0 question • as to
whether or not the present law is suf
ficient to- allow, the. city . of. San Fran-
Cisco \u0084t o .take-over-. the. Spring:. . Valley
company's- plantjby .cbndemnation pro
ceedings, the bill was prepared. The
new features of, the' proposed \u25a0 amend
ment to the law are set forth in the
following "section:".
The private - property which . may
be taken under, this .title Includes— ;
. ' 4— Property appropriated to, public use;
.but such property shall not be taken unless
for a more necessary public use t^han that
to which it. has been already appropriated; -
provided, that property 'owned, by any person,
firm or private corporation may be taJce'n ''
,:by.a municipal or- other public corporation
-for the. purpess' of supplying water "to such
< public corporation, or- the jnha.bitaats thereof,
and such use by any public corporation should
be held. a more necessary use than by a per
-. aon, firm. or private* corporation.""; .
. "VVhile it .is , expected: the Spring Val
ley company will • put -"lts legislative
agents at ; work in, an effort to defeat
Beatty's..bill, -It rls -believed that the
measure . .will be ' rushed .through . both
houses - and to the., governor for. his
"sisnafure. . Withtthe law 'amended in'
accordance, with today's bill, Beatty be- ;
lieves .that- San : Francisco wiirhave no
difficulty > at \u25a0> all in appropriating vthe
plant of .the Spring Valley water, com
pany. - > '-.. - , * w^BSBSSSSSEBI
Ship New \ Hampshire r Shoots
a llong Distance
rNEWYORK, : Feb.:iI.-A.bit:o£wire.
less news.fronr the ; Pacific \u25a0 fleet 1 strayed
into' town tonight -.through.- the. Coney
island station of the United wireless
company.; 'It'came. from the battleship
New Hampshire. 'somewhere- in "south
ern- waters, and "was, probably flashed
from that ship to* 1 . American warships in
the Caribbean. sea. .
; ; The ;dispatch " referred to j the Arnerl
: can Pa.cihc 'squadron, which left CaUao.
i.P.eru. yesterday, for Panama. The dis
patch is as,' follows:,; : . *
-.; . "Position, of; squadron S ; p. : m.,-f Feb
ruary li* latitude' 62 :Ti • longitude;?! :47;
i Aii. weihvf t, : « ~~:'y.'J\*x "::':. I \u25a0„ '..:
Assemblyman Cogswell Says
College of Agriculture Profes»
sors Are Only Theorists
Application to Legislature fof
Appropriations Opposed as
Unnecessary at Present
Teachers Told They Lack Ex
perience and Students Scored
as Lazy or Stupid
[Special Dupctch to The Call]
CA I* 1* HEADftfAnTER ?,
Feb. 11 — 'The asrienltnral
college eonneeted with the Univer
sity of California 1% not accomplish
ing the purpose for which It vra*
founded, and has degenerated Into
a place of rest for young: men who
are either too lazy or too stupid to
qualify In the* other departments
of the Institution." — Statement by
Assemblyman P. F. Cogswell, chair
man of the committee on agricul
Appropriations Opposed
The college of agriculture of tlm
state university was scored for ineffi
ciency of a most glaring kind by As
semblyman Cogswell, chairman of the
committee on agriculture, in a state
ment made to The Call yesterday, and
the assurance was given that many of
the department's applications to tho
legislature for appropriations would
sleep in committee or be returned to
the assembly with an adverse report.
because Cogswell considers the appro
priatiors unnecessary.
Students of the institution, are cred
ited by the assemblyman with having
the ambition to become "gentleman,
farmers," the faculty is stated to bo
stuffed with theoretical knowledge, but
woefully lacking in practical experi
ence of the subjects in which its mem
bers endeavor to Instruct, and tho
methods of procedure at the collega
are alsa held up to scorn.
Plea for Practical Men
:"The agricultural college need 3,
practical ideas more than U does ap
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propriations." Cogswell said yesterday.
"and the young men who attend the
school should be made to realize that
they are there for a serious purpose.
Many of them have the ambition oC
becoming farmers.' which
means that they will learn little mora
than elementary principles, if that
much. The faculty of the institu
tion is composed of very good theoretl
ctl men, but their practical knowledges
is limited.
••We should strive to bring th« col
lege up to the standard of the agri
cultural schools of the universities of
Wisconsin and Minnesota, which exert
a nation wide influence on learning in
this country at the present time. To
do this we need practical men as well
as theorists. Several of the bills now
before our committee are entirely un-'
recessary at the present time and prob
ably will be returned to the assembly,
with an adverse report."
Dean Wickson in Defense .
BERKELEY. Feb. 11.— To the start
ling charges made by Assemblyman
Cogswell regarding the college of agri
culture at the university Prof. E. J.
Wickson. the dean, returns a flat de
nial. He-adds that Cogrswell's criti
cisms are "nonsensical and ridiculous."
He says that the department 13 one of
the best investments the people of Cal
ifornia have made at the university.
"If I 'felt sure that the statements
attributed to Assemblyman Cogswell
were worthy of reply I should be com
pelled to characterize them as nonsen
sical and ridiculous." Professor"Wick
son said last night when the law mak
er's warm words were communicated
"There are ample records at hand to
meet these statements, but I shall not
go into a formal argument unless after
discussion with President Wheeler such
should be considered ad
Standards Called High
"I an: net sure tonight that any re
ply should be made to Mr. Cogswell.
He is sadly misinformed concerning the
college. The standards of matricula
tion are probably higher here than in
the Wisconsin and Minnesota institu
tions of which he spoke. He does not
realize perhaps that thousands of
I practical farmers in California are call
ing upon the college of agriculture for
Information by which they are shaping
practical methods of farming.
"The college is exerting a broad In
fluence upon agriculture, aa the pro
gressive farmers of the state well
know. The farmers' institutes con
ducted throughout the state tinder di
rection of the college faculty are popu
lar and are surely accomplishing good."

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