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MONDAY
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WITH almost unfailing periodicity some European statesman
or sociologer discovers the "American peril" and loudly
calls on all Europe to unite for self-defense. A few years
ago Count Golochowski, the Austrian premier,
had this bee in his bonnet and there was a
-loud but ineffectual buzzing as a consequence.
Xow it is Judge Schwarze of the German
reichstag who has again discovered the peril
and is greatly alarmed thereby. These absurd
scares are a recrudescence of the ancient fallacy that your neighbor's
prosperity is your injury, which is itself the unworthy offspring of a
narrow jealousy. We find the same symptoms in that queer breed of
thinkers who regard all trade with foreign nations as unprofitable
and even harmful. Judge Schwarze speaks:
The yellow peril is altogether secondary. Our imperial cousin
in America is the greater .danger. The dollar is bigger and it will
annihilate the shilling and the mark unless Europe sets up its Monroe
doctrine of Europe for Europeans. This doctrine must eventually
take the form of an economic alliance of all Europe, including Eng
land: otherwise America will be the conqueror in the world' battle and *
exhaust Lurope.
In case of a European war America would be tertius gaudens
for Lurope and Japan for Asia. The cause of this war will
not be the recovery of Alsace-Lorraine, but the supremacy of the
sea and the world markets. No matter who won, America would be
mc eventual and supreme gainer. It is high time to explode the
notion that England and Germany are the chief rivals for world trade
and dominion and that .whichever defeated the other would attain to
it. The competitors are not England and Germany. America is
not only the competitor of England and Germany alone, but of both
of them together. The progress of America in productive mercantile
lines has become such that one can almost arithmetically figure
out when it will be able to overthrow each of its rivals and when it
will become master of both of them. The latter will at once become
the case at the outbreak of a European war. Even the most for
tunate, successful and quickest war will cripple the victor to such
an extent that it will no longer be equal to the competition of
War in Europe or elsewhere means a portentous waste of capital
and consequently of purchasing power. The Boer war crippled
England financially for a time and helped materially to bring on
the panic of 1907. The San Francisco calamity contributed to the
same result and injured business the world over. In its effects it
Avas very much the same as war and every commercial nation
suffered from its consequences. Because of the San Francisco fire
and the Boer- war the purchasing power of America and Europe was
greatly diminished and none' prdfited thereby. A European war
would be infinitely worse in its consequences because every day that
it lasted there would be destruction of purchasing power in the sum
of incalculable millions. It is a strange perversion of reasoning
that would persuade Europe to keep the peace, not because of injury
to European nations, but lest it bring more business to the Ameri
cans, all the more because the theory is not based on reasbn
or sense.' A merchant does not make money by the ruin of his
customers.
The Trade in
Imaginary
"Perils"
.T F the forthcoming -Pen-tola festival in San Francisco does nothing
I else it will at least promote a wider and more informed study of
Pacific coast history, which appears to be a sadly neglected
branch of knowledge even among the people
it most concerns. The heartrending contro
versy over the pronunciation of the name; of
the first governor of California is yet a recent
memory, and indeed a few of the insurgents
have taken to the brush, unsubdued and
unterrified by the pronunciamento of San . Francisco's first citizen.
Xow comes Charles F. Lummis/ the picturesque custodian, of the Los
Angeles public library, and holds up to scorn another offender. Last
year Mr. Lummis had an inflammatory passage at arms with the
editor of the Century Dictionary of Names- because Portola's name
and fame were ignored and omitted in that work of reference, and the
lexicographer had altogether the worse of the controversy. Now. Mr.
Lummis, who appears to have constituted- himself guardian of the
estate and interests of the, defunct governor, writes to the New;
York Post, and after mentioning the offense of the dictionary maker,
goes on to say:
Eut this is a trivial affair beside the recent contribution to "His- '
tory As She -Is- Wrote." by Nellie Urner Wellington, an attractive "
book on "Historic Churches of America,", with an earnest introduction
by Edward Everett Hale. It advises us (pages 106 et scq.) that
Portola was a Jesuit priest; that "more than one hundred years before
the establishment of any Protestant church on the eastern shores of
our country^ * * * in his little frail boat he sailed vp 1 to the
head "of the bay (Monterey), and selecting two stately^- oaks near the •
shore he nailed to them a wooden cross, beneath which he said mass
* * * Journeying on. Gaspar de Portola sought other and more r'
populous sections were he might make converts; finally returning to
Mexico, where'he made his elaborate report: to. the church. * * -\u2666
On the missionary Portola, "that journey up the bay of Monterey
made no special impression, and as the years passed on the exact *ite
of this bay could not.be located. In 1768, however, another member
of the Jesuit brotherhood traveled over the first' portion of the route
taken by Portola * * * Overjoyed, Padre Junipcrb Scrra, with '
his followers, knelt in thanksgiving beneath the wooden cross." 4
Portola a Jesuit missionary! Junipcro Serra a Jesuit missionary r
and 168 -years later than Portola!
The Call hopes that Mr. Lummis will continue with unabated
fury- and a competent hammer on his crusade l against pretentious
error. Nay, we may hope that when San Francisco in. the "fall
undertakes to signalize some sense : qf California's obligation to
Gaspar ...de Portola Mr. Lummis will be here to help and tell us
things .that we ouirht to know.
Discoveries
About a
Discoverer
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
Senator Aldrich in
An Awkward Position
S ENA T OR A^PRICH finds himself in an awkward position.
:By astute and unscrupulous trading ; and combinations he has
been able to put through the senate a revision of the tariff which
does nothing to relieve the burden on the necessaries of life, nothing
to help the ultimate consumer, already oppressed by the excessive
cost of living. It is revision upward, and not downward. Now, under
threat of veto by the president, he sees himself compelled to make
concessions and throw over some of his
Of course, people in Washington do not whisper the awful word
even below, their breath, but that fls what the statement
issued by the president means""if the president's promises of down
ward revision are not fulfilled. It means that if it ineaiis anything.
Accordingly Aldrich finds that he,can not stand pat on his bargains,
and the senators, from the mountain states who went into the com
bination behind the bill see themselves likely to be "thrown over.
Naturally their rage is extreme and their threats loud. The situa
tion is quite unpleasant for Aldrich.
Of course, lie can refuse to back down and stand by his bargains.
It may come to that and already there is a growing sense among
the standpatters that they wpuld lose little by a veto which would
leave the Dingley tariff in force and throw the whole question over
for future action and perhaps another congress. As an expression
of this sense the words of Representative Douglas of Ohio may be
regarded as significant when he said:
;; It certainly would be a lamentabie- thing if after four months of I
consideration by the congress we should fail to pass a bill revising
the tariff, and yet, for myself, I can say that I believe that worse
things than that might happen. It happens that if this bill fails we
have the Dingley law still behind us, a law under 1 which this country
has prospered for twelve years as no country. on the face of the
earth has prospered. -And so I simply -want! to say, as; a word of .
warning, if need be, or of encouragement, as I hope, to the conferees -
of the house, that they should constantly remember that fact. So
far as I am individually concerned I would rather see the Dingley
\ law stand as- it is today than to vote for. the bill that it now upon the
speaker's table. I shall vote for the resolution offered by the gentle
man from Pennsylvania because, as the gentleman who has just taken
his seat has said, this resolution is, \\\ substance, a protest against
these amendments, and I am unable to see how the gentlemen upon
the other side, upon the same theory, can fail to vote for the reso
lution.
The words of Mr.^ Douglas were loudly applauded by his col
leagues on the floor and express a strong body of opinion in
the popular branch of congress, which sides with the president and
is opposed to the senate bill jammed through by steam roller methods
operated by Aldrich.
The demand for free raw materials' voiced by' Mr. Taitis rea
sonable enough from a protective point of view, but it does not
meet or fulfill the wishes of the ultimate consumer except indirectly.
Nothing is promised in the way of relief from the oppressive sched
ules on woolen and cotton goods, which are among the prime
necessaries of life. These have been advanced in a disastrous way
l)y the Aldrich tariff, and the program as it is now formulated
confines all the concessions to the west and leaves the greedy
manufacturing interests of New England untouched. It is revision
downward, but likewise onesided. The manufacturers of woolens,
cottons and leather goods declare that they will , be able. to sell
their goods cheaper if they get free raw materials, but if the tariff'
permits them to. maintain higher prices the country would still be
forced to rely on their self-denial for fulfillment of this "promise.
It might be better on the whole should the entire matter be thrown
over for future settlement. The people have been going through a
process of ; education due; to the current '' discussion and much light
has been thrown on the practices of tariff making^arid the vicious
bargains by which the interests of the whole people are sold out
for the profit of greedy and unconscionable interests. -It has become
obvious that the present congress is not in touch -with popular
sentiment on the tariff and, in fact, the Aldrich bill has been con
demned without reserve by almost the whole press of the repub
licah'party.
THE case of "Typhoid Mary," mentioned in the dispatches
printed Sunday, attracts national attention and is, in fact,
without precedent in medical history; This is the cafe of
Mary Mallon, a competent domestic and
blameless woman, who appears Jikely to endure
perpetual confinement and isolation because,
althougl-r herself perfectly healthy, she appears
to carry typhoid infection wherever she goes.
In the/ New York supreme court Justice
Jinanger Saturday ruled that the risk of discharging Mary Mallon
from the Riverside hospital is too great for, the court to assume. It
is believeil that she harbors typhoid germs in her: person and is
consequently unsafe to be at large. Concerning this condition and
medical conclusion some particulars are given :
The latter condition constitutes the celebrated case of "Typhoid
Mary," an honest, sturdy\ and efficient domestic servant, who has
been isolated by the health authorities of the city of New York;
for whose release a writ af habeas corpus is now invoked. The record
shows that for some years past, wherever Mary has been employed
\u25a0 in widely separated places, there has been an outbreak of typhoid
fever. The \ coincidence is a matter of fact. The theory that Mary
is a peregrinating source of typhoid infection , has been arrived at
chiefly by a process of elimination of all other possible sources in
the respective neighborhoods where: Mary has sojourned and the
typhoid has appeared. v Thc health officials are convinced that if Mary
would submit to bacteriological examination it could be proved
beyond a reasonable doubt that she is liberally charged- with active
! typhoid The victim of this strange accusation and of the
penalty imposed under arbitrary health regulations stands on her con
stitutional rights in refusing to allow herself to be overhauled by the \
No - one will blame Mary Mallon for insisting on her' constitu
tional rights. But if it is true, as- doctors declare,that she carries
pestilence among the, people, there may l bc legal warrant for sus
pending the right of habeas: corpus in her case. The medical
authorities say that if she shouldgo to work -today in a populous
center the result would be a devastatingepidemic; of typhoid.
"Typhoid
Mary's" Un
happy Plight
THp necessities, real or supposed, of the lighthouse keeper on
Goat island appear to have assumed a more or, less national
importance jand are 'matter for discussion, not always grave,
;in Washington. It appears that the light-
Jiouse keeper on the island keeps a cow as well
I "aiv a : beacon, and .- this important -i domestic
requires^ a wide range of pasturage I
for her ; sustenance. Therefore Mr. Keeper
has interposed a veto on the' proposition to
F .«t.cj« t^ v.. uic. olasted island, using that word in its accepted
Shakespearean^ sense,. and not aS a fornvof profanity. The people
of San Francisco; and the ba£: cities, whose: tastes 'arc', offended by
the sight -of-, barren and apparently : unproductive: slopes: would like
to see something.green .and umbrageous on the island if the govern
mentiinsists on retaining it for casual purposes that might better be
- -" v^v!w? niC;Othcr^ itC - - lie^yernment is, hi; fact," maintaining
a $10, 000,000 cow pasture and Mr. Keeper even asserts a /pfoprietarV*
"ght in the disfigurement of ytlie^bayV -The fact is that : Goat 'island
should: be over: by the government for) industrial juse as a
joint .terminal site for the' transcontinental railroads, and ! not hold
it as a reservation for^tlie lighthouse keeper's wide-ranging; cow. "^
. .Senator .Perkins sUggests^, by; way of -al^ruativer that if the
nation owes a. living: to the.- lighthouse keeper's 'cow lie might profit
ably ;transf erred d to: Point Arena and provided 'with a sea C ow 7
riherc is historical, authority for the enlistment of^orseimariries, but
the demands pi the cow :. marines- arc new. '
The Light
house Keeper
And His Cow
Answers to^Qyeries
TIDE AT EUREKA— S.. Lincoln, Cal. What
!\u25a0 \u25a0 the rise of the : high tide at San Francisco
and Eureka? Does the tide hare any effect at
any time on the v .rlyer, at Bseramento? ',
Tour "question" was J referred to /the
United States^ hydrographies office and
the following is the 1 answer :
V The : plane \of * ref erencei for the tides
la the mean of the lowerj low. water.
Mean height of higher . high : water
above/plane of -reference Is San Fran
cisco,; 5.8 feet.
Mean -height of alllow waters above
plane of reference is San Francisco 1#
feet.- r \u25a0 ' _ ' v . . .', .
Mean height of all low water aboye
plane of reference is San Francisco, I*4
f«et.' \u25a0 ;: , •\u25a0v v ; . \u25a0 -. \u25a0 ;
Mean height of all .low water above
plane of . reference*" is Eureka,; 1.1 feet,
v The. tides, are felt at Sacramento,
high water occurring 8.03 hours after
that of San Franciscb-and the ratio
of the range of the tide at Sacramento
to that at San Francisco Is 38-100.
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AREA OF-THE STATE— P.^ South Dos PaloV
Gal. WUat is the area of the state of Califor
nia In square miles and in acres?.
••' Professor E. W. Hllgard of , the Uni
versity of California" is authority s for
the statement that the area of /the
state between the extreme northwest
and southeast corners Is 775, miles.
The maximum width (between Point
Concepclon-and the north end of the
Amargosa; river In Nevada) is 235
miles and the minimum widfh (between
the Golden Gate and the southern end
of .Lake Tahoe) 148 miles. The total
area of the state is 158,360 square
miles. Its land area is 155,980 square
miles, being second only to Texas
among the states and territories. The
office of the United States surveyor
general for California says the acre
age of the state is ,113,393,747.
* • *
FLAG DAY— H. E. N.. East Oakland. Cal.
What Is Flag day, and how Ion? has It been
observed? ;
It Is th«j observance, of -the anniver
sary of the adoption: of 'the American
flag by congress, June 14, 1777. The
day -has been observed all-, over .the
United States since 1898, at the in
stance of the American Flag associa
tion, organized February - 17, of that
year. The object of the association is
to secure national and state legisla
latlon for the protection of the flag
from degrading and desecrating uses
and to secure a general observation of
June 14 as Flag day.
• • •
INAUGURATION— C, Eureka. Cal. .Why was
the 4th of March chosen an the day on which to
Inaugurate the president of the United States?
From the days of John Adams, the
second president of the country, inaug
urated March 4,' 1797, that date has been
fixed as the day on which the presi
dent elect should take the obligation of
office. Then the twelfth amendment to
the United States constitution fixes the
date. It is appropriate that the inaug
uration should take' place on the day
that the president elect takes office.
It has been the custom since the' date
named and custom became the unwrit
ten law. . . ,
TAPEWORM— W. A.. F..M.. and D. R., City.
Please explain the tapovvorm Jn the human' hodr.
the harm It does, and the way >to get rid of
same.
The space allowed to this department
will pot -premit of giving an explana
tion'of the tapeworm. At the free li
brary in Hayes street near Franklin you
can obtain medical books and encyclo
pedias in. which you will find the matter
fully, explained. As to the harm the
worm does and how to get rid of it you
will have to Seek the advice of a spe
cialist or a reputable physician.
•.• • •
GOLD— T. W.. City. Sew In print that the
Japanese ROTernment had purchased 52.500.000
In gold from our gorernment: \u25a0 • Why did Japan
want to' buy our gold?. Did the Japanese hare
to pay a premium for:the same? - - •\u25a0•
The purchase of that amount was
not an unusual event;; It Is frequently
done .by.'-' nations. The Japanese Ibought
gold Ingots with American hioney for
the purpose of converting the .same
Into Japanese coin, it being preferable
to coin from ingots than from coined
money.
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CODFISH ARISTOCRACY— Subscriber, City.
What Is the origin of the phrase "codnsh aris
tocracy"? ;v" •'
That was a term originally applied
to certain Massachusetts families,
grown wealthy from the cod fisheries.
It is now generally applied. to denote
people who make a vulgar display of
recently acquired wealth, but who are
lacking In intelligence and refinement.
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yOI,"NG MEN'S IIALL-^G. H. F-. City. CaD
you irlve snmedata as to the building for the
Young Men's Christian association?
It is being erected at Golden Gale
avenue and Leavenworth street: will
be nine storie3 In height and will cost
about half a million of dollars. It is
thought that it will be ready for occu
pancy In April, 1910.
--'.•-, ' i •'..'• •
JOURNAM3M— W. F. G.. City.. What books
that would be a help to one who aspires to be
come a journalist are published ?
There Is; according to the catalogues:
Haven's"Modern Journalism," Shuman's
"Practical Journalism," Allsop's "Twen
ty Years in a Newspaper Office," and
Hemstreet's "Reporting."
GREASY SHOES— P. R.. City. Is there any
way to remcTe grease stains from tan shoes? "
The following is given as a method:
"Coyer .the' spot with a. thick paste of
fuller's' earth and _ ammonia. Leave the
same on for 24. hours, then rub off, after
which clean the shoe with a. cut ba
nana." : »: -V '\u25a0 - - ..- \u25a0 j
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TWENTY DOLLAR PIECE— T. W.. City. A
friend of mine says that a $20 gold- piece of
the United States contains only about $16 gold,
the rest' betn» alloy. Is this correct?
', The United States * branch mint is
authority : f or } the ? statement that each
$20 piece coined contains J2O gold of
the fineness of 900-1000. •
\u25a0 CONTENTS— L. H. R.. City. In answering a
letter. : which Is proper: of the seme
have been noted" or "contents has -been, noted?"
The word; is plural in form and In
sense and must have a: plural verb. In
dase of doubt write: "Yours of — \u25a0 — re
ceived, contents noted."
HOLY : ROLLERS— L.. City. Where may I ob
tain ; information in relation to a sect calllna;
itself "holy rollers J" -\ . . -
.In;- periodical there are a
number.; of articles : on ' the sect. • Such
literature; may. be consulted at the free
public I library In Hayes street near
Franklin: . , .'"\u25a0 ; . \ \u25a0:^»SttSßQai
RUEF— S.'T.C.. Palo Alto, Cal. "Is Mr." Abe
Ruef In the county jail," or on ball ?". \u25a0
"Mr." Abe ; Ruef ' is ; not : on bail.: ; He
is in the county.' Jail awaiting the de
termination; of the higher, court in his
case ; on. appeal. '•.'... :'.' ".; "'- \u25a0\u25a0.
r . PARMINO— Reader. Hay ward. Cal. D<V»s the
United. States gorerntnent. publish any books on
farming? \u25a0.'•. -.
: The department of agriculture, Wash
ington, D. \u25a0 C, , issues j many . bulletins on
farming. :: That is the. nearest to - books
S / AND ME— M. EVIL, Redwood City.
Which Is correct:- ."Bring John and I a glass of
water.'! or "Bring John . and- me a , glass . of
..The Matter. ' f
- FLEAS— H.C.E... City. -How can fleas that
breed In a basement be destroyed?.
' Stated the ;characteVfof ; the: basement
and-a suggestion^wlll be r offered.
-.'\u25a0COLLEENCBAWN"— Subscriber,- City. "iWhat
fs_ the me*nlnft of colleen;: ha wn?.r. r . ?. f —°"
•.;;( Colleen v Is : girl fand bawn ; Is blonde;
consequently,'- blonde, girl: ;:
U HERCULES^Subseriber, \u25a0 City. Saw ; « state
ment .some l time lago I that / the * solar * system is
steadily? traveling In' --the; direction- of the' con
stellation: Hercules. How; long will ' it take the
solar,, »yst«nii to. reach, thore? -J .;. " : -\u25a0-',•
.-.An :slio\vn this uuestion
The Insider
Tells how the noted sun dance of the Ute Indians w« photo
graphef by wlthoat molestation until one of
?the bucks stopped his operations by reflecting the sun's
rays into the camera with a mirror
EDWIN MILTON ROYLE. the New
York playwright who cajne out to San
Francisco with the expectation of
coaching Florence Roberts and the Alcazar, company for the production of
"The Struggle Everlasting," told me the other day of an interesting incident
that shows how the Indians of the plains are becoming verted in modern
tricks. '
"While in Utah last week I was fortunate enough to attend- a sun dance
of the Ute Indians, and I availed myself of the opportunity of photographing
the dancers until one buck put an effectual quietus to my activities," said
Royle.
"Formerly the Indians would not submit to being photographed, but
now they .have grown accustomed to the camera. However, they still resent
the photographing of their ceremonies. As the forty-iix 'dancers kept up
their three day dance in \^»rship of the sun I secured my photographs. I
noted that one buck among the spectators grew surlier each time he heard
my camera click. Presently he returned with a mirror* and reflected the
rays of the sun into the camera each time I got ready to take a picture*
"The sun dance of the Utcs is still a wonderful exhibition in which the
dancers seem to hypnotizes themselves for three days. Some of them are
dancing all the "time during the three days, but none of them eats anything
until the ceremonies are concluded. The dancers are no longer required to
pierce their bodies, as was their custom before the wtute man's civilization
was thrust upon them."
Ute Indian Balks
Worker with Camera
"Come down to the door, captain; there's
a bet of $100 and you are to decide it."
; In response to this hail Captain Thomas
H. Barber, -port agent of- the bar pilots, went to his front door at 10 o'clock
the other night, and was asked:
"Was Tom Hyer ever in San Francisco?"
f "Yes," replied the captain. "He arrived here in the New World on
July 11 MM 1850.l 850. I brought him ashore at Clarks point (Broadway> at 11 o'clock
at night. Country McCluskey, another prize fighter, was with him."
The wager was paid without further parley. The incident inclined the
seafaring men to talk of the New World and how the famous river boat on
the Sacramento happened to come to the bay of San Francisco*.
She was a brand new boat in New York, but was under attachment of
some kind and in the keeping of a deputy United States marshal. It was
represented to the authorities having charge of the vessel that the machinery
of .the boat would not be serviceable unless it was turned over, hence" the
owners were allowed to give the craft a spin, the deputy to remain aboard.
At Staten island the owners said to the deputy United States marshal:
"You can go ashore here, if you desire, and' go back to New York or
stay with us and go to California."
The deputy went ashore and the New World came here, coaling at Rio
de Janeiro and Valparaiso. At Panama she took on many passengers, amon
them Tom Hyer and Country McCluskey.
The New World was one of the speediest boats on the Sacramento rtm
and earned money galore for the owners. Other river boats that came, to
San Francisco through the strait., of Magellan were the Confidence, Wlhon
Ct. Hunt and the Antelope. The Senator was a sound boat. The Cornelia
came out as a three master schooner. The New World was brought out by
Fast Vessel Taken
From U. S. Marshal
Though it is understood that he lava
claim to none of the blood of La Belle
... , France, DanieL M. Ryan was one of the
principal speaker at the exercises commemorating the fall of the bastile, held
at the Auditormm the other evening.- Ryan made a fervid and eloquent
address, but on several occasion^ notwithstanding the 'warmth with which
his remarks were greeted, the' able orator wa 5 "completely at a locs These
occasions were the few perspiring moments immediately preceding and fol
lowing his talk. -t-'V ,! .
Orator Puzzlpd by
Address in French
Ryan confided to me before the exercises began that he did not under
stand a word of t French, but it was noticed that during the progress of the
speechesmade by Felix Santallier and Consul General Mcrou, both of which
were entirely in French, Ryan applauded rapturously whenever the audience
did so.
Finally Santallier arose and presented Ryan in a few well chosen words—
French words. The native son stepped up to the rostrum, and here San
talher was with a desire to say more, and launched into a speech
which lasted several minutes. Ryan stood puzzled and uncomfortable at one
moment seriously trying to catch the drift of the introductory speech and at
another smiling but in a- half hearted way. when the audience roared at
what the speaker was saying **.-"•-.*
It was, evidently, a humorous introduction, and when the words "Native
Son of the Golden West" floated out from among the tangle of French
phrases Ryan resumed his self-control, smiled broadly at the audience and
started off m fine feather, for the listeners had noted the San Franciscan*
predjeament and it had put them in good humor.
'The Merry Widow/ they tell me. has struck
its note in the heart of Chinatown. Captain
, . Ma >° in his service one of the brightest -
young Chinese, cooks on the coast. The other day, after some unusual piece
I ce ™ t ™.™* cX *™*? s y*«> * »«!»ber of the household asked him what
he would hke best of all as a reward and was amazed and amused to be
toM|hat a "ticket to "The Merry Widow" would best suit the oriental fancy
The ticket was bought and sooner than subject the celestial to the usual
jokes and .witticisms at his expense that might result from a seat- in the
gallery a place was found for him in the bald headed row.
Next morning a trip to Chinatown was the result and a gorgeous new
robe of brilliant hue was purchased, trimmed with yards and yards of Chinese •*
mourning bra.d. Gayly attired in his garments of festivity Gun attended
the evening performance of "The Merry Widow."
The next day as the captain seated himself at the breakfast table the
door burst open and his cook sailed into the room, waltzing giddily around
the table. .
'.Why, what's the matter, Gun?" asked the captain.
'•Oh." Gun ejaculated, "you go see 'Merry Widow*! Him fine-hip fine!"
"The Merry Widow*
Affects Chinatown
said: 'The sun and his planets, though
moving toward. a point In Hercules at
the velocity of 20.000 miles an hour,
must travel at this . rate for 1.000,000
years to reach the frontiers of the dis
tant' constellation it is heading for."
-.CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR— E; H.. San Luis
ObUpo. .C*\. How man Christian ErnlesTorers
are there In the world? .
'The -latest figures are up to Novem
ber, 1908. At that time there^were 70.
761 societies with .a. membership of
3,500,000/ chiefly in the United States
and -< Canada and In Australia. Great
Britain,. -China. India, Japan, and In all
missionary lands. "It Is found in about
the same proportions in all' the great
evangelical/ denominations and In all
their -subdivisions. . ' ".-.-\u25a0
WHEN" A FOUL WlNS— Player, City- In an
ordinary pot (pokrr) all the players throw up
their hands, when one of the plajers raises it to
dra w . cards. When . he picks up . his cards he
finds that he has six. ; Does he win the pot? •
> An authority, on cards, when shown
this question, 'answers: "A foul hand
is '\u25a0•; better ; than ( no ; hand at • all. Who
Is to dispute the pot with" him? 1 '
STAMPS— Subscriber. City/,, Please publish a
list or persons In San Francisco who deal in
stamps. \u25a0\u25a0 \ _ -: \u25a0 -
-This department idoes not advertise
any business. v Consult N the . classified
part of the .i city dfr«ctory ;- under the
head of stamp dealers and you will
obtain the - names : and ; addresses.
\u25a0 PATENTS— Subscribers Oailand. CaL Wh«re
can I obtain a list : of person* wn© deal In Dat
ents In San Francisco? -. \u25a0- --:
lthe ; classifled part' of the San
Francisco directory.* and there you will
find a list "of They
attend; to such matters.
TRACT OF UXD-J. <\. Cit.r.' If . a tar?*
tract : of* land., trblrb is \u25a0 coramunitj ', property.' ls
donatad to an iastitutioni Is the title TaJUd with
JULY 19, 1909
mt the signature of the son? <2> Caa th# he!r«
can the record* be found It not burned'
Not knowing the conditions, an an-
IZV C Tm u Ot be Brlven ' (2> T" 1 *
tlon will have to be submitted to an
attorney as this department does not
£j e le « al K » dvlc *- <3) If th » ™°™*
were not burned they will probably VS
iound where such are v usually kept.
kZ R F2£}J REVOLUTION'-Sabseriber. City.
to£ \??*?t *«."** Of XK<>ia **«* Scribe the hi^
wry of th« French rerolntlon ?
The one who wants to study the his
tory of that revolution, must read
many books, among them: Hlstolre de»
Glrondlns. by Lamartlne: The Ufa of
Maximlllen Robespierre;, The Reign of
Terror, and many other books alons?
the same lines, the names of which yon
can obtain in the reference room of tha
free Horary in Hayes street, near
Franklin.
« • •
COUNTIES— C. P. C. Punta Arena. Cal
Where can I obtain a list of all the counties la
the different atates of the union? -"
Consult a modern atlas and In tha
descriptive part of each state you Twill
find a list of every county In the par
ticular state.
Letters From, the People
SUGGESTION FOR WOJIEX
Editor t Call: We will have thousands
of. visiting Elks In the city during tile
next; few days and all next week I
beg ltoj suggest that every woman In
town be urged to wear purple and
whit© ribbons, just to, show the Best
People on Earth that they are wel
come.^ JOHN A. JORDW
San. Francicao. July li

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