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Two Hundred Change* In «lie N«mM of
•'\u25a0 Sun Kranclaco'n Street* '
MANY; of the 'streets in: San Fran
\u25a0•Cisco will soon have new- names.
On. account of the duplication
of street names there Is at the present
time much 7 delay and irregularity in
the ' dell Very;. of mail. \and -to i remedy
this coriditlojn ' of affairs" a" commission,
was j appointed.' the'; mtsmbers" of "which -
labored earnestly .'for many \ weeks" and^
finally "submitted ft, report r«cbm»end-^
ins about? 2oo; changes ln.;the names , of \
streets, and .'avenues;" This: report .was
'adopted ! last ,Monday : by .the 'board "of
supervisor^ arid,'- the 1 changes' 'will be
made accordingly.. :.'. , .>-%.." ;,' \u25a0
.California is blessed with t an historic
background ':'"\u25a0\u25a0< of ,'/, peculiar Interests ro
mantic j and picturesque. These ; historic
names will now be grouped In one quar-"
ter of 'the city, ; whlch will-: be;distin-'
guished by themi At present I there, arc
too many " avenues. jj By; priority* of use \u25a0
South', San. Francisco' is. en titled .to re
tain the numbers, ;whlle' t the Richmond
'and Sunset districts will be given the
beautiful - Spanish '? names.' tho first set'
of which v. are £ of. historic, significance,
commemorating ;men'tprbmlnent ; in the
days: of Spanish occupancy, and" the sec
ond set being the' names, of saint's,. 10 '«
of' which have been given? to California'
missions.- The'last-' avenue. Forty-ninth.
will;.be given.-the "name La 'Piaya-^the
beach— -thus 'giving- to the. whole dis
trict Spanish names of ; beauty and sig
nificance. 1 ; ."/ .' : ' •-'-\u25a0 .'- '• \u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0'
•V'.Whilesome of the Spanish.,: names
may .be Va: ; little -difficult to the; Amerir
can i tongue.^the ; city schools: will , un
doubtedly .-> take - up; the matter;- of
. pronunciation" in ' connection . s with a '.-,
cburse'of history telling the tale of the
California: of •' pastoral days arid .the
mission" period. ' •. .\u25a0
\ About, a, quarter of the new names
selected by the . commission \ are for
I citizens who^.bore^a worthy, part in .
the 'making of, San. ; Francisco, which
is '- a logical of: the ?..; scheme
which ; governed the 'early , naming, of
tho streets.-.Larkln street, "for instance,"
was named 1 -for Thomas ;, A. Larkin,
who was American consul; at Monterey
in the 40's." ; Geary ;' was -the first
alcalde. ?. Folsom' ,was •. called after . a
distinguished of the American
navy who "was- stationed' on this i coast
in :'early ;days. ; Brannaii was ; ']: named
j after one : of j the pioneers v who was an
important figure in" his time. : Stockton,
Kearny, Sutter. and, Hyde, keep, alive
the memory of men distinguished in
, the early days of the American ! occu
: pation, ' ;•• T; \u25a0\u25a0.. \u25a0.\u25a0,-,\u25a0 , ' '-• - ,' \ '\u0084 [
\JOne of ; the '•, most' important changes
affects the water front. Kant street
will be known" as the Emharcadero,
\u25a0which, while it preserves the charac
:tej-,' has;. the 'advantage' of; being
iinlque, and applledi to San Francisco's
.'water, front will soon come to' be
'known all 'over the world. The Span
ish names, musical and sonorous, will
add to* the fame of San Francisco.
Birthday of the Great Author Is Comemmorated by San Francisco Friends
LAST, Saturday, tho ,13th,- was the
birtlulay of Robert Louis ,. Steven
son. , Fcllowlng an established custom,
the San .Francisco friends and admirers
of the^celebrated author quietly' visited
his monument in Portsmouth squaro,
laying on It wreathes and flowers. .Al
though' Stevereon actually lived in Cal
ifornia; only "a- short .time, less than a
year j altogether," as , the (result. s of his
iourney tothla state and his brief resi
dence hero the vlltcraryworld has those
splendid -volumes.: "Amateur \u25a0Rmigrant."
"Across" the Plains," "An Old ' Pacln?
Capital.". ."Silverado -? Squatters," 'The
Wrecker.'- and /The Bottle Imp." ; the
last of-r which makes 'mention of Hhis
city,: .while- 'The Wrecker" \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0; has San
Francisco' 'scenes, "* and \u25a0'-".Silverado
Squatters" 13 dedicated to two of .his
San- Francisco friends, I ' all -of '.which
furnishis/a' powerful reason why Cali 7
fornla should honor his memory;
. Robert Louis Stevenson wan -born 59
years ago at Edinburgh, Scotland. He
came to San .Francisco -afewlcrays be
fore Christmas, \u25a0 ".In 1879, ;'and'. lived at
€08;- Bush , : street, where /he 'rented . a
! room." from Mrs/Mary Carsonl ; -It iwas
a'room' with* southern exposure which
opened on fa 'veranda. "These * last two
features him » to 'the house.
He was _ then ' in \u25a0•\u25a0 very" 'delicate 'health,
having suffered great privations ,in
crossing. Mie Atlantic . steerage ', and
crossing the continent, for although his
parents ;.were' In good . circumstances
they had disapproved of his taking such
\u25a0a long journey and for that' reason he
would njot ask them for assistance, but
determined 'to support" himself by his
writings", which he had not done pre
viously. ".•'\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0
-When-.he arrived "in California ho
went first' to an Angora goat ranch,
hoping to recuperate his health by the
open air cure. . • Camping out there
-alone . he .. was . found : by two ranchers
nearer »lead than alive and .was'; cared
for, by them until he was able to go
to Monterey. After a brief residence at
Monterey he came to ; San Francisco,
took up ; his 'abode. In the Bush, street
house. \u25a0"' . ' . : \u25a0" \u25a0
Stevenson loved the Pacific. He said:
"It whips all other oceans out of hand."
TAII the time that he lived in * San
Francisco he was very; poor and often
subsisted 7<>n 45 cents a day. Ills pov
erty : was increased by his ' generous
disposition, which prompted him" to
give his last penny to any unfortunate
whom he might meet. l
- After a time Stevenson ; married Mrs.
Osbourno and went to live at Silverado,
a deserted mining camp near Callstoga,
-for the benefit of the ', better, climate.
He planned to have a ranch 'home 011
: slopes of Mount St: ''•Helena,*'; but
instead \u25a0 returned Great* Britain; as
his. parents could , bear the separation
no longer and settled. an -allowance pn
him. Eight years later his fttther died,
and Stevenson with his family returned
to California, Immediately embarking
on his • first, Pacific' voyage. \u25a0:.-,;\u25a0 '\u25a0,\u25a0'\u25a0 \u25a0 .'
Stevenson, was educated for; the bnr,
and was graduated from the Edinburgh,
university In 1871.' / In 1875 he was
called, to the Scottish bar, being- ad-,
mitted a member of the faculty of ad
vocate. ;Hc found, however,' that liter
ature,was his 'real vocation",; and care
fully trained ..himself in writing, , ac
quiring "'a' style 'which gave ' a marked ,
distinction Uo everything he wrote.,, \u0084
. His first book, VAn Inland Voyage,
was, published' in" "1878" and 'gave.a '
charming account of a canoe trip along'
some of- the canals and. rivers, lnynorth
ern France and Belgium." This was fol
lowed by "Travels With a ' Donkey <\u25a0 in
Cevennes,'. 1 : being the' record of a jour- r
ney'in southern France, "published .in
1879.-;. '.'.rV ;V".. ."-.""\u25a0..'\u25a0\u25a0; ' '. fM^® r r?
,;'"VlrglnibusPuerisque", and.Other,Pa
pers," "'essays','.' appeared-, in' 1881,-. and
"Familiar Studies of Men' and Books,"
published in 1882, established Stevenson
as .: a critic of distinction. , His , next
? offer was; the - "New '. Arabian \ Nights,"
published in 1882, a series of fantastic
tales exhibiting an odd mixture of the
. commonplace and the extravagant. In
1883 a" brilliant and realistic story of
f buccaneering days, "Treasure Island,'.'
widened Stevenson's circle ,of readers
and admirers. This was by
; VPrince'Otto,",an essay in ; the field of
pure romance, ;whlch: appeared In 1885,
and in the same year Stevenson became
.a child again in "A Child's Garden of
Verse," '.which has], endeared . itself, to
thousands. Perhaps the best known of
his books Is "The Strange Case of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," which achieved
an extraordinary success with the pub
lic. ; h
• Then followed "Kidnaped," an admir
able story of aya v Scottish boy's adven
tures in the middle of the Eighteenth
century, in which field Stevenson found
ample resources unused by". Scott; in
this^book he-attained his highest level
in fiction. The adventures of the hero
of '.'Kidnaped" were continued in a sub
. sequent tale, "David" Balfour.","
Other, well known>6oks by Stevenson
are "The Master, of Ballantrae,". and
the uncompleted; .','Wejr priHermiston,"
In which many of his critics believe he
• attained his hlghQSt- achievement. 'Ht3
volumes .of- verse; "Underwood" and
"Ballads," are of. much- Interest. A
number of his 'shorter stbries were pub
lished -collectively in "The Merry Men
and'.Othe,r Tales find Fables,", and in his
"Memories and Portraits" were gath
ered a number of magazine, articles.
Stevenson went, to the South Pacific
in TIBBBT 1888 and .finally settled 1 In Samoa,
where', he died. '.His residence there
supplied material for the stories, "The
Island." Nights'. i,Kntertalnment." "The
Ebb "\u25a0."Tide,". "A Foot Note to History;
Eight Years of' Trouble In Samoa."
Other works- were "The Black Arrow"
and." "St. Ives," completed by A. T.
Qulller-Couch. • -
.Splendid Play of the Rival Trnnin Cre
ate* Great ISnt liumliikiii '
THERE is a saying that the battle
of Waterloo was won on the football
fleld-of Eton. To thftso who witnessed
the Rugby game between the two great
universities of California last Satur
day this expression may not seem so .
fanciful as It- perhaps did
Certainly.; no one can doubt that the
training which , enabled- the teams of
Stanford and. California to play such- a
splendid game would' also root into '.the.,
conduct, and character of the men : the
qualities of which victorious soldiers
are made. 1 .
It fs almost impossible to say which
partof society, is most interested in- a.
football game, as the enthusiasm .seems !
to ,'be ' shared ". alike: by the grownups '
and : the ; juniors, a ,by the : grandfathers "
and the-children. and the game Sat ur- :
day being, the- greatest event- in local^
amateur athletics served to bring out* a I
demonstration of enthusiasm rarely/
.witnessed. .; One of the reasons for this:
was : that both teams belong to Cali
fornia and; therefore ;' the .friends i of •
each side present in equal, num-"'
bcrs. In most of.the big football gamfs
the visiting team, being' from another!
state, while treated .with all possible •
hospitality and courtesy, can not ex
pect to receive \u25a0 the same amount of
cheering and encouragement which* is
accorded: to the home team. . . ; r
:'\ Usually, too. In .other states and
countries, football -being a winter sport,:
the game is played under climatic con
ditions adverse to the spectators, who '
sit shivering: and shaking- with the;
cold, If not with disappointment at the
way the game goes.- ' • ..
Not so last Saturday, for California,
true to her climate, served garden party
weather for the football game. ' In no
. other place could the game have been
viewed with so much comfort and
• pleasure. •
The victory was won by California,
wjth a difference of six In the respect
ive scores. It was not an ; easy con
quest, and the play was one that .will
go down In Intercollegiate history as
among the greatest of the great foot
ball games that have been decided in
two decades of annual contests. But
California outplayed Stanford and de
served the victory. There were no
flukes upon which to hinge excuses or
base the cry of "might have been"; nor
were there the least evidences of any
but the straightest, cleanest kind of
play on either, side. . ; It was a battle
well fought by worthy opponents, true
to every ideal of clean sportsmanship,
and won, and lost in the very best of
college sport. „ Each team fought from
the call of time to, the. sound of the
final pistol shot, with ever/ bit 'of
power and skill at its command. Stan
ford met defeat with no less honor than
that achieved by California in Its v(o

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