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The San Francisco Call VOLUME CVn— NO. 159. THE CANDID FRIEND An Independent Review of Men and Things That Figure in the Contemporary Life of California \u2666 "***'*t t wL 1 oHICH of us remembers that the 4' Wy <> Hon. H. P. Flannery, sometime 4 » * X po^cc commissioner, was a prcs + \u2666 idential elector on the democratic 1 % % % W national ticket in 1908, and \u2666 % %> % I that bets were freely offered on t $ A $ <• tn c race between him and Hon. I f« ,.,,,\u2666• J amcs D ; Phelan, which should come out at the top of -the poll. It was a very pretty race and Phclan won by a small margin. To be sure, the selection of neither Phelan nor Flannery for this office of honor had any political significance greater than might attach to a ride in the morgue wagon. The}- and their colleagues were, selected for slaughter and the popular verdict turned only on the question which might make the more handsome corpse. A SLAUGHTER FUNCTION The 1908 election was used by the democratic party as a sort of political clearing house at which: superfluous politicians were selected to cash in their checks and consider all partisan debts paid. They began with Bryan at the Denver convention, and knowing they could get rid of him no other way politely led him to the slaughter on the under standing that he would consider himself dead after November. AN OVERPLAYED HAND \ A politician who won't stay dead is as incon venient as the sort that will not stay bought, and hence the contemporary Flannery before he blew up -with an attack of "ptomaine poisoning." These arc well known political maladies and Flanncry's rapid recovery is doubtless due to the fact that his accusers have obviously overplayed their hand. The indictment that charges him with having part as accessory in a crime committed by other persons in Marin county looks to me much like a political "frame." His connection with that offense — if there could be said to be any connection at all — was so remote that the indictment must be laughed out of court if it ever gets so far. It has all the appearance of being intended for political consumption only. It was a false move and already Flannery is issuing belligerent manifestoes about the "foul conspiracy'' against his peace and honor. By and -by, when the bogus indictment fails, he will wrap himself in tbe garb of virtue and exclaim, "Behold, I am vindi cated. You can't keep a good man down." GOOD LORD, GOOD DEVIL This is the mistake that. the half baked goo-goo often makes. He is so all fired smart that he thinks it is a good play, as he puts it, to "fight the devil with fire." It was this policy that so badly queered the graft prosecutions. They were forever getting down into the mud to fight the grafters and bribe givers with their own weapons, until after two years of it people began to think that both sides were tarred with the same brush. I have the same opin ion of the grafters that I have ahvaj's held, but on the other hand, it is no apology for- dishonorable practices that they are employed on the side of the So it is with Flannery. The "framing" of a politi cal indictment puts his accusers in the wrong. II they had been content to proVc by letters or tele grams, or other means, that he was the/associate and ally of thieves and bunko men, that should have been sufficient. Proof of that sort would have made his position as police commissioner unten able. Now when the indictment fails.-as it will fail, he will claim that he has been made the innocent victim of a wicked conspiracy. All this may be said without, knowing the tenor or effect of the "con fession" inade by Joe Abbott, Jhe bunko \u25a0 : man. Everybody knows that testimony of that sort is not worth a tinker's imprecation. OFF THE MORGUE WAGON Xow that the democracy has apparently got off the morgue wagon, Mr. Hearst's disinterested offer to.' come back and be i good, made through John Temple Graves, inspires the New York Sun to ; polite derision like this: _ ". The Hon. John Temple Graves was easily the first-chop of that gathering. He. canic wjtb trib- . utes in both hands, an overture of reunion and • reconciliation, with a million votes behind him and painting radiant horoscopes . upon an angry and forbidding sky. " He shed the lascivious plcas ings of the lute. He banished, from his cadences SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY, MAY> [8, 1910. the intoxicating undertone of old, and wiped from his me lodious chin the honey of I lymettus. In fact, he made a straight business . proposition to the assembled five ." dollar democrats, and jtidging by the subsequent commotion,^ the' uproar and the shouting of the captains he made a hit. "Take us/ he said in snb stancc to the assembled • - democrats, "take us :on our own terms." . .V STILL UNDER SUSPICION Still all democrats are objects of just suspicion to the properly constituted political mind, like that, for instance, which directs the policy of the Los Angeles Times, from which I quote this damaging paragraph concerning the Lincoln-Roosevelt candidate for lieutenant governnor : " A. J. Wallace has been dis- . covered. His enemies among the goo-goos have been on his trail for some time, and it re mained for 'one of them to learn that Wallace's initials stand for nothing less than the full name of that fiercest of all democrats — the man whq. as president of the United States announced the policy of "To the victor be long the spoils"— one An drew Jackson. "Wallace's" lather was an Andrew Jack son democrat," said one of Wallace's arch enemies yester day, "and A. J. used to "be one himself in Pasadena years ago." " v-:\ Wcl^what else was' to have been expected? V He was a democrat and lived inPasadcna. So are the sins of the father visited on thechildren;and there is no place of repentance. even' after a season in purgatory. A MALIGNANT SLANDER Who is George Edwards of Berkeley? Am I right in supposing that the man who had printed the other day in the New York Evening Post a malig nant slander on the people of San Francisco is the well known. professor of that name at the Univer sity of California? I quote. Jrom the letter signed by Ed wards : I There are a few dishonest- men. who arc dc- • manding the Hetch Hctchy, and who have been' maturing in secret a plot so atrocious that they have not as yet dared to whisper it in public By the Hctch Hetchy into a reservoir' they <wish to seat San Francisco on the throat of the irrigatiomsts, and lay the legal foundation now for raising the claim, whqn more than 200,000,000 gallons a day are needed, that municipal use of ' water is paramount to its use for irrigation, and thus rob the, irrigationists of their/supply, and convert a great area of: rich valley, now rapidly developing, into a parched and desert -waste, scat tered with the ruins of deserted homes. With cold blooded villainy they are planning to do this knowing that an abundance of water for San Francisco can be had; from other sources. GIVE US THE -NAMES Knowing of this vicibus and malignant plot incu bated by "dishonest men" some thirty to forty years in advance of its possible execution, it: is the duty of Mr. Edwards, if he is an officer or employe of 'the state of California, to' let the public know their names. He does not assign any motive that might inspire the promoters of: such* a scheme unless it might be that they are incurably, and .gratuitously dishonest. No matter how dishonest they might be they could individually gain nothing by" 'making^n arid waste of \u25a0 Stanislaus county. Nor I would they even be likely to live long enough to see their dis honest aspirations fulfilled because under the Gar field permit, the Hetch Hetchy valley can not be touched until the potentialities of the Lake Eleanor watershed are exhausted. By that time. most, of the plotters will be dead as well as dishonest. No wonder these cold blooded villains dare not even whisper their scheme to the public: They will leave it to posterity as aiv inheritance of woe. EXPLAIN THE MOTIVE Possibly it is not worth while to bother about a man who has let himself be imposed on by some not very ingenious agent of the 'Spring ' Valley water company, but I submit that if he [is a profes sor of the University of California* drawing; a. salary^ from the state, he owes a responsibility; that sHould preclude him from spreading a malignant slander that a moment's consideration would have shown him to' be; baseless. It is clearly up to Edwards to explain what possible gain these wicked' plotters expect willaccrue to themselves if after the lapse of say thirty, years :they -should fsucceed^in- turning Stanislaus county into a desert ; by diverting ail the water-to the municipal supply system of; San Fran cisco. Such "gratuitous and unprofitable malignity COMES BACK AT ME - Arthur George of Berkeley, who calls himself Edward F. Cahill \ EDWARD F. CAHILL \ 'an avowed socialist," writes me i reply to something printed'here ast week as follows: You state that a protective tariff is an '.'advanced form of socialism." It occurs to me that while socialistic in origin, as every, act of republican \u25a0\u25a0 government must be. the tariff .is: of necessity a '\u25a0 scheme ; for the protec tection - of some class or classes in the exploitation of some other class or classes represented, by. the same gov ernment.. Can it possibly be otherwise? Entirely apart ; from any free trade argument., is not the whole idea of the tariff anti-social.* therefore not * socialistic, and. 'by the- same token/not republican? Let me state most dogmatically/ sir, that what is not socialis tic can not possibly be repub lican, and with the same em phasis-.and mature delibera tion, that 'the only true repre sentatives of the republican,; principle arc the avowed so- i You state that- socialism * breaks down at the point of . "human selfishness.* Of course, you allude to the self ishnessshncss- of Edward F. Cahill, upon which you alone must be the best authority. Mad you stated that tlic socialists alone had taken full account of hu man selfishness and "nature" I would-be glad to testify that you had done some real think ing about that special point. We arc, Mr. Cahill. trying, with many blunders, to devise I a social order that will take full account of human frailities, as our present an archistic syitcm utterly fails to do. NO WINGS FOR JERE BURKE He is cock\* enough to be a Japanese. But most ly he is disputing about the meaning of words. My point was that the protective tariff is a form of" socialism, as any interference with property" rights for the advantage of others than the owners must be socialism. This much he admits by way of a \u25a0 starter, but insists that in operation the tarinyciegen cratcs into something which he calls "anti-social." Of course it does when it collides with the force of human selfishness, and every other variety of social ism;willvbrcak down - at'.thc- same point. The ma chinery of socialism is 'necessarily the machinery of politics extended to every concern of life and that machinery must respond to the same forces that, now — and always— govern politics. Socialism will not sprout any .wings, on -the shoulder blades of Jcrc IHirk'e nor. qualify George Hatton to wear a ; halo. A SORE PLACE It is characteristic as shown by Mr. George's, amusing impertinence that he should turn sour when the weak point in the system is pointed out. They all resent the charge that human selfishness vitiates their whole system, and I have never met one of them who could keep his temper in. the fact of this objection. . : We have a hundred different forms or phases of applied socialism in our daily'lifeaud these succeed or fail in the direct proportion^ that selfishness is eliminated or suffered to operate. When selfish ness is given. full play. as;.tn r the:making,of:a tariff,. \ : they all become what. Mr. George calls ""anti social," and this without. losing" at all their socialist JAIL FOR. THE MILKMAN \u0084 • lam quite aware of the defects of individualism, - and they proceed > mostly from'the same cause that vitiates the socialist program, but atlcast-individ ualism supplies a powerful incentive impelling men to make themselves perfect y in r.thcir work. The. single - incentive that socialism" supplies goes to make men perfect in the arts of the politician. Un *dcr ; socialism all the easy things and the fat places would go to the successful politician. The real work of life would be done in a slipshod, time serving fashion or left, undone altogether* except . under of punishment. -A thousand new. forms, of crime would' have to be invented and:-men; would , ; have' to. go to' jail because they, had not delivered the milk. bef ore-breakfast;- S'ocialism; as a-complete:. systemis^a fools' paradise^ : U : . / COLLECTIVE WISDOM Opinions of some of our statesmen: Supervisor Kelly on - the > tenement house prob lem-—"Why should; we be afraid ; of a little tubercu- Supervisor Hcrget on the "lifting- of T the "lid— '-What is the objection to it ?\u25a0\u25a0 The only objection' is the moral one." -" : - ; /' ; Supervisor Nelson on firecrackers— l '- What's a finger \u25a0 more =or less ? It's , like going through a war for your country. It's a privilege." ''You; see, my, son," remarked the great chan cellor, "wi-th how little wisdom the world is gov- HEROES OF THE CAMERA A week ago or so certain daring officers of the peace had themselves photographed in attitudes of defiance seated in a machine and presenting Win chester rifles at supposititious train robbers, ami they. certainly made a fine picture for the front page of a newspaper, but the Sacramento Bee has a vul gar desire, for results and remarks: The gentlemen who sit in automobiles and dis play, their arsenals so conspicuously on the front pages of the San Francisco papers make a brave >how pictorially. but they are not catching: any PHIL STANTON'S APOLOGIA My friend Henry Kuchel of the Anaheim Ga« /-ettc is having hard sledding making apologies for Phil Stanton's course in the legislature. Indeed, these 'apologies were better left unsaid. For exam ple, one learns by way of apology for Stanton's op position to the Denman bill providing for nonpar tisan nominations for judicial offices that this meas ure "was the joke of the last legislature." No doubt it was a joke to men. like Stanton, but it was a joke that will, return to plague them. It is the sort o! joke that shortly will be given the force of law with or without Stanton's consent. In his opposition to this bill Stanton found himself in very bad corn pan}*. By the way, most of the supreme court justices in a public statement indorsed the Denman bill. If Stanton is. as he pretends, in favor of a non partisan judiciary, why did he not frame a measure of his own with this purpose? CAN'T DELIVER THE GOODS The San Bernardino Sun rejects the theory that Stanton will be pulled out of the gubernatorial race and be made the candidate for lieutenant governor. As to this theory the Sun says: .--That would seem to necessitate the formation of some sort of a combination -with one of the other three leading candidates for governor, yet Stanton's support for governor in Los Angeles includes support that would split into about three pieces, if this were attempted. Without bavins any direct information, we should presume that more of his strength would go to Anderson than to cither Johnson or Curry, but the present Los Angeles movement - behind Stanton would be violently riven by an effort to deliver it to any of his rivals. This theory of compromise. and combination 19 merely a belated survival of the extinct political methods that ruled under the convention system. The politicians arc. still thinking in terms of bar gains and trades, which were easy of. fulfillment under the old plan; They can not get it out of their heads that a candidate can deliver his support to some other man and take' his pay in a division of the nominations. Under the direct primary the bargain makers can not deliver the goods. TO DIVIDE. AND CONQUER Besides. Stanton is getting organization support with a quite different purpose. They back him in the south because they hope he will pull away a certain local following that would otherwise go to Johnson, .even, as they are backing Alden Ander son in the north for the same reason. Now what do you suppose Ellery* is in this fight for? Who is putting up the money for these multifarious campaigns? \u25a0 SHOULD HAVE A STATUE Incidentally, observe that Ellery is given credit in the newspapers as the "originator of the good roads movement" in California. This in a state where the late Will Ashe clevoted his life»to unself ish work in promotion of the good roads move ment.. Will Ashe was so much in earnest and so full of facts and figures on this subject that people came; to regard him as a bore, as indeed they gen erally do any man avlio earnestly insists on a hobby. I believe I could find now at the bottom of a drawer in my desk a wad of statistics that Will Ashe gave me to demonstrate the annual loss in California for eggs broken in transportation over bad roads. - I remember, once during a-session of the-legis lature a., correspondent t of Va j.San Francisco paper sent to the home officc : from Sacramento an advance telegram reading: - "Am sending i I ,ooo* words, Will Ashe, good There was an immediate consultation among the editors to decide whether that correspondent should' or should;, not- be fired. The telegram, of course, was a joke. • But if California ever develops a system of good roads. Will Ashe ought to have a statue, because it was 'His constant, untiring, and unpaid, work that gave impetus and force to the movement. PAGES 61 TO 63.