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/""p>HE people of Los Angeles and the great region south of the
I Tehachapi pass may be congratulated on their high public
spirit and their freedom from sectional prejudices, as disclosed
by the results of the recent primary, and at
the same time acknowledgment should be
made that, on a purely sectional basis, north
ern.and central California got more thah their
due share of the good things in the way of
nominations. The Call would have rejoiced in a more equitable
division than that which gives southern California the nomination
for only one important office.
The liberal support given by Los Angeles and other southern
cities to Hiram Johnson was unmistakably inspired by principle,
with the fullest disregard for local prejudices. The issue in this
shape was put flat footed before the voters of the south by means
of appeals to support Stanton on the single ground that he was a
citizen of that section. This was about the only argument which
the Los Angeles Times* was able to dig up iir the way of ground
for supporting Stanton. The results show how little these appeals
While The Cal| admits that a more equitable division of prizes
in a geographical way would be desirable, we are not blind to the
fact that the figures are eloquent of an improved solidarity for the
whole commonwealth, one and indivisible. It is true that certain
busybodies have in the past labored to create some sectional feeling
between north and south, but these have had their convincing
answer in the figures of the first direct primary and the first free
expression of republican party sentiment in California.
We wish our southern friends better luck next time in the
apportionment of political plums, and while the nomination for
lieutenant governor is a quite inadequate recognition of their claims,
they may be able to find some compensation" in the fact that the
great office of United States senator seems to be assured for some
one or other of the candidates from that region. *\u25a0 In the meantime
northern California offers to southern California assurances of the
highest consideration and respect inspired by the generous public
spirit and self-denial demonstrated by the returns.
In the Primary
REPRESENTATIVE HUMPHREY of Washington calls
attention to a remarkable report of a British royal com
mission disclosing the existence of foreign "shipping rings,"
which discriminate grossly against the prod
ucts of American industry and create a
condition which, as Mr. Humphrey says,
"is costing our country, directly and indi
rectly, hundreds of millions of dollars every
year, it is a drain on our vitality and our resources that is sooner
or later going to result in the greatest injury to the nation." Mr.
Humphrey states the existing situation in these words:
Today 90 per cent of our foreign trade, amounting: to $3,500,000,000
annually, is carried by foreign ships belonging to conferences, pools and
combines. Between these ships there is no competition. They fix freight
rates by agreement. They combine to destroy any line outside of the
conference. They give special rates and other advantages to the Standard
oil company, the steel trust and the harvester combine. The rate that
every passenger must pjy and the rate that every pound of freight must
pay between here and Europe and between here and South America is
fixed in advance in Jena. Germany. This foreign ship combine is the most
gigantic trust in the world. The commerce of the United States is
absolutely at its mercy.
Mr. Humphrey asks for the appointment of a joint committee
to investigate this subject and report whether the action of these
foreign combines is in violation of our treaties and our laws. He
believes that the conditions are such as. to call for. legislation in
the way of retaliation. In his opinipn congress should impose
discriminating duties on goods imported in foreign ships belonging
to combines that grant rebates or special privileges.
Mr. Humphrey is the author of a bill to impose a discriminating
duty of 10 per cent ad valorem on goods imported in ships belonging
to such combinations, and it may be said that if some such measure
can be. adopted without violation of existing treaties it is right in
line with the character of all modern legislation designed to regulate
trusts and combinations in restraint of trade.
A Bill Directed
THE important fact developed by the' census returns so far
made public is that the relative gain in urban "population has
continued in a marked way during: the last decade. It may
be that some of this increase of city popula
tions is in a sense fictitious because due to
annexations of suburban territory, and we
can not on the face of the partial returns
_ decide how far this cause may have operated
to swell hgures. lhe urban percentage at each of the past censuses
was as follows: • V V .
1790 : 3.4 ISSO 125
ISOO 4.0 1860 .......: • '"ul
, CTn - \u25a0 4 q ic-a „-"\u25a0':
JM'J ............................ ». j iaiu ............... . ......,., 20.9
IS2O 4.9 18S0 ....V... ...... :22.*6
ISSO 6.7 1890 ...:.. '..'... 1'. 2^.2'"'
1840 .... . S-5 1900 J3.i
In the census of this year, as far as reported, Atlanta shows an
increased percentage of 72.3 and Detroit 63: .These afe' the highest
figures in a report covering fifteen cities, ranging from St! : Louis
with 687,029 population to Syracuse" with 137,249. These fifteen
cities show an average percentage of increase amounting to 34.5j
which exceeds any past record. It appears that the - tendency
is uniform. . .
The population of the whole country is, estimated at 93,000,000,
a notable increase in ten years,- and as a very large; part of this
gain has gone to the cities it means that the home market; for farm
products has enormously increased. It is a fact that ma y serve
in some degree to explain the high c^ost of living iii urban com
munities;,. It is certain that the notably enhanced' prices of food
must eventually drive people back to the fafnu
and the Census
EDITORIAL PACE OF THE GALL
A PAINFUL solicitude concerning the position that Roosevelt
will assume in the course of the coming campaign- finds
expression in many quarters. It is assumed that he will take
an active part, and this seems 'to be an
unavoidable ' inference from the character of
the man. He will always be a partisan in
the very forefront of the fray. His present
attitude of apparent neutrality as between
the warring factions of the republican party must be rather painful
to a man of his temperament.
Probably this neutrality is more apparent than real. It seems
probable from the known facts that he is acting in concert with
the president. It would be difficult otherwise to explain Mr. Taft's
radical change of front. The recent semiofficial intimations from
Beverly that Mr. Taft had decided to break with the standpatters
represented in the persons of AldriclT* Cannon and Ballinger was
highly significant and might indicate that this sudden and unex
pected of front was inspired by some powerful outside
influence. It is a reasonable theory to attribute this change of
policy to Roosevelt's advice. a
For the. information" of the people who have been speculating
concerning the colonel's frame of jnind we may quote the brief
statement issued by himself to explain the use of his name as a
candidate for temporary chairman of the New York republican state
convention as follows! . ,
To the various persons who asked me whether I would accept the'
position of temporary chairman of the state convention I Said 'that I
would do so only if the}' were sure, after knowing my attitude, that they
desired me, because my speech would -be of such a character that it :
might help if the convention nominated the right kind of man on a clean
cut progressive platform; but" that it would hurt if- neither the right
kind of a man were nominated nor the ri^ht kind of a platform adoptecl.
This is the most explicit statement issued by Roosevelt since
his return and it puts him in the ranks of the progressives as far
as his own state is concerned. The fact that the "old guard," the
survivors of Tom Platt's machine, turned him down as far as they
were able for the chairmanship of the convention counts for nothing.
It is indicated that the recommendation of the state' committee
in^this regard will be made the occasion of a stiff fight on the floor
of 'the convention, which will take place September 27. In the
meantime Roosevelt is coming west and v will speak^or himself at a
number y of important public functions.
A STRANGE 'epidemic of threatening letters has broken out
ZA. immediately following the shooting of Mayor Gaynor in New
"* and these missives are mostly directed at public officials.
~j The other day the district attorney of San
Diego' got four of these letters in one mail,
.threatening him with death if he proceeded
in an arson case set for trial iir that county.
_; v ln a similar way a New' York newspaper
gives these 'particulars:
. .: Since the shooting of Mayor Gaynor more than the usual number of
threatening letters have been received by men in public life, and today
several judges and members of,the district attorney's staff were warned
that a death, sentence had been passed upon them; while at Albany the
secretary of state, Samuel S. Koenig, had a similar communication. The
daj r after'the attempt on Gaynor's life William H. Edwards, commissioner
of street cleaning, who was wounded while struggling- with the assailant, ;
'Gallagher, was notified that he would soon be the victim of an attack.
It is an old saying that "threatened men live long," and it may
easily be that letters of this character carry slight significance except
as. evidence that the writers are. unbalanced or merely spiteful.
They are comparatively safe, because of .the difficulty of detection^
and the mere factHhat they are sent is proof of a cowardly spirit,
not at all likely to take shape in positive, action. \u25a0 .
It is a curious fact that the^San Diego threatening letters were
mailed at four different points in- the state. They have been placed
in' the hands of the postoffice department .for investigation "under
the federal laws, which provide severe : penalties for sucli offenses'
An Epidemic of
A traveler on the country roads of
central Vermont . is impressed by the
large number of signs, which prohibit
hunting -and fishing, on the premises.
One farmer, however, introduced a
pleasing variety by the following
HUNT. FISH, AND BEi'D—i
I P. -YOU GET ANYTHING YOU
WILL DO BETTER THAN I
The Magazine Ads
"Why, Auntie, have the magazines
upset "you??.."'. '--'\u25a0}"
"Well, I've got thro ugh v 'the adver
tisements, and I feel exactly as If I had
been to a party. where all the men came
in their underclothes ,and the ladies
wore. only corsets."-— Life.
\u2666A Gentle Hint
Pass on, young nian, if the girl keeps
her::firigers between the pages' of the
book when. you. stop* to tell her abtmt
yourself.— Chicago Record-Herald.
Gossip of Railway men
LINES in the east in connection with
the Union Pacific and the. Southern
\u25a0Pacific companies have announced
very. low .special rates for the con
vention of the Danish Brothers of
America to be held at Fresno, October
3. (From Chicago to Los Angeles or
San Francisco the fare will be $62.50,
from St. . Louis $57.50, from St. *Paul
$63.50, from points on < the Missouri
river $57.50, from Memphis $57.50.
It is expected that more than 1,000
people will attend the convention.
The same rates will also prevail for
the meeting of the American Bankers'
association to be held in* Los Angeles
The Transportation club of this city
has. Issued a call for a special meet
ing to be held on the evening of Sep
tember 24, for a discussion of the new
amendments- to the bylaws which are
to be submitted by the special com
mittee which was appointed to take
charge of. the matter at the last an
nual meeting. The committee consists
of Colonel J. F. Burgin, J. W. Adams
F. F. Booth.
It has been announced that the Cali
fornia association of traffic agents and
the Transportation 'club of San Fran
cisco will. 'hold a joint outing at-Santa
Cruz, September 3 to 5. The annual
election of officers of the traffic agents'
association will be held at this meet
Official announcement was made yes
terday by the Washington-§unset com
pany that Joseph N. Harrison will take
the place, of Phil K. Gordon, who was
appointed, general passenger agent re
cently of tha Galveston, Harrisburg and
San Antonio line.
Harrison" has been district passenger
agent of the Southern railroad at Jack
sonville prior to which he held a simi
lar position for the same company at
Mobile. Because \of his experience in
the southeastern and Atlantic coast ter
ritory hcwai chosen to succeed Gordon
, E ;v, E- \u25a0'\u25a0£* nn L general Passenger agent
of the Canadian Pacific* in San Fran
cisco, haS left for Yellowstone park
where he will spend his vacation.
• • *
George Weston. assistant manager 'of
the American express company, with
headquarters at Portland, was in the
city yesterday. He is working for the
establishment of agencies here for the
company. , .
xu J ' ill stanton of the local office of
the Chicago, Milwaukee and St Paul
railroad willleave today on a business
trip to^ Sacramento. He; will return at
the er»d of the week.
'."'The Bill Germ
I know that money carries germ*
For" I have often seen * : -'
The evidence that* full confirms
This sordid fact and Yean
Indeed, I've felt the awful ruth.
And suffered from the crash--'
That often rises from the truth
_ ThaT \u25a0 there be germs In ; caah
I loved a maiden sweet "and fair
I loved her deeply, too;
All golden was her bonny hair
Her, eyes were wondrous blue'
She promised one day to be mine.
' My own beloved wife,
To tinge^ with Joyousness divine*
The dark ways of my life.
And then a bunch of money came—
Alas, that it should be I
And she I'd thought to bear my name
Turnedchilly unto me. ™ name
And ere the summer days had sped
' My-heart: was sorely. hit^- \u2666
That fickle maiden skipped and wed
.The Germ that came with it!
—John Kendrick; Bangs in Puck
The Eternal Question
A -teacher was > trying to explain the
dangers of overwork to one of the
smaller- pupils.^ \u25a0\u25a0 . "„<\u25a0::-•:},
"Now, Tommy," she pursued, i'if your
father were busy all day and said' he
would have to" go back to, the office, at
night, 'what would he -be doing?" \u25a0
::'\u25a0\u25a0 "That's what ma wants to kno w "— -
Lift,; \u25a0-•\u25a0"! ;" .;\u25a0'.•'\u25a0 . • - c • ; ...
Tells How a Well Known Novelist and Playwright While
Visiting the Ruins of His Childhood Home in This City
Was Mistaken for a Lunatic.
A LITTLE "human interest" drama was
enacted on a vacant lot m Pine street
between Jones and Leavenworth a day
or two ago. A man whose graying hair suggested that he mignt not oc
altogether as young as his sprightly step would indicate climbed up the
embankment and crawled about the ruins of the home known for so many
years before the 1906 disaster as "the' old Rice house-.'* The man was
Maximilian, Foster, weir known novelist and magazine writer, and he had
come "home" after an absence of 29 years. The Foster family lived on that
spot before they moved to New York in 1881. The man who had come
back after so long a time searched out the foundations of the ruined house.
Eacti nook that remained brought a flood of memories. At length he turned
from the site of the house and carefully followed the broken cement walk
that once ran through the garden. The neighbors saw him retrace his steps
back, and forth many times. Finally he laid. off his coat and went down
upon his knees. With a penknife he dug at the broken cement feverishly.
He noted that he was being watched from neighboring windows, but he paid
no heed. At length a man climbed up the embankment and asked him what
he was looking for.
"Looking for a nickel," replied the man who wrote "In the Forest."
"All right," said the new comer, soothingly. "Here's a nickel. Now
run alonjj and root somewhere else. My wife is keeping the children in the
house because she thinks you may be crazy."
In the interests of neighborhood peace Foster got up, dusted his knees
and departed. But he was not crazy and he was not facetious in his reply
to the questioner. He was merely hunting with all the zest of a man who
would bring back his boyhood for a 5 cent piece which he and Charlie Fair
planted in the soft cement 6f that garden walk when it was freshly laid 36
years ago. Y-M
Maximilian Foster is the sorf of William Ham
mond Foster, the first president of the Pacific
Union club. It was the Union club in those
days,patterned- after the rich and exclusive Union club in New York. Foster
pere, who died in 1876, was a partner in the old time firm of Russell & Co".
For a long time after it opened the family lived at the Palace hotek Then
they moved to the Rice house in Pine street, and had for next door neigh
bors the family of James G. Fair. The children of the neighborhood were
Charlie Fair and his sisters, Tessie and Birdie, now Mrs. Oelrichs and Mrs.
Vanderbilt; Katherine Best, now Katherine Gray, the actress; Bruce Palmer.
Milton Jones, Latham MacMullen and others. Max Foster and his brother,
Reginald, shared inventive honors with Charlie Fair in constructing the first
"shoot the chutes" the city ever saw. Jones street between California and
Pine 'was too steep for any sort of traffic. The wooden sidewalk was too
hard a climb for any but the athletic and its little used boards remained
smooth and even.
The Foster boys and young Fair obtained great quantities of axle grease
and cojUad'that wooden sidewalk with the stuff. Then they hauled their
sleds up to California street, got astride them and cast off for the wildest
ride ever known. They often swept across Pine street and half way down
the ungreased next block.'
One day a gentleman, wearing the tall straight brimmed silk hat of the
time, and a lady in a wonderful balloonlike silk, dress emerged from one of
the mansions in California street and thoughtlessly started down the Jones
street sidewalk. They stepped upon the greased boards, and in an instant
the man was echoing the woman's cries as they slid, shot and rolled all the
way down into Pine street. The wonderful clothes were ruined, but that was
nothing compared to the damage to the tempers of the victims.
"That unfortunate accident cost our fathers dear,*' said Max Foster, as
l\e stood looking at the place the other day, "and it put the best slide in the
world out of business.";i;v>
First San Francisco
Shoot the Chutes
Maximilian Foster ranks among the strongest
of the progressive writers of the east. His two
novels, "In the Forest" and "Corrie Who?."
have circulated widely. He is the author of several successfal plays, and. by
a pretty coincidence, Katherine Gray, the playfellow of his childhood, is now
preparing to star in his new play, ."The Whirlpool."
Playmates to Star
- in Foster's New Play
ANSWERS TO QUERIES^.
PRESlDENT— Subscriber. City: May the pres
ident of the United States ko outside or the
Jurisdiction of the union during the, time that ho
is in office?
There is nothing in the laws that
prevents him from so doing. While on
his recent tour President Taft called
on President Diaz in Mexico and Presi
dent Diaz met President Taft in Texas.
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CONDOLENCE — Mourner When should cards
or notes of condolence be acknowledged ? Should
the receipt of flowers sent for a funeral be ac
Cards or notes of condolence should
Lbe acknowledged In all cases by send
ing your' visiting card in mourning
and on the face of which should be
written "With grateful appreciation of
your kind sympathy." Courtesy re
quires notes to friends who send flow
ers. --; \u25a0•"%•;
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lOniNE STAINS— A.. Fort Brasrjr. What will
remove iodine stains from crochet lace?
It is said that rectified spirits will
remove such stains.
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CROWD— B. B. F.. city. What is the rec
ord attendance at any base ball game In the
Forty thousand, Philadelphia, October
CEMENT WALK— W. H. T.. CenteryHle.
How should a first class cement ald*walk
be laid? What proportion of cement, sravvl
or broken rock and sand should be nsed? * .
. The School of Mines lays down the^
following rule: "After the ground has
been graded, a frame is madeof 2x4 or
lx4,Jield in place by stakes driven out
side7"the distance between' these being
the width of .the walk. The material
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
JOHN H. MARBLE, an attorney connected with
the Interstate commerce commission, arrf»»d
yesterday to investigate the work of the
special accountants of the commission who
are going over the books of the Southern
Pacific to tee what effect the pawing of new
r&ten would bare on the tonnage of the road
during October of 1909 and January. April and
June of this year. "•
E. T. VLAUTE, an attorney of Seattle, and Wil
liam Pisot. a merchant of the same city, are
guests at . the Palace. They will be members
of the associated chambers of commerce party
that will visit the orient.
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HARRY I. MILLER, John D. Thompson and
Alexander H. Rutherford of New York make
..up a party staying at the St. Francis. Rnther
ford is a stock broker and is the stepson of the
late George Crocker. .... -
• • •
L. K. PASSMORE, rice president of the William
Perm mutual insurance company. Is at the Pt.
Francis with Mrs. Pa&smore. They are regis
tered from Philadelphia. S§&Si>
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J* J.VHAintAHAS of Loa.AnitelM. (feorg* T.
: Howell of Paaadena and Morley M. Maddox of
Visalla are among the recent - arrivals at the
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•W. C. d« UUJOY of Short Hills. X. J., Mrs. de
Lsn'oy.and Mr. and Mrs. John Huasey of Santa
Barbara have apartments at the St. Francis.
• . • •
GEORGE PFATF of Coalinga and N.. Redman of
Oil Center, oil operators, are among the re
cent arrivals at the Ar|on«ut.
•• . •
E. P. BOSBYSHELL. a manufacturer of farmlrrg
implements at l<os Angeles, is staying at the
Palace with Mr*. BosbyshelL*
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GEORGE AVERILL. president of the Coos Bay
railroad company. Coo« bay. is at the Dale.
• -.' .. • •
CAPTAIN. 8. BANBERG of the steamship Korea
, is among the recent arrivals at the Manx.
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R. C. BIRD, a cattlemta from Merced, U at the
AUGUST 23, IQIO
for the walk is put in two layers. Th«*
first is of one part Portland cement and
eight parts of sand and gravel or hard
rock broken into small pieces. This is
first"* thoroughly mixed dry and then
mixed with water. like ordinary mortar,
and rammed well Into place in the .
frame. The next layer should be placed
upon this as soon as possible. It should
be one inch thick, made- up of one part
cement and two parts of coarse sand.'
MINOR-F. C." R.. Fort Braze D~» .
minor become a citizen of the Unf^d State*
self cllSwe" natßrali2^ before he i, him-
The naturalization laws say "The
children of persons who have been duly
naturalized under any law of the United
Mates, or who previous to the passing
of any law on that subject by th<> Kov :
h™ nt & the Unlted States ' ma >' have
become citizens of any one of the states
»~ V,f laW v thereof - being under the
««^°i i.*! 1 "* S " me ° f the "aturaliza
fi f*. i\ i r parents, shall. If dweiiins:
StizeL^re'of 3 "^ 09 ' b9 COnSld^ as
in?h« V . actress - According to on«
authority she was born in Paragossa
fepain. and was the daughter of a Span
ish artist and an English woman. An
other story is that she was the illegiti-
Vnin,h aU! « h , ter . ° f - a s Pan«ard and an
English girl of the middle class and
rlr^^ BB 11 ° n N ? h -. pr ° 6ecutla R.»ttornej of Chic*. ,r
colowl of the second recent of the national
dto" * «P«rtments «t the Fair
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CA SZ A n *',*• BRE^STE2 of th. r. S. ma
rine corp* is a gnest at th* Stewart.
T, Vv.ar.Ki.THt. a banlter from Butte Men* I«
•t th. Tarpta wim jib. WheeieV '
•• • .
A. H. BKAWNEH, a businessman of New Tork
i» registered at the Fairmont.
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VreJl^V mInIa * «*««<* London,
w registered at the Palace.
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