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TWO PLANS FOR SPRING VALLEY PURCHASE
MAYOR URGES ACTION BY THE SUPERVISORS
Garfield Permit for the Use .of Hetch Hetchy and Lake Eleanor
Water Pronounced Not Wdrth Paper Written Upon -
were Indeed very much surprised. In
common with all the people of this city
I had. from the Information given, felt
ratisfled that San Francisco was pos
sessed of all the right and title neces
sary for the damming of Iletch Hetchy
valley for the purpose of Impounding
the flood waters of that great water
shed. It is true that I had some doubts,
based upon the manner In which, as
well as the channels through which,
those who were promoting this great
project were conducting themselves re
garding this great project, and* these
doubts, during the special election
called for the voting of bonds for th*
paid project, were made clear to the
people of this city.
Fear Concerning: Tille
However, assurances were given that
the people were perfectly .^afe in pro
ceeding with th* work necessary to
secure the water from Hetch Hetchy
valley, which caUeJ for the issue of
bonds to the extent of $45,000,000. The
meeting of your representative with
the president of the United States,
however, put to rest for all time any
puch belief tending to convey the idea
that San Francisco's title to Hetch
Hrtchy valley was secure.
On the contrary. President Taft
*howed j-our representatives quite
clearly that th*» permit issued by Sec
retary Garfield was not worth the paper
on which it was written, providing his
successor in office, whether immediate
or remote, desired to revoke the same
before us<» vested a right. In other
words, what one secretary may grant
In that regard may by another succeed
ing secretary be revoked, and that
absolutely within the law.
This placed your repreffentatrv«s in
a remarkably peculiar position. What
was to be done? was the question that
immediately presented Itself to. I be
lieve, each and every one, and after
considerable skirmishing the president,
largely through the able assistance
rendered by United States Senator
Flint, suggested that a commission of
army engineers be appointed to make
a thorough and impartial Investigation
ot the entire situation, giving them
one year within which to thus<~<nvesti
gate both the claims of Sam Francisco
and those opposed to San Francisco's
securing a water supply from the Hetch
Hetchy valley.'
DFPLonnn my prksidext
This, indeed, seemed to be a splendid
idea, particularly so since we seemed
to be on the very threshold of expul
pion from Hetch Ketchy and that, as
we were given to understand by the
president, within the law. The presi
dent deeply deplored the -manner In
which the people of San Francisco were
led to believe that they had the right
under the Garfield act to proceed with
the building of a water "works, necessi
tating the damming of the Hetch
Hetchy valley for the hereinbefore
mentioned purposes, but he was no
more surprised than was the under
signed, because I, in common with all
others interested in this project, have
been made to believe that we had all
the right and title to proceed within
the law and complete the Hetch Hetchy
eyplem without delay.
So confident was I that this was the
position the city occupied that during
the V-ampaigri for the bonds I stated on
more than one occasion that we would
have water from the Iletch Hetchy in
San Francisco within a period of five
years; Indeed, I felt confident that the
promoters of this scheme were abso
lutely on the square with the people of
this city and county, recalling as I
have many times the fact that my
predecessor in -office, who was a lawyer
and as such presumed to know the law.
on February 23, 1909, expressed himself
rs. follows:
"The city can go right ahead, and I
am sure that is the disposition. The
action at Washington postponing until
the next session of congress the au
thorization to exchange lands need not
delay the Hetch Hetchy project in the
•least. We have a permanent easement,
which is as good for practical purposes
as a fee simple title, to all of the land.
In any case the exchange of the city's
purchases outside of the valley for the
federal land in the valley would not
have given us title to all of the In
closing walls. The city Is in good con
dition to go right ahead."
NOT LIKI3 I.OS ANGELES
It has been argued that San Fran
cisco had the same right and title to
Hetch Hetchy as Los Angeles had to
the water supply she Is now engaged in
constructing. Nothing in the world
could be further from the truth. Los
Angelas has a right through act of con
gress Tind not through a permit given
to her by the secretary of the interior,
and in this regard I wish to call to the
attention of your honorable board that
.President Taft stated to your repre
sentatives while In the White House
that if San Francisco could show that
she must acquire the Hetch Hetchy val
ley rights in order to secure a water
supply sufficient to meet all her needs,
then he would support such a bill and
.haye it put through congress. Insuring
to San Francisco all the title needed in
regard to the water supply from Hetch
Hetchy valley.
. Hlb suggestion was adopted by the
pecretary of the interior and a com
mission made up of three army en
»v Fose 7 for Particulars
I THIS COUPON
| AND 10 CENTS
When presented at the office of '
THE GALL
Will be pood for EITHER ONE oX
tbe {olio wins'
Fine Art Photogravures
Or Both Picture* for
Coupon and 20c
Christ Before Pilate
Uy ainukncnx
. In the Hands of the Enemy
Hy Uovrnden
Present coupon and 10 cents at
either office of THE CALL.
Main office. Market F.nd Third
Streets, .ian Francisco.
_ Branch office, 1651 Fillmore street,
%an Francisco.
Oakland office, 468 Eleventh street
(Bacon block), Oakland.
It picture is to be mailed, price
will be
16 Cents
(6 cents additional to cover cost of
mailing) *
grlneers was appointed by the secretary.
This commission is empowered, to in
vestigate any and all water supplies
which may be used by San Francisco
and report their findings to the secre
tary of the interior.
AGREEMENT WITH GOVER.VMEXT
The city and county of San Fran
cfsco has the right to call upon the gov
ernment for any maps, papers or other
information from any and all sources
dealing with a water supply for San
Francisco, and is in turn compelled by
the ruling of the secretary of the in
terior to give to the commission at
any time said commission may make a
demand all information the city au
thorities may have regarding this ques
tion, it .being understood that the city
acquires no further rights in the dis
trict until the commission reports.
In view of the foregoing, I would
recommend that every effort be put
forth to demonstrate to the satisfac
tion of this commission that the future
of this great city demands an abun
dance of pure water and that Hetch
Hetchy is the best, the only and the
most natural location within the reach
of the people of this city from which
to secure such a water supply. Now
is the time to Insure the future of this
great city of ours against that .which
is taking place in many other cities
in this and other countries, that is,
scarcity and absolute inability of the
water supply to meet with the needs
of the people; and In this connection
and in line with the platform on which
the members of my party and myself
stood at the last election, I beg leave
to submit and recommejid for the con
sideration of your honorable board the
following: <
A vast majority of our pepole
lieve, and have expressed that belief
at the polls, that while Hetch Hetchy
Is an ideal source of supply and one
that our city mu*t possess for future
needs, the municipal ownership and
control of the property of the Spring
Valley water company Is also a neces
sity for the present and future welfare
of the citizens of the city and county
of San Francisco.
SPRING VAIiLEY PROPERTIES
In consonance with this thought the
people of the city and county of San
Francisco elected us to office upon our
platform, which, among other things,
contains the following provision:
"We strongly advocate and pledge
our nominees to the early acquisition
and development of the Hetch Hetchy
water supply, and we further believe
that the ever increasing needs of the
greater Sao Francisco, destined to em
brace the' lower peninsula and bay
cities, demand not only the operation of
this great source of pure water," but
the purchase upon a reasonable basis
of the Spring Valley water system."
I have given the matter of the pur
chase of the Spring Valley watei» com
pany's properties a very careful in
vestigation, much thought and atten
tion.
In order to place the matter before
your honorable body and the people of
our city, it becomes ! necessary to go
back some years and to consider the
capitalization of the Spring Valley
water works, the predecessor of the
Spring Valley water company, for the
purpose of arriving at an intelligent
Idea of the cost and value of said
properties to the stock and bond hold
ers of the Spring Valley water com
pany.
WATER COMPANY'S FINANCES
In the year 1903 I am informed that
the Spring Valley water works, in or
der to increase its bended indebtedness
under the laws of our state, increased
its capitalization from $14,000,000 to
$28,000,000 fn the following manner:
The original incorporation consisted of
140,000 shares of the par value of $100
each, or $14,000,000. :;-'-: X:
To circumvent a statute which pro
hibited a bonded indebtedness greater
than the capital stock of the company,
the stock issue of the company was in
creased from 140,000 shares to 250.000
shares of the par value of $100. The
company also changed its name to that
of the Spring Valley water company,
instead of the Spring Valley water
works, and the holders of the old stock
surrendered the same, and received two
shares of the new stock for one share
of the old. • Therefore, while the par
value of the stock is shown in the
articles of incorporation and books of
the company as $100 per share, the ac
tual value of all stock is $50, instead
of $100 per share. The Spring Valley
water company carries a bonded in
debtedness of about $19,0a0,000. This,
added to the par value of the stock
hereinbefore mentioned at $14,000,000,
aggregates the sum of $33,000,000, the
total corporate liability of the company
for stocks and bonds — and represents
its investment.
THE PROPOSED PURCHASE
When the question was presented to
the electors of the city and county of
San Francisco for the purchase of
Spring Valley in the sum of $35,000,000.
I opposed the purchase upon several
different grounds, among which was
that the purchase of Spring "Valley in
conjunction with Hetch Hetchy, which
involved a bond issue of $58,000,000, ex
ceeded the limitation fixed by section
9 of article XII of the charter, which
in the opinion of some of our leading
attorneys would have defeated the bond
Issue for Hetch Hetchy, and through
the courts given us Spring Valley, that
being then an existing public utility
and in Use, coming within the bond
limit of 16 per cent of the value of the
real and personal property of this city,
as set forth in the charter.
In dther respects the position taken
by me at that time has since been ab
solutely confirmed. For instance, the
settlement of lawsuits existing affect-
Ing the titles of the Spring Valley wa
ter company's properties in Alameda
county, which were In litigation at that
time.
It will be remembered that the prpp
osltion made by the company was
(first) the retention by the company of
all money impounded under injunc
tion, (second) the dismissal of all
pending litigation over rates In favor
of the company, the assump
tion by the city of all litigation against
the company affecting land titles, and
(fourth) the payment ft the company
of the sum of $35,000,000.
TITLES HAVE BEE.\ SETTLED
Had the city in January accepted
this proposition the pending litigation
against the company in relation to land
titles would unquestionably have in
volved the city in i millions of dollars*
expenditure^ beforeV said titles could
have been settled; understand that
all of these titles 'have been settled
and that the company now holds its
property in fee simple andis in a po
sition to convey the same to "the city.
Therefore, the city and the company
are now in better position to consnm
mate this matter than at any time
heretofore. The company is in a po
sition to deed all its property, free of
any litigation/ and the city is In a po
sition to acquire . a water supply with
out any obstacles such as litigation or
claim, asserted but unsettled.
PURCHASE TERMS SUGGESTED
J In view of this situation I would rec
ommend to your ; honorable body that
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THE SAN FRANCISCO; CALL; TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1910.
negotiations be opened with the Spring
Valley water company for the purpose
of acquiring the properties of that
company, a*nd to that end an offer be
made to- the Spring Valley .water com
pany to pay to the Spring Valley water
company for its entire plant, as it now
stands, that is, Including all property
now used by them for whatever pur
pose, a sum of money, which would
equal the par value of its stock and
bonds, payable in the following man
ner: The city to pay to the stock hold
ers for each $1,000 worth ..of stock
,SI,OOO in bonds of the city bearing 4%
'per cent Interest; after the purchase of
the stock of the company, the city/ if
permitted byl aw, to carry the present,
bonded Indebtedness of the Spring Val
ley water company in the sum of $19,
000,000 of 4 per cent bonds. If this is
found to be Illegal or impracticable,
then I would advise that the $19,000,000
bond issue of the company be t^ken up
by the city and that the city Issue in
payment of Baid bonds $19,000,000 of
4 per cent municipal bonds and ex
change the same with- the bond holders
of the company, bond for bond.
SECOND PROPOSITIOX »
Or, second, that the city pay to the
Spring Valley water company for its
plant, as it now stands, including all
property now used by them for.what
ever purpose, the par value of their
outstanding stocks and bonds, which
Is a sum between $33,000,000 and $34,
000,000, the company to settle with its
stock and bond holders.
I am of the opinion that this amount
"of money could be made available from
the present bond issue, authorized for
Hetch Hetchy by submitting the mat
ter to the people and approving the
same by a two-thirds vote; or, in other
words, modifying the present author
ized bond issue so that Spring Valley
might be purchased in the above men
tioned figure and the balance of the
bemds authorized to be issued for water
purposes to be used in the improvement
of Lake Eleanor, the Tuolumne river
and its tributaries if, and when the
same becomes necessary.
With the present authorized bond
issue of $45,000,000 for water pur
poses, with the purchase of the Spring
Valley at the above mentioned figure,
there Is sufficient money to increase
the supply of Spring Valley and to im
prove and expand its distributive sys
tem within the city in many places
where the- supply is absolutely Inade
quate and the wants of our people de
mand immediate relief.
BELIEVES .THE PLAN' FAIR
After a carefulstudy of the situation
I am of the opinion that this Is a prop
osition which would be fair to the
Spring Valley bond holders, fair to
the Spring Valley stock holders, fair
to the city and fair to the taxpayers,
for the reason that the bond holders
will receive a greater value for their
bonds, than they have at any time been
quoted in the market. The - stock
holders would receive par on the basis
of $50 per share for stock which has
been purchased by them from the sum
of about $18 per share upward, as the
following table of quotations will
show: " ' ;..; .
Year— High. L,ow.
X 905. 4S . 36%
1906 40% 204
1907 -. .."25'A 18%
1908 34 20%
1909 ....54 . 30 %
1910 50% 41
1910 (August) '. ..50 47%
We were called to the public service
upon a platform which contained the
following provision:
"The union labor party believes in
the policy of requiring all public serv
ice corporations to accord fair treat
ment to the city and its people in all
sections and localities, and in return
for^ this believes that 'the city itself
should be fair in its dealings with such
corporations." . v
In line with that thought expressed in
that platform, in! presenting the facts
herein, I have endeavored to --be fair
and accord to all concerned just treat
ment. I believe that the city should
acquire the Spring Valley water com
pany's properties now that it is ''free
from litigation at the earliest possible
moment, and with Hetch Hetchy^or
other systems become the permanent
water supply of San Francisco, to be
owned and controlled by the munici
pality. • >.
I believe the time is now ripe to act
in this matter. I believe the Spring
Valley water company's position now
j is such that the, city can with safety
buy it, and that' your honorable body
should begin negotiations for the pur
chase of the Spring Valley water com
pany's properties, as herein provided.
Respectfully submitted.
p. m. McCarthy, ;
Mayor of the City and County of San
Francisco.
ASIATIC CHOLERA HAS
APPEARED IN PRUSSIA
Public Warned Against Re-
course to Nostrums
BERLIN, Aug. 29. — It was officially
gazetted today that two of the cases
of Asiatic cholera had developed at
Spandau. Precautionary notices to the
public were issued.
The public is warned thaf the use'
of so called cholera drops and tonics is
futile and urged immediately to sum
mon a physician if the digestive or
gans are disturbed. ', \u25a0
The co-operation- of the people with
the health officers is asked.
Precautions Taken
SPANDAU, Prussia, Aug. ,29.— The
death of a woman and the illness of her
husband and of a male attendant at the
hospital, all suspected cholera cases,
have caused the health -administration
of Prussia to take comprehensive pre
cautions against a spread of the In
fection. • A fourth suspected Case* of
cholera, here developed* today, the vic
tim Jjeing a police sergeant. ,:"^-v
WIFE RELTATES TALE
OF HER.DOMESTIC WOE
[Special Correspondence, of The Call]
" * HONOLULU.' Aug. 21.— Victor A. Nor
gaard, territorial yeterlnarian^and fed
eral livestock inspector, is the defend
ant in one of the most: sensational di
vorce cases ever filed in. the Hawaiian
courts. — . - ~
The complaint filed *by his wife
charges him with having beaten his In
fant son so severely that the boy is
crippled for life. She alleges that he
denied her. clothes to wear and notified
the local stores to refuse" her credit.
She says that he \u25a0 has beaten her re
peatedly and- Is an habitual -drunkard.
Norgaard came: here; from J Washing
ton some "years ago,-; having been rec
ommended by the department of agri
culture :as one of .-the "leaders of his
profession in the .world. "He 'has filed
a. cross complaint- charging his; wife
with drunkenness. \
A Ripe Old Agf.
If you are anxious to .live to a ripe
old age, drink with youri meala; each
day. a bottle: of healthful red or white
Tipo, produced by the ' Italian-Swiss
Colony. \u25a0-:;--\u25a0• \u25a0..;
CITY WAS GRANTED
VALID EASEMENT,
SAYS TAYLOR
Former Mayor Edward Robe
son Taylor, dean of Hastings
college of. law, takes issue with
Mayor P.- H. McCarthy 'in the
latter's intimation , that the
Hetch Hetchy Garfield grant to
the city is "not worth the paper
it was written upon.
Last crinht Doctor .Taylor
said:
"The city would have .good^
fighting ground to stand upon
should' the secretary of the-in
terior seek to revoke the Car field
grant. Secretary Car field granted
the city an easement under which
San Francisco has the right to
use' the Walls of the valley to im
pound the waters to be stored.
The secretary could not grant the
city absolute title, but he did give
it what he was authorized to
grant under the law. No lawyer 7'
would ever imagine the Garfield
grant to be anything but an ease
ment. Under its terms and ac
cording to its conditions the city
has proceeded to expend large
sums of money. This was on the '\u25a0\u25a0
faith of the grant made, lean
not concur in the opinion ex
pressed in Mayor McCarthy s
letter that the C ar field grant 'is
not worth the paper it is written
on.' Upon *the basis of that
grant, having complied with the
conditions imposed and expend
ing money to meet these condi
tions t the city is placed so that a
court would be loth indeed to
deprive it of the rights obtained.
The city has good fighting ground
to resist any such attempt."
ENGINEER MANSON
REGRETS POSITION
OF THE MAYOR
Gtty Engineer Marsden Man
son saidiast night: • '. •'
"I do not care to discuss the
letter of the mayor in regard to
the Water matter until I have read
it more critically). The communi
cation may be referred to my of
fice by the board of porks. In
general / would only say that I
regret that the mayor takes this
position in regard to the validity
and worth of the H etch Hetchy
grant. It is the position which all
along has been taken by some of
the project" s* bitterest opponents."
U. S. EMPLOYES TO
DISCUSS PENSIONS
Protests Against Gillett Bill
Will Be Signed by the
Local Body
An important meeting of the. San
Francisco branch, United States civil
service retirement association, will be
held next Thursday evening at Santa.
Clara hall, 172 Golden Gate avenue, to
sign the petitions of protest against the
contributory plan of retirement for su
penannuated civil-service employes,
known as. the Gillett bill, and: request-
Ing congress to favor a straight pen
sion as outlined In. the Goulden bill.
The Qillett bill provides annuities on
the plan of withholding a portion of
the employes' salaries, variously esti
mated at from $5 to |10 per month on
% 100 salary, while the Goulden bill pro
vides for a straight annuity from the
government, the same as the army,
navy and revenue cutter officers now
enjoy.
At a meeting of the executive com
mittee held at the custom house August
19 it was pointed out that inasmuch as
under the Gillett bill an employe who
dies before being eligible for the an
nuity would receive only the amount
that had s been deducted from his sal
ary; that an employe of 30 years of age
who would of his own 'free will put
aside 10 per cent of his pay for 30
years, even though he got 3^ per cent
interest would be sadly lacking fn
sound Judgment, .when he knows that
for the same money he could. In a
first class insurance company purchase
a 30 year endowment . policy "which
would be worth -its; face value his
wife and family immediately after the
first premium was paid and thii3 insure
them against' want In: case- of death,
which the Gillett bill will not do
''\u25a0Mass meetings of the United States
civil service retirement association^ are
to be held in all the large .cities of the
United. States on October 1, that day
having been designated by the associa
tion as "retirement :day."- Arrange
ments are now ;belng made . for the
meeting to be held in San Francisco on
that. date. Music. will be provided and
prominent ' 'speakers engaged. The
meeting is to be open- to the public.
CZAR AND CZARINE
ON VISIT VTO GERMANY
Careful Measures to Protect the
Imperial Train
EYDKUHNEN, Prussia," Aug. 29 —
Emperor Nicholas and ; Empress Alexan
dra: of i ßussia, entered^ Germany; today;
proceeding -.to Priedberg,.;ih Hesse,
where her ; majesty, willtajce the cura
tlve'waters* t \u25a0.::':."\u25a0-'/ ' \u25a0 . - v \u25a0\u25a0>'\u25a0-.•: \u25a0..- \'---:- '
; : The usual careful measures have been
taken , to prevent a mishap to the im
perial, train;;;.;. "; '" ;'
: German- soldiers have been picketed
at intervals j along the j railroad . line and
the :tracks;are : beingfcarefully-exam
ined' as- the train approaches.
BANK : BURGLARS V> FRUSTRATED— Spokane;
; Wash., Aug. 29.— The Farmers' and Merchants',
.hank at -Sprlngdale, Wash., , was - visited by
r. v burglars -j last, night.:;, The sYaul^waiir dyna
, mited, - but . the j robbers : ; were \u25a0; unable to ' open
. \u25a0 the" safe lnsid« the rault, \ and •- »ecured no
"plunder,- .^ . v v \u25a0\u25a0>-.-\u25a0\u25a0-'\u25a0* \u25a0\u25a0-\u25a0...*-\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0•- -
STAGE OVERTURNS
ON STEEP GRADE
Motorcyclists Frighten Horses
and Coach Is Hurled Into '
Passengers Have Truly Miracu*
lous Escape From Death in
the Wreckage
Continued From Page 1
em society of engineers/ chairman of
the engineering sectionof the Chicago
association of commerce and a member
of the engineering staff of the Uni
versity of Illinois. Only' a week.ago
he married Miss Eva Henderson of
Berkeley arid the* trip to Willow Camp
and Bolinas was just the beginning of
a honeymoon that was" to have ended
with a trip to. Chicago, "where the
couple will make' their home. Bement
was able to tell a graphic story 'of
the accident. - - ; . - ', :
"My wife and I c*me over from
Berkeley _a week ago/ he said, /'arid
took; this, cottage for' a few days.
Saturday we went to Bolinas, remain
ing;'6ver night. Shortly after." 2 o'clock
the next afternoon, Sunday, we took
the- launch from Bolinas to Willow
Camp and boarded " the stage with sev
eral others. Mrs. Bement and I sat in
the middle, seat, while Mrs. Gardner
and. her daughter sat in front of .us
with the driver. Three men whose
.names. I do not know sat in- the rear
seat. ; We had traveled about half the
distance to West Point when we ap
proached Steep ravine,
-"I was looking ahead and was., sur
prised to , see three men come coasting
toward,* us on motorcycles.- \u25a0I . heard
the driver shout and then "came the
accident. - The hprses seemed to be
terror ' stricken at. the cycles. They
reared;and, plunged beyond all control.
My : wife q/ied outVsorriething . about
jumping, and I think* I must Jiave at
tempted to, jump with her.Vj'At any
rate if was of no use, as \u25a0 the horses
in the lead turned sharply, ; dragging
the others after them. We all went
over the bank, except the men in the
rear. I.thlnk they must have jumped,
for theywere not hurt. I thought 1 my
end had come as. the coach pitched
down the canyon. " • ••' - .'"''\u25a0.'. \u25a0' .\u25a0 '
"We w^ere all mixed up with the for
ward horses. They kicked and strug-,
gled as we rolled down the" ravine. One
,of them struck me on.-the;slde of. the
head> with lifs hoof, cutting my ear.
I .could hear Mrs. Gardner crying for
help with the' other horse lying across
her. Her' moans were pittful."
Rescued Mrs. Gardner ;
' '"Itrrianaged to free myself -with the
aid of the other men and we then'drew
Mrs. Gardner from under the horse. . I
did not notice my sprained anki^ljar
ticularly at ;the time. My- wife > was
fearfully cut up. We carried her to "the
road. ' Meanwhile the coach and rear
horses, which were still attached by
the traces, had become tangled up with
a bunch of trees. One tree was broken
short off by the rolling coach. We
waited by. the roadside. until the fourth
motorcyclist brought help."' ~ .
Bement and his wife, who was.suffer
ing" fearfully from her broken nose and
'the cuts- on-: her \u25a0'face, left the train
near \u25a0their, home and were assisted'to
the' bungalow, where Dr. Eloesser came
and dressed their injuries. Mrs. Daniel
Henderson "of 2315 Ashby avenue,
Berkeley, mother 'of Mrs. Bement, was
notified last night of the accident and,
"came ; to Mill Valley this, morning to
.nurse her daughter and son in law.
~. Nunjs, 'the:, injured driver, managed
to reach Willow Camp after the acci
dent an.l summoned assistance to
rescue 'his horses from the canyon. All
were cut and scratched, but will live.
The coach was hauled 1 from the ravine
'this afternoon."
SEMIOFFICIAL COMMENT
ON KAISER'S SPEECH
Divine Right Idea Simply a Per
sonal Conviction
BERLIN. Aug. 29.— The semiofficial
Nord Deutsche Allgemeine'Zeitung to
da^y explains the government's views
of' the emperor's Koenigsburg speech,
which has been construed .by a part of
the press as a declaration of absolutism
and underestimation of the people and
the people's representatives.
The speech in which Emperor- Wil
liam intimated his belief that he- ruled
by divine right was not. It Is set forth,
an act of the government, but the ex
pression of the personal convictions of
the monarch, and as such was the
breath and spirit of, his sense* of duty
resting on the religious grounds which
his majesty had repeatedly proclaimed
and. had made actual in his conduct as
ruler.
The basis of criticism of the em
peror was his affirmation that he went
his way without considering the opin
ions of the. day, says the paper, which
adds:
He would ..be a bad king who
took the current views as the chalk
line for his conduct. The imperial
speaker is declared to have put
himself in opposition to the consti
: ; tutlon. This conclusion can be
* drawn only by- those who hold to "
, the fiction that an Independent
parliamentary system Is dependent
\u0084 on fluctuating opinion or the" abso
lutism of the masses whereof the
.. constitution knows nothing. ' -f
THE WAY OUT
What , to Do When Food Don't Ajrree.
/ When food don't agree, sensible folks
make a' change.
Where all others. fall Grape-Nuts, be-
ing partially predigested and nearly ,all
nourishment, succeeds usually from the
first trial. - • , : -: .
A lady in Washlngtonsays: "My,. baby
19 mouths old had never seer^ a well
day; in her life. She had suffered from
indigestion from the time of her. birth,
and it seemed impossible to find any
food to agree with her. "Shecould keep
: almost ; nothing on ''\u25a0 her, stomach and ehe
wasln such a constipated condition she
suffered a great deal.
"It was then that I tried Grape-Nuts
for her, fsteeplng it thoroughly and
Btrainihgr;it t 'putting;a small portion in
each and It, worked like -a
charm.'. Shelbegan to improve immedi-
ately and gained half a pound the
firsV week.
' "Baby^got her .indigestion from me,
for my .'digestive j organs . ha ve»; always-
been weak.,"; I -rely on' Grape-Nuts "for,
most 'of my ; food, for -there are times
when -I ' can eat" nothing ?else. ; I -am
steadily improvin g s and - know • Grapef
Nuts" will make me entirely "well iii'
: time. ']:"_\u25a0 ."- -'': ";. '',' t'"_ \' \u25a0; V' j ::i .'"
L^. _VI- never/ have 'that jtlred feeling'; any
more: 9 1 Teat Grape-Nuts i, and / 1 feel ; its
effects -\u25a0; in /improved \ mental .strength
- very I forcibly." - ; \u25a0: ;'^'t :>: :i » V
;-. UThere's 'a Reason." .'\u25a0\u25a0-\u25a0! ['''j ~\_\ V , * ..;
: Ijbok in pkgs. for the famous -little
book,: "The Road to Wellville." r \-^
'\u25a0 \u25a0 Ever l read the aboye letter I }^X \ new'
one appears from ' time *to - time. " They
are, genuine, true, and full of human
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CITY ATTACKS SUIT
OF PAT CALHOUN
Car Company Forfeited Any
Rights It Had in Geary
.Street, Contends Long .
Mayor McCarthy, in Affidavit,
Denies United Railroads'
Claim to Thoroughfare
The city flred its first shot yester
day in the final battle with the United
Railroads, which Is trying to prevent
the sale of the bonds and the building
of the Geary street municipal road.
City Attorney Long^ tiled a general de
murrer to the complaint of the railroad
company and asked that the suit be
dismissed for want of a cause of action.
In addition, the city's legal* repre
sentative flTed affidavits made by Mayor
P. H. McCarthy and W. R.^laggerty,
clerk of the board'of supervisors, show
ing that the United Railroads had for
feited its rights, if it ever had any, to
run a. road in; Geary street. In the
mayor's affidavit it is set forth that it
is'not the city's Intention at this time to
build a municipal road In Market street
; from the junction of Geary to the ferry.
Taking up each claim "of the railroad
company to a' franchise in Geary street,
McCarthy's statement makes a specific
denial; He says that it is not true that
the Central railroad company or its as
signs have operated or maintained a
fable road in Geary street between
Stockton' and Taylor. Similarly is
It refuted , that the North BeacTT and
Mission railroad company has continued
f to operate a railroad under its franchise
In Geary street between Stockton and
Kearny, but it is -'stated that
over the course which was originally as
signed to these two companies the
present line is operated by the Geary
street. Park and Ocean railroad com
; pany. . * .
The attempt of the United Railroads
to claim the. right to run a streetcar
line over the disputed part, under the
permit given it shortly after the earth
quake and fire of April, 1906. to op
: crate with electricity all of its lines —
those in operation and those for which
It had ' new franchises — is assailed by
McCarthy, who claims that all right
under, the permit to run a line In Geary
street was forfeited by failure to con
struct an electric line "within a reason
able time. - . _ .
The affidavit of the mayor goes on
to state that' neither the United Rail
roads nor their predecessors have op
erated a railroad in Geary street for
18 years. Replyfng to the assertion
that the city would seize the property
of the United Railroads for its munici
pal line, it is set forth that the clty
would pay.* for all property that it
would be necessary to seize.
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USE;CALL WANT ADS '
YOUNG ROOSEVELT
CAUGHT BY CAMERA
Call Photographer Gets First
i Photo of Teddy Jr. Taken
Fashionably Dressed Woman
Coldly Repulsed by Son of
Theodore the Great .Jji
Continued From Pace t
purred up to the curb in Mission street.
and a fashionably attired woman stepped
out and entered tbja^portals of the
carpet house. She^wanted to see Mr. .
Roosevelt. S >;' *-4_
Her business with t^e scion of Oys
ter Bay was asked. * The woman was
reticent, but she wanted to see Mr.
Roosevelt.
"Tell her that if she wants to buy
any carpets I'll go and wait on h«r.
otherwise. I "am busy," said younjr
Roosevelt.
The woman drove off in her purrlnic -
automobile.
"When young Roosevelt found out
| 3'esterday that h© had been snapped ha.
i graciously accepted the situation.
"My father will toe out in March." ha
said. That carried the inference that
in seven months California will have
at least one Roosevelt who hasn't tha
slightest objection to having his photo
graph taken.
SOLANO DEMOCRATS
ELECT DELEGATION
Republicans Also Name Repre
sentatives in State Convention
{Spe^al Dispatch to The Call]
VALLEJO. Aug. 29. — The democatic
party of Solano county has elected the
following delegates to the state con
vention at Stockton on September 5:
At large— F. B. St«rke of VaHej«. chairman:
W. U. Goodman. Snlsun: J. C. Wolfskin. Snlsnn;
r B. Lynch, Vallejo; J. P. Martin, Dtxoo. *
"SuperVlsor districts— First— Cam. Whlttborn*.
Vallelo: second* Jamea A- Keyes, Snlsun: third.
Frank -v£ Qulnn. B^nlcla: fourth. T. I* Gates,
Vacavllle; fifth, C. J. Fink, Rio Vlst«.
The new county central committee
organized by electing the following of
ficers: Chairman, F. R. Starke; secre
tary, S. H. Lashelle of Suisun; treas
urer, Wilbur V- Goodman of Suisun.
The republicans have elected the fol
lowing delegates to the state conven
tion in San Francisco September •: At
torney Frank B. Devlin, Supervisor
Henry Widenmann. Charles Barnes. L,
P. Hall and D, W. Fraaer.
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