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TUESDAY
The San Francisco Call
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REPORTS from the region south of Tehachapi are that Hiram
Johrrson is receiving gratifying and enthusiastic support.
. Johnson is an inspiring figure, a big man morally and intel
_ lectually, and he makes votes. It need not
be doubted that he will receive the support
of a united and harmonious republican party
and a considerable accession from the denioc-
J racy besides.
Every member of the republican party who participated in
the primary is bound in honor and in morals to -vote the republican
ticket. When he entered the booth at the primaries he gave an
implicit pledge to abide by the will of the majority and vote the
ticket nominated by his party. Only by such loyal observance of
pledges is it possible that the American system of government by
party shall be earned on and fulfilled. The ticket was nominated
aficr a campaign conducted in a fair sp/rit and wholly free from
any suspicion of corrupt politics. Xo votes were purchased and no
form of intimidation was applied/ It was an honest election and it
was the first primary ever. held in California to which that adjective
could justly be applied. . •
A considerable aggregate of republican votes was cast for other
candidates than Johnson, but we are convinced that these voters
will loyally acquiesce in the majority verdict of the party. The
issue was honestly fought out and the judgment is recorded. -
Johnson is the man named by- the majority of the republican
party to free California from the corrupt rule of , the; Southern
Pacific company and to restore government *by the people, which
has not existed in this commonwealth for forty years. The state
has suffered from an abject and disgraceful condition of servitude
in all that period, and would still lie under the yoke were it not
that the direct primary gave the popular voice its opportunity to
be heard. The obligation now rests on the whole republican party
of California to make that verdict good at the polls. Judgment will
be foreclosed in November and we shall then see the restoration of
American institutions of government.
An Obligation
Resting on
All Republicans
REPRESENTATIVE VICTOR MURDOCK of Kansas, the
leader of the republican insurgents in the house, summarizes
under three heads the abuses that had grown up under the
system which may be called "Cannonism"
and which was destroying the power and
influence of that branch of^the national legis
lature. This is Mr. Murdock's summary:
First — The house obstructed righteous
popular desire and dammed back the natural
onward current of national progress. .. ' .
Second — The congress had to submit helplessly to the invasion of
ihe legislative domain by the executive departments, because congress
had so lost public confidence that its protests were ineffective.
Third—Congressmen individually lost a sense of responsibility and
major legislation became the product, not of congress, working with
information, conviction and purpose, but of a small group of leaders,
v.ho grew gross and sometimes cruel in the exercise of personal power.
As a political factor Cannon, in spite of all his threats and
protestations, may be regarded as eliminated. As speaker and auto
crat of the. house he will never come back, but it is less easy to kill
a system on which so many powerful interests rely for plunder,
patronage or other forms of support. Strenuous efforts will be
made to restore Cannonism, because it reduces the house to a
negligible factor as a representative body and concentrates the whole
power in one man. As long as that system prevails congress will
not be responsive to public opinion and will take its orders from
Wall street, which may be used as a convenient term, standing
for predatory wealth seeking dishonest favors through means
It will be the task and duty of the insurgents to see that the
indivj^iual power and responsiblity of congressmen are restored:
Under Cannonism the 'representative in congress was merely a
passive and powerless wheel in a machine turned by the speaker
of the house.
Restoring
Power
to Congress
r I opinion of an intelligent enlisted man on the causes of
. desertion from the army should be worth consideration in view
of the charges made in a magazine article to the effect that the
life of a United States -soldier is made unbear
able by reason of his assignment to oppressive
or servile duty.
Sergeant Sullivan of the Eighth infantry,
stationed at the Presidio of Monterey, writes
to a New York newspaper to say that the magazine writer bolstered
his article with faked photographs of army prisoners engaged on
menial or other servile tasks. <
As for the charge that desertions are often due to long enforced
marches Sergeant Sullivan demonstrates that this is nonsense. Being
compelled to do a marching stunt of thirteen miles a- day forjifteen
days will not impel to desertion any soldier who is worth "his salt
iovUncle Sam. \
If Sergeant Sullivan knows why men do not desert, it is not very
clear that he knows why they do. This is one explanation:
The true explanation of the preponderance of desertions in summer
is that existence for the deserter presents fewer and simpler problems
in summer than it does in the winter season. The man who will think
twice before quitting his comfortable quarters in winter time, without a
dollar in his pocket for food, takes to the highways during the dog days
without a moment's Jiesitation, whether in funds or not.
Desertion in obedience to the call of the wild may explain a
certain proportion of cases, but Sergeant Sullivan seems to under
stand that it does not cover the whole subject, and in his emergency
be resorts to psychology for relief: He arrives at this odd conclusion :
We have now arrived at the nub of the whole matter. The early
education of our recruit has been feminine, and feminism explains the
ctarked and ingrained lawlessness, inefficiency and 1 instability of purpose
Schoolma'ams
Blamed for
Desertions
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
which characterize so many of \u25a0 the recruits presented _,to the recruiting
officer. From this class our deserters are mainly recruited, the feminine-,
"influence regarding very lightly an offense which masculine opinion has" '
ever severely condemned.- .
Sergeant Sullivan would have us believe. that the schoolma'am
is to blame for runaway soldiers. f
Fudge !
THE poltoffice department never did a more useful public servjce
than in breaking up the gang of mining stock swindlers Operat
ing on the New York curb market under the name of Scheftels
& Co. \u25a0 These notorious bunko dealers— they
are nothing better— operated an extensive
scheme of publicity, sending: but mining and
financial newspapers, so called, and circulars
in which certain Nevada mining stocks of
dubious intrinsic value, were extensively boosted. Any man who
dared point out the nature of the swindle was subjected to scurrilous
abuse in these publications, which were widely circulated -"through
the mails, although they had no bona fide subscription list of
any account.
The injury done to legitimate mining industry in Nevada by
these swindlers was enormous, but there appeared to be no way of
'stopping the business until the postpffice- department took up the
matter and arrested the whole gang for misuse of the. mails. It
was a timely and serviceable raid. -' '
'Nevada and California have laws providing for the punishment
of mining stock swindlers, but this legislation is practically useless
because it does not reach the men who operate on the New York
curb market, which, by the way, is a public pest in more than one
way and should be wiped out of existence. It is simply a com
munity of gamblers running "wide open" and subjected to no com
petent regulation. Naturally it supplies a convenient asylum for
swindlers and near swindlers. The , curb market permits the \ worst
form of gambling known to the United States and is in fact, a
flagrant example of "a skin game."
The state of Nevada has been the chief sufferer from these sure
thing operators and they have given mining enterprise in that region
a serious setback. It seems that some plan of counter publicity
emanating from an authoritative source on the spot might be devised
to check the game of bunko. •
Nevada Needs
Measures of
Self- Defense
SpME rather amusing speculation is current in Washington
** relative to ; the /succession -to leadership; in the senate on the
retirementof Aldrich. The chairman of the finance committee
! — ~ is usually as leader oi the senate,
and it has been the practice of the body to
allow the assignment of positions togo by
seniority.- Julius Caesar Burrows ranks in
. this respect next after Aldrich, -but -; he like
wise is to be eliminated from \u25a0 the '- next r congress After Burrows
comes Boies :- Penrose, the boss of the ' Pennsylvania machine. It
would reduce the senate : to absurdity if Penrose were put in the
place of leader,: but Washington, which ; knows nothing but the
petty politics of- the \u25a0 capitol, "assumes that things will follow the
old rut after March 4. * / " \
The politiciahs^are quite unable to. understand that the stand
patters are no longer; the; dominant element in the republican party.
They^ will probably wake up next year when they-firid the/com
mittee assignments reconstructed root an<i branch. Dolliver, who
was denied by Aldrich any place on the - finance \u25a0committee, will
in all, probability, be chairman of that institution^ *
In the eyes of Washington promotion so radical as' this would
belittle better than but the insurgents" will be in control
of the next senate.; It may be:said^that they are: shaping the legis
lation of the present body in spiteof their assignment to unimportant
committees. Excluding Aldrich and Hale they are the - brains of
the senate. \u25a0 \u25a0'\u25a0 . \u25a0 - '..->.\u25a0 t , :. . -* . \u25a0
Reconstruction
of Senate
Committees
Running for Cover
CHAMPION STILL,
BUT NEVER WINS
General Agent Stanton Has
More Titles to Lose,
He Declares
LEW STANTON, general agent for
the Chicago, Milwaukee and St.
Paul,, left yesterday afternoon for
Fresno. He barely caught his train
because of a championship, game of
pinochle. •
; Stanton has a friend with whom he
plays pinochle.' They have played the
srame* together for several years. Never
for money, but always for some cham
pionship. . : .;--.}.
The friend came from Germany and
the championship of that country- was
first contested for. Stanton came orig
inally from Ohio, and the champion
ship of that state went to his friend
after a night's playing. Later the
game was played for the champion
ship of San Francisco. The German
also won this title. Stanton came to
San Francisco from Los Angeles, but
he failed to retain the championship
pinochle title of that city.
Once, a few months ago, the two met
in several small interior towns and at
those places other championship games
were played. The contest yesterday
was for the championship of the upper
side of Larkln street, between Geary
and O'Farrell,. where both parties live.
"How many titles do you hold?" was
asked Stanton yesterday. -
"Oh, I hold the championship titles
of several cities for which there has
not been a contest so far," he replied.
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Charles 8. -Fee, passenger traffic
manager of the .Southern. Pacific -who
has been on an inspection trip of - the
various Southern Pacific reclamation
rrojects, is expected to return Wednes
day. ; \u25a0 '-. : . - \u25a0 .;\u25a0 S -;; \u25a0»,. \u25a0 \u25a0
The total shipments of oranges from
southern California for the season Is
24,785 carloads and of lemons 4.55S car
loads. \u25a0:' '\u25a0\u25a0•\u25a0-\u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0. : - : •\u25a0-\u25a0 - . '- :'/. ----- .
C. H. Schlaeks, first vice president of
the Western Pacific, who has been in
the east for several weeks attending
Important conferences 7, of
tives of the Gould" lines", is'expected to
return to this city today.
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r ;W. H. Oliver, traveling: passenger
agent- of -the San Pedro, Los Angeles
and Salt Lake, with : office at- Los An
geles, was in the city : yesterday on
business. \u25a0 '\u25a0\u25a0 :: < '\u25a0','\u25a0\u25a0'.'-:"\u25a0:\u25a0.\u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0-'"\u25a0.*
; ; Th« Union Pacific lias applied to the
railroad commission 'of -Nebraska '? for
permission to increase Switching, rates
between; Omaha and BSbuth 'Omaha to
1 ','\u25a0 cent V per. hundred \u25a0 weight;- with a
minimum of, 60,000 pounds. 'This means
an Increase over the present -rates . of
$ 1 a carload.% or : from *- $4 ito $5 ? a '• car.
The | request /applies > to the lettered
classes?- and >iall-. commodities- except
fresh meat and packing; house commod
ities.:; '':\u25a0-'-" \ .;\u25a0 . • •\u25a0;- . r'-'.{':. : ':
: . O. ,W.:Lehmer, general- manager of
the Yosemltft railroad, : waft in
the city yesterday- from: Merced. .
/ W. R. Scott, assistant general man
ager of the. SoutherniPaclflc, returned
yesterday :.L morning from a vacation
spent 'In the \ northern 'part of .the state
and 'in southern Oregon. •
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J, Prices of, dried fruit are reported un
usuallyihighSbeeause; of { a ; short -crop,
and . railroadmen festtmate^ that ;tha ; en
tire '.output will have been forwarded
bjf the first of Uhe^new "year * r
Uncle Walt
Th c Pb et Philo so phe r
I'm editing the Inlook, a helpful magazine, whose
scintillating; pages are always chaste and clean.
It keeps me pretty busy, for edit
ing's no snap; there are no idle
hours* for the journalistic chap.
One day I ride a pony across
Wyoming's plain, and race with
joyous cowboys, exulting in the
rain, and as the bronco gallops I wield my fountain
pen, and write a corlcing essay to guide my fellow'
men. I'm always found attending a banquet every
night, and as I eat the victuals I diligently write;
one hand is on the pencil, the other on a fork;
with one I feed my stomach, with one I feed New ,
York. I make a hundred speeches within a hundred hours, and as
111 1 talk I'm writing sage counsel to the powers. I sleep in Pullman
coaches, and as I sleep I dream the outline of an essay that sure,
will be a scream. One day I'm un Chicago, the next in Abilene,
still editing the Inlook, a helpful magazine! 4
, Cbpjrtelrt. 1910. *T ICh WY\
Oraio Jbtthew Admma IJ/jfiQ^ // \CL&O\^
EDITORIAL
DUTIES
The Morning Chit-Chat
I WONDER if it's an American trick to talk and judge
of things of which one knows practically nothing at
first hand, or just a human habit, as wide "as the world.
For it may be both, but it's certainly the first.
We were talking of Oscar Wilde the other day. A
young college graduate was of the. group. She appeared
painfully shocked. "How can you like his poetry? I
think it's dreadful," she said.
We asked what she had read of him.
She tried to mention something, stammering a bit,
mentioned a poem which was really written by Swin
burne and finally acknowledged that she really couldn't
remember what she. had read just that moment.
"But I always heard that he was a very immoral
man and that his poetry was very improper," she con
cluded, virtuously.
Isn't that quite a typical case of this tendency to talk without any basis
of personal knowledge?
In much the same way, how many people make fun of Ibsen and Brown
ing and tell how involved and uninteresting and unnecessarily absjruse their
books are, when they, the critics, have never really sat down for half an hour
and read the writers«they are judging. •
It's often the same way with public affairs. It seems to me that vague ,
rumbrs, general impressions and not specific information stand behind many
of the opinions one hears expressed on public matters. How many people,
for instance, rage against Cannon and Aldrich and Payne and exult at Uncle
Joe's downfall who could not name any specific thing that any of these three
men have done.
In a general way they think of these statesmen as having too much con
nection with trusts and monopolies and railroads, but ask for a specific in
stance of just how these men have betrayed their country's trust and I doubt
if three out of five of the critics could give it.
How many people who protest against "that terrible tariff bill that makes
the cost of living so high" really know any of the specific provisions of that
bill?
Now, mind, I'm not trying to defend Cannon or Aldrich or Payne or the
tariff bill.
My personal sympathies are most decidedly not in 'that direction. Be
sides, that's politics and I have been politely but most emphatically warned
that that is a man's province and I must "keep off the grass."
All I want to make you realize is how prone many of us are to talk and
judge on subjects of which we have little or no first hand knowledge.
Have I* succeeded? « ' \u25a0"> . -«^
Abe Martin
It looks funny t' see th* R'publlcan
party goln' faster than a walk. Colonel
Roopefelt o* Oyster Bay wu* In Oyster
Bay fer a few minutes th' other day.
•\u25a0\u25a0 • '\u25a0'
Tired Out.
"Is the first edition of your novel
exhausted yet?"
/'No. Why "
% "1 thought It might be from standing
so long on the counters."— Boston
Transcript.
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A Thrifty Sexton.
Economy Is th« watchword at Rush
vllle. The sexton of the city cemetery
raised enough oats In the graveyard
this year to keep the fire team In feed
for the entire winter.— Canton, ill..
Register.
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
BAITDXI. C. PIEHCE, a capitalist of Pasadena.
:\u25a0."? la at the , PaUc« with 3Xr». Pierce and his
y mother in law, Mrs. | WlHlam Plnmmer. They
hare been enjoying a motor trip through the
•t«te. . : >* \u25a0• .y. y
PATJL BE A&WALD, a member of the banking
= ~flrm of Lasard Freres of Paris, and a brother
\u25a0*ln law of I. W. Hellman Jr.. Is TtaMsg
I with the I Hellmans.
JOHN BOAO, chief engineer of the transport
service, with headquarters at -Manila, la a
gueitat the Stewart.
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X. D. McKEJiZIE, a wine merchant. returned
- from Ke^r York yesterday and Is staying
7 at the St. 'Francis.
CHARLES I.EE,' prominently connected with the
. Western Pactfie In the east, and family are
pat the Monroe. . ' v : _
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ARTHTTR \ JAICES of LlTerpool Is at the Fatr-
' •;•- moat- with'- 1~ \. A~ Nares.-an oU' operator of
i Loa Angeles. /
JOHSS. SCOTT, manager of the Dnpont pow
.'- der works at Santa Cms, "ls a gxzest at the
; : St. J Francis.' _ , ,
B. VAN BALKX3TBS&O and H. COSFES, bast
.. neesmen of Chicago, are at the Stanford hotel.
DR. E:; I. STEWART of • Logan, Utah, is eta*
\u0084; lag : at -the Argonsnt.
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JTTDGE C.-'H. HAOTORD of Seattle la registered
at the Palace. .
OCTOBER 4, 1910
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I WALT MASON
T avTH cajizros i
Answers to Queries
COPYRIGHT— M. E. 8.. City. In rasu? *
writer of a book of fiction tVwild put in the
mouth Of one of his characters a t«lp taken
from a compilation of legends, could the com
piler of the stories bring suit for Infringement
of his copyright?
Xo one has the right to rise any mat
ter from a copyrighted work without '
the consent of the owner of the copy
right.
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NATIONAL HOLIPAY— C. R. 8.. FrnltTale.
What is a national holiday? Hare we one in
the United States? Hare been told that durins
oae of the CleTeland administrations cangre«<»
gare him power to appoint Labor day a nations 1
holiday and that since that time it has been a
national holdiay.
A national holiday is one so de
clared by the highest law making body
of the land. Congress, which is that
body, has not the power, as the dec
laration of holidays la a matter of
state rights, and each legislature de
clares what shall be a legal holiday
within its, territorial jurisdiction. The
governor of a state, where the consti
tution so authorizes, may on extraor
dinary occasions declare a legal holi
day; therefore there Is no national
holiday in the United States. When
Cleveland was president. congress
passed an act making Labor day a
public holiday in the district of Co
lumbia, and it has recognized th«» ex
istence of certain days as holidays for
commercial purposes; but,' with the ex
ception named, there Is no general
statute on the subject. Trie proclama
tion of the president designating a
day of thanksgiving only makes it a
legal holiday. In the - district of Co
lumbia and the territories. Labor day
is not a national holiday. It Is a legal
holiday In every state and territory.
by legislative enactment, except In
Louisiana, where it is observed only In
the parish of Orleans, and In Wyom-.
Ing If the governor, by proclamation. \
declares it a legal holiday.
ALTSE3 SHEPAKD of Batt!« Cr«#k. Mich..
R. V. Peeler et Coalings, and C. A. J«njp» ef
San Plego sre amons th» rec«at arrtrals at
the Manx.
GEORGE W. 3XXSH, as attoreejr of Re*lln«r. is
, among the r*wit arrivals at the St. FratxrU.
• • #
IRA M. TLOCKXR of Washington and H. T.
YOHN of Los Angeles are at the Hotel Tnrpin.
• • •
JTOGE H. T. DOOUKG of Hr>Uist*r arrired
yesterday sad 13 staying at the Stewart.
• • •
O. W. LT.HTWER. a railroadman of ITerwd. is
among the recent arrivals at the raise*.
FBAJIX A. GAUBTITT, an oil operator of Los
Ang«les. Is a guest at the St. Francis.
• • • .
W. O. PAKNWIXL, a railroadman of L*« An
geles, is registered at the St. Francis.
J. -WISEUAJI MACDO3TALD, an attonWT of
Los Angeles, is stajinsf at the Palace.
U. W. BSOW3J. a merchant of Cora*a,*l» among
the recent arrlTals at the Stewart.
B. BAECROTT, a prominent hardware merchant
of Merced. Is at the* Hotel Dale.
JTJDGE Z. S. SABBIHGTOH of Ctrsoo la at I
the Falaca with Mrs.-Farrinßtoo. )
•;• • f
T. E. BAKES, a merchant of LmWk, St.,
is registered at the Aryooant.
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W. T. THOMAS of UUah b at the Palx»»

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