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COMMENT AND OPINION
THE third term party bosses are not wholly happy themselves.
This thing of stealing a party name is bad enough, in all con
science, under any circumstances, but when it is done in the name
of suocrior righteousness and perfect purity it becomes not only
offensive 'to honest men, but ridiculous as well. And any political
bund which makes itself ridiculous commits harakiri. Care may kill
cats, but ridicule does the job for politicians.
Xot all of the third term bosses are devoid of a sense of the
incongruous and the ludicrous, though the majority are. There are
a few who perceive the ludicrous absurdity of comjnitting wholesale
larceny in the name of the ten commandments. Privately they
deplore the asinine tactics of the crooks who have disfranchised two
hundred thousand republican voters.
Consider Pecksniff Rowcll for example. Pecksniff is about as
Fhiftv as they make them. His specialty is arguing that black is
white and finding excuses for any dishonest trick of politics. His
intellect is of that narrow kind so frequently evidenced in court pro
ceedings—pleased if it can split a worthless pair in halves. But even
Pecky has sense enough to know that his fellow bosses have com
mitted an indefensible and stupid political crime. Pecky finds him
self in the crack of the door and no way to squirm out.
In his own district, Pecky, for personal as well as nobly patriotic
reasons not wholly unrelated to the pie counter, does not dare to
oppose Needham, who is a republican, in full sympathy with Taft.
iThe problem of supporting Needham for congress on one page of his
newspaper, because Needham is a republican, and of excusing, on
another page, the larceny of the republican electoral ticket on the
ground that there is no longer a republican party and that Mr. Taft
is not a republican, is too much for even Pecksniff.
Under these trying circumstances the professor has reneged.
He refuses, under any provocation, to discuss the situation and is
issuing, in installments, another series of his justly celebrated editorial
essays on the advantages of sleeping out of doors, supplemented with
a few light and witty remarks upon the effects of the blastophagus
upon figs and the protective tariff.
The smaller bull moose editorial intellects are in an even worse
muddle than is the gigantic mind of the raisin belt. But for t\h most
part they have arrived at the conclusion that any republican who has
made up his mind to vote for Wilson as retaliation for having his
political right to -vote for Taft stolen from him is disloyal to the
republican party. The trifling incongruity of asserting in the same
breath that there is no republican party does not seem to occur
It is hard to imagine anything more ridiculous than the attitude
of these bolters, resorting to any trick of low politics and mean
treachery to destroy the republican organization, actually depriving
republicans of the privilege of voting for a republican candidate—
and then demanding their votes for the third term candidate on the
ground of party loyalty! That certainly is the limit.
Personally I can not understand the blundering stupidity of the
third term bosses. They had nothing in the world to do but to be
ordinarily fair*and honest and the state would have been carried by
Roosevelt. Now Wilson will carry it. And the republicans will
make Wilson's majority a good, big one, just to show the bosses how
many of them there are. They will emphasize the fact that Wilson's
victory in California is a republican victory, not a democratic one.
Had the third term bosses in California permitted the party to
go into the fight under its true name of national progressive; had
they not flimflammed Mr. Taft out of a place on the ballot; had they
joined a fair, square, manly issue with the democrats and the repub
licans, it is probable that Roosevelt would have carried this state by
a considerable majority—as many as 50,000 or more. AH they had to
do to win was to give all voters the square deal they preach so much
and practice so little. But they chose the crooked path, they resorted
to trickery and to practical perjury, they committed larceny by whole
sale—and they are beaten right this minute, and they deserve to
There never was such an exhibition of asininity in politics since
the game was invented. It is an exhibition that will never be
repeated, we may be well assured.
A RIDICULOUS weekly printed in Stockton accuses The Call
of continually distorting and falsifying the news, aided and
abetted therein by.the Associated Press. The ground of this
allegation is that The Call did not tabulate the vote of the Chicago
convention and that it did not chronicle the weighty news that Mr.
Roosevelt dined in Berkeley and held a reception at the Palace hotel
on Sunday when he was last here.
A Spanish saying holds that it is a waste of soap to lather an
a--, but this once I will practice extravagance. The up state edi
tions of metropolitan morning paper, O sapient one with the tall and
fearsome ears, are necessarily printed early in order to go on the
newspaper train. Some matter of minor interest is frequently crowded
out of these editions by the exigencies of time, and the night editor
must use discretion quickly. Hence it is quite possible that a tabula
tion, which is not a news item of immediate interest, might go over
till another edition, and so with other matter which can be held over
with no loss to the news. The thing happens every day in every
•metropolitan daily's office, and is bound to happen.
I see no way out of this diurnal difficulty, unless, indeed, the
Stockton postoffice can spare this charming Bottom and his intelli
gent ears to manage this journal for a week or two. Any one of the
uniformed boys would be glad to start him off right by explaining
how the elevator cages are utilized to run the wood saw and screen
the hayseed in the cellar.
THESE Australian chaps, now—what a fine, manly lot they are.
They can beat our fellows, of course. It's their game, and they
certainly know how to play it.
Tackling this finished team at Rugby is a good deal like nine
Australians going on the diamond with nine Americans. There
isn't a chance to win. And that is the admirable thing about going
in with them. The courage to take a sure licking, with no other hope
than to make the job as hard as possible for the victor, is the right
kind of courage and good sportsmanship.
One of the grave faults of our national view of athletics is to be
100 extravagant in praise of winners only. A good loser seldom--gets
a hand. And yet a man may run the best race or a team play the
best ball, all things considered, and be beaten. And the true end of
athletic sport is not to win. *It is just to have good sport. A lot of
the fellows who take their sport on benches, yelling for or at pro
fessionals, would be better in body and mind if they took a bat and
ball and played, no matter how awkwardly, themselves.
They are a dandy, fighting lot of sporting men, these chaps from
the far away continent. I don't know a thing about their game, but
I know a good man when I see him at any kind of feast.
BEHOLD the Angels tearing up the track again, hotfooting it
after the goat of the Oaks, whose fierce wrath has taken the
can eaters of so many other brave heroes into camp. Listen to
the melancholy whoops of Happicus, king of the fussers, as he sees
the Seraphs wing their way upward. This thing is getting interest
ing. Many excellent persons are liable to forget to go to church two
Sundays in a row right now.
DOCTOR EYDE, who came here in company with other Nor
wegian scientific men, is the inventor of one of the most inter
esting uses of electricity known—the extraction of nitrogen
from the atmosphere.
The nitrate fertilizer of commerce has long been supplied by the
Chilean beds; but they snow signs of exhaustion, while the world's
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
necessity increases. Doctor Eyde's genius has opened up the inex
haustible supply of that ocean of air at the bottom of which we live,
and has assured the farms of the world that they will never become
barren for lack of the nitrate upon which the cereals and plants feed.
Doctor Eyde is one of those captains of science who do so
infinitely much more for mankind than the captains of politics, and
have no trumpets blown before them.
EVERYBODY knows how much President Taft dislikes the spot
light and cheap theatrical tricks and cheaper applause. Many
of us—some not of his own political faith, too —admire this
modesty. But all of us wish the president would occasionally speak
out in reply to the malignant attacks of his traducers.
For that reason, his manly and straightforward characterization
of Mr. Roosevelt and 01 Mr. Roosevelt's methods, printed in yester
day's paper, is good reading to democrats as well as republicans who
are Americans before they arc partisans.
The president puts the whole case against the third termer and
his party in a sentence when he says that their aim is one man power
and their achievement would result in a mixture of despotism and
socialism, which are, after all, practically synonymous.
That is the truth, and erery American who really loves his
country should reflect upon it soberly before he goes to the polls.
Letters From the People
BIG SIGN'S AS -NUISANCES
Editor Call: I inclose copies of let
ters addressed to the board of harbor
commissioners and to the ladies of the
Outdoor Art league.
Will not the champion of the cause
of the beautiful city add to its vigor
ous campaign against the billboard
nuisance by hitting the big signs: Very
ZOETH S. ELDREDGE.
2621 Devlsadero street.
October 5, 1912.
Board of Harbor*Commiisioners:
I see by the newspapers that a
great sign advertising the expo
sition is being erected on the ferry
The enormous signs on the tops
and sides of buildings which greet
the stranger arriving by the fer
ries are a disgrace to the* city, an
offense to the eye and an abomi
natiW Such a sign as contem
plated on the ferry building can
not help the exposition. I will
venture the opinion that not a sin
gle person will be induced to visit
the fair in 1915 by seeing that sign,
but on the contrary the incoming
stranger is more likely to note
with surprise that even the state
has participated in the creation of
the general horror. (
As a citizen I protest against
such a use being made of the ferry
building. Respectfully yours,
ZOETH 8. ELDREDGE.
October 5, 1912.
President Outdoor Art League,
California: I Inclose copy of a
letter addressed to the board of
harbor commissioners. The enor
mous signs that disfigure our
streets and buildings are particu
larly in evidence to those cross
ing the bay. The stranger enter
ing the city for the first time gets
his first impressions of the city as
he stands on the front deck of the
ferry boat, and we may well shud
der as we think of what those im
pressions may be, knowing the
strength of first impressions.
Will not your association act
promptly and vigorously to stay
the progress of this Infliction? Very
ZOETH S. ELDREDGE.
2621 Devlsadero street.
October 5, 1912.
ROOSEVELT WILL BE DEVOURED
Editor Call—Sir: In reference to the
coming election I only can say that
the lion will lie down with the lamb—
the lamb will be inside the Hon.
Roosevelt did not care a straw for hi*
spokesman, whereas he expects Taft
to be his obedient servant. Tens of
thousands of Taft republicans will vote
for Wilson through fear of the third
termor. No candidate, even so good
as George Washington, has showed up
as yet. Yours truly.
L M. YOUNG, M. D.
San Francisco, October 5.
Answers to Queriss
LAUNDRY WORK. S. 8., Pacific Grove.
What i« meant by eight boura a day In laun
dry work? Is It eight hours a day including
Sundays, or is It 48 hours In a week? In caas
of a -violation of this rule to whom should
complaint be made?
It means 48 hours a week commenc
ing Monday, the working hours being
from 7 o'clock in the morning to 5
o'clock in the evening with price and a
half pay for overtime after 5 o'clock.
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COLLEGES—Sub, city. When and by whom
were the buildings known aa the affiliated col
leges built and under whose supervisions are
The site was accepted September 10,
1895, and the buildings were dedicated
October 22, 1898. They were con
structed by the regents of th§l Uni
versity of California and are under the
supervision of that body at this time.
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AREA—B. P., Oakley. What is the area in
square mile* of California and the combined area
of England, Scotland and Ireland 7
California, 158,380 square miles; Eng
land and Wales, 58,575; Scotland, 30,
--443; Ireland, 32,273. Combined area,
121,391 square miles. ,
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CEMETERY—C. H. H.. San Carlo*. Own a
lot is a cemetery In San Francisco and, aa
tbe dead hare to he removed, to whom shall
I apply for Information as to payment for
Communicate with the officers of the
4t* 4e 4fr
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION—J. J. M.. city.
What Is the date of the next presidential elec
tion? Is It on the same date in every state?
Tuesday, November 5. The election
is held in every state on the same day.
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PERCENTAGE—J. H. C, City. If I purchase
an article for 50 cents and sell it for $1. what
percentage do l make?
One hundred per cent.
It seems like some folks never be
gin t* travel till tnoy git a bunch o*
children. What's become o\ th* 010
fashioned mother that never Wftnt V
bed till all th* children got in*
Author ef "At G«od Old Slwash."
A SNOB is a person who believes he
is better than other people, but
is afraid the world will not sus
j pect it unless he kt>eps advertising
An aristocrat knows he is better
than other people and presumes they
have good taste enough to know it,
too. This enables him to make the
world happier by mingling with it
without fear of soiling his standing.
An aristocrat is of no more real use,
as an aristocrat, than a French poodle,
but he is not disagreeable and Is often
The aristocrat is the deity of the
snob. A snob is a man who has either
been noticed by an aristocrat or is
trying to be. This compels him to
concentrate all his attention, courtesy
and consideration on the aristocrat,
and leaves him none for humble folks,
who have supper instead of dinner in
We refer to snobs as "he" exclusively
out of consideration to womenkind.
It is easy to tell a snob, because of
your desire to hit him on his beauti
fully marcelled nose, as soon as you
talk with him. By nature, he is so
much like common folks that if he ever
got mixed up with them no one could
find him again. So it is necessary for
him to distinguish himself, which he
usually does by a lack of good manners.
Meeting a snob is like meeting a cold
codfish in a fog. Talking with him
is like holding a conversation with a
stern and distant dress shirt bosom.
The snob Judges men by their clubs
(Copyright. 1912. by George Matthew Adams)
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
GEORGE X. -"FLEMING, a real estate operator
of Sacramento; G. W. Sisk, a milliner of
Los Angeles; F. E. Fernard. a tea importer
of Chicago: J- *• Frlck of Reding » nd Bam
Thornton and family and Arthur L. Adams
©f Johannesberg are among the recent arrivals
at the Stewart.
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g. A. PiatXINS, a publisher of Tacoma, and
national republican committeeman of Wash
ington, is at tha Palace. He la here to meet
George Cameron of Ariaona to discuss the con
duct of the Taft campaign in the west.
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SHANNON CRAXDALL, secretary-treasurer of
the California Hardware company, is at ths
Palace, registered from Loa Angeles. Mrs.
Crandall accompanies him.
* * *
JUAN A. CREEL, a member of the Creel family
of Chihuahua, Mex.. is registered at the
Manx. He has large cattle and mining in
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DR. C. WORTH NORTON of I«o» Angela* la at
the St. Francis with Mrs. Norton. He is
associsted with the Angelas hospital.
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JUDGE H. BURROUGHS of Susan-rllle, and
wife, are staying at the Sntter. The judge
is holding court here.
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7. H, HARRISON, Pacific coast passenger agent
of the Washington Sonset railway, is regis
tered at the Court.
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JOHN X. HULLER, a prominent business men ef
Los Angeles, wife and daughter, ire staying
at the Hareourt.
I * * *
COULTER LINDSAY of Seattle, identified with
the lumber industry, arrived yesterday at the
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K. C. MARXIST, a real estate man ef Marys
ville, is among the recent arrivals at the
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FRANK X- WALSH, an insurance man ef Lea
Angeles, is spending a few days at the Palace.
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A. T. REYNOLDS, a rancher from Walnut
Grove, Cal., and wife are at tbe Turpi".
* * *
CHARLES X. CASBIN. an attorney of Santa
• Crus, is a gueat at the St. Francis.
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GEORGE S. GREGSON, a hotel man of Santa
Barbara, is registered at the Palace.
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ML T. R. MeNAI, a prominent physician of
Riverside. Cat., ts at the Belle-rue.
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M. F. MASON, a fruit grower fww Pasadena,
Cal., to stopping at the Turpin.
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OCTOBER 8, 191:2 \
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the POET PHILOSOPHER
WHEN life is done—this life that
galls and frets us, this life so
full of tears and doubts and
dreads —the undertaker comes along
and gets us, and tucks us neatly in our
little beds. When we are done with
toiling, hoarding, giving, when we are
done with drawing checks and breath,
he comes to show us that the cost of
living cuts little ice beside the cost
of death. I meet him dally in the street
or alley, a cheerful man, he dances and
he sings; and we exchange the buoy
ant Jest and sally and ne'er discourse
of grim, unpleasant things. We talk
of crops, the campaign and the weather,
the I. and R., the trusts—this nation's
curse; no graveyard hints while we
converse together, no reference to joy
rides in a hearse. And yet I feel—
perchance it is a blunder—that as I
stand there, rugged, hale and strong,
he'd like to ask me: "Comrade, why
in thunder and other things do you
hang on so long?" When I complain
of how the asthma tightens upon my
lungs and makes me feel a wreck, it
seems to me his face with rapture
lightens, smiles stretch his lips and
wind around his neck. And when I
say I'm feeling like a heifer turned
out to grass or like a humming bird
he heaves a sigh as gentle as a zepnyr,
yet fraught with pain and grief and
Bound to Be in Style
A customer in a butcher's shop stood
gazing at some small alligators in an
aquarium. Having turned the matter
over in his mind, the customer ap
proached the butcher and exclaimed,
"I suppose a body might as well be
dead as out of style. Gimme a couple
of pounds of alligator."—Judge.
"What is the initiative and referen
dum?" "It's this way. If I want to go
anywhere, or dq anything, I take the
initiative by mentioning it to my wife.
Then she decides whether I can go or
not. That's the referendum."—Washing
The wise postal authorities have set
the date for the opening of the parcel
post just one week after the end of the
i Christmas rush.—St. Louis Republic.
"He weald rather accept a eigrar front
a cotillon- leader than aa office of groat
trust from the unshampoocd public."
and the cut of their coat tails, and
lives with eyes fixed fondly on the
top of the society column. Sometimes
he has a brain, but he always has it
under excellent subjection. He always
has manners, but never enough to go
around. He would rather accept a
cigar from a cotillon leader, than an
office of great trust from the unsham
pooed public, and his two missions in
life are to break into society and then
to put his back to the door and keep
others from breaking in after him.
There is no open season on the snob,
but there is always an open door in his
vicinity through which we may emerge
in haste, thus leaving him to annoy
THOMAS AND LUKE McDONALD, ranchers or
Deadwood; Dr. H. M. Thorne and Mrs. Thorne
of Fresno; Maxwell Brown, an attorney of
Salinas, and Judge J. J. Trabueco of Mari
posa make np a group of yesterday's arrivals
at the Manx.
* * *
HIRAM GILL, former mayor of Seattle, is
here on legal business and is staying at the
Palace. Ha is representing J. A. Ward, who
Is jointly named with Beatrice Bailey in a
white slave case.
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MRS. S. J. WHITMORE, wife of the manager
of Hotel Alexandria. Los Angeles, has apart
menta at the St. Francis. She Is accom
panied by Mrs. Vernon Goodwin.
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DR. C. T. ADAMS and Mrs. Adams of New
York bars apartments at the Palace, with
Miss Tiffany and Mrs. Bow Flgllo. Thsy
have been touring in the orient.
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WILLIAM E, RENNIE. a manufacturer of
Brockton, Mass., is at tbe Bellevue with Mrs.
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A. B. POST, a dealer in cameras and photo
supplies of Pasadena, is stopping at the Ar
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A. L McCORMICK, United States district at
torney in Los Angeles, is staying at the
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DR. B. J. BAYLOR of Redding Is among the
recent arrivals at tbe Palace.
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H. LANDER, a Los Angeles business man, and
wife, are guests at the Court.
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NEXT H. CHAPLIN, a real estate dealer of
Suisun, is at tbe Argonaut.
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C. X. GAXLFUS, a Modesto banker, is among
the arrivals at the Sutter.
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C. P. XOXWALL, a manufacturer of Fort
Bragg, Is at the Argonaut.
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JUDGE WILLIAM D. FENTON of Portland is
staying at the St. Francis.
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XX. X LENOIR of Berlin is spending a few
days at the St. Francis.
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W. WAYNE DAVIS of Philadelphia is regis
tered at the Van Dora.
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CHARLES SUTTON and wife of Reno are stop
ping at the Dale.
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C. E. STBERT of Colorado Springs is staying
at the Columbia* ■ —....__
IT may interest
the task of mak
ing the Panama-
a success to know
that there exists
commuters in the exposition site. Th«
Marin county ferries, the ferries t<
Richmond and to Vallejo, are in vieiv
of the exposition grounds for at leasl
15 minutes. The exposition site can •**•**
seen from the ferries connecting Par
Francisco with the Alameda shores
Passengers on all steamers entering
and leaving the harbor are afforded
an intimate look at the place which
in 1915 will be the center of the
Ever since the site was selected, on
every passenger vessel coming within
view of it, the question has been asked,
"Where is the exposition to be?"
Usually there has been some one at
hand to supply the information; but
always more or less vaguely. In a
general Way we all know where the
big fair is going to be. I have heard
the request for information many
times, but not once have I heard any
body indicate with any exactness the
limits of the territory.
As the success of the exposition will
depend to a large degree on intelligent
local interest in the preliminary work,
and as nothing promotes intelligent in
terest like exact knowledge, a sug
gestion that I heard the other day
might be of some value to the ex
The suggestion was that flag staffs, or
other distinguishing devices be erected
at the corners of the exposition site.
On each corner mark could be hoisted
an exposition flag, and by the flutter
of the bunting the passerby, whether
on ferry boat, ocean liner or in auto
mobile, would know where to look for
the magic city as it rises between the
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Talking about the Panama-Pacific ex
position suggests the excitement that
R. B. Hale caused on the steamer Tam
alpais last Saturday afternoon. The
Marin county commuter brigade is
well supplied with fresh air fiends ami
deck pacing pedestrians; but they all
took off their lats last Saturday to
the vice president of the exposition
On the forward lower deck of all
ferry steamers .Is stretched a rope
beyond which passengers are not
supposed to walk. This rope marks
the space set apart for the freight
laden trucks that are rushed off the
boat ahead of the passengers.
Between the freight and the rope,
last Saturday, on the steamer Tamal
pais, was a narrow lane that extended
the full width of the steamer's deck.
As the boat left San Francisco, Hale,
hatless and with the grace that used
to distinguish Jim Corbett's entrance
to the ring, eluded the vigilance of a
deckhand and stepped over the rope.
Before the deckhand could remonstrate
Hale had started his hike. The pace
was fast and furious. From port to
starboard and from starboard to port
he picked them up and set them down
with the regularity of clockticks and
the explosive energy of a motor boat
In five minutes there was a crowd
watching him. Before the boat reached
Alcatraz the word was being passed
to all parts of the boat: "Tou ought
to come forward and see R. B. Half
walking. Think it's a wager of some
kind. He's on his eight hundred and
seventy-ninth lap now."
After the boat passed Alcatraz. the
pedestrian was accosted by a friend.
"Duck under the rope and join me,"
said Hale. The friend ducked, caught
the Hale stride and for a spell they
walked and talked- together. It was
only for a while, however. Within
five minutes the friend needed all his
wind for fuel, and by the time the
steamer slowed up for the slip at
Sausalito the panting of Hale's partner
could be heard through the glass doors,
from behind which a vast audience
had viewed the spectacle.
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For those that saw the performance
the expression "hale and hearty" will
hereafter have a new meaning.
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It's a strange thing about life that
just as we. begin to feel grown up
and to think we are factors in the
scheme of things as they are, we
awake to a realization of the fact that
we are merely ancestors, here just to
keep things going until our children
are ready to take charge and show
us how they ought to be done.
Did it ever occur to you this way?
Or are you still asleep?
Strolling through the campus in
Berkeley, one day. a grownup saw a
small boy walking with President
Wheeler. A football under the young
ster's arm had attracted prexy's at
tention and they were engaged In
"Do you know who it was that you
were talking to?" the grownup asked
the boy, who had acknowledged the
president's gracious "Ooodby, little
msn," with the cavalier Indifference
that small boys affect toward the gen
eration that is passing along.
"Do you know," he continued, "that
he has charge of all the students* all
these grounds, all these buildings? Do
you know that?"
"H'm?" He gave the ancestor a look
of disgust. "Oh. he's Benjy Wheeler's
father." LINDSAY CAMPBELL.
Easy for Straus
It remained for the Boston Globe ta
>pine that Straus would win in a waits.