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COMMENT AND OPINION THE straightforward and manly editorial declaration of The Call, made yesterday, that it sees its highest duty toward the state and to the republican party to lie in supporting and voting- for the Wilson electors in California, is, to my mind, a fine example of broad, patriotic, highminded journalism. The shot fired at Mr. Roosevelt by a lunatic is regretted by all sane and all rejoice that he escaped serious hurt. But ihat .-hot changed none oi the vital issues, and should change no sober minded citizen's vote. Mr. Roosevelt, the man, and Mr. Roosevelt, the candidate of a faction threatening the destruction of our constitutional government, are two different things. Sympathy with him as an individual assailed by a madman does not carry with it, in calm minds, any sympathy at all with his effort to be elected to a third term, with the avowed purpose of ruling the republic by commission. The distinction should be carefully borne in mind. In the danger which we face, the safety of the nation, as well as the integrity of the republican organization in this state, impera tively demand the defeat of the Roosevelt electors. They are upon the ballot disguised as republicans, and they are there as the result of fraud and moral perjury. That the candidate for whom they committed this fraud and ventured this perjury has been assailed and wounded by a madman, to the horror of all of us, does not in any way alter their own case. They deserve defeat, these men, and it is the part of every good citizen, republican or democrat, to help to defeat them by active and hard work, before and upon the day of election. Still it is no light thing for a journal which has always been in ihc van of the fight for republican principles and for the republican party deliberately to choose to urg-e the support of democratic elec-< tors: and I can appreciate to the full the reluctance with which the editorial management of this paper faced the duty laid upon it by patriotism and by fealty to the outraged and defrauded republican organization. Nothing but a stern conviction of right and duty could impel The Call to lend its voice and influence to the support of electors of the democratic faith: and it goes without saying that this same sense of duty and right and of the high obligations of true citizenship will impel the republicans, with whom The Call has so long kept company, to keep company with it in helping to defeat the third term electoral candidates in California. Deprived of the fundamental right to vote for the candidate of their own choice, these men and women will exercise the ballot in the only effective way in which they can now make their resentment and indignation felt. I know how I feel personally. Were I resident in any state in which the "contest was narrowed to President Taft and Mr. Roose velt I would not waste my vote in any useless Avay. I would un hesitatingly vote for Mr. Taft. I should consider it my high obliga tion as an American, loyal to and jealous of the governmental in stitutions for which the men of my breed risked .their lives right gladly, to throw the tics of partisanship to the winds and to vote in the most effective way possible to ward off the dangerous attack now being made upon the very life of our constitutional, representa tive system of republican government. I hold my allegiance to the republic which ray lathers helped to found and to defend high above any obligations of partisanship. Tt is in this same light, I am sure, that the editorial management of The Call has seen the path of duty and of right, and it is with a keener appreciation of the motives and the courage of the men of my much maligned profession that I personally see such a fine ex ample of journalistic loyalty to the honorable obligations of good citizenship, and of resolution, at any cost, to fulfill those obligations. IT IS great good fortune that the shot aimed a* Mr. Roosevelt did him no greater harm. I am sure that every one of his fel low citizens, of whatever political faith, will wish him a -speedy and complete recovery and will deplore the crack-brained madness that inspired his assailant. As a matter of fact, no influence is so much to blame for the lawless spirit which tries to avenge real or fancied injuries by assassination as the influence of the men and newspapers most ac tive in Mr. Roosevelt's support. They constantly preach to the ig norant and discontented that our government is tyrannical and upt; that our courts deny justice; that our institutions are a failure, and that the common people are victims of oppression and misrule. These are all lies—false, treasonable and wicked teach ing-. But they powerfully influence the weak and the vicious. Here in our own state we have a governor w r ho insults the chief magistrate of the republic, calling him a thief, even; we have an acting governor who maligns the courts and who saves from the noose the most abominable murderers on the false ground that there is one law for the rich and another for the poor; we have journals and writers and speakers, like the Sau Francisco Bulletin, the Los Angeles Tribune and Express, Lincoln Steffens, Clarence Darrow and their small imitators, condoning foul assassination, protecting mean and base plunderers, openly glorifying anarchy and anarchists, and all unanimous in promoting hatred, suspicion and contempt for the magistrates of the nation and 'the orderly institutions of the re public. The men who have imbued many thousands of weak minds with the belief that our government is a tyranny, that our courts are corrupt and that the common people are unhappy victims of powerful greed and base and treasonable practices, have a heavy debt to pay before the accusing tribunal of the future. They have used and they are using their talents, their powers and their energies to ends as dangerous to the republic and to the peace of society as if they actually stood with guns in hand and Bhot at the flag and the life of the nation. Nay, they are more dan gerous and more treasonable, since they insidiously seduce from their allegiance to our free and most glorious institutions thousands of men who would spring to defend those institutions with their lives were the attack upon them made with the cannon and bayonets o\ open, armed rebellion. Every good citizen will rejoice that Mr. Roosevelt came to no serious harm. Patriotic and sober minded men will also hope that this incident may serve to give his lieutenants pause in the propa ganda of suspicion, distrust and hate for the government and the laws of the land which they have preached with such violence of language, such inexcusable perversion of the truth and such danger ous appeal to the ignorant, the weak and the vicious. It is sincerely to be hoped that the country will never again see * campaign pitched upon a plane so low. so uninstructive, so wholly personal and so belittling to us all in the eyes of other nations, as the campaign which Mr. Roosevelt, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Henev and their understudies have waged. WHEN the smoke of battle in the Wyoming penitentiary clears away the Bulletin should be able to add quite a number of distinguished contributing editors to its corps of gentlemen T# HERE was a residence tract advertisement in this paper Sunday which struck me as the most convincing and persuasive thing in this line f ever read. Jt may or may not be in accord with the ethics to mention names \p this connection, but if yon looked at page 2? of Sunday's issue you probably saw this advertisement, and if your eye fell upon it at all it's dollars to doughnuts thai you read it clear through. The total sums spent for advertising annually arc nearly double the receipts of all the American railways and many times the cost of running the government. Of this vast sum 1 suppose that about ten per cent is spent so as to get the highest possible return, A very PHIL FRANCIS EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE GALL Something to Think About large percentage must bring some profit—or else the expenditure would cease. And doubtless many millions are spent with no profit. The point, emphasized by this advertisement used as a text, is that no small part of the profit compelling power of an advertisement lies with the skill of the advertiser. To buy valuable newspaper space and fill it with the mediocre product of an unskilled writer is no more sensible than it w r oul(Tbe to buy a high priced lot in Market street and build a one room shack on it. If you want a paying property on your lot in a newspaper hire, a good ad carpenter to build your house of words. SPEAKING of advertising, why doesn't some one introduce originality into department store advertising? That sort of advertising is well done, usually, and it pays the store; but all that I see of it is as like as two peas in a pod in general outline, and all in practically the style Wauamaker's man evolved years ago. Now, lam pretty sure that there is room for originality. If I owned a department store I'd start something people would sit up and read right after they got through with the baseball games. i 4 T""\UT a beggar on horseback"—you know the old saying. The | arrogance and insolance of "Hairpins" Neylan are almost beyond belief. Lifted by "pull" from a plain newspaper job to the control of the immense business interests of the state —ex- actly as if the Southern Pacific company had taken a clerk and sud denly put him in President Sproule's place—his head has been swollen to incredible proportions. There is no department of the state's affairs in which he does not display his new found arrogance and his dictatorial airs. The last and most impudent exhibition of all is an attempt to assume the sole management of the Veterans' home at Yountville, to bullyrag the old soldiers to whom the republic owes its very life and to direct the expenditures of the "post fund—the annual al lowance made by the national government for the use and comfort of the veterans. No wonder the old soldiers and the board of managers are up in indignant arms. Among dozens of petty, dictatorial interferances with the vet erans' affairs is an arbitrary order compelling the old soldiers to wear cheap prison made shoes. The board of managers had con tracted with a Napa firm for excellent shoes, delivered at a cost of $2.56 a pair. Just to show a little authority, Neylan ordered that the contract be canceled and that shoes be supplied by San Qrentin prison, though these cost the veterans $3 a pair. The prison made shoes were on hand and the petty boss left to run the state while the governor neglects'his office and his duties decided that they were good enough for old soldiers. Well, they are not. There is nothing but the best good enough for these old men who carried the flag to victory, who stormed against the fatal heights of Fredericksburg, who soaked the road to Richmond with their own blood, who rushed the rifle pits at Mis sionary Ridge, who marched with Sherman to the sea, who followed Grant to Appomatox. No, sir, there is nothing too good for these old men, no reward too great which gratitude can give; no honor too high to be paid to that uniform which they wear in their feeble age. Gentlemen of the state board of control, you will do well to take these prison shoes off the feet that marched in the glorious company of the Grand Army of the Republic what time the republic called all her sons to her defense in desperate battle. You will take those prison shoes off the feet of the brave old men who saved our liberties and the life of the nation, or the men and women of Cali fornia will take you out of the offices you disgrace with a sudden hand. You can wager on that. ANSWERS TO QUERIES MADSTONE—W. H.. Berteley. What is a madstone.' Ia It a myth? A "madstone" is a porous slone vul garly reputed to be efficacious it hydro phobia. It is applied to the bite of a rabid animal and is supposed to draw out the virus. As this department has never seen a madstone applied and watched its effectiveness, it is impossi ble to answer the question, "Is it a myth?" # * * PAINTIN'i ON' COPPKR -M. 15.. S:ni J<*e. I have a painting .»n rnpper railed "The Bef gar Boy," by MurilK>. What Is it worth? Only a connoisseur, upon examina tion, can place a value on the painting. I'ItKAK Nl.\t;Kl—l. s., Oakland. Is there aura a peraM :ts ''harlfs KeQogS, "a natitro *mgt>r." and Is |j true rliat be can acts*** higher thai. Tetrozzini? There is a man named Oharles Kel lOsTS who is a nature singer, an imi tntoi- of birds, ■ sort of nature freak, who can reach several octaves higher than Tetrasxlnt, but how many this de partment has not been able to ascer tain, as judges rary on this subject. S ■%, :m\ '.•■ M PAID 1\ FII.I, W l». X.. Reddtitjr. Wb*fl wii- "Paid in Full" first played in San Ktau eJaes, and at what tbeater, and arfeea after that ? At tho Van N>ss in December, l!li>>S, and then at the Savoy in January, IBM. WEEDS GEORGE FITCH Author of "At Good Old Slwanh." AWKKD is a flower which has got into trouble by going where It wasn't invited. Many weeds are very beautiful and would be gazed at with intense pleas ure in a conservatory. A wild morning glory is more delicate in color than a tame one and nothing is more refined and attractive than a thistle blossom. But the wild morning glory alienates the love of the farmer by blooming in •his cornfield instead of his front yard and, tiie tfcletle holds mass meetings in the pastures instead of growing shyly and sparsely In kitchen gardens-. SOIB6 weeds are tall and homely and some are squat and homely, while still others are tinted like the dawn. But they all have one characteristic. They are hardy and long lived. Frust has no more effect on them than on a politi cian. Waiting for providence to kill a weed Is a hopeless task. Providence either can't or doesrrCt,. A weed will flourish and raiso a large family on a brick pile in a July sun, and cutting down a weed with a h<H) after it has settled In a garden merely improves its constitution. Raising a garden full of tame flowers consists mostly of rooting out weeds. A weed will stray in from a neighboring country, grow a root, bloom ami hold a reunion of its de scendants while an imported flower seed Is getting ready to sit up and live. Oall and nerve form the circulation of the weed. Let a man prepare a $40,000 garden for the reception of rare and (Copyright, in 12. by (Seorge Matthew Ad«ms> PERSONS IN THE NEWS E. B. KcCORD, an attorney of Spittle, Is at the Palace. He is representing the Centennial Milling company lv a ease before the court el appeals In which $50,000 is asked for flour that was confiscated while, in transit to Port Arthur during the Russian-Japanese war. The suit is brought against the Anglo-American bank of Bealtfc. * * * Y. TAKEKOSHI and Y. Noglshi. Japanese com missioners who have been studying the condi tion of the Japanese Immigrants in this coun try, returned from the north yesterday and took apartments at the Fairmont. * * * W. A. BRACKENRIDGE. vice president, of the Southern California Kdison company. Mrs. Krackenrldge aud Mr. and Mrs. Robert Plt iiiiin Jr. of Pasadeua have apartments at the Palace. * * * J, C. FORD, vice president and general manager of the Pacific Coast Steamship company, is *a ■lint at the Palace, lie makes his headquar * tm in Seattle. *•■«■# DR. OTTO BOHRMANN, who is attending the visiting Australia football players, lias taken ;ii>;utuHMiis at the Muni with Mrs. Jlohrmaun. * $) * WALTER E. BARRETT, cashier of Ihe Pacific Vegetable company. i< at the Palace witii 11. M. Dougherty, registered from t.os Angeles. *• # # CHARLES R. HADLEY. manager of a firm deal ing in loose leaf supplies and compiler of lnisi btM* systems, is at ttw Palace. -A- * * W. B. BLACK, a hotel man of Woodland. wa« Married yesterday to Mrs. K. Hinu* of Volo. and they are guests at the Manx. * * * H. B. DUNCAN, secretary of fee San Bernardino Valley Ca' company, is at tin- Si. Frances, 1 regitftrred from Uot kagtlaa. BARON ARTHUR GROEDEI. of Ormany, who has lii'e.i traveling through tlo- northwest, is at Hie St. 1 'ram-is. PAUL SHOUP, who is manager at the Southern PaOrV .lei-trie liars j,, i,,, s Angeles, i* a gBMt at the P.iluce. & Tr •:'.- DR. A. M. RITCHIE of PmlSc Qw*« ts at the Stewart. W, H, WEEKS of Palo Alto la at tin Stanford. The Larger Field By the POET PHILOSOPHER YOUNG Bulger In our village grew to manhood, and we thought him slick. "He'll win renown before he's through." we prophesied, "for he's a brick." He held positions here and there, and all employers said the same; he was a youth of genius rare, destined to rise to wealth and fame. He liar vested so great a yield of praise his head began to swell; "I'll have to seek a larger field," he said; "I see that very well. A man cant in a village shine; his punk surroundings hold him down; 'twere shame to hide such gifts as mine beneath a bushel in this town." So Bulger shook the village grind, and to the city took his way, and we old chaps who stayed behind were sure that he'd put up much hay. The years rolled on; there came no news of victories that Bulger won. "Just wait," we said; "we'll'bet our shoes he'll make a noise before he's done." We listened for such news in vain, and Bulger t'other day came back; a brakeman kicked him from the train and shooed him off the railway track. He's working now in Pumphead's store and draws less wages, so they tell, than he was paid five years before, just when his head began to swell. "The larger field," poor Bulger sighs, 'still lures the vil lage chumps elsewhere; they leave a land <of meat and pies to live on husks and shredded air." e*rntfft«. Utt, by piwf mmmm amam Wholesale Economy "Reginald," says the beauteous ob ject of his adoration, "I happened to read in the paper that sugar has gone away up in price, and for that reason candy is more expensive. I just think you are extravagant to keep bringing me a pound'every time you call." •I am glad to do It, darling," avows Reginald. *> "I know you are; but you must learn to be economical. Papa told mamma to buy sugar by the barrel and get it cheaper, so maybe you had better buy candy for me the same way."— Judge's Library. What Words Can Do Language is flexible. One may ta ;e the same assortment of words, and, b; arranging them In two sentences, ex press entirely different ideas. For example, one might say: "l made a million dollars honestly." Or, with the same words rearranged, he could say: "Honestly. I made a million dollars." —ludge's Library. Because of the3e habits people do not Jove weeds any more than they do con fidence men, professional borrowers and people who make their living by en couraging other people to work. Many a w>i»ii would improve the looks of a gardes if it would stay put. But in a week it would be over in the next bed, rooting out the geraniums. Therefore. weeds, like people who can not take a hint, are not popular and will never be "Hall and nerve form the circulation of <lie weed." DR. PHILIP NEWTON, who has heen studying ' the habits and customs of the Negritos in Ota Phihppines returned on the transport Sherman yesterday and registered at the Stewart He ■sad* his investigations for the Smithsonian In stitution. * * * OBADIAH RICH, manager of 'the Falaee hotel returned from a two months' trip through i„e east last evening. He was accompanied ~ Mr , Rich. They visited rape Cod. Rkb's home, and the home of Mrs. Rich at Salem, Mass * -tt- ■» J. D. MONROE, president or a transportation company at Ukesert, is registered at the Ar- ' guiiaut. C. B. LORENZEN and John Steen. business men I of Chrishania are guests at the St Francis * V *. . A. M. ALLEN, supervisor of Monter-y county l s araong the arrivals at the Sutter * * * IRA BRONSON, an attorney of Seattle, is at the St. Francis with Mrs. Brasses. * * # W, H. WATTIS, a railroad contractor of Ogden is rig suied at the St. Francis. * * a JOHN GEORGE and Mrs. George of Butte, Mont are registered at the Court. * * # 0. D. COLVIN, an iron manufacturer of Seattle is registered at the Palace. ' * * # r. W. FARRINGTON, an attorney of Portland is registered at the I'alaee. jt ~ FELIX ROTHCHILD. a Chicago eWMng ,„,,„„. ! facturtr, is at the Sutter. * * * G. M. STEELE, an attorney of Lodl, i 8 a guest at Hie Argonaut. §f 4f jt MISS M. L. McBERRy",,: Heostos, Tex., hi „, ! the llarcourt. * « * DR. J. ANDERSON „f Peialuma is re K |, (Pr «»,, at | the Stanford. 9 # * MAXWELL BROWNE, an ati„r..ey „f Sal;.,** U I at tue Man\. * * * J. L. CLARK, a druggist of Petal*ma, is ~, th e ! AIgUCBUt. » TT * JOHN B. JONES of Seattle is a guest at the Court. OCTOBER 16, IQI2 [ - nrfin*i~*** * Ferry Tales EVEN" if we haven't all been to Pal estine, most of us have a fairly good working idea "that the Dead sea ap ple is a good deal of a disappoint- ment. We may have forgotten the lati tude and longitude of Jerusalem, and the feat of "bounding" the holy land may now be beyond* the grasp of our memory, but we all remember the old story of the apples of Sodom, which looked so inviting, but which, when picked, proved nothing but a skinful of dust and ashes. Remembering that, we would not have dared to associate anything grown in the vicinity of Wat sonville with this product of southern Palestine. And yet— I suppose you saw those tempting baked apples and large, we'l browned apple pies which the Southern Pacific exhibited in the ferry depot, in its Mar ket street ticket office window and in other show places under Its control. The fact that they were there to ad vertise the Watsonville apple show didn't keep us from coveting a hunk of that pie. The S. P. had to watch those pies very carefully to prevent indiscriminate sampling. Probably the biggest and most allur ing of all the apple pies was the one exhibited in the information bureau at the ferry depot. It had been baked in the S. P.'s own commissary kitchen, and the cook had made a good job of it. "The show will be over Saturday." said W. S. Pladwell, the agent In charge of the Information bureau, "and Sat urday morning we will eat the pie." Saturday morning arrived in duo course. The pie was removed from tha window and enthroned on a typewriter table Inside the counter. Pladwell, knife in hand, approached the sacri fice. Standing in a close circle, mouthd watering and appetites sharpened by a week's contemplation of the tempting crust, were: C. C. Buttrick, Charles Cartwright, C. B. Olds, J. E. Warren and Ed Shingle. S. P. employes, selected for their affable manners, as members of the staff attached to the Information bureau. As Pladwell raised the knife the-telephone bell rang. Pladwell an* swered the call. To Insure the pie's integrity in his absence, he took tho knife with him. it was PZd Hale of the information bureau staff. He had missed his boat and wouldn't Pladwell please postpone the cutting of the pie until he got there. "I just had to have the first cut of that pie," said Hale as he bounded inf> the office 20 minutes later. ''Here it is," said Pladwell. who had divided the circular confection into eight sections, and now, placing his knife underneath one division, lifted from the platter a triangular hunk of pie. For the sake of "Watsonville. and the apple I would like to go on and teli how delicious that pie was. Truth, however, must be served in this column —and truth compels the disclosure of ~the fact that when Pladwell lifted that section of pie the filling spilled out in a mealy trickle. Seven voices, in bit terness and in chorus, said; "Sawdust!" Which may or may not, furnish some light on the new and popular term r.f en dearment: "Oh, you great big, beauti ful doll." * * * Professor I.awson, who occupies the chair of geology at the University of California, doesn't care how he looks when he goes geologizing. Further more, he is the most persistent geol ogizer that ever roamed the hills. He has long legs and unlimited motive power, and spares neither in his efforts to wrest from the rocks the secrets of geologic time. Turning pages of nature's book is, in its effect on rai ment, like working in a quarry or slid ing to Rrs| on a dusty diamond. Kven if the professor was a bit care ful about his appearance when he left home, he would be bound to bring back the evidence of his industry—a coat of dust in summer, and, in winter, mud. A woman stood at Berkeley station the other evening at dusk. She was waiting for the Euclid avenue cat. "Oh, I'm bo glad you've come.'' She said to her husband, who iiad gone to the depot to meet her> "A great, big, rough looking man was on the boat and I think he followed me. I didn't think much about it until I saw him again on the train. Now he's waiting to »*C which car I take "Did he say anything to you?" Hub by was ready to fight. "No; but I know he must be follow ing me. Nobody like that lives in this part of Berkeley, and he can't be going to work at this time of night." "Show him to me." Hubby strode toward the man. He was going to find Ottl or know the rea son why. Before he reached Mm, how ever, somebody else stepped up to the ruffian, held out a hand and said: "Hi-lio, Professor Lawson, H*d a good tramp today." LINDSAY CAMPB&LL. Abe Martin Ther's alius a lot o' fellers that can't make up ther minds how they'll vote till they spp a couple & torchlight pro cessions an' hear a. lew uHa clubs.