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WEDNESDAY f
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
4he 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 persons, and all rejoice that he escaped serious hurt. But
that shot changed none of 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
oar 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 canrjidate 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
the van of the fight for republican principles and for the republican
party deliberately to choose to urge 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 way. I would un
hesitatirgly 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 Jives right
gladly, to throw the ties 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'my fathers helped to-found and to defend high above
any obligations of partisanship.
It 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 TS great good fortune that the shot aimed at 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.
A- 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
corrupt; 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
ings. But they powerfully influence the weak and the vicious.
Here in our own state we have a governor who 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 murderer-? 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 San Francisco Bulletin, the Los
Angeles Tribune and Express, Lincoln Steffens, Clarence Darrow
and their small imitators, condoning foul assassination, protecting
mean and base pluncferers, 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
shot 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
of 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
tin's 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.
li is sincerely to be hoped that the country will never again see
a. campaign pitched upon a plane so low, so uninstructive. so wholly
Mini and so belittling to us all in the eyes of other nations, as
the campaign which Mr. Roosevelt, Mr. Johnson. Mr. Ilenev 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
of the pen.
I which struck mc as tlie most convincing and persuasive thing
in this line I ever read. It may or may not be in accord with
ethics to mention names in this connection, but it you looked at
page 23 of Sunday's issue you probably saw this advertisement, and
if your eye fell upon it at all it's dollars to doughnuts that you read
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
tea per cent is spent so as to get the highest possible return. A very
PHIL FRANCIS
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
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 would be
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 Wanamaker's man evolved years ago.
Now, I am 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"yUT 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 Sproulc'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 ot 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 interferanccs' wiih 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 Quentin
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
ihose prison shoes off the feet of the brave old men who saved our
liberties and the life of the nation, or 1 lie men and women of Cali
fornia will take you out of the offices you disgrace with a sudden
ANSWERS TO QUERIES
MADSTONE— W. H.. Berkeley. What is a
madstone? Is it a rn.vt'u?
A "madstone" is a porous stone vul
garly reputed to be efficacious in hydro
phobia. It is applied to the bite of a
rabid animal and is supposed to draw
out tlie virus. Aa this department has
never seen a madstone applied and
watched its effectiveness, it is impossi
ble to answer the ciuestion, "Is it a
myth."
W j TmT It
PAINTING OS roppKK -M. R. Ku ?«**.
T have h painting on ropper railed "The Bejr
gar Boy," hy MurilJo. What ia it worth?
Only a connoisseur, upon examinn
i tion, can place a value on the painting.
KI'.EAK SIXGKR—I. S., Oakland. Ia there
such a persou us Charles Kellogg, "a nature
Blager." and is It true that he can sing
urtnveg higher than Tetraulni?
There is a man named Charles Kel
logg who is a nature singer, an imi
tator of birds, a sort of nature freak,
who can reach several octaves higher
than Tetrazzini, but how many this de
partment has not been able to ascer
tain, as Judges vary on this subject.
4r # *
PUP [\ pt I.i, \v. I). F... Rcddlur. ' When
was "Pair! in Knll" tir«t played in Sun Iran
etaco, and at what theater, ;ind when after
that?
At Iho Van Ness in December. I!Mi\,
and then at the Savoy in January, I3i_*.
WEEDS
GEORGE FITCH
Author of "At Good Old Slwash."
A WEED Is a flower which hag
got Into trouble by going where
it wasn't invited.
Many weeds are very beautiful and
would be gazßd 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 glofy alienates
the love of the farmer by blooming in
his cornfield instead of his front yard
and the thistle holds mass meetings in
the pastures instead of growing shyly
and sparsely in kitchen gardens'.
Some Aveeds are tall and homely and
some are Bquat and homely, while still
others are tinted like the dawn. But
they all have one characteristic. They
are hardy and long lived. Frost 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 doesn't. A weed will
flourish and raise a large family on a
brick pile in,a July sun, and cutting
down a weed with a hoe 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 and hold a reunion of its de
scendants while an imported flower
seed is getting ready to sit up and live.
Gall and nerve form the circulation of
the weed. L.et a man prepare a $40,000
garden for tho reception of rare and
(Copyright, 1012. by George Matthew Adams*
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
E. 8. McCORD, nn attorney of Seattle, is at the
Palace. Tie is representing the Centennial
Milling company in a case before the court of
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 againat the Anglo-American bank of
Seattle.
* * *
Y. TAKEKO3HI aud I*. N'egisbl, 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 Urn Fairmont.
■X- * *
W. A. BRACKENRIDGE. ?iee president of the
Southern California Kdison company, lit*.
P.rackenrldtre ami Mr. and Mrs. Ruliert Ptt
luirn Jr. of Pasadena have apartments at the
I'alaee.
* * *
J. C. FORD, vice president and general manager
of the Pacific Coast .Steamship company, la a
■neat at the Palace. He makes his heail.juar
tera la Seattle.
* * *
DR. OTTO BOHRMANN, who is attending the
vMtlng Australia football players, has taken
apartments at the Manx Willi Mrs. llohruiann.
WALTER E. BARRETT, cashier of the PaciiU-
Vegetable company, is at the Palace with 11.
11. Dougherty, registered from Ix» Angeles.
* * *
CHARLES R. HADLEY. lIIMall I of a Dim deal
ing in loOM leaf supplies anil compiler of bnsi
fiesf system", Is at the I'alaee.
* * *
\V. B. BLACK, a hotel man "f Woodland, was
married yesterday to Mrs. K. Bkkea of Yolo,
ami tiny are {.'vests at the Manx.
H. B. DUNCAN, secretary of the San Bernardino
Valley lias company, is at the St. Francis,
registered froaa i.-os Anceies.
* * *
BARON ARTHUR GROEDEL of Germany, who
has been traveling through the northwest, is st
fie St. I'ramis
F-AUL SHOUP. wto is jsaftager of the Southern
Fa- ifjc electric lines in Lo:s Angeles, i.- a guc-t
at tIK I'alaee.
-" -:-:• *
DR. A. M. RITCHTE <if Pactde <;rore |j a t the
Stewart.
* # N
W. H. WEEKS at Palo Alto is at the Stanford.
The Larger Field
U?^i!L!Z2£L£JHi2£2Esss~^
YOUNG Bulger in our village grew
to manhood, and we thought him
slick. "Hell 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 har
vested so great a yield of praise his
head began to swell; 'Til have to seek
a larger field," he said; "I see that very
well. A man can't 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."
Waer Masson
Bjmtf* KiM>Q HluMl
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 ler.rn
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 take
the same assortment of words, and, by
arranging them In two sentences, ex
press entirely different ideas.
For example, one might say:
"I made a minion dollars honestly."
Or, with the same words rearranged,
he could say:
"Honestly. I made a million dollars."
—iudge's Library.
"Gall and nerve form fne circulation
of the weed."
successful party and will make them
selves- perfectly at home.
Because of these habits people do not
love weeds any more titan they do con
fidence men, professional borrowers and
people who make their living by en
couraging other people to work. Many
a weed would improve the look* of a
garden 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
DR. PHILIP NEWTON, who bss been studying
the habits and customs Of the Negritos in the
Philippines returned on the transport Sherman
yesterday nnd registered at the Stewart. He
made his investigations for the Smithsonian In
stitution.
* # *
OBADIAK RICH, manager of the Palace hotel,
returned from a two months' trip through the
east last evening. He was accompanied by Mrs
Rich. They visited Cape Cod. Rich's home, and
the home of Mrs. Rich at Salem, Mass
* * *
J. D. MONROE, president of a transportation
company at L*keport. is registered at the Ar
gonaut.
* # *
C, B. LORENZEN and John Steen. business men
of CbrUtiania are guests at the St. Francis.
* # #
A, M. ALLEN, supervisor of Monterey county. Is
among tho arrivals at the Sutter.
* * *
IRA BRONSON, au attorney of Seattle, is at the
St. Kramis with Mrs. Uronson.
* * *
W. K. WATTIS. a railroad contractor of Ogdcn
ia r«jr:sleretl at the St. Francis.
* * -X
JOHN GEORGE ami Mrs. t>orge of fcafte, Mont.,
are registered at the Court.
* * •*"*
0. D. COLVIN, an iron manufacturer of Seattle
is registered at the Palace.
F. W. FARRINGTON. an attorney of Portland,
is registered fct the Palace.
FELIX ROTHCHILD. a' Chlc.J. dotting manu
factum, Is at the Sutter.
* # *
G. M, STEELE, an attorney of I.odf, is a guest
at the Aiironau*. "* ,
* * *
MISS M. L. McBERRY of Houston. Tex., i, „ t
the Hat-court.
* * *
DR. J. ANDERSON of Pefaluma i=- re*t*t*red at
the Stanford.
• * * *
MAXWELL BROWNE, an attorney of S.jlina* is
at tiie Man*.
3. L. CLARK, a drufgtai of rwalnaa, la at the
Argonaut.
* # *
JOHN B. JONES of Seattle is a guest at the
Court.
I OCTOBER ia, 1913
Ferry Tales
EVEN if W«
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. an>l
tbe feat of "hounding"' the holy lan>l
may now he beyond the gras P 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 dutft and ashes. Remembering that,
we would not have dared to associate
anything grown In the vicinity of Wat
sonville with this product of southern
Palastine. And yet—
I suppose you saw those tempting
baked apples and large, well 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 due
course. The pie was removed from tho
window and enthroned on a typewriter
table Inside the counter. Pladwell,
knife In hand, approached the sacri
fice. Standing in a close circle, mouths
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 the
knife with him.
It was Ed 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 into
the office 20 minutes later.
"•Here it is," said Pladwell, who had
di%'ided 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 tell
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 thai
section of pie the filling wpilled out in
a mealy trickle. Seven voices, in bit
terness and in chorus, said;
"Sawdust:"
Which may or may not, furnish snmf
light on the newaant(t popular P-rm of en
dearment: "Oh, you great big, beauti
ful doll."
Professor Lawson, who occupies the
chair of geology at the University of
California, doesn't care how h* looks
when he goes geologising. Further
more, Ire is tiie 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 lime. Turning the pages of
nature's book is. in Its effect on rai
ment, like working in a quarry or slid
ing to first on a dusty diamond.
Kven if the professor whs a bit care
ful about his appearance when he left
home, he would be bound to bring hack
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
Malting for the Euclid avenue car.
"Ob. I'm so glad you've come," she
said to her husband, who had gone to
the depot to meet her. "A great, big,
rough looking man was on the boat and
I think he followed inc. I didn't think
much about it until l saw him again
on the train. Now he's waiting tc *te
which car I take."
> "Did he say anything to you?" Hub
by was ready to tight.
"No; but I know he must be follow
ing me. Nobody like that lives i/i this
part of Berkeley, and he can't be going •
to work at this time of night." T
Show him to me."
Hubby strode toward the man. He
was going to find out or know the rea
son why. Before he reached him. how
ever, somebody else stepped up to the
ruffian, held out a hand and said:
"Hello. Professor J.awson. Had a
good tramp today V
LINDSAY CAMPBELL*
Abe Martin
Hiers alius a lot o' fellers that cant
make U p ther minds how thev'U vote
till they see a couple o' torchlight pro
cessions an' hear a, few sice club*

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