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"Back Country" Alone Would
Make San Francisco Great
TRIBUTARY to this city and harbor lie lands so rich, so varied
in their products, so capable of intensive cultivation that it is
faint praise to call them agricultural—so near that it is wrong
to label them "back country." No other metropolis on the map is so
fortunately situated with respect to proximity, extent and produc
tivity of deep and fertile soil waiting virgin for the plow. Herein
alone is latent wealth enough to make San Francisco great with no
other factor working to that end.
San Francisco is the gateway for all who would enter in upon
these lands and for all that the richness of the soil and the efforts of
its tillers can produce. Daily the teeming world calls louder to be
fed, demands more and more of that sustenance which the land alone
can furnish —and here, just inside the gateway, spread vast areas,
scarcely touched as yet, calling for the husbandman to tickle their
fat lands and make them laugh in plenteous harvests.
Both these calls will be answered ; the combination is irresistible,
inevitable. Ami when world need for world feeding begins to be
satisfied from this source, then San Francisco and her harbor will
come into their greater commercial own.
That time and these results can be and will be hastened by effort
to develop the tillable lands tributary to San Francisco. The world
at large, if it knew what could be done with our "back country,"
would now be flocking to it—the capitalist for investments sure of
large and steady returns, the farmer for the chance to wed his toil
to the fertile soil and beget him a generous prosperity. Publicity,
then, and organized, systematic endeavor are the prime requisites in
any campaign to expedite the logical development of that upon which
San Francisco's larger development chiefly depends.
The basis of all wealth is the land; there is no sure and abiding
prosperity that is not foundationed upon the farm —and, for all its
rock bound treasures of gold, for all its incalculable stores of oil that,
opened by the deep boring drill, gush a Pactolean flood", this favored
part of the world is richest in land, in land that is fit for farms.
The weakness of the old California was in its undeveloped agri
cultural wealth. Its farms were too few and too big. A few men
owned the land, and there was no rapid growth of the rural popula
tion. This was true of the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys and
of all northern Nevada. Today in all this great area the big ranches
are being broken up and colonized. Irrigation and the subdivision
of the land into thousands of small holdings, with a citizenship com
posed of independent land owners, creates a kind of commercial
watershed which will inevitably drain into San Francisco.
Within a few years the area of land under cultivation in the
territory of which San Francisco is the commercial center will be
practically doubled, and the increased business to come from this
agricultural expansion will be felt in every form of industry in this
metropolis of the Pacific coast. In addition to this source of growth
there will be the new business which will follow the opening of the
Panama canal. Together these elements and factors wilL bring about
a trade expansion for San Francisco and its neighbors more prosper
ous and more populous than the longest sighted prophet of our time
and place has dared to forecast.
The land hunger of humanity has not so much new material
upon which to feed. Soon there will be proof and exemplification of
this fact when, over in Nevada, the government opens to homestead
settlement two tracts out of the fast dwindling public domain. On
December 30 nearly 50,000 acres cut out of the Humboldt national
forest will become subject to such settlement, and on January 29
there will be opened to entry 26,680 acres, also in Elko county, which
has already been surveyed.
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While these areas are attracting the attention of land and home
seekers, there will be excellent opportunity to let these people and
all their kind know about the possibilities of that wonderful country
along the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers.
HEREAFTER it is officially Goat island. The United States
board of geographical names has so decreed. There is indigna->
tion in some quarters; but what's in a name? Yerba Buena
is certainly more euphonious and has a flavor of old days, but the
island will smell as sweet with this other designation.
Besides, Yerba Buena is a lowly plant, while the goat is a noble
animal, full of grace and adorned with whiskers and suggestive of
certain springtime beverages.
It has to be Goat island, since the powers have decreed, and
poetry might as well take her doll rags and go home and leave the
playground to capricornus.
It ought to be some comfort to the island to know that hence
forth nobody can take away its goat.
THE revelation made on the witness stand by William Hamilton
of the J. P. Morgan concern that Morgan and Perkins made a
clean profit of $13,000,000 in the organization of the Harvester
trust ought to go quite a little way toward explaining the disinter
ested and lavish contributions of Mr. Perkins to the campaign funds
of Mr. Roosevelt.
It was due to Mr. Roosevelt's personal interference and by his
direct order that Attorney General Bonaparte withdrew the suit
■which would have dissolved the Harvester combination. It was by
Mr. Taft's personal order that Attorney General Wickersham took
up this suit at the point where Mr. Roosevelt compelled Mr. Bona
parte to drop it.
Mr. Perkins' interest in Mr. Roosevelt's political success and his
imp.ad.ble animosity toward President Taft can now be estimated
at their true value. That value is just exactly $13,000,000.
MEMBERS of the grand jury urge the passage of a law making
it a felony to carry a concealed weapon. There is no objection
to such a law, of course, but in practice it docs little good.
Trie law abiding, who seldom go abroad anyhow with a weapon,
are disarmed upon occasions when a man might reasonably carry
weapons—when forced to take lonely streets, for instance, late at
night to reach home.
Tiie lawless classes pay no attention to the statute, for the simple
reason that criminals who live by defying all laws will not hesitate to
violate one so easy to violate and so inimical to their pursuits.
New York has the most drastic legislation of this sort of any
state in the union. It is fresh legislation, too, not staled by custom
nor withered by statutory age. And yet, when Becker went to trial
the other day in the metropolis it was estimated that a thousand
"gunmen" swarmed about the entrances and corridors of the
A federal statute restricting the manufacture and sale of pistols
and kirks would probably be 4 - much more effective way of abating
the custom of carrying these weapons, but it is not likely that even
such a statute could stop it. It is an evil extremely hard to reach by
any corrective legislation.
•*■ the result that the trial has moved rapidly through little more
than a week.
Had Becker been on trial in San Francisco or Los Angeles the
work of selecting a jury would not have been one-fourth complete,
and a verdict would not be in sight much short of Christmas week.
It is the disgraceful latitude given criminal lawyers by our courts
which is responsible for so many miscarriages of justice. In practice
it is not the accused, but the counsel and the witnesses for the state,
who seem to be on trial. They are subjected to a storm of invective,
vituperation, innuendo and abuse on cross examination and in argu
ment, and the real issue is concealed in the smoke and dust of this
riot of noise and falsehood.
They do things differently in Justice Goff's courtroom. The
example might well be followed to advantage in California.
JAMES P. BROWN, former clerk of the United
States district court, and who recently ac
cepted the position of aflrisory counsel to the
International Harvester company, at Chicago,
returned to San Francisco yesterday to
his business affairs before going
to Chicago to commence work with the harves
ter trust. He expects to leave for the east by
the end of nest week.
* * #
CAPTAIN W. E. REYNOLDS, in command of
the revenue cutter service, who has been in
command of the Bering sea patrol during the
summer and stationed at Unalaska, yesterday
returned to San Francisco.
* * *
CHARLES E. JEWETT, tax agent of the coast
lines of the Santa Fe, and George G. Tuuell,
commissioner of taxes of the Santa Fe system.
With headquarters ia Chicago, have apartments
at the St. Francis. %
* * -*
J. H. PTJRDY of Pittsburg, who is Interested in
a large land project iv the Sacramento valley,
is at the Palace. He is accompanied by H. J.
de Lauoy Meyer of Driehergen, Holland.
* * *
GEORGE F. MITCHELL, who is associated with
the bureau of plant industry, is at the St.
Francis, registered from Washington, D. C.
J. A. FLAHERTY, supreme knight of Urn
Knights of Columbus, is at the St. Francis. He
arrived from the north last evening.
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W. PARRIB, district freight agent of the Pa
cific Coast Steamship company, is at tbe Stew
art, registered from Los Angeles.
B. McPHEE. Levi Wing, J. Cabe and George
Colebrcok, lumbermen of Portland, are among
yesterday's arrivals at the Manx.
* 45- * _
I. C. BECK of the Salt Lake and San Tedro
Railroad company of Los Angeles is among
the arrivals at the Sutter.
* * #
D. C. DAVIDSON, a Modesto Jeweler, and wife
are among the recent arrivals at the Stanford.
» * •&
C. T. OLIVER, secret-.? of the Klamath Falls
Chamber of Commerce. Is at the Union Square.
here from Sacramento, and is at the Palace.
* * *
C. W. SWANSON, a United States cream sepa
rator of Portland, Ore., Is at the Baldwin.
* * V
W. F. GEORGE, an attorney of Sacramento, is
among the recent arrivals at lite Stewart.
■r;* ■***- -X-
F. 0. MoGAVIC, a lumbermnn of MrCloud. is
among the recent arrivals at the Palace.
E, T. COOLEY, a denier in boots aud shoes at
Fresno, is registered at the Argonaut.
JOHN PARKINSON, an architect of Los Ange
les, is registered at the St. Francis.
* * *
L, R. MEAD, proprietor of Byron Hot Spring*.
is at the Fairmont with Mrs. Mead. *
V- * *
**, A. JOHNSTON, a warden from the state
prison at Folsom, is at the Turpiti.
*• * ■£
A. A. DAUGHERTY, an oil operator of Lc_ An
geles is a guc-t at the P-Jaee.
t- * *
GEORGE L. TAFT, an automobile dealer of Los
giagelesj la -4 LU_ Argonaut.
* # *
J. W. CTTTHBERT of Wilbur Springs is at the
W. J, WALLACE of Los Angeles, W. A. Myers
of Los Angeles, Louis Goodman, a jeweler of
Stockton, and Miss Goodman and D. T. Bunker,
a real estate operator of Modesto, make up a
group of recent arrivals at the Manx.
* * *
MILES HILWARD, a mining engineer of Mexico,
is at the St. Francis. Mllward is an old San
Franciscan, and put in hia apprenticeship as an
engineer ia the city schools and the Union. Iron
* # *
W. P. SIEBERT. who Is associated with the
Carnegie Steel company, is at the Palace with
Mrs. Siebert, E. F. Weir of Pittsburg and
W. H. Baldrldge of New York.
* # *
P. S. MALCOLM, collector of»the port of Port
land, Is at the St. Francis with Mrs. Malcolm.
They hare been east for a month and are re
turning home.
* * *
R. P. LATHROP, a hay and grain merchant of
Holllster, returned from a trip east yesterday
with Mrs. Lathrop and took apartments at
the Stewart.
DAN rfURPHY, a capitalist of Los Angeles, who
has been traveling through Europe, is regis
tered at the Palace.
* * #
B. B. ODELL, Pacific coast sales manager of an
automobile company, Is the Court, registered
from Indianapolis.
* * #
MONTGOMERY GODLEY of Lincoln, one of the
largest fruit growers of Placer county, is at
the Union Square.
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DR. B. J. DUFFY of the United States public
health ■**___, is at the Palace, registered
from Washington.
» * * *
JOSEPH LIPPMAN, a well known attorney of
.salt Lake, is at the St. Francis with Mrs.
* * *
H. A. JABTRO, a cattleman and oil operator of
Bakers_eld, is spending a few days at the
•"■'■_►'■■ _|
CHARLES RAYDURN,' a merchant of Placer
ville, is staying a t the Dale.
* * *
ORRA E. MONNETTE, an attorney of Los An
ge__B| Is at the St. Francis.
* * *
JOB HARRIMAN, the r.os Angeles attorney, Is
a guest at the Argonaut.
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REV. R. M. MESTRES of Monterey is a guest
at the Stewart.
_ * *- *
B. G. MORRIS, a planter of Rlctamond, Va., la
at the Court.
a '=•--.•'--'" a
THOMAS BOURNES, a merchant of Fort Bragg
Is at fllt-nTnd,
» * *
CAPTAIN B. WALTON of Stockton is registered
at. the Dale.
* ■* *
C S. PEARSON, a publisher ot Boston, la at
tbe Palace.
vr- # *
J. F. WILSON of Santa Rosa is a gueat* at the
* * #
W. W. WIGIL of Chicago ia registered at the
(' 'lonia!.
* * *
J. B. WALSH, a Jamestown merchant. Is at the
* # *
C, A. HENRY of Tulare ia at the Baldwin.
Author of "At Good Old Sivrash*'
ON October 25, 1800, the newly in
stalled nineteenth century made
good by producing a baby who
was promptly wrapped up in the
name of Thomas Babington Macaulay.
It would take the ordinary baby 30
years to grow up to a name of this size,
but Thomas was no ordinary baby. He
had a two bushel head and large se
rious eyes, and at the age of 3 he was
reading the newspapers. At 7he was
so skillful In debate that the only de
fense of his elders was to send him to
bed by way of rebuttal. At 12 he
could compose in Latin and Greek and
could pun in five languages. Even
his enemies admitted that Thomas Bab
ingto'n Macaulay would grow up to be
a big man and stretch his name all out
to write a nistory of England. He
knew England's history by heart and
had an enormous stock of well oiled,
easy running words which people would
rather read than go a fishing. Yet he
struggled for 2. years with his task and
then when he realized that he had only
completed 15 years of history and was
five years worse off than when he
started, he gave up and died. As a his
torian he was one of the world's great
est failures, being 33 per cent Slower
than time itself.
Men have failed from many causes,
but few have failed as Macaulay did.
He failed because he was too infernally
capable In too many ways. He was
the best essayist in England and a rat
tling good journeyman poet. He was
also a spell binder, politician and
statesman and could pack up on 24
hours' notice and run a colony with
fair success. All of this was bad on
the history business. No sooner did
ho seat himself In a large arm chair
with four acres of references around
(Copyright, 1012, by George Matthew Adama)
Editor Call: Having observed your
careful reports of the Presbyterian
synod, which met In San Francisco last
week, and feeling that there Is some
misunderstanding on the part of a
great many people in relation to the
question of Dr. Day of San Anseimo,
and his "retirement, I venture as an
officer in one of the eaßtern churches
to state the following facts: Begin
ning with San Diego in the southern
part of California and going to the
northern boundary of the state you
will find that there are not to exceed
a half dozen churches of over 400 mem
bers whose pastors did not support
Dr. Day; that is to Pay, 98 per cent, of
i})f leading churches and the leading
ministers have given their support to
what they felt was the right of free
speech and free thought within the
! J i c.wbyterlan church, and though not a
minister, and perhaps not competent to
pass on all phases Of the question. I
want to say this too, that I am told
by those who know that the scholar
ship in the Presbyterian church Is al
most unanimous in its support of Dr.
1 >ay. Pastors and retired ministers of
the synod who have no churches, and
the men in the smaller churches are
the men who stand for traditionalism,
but the younger and stronger men are
unanimously for modern view*.
1 want td say these things as a
stranger who is taking pains to In
vestigate the actual situation, and be
lieve your readers ought to know these
facts that there is scarcely a prominent
minister in the synod of California who
is not in sympathy with Dr. Day and
his right to the freedom of teaching.
I hopo you may give this brief state
ment a conspicuous place in your paper,
if you feel that the public should know
The Candidates
OH, William and Woodrow and Ted!
How tired they must be of the
noise, of painting geography red,
and handing out Facts to the boy*!
How tired they must be of suspense.
of rumors and roorbacks and rot, de
bating the whlchness of whence, and
also the thingness of what! How
weary and sick are they all. expound
ing to thickheaded goats why they're
for or forninst the recall, and why
they are rustling for votes. Oh, Willie
and Teddy and Wood, whose colors are
nailed to the mast! No matter which
one's to the good when votes have
been counted at last, there's nothing
but trouble In store, there's nothing
but grief and despair, there's nothing
but walking the floor and thinking up
words fit to swear! I wonder why
people will strain and break their
suspenders to get a job that will
drive them insane with worry and
woe and regret. The honors don't
pay for the grief! I'd rather go fish
ing, I swow, than live in the White
House as chief, with trouble enthroned
on my brow. Oh, Woody and Teddy
and Bill! When the sounds of the con
flict subside, and the roar of the cap
tains is still, and the tall is thrown
in with the hide, then cut out politi
cal strife, the uproar, confusion and
noise, retire from the strenuous life,
and live like the rest of the boys.
Capwhti. !B_, t»r
fmmm awa-wr mmm
Got Up Late
A city chap went on a farm to help
with the harvesting in return for his
The first morning, when the farmer
called him it was so dark and frosty
that the city chap couldn't resist an
other brief snooze before getting up.
But he was, at that, out in the field
by 4 o'clock.
"Fine morning," he said to his em
ployer genially.
Through the # dim dawn light the
farmer scowled at him:
"It was," he said.
Keeping It Secret
"Why Is it," asked the curious guest,
"that poor men usually give larger tips
than rich men?"
"Well, suh," said the waiter, who was
something of a philosopher as well,
"looks to me like de po' man don't want
nobody to find out he's po', and de rich
man don't want nobody to find out he's
rich."—Youth's Companion.
"But Thom_M was no ordinary baby."
finished, than a magazine editor or book
publisher or the whig party or a prime
minister would oome around and inter
fere. He had to stop his history to
write essays, because the people cried
for them. He had to emerge from the
vitals of the past to become a mem
ber of the whig ministry. He had to
drop his pen for four years and gov
ern the East India company at $50.
--000 a year. He had, in fact, to write
his history while being shaved and
while dodging opportunity in 40 forms,
and when he died he had only five vol
umes finished out of a possible 300.
The five volumes which Macaulav did
write became best sellers in England
and his death % was a sad blow. Eng
lish people had been reading of their
past with feverish interest and the
reign of William of Orange under his
pen became more interesting than love
and romance. If Macaulay had been
less gifted in other lines, he might
have exhumed a whole century of Eng
li?h history in colors more vivid than
the frescoes at Pompeii, but all he suc
ceeded in doing was to make other his
torians seem dull and tame.
A historian should carefully weed
out his other talents before attempting
to make up 1,000 years on Father Time
the facts, and I assure you that any
of the leading Ministers like Dr. Rader,
Dr. Goodspeed and Dr. Freeman all
confirm what I say. and these are
among the leading men of the state.
Very truly,
A. l. Mcintosh,
San Francisco, Cal., October .23.
Abe Martin
It must be tough on some folks when
th' children are too big V ride _er
nothin* an' too little t' leave at home.
Nothin' is ever too expensive f»r folk*
that have thinjgtf _har_-«d.
OCTOBER .25, 191:2
Ferry Tales
IF your wife
bought you a
necktie, would
you wear it? And
why not? An
swer if you dare.
If you do—dare,
I mean—your an.
swers will be printed, or the substance)
of them, with or without your name!
attached, according to your desire,,
which will be dictated by your supply)
of moral courage.
Is it really true that a woman in
unable to select a necktie that a maw
will willingly wear? You didn't ques
tion your wife's good judgment and
discriminating taste when she selected
you from a whole band of suitors, and
yet—l know this to be true—you could
no "more wear a necktie that she
bought, even a nice pink one, and feel
comfortable in it, than s_te can accept
that story about the clove salad you
said you had for luncheon.
* # #
Why this should be I do not know.
It is the case, and this is why a man
can repose In a woman no greater mark
of Implicit, blind, absolute, almost
suicidal confidence than to permit her
to select his wearing apparel. We let
our wife pick her husband with firm
faith In her Judgment, but we credit
ourselves with virtuous complaisance
and courage that Daniel would have
envied if we permit her to select the
pattern for our spring suit or wear th_
tie she bought for us at Christmas.
If a man presumes to buy a feminine
article of apparel he gets some other
woman to make the selection, and usu
ally does not go far wrong. When a
woman undertakes to choose male
raiment she either uses her own jud_r
ment or takes counsel of another
woman. It's no use going to a man
for advice. Any woman will tell you
that the average man is too ridicu
lously extravagant in his l-leas and
altogether too conventional.
Some men wear clothes of their
wives' selection because of their faith
in her judgment. Others do It be
cause they don't care. There are st'.ll
others —thrifty souls—who believe that
women regard the spending of money
as a form of entertainment, and b>y let
ting wifey do the buying she sates her
squanderlust and he gets clothes that
he would- have had to buy anyhow.
Then, again, there are men who are
just naturally martyrs. This Is a dis
tinctly masculine attribute. Other
men are heroes and would rather wear
pale blue pantaloons and have their
coat pockets cut on the bias than hurt
her feelings.
# # #
Without presuming, or daring, or
wishing to make any classflcatlon In
his case, Of even suggesting that it
could or should be classified, let me
tell you the sad <etory of J. Alfred
Enquist and his experience with the:
Honolulu tailor who knew exactly l
what was wanted.
To avoid any misunderstanding now'
or hereafter, let it be said that than J.
Alfred there is no better dresser in I
Oakland, and that no more perfectly 1
tailored commuter ever crosses thet
bay. That makes it all right, whoever
selects his clothes. Now for the story.
J. Alfred and his wife visited;
Honolulu not so very long ago. During]
their visit Mrs. Enquist noticed that!
J. Alfred had been sitting down rather i
hard on his dress pantaloons, and thatj
said pantaloons were beginning to wear]
thin where the strain had been im-i
Without consulting her husband, she
undertook to find a tailor who would
reinforce the worn place and do the
work at a moderate figure. She wanted
them to last until they returned to the j
mainland. With a good background, ■
she believed they would do it.
She found a little brown tailor who
knew exactly what was wanted, would
.make a first class Job of It, and would
charge only $1. He was awarded the
contract and the morning their steamer
sailed the reinforced trousers were de
livered at the hotel. The tailor brought
with him a sample of the reinforcement
he had used. It was rather a noisy
tweed, very light gray, with black
•tripes. Under the circumstances the
color seemed unimportant, and the stuff
certainly was strong.
The package, unopened, was packed
In the steamer trunk. In the evenln***—
the ship had sailed at 10 o'clock that
morning—Mrs. Knqutst suggested that
J. Alfred dre** for dinner.
"Better wear > our tuxedo, dear.** she
told him. "There are a lot of nice
people on board, end I'm sure that
most of the men will dr#ai- *
J. Alfred did a* h.< nan told. The
sound of tho dtm-or hutfl* hade him
hurry, and he bat. *\ n.>!.,<>.•, th* ratch
on the Inside _| he .;*iob*«l into the
reinforced iio!Vi garment*.
You've neon a man standing with his
back to | fire, with both hands In his
trouser pockets, it u : «s lit this atti
tude that J Alfred sauntered down the
grand stair-.-. .i> ln(<. th« (fining saloon.
He turned round at the foot of the
stairs, and as ho turned there was a
howl from the aaseu.tiled passengers.
Every eye was focused on the rein
forced part of J. Alfred's prntaloons.
Mrs. Enfiulst's gase> followed the gen
eral direction. She screamed.
The curtain ought to fall here, tout
before It goes down let It be explained
that the little tailor who knew Jus*
how had been B.OSI liberal In the mat
ter of area. He hud applied his noisy
tweed rcliifr-r.'.-ii'i'ut clear from port
to starboard I a mul down, it meas
ured i fool \\ hen he h.iri it all nicely
stitched in pleat he im.i taken hia
hot-oiai>ie ferisaor. ait.l had carefully
excised (ho uoru, hut still opaque, aec
hou ..f black iloth nnd had left his
pitch, ii Html} in -.-ay. framed in fine
black scree. UNI'SAY CJ___P_.____fc_ -

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