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Carload of Materials Said to Be
Stolen From Mare Island
Is Seized
Officers at Local Station Re
ceive News of Loss With
CHICAGO, Nov. 5.—A carload of
naval supplies, said by the police to
have been stolen from the Mare island
navy yard, valued at about $15,000, was |
seized by federal authorities in the Chi- !
eago, Burlington and Quincy railroad i
yards near Hawthorne, 111., today.
The supplies were taken on a writ ;
issued by United States Judge Kenesaw I
M. Landis. The car was billed to a
smelting and refining company with a
plant here.
Government investigators said there
had existed a band of thieves which
has been robbing United States naval
yards of supplies aggregating several
hundred thousands of dollars.
The government agents have been
■working for several months attempting
to locate- shipments of stolen materials.
It is believed today's discovery will re
sult in disclosing further cases. The
carload consisted of more than 50.000
pounds of copper and brass used in the
construction of battleships.
The tar was consigned to the smelt
ing and refining company fry a San j
Francisco agent. It left Sari* Francisco
October 10, and arrived in the Haw
thorne yards last Sunday. Federal
officers ordered the railroad company
to hold the car until court action could
be taken.
Navy Officers Astonished
VALL.EJO, Nov. s.—News from Chi
cago thai |IS,OOO worth of -opppr and i
br.-<ps supposed to have been stolen
from the Ma-e Island navy yard and
traced from San Francisco to Chicago,
had been seized near Hawthorne. 111.,
today by federal authorities, was re
ceived at the navy ynrd with
ment. Lieutenant Commander W. H.
Standlev. acting- commandant, said that
no inkling of any such theft existed.
Sale? of copper and brass junk had
been maiif- within the last month, but
not sufficient in, amount to make up
anything like a 50.000 pound car lot,
the weight reported seized.
Simian Refuses to Return Home
After Two Years
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
OROVHJUB, Nov. :>. —Two years ago
a little monkey that belonged to Alvin
Fau!, a local business man, ran away
as the family was returning from their
summer vacation in the mountains.
Three days ago , Faul was out hunting
at Sugar Loaf mountain. 20 miles from
Orovllle, and was surprised to see
tracks that he thought were like tfeoee
h!s monkey used to leave. He followed
the tracks and found the simian liv
ing In a hollow lots with three coons.
The monkey refused to come out of the
log when called by his former master,
*nd hafl again gone wild.
Well Known Undertaker Smashes
High Rates for Caskets
And Establishes
Big Trade
ONE of the most cold blooded and
heartless of all the vicious
trusts that exist today in the
nation is the great funeral
trust that, under one name or
nother, has its organization in every
tate and in every great city, prey
ng upon the sorrows and distress of
hose in trouble in the very hour of
heir deepest*grief. It is a trust that
xists like a parasite, imposing its
)urden particularly upon the poor
md needy, and never showing the
lightest spirit of human sympathy.
y does the funeral trust
rather in annually hundreds of thou
amls of doll are that it never earns,
nit that it collects through its
net hods of forcing prices upward,
>ut it has been unrelenting in its war
ipon all undertakers who have dared
0 ii pose its dictates and has driven
lundreds of them out of business and
Lt the same tinu- wrecked the manu
acturers who have sided with the in
lependent undertakers.
The fight has been waged in San
fraiSciSco as in all the other large
'hies, but San Francisco has one man
oday who has fought the funeral
rust single handed, who is still fight
ng It and who has achieved success
n the long battle. That man is
ulius S. Godeau, well known as an
■mbalmf.r and funeral director.
The history of Godeau's fight
Kainst The trust is not written as an
; peal to sympathy nor to attract
i't-<'tal interest In the man himself,
ii.t as a narrative of how the appli
ation of honest, straightforward
>rinciples> and square dealing with
he public have enabled one indi
•idual to win* in a struggle against
remendous odds.
Godeau ha.« been the particular oh
e<t of the antagonism of the funeral
rust for years, yet this is what he
ins accomplished':
Hf- is the owner of establishments
»t 41 Van Ness avenue and 305 Colum
ius avenue, San Francisco; at 2210
v< bster street in Oakland and at 827
South Kigueroa street in Los Angeles,
tnd is also the proprietor of the
'a'ific States Casket company with
1 plant at 235 Ninth street in San
•'rancisco, which employs a large
lumber of men and women the year
r> Mild.
Godeau has built his success on
ndependence and honesty. He was
iorn in the North Beach district of
>an Francisco and has hosts of
riends in San Francisco and also In
he other i-ities of the coast where
ie has established branches of his
nisiness He is a big bodied, big
■searted man, and yet a thorough
>usiness man.
Godeau has been in the under
:aking business for a quarter of a
•entury, having entered it by buying
)ut the pioneer firm of Atkins-
Hassey which was established in
MS. Godeau built up a remarkably
rood business, but up to the time of
he fire six years ago had done noth
ng to distinguish himself in a busi
ie«s way from the many undertakers
>elonging to the Undertakers' asso
;lation in San Francisco.
It was after the fire in 1906 that
he change came which resulted in
he war between Godeau and the
rust and which laid the foundation
or the former's greater success In
he business wonij, After the fire
iad swept the city clean, Godeau
ound himself the only undertaker in
Hazel Palmanteer,
For Whom Many
Fetes Are Planned
Oakland Society Girl to Be En=
tertained Following Return ■
From Abroad
OAKLAND, Not. s.—The first compli
ment for Miss Hazel Palmanteer since
her return from abroad will he given
shortly by Miss Anno Sprint; in the
family home In Fruitvale. While she
was in Europe California friends
learned of her betrothal to Ewald
Grunsky Jr. of Sn.n Francisco, and in
oming months she will share
largely in compliments of the season.
Plans for the wedding , are still indefi
n-ite. although it is possible the mar
riage will take place this winter or
next spring.
YTEN.YA. Nov. . r >. —An Austrian mili
tary airman was killed this moaning ,
while flying- areond the army aerodrome
at the military station at Goerz. He
fell from a considerable height, owing:
to the collapse of one of the wings
of hi? aeroplane.
the city who still possessed a working
force of horses and carriages. •He had
always looked upon the Undertakers'
association as an organization founded
upon an underlying basts of fraternity,
and he at once devoted hie equipment
to aiding his leas fortunate business
There were many to he buried in
those days, yet there WM a lack of
equipment for the work. Godeau
offered his carriages and horses for
the use of his fellow undertakers
when they needed them, and in this
service the horses became worn out
and the rolling stock deteriorated. He.
proved himself oig enough to assist
others to get on their feet, yet when
shortly afterwards the grip of the
funeral trust fastened itself upon the
city, he came to learn how short lived
gratitude can be.
Godeau was first invited to join the
trust and then an effort was made to
force him to do «O. He found the other
undertakers being drawn into the trust
ranks and the pricee raised. Caskets
could not he sold for less than a speci
fied sum and a schedule of prices was
established for every detail of under
taking work and funeral direction—a
schedule that was based on the prin
cipal c.f squeezing every dollar possible
from the pockets of those who must
turn to the undertakers in time of
Godeau refused to join the trust, and
asserted his independence. He de
clared his right to charge only a fair
price for his goods and service* and to
expect only a fair profit. The answer
that was made to him whs a boycott.
He suddenly found himself involved in
labor troubles Irs supplies were inter
The I/on \njjflcK Branch, *-" South KlKurrua Street
Devoted Woman to Redeem Chi*
cago Institution in Hands
of Receiver
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
CHICAGO, Nov. s.—The visible as
sets of the Kirby Savings bank at 5019
South Ashland avenue, which went into
the hands of a reeciver after the pres
ident had been adjudged insane, are
nearly $18,000. This figure was given
out today by Thomas B. Lantry, attor
ney for the conservator of the estate.
An earlier report made by S. H. Vol
well. the receiver, had placed the
amount at $825.
Two hundred depositors are repre
sented in the hank's deficit of $50,000.
Confidence th.it they finally will re
ceive most of tiie'r, mone;., if not ail
is expressed by the majority of the
Mrs. William T. Kirby. wife of the'
president, who is in a Waukegan sana
torium, is reported to have sent word
To all of the depositors that they will
receive their money in full. It Is said
that Mrs. Kirby will meet the deficit
from her own resources if necessary.
"Doctor Kirby has been known in
this part of the city for many years."
said one depositor. "He is a man uni
versally loved by the community. His
affairs now may be in an unfortunate
tangle, but we are confident that no
heavy loss will fall on the depositors."
"There are depositors who have vol
unteered to help Mrs. Kirby if she
needs financial assistance," said an
other depositor.
, »
Struck by Train, Seriously Hurt,
Wjjile Getting Returns
ELGIN, 111., Nov ?.. —While* Judge
Henry B. Willis, presiding jurist of the
northern division of the appellate court,
was standing on a railroad track in
front of a newspaper office tonight
watching the- election returns, he was
struck by an engine and seriously in
jured. Both his legs were cut off near
the ankles. He also sustained serious
injuries about the head.
MILWAUKEE. W!*-. Nov. s.—John
Schrank, who attempted to assassinate
Colonel Roosevelt, will be arraigned
in municipal court to enter a plea of
guilty or not guilty either Thursday or
Friday, according to announcement
made at the district attorney's office
today. As soon as his plea is entered
a commission of alienists probably •will
make formal inquiry into Schrank's
mental condition.
OAKLAND, Nov. s.—Heating turpen
tine and oil with which to treat her
husband for rheumatism, Mrs Lizzie
Cohn was badly burned today when the
mixture exploded. To save the house
Mrs. Cohn threw the blazing <lish out
of doors. Her right hand was seriously
burned to the elbow. Mrs. Cohn lives
at 31 >S Harrison street. %
subje-ctcd to every conceivable kind of
petty and vexatious annoyances.
Godeau faced the labor troubles
squarely and settled them eatisfae
mrily. for his men were appreciative of
the uniformly fair and kind treatment
they had received .
at his hands. Then j
he set about to
remedy the other
difficulties, know
ing when he did so
that he had a
gigantic task be
fore him. He de
clared war on the
trust in San Fran
cisco and Califor
nia, asserting that
H was to be a fight
to .he finish ami
without quarter,
and took the .initia
tive in the battle
His first step was i
to *»r°ct a fully
equipped factory,
where he at one* ,
hPRan the manu
facture of his own
caskets and every
thing else he'
needed in his busi
ness except the
1 steel fittings and
handles for the
I caskets. He de
i *4gned and built his
own ''askets, and
i prepared at once to
extend his business
jon a larger scale.
At the outset,
: (jodeaii was ad
! vised by the trust
1 representatives that
it would be better
' for him to charge
! the same high
price* that the
'others were eharg
' ing and reap some
Berkeley Woman Rejoices in Op
portunity to Add One Ballot
for President
BERKELEY. Nov. s.—Though SO years
old, Mrs. Margaret IMckerson, who lives
at the California hotel in University
avenue, would not lose the privilege
this morning of casting her first vote
in a presidential election. Early in
the day she appeared at her polling
place. University and Shattuck avenues,
and was on«=> of the first voters of her
precinct to cast her ballot.
Sne wis accompanied by a friend,
Charles Oier. She had informed her
self in the procedure and was in the
b'>oth only a few moments, emerging
with her ballot properly folded.
■|'v° waited Sft years for the right
to vote for a president," she said. "This
is the first vote I have ever cast, and
T am glad T lived to see the day when
women could vote in California. No,
I will not tell you for whom I voted."
Federal Agents Rush Messboy
Secretly to Hawaii
BALTIMORE. Nov. s.—An Hawaiian
mess boy named Kaoiwi on the battle
ship Connecticut was discovered to have
leprosy early in the week and sent to
the naval yards at Philadelphia, where
he was placed secretly in a boxcar sup
plied by the federal authorities and
equipped as a hospital room with n
physician and a nurse. The train left
Philadelphia Thursday night for San
Francisco where i< is due tonight. The
boy will theß be sent to his home in
Kaoiwi has leprosy in its most viru
lent form. Hi? case was handled with
profoundest secrecy by the federal au
thorities, who feared that the knowl
edge of the disease might create a panic
on the Connecticut.
Kaoiwi had befn employed in the
kitchen. Physicians examined every
man on the battleship and none was
found with any symptoms of the dis
•— _
Rats nibbling matches caused a fire
in a grocery at 1284 Golden Gate ave
nue last night that imperiled the lives
of a dozen inmates of the Golden Gate
lodging , house, directly above the shop.
Men and women ran into the street in
their night clothes and several of them
suffered from the rain and cold while
firemen wore subduing the flames. No
one was hurt. Thf loss is estimated
at $2,000. William St. Clalr, one of the
guests, was carried out of- the third
story window by firemen.
MliM-r Meat
made with pure Italian-Swiss Colony
bottled in bond brandy is a delicious
fillins , . Order this brandy from your
grocer or family liquor store.- I —Advt.
.".-- Join IfiXiian. nsreil S4 yfars. of L'f>4<>
Bargain street. Ailepri«it>. was found dpail in
his Im<-k .vanl nserning hj a neighbor,
r.ouie Mndsen. Unman had heen epading his
garden and dropped ileml. It is said that hp
luis ri'tafivfs in San Francisco. He was a
nntivp of flprmmr.
profits. representatives were sent to !
him first "to reason with him" and
then ti> threaten him. finally it was
admitted that his tactics were hurting*
business, and the trust people begged j
him to desist.
But Godeau stood his ground. He '
had found that the men he had be- '
friended after the fire had refused to i
stand by him when they came under
Mortuary Chapel, 41 Van Xeim A\rou«, San FranciMco.
First Woman to Vote
for Wilson in This City
To Mrs. J. It. Acton, 1013
Steiner street, belongs the honor
of hclnjc the first woman to east
a vote for 'Wilson In San Fran
i'luco. At 1 minute to 6 o'clock
yesterday morning Mrs. Acton
entered the booth at the corner
of Golden ■ Gate avenue and
Steiner, In the thirty-sixth dis
trict, nnd stamped a cross oppo
site the names of the Wilson
Mrs. Acton last night said:
"I "a* the first woman In the
city to enst a vote for Wilson at
the May primaries nnd was bound
to be the first to put in a ballot
for him for election. There were
four votes in my family, and
Governor Wilson got them all.* .
Committees Named to Equip
"Recreation Park
[Scecial Dispatch to The Call}
PALO ALTO. Nov. s.—Captain G. R.
Plocum, Miss R. T. Greene and C. S.
Morris, the local committee of the Palo
Alto Playground association, have
recommended that a portion of the new
high school property at Addison ave
nue and Webster street be devoted to
recreation purposes. The board of edu
cation has consented to the use of the
ground by the association.
Miss Blanche Stedman. W. E. Talbert
and C. S. Morris have been delegated
to arrange the purchase of apparatus
and J- C Templeton, Frederick Morgan
! and \V. K. Talbert appointed to
plan competent supervision.
The governing body of the associa
tion comprises 15 citizens of Palo Alto,
ias follows:
One year—Atherton Macondray. Mrs.
Oharlps Thompson, Miss Blanche Sted
man, W. E. Talbert, J. C. Templeton.
Two years—Captain G. R. Slocum,
G. S. Morris, Edward Ackley, Miss Les
lie Blanchard, Miss Rebecca T. Greene.
Three years—Judge Monroe Thomas,
Mrs. A. Li. Corbert. Frederick Morgan,
Mrs. H. F. Perry. Milton B. Roller.
Though the grand jury was in ses
sion from 4 o'clock in the afternoon
until midnight yesterday for the pur
pose of hearing any charge of fraud
that might arise during the election
and counting of the ballots, not a case
materialized. During the afternoon
session the grand Jury listened to the
report of the committee on hospitals.
The report stated that the institutions
of the city and county were in splen
did condition and many improvements
had been made bettering the arrange
LONDON, Nov. s.—The suffrage
movement suffered a setback in the
house of commons today when an
amendment providing for women suf
frage, which it was desired to include
in the home rule bill for Ireland, was
defeated by 314 noes against 141 ayes.
Aβ a protest against the rejection of the
amendment suffragettes went on a ram
page in Bond and Oxford streets. They
smashed many windows. Two of them
were arrested.
the domination of the trust, and his
answer to the demands of the trust was
that he hoped his tactics would con
tinue to hurt business and that his
chief ambition was to make himself
the- biggest enemy of the trust In the
state of California. Since that time
Godeau's business has grown by leaps
and bounds. The public approved of
— ' = I his fight by back
ing him up, and not
only did his estab
lishment In San
Francisco grow
and expand, but he
I met with unquali--
J fled success in es
tablish'ng branches
, in Oakland and Los
I Angeles and pre
) paring to reach out
» into other parts of
I the state.
Godeau has main
tained his principle
: of charging reason
able prices for fu
nerale in- the face
of trust opposition
by cutting out the
profits of the mid
' dleman. He fur
nishes everything
j for his own use and
s independent of
ie trust save
hroußT!". possible in
erference with his
extile supply. He
ias met every
t ireat to cut off
iat supply by an
ouncing that if
ich a step were
ttempted he would
stablish a factory
n the coast and
ut Into the textile
ade as he has into
ie casket trade.
' hus far he has
ot found this step
ecessary. His cas
e.t factory is now
turning out about
r>oo caskets a month
and many of these
The Oaklauii brauch, IJiJiu \vniMer >trt«-j
Oakland Youths on Spree Are
Accused of Attempted
Train Wreck
OAKLAND, Nov. s.—Upon the com
plaint of Southern Pacific railroad de
tectives, John Angel. John Smithbower
and Alexander Kennedy, young men of
West Oakland, were charged with at
tempted train wrecking today. Patrol
man McKeegan made the arrests and
the men are being held pending an in
vestigation. They are charged wijli
throwing 30 feet of fencing across the
main line tracks at First and Peralta
streets at 4 o'clock yesterday morning.
According to Railroad Detective John
O'Connor, the men were intoxicated
and pushed over a portion of the fence
of the West Berkeley yards upon the
track. Finding they could not lift the
heavy fence they fled.
The obstruction was seen an hour
later by McKeegan and lie notified the
railroad authorities. A train from Los
Angeles was due from the south a half
hour later.
Oakland Woman, Jilted, Has
Former Admirer Arrested
OAKLAND. Nov. f>. —I'pon the com
plaint of Miss Margaret Casey, 316
Oakland avenue, Thomas H. Johnson,
a young clerk, was arrested on a stat
utory charge today. Miss Casey, who
is 18 years old, accuses Johnson of
promising to marry her last April and
a few weeks ago marrying another
When Johnson was arrested by In
spectors Harry Green and Thomas
Gallagher he denied their right to ar
rest him, declaring that he was al
ready married. The detectives told
him that this did not save him and
placed him in a cell.
Johnson informed the detectives, that
he had been married last Saturday, but
refused to give the name of his bride.
He said that the marriage had taken
place outside of Alameda county, but
no trace of the ceremony has been
VALLEJO, Nov. 5. — Construction
gangs are busy this week on the
Vallejo and Northern railroad in this
city and Vacaville. It is expected that
the line between this city and Vaca
ville will be open for traffic by the first
of the year. Shortly after the first
of the year construction between Vaca
ville and Vallejo will begin and Vallejo
and Sacramento will be joined by July
1, 1913.
PINOLE, Nov. s.—An unidentified man
was killed by a Southern Pacific train
In Pinole at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
The man was walking at the side of
the track when he was struck. He had
evidently not heard the train. He was
about 30 years old, with dark hair and
mustache and carried a roll of blan
kets. It is thought he was a laborer
employed on a section gang near Pi
throughout California that has escaped
the clutches of the funeral trust. lVi
this way he has assisted In maintaining
the independence of undertakers even
where he has been unable to extend his
own business.
Godeau maintains four magnificent
automobile hearses in San Francisco,
which were constructed in his own
factory, and has all the limousines that
are required and a sufficient number of
other hearses, carriages and horses to
give him the most complete and up to
date equipment in the state. Through
out all departments he sells straight
from the producer to the consumer,
even to the extent of making his own
j shrouds. In this branch alone he has
[many women and girls constantly em
ployed, making the funeral suits and
! dresses, and he sellr a silk shroud for
! $18 or $20 that costs $40 if purchased
from any other undertaker.
Godeau's Van Ness avenue establish
ment, that has been built for only two
j years, is one of the handsomest, most
I commodious and modern in the United
States. It is a three story structure in
brick, of a modified Colonial style of
I architecture, with huge white pillars at
i the entrance, giving it somewhat the
i appearance of a tastefully designed
I apartment house. Its interior arrange
; ment is such as to carry out the idea
jof quietness, comfort and privacy, re
i gardless of the number of groups of
'■ mourners who may be within at one
An office opens off the main entrance
i hallway, and to the rear of this are
' four large ann well appointed private
I rooms, where bodies are received and
! cared for until the time set for the
' funeral service. Watchers and friends
of the dead may occupy these rooms at
I any time of the day or night in abso
jlute seclusion.
On the ground floor, to the left of
; these private rooms, is the high ceiled
j and beautifully appointed chapel, dim
i and cloister like, with dark woodwork,
j richly toned paper, shaded lights and,
i heavy velvet carpet. It will accom
i modate 300 mourners in comfortable
! pews, and the entrance and exit are so
; arranged that those attending a service
! may pass in and out without meeting
j other persons who may be in the vari
i ous parts of the building. It is in
; every respect adapted as a
moorning place and chapel for those
I who find crowded apartment houses and
l flats unsuited to the carrying out of
Gem Found in Same Mine Which
Yielded Cuilinan
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. Nov.
5. —A diamond weighing 1,649 carats
has been discovered in thr Premier
mine. The famous Cuilinan diamond,
which was found In the same mine in
1905, weighed 3,024 carats, but was cut
into eleven stones.
And His Stomach
Is All Right
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* Whether or not we eat too much, is
a matter for individual judgment.
Benjamin Franklin : tried the experi
ment of ; living on a handful of raisins.
But he discovered that the. question
wasn't what he ate nor the quantity
thereof, but one of digestion and as
similation. ; The normaj person eats
heartily, and with keen enjoyment.
That is r because ; his :_ mind doesn't an
ticipate stomach trouble. And if he
does have an '.; attack of sour stomach
or indigestion -he ; knows that the use
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quick relief.
I ... ;\
A Gentleman of the "Old School" Who
: Keeps Up With the Tlmea
Many people have poor teeth, wenk
gums, sore teeth and other bothersome
troubles that prevent a vigorous mas
tication of food. And instead of eat
ing soft, 5 mushy food that palls on the
appetite ; they go in for those savory
dishes, the very odor of which starts
the saliva • and makes the stomach
fairly revel with anticipation.
This is but a natural condition. Any
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-~; It may be safely said that It should
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All muscles require occasional rest if
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the solemn rites of a funeral occasion.
On the rear of the main floor of this
building is the embalming room,
where a corps of the most experi
enced embalmers is constantly in at
tendance, while on the floor above are
a managers room, sitting rooms and
six bedrooms for employes, so that
immediate response and service can
be given at any time of the night, as
well as in the daytime.
The upper floor of the building is
urh?A OV ? r 1o the pommifiious, well
lighted showroom, which is one of the
io^f 1 i! ? t he stafe - lt contains
samples 01 the various styles and de
signs of caskets manufactured in
Godeaus factory, from the plainest of
cloth covered pine boxes to the heav
iest highly polished metallic and
rolled steel caskets. Another portion
of the showroom is given over to the
shrouds and suits, everything being
shown that ordinary good taste rails
for, but with workers in an adjoining
room prepared to furnish on time
anything of special character or de
sign that may be wanted. There i«
also a supply of silver, racquered
brass and bronze handles and trim
mings on hand.
"Well trained, polite, neatly dressed
employes are on hand at all tin
minister to the wants and comforts
of guests, civility and willingness to
serve being thb watchwords of the
establishment. Mrs. Godeau has
charger of the office ar.d gives her
personal supervision to the care •,(
deceased women whose bodies are
taken to the establishment. She is
in thorough accord with her husband
in his effort to make the independent
establishment the most complete of
its kind in the city and one affording
the best service at the lowest prices
Godeau furnishes a funeral, consist
ing of embalming, a shroud, a splen
did hearse and two carriages, for $75,
while the trust undertakers charge
$50 more for the same service. All
Godeau's other prices are in propor
tion. Besides the four automobile
hearses and three horse drawn
hearses which he maintains in San
Francisco, he has a small white
hearse for the use of child funerals,
and 11 automobiles and 10 carriages.
The more expensive caskets, of the
sort that are sold by the trust un
dertakers for from $900 to $1 000
Godeau sells for $400, and he makes
a profit for the reason that he manu
factures the caskets himself, with the 1
exception of the steel fittings. All'
along the line Godeau's prices aver* !
age about one-third l««a than th-"
trust prices. His $100 caskets would'
soil readily for $150, and his $100!
funerals are duplicated by the trust
at a price of $150.
Not only does Godeau give the best
funerals in me city at tne lowest cost.
but his policy is to refuse to grind a!
man who is unable to meet his un
dertakers bill at once. He has per
eonally assisted many men who found
their finances embarrassed by the
funeral expenses, and this is one
thing that has won him thousands of
It is a quality of human nature that
poor persons and persons in moderate
circumstances will often pay no at
tention to the cost of funerals and
will insist on spending large amounts
that they ran not afford when a
funeral becomes necessary in their
family. They do not quarrel over the,
i price of a casket or of funeral serv-i
I ices, but run themselves Into debt
without a word of complaint and then
s-imp and struggle for months, or
years, perhaps, to pay the bill they
could not afford.
The trust recognizes this quality
and relies upon -t to charge out
rageous prices. Godeau (barges only
what is fair, and when the "man of
limited means comes to him for a cas
ket, shows him only what he thinks
Ihe can afford. Back of ail Godeau's
I success lies the principle of hon.-st!
.dealing and fair play. lie believes
that selling caskets and directing 1
funerals is as much a business as!
selling any other kind of goods or <
furnishing any kind of service,' and'
that the same principles of honesty!
should apply.

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