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THURSDAY \
San Francisco Has Another
Chance to Get Alaska's Trade
ONE of the first, best and easiest things San Francisco can do
to help along her trade and prosperity is to campaign sys
tematically and scientifically for the business of Alaska. It is
a rich and extremely desirable business, and we can get it by simply
going after it and consistently keeping after it.
Mercantile San Francisco will recall how we let the early Klon
dike trade slip through our careless fingers. The miraculous news
from the placers of the upper Yukon and its tributaries was still
making the ears of the world tingle and firing its imagination when
Seattle started to boom itself as the natural and logical outfitting
port for the new fields. San Francisco never did start —and never
did become in any general sense a factor in that business. Seattle
got the long end of a traffic that was enormously profitable. f
But since the rushes of Dawson. of Nome and of the other gold
districts of Alaska, trade conditions have changed in the far northern
territory. The excitement has passed, and the rational and business
like development of one of the richest regions on the map is going
ahead on normal lines. Incidentally San Francisco is getting a
second chance at Alaskan opportunity for selling and supplying.
The men and interests of present day Alaska have found that
they can buy here on better terms than on Puget sound* Machinery
and implements and supplies of all kinds are to be had here at
better prices and with better conditions of shipment and delivery
than at Seattle or anywhere else on the coast.
Besides, the Alaskan seeking a southerly clime for his winter's
rest and change finds San Francisco and California more to his
liking than the Sound cities. The weather is kindlier; the educational
advantages for the children are superior; the opportunities for pleas
ure and enjoyment are more varied and attractive.
Thus, without seeking it or bidding for it, San Francisco is
getting a considerable volume of the Alaskan trade and an appreci
able share of its winter migration. By a little effort rightly directed
we could get most of it is very well worth getting and
keeping.
The Call urges upon the merchants of San Francisco and upon
its commercial organizations that they plan and set in motion with
out delay a campaign of publicity and solicitation that will bring us
much more of this profitable Alaskan trade. The Chamber of Com
merce has shown that it knows how to do these things effectively;
let it head and start the movement. The Call will help with all its
heart and all its strength.
There are some other opportunities for the improvement of San
Francisco's trade and business conditions. The Call will hereafter
have much to say about them and much to do in helping along their
development. But Alaska is nearest at hand and first on the list.
Let us go after Alaska.
MEX who are leaders in the automobile industry of America
have devised a plan for financing the ocean to ocean highway.
That project has interested Americans devoted to the cause
Help the
Ocean to Ocean
Highway
and back. Xo definite policy has been approved by any national
bod} - .
A group of automobile manufacturers and makers of automobile
accessories in Indianapolis has decided upon a plan which should
bring about the good road so much desired and heretofore so in
defiinitely planned. The proposition is that all manufacturers of auto
mobiles and motor car sundries shall contribute 1 per cent of one
year's gross earnings, or* an equivalent amount contributed over a
; from three to five years, and that owners of automobiles
contribute $5, $100 or $1,000. " It is estimated that a fund of $10,000,
--000 can be raised by this means. Chis fund will be used solely to
purchase material for the highway. It will make available more than
$5,000 a mile for material, which is held to be a generous appro
priation.
With the material for the highway provided by the automobile
pie, counties and cities will be called upon to perform the work
construction. The total cost of the road is estimated at $25,
--110,000.
There have been many plans proposed for the construction of
the highway, but they have always been complicated with the
essity of large appropriations from the federal and state govern
ments. It is the plan of the automobile enthusiasts to keep as free
possible from political entanglements, to have the sections of the
r< '.id constructed by the smaller units of government, cities and
nties, and to build an economical highway that will unite the
and the west, and will make it pleasantly possible for vehicle
traffic to cross the country and come to San Francisco in 1915.
The motor car enthusiast knows that he will come here in
1915; he wants to come in his own car, over the noblest highway
in the world.
If he and his kind to this good roads project the energy
that has been given to the development of the automobile business
in America there is no question that before 1915 the road will
be constructed.
SAX FRANCISCO'S legislative delegation has its work cut out
for it if it is to —and it must—secure for this city control of its
own harbor.
San Francisco
Must Control
Its Harbor
over San Francisco's harbor. On its face the proposition is not fair.
Jt is not a question of politics, an issue, of patronage, a proposition
to be judged according to the expediency of the moment, but it is a
problem on the solution of which the life of San Francisco may
..depend.
Tke proposition of a city controlling its own harbor is not
untried. The harbors of England are locally controlled. They are
managed by *a commission, with analogous powers to our harbor
commission, and this commission is composed of representatives of
the city government and of the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of
Trade and other commercial organizations of the city. The national
government does not exercise any control. Yet under that system
the commerce of Great Britain has been the greatesN iv the world.
So effective has this system of local .control been that in the British
colonies and dominions, where many changes from England's
methods have been adopted, the same system of harbor control has
been retained.
In these British ports the municipal control is shared with the
commercial organizations, but that is a detail apart from the ques
tion of local versus state control.
If the harbors of the state are part of the state's wealth, why
did the legislature give to Oafkland, Los Angeles, San Diego and
Long Beach possessions of such value?
If the harbors of the state are integral parts of the city that
of good roads from the time of the birth of
the republic. There are at present enough
resolutions committing cities counties and
states to the proposition to construct a paper
lined road from New York to San Francisco
The last session of the legislature gave
over to Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego and
Long Beach control of their harbors, and
those cities, through their legislative repre
sentation, can continue to exercise control
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
Four Years More by the Compass
environs them, why should not San Francisco be given control of
its harbor?
Everywhere municipal science is an improvement over state
economy. The cities of the country are coming more and more under
business management, and while San FrancisQO, by reason of its
gigantic reconstruction work, has had no time until the present to
incorporate modern municipal practices into its charter, that is
about to be done. The amendments to the ctiarteY to be submitted
to the voters in December will give San Francisco a modern system
of municipal control. Particularly effective laws will be submitted
in the matter of the city's control over its public utilities, among
which may be the harbor, should the harbor be ceded to San Fran
cisco.
San Francisco will be prepared for its responsibilities. The San
Francisco legislative delegation must devote itself with unstinted
effort to securing for San Francisco independence in the control of
its most precious asset, the harbor. The state must be fair to San
Francisco.
ALREADY the imagination of the east —the eastern s.tates —is
astir over the splendors that will await it when it comes to;
the Panama-Pacific International exposition.
Nature as an
Exposition
Director
1915, and the editorial columns of that paper express amazement
over the glories that will be reflected.
"In the first place, and it might be said in the last place, for
there can be nothing to overtop or overshadow it," says the Monitor,
"there is the setting (for the exposition). Nature has designed and
all the years have been preparing the site for the purposes to which
it is about to be put. The water view is superb. The -outlook from
the grounds, embracing San Francisco and its hills, is compared to
that upon which the eye of the tourist rests entranced a Genoa or
Constantinople. Here is the charming Presidio stretched toward
the west, with the incomparable Golden Gate in the distance; -there
are the mountains across the bay, Grecian in their configuration and
their hues —yonder the islands of one of the most beautiful harbors
in the world.* * *"
That is the publicity which the Panama-Pacific exposition is
receiving today—not mere publicity, call it praise !
It is not necessary for all San Franciscans to look abroad for
praise of their habitation and its possibilities, but it warms our
pride to know that outside the state our glories are appreciated;
that P>oston, basking in the intellectual and Red Sox eminence for
which it is noted, sees in our city a happy prospect for the esthetic
success of the Panama-Pacific exposition—realizes that Nature,
though unnamed on the published lists, is the most efficient director
on the entire board.
Answers to Queries
KHK.M'II SAYIX'i -Rpmlrr, Oakland. Wlio
whs it that sak! that the dead body of an onptny
slwkvs emeHe «vei't;
This is credited to Charles IX of
France, who reigned 1560-74, who said,
when looking upon the dead body of
Coligny at, Montfaucon: "Le corps dun
ennemi sent totirjours bon" (The dead
body of an enemy always smells sweet).
It is said that this was a saying , of
Aulub Vltelliua. Roman emperor, the
ninth of the 12 Caesars, who reigned
from January to December, 69.
* * *
MEN AND DOGt?—A correspondent
at Lake Eleanor, Cat, writes: "Some
time ago I noticed that one of your
correspondents asked who first gave
utterance to the phrase, 'The more I
see of men, the more I like dogs.' This
should be *The more I see of dogs, the
less I like men,' which has been
ascribed to lime. Itoland, famous in
French history."
* * *
WINTER OAUPKN—Siibeoritwr. City. Wb«i
was the Winter tfardpn at Post and Ktocfcton
streots. In thU clt.r. df*tr«.ved by fire? Who
were the owners at the tiOMl
The garden was destroyed on the
morning of August 4, 1883. The own
ers were Stahl & Mack.
* * *
MQIOR LICENSE—It. V.. Santa Clara. What
is the liquor license in San Francisco?
One hundred and twenty-five doPars
a quarter.
The Christian Science Monitor of Boston
has been listening to the reports of Henry
Bacon and other distinguished architects who
have been invoked by the directorate of the
exposition to conjure magnificent realities in
Abe Martin
Women are funny things. Sometimes
they cry 'cause ther so happy. Ther's
one purty nice thing about th , ole fash
ioned feller with a ,hoss an" buggy.
Som-etimes. he'll stop an' pick you up
instead o , seem, how close he kin miss
you- i
BACK-ACTION PROPHETS
gEORGE FITCH
Author of "At Good Old Siwaab."
AT this minute the quadrennial crop
of back action prophets is ripe
and on the market. It is the
largest on record because there are now
more people in the United States than
ever before.
If the national elections didn't ac
complish anything else they would be
remarkable for the enormous crop of
reverse gear prognosticators which they
produce. A back action prophet is a
man who is able to look backward
after a thing: has happened and tell
just exactly how it is going to occur.
The back action prophet is much
more valuable than the ordinary plug
prophet because he is always right.
He never makes a mistake unless he
happens to read the newspapers care
lessly. At this minute millions of back
action prophets are announcing: the
electoral vote for Roosevelt, Taft and
Wilson with an accuracy verging upon
the marvelous and are telling just what
every doubtful state will do in the
election which has just passed.
The ex post facto prophet knows
what is going to happen long in ad
vance—sometimes years in advance.
But he doesn , tell anybody. That is
where he is wiser than the commonor
garden prophet. The latter tells all
he knows months before election and
then everybody knows it and he is no
wiser than any one else. The back
action prophet, on the other hand, con
ceals his knowledge until after the
election and then announces it in
triumph. Thus no one can take the
credit of his discoveries from him and
he becomes af great man and is madly
envied by ignorant people who didn't
have any idea in June what kind of
(Copyright. 1812. by C
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
WlLßira J, ERSKINE, agent for the Alaska
Commercial company at Kodiak. Alaska, who
returned from that post last week, brought
two bottles of samples of the volcanic ashee
that rained on Kodiak last June. The ashes
covered the country to a depth of 18 Inches
on the level, Grsklne gave the samples he
brought with him to A. G. MeAdle of the
weather bureau for analysis. One of the bot
tles contain three different siced grains of
many colors, while the other is made up of
small glass globules filled with gas.
* * *
A. S. PETTEJtSOW, a merchant of Baltimore;
H. Tarribas. a stock raiser of Guatemala, and
Henry E. Wbermaan, a mining man of Tobo
pah, make up a group of recent arrivals at
the Court.
* # »
F. A. FAIRCHIL3D, who is associated with the
China and Japan Trading company, Is at the
St. Francis with his family. They will leave
for the orient on the steamship Manchuria on
Saturday.
* • •
H, C. BARROW, a bond broker of Spokane,
who bow makes his bom* , in Pasadena, is
among the recent arrivals at the Palace.
* * *
MRS. D. R. MODE and Miss Mabel FeioTer are
in Sau Francisco on .a visit from Portland and
are staying at the Baldwin.
* * *
0. W. LEHMER, general manager of the Yo
semite Valley railway, is staying at the Palace.
* ■* *
CAPTAIN B. N. DORCY and Mrs. Dorcy of
Santa Cruz, I* a guest at the St. Francis.
* * #
BENJAMIN X, KNIGHT, district attorney of
Santa Cruz, is a guest at the St. Francis.
* # *
E. l<. CLEAVENGER, a glass manufacturer of
Pitteburg, Is a gueat at the St. Francis.
* # #
LANSING B. WARNER, a business man of
Chicago, is registered at the Palace.
* • *
H. V. HENDERSON, n mining engineer of Xew
York. i« a finest at the Bt. Francis.
* * #
D. B. SIMONS, n Los Otatoa real estate man, Is
among the arrivals at the Sntter.
* * *
D. M. CHANNEL, a business men of Glen Ellen,
in stopping at the Argonaut.
* * *
K. T. BXTGBEE, a manufacturer of Vacavillc, is
registered at tli€ Argonaut.
* # #
PONY PAIX of San Juan is at the D*l#,
End of Campaign
POET PHILOSOPHER
THE long sad months of noise and
shrieking come to an end at Time's
behest, and orators, worn out by
speaking, can give their battered lungs
a rest. How sweet to know an end
of yawping, of all the worries cam
paigns mean! Now we can do our
Christmas shopping on buoyant legs,
with minds serene. Now we can gam
bol through the city unhampered by
the tariff bores, and wear a smile and
sing a ditty, as glad as any one out
doors. Relieved of all the hurly-burly.
the c screams of warring candidates,
we'll do our Christmas, siiopping early
throughout these wide United States.
How sweet ft is to ga a-walking, and
hear no wrangling, near or far, no
arguments or tiresome talking of in
come tax or I and R! How pleasant
when the local daily prints something
else than campaign junk! We'll do
our Christmas shopping gayly and buy
enough to fill a trunk! How sweet to
see men safely, sanely, pursuing tasks
well worth their while, instead of
thrashing "issues" vainly, dispensing
language by the mile! Farewell, fare
well to foolish yawping, to tiresome
men with tiresome jaws; it's time to
do our Christmas shopping and put in
licks for Santa Claus!
*««• JUuiiew iduu
No Likeness
"Geese are supposed to be symbolic
of all that is foolish."
"Well, go on."
"But you never see an old gander
hoard up a million kernels of corn and
then go around trying to mate with a
gosling."—Town Topics.
Explained
"So your engagement to Miss Jor
rocks is broken?" said Dubbleigh.
"Yes," sighed Higgins. "Her mother
said she was a first class cook, and I
saw at once I'd never be able to keep
her."—Harper's Weekly.
Domestic Economy
Tweenie Ann—"Oh, mum, I've fallen
downstairs and broken me neck."
Her Mistress —"Well, whatever you've
broken will be deducted from your
wages."—London Sketch.
City Sights
Summer boarder—Don't you ever
come to see the sights of a city?
Farmer Medders —Oh, no; we see 'em
every summer. —Judge.
''The pout mortem prophet in now in
the midst of his season , *
a vote Wilson would poll in New York.
The post mortem prophet is now in
the midst of his season. He is telling
every one who will listen just what
he knew in July about the election.
His knowledge was marvelous and the
world should be grateful to him, for if
had made bets on this knowledge he
would now be richer than Morgan and
half of mankind would be ruined.
But the post prandial prophet is kind
and gentlemanly and would scorn to
take advantage of his great gift.
During the campaign he sits on his
knowledge like a hen with a maternal
frenzy and "hatches it after election
when it is safe. For this reason we
should revere and praise him instead
of giving him the rude hoot arid going
into the prophet business ourselves
with a larger and more complete stock.
ieorge Matthew Adams^
MR. AND MRS J. 0. CEBRAIN, Louis Cebrain
and the Misses Jneephme, Isabel]? and Beatrice
Obr.iiu, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred H. Tubb and
Mr. and Mrs. V. W. Tuttle of this city are
booked to sail on the Kronpriozpssin Cecllie,
which sails from New York today.
* * *
E. H. WINSHIP, a bankPr of Xapa; J. H. Mc-
Millan and Mrs. McMillan of Wasco, It.
Fletcher, a newspaper man of Sacramento, and
Mrs. Fletcher and Samuel Henry, a contractor
of* Sacramento, make «p a group of recent
arrivals at the Manx.
* * *
E. GONZALES, J. D. Under. IT. Intflrtano and
J. Benjamin Gonzales, who are interested in
fruit growing and plantation products in s an
Salvador, are registered at the at. Francis.
* * *
NORMAN W. CHTJRCH, president of the Stod
dard-Pnyton. Motor company, is at the St.
Francis with James Slauson. They make their
home in Los Angeles.
* * #
JOHN COFFEE HAYS, bead of th* Mount Whit
ney Power company, is at the Fairmont, rois
tered from Visalia.
* # *
C. C. CARLTON, a California highway commis
sioner of Sacramento, is registered at the
Baldwin.
* * *
THOMAS ESREY. a hotel man of Hanford, Iβ
staying at the St. Francis.
* ■* #
GEORGE E. BOOS, a business man of Medford,
Iβ staging at the I'alace.
* * *
IRA B. BENNETT, a lumberman of Sanger, is
registered at the Palace.
. * * *
J. F. KELLEY, a Lea Angeles bysines* man, is
a guest at the Palace.
* * *
J. X. BELSHAN, an Antioeb merchant, is stay
ing at the 'Jurpin.
* * *
JUDGE A. E. CHENEY of Reno is at the Palace
with Mrs. Cheney.
* * *
8, W. MOOSER, a Lo* riumasi merchant, is a
guest at the Dale.
* * *
J. X. WELSH, a busings man from Sacramento
is at the Turpin.
* * «-
F. W. RUPPERT of Watsonvilk. is string at
the Sutt<H\
■ * * <C-
B. SCHMIDT, a merchant of Freeno, is at the
Argonaut.
NOVEMBER 7, 1912 (
Ferry Tales
ISN'T it about
time for the
builders of
streetcars and the
designers of
women's skirts to
hold a conference?
As conditions now
exist effort that ehould be closely re
lated is being exerted to directly op
posite ends. In other words, the higher
the builder ma.kes the steps o-f a street
car the narrower the designer cute the
woman's skirt,
This is not my own grievance—not
at all. The complaint was registered
by Lieutenant of Police Michael J.
Carroll," who has charge of the equad
in front of the ferry depot. Carroll
is a conscientious officer and wants
time to attend to his duty.
* # #
She was not used to ferry boats.
You could tell that the moment she
set her foot aboard the Berkeley at
the Oakland mole. When the boat
started her face paled and ac it slid
out of the slip she clutched the seat
and closed her eyes. She was almost
calm by the time the boat passed Goat
island. She got up and walked up
and down. She was feeling quite at
home. If she hadn't looked up she
might have started whistling "A Life
on the Ocean Wave." But she looked
up. Then she sat down—with a flop.
"I knew there was danger. I felt
it in my bones," she said.
"Whatever's the matter, ma?" asked
her daughter.
I "Matter, child? Jest look at them.
Sit close to me. If we have to go
we'll go together."
With one hand she grabbed the
child and with the other pointed dra
matically at the lattice work overhead
on which was stenciled the alarming
legend:
"Life preservers."
* * *
Have you heard about the horse Billy
Empey bought? All the duck hunters
on all the ferries are talking about it,
and William's once almost professional
reputation as a judge of horseflesh is
now worth even less than the price
the horse would bring. He bought it
for the Ingomar Gun club. I told you
all about that a few weeks ago. It
was thin when he bought it, but the
dealer told him that the horse had
been neglected a. bit and only needed
a few days on good feed to swell up
and take the wrinkles out of his hide.
"But I don't need to tell you any
thing about a horse, Mr. Empey," the
dealer had said, "you know horses, and
you know that there's real stuff in that
animal."
After a concession like that what
could Empey d<> but buy the animal?
In shipping it, Empey forgot to make
arrangements for feeding the brute,
and when Arthur Okley, manager of
the club grounds, opened the car on
its arrival at Ingomar, the horso, which
had been leaning against the door, fell
out on him. The animal was so light,
however, that even the law of gravity
had difficulty in getting it to the
ground, and the manager was not in
jured.
Every day since then that horse has
lived on an unlimited ration of hay
■with a liberal measure of oats, night
and morning. It can stand up now to
eat oats, but is thinner today than when
it arrived at Ingomar. It is too thin
to wear harness and too weak to work
if it could, and it eats steadily for 24
hours a day.
The worst of it is that the club
placed so much confidence in Empey's
horse sense that the other animals
were all sold, and now. in the height
of the season, instead of driving gayly
between clubhouse and blinds, the
members are forced to walk. This
and the fact that feeding the horse has
increased the club expense 64.269 per
cent account for the way his fellow
club members are talking about Empey.
* * #
A laborer from the Mediterranean
was carried on board the steamer
Newark the other morning. He was
being taken on a stretcher to the
Southern Pacific hospital in this city.
His right leg was swathed i n dress
ings and tightly bound between
splints. A telegraph pole had fallen
on him, breaking the bone and crush
ing the limb. Much sympathy waa
offered the sufferer, who had accepted
the situation as calmly as he did the
cigarette that a good Samaritan gave
him. Among the sympathizers was
Wendell Easton.
"What's the matter, old man? , in
quired the real estate mrfn as he leaned
over the prone figure. "Leg broken?"
For the 'steenth time the victim ex
plained how it all happened.
"Now listen to me." and Easton
kneeled beside him. "I know some
thing about this sort of Injury and
can give you some advice. TTbu want
to keep perfectly still and, whatever
you do, don't walk on that leg."
* * #
Everybody that had anything to do
with the Atlantic fleet during its visit
here will remember Captain A. W.
Grant, who was Admiral Evans , chief
of staff. The captain, as general man
aecr of the biggest flqet that ever
was sent on such a long cruise, was
a busy man. As an executive he was
more successful than as a diplomat
His brusquencss sent more than caie
prominent citizen to the admiral who
informed them all that it was "Cap
tain Grants way" and only meant that
he was busy.
Two naval officers were talking on
the steamer San Francisco the other
day.
"I hear," said one of them, -that
'Billy' Brackett is coming to the coast
Remember him at the academy , "
By "Billy" Brackett he mean* Can
tain William Brackett of the United
States marine corps. H e Was a mid _
shipman at Annapolis years ago but
did not graduate. He was "bilged , '
early in his career as a midshipman
on he was given a commission
in the marine corps, if Brackett does
"come to the coast," he could if h«
chose, teH you about Captain Grant , *
brusquenesß. —**>.»
Grant was an instructor at the naval
academy when Brackett wasi a ml?
shipman. Grant taught mathematicV
which was Bracketfe pet aversion On*
.lay Grant called him up before tSe
'Mr. Brackett," he said "havp v
bou*ht your win tor overcoat vet*"
-No. sir," replied Bracket! ' "
tiU T St^ n ' 1 d ° 1L *«* la.t
LINDSAY CAMPBELL.

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