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MONDAY
Time Has Come for American Mediation
To Avert World Disaster in Europe
THE CALL believes that the hour has come for this, the greatest Christian nation, to take steps to avert the
precipitation of a war that would mean not alone the sanguinary embroilment of all Europe, but a halt in the
ethical and material progress of the world. $
The startling successes attending the arms of the Balkan allies in their meteoric campaign to rid Europe of the
Turk have developed a situation without a parallel in the history of civilization. Insistent upon their conquerors'
right to preserve the fruits of their conquest to Christianity and their own material advantage, the allies have run
winter to the military and commercial ambitions of Austria-Hungary.
Behind Austria's declaration that it will not submit to the permanent, occupation of Albania or any Adriatic
port by Servia are the ambitions and arms of Germany and Italy. Arrayed against the triple alliance are Great
Britain, Russia and France, seemingly committed to the plans of the Balkan allies, at least to the extent of driving
the Turk from EuMpe.
Premier Asquitn has publicly declared that "the map of Europe must be changed." An after dinner speech
by the English premier has the international significance of an announcement of settled policy by the British
government. Back of the Balkan allies hammering at the gates of Constantinople, Europe is divided into two armed
camps waiting for the signal that will mean general war.
Unless that signal be prevented it will mean such a war as the world has never known —war at a cost to civilization
that can not be measured. War means loss—the w-orld's loss. It means the destruction of productive population—
the waste of productive areas. Peace means gain—the world's gain; the forward march of civilization. The threat
of war that hangs over all Europe is a world threat.
The Call believes that the impending embroilment of the European powers can be and ought to be averted by
the intervention of this government, not as a belligerent, but as a mediator. America is for peace— Europe's
peace, world peace. That this nation is recognized by the powers as the rightful leader in the movement for world's
peace was evidenced beyond cavil when France and England promptly and cordially embraced President Taft's
proposals for treaties that made for the speedy accomplishment of universal peace pacts. The senate's refusal to
ratify those treaties was a flouting rather than an expression of the will of the American people.
The Call believes that the situation in Europe is susceptible of speedy and satisfactory settlement through the*
good offices of this nation, offered unselfishly and with an eye single to the world's good. The Call is convinced
that.it expresses the settled opinion of the masses of the civilized world when it declares that the Turk has been
too long a clog upon the march of the world's progress—that the time has come for his departure from Europe.
With equal sincerity The Call believes that peace and partition can be arranged; that there is no excuse for Christian
self-destruction over the conquest of the Turk.
This nation can not better serve the cause of civilization nor more effectively speed the evolution of the world's
peoples than by the offer of this mediation which The Call proposes.
Beside the accomplishment which must attend such offer, the completion of the Panama canal and every
material enterprise undertaken by this or any other government would pale into insignificance. With the successful
conclusion of such mediation tho- history of the world's progress would begin anew.
This nation gave the world peace, caused the resumption of world progress and won the gratitude of all nations
by mediation when the forces of Japan and Russia lay bloody and exhausted on Manchurian fields. It may render
the world infinitely greater service now by a like offer—an offer which The Call is convinced will be eagerly accepted
by all the powers immediately concerned.
President Taft has proved that his heart is in the cause of world peace. Now is the time for the nation to make
it known to him that its people want him to crown his administration with the accomplishment of- the centuries.
The Call asks every American newspaper to sound the call of peace. Let every church bespeak the immediate
offer of this nation's good offices. Let every man and woman add a letter or a telegram to a nation wide petition
for a formal offer of mediation. And let them do it now.
Justice Demands That We
Control Our Own Harbor
SAX FRANCISCO will demand of the next legislature that iti
be accorded the right and the opportunity to compete on a|
basis of equality with other California ports.
« The last legislature turned over to Los Angeles, San Diego,
Oakland and Long Beach tbe right to control and develop their
several harbors. Each of these cities has floated bonds, adopted
elaborate plans for harbor development and is prosecuting them.
Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland intend to be ready for the
shipping of 1915—t0 offer it facilities that can not be offered by
San Francisco.
Unless San Francisco is permitted to go into the race with her
r cities freed from an unnatural handicap they will capture and I
hold trade that logically belongs to San Francisco and that would
came to San Francisco if this harbor could handle it.
Under the terms of the grants of harbor home rule to Los Ange
les, San Diego, Oakland and Long Beach, those cities may operate
free ports. Through their representatives in the legislature each of
these cities has given notice that free and adequately developed ports
will constitute their bids for the shipping of the Pacific coast.
The charges of the port of San Francisco are fixed by the legis
lature, in which the representatives of the home rule and competing
harbors greatly outnumber San Francisco's representatives. They,
with others directly or indirectly interested in other harbors, consti
tute a majority in both houses. In the matter of rates San Francisco
has little to hope for from any legislature that may be elected in
the next ten years.
State control and state development of harbors are meaningless
phrases when considered from the standpoint of the whole people—
the standpoint of commercial development. State development of
the San Francisco harbor has meant latterly the authorization of
bonds that are unsalable, because of the low rate of interest they
bear. State control has meant stagnation and decay. The state, by
its legislature, has frankly confessed as much in granting home rule
to all the California harbors except San Francisco.
Home rule for San Francisco's harbor does not involve the sur
render of the state's wealth to the people of San Francisco. The
state has invested no money in San Francisco's harbor. It has only
exercised the power of denying to San Francisco the right to spend
the earnings of this harbor upon its enlargement and improvement.
The state can not and will not be asked to convey a fee title
to San Francisco. It will be asked to transfer to San Francisco the
opportunity to spend its own money, if need be—money not earned
by the harbor—to protect its trade and to make the people of San
Francisco and the state more prosperous. San Francisco will ask
the state to concede it the right to make improvements that the state
lias nDt made and can not make under the present system of harbor
control.
Home rule for San Francisco's harbor is not a political question.
Jt involves political considerations only in the most incidental and
inconsequential manner. It is an economic question, a commercial
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
question, a question of San Francisco's future, a question qi rights,
for which The Call will not cease to fight until they shall have been
accorded San Francisco.
supervisors for the curbing, if not the abatement, of the bill
' 1 board evil.
Sustained by the city attorney's opinion
and mindful of public opinion, the public wel
fare committee of the board of supervisors
1 may, at its meeting tomorrow, take up in
earnest the completion of ordinances that will afford the people of
San Francisco some measure of the relief they have demanded.
The whole subject matter has been so thoroughly thrashed out
before the committee that, with reasonable expedition, the committee
may be expected to formulate and report a comprehensive plan for
billboard regulation to the whole board at its meeting a week
from today.
The city attorney has advised the board of supervisors that it
has the power to limit the height of billboards; that it may grant
■ocable licenses for the erection and maintenance of such boards;
t it may impose a license tax, and that it may create zones for the
erection of boards of varying heights.
The powers which the city attorney has advised the board of
supervisors it may exercise are so comprehensive and their source
so clear that there can be no doubt about the municipal legislature's
Kity to take affirmative and effective action immediately.
Indeed, the city attorney's opinion, although it carefully avoids
ussion of the supervisors' right to prohibit the erection of all
billboard monstrosities, does define powers that in themselves sug
gest the power to give San Francisco complete relief.
The expedition with which the supervisors afford San Francisco
partial relief and the spirit in which their efforts at regulation are
accepted by the billboard men will determine in a large degree the
Way Is Open foi
Regulation of
Billboard Evil
PERSONS IN THE NEWS
FRAME H. EOWE. United States district attor
ney at Spokane; J. .1. Ken-ham, a mining man
of Lovelock: Fred C Sefton. a iHibMsaer of
Siisaiiville: R. A. Jones, a confectioner of Oro
ville. ami Benjamin F. Grimes, an attorney of
Willows, make up a group of raceat arrivals
at the Argonaut.
* * «
COLONEL R, A. EDDY and Mrs. Eddy arrived
on tbe overland train yesterday and took apart
ments at the St. Franc;*. They make their
home In Paris. Mrs. Eddy is the mother of
George Lewis, he*j of Shreve A Co., jewelers.
* * *
JOSEPH NELSON, president of the Salt Air line,
ami .1. L. Lanfnrd. general manager, are guests
at the Manx. They are here on an annual in
spection trip of geueral business.
** ' *
COLONEL BAUMGARTEN-CROSITJS, a German
journalist who is traveling through America
writing his impressions, will arrive at tbe St.
Francis tomorrow.
* 4f * .
WHITING G, PRESS, president of tbe W. G.
Press company of Kureka, is a recent arrival
at the Bellevue with his family.
* # *
GEORGE F, MULLER, coast representative of
Gorham & Co., silversmiths, is at the Bellevue,
* « #
ALBERT CASTILLON and Guy de Coasibonas of
Cognac have apartments at tbe St. Francis.
* # #
E. E. HEWLETT, a Los Angeles attorney, Is
among the recent arrivals at the Palace.
* * #
L. F, BREUNER, a SacrameHio furniture dealer,
is at the Si. Frauds with Mrs. Breuaer.
SIMPSON FINNELL, a Newville rancher; S. I.
Hopkins and Mrs. Hopkins of Saeratnento. L.
E. Bedford of Salt Lake and A. L. Fanisb, a
real estate operator of Woodland, and Mrs.
Fanish make up a group ot yesterday's ar
rivals at the Manx.
* # *
OSCAR ROBINSON, mayor of Colma; E r S. Mc-
Cnrdy, a mining man of Sutter Creek; E. L.
Ritsoa, a Boston shoe manufacturer, and Jo
seph Craig, a Woodland banker, make up a
group of recent arrivals at the Stewart.
* # #
HAMILTON W. MABIE, an associate editor of
the Outlook, win arrive at the Stewart today
with his wife and daughter.
* ♦ *
H R. MEINICXE, a merchant of Portland, is
at the St. Francis with Mrs. Melnieke.
* * *
J. A. MAXFIELD, a dealer in eafes, is at the
Palace, registered from Los Angeles.
* --;• #
M, MEN ASSES, a Stockton merchant, la at the
St. Francis with M rs . Menasses.
* # *
C. G. R. LEE, a Hookneath, England, capitalist
is at the Turpju with Mra. Lee.
* * *
DR. J. M. XEENE, a Medford dentist, is among
tbe reeeui arrivals at the Stewart.
* * *
PETER HOLMAN, a Paciflc Grove merchant, la
registered at the Turpin.
* * *
P. J. MORAN of Salt Lake is at the Fairmont
With Mrs. Moran.
* « *
C, F. RYDER of I'iae Lake, Alberta, is a guest
at the Bellevue.
Do you think this man ought to work 24 hours a day?
The Gloomy Face
j By the POET PHILOSOPHER
YOUNO WAX, who worked in Jimp
son's store, is out of luck; bis Job
he's lost. "We do not need you any
more." said Jimpson; "you are such
a frost. You're diligent, that I admit;
you try to earn your wage, I know; but
many patrons throw a fit when they be
hold your air of woe. You always look
as though your dad had burned a church
or robbed a train; your bearing Is so
glum and sad that people think you
have a pain. The clanging mart Is not
the place, In these glad optimistic years,
for any man with longdrawn face,
whose eyes are full of unshed tears. A
dame comes in to buy a rug, or blow
herself for silk or fur; she wants a
guy with beaming mug and cheerful
mien to wait on her. A gent comes here
to buy a shoe, a walking stick or fancy
vest, and when he sees a clerk like you,
he thinks he's at a crowner's quest.
I've often waited on my trade when
colic harrowed my Inside, and wore a
smile that would not fade—a smile at
least six Inches wide. I've stood behind
the counter here, with wreathed smile
and bow and beck, when I'd an abscess
in my ear, and three carbuncles on my
neck. And you, who have no grief or
care, Ju»t circulate around this store
the living Image of despair—so I won't
need you any more."
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Answers ro Queries
BRONZING IRON—3. ft, San Luis Obispo.
Caa you tell me how cast iron is bronxed?
The metal is thoroughly cleansed
and rubb«d smooth. The Iron la then
covered evenly with sweet or olive oil
and heated, care being taken not to
allow the temperature to rise so high
that it will burn the oil. As the oil is
about to decompose, the iron absorbs
oxygen, and this forms on the surface
a brown oxide skin, which holds
securely, and is so hard that it will ad
mit of a hard polish, which gives the
appearance of bronze. a
* * *
WEEPS—I. C 8., Alameda. What will de
stroy weeds is garden walks, tennis courts and '<
driven?
Arsenlte of soda, copper sulphate,
crude carbolic acid, gasoline, kerosene,
lime and salt are recommended for this
purpose, it is said that if the weeds
are cut down and refuse salt brine
from corned beef, fish or pork is
poured on the "stumps" the salt will
enter the wound, penetrate to the roots
and destroy the weed.
* * •
TUXEDO— C. H., San Jose. Is It tbe correct
thing for a man to wear a tuxedo coat la the
presence of wonieu at as "at home" function
or to a theater';
If the at home function is an In
formal one, yes., but lt is not the cor
rect coat for the theater if the man
wants to be fashionable.
* # *
FIREMAN—F., San Rafael. Where shall I
apply for information as to the subjects upon
which one is examined for admission into the
tire department of Sari Francises also date of
next examination?
Communicate with the civil service
commission, City hall, San Francisco.
* * *
EVERYBODY'S BUSlNESS—Subscriber, Oak
land. What ie tbe origin of 'What is every
body's business Is nobody's business"?
This first appeared in Izaak Walton's
"Compleat Angler." He says: "I re
member that a wise friend of mine did
usually say, 'That which is everybody's
business is nobody's business.'"
* # #
ILL MAY DAY—Subscriber, City. What is
the "ill May day"?
It is the name given to May 1, 1517,
when lyondon apprentices arose against
the resident foreigners and did great
mischief. The day is also called "evil
May clay."
THE FIREMAN
FERRY TALES
HAVE you seen Bert Ames' new
hat? Under ordinary circum
stances it would be a violation
of the polite conventions to comment,
thus publicly on the personal attire
of a distinguished member of the Rud
der club.
The circumstances, however, are as
extraordinary as the hat. Ames, being
a true sport and a philosopher, takes
all responsibility for his advanced head
gear. He says that Stuart Murdoch,
who called the attention of everybody
on the train to the hat, and later, on
the boat, made loud and derisive re
marks about it, Is consumed with jeal
ousy. The hat, Ames insists, Is a fore
cast of what the fashion is going to
be.
As a matter of fact, however, it Is
only fair to Ames to make this explana
tion: Ames picked the wrong horse
in the late presidential handicap. It
was a new kind of bet that he lost
The man whose candidate failed of
election agreed to wear, for six weeks,
any hat that the winner of the wager
might select from the stock of any
hatter in the city.
The winner, knowing Ames' prom
inence in the Rudder club, picked a hat
as nearly like a capsized ferry boat as
a hat can be. It lacks a keel, but other
wise the Illusion Is complete.
His appearance on 'Change was the
signal for more comment and here,
again, the leader in the attack on the
hat was Stuart Murdoch. Amea stood
it all gamely until Herman Stlndt
joined in the chorus. Then he took a
terrible revenge. He placed the hat
over Stlndt's head, and if it had, not
been for his broad shoulders, the elo
quent toastmaster of the Chamber of
Commerce would have suffered total
eclipse.
This was the worst affront that has
been put on Stlndt since the late Leon
Sheldon substituted cracker crumbs for
the silver medals that Stlndt was to
have presented in the name of the Mer
chants' Exchange club to the officials
of the Alaska Pacific Steamship com
pany and the officers of the steamer
Admiral Sampson.
That story has never been told. When
the Admiral Sampson arrived on this
coast the steameship company Invited
the members of the club to be guests
on the trial trip. As a souvenir of the
cruise each guest was presented with a
metal watch fob, on which in bas re
lief was an etching of the steamer.
To show its appreciation the club or
dered duplicates of these fobs made In
silver and without any advertising
thereon. It ordered one for each of the
principal officials of the company and
one for each of the ship's officers. The
steamship people were the guests of the
club at luncheon, after which Herman
Stlndt made a graceful speech and then
called UP the guests to receive their
medals.
Sheldon —confirmed and relentless
practical joker—had been in the club
when the, medals arrived from the jew.
eler's. Each medal was in a little box.
From each box Sheldon removed the
medal and filled the boxes with cracker
crumbs.
Instead of a medal the first guest re
ceived a shower of pulverized tracker.
It was a- sad climax to Stindt's eloquent
address and Stlndt gets angry now
when he thinks about it. Sheldon never
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admitted his part in the affair until he
had returned the medals, which he did
through the mall, to Stlndt —sending
one a week, each with a little note cal
culated to keep Stlndt stirred up.
Much sympathy was expressed for
Stindt at the time, but his encounter
with Bert Ames* election hat was dif
ferent He brought that on himself.
» • •
Louis Weinman, by an expenditure
of five cents the other morning dur
ing his trip across the bay, made a
clean profit of 85 cents, with four slabs
of chewing gum to boot. It began
when Fred Van Slcklen dropped a
dime on the deck of the steamer Bay
City. As former Harbor Commissioner
W. E. Dennison stooped to pick it up,
Jack Skinner butted him with his knee
and all the tired business men as
sembled there jeered joyously at Den
nlson's attempts to regain his equi
librium. Ed Anthony made a dive for
the dime and was promptly pushed
over.
The L b. m. then withdrew a little
from the coin. About half a do?en
other commuters saw It, 'stooped to
pick It up and were shoved over be
fore their fingers grasped the prise.
Suddenly and mysteriously the dime
disappeared. It was too good a game
to stop for lack of capital so George
Mastiek contributed another dime. More
victims were caught and again the
dime disappeared. This happened four
times before the mystery was solved.
Weinman, who had been an Inter
ested spectator, laughed with the
others at Pennlson's fall and assisted
In the capsizing of Anthony and one
or two others. He deelded that he would
get that dime. He bought five cents
worth of chewing gum, reduced one
slab to the right consistency and then
smeared lt on his heel. In the con
fusion of the next upset It was easy
to walk across the deck and pick
up the dime with his baited heel, from
which he removed it at his leisure. He
did it four umes before he was caught.
Weinman's friends say: "Now we
know why it is that the ducks Lou
kills show no shot marks."
LINDSAY CAMPBELL.
Abe Martin
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