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VERY adroitly, with two questions and a comment, Secretary of
the Interior Fisher nullified the attack which the self-styled
•"nature lovers" have been making to prevent San Francisco from
securing a permit for the use of Hetch Hetchy valley as a source for
its municipal water system. Robert Underwood Johnson, the New
York magazine editor and member of the American Civic association,
was the opponent of the city silenced by the secretary. Thus the
telegraphed record:
"Would you favor forcing San Francisco, if necessary, to distill the
waters of the Pacific, at a possible cost of $100,000,000 a year, rather than
give consent to the Hetch Hetchy grant?" asked the secretary.
"I would," answered Johnson.
"If there had been an obstruction at the mouth of the Hetch Hetchy
that had created a lake there, would you favor draining the lake to make
a place for campers?"
"I would," replied the "nature lover."
"I just wanted to get an idea as to the extremes of your position,"
explained the secretary of the interior.
Thus was the position of the nature lover exposed. *.lle would
in the first place force a city to prohibitive expense to prevent it from
securing pure water. Pure water is more important than all the
scenery in the world. Robert Underwood Johnson knows that. lie
would not undertake a climb with his beloved Sierra club "into the
most beautiful scenery of the mountains without slinging a well filled
canteen over his shoulder. Yet he would force the city to pay
$100,000,000 a year for its canteen when the same utensil could be
secured for all time by the payment of not more than $40,000,000.
As to Johnson's statement that if there were a lake in the Hetch
Hetchy valley interfering with campers, he would'have it drained, it
must be considered as the idle hyperbole of an exasperated debater.
We have yet to hear Johnson or any member of the Sierra club
advocating the draining of Lake Tahoe.
Secretary Fisher also trapped Dr. William E. Bade of Berkeley
in his assertion that the bay cities, by their attitude against consoli
dation, were also opposed to a municipal water district. Fortunately
San Francisco had available the necessary data to disprove that irre
sponsible statement, and Secretary Fisher was quick to silence the
The secretary has wisely reduced the issue to two main points:
Is there another available water supply for San Francisco? If so,
what are its relative advantages and disadvantages compared with
Hetch Hetchy?
In selecting Hetch Hetchy and preparing its arguments for tJie
use of those waters, San Francisco has carefully secured high |
authority to prove that the Tuolumne watershed is its most avail
able supply. John R. Freeman, consulting engineer, testified that the
Hetch Hetchy site could be developed at a cost of from $10,000,000
to $30,000,000 less than any other site, and would be more practical in
every way. The report of the United States army engineers on this
point will be important and possibly vital to the city's interest.
From the attitude of Secretary Fisher toward the self-styled
nature lovers, who love all nature but human nature, and his general
indication of fairness, it may be believed that San Francisco will get
its permit from the department of the interior and subsequently from
The Stanford university professor who discovered a cure for
baldness and has now lost his place should invent a job restorer.
There is now "standing room only" for those who want to sub
scribe for seats at the municipal opera house.
A chimpanzee has been educated to smoke and drink. The rest
of us have to be educated not to. *
Plenty of Law Already to Stop Profanity
— Try Another Method
NAUGHT but sympathy can be expressed for the objects of the
"Clean Language League," just organized in Chicago. The pur
pose of the organization is to secure laws preventing the use of
profane and obscene language in public places, public singing of
ribald songs and disorderly conduct generally.
To any one familiar with the statutes it will be seen that legally
the objects of the league have already been accomplished. There are
plenty of laws on the books now to prevent the use of profane or
vulgar language in public. The difficulty is to get the laws enforced.
As a matter of fact the laws on this subject are neither enforced
nor enforceable. Profanity in the average man's conversation is
merely a means of emphasis. The non-swearer is above the average.
If swearing were popularly held as wrong as stealing, then the con
ditions would quickly change; but it is not, nor will more laws make
it so. For the present it is perfectly safe to swear before a judge or a
policeman; you may swear at him if you smile when you say it.
The use of profanity and bad language is a matter to be governed
by the development of the community's moral sense rather than by
the enactment of law. As a matter of fact, the modern tendency is
toward clean language just as it is toward cleanness in all things.
The practice of women leaving the table after dessert was due to the
instinct of the men of a hundred years ago for the ribald jest after
the dinner. The "preachers went with the pudding," too; they would
not remain to be shocked.
Cultivation of the instincts of decency in the young is the only
hope for its eradication. The "Clean Language League" must start
early in its crusade and prevent the formation of the habit rather*than
assume that once formed it can be cured by jailing or fining.
The firemen might fatten the majority for their amendment if
they would take the dilatory voters to the polls on fire trucks.
If Leander tried to swim the Hellespont tonight he'd probably
be stopped by a Bulgarian picket.
A popular actress paid $1,200 for a leopard skin coat. Spot cash?
U. C. College of Agriculture Again
Pays Back to the State Its Cost
THE department of agriculture of the University of California is
earning its new building. The latest contribution to the science
of agriculture has been made by Frederick T. Bioletti, associate
professor of viticulture, and has to do with the perfecting of wine
making methods in California. The results of the studies of Professor
Bioletti have been published in a bulletin entitled "Enological Investi
gations, ,, and the pamphlet is issued for distribution to wine manu
facturers and vineyardists throughout the state.
Briefly, the researches of Professor Bjoletti resulted in determin
ing a process by which wine making can be conducted successfully,
with the elimination of the chance of spoiling the vintage that is now
too frequently involved in the process of fermentation.
The new process will naturally increase the production of Cali
fornia wine, as it will guard against loss of the product in the making
and will improve the quality of an already excellent article.
.This work of the University of California professor is another
contribution to be added to those made throughout the union by the
faculties of agricultural colleges. The United States government and
the various states have made large outlays for the establishment of
agricultural colleges, and the results attained have more than proved
the wisdom of the expenditures. In the middle west the corn crops
have been increased by hundreds of thousands of bushels a year
through the application of scientific farming, principles, and in Cali
fornia the beneficial results have been notable. was a wise gov
ernment that provided for that benefit.
Good heavens! Even the Geary street railroad cars are prepared
for straphangers.
A fair exchange under the high cost of living regime—an "eagle"
for a turkey.
If Senator Black Was Clubbed Into
Crime, Then the Clubbers Should Pay
UGLY charges involving prominent San Franciscans with Mar
shall Black in transactions which had to do with the alleged
wrecking of the Palo Alto Mutual Building and Loan associa
tion have developed in a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara county.
The three joint defendants with Black in the civil action are
George F. Hatton, former political agent for the Southern Pacific
company and at present an associated attorney for the railroad, and
J. A. Dowling and W. F. Hanrahan, officers of a construction com
pany. Whether these men are guilty of the offenses charged against
them in the complaint is yet to be shown, since a complaint in a law
suit does not legally incriminate the defendant. The facts will be
brought out in court and doubtless a jury will have the opportunity
of deciding on the merits of the action.
Even if the allegations are well founded, the men accused might
not be legally guilty of participation in the wreck of the building
and loan association, but morally they would be held responsible for
the loss of thousands of dollars of poor investors' money. Compound
ing a bankruptcy may not be so serious as compounding a felony, but
the result can be more serious to creditors.
If the charges made against Hatton, Dowling and Hanrahan are
true, the creditors of the Black association ought to be able to recover
from them the amount which they are alleged to have secured from
the disgraced senator under the duress which they are alleged to
have exerted.
Another anti-profanity league has been organized. The leaguers
should have waited until after Friday's indigestion.
Cowboys up near Downieville have taken to lassooing grizzlies.
That ought to bear the beef market.
November Sunshine and Welcome to
New York and to West Virginia
NEW YORK state has come to claim its right to expend $700,000
for its palace and its exliibit at the Panama Pacific International
Exposition. The Empire state will join with'the other states
and the other empires in presenting to all the states and empires of
the world an exhibit commensurate with the greatness of New York.
"This exposition is to commemorate a commercial event," said
Norman E. Mack, chairman of the New York state delegation, "if
New York is anything at all, it is commercial to the core, and so
New York has decided to put its best foot forward in 1915. We
expect great things from San Francisco and, judging from the reports
that have come to us, we will not be disappointed."
San Francisco and California extend the warmest greetings to
New York state and to West Virginia, which has also sent its dele
gation to select an exposition site.
California puts out its open hands to these delegates and San
Francisco furnishes the stage for the exchange of felicitations.
With every new state and nation added to the long list of those
already prepared to celebrate at the Panama-Pacific exposition the
responsibility of the city and state and the exposition directorate is
increased that much. We the aggregate enthusiasm of
all the states and nations. We must have as many hands out-
Str I f- t v. . d aS there are hands extende d toward us. Xew York will
exhibit in proportion to its strength and West Virginia in proportion
to its ability. The best of our November sunshine for their dele
gations I
TODAY is the day for me—the pres
ent is always ours; I'll hump like
a bumblebee that rustles among
the flowers; all thoughts of the past
' I've spurned, all sighs for the days of
old; for yesterday's wood is burned,
and yesterday's stove is cold. The
present is in our grasp, for glorious
deeds or crimes: then why do we sit
and gasp, and yearn for the good old
times? The past is beneath the sod.
we have but this flying hour; for yes
terday's ire is thawed, and yesterday's
milk is sour. Let's gather a store of
plums, each doing hie little best, so
that when the evening comes and
brings us the hour of rest, our neigh
bors may see the junk for which we
have wrought and tolled; for yester
day's drinks are drunk, and yester
day's eggs are spoiled. Tomorrow is
but a ghost, and/ yesterday's but a
dream; to work with the hustling
host—there Isn't a better .scheme. So
gambol and dance and singmnd gather
your store of rocks; today Is the vital
thing, today is the stuff that knocks.
For yesterday's birds are gone, and
yesterday's fish is hooked, and yes
terday's hat's in pawn, and yesterday's
goose is cooked. WALT MASON.
REMOVING STUMTS— R. R.. Tocaloma. What
is toe method of retnoring * tumps from a field
by means of saltpeter and oil, or eometbiDZ of
that kind?
The following has been recommended
by agriculturists: "In the fall make a
hole 10 Inches deep In the center of
the stump with a one inch auger. Put
into this hole half a pound of oil of
vitriol and plug very tight In the
spring the whole stump and the roots
extending through their ramification
will be found so rotten that they can
be easily eradicated. Or, in the fall
make a hole in the center of the stump
18 inches deep. Fill this hole with one
ounce of saltpeter and plug it tightly.
In the spring following remove the
plug, fill the hole with a gill of kero
sene and set fire to the oil. The fire
will destroy the stump and roots to
the furtherest limit. ,,
*■* * *
ELECTRIC CURRENT— Subscriber. City. Am
I forced to pay $1 a month for electric current
whether 1 use $1 worth or not?
Electric current is usually charged
for according to the amount used dur
ing a month, but if you have a con
tract to pay a dollar a month, or a
minimum rate of Jl a month for the
use of electricity, you are bound by
the contract whether you use it or not.
* * *
mond. Is there any way by which a man can
protect an Invention for eereral months before he
is ready to take out a patent?
Engage the services of a reliable
patent attorney, addresses to be found
in the classified part of the San Fran
cisco directory. He will advise you
fully and when you are ready he will
secure the patent for you.
Lots o' husbands go t' th' the-ater
'cause they haint got no show at
home. Th' Wilson cabinet works
don't have f advertise fer help.
1 1*- . ii
THE dictagraph is a sort of verbal
camera which can take a snapshot
of an extremely personal conver
sation .in a quiet and unostentatious
manner and reproduce it two years
later where It will do the most good.
The dictagraph is a phonograph with
a detective annex. When it is placed
under a table or in a closet or in the
coal scuttle or the chimney, it pays close
attention to all the conversation within
range as long as It is wound up. Later
on, when it is taken into the courtroom
and turned loose, not even the most
aiarming attorney can rattle It when it
tells its story. It is harder to cross
examine a dictagraph than it is to get
information out of Rockefeller.
The dictagraph is a young machine,
and hadn't been heard of four years
ago. But it has already done a great
deal of work. Because of the dicta
graph a large number of grafters have
listened with great pain and anguish to
their own words produced in an excess
ively public place and have retired from
office into small and badly ventilated
cells. As a result, there is now a great
outcry against the dictagraph by earn
est men who are modest and retiring
about their political transactions, and it
is more thoroughly hated than even the
human reformer. If the dictagraph con
tinues to toil as industriously as it has
the slipperly elm statesmen will have to
learn to talk on their fingers in order to
be even reasonably safe.
Because the dictagraph is so young
its field of usefulness has not yet been
thoroughly explored. In the future it
will be much busier than it is now. In
about five years every railroad and
theater ticket office will be supplied
with a bulltin dictagraph and the
clerks' remarks to the public will be
examined every morning by an in
spector. All political promises will be
made in dictagraph booths and when a
dozen earnest philanthropists meet
around a mahogany table to discuss the
price of beef the dictagraph will be
among those present.
It is even possible that when a young
man and young woman are gathered to
gether in a quiet and affectionate man
ner the dictagraph will also be present
in a great majority of cases. Three is
a crowd in such events, but when the
third party is a dictagraph it will be a
whole nlob in itself. In the interests of
matrimony the new invention should be
kept out of our parlors.
JOHN LLEWELLYN, h+-ad of the iron work?
that beartt his name In Loe Angeles, is regis
tered at the Palace. Since his last Tisit
Llewellyn has grown * moustache. His \m-nl
friends pretended yesterday not to reroguize
him In the lobby of the hotel, so changed is
his appearance.
* * *
J. P. GOODHUE, a manufacturer of overall*, is
at the Stewart with his family, registered
from Derby Line, Vt. <}<*v]hue has large niln
ing interests In this state ami is here on a
business trip. He Is accompanied by Mrs;.
(jiMxlliue, Miss Ooodhue mud Miss Wheeler.
* * *
MBS. NAT COLLINS, whose personal curd reads,
"Thr Cattle Queen," Iβ at the Manx, regis
tered from Chateau, Mont. Mrs. Collins Is an
efderly woman and personally superintends her
large ranges. She is here on a business trip.
* * #
H. H. BHIX, a hotelman of Fresno; I. (J. Zuin
wa!t. an attorney of Colusa, and P. W.
Matbews, a capitalist of Kureka, are guests at
the Stewart.
*• * *
l<. M. LYON, a broker and commission merchant
of New York, Is here on a business trip and
in staying at the Bellerue. Mrs. Lyon accom
panies him.
* ♦ ♦
FRANK CHANCE, the well known baseball
player and former leader of the Cfcfcsfo Cut*,
if at the St. Francis with Mr. mod Mrs. Barney
* » ♦
BZ&T NLXON, aoa of o>e late United States
Senator Nixon of Nevada, motored down from
Sacramento yesterday and registered at the
* * ♦
W. R. CASTLE, a planter of Honolulu, is at the
Fairmont with his family. They returned from
a trip east yesterday and axe on their way
* * *
0. W. LEHMAN, superintendent of the Yoeemlte
Valley railroad. Is spending a few days at the
Palace. He makee his headquarters at Merced.
* * *
H. F. EDBAIX, president of the Pinns Medical
company, is at the Palace with Mrs. Edsall.
They make their home in Los Angeles.
* # *
SIMPSON FINNELL. a rancher of NewTllle; Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Shaw of Venice, Cal., are
guests at the Manx.
* * ♦
of Washington is at the St. Francis with
Mrs. Poindexter.
** * #
M. F. TARPEY. the well known rineyardlst and
democratic politician of Fresno, is staying at
the Palace.
* w »
R. E. COLLINS, a member of the state board of
equalization from Redding, is a guest at the
* ♦ *
JAMES A. MURRAY, n Montana capitalist, is
at the St. Francis. He makes bis home in
* * #
E. M. NASAL, manager of the Los Angeles Tref
fle bureau. Is spending a few days at the
* * #
K. P. ANDREWS, manager of the telephone com
pany at Red Bluff, is stopping at the Argonaut.
* * *
HENRY E. BERG, a business man of Marys-
Tllle, is at the St. Francis with Mrs. Berg.
* * *
D. C. O'REILLY, a shipping man of Portland,
is at the St. Francis with Mrs. O'Eeilly.
* * #
A. C. STRATXBE and S. C. Hunt, real estate men
of Madera, are registered at the Dale.
* # *
WILLIAM H. DEVLIN, an attorney of Sacra
mento, is registered at the Palace.
* * *
E. L. SIMPSON, a merchant of New York, is at
the St. Francla with Mrs. Simpson.
* * *
GEORGE E. STALL, a mining man of National,
NeT., la etaying at the Palace.
* * #
L. A. JEFFREYS of New York is at the St.
Francis with Mrs. Jeffreys.
* ♦ *
E. S. BLANCK, a merchant of Willows, is
registered at the Argonaut.
* ♦ *
WEBSTER RICHARDSON, a steamship man of
Boston, Iβ at the Bellevue.
* * *
J. W. MTTRDOUOH, a Eureka hotelman, is
stopping at the Stanford.
* * *
JACOB EBERHARD, a Santa Clara banker, is
staying at the Mutter.
* # *
C. M. CARPENTER of Santa Rosa is registered
at the Baldwin.
* # *
C. L. JONES, a real estate man of Modesto, is
at the Stanford.
* # *
T. WEBEJt of Xew York is a guest at tee
* * #
L. VINCEKT SCOTT of London is at the Bald
NOVEMBER 27, 1912
Ferry Tales
wish to ten
der my sym
pathy to the young
woman who was
the victim the other
day, in front of the
ferry depot, of a
faithless lock. The look, for the infor
mation of the few people wh<> were not
present, was on her suitcase, installed
there for the purpose of holding shut
that receptacle of the odds and ends
that an up to date girl takes with her
to a weekend liou.se party.
I noticed her first on the car. She
was young and charming, well tailored
and radiant with the beauty of perfect
health. On the same car was a crowd
of what the young , woman would prob
ably have called "perfectly dandy fel
lows." They were fair representa tives
of the college type of masculine beauty
and were openly and admiringly inter
ested in the pretty girl. She, in the
language of the etage, was alive to the
fact that she "had 'em knocked silly,"
and took little pains to conceal her
delight in the fact that she had made
a hit.
Six of them helped her and the suit
case off the car, for which service she
bowed a modest "thank you all." She
was headed for the Marin ferry. The
"perfectly dandy fellows,'" bound for
the Key Route l»oat, lingered in the
broad passageway and watched her as
she tripped along on her northerly
course. She may not have known that
they were there. She may have been
looking for a friend. I am no Sherlock
Holmes and will not pretend to say
why she turned her head a3 she reached
the doorway or. at what target she
threw that bewildering little smile.
It was a .short lived -smile. In turn
ing her head she inadvertently changed
her course so that the suitcase she car
ried struck the partition through
which she was about to make her exit.
It was then that the lock proved faith
less. She was traveling at high speed.
The suitcase had been packed to the
limit of its capacity, and when the
lock gave way the wretched receptacle
opened with a pop and the contents
catapulted in all directions.
The "perfectly dandy fellows" rushed
to the fescue, which. If I'm a Judge, is
exactly what they should not have
done. It was a pathetic scene that fol
lowed, and we will leave the young
woman standing there, open suitcase in
hands, with college boys, hotel runners,
taxipirat.es, newsboys and policafiien
pressing toward her, each with some
intimate article of apparel.—lingerie's
tho word that describes it best—in his
outstretched hand.
"Serves her right for flirting,' . Is the
cruel remark that I hea»d fall from H\e
lips of a stern faced woman who had
watched the comedy, even as I had, all
the way from car to catastrophe.
But when the girl, suitcase repacked,
resumed her way, did she say: "I'll
never flirt again"?
She did not. She said: "I'll get a
strap for that old suitcase before I
take it out again."
* * *
Which brings us to the cruel collision
1 th-it took place on the hay the other
morning between Frank Muigrew and
one of his own idea.*. It is a sad story*
Muigrew, who will be remembered
by Berkeley alumni as the pride of the
class of 1901, suggested to John K.
Bulger, supervising inspector of steam
vessels, that fire drills on the ferry
boats would afford more valuable prac
tice If carried out during tfae trip
across the bay instead of while the
boats were lying in the slips. Bulger
had been contemplating this very step,
and the other day issued the necessary
orders. Muigrew, who is a commuter,
was a passenger on the first boat on
which the new drill was tried.
He was seated out In the sunshine
on the lee side of the upper deck. On
the seat beside htm were several elab
orately toileted women, on their way,
evidently, to attend a luncheon or other
function that called for best bibs and
tuckers. When the fire bell
and the crew began rushing about ami'
uncoiling lengths of hose, the women
rose in alarm and started to seek the
shelter of the cabin.
Muigrew stepped in their path and
waved them back to their seats.
"Don't be alarmed, ladies, ' he said,
making soothing motions with his
hands. "It is merely a drill. I know
all about it. As a matter of fact, I am
the man largely responsible for It.
Stay where you are and you'll see
something interesting."
Reassured, they resumed their seats.
Muigrew joined them, and while the
crew prepared to quench the imaginary
blaze he explained all about his share
in bringing about the innovation. The
women were interested. They knew, of
course, that it would be absurd to
quench an imaginary fire with anything
but make believe water, and it was
with the indifference born of superior
knowledge and inside information that
they watched a deckhand unllmber a
hose and take aim in their direction
with ttye brass nozzle. -^
* * *
A toot on the steamer's whistle and
out of that nozzle came a heavy stream
of real, wet, salt water. The deluge?
struck Muigrew in the right ear. The
deckhand apologized and lowered the
nozzle to that the stream took Mui
grew just above the watch pocket.
"Here! Quit that!" spluttered Mui
grew, who by this time was soaked to
the skin. Mulgrvw was in the middle
of the row. At his yell the deckhand
swung the nozzlo to the right. The
women on Mulgrew's left screamed.
The bewildered deckhand swung back
toward left, giving the soaked section
another wetting and pouring a shower
on the hitherto merely splashed women '
on Mulgrew's right.
The whistle sounded again and the
water was turned off. The deckhand
disappeared. Muigrew tried to, but
found himself hemmed in by his water
soaked audience.
They used no personal violence. Not
a hatpin was jabbed into him. But
they talked straight from the shoulder,
and as an indication of the heat of
their remarks I will say only this: I
saw Muigrew six hours afterward and
his ears were still crimson.
Muigrew, as you may see from this,
is the man that put the rill in drill.
poor fathkr:
Fond mamma—Now, Charlie, don't
you admire my new dress?
Charlie—Yes, mamma; it's beautiful.
Mamma —And, Charlie, all the silk is
provided for us by a poor worm.
Charlie—Do you mean dad?— Sydney
If we were relying on California v- A
ca3t the deciding vote ..in the late elec
tion the suspense would be simply dev
astating.—Chicago Record-Herald.

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