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T TERETOFORE The Call has urged upon the favorable atten
tion of the electorate those charter amendments which may
be called "constructive" or "progressive." Among these is
amendment No. 6, which provides the mechanism of administration
to construct, conduct and regulate public utilities.
This amendment is entitled to the full support of every citizen
desirous of better things and better times. It is essential to the
development and improvement of the means by which the city is
lighted, watered and transported. The Call unhesitatingly adds its
indorsement to that already given by the city's government and the
civic bodies. Briefly stated, the amendment has these four purposes:
1. To secure extensions of existing public services.
2. To secure business management in the construction and
operation of public utilities owned by the city.
3. To regulate public services over all utilities.
4. To secure business methods in the construction of the Hetch
Hetchy water system.
The importance of public service extensions can not be over
estimated. The light, water and street railroad corporations have
no franchises to extend beyond their present limits. There is no
power anywhere now either to secure extensions or to compel
service. This amendment gives both. It enables the city to finance
extensions of its own properties by bond issues, special tax or assess
ment on property benefited or to secure extensions of existing utili
ties under private ownership by assessment districts.
The city now has no adequate machinery to construct or manage
its own utilities. Amendment No. 6 provides it through the public
service commission. It has no adequate machinery to regulate or
secure service on private utilities. Amendment No. 6 provides it
through the same commission. It has no organization to secure the
advice needed in fixing fair rates. This amendment provides it.
Presumably we are to build the Hetch Hetchy water system.
We have voted for it a number of times and have authorized the
issue of $45,000,000 of bonds, but we have no organization to manage
the construction. This amendment provides for it. Expert John R.
Freeman has warned the city that this great work, which, will employ
as many as 5,000 men and will sometimes have 500 engineers engaged
on the task, will require all the energies of a high class special con
struction board. This is provided for in the amendment. Without
such a board we are warned that many millions of dollars may be
wasted in construction.
Thus it appears that amendment No. 6 is vital to the city's
growth, and without growth we shall have no sound, lasting pros
perity. To vote against this change in the charter would be to vote
for a smaller, poorer, shabbier San Francisco.
The "nature lovers" may now petition to have the capitol moved
because it interferes with the native beauty of the Potomac river
Joseph Leggett has again lost his bicycle. Watch Joseph leg it.
Wisdom of City's Hetch Hetchy Course
Proved at Washington
DAY by day the Washington dispatches bring further assurance
of San Francisco's ultimate victory in its fight to secure the
use of the Hetch Hetchy valley and the Tuolumne watershed
for a municipal water supply. The "nature lovers," the only sincere
—though not the only misguided—opponents of the city's claim,
have been defeated and the narrowness, unfairness and weakness of
their position demonstrated by Secretary Fisher himself. They are
nonsuited upon their own showing.
The prehensions of rival systems have been weakened, and the
question of utilization of the hydro-electric power of the Hetch
Hetchy system can easily be met by the city.
Admission of campers into the valley under restrictions which
will guarantee the purity of the water supply is a point upon which
the secretary of the interior wishes further light, but there should
be no trouble in that respect.' As those who have followed the reports
of the hearing remember, Desmond Fitzgerald, consulting en
gineer of the Boston water works, testified on the first day that 23,000
people live on the watershed which supplies Boston with water and
there is no difficulty in preserving the sanitation of the supply. It is
estimated that there would never be more than 2,000 in HetchHetchy
at any time, and those only during the summer months.
The wisdom of the city's whole course in its water campaign has
been demonstrated. Not only is the fact that Sa.n Francisco now
owns the land on which the reservoir will be placed counting in its
favor, but the policy of the city in securing the best engineering talent
at high cost is declared to be sound. At the hearing on Wednesday
Secretary Fisher said:
In the fac% of many eetbaclp, the city is going ahead with its plans
and has prepared an elaborate report by one of the most eminent engi
neers known to me, backing it with the examinations and testimony of
such engineers as I would myself select in a matter of such importance.
The city deserves credit for its effort* under adverse circumstances.
The cup nears the lip: San Francisco almost has final per
mission to take its first sip of Hetch Hetchy water.
Doctor Sun is coming back to San Francisco. Since he's been
away he has shone more than most suns do in their absence.
Bill of fare: Today, turkey hash; tomorrow, more hash.
Prize Fight the Chief Public Event of
San Francisco's Thanksgiving
THE best that San Francisco could do in the» way of general
Thanksgiving day observance was to cross the county line a
few hundred feet and witness a prize fight. It is a curious use
for the day which the Puritans of New England set apart for religious
devotions of the highest inspiration. A slugging match between
two professional pugilists, surrounded by a huge crowd of men,
young and old, was the public way in which San Francisco showed
its gratitude for the high favors of life.
Technically the fight yesterday was not held in Sa;i Francisco,
but just over the county line. The world, however, will hear and
read this morning that San Francisco held a prize fight and too large
a proportion of those hearing and reading will say: "What else
could you expect?"
You should expect much more from San Francisco.
There should be some holidays reserved for the better feelings
of man, and Thanksgiving, Christmas and Memorial days should be
among those.
There can be no illusions about the values of a prize fight. It is
useless. There is no soundness in the argument that it encourages
the clean and manly art of self-defense. It does nothing of the kind.
There is nothing clean about the fight game; it is the pursuit
of the baser sort of men; its spoils are spent wantonly; its followers
are the parasites of society and its patrons are drawn to the ringside
by the lust of blood and the craving for an unwholesome excitement.
The "fight fan" will reply that prize fighting is not so brutal as
football. Jt is more brutal. The best proof of this assertion is that |
if football were the more brutal sport it would be promoted and
played by the same kind of men that run the prize ring game.
As for the fight promoters and the fighters themselves, they
can not be blamed for taking advantage of the public's toleration of
their sordid game. They merely give a great many of the people
what a great many of the people want.
The police of Fresno arrested a party of boys and girls 15 years
old for dancing , the turkey trot during the absence of their parents.
Well, the police have to arrest somebody, and boys and girls are
easier than holdup men.
Direct and General Benefit to Public
From Park Improvement
A PUBLIC park is more than a show place; it is an antidote for
all the ills that are caused by lack of fresh air. If a park were
merely ornamental it might do for a city to concentrate all its
energieS on the development of one plat of ground, sequestering there
rare and beautiful flowers and plants.
That is not the modern idea of a park. The aim is to furnish a
breathing place for the citizens, a place for their enjoyment and
recreation. There must be many parks accessible to the citizens near
their homes. In San Francisco there must be parks in the Mission,
at North Beach, in the Potrero, in the Western Addition, wherever
there is a congestion of population. Each park, moreover, must be
a beautiful spot, where the esthetic cravings of man may be satisfied,
as well as the need* of his air craving body.
It is'to give San Francisco more parks and more beautiful par-ks
that the citizens will on December 10 vote to amend the charter so
that the park levy may be increased to 10 cents from 7 cents on the
$100 of assessed valuation.
Before the adoption of the charter, when San Francisco was
administered more directly under state law, the park revenue was
10 cents on the $100. The charter reduced the allowance and
extended the powers of the park commissioners over city squares
and the Great Highway. Since the adoption of the charter other
parks, including Mission park, haveHbeeh added to the city's recrea
tion grounds. This has meant that a smaller sum must be allotted
each park for its maintenance and improvement.
To make San Francisco's parks more beautiful and to give to
the people of San Francisco more park space in which they can
recreate is the purpose of charter amendment No. 16. Vote for it.
San Jose Votes Heavily to Make Itself
a Tidewater City
SAN JOSE has become a seaport town. Welcome to the rating.
Come in; the water's fine.
By a vote of 4.225 to 76, or nearly 60 to 1, the Santa Clara
county seat annexed a narrow strip of land lying between its limits
and south San Francisco bay at Alviso, which will give it an outlet
on tidal water. Army engineers have recommended possible im
provements that will permit the harbor to be prepared for deep water
vessels, and an electric line will connect the city with the bay.
The annexed territory is 200 feet wide and 11 miles long, just
wide enough for a wagon road- and a railway, and that is all
that San Jose needs. Its plan is similar to the one followed by Los
Angeles in annexing San Pedro as its harbor front. Santa Clara
valley is better equipped with electric railroad facilities than any
agricultural county in the north and centraPpart of the state, and
these lines are naturally tributary to any port system which would
be put in operation. t
A port is profitable only when it is put to practical use, and
San Jose, now that it has acquired the roadway to the water, will
hasten to utilize its new rights, expediting the dredging of the harbor
and the construction of the electric railway. Beyond question, the
wisest thing for the Garden City to do is'tp construct a municipal
railroad to its harbor and in that way insure the most advantageous
handling of the freight and passenger traffic that will use the new
port. San Francisco bay, the finest harbor in the world, can sustain
many ports. ' ♦
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When hens had teeth their eggs were worth, at present rates
$1,000 each. Hurrah for the dentist!
Champ Clark's stove was too small for his turkey. How about
his personal storage capacity? • I
The Day After
The Swelled He u>
1 •-'-•■• 'V- * :■:--: . ■■ \\l
YOUNO WINKLER worked for " and
bez Beall, who deals in shoes and
linseed meal. For years he was
a , valued clerk Jabez warmly
praised iris work. And Wlnkler's
friends would often say he should be
drawing better pay. . "He owes his
splendid trade to you; oh, what would
poor- old Jabez f do, . If you'd decide to
flee the coop? 'Twould surely leave
him in the soup." : Young Winkler's
head began to swell, sp many people
stopped to \ tell him what a honeybird
he was, and clapped his back with
fervent » paws. ; So Wlnkler ■ then r began
to feel he was , a bigger man than
Beall, and he got grouchy, mean and
sore, because :he wasn't drawing more
He thought if he resigned his job his
boss would wail around { and . sob and
beg him for a while to stay/and doubt
less » give him ; double ; pay. And so, in
haughty tones he told old Jabes that
his a feet ; were * cold. ? - "My services are
In demand; good ? Jobs % await Yon > every
hand. J You don't, I fear, appreciate,
how much I've done to make you
great." Thus Winkler made his little
spell. "I'm glad you quit," said * Jabex
Beall. "In other days you did t? quite
well, but since your head began to
swell you made myself and patrons
tired, and I had planned to have you
fired." Now Winkler ? : tramps around
i the town :* and hunts a:v Job. and is
turned dowe, and while his world's ; a
thing of gloom, old Jabez , trade is on
the boom. , WALT ■ MASON. :
n v , \, °. d °^ Der Of Grldl «y; Mr. and
H V £"!..• , M , orrleon .°< &» Angeles, Arthur
H. Ugbt of Los H. G. Snyder of
Sacramento aptl E. W. Matson of Ogden
make up a group of recent arrival* at the
* * *
J. W. CONSIDINE. wh o *, associated In the
amusement business with "Big Tim" Sulli
* * #
L "ns' J^™ , ? T ef Denw - *• J - Arn «W of
Del Monte and J. W. McDermott of Chicago
make up a group of recent arrirals at the
* * *
G. W B BAETLETT, a tourist of London, fa
at the St. Francis with Mrs. Bartlett. They
are on a trip around the world.
* # ♦
I '.»£k BEI £ EVIIJ ' E, ** ne "l .Mtat of the
Plttsburg Plate Glass company. Is among the
( recent arrivals at the PaUce.
Palace with Mr*. Humphrey. They make
their home In Seattle.
* * *
STODDAED JESS. tW president of the nnt
National bank of Los Angeles. Is at the Pal
ace Jess. *
* ♦ »
J. B. ECCLESTOW. an automobile manufac
turer of Detroit, is at the St. Francis with
Mes. Eccleeton.
* * *
GHOVE L. 70HKS0M , is down from Sacramento
with Mrs. Johnson. They h*Te apartments
at the Palace.
* * *
JAMES SHEEHY, an apple grower of Wateon
vllle, Jβ at the St. Francis with Mrs. Sheehy.
* ♦ ♦
EUGENE W. VEST, a store manufacturer of
Tatoma, Wash., is at the Argonaut.
* * *
CHAELES CLOT, an attorney of New West
misster, B. C, is at the Bellevue.
* * ♦
JOHN P. WELSH, a lumber merchant of Eu
reka, is itopplng at the Argonaut.
* # ♦
G. C, HAKKIS, an oil operator of Los Angeles,
is registered at the St. Francis.
* * ♦
A. M, LAWHENCE, banker, of New York city-,
Is registered- at the Bellevue.
* * *
DE. G. V. DOYLE of flshop. Cal., is at the
St. Francis with Mrs. Doyle.
* # *
J. W. EAGBDALE, a banker and business man
of Taft. Is at the Argonaut.
* * *
HENRY ABBOTT of New York Iβ at the St.
Francis with Mrs. Abbott.
* * #
R. SOUZA, a planter of Guatemala, Is a recent
arrival at the Belletue.
* ♦ ♦
T. HEHUT PEEHCE of Loe Angeles,, is regie
tered at the Fairasool.
* * #
E. H, WINBKIP, a banker of Napa. is at the
Mans with bis family.
* # *
iE. A. FOSTER, a well known Alaska miner,
I is at the Argonaut. i
DEBTS consist of a pile of bills in
the mall and a collector around
the corner. They.are the money
which a man is going to pay next
week, btit, unfortunately, this week al
ways insists on coming in next week's
Debt is very unfortunate, because it
generally makes two men unhappy—the
man who owes the money and the man
who can't Iret it. Some debts, however,
only make the former unhappy, because
of the blithe and hopeful disposition of
the debtor, who decLlnes to add to the
solemnity of the occasion by worrying.
Many a man can carry a load of many
thousands of dollars of debts without
giving them a thought, and will even
cheer up his gloomiest creditors by buy
ing them fine cigars—on tick.
Debt is a great misfortune to some
mfcn, who shudder when they spend a
nickel for bread because it belongs to
the man who sold them last year's beef
steak. To other men debt is only an
annoyance, and tliey speak harshly to
the patient collectors who insist on
bothering them. To still others debt Is
an asset. Some men aretsuch financial
geniuses that they can use $500 worth
of bills to obtain $1,500 additional credit.
The difference between mediocrity and
genius ie shown by the fact that while
some men grow shabby and wither
away under $100 of debts, other men
are able to accumulate $1,000,000 of ob
ligations and to live handsomefy on the
Debts grow faster than anything else
on earth. Give a debt a $10 start and
take your eye off of it. and it will grow
to $2,ooo*in no time. Paying debts is a
slow and painful process and is about
as interesting as pounding stone. But
accumulating dabts is delightful, and
the man who has not felt the thrill of
stepping blithely into a new motor car
and telling the owner to charge it has
something to live for.
In the old days they used to lock debt
ors up in prisons, but now the man who
has accumulated a clothes basket full
of bills can go peacefully into court
and swear that he hasn't anything in
the world rxeept 29 suits of clothes
and a piano, after which he is de
clared bankrupt and can buy a new
clothes basket and begin a new
collection. This has made the debtor's
life much more comfortable and col
lecting obligations is now one .of our
most fascinating national pursuits.
KISSING—O. W. L., Oakland. What Is the
origin of kissing?
The origin of kissing Is not known,
•it may date back to the days of Adam
and Eve in the garden of Eden. An
old time writer says that the modern
kiss seems-to have had Its origin in
the practice in feudal times of ex
pressing homage to a superior being
by kissing his hand, foot or some part
of the body; or. In his absence, some
object belonging to him. Kissing the
hands of great men was a Grecian
custom. Kissing as a mode of saluta
tion comes from Its use to express
reverence or worship. Various parts
of the body are kissed to distinguish
the character of adoration paid; as,
for instance, to kiss the lips is to
adore the living breath; to kiss the
feet or ground is to humble oneself
in adoration, and to kiss the garments
Iβ to express veneration to whatever
belongs to or touches the person who
wears them. There are several refer
ences to kissing: in the bible: In Gen
esis, "And his father Isaac, said unto
him, come near now, and kiss me, my
son," "and hast not suffered me' to
kiss my sons and daughters? Thoii hast
now <Jone foolishly in so doing," thle
as a token of affection to kindred. In
Samuel I there is: "David arose out
of a place toward the south and fell
on his face to the ground, and bowed
himself three times; and they kissed
one. another and wept one with an
other until David exceeded." In Sam
uel II: "And Joab took Amasa by the
beard with the right hand to kiss
him," this in expression of friendship
real or pretended. In Kings I: "Yet
I have left me seven thousand in Israel,
all th*e knees which have not bowed
unto Baal and every mouth which hath
not kissed him," this in homage; and
in Luke XXII the Judas kiss of be
trayal. There are other allusions to
the custom of kissing in the Old and
the New Testament.
* • ♦
FACE CARDS—Subscriber. Woodland. Rene
Baehe, in an article on how king, queen ami jack
were placed on playing cards, wrote: "The cos
tumes of the pictured playinp cards of the every
day pack are a fascinating study in themselves
They are so quulnt and have become so highly
conventionalized that one would hardly suppo**
tlu'in to have been copied originally frons real
people. Y(>t such Iβ the fact. The king, for ex-'
iimplf. Is Henry VIII. as. is proved by existing
portraits of that monarch, though on the card
only a few suKj?c|tions remain of the fashion and
ermine trlmnmty of his garments, which were
once covered wlw correct heraldic devices. The
queen of the cards 4s Elizabeth of York, wife of
Henry VII and mother of Henry VIII. The pic
ture of the Jack, or kaave. Is from the court
jester, whoee slang name was Jack."
* # *
PLAYIXG CARDS—Subscriber. Woodland. It
is known that playing cards are of eastern ori
jrln, but just where has not been discovered.
There is reason to believe, however, that they
originated In Arßhl» iinrf wen? iv trod need Into
Europe dtirinz the omsade*. In an ancient "Hl«
--tory of the Garirv" there Is an extract from a
wardrobe account r>t Edw«rd I. dated 1377. in
which the game of "four kings" is mentioned.
An Edward before bis accession to the throne re
sided for some j-ears In Syria, it is presumed that
he learned to play cards while in that country.
There is another story to the effect that card*
wf.ro invented in France in 1391 to amuse
* ♦ *
BARREI.B—C. S., Glty. Inquirers into the
origin of things have not been able to discover
who invented contrivances tQt holding liquids,
but they have ascertained that the Chinese, with
all their ingenuity, never made a barrel uutil
more modern civilization allowed them how.
». * *
NATURALIZATION—Subscriber, Oakland. An
alien who wants to become h cltisen of the United
States nraet fret make declaration of intention,
and at any time, more than two and less than
seven years, after inch declaration the applicant
may apply for final paper*.
* * *
BOSPORUS—R, M., Oakland. "Bosporus ,, in
stead of "Boaphorus" is recognised as correct by
modern dictionaries and (jaxetteers. The name
of the strait may be spelled either way.
This mornln' after Mrs. Lafe Bud j
recalled th' events leadin" up t* th*
first anniversary o' her weddin' ther
wuzn" a dry lawyer in ,th' court
room. It's gettin' so a girl that 4
don't earn her own clothes is re
garded as a charge on her family. J
r NOVEMBER 29. 1912 jl
Ferry Tales
44*-ps HAT
1 young
man is
takJngr an awful
chance," I heard
somebody remark
as we went on
board the Berke
ley the other evening.
It was after the rush hours and the
air had enough nip in it to send inside
all but the fresh air fiends and those
that traveled in pairs.
In the direction indicated by the man
that uttered the warning—you know
the seat; on the after deck, starboard
side, in the snug little corner right up
against the cabin bulkhead—sat the
ycung man who was taking a chance.
Close beside him was a young woman.
His arm was around her neck and her
head was resting on his shoulder.
"He'll get a hatpin in his jugular if
he isn't careful," continued the man
whose eyes were altogether too sharp.
"Well: What of it? It's his jugular, ,,
interrupted an individual who evidently
was endowed with the right traveling
spirit and disapproved of "rubbering."
* * *
But they were both wrong. Th«
young woman was wearing one of th*v"
new unarmed hats. If you are a com
muter or if you ride very much on
crowded streetcars you have surely
noticed the reduction of armament that
has been going on in feminine head
gear. The new hats are made so that
they will remain in place without the
aid of hatpins and the women, I am
told, are just as happy over their eman
cipation as the men are relieved at
the prospect of the disappearance of a
deadly menace.
There probably will be a howl from
the hatpin trust, and hats that do not
have to be stabbed in the side every
time they are put on will likely last
longer than the millinery trust will
like. Turn about, however. Is fair
play and if the women are happy and
the men pleased, the hatpin makers
and the hat builders can have their
troubles all to themselves.
* * #
I mention the unarmed hat because
I think that it ought to be encouraged.
It is a forward step of sufficient im
portance to have been Included in
Governor Johnson's Thanksgiving proc
I notice that the telephone company
has planned further improvement* in
its service. Let me suggest an im
provement that would prevent some of
the misunderstandings that occasion
ally complicate this wonderful and
convenient means of communication. It
would be the installation of a mirror
in which would be reflected the face
of the fellow at the other end of the
There are probably a few mechanical
difficulties in the way of operating
such a device, but fnechanical difficul
ties should constitute no obstacles to
that organization represented in our
everyday life by a voice that we call
It was just the otter day that . I
called , for a number. The Hne- wii
busy, would I call again. I did and.
it was still busy. The third time t*
called, "Central" declared that the
party didn't answer.
"Ring , them again. Central," I urged,
"they were busy a moment ago and
there must be somebody there."
"That phone has been taken out,"
was the next answer.
Undaunted, I tried again and this
time was successful.
I relate this merely to show that
my mirror scheme should be simple
in hands that can conjure telephones
out of existence and back to earth
again merely as a matter of entertain
• * *
What suggested the mirror scheme was
the awkward predicament in which the
inability to see the face of the man at
the other end of the line placed J. Dow
ney Harvey the other day. •
Harvey, as you may know, is an invet
erate golfer. On fine days, and some
times even in the rain, when he is not
playing at the Presidio links, he is shout
ing: "Fore!" and shinnylng a gutta
percha ball over the hills at Claremont.
When the golf fever seizes him he
closes his mahogany desk, grabs a tele
phone and directs the gtrl to call up Mr.
So-and-so. In calling up his golf part
ners Harvey has adopted a formula all
his own.
He doesn't say: "This is Downey Har
vey." Anybody could do that. He says:
"This is President Taft" or "Secretary
Stlmson" or "John D. Rockefeller." The
day after "The election he felt so good
that he said: "This is Colonel Roose
He has used the names of all the
crowned heads of Europe, except that of
Holland's ruler, and his friends know by
this sign that J. Downey Harvey wants
to play golf. Occasionally his friends
call him up in the same way.
His telphone rang the other day.
"Hello," said Harvey.
"Hello," came the reply. "This is the
Rev, Dr. Aked."
"You go plumb to !" and Harvey
named the place.
"Pardon me, sir, but I repeat—this is
the Rev. Dr. Aked."
"Oh, very well," said Harvey, flip
pantly, "and at what hour will your
reverence permit the emperor" of Ger
many to teach him the game of golf?"
The answer to this was the click of a
replaced receiver.
Now, if there had been a mirror on
Downey Harvey's telephone, he would
have seen at a glance that it really was
the Rev. Dr. Aked and he would have
been saved what muat have seemed to
that gentleman a pretty lame excuse.
"Never, under any circumstances."
says Doctor Wiley, "give candy to a
«hlld. It makes it fat and a fat child
is not a healthy one." Don't you feel
a little sorry for the Wiley baby?—
Boston Globe.
"I wonder," said the ejivious person,
"how Mr. Fuddles ever managed to get
"He didn't," replied Miss Cayenne.
"In some Inexplicable way, money got
him."—Washington Star.
"Father, did mother accept you tli,e
first time you proposed to her?"
"Yes. my dear, but since then any
proposal that I have ever made she
has scornfully rejected.—Detrpit Free
First Turkey—People complain that
they have to tip the waiter.
Second Turkey—lt's worse to have to
tip the scales.—New York Sun.
"Did the men have an epistolary
"No shootin'; just -wrote mean let
ters," —Baltimore American.

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