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THE western world has little conception of the wrongs that the
Slavonians have suffered at the hands of Austria-Hungary for
many years. Even to summarize these would fill a volume, but
it is sufficient to say here that they have been unendurable and that
the patience of the sufferers has been remarkable. It is not at all)
surprising that the Slavs, both in and out of Franz Josef's domin
ions, should be ready to light for redress with a valor and deter
mination nearly if not quite as great as they have already displayed
in the war with Turkey.
Save for brief periods, when some great patriot won some tem
porary relief, the Slavs have been regarded by both Austrians and
Hungarians practically as a subject race. To perpetuate this status
Austrians and Hungarians have not hesitated to imprison and even
to execute many Slavonian leaders, who, for a iong time, would have
been quite content to participate merely on equal terms with Austria
and Hungary in a triune instead of a dual monarchy.
In 1<368, after long striving to secure what they regarded as a
modest form of autonomy, the CroatySlavonian subjects of Franz
Joeef made a compromise with Hungary in order to save themselves
from entire e.ffacement as a national entity. They were given a few
privileges and some pretense was made toward recognizing their
political equality with the other kingdoms, but it was like throwing
a sop to a beaten dog, for there were "jokers" in the compromise
and its precisions were carried out, on the part of Hungary, with
the utmost bad faith, while Austria proper looked siipinely on, the
emperor even at times refusing to give audience to Croat-Slavonian
delegates who went to him in protest.
To overcome all Slavonian effort for recognition and the recov
ery of rights of which they had been robbed by force, the Austro-
Hungarian officials, from premiers to underlings, resorted to the
most scandalous intrigues, in which calumny, forgery and the rank
est tyranny were the weapons of the oppressors. Slav patriots were
immured in prison on flimsy pretexts and some were slain.
The seizure of Slavonian Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1909 served
\ to disillusion even those who had some faith in Austria's sincerity
lof purpose in her protestations of well meaning toward her Slav
Now the crisis arrives, with Austria taking arms to resist the
recovery by the Slavonian people of a part of the territory that
i belongs to them by geographic, ethnologic and political right. The
• southern Slavs believe that the limit of endurance has been passed.
The prophecy of Baron Kallav, made in 1903, to be
i fulfilled.
"My countrymen," said the baron, "have treated Croatia badly,
\ prevented its development and exploited it financially; they will pay
I for this some day."
That day is evidently now at hand—unless Austria-Hungary
recedes from her present position regarding Dalmatia and an Adriatic
seaport for the Balkan allies. •
Some New York women have decided not to give diamonds and
pearls for Christmas gifts this year. Nothing novel about that.
We know most intimatey a paragrapher who decided the same thing
43 years ago.
Amendment No. 29 Should Have Had
The Indorsement of Civic Bodies
CHARTER amendment No. 29, providing for the extension of
outside and night registration and allowing annual vacations of
two weeks to permanent employes under the election board,
should have had the indorsement of the civic and commercial bodies.
The only reason for disapproval was that it singles out a depart
ment for especial favors and that reason does not hold up under
The election board's permanent employes number only fourteen.
Their employment is governed by a charter provision of fifteen years
ago, adopted when there was only one election a year. At that time
the registration period lasted only eighty-five days; all the rest of
the year the office was closed and practically there were no perma
nent employes. Now, with frequent elections and a vastly increased
electorate, it is an all the year round job. But the old law prevails,
limiting compensation to time of actual employment.
The firemen get vacations under an earlier amendment of the
charter and the employes of all other city departments are treated
likewise, because there is no charter inhibition to prevent. Only the
election board's people must work from year's end to year's end.
Only in that department must an employe be docked for a-brief
absence due to a parent's death—and that actually happened a little
while ago.
Mayor Rolph warmly approves this amendment'and has pub
licly gone on record as hoping that the change would be made. So
would the civic and commercial bodies have approved it if they had
"listened to any adequate presentation of the facts.
The Call believes the amendment should pass. It is merely cor
rective of a fault, bringing the charter up to date, doing justice to
faithful and hard working employes and involving no appreciable
increase of expense.
The Standard Oil building in Sansome street will be next the
subtreasury. Will the former adopt the method of annexation or
Eastern Sentiment at Last Awakened to
The Justice of Equal, Suffrage
WE of California, who have come to accept woman's suffrage
as a matter of course, so smoothly and sensibly has it worked
into our political system, may have forgotten that only a year
ago it was an untried problem, approved by an all.too small majority
of voters.
In the greater number of states of the union, in the more densely
populated states, the right of women to vote has not been acknowl
edged. But it is interesting to note the sympathetic viewpoint of
eastern editors toward suffrage now that ten states have adopted it
and since in the last campaign all parties were only too glad to accept
the eloquence and influence of women in their several causes.
On the result of the election which added four states—Michigan,
Kansas, Oregon and Arizona—to the scroll of commonwealths fair
to women the Boston Herald said editorially:
The decision of most far reaching importance was not the election of
Wilson, but the adoption by four states of a woman's suffrage amend
ment to the constitution. In the light of this decision, the common sense
tiling- for the country to do is to recognize woman suffrage as decreed by
the spirit of the age, whether wisely or not, and to.adjust itself accord
The New York Globe was of one mind with that view. It said:
Not the most momentous aspect of the election was the election of a
president, but the great change effected in these four (suffrage) states
Its influence will endure long after the Wilson administration has taken
its place in history; * * * and, morally, politically and economically
neither our children nor grandchildren will escape the consequence of
Tuesday's irrevocable step.
The New York Evening 3un, speaking of the activity of women
in the last campaign, said:
Never before were women urged into political service as during this
campaign, and they are there to stay. No party can ever again afford to
ignore them, or attempt a campaign without their moral and practical aid
and their eagerness for the service of women will forever silence their
oW time cry of "Keep women out of politics!" To plead for the active
support of disfranchised women and then deny them direct political
power is too great an inconsistency for even modern politicians.
Undoubtedly in the next presidential campaign women will play
an active and important part, even in nonsuffrage states. By that
time, probably, several more states will have voted for equal rights
and will be enjoying the enlightened condition consequent on such
action. Thus all the national conventions of 1916 will be compelled
to make suffrage ayiational party pledge.
The spirit of the west, strongly for justice to women, goes
marching on.
The auxiliary fire protection system not only puts out the fire,
but puts out half the spectators as well.
It must be awful to be a democrat—to know that you are entitled
to a job, but can't decide which to take.
The Geary street railway has advertised for inspectors. How
about a starter?
Put Pressure on Washington to Get Us
Those Destroyer Contracts
COMMERCIAL bodies, labor organizations and civic associations
must not let slip the opportunity which San Francisco had
to resume the building of warships. The Union Iron works
of this city has put in a bid for the construction of two of the six
torpedo boats authorized by the last session of congress, and the
navy department is inclined to consider the bid. But organizations
having at interest the welfare of San Francisco as a maritime, com
mercial and industrial center must act at once by sending telegrams
to the navy department urging that one or two of the vessels be
built on the shores of San Francisco bay, where some of the best
fighting ships the United States ever owned were constructed.
Mayor Rolph, in Washington, and acting Mayor Jennings have
been working hard for the award of the contract to the San Francisco
plant. The cost of the vessels here, under the bids submitted, would
mean only a per cent differential, whereas when other war vessels
were constructed here the differential was 4 per cent.
In allowing the differential, as Mayor Rolph says, the govern
ment is not employing bad business methods, but, on the contrary,
is benefiting itself, for it is vital to the life of the navy that there be
in operation on this coast a shipyard capable of handling vessels of
the navy. Furthermore, in the case of torpedo boat destroyers, at
least one of the new vessels will be stationed on this coast and the
cost of bringing it into the Pacific from an Atlantic shipyard would
more than offset the difference in contract price.
This is an urgent matter, and the sentiment of San Francisco,
of California, of the Pacific coast must exert itself at once and wire
its recommendations to the navy department that this harbor be
considered when the contracts* are awarded for the new destroyers.
Topic for our debating society: .Was it causedby the mince pie
or the turkey?
. There.is neither cloud nor McCloud.to mar our title to Hetch
Increase of Trade With a Task
For the Chamber of Commerce
CHINA'S business is an important commercial prospect for San
Francisco to which the foreign trade department of the San
Francisco Chamber of Commerce may give profitable attention.
According to the Daily Consular and Trade Reports issued by
the department of commerce and labor of the United States for
November 23, this country ranked fourth in exports to China during
the year 1911, increasing its trade and its relative position during
the year, but still behind Hongkong, considered as a foreign port,
and behind Great Britain and Japan.
China's imports and exports in its trade relations with the lead
ing countries are reported as follows:
1910. I 1911. 1910. I 1911.
Hongkong jsl 11,881,5481 $96,362,067 $76,941,709| $67,385,332
United Kingdom 46,294,312 58,498,083 12,203,926 11,241,506
Japan 50,083,002 51,679,079 40,197,826 40,331,577
United States 16,181,670 26,534,854 21,068,462 22,077,691
British India | 28,682,742 24,072,125 «g,958,839 3,776,324
The gain of the United States in the year is the largest by per
centage of any foreign country, but the United Kingdom has more
than double our export trade to China.
Geographically the bulk of American trade with China should
pass through if not originate in this port, and it is the task of the
foreign trade department of the San Francisco Chamber of Com
merce to increase the trade. If it does not, no other body or agency
can be expected to do so.
Five Year Old Lydia Irene
Nuthall Shows W. G. Car
michael the Sights
W. G. Ca#michael. special tourist con
ductor far the Union Pacific, had a
real worried look on hie face yester
day when he dropped In at the local
Union Pacific offices in the Flood build
ing to see Henry Avila.
"Whafs the matter?" queried Avlla.
"I'm weighted down with my re-
sponsibilities this trip, ,, replied Car
michael. "I Just dropped in to say
howdy and now I've got to run back
to the nickelodeon."
Avila looked at him suspiciously.
Then Carmlchael did some explaining.
He told how he had started from Los
Angeles Thursday night for Chicago
and was entrusted with the care of 5
year old Lydia Irene Nuthall, who
was being sent to her mother in Chi
cago. Caunlchael said it was his busy
day, as he had to entertain his charge
up to the time of the departure of the
train last night. When Lydia tired of
picture shows she was taken on car
rides and kept plentifully supplied with
candies. The matron at the ferry
building took Lydia in charge last
night for a time, but turned her back
to Carmlchael just before train time.
The Southern Pacific has decided to
make matters a little more convenient
for Its patrons. Wherever feasible it
will move the ticket window in its sta
tions from the rear of the interior
nearer to the entrance.
E. M. Mathus has tehdered his resig
nation as Southern Pacific agent at
Newcastle, Placer county, effective Jan
uary 1. He intends to develop some
fruit property.
Howard Bruner, formerly chief
freight clerk of the Union Pacific at
Omaha, has been advanced to the posi
tion of assistant general freight agent
at Omaha.
L. M. Cheshire, district freight agent
of the Union Pacific at San Jose, was
in San Francisco yesterday on busi
* * *
E. L. Loniax, passenger traffio man
ager, and J. G. Lowe, district passenger
agent of the "Western Pacific, have just
returned from a trip to San Diego and
Los Angeles. In the latter city they
participated in the conference that
fixed special rates for several coming
COME, let us do our shopping early,
before the Christmas rush begins,
and buy a doll with treeses curly
—or buy two dolls—if they are twins.
This theme Is all that I can think of,
the only subject for a lay; the bubbling
spring that poets drink of for me Is
dry as last year's hay. I've scratched
my head for hours together to find a
subject for a song, and there is nothing
but the weather—and that I've sung
about too long. I've racked my brain
till it is popping, disturbed the house
hold's restful calm; there's nothing left
but Christmas shopping that one in
verses may embalm. Oh, sisters, do
your shopping early, before the rushing
throngs begin, for when you reach the
portals pearly St. Peter will not let
you in! There's nothing doing in this
valley, the country's quiet as the town;
gone are the caucus and the rally, the
suffragists have simmered down. The
poet's briny tears are dropping adown
his whiskers to the floor; there's noth
ing left but Christmas shopping that
calls for anthems any more. The knee
sprung muse is sour and surly, the
harp is made of rusty tin. Oh, broth
ers, do your shopping early, before th*
Christmas crowds begin!
NEW HAVEN", the-metropolis of
Connecticut, is a large, old fash
ioned town located between two.
great sounds—Long island sound and
the Yale athletic field. It is connected
with New York by a four track rail
road and two steamboats and with the
rest of the world by the football re
turns. It is called the Elm City be
cause it is situated in a vast grove
of 100 year old elm trees. Taking care
of these trees and keeping the gypsy
moths out of them is the principal New
Haven industry.
New Haven has 1*3,000 people and
has been accumulating them since 1638
when it was first settled. It has had
an eventful history, having been cap
tured by the British in 1779 and by the
alumni of Yale in each succeeding
June, it is a great manufacturing
town, its principal products being
clocks, firearms , , automobiles and mem
bers Of the All-American football team.
It Iβ also the headquarters of the New
York, New Haven and Hartford rail
road. New Haven boys have two am
bitions—to go to Yale and to get a job
in the N. Y v N. H. & H. offices.
As the reader may have suspected
from this article, New Haven contains
Yale college. This is its greatest feat
and It does not always succeed. It con
tains it part of the time, but at other
times Yale bursts forth and devastates
the country as far west as Broadway.
New York. Yale college has 3,000 stu
dents and it keeps about 25,000 New
Haven people busy ministering to their
wants. Yale and the New Haven road
have made the city great.
New Haven's two finest things out
side of Yale are Its oldest and newest
landmarks—the old Green, ( which is
the city square and contains two beau
tiful prehistoric churches, and the Taft
hotel, which mitigates the hardships
of the captains of Industry who come
to New Haven to see their sons play
football. The city is on a level plain,
but lies between two great rocks—
east rock and west rock, both of which
afford the casual wanderer unparalleled
facilities for falling off.
New Haven was once Joint capital
of Connecticut with Hartford, but many
years ago the statehouse was removed
to the latter city to prevent the Yale
freshmen from playfully hiding it each
WILLIS K. KILLS, special Assistant to the at
torney general of the United States, came up
from Ix>s Angeles yesterday for a conference
with B. D. Townsend on the filing of a suit
against the Southern Pacific In reference to
their claims to oil bearing lands in the state.
Hβ Is accompanied by Mrs. Mills and is atajlng
at the Palace.
« # *
LUTHER RODGERS, an attorney of Salinas;
Harold J. Fish, an attorney of Loe' Angelei;
F. B. Weeks, a mining man of Ixw Angeles,
and Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Spalding are among
the recent arrivals at the Palace.
* * #
"W. L. KcEWEN of Ix>s Angelee. C. Y. Burns
and Mrs. Burns of Venice, R. W. Johnson, U.
S. A., and John Nevln Say re of South. Bethle
hem, Pa., were among yesterday's arrivals, at
the Stewart.
* * *
CHARLES F. FURY, aa attorney of Petaluma,
C. R. Brown of Toronto, W. S. Thompson and
Ererett Crane of Modesto and A. M. Drew of
Fresno are guests at the Manx.
** * #
■HIDEJO SHIGI. a business men of Kobe. la at
the Palace. He has been traveling through the
eastern states on business and will leave today
for the orient.
* * *
W. X. BEAMAN. a topographical engineer in the
bureau of th* United States geological surrey,
Iβ at the Bt. Francis, registered from Wash
ington, D. C.
* * *
A. B. KELLY, a well known democrat of Manila,
who attended the Baltimore contention, is at
the Palace with Mrs. Kelly. They are on their
way home.
*• * *
C. A. NONES, owner of the quicksilver mine* at
New Almaden. left for New York yesterday on
a business trip. Hβ will return In about a
* * #
8. TOQNAZ2INI, a groceryman of San Luis
Obispo. Is a recent arrival at the Argonaut.
Hβ is accompanied by Mrs. Tognazzinl.
* * *
FRED J. BIEBERT, a mining engineer of Gold
field, who has charge of tbe Wlngfleld proper
ties, Iβ staying at the St. Francis.
* * *
CARL PARKER, president of the Toy company
of Los Angeles, is among the recent arrivals
at the Palace.
* * ♦
P. R. JONES, purchasing agent for the Southern
Pacillc company at Sacramento, is at the Stan
* # *
J. W. BARNICOTT, owner of the Sunset Fruit
orchard at Newcastle, is staying at the Bald
« * *
C. S. MILES, a real estate operator of Los An
gelet, is at the St. Francis with Mrs. Miles.
* # #
F. W. STALL and George K. Stall, mining men
of National, NeT., are guests at the Palace.
* # #
A. A. CHAMBERLAIN, a steel contractor of Sac
ramento, is registered at the Argonaut.
* * *
A. B. SWAIN, a bank cashier of Sebastopol, and
M». Swain are guests at the Sutter.
* # *
J. P. YATES, an insurance broker of Los An-'
gel**, is staying at the Palace.
* * *
W. B. DEVEREUX of New York is spending a
few days at the Fairmont.
* * *
H. A> STROUT, a mining man of Reno, Ner., is
> a guest at the Argonaut.
* * *
CAPTAIN B. WALTERS of Stockton is among
fhe arrivals at the Dale.
* # *
R. H. DE WITT, a Eureka lumber man, is stay
ins &t the Sutter.
* * *
A. S. DINGLEY, sheriff of Modesto, is registered
at the Stanford.
* # *
H. A. BXTNAWAY of Merced is a guest at the
* * *
J. J. COLEKAW of Chicago is at the Baldwin.
One o , th' most dangerous things!
about drinkin' is th , similarity be-i
tween a tack an' a clove.
kerr has got poll evil from smokin'i
'lection day segrars.
■.- ■ —-_£
NOVEMBER 30, 1912
Ferry Tales
ferry tale
about the fire
drill" on the Key
Route steamer, In
which a number of
women were
drenched with salt
water? Here is the sequel. In reading
it you may perhaps change your mind
about the attitude of big , public service
corporations toward their patrons. Yon
will at least give this corporation
credit for taking the initiative in an
effort to right a wrong that the
result of an accident over which the
company really didn't have mucii crn
Nobody would think It necessary to
instruct a deckhand not to point a
hose that he knew was about to erugt
salt water in the direction of women
passengers, or passengers of any kind. g|
Perhaps it was because nobody did ™
think this necessary that half a dozen
fashionably dressed women had to go
home that morning and change their
clothes instead of enjoying teas, ,
luncheons and other such entertain
The accident was reported to the •
company and the next day an official
was detailed to find the victims *n<l
reimburse them for any damage taelr •
raiment sustained in that salt water '
I wouldn"t advise any commuter In ]
nee* , , of a new suit of clothes to step j
in front of a hose during one of the
fire drills that are going to be part of
the trip acrose the bay hereafter, but r
do think the company's action in this i
particular instance is sufficiently un- j
usual to be made public.
* # #
Saying pleasant things about public* j
service corporations occasionally meets
with unexpected rebuke. There was !
the case of Dr. E. W. Alexander. The
doctor live*, at San Rafael, and if |
Marin county were a pretty girl she i
would blush at the praise that falls*
from Doctor Alexander's lip* every'
time anybody asks him "How's the j
climate over there, doctor?"
Going home the other evening, the* i
tall and handsome medico started a.
solo in praise of the equipment of the \
Northwestern Pacific. Hβ liked the j
boats and he thought the trains were j
kept up in firet class condition. He i
was particularly enthusiastic about |
the roadbed.
"Just notice," he said, "how smoothly |
this train travels. There is not a iar,
not a wobble."
As he concluded the train rounded
the sharp curve at Mill Valley Junc
tion and the doctor, who had 17 pack
ages in his arms and on his knees,
was deposited with all his impedi
menta in the aisle. Judge P. M. An
gellotti rushed to the rescue and
helped gather up the scattered bun- #
"You spoke too soon, doctor," sal<l
the judge.
""Perhaps so," remarked Alexander
ruefully, "but you'll have to admit"
(the doctor was brushing his clothe*
vigorously) "that this dirt comes off
rather easily."
Which indicates that the doctor ia
some optimist.
* * «
At Vine street station.
a shoeblack with the soul of a true
artist. I never met the gentleman,
but hope to some day, when I have a
large leisure at my disposal. I am
judging him entirely by the sign that
appears over hie stand. It is so out of
keeping with the spirit that is sup
posed to animate the modern toiler
that it is worth reproducing. Here r»
what the sign says:
"Good shines take time. Give me
time and you will get the beet. Rush
shines do not last. Come early."
* * #
L. Hγ. Lovey, the attorney, took a
crowd of fellow commuters into his
confidence the other morning. He was
in trouble and wanted suggestions
from his friends as to the best way
out. Whether they helped him or not
I do not know. It was the story of
his troubles that interested me.
He had for a client a Greek who was
in partnership with a fellow country
man. Together they ran a fruit stand. ,«
There was a misunderstanding ami /
Lovey s client went to him with a re- ■*
quest that he arrange for a dissolu
tion of the partnership. Levey's client
wanted to buy the other Greek's share.
The other Greek refused to sell and
also declined to make any offer for hie
partner's share.
"There's only one thing for you to
do." advised Lovey. "Ye* stay right
with the business and ma** things as
disagreeable as possible fo* your part
ner. He'll get tired of At after a time
and be glad to sell out.
The Greek understood afld would do
as the lawyer suggested. ITobody but
a lawyer would have dreaaned of set
ting Greek against Greek as a raeana •
to the peaceful solution of a disagrees '
ment. Lawyers, however, are brave* |
Lovey was aroused from a sound'
sleep that night by the ringing of th» i
telephone in his peaceful Alam*d%'
home. It was from police headquar*'
ters in San 1-Yancisco. His client wasj!
in jail charged with assault to commit.)
murder and his client's partner was iq't
the receiving hospital.
There was still another boat for th*l
city, which Lovey took. He saw his*
client at the city prison. Hβ had. t
learned that the other Greek, although
extensively bruised and banged up, i
was not seriously hurt.
"What does this mean?" inquired]
Lovey. "What have you been doing? ,,
"Me?" replied the Greek. "I did Just
what you told me."
"What I told you?" almost screamed
Lovey. "What I told you?"
"Shuramlke. You tell me make
tings disagreoabif. I do."
DEPARTMENTS—L. G. 11., Salem, Ore. It if
not neressary. when writing to a department of
the United States government, to give the nami
of the head thereof. To communicate with the
departments asked about It is sufQclent to ad
dress the "•otnniuu(ration: "Department of Jus
tice, Washington, r>. C."; "Department of Com
merce and Labor, Washington, D. C."
* » #
THE POPE—A. B. Berkeley. The now U
called the successor of St. Peter because Peter
was given a divine commission invested with the
three attributes of king, priest and teacher over
all the followers of bis master. Whatever now
ere were conveyed to Peter are held by the
Roman Catholic faith to be continued In full
measure to his duly appointed successors
* ♦ *
STORING POTATOES-A. 8.. Berkeley. "The.
object to be Rimed at in the storage of potatoes
for the winter." says a bulletin tanned by the
departmeut of agriculture, "In to keep them a ,
as low a. temperature as possible without fr-ex
injf, and at the same time keen the surrounding
air as dry as possible."
* » ♦
WHY NOT ANSWERED-R. L. 0.. and Sub
scriber City. The reason the questions as to
sale of a horse and th.- force of water throneh
a certain size pipe are not answered is that this
department as it na» frequently announced, does
not solve arithmetical or other like problems.
TIME DIFFKREXCF-Subeoriber. CUt. Th.
difference in time betweeo San Franciece im?
Xew York city is: Ordinary■ « m . 3 hSVw

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