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"Quaker Girl" Is Serene
Name Does Not Belie It
NATALIE ALT IS
DAINTY, GIRLISH
AND GRATIFYING'
Victor Morely Shows Some
Improvement in Spite
of Uncongenial
Role Taken
WALTER ANTHONY
"The Quaker Girl." at the Columbia
theater, is a very lively show from a
Quaker point of view, but very gray
from s I'arisian. The village, maidens
who dance ob the green and drink
nothing: out of pewter mugs the while
they beprulle the time with decorous
steps seem bacchanalian to their
Quaker sisters of the chorus, who for
thp time being? are garbed In sober
brewa, carry their hands so and lift
their eyes to heaven on the first beat
of every measure. But when the plot
travels slowly into the second act.
where Paris is shown from the vantage
point of Madame Blum's dressmaking
salon, thougrh the action of the English
made musical comedy really quickens.
it seems to slow down. The third act's
action in the Pre Catalan of the de
sig-ning. wicked Prince Carlo is stayed
by sentimental reflections concerning
mother, the which Victor Morley is
guilty of, and so the impression that
I bore from "The Quaker Girl" waß one
of quiet, peaceful serenity, the negative
charms of which were not disturbed
by any gallopKg music or witty dia
logue.
Victor Morlrti-, save for bis maudlin
lapse into inappropriate sentiment, en
joys earned popularity and is an im
provement, I think, on the Victor Mor
]r„ of "The Three Twins" fame,
though "The Quaker Girl*' makes cer
tain demands on him which congeni
ta lly he is unfitted to meet. I mean he
plays thi- role of Tony Chute, a real
American of the fabulously limber
kr eed George M. Cohan brand with an
Kngllsh accent. I do not mean that
Morley imitates the man who made
Broadway famous. Morley copies no
body. His style of dancing is grace
ful and not grotesque and his sense of
humor shrewd. His "explanation" why
he didn't buy the white violets for the
Parisian charmer whom he wants to
dismiss in fa**>or of the Quaker girl,
was a fine bit of nonsense given with
pood humored gravity and serious
ness, suggesting the English mode of
comedy rather than the American, but
not the less happy on that account, ex
cept to one who reflected that the
hero was supposed to be red, white
and blue to the bone.
Miss Natalie Alt. in the demure role
of the Quaker girl, whose leave tak
ing at the end of the first act is tearful
and too obviously designed by the au
thors "to get 'em" (as producers say,
referring to us) —Miss Alt divulges a
dainty, girlish personality, a voice to
match and grace in her dances. She
puts on the expression of a Quaker
or any of the known varieties of in
nocence, as easily as a girl in her
'teens returns to her dolls. Her voice
is expressive and she hardly covered
a disposition for greater speed in com
edy than the limits of her role per
mitted last niorht.
Andree Corday in the role of the
excitable modiste of Paris was the one
strenuous figure In the plot and ani
mated many scenes with much spon
taneous vivacity. George Friend was
acceptable in the role of the runaway
Quaker. Jeremiah, and found a good
partner in Amy Lesser, who played
Phoebe, the maid.
For the rest the cast of principals
was disappointing. Miss Elda Furry
in the important role of the Princess
Matilde. who furnished the plot with
the police in the second and third act.
and is the bride of the play, sings
poorly and sharp. The naughty prince,
who has designs on the pretty Quaker
j-rirl bellows badly and tears the waltz
theme to tatters. Singing with Mr.
Moore is not sweet pain. The rest of
the cast is without distinction.
The entrance song, sung by Prudence,
"A Quaker Girl," is go* d the
duet between Morley and Miss Alt, "The
Bad Boy and the Good Girl," Is clever,
and "Tiptoe" Is a dainty number marred
by Murray Stephen, who is the leading
man and stepped the dance as he sings
and plays —heavily.
The costumes are beautiful, numerous
and gorgeous, and the girls that occupy
them attractive and good singers, main
ly. The chorus men seem depressed, but
they shouldn't be blamed for that, I sup
pose. . ~—^
In a phrase, I should say that The
Quaker Girl" is mild entertainment, In
which the musical comedy takes its plot
much too seriously, and that it lacks the
sparkle of spontaneous humor in the
book and freshness and spirit in the
music.
WITCHING HOUR
J- BEWITCHES HEARERS
Augustus Thomas' four act play, "The
Witching Hour," which opened a week's
engagement in this city last evening,
bat- lost none of its potency, as was
Ufoved by the large and enthusiastic
audience which filled the Alcazar thea
ter. The remarkable strength of the
plot was well portrayed by an excellent
company. Not for a minute did the audi
ence remember that the actors were
■merely actors. They were real people,
living through real scenes, each one
tense with the working out of his own
particular problem.
Orrin Johnson as Jack Brookfleld, the
hero of the play, scored a distinct tri
umph. If occasionally he lapsed into a
too serious strain, he was graceful and
well poised throughout and filled his
character with dignity and virility.
Louis Rennison as Judge Prentice was
second only to the hero in the favor of
the audience. Marguerite Leslie, who
played the leading woman role, was a
decided success. Not only Is she de
lightfully pretty and gracious, but her
play of facial expression is unusual and
Inating.
Lola Fischer and Charles Ruggles, in
the roles of Viola Campbell and Clay
Whipple, also merit a word of praise.
The other characters were all remark
ably well played.
TILLMAN HEARING ENDS
Court Rules Wife May Keep Children
Pending Decision
COLUMBIA. S. C, Dec. 2.—Hearing of
tl_e suit brought by B. R. Tillman Jr.,
con of United States Senator Tillman,
**or possession of his two children was
concluded in the supreme court today.
Chief Justice Gary announced that the
mother, Mrs. Lucy Dugas, who was
given a divorce from young Tillman,
should retain the custody of the two
little girls pending the decision of the
court, which will be announced later.
I 111 II IISL
Miss Natalie Alt, in "The Quaker
, Girl" at the Columbia.
RAILROAD WINS CASE BY
AWARD OF ARBITERS
E. B. and A. L. Stone Com
pany Loses Suit Against
Western Pacific
A board of arbitration yesterday de
cided against the E, B, & A. L. Stone
company in its suit against* the West
ern Pacific Railway company for the
sum of which the Stone com
pany asserted was the balance due It
on the work of building the Western
Paciflc line through the Altamont hills
In Alameda county. Onward Bates, a
leading engineer of Chicago; W. S.
Goodfellow and H. TJ. Brandensteln
were the arbitrators.
The suit has been hanging fire for
several months in Alameda county,
where It was filed, and the two princi
pals finally decided to leave the matter
to a board of arbitration. The case has
attracted a good deal of attention from
contractors and engineers.
The dispute grew out of work done
by the Stone company for the railroad
company. V. G. Bogue, the chief en
gineer of the railroad company, made
a final estimate, fixing the total amount
due the Stone company for the work at
$1,686,122. All of this amount was
promptly paid excepting $57,784, which
the railway company refused to pay
unless a receipt in full was given. The
Stone company refused to comply with
these demands and attacked Bogue's
estimate as fraudulent and containing
gross errors and mistakes, and further
asserting that there was $439,829 due it
in addition to what already had been
allowed by Bogue's estimate. The suit
against the railway company followed.
The board of arbitrators, In an
nouncing the award, held that Bogue's
estimate was not fraudulent or erro
neous, but was correct and made In a
careful and competent manner, and
that the Stone company was not en
titled to any more than the railroad
company offered In the first instance.
As a result of the decision the com
plaining company will receive only the
$57,784, out of which it will have to
pay $19,006 for the costs of arbitration.
William Thomas and R. M. Fitzgerald
represented the Stone company, and
Warren Olney Jr. and Jared How the
railroad company.
CHIEF WHITE WANTS TO
MUZZLE HIS INFERIORS
An order by Chief of Police White
to company commanders, telling them
not to supply information to Edward
H. Zlon of the efficiency committee of
the civil service commission caused
both the chief and the expert to do
some explaining yesterday.
White said he had issued the order
because he had been advised that Zlon
was gathering data relative to the
cost of running the police department.
"I did not want him to get these
data from any one except me," said
White yesterday. "I will give him all
the information he desires regarding
the department. I did not mean to
give the Inference that Zion would be
barred from getting any report of the
service. All I want is that he sees
me about it first."
Zlon said he had not seen a copy of
the order, but the report that he in
tended to go among the subordinates
to get his Information regarding the
cost of conducting the police depart
ment was wrong. He said that the
chief evidently got his idea that the
efficiency bureau was going to probe
the police service through a report
Zlor* made to the supervisors in which
he said the cost of operating the two
police automobiles cost 46.6 cents per
mile each.
"Chief White challenged this state
ment," Zion added yesterday afternoon,
"and I offered to prove It by his own
bookkeeper. If I wanted to get any
information about the police depart
ment I would go to the chief for it,
I got my figures of the cost of operat
ing the automobiles from the reports
filed with the supervisors."
Supervisor Koshland asked Zion to
make a report on this particular ex
pense account, and in submitting his
figures Zion added that the" board of
education automobile cost a trifle more
than 25 cents per mile to operate.
BOARD ADJOURNS EARLY
Police Commission Has Shortest Session
Ever Held In Its History
The police commission last night dis
missed Jennie Fitzgerald as telephone
operator for the department and Miss
Selma Stencil was appointed to fill the
place. The meeting was one of the
shortest ever held by the new board.'
The application of Frank Bertlsh for a
saloon in Howard street be
tween Third and Fourth on removal
from 231 Larkin street, which site has
been bought for the civic center, was
denied, the commission holding that
there are too many saloons In the old
tar flat district.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3. 1912.
TUNNELS NEEDED
TO HANDLE THE
1915 FAIR CROWD
I Further Delay in Their Con
struction, Says Bion J.
Arnold, Will Be
Disastrous
I ACTION IS URGED
BY TRAFFIC EXPERT
Permanent Value of Bore^
Shown in Report of
Engineer
Tunnels are essential for providing
convenient access to the Panama-
Pacific exposition, according to a re
port on the transportation facilities re
quired for the fair filed with the super
visors yesterday by Bion J. Arnold,
traffic exrfert.
"With the present available traction
facilities to Harbor View only one im
portant line, Polk Btreet, approaches
reasonably near the exposition," says
Arnold.
The traffic engineer submits a series
of maps showing an elaborate system
of street railways needed for the fair,
both as extensions of the municipal
railway and private lines. A plan
without tunnels is also shown, but the
bores now pending construction or pro
posed arc favored as_ the best solution
of the problem.
In outlining the advantages of the
tunnels Arnold reports:
"The Fort Mason tunnel not only will
be useful for freight handling prior to
and after the exposition, but it also
is exceptionally well located for pas
senger delivery to a loop on the ex
position water front.
"The Fillmore street tunnel, of the
three proposed tunnel entrances to
Harbor view, will deliver passengers to
the maximum extent to the main en-
trance with minimum intereferenc*
wlth other lines.
"The Broadway tunnel will afford an
effective entrance to Harbor View from
the downtown district." t
Arnold has prepared a plan for a
double track street railway in the cen
ter of Van Ness avenue, with orna
mental center pole electroliers and an
ample roadway of 30 feet on either
side. Parking is also provided for.
However, if the tunnel project is car
ried through it will not be necessary
to build a railway in Van Ness avenue.
The expert expresses regret that so
much valuable, time has elapsed In the
execution of the tunnel program and
declares it will be a physical impossi
bility to construct them in time for the
fair if further obstructions and delays
His report was referred to the public
utilities committee.
BAGGAGE COMES
HOME IN MORNING
J. H. Lyman Fidgets About
City Until Porter's Mis
take Is Rectified
J. H. Lyman, general agent of the
Chicago Great Western, has Just re
turned from Los Angeles, where he was
one of the principals in a touching re
union.
When Lyman was on his way to Los
Angeles the negro porter put Lyman's
bag off at the station at Paso Robles
by mistake. Soon afterward Lyman
missed his luggage, but the conductor
refused to turn his train back to Paso
Robles.
In the morning the agent at Paso
Robles found the bag resting on the
platform where the porter had dropped
it. It was promptly forwarded to Ly
man in Los Angeles.
* » »
The Western Paciflc has arranged for
a Pullman train special to leave this
city tonight at 9:30 o'clock with the
representatives of the different railroad
and steamship companies as the guests
of the road on a trip to the orange and
lemon fair at Oroville. Wednesday will
be spent In Oroville and the return
made that night so that the party will
be In this city Thursday morning. The
San Francisco Commercial club will
run a similar excursion to Oroville,
leaving here Friday night at 9:80
o'clock. Saturday will be spent at the
fair and Sunday in the Feather river
canyon. The return will be made Sun
day night, the party arriving here at
8:45 p. m.
* • *
R. H. Countlss, chairman of the
transcontinental freight bureau In Chi
cago, is a visitor in this city.
* * *
E. S. Andrews, general agent of the
Pere Marquette, will leave here tonight
for Chicago, accompanied by his wife.
* * »
R. G. Thompson, traveling passenger
agent of the Pennsylvania lines, left
yesterday on a buslnes strip down the
San Joaquin valley.
* * #
Charles S. Fee, passenger traffic man
ager of the Southern Pacific, has gone
to Chicago to attend the meeting of
the Transcontinental Passenger asso
ciation tomorrow.
* # #
R. I. L-ynaß of the Wabash system has
returned from a trip to Los Angeles.
AMAZING MOTORCYCLE
RUN SETS A RECORD
Policemen Ride From San Jose to Sac
ramento in Less Than Three
Hoars
Bpeeial Dispatch to Tha Call
SAN JOSE, Dec. 2—All records be
tween here and Sacramento were
broken today by City Motorcycle Po
liceman A. S. Margason and County
Traffic Officer Emile Agraz, carrying a
certification of the results of the re
cent Port San Jose annexation election
for filing with the secretary of state.
The distance was covered by way of
Niles canyon and Livermore pass In
less than three hours by motorcycles
Attorneys here differed In opinion
as to the legality of the canvass held
the day after the election and the cer
tificate as to that result. Consequently,
on account of the opposition developed
at Santa Clara to the plans of San Jose,
another canvass was held this morning
and at 9 o'clock toe count was com
pleted.
Certification as to the result was Im
mediately handed the motorcycle mes
sengers and they started on their rec
ord breaking nin across the mountains
to the capital, where they placed their
papers In the hands of W. G. Alexan
der, chairman of the Port San Jose
committee, and the latter in turn filed
thera with the -secretary of stftto.
SEAMEN FAVOR
BILL OPPOSED
BY SHIP OWNERS
Hearing on Senate Measure
Is Begun in Committee
With Alt Interests
Represented
ARGUMENTS MADE
BY SAN FRANCISCANS
Captain Dollar Heads Oper
ators and Andrew .Furu
seth Union of Sailors
Special Dispatch to The Call
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2—The hearing
on the seamen's bill before the sub
committee of the senate committee on
commerce began this morning and will
extend over several days. Those ap
pearing' for the bill were Andrew
Furuseth, Patrick Glynn and Bruce
Gibson of San Francisco; Victor O.
Oleandor of Chicago, Thomas Conway
of Baltimore and Captain Yates, pres
ident of the Marine Engineers' asso
ciation of the United States.
Against the bill appeared four men
from the Paciflc coast. 10 from the
lakes and the same number from the
Atlantic.
SHIPPERS ARE REPRESENTED
In behalf of the shipping interests of
the Pacific coast were Captain Robert
Dollar. R. H. Swayne and Captain I.
N. Hibbard. Captain Harry Goodall will
appear tomorrow.
The shipping men of San Francisco
stated that they were supported by the
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce,
which had adopted a resolution oppos
ing the present form of the bill.
The sections of the bill dealing
with the payment of wages, abolition
of imprisonment, improvements of the
forecastle and the improvements of the
food scale were taken up and generally
were agreed to, with minor amend
ments.
DOLLAR OPPOSES MEASURE
The general outline of the bill from
a seaman's standpoint was set by An
drew Furuseth, followed by Captain
Dollar, who contended that the enact
ment of the bill would be a fatal blow
to American ships engaged in the
foreign trade.
Furuseth said that while the existing
discrimination against the seamen was
permitted to continue the United States
could not become a sea power; that
native Americans would not become
seamen and that the differential In
wage cost of operating would prevent
American vessels from competing on
the ocean.
Asserting that the passage of the
bill would equalize the wage cost of
operating vessels under foreign and
American flags, If sailing from any
American port, Furuseth submitted a
memorandum setting forth his reasons.
SHIP OAv'-XER REPLIES
Captain Dollar beg-an by saying he
was entirely in favqr of labor organi
zations. He quoted alleged instances,
however. In which members of the Sea
mens' union had acted contrary to law.
Captain Dollar described the condition
as to wages on the Pacific coast, show
ing that the average wages including
the overtime were about $73 per month
and the average earning in the inside
port trade averaged $67 per month. The
seamen of the Pacific coast, he said,
were better paid than in any port in
the world. The hearing will be r&
sumed tomorrow.
MASS MEETING TONIGHT—A mass meeting
for the purpose of hearing talk* about the
charter amendments will be held tonight In
the Sunset district at Forester's hall, Tenth
avenue and Irving street. City officials and
other well known men will address the gather
ing, among the speakers being Supervisor
Ralph Mcl_xan. John T. Paris, W. W. Allen.
Charles F. Perry and E-mll Pohll. County
Clerk Harry I. Mnlcrery will preside. A
vaudeville entertalnmant has also been ar
ranged to add to the program.
CALIFORNIA FARES WELL
IN THE NATIONAL BUDGET
WASHINGTON, Dec. _; — For the
maintenance of the national govern
ment $823,315,455 Is asked for in the
book of estimates prepared under the
direction of the secretary of the treas
ury and sent today to congress. This
sum includes every expenditure which
department heads have asked for the
fiscal year 1914, from the purchase of
pens a*nd paper up to the maintenance
of the country's forces on land and sea.
It represents a total increase over 1918
of $72,038,238.
California fared well'in the increased
estimates. The Important Items fol
low:
San Francisco mint, $212,500; San
Francisco subtreasury, $115,000. In
1913 the appropriation was $100,000.
Mare Island navy yard, $90,000; Mare
Island magazine, 419,900; marine bar
racks, Mare island, %$275,000; naval
training station, $10,000; plant at Mare
island, $15,000; Benicia arsenal, $16,000;
examination selected California lieu of
lands, unexpended balance of 1913 ap
propriation, $28,000.
California debris commission, $15,000.
San Francisco quarantine station,
$23,000.
San Diego quarantine station, $1,500;
support California Indians and Indian
school, $290,000.
Alameda, $25,000; Berkeley, $25,000;
Grass Valley, $10,000; Pasadena, $75,000;
Riverside, $25,000; Santa Barbara,
$10,000.
San Francisco harbor, continuing re
moval of centisslma rock, $100,000; San
Luis Obispo harbor, $46,000: San Pablo
bay, $238,000; San Diego harbor, $35,000;
Humboldt harbor and bay, $20,000; Los
Angeles harbor, $121,000; Oakland har
bor, $275,000; Mokelumne river, $10,000;.
Petaluma creek and Napa river, $18,000;
Redwood creek, $3,000; channel through
Pinole shoal, San Pablo bay, $40,000;
Sacramento and Feather rivers, $40,000;
San Joaquin river, $1S 0,132; Suisun
channel, $14,500.
DOZEN CANDIDATES PASS
CIVIL SERVICE ORDEAL
Out of 35 persons who took the civil
service examination for engineering
draftsman but 12 passed. The names
of the successful ones follow: Hyman
Rosenthal, Francis G. Darlington. Fred
erick E. Blue, W. B. Bovyer, William
E. Ohman, Ulysses G. Brown. Frederick
E. Hackney, Frederick M. Hyde,
Charles M. Fanning, George A% Glad
win and John C, Gard. At the meet
ing of the commissioners last night it
was announced that although thou
sands of applicants had been expected
to try for the police force only a few
applications had bean received. All
applications must bo in by next Satur
day.
7,000 Salesgirls Here
Good Ones Are Pretty
Brains Make Beauty, Says Store Manager; The
Call's Contest Still On
There are more than sales
women In San Francisco.
Philip Epstein, manager of Roos
Brothers, had this to say yesterday
about pretty saleswomen:
"A smile is a saleswoman's most im
portant asset. People like to go where
they are sure of a pleasant greeting. |
Merchants know this and as it is their
business to please the public they in
variably take into consideration per-
sonality when employing a saleswoman.
"A woman with a pleasing smile and
a gracious manner is bound to have
a train of admirers always willing to
swear that she is the prettiest woman
that they know. A woman nowadays
doesn't have to have a Grecian nose
or a Cupid's bow for a month in order
to win a reputation for, beauty. All
she has to do Is please with her man
ners and her taste In dress, and of
course she must suggest good health.
"A saleswoman with brains knows
these things and that is why it is said
that only good looking women have a
chance to be successful saleswomen.
As a matter of fact managers employ
women who have the brains to know
CONVICT DARES
COURT CONTEMPT
Man Already in Cell, Spurning
Oath, Ash /"<tee, "What
Will You Do About It?" '
SACRAMENTO, Dec. 2.—What is a
court to do when a convict who is serv
ing a 20 years' that he will
neither swear nor affirm to tell the
truth in a case where another convict's
life hangs in the balance?
This question was presented to
Judge Hughes today in the trial of
Convict Samuel E. Swearnlngen,
charged with having assaulted Convict
William Robinson with a knife. Con
vict Jordan had been brought down
from the Folsom prison to testify.
"Hold up your hand and be sworn,"
commanded the clerk.
"I refuse to take an oath," Jordan
replied.
Judge Hughes mentioned of
court, and Jordan Wanted to know
what he was going to do about it,
"I'm serving a 20 years' sentence in
that prison. What more can you do to
me by giving me a sentence for con
tempt of your court?" he asked.
There was no answer to the question.
Jordan won his point. He stepped down
from th© witness stand without an
swering any question that referred to
the assault.
FLEA Or KOT GUlLTY—Buffalo. Dee. 2.— J.
Frank Hlckey. confessed boy murderer, person
ally entered a plea ot not guilty to the indict
ment charging him with the murder of Joseph
Joseph, the 7 year old Lackawanna boy, Octo
ber 12, 1911, when arraigned In special term
of the supreme court today. His trial was sat
for December 6.
ONLY "CASCARETS"
IF CONSTIPATED
Gently clean your liver and con
stipated bowels while
you sleep
Take a Cascaret tonight and thor
oughly cleanse your liver, stomach and
bowels, and you will surely feel great
by morning. You men and women who
have headache, coated tongue, can't
sleep, are blllious, nervous and upset,
bothered with,* sick, gassy, disordered
stomach, or have backache and feel all
worn out.
Are you keeping your bowels clean
with Cascarets —or merely forcing a
passageway every few days with salts,
cathartic pills or castor oil? This Is
Important. «
Cascarets immediately cleanse and
regulate the stomach, remove the sour,
undigested and fermenting food and
foul gases; take the excess bile from
the liver and carry off the constipated
waste matter and poison from the In
testines and bowels.
Remember, a Cascaret tonight will
straighten you out by morning. A 10
cent box from your druggist means
healthy bowel action, a clear head and
cheerfulness for months. Don't forget
the children.
Miss Violet Miller.
just what beauty consists of nowa
days and have the sense to set them
selves to acquire it."
Who do you think is the best looking
saleswoman in San Francisco? Send
In her photograph to the pretty girl
editor of The Call. Give her a chance
to take that splendid trip to Honolulu
as a guest of The Call.
Baking Powder
AbsoluTel/Pure
The only Baking Powder made from
Royal Grape Cream ojf Tartar
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Alum BaklngPowder will not
make healthful rood
""Handy!" It's the "handi-
I ness" of the Ford that estab
lishes its unbounded popu
larity—especially with those
who have driven heavier and
"more cumbersome cars. !
I And the new low price \
makes it as "handy" to buy
as it is economical to
maintain.- \
Srery third car is a Ford. Nearly 180.000
j have been sold and delivered. New prices
—runabout $525 —touring car $600 —delivery
|[ car $625 —town car $800 —with all equipment,
jj f. o. b. Detroit. Get particulars from Ford
I Motor Company, 100 Van Ness avenue, San |j
j Francisco, or direct from Detroit factor-*,*
CITY TO ACQUIRE
LINE TO PRESIDIO
Franchise of Railway Ex
pires Next December and
Supervisors Lay Plans
to Take Possession
Compromise Agreement to
Cover Lower Market
Street Passed
As the franchise of the Pre-dflio an4
Ferries railway will expire December
10, 1913, the board of supervisors, on
motion of Supervisor Koshland, yaster
day took preliminary steps leading
toward municipal ownership of the
road.
A resolution was adopted requesting
the city attorney to report to the board
a plan of procedure, including an
opinion as to what rights the city may
have in the roadbed.
The city attorney also will outline
the procedure necessary for the city to
acquire the rolling stock and other
physical property.
For an hour yesterday the life of the
W. L. Holman company's contract for
building the Geary street ears hung by
a thread while the supervisors debated
the question of granting 30 days' ex
tension of time from December 8. When
it was shown that the city could gain
little by bringing a damage suit be
cause of the delay, the extension wa«
finally granted.
The public utilities committee prob
ably will insist on the contractors sub
letting the building of 4 number of
cars to other car builders In this city.
Superintendent Cashln of the mu
nicipal railway was authorised by the
board of works to appoint F. Boeken,
who has had 12 years' local experience,
assistant superintendent.
Contract for paving Geary street
between Devisadero and Buchanan was
awarded to Flinn & Treacy.
The compromise agreement between
the city and the United Railroads pro
viding for Joint use of the contested
tracks In lower Market street by the
municipal railway and the Sutter street
cars and transfer privileges for the
city sroad. finally was passed by the
board of supervisors yesterday. It will
not become effective until 60 days after
it is approved by the mayor.
This interval of delay was provided
for when the ordinance was amended
two weeks ago, when the Public Own
ership league opposed the original or
dlnanoe on the grounds that It was In
reality a franchise and that 60 days
should be allowed to permit submis
sion of the question at a special refer
endum election, if the public desires to
vote on the proposition.
An amended ordinance was passed
granting the United Railroads permis
sion to extend its Polk street line to
the Fort Mason reservation, through
which a line will be built to the trans
port docks.

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