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IS a grand jury a body to investigate or to be investigated 1
The San Francisco grand jury seems to be in need of the
latter process. It is customary in some modern communities for
detectives to be engaged to detect detectives; now shall we have a
grand jury called to investigate the grand jury?
There is opportunity for such an inquisition. It might be a task
for the presiding judge of the superior court to undertake.
Possibly the solution of the difficulty will be to disband the
grand jury and start a new one. The efficiency of the body is to be
questioned since a half dozen of the members are insurgent, refusing
to enter the grand jury room unless one of the jurors publicly makes
apology for words used to another juror.
The internecine strife of the grand jury is an outgrowth of the
suit club scandal which has occupied the criminal courts for weeks.
The swindle of the suit club men was brought to the attention of
the grand jury, and all but one of the cases were disregarded by
the jury on the ground of insufficient evidence to find indict
ments. One of the women victims has declared that Morris Levy,
secretary ol the grand jury, was the intimate of Hickey. the head of
a crooked suit cl-ul). Levy denies the accusation. Hickey was in
dicted by the grand jury, even his alleged friend voting to return
the true bill. But Hickey"s contemporaries in the fraudulent suit
club game were favored by the grand jury. All the suit club swin
dlers were leagued together in their own defense.
Was there a friendship between Hickey and somebody on the
grand jury that produced such a desirable outcome of the investiga
tion. The district attorney has charge of the presentation of cases
before the grand jury. What has he to say of the dispute?
The public would like to see the inside of the grand jury
squabble. The presiding judge of the superior court is in a position
to afford the public that opportunity. It's your move. Judge Graham.
Not Nations but Races Would Fight in
Austro-Servian War
ANALYSIS of ' their racial constitutions will show that the dis
parity of military force between Austria-Hungary and Scrvia
is by no means as great as the tables of population indicate.
If each of the antagonistic nations depended upon its own
natural population, and if that population were homogeneous in each
case, the disparity would obtain, but these conditions do not exist.
Any contest between the two countries will be between races rather
than geographical or political entities. It will be between Slav and
Austro-Hungarian, and . examination shows that the parties to it
will be not so unevenly matched as most people think.. -
There are more Slavs' in Austria-Hungary than in Servia. There
are fully 300,000 Slavs (Croats) in Hungary itself. : 'i. In the Austro-
Hungarian empire there are not less than 8.000,000 Serbo-Croats,
distributed in the various provinces of Dalmatia, " Istria, Bosnia,
Herzegovina, Hungary and Croatia-Slavonia. Servia has probably
less than 3.000.000 Slavs in her population. Bulgaria has about
4,800,000 Slavs. Resides, there are about 1.500,000 in European
Turkey and 300.000 in Montenegro. The grand total of southern
Slavs amounts to about 16,000,000, or fully one-half of the effective
population of Austria-Hungary. "
These southern Slavs—the Slovenes, Croats, Serbs and Bul
gars—are not the only ones to be considered in a possible war with
Austria-Hungary. There are three times as many nort'hern * Slavs—
Russians,, Ruthenes, v Poles, Czechs and Slovaks—who are ready to
join them and fight for the Pan-Slav nation that farsceing statesmen
■ And the Slavs have not only numbers, but a patriotism fully as
great as that displayed by the Japanese in their recent war with
Russia, and far more than the Russians displayed in that war, for
then the Russians neither knew nor cared for what they were fight
ing. In a war for a Pan-Slav republic the Russians and their Slav
onian kin would right with the same valor ; that •■ has been , displayed,
by the allied Balkan troops in the present war with Turkey. The
mass of the Russian soldiers had no heart in their war with Japan.
The Slavs, in a war with Austria-Hungary or a nation of any non-
Slav race, would battle heart and soul for their cause.
Austria-Hungary, even with the Slavonian population elim
inated, is not a homogeneous nation. The Austrians proper and the
Hungarians are as dissimilar as the Austrians and the Slavs. The
patriotism of the nation is divided between the two elements, each
jealous of the other.
Servia has a reserve of men to draw upon that is not fully ap
preciated by the world at large. Austria-Hungary is playing with
tire when it undertakes to bully the supposedly weaker nation.
Forty-eight applicants for positions as motormen on the Geary
road have passed their examination. Now all we need is
the cars.
Ocean Shore Road Has Bright Future
Even if Present Is Dark
IT is regrettable that the railroad commission found it advisable
to permit the Ocean Shore railroad to discontinue the operatinn
of a northbound train reaching San Francisco at 8:40 a. m. Morn
ing communication is still maintained between Halt Moon Bay and
San Francisco, but at an early and inconvenient hour. Property
ners who invested in homes along that railroad did so with the
i'lea that they would have superior communication and that the
towns along the Ocean Shore would be actually suburban to San
Francisco. The curtailed service will work serious hardship upon
them during the winter months.
Some clay the Ocean Shore railroad will be a successful road.
Natural conditions, the fertile land through which it passes, the
scenic attractions of its route along the Pacific, the rapid transporta
tion it will furnish, when completed, between San Francisco and
Santa Cruz and the potential freight along its tracks and proposed
ue insure a remunerative traffic. But now it is in a bad way.
Ultimately this road will be taken over by a bigger system,
-completed and made tributary to a continental line. California has
n for the construction of new roads. The proposed line from
Wat.sonville into the San Joaquin valley might make beneficial con
nection with the Ocean Shore; the railroads now with San Francisco
terminals might incorporate the Ocean Shore into their systems.
The Ocean Shore has a future, but it deserves to have a present.
Doctor Cook, the near polar explorer, is going on in vaudeville.
JTc should be a great success as a "film cooler."
Oroville and Petaluma Set Us a Most
Tempting Breakfast Table
CALIFORNIA is setting the breakfast table for the United States
this week. At Oroville the first course, the oranges, are on
exhibition, and at Petaluma the main dish, the eggs, are ready
for the chef. The luncheon table is not neglected either; the olives
and olive oil are at Oroville, along with the oranges, and the chick
ens, waiting to be fried, are available at Petaluma. Who would want
to quit the California table?
It is a cheerful world when the food is good. California has
r the multitude. The northern foothills district, under the
of the snowy Sierras, glows with the golden light of oranges
lief than do the longer established orchard tracts of southern
;a. ( 'rovilie is the real golden city in the state. Its name
given with nice discrimination. It is the city of gold. Literally
The Hammer: "So this is the Christmas spirit"
the streets are paved with gold, for the men who lay the gas mains
find quartz in their excavations. Now the soil grows gold in the
oranges that hang heavy on the deep green trees.
Petalunia's fame is not so picturesque, but its wealth is as sub
stantial. The eager hen clucks gayly of Petaluma and the breakfast
table and lays 8,000,000 dozen eggs per year for export.
With Oroville and Petaluma represented on the breakfast table
is it remarkable that good Americans come to California while they
live and that they live here? Start your day right—have an Oroville-
Petaluma breakfast.
The governor of Kansas is to appoint women to public office.
Since "there are no old maids in Kansas" this looks pretty soft for
the husbands. ,
South Carolina Governor Declares
Himself Plainly for Lynch Law
SOUTH CAROLINA has a governor who, with great unction,
declares himself to be lawless. "In South Carolina," says
Governor Cole L. Blease, "let it be understood that when a negro
assaults a white woman all that is needed is that they (presumably
the mob) get the right man, and they who get him will neither need
nor receive a trial."
The governor of a state is elected to enforce the laws of that
state, yet the governor of South Carolina declared to the governors
of other states, in conference at Virginia, that the crime of murder,
when committed by a community upon a negro, shall go unpunished.
If that is the spirit of South Carolina, let the state amend its
penal code so as to legalize lynching; if it pleases, put the volunteer
hangmen on a salary. If that is the spirit of South Carolina, then
South Carolina is in a state of anarchy—is a state of anarchy. Can
the essence of government be preserved by substituting mob rule for
law? If immunity is granted to lynchers in one case, then why
not in other instances—why not punish other crimes with the sum
mary, capricious, uncertain "justice ,, of the mob?
There is no question that the provocation is great for white men
to take vengeance upon a bestial black who commits the horrible
crime against women. It is*a crime that should be dealt with most
severely, most relentlessly under the law; it is a capital crime, not
less horrible than murder. But violent murder is not a cure for the
evil. Districts where lynchings have been perpetrated have not sub
sequently been more free from the violent black than other districts.
Lynching, even as the passionate expression of a community's
wrath, is a blot on the state which permits it; when it is condoned by
the governor of that state, then the governor becomes more lawless
than his people. Governor Blease does not come before the people
clean handed. Since he entered public life he has been the target for
ugly charges, and scandal has ever been associated with his name.
Now he adds to the unproved accusations against him the open con
fession of his infamy, the terrible boast that in his state the law may
be violated with impunity.
New Tivoli Will Restore Some of the
Old San Francisco's Charm
WHOEVER builds an opera house in a city confers on its people
a boon commensurate with the gift of the singer who thrills
the audience in the house after it is constructed. \V. Fl. Leahv,
in building a new Tivoli theater on the site o< the old Tivoli in Eddy
street near Market, is preparing opportunities for San Franciscans to
listen to the best music of the world, given by the greatest artists,
under the most advantageous circumstances.
San Francisco is to have a municipal opera house in the civic
center group, but this does not mean that there should not also be
an opera house conducted under private management which can pro
vide entertainment for the people.
The plan of Leahy to rush his opera house to completion by
March 11 is ambitious, but it is an exhibition of San Francisco pluck
and is admirable. It should be successful.
To open the new Tivoli with Mme. Tetrazzini as the prima
donna is poetic, or rather, operatic justice to San Francisco and to
the singer, and particularly to the Tivoli, for it was in the Tivoli at
Mason and Eddy streets, under Leahy's management, that Tetrazzini
made her first appearance in the United States.
In the new Tivoli the spirit of old San Francisco will have its
perpetuation, for there are splendid memories in its name.

"Remember—" cried King: Charles,
undaunted, as on the Work he laid
his head; and men with doubt have
since been haunted, concerning: what
he would have said. The headsman,
in too great a hurry, cut oft
the sentence at Its start; what
message meant that man whose worry
had not subdued his kingly heart? His
farewell message to the people we'll
never know till we are dust, and every
British tower and steeple are crumbled
into drifting dust. We can but guess,
and grope, and ponder, and wonder
what the monarch meant, while he,
among the bright stars yonder, is look
ing down in calm content. Some kind
advice, some admonition, he meant his
dying words to be, to help his stricken
land's condition, and set its wearied
people free. "Remember—" cried King
Charles, the martyr; then fell the ax,
with awful thud, and Cromwell won,
who learned to barter for honors in the
marts of blood. "Remember—" irid
adown the ages adherents of the royal
cause, the statesmen, soldiers, writers,
sages, will wonder what his message
was. "Remember—" through his ring
lets curly the broadax shore his life
away, "to do your Christmas shopping
early," was doubtless what he meant to
SuSgeMtN Money WaMh Day
To the Editor of The Call—To discuss
money as a medium of exchange and
from ti personal contact with it, it is in
deed filthy lucre. When we think of
the way it is carried loosely in work
men's pockets and handled by unclean
hands, it is no wonder that the motto,
"In God We Trust," is enshrouded with
dirt and living microbes.
We mothers continually admonish our
children not to put it in their mouths,
yet very often a coin is swallowed by
them. One hates to handle it even
with gloves, yet it is very easily
If The Tall, Jn this discussion of the
subject, r-ould succeed in establishing
a national wash day for all coin to be
thoroughly cleansed, it would be the
means of promoting the longevity, self
respect and comfort of the people of
the whole nation.
1921 Castro street, Oakland, Cal.
COPYRIGHT— F. R., Oakland. Copyright
protects tb»> author of a story from Infringement
for a period of *J8 years. Within one yemr of
the expiration of that time it may be renewed
for Jin additional 2S years. Copyright is ob
tained from the copyright office of the library
of congress, Washington, I). C. That office will
on application, send a form for a request for
copyright, also the necessary affidavit blank. Tlie
fee for rpgistorinj; and a certificate of registra
tion under son! is $1.
*' * *
CHURCH WBDJUVO— T. T.. W. P.. (Mty. At
a church wedding the conventional charges Yo the
proom are the wedding feo fo tho minister, lUe
bride's aoil lui.lexmaiils' bouquets, the ushers'
and best man's lioiitmiierns. the carriages used
by the ushers and carriage for tlie gruotn to bo
to the church and to take him away with his
vote for Kugenp v. I>ebw. thp socialist raudidate,
at thp rpoent prpsidpntial election was 1,011,803.
In this total C-«lifornla is credited with ISO OOo!
What thp actiiHl vote was In this stido will not
be known until the official figure* arc given out
by tUc secretary of state.
HORSEPOWER—V. 8.. Oakland. The rule for
calculating flip horsepower of »i, ordinary engine
is to multiply tho diameter of tho evlinder In
inches by itsolf. White this is comet for aur
ordinary euglno, there may be a slight variation
in tlie case of an oxtra long or pvtra short stroke.
* * *
TO THE STATK—N. N., City. Tf a woman
dies in California possessed of property and does
not leavp surviving husband or fcindred and thfrw
la no heir at law to tako tbp pstatf or any pert
thereof, thp sarap ps<rli<»ats to the state, for the
support i.f tho common schools.
* * *
I OCHTI! OF .ULY-n. A.. Stockton. Thp
fourth of .luly is obeorvprt as a holiday in pvery
stat<- of the AniPriian union.
* * *
TWO PLATOONS- J. J. M.. city. The ttv>
platoon system for firemen is In "operation in
Otnaba ami Kansas City.
* * *
CARSON C!TV MINT l>. S.. City. The
Ttiitcd Stiilp-i tiiint at OUNmo City, NeV. was
e1.w.l in 1885.
* * *
CI.KVKI.ANIv Ilpad'i, City. The funeral of
thy iati' Urover Cleveland vras ou June 26, 19WS.
Mary Queen of Scots
Tomorrow is the birthday of Mary
Queen of Scots, who has stood out
lin history for over 300 years as a
solemn warning to ambitious young
ladies who desire to go into the queen
business without good backing.
Alary was born December 8, 1542, in
Scotland of a good family, her father
being king of the country at the time.
Six days after her birth he died and
it became necessary for the young (
Mary to do the reigning for the"
This was a heavy job for a six day
old infant, but she might have man
aged it all right if Henry VIII of
England had not demanded that she
marry his son six years later. Mary
refused on the ground that she was
too young to stay up for a wedding
supper and a war ensued, during
which she escaped to France.
Here Mary began her matrimonial
career by marrying the Dauphin, who
was runnerup for the king of France
in those days. He died when she was
18 and she returned to Scotland to
take up the queen business for a liv
The young widow was handsome and
very popular. This proved her undo
ing, for she soon began to marry with
great recklessness and persistence.
First she married Darnley, who
didn't give good satisfaction, and then
she married the earl of Bothwell, who
was generally supposed to have eradi
cated Darnley. This caused the Scots
to rise in fury and Mary not only lost
her job, but was sent to prison.
on Mary escaped, which was
the most unfortunate thing she accom
plished in her long career. She fled to
England, where she had a cousin, Eliz
abeth, who was also in the queen busi
ness. Mary confidently expected that
Elizabeth would recognize members of
the profession, but, on the contrary,
Elizabeth believing that Mary wished
to underbid her for the job, had her
arrested and tried for treason. The
trial made the late Thaw festivities
seem brief and hasty, but in the end
Mary was convicted and in 1587 she
was officially retired from politics by
a stout man with an ax, according to
the barbarous custom of those days.
Tf Mary had been born poor she
would have lived happily to a great
age on one meal a day. But she was
born a princess and life was rough on
princesses 350 years ago. It was more
dangerous to be a princess then than
it is to be an aviator now. Moreover,
they did not have a fair show. Mary
only had three, or, at most, three and
a half husbands, but they made her
more unpopular than a present day
actress could become by accumulat
ing 20.
"Whom have you in tow?"
"This is Rip Van Winkle. He just
woke up." i
"Why guard him so carefully? ,,
"Well, were letting him see the
women's styles gradually, don't you
know."—Louisville Courier-Journal.
C. M. SPECK, a real estate operator of Medford;
V>'. A. Bowater. George A. Bowater, Mr. and
Mrs. B. w. Turner and Mr. and Mrs. A. G.
Wrstiiing of Los Angeles are among the recent
arrivals at the Stewart.
* * *
THOMAS CTTMMINGS. who formerly was assrv
elated with the St. Francis hotel, has taken
tbe management of Hotel Jefferson. Cum
mlngs Is well known all over the Pacific coaet.
* * *
STANLEY W. SMITH and Pierpont Starkpoie.
busings mea of Boston, are guests at the
St. Francis. They are here studying con
ditions In the west.
* » ♦
ELMER DOVES, former chairman of the re
publican national committee and private sec
retary to the late Mark Hanna, is spending a
few days in this city.
* * *
J. G. LEWIS, who Iβ associated with the ex
ploitation committee of the Panama-California
exposition in San Diego, In 1913, is registered
at the Palace.
* ■» *
HOBERT JOHNS and John Whitson, who are
publishing the works of Luther Burbank. the
plant wizard of Santa Boss, are guests »t the
St. Francis.
* » ♦
0. P. NOHWALL, a wooden tank manufacturer
of Port Bragg, is a recent arrival at the
Argonaut, accompanied by Mrs. Norwall.
* * *
EUGENE McSWEENY, head of the United Statee
Graphite company, is staring at the St.
Francis, registered from New York.
* ♦ •
B. C. BALL, vice president of the Willamette
Iron and Steel company. Is down from Port
land and U staying; at the Palace.
* * »
ARCHIBALD YELL, former warden of the San
Quentin penittentlary. Is at the St. Francis,
registered from Sacramento.
* # #
P. T. CARROLL, manager of the Lergey lumber
interests in Montana, is at the Palace, regis
tered from Coeur d'Alene.
* * *
J. P. BATTMGARTNER, editor and publisher of
a newspaper In Santa Ana, Cal., is registered
at the Argonaut.
* * *
C. S. GBXEN, a well known oil operator of
Mariropa, and Mrs. Green are stopping at the
* * *
E, D. BRYANT, a stramship official of Montreal,
Canada, registered yesterday at the Union
* # ♦
E, W. jGILLETT, an oil operator of Los An
areles, is among the recent arrivals at the
* # *
States revenue cutter Bear ie staying at the
W. H. SMITH, a real estate operator of Sacra
mento, is at the St. Francis with Mrs. Smith.
* * *
C. F. OSBORNE of New York and Mr*. E. B.
Morrison of London are guests at the Fairmont.
* * #
D. L. BLISS, manager of the Tarern at Lake
Talioe, is at the St. Francis with Mrs. Miss.
* * *
JAKES E. McELROY, a Seattle attorney, is
among the recent arrivals at tbe St. Francis.
C. C. yon HAMM, a capitalist of Honolulu, is
at tbe Palace with Mrs. yon Hamnt.
JOHN W. GUNN, a real estate dealer of Kent
fleld, and wife are at tbe Sutter.
* * *
C. 0. BICXELL, a business man of Paso Robles,
is at the Manx with Mrs. Btekeß.
* * *
ARTHUR W. STEVENS, a mining man of Boise,
Idaho, is at the I'uion Square.
* * #
T. J. FIELD, a banker of Monterey, Is staying
at tb<- Palace with S. J. Fi<"!d.
* * *
&/ M. SAEXTZER a capitalist of Redding, in
registered at the St. Francis.
* * #
A. E. BHADLICX, ;i lintel man of Oatdaie. is
stepping at me Steuf'ire.
* * #
0. S. FLEMINSTER, a ranenrr of Los Angelet,,
is staying; at the Sutter.
* # *
JT. M. McGEE, nn Orovllle attorney, is regis
tered at the St. Fruni-is.
* # #
E. E. COLE of Plttsborg is epending a few
<iaye at the Fairmont.
* * »
JOE W. HUNTER of I**, AngeJes is registered
at the Baldwin.
* * •
DAKA AKBHI of Japan is registered *t the
* * *
H. C. SCHROEDEE, a Nevada miner, is at tbe
* * *
1, C, COZENS of New York is at tbe Baldwin.
DECEMBER 7, 1912
Ferry Tales
IT so deli
ciously feminine
that it has to be
told. even if it
causes all kinds of
troubled If the man
to whom she was
talkinir — "Doctor."
i<iini ll£ UUIIUI,
she called htm—had not been slightly
deaf, what is now a real, shouted out
loud ferry tale would have been wasted
on him. .As it was, he grot it, I got it,
and now you get it.
They were talking , about another
"him"—a much younger one. appar
ently—and when she ran out of ammu
nition her companion handed her a
fesh supply in the form of suggestions.
It was on the steamer Oakland, T
p. m. from the city. She was bright
eyed and pretty. Protected by furs and
a big, brown muff that matched her
eyes, she decided to sit outside, and
they picked a place right next to me.
She was discussing the absent one
when they sat down. He was a rolling
stone, she said, and never wou'«
amount to anything. He was fcevTr
satisfied for long with a job ami
wasted his Sundays building boats that
were never launched, and in other
forms of futile labor. Father wouldn't
do anything more for him, and she
would like to see herself marry a man
that couldn't keep a job. She. had toM
him he ought to be ashamed of himsrlf
and to look at his younger brother,
who was gettting along so well.
What she forgot to say about him
her companion thought of. and between
them they knocked and hammered that
poor youth all the way from the ferry
depot to half way between Yerha
Buena island and the Oakland mole.
"A young man like that couldn't do
much for himself the way things are
nowadays." commented the genial "Doc
tor." "It's too bad," he sighed.
There was silence for a few moments
and then "Doctor" said:
"But, say! If you sent him about hie
business and feel this way about him,
why did you invite him to call on jrou
the other day?"
Either the man they were disotissiti-;
or the girl, I gathered, had been aw;i\
for some time following the aforesaid
"sending him about his business.' .
"Oh," replied the girl. "I just wanted
to see if he still liked me. '
A few weeks ago attention was ca!l<» 1
in this column to the Anti-tuberculi'.-i-s
society's sign in the ferry depot, in the
center of which was an electric lamp
and under it the sign, "Every time tins
lamp flashes somebody in the rnit<-i
States dies of tuf«er<-ulosis." It was
explained, for the benefit of tnose re
sponsible, that this exhibit natl aroused
a fairly general protest, and extracts
from some of the protests were printed.
That was one of the best ferry tales
yet, for It has borne fruit. Last
Thursday the grewsome display wa.s
taken down.
The removal of that sign will help
rather than hinder the work of . i>
society. To show that the crttfclefti
was not inspired either by unfriendli
ness to the society's work or by tack
of appreciation of the need for pop -
lar education along sanitary linos. 1- t
me suggest that they use sm-li influ
ence as they can command to in<l u< c
the harbor commissioners to a'
the unspeakaMe roller towels on which
germs still revel in the public ftrasl
rooms of the samo ferry depot.
A city ordinance put the roller ttm-i I
out of commission as far as the titv
is concerned, but this ordinance, I ai.i
told, does not apply to the forty gepot,
which stands on state property.
Prof. Alexander McAdie, director nf
the United States weather bureau ami
probably the best friend the Californl i
fruit grower ever had, has been work
ing in his busy leisure on a devic ■
which will enable the navigator of a
ferry steamer to establish his rxa. i
position in the densest fog. It in
volves the use of wireless telegraphy
and submarine signals, and although 1
can not explain how it works, l <i »
know that McAdle is not the man to
waste time on useless problems.
McAdie has been working on tins
for a long time, and the othei
when he was introduced to Captain
John Leale his face lightened the gloom
of a dark afternoon as he said:
'•Captain, I've often heard of you.
and I take a great interest in your
work. Do you know that if I could
get hold of about. $40,000 I believe that
I could put in your hands an instru
ment that would tell you thp < \.i <
position of your ship, no matter bow
thick the fog was?"
"That would be a fine thing, pro
fessor," said the commodore of the
S. P. ferry service, "but'that isn't what
worries us. What we want In a fo£
is something to tell us where the other
fellow is."
Now I suppose McAdle -will want
"You regard a man who says he
lieves in the judgment of the plain
people as worth cutivatlng?"'
"As a rule, ,, replied Senator Sorghum.
"When a man cays that it usually in
dicates that the voting ran be depended
on to go his way."—Washington siun.
"Pa, what is a pourparler?"
"What! Have you been studying
ornithology for a whole year and don't
know what a pourparler is? I'm sur
prised at you!"— Birmingham Ase-
Th , towns along th , Bulgarian
frontier sound like a wine list. Pew
things make more noiee * than
ateppin' on a farmer's toe.

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