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•MtilH. %Z. F«r doftitlw of »hp Weather nee Pn_f 1.1. FSAN FRANCISCO HASI passed $48,044,500 worth oi exports through it in house dating the fiscal year ended June 30. l^l2. volume exni—no, 2s: HAMMER BURNED AT CALL'S FETE [- i ,— __ — ... - ■ ■ '' i I ' ' ~"" ' ... i ■ i .1 ■ , ; i .1 . —— " ■ ___ MME, BERNICJTPE PASQUALI CHEERING WITH TH-TgREAT MULTITUDEj\S THE HAMMER OF CONSUMED BY FIRE Music Makes Glad Hearts While Kriss Kringle Fills the Stockings Chosen Beauty Fires Hammer Beast While Thousands of San Franciscans Enthusiastically Applaud Santa Claus was busy last evening filling; the stockings of San Francis cans and his coadjutors were busy fill ing their hearts. Santa Claus was flying from house top to house top; his coadjutors flew from heart to heart among the thou sands upon thousands who had gath ered at San Francisco's annual Christ mas eve festival at Lottas fountain. He was fortunate in his coadjutors wae our bearded and rotund frienc Sunta C]an*. It isn't every year thai he has beauty and genius to spreat for him his spirit of good will through out a great. Hty: most always he ha; to do the work all by himself, anc Santa Claus is an elderly gentleman though at that the epryeet old mar who ever cracked ;i whip over a fleel team of reindeer and plunged out ol the icy north into the giddy Califor nia climate. Consider whom our old friend Santa riaus had as his aids last evening ir San Francisco. There was beauty—Miss Mac Jo sephine Bennett. There was. the singing muse—Mad ame Bernicc de Paequali. There was a magician at the piano— Gottfried Galstor*. Of course, there was Mayor Rolph who is Bomewhat of a eontinuo adjutor to Santa Claus in an adminis trative and official sense, and musi cians, singers, anvil players, electri cians, vested choir and overcoated chorus, with their carols. "God lie.st Ye, Merry Gentlemen," the vested choir with thrilling note.-. Ye*, Santa was busy over the housetop?, in vading chimneys—for ft? l that we know insinuating himself into the euper b*>'e4 does of the apartment house "The People's Newspaper ,, ARTHUR L. PRICE registers—if those pipes are ever su perheated—and while he filled the stockings his worthy aids were filling the hearts of San Franciscans and their souls with the rapture of music and the ecstasy of beauty, at The Call's Christmas eve celebration of San Fran cisco's harmony. The hammer was burned—the Ham mer of Knockery—that direful imple ment which has had the habit of smashing high ideals and making pow der of worthy civic aspirations. CORPSK O.\LY CREMATED Mayor Rolph declared the hammer ; had been dead a year, and the mayor of the «ity should know, but the mayor aded sapiently that, it should be cre mated, to insure its Hnniliilation. H» praised The Call's initiative and rec | omended the crematioiu That was done. Beauty did it. A thing, or a girl, of beauty is a joy forever. Also it Is a Joy forever to have the hammer burned. "God rest ye. merry gentlemen; let ing ye diemay." That is the spirit of San Francisco. To burn the hammer is a slang phrase visualized; the symbolism of the street dramatized. Yet there was more than a slang j phrase visualized last evening; there was a symbolism deeper than the street, higher than the street, wider than the .street, longer than the street, exemplified when thousands fol- I lowed thousands into the concourse at Lolta's fountain to join in San Fran eisoo's worthy celebration of Christmas eve. From all directions came the J throngs of men, women and children— j that triumvirjjte of civilization, with : eager oars to listen to the wonderful ! melody, with uulck eyes to treasure the THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1912.—PAGES 1 TO 12 vision of beauty, who, "like another Helen, fired another Troy." A quiet mannered sirl stepped to the front of the commodious platform that had been orected about L.otta's fountain. The expectant San Francisco thrqpg, eager for frolic, as it is appreciative of I art, waited for the climax of the even -1 ing. Mayor Rolph stood beside the I girl and introduced her. She was Miss J Mac Josephine Bennett, winner of The 1 Call's beauty coo tea jt, the girl whom tartlets decided was the most beautiful :of San Francisco wage earnors. Site I was clad simply in a quiet dark blue j tailor suit, contrasting with the splendor of Mme. de Fas*o.uali's magnifi cent gown of blue velvet and gold; she wnrf a fetching but simple hat, con i trasting with the trumphant green i feather and gold fillet that graced and I accentuated the glory of the prima donna's hair. She was typical of the best type of San Fra.n''isco's wage earn ing girl; a girl whose beauty was adorned by its simple frame. The girl stood self possessed and modest before the crowd and smiled at the acclaim she received and when she smiled gracious ly the throng saw Miss Bennett as the artists had, *md vowed her beauty the rarest in San Francisco. With cheeks , flushing happily, with her dominant little chin tilted prettily, Miss Bennett smiled on the crowd and then she light the hammer and "Troy was fired" though this time it was Troy that should be burned, the Troy of discord, the hammer of insolence and of dvjk disruption. Ther<* was a savage flare as the vivid fireworks saw their duty out lined before thorn and went to it. Continued on Pngc 2. Column 3 Pasquali's Heart Always Will Turn To San Francisco Bernice de Pasquali This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. 1 want to thank from the bottom of my heart The Call for the won derful occasion and especially the people of San Francisco. This has left with me such a •wonder ful impression that should I again be called upon at any) time my services will be at the disposal of San Francisco's wonderful people, irrespective of where I may be, in Europe or this coun try. Upon the first call I shall hurry to the city in answer to their call, as my heart has grown fond of California, and particu larly of San Francisco. I expect to be back here in California next autumn, and I shall again be in San Francisco during Christmas of 1913, as / am booked to appear in a series of concerts next season on the Pa cific coast; but I shall hardly be able to Wail until the time arrives to bring me back to this part of the world, into the most perfect climate and to the most appre ciative musical people in the world — the San Franciscans. Please express for me to the people of San Francisco my heart felt thanks for one of the greatest receptions I have ever had, and accept my sincere wishes for a happy and prosperous future for the city of San Francisco. \"An Independent Newspaper ,, CRITIC APPLAUDS THE CREAT CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATION WALTER ANTHONY If a critic has any duties that I understand at all, one of them is to rip the veil of illusion and ex plain everything - in a dull manner. From the critic, for instance, the world learned that Wagner wrote bad counterpoint in "The Pil grim's Chorus," that Henry Irving was a poor actor, that "Ben Hur'' was an unsuccessful play, that Ibsen was popular, that Mary Garden couM sins:, and that Chopin was not as clever as Field. 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