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THE CITY THAT IS BIDS WELCOME TO CITY TO BE 1 C\ 1 O M UST, indeed, be a lusty infant to accomplish in San IM I r "\ Francisco as much as did 1912, but it will do that and **/ * m ore, for 1912, with all its great achievements, must be known in San Francisco as the year of beginnings, of right begin nings, of substantial preparations for the future, of hardy training for the big years soon to come. In 1911 San Francisco caught its breath after the disaster of 1906; in 1911 San Francisco prepared for 1912; in 1912 San Fran cisco prepared for the future of San Francisco. * So important are San Francisco's accomplishments in 1912 that it is scarcely necessary to use a reference index in selecting the vital achievements out of the history of the year. §*♦ A traveler through the state needs no guide book to identify Mount Shasta. There is no need of a megaphone man to announce Lake Tahoe when it is approached. Along the whole length of the state's coast line there is no sign to indicate to strangers "This Is the Pacific Ocean." So there is no need to emphasize to the resident of San Fran tisco the importance of certain distinctive dates of 1912. The first of the year saw the inauguration of Mayor Rolph. It can be stated conservatively that his administration for its first year has been the best ever given San Francisco, that James Rolph Jr. is the best mayor San Francisco.ever had. But there is something in the inauguration of Mayor Rolph more important than his effi ciency. It is that with the Rolph administration San Francisco inaugurated a system of nonpartisan, nonpolitical municipal gov ernment. Before the Rolph administration the mayor of the city was always affiliated in a closer or more remote degree with some political party. The office of mayor of the city has no more con nection with national or state politics as such than a city school house has with tariff reform, but not until 1910 did the people of San Francisco realize that fart; not until 1912 was the separation of municipal government from politics accomplished. That was one of the great forward steps taken by San Francisco in 1912. In 1912, on March 28, by a vote of 45.133 to 4.035, San Fran cisco bonded itself for $8,800,000 for a city hall and civic center. The city hall is an absolute necessity; the civic center is a necessity in the broader sense of the city's life. It is important to note, too, that the duty performed by Jthe voters has been carried on by the city officials, and nearly all of the land necessary for the civic center has been secured. Plans for a magnificent city hall, to be con structed out of the bond funds, have been adopted and in March "construction work will start; the Panama-Pacific international ex position has begun preparations for the construction of an audito rium as part of the civic center group, the building to belong to the city:; the San Francisco Musical association has provided funds for the construction of an opera house, which will be part of the civic center group, and by an affirmative vote the city has agreed to accept the gift of Andrew Carnegie for a public library, which also will be one of the monumental structures in the civic center. These buildings are to be finished by 1915, the goal year of San Francisco's immediate progress. T( i step from March to December, an achievement for San Fran cisco was registered on Saturday, December 28. when the Geary street municipal railway inaugurated a service which the majority of the people of San Francisco had desired for 10 years. In begin ning the operation of the municipal railway San Francisco has un dertaken a public work which no other targe American city has had the courage to attempt, a public function which will free the city from the cynical disregard of convenience which habitually marks private operation of street railroads in America. In San Francisco the year 1912 has witnessed other important accomplishments. The temporary city hall was completed and oc cupied: the hall of justice was completed and occupied; bonds were voted to complete the county jail and the county hospital. The high pressure fire protection system, with storage reservoirs on Twin peaks and high pressure pipes radiating from the bay line through the downtown section of the city, was put in operation. Necessary sewer work has been completed and is under construction. The city is putting its house in order for the future. Marked progress has been made in preliminary work for the Stockton street. Fillmore street and Twin Peaks tunnels. The year IQ\l should see work started on those bores which will give new circulation to the life blood of San Francisco. Early in the year there will be a beneficial settlement of the lower Market street rail way problem and the Geary street car line will be continued to the ferry at the east and to the beach at the west end of the city. Nothing is so indicative of the growth of the city as the pros perity of its merchants and the activity of its builders. San Fran cisco merchants, in statements issued yesterday afternoon, declared that no year in the history of merchandising in San P'rancisco— and some of the houses have been established here for 50 years— Was so profitable and busy as l') 12. The real estate activity has been in keeping with other progress. For the year up to December 21. when the figures were tabulated, 6,206 building permits, totaling $23,044,133 in valuation, were issued for 1912, as against 5,977, total ing $20,481,000 in valuation, for the same period in 1911. A city may build civic centers and jails and street railroads, and still not be prosperous, but the shops will not be patronized nor will stores, apartment houses, hotels and dwellings be erected unless there is money to foot the bills and people to furnish the money. The vcar 1912 was one of magnificent preparation on the part of the Panan\a-Pacific International Exposition company. Twenty thfee nations of the world accepted President Taft's invitation to participate and 32 states have made legislative preparation to ex hibit Today work will begin on the first of the great exposition palaces. Machinery hall, and during the year 14 exhibit palaces will be started. That is a brief casting up of the books for 1912. There is little that need be said for 1913. Its work is laid out before it. with tunnels to be started, municipal buildings to be constructed, the street railroad problems of the city to be met, the Panama canal to be completed and possibly opened to commerce, and what is probably of the highest importance to San Francisco's future, the I letch Hctchy water issue to be adjusted by Secretary . of the Interior Fisher. That is the greatest single gift that 1913 can give San Fran o, a pure.. Sierra water supply in perpetuity. In the year 1912 the people of San Francisco have had their private sorrows and joys, and in the year 1913 they will have their joys and sorrows. Nature will bring births, marriages and deaths, good fortune and ill. but above all that will be manifested the destiny of San Francisco which has had its brightest dawning in l'>l2. Master of Pageantry Will Find an Easy Task in California 3H»RANK R. BENSON, maker of pageants, who is now in San Francisco to confer with exposition officials and others in re "** gard to California historical pageants which he will produce in 1915 at the exposition, has his work laid out for him by California's history. California, more than most states and empires, is the fruition of historical pageants—of pageants that made history, not merely revived and illiihtrated it. The good great epochs of the state, the mission period and the gold period, were marked by brave marches of men. The padres, led by Junipero Serfa, and the soldiers, commanded I by Don Casper de Portola, making* their march with fortitude and With matchless resolution, combatdd the wilderness and cut a new* EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL SUCCESS: SAN FRANCISCO'S SYMBOL Ask any citizen of the world to name the two citje c world whicfc aare most to be identified with the word success and he will 3 Paris and San Pram ?*eo Other cities may be better known for, or more identified with, some special idea, purpose or product. Philadelphia's manufactures, Chicago's rail borne commerce are larger; New Orleans is identified with sugar, cotton and rice; London is a huge headless giant, shapeless and massive; Rome lives in the antique past; Tokyo sug gests militarism, bushido and the minor arts made exquisite; Buenos Aires means wheat, hides and stock progress; Vienna connotes the Strauss waltzes, fair women and political turbulency; Berlin shows a test tube, a microscope, a colony of bookworms and the honors of the Sieges Allee. Paris and San Francisco, mention their names, no matter where, and you will see the eyes of the speaker, or of the spoken to, sparkle, the mind become more alert, and the pulse beat quicken; because in them and in them alone resides "man's god" as the Athenian, tragic dramatist, whose modern spiritual descendants are the Parisians and San Franciscans, called Success. San Francisco is the one city of the United States which has not only succeeded materially, as all American cities do more or less but also in the finer things of the spirit. In the earlier days of the republic Boston developed a literary clan, Phil adelphia the spirit of the drama, and the Hudson river a distinctive school of art. But San Francisco is the one pity of the country which has come nearest to devel oping a characteristic school of belles lettres, of fine arts of the drama'and—if you are willing to start with Henry George—of political philosophy. Cataloguing the names of those who have made San Francisco known to the world would be as monotonous as Homer's catalogue of ships. San Francisco's success has given a special stimulus to the entire Pacific coast. Even as our reputation is worldwide, so is that of the smaller coast cities nation wide. Who thinks of Portland, Me., when Portland is mentioned, suggesting, as it does, where rolls the Oregon? San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver are glib on the tongues of the American people. One of Chicago's skyscrapers is named the Tacoma, but Savannah, Charleston, Providence, even Baltimore, which are relatively in the same class as our coast cities as to population, are more largely local or provincial in name and fame. It is the popular thing nowadays for the smaller cities to adopt what they call a "slogan," slogan being the battle cry of a barbarian, the shibboleth, as it were, of a shillaber. "Watch Bugleville Grow" they cry, "See Squashville Swell," or "Bungtown Booms." Amusing as such war cries are still their uses are like those of the base drum of the Salvation Army. San Francisco's success has led all of the lesser coast cities to emulate the spirit which has made San Francisco successful. From San Diego to Seattle each dreams of the proud day when each shall outstrip San Francisco. Will this ever be possible, think you? Yes, will be the answer, if San Francisco ever loses the secret of success, which, as Benjamin Disraeli once said, is constancy of purpose. Without that we are gone. With it we can afford to smile indulgently at the vault ing ambitions of our friends and neighbors, and more than that, we can not only afford to but we should stretch out a hand to help them along the path in which there is to be found success enough for all. Constancy of purpose has been the secret of San Francisco's success. Theodore Roosevelt has been credited, and in some respects justly, with having brought the Panama canal really to life; but it is not to be forgotten that it was the constancy to purpose of some of San Francisco's citizens, among them, conspicuously, Cap tain Merry, that after nearly half a century so educated the American public and the American congress that the dream of a canal to join the two oceans, which was so long ridiculed, is on the point of becoming one of the wonders of the world. For the year 1913 All San Francisco should keep before its eyes daily the word SUCCESS. Whether as an oriflamb, like a fiery cross of the spirit, as a device on a banner of light and leading, or as an emblem or symbol of artisan or artist the word should be before us all, striving to realize it in our daily lives and always re membering " 'Tis man's to fight, but Heaven's to give success." —W. W. CHAPIN. C. M. JACKSON Time's tireless wing has borne away The fond old year of yesterday, With all his joys, his hopes and fears, Flis laughter, smiles and falling tears. Not as a rose that dies in June 'Neath smiling sun or radiant moon Did Old Year pass his life away; But 'mid chill clouds of low'ring gray, Just as some stern old soldier falls When foes besiege the fortress walls, While those the first to welcome him Proclaimed his end with raucous din. Laid in the past's eternal sleep, In peace profound, in silence deep, Our Old Year rests with all who have For ages traveled to the grave. The falt'ring step of hoary age, The wisdom ripe of astute sage, The child, the parent, husband, wife, The prince, the pauper, all with life, The eye of beauty, arm of might Are still with him in endless night. Yet all who live chant wild refrain As Old Year passes out again. trail across the face of the planet, the trail that grew into El Camino Real. They were pilgrims seeking a shrine, but they carried their cross with them. The shrine they found was in the native wilds overlooking the blue and white Pacific, where it lay before the sink ing sun. There was a pageant of history, bat without spectators, save for the savages lurking beneath the sycamore and oak, as the small procession struggled northward. Then, nearly 100 years later, came such a pageant as the world had never before witnessed —tens of thousands of men, women and children, on foot, behind trudging ox carts, between two deadly lines of marauding Indians, over dreary plains; their path grimly marked by the bleaching bones of oxen and the humble mounds of the women and men who had started early for the "golden para dise" but had altered the course of their long journey. The story of '49 and '50 is a tale of a rare pageant. California, Benson, has its pageafits made for your hand. Take the noble, crude, rough, inspiring, sinister, illuminating material that history lays before you and there is your pageant, alive and instinct PASSING OF THE YEARS The New Year's here —a radiant child With laughter sweet and warmth of smile. As fairy forms play in the light. So dance his eyes of sky blue bright. His brow serene, his glances clear. His dimpled hands bring gifts of cheer. We greet him with a kiss of love— This messenger sent from above— But when a twelvemonth shall elapse We'll shout our joy at his collapse And at his death wild paeans sing Till all the dome of heaven ring. 'Twas ever thus; 'twill ever be, "Till time shall be eternity." The future holds the promise bright— Who seeks Hope's star in long past night? The sunset's glories quickly die When darkness falls athwart the sky, But morning's sun illumes the way We walk through life's long busy day. All mindful of the coming year. We drop no tears on Old Year's bier, But give New Year unstinted praise For promise of his future days. IN THE EDITOR'S MAIL HOME STUDY LAW Editor Call: This morning's editorial anent "home study" is the latest of several articles on the same subject I have seen lately. l>.t me call your at tention to the fact that about 12 years ago the state legislature passed a measure amending article X of' the state school law and providing that "no pupil under the age of 15 years in any elementary school shall be required to do any home study." (Section 1665 ) This applies to all grades under the high school, but seems to be sys tematically Ignored by parents as well as teachers. This law appears as (fuoted in the 1911 edition of the state school law, and I feel sure has not been changed since then. At the time the law wasTso amended I was In a position to know something of the rather Interesting cir cumstances which led to the enact ment. Yours truly. M. M. STUART. Palo Alto, Dec 29, 1812. THEjYEAR 1913 GEORGE FITCH The year 191,1, which was formally opener by megaphone this morning, [ at l-Vm a . m _ struts out with bright j prospects fo,- every on" except Turks, republicans, the Chicago Cubs and the I ultimate consumer. More automobiles will be sold in 191?.! than e\rr before. Business will in-' crease greatly but will have nothing on prices in this regard- A large number of aged millionaires will die benefi cently and a nuniber of young and naughty selona of aristocracy will im prove the i an j by removing from it to Europe. The United States will produce its usual enormous crops in till and late ♦t # V ' ar ever >' one will navp the satisfaction c f learning by official an nouncement that the country Is in an exceptionally prosperous condition, This news will relieve mu<n worry and sorrow and will make a whole lot of people who haven't succeeded in sav ing anything, feel much better. The year 1913 w jll contribute liber ally to history. The Balkans will con tinue to balk with great fury, and Mexico will revolve at its usual high rate of speed. The Panama canal will be informally opened and at least four wars will be pulled off with great suc cess if the stock of international ill nature continues to increase at its present rate. The year 1913 will be saddened by frightful scenes in Washington and elsewhere during March, when thou sands of faithful patriots will be com pelled to stop running the country ami go to work. About this time also Mr. Woodrow Wilson will discover with pain that the supply of offices available will go into the supply of candidates for the same about 11 times with sev eral hundred over. This fact will sad den the year, not so much for Mr. Wil son as for eleven-tenths of the said candidates who will emerge into 1914 firmly convinced that patriotism does not pay. Science will make giant strides in 1913, and before its close men will he falling short distances from aero planes with impunity. But as usual. science will sidestep the more im portant tasks of producing cheap eggs, funny comic opera and holeproof legal verdicts. |_ PERSONALS JAMES WHITAKER. I rancher of <ialt; U. N. Ifarasworth, ■ rawber of Cobra; Joseph Craig. a W l!:in,! banker; g. \V. Uronfell. « Colusa hanker; o. a. Lowe and Mrs Lowe, g. A. and Mr-. Ballard sad A. H. LM and .Mrs. l.cc "f Woodland make up a group of mem ar rivals at the Stewart. ■* * * JOHN ROSENE, a railroad builder. I? at -Tie? Palace, lie has been traveling through Earope for the !a>t three nionttis interesting capital in one of his railway project) in Siberia. He make.- his b MBS in Brattle. * * * PHILIP METCHAN JR.. manager «f the Im perial hotel of Portland, is at the Pala<e with Mrs. Metilian. They are members of the Ko sarians who are Tisiting the principal cities of the state. * * * 4r G. H. GALBRAITH and Mrs. C.alhralth of P.akersfl.l,l. 0. A. Culllnan of Red Bluff and Ciarles !•'. BoistM and g. g. Smitii >>( Porter ville are among yesterday's arrivals at the Manx. * * * JAMES SHEEHY. an a;-pie grower of Watson ville. is at the St. Francis with Mrs. Sheehy. Tliey eanie up to participate in the New Year e\e festivities. * * a F. W. LEADBETTER. a Portland capitalist. Is at the Palace with Mrs. Leadbettrr and Mrs. 1.. 1.. Leadbetter. They are here for the holi days. aj '*■" a. ■ a W. GAINER THIGPEN. assistant manner -.f tlie Multnomah hotel In Portland, U here w:rh the Kosarians and is staying at tin- St. Frauds. * * * C. L. NEUMILLER. BB attorney of Stockton and a member of the state board of prison commissioners, is staying at the Palace. * * # A. GOLDSTTNE, a boot and shoe dealer of King City, is spending the holidays in San Fran- Ciaeo as a guest at the Argonaut hotel. * *■ ♦ W. R. FEATHERSTONE. a bu-incss man of Chicago, who has latereau in Nevada, is stay ing at the St. Francis. * # # M. H. EDWARDS, editor and publisher of the Bridgeport Caroaiele at Bridgeport, Cat. is a guest at the Argonaut. * * * R. W. SCHOONOVER. grand vice chancellor of the Knights of Pj rhias of the Dotted States, ts at the Argonaut. * * * H. W. LAWRENCE, a city eOßUßfsskam of Salt Lake, is spending a few days at the St. Francis. * * * JULIUS L. MEIER, a well known merchant of Portland, Is at the St. Francis, with Mrs. Meier. * * # GEARGE E. STALL, a mining man of Winne- BNMJea, is among the iccent annals at the Palace. * * * MME, ELLEN BEACH YAW, a well known vo calist of Los Angeles, Is staying at the Palace. * * # C. J. WATKINS, a mining man of Tonopau. Nev., is a recent arrival at the, Argonaut. ■* * * J. L. NAGLE, a fruit grower of Sacramento, is among the recent arrivals at the St. Francis. -:f * * JOHN A. VIRTUE, proprietor of the Oakbay ho tel hi Victoria, hi a guest at the St. Francis. * * * LARRY PUTER. a well known attorney of Eu reka, is spending a few days at the Palace. * * * J L. SMITH, a Clen Ellen lumber dealer, and Mrs. Smith are stopping at the Argonaut. a » * C. F. WALKER, owner of a large ranch near Scluia. Cal.. is registered at the Argonaut. * * * NORMAN PIERCE, an advertising man <-r New York, is at the Palace with Mrs. Pierce. * * * G. L. PRICE, a Sacrament-, banker, is at the Bt-ilevue. accompanied by Mrs. Price. * # * THOMAS POWELL, a Kansas City automobile supply man. is a guest at the Harcourt. * * * IM. 0. FITZMAURICE. an attorney of Reno, Nev., is registered at tue Argonaut. * * * BEN JAMES GRAHAM, a realty operator of Los Angeles, is at the St. Francis. * * * A. P. JONES, editor of a paper in San Bernar dino, is a gu.st at the Argonaut. CAPTAIN J. M. PAGE »t Fort Roseerans is at the Palace with .Mrs. Page. * * * DR. E. H. ANTHONY of Portland is at the St. Francis with Mrs. Anthony. a * a J. M. SIMPSON, city councilman at Eureka, Cal., is stopping at the Argonaut. a * * 0. P. MUTSON. a rancher of Crows Landing, is regl-tereU at the Stanford. * a » C. C. "WELSH, a railroad contractor at Phoenix, Ariz., is at the Argonaut. * * * BISHOP and MRS. ROBINSON of Nevada are guests at the St. Francis. * * * G, DAMAND, a shoe dealer of San Jose, is step ping at the Harcutirt. * * * OTTO F. CATO. I'nlted States navy, i» regis tered at the Bellevue. * * * C. H. MIDDLETON of St. Louis Is staying at the Fairmont. * * * C. L. JENNINGS of Marysville is registered at the Sutter. * * * MR. ERASER and wife of Chicago are at the Baldwin. * * * SAMUEL BUTLE of Marvsvilla Is at the Sutter. JANUARY 1, 1013 Ferry Tales Us"*™*'.'' • ■ > /—p-n **d is the daj I I we all turnl over a new 1 leaf. From now | on. for prohahly | t wo consecutive I days, there will be 1 Plenty of elbow mj m m the smoking car. This Is' the time for the experienced bargain hun ter to lay in a stock of smoking equip ment at greatly rates. The Rift cigar, that thorn on the rose, of Christmas joy, makes the renunciation of tobacco Comparatively easy, and for the next few days the ferries will re ■enable ■ New England town with it? .Sunday lirl on. * * * ' The memhers of the .Rudder. Clfll have resolved so to live that some oav tbey may be invited to join the rafn'.!;s of the Sunshine club, which meets or the upper- deck and indulges in dTeSp breathing , md unlifting conversation The Sunshine Clnb, as an organization. has resolved to send a missionary to. the 9. P.'s narrow gauge line to at tempt the regeneration of the After* deck squad. The Afterdeok Squad B*a voted down all New Year resolutions on the ground that it lias no energy to; spare for the mere breaking of killjoy promises. ." . . * * # As a general thing. howeVer, , t'•"• communes, Individually, are going to try to. M.c better Uvea 1 have be'en favored witli inside Information re . garding some of the resolutions .thai have been made for the advancement ol Civilization and the Increase of happi ness during the year 1913. •'• "'■ * * * Walter EL Hennison, for instance resolved to deduate a terra. COtts ta - let to the honor of I»avid Starr Jordan as a mark of appreciation of ■. " learned doctor's action in proving th->r Dennlson Is a eugenic cousin, of Pat rick Calhoun. Jim Mr-Gill has resolved never affi to take his wife across the bay on th ' T:M a. m. boat. Mrs. MeGill ha- I solved never to go. Ed Otis is going to pay more atten tion this year to lawn tennis. E. W. Van Sicklen is going to b : egsrs with extreme caution. Pftt\ Teller promises to take no a - tjve part in politics during 1913. Captain Eschen has resolved to a - cept' no more dinner invitations f>( m Captain Bennett. Arthur Page has resolved to try to persuade his brother George to keep his keys in his pocket. Fred .Jehsen Is going to keep his horse out of .lumping contests. J. Downey Harvey is going to do- all his telephoning under his own n-irn»- Jim Tyson has resolved to refrain, during 1913, from joshing Captain Eschen. Bert Ames will buy his new hgta with modest brims. Frank Bond will try to keep hi name out of the ferry, tale column. And so on. For nearly every > <>•• - muter there is at the head of the leaf he turned over a neatly inscribed re • olution which will be. more or h- < shattered while 1913 is still in us in fancy. * * a Paul Newmann of Alameda bids fc to he as famous; an amateur b ; I builder as Francis Heady Qallagher, builder of the Storm King. Newmapn spent the greater part of 1 r>l2 build > a boat. It was a dandy. It v■ < launched with fitting ceremony, nil proved to be strictly all Hght ex, «pt n one respect. It leaked. Worse than that, search as he would, he could n< t locate the leaks. He told his trouble to Jim Searle. "Easiest thing in the world." s-ii I Searle. "Take your boat out of 't' c water, block it up from the ground ant then pump it full of water. Mark with chalk the places where it run< out. Caulk at the chalk marks, an 1 your boat is tight." Newmann wouldn't speak to Searlp the next time they met. He had fo lowed Searle's advice. Instead of bo,lc ing up the boat so that it was sup ported for its entire length, he ha I hoisted it up on two saw horses o:ie at the bow, the other just under t!,< sternpost. He then had pumped O ■ boat full of water. He located four fine leaks and was underneath tagging them with chalk, when the hull (ja\ ? a violent sag and opened all its miu ship seams. In the deluge that fol lowed Newmann narrowly escaped drowning. The hull was wrecked be yond repair. Newmann is game, however, and hp« started the new year by la>ing the ke- i of another boat which he will build In his back yard, where he has put up a sign: "I am not making anything of in terest to anybody. No advice wanted. Keep out'" EINDSAY CAMPBELL. ANSWERS LONG DISTANCE VlSlON—Subscriber, city The natives t,f I'eru are said to b>- the |ou,e t sighted people on earth. Alexander yon Hum boldt tells of Indians of Peru 'distinguishing. l» miles away, a person clothed in white. * * * POLK X F.XAMINATHtN--Subs-riber. City Yon can obtain Informal ion in relation to ci\ i tarrkM OianilnatioM in the police department o' Ne-v York. Philadelphia, BoatOß, and Chicago !i\ aAtfraaaiag the superintendeuts of police of the* cities. tears of INPINF. -a. s.. cur. "Uaaine'i Tears," a tale in German, written by Bion de '.r Motte F'M|tie and published In I*ll, is founije.' on a writing by Paracelsus. Cndine is | w, . nymph, who was in early childhood changed f,„ the I hild ->f a fisherman living on a penlunnli near an enchanted forest. One day Sir Huhie brand torik shelter In the fisherman s hut. fill 1r love with Cndine and married her. Being thus united to a man she received a soul. ABE MARTIN It don't cost as much f live In th' ipast. Th' first thing most fellers would do if they wuz single agin (would be f git shaved an' buy a bot | tie o' perfume.