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SATURDAY
THE MO* CALL
■'AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER—THE NEWS
PAPER OF AUTHORITY ,,
Who Is It That
Tries to Black Eye
Our Home Industry?
directs this municipal enterprise. The
Home Industry league asserts that the city hall specifications have been
drawn "purposely to exclude the California manufacturing and producing
institutions." Jt protests, properly and vigorously. The Call does not care
so much about the purpose as about the effect. If the specifications, pur
,}>osely or otherwise, do in any degree shut out our own materials and
makers, then we, too, protest.
This is matter calling for prompt and energetic attention on the part
of the mayor and the supervisors, as well as the board of public works.
Specifications that discriminate against home industry would better be called
back and amended at once—amended so as to discriminate the other way.
California is ricli in building stone of proved quality and durability.
The Colusa, Amador and Scspe sandstones are at least equal to anything
that can be quarried in Indiana, and they have the superiority of being home
products. Mow good they are any San Franciscan may see for himself by
a glance at the Flood building, the Kohl building and the St. Francis hotel.
The California sandstones used upon those buildings went through the lire
practically undamaged. *
"Who is it that" wants to send San Francisco money to Indiana for stone
that can be had much better and much cheaper at home? Who is it among
the planners and designers of the new city hall that fathers such economic
stupidity and displays so little regard for elementary considerations of local
pride and patriotism?
The mayor should order an immediate and public hearing. Give the
Home Industry league opportunity to prove its charges. Call for the objec
tionable specirications and for their authors. The people have the right to
know who has tried to do such a thing, and why.
There are still some people with crosseyed minds who point to the
(jeary street as an instance of the folly of patronizing home industry;
who assert that we could have got the cars much cheaper elsewhere. There
i> no fact to justify that sneer. Eastern bidders did offer cars at a lower
price—but they were not the cars called for in the specifications. The
eastern bidders took all sorts of liberties with the specifications as to weight,
quality and design. Xo wonder they underbid local concerns.
When it came to building the new public schools, the Home Industry
league had a heroic task to convince architects and contractors that Spanish
tiles could be made here. They insisted on going east for them until they
were taken out to the Mission Dolores and shown that even the Indian
artificers of a century ago could produce here tiles that are as good now as
when they were made.
That spirit among designers and builders is hard to understand, and not
to be tolerated. When the mayor has enabled us to single out the offenders
among the city hall designers, we shall know where to begin a campaign of
education and correction.
Mayor Helps Along
Movement to Reform
The Police Courts
i< bound to have a salutary effect upon
both the inferior criminal courts and the police. The hall of justice must
listen- when th 1 "aH ft! t ■ t rl larr<? that ' t'r ' t
done there and demands amendment.
For one thing, the mayor's extraofficial action will focus public attention
upon the police courts. For another, it will send to him with their plaints
people who have, or think they have, personal reason to question the
conduct of those tribunals. In the next few days the mayor may expect to
learn many things about police court practice.
Through the W'eller recall campaign and through such incidents as the
mayors protest to Judge Deasy we appear to be moving along toward
needed reform in the police courts. That reform will not amount to much,
however, unless it goes to the root of the system, which is in the swamp of
politic?. As long as judges are elected for comparatively short terms and
draw comparatively small salaries, they will be more or less the creatures of
politics; that long the police court lawyer with a "pull" will be a powerful
influence about the hall of justice, and so will the professional bail bond
brokers.
While the mayor is warm on the subject, The Call suggests to him that
he ought to find out and let the people know something about the "outside
influences" which a high police official recently declared were dominating
and perverting that department. That same official has not made any public
explanation of his charge, has given no names. It is true that he was
intrusted with the task of "cleaning up" one end of the department and
that he has made some changes, but that is not enough. We San Francis
cans pay a high price for our police department, and we are entitled to know
all that any of its officers know about "outside influences'' which prevent us
from getting the best results for the money. I
Undoubtedly the same "outside influences'' that have been at work with
the police have touched the police courts also. A thorough and public over
hauling of the executive branch—and thi # s the mayor can accomplish directly
through the police commission—would probably reveal some of the evil
agencies to affect the police courts.
Tricounty League
Works for Greatest
Good of Peninsula
Cisco counties. San Mateo county is naturally, by its' midway position
between this city and Santa Clara county, to be the scene of the greater
number of the immediate improvements sought; and San Matco may be said
to be in the greatest need of the improvements contemplated—that is, better
roads, improved facilities for water transportation and improved rail com
munications with San Francisco and with Santa Clara county.
Three projects stand out conspicuously in San Mateo count}', and to these
projects the influence of its neighbors is pledged. The projects are:
The authorization by the county of a bond issue of $1,250,000 for a system
of roads which will connect the ocean shore district with the bay shore
section of the county and link the ocean shore district with" San Francisco.
A bond election has been called in San Matco, to be held on April 1. The
need of good roads in this section of the peninsula is imperative. That fact
being fuily realized by the people of San Mateo county, it is believed that the
bonds will be approved; but no lapse of interest in the proposition will be
permitted by those who have the highest interest of San Mateo at heart.
A second project, promised, but as yet unfulfilled, is the construction by
the Southern Pacific company of an electric railway which will connect San
Mateo with the tracks of the Southern Pacific's subsidiary, the Peninsula
railway, at Palo Alto, and the conversion by the Southern Pacific company
of the steam line now running from San Francisco through the Mission Dis
trict to San Bruno into an electric road. When the Southern Pacific company
reduced commutation rates for the peninsula it pledged itself to give electric
service to the peninsula. Nothing has been done, and the company's officials
evade auestions as to when the work will start. A short electric line running
west from Easton is being constructed by private enterprise. It will serve a
certain purpose, but the people of San Mateo naturally want their district
reached in all parts by electric service.
The third project desired by San Mateo county boosters and urged by
San Francisco and Santa Clara friends of the midway county is the establish
ment by the government of a harbor line in South San Francisco bay. The
government has done practically nothing for that great arm of the bay. If
deep water could be brought to the shore line, manufacturing plants would
hurry to the bay shore of San Mateo county.
Those projects are the three which are most urgent for the good of San
Mateo county and for the progress oFits two neighboring counties in their
relations with San Mateo.
The formation of a tricounty league should lead to the development of
talent which will bring in a succession of real home runs to San
f Mateo—home builders' r.ur£.
Indiana limestone for the new city hall?
Not if the wishes of the people who are
paying for the building be consulted; not
if the pledges so freely given to the vot
ers at the civic center bond election arc
kept; not if ordinary business sense
Mayor Rolph may not have any au
thority over the police courts, but by
reason of his office and of public trust in
him he can do much good for the com
munity in that department. Such a visit
Improvement of the means of trans
portation to and on the peninsula by
water, by road and rail will be the chief
object of the council formed in this city
on Friday by the representatives of the
commercial and promotion bodies of
■ Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Fran-
EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE CALL
Ferry Tales
ALTHOUGH the members of the aft
er deck s<iuad and Rudder club
have been closely watched all week
nothing has been discovered to im
plicate any of them in the alleged theft
of six bottles of champagne from the
ice bucket that stood to the right of
Herman Stindts chair at the banquet
given last Saturday night at the Mer
chants' club. Then there was that 40
cents —but of that in due time.
Jritindt was not in favor of having the
banquet in the ciubrooms anyway. The
space, he said, was too limiteu. He
was overruled but accepted the turn
down with a determination to convince
the buncn that his protest had been
w-ell founded. He made himself a spe
cial committee of one to insure a large
attendance. He would jam tnat club
room so that there wouldn't be room,
alter ttte guests had assembled, for
either waiters or food.
* * #
As compensation to a few particular
friends for the discomfort of tne crowd
ing that he expected, he promised them
a supply of properly chilled flzz water.
Careiuliy selecting it, both as to label
and vintage, Stindt gave special In
structions to have half a dozen bottles
of wine carefully packed, just so. In
i< c. His oraera were carried out. and
when lie and his particular guests sat
down Stindt eyed with satisfaction the
richly freighted and properly iced
bucket within reaching distance.
When he called for the first bottle to
be opened he discovered that the whole
business had disappeared.
* # *
He popped just like one of his own
corks and there was quite a turmoil for
a few jrilnutes. He decided that Ru
dolph Volmer was the guilty party.
Looking Volmer in the eye Stindt an
nounced dramatically, as he pointed to
the clock:
"At 11:55 I will lick the man that
stole my wine. ,.
* * »
At 11:53 he removed his coat and
vest and invited Volmer U» step into
the clearing. Volmer laughed. Ju&i
then Stuart Murdoch, who had been
speeding a parting guest, returned to
the room. Seeing Stindt stripped for
action, he, too, removed his coat and
threw E. T. Kruse's hat into the ring.
Stindt. however, v/anted bigger game.
He wanted Volmer, who looked down
on Stindt from his seat at the table,
and continued grinning.
"Sit down," said Volmer at last.
"Never!" replied Ptindt," striking an
attitude of defiance and looking up into
Volmer's face.
"All the kings horses," he said, "and
all the king's men, will never drag the
steely glint from my eye."
* * *
The applause that greeted this senti
ment satisfied Stimlt and the incident
was regarded as closed. Now, how
ever, lie comes forward and declares
that when he left his seat to make
good on his 11:55 threat, somebody
took 40 cents from the pocket of the
vest he had left with his coat on his
chair.
That was a week ago. but every day
since, on Change, Stindt has renewed
his offer of immunity if the member
who levied thfc 40 cent assessment will
tell him who got the benefit of that so
carefully chilled wine.
* * *
There is somebody inthe employ of
the state board of harbor commission
ers who has a poor opinion of the gen
eral public's power of imagination. It
was the other day while the work of
painting the sides and ceiling of one
of the stairways leading to the upper
deck of the ferry depot was in prog
ress.
Across the upper entrance to th&
stairway a barricade of ropes and lad
ders had been installed. Outside that,
and entirely covering the entrance —
and barricade—was an immense sheet
of canvas, weighted at the bottom for
its full length and securely lashed at
both sides. Outside this, in the center,
was an enormous placard bearing in
large letters the legend:
"Closed."
* * ♦
M. V. Politeo's fondness for per
fumery nearly cost him a very valu
able scarfpin the other morning. The
discovery of an essence of unusually
pleasinsr fragrance had led him to pour
a few drops on his handkerchief. As
he joined the "gang" near the rail of
tho ferry steamer Bay City he unfurled
the perfumed mouchoir and waved it
in front of his face, taking deep in
halations as he did so.
"Something new,"-he explained to his
friends. "Tt was sent to me from
Europe. Very refreshing." And he
waved it some more.
"Forget your pin this rhorningr?" in
quired a friend who had often admired
the jewel that adorned the- architect's
scarf.
Perspiration broke out on Politeo's
brow as he passed his lingers down his
necktie. The pin was not there".
"I've been robbed," he said. He re
membered a rough looking stranger
who had bumped into him rather un
ceremoniously as he left the train. He
must be on the boat. He would try to
locate him. He searched the boat, but
returned a few minutes later, unsuc
cessful and the picture of despair.
"Gee! but I wouldn't have lost that
pin for $100." As lie spoke he took out
his handkerchief and wiped the
moisture from his brow. He uttered an
exclamation of pain and as he took
his hand down his friends saw a deep
scratch across his forehead. It was the
lost scarfpin. It had caught in the
handkerchief as Politeo waved it.
Politeo's friends are wondering what
the "rough looking stranger" would
have said if the architect had been un
fortunate enough to find him.
The moral of this story Is that
Foliteo shouldn't travel with fellows
that will write to the Ferry Tale
column "about him.
LINDSAY CAMPBELL.
Concerning Xanthippe
Xanthippe was a dame to fret.
Profane, we fear, and prone to shock,
Domestic she was not. and yet
She used to darn her Soc.
—Newark News.
A dame whose scolding never ceased,
For family scraps Xanthippe thirsted.
No doubt she darned her Sou—at least
Her Soc, we know, was worsted.
—Boston Transcript.
Xanthippe was a peevish dame—
Of one like her what must we think?
She darned poor S/h\ despite his fame,
Till poison seemed a pleasant drink.
—Birmingham Age Herald.
Xanthippe must have been a pest
With many faults, but worst of these:
She couldn't eat her meals with Zest
Unless she could her Socra tease.
—Youngstown Telegram.
Xanthippe on the neighbors called
And all her home affairs revealed;
But most of all she caterwauled
Because her Soo was not well heeled.
—Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Xanthippe was a Grecian martyr;
Worked as hard as any porter;
Won the Order of the Garter.
For she was a Soc supporter!
ABE MARTIN
Ever , once in a while we read
about some fool beggin' his wjfe t'
return. People that are allus com
plainln' o" feelin' poorly seem *t'
live forever.
Everybody's Forum
LETTERS FROM READERS OF THE CALL
INDI STHIAI, ACCIOENT INSURANCE
Editor Call: A flood of bills threat
ens to swamp Sacramento. Some are
comic, some seriocomic, some deadly
mischievous, while professing benevo
lence.
This benevolence follows the old
definition. It is a consultation between
Brown and Jones to discover what
Smith ought to do to help Robinson.
Of this nature is the legislation pro
posed by the industrial accident board.
The chief of the board. Mr. A. J. Pills
bury, so far as I could gather at last
night's Commonwealth club committee
meeting, lias prepared a prolix bill
bringing- all employers under the juris
diction of this industrial accident
board- For, says Mr. Pillsbury. "to
force an injured person to apply to the
courts for relief \is paramount to a
;denial of justice." Incidentally, it
: Vou!d be hard to pen a more serious
indictment of our courts of law.
If this bill becomes law every person
hiring a domestic servant, every
farmer employing a single hired man,
even for a few days, will become re
sponsible for any injury that may
accrue to the wage earner unless it can
be proved that the injury is due to the
willful misconduct of the employe.
A state insurance business, to be
managed by the state board, is also
proposed, asking for an initial appro
priation of $437,130.
As a sop to the working , employer,
be he farmer or be she housewife, he
and I presume she, is to be permitted
to insure himself or herself and work
ing members of his or her family, only
>with the difference that he himself
must pay his own premiums and pay
those of the hired person as well. Con
sidering that the working farmer often
makes less per diem than does his
laborer, this appears the rankest kind
of class legislation.
Moreover, if the injury prove fatal
the employer is to compensate the
worker's dependents, and if he have
none the state is to mulct him in the
same amount, lest matrimony should
be discouraged l»y employers preferring
those with no dependents.
Surely this increase of employer's
liability will tend to diminish the num
ber of employers and increase the num
ber of unemployed.
The proposal is made to remove "the
$100 limit for medical and surgical
treatment and make the employer re
sponsible for full medical treatment
for a period of six months." Futher
more, a plan was broached for estab
lishing state hospitals through the
counties, thus duplicating the present
county hospitals, with no guarantee
that the new institutions would be any
better than the old ones now existing.
Isn't it time, Mr. Editor, the tax
payer and employer get busy?
EDWARD BERWICK.
San Francisco, Feb. 5.
USE HOME PRODUCTS
Editor Call: It will be unnecessary
to refresh your memory regarding the
following facts:
When the bonds providing funds for
the buildings for the civic center were
before the people one important argu
ment for their passage was that the
mdney would be spent in California.
I notice there is a disposition In cer
tain quarters to forget these promises,
and I have reason to believe from what
I hear, and also from newspaper re
ports, that there is an inclination on
the part of the powers that be to use
Indiana limestone in the construction
of the city hall and other buildings in
the civic center.
• The Home Industry League of Cali
fornia protests against any such de
cision. The records in the state min
eralogist's office show that California
produces the finest building stones In
the world, such as granite, sandstone,
marble and, for interior decorations,
onyx. In addition to this the pottery
companies, who are engaged in the
manufacture of pottery, tiling and
term, cotta In California, are supplying
the beat of this material it is possible
to obtain in the United States.
With such an assortment of fine
building materials, how short sighted
it would be to go to a foreign state
for buUding stone when the civic cen
ter should be a monument of California
products, particularly its building ma
t <■■• ri 'i \
The importing of a foreign building
stone is certainly like carrying coals
to Newcastle and means the exporting |
of a corresponding amount of capital. (
Using California stone means keeping
just so much money circulating within
the state and giving employment to our
own people, and at the same time car
ries out the pledges made to the people
at the time the bonds were passed.
What California needs is population.
We can not get population without
finding employment foi* the people, and
how are we going to do this if at every
opportunity contracts similar to this
are given to neighboring states?
HOME INDUSTRY LEAGUE OP
CALIFORNIA.
A. C. RULOFSON, President.
San Francisco, Feb. &- •
m
A BIT HIGH
"FRISCO" ANP "GOAT ISLAND"
Editor Call: After all the fight that
has been made by the citizens of San
Francisco to preserve the name of their
city it is too bad to see in the head
lines of one of the large morning
papers the following: "Will the Mon
sters of the Air Swoop Down Upon
New York or Will Frisco Be the Scene
of Destruction and Death."
In correspondence with the board of
geographical names of the geological
survey over Yerba Buena vs. Goat
Island, a short time ago, the chairman
of the board wrote me: ''The name
was changed to Goat Island to accord
with local usage some ten or twelve
years ago. In a capeful investigation
made at the time there was no evi
dence whatever that the people of San
Francisco used any other designation
in referring to the island. It is the
policy of the board to conform to local
usage in confirming geographical
names. It seems to me that if the
people of San Francisco wish the
island to be called Yerba Buena. they
should begin their work at home. '
Very good advice; and it behooves us,
if we would protect our good name
from the encroacJiment of the vulgar
Frisco, to frown upon any and all at
tempts on the part of our people,
whether in private conversation or in
public press, to introduce the objec
tionable substitute.
Respectfully,
ZOETH S. ELDREDGE.
San Francisco, February 6.
WHY STOP AT BILLBOARDS?
Editor Call: As an observer of the
city's wonderful progress and her
struggle for rank among the first cities
of our nation, I have been interested
in the billboard agitation and waiting
patiently for some movement along the
same lines in the regulation or re
striction of a still greater and more
unsightly nuisance, beside which the
highest billboards in the city are a
mere speck on the horizon—the bilious
greens and yellows and the flaming
reds glaring from the walls of three,
four and five story buildings.
If the owners of buildings with ex
posed walls haven't the civic pride to
keep them from being thus adorned
they should be fined for fostering a
public nuisance. G. S. FERGUSON.
February 6, 1913.
TO KILL, OFF "WILDCATS"
Editor Call: I notice some discussion
in your columns relative to the proper
method of dealing with the "wildcat"
stock nuisance. For some years there
has been a law In Nevada compelling
corporations doing business in the state
to advertise a short statement of their
year's business in at least one news
paper published in the state. A glance
at this statement shows what sort of a
concern is represented in the state
ment.
It is simple and effective and has
driven hundreds of "wildcat" companies
out of business.
This is the simplest way I know of
to deal with the evil.
R. I* HAMILTON.
San Francisco, February 6. 1913.
LUTHER M'CARTY
is
J By THE POET PHILOSOPHER (
Just a year ago McCarty, that huge
pugilistic party, was so badly up
against it that he had no place to
sleep: with his mentor. Bill McCarney,
he relied on bounce and blarney for a
share of soup and sinkers, but he
didn't mope or weep. "Fortune doubt
less is a smarty," argued empty Luth
McCarty, "and she hands around her
favors in a dippy, dizzy way, but she's
bound at last to notice any man who
not a goat is, who pursues W~ still,
untiring, chasing her day after day.
Though my countenance she's soaking,
when she sees I take it Joking, she'll
relent and hand me posies, where she
hands me brickbats now; and some
day you'll see me splurging, from ob
scurity emerging, with a bundle in my
breeches and a wreath upon my brow."
Thus, with optimism hearty spake the
great and good McCarty, and we've
seen him leave the gutter for a high
and rich estate; in his need he learned
to hustle; now he ranks with Pastor
Russell, Laura Libbey, J. G. Cannon,
and the others truly great. Thus we
see, O gentle reader, that the man
who's no seceder, when he hears the
call of Duty, or of Fortune, seldom
fails; like so many earnest thinkers
he'll forsake the soup and sinkers, for
a diet rich and gorgeous, princely pies
and toasted quails. WALT MASON.
If Jack Johnson had a clean record
the S. P. C. A. might take some inter
est in him.—Toledo Blade.
Shear Nonsense
EAVESDROPPERS
A medical story concerns a woman
who always imagined she was ill. She
called in a couple of eminent phy
sicians to have a consultation over her
case. After they had seen and ques
tioned her about her symptoms, etc.,
they retired to the library to talk the
case over.
The woman called her sister and told
her to go and listen at the door to hear
what they said, and this is what she
heard;
The first doctor said: "Well, what
do you think of her?"
"I think she's the ugliest woman I've
ever seen."
"Oh," said the other doctor, "wait
till you see her sister." —Tid-Bits.
GENTLE WORDS
Mr. Springgins (gently)—My dear, a
Boston man was shot at by a burglar,
and his life was saved by a button
which the bullet struck.
Mrs. Spriggins—Well, what of It."
Mr. Spriggins—Nothing, only the but
ton must have been on.—Sacred Heart
Review.
FIRST COUSINS
"I suppose I might claim relation
ship with you," said the doctor to the
stork.
"Yes. I'll admit you are a bird." re
sponded the stork. "I just saw your
bill."—Louisville Courier-Journal.
SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE
"You drank too much punch at that
reception yesterday."
"Who saw me drink too much
punch?"
"It wasn't necessary to total up.
When I came in you were holding an
animated conversation with the piano
lamp."—Louisville Courier-Journal.
SOME WITH EACH
Mrs. Kawler—You don't mean to
tell me that Mrs. Gaysett got her furni
ture on the installment plan?
Mrs. Holmes—l do. She's had three
husbands, and she got a portion of it
with each one.—Boston Transcript,
IMPROVING
Flubb—How are your affaire now?
Dubb—Much better. They've gone
from worse to bad.—Louisville Post.
THE IDEA
"Have you a striking idea for your
novel?"
•""I should say so," replied the busy
author. "We've got up a cover de
sign that will make everything else on
the newsstand look like a bunch of
withered turnip tops by comparison."—
Washington Star.
HER SARCASM
"It is 1:30 o'clock!" severely eaid
Mrs. Gnagaway. "What kept you from
getting home until this untimely hour?"
"I was detained at the office making
out statements," replied her husband.
"And that is one of the statements, I
presume."—Judge.
HARD TO FIND
"W t ombat says it is hard to find a
woman's pocket."
"He ought to know. He married for
money."—Louisville Courier-Journal.
FROM THE SHOULDER
"Well, now really. Miss Jeerwell. I
should like to h«»ar what you would
consider the ideal man." said Bildad.
"Define him for me, won't you?"
"I couldn't," eaid Miss Jeerwell. with
a pleasant smile. "The terms are es
sentially contradictory." — Harper's
Weekly.
"SO SUDDEN" EFFECT
"What shall I say if Mr. Binkton
asks me to marry him?" asked the
young woman.
"Don't bother about studying what
you will say," replied Miss Cayenne.
"Rehearse an effort to look surprised."
—Washington Star.
FIXED CHARGE
Wimble—lsn't Gumble's light haired
wife pretty extravagant?
Gimble—You bet. He calls her his
blonded indebtedness.—Life.
WHERE SHE WAS FIRM
Mrs. Fitzwell (socially inclined)—My
dear, I have picked out a husband for
you.
Her Daughter—Very well; but I tell
you emphatically that when it comes
to buying the wedding dress I'll select
the material myself.—Boston Post.
WILLING PUPIL
"Could you learn to love me?"
"I don't know," replied the girl.
"What is your particular system of
Instruction?"— Washington Herald.
FRIENDLY HIXT
"I'm not afraid to say exactly -what I
think," said Governor Blowoff.
"That's interesting," replied Senator
Sorghum. "But a man who adopts that
principle ought to be more earefol
about what he thinks."—Washington
Star.
FEBRUARY 8, 1913
Aimed Shots
Senator Caminetti, who represents
the Mother Lode district in the legisla
ture, and is the solon of the Sierras,
has introduced an amendment to Web
ster's unabridged dictionary for the
consideration of the senate.
Webster's definition of the word
Pioneer is:
"One who goes before, as into th<>
wilderness, preparing the way for
others to follow."
Caminetti has introduced a bill ru
nning a "California pioneer" as one
who came to the state before IS*>O.
Under current usage, a California
pioneer is one who came to California
before the summer of 1850.
Gold was discovered in California ; '-
January, IS4S. In those days ii ijok
time for the new* of the discovery to
reach the east and Europe, and it was
not until 1841', historic, heroic '49, thr!t
the rush to the gold iields was on. In
lsoO the rush continued, and in that
year^the population of the state was
92.597. Then the growth became stu
pendous. In ten years the population
had quadrupled, the census of 18ti9
giving California 379,994 inhabitants.
But civilization had come In th<»
meantime. It is true that the railroad
did not reach California until 1868, but
stage travel was developed, and thf>
steamship route, via Panama, was not
one of hardship.
The California pioneer of the first
gold rush endured hardships whii-h
made his journey something like hero
ism; and it is small enough distinction
to draw the line of prowess in the year
50. When the emaciated oxen, the
spans depleted by the ravages of In
dians and by the toll of the arid desert,
when the caravans weakened by the
loss of splendid men who had fallen in
savage warfare on the plains and sad
dened by the memories of shallow
graves where children lay—when
emigrant trains had triumphed over y
the antagonism of the wide American
continent and linally breasted tho
Sierras and rolled victorious into the
golden gullies of California, the most
prodigious march of civilization had
been accomplished. Those who mad«
that march in '49 and "50 should not
have to share the glory of the title
"pioneer" with those who followed at
ease in the next decade.
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Gertrude Atherton, th* novelist,
whose hero among American statesmen
has been Alexander Hamilton, was
meet active among California women
last fall in advocating the candidacy
of Woodrow Wilson. Now what will
Mrs. Atherton say to this, the comment
of her new hero upon her old hero:
"Alexander Hamilton • ♦ • a
great man, but, in my judgment, not a
great American. He did not think in
terms of American life."—Woodrow
Wilson in The World's Work.
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THIS GOES DOUBLE: FOR MAE
There's an infinite number of shades of
green,
—Number of shades of green;
But still that number is small compared
To the number of ways of spelling
Eileen.
—Ways of spelling Alleen, Ileen,
—Ways of spelling Eiliecn,
Ailleeo,
—Ways of spelling Yleen!
• * *
"Canned wind" to wreck military air
ships is the invention of a French army
officer. Come to think of it, shouldn't
William Jennings Bryan be appointed
secretary of war, after all?
# * * *
There are a lot of land grabbers still
busy calling Indians "professionals," bo
they can take their real estate trophies
away from them.
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Is the Amateur Athletic association
to be given jurisdiction over duck
shooting, too?
* * *
The King of Spain can not come to
America on account of the pressure of
official duties. Then why not have the
king of England come; he couldn't
offer any such excuse!
♦ * *
Where there is so much coal trust
smoke there must be some fire.
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RICKSHAWS AND STATESMEN
In a riot in Tokyo between opposing
factions of the diet, the members of
the constitutional party attacked mr-m
--bers of the national liberal party and
threw them out of their rickshaws.
Now a two wheel rickshaw is no
vehicle for a statesman to ridf in when
he is about to bo. attacked by thp op
position. Nothing , is more lacking In
a sense and center of gravity. It re
quires no provocation to tip one of
those things over and dump the in
closed statesmen on the pavement.
The unpopular dietaries of Japan will
have to invest in automobiles nf the
underslun? type, that run not be over
turned without a crowbar..
Queries Answered
SILVER THREADS—Subscriber, Santa Clara.
"Silrec Thready Among the Gold ' was written
by Eben E. Rexford. How It came to be written
is thus told by Rexford: "When I was shout 19
years of age I wrote for the Chimney Corner ■
little poem, 'Growing Old.' In this was Incor
porated the lines that form tho refrain of 'Stlwr
Threads Among the Gold." Some years later,
while, a student at Appleton university, Wlacon
sin, I received a letter from Hart P. Tanks, then
of New York city, asking me to Mud him Mw
song words. He told me that $3 would be ;>.-»i<l
for each song that was available. I had no eonij
at the time, and, in looking over my scrnpbooW,
came across 'Growing Old,' and I rewrote It ia
the form with which the p.iblic is familiar."
SCHOONER—Subscriber, City. The applica
tion of '"schooner" to a certain class of nmli
Is given in Essex Memorial. IS3C, as follow:
"The name comes from the Dutch word, 'soboon.'
beautiful. The first vessel of this kind is nald
to have b«en built at Gloucester. Mass.. by Can
tain Andrew Robinson about 1714. The ram*
was given to It from the following circumstance:
When the Tcssel, which was niasted and riggM
as schooners now are, was going off the stocks
a bystander, using the word 'echoon' as a rcrb,
said. 'Oh. how she schoons. . The owner Instantl.v
exclaimed. 'A schooner let her be called,' and
from that time this class of vessels has gone l>y
that name."
COPYRIGHT—O. S., Clt.r. The original term
for a copyright In th» L'Dited States runs for 28
years. Within one year previous to the eiplra
tion of that time it may be renewed for nn n<l
dltional 2S roars. Tne registration fee for any
matter subject to copyright is $1. which Includes
a certiflcate of registration under seal. By writ
ing to the register of copyrights, offl.ee of the
librarian of congress, Washington. P. C. you
can get a blank affidavit and application form.
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WANTS A BOOK—A. S.. City. Can any of
readers of the Answers to Queries tpll me he
I can obtain r book telling the etory of in.
Englishman and his eon and daughter who were
out in the wilds of Australia? One day h* di
eovered a large nugget and with hi* family goo*
back to England. I can not recall the title of
the book.
• * •
STRONG MEN —Bernard, City. The poem you
refer to by Kipling in which he alludes to two
strong men meeTine is "The Battle of the East
and West." Kama!, a border thief, uteals an
officer's mare. It ig nought by the colonel's son,
whoce fearlessness wins the admiration of the
thief, who scuds him bacij accompanied by his
own son.
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LARGEST FLOWER—A. G.. City. Th* largr't
of all known flowers la Rafflesla Arnoldt. dU
covercd in 1818 by Doctor Arnold In Sumatra.
It measures fully three feet in diameter, or
nine feet in circumference, weighs about 10
pounds and will holl two gallons of water. Aftfr
the flower has expanded It diffuses a carrion-like
odor.
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DIAMOND POINTED—C. S., Placerrllle. XVh«n
gold pens were first put on the market, many
years ago, tbey were pointed with a small frag
ment of diamond, but that process was found
to be too expensive and iridium was nubstitut'ri.
Diamond pointed pens are very scarce and ■*•
rated as curiosities.
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BRIT-TN'Er^ON—L. F. 11.. Occidental. Jam-s
Edward Britt fought Battling Nelson in San
'Francisco. December 20. 1904. 20 rounds: fought
him again at Colma, September 9, 190.">. IS
rounds; again In San Francisco, July SI, 1907,
2ii rounds; aud at Los Angeles, March 3, I'JCS,
10 round*.
HIGH JUMP—A. S., City, and H. McO.. City.
The record for the running high jump, without
weight*, was mad* by tieorge Horlne at Stanford
University. California, oil May 18, 1912. li fe«-t 7
Inches. During an exhibition In New York city
on June 5 following he scored 6 feet iuches.
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MOTORCYCLE—D. D., Snisun. C. R. Collier
holds the English record for a mile on a mot<"-
eyele. He rode a mile at Brooklaud. Eng Au
gust 2H. 1911. In m> 2-5 seconds. On May IT.
1912. Kay Seymour made a mile la Lo3 AngclM
In 38 4-3 second*.
TEMPER ATVItE— E. 1.. 8.. Alameda. There
is little differem-p in winter fmperarure betweeii/
San Francisco ami Alatnpda. The former
mean annual average of r>2 degrees aud the latter
of 51 degrees.
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OSTLER JOE—W. W., Salinas. "Oetler Jnc"
{■> to be found in Selections" «nd "My
Recitations," to be had through any first clase
I book seller. \

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