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Favor Condemnation if
Spring Valley Declines to
Accept Commission
as Arbitrators
Supervisors Say All Favor
Acquisition of Water Sup
ply From Sierra
Fearing they may be misunderstood
by the people of San Francisco as op
posing the Hetch Hetchy water sup
-5 ply, seven supervisors of the "solid
nine" that opposed Mayor Rolph's plan
'for arbitration with the Spring Valley
.Water company, yesterday issued an
explanatory statement. These seven,
• With two others, voted Tuesday to call
upon the state railroad commission as
n board of arbitration, and in the fol
lowing announcement go on record as
favoring condemnation proceedings
should Spring Valley refuse to accept
the railroad commission as a tribunal:
As our position in offering to
arbitrate the value of the Spring
Valley Water company through the
state railroad commission may not
be generally understood, we desire
at this time to make our attitude
known to the people of this city.
At the outset we reaffirm our de
sire to obtain for the city a suf
ficient supply of water from the so
called Hetch Hetchy source: some of
the undersigned initiated the move
ment for the acquisition of a Sierra
supply many years ago. Nothing
that 'we have advocated can be
construed as an opposition t* the
securing of a favorable ruling
from the secretary of the interior.
■ nor do we believe that he will in
terpret our action of Tuesday as
other than an evidence to treat
the Spring Valley Water company
We fear that the public is not
fully advised as to the magnitude
uf the offer previously made by the
city to the Spring Valley Water
company. A number of us con
sented to the recommendation of
the advisory committee's offer of
$37, £90,000, 'with the positive un
de'istanding that it would be final.
This offer of $37,000,000 conceding
1.>.50 acres at Lake Merced, the
Market street lot and-»the Portola
lands would give the Spring Valley
Water company at the very least
$5,126,000 additional, or an aggre
gate of at least $42,125,000. This in
contrast with the offer made by the
Spring Valley Water company in
1909 to accept $35,000,000 shows, if
anything, that we might be criti
cised for being too liberal.
We wish the public to cajrefully
note the amount of this offer and
to ask it to consider the present
municipal debt as well as our lim
ited borrowing capacity.
The city has been raising its
offer repeatedly, yielding and sub
mitting with the view of ridding it
self of this long standing contro
versy, while the Spring Valley
Water company has been rigidly
maintaining its stand, at no time
conceding even a 5 cent piece. If
their figures have been reduced at
all it was only when they retained
more than an equivalent in valu
able lands. We submit that the last
recommendation of the advisory
committee to arbitrate only a dif
ference of $50#,000 is impossible
and unfair to all concerned, with
out arbitrating the entire proper
ties. Such a procedure would mean
a guess and nothing more. We, on
the other hand, have asked that the
railroad commission (a disinter
ested public body of known integ
rity and ability enjoying the con
fidence of the people and corpora
tions alike) shall arbitrate the
whole issue.
We reiterate our determination
to acquire the system of the Spring
Valley Water company, and the
above statement clearly shows our
disposition to deal fairly and reas
onably. The city's offer will return
to the investor a large margin over
the present market value of the
company's stocks and bonds.
If the company, after having ex
pressed a willingness to have the
valuation of its properties deter
mined by arbitration, refuses to
accept our suggested method of
arbitration, then we are of the
opinion that we would be justified
•n favoring condemnation proceed
ings, believing that the difficulties
in the way of condemnation have
been greatly exaggerated.
William h. McCarthy,
paul bancroft,
george c. gallagher,
a. h. gianni ni,
adolf koshland,
The statement issued yesterday by
•even of the supervisors who voted
Tuesday for the McCarthy resolution
was sent by wire to Consulting Kngi
neer John R. Freeman Bind Congress
man William Kent, wh* are aiding: the
city in the Hetch Hetchy situation at
Washington. Prefacing the statement
the following telegram was sent to
Congressmen Kent and Freeman:
The representatives of the city
of San Francisco at the hearing
which took place before Secre
tary Fisher returned therefrom
with the definite impreesion that
he had made the acquisition of the
Spring; •'alley properties a condi
tion sine qua non before the Hetch
Hetchy permit <ould be granted.
This impression was transferred
to ihe great majority of our boacd
of supervisors so that in the courfe
of nrgitiations that followed the
return of our representatives from
Washington not only the previous
ly exhibited spirit of fairness in
dealing with the representatives
of the Spring Valley was con
tinued, but each one of us went
to every possible conscientious
limit to our offer in behalf of
the city. In yesterday's meeting
of the board of supervisors w«
offered to arbitrate the values of
the Spring Valley company's prop
erties through the state railroad
commission, an intelligent, able
and conscientious body. The mayor
on behalf of the city's advisory
water committee, made the state
ment that this action on our part
places in Jeopardy the Hetch
Hetchy grant, intimating that the
secretary would not grant this
permit unless we were willing , to
arbitrate only the difference be
tween the city's last offer, to
which some of us did not agree
and others only conditionally, and
the price intimated by the Spring
Valley Water company. Such «n
arbitration appears to us to be
unfair and impossible.
We have full confidence in Secre
tary Fisher's fairness and justice,
und trust he will see in our ac
tions thft expressions of our de
sire to deal absolutely fairly and
frankly with the Spring Valley
Water company, and can not be
lieve that our action will in any
manner jeopardize the city's rights,
for which appeal has been made
to him.
"Bunty Pulls the Strings" Coming to Cori
Artists of the stage who are among the stars mentioned in the midweek theatrical review.
Sarah Bernhardt Produces
Another Splendid Re
pertoire Next Week
The Franz Lehar operetta, 'Gypsy
Love," elaborately and beautifully pro
duced by A. H. Woods, will begin the
second and last week of its engage
ment at the Columbia theater next Sun
day night.
Particularly notable is the success of
Miss Phyllis Partington in the leading
role; Arthur Albro, a Russian tenor:
Leola Lucey, Mona Desmond, Phil
Branson. Harry Hermsen and Raymond
Crstne are others who add to the great
hit that "Gypsy Love" has scored.
♦ * ♦
Following "Naughty Marietta" at the
Cort comes "Bunty Pulls the
next Monday night, when Bunty Biggar.
all the way from Lintiehaugh, Scot
land, a rosy cheeked young woman of
wit and charm, will make her delight
ful personality known through the
medium of Graham Moffat's famous
Scotch play.
In real life Bunty answers to the
name o>f Molly Mclntyre. She scarcely
is out of her teens and has but a brief
experience in the stock company of the
famous Theater Royal, Glasgow, where
she turned the eyes of theatrical man
agers toward her and the author,
Graham Moffat.
The whimsical comedy has a record
of two years In London, two seasons in
New York and six months in Chicago.
The all Scotch company, selected and
brought to this country by Graham
Moffat, will be seen. The engagement
at the Cort is for two weeks.
* * *
Madame Sarah Bernhardt's enormous
vaudeville success is proving continu
ous at the Orpheum theater and is
adding to her fame as an actress, whose
app«al is universal in spite of the bar
riers of a foreign language. The
theater is packed to the doors at every
performance. Her repertoire for next
week will be as follows:
"Phedre." Sunday and Monday after
noons and nights.
"Camille," Tuesday afternoon and
"A Christmas Night." Wednesday and
Saturday matinees and nights.
"La Tosca," Thursday afternoon and
"Lucrece Borgia," Friday afternoon
and night.
Among the new acts which will be
presented next week there will be:
John and Winnie Hennings, "The Kill
Kare Kouple"; Jack and Mrs. Mc-
Greevey in "The Village Fiddler and
the Country Maid" and Ignatius Car
dosh. a celebrated European pianist.
* • *
"The Third Degree," Charles Klein's
gripping drama of American life, will
be presented for the. first time at pop
ular prices next Monday evening, when
Evelyn J. Vaughan. B.ert Lytell and the
supporting Alcazar company present it
at Belasco's playhouse in O'Farrell
♦ * *
The second concert of the supply
PercliftloKT In Its Relation to Business
Iμ Topic of Speaker* Who
Address Gathering;
"Psychology in Its Relation to Ad
vertising" was the topic placed before
the Advertising association of San
Francisco at its weekly luncheon
yesterday in a downtown restaurant by
F. G. Athearn, formerly of the depart
ment economics of the Southern Pa
cific railway. The meeting was well
attended and was presided over by W.
y. Gannon of Eiler's Music company.
R. E. Sunderland. past president of
the Omaha Ad club, spoke on the work
of the organization in the Nebraska
metropolis, and suggested affiliation
and interchange of ideas.
Announcement was made that John
A. Britton, vice president of the Pacific
Gas and Electric company, would be
the principal speaker at next Wednes
day's noon meeting.
R. C. Ayres will give a lecture, ac
companied by lantern slides, at Kohler
& Chase hall Wednesday evening, Feb
ruary 10, dealing with "Human Inter
est and Timeliness in Advertising."
Tickets may be obtained on applica
tion to F. S. kelson, 121 Post street.
mentary season of the San Francisco
symphony orchestra will be given, at
the Cort theater tomorrow afternoon at
3:15 o'clock.
* • •
William H. Crane is not one of* your
actors who avoids reference to his age
as though it were something to be
ashamed of. Mr. Crane admits his
years, but not his ago. The star comes
to the Columbia following "Gypsy
Love" Monday night, February 24.
* * #
As successful and merry as ever.
"Mutt and Jeff," the cartoon musical
comedy, is back at the Savoy and doing
a big business to pleased audiences.
The second and last week of the' en
gagement opens next Sunday after
* * *
The debut 'in this city of Flora
Arroyo, mezzo soprano, with the Lam
bardi grand opera company at the Va
lencia theater next Saturday night is
attracting much attention in musical
circles. Tonight's opera will he Verdi's
■'Otello," wherein Adaberto, Folco and
Giovacchini will sing the principal
* * #
A particularly interesting bill is
promised at the Empress next. Sunday
afternoon headed by Frances Clare and
her eight "little girl friends" in a
dancing specialty designed and staged
by Miss Clare herself. As a special
added attraction Manager Grauman
promises a mystery act, which, he says,
will be given by a prominent San Fran
cisco society girl, whose identity will
be hidden beneath her black mask.
* * *
The Lambardi season at the Valencia
will be brought to a close next Sunday
night when a special performance will
be given by the songbirds.
* * *
Florence Webber will sing the fas
cinating melodies of Victor Herbert's
"Naughty Marietta" for the last time at
the Cort theater next Saturday night.
* * #
The Pantages is playing to excellent
patronage this week with a splendid
vaudeville offering. Daisy Harcourt, a
Holdup*, Burglars and Pickpockets
Collect A cat Sudw From
Various Places
JTarry Deboux, 657 Clay etrret, was
held up in his room by two -men early
yesterday morning and robbed of $210.
The thieves were masked and armed.
The offices of three dentists in the
I*atlirop building, 275 Post street, were
entered late Tuesday night and a quan
tity of dental gold stolen. Dr. Norman
Kelly, Dr. Gilbert M. Barrett and Dr.
O. F. Westphal are the losers.
Pickpockets robbed R. D. Hall, Hotel
Justice, of |20 while he was in a street
Burglars entered the room of E. L.
Edminister, Netherland hotel, and stole
articles worth $80.
Articles valued at $200 were stolen
from the home of Mrs. E. H. Lyons,
543 Dolores street.
Burglars visited the home of Charles
Cleaver, 3874 Sacramento street, and
took stuff worth |95.
A brass clock was taken from the
home of Mrs. S. Croone, 133S Hyde
John Crystal, Richmond house, com
plained that he went to his , room and
left his clothes on a chair. When he
awoke he found a marine's suit and
uniform instead of his own. The uni
form bore the name of "H. C. Graham. ,,
jsj JKwW[ JBwmmr^*^H^r !■ '■'/ li. ,^^^^^^^^^^^^^ai
dashing English music hall singer, will
be on the new bill opening Sunday, with
Little Hip, the tiniest trained elephant
in the world, as an added feature.
Photographs of the Panama canal
taken a few weeks ago and showing*
new views of work on the canal are
featured this week at Grauman's Im
perial. The Vitagraph company re
cently sent an expedition to the zone
;to get these film?.
* '* *
The second Elman concert •will be
given tomorrow night at Scottish Rite
Heat When and Where
You Want It
When you cook with gas there is no heat
wasted. The fire burns only when and
where you want it. That fact proves
that gas is a very economical kitchen fuel.
When you cook with gas you have an
intense, even flame at the touch of a
match. No trouble, worry or dirt.
Think how convenient it is to have a hot
fire ready in an instant's time in case of
• sudden sickness in the night. Hof water
or a hot substance of any kind can be
had in a jiffy.
Do you use "Pacific Service"?
"Pacific Servic e, Is "Perfect Service 9
445 Suiter Street San Francisco
Downtown Association De
mands Reforms in Con
duct of Thoroughfares
Luncheon at St. Francis Par
tially Devoted to Mem
ory of Lincoln
With a slogan of clean streets and
clear sidewalks, better business and
social affiliation, the reorganized Down
town association assembled at the St.
Francis hotel yesterday noon for its
second weekly meeting.
The principal business transacted,
other than the consumption of a deli
cate luncheon, was the introduction of
many new members and the announce
ment that new headquarters at 146
Grant avenue had been opened and
telephone service installed. "W. D.
Fennimore, president, was chairman,
and other speakers were Attorney Ed
gar D. Peixotto and Mr. Grau of Mag
nin & Co.
Questions of scope of the organiza
tion with reference to the boundaries
of its jurisdiction were discussed. Im
provement of the streets came up for
consideration and it was announced
that a patented vacuum street cleaner
would bo tested in the district next
Wednesday morning , .
James A. Sorenson told of efforts t»>
clear the south side of Market street
of displays and shows that block the
passage of pedestrians and Mr. Grau
complained of congestion of traffic at
Grant avenue and Geary street, with
regard to which he said he had applied
to Chief of Police White for relief.
During thfc course of the luncheon
Mr. Peixotto paid a brief tribute to
Lincoln and the memory of the mar
tyred presfdent was drunk in silence.
Mr. Peixotto said that Lincoln's work
was not alone that of a man or of a
national character, but that it was a
world's work successfully carried out
to a result that will have its effect
forever on the social life of man.
The association will meet at the St.
Francis next Wednesday at noon and
the principal speaker will be William
T. Sesnon, president of the San Fran
cisco Chamber of Commerce.
Shoe Maker I'n.vN $50 for Running
Down Union Picket
William X* Hyman. proprietor of a
shoe factory at Eighteenth and Bryant
streets, was fined $50 by Police Judge
Deasy for running , down Thomas J.
Mooney, a union picket, who followed
him on a motorcycle. Hyman has had
labor trouble, and February 3, while
in an automobile, driving in Haight
street near Octavia, ran down Mooney.
Judge Deasy held that Hyman either
ran down the picket intentionally or
by criminal carelessness.
Man* Body Found—The body of an
unidentified man, who is supposed to
have been a marine fireman, was found
yesterday afternoon floating in the bay
off Hunter's point. A pocket in his
trousers was turned inside out. The
man, who was 5 feet 7 inches tall, had
gold bridgework on both sides of his
lower .law and a gold crown on one of
his left upper teeth.
Woman 80 Blown From Bed
Not Injured by the Blast
LTMHBIRG, Ya., Feb. 12.—
Although Mrs. George M. Jones,
80 years old and wealthy, wae
blown out of her bed laat night
by a dynamite explosion which
wrwkfd her home, the shock did
not harm her. The police aay It
Tva» an attempt at murder.
Spring Valley Charges the
Cleveland an Excessive
Price for Service
The investigation by the water rate
committee of the supervisors Tuesday
night of the rates charged steamship
companies •at this port brought out
some surprising figures of the amount
paid the Spring Valley Water company
by the steamship firms.
T. Cary Friedlander, appearing for
the Chamber of Commerce, stated that
the Pacific Mail Steamship company
paid the water company $25,000 per
year for water for its ships. He as
serted that the high rate charged for
water in San Francisco had driven the
Alaska Packers' asfeociatlon to develop
water in Oakland and transport it in
barges tb the company's ships anchbred
off the local wharfs. •
It developed , that the city pays a rate
of $1.50 per I.OOQ gallons of water, while
transient steamship companies are
charged much more.
The rates in Seattle and Tacoma are
$15 for a ship, no matter what amount
of water is used. In San Pedro the
rate is $1 for the first 1.000 gallons and
25 cents for each additional 1,000 gal
lons. Oakland charges 50 cents per
1,000 gallons.
These rates were quoted by Attorney
Daniel Ryan for the board of harbor
commission. He said the high rates
discouraged shippers from landing at
this port, and urged that the rate com
mittee fix the price for all fehips at $1.50
per 1.000 gallons.
For contractors along the water
front he asked that the rate be re
duced from 14 cents for enough water
to mix a barrel of cement to seven
eighths of a cent.
J. J. Dwyer, chairman of the harbor
commission, said the state had to pay
between $6,000 and $7,000 each for
enough water to mix cement for piers
Nos. SO ;»nd 32.
He referred to the charge of $1,000
made against the steamer Cleveland
last week.
Contractors testified to the rates
charged them for water to mix con
The investigation was continued to
a further date to be announced by the
chairman, Andrew Gallagher.
Mayor Rolph was present, but took
no part in the examination.
A X#w I.lfe-SavlnK Station
Right in the heart of the city at 637
Butler bldg. The Physicians' and Sur
geon's Telephone Exchange, where the
public can get the doctor, if a member
at any hour, day or night, by calling
up Sutter 1424. —Advt.
Charity Pencil Sal* —The board of
managers of the San Francisco Nursery
for Homeless Children will hold their
annual pencil sale April 5.
Slate Horticulturists Busy in Hills
Gathering Millions of Cante
loupe Defenders
SACRAMENTO, Feb. 12.— The lady
bug season has opened and collectors
of the state horticultural commission
er's force are going to the mountains
to gather the tiny creatures by the
The ladybug- saves the cantaloupe
crop of the Imperial valley each year
by devouring the aphis, which would
otherwise destroy the melon vine*.
Last week 100 pounds of ladyhugs
were gathered in the Coast Range
mountains. Since there are 30,000 buirs
to the pound, this makes 3,000.000 In
captivity. From this time on the col
lection will be in progress in Humbug
canyon, near Towle. Placer county.
Student Meets Death Trying? to Rescue
• <> in pan i»n. Who Save* Self
PRINCETON', N. J.. Feb. 12.—1n a
heroic attempt to save a comrade wit it
whom he was skating on Carnegie lake
today, V. O'Brien of Germantown, Pa.,
a student at St. Vincent's parochial
school, near here, was drowned before
rescuers could reach him. Thomas F.
Ryan, the companion, saved himself
When Ryan broke through, O'Brien
threw off his skates and jumped into
the icy water, but was drawn under the
ice. He was 22 years old.
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