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The Call -AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER—THE HEWAPER OF AUTHORITY" FOVirSED DECEMBER 1. ltM W. W. CHAP IN. Publisher. // a man constantly aspires, is he net elevated? Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity and find that there v>as no advantage in them ? That it was a vain endeavor ? —Thoreau. SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 1913. CITY'S MARVELOUS GROWTH The building records for the first three months of 1913 do something more than refute the unfriendly sug gestion that there has been a bait in the material progress of San Fran cisco. They furnish conclusive proof of an extraordinary growth. The recorded contracts for January, February and March show a gain of more than $3,000,000 over the same period of last year. This gain is exclusive of Panama-Pacific exposi tion contracts aggregating nearly $1,000,000. The private and municipal contracts recorded in the three months reached the amazing total of $8,605,779. The Panama-Pacific exposition building contracts recorded during that period aggregated $960,400, swelling the grand total to $9,566,179. These amounts do not represent ■merely projected buildings, but actual contracts. As a further index to San Francisco's wonderful growth and the probable extent of the year's building operations, seven buildings for which the plans are being drawn or have been completed involve an additional total of $4,000,000. The building loan records show that the marvelous growth of San Fran cisco is symmetrical; that the home builders are keeping pace with the commercial builders. The aggregate of the real estate transfers for March •was greater than for any month since the fire in 1906. There is nothing of the boom in the astounding strides made by San Fran cisco. This city is building up to its necessities, not beyond them. Indeed, it is doubtful if the building barom eter fairly records this city's growth. The record for the first quarter of 1913, marvelous as it is, only suggests what San Francisco must and will do annually for a decade. SELL OUR BONDS ABROAD California and her cities are to be congratulated upon the senate's unani mous approval of the Hewitt resolu tion for an amendment of the consti tution designed to permit the market ing of public securities in Europe. There is no reason to believe that the assembly will refuse to approve the resolution or that the people will fail to ratify it when it is submitted to them. Indeed, there is every good reason for such approval and ratifica tion. The Hewitt amendment is designed to relieve the state and its munici palities from some of the embarrass ments they have suffered during the last three years. Its ratification will wipe out the existing constitutional provisions that public securities authorized under the laws of California must be made pay able in the United States and in United States gold coin. Those provisions have made Cali fornia state and municipal securities unsalable abroad and restricted them to a market dominated by more pro ductive public and industrial securities. The city of San Francisco was com pelled to authorize the sale of its library bonds at a discount. The state has been compelled to abandon several advertised sales of San Francisco har bor bonds because there were no bid ders for 4 per cent public securities in a market offering excellent bonds pay ing from 4y 2 to 6 per cent. The state has managed to keep some of its projects going by inducing in terested localities to subscribe for blocks of the highway bonds and by purchasing harbor bonds itself with school funds. It is contended that the European investors would welcome 4 per cent California public securities if they were made conveniently negotiable in England, Germany and France. Students of municipal finance are quite generally agreed that Califor nia's cities will be compelled to go on the so called 5 per cent basis within the next two or three years unless they are afforded the relief of an en larged market for their securities. FOR THE COMMON GOOD Announcement of the organization of the Tourists' association of the San Francisco bay and river counties is welcome news to every one inter ested in the development of San Fran cisco and central California. The association is the result of the efforts of 27 chambers of commerce and commercial organizations, repre sentative of the San Francisco bay cities and the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. Its avowed purpose is to acquaint the tourist with the superlative advan tages of the bay and upper valley dis tricts. It is entitled to the cordial co-operation of every business man, every man who earns his living in San Francisco or central California. Beyond providing them with accom modations unrivaled anywhere in the world, San Francisco has paid no attention to the thousands of tourists ( passing through her gates every month. Content in the enjoyment and profits of their extraordinary advan tages, the people of the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys until recently have made no'attempt to enhance those advantages by inviting perma nent development from abroad. The cities of the valleys and the cities on the bay have fairly encour aged the hastening of the tourist tides to southern California. The extraor dinary development of less favored southern California is in a large de gree directly attributable to the in difference of the people of central California. Happily, that devtlopment has not been without its influence upon central California. It has demonstrated what organized effort can accomplish in spite of natural handicaps unknown in the bay and valley districts. . The new association represents a perfect community of interest. Its every success must redound to the advantage of all concerned. Every new home in San Francisco or Oak land means more money for the pro ducers in the valleys. Every new farm, every new orchard in the valleys means more business, more money, more homes in the cities , on the bay. POOR WAGES; POOR MEN There is governmental and humani tarian good sense in the proposition to increase the wages of the guards at San Quentin and Folsom prisons. Unfortunately, it is true that the major prison evils have their sources in the character of the prison plants and of the free men employed in them. Prison work is difficult and dis agreeable. It approximates a science. It demands initial individual special fitness and subsequent training. The practical results of the California sys tem disclose that it is not designed to satisfy those demands. The existing wage scale for guards is $65 a month. It is a flat scale. There is no scehme for promotion or increase of pay for continued and faithful service. The frailties of the system imposed upon them by law have been most unhappily impressed upon both the wardens and all but one of the prison directors. The guards , in both prisons have to stand long watches. Unavoidably their hours are so arranged that their rest is broken and that "free men," as applied to them, is a misnomer. Wardens and directors have dis covered that they can not secure de sirable men, or, securing them, can not keep them. Men who might be developed into good prison employes hold their appointments just long enough to enable them to get better paid employment elsewhere. All too frequently the man who is willing to remain on the guard line is unfit to remain there. The legislature has been asked to increase the guards' pay to $100 a month and to provide appropriations which will permit of the organization of eight hour watches for them. It is unlikely that both requests can be complied with this year, but there is encouraging probability of a compro mise carrying with it a wage increase. Colonel Watterson and Colonel Har vey are ptill perfectly agreed. "Marse Henry" says the inauguration number of Harper"s was a most notable and suggestive publication. The people of Worcester, Mass., are perturbed over their unwitting nomi nation of a dead man. The people of San Francisco have elected many a dead one deliberately. "No man in England admits the truth about his family," charge* G. Bernard Shaw. That seems to come fairly within the English rule against self-lncrlm lnating evidence. There is , a suggestion of a henna famine in the London Mail's discovery that the red haired girls are becoming scarce in England. There seems to be a well defined sus picion that the brevity record Is not all that will be broken by President Wilson's message. Secretary Redfleld has decided that the examiners in the federal civil serv ice bureau may tell their troubles to Sweney. HE VOLUNTEERED That invitation to Clarence Darrow to speak in favor of the abolition of the death penalty before the California Senate judiciary committee .seems , a sort of joke.— Chicago Inter Ocean. ABE MARTIN Ther's no horn on th' water wagon. I don't know whether Tell Binkley drinks er not, but he's mighty reminiscent. It wuzn' worth as much f live in th' pood ole days. THE RAX FRAKCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 1913. IFERRY TALES! I MET Judge Lawler on the ferry steamer Piedmont the other morn ing and he said, as he watched the passengers disembark: "California is the most won4erful land in the world, and not least of its wonders is the beauty of its women. Women, in California, never grow old." A3 the Judge himself wears on his cheeks the bloom of perpetual youth, I he ought to know. What he said has something to do with a real ferry tale. That's why I took the liberty of re peating It. I thought also that the girls would like to know that the judge is watching them with approving eyes. The hero of this story has Just cele brated his twenty-second birthday, and of course there is not much In the storehouse of knowledge and ex perience with which he is not on Inti mate speaking terms. He is employing a few of his gifts at present Jn bright ening the pages of an evening news paper on the local staff of which he holds a job as reporter. Hβ was assigned to some work the other day that entailed a visit to the state penitentiary at Han Quentin. When he reached Greenbrae he found that he would have to walk to the prison. "Are you going to San Quentin?" It was a musical voice and when he turned he found the speaker to be a woman, attractive as the voice. "I have to go there," she continued. "No stage meets thie train, and if that is your destination we might ac well take the hike together." They walked together, and they talked. She was a delightful com panion and it was not long after the manner of twenty-two before he had told her all about himself. . They were good friends by the time they reached the prison, and when they came to where their ways parted, they ex changed cards. Her voice and face haunted him. On his next day oft he was going to visit her at her home in Mill Valley. She had said that he might call. It was too big a thing to keep to himself, and when he returned to the office he looked around for somebody In whom he could confide. Also, he wanted to find out something about his charmer for, as he thought back, he discovered that while he had told her all there was to tell about himself she had volunteered no more information than was con veyed by her visiting card. Hβ decided that the woman who wrote the Bob stories for his paper would be hla safest confidente. "By the way, Miss So-and-so," he ad dressed the »ob editor.wlth all the non chalance at hie command, "you used to live In Mill Valley. Do you know Mrs. Blank?" VYes," replied the jrlrl wTlter, "I know her very well. She's the mother of Mrs. So-and-so, who made quite a stir a few years ago as an actress. But the reporter had fled. He hasn't smiled since. He may cheer up when he reads what Judge Lawler said and finds out that, in California, the women grow younger every year. A San Francisco woman WTites to me that she bought a chicken the other day. She paid 60 cents for It. When she unwrapped it at home and prepared to cook It sh<s was so Im pressed with Us emaciated appearance that she took it to the board of health office and submitted the bird to the in spection of the authorities. The emaci ation, they tojd her, was caused by tuberculosis, and would she please tell them where she had bought it. The poulterer was arrested and dis missed with a warning, after paying $4.50 court costs. He paid the money with reluctance. "I'm no doctor," he said. "If I'm sick I send for one and he only charges me $2.50. You charge me $4.50 for telling me that the chicken was sick. Four dollars and 60 cents seems a pretty stiff price for a doctor fee for a chicken that sold for 60 cents and is dead anyway. There's no more justice in the land." "The board of. health," writes the woman, "is all right. Everybody reads the ferry tale column, and I think if you would mention my experience other housewives would follow my ex ample. If more people did this the work of the board of health would be more effective and the people who sell us our meats more careful." <~ LINDSAY CAMPBELL. Pencil Day The Call's Daily Short Story CHIVALRY LOUISE OLNEY The age of chivalry and sudden res cue Is not dead. Jim Morton was a knight of labor. Ho stopped whistling and spreading green paint on the smoky J ribs of the Grant rooming house and i climbed down his ladder to investigate. April was eoft and preen, but beauty In a weeping , little womanish heap on the dingy eide porch was too much for him. As he wiped his hands on his overalls he watched the fair little head shine In the setting sun. The girl, in her dark blue dress, sat flat In the wreckage of what had been a trunk and wiped her eyes on a flimsy white gown, torn and soiled. "What's up?" he asked. She Jumped to her feet and gave him a pathetic look of suspicion. Two underpaid years In a department store b&4 .weakened her natural trust In her k.'nd. She was very little and young. But her searching eyes found trustworthiness In the clean, kindly young face of the man before her. "I'm—Just moving- !n. T got off a lit tle early. I ' now my trunk was old, but the man v as drunk and dropped It into the mud." She began to cry again. Something in his very silence bade her go on. "He lost half my things, and I didn't have much. The other half is spoiled. And—l have nothing to wear, and I promised to go out tonight with — I don't dare not go! I didn't want to move, but they sod where I was, and—" "Hard luck," he said gravely. "Let's pick up the pieces." He began to fit the pieces of tray together. As he reached for a can of nails and a hammer with a matter of fact, brotherly air, he looked at the white dress she was frowning over. "Couldn't you—sew It up or some thing?" he asked helplessly. She gave a sudden little teary April laugh. "It's past being , —sewed or something." Rβ finished the tray and began on the wrecked binges. "Couldn't you stay at home for once?" he suggested. "Or do you want to go so very badly? It's too bad to miss a good time, but —" Tragedy leaped to her eyes. Uncon sciously both man and girl straightened and stood looking at each other. "I'd rather die than go!-But I said I would. It's—th* head of my department. I've put him oft* before—l would lose my place. I cant' this time of year. I've always lieM out against public dances. The other girls go. When you're—alone you can't hold out always. Would you go?" Jim glanced up and saw Mrs. Grant coming up the street, gaunt, a little hard of face, and a protective instinct gripped him. The woman was almost home. Hβ spoke in a low tone. "Quick! Tell me your name, where you work, where you came from, and who expressman was. Do you know his number?" She obeyed him Instantly. "Annie Mason. I'm 18. I work at Herder's, handkerchiefs and neckwear. My folks are dead. I came from Spring Valley. His number was 19 —he was big and fat, with a red beard." As Mrs. Grant came out the side door with her hands on her hips to watch operations, Jim was helping to put things""back Into the trunk. "You're the new grlrl?" she said. Annie described her accident in her little, faltering way, while the woman waited stonily. "I'll carry it up, Mrs. Grant, if you'll show me the way," Jim said pleasantly. Annie thanked him and he went whistling back to his work. He re mounted the ladder and began smooth- Ing pale green paint over the winter soot and dust. He thought of the bud ding trees about him, and a little house In a patch of green at the edge of the city. A new, glad thing stirred In his heart, protection, responsibility, a warmth and a burden. To his mental vision came a little, fair head bent despairingly over a torn dress and a battered trunk. So absorbed was he that at first he was not conscious of a woman's half-scolding tone and a girl's indistinct murmuring. Then, with a start, he listened deliberately. The sound came from the second story win dow. Just above hU porch. Mrs. Grant was saying: "And I won't have no freeh actln' up In my place—talkin' to a workman you don't know almost before you get In the house: , ' Jim ran up the ladder and put his head in at the window, his big shoul ders filling the open space. The womap shrieked, but the girl's glance caught at the strength and comfort of him. "Couldn't help hearln , you, Mrs. Grant. Now, you have known me years and I've lived in your house. You know I'm straight. I spoke to her first and offered to help her —and I know her anyway; knew her folks back at Spring Valley. The Masons were all good people, and she's on the square if she does have to work at Herder's. You have had girls that didn't do right, but ehe tends to business. I'll answer for her." The woman smiled at him a little. She was only overworked and disillu sioned, not really hard- "Well, I didn't mean any harm. I'm sure she's all right. Young girls are so careless. I meant It as a warning. Put your things away and come on down and I'll give you some tea. Perhaps you ain't the kind that needs scarin'—cuddlin' might do better." It was quitting time and James Mor ton put away hie ladder, cleaned his brushes and made a bee line for the express office. He knew men there. Hβ emerged with the light of conflict in his eye and a check in his flat. Still whistling, he took a car to the hot room he shared with Connie Semple. He washed, shaved, dressed and listened unflinchingly to Connie's persiflage. Connie Jumped at the chance to tease. "The rubbin' down, an' dressln' and scrapln' of him! Girl—at last! I be gan to think ye weren't human about girls!" "A fellow has to—wait for the right girl." Jim said, as he dashed out. He ate at the first lunchroom and then took a car in the direction of Grant's board ing house. Tho evening -was filled with the smoke and fragrance of little clean up fires. Boys played about the build ings, old people stood In doorways and young ones wandered in twos through the twilight. Aa Jim went up the steps he saw a slender, shrinking girl with a heavy set, well dressed man, double her age. Jim heard her say: "I am telling the truth. My things were all spoiled, so I just can't go." "And I don't believe you," the man was answering , . "You've always got some excuse. I don't see why we keep any girl so uppish as you. Come, go and get ready. Nothing will eat you alive at a dance. You'll have a good time. I want you Just because you're not like the rest." Jim stepped into the breach. "Good evening, Annie, here's the dam ages for your trunk. I went after them hot and heavy about it." The man ignored him. "Hurry, we'll be late. Wβ ought to be going," he said. "Excuse me," Jim said flrmly to the man, "but my girl's goin , with me, and with no one else. I'm big enough to take her to a dance if she wants to go to one. "We're goin' out tomorrow to see the house I'v# bought for her. You better get out of here. I got a feeling for you that ain't healthy. , ' Hβ spoke quietly. The man shrugged hie shoulders and walked away laughing a little. "She sure got the best of me»" he muttered, "sharp girl." Jim drew the girl's arm under his and walked her up the street rapidly lest she break down and cry. Presently he got her to a breathing space in a little park, and tears came to her re lief. "There, there!" he soothed. "You don't have to have me if you don't want me—if you could—love me—l —" She gave that little sudden April laugh of hers. "Aβ if—anything human—-could help —loving you!" They talked it all over. "And, oh." ehe finished, "to think you had to lie for me—about knowing my folks, and Spring Valley!" "It was true! I know the Shafers. and Nellie Cannon, and old Bill Stubbs and Mrs. Stacy—l knew your father and brother—l'm eight years older than you—and we lived 10 miles off. Ten miles Is neighbors in the country, you know "' "Oh," she sighed, "all the dear Spring Valley folks—-and you " lie couldn't kiss her in a park with folks about all eyes and ears. Hβ did the next best thing — drew her arm close in his and walked on with her— whispering a sweet name In her ear. Copyright, 18X3, by the McClnre New«paper Syndicate. VOICE OF THE PEOPLE REFORMED PROCEDURE Editor Call: I was much Interested in Mr. Cahill's comments upon my rem edy for the reversal of judgments in civil actions on technical grounds, which was that an appeal should be allowed only on the whole case and not upon a technicality, and that the ap pellate court should be allowed to re- | verse a case only when it finds that there has been a substantial miscar riage <*£ Justice —that is, one in which a different verdict should be rendered. The trouble with the courts Is that lawyers and Judges make a game of procedure, and they pay more attention to the rules of the game than they do to the goal, which is, if one etope to think, the doing of Justice between two litigants. One can look the report through and seldom find a case re versed because injustice was done, but nearly always because some rule of the game was not observed. Courts pay too etuch attention to form and too little to substance. Cross examination has as much to do with befogging a truth ful witness as getting the truth out of a lying witness. The committee on reform of criminal procedure of the Commonwealth club brought In a report December 11, 1912, which eayg in part "That our present method of selecting trial Jurors • • • in criminal cases • « • actually brings our whole criminal Jurispru dence into contempt, we believe law yers and Judges alike will admit." The committee on civil procedure by Lester Jacobs, chairman, reported: "I do not think that any American citizen can be very proud of the administra tion of the law in this country. • • • The procedure has degenerated into a game, a very costly game, and a very protracted game." What is needed is simplicity and directness. The whole scheme of pro cedure must be revised so that a man may give a quick verdict, and then the judgment must stand unless the ap pellate court can and will say that In its opinion the wrong judgment was given. If Boynton's proposed amendment of section 4%, article 6 of the constitution is passed and ratified all the technicali ties of the law, all reversals of Judg ment on any but the most serious grounds will be done away with. It will give the needed simplicity to our judicial system. It is as follows: "Section 4% —No Judgment shall be set aside, or new trial granted, in any case of misdirection of the jury, or of the improper admission or rejection of evidence, or for any error as to an" matter of pleading, or for any error as to any matter of procedure, unless after an examination of the entire case, in cluding the evidence, the court shall be of the opinion that the error com plained of has resulted in a miscar- I riage of justice." This will destroy all demurrers, ex cept for the on* cauee that the com plaint does not state a cause of action. Equity will be the rule of decisions. No man will take an appeal unless ho has been wronged. Trials will be simplified. All the cobweb* will be ewept away and the law will become an instrument of Justice and not the plaything as it is now of quibblere and hairsplitters. CHARLES WESLEY REED. San Francisco, March 26. SEEK ECOA'OMICAI, EFFICIEXCY Editor Call: Two constitutional amendments are pending before the i state legislature which are of especial Interest to Alameda county ancT its II Incorporated towns and cities. Ratifi cation of these amendments will facili tate the solution of the problem of pro viding an efficient and economical form of government for the county and the municipalities through the elimination of duplicate offices performing , like functions and covering precisely the same fields of action. Their ratifica tion would impair the Integrity or po litical autonomy of the several govern ments as related to their independent control of all municipal matters In which they are not collectively con cerned. To the solution of the com plex and expensive governmental prob lem presented by the existing systems the Alameda County Tax association has devoted Its efforts and money for two years Both of the proposed constitutional amendments were framed by the asso ciation's committee on legislation, con sisting of Harrison S. Robinson, chair man; Robert M. Fitzgerald, Charles K. Snook, former Mayor E. K. Taylor of Alameda and Prof. William Carey Jones of the state university. By assembly constitutional amend ment No. 81 It is proposed to amend section 6 of article 11 so as to grant to municipalities having freeholder charters absolute control over all of their municipal affairs, subject only to such restrictions as may be laid down In their charters. This amendment would obviate the necessity which now exists under an Interpretation by a supreme court de cision of the phrase, "except in mu nicipal affairs" in seetlen 6 of article 11, for the special enumeration In a NEWS FROM THE HOTELS R H. Bradley, lumberman from Se attle, is at the Bellevue. W. B. Warren, a contractor of Port land, Is at the Palace. H. J. Manasse, a Napa merchant, is registered at the Manx. R. W. Grenfell. real estate dealer of Colusa, is at the Stewart. Li. P. Larsen. a visitor from Seattle, is staying at the Stewart. James A. Hall, mayor of Watsonvllle, Is a guest at the Argonaut. C. C. Harris, a Los Angeles capitalist, is a guest at the St. Francis. John R. Griffith, manufacturer from Manchester, England, is at the Belle vue. J. W. Mullen, a capitalist of Salt Lake City, and Mrs. Mullen are at the Manx. Oscar Lawler. assistant United States attorney at Loe Angele*. is at the Palace. L. D. Hirseh. governor of the German province of Samoa, is a guest at the Palace. W. L. Henkle, a merchant of San Jose, and Mrs. Henkle, are at the Ar gonaut. Mrs. F. H. Elijah of Cedar Rapids, lowa, has taken apartments at the Fairmont. J. S. Diller, a Seattle mining man, George B. Shaw and wife, and G. H. Kaiser of Washington, D. C, are at the Colubus. Slason Thompson, the noted journal ist and one of the founders of the Chicago Herald, Iβ a guest at the Pal ace. Mr. Thompson first entered the newspaper profession In San Francisco on The Call In 1876. Five years later he and his aseociataes founded the Chicago Herald. Of late years Mr. Thompson has devoted his to writing railroad hiatory. He is recog nized as one of the best historians on railroads in the world. Mr. Thompson plane to remain in San Francisco for a short time. California may have a new industry, according to Ralph Sprague, a guest at the St. Francis. Mr. Sprague, who is identified with a large syndicate that is buying land in California, says that hia company has experimented with rubber trees and that thus far the ex periments have been successful. Mr. tiprague eald: "For a long time it was doubted that cotton could be raised in California, but we know now that the Imperial val l#y is growing it in large quantities. Our soil experts tell us that rubber trees will grow in California, and we are going to continue experimenting." freeholder charter of every power over its municipal affairs wbir-h t T '<» rv nicipality desires to exercise. It "' shorten and simplify the framing freeholder charter,* and centralize in the municipality sole jurisdiction 09*9 its municipal affairs without danger •( state legislative intorference. T.'nrter present conditions charters are in fluenced by general laws enacted by the state legislature which were not intended to affect th"m. The amendment would enable mu nicipalities, by majority vote of tnerr electors, to transfer certain municipal function* to the county governnurr Such functions mier'it Inclede the as sessment of property, the collect <"i »" taxes, etc. This would abolis!. I cation of offices and would f"" , Ni l«*« interest of economy and efflcleiv 1 . statute was enacted In is! , -'. aimed to accomplish thin object constitutionality is not clear am! it . therefore, of doubtful utility. The bill provides also that ■ i»« officers may, under certain el stances, perform the functions oi •■■ I niclpal officers. This is one of the m damental ideas underlying the W >< U the Alameda County Tax a*eociatlon f<. ■ a county charter which will pr<>\ i.'» * general system of county Rovprnm •> based on the business principles f erning the management of all ftrewt corporations, co-operative and efficient to the county and the n palities, but assuming no Jurisdiction L over their respective special afTalrs or their politcal autonomy. By senate constitutional No. 53 it is proposed to amend pe.-tlnn 7% of article 11 so that the powers and privileges conferred upon municipali ties by the companion amendment may be exercised and enjoyed by the county. This will establish the relations con templated in assembly constitutional amendment No. 81 and result in ef ficiency in the public service, economy In public expenditure* and materially reduced tax rates. ALAMEDA COUNTY TAX ABBN. By Taliesin Evans. POOR PEDDLER PROTESTS Editor Call: In your just and val» able paper of Sunday, March 30, wwt the following headline and article: "Peddlers Called Menace to City." Juror Hutchlns urges high licenses to drive venders from San Francisco streets. lie also claim« that peddlers injure legitimate merchants and v" v no taxes, and that "Kid ,, Bnllivan, Jimmy Lawlor and other notorfona characters were "peddlers." A prominent assistant cashier of n most prominent bank became a de faulter. Some prominent bankers ar , serving terms in penitentiaries e.n«l others should be. Are these facts proof that bankers are a menace to the Hty ' A peddler Is a merchant with a small capital. While the big merchant hyp notizes and attracts customers witii large window displays aad otnt>' means, the poor merchant or peddl«r takes his wares to the custom**. The peddler pays more rent, hum, taxes. In proportion to hi« income, than the big merchant. The peddl»r Is a human being;. Hβ loves hie family, his children, hie parents, as much as any merchant or banker; I don't believn that any eelf-respectlng citizen Is Jus tified in putting him down as a men;u >• to the community, much lese a public official li':e Grand Juror Hutehlns. It takes more courage, more perseverancf. more hard and tedious work, more con tinuous digging, more honest dealing and courteous treatment ito make a successful living by peddling: than any other vocation. I agree with Juror Hutchlns that any man who has less than $100,000 and can not afford to pay $2,500 a month rent should not be permitted to exist. He and his family should be driven out of San Francisco by high licensee or otherwise, or forced to become a grand juror. I am a peddler. I have as nice ;i family of chlidren as any merchant. I find as much pleasure in working for them as the biff merchant finds in serving hM family. I pay taxe?. cstv rent, pay my trills and give my cw» tomers square treatment. I know tnei I am as much a benefit to U of San Francisco and -a greater benefit to the poor laboring classes than rnift of the big merchants. If peddlers are a menace to tho city, then why not grocery, furniture, dry goods, bonk an.i other merchants who employ hundred* of solicitors and sell their wares from house to house. A public official who has so little understanding about legitimate busi ness, and who is so lacking in sym pathy for a good many of Its poor citi zens, should not be permitted to pas« Judgment upon any subject of import ance or trusted with the faith of its citizens. He is more dangerous to the community at large than the lowest kind of a peddler. A POOR PEDDLER. Oakland, March 30. George H. Terrell and family Of Se attle, are at the Union Square. F. M. Sexton, an Insurance man of Sacramento, in at the Stewart. C. W. Wettig, a banker of Sacra mento, is staying at the Sutter. J. H. Crothera, a lumber man of Eureka, ia a guest at the Sutter. E. S. Farrington, a merchant of Car son City, is , registered at the Sutter. M. F. Whitcomb, a prominent Mll-1 traukee business man, is registered at' the Palace. L. M. Channel, a real estate dealer of Glenn Ellen, is registered at the Argonaut. H. J. Hinds, a real estate operator nf Merced, and Mrs. Hinds are staying at the Manx. A. S. Good*, a dairyman of Baker= field. and Mrs. Goode, are etopplns at the Argonaut. Sherman Marsh of Nevada, a mining man and Charles King, a llanforil rancher, are at the Dale. J. C. Whitney and Mrs. Whitney "f St. Paul, are at the Union Square. Mr. Whitney Is a real estate broker. Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Davis and the Misses Helen and Klizabeth Davis from Omaha, are registered at the St. Fran cis. Mre. Daniel Lamont. widow of a former secretary of war. and Mi»« Lamont from New York, are staying at the St. Francis. William H. Murphy, a retired capital ist of Detroit; Mrs. Murphy and Minx Serena K. Murphy, who have b**fl south for the winter, are staying at the Palate. Henry Thomas, r civil engineer of Xew York, who has been in Mexico for several years, says that the trouble in Mexico soon will be over. Hγ. Thomai, who is staying at the Manx, said: "I the present revolution will be ended before long, but I can't say how long this peace will last. The Mexicans seem to elect their president* with rifle balls instead of ballots. 1 never was through but the one revolu tion and that was enough for me, but people familiar with the history of Mexico say this one was the bloodiest of them all. Of course, the war greatly interfered with business, especially with transportation and mining. The prop* erty of several mining companies , ijf Sonnra was destroyed by the consti tutionalists and there was considerable looting. For my part, I am glad the United States did not Intervene, because a war would have coet us millions and millions of dollars and thousand* of men."