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:' FOUKDED DECEMBER. 1, ;■ 185« V '::;' ■■--': '■" ___
W. W. CHAPIN, Publisher '
What Did Bruno Buy?
WW The people of; San Francisco look to the
- grand jury for information /touching one
phase of the police graft situation, which the police
commission declines to go into.
The people want to know the character of the
influence Jack McManilS, some time assemblyman
and business associate of Chief of Police While.
traded for a one-third interest in the Jupiter cafe.
The police commission discovered and permit
ted the people to know, that influence was all the
capital McManus invested in the place which vied
with Caesars for the patronage of the bunko men.
In view of all the attending circumstances,
such a discovery might have been expected to
arouse the curiosity of ordinary men. It aroused
no curiosity in the minds of the police com mis
Indeed, Pietro Bruno's declaration that he had
given McManus a $2,000 share in his business for
influence seemed to destroy any interest the com
mission might have had in that particular field of
police corruption investigation.
"Were they other than sworn public officials,
enthusiastically engaged in . supplementing the
accidental disclosures that have put eight men in
stripes, their abrupt loss of interest might suggest
fear that they were about to learn something they
did not wish to know.
The influence of McManus seemingly does not
interest the police commission. It does interest
the people of "San Francisco. They are not afraid
to find out what it is and where it reaches. They
want to know all about it.
There are some skeptical citizens who, despite
the conservatism of the police commission, believe
that Pietro Bruno thought he was buying- some
thing worth while when he gave up $2,000 to
enable McManus to participate in the profits of his
Bruno was engaged in the business of skinning
suckers. Perhaps his business training made him
the easy victim of a gold brick trick put over by
McManus. Then again, perhaps, he just imagined
McManus had influence that reached the chief of
police, the police courts and the officers of the law.
Of course, Bruno might have gone deliberately
about bunkoing himself as , the result of habit, or
just for practice— to keep his hand in, as it were.
The police commission might have secured
such an interesting admission from Bruno had it
pressed its inquiries or even permitted him to go
deeper into the subject of influence at a price.
Bruno knows what he believed he was buying.
He believed it to be worth a one-third share in
a business that needed police protection. No one
is foolish enough to believe that Bruno imagined
lie was buying anything but police protection in
some form.
Whose protection, affirmative or passive, was
it Bruno believed he could get through McManus?
Did he get anything for his money?
These are questions the San Francisco public
wants answered. The police commission has failed
to interrogate those who might answer.
The people are entitled to answers straight
forward and complete. They expect the grand
jury to make the inquiry the police commission
has failed to make.
The Wilson Tariff Bill Vote
p The announcement that forty-seven United
Stales senators stood up one by one in the
democratic caucus and announced their intention
to vote for the Wilson-Underwood-Simmons tariff
bill to the facetious might suggest a row of school
boys standing in line and agreeing to obey teacher.
There is not a man of the forty-seven who was
not counted upon in advance of the introduction of
the bill as reasonably certain to vote for it. and
the result shows how thoroughly well President
Wilson knew his men before he undertook to put
through has tariff measure.
There has been no compelling reason why the
bill should not have been passed long ago, except
«i desire to save the face of some of the wouldbe
objectors, and a willingness to let them run around
the reservation a while so long as they did not run
At one time several of the senators did show
signs of breaking over the lines, but just at that
time President Wilson, with that consummate polit
ical adroitness which he so often displays, told the
assembled newspaper correspondents that he had
"a.hunch" that there was an "insidious lobby" at
work in Washington, and the bawling out which
the press gave to the president's . assertions so
scared a lot of the weak senators that they haven't
got over protesting (publicly) their loyalty to the
president and his wishes concerning the bill (and
patronage :; • '
A majority of one is not great, but it will suf
fice —in an emergency such as the president seems
to think exists. At any rate, the tariff bill is now
beyond a question sure to pass, and the result will
show whether the country will profit or not.
Convention League's Good Work
The proposed establishment of a large Nor
wegian farming colony in the Sacramento val
ley is the direct result. of the efforts of the Conven
tion league of San Francisco. :- : -:':■/,:
Thanks to the activity of the league Bishops Lv
C. Foss and O. P. Yangsncs of the Norwegian'
Evangelical Lutheran church and James Johnson, a
Minneapolis banker, are nfc>w on a tour of hestiga
"** -■ =. '■'• v . ■ '''. ; '-'v:-: :
tion ;embracing Sacramento, Yolo, Glenn, Colusa'
and Solano counties. ? ,- /
The purpose of the tour is to secure options on
sufficient lands for the establishment of a big colony
to be financed by wealthy Norwegians closely asso
ciated with the church arid its work. w "". ,; .
Wherever it is established the prpposed colony
will be a most welcome addition to the social and
commercial life of California.
The Norwegians are natural community builders.
Europe has sent us no better citizens. The domi
nant part they have played in the commercial and
governmental development of Wisconsin, Minnes
ota and North Dakota is the best evidence of their
worth. . ; - ■
Regardless of the location of the proposed
colony, the people of all central ; and ; northern Cali
fornia are to be congratulated upon the fact that
the Convention league has given substantial proof
of San Francisco's appreciation of the fact that her
interests are the interests of every community in
the state. .
Education for the Majority
\j The paper on reorganization of higher edu
cation in California, read by Professor Lange
of the University of California at the high school
teachers' convention, was noteworthy quite ";\ as
much for its source as for its content?.
Professor Lange ( strongly urged a remolding
of the curricula of the secondary schools of Cali
fornia to meet the practical needs of the pupils.
He advised adoption of that type of vocational
teaching known in the eastern states as the \ inter
mediate industrial high school system. Me in
formed the high school teachers that the associa
tion would be asked to adopt a report indorsing
that system. ... •.
The movement for the intermediate industrial
high school is based on an appreciation of the fact
that conventional secondary education begins too
late for the great majority of American boys and
girls. - / ; .-■.'. '
The intermediate industrial high school is de
signed to make the public school of some practical
benefit to the boys and girls whose school life ends
at the age of 16 or 17 years.
It is a happy welding of the curricula of the
advanced grammar and vocational training schools.
Upon graduation from the intermediate industrial
school the pupil has a foundation upon which to
build a business or trade education as a wage
earner or a symmetrical equipment for either trade
or preparatory high school work, if he desires to
remain in school.
The finest exemplar of this modern notion of
practical education is the Washington Irving high
school for girls, New York city. It is fitting its
girls to solve the practical problems they must
solve either as wage earners or as housewives and
mothers. ; -
The work being done by the city of-New York
at the Washington Irving high school must be
approximated in the next decade by every big city
in America. • * .
That the inevitable is now appreciated by
school men as well as by the practical men of af
fairs is gratefully evidenced by the efforts of Pro
fessor. Lange and hundreds of prominent educators,
who have dared the criticisms of their professional
brothers and sisters to defend the gospel of public
education for the majority.
The Speedometer of Prosperity
1: Business is good. California knows nothing
of hard times. Witness the total expended by
the people of California for automobiles during the
year ending June 30.
The records of the state motor vehicle registry
department show that the people of California
bought $67,684,000 worth of automobiles last year.
That total discloses the fact that in the matter of
of money expended for the purchase of automobiles,
California is second to only one state in the union.
The grand totals show that iii eight years, since
I the establishment of the motor vehicle registry de
partment, the people of California have bought
111,656 automobiles, for which they expended
The average price of the 33.824 new cars sold in
California last year was slightly in excess of $2,000.
Approximately the same average is shown by the
totals for eight years.
' The deeper significance of these grand totals is
to be found in the fact that a proportionately larger
share of them is made up of the money spent for
automobiles by the ranchers and suburban residents
of California. ', ■•
No better index to the continued prosperity of
the people of a state could be found than Califor
nia's average of more than $100 per capita spent for
automobiles in a period of eight years.
A Chicago church has just closed a three months'
experiment of . teaching ■ the Sunday school lessons by
moving pictures. The difficulty with that method must
have been to keep the grownups out. >
Secretary Daniels is strong for a bigger navy. The
swivel chair : admirals who were all to ;be sent to sea as
soon as the new administration came in evidently are
still working. v :. . • : -, : : -- ■' '■'- ■/■■' .:;
Cleveland's health officer says that some of the butter
milk sold there is bogus. A man who would imitate
buttermilk would counterfeit sauerkraut-' and forge
iimburger. ■ ..
The Kansas City police board has decided to let
saloon keepers give away pretzels. Now look for a
revival of fossilized and stony jokes half a century old.
A Kansas City judge lias decided that a girl need not
confine her attentions :to f the man she is engaged to; but
he wouldn't dare decide that about a man. ■ '
Harvard's oldest graduate took his degree 75 years
ago. Rah, rah, rah! for the oldest boy. ■
A Spirited Reply
Miss Ethel • Barrymore, taking tea at
the Colony , club in New York, talked
about the periln of the stag*.' \ \
"Xo matter how beautiful a girl may,
be," said ? Miss : Barrymore, "the ' perils
of the stage need not alarm her. Let
her only keep her head, and she will
be all right. -";-'^^^Vr ,; . ;: ■■ r: "'■-' ■"'" '■,''' -'"■': V':
j , ; "She must keep^her'head- — must
I repudiate advances with good humor —
and she'll get on splendidly. ■> Let her
I emulate , the ], pretty ; housemaid of New
Rochelle. '**•. - '. \' ""■ ■>
..; "There wa« a sign on a house in New
Rochelle: l>, 'This handsome - residence,
with Its appurtenances, to be let, fur
nished, for the summer' —and one 't day
a motor ; stopped, and ■a - good looking
man rang , the bell and inquired r about
the sign. '•/■"> ~?''''-':JiA--' V
" 'What,' he asked, 'do the appurte
nances mean?' .'■■]." ;
" 'Oh, , v said 7 : the -J pretty ■ housemaid,
'they are the ' outbuildings, the garage,
I the tennia courts and so forth.'
I "The man ' emlled tenderly at the
pretty maid s standing before him with
her hands In the pockets of her dainty
apron. .'■*'?:'■'■'• .' '-" '. ":.' .'
" 'And are you an appurtenance?' he
said. ' 'Are you to be let with the
house, toot' "'-' (: V': ■;.':.' ■ ■ .'■: '' : -
"She smiled and shook her head.
, " "No," she said; 'I'm vto be let alone.'"
—New Orleans States.
Improperly Approached
' Hon. ] George A. Carpenter, ■ a judge of
the ■ United . States J circuit court =' for the
district of Illinois, although a dignified
personage on the bench, ie something
of a houmorist. The judge has pre
sided over a number of notable trials
in Chicago,. among them that of the
Chicago : packers j who were indicted as
members of the "beef trust," but ac
quitted. Judge Carpenter is a member
of Harvard '88, and he :is• in ; Boston for
commencement. . Apropos of the ques
tion of whether attempts to influence
judge?-, his honor has been telling- of
his experience: ': vV •>,
"The only time I was improperly, ap
proached was' by i Harvard man, and
singularly by .; a member of my own
class. ■During.the trial of the Chicago
packers this classmate of mine accost
ed me one evening at the club in Chf
cag-0.-. . . ,'f , . "- 1 *..*.'•!'".' "
" 'Carpy,' said he, 'I've a favor to ask
of you. ;George ~-—Ts: on trial before
you. isn't "he?' : 'Yes.' ; l answered.
" "Well. Carpy. - said my classmate,
'if George-is found guilty and you have
to sentence him to I jail, please order
that his stripes shall run up and down
Instead :of around his body, , for you
know horizontal stripes are so unbe
coming to a v fat man like George.' " —
Boston Globe.
A Lightning Sketch
y* "President Wilson ,ought to have
been a novelist," said a Princeton pro
fessor.. "He has 'the''most marvelous
faculty for tabloid characterization."
"Tabloid characterization?" the puz
zled : repbrter-f a}tere*|.r.;> *** ~fr r '■ -■ " : ;.'-
"Yes. By that I mean the faculty of
portraying a man's" character in a few
words. Let me give you an example.
"President Wilson, once mentioned a
certain individual in my hearing, and I
Said: , -- ■■'..' : -;- ■■' ■■ ■ ; : '. -.■■■• '■■' '
"'What sort of a chap is he?"
."'Well,' President Wilson answered,
'you can't get an idea into his head,
and you can't get one out of it.' "
Need Never Stop
John Punoy Mitchell, the new col
' lector of tlie port for New York, was
congratulated on his success the other
day at a luncheon. ; ;
"And you'll go still further, .sir, , ' said
an enthusiastic alderman. "You're young
yet." \ \ ' l \■ ' ■-/ ,
"Well." said Mr.-Mitchell, modestly,
"I shall certainly try to go further."
.- He smiled and added:;
"The beauty about fortune's ladder is
that it has no top and no man ever need
stop climbing for want ;of another
rung."—Minneapolis Journal.
Giving Notice
An office boy who had been repeated
ly discharged and as often taken back,
was called upon the carpet for a last
dismissal. ■ ' -;
"Now I want you to , understand."
said the employer, - "you're .discharged
—fired. Do you understand? Go home
tonight and don't come back."
But the boy turned up the next morn
ing as usual. --
"Didn't you understand me?" asked
the employer, "I fired you last night."
"Yes, I known you did." said the boy,
"and don't you do it again. My mother
licked me when I got home."—Xew
York • Post. ' :;" : ' ;■'
"Before I quaff the potion," said Soc
rates, "I want a note sent around to all
the editors of the country." "■
"Something pleasant in the way of an
obituary?" asked the sympathetic attend
■ *: "No. I want them warned that my es
tate will sue for libel :if anybody inti
mates that ; hemlock was my ? favorite
beverage."—Washington Star.
Landing of Columbus
; "It took Columbus some time to dis
cover that he , had not landed on the
shores of China.". : ; :
"What finally convinced him?" -
"The utter absence of laundries, I
suppose."—Kansas City Journal.
~ Limitation "-
,r"You have faith in the wisdom of the
plain people?" ,', „"
\ "Yes," replied- the statesman, "but I
exercise ' discrimination. : If I were an
aviator I would not be bullied into go
ing up in a windstorm merely to amuse
the -Washington Star.
':'/.. V.<rOi Quite "So"£|||ii|
; "Wombat doesn't seem to work very
hard." '■:■ ' '":■."'''■■"■: '['■•,;- r -': : ''■':■''■''':, '^ :
"He works for Unci* Sam."
"That accounts for It. Nobody works
very hard for « relative.-—
Journal. > . - . ;. , •_ vg||;
Portland Growing Fast
"Portland is building up as rapidly as
any city on the Pacific coast, barring
San Francisco," said P. IT. Sroat, a
broker of Portland, at the Palace yes
terday. Mr. Sroat is negotiating , a
deal which" involves nearly $1,000,000,
the capital being advanced by finan
ciers of the'two cities; T
"Two weeks ago Bradstreets showed
that Portland has advanced from I; to
40 per cent in all lines of industry, es
pecially in the real estate and building
transactions. At the same time a- host
of curbstone • brokorn '• are howling—
both here ; and in Portland —about the
hard times and general business de
pression. , As. a matter of .fact, money
is easy and the outlook commercially
and industrially is better than it has
been for some time. The department
of agriculture reports show average or
better for crops throughout the United
States, and prosperity.,- always follows
good harvests."
Tigers and Moving Pictures
Fred H. White is a western boy who
has become internationally, famous for
his work; in taking , moving- pictures of
jungle, animals, lie- hesitates at no
risk that will make "good copy," al
though he combines, as he. says him
self, '"good judgment with great re
spect for tigers and similar gentle
cats." . v
"The beat film I ever got was down
in central India at a place called Uda
ipur. where the Marahana of ail India
lias his wonderful ...palace, lie] told me
that tic had severs] magnificent; tigers
enged in his back van.]. I took I look.
The great cats were there, and they.
were; the mo.st vicious creatures I had
ever seen,", said White at the, Bel lev
1 "It was too dark, in the cage to get
a good picture, so 1 had to borrow a
few dozen' common v mirrors • from ' Ills
majesty. Arranging them with { due re
gard for personal comfort and reflec
tion, l sat up my machine and started
in. I had no idea, from ; impressions
gained at menageries, of the awful
wickedness of the untamed tiger. They
growled and they spat and C hurled
themselves with full - force against (the*
bars of the cage. I ' felt in deadly
danger, even with bars of steel be
tween me arid the : beasts. Finally, as
a sort of fancy exhibition, the Mara
hana had a boar-tiger fight, arranged.
It !was too bloody and terrible for pub
lic exhibition, but the film is one of the
best I have ever gotten."
Mr. White has been traveling for sev
eral years' with Dwight Klmendorf, the
noted travel lecturer.
Ranches Need Men
"Down in the Santa; Clara valley f the
farmers orchardiets are clamoring
for ; help to gather their fruit crops,"
said James Dunnovan of Los Gatos at
the Manx.;. " "'■■' ■.".' ;■■ > ,
U "Labor is "as high as I have ever
known it, and harder to get. I have
been in . San ;Francisco two days and -, I
have seen hundreds of i men out of em
ployment. They beg a nickel or a dime
and ; swear - they are looking for work.
Yet 60 miles away there is employment
for an army at good wages. The city
authorities should gather these men in
a body and ship them to the rural dis
tricts, where they could find splendid
employment until * late . in September.
The ; only drawback >to this , scheme is
the fact that as a rule the city loafer
is no good, and he has to be watched
even in lan ; orchard.
"The average wage now is $2 per
day. Almost any rancher ' will • advance
the neceeeary railroad fare to pros
pective employes." ' " •-
Can't Be Stopped
The small things often show a man's
real character better than the large
things. A banker living at Winfleld,
Kan., lias just been convicted of the
theft from various merchants of the
town of about 90 cents' worth of cigars.
The affair has shaken the entire com
munity, . lie is one of the three wealth
iest-men: in the country. He has v the
largest]house in the town, situated in
the renter of an entire block. It is
furnished exquisitely and the most ex
clusive society has been entertained
The man had worked his way up.
He liar] entered an abstract and loan
office as a boy. He swept the office and
ran ; errands. He worked up in the
business, read law, was admitted to the
bar, made a specialty of examining
titles and settling- estates; became a
partner in he firm, and finally the most
important worker in it.
Yet apparently he could not. or at
any rate did not, resist the temptation
of .taking a few cigars now and then,
when lie thought the merchant's back
was turned. Various traps were set for
him. and he* fell into all of them. It
is a) strange case. But it shows that
the man had never taken the care to
become fundamentally honest. He
might not have succumbed ■to■' a large
temptation,. but lie fell for the smaller
Tin: TROJAN WAR—B. K. If.. City. The
Trojen war is legendary, and its date in said to
have been some time between 1194-1184 B. C.
According to trteitioes, Paris, one of the sons of
Priam, l;inp of Troy,. visited Meueiaus, the Spar
tan Wing. and. while shown every hospitality, be
enticed'away Ill's host's wife. Helen.-'noted for
her rare beauty. At the call of Menelaus all the
heroes of Greece took up arms to avenge this
wrong. 'After : the.death ofParin, Helca married
his : brothrr, Delphobus, and on the taking of
Troy, io'order to regain the faror of Menelaus,
she betrayed Deiphobua into his, hands. She re
turned with Menolaus to Sparta,',but • after . hie
death was driven from the country. She went to
Rhodes, where she was murdered by the queen of
the island.
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The lines ion the tombstone over the . grave of
Mark Twain* daughter are: "Warm summer
sun, shin* kindly here; warm summer wind blow
softly, here; green sod above lie light, lie light.
Good ntght,'!dear,heart,-good nigbt,' good night.','
Bakersneld's Loss
;> The press of the valley will hasten to
extend sympathy to the Bakersfield
Californian, badly damaged by fire last
night. Characteristically enough the
Californian- announces that as soon as
new machinery can be installed it will
be publishing again at the old - stand.
In the meantime the Californian is find
ing out that the Echo is a pretty , good
neighbor after all.—Visalia Times.
Gait High School
" Gait has to pay $200 per month.i to
the principal of our school, while Elk
Grove, with , double ; the number of
pupils, pays $160. per month. —Gait
Herald. '■ ,"' : .'/.; ■':" ' ,\
■■'•; Newcastle , ; Growing
;:-; That :Newcastle is growing in im
portance us a commercial center is
evidenced by the fact that notice has
just been received by ;the local post
office < that it has b«en rais<tl to tip
second class, to be effective un July 1.
—Newcastle News. •
The Btory la told of a man who once
discovered his own fundamental dis
honesty through moving a billiard ball
on a table when the man with whom
he was playing , had turned away.
Though none saw him, the shock of the
discovery was so great; to ? himself that
It resulted In a substantial overhaul
ing and change In his character. lie
had seen himself as he did not care
to be. •
What about the charaoter of a man
who would scorn to desert his com
rades on the firing- line, but who would
desert his wife and child, perhaps be
cause he was unhappy, or saw some
vision of other happiness before him?
Suppose it was not his fault that lie
was unhappy. He should no more
squeal at that than he should turn un
manly in a football game or on a firing
line, where it is not always pleasant
to be.'. ;■ : ■ : "■ '; ■'■ ' . '. \pi':%-
Common honesty, the fundamentals
of character, are not these the things
at the basis of ordinary manhood. la
It not worth while to be a "good spoil '
in the game of life-and to play the
game fair while hitting the line hard?
It will pay a man now and then to
look himself over and to see if he has
it in him to play fair, and, if he has
any doubt about it, to see that the
doubt is removed.—Minneapolis Jour
Rrsso-JAPAN TERMS—R. O. H.. Berkeley.
The Russo-Japanese peace terms were: Recog
nition of Japan* preponderant influence in Korea;
evacuation of Manchuria by th« Russians am!
Japanese;: Japan' to lake over Russia's leasehold
of Fort Arthur and the Llaotung peninsula; re
turn of the civic administration of Manchuria r«i
China; Japan to bold all military, works at Tort
Arthur ;■ and Dalnj; all the Chines© eastern ; rail
roads south of . Kunshlen to pa*s under .Tapani
control. Russia retaining! all th« rest; division of
Sakhalin Island; nothliit for indemnity, and each
country to enjoy terms accorded t* the nfo*t
favored nations.
■'.W • 'y.->-' ♦ •.
POPULATION—A, g., City. The roUowinj Is th
population of the cities asked about according to
Iho census of 1910: San Francisco," 4te,»j2; Oak
land, 150,174; Los Angeles, 810,198; Seattle, 237,.
194; Taeonaa. 83,743. .'".•'''■' r '- .
* * #
.. VALUE i)V COINS-E. L., city. Questions
palling for the value of coins are not iasirered
In 3 this department.
t — .
No Surprise
That ragtime composer who has mad»
the confession that he "can't write a
note of music" must have been aston
ished at the prompt, fervid and univer
sal acquiescence that -.'greeted his ac
knowledgement.—Chicago Tribune.
A Precedent Not Broken
There is a strong tradition in Wash
ington which demands ■-. that the presi
dent shall back the members of his
cabinet under all circumstances. This
is not ««« of the precedents which Mr.
Wilson has seen fit to ignore.—Boston
Advertiser. .
Sixteen to One!
■ What memories, east find west, are
• tirred by Secretary Bryan's enthusi
astic commendation of the currency
bill:— Boston Herald.
Isn't the new Wilson-Bryan currency
bill about a 16 to 1 shot?— Boston Trau*.

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