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THE MCALL F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer Traffic Laws for Those on Foot and on Wheels Pass Whatever Regulations Are Required to Make the Streets Safe, but If the Children Are Barred From the Roadways Other Playgrounds Must Be Provided. v' , It may not appear so to the pedestrian, but all automobilists are not joy riders nor speed demons nor drunken lunatics. .. •• A frightened child, a careless woman or a preoccupied man moving suddenly into the middle of the street may be hit by the most careful driver that ever respected the speed laws or the laws of common sense. • The suggestion that pedestrians be compelled to obey the "'traffic laws and be forbidden to cross the streets except at the cor .. Vners, where provision can be made for their safety, is not a covert blow at the liberty of the individual nor a deep, dark plot to turn the city highways over to the plutocrats. It is only logical that the responsibility for accidents should be put upon the man in the automobile and he must be compelled to exercise every reasonable care. He must be forced to keep in mind that though children are erratic and women are flighty and men are absent minded, it is his business to see that none of these things makes him run over any of them. It is true of the business streets and of the driveways that foot travelers should be kept to the sidewalks and crossings. Of course, NO SUCH RULE CAN BE APPLIED TO ,v THE RESIDENCE STREETS THAT ARE THE SOLE : • PLAYGROUNDS OF THE CHILDREN OF SWARMING -NEIGHBORHOODS. The streets may not be ideal places to play in, but they are • all that those children have; and while it may be annoying to the :.' man in the automobile to crawl gingerly and with his heart in his mouth through these districts, he must not lose track "of the fact ■ that the play of the children is more important than his comfort or his convenience. : . So, the traffic laws should be made to keep pedestrians to the sidewalks, except on regular crossings, and the people on foot should be compelled to obey the crossing policeman's • .; whistle as readily as the man in the machine. This and the elimination of grade crossings will cut down the number of automobile accidents far below its present hideous total. , .— *■ She Said White Bulldogs Were White Rats She Also Says That She Told the Judge Their Whereabouts Was None of His Business. And They Could Not Jail Her. • 'Copyright. 1913, Star Companyi A lady in Chicago, her name is Mrs. Anna Beymer, and her address No. 10812 Hoxie avenue, owns a white bulldog—female. * . The ownership she admits, v She also owns six small white animals besides the bulldog. Enveloping these animals is mystery. The dog man said that they were and must necessarily be bulldog puppies, offspring of the white bulldog. Mrs. Beymer had not paid dog licenses for these six white . animals, and when she WOULD MOT pay, she was "dragged" . before Judge J. J. Sullivan. To him she said, much to the surprise of all concerned, "They are not bulldog puppies, they are white rats. The big bulldog is not their mother. She is their policeman. I keep the bulldog so ■ i that the cats won't come and kill my white rats." ■'. Dooley, the dog man, looking for license money, said, "I saw ' . the puppies with my own eyes.'" * .•"**• Judicial wisdom sent Policeman John O'Brien to the home of *:. the six little white mysteries to investigate, and to report as to their canine or other nature, and as to the white bulldog's respon sibility for their being,. . y When the policeman got there the white bulldog was alone. " : r"The six little white ones had vanished. The judge asked Mrs. Beymer, "Where are they?" The lady replied: "What business is it of yours? I don't have to tell you, and I won't' tell you." , : . There was much searching of the authorities by judicial assist ants, and it was discovered that, as a matter of fact, Mrs. Beymer DIDN'T have to tell the judge where the rats (or dogs) were, and .;* * that there was no way of putting her in jail for refusing to tell. It is an interesting little story all by itself. It is especially interesting because it makes it appear as though an ordinary human being, owner of one bulldog and six white rats (?)), has rights even in a court of justice. We are accustomed to see the ordinary citizen in a court insulted by the attorneys on both sides, if that happens to please them, reminded severely of dark dungeons by the judge on the % .. bench and generally made to feel that the courts of the country are established chiefly in order to enable lawyers to make money and ask insulting questions of citizens in order to save the judge as much trouble as possible. ♦ So along comes a simple woman, owner of one bulldog and six rats—so she says—and shows that it is really possible for a humble lady to tell the judge, "It's none of your business," and in the language of the outside, street, "To get away with it." It is very interesting, quite apart from the unsolved bulldog ■ white rat mystery, which is also interesting. Such things as this are a pleasant change from the Thaw case. Summer Is Over. Did You Waste It? Catch Up Now and Look Out for Spider Webs of Laziness. , (rr.pj-rijrht, liua, S:ar Companyi Summer is over; what did it do for you? Did you get just enough rest to make you WORK better? Did you use the time of rest to build *up strength, health and character for the work ahead? Outside of your vacation were you one of those sensible enough to work and keep hard at it while others were doing noth ing—although they might be pretending to work? Are you going to try now, no matter what has happened in the past, to catch up with those that are ahead? Are you deter mined to get started and keep going? Your brain has got to fight all of these animal influences. Your hope is the will power, the capacity.for thought, which has caused the topmost joint in man's backbQHe*to swell out into the skull in which man's brain thinks and rules the world. How much time do you spend 1 thinking about others, admir ing what they do or watching what they do ? How often do you think about yourself, and question yourself AND CRITICISE YOURSELF, as we all ought to do? Have you let the spider web spread over you during the sum mer, when everything seemed so easy and comfortable? If you have, BREAK it and get to work. You can do it now, you won't do it later. 5 Don't wait for January first to find you looking back mourn fully and making the usual solemn resolution that will be forgotten before Washington's birthday. Get out of the web and work. There are still plenty of chances for workers. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL WHEN THE WIFE COMES HOME If they won't let Mrs. Pankhurst into this country via Ellis island, she should try this port—California would look nice barring a suffragist! * * # Edison got sick on his vacation. Yesterday he began treatment for his ailment —he went back to work. * # * The inventor of the scentless onion has followed it with the painless cucumber. But, Mr. Miller, there is still revolutionless Mexico to con ceive. * * * A vegetarian is crossing the continent on foot to prove the value of her diet. Traveling on garden truck instead of the cars, as it were. * * * If Cal Ewing's men had only done as well in the first of the season we would now be using the club as the official Seals of the city. * # * San Francisco has the lowest tax delinquency in the history of the city. Yet some people gifted with imaginations talk of hard times. * * * The Mexican crisis has been posted "overdue." BECKONING Evening Calls Buy the baby a "baby bond." * * * Turkey has a revolution on its hands. A little soap of good govern ment ought to remove that stain. * 9c 4fc Charges of graft have been made against the aviation corps of the Italian army. They already have a reputation as high flyers. * * * A "nonspooning bench," which is designed to prevent couples from sitting too close to each other, is being tried out in Washington. But until the young man's knees can be legislated out of position the furniture will probably be a failure. * * * A college president in Indiana switched his father because the old gentleman abused his wife. It's simply awful how unruly parents are becoming in this age, but like most things else we'll have to blame it on the turkey trot and tango. * * * The moon had an eclipse last night. It's about time for the Thaw lunacy case to follow the example of Luna. SEPTEMBER 16, 1913 ELLA WHEELER WILCOX Writes On Sex Distinction Which Church and Society Make, Al lowing Man Every Freedom and For giveness, While Condemning the Woman, Is Unrea sonable and Unjust to the Latter. Ella Wheeler Wilcox's thoughts on sex distinction and the double standard of morality which follow are peculiarly appro priate at this time, following, as they do, the articles by Mary Austin, the novelist, on the same theme, published in Call in reference to the recent Diggs-Caminetti trials. The similarity in the conclusions of the two notable women writers proved the undeniable strength of their position. ELLA WHEELER WILCOX PERSONS of large intellect, who have given years of their lives to profound study of life and all its mysteries, make bold to assert that long and long ago, in a prehistoric period, there was but one sex. Yet that one sex was bisexual, both man and woman; and when that race occupied the plane of manifestation beings were cre ated by other laws than those which now govern nature. Gradually the masculine ele ment in some of these beings began to be accented, the femi nine element in others; and so after many eons of time the two separate sexes were established. At first the all-male creature or the all-female was regarded as some strange specimen, a distor tion, an abnormal creation. But gradually they increased in num bers until they became universal. And then followed all the evils of sex excesses and abuses which have made so much trou ble in the world ever since and have about culminated in the present iron age of the earth. And now, it is said, the pendu lum is beginning to swing back toward the bisexual standard again as the growing tendency of masculinity of the female and the growing feminity of the male indicate. And all this is watched over by the Great Lords of Karma, who have given souls this expe rience in order that they may learn by pain and suffering the folly of seeking for happiness in any paths which lead away from the spiritual. One of the first evils of the sex separation showed itself in the two distinct codes of morals established for men and women who broke the laws of the world in sexual matters. Sex Distinction as Drawn by Society Is Unfair to Women Through some strange and un reasonable course of reasoning it was supposed that the feminine being must be all chastity, all virtue, all spirituality and wholly beyond and above temptation of any kind, and that she must be kept in ignorance of sex matters until she was a wife and mother. Yet she must prove perfect in both relations and fill those posi tions with unerring skill and wisdom. Meantime the man was ex pected to be sensual and polyg amous, to and break his own laws, to follow his impulses and use' no self-control, because he was a man, and to be forgiven and accepted by society at large, no matter what his record. Then the race began to study into laws of heredity, and it was observed that daughters more frequently resembled the father than the mother and that they quite as frequently inherited the father's nature as his features. Some inquiring minds asked why the daughter of the sensual, pleasure loving father, who was the Jiving image of her sire, should be expected to grow into a miracle of modesty and virtue without any guidance from her parents, or society, or any spe cial efforts it made in her behalf, but merely on the supposition that she was protected by her •ex, or why should she be pun ished more severely than man if she failed. Some wise minds of an inquir ing tendency are asking that question every year, and more minds of a conventional mold are finding it a difficult question to answer Gradually it is being borne in upon the public con sciousness that men and women are created by the same powers and with the same tendencies and emotions, and passions and temptations, and that they should be protected and judged by the same laws. Gradually, but very, very slowly, the trend of public opinion is toward a larger view in these matters of sex. It is a curious thing that the Christian church has been so very tardy in making the path of the repentant woman sinner easier, since of all sinners men tioned by Christ, the master, he was most lenient toward the Magdalen .and the woman taken in adultery. His most severe word toward them was, "Go and sin no more." "Woman Thou Gravest Me" Attacks Con ventional Standards Hall Came, in his remarkable story, "The Woman Thou Gay est Me," in Hearst's Magazine, has attacked the conventional standards of the Christian church and society at large on the subject of marrying and sex ual relations with a courage that is almost appalling. The woman in this story is presented to the reader in a position which thousands of women occupy in European lands, and hundreds in our own country—the position of a young girl who is reared in ig norance of all the great laws of life and sex. and who is urged i by her family into a marriage which offers her a good social position. The church approve* and society approves. But after marriage the girl's mind awakens and she refuses the obligation of marriage. Then she meets the man who awak ens her soul and she becomes the mother of his child. Here she is an outcast —the church, society, family, friends, al! re gard her as the vilest of sin ners. - Had she become the un willing mother of the child of a man she abhorred she would have met with universal sanction of all good people, because the church had pronounced its bless ing. It is a great subject and it it handled with great skill and power. It is a story which must be read and thought over, a story which each mind must analyze and find for itself its moral and its meaning; a story which ought to make the church and society pause and consider their methods as related to the great est of all questions of the world in every era—the question ©f the laws of sex. Just as this story was reach ing a climax Mr. Eugene Debs brought the glare of publicity upon himself by taking into his home a joung woman who has-y missed the right way in her search for happiness. Debs Is Giving Erring Girl Chance to Re deem Herself And he is giving her just as good a chance to get back on the right path as- a thousand people give erring young men every day. When a man goes wrong in the path of the senses and when he shows a desire to reform, he is almost universally accepted by society and by tender hearted women. Not infrequently he is idealized into a hero. How many will show a spirit of charity and Christianity and good will toward this young woman—not by patronizing pity, but by treat ing her as Christ treated the fallen women and by helping her to put the thoughts of her past mistakes and miseries be hind her and to push forward to a life of usefulness. It would be interesting if this young woman kept a diary of her experience in this effort to re-es tablish herself among the re spectable women of the earth. I 4 might make valuable literature future.