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THE M CALL F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer One Building Completed Every 47 Minutes What Has Been Done in San Francisco, According to the Assessor's Report, and the Work Continues. "During the year ended June 30, 1913, there was on an average one building constructed every 47 minutes." —Report of* Assessor John Ginty. The 8 o'clock whistle blows. Up Market street gallop thou sands of teams. They rush into a vacant lot and in an instant of scraping and hauling debris is carted away and a foundation excavation is finished. As the last sand wagon leaves the hole a flock of workmen descend into the excavation and there is poured into frames they place tons of concrete, into which they stick steel rods. There is a clamor in the street and tons of building steel is dumped and derricks are placed. From the derrick cables dangle heavy steel girders and the air is red with the flight of molten rivets and stirred with the drive of the pneumatic riveters. As the steel is set there comes creeping up the walls of concrete, the wooden forms oozing with the damp of the thick, puddled mixture. Skilled marble workers are adjusting their stone about the entrance and in the half formed interior. Elevator men are dropping grilled and mirrored cages down the shafts and glazers are clamping huge squares of glass into windows which have just been corded. Cornice workers rear their scaffolds against the sides of the structure and hammer their bronze fittings into place, and fire escapes are appended to dizzy walls. Electric wiring experts worm their coils through gimlet apertures and affix the bulbs which will soon radiate light. Battalions of painters come and attack each floor, and plaster ers follow on the heels of the metal lathers and put a glistening surface over the iron lattice. In the basement a boiler is installed and steam heat pipes are connected throughout the building. From floor to floor go decorators in plaster and paint, finish ing the corners, daubing the doors, polishing the knobs. A glass mail chute is dropped alongside the elevator shaft from floor to floor. Janitors rush through the walls and rooms with their pneumatic cleaners and window washers give a final gloss to the glass. The superintendent of construction, standing on the sidewalk while the scaffolding is being taken down, looks at his watch and blows his whistle. It is 8:47 o'clock. "Let's go to the next job, boys; hurry," says the superin tendent. Up the street comes the drays with the office furnishings and from the passing cars swing the bright faced, attractive stenographers and clerks, ready to take their places in the brand new structure. And that, in an epitome, is what Assessor John Ginty has figures to prove is done in San Francisco every 47 minutes. Cultivate Though==Teach Your Brain to Work Early Don't Wait Until You Are Old. Don't Wait Until You Are One Day Older. Begin NOW. Copyright, 1913, by Star Company Two centuries back a young man of twenty-three sat in the quiet of the evening—THINKING. His body was quiet; his vitality, his life, all his powers were cen tered in his brain. Above the moon shone, and around him rustled the branches of the trees in his father's orchard. From one of the trees an apple fell. No need to tell you that the young man was Newton; that the fall of the apple started in his READY brain the thought that led to his great discovery, giving him fame to last until this earth shall crumble. How splendid the achievement born that moment! How for tunate for the world and for the youth Newton, that at twenty three his brain had cultivated the HABIT OF THOUGHT! Our muscles we share with everything that lives—with the oyster clinging to his rock, the whale plowing through cold seas, and our monkey kinsman swinging from his tropical perch. These muscles, useful only to cart us around, help us to do slave work or pound our fellows, we cultivate with care. We run, fence, ride, work hard, weary our poor lungs and gather pains in our back building the muscles that we do not need. Alone among animals, we possess a potentiality of mind de velopment unlimited. And for that, with few exceptions, we care nothing. Mqst of us, sitting in Newton's place and seeing the apple fall, would merely have debated the advisability of getting the apple to eat it—just the process that any monkey mind would pass through. A Newton, A BRAIN TRAINED TO THINK, sees the apple drop, asks himself why the moon does not drop also. And he dis covers the law of gravitation which governs the existence of every material atom in the universe. Young men who read this, start in NOW to use your brains. Take nothing for granted, not even the fact that the moon stays in her appointed place or that the poor lack comforts. Think of the things which are wrong and of the possibilities erf righting them. Study your own weaknesses and imperfections. There is power in your brain to correct them, if you will develop that power. As surely as you can train your arm to hold fifty pounds out straight, just so surely can you train your brain to deal with problems that now would find you gaping incompetent. You may not be a Newton. But if you can condescend to aim at being an inferior Sandow, can't you afford to try even harder to be an inferior Newton? Don't be a muscular monkey. Be a low grade philosopher, if you can't be a high grade, and find how much true pleasure there is even in inferior brain gymnastics. It is THOUGHT that moves the world. In Napoleon's BRAIN were born the schemes that murder millions and yet push civilization on. The mere soldier, with gold lace and sharp sword, is nothing—a mere tool. It is the concentrated thought of the English people under Puritan influence that makes Great Britain a sham monarchy and a real republic now. It is the thought of the men of independent MIND in this country that throws English tea and English rule overboard for ever. Don't wait until you are old. Don't wait until you are ONE DAY plder. Begin NOW. Or, later, with a dull, fuzzy, useless mind, you will realize that an unthinking man might as well have been a monkey, v/ith fur instead of trousers, and consequent freedom from mental re sponsibility or self-respect. j THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL The parcel post has cut down the express companies' revenues 33 per cent. So hereafter they can only issue 267 per cent dividends. * * * Thieves stole rope from a river steamer. Were they not apprehensive of the old saw about giving a man enough rope and he'll hang himself? * * * One of the alleged "blessings of poverty" is that you are never stung in buying an "old master." * * * "Incognito" must be crowded these days. Former President Sun Yet Sen of China and King Constantine of Greece arc both there. * * * Ten men in Chicago have been indicted for election frauds. Its curious how so few vote a "straight" ticket in Chicago. * * * "Capitalist Resists $27J60 Alimony," says a hcadliner. Of course. He wants to remain a capitalist. * * * Won't it be a shame to have that dear old baseball pennant exposed to the Portland rains! GOING SOME! IN THE MOVIES-IN REAL LIFE Evening Calls A woman who committed murder has been sentenced to 25 years' im prisonment. She made the mistake of pleading guilty instead of weeping before a jury. * * * Kansas City is to have night classes in gardening. But who wants to raise nothing but moon flowers? * * * The average small boy doesn't think that it is appropriate to name a school after Patrick Henry, for in school he get 3 neither "liberty nor death." * * * The "bluebird dip" is to be danced at the White House. More deli cate than the "turkey trot," possibly, but why must all dancing be poultry? * * * Japan gets results by indirection. It has muzzled the press so the dogs of war won't bite. * * * Washington girls wear stockings to match their eyes—and slippers as large as eyelids. tj, , „ J SEPTEMBER 22, 1913 Dr. Parkhurst's Article —ON— Commercialism — Pro fessional Men in All Walks Should Aid Their Fellow Men Without Always De manding and Having Uppermost in Mind Financial Remuner ation. DR C.H. PARKHURST IT was a graceful tribute which was rendered to Mr. Taft by the American Bar association in unanimously electing him to its presidency, a tribute to his ability as a jurist and to his ele gant and genial courtesy as a man. Most of the contents of his address on that occasion will be best understood and appreciated by the members of his own pro fession, but the protest which he made against practicing law merely as a means of subsist ence, without regard to the world's broader social and com munal interests, is a plea which is easily understood by us all, and which relates to every kind of service as well as to that of the law. The underlying principle upon which such a protest as that of Mr. Taft is based is that a man belongs to the world as well as to himself. A gentleman who occupies a national judicial position of un surpassed responsibility recently remarked to me that the public has very little idea of the vast amount of legal talent that exer- cises itself in quiet office work which never comes to outside disclosure, talent, therefore, whose influence fails to extend itself beyond the frontiers of its own distinctly professional field. Ability of a Jurist Should Be Partly Public Property The greatness of an able jur ist ought to be to some extent the property of the public and to throw itself along the lines of public interest without con sideration of a retainer. Mr. Choate has pronounced himself in the same way, and has handsomely enforced the principle by example. Mr. Taft said not long ago in private conversation: "I am open to any Macedonian cry." All of which is a way of protesting against commercializing the legal pro fession. But, as already stated, the ap plication of the principle is not limited to the law, but extends as well to the service of the physician and the preacher. Physicians are chargeable with the responsibility of keeping the world well, over and above the particular responsibility of saving the lives of those who are able to make to them a quid pro quo. A clergyman is a poor clergyman who does not do a lot of work that he receives no pay for and that self-respect would forbid his receiving any pay for. We have not even yet quite forgotten the trouble that arose over the matter of the compen sation to be received by the late Joseph Parker of London for coming over to this country to preach Henry Ward Beechcr's funeral sermon. The criticism excited at the time indicates plainly enough the sympathy which the public has with the principle underlying what Mr. Taft said at Montreal in regard to commercializing one's self, REACHING WILLIAM F. KIRK AS a baby might reach for its mother's hand When it hears the well known voice; As a pilgrim might reach in a foreign land For a friend with whom to rejoice; Roaming about o'er a desert bare I reach for you—and you are not there. I have tried so long for a second choice That I know 'tis a fruitless quest; I have sighed so long for your gentle voice That I pray for the endless rest. Even in dreams and delirium I reach for you—and you never come. The endless rest! Tis the only boon I ask the powers that be; The rest that follows the mystic swoon This side of Eternity. Out in the Star Land vague and vast, If I reach for you, will you come at last 2 making one's talent a mere mar ketable commodity, so much ability dropped into the slot and so many dollars coming out at the receiver. And the same principle goes even beyond the limits of pro fessional life and extends to all life. It is the common tendency of people to think of all kinds of commodity in terms of dol lars and cents. Not only does the grocer think of his potatoes as being so much money in the shape of vegetable, but wants that whole amount in money when he parts with the potatoes. Only Natural to De mand Money Equiva lent in Barter And so, whatever else any one bestows, it is one's impulse to have in mind its money equiva lent and to expect full equiva lent from the party to whom he barters it. Judas Iscariot saw in Mary's alabaster cruse of ointment poured on our lord's feet only its cash value. There is in the new testament the story of a sorcerer named Simon, who saw Peter working miracles by the power of God's spirit, and asked him how much he would have to pay for enough spirit to- be able to work miracles himself. Of course, that is an extreme case, but all the more valuable on that account, because ex hibiting in so frank a way what exists in more modest shape in the hearts of people generally. Judas and Simon were like the rest of people, before and since, only perhaps in a more aggra vated form. It is well to inspect such people, for they show us what we should be if we were what we are now, only a little more so. When we ask the familiar question, "Will it pay?" we mean by it "Shall we get as much back as we give?" That is the genius of commercialism. "I am for sale; now, who will pay me what I am worth? My serv ices are rated at so much. Pay me accordingly and you can have me. I belong to myself; my talent is mine; my time is mine, my own. A Thing Is Worth What It Will Fetch in Shekels "I am I, and the public is something else. A thing is worth what it will fetch in shek els. All commodities, the strength that is in my muscles, the thought power that is in my brain, even the love power in my heart, are all forms of value, a kind of pounds, shillings and pence, to be dispensed, there fore, only on the standard of the dollar. Life is barter, an ex change of equals, give and take, at the determination of the bal ances." Mr. Taft did not put it in that form at Montreal, but that was what, in his more learned and stately way, he was protesting against.