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THE M CALL F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer State Militia Is Part of the Peace Movement For Fighting Forest Fires, Own Cousin to War, Is Work in the Cause of Civilization The peace movement is spreading where one would least look for it, and a theoretical prediction of the late William James seems on its way to fulfillment. In a short essay which is one of the most important modern contributions to sociology. Professor James suggested that the time may come when, with war abolished, the young men of a nation will be drafted into industry, to serve their time of enlistment at the forges, on the railroads, in other industries that are hazardous and require strength and nimbleness of their devotees. That Utopian day is far, far away, but already are our young men, in their military organizations, put to work in the public service. The organized state militia is called upon now as a matter of course to fight forest fires. When the fire on Tamalpais was threatening the surrounding towns and the invaluable Muir wood, the state troops and the fed eral soldiers were called into the field, and now, in the more de structive Napa valley fire, the national guard is on the "firing line," battling for the homes and orchards of the imperiled ranchers. There are the soldiers a part of the peace movement, for the peace movement does not mean solely the abolition of war and bloodshed, but it means also the diverting of that great body of men now organized in wasteful military movements toward the work of civilization and the application to the common good of the immense treasure now spent in unremunerative war. War is destruction. A forest fire is nature's best imitation of war. The gods of war, frustrated by civilization from spreading bloodshed and carnage indiscriminately about the earth, chuckle at the crackle of the flames. But now come the young men who enlisted in the cause of war and fearlessly, enduringly devoting themselves to conquering war's first cousin, the forest fire. Market Street, a Worthy Name For a Great Thoroughfare ? Definite Reasons Why Name of City's Famous Axis Should 5 Not Be Changed to Lincoln Way or to Anything Else. An influential and public spirited man has written to the board of supervisors recommending that the name of Market street be changed to Lincoln way, because it will be the practical termi nal of the great Lincoln highway, which is to span the continent, and, furthermore, because in the opinion of the writer, Market street carries with it an unesthetic connotation of "the flavor of cabbage, potatoes, berries and more or less fresh fish." There are two important reasons why the name of Market street should not be changed. The first is that Market street already is one of the world's great streets, a distinction which it has acquired by the evolution of San Francisco, and its identity must be perpetuated. Secondly, no more appropriate name could be given lo the foremost business street in any great city than Market street. It is an epigram, an aphorism condensed in two words. It is well to honor Lincoln, but if the memory of that great American is not sufficiently engraved in the hearts of patriots and will not adequately be emphasized by a broad drive that is to link the Atlantic and the Pacific, a few miles of asphalt pavement at the far western end can not redeem the name from an oblivion it will never know. But what more forceful name could be given to Market street than that which it bears? It is a Market street. If it will be in reality the end of the Lincoln highway, it is now and will be for all time the beginning and the end of the market streets of the world, the beginning and the end of the great trade routes of the world. There is romance in trade; romance was born along the trade routes, for they are the highways that unite the world, just as the military highways of olden times served as the highways that divided the world and isolated the nations. The sand swept trails of the camels across Asia, from the Mediterranean to the Yellow sea, were the first Market streets of the world, and along these trails of commerce went learning and comity. When Stanley entered Africa to find Livingston he followed the crude jungle trade routes of the dark continent and a light of humanity came after him. There are other markets than the market of fish and berries, even while those are the indispensable markets of the world. There are the markets where nation meets nation, there are the markets where learning is exchanged and culture is disseminated. It is in the market place where men meet men. It will be in Market street, the noble highway that stretches, as if by inspiration, from the welcoming ferry to the city's maternal breasts of Twin Peaks, that San Francisco will meet the world that comes from the east and the far east, and none will think the less of San Francisco because its main thoroughfare carries in its name the fact that it is the end and the beginning of the trade routes of the world. Spain Latest Among Nations To Prepare for 1915 Country Which First Settled California and Crossed Isthmus Will Be Welcomed for Strong Sentimental Reasons. Spain is to take part in the Panama-Pacific international exposition. Official word has just been received, confirming the anticipation which California has felt from the first that the nation which discovered the Pacific ocean and settled first in California and gave this state its inspiring name would be with us in 1915 to honor the present prestige of its one time domain and to celebrate the cleavage of the isthmus which Balboa first crossed 400 years ago yesterday. From the sentimental viewpoint we would miss Spain more in 1915 than any other nation of Europe. In time we shall know that all the nations will participate. Germany and England are coy now, but they will hurry to Harbor View before February, 1915, and the family of nations will be complete at that time. Now we must welcome the nations as they come. France has been greeted, Brazil and the other great republics of South America have been received. Spain is the latest officially to declare that it will participate. The relation of California to Spain is the relation of a son who early left the house of his father, who sought new worlds, who learned much that his father, sequestered in his home, did not consider important, and who made for himself a different estate and manner of life, but who, in the day of his triumphs, desired that his forebears come and make merry in his house. California was a rebellious son to Spanish government, but we feel still a sentimental attachment. THE- SAN FRANCISCO CALL Marry the man you love, girls, the man who interests you, the man of whom you never tire, the man with whom you have every thought and sympathy in common, though he be as poor as a church mouse.—DOROTHY DIX. The latest appeal for more decorous fashion is based upon the need of protecting the "weaker sex"—man. * * * Mexico might be called the "stenographer country"—it always has a dictator over it. * * * The box score is the casket in which arc embalmed many baseball hopes. * * * There shouldn't be much trouble in raising the heiress born to the baking powder prince. * * * Xow we know that Barrie barked up the wrong Tree when he tried to sell "Peter Pan" to Sir Herbert. * * * The duke of Connaught is to resign his office as governor general of Canada. Now what will the poor duke do for a living, there are so few vacancies among the governor general jobs? Somewhere walk men upon whom lies the curse of manslaughter the men whose has been responsible for fatal forest fires. Senator Ham Lewis might have added as a sign of the decadence of America in comparison with ancient Rome that some Americans even wear side whiskers, which no Roman dared to do. PILING UP Which ? SEE ARTICLE ON THIS PAGE BY DOROTHY DIX. Evening Calls The hens around New York have stopped laying. What villainous egg trust magnate has bribed them with promises of fresh earth worms eight feet long twice a day? * * * The girl who says she took a ring as a jest will find it was a rather im-prnctical joke. * * * Fate, that stages the, world's vaudeville shows, is" finding that the Th aw case and the Sulzer case make one too many acts for simultaneous presentation. * * * A great grandnephew of Robert Emmet, the Irish patriot, is an elec trical expert. Another score for heredity—uncle used to electrify various and sundry folk in the old days. * * » Now the progressives in congress want-to develop the spineless caucus. * * * The man who was married by five justices of the peace will be con tent if only one judge divorces him. * * * Eves the ocean appears in fashionable "blue surges." * * * Writer- ol popular songs should first prove their alibis before they pnnt dedications of the muaical tributes. L _ SEPTEMBER 26, 1913 Which? Shall a Girl Be an Old Man's Darling or a Young Man's Slave? DOROTHY DIX LOOK at the picture on this page, girls. It shows a maiden trying to solve the problem that confronts many of you—the problem of whether it is better to be an old man's darling or a young man's slave. All the worldly wise old women with hard faces and keen eyes, say to the girls: "Take the old man. What does it matter if he is fat and bald headed, and has a figure built after the similitude of a bay window, and if the touch of his hand makes your flesh creep, and the heavy tramp of his feet coming toward you makes you want to take to the tall timbers? What if his conversation makes you yawn yourself to death? "He can give you automobiles, and a fine house, and* imported clothes, and trips to Europe, and everything to make life easy and soft. Love? Pooh! Nice to read about in books and to see in plays on the stage, but it won't pay bills, my dear, nor keep you from being shabby and poor. Romance? You leave that at the altar, anyway, so why pay an extravagant price for it? Believe me, my child, that all husbands are alike as soon as the honeymoon wanes, and then a woman's happiness in life de pends on what sort of an estab lishment she has got." Has Only to Say "Yes" and Luxury Will Be Lavished on Her So say the worldly wise old women, and the girl listens to their words, because site craves the good things they enumerate. She would like to roll about in her limousine. She would like to have her opera box, and won derful gowns, and ropes of pearls, and diamond tiaras. She would like to travel and see her picture in smart society jour nals, and she knows that she has just to say one little word and all these things will be hers. Her head assents to what the wise women say, but not her heart. That cries out for some slim youth with the curl of boy hood still in his crisp hair, with his eyes full of dreams and his pockets empty, whose lightest touch thrills her from head to foot, and the sound of whose step coming toward her is the music of the spheres to her ears. But this is a practical age, when even Cupid has to take ac count of the high cost of living, and so the girl is torn between the temptation of love and plenty. Which shall it be—the old man who can give her a shopping ticket, or the young man who can give her little but romance? Which shall it be, bread and cheese and kisses, or truffles and champagne and bare tolerance? Take the Poor Young Man and Love Rather Than the Old Man Take the young man, girls, the poor young man and love, rather than the old man without love, although every hair on your el derly suitor's head be strung with diamonds. Marriage, at best, is no picnic. It is a stren uous undertaking, full of trials and tribulations and troubles, and the only thing on eartli that can gild its fetters and make it endurable is love. You never know how cranky a human being can be, and how many of the fifty-seven different varieties of frailties and weak nesses he or she can possess un til you are married to the said imperfect party, and nothing but seeing this individual enveloped in a halo of tenderness keeps you out of the divorce court. Marriage without love and with out romance is a hell on earth, and the whole Standard Oil crowd combined haven't got THE COMER WILLIAM F. KIRK ffT* HE only baby in the world!" his parents both exclaimed. I "Our friends don't show their children here, bccr.ase ttcy are * ashamed. Look at the little darling! See the deep look in his eyes! You'd never dream a child of two could be so really wise. Come. Cecil, say some little words, you cunning little tad; Say 'good' for the nice gentleman." And Cecil answered "bad!' "Just listen!" cried his parents, "the precious little dear Will say at least a dozen words when nobody is here. I don't know whom he gets it from; we started talking late; He must take all his brightness from his dear old Grandma Kate. He always seems to love her when she comes here to the liat. Say 'doggie' for us. darling." And Cecil mumbled 'tat.' "He's going to be a president," his mother proudly said. "The little rascal seems to think at play or in his bed. His father was a stupid child. When he was tv 0 years old k He couldn't make a single sound, that's what his mother tob;. Now, darling, .show the gentleman how little birdies peep; Come, Cecil, do what birdies do." And Ccd went to sloep. enough money to pay anybody for going through a lifetime of it. The girl who marries for a home or for the luxuries some man can give her has no right to draw her skirts away from any woman of the street. She has sold herself just as truly as any of that sorrowful sister hood, and with less excuse. Moreover, no woman earns her living in a harder way than she who marries for it and who must make all of the inevitable sacrifices of matrimony, not through love which sweetens them, but because it is her duty as a wife. Also remember this, girls, that the old proverb's theory that being an old man's darling ) is a sinecure that was evidently first propounded by a doddering old widower trying to marry a debutante. Tt is a misleading guide to go by. The rich old man is willing to dress his pretty young wife up like a fine doll and show her off before his friends, but beyond her milli nery no one need envy the old man's darling her luck. The Old Husband Always Adds Jealousy to Other Unamiable Qualities Old people are almost invari ably tyrannical and set in their ways, and narrow, and selfish, and opinionated, and to these unamiable qualities the old hus band invariably and justifiably adds jealousy. The young wife of an old man earns all she gets by putting up with the crabbed ness of age, by having all her actions spied upon, and by hav ing to nurse the rheumatism and the gout when she would like to be enjoying the pleas ures that belong to her age. Look at the young wives of old men that you know, the girls who have married for money. Is there one happy looking one among them all? Did you ever see wearier, more bored looking faces? They do not look alert and alive as work ing women look. They have t not the smiling, contente*! faces that the wives of so many poor men have. You see these women have found out what a terfible thing it is to have nothing but money, and how little money really buys. It doesn't take you long to get all you can eat and wear, and then the purchasing power of money stops. It won't buy you love, nor a single solitary thrill, nor brighten by one de gree the dreary,"soggy, endless evenings that you spend te,tc a-tete with a husband whose so ciety bores you to extinction. Marry the man you love, girls, the man who interests you, the man of whom you never tire, the man with whom you have every thought and sympathy in common, though he be as poor as a church mouse. Youth call to youth, you must match enthu siasm with enthusiasm, bopi with hope. You must enjoy the same things, like to do the sam things, to have any comradeship, and comradeship between hus band nnd wife makes the only enduring tie. It is the only thing that brings happine-- Better is a dinner of herbs that two happy young hearts can laugh over than a dinner al Delmonico's with an old gour met whose jaded palate can tickle. Better a flat with love than a Fifth ave nue palace and an empty heart and an empty life. Besides, girls, it's lots more fun to help a young husband make a fortune than it is lo spend an old husband's money. Marry the young man. and may Heaven bless you, but Heaven never blesses the union of May and December.