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THE M CALL F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer Richmond's "Boom" Is of the Durable Kind Duck Preserve of 15 Years Ago Is Site of Most Rapidly Developing City in California San Francisco bay is what may be called a "good provider." It is prodigal in its distribution of harbor sites. The city of San Francisco is half surrounded with dockage facilites, and nearly every point that touches on the bay is as fortunate. But no place on all the great bay is more handsomely situated in respect to its water front than is Richmond. And what nature has not done for Richmond, man can quickly accomplish, and the across the bay point has a wonderful future in store for it. Curiously enough, it took a railroad to find Richmond, when it would have seemed more natural for a boat to have located the place where in 1900 there was a cow pasture and a duck preserve, and in 1910 a population of 6,810 and in 1913 a population which can be estimated only by enthusiastic boosters in Contra Costa county. It might be said that Richmond is of mushroom growth. If it is, it feeds on the most nutritious mushroom ever found, and it would be a good thing for every other city in California if it had some of the spawn. Richmond has had a "boom," Richmond is having a "boom," but it is the most durable "boom" that ever re verberated in this vicinity since the day that Yerba Buena, a set tlement of a handful of people, became San Francisco with a population, almost over night, of 50,000. Richmond was built at the terminus of one railroad, the Santa Fe, and reached out marvelously until it reached the Southern Pacific main line. Now it is reaching out, with its inner harbor plan, until it will be on the main line for steamers going to the orient San Francisco has ever been ready to help Richmond and ever will do what it can to assist in the development of the across the bay harbor. San Francisco money is invested in Richmond and Richmond treats that money handsomely. For Richmond pays dividends to San Francisco and to California. Mrs. Harriman s Effort to Develop and Encourage American Workers It Sets a Good Example to MEN With Money. Better De velop ONE American of Ability Than Enrich the Foreign Art Dealers E. H. Harriman left one of the biggest fortunes and one of the shortest wills on record. He had collected in his lifetime, through his extraordinary genius for organization and constructive work, a great network of railroads. He was on the way to be the most powerful man in the country when death ended his labors. Everything that he had, his entire fortune, his railroads— EVERYTHING he left to his wife. It should interest Americans, especially those who make a specialty of spending their money abroad, and who believe that buying old stuff proves good taste, to learn one particular thing about the widow to whom Mr. Harriman left his fortune and his affairs. ALL OF THE MONEY THAT SHE SPENDS IS SPENT IN AMERICA TO ENCOURAGE AMERICAN WORK AND DEVELOP AMERICAN RESOURCES. Harriman gathered together a good many tens of millions of American money in his short life. His widow is spending the money WHERE HE MADE IT. When Mrs. Harriman wants art work done she hires an American artist. When she builds a house, she doesn't tear down fireplaces in Europe, or pull the locks and bolts off the doors of old convents, or bribe somebody to sell the inside of a church. She instructs American architects to find American workmen, American artists, sculptors and others, capable of doing the work that she wants done. Mrs. Harriman probably knows that this is not by any means "an art age" in America. She is well aware that nobody living either in this country or abroad can do the work that was done in the days of Francis the First. But she knows also that the work of such men as Michael Angelo, Benvenuto, Leonardo and others would never have been done had not those who possessed money combined with that money sufficient patriotism to encourage the workers of their own land. The idea that a thing must be OLD in order to be GOOD is not a new or an American idea. When Michael Angelo was young he chiseled out a piece of sculpture, imitating the ancient Greek style, buried it in the ground and let it get reasonably aged and changed in appearance. Then he sent it to a rich cardinal in Rome fond of antiques. The cardinal was delighted and wanted to know where Michael Angelo had done his digging. The artist replied that he could dig up as many of those statues as the cardinal desired—as he was able to make them in any quantity and better things more modern. Fortunately, the cardinal was good natured, and could see real merit, and he helped the young artist. When the pope wanted his own statue made, and the great church of St. Peter built, he did not hire some one to imitate the Greek style of sculpture or copy a Greek temple. He let Michael Angelo make the statue, build the great dome, and do the wonderful painting in the Sistine chapel. The paint ings in that chapel are worth all the other paintings in the world. That was the culmination of the genius of a great nation. Italy's greatness in that age was due to the fact that those who preceded Michael Angelo and his day were willing to encourage their own countrymen. (It may interest you to know that the older Medici, whose son did so much for his country's art, was almost the exact image of our John D. Rockefeller.) It isn't likely that Mrs. Harriman will live to see any great outburst of genius in American art. But at least she will have the satisfaction of doing what she can to help the country in which she and her husband were born, to encourage the ability of that country, be it great or little. And she will also have the satisfac tion of knowing that the seed of encouragement sown today will bear fruit in the future. Men who think women their inferiors, please take notice THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, PROPOSED CANAL ACROSS U. S. Can they come back? Just ask Sulzer. * * * Say, did it ever occur to you we have an election of our own on next Tuesday? * * # There must be good after all in woman suffrage. Senator Works says it is a failure. * * # After all, the real Japanese peril has been the introduction of kimonos into American homes. * * * It looked for a while Tuesday as if President Wilson would have to send a peace ultimatum to New York city. * * * A son has been born to Mr. T. Economy, according to the birth re ports. Is that true economy in these high cost of living days? * -** * The president of China has expelled 3(X) members of parliament. It must be very gratifying to Huerta to have his methods copied in so fa mous a city as Peking, TAKING OFF THE BUSHEL Evening Calls & Have the correspondence schools opened a Tango department yet? * * ♦ Barley is the best grain crop we have, but the power plant is the plant that pays the dividends. * * # The Chief of Police, with his three coats of White wash, should be impervious to the weather. * * ♦ A girl may look heavenly in a bird of paradise hat—and quite natural with a lyre bird ornament. * » # The passing of the Indian is fraught with pathos—now even Tammany is driven from Manhattan island. * * * In the "Pageant of the Seven Seas" as part of the pirate Drake episode there should be introduced Drake's "dance of death" for Spanish dancers— to-wit, "walking the plank." * # » Every day we hear of some cruel and unusual punishment being in flicted. A young couple who had only committed the crime of robbery were penalized by being forced to marry. NOVEMBER 6, 1913 ELLA WHEELER WILCOX =©N= Home Missionary Work What Might Be Done to Give Our Youths Bet ter Training for Life "s Problems. ELLA WHEELER WILCOX (Copyright, 1913, Star Company) MUCH home missionary work is done by churches* all over our land; yet that much is left undone which could be done, and that time and money spent in a large part of the foreign mis sion work could be better em ployed at home, is painfully true. The world is God's house, and in house cleaning good workers know they must distribute their labors over the whole mansion and not leave any part of it un tidy. Only Thus Can the Race Be Freed From Pes tilence So in missionary work; it is wise and well to send toilers and money to teach the people in distant lands a religion which includes hygiene and which helps women and children to be freed from the bondage of un wholesome superstitions and traditions. Only in this way can the world be swept and garnished, and the race made safe from pestilence. At the same time, vast sums of money are used in foreign mis sion work which might be put to the most important ends here at home. There is a youth con demned to life imprisonment who was brought up in an Amer ican town bristling with church spires, and who lived in sound of church bells, yet no man or woman made the slightest effort to lead this - lad into right ways; no one exerted any influence to better his wretched home condi tions; no one gave him a thought save to speak of him as an ignorant and wayward and wild youth. His stepfather and mother were known to be drinking, im moral people, and when the boy became involved in a family fight, which ended in his killing his stepfather, a highly moral jury quickly condemned him to life imprisonment. At the same time members of churches and in good standing, they had helped pay the ex penses of foreign missionaries who were trying to bring light and knowledge into heathen lands and minds. The town where dwelt the jurymen prided itself upon send ing the largest fund to the mis sionaries of any town in the state. When asked why no mission ary effort had been made in be half of the wretched American boy, who lived w-ithin a stone's throw of her church, a Christian woman replied, "Why, we never thought about doing anything for him or his family." But she and her fellow church members had thought about doing a great deal for the Hot tentot and the Chinese. In China it has for centuries been the habit of many poor people to destroy or give away their girl babies. Christian mis sions have rescued many thou sands of these babies and cared for and educated them. LAPIS LAZULI CONSTANCE CLARKE DULL drops of blue and burning deep, Like frozen jewels without a gleam Of fire within their depths, and yet The east where Cleopatra met With Antony, as in a dream Is here reflected—perfumes rise And drift beneath the tropic skies— And languorous songs of eastern lands Float out across Egyptian sands. And jewels—dull stones of burning blue, Passionless drops of frozen dew— Reflect the orient's changing skies Down deep within their mystic cyea. The secret of the east they keep; If we would read, we must read deep. DANCING CHAMPION OPPOSES TANGO To the Editor: By nequest, pub lished in your paper of last Saturday, I will try and be your much looked for "dancing champion." In speaking of dancing I do not oppose dancing, but I do not wish to go from the sublime to the radical. In your article you«mention old and new styles of ballroom dancing, but I do not see it that way, in the first place waltzing two-step and other similar dances are within the A large percentage in one Christian institution in China is composed of children either mentally or physically defective. The letter which is appended makes one ponder on the whys and wherefores of our American methods of charity and benevo lence. The letter came as a re sponse to an article in this col umn, which spoke of the ram pant sin everywhere prevalent in civilized lands—of willful "race suicide" in the destruction of un born children. The Chinese mother waits un til her unwelcome child is born before she destroys it; the Chris tian American mother in Chris tian lands is quite as much in need of missionary work as the Chinese woman; and her helpless offspring are even more in need of a crusade for their salvation. Margaret Murray Dow, who wrote the following letter, was asked if she would consent to its publication before it was herein presented. Therefore, its rather severe accusations of sins of omission on the part of Ameri can Christian clergymen and church members must be regard ed as authentic: "For 14 long years I have been voluntary missionary to the men of the U. S. M. C. In every way I have tried, as a Christian woman, to guide them aright. Left alone as they are, neglected and without the influence of Christian women and men, save for my gospel meetings and my home, it is no wonder they go away from 'mothers' prayer*. 1 "The 'street woman' hounds them to the very gate of the bar racks; waits for them in the back room of the miserable saloons on the avenue (Flushing and Sands street). Every temptation that can be presented is before them. "Not a church goes out of its way to save them. Not a minis ter but the Rev. T. B. Griswold ever comes to help the meet ings. "About 25 ministers of this great city have been written of the work, with the one response: 'The big salaried ministers have no time for such small (?) un known work.' "In this service it has been my aim to help the lads as a mother would—to warn them against the surroundings at the garrison, to get them to churches and to be a friend to them. Women Are Worse Than Men When They Sin Against God's Law "Women need not down men for a dual life. They have only to regard their attitude to the marriage law in the light of the Almighty's keen eye to know that they are worse than the men when they sin against his law. "A nation is judged by the standard of its women. Let America take care how she low ers the standard at the awful pleasure of women. "MARGARET M. DOW." 233 Putnam ay.. Brooklyn, N. Y. limits of family respect. Now, if that be so, then, why loose their re spect by following the habits of those dance halls of your city which, were not fit for a decent family to go into? Are you aware who the gentlemen were who brought out the Texas Tommy, turkey trot and grizzly bear? For me, nothing doing, not even a tango, just an old time waltz. \ours morally. W. H. McKA-Y. Oakland.