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THE CALL F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer San Francisco Must Be In the Big Campaign All Central California Counties Meet at Marysville This Month to Launch an Advertising Movement for the State California is a fine article in truth, but no matter how good j the article is, it must be advertised. California is to be thoroughly j advertised not only as a land of beautiful climate and sublime; scenery, but as a land in which investments in soil pay dividends, j This refers particularly to central and northern California—' southern California has learned the value of advertising and already has profited by it. The tide of population is sweeping over California, but it will take scores of years before the state can be inundated, yet already lowa is talking of suing California for the alienation of the affections of lowans. A member of the lowa legislature wanted that state to appropriate money to advertise lowa in Cali fornia, so that some of the lowans who have come west might be influenced to return to the state they left behind. No state can alienate the affections of Californians. But Cali fornia can win the affection of any person who hears of it, and the best way to make people hear of California is by community advertising, which the northern and central part of California is about to undertake. A meeting is to be held at Marysville on 1 November 20 and 21 at which will be inaugurated a big movement for the development and exploitation of the state. * Humboldt county may be thanked for giving the impetus to this movement. Humboldt has raised a fund of $52,000 for a three months' advertising campaign. Humboldt county's development committee sent out a resounding cry to the other counties point-; ( ing out the need of an aggressive campaign to bring the resources and opportunities of this portion of the state to the attention of easterners and midwesterners. Humboldt county is rich in lumber, dairying and farming possibilities, and with the completion of the Northwestern Pacific railroad next year it will have direct rail connection with San Francisco and the transcontinental lines. It wants to have people come into its valleys and make use of the railroad. At the conference to be held in Marysville this month all of the counties north of the Tehachapi will be represented, pledged to join in the great campaign to make California known throughout the other states. A fund of $110,000 will doubtless be raised. San Francisco must take a prominent part in that conference and in the advertising campaign that is to follow. San Francisco should co-operate if only one other county were in the movement, for every particle of wealth created in the interior of California is reflected in the growing prosperity of San Fran cisco, the market city of the state. With some 30 counties joined in the wide campaign of boosting, San Francisco must take an interest thirty-fold. It must be remembered that, while the campaign of one individual county may not benefit materially another interior county, not a line of publicity helping any single unit of the commonwealth of California will be without value to San Fran cisco. San Francisco must be in Marysville on November 20 and 21, and be there strong. 'Good Night, Rotten World,' Said One, but the Poor Woman Said, 'I'm Glad We're in America' On the same day and on the same page of the same news paper are two news items, or "stories," as the craft calls them: A poor, unhappy employe of a California railroad who com mits suicide leaves this note behind: "Good night, you rotten world." A "foreign woman," whose husband was slain by bandits in a big city, finds herself penniless, with three children to feed, clothe and raise. And this is what she has to say: "So the children and I are alone. Michael didn't have any insurance. But I'll go to work some place. I don't mind work. I'm glad we're in America, the free land. 'There's plenty of work over there,' they told us in the old country. 'No one ever starves in America.' So I guess we will get along." Two very different stories, indeed. How "rotten" do you suppose life had been—or the world had been—to the man who had a job on the railroad with only himself to care for? How much do you suppose was his personal responsibility for making his life what it was? Let us take a look at the widow whose husband the three bandits killed—and at her three children, all of them quite young. She will go to work, an unskilled workingwoman. Her eldest girl will stay at home and mind the two younger children. Before long an officer of the court will come around (this is in California, where we have mothers' pensions) and arrange to give this woman so much each month to help raise her children. This is the ENLIGHTENED way of dealing with such cases instead of filling homes and institutions with children taken away from their surviving parent. The state's aid will raise the standard of living in that family. A representative of the board of education will come in time and say "This elder girl ought to be in school." That will leave the baby in charge of the next eldest girl. By the time the second daughter is ready for school the first will be ready to help her mother earn a living for the family. But the great AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOL will have made her BETTER EQUIPPED than her mother. Instead of being a janitress or laundress, the daughter can be a store clerk or a stenographer, and in the latter position earn from $8 or $10 to $25 a week. Soon the second daughter is EDUCATED and eventually the boy, too, goes to school. This particular mother happens to be of foreign birth—a Polish woman. But what happens through the aid and intervention of our in stitutions HAPPENS TO ALL KINDS OF WOMEN—native Americans, Germans, Irish, Jews, Italians, Poles; races without end. Would they get these advantages at home—these govern mental benefactions? How just is the suicide railroad employe's contention that this is a rotten world, or a rotten country? Do not be so free to accept the estimates of life which come as legacies from worked out, despondent and hopeless people. There are inequalities and injustices in life— most certainly. But thousands of people manufacture their own inequalities. Those who are coming to America from other lands are more prompt to accept this country on its proper footing. More of these aliens are making an educational and monetary success out of what we have to give them than the natives who are already here and whose ancestors were here before them. To the newcomers this is a country of hope; a country of ful filled ambitions. Only our native born look upon it and its oppor tunities with scorn or contempt. The two cases we have cited are typical. Which of the two do you think formed the proper estimate of America as it is? THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL A GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZED Why are all the warships at Vera Cruz? There is no Portola being held there. * » » The black cat that came and established itself at the White House may be named Huerta. * * * It's rather curious that the people most opposed to the Hetch Hetchy project have another project to sell to the city. * * * Ortie McManigal is said to be on his way to South America. It is a safe bet that he wishes there was a route to South Mars. * * * The United States has the most unenviable •murder record in the world, but it can't be charged that we are ungallant to our lady mur deresses. * # * No matter what the name of its president is, the Western Pacific rail road system can not properly be called a Bush-league of transportation companies. * * * The life of a woman was saved by a side comb which deflected the bullet intended to kill her. Yet civilized people denounce women's ornaments. Where No Money Is Used The Island of Ascenclon. in the At lantic ocean, is of a volcanic forma tion, and has a population of only 460. It was uninhabited until the con finement of Napoleon at St. Helena when it was occupied by a small Brit ish force. Ascension is governed by a captain appointed by the British admiralty. There is no private property In land, no rents, no taxes and no use for money. The flocks and herds are pub lic property and the meat is issued as KICKING A GOAL Evening Calls rations. So are the vegetables grown on the farms. When an island fisher man makes a catch he brings it to the guardroom, where It is issued by the sergeant major. Practically the en tire population are sailors, and they work at most of the common trades. The muleteer is a Jack Tar; so is the gardener; so are the shepherds, the stockmen, the grooms, masons, car penters and plumbers. The climate is almost perfect and anything can be grown. What will virtuous Los Angeles do now that boxing is prohibited at Venice? » ■» * What ingenious poet will be able to write a patriotic war song if we should intervene in Mexico? * * # The "tainted meat" which the board of health examined seems to have contaminated some of the department employes. * # * The "mad king" of Bavaria has just been deposed. Why? What difference does it make what kind of a king a country has' * * * Warden Hoyle is going into the hotel business in this city. He must remember not to number his guests nor consider all life termers * ♦ * The Prussian government has prohibited Captain Amundsen from lec turing in Schleswig. Good thing it didn't forbid him finding the north west passage. * ♦ * Now ladies are advised to wear false aigrettes on their hats. Which brings us to the time honored dispute, which is more wicked, deceit or cruelty to animals? A NELSON ANECDOTE Nelson's left handedness was an at tainment of which he could be legiti mately proud, as he was. J. R. Green tells a story of the admiral's visit to Great Yarmouth to receive the free dom of the borough. "A storm met him on his landing, but the danger failed to prevent his appearance on the quay When the freeman's oath was tendered to him the town clerk noticed that the hero placed his left hand on the book. Shocked at the legal Impropriety, he said: " 'Your right hand, my lord.' " 'That' observed Nelson, 'is at Tea* erlffe.'" I ONE OF THE MEN Eleanor's best man friend had promised her a little gift, then for gotten all about It. Eleanor mourned to her young lady aunt that this should be so. "It's so easy for men to forget, dearie," soothed auntie. "They have so many things to think of that it's hard for them to remember all." "Well, I should think that if the good Lord expected them to act like other people, he'd give them more sense!" the little girl exclaimed. NOVEMBER 7, 1913 Bringing German Litera ture to America The Publication of "German Classics" Will Help Relax Existing Tension. By DR. CHARLES H. PARKHURST. IT will interest both the Ger man and Eng lish readers of The Call to know something of the splendid exhibit of Ger-' man literature reproduced in English that is now in course of preparation. Three volumes of "The Ger man Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries," out of the proposed 20, have already been delivered to subscribers. If we who live in the states understood German as well as all educated or even half edu cated Germans understand Eng lish, we should not be under the humiliating necessity of having German thoughts dressed out for us in our American vocabulary. Luckily There Are Those Who Can Interpret Them to Us It is occasion for gratitude, however, that there are those who are to such degree masters of both languages that they can interpret to us, in terms of our speech, the product of Teutonic minds that have been doing their thinking on the other side of the water. Prior to this undertaking, scarcely 10 per cent of the more prominent German authors had had their writings translated into English. This is the more lamentable, as much of ,the fin est and most sterling writing ever produced, both prose and poetry, has been done on Ger man ground. It is time for the American mind to come out from its seclu sion and appreciate the privilege of membership in the universal republic of letters. We have reached that stage of our na tional development along ma terial lines when it becomes us to bethink ourselves of matters and interests lying off front the level of manufactures and com merce and general financial ag grandizement. Railroads and canals, mines and immense har vests sustain a certain relation to national greatness, but the mind of a man has a significance not attaching either to his stom ach or to his purse; and what is true of a man, considered as an individual, is peculiarly true of man considered collectively and nationally. The United States has shown rather a frenzied ambition to extend its landed domain, but the opening up to us of the treasures of a foreign literature means a finer expansion than the acquisition of new acres and miles of tillage and pasturage. Our country, if it is going to count as a great universal asset, has got to learn to cultivate it self more and more on the finer side of its nature and in the more superb reach of its possi bilities. Another result to which the publication of this great work may be expected to contribute will be the relaxing of that in ternational tension which exists between us and Germany. UNREST WILLIAM F. KIRK WHERE is no rest save sleep and death For us whom Destiny is driving; Until the last and feeblest breath Some part of every man is striving. The tireless muscles of the strong, The mental workings of the clever, Unite, as we are swept along, In one grand purpose of endeavor. The idle day and idle dream Are for the dotard an dthe fool; The salmon flashes up the stream; The coarse carp fattens in the pool. Striving we live, and. striving, shun The dull content that would enslave us; And glory, ere the day is done, Is that unrest the Master gave us. SIROCCO CONSTANCE CLARKE A SCORCHING wind that sweeps acros sthe desert, A swirl of sand caught up against a sky Grown fiercely red like burning molten copper, That spills its glory as the dust whirls by. A swirl of golden hair, with glints of copper, Cruel scarlet lips of smiling evil lure, A scorching breath that speaks its demon purpose. The spirit of the desert, swift and sure. That does not mean that there are on the side of either party any sentiments of actual en mity, but there exists among all peoples suf ficient of orig inal barbarism to make every nation regard every other na tion with a de gree of sus picion and dis favor, and to hold it in a state of con tinual wonder ment as to how long it will be before there is a resumption of hostilities. This feeling is fostered by all the unfortunate talk we are obliged to listen to about add ing to our army and navy and strengthening our defenses. International cordiality will have to be achieved by other means more pacific and less jingoistic. Our ambassadorial relations do something toward accomplishing this. So does the social interchange effected by international travel. To this should be added such reciprocity between the universities of two nations, like that which is being maintained between us and Ger many, by which each gives to the other the temporary loan of its more distinguished profes sors. This enables the two peo ples to think more and more in each other's thoughts, encourag ing thus a sympathy certain to result when minds flow along side by side in the same chan nel. Still more effective in the same direction will be this new literary enterprise, conceived by Dr. Isidor Singer, the originator of the Jewish encyclopedia, worked out under the editorial management of Prof. Kuno Francke, chief of the German department of Harvard univer sity, and having behind it the push and financial experience of Messrs. Huntley and Peale, pub lishers of Warner's Library and the "Encyclopedia Americana" The work is issued under the distinguished patronage, among others, of President Wilson, for mer Ambassador Bryce, Hon. Joseph H. Choate, President Butler of Columbia and Cardinal Gibbons. Eighty Per Cent of Them Have Never Appeared in English Fully 80 per cent of the au thors whose writings appear in "The German Classics" have never appeared in English, and thus have been held beyond the reach of Americans, except the limited few who have some un derstanding of German, and the majority of those, probably, would get more from a good translation than by reading the original. The publication of this work is thus the opening of a new continent to the intellectual oc cupancy of Americans, whose possession by us will widen and enrich our treasury of thought and create a new sense of fra ternal relation with a people of the same stock as ourselves and one with us in all that is best in our national life.