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THE iff CALL F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer John Muir, Hetch Hetchy and 32,876 Voters Opponent of Sierra Water Supply Says Only a "Few Poli ticians" Favor San Francisco's Claim "A few enerprising politicians, up to all sorts of big business, calling themselves 'the city of San Francisco,' have been plotting and planning for the last ten years to get possession of Hetch Hetchy valley for a reservoir to supply the city with water and electric power, working very hard, watching the political sky, scheming, log rolling, regarding the invasion of national parks as the development of natural resources for highest uses, and, at last, after repeated denials from secretaries of the interior and defeats in congress, pleading dire necessity for the colossal grab."—John Muir, in a circular distributed by the Society for the Preservation of National Parks. That is the first paragraph of Mr. Muir's published attack on San Francisco's claim for a pure supply of water from the Sierras. It may be considered as the keynote of the attack- Consider the first clause. He says: "A few enterprising politicians, up to all sorts of big business, calling themselves 'the city of San Francisco,'" etc. And so Mr Muir would have the people of the United States believe that only "a few enterprising politicians" are working for Hetch Hetchy. Did Mr. Muir read the San Francisco newspapers on the morning of January 15, 1910? L On January 14, 1910, an election was held in San Francisco, at which the people voted on a proposition to bond the city for $45,000,000 to construct the Hetch Hetchy water system. Does Mr. Muir remember what the vote on that proposition was, as published in the daily newspapers on the morning of Janu ary 15, 1910? t, The vote was: FOR THE PROPOSITION 32,576 Against the Proposition 1,607 Mr Muir has had some experience with human nature. Does he think it possible to have had a vote on any proposition, which would come nearer unanimity ? If the question had been, Shall San *Francisco retain Market street as a public thoroughfare or give it to a corporation as a private toll road? the ratio in favor of the thoroughfare could be little greater. If 98 per cent of the voters can not call themselves "the city of San Francisco" who can? Mr. Muir's "enterprising politicians" must have tremendous power to hold their sway over the people for ten years, particu larly in view of the fact that since the Hetch Hetchy question was first broached the city has had as mayors Phelan, Schmidt, Taylor, McCarthy and Rolph. All but one of those mayors have worked to the best of their ability for Hetch Hetchy. Have they all been politicians but that one? Mr. Muir knows that such classification would not reflect credit on the opposition to Hetch Hetchy. The implication of John Muir is that these "few politicians," backed by 32,876 San Francisco voters and opposed by 1,607 voters, have been actuated by wrong motives. California knows John Muir too well to insinuate that he has been actuated by any but the highest motives in his fight against Hetch Hetchy. Mr. Muir is an author and nature lover whose pen has a wondrous magic in bringing the woodland into the library. Part of his living comes from his books on the Sierras, and Cali fornia feels honored in affording inspiration to Mr. Muir's genius. No one would intimate that Mr. Muir, knowing, as he does, that T-iis books appeal to nature lovers, would stultify himself by oppos ing the Hetch Hetchy grant against his own judgment, in order to increase the sale of his books. Yet that is the form of dishonesty Muir charges against the proponents of the Hetch Hetchy plan. We give John Muir credit for being sincere in his opposition to San Francisco's claim for the Hetch Hetchy grant. But John Muir does not give San Francisco credit for honesty; John Muir does not give four city administrations out of five credit for hon estly working for the best interests of their city. John Muir is honest, but he is not fair. The Pastors Have Welcomed Go=to=Church Idea Mention an idea and if it is good it will be quickly acted upon. New ideas are scarce, but pass current with amazing speed. So we took the news item of a go to church Sunday in Joliet, indorsed it and passed it on. San Francisco is talking about it and will be one of the first big cities to give this idea general acceptation. Probably we shall make a record of attendance here which it will be hard to beat. If the people accept the invitation from the pulpit with any thing like the unanimity with which the pulpit welcomes the sug gestion, its trial will prove a grand success. Anybody will go where everybody is going. That's the gre garious or flocking instinct of us bipeds. The most stubbornly habitual non-churchgoer will admit that he ought to go to church AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR, and he will go, too, if that seems the popular thing to do, out of curiosity, for the sake of novelty, if for no higher motive. Then there's something else, of psychological import Actors and singers are inspired to their highest art by their largest audi ences; lecturers and orators are exalted by the sea of faces before them; novelists strike a higher pitch when their books are widely read, and even a poor editor tries to do better on a rising than a falling circulation. So we suspect that the preachers may be encouraged to see no vacant pews, but many new listeners. So certainly much good WILL come. No harm CAN. Villa Shifts His Battlefield to Accommodate We presume that when Caesar landed in Britain, after a tempestuous voyage across the channel, he started in forthright to fight a battle. His campaign proceeded successfully until the captain of the Dover Cricket club came up to the imperial Roman and said: "I say, my dear chap, don't you know that you are in terfering with our annual match with Wales? Could you kindly move your army over a few hundred yards, so the blooming jave lins won't fall on our wickets and disturb the ladies in the tea booth?" "Certainly old top," Julius replied.. "Anything to oblige." Wellington, if history reads as it should, was approached by a committee of Brussels citizens on a gloomy afternoon in 1815 and requested to give heed to their petition. "We are having our annual Brussels carpet laying feast," said the chief burgher, "and if it is all the same to you and Mr. Bonaparte, could you kindly shift the scene of your coming hostilities fourteen or fifteen miles away? There is a little town called Waterloo down the line a few miles which affords good opportunity for a battle, plenty of rain, a sunken roadway and all that sort of thing. Can you change?" "With pleasure," Wellington replied. Such conversations may not have occurred, but, as Patrick Henry said, "there is no lamp by which our feet may be guided save the lamp of experience," and we read in the dispatches that General Villa informed the management of the Juarez racetrack that he would shift the scene of his battle so as not to interfere with the racing at the famous Juarez course. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL THE SHOPGIRL'S CHRISTMAS EVE It's up to you to decide which she shall have. By shop- ping early you benefit both the salesgirl and yourself. By # shopping in a rush the day before Christmas you deprive f & & & & Evening Calls & & & & This is the day when the remains of the turkey get it in the neck. * * * Would the Puritans have invented yesterday's feast had they antici pated the cabaret? Anti-Hetch Hetchy literature is as full of arguments as a 6 a. m. streetcar on a holiday is of passengers. * * * Two fat men are wanted for the "Pageant of the Seven Seas." Who can afford to be fat when Christmas is coming on? * * * What is a "nature lover?" A man who has never been to Hetch Hetchv because he has spent all his time in the senate lobby. * * ♦ Maud Allan strained a tendon at her dance in Bombay. From the trouble made before she danced it was thought she would strain inter national relations. "I shall be the next governor of California"—Sidney McMackin Van Wyck Jr. of San Francisco, in purported interview in Los Angeles. Quick, boy, get the directory; see who Mr. Van Wyck is. An old gentlemani always very po lite to ladies, was asserting one day that he had never seen a really ugly woman. A lady with a flat nose, overhearing him, said: "Sir, look at m eand confess that I'm truly ugly." "Madam," he replied, "like the rest of your sex, you are an angel fallen from the skies, but it was your mis fortune, rather than your fault, that you happened to alight on your nose." During a lecture a well known au- EXTERMINATE! Footnotes of Humor thorlty on economics mentioned the fact that in one country the number of men was larger than that of women, and he added, humorously: ' "I can, therefore, recommend the ladles to emigrate to that part of the world." A young lady seated In one of the front rows got up In great indigna tion and was leaving the room rather noisily, whereupon the lecturer re marked : "I did not mean that it need be done In such a hurry as that." yourself of time and choice and place an unnecessary burden on those who wait upon you. Weather report: State board of control: Snow. * * # Kaiser Wilhelm is considering the sale of the Hohenzollern museum. George Barron, get busy. The chief of police will not let women go to prizefights. Wants to leave at least one place where men can act naturally. * # * The desire for education has been awakened in the breasts of many lads—each sees himself another Brickley of Harvard. * * ♦ Twelve hundred Chicago women have started a war on the egg trust. Why don' they go about it the right wav—raise chickens? •* * * "If women don't try to be beautiful they can live to be 300," says a volunteer expert. But who wants to live 300 years if she's ugly? # # * It is a strange thing that the son of Abraham Lincoln, as president of the Pullman Car company, is probably the largest employer of negro labor in the United States. Some day this labor will be emancipated, too, from the tip system. "You saw me turkey trotting, didn't you, Henry?" "Y-yes, my dear." "Well* that's exactly the way It should be danced. You couldn't see anything wrong about It, could you?" "N-no, my dear. Quite the contrary. In fact, I'm sure that If all the turkey trotters could see you doing it nobody would ever want to dance the thing again." * # # A peddler with horse and wagon was going through our street. The peddler was loudly calling his wares, while nobody seemed to pay any attention to him. Thoughtfully Janet, aged 3 years, turned and said: "Mamma, what Is that man singing to his horse for?" * * # Prisoner—lt is difficult to see how I can be a forger. Why, I can't sign my own name. Judge—You are not charged with signing your own name. NOVEMBER 28, 1913 Ella Wheeler Wilcox —ON — Success —Its Tools, Pur pose, Aspiration and Courage, Are Within Ourselves — Shake speare Wrote His Dramas With But 5,000 Words at His Command. ELLA WHEELER WILCOX I Copyright, 1913, by Star Company. MANY people lay their failure to make a name in the world to the lack of proper materials with which to work out their special lines of en deavor. Tools are necessary to the good artisan and artist; BUT GENIUS MAKES ITS OWN TOOLS AS WELL AS ITS OWN OPPORTUNITIES. Shakespeare made his immor tal dramas and poems WITH ONLY FIVE THOUSAND WORDS AT HIS COMMAND, From an exchange we take the statement as follows: "Bullokar's Complete English Dictionary, in 1616, the year of Shakespeare's death, contained 5,080 words. Thomas Blount's 'Glossographia' (1656, improved on this and was superseded in its turn by Edward Phillips' 'New World of English Words' (1658). a small folio containing 13,000 words; and by the time, it reached its sixth edition (1706) the number had grown to 20,000 odd. Johnson Dictionary Con - tamed Only 50,000 Words "Johnson's dictionary, pub lished on April 15, 1755, though it improved all predecessors off the face of the earth by the per fection of its system and the soundness and breadth of its reading, contained only 50,000 words, and it remained master of the field, even at this modest to tal, until Noah Webster's came along in 1828, and Worcester's 'Comprehensive Pronouncing and Explanatory English Dic tionary' in 1830, with 160,000 and 105,000 words, respectively." The article goes on to state that "the later part of the nine teenth century kept the ball roll ing. The 'Imperial Dictionary' contained 200,000 words, and Dr. Funk's 'Standard Dictionary 1 (1894) entered the field with half as many again—3lß,ooo words Some Sidelights of Marconi IT is recorded of Guglielmo Marconi as a child that he walked at an unusually early ago and talked at an unusually late one. He has retained these early charac teristics. Great scientist though he is, he is essentially an open air man. The wireless wizard has always de lighted in swimming and sailing. As a young man his love of the latter sport nearly cost him his life. He 1» swift to act when he has made up his mind, but slow to speak, and even then sparing of words. His father was an Italian banker and country gentle man, his mother an Irish lady. As a rule,' It Is not the man born in affluent circumstances who do the things that matter, but Marconi is an exception. WHEN AT SCHOOL It Is. perhaps, not generally known that as a small boy he spent some time at a school at Bedford. He is still remembered there. For one thing, he refused to learn writing as cus tomarily taught at school. He said it was absurd to make him waste time acquiring a style of handwriting which he would never use when grown up. Similarly he outraged scholastic opinion by refusing to have anything to do with the parrotlike repetition of what he was told. He would work hard at anything that Interested him, such as physics. But the masters might lead him ever so often to the pool of Latin and Greek grammar and he would not drink. Possibly for this reason he did not stay long at his English school, but completed his education at the university of his native Bologna. Here, again, he studied only what he chose to study. Electricity fascinated him. He was only 16 or so when he installed elec tric lights, bells, etc.. in his father's house and incidentally got himself regarded by the local peasantry as a sorcerer. Mr. Marconi, of course, has never & Curious Facts & ....«. — — ■- — — -- -- —~ ~ ~ A wedding without a ring seems Incongruous, but In some parts of Spain no ring is used. After the cere money the bridegroom moves the flower in his bride's hair from left to right, for in those districts to wear a rose above your right ear is to pro claim yourself a wife. The marriage has taken place at Baltimore of Miss Sophie M. Koerth, who was pronounced incurable by more than a score of physicians and was operated on nine times. Four months ago, after the last and most dangerous of the operations, Miss in all. There have been half a dozen editions of this, and the new one next September reaches high water mark with a total of 450,000 words, most of which are English beyond question." Yet No One Has Arisen to Contest the Honors of Shakespeare Yet, despite this fact, no Shakespeare has arisen to con test the honors of the one who had only five-thousand-word tools for his use. Shakespeare did not travel, or •peak many tongues. Perhaps his power lay in stay ing with himself, in digging in his own mind and soul for knowl edge and wisdom, and in making no effort to find unusual words wherewith to convey his mean ing. It would be interesting t<< know just what he would have done with our vast vocabulary of words if he had been given one of the new dictionaries. Rut it is more interesting t<> realize what he did without these words. And it is worth thinking about, whenever we arc tempted to complain, that we lack the necessities for making a success in any one direction. Purpose, Courage and Aspiration Must Win Success The mind that is bent on a purpose and the soul that is aflame with aspiration, and the heart that is strong with cour age, MUST attain success. Noth ing can prevent it. The man who is possessed of these three things will fashion his tools, and hew his way through rocks, and build bridges over rivers, and cut stairs in frowning mountains, and climb over them to the goal beyond. All elements of success lie in ourselves. claimed to be the discoverer of the phenomenon of electric "waves." Hertz did that, but it was Marconi who first saw the possibility of usinfj Hertzian waves for telegraphing; without wires. HtU Ml TO WIN He was young, well off, full of "life," but he devoted himself to pa tient study and experiment. It was a great day when he succeeded in sending a wireless message from one end of his father's garden to the other. Of his experiences when he brought his invention to England little need be said. He was anything but the penniless inventor, but at the same time he met with incredibility and opposition enough. However, he was bound to win. Marconi is essentially a man who leaves nothing to chance. He prom-. Ises nothing that he has not already satisfied himself he can do. He Is a first rate man of business, and a con summate judge of men and motives. Had he been penniless his success, though inevitable, might have beea delayed. As it was, he could afford to take a strong line and to maintain that sturdy independence which Is so characteristic of him. To meet, he is a man of great charm. Very quiet, very simple, very direct, but a man whose personality Impresses and pleases at once. He has beautiful eyes, large and luminous, of a hazel which in some lights look gray, in others dark brown. As the result of an accident he has lost the sight of one eye, but they say he can see more out of the other than most men of normal vision. A great man, one whose name will live forever, but as modest as you make them. No doubt he has made a great deal of money, but far above gold does he value his great inven tion. Koerth felt for the first time that a cure had been effected. Miss Koerth was married in the dress in which she made four years ago with he#owi» hands for her shroud. * * * A Pennsylvania man who died re cently was so stout that his house had to be demolished partially before it was possible to bury him. He weighed 500 pounds, and the coffin j was so large that It could not be j taken out by the door or through the I windows, so that part of the bouse I had to be torn down first. On ac- I count of his size be had been unable ("to do any work for the last five years.