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The San Francisco Call and Post F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice Pi>e»ident and Treasurer San Francisco Finds a New Car Line on Tree 11 City Tonight Takes Over the Union Street System and |j Municipal Ownership Takes Another Advance San Francisco acquires tonight another street railroad line, the Union street, which, through the expiration of its franchise, reverts to the city. This line may be called the "exposition line," for its tracks parallel the southern boundary of the Panama- Pacific inclosure for practically its entire length. With the com pletion of the Stockton street tunnel, the car line which the city will build from Market street will link the center of the city with the exposition gates, via the Stockton street tunnel and the Union street line. Now the city will have a line from the ferry to the Presidio and the Golden gate, passing through the wholesale dis trict, North Beach and the Harbor View section, on to the Pre sidio grounds. San Francisco is fortunate in that the street railroads built here were franchised under charters that expired by limitation after a period of years. In that way the city secured the Geary street line and today secures the Union street line, and will subsequently take over the California street line from First avenue to Thirty-third avenue. Other cities chartered their street railroad lines in perpetuity—that was a quarter of a century ago, when the public had not learned that it had any rights which a corporation was required to respect. But all street railroad fran chises in San Francisco are of limited duration, so in time the municipality will control and can operate all street cars. With the enormous electric power which the Hetch Hetchy will generate, as a by-product of supplying San Francisco with water, the opera tion of these street railroad lines will be cheap, and the city will reap the profits which heretofore have made magnates rich. The Union street car line has been profitable to its owners, it will be profitable to the city and the cause of municipal ownership of public utilities will get another boost. Is there any city in the land which will have such a full stock ing as San Francisco will find on its Christmas tree—a stocking holding a water system and a streetcar line! Newspaper Style, Concise and Most Interesting lowa College Professor Gives Praise to the Writings Which Report the News "The newspaper style (of writing), which is becoming more and more essential in the equipment of every successful writer, is the clearest, most concise and most interesting style in which things can be written," says Prof. F. W. Beckman of lowa state college. It has only been too usual for college professors, pedants and such folk to abuse newspapers for their lack of a limpid style and high sounding phrases. So it is refreshing to find a college man approving the newspaper style for what it is, for what it is meant to be, a concise exposition or narrative of essential facts concern ing occurrences which are of public interest. The newspaper does not aim to compete with Shakespeare in fancy, with Carlyle in style or with Emerson in profundity. Therefore, k isn't written after the manner of Shakespeare, Carlyle or Emerson. What the newspaper seeks to do is to give as fair an account as human nature will permit of current history. Naturally it does not succeed perfectly in recording, in the heat of controversy or excitement of tragedy, all sides and lights of a question. But was there ever a historian whose works were received by all partisans as being just and fair? But the lowa college professor was speaking of the style in which newspaper accounts are written. He praised it as being clear, concise and interesting. That is all that is required of it. In the hurry of reporting and preparing copy grammatical errors may boldly intrude, the precise word calculated to express a subtle shade of meaning might not always respond to the regular beat on the typewriter keys: a metaphor, which is seldom found, may be mixed and stag ger across a line, or an expression which has been used since the time of Ben Johnson may stick its hoary head into the mass of words (such an expression, for instance, as "hoary head"), but on the whole the reader is not confused on the salient points of the narrative. The reader knows who were killed when the train and the automobile crashed, who stayed by the ship and who escaped when the great liner sank, what senators stood by San Francisco and its rights when the Hetch Hetchy debate was on and what senators opposed the city. Those are the essential facts which the newspaper reports. The function of the newspaper is to inform its readers of what is happening in the world, and the average reader receives all his information on current events from the newspaper. Of course, there is a certain type of folk who say they do not believe anything they read in the newspapers. Those people do not know that Woodrow Wilson is president nor that there is a revolution in Mexico. Beware, You Vaudeville Folk Who Jeer Marriage The Cynicism of Divorce Courts May Recoil and Strike You to the Heart Married life has become the theme of vaudeville humor, the butt of the performers' jokes. From every stage is shouted the cynicism of the divorce court, and successive audiences laugh at the anti-marital mirth of the comedians. If theater humor reflects life, then there are no happily mar ried couples, there are no husbands who would not prefer a jail sentence to domestic life and no wives who do not consider mar riage like a leap off the dock. The most beautiful of human rela tions is cheapened and ridiculed, the institution which the law protects and the church sanctifies is the subject of countless jeers. It is a dangerous procedure to consider seriously so trivial a subject as vaudeville wit. However, societies have been organized to protect the Irish and the Jew from stage caricature, but no move has been made to protect marriage from insult at the same source. The cheap jests of the vaudeville folk probably are not a serious deterrent to matrimony; a young man in love with a girl will pro pose to her, probably, on the way home from a theater in which they have heard marriage abused as a condition milder than hang ing, but more to be shunned than a life sentence. All marriages are not eminently successful. The percentage of those who live "happily ever after" in the fairy tales is grossly exaggerated, as the divorce records show. But the fairy tale tellers £,et nearer the average than the vaudeville folk do. Marriage, of course, needs no protection from its detractors, but its detractors should have a care and guard themselves from the penalty of their own humor. A man may make or laugh at a joke about corrupt politicians and never himself become one; a woman may make or laugh at a jest about her fat sisters and never stretch her tape measure beyond the mystic 36 notch; but it is difficult for a person to ridicule mar riage continually and escape a ridiculous marriage THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL AND POST Ritchie is also the only golfing champion of the world. * * * It's funny how few husbands intend giving their wives cigarettes for Christmas presents. * * * Some people buy Christmas presents payable in January as if they thought the world would end on December 31. * * * A woman in Pasadena paid her water bill with dynamite. The average rate payer only expresses his opinion of the bill in terms of that commodity. * * * So the white leghorn hen of Petaluma has to compete with the yellow buff cochin of Cochin China. Oh, for an alien land law that will protect the American nestegg (which is worth 7 cents apiece). * * * The girls who danced the tango during working hours in the state, printing office have been suspended for a week. A courteous official way of providing them with proper leisure in which to dance. "Oh, George!" cried the fair young vision ln blue, as she floated into the drawing room and found her lesser half reading the latest noved. "You really ought to have oome to church with me this morning. Such a beauti ful sermon. I'm sure it would have done you good. All about dishonesty and stealing, and petty meanness 1 . No one could help feeling better for it. I do wish you could have heard lt." •Ileally, my dear," murmured i George, and tried in vain to stifle a THE UNIVERSAL FLAG AW, COME TO CALIFORNIA Evening Calls & Footnotes of Humor yawn. "And—ah—did you walk home?" "No, I took a car. And, oh, George, I had such a stroke of luck. Th© conductor never asked for my fare, so I saved a nickel.'' * # * There was a rumpus at the chil dren's breakfast table, and on com ing down to see what it was all about the mistress of the house found the little ones crying out for spoons to eat their eggs with. She rang the bell sharply, and when Champagne corks are preparing to do their Christmas "popping" early. * * * Another "most beautiful woman in America" has been found. That's a superlative that calls for a carbon copy. * * * If your husband has a murderous temper, protect yourself by giving him a safety razor for Christmas. * * * Two San Mateo county men bought a town up near Oroville. Any thing to get away from the menace of the flying polo balls. * * * Eastern papers please copy: The magnolia trees are blooming in Union square. * * * The comment has been made that Wilson is the tallest president since Lincoln. From that we infer that the length of presidential messages is in inverse ratio to the height of the president and the literary merit is in direct ratio. the maid, who waa fresh to service, appeared she reproved her thus: "Mary, Mary, when you lay eggs in future be careful to lay egg spoons also." * * * Mrs. Pankhurst, at a dinner ln New York, said that the militant suffra gettes could not love their country as now constituted—they could not love her till, transformed, she gave votes to all. "We are in the position, omlttllfg the ignominy of it," Mrs. Pankhurst said, "of the beautiful chorus girl of 17 who married Gobsa Golde, the sep tuagenarian millionaire. "The day of the wedding, speeding Californlaward In Gobsa Golde's mag nificent private car, the old man toog his bride's hand in his and said: " 'Dear, do you love me for what I am, or for what I was?' "Tightening her cigarette in its long tube of gold and amber, the beautiful girl answered calmly: " 'I love you, Gobsa, dear, for what you will be.'" DECEMBER 10, 1913 Dr. Parkhurst's Article on k. Salvation Army Tri umph: The Carnegie Hall Meeting Proved Religion Is Not Lost in New York~~An En gineer's Heroism, and Why He Is a Hero. DR. C.H. PARKHURST TrIE splendid gathering which packed Carnegie hall, New York, recenty to hear General Bramwell Booth of the Salvation Army was proof enough that religion is not a lost art, even in New York city. Any audience of 4,000 people that will sit for an hour and listen spellbound to the deline ation of the character of an old saint that gone to his rest be lieves in religion when it is quite confident that the speci men of it that it is looking upon is the genuine article. People who are alive 2,000 yeras after Christ, and double that number of years after Abra ham, know what religion is and what it is able to do fr a man, and are responsive to the appeal made to them by any man or woman who transparently exem plifies the religious spirit. That to which the great au dience answered back most im pulsively was what the speaker said about his father's love power, that energy "latent" in him by which he conquered the hearts of all classes and condi tions of men, a power which lifted him above all denomina tional, national and racial dis tinctions, and that made him the servant of all and, therefore, the master of all. The big crowd was moved by it. People do admire what is good, even if they are so busy with other things that they haven't time to be good them selves. We Are Born Into the World With Fine Ap preciations We are born into the world with fine appreciations. We love beautiful objects, even if we are not ourselves able to paint them. We enjoy fine music, even if we can not sing. In the same way we revere great and good men and women, even if we ourselves arc mem bers of the popular order of rep robates. It was a happy feature of the occasion that District Attorney Whitman was the presiding offi cer. There was a fitness in it. The territories of the Salvation Army and of the district attor ney's office overlap. In their working they touch each other, handle a good deal of the same material, so that Mr. Whitman's testimony to the efficiency of the army came from one who could speak with au thority, and the eloquent cor diality, therefore, with which he gave his indorsement to it went far beyond the range of ordinary eulogy. Besides all of that, there was a distinct propriety in having both the law and the gospel rep resented on the Salvation Army platform. It was a quiet inti mation that the purpose of the gospel is not to free men from he authority of the law, but to educate and discipline men to a loyal observation of law. It was a great afternoon for the Salvation Army and gave it fresh nerve for the prosecution of its grand work. * * # That trainmen are not negli Commends The Call for Crusade Resolutions thanking and commending The San Francisco Call for its active co-operation and assistance in the recent cam paign against "quack" doctors being waged in San Francisco were adopted by the state board of medical examiners in session at Sac ramento. Following are the resolutions: Whereas, the San Francisco Call has undertaken the seri- | ous task of informing the public as to the dangers incident to 1 ' various forms of medical fakes; and whereas, the public health is certain to be improved so soon aslaymen are better informed M to the dangers of disreputable forms of medical practice, Be it resolved, that we extend to The San Francisco Call I a vote of thanks for its sincere efforts to benefit the people of this state by assisting this board to carry out the provisions of the existing medical law. Curious Facts The Mexicans have a turn for the picturesque which displays itself in the street names of the capital. There is Love erf God street, the Holy Ghost street. Sad Indian street, Street of the Wood Owls, Lost Child street, and a cautionary Pass If You Can street. Shop names, too, ln Mexico are out of the common, A drug store calls It gent and unfaithful to the inter ests and lives of passengers is evidenced by the account that has just been given of the engi neer who was taking his train j from Philadelphia to New York i when the steam chest of his engine exploded and he was drenched with steam and boiling water. He stuck to his post and applied the brakes. When found he was unconscious, his flesh horribly boiled, but with his hand on the throttle. Such cases are not so rare ar to be surprising, but they are so serious and have so deep a meaning as to be worth a word of comment Of course he was a hero. Ha offered his life as a ransom for the seven carloads of passengers that his engine was drawing. Why did he do it? What was his motive? Did he in that sud den instant enter into a mathe matical calculation as to tha I relative value of his own life and that of his passengers? Thera was not much time for think- | ing. It Is Evident There Was Something Great in the Man '] Or was it that simple loyalty to duty constrained him to the sacrifice? Perhasp he would him self have difficulty in making clear what went on in hi 3 mind; but this is evident, that there was something great in the man. Heroism is always a form of greatness,' for it means losing something in order to further some one else's gain. If Mr. Carr, the engineer, had taken the risk, for the sake of some reward that might come to him in case he survived, his act would not have been heroic. It would only have been a spe cies of investment, laying down i one commodity with a view of j taking up another that was bet- ! ter. That was apparently not the case in the present instance. ' What occurred was the fruit of chivalry, not of speculation. Tie would have been a man to be- i lieve in and to bank upon in ; whatever circumstances placed and in whatever work employed. "Crisis Virtue' Sustained Him and Kept Him From Slipping He acted at the impulse of considerations that form no part of the experience of ordinary people. There was something out of sight that sustained him. We can not tell what; something that kept him from slipping. It might be called "crisis virtue.** 1 Such crisis he may not have en countered before, but he was ready for it whenever it might occur. i We may believe that there are a great many more men in tha world like Mr. Carr than tha i world knows of. 1 They are undiscovered for tha reason that nothing occurs that j publicly tests their heroic sta- 3 bility; but be there more of therm or fewer, they are what com- * pose the rib work of society and insure its strength and solidity. self Gate of Heaven, and a drinking* saloon describes Itself frankly as The Bait of the Devil! A lighthouse of 2,000 candle power for airmen is to be erected at Ltebens werda, in Saxony. It is to signal by flashes to airmen flying by night in dications as to their route and th* probable weather conditions.