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The San Francisco Call and Post
F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher
JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer
Geary Street Railway Loans
$50,000 to New Line
Out of Its Quarter of a Million Profits the First Municipal
Railway in the United States Facilitates
Purchase of Second
A feature of the city's acquisition of the Union street car line
which must not be permitted to pass unnoticed is the fact that the
initial payment by the city for the equipment of the new line,
amounting to $50,000, came from the profits of the Geary street
railway. Bookkeepers can juggle with figures, can manipulate
accounts so their own paying tellers will not know them, but no
city nor individual can conjure $50,000 in real money out of a ledger
if the money does not exist. There was $50,000 in real money in
the Geary street railway funds; in fact, there is on hand to the
Geary street railway's credit $216,779.
The transaction by which the city secured possession of the
Union street line is this: The franchise of the road expired on
December 10; that is, the Presidio and Ferries Railway company
lost its right to operate the Union street line. But it still retained
the equipment of the road, the tracks that lay in the street, the roll
ing stock and the carbarns. These the city will buy at an appraised
valuation agreed upon between the city and the company. The
cost will be in the neighborhood of $350,000. This will be paid for
out of the sale of bonds authorized by the voters at a recent elec
tion. The funds from the sale of bonds are not yet available, but
as the city's chief bread winner, the Geary street line, has accumu
lated a quarter of a million of excellent dollars, there was no trouble
about the funds. The Geary street line just loaned its little brother
$50,000 to pay the sum necessary to bind the bargain.
Is the Farmer Who Neglects
His Hens the Culprit?
He May Be Somewhat to Blame, But It's the Cold Storage
Fellow Who Keeps Up the Price of Eggs.
Who is to blame for the high cost of eggs?
Some say the indolent hen who, in summer, when the day is
long, will devote a few moments in the morning to laying a neat
fresh egg, but in winter likes to mope around on one foot and
reflect on her former prowess. Others accuse the cold storage
warehouse man, who, they say, has in his icebound vaults plenty
of eggs to feed the multitude at a reasonable price. This accusa
tion is proven frequently in American cities when the housewives
boycott eggs and immediately the dealers bring down the price.
Now a third party is held to blame for the shortage, and he is the
honest, industrious farmer, the yeoman of the land, who, it is al
leged neglects his hen shamefully in winter. It's the cold storage
man who blames the farmer, of course, to save himself.
The case against the farmer is thfs: He keeps hens to supply
his wife with pin money in summer and to furnish a proper dec
oration for fried ham on the breakfast table during the harvest
season. In summer the hen can forage for herself. There are
plenty of grubs and grasshoppers loitering around to become the
prey of the early hen, and there is green grass and foliage from
which the hen can secure a good diet. The hen sleeps in a tree
under the stars and is happy and contented and rewards her good
master by laying freely. Of course, as all other hens in the coun
try do the same thing at that time, the good effect of their gen
erosity is automatically mitigated, and eggs are cheap.
But when winter comes and there is no green stuff and no
grasshoppers, when the tree is a cold, damp place in which to
roost, the hen has a sorry time of it. Her master generally does
not provide a clean hen house for her and he does not give her the
right food, wheat and other things, to make up for the lost dietary
of grubs and grasshoppers. So the hen does not lay at all. She
The department of agriculture recommends that farmers pay
more attention to their hens in winter, thereby insuring an in
creased production of eggs.
But in the meantime there are eggs in cold storage which
would come out if the housewives got real mad and refused to
buy eggs at the present rate.
Parcel Post Rates for the Down=
Why Should the Man Who Hatches a Plot Pay More Freight
Than He Who Hatches an Egg?
Here is a letter from a reader. We suppose that he is ar*
Editor The Evening Call:
Dear Sir—Can you not advocate in your editorial columns
that manuscripts for publication be accorded parcel post rates
instead of excessive letter postage rates?
Authors' merchandise ought not to be discriminated
against. Yours truly, WALTER J. CLARKE.
This is a reasonable suggestion. Manuscripts sent to news
papers should go like any other merchandise.
If a man paints a picture, and if it is small enough, he can send
it at parcel post rates.
If he has a hen that lays an egg, he can send the egg at parcel
If the poor author has a genius that lays an egg called a poem,
or a short story, why make him pay the extravagant rates of the
letter post—especially as his merchandise usually comes back to
Who would believe that in a great republic we charge a very
low rate of transportation to the man whose merchandise goes and
STAYS and is paid for, and charge a great deal more to the poor
manufacturer of "brain stuff" whose merchandise goes out and
This newspaper is unselfish in advocating parcel post rates for
the manuscripts of authors.
You would know this if you knew what it is to get many man
uscripts, and attend to the heartbreaking duty of rejecting most
We are quite serious in the suggestion that a manuscript
written by an author is the same as any other merchandise and
might well be treated the same.
Originally the parcel post classed books with whisky and
you couldn't send a copy of "Pilgrim's Progress" or a bottle of gin
through the parcel post. We have an enlightened postmaster, and
we have no doubt that he will agree with us, that whatever is sup
posed to be of value to the human mind, enlightening and useful,
should be sent at the lowest rate.
THE SAN" FRANCISCO CALL AND POST
So Ritchie nearly lost by a nose.
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The election booths are all tucked away. Can it be possible that
there is nothing left to vote upon?
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The man who gives a "scent with every rose" is not more kindly than
the sociable newsboy who pays a Call for every cent.
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Take your choice: If you sleep with your window open, you may not
catch cold: if you sleep with it closed, you may not catch a burglar
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It's really too bad about the handicap for our Christmas poets. They
have to use "poinsetta" instead of "holly" in their rhyming schemes
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New York state is to have a direct primary law. In time the east
will have as good government as the west, but we'll have to be patient
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It is gratifying to know that people think well of you, but the testi
monials lose part of their charm when they come from the jury box at
your criminal trial.
A story is told of a Dutchman who
arrived in the United States on Dec
oration day, and noticing the flags fly
ing and the people going to the ceme
tery with large bundles of flowers, he
asked what it meant.
"Why, this is Decoration day," said
one. "Don't you know what that is?"
The Dutchman confessed that he
didn't. The man then explained it.
"Isn't there some one at rest in the
cemetery whose grave you would like
to decorate with flowers?" asked the
The Dutchman shook his head and
MINCE PIE TIME
Footnotes of Humor
"Doze peeble vat graves I like to
degorate are not dead yet."
At a Caledonian banquet in London
a Scotchman who had settled in the
metropolis made a speech, in which
Scotland and all things Scottish were
so fulsomely praised that an English
man, who sat next him, said when he
"If Scotland is all that you Scotch
men say it is, why don't you stay
there instead of coming; here?"
"Weel," answered the Scoachman,
"Ah'll tell ye hoo It wis wi' me. When
Ah wis in business in Fife Ah fand a'
"Divorce is a luxury," says Judge Mogan. But alimony is a necessity.
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Persons wanting a Christmas tree on which to hang an automobile
are recommended to try the sequoia gigantia.
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Elihu Root has been awarded the Nobel peace prize. For keeping
the colonel out of the 1912 convention—what?
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Anybody tangoing in Farmington, Utah, will be sent to jail. Getting
kind of fastidious back there since they abolished bigamy.
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If Murderer Lopez had shown the same regard for the lives of others
that he does for his own, all this would not have happened.
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Bernard Shaw and Maurice Maeterlinck are tolerable boxers for
literary men, but will they compete with our young American writer,
author of the "Autobiography of Willie Ritchie"?
The Canadian Pacific railroad has issued a stock dividend of $52,000,000.
Now, we always knew that Santa Claus lived somewhere up north near
Canada, but we did not suspect he would discriminate that way toward
the fowk wis just as cliver as mesel',
an' Ah cudna gar the two en's meet.
Sac Ah cam' awa' sooth, an' sin' syne,
man, Ah've been daein' rale weel."
For half an hour they had lingered
over their goodby. But at last Rob
ert rose to go, and this time he
"So soon, deaf?" sighed Mol
lie. "Couldn't you stay for Just a lit
tle longer? Must you really go?"
"I must, darling, fnough 1 would
give 10 years of my life or sacrifice
everything 1 have to stay for one
short hour with you."
"But—but why, dear?" she begged.
"Why have you to go so early to
"Because, dearest," he answered,
sadly but resolutely, "it's our union
meeting tonight, and if I dcm't go
now I shall be fined 10 cents."
"Boy, take these flowers to Miss
Bertie Boohoo, room 12.;'
"My sir, you're thef ourth gentle
man wot's sent her flowers today!"
"What's that? What the deuce
W-who sont the others?"
"Oh. they didn't send any names.
They all said: 'She'll know who they
"Well, here, take my rard. and tell
her these are from the same one wfro
sent the other ttoree boxes."
DECEMBER 12, 1913
In Memory of Col. Alexander Q. Hawes, Who Died at
Honolulu, December, 1913
1833 — — m
Edward Robeson Taylor
Toll ye the bell all solemnly and slow
For Hawes now dead—
Let Business every carking care forego
While tears are shed
For him who at the last lays down
His all unsullied, brilliant crown.
A princely man he was who nobly bore
Through every fire,
From birth until his varied life was o'er,
Life's flag yet higher,
Till Glory from her lofty throne
Made all its starry folds her own.
He fought his country's battles till th* day
Of victory blazed,
And till the slave, his shackles struck away,
Was heavenward raised,
And all the land, from shore to shore,
Was Freedom's own forevermore.
Fair Learning's children thronged bis ample twain,
Who oft ranged through
Her radiant fields with many a graphic strain
That brought to view
Of other times the life and thought
With scintillating jewels fraught.
Full well Hb told Bohemia's wondrous tale,
And gathered round.
With him we would the seas of Memory sail.
In joyance bound,
While Fellowship's fair breezes blew,
And every heavy moment slew.
Upon this earth, in these loved haHa, no more
His stately form
Will we behold, nor bending fervent o'er
His accents warm,
Forget how fast the hours have fled
While we were by his magic led.
Oh, toll the bell for him no more we see.
Or joyous hear,
For him who helped to make this life to be
Above all fear.
Who led by Love walked Duty's ways
Through all his memorable days.
Oh. toll the bell; the sacred dirge sing low
And solemn now,
For him we bear in measured step snd slow
With death-drawn brow—
For him round whom our griefs are met;
For him we never can forget.
Our Infant Industry
THE development of the
automobile industry in the
last five years has been so
marvelous that leading author
ities hold that within the next
few decades 30,000,000 motor
cars will be in use in the United
These figures stagger the
imagination. But statisticians
tell that 1,100,000 automobiles
were licensed during the year
1913 and are now in actual use.
and that during the coming year
400,000 new cars will be manu
factured and sold.
It is now definitely stated that
the Standard Oil company has
completed arrangements to en
ter the automobile industry by
purchasing several large factories
and increasing their capacity to
100,000 machines in a single
season, and that the prices of
the machines to be manufac
tured will range from $350 to
$1,000. Other manufacturers
have completed plans for great
ly increased productions. These
developments have caused the
leading authorities in the in
dustry to issue the forecast that
within another 10 years there
will be not less than 11.000,000
automobiles in actual service.
With the industry in its pres
ent state of development, there
is enough money invested in au
tomobiles in the United States
to build four Panama canals.
The Keokum dam, recently
opened at a cost of $27,000,000
and generating 300,000 horse
power of electrical current, was
regarded as one of the mid
And yet the horsepower ca
pacity of the automobile engines
in use in the United States is
PUTTY: He Keeps His Fingers
Copyrig-bt, 1915, International N»ws Service.
equal to the combined capacity
ot S3 »a«h plants as the Keokuk
H aW fitcseparKrer capacity at
all the automobiles muse in the v
United States was ocac«ntrated
in one huge engine, it coaia
drive the machinery of every in
dustrial plant in the country,
with enough surplus power to
operate all its electric light
plants and propel ajl the battle
ships of the United States navy.
Asd there would still be an
unused surplus of apprordinate!y
5,000,000 horsepower of energy.
By the end of next season the
combined horsepower capacity
of the autosse&ies will be
equivalent, in the opinion of en
gineers, to one-half of the com
bined horsepower of all the
steam railroad locomotives in
the entire country.
And railroading is nearly a
century old, while the automo
bile industry is but a 10 year
The distance traveled in a sin
gle day by the automobiles of
the United States is equivalent
to 1,000 trips around the world—
25,000,000 miles a day, or about
9.000,000,000 miles a year.
In the development of the in
dustry, and in the utilization <*f
the automobile, the Unites'
States has far outstripped every
other nation in the world. For
every 1,000 of population in the
United-States there are 11 auto- >■
mobiles in use; in Germany,
two; in France, three, and in
Great Britain, four.
In California the ratio is 40
automobiles to each 1,000 of
population. This state alone has
licensed one-tenth of all the cars
in the United States.