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The San Francisco Call and Post F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer The Girls in the Shops Are Tired Already W2l You Not Try to Finish Your Christmas Buying Now Rather Than Make Conditions Worse? Christmas is just one week distant, five shopping days. Is your shopping all done? It is too late now to advise you to "do your Christmas shop ping early." Only, don't do k late. At this time of the year keepers of stores can not avoid hard ships that weigh heavily upon their employes. Unfortunately, the heartless Indifference of the public increases the hardships un necessarily. Thousands of girls and young women are already tired, worn out in mind and in nerves, by the strain of the holiday season's work. WiH not the readers of this newspaper set a good example and do NOW the shopping that has been postponed ? Don't wait tiß next week. Remember, that if you do not want to pay for what you buy now, you can make a deposit, always, and leave the order to de liver the goods when payment is made; but, better still, arrange to boy and to pay at once. Realize that it is your duty to shop IN THE MORNING. Women especially can do this if they will. In the morning, at a reasonable hour, they can go to the stores and leave the stores and avoid the rush hour on the street cars. They can trade in stores that are not crowded, and deal with clerks, men and women, that are not exhausted, as at the end of a long day of hard work, standing on their feet. Unfortunately, everybody says "shop early," and there is really very little improvement from year to year. This is because each one *iinJra "MY PARTICULAR SHOPPING WILL MAKE NO DIFFERENCE—THERE IS SO LITTLE OF IT." But the readers of this newspaper alone—all will buy some thing. And while each individually is not the problem, all together ARE. Already the girls are tired, the patience and energy of the men in the delivery departments of the big stores are almost exhausted. Do what yon can to make Christmas cheerful, or at least bear able for those who wait upon you—from the man who manages a big business to the smallest employe in the basement. AND DO YOUR BUYING NOW. Judge Graham Has a Closed Divorce Season Contributes to Christmas Good Will by Refusing to Grant Decrees Until After the Holidays "No more divorces until after Christmas in cases where chil dren are concerned," says Superior Judge Thomas F. Graham. Judge Graham has a different technique in handling the divorce problem than most judges have. The customary procedure in a divorce case is for a lawyer to present the complaint, say to the judge, "Sign here, please, your honor," and walk from the court with the fee and the first install ment of alimony. Judge Graham prefers to find out for himself whether or not the hearts that want to beat as two should be given the legal opportunity. Knowing something of human nature, know ing that many divorces are caused by the interference of friends or relatives, the reconciling jurist begins an independent investi gation into the cause of the trouble and often finds that there is no trouble at all. Annually at Christmas time he established a period of family peace which must not be shattered by divorce. In the old days, when war Was more of a commonplace be tween nations, the season of Advent, or the four weeks before Christmas, was set apart as a time during which there should be no declaration of hostility. Judge Graham has applied the old international rule to domestic matters. A Christmas season can not be particularly felicitous in a family which is diyided by impending divorce; but it is just as well to delay the flood of bitterness that would break forth with the trial ot a divorce action. While the feeling of estrangement between a mother and father bent on divorce can not be smoothed over by a postponement of the tria"., the acute expression of the family feeling can be smothered and fresh violence will not be kindled if the family troubles do not come to an issue in court. Judge Graham's ruling may not result in bringing fathers and mothers together at the Christmas tree, but it should stifle much incrimination and bitterness. Does the Pawn Broker Claim All Stolen Goods Public Policy Demands That Robbers' Loot Be Returned Without Cost to Rightful Owner Through an action in replevin the victim of a robbery in San Francisco has called to the attention of the public a curious form of extortion which pawn brokers have exercised. This man had property valued at $1,182 stolen from his room. The property was subsequently located in a pawn shop. The pawn broker demanded payment of $375 before he would return the foods to their rightful owner. Why a man should be penalized $375 because he had his prop erty stolen from him and Was able to locate it is not apparent. Granted that the pawn broker advanced $375 on the articles. Tne pawn brokers are in a business Which makes thievery profit able. The individual pawn broker is doubtless as honest as the next man, but if it were riot for the pawn shops thieves would have a difficult time in disposing of their loot. It is against public policy to have larceny a simple, remunerative vocation. If pawn brokers understood that they must restore all stolen property found in their possession they Would be more cautious in their investments. There is something to be said for the innocent purchaser of stolen goods, but his rights are inferior to those of the original victim of theft, for he has means of protecting himself against contraband investments; he is under no compulsion to make dubious pur chases, while the victim of robbery hasn't a chance to defend him self or protect his property. If pawn brokers knew that every stolen article found in their possession would revert immediately and without parley to the legal owner the brokers would be careful of the antecedents of their pledges and thieves and robbers would find it difficult to turn their booty into cash. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL AND POST THE PRICE OF A GOOD CIGAR At least no one has ever accused Santa Claus of riding a motorcycle. « i • The Pacific Union club is to plant trees around Its N6b hill clubhouse. Fine exercise for the old gentlemen. * » # Senator Root says he is too old to be a candidate for president. H* should have said, too old-fashioned. * * * - Bones of the tflyptodon, which flourished in Mexico 500.000 years ago, have been taken to New York. Almost as extinct as Huerta. * # * The sidewalk of Powell street at Union square has been made narrow to conform with the architectural style of the fashionable women who will promenade there. * * § Mayor Harrison of Chicago has made a New Year resolution that the lid will be on tight New Year eve. Well, you know whit happens to New Year resolutions. * * » There is another report that Emperor Menelik is dead. Ai the genial Abyssinian has been reported ten times previously to hare crossed the Abyss, we'll delay our mourning until details come. "ONLY A FEW OF US LEFT" Evening Calls We hope "Mona Lisa" is enjoying her vacation in Italy. • * • San Mateo county is going to advertise itself in fiction. That's the trouble with too much boosting advertising as it is. ♦ * • In buying a rebuilt auto Bilkins explained that as he had a second handed watch he didn't see why he shouldn't have a second hand car. * * * The state railroad commission has decided that the Mother Lode can pay less freight rates on its Railroad Load. * * # Winston Churchill, the British lord of the admiralty, is to spend hi* Christmas vacation in Germany. Curious how some men have to mingle business With pleasure. • • « It has been suggested that a white dove, symbolizing peace, be released from the deck Of a dreadnought at its launching. Good idea; give the bird at least one peek at the battleship. • * » The British empire is having trouble with it* dependencies that refuse to accept Hindu immigrants. The king might hire Mr. Bryan, who had California experience mth that aahjeaClo £x thing* up. for biro, DECEMBER 18, 1913 Where Do the Women of the World Belong? In a Happy Home, if They Have One, Says Dorothy Dix, but if Not, They Certainly Belong Among the Workers, Not the Hangers-On — By AH Means Send the Women Back Where They Be long. DOROTHY DIX AMANf was expressing great satisfaction over the fact that the new Pennsylvania law limiting the hours a week that a woman may be worked has resulted in throwing thou sands of women out of employ ment. His rejoicing was not ths re stilt of any sympathy or com passion for the poor industrial Slaves that have been forced to toil far beyond their strength. Nor was it inspired by any humanitarian sentiment toward the weakly, neurotic children that these exhausted mothers would bring into the world. He was one of the men— happily few now—who hold the ancient faith that women are a species of animals.created solely for the service and pleasure of man; that they have no fights in the world, not even the right to make an honest living by their own labor, artd that it is a sacrilegious thing for them to dare to compete in business with men. Therefore, he was delighted to hear of anything that would cripple their earning power. "It serv«9 them right," he exclaimed jubilantly; "a lot of them have been sent back al ready where they belong, and a lot more will have to go, too. I wish they would pass a law that would send every woman in the world back where she be longs." So say we all, brother. We would all like to see a law passed that would send every woman in the world back where she belongs. In the Center of a Happy Home Is Where Every Woman Belongs Before you could pass that law, however, you would have to pass another law that would Usher in the millennium, and. unfortunately, you can't create the ideal conditions Of kingdom come by enacting a statute. The place where every woman belongs is in the center of a hippy hofHe. with plenty to eat and plenty to wear, and a hus band who loves her, and is good to her, and faithful to her, and with little children, amply fed and clothed, playing in the sun shine about her feet. That's where every woman belongs. It is a disgrace to civilization, and an outrage on posterity, when women are forced to feed the race as well as to bear it; that young girls exhaust every ounce of their vitality in store or factory before ever they come to the great work of mother hood, and that married women are compelled to give their strength to performing the work they are hired to do instead of giving it to their children. Certainly every woman be longs In a home where she is cherished and cared for. No one will dispute that. Neither will any one dispute the fact that ninety-nine and nine-tenths of the women who are out of their homes are out because they have no homes to be in. If there are any women so madly industrious that they have left a luxurious home and a generous father or husband for the pleasure of standing all day behind the counter, or pounding a type writer, or speeding up a machne in a factory, all I can Say is that 1 hare never met one. All the working women that I. know work for bread, not for fun. Every woman belongs in a sheltered home. But suppose she hasn't got the home, where doe* she belong then* Where does the old maid be Curious Facts Perhaps the only word that Is the same in. an ianieuafrea is the "HAllo , " in response to the telephone call. Wherever there Is a telephone line the word is lh use, and means just what it does In Eng.'sh. Romance lies hehlnd a legacy of 186,000 left Mm*. Sarah Bernhardt by Hiss Scorer, a St. Johns Wood lady, for years the testatrix had cherished Ufiuftual admiration for the great actress. Every Friday she would for* ward her a bouquet of Maimatson car .ftatlona, no matter where She was ap long, for instance? The last | census report showed there were j seventeen million unmarried • men in the United States. That j means a corresponding numbef of old maids, since no woman can make a man marry here un less he wants to. Are these j women to become parasites on \ other people, or are they to b* ■ self-supporting? Is it an old maid's place to settle herself, j down on some family that j doesn't want her, or to hustle out and get a job of her own? Which way will the woman L* happiest and most useful to so* ciety? I think she belongs among the workers, and n*t ' among the hangers-on, don't \ you? ! Where Do a Houseful of j Able Bodied Girls Belong? ] Sot every man is eminently ] successful in business. Many » men toil honestly and faithfully j all their lives and never sutceed j in making more than a bare liv- ; ing. Suppose such a man | has J grown old and feeble and he has \ a houseful of able* bodied daugh- • etrs. Where do these young women ) belong? Isn't the place where ) they belong some place where j they can make a good living for | themselves and help their par ents, instead of working their poor old father to death to try to feed and clothe them? In a family where there are j healthy, intelligent girls, are ' t they where" they belong when j fhey hang like a millstone around j a brother's neck, keeping him from marriage and establishing a home of his own because he has to support them? Or are , they where they belong when they devote their energies t© work instead of playing golf, and leave their brother free to live his life unburdened by his female relatives? It is often said that th£ reason that men can't marry nowadays is becau.-e of the competition in business with women. The reverse of this is true, for every sister who goes out to earn her own living leaves her brother free to marry some other Woman. Where does a woman belong if her husband is invalided, or if he dies, leaving her with little children and not a dollar to sup port them on? Doesn't she long out in the working world then, where she can earn the money to support those de pendent upon her? Surely she | is in her appointed place doing '• whatever work comes to her Band, and the pity of it is that ! the place is often so hard and ' its wages so poor. Wherever There Is Need, | Want, Sickness, You i Will Find a Woman | "Send the women back ta where they belong." They go there, brother. Wherever there is fieed and want; wherever there Is sickness and suffering; wher ever there are infirm old people to be cared for, or helpless little chldren to be fed and clothed, there rs where a woman \ belongs, and there you will find I her. | To begrudge a woman the j right to earn an honest living j for herself and those dependent I on her is the quintessence of I human meanness. That any ' man could do it passes compre hension. A billion souls the size of his Could exist on the point of a cambric needle—and not be in telephoning distance of each other. peering, while on the rare occasions upon which she was privileged to take tea with Mme. Bernhardt ahe would ddn a costume of virginal white, though every other day In the year black Would be the rule. The butchers of Berlin have a curl, •us way of Informing their customers of the days on which fresh sausages are made, by placing a chair, covered with a large, clean apron at the aide of the shop door. The female brain commences to de cline In weight after the age of 30; the male not till ten yaara later.