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SATURDAY. AUGUST 29. 19S6 Cbitortal Caltforman ALFRED HARUELL KDiTon AND rnopniKTOn Californium Issued Kvcry Kvrnlns KXCPI>I Sundny In Hakfrsflcld, Krrn ('oi)nl.v, California Enl<?r*<l In |'0»! nfflrr ni Hnkcrnflcld. ''nllfornla, nn tcrond el«K» mull nuittrr under the Art of CongrrN* Mgrrli 3, IS70 OF TIIK AHSOCIATK!) I'llKSS Thf A.sM"-lntrd 1'rfs«< I" rji-HiMvfly I'litttlnl In (ho iinr. for publication f<f H)I IIPWK dlMmii -In •• rrcdlipd In II or not olhcruli-c rrrrlllt-il In thin jMprr. nnd iilno the IOCR! thrrnln. i;mi(>d Tli<> HnkrrAfirld <'«!lfnrnl»n >: nlun n illfnt nf Di IVfKifc find the t'nitrd N'f-ns i,nd rri'Hviv. the leaned wlrr M-rvlcr of linih. IIEPJIKSKNTATIVKS llryniii. (irlfflth & llrmnxm. Inc. N>w Vork, L'hlvRgn. Mrlroll. Atlanta. IloMnn WrM.llolllrtny-MolCMincn Cn., Inc. Bun PranclKco. I<on AnKfltn, Scuttle. rortliuul WASHINGTON, li. C.. FYederle J. Ilimkln, Director. Washington, l>. C. THIS PAPER MADK IN THE U. S. A. SINGLE TAX PROPOSAL OUT I T WAS unthinkable tlml a proposal pul- ently designed to mislead the voters could find place upon the o/Ticin! ballot, nml the Supreme Court of the slate has very wisely and very properly decreed that it cannot. This paper has many times pointed out that what has been designated us an initiative to repeal the sales tax was, in fact, an under cover approach in favor of placing an intolerable burden upon property holders by substituting therefor the single tax. The matter has been in ihc courts for a number of months and now comes the ruling that the proposal cannot have a place upon the ballot and the Secretary of State is ordered to govern himself accordingly. Arriving at this decision, Chief Justice Wante lucidly says: "The title is carefully worded to indicate to a prospective signer Uiat sales taxes arc forbidden, that progressively taxes on personal property and improvements arc abolished and that certain tax limits ore removed, but it totally fails ID indicate that the proposal is also a taxing measure. Everything that possibly could induce electors to sign the proposal is carefully included in the short title, but the ouu thing that would cause them to hesitate—the imposition of new taxes on real property— was certainly excluded. Such a title is clearly misleading and docs not substantially comply with the Political Code." It is gratifying to have ihis clarification of a misleading title, the framing of which was unquestionably' with the view of securing support for the vicious single tux amendment by inducing the voters to believe that they were supporting a measure to repeal the sales tax. If this initiative had been adopted by the voters, owners of homes ami farms throughout California would have been periled through a horizontal increase of taxes, and it is fortunate for the state that the Supreme Court has decided against such a wording, a decision which will force the proponents of the single tax to come out in the open and place their proposal before the people on its merits. They have done that on several occasions heretofore and always with disaster to themselves and their cause. GOOD FOR SECRETARY HULL T HERE will be wide approval of the ruling by Secretary' of State Mull which bars from entrance to this country a professed communist even though he he a member of the British Parliament. The evidence that he was directly associated with the Soviet and therefore in sympathy with the world-wide propaganda, with the persistent plotting of that so-called government was sufficiently convincing to induce Mr. Hull to refuse him permission to enter this country, nor could the Civil Liberties Union, which largely devotes itself to a defense of communists, prevail upon him to alter his decision. Nor did the- representation that this Hrit- isli communist simply sought to cross the border in order to visit his sister have any weight. There is no room for agitators such as he in the United States of America. It will he a happy day, too, when our government undertakes the work of weeding out those aliens who are here and who are carrying on in this laud a campaign which would find the hearty approval of this communistic Britisher who is now denied admittance. CALLS FOR AMENDMENT W ITH the election "in the hag" for .some, and wholly outside of the hag for others, it is timely to again call attention to a common abuse under the primary law, one that defeats the very purpose of a measure which was designed to permit political parties to make nominations for the several ofhccs to be filled. According to the present practice, and it is within the law, one dues not have to he a Republican to tile for a Republican nomination nor a Democrat to file for a Democratic nomination, lie mav lile for nominations in nil parlies if lie chooses ' nnd some ambitious candidates do choose lo ! do Unit very tiling. 'I'liis may deprive Ihe , voters in the general election to follow of the opportunity lo make the lies I possible, choice between opposing candidates. All of which is contrary to the intent of the primary law as it was originally enacted, and legislators at the coining session in Sacramento will perform a service if they insist upon an amendment which will directly prohibit a candidate for otHcitd place from seeking a nomination in any party other than the one with which he nfllliutcs. Such n bill was introduced lust year but it wns sidetracked somewhere during Ihc session. A simple amendment will cure this evil and il should have Ihe attention of the stale legislators and the governor. MURDER. NOT WAR T IIK warfare between the contending forces in Spain is fast becoming murder with the prospect that there will very shortly be reprisals by both sides which will sacrifice the lives of thousands of non-combatants, including women and children. Indeed, the latter are being assembled for no other purpose than to serve as hostages, with Ihc threat that they will die under certain contingencies. So grave has become the situation that it hns become a subject of communication between Great Britain and France, proposals being inncic to take such steps as are necessary to check brutalities. And the statement is given out that proposals under consideration do not "constitute an attempt to terminate the war but an effort to mitigate violations of international rulings." It is not likely that Ihe representations made by foreign countries will have weight with the contending forces in Spain. The bitter internecine conflict appears to have passed the point Avhere humane appeals will 'avail. And intervention otherwise might result in touching off the powder keg which threatens all Hnrope. Representations of neutral powers during the Italian-Ethiopian conflict went unheeded by the forces upon either side and there Avas no such bitterness then as has been engendered by the civil conflict which is rapidly overwhelming Spain. The hope is that strength enough will be developed to bring order out of chaos and to give to that unhappy land some form of government that Avill protect life and properly. RANDOM NOTES A San Francisco firm which supplies hand bills und circulars the state over, sent a letter recently to the Daily Report in Hakerslield asking for n recommendation as to a "good distributing agency" here. Which caused the editor of such paper, Otis Hymer, to say in deprecation of that method of advertising: "It happens the hand bill nuisance docs not hit the business of the Daily Report, but we have often wondered why The California!!, in its own interest and for the sake of the residents of this city, does not crusade against this nuisance." Mr. Ilymer finds the answer in his own cp-ieslion, that is, that part of it which says: "Why The California!! in its own interest ' ' ' does not crusade against this nuisance." While the indiscriminate throwing of hand bills about the city is an intolerable nuisance and is resented by most householders, il might be in Ihe minds of a good many people that a campaign directed against such nuisance by The California)! was a crusade in its own interest. Such u campaign could properly be conducted for the sake of the home owners; still the mailer appears to adjust itself from time to time in a fairly satisfactory way. That adjustment comes through education. The average merchant who spends his money for hand bills learns, in time, that it is not a substitute for newspaper advertising; he learns that the result is not commensurate with the outlay; il is borne in upon him that the home newspaper which is read by all (he members of the family is the best and most advantageous medium of publicity, and so he slops buying and distributing circulars, thus aiding to abate a nuisance. Kick and CHAPTER VII Sun streamed through a small, barred window Into the room Into which Molly boil boon unceremoniously thrust the night before. 'Hut It wns not Iho sun, but loud, angry voices that awakened her. "Of nil the dirty rotten bricks! So he thought bo could pull a Joko like lhat on us and get by with It. Bringing n cheap Mule nobody—while that Mltford girl—!" The mnn'n died In an angry rumble. Molly real of heard enough. Kor some reason voice could nol distinguish the tho sentence, but she had the kidnapers wore confused about her Identity. They believed sho was that other girl—the one she bad changed drosses with. Molly did not even know the other girl's name. She reached for the small brown purse, her heart fluttering wildly. Inside were a handkerchief, compact, a smaller coin purse with some loose change and a letter. The letter was postmarked tho morning before and was addressed to Ml«« Leola Barlow. Molly hesitated for a moment. It was necessary for her to know something about this girl. Immediately. At any moment now the door might open and they would begin iiuostlonlngr her. "Honey." the lelter, written In a mnn's careless hand, began, "I'm sorry to break It like this, but Mae and 1 got married yesterday. It was something we couldn't help. Don't feel loo bad about It. Somebody else will bo coming along mion. Anybody as pretty as you about one man. shouldn't worry "You were kind of off your head about me. but you'll get over It. You could have Joe back if you crooked your finger. lie's worth two of me. and you're a better kid than Mae. Yoti'vo got her skinned 40 ways In looks. Khe don't look like any millionaire's daughter. But she got me. I didn't bat an eye toward her, -honey. She came all the way, "We're going to be fighting and malting up all the time. You were toq easy for me, Leola. Maybe If you had treated me rough I wouldn't hnve handed you a raw deal. So long and good luck, you've been pretty swell. Now Jimmy." buck and forget- Molly put the letter back Into the envelope soberly. In" the next room the verbal warfare was continuing, punctuated frequently by a furious oath. "It beats me. What did he expect to get out of a job llk.o that?" "A good laugh. He was going back to Chicago, laughing up his sleeves nt you and Louis," the woman said. "He told you he wasn't goln' to do no kldnapln' for you, and you wouldn't believe he meant it. Nelse wasn t nobody's fool. He knew you and Louis loved him like rat poison, Sieve, and would have turned him up long ago If you hadn't been scared." "Well, T^dld turn him up, didn't ?"_ A man's cold, menacing voice. Sure you did, Steve, trapped him with that bank You rob- bcjy, nnd then told the police where to find him. You weren't taking much chance because you knew Nelso would fight In a trap and they'd pump him full of lead If ho made a move. "You were laughln' at him. °ir, v , Cl , th " woman continued. I nlnkfng how you were gettln' rid of the only man who could throw a scare Into you. and gettln' a prize package delivered right Into your bands—at the same time. Spllttln 1 a half million dollars, with Nelse getlin' the big end, dlcfn't look good to you. But It looks to me like you ye got nothing but a package of trouble for yovr pains. I guess Noise Is still laughln', if he knows." 'Ob, dry up. AVhat'll we do with tho girl, Louis?" "I'm llstenln' to you, Steve, but you know what I'd do." "Bring her out." The key grated in the lock. The door was thrown open and a man stood In the opening, surveying Molly with hostile eyes through the slltn of a mask. "Come on outta there, you cheap lltllo doll/' Molly got to her feet. In a cracked mirror she caught u glimpse of her tumbled hair, shadowed eyes and drawn, white fnce. had fallen for somebody else, and that's all." "That's all. A fine Joko Unit was, cutting us out of a cool half million." "It was Nelse did that," the woman put In, "and this Mllford girl pnssln' out at tho same time, Steve." "I know," Stove spoke Impii- tlently. "Just the same, she was «» " I I , *\ I I 1 It* I II II'. ' .......... ........ . , 1,^ .The mnri caught her by tho nrm friendly with Nelse." and stared down at her face. beats all h — !" he exclaimed. They were all masked. The woman and tho two men formed an amtmlng circle around Molly. "Take a look at this," Ihe fat man said, pointing a stubby finger at a large photograph on Iho front page of a newspaper. Above her own picture, boKl words leaped out at Molly, "Heiress Takes Own Life. Molly Mllford, daughter of .lay Mllford, commits suicide In department store. Body found on sofa In resl room hv cleaning woman, father proslrateH, can give no motive—" * • • Molly sat down weakly and covered her face with her hands. That poor, distraught girl! "All right, now, sister. It's your turn to talk. And talk fast!" Molly swallowed hard. Her heart was leaping wildly. She must talk as that poor girl would have talked. If she didn't— "I didn't do nothln'. It was him —Nelso," Molly answered In a low, husky tone. "Wo know all about him—tho dirty crook! How'd you happen to mix In with his game?" "I didn't know nothing about any game, I toll you." Molly spoke dully. "This Nelso—I met him once tip In Chicago, and I was braggln' a little, I guess. I told him some of my friends said I looked enough like this Mllford girl to ho her sister. He said didn't I think lots of myself. And I said, 'Take a look at this,' and showed him a picture I cut out of a paper once. He said I could fool the girl's own mother and—" "Go ahead." "Yesterday he called mo on the phone. He said he'd blown In for a week end and was throwln' a party for some of his friends. He said— I remember just what ho said—" "do on, girl!" Steve Black prompted. "He sold, 'Don't you think I'm swell to be throwln' a party for people who would put poison in my soup If they had the nerve?' I said, 'That sounds dangerous to me.' 'No,' he said, 'they're too high-class for poison, bill they might give me the wrong steer—' " "That Boiinda like Nelso, all right The double-crossln' scorpion!" "Let her talk. Louis." "He said he wanted me to dress up in the best things I had becauso he was going lo play n joke on these friends and make them think ho was okay with this Mllford girl. 'Thev will oat It up, Leola,' he said, nicy re snobs, and won't play around with people who don't have money.' And then he laughed. So I dressed up and—" "In them things'"' the woman's conlempluous voice cut through Molly's voice faltered. "Please don t think hard of me. I was feolln' pretty low. My best fellow He turned to Molly, "t suppose you think because you're the wrong dam* we'll let you beat It home. That's what you'd llko, girl?" "Yes, I'd llko to get back. Molly's lips trembled. "Sure you would! So you could go straight to headquarters and spill everything you know." "I wouldn't spill any — nothing." "I know your kind. You're probably lying about this other man. You were Nelse's girl. Come clean! You knew him pretty well?" Molly shook her' head. "1 never would have gone out with him. but Jimmy fell for this other girl. I guess I would have done most anything to get even with him. that cra/.y." 1 was "Well, you done. It, all rlg^. And you sure was crazy. Now get back Into that room." Molly stood still for a moment after the door had closed behind her. She felt that terrible falntness coming over her again. But she must not faint. So much depended on keeping cool and sane. Evidently she had played her. part well. They had been completely deceived. But then. It was easy for them to bo convinced after reading that elaborate story about her death. How poor Leola Barlow had suffered. How deeply she must have loved this Jimmy, who had written her so s casually. It would Me kind to destroy that revealing note, now that It had served Its purpose. First she would memorize need it. the address. Sho might Molly took the letter out of tho purse once more and looked down at It. The door was flung wide and the woman with the frowsy, corn-colored hair came In. "I'll trouble you for that purse." she said shortly. "And that letter, too." Sho examined the purse carefully and then handed it back. She went out of the room with the letter In her hand. After a few moments she returned. Her voice held a hint of sympathy. "I'll bring you some breakfast." sho said. "If I was you I wouldn't waste any tears on that fellow. He doesn't sound so much to me. It | wouldn't surprise me If j'ou wouldn't be better off without him. With your looks you won't have any trouble finding somebody else. Just like he said." "I know," Molly spoke wearily. Fear, inihapplness. hunger bad made her feel really 111. Tears slipped down her white cheeks. "We women are all alike, I guess," the masked woman said, "but you got more to cry about than a man." With this doubtful consolation, she left the room. (Continued Monday) =(By I'AUL MALLON—Copyright 1936) TK\' YKARS AfJO (Th« rallfornUn. this ilate, 10261 Headlines: 18 killed and 70 injured In accidents; Automobiles growing menace to life: Heaviest vote In history of county Is expected in election Tuesday: Capture bold Kern bandits In Las Vegas In record time; Sheriff Wulsor traces men that robbed car salesmen; Indict two In Sun Diego graft ring. I raced by Sheriff Cus AValser and I Im west. captured less than IM hours after thov hud bound and gagged L. H. Doild, auto salesman, and had robbed j him of a cur. two ypting men are \\7ASHINUTON, Aug. 29. — The ** House of 70 (Jables. which Is tho Blalo department, quivered as from an earthquake. A Now York morning paper was carrying a story that President Roosevelt, if reelected, might call an international peace conference. And, to make matters' worse, the paper was the eternally reliable Times, whose word Is accepted abroad as official gospel. By 8 a. ni., an unidentified authority in the department managed to let the world know anonymously thai tho Idea was "utterly fantastic." By 10 a. m., word fell from on high tha't Stale Secretary Hull had never suggested such n thing to the AVhlte House and vice versa. By 1:18 p. m., sufficient composure was established to permit an 6fflclal statement from Mr. Hull confirming the unofficial 10 a. m. denial. Now panics are nothing new in the state department. 'Diplomatic hearts are Inherently flutters'. But they never give way to terror before breakfast and only rarely before lunch. The cocktail hour Is usually j reserved for emotional strain. ' AAliat upset tho schedule this time , was the fp t thai everyone knew or suspected the unprintable fact that Mr. Roosevelt did the crowd around was only a pause, because Ihe AVhlle House announced Ihe first stop would bo Bismarck, N. D. However, engines and train crews must change. The train paused for oper- ullng purposes, also. He asked the. back platform how things were out there and received tho snappy response: "AH right, since you have been In," This Is the now campaign style which causes admiring chuckles from all In his entourage. He used It first on his flood trip through Pennsylvania and New York a few weeks ago. Ho made no political talks, did no hand shaking, but at each town he would Invariably appear and observe: "Things certainly look a lot different around here since I was here in 1932," or. if he had not visited the community In 1932, be would ask the crowd how things were. Those accompanying him thought this pointed psychology brought better results than speeches. *« » • YORK, Aug. 39.—When I was a sprig with, as grandpa used lo say, bear grease on my hair and all squirted up with vanilla, there usod lo be a promenade near Kansas City's mldtown culled Petticoat Lane, n. sort of flirtation Walk for youngsters. Oldsters kept away. Over In St. .loo. too, they hod a Lovers' Lane, a bowered monndor that wns Immortalized by Kugenc Field. The young swain mot Ills heiirt's desire there and, arm In arm, they drifted underneath tho murmuring sycamores. I used lo slroll Ihere. too. and It seemed especially hallowed. New York has no such alcoves or Gretna Greens. No Idyllic cul do sac where young lovers may weave dreams, build castles. The nearest to a lovers' paradise In the metropolis Is. the deck of a Coney steamer. A bus top or benches In frequented public squares. As a result the city has become a display of open love making. Couples stop unashamedly along the busiest thoroughfares to press lips and tremble In embrace. Most of us understand and look away. And. somehow, suffer a twinge It should be thus. It will usimllv perk up n dinner party lull to chivvy up a round of confessions as to just what a follow said when he proposed. Four out of five times It will be discovered there was no formality or formula. It Just happens. Couples come to nn agreement usually by frequent references to "when we aro married." I know only one man to confess he popped the question In the conventional mode. On bended knee, sighing a "Will you bo mine?" And he Is. of all persons, a prize fighter of Importance In his time. Jittery when excited talk Is not al ways confined to Just ordinary dul lards. Bven such an Intellectual as the singer, David Blspham, suffered the confusion of Its tangle. He was delivering an erudite lecture to a select seminary near Philadelphia. From tho start, It was rough going, the maidens, drooping In obvious boredom. Finally In fine scorn ho decided to pull them up with: "I see before me rows of weary benches." What ho said was: "I see before me rows of beery wenches." H pulled Ihem up with a yank, all right, all right. It Is history that tho most successful in tho newspaper business are, those who have a feel and flair for type and appreciation of Its ro- mnnce. AV, R. Hearst likes to spread his papers on the floor ttn<! concoct typographical contrasts find displays. In other days, ho often helped put a paper to bod. Roy Howard also enjoys fussing around the composing room In shirt sleeves. Lord Northcllffe knew almost every font of type and origin. And tho freak displays In his papers today are his. Tho late E. AV. Scrlpns. when ho made the circuit of his chain, spent little time In editorial sanctums. Ho bec-llncd for the composing room. No newspaper man really knows the game until ho has been a "make-up editor"—the Job of directing the assembling of headlines and reading matter Into forms. One of tho deft typographical experts was Ray Long In both newspaper and magazine jobs, Ho loved to dudo up a page and make It stand out llko a sore, thumb. Two achievements are classics of typography. One, his handling of tho Stanford AVhlto murder for a newspaper. He remembered C. D. Gibson's drawing of Evelyn Nesblt'3 head In a question mark. He reproduced it, and underneath was a clock, the hands pointing to the Incidents leading up to the tragedy— the dinner at Martin's, and so on until the pistoling atop Madison Garden. His other was a double truck spread—a life-sized picture of kidnaped Billy Whltla which resulted In recognlton and recovery. In no field Is tho pace so swift and changing as publishing. Compare the format of the avernge newspaper and magazine of today with 20 years ago. Dry rot Is jour- nalisms consuming devastation. Always there must be change, fresh blood or stagnation and death. The New Yorker came along ami topsy turvled A'anlty Fair to oblivion and left long established Judge and Life wobbly, gasping. Publishing Is like an expert race—there's always a long chance roaring up from behind. The outsider that shoots under the wire first, a 100 to 1 shot surprise! EDITOITS NOTF The l'«llfornl«n will print Inters from reader*. Such leturn MUST IM confined lo IM) words written legibly «nd on one «Ule or tho uaper. The unnce limit l« Imperative. No anonymous communications will Iw printed. Tills la emphatic. The Cnllfomlan reserve* the riant to dflpte or reject any or all manuscripts and U not responnlhle for sentiments contained therein, letters of more than 150 words will be rejected. Brevity Is a desirable feature. They must lie bona fldely signed br the writer with complete address Klrcn. although the namo may not be published. tho "utterly fantastic" -Idea came from no less an authority than the President himself, who was then rld- ROMANCE—There are many good reasons for believing that -. -Pent the week end M. Kirby and H. W. i Fresno. r>rs. John . . . . Hell will leave on u fishing trip Sup- TWENTY YEARS AGO <Th« ('altrnralAli. thl< dale, 101fil 5Y SAY Disregard for religion is evident to those who have counted tho closed churches, and open rondhouses from 8 p. m. to li a. m. seven nights a week.—Harper nation. Madison- vlllo. Ky., InteriKitlomil president of Klwanls. Few hoys nowadays bother oven 'move wiurstal'l'n."Hrtlor."Miis.solini j <° rise when a girl enters a room, ot al. The only way to do it would i A ""'" thinks ho has made a great be on n personal man-lo-man appeal. I concession If ho takes off bis hat HIGHWAY AMENITIES Editor The Callfornlan: AVhere Is that man that used to sing "I want to sit by the side of the road and be a friend to man?" If he still lives It Is a wonder. In my travels up and down tho highways of the state I have missed him, and I have guessed tho reason. His job was dangerous. How? You may ask. AVoll, count the cans—beer cans—empty. T think, by the side of tho road, nnd you may Imagine that even humane Interests could not keep a heroic altruistic soul true to his mission "by the side of the road." Honestly, as 1 look from my car at these glittering tin symbols of thirst or drunken taste I consider Ihem a disgrace. AVhut kind of people are they thai swill Ihese liquors In their cars and then toss them on the roadside? In tho first place It is dangerous to drink while drivlnc. and next It Is unmannerly to destroy the public's property or turn it Into a garbage heap. I am afraid we are living In a reckless, prodigal and selfish generation. Never mind others; serve yourself, seems to be the motlo. But there is time to slop this. Others have to be considered, and the amenities of the served. highways pre- AV. B. S. Bakcrsfield, Augusl 27, 1930. POLITE OKIVKKS Editor The Callfornlan: The law gives the pedesirlan Ihe right-of-way, but anyone seen taking his right-of-way in Bakersfield, without a "cop's" help, if there Is a car within 25 yards is usually considered slightly "tecbed in the bald." Why? Maybe It's because some of the drivers are In a hurry; but why should the whole mob be In such a continual hurry? I think they drive fa«t be- causo they vret a "kick" out of watch- Ing the poor, defenseless pedestrians jump for safety. Or maybe they like to dodge other cars. These fast drivers could certainly take u lesson from the motorists of Santa Barbara or Whltller. They go "out of their way" to drive slowly and to be pollle lo each olher and Ihe pedestrians. You'd never believe a town could be so polite without actually going through it. Why can't Bakcrsfield follow their example? NICK AYRES. Koute 4. Box 115. Uakcrsflcld. August 20, 1930. PLUNGES Editor Tho Callfornlan: I notice from the results of the voting on the proposed city plunge bond that the majority of citizens are in favor of the plunges, but the (, necessary two-thirds majority was not secured for the. bonds. One of your correspondents pointed out in this column thnt Ihero was no need for a bond election on this mat- tor; thnt tho city had e'nough funds on hand to embnrk on the undertaking without bonds. AVhy, then, should all this trouble have been taken to finance a project that was perfectly feasible without a bond vote? Let's have the swimming pools for the benefit of Ihe clllzens of Bale- ersfield. The people want them. AA'hy not go ahead on the funds wo have? ." OAT3RHAND. f ' Bakersfield, August 26, 1936. ,. # ELECTION SYSTEM Editor The Callfornlan: Again as a taxpayer I wish to < protest what Is to me a stupid election system, nn archaic, costly nnd cumbersome} holdover from Ihe'first experimental days of democracies. I mean our system of having a tent- ful of matrons for counting votes. I do not. believe It Is necessary to have four or five persons to count a hundred or two votes. This method, while it Is good political patronage (or the supervisors, who wish to band out a few dollars to persons needing them. is. nevertheless, cumbersome and costly and very Inefficient. If you wish to suggest, a saving, advocate a decreased number of' election officials. The saving will bo worth while nnd there will not be so many women to get in ono another's way In election tents and obscure garages. RICHARD SPKNCER. Bakersfield. Aug. 26, 1936. He. had reached no conclusion. He was merely considering tho posslbll- ity. He thought hi- might do It. If the situation nix months from no\v while proposing to a woman.-—Belly Wells, London debutante. At Ibis very moment our country Headlines: AVIlson anneals lo Con- .developed encoururin"' prospects- und I Is swept bv successive cyclones o'f fOBU til lit'.ii-t nt..llj-». tt.. — l-_ '.I . . . \* •. ~ ' ' * * ' - * . . - gross to avert strike: Rumania j then again ho might not. makes dash for hold on mountain ; In the meantime, there was oor- PUH.SOS Into Hungary: AVI11 enter Mainly no domestic hazard In mippo i Insane attempts to redeem the world the of Cinderella nnd determination to vote pumpkins (By FREDERIC J. HASKIN) riion into war: Central powers Union. Like the prospect of no tax ' Into couches, ruts Into horses.—Uu- expect,.,! ui make desperate attempt to subdue Hummiln: Light Vote is , tncrense. the possibility was liulefl- I pert Hughes, novelist. nlte. but. nevertheless," nil water on ' Q. How high are tho tnllest buildings In London?—!''. H. A. A. The British Library of Infor-,,-,„„ „ . „ million .says that buildings in Lon-! J ' ell '~~ K A - "• Q. Why aro people not permitted to tuke snapshots of tho Liberty cast In election here today: Will re- ! u,,. 'Roosevelt campaign wheel f"u Tl'ro', \den"' l7 c lwned 8 wUb mi" ' it an ii, l iistdcnt Is giected with up- . different. riiarli.us clivers ns In- appears before ! H ,,ch that the merest official sugges- l ongress urging s-h.nir day. i ,,„„ onrl . u>H , 11n , thoughts. In the i Dr. tui.l Mr*. 1- . \\ . Mitchell hiivr • u Kht of cm-rout bickering. !!»• i.l.-i returned utter a month* motoring i,i;iv be truly tittvrlv fantastic At' ! trill In Sail i Diego county. I u-ast the ti-muloUH diplomatic virtu- the .-ilg,. ' .lust tloli are limited to nine stories and ] ino fool In height. There arc up- meanness.— parently only nine building In Lon- It's however. H was : c. F. 'Wllcox.' 105-year-old Arizona'don over eight Htorios high. Diplomatic frictions aro ; cattleman, giving reason for his A. Kules and regulations at Independence Hall nro such that no pho- r , Hurr Holmes visit,.,! irlciuls in To ; hav-hnpl i.ver tin- wi-i-k end. ! -Miss .Miitti.. Kllpsteln has driven \ n cur !L'5S miles in a tour of the .slate. Tin 1 city tux rate has tit'en fixe .nt II. SO l;y the city council. For i „„„„ thought HO. and took | off another true romance. e : i 'TXJt'RlNOi — Tills drought trip upon d j which th,.' 1 'resident now IN em- i tographs aro allowed to bo taken in the interior of tho buildings by visitors. Such instructions were Issued many years ago when It was often ish" civil war heavy " compared "with > ^""uiJSraWo 0 pl(> "-"'? H wcre lmetl Q. Aro tho casualties of the Span-I i other important wars?—H. N. | A. So far they arc slight compared j with tho American Civil AVar but al- j ready nearly eight times as many I men have been killed as Iho number ; of American soldiers who fell In Ihe burked will certainly appear to bo ' drew the lint" An ArkuiiKiiH duif culehor resigned i War of the American Revolution, because of ridicule. Apparently he. ! It happens that there is a liakcrsficld ordinance designed to prevent the indiscriminate litterfng of lawns ami yards by circular distributors, but it has never scorned u wise pol-. icy for this paper to insist upon its enforcement. Mr. llymor may be correct in saying that "\Ve believe the merchant seeking Ibis means of advertising often creates more ill wiil than good will"; but lie will determine for himself whether that is true or not just as he will determine what is the profitable method of advertising his wares. . KIIBI Bitkersflolil the ruto Is 11.24 on I nonpolilical by comparison with his dead . cuts. i of asscsHi'tl valuation. TIIIKTY VK.AKS AfiO .fli. Callfonll.il. 1hl> i!»t,. H'IKJ) Ih-uillliios: William J. Hryun on next one. It haw not yot boon decided off|. daily, but tho last wook in Soptonv New on thi< Q. What Is thtj landing speed of Ihe big passenger airplanes? Of lit- no-button men's «hlrtn are I tie two-si-aters?—M. M. publicity purposes and now only under special conditions, through executive authority aro photographs allowed. ' Q. AVhen was domestic poslage Increased ibis lImo from a to 3 cents? How long will It last?—O. B. O. A. It was increased as of July 0 1B32 U was originally planned that the Increase would b« effective for her ho will start around tho western market, but we're not In-! A - It varies with the type of ship, i one year. However at the end of The uiv HI. hard to ills- iAna generalization, the air liners land that year It was extended to another swift Mwlnir : tlngulvhod from our newly launder livlc. 11,. will om .. s . American soil once more: Loader Is! t-'° "'rough the northwest, touch welcomed In Now York: Father kills 1 overy Pacific coast state and return one exhibit al tho Cleveland expo young man In Long lleach for atton- I to concentrate In the middle west und •• features tho unUiue from Iho world tlons lo daughter: Lawvors attend | onst lll "'lng the last two weeks of tho : over, but wo looked in vain for a i liar association mooting In St. Paul; campaign. His final campaign j candidate who suld he might have I Stoam schooner goes ashore at Mon- ' speeches will be In upper Now York trouble winning. ,1 | ut uboul tiO mtlos an hour and tho I Halo planes between -t5 and 70 miles i nit hour. ; toroy; KnKslaii government platOH reform measures. I Supervisor Cornell is completing i the Job of oiling 100 miles of rtiud 1 l!i Ills district. I'M P.oiiMon is now attending the rnlvorslty of I'aHfiu-nlit. Ijirry l,'i\crx is now a cub reporter on the staff of the San Fran- '•IM-O XoU'>. coiitem- I slllt0 ' Ohio, Pennsylvania and lilt- i A THOUGHT FOR TODAY year nnd the extension continued until July 1, 1937. At that date the postage rate will automatically go back to the 2-cent rule unless Congress provides legislation to continue at tho 3-cent rate. • Most of his advisors now acrce ilio hwingtrlp is advisable,, but he proli- jibly would go anywnv. S TY I. You may hnve nolici.,1 th at the I'rosiilrnt's flrM Maybe there's no connection, but social agencies warned girls not lo ciniic to New York, and II Duco »-hl|ipod -10(1,000 gold "diggers to Kthiopla. ISehold. I cry out of wrong, but 1 1 T - Q. Are there vitamins In beer?— am not heard: I rry aloud, but there in no judgment. — Job I'J:"!. A. Vitamin A Is present. There arc no other vitamins In beer so far us Is known at present. No fallacy cun hide wrong, no youth may have been served itt i subterfuge cover it so shrewdly but ,- , „ ,,.„,, « ,, . -•pause on hi,, nonpolltlcnl drought ; the Schmeling.IAitiis affair, but Joe. that tlio All-Sooing One will tils- 1 ™? 0 7"«^.i,V,?' 1r0 "»' f/'t."" J , ," Mtln trip, li wnfut Wlllnnl, Ohio, and II • illdn't euro for that kind of punch. I cover und punish it.—Uivurol. M,™ 1:11 Venti ror rti'l,. \ reailer ran cpt the unwer to any question .f f«rt h\ «rtlliiB Tin llaktr.fifli] ikln. |)|. JUcloM Tlj.

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