The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on January 15, 1919 · 11
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xotv 1 3u pctott 3fn Circulation wonarch, j WEDNESDAY SAN FRANCISCO, JANUARY 15, 1919 WEDNESDAY fcrt 1 Pages 11 to 18" ftrtft 1 I I I I I I llVk-V i I I I I I iiti r. X. r t-ji i i mi 1 1 1 1. -M- RO IT LAW IH) 0 PF P if fCW IMP MOVE FORGED BY INJUNCTION T IN S. F. Judge Troutt Issues Temporary Restraining Order on Petition of T. A. Bell and Grape Grower Action Based on Allegation That. People Have Right Under Constitution to Ratify Measures SACRAMENTO, January 14. It was announced at the Governor's office tonight that as a result of the court restraining order, Governor W. D. Stephens will not take any action relative to communicating with the United States government on the national prohibition amendment, ratified by the legislature, until he consults with Attorney General U. Webb. , . A telegraphic copy of the restraining order was served on the G0"" or personally by Deputy Sheriff vtt tenbrock and shortly after 6 o clock Kay Coughlan, an attorney in Theodore Bell's office, personally served the Governor a copy of the petition. "The Governor will not announce his plan of action until he has consulted with the Attorney General and has studied the petition," said Martin Madsen, the Governor's private secretary. A temporary injunction was issued by Judge Troutt of the San Francisco Superior Court yesterday enjoining Governor William D. .Stephens from ir,,r , President of the V Cl tlljltl W - United States the ratification by the California State Legislature of the so-called "bone dry" law. The injunction was issued on petition of Ephraim Light, a grape grower of Calistoga, Napa county It Is made returnable before Judge Troutt at 2 o'clock next Monday afternoon. At that time Governor Stephens must appear and show cause why the Injunction should not be made permanent. . Theo A. Bell Is the attorney representing Light and the wet forces. Light recites In bis petition that the dry act which was adopted recently by the United States Con-gress was ratified by the California State Senate on January 8, and by the Assembly on January 13. ,11 e says this ratification was made at the request of Governor Stephens, and it is his intention immediately to certify the action of the legislature to the President of the United States. , ' Light bases his petition for the injunction upon the allegation that the State Constitution provides that the people of the State shall have the privilege of ratifying any acta of the Legislature. ' Wherefore he contends that Governor Stephens would be exceeding his jurisdictional powers if he attempted to ratify the action of the Legislature before the people at large had been given an opportunity to approve or reject the action of the Legislature. Light says he has more than $100,-000 invested In the grape industry, and if Governor Stephens is permitted to certify the legislative ratification of the bone dry act he -will be ruined financially. Nicotine Menaced by Drys, Senator Thinks SACRAMENTO, January 14. "I suppose this is the next fight of the drys,' said Senator Crowley of San Francisco when he took from his desk "The Union Signal," organ of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union. He pointed to an advertisement of pamphlet printed by the union reading: "Nicotine next!' a work by Professor Frederick William Roman, Ph. D. "Now that they have won the bone 'dry fight they will begin to work to stop all use of tobaco," said Crowley. Senator Crowley of San Francisco today introduced a bill to permit minors under 18 years to enter billiard and pool parlors. "When no liquor can be sold in these places there will be no harm in letting the boys learn to play pool and billiards," said Crowley. "The games are healthful and they will tend to keep the lads off the streets." Nautical Courses in Public Schools Asked SACRAMENTO, January 14. Senator Flaherty of San Francisco today introduced a concurrent resolution directed at the State Board of Education and the State superintendent of public instruction, advocating ih estiihllshin? in the public schools of a complete course in navigation and general nautical worn. The resolution recites the commanding maritime position the United States occupied before the Civil War and the necessity of nautical educa tion to restore the falg of the country to all the seas. Will Abolish Time to End Dspute. TIFFIN (Ohio), January 14. Green Spring residents are tired of the agi tation about the change of time. They propose to oDtain relief by passing an initiated ordinance abolishing time altogether, according to George A. Shaw, a lawyer of that Place. Forty residents have signed the petition, says Shaw. Petitioners point out that under the new system trains will u - Anti- Injunction Flaherty Heads sf t Failure of Labor Bill Is Seen BY EDWARD H. HAMILTON. SACRAMENTO, January 14. Senator Lawrence J. Flaherty of San Francisco today introduced labor's antl-lnjunctlon bill, and at about the same time Lieutenant Governor C. C. Voung made him chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Capital. There was some roar about this appointment by those from Kan Francisco and Los Angeles who are opposing the labor program, but the labor advocates were correspondingly elated. The bill prevents the issuance of court injunctions in labor disputes and strikes. It was recalled that organized labor advocated the election of Lieutenant Governor Young, and sent out circulars in his behalf but it was also recalled that Governor Stephens at the last session vetoed this identical antl-lnjunctlon bill. So the whisper went that the Lieutenant Governor was "throwing down the Governor" when he appointed the author of the offending bill to the chairmanship of the committee that is to receive and pass upon it, and gav Flaherty a safe majority of the committee members. Flaherty tells me he thinks he has a very fair chance to pass the bill again. Senator Walter McDonald said: "I don't think the Senate will be as bad for labor as people think." LITTLE CONFIDENCE. But behind their words I did not find much confidence In either Flaherty or McDonald. It will be a hard thing to buck the Governor in that fight, and Max Kuhl, here representing the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, said confidently when asked about the anti-injunction measure: "We can beat it." That coincides with the Information I get by making some quiet inquiries. It is not a good session for decided labor legislation, and as for that Fickert investigation on behalf of Mooney, it hasn't a chance in the world. Quite an effort was made, probably by those la, touch with the Governor's office, to keep Flaherty from Introducing the antl-injunction bill, but he said to me today: "I couldn't listen to any Buch thing. The antl-lnjunctlon bill is one of labor's constructive measures. It has been indorsed by the .American Federation of Labor and Is being introduced in the different states. I FIT 01 STATE MARKETS TOLD Senator Brown Reviews ' Progress of Food Plan; Great Injustice Done, He Says. SACRAMENTO, January 14. When asked -by a representative of "The Examiner" as to the status of the State market situation, Senator William E. Brown, who has long and consistently fought for the establishment of State commission markets and has a dornlck in his hand for Market Director Harris Weinstock, said: Briefly, here are the facts: There was passed at the 1915 session of the Legislature a State market act providing for a system of self-sustaining commission markets, to which farmer and producer might consign their products for sale. As long as an avenue was kept open between the producer and consumer no food trust nor combine could control. It has been well said JJiat "the high cost c-f living is not primarily due to lack of production, but to a system of trust-controlled markets that prevent prodttcts from coming to market." , . The original State market act provided for, a simple method of allowing food products to come to market, and would also eliminate the speculator and profiteer. These benefits would be enjoyed through an institution that would soon become self-sustaining, as the moderate commission to be charged for handling produce would take care of cost of maintenance. The bill was finally passed and signed. Then a State market director was appointed who was not in sympathy with the intent of the law and who immediately proceeded to nullify it. The appropriation was expended to create the very conditions that the market act sought to abolish. This maladministration created a storm of protest and the entire matter was exposed and presented to the Legislature. The political "steam roller" worked day and night to save the market director. The "steam roller" prevailed, the result being that the director was enabled to have the original market act repealed and to substitute one of his own designing providing for a State market commission, with no provision for markets, Just the reverse of the original act. In this action a grave injustice was done to the people of the State of California, It will have to be rectified, although it may take some tiro t do it Measure Is Up t$ Senate Committee will do my best to get it through again." The committee on labor and capital will most certainly be behind lia-herty in reporting the bill out favorably. Taking past performances ana present probabilities into consideration, I should say the committee would stand: For the bill Flaherty. Duncan, Ke-hoe. Ingram, Inman, McDonald ana Scott 7. Against the bill W. J. -Arr' Chamberiin, Hart and Lyon 4. In the last session the seven senators I have named as for the dim voted to pass it, Carr voted against it, Chamberiin was absent. Thougij Lyon, then in the Assembly, voted for the bill there, and though fits brother, now dead, voted for it in the Senate, the Los Angeles men tell me the present Senator Lyon has gone in with the Commercial federation of California, which opposes radical Labor laws. Senator Hart is a new man, proprietor of the Roslyn Hotel in Los Angeles. Two years ago, in April 18, this bill passed the Senate by a bare 21 votes. If the Governor had wooed away one vote the measure would not have been passed up to him and he would have been spared the annoyance of a. pocket veto. FAILURE IS SEEN. The Governor is much wiser now; but If he has any pull with Lieutenant-Governor Young he hasn't exercised it in the matter of getting a labor and capital committee appointed that will swallow up the most important labor legislation unless he has some private information that some of the Senators who supported labor last session are going to fall down this year. I cannot see where he would get them unless from the up-country Senators, for the San Francisco Senators, Flaherty, McDonald and Scott, surely will "stand up" so far as labor votes arc concerned. The labor leaders regard the Assembly as much more favorable to their cause than the Senate. But again 1n the lower house at the last session a change of one voto would have prevented the passage of the anti-Injunction bill. I fancy, however, that the opponents of Flaherty's measure will concentrate this year on the Senate and my own opinion goes that the Gov ernor will not be forced to the embarrassment of another veto. Each Member of Upper House Made Chairman of a Committee by Lieutenant Governor. SACRAMENTO, January 14. The forty standing committees of the State Senate were announced today by Lieutenant Governor Young. Each member was named on nine committees and each Senator was made chairman of a committee. The titles of the committees appointed and the chairman of each follow: .Agriculture Rigdon. Banking Shea-rr (chairman). Gum. Deniwtt ata. Harm Ingram. JotanMoTjoneaItttrt bentt and Blator. aam CiiuiiercB and narigatioa Inmaa. Oonsfrra Hon Purk i 1 1 Onostitmional ameedtnenta Harris. Onutingmt npmiaps Anderson. ftornoratiorjg fiample. f'ounty goremnunts Sharks. Trinae, swamp and omrfiowed lands Ku&h. Education Jonn. Klectiona SUtor. Et uroumvnt and fnroHmwit Tonkin. deral relation. Braja (chairman), Benson Inmxn. Kehoe and ThorapnoB. Finance W. J. Can (chairman), Benson Breed. Brown, O.WT, Crowley, Brans, at! '"2,. Jp"- J. . Nlon. Bidden. Bush; Scott, bharkr and Blater, 4 Pish and game lat. Gotern mental efficiency Berunn (chairman) nreed. W. J. Carr, Flaherty, Kehoe, KinMd Thompson. Hartals and a.vliimj Nealon. Insurance Humett. . Irritation Iiwin. Judiciary Kehoe (chairman), Benson, Burnett. F. M. Carr, W. J. Carr. Charabcrlin, DctT Duncan, Harris, Inman. Irwin, Jnhnwm Jones! Lyon, Otin, Purkitt, Sample and Thompson Labor and capital Flaherty (chairman), V J Carr, Chambeilain, Duncan, Mart, Kehoe, 'hi-fram, Inman, Lyon, Mclkmald and Scott. Manufacturers Oiamberlin. Military aJTairs Seott. Mincy and mining Ingram. Municipal corporations Lyon. Normal schools F. M. Carr. Oil indvstrles Thompson. Prisons and reformatoriwt Brown, r Public charities and corrections Canepi. Put'lic health and quarantine Crwley. Public roorl--l",'incan. Public utilities Dennett Bccct kiruction RTmingcr (chairman). Brown Bnmett, Duncan, Birdon. Sharkey and Slater. ' Rercnne and taxation King (chairman), Anderson, Benson, Breed, Gates. Hart, Kehoe, Lyon, McDonald, Nealon, Sample, Thompson and l'onkin. , Revifion and printing Hart. Iloads and highways Johnson. Jiulea Breed. Vnirersities Boggs. Veteran of Civil War Dies in Sacramento By Unhrarwl Sorrlcs-J SACRAMENTO, January 14. 15. Townsend, veteran elevator operator at the Capitol, died today of paralysis. He was 78 years of a?e and a TCteran f the aril War. ray SENATOR PLACED BraONG BILL WOULD STATE DRY JUNE 30 L A. Assemblyman Offers Measure to Enforce Prohibition by End of Fiscal Year; Failure Seen Motion to Reconsider Vote on Ratification Is Defeated; Will Go to Gov. Stephens Today BY AL MURPHY. SACRAMENTO, January 14. Scant attention was given when Callahan's motion came up to reconsider the vote whereby national prohibition was ratified by the Assembly. Only 26 wets mustered to vote in the affirmative. The drys recorded 42. The resolution wilt be engrossed and by tomorrow will be in the Gov ernor's possession for transmission to the Secretary of State at Washington. Merriam of Los Angeles, one of the most radical of dry Assemblymen, has offered measure putting bone-dry prohibition into effect on June 30, next He proposes to prohibit the manufacture, importation, exportation and sales of intoxicating liquors for drinking purposes at the close of the fiscal year. The Sheppard national amendment does not go into effect until a year after it has been adopted by 36 States, twelve months from the coming February, the Anti-Saloon Lague figures out. I do not believe that Merriam's bill can pass either house of the Legislature. In ray talk with leading prohibs here, I learn that they favor giving the liquor men a chance to readjust their affairs to meet new conditions, and are content to wait until national prohibition is accomplished. JOB FOR GANDIER? Some one Jocosely inquired of Dr. Gandier: "Now that Othello's occupation ta gone, what will you do next?" "Join the bartenders, seeking for another job," he replied. Bismarck Bruck of Napa proposes to offer a resolution asking for, the creation of a commission to investigate the loss that will be sustained by wine grape growers when the iheppard amendment Is adopted by the necessary number of States. Bruck has raised his estimate of the amount of damage to $100,000,000. Duncan of Butte, a decided dry, has introduced in the Senate a measure to abolish the viticulture commission, which consists wholly of wine grape men. He says there is no longer need of such a commission. One of Duncan's funny colleagues suggests that the duties of the viticulture board be performed after 1920 by the dairy bureau. The wets have made up a list for publication of the Assemblymen who came from districts that went against the prohibition amendment on the November ballot, but voted for national prohibition when it came up for ratification in the House. LIST MADE UP. Here are the names and the November vote: T. M. Wright of Santa Clara Yes, 4,998; no, 5,782. Grant R. Bennett of Santa Clara Yes. 4,110; no, 4,436. Maurice Brown of Tuolumne Yes, 1,629; no, 1,875. William J. Martin of Monterey Yes, 3,280; no, 3,488. Thomas L. Ambrose of Los Angeles Yes, 3,234; no, 3,409. Harry E. Carter of Los Angeles Yes, 4,168; no. 4,578. E. P. Bromley of Los Angeles Yes, 3,170; no, 3,919. Edwin Baker of Los Angeles Yes, 3,741; no 4,348. William J. Locke of Alameda Yes, 3,355; no, 5,469. Leon E. Gray of Alameda Yes, 5,202; no, 5.456. Clifton E. Brooks of Alameda Yes. 4,323; no, 5,607. Frank W. Anderson of Alameda Yes, 1,841; no, 3.637. Arthur A. Wendering of Alameda Yes, 3,608; no, .3,991. 1 David W. Miller of San Joaquin Yes, 3,527; no, 4,215. N. J. Prendergast of San Francisco Yes, 2,176; no, 5,990. Bill Limits Political Nominations to One ii. . SACRAMENTO, January 15. Senator Irwin of Kings (Democrat) has sent in a bill to prevent any candidate for office from securing more than one political nomination. Irwin was a victim of the efforts of an opponent to get the Republican and Democratic nominations for Senator. Irwin beat his rival for the Democratic honor, but the rival secured the Republican nomination. He was estopped from running, however, by the Rolph decision, because he had lost the nomination of the party under which he was registered. Bill Planned to Bar Untruthful Advertising By Universal Servies. SACRAMENTO. January 14. Charles G. Johnson, superintendent of weights and measures, announced today that he will have Introduced In the Legislature a bill to prevent false and untruthful advertising. Johnson said the bill was suggested tyr t $30 Ffvnclsco Ad Ctnb, MAKE .. N TO TAKE UP City's Delegation at Legislature to Hear Details of Measure and Plan Its Presentation Campaign Opens to Secure Cotton Trade for Orient as First Step in Development Plans BY WILLIAM H. JORDAN. SACRAMENTO, January 14. The San Francisco legislative delegation has called a meeting for tomorrow to hear Assistant City Attorney Milton Marks in an analysis and detailed account of the proposed San Francisco harbor control bill, now In draft before the supervisors in San Francisco. The measure is to be explained In detail, according to Marks, for the purpose of giving the entire delegation information as well as formally to place the question with the delegation ss to how the bill shall be handled In the Legislature. Marks said that it had been considered advisable toplacc the bill in the delegation's hands so that the members themselves shall decide a to who shall foster it. It will be introduced as a Senate measure probably, though there is talk that it will be presented simultaneously in both houses.' In this connection the San Francisco Harbor Board, through President John II. McCallum, here today, made public in conjunction with the State Board of Control a program of legislation which will revolutionize the powers of the board in the operation of the port ' Bills are being prepared by Daniel F. Ryan, attorney of the board, which will go to the carrying out of extensive development plans announced recently. FINANCING IN AIR. But hanging upon the action is the question of harbor control, wh'ch Jtavcs the financing of the big projects under way in the air for the present. Arrangements, it was said, are in hand for selling $3,000,000 of harbor improvement bonds for this year's development of the harbor facilities. The plans for obtaining the funds. President McCallum Indicated, must be held in abeyance pending the result of the harbor legislation. The two chief measures to be presented by the board provide immediately for the leasing of lands on Islais creek to be used for a great Oriental oil terminal, work on which is now under way, thco for the entire sixty-three blocks for a great rail and ship terminal. Five blocks filled there are to be leased for fifteen years to tenants, who, McCallum says, have already arranged for 50 tons of tankage. The Harbor . Commissioners will provide warehouses for case oils, pumping equipment for bulk oils and a barge for transport from ship to terminal. The terminal, coupled with private plants built and under construction, will give San Francisco harbor, says McCallum, the best facilities on the Pacific Coast for handling this new Import trade, already reaching tremendous proportions. Rates will be announced tomorrow by the board. PORT WAREHOUSES. A radical move 1s contemplated in another bill specifically rranting the board power to go into port warehouse activities. This means, McCallum pointed out, the establishment and operation of large storage houses on seawall lots adjacent to the docks, Into which ship cargo may bo conveniently moved to prevent congestion at the wharves. One lot lease has been canceled in preparation for Immediate construction of an extensive warehouse at the north end. With the approval given yesterday by the State Board of .Control the Harbor Board will at once begin a omnili through the annolntment of W. A. Sweat as traffic manager to secure for tne port or Kan rancisco the routing of great cotton shipments from the Southern States to the Orient This will be the first more In a general aggressive program to secure for the port all shipments which should, In the view of the board, be routed by the railroads over the natural short haul route to San Francisco, rather than by the long haul to Seattle. Sweat, who has been associated with the State Railroad Commission, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce traffic bureau and the Stockton Chamber of Commerce as railroad rate expert, is to assume his duties on February 1. WILL MAKE CLAIMS. - He is to be charged with the Job of getting the routing. The board, said McCallum; proposes to carry the claims to the United States Railroad Administration on the basis of the natural position of the port of San Francisco. Oakland is seeking to gt harbor development funds from the Legislature. Its delegation purposes to try for $20,000,000. Marks said: San Francisco believes that because the harbor is part of itself it should be in the control of the Hty and county of San Francisco, .tnst as Oakland, Iioa Anreles, 3mjx HARBOR BILL "The Examiner" Opens Legal Bureau to Aid Our Soldiers HEARST newspapers are establishing law bureaus in New York, Washington, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta and other cities to give advice and legal aid to soldiers who have suffered through their absence from their affairs in the service of the United States. Soldiers requiring such legal assistance will please address the Hearst papers in their respective sections. Address communications here to Legal Bureau, "The Examiner," San Francisco. U. C, If GET ES Regents Consider Plan Whereby Institutional Buildings May Be Utilized. SACRAMENTO, January 14. The long-cherished dream of the University of California the establishment of an adequate system of dormitories now seems in a fair way of realization. According to a plan which Is now being given serious consideration, it is proposed to acquire for the University of California the sites and buildings now used as the Homo of the Deaf and Blind near the campus. The group of buildings would be remodeled for dormitory purposes. If the plan works out it will give the University of California the most complete and up-to-date system of dormitories of any university in the United States. Some time ago the trustees of the Home of the Deaf and Blind appeared before the State Board of Control and requested an appropriation for a site, so that the deaf and the blind could be housed in separate institutions. This resulted in the suggestion being: made that the buildings of the Home of the Deaf and Blind be released to the university for dormitory purposes and new homes erected on advantageous sites for the deaf and the blind. The institutional buildings are a splendid group, only a few blocks from the university campus and are situated on the brow of a hill overlooking the Golden Gate. They have all the facilities and accommodations for first-class dormitories. Including separate dining rooms, laundry, hospital and gymnasium. The matter has been informally discussed by the Board of Regents of tsbe university and is favorably regarded. Women Seeking Suffrage Aid California's State Legislature was asked by the Women's Committee of the State Council of Defense yesterday to pass a resolution favoring the national suffrage amendment. A copy of a proposed resolution was sent to every member of the Legislature. It read: Resolved by the Legislature of the State of California, both houses concurring, that we urge upon the Congress of the United States that the amendment to the federal constitution, known as the Susan B Anthony amendment, be enacted as speedily as possible In "order that the women of the nation may be accorded their proper place as citizens in a democracy. A resolution passed by the Women's Committee indorsing a league of nations was also mailed to each member of the Legislature. The resolution read: Resolved that we indorse a league of nations through the formation of which we hope for justice and lasting peace for the world, and be it further s Resolved that a record of this action be sent to the State Legislature in order to facilitate the passage of the concurrent resolution Bent by the League to Enforce Peace. $500 Bail in Bootleg Case. Ed J. Keith, a Pullman porter, charged with transporting liquor from San Brancisco to Portland, was held on $500 bail when he appeared before United States Commissioner Francis J. Krull yesterday. Ills hearing will be reopened on Saturday, George B. Simmons was arrested in Portland in connection with the case and will be given his hearing there. . Diego and Long Beach control their harbore. We are asking the State to give nothing to San Francisco 'that those cities already have not acquired. In fact we provide In our San Francisco bill for the taking up of all the unredeemed bonds against the harbor before complete control shall pass to the city. And we have adopted a plan of gradual business control, so there can be no possible dislocation of the port's affairs. We believe that the cities that have benefited by the State's harbor grants should be with us on this bill. PORT INTERNATIONAL. McCallum declared as an official he stood entirely neutral. "It is," he said, "for the Legislature to decide." Tn his private capacity his view was that the harbor should be treated from the international point of view. "It is an international port," he said, "and Is not necessarily confined to any city of California, The whole maritime world has a deep concern in Us handlinr , D0II HEARST PLA I IS SEfl Assemblyman Clifton Brooks Prepares Motion Favoring Six Months' Pay for Soldiers. SACRAJUENTO, , January 14. Resolutions in support of the plan proposed by William Randolph Hearst and "The Examiner" to provide for soldiers' pay after their discharge were in preparation today by Assemblyman Clifton Brooks. This is in conjunction with a Joint memorial to President Wilson. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker and Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels presented in the Senate by Senator "William S. Scott and now before the Federal Relations Committee. Brooks said that he would gladly permit the Senate resolution to take precedence over his own, his chief purpose being to stimulate the sentiment of the Legislature for the program. He declared his own strong belief In the fairness and justice of plan. It urges the early return of the military forces nome, provides for their return to civil life and adequate provision for the men after discharge and during the period when they shall be seeking employment and relocation in civil activities. Brooks said: My own idea had been to fix the pay limit after discharge at three months, but I am perfectly satisfied with a six-month limit or, to make it plain, such time as may be necessary to insure the discharged soldier from walking the streets or becoming in any way dependent while restoring himself to former employment This is the wise thing for the Government to do. There can be no argument against it. We want our boys home just as rapidly as they can be returned and we want them protected against dependency. It will take time to readjust things so that they may have their old positions. It is a problem already confronting us. The Legislature should give its unanimous approval to this patriotic measure. It should be impressed upon our returning soldiers and those who are awaiting homecoming that they are to be properly protected in the interim after discharge. Senator Brings Up "Act To Promote Elopements" SACRAMENTO, January 14. The Senate Municipal Coroorations Com mittee has recommended the adoption of the charter amendments of San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Rosa The adoption of these amendments is merely a perfunctory procedure. Senator Tonkin of Los Angeles today introduced a bill that might be labeled "An Act to Promote Elopements.'' He wants to make every justice's court a Gretna Green, for his bill athorizes justices of the peace to Issue marriage licenses. All an eloping couple would have to do, under Yonkin's bill would be to reach the nearest justice and there would be no chance for irate parents to head 'em off at the county clerk's office. Exposition Committee Winding Up Affairs SACRAMENTO, January 14. Charles C. Moore, Reuben Hale, Max Kuhl and. Rudolph Taussig of the old Exposition committee visited the Governor today and talked over the closing up of Exposition accounts and the further use to be made of Exposition lands and funds. Moore also had a talk about winding up the work of the State Council of Defense on January 31. The visitors did not seem to desire to commit themselves on the San Francisco harbor project. Puts Mail in Fire Box; Turns On Alarm Giuseppl ScarlarL of Turin, Sicily, may be able to get a couple of letters Rddressed "to him if he calls on Thomas Murphy, chief of the fire department, who holds them. It seems that a friend of Scarlari started out yesterday to mail the letters. He came on a fire alarm box at Montgomery street and Broadway. He thought it was a letter box. He left the letters turned in an alarm and went about his business. Fire apparatus hurried up the hill. Thy found no fire. Then they looked at the box and found tbe letter. FLU CASES AND DEATHS ON INCREASE Dr. Hassler, However, Confident That Masking Will Quickly Conquer Spread of Epidemic Red Cross Will Have 100,000. Gauze Guards Ready by Friday; Volunteer Masking Commended Date New easts. D'ths. January 9 463 39 January 10 612 37 January 11 365 48 January 12 520 26 January 13 : 363 40 January 14 469 44 While the number of new cases of influenza and deaths reported yesterday were higher than on the preceding day, city health authorities last night declared the outlook to be more promising than It has been for days, with the prospect of bringing the epidemic down to a minimum number of cases within a few days. , The. increased number of persons voluntarily donning face masks bo-fore Friday, when the mask becomes compulsory, and the willing and absolute co-operation of all institu tions assisting the health authorities Is given by Dr. William C. Hassler as the reasons for their optimistic outlook. ( New cases reported yesterday were 469, as compared with 363 for the preceding day. The deaths reported number 44, as compared with 40 for the day before. 100,000 MASKS PROMISED. While the Red Cross Is turning out 30,000 masks each day, which are being distributed through the fourteen Red Cross stations throughout the business district, many citizens are making their own masks, either of the Rockefeller ype of mask or masks of their own design. The Red Cross expects to have 100,000 persons supplied with masks by Friday, and, as the association will be called upon to renew masks and to supply them for more than 600,000 citizens its task is a gigantic one. To prevent profiteering in masks, the Red Cross has issued a warning to dealers and to citizens that no masks will be displayed for sale carrying the Red Cross emblem, except in places authorized to sell the association mask. The uniform price for the Red Cross mask Is ten cents. Citizens also are warned against wastage of gauze and tape. There is Just enough material on hand now for the immediate needs of the Red Cross, though gauze and tape are expected to reach here shortly. Dr. Hassler said yesterday: It is gratifying to all of us to see the spirit with which San Franciscans have entered into the known need for masking.; More persona are masking each day, and we believe that by Friday, the day the masking ordinance becomes effective, the entire city will be masked. The life of the epidemic is such that after a few days with all of San Francisco masked the end of the danger will be in sight. Every citizen should mask as soon as possible, and then the city will be safe. The cost of manufacturing a sin gle mask has been placed at six cents. Individual masks, according to tfe city ordinance, are six inches wide, in three folds, having a total length of eighteen Inches. To mask San Francisco, allowing three masks per person, 27,000,000 inches or 427 miles of gauze. Tape, estimated, 800 miles. PRESIDIO QUARANTINE. The Presidio of San Francisco was yesterday placed under partial quarantine by order of the commanding officer at the post The order that all soldiers should wear masks and that all citizens entering the reservation wear masks was put Into force immediately, due to the fear that the epidemic might gain ground as fast as it did during the recent visitation of the influenza. Restrictions against soldiers leaving the post without necessary reasons were announced and as far as possible civilians will be prevented from entering the post . during the continuation of the epidemic, BUSINESS MEN TO MASK. The Down Town Association at its annual meeting yesterday indorsed the wearing of the masks and has issued instructions to all the members to instruct their employees to mask immediately and not to wait for thu actual date for masking as specified by the ordinance. Foes of Remasking Threaten Supervisors Letters threatening various Super-vistors for their stand regarding tie remasking ordinance are being received by all those who have announced their intention of voting for its passage. Supervisor Emmet Hay-den is in receipt of a particularly aggressive one, in which newspaper clippings announcing the death oi people from shooting and in other ways have given It almost a poster-like effect Supervisor Gallagher has received one printed in red ink and calling him a "polluted pottfr Ciaa.-

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