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Even after John Brown took the pledge in Ohio, he accommodated a neighbor by carrying two jugs of whisky to refresh a crowd at a barn raising. The road was uphill and the day was hot. The thirsty men craved the liquor. The spiritual man revolted. He smashed the jugs on the nearest rock, and repaid his neighbor the two dollars invested. Soakers mourned about that rock and vainly smacked their lips at the smell of wasted liquor.
Naturally, such a village Saratoga finds way to express itself. From many of its summits the greater portion of Santa Clara County's ninety billions of prune blossoms can be seen. For
H. Bercovitch residence, Naglee Park San Jose.
blossom canopies. Artificial flowers and arches? Not any—the flowers of God—the arches of heaven smiling over the fruitful orchards of grateful men.
Plough teams bring great family loads. Hundreds of automobiles whirr through village streets. The home of Stanford's tally-ho is joyous. A Santa Clara girl is not ideally courted until she has passed under the snowy arches of Glen Una or Sorosis.
Congress Springs' unsurpassed soda flows freely. Children race and swing. Balloons fly. AthJetes perspire. College rooters
The Meteor, Alum Rock.
cheer their champions. Orators charm the crowd. Readers and singers bring their best. It is a unique and local pre-Thanksgiving service rooted deep in human hearts. Sincere as the Passion Play at Oberammergau. Why? Great drouths did not kill our orchards as we feared, and we thank God! Long may “Blossom Day” record the gratitude of our people.
A London lady who was guest at our first festival enthusiastically said it repaid her for her journey from England. The Eastern tourist who has not ridden with one of our intelligent ranchmen in the procession
Home of Chas. Crothers, Naglee Park, San Jose. up the hillside has missed one of the keenest delights of our superb Is John Brown's rejoicing spirit yet coast.
abroad? Yes, "His soul is marching on.”
N ANOTHER page of boast of our great port, and then we de
this issue of the Over- liberately allow a small minority of our I
land Monthly is a population, under the leadership of an short human interest ex-convict and a professional labor agistory that strikes the tator, to effectually close it against our heart. Kate Simpson very best Oriental customer. We allow Hayes has read us a the world to believe that the Leaguers
lecture that is quite really represent a majority of Califoras forceful in its way as some of the work nians. We allow a school of race hatred of the noble band of men and women who to keep right on proselyting in our midst, took up, in the literary circles of the and we do not frown down the practice. United States, the task of freeing the The Exclusion League has cost the people blacks of the South from the thrall of of the State of California in export and slavery in the sixties.
import business thousands upon thousands There is an intollerance of race in vogue of dollars, and only last year an unforat all times in this country that seems to tunate demonstration of hoodlumism, by be in a great measure lacking in the old the League, at a time when we were being world. In this enlightened land, an Alex- visited by a large delegation of Japanese ander Dumas were impossibility. manufacturers, cost our iron works an orThere have been men of the colored race der (given in Chicago) that has footed just as great as he born on the American up nearly three hundred thousand dollars continent, and men such as Booker Wash
in a very short space of time. That ington have accomplished more for their money would have directly benefited race, and incidentally for the white race, white artisans of San Francisco, butthan was ever done by Dumas or his bril- their brothers of the Exclusion League liant son.
Dumas, pere et fils, might willed matters otherwise. have been in this country, but under no On the 19th of this month of August, condition of fame as equals to the white there sailed from Japan the Japanese man, in the white man's estimation. · Is Commercial Commissioners, in the Great it because of the older civilization of the Northern liner Minnesota. It was the deold world?
sire of the American Committee for them As a community, we know better than to cross the ocean under the American any one other community that the intol- flag, and the business men composing the erance displayed toward the Japanese (in commission gladly accepted the offer. It our attitude as regards schools, in our al- is an unfortunate thing that these comlowing the stoning of inoffensive “boys," missioners go first to Seattle, but it is in the riots that almost caused a war, and hoped that when they get to San Fran-. in the agitations of the Exclusion League) cisco their welcome will be so enthusiasis higotted, stupid and expensive. We tic that it will make up for the time lost
in sojourning in the Northwest. This is is arranging to make a good impression on really a return visit, and it is doubtful if
these men. by any stretch of hospitality any one California should do all she can to imcould approach the welcome extended the press the Commissioners with the fact Americans who visited Japan in the last that we are in the market with our prochrysanthemum season.
ducts and with our manufactures, that The reception should be made an offi- we are the first and the nearest American cial one, and as the representative and port, and that when the Western Pacific most influential magazine on the Pacific is in running order the cotton of the Coast, the Overland Monthly urges on South and the iron and fuel products of our Government, civic and State officials, Colorado, will find San Francisco the the necessity of treating the coming of nearest and best way out to the Orient. these representative men of Japan to our Beyond and before any business reasons, shores as something more than an infor- we owe it to ourselves and our own people mal affair.
to wipe out the disagreeable impressions The Overland Monthly has taken the created in the past. The Japanese Compains to secure the views of men of note mercial Commissioners should be given in America on this subject.
the glad hand, Mr. James J. Hill, of the Great North- The Japanese Government has just isern Railroad, says:
sued a circular, and it has been reprinted “ * * the cultivation and the mainte- in English by the local consul, which goes nance of the friendship of the Japanese to show what a decrease in the Japanese is worthy of the best thought of the population in one year has been. There American people. They are a wonderful are to-day in the neighborhood of six people and their advancement among the thousand less Japanese on the Pacific nations of the world will be, in all prob- Coast than at this time one year ago. In ability, as great if not greater in the next every possible way the Japanese Governthirty year as it has been in the past ment is essaying to meet us more than thirty years."
half way, and its latest action, in the reMr. Burns, President of the New York moval of the subsidy to deep sea fishers, Central Railroad Company, said that: will effectually stop the raiding of the seal “ * * * it would be better, regardless of rookeries of the Bering seas. Japan is all commercial considerations, to urge the only too glad to turn the flood of its Japanese to come, for ‘in his judgment it. migratory labor toward Manchuria, Korea would be better for us to spend money in
and Formosa. It is attempting to conquer the entertainment of the Japanese Com- Asia for the Asians, and it is laboring on missioners that they may see the true sen- a gigantic and comprehensive scale. It timents of the American people toward is not worried over affairs in Hawaii or them than in the burning of coal to send in the United States, other than insisting our great war vessels across the Pacific.” further that every provision of the treaty
Mr. Harriman is quoted as follows: now in force be observed. “Our road will do its full share, in con- In every controversy it has always junction with the other roads, in helping borne in mind that, no matter what our in the entertainment.”
present views, it was America that has The Manufacturers' Club of Philadel- made modern Japan a possibility among phia has extended the Japanese a cordial the nations of the world. The adage that welcome and will entertain the commis- nations are ungrateful is a true one, but sioners in Philadelphia while the Penn- it does not apply as regards Japan. Japan sylvania Railroad will engage to join is not only grateful, but it is determined other roads in transporting and in arrang- that there shall be no just cause of coming with other roads for the transporta- plaint on our part. Are we as considertion of the nation's guests.
ate in our treatment of Japan? Let us Every large Eastern manufacturing and give the Commissioners a rousing recepshipping center, mindful of future trade, tion.
The public is in debt to the men who thews” is a sermon, and yet it in no manhave made the publication of the latest of ner lectures the reader, and it does not Harold Bell Wright's books possible. They convey to him the fact that he is being are the men who are the energy and the hectored as to his conduct, but the fact force back of the Book Supply Company remains that the book points out that of Chicago. Mr. E. W. Reynolds is the modern American society is afflicted with President of this company, and he is ably a disease, in some way or other, affecting assisted by L. N. Black, the Treasurer, every citizen of the great Republic; a disand Mr. McPherson Reynolds, vice-presi- ease that unless it is stemmed, stopped or dent and secretary. These men are loom- damned up to prevent its overflowing, ing up big in the book publishing busi- overcoming energy, will overthrow every ness.
obstacle and bring on anarchý or an auWhen “That Printer of Udell's” was tocracy that will pale into insignificance published it was the wonder among pub- as compared with that of Nero. lishers that some one of the "big fellows" The author doesn't say this at all. It is had not secured this really great work. a conclusion drawn by the reviewer, who Then, when the work took like wild-fire feels in a mind to soliloquize to-day, and it and sold far beyond the wildest expecta- is just barely possible that, given other tions of writer or publisher, the "big fel- temperament and other surroundings, the lows” began to wonder who this man reader will come to a vastly different opinfrom Kansas was who had settled down in ion, after reading "The Calling of Dan Porkopolis and stirred up such a row in Matthews.” To the reviewer, the reading the publishing business. Literary Indi- has been hugely enjoyable, and, when it is ana sat up and took notice, and the dried- remembered that the reviewer is a crabbed in-the-rut men in New York pushed up critical cuss, the above is praise indeed. their glasses and looked Westward. Reynolds had come from some unknown place “The Woman and the Sword” is a wellinto Chicago, and had given evidence of written, well thought out novel, of the old wonderful push and energy. The man is yellow-cover style, the kind we used to go the embodiment of the spirit of the West. and hide behind the barn and read until
Harold Bell Wright was a find for our eyes "bugged” out. It is by Rupert these men, and Harold Bell Wright justi- Lorraine, which is, in its way, quite a fied his discovery by writing things that good name for such an author of such a will live.
book. “The Shepherd of the Hills” followed To the reader who is familiar with the the first success, and now we have a new run of the historical novels of the day, and a better book than either of these in this volume throws a side light on the “The Calling of Dan Matthews.” The events occurring outside the ultra civilized book reviewer does not feel like making capitals of Europe in the days of the great an extended critique of this work. He is Richelieu. It gives an idea of the bucletting it ooze into his system.
caneering swashbuckler captains who The book itself is strong. It tells a hired their services to the always warring story which, simply for the telling, is princes
princes of little kingdoms and dukedoms worth while. “The Calling of Dan Mat- of Europe buzzing around the outside of