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Vol. VII— No. 1.



San Francisco Cal.

Permit No. 145

Substitute Cemetery Removal Ordinance Passed to Print by Board

The Board of Supervisors, at the meeting held last Mon-
day, passed to print a substitute cemetery removal ordi-
nance to take the place of the ordinance finally passed the
previous week and which did not meet with the approval of
the Mayor.

Under ths provisions of the substitute ordinance the six
months originally allowed lot owners as Individuals to re-
move their dead is increased to fourteen months, and the
two years and nine months allowed the cemetery associa-
tions to complete the general removal after three months'
notice has been given them by the Board of Health is in-
creased to three and one-half years. Counting in the period
allowed individual lot owners to act, the three months'
notice to the associations to begin the removal of bodies
not already disinterred by lot owners, and the extended
period allowed for this general removal, the entire period
granted under the ordinance will be four years and eleven
months, against a total of three and one-half years under
the original ordinance.
City Presented With Pen Used in Signing Hetch Hetchy BiU.

John S. Dunnigan, clerk of the Board, presented to the
Mayor and Board, on behalf of President Wilson, the pen
used by the nation's chief executive in signing the Hetch
Hetchy water bill. It is probable that the pen will be
placed in the museum in Golden Gate Park.

The presentation of the pen was made the occasion by
Mayor Rolph, Supervisors Vogelsang, Murdock and others
to compliment Dunnigan for his seven months' work in
Washington in the interest of the bill. On motion of Mur-
dock the thanks of the board and the city were extended
to Dunnigan, and he was authorized to prepare a historical
sketch of the Hetch Hetchy enterprise to be incorporated
in the next volume of the Municipal Reports.

In a brief statement Clerk Dunnigan referred to criticism
which had been made in quarters adverse to the bill of
the provision allowed for the irrigation districts, and quoted
distinguished federal engineers as testifying that the sup-
ply of water which would be obtained would be ample for
San Francisco and the neighboring cities and also for fully
meeting the needs of between 200,000 and 300,000 acres of
f.gricultural land in the San Joaquin Valley.

A resolution was presented by Supervisor Hayden requesting
the Mayor, Chairman of the Public Utilities Committee and
the Clerk of the Board to draw up and forward to President
Wilson a letter of thanks for his action in signing the Hetch
Hetchy bill; also letters to other officials and private citi-
zens who assisted in the fight to carry the bill through

Another resolution was adopted commending the efficient
work of Chief Deputy Clerk John W. Rogers while acting as
Clerk during Dunnigan's absence in Washington, D. C.

Treasurer to Sell Municipal Railway Bonds.

An ordinance providing for the sale of certain Municipal
Railway bonds by the City and County Treasurer was finally

Believes Railroad Will Accept Ordinance.

A resolution from the Civic League of Improvement Clubs,
asking the Board to hasten as much as possible the grant-
ing of a franchise to the Southern Pacific for terminal facil-
ities in the vicinity of Third and Townsend streets, was read.
Supervisor Murphy stated that he believed the ordinance
passed to print would be accepted by the railway company.
To Appoint Delegates to Waterways Congress.

A resolution authorizing the Mayor to appoint five dele-
gates and five alternates to the Internal Waterways Congress
to be held in this city January 15 to 17 was adopted by
unanimous vote.

Holiday Season Delays Action on Ordinances.

Owing to the fact that the Christmas holiday intervened
to prevent the legal term of advertising no bills passed to
print the meeting before were on the calendar to be finally


The Board of Public Works has approved of private con-
tracts entered into by property owners for street improvement
work at the following locations:

In Boutwell street from the northerly line of Silver ave-
nue to a point 3 9 9.67 feet northerly therefrom; intersection
of Masonic and St. Rose's avenues; in San Jose avenue from the
center line of Whipple avenue produced, to a line at right
angles to the easterly line of San Jose avenue, at its inter-
section with the northerly line of Farragut avenue; in Rail-
road avenue from the center line of Fairfax avenue to the
northerly line of Galvez avenue.


The Treasurer has on sale about a half million dollars
Municipal Railway Bonds of the City, which will net the
investor 4.9 per cent interest.

There are a number of .$100 bonds in the lot, suitable
for small investors.

The bonds may be secured by a deposit of 10 per
cent, and deliveries can be arranged for after January 1.

Call on Treasurer John McDougald, Old City Hall,
for full particulars.



The Supervisors have taken the following action upon ap-
plications for permits:

Referred to Fire Committee.

Oil (Storage Tanks — William Bruce, on north side of McAllister
street, 87% feet east of Larkin street; Paul J. Stuparich, at 2036
Hyde street; X. Ahrens. on north side of Berry street, 167 feet 6
inches east of Grant avenue; M. S. Snow, on north side of Bush
street, 172 feet west of Hyde street; French-American Bank, at
northwest corner of Sutter street and Trinity place.

Garage — John Pardon, on west side of Powell street, 70 feet
north of Union street.

Permits Recommended — Passed to Print.

Puilic Garage — J. Seiler and A. Brunswick, at the southwest
corner of Lombard and Divisadero streets; also to store 300 gal-
lons of gasoline.

Oil Storage Tank — William Bruce, on the north side of Mc-
Allister street. 87 feet 6 inches east of Larkin street; capacity,
1,500 gallons.

Laundry— B. W. Ogden (German hand), at 1828 Divisadero



The Board of Public Works has accepted streets completed
at the following locations:

Mission street between Virginia avenue and Army street;
Twenty-ninth street from Mission street to Tiffany avenue;
Eighth avenue between Kirkham and Lawton streets; Sixteenth
avenue between Lincoln way and Irving street; easterly half of
Lyon street between Greenwich and Lombard streets; Sunny-
side avenue between Edna and Detroit streets; Lyon street be-
tween Greenwich and Lombard streets; Fortieth avenue be-
tween Geary and Anza streets; Bradford street between Pow-
hattan and Cortland avenues; crossing of Ninth avenue and
Ortega street; northerly half of Mohawk avenue between Mis-
sion street and a line 100 feet westerly from and parallel to
Bertita street.


The open aid Christmas concert held at the junction of
Kearny, Geary, Market and Third streets last Sunday night
attracted a throng of more than 30,000 persons. The cele-
bration had been postponed from December 24 because of a
heavy fall of rain, the first in many years on Christmas eve.

A band of fifty pieces, picked soloists and a chorus of
hundreds of voices presented a program of typical Christmas

At the close of the program the band began the strains
of "America," the refrain was taken up by the big throng
and the thousands stood with bared heads.

The vocal soloists were Miss Ruth McKenzie, Mme. Flor-
ence Drake Le Roy and Edmund Burke, with Miss Hazel
McKenzie and Gabriel Lapierre as accompanists. The band
was composed of members of San Francisco Musicians'
Union No. 6, under the leadership of Paul Steindorff.


New York City is preparing to publish a monthly maga-
zine devoted to municipal and other civic matters. Archi-
bald R. Watson, Corporation Counsel; John D. Kernan and
John D. Crimmins are sponsors for the proposed publica-
tion and with others prominent in civic and commercial af-
fairs will control and advise on its policies.


The School Directors, at their meeting on the 2 2d ult.,
referred to the janitorial committee the resignation of Mary
Connors, janitress of the Girls' High School.

A communication from Mary T. Redmond, making applica-
tion for position in English, was referred to the Schools Com-

The request of Adrienne Spadoni for extension of leave of
absence to the beginning of the spring term, 1915, was also
referred to the Schools Committee.

The secretary was instructed to tiotif^ several correspond-
ents that the rules do not permit children to play in school
yards after school hours, without supervision, and that children
are directed to go home immediately after school.

A request was sent to the Park Commissioners to have
the lawn and vines around the Lowell High School trimmed by
one of the park gardeners.

The resignation of Mrs. T. J. O'Leary was accepted, subject
to favorable action of the State Board of the Teachers' Retire-
ment Fund Act.

John J. Taylor was granted leave of absence to the open-
ing of the fall terms, 1914, with the understanding that he
go to the foot of the list of eligible substitutes at the expiration
of leave.

The elementary course of study with changes recommended
by the Superintendent of Schools last September, and now in
operation, received the formal approval of the directors.

The secretary was instructed to circularize the schools that
permission has been granted Susan M. Toy to make an examina-
tion of 100 talented children in the schools of the department
under the supervision of Professor Lewis Terman, examination
to take place every Thursday and Friday and one hour to be
given to each pupil.

Dr. Ernest Hoag and Dr. Langley Porter were allowed to
make examination of children at the the ungraded school.

The Board of Public Works was requested to instruct the
Advisory Board of Architects to arrange to have the doors
leading from the classrooms at the Starr King School so hung
that they will not strike each other when open, and also to
have the radiators changed so that they will not be close to
the blackboards.


The contract for the brick and terra cotta facing work on
two large courts of the City Hall has been awarded by the
Board of Public Works to Brandon & Lawson for ^33,450.00.


The various playgrounds throughout the city had Christ-
mas festivals for the children who frequent the grounds.

Clever programs were arranged by the directors of play
and exhibitions of singing and folk dancing were given by
the little tots; Santa Claus distributing gifts and good cheer
at the conclusion.

The children of the North Beach Playground presented a
playlet, "On Christmas Eve," in the auditorium of the
Hancock School, with Greta Gilbert in the title role of
Little Girl and Helen Oneta enacting Wendy.

On Wednesday afternoon, December 24, the children of
the Daniel Webster School held their annual entertainment
in the gymnasium at Jackson Playground. A large Christ-
mas tree was provided, which was decorated by the chil-
aren. An audience of more than one hundred and fifty
parents in addition to the pupils of the school enjoyed the
songs and Christmas plays which were a part of the pro-

On the 23rd ult. Verba Buena Playground celebrated
with a Christmas party, twelve little girls dressed as Christ-
mas waifs sang carols, after which Miss Sibyl McBride took
the part of Santa Claus and distributed fruit and candy to
the happy little ones.

Southside Playground will celebrate the New Year with
a party on January 3. An exhibition of folk dancing will
be given January 10 at the Hamilton Playground.



The Municipal Band, John A. Keogh, director, will give a
concert ou New Year's day at the Ocean Beach terminus of the
Geary Street Municipal Railroad. The program follows:

"The Star Spangled Banner."

1. March — "Daughters of America" J. Bodewalt Lampe

2. Waltz — "Danube Waves" J. Ivanovici

3. Overture — "Poet and Peasant" Franz von Suppe

•1. Baritone Solo — "Till the Sands of the Desert Grow Cold"..

Emes't R. Ball

Soloist: E. R. Wittstock

5. Selection (by request) — "Irish Airs" E. Sever

C. Patrol— "Police" E. D. Merritt

7. Fantasy — "American National Airs" Theo. Moses

S. Waltz— "Nights of Gladness" Cliarles Aucliffe

:i. Popular Melodies —

(a> "Sailing Down the Cliesapeake Bay".. George Botsford

<b) "I 'Love You, California" F. B. Silverwood

10. March — "Federation" John N. Klohr


On Sunday afternoon, January 4, at 2 o'clock, the Municipal
Band will render the following program at the Relief Home
for Aged and Infirm, Relief Home Tract:

1. March — "The Starsi and Stripes Forever" J. P. Sousa

2. (a) Air (Edgardo, 4th act) — "Ducia di Lammermoor". . . .

G. Donizetti

(b) Sextette — "Lucia di Lammermoor" G. Donizetti

3. Cornet Duet (Waltz Song) — "Cheerfulness" F. Gumbert

Soloists: Wm. Mahood and S. L. Bovo

4. Overture — "Dido" Saverio Mercadante

5. Vocal Solo —

(a) "Sunshine and Roses" E. "Van Alstyne

(b) "On a Good, Old-Time Sleighride" A. Gumble

Mr. Dan Krueger. Baritone
fi. Meditation — "Ave Maria" Bach-Gounod

7. Waltz— "Sounds from Erin" C. W. Bennett

8. Fantasy (by request) — "Southern Melodies". .. .F. Solomon

9. Popular Airs —

(a) "A Slippery Place" P. H. Hacker

(b) "What. D'ye Mean You Lost Yer Dog?".. Jos. M. Daly
10. March — "Wien bleibt Wien" J. Schrammel



With the approval of the Superintendent of the Department
of Electricity, the Building Committee of the Supervisors on
Monday recommended for passage a new ordinance govern-
ing the sale of electrical fixtures and prescribing the manner
in which installations must be made to safeguard against fire
and possible loss of life.

One of the most important provisions of the new measure
is that dealers in electrical supplies shall keep a record of
all sales and require of persons purchasing from them notifi-
cation when the fixtures or supplies so purchased are in-
stalled. This being done, the Department of Electricity will
make an inspection of the work and determine if it has been
done in the manner required by the regulations of the de-

The ordinance also provides that instead of a bond being
required of contractors engaged in electrical work they shall
pay an annual license fee to the city which will pay for in-
spection. The inspection will be a guarantee that the work
has been properly performed and according to the standard
required by the rules and regulations of the Department of

The measure also provides that instead of specifying any
one standard that the best ones shall be recognized by the
department in passing upon the character of the work per-

All dealers and contractors in electrical work or supplies
must also register their names and places of business with
the Department of Electricity.


City Attorney Long, in a communication to the Board of
Health, has repeated his previously rendered opinion that it
is not legal, under the charter, for city employees to use their
own automobiles in connection with the performance of their
oQicial duties, and to charge the city for the same. The
charter, he says, expressly forbids any municipal official or
employee to have business "deals" of any character with
the city.


The Fire Commissioners at their meeting on the 26th ult.
forwarded a communication to the Civil Service Commission-
ers requesting them to apply the same rule as to physical
condition, weight, height, etc., in the proposed examination
for engineers of steam fire engines as was required of candi-
dates in the examination for hosemen,

A communication was sent to the Board of Public Works
asking thai the necessary steps be taken to extend the high
pressure water mains along Laguna street, from Market street
to Golden Gate avenue.

A petition from the McKlnley Square Improvement Asso-
ciation requesting that the Commission recommend to the
Supervisors and the Board of Public Works the advisability
of opening a street of easy grades between Rhode Island and
Carolina and Twentieth and Twenty-second streets, in accord-
ance with the plans submitted by the City Engineer, in order
to afford more adequate fire protection to the residents of that
district, was favorably acted upon, and referred with proper
recommendation to the Board of Supervisors and Board of
Public Works.

The Chief Engineer was authorized to make arrangements
for one of the department fire boats to participate in the
aquatic exhibition at the Exposition site on New Year's day.

It was agreed to recommend to the Supervisors that mod-
ern fireproof houses be erected for Engine Company 5 on
Stockton street and Truck Company 2 and Chemical Company
5 on Broadway.

The attention of the Board of Public Works was called to
certain streets that have not been put in good condition since
having been torn up when laying mains of the high pressure
water system.

The Chief Engineer reported the death by drowning of
Richard Hutchinson, a probationary hoseman of Fireboat 2,
while off duty on the 20th ult.

Charles Dougherty, a truckman of Truck Company 5, was
ordered deprived of five days' pay for indulging in intoxicating
liquor while on duty.

The complaint against James Reynolds, a hoseman of En-
gine Company 9, for having tailed to report for duty at
expiration of leave on the 21st ult., was dismissed upon show-
ing that he had met with an accident while boarding a street
car when on his way to quarters.

Edward Carter, a truckman of Truck Company 5, who had
been under suspension for four days for having failed to
report back for duty at expiration of meal hour, was fined one
day's pay.


City Attorney Long has advised the Fire Commissioners
that under the provisions of the new State motor vehicle act.
which becomes effective today, every person operating a
motor vehicle of any kind in the Fire Department must secure
either an operator's or chauffeur's license, according to the
nature of his employment. He also advises that under section
2 of the act it is not necessary to register fire engines and fire
patrol apparatus, police wagons, municipal or county ambu-
lances and self-propelling vehicles, which are exempt from the
provisions of the act.


The City Attorney has advised the Board of Election Com-
missioners that while the charter gives warrant for the em-
ployment of clerical assistants in the Department of Elections,
it does not empower the Commissioners to hire a carpenter,
even for the purpose of repairing election booths. Such work,
it is pointed out, belongs properly to the Board of Public
Works department.

The civic department of the California Club has asked the
Board of Supervisors to install a sanitary drinking faucet in
the main corridor of the temporary City Hall.



Is published every Thursday by the Board of Supervisors of the City
and County of San Francisco at City Hall. 1231 Market street, for the
purpose of furnishing Information concerning public municipal im-
provements and the work of the several municipal departments.

Copies can be obtiiined at the various department headquarters, or
a copy will be mailed to any resident of San Francisco who will
furnish his address to J. S. Dunnigan, Clerk of the Board of Super-
visors, City Hall, 1231 Market street, San Francisco, Cal.

All matter Intended for publication should be received not later than
Tuesday noon.

The Recorder Press

28 Montgomery St.


The open air Christmas festival in Golden Gate Park
stadium last Sunday afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by
fully 20,000 children, while thirty-five or forty thousand
more persons crowded the space where the presents were
being distributed.

When the children marched into the stadium from the
Fulton street entrance the distribution of the sweets began.
On the center of the green was an eighty-four foot Christ-
mas tree erected in the middle of a circle of lesser ever-

With M. J. Hynes in the white beard and red robes of
Santa Glaus, and with May Irwin, the actress, acting as
his consort in an ermine coat and holly berries, the distribu-
tion of the 30,000 Christmas bags to the children furnished
a pleasing picture.

Some fifteen tons of candy, popcorn and gingerbread were
distributed to the children.

A feature of the celebration was the planting of a per-
petual Christmas tree for the children of San Francisco.
The tree, a year-old fir, was planted by Mae Margaret Over-
dyke, a child.

May Irwin aided in the planting, and surrounding the
actress was an eager group that included the members of
the women's committee and the officers of the celebration.

The municipal band played while a chorus under the
direction of John W. McKenzie sang "America," "The Star
Spangled Banner" and "California." The McKenzie Musi-
cal Society and the Moose Glee Club swelled the chorus of
the children.

Concerts by the League of the Cross band and drills by
the cadets contributed to the interest.

The new Cathay band of young Chinese musicians sere-
naded Miss Irwin as she was leaving the park.

Supervisor J. Emmet Hayden was chairman of the day
and Colonel James E. Power chairman of the committee
that arranged the children's parade.


Proposals were received by the Board of Public Works on
Wednesday for material to be used in the construction of
the extensions of the Municipal Railway system. It is planned
to begin work on these extensions not later than April 15 and
that construction will be completed by the end of the year.
Arrangements also are being made to have the delivery of the
cars begin about September 1.


City Engineer O'Shaughnessy has filed with the Board of
Public Works the following communication explaining the de-
lay in commencing the operation of the Islais Creek inciner-

San Francisco, December 22, 1913.
To the Honorable, The Board ot Public Works of the City and

County of San Francisco.
Gentlemen: —

I return herewith Petition No. 22197 and the accompanying
copy ot a letter addressed to the Board of Public Worksi by the
Clerk of the Board of Supervisors on the 16th instant, request-
ing a full report on the present status of the Garbage Incinera-
tor, located at Kansas street, near Army street, and in par-
ticular reference to the reasons for the delay in the completion
and operation of tills incinerator.

Tlie Destructor Company, the contractor to whom was
awarded the contract for installing the incinerating units* in
this garbage incinerating' plant, announced through their man-
ager, the Power Specialty Company, that the plant was com-
pleted, ready for operation, last August, and on the 2Stli of last
August the first garbage was burned in the incinerator.

Tlie opei-ations of the Power Specialty Company in burning
garbage during the period following developed the fact that
while tile furnaces are apparently fully capable of incinerating
the quantity of garbage for which they were designed, a num-
ber of mechanical problems in connection with the handling
of the resulting clinker had not been solved in an entirely satis-
factory manner, and on September 10th the City Engineer ad-
dressed a telegratn to Mr. B. H. Foster, the Vice President
of the Power Specialty Company, urgently requesting his im-
mediate presence in San Francisco. In response to this tele-
giam Mr. Foster promised to come to San Francisco at the
earliest possible moment, but did not reach here until the
latter part of November. Since that time the Power Specialty
Company have, at their own cost and expense, made a number
of alterations in tlie apparatus provided for handling clinker

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