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Is published every Thursday by the Board of Supervisors at the City

Its purpose is to preserve in condensed form ail that pertains to
current history connected with the government of the city and county:
to inform the municipal ofUcials and employees as to the transactions
of the several departments: to furnish information to taxpayers and
to those interested in the study of municipal affairs: to promote the
application of scientific principles to municipal government.


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Entered as second-class matter. August 10. 1916, at the postofflce at
San Francisco, California, under the Act of March 3, 1879.


Citizens can benefit themselves and at the same time expedite the
transaction of public business by observing the following general rules
regarding the transmission of complaints:

All requests for new legislation or changes in the ordinances, for
appropriations, for such permits as the Board can grant, in relation
to the conduct of public service corporations, for the installation of
street lights, or for any service beyond the power of any other de-
partment to grant.

All matters relating to streets, including grading, opening, improv-
ment, repair or cleaning thereof, to sewers, to the construction of
buildings or anv other construction work under its charge, to house
numbering, to the maintenance of public buildings, and all matters of
an engineering nature, violations of building laws.


or water.

All requests for additional fire protection, including fire alarm
" ■ ■ se the fire hazard, and


All complaints of non-enforcement of ordinances and requests 'or
such permits as the Police Commissioners may grant.

Communications relating to educati ' "

service, should be transmitted directly to tne
control of the subject.

If your dealer is short weighting you, call
Measures Department.

In case any department or officer
of the communication or fails to


should be brought to the at

City Hall. Park 8500. Exchange connectipg all departme

Market 164.
Fire Department, Park SOOO.
Police Department. Douglas 20.
Board of Health. Market 1491.
Park Commission. Pacific 1167.
Public Library. P-rk SfOn

Very few matters of consequence were on the calendar of
the Board of Supervisors at its meeting last Monday and
the session of the board was brief. As the Mayor was ab-
sent and is expected to be away for several weeks, Super-
visor McLeran was appointed acting Mayor.

The Mayor's veto of ordinances providing for the prepara-
tion of plans, specifications and construction of High School
of Commerce building and Richmond School building was

Tlie following appropriations were made:

For furnishing and delivering steel rail, joint plates,
track bolts and rail spikes, $42,840.56.

For furnishing and delivering tie plates. $5,250.00.

For furnishing and delivering tie rods, $1,240.00.

For furnishing and delivering at Rosasco, Cal., lor u.^''
in Hetch Hetchy project, one "Heisler" geared locomotiv< .

For furnishing cement during calendar year 1918 n'
Hetch Hetchy Junction for use in connection with the Hetch
Hetchy water supply project, $29,700.00.

To cover cost of special food for tuberculosis patients,
San Francisco Hospital, during January, 1918, $750.00.

For continuing maintenance of Ward "L". San Francisco
Hospital, during January, 1918, $2,000.00.

For constructing sidewalks on Folsom street at Paul
Revere School, $150.

A resolution was introduced and referred to the Public
XUilities Committee asking the City Engineer to report on
the matter of extending the Municipal Railway from Potrero
avenue and Army street along Oakdale avenue to Revere
avenue and Hawes street.

A committee was appointed consisting of Supervisors
Gallagher, Hayden and Welch to visit Supervisor Wolfe and
extend to him the season's greetings and the hope of a
speedy recovery from his illness.

Action on Perniit.s.

The following applications for permits were referred to

Mrs. Ellin Sise. for oil storage tank, 1500 gallons capacity,
at 3360 Geary street.

Sig Stern, for oil storage tank, 1500 gallons capacity, at
1998 Pacific avenue.

Permits. Reconinieucled antl Passed to Print.

Oil Storage Tank — Charles A. Stewart, at 355 Geary
street, 5000 gallons capacity; Reed Pickle Works, at 1507
Folsom street, 1500 gallons capacity; Anna L. Hladik, at
northeast corner of Broadway and Jones streets, 1500 gal-
lons capacity; Jacob Stern, at northwest corner of Sansome
and Halleck streets, 1500 gallons capacity.

Boiler — Charles A. Stewart, at 3 53 Geary street, addi-
tional 125 horsepower, to be used in furnishing steam tor


heating purposes; Reed Pickle Works, at 1507 Folsom street,
100 horsepower, to be used in furnishing steam and liot

Furnace — National Smelting Corp., at 554 Bryant street.


street Work Under Private Contract.

The Board of Public Works has granted permission to im-
prove the following streets under private contracts:

Forty-eighth avenue between Lincoln way and Irving street
where not now improved, by the construction of concrete curbs
and asphalt pavement.

Harrison street between Army street and Precita avenue, by
grading, construction of sewers, curbs, sidewalks and asphalt

Exeter street between Paul and Salinas avenues by the con-
struction of sewers.

( 'ontracts Completed.

The following contracts have been completed to the satisfac-
tion of the Board of Public Works:

Improvement of Rutland street between Leland and Ray-
mond avenues, between Leland and Visitacion avenues and be-
tween Arleta and Raymond avenues.

Improvement of Clement street between Thirty-eighth and
Thirty-ninth avenues.

Resolutions of Intention.

The Board of Public Works has declared its intention of
ordering the improvement of the following streets:

Crossing of Judah street and Forty-fifth avenue— Curbs,
sewers and asphalt pavement.

Twenty-fifth avenue between Irving and Judah streets —
Curbs, sidewalks and asphalt pavement.

Construction of sidewalks on east side of Thirty-third ave-
nue between Geary and Clement streets; Anza street between
Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth avenues; Twenty-sixth avenue
between Anza ar _a!bca streets.

Crossing of Tenth avenue and Ortega street — Grading, curbs,
sidewalks, catch-basins and asphalt pavement.


There was organized in New York City last January a
Credit Union, by and for city employees. Our New York
correspondent informs us that the scheme has been an un-
qualified success. The membership contains men of the
highest standing among city employees and officials. To
date nearly 500 employees hold some 5516 shares in tlie
organization, on which something over .H 5,0 has been
paid In.

During the first eight months 220 loans, amounting to
$21,841 were made to 208 members. The par value of
shares is $5 each, payable on subscription or in instalments,
with an entrance fee of 10 cents a share.

I..oans are made to members who had paid at least one
instalment of the subscription price of the shares subscribed
for by them, and are repayable In monthly instalments.
Interest at the rate of 1 per cent per month is charged on
all loans, the interest reducing as the principal reduces.
The loans are mostly secured by an indorsed note, and an
assignment in blank of the borrower's salary.

The earnings of the organization thus far indicate a
return of approximately 7Vi per cent on the investment in
shares, and prove attractive in a large number of thrifty city
employees. It should also attract as members a large num-
ber of men and women who have heretofore been borrowing
money fioni loan sharks at exorbitant rates.


Positions secured men released from Police Courts, not
on probation; these men are paid not less than $75
per month; these wages are not included in our

monthly wages earned 84

Total number on active probation at end of December,

1917 698

Wages earned by probationers for the month of Decem-
ber, 1917 $4:^.625.00

Money collected from probationers, care families and

reimbursing merchants $4,758.58

Number of positions secured for probationers 7

Number of applications for probation filed in Superior
Court— Dept. No. 6 (11); Dept. No. 11 (8); Dept.

No. 12 (7) 26

Number of probations granted in Superior Court — Dept.

No. 6 (2); Dept. No. 11 (11); Dept. No. 12 (8)... 21

Number of applications for probation denied in Supe-
rior Court— Dept. No. 6 (3); Dept. No. 11 (2);

Dept. No. 12 (4) 9

Number of applications denied probation in Superior
Court and sentenced — State Prison (6); County Jail

(3) ; School of Industry (0) 9

Number of personal visits to homes of probationers... 415

Number of persons sent to State Hospital, drug and

drink 3

Number of probationers released from Superior Courts
—Dept. No. 6 (0); Dept. No. 11 (4); Dept. No.

12 (2) 6

Number of probationers who have violated probation
and sentenced in Superior Courts — Dept. No. 6 (0);

Dept. No. 11 (1); Dept. No. 12 (2) 3

Number of persons placed in custody of probation of-
ficer by Police Courts — Dept. No. 1 (37); Dept.
No. 2 (8); Dept. No. 3 (8); Dept. No. 4 (15t.... 68

Number of persons released by Police Courts 58

Number of letters received 514

Number of letters sent out 911

Number of reports by mail 427

Number of personal reports 1,104

Number of interviews in person 537

Note. — Five hundred and eighty cases have passed through
the Women's Court, presided over by Hon. T. I. Fitzpatrick,
Judge of Police Court, Department No. 1. Of this number, 272
were women defendants; 23 were sentenced to County Jail;
139 were turned over to health authorities for examination.


Tlie following business was transacted at a meeting of the
Park Commissioners held December 20th, 1917:

A communication from the Point Lobos Improvement
Club, relative to the condition of the Presidio Parkway, was
referred to Superintendent McLaren.

The Secretary reported the sale of an old boiler for
$50.00 to the Pacific Pipe Co., which was deposited in the
City Treasury.

The Chief of Police stated tliat his officers have been
instructed to pay particular attention to Bernal, Garfield
and Holly Parks owing to the vandalism committed there

Mr. Sam. Fromliolz made application for the position of
Assistant Curator at the Park Museum. Ordered filed for
future reference.

Applications for positions were received from Mrs. M.
Smith and B. Passers. Ordered filed.

The salary of Mrs. I. R. Collett was ordered increased to
$100 per montli as Secretary of the Park Museum.

Second-hand automobile was ordered sold by the Super-



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Next (Sunday's Itaiid Concei'i "*

The Municipal Band will give its regular weekly concert next
Sunday afternoon at the Junipero Serra School, Highland ave-
nue and Holly Park circle. Director Williams has arranged
the following programme:

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(li) •■Som. wli. r f III I'lan. .. • Howard

11) -Thert'.^ a Luns. Lon^ Trail- Elliott

10. SeleL-linn. "WiKidlanil" L,uders

11. rotpourri, "Krin" Claus

12. March, ••i.ibr.rt.v-' Barron

Finale. "The Star-Spangied Banner." American National Anthem,

b.v Band and Audience.

* * •

If the citizens residing in any locality in the city wish to
secure a Sunday concert by the Municipal Band for their
neighborhood will communicate with Supervisor John D.
Hynes, he will endeavor to meet their wishes.


The court of appeals has just rendered an interesting
opinion in the case of Mushet vs. Public Service Board of
the City of Los Angeles, involving the right of a citizen and
taxpayer to inspect the public records of the city. The case
presents some points analogous to the controversy now
pending in this city. In the Los Angeles case the data for
which inspection was sought was in reference to the city's
plans for constructing its electrical system and the city
contended that the information sought was for the benefit
of the Los Angeles Gas and Electric Company, a business
rival of the city. In deciding this point the court held that
the lower court should have proceeded to try the issue and
make its findings thereon and if the city's contention was
true the action could not be maintained. The court further
found that the data sought did not constitute public records
as defined by the statute and the plaintiff did not have any
right of access thereto by reason of any statute. However,
the court said that independent of any statutory right, a
common-law right existed by reason of the fact that the
operation of a public utility by the city put him in a position
analogous to that of a stockholder in a private corporation.
The court said:

"The respondent asserts that he occupies the same rela-
tion to the appellants and to the business conducted by them,
as a stockholder of an ordinary public utility corporation
occupies toward such corporation. He argues that because
the stockholder is entitled to access to the books and papers
of his corporation, he, the respondent, is likewise entitled
to access to the books and papers kept by appellants. The
right of the stockholder of an ordinary corporation to open
the books of his corporation is a right which existed at
common law as an incident to his interest in the corporate
enterprise. Before we proceed to consider the point made
by respondent, let us state another rule of law, the apposite-
ness of which does not now appear but will immediately
be shown to exist. At common law every interested person
was entitled to the inspection of public records. Respondent
invokes an analogy. In the matter of the right to inspect
records, between the situation of a stockholder with refer-
ence to his corporation and the situation of respondent him-
self with relation to the appellants, and an analogy may
also be claimed under the rule of the common law last stated.

That analogy is between the situation of a citizen as to
public records which he has not the right by statute to
inspect and the situation, again, of respondent with relation
to the books and papers of appellants. The principle behind
the rule of the common law to the effect that a stockholder
of an ordinary corporation has an inherent right to inspect
the corporate books and papers also demands the extension
of the same right to respondent in connection with the books
and papers of appellants. The reason for the rule is the
same in each case. In Hobbs v. Tom Reed Gold Min. Co.,
164 Cal. 497, 501, the court said, at page 501, of the right of
a stockholder of a corporation to inspect the corporate books:
'The reasoning on which this rule is founded is that a stock-
holder has an interest in the assets and business of the cor-
poration and that such inspection may be necessary or proper
for the protection of his interest or for liis information as to
the condition of the corporation and the value of his inter-
ests therein.'

"Likewise, the rule of the common law that an interested
person may examine public records would seem, on princi-
ple, to apply to the right of respondent to examine the books
and papers kept by appellants — although we have held that,
strictly speaking, they are not public records — because the
reason for the right is the same in both cases."

It will be noted that the foregoing does not cover all
the points of controversy pending in this city. For example:
The results of preliminary studies made by a public official
for the purpose of determining a future action may be of
a character that even a "stockholder" would not have a
right to inspect them. They would only have a value after
the question of public policy had been finally determined.
Prior to such a time any facts of investigation would be
purely speculative. It may be contended that the interests
of the "stockholder" are not affected.

In the case just decided this point was not considered.


Skimmed milk is usually so abundant on 'the farm that
its value in the diet is overlooked. Quart for quart, it con-
tains a little more protein and a little more sugar than
whole milk, but much less fat. Because of the lack of fat
it should not be u.sed in place of whole milk for children.
It is, however, a most valuable adjunct to the diet on meat-
less days, and the cheapest protein food for the farmer's
table, according to the United States Food Administration
for California.

Aside from its food value, skimmed milk adds much to
the quality and flavor in cooking, and is a first aid in con-
verting left-overs into palatable dishes. Milk used in bread
in place of water adds as much protein to a pound loaf of
bread as there is in one egg.

Cereals cooked in milk instead of water gain in flavor
and food value.

Milk soups or purees are made with skimmed milk and
the pulp of beans, peas, onions, potatoes or celery. Fish
chowder made with milk is a most substantial meat sub-
stitute. A few oysters or a little milk stock will suffice to
lend flavor to the milk soup.

Skimmed milk thickened with flour and served hot on
hard stale bread or toasted biscuit makes an appetizing cold-
weather dish for breakfast or supper.

Skimmed milk can be used in making such desserts as
blanc mange, junket, tapioca, custard, cornstarch and bread
puddings. In fact, skimmed milk is an ever-ready help in
many forms of cooking.

Washington, Jan. 1. — America's exports were estimated to-
day at the Department of Commerce to have passed the
$6,000,000,000 mark in 1917, a new high record. Imports
were less than $3,000,000,000 and the trade balance in
favor of the United States probably will be more than



Ijooal Morbidity Statistics.

The loUowing cases of communicable diseases were reported
in San Francisco for the week ended December 29. 1917:

Diphtheria 22 Tuberculosis 24

Scarlet fever 8 Typhoid fever

Measles 6 Pneumonia 13

German measles 5 Trachoma 1

Whooping cough 11 Erysipelas 3

Mumps 2 Gonocoecus infection 4

Chickenpox 17 Syphilis lf>3

United States Xaval Training Station, Verba Buena Island.

Typhoid fever 1 Mumps C

Measles 4 Chancroid 1

German measles 11

I'nitod Sta(es Military Station, Presidio.

Measles 4 Gonocoecus infection 1

Vital Statistics.
Births registered in San Francisco for week ended De-
cember 29, 1917 169

Deaths recorded in San Francisco for week ended Decem-
ber 29, 1917 IGl

("alifornia State Board of Health Morbidity Statistics.
Weekly summary of communicable diseases reported to State
Board for week ended December 22, 1917;

t^st This I^ast Tlii.s

Week Week Week Week

Cerebrospinal menin- Mumps 9.'. 38

gitis 5 3 Pneumonia 77 96

Chickenpox 196 92 Poliomyelitis 1

Diphtheria 64 6G Scarlet fever 71 73

Dysentery 1 Smallpox 2 3

Erysipelas 3 6 Syphilis 33 21

German measles ... 61 63 Tetanus 1 1

Gonocoecus infection 129 34 Trachoma 2 2

Hookworm 8 10 Tuberculosis 199 142

Malaria 2 2 Typhoid fever 23 21

Measles 136 265 Whooping-cough ... 54 41

C^erebrospinal Meningitis (epidemic)— The three cases re-
ported are distributed as follows: Los Angeles City, 1: San
Diego County, 1; and Sonoma County, 1.

Smallpox — There were two cases in Los Angeles City and
one in San Francisco.

Hookworm— Ten cases were reported in recruited men from
Southern States.

Diphtheria— Of the 66 cases reported, 24 were in San Fran-
cisco and 14 in Los Angeles. The disease is rather prevalent
in Willits.

Typhoid Fever — The 21 cases are distributed as follows:
Alameda County, 1; Contra Costa County, 1; Fresno, 2; El
Centro, 1; El Monte, 2; Long Beach, 1; Los Angeles, 1; Merced
County, 1; Orange County, 2; San Francisco, 5; Santa Clara
f^ounty, 1; Stanislaus County, 2, and Sutter County, 1.

Measles — The increase in the prevalence of measles last
week is due partly to the thorough reporting of cases by mili-
tary authorities.


Secretary Daniels Deals With the Social Kvil.

Dealing frankly and boldly witli the .social evil as a menace
lo the nation's military efficiency, Secretary Daniels of the
navy in an address before the Clinical Congress of Surgeons
of .North America, in Chicago, appealed to the medical pro-
fession "to end the false and double standard that decreases
niililary effectiveness." The profession, ho declared, must share

its part of the blame tor the "unpardonable prudery that en-
dured a festering evil rather than have it exposed and eradi-

"There is not an army in the field whose effectiveness is
not reduced by reason of immoral disease," said Secretary
Daniels. "The navy suffers likewise and halts because veneral
diseases destroy the manhood of workmen and fighters. During
the last statistical year men of the American navy lost 141,378
days' .sickness from a small group of absolutely preventable
diseases contracted by sin. This means that every day through-
out the year there were 456 men disabled by this disgraceful

"In civil life the number afflicted is quite as large propor-
tionately as in the military service. It has been printed that
Hecht of Vienna stated that at one time the equivalent of
three entire Austrian divisions of 60,000 men was under treat-
ment for venereal disease, while the German army in Belgium,
representing only a small part of the total German forces, is
reported during the first five months of its occupation to have
furnished 35,000 such patients. Canadian and Australian officers
have deplored the ravages of this disease. Figures from the
British army gave 78,000 cases. Sir William Osier places these
infectious diseases at the top as a menace in war and in peace.
It is deadlier than smallpox or cancer or tuberculosis. A Ca-
nadian authority says: 'Its ravages today are more terrible
for Britain and Canada than Vimy Ridge, the Somme and

"The remedy, there is but one — continence. It must be
preached in the home, in the schools, in the marts of trade, in
the pulpit and military camps and among shipmates afloat.

"You, gentlemen of the medical profession, deal with life
and death. You bring the bodies into the world and you close
the eyes of the dead. Your is the ministering function, the
intimate touch, and out of such relation you can enjoy an
amazing power of suggestion. It is this power that America
calls uiion you to use. Tell our youths the truth."


A good bath is the best kind of a "night cap".

"Adam's ale," the pure, unadulterated kind, is the best drink.

Many people are sick because they are unacquainted with
the personal touch of a toothbrush.

Tonsils are very important in considering the source of
rheumatism, heart or kidney disease.

If you want "pep." keep your system "hitting on all

If you need a doctor, select one in whom you have con-
fidence and then follow his advice.

Good health is 100 per cent efficiency— not merely absence
of sickness.

It's the songs you sing and the smiles you wear that's

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