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FOR THE sake of economy in election costs, as
well as to serve the convenience of voters, a
permanent registration law is to be introduced
in the Legislature. The proposed statute has the
backing of the election officials of California's
largest municipalities. Under the proposed law
a voter once registered would be registered for
life or until removal to another locality, or
change of party declaration would require cor-
rection of the record. The cost of making such
corrections, according to J. Harry Zemansky,
Registrar of Voters, would be nominal. Lender
the existing registration law it is imperative that
California voters be registered anew every two


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Some of us fit in — others butt in.




President, Board of Health




A BUILDER — aggressive and dynamic
— tivo qualities that are rare in pub-
lic office, make Frank J . Klimm, president
of the San Francisco Board of Health, a
pleasant subject for a pen sketch.

Perhaps one reason why Mr. Kliinm
has accomplished so many results for the
Board of Health is that he never talks
about plans until they are under way.
When he talks of a Board of Health im-
provement, inspectors of that Department
already are on the job.

There is one certain way to judge the
smallness or the greatness of a man's spirit
and that is by his personal use of power.
Frank Klimm remains at all times an ap-
proachable, friendly man. He knows
nothing about "extra time," nor is he look-
ing for any personal adulation. He is
ready to accord anyone at the first possible
moment a friendly hearing, and shows
always a willing desire to cooperate in any
work consistent with the Board of Health.

JN THESE ways Mr. Klimm shows
qualities of greatness. He is a man
completely concentrated on his job — rather
than upon himself. That ts one of the
reasons why the voters at the November,
last, election approved overwhelmingly
the $3,500,000 bond issue for betterment of
the city's Health Department. Mr. Klimm
unstintingly had devoted seven weeks'
time to promote the bond issue — seven
weeks of personal contact with the voters,
explaining to them the imperative neces-
sity for approval of the bond issue — a
worthy act of humanity.

Mr. Klimm is proud of the fact that he
was born South o' the Slot, (June 19,
1876), on Mission, between Seventh and
Eighth streets, within a stone's throw of
the present Board of Health offices. He is
a son of Peter and Madeline (Keisling)
Klimm. He was educated at the old
Lincoln Grammar School and at the
twenty-first annual reunion and banquet of
old-time pupils of that historic school,
held at the Palace Hotel, February 12, he
was admitted to membership. Only those
who were pupils at the school between
1865 and 1896 were eligible to member-
ship this year.

AFTER leaving school, Mr. Klimm
got together a set of plumbers' tools
and, in his own words: "I started plumb-
ing and have been at it ever since." In
1897 he entered the plumbing, heating and
electrical supplies business for himself.
During the last few weeks the Frank J.
Klimm Plumbing Company was incor-
porated. Mr. Klimm presented all of his
employees a nice block of stock in the new-

Mr. Klimm entered public life Janu-
ary 11 , 1910, when former Mayor P. H.
McCarthy appointed him a member of
the Board of Health, the term having been
an unexpired one and ran for a year. In
the following December Mayor Mc-
Carthy appointed Mr. Klimm for a full
term of seven years on the same Board.
Recognizing Mr. Klimm' s ability as a
civic worker, Mayor Rolph, on December
23, 1917 , appointed him to another seven
years' term on the Board. In 1924 the
appointment was remade and ^Ir. Klnnm
was awarded another seven years' term.
His present term will expire in 1931 . Mr.
Klimm, on January 14, 1926, unanimously
was chosen by the members of the Board
of Health as its president. Each succeed-
ing year he has been tendered the same

In his political views Mr. Klimm is a
Republican. He is a member of the Royal
Arch Masons; Royal and Select Masters
of California, Knights Templar; Islam
temple Shrine; Royal Order of Jesters;
Native Sons of the Golden West; Olympic
and Elks' Clubs; chairman of the ex-
tension of order of B. P. O. E.; past na-
tional director of the Sanitary Engineers
Association : charter member of the San
Francisco Rotary Club; member of the
San Francisco Plumbing Association.

Mr. Klimm is a man of sterling char-
acter, sound judgment m business and
civic affairs; he is open-hearted and
straightforward in manner; he is cordial
and unaffected. He has the confidence not
only of his colleagues on the Board of
Health, but of the entire city adminis-






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Health Department's Program

By Dr. William C. Hassler

Health Officer, San Francisco Board of Health

THE Health bonds having been
adopted by the people by a
very substantial majority on No-
vernber 6 last, the Board of Health
is now proceeding as rapidly as cir-
cumstances will permit to carry out
the intent of the voters. While the
money from the bonds is not yet
available and probably will not be
for some time to come, the Board of
Health feels that it is necessary to
proceed and lay out at least some
sort of a preliminary program to
meet the issue.

At a meeting between members of
the Board of Health and a number
of physicians interested in psychi-
atry and cancer study held on No-
vember 26 an extended discussion
was had in regard to the type of
building that should be erected.
More Land Needed
It is the intention, if possible, to
secure that parcel of land lying north
of the present San Francisco Hos-
pital and occupied by St. Catherine's
Home, and construct on that land
two separate buildings, one to be
known as a cancer institute and the
other as a psychopathic ward, with
plenty of space in between to give
the patients from each of these divi-
sions ample room for sunlight, air
and outdoor exercise where the
physical condition of the patient will

A suggestion was offered that the
new buildings be constructed along
the lines of a ten-story type, but this
did not seem to meet with much
favor. The idea prevailed that if
the land is taken over and the city
builds, it will continue the architec-
tural scheme of the existing San
Francisco Hospital main group.


THE Board of Health has
transmitted to the Board of
Supervisors a resolution asking that
body to advertise immediately for
sale the health bonds approved at
the last election. It u-as pointed
out in the resolution that no plans
can be made and no arrangements
perfected for the construction of
the additional wards on the roof of
the San Francisco Hospital or the
building of any units at the Laguna
Honda Home to take care of the
added numbers of sick that annu-
ally are demanding admittance into
the Hospital, until the bonds are
sold. — The Editor.

These plans necessarily are embry-
onic in character and njay be subject
to changes and adoption of new sug-

gestions, but the general idea seems
to prevail that two separate build-
ings would meet all requirements to
better advantage.

Additional Hospital Units
According to the bond issue as
adopted, these two buildings, includ-
ing the cost of land, will entail an
outlay of $863,750. There will be
two additional units of forty beds
each added to the Tuberculosis Pre-
ventorium at the San Francisco
Health Farm which, with equip-
ment, will cost $70,000, and the com-
pletion of necessary road work
within and about the Health Farm,
building of gates and fences, will
cost $58,100 more.

The construction of additional
units at the Laguna Honda Home,
cost and equipment, $817,500, has
not been discussed as yet, but it is
the intention of the Board of Health
to carry out fully the plans as orig-
inally submitted to the voters.

As soon as plans can be worked
out arrangements will be made to
proceed as fast as possible toward
the adding to the existing ward
buildings and to the present tuber-
culosis hospital on the San Fran-
cisco Hospital site at a cost of $365,-

The Central Emergency Hospital
will be enlarged and a Health Build-
ing erected on city-owned land ad-
joining the present site of the Cen-
tral Emereenc}' Hospital.

The Board of Health realizes the
responsibility that has been placed
upon it in the confidence reposed in
it by the people who by such a lib-
eral vote unhesitatingly appropri-
ated $3,500,000 for this work.

Mission Emergency Branch San Francisco Hospital

Tuberculosis Department, San Francisco Hospital




Some Noted Autobiographies

By Anne M. Farrell

Head of Fiction Department, Public Library

GOOD autobiography has some
Lof the tang of a bit of amusing
gossip, which, while being totally
harmless, is still highly intriguing.

The chief claim to fame of the
autobiography is that it gives a more
or less authentic picture of the life
and times in which it was written.
Granted, an egotistical biographer
may inflict the reader with tales and
deeds of his own doing, and quite
often of his own invention ; the fact
remains, however, that we are able
to visualize historical events better
if we have read an account of just
how those events appeared to one
who lived at a given period.
Cellini's Autobiography

One of the outstanding autobiog-
raphies of all times is that of Ben-
venuto Cellini. Crass, clever, bold,
wicked, brilliant, sensual and cyn-
ical — one cannot list all of his many
faults and failings. On the other
hand, as if to balance the scale, Cel-
lini was a gifted writer and a distin-
guished sculptor. In the case of Cel-
lini, as often happens to individuals
marked with the exacting hand of
genius, his many vices and failings
almost ruined on one side what his
talent performed on the other.

This remarkable Italian lived in
the early part of the sixteenth cen-
tury. The story of his life is a frank
confession of his misdeeds, which
were many and varied, and some
vivid enough to make the hardened
sinner of today gasp with astonish-
ment at the originality of his adven-
tures. It is lamentable that the ex-
quisiteness of his art is known to but
a few, while his autobiography is the
food of millions. One of the many
remarkable pieces of sculpture that
Cellini created was the beautiful
statue "Perseus."

Delineates Wickedness

The autobiography of Cellini has
been termed the most unflinching in
all history, for he never spares him-
self in his delineation of his wicked-
ness. However, it must be said that
his story is well told, with a gay
touch, and is a true picture of the
time in which he lived.

Pepys, Evelyn and Franklin

Two interesting English autobiog-
raphies appeared about the same
time, in the middle of the seven-
teenth century, but that is the only
similarity these two works boast in
common. The Diary of John Evelyn

)OSSIBLY the modern Don
Juan is a victim of Freudian
complexes and does not dare rei'eal
to the world his faults and fail-
ings, or maybe he prefers to hide
his iniquities from a puritanical
society, which might not smile with
amusement ivhile chiding the cul-
prit for his naughtiness, says Miss
Farrell in this interesting article on
noted autobiographies, old and new.

is the careful reminiscence of a
scholarly writer, who accurately de-
scribes the days of Charles II. It is
fine irony that his contemporary,
Samuel Pepys, the gay cynical spirit
with his pen dipped in bitterest sar-
casm, has achieved more popularity
than the stately correct Evelyn.

Pepys Quite Shocking

Pepys leaves nothing to the imag-
ination ; he describes in minute de-
tail events that came to his notice,
much of which is the most malicious
gossip, and all is quite shocking. In
"The Amenities of Book Collecting"
Pepys' Diary is spoken of as the one
book that nobody desires in the
original. So great is its salacious
flavor, that it must be expurgated to
be read at all. Pepys' work is char-
acterized by an individual style, hav-
ing an old-world flavor, which only
accentuates the racy gaiety of the

The autobiography of Benjamin
Franklin is the only outstanding
autobiography that America has pro-
duced. It is an accurate account of
the eighteenth century, told by a
great man, in plain language. The
style of the book is so simple and
readable that it has found great fa-
vor with the younger generation,
who recognize in it a masterpiece of

"The Confessions of Rousseau"

"The Confessions of Rousseau"
is, with the possible exception of
Cellini, the most popular autobiog-
raphy that has been written. Like
Cellini, Rousseau tells the intimate
story of his life, sparing no detail,
and entering with vivid description
into the most sordid account of his
deeds and misdeeds. His tale is
more egotistical than that of Cellini,
and he has not the same adherence
to truth. Rousseau would like his

audience to consider him a great
soul bowed down by circumstances
over which he had no control, while
in reality Rousseau was an interest-
ing scamp, who could write enter-
tainingly, but was too fond of voic-
ing his own whims and opinions.

Among the more modern autobi-
ographers, Henry Adams achieved
considerable popularity a few years
ago with his "The Education of
Henry Adams." It is well written,
a bit dull in parts, and deals "with
ideas rather than events, with fail-
ures rather than successes, and with
other people more than with the
writer himself."

Huneker's "Steeplejack"

James Huneker's "Steeplejack" is
a volume which fits an occasion
when one desires a good book that
will hold the attention, and at the
same time amuse. "Steeplejack" is
filled with clever remarks, anecdotes
of famous folk, quotations, and ac-
counts of many and varied types of
people and places. The book is in
two volumes, and it is with regret
that one puts down the second vol-
ume, wishing that the author had
continued his memories to still an-
other volume.

"Theodore Roosevelt's Letters to
His Children" and his "Autobiog-
raphy" are both interesting docu-
ments. The former gives us a pic-
ture of the man at home, far re-
moved from the public eye, a more
intimate portrait perhaps than his
autobiography, which tends to mir-
ror his public life, with comments
and reflections.

"The Americanization of Edward
Bok," by Edward Bok, and "The
Story of My Life" by Helen Keller
are both worthy of comment, and
have achieved a certain popularity.

Whether any contemporary auto-
biography will live in the annals of
literature is something that time
alone can tell. It is safe to state,
however, that no one as yet has pro-
duced any work in this field that
measures favorably with the work
of Cellini, or even Rousseau.

Possibly the modern Don Juan is
a victim of Freudian complexes, and
does not dare reveal to the world his
faults and failings, or maybe he pre-
fers to hide his iniquities from a
puritanical society, which might not
smile with amusement while chiding
the culprit for his naughtiness.




San Francisco's New y^queduct Tunnel

By L. B. Cheminant

Assistant City Engineer

THE announcement of the "hol-
ing through," or completion of
tunnel driving of the aqueduct tunnel
through the foothills of the Sierra
Nevada from Moccasin Power House
to the San Joaquin Valley has
aroused additional interest in the
city's gigantic mountain water sup-
ply project.-

This tunnel, nearly sixteen miles
long, is divided into two sections by
a pipe line a half mile long, crossing
under the Tuolumne River at Red
Mountain Bar. The westerly sec-
tion was driven from four working
points, two of which were shafts
sunk to facilitate the work of tun-
neling and lining the tunnel with
concrete. The first shaft was begun
in Januarv, 1926, and this tunnel
"holed through" in April, 1928.
Since then, the crews of A. Guthrie
& Company, contractors, and the
city's day labor employees under
Construction Engineer L. T. Mc-
Afee, one of Chief O'Shaughnessy's
able assistants, have been placing
concrete lining in the tunnel wher-
ever it was considered possible that
the rock walls might cave in or allow
leakage of water through seams.

On driving this tunnel, the day
labor crews of the City Engineer
made a record of 803 feet of tunnel
driven in one heading in one month,
a record that is all the more credit-
able in that it was done in the
month of September, 1927, in which
there were only twenty-nine work-
ing days. Tunnel work is carried



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Hetch Hetcliy Aqueduct, Foothill Division — Moccasin Portal Tunnel Heading

on day and night, summer and win-
ter, rain or shine, except for major

On the section of tunnel five and
one-quarter miles long from Red
Mountain Bar to Aloccasin, condi-
tions were less favorable. Part of
this was driven by Contractor T. E.
Connolly and part by the city's
forces. To get supplies to the site
of the contractor's camp the city
built and operated an aerial tram-
way with a span of 2295 feet across
the Tuolumne River. Water pipes
to this camp cross the river, at the
same point,' hanging from cable sus-

Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct, Foothill Division — Oakdale Portal

pended from cliff to cliff. Work in
this tunnel was begun in June, 1926,
and completed in December, 1928.
The contractor worked from one
side of the mountain, the city's forces
from the other. Under the summit
of Moccasin Peak, with the tunnel
1700 feet below the top of the moun-
tain, working in the hardest of rock,
the miners found another difficulty
to contend with. As the drills
pounded their way into the rock they
intercepted open seams carrying
large bodies of water under high
pressure, the maximum being 700
gallons per minute at 380 pounds per
square inch pressure. To shut off
these seams they drilled a series
of holes around the circumference
of the tunnel and through these
forced cement grout into the seams
by means of a compressed air
gun with a maximum pressure
of 625 pounds per square inch.
After the cement had set, drilling
and blasting were resumed. In
the year from July, 1927, to June,
1928, the grouting operations con-
sumed sixty-five days which other-
wise would have been used in driv-
ing tunnel. In November, 1928, in
passing through a shattered zone ten
feet thick, sixty-six grout holes were
drilled and 606 sacks (thirty tons)
of cement were forced into them.

Of the total length of sixteen
miles of tunnel, seven miles are
being lined with concrete and nine




miles will be without lining. The
lined tunnel is finished with a cir-
cular top and vertical sides and is
ten feet three inches high and ten
feet three inches wide. The unlined
section is of practically similar shape
but is thirteen feet four inches wide
and fourteen feet three inches high.
Lining operations and other work
around Moccasin will occupy about
a year. As the men and equipment
are released from the Foothill Divi-
sion they are transferred to the
Coast Range Division, the twenty-
nine-mile tunnel through the Liver-
more hills, where work is now being
carried on under C. R. Rankin, con-
struction engineer. The Coast
Range tunnels will be described in a
subsequent issue.

Hetili lliichy Aqueduct, Foothill Division — Hclcli Hetcliy Junction Shaft

Highway Program Speeded Up

every section of the Bay Shore
Highway, considered the most im-
portant "good roads" job ever un-
dertaken for relief of traffic conges-
tion from San Francisco down the
peninsula, will be in progress by
April 3, it is announced by the streets
committee of the Board of Super-
visors, composed of Supervisors
Andrew J. Gallagher, Fred Suhr and
Alfred Roncovieri.

In a report on the project the
committee states :

"Bids to be received on Section
'C of the highway, between Paul:
Avenue and Third Street, will ap-
proximate $80,000, it is estimated by
Assistant City Engineer Clyde E.
Healy. In cooperation with the
State Highway Department, Healy
and the streets committee have been
pushing the Bay Shore Highway job
ahead for the past year, with por-
tions of the artery already opened to

Connection With Bridge

"The section passing San Fran-
cisco's airport at Mills Field is now
a popular stretch for traffic down the
peninsula, affording marked relief.
The road, when completed into San
Francisco, will form an important
connection with the new bay bridge
between San Mateo and the East
Bay. Hours will be saved by mo-
torists using the direct bridge-high-
way route to San Joaquin and in-
terior California.

"The highway in San Francisco's
limits is approximately three miles
long and the paving will be 100 feet
in width, with 12.5-foot sidewalks.

The very latest type of construction
is used — an eight-inch concrete base
and a three-inch wearing surface, or
a total of eleven inches. The pave-
ment, according to Engineer Healy,
is the heaviest now being laid in any
place in the United States, and is
designed to take care of future heavy
truck traffic to be carried in inter-
county business.

To Be Open in 1930

"The section in San Francisco
County will be completed and opened
for traffic by January 1, 1930, and
will cost approximately |2,000,000,
including the necessary rights of

"In addition to the road con-
struction there will be installed an
orrtamental lighting system with
underground conduits, and all the
necessarj'^ traffic safety devices. Pe-
destrian subways are being con-
structed at strategic locations to
take care of school children and

Fourth Relief Road

"An additional highway, to extend
the Junipero Serra Boulevard, will
be under construction shortly by
the City and Countv of San Fran-
cisco, from Sloat Boulevard to the
county line, to carry the same gen-
eral width as the Bay Shore High-
way. This project is now being ac-
tively pushed ahead by a highway
district composed of San Francisco
and San Mateo counties. This high-
way will be a direct extension of the
present Junipero Serra Boulevard,
through the town of Colma, and be-
hind the cemeteries, connecting with

the present Camino del Mar, near
Baden. The final destination of this
road, however, is on a direct line to
and connecting with San Antonio
Avenue in Burlingame, and from
there continuing south, on a route
to be later determined, with the ex-
isting road or roads in San Mateo
and Santa Clara counties, thus af-
fecting a fourth relief road down
the peninsula.

Ocean Shore Highway

"Another piece of highway con-
struction of interest to the peninsula
and San Francisco is the Joint High-
way District, which has for its pur-
pose the widening, straightening and
improving of the Ocean Shore High-
way between San Francisco and
Santa Cruz. The preliminary pro-
ceedings for the formation of this
district have been completed, and the
necessary engineering estimates
made. It is expected that some con-
struction work on this highway will
be undertaken during the present

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