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Park, Judge Pat Parker, sitting in
the Superior Court in extra session,
giving decision in favor of the de-
fendants, with resultant appeal of
the case. The Auditor was repre-
sented by his personal attorney,
Frank L. Fenton, and Walter Dole,
chief deputy of the City Attornej',
appeared for the City as well as for
the Mayor and Treasurer.

Purchase Authorized in 1926
The purchase of the land was au-
thorized by action of the Board of
Supervisors in June of 1926 and the
City Attorney directed to commence
proceedings in eminent domain
against the owners of the land in-
volved for the benefit of the City
and County. This resolution was
not acted upon by the City. Numer-
ous parcels of the land were pur-
chased during the fiscal vears
1926-27 and 1927-28, in which years
various sums were set aside in the
budget "for the purchase of land in
the Mission district," which was the
propertv in question. The sum of
$100,000 was appropriated in 1926-27
and $150,000 in 1927-28, while a sum
slightly in excess of the budget items
was spent in the aforesaid years.
The plaintiflF contends that the pur-
chase is in violation of Section 18 of
Article XI of the State Constitution
which provides that purchase totals
shall not exceed the income and rev-

enue provided for any year without
assent of two-thirds of the voters.

Further, that the purchase violates
Section 29 of Article X\T of the
Charter, which is similar to the con-
stitutional provision. The City's
contention is that neither of the fore-
going provisions apply to the pur-
chases in question which it has the
right to acquire independently of
any bond issue where possible out
of current revenues.

Auditor at Convention

Auditor Boyle attended the annual
convention of State Auditors at
Bakersfield at an interesting ses-
sion, its members complimenting
him on his recent stand on the man-
ner of recommendations presented
by the Grand Jury. The new budget
law was discussed there at length
and Auditor Boyle was given to un-
derstand that this legislation elim-
inates San Francisco, the only
county in the entire state so to be
treated, inasmuch as it has had in
force for several years one of the
most up-to-date budgets in use in
any city in the United States. This
action can be construed in no other
wise than a most pronounced com-
pliment to this city and county.

The California Taxpayers' Asso-
ciation of Los Angeles sent a spe-
cial invitation to Auditor Boyle to
visit them in Los Angeles and dis-
cuss methods for bringing about im-
provements and expressing "a high
regard for the policy and procedure
of the San Francisco auditor's

With the recent Grand Jury "ex-
perting" of all departments of the
city government and failing to dis-
cover a single cent of inaccuracy in
the accounts of the auditing depart-

ment, the Auditor finds a special
gratification in the possession of a
staff of experts, with periods of
service ranging from ten to forty-
five years who are second to none
in capacity to wrestle with the in-
tricacies of city accounting, and this
condition has repeatedly been given
recognition by the United States
Bureau of Census and Statistics in


By John S. Farley, Secretary

The regular monthly meeting of
the Veteran Firemen's Association
of San Francisco, Inc., was held in
the hall, 368 Fell Street. Tuesday
evening, March 5. The meeting was
presided over by President Charles
J. Cullen. All officers were present,
as well as a large delegation of mem-
bers. The minutes of the preceding
meeting were approved as read. The
report of the Board of Directors was
approved. Members who are on the
sick list were reported on. Law-
rence Dillon was elected to member-
ship in the Association. Bills
amounting to $397.90 were referred
to the Board of Directors, received
approval and were ordered paid.
The committee on revision of by-
laws reported progress.

Our members received the sad
news of the death recently of
Thomas Titus, a veteran fireman and .|
formerly of Engine 4.

The receipts for the evening were
$393.15. Total cash assets $10,711.32.

The good of the order committee
provided plenty of entertaining tal-
ent. The members did their turns
while refreshments were served.

The purposes of the uniform rank I
were explained by Captain William
Kenealey and Eugene Mulligan.




Easter Just Ground the Corner

By Anita Day Hubbard

EASTER just around the corner
as I write, and a certainty now
that you are reading. Spring has
such a quaint way of dancing in and
out of San Francisco, what with sun
one day and winter rain the next,
all the way from November until
our really winter weather shows up
in June, that if it were not for the
calendar and the gay show windows,
we'd hardh" know when to celebrate.

Easter Has Changed
Even Easter has changed in these
modern times. When we were very
young, one had a complete outfit for
particular wear to Sunday school,
very stiff as to bows, and very frilly
as to petticoats. Hats were ornate
structures built of everything imag-
inable, veritably of "ships and shoes
and sealing wax," with long mur-
derous pins to withstand the summer
zephyrs in the great open spaces of
the shopping district. Someone men-
tioned the other day that the famous
San Francisco summer winds
seemed to be disappearing. I think
not. But what really has happened
is closed cars, close fitting hats and
shorn or close-pinned hair. The dif-
ference between facing a stiff breeze
dressed in a circus tent with a
cupola, or in an aviator's costume
suggests what I'm trying to say.
Which opens up a whole new school
of potential propaganda for climate.
One can imagine a subtle-minded
Chamber of Commerce sending em-
issaries to influence the Parisian
style designers so that the fashion-
able costumes of the season might
show the climate of the emissaries'
particular city to the best advan-
tage. Beg pardon, gentle readers
(are readers gentle?). The spring
sunshine always makes me a bit
light-headed. But now to more
seemly discussion.

Art has been with us most in-
triguingly at the Women's City Club
in the very versatile exhibit arranged
under the delicately modern touch
of Rudolph Schaeffer, with all the
artificers of art objects sending their
favorite gestures to make an inter-
esting show. It's amusing to notice
how swiftly the extremely "modern"
ideas of our era have taken hold, and
how they even now seem things we
have always lived with.

The Pursuit of Comfort
Personally, the cool silvers and
straight, almost ascetic lines of the
new furniture, with its metallic sug-



(Written during Holy Week at Genoa)

/ u-andered through Scoglietto's far

The oranges on each o'erhang'tng spray
Burned as bright lamps of gold to shame

the day ;
Some startled bird <with fluttering -wings

and fleet
Made snovi of all the blossoms, at my

Like silver moons the pale narcissi lay:
And the curved waves that streaked the

great green bay
Laughed in the sun, and life seemed

very siceet.

Outside the young boy-priest passed
singing clear,

"Jesus, the Son of Mary, has been slain,

"Oh, come and fill His sepulchre luith

Ah, God! Ah. God! Those dear Hel-
lenic hours

Had drowned all memory of Thy bitter

The Cross, the Crown, the Soldiers and
the Spear.

— Oscar Wilde.

gestion. seems a bit angular for the
pursuit of comfort. However, per-
haps to be comfortable is not what
we need. Possibly if we are uncom-
fortable enough at home, we will
take to living in automobiles alto-
gether, and only come home to park
in a neat little cubicle over the
garage. After all a home on wheels
is not to be despised, for one can
vary one's habitat from city to
country and back again in an after-
noon's moodiness.

Seriously, though, it has been a
charming show, and most profitable
in the face of some of the mail order
catalogue furniture that is being im-
ported hereabouts, and labelled "an-
tique" and "period." Dignified and
experienced furniture with the
patina of long service to humans
upon it, is as charming as an old tree
in a garden, but who in the name of
all that's sensible could choose to
imitate an oak or an elm or a walnut
tree, instead of planting a new tree
and watching it grow. It is natural
that we should love old furniture for
its romance, but it is also natural
that the new era should produce an
environment suitable to itself, and
furniture and clothes and art to go
with it. More power to the moderns,
sharp corners and all.

Art Exhibits Scheduled

At the Western Women's Club, in
the East-West Gallery, April 1 will
usher in a show of portraits and
landscapes and other subjects from
the brush of Francesz, — of Holly-
wood — . and after the second week
of the month, the famous Frazar
Chinese Picture Rug Collection will
hold forth. Miss I. Maynard Curtis
of Carmel will hold an exhibit of
landscapes in the small gallery and
John Emmet Gerrity will have a
large show of. water colors in the
main gallery during the last week of
April. At the Beaux Arts. Santa Fe
will be on show with colorful can-
vases, water colors and drawings by
J. B. Nordfeldt, Josef Bakof and
Howard Patterson. In the outer gal-
lery will be an exhibition of water
colors by Helen Forbes. That up
and coming Jacques Schnier, who
won the prize for the best looking
and most successful modern room at
the exhibit of the Women's City
Club, will show more of his excellent
craftsmanship at the Beaux Arts
from April 16 to the end of the

Chorus in Songfest

In the realm of music there is no
end of interest. For the first time
since its organization. Dr. Hans
Leschke's Municipal Chorus will
give a complete program of folk
music, of all nations, with a little
serious music for ballast. Carl Sand-
burg, who just left here, was sor-
rowing over the fact that Americans
didn't know how to sing. I was
sorry he couldn't have heard our
Municipal Chorus. Naturally, you'll




all go to hear them on April 23, at
the Civic Auditorium.

On April 30 the most spectacular
of the European musical organiza-
tions will visit these far shores for
the first time. Under the august
and personal patronage of His
Majesty, Albert I of Belgium, the
Symphonic Band of the Royal Bel-
gian Guards, an aggregation of dash-
ing young cavalrymen numbering
eighty, all of them perfectly edu-
cated musicians, and with nearly a
century of tradition behind them, for
the band is that old, will play in two
concerts at Dreamland Auditorium,
for the Music Teachers' Association
of California, and its Benevolent
Fund. There will be an official re-

ception, of course, with all the spec-
tacular trimmings, for these boys
not only play in peace time, but
fight in war time, and many of our
own marines know them already
from that little matinee performance
in Belleau Woods some years ago in
which they all took part together.

Music Week in May

Music Week, of course, will hover
over us in May from the 5th to the
11th inclusive, with song rising from
every school and playground in the
city, and concentrated into a mighty
essence at the Civic Auditorium.

And as a grand apothesis the Sum-
mer Symphony series will begin
about the 20th of June with such

a galaxy of stars from the world's
musical centers as you never have
heard of. All the concerts will be
in the friendly old Civic Auditorium
this summer, so that we can mull
around during the intermissions in
the lobby and pay all our personal
calls without formality, for there
isn't anybody who is anybody who
doesn't manage to prowl up and
down at the symphony concerts, and
pass the time of day.

Being Easter and all, I should talk
a bit about clothes, but just out of
perversity and lack of space, I'm not
going to ! There, now, originality at
all costs. See you next issue. Au

Educators Attend Eastern Convention

JOSEPH Marr Gwinn, superin^
tendent of San Francisco schools,
and other members of the Board of
Education personnel, attended at
Cleveland, Ohio, last month the an-
nual convention of the Department
of Superintendence and allied edu-
cational organizations. Last year
Mr. Gwinn was president of the or-
ganization, and this year, as vice-
president, was one of the outstand-
ing figures at the convention. One
of the most interesting papers at the
convention, "Our Chief Concerns
for a Future School Building Pro-
gram," was read by Mr. Gwinn.

In his report to the Board of Edu-
cation on his attendance at the
Cleveland convention Mr. Gwinn
said :

Programs Are Varied
' "The convention is essentially for
those dealing with problems of ad-
ministration and supervision of edu-
cation. The number of groups of
such administrative and supervisory
officers is constantly increasing.
There are also other national organi-
zations of educators not connected
with the Department of Superintend-
ence holding their annual conven-
tions at the same time with the De-
partment of Superintendence. As a
result of all of these organizations
meeting at the same time the attend-
ance is very great, too great for
comfort and efficiency. The pro-
grams are so numerous and extended
that one person could not hear more
than one-tenth of all the numbers
on the many programs. How to
eliminate some groups with a re-
duction in attendance has become a
serious problem to the Department
of Superintendence.

"The principal themes for the


main program of the Department of
Superintendence were Financing of
Public Education, Articulation of
the Units of American Education,
Importance of Research as a Basis
for Public School Administration.
Better Trained and a Better Selected
Teaching Staff, and Character Edu-

Aviation in Schools
"I attended a meeting of the Gug-
genheim Committee on Education in
Aviation for Elementary and Sec-
ondary Schools. There has been
considerable development of educa-
tion in aviation in the junior and
senior high schools. One school sys-
tem has developed a four-year high
school course which is accepted for
college entrance by certain engi-
neering schools. There is a growing
opinion that the schools have a re-
sponsibility for training the young
people, both in knowledge and point
of view in aviation.

"An invitation was extended to
the convention to hold its 1930 meet-
ing in San Francisco. The final de-
cision on place of meeting is left to
the president. Superintendent Frank
Cody of the Detroit Public Schools,
after a review of all of the facts re-
lating to the ability of the city in-
viting the convention properly to
entertain it. San Francisco has
much to offer and is naturally very
attractive to the school superintend-
ents. The principal difficulties are
distance and at present a lack of
adequate space for the commercial
exhibits. Approximately 100,000
square feet of space was used at
Cleveland for commercial exhibits.
The total attendance at the conven-
tion was variously estimated at from
fifteen to twenty thousand."




The "old guard" of the Hall of
Justice, those who were members of
the staff of former District Attorney
Lewis F. Byington, Coroner T. B.
W. Leland, and judges during the
period from 1900 to 1906, held their
thirteenth annual dinner the night
of March 1. Among those present
were Superior Judges Timothy I.
Fitzpatrick, Louis H. Ward, E. P.
Shortall, George H. Cabaniss, E. P.
Mogan, Thomas F. Graham, J. J.
Van Nostrand, Justice of the Peace
Isadore Harris, Coroner T. B. W.
Leland, Attorneys Louis Ferrari,
Harry Young, Richard F. Mogan,.
James M. Hanley, Alex McCabe,
R. V. Whiting; Drs. L. H. Baciga-
lupi and B. F. McElroy and former
Sheriff Thomas F. Finn.




Ralph Boulevard

nr^HE Ray Manufacturing
■A; Company, whose plant
faces Bernal Cut, has urged
'the Board of Supervisors that
Rblph' Boulevard, in honor of
Mayor James Rolph Jr., he
used as the name of the new
thoroughfare to be constructed
through the cut. The company
suggested that the street be
named at once, stating that it
does an international business,
and that it is handicapped be-
cause the street has no name
and the plant has no number.
On St. Patrick's Day Bernal
boosters celebrated the begin-
ning of work on the Bernal
Heights Boulevard. Supervisor
Walter Schmidt was chairman
and turned over the first
shovel of earth. Supervisors
Franck Havenner, Andrew J.
Gallagher and Frank J. Mc-
Govern were among the

Blame the

Words by Herb B. Gee
Decorations by Don Hurd

If you're "stuck up" with a gun,

Blame the Mayor!
If the street cars do not run.

Blame the Mayor!
If your sewer is not laid
If your taxes are not paid,
If the trees give off no shade.

Blame the Mayor!

If you're sore at all mankind.

Blame the Mayor!
If your pants are patched behind,

Blame the Mayor!
If the motorists all speed
And no traffic signs they heed —
Wrecking humans 'til they bleed —

Blame the Mayor!

If the street lamps do not light,

Blame the Mayor!
If the crossings are a fright.

Blame the Mayor!
If the water mains run dry.
Don't give forth a lusty cry —
Step right up and black the eye

Of the Mayor!

If the weeds grow in your lawn,

Blame the Mayor!
If your savings cash is gone,

Blame the Mayor!
If your Jersey cow dries up.
If you lose your pointer pup.
Do not drop tears in a cup —

Blame the Mayor!

If we never bridge the bay.

Blame the Mayor!
If it rains 'most ev'ry day.

Blame the Mayor!
If your false teeth break in two
So that food you cannot chew.
There is just one thing to do —

Blame the Mayor!

If your hens refuse to lay.

Blame the Mayor!
If you fail to draw your pay.

Blame the Mayor!
If the streets all need new pave.
If your soul you cannot save.
Do not spout and rant and rave —

Blame the Mayor!

If bootleggers ne'er are fined,

Blame the Mayor!
If the "cops" are never kind.

Blame the Mayor!
If the poison that you drink
Puts your thinktank on the blink —
Makes your feet a skating rink —

Blame the Mayor!

If in gratitude you lack.

Blame the Mayor!
And your civic duties slack.

Blame the Mayor!
If this City— by— the— Gate
Has a fame both wide and great;
Equaled nowhere — in no state —


lotrr or ow fgj


Memorial Unveiled

da}' fittingly was ob-
served b}' San Francisco, when
the California Societj' of the
Sons of the American Revolu-
tion unveiled a bronze plaque,
on which is embossed excerpts
of \A'ashington's farewell ad-
dress, in the main corridor of
the City Hall. The plaque was
placed on a granite column
facing the main entrance of the
building. Colonel A. J. Vining,
president of the San Francisco
chapter, made the introductory
address, and Alden Ames, pres-
ident of the State Societ)-, made
formal presentation of the
plaque to Mayor James Rolph
Jr. Postmaster Harrj- L. Todd
was speaker of the day and de-
livered an address on "The
Father of Our Country."





THE contractors in charge of the
construction of additions to the
Edward Robeson Taylor and Jeffer-
son Schools have completed their

The addition to the Edward Robe-
son Taylor School is of reinforced
concrete with a stucco exterior, con-
sisting of ten standard schoolrooms
and two kindergartens.

The basement contains a covered
play space of 6800 square feet, and
a special activities room which is
fitted to be used as a lunch room,
with a kitchen in connection. A
teachers' lunch room, a teachers'
rest room, a teachers' kitchen and a
book storage room also are provided
in the basement.

In addition to the mentioned ac-
commodations, the addition was con-
nected to the original building with
a corridor, and a kindergarten ad-
jacent to the auditorium in the old
building was remodeled by closing
the doorway to the auditorium and
providing new cases. One class
room in the older building was di-
vided and the space used as a library
and opportunity room.

The addition to the Edward Robe-
son Taylor School was constructed
by Amoroso and Filippis at a cost
of $115,072.43.

The addition to the JefTerson
School consists of four class rooms
and a covered play space at the
southerly end of the east wing of
the old building on Eighteenth Ave-

nue, and the construction of an audi-
torium that will seat approximately
400 persons.

The school auditorium is equipped
with a stage and is constructed of a
steel frame with brick exterior. It
is equipped with a stage and various

The addition to the Jefferson
School was constructed by Meyer
Brothers at a cost of $92,356.26.


WITH great pleasure the stu-
dents and friends of the
Frank McCoppin School heard that
the St. Francis Challenge Shield,
donated twelve years ago by the
St. Francis Hotel for the greatest
number of pets benched by any
school in the Children's Pet Exhibi-
tion, was awarded to that school.
With probably a greater amount of
interest we learned that Doctor
D'Evelyn, the founder of the exhibit,
would present the plaque at the
school assembly of January 30, ana.
Mr. McCurrie, secretary of the
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals, would address us.
Playlet Enacted
After the salute and pledge to the
flag and our school song by the
intermediate grades, an entertain-
ing playlet was enacted by the 4B
boys. It was most convincing with
regard to the necessity of boys being

trained along the S. P. C. A. lines.
Miss Smith, our principal, after com-
menting on the joy of having a pet
that looked to one for care and hap-
piness, then introduced to us Doctor
D'Evelyn, who, with outstretched
arms and in the native tongue, gave
us the Zulu greeting "Peace to you."
His experiences as a world traveler
held still more surprises for us as he
told us that we are the fourth city
in the United States, in point of
time, to have a Children's Pets Ex-
hibit (C. P. E.) ; that one school in
Salt Lake City sends 500 pets to its
show yearly, and that there are sim
ilar organizations all over the world,
even in the Fiji Islands and the

Record for Pledges
He explained that making out an
entry card to such an exhibit is
much like making a promissory note
and should be so regarded by the
individual. Many such cards reach
the committee and then the pets are
not forthcoming. In San Francisco,
the Frank McCoppin School had the
greatest number of kept pledges to
its credit. The shield is to be held
by the school for one year, those
having entered the list to have it in
charge. At the end of that time, if
the Frank McCoppin is again in the
lead, the bronze with its record of
devotion to those who look to us
for care and afTection comes to us
"in perpetuity."

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Neiuly completed addition to the Edward Robeson Taylor School, built at a coil of approximately $115,000



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