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Huntington Memorial Room at California Palace of the Leijion of Honor

Sculpture Exhibition Opens ^pril 2j

THE opening date for the AU-
American Exhibition of con-
temporary Sculpture has been set
for 2 o'clock in the afternoon of
Saturday, April 27, at the California
Palace of the Legion of Honor, in
front of the building, in Lincoln
Park. It is expected that Adolph A.
Weinman, president of the National
Sculpture Society, which is sponsor-
ing the event, will be present from
New York to preside at the cere-

The Sculpture Exhibition, which
will be open for six months, free to
the public, has entailed a tremen-
dous amount of planning and labor
from the time the idea was sug-
gested to President Herbert Fleish-
hacker of the Board of Trustees of
the Palace, by Dr. Archer Milton
Huntington in New York, followed
by the trip of Dr. Cornelia B. Sage
Quinton, director, to the eastern

By W. M. Strother

metropolis to work out the details
with the sponsors, all through the
following months of assembling the
exhibits in Europe and throughout
the United States, and on down to
the arranging of the sculptures in
the Palace building and on the
grounds surrounding it.

Sculpture Society Aided

This latter work has been done by
Henry Hering and Leo Lentelli,
representing the National Sculpture
Society, M. Earl Cummings of the
Board of Trustees of the Palace, and
Dr. Quinton and Major W. W.
Quinton, director and curator, re-
spectively, of the museum. Park
Superintendent John McLaren has
built a pool and fountain in the
parking space in front of the build-
ing, and has moved to the grounds
the trees and shrubs necessary to
furnish proper settings for the out-
door exhibits, achieving results that

were to be expected from the expert
who was responsible for the garden-
ing at the Panama-Pacific Interna-
tional Exposition.

The Sculpture Exhibition num-
bers 1300 exhibits — the largest col-
lection of work of this character
ever gathered in America. Much
more important is the fact that the
quality is also the highest ever as-
sembled in this country. It repre-
sents the culmination of 150 years
of development of sculpture in the
United States, and incidentally it is
a great compliment to San Fran-
cisco, California, and the Pacific
Coast that this city was chosen as
the scene of such an exhibition.

The sculptures are of every de-
scription — as to materials used,
manner of execution, size, purpose,
and what not ; but all are of high
quality, for a competent jury of the
National Sculpture Society passed




upon all pieces offered before ac-
cepting them. The items are illus-
trative of the "modernistic," simpli-
tied modeling, and also of the more
academic or conservative types. The
materials include plaster, stone,
marble, bronze, wood, and porcelain.

Architectural sculiitures form one
important group of exhibits, and the
cooperation of architects and sculp-
tors in the further combination of
these two arts in future liuilding.
particularly in the West, will be one
of the results of this exhibition — a
result that is bound to be beneficial
to the structures erected in this
section of the country from this
time on.

Beautified Art

Fountain pieces, bird baths, gar-
den statuary, sun dials, and similar
sculptures form another group,
which will show how this art may
be used to beautify the surround-
ings of the homes and parks. ^le-
morial pieces, civic monuments,
museum pieces, medals, coins, me-
dallions — all these will be seen
among the exhibits, as will small
bronzes and porcelains for house-
hold decoration.

The exhibition will occupy the en-
tire building of the California Palace
of the Legion of Honor with the
exception of the Huntington Me-
morial Room ; and it will also oc-
cupy the Court of Honor, w-ith its
surrounding colonnades, and the
grounds in front of and at the sides
of the building.

In addition to the director and
curator the public will have the as-
sistance of Mrs. ^L Earl Cummings,
Mrs. Rose V. S. Berry, and Mrs.
\^iolet M. Cook in explaining the
exhibits and answering inquries. lec-
turing, and generally in getting the
most from this wonderful exhibition.


President of the
Board of Trustees
of the California
Palace of the Le-
gion of Honor,
and who is largely
responsible for
the All-American
Exhibition of
Sculpture to open
at the Palace on
April 27. There
will be 1300 ex-
hibits — the largest
collection of
works of this
character ever
assembled in


Photo by St. Francis Studio


IX accordance with the announce-
ment of Curator George H. Bar-
ron of the M. H. de Young Me-
morial Museum, the San Francisco
branch of the League of American
Pen Women held their intensely in-
teresting Book Fair from Febru-
ary 17 to March 17. occupying two
galleries of the ■Museum, and illus-
trating the development of the art
of printing as well as many exam-
ples of its highest forms at the
present time.

Following the Book Fair the San
Francisco and Berkeley branches of
the Pen Women's organization held
for two weeks, beginning March 23.
an exhibition of the works of the
artist members of these branches.
This exhibition, similar to the one
they held last year at the Museum,
numbered about 100 items, and this
time added to the oil and water
color paintings and miniatures a
small group oi sculptures, including
a bust of the late M. H. de Young,
founder of the Museum. Curator
Barron and Miss Elizabeth Holmes,
assistant curator, received the
thanks of the Pen Women for their
effective cooperation in making
these two events a success.

The Siblev Grading and Teaming

Company is now engaged in mak-
ing the excavation and doing the
grading work preparatory to the
erection of the new building unit
of the de Young Museum to the
rear of the tower.

Curator Barron has placed on
view a large part of the Dr. Morris
Herzstein collection of paintings,
ceramics, and silverware left by the
late physician to the Museum and
described in a previous issue of The
Muxicip.\L Employee.

The lecture schedule for the M. H.
de Young Memorial Museum for the
month of April is as follows: The
third and seventh, Louis C. Towne
in the ecclesiastical galleries ; the
tenth and fourteenth. Miss Helen
Gordon Barker in the galleries of
the National Society of Colonial
Dames ; the seventeenth and twenty-
first, Mr. Towne in the Oriental tex-
tile gallery ; the twenty-fourth and
twenty-eighth. Miss Barker on jade
and Chinese sepulcher pieces. The
Wednesday lectures are at 2 p. m.
and the Sunday lectures at 4 p. m.
The public is invited.

Honorary President George T.
Cameron of the Board of Trustees
of the Museum, accompanied by
Mrs. Cameron, who is also a mem-
ber of the board, left San Francisco
April 7 for a pleasure trip of several
months to Europe.




PFhen Playgrounds PFere Sand Dunes

(KNAVE, in Oakland Tribune)

ARE CENT story in the
Knave telling of the origin
of Golden Gate Park has
caused many to write in ap-
proval, or to offer additions.
The story, necessarily, was brief
and concerned itself mainly with
the municipal activities toward
the establishment of the play-
ground. To Albert P. Wheelan,
I return thanks for chapters
earlier in the story. He says
that the entire credit for the
origin of the idea and the subse-
quent publicity which made the
park possible was due to a pio-
neer Catholic priest. Rev. Hugh
P. Gallagher, whose portrait, the
gift of the Rev. P. E. Mulligan,
pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic
church. Tenth and Howard
streets, hangs in the De Young
Memorial Museum. Father Gal-
lagher came to San Francisco
from Baltimore at the invitation
of Rev. Joseph Sadoc Alemany,
first Archbishop of the diocese
of San Francisco and Monterey.
Father Gallagher was respon-
sible for the building of churches
and other humanitarian work
throughout California and Ne-
vada. His first work in Cali-
fornia was the building of a
church at Benicia ; then one at
Shasta City, and another at
Weaverville. He was pastor of
St. Francis Church, San Fran-
cisco, until the new cathedral
was built, through his efforts, at
California and Grant Avenue
(Dupont Street) where he was
appointed pastor. He built a
beautiful church in Oakland. He
left his mark wherever he went,
and his was one of the most
colorful careers of any of the
priests who came to California,
in early days. He was the s^le
originator of the idea of having
a large municipal park as a rec-
reation center and the result of
his activities, Golden Gate Park came into existence.
The only place where citizens and their families
could find recreation upon Sundays was old Wood-
ward's Gardens, Wheelan continues, prior to the open-
ing of Golden Gate Park. With the coming of better
transportation Golden Gate Park became the recrea-
tion center of San Francisco on Saturdays and Sun-
days, and Woodward's Gardens became history.
Adolph Sutro purchased many of the curios belonging
to Woodward's Gardens. He sent them to the new
Sutro Baths and a few of them in large glass cases are
still out there. The two figures, made of metal, stand-
mg at cither side of the entrance to Sutro Baths are
from Woodward's Gardens.

Ill ihe Childri'ii's Pla


yi/rnuiul. GnlJeii Gale Park, ipprr: ll'liirlinij on the Corkscrew
dc. Loucr: Thirsty youngsters at the restaurant

Says Wheelan : "The original resolution passed by
the Board of Supervisors creating Golden Gate Park
was in Father Gallagher's handwriting. The idea
came to him as the result of hard times and the suffer-
ing of many of our people resulting from unemploy-
ment. As a result of the movement to create the park
hundreds were given employment, the work com-
menced, being the leveling of the sandhills and other
work, on the land now known as the Pan Handle,
from Baker Street to Stanyan Street, where the main
portion of Golden Gate Park properly begins. As the
result of the creation of the park the street known as
Tyler was changed to Golden Gate .Avenue."




^ Duel
in the

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^B ' '^11



An Account of the

Courageous and Tragic

Combat of

Officer Fat Conroy

with Two Armed



By Jack Lawlor

A ttorney-at-Lmv and Former Police Reporter, The San Francisco Neus

Editor's Note. — W e are
pleased to announce that with
this number of The Municipal
Employee, John G. (Jack)
Lawlor, former police reporter
for the News, but now a well-
known attorney, has joined our
staff of contributors. Mr. Law-
lor's friends among the police
are legion. For some time past
he has been writing a series of
pKjlice stories — based on actual
happenings. He knows the
police business from A to Z,
and his stories in The Mu-
nicipal Employee, we feel as-
sured, will be looked forward
to with interest by our readers.

" J STARTED for the office to switch

£_ on the lights and as I reached for

the switch I felt something against my

back and a command: 'Put them up, you

.' / wheeled around to the

left and as I did a man. later identified
as Harry F. Tuhb, fired a shot from an
automatic pistol at me. I returned the
fire and hit him in the body. He then
backed toward the open door when I shot
a second time. His pistol dropped and
he turned to run, ii'hen I fired a third
time. He fell but tried to reach his pistol
when I fired a fourth time. He rolled
ofer and appeared to be done for.

"I then noticed a second man backed
in a corner with a pistol in his hand. J
covered him. He dropped his pistol and
raised his hands with the remark: 'I
give up !"

"Police Officer Star No. 236.-

There you have the entire story
of a tragic duel in the dark between
a policeman and a bandit, in the
police report of the principal actor :

in plain and expressive language
that anyone can understand. No
adjectives, no self-praise, no com-
plaints about the darkness of the
room where he battled the bandit to
the death, nor his difficulty in get-
ting out his revolver from beneath
the folds of the antiquated service
coat that our police officers are

compelled to wear. Nothing but

this —

'"I returned the fire and hit him
in the body.

"I then noticed a second man
backed in the corner of the room
v.ith a pistol in his hand."

It is only the routine report of
Officer Pat Conroy to his superior

Police Lieutenant Henry Po<iiell of the Piiii-n S/iop Detail examining arsenal found in
room of bandit killed by Officer Pal Conroy. In background. Jack l.a'Vilor. former

Sevis reporter




officer, Captain Eugene R. Wall of
Ingleside Police Station, telling of
Conroy's killing a safe cracker and
capturing his partner in an at-
tempted robbery of the Excelsior
Theater, on Mission Street, at 3 :30
a. m., on the morning of May 9,
1927, but to me it is an epic and
should take its place in the classics
of literature with Lincoln's Gettys-
burg address.

I have written innumerable stories
of the bravery of police officers and
firemen, but never of a more cou-
rageous or more remarkable man
than Pat Conroy. Not only is Pat
a remarkable man but he comes
from a remarkable family. He is
one of ten sons, five of whom are
policemen (a sixth police brother
was killed), and two who are mem-
bers of the Fire Department. There
are three daughters in the family.
All were born in the Emerald Isle
in the famous county of Galway,
and all are living except one boy,
Joseph. The father, Patrick Conroj-
Sr., is still hale and hearty.

Six police officers and two fire-
men ! What a contribution to civic
welfare and to posterity ! This one
family could keep the peace and
extinguished the fires in a good-sized
community without calling for out-
side aid. Incidentally, they would
make quite a respectable army.

The following Conroys, with their
respective stations, are police offi-
cers: Hughie J. (Central office),
John H. (Southern), Michael F.
(Mission), Peter A. (Park), Pat-
rick J. (Ingleside). Then there was
Joseph (Richmond) who was killed
in the line of duty in November,
1923, at Fourth Avenue and Geary
Street. He was struck down by an
automobile while directing traffic.

The Conroys in the Fire Depart-
ment are Captain Colman Conroy,
5 Truck — number two on the list for
Battalion Chief, and James Conroy.
attached to 10 Truck.

It seems to me that, after reading
Pat's report at the beginning of this
narrative and the history of the
Conroy family, there is little to be
told except that I might amplify the
modest report of Pat's statement of
the duel.

It was half past three o'clock in
the morning. Officers Graeme E.
Wildgans and Patrick Conroy met
at the junction of their respective
beats on Mission Street, near the
Excelsior Theatre.

"A fine morning, Wild," said Pat.

"It is that, Pat," responded Wild-

"Wait a minute until I try this
door and I'll walk along a way with
you," remarked Pat, as he walked
into the entrance of the Excelsior

"By golly !" he exclaimed in sur-
prise, "it's open ; let's take a look ;
maybe they forgot to lock it after
the show last night."

Together the officers entered the

"I guess we'd better take a look
around. Maybe some bum came in
to take a doze," remarked Pat with
a smile.

"All right." replied Wildgans,
"I'll look around here on the first

"And I'll go in the balcony," said
Conroy. And he did.

A moinent later Conroy called to
Wildgans to switch on the lights.

In an instant Wildgans was
startled by the sound of five pistol
shots, fired in rapid succession. The
first, the snappy "ping" of the
smokeless cartridged automatic and
then —

The Bang! Bang!! Bang!!!
Bang ! ! ! ! of the more formidable po-
lice Smith and Wesson.

Racing to the balcony in three
jumps. Wildgans glanced hastily at
a bandit on the floor, lareathing his
last, and Pat Conroy with a smok-
ing revolver in one hand cooly slip-

ping the "bracelets" over the wrists
of a live bandit, in a darkened

Near by an electric drill and a
crowbar in front of the partly drilled
safe explained the presence of the
would-be robbers. Both were hard-
ened youths of 20. The dead one had
a partly loaded pistol in his hand
and one fully loaded in his pocket.
The other youth had concealed an
automatic with seven cartridges in
the "clip."

Their names — the dead one —
Harry F. Tubb.

The live one — Roland Biggio.

In the bandits' room, 545 Turk
Street, Officers Edward Keck and
Tom Price, and Sergeant F. J. Teu-
tenberg found an arsenal compris-
ing four repeating rifles, two shot-
guns, two pistols, one hatchet and
seven packs of shells. What a reign
of terror those potential killers con-
templated no one knows. However,
Pat Conroy's heroic work nipped
their plans in the bud.

A few words more and my story
of this courageous officer, Patrick J.
Conroy, is ended.

His life was saved by a miracle.
When he felt the impress of the
bandit's gun against his right side,
in the darkness of the death room,
he swung his massive body to the
left and away from the gun as the
robber fired into where he thought
the officer's back was. That left
swing saved Conroy's life.

That brave officer so far as this
writer has learned, has received no
medals or signal honors for the
work he did that May morning. His
record — one dead bandit, one live
one — several thousand dollars saved
the Excelsior Theater.

If Officer Pat Conroy had been
killed by Tubb it is a certainty that
Tubb and his "pal" also would have
killed Officer Wildgans.

Let us all take off our hats to
Pat Conroy, one of the bravest of
the brave.


By W. M. Strother

The 150,000 tulips planted by
Superintendent John McLaren and
his assistants in the various parks
of the city are now justifying their
existence by presenting to the peo-
ple scenes of extraordinary beauty
in all -the parks and squares. The
colors are yellow and red and pink
and "London fog" — gorgeous spec-
tacles which the people of San Fran-
cisco have come to expect every
year, but which nevertheless are

always new and pleasing with each
new season.

A few of the rhododendrons are
now in bloom, some of them in De
Laveaga Dell of the Chinese and
Thibetan varieties, and others of
different kinds at other locations.
They will form the next act in the
annual pageant of beauty in Golden
Gate Park.

The next celebration to take place
in Golden Gate Park is the May Day
festival, Mav 1, which the Commis-

sion and W. V. Belding are plan-
ning to make bigger and better than
ever. This year the celebration will
be repeated on Saturday, May 11,
at Fleishhacker Playfield.

Park Superintendent John Mc-
Laren and Secretary B. P. Laml)
of the Commission have been very
busy with their board in preparing
the new budget request for the
Parks department. The hearings on
the budget are now being conducted
by the Finance Committee of the
Board of Supervisors for the dif-
ferent city departments.




Creative fVork u:4mong Children

By Veda Beresford Young

Secretary, Playzround Commission

Monteagudo, Twenty-first and P'ol-
som Playground.

Event 4 — Largest Kite, Carl
Haack, James Rolph Jr. Playground.

Event 5 — Kite FI\-ing Race. Eu-
gene Nacarini, Excelsior Play-
ground. '

Event 6 — -Special Contest — Ar-
thur \\'ithey, Glen Park Playground.

CREATIVE work among chil-
dren reveals a world all of its
own. Within the last year the de-
partment has been making rapid
strides in encouraging and develop-
ing handcraft activities because the
results attained are so worth while.

Even the most inexperienced girls
and boys become quite adept in the
art of designing, sawing or painting
toy animals, window pulls, or
wooden novelties. It is surprising to
see the cleverness with which the
little girls indulge in rafifia work and
basketry making.

The intricate art of designing and
decorating kites is another hand-
craft activity. This is one in which
the Chinese children especially
excel. Birds, butterflies, fish, geo-
metric patterns, and other intri-
cately designed kites are beautifully
made. They not only reveal an in-
nate artistic ability, but a great
interest in the good old sport of

Miniature Aircraft

Miniature aircraft represents a
very important phase of handcraft
activities. Not only does it require
very careful and highly skilled work
over the most minute details, but
the planes must actually fly. Classes
are held each Saturday morning and
many boys are becoming more and
more "air-minded."

Besides the creative activities of
the department many athletic events
frequently are held.' The Eleventh
Annual Tennis Tournament is now
in progress and 2175 children are

Upper: Youthful air-minded enthusiasts building model airplanes at Richmond Playground
class. Lower: Handcraft class at Funston Playground busily engaged at coping saw work

entered. The largest entry has been
received from Miss Hulda Popper
and G. S. Hoffman, the Mission
Playground Directors. They have
entered 417 players. Funston Play-
ground entered the next highest
number of participants. 175.

Wind, and plenty of it, greeted all
of the 371 kite flyers in the Play-
ground Departinent's Second An-
nual Tournament held this year on
the slopes of Douglass Playground.
The following boys won in the six
junior and senior events:

Junior Division

Event 1 — Novelty of Design. Wil-
liam Chan. Chinese Playground.

Event 2 — Beauty of Design,
Woodrow Ong, Chinese P 1 a y-

Event 3 — Elevation Contest, Jose

Senior Division

Event 1 — Novelty of Design,
George Ong, Chinese Playground.

Event 2 — Beauty of Design, Ray
Tom, Chinese Playground.

Event 3 — Elevation Contest, Ar-
thur Mazzali, Douglass Playground.

Event A — Largest Kite, Henry
Ow, Chinese Playground.

Event 5 — Kite Flying Race. Duke
Cattick, Douglass Playground.

Event 6 — Special Contest. Neil
Wolfram, Douglass Playground.

Honorable Mention

Heratic Randall, Richmond Play-

Gilbert Ong. Chinese Playground.

Stephen Lee. Chinese Playground.

Edward Chan, Chinese Play-




Eugene Nacarini, Excelsior Play-

Lloyd Thomas, Excelsior Play-

Jose Monteagudo, Twenty-first
and Folsom Playground.

Edward Rainey, Executive Secre-
tary to Mayor Rolph, presented the
winners with bronze kite pins in the
Mayor's reception room, Friday
morning, March 29. He also told
the winners of some of his interest-
ing kite-flying experiences as a boy.

"Nip" McHose, former captain of
the Stanford Varsity basketball
team, and at present a member of the
Olympic five, recently addressed the
winners of the Playground Depart-
ment's Basketball Tournament, and
presented them with their awards.

On Saturday morning, March 30,
a very interesting exhibition and
contest of miniature aircraft was

held at Funston Playground, and
the hundreds of participants and
spectators thoroughly enjoyed the
performance. This is a forerunner
of the big contest which will be held
some time during the summer.
Swimming Season Optens

Swimming season opened on Mon-
day, April 1, with a record attend-
ance at both the Mission and the
North Beach pools. The swimming
instructors have many interesting
plans for the children of San Fran-
cisco who are eager to take advan-
tage of them by attending as fre-
quently as they possiblj^ can.

The Michaelangelo Playground
and Community Center dedication
was held on Monday, April 8. A
splendid program was arranged.

Besides the creative and athletic
activities, the children of the San
Francisco Plaj-grounds also partici-

pate in and enjoy dramatic and
story play productions. Wednesday,
March 27, more than five hundred
playground children assembled in
the Funston Auditorium to witness
an interesting series of dramatic
performances, and to enjoy several
musical numbers. Refreshments
were served afterwards to a very
appreciative audience.

The department has entered two
units in the Flag Contest, and those
participating are busy answering

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