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the seventy-five questions and writ-
ing about "Old Glory's Greatest

The pictures showing two of the
handcraft groups on the playgrounds
reveal a better idea of the work
performed in this activity than
words can portray. The future of
this branch of the work definitely is


ALAN MacDONALD, member
^ of the contracting and engi-
neering firm of MacDonald & Kahn
of San Francisco, on April 10 was
named manager of the Golden Gate
Bridge and Highway district at a
meeting of district directors and
members of the Board of Super-
visors in the City Hall.

MacDonald's name formally was
presented to the body by Supervisor
William P. Stanton. The nomina-
tion was seconded by Congressman
Richard J. Welch.

MacDonald will make surveys,
soundings and plans for the 4000-
foot span across the Golden Gate
and Fort Point to Lime Point.

To Prepare Budget

The new finance committee was
instructed to prepare the budget for
the preliminary work on the bridge,
including organization of the dis-
trict. Congressman Welch and Wil-
liam P. Filmer were authorized to
consult with New York prominent
engineering and legal firms and re-
port to the board of directors.

The finance committee announced
that the budget estimates must be
prepared by June 15 and submitted
to the counties in the district for
inclusion in the next tax rate.

The committees named were :

Finance — R. H. Trumbull, Carl
Henry and J. A. McMinn.

Seal — Henry Westbrook, Super-
visor William P. Stanton and
Thomas Maxwell.

Auditing — Supervisor Warren
Shannon, F. P. Dovle and A. R.

The directors drew lots for the
two and four-year terms, with the
following results :


Four-year term — Henry West-
brook, Del Norte County ; R. H.
Trumbull, Marin County ; Thomas
Maxwell, Napa County; Supervisor
Warren Shannon, San Francisco ;
Frank P. Doyle, Sonoma County,
and director to fill vacancy.

Two-year term — A. R. O'Brien,
Mendocino County ; Supervisor Wil-
liam P. Stanton, Congressman R. J.
Welch, San Francisco ; J. A. Minn,
Sonoma County ; William P. Filmer
and Carl Henry, San Francisco.

San Francisco is entitled to six
directors, but has only five because
of the resignation of Supervisor
Franck R. Havenner.

Supervisor Stanton stated that
the cost of the preliminary surveys
and test borings for the pier and
foundations will be relatively small.
"Ralph Modjeski estimates that the
cost of the preliminary work will be
far less than even the estimates,"
said Stanton.

At the meeting all members were
present except Henry, who is in the


By Joseph Murphy

THE annual picnic given by this
department will be held on Sun-
day, April 28, at Gilmore Park. Each
year the inspection department and
the construction department play
their annual baseball garae. There
is considerable rivalry between the
two teams. The manager, Harold
Gerber, expects to lead his team to
victory. They will have to go some,
as I hear that the shop men are
going to install "STOP" and "GO"
signals at all bases, same to be con-
trolled from the home plate.

A good time will be had by all.
Games, music, dancing, with plenty
to eat and drink.

AI Cohn and Joe De Vecmon will
entertain all comers, so come pre-
pared. Harold Gerber or Nick Sig-
gins will match anyone on the field
for lunch.

Don't forget to bring the ladies,
for the sheik of the department,
Eddie Collins, will be there in all his

The time: Sunday, April 28. The
place : Gilmore Park.

21 April



Junipero Serra^ a Picturesque Drive

MARKING another milestone in
San Francisco's onward prog-
ress, a contract for the construction
of the Junipero Serra Boulevard
from St. Francis Circle to the
county line — a distance of L8 miles,
has been let by the Board of Pub-
lic Works.

Junipero Serra Boulevard, flanked
af it is by handsome residences on
the easterly side and the golf links
on the west, when completed, with
an ornamental lighting system, will
make one of the most picturesque
drives in the city, and its width of
100 feet should take care of all the
traffic that will develop in that area.

With the award of the contract
for $412,000 to Eaton and Smith for
construction, the job received the
approval of the Board of Super-
visors' Streets Committee, includ-
ing Supervisors Andrew J. Gal-
lagher, Alfred Roncovieri and Fred
Suhr, who recommended for the
boulevard construction the $412,000
appropriation from the recent boule-
vard-highway bond issue.

The contract provides for the
building of a roadway 100 feet in
width, with an eight-inch concrete
base and a three-inch asphaltic con-
crete surface, and for the construc-
tion of the necessary curbs, with
six-foot sidewalks on both sides of
the roadway for the full length. It
also provides for the moving of the
tracks of the Market Street Railway
Company from their present loca-
tion to the center of the roadway
between St. Francis Circle and
Ocean Avenue, thus maintaining the
same location of the railroad right-
of-way as now exists on Sloat Boule-
vard from St. Francis Circle to the

The new highway link will prove
of the greatest traffic importance
to the peninsula section, and will
permit a spread of traffic in the
Richmond, Sunset and Golden Gate
Valley districts.

In addition, traffic signals will be
installed throughout the length of
the boulevard, so that traffic may
be moved with a maximum of speed
and a minimum of danger. This
policy is being carried out in all the
boulevard construction now under

Assistant City Engineer Clyde E.
Healy, acting as advisor to the
Supervisors' Streets Committee, in
a report on the project, among
other things, said :

— Photo by Chaffee
Assistant City Engineer

"Unfortunately the bond issue
could provide for the construction
of this road only as far as the
county line of San Mateo County,
and it was necessary to form a Joint
Highway District for the extension
of the road into San Mateo County.
This highway district, composed of
San Francisco and San Mateo Coun-
ties, with Supervisor Hickey as
chairman from San Mateo County,
and Supervisors Gallagher and Ron-
covieri from San Francisco County,
has been completely organized, the
necessary preliminary reports have
been completed, and the engineer-
ing studies made for the extension
of the roadway from the county line
to a connection with San Antonio
Avenue in Burlingame; the neces-
sary rights-of-way for the first unit

— Photos by Chiffce
Pre-conslruction viev:s of Junipero Serra Boulevard. Upper: Looking north over
Stanley Street fill: Center: Looking south over Stanley Street fill; Bottom: Looking

north from Estero Avenue




Diagram showing Junipero Sena Boulevard from Sloat Boulevard to the San Francisco-San Mateo County line

of this construction are being ac-
quired, which will carry the con-
struction as far as School Street in
San Mateo County."

The detail plans for this section
were completed by City Engineer
M. M. O'Shaughnessy. They pro-
vide for a right-of-way 125 feet
in width and for the construction of
a sixty-foot paved roadway and the
necessary drainage structures. The
total distance to be constructed
under this conrtact is approximately
one mile, and will be paid for out
of funds raised by the Joint High-
way District.

Assistant City Engineer Healy
hopes the latter contract can be let
within the next sixty days so that
its completion will closely approxi-
mate that of the section of the
boulevard in San Francisco County.
In the meantime, the Joint Highway
District is bending every effort to
provide the necessary funds for the
extension of this roadway to a con-
nection with El Camino Real at

Mr. Healy points out that the im-
portance of this road will be readily
seen by the motoring public, as it
will provide, with the first two sec-

tions completed, a chance to divide
the traffic, that portion going to the
Richmond, Sunset and Golden Gate
Valley districts being routed over
the Junipero Serra Boulevard ex-
tension, the other portion of the
traffic going to the Mission and
down town, continuing on over the
El Camino Real.

The State of California, through
its Highway Commission, is lending
every assistance possible to the con-
struction outside of the County of
San Francisco, and has allocated
the sum of $83,000 toward this im-


^S A tribute to his ability prop-
-erly to administer the affairs of
the superintendent's office at San
Francisco's municipal airport at
Mills Field, twenty-eight airmen,
constituting the entire membership
of the Pilots and Operators' Asso-
ciation of Mills Field, have recom-
mended to the Airport Committee
of the Board of Supervisors that
Bartlett Stephens, acting superin-
tendent, be given permanent ap-
pointment to that post.

Stephens, for the last two years,
was assistant to Frank Flynn, su-
perintendent, who recently resigned.

Stephens was born in Santa
Clara. He attended the Lick School
of Mechanical Arts and later grad-
uated from the A to Zed Prepara-
tory School in Berkeley, having
specialized in mathematics. His
first employment was on power con-
struction lines in the mountains,
where he remained several years.
He resigned to make a voyage
around the world as a cadet on a
passenger liner.

While still in high school Ste-
phens, at 16, earned his credits for
mechanics by putting in all his
spare time under the tutelage of

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, who
was operating the Durant Flying
Field. Immediately on his return
from the trip around the world,


Stephens followed up his chosen
profession of aviation and went to
the Ryan Air Field at San Diego,
where he took an intensive course
in flying and in aero engine me-
chanics. Upon finishing there he
returned to San Francisco and was
elected assistant superintendent of
Mills Field.

Stephens not only holds the
highest license issued by the United

States Department of Commerce,
that of a transport pilot, but also is
licensed as both an aero engine and
aeroplane mechanic. He is a mem-
ber of the National Air Pilots' As-
sociation, National Aeronautical As-
sociation and the Quiet Birdmen.
He is a member of San Francisco
Lodge No. 3. B. P. O. E. He makes
his home at the Elks' Club.

Several months ago Stephens was
one of those commended by the
Board of Supervisors for heroism in
attempting to rescue two flyers who
were marooned in the air with a
broken landing gear. On that occa-
sion he rode on the wing of another
plane a half mile in the air in a stiff
gale, having held on to the struts
with one hand and holding a para-
chute in the other, ready to pass it
to the distressed flyers below if they
were compelled to make a jump.


Senior girls of the Mission Plaj"-
ground have organized a club to be
known as the Bulldogs. Audrey
McCracken is the president; Flor-
ence Hauffield, vice-president, and
Frances Hughes, secretary.




Fore! yind Game fFas On

By Harry J. Borba

employees have "gone golf."

Exactly 101 representatives of the
various departments of city and
county government teed off in the
first annual San Francisco Munici-
pal Employees Golf Championships
sponsored bv The News, on Satur-
day. March 23. The titles still are
in the process of settlement as this
story is written, but the excitement
has in no sense abated.

In fact, there is so much interest
in the tourney and its candidates
for honors that it now seems likely
next year will find at least 250 golf-
ers in the qualifying round. Every
office has at least three or more
workers who are going to take up
the intriguing Scotch pastime. Suc-
cess of their fellow workers has pro-
vided the incentive.

Firemen Lead All Entrants

Firemen led all the rest in the
matter of entrants, but, peculiarly
enough, not one of the hose and reel
boys was able to land in the cham-
pionship final. That will be con-
tested by Otto Meyer, handsome
young detective sergeant, and Joe
Coughlan, Municipal Railway mo-
torman. Battalion Chief Dennis J.
O'Donnell made a sturdy stand
against Otto Meyer in the semi-
final, forcing the young apprehender
of diamond thieves to the eighteenth
hole before a decision was reached.
Bill Dunne, one of the bovs on

Fireboat Xo. 1. provided Joe Cough-
lan with even more of a tussle. They
had to go to the twenty-first hole,
where Joe finally won with a par.

Several handsome trophies served
to attract a very excellent class of
golfers to the tourney. The cham-
pionship flight of sixteen players was
about as classy as you will find in
any tourney outside of the northern
California and the California State

Even if the firemen were routed

P. L. CLAVERE (\eil).Rc(order's offiu-
J. C. VINXENT, Board of Public Iforks

Parks and Playgrounds

out of the titular division, they will
take their share of trophies back
to their respective fire houses. Cap-
tain Mike Lee is in the second flight
final ; Bill Sweeney in the third : Lon
Fordyce in the fourth, and Lester
McRae in the sixth.

Superior Judges Qualify

Among the qualifiers on the first
day were Superior Judges Timothy
I. ' Fitzpatrick and Thomas F.
Graham. Judge Fitzpatrick's 87

JOE COUGHLAN, Municipal Railway
Finalist for Title

landed him in the championship di-
vision, while Judge Graham was in
the fourth. Both withdrew before
the match pla}' began.

District Attorney ilatthew Brady
landed in the third flight, but he
was rousted by Chief Mike Gavin,
of the firemen, despite his weighted
driving iron and the agreement to
make rules as the match progressed.
Matt had a protege in Ed. Healy,
but Ed. fared little better than his

All told there were more than
150 entries filed for the competition.
Difficulties of shift work and vary-
ing hours in the different groups
caused many to drop out of the qual-
ifving round. The firemen led off
with forty-eight men, trailed by the
police with twenty-nine. Other de-
partments had the following num-
ber: Board of Public Works, forty-
four; Municipal Railway, thirteen;
Parks and Playgrounds, twelve : Re-
corder's Office, five: Assessors, four;
Exposition Auditorium, three; Dis-
trict Attorney's Office, three; City
Engineer's Office, three ; Superior
Court Judges, two: Justice Court
clerks, two ; City Attorney's Office,
two; Registrar's Office, one.

All Are Boosters

Every one of these golfers,
whether he played or not, is a
booster for the event. Next year
the task of promotion will be greatly
simplified. The idea of a competi-
tion strictly for employees of the




city has struck a very popular chord.
For one thing, it provides a tourna-
ment for many persons who have
no chance to engage in club affairs.
And, for another, it promotes a feel-
ing of friendship and loyalty be-
tween the various departments of

Too much praise cannot be given
to Joe Hickey, director of municipal
golf courses. He not only provided
starting times on the various days
of the tournament at a sacrifice to
the links because the traffic is al-
ways heavier on Saturdays and
Sundays, but he also worked to se-
cure prizes for the various flights.
And his able assistants at Harding,
U. S. Catlett, starter; Ralph Scan-
lin and Sam Smith, his aides, were
industrious in the conduct of the
affair. Jack Ring had the fairways
and greens in excellent shape for

Lincoln Park sent its representa-
tives as well. Paul Wietzke, starter,
and his aide, Alex McCullough, both
qualified and were tough before they
were finally eliminated.


Fire Deparlmrnt

All Photos Courtesy San Francisco News

Following is a list of the finalists
in the various flights:

Championship Flight
Otto Meyer (Police Department)
vs. Joe Coughlan (Municipal Rail-

Second Flight
Captain Mike Lee (Fire Depart-
ment) vs. Peter Beasley (Municipal

Third Flight
Lieutenant W. J. Sweeney (Fire
Department) vs. John Hayes (As-
sessor's Office).

Fourth Flight
Thomas McCann (Board of
Works) vs. Lon Fordyce (Fire De-

Fifth Flight
Jake Fischer (Board of Works)
vs. F. W. Mackintosh (Parks).
Sixth Flight
Lester McRae (Fire Depart-
ment) vs. J. J. Jordan (Board of

Seventh Flight
F. J. Ryan (Board of Works) de-
feated J. M. Owens (City Engi-




A Thrilling Play in One Big Act. Time the Present
By Ashley Turner


Claims Agent, Municipal Railway Mr. Ray Taylor

Pietro Giannini (Victim) Pietro Giannini

Telephone Operator Miss Bridget McCarthy

City Ambulance Driver Patrick O'Gara

Municipal Street Car Conductor Dennis O'Grady

Municipal Nurse Miss Patsy O'Brien

Merry Villagers, etc.

SCENE I after the signal said "GO" and the street

Telephone rings in office of Claims ear it run across the street when the sign

Adjuster Taylor. Jangling of bell awakens say "STOP." It hit me terrible. I die!
Claims Agent (Ray Taylor), who goes Taylor: Have you a crmunal record?

sleepily to phone. Pietro: No, sir, good mister. No, sir.

Taylor: What do you want? Sure it I J"st work all de time,
is me I'm in conference. Taylor (takmg out note book): Where

Telephone Operator: Shure an faith were you on the night of June 3, 1886?
Mr. Taylor, there's been a sad accident Pietro: I swear, mister, I don't know,

at Market and Third streets. A poor T"" long ago.

man has had both legs cut off by one of Taylor (writing in book) : Hal Ha! Has

our street cars. Rush down to 333 Howard Poor memory or is concealing past life.

Street and see him before he dies. (Sternly to Pietro.) You had no business

Taylor: Oh, rats! They promised me crossing the tracks at all. Your blood

this job would be a sinecure. Nothing KOt on one side of the wheels and the

to do. But I gotta go take a report on wheels will have to be washed. Also you

that man that got run over. Hope the S^ve the motorman a headache and the

car tracks were not injured. (Puts on conductor is sick from fright. He forgot

hat; brushes curls away from forehead, to collect a nickel from a passenger who

and, taking up stick, departs.) boarded just before you were hit. You

are a pretty lucky guy, Pietro.
,„ J"-ii«^ il Pietro: Lucky! Don't say that, mister.

(Humble home of Pietro) i never had no luck.

Pietro: Oh, mister, I am going to die Taylor: And we had to bring you home

I gotta both da leg cutta oflf and one of in an ambulance. That cost money.

da hands by dat street car. What do you think the Municipal Rail-

Taylor: Yes. And what were you doing way is, Santa Claus? How much you

on the tracks, interfering with the opera- Uiink this accident is worth?
tion of our street car lines? PietroI O, mister railroad man, go

Pietro: Please excuse, mister. Please away! I am a poor man and I didn't

excuse, but I was crossing the street mean to hurt the street car. I lose my

two legs and my arm. 1 poor man, work
hard all the time. Wash the window,
mop the floor, sell the flowers to make a
living. I poor man, but you go away
and no come back any more, Mr. Railroad
Man, and I give you |5. That is all I got.
Taylor: All right, sign this quit claim.
Where's the five?



A Community Chest program was
given in the auditorium of the Starr
King School, Friday, March 1. The
speaker for the occasion was Mr.
Tanghe, who cited many instances
where the Chest had proven helpful.
The children of the fourth, fifth and
sixth grades contributed to the pro-
gram with original poems, stories
and music.

The Board of Education recently
adopted a resolution that, in con-
nection with Public Schools Week,
April 22-26, and with the approval
of the principals and the voluntary
service of teachers, principals in the
below named schools be authorized
to operate regular classes in the eve-
ning to show the work of the schools
to the visitors who will attend. The
attendance of children on these
classes is to be voluntary. The pe- ■
riod of demonstration is for about I
one hour, beginning at 7 p. m.

Lafayette, April 22; Commodore
Sloat, April 22; Polytechnic High
School, April 23; Horace Mann
Junior High School, April 24; Sher-
man, April 25, and Raphael Weill,
April 26.



Some New Novels

By Anne M. Farrell

Head of Fiction Department, Public Library

THE Spring list of books is no-
table for the variety of material
as well as the quality of the work
published. The detective story leads
in quantity, but interest is again dis-
played in the well-written novel of
character and social conditions.

"Dodsworth," the new novel by
Sinclair Lewis, is the best book that
has yet come from the pen of this in-
teresting author. Lewis has grown
more polished in his diction, and in
"Dodsworth" he is more the brilliant
novelist than the canting theorist as
in "Elmer Gantry." Although"Dods-
worth" primarily is a novel of mar-
riage, particularly American mar-
I riage, it is by no means a tedious
problematical treatise. Some fine
I character sketching is done as we
\ follow the trail of the retired auto-
mobile manufacturer, Samuel Dods-
worth, through a sight-seeing tour of
' Europe. His wife, Fran Dodsworth,
i is one of the most remarkable char-
acters that Sinclair Lewis has yet

"Shadowed" is Delightful
That happy combination, Hilaire
Belloc and G. K. Chesterton, are re-
sponsible for the delightful new vol-
ume of satirical intrigue and mys-
tery. The story, called "Shadowed,"
opens in the year 1979. A naive
youth is the central character, and
he is harassed on all sides by the
most extraordinary dangers. The
drawings by the inimitable Chester-
ton are barbed with that gentle-
man's usual wit and humor.

A list of new books would not be
complete without some mention of a
detective story. In "The Bishop
Murder Case," by S. S. Van Dine,
Philo Vance, verbose detective de
luxe, again makes his appearance.
While this new effort of Van Dine
does not equal his previous tales,
particularly "The Greene Murder
Case," it will be popular with the
lover of mystery stories.

"Mamba's Daughters" by Du Bose
Heyward is a powerful tale of


Charleston by the author of the fa-
mous "Porgy." It is a story of the
black folks and some of the white
gentry of the South. Through it all,
like a thin thread of fine gold in a
priceless tapestry, runs the influence
of old black Mamba. Pathos and
realism blended with humor and un-
derstanding distinguish "Mamba's
Daughters" as one of the worth-
while efforts of the year.

"Transport" by Isa Glenn and
"Fire" by Armine Von Tempski are
two novels of distinction by women,
both laid oflf the beaten track. In
"Transport" the action takes place
on board an army transport bound
for Manila. Mrs. Glenn gives a vivid
portrait of the three weeks when the
passengers get on one another's
nerves and the monotony of the
voyage brings out unsuspected
traits and emotions in otherwise or-
dinary human beings. The climax
is crashingly vital and the book ends
as the steamer sails peacefully into

Miss Von Tempski again takes
Hawaii for the locale of her new
novel "Fire." Life, primitive and
elemental, battles with the thin ve-
neer of civilization when a girl from
the States, trained to control her
emotions, finds herself in love with
a Hawaiian cowboy. The working

out of the plot contains many sur-
prises, and some particularly beau-
tiful descriptions of Hawaii.


The new Business branch, 1104
Russ Building, is attracting much
favorable attention. It is a modern
library, equipped with a splendid
collection of business and financial
books. Mrs. Phyllis Welch and Miss
Anita Levy are in charge of the

Miss Dorothy Doyle, Circulation
Department, has returned from a
two months' vacation in Hawaii.

Miss Edith Mau, Reference De-
partment, has taken a year's leave of
absence, which she will spend trav-
eling in Europe.

Another interesting trip is that
planned by Miss Jessie Fredricks,
head of the Music Department. Miss
Fredricks will divide her time be-

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