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soon as possible, supplementing the
drill tower work. In this way the
members of the department will be
kept abreast of the times.

5. A more adequate response of
apparatus should be provided for
telephoned alarms indicating fires in
buildings. This is standard practice
in other cities, and a study of fire
alarm records here for the last few-
months indicates that calls for more
apparatus were sent in from a large
percentage of fires for which the first
alarm w-as transmitted, indicating
that one or two pieces of apparatus
is not sufficient.

6. The ordinance under which the
Fire Prevention Bureau operates
should be strengthened.

Fire Prevention Week

7. Plans should be started early
for a proper observation of Fire Pre-
vention Week.

8. The various fire prevention
activities of the Fire Department
should be coordinated under one
head, proper quarters and facilities

9. A study should be made of the
\vater front so that practical sugges-
tions may be submitted to the
proper authorities for more adequate
fire protection equipment on our

10. The readjustments necessary
to eliminate present criticism of the
assignment system should be made
without further delay.

The Fire Prevention Committee
of the San Francisco Junior Cham-
ber of Commerce consists of the fol-
lowing members :

Thomas Larke, Jr., Chairman ;
Robert Lee St. Clair, Secretary ;
George Clarke, Jr. : J. S. Garnett,
Robert M. Levison, Dwight McCor-
mack, Robert St. John Orr, George
C. Westlund.

Super-visor Milo F. Kent, Chairman of the City's Airport Committee, •welcoming Pickiuick
Airivays, Inc., as a Mills Field tenant



Fireman Bert Maloney in charge of Coffee

Service If^agon, Engine 17

ANOTHER chapter in the his-
. tory of commercial aviation
was written Sunday, May 12, when
the Pickwick Airways, Incorporated,
subsidiary branch of the Pickwick
Stage Company, inaugurated at
Mills Field, San Francisco's fast-
growing municipal airport, the sec-
ond link of its air transportation
lines, the San Francisco-Los Ange-
les service.

Surrounded liv hundreds of spec-
tators who had gone to Mills Field
to attend the air service inaugura-
tion ceremony. Supervisor Milo F.
Kent, chairman of the airport com-
mittee of the Board of Supervisors,
representing Mayor James Rolph,
Jr., welcomed the Pickwick organi-
zation to San Francisco and con-
gratulated the company upon select-

ing ilills Field for its San Fran-
cisco air terminal.

In a speech that was broadcast
over the Pickwick Radio Supervisor
Kent expressed the belief that Milks
Field is destined to become one of
the greatest airports in the world.

Thomas E. Morgan, general man-
ager of the Pickwick Airways re-
sponded to Supervisor Kent's ad-
dress and declared that ^lills Field
had been selected from the stand-
point of its all-around practicability
and convenience.

Raquel Torres, movie star, chris-
tened the inaugural plane the
"Glenn Curtis." The plane was ap-
propriately decorated with huge
wreaths of flowers, the gifts of well-
wishers to Pickwick Airways. Miss




Dawn Walker, diminutive aviatrix,
and one of seven women to hold a
commercial pilot's license, flew over
the plane dropping flowers.

After the christening ceremonj-, a
party, which included Miss Raquel
Torres, Miss Rene Torres, Thomas
E. Morgan. Miss Dawn Walker, W.

C Beaumont and Captain David
Mitchell, left for Los Angeles in the
"Glenn Curtis." The big plane was
piloted b}' Lieutenant Louis Gold-
smith, chief pilot of the Pickwick
Airways. The party arrived at the
Grand Central Air Terminal, Los
Angeles. later in the afternoon, and

were welcomed by Los Angeles offi-

The new air line established at
Mills Field is the second step in the
expansion of the Pickwick Airways,
the first being the line recently in-
augurated between Los Angeles and
San Diego.

Hunter s Point to Become San Francisco's
Greatest Industrial Center

An airplane -ii/cu- 0/ Hunter's Point, tilth drydocks in the foreground

THE answer to the problem of
San Francisco's shortage of in-
dustrial land and factory sites be-
cause of the limited space the city
has in which to e.xpand is likely to
come from the city's garbage dis-
posal system.

A short time ago the Health Com-
mittee of the Board of Supervisors,
after an exhaustive study of the
garbage dis])osal situation in San
Francisco, recommended to the
Board that the best solution would
be a publicly owned incinerator.
Such a project would require a jear
for building. In the meanwhile, the
Health Committee declared itself in
favor of the "fill and cover" method

of garbage disposal as being the
most sanitary means possible.
Garbage Disposal

The Committee, which consists of
Supervisors J. M. Toner, J. Emmett
Hayden and James B. McSheehy,
further recommended that the In-
dustrial Land Development Com-
pany, which recently acquired Hun-
ter's Point and the surrounding ter-
ritory, be granted a contract for the
disposal of garbage in the mud flats
surrounding Hunter's Point, accord-
ing to "fill and cover" methods.

Granting of the contract would
mean that San Francisco would, in
a very short time, acquire many
acres of new industrial land sites.

It would mean that the garbage dis-
posal controversy would find a con-
structive solution, and it would
mean that one of the greatest and
most urgent needs of the city — the
need for factory sites — would be
solved in a constructive way and
along thoroughly healthful lines.
The report of the Health Committee
bears testimony to that.
A New Concern

The Industrial Land Development
Company is a new concern. It re-
cently was formed under the leader-
ship of Arthur Granfield, president,
and commenced its activities by pur-
chasing historic Hunter's Point, for
a consideration of ?1, 000,000 from
the old South San Francisco Dock
Company, which is the oldest incor-
porated company in California, hav-
ing received its charter in 1867. T.
P. Andrews is managing director of
the company, at present.

Development of the mud flats sur-
rounding Hunter's Point, which for
all of the years of San Francisco's
existence have lain idle, promises to
usher in an era of unparalleled in-
dustrial progress for San Francisco,
The plan of the Industrial Land De-
velopment Company is, in addition
to disposing of garbage according to
the "fill and cover" method, shouh
the Board of Supervisors endorsi
this measure, to tear down Hunter's
Point and fill in the surrounding
mud flats with the earth which ii

Large Acreage Purchased

Approximatel)' 200 acres hav
been purchased surrounding Hu
ter's Point by the Industrial Lan
Development Company for this pur





Supervisor Dr. J. M. Toner, chairman, center; Supervisor J. Emmet Hayden at left and Supervisor James B. McSheehy at right

pose and the entire project will in-
volve a $10,000,000 land reclamation
transaction on the part of the devel-
opment company.

Ultimate value of the transaction
to the city cannot be estimated but,
because of the strategic position
which Hunter's Point occupies in
the industrial district of San Fran-
cisco, tremendous financial impetus
is expected by leading business men
to accrue to the city as a result of
the development company's project.
Hunter's Point and the surround-
ing land commands both rail and
water transportation. The largest
of ocean liners can be accommodated
in the waters out of which Hunter's
Point itself rises. The Western
Pacific right-of-way passes through
the land purchased by the Industrial
Land Development Company.

With these facilities, so essential
to the development of an industrial
project, at hand, Hunter's Point
will make rail and water meet in a
new industrial era for San Fran-
cisco's ever-increasing industries.

Adoption by the Board of Super-
visors of the Health Committee's
recommendation that garbage dis-
posal be taken care of by the Indus-

trial Land Development Company
while the city is building an incin-
erator, will greatly accelerate the
reclamation of the mud flats and
consequent availability of factory
sites for the city. It is estimated
that many hundreds of thousands of
dollars are lost to San Francisco

vearly because the city cannot ac-
commodate the seekers of factory
sites in the West.

Trucking of earth out of Hunter's
Point has already commenced and
great progress in the reclamation
process will be reached by fall, ac-
cording to Granfield.

Trucking out of Hunter's Point




Jeanne d^^rc Pageant May 21

IN commemoration of the five
hundredth anniversary of Jeanne
d'Arc's famous triumph at Orleans,
the French colony, with the coopera-
tion of a large group of the leaders
of San Francisco, will hold a great
public celebration on the evening of
May 21, at 8:15 o'clock, at the Civic

The celebration will honor Jeanne
d'Arc as the symbol of heroism and
patriotism, and as one of history's
greatest women. The Maid of France
has a strong appeal to the imagina-
tions of the people of America in
this day, when women are taking
such an important part in civic af-
fairs, since she is one of the striking
examples in history of a woman who
changed the course of a nation.

A fine program has been made
possible by the generosity of the
business and professional people of
the city. It will include the San
Francisco Symphony Orchestra, con-
ducted by Michel Penha, the Munic-
ipal Chorus, conducted by Hans
Leschke, and a pageant of scenes
from the life of Jeanne, which is
being prepared by Andre Ferrier,
director of the French Theater, and
Lucien Labaudt, the well-known
French artist. There will also be a
few speeches describing the signifi-
cance of the celebration.

Auditorium Donated

The city has given the use of the
Auditorium for the festival, and Su-
perintendent of Schools Joseph Marr
Gwinn, says that the schools will
all be specially reminded of Jeanne
d'Arc during the week.

The honorary committee for the
celebration, which includes repre-
sentatives of several nations, is as
follows : Paul Claudel, Ambassador
of France ; Mayor James Rolph, Jr.,
Gerald Campbell, British Consul ;
William Wallace Campbell, Presi-
dent of the University of California ;
Rev. Edward J. Hanna, Archbishop
of San Francisco; Maurice Heil-
mann, French Consul ; Father Cor-
nelius, J. McCoy, President of the
University of Santa Clara ; Cav. Al-
berto Melini Ponce de Leon, Acting
Consul of Italy; Louis I. Newman,
Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El ; Ed-
ward L. Parsons, Episcopal Bishop
of California ; former Senator James
D. Phelan, Sebastian Romero, Con-
sul of Spain ; Jules Simon, Consul of
Belgium, and Dr. Robert E. Swain,
acting President of Stanford Uni-


Wlio has title role in Jeanne d'Arc


Among other San Franciscans
who are taking an active part in the
plans are Edward J. Tobin, chair-
man of the executive committee ;
Mrs. James W. Reid, Count Charles
Du Pare de Locmaria, Leon Boc-
queraz, Umberto Oliveri, Rev.
Father John Ribeyron, Supervisor
James B. McSheehy, Supervisor Al-
fred Roncovieri, Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam H. Crocker, John S. Drum,
Noel Sullivan, Mrs. Ashton H. Pot-
ter, Wallace M. Alexander, Pierre A.
Fontaine, Mrs. George de Latour.

Month of Memorials

During the month of May all the
cities of France, which Jeanne vis-
ited in her progress from her little
home village of Domremy to raise
the seige at Orleans, are holding
memorials in her honor, and the im-
portant French colonies over the
world are also joining the celebra-
tion. Since 1850, San Francisco has
been the home of many French peo-
ple, and for many years the second
largest colony in the United States
was here. Many of the old inhabi-
tants still remember when all the

luxuries available in the early days
came from France, and some of
them say that San Francisco has
been more influenced by French cul-
ture than by Spanish. Probably as
the result of these traditions, San
Francisco owns a great statue of
Jeanne d'Arc, which is placed in
front of the Palace of the Legion
of Honor.

Daughter of God

Jeanne d'Arc was seventeen yearsJ
old and described to be "beautiful,!
gay, and with a glad countenance"]
when, in March, 1429, she went toj
the Dauphin of France and told him}
she was the daughter of God, sent!
to deliver France from foreign rule.]
She said that the voices of her fa-
vorite saints had given her instruc-j
tions and she finally won the belief!
of the court. Late in April she was]
placed with the leaders of the royal I
French armies, to direct them toJ
Orleans against the English invad-
ers. There were several days of hard]
fighting, in which, according to the!
old chroniclers, she "displayed anl
almost unbelievable understanding'
of military strategy." On May 7,
1429, the decisive victory was won
which redeemed France and re-
stored the waning national spirit.
So great M-as the influence of the
Battle of Orleans that it has been
called one of the fifteen most im-
portant of history.

She Bore No Arms

Jeanne never bore arms, and car-
ried only her standard in battle. She
wept for her enemies, and prayed
for the souls of those who died. Be-
fore she set forth for Orleans, she
made the Dauphin give a solemn
public oath that he would govern
justly, mercifully, without rancour
or revenge. After Orleans, she led
the Dauphin to Rheims, where he
was actually crowned. She then
thought her mission was finished,
and it is on record that she begged
to be sent back to her simple home
and her mother. However, her popu-
larity was so great that she was not
allowed to go, and she continued to
lead the armies to numerous vic-
tories. The king, now Charles VII,
was a kindly but weak character,
who fell under the influence of mer-
cenary advisers. He did not give
the Maid adequate support, and in
September she failed to gain Paris.
Several months later she was cap-
tured and sold into English hands.




Powerful Floodlighting Units yidded to
Fire Department Equipment

fire laddies no longer will be
compelled to carry on their perilous
work in the inky blackness of night.
Two powerful searchlight units,
designed and assembled under the
supervision of Samuel Bermingham.
superintendent, and Harold H.
Jones, general foreman of the Fire
Department's corporation yards —
and badly needed to expedite the
work of rescuing lives and saving
property — shortl}^ will be added to
Fire Department equipment.

Mounted on Trucks
Each unit is mounted on a two-
ton Kleiber specially designed truck,
equipped with pneumatic tires. The
electrical unit is of the Kohler
Manufacturing type, with a capacity
of 10 K. \V. There also is provided
a distributing switchboard, a turn-
table on top of the body, containing
five swivel flood lights. The port-
able lighting equipment consists of
eight portable lights, together with
eight adjustable standees, and a
metallic cabinet for the proper stow-
ing of the portable lights, extra
globes, etc. The portable lights are
served through eight reels, each con-
taining 500 feet of rubber-covered

flexible wire, considered of sufficient
length to reach any portion of the
interior of burning Ijuildings.

Designed for Department Use

The combined units were de-
signed sole]}- for Fire Department
service. At this point it is not amiss
to state that in a recent illuminating
test of both searchlight units the^■

were considered so satisfactory by
the Fire Commission and Fire De-
partment officials that no improve-
ments or alterations were found to
be necessarj'. Bermingham and
Jones were highly complimented by
the Fire officials.

The units will be used to illumi-
nate the exterior and the interior of
buildings and also for other emer-

After the fire. By means of the Fire Department's nev! floodlighting units this
darkened room <was brightly lighted

Fire Chief Murphy superintending operation of Searchlight Unit at the Sommer ■
Kaufmaitn shoe store fire

gency purposes where a large
volume of light is necessary to ex-
pedite any work for the rescuing of
life and property. The combined
units have been made waterproof,
so as to insure reliability with any
condition of weather, and also from
the spray of fire streams and the
possibility of bursting hose lines.

Electrical Equipment

The Kohler Electric unit, which
consists of a gasoline motor directly
connected to a 120-volt D. C. gen-
erator, is entirely automatic as to
its starting, stopping and voltage
regulation. Each flood light and
portable light, circuit of which is
controlled from the switchboard, is
properly fused so that in case of a
short circuit occurring the balance
of the circuits as may be used will

The eight wire reels are unique
in their construction and applica-
tion. The electric current is sup-
plied to each reel through brushes
and collector rings of ample service
to prevent arcing. The terminals




of each reel are of the marine type,
waterproof, which prevents any
operator from receiving a shock in
damp weather. All reels may be
rewound individual!}', or collec-
tively, by a crank handle by use of
respective clutches and locks.

The turntable, which supports the
five flood lights, is mounted on rub-
ber spring shackles to relieve the
globes of any undue jar from road
shocks. On a recent test the ap-
paratus was driven for fift}' miles
over rough streets, car tracks, etc.,
without any damage to the filaments
in any of the lamp globes.

The apparatus has a speed of
thirty-five miles per hour on the
level, with corresponding reduced
speeds to negotiate different grades.

One Unit Completed

One of the units was completed
for service on April 10, and the other
unit, according to Bermingham, will
be ready April 25. It is expected
that two trained operators will be
on duty at all times when the search-
light units are in operation.

Each unit costs $8200, and its
combined weight, exclusive of oper-
ators, is 12,200 pounds. The candle-
power of each flood light is 141,000.

The small portable lighting units
are made of cast aluminum and are
very light. They are equipped with
400-watt floodlighting lamps and
give a light beam of more than 80,-
000 candlepower. They are supplied
with sufficient portable cord to per-
mit the firemen to carry the lighting
unit to any part of the building,
greatly improving the safety of fire-
fighting in basements, lofts, etc. The
large units are equipped with 1000-
watt lamps and give a very wide
spread with a light beam of 15,000
candlepower, and are capable of bril-
liantly lighting an entire block.




ANNOUXXMENT is made that
i.Mabel Box, well-known Civil
Service instructor, will open a Mon-
day night coaching class for those
who wish to prepare for the forth-
coming Civil Service examination
for firemen in Cotillion Hall, 159
Church Street, on June 17. Instruc-
tion will be given for both the writ-


ten and athletic examinations. Ed-
ward Flynn will be athletic instruc-
tor for her.

This will be the second coaching
school for Mrs. Box, as she is now
coaching on each Tuesday evening
more than 600 applicants for gen-
eral clerks in Eagles' Hall, 273
Golden Gate Avenue.

Mrs. Bo-x originated her system
of coaching for Civil Service exam-
inations, and has been instructing
along these lines' for more than eight
years. Thousands of men and wo-
men now employed by the city have
been coached by her. Appro.xi-
mately 98 per cent of those prepared
by her have successfully passed
their examinations. She is a grad-
uate of the San Jose Teachers' Col-

lege and is the only certified teacher
who is coaching at the present time.
Mrs. Box conducts her classes at
night, as she is employed as a clerk
in the Tax Collector's office during
the day. However, in the near fu-
ture she will open an afternoon class
for night workers. Ray Conlon, a
teacher in the Commercial High
School (evening classes) will teach
this class for her.


A musical program was given at
the Starr King School, Wednesday,
May 8. The program follows:

"Spring Song" — Fourth, Fifth
and Sixth Grades.

Piano Solo — Martha Foster.

Piano Solo — Luba Litvinor.

Boys' Glee Club.

Piano Solo — Viola Sevanson.

Piano Solo — Arthur Rosenblach.

"California" — Fourth, Fifth and
Sixth Grades.

Piano Solo — Dorothy Goldsam.

Piano Solo — Freddie Hunter.

Vocal Solo — Billy Irving.

Piano Solo — Robert Ensor.

Girls' Glee Club.

"Hail, the Flag!"— Fourth, Fifth
and Sixth Grades.

Boys and Girls' Glee Club.

Harmonica Duet — Ysais Rodri-
guez and Paul Anderson.

"Star Spangled Banner."

The program was under the di-
rection of Miss Elizabeth O'Sulli-

Miss Winifred Mulvaney, popular
department field nurse attached to
the Board of Health, and who
"struck it rich" when Bank of Italy
stock dividends smiled on her, is
making a world tour. Recent post
cards received by her coworkers told
of Miss Mulvaney's delightful visit
in Bangkok, Siam.



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