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been one of the capable assist-
ants to Public Defender Frank
J. Egan, having won some no-
table cases for that department
of the city government. — The

would solve the problem. He or-
dered his driver to rush to the Fire
Department Corporation Yard,
about a mile away, to secure the
desired apparatus.

As he arrived at the Corporation
Yard, the foreman told him that
there were no smoke helmets in
service, that the helmets had been
condemned by department officials,
and directed him to a huge junk
heap to the rear of the building.
There Captain Kearney found innu-
merable helmet parts piled in the
tangled, disorderly heap.

Thinking of the three men in the
hold, he resolved to take a chance.
Picking up a part here and a part
there, he hastily assembled a hel-
met. His driver, in the meanwhile,
telephoned Superintendent Samuel

Bermingham nf the Corporation
Yard, seeking authority to use the
helmet, but that official said Captain
Kearney was using the helmet at his
own risk.

Hurrying back to the ship, Cap-
tain Kearney adjusted the helmet,
and with a rope around his waist,
entered the hold. He fastened the
end of the rope around .^rchbold's
body, and he was pulled to the sur-
face. By that time some connec-
tions in the helmet had worked
loose and gas entered the fireman's
mouth. He quickly ran to the top
of the ladder, pulling the helmet
from his head as he did so. Greatly
revived by copious draughts of
fresh air. he again went down into
the depths.

This time the rope was tied
around Frechelli's body and. after
he was lifted to the deck, Xewton
was likewise brought up. The three
sailors were rushed to the near-by
Harbor Emergency Hospital, and
Captain Kearney joined them there
a few moments later. He fell ex-
hausted after the third sailor was
lifted to the surface and, on being
given medical attention, was sent

Two of the men. Frechelli and
Xewton. were too far gone and died
that night at the hospital. Archbold.
however, quickly recovered and
shortly after left for his home in
Australia in the best of health.

For his act of valor. Captain
Kearney, who is now a Battalion
Chief, was presented the gold Scan-
nell medal for bravery by the City
and County of San Francisco.

Imagine his surprise a few months
later when the British Consul called
on him and pinned on his breast a
gold medal, sent personally in the
name of King George V, from Lon-

Chief Kearney is officially cred-
ited on the books of the Fire De-
partment with the saving of eleven
lives during his sixteen years in the
Fire Department. On September 4.
1911, he rescued E. Engstrom, a
member of the crew of the "Star of
Iceland." from the waters of San
Francisco bay. For this act he also
received two medals, a gold Sullivan
medal from the municipality, and
the bronze medal of the California
Swimming and Life Saving Asso-

He is married and has three chil-
dren. .\t present he is commanding
the Third Battalion in the San
Francisco Fire Department.




F,nance Conumttce of the Board of Supervisors Supervisor Franck R. Havenner. chairman, center; Supervisor Mtlo F Kent

at left and Supervisor Charles J. Po<u,ers at right.

Guardians of a Great
City's Treasury

UPON the shoulders of the Finance
Committee of the Board of Su-
pervisors the people of San Francisco
have placed a real burden — the burden
of providing adequate funds through
taxation and other sources of income
and this without increasing taxes to
such an extent that they would be pro-

Although it is true the people of the
city do not directly elect the finance
body, it most surely is of the people as
it is composed of three members of the
Board which of course was directly
placed into office by popular ballot.
When the election results are finally
officially told, the newly elected super-
visors, together with the half remain-
ing from the old board, caucus and
select their various committees.
Heedful of Public Opinion

Needless to say the Supervisors are
heedful to public opinion and the
most important of all committees on
the Board, that dealing with the city's
financial problems, is carefullv consid-
ered and the best men available get this

jcb — and a job it is. The Finance
Committee gets no more in compensa-
tion than the other members but it does
ten times the work.

In the particular instance of the
present Finance Committee, composed
of Supervisors Franck R. Havenner,
Chairman, Charles J. Powers and Milo
F. Kent, it is the general opinion that
no better selection could have been
made by the Supervisors. Chairman
Havenner has refused to be jostled by
the niob into promises of favors at
election time, but has conscientiously
and honestly tried to keep the munic-
ipal fiscal ship on even keel. That he
has succeeded is well known. The
present committee reduced the tax rate
the first year in office and the rate con-
tinues to be where the committee
agreed it must be fixed if San Fran-
cisco is to progress.

Duties Many and Varied

The duties of the Finance Commit-
tee are many and varied.

Early every spring a call is issued bv
the chairman to all city department

chiefs to start preparation of a budget
containing the estimated financial needs
of their offices for the fiscal vear which
begins on July 1. These budget esti-
mates are almost invariably in excess
of those presented by the same depart-
ment in previous years. The depart-
ments honestly believe they cannot get
along on less money than set down in
their estimates.

Level-Headed Committee

Someone has to change their minds
about the whole thing and that job
goes without fail to the Finance Com-
mittee. In cutting down greatly in-
creased budget requests, the Finance
Committee must keep a level head and
go about the job calmly in order that
no friction results and the machinery
of government does not slip a single
cog. This job the present committee
has done with a finesse and with diplo-
macy. Admiration has not only been
expressed for the work of this body by
members of the city's official family,
but downtown business men who are
not particularly eager to praise the
present supervisorial body have also
uttered unstinted praise.

After department chiefs have ren-
dered their reports, the huge task of
chopping gets under way and in reality
it is a nerve-wracking work. Night
after night the midnight oil is freely


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l)urnecl and no thought of surcease en-
ters the minds of the committeemen
until a report is presented to the Board
lor approval. When it is presented
the general puhlic must he called in to
have its say. This procedure is man-
datory under the City Cliarter. The
budget then must he finally adopted

lie tore the tirsi .Mondav in ]une. The
ta.xes of the city arc then levied on this
l)udget before the third Monday in

The demands of city de])artments
are not the only ones which cause the
committee worry. The members of
the Hoard forming other committees

are e(|ually zealous in securing funds
for various "pet ]jrojects" and they are
difficult to manage in some cases. In
any event the general i)ublic will prob-
ably agree that any body trusted with
the allocation of more than $36,000,000
in funds annually to run our city must
have a job on its hands.

Watch Your Step, Speeders!

THE pathway of reckless speeders
and motor car thieves will be more
difficult than ever in San Francisco
after September 1, according to orders
sent out by Chief of Police William J.
( juinn to members of the Motorcycle
Side-Car Corps. This corps, number-
ing ninetv men and fourteen motor-
cvcles equipped with side cars, will
cover the streets of San Francisco
twentv-four hours each day.

Instructions to the otificers provide
for particular attention to the opera-
tions of speeders and motor car thieves
taking advantage of darkness.

Street Patrol

During periods of wet weather mo-
torcycle officers are unable to ride mo-
torcycles, thus leaving the streets un-
protected in many districts. Under the
new order of things one motorcycle
side-car manned by two men will patrol
the streets of each police district.
Through the teletype system numliers
of stolen automobiles are flashed to
every police station within a few

The system arranged by Chief
Ouinn makes it possible for the entire
squad of men to assemble at anv given
point within twenty minutes, the first
car arriving within two minutes.
Roads leading out of San Francisco
can thus be blocked against the escape
of motor car thieves.

Official Review

The first official review of the new
corps was held August 4 and the men
inspected by Mayor James Rolph, Jr.,
Chief of Police \\"illiam J. Ouinn. Su-
pervisor Charles F. Todd and D. \'.
Xicholson of the California .Stale
Automobile Association.

During peak hours of traffic the
Motorcycle Side-Car Corps will assist
the Traffic Squad, under Captain
Charles GolT, in handling traffic prob-
lems and accidents. Every car is
equipped with a first aid kit and the
men are being trained in first aid treat-
nient. They will likewise l)e instructed
in the use of machine guns, shotguns,
tear bombs and hand grenades to meet

any emergency situation that may take
]ilace in the city at any time during the
twenty-four hour period.

Organization of the corps was rec-
ommended some months ago by Chief
Quinn and supported by the Traffic
Law Enforcement Board upon the
theory that such an organization could
greatly assist in further minimizing
traffic deaths in San Francisco.

The men of the corps are being
equipped with special uniforms and
have been trained by Ca])tain William'
G. Sweet. L". S. A., and Sergeant
Thomas P. Mdnerney.

The city's record, according to
Chairman Todd of the Traffic Com-
mittee of the Board of Supervisors,
of 158 deaths in 1927, 127 in 1928 and
42 for the first si.x months of the pres-
ent year, indicates a betterment of
more than 50 per cent. Other cities
with an equal population are showing
increases of appro.ximately 10 per cent.

Police Sergeant Thomas P. Mdnerney (saluting), im charge of the n,-<v: Motorcycle Police Palrui. re/'orling tlu Cum[,iiiy lo

Chief of Police William J. Quinn




San Francisco s Municipal Camp

By Ashley Turner





FORMER President William How-
ard Taft, now Chief Justice of
the United States Supreme Court once
made a remark that not only was
original but was pat. Visiting San
Francisco he said :

"San Francisco
knows how."

To which a
later generation
has added: "And
how !"

All o f which
leads up to the
very patent truth
that San Fran-
cisco does know
how to do things
in a big way.

In 1924 the San
Francisco P 1 a y-
ground Commis-
sion, thanks to the
kindly and sym-
pathetic and in-
telligent coopera-
tion of the Board
o f Supervisors,
established a mu-
nicipal camp or
summer recrea-
tion center at Ma-
ther, Tuolumne
county. The camp
was named Mar-
garet Maryland,
but is more gen-
erally known as
Camp Mather.

The PI ay-
ground Commis-
sion's camp at
Mather is excep-
tional in many
ways. Unlike
many private re-
sorts that are op-
erated for rev-
enue only, the
San Francisco
summer camp has

a chef that is a cook. Fred Atkinson,
who has catered to the grastronomic
wants of the thousands that each year
spend two weeks or more at the camp,
is an artist in the kitchen. He has the
soul of an artist. Primarily he is a
pastry chef, but he has sacrificed his
bent for crullers, pies and cakes to the
serving of soups, salads, roasts and
stews. And his stews, should anybody
inquire or be interested, are poems of
the gourmet's dream.

And, like any other artist, he appre-
ciates an encore. The encore consists
of bringing the plate back and, like
Oliver Twist, asking for more.

Chef Atkinson is assisted in his


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lliss Alicia Uosgrove,

San Francisco Playground Commission,

376 City Hall,

San Francisco, California :

Dear Miss Mosgrova:

In accordancs with your kind invitation, I stopped ovar at
the San Francisco Municipal Recreation Camp for a day or so and had
an excellent opportunity to investigate your entire layout at this Camp.

I was very agreeably surprised at the excellent accontnodations
that are furnished San Franciscans at so low a price, and consider that
the camp is being excellently nonaged by Center, I also had an op-
portunity to see the good v/ork that is being dona by Kiss McGreavy. She
cartainly keeps things moving with the old folks as well as with the
children. I have visited all of the municipal recreation camps in
California, and at none of them have 1 found a more contented lot of
guests or seen bettor food served.

of partiality. Rich man and poor man
are an equal at the San Francisco Play-
ground Commission's camp. The boys
don't accept tips. They do their work
and have time to be courteous.

The rating a
man may have in
means nothing to
them. They treat
all alike.

Responsible for
all this is the
manager of the
camp, Norman R.
Center. He has
been in charge of
the camp for
three years. Dur-
ing his regime the
camp's popularity
has grown s o
large that it is
only a question of
time — perhaps
next s e a s o n —
when those who
wish to take ad-
vantage of the
ridiculously 1 o w
prices of the San
Francisco camp,
will have to put in
their applications
weeks in advance.

Ferry Builoimo

SAN Francisco. Calif.

August 2, 1929

Mr. Canter explained to ma his views in reference to further
development of the camp, and I believe that he has sized up the situa-
tion in an excellent manner. If I can be of service to your Commission
in giving information or suggestions about the future development or
operation of this camp, I shall be glad to do so upon request.

Very sincerely yours,

Assistant District Forester*

kitchen — a model for cleanliness and
efficiency — by an able corps of second
cooks, pastry chef and steward. The
kitchen is operated efficiently, smoothly
and, praise be, cleanly.

Splendid Personnel

In the dining room and in the
grounds of the camp are employed
splendid American boys. They do their
work with a smile and they serve
everybody without the slightest show

Before I leave
the subject of the
management o f
the camp, let me
pat, once or twice,
the broad shoul-
ders of Norman
Center. He is a
man. Everybody
respects and ad-
mires him for his
splendid execu-
tive ability and
his sense of
humor. And he
also is admired for his sense of fair-
ness. He treats everybody alike.

The Senator's Sausage

James D. I'helan, former United _
States Senator, beloved and respected I
by everybody in California, visited the
camp on one occasion of which this
writer has knowledge. Senator Phelan
arrived in camp without ostentation.
And without ostentation he remained
in camp two days. He took part in the

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camp fire. He pitched a game of
horseshoes with a City Hall janitor
and bought cigars when he got de-

Senator Stood in Line
Senator Phelan stood in line — with
the rest of us — to get his breakfast.
He carried his own tray and he got
the same food as the rest of us. Chef
Atkinson served sausage — country
sausage — that morning. Senator Phe-
lan relished it. He went back to get
another helping. He was hungry.
Everybody gets that way at Camp

Senator Phelan inspected the camp.
He spoke kindly of the boys that
served him so well. And he pledged
his hearty support to any move to en-
large and improve the camp.

I have spent my vacation at Camp
Mather each year for three years. I
only heard one person criticize the
place. That man thought he should
have more service.

A bank cashier, the head of a bond
house, a millionaire and a plumber
have come to me and told me that at
Camp Mather they spent the most en-
joyable vacations of their lives. Could
the Waldorf Astoria ask for more
praise ?

Ideal Location
One is delighted immediately upon
entering Camp Mather. The camp is

Official Host and Manager at Camp Mather

situated on a most beautiful plateau.
Trees of many kinds, yellow and white
pine, firs, cedars, oaks and whatnot
give the camp beauty and shade.

The water supply is not to be ex-
celled anywhere. The camp has an
elevation of 4500 feet and the drinking
water for the camp comes from a
mountain spring 1500 feet higher. The
water is ice cold, and pure.

Points of Beauty

Surrounding the camp are points of
beauty and interest. The famous
t VShaughnessy Dam — Hetch Hetchy
— is less than ten miles away. Then
there is Inspiration Point. Aspen
\alley, the Tioga Road. Yosemite and
interesting creeks and rivers where
one may fish — and catch them — within
an easy riding distance.

Many Trout Streams
Lake Laurel, Lake \'ernon. Lake
Harden, Lake Eleanor and, in fact,
scores of lakes and streams where fish
may be caught — gamey, beautiful
trout — are within convenient distances
from the camp.

Fountains of Life
As John Muir very aptly said :
"Thousands of tired, nerve-
shaken, over-civilized people are be-
ginning to find out that going to the
mountain is going home ; that wild-

ness is a necessity ; and that moun-
tain parks and reservations are use-
ful not only as fountains of timber
and irrigating rivers, but as foun-
tains of life."

Aside from the swimming, hiking,
fishing and other outdoor sports,
there are games and tournaments,
whist and bridge. masquerade
dances, amateur theatricals or im-
promptu song and story around the
great circle of the evening camp
fire — or just lazy days with a book
ill a hammock and quiet, cool eve-

What! No Soda Water?

Nobody tries to make money at
Camp Mather. Children spend two
weeks without asking for soda water
— though soda water and ice cream
are sold at the camp's store. The spirit
of the great outdoors grips ever\body
that visits the San l-Vancisco Play-
ground Commission's summer camp.
Everybody is an equal and everybody
is happy.

I know of a boy, 6 years old. that
spent two weeks at Camp Mather
without being spanked once.

Can that record be beaten?






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T H K M U X 1 CI P A I. E M P I. O V E E


Angels Defeat Local Engineers

By }. L. Slater, Jr.

THE Los Angeles Engineers' base-
ball team defeated the San Fran-
cisco Engineers' at Los Angeles on
August 10 in a see-saw game by a
score of 5 to 4. The game was by far
the best yet played by the rival teams.

The Southerners drew first blood in
the second inning when three hits
coupled with a wild streak by Bahr
netted them a run. The local clulj
played fast ball in holding Los Angeles
to a single run in this stanza.

Bahr led off the third for San Fran-
cisco by singling to right. Clancy and
^looney followed suit, the latter's hit
sending Bahr over the platter. O'Keefe
went out but Mannelli doubled to right
center scoring Clancv. Mooney was
left at third when Pingle and Reed
grounded out.

Los .-\ngeles tied the score in the
fifth frame when Miller led off with a
hit, streaked to third on O'Shea's
bingle and scored while Holder was
being thrown out. The Angelenos
went into the lead in the sixth when
Babst singled to right, went to second
while Thompson was grounding out
and scored on Burns' hit through the

The locals came back in the seventh
and tied it up when Clancy got his sec-
ond hit, went to third on O'Keefe's
double and scored on Pingle's hit.

In the eighth Patz led off with a
double for Los Angeles but was
thrown out at third when Clancy
grabbed Babst's grounder. Babst
hoofed it to third on Banning's hit
and scored when Amorosa let one of
Bahr's fast ones get by him.

The ninth was the exciting frame of
the game. With one run needed to tie
it up again. Mooney got a life when
Thompson hit him in the elbow with a
fast one. O'Keefe hit to third and
forced Mooney at second. With one
away and Spike O'Keefe on first, "the
Great" Mannelli kissed the apricot
over the center fielder's head and
puffed into second standing up. Spike
in the meantime scored the tying run
by a fast run around the sacks. Pingle
and Reed were unable to score iMan-

In the Southerners' half of the ninth.
O'Shea got his third hit with one away.
Lohman advanced him to second.
Holder waited for four bad ones and
trotted to first. Patz. the hard hitting
Angel catcher, hit the first ball pitched
to him to center scoring O'Shea with
the winning nm and giving Los An-
geles their first victory in five games

O'Shea and Babst furnished the

fielding features for the boys from the
.South, while Pingle got the applause
for the local team.

Mayor Porter's son threw the first
ball which Clyde Ilealy hit for a high
foul. City P3ngineer Shaw of Los .Xn-
geles made a good attempt to snare the
glol)uIe but missed it.


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S. r. ENfilXKKHS


Ballst, of .■; :i 4 0|rl«DC5-. ss

Banning. 3b
Thompson, p
Bums, ss . . .
Miller. If , . .
OShca. 2h .
Lohman. rf
Holder, lb . .
Patz, c

4 1 21 Mooney. 2b . . 4 1 2

4 i O'Keefe. If
S 1 1 .tl Mannelli. rf
.1 1
4 3


01 Pintle. Sb :f

4|Reed. If 4

1 OITomaslrh. lb
1 9 1 Amorosa. e

1 5


1 11

3 2

OlBahr, p 3 1 1 1

Photo bv Cliaft'ee
Assistant City Engineer, baseball en-
thusiast, whose swat at the first pitched
ball in the San Francisco-Los Angeles
Engineers' game, turned the sphere into
a high foul.

Total 40 15 27 14| Total ..

Two out when winning run was score<t


s F. Engrs 2

Hits 4 1

L. .i. EnePi. 1 1

Hits 1 ■■< 1 2 2

.34 10 26 20

1— 4
I— 10
1— 5



Runs — Babsl 2. Miller. OShea 2. CTanqr 2. OKeefe.
Bahr. Struck out — by Thompson 5: Bahr 2. flit by
pitcher — Keed. Mooney by Thompson; Palj by Bahr. Stolen
bases — O'Shea, Babst. Amorosa. Two-base hits — O'Shea,
Patz. Mannelli 2. O'Keefe. Double plays — O'Shea to Holder;
Amorosa to Tomasich to Pingle. Errors — Clancy. Amoros*.
Umpires — Bach and Jones. Time of game — 2 hrs. 25 min.

Modern Homemaker Discloses Great
Grandmother's Pickling Secrets (

By Martha Adams

The Best Foods Home Economics


L\ST week I visited two kitchens,
^one very old and the other very
new, both perfectly equipped. Each
filled me with admiration. The old
with its homey lived-in atmosphere,
still reflecting the spirit of the intrepid
colonial homemaker who has stirred
the pot hanging from the crane and
baked her "yard of pies" in the Dutch

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