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mind of Mr. Wiley."

A Majestic Thoroughfare

Mayor Ralph referred to Market
Street, as "a great city's majestic thor-
oughfare," and dwelt briefly on the
difficulties of controlling traffic be-
cause of streets entering Market Street
at an angle. The Mayor feelingly re-
minded his auditors, pointing to west-
ward, of the finest City Hall in

In closing his remarks the Mayor
besought all to watch for the green
light, and to do their part in making
traffic conditions along Market Street
safe for pedestrian traffic.

Switch Turned On

The Mayor then closed the switch ;
Gordon Osborne, Chief Assistant in
the Department of Electricity, at a
traffic signal diagonall}' across Market
Street, closed a similar switch, the

new signal current was on, and the
parade resumed its journey out Market
Street, which was lined with hundreds
of men and women who were unable
to get close to the scene of the cere-
mony. The Municipal and the Police
Bands, the Supervisors' and other of-
ficial automobiles, the policemen on
motorcycles, sidecars and on horse-
back, the squads from the public and
the parochial schools and automobiles
of the vintage of 1904, the latter call-
ing attention to the progress of the
automobile industry in contrast to the
last-minute models carrying officials,
made up the parade that disbanded at
Market and Mason Streets.

For the remainder of the day, and
for the days to come, the green "go"
lights and the red "stop" lights di-
rected foot traffic, and that traffic, ac-
cording to Chief Wiley of the Depart-
ment of Electricity, responded ex-
cellently to the new traffic rules.

Later in the day, and when traffic
was at the peak. Chief Wiley and Don

V. Nicholson, assistant secretary of
the California State Automobile Asso-
ciation, drove down Market Street
from Van Ness Avenue to the Em-
barcadero and return. Chief Wiley
said the ride convinced them that the
new signal system is an unqualified

On the eastward trip the distance
was made in 11 minutes and 30 sec-
onds, the time held up by signals be-
ing only 1 minute, 39 seconds. On the
westward trip the distance was made
in 11 minutes, 54 seconds, the hold-up
time being 1 minute, 49 seconds.

The city's new safety islands, de-
signed and constructed under super-
vision of George Burr, city traffic en-
gineer, have been equipped with bea-
cons and these were turned on the
night before the opening day of the
new traffic signals.

Under the new system pedestrians
no longer follow the vehicular bells
and signals, but move only on the pe-
destrian signal changes.

O'Shaughnessy Champs Trim the Angels

THE ball team representing the San
Francisco City Engineer's office
defeated the Los Angeles City Engi-
neers at Ewing Field on August 24 by
a score of 6 to 0. After the local team
made four runs in the fourth the re-
sult was never in doubt, as O'Keefe
kept his hits well scattered and tight-
ened in the pinches. Sparkling field-
ing by Burns, the Southern shortstop,
helped keep down the score.

Reed opened the second inning for
San Francisco with a clean hit. Dutch
Pengel followed with his first of three

By J. L. Slater, Jr.

hits. Reed stopping at second. Toma-
sich and McDonald went out, but
O'Keefe doubled to right scoring Reed
with the first run which, as events
proved later, would have been suffi-
cient to win.

With two away in the fourth, Beitler
got a streak of wildness and issued
free transportation to both Clancy
and Mooney. the French twins. Cun-
ningham hit to O'Shea and, with three
outs in sight, the Los Angeles second
baseman hobbled the chance and the
hassocks were loaded. Up to the plate

waddled the "Great" Mannelli with
the fans yelling for a hit. Caesar
looked over a couple of pitches and
then smacked the onion into the center
field bleachers for a homer, and four
runs were over the platter.

One more marker was added in the
seventh when Mannelli opened the
stanza by again parking the globule
in the center field stands for his sec-
ond homer of the game. Both balls
were hit hard and traveled into the
face of a high wind.

The game opened with Babst and

Lfft to right: Ba/ir, pitcher ; Reed, catcher; O'Keefe, pitcher; O'Gorman, substitute; McDonald, catcher; Tomasich, first base; Pengel,
third base; Daley, substitute; Mooney, second base; Clancy, shortstop; Johnson, substitute; Amorosa, catcher; Mannelli, outfielder.




Left to right: Fromme. manager; Barry,
base; O'S/ira, second base; Tolman, outfielder ;
Smith, substitute; Cox, shortstop; Thompson, p.

pitcher; Miller, outfielder; Cox, catcher; Bapst, outfielder; fl'ilkins, pitcher; Holder, first
Friedman, substitute; I'ignes, substitute; Ryles, substitute; Shanley, substitute; Patz, catcher;
iicher ; Beitter, pitcher.

Banning beating out bunts for Los
Angeles, and it looked like the South-
erners intended getting an early start
but O'Keefe tightened and retired the
side. With one down in the sixth,
Thompson and Burns got hits, but
were left stranded. Again in the
seventh Holder and Beitler got hits,
but it was a case of too much O'Keefe
and the runners died on the bags.


Whose tv-o home runs viere features

of the Engineers' game.

Beitler's hit in this inning was the
first clean hit made by Los Angeles,
the previous hits being bunts or the
infield variety. ]\Iiller batted for
Holder in the ninth and doubled into
the left field bleachers, as a ground
rule agreed on called for only a two-
bagger into the left field stands. Riels
batted for Beitler and ended the game
when Clancy threw him out at first,
thereby giving O'Keefe credit for the
first shut-out since the teams started
playing two years ago. San Francisco
has now won five of the six games

Clancy and Cunningham came up
with several nice plays, and Pengel
surprised the fans by beating out an
infield hit to short in the third. That
boy travels fast for a big fellow. A
few moments later he stole second.
Each team has now won one game this
year, and the place and date of the
playoff will be announced as soon as



Babst. cf . ,1 1 OlClancy. ss . 2 1 .1

Banning. 3b 4 10 0]Mooncy. 2b. 3 1 2

Thompson, If 3 10 0|Cun'Bham. of 4 4

Burns, ss . 4 10 5 0|Mannelli. If. 3 2 2

O'Shea. 2b. 4 .i 4 l|Keed. rf . . . 4 1 2

fov c 4 3 Pengel. 3b . 4 3 1 1

Lobman, rf. 3 5 0|Tomaslcb. lb 4 12 0.0

Holder, lb, 4 1 10 2 0|M(Donald. c 4 1 5 1

Beitler. p. . :! 2 1 3 OlO'Keefe, p . 2 1 3

•.Miller ... 1 1 01

tReils 1 01

Total ..34 8 24 14 1| Total ...30 9 2T 11 1
I.. A. Engineers —

Hits 2 1 2 2 1 — 8

S. F. Engineers 1 4 1 • — 6

Hits 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 •—9

•Miller hatted for Holder in ninth.
tReils batted for Beitler in ninth.

Runs — Tlanry, Mooney. Cunnlngliam. Mannelli 2. Reed.
Two-base liit.s— O'Keefe, Miller. Home runs — Manelli 2,
Buns baited in — O'Keefe, Mannelli 5. Sacrltlee hits—
Thomp.'ion. Stolen liase.s — Mannelli, Pengel. rlanrj-. Dou-
ble plays — Burns to O'Shea to Holder 2. Struck out — By
Beitler 3. by O'Keefe 5. Base on halls— Off Beitler 6. off
O'Kwfe, 1. Uft on base — I.os Angeles 9. San Francisoo 8.
Time of game — 2 hours 5 minutes. Umpires — Sweeney and




NEW and interesting opportunities
are being offered to young sing-
ers, trained or untrained, by the Mu-
nicipal Chorus under the direction of
Dr. Hans Leschke. Membership in
the Chorus, which is open without
charge to suitable voices, will include
activities in three divisions, one for be-
ginners, one for the main body of the
Chorus, and one for advanced singers,
from which latter group will be drawn
individual soloists, acapella groups,
and quartets. The object of the new
arrangement of the Chorus is to de-
velop a body of singers which will rep-
resent the highest type of group sing-
ing possible. In addition to the chorus
work, classes for choral direction are
offered to those interested in develop-
ing leadership.

The Municipal Chorus of San Fran-
cisco was the first to be established in
the I'nited States... under the sponsor-
ship of the city government, although
many cities have now followed suit
since the success of the idea here.
With the growing interest in good
music the attendance at the concerts in
which the Chorus has taken part has
been increasing with great strides, and
the public demand for the enlarge-
ment of the scope of its activities has
resulted in the new program.

Singers interested in joining the
Chorus should communicate with Dr.
Hans Leschke. 178 Edgewood .\ venue.
San Francisco. Telephone Lockhaven
2342. or with any member of the




Municipal San Francisco Participates
in Chronicle s Annual Swim

MUNICIPAL San Francisco had
a big hand in the San Francisco
Chronicle's fifth annual Golden Gate
swim which was carried through to a
most successful conclusion on Sunday.

By Harry B. Smith

Sporting Etator, San Fnuicisco Chronicle

the swim but participated as well.
From Mayor Rolph down there was
the best of co-operation.

Dr. George Horsfall, a member of
the Olympic Club and a medical man

Photo by Courtesy San Francisco Chronicle.

Actual start of the San Francisco Chronicle Golden Gate siuim race, Sunday, September 15,
off Lime Point, Marin County. Distance to the finish, off Crissy Field, one and three-
quarters miles.

September 15. It was the best han-
dled of all these races, a natural thing
since the workers gain experience with
each year, and much of the credit is
due San Francisco city employees who
assisted not alone in the handling of

at the Letterman General Hospital,
won the race in the surprisingly good
time of 46:34 which clipped several
minutes off the record previously
established by Walter Spence of
Brooklyn, New York. Incidentally

five Olympians finished in the order
named and Coach Tommy Whitaker is
entitled to a world of credit for having
finished eleventh out of the first
twenty. There were 139 who started
over the one mile and three-quarter
course from Marin county near Lime
Point and seventy-nine finished.

Police and Fire Entrants

Police and fire entrants from the
city of San Francisco were 1(X) per
cent perfect. Six police officers started
and six finished. Three firemen started
and three finished, two of the firemen
ahead of the police. Incidentally, Leo
Beggs, the first fire laddie and Charlie
Iredale, the first of the police each re-
ceived a handsome trophy from the
Howard .\utomobile Company. Each
of the police took down some one or
another of the trophies while there was
a second field trophv for Oscar Wuo-

In addition each man to finish the
race was given by the Chronicle a
silver bar as emblematic of his feat.

These swimmers of the municipality
finished as follows :

No. 35 — Leo Beggs, Fireman 71 :48

No. 41 — Oscar Wuotilla, Fireman.... 74:17

No. 43— Charles Iredale, Police 75:26

No. 52— George Engler, Police 81:40

No. SB- Gus Betger, Police 87:50

No. 60— Art Swert, Police 92:27

No. 61— Leslie Rosa, Police 95:50

No. 73— Jim Gallagher, Police 132:20

No. 77 — John Pruyn, Fireman 139:59

Incidentally, William Mahood, Oak-
land traffic officer, in his first essay at
this swim finished last and showed a
world of courage. He was cheered to
the echo and received the Louis
Parente East Bay A. C. trophy cup
for his work.

Police Swimming Team

Sergeant Thomas Mclnerney is en-
titled to much credit for building up
the police swimming team. Sergeant
Mclnerney was to have competed but
he suffered a hard cold the last three
days previous to the race and his phy-
sician advised against swimming. It
is worthy of note that Chief of Police
William Quinn encourages the men of
his department in this sort of thing,
as does Acting Chief Charles Brennan
of the Fire Department.

Chief Quinn has sanctioned the for-


THE M U X I C I I' A L E M 1' 1. O V K K


mation of a Police Swimming Club
which will be sponsored by Sergeant

Mayor James Rolph delayed his de-
parture to the east on an important
mission to be present and make it a
civic event. The Mayor was the big
card of the day. He was on hand for
the departure of the big army boats
that carried the swimmers across the
bay to Lime Point and he climbed the
rock to assist in the start, for he was
the Honorary Referee of the Day.

Mayor Rolph Was There

At the finishing point Mayor Rolph
was there to greet each and every
swimmer as he came to the goal. The

Mayor stayed it out for more than
three hours and he looked happy and

Chief Quinn of the Police Depart-
ment not only furnished swimmers but
the police boat Patrol was on hand
and Captain McGowan, clerk to the
Chief, scouted the course in a speedy
launch to see nothing went wrong.

Coffee Wagon on Hand

Acting Chief of the Fire Depart-
ment Charles Brennan had the depart-
ment coffee w^agon on hand to furnish
steaming hot coffee.

Dr. \\'illiam C. Hassler of the Board
of Health authorized the presence of
a city ambulance, and a number of

cases of cold were treated by Jimmy
Daily at the Central Emergency.

San I-rancisco Chapter, American
Red Cross, under the direction of Mrs.
Marrin, did gallant service in treating
the swimmers.

The .Army helped with the loan of
boats and .soldiers for policing. Cap-
tain Casey of the Police did yeoman
work in keeping the crowd of 10,000
well in hand.

Everybody Helped

The Coast Guard folks were a big
aid in policing the channel and pick-
ing up swimmers who couldn't finish.

In fact everj'body helped to make it
a big day.

Playground Commission Activities

By Veda Beresford Young

Secretary, Playground Commission



CORES of playground tennis en-
thusiasts gathered at the Margaret
S. Hay ward Playground recently to
receive their certificates for winning
in the departments annual tennis
tournament. "Pop" Fuller, who is in
charge of the Junior Division of the
National Tennis Association, and who
has played such an important part in
the success of Helen \Mlls and Helen
Jacobs on the courts, honored the
group by his presence on this event-
ful occasion. He gave an interesting
talk to the children and then presented


the awards, including the tennis tro-
phy which was won by North Beach
Playground, for having received the
highest points in the tournament.




JF^- 2.





Display of ships made by Playground children. The display ivas held in the
Merchants' Exchange Building, through courtesy of the Junior Chamber of


Swimming Pageant

The Frog Prince, adapted from
Grimm's Fairy Tales, will be staged
by the children participating in the
department's swimming classes. The
North Beach swimming tank at Lom-
bard and Mason streets will be beauti-
fully transformed to represent a pool
and a garden where dancers from the
Ocean View and Margaret S. Hay-
ward Playgrounds will revel. The
characters will include a Princess,
King, Frog Prince, Maidens, Suitors,
and a Court Jester. Everyone is in-

vited to see this presentation, which
was held on Saturday, September 28.
at 2 :oO p.m.

Airport Tour

Miniature aircraft winners received
their awards in the City Hall rotunda
from Captain Stanford E. Moses on
.August 31. Interest was added to the
event by an actual flying demonstra-
tion of the tiny planes in the rotunda.
An educational feature was offered
the winners who visited the three
airports on San I-'rancisco Bay, Sat-
urday, September 21, as guests of




the playground department. An op-
portunity was afforded these air-
minded boys to learn a great deal
about the mechanism of airplanes, air-
port layouts, weather conditions gov-
erning flying, and to see passengers
alighting and going on air journeys.


The alumni group of Richmond
Playground, together with the chil-
dren who attend, at present are mak-
ing elaborate preparation for a big
entertainment to be held Friday eve-
ning, September 27, at the Alamo
School. An enjoyable evening is as-
sured all who may wish to go.

Pet Show

Pets of every conceivable kind were
proudly e.xhibited at Argonne Play-
ground by the youthful entrants in the
first pet show held by this ground.
The lone monkey seemed to enjoy the
affair immensely.

"Pop" Fuller presenting awards to the winners of the Annual Tennis Tournament.

Duncan Matheson Honored
By Mayor Rolph

City Treasurer

EGINNING a new chapter in a
career already replete with
achievement, Duncan Matheson, after
many years' service in the San Fran-
cisco Police Department, left that ser-
vice September 4 to become City

Treasurer, vice John H. Thieler, re-
signed. Mayor Rolph on Augiist 31
appointed Captain Matheson and in
the interim, the Mayor's popular ex-
ecutive secretary, Edward Rainey,
acted as City Treasurer.

Captain Matheson, amid handclasps
and many floral tributes, was sworn
into office by County Clerk Harry I.
Mulcrevy. The new City Treasurer
got down to his office early on the
morning of September 4, prepared to
assume his new duties. At 8 o'clock
the Treasury staff, representatives of
various city departments and scores of
well-wishers assembled to greet him.
Throughout the day hundreds of Cap-
tain Alatheson's friends called at the
Treasurer's office to congratulate the
city's new Treasurer.

On the eve of his departure from the
Police Department, Captain Alatheson
was eulogized by Mayor Rolph, police
officials and representatives of civic
associations who crowded the cham-
bers of the Police Commission to bid
good-by to the veteran official who
had headed the detective bureau for
the last twelve years, and to wish him
success as Treasurer.

A few days later Treasurer Mathe-
son was the guest at a luncheon given
in his honor by the L'nion League
Club. Tears came into the veteran's
eyes as he listened to men praise him.

In an answering speech. Captain
Matheson said :

"I left home at fourteen and have
been on my own feet ever since. I
will be on my own feet when I die.
Thirty years ago when I became a
patrolman I lifted my hand and
pledged myself to the duties before me.
I have kept that pledge.

"The other day I again raised my
hand and pledged I would take care
of the people's money. I shall keep
that pledge. My oath is sacred to me,
I am bound by it and I am going to
live up to it."

The Treasurer told of his long de-
votion to police work and of his at-
tendance at the last seven sessions of

Police Dept. Photo.






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the Legislature "to see that no law
should be passed to the detriment of
law-abiding citizens.'' Mr. Matheson
told his hearers that San Francisco
police methods have been copied by
every city in the United States, and
cited the instance at one of the last na-
tional political conventions where, with
detectives of every large city present.
Lieutenant Thomas Hoertkorn of the
San Francisco department captured
five of the six pickpockets arrested.

Captain Matheson is a native of
Nova Scotia. He was appointed to
the Police Department November 30,

1900. He became a corporal in 1906,
a sergeant in 1908, a lieutenant three
'years later and was promoted to a cap-
taincy on February 1, 1917. He had
been chief of detectives for the last
twelve years. Prior to his police ser-
vice in San Francisco he was a road-
master from Los Angeles to Bakers-
field on the Southern Pacific system.

With Captain Matheson's retirement
from the police department, his posi-
tion in the detective bureau has been
taken over by Captain Charles Dullea,
one of the most popular men in the de-
partment. Captain Dullea entered the

department in 1914. He was made a '
police corporal in 1921, a sergeant on
April 2, 1923, and a lieutenant seven
months later. On January 2 of this
year he became a captain, assigned to
headquarters company.

After taking office as City Treas-
urer, Captain Matheson announced the
reorganization of his office personnel
with the appointment of Sidney Smith
as cashier and Thomas K. McCarthy
as bank and bond deputy. Mr. Smith
succeeded to the position which Ig-
natius A. Richardson recently re-

The City's Street Car System

By Frederick Boeken

Superintendent, Municipal Street Railway

THIS, the final article on the opera-
tion of a street railway system,
will embrace the subject of "General
and Miscellaneous" and has to do
with the work of the general offices
in the keeping of accounts, the dis-
tribution of expense in all lines of ac-
tivity to their proper accounts, keep-
ing a record of the cost of materials
purchased, the cost of all repair and
maintenance work performed, pay
rolls, etc.

In addition, other statistical data
must be collected and tabulated for
the use and guidance of the various
department heads, particularly in con-
nection with the upkeep of equipment.

Careful check is kept of the number
of miles run by each car and bus in
service. From this is obtained the
number of miles that each car wheel,
brake-shoe, automobile tire, and vari-
ous other parts of the make-up of
equipment, has nm before being re-
placed. Valuable comparison costs
are thus obtained which are used in
determining the purchase of renewal
parts, etc.

Fuel Record

The number of miles to a gallon of
gasoline or a quart of lubricating oil
of each bus is regularly recorded, as
is also the number of miles gotten
from car wheels before they are
scrapped or are put through the shop
to be turned down. In this connec-
tion it might be interesting to know
what is the life of a car wheel such
as is used by the Municipal Railway,
namely, steel wheels. In a previous
article the fact M'as mentioned that
the Municipal Railway uses steel
wheels, whereas most street railway
companies use cast-iron wheels due
to the saving in expense over steel
wheels. Steel wheels were adopted by

the Municipal Railway due to the fact
that they are more nearly noiseless,
are safer from danger of broken
flanges, etc. The first wear will usu-
ally total 100,000 to 120,000 miles.
Then they are put through a wheel-
lathe and turned down. Two turnings
in the lathe is usually the limit and
will produce a total mileage of about
250,000 per wheel, or a life of from
five to six years. Some of the first
cars, in operation since 1912, show a
total mileage of over 600.000 miles.

The overhauling and inspection in
connection with the care and upkeep
of equipment, the oiling and greasing
of various parts of the equipment, is
nearly all done on a mileage basis and
necessitates the keeping of accurate
records of performance up to date and
readily accessible to the blaster Me-
chanic's Department.

Returns From Conductors

While all of this entails consider-
able work in the general offices, by
far the most of the work in this de-

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