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body's candidate in every part of
California, beloved in the north as
well as the south, encompassing
within his vast circle of friends the
great majority of those living
within the boundary lines of the
entire state of California.


Playground Department Activities Encourage

Juvenile Artists

By Marie V. Foster

Supervisor of Music, San Francisco Playground Commission

RECOGNIZING the inherent
love of music that exists in al-
most everyone, and seeking to
furnish avenues of self-expression
through music, the Playground
Commission created this depart-
ment the latter part of February,
1928. From no organization at all
we have grown to include 25 defi-
nitely formed groups, meeting
weekly under trained supervision.
There were, during the year, 14,580
people taking part in some form of
musical activity.

Recreation Through Music

Our aim has been to afford the
best recreation through music and
to provide activities for leisure time
that are decidedly worthwhile. At
the same time, we endeavor to raise
the standards of self-expression by
presenting the best music in the
most attractive manner.

The instrument that is common

to us all is, of course, the voice, and
it is with that medium that our most
extensive work has been done. Six-
teen children's choruses have been
formed and instruction has been
given in singing under a director,
with attention to details such as
correct breathing, attack, enuncia-
tion, posture and other simple rules.
All the time we have tried to use
only worthwhile material and our
music has not only been recrea^
tional, but educational as well.

Adult Glee Clubs

The adult glee clubs have, in
most instances, been doing more
advanced work. There has been
one group of Italian boys who have
met regularly, a quartet of Chinese
sisters and three organized glee
clubs of business girls. The super
visor has been able to arrange free
vocal lessons for some of these
groups and at least six members

have availed themselves of this op-
portunity. The quartet of Chinese
girls have become very much in
demand and are now doing profes-
sional work.

One of the most popular forms of
music activity is the toy symphony,
or rhythm band. Our band is com-
posed of two drums, one xylophone,
eleven bells, eight triangles, three
tamborines, three cymbals, four
bird whistles, five sand blocks and a
piano accompaniment. Charts are
used which show the beat on which
each instrument is to be played. In
the winter time class attendance is
fairly regular, and the children
learn to play from memory. The
music used is "El Capitan" by
Sousa, "Le Secret" by Gautier,
"Star-Spangled Banner," "Minuet"
by Beethoven, and other such num-
bers. The children thus learn
rhythm and at the same time learn
good music.




During the Winter

During the winter five play-
grounds had toy symphony as a
part of their regular program, meet-
ing once a week with an average
attendance of twenty-five on each
playground. The children attended
class instruction regularly and were
able to perfect several numbers to
play at various entertainments.
Some of these were the Food Show
in the Civic Auditorium, a program
at the Emporium Auditorium, a
Laguna Honda Home program, nu-
merous individual playground pro-
grams, and on the Playground Mu-
sic Week program at the High
School of Commerce Auditorium, a
picked band of forty players gave
three numbers most creditalily.

Summer Program Varied

. This summer the program has
been varied by placing the toy sym-
phony on five new playgrounds.

; The response has been splendid, and
the average attendance has grown

jto thirty-five.

There are both boys and girls in
the orchestra and the ages range
from five years to twelve years. On
one playground the attendance is so
large that there are not instruments
enough to go around, and the chil-
idren take turns playing. Discipline
I never enters into the program, for
everyone is having such a good time
they have no time for anything
>else. Plans are being made for this
[coming year whereby more play-
grounds may be accommodated,
thus enabling us to have a picked
band of at least one hundred pieces.




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Harmonica Band Popular

Another popular group is the har-
monica band. Our department has
organized four of these during the

Toy symphony band in uniform on Father Croinley Playground

year. In a recent city-wide harmon-
ica contest two of our boys ranked
among the first in a large group of

There has been one playground
orchestra organized by the depart-
ment. This group has not only
plaj-ed for their own informal par-
ties, but played all the' music at
their May Fete this year.

The Supervisor of Music has
worked closely with the Supervisor
of Educational Dramatics, and to-
gether they have given two large
city-wide productions, the Annual
Fall Festival at the Civic Audi-
torium and the first Annual May
Music Week program. Aside from
this, the Music Department has fur-
nished incidental numbers for many
programs, given there operettas,
and selected music for various
dances and pageants.

Many new groups are in the
process of organization for the new
year and it is the aim of this depart-
ment to reach as many as possible,
and, as Dr. Eliot says, to give every
child a "chance to the greatest joy
in life — the art of music."




(Being the First of a Series of Articles on Distinguished
San Franciscans)

WHEN San Francisco heard that Mayor Rolph
was contemplating' the appointment of George J.
Steiger to become a municipal judge a little more than
a year ago, leaders in the Bar Association were of the
opinion that Judge Steiger would not accept the post,
because of the extent of his practice and his alreadj'
overburdened routine of welfare and civic work, but
Judge Steiger surprised the citizenry by accepting the
appointment and became by his quick, keen judgment
one of San Francisco's outstanding jurists almost over
night. His judgments were so quickly rendered and
with so little relation to politics and with such frank
disregard of political consequence that newspaper and
political circles were amazed.

Sweep Aside All Technicalities

Holding fast to the dignity of the American court
on one hand. Judge Steiger on the other hand swept
aside all technicalities which might prevent a person
from getting justice. The result was a speedy calendar
in which delay did not prevent a man getting an imme-
diate square deal. When the judge first took the bench,
political advisers informed him that such fearlessness
was fraught with political danger and that he might
not be re-elected. But this did not deter the judge from
his policy.



Editor's Note: This is the first

of a series of articles on men that

the Municipal Record believes

are destined to rise higher.

Judge Steiger is strongly opposed to the tremen-
dously increasing volume of laws cluttering up the I
statute books. "Give us less laws and more liberty,"!
Judge Steiger declares. "Let us have less talk, lessl
political slogans, less grandstanding, less publicity and'l
more hard work in public offices. Elective offices tendll
to draw the attention of the public servant away froml
his tasks to the gallery. No man can work well who[
is listening to the applause.

One General Fault in Office Holders

"If I were to select one general fault in office holders
which injures the office holder and his constituents
most, it is the growing evil of the 'grandstand play.'
Let us have less bridge hearings and more bridges.
If a conference has nothing but publicity value let us
not hold up the project at hand b}' useless oratory.
San Francisco has suffered desperately from this con-
dition. We sometimes look at the millions of dollars
of Federal appropriation which Los Angeles obtains
with envy. Let us exchange this spirit of envy for one
of progressive action.

"Citizens should be asking the Federal governmetit
for the new Federal Building in the Civic Center.
Citizens should attack their representatives and stir
them into action so that our harbor could get needed
improvements. Let us have fewer congratulatory
(Continued on Page 204)






By Anne M. Farrell

In charge of Fiction Depiirtinent, Public Library

IT IS an interesting fact that al-
most all literary arguments occur
during the winter months. The pub-
lication of controversial books seems
somehow to be timed by publicity-
minded publishers so that the first
ray of print falls upon them in the
early autumn. Then the argument
for and against them may wax and
grow heated during October, be
brought to a peak of battle in No-
vember, and as a last flash of fame
be ready for the Christmas trade,
when otherwise inoffensive j-ouths
may proffer a copy to unsuspecting
Aunt Emmas or Cousin Mays as
retaliation for the long years of
gifts of boxed neckwear, of which
someone has so neatly said, "only
relatives seem to know where to

Summer Literature Light

Consequently the summer literary
menu is more than likely to be com-
posed of light romances, mystery,
not too strenuous adventure stories,
with an occasional serious volume
to balance an otherwise limited se-

For long summer days, Fannie
Heaslip Lea's new novel, "Happy
Landings," is ideal. It has a gay
touch, and though the story takes
place in Hollywood, unlike many
novels with a movie atmosphere,
this little volume has a genuine plot.
The story concerns itself with a
beautiful actress who tries to bury
in her work the memory of her
lover, a young aviator who, in try-
ing to make a "happy landing,"
crashed to his death. Another flying
man comes into her life, and a gruff,
red-haired movie director. Both of
the men love her, and the way the
girl works out her destiny makes
very pleasant reading.

Another Romance

Another fluffy romance, the scene
this time in London, is Pamela
Wynne's "A Little Flat in the
Temple." Like many of the lighter
English romances, the heroine in
this tale is indescribably beautiful,
and sometimes almost annoyingly
trustful. Then, too, there is a strong,
silent hero, and the villain, who is
a rather engaging fellow. After the

l)lack clouds of misunderstanding
and tears have been cleared away —
along about page 296 — one heaves a
gentle sigh of relief, knowing now
that it is only a matter of para-
graphs when the heroine will be
clasped in the arms of the no longer
silent hero, and a slow fade-out to
the happy ending.

Public Interest in Crime

The public interest in crime and
detectives still persists, in literature,
at least. After several hundred
mystery stories where the body of
the murdered man or woman is
found on a lonely country road, or
in a luxurious New York apartment,
it is a distinct relief to discover the
murdered body (since there must be
a murdered body to make a mystery
story) in a half-burned house on the
outskirts of a small Texas city. This
occurs in "Smoke Screen," by a new
author, Lawrence Saunders. De luxe
bootlegging, dope peddling by areo-
plane, shady politics, and the com-
bined efforts of a star reporter and
a society girl to solve the mystery,
make one of the best mystery
stories of the year.

Crime Club Publication

A new Crime Club publication.
"The Avenging Ray," by Austin
J. Small, tells of the peril which
threatens England from a newly
discovered scientific ray. Scotland
Yard is called in, and Merrie Eng-
land is saved (at least until another
author needs a mystery plot).

Mrs. Baillie Reynolds' new mys-
tery, "Stranglehold," a Crime Club
volume, is not overly exciting. The
rather hackneyed plot, a girl im-
prisoned in an old house, and her
eventual rescue by a retired army
man, has been done better by other

"The Green Ribbon"

In "The Green Ribbon," Edgar
^^ allace again demonstrates his
ability to write a really entertaining
yarn. All the ingredients of a good
old-fashioned thriller are present —
a beautiful heiress from South
America, a wicked lawyer, and a
horse-race scheme run bv two un-

principled rascals. Add to this a
brutal murder in a dense London
fog, and one is kept fairly breath-
less, until the plot is unraveled and
the villains routed.

The always delightful Wodehouse
adds again to the chuckles of the
world with another Jeeves story, this
time called, "Very Good, Jeeves."
The tactful Jeeves saves his master,
Bertram Wooster, from his well-
meaning if somewhat meddlesome
aunts, and ultimately smoothes Ber-
tie's current love affair to a happy

Autocracy of Mr. Parham

"The Autocracy of Mr. Parham,"
is written in the typically amusing
vein of H. G. Wells, when he has
forgotten for the moment to ser-
monize, but even in this witty vol-
ume he manages to get in a word
or two of preachment. The story
tells of the cultured Mr. Parham
and his contact with the newly rich,
Sir Bussy Woodcock who, it is said,
was "one of those crude plutocrats
with whom men of commanding in-
telligence, if they have the slightest
ambition to be more than lookers-on
at the spectacle of life, are obliged
to associate now." Much of the
story concerns the next war, and
while one may not be especially
interested in the book, Mr. Wells
must be commended for his vast
imagination and his moments of
subtle humor.

Maxim Gorki

Probably because ^la.xim Gorki
began so very early to do things,
one thinks of him as being a very
old man, and is surprised to find
that the gifted Russian is but sixty-
two years old. He holds an im-
portant place in modern Russia,
being connected with the Depart-
ment of Education. He is an in-
defatigable worker, and although he
has been a consumptive almost all
of his life, rises at a very early hour,
and writes incessantly until late at
night. His latest book, "Bystander,"
has been translated into English
before any other language, and is
considered by Gorki as his life-
work, his ultimate test.

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Front to back in order: Office building, uarcliousc, shipping room and manufacturing building. A spur track

serves shipping room and warehouse.


ON Paul Avenue, at the Bay-
shore Highway, San Francisco,
stands the modern and attractive
new plant of LINK-BELT COM-
PANY, Pacific Division, to which
this company recently moved from
its old location at Nineteenth and
Harrison streets. Our removal to
new quarters brought to a head
long-standing and carefully laid
plans for a plant of adequate size
to take care of both manufacturing
facilities and adequate stocks for
the Pacific Coast trade.

Situated in New Surroundings

Now situated in new, convenient
and pleasant surroundings, we have
what may well be considered one of
the most modern plants of its kind
on the Pacific Coast. It is in a rela
lively new industrial district known
as the Paul tract, within fifteen min-
utes trucking distance of down-
town San Francisco, and having
convenient access to the entire east
bay district and the San Joaquin
Valle)' by way of the new San Fran-
cisco Bay Bridge. On the site com-
prising 7Y2 acres, ground was
broken in November. 1929, for the

erection of the three buildings of
the new plant — the office building,
warehouse, and manufacturing

The plant occupies a location
where it is seen by thousands pass-
ing every day on the Bayshore
Highwa}- and is within the view of
suburban and through passengers
on the Southern Pacific Coast line
trains. The ])roperty is situated on
the north side of Paul Avenue, a
short connecting street between the
Bayshore Highway and Third
Street. The Bayshore Highway is

a broad boulevard, 125 feet wiil
within the city limits, forming tfi
main artery from the city to tl
south. Third Street is a wide bus
ness street leading to the railroE
freight stations, the water froii;
docks and the wholesale distric!
The plant is easily accessible fro:'
the hotel and business district t
automobile or street car.

Frontage on Paul Avenue I

With a frontage of about 352 feij
on Paul Avenue, the property e:
tends north to the diagonal line of

Steel shop, viith north end of manufacturing building in the background




Southtrn I'acitic drill track. Two
spur tracks extend from the drill
track at the north end, one to serve
the warehouse and shipping room,
and the otiier entering the north end
of the manufacturing building under
the 10-ton crane in the high bay of
the shop.

Details of the design of office
building and shops were worked out
by the company staff in collabora-
tion with The Austin Company,
contractors for the plant. The gen-
eral plan had been determined a
couple of years previously through
careful study of requirements.

Two Story Office Building

Fronting on Paul Avenue. 50 feet
back from the curb, stands the two-
storj' ofifice building, with a frontage
of 120 feet and a depth of 50 feet.
The natural slope of the ground lo-
icates the upper story on the street
'level. Approach from the street to
the main entrance is over a fill with
the ground on both sides terraced
jdown from street level to allow full
llight in the first story windows.

Modern Spanish Design

This building is of modern Span-
ish design, with the first story of
eoncrete covered with stucco, the
jsecond story of buff colored face
ibrick, and roof of red tile — a style

hich is attractive and particularly
well suited to its surroundings. It
is the interior of this building which
immediately strikes the interest of
the visitor. Here is found a ceiling
with open trusses of heavy timbers,
appropriately fitted with wrought
iron hardware, artistically treated to
jive the appearance of age. walls of
JufF colored plaster, and office parti-
ions finished to harmonize with the
overhead effect. Administrative of-
ices, sales, advertising, purchasing,
iccounting and filing departments
ire situated here. Occupying the

Vfper left: Corner first floor of luare/iouse. Upper right: I'ievi of second floor of

'warehouse. Bottom, left: Interior of business office. Bottom riijht:

Second floor of warehouse.

first floor of the office building are
the engineering department, sta-
tionery and storage filing room, and
an assembly hall for general meet-
ing purposes.

Back of the office building, be-
tween it and the manufacturing
building and connected by a pas-
sage way, is the warehouse, a con-
crete structure, 80 feet by 120 feet,
where large stocks of chain, sprock-
ets, screw conveyor and other Link-
Belt stock items are maintained.
The first floor of this building is at
a level with the floor of the manu-
facturing building and shipping
level with the main floor of the office
building. The upper floor of the
warehouse is occupied by miscel-
laneous stocks, the pattern shop
and pattern storage. A large load-

ing platform adjoining the spur
track serv
west side.

track serves the building on the

Looking down the length of the Manufacturing Building: Machine shops and shop
superintendent's office at extreme right.

Total Floor Area

The total floor area of the ware-
house building is 28,800 square feet,
which is adequate for present stor-
age needs. As additional space is
required, there is room to the east
for an extension of this building.
Between the warehouse building and
the manufacturing building is lo-
cated the shipping room with the
spur track on one side and the
driveway for trucks on the other.
The shipping room is well situated
for handling outbound shipments.

Back of this is the manufacturing
building, containing the machine
shop, steel shop, plant office and
their auxiliary departments.

.\ high crane bay, 50 feet wide
and 300 feet long, runs north and
south on the west end of the build-
ing, the heavy tool section of the
machine shop at the south end, and
the steel shop at the north end. The
entire length of this building is
served by a lO-ton double girder
crane, and smaller cranes and hoists
are located at various points
throughout the buildings. A spur
track enters this bay at the north
end. Heavy materials may be picked
up by the crane at any point in the
length of the building and carried
to the shipping room for loading out





From the cast end of machine sliop section, looking doix-n the aisleiuays to'u;ard the manufacturing building in the right background.

by truck or railroad cars, or to the
north end for direct loading on the

East of High Bay

To the east of the high bay is the
light machine section with five
transverse bavs having a total area
of 150 feet by 200 feet, with north
saw-tooth roof to obtain abundant
light free from glare and shadows.
At the front of this section are lo-
cated the plant office, receiving de-
partment, tool room and employees'
change room.

Castings from the foundry are
brought in by truck and unloaded
at the east doorway. The flow of
work is from this doorway through
the various operations, and then
either to the high bay for assembly
or to the shipping room or ware-
house. Heavy castings routed to
the large tool section of the ma-
chine shop are handled by the 10-
ton crane and carried direct to the

At North End

At the north end, paralleling the
high bay, and with north saw-tooth
skylights, are three 30-foot bays.
150 feet long, for the lighter work
of the steel shop. Plates, sheets,
shapes and bars arrive here in cars
which are set inside the steel shop
under the crane. Storage space is
available across the north end of the
building, both indoors and outdoors.

Hard to Visualize

It is hard to visualize in 1930 what
the plant facilities of Link-Belt
Company on the Pacific Coast
should be years hence. The new
plant was not built as an expansion ;
it has been built to provide greater

erection and aisle space and more
room for storage of materials in
process as well as for completed
stocks ; also to provide better work-
ing conditions for the employees.
Ample light, adequate handling fa-
cilities, improved arrangement of
machine tools, with everything on
the ground floor — all these have
been secured in the new plant and
all should combine to produce econ-
omies which will fully justify the
increased capital expenditure.

Machine Tool Equipment

The machine tool equipment in
the old plant was all very modern,
built for high speed production, and
entirely adequate for the present
Pacific Coast requirements, there-
fore no new machine tools have
been added. The layout and con-
struction of the plant have been
carefully planned to readily permit
future expansion as the growth of
business justifies.

Start of Company

The beginning of Link-Belt Com-
pany, in fact the start of the indus-
try of which we are pioneers, was in
1872 when \\'illiam Dana Ewart, of
Ewart and Gore, conducting an ag-
ricultural implement store at Belle
Plain, Iowa, had trouble with bind-
ers which they sold to their custom-

It was in an endeavor to perfect
a better machine that Mr. Ewart in-
vented what is known the world
over as the Ewart Detachable Link-
Belt. While the machine itself was
never completed, the Detachable
Link-Belt was recognized as an im-
mediate success and resulted in the
organization of the Ewart Manufac-

turing Company. This was the be-
ginning of Link-Belt.

Seattle Office Opened

In about 1910, Link-Belt Com-,
pany opened an office in Seattle,!
with a warehouse attached, and this I
was later followed by opening of-'
fices in Los Angeles in 1913 and in'
San Francisco in 1916. Today youi
will find Link-Belt elevating, con-j
veying and power transmission ma-
chinery in the great logging camps
of the world, in mines everywhere,
at work in the millions of fields of
waving grain, and in factories of all

Early Manufacturing Industry

Among the early manufacturing!
industries on the Pacific Coast and 1
almost contemporary with Link-
Belt Company in the East, was the
small machine shop which later de-
veloped into the Meese & Gottfried

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