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Co. It was on September 14, 1923,,
that Meese & Gottfried Co. wag pur-
chased by Link-Belt Company —
then known in California as Link-
Belt Pacific Compan}- and in the
Pacific Northwest as Link-Belt
Northwest Company — and it was at
this time that the firm Link-Belt
Meese & Gottfried Co. had its ori-
gin. Offices were maintained at San
Francisco, Seattle, Portland and
Los Angeles. Some time later the
Oakland store was opened and it is
through these five centers that Link-
Belt Compan}', Pacific Division, to-
day offers the convenience of con-
stantly maintained stocks, and the
benefits of its many years of experi-
ence in the elevating, conveying and
power transmission lines.

Now happily located in a nftw,
modern, well-planned and efficiently
operating plant, Link-Belt Com-;



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pany, Pacific Division, is still better
enabled to keep pace with the grow-
ing demands of the Pacific Coast in-
dustries.

We are joined in a high grade
constructive business with unlimited
possibilities for progress that is a



gratification and a source of pride to
our families and our friends. From
the simplest liearing to a complete
installation, all the items of our
sales contribute to the relief of some
drudgery of life that makes the
world a better place in which to live.



We are proud of the record of our
company and its traditions, and we
are anxious through our efforts to
merit a continuation of the re-
spected position occupied in the
business world by Link-Belt Com-
pany.



HARBOR DAY!



1930 Celebration to Be Biggest
Marine Event in City^s History



tKST year's Harbor Day, the first
4 celebration since 1915 in con-
nection with San Francisco's mag-
nificent port, was sponsored,
planned and put across by the Ma-
rine Committee under W^ilson
Meyer. The goal was a re-awaken-
>ng of San Francisco's harbor con-
sciousness and the means used to
this end were many and various.

Program of the Day

The program of the day included
special events of all sorts. A com-
mittee of representative citizens was
named under whose auspices the
parades by sea and air and land were
held. Ships in the harbor main-
tained open house. The fleet of the
United States Navy contributed
argely of its personnel for the pa-
rade. Boat races between crews
rom naval vessels in the harbor for
1 trophy were vigorously contested,
[n a smashing, spray-drenched bat-
le the Olympic Cup Race was
owed by the crack cutter crew of
;he visiting battlers. Japanese war
.essels and the Chilean naval train-
ng ship added their bits of color to
he day and in the afternoon ex-
libits of marine products were dis-
played on the Embarcadero, while
he graceful white wings of yachts
lipped and careened in special races
or the edification of huge throngs
hat blackened the Marina and lined
he hills.



Building on this splendid founda-
tion this year's Harbor Day has as-
sumed definite form. It is being held
as an annual event because public
interest and demand requires it. The
City Fathers, the shipping interests,
the State Harbor Board are unani-
mous in the belief that Harbor Day
is a valuable event in San Fran-
cisco's colorful calendar.

Gerald J. O'Gara, chairman of the
Marine Committee this year, and his
enthusiastic lieutenants are com-
pleting details of a gigantic program
that will, it is hoped, accomplish
certain definite aims. First, it is
hoped to assist materially in the
passage of the harbor bond propo-
sition which comes before the voters
of San Francisco this fall. This
money is needed vitally in order to
permit San Francisco to maintain
her position, now seriously threat-
ened, as the leading point on the
coast. Second, it is hoped to assist
materially in the development of
more and badly needed facilities on
the Marina for the increasing num-
ber of yachts and motor boats that
are rapidly making San Francisco
the country's aquatic paradise.

Includes Yacht Regatta

The activities of the day will
include the Pacific Coast yacht re-
gatta sponsored by the Sports Com-
mittee in conjunction with the



Marine Committee. There will be a
colorful parade down Market Street.
Over the radio, the world will be
told about San Francisco's harbor.
its facilities and possibilities.

Aeroplanes Will Fly

Through the air aeroplanes will
swoop a triumphant acknowledg-
ment of San Francisco's aerial pri-
macy. The small craft of the bay
will all be out in honor of the occa-
sion. The fleet will contribute the
usual naval gaiety and the cutter
races and boat races will make the
day truly the Poughkeepsie of the
^^'est. A committee of prominent
citizens will guide the destinies of
the day and from the reviewing
stand will acknowledge their inter-
est in this vital part of our city's life.

Far-reaching Program

A far-reaching program of pub-
licity based on the features of the
day will carry the story home to the
sister communities of the \\est and
should do much to stimulate busi-
ness through the port of San Fran-
cisco. Every member of the Junior
Chamber of Commerce has been
drafted by the Marine Committee to
assist in talking up and putting over
the day. From the splendid coopera-
tion so far the day promises to con-
tinue the glorious tradition that was
founded last year. The success of
this day is a matter of concern for
every citizen of San Francisco — it is
your party.



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HOPE HAMPTON

Lyric soprano, as Marijucritr in Faust.

in iiihich role shr uill appear in San

Francisco



THIS city has always been a
musical center. People look to
San Francisco for what is good, and
for what is new and interesting.
The Eighth Annual Season of the
San Francisco Opera Company, to
be held in Civic Auditorium Sep-
tember 11 to September 27, com-
bines in artists and repertoire a pro-
gram which will draw music lovers
from all over the entire country,
from Canada, Mexico, and the Ha-
waiian Islands.

Jeritza Will Sing

Sensational, exotic Jeritza will
sing her greatest role, Salome, for
the first time in America. Staid
New York has banned it at the Met-
ropolitan, so San Francisco will be
the first city privileged to hear and
see the vibrant Jeritza in the opera
in Avhich she has held Europe spell-
bound. From this sensuous part she
will turn to the character of Minnie
in the Girl of the Golden West.
Our own David Belasco gave this
story of the gold rush days to the
stage and Blanche Bates, a true
daughter of the Golden West,
played the role which Jeritza will
sing. This is opera with a punch.

Two Italian Operas

The two short Italian operas of
passion, betrayal and retribution,
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci,
will give Jeritza two vastly different
characters to impersonate in one
evening. Tannhauser will present



OPERA

IN SAN FRANCISCO

OF WORLD
INTEREST



her in perhaps the least sensational
and the most sensitively beautiful
of all her roles.

Clare Clairbert"s appearance in
La Traviata will be a matter of na-
tional interest, for this new colora-
tura "find" from the Belgian Opera
will that night make her American
debut. She is likened to the great
Tetrazzini, w'ho was given to the
world in San Francisco. The other
operas in which she will be heard
are Mignon and Lucia di Lammer-
moor.

Novelty of Season

A novelty of the opera season will
be the appearance of an erstwhile
movie star as a grand opera prima
donna. Perhaps there has never
been a more beautiful movie actress
than Hope Hampton. Her audi-
ences knew nothing of her glorious
voice which she was ambitiously
training. They will now have op-
portunity to hear it when she sings
the exquisitely pathetic Marguerite
in F'aust.

Mario Will Repeat

Queena Mario, dainty and con-
vincing, will repeat her successes
of last season in the opera of the
fragile and alluring Manon, and as
the little lost Gretel in Haensel and
Gretel. Mignon will afford her an-
other appearance. Dorothee Man-
ski, mezzo-soprano of the Metropol-
itan, and one of the most beautiful
women in the company, will appro-



priately be Venus in Tannhause
and Herodias in Salome. A ver
complete make-up will disguise he
as the ugly Witch in Haensel an(
Gretel. Eva Gruninger Atkinsoi
and Audrey Farncroft are two Sai;
Francisco singers who have risen ti
leading roles, and Elinor Marie
who has been singing abroad for thi
past two years, is a Los Angele:
artist whose return to the compan}
adds greatly to it.

Biggest Tenor Name

Beniamino Gigli is the bigges
tenor name in the country today. I
is several years since he has been ;
member of the company, but Sar
Francisco has been able to observ<
his vocal growth through his con
cert appearances. He will open th«
season in ilanon, and will appeal
again in La Traviata, La Bohem<
and Mignon, before singing in th(
last opera, Lucia di Lammermoor.

Ezio Pinza is another beloved ai
ist to return to the company. Tj
and handsome, this verj' young It
ian possesses a bass voice of un-
usual depth, warmth and beauty
La Boheme, Mignon, Tannhausei
and Faust will give the versatik
Pinza roles of vastly different char-
acter in Italian, French and Ger-
man.

Four New Singers

Four new^ singers among the men
are Americans. Sydney Rayner and
Frederick Jagel are tenors wHo]
studied abroad and made their sue-



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MAGNIFICENT NEW CANOPY IN ALDITORIIM

Designed, constructed and installed by the J. L. Stuart Company, this beautiful nev; canopy is v;itliout doubt the largest and most

spectacular hand-painted canvas canopy ever constructed.



cesses there before returning home
for engagements. John Charles
Thomas is a superb figure whose
baritone voice has charmed San
Franciscans in concert; and Gae-
tano Biviani is a young American
of Italian parentage who will sing
his first appearance in America
after having won fame in the land
of his forefathers. He also is a bari-
tone.

In March, 1898, there was an un-
heralded presentation of a new
opera, never before sung in this
country. La Boheme. San Fran-
cisco is again to hear a new opera
in its American premiere and from
its reception in Europe the prophecy
has been made that it will bring the
same honor to our city as did that
other important premiere. No one
will want to miss it. Maurice Ravel
is the foremost French composer of
the day and his new opera. The



Naughty Boy's Dream (L'Enfant
et les Sortileges) is an entrancing
tale of the plight of a naughty boy
who refuses to stud}' and who
abuses his pets. Of course it all
turns out well in the end. but the
course of the story is an amusing bit
of burlesque.

To house this important season,
the Auditorium Committee of the
Board of Supervisors has had
many improvements made in the
Civic Auditorium, and inestimable
credit is due to Mr. J- Emmet Hay-
den, chairman of the committee, for
the happy result.

The new canopy, designed, con-
structed, and installed by the J. L.
Stuart Manufacturing Company, is
without doubt the largest and most
spectacular hand-painted canvas
canopy ever constructed. A spe-
cially woven and triple fire-proofed
canvas was used in the manufacture



of the covering which is mounted
on massive trussed steel pipe fram-
ing, this framing being fastened
with heavy steel cables to powerful
winches in the dome, permitting the
raising or lowering of the canopy.
There are seven mural panels exe-
cuted by and under the direction of
Gleb Ilyin and Peter Ilyin, the well
known artists of the Bohemian
Club:

Mission Dolores, battleships en-
tering the Golden Gate, Zeppelin
over San Francisco, sailing ship
entering bay. Fisherman's Wharf,
blossom time in Santa Clara \'alley,
campanile at Berkeley.

The ceiling of the canopy is
painted a beautiful sky effect with
heavy clouds on the outer rim grad-
ually tapering off to a clear blue sky
in the center, and the whole is beau-
tifully and effectively illuminated
by indirect cove lighting.



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ANNUAL CHINE



TENNI
MATCH



Chinese Playground to be Scene
of Second Annual Chinese
National Open Tennis Cham-
pionships, Sponsored by "307"
Club, Composed of Young
Chinese- A mericans

By Paul Lau




1929 MEN'S SINGLES CHAMPION, CHARLES LEE



THE Chinese Playground, one of
the finest units of San Fran-
cisco's magnificent system of recrea-
tion centers, will soon be the scene
of the Second Annual Chinese Na-
tional Open Tennis Championships.
"307," a social organization whose
membership is composed of young
Chinese-American citizens promi-
nent in the business and professional
life of this city, is again to be spon-
sor of this unique athletic event.
Great Interest Displayed
Noting the great interest dis-
played in the net sport since the city
fathers so generously gave China-
town its first tennis court and play-
field, "307" in 1929 donated hand-
some trophies and sponsored the
first open tennis tournament for
Chinese in America. The list of
competitors more than exceeded the
fondest hopes of the committee in



charge. .Almost an even hundred

plaj'ers furnished the interested

crowds with spectacular playing

worthy of Wimbledon or Forest
Hills.

Events for both men and women
were included in the program. On
the day of the final matches, China-
town turned out en masse to cheer
the participants. Intense rivalry
was displayed even by the old-
timers who were witnessing their
first games of tennis. Lack of
knowledge of the meaning of the
referee's shouts of "thirty-love,"
"deuce" or "foot-fault" did not
dampen their ardor or deter them
from cheering a well-placed killer or
applauding the skillful return of a
seemingly impossible ball. The
crowds taxed the capacity of the
grounds and the adjacent streets.



The scene out-spectacled any foi
mer gathering in this section of th
city for color and enthusiasm.

Successful Sports Season f

Climaxing a most successfu
sports season, "307" presented tb
winning players with their hai!l3
won trophies at a monster "Sport
Jamboree" held in the auditorium o
the Chinese Native Sons. TI
Consul-General of the Republic
China made the presentations be
fore the largest indoor assembl
in the history of Chinatown.

Guided by its experience
year the "307" Athletics Committi
promises to eclipse its first enji
deavors and all sport-lovers ai
eagerly looking forward to the opei
ing day of the tourney — August 3.'

Many thanks are due the direc
tors of the Chinese Playgrounds



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Miss Lobertha Vivelle and Mr. Oli-
ver Chang', for their untiring efforts
and sincere cooperation in making
the affair the success that it was.
But above all, the entire Chinese
community is deeply ajipreciative
and more than grateful to the City
of San Francisco for providing the
playground ; enabling the growing
generation to enjoy a sport that was
hitherto unknown to them through
lack of playing facilities.

Preparations for Match

I Preparations for the coming tour-
nament are in the able hands of the
following members of the "307"
Athletics Committee : Henry R.
Leong, King Lee and Paul Lau. All
San Francisco will be interested in
their efforts to build better Chinese-
.^merican citizens through the me-
dium of clean, healthful athletic
competition.




THE WINNERS AND THEIR TROPHIES

Left to right: Lee Ting, Finalist, Men's Singles; June Lau, IVinner, JVomen's

Singles; Rose Louie, Finalist, U'omen's Singles; Charles Lee,

If'inner, Men's Singles.



Rolph Completes State- Wide Tour



The recent completion by Mayor
James Rolph, Jr., of a whirlwind
twelve-day tour of Southern Califor-
nia, as part of his campaign for
Governor, has recalled the tremen-
dous difference that transportation
facilities have played in ' political
campaigns during the past thirty-
five years in California.

It took James H. Budd a full two
years to tour the state. Budd served
as Governor in the years 1894 to
1898. Budd's two years' fight for
the office was in reality a long battle
with the means of transportation of
his day, so that he could get around
the state.



• Where Budd traveled by horse-
back, stage coach, slow trains, even,
it is said, by bicycle, Rolph traveled
by airplane, seaplanes, high-speed
motorboats, automobile and fast
trains.

Several times, in visiting the
farming country, Budd was con-
veyed to his meeting place atop of
farm wagons, which often took sev-
eral days to reach their destination.

Rolph either sped to the ap-
pointed places in a comfortable
automobile or by plane. Budd
would arrive exhausted from his
long journeys and frequently needed



several hours' rest. Rolph would
step from his car or plane to the
speaker's platform, rested and fresh
for a stirring oration.

When Budd arrived at a large city
he would hire a hacknej' coach.
Rolph whisks to his hotels by motor
car.

It has been estimated that if
Budd had made Rolph's recent
twelve-day tour, and visited the
same places, in the means of trans-
portation that existed thirty-five
years ago, it would have taken him
seven months, two weeks and four
davs.



AIR FLEET ENLARGED



SAN FRANCISCO TO BE HOST OF
OUTSTANDING GROUP



Three Planes Added to Standard
Oil Company Group



San Francisco will be host to gov-
ernors, distinguished diplomats and
the most representative group of
DUtstanding Latin-American lead-
ers ever assembled in the history of
California, August 20 at 9:40 a. m.,
when delegates to the Pan-Ameri-
can Reciprocal Trade Conference
arrive on their way to the state
:apital.

The reciprocal trade meet, sched-
iled to open at Sacramento August
25, vvill be preceded by a two-



week tour of the state and San
Francisco will be included in the
automobile caravan's itinerary.

Industrial plants, agricultural sec-
tions and educational institutions
are to be included in the list of
places to be visited by the distin-
guished visitors. The tour will start
from Los Angeles and will com-
prise a trip through the San Joaquin,
Santa Clara and Sacramento val-
leys, as well as a visit to the bay
district.



To join the Standard Oil Com-
pany air fleet, three new Stearman
"Speedmail" planes arrived at ]Mills
Field Friday from ^^'ichita. under
command of Capt. S. S. Chadderton
and piloted by Mike Doolin, Shirley
Brush and Clayton Allen.

The new ships have a maximum
speed of 170 miles per hour. They
are to be used for general trans-
portation and experimental work.
.Added to the tri-motored Ford and
Boeing planes, they make the oil
company's the largest private fleet
on the coast, according to officials.



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July




OUR JAIL




&

By William J. Fitzgerald

Sheriff



CALIFORNIA jails for adults
may be divided into three
classes depending upon the char-
acter of men housed therein. That
at Folsom houses the hardened type
of men who have been convicted
twice or oftener of a felony. San
Quentin shelters those who have
been convicted of a felony once.
These are the two state peniten-
tiaries and at a glance it may be
seen that different methods of hand-
ling the inmates at each may be
resorted to.

In nearly every one of the fifty-
eight counties there is a county
Jail. A person is arrested and taken
to the city jail. As soon as conve-
nient, usually the next morning, he
is brought before the magistrate
and if guilty of a misdemeanor, he
is given a county jail sentence, is
turned over to the custody of the
sheriff of the county to serve this
sentence. If the crime is a felony,
he is held to answer in the Superior
Court pending the trial thereon and
until its conclusion the prisoner is
in the custody of the sherifT.

San Francisco has three county
jails. Branch No. 1 to the East of
the Hall of Justice, where men
awaiting trial in the Superior Court
are held; Branch No. 2 at Ingleside,
where men given county jail sen-
tences are confined and Branch No.
3, also at Ingleside, where women
convicted are serving county jail
sentences.

The real county jail is at Ingle-
side. An examination of the class



of men found there marks them as
entirely different from the class in
either our state prisons.

Fully 75 per cent of the inmates
are drug addicts or men convicted
of vagrancy usually through exces-
sive use of liquor. The other 25 per
cent are men who were tried on
some misdemeanor or even more
serious charge, and the latter
through leniency of the courts es-
caped a sentence to a penitentiary
and thereby were saved the stigma
of being a felon. These cases in-
clude rape, contributing to delin-
quency of minors, forgery, battery,
l)urglary, petty theft, indecent ex-
posure, shop lifting, etc. Not the
real hard thug as yet and all in all
giving us a class to handle vastly
different from that in the big
houses.

Accordingly in studying this
group, questions such as guarding,
feeding, quantity and quality of
employment, will elicit a different
answer here.

Inmates at Ingleside are not
vicious men, they represent if you
will a shiftless, improvident unfor-
tunate strata of society. Kindliness
rather than harsh measures is the
formula.

Ours is not the place to go in for
expensive teaching of trades. Short
sentences and disinterested men
preclude that admittedly idleness
should be minimized and in study-
ing how to employ these men we
find that restaurant work, house-



hold chores, fishing industry, farm-
ing, road building and in general
seasonal occupations are their pre-
vious occupations. What more log-
ical than to place them in similar
pursuits? Of all the various plans
presented, that of the farm will
afford more work of the type our
inmates are familiar with than any
other.

Prison architects have e%"olved
three distinct designs of structure;
one for the reformatory ; two for
the penitentiary; three for the mis-
demeanors. The cost of these vari-
ous structures ranges from $3,000
to $1,000 per inmate and we feel
that a structure in the lowest price
class will best serve our needs.

It is anticipated that a bond issue
for this purpose will appear on the
November ballot and it is our hope
that the electorate will approve the
acquisition of a new jail.

The housing of these men pre-
sents a different problem than at a
prison for felons. Truly society
should be protected, but we feel
that society is not going to raise a
hue and cry if some unfortunate
drug addict or canned heat addict
should effect his escape from our
county jail. With this understand-
ing of the type we feel that a struc-
ture minus many of the fol de rols
of tool proof bars, etc., may be
erected at the same time permitting
of better ventilation, lighting and
in general more sanitary housing.



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Illinois Street Widenin
to Aid Industry



PLANS for a 150-foot industrial
boulevard over Illinois Street to
extend along the Embarcadero south
over the new Third Street Bridge to
Islais Creek were launched last week
at a joint meeting of the San Fran-
cisco Chamber of Commerce Indus-
trial Committee and members of the
Streets Committee of the Board of
Supervisors.

"We have long felt the need of a
great traffic artery to serve the fu-
ture industrial and waterfront devel-
opment south of the channel," stated
C. E. Baen, chairman of the Cham-
ber of Commerce Committee in
charge of the activity, "and this is
the next step in our program follow-
ing the successful completion of the
Chamber's campaign to secure the
building of a new Third Street
Bridge."

Under the present widening plan,
a wide angle curve would carry traf-
fic from the Third Street Bridge into
Illinois Street at Fourth Street.
From this point the entire street
would be widened to 150 feet to a
point south of Army Street, from
where another wide angle curve
would carry traffic back onto Third
Street at the Islais Creek Bridge.
Full provision for railroad tracks
would be made in the new street and
it is expected that the State Belt
Railway and other railroads serving
the area will be enabled to provide
better facilities for connection with
present and future wharf develop-
ment.

A request has already gone for-
ward from Chairman James E.
Power and members of the Super-
visors' Streets Committee to the city
engineer for plans and estimates of
the proposed project which report is
expected to be completed within
thirty days. Following the submis-
sion of this data, conferences will
be held with representatives of the



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