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AN FRANCISCO'S second an-
nual Harbor Day on Thursday,
August 21, under the auspices of the
Junior Chamber of Commerce of
San Francisco promises to be more
spectacular than last year's tremen-
dous celebration. Featuring parades
by air, sea and land, yacht races,
lifeboat races and the famous Olym-
pic Cup cutter race between the
crack crews of the Pacific Battle
Fleet for the Olympic Club's per-
petual trophy, the day will culmin-
ate in an evening devoted to gaiety.
There will be fireworks from barges
anchored oflf the Marina, general
decoration along the waterfront,
open house on the great liners in
port and finally a grand illumination
and searchlight display by the fifty
warships anchored off the Embarca-

First Event of Day

The first event of the day will be
the arrival under holiday flag dress
of the pride of the Japanese mer-
chant marine, the Chichibu Alaru.
which will steam into port at 8
o'clock, smashing all existing rec-
ords for time between San Francisco
and Japan and bearing in her hold a
cargo of silk and gold valued at
more than ten million dollars.

As particularly appropriate to the
day, the mammoth Harbor Day pa-
rade will start at the City Hall
headed by Grand Marshall Robert
Dollar, the youngest old man in San
Francisco. The cavalcade of citv



Cliairman of Marinr Committee of Junior

Chamber of Commerce, in charge

of Harbor Day

and state officials, ranking army and
navy officers, 2000 or more blue-
jackets and a hundred gay floats,
will proceed down Market Street
over Montgomery, down California
and along Drumm. Pacific and the
Enibarcadero past the

stand at the ferry building to dis-
burse south of Howard Street. This
parade will take place during the
noon hour and it is particularly fit-
ting that the parade should lead to
the Embarcadero, a scene of the
most important part of San Fran-
cisco's Harbor life.

Airplanes Will Soar

Overhead during the parade more
than 100 airplanes are expected to
soar in intricate evolutions herald-
ing the interest that all forms of
transportation are taking in Harbor
Day. From 9 o'clock in the morn-
ing until late at night, hundreds of
white winged yachts will compete
for the cups and prizes offered for
the Navy Week regatta, which
promises to be the most important
yachting event on the West Coast.
This great program is sponsored
jointly by the Corinthian Yacht
Club and the Sports and ^larine
Committee of the Junior Chamber
of Commerce. In the afternoon
along the waterfront will pass color-
ful marine parade with almost 200
vessels of all types in line, with
bands playing on tugs and barges
and the smaller craft gaily deco-

Mighty Demonstration

All of this mighty demonstration
is based on the desire of the Junior
Chamber of Commerce to enlist the
sympathy and support of the citi-
zens of San Francisco in the Har-




bor Day program which enumerates
the ten points which are essential' if
San Francisco is to maintain her
place as the leading seaport of the
Pacific Ocean. The following are
the ten points upon which our fu-
ture as a maritime city depends.

Ten Points for Harbor Day

1. Passage of the ten million dol-
lar California state bond issue for
development of San Francisco har-

2. Installation of adequate fire

protection on San Francisco's water

3. Endorsement of Kincon-Goat
Island route to Oakland and prop-
erly financed highway bridge of
adequate clearance to Marin County
across the Golden Gate. Immediate
liuilding of the new Third Street
bridge authorized by city and state.

4. Construction of mail contract
merchant marine vessels in San
Francisco Bay shipyards.

5. A campaign to sell the port of
San Francisco to shippers and trav-

6. De\elopment and eniargement
of yacht harlior and aquatic park in
San Francisco.

7. Proper shipside storage facili-
ties and reasonable rates with
proper warehouse receipts.

8. Extension of hours for inspec-
tion of vessels entering and leaving
the port.

9. Cooperation with Pan-Ameri-
can Trade Conference and all north-
ern California for development of
foreign trade.

10. Establishment of Sunnyvale
dirigible base.




Night Activities
Of San Francisco Playgrounds

By Raymond S. Kimball

Supervisor, Sail Francisco Playgrounds and Community Centers

WITH nine C(_>mmunity center
playgrounds in San Francisco
sponsoring evening programs in rec-
reation on an average of four eve-
nings a week, the schedule of eve-
ning recreation work offers a most
interesting field in itself. Catering
to an average weekly evening at-
tendance of nineteen hundred chil-
dren and grownups, these nine play-
grounds distributed throughout dif-
ferent parts of the city present a
varied program of activities. On the
existing program almost every type
of competitive, creative and organ-
ized club activity is jiersonally su-
pervised, organized and encouraged
by the San Francisco Playground
Commission. Athletic, dramatic and
organized club work is carried out
on every playground on their regu-
lar schedule of activities, while in

addition to these musical groups are
to be found on four grounds in par-

In programs of athletic activity,
basketball, indoor baseball, tennis,
and in the summer months twilight
baseball leagues are carried out as a
part of the evening program. Inter-
playground games in these activi-
ties are organized by the directors
in charge of the playgrounds and a
regular schedule for competitive
athletics maintained throughout the
year. On one playground in ])ar-
ticular outdoor activity has been
made possible in the evenings
through the installation of a bril-
liant illuminating system. On this
playground tennis, football and base-
ball are played in the evening with
the aid of electric lights. .Attend-

ance at this ground far surpasses
that of any other.

Dramatic Work

Dramatic work is carrieil out on
every playground. Groups inter-
ested in this activity are for the
most part composerl of grownups
and younger people above 17 years
of age. In this particular branch of
the work e.xceptional results have
been obtained. In a recent program
sponsored by the commission in
conjunction with the Christmas
week festivities, one evening group
])resented a series of exceptionally
well executed Nativity plays which
were accorded considerable newspa-
per commendation. This group was
composed entirely of young work-
ing men and women lietween 17 and
21 years of age.





Social Dancing Grouf', Jackson Playground Community Ccnler

Popular Evening Activity

Dramatics is by far one of the
most popular of evening club activi-
ties in that almost every club or-
ganization at one time or another
attempts something in the way of
drama as an entertainment feature.
On one playground a dramatic
group composed almost entirely of
mothers of playground children has
now been in existence for over two
years. This group, meeting regu-
larly in the evenings in the play-
ground clubrooms. presents plays
at regular intervals throughout the
year. Dramatic groups are to be
found on every community center
playground throughout the city.

Musical Activities

^lusical activities, although not
quite as popular as dramatics, are to
be found on four out of the nine eve-
ning recreation centers. On one
community center playground sit-
uated in the heart of the Italian set-
tlement a group of thirty-five > oung
Italian boys have been organized
into a glee club. Another separate
group on the same playground has
enrolled twenty-five boys in a har-
monica club. In another section of
the citv there is a girls' glee club.

and in still another a group of moth-
ers have been combined in a glee
club for grownups sponsoring com-
munity songs and short musical

A senior girls" glee club of thirty
members, all between the ages of
seventeen and twenty, is preparing
a spring concert which they will
])resent in the summer. Such is the
interest in musical activities, and
although the organization of this
particular phase of the work is still
in its infancy all present indications
point strongly toward a rapid in-
crease in the number of clubs in this

Organized social clubs present a
varied field of activity in them-
selves. On some playgrounds this
type of club is a combination of
athletic and social functions. Dur-
ing the winter months athletic clubs
may continue to hold meetings on
the playgrounds during the eve-
nings, conducting socials, whist par-
ties, or an occasional dance pro-
gram. Club members and parents
of club members attend these func-
tions, thus establishing close con-
tact between playground and com-
munity. The department has re-
cently experimented with Friday
Night Dances on several play-

grounds throughout the city and
has thus far found them most sat-
isfactory. Attendance records show
a retinue of over two hundred chil-
dren and parents attending these

Other organized clubs meeting
regularly on different playgrounds
are of varied types. One group is
interested in clog and tap dancing,
another in tumbling work, still
others in Boy Scout or Camp Fire
activities. Anv number of interests
and endeavors are represented in
wide range of activities. These vari-
ous activities, encouraged and di-
rected by each pla\ground instruc-
tor, are closely supervised.

Present Schedule

Under the present schedule of
evening activities on community
center playgrounds, the San Fran-
cisco Playground Commission is en-
deavoring to maintain as well bal-
anced and appealing programs for
evenings recreation as possible. Al-
though this particular branch of the
work is still in an embryonic stage,
the department is continually striv-
ing to establish a firm foothold for
itself in this comparatively new and
pioneer field of community center
playground work.





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Our own "Peggy,

' second from left, wins exciting 220-yard dash at world's greatest pool, .-Jugust 3, 1930



enthusiasts will be afforded
their first opportunity of seeing
Helene Madison, the world's great-
est woman swimmer in the Far
Western swimming meet to be held
at Fleishhacker Pool September 6
and 7.

Through the efforts of Henry Ing-
wersen of the city's auditing de-
partment and also Pacific Swim-
ming Commissioner, the outstand-
ing swimmers of the present day
have accepted the invitation to com-
pete in this meet. Miss Madison
holds all the world's records for
swimming events in the free style
from 100 yards to 880 yards, and
in the national championships re-
cently held in Long Beach she won
all five of the events entered.

Cliairman, Citizens' Committee




Besides Helene Madison in the
events to be held at Fleishhacker
Pool, Buster Crabhe and Zorilla,
the two most outstanding of men
swimmers of the present day, will
compete. In the diving champion-
ships Harold Smith, the national
champion low board diver, and
Farid Sinika, the Egyptian who
holds the senior national high div-
ing championship, will be among
the competitors.

In adition to the above the Los
Angeles world championship girls
relay team will attempt to set new
records. There will also be teams
from Hollywood, Pasadena, and
team representing the several ath-
letic clubs of San Francisco, includ-
ing the Olympic Club, the Athens
Club, and the Neptune Beach Clul).
Teams representing Stanford Uni-
versity and the University of Cali-
fornia and other western colleges
will be among the competitors. In
all it is estimated that there will be
more than 125 swimmers competing
in this meet.

The list of events for the meet is
as follows :

For Men

One hundred meters free stvle ;



400 meters free style ; 800 meters
free style ; 200 meters breast stroke ;
200 meters back stroke ; 300 meters
medley ; fancy diving, 10-ft. spring-

board ; fancy diving, high board;
800 meters relay.

For Women

One hundred meters free style ;
200 meters free style ; 300 meters
medley ; fancy diving, 10-ft. spring-
board ; 100 meters free style, open

As the events are all of standard
length an}' world's records estab-
lished will be recognized.

The Far W^estern Swimming
Championship meet is held under
the auspices of the Pacific Associa-
tion of the Amateur Athletic Union
of which Henry Ingwersen is the
swimming commissioner. Others in
charge of the meet are Joseph R.
Hickey, athletic director of the Park
Commission ; William M. CofTman,
president of the association ; Frank
R. Geis, secretary-treasurer; Sam
Goodwin, chairman of the Finance
Committee, and Malcolm AlacDon-
ald, chairman of the Registration
Committee. Cooperating with this
body for the success of the meet is
the citizens' Committee, of which
Supervisor Jefferson E. Peyser is
the chairman and City Auditor
Benning Wentworth is the treas-


_ Symphony is now in its fifth
year, each year having made it more
familiar to San Franciscans, and, in
fact, to the world at large, as a
unique San Francisco institution.

On account of the equitable sum-
mer temperature in San Francsico
orchestral programs can be given
throughout the summer months of
July, August and September in-
doors, and that this is appreciated
by the public is evidenced by the
great attendance at the concerts.
the audience averaging seven thou-
sand at each performance.

Programs Every Tuesday

The programs are given every
Tuesday evening in the San Fran-
cisco Exposition Auditorium with
the full complement of the San
Francisco Symphony Orchestra un-
der the baton of distinguished vi.s-
iting conductors.

Among the outstanding conduc-
tors who have been heard in San

Francisco as a result of the Summer
Symphon}' Association's activities,
are Bruno AValter, Ossip Gabrilo-
vich, Eugene Goossens, Albert
Coates, Emil Oberhoflfer, Bernar-
dino Molinari, A\'illem Van Hoog-
straten, and .\rthur Rodzinski.

Among Local Conductors

Among local conductors who have
presented programs for the Summer
Symphony are Alfred Hertz, who
for four years directed the Winter
Symphony programs, Gaetano Me-
rola, director of the San Francisco
Opera, Alfred Hurtgen, Giulio Mi-
netti, Vladimir Shavich, and Ernest
Block, composer of the symphony,

In this 3-ear's series we have yet
to hear Enrique Fernandez Arbos,
the distinguished Spanish conduc-
tor, and Antonia Brico. the Lhiiver-
sity of California girl who has been
developed as an orchestral conduc-
tor under the tutelage of Carl ]\Iuck
of Berlin. And the season ends

with the return of Alfred Hertz,
who will present Beethoven's Ninth
Symphony with the IMunicipal

It is an inspiration to San Fran-
ciscans to see the response to these
programs, and nothing better adver-
tises the city than the broadcasting
of the programs, which for this rea-
son have been described and ana-
lyzed by Alexander Fried, music
critic of the San Francisco Chron-

Officers of Association

The officers of the Summer Sj'm-
phony Association are Joseph S.
Thompson, president; John Roths-
child, first vice-president ; Mrs. Lil-
lian Birmingham, second vice-presi-
dent; All>ert A. Greenbaum, secre-
tary-treasurer; Alfred Metzger,
chairman music committee; Tom C.
Girton, manager.

The generous and intelligent at-
titude of Supervisors Jefferson Pey-




ser of the Financial Committee, and
Emmett Hayden of the Auditorium
Committee, backed up by their as-
sociates on the board, has made
this feature of San Francisco Hfe

It is to be hoped, of course, that
the audience grows to the point
where the Summer Symphony will
be entirely self - supporting even
though the tickets are sold in the
form of season books, which makes
the rate only 50 cents for the best
seats in the auditorium. The season
ticket books can be turned in so
that those attending all the con-
certs can have their regular seats
throughout the season at this singu-
larly low price.

Part of the success of the Sym-
phony is of course due to the fact
that the Musical Association of San
Francisco maintains the orchestra
throughout the winter and that the
Philharmonic Society of San Mateo
cooperates with the Summer Sym-
phony Association by employing
the orchestra and conductors for
eight Sunday afternoon concerts
during the summer, making the ar-
rangement more practical and at-
tractive for the members of the or-
chestra and the leaders. A measure
of cooperation is also established
between the organizations in San
Francisco and the Hollywood Bowl
of Los Angeles.

Cliairman, Auditurium Committee, Board of Superi'isurs

Books, Brokers and Stodis

By Anne M. Farrell

//( charge of Fiction Depart metit, Public Library

BEFORE the stock crash of a
year ago, the layman purchased
his stocks more or less haphazardly,
without too close investigation, hop-
ing only that the turnover would be
speedy and lucrative, and not in-
quiring particularly whether the
company was stable or well financed.
It was often the casual reference of
a friend concerning a certain stock
that determined his investing, or the
questionable "hunch" of the ama-
teur that certain stocks were bound
to rise.

Not so today. In this stock-en-
lightcncd era the burnt investor,
while healing his wounds, respects
the power of the fire that has

scarred him, and determines not to
be scorched again. He investigates
his prospective stocks, reads books
on the subject, and studies assets
and liabilities with the acumen of a
professional. No longer is he to be
a pawn in the fiery maelstrom of
poor values. If the man with mil-
lions of dollars at his disposal makes
the stock market a life study, the
man with a few hundreds of dollars
lias decided to clear a small path
through the financial maze for him-
self, and in this he may lie aided b)'

Business experts and financial
analysts have been quick to take ad-
vantage of this trend, and as a re-

sult the book publishers of the
country have been fairly deluged
with volumes on finance, stocks,
business, bonds, investments and a
half dozen other allied subjects.
That there was a decided need for
this service is proved by the many
books of this nature that are now
on the reserve list in the public

One "of the best authorities on the
present stock question is Glenn G.
Munn, security analyst for Paine.
Webber and Company. He is the
author of many noted books on
finance, among which is the "En-
cyclopedia of Banking and Finance."
In his new volume, "Meeting the




Bear Market," some very entertain-
ing chapters are to be found, for ex-
ample: The 1929 Stock Dehicle.
Causes of the 1929 Stock Crash.
How High Were Stocks? How
i-ow Did They Go? Brokers'
Loans, Market Technique.

Discusses Causes of Panic

In "The Stock Market Crash and
After," Irving Fisher, a member of
the faculty of Yale University, dis-
cusses the causes of the panic, and
the remedies and preventives of
panics in general. In the introduc-
tion to his book Professor Fisher
states the many reasons given for
the recent crash, each authority
having his own particular theory —
some blaming it on the stock gam-
blers, others on the blocking of the
tariff bill in Congress, and still oth-
ers on "the brokers and their un-
holy ways."

Probably the most interesting of
all of the newer books on the stock
situation is an anonymous volume
called "Watch Your Margin," with
an introduction by W. E. Wood-
ward. It is compiled in the form of
letters that pass between Uncle Joe
and his nephew George. It is ad-
mittedly written by one of the ablest
stock brokers of the last twentj-
years, who chose to remain cloaked
in anonymity to avoid the publicity
that would ensue should he have

signed his own name to the book.
It is prepared in a popular style,
lacking everything dull and trite,
and deftly gives some intelligent
pointers "in the great game."

"Beating the Stock Market," by
R. W. McN'eel, financial editor of
the Boston Herald from 1912 to
1922, demonstrates the wisdom of
taking advantage of a low market,
and contains chapters labeled. Rea-
son vs. Instinct, Stop-Loss Orders,
Enthusiasm and Haste. For the un-
initiated this little volume is quite
readable. Mr. McXeel has elimi-
nated all unnecessary technical al-
lusions, and has attempted, and ad-
mirably succeeded, in writing a
book that will assist those who are
searching for unbiased advice in
their financial investments.

Concerned with Biography

Although it is primarily con-
cerned with his biography. Richard
D. WyckoflF's "Wall St'reet \'en-
tures and Adventures Through
Forty Years" is a fascinating ac-
count of the financial district of
New York and the stock market.
Wyckoff. the founder of a financial
sheet. "The Ticker," was for sev-
eral years the editor of The Maga-
zine of Wall Street, in addition to
which he maintained the Wyckoflf
analytical staff. A footnote in the
book contains the interesting infor-
mation that \\'vckoff was intimatelv

identified with the stock market lor
nearly one-third of its existence
( the Stock Exchange was founded
in 1792, so that in 1928 it was 136
years old, and Mr. Wyckoff was af-
filiated with it during forty years of
this time).

"Mystery Men of Wall Street,"
by Earl Sparling, contains several
essays on the so-called "big men" of
the financial world, with entertain-
ing details of their lives.

Other Books on Subject

Other books on this most timely
subject, which space forbids more
than a mention, are: "The Art of
Speculation," by Philip L. Carret;
"Understanding the Stock Market,"
by Alliston Cragg; "Making Money
in the Stock Market," by Orline D.
Foster; "Wall Street," by Charles
F. Hodges ; "Commodity Ex-
change." by Julius Bernard Baer,
and "Stock Exchange from Within,"
by William C. \'an Antwerp.

When one realizes that stocks
have crashed before and righted
themselves, and business depres-
sions have been with the financial
world since the very inception of
trade, one becomes less inclined
toward financial hysteria, and is able
to go about the building for tomor-
row's business with a level head,
confidently awaiting the upward
rise in the stock market.

Length of School Day

At a meeting of the Board of
Education of June 24 the following
recommendations concerning the
length of the school day were
adopted :

In order to fix the length of the
school day for grades one and two
and to establish the length of the
school day for all teachers in the
elementary schools, it is recom-
mended :

That grades one and two are to
observe the following schedule : 9
a. m. to 11 :45 a. m., 1 p. m. to 2:15
p. m.. including the required recess
periods, the final dismissal bells for
grades one and two to be at 11 :50
a. m. and 2:20 p. m.. respectively.

That all teachers in grades kin-
dergarten to the eighth, inclusive.
in elementary schools, are to report
to their respective schools not later
than 8:45 a. m. and are to remain
until 3:15 p. m.

The teachers in grades kindergar-
ten, one and two are to be pro-

gramed by the principal during the
period 2:15 to 3:10. The type of
service to be programed by the prin-
cipals shall be determined by the
principal in conference with the
teachers in order that the needs of
the school shall be best provided

The time schedule for the daily
session for pupils of all grades three
to eight, inclusive, in the elemen-
tary schools to remain as at present.

CALENDAR FOR 1930-1931

The approved calendar for the
school year 1930-31 is reprinted be-
low and should be carefully pre-
served by teachers for purposes of

The calendar shows a total of 193
actual teaching days and three In-

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