National Geographic : 1915 Jul
tuate the dull roar of the world traffic in course below. A busy as well as a lively scene, it is nevertheless merely a faint indication of that which the future holds in store. On the Oakland side half a dozen sea-walls already thrust long stone fingers miles into the bay, and between them powerful suction dredges are filling in the flats. Ten miles of water front are in course of preparation for docks and wharves to care for the increased trade, and there is no limit. If necessary, a hundred miles of water front could be developed around the bay, with close connections between ship and rail; and some day it will be needed. When the war is over and the stream of European immigration is diverted from the Atlantic seaboard through the canal into the wide, empty spaces of the Pa cific coast; when these begin to yield corn, and olives, and oil, and wine in stead of chaparral; when a thousand new towns and cities shall multiply the de mand for manufactures; when mills, and mines, and factories, and new indus tries of a dozen sorts spring up all over the land, and more and more lines of steamships radiate from San Francisco all over the western world; then, wide as are its waters, this beautiful harbor will be black with shipping as a northern lake on the return in spring of the water fowl. A WORLD EMPIRE A hundred ships will lie at anchor where one now dots the shining expanse. In these pleasant climes, where snow is a phenomenon and there is no winter cold to chill man's energies and consume his summer earnings, where the earth yields more abundantly and variously of her fruits and grains, with the backwash from the Orient lifting trade to its high est levels, will undoubtedly arise one of the world's greatest commercial empires. It is wonderful as it stands today , the more wonderful when one contem plates the complete ruin which over whelmed San Francisco less than ten years ago. Sitting on a fire-swept hill top, in the midst of 27 square miles of ruins, nine years ago, I penned the fol lowing dispatch for a New York peri odical: Photo by Pillsbury Picture Co. THE ROAD WINDS AMONG THE GIANT REDWOODS "Over the pine and the fir the sequoia pos sesses an inestimable advantage. It is inde structible by fire or insect plagues and, appar ently, has no diseases. It would seem that they are destined to remain forever towering monuments in California's list of glories" (see text, page 73).