Books: Suggestive Picture

THE MAN WHO BUILT SAN FRANCISCO —Julian Dana—Macmillan ($3.50).

According to Julian Dana, the man who built San Francisco was a cheerful, magnetic, goodhearted, almost-forgotten banker and promoter named William Ralston. He was born in Plymouth, Ohio in 1826, became a steamboat clerk in the great days of Mississippi steamboating, a banker in Panama during the Gold Rush.

He arrived in San Francisco at the age of 25 as captain of the vessel that carried him. Conceived in the newer fashion of romantic biography, which decrees that the life discussed shall conform as closely as...

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