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The San Francisco Call Junior Section
Issued Every Saturday For the Boys and Girls of Sam :Hranoiseb arid Califorriia
HAVE YOU SEEN ALONZO? THE JUNIOR CALL DOG SCENTS THANKSGIVING DINNER
A FAMILY CHAT WITH THE JUNIORS
Although The imior tall lias only
teen in existence a few weeks, it
lias abundant cause to welcome the
idvent of the Thanksgiving season,
»o fraught with the satisfaction and
joy that come with the knowledge
if complete success have l>een those
few weeks of its existence. Every
day brings increased evidence of
the popularity of The Junior Call
among both juniors and adults of
The teacher?*' comer today is de
voted to physical education in the
public schools and Professors Barth
and 51>ihling. supervisors in the San
Francisco schools, have furnished
a comprehensive article covering
this important department, which is
complete in every detail. It be
comes the duty of the schools to
improve the health and vigor of the
children, if the American people
are to maintain an adequate physi
cal, mental and moral standard.
Acain The Junior Call repeats its
invibtion to the educators of Cali
fornia to avail themselves of the
columns of the teachers' corner to
assist in tbe dissen:«iiation of infor
mation regarding the work of their
particular departments. There is no
teacher in California who can not,
oat of his or her -own knowledge
and fiperierce, assist some other
teacher, as The Junior Call also de
sires to assist. The Junior Call ap
preciates the work of the teacher. It
knows that the teacher is not work
ing for individual aggrandizement,
nor for the benefit of any individual
child or grcup of children, but for
America — a bigger, better, greater
America. The teacher knows that
the time will come when- the world
will demand of the child that he do
something to further the progress of
civilization, and that something and
how he will do it depends not only
upon his ability to pass a brilliant
cxaminatiGn, but upon habits of
thoroughness and industry, and,
above all, upon his perception and
appreciation of the moral law. Truly
the responsibility upon the teacher
is not a sltebt one!
In regard to the history contest,
which is continued, it is necessary
to repeat that the contributions
must be written on only one side of
the paper, with ink or a soft black
pencil, and they must be not more
than 300 words in length nor less
than 200. So many stories are re
ceived that are written eu both sides
of the paper that It is evident that
many of the juniors do not read the
conditions, or they would surely
comply with them. Read the par
ticulars on the second page.
In this issue, en the third paiJc,
Axle Grease for North Pole
Perry, the arctic explorer, never
started on one of his expeditions with
out receiving a variety of -'packages
from people each of whom thought he
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the younger readers of The Junior
Call" will find something that will
especially interest them, namely, a
boat that was designed and built
by Herbert .Alexander Dickey of
Piedmont, who is only 9 years old,
and which is a most creditable piece
of work, and further illustrates the
fact that a child of almost any age
enjoys do ice things and making
things. To design and build.a boat,
at least one that will sail, requires
inventive genius and perseverance.
Children should be encouraged to
experiment, and should have, free
scope to develop their ideas.
- Also on the third page there is
today a very interesting story of her
own experience at 3Tme. Tussaud's
famous Waxworks museum in Lon
don, by, 3liss Shulman of Oakland,
and any one who has ever attempted
to pass a few hours alone among the
wax people can sympathize with
Miss Shulman's feelings when she
found herself mistaken for a wax
figure, as almost every visitor to
the waxworks has the same experi
ence, the wax figures being so ter
ribly lifelike. Travel experiences
are always interesting and Hiss
Shulman*s fellow juniors will appre
ciate her contribution.
The Patchwork Picture Puzzles
are the fad of the hour, and the
younger juniors are fortunate in be
ing able to participate in a game
that is so fascinating and so thor
oughly up to date. The puzzles,
however, are for the younger juniors
only, and not for boys and girls who
are over 10 years of age. Con
testants in the puzzle contest are
requested to give their ages.
The story by 3Targaret Forrester,
Jakey Klein's Thanksgiving, on the
third page, .is well worth reading.
The picture of the little, motherless,
foreign born boy, who had never
heard of Thanksgiving and had
nothing to be thankful for, is ex
tremely pathetic, and his joy and
gratitude at the advent of his new
friend, the little "Bed Riding Hood,"
who appeared momentarily, "out of
the snow, or, rather, out of a trans
continental train, Is a lesson to
those who have so many more bless
ings to be grateful for.
Alonzo. The Junior Call dog, Is
also appreciative of the Thanksgiv
ing season, as will be seen by his
wild rush across the center of the
stage today, in the direction of the
turkey dinner w hich Is awaiting him.
At Juniorville, His Royal High
n?ss, the turkey, occupies the cen
ter of the stage, and thero is very
little question as to whether or not
those juniors are going to enjoy
their dinner. "Watch them!
needed come particular article. A few
days before he set off on one of his
trips there arrived a parcel labeled'
"To be opened at the farthest point
north." Peary -opened it at once. In
side was a small barrel inscribed, "Axle
grease for the pole!"
SAN FRANCISCO^ SATXJRDAY, NOVEMBER 21^1908.
Seven Toed Cats
AN interesting family of cats which
frisk about the Oak street police
station, New York city, \u25a0 is \u25a0 the
talk of the district, and many persons
have come from all over the city to
see them, while an expert has been
sent down from the Bronx Zoo to try
to fathom the secret of this strange
family, each member of which has
seven toes on its fore feet.
Seven Toed Dick is the father of the
flock, but strange as it appears, their
mother, Six Toed Judy, did not develop
seven toes until she was almost a year
old, though now she has that number,
like the others.
The rest of the seven toed family
have not been named yet, but there are
six of them, about two months old, of
all colors, each of which has seven well
defined toes on its front paws. Their
feet are abnprmally large, too.
According to Lieutenant "Bull" Mc-
Carthy, who was In every country in
the world when in the United States
navy, seven toed cats are not rare In
some countries. He says:
"The island of Madagascar is re
nowned for its freak cats, and Malta is
a close second, but legend gays that a
hundred years or so ago a- ship from
the far-east which was wrecked on the
Jersey coast . off Fair Haven had , a
number of . seven toed eats ' aboard,
some of which swam ashore — for they
are good swimmers — and ever since
that locality has produced any number
"One big yellow one that I remember
seeing in Djokjokarta, on the island of
Java, was the pet of an old deep sea
sailor. He had taught it many tricks.
It could turn a somersault like a trick
dog, roll over, play dead cat and do
other strange tricks, but its best stunt
next to swimming was to carry the
mail, for it seemed to recollect loca
tions like a human being and would go
for the old jack tar's mail a mile off
to the postofflce and always brought it
Less than a year ago "Bull" was
sitting behind his desk on the late tour
in the Oak street police station, when
a sailor who had shipped too much
grog was brought In .for safe keeping.
"What's your name?" asked the lieu
tenant, and the old salt drawled out
"Dick Sanford." Then he proudly as
serted that he was a sailor and had
been all over the world.
McCarthy's brow knitted hard as he
looked up, but he only said. "Take him
back and give him a good soft bunk in
the fo' castle and bring him to me in
the morning when, he sobers up."
McCarthy saw that Sanford was dis
charged in court the next morning and
brought back to the "police station.
There he ' restored to him his sheath
knife and other belongings and accom
panied him to South street, where the
good old clipper ship Asa Eldridge was
Sanford produced from the chain
locker a little mite of a kitten and
gave it to McCarthy. It was all he
had to give-
It was black and whiteand had
seven toes on . its fore feat. "Say,
Dick," said the lieutenant, 'Tll-.name
this cat after you.- I will call It 'Seven
Toed Dick' from Madagascar."
"Seven Toed Dick", at once : became
popular with the menat the police sta
tion, for none of them had -ever seen
the like before.
WITH THE SHORT STORY TELLER AND THE POET
Some Quaint Definitions
Schoolroom humor is usually acciden
tal, spasmodic in appearance, and
charged with varying degrees of in
The boy who in his essay on milk
remarked that "when the cow has been
milked it . is passed - through a sieve"
discerned no humor in the; statement
even after a demonstration in analyti
cal grammar. \*
The general optimism of boys is il
lustrated by the confidence with which
they tackle definitions of difficult terms,
in writing a description of happiness,
one boy decided that "happiness means
lively, jolly, and plenty of it." Another
with a. mind. of more searching, trend
said, "Happiness is a living state ;;of
being which no person can. see. "T^Bere
are many ways of getting, it. It can
also be got by saving people'slives'and
going to meetings about associations,
arranging for socials and balls. A man
can be happy when he is at work" and
enjoying . a walk with his outdoor
neighbors." .. . ,
, Questions in "general knowledge"
frequently provide pitfalls, a hospital
being variously described as "a place
where' people are. taken, who -are not
ill,* but • have . something, to do .with
some; partof their body." and "a place
where people gcfwJren they. have a bad
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... The: difference .between . a physician
and a'surgeon is expressed as follows,
•'A; physician is a man which mixes
medicines for the people, and a sur
geon is a man. who takes legs oft -when
any one requires It or arms."
There is a general agreement on the
subject of gluttony, as witness the fol
lowing definitions: "A glutton : is a
person who wants all the meat to him
self"; "Glutton means a man who eats
that much that he doesn't know what
to do with himself"; "A glutton Is a
man who thinks that he can eat all the
lot, and when he comes to the end their
eyes are bigger than themselves."
The question, "What are j the chief
beasts of burden in Egypt, South
America, India and South Africa?" was
answered laconically by the words,
. One boy, conspicuous for his "regu
larity of attendance, defined a wag as
"a person who does not attend a place
where he ought •to go"; another
described a critic as "a man who takes
everything serious." . .\;
Belling the- Cat
"Who ; will be the cat?" is a curious
old proverb, famous In parable and in
history. ; The mice, says the parable,
held a. consultation how.to secure them
selves from the cat, and they resolved
to hang a bell about the cat's neck to
give warning when she approached, but
after : they, resolved on doing- it they
were as far off as ever, for who would
Both parable and proverb have im
mortalized themselves in history. -When
the Scottish nobles met at Stirling |in
a body -they: proposed to take [ Spence,
the ; obnoxious .'favorite ; of James the
Third,' and hang him, and so gef rid of
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"Ay,": said / Lord : Grey, "that's very
well said, but who'll bell, the cat?"
"That- will; I,",. said' the black; Earl
Angus. He undertook, the task,,accom
plished It and J: was . called "Archibald
Bell-the-cat" until his ; dying day.
A Boy's Song
Where the pools. are bright and deep,
Where tho gray trout lies asleep, .
Up the river and o'er the lea '
That's the way for Billy and me.
Where the blackbird sfnjrs the latest,
Where the hawthorn blooms the
Where the nestlings chirp and flee,
That's the way for Billy and me.
Where the mowers mow the cleanest.
Where the hay lies thick and greenest,
There to trace the homeward. bee,
That's the way for Billy and .me.
Where the hazel bank is steepest.
Where the shadow falls the deepest,.
Where the clustering nuts fall free, ;
That's the way for Billy and me.
Why the boys should drive away
Little sweet maidens from the play.
Or love to banter and fight so well.
That's the thing I never could tell. .
But this I know,, l love to play,
Through' the ; meadow, among the hay;
Up the water and o'er the lea.
That's the way for Billy and me.
The End of Summer
Down by, the browning ; meadows, .
Out from the bending trees,
The clamor and cry of the bluejays
Storm; through the languid breeze.
The corn fields are seas of tassel,
And close by thefcorn field's edge
Snow on the mountain and 'golden rod
Mingle with sward and sedge. r^-^V
The ruddy fruits of the orchard
Fall ripe In the aftermath.
And,*, ripe lin the ' sun, the blackberries
Hang lush o'er the well worn path,
The meadows ; are golden billows.
The quail from the stubble calls;
The thistle tall and the lronweed
Bloom by the old stone walls.
In the air is a spicy odor;
The woodlands are .filled, with .haze;
The grapes hang ripe in the wildwoods,
The ivies are all ablaze, v.
Oh. the gorgeous, glowing garlands
That hang o'er each smoke tinged
; "path! - '
Oh. the. glorious, golden mornings
That, come with the aftermath!
A Friendly Hand
"When a man. ain't got a cent, an' he's
feelin' kind o* blue.
An* .'the clouds hang dark and heavy an'
won't let the sunshine through,
It's a grand thing,' O my 'brethren, for
V a feller just to lay
His hand upon your shoulder in a
friendly sort of .way! '
It make a man feel curious; it make the
An'-you sort o' feel a flutter in the re
gion o* your heart. '
You can't look up and meet his eyes;
• you' don't know what to say,
When his hand is on your shoulder in a
friendly sort o' way. 1
Oh, the world's a . curious compound,
with its honey and its gall,
With its cares and 1 bitter crosses; but a
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And a good God must; have . made . it—
'i 'leastways, that's "what, I say.
When \u25a0 a hand- rests on ' your- shoulder in
a friendly, sort o'way.
\u25a0 '•" —James Whitcomb ßlley.
Bequests to. Animals
•Of bequests to animals a few may be
mentioned. In 1781 a peasant of Tou
louse'made his horse his heir. Doctor
Crlstiano of Venice left . 6.000 florins
for the maintenance of his three dogs,
with a condition ' that at their, death
the capital sum should be handed over
to the University of Vienna.
A Mrs. Elizabeth Hunter, in 1813, left
250 pounds a year to her parrot, and
the Count of Mlrandola bequeathed
a legacy to a pet carp. '\u25a0'}* '\u25a0'\u25a0
Lord Chesterfield left a sum for the
support of his favorite cat, so also did
Frederick Harper, who ' settled $625 on
his "young black cat," the interest to
be paid to his house keeper as long as
the cat should remain alive.
The most singular of these wills,
however, was that of a Mr. Berkeley
of. England, who died in ISOS. He left
$135 to four of his dogs. During a jour
ney through France and Italy this gen
tleman, being attacked by brigands,
had. been protected and saved by hi 3
dog; the four animals he pensioned by
his will were • the • descendants of this
faithful friend. Feeling his end near,
Mr. • Berkeley desired that two arm
chairs might be brought to hl3 bed
side and his four dogs seated on them;
then he received their last caresses,
which ihe returned with the best of
his failing strengtn>
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Keep the Mouth Closed
The Juniors, and the adults too. for
that matter, should remember to keep
the mouth, closed except when eating,
drinking or talking. The evils of
breathing through, the mouth can not
be too strongly, dwelt upon." In the
first place the invisible dust which
constantly floats in the air Is drawn
In directly to the'lungs, injuring there
by the delicate membranes of the en
tire breathing apparatus. Catarrhal
trouble frequently results simply from
this careless habit of breathing, not to
mention more serious disorders which
are quite liable to ensue. Another evil
resulting from this practice Is the un
becoming and foolish expression given
to the. face by habitually g6ing about
\u25a0with the lips apart. "When a child Is
allowed to sleep in this manner the
habit" becomes an extremely difficult
one to break during the. working hours
as well. The entire personal appear
ance may be greatly disfigured by care
lessness in this particular. By breath
ing through the nose the a,ir is both
warmed and purified before it reaches
the lungs. The nostrils act as a sort
of sieve, allowing only pure air to pass
beyond their domains. A sudden blast
of icy air taken through the mouth is
often provocative of cold* and even
pneumonia. "Breathe through the nose"
is a maxim which can not be. too often
or too emphatically repeated.
As instances of remarkable memor
ies it is stated that Doctor Johnson
never forgot anything he had seen,
heard, or read. Burke, Grotius and
Pascal forgot nothing they had ever
read or thought. Both Leibnitz and Eu
ler could repeat the whole of the Aeneid.
Ben Jonson could repeat all .he. had
ever written and whole ; books that he
had "read/ Themistocles" could call by
their, names, the ;, 20,000 citizens [ot
Athens.- Cyrus is reported to have
known _ the name of . every soldier in
his army, i -.V^'-. -«
The Stormy Petrel
A thousand miles from land are we.
Tossing about on the roaring sea.:
From billow to boundins billow cast.
Like fleecy snow on the stormy blast:
The sails are scattered abroad like
The strong masts shake like quivering
The mighty cables, and Iron chains.
The hull, which all earthly strength
They strain and they crack, and hearts
like stone ,
Their natural proud strength disown.
Up and down! .Up and down! ..'• " ./ ir .
From the base of the wave to the bil
And . midst the* flashing and feathery
The Stormy Petrel finds a home—
A home, if such a place may be.
For her who lives on the wide, wide sea,
On the craggy ice, in the frozen air.
And only seeketh her rocky lair.
To warm her young, and to teach them
to spring \u25a0
At once o'er the waves on their stormy
wing! :: — Barry Cornwall.
I'm a new contradiction; Tm new and
.'l'm -'old, *"
I'm often in tatters, and oft deckM In
Though "I never could read, yet letter'd
Though blind. I enlighten; though loose.
I am, bound —
I am always in black, and Fo always
I am grave and Tm gay, I am heavy
In form, too, I differ — I'm thick and Tm
I've no flesh, and no bones, yet I'm
cover'd with skin;
I've more points than tbe compass.
more stops than a flute —
I # sing without voice, without speaking
I'«D English, I'm German. I'm French
and I'm Dutch;
Some love me too fondly; some slight
me too much;
I often die soon, though I sometimes
> live ages.
And no monarch alive has so many
pages. *," ,'.';.; -\ — Hannah Store.
The total steamer losses in 1907, "as
reported to July 1, 1905." were 273
boats, of 253.613 net and 403,328 gross
tons. Of these, 90 were British. 19 be
longed to British colonies, 11 to the
United States, 2 to Austria-Hungary,
6 to Denmark. 1 to the Netherlands.
14 to France, 27 to Germany, 4 to Italy,
27 to Japan, 20 to Norway, 7 to Russia,
13 to Spain. 7 to Sweden. 15 to other
European countries, and 10 to Central
and South America.
A Lesson in Grammar
."Now," said a teacher who was giving
a lesson in. grammar, "can any one give
me a word ending with 'ous.' meaning
full of,' as In 'dangerous' — 'full, of dan
ger*—and 'hazardous' — 'full .'of . haz
ard?*" Th£re was silence in the class
for a moment. Then a boy put up this
hand. "Well. John," said the teacher,
"what is ' your word?"' "Please, sir,"
came the ireply, "'Pious* — full ofpiel'**