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Junior Section The San Francisco Call.
Issuecf Every Saturday -For the Boys and Girls of San Francisco and Oalifornia
HAVE YOU SEEN ALONZO? ST. VALENTINE REMEMBERS THE JUNIOR CALL DOG
A CHAT WITH THE JUNIOR FAMILY
Throughout this issue of The Junior Call there permeates the. spirit
of St. Valentine's day, beginning at. the top of the first page with Alonzo,
The Junior Call clog, who considers the observance of the ancient custom
as not altogether conducive to happiness, but it pleased in the .end.
Neither do all the inhabitants of Juniorvillc regard the cuslon^as entirely
joyful. Some of them are pleased and others' are not.
"The Story of a Valentine/ on the third page, by Mrs. Sallie M.
Moses, was written especially for The Junior Call, and in addition to
pleasing and interesting the juniors, will doubtless put many grownups
in a reminiscent mood, for who does not recall. with mixed emotions his
or her first valentine?
St. Valentine was a bishop and martyr of the church, who was put
to death at Rome for his faith during the persecution under Claudius 11,
February 14. 270 A. D. The custom of choosing valentines on his day is
of considerable antiquity. On the eve of St. Valentine's day young people
used to meet, and each of them drew one by lot from a number of names
of the opposite sex, which were put into a common receptacle. Each
gentleman thus got a lady for his valentine and became the valentine of
a ladj'. The gentlemen remained bound to the service of their ladies
for a year.
The younger juniors are fortunate today in having a story by Char
lotte Brooks Flack, which can be read by children and grownups alike
with equal pleasure. Mother will not regret reading it aloud to the man
of 5. Sister, who is 12. will devour every word, and it will be just as
interesting to Cousin Nell, who is 16, or Aunt Helen, who is 26. Kinder
garten teacher and high school principal will follow with delight the
adventures of Tristram Shandy and his Choo Choo Lady. What fun to
read about "Dunkadaw" and "Gwarapa" and "Boy's" version of "Lord
Lovell"! The fourth page offers a literary treat that is unusual, and in
addition the new Alonzo puzzle to the younger juniors, which is certain
to receive a warm welcome.
There is another interesting page of general animal stories, and
juniors who have not already written their animal stories should do so
without delay, as a new contest will be announced next week.
Public school life, what it is and what it means tp both. teacher and
pupil, is ably treated by Mr. A. E. Kellogg, principal of the Hamilton
grammar school, in the teachers' corner today. Next Saturday there will
be a paper by Miss Rose Goldsmith, principal of the Fremont grammar
jchool. The" Junior Call 'appreciates the co-operation of the. principals
and teachers and invites contributions from schools in every part of Cali
fornia. : # . ;'v*t\'
An. extremely interesting and important paper in this issue- of The
Junior Call is that of Prof. Z. L. Hinman on the art of dancing and the
advantages and benefits to be derived from same. The paper also gives
a description of a new dance which the juniors of: San Francisco are
learning. Sophie and Gordon Osborn kindly posed for the illustrations
of this dance. £.
WHY CHILDREN SHOULD PLAY
/^HILDREN' should be taugV. to play
V> because play is the natural expres
sion of a child, says Elizabeth Bur
chenal in the New Idea Woman's Maga
zine. It is primarily the child's birth
right, the inheritance it should never
have lost. When the children of \u25a0 a
'country have forgotten how to play
the. death knell of that country will
have been sounded.
- The saddest thing in the world is
the man or woman who lacks a happy
childhood to look back upon and to
gather inspiration from for the hard
places of life. It Is one of the most
significant things for good In this coun
try that everywhere the children aro
being helped and protected. In no
other country in the world is childhood
such a sacred thing as in America.
It is a revelation to the little chil
dren of the poor — mostly of foreign
parentage — that they are not looked
upon as a nuisance but as something
quite as important as the grownups.
They learn with wonder that they are
not to be hustled out of the way with
impunity, not to be worked beyond
THE CITIZENS OF JUNIORVILLE RECEIVE VALENTINES WITH VARYING EMOTIONS
their strength, not. to be shouldered
with burdens too heavy for them, but
are to be taught to stand, straight,
to laugrh, to play, to sing and shout
as much as they like. And that all
this emanates from the school — once
thought a place of torture— is . still
greater wonder. The thought that a
new and thrilling pleasure awaits them
at the day's end, after the hated les
sons are over with, on the roof or
playground of this -very temple of
learning, is sending them to their
teachers in a much improved state of
mind. Learning that their rights are
to be respected, even their play made
a thing of import and not a reproach,
they are losing much of I that aggres
sive attitude which has sorely tried
instructors. ~ •
The country in which the children
have been taught to" cultivate their
natural instincts for fun and frolic
in a decent, orderly fashion. has a bet
ter future in . store for it than the
one" which .considers its children just
as so many., head of cattle, to help
swell the census reports, or to make
soldiers or even scholars out of.' The
Master meantmore than the mere read
Unique Junior Party
A CHILDREN'S -party was given re
/\'cently' by a girl Vf. 16 to nine other
maidens of her . own 'age. The.menu
was as; follows: ,"
Chicken, Boiled' Rice. Jelly
, Lettuce and Fresh Tomato Salad
' Macaroni in the form of letters was
found in the bouillon. The ice cream
was molded in the form of ,birds, au
tomobiles, etc. The cake was baked
In patty pans and decorated- with .white
frosting, in which were nuts and cand
The table was decorated with a large
centerpiece , of scarlet carnations and
ferns. At each" plate was a stick of
red and white striped candy, tied with
a bow of white ribbon, on one end of
which was printed the pet name of one
of the guests. Over the back of each
chair was a white linen bib of." gen
erous size, on- the front of which was
outlined in red silk the same pet name
(Dolly or Mamie) as that on the corre
sponding white ribbon just mentioned.
These bibs served as place cards; and
were worn', by the guests during the
meal. At each place was.- a small
braided basket of red and white pep
permint candy. These baskets were
filled with salted almonds. The guests
came dressed as very young children,
each one bringing with her one or more
photographs taken in her, babyhood.
These were collected by the* 1 hostess as
her friends arrived,'; and ] were passed
about during the .meal, that the "chil
dren" might guess the originals. %\u25a0. ..
ThevValue of Geese as Pets
In many respects geese are quite un
like any other' domestic birds. ."For
one thing, they are very intelligent
and can be ( taught and trained .very
easily. They can support themselves
entirely: on pasture,' and where water,
grit, waste' grass *or weeds can be
obtained it is quite unnecessary ;to
supply anyo.ther food. When;the snow
is; lying days on the ground some grain
must be given; but\_it can be eked
out with , the hayseed that lies under,
the haystacks, and if hemlock - trees
are- to be found the s geese will pick
clean jany branches thrown to them.
.Those who like to keep; geese are not
troubled by having to form "fresh pens
every* other year or so, as these birds
once mated will -be satisfactory for. a.
very long tlme^ — some say as . long as
50 years. It is a good rule to make,
never to breed from closely related
birds, and though this ' rule~ holds -good
with geese, there is the. danger of pro
ducing ; "mules," or nonbreeders in -any:
violent cross out. Geese that are turned
out on;thei.roadside will always return
home at night, and will, lay; year after
year in the same nest unless disturbed
by dogs, when they will acquire a trou
blesome^ habit of moving from place to.
place and burying their eggs so that
many of them will be lost.
Geese are very .useful in keeping,
away stray cats and dogs, and will also
protect the ducks from the onslaught "of
ing of his words implied when he bade
his people become as little children.
What' work" can be better than giv
ing back to '., the little ones the price
less Jewel of childhood— theY right to
play^— that the- crowding together in
great cities has taken; away from them!
GOOD STORIES IN FEW WORDS AND BRIEF, POINTED POEMS
Wonders of the Body
Man is the acme of the world— the
masterpiece of time. - In all the" world
there Is no mechanical device which
is not found in the human body. The
pulley, the lever, the inclined plane, the
hinge, the scissors," the grindstone, the
"universal" joints, 1 valves, filters, trap
doors, a bellows,, a pump, a camera—
each of. these mechanical devices in
vented by man is merely, a "repetition of
some part of hlsfown body.
No .waterway on , earth is. as perfect
in ;design, as. commodious or;as;popu
lous- as that. great thoroughfare of the
body,, the blood stream. - No sewerage
system known to man begins to. equal
the. ingenious methods , by which tho
body "disposes ofi its .waste. J The irri
gation plants of whlchwe are so. proud
are and simple in 'comparison
with the great' tubular system' by which
the digested food is conveyed Into
the blood. • \u25a0 \u25a0 •'. ;,_
The violin, the Aeolian harp,, the or
gan — these and many other musical in
struments are constructed upon princi
ples utilized in the human body. . The
electric telegraph : is. amusingly crude
compared to the nervous system of man.
And even Marconi "with his wireless
telegraphy is merely copying, the ac
tion of the individual cells of his own
wonderful brain and nerve.
The far off human,:or subtler. human,
being more ingenious than his fellows,
was -utilizing a dcvi.cc now known to
engineers as a lever of the first 7 class.
In the -strictest ; sense, ,' man is the
mechanical microcosm of. the universe.
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When,- the green-woods laugh-with'the
'i voice of r joy,'"~" ' \u25a0-.'>
And the dimpling^ stream runs laugh
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When the " air . does laugh with our
• .'merry \ wit,? /.;'
And the green hill laughs with the
noise of it; \u25a0 ' ;
When the meadows laugh with lively
; green, .
And the; grasshopper laughs in the
.- merry scene, ' . \u0084
When Mary and Susan and Emily
With their sweet, round mouths sing
"Ha, ha, he!" .
When the 'painted .birds rlaugh ,in the
• shade, ' \u0084
When our; table .with cherries and nuts
Is spread, \u25a0
Come, 1 live and be happy and join with
me . ' •;.
To sing the sweet chorus of Ha, ha, he!
• " —William Blake.
The Dawning Day
So here hath been dawning •
. /"Another, blue day;
"Think wilt thoulet It
Slip useless away?
This new day is born;
Intt) Eternity , J
At night doth return.' .
Behold it aforetime
' ' No eyes ever did; :
So soon it forever • .
'From all' eyes is hid.
Here hath been dawning^
7 Another blue day.
• Think, 1 Viltlthou let it
Slip useless away? „. \u25a0
: ; v u r "\u25a0/: \u25a0\u25a0„•\u25a0 —Thomas Carlyle.
"The rose is red, the "violet blue," .
/ Quoth' Polly, "sweetly smiling;
"So Billy, here's a rose for you,"-. . -
.The witch, my heart beguiling!
Of course I know that ancient rhyme,
Of love, defying cleaver, ;
And yet, I'll bet a r silver dime
: That Polly's a 1a 1 deceiver-^ : :
If she's. in love, and that may be.
It's with some other fellow;
You see,' the rose she gave to me,
Instead. of red, was yellow! .
. —Grace Stone Field.
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The Wand Passes
This is a thought reading game,- and
can only be played when the greater
part of the company do not know the
catch. One player goes out of the
room, and another player takes a small
stick and points it at one of the com
pany, calling out as he does so, "The
wand passes." The player outside re
plies, "Let it pass." This occurs: as
often as you -like; then the one with
the wand says, "The .wand rests," and,
to the surprise of [every one-the player
outside gives the name of the person
the wand rests on— the secret of the
whole being that both players carefully
note who it was spoke last before the
guesser went out of the room.
Here, a sheer hulk, lies poor Tom Bow
. ling. '
The darling of our crew; "
No more he'll.hear the tempest howling.
For death has broached himto;
Hlsuform-was- of the, manliest beauty,. >
'\u25a0: His ' heart was_ kind a*nd soft;
Faithful, below, he did .his duty;.
But "now; he's Igone. aloft.
Tom never from his word departed,
His virtues were so. rare, .
His friends were many and true, hearted,
His Pollwas kind 1 and fair; ."_„ .
And then he'd sing, so blithe! and jolly,
Ah, many's the. tlme/and oft! ,
But'mirth is turned. to melancholy,
For Tom is gone aloft.
Yet x shall poor Tom find - pleasant
. \ weather,
When He who all commands
Shallrgive, to* call life's crew together,
The word to pipe' "all hands."
Thus' Death,, who' kings and tars dis
.: ' . patches, -
' In vain Tom's" life has doff'd;
For though; his body's under \u25a0 hatches.
His soul has gone aloft.
— Charles Dibden.
Eddie Wanted a Fan
Eddie, not -quite'; 3, wanted to ask his
mother . for a fan .one very .warm day.
To think of the; word . "fan" was J - too
much 'for ;liis 'little 7 brain, so with his
litle hands he; went , through . the mo
tion of fanning himself, and said:
' "Mumsy, tinEddle have one of them
things to brush the. warm off with?'- 1
A Budding Philologist •
, Bobbie, aged 7 s,saw, saw a cow grazing
in : h.is 'mother's flower garden, \* and
shouted,- "Scat!" scat!"
Thecow didn't : seem to be. much in
timidated» .and calmly ate on. Three
year; old dancing with excite
ment; .. exclaimed:
"Tell him : to .'scow,' Wobbie; tell him
to .'scow!'" .. * ,:." :
Importance of Manual Training
Manual* training ought to be a part
of the education. of every child, t rlch or
>The training of the physical senses
and the skillful use of the hands helps
in the .development and education of
the brain. Skilled manual labor, there
fore, in- some form Is good for every
body. ' . .
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I - remember/. I remember,
- The? houle, where I was born.
The ilittle'window, where, the SHU
' Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon,^
Nor brought too long a day,
But now' I often wish the night
, :Had borne my breath away!
I remember, I remember,
The roses, red. and white,
The' violets and the lily cups,
: Those "flowers made of light!
The lilacs, where the robin built.
And -where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday;
The tree is living yet!
I remember, I remember.
Where I used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing.
My spirit flew in feathers then,
-That is so heavy now;
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow!
I remember,; I remember.
The fir trees, dark and high:
I. used to think their slender tops
Were close against the. sky;
It was a. childish-ignorance;
But, not,' 'tis little joy
To know. I'm farther -oft! from heaven
Than 'when I was a boy. -
; —Thomas Hood.
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Humane Society Horse
One of- the busiest -^trucking thor
oughfares of Chicago makes a gradual
rise when approaching a bridge which
crosses the Chicago river, and many
teams of truck horses sufTer tortures
endeavoring to draw their heavy loads
up this - grade. For this reason the
Illinois humane society has, posted a
good Samaritan horse, at that point to
aid the teams in making the pull.
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Nurse s Song
When the .voices of children are heard
. on, the green.
And laughing is heard on the hill.
My heart is at rest within my breast,
• And everything else is still.
Then come home, my children, the sun
Is gone down, *
And the dews of night arise;
Come, come, leave ' oft •' playr and let us
Till the morning appears in the skies.
No, no, let us play, for it Is yet day.
And we can not go to sleep;
Besides, in the sky the little birds fly,
And the hills are all/cover'd with
Well, well, go and play till the night
And 'then go home to bed.
The little ones leaped and. shouted and
And all the hills echoed.
A white, white rose in a garden-close.
With shy sweet petals curled.
From the crowd apart, with a fragrant
heart, - * .
The rarest in the world. ______1_
Through winter's snow, and summer's
glow. ' T t
Still blooms this rose of mine.
And I say she knows, does this white*
That she is my valentine.' •_^ ; „
In some countries, notably In thS
Russian provinces north of the Cau
casus, the sunflower, serves other pur
poses besides ornamenting gardens
with its huge golden blossoms.' The*
seeds are used to make oil. which is
employed both In the manufacture of
soap and in cooking. The stems and
leaves are burned and the ashes used
to make potash. Last year the sun
flower factories of the Caucasus pro
duced 15.00 ft tons of potash.
Who Is Sylvia?
Who Is Silvia? What is she.
That all our swains commend her?
Holy, fair and wise Is she;
The heaven such* grace did lend- her.
That she might admired be.
Is she kind as she is fair?
For beauty lives with kindnesst
Love doth to her eyes repair.
To help him of his blindness;
And, being helped, Inhabits there.
Then to Silvia let u» sing.
That. Silvia is excelling. _
She excels each mortal thing
Upon the; dull earth . dwelling)
To her let us garlands bring.
The Kind of Pie
The old lady who distinguished her
pies by marking them with "T." sig
nifying "Tls mince," "Taint mince,"
has been outdone by the culinary ex
pert of a little hotel among the Green
mountains. The chance guest had fin
ished the serious part of a wholesoma
dinner when the cook, who was also
waitress and landlady, asked him if he
didn't want some pie. "What sort of
pie have' you?" he asked expectantly.
"Well, we've got three kinds." said th«
hostess.- "open faced, cross barred and
klvered— all apple."
The camel has nine stomachs-*
I heard it at the zoo.
Now wouldn't I be happy
If I had only two!
Oh. yes, I'd brim with gladness
And call my life a dream.
With one for just roast turkey
And one for just ice cream.
A, Water Candlestick
A glass of water makes a fine emer
gency candlestick. Weight one end of
the candle with a nail Just large
enough to hold the candle in the water
so that the water touches Its top edge.
but does not touch the, wick, and then
light the candle.
It will burn until the last vestige of
wick is gone and the flame will n»t
flicker. The melted tallow that runs
down but serves to hold the candla