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The Life of Giuseppe Verdi
MARTHA STAN\ V\ _
' Giuseppe Verdi, like many'• another
great composer, .commenced his career
as just b picturesque little peasant boy.
His parents," who were quito poor," kept
an inn and shop in' the poor hamlet of
1.. i Iloncali, and;here in the year ISI3
Giuseppe was born.": "When he was a
very little boy he used to play with
his companions: outside of .his father's
inn, aim one day: his attention." was at
tracted by a, passing organ grinder. He
was delighted with even, this .coarse
. music: and leaving this companions, he
followed the' organ grinder as far. as
. he dared "so as: to hear his'music. .In-'
deed, -If It had not been for "_ this
wretched; musician* Verdi might never
, have'cultivated his talent for music/as
he seldom had* a chance to bear any.
After, a.while, his father,' seeing how
his son loved, music, .bought the' boy
;an,old spinet, -i Verdi;was very fond of
' this and '. spent hours ■■". trying to pick ■
" out chords on it. Twice a week Fattier
Verd?,' r taking two baskets ,on his arm.
Would trudge,away to; the. neighboring
town of Busseto and here at Hareazi's
wholesale grocery: he would renew,
, the stock of -things that he '. kept
in his shop. Very often Giuseppe would
go'with,him. ; As; Barezzi'g family were
very fond of - music,' Verdi would often
,hear,! enrapturing sounds floating from
'the windows of the house as he passed
on his way to : the wholesale store.
''. ; One day , Bareizi,.noticed 7 the'forlorn
little '. lad - as; he - paused to listen, : and
' said to him: f. "Why do you come 'so
constantly and stand here so long
doing,nothing?" Giuseppe replied: "I
play a . little; myself. and sol, like to
.listen to the fine music ;in your \ house."
Barezzi took him by the liar-1 and V;
led him into : the house and, presented
him ito his :daughter, i : who was } seated
at the piano. , These two became great
friends, and ims later ; years Verdi ; took,
Margharita for his wife. They 'studied
music; together, and : although the cou
ple, were.'very; poor and ■ lived ,in: an
attic, .Verdi : was «a i great man. They
had two "children; but they died of a '
terrible disease within two days of each
other. In 1840' his, wife died, following
her, children to the gave. This was a;;
great sorrow and for a year and a half '
"he wrote 1 practically; nothing. •;": '
, In 1 ' 1850 he married Mine . Strep
poni, who had sung in his operas, and
they' lived happily " together,, Mme.
Verdi ofte/i assisting her,' husband in
his compositions ;He wrote many of
nis operas af t3r he 'married his second,
wife, and one of his "greatest; "Othello,*'. ,
was not • written until he was 74 years
■ He became quite wealthy, before 'he
*lie 4 and .built, a hospital :at Villenova
and i erected ; at' Milan -a ; beautiful I home ■
for aged and needy musicians. , He also
gave thousands; of. dollars to the i poor. ■
- This great ; musician died #in 1901 s and '
: his MM will always be remembered. .
"Alupic ia the 1 art ICof. the 7 prophets, '
the only art, that can ; calm -the"; agita
tions of the soul; Jit is one of , the• most.
magnificent and delightful presents
God his,'given us." ' : '
GEOR<<ISA LOUISA SCHI.VKTKR
Responsibility, no matter where you
Ko or where >v>u are, always faces you.
It follows you everywhere and no one
can shirk it.
The rich man lias a ffreat amount of
responsibility. He sees that hil money
is safe, sees that his business runs all
right and sees to various big tilings
that engage his attention every day.
Responsibility seeks the poor work
ing man and very seldom, if
loaves- him. The poor man looks after
his family and sees that they are
clothed, fed and sheltered. He looks
after his own interests and his own
welfare. He works hard, trying to
please his employer so that he will
keep his Job, in order to support his
family. This is responsibility even
worse than the rich man's, for the for
mer does not look after his family, us
servants see to their wants.
Then let us turn to the tramp. No
out- would think that he of all people
would be burdened with responsibility.
It Is true he hasn't much, but he baa
some. The tramp has no family to
take i .tie of, only himself, but he has
that food comes his way, that
he has shelter at ni^l't, COM, winter
night.*, and some clothing and blankets
to keep him from freezing to death.
So it Is, Juniors, that wherever you
travel on this globe, you will always
hnd responsibility. It invades the rich
man's home, it enters the home of the
poor and even follows the forlorn
tramp, homeless and penniless.
Responsibility is a long word, and
it is important, following
<.ne day by day, and no one,
rich or poor, can possibly avoid it.
"Oh, mal" exclaimed Willie, seeing a
zebra for th» first time, "see, here i
poor little convict pony!"
"Willie," said his teacher, 'Van you
tell me what Is meant by forefathers?"
"Yes'm. One less thun Jive and one
more than three."
"Say, pa, tttta book says tliat the
earth moves. Why does it move?"
Pa (thinking of something else) —
Because it's cheaper than paying rent,
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 1911.—THE JUNIOR CALL.
Two prizes will be given for the two best drawings submitted by the
Juniors each week, the prize winning sketches to be reproduced in the
paper. The prizes awarded will be the best books for boys and girls
obtainable and will embrace fiction, travel, fairy lore, aeroplane building,
etc These books are the newest publications and are being received
every day from the east. Among them are such works as "Betty's Happy
Year," by Carolyn Wells; "Clif Stirling," by Gilbert Patten; "That
Freshman," by Christina Catrevas; "Hero Tales of the Far North," by
Jacob Riis; "The New Boy at Hilltop," by Ralph Henry Barbour, and
many others. This week's subject is,
Be sure to give your name, age and school, as in the puzzle and writiug
contests; and, above all things, use black ink for your sketches, as the
blue fluid will not permit of reproduction. Prixe winners will be an
nounced in the paper of January 15.
Below are reproduced the two prize winners for this week. Other
drawings deserving of honorable mention will be found on pages 4 and 5
of The Junior.
Awarded a prize. Drawn *>y Ernest Tweedie, 2025 San Jose avenue,
Awarded a prize. Drawn by Myrtle Angevine, route 6, box 272, San Jose. |
Editor' Junior" Call—Dear .Sir: Re
cently an article:appeared in The Ju
nior. Call under the heading, "Which
Do 1 Belieye the Most - Honorable In
School Life: To Tattle or Keep; Still?"
■The writer herself did . not have a
thorough conception of her subject," and
could.' oiily tell The Junior instances
from -which the reader could derive
little benefit. , ' ' .'■ ■*ASf
J 'As this is to appear in the open letter
section, 'I hope that she will take no
offense at the comments I make in ref
erence i to her; topic,"■ realizing thatj the
criticism is'made in -good faith on my
part. :Y . '■'■:": '. • '". ■; ■" ■' '-.■
/.'.-. Kindly - publish this . letter .as . an . ex
planation to the writer. Yours truly,
V .' ..'"«; NORMA , LICHTENSTEIK.
San Francisco, Dec. ,12, 1910. V
l« 1.1 ; l.yon Street. Hamilton School,
' Klchthi tirade. *«;» 13 Yearn-
To tattle is. to tell what is not re
quired "of you.; Juniors," would you
think that honorable? To keep still 19
to refuse to tell your teacher about a
classmate , when an explanation v is de
manded; by the teacher. Juniors, would
you think it proper, and honorable to
withhold such information and cause
the teacher ■ a great deal ■ of trouble in
investigating the matter?
I believe and know that the other
Juniors will agree with .me that the
most dishonorable act in school life is ..■
to tattle,, for through it one loses not ,
only the love of the classmates, but the
esteem and respect' of the teacher.
I am sure in making this assertion ;•
that the Juniors 'will again agree with
me.. When <a , teacher demands of you "
an explanation :'that is personally 'in
reference.to a certain wrongdoer, and
you absolutely refuse to give such in
formation, you are acting very dishon
orably toward the wrongdoer - 'and
showing discourtesy ,to your teacher. -
2494 Hrlr;hton Avrnue, Oakland, Cal.
■ Lincoln School, km* '<» Vram ' '
. It '.was the night before Christmas,
> And down with a bound
Came fat old Santa,
' ■ Safe; and-sound. -
'. He 1 was ■ loaded .with toys
' From; his head.to his.foot, .
And bla clothes.were black -
'With ashes and soot;
11. had a big doll
For' dear little Ann, '
And also a sled
For/her brother Dan.
When he had finished
Unloading. his pack,
Up the chimney he flew
With t his big 1 empty sack.
Words of Thanks
Junior Call Editor: Dear Sir —l
thank you very much for the lovely
fountain-pen which,,you ,sent me. It
Just writes line and'l am very proud
of It. This Is ,the .second prize I have
received. Last April I received a box
of beautiful postcards. I thank you
I tell you the .Innior Call Is an all
right paper for boys and girls. Yours
truly, OLIVER REDMAN.
Dear Kditor—Words can not express
my gratitude. On receiving my beauti
ful watch, l was both pleased and sur
prised. Again and again l thank you.
I am. Respectfully yours,
.MISS CARMELITA O. McCARTT.
Editor of ■the Junior Call: Dear Sir
1 thank you very much for the paper
dolls. They, are the prettiest I have
ever bad. 'Tour Interested reader,
. Editor The Junior Call: Dear Sir —
I received my watch, which ' was
awarded to me for writing a story. I
wish to say that I appreciate it and
thank you many times for it.
:. AGNES OTTEN.
Dear Junior :Call: I wish to thank
you for the » lovely pen which you
awarded me for guessing puzzles.
Wishing you a happy New Year, I am
your .interested reader, ■ .
. : ;vr jean searl.es.
Oakland. x •-
Editor of Junior Call: Dear Sir —I
wish to thank you for the line watch
that I/received-yesterday. It was quite
beyond my expectations. Wishing
Alonzo and the Pup a happy New Year,
I remain sincerely, t
JOHN ROBERTS BROKENSHIRE.
San Jose. *' X
Editor of the Junior Call: Dear Sir—
I received the pretty little watch
yesterday for solving the puzzles and
I was very much pleased with such a
nice prize. . My brother Harvey was
just as much pleased with the paints
which •; he received some time ago.
Thanking you again for the watch, 1
will close with best wishes to the
Junior Call. MILDRED CHAPMAN.
Editor Junior Call—Dear Sir: I.thank
The Junior Call very much'for the nice
dolls. I and "them very interesting. 1
think everybody should boost The Ju
nior Call. With best wishes to The
Junior from DAN ECKLAND.
Stockton, Dec. 12, 1910. .:'
Dear Junior Call:,
Thank you ever so much for the
dandy ;watch- you sent me. \ It keeps
fine time. Sincerely,
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A TRIP TO THE GOLDEN
By KMILY PAKKHURST
One Saturday morning I had nothing
to do, so I told the children that I
would take them out to the Golden
• Sate park. We started at 8 o'clock in
the morning and took our lunch. After
luncheon the children wanted to go on
the merry-go-round. They each had
nine rides?, then they went on the
slide, ladders, swings and m-iaw. We
visited the zoo and fed the animals,
then went to the aviary to feed the
birds. From there we went to tfca tea
garden and had some tea and cake.
It was now 4 o'clock, and we still had
the museum and the conservatory to
see. We arrived at the museum at
4:15, went in and had our parasols
checked. First we went upstairs and
looked at the snakes, stuffed birds,
butterflies and birds' eggs. Then we
went down stairs anil looked around,
for the doors were about to be eloaed.
I tnlM the children we had better .start,
for it 'was getting late and it was a
long walk to the conservatory. Hut,
unfortunately, we arrived too late.
The children were very ranch disap
pointed, as we were to leave in the
morning for Los Angeles. When we
arrived home we were very tired after
our lovely day. The children went to
bed right after dinner. The next
morning: when /we were getting ready
to go, little Anita said, "I love din city."
When we arrived in Los Angeles we
gave a party in honor of Anita's birth
day. The children told of what a big
• ity San Francisco was and what a
beautiful park it had.
The Loco Weed
The abominable Mexi<:m plant known
M tli«" loco weed has the peculiar prop
erty of making irrational both men and
beasts who partake of it. Horses ami
eattl* out on the prairies, after grazi.iK
upon it, go crazy, and a "locoed" pony
will perform all kinds of queer antii.s.
It ta said that If a man comes under its
spi 11 he never regains his senses, the
insanity produced by it being incurable.
It is said that the loss of mind of the
ill fated Carlotta was no Ooubt due to
th« fact that some enemy drugged her
with a preparation of loco, although
history has it that she went insane i,y
i of her husband's execution.