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The Herald Junior FLORENCE 80-SARD LAWRENCE. Editor The Herald Junior Is published by The Her ald company for the children of the south v r-Ft. It la devoted to their interests and will publish principally their own writings. All children of public school age are welcome a* contributors. The editor wishes to encour age correspondence and suggestions from the t< a c hers. The editor will be In her office for visitors Monday afternoon from 2 until 5 o'clock and Saturday from 10. in the morning until 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Special appoint ments may be made by telephone. All prize winners living In Los Angeles must call for their prizes within two weeks after the award of same. V.'inners of prizes for three honorable mentions must present copies of the stories, letters or limericks as published and claim their prizes. . Prize winners living out of town will receive their prizes by mail without request, except for honorable mention. In which case copies of the stories, letters or limericks must be submitted and the prize claimed. By a special arrangement with the circula tion department. Aunt Laurie In enabled to make the following announcement: Whenever a prize of a book or of one dollar Is awarded to a Junior, that prize will be exchanged if desired for subscription to The Herald as fol lows: A one dollar prize may be exchanged for a six months' subscription, while a book will be exchanged for a three .aonths' sub scription. This Is entirely optional with; each boy and girl, and no effort whatever will •be made to persuade any one to take the alternate prize.' It Is offered merely because of some laments which have cc c from boys and girls whose parents do not and will not take the paper, and this arrangement would enable the Leys or girl, to have the pape* for themselves. BLIND JUNIORS My Dear Hoys and Girls: MUCH as I dislike to, I am forced to. believe that fully one-third of my Juniors are blind. Or is it that they pay no attention to .the rules of the contests? Lately there has been a perfect epidemic of letters written on both sides of the paper, two limericks with only one signature and unfinished stories from six to eight pages long. I am a little more apt to make excuses for the new Juniors,. but when my boys and girls who have been writing for weeks or months dis regard the rules, what am I to do? You can easily see how much extra work it makes me to be obliged to re write a dozen names and addresses every time a batch of letters come in. I know the Juniors don't enjoy seeing their stories cut down without rhyme or reason. Yet that is just what must happen when I get an enormous lot of letters, each one of which needs some fixing before it can go to the printer. Please remember the limit as to length of the stories. The majority of the work is greatly improved, though, and several Juniors have written appreciative little notes saying that they found their school work much easier since they have written for the Junior. This pleases me greatly, for I am so anxious that the boys and girls should find my de partment helpful, and hope that sometimes they get an inspiration for better work. I am also greatly encouraged about the drawings which the boys and girls are sending me. I now receive very few of the blue ink soft paper variety, and the Junior-artists are trying hard to improve their work. They seem to get the idea of the topic and gener ally make their picture tell a story in fairly vivid manner. The topic on "beastles" ought to be interesting, as so many of the Juniors have pets. 1 wonder how many of my nephews and nieces read and enjoy Ernest Thompson Seton. His books used to be an unfailing source' of pleasure to me, no matter how many times I had read them over, and I often- wished that I lived near the woods bo 1 might make the acquain tance of the wild folk. Hoys and girls with cameras ought to find a great deal of enjoyment In taking pictures of their pets if they are not fortunate enough to live near the wilderness. The announcement for the new con test for older writers is made today. With love to you all, AUNT LAURIE. THE GENERAL'S MOUNT Rose Mills Powers When Washington our army led Two favorite steeds he rode; One chestnut horse of wonderful breed Needed no spur or goad; And when it sped on its gallant course, The rank and file would say, "The general rides his chestnut horse. 'Twill be quiet In camp today." Of sorrel hue was the other mount, And homely beyond belief. Its pedigree was of small account, But when it bore the chief. The color-sergeant would eye his flag. And the rank and file would say: "The general rides his sorrel nag, We have business on hand today." —Youth's Companion. LOS ANGELES SUNDAY HERALD—JUNIOR SECTION UNFINISHED STORIES .-**-." ■■,■'■,: _ --.'.- ONCE upon a time there lived two' sisters who had almost everything the heart of a child could wish for and yet they were unhappy and discontented. But they were kept penniless, and set forth for a place to dwell in—the "Hills of Dreams." fs "It is up there that we will find the treasure of happiness!" they told one another with shin ing eyes, \ I Now, their way lay along a val ley road beside which stood cot tages of humble people, tottering under too heavy burdens; little children frightened ami astray, not knowing which way to take toward home ; many weary moth ers worn out with trying to paci fy fretful babies, while engaged in household tasks; the little maidens passed all these by with unseeing eyes, for they were ever looking toward their hills in which they thought good deeds and brave were awaiting them, so that they could gain their hap piness. This valley road led into a deep wood. When the maidens came to the edge of this wood they paused in sheer delight and wonderment at the beauty of it. Yet the little one hung back as if in fear. "Now that we have come so far lam almost afraid," she cried. And the stronger maiden smiled a bright smile and answered: "I will go first and HELEN MARIE FERGUSON Los Angeles High School, O rode A 9; 3346 Emmett Street LUCILLE was a little girl 12 years old who lived with her parents near a large, old castle. ' This castle had once been the home of a lord who had long since gone away. "That castle is such a large and beautiful one," Lucille would say, "it seems just the kind to have an enchanted princess in it. I almost fancy that 1 can see her looking out of the windows at me sometimes. Wouldn't I just CURRENT TOPICS CONTEST A prize of $1.00 will be given each week for the best paper discussing topics which have some definite present day interest. This contest is open only to pupils who are advanced to the eighth grade or higher in either public or private schools and academies. _ ■ .•'. All papers submitted must be in the form of a letter to the editor of this paper and must be not less than 200 nor more than 300 words, written in ink upon one side only of the paper. Papers must be signed with writer's name, grade of school and address, and the number of words should be placed below the signature. - . . .' , , - , All work submitted must be strictly original and entirely- the work of the person who signs and submits it. Topic: "The Old Age Pension." Papers must reach this office not later than Thursday, March 17, for publication March 27. Address "Aunt Laurie," Herald Junior, The Herald, Los Angeles. try to find a gallant knight to es cort us through the wood and so bring us to our happiness." So saying she departed with never a backward glance at the •little maid who lay on the moss and slept. Now, before the stronger maiden had gone far she perceived a woodman advancing .toward her. Fair was he and of noble mien, yet bore he marks of service and labor upon him and was nothing like the knight whom the maidens sought, whom they had pictured richly dressed and gleaming with bright armor, as .knights should be. "What seek ye?" asked the for est lad, and his smile was very kind and luminous and tender. ' "I am seeking the path to the Hills of Dreams, where my sister and I will find our happiness in doing good \ deeds and brave !" answered the girl. "Can you di rect me, please, good sir?" Continue this story, telling what di rections the peasant lad gave the elder sister for finding her hoped for land of great deeds and happiness. Describe the efforts the girls made to follow these directions and the result of the search. Did they find this land, and did they find it in-the direction they had taken at the beginning of their search ? One prize, a handsome book, will be given for the best story, or the winner may choose the alternate prize instead. Write from 150 to 1100 words on one side of the paper, leaving margin at the top and side of each page. Address the letters neatly to Aunt Laurie, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, Cal, and be sure that it reaches this office not later than Thursday, March 10, for publication. March 20. love to explore the whole place and see everything - One day Lucille's father re ceived a cablegram from the West Indian islands stating that his great-uncle there had died and had left him his fortune.; "And now, papa," exclaimed Lucille, "you'll buy the castle on the hill, won't you?" "We'll see," he laughed. The next week Lucille was called in the house by her father, who showed her a contract and the key to the castle, and said with a twinkle in his eye, "Now for the exploration trip." Continue this story, telling what ex periences Lucille had when exploring her new possession. Describe the gen eral appearance of the castle Inside aM outside and tell what strange and unusual conditions prevailed within the walls of the castle. - One prize, a handsome book, will be given for the best story, or the winner may choose the alternate prize instead. Write from 150 to 200 words or. one side of the paper, leaving margin at the top and side of each page. Addicss the letters neatly to Aunt Laurie, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, Lai., and be sure that it reaches this office not later than Thursday, March 3, for publication March 13. JUNIORS APPRECIATE THE HERALD PRIZES Dear Aunt Laurie: - - I thought I would write a letter to you as I have not for a long time, but I hope you will excuse me. _ 1 received the pennant quite a long time ago and I thank you for it and for being so kind. 1 thought you would excuse me because 1 was so busy these last few days. I will try for something now and will ■close. MADGE VAN NESS, - Age 11.', "th grade, Compton. ... Dear Aunt Laurie: Thank you so much for giving me first prize in the limerick contest. I; prefer The Herald Junior pennant. I am sending you a story on "A Parade I Have Seen," and a drawing on "Mother's Afternoon Out." I hope you,; will like them. SHIULS SILK, 419 North Bright avenue., A 7 grade, Bailey street school, Whittier. Dear Aunt Laurie: • . I just saw today -that I received first prize in the writers' contest. I. was so glad and it came just in time, too, for my subscription to The Her ald is just out, and for my prize I want my subscription lengthened. I am sure the Junior has been a source of help, besides much pleasure to me this year, for I get better marks in my compositions at school. I sup pose It is because of the practice I got during the summer in competing against the other Juniors in the con tests. With lots of love to you and the juniors I remain your loving niece, MARIE H. DUNLAP. Beaumont high school, grade 9. Beaumont. DRAGON TREES OF TENERIFFE The dragon trees of Teneriffe are really a species of gigantic asparagus. One tree, situated at Laguna, the ec clesiastical capital of the island, is said to be several thousand years old. The growth of these dragon trees is very slow, and they throw out no branches until they have blossomed, which seldom takes place before their fifteenth year, and sometimes not until their thirtieth. The oldest dragon tree known in th? island was that at Orotava, which was at least 6000 years old—some botanists say 10,000. It was about sixty feet high, with a trunk forty-eight in cir cumference at the base. The ancient Inhabitants of the island, the Guanchos, performed their religious rites in its hollow trunk. In 1867 the upper part of the tree was broken off during a storm, and though every effort was made to preserve the remainder it gradually decayed, and there is now no trace of it left. The sap of the tree, a resinous sub stance like dark treacle, is called drag on's blood. It becomes brittle and crumbling when dry and is an article of commerce used in medicine, There are other kinds of dragon trees in dif ferent parts of the world, but this particular species is peculiar to the Canary and Cape Verde islands. -Tf_2-BE__T^ A A ewoet-faeed dolly. With bright golden hair, Was put In a couch With a big Teddy bear. "Dear me!" thought the doll To her little self, "He Will eat me Up The mean, horrid elf." ■'.'' But as 6ho couldn't talk. She Just sat and . stared She might try and walk, If she only dared. "Beauty and the beast," A little boy said. And dolly was so shucked She looked as If dead.