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Junior Section The San Francisco Call
Issued Every Saturday For the Boys arid Girls of San Francisco and California
A Family Chat With the Juniors
This hsne of The Junior Call con
tains many features of unusual in
terest. \otable among Ihera is the
junior detective ±Ury, "The Little
Parisian Detector,*' by Woodbury S.
Hrintnail, which will particularly in
terest the boys of the junior family.
The girls will find equal interest in
tbe suggestions for Christmas pres
ents by Mrs. SalHc 31. Moses and
tbe recipes for homemade Christmas
eaudj. a^id both boys and girls will
be delighted Mith the puzzle, The
-Magic Squares, by Geoffrey F. 3lor
;ran, and with the trames. /The
boys will also be interested in
The Junior Call automobile, which
Aubrey and Howard Irwin of Palo
Alto built from instructions given
in The Junior Call some weeks ago.
The Junior Call would like to know
whether any other boys hi»ve built
this automobile and what success
they had with it.
In the teachers.* corner today there
h an interesting account of an oper
etta which was produced by the boys
of St. Anthony's school in East Oak
land. A play produced entirely by
young boys is somewhat unususl.
and the readers of The Junior. Call
will undoubtedly^ be Interested In
knowing how it waiTdoce. Thj teach
ers' corner is open to the teacis
ers of California, who are invited
to contribute fc> its columns any
information which will be of bene
fit to themselves or their pupils
regarding the work in which they
are engaged. The teachers' corner
is an important feature of The
Junior Call, and one that has aroused
a great deal of interest and favorable
Although. The Junior Call is a
junior paper, it enjoys the distinc
tion of being read by many adults,
which is entirely as it should be. A
wise parent or guardian exercises a
careful supervision over the com
panionship and surroundings of his
child or ward, and should be equally
circumspect in regard to literature
and all other influences that affect
Willow Pattern Plates
J~ HOSE who are so fortunate as to
I possess some pieces of their great
grandmother's old, blue, willow pattern
plates and platters, as* well, as those
wlio arc privileged to see them occa
sionally, will surely be interested in
some of the numerous legends and
: poems inspired by this famous ware,
v.liich was made first in- China thou
sands of years ago.
I'our thousand years ago, one legend
runs, thVre livt-d in the celestial em
pire a wealthy mandarin who had 'one
lovely and \u25a0 accomplished, daughter.
Naturally her beauty and talents, not
to mention her prospective wealth,
brought ona.ny suitors for her.ha.nd, but
..licr fatlicr refused all the young and
Uio development of character. Youth
is the foundation .which determines
lijfe's buildinsr. The choices of youth
are the all important ones. 7 £? i%
The shores of the ocean of life are
etrewn with wrecks" of human craft
craft that was freighted with mag
nificent mental and physical equip*
ment, supplemented by the highest
education. the colleges of the world
could afford, and yet, because the
moral sense was not properly de
veloped, because the will was, ex
erted only in the direction of selfish
or individual indulgence or advance
ment, because the sense of the re
sponsibility of the individual
toward society - was lacking, 1 the
craft went down, carrying with
it lesser craft by the score. It
is the sacred duty of every American
man and woman to see that the
American cuild is -'surrounded with
the influences ; and receives the
training that will not only prevent
such waste of life and its possibili
ties, but will develop that life to the
highest possible point of usefulness.
The history, contest. closes/today
aul next Saturday, December 19, the
publication of the fifth lines sub
mitted Jn the limerick contest will
begin; Juniors who thaveinot^ en
tered the limerick contest should
hasten to send In their fifth lines, in
accordance with Instructlonis given
on the second • page. r : Six -watches
will be awarded j each* w eek [in the
limerick contest^: as heretofore.
In the puzzles/ for the younerer
juniors, those whoareslO years old
and younger, only 20 paint boxes are
awarded each week. Prizes are f not
given to those whose names appear
on the roll of honor, andleitherthe
children themselves, or their par
ents,:should read the particulars re
gardlng the puzzle contests care
fully, so that no misappreheusion
may exist.
There is a keen rivalry between
those delightfully original .people*
The . Juniors of Juniorville. and
Alonzo, the Junior Call dog. Xotice
their activities today!
handsome candidates for the position of ;
son in law and chose an elderly gentle
man, a few years older than himself, as :
liis daughter's prospective husband. !
The daughter had already given Her ,
heart to a young poet and purposed
that her hand go with it.
Upon learning the true state of af
fairs the stern parent warned the poet
lover off the premises, but Li-thai-pc, ,
the lover, so far from being-.discour-
aged, used to anchor a small fishing
junk close to the mandarin's garden,
and -at this safe distance would 'sere--'
nade the object of his affections with
love songs of his own 'manufacture.
. One fateful day while the father: was .
away making the" final: arrangements
for his daughter's marriage. Tsing-len-/
lee. the daughter, communicated the /
fact, to her poet lover - in" the-, fishing ':
junk.- With unusual promptness for a
poet. Li-thai-pc proposed an' elopement ,
to his island homes. Just as the young
people were making "their escape Hlie '
mandarin unexpectedly returned and
pursued the fugitives, whom he over-;
took just as they were crossing, the
bridge. He was armed Avith a popxilar
weapon of : those- days, \u25a0; an.iron ; bali;
studded with a spiker. \u25a0> which - was "at-i
tached by a .short chain to 'a handle,,
and, overcome by anger." the* father
swung'this round his head and rushed
at the poet. , \u25a0 >...'-, •/
' Ts,lng-len-lee. with that feeling which
is always- strong - within 1 -a 'woman's :
heart to protect I those whom she | loves,'
interposed herself between her sweet
heart and her father and received-. the.,
blow intended" for* the; former, which
laid her dead at the old. man's feet.
This only enraged him more, and in a •
moment- the - unresisting /lover. was
struck^down by hi 3 true.love's side. :
In ; accordance with' the* Chinese -be-:
lief in the transmigration iof • souls,
their spirits* passed into ,tho bodies of
two love birds and flew, away, to? en joy, -*,
In their new state of existence that,fe
licity which .had been denied them in,
the previous one. .-.. - , / \u0084 ".' . '. .
. .'-When? the -sad story came to" tlio cars/
of. the emperor, Kang:Hi;,he was. much -
affected by it and ordered, that It be.
.recorded on the 'dinner service .which
was about to be made for him, and this
was accordingly: done. .', -
If you will examinea willow pattern
plate you will see many. 'of; the' inci- •
•dents just described illustrated thereon.
In -addition you will find an orange
tree, which signifies the" wealth of- the
mandarin, the willow '! tree symbolic of;,
the grace and beautyof the young;girl:
the -zigzag fence, •' representing • the
course - of - true^lov^.-and*' the-cypress
tree, which : is i typical of - the lovers'.
death. 1 . \u25a0: ' \u25a0\u25a0 ;.- .- ..: ~ " \u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0• . '\u25a0-:\u25a0
\u25a0 -". That- Longfellow -was familiar with,
the old, blue willow ware is shown
in 'Jiis"Keranios": "-•*,' »
I"Th«'winow^pattern;l "Th«'winow^pattern ; that*\ve"knftw :
Iv childhood, .with its bridge of blue,
Leading "to 'unknown thoroughfares; ,
iThe soli tary- ; - man", who-. stares;;
At the white river'flowlng.'through" ;
:Its: arches, the fantastic trees,-. /
And/wild" perspective of ; the Avicw."/ «. . ;
The ; "Story-. pattern? plate,"/as : it "is
sometimes? called.'has always been a fa
vorite with ' children.', and those', who*
have failed to ' eat' gingerbread . from
one of these * fascinating, plates ' at.
"grandma's, house I : ?haVe';lost^ a part of
their, childhood dower. \u25a0-
. In one of his "Ballads inßlue .China."
"Andrew; Lang makes tthe.'followingal
,lusion to -the -peculiar; Chinese pat
terns/, '.'•\u25a0'\u25a0' ,„;;;:/; :, :/..:,;': \u25a0'\u25a0 \ ./
"There's a joy without ;cahker or. bark
"There's a pleasure eternally: new, --
*Tls to gloat on the glaze and the mark
Of china that's ancient and blue. '
Undipped all the centuries through. *-' -
It :has passed *r since • the ''chime of If
.- • . \u25a0 rant;. ; :-\, \u25a0- \u25a0 /-\u25a0 .-,- ' . ?.-•.- \ /
And ; they fashioned it. '.figure /and' hue,
In the reign" of the' Emperor, Hwang." .
That delightful humorist, Charles
Lamb, gives his impression ofthis and
similar patterns:.
"Those little, • lawless, : azure tinted'
grotesques ; that, 1 /under the i motion ".of
men and women, . float about I uncircum-^
scribed by \u25a0 any element in 'that '.world'
before perspective— a china teacup."
Here Is a young. and. courtly mandarin
handing' tea to a lady from a. salver— ,
two'mlles off. .See how. distance seems
to set^ oft respect. ,: And* here ; the san\e .
lady,' or another, for likeness is identity
on - : teacups— is /stepping 1 1 into a 11 ttle
fairy boat, '.moored; on > the I hither side
of. this calm garden river,' with a dainty, :
mincing i* foot,"; which *in a -right 'angle '
of:incidence (as angles go in our. world). :
must infallibly, land her in the midst of
a - flowery : mead,? a ' furlong off, on*" the
othfr side.of ,the;same strange stream." -
The followlngl is one* of \u25a0 the '-many
childish' jingles— so. dear to the, heart
of childhood:
;'v'.Two little birdies flying high,
/ Chinese, vessels "sailing by, \u0084
Weeplng^wlllowsjhanging o'er, ? ';.
. Three. men ;.walking,-if not four. ' :
V castle,*; therel it' stand&*4'.: J
\u25a0'\u25a0}]Aa If- it> were the -land, of .lands.*,/ -
••'• Orange trees 'with oranges on.'. !
.':-' Fence-below, to'end :my, song." \u25a0\u0084
Yule Clap •; ?;
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This game is of. German origin, and
is very popular about the festive season.
The idea of "Yule Clap" is to sivca
little present to every member of the
party, and beforehand each gift is care
fully wrapped up in paper, with, the
najno of , the recipient; very distinctly
.written; then comes another wrapper
with the name of another of, the party
on it, andso on—the "more: the merrier,
till each little gift is wrapped in quite
a number/of -' papers/- addressed .dif
ferently. -Then, whenthe party.has as-;
sembled,, the/host comes-i to \u25a0 the door
with his parcels, and witlva'loud' knock
-'and calling "Yule Clap" hands one.into
the' room; It is immediately, .pounced
upon and opened by the youngster who
sees his name on; it,;but; only ito-bo
passed'on when the; second name isre
vealed,: and so it goes \u25a0 round. the (rooms
causing much fun. and excltement/tiir
it finds its rightful owner—farid;with a
loud knock another; "Yule' Clap" is
-handed intoUheiroom. If timo is lim
ited, or there; arc many. guosts?, two or
three "Yule Claps" may bo set'going
together. *\u25a0/;/''>'/:.^'' V.'-.:"!- '•"" '-\u25a0
Abou Ben Adheiii; and the
"•;'/"". / Angel
Abou Bon Adhem (may'his tribe in
,, crease \ ". '; :-\u25a0\u25a0'.-— \u25a0 . .•\u25a0
Awok« rono;/rugat- froiit--a"dr?&!Tir of
:\u25a0'; peaoe/;:/- •- " '.:-.. • ;,•. • '•;, :.,- <\u25a0
And saw,'within the.'mobnlishf in- his
room: V *; :'.-.'\u25a0,'. \u25a0';;
Making- it rich, and like a,: lily in'
V:- c bloom;- -\u0084- , •.*;.'.; , ;/}'-, .' '.''.:,,'-'
An angel writing- in a book of gold:/
Exceeding.'.peace had :mado Ben'Adhem*
/ \u25a0\u25a0: bold,^' ; ' V - \u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0 . _.* "\u25a0
And .to the presence in the room he
\u25a0'" said,', '. ( , .„• ;./'\u25a0; \u25a0. - "
"What writest thou?"—The vision
: raised its head,^-'/
And with /i look'made of all sweet ac
; cordj ' '.-.'""" "; '-.: /\u25a0 .;. ;> 'V'
Answered: "The.names of those who
> love the-Lord." , .' '.'\u25a0.',
"And is mlne-vone?" said Abou. "Nay,
/• \u25a0'•'not so,'*'" "" / ' ''
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more
'. ; low, ./, '.- . :;_: ;_- ' . '\u0084\u25a0'.
But cheerilyf still;, and said: "I pray
-. / thee,'then/v. \ / ...
"Write me as-one" that loves lm fellow
/ C;fmeri.",-ii/: . '-»?\u25a0'>: .v . . .: \u25a0-.
' \u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0 '\u25a0'•'\u25a0' * ' " - : ": r l' '
The, angel wrote, and vanished. The
v. next; night .
It cameagaln with; a great awakening
. Slight.; ::..,./,, ;-;\u25a0", \u25a0-; .-:; :
And. showed the names whom love of
v; . God; had; blessed,"
And lo! Ben-Adhem'B name led all the
' :rcst; :'J ;y.; y. r /:, —Leigh Hunt. -.'
: Cats and Sunshine .
It vis /related 'of Charles James Fox,
that, walking up: St. James street.-in
,London, from : one-of the: cliib houses
with the, prince; of-Wales,! he \ laid him'
a "wager/that'he/would see more"cats
than ; the, prince; in: his; walk, and: that
he might take, which;side of the "street
he liked. When they .reached the" top/
it v/as found'"; that Mr/ Fox had; se.en
13: cats,, and the prince' jiot one. The
royal personage; asked for an explana
tion ,of 'this.'^apparent miracle. / Mr.
Fox;ssaid. ? "Your 7 royal vhighness? took,
of /course,? the^shady side of the vway/:v way/
as/ most j agreeable; I knew, that ..the
sunny; side wouldVbe 'left^for 'me; and
cats -always';prefer:the^ s'urishinc." •' /
The Minstrel .
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The" minstrel? boy/ to the war has gone,
. In the ranks of death you'll.find him;
His father's sword he has*girded on,
\u25a0/And his-wild' harp: slurjg-^behind him.
"Land'of Song'/'Tsaid the.warrior bard,
"Though-all the -world betrays thee.
One sword" at .least, thy ' 4 rights "•, shall
ri j '„ guard; ; . ' ... . _'
:One faithful'harp shall praise thee!"
The minstrel fell!—but'the focman's
/chain,/1/ '.;„ '.-' '. ... ;. ;';
\u25a0-.Could'iiot'brinsr his proudsoul'undßr;
The.Harp he \u25a0 loved ne'er, spoko again,
i''or he- tore its'.cords "asunder; /
And . said, "Xo' chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of;love;and bravery! „ '
Thy songs f.wurc'd made for' the brave
./and' freo— ; . ..\u25a0'': . :
. They shall never sound iv slavery!"
; \u0084 "'. ... ' —Thomas Moore.
- ' .">•;' — -•— ———— .. '.-.''"
The ' Horse? \
A .few years ago,much; interest was
aroused in '.Berlin by "Kluge;llans,"- a
r horso that '.was able, tot perform-many
feats-\u25a0which .seemed . to': show ,its pos
session of*-extraordinary; intelligence/
Among ; other,' things • "Hans", * would
i"ep|y:to questibnirby nodsof the head,
resolve arithmetical probloma, "appar-"
cntly \u25a0 understood', words by' ."reading
g thorn, Indicat«./thfs date. < distinguish
p,inharmonioua\<;hQrds -in^musiciand .so
vforth.*;/ Many learned men-^examined the
hoirse''a iid were, puzzled^- to explain "'the
" phenomenon,, although-, none: believed
* that ttho animal; possessed" qua'sl-huinan
- intelligence. A -book;has now, been*pub
lished ,iibbut ."Kliige :;llans" r by, Oskar.
•"-Pfuiigst, .whoiwaV charged by a^scien
tiflc commission ;to Investigate' 'the'
; horse's' per f orniances... • Since "it \ could
/ perform >its feats in: the absence iof; its
master Mr. Pfungst concludes | that ;it
must have taken its; cues from: uncon-;
| soious Srriovehierits of ; the heads and.
eyes of questioners:. But even ,this; im-,
piles/ that "Hans'; was a/very "smart
horse. ', '«',..- '•\u25a0>./••
'The YiileLog
A Christmas in the olden* time.
That makes, demand ion modern. rhyme,
Tobring back from.the past, the play,
,The mummers, masque,-and;roundelay;
The laughter aridtheChristmasglee,
That echoed-liere from sea to sea; ;
When,.folk ;on all- the country-side «
Made merry at the.Christmastide/
Howicamwe sing it?: When it seems ;
That Christmas only lives in 1 dreams;
When: cynics "bitterly,, have said,
That tChristmasrmerriment is "dead;'
And scoffed, at carols'children raise
As foolish;customs?of old days.
"Ah me!*' There is riot too'much.mirth. -
To cheer'us-6n^ this dreary earth. '
; Despite their, sneers, ;.wi th' all good will
We'll try-to keepour^Christmas still;
Be ours tocherish while they last
.Traditions of "the'buried past;
'And thoughthe'silent.tears may: flow
For those",who.left-us,long ago:, „ -
We'll try. to keep our Christmas* still;
Bringin the honored logsof yule.
lvincl All \u25a0• Bound::
"Has my boy been-a; littie< defender
ami been-kind to dumb animals today?"
" "Yes, grandma,?l.let* your,canary,oourt
of C the.; cage,I'and-"when my cat, caught
it> I set* Towsef on' her."
Friends of Fur and Feathers
The 1 Norwegians- tire great bird lov
ers/^and: often . flx boxes and "hollowed
logs In%the trees to: induce little bird 1*
to build there. Directly the feathered
tenants * take- possession/'tho greatest
care Is taken to protect their dwellings.
and leather bands.'studded-with!spikes,
are placed • rounds-the trees* sos that
when cats attempt to climb up with
murderous : intent .their • progress Is
most* effectually "stopped.
- At Christmas - there may \u25a0be seen out
side.most; farm houses a sheafs of corn
fixed,-to" a;poise; for the- birds lo: eat.
and the same care-is'shown during the
long and . terrible^ Norwegian winters
for all,'thosesani'mals which would per
ish if neglected. -
. The; New Moon
"Wlien, as the garish day is done.
Heaven 'burns with the descended sun.
'Tis. passing, sweet to mark, V
Amid the Hush of crimson light.
The, aew- moon's modest bow grow
As earth and sky grow dark.
Few ,are. the "hearts'too cold to.feet
A thrill of "gladness. ;o'er them ~stea.r
When first^the wandering: ey.e '\u0084'
Sees faintly/,ln\the evening blaze. \u0084 *
That glimmerings curve of. tender rays-
Just/ planted in the sky.
; : /—William Cullcn Bryant/ -
— \u25a0' ——- ;; —— •\u25a0"
''And CTOod'in; Every thing' J
A well known resident of Portsmouth.
Eng.,".f rails: at: the; inconvenience he
suffers'oh account "of an'ihcurable/stut
ter,;: which,,.;however, || on : one occasion
proved-.decidedly radvantageou3.V vHe
was anxious to buy*a,pony for his son,
and during'a" visit to a;loeardealersaw
the very,, animal he wanted. • The dealer,
anxious;' to t * effect a sale, pressed -him
closely. v"You).won!t; get a better little
,'orse than this anywhere," he asserted.
"Now, • come, sir, name a \u25a0 figure; * make
us.a hotter!'* ."VeryTwell," 'replied the
customer;'"s-say's-ss—ss^-six . '* .He
intended'to goffer!, 16 j pounds,-but tbef ore
he could-complete-the stammered sen
tence the dealer'broke^ in, "Done with
you,' sir—done with you for six pun!"
The Worm
Turn.turn thyhasty foot* aside,
. Nor crush that helpless worm!
The frame thy, wayward , looks deride
Required* a God to form. "
The common Lord of'all that'move,
• From: whom his being flowed, •
.A. portion of thy .boundless love •
On that poor worm bestowed.,
The sun, the moon, the stars he made
For all his creatures free;
•And"spread.o'er earth the-grassy blade.
For worms as well as thee.
Let them enjoy. their little day, \u25a0>
...':.'.Their' humblejbliss receive;' r
Oh. dolriot take "away;
: The life thou canst not giVe!.
—Thomas Gisborne.
_ m —.—_ \u25a0-
- Arithmetically Correct
"Have 'you any brothers and sisters,*
;myj little man?"asked an'old.lady "of .a
boy.,' "Ves'm,"' was the";reply.. "I got
one; sister and -one and a; half'broth
ers. .:"Nohsense!" said.the questioner,
:"It's right,"'ma'am," : continued the boy
-^"two. half : sisters > and. three' half
brothers!"/ •: ~ '\u25a0' -: ' '• '\u25a0.-'-
To -a'-Butterfly.-

Stay near me—do not take flight:
•A little longer, stay,in sight!
Much converse do" I find In thee.
Historian of my infancy!*
Float near .'me; do not yet depart!/f*
- Dead* time-revives in thee:
Thou brlng'st, gay creature as thou art 4
A solemn image; to my, heart,' .-
My father's family! -
Oh! pleasant, pleasant were the days.
The time when. In our childish plays.
My sister Emeline! and I
Together v chased the butterfly!
A very hunger-did I rush
Upon the prey:—with leaps and-sprtng3
I followed from brake.to bush. -
But she. .God love her. feared to brush
The dust from.off its wings.
—"William "Wordsworth.
Holly and Misletoe
The holly was dedieate<l to Saturn,
and. as the fetes of that deity were
. celebrated in I>ecember and the Ro
" mans were accustomed to decorate
their houses with holly, the early
Christians decorated their houses \ hi
the same manner while they were cele
brating thetr festival s at Christmas, in
-order'that: they might escape observu
tion/ .The mistletoe was dedicated to
, Friga. .the Venus of the Scandinavians,
and as she was the. goddegd 'of love,
hence arose the "custom of kissing un-'
,der. the mistletoe.
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IJpj Tip!:^ii Dames and
losses Gay!
Up, up! ye dames and lasses gay!
To the meadows trip away.
TTis you musttend'the flocks this morn.
And scare the small birds from the corn.
-/Not a- soul at home may stay;
For the shepherds must go
With lance and bow
• To hunt the wolf in the. woods today.
Leave the hearth and leave the~house
To the cricket and the mouse;
Find. grandma * out a sunny seat.
"With babe and lambkin at her feet.
Not a soul at home must stay;
For, the shepherds must go
• With lance and bow
To hunt, the wolf in the woods today.
\u25a0MB —t-*. T. Coleridge.
No Horses in the Sky
Warning- to Aeronauts.—"No.' sir."
said a.motorist, 'the airship is utterly
impracticable." "Do you speak aa-a
scientist?" • "No. sir —as a man of.ex
perience. Suppose your engine breaks
or your gasoline gives out and leaves
you;stuck away up yonder in a cloud
bank, how are you.going to get a team
of horses:to_ pull you oat?" .
AVhatf the Words Mean;
At a, traveling circus which had
erected-its tents in a country town, a
girl approached the leopard's cage.'put
her hand between the bara to stroke
the animal's head, and was" badly
scratched, and bitten. One of her com
panions, having hurried'home to tell of
the accident, exclaimed. "Oh, mother, do
you ; supposed Annie . will - t have .leprosy
iiow?". : J\ Another^ story:. Ik {, told iof /.an
elderly woman v who iriformedherjneighV
bor^that she "had suffered from" gastritis
for.; nearly i a- year, and * that *. thef only
.way jth'atj she could/account, for',it< was.
that'^the* gas'sto"ve;was defective! v

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