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Junior Section The San Francisco Call.
Issued Every Saturday For^ tKe Boys of San Prancisep and Galif ornia HAVE YOU SEEN ALONZO? JUNIOR CALL DOG ENCOUNTERS DANGER IN THE PARK HISTORICAL NEW ENGLAND INNS TITE old inns «catt?r«=d throughout Xev.- England during the ear'y days of our country's liistcry are for the most part but memories now; \u25a0 the great hotels with their palatial A CHAT WITH THE JUNIOR FAMILY Among the many important features of The Junior Call today the story "Doughnuts and Drumsticks," by Eleanor Brainerd, takes the first place. It is a human interest story which begins with doughnuts — "great, round, sugary doughnuts'*— and ends with wishbones and drumsticks, and through it all there shines the kindly, unseinsh interest of a woman's big, kind heart and the loyal, unselfish devotion of a brave little newsboy. There are thousands of such stories all about us, which unfortunately are never written, as the world is too prone to take for granted and to with hold its praise from the little heroisms of everyda}- life. Another genuine treat which The Junior Call is fortunate in being able to present to its readers is "A Literary Chat With the Juniors," by Mrs. William Fairchild, a former teacher," who retains her interest in educational work and in the junior portion of the community. Mrs. Fair child contrasts vividly the advantages to.be derived from the careful and systematic reading of the right kind of books, with the perriicious effects of the wrong kind of literature upon its victims. Her contention that too few boys and girls after leaving school arouse themselves, to intellectual pastes is unfortunately all too true. Some one has said that -real genius does, not imply a certain fixed state of remarkable efficiency; that you are not a genius unless you are a growing genius, and that you cease to' 1 be a genius the very moment you cease to become a greater genius. In other words that real genius may be defined as internal development. Mrs. Fairchild's article merits careful reading. It is perhaps .not geoerallj-- known that some of- tin: "public schools 'r.svc their own gardens. In the teachers' corner today there is a very in lercsting article which treat^'of this particular work at the Sutro grammar school ia San Francisco. In a recent magazine article President Roose velt is quoted as saying: "Industrial training, training which will fit a girl to do work in the home, which will fit a boy to work in the shop if in a city, to work on a farm if in the country, is the most important of all training, aside from that which develops character; and it is a grave reproach to us as a nation that we have permitted our training to lead the children away from the farm and shop instead of toward them. We should try to provide the many with training in their professions, just as the few, the doctors', the ministers, the lawyers, axe trained for their professions. In other words, the school system should be aimed primarily to fit the scholar for actual Hie rather than for the university. The exceptional individual, of the highest culture and most efficient training possible, is an important asset for the state. He should be encouraged and his development promoted; but this should not be done at the expense of all; the other individuals who can do their work best on the farms and in the workshops; it is for the benefit of these individuals that our school system should be primarily shaped." . The younger junior story on the fourth page is the last of the clever series of before history stories by Robert Fuller, depicting the fortunes of Xam and Ital. The younger juniors are given a new geographical puzzle today, which will perhaps require a little more work than the patchwork picture puzzles, but which will be very interesting. Some new picture puzzles will be presented next week. The first of the general animal-stories in the new contest are pub lished today and show a great deal of interest on the part of the juniors and care in preparation of the stories. who have not already sent in their animal stories should do so at the earliest possible moment. Read carefully the particulars given on the second page. . - Have you seen Alonzo? The Junior Call dog, lured by a glimmer of sunshine, wends his wa>' tothc park, only to find himselL a trespasser in the eyes of the law, and then to encounter a. fierce/ wild beast. At Juniorville the centenary anniversary is! the occasion of a patriotic celebration which is gjcatly enjoyed by the august visitorl The Junior vine people are thoroughly up^to date in political matters an<l arc. planning to witness the presidential inauguration. Look out for their pranks at Washington.* . : ; ." VC:V JUNIORVILLE CELEBRATES CENTENARY ANNIVERSARY WITH GREAT ENTHUSIASM appoiniiTK-ms nav*> superseded them, as they better satisfy tne luxury loving tastes of twentieth century humanity. In early days, however, the old ordinaries were important factors, and here our ancestors gathered to SAN FRANCISCO, SATUEDAY^FEBR^^ discuss th*» latest. gossip, as -well as matters of Importance.-, as they con tentedly sipped -their toddy before the great wood flres. An inn .was opened in every town by order of the general court and was placed . under the jurisdiction of the . minister and tl thing-man, who were invested with authority to enforce the laws prohibiting' the inordinate sale of liquors. The old. ordinaries were often primi tive affairs. - sometimes consisting of but two rooms and a leanto, and many a weary traveler found difficulty in securing sleeping accommodations. The price of a dinner was sixpence (by order of the general court), regardless of the, quality. or quantity of the food served. It can thus be seen that the business of Innkeeping was not a par ticularly profitable one,'. and it is not surprising to le.arn that in many towns difficulty was experienced "in inducing some one to open an inn. Signs were ordered placed on con spicuous parts of the old - ordinaries, and many of - them were most quaint and interesting. At the Wolfe tavecn in Xewburyport one of these old: signs hung:, representing a bust of -General Wolfe, . surrounded by u wreath -of scrollwork. It. was carved by one Captain William Davenport, and was partially destroyed in the great fire that swept through Newburyport in 1811.- It was'later. replaced'-by another sign, painted , by Moses Cole, which still swings' from thfrs* old tavern. \u25a0\u25a0 In Georgetown' may still be seen a very' old sign, bearing 'arportrait of General- Wolfe. - The house on .which it : originally hung was built in 1640, and, is still standing, though its ap pearance has been changed somewhat from the days when it was an inn. .There- is an . interesting incident . in w e«nnectionj..'witbu this -old - sign*, well worth, narrating. Shortly after the battle of \u25a0 -Lexington -a .company' of Yankee g soldiers were on their way from Ipswich 'to. the 'seat of war. Passing -through they came -to .th& old inn,*: over the front entrance of .which the portrait of Gen eral Wolfe swung-in the breeze.. The hatred of -everything -^British i -was so Intense, that when 'they saw the pic tufe of the'English general they halted and lifting their old flintlocks to their shoulders riddled the sign: with bullets. Several- passed clear.' through it, while a few remained imbedded In the wood and a"re plainly discernible today. At the Bunch. of Grapes tavern, that formerly stood on State street. Bos ton, was a queer old sign made- of baked clay I and j brought from Eng land. A- portion of -it- mav.be' seen yet at the Essex institute. Salem, while two bunches of the grapes. are stored in a- steel vault in the Masonic temple, Boston; for the Masons took every pre caution to preserve this relic of the old inn. where the first 'meetings of the society -In Mew England were held. Here ;the first president of the United States ~ stayed on a visit , to Boston. It was afterward removed to Congress street, and here was visited' by Gen eral Stark after his victory at -Ben nington. General Ruf us -Putnam and Manasseh Cutter, -the moving spirits of. the Ohio company, also called their first meeting here. The old inn has been torn down a good many years now, and a great granite building has been erected on its site. g In Concord. Mass., still stands the old Wright tavern, a favorite rendez vous as far back as the days of the revolution. Here some of tiie : English officers stopped for a -few hours on April 19,-, 1775, and it was-in the tap room of this tavern that Major John Pltcairn observed, as -he stirred his brandy and sugar. on that eventful dav. "In this way we will .stir the bloo'd of the Yankees before night." Here also tarried the Concord minutemen on the morning of the battle, as tliev awaited tidings of the advance of the enemy. ;\u25a0 " \ GOOD STORIES IN FEW WORDS AND BRIEF, POINTED POEMS Indians as Track Laborers AS section laborers the American In dian is claimed to equal the best of the - foreign laborers, -such as the Italians, Greeks, Austrians and Mace donians, the nationalities from which are .drawn nearly all the track laborers used in the United States. Not only is the Indian claimed to be an equal of the foreign product, but superior to all laborers as far as tractability and will ingness are concerned. .-, '. ; . '"_ ... : - i . The Indians always obey any reasonable command exercised by proper authority, and no interpreter is required to make them know what is wanted, as they understand signs nearly, as easily \u25a0 as' -"a white man understands words. - It has only been in recent years that an, opportunity has been given this race of people to : .'demonstrate Its ability in the various "fields of skilled or unskilled labor. F.or.many years In dians were not even considered worthy or" possessed of tlie' ability or intel ligence to perform • the most simple kinds of manual labor., 1 — — '• — \u25a0 ' « ' Break, Break. Break Break, break, break,' " On thy cold gray stone.s.\O Sea!. And.li^ wouldi-tj^tt ray -tongue -could '•\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0"' , utter : r--'^>-v' \u25a0-\u25a0.\u25a0-•'.-•\u25a0 ;"-. :.'"-".'\u25a0•" The thoughts that arise; in me. O, well for the fisherman's boy. That he. shouts- with his. sister at :\u25a0 ' play- VV - '< ' \u25a0 '.'\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0*' "- "' : \ 0. well for the sailor lad, . That he sings in his- boat on the bay! • . And the stately ships go on To their haven under the hill: But O for the touch of a vanished hand, \u0084 And the sound of a voice that Is •still. Break, breakj- break. ." At the foot of thy crags, O Sea! But the tender grace of a day that is ; ' dead ; . ' \u25a0'-\u25a0 ' - "*". Will never, come back to me. - " ;!*; — Lord Tennyson. _ \ - The Nobel Prizes Nobel, a Swedish civil engineer,, in vented .dynamite and thereby accumu lated a vast fortune of which --he left, by his •will, about' $8,000,000, the inter est" on ,whlch is to ;be given in 'five prizes :on his. birthday every "year. ". One prize goes to the person making the greatest discovery In physics, an other^ln chemistry, another in medi-. cine* the fourth ;to -literature and the fifth to the person doing most for in ternational-peace.' For -1907 the, prizes each amounted to $40,000; for 190S, $37/iOO. . . - . . Preoccupied "Ma. V declared the excited little girl, "the" baby's ; lost his breath!" : . "Then put him right ddwn.'.'.rejoined the preoccupied ..mother,: ; "and hunt around till you find It." }\u25a0 The Stookumpf Down in the poller once we saw a face Just like a Stoakumpf! It was in the place - - . Back of the p'anno — you know — where ..' it's all i : Just kitty cornered there against the wall. _ - En once I squoze In there en played en' played. En wasn't not a weeny bit afraid. 'Cause Stookumpfs they. can't hurt you when it's light. v En one' time we went' in there after night '\u25a0- '- « En peeked, and hollered "Stookumpf !" en then run En was so scared! .en had -Just lots v of fun. \u25a0 En once we chased a little weeny mouse En he run back there in the Stook umpfs 'house *" <\u25a0/-. En then- we peeked In en he wasn't :\u25a0 \u25a0• .there. *.f \'.-\*,v'- "' '\u25a0 \u25a0'• \u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0 -' \u25a0 The Stookumpf had just et him, tail enhair- I' .^.w,i : En everythin'. En he'd eat me en you. Just like the mouse, If he could ketch When . mamma plays the • p'anno, > -way ..: down there. The Stookumpf growls en ruffle.3 up his —\u25a0•\u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0 hair, --. ~, - - ; \u25a0 • ' En when she plays up on the other /side. It sounds as if the-Stookumpf kind of cried. * \u25a0 .-- : • \u25a0• En once the Stookumpf put his big frint - heel - Right on the p'anno en he give a squeal En started to jump over, : en he fell En broke- himself en couldn't make It '. well. * En then the poor old: Stookumpf cried en cried ' En we hung crape cloth there, because En I just bet that might of been the endin* \u0084 Of Stookumpf — only we was just p'endin*. There ain't .no Stookumpf anywhere, - you know. Except our Stookumpf — en he Isn't so. —Edward Vance Cook. Top Buggy Built Quickly During a reception at the factory of an Australian buggy company 2,000 people were entertained by a unique buggy building demonstration. At 7 o'clock in the evening the men set to work with raw materials, and /for 2 hours and 48 minutes forges roared, machinery whirred aud the entire fac tory hummed with activity. At the end of that time a top buggy was com pleted and a horse- harnessed in. Garages for Airships The • trench government ;; has .voted $20,000 with which to \ begin the estab lishment of a system . of garages for airships - along . tho \u0084 principal aerial routes of "travel In* France.. A Gingerbread Barometer A clever Frenchman who has original ideas on most subjects employs a kind of -barometer that may safely be called unique, says Science Siftings. . It is nothing more or les3 than the figure of a warlike general made of ginger bread, which the Frenchman hangs by a string attached to a nail at an appro priate place in his -dwelling. Ginger bread, as everyone knows, ls'easily af fected by changes In the atmosphere. The slightest moisture renders it soft; In dry weather, on the contrary, it grows hard and tough. Every morning on going out the Frenchman asks his servant. "What does the general say?" and the man applies' his thnmb to the gingerbread figure. Sometimes ho re plies. "The general feels flabby about the chest; he would advise monsieur taking an umbrella.". On the other hand, when the general's symptoms are "hard and unyielding," the Frenchman sallies forth arrayed- In , his best, with no fears for his spotless suit or his new hat.' He says the general has so far never* proved unworthy of the confidence placed 'in' his prognostica tions. . . Mercy The quality of mercy, is not strained; It . droppeth as the gentle -rain from - -heaven %f "f**" Upon the place beneath. It is. twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes. 'Tis mightiest in the mightles*: it be comes The "throned monarch better than his crown. His scepter shows the force of temporal power, _ "r ". The attribute to awe. and majesty. Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of •kings; But mercy is above this sceptered sway. It is enthroned in the hearts of kings. It is an attribute to God himself; An earthly power doth then show . likest God's, When mercy seasons justice. Think of v this, " That, in the course of Justice, none of us Should see salvation. We do pray for ,mercy; And that same prayer doth teach us all •\u25a0 to render The deeds of mercy. — William Shakespeare. Two Enormous Loaves of Bread It has always been a habit of bakers as far back as the chronicles of the profession go and that means hundreds of years, to : turn out loaves of bread or other productions of- their skill in extraordinary shapes and sizes, as a means of drawing attention. The pub lic has. never grown tired of this kind of advertising and It generally repays the baker. . --. .- Two huge loaves of bread were made recently by. a North Dakota baker on the occasion of a harvest festival. Each loaf measured S feet 6 Inches In length and they weighed 133 and 145 pounds respectively. The Ocean Beautiful, sublime, and glorious; Mild, majestic, foamlns. free— Over time itself victorious. Image of eternity I -.»^,.-»i; Sun, and moon, ! and stars shine o'e See thy surface ebb and Cow; Yet attempt not to explore thee In thy soundless depths below. Whether morning's splendors steep the With the rainbow's glowing grace. Tempests rouse, or navies sweep the* *Tis but for a moment's space. Earth — her valleys and her mountains Mortal man's behests obey; Thy unfathomable fountains Scoff his search, and scorn his -sway Such art thou — stupendous ocean! But. if overwhelmed by thee. Can we think, without emotion. What must thy Creator be? — Bernard Barton. A Prohibited Weapon Every traveler knows that there are certain restrictions upon the introduc tion of arms Into foreign countries. Among the weapons whluh -it Is for bidden' to take into Krance is the **romblon,** which *s expressly mrn •tloned in th# 'Bengal code as a weapon the carrying an<l sale of -which are not allowed.' And yet the tromblon U not a firearm which is commonly used nowadays, for It is nothing else than the blunderbuss, a ireapon which olii caricatures show to have been carried by the guards of coache3 a3 a protec tion against highwaymen aad to have been hung over his fireplace by John Bull at the time of the scare of a Napoleonic invasion 100 years ago. Thu blunderbuss had a flintlock, a "short barrel and a muzzle like a trumpet, the bell mouth bein^ designed to scat ter the slugs with which the primitive piece was charged. Epitaph on a Robin Redbreast Tread lightly here, for here, "tia said When piping winds are hush'd around. A small note wakes from underground. Where now his tiny bones are laid. Nor mora In lone or leafiess groves. With rufiJed wing and faded breast. His friendless, homeless spirit roves; Gone to the world where birds are blest! „ Where never cat glides o'er the gTeen. - Or schoolboy's giant form is seen; But love and joy and smiling spring Inspire their little souls to sinsr. Tibet Tibet Is an inhabited land coverinsc between 700.000 and SOO.OOO square miles, and having a mean elevation ex ceeding 16.400 feet. The loftiest peaks reach an altitude of about 29.000 fe«»t. while the deepest valley*, in the higher parts of the plateau, do . not descend below 14,400 feet, which is^ higher than Pikes peak. • Totrard the-. south the valleys .sink .lower, and t rlce and. fruit are cultivated up to 11.500 feet.." -