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the San Francisco Call JUNIOR SECTION
ISSUED EVERY SATURDAY FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS OP SAN FRANCISCO AND CALIFORNIA HAVE YOU SEEN ALONZO? HE LEARNS WHEN HE HIKES Monkey's Memory Jocko was a little monkey which - was sent as a present from Demcrara to a. gentleman living In a town in eastern Pennsylvania. He found, a good home with people who gave him privi leges that few of his kind in captivity ever know. The playful antics of the little creature were ever a. source "of amusement to the familj', who placed him in a room at the top of the house and were very fond of him. - • . When Jocko had been in the, family three years' his owners/made arrange ments to go abroad. Not knowing what to do witlr the monoy they,: concluded to send him to the zoological garden In .-•' Philadelphia, where they . knew he would be well cared for. . The. lamlly felt sorry to part>with him, .but they knew it was all that could- be done. . Seven years, rolled round before '.-they saw Jocko again, and then the former owner of Jocko, being In Philadelphia with his' wife, went to the zoological garden to see him. : - When they stood, before the cage where the monkey with" a number of others was confined they peered in, try ing to distinguish 'their own ; from among the other little creatures. One of, the monkeys reached his arm ' between the bars '.-.and plucked at "the on" the woman's hat. > •, "Jocko," she called, : "is that you/old fellow? Have you forgotten us?" , The monkey seemed to recognize the ; : voice and made frantic efforts to reach the; woman, while his old master went in search of »the keeper, 'to request him to takV Jocko but, that theymight see what he would dj and If he really recognized "his friends. The man -readily assented and no sooner, had the monkey attained his temporary ' freedom than he sprang, . upon , his former master's shoulder and chattered, away : In his; native tongue. Great tears welled up Into his eyes and rolled down his face," which proved that hehad not forgotten his friends, and "that gratitude, one of the rarest virtues in the breast of mankind, was not wanting in the child of -the forest. The Beautiful Mon are so inclined to content them selves with" 'what.. Is commonest, the fepiiit and the/ senses so easily grow dead to the impression of the beauti ful and perfect/ that every one should study to nourish in his mindthe fac ulty of feeling these things by every method in his power. For.no man can bear to be .entirely;; deprived of such enjoyments; it ; is > only because they are not used to taste of what Is excellent that the generality of people take de light* In silly and, Insipid things, pro vided that they be new". For this rea son one ought every day at, least, to hear a' good song, read a good poem, see a One picture and, If It be possible, to speak a few reasonable words.— Goethe. THAT A ROLLING STONE GATHERS MOSS SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., JANUARY 8, 1910.— THE JUNIOR CALL About Amber The origin of amb^r was accounted for by very imaginative theories , in ancient days. Nlcias thought that tho sun's heat caused the earth to perspire and', tho drops which gathered formed the substance known as amber, and the Greeks believed that amber waa tho sap from yew trees solidified by the sun. In the "Odyssey" the Phoenician trad ers brought a' gold necklace strung with amber to the que6n of Syria, and Pliny relates how an amber collar worn by a child was an amulet against secret poison and a charm against witchcraft; this old custom is indirectly responsible for the amber' necklaces once in such demand for children's^wear. . ..•;..... The Baltic coasts are .the amber pro ducing country, and in the reign of Nero- they were . also" .kno,wn on this account," and Vn. expedltionVwas sent In search of amber : arid, brought back 13,000 pounds- of. it to 'the emperor," The transparent yellow amber fre quently shows; Insects, .'plants' and mosses. imbedded in.it,- showing that it was", as the ancients Imagined, origi nally a liquid-substance. Amber may be described as fossil . resin,-. and. is composed of- carbon, hy drogen, oxygen, clay, alamlnia and silica. \u25a0 . Dogs Amid Snow and Ice An arctic explorer pays' the following tribute ;to the dog that draws tho sledge: , ' , /. Nowhere, does the dog show himself so much the friend of man as In tho regions of. ice and snow. When rthe rivers are frozen and tho way is blocked to every other beast of draft, the dog is put in harness 1 and goes whore none but man can follow. He faces the trackless solitudes with assurance, for none knows better than he how to surmount their perils. Ills keen Instinct tells him of the coming storm while it is yet distant. He knows how, to break through the ice fo*r water when thirsty, how to hunt for his food and how to make his bed in the snow. lie is full. of courage and endurance, resourceful as his cousin the fox, and with sufficient of the wolf ' nature: to feel at home in the bleakest solitudes. He is the only animal that man can count on as a comrade in the far north. — The American Boy. Has Pie Habit . Columbus, Ind.i has a horse, which, because of his fondness for pie, has been named "IMeface." The animal got the pie habit from being fed bits of pie at intervals by his' driver, who drives a bakery wagon; The habit has grown on him to the extent that he" now re fuses to start on his regular deliveries until he has had his pie, and he gulps down half a pie at a bite. The animal shows a preference for mince," yet, If necessary, he will eat any sort. The Ancient Mint of California It seems, that theyhad in the vicinity of Santa, Barbara the! original Califor nia mint. The Indians of Tulare coun ty generally came over once a year, In bands of 20 or . 30, male and female, : on foot, armed with bows and ; arrows. They brought over panoche, or thick sugar, made from what is , now called honey dew and from the sweet Carisa cane, and put up into ' small oblong sacks,, made 'of grass and I swamp flags; also put nut pupes and - wild tobacco, pounded and mixed with slime.' This preparation of native to bacco was- called' pispewat, and was used by them for .chewing. -These : articles were exchanged for a species of money from the Indian mint of the Santa Barbara rancherias, called by • them/ "ponga." . This ;,"pbnga" money consisted, df? pieces of | shell,- rounded, 'with* a •hole"" in tlie middle, mad<; from : the hardest, part, of the ; small edible, white . muscle of our , beaches, which was brought in canoes by the. barbar ians from the ".island of Santa Rosa. The worth of a rial was put on a string which passed twice and a half around the hand, that is from the ondof the • middle finger to the wrist. Eight of 1 these strings passed for the value of a silver dollar, and the Indians always preferred them to silvcr,\even as late as .1833. This traffic the padres en couraged, as it brought them Into peaceable connection with the tribes of the Tulare valley. The Filial Feeling I am wedded, Coleridge, to the for-, tunes of my sister and my poor old father. Oh, my friend, I think some times could I recall the days that were passed, which among them should I choose? Not thoso \u25a0; merrier.! days, not the .pleasant days' of hope, not those wandering- wUh a fair haired maid, whfch I have bY of ten' and "so feelingly regretted— but the days, Coleridge, of a mother's fondness for her schoolboy. What would I' give, to call ; her 'back to earth for one day, that I might, on my knees, ask her pardon for all those little asperities of temper which from time to time have given her, gentle pain! And the day, my friend, I trust, may come, when there will be time enough for kind offices of love, if heaven's eternal years be ours. Oh, my friend, cultivate the filial feeling! Let .: no man think. himself released from the kind charities of relationship! These are the best foundations of every spe cies of benevolence. — Charles Lamb. ' Keep This in Mind It must not be forgotten that the man who takes advantage 'of others will take advantage of you if he ever finds it conveniently profitable to do, so, I , no matter how consistently- he may pretend to be your friend. — Chicago Kecord- Herald. Instructed the Queen Queen Victoria of England was onco pulled up short by an' old Scotch woman. Her majesty had started out one afternoon to sit on a hillside and watch some of her relatives fishing in the rivor below her, when she found that she had no thimble in her pocket, so could not work, as 3he had Intended, at the sowing she was carrying. Turn ing out of, her way to Mrs. Symond's shop, she bought the smallest thimblo there, which was, however, many, sizes too big for her. There was an old " Scotch dame at the counter impatiently^ waiting to make her own purchases. Not recognizing the queen, she broko into tho'jj conversation with a "Hoots, but it'a' a' rare fuss anY faddle you're ' makin'. .Blow Intae it weel an' it'll slick*" That phrase, the' latter part of , tlio 'sentence, , amused j her "majesty im- 1 mensely 'and became 'quite a prbv'erb in the royal family. * •' They Air Balked • ; A.farmer had purchased a fine auto mobile, of which he was very proud, and-; he!, never tired telling every one what a powerful machlnehe had. Oho day, however, the inevitable, happened, and he found himself stranded several miles from. home. Try as he would, he could not ;make. the thinggo. A neighbor, happening along and see- Ing his. glum face, thought to cheer him up, so : he asked: "How many horsepower is your machine?" The farmer spat disgustedly:. "Forty," he said, "and every one of 'em's balked."— Suburban Life., A Giant Pine "Whatever the age of the trees in this country, the Prince of Wales can assert, Says the London Globe, that he has seen one in; Japanl,2oo years old. A giant pine, with its branches supported by stout props, it is a permanent sacrifice to Buddha; Kobo Daishl built a pagoda in honor of Buddha 12 centuries ago, and in front of it he set his pine, as a perpetual offering, in place of flowers, which should in the ordinary course dally be offered. Twelve hundred years Is a long period In which to trace tho history of a tree, but it Is only, half the age of the present dynasty. -.<\u25a0 Illustrious Bachelors Among the illustrious who 'passed through life in single blessedness. may be mentioned Sir Isaac Newton; Thomas Hobbes, author of the "Leviathan"; Adam Smith,' the father of political economy; Chamfort, the/ greatest of French talkers; Gassendi,. Galileo, Des cartes, Locke, Spinoza, Kant,' Bishop Butler the author of the "Analogy"; Bayle,' Leibnitz,- Hume, Gibbon, Macau lay, Pitt, Buckle, Charles ; James Fox. Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michael Angolo, Sir Joshua Reynolds, the artist Turner, Handel, Beethoven, Rossini, Mendelssohn and Meyerbeer.