Newspaper Page Text
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL JUNIOR SECTION
ISSUED EVERY SATURDAY FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF SAN FRANCISCO AND CALIFORNIA Alonzo and the cherry tree HOW THINGS GROW The New Study Will Commence in the Lowest Grades of ..:'., the Grammar Schools . All over the United States and Canada teachers and principals and school su perintendents are urging the need of studying"agriculture; how things grow, where they; grow, which is the best way to make, them, grow, what can best be done with, them after they are grown. In this new Ifnovement California is not going to- be. behind. Already we have two schools, the California polytechnic school at San Luis Obispo and the.uni versity .farm school at Davis. the older boys and young men go to learn by actually growing thing 3 themselves. \u25a0 But it isn't the plan of those who are most Interested in this to have only the older boys take : up agriculture; it is their hope to see it a study subject in all the schools, even down to the very first grades. It will begin among the babies very simply, perhaps with a few little window boxes in the cky schools, and' actlial little gardens of their own in the country towns. The second grade will be more advanced and so on, up and up, until at Mast, when the pupil graduates, ho will have a good practical knowledge of farming. \u0084T hen, if: he wants to, if he has wakonod up to .the importance andjopportuoities tjhere are in this Held, ho" can go^-to one of the* higher agricultural schools that will in time be established throughout tho state. Other states ... that began it doubtfully have proved .Us value, and In many, Judging by the numbers of stu dents, agriculture is among the favorite Btudles. If ore In California the oppor tunities are groat, with our wonderful climate, our variety of products. Our agricultural methods should load, and they will. In a few years from now there will not be a school In 'the state without this new branch, in the cities as well as in the country. Year by year thousands of men and women am com ing to understand that our cities are overcrowded and our farms neglected, nnd people aro moving out into the open country. But a man can't grow things successfully unless he knows how, and ho can't loam by himself. Those '.in "authority ' know this and "so they aVo urging, "study agriculture In the schools." - . .' ' Elephants Ktaphants In the Indian urmy are fo<t Iwio v duy, When mealtime arrives they" are drawn'up in a line before a row or liltltt lmujiH of food, 13aoh uiil iiial'H breakfast. Includes 10 pouiulm of riiw rice done up In five two pound packages. .The rice, la wrapped up In leaves and ..then tied., with \u25a0 grass. At the : command "Attention!" each elu^ pliant raises its trunk, ami a package in thrown Into Its capacious mouth. Hy this method of feeding not v single grain of rice iv wasted, SAN ERANJGISCO; CAL., FEBRUARY 19, HNOgTHE JUNIOR CALL Questions and Answers When day breaks what becomes of the pieces? . Thoy go Into morning (mourning). What act of a washerwoman strikes one as silly? When she puts out tuhs to catch soft water when it rains hard. Whet plant is most fatal to mice? \u25a0 Cat-nip. Why is a book like a king? Because it hus many pages. When: are two apples alike? When pared. ' - Why was Blackstono like a vogo table? Because ho was a common 'later (commentator). V' Why Is an author a strange animal? ... Because . ho . Is . the , o wrier. . of many tales, and they all emanate) from his head. ' '\u25a0\u25a0.:\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0;\u25a0 What.would you c-.U a boy who ate many apples? • .. \u25a0 -<• ,".. / • A piiin-taking youngster. \u25ba'«# •What Is an eavesdropper? - Tlie lolcle". '", \u0084;;\u25a0. J What trade Is one in whh'h n man will never make mortoy except' by stick illK Ht it? _\u25a0•'\u25a0 * ~ ~ Billpostlne, ...'-.. ' - . \u25a0 .. ; \u25a0-\u25a0 -'\u25a0•.. MUTAIII.IJ "Have you seen Maude's wlnterproot auto coat?" "No; but l'vtj seen her fallproof nir-. ship costume." WHAT CIGARETTES DO Boys Who Smoke Them. Are Not Able to Pass Examina tions for Promotion A principal In one of' the California , high schools has just finished a little investigation of his own among his boys. He knew that a lot of them were smoking and ho also knew that a , lot of the students were not get ting promoted. So very 'quietly he went about gathering Information just to see whether the cigarettes had any thing to do with getting left. This is what \u25a0 he found:" "Of the whole number enrolled, 4d per cent or nearly half, -wore to bncco users. Only 19 per cent of the tobacco boys' graduated from a- four years'.' course,.- and half of these had to take five years to li. ,"Of those who dkl not smoke, 41 per \u25a0cent graduated. . Thirty-throe per cent, made high enough records to enter the state university.." Not a single one of the tobacco users during- the whole time graduated : with scholarship high enough for recommendation to the unl-" verslty."' '• : • ; '•\u25a0' '" •-'.;;/ : ' • •• .;•". • •These are figures. They speak for themselves. . • _.;... \ hkcompex.se Now doth the hen of hoary, age • Wink joyously- the. otlier eye; ' - This thought death's 1 horror' 'cloth ,j ; \u0084.; assuage— \. ;• ~ ; .. *.-\u25a0.•;.\u25a0 -. She'll soon- be , called "a ."chicken pie." • THE MAINE DISASTER The Captain of the Battleship Tells How It Was Blown Up in the Harbor of Havana Twelvo years ago last Tuesday the American battleship Maine was sunk In the harbor of Havana and the Spanish war was begun. Hear Admiral Charles I). Slgshee, commander of the Maine, has written an account of that awful night which brings the whole before us so that we can actually see the horrors of it. "The „ easterly breeze died down at sundown and the Maine swung with her head to the northwest. Night came on, dark, sultry, overcast, ominous. Quiet reigned over the harbor. At 9 o'clock the crew turned In. Some of the offi cers were in their staterooms or in the messrooms below. Others were. lolterl ing about on the Upper "deck. I was sitting at a table in my cabin. At laps', 10 minutes after 9 o'clock,' l.'lald- down my peri to listen'to the ho'tes.' I had Just inclosed s a letter, written to my . family— then- the explosion came. : The time was 20 minutes to 10. .There was a rocking jar of the ship as she keeled to:, port and tipped by th 6; head. 'This was \ accompanied by . a ; roai>'_ of great volume. ; The' li^ht went. out. "J TJier? .was. only 'bhickness and silence' whore I^sat.^ From -outside, thY ship -a great g'ey'ser"'6f flame aiTd de.nse,' dark, smoke was seen to ascend' from the forward half of the hull, -carrying, with it a vast number of. fiery, missiles. •'\u25a0Tliat half of '. the 'ship ro^e" bodily v and .plunged be neath.the.water/; The smokje roiled. out ,into, an 'overhanging canopy, partly ob vscurlng .the; ship, and then gradually r cleared away. ;\u25a0-/;. v \u25a0 •'• •;;; •: . (iaj : • ; \u25a0 . '.'The forward , half of the! vessel- was left \a torn -and twisted mass of con fused metal, beyond all' hope' of resti r tution. '-. The ifire started ; in the im mense. mass of debris piled amidships, \u25a0 from ; which- -small shell" "were pro" . jected till I:3o, o:dock' In the morning. "When the Maine's hull. was virtually subrherged "she was abandoned by the -few people left on'-bpard; all going, to the American merchant steamer, the ; City of Washington, lying near. I my self was one of • the" partyj ' \u25a0 "Day by. day bodies wer.e recovered from* the harbor , and. tl^e. wreck, so it was days before the. full statistics of the dead could be The sor . rowful final result was,2o6rnien killed, including two officers;" \ A Kindred Soul Something I loved, no matter what. And prized it as a precioirfe thing; Thougli'well I knowtliat it is not A theme on whioh most pOets sing. Now. in a book for. long 'laid by. Written by one long past life's end, I find he loved the same as I— Sliake- hands across the gulf, my friend. " .-...*\u25a0. — Cora A.Matson Dolsen.