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JUNIOR EDITORIAL CORNER > ..Monday, will be Arbor day. In all the schools there .will be exercises, recitations about birds and flowers, songs and stories. The custom of making a real festival" of this day* is growing all" over the United States, It is~not,a child's day only. It was started by the grownups — by those who love flowers and trees and 'birds, who understand and know something "of their, habits v and lives, by those who realize the. importance of preserving all; living' things. Soon, chiefly through the -keeping of Arfior day, there will not be a, child anywhere without some knowledge of bird and flower life. 7 ,;Of course, you' can not all live in the country and learn these things directly. But you can all read something about them and when Arbor day comes.round do your best to bring a. little of the. Spirit of the woods into the -schoolroom. . '..-...\u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0'.., . \u0084 ,' ,\ Perhaps you 'think there is nothing: very interesting about.-trees and birds; that, like Tbpsy; they just grew. Yet trees and and birds have lives of their own, 'as, real, as wonderful as yoursi Century aftercentury they .go.onj obeying their own laws, coming into existence, living, "dying ill their,.own^ways, forming little worlds in themselves. . " \u0084 : .','•; 'Californians should very proud of their birds and trees, and try to make Arborsday a great success, because, besides being very beautiful, some, of : our birds and 1 trees are found nowhere else in the whole world. If the" state owned some, wonderful jewels or a great picture, it , would be very-careful. Such things would be locked up for safety and people' would come many miles' to see, them. « The; birds and the giant redwoods can- not be locked up, but every one can learn something about them, can be rightly proud of them,'/ can tell others about them, and, best of all, do ever}'lhiiig possible to^eep.'from injuring even the smallest of them; . -. . : SHORT BARKS FROM ALONZO \u25a0'\u25a0 : .'• \u25a0\u25a0 •' \u25a0\u25a0-'\u25a0\u25a0' :." ! '.-"\u25a0 ',\u25a0-\u25a0..-\u25a0\u25a0 .\u25a0"•.- .' \u25a0'• . ' ." . I \u25a0 '\u25a0'.>/\u25a0" '\u25a0\u25a0 --\u25a0\u25a0,;\u25a0•..-. -•\u0084-. >\u25a0\u0084:. >--' One of the writers in theistoryjeontest really, wants to know "if I exist!" / Now, will you; please tell me howl could, have "done all the things I have done if there is no Alonzd? Yoir wouldn't 'like to be told you weren't alive, and^you haven't had .half the- adventures I have. •; "^ ""•".•\u25a0 ) .There was: an advertisojnent. in one of the papers 911 Sunday for a ''barker" for a. cheap show. I wonder if I could get the job?'' It would, be;, easy money to get paid for barking. ,' \u0084 \u25a0'. 7- ; " \u0084 I get. dozens of letters every,week asking about v all sorts of things, but yesterday I got the silliest lever.: Some one; wantqd to know how I got my black.ej r e!N6,;it wasn't a- Junior who gave it to me, I'm glad to say. . An eye like -that. is born, nofmadc. r ' • I was at Land's Hnd last Sunday' : I was sleeping on a nice, soft rock at the foot of ? a cliff when an intelligent man threw Ihis fish line : and tangled it afound.my Hail. .You ought— -that you- oughts not-— to have heard the things lie- said about my tail! 'I never answered ' a,' word.. "Mother -told me never to talk. when 1 was mad. But I'd like to meet that man real close— l wouldn't have to SAY anything. \ . The Rose How. fair is the rose, what a beautiful ". . ; flower," ; \u25a0': .'. '.The. glory, of April and May, , But tho ".lGaveW-ajo beginning to fade \u25a0'-.. \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 in .an ''hour, :i • .';'\u25a0'; :\u25a0 .*, And they wither and die In a day. Yet tho rose has a powerful! virtue to • \u25a0"* ; \u25a0\u25a0. boast,',- '_ •". ; ', \u25a0•' '. '' \u0084/;\u25a0;." Above all the flowers of the. field; .When- Its leaves are all' dead, and fine » .colors are, lost ' Still how. sweet v perfume it will yield! i So frail Is the youth and the beauty of men, - Though they bloom and look like tho \u25a0 . rose;' But all our fond care to preserve them is vain; \u25a0 Time kills them as fast as ho goes, Then I'll not be proud of my youth or my beauty,. . Since. both.of themvwlther and fade; llut galn.a good name by well doing my duty;. This will scent like a rose when I'm - dead, „ \u25a0•.*•\u25a0":'..>\u25a0, 1 ,/<\u25a0\u25a0•: » —Isaac .Watts. \u25a0 Clothes' Although my clothes. are line and gay , They should not make me vain, ' v Vdr nurae j can . take them . a 11. away And put them on again, JJach Jlower grows her pretty gown, So does each little ( weed; Their 'dresaea are their very own, They may be proud Indeed! .' — Abble Kunvell Drowrii THE SA>M^*&fftf^^ Lion Photographs Himseif Moving-pictures of giraffes and croc odiles and' hippopotami, all in their nat ural surroundings, 'and wild beasts at their "nests, and queer smallcreatures of the ground, were, shown at the Al hambra theater.- London." recently These. pictures"were brought from Hrit ish Hast Africaby Cherry: Kearton, the skilled nature photographer. More fascinating tyhn".the pictures \u25a0 how ever, 1b the' sfory of how Mr Keartoii hunted the wild beasts, not to shoot them, but to take their pictures, lie spent a week of days and nigljts In a tree witji his api/arntus waiting to get a picture of si lion, but the lion never came near enough. Then. Mr. Kearton left a camera shielded in a leather case near tho lion's- drinking pool, in tho tree abovo;the pool he put a flashlight apparatus and stretched a thread from thin across the^path by wlildi the lion usually came, in the middle of , the night down came the lion to drink lie broke the-thread, Ignited the mug ne'aium and took an instantaneous" pic ture ''of himself before tlie . brilliant Jlirsh sent him crashing away l n s terror through thn forest. In Love A professor of the vlafs in English history was telling hi* yoi<ng men of the Impressionable ag« about the Eliza bethan era,, when, Kqdden'ly turning to one of the young men who «eeniPd to bo in a dream with a rur away gasse, he Bald: . * "And how old wns Elizabeth, Mr. Case?;*. ; \u25a0 "Eighteen la«t blrtllday," came the instant reply.—TH-illts. THE CHILD AND THE VERSE Sister and Charlie learned verses to say^ To their Sunday, school teacher each week; And baby so wanted to! Poor little May Wasn't old enough yet, but she would be some day. And then she should have one to speak. »'>•- But she begged and she teased and she pleaded and prayed That she, too, might be taught a verse, Till, just as they started, one day, mamma said: "Say, 'I am the light of. the world,' little maid; You'll forget it,' perhaps, but no worse." Whenthc children with verses were called on to rise, May said, as her apron she twirled, While sister and Charlie sat dumb with- surprise ' And all the good people they opened their eyes: \u25a0'• /'My mother's the light' of the wprld!" Feathered Fighters CHARLES CRISTADORA ' '\u25a0_. a ET a cat approach the vicinity of a " I nest full of young mocking birds and then 'wait and. see/ With a hoarse "Ca-a-a-a-ar!" the, male or fe male parent sounds the note of alarm. */>. No time is lost in driving the prowl . Ing; marauder away. First one and then the "other feathered soldier ad vances, swooping upon—the cat and retreating with a' mouthful of fur. How the cat-,would jump, and, mounting on - Its » hind' feet,.,claw the air in its at tempts to strike the fleeting bird. First '••\u25a0.\u25a0 one -and then the other mocking bird •would lead the assault, but 'the" cat had ascertain sense of -dignity about : him • that would hot allow him; to be halted , or turned bacl/andhe stood his ground. It was evident that if, the birds wished " him out of the neighborhood,; more .'strenuous measures must be taken, and the assault became simultaneous, front . and. rear. Beaks were sharp and came away fllled^wlth fur and now and then a'reddish. something showed "that they - Were" striking home. Even "a -cat knows \vhen- : it has \u25a0enough, 'and after many attempts to catch Its tormentors there was noth ing left for it to do but take" refuge : under a distant bush, the .' feathered pursuers speeding him on his way by several well directed- prods. 1 But at daylight the next morning \u25a0'\u25a0'-; the cat was seen i to carry a mocking _.bird away in. its mouth.' v-Thev -The bird., was 'full ; grown and yet warm. Red pepper •was well" rubbed into the feathers' and the bird then given to the : cat. The bird \u0084'disappeared,.,, .'disappeared,., all but >. the! wings, ;: tail and legs, and^further than a rub \u25a0 ~bing of , its jaws' with Its 'paws '} the } cat seemed to enjoy the vneal. It was thought that red pepper and mocking birds might become associated in that cat's memorj\iinil in future the eong \u25a0. sters would remain unmolested, but to no 'avail. . A mocking bird will fight with the . spirit of a/ hawk and its bravery' only \. too frequency brings about its doom. "* "We have seen it cuffed bya cat in a ' fight and*advancft again and again to the assault.. '' , ' - " To investigate the nest of a mocking Cbird .is attended with , more or less, ""danger, as in their fury^they, are apt' to : strike, one in the face and inflict a serious Injury to the eye. » -• They will fight an ogg hunting snake and ' seem to be able to reslet the ad vances made i by. the snake to the birds. Other birds in the vicinity of their, favorite, feeding grounds aro driven off' with' little ceremony. • •• AVe.knew. of a mocking bird which when its' cage was put in the yard would" deliberately placo some of its * food along the outer edge of th^cage, a temptation to the thieving sparrows. And when the sparrows came — well, the same sparrow never came the «eo ond time. Hut there were many spar rowa who were fond of mocking, bird food and who could not resist tho\ temptation? And the mocking bird In tlmo becam«w«ry expert in sparrow baiting, to \\\\ amusement of- the neighborhood, that loved not the spar row. • • )'*.i, Tho butcher bird or shrike la 'per hupa the most despicable of all th« birds that fly. It Is- aggressive, but' only as the bully Is aggressive who tackles the lltfle. fellow. The small bird and the fledgling are the pfey of tiilH feathered, withleas butcher. We have . seen a frightened shrike drop a fledgling linnet from its dawn, the little feathered bofly yet warm but with its head lorn off. Wo have seen a ;, linnet feed its fledgling- upon the ground and then fly to a nearby perch' RUTH INGRAHAM and chirp encoui'a singly to the downy nestling hopping 1 in the grass. And before the eyes of the V mother bird we have seen the .'butcher bird dart upon the helpless little thing, strike it in the head with its brjik and, grasping it in-its claws, sail away with it, the mother linnqt In rtistress ful. pursuit, a pursuit only too soon abandoned, realizing- that its offspring was past relief. " One must- guess and yot pue(?s a'paln at the pleasure,the butcher bird can get" by killing; and impaling these small birds and fledglings upon thorn bushes and barbed wire fencing 1 , to ultimately • drop off. and'fecu the ants^and worms, There may be a method $n this set-miiif? , wanton butchery, but if .'so we do not . know-of it. ; '\u25a0*.•\u25a0 The Comet The comet, he is on his way • Ami singing as. lie flies, • ....' The 'whizzing planets shrink before , 'This spectre of the skies-r A-hl well -may regal orbs burn blue \u25a0/'- 'Aritf^satellltes turn pale;, , Ten million cubic miles of head, - Ten billion miles -of^tall. And what would, happen to the land, ( And how would look -the sea If in the ; bearded demon's path Our earth should chance tQ.b<»? "— O. "\W Holmes! In. the "year 1835 there lived .in a large, old fashioned house In V email New England vHlage a young- girl by the name of MarthaT She was a rather \u25a0peculiar- child, -very studious ai^l , thoughtful. , At this time she was 12 years of age. In the house /there was a long dining room extending quite through the building from north to south. In each end of this room were two windows which overlooked a large landscape. In" the long winter even ings when the rest of the family were otherwise occupied Martha had a habit' of watching from the .'north windows - the- frequent' 'and. brilliant , display of the* aurora borealis or northern lights. She stood for hours at these windows, trying vainly to transfix these rapidly changing lights \before they had van ished and others had taken their places. On« night as she came into the. din ing room to partake of the evening meal called supper (there was break fast, dinner and supper- in those days) she chanced to look out of the south windows as she passed them and saw a vory peculiar looking croud just above the horizon ..stretching from the 'place where the* sun had. just gone down moroMhan half way around th<> visible world 'from the west far Into the' northeast. Sho called the atten tion of thfl family to Jts strange ap pearanco, but they only gave :a pass ing glance and sat down around tlie table, wlillo Martha ran from window to \u25a0\ylndow out of on« door and In at another. Sho made the .circuit of the 'house, several times, talking all the time about the wonderful cloud until it passed from Bight. Then she came to the supper table and found tho bis cuits, tea and gingerbread quite cold ..On the following morning when th<> stage coast came in bringing the malls from Boston and Portland they found In tho Uoston Courier an explanation of the white cloud of the previoun even. ' ing. It was the tail of v gnat comet Halley's comet. It hud crossed between' the earth and the sun, but was not visible until dark. Martha, now an Inhabitant of 'Call, fornia, Is still living, and she exoecti to B<>o the celestial visitor entire ' IH v .returns this spring, after 74 years' ab fcence on its long journey.