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BUND JOHN'S DOG IS DEA6 After' Many Years the Old Man \u0084A lust Look for a New \J i« * Km V Dlind John's dog la dead anVl Blind John Is all alone. Of course you know him, the old Mind man with the great yellow St. Bernard. John Erltt Is his real name, but no one calls him that. Very few know that he has any last name' at all. J'\V' For years he has gone about In sunshine and In rain, day and night. No danger ever camo near him because he trusted his dog as he would have trusted a'human being. It was'a com mon sight to see, the two standing on a corner; the Uog looking right and left for a good chance to start across. Blind John waited patiently; knowing that as 'soon as the coast was clear the journey would begin. - It was a great blow to«the old man when the faithful dog began to appear sick,' because he had never been "sick before in all the years Blind' John inui had him." ; The old man tried doctoring the dog at-home, but none of the reme dies diU any good. ' For days the poor animal tried to get about as usual, but finally he' just " couldn't. A 'day came when he couldn't load Blind John. Then; his master, took him to a doctor. The- doctor [.looked the dog over, "said lie had a tumor and would, have to be opei - ateVi on. '\u25a0."'. , \u25a0 ! •;\u25a0•\u25a0. .•'.•* ' Perhaps he. was too old. Blind John doesn't' lay . the. blame anywhere, only life .is . very sad and dull now^ For days the old- man did not "even try to get out and he Isn't a bit ashamed to say that he cried. -.He Is about aga ? in now, trusting to those he knows— and he knows so many people— to : help .him across the most dangerous places. But /it is a risky thing,., besides/ being lonely, so "Blind John , his to look - .for',, another dog. The new one'ean never take the place of the, old one, but, there/ is" nothing else x for"'old Blind John to'do. ' Spring Valley Organizes a Base ball Team GEORGE S. MIEHLING JR. -Many of our boys, I think, are trying their -best" to" winThe'Call trophy. ':\u25a0 Al bert" Gregori is anxious to sec us win. He is spending his afternoons in trying out bbys~for our' team. : Many of the last year's boys^ will play this year. > Next * comes -swimming. , George S. Miehlihg 'and George Metlar are start ing in to ' try-out boys. ;.The Spring Valley has many crack swimmers. "The only -way to win is to have teamwork and school spirit" is an old saying of Miss Keating, tile principal of Spring Valley. -..; \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0- " .' \u25a0 • ". Z;,y.~ \u25a0./-:-,: ;» ; ' Don't think we have dropped track work, , ? for 'we haven't. Many smaller, boys, as those] of the fifth grade, are running ; relay ' races morning, recess and lunch times.' Some day these little athletes will become great champions. Baseball Season Soon to Open BERT LEO Candidates for the baseball team are being tried out; under the direction of Captain McDonald, who will play first base v There are several, veterans of last year's team on the* nine, and,' to gether with the new material, Hearst should put; a strong team •*" into the fluid.-.,' Address challenges,: to R. Mc- Donald, Hearst grammar; school, <* -'- . \u0084^ More, Interest is being taken In ath letics this season than at any previous time,' barring the first indoor meet, not withstanding that after being defeated In" the' first few contests it seemed' to wane. Our team, in the recent games, consisted of^ll men, who gathered as many, points to the orodlt of the school. If 11 men cun score 11 points, how .muny points can a full team score? .We hope .the answer will be, "Enough .to win the meet."- • . : '."/' ' The Boys; Week [Mfli'a days' visit, to^Madlson 1 Is «lio prize, won -by, a, number of^small, boys scattered 'through tho* sfiito' of Wiscon sin. The ' university pays all the ex-, pensea \u25a0 and organises Mhe week's''fes tivities for those .youngsters' who inadu tin' ln;st slmwliiK.wtltli thftli" fora at the various . county- corn ;conteßts of the state.' Tln'ougji* the .summer thft boys have .vied with each, "other on sniull areas of their' father**'' farms In careful plahtinß aiid'care of corn, to see who could- produce the best ear. Thevvln nerd.cunie tv Mmlison ' on' February 8 and ppvnt their tiim< in v boys' course Iji corn aiul grain ju&jftnjl, In Peeing tli« iinlver.slty aiut, in a round of well planned ijayeiy. Their ages werp fronf The San Francisco Call. SAN:FR/VNCISCO;,CAIJ. f ' MARCH .12, " 1910.—TME \u25a0 JUNIOR CALL ALONZO FLIES HIS KITE Qj) ~ o A SPECIAL DAY FOR KITES San Francisco School Children "to Make and Fly , Their. Own Kites The schopl children of San Francisco are going to lmv« a kite day. What for? To fly kites, ofc6urse. v But be fore the one day of flying* them there will be many a day'of making them,, and that's almost the greater fun. At present I^os Angeles Is the only city in California that makes any at tempt to , set, aside a special day for flying kites.. Often It is quite a failure on account, of the lack of wind. But San Francisco will have no such trou ble. In other "cities, of the United States the "instruction, nsweil us the recreation, to be got out of kites has been understood for a long time! In some nations it is not considered a chilli's amusement at all. As every one knows, the Chinese for centuries have flown kites; grown men, even very old men, taking- as much pleasure in it as the youngest; .Sometimes the picture of. a dignified Chinese official, with queue and iiprned spectacles, gravoly running, 'a kite streaming "out behind him, finds it's way into a magazine, | 'and at first it seems just a bit ridiculous. - But it is never safe to 'laugh at_ any tliins old- — neither- people nor customs t nor" nations/..^ They aje generally right in the end. Ouv'own kite day proves thjs^particular point." . , ' ' Tlie'" fdoa of setting, aside a special day for contests among the school . children originated with Mr. Barthell, head of manual training in the public schools. S • "In the" first place," , explains Mr, Barthell, "it^ is fine exorcise, mainly, be cause it is out of doors. In the second place it is born in a boy to like to fly a kite, and there is nowhere lie can do it in the city unless he flnds a vacant lot, as there is a city ordinance against flying it in the street. Finally, the making oost s a .good kite is a scien tific piece , of work, while the invention of a new. form is a real invention." The thing can't be done in a day. It uses up many leisure hours that would otherwise be spent unprofitably. When a boy or girl— because there is no rea son why girls shouldn't make kites too, no particular physical, strength is needed— has finished making a kite he "has learned it in the best way, by per sonal experiments and failures. J So much_for the! reason for having a kite day at all. When is it to.be and where? Probably the first Saturday , in May; but neither time nor place lias been finally settled. as yet. Mr. Barth ell is working out his plans and expects to have them fixed up % very soon. Whenever und wherever it is the fol lowing -will be about the program: • ENTRIES Bird kites, Insect, Animal, Man," Star, Keel, Bow," Box, Dragon, Tandem, Ar tistic. Strong puller (for kites over 3 feet and for those under 3 feet); yacht race, for yacht kites;, highest .flyer; quarter mile dash. In this the kite will be let out for a quarter of a mile, the winner being the one, who gets his kite in within the shortest time. Be sides making the kite itself, this gives the contestant a chance* to Invent a reel for winding In, his string. . ••\u25a0 . | The seventh and eighth grades will compete by themselves, and. the grades under the seventh by themselves. The girls also will have their contests sep arately, us it would hardly be fair to pit a girl ngaHust a boy. \u25a0? Kite day will have nothing to do with the schools, outside of the fact that only those taking manual train ing are eligibly for the entries. -The board of education has not set asido any money for prizes, but the winners will be rewarded In some way. : Mr. Uarthell will meet these expenses him self, and at present is inclined to think the prizes will take the form of small diplomas. There will be several of these for different kinds, as: Smallest plain kite; -smallest .box kite; kite with moving parts; kites Invented by the children themselves. Kite day is going to be a great day. Already the children of many of the uehools are working out their ideas. Only one thing binds them. The kite may be of any size, shape, a construc tion never before seen on land or sea; tut. to quote Mr. Murthell ugain: "If must be a kite. That is, It must fly. If it. doesn't fly it Isn't a kite. It Must go up at least 300 feet. Per haps the height will ilnally be made rven greater."