Good Morning, Juniors: .
I; haven't very much time to talk to you this morning,' becau.se I have
to get an early boat to Oakland. It's kite day overthere tomorrow. I
don't exactly like to take the' time,' I'm so busy with our own San Francisco
affair, which is coming off pretty soon, but when the office sends me on a
detail I have to go. I never grumble about it", because— well, I never grumble
about anything. I.used to,, when. l was. a puppy/ just growl and growl, but
it; never. did' any good. I always had to do the unpleasant thing, anyhow.
The only difference it made was that ,1 had to work faster, having lost 60
much time saying I wouldn't. Oh, well, I was only a puppy. Mother used
to tell me * I'd learn a few things when I got out into ; the world. She . was
[right. ;Two weeks > after l got into the Junior off ce I could have written a
• book on the new things I ' had learned; . All those wise Greeks and Romans
that clutter up the readers aren't in it with mother. I guess you'll find out
the*same thing. ->- •;\u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0 - \u25a0\u25a0•. \u25a0:..\u25a0\u25a0.•'•.-. .-\u25a0. \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 / -.\u25a0' "* " A
V> ; But I mustn't get started on mother or \u25a0'\u25a0.l'll use us thelittle time I have.
All I wanted tb; say was^l'd i like to' see as many of you in Oakland tomorrow
afternoon as possible. .When '1 6ome one -else is doiriir something that you
are going to do it's a good idea to watch them. vThere's nothing like seeing
\u25a0other,, people make mistakes to learn how nctf tpinake them.
; v Of course, I don't suppose there's much they can teach us. But we
might go over and lend. them "the support of our presence." We don't have
to leave" it with them, you know ; we can' bring it back on the 5 o'clock boat.
then, Jill later. -'";'\u25a0•" .' ,: ' . •. ' \u0084. "-.,;
h- ' * Yours as ever, ALONZO.
v \u25a0 One of the most pleasant things that happened in the office this week
* 'was; .'getting 'i the J compositions^ from the B third grade of the No*. Valley
school." /It showed an interest in the contest that , was truly satisfactory.
Nearly the whole class, remembered happy days and seiitin accounts of
them for the other Juniors to read. The only trouble" was that most of
the 'writers were under the age limit of; 10, and; for this reason could not
be considered in the competition. The editor, regrets it, but rules are' rules."
The contest is limited to children from 10 to 16 and the length of the letter
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SHORT BARKS PROM ALONZO
Twinkle,^ twinkle, little 'star, ,
How I wonder what you are! V
I'm not a star, I'm 'LonzbV kite;
A Junior made me. I'm all right.
I had to go to court last week. My cousin, Fido, got Into trouble, was
stolen and had' to prove his owner. I took the. case, I thought I had for
gotten my ' Blackstone, but the opposition said my attacks were pretty sharp,
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I wish they would get things in the paper straight for a change, Did
you see the account the morning after the big fire hi Ellis street : "A Dog
Gives the /Alarum" }j ) ' / ' ; \u0084/ * t „\u25a0•\u25a0•' , [ '.'.*'/
"I don't < want- my name in print, but if they WILL use me — my name is
"The Happiest Day, I Ever Spent"— that was a great topic for a com
position. .My happiest day \u25a0 was . the day my first tooth came through and
'mother gave me a; real 5 bone. k'; .
; I was awfully sorry that I Had to disappoint Carnegie Monday. That
little, affair of Fidos kept me so busy I just couldn't keep the appointment.
Mr. Carnegie is going to give some fountains with ice Water free on "the
dogdaya" and wanted , my advice. ' But blood is thicker than water, and
Fido is the only son of v my widowed aunl. .
I saw in the fashion notes that young ladies were going to wear dog
collars for belts. 'There is j'aj place for everything and everything should be
in its place. The place for a collar is around the neck.
A man was arrested yesterday morning for selling sausages. Mother
didn't come home last night and I'm awfully worried about her.
The Correct Answer
•'Now, children," ask.e<l the teacher,
•'whatls the use of a calendar?"
"Please, mum," answered, Willie, "it
tolls where you'd orterglt yer life in
sured."—-Cleveland Leader; '
"Do you have social relations with
"No; purely business-— -we exchange
Christmas presents." — Life.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL/ FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 3910.— THE JUNIOR CALL 1
Junior Call, Market and Third streets,
San Francisco, March 19, • 1910.'
Why He Wept
lie had worn all his father's castoff
clothing, from coats to collars, without
a murmur, but now they found him
shedding copious floods of tears.
"What's the matter, dear?" Inquired
hl» loving mother. "Have you hurt
"N-no," he walled. "But father's had'
his beard shaved off and now, I sup
pose, I've got to wear tlioHe old red
IF 1 WERE KING
I wouldn't like to be a king ' >'>
And have to give up everything <
A lad enjoys.
I tfon't suppose I'd be allowed .
To play rough gomes with our old
:' '\u25a0 crowd, .*. * l.v ' .]\u25a0 , '
Or shout and whistle shrill and loud
To call the boys.
I think it would be pretty . tough
To have nobody good enough
For roe to fight.
A REAL BANK IN SCHOOL
A bank for public school boys, run
by the boys themselves, Is the novel
, feature which has Just been brought
Into being in New York. Not only Is
it • being run to teach the saving prin
ciple, but it has all of the features
which mark the Institutions of the finan
cial district. Deposits and withdrawals
are credited to the accounts by the
schoolboy officers," and the depositors
are permitted to check against their
funds, and even promissory _ notes are
dealt with, the 'discount being at the
rate In the financial Vll strict.
The school bank opened -its; doors to
depositors a few days ago, •• and th«re
was ,a- rush on the part of the, boys to
place their; small funds In safe keeping.
The demand ' for bank books was ; far
In ' excess \u25a0of /anything anticipated, and .
tho supply of books was exhausted in
a short . time, so that . there were prob
ably; 200 boys who could not be accom
modated. , As it : stands now, the bank
has 400 depositors, anJ the total amount
In th« bank safe totals about $100. V.
Bach boy is required to keep on hand
a balance of 60 cents in . order to hold
his account, and when the amount has
reached 12 the youthful financier can
check against the sum. For, this pur
pose check books are provided, which
accord , in '; every particular to j those of
any financial institution,' the checks
being printed V with "Bank of Public
School 77" in large letters across ; the
face. The thrßt of several of the boys
Is shown by tike fact that already they
have approached close to the point
when they will have a deposit book In
the Yorkville bank.
In order that everything may be on
t the same plane as In the regular bank
ing institutions there Is a book in
which the signature of every. one of
the depouitors who has earned the
, right to . a check book is kept. When
a check comes in the slgnaturo is re
ferred to this book, and if it tallies
the check is passed. Already checks
are flying about the school, the boys
paying' their debts by tnVs means^ In
stead of passing over the cash, as In
the days before . there was a financial
institution at the school. It is possible
that in the near future' many of the
teachers of the school will' have their
pay checks cashed at the school bank
instead of going outside, thus saving
themselves some inconvenience. As yet
the fact which makes this impossible Is
the lack of a bank safe, and this is the
only feature of a regular banking in
stitution that is lacking.
The banking hours are from 3 to 4
o'clock dally, and four to six are al
lowed in tho bank office at a time.
Each depositor is provided with a card,
on one side of which are amounts from
1 cent to $25, and on the other the
same, only that one is for deposits an<l
the other for withdrawals, First he
cornea to the teller and announces hia
name, class and number, and the dupli
cate card is looked up. This is passed
to the receiving teller and he places
If I should pull the pages' hair,
Or punch them hard, they'd never dare
Punch back again, and have it' fair,
They're too polite!
I'd have a lot of counsellors
Around' me always — horrid bores!—*
A handspring I could never turn,
They'd look so very grave and stern,
And oh, the things they'd make me learn
i ...\u25a0- ... \u25a0 . ..
If I were king!
the two cards together and punches the
amount of. the deposit.: The white card
Is then returned to the bank file and
the other given back f to the boy. Of
course, before the deposit can be made
the youngster has to make out his de
posit %slip, and this . is placed %on file.
While a boy can make a deposit as
small as 1 cent, there has not yet been
any. amount received less than double :
that amount. . r
It is considered that the bank will
not only make the boys more thrifty
but will do much to bring about this
feature in the homes of the boys. The
fact of their, sons having accounts will
probably ; make the fathers desire to
have 'a bank' account. \u25a0*"••*" v rr ' 1J * ."'
If New York boys can do it, why not
San Francisco boys, and girls, too?
Old Superstitions of the Sea
Twentieth century sailors are an in
telligent class of men 'and; the old su
perstitions) of the sea are' fast dying
out.' - . s ' / ' ••\u25a0•\u25a0.' ;s ; v;<
: Chief among these was the long
cherished belief that a vessel which
was launched or' sailed upon a Friday
was doomed to disaster. This, belief
is now- practically extinct.'
To kill or otherwise get rid of a cat
that came aboard ship was for genera
tions regarded "as the forerunner of
certain misfortune. This superstition
still survives in the common practice
of having either a cat or some other
animal on board ship as a mascot, to
bring good luck, but the idea ; Is held
In a more jocular light now than in tho
If rats left v ship in large numbers
the sailors of the past were apt to do
the same thing, In the ancient belief
that "rats will desert a sinking ship."
There was really some foundation for
this theory, as a hidden leak or smold
ering nre- far down in* the ship's hull
would naturally drive the rats up on
deck and thence to any place of refuge
\u25a0they could flna. \u25a0
To coll. a rope up left, handed, or
against the hands of a watch, has been
held until recently as an 111 omen, but
the most common bad luck attending
the act was a sound berating at tho
hands of the mate or boatswain for
•A similar fate to this day awaits the
lubber who attempts to expectorat«
over the weather side of the ship, or
"spits to windward," as they have it In
nautical parlance. It is a tradition of
tho Bea that no man can "uplt to wind
ward" until he has "been around the
Horn" in a Bailing ship.
Lots of people will accept a favor
who wouldn't take a joke.
You can't buy a good brand of popu
larity at bargain rates.
ybose who are addicted to white lies
soon become color blind.
Revenge Is sweet, but, like most
sweets, It la apt to upset us.
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