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ISSUED EVERY SUNDAY FQR THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF SAN FRANCISCO AND CALIFORNIA
ALONZO HE TAKES AN UNEXPECTED RIDE Teachingiin^ thei Philippines .; Unless, a^teacherhasimorej than the. usual amVuntVof : perseverance long be fore he -reaches' his'; post' in : the 'isl .inds hej'may " wish .that he?, had never come,, and that 'he was safely back: in \u25a0'the United ' States.' n Beautiful*^ and in teresting as the 'country is, the trip from tHe "coast* into the interior is so hard that all pleasure Is ; drowned in the physical discomfort.' Days of the slowest ' ; travel, '\ journeys ' -by , water along' broad, ; slow rivers, .V.with no wharves or landing .places so that the traveler has to be carried, out 'or. wade out from 4 the . shore to the boati ; : No one is' in; a hurry arid • brie can un derstand why there should' be a hiirry. If not tpday.itbmbrrow will' do,"as : well. It is really^ridiculous ,to worry or even to Inquire if your 'destination is 10 or 200 miles \ further.' .v Yoii '.will -f get ; there in • time' if yoii' are not i killed; on' the road and if you are, it doesn't matter how far;itis. ;. „"'."'". ;:.O: r .•\u25a0-,"•.,''. ' : . 1 Once arrived^ at his v destination the Amerl6ari' supervising teacher, finds himself up against some problems..; In the larger 'cities' the teachers them selves are Americans, but in;the small er barrios S they ,: are \u25a0 natives. \u25a0 Sonfe times these, native teachers are scarce ly, more than children, 17 or 18' years old,""- and have . been teaching ,fo^, sev eral years. ",y The ; first task.' then \u25a0, is : to teacli' therteacher,' not lessons, but the simplest -rules;, of .hygiene and a. few other Haws of everyday life in 'America. As a rule these, native, villages^aro frightfully dirty, children, refuse and animals .are* all mixed together in ( the roadway. No one "In the .village," un less the ... teacher \u25a0. himself, .', has "any thought for anything beyond HUe sim plest physical needs. Sometimes a na tive teacher awts; under ,thp influence of American methods and does a great d«al for his, people. If . lie does ; not, howeveri no one does. ''-", The schools in such , districts j liave no furniture.. The pupils sit aboufon the floors exactly; as they do in, their own homes.' -So surprising as to be almost a shock was -one school, far .'inland, with an attempt ' at ; benches. '. These were really, tables, long piece's of split bamboo lashed to .bamboo poles. The head of this school was an especially enterprising, peraon. It is to be hoped "that his salary was higher than.' most of the^native 1 teachers", who as a" rule draw from. s3 to $5 a month. A story is told by a wuperlntendent recently returned of a Janitor who struck for an advance on his |1.50 and lost his place alto gether. ;, , Behind in nearly all things, still there is one In' "which.- the Filipino boy Is ahead of the "American, 'That is In h|s ability to talk inv public. Any student called upon' in school to speak does so easily, without embarrassment and us ually very well. He has quiet dignity thai keeps him mastei of the situation. In judglngyhlm one must always take Into account the tremendouj disadvan tages under wjjich he works. And when all la said and* flnne the remark able thing about nat|ve/ education in the islands is riot that it has not made •more progress, but that it has made as much. On the whole, perhaps, ha may even be ahead of his western brother with his greater chances. The San Francisco Call. Junior Section SAN FRANCISCO, xCAL.,' JUNE 12, 1910. An Electric Clock / An Interesting electric •clqck, run by a single dry cell, and Quite-independent of external connections, has Just, been put on the market in England. '\ A Jieavy. balance wheel is. kept In motion by an electro-magnet mounted dlamet rically across it. As the balance wheel swings against the action of the coiled spring, a, stud'bn; the. axle makes con tact with a light, spring,' thus complet ing the electric circuit, and energlzjng the_ magnet, which acts for a moment upon the balance wheel. ; /This impulse is given once every four seconds. It is said that a drycell will run hours. The movement is noiseless, and the clock' may be placed in any position without interfering with Its. running.— The Youth's Companion. -i, , How Far Can You See What Is. the farthest limit to which the human vision can reach? Peruvians are Bald to be the longest, sighted race on 1 earth. ' Humboldt records a case where these Indians perceived a human figure 13 miles away, being able to recognize that It was human and clad In white. This Is -probably the record for far sight.— Strand. A Dog's "Homing" Instinct A hoynd was bought in Missouri arid shipped ' in 'S closed express car to a ranch in Kansas. In a day or two it was missing. Investigation proved that it had gone back to its Missouri home, over a distance of 500 miles, on a road entirely uyknown to the doer. ATHLETIC NEWS SECTION Court School- Meet LELAND SANDERCOCK There was a track .meet held at San Luis Obispo May 28 by the Court school and the Mission school of San Luis Obispo, by the Arroyo school of Arroyo (Irnnde and by the Templeton school of Templeton. \u25a0 It was the most exciting contest ever held in this city by boys. Afthbugh the, two' last schools men tioned had big fellows, they wore not a match for the San Luis team. The final score,, was: ; • '. Court grammar school, 4b; Mission (grammar, 45; Arroyo grammar, 7; Tem pleton grammar, 6. „ ." . : \u25a0'\u25a0>' [; \u25a0 Pete Soto for the Mission won the most points, which was 22.' Although not a classical runner, he is a fast one,' and carried off the gre.atest number of points. '\u0084'. \u25a0' r '\u25a0•\u25a0 ' ' , .'- ''\u25a0' , ' ,\u25a0'•'\u25a0'\u25a0' .'--j ' ; The Court school won the/silver cup. * Bring Back the ; Birds The agricultural -department .at Washington estimates that' the " bugs and" worms on" the farms of the coun try, cost the farmers at least $20,000, 1)00 a yea/Cand that most of this could be, saved if ith'e native- birds .were en couraged instead' of /being . ..killed -.off to furnish "adornments for ladies' hats. It only takes five persons^ to organize an Audubon club. Then,-, under, the law. of- : almost every i state, 'they can' .prosecute any one killing. a' native bird, or everi'meddling.with a nest. . There, should .be such a'club in every, county. i v S®(SftQdnfl Grant Wins From Piedmont ARTHUR TAVEIRA May 26 was another glorious day for Grant.- The second team of the school defeated the Piedmont school by a score of 13 to 0. / McKlm pitched good -ball during the game arid struck out 13 men.. With three men on base McKim drove the ball Into right field, bringing them home. The game, was .a snap all the way through," and belonged to us from the beginning. U. Ellison, one of our •good players, sent .two stinging ones into, left field, Ibut did not como home" on them. Our pitcher had good. support, and only four errors were made during the. game.; . \u25a0; - <;.'\u25a0• • ' -.The Grant school has played four games thls.terrn.and hay lost one. The • lineup follows: \u0084>. . ' ".;•:' /.Judson, first base;, N. Shindler, "second, base; 11. Oberg, shortstop ;!B. McDonald, ' third . base; It. .Ellison* right ; fleld; . A.\ Maganul, center field ; : ll.".i3a'uirigartner, left field ; W. ; McKlrn; pitcher; \ K. Hunt,' catcher (captain); score keeper, Taveira.' time of game, 1 hour 50 minutes. -- A Drilling Contest EVELYN GORE May 31 for the first; time" we saiut ed'our beautiful new silk flag. WVe;had exercises and drilling. The children of the"' different classes ,had ; 'a. contest jto "win the .banner.'; We all did; so'w'ell that the principal , arid ."teachers " have not decided: which class will get it. The teachers . all sat 'upon $ the stairs \u25a0 and watched with, .pride. '\u25a0:.'\u25a0 The ;, people passing by, stopped to watch' 1 us as" we marched, around; the yard! "'. Our j flag is of : red,' white and; blue silk, with gold colored fringes around; it- and a spear of gold on top. , It is really a beautiful thing/. '..\u25a0:";,;••\u25a0' ,"•'.' . -\u25a0\u25a0'.. \u25a0'-'.';;::\u25a0"\u25a0\u25a0''\u25a0 W .". • We saluted our flag,' saying, "I pledge allegiance to my.', flag atibV; to* the- re public for which it stands; one natiorv indlvlsible, with liberty and justice for all.'V. •:.-\u25a0\u25a0,'\u25a0\u25a0• .. -..\u25a0.-/. [.-:\u25a0 \u25a0:..;.:. o We ~ all 'Iwlsh you could come to . see our beautiful new -flag.' ,We feel almost acquainted with you, as we: have read the stories of The. Junior Call and send our stojies in '. each'; week. \u25a0' . , .. i' Whelks' Eggs Natural .soap is "*not. heard of very bfteni but lit not only exists,; but is highly. prized by Jack Tar in thetropf ics when the • purser . reports \ that the ship's supply Sot soap . has i" given' out; -Then all hands (3 are jj sent ashore to . gather a /.supply *; of •'"natural soap," _ which ' is :> .found' on -the 'shore 'In " the '\ shape of whelks' -.ej?gs. The whelk r is | a little .shellfish, or marine ;mollusk, which inKurope is eaten like mussels, cockles/oysters and dams, ..but; Ik the tropics it is more highly esteemed for -the soap.lt provide^ in the shape of Its eggs. The eggs are found ; in a light yellowish \u25a0 mass 'which 'is composed of \u25a0 some 500 or GOO capsules.' One fish alone produces millions-6f "these eggs in the course of the year. They are found on the shores, of the'Atlanticj but are very \u25a0.ftrntvp" -r- t^r\ '\u25a0 the intertroplcaljj coral reefs, where sailors '. -.take large quanti ties, aboard for us« as soap.