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'• .'" ' THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, JULY 3, 1910,— THE JUNIOR CALL
2 JUNIOR EDITORIAL CORNER R Junior Call, Market and Third streets, San Francisco. July 3. 1910. Good Morning, Juniors 1 ; . Tomorrow is thefourth of July.- What does.it mean to you— a day for _niccrackers and a good time or the greatest day in the history of your country? • : \" ". s ( Of cqurse,you have always heard and been taught that it IS the greatest .holiday; but why? -Why does it mean more than any other day. and why do we honor the men behindit more than we honor many other' brave men? .True, the fourth marks our. freedom, the greatest thing in the world; but back "of J^his is the knowledge of. what the men stood for who made it : possible', for 'Us to -call ourselves a nation at all. : . ,r We hear so much always "of : . the "great bravery, of a few soldiers. attacking ? a' great many; that almost without our.)knowing it we grow to think "only of physical^braveryV men killing (others' (aiid ready to take their chances \u25a0at; being \u25a0: killed, .too. v^Wcforg^et: all; about ;that other; greater (bravery— the ; bravery (that: made our (ancestors decide^ that life wasn't worth having, at all • except juhderi certain r conditions;" that men living without- the rightto. think for? themselves 1 were -of: no value. ' * ' • : '(( * " " - Byi thinking! for themselves I ; don't mean- thinking only. No one can stop youVhavinglan : idea: I ; "lean living up to, your - idea after you , have if. ?That]takesVthe. greatest kind l of bravery; you think/so? (It isn't (easy ltoTstand;up:and i say, VI KNOW this f is right, and I'mgoing to doit/tor J^Thatjis^ wrong, and ; l won't ;do(it;" It sounds (easy enough before you're up against', it; but-f-well this is what I mean 'by real 1 bravery : v ; , * I^wasiquiteja^little^puppy J,whenYit/happened^y<;There^w« r cj a lot of us !\u25a0 who i used? to -play 'together., Amongthe number, was a Scotch terrier, named ijock/i: He;; was l a i great ! cutup and the best } kind^of ;-' f un; '^' For \u25a0 any v mischief ybu?could count; 6n t Jock.' ;OneVdayFidolsuggested that werob the butcher tshop^iiThe't butcher- was ;a mean,\'cantankerous^>fellowi^who wouldVrather Jthrowfabohe in 'the; garbage barrel thanv let iusHavC^ it: pleased us better ithan ">. to f'annoy^ him.: So; when Fido; suggested his r plan we were f _deli-ghted. c ; : ;;': We were; going to goat night,^eat \u25a0 all l the sausages in J the; place aiid; throw; the : rest of his meat about on the fldor.=; It was. all beforie us ! drcarned"for/a^niomeht\thaQtie -^vvouldjobject; At first' he said nothing, just Hstened quietly.y; When we had ifinished'he shook his ; taiL- "No;-boys," he said. ''Count me out, and t what's \u25a0more, 1 I^shalUteH'onfyou." r ,-':.' ;. t " - r \u25a0/'.:, If Jock had v suddenly turned into a bird we Vcouldn't have been more '< surprised.^ "You- see," he "went; on," '/barking. at him," running ; into his store fand annoying j'him Un? day light is t one thing, while -stealing his stuff when he \u25a0 isn't there sis another. 7"; N6,^boys, I \u25a0 won't do it;- and if ; I can"? help, it I won't let' -you, : "either. 'V; l l love |.ybu -all and! don't like'him, but I shall go straight andiwarh}him.^lt'sithe : RIGHT? thing-todo." r ? '.*,-. i \u25a0 : Jock '! was \u25a0 quite .1 pale round the : lips * when he finished, because he knew exactly what ; some of T us \ybuld say. i They did-^rpeople always do— called hini Va« traitqr;*a^ tattletale, a ', 'f raid cat, etc. Jock \u25a0 stuck . to his ; plea. No ridi- Vculing^budged : ;himi':^;;-; 'Vy''' :/ - ;.-'\u25a0/:;.: ;\ ; ; ~:,\/;:y-:l r. '\u25a0[\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 ' ':'._",-" : -';^"; \u25a0-\u25a0;'\u25a0:,. ;.'\u25a0. ~A .• '.)'-;'; '\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0•>, ;-.; , .Then the I res t got mad. They were six to : one, so , they started for the shop. But Jock^ was the \u25a0 be'st";jsp'rinter of .the bunch, and he got there :f\rst. 'When -the J others : reached,; the store they 'found the bitcher up arid waiting 'lind^Jock?with aisprained leg iwhere \ the old man's shoe hacl . hit. ;" ;N6/:he never |thanked;*Jock,rbut that terrier;; didn't care a scrap. He wasn't "even *ahgry about:the;sprainVi" Hetold meafter:: . - . V "The'old fellow didn't understand what I was barking, so he wasn't doing anything 'mean according (to^ his standards,"^^l'.urulertook of niyowny accord to wake him^ so it was iip^ to nic to:take what came-— even if it; was a"No.U2: / Perhaps there; might r Have been a better way to go about it, but I didn't see; '\u25a0 it,; and 11 - 1; 'could '"only;; do what;l 'did see."- ;; ; -. _j ' That's just it.* Make up youn; mind what's right and then go in and do it; Never) mind what others say. v (Don't" (waste your time wondering about (the '\u25a0 best (way; to begin. Do the one thing you see to do; that will keep you \u25a0^truc'to "yourself., ; , SHORT BABKS FROM ALONZO For my letter I heads them all." '"jf. -p Some people pretend they don't like ', to see their names in the paper, but-~-- I never minded it and neither did Jack, it seems. I don't ,care what the editor says, it doesn't always pay to be honest. I saw a boy steal ajady's purse the other day, so I ran right up and grabbed her skirt ''and' began telling her about it. •. V " ~ Was shegrateful? Did she say, "Here's a bone, Alonzo, and thank you very much." ; , The policeman she called beat. me off with his clvb — me, Alonzo! •\u25a0•\u25a0\u25a0"•, \u25a0•-.* * . \u2666 \u2666 . If they have a smokeless Fourth how on earth am I going to get my dinner?: They use coal in our house. What harm does a little smoke do anyway, and I do hate cold meat from the day before. \u25a0pWttfHWMßJlwißggf- * \u25a0•*\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 * . < * „ . ' Some kind Junior has senj me. a whole box of crackers for tomorrow. They came in just in the nick of time because mother is off, on her vaca tion, and I never was any good'at cooking. There wasn't a cracker in the house until these came. \u2666 * \u2666 , \u25a0 \u2666 Mother, has. been elected a delegate from the United Barkers of America, ladies' branch, to go to Constantinople. The object of the delegation is to study the methods of Turkish dogs who have succeeded in having them selves considered, sacred for hundreds of years, and see if it is not possible to bring about the same conditions in other countries. They did a good thing for themselves when they elected mother. If there's any improving to be done/mother's the lady to do it. Have You Ever Seen Her? A Few Facts About Turtles CHARLES CHRISTADORO IP we can believe the dates that , we now and then' find on -the backs^of turtles we \ must credit ; the turtle with being a long liver if he is a slow walker.' If It takes him '\a. long time to get from one place to \u25a0 another, na ture seemingly makes up to him by extending his lifetime accordingly. .\u25a0\u25a0•\u25a0•\u25a0> There are turtles and turtles. .The little , land turtle that grawls through the lettuce bed and lies" snugly, tucked away under the hedge,,' goes along his peaceful way, disturbed by no one ex cept, perhaps, to have some initials and a date cut into its. hornlike skin, the turtle to be then freed, and no one has suffered any damage. Then comes our friend who frequents the ponds and ditches, .and, with his vicelike Jaws, can give the bulldog pointers about holding on — the ; snap ping turtle. The ditcher, who is care lessV enough to go barefooted at his \u25a0 work, -meets with trouble as his foot sink's into the soft, black mu,d— and he remembers. It's well enough to cut off the turtle's head, but that does not loosen its grip and only when the jointure's of the jaws are cut does his grip loosen. The snapping turtle docs not make a good playfellow for the inquisitive boy. The swimming hole in the mill, pond often is productive of turtle features that for a time make things interesting for the boy most interested. The farmer who tries to raise gos lings and ducklings, and who takes no precautions to keep his pond free from snapping turtles, makes very little progress. If there^ is any one thing a snapping turtle, likes it's young or par tially grown ducklings., ille gave the Chinamen lessons in duck hunting, who with head covered and buoyed. up, floats into a flock of wild ducks and pulls one after nnothff down by its feet. Bo does tlic turtlf -^noticed bob up un der a swimmlv.i' : >. U, ijrab him by the thigh, and down v v !.u bottom of the pond l goes Mr. Turtle and Mr. Duck. And the turtle has duck for dinner, not necessarily roasted nor carved, either. The snapping turtle makes a good second to a pickerel when it comes to cleaning up young ducks when the ducklings are small, but as they grow and become too large for the pickerel the turtle, who feeds differently from a pickerel,' continues to live on duck. With terrapin at (50 or thereabouts Alonzo. RUTH INGRAHAM Who is this peculiar person Whom I have to write a verse on? What will answer her description, Holland maiden or. Egyptian? ,Ts her head dress oriental? Is - this costume occidental? " .Who she-is or where she came from, What she ought to take her name from, 'Mow to count and classify her, With what "bundle I should tie her, Where to place in my, collection '. This of puzzles the perfection — These are qtfestions I must leave you - To decide. Don't let it grieve you! a dozen, a market is made for snap ping turtles and they are elevated on the bill of .fare to eminent respecta bility. , Terrapin for many.years made Balti more famous and as the years went on, they becoming scarcer and scarcer, the prices advanced until the ordinary res taurant was unable to stand tho strain. Sam Ward, with his champagne boiled ham and terrapin a la Maryland, lob bied many a bill through by taking the senatorial ., stomach by i storm. After one of Sam Ward's terrapin dinners you could get a senator to do anything. Terrapin undoubtedly has, had much to do with the senatorial archives of this country and Sam Ward could have • well placed it inhis coat of arms. , The good old sea turtle that gave the calipash and calipee that Thackeray tells us Joseph Sedley liked so weir is dear to any closely, associated with the lord' mayor of London. For 100 years or more the guild hall banquet tables have* groaned under the great tureens of turtle soup. Books have been writ ten upon the guzzling JLondon alderman and his turtle soup. A turtle on his back in front of a restaurant with his flippers tied ,with the legend, "Served tomorrow," Is no guarantee that this same turtle may not go the rounds of other restaurants and mock turtle be the lot ol the trust ful diners. They lay for these old fellows and as they come upon the beach deftly turn them upon their backs and the law -of the center of gravity does the. rest. The sand hatched eggs, as they give forth their swarming procession of little tur tles, illustrate the instinct of animals, for the moment the egg is hatched of the little turtle away it goes directly toward the sea without a moment's loss of time. r. .• Turtles' eggs are prized as food and, carrying out the principle that a nest of turtle eggs in hand is worth a mil lion, little turtles swimming in the ocean, the beach comber uncovers the nest and secures both the . eggs and, previously, the mother turtle as well. The hen that lays eggs .suffers the same fate as thQ turtle, its eggs are taken from her and she loses her life as well — in time. The old Hobo Ken Turtle club has been the cause of many an old sea monster's untimely end that even today might bo roaming the mighty deep.