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'• .'" ' THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, JULY 3, 1910,— THE JUNIOR CALL
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!
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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.
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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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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.