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ISSUED EVERY SUNDAY FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF SAN FRANCISCO AND CALIFORNIA
ALONZO HE GOES HUNTING No Harm in Children Reading Newspapers ROSA MARKUS Countless numbers of parents are xvery much opposed to~ their children reading a newspaper .until they have reached the age of 15 '" or' 16. "...They base their disapproval on the fact that the ! different cases of crime and mur der described in the daily sheets tend tO .. harden and ruin a child's' character. This is a very narrow way, to look at the subject. -I. 1 do not see it in that light at all. The newspaper has grown Just, as necessary to me as has my food > and drlnk.'Plt is the history of daily life. To the broader and more, intellectual | mind 'the newspaper dojes jiot appear , a calendar : of murder and crime.' but; as a beautiful, wonderful object that 'brings to him of the^ north the doings of the sunny south, and to him of- the west- the Interesting news of the. far east. To the' many lonely onea it acts as a fond friend and com panion and to the reckless and extrava gant a reminder which makes them stop in the midst of their frivolity to think of the many, many who dwell In poverty and to tell them of, the great happiness the money which they are so foolishly spending wouid bring these unfortunates. /.Therefore aa soon as a child can un derstand the various articles in a newspaper he should be allowed to read them. If the child has been brought, up : by. intelligent parents, if from very infancy , he has been taught to walk in life's right way, a news paper, even though it be full of sto ries dealing with crime and grafters, will, have no bad "effect upon him. It will on the other hand arouse all the good within him, and when ho grows to manhool he will fight against and try to abolish such evils. But if a child is really bad or ill tempered, keeping him from reading a newspaper will not make him any bet ter. , On the other hand if he is per mitted to have one it may, as ho reads of the good, noble things being done by our American youths every day, be an inspiration to him. lie may strive to be like them and thus reform. * You will notice that the' children who read, the newspapers and so keep' in touch: with/the world are always the brightest in schooL When called upon to recite they always speak earnestly and intelligently. But tho children who are barred from doing so are usually dull and without ambition. Therefore, mothers, for your children's sake, if for no other, and for the benefit of our country, which requires bright, active citizens, do not wait until they are IS years of age, when it is too late, hut as soon as they can think and under stand clearly, give them a good whole some newspaper, I think of Whittier's beautiful lines mi "Snowbound" as the village news paper was brought to his door: We felt the stir of hall and street,*" The pulse of life that round ua beat; Tho vhlll embargo of the snow . Was melted in the genial glow; Wide swung again our ice-locked door, And ull the world was ours once more! The San Francisco Call. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., JULY 17, 1910. The Upbuilding of San Francisco GEORGINA SCHLUETER Arc 1-1 Years . San Francisco has, as we all know, been building up very rapidly of late. The public buildings have been spring ing up everywhere and so make our city .beautiful and bright. No doubt not many 6t the peoplo of this city have paid much attention to the build ings' of San Francisco at the present time, but they will open their eyes with wonder when the world's fair. Is held here, and 'tis then that they will notice tho splendid, tall buildings and mansions that make out city beautiful. I have heard people say that New YoVk Is by far a much more entorprls- city than San Francisco. If they will for one moment stop to consider how old New York is and how young San Francisco la, they will quickly change their minds and say that by the time Ban Francisco is as old as New York she will be by far a much larger and more lovely city than New York id today. . I hope that when the Panama canal la finished,' and crowds of people enter the Golden gate, that they'wlll, too, say as I am saying, that San Francisco .is justly 'considered and culled mistress and metropolis of the whole Pacific coast. THE OPEN LETTER SECTION Organized Play UfrVrtl MrI.AUKIV, AfiK 14 I don't suppose that you Juniors who live In the country are so very much Interested in public playgrounds and things like that. But we less fortu nate city ones are glad for every little bit of Interest any one takes in it. I live in San Francisco, ln # one of the most crowded sections. I live in a flat and we have no yard. There Is ;no park within in blocks, so when' some of us do get there we are really too tired to do anything and besides there aren't any of the things one wants. I suppose most people think springboards and such aro only for, boys, but it isn't so. Girls .like them, too, only, of course, it would be t nicer if we had our own ' days to use them. Boys are so rough— even .the nice ones. I guess you country people who can just go out in the hills whenever 'you want to think It's funny to want . a public- playground with' somebody .to watch over you and regulate your play. But I tell you when it's a choice, be tween that or just getting the little. bit of exercise you can get running about on the street, give me the .playgrountf. Besides In the better sections of the city children aren't allowed by their parents to play outside. There are four of us girls in the apartment house I live In and for the »ast two years. all tho outdoor fun we have had is taking walks. How would you country lucky onea like that? • - :• . So I say, and I'm sure all city boys and fflrlfl aro with mo, j*lvo us all tho playgrounds you can. •, Give us some placo /.where wo can stretch our arms and legs.". If people really know how hard y lt is to have no placo they would nil gladly give a few dollars, if it is money that's needed, to help us out. "Bribery" lIAZBL DBVOTO A«e 15 Years , I think that bribery is a very im portant topic for American citizens <to discuss. It Is one of tho many. evils of this country. There isn't a state which hasn't a groat many dishonest officials in every, part of It. Wo 'Americans think we, have a great deal to brag about, but there U) one. thing that we can not brag of, and' that Is being, as a whole, an honest people.' You men of , America; haven't you any more pride in yourselves and loyalty for your country than to take up a position In the government with the intention of bolng dishonest toward it? Almost every day. you read in the papers of bribery going on in some part of the country. And even when tho guilty are caught and brought.bo foro a Jury they . are acquitted. Why? Well, because the Jurors aro even bribed to declare this guilty man inno cent. Yes, the jurors have to pass Judgment on a man accused of bribery when they, themselves are guilty of tho same crime. X The Jurors themselves know the accused in -riot, innocent, but they. do it just for the sake of a few dollars.' ' \u25a0 .... . > ' \u25a0\u25a0.. '.'..,•:;\u25a0 ; ->:V».. .\u25a0'...-' Americans, Isn't your .honor for your country and for what is^rlght arid fair worth more than that? }.. It: is right to have, these guilty ones punched. Why not let your honor stand In the way of their being acquitted? , ....= '."-..'. .Now.iwhat Is loft to brag about when honoris gone? Not much to speak 'of. I hope that; some , day the United States .will find a way to stop bribery altogether or to have ': the ; guilty' get their full punishment.:' • ' y . : The Tunnel Project HAROLD ROBERTS, AGES 13 I think all the people In the city of San Francisco are interested 'in the tunnel project. ;, I think that when ' the people build' the Twin Peaks tunnel it wlllopen up the vast area on the other side of it. It would also be a short cut; for coming from the south. Tunnels should also be built through all the hllU, In the downtown district, as it .would, save labor, and i time go ing over them.' I think --' that they should "tunnel /under Market ' street also, as people and teams would have more right of way. The tunnel should be used for the cars' only that run on Market street. The people and teams couM .keep to the street. . * Roorii in Texas for the World The state of Texas alone could give to every man, woman and child in the whole world a full sized. building lot 20 by, 100 feet and then, allowing for pub lic highways, have over one-third of the area of the state left for the pro duction of food supplies. — Henry Clews.