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JUNIOR
EDITORIAL
CORNER
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.-\u25a0 # Junior Call, Market and Third Streets, San Francisco, July 24, 1910.
.' ; Good morning^ Juniors. V
.Tomorrow school begins for most of you. How many of you are glad?
How, many of those who are glad would own; up to it? Somehow there's
\u25a0a<»kind of an idea among girls and boys that' it's something of a disgrace to
really like; to go to school, just as one who actually enjoys studying is.
..laughcd-at and called a dig. Strange, isn't it, how an idea gets rooted and.:
nothing can budge it? • \u25a0' - * ; V,"' _,\ ,
. -You see, I wasa puppy once,- andrAlonzo KNOWS. Why, when I was
,,too young to know better if any \u25a0oncjhad Accused: me of being afraid in the
dark— and I was,: scared ;to \u25a0deatii— I : would/ have been angry enough to
v chew him up. Now, when I'm afraid i of^a -thing I'm old enough not to be
•; : ashVmVd'.t0: say.so.. /There's nothing to be -ashamed of • in being afraid,
', but; there is something ' to : be ashamed of in saying you're not when you are.
;Thcre:are hundreds of; ideas like these" that people insist on keeping. They're
.-like-so; many prison bars that. -we "''shut ourselves up in until we look things
.square in the face, and then we see that the whole business is our own in
. vent ion. ' ', . . -;'; / ' , \u25a0'/\u25a0 * ./ : ; * ; _>'.•\u25a0-\u25a0 -• , \u25a0 • ' ;
\u25a0 * quite a:little puppy when T' learned my lesson;-;; I : suppose I was
'-\u25a0^.^r"."-'-.^?^^!^* 11 .? J I^M 1 '^^ f ?^,>vatching t th"ej. house^jlyut -; I *t<lid : enjoy it. When the
i^f 1 -^ f: * ne '-'dogs m "-'the bl.ock;were/playing I^likedto^lie^atthe foot of^t^
:: steps -and see 'that no V stranger went \up/ : Tlie other puppies "used to make
r/.E n of "•! m . e - •••;."; T ,licy. said -; I :\u2666 was afraid "; of what "master would do. He was
y. really the 'best. master:/on earth, and wouldn't have done a. thing if i had
••; neyer^gone; nearUhe^steps,; but ;they- called;me ,'fraid cat— think < of calling/
\u25a0.'^.^fcaj—untij'^l-jva^ashame^d
\u25a0 was a: procession ni town, and -,I ; knew ; that my services were needed more
- than ; ever,' but : the others , t eased -me -to come to the parade, said I was a fool
{•to be ; irnposed ', on/retc.-— and I J >vein... There , wasn't -a word" of, truth iri-wh'at
; they said,- but I was such a; coward I. didn't jhave. the courage to stand up for
™y own \u25a0 beliefs -. Well, :.,I went 'and i the , house .was^ robbed^ -Every bit bf
silver^andijewelrywas. taken; out of ;it .'In addition it was -roasting hot; and
standing on the street .so long in the. sun without a drink of water made
me, deathly sick." .' - r '".r- \u25a0\u25a0-.\u25a0_\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 ..- '\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 .\u25a0\u25a0/;.\u25a0"_• .'-\u25a0':.; Y ".'-' T \u25a0 :•;\u25a0 \u25a0;\u25a0-. \u25a0". ; .'»,:.:; \u25a0"\u25a0-.- -.:\u25a0-.':\u25a0 '\u25a0\u25a0:\u25a0 \u25a0•... \u25a0 ' \u25a0 z :'-/.
T h^ such a fool
. as tQ » "? ed i nior e than one ; of the; same kind. Master-was as kind as he
\u25a0\u25a0;{ : ? u . ld .L b . e Tr nc .V e . r -scolded •\u25a0me-'orie-ibit.". But he did^wbrse^ He called me to
.'"m,»and when Irhad (crept /up \u25a0"close to his -feet he^leaned down :and patted
.' my; : h ead: : • . " Alonzo," h e said, "you're an awful good \u25a0\u25a0 puppy; and if you'd been "
: V e J. e^VV? w?« ldn tyhavc^ happened? ; You? wouldn't v have letrhimin, that I'm
Think of it." :I-had to r listen to thatr.I thought my .heart- would
\u25a0 f re ?5- ;.- JL tried;- hard , tq ; . confess, to tell him what" a fool < coward I had been,
buti ,«lt\ e y er y ibark:hejjust patted me some more and said: 'T know, old fellow,
;youre;as sorry aswerare." - \- N 3 . - :\u25a0./:•\u25a0;.. '
' ; : No, ; Juniors, ; it; doesn't payto be afraid or ashamed of your own opinion.
1 m "J\?t urging /you to b'e'bbstinate. -Always listen- and learn, but DON'T
Kp.'rpundi saying,- things pimply! because; it's the fashion. Y«w have to follow
the fashion.outside in your clothes, " but not inside in your minds. As always
. ' 7 . ,. . - ':; '' \u25a0 . ': ALONZO. ''\u25a0
SHORT BAKKS FROTI ALONZO
Baa, baa, Black Sheep, -
Have you^got a Call?/
: • Take .my love to all your teachers tomorrow. I'm sorry I can't tret
round, tofsee them all. but if: there's any advice they want tell them to "•writer
to me in care or the Junior and Til answer -in the. paper. ' v - •
;w;'i"T. h^ other^day that
,:.-.sa»cl: Advice, free ..Now, do-you -suppose he thought people would really
Pay ; for it?..lt s : hard enough to get, people to take it as a aift. I don't
know-how' he would sure get ( rid of it if they had to pay
. I vebqen^gjving advice away for years, and l'veloads left,
_, There was one letter sent i.vlast week—'The Autobiography of a Doc"
The.subjcc for was "A Common Household Utensil" \u25a0'-
.; Ajrruhh! Anvl, ALONZO, a "common household utensil"? The st.inid
ity of some people!- Wow! Bah! "v"! stupia
. I'm going to read a. paper before the supreme judges of the/c-aniW
bench, on capital punishment. Now, 1 leave it to/you : When a man
murders .-mother he js killed himself. That is perfectly just "BUT J2S
a dog bitesa man the dogis killed; not, mind you, if the man dies hut on
-general p . principles, because the man MAY die in 20 years ' "
it. } hls ls , ft*. P, ract 'ccc c >n all civilized countries. I believe i lowPV ,r i«
the heart of "blackest Africa" the dog would go free ' IlOwever> in
The hardest 'thing I ever had to *Jo was to explain to mother why I
wasn't being really bad when I stole the pork sausage the nSid had saJed '
for her master's breakfast. And I didn't succeed d
They say there's no such word as "can't." But they never had t« m-it,
black white for mother. -, . .", nau to mak «
It is said that a dog wags his, tail when he is happy. There are wj«
\u25a0Jm l\f itiU- there. StePPe<l °" day ' *M^*** " to'sfe
Some people have so little foundation for their opinions.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, JULY 24, 1910.— THE JUNIOR GALL
FLOWER LORE
What Flowers Have Been to
the World
"Then gather a wreath from your gar
den bowers
And tell me the wish of your hoart
In flowers." — i'erclval.
KATHERINE BEALS
(Copyright, 11)10, by O. MacMlllan. All rights
"~T HK love of flowers is felt and ac-
I knowledgcd by every one in every
land. It- is universal. Almost
everything of value had its beginning
in tho far east; there civilization had
, its origin and government was first
established. From, the " east religion
was given to tho world. Philosophy,
poetry and literature were born there.
• It does not seem surprising, that a
mystical and romantic people should
have a passionate love for flowers and,
in addition, attach to them a symbolical
importance and make- use of them as
agents of communication. The lan
guage of flowers is almost as ancient
and universal as speech itself. Some
of the ancients declared that it had its
origin in the garden of Eden and that
to gain a glimpse of floral symbolism
in its earliest phases the explorer must
travel into prehistoric. obscurity.
. The Ghinese./whose records antedate
.those of all other nations, seem always
to have had a comprehensive system of
.floral signs and emblems. The monu
ments of Egypt, Chaldea and Assyria
bear traces of a plant symbolism which
today is dimly guessed at. The bible,
which, is full of -flowers of .the
field," proves^ that; they had 'a promi
nent place in the civilization ;'at that
time. Indian;: and • Persian literature
ab'.ounds in similes,-, comparisons and
I allegories, all deriving their significance
from the florigraphy of the time. \u25a0
.But.it was: for the beauty loving
Greeks to bring to the I highest perfec
tion the use of flowers in daily life.
No public or private celebration was
complete without its floral accompani
; ment.. '• Birth, marriage, burial— each
had" its appropriate symbol.' The palm
\u25a0 was emblematic of congratulation to
the parent; and good wishes , to - the
child, and buckthorne indicated
illness, and i parsley/ symbolized death.
Onthejimrrlage occasion flowers of all
-kinds were 'brought "into • use.
; Aristophanes tells -of. a flower market
that was held In "Athens,' and one of
the rapidityswith which" the venders
disposed of their baskets of blossoms
to ': the passers ;by. In times of civic
rejoicing,; houses and arches were deco
rated /and garlands were hung about
gates of the; city. At ill the public
games .'a'" wreath was the coveted prize,
except at; the! Panathenaic, where oil va
.oil . from the consecrated was
given. The") winner of the Olympla
games H received a crown of wild olives.
• To obtain it was the highest. ambition
of every;' Greek youth:; The Pythian
victor received- a wreath of laurel and
.\u25a0"the prizes : for the Namean and ; Isth
mian game's were; of . parsley and pine
leaves ; respectively.- ; , The victorious'
warrior^ was -crowned with oak, the
poet? with; laurel, the philosopher with
bay) leaves. ;
. The Eomans, while in a measure
adopting the floral customs of their
Hellenic neighbors,, did not carry them
to so - great an -extent, although even
in proud 'Rome; a* floral wreath was
deemed a fitting, reward for the great
est" service. The festival of Flora was
Finger Prints in Piano Teaching
Finger prints, as we all know, ob
tained by applying pigment to the fin
ger tips and pressing them on a
smooth surface, have long 'been used
as a means of identification, , but of
late years a new use has, been made
of them In that they are now employed
by Instructors in piano playing for a
novel , purpose. ;
The) Impressions made on the keys
by the fingers of a performer are indi
cations of his methods and serve to
show. whether he touches the keys in
the same manner as a" good performer
whose» finger prints may be used .as a
standard. -
The prints may , be taken for dif
ferent" kinds of work on -the instru
ment, so as to help to explain the secret
of "touch."
Aerial London
With the aid of a balloon" a British
scientist has for several years indus
triously explored the atmosphere over
1-ondoii, and the results of his investi
gations, afford a strange picture. of the
skyward extension of th«;. world's great
est city. ! -.... \u25a0 .", .'\u25a0 i
Somewhat fancifully, and yet with a
certain degree of truth, London might
be said to be 8,060 feet high, or deep,
for up to about that level the air over
the vust town is uniniMtak'ably 1-oudon
air.
.Between 3,000 and 5,000 feet above
the housetops is a region where dust
resembling chaff, filaments and woolen
fiber, such as would arise from thor
oughfares and from the sweeping of
houses, seems especially to accumulate.
At least, there Is mure there than near
er the ground. la calm weather aerial
J-ondon becomes to a certain extent
stratified. Prom above 6,000 feet one
can often look down upon the surface
of the hate as if it had a definite limit.
instituted In the rcij?n of RomoluH and
Inter the Fiorßlla, or public games, J>o-
C&rne a feature of the celebration. But
the i Itomnns never curried flower
worship into their literature and re
ligion, ns did tho Greeks; and, with
the decadence of the empire ninny of
the customs passed Into obscurity.
. The Chlneso aro such mi exclusive
people that it Is almost impossible to
obtain any accurate information In re
gard to their institutions and. tradi
tions. Kven tho origin of their name
is shrouded In mystery. There is un
questionable proof, however, that they,
like all oriental people, attached much
importance to floral symbolism. They
are. said to excell all other nations in
making and,. beautifying of gardens.
Flowers are used by them in great pro
fusion at all their public and private
celebrations and aro woven Into their
theology. The sacred lotus of the
east is one of their religious emblems
and it is said to be one of the ingre
dients of their wonderful "draft of
immortality."
The Japanese, too, are lovers of flow
ers and contrive to utilize them most
effectively as factors of public pleasure.
Japan possesses only .a small portion
of the wealth of blossoms with which
western countries are endowed, but the
flowers of each season are given such
prominence there and are so much a
part of their social life that. the "let
ters of the angel tongue" have prob
ably a greater significance to -the
Japanese than they have to the people
of any other land. Almost every month
has associated with it a special flower
and the large cities have groves and
gardens in which they aro publicly, dis
played. ,'?, Flower viewing excursions are
among the favorite amusements of the
holiday season. Great importance is at
tached to the significance and meaning
of each plant and even among the very
poor floral gifts are exchanged on all
special occasions.
England has been accused of ignor
ing. the study of floral symbolism and
of deeming it too; trivial for attention
in this practical age. But it was not
always thus. Her poets, from Chau
,cer to Tennyson, have made continual
use of the \u25a0emblematic significance of
flowers; while Shakespeare in several
of his plays has displayed a plant
knowledge which proves I him. to have
been a .student as well as a lover of
botany. ..In no instance has he shown
this knowledge to batter- effect than in
the composition of poor Ophelia's gar
land. There 'can have been no acci
dent In ihe selection of those blos
soms. ,' ' ' ':;':\u25a0 .\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 ,:'\u25a0'\u25a0] '.. . . .-.\u25a0 '. '
In our own country flowers grow In
such abundance and variety as to give
unlimited opportunity for the construc
tion of codes and symbol systems. Even
if we do not wish to speak the lan
guage of the flowers, it is. well to
know the stories of them— such won
derfully interesting stories .they are
beautiful, joyful, tender, 'sad. Althongh
this is such a practical age, and we are
all so busy getting ready to live that
we have little time for romance, and
sentiment, there are few of us in whom
there is. not an instinctive love of flow
ers. They are bound to our humanity
by links too strong to be broken. They'
are associated with, our'joys and sor
rows, with life and death, and they are
ever, symbols of that "sympathy which
makes the whole world akin."
Read the story of the peony in The
Junior next week. "
Postoffices Afloat
Every American man-of-war above
tho size of a small gunboat is a float
ing postoffice. One or more- men of its
crew act as the 'postofflce attaches.
One of them is detailed as the mail
orderly, whose duty it is to take aqhore
the outgoing^mail and to bring back
the mall addressed to the ship.
The naval postoftlco is authorized to
register mail and also to send and to
cash money orders for the officers and
crew. For their extra responsibilities
extra pay is given the attaches of the
naval postofflces, who are enlisted m«n
of the navy.
This convenience is one of recent
creation and has proved a great boon
to the tars, who formerly hud 'great
difficulty, in most, cases, in the.' matter
of registered mail and money orders.
Not the leaßt benefit is that derived
by men who wish to send 1 money to
their families. Formerly these had to
await a etiance to go ashore, perhaps
In a foreign port, where they did not
understand the postal* conditions, and
then, "very often, spent their mon«y
foolishly owing to discouragement in
their efforts to send it home.
The Country School
The young curate, who was said to be
very "sweet" on the attractive school
mistress, was paying a visit to the
school After questioning the children
on various subjects he said, with a pa
tronizing smile: "Now, boys and girls,
is there any question you would like to
ask me before I go away?" Instantly
one little girl hclj up her hand.
"Please, sir," she said, In response -to
ao encouraging nod, "mother says
teacher can turn you around on her
little finger, and we would much like
to see her do it." — Illustrated Bits.

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