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The Public School Convention
: MARJORIE ": MAU2RY, * ;< ,
Street,' .; San Franeliico.
.• Padflc Helsh<H School, A Eighth . \u0084
V; v' : ; ;'v%:-; Grade. \u25a0'•"Ake: 14 ;YeanT y' \^\''- '
\u25a0"'. ,. The public ' school convention, which j
. Is soon to meet In San Francisco, has
operiecl many eyes and set^many minds
,'; tol thlntlngr. i. In ;:past • y^aris* children
- who have been kept -out "of . school • for
sickness and other.- Important; reasons %
;have ';mlssed*- a great ;' deal " of * ; their
:*'• schooling and .are ; .very;, backward ; for '\u0084
their yjears. \u25a0'"\u25a0\u25a0, Some \u25a0< are 1 over 16 when
they;leave the grammar.. school. . • , \ \u25a0 '
V \u25a0.': Many- iimportantt t subjects," are to be
and ;\u25a0 discussed: > The object
. is 'to" have j all \ children ' ready,.; to * enter |
. the v high, school: when, they, reach the'
age* of 14 years, and one Vof t the ways
: they are. going :to. do It -,ls :; this:. There
- will- be two* grades In each room.' The
children {will have ] study periods and
those In the lower class can listen and
learn from -those" In; the": higher class I
and thus In time skip through many.
'grades. ; " " "••\u25a0': v " '\u25a0':\u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0> ";.\u25a0;• ..-"\u25a0: '-..'.\u25a0.'., •. ; .'-, : -'
Another thing is to urge the parents .
. to : start ; their - childrqn •- to • school
promptly .when .they are/ 6 years old, .
and hot when. they/are, 7 or 8. •\u0084 •, ,
•• It ; will, be^ a fine > thing to have all
the children about the same age in a
class, for, in many cases In the last
years .where -the V boys or girls are
older than their schoolmates they be
come discouraged and fall to the bot
tom iof "the class, v where they, are
laughed I at," while it -is not \ really | their
fault, but that of their parents for not
starting them in school soon enough.
'\u25a0; Here is another reason: 'When: l was
younger I was taken from school to go
, traveling. V When I returned I* was, not'
allowed to go into the same class with
my schoolmates, because, being absent -
from school, I had missed the work. I
was put in a grade lower and I' am
. sure if I had been given a trial I could
have kept' up. jMy schoolmates had
learned their lessons from books while
I was seeing the things while traveling,
and my father had taken pains to see
that what he showed and told me was
not forgotten. So I believe I was al
most aa much advanced as they were,
but because when I left school I was
in the fifth I was put in that grade
when I returned, while my schoolmates
' were then- in the sixth grade.
That is the way with many children,
and those are some of the most impor
tant questions that are to be discussed.
Also that children must not leave gram
mar school until they have passed •\u25a0
through the eighth grade .and received
their diplomas. A rule that all chil
dren must go to high school might also
be introduced 1 In this convention. I,
for one, advise all Juniors to go to
high . school, for remember that the
school days are the best time of your
lives, and I am looking i forward to
.next year, when I hope to enter a
junior, and to some day become' a
senior. \u25a0 i '
Every one of you urge on this con
vention, for some day your little
brothers or sisters may be in the same
trouble that l< experienced, and if the
convention meets I am sure it will
tnako rules that every child, dull or
bright, will be given a chance to be*
Junior Section The San Francisco Call
come citizens that America will be
proud of.' .'\u25a0' .',..'.'\u25a0.
A Story o! Our Dog Fido
Ansel* Camp, Calif. \ .
Once there was a fire here in Angel's
Camp. We went out 'to see where it
was, and found it to be on Democrat
hill and, while going, met' a little
starved dog. lie had a stick of wood'
in his mouth, which we supposed he
was going to eat for his breakfast. We
walked some distance and saw the dog
was following us. v
Mamma said we could take him home
with us, which we did. We fed him and
named him Fido. ..V ;,_
•We have'had him now three years,'
and have taught him lots of tricks. He
gets dearer, both to my two sisters and
myself, every day. , . ;
-We made a ryhme about him which
I will also send:
We found a little dog on Democrat hill;
He was yellow and white, and needed a
fill. : , : ':, \u25a0-•\u25a0\u25a0'-•
He was starved, oh, so thin, a horrible.
sight! \u25a0 ; .
We gave him a home and he thought it
all right. -j
He's proved ever since to be faithful
and true, ..:,\u25a0•\u25a0 .
To run away, a thing he never would dt>.
We oft' by his actions can see. he. nays
. "thanks,"
Por his tail he wags, and plays ail sorts
Pure Food Laws
The pure food law Is ccrtnlnly. one
of the most important subjects for
America's young boys and girls to
think about and write on. How many
of us stop to think what the meaning
of "pure food laws" Is?
To, many of ,ybu it in .but a hollow
expression, without any certain mean
ing. Do any. of you ever pau^e to con
sider that it is a guarantee to pure,
wholesome food? But even with- our
pure food guarantee, we often use food
that is so impure it is poisonous. Oh!
how.' low "will the people of Amorica .
stoop to make a cent? .. \u25a0\u25a0\u0084...
. Since the pure food laws have, been .
enforced, it is riot for the manu
factories to can impure meats and other
goods. However, the merchants have
-.taken advantage of the health officer's
slight 'neglect of dilty," and have been
caught using borax in their ice cream.
Think of .'lt, Juniors! ...Why does, not „
America wake .up to. the fact that pure
food is needed to* strengthen our sol
diers, to make good ruler's,' to» build up
healthyJmen'and' women; and, in' fact, to
maintain that great union \u25a0 called the
United. States of Ariierica. , '.
The Necessity of a Larger Army
and Navy for the U. S. A.
gborgina scni.uiaTKn
Several weeks ago I wrote a letter to
the open letter section telling the
Junior writers that the United States*
needed a larger army and navy. Two
weeks ago another Junior wrote that
we have enough soldiers and battle
ships. .My letter, was true, so again I
will Introduce my statement that our
country needs more men and ships! .\u25a0'
It isn't to sny that we' haven't any.
soldiers or any battleships. That would
not be true. Look at the. fine soldiers
at the Presidio, at Fort Point and
. everywhere in California and theother
j states. , Nobody, missed seeing that
lovely American fleet, led .by the gal
lant Admiral ,Evans. .They were all fine
specimens of . the, kind of .ships we have.
But, listen, Juniors, this is the point. I
seek for: . We' have'soldlersj; we have
. battleships;, but we haven't enough of
them. They might look to be a. whole
lot, but -when'' you -'think- of .the ''whole
United States, that these men, and ships
liave to fight for, you will agree with
what I say. -; ?•.? •. - \ \u25a0:•
.The writer who ...was against my
statement said that the. United States
ranks as third among the*" navies of .
the world.. It ranks as fourth; ; : Eng
land is first, .France second,. Germany,"
third, United States fourth* and Japan
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He also said, that we did not need
battleships as large* as England or
Germany. "That , : is true. ' .We do not
need ..-\u25a0 the large • "dreadnoughts" that
England • is ; rapidly building,/ but we
need up- to date .' ships' and- modern
ships. . >If "any, other nation that had
shlps.which were recently built chanced
"to fight" our j country and we did not ,
have modern ships to fight them with,,
-where wouldwe.be? ;•. .\. ;
I wish to say orio- thing moire in this \u25a0';
letter, and It is this': 'The same writer
said that soon there would: be;no more \
.-.heed .for ."soldiers "and". men, as war days
would soon be over." But- let .me tell
you,: my .friend," that -it -.will"; be* a" long,
long time. Battles and battles will be/
fought • arid swords 'clashing : against •
swords before ] the world has j peace, "j A '":
\u25a0 cheer for. our .army! A cheer, for our
navy! . Three cheers for the stars and
Btripes! \u25a0 ; ;\u25a0\u25a0 - _ \u25a0 ;
Our Need of Another Dickens
.In English literature one of the lead-
Ing characters Is 'Charles Dickens, the
great advocate of the poor.; Born of
: humble parents and having passed his
| subsequent years "in extreme poverty,
Dickens 'alone was capable;of portray
ing the .misery . and drudgery jj of the
\u25a0 poorer classes, with which he / was so
familiar. '\u25a0\u25a0•:.- \u25a0 \u25a0.\u25a0'.'... . ':\u25a0; --':\u25a0'\u25a0'. ?,'{/?£?'. ' : - ' ',
\u25a0 t Man today lives for 'himself, striving
', to attain wealth and' position,- and in
. his ambitious he wrongs his
poorer? brethren; ;\u25a0' ' ', \u25a0
'in our large cities \u25a0
there 1 exist .misery., and sorrow, of
which too many are ignorant; and, ;
/ therefore, we sorely need another who
will be the trusted j friend pf the poor. |
v We yourselves can , play'" the part of .
Dickens on life's stage, and by alleviat
ing, burdens ' arid cheering : saddened
careers sow seeds of Christian charity.

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