Junior Call, Third and Market Streets. San Fra % ncisco,' August 7,. 1910/ :
Good. morning, Juniors! v :
jAnd how are you today? 'Last Sunday, if you will" remember, I was
in.a' very} bad humor, arid my, conversation was made, up of groans
and I , growls. ->Today everything looks : rose colored; and The Junior Call: is
\u25a0•"•'ohjthe boom;. ?I -want to say to you right here"* that the many splendid sug-r
: : ; gestions ;you made \u25a0; in your ] letters this week will be taken ; into careful con
sideraHon; and I. am more ithaii delighted to see that you take such a deep
t . ' interest in the welfare of The Junior. I was so • tickled \u25a0when I saw "those
contest .letters "that I:; turned .four.- somersaults -right .across- the: front lawn,
; ..and then 'chased "my tail in the mbsf :^frivolous way for lOiminiites. Knowing
; ; the lerigthjof .niy/tail, as you alldo, there is no need to tell you that I failed
\u0084--to-m ake; c onriecti6ns. . \u25a0: .-\u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0.'. s ' \u0084
v' ,. >-. The' other day I saw ; something that made" me • boil with j anger, ; and now
..;- I'm ; gbingj to tell it to. you and ; see what vyou think about it. I was passing
- alongconelof \u25a0the. finer 'residence, streets, when I.came to a house with wide,
sprcadingigrounds, . and -the entire place Was inclosed by a high iron fence.
VAvgarden i party .was evidently going on; and I. could see 'groups, of -'elegantly .
V/.'gOwned women moving .back andVforth,\on the lawn aniid the ! shrubbery..
?.r in'one (corner-^of jthe-. .\u25a0\u25a0garden.' V* Suddenly* from around the side of the house '
darted ;al small clog; carrying in; his; teeth a handsome i; silver money bag,- such"
"/. as ;are; cafried;by; ladies nowadays. -;..,:\u25a0; '\u25a0;-, ; . ;/v'V '.\u25a0
/ /".; .'.-I^c'ould* tell he was up to; mischief by the- wicked glint in. his' eye. He
,;:put it >down' upon: the^grassahd began ; to, worry, it,-,when,% without warning, it
y l ;flew openl spillingVupon'the riot a, little'
•silver, and/gold. '\u25a0.\u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0 : .-.\u25a0., " V'- ''• '•\u25a0 ;\u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0 r • \ .
\u25a0 ' «:\u25a0.'! About: that tiriie a visiting| puppy, came .wanderiiVg 'along, "and, seeing -
his ': host,:, went ; ovef>tp.;pass the tiriie.; of day.; 'with'! him. >' 'No sooner had he
: arrived at; the -'scene / of -action,; however,; than the^ 'older ;dbg,V espying 'his .
mistress ; arid one" of her;; guests ."approaching,'.. dashed away and but; of : sight, :
r '',;leaying*'the innocent '.-puppV to, bear "the. 'blame.. In spite' bf^his pitiful attempts \u25a0:
). to ; make A himself understood, : the 1 little fellow was whipped arid for somebody:
else's i misdeed. , \ '*."-. '- ~ *» '-'.!' - \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0
; ' V- I'^think you can \u25a0 catch the.i lesson; without /tny going, in to explanations.
'-There .are; two 0 kinds; of courage," Juniors^-physical ... courage ; ; and; .moral ;
.vcburage^-aTul of '.'the;> twain the. latter -is n^ch; thej finer/ rNeverAbe^ afraid- to
- -.tell .the :-: truth.- ;.\ Don't : let anything, particularly : so small a thing as a 1 je,
:</J intimidate you. '/If ' you've l done u ; the wrong r thing, why, : , just 'rriake a f clean -
-;. .breast ": of i it jand) start: over, again. X^lwaysj;take.your share of the. blariie, and
fjl wherijiyou fair down^^GET^UPLvDblv't^stay^in^hejmire/ t v ALONZO. •';.''
MOOT BATIKS J^LONZO
A :' Woman inj -Venezuela Uhlnks it , would be a fine \ idea- to. \u25a0 make- fa ts— '
those looking. things that are, usedin the construction, of. the modern?
woman's .coiffure—but : of the i hair of' live -dogs.. She claims that hair thus;
obtained \u25a0is \u25a0 not v so' injurious as; some i of , the cheaper, imitations now , in ' vogue, ;
and : that : the animal • (that's me) \u25a0 could be shaved twice- a year. If: that -Venc- [
zuela* lady, comes -north, it's i me -for, the mountains! ' r
The eyes of tin were wondrous 1 bright,
-The wise, man /read hii CalT'ohce more- •
And lived forever and aye.
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A Word of Thank?
V'ullejo, July' 19,1 910.
1 -.received my lovoly post, cards,, and
\ thank you very much.
Give- my love ."'to 1 Alonao and the
Junior Call, '"".'.* ; .
. CECILIA DOLAN, ,s
«1 Virginia etreet. '
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, AUGUST?, 191O.^THE JUNIOR CALL' r
As Jimmie Saw It
Jlinmle had Vpent \u25a0 hln first day at
"What did you learn?" was his aunt's
"Didn't learn anything."
;'Well,,what did you dot"
j "Didn't, do anything. There wa* a
woman waniiiiK to know how to upell
cat and 1 told her."
IUIS, or Flciir «!«• Lin... (A Mrnnnß^.)
(Cnpjrlght, IMO, by C. MnrmUtan. AH rights
"Oh Flower Ac. luce, bloom on, and Irt the
I.lnurr to kIM thy fort!
Oh flower of - song, Wooni on, and make for*
The world more fair and sweet."
— Longfellow, "Flower de luce."
IRIS, the sister- of the ; Harpies, or
Deities of the storm, represented
'the /rainbow. She was' swift as the
wind and had wings of gold, and was
employed by, Juno as her especial mes
senger,-as Mercury was Jupiter's. She
carried messages unto the end of the
earth, and even Into the depths. of the
seas. ] One day the flowers N all assem
bled at Invitation of Juno to cele
brate the birthday of Iris. They all
came in their prettiest dresses, and
were having a fine time when three
. new sister flowers were seen approach-
Ing dressed in gowns of red, yellow and
purple, and wearing gorgeous jewels.
No one knew who 'they were. At last
some one said, "We will call them- Iris
. because they wear , the colors of the
rainbow." And so-v they, bear the name
of the messenger of the" gods. , V ;
..There are more than 170 different va- -
rietics of iris, and they grow In almost
every country of the world.
As one of, the duties of Mercury was
to conduct Uhe souls of dead men to
their final resting \u25a0; place, so Iris per
formed the same; duty for the women,
and the; Greeks; used the purple iris to
decorate the graves of the women.
The, Egyptians introduced the flower
into architecture. As the symbol of
eloquence and power it was placed upon
the :brow of the: Sphinx, and upon the
\u25a0 scepters; of their rulers. In ancient
Babylon and Assyria the iris. was rec
ognized as one of the- flowers of rov
' alty/ ; / . , \ r /- : ,'-.- : -,- :\ . : \u25a0 \u25a0 ' .
;-, : - plantlwas used as medicine
\u25a0 '\u25a0: £ The ancients esteemed the iris high
ly for- medical- purposes. ,The roots/
which .had; many of the properties of
f. honey, i were 'used in\ the preparation of - ' :
: 5 41; different remedies. .The plant when
•.' attached ;to.the % body *of an' infant was
: supposed ito .'all \u25a0;- the disorders '\u25a0•
; .that | arise ; from > teeth! n g. -r>. Used Yas a "
syrup, :it was said to cure "coughs and
inflammation,- of- the ;;. throat.'. I\u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0-Mixed1 \u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0- Mixed
with vinegar it was- good for diseases
of ; the ''liver.. Applied externally It
was a" cure -for; the-blt.es of- serpents,
; and- scorpions. A powder . made "from ?\u25a0
"the' foot and mixed -with honey was
used \u25a0 as ia > splint for ; broken , bonesJ" f The
same; powder, v used dry, ; was : beneficial
;; . in : cases of .' scrofulous ; sores. ;., In | this ß
latter case the person £ gathering ' the
.iris should mention- the name of . the
, .patient and 'the disease for ; which it
was , to be used. :, . ; \ J 1: ;
. A> Roman ,-: naturalist ' mentions " the
criminal' \u0084 practice 'of ,; :soirie c herbista,
who.sif rthey sthink that they ; have not -
\u25a0 been paid enough,' keep back apportion
of the Iris, and, burying it . in the same
; ; place .from, which; they obtained it,
thus insure a recurrence of the illness
and consequent retention of their serv
ices. An exquisite perfume; was made . :
, .\u25a0 from'- some k'j varieties of ..; the plant,
ViWhlch .was ; niuch ' in demand by women :
of fashion ;' also a . perfumed j : oil which [
\u25a0; was. a valued addition to the toilet.
FRENCH LEGENDS ABOUT IT
The Iris is <[ the national flower of^
Prance, «where It was first called fleur
' de Us; There are -several ; legends In
. -regard to jits adoption. According -to,
; heraldic ;traditions, the ancient Franks'
at proclamation of a king were acus
tomedHo 7 place In his hand a reed of
flag v- in '• blossom, and • later kings are
represented \u25a0'.-, with the "scepters orna
•mented!wlth the: samei flower. \u0084
'Another legend Is., traced- to .the
sixth century; when Clotilda, the wife
' of Clovls, endeavored by -prayers .and
good deedSi to--, bring about the conver
sion of her ' Warlike . husband. For a
long time he ; resisted her efforts. At
length, haying -led his army against
>the. Huns, and being In danger of de. .
feat, he. called for assistance upon' th»
.god whom his wife worshiped. The
tide ofibattle turned, v he won a com
pletel victory and upon his return'he
was baptized in the Christian faith.
The night after his. baptism an un
gel appeared to a holy ., hermit, who
s dwelt « i\ear : the -castle, and*-gave him a
beautiful blue shield emblazonnd with
. three golden fleur de" Us. which he
bade 'the hermit take to the queen, to
give \u25a0to .her. husband. The device of
Clovis theretoforo hud been three
black, toads. \u25a0'\u25a0...
' The banner-of Charlemagne l» said
to have . \>een blue decorated with
golden fleur de Us.
NATIONAL FLOWER Oil* FIIANCU ,
A later tradition is that when Louis
VII was about to start on lilh crusade
to the holy land the white banner of
the French . crusaders was found one
morning covered with purple fleurs de
Us. I^oule regarded it as an evidence
of divine approval and adopted it as
the emblem of France and had it en
graved upon his signet ring.
The soldiers called the flower the
"Fleur do I^otils," which later was con
tracted into "fleur do luce," and et lll
Inter In to the present form "fleur do
Us." It was incorporated into the
arms of Franco .and used In the decora
tion of the crown itself. Charles VI
reduced the number of fleur do 11s uned
in emblazoning tho French arms to
three, supposedly in recognition of tho
Edward^ 111 claimed France as be
longing to the English crown, and
added the French Illy to tho English
coat of arms, and It took many bloody
battles to make the English renounce
the claim, but in 1801 the lily disap
peared from the English shield.
During the revolution the fleur do Us
was proscribed, and any one wearing
it or having it in his possession wan
put to death, and where It was conspic
uous In decoration -.or sculpture it was
destroyed by the frenzied mob.
Upon the base of the statue of Jeanne
•d'Arc, In Rowen, are sculptured fleur
de Us with, this Inscription:
"Beneath the maiden's sword the
lilies safely, bloom."
JA PA NESE HAVE , PKnPKCTED IT
The Japanese, with their extravagant
love for flowers, celebrate a flower fes
tival every month. According to their
calendar the "Fete of the Iris" or Hana-
Shobu, occurs In June. In contrast to
the riotous carnival of the cherry blos
some, the Iris fete is a very dignified
garden party. .
In Japan the flower has been brought
to a perfection that the French never
dreamed of. Purple, yellow and white
are the principal. colors; with .somo
shades .of % blue.. The most Important
display is at Horlklrl, near Tokyo, and
the plants are arranged to produce a'
wonderful color effect. During : the
celebration the hot water: ln the public
bath houses is perfumed ;with iris root
and the -public conveyances are dec
orated,with garlands of* the flowers. -,
It has long been the custom for the
S Japanese, on the sth day of June, to
hang bunches- of sweet- flag under the
eaves of their; houses,, to warn off evil
spirits, and to prevent misfortune com
ing to -their, homes. Sometimes beds of
Iris .were planted oh the thatched roofs
of the cottages to word off: pestilence.
.\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0-This custom is accounted • for in: an
other manner. Once there ; was a fam
ine".ln Japan, .and no one was | allowed
to plant : anything in the' ground . that
could not' be used as food. The pow- '
dered root \of the Jris was used by Jap
anese, women as a cosmetic and as a
powder to whiten- their faces, so the
; little ladies all planted I gardens of iris
on the' roofs' of their, houses, •<\u25a0 and in
many of 'the country places they are
It is customary In Japan to send
flowers upon all: occasions, and the iris
Is' in great demand *for. all events .re
quiring congratulations, except at wed
dings,, when it Is undesirable on ac
count of its purple" color. '\u25a0 Japanese lit
erature: has 'many references -to <the
.flower,. One of their poets has written
these; lines: •',> : ;
The iris grown between my house and
; the neighbors. • •
Is just burnishing: in its deepest color
and glory; ' .. '•, v
I wish that some one would come and
:\u25a0-'- \u25a0 :•:.' see-, it •';..-:'\u25a0 " \u25a0
Before it:, withers 'away and returns to
- •. the. dust. :.
The ; French poets naturally have
made 'their, national 'flower: a theme of
frequent verse, and the j earlier English
writers have numerous references to it.
Chaucer and Johnson bdth '•\u25a0 seem to
have been ( familiar with It. Spenser
Includes it in his "Shepherd's Calen
dar." 'Shakespeare often refers to it in
his historical plays and Milton numbers
it with the flowers of Para'dlse. - In
"Paradise Lost" ho saays: \u25a0
Iris, all' hues, roses and jassamin,
Reared high their heads and wrought
The Children in the Moon
Harken,. child,. unto a story! \u0084
. For, the, moon is ; in the eky,
And across her shield of silver .\u25a0,",
.See two tiny cloudlets fly.
Watch them closely, mark them
} ' .'. Bharply, '
As across the, light they pass;
Seem they not to have the figures
Of \u25a0 a little lad -and lasb?
See. ,my child, across their shoulders
Uesa little pole! and 10,
Yonder speck is just the bucket,
Swinging softly to and fro! .
It is, said these little children,
Many and many .a summer night,
To a little well far northward
Wandered in the atlll moonlight.
To the wayside well they trotted,
- Filled their little bucket* there;
And the moonman, looking downward,
Saw how beautiful they were.
Never is the bucket empty,'
Never are the children old;
Ever when the moon Is shining '\u25a0
Wo the children, may behold.
Ny Robert Buchanan.
"Who was Leonldas?"
"The man who captured the Spartan
nine the year they gave Persia such a
tussle. It wan a great gajuu."—Wuuh
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