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This Is Not a Literary Age
Some of the greatest , philosophers
which* the twentieth century boasts of
have, time and -time again, emphasized
the fact that this., age has in no way.
been! a literary "'one;. -that it has pro-,
duced ; very, few great thinkers, prose,
writers or poets. .The problem of why
this \ is so appears very clear to me,,
and oft .have I longed to place , in .the
hands of the other. Juniors the little'
key ' which " unlocks the | door of I this
mystery. Now that a new section' has[
been opened in the paper where one'"
may. write upon any topic he chooses,"
the opportunity for which I.liave been,
so anxiously waiting, and which to me.
seems a very great one. Indeed," has at
last , arrived. •• '»>; ; • .;>•-', •-.">'
\u25a0The ideas of men nowadays run in
very narrow V channels.' Money— that ,
which: has caused .most, of the world's:
evils— has with very few exceptions be- '
come v \u25a0'; the god of ; all; 5 Men have sold
their name, thelr.'honor, yes, their very
souls, for a. few paltry dollars. They,
have betrayed* and often, ruined -their
own families for mere gold— for; naught'
but glittering gold. this, the modern
agej if a man has succeeded in accumu
lating a number of millions (which, by
the way,- can ' not be done in a" lifetime-
If done honestly) and feels that his end-
Is drawing ; near, he Js quite content.,
He feels: that his work ;on earth 'has •
been completed,^ in fact, that his \u25a0' life
has "been a* great success, and that the
world' will long remember him. • Little
does |h"e| dream of how very soon he
shall forgotten.' And .why, should"
he be remembered? Has his life's work
been such that It islworthy of remem-,
brance, that it can' stand' as an example
to- mankind? -, Longfellow, Whlttier,'
Tennyson, Carlyle— they are the worthy
ones; their names .have become immor
tal and will reign in the hearts of men
till the world exists no longer— till
very life has vanished. Their 'object
was not, tOfngaln, but they , received
their reward in seeing the world grow
wiser and better through their* efforts,
and thua were fully satisfied. A satis
faction, c whlch no sum of money, how
ever great can possibly buy. And it
is much, the same with the women.
This age has produced no Harriet
Beecher Stowes, no George Kllots: it
has succeeded in bringing forth little
save Hying fashion plates, whose chief
desires are to know the different yearly
styles and to dress accordingly. But
Bomethlng better iscomlng. It^can not
fail- to do so. After evening must come
the morn; after wind and storm, flowers
and sunlight. Therefore, let; us hopa
that after. this money mania, this de
sire ' for l gold, has passed, a new
people shall spring forth among whom
shall be the greatest writers and phil
osophers that the world has ever
known, - ;
,And you and I, dear Juniors, are to
bring It about, for we shall be th«
future men and women. Therefore, let
us aim high, let us not stop until we
have reached the good— until we havo
Makes Suggestion
Santa Cruz, July ?. 1910.
I have never before read a better or.
mor« interesting little paper than The
Junior Call. Its stories are good and
The San Francisco Call.
in every, little story you can always
learn something now. 1 like The Junior
Call, very much just an it is, but thero
is. 1 just one thing more that I would
suggest' to put In the paper to make
it a little | more Interesting, especially
for boys, and that Is a sporting page.
Everybody likes baseball and every
body would like to read about the dlf r
ferent games played each week. Now
some people, might think by sporting
page I meant boxing and all such
sportS; as that, but I don't. I mean
clean sports, such as /baseball, tennis
and' handball.
Now I would suggest that every week
The Junior Call publish a number of
amateur games played in California
and have the Juniors Kend in all about
the games, played in their town, or
city, tell the score and give their opin
ions of the game. Hoping that the
Juniors llke*,this suggestion and that
it will not be too much trouble for
you, I remain
A £teady Header of The Junior Call.
More City Parks
nunv Miiii.WAX,
As 1 every one, kno wa our country is
advancing more every day. Our cities
ace growing jn size and 'fame and the
practical aide of them is about,:per
fect. Hut it la the beauty of our cities
that needs more attention.
We need more city parks and flow
era and fountains. We need more fresh
ness and beauty in our cities so that
there will be attractions for the lover*
of nature.
Good Roads
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Many millions of dollars are spent
annually by the United States govern
ment for military and naval- purposes.
The next great war will -be fought
with the pen and by speech, and there
fore! It Is a waste of money, and shows
a lack of 'modern civilisation.
. 'Why. not have this, money spent for
national «and" state, highways, • roads, -
and more. of them? .When a large war
ship Is launched, 'we Americans . feel
overjoyed, and with a sense of pa
triotism, we often think of the. massive
guns on board,; how many lives they
will put out, of' existence, and the great
damage they can, do. . '. . .:
But when' a' great road is finished,
how many have- a patriotic feeling?
"Few, very. few. »Yet upward from four
to ten millions of dollars are spent for
the building of a single battleship to
cause, destruction, and liable to de
struction Itself. •' . ; ,-\u25a0 ..
Good roads are the foundation of
great enterprises. Without goodroa'ds
many {"great projects, would come to -
naught. It is absolutely necessary/for
a state to have good roads as a matter
of modern convenience and conveyance.
. .The automobile has , given rise for
the betterment of roads more than any
other invention In the twentieth cen
tury. It has traversed unsettled areas,
has opened large sections of land, and
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haa boon a prlnclpnl factor in having
good roads and :bettcr grades.
.The pedestrian flmls It haril to walk
on % Vliisty, handy or rocky roads.' He
also ; finds it a loss of time; to cross
swampa and aynlnnches. The rond Is
the furinor'a chief moans of communi
cation.' ' Ho gets his vlally necessaries
and niall,: and if the. mall is delayed
through , the lack ;of .fit, roads the
fanner ;is' ; l6st' to the outside world. ! />
The, counties where the railroad has
not -yet located .are not as' prosperous
as they; would be" If they had means
of rapid transportation and , communi
cation. It. is the. commercial .travelers
who know the worth of the road.' They
go to seek business In the remote sec
tions of the state and their success
often lies with the road.
When loyal citizens plead for ap
propriations for good roads they are
turned down and by the sweat of their
brow they take their coats off and
make what repairs, they \u25a0 are capable
of making. ;. „ :>.'~J:^;
mrcxE cjoudev, •
1010 Oxford Street, Berkeley.' -Ante. 10
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One of the greatest faults of the
American people today Is ''waste. We -
find waste wherever we go and where- !
ever we turn. »We take, for example, '
the woman who "runs to every bargain
sale/ She has but one thought upper
most in her mine— that is to get some
thing for nothing. As soon "as the
women learn that nothing canibe got
ten for nothing" the better for -them.
Then . we have one of the greatest
wastes that exists In any country—
the waste .'of- food. We have all no
doubt heard it' said , that what /.our •
country throws away another country
could live on with a, surplus.
\u0084' Take for example scraps. That word
in the English language means almost
everything. "\". There are few things
which it does not include. Scraps are :
thrown .'• away which " many a person -
could make use of. \u25a0 • \u25a0\u25a0»\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0•
\u0084 Why : is-, all this? The, American
woman if any, is, responsible for these
things. It Isjeither due to carelessneess,
lack of time, as she terms it, or ignor
ance. . ,
Take, for example, the careless woman.
She puts' her food on the stove to cook.
She turns the* gas low and* goes out !
to talk with lier neighbor on the back
porch. She thinks no longer of her \u25a0
steak until she happens-; to smell it.
Then she runs In and everything is
burnt to a crisp.
• Then the woman who lias no . time.-
She 'comes home late from a theater,
or some other place. of amusement and.
then rushes her food onto the stove
and takes it off before it is half cooked,
thus injuring herself as well as her
children with indigestible half cooked
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Then of 'course, much of all waste
done by women is due to ignorance.
They don't know how to make.things,
tempting little dishes from left overs.
They do, not know food values, v -
' ' Some o*f the public schools are teach
ing domestic science now and .it will
not be long before those children will
bo housewives themselves with some
knowledge of food and also know tho
difference between Bcraps and ; things
worth saving.

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