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ISSUED EVERY SUNDAY FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF *SAN FRANCISCO AND CALIFORNIA ALONZO HE TAKES THE PUP TO THE FOOT-BALL GAME A|onzb!si Thanksgiving Message^ Thanksgiving Day '"will see me "shine; ' \Vhcn turkcj' is.thequestioii: '\u25a0. Alonzo's appetite is fine, ',-\u25a0\u25a0; "' , He. knbws s np indigestion. '• \u25a0 . When you v ahcTl see.turk and sauce We'll take a second plateful.': ; Yum! .v YumJ.vThis'dinher'is' just boss. So let us' aJUi be ; grateful./ v J : Conquering the Deserts JASPER B. SINCLAIR The ".conquest of the deserts' of the west Is a task far from completion" But the conquest of the American des erts. Is a conquest as glorious as' any victories jof war. \ The • desert land that has been*reclalmedis equal to the territory gained as a result of some wars,- and this conquest is as. praise worthy as any naval, or military, vic tory;-- It Is a war against nature. and the elements, not against humanity. In attempting the reclamation of the deserts the United States government undertook a greater task than it realized -at the time. The "work has progressed rapidly, yet the . burning sands ,have not all been conquered. It will be many years ere the crowning consummation will be' realized. \u0084 \u25a0 But" we must remember that ""Rome was not; built in a day," Neverthe less'in a few years thousands of square miles of -territory have, been reclaimed in Utah, , in Arizona, , in Nevada, in New Mexico . and in California. The railroad •': has thrust . its steel, rails through the heart of the cactus and sagebrush country, towns have, sprung up, mines have been opened and the soil tilled for the raising of fruit, vegei tables and grain.' \u25a0", .The magnitude, of the task is. only to be realized when we are able to com prehend the vast area involved. "The greater, part of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and southern California was. formerly desert land. Today more than half of it hag been reclaimed and the greatest of industries^r-agriculture — Kcigns .supreme where "a few years figo stretched the limitless wastes of sand "dunes. .•<...' '. .' '"• . ;' - Many, -people, claim that the reclama tion of the.; deserts is an unnecessary expenditure. Of course it is a large item in the. expense of the government, but 1 when the task is completed it will be seen that the money has not been wasted. Instead the nation will beneflt materially by this work, and when the land thus wrested from the power of the desert king has all been cultivated and towns have, been built above the sands, then will the people ' of the United States realize what the 'country has done for them and admit that the money was not spent in vain. Some Good Books to Read Dear Juniors: I would like to suggest to you several books very Interesting, but t;ood and wholesome. "Anne of Green Gables," by Montgomery, is the best book I have ever read, and all the girls I have loaned it to have said so. Then there are the "little Colonel Se ries," "An Island Heroine," which is a story of the revolutionary war; "Jewel," by Clara I* Uurnham, and "Margery Redford and^, Her Friends." Junior Section The San Francisco Call. SAN FRANCISCO, NOVEMBER 20, 1010. There are. also' short story books which are very interesting, 1 such as "The Man Without a Country," by Edward Ever ett Hale, and "The Nurnberg Stove," by Oulda. Other beautiful books are "Evangellne," by Longfellow, and "Courtship of Miles Standlsh"; also "A Christmas .Carol," "by- Dickens, ,- Some, of these are old booksand ones that many of you have read, but still they are books that one can never tire of. I have read them over' and over and I still, enjoy them. Sincerely yours, DOROTHY FRIEDENTHAL. s A Phenomenon, Indeed! Four year old Elmer and his family had just moved to the country, and Alice in Wonderland hadn't anything on Elmer in that land of green grass and wonderful creatures. One of the first . things to bid him welcome was a friendly old hen wjth a very new brood of "peep-peeps." Now it happened that one day El mer's father observed a cat, unattached and lanky, casting what ho took to be a hungry eye at those same chickens, Looking ,around for a, harmless but effective 'missile, he discovered a bag of coup beans right at his hand, and thereby hangs this tale.' For a short time afterward little Elmer ran into the house with his face crimson with excitement. "O mamma!" he shouted. "Look at these little eggs I found in the grass! The peep-peeps laid them!" And opening his hand, he disclosed a half dozen boup beans. THE OPEN LETTER SECTION FORGET ME NOT Stilt In l.j U. HAI.I'II I'AUIi When to the flowers so. beautiful the Father gave a name, Back camo a little blue eycd*one; all timidly it came, And, standing at the Father's feet and , .'gazing in liiw face, It said In low and trembling tones and ..with a modest gracei : "Dear God, tho name thou gayest me I \u25a0 cart^lesaly forgot.". •\u25a0 v • - The Father kindly looked at him and said, "Forget-me-not." * Boys and Girls of 76 NANCY BYRD TURNER The little boys of '76— \u25a0 ' ' . : They, did their chores and swam and fished,' . " ' And hunted hares and whittled sticks, •While all the time;they wished and \u25a0 \ ... • .wished •' -y. . :• \u25a0 - •;\u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0•- «. ' To hear a sudden summons come, r - Each waiting day, each listening • . night; "We need the boys for' flag and drum,/ So send them to the fight." ;\u25a0 • ' The little girls of '7G— They rocked their. dollies to and fro, And taught the kittens pretty tricks,-: . And heard their mothers talking low; Then climbed the hay and peered from : ".. out \u25a0 \u25a0 :\u25a0 •..'.;.:" •./' .'. The stable loft's most lofty crack v Ahd longed to raise a joyful shout: v . "The mcinare marching back." . S(Bdtn©im I WORDS OF THANKS | Editor Junior Call. Dear Sir: I write to thank you very much for the pretty pen I received today. ,1 think It is so nice, -and I thank you for It a' : thousand times. May. you have success In publishing* bur dour papor. Yours sincerely, V RUTH HAMILTON., San Jose.. " . , \u25a0 . P. S. — Am writing witu my pen how. . Editor Junior Call. Dear Sir: '„ I want to thank you for the nice box of paints. I am going to paint anofher picture with them. Yours, \u25a0 . . - " WESLEY TALLEY. Vallejo. -, \u0084,; \u25a0. ; Editor Junior Call. Dear Sir: I re 1 ceived' the pretty box of? paints, and • thank you very, much for them. - 1 am anxious, for Sunday to come, so that . l ' may use them. Your friend, •• \ '•- .• \u25a0 WASHINGTON. McGEE. ' San Francisco. • , ".. ".". \u25a0 \u25a0.Editor' Junior'. Call. Dear' Sir: I thank The Call>very much, for the present of the paint box. It gives' 'me much pleasure. Yours' truly, PATRICIA PETERSON, Oakland, Cal. ( . V . ; - . Editor Junior Call.' Dear Sir: I re ceived my fountaln'pen, and I am de-, lighted with; it. Thanking you . many : times for it, I am, yours respectfully, . '\u0084.- > . FRANK E. - DRISCOLL. \u25a0 San Francisco-.'..' '' " ' \u25a0 - Dear Alonzo: ,1 want to think you for the handsome fountain pen you j sent'me..': I-think it was very generous. ~ of you; to give so valuable a prize. I . will.tty never to write anything but kind things with it I like The Junior , Call, and I think you mufct, enjoys mak ing little children so happy." Your.lit •>: tie" friend, \u25a0' ;> .' 'MARY V. HOLMES. % \u25a0:'\u25a0': Oakland, Cai. . .; . :•. / .. Editor Junior Call. ' Dear Sir: ;I re vs ceived my.: paint box last. 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