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The San Francisco call. [volume] (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, December 04, 1910, Image 2

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Call, Third and Market streets, San Francisco, December 4, 1910.
".-• Good morning, "{Girls'; and Boys!
This is the first Sunday in December, as you all know, and we're step
. ping pretty close on the heels of yesteryear. It "won't he very long" now
before our new year will be ushered in, and every boy and girl— and bowwow,
loo— will have to prepare a brand new set of resolutions. Let's' try to live
tip to them this year, Juniors. You know, we makeup our minds to do
such and such a thing during the coining year, and all goes rhcrrily for at
least, three weeks. We arc so very nice our friends begin to grow suspicious,
and then, first thing we know, the resolutions arc put away in camphor, until
the following, December. Maybe they are aired once in a while, hut- not very
often. Now, let's try to make 1911 a record year, and then break the record.
Who'll join me? n
-LYou know, there is one thing I can not sec the necessity of, anyway,
and that is this' waiting until the first of the year to make our resolutions,
and until Christmas to givq our gifts. It's like the old ogre who set aside
', one day in the year to be good to people and the rest of the time ate every
body, in; sight. ; Between you and me ancT the inkpot, T have it on good au
thority his' one day in the.year didn't "paj" his entrance fee to the happy land
when he died. The thing to d 6, Juniors, is to be Chrisimasy all the time.
I don't mean in the matter of presents; just in our dispositions.. Have you
ever noticed how kind and sweet every one is around Christmas time? Seems \u25a0
. like ' we're all trying to , realize t he best in us. ' Now, why can't we do that all
the time? Itwon't be an easy job,, but — will you try?
; The editor is greatly pleased with your, contributions to the drawing
contest, and: this week's sketches have been! splendid. [ never know when .
you're going to develop along- n new line, and I've, stopped being-surprised.
I 'hope you will .remember, -when you have attained fame, to mail Alonzo
,• one-of your; autographs. I am so proud of you now that 1 don't believe I
could become, very : much more so, however. '.. . : ;i. ;
:I ani sorry that you did not take niore kindly to the open letter section,
but we will try in. the course of the next few, weeks to think vup something
. to.takeits place. Something that will suit you all.- - '
\u25a0\u25a0Mfisfer has postponed his,European'.trip t iintil after the-holidays, at least,
andwe may not go abroad until spring. Just as soon as the matter is decided
will let youknow all of the plans. 1 am rather anxious to go, and I think I
: might be able to find some interesting things in my travels to write you
•iabout. However, we'll talk about that at a later date. 1 Be sure to let me hear
-from you this week. With love, \ \u25a0' i /ALONZO.'.
December is the month for me,
.With i Christmas for a windup;'
You want so many things you see,*
It's" hard to make your mind up.
The first three weeks are spent in shops
In search of this and that thing;
At last' the eve of Christmas drops,
And you hang up. your stocking.
It isn't always what you got,
- But just the friend behind it;
The smallest gift of all may yet
Have some sweet thought to bind it. -
tasked mother the \u25a0 other day^what she wanted for Christmas. "Alonzo,"
she said, "there are so many things 1 I'd like to, have and so many things I
can't have that it doesn't seem sensible to trouble Santa Clans this year.
People who nowadays have a roof over their heads and something to eat,
I received a letter from Santa Claus this. 1 week, stating that he would
reach San Francisco some time on December 24. Owing to snow in Ihe east
and the enormous cloudbanks impeding travel on high, he couldn't forecast
the exact time of his arrival. Too bad, Juniors. I'd like to meet him with
a brass band, wouldn't you?
The Pup has been on his good behavior this week, his unpleasant-experi
ence with Mrs. Master's braid having^givtyi him ple'nty of cause for thought.
The other day he said fo me solemnly: "Alonzo, if ypu ever grow a beard,
do it in the proper way. .Don't swallow it firsj. Take my word/i^'s ticklish
• Tw6 prizes will be. given for the two best drawings submitted by the
Juniors' each week, the prize winning sketches to be reproduced in the
paper. The prizes awarded will be the best books for boys and girls
obtainable and will embrace fiction, travel, fairy lore, aeroplane building,
etc. These books are the newest publications and are being received
every day from the cast. Among them are such works as "Betty's Happy
Year," by Carolyn Wells; "Clif Stirling," by Gilbert Patten; "That
Freshman," by Christina Catrevas; "Hero Tales of the Far North," by
Jacob Riis; "The New Boy at Hilltop," by Ralph Henry Barbour, and
many others. ' This week's subject is,
Be sure to give your name, age and school, as in the puzzle and writing
contests; and, above all things, use black ink for your sketches, as the
blue fluid will not permit of reproduction. Prize winners will be an
nounced in the paper of December 18.
Below are reproduced the two prize winners for this week and one
sketch receiving honorable mention. Other drawings deserving of honor
able mention will be found on pages 4 and 5 of the Junior.
Awarded a prize. Drawn by Ray P. Johnson, 272 Second avenue, San
Awarded a prize. Drawn by Alice White, 1917 Green street, San I
Francisco. '
Honorable mention.' Drawn by Arthur Clay, 1028 North" Lincoln Btreet,

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