THE SAN FRANCISCO CALK SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, \u25a0 lOJO.-TIIE JUNIOR CALL"
FOR THE YOUNGER JUNIORS
SOME SHORT STORIES BY YOUNG JUNIOR WRITERS
The Key Flower
8317 MlMNlon Street, son Kranefeen.
j*Kr«l 12 Yearn
Onco upon a time when there were
plenty of kobolds and fairies on earth,
a' poor shepherd who was tending his
nhoop on a mountainside came upon
a wonderful flower, one that he had
never seen before. It was of a sky
bluo color and very beautiful. He
stooped and plucked it gently, for he
wished to plant it in his garden at
home. On picking it up he saw a door
opening into the side of the mountain.
The shepherd was at first frightened,
but at last he plucked up courage and
went in. What was his .surprise when
he camo upon an old wrirrkled up
kobold -sitting on a table. He wel
comed the poor shepherd kindly and
then opening a chest filled with gold
and 'Jlamonds bade him take as much
as ho wanted.
The shepherd thanked tho kobold and
laid the key flower on the table. He
then got to work filling up his hat,
coat, boots and all of his pockets with
tho gold and diamonds. Just as he
was leaving the hall the kobold cried,
"Don't forget the host."
"That I won't," replied the shepherJ,
and then added to himself, "The more
I take the richer I'll be." So ho took
the biggest diamonds and so much gold
that he could scarcely stagger under
the load. As he was leaving the hall
the kobold cried out for the second
time, "Don't forget the best."
But the shrphervl had all he could
pack and so he heeded him not. As he
got out on the mountain again the door
slammed and disappeared. But what
was more, his hat and coat and pockets
and boots began to feel lighter and
Jighter. He put his hand into his
pocket and pulled out, instead of gold
and diamonds, leaves— nothing but
Now you may wonder what it was
THE WINNERS OF PAPER DOLL PRIZES
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that caftsed the gold and diamonds to
be chnnged Into loaves. It was he
cause he had forgotten the bent Do
you know what the best was? Why It
was the key flower he had laid on the
table in the kobold'n hall, lie had put
It on the table and in his eagerness for
the gold and diamonds he had gone off
without It. If he had kept it the door
would always have remained open to
him and the gold and diamonds would
not have changed to leaves.
Fo the careless shepherd got neither
gold nor diamonds, and as punishment
for Ills carelessness ho remained poor
all his life.
Little Sue, My Pet Turtle
A True Story
Third GriKie, Highland School. Age 10
One day, when my brother and I lived
in Guam, a city in the I^adrone islands,
we were gathering shells on the beach.
A. native gave me a little turtle, and I
named it Sue. Brother and I made a
great pet of it. Every morning wo
gave it fresh water and salmon, but
one day I forgot about our old cat, and
left little Sue out while. l went to get
fresh water. When I returned my poor
little turtle was gone; the cat had
killed it. We sent pussy to jail and
buried little Sue under the cocoanut
tree in our front yard.
The Comet of Destruction
A Fairy Tnle
1105 O'Fnrroll Street, San Fron'eliico.
l'n<lfle Heigh** School, A Eighth
Urade. Age, 14 Yearn
Once upon a time, many years ago,
a beautiful castle stood on the top of
a steep, rugged hill. This hill stood In
the middle of the ocean and was the
Island of Mermaids. The king was a
jolly, good natured fellow, but his son
had tho spirit of evil In him and every
one was glad when be was out of the
way. ' .
One day tho ruler was taken very
111 and, knowing that his end was near,
called his son to his bedside. "My son,"
he eald, "I am going whore I will never
suffer again. Be good to my people or
harm will come unto you.
"I will rule them with an iron rod,"
answered the ungrateful youth.
With a sad good by the unhappy but
honored and lovable king passed away.
As the morning dawned the new king
awoke and all too soon realized • that
he was king. The days passed quickly
and soon the father's warning was for
gotten. He ruled the people cruelly
and was hated by every one except his
wife, who was a good woman who tried
to reform him.
It was not long after the old king
died that a little baby prince was born
to the new king and the whole island
went wild, over him. This made the
king jealous and he planned .to get rid
of the boy and his mother. So, one day.
With his secret guards, he chained the
queen and the little prince in a^ cave
near the sea, not far from the palace
and there left them to die.
That night a terrible storm arose.
The waves dashed high and the wind
blew bo furiously that the king could
not sleep and' roso to shut down the
windows. Then he beheld a terrible
sight and for the first time since his
father's ; death remembered the warn
ing. The stars were falling and far
up In the sky he beheld a large red
light with a long tail. It was the
comet of destruction. .
With a cry of fear he rushed from
the palace to the sea, but the comet
overtook him and carried him away.
He was never seen or heard of again.
At the same time the comet was pun
ishing the wicked it was rewarding
the good, and the chains of the beau
tiful queen and little prince fell from
them anrt they were free. In joy and
happiness they made their way back to
the palnce, where they wefe received
with great pomp and splendor. The
next day the Jittle prince was crowned
king of the mermaids.
He always remembered tho story of
his father and the comet and impressed
It so strongly on his people that he
never had any trouble with them, but
ruled, happy and contented, to the end
of his life.
A Curious Museum
It is reported of King Alfonso
XIII of Spain that he is forming a
curious, although somewhat ghastly,
museum, where are grouped the various
objects which have been used in at
tempts against his person, together
with objects which have. placed his life
in danger. . • .
Among other things in the museum is
to be seen the nipple of a baby's feed-
Ing bottle, with which an attempt was
made to poisdYi him at the tender age
of 8 months; also a large glass vase,
which, he fell \ over and broke at the
age of 5 years, sustaining injuries
which placed hia life in danger; . the
walking stick of a discontented mem
ber of the court, who made an attempt
to strike him; pieces of the* bomb of
Barcelona; Ithe skeleton of one of the
horses which" was conducting him and
a fragment of the landau in .which he
was seated by the side .of | President
L*>ubet at the time of , the attempt in the
Rue Je Rivoli at Paris; J various articles
found in the street after the explosion
of the infernal machine, r^hidden; in a
bouquet, which was thrown against his
coash \u25a0. on the day. of /his /wedding—^-in
fact, daggers, • firearms "and : projectiles
of • all kl nds ..which : have . been , used in
unsuccessful designs against his life-r—
unsuccessful, thanks to the careful pre
cautions taken by the police.—Phila
New Prizes to Be Awarded
The younger Juniors wHI be. pleased
to learn that, a new prize has been
provided for them. . Tho paint boxes
will be discountinued for , tha present
and instead 25 sets, of "dolls of all na
tions" will be awarded each week here
after. Each set contains [eight .splen
did cut ; out :dolls .with clothes and
everything \u25a0complete.: Boys will; find
these "dolls, of all nations"" just as In
teresting as; the; girls find them.; They,
are really, miniatures of ; the people- of
eight great nations of \u25a0 the world. They
are very beautiful.:. Color the " picture
at once ;: do your "best" and > win' a set : of \
the "dolls of all nations."
; ' Dolls of ;all nations 'were awarded
to the; following Juniors .who 7 pain ted
the pitcture in the , [paper of November
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Ralph Shnfer Smith, 113 Fifteenth
street, Pacific. Grove.
Altn Schmidt, Orland.
Mary C. lllxfo-rd, 179 D California
. street, San Francisco/ . ' :
m William Ellla Gould, 509, Tenth street,
PacfflcjGrove. ' 1 '
/ UeloM .' XicewonKcrj 24 East Vine
street.'Stockton. \u25a0 '"
Glndys .McLean, 408 Fifty-first street,
Alma 11. Cadwell, box 140, Sausalito.
Marie Merrill, box 202, Redwood City.
Grace Holuich, 266 Hartford stret, San
Uul») Fox, 3153 Davis stret/ Fruit
Marie johiiNoa, 3811 Twenty-fourth
street, San Francisco. ,
John l>. Knuuou*, 2400 Geary street,
Jo Whitman, Bodega. _ CV;*
Charlotte C. FHfh, 2526 Regent street,
Klwle J. Wilt, 163 Chattanooga street,
San Francisco. ,
John K. KrlloßK, 4234 Howe Street,
Mullldu Cnnliil, 626 Sixty-second
Catherine llrooka, 3903 Howe street,
Willie S. IlarriM, Virginia City.
Sarah Florence Diddle, university
cottage No. 1, Berkeley.
! -Juliet Frediunl, G513 Harmon court,
Kllzulit-ni MnKk, box 15, Colusa.
VlrKiittii Gimbal, 2744 Regent street,
Dorothy Kllxnbrtb Campbell,' Sulsun.
wiihf i mi i in- WelMMband, Martinez.
Not in the Rainbow, However
Margaret and her little pluymute
were exchanging confidences.
"What's your favorite color?" asked
Margaret 'looked thoughtful for a
moment and then said brightly, "i'Jald!"
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