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JUNIOR EDITORIAL CORNER Dear Juniors: \u25a0 .'What's, the longcstweek in the year? Why, the week before Christmas, of course. No prize could ever be offered for. answering that question be cause it is too iCasy. Any boy or girl could answer without half thinking. It isn't really'ahy longer than any other week— it just seems longer. Every -Junior is full of expectation, excitement and impatience. How the time does drag before the wonderful 25th of December arrives! Even a dog knows it. 'This little chat with the Juniors is, for the purpose of suggesting a way- to make -the week before Christmas seem shorter. Your friend Alonzo is , delighted to tell you that he knows just the remedy. It doesn't matter where or how a dog learned it; all you have to do is to try it, and see what' a good 'remedy sit is. The'remedy is to spend all the idle hours of the long week in preparing heart "gifts. J What's 1 , a "heart gift"? I hear you ask. - I was just about to ex plain. A* heart gift is a something you didn't buy out of a store, delivered at Christmas to somebody who didn't expect 1 it. 'Of course, you have a list of persons, big and small, a long list or a short one, to whom you expect to make Christmas gifts, pretentious or, unpretentious. Those gifts are all well enough in their own way, but they have nothing whatever to do with heart gifts. ,- , .'\u25a0..;. / . ./. - ' . / ..\u25a0 ;.' \u25a0 Let me make it still plainer. A "heart gift" is an act of thoughtful remembrance done for one who will be delighted at being thus remembered. The special thing about a heart gift is that you can't buy one in any ' shop. You have tothink it up.- To prepare a heart gift, you first look around you, •beginning ih/your own home. You try to discover some sick, worried or busy person \u25a0 to ; -whom .your heart gift; will come 'asa [surprise. It may be father, r;mother,;brother; sister, or somebody over at the neighbor's. . Then think out the; gift itself. ' -j A heart gift must- comprise -, some unexpected- act that proves, to the person receiy in gj it; that you entertain^a ".kindly feeling for him or her in 'your heart. / Get the idea? Isn'tit different from any. other sort of Christmas Jpresent? Of .course it is. It costs 'nothing in money; in. fact, money, can't "bliy anything so dear \ Whetheryou have lots of money to spend at Christ mas'of, whether you have; lit tie or. none, you can, make^sevcral heart gifts just 'the "same. V And .when you have made them you may get the biggest surprise of -your life. You may suddenly find that .the ;heart»gift was thevone most appreciated ''of all; the Christmas presents you made! Yes, you may find that it actually meant more to the person who received it than a barrel of candy elephants or a hatful of gold watches. , , -\u25a0 '[\u25a0' "^This'is the secret of.theheart gift: it comes unexpectedly, and it comes ; from* the heart. Write but a list of people to' whom you are going to make heart gifts this Christmaji just as you write down the "names of those to whom "you are going To give theusual kind of gifts.Make your heart gifts in earnest —you'll know what and how when you think it over— and when Christmas is past :J X think 'you'll; thank Alonzo for whispering the* way to have the best /Christmas you ever' knew. , ALONZO. SHOKT BARKS FROM ALONZO I; wenr to visit Mother Goose, -Upon a brilliant summer day ; : And on a .broomstick took my ride y <: Along. the mystic Milky ,\Vay. 1- metißo-Peep and all her sheep, Boy Blue, King ; Cole and all the rest; And; when at 1 last lihad to go, ; I couldn't tell which I liked best. The man who doubts the final victory of the suffragette movement is either short sighted orweak kneed. From my 1 own observations, I would say that when a numbcrVbf women make up their minds to have a thing they'll have- it, and Uhe mascuHne contingent might just as well give in gracefully while it can.' The principal of the Stockton high school met his Waterloo the other day.in the form of false hair. , I nstead' of doing away with the curls , and braids in his schoolroom, by his\ opposition he has only caused them to blodm^fbrth with renewed crimps, and if he isn't very, very good, he's apt to wear puffs on his own head. You never can tell. I am really and truly becoming known. ' My chest expansion has in creased four inches. The other day I, received a telegram from P/esident Diaz asking me to spend Christmas in Mexico. Considering the unsettled state of the country, however, I think I'll stay at home, much as I appreciate the compliment. I'd rather be a fox terrier in San Francisco nowadays than a. Chihuahua dog in Mexico. Now that Mr. Roosevelt is planning a trip to the coast, I'm afraid I'll really have to postpone my, departure for foreign lands- until after his coming. It wouldn't do for us not to be represented at the big doings, would it, Juniors? lam" particularly anxious to interview him v on,the subject of poundmen. I should think his views on this species of wild animal would be interesting, It isn't so much, what you want, mydear; It's; the thing' you're going to get. So try to" look sweet and be of good cheer, And Santa'U remember you yet. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1910.— THE JUNIOR CALL • DRAWING CONTEST Two 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 east. Among them are such works as "Betty s Happy- Year," by Carolyn Wells; "Clif Stirling," by Gilbert Patten; "That Freshman," by Christina Catrevas; "Hero Talcs of the Far North, by Jacob Riis; "The New Boy at Hilltop," by Ralph Henry Barbour, and many others. This week's subject is, "Celebrating New Year's." 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 January 1. Below are reproduced the two prize winners for this week. Other drawings deserving of honorable mention will be found on pages 4 and 5 of The Junior. Awarded a prize. Drawn by Gladys Bates, 191 7 Green street, San Francisco. Age 1 4 years. A warded a prize. Drawn by AHa Ford, I 363 Post street, San Francisco. ' - << Age \2 years. .'"'- \u25a0',\u25a0"\u25a0\u25a0'. THE WHISKERS WIRELESS /*7V NCE upon a time there was a L 1 wise old rat with sensitive green 7"^ whiskers. .His whiskers' were- of great use to him, because they were so sensitive that they always warned him when: a eat was near. , '*'. \u25a0•;, How did they do It? S Why, they acted just like the receiv ing station of a. wireless telegraph ap paratus, for which the cat's whiskers were the sending station. .You know that in order to send, a wireless telegraph message you have to have two : stations, consisting of powerful electric , machines and. wires strung on great high, poles. Tlie ma chine makes the messages leap off the wires, and they spread out through the air just like the ripples when you throw .a stone into a pool of water. "When they meet a receiving station, with its great high poles, they "catch on the wires* and Bllde down into the station, and the' message' can be read. The wise old rat grew very, fat, be cause a cat as much as peeked in through the doorway his whiskers began to quiver and he whisked away into his hole, before sho could .get anywhere near him. The people in the house where the rat lived used to say unkind things to the cats because the old rat had eaten up so much food and they could not catch him. Finally the cats held a meeting on the back fence to talk it all over and decide what they should, do. Hut the more they yowled and the more they howled and the madder the people got who heard them and did not know they were talking over important affairs the further they were from discover ing a way to catch the wise old rat. At last a cat who lived in the house with an electrician spoke up and said: ("I know from what I have heard my owner say that the rat's whiskers would not quiver if a cat without whis kers were in the room, because they act just like a wireless telegraph ap • paratus. : If you pussies will all prom- : ise not to laugh at me 1 will shave off my whiskers and try to catch him that way.": i ' \u25a0\u25a0 :"\u25a0: ;/'//:\u25a0 : ' . /7-v; . So they all' promised not to laugh at her— although a cat without whiskers looks very, funny indeed— and she used her tall for a shaving brush and shaved off her whiskers. The very next night she crept "into the room where the fat ,old rat was eating away as hard as he could. Sure enough it turned out exactly as the cat who knew all about electricity had said it would. Since the cat's whiskers were shorn off there was no warning sent out to the old rat. His whiskers .didn't quiver at all and the cat pounced on him all of a sudden and carried him off to show to the peo ple in the house. t ./ . You see there is always more or. less _electrjcity In a cat; as you will find if you str</ke one long, enough, and that is how the pussy cat happened to think that her. whiskers acted like the elec trical sending station of a wireless telegraph apparatus. But' it was not only the wise old rat who suffered because of this electrical experiment. Poor pussy's appearance was permanently damaged, for her whiskers never grew again. A Mistaken Cue It was exhibition day at No. 3, and as the parents of Jack Grady, the <i nil - eat pupil, were listening hopefully, the teacher tried her 'beet to help the boy. "How did Charles the First of Eng land die?" she asked, assigning - the easiest question on her list to Jack. yAs he looked at her, with no indica tion of a coming answer, the teacher put her hand up to her neck. Jack saw the movement and under stood its meaning, as he thought. "Charles the First of England ftied of cholera," he announced, briskly. — Youth's Companion.