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. "ISSUED EVERY SUNDAY FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF SAN FRANCISCO AND CALIFORNIA
TO THE JUNIOR FROM ALONZO AND THE PUP
Merry Christmas and my very best wishes to all of the Juniors! I sin
cerely hope .that the dawn of Christmas morning has brought to each and
every one of you the thing you most desired.
This is 1 the day on which every one should be happy. AH over the world
people are celebrating the annual holiday to the accompaniment of jingledy
bells, tinsel, glittering baubles and toys. And our own town of San Francisco
isn't behind times a bit. What. with the scurrying throng of late shoppers
and the kiddies who simply WOULDN'T go to bed, Santa had a dreadful
time; but I have it, even so early in the morning, that our boys' and girls were
more than fortunate, and Santa has proved his reputation for generosity.
The Pup and I crept out betimes, in hope of catching a glimpse of him
as he dashed away over the roofs, and, sure enough, there he was! Or, at
least, there were his reindeer right on the top of Master's house. The Pup
and I sat up in astonishment and rubbed sleep and amazement out of our
eyes. While we were gazing, up through the chimney popped Santa Claus.
"Hello, Alonzo," he cried; "thought I'd catch you napping. Give the Juniors
my love." And with that he jumped into the big sleigh and was off before
I could say "How d'ye do?" So here I am down at the office in the wee,
small hours writing Santa's message of good will to you all.
Did you ever stop to think what a beautiful spirit inspires our Christmas
giving? And wouldn't it be nice if all the year round we could feel that
same desire to make people happy? You know, when you figure.it out very
carefully, it isn't really the gift that wins your heart; but just the knowledge
The San Francisco Call Junior Section
SAN FRANCISCO, DECEMBER 25, 1910.
that some one is thinking of you. Now, why can't we think of people on the
2d of February, the 5th of April, the 21st of August — any day in the year - just
as well as on the 25th of December? You remember the heart gifts I spoke
of last Sunday. Suppose we all try to Rive heart gifts during the coming
year. I think it would be a dandy idea, don't you? And picture the fun we'd
have in the planning! There'd be no waiting six or eight months for a certain
date to roll around; we'd be perfectly free to give as we pleased.
Your trips to Saturn proved more than interesting, and it is a matter <>\
real regret to the editor that he can not print eacli and every one of the
account! that were .->ent in. Since reading your letters the l'up ami 1 ar>
tnxiotti to make the trip ourselves "Who'd go to Europe, Alonzo? Let's
take a trip to Saturn instead," he said to me. 1 rather agree with him that
the Land of the Seven Moons would prove far inure exciting than the old
country, and I'm afraid that 1 will be tempted i" join the nrst excursion.
I ' u til then I'll endeavor to contain my tOUl in patience and fclrivc tQ team
all that is possible about t lii> good old earth of our»,
Now, 1 hope that you will each have the merriest kind «.i a time thi:-.
vacation week. Remember that play i> a fine thing and that this is your
play week. Have all the fun you can. And it sou happen to inert a 1 1 > fctn
DOWWOWS about town, be nice to them, t'>o If tluy ' i !y, take them
into your games Think of me and be kind to my friend-. Don't forget for
a minute that Alonzo i-> interested in every one of you II,- thinki
Juni'M i ever Merry Christmas again and a stocking full <>i
good wishes from the Pup and \i<)\/o