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THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, TUNE 24, 'foil.—THE JUNIOR /ALL.
2 THE OPEN LETTER SECTION THE AEROPLANE AN AID TO RAPID TRANSIT WALTER J. HELD *" KIT Thirty-sixth Street, Oakland, Cat. There are few problems that contain more Interest for the average person than - that involved in the quickening of the means of transit. By going to the beginning, we find that the evolu tion of the method used by man In transportation is somewhat in this order. First, the floating "log, .then the sledge 'downhill, .... tbe animal's back, canoe, ox cart, chariot, oared galley, sedan: chair, sailing vessel, horse car riage,? steam carriage, steamship, Pull man; car, bicycle, cable car, electric' car, automobile, and the' aeroplane. Rapid , transportation has.'been ad vanced .to a, great' extent iby the aid 'of the automobile, and will be more so in the future by the,aid of the aeroplane, whose possibilities point out a wonder ful future, not only In a commercial but also a military aspect. • ;*'*..V-*».-■• -.' ?-i lt"was. but some score years ago that thel world's • attention was centered on the experiments' of; one M. Serpollet of France, on a steam tricycle; a three wheeled contrivance propelled by a crude l steam engine. V*^. Later, "the Harris wagon, similar in appearance to a I steam * roller, ' attracted considerable attention *i in America, as did '" Simon's machine,'equippedl with a spring; motor. Around 1895? these were " improved ■; upon by De la .Vergue, Mueller. Dutston, Dur yea, Hallly, Morris, Solon *»* and / others," using steam, gasoline, spring and elec tric engines. /.-3*flMM9! lP!S££S|&f ; The ?» aeroplane, compared .- with :- the possibilities of such a brilliant and wonderful future, is today, as crude and no further advanced than was the auto mobile of 20 years ago. Most undoubt edly the aeroplane will aid rapid trans portation.' At the present time a speed WORDS OF THANKS Editor.Junior Call—Dear Sir: Watch awarded me' In recent writing contest "received. Thanking you for same 1 beg to remain, very truly yours, ?•/ |&|@HQffBgBSft£wALTER J. HELD. .*■■" Oakland. Dear Editor: I was very, much pleased to * receive that nice box -of paints. Yours truly, CARLETON CAN FIELD. " . Santa Cruz. ■'..;' Dear.Editor: I received the box of paints this, morning and was very glad to get them. Thank you very much. Yours truly, : ENID VOLQ CARDS. San Francisco. Dear Alonzo: : I received my Ingersoll Midget a long : time ago and it still keeps correct' time. I am more than pleased with it and will always speak of The Junior Call to my. friends. If at first; you don't, succeed, try. again, Is true, for' I tried and tried and at last" I succeeded. 1 remain a friend of The Junior Call, , ELLEN CM ILLS. ■ Soledad. :':^A9BBBBBBBHEflBHS , Editor, Junior.Call—Dear Sir: Thank you very much 5, for the lovely watch that you.sent"me. It Is a perfect time keeper. /Give, my best regards "to "Alonzo and -the pup,' hoping that* they Collecting j Airship Pictures HOWARD PUTZEL AS many boys have been Interested in airships. of all kinds, most of them will want to make a collec tion of pictures of airships and' their "drivers. This can not be done in one ,day by any?. means. ,It : takes time and patience to have an Interesting col .lection^ . ?:Once a" collection ils started ; the col-, lector's interest grows. The collectionl Is ■ started ■ by cutting t airship pictures from a paper or magazine. .Then paste; them in a large blank/book. If this Is ; done : regularly day... by ; day you will ; before long have . a very * fine "collec tion. *■ .''■'. '■■■'■.'■'..' *m It is best to reserve five or ten pages at the back of . the book , for? an ; Index.": : This is useful In case the owner wishes to look up a certain picture. The num bers, ! pages ",. and: names of - the ■ pictures should be " written In the index for reference. * A Tip for the Boy Aviator CHESTER BUDD Instead of buying strands for your, aeroplane why • not get some a much ' cheaper way? Get . that; golf ball ; you found on the links .; and :a , small * saw. Saw the covering? all off i the ball; and take the rubber,, out.". By twisting It around*your machine eight times and winding It up from .100 to ,200 times your machine ought to go. equal to the automobile Is commonly developed/And It Is not doubted that this will be considered very slow in an other decade. As previously: said, the aeroplane has * remarkable possibilities in a commercial and military aspect. ALONZO’S BARKS The man who said "distance lends enchantment" didn't know the woes of a commuter's' life. He should have .'. had .to run for the last boat and. miss, the last streetcar on the other side. .!';",> Some scientist has said that many plants have the power to shift their quarters and furthermore that an orchid can move one step every year. Which goes to proVe that plants have more sense than humans. I don't know any one that takes a'whole year to think over every step he takes. There are courtesies in every walk of life. I like the elevator man who, when I invade his sanctum, lets me down easy. There is nothing' like "depending upon yourself, but be careful that other folks don't get the habit, too. London fogs are. like cream; cheese, but not good to eat. ;*':■■■" The American oil product for 1910, aggregating 204,000,000 barrels, "is more than that of the entire world seven years ago. It would seem that we grow more• slippery every day. It is really. remarkable how very popular some people are with themselves. ' .' •>*' might 'lose that detestable Ju-Ju, which, by i the way, I think an appro priate and ; easy?: name to pronounce.* I suppose* when Alonzo ' comes back *: he will bring a trunkful of souvenirs with him. I am sorry that the drawing con test: was not - continued, *as it was very interesting to see the drawings sub mitted by the Juniors. Thanking you again, I am yours sincerely, ;,-'•/ IRENE ANDERSON. : San Francisco. HHJBMShB! ' Editor Junior Call—Dear Sir: X want to thank you for the lovely watch you sent me. /It': keeps fine -time :and, I'm very,pleased, with it. : I consider, myself rather fortunate, as -I have won one of your -fine.fountain -pens and '■■ also a box of beautiful postcards. .Thanking you again for the watch, I remain, ■■, BERNICE BOWNE. Santa Clara. A BIRD PUZZLE mama- . g F^OLD bad men sometimes do my first, l i Which also may a name imply, i\ '< My second calls to those who thirst, 0 j And welcomes every passer by. , i My whole! it comes with pleasant spring;; i | And brings a cheerful touch of red \ / To lawns and trees and wandering vines '/ And to the .budding garden bed. 1 T-rj BMMMMM ____ BMar J The one prime feature of the aero plane is its,cheapness. At the price of one modern warship 2,000 of the worlds most successful aerial machines could be procured. The one Important mili tary use of the aeroplane will be In the ODD NAMES AND WORDS Verestehagin, ■ painter of the cele brated picture," "The . Russian Feast," had a '"puzzling cognomen. His own pronunciation of bis name is , Vert shah-gin, second syllable accented. Munkacsy, the Hungarian painter of the well known picture, "Christ Before Pilate," pronounces his name Moon kotch-e, second syllable accented. , Mr. Gladstone, who , was prime . min ister, of England,; pronounced his name Glad-stun, first syllable accented. Mr. Carnegie / pronounces *•', his name Car-na-gy,'. second syllable accented. . D'Aublgne. the* French historian, au thor ,of "History of the Reformation," died In 1872, aged,7B years. His name is pronounced Do-bean-ya, last syllable accented.'? \ Melssonier,* the ' celebrated French painter, died in 1891, aged 78 years. service of reconnaissance. From a mili tary standpoint this use of the aero plane will make it an extremely valu able auxiliary weapon in time of war. It may be the aeroplane will not, at least for the present, lead to the sup pression of the old means of rccon nolterlng, but the proof has been fur nished that the information can be re lied 'on, and also that information can be obtained with infinitely greater rap idity and precision by the use of the aeroplane than by means of scouting with cavalry, often entailing heavy loss of life and of war material. ;---: No doubt more formidable means for the destruction of aeroplanes will be Invented.: but according to many aero nauts in warfare dirigibles would cer tainly be destroyed by the artillery and machine guns, and It would be impos sible for the forces In the field to bring down an aeroplane on account of the rapidity of their movements, their small size, and the altitude at which they are navigated. So between the two the aeroplane must be regarded as the essential means of reconnoiterlng and of rendering eminent estafette duty. bbherh ' ' The American government and pub lic, in comparison with the other fore most nations, taken the least in terest in aeronautics. / The United States now owns but a single aero plane, one that was purchased from the Wright brothers In : 1909, and one tiny Baldwin dirigible, while France, Ger many and England have many, and have been carrying on extensive ex periments for Borne time. It may be seen that the United States does not encourage new Inventions until at last they are successful, and It was for this reason the Wright brothers left the United States to have their first success abroad. /N? . -~> >. His name Is pronounced May-son-ya, first syllable accented. ,' Boulanger, French general, died in 1891, aged "64 years. His name Is pro nounced 800-long-zha, last syllable ac cented. Desmoulins, French revolutionist, died In 1794, aged 34 years. His name Is pronounced Da-mou-lan, last syllable accented. Michelangelo, Italian painter and sculptor, died in 1562, aged 88 years. The Italian pronunciation of the name Is now given the preference,/ Mlck-el on-jel-o. '■ The "1" has the sound of*"i" in pickle, 1 third syllable accented. Khedive (Persian, a prince)," a gover nor: or viceroya 1 title granted in 1866 by the Sultan of Turkey to the ruler of Egypt. "The pronunciation Is Ked eve, the last syllable accented/Accent the second syllable in the word "ac cented." /'^sferip^KßßPal Isolate. Of the various pronuncia tions of this word, the leading philolo gists have recently given the prefer ence to*" ls-o-late, the first syllable hav ing the sound of "iss" in "miss." ! The correct pronunciation of the English language and all foreign words in common use is becoming a subject of interest and importance to those per sons 'who can i appreciate the great ad vantage of possessing the ability to speak, correctly. To render conversa tion most delightful to a cultivated ear the pronunciation of every, word must be correct. —St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Enough Is Enough Jack McFall, Eureka A little girl who was exceedingly fond of. loganberry jam was invited out to spend the day. Her.,-'mother, knowing the child's ,fondness for the jam, said to her before she started upon her visit: "Now, dearie, you know how -very fond you are of; loganberry jam, and mamma 'doesn't want, you to make * a little pig of yourself; so when they pass the jam take, some, but If they '\ pass/ it again say, "No, thank you."" When the child returned home In the evening she said: "Mother, they had the jam . all right;; I took some; they passed It around again; I said, "No, thank you," but they passe, : it around again and. you didn't! tell ,me what to say, so I Just thought of what papa would say, and I said: "By jftn mlny, uo!'*'^HaHpHWHflHH| J.a _ . The Tuneful Dog In a justice's court in Kansas City a lady brought a suit for a dog, which was claimed by a man. . Several wit nesses on either side were positive as to, the ownership ' of the , dog and ? the justice was exceedingly puzzled. Fi nally the lady stated that If she would sing a certain song the dog. In response to his training, would Join in with her in his dog fashion. This she.did, and at the first words of the song the dog leaped for Joy and fulfilled his part of the duet to the amazement of the spec tators and the court. No further evi dence was taken and the dog was given to the lady.