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ISSUED EVERY SATURDAY FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF SAN FRANCISCO AND CALIFORNIA GOLDEN GATE PARK HAS BRAND NEW FAMILY PTARMIGANS MOVE INTO THE AVIARY Come All the Way From Alaska To Take Up Their Abode In Sunny California How many of the Juniors have been out to Golden Gate park this week ? (is Ptarmigan and they be to the ancient family of grouse. They have taken up their abode in a handsome new cage in the most aristocratic quarter of the aviary, and after a week or so of sightseeing through their wire windows have settled down in the most approved way and are wel coming their many callers. The Ptarmigans have come all the way from the frozen fields of Alaska, and in spite of the great difference to be observed between the climates of their former abode and their present home, they do not seem to have suffered any ill effects from the change. They may be seen almost any afternoon pecking away daintily at their re past of willow leaves and preen ing their feathers in the warm sunlight. If they miss the snow and ice they are too polite to say so. The ptarmigan, while belong ing to the great grouse family differs in one respect. The birds of this species have their legs completely feathered to the claws giving them somewhat the ap farance of a hare's foot. The lite ptarmigan or willow grouse about 16 inches long on attain ing its full growth, with a black bill, convex and very broad afr the tip. In summer their plumage is rufous or orange chestnut on the neck, while the feathers of the back are black, barred closely with yellowish brown, or chest nut. In winter the plumage un dergoes a decided c!!iange and they emerge a pure white, the only spot of color being in the tail, which is black. In this way they are enabled to elude the hunters, their feathers failing to show against the glistening snow. Their muchly befeathered feet aid them in traveling over the soft allow, and they run very swiftly. Among hunters they are highly prized as game birds and their pursuit makes exciting sport. While very shy, they are easily shot when once started, as they fly very regularly. During most of -the year the ptarmigans live in families, the male bird taking care of his mate and (children. They have a loud, harsh, and sometimes a very clear cry, while the female of the spe cies has been known to cackle Just like one of our barnyard hens. They eat all sorts of buds and berries, lichens and insects during the summer months, but in the winter season, when the ground is covered deep in a mantle of <ik>\v their living is more precari ous. To meet this, nature has provided a remedy. During the moulting season, when the ptar migan puts on his spotless winter costume, his feet are provided with longer, sharper claws, to re place the short ones of the sum mer months. THE San Francisco CALL SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5. 1912. ALONZO READS A LESSON ON COURTESY ALONZO Meets a Native Californian I §@dts©ifo URGES JUNIORS TO SHOW APPRECIATION Also Calls Attention to the Near Approach of the Joyous Holiday Season The Junior Call, Third and Mar ket Streets, San Francisco, Sat urday, October 5, 1912. Dear Juniors: Do you realize that this is the beginning of October and that the holiday season is coming mighty close? Why Halloween will be here before we know it, and then it's only a stone's throw -to Thanksgiving. I met a nice man on the street the other day. . He lives out in the country on a big farm. "Why, hello, Alonzo," he cried, "how's The Junior Call?" "It's doing splendidly," said I with proper pride, "owing to the fact that its subscribers "are the finest boys and girls in- the union." 'That's the way to talk," sale] he ; "I've a couple myself that 1 think are jiist about" right. At present they are making great plana for Halloween, and the time not passed in school is gen erally spent out in the pumpkin patch. They have each selected a pumpkin and excitement now runs high as to which of the two will grow the larger." Of course, boys and girh in town are cut out of such joys, still it's lots of fun to visit the markets, for there your choice is not limited. So, now, each one of you wants to wish with 'ail his might and main that the good spirit of All Souls' will take care of the pumpkin?. The other day I went to call upon a Scotch terrier friend of mine. As it happened, his 5 year old mistress was haying a birth day, and while we frolicked about the front lawn and veranda her little neighbor came over with a birthday gift. It wasn't a very; expensive token, for the little girl's parents were not wealthy, but it was brought with just as much love and kindly feeling as though it had been worth a for tune. Now, my friend's small mis tress is the child of rich parents. She has had so many beauties lav ished on her that she is unable to enjoy the average things, and so the poor, tiny gift failed to inter est her very much. In fact, so unimpressed with it was she that it was left living on the steps, while she ran off to play. I think you boys and girls will agree with me that such a little girl needs training. Even if a present is not just what is waut ed, common courtesy will appre ciate the thought behind the giv ing. We should all try to culti vate appreciation. It isn't so much what you receive as the kindly thought which is ex pressed. Think it over and see it I'm not right. B<st wishes, as always. ALONZO.