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The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, October 05, 1912, Image 1

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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
ALONZO Meets a Native Californian
I §@dts©ifo
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
"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
'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
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.

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