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March 15, 1896



[Little Miss Big Bonnet's letter]:
     Dear little cousins: Brother Big Hat and Peggy came home pretty well tired out last week. Big Hat said he never had picked up so many letters on any other trip, and as for Peggy, he is having a high old time at this very minute munching on a whole basketful that were written with lead pencil. He is a dreadfully knowing mule. Whenever he sees an envelope addressed with lead pencil he just gobbles it down without giving Big Hat a chance to even open it. Well, I started out to say that Big Hat was so tired that he said he'd just as [soon be-]lieve as not I would write to the Cozy Corner this week, only, you see, when he doesn't write there isn't any Cozy Corner. But I'll just put my picture at the top again, like Big Hat does. I think I'll get some more pictures taken as soon as I get my new dress done, and then I won't be ashamed to look you in the face. I am awfully hard on my clothes, I am so healthy.
     And that makes me think. I've just finished making Sally Rose a new dress. I wish you could see how pretty she looks. I only let her wear it to receptions, only once or twice we came home so late that I forgot and let her sleep in it. The dress is blue muslin with a little white dot in it, and it is trimmed with narrow lace ruffles. Mamma-mum (that is my mamma's mamma, you know) bought the cloth specially for Sally Rose. Mamma told her that some old cloth would do just as well, as I had never sewed before, but mamma-mum said she would cut it out herself and teach me how to make it, and then I could always keep the first dress I ever made. My auntie has her first doll's dress, which she made when she was 5 years old. I am not so old as that, but mamma-mum says I have sewed my dress just as nice.
     While we sewed the dress, to keep me from getting discouraged when I had to pick the crooked stitches out, mamma-mum told me stories about when she was a little girl just like me. One of them was how she got the cloth to make her first doll's dress, and you couldn't any of you guess. She had a number of young lady sisters and she had teased them and her mamma for a bit of pretty cloth to make her new doll a nice dress, but they seemed to think any old scrap would do. At that time ladies wore immense hoops and very full skirts. Her oldest sister had a new chintz dress with twelve breadths in the skirt, gathered into the waist as closely as possible. It was a beautiful pattern, all covered with bright flowers, and mamma-mum begged very hard for some of the left-over pieces, but didn't get a bit. So one day she went to the closet, and there hung the handsome chintz skirt, with its many full breadths lying fold on fold. Then she got the scissors and cut enough out of the back breadths, away up in the gathers near the belt, where she felt sure it would never be missed, to make Miss Dolly a lovely gown. You may be sure she got dreadfully scolded when sister went to wear her dress, but mamma-mum said she did not mean to be naughty, and that is why when little girls ask her for pieces of pretty cloth and lace and ribbon for dolly's wardrobe she always gets something for them, so they will never be tempted to use things they ought not. She says little girls like to dress their dollies pretty, just as ladies like to dress their little girls pretty, and that every one ought to encourage a love for neatness and taste in dress in little folks. And I think she is right, don't you? I know I shall always love to sew pretty things for Sally Rose now that she has taught me how, and when I get older I am going to surprise mamma-mum by making her a beautiful dress all my own self. I wish I could find some pretty chintz like that her sister had, all red roses and green leaves, for she said that was the very handsomest she had ever seen.
     Henry D. Phillips, I know you must be a nice little boy. I wish you lived near me. Do you like to make sand houses and pies? I have a sand pen in the back yard to play in. It is nice and clean and nearly white. Sometimes, after a rain, when it is real damp, I make lots of cyclone caves in it by heaping it up over my feet and pulling my feet out. I make a whole town of caves and put my Noah's ark animals in them and play I am a cowboy and that a cyclone is coming to blow my cattle all away. Then sometimes I play cook, and make lots of mud pies and cakes, and frost them with sand, and paint tiny stones with water colors, to form wreaths and flowers on them. My pies and cakes last much longer than my mamma's do, too. If you would play with a little girl like me, Henry, I would teach you how to bake if you would teach me how to change and count money as rapidly and correctly as you say you can. Your dog is smart enough to be a real truly cousins, and, I say, let's coax him to lie down in a warm nook in the Cozy Corner. My cat and dog are already in, and I'll tell you how they got there. My dog's name is Flossie. She is jealous of the cat, and whenever mamma makes her go out doors she will look all around the room first, and if she sees Thomas Williams (that's the cat) she will take him up carefully by the back of the neck and carry him out with her. That is just as good as saying: "If I've got to go out doors, you have got to go, too," isn't it? Flossie never wants Thomas Williams to have anything to eat unless she does, and whenever she comes in the house and finds Thomas there she runs right up and smells of his mouth to see if he has had anything to eat while she was gone. And she can always tell, and if he has been fed she will begin to beg for some, too, whether or not she is hungry. Thomas Williams is Nokladum's kitty, and though he is hampered considerably by his name, he is up to all sorts of tricks. But my letter is getting too long to tell more about him this time, for I'm just as much afraid of Peggy as any of you.

TO CORRESPONDENTS -- When writing letters to Big Hat's department for publication, write on one side of the paper only. Printers never turn their copy, and the editor has no time to rewrite half, or even part, of your letters. Give your full name and address. Anonymous letters are never printed. These rules are imperative.

ETHEL MYERS, Rowe, Donley Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been about three months since I wrote last. I can hardly wait until Friday comes, so I can go to the postoffice and get The News. Papa has taken it for nine or ten years. We haven't had any cold weather yet. If it keeps warm here much longer our peach trees will soon be in bloom. My school teacher treated us with candy and apples. I like to go to school. I got the most head marks in my spelling class, and I will get the prize. I am 11 years old. I like my teacher. There is going to be an exhibition at the school to-night, and it commenced raining and I can not go. I was already to go but saddling my horse.

EVA FOSTER, Gladstone, Walker Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Many happy days have passed since last I wrote you, but I will not try to enumerate events as it would take too much space. As most of the cousins speak of education, I will, too, try and talk a little on that subject. Manufacturers find intelligent mechanics more profitable to employ, even at higher wages, than those who are uneducated. It requires extensive observation to enable one even partially to appreciate the wonderful extent to which all the faculties are developed by mental cultivation. Daniel Webster says: "Knowledge does not comprise all which is contained in the large term of education. Many have the idea that to obtain a sufficient education to enable a man to appear advantageously upon the theater, especially of public life, his boyhood and youth must be spent within the walls of some classical seminary of learning. In this enlightened age and in our free country, all who will may drink deeply at the pure fountain of science. Education of every kind has two values -- value of knowledge and value of discipline. Education can not be acquired without pain and application. It is troublesome and deep digging for pure water, but when once you come to the springs they rise up and meet you," says Swedenborg: "It is of no advantage to man to know much, unless he lives according to what he knows, for knowledge has no other end than goodness and he who is made good is in possession of a far richer treasure than he whose knowledge is the most extensive and who is yet destitute of goodness; for what the latter is seeking by his great acquirement the former always possesses." By gaining a good education one has his reward in the rich stores of knowledge he has thus collected, and which shall ever be at his command. As one adds to his knowledge it will itself attract still more as it widens its realms of thought, and thus one realizes in his own life the parable of the ten talents, for "to him that hath shall be given." The highest learning is to be wise, and the greatest wisdom is to be good. The wise man looks forward into futurity and considers what will be his condition millions of ages hence, as well as what it is at present.

EMIL BIRKELBACH, Round Top, Fayette Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little 12-year-old boy who wants to join this happy band. I never tried to write to the Cozy Corner before, but I have been reading the many nice letters the cousins write. I have to help my father plowing. We haven't plowed very much yet because it has been raining all the time for a week. We have been able to plow only two and one-half days. I am not going to school now. I will write about my team next time. I have three sisters and four brothers. My papa takes The News and I'm very glad when it comes, for I like to read the cousins' letters.

ROSA BUCHANAN, Vernon, Wilbarger Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little girl 9 years old to join your band. I go to school. I go to Sunday school, too. I have four sisters and two brothers. I have no pets. My brother has two pigs and an old hen with seven chickens. He feeds his chickens and pigs. He thinks a great deal of them. One of my little sisters is learning her A B C's. My little brother is learning to talk. I used to live in Dallas myself. But I was so little that I did not know anything about it.

JENNIE WILM, Morgan, Bosque Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the cousins. We have a very gentle pony. Four of us ride him at once. Our nearest neighbor is two miles away. My papa is a cowman. He is away from home most of the time. Mamma has the ranch to boss while he is gone. Mamma has five children, and it keeps her busy paddling them when they need it. Miss Big Bonnet, the next time you have your picture taken turn around so we can see your face. I believe you are pretty. We had a fine time Christmas. We went to grandma's and ate Christmas dinner. I have a large doll named "Curly Locks." I will ask a riddle: Two little while calves ran all around the house and never made a track. I am a little girl 10 years old.

B. S. CHANDLER, Trinity Mills, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: If it is not too late for me to make a call, I would like to say a few words, if you all won't laugh at a "bashful boy." I presume that you, or the most of you, have forgotten me, as I have not written in a long time. There has been much improvement since some one (I believe it was a girl from Ballinger) called the boys "sleepy heads." Some of the ghosts the cousins have been telling about must have swallowed her up, as she has not written since. Cousins, I think that we ought to let Mr. Big Hat select some kind of a badge for us and set a price on it, and those who wanted to recognize any one of the cousins when they happened to meet at different towns or at the fairs that are held in the Lone Star state should buy one and wear it. Did you ever think how fast Texas has come from the lowest to nearly the highest in rank of the United States of America? I think that our friend who was riding at such a rapid rate should drop in and tell us about the new planets he has discovered, and tell us what kind of people are there. I wish Mr. Big Hat would have another school and teach mathematics. No one needs more knowledge on that science than we rusty-colored, clodhopper boys. I will give a question: If two were three, what would three times seven be? Cousins, in the future let's lay aside telling about the pets we have, and put our scanty allotment of brains to some better use. My age is 19 years. I solicit correspondence.

JESSIE FISHER, Macune, San Augustine Co., Tex. -- Little Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: Will you let another little cousin join the band? My birthday comes to-day and makes me 13 years old. Our school is out and I don't care. I like the idea of getting a memorial stone for Sam Houston very much, and I will send 5 cents in this letter. Maggie Jenkinson, come again; you write a splendid letter. Also, Mira Moore. I went fishing yesterday evening. I have four brothers. Two of them have written to the department, and I have scribbled twice. Mamma is going to plant some garden seed to-day. The peach trees are nearly in bloom. I wish Miss Big Bonnet would write often. I felt so sorry for Sally Rose. I have a little doll, but never play with it. We have an organ, but I can't play on it. I have not pieced a quilt yet. We live in a very lonesome place.

[Mr. Big Hat's response]:
     Jessie, Mr. Big Hat found 10 cents in your letter instead of 5 cents.

ARTHUR HALTON, Jeddo, Bastrop Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes your Jeddo boy again to have a chat with you all. I have noticed letters from different places, but haven't seen any from this country, but mine. It has been raining here for a day or two, and the boys are not fit for anything but playing and hunting. I went hunting with a crowd of boys to-day, but did not catch anything. We have a school here at Jeddo now. It was erected several years ago. It will be out next Friday, and then commence again next summer. I expect I will go next summer. I live three miles from the school, but enjoy attending, when it is good weather. The picture of the schoolhouse and scholars was taken several weeks ago. Most of the scholars' parents took one. There were about forty scholars in all. I will now describe my country. It is for the most part post oak land, occasionally a prairie and a very good cotton and corn country. It is thickly settled except for several large pastures owned by stockmen. Jeddo is building up a little now. It has a new store, a blacksmith shop and will probably have a cotton gin near by. The best farming land lies on both sides of Peach creek. I live on the north side of the creek. Cousin Frankie O'Neal, I agree with you in having a prize for the cousin that writes the best letter, but the worst part of it, as the negro says, would be getting it before the court.

WILLIE ELIE ROSS, Gladstone, Walker Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As it has been some time since I last wrote, if the cousins will allow me, I will have another little chat with Mr. Big Hat. I think the idea of erecting a monument over Sam Houston's grave is a very good one. I think that all the boys and girls ought to take great interest in it, especially Texas boys and girls. I am going to the Gladstone high school. We have two teachers. They are very competent. Ella Davis is my deskmate. She is very nice indeed. As most of the cousins write on education I will try the subject of cheerfulness. Over and above every other social trait stands cheerfulness. If we are cheerful and contented all nature smiles with us. The sky seems more clear, the earth has a brighter green, the trees have a prettier foliage, the flowers are more fragrant, the birds sing sweeter; even the sun and stars appear more brilliant. Be cheerful, for it is the only way to make life happy. The times may be hard, but it will make them no easier to wear a sad and gloomy countenance. It is the sunshine, not the clouds, that makes the flowers bloom. Cultivate what is [warm] and genial. Don't forget to say good morning and good night to your brother, your sister, your teacher, your schoolmate, and say it cheerfully and with a smile. It will do you good and make them always your friends. Cheerfulness is rather a grace than a gift, and we all know grace is to be had freely for the asking.

NORA DAVIS, Fowler, Bosque Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. big Hat: This is my first attempt to write to The News. I have read the letters for some time, and enjoy them very much. I am a little girl 12 years old. I have been going to school, but had to stop on account of the measles. I like to go to school very much, but I did not get to go any last winter. I was crippled and had to walk on crutches for three months. I for one like to piece quilts. I have pieced six. I live in Bosque county near the Brazos river. My papa is a farmer. I have four sisters and three brothers. I have one married sister, and I am staying with her this week, and having a very nice time. I haven't any pets except my baby sister, and big doll.

PATTIE DE. R. McCLELLAN, Abbott, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I read the page for "Little Men and Women" this morning and was so entertained by it that at last I have mustered up courage enough to write to the cousins and beg for admittance to their pleasant band. My mamma and papa and baby sister have gone to Atlanta, Ga., for papa's health and to see a doctor about his eyes, for he is nearly blind. They, mamma and papa, are in Marianna, Fla., visiting some relatives. When they leave there they will go to Mississippi and will return about the last of April. I am 11 years old. Marie Taylor, as you are living in Itasca, I know you will have many pleasant friends, for I lived there for two years and formed many lasting and dear friends. James Taylor, I can answer your question. Thomas Jefferson wrote the declaration of independence. The Mississippi is the longest river in the world, being 4362 miles long. St. Augustine is the oldest town in the United States. I will ask the cousins some questions: Who was called "Old Hickory?" After whom was the month of August named? Whose followers practice fire worship? Who laid the corner stone of the Bunker Hill monument? Who said to his soldiers, "Put your trust in God, and keep your powder dry?" Who won the title, "Queen of the concert hall?" Who is called the "Prince of Painters?" After whom did Queen Victoria name her son Arthur, duke of Connaught?

FANNIE WALTERS, Rockett, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: I am going to school now and I love to go, too. Cousins, I will tell you a story about my traveling if you will allow me to. Four years ago we lived in Van Buren, Ark. We left there and went to Durham, Ark., about fifty miles, and stayed there about three months. Then we left there and went to Lebanon, Mo., and stayed all summer, then started for the Cherokee strip. We met so many coming from there and telling such dreadful stories about it that we turned our heads for Texas. We stopped at Red Oak until we could get us a place. I like Texas as long as it is dry so I can get out doors. We came through four nations, saw lots of big Indians, but didn't like the looks of them. They look so scary they made me afraid. My two grown brothers killed lots of quail and squirrels and we had a nice time. We fished all along the road every time we camped at a creek. My little playmate, Idella Waddle, is here to-day. We have lots of fun together. Her papa doesn't take the paper, but she reads the cousins' letters with me. Cousins, I will tell you something about my cats' intelligence. They will go with me to milk and will sit by the milk and won't let anything come near it, and when I get to the house they will stand up and beg for their share. I can pat my shoulder and they will jump up on it and sit there till I make them get down. Della Wilf, your letter is very nice. Come again.

OSCAR WOLNITZEK, Millheim, Austin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I will join your club, too. I am 12 years old and have two sisters. Their names are Alma and Nora. They are 7 and 8 years old. They help their mother, and so do I. I am going to the Hacinda school. My school teacher is a good teacher. She does not whip. I like to go to school very well, and one of my sisters, too, Alma. I have not written to you for two years. I love to go fishing. I caught three big fish and 100 little ones this year. The big ones were about 5, 3 and 2 pounds heavy.

J. THOMAS JETER, Nelson, Indian Territory > Choctaw Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I have never seen anything in your valuable paper from this part of the B. I. T., I thought I would write you a short letter, and if Peggy doesn't get this one I will write again. A great many of the cousins write of their pets, but I have none, so I will tell you of our school, of which my papa is superintendent. Our school consists of 100 Indian boys, all of whom are very intelligent and refined. They have various games, such as foot ball and base ball, and they also have the Indian ball game, the latter being very interesting. We have first, second, third, fourth and fifth grades.

MATTIE ZULA NEFF, Paducah, Cottle Co., Tex. -- Little Miss Big Bonnet: Here comes another little 7-year-old girl to join your happy band. I have an awfully sweet little 6-months-old sister. I am L. W. Neff's little sister. Mamma and my little sister, too, have been sick the last few days, and I have had to do all of the cooking that was done. School is out and sister will be here pretty soon. This is what I got Christmas: A doll and some candy. That was all. I forgot to tell you my little sister's name is Pansy. Don't you think it is sweet? I do.

MAY CAMPBELL, Athens, Henderson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another 15-year-old girl tapping at the door for admission, and I hope that some good cousin will come and open the door. I am in school to-day. I am away from home going to school. This is not the first time that I have been away from home to go to school. We have lots of fun, some play marbles and the boys play foot ball. Sometimes we girls get the foot ball, but when we get to making lots of racket the teacher comes in and puts a stop to it. I am in the sixth grade. I like my teacher very well. I take music lessons. I began since Christmas and have taken several pieces. I am learning very fast (so my teacher says). My deskmate is Blanche Jones. I like her very much. I will answer Cousin Tommie Jackson's question: Elias Howe, Jr., was the inventor of the sewing machine. T. J. Jackson was called Stonewall Jackson because he stood like a stone. There is no difference between pilgrim and puritan. In Monroe's administration the greatest number of states was admitted.

MURIEL COX, Spring Creek, Throckmorton Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: It has been some time since I wrote to the cousins. I will give the cousins a short history of Throckmorton county. In the southwest it is hilly and broken by small streams. Throckmorton town is located in the southwest. There are some of the prettiest valleys on the Brazos river I ever saw. Cotton, corn and wheat are the principal crops. Spring Creek is a thriving little town. This part of the county is not thickly settled, but what few people there are here have plenty. One never hears complaint of hard times. We have had splendid rains. There is a good season in the ground, and I think the people will make plentiful crops another years. We have preaching once a month at our schoolhouse. The third Monday in next month we are going to organize a church at Koger schoolhouse.

JODIE LOCKWOOD, Houston, Harris Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: Many thanks for the handsome diploma I received from your Summer School. I am going to buy a nice frame for it and keep it as long as I live. I enjoy reading the letters from other states very much. Cousins, write oftener and tell us how you enjoy living in the north. I have not seen any letters from the western states. I suppose the mountains are too high and cold for The News to get over. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins from the north and west, between 18 and 20 years old. What an excellent photograph of Peggy! Just see what a lovely face he has! I am very much afraid that he will get poisoned by eating so many letters. I see Mr. Big Hat has another waste basket. I hope Peggy won't try to eat it up. In regard to the Sam Houston monument, I suppose it is a common one. But did you ever study about it? Perhaps his loved ones were not able to put a finer one there. Are we to take the one away that is there now and put another one there? I send 25 cents to help buy a monument for one of Texas' greatest heroes.

WILLIE BOALES, Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the cousins' letters for quite a while, and enjoy them very much. I don't like to write myself. I always likes to go to school, and hate to be absent or tardy. I am in the eighth grade, and never studied Texas history. I will commence it when I commence school again, and learn it well. The public school I attended is out now. My father came to Dallas in 1853 and has lived here over forty years. When he first came he could throw a stone across the city. It was very small indeed to what it is now. Deer and antelope were plentiful then and would come and sleep with the cows. I am the only child at home, although I am no spoiled baby, for my age is 15 years. I love to read. I don't mean dime novels, I mean good books. I will say some novels are good, and it is also beneficial for us to read a few of the best ones of the standard authors. I will answer a question asked by James Taylor. Thomas Jefferson drafted the declaration of independence.

TOMMIE RUSSELL, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I thought I would write again. I am 12 years old and in the eighth grade. I will answer one of Tommy Jackson's questions. Eli Whitney invented the first cotton gin. Turner Shell, the longest river in the world is the Mississippi. I am real sorry for Peggy, because he has to do without something to eat from one Sunday to another. Still, I hope Peggy will be asleep when this arrives. I have but one pet, a horse. Edward Drake, James Watt invented steam power. Please turn Miss Big Bonnet around next time; she must be pretty. When and where was James Madison born? What was the last battle of the war of secession? What was the name of the man who killed Lincoln? Miss Lula Kirk, what have boys got to do but to tease girls?

PERCY McKINLEY KILE, Era, Cooke Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little boy 5 years old and this is the first time I ever wrote to you, and I am shy about writing. My Mamma reads the letters to me and I like them so much that I got her to write this for me. I have one little sister. My papa said I was more of a baby than she is, but I can churn and wash the dishes and she can't.

EFFIE McCRUMMEN, Rusk, Cherokee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: No doubt many of you have forgotten me, it has been so long since I have written to The News. I wish Miss Big Bonnet would slip into Mr. Big Hat's chair often and write us a long and interesting letter. I am anxious to see another picture of her, and would prefer to see more of her nose and mouth and less of her bonnet. I guess she is a blonde and is afraid she will sunbrown and freckle. I have been going to school at the East Texas college, but have stopped for a while to help mamma with her work. I am taking music lessons at the college and am delighted with my teacher. I devote most of my time to my music, and hope some day to be able to complete it. I think it is nice to be able to play on the various musical instruments, and especially the piano and organ. How many of the cousins like to read? I am also fond of reading. I have a little brother with golden curls. When it rains his hair curls all over his head in ringlets. He thinks they are awful pretty. He will go to the window when it is raining to mamma, saying: "The rain made me some curls." His chief delight is to get a hammer and a handful of tacks. He will sit for hours at a time and drive tacks in the floor and pull them out again. Come again, Bessie Smith; you write such nice letters. Walter Curry, I like to read your letters. We have a yard full of roses. I think roses are the prettiest of all flowers. Some of ours are already blooming again. We have two striped roses, which are curiosities to everybody. My papa put out a large orchard last year, principally peaches. Mr. Big Hat, if you will come to Rusk in a year or two I will give you and Peggy all the peaches you can eat. It was my brother from Alto who called at your office to see you, only to be disappointed. You look cute in your high and dry place between Peggy's ears.

C. McCORMICK, Chicota, Lamar Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: Here comes another boy to join your instructive band. This is my first attempt to write to The News. I enjoy reading the cousins' letters very much. The cousins all seem to be very nice to each other, and obedient to their parents and teachers. I have not been to school for two years, but hope that I may go next year. There is nothing I like better than going to school, and we should all do our best while we can go. Many of us will not get to go to school any more after this year, and some but two or three years at most. I think Mr. Big Hat very kind to give the children the opportunity of improving in their writing and composition. I will answer a question or two: The first newspaper published in America was issued at Boston, Mass., on Sept. 25, 1690. It was called "Public Occurrences." There was but one number printed. The second, or first permanent paper, published was "The Boston News Letters," issued April 24, 1702. I will ask: When was the fist cargo of ice shipped from this country? In regard to the size of George Washington, in Barnes' school history, page 150, we find: "In personal appearance Washington was over 6 feet in height, robust, graceful and perfectly erect."

JOHNNIE SLACK, Comanche, Comanche Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: Here is a little girl 12 years old to join the Cozy Corner. This is the first time I ever wrote to any one that I did not know. In my next letter I will send some money for Gen. Houston's monument. Tell Miss Big Bonnet to come again, and let us see her face. I have two pets, a little white dog and a little cat. I had a little canary bird but it died. I have eight brothers and two sisters. I will give a puzzle and a question for the cousins to answer: When did Texas join the union? Yy-u-r-yy-u-b-i-c-u-r-yy-for me.

I. D. PYLE, Wieland, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the letters for some time, and thought I would seek a place in your Cozy Corner. I am a girl 12 years old, and in the seventh grade. I like to study my books. I like history and physiology best of my studies. I have six. I would like to correspond with Emma Miller. She writes such interesting letters. Maggie Aston, I will answer your question. The first newspaper was printed in Cambridge, Mass., in 1639. I will ask a question: What was the most important battle in the revolutionary war? Where was it fought and who were the commanders on each side?

IVY PYLE, Wieland, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here is another little girl who wants to join your little band. I hope I may find a place in your Cozy Corner. I am going to school; I love my books well. I like history and civil government best of all my studies. I hope the proposed monument for the great hero of Texas will soon be a reality. I would like to correspond with some of the girl cousins. Rowena Waddell, I will answer your question, which was: "Who was the young Napoleon of the west?" It was Santa Anna -- at least he claimed to be. I will ask a question: What part of the brain can beta ken out and still the sense will be all right, but the body will be paralyzed?

MARY JARRATT, Wilmer, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will come in and have a chat with the cousins. I think the cousins' page very interesting. I have written before, but did not see my letter in print. I am going to school and like my teacher very much. I have six studies. I have three dolls and I love them. I had a big time Christmas. I am 10 years old. I have read but three books, "Children of the Bible," "Grace Truman" and "David Copperfield." Well, I never saw such boys in my life. Just listen! I came in and sat down in the Corner, and I hear them making fun of me.

BERNARD G. FORT, Paris, Lamar Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to The News. I was 7 years old the 13th of this month. My mamma gave me a birthday dinner and I invited some of my friends to eat dinner with me. I received some nice presents. I go to school and am in the second grade. I have not been to school in a long time on account of measles, but I am up now and can study at home. I have a little sister. She was 2 years old to-day and she can sing and count to ten. I have a pet calf and a black cat with one little white spot on him. I went to a party at one of my little friends and had a nice time. I will be so glad when summer comes so I an go barefooted and play out doors. Do any of the cousins ride bicycles? I want one, but they all think I am too little to ride one. When I get bigger I can get one.

MARION YORK, Clifton, Bosque Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I guess you will think I come too often, but I am like some of the other cousins, I can not stay away. Cousins, are we who are at home with our fathers and mothers trying to make them comfortable and happy? They may be old and feeble, and very hard to please, but we must remember that we have been a great deal of trouble to them. So let us stay at home with them, and do all we can for their pleasure. The Bible says, "Honor thy father and mother, that thy days may be long on the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." It is a very common thing to see or hear of a boy who has left his father and mother, and some times you hear of a girl's leaving home, too, but it is not often. Now, cousins, (and when I say "cousins" I do not mean just those who write to the Cozy Corner, but to all who read this) why is it that we do not more often obey this commandment which is the first commandment in the Bible with a promise? When we are sick, we send for a doctor and do everything else we can to prolong our days on earth, but we never seem to think of the commandment promise. The bitterest thing that remorse can give is the remembrance, after our father and mother have been laid under the ground, that we were ungrateful to them; to think that they raised and took care of us, probably ten or fifteen years or longer, and had much anxiety and trouble with us, and then we did not try to repay them and did not try to make their last days happy. On the other hand, if we do all we can to make them happy, it will be a great joy to us in after years. If any of you are away from home against the wish of your parents, return. I will venture to say it matters not how bad you have been, you will be welcomed home again. We do not know how much anxiety our parents feel for us when we are absent from them, so let us stay at home, and do all we can to make this life a pleasant one for all its inmates.

ZULIA COLLINS, Arlington, Tarrant Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: I have been a silent reader of your department for some time, and thought I would write, too. I will describe our town. There are twelve stores and 1200 inhabitants, and it is growing rapidly. There are three more brick business houses to be built soon. This is an extensive farming country. I think it so nice for the cousins to write stories. Perhaps I will write one some time. Mr. Big Hat, be careful not to let Peggy carry too heavy a load, but I guess there is not much weight to your loads. Our public school is out and I am so sorry. I am taking music. I like it splendidly, and like my teacher, too. I have no pets but a doll. Sister has a canary bird. I have one sister and one brother at home, and they are grown. I am 11 years of age. My birthday comes on Valentine's day. I had a nice time that day, and received an autograph album and a dress. I will ask a riddle: "The more you take from it the more it grows." I will send 5 cents for the Sam Houston stone. Look here, Peggy, if you eat this before it is opened, the nickel might kill you.

EULA WOOD, Sonora, Sutton Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It seems a long time since I wrote last. Jennete Cline, when I read your letter about the snow lying three feet deep I was sitting in the buggy nearly roasted, and the next two days were very cold, but to-day is warm and pleasant, and the birds are singing their best. Some of the cousins tell about picking cotton. Well, I have a vague memory of picking a few pounds when I was 5 or 6 years old. I have to herd a little bunch of sheep, twenty-three in number, when brother is busy or away from home. I herd them close to the house. Miss Big Bonnet, write again. I could not see your face in the picture, but I will bet a brass button that you are pretty. Marie Taylor, I have read four of George Eliot's novels -- "Adam Bede," "Middlemarch," "Silas Marner" and "The Mill on the Floss." I do not like any of them. I have never read "Robin Hood." I will answer some questions: Thomas Jefferson was styled "The Sage of Monticello." James Buchanan was the bachelor president. Thomas Jefferson wrote the declaration of independence. Mr. Big Hat, I inclose 25 cents for the Sam Houston fund.


- March 15, 1896, The Dallas Morning News, p. 14, col. 3-7.
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