February 16, 1896
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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.
BELLE BECKHAM, Weatherford, Parker Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the cousins. I am 12 years old. My birthday comes April 1. I go to school and am in the fourth grade. I sit with Ruth Reynolds, and like her very much. I have a pet cat that is 7 years old. We have a cow and the prettiest little calf. I do not have very far to go to school. I had a very pleasant time Christmas. I got a good many presents.
DON BROWN, Balm, Cooke Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Ah, ha! I've come in to take a peep. Doesn't this corner look cozy, sure enough? I believe I will join, too, if you don't care. I've been a silent reader for months. I think the Cozy Corner is improving. How many love to read? I, for one. Peggy, I hope you are asleep. I am 9 years old.
JANIE ROGERS, Midway, Madison Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have not written to The News in quite a while. I have just finished reading the letters, and I saw one from one of my schoolmates, Ollie Carleton of Leona, Tex. I had a nice time Christmas and hope you and the cousins did. I have just got up from a spell of fever and the measles. I had to stop school and my music, which I regret very much. I have one pet, a little rat terrier, nearly 1 year old, named "Trixy." My age is 13 years.
MAMIE HANCOCK, Island, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have a very pretty doll and made it a hat like Mr. Big Hat's. I am 10 years old and I am in the second reader. My little brother has a very large dog and his name is Ring. I have a little niece and a little nephew. We have a very nice yard and I carry my teacher flowers every day.
TURNER SHELL, Georgetown, Williamson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I read The News every week and like it so much. I am 9 years old, and I like to go to school. I study spelling, reading, geography, arithmetic and language. My father is a florist and nurseryman. I have some pets -- a horse, dog and lots of chickens. I will ask some questions: Into what river Caesar plunge when he exclaimed, "The die is cast?" What is the longest river in the world?
JESSIE EVANS, Jeddo Postoffice, Bastrop Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the cousins' letters more than any other part of The News, and find there are letters from all parts of the state, which are nice and interesting. I am a farmer's boy, 11 years old. I am going to school and study grammar, history, spelling, geography and arithmetic. My grade is the fifth. I will now describe my country, as many of the cousins do. I live three miles from Jeddo, on the left hand side of Peach creek. The land that surrounds Jeddo is mostly post oak and some prairie. The country is thickly settled except several large pastures. I will give my solution to a problem given by one of the cousins. 1. Find how much Joseph and Daniel have more than James. Joseph has 24 7/8 acres more than James and Daniel has as much more than James as Joseph had (which is 24 7/8) and 15 2-5 more than Joseph. He then would have the sum of 24 7/8 and 15 2-5 more than James. So Daniel and Joseph both would have 65 3-20 acres more than James. Subtract 65 3-20 from the whole amount (475 9-10) and then divide the remainder by 3 and James' part will be obtained. Then add to James' part the amount Joseph had more (which was 24 7/8). Then add to James' part the amount Daniel had more (which was 40 11-40 acres) and you will have each one's part.
SALLIE J. COX, Gibtown, Jack Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have never seen anything from this part of the country. I like to read the cousins' letters better than anything I ever read. I am a little girl 11 years old. I am going to school and am studying the fourth reader, spelling, arithmetic and geography. I like my teacher and all of my schoolmates. The name of our schoolhouse is Pea Ridge. My father is a farmer. I live in the southwest corner of Wise county. I have two sisters and one brother. Both of my sisters are married. I don't have time to play with pets for I have to help my mamma do the work. I am all the help she has. I went to the Christmas tree at Gibtown. We had a real nice time. I live two miles from Gibtown.
MAUD BATEMAN, Marlow, Indian Territory > Stephens Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been a silent admirer of this page a long time, but this is my first attempt to write. Girls, I think if we don't mind, the boys will get ahead of us after all. Maud Carson, come again. You write very interesting letters. Cousins, I think it would be very instructive to all of us if we would ask and answer more history questions. History is my favorite study. I will answer one of Era Beville's questions: Chicago is the largest city in Illinois. I would answer the others, but I am afraid it would make my letter too long. I will write again in the near future and describe this country. I think we should all take an interest in the monument to Gen. Sam Houston. I will send something next time. I will tell something about the Indians some other time. Earnest Wedemeyer, write often and tell us about the Alamo next time. I will ask questions: What battle was preceded by prayer? In what battle was "Betty Stark" the watchword? In what battle did Washington bitterly rebuke the commanding general and himself rally the troops to battle?
ADELA GREBENC, Weimar, Colorado Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: Seeing my last letter published, I have courage enough to write another. I was elected captain in another club, called "The Little Travelers," and I am now busy at work getting up some more members, in which I hope I will succeed. I like to write letters and I also like to read newspapers. The ones I like to read most are the Weimar Mercury, our city paper, and The News. I can hardly await the time that I should get to read them. Week before last a boys' lodge was organized here, called the "Coming Men of America," and many boys of our school have joined it. Miss Big Bonnet, I wish you would show your face more next time. I am anxious to know how you look. The last time you were in the paper I could only see your bonnet.
PET L. KELLEY, Paris, Lamar Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little 12-year-old girl wanting a place in your Cozy Corner. We take The News, and I read it all of the time. Of course the Cozy Corner pleases me best of all, and I enjoy reading the letters very much. I am going to school. I am in the seventh grade and study two arithmetics, grammar, geography, reading, spelling, penmanship and drawing. Do many of you read much, cousins? When I am not at school I read very much. Maud Carson, your letter was very nice. Write again. Genevieve Myrdoch, Nell Morris and Reba Smith, your letters were just splendid. Reba, you are a sweet girl, I now, and I wish that I could have the pleasure of being acquainted with you. Bob Steele, the answer to your fourth question is Rhode Island. Is it not? Katie Norton, I laughed very much when I read your letter, because you were afraid of ghosts.
EZEKIEL DARKER, De Leon, Comanche Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another boy to join the Cozy Corner. I am 10 years old and I read The News and I think it is the best paper in the south. I have a pet cat and pig. I am going to school and study first reader and spelling. I can spell off the book a little. I think I will make a book agent when I get grown. Mr. Big Hat, turn Miss Big Bonnet around. I believe she is pretty.
MYRTLE RIGGAN, Splunge, Monroe Co., Miss. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I am sick and am not able to do anything much, only play with cats, I thought I would write to you. I have two of the nicest cats that ever lived. This morning I had a cup of coffee in my hand and I thought I would see if one of them would drink coffee, and sure enough it did. One will eat peanuts, candy, cocoanuts and most anything I give it. How many of the cousins can spin? I can. I spun twenty-two yards of cloth last spring. My sisters are carding and spinning now. It will not be long until I will have to go to dropping corn and hoeing cotton. I will be glad when summer time comes, so we can eat sweet fruits. We have some very nice grapes. Do all the cousins like to piece quilts? I like to very much. Our school has taken a vacation until summer. I said a speech last summer and I never want to say another. It was "The Independence Bell." Bob Steele, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union. Mr. Big Hat, I have the whooping cough and about a bushel of cold. In our school we all try to get the most head marks and I got the most, so you see I will get the prize. I have got one prize at school, and it was a little Testament.
HOWARD RIGGAN, Splunge, Monroe Co., Miss. -- Mr. Big Hat, I now make my first attempt to write to you. I am a farmer's son. My brother and I are plowing in oats now. Father sows them for us. I have two dogs. One will stand on his hind legs and beg for bread. We have a little pony and I can ride her anywhere. I do not go to school now. Myrtle Riggan and I are sister and brother. She begged me to write to you. We are having some bad weather now for farming. I live within twenty-five miles of the county seat, which is Aberdeen. I live in Monroe county. I go to school at Shiloh. Who was the great pacificator? When did the Wyoming and Cherry Valley massacre occur?
CHESTER JONES, Wolfe City, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little boy who has been reading the boys' and girls' letter with great interest, and I think they all have improved very much. I am 11 years old. My studies are fourth reader, language, spelling and geography. I like my teacher very much. I have only one pet, a little dog. Santa brought me a nice little gun and I killed six pigeons and one turkey with it.
EDWARD DRAKE, Springer, Indian Territory > Springer, Carter Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I can think of nothing that would be more pleasure to me than to join your happy circle. I lived in Texas the first six months of my life, and then came to the Indian Territory, and have lived here until now. I left Texas in 1880. The country that surrounds us is mountainous. I live forty miles from Red river, and eight miles north of the city of Ardmore. We are four miles from the Arbuckle mountain. Those mountains are very beautiful, and are composed of iron ore and also contain lead and silver. The lowlands are composed of asphalt, a very useful substance. Our farmers raise corn, cotton, wheat, oats, rye and barley. Our schools here don't amount to much. We have few good schools here. I will ask a question: Who invented steam power?
ED HURTH, Dike, Hopkins Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: After reading your columns thoroughly I tap quietly at the door, hoping that some little cousin will be so kind as to turn the knob. I have been a silent reader for some time, and I think that yours is a fine paper. My mother does not take The News. Mother lives in San Antonio, and I ran away from her. I have been working on a farm for two years, and I think that farm life is a happy life to lead. As every reader must tell their age I will tell mine. I am 17 years of age, and I am proud of it. I like to read the letters of the cousins', especially those of Mary Smith and Archibald McPhail. This is my first letter to the Cozy Corner.
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HALLIE MABEL WOLCOTT, Oak Cliff, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I had a nice time Christmas. I got a large doll and some more things. Herbert Taylor, I think you had quite a high ride on that buzzard's back. I see nearly all of the cousins are writing about their pets, so I will tell about mine. I have a Shepherd dog, a cat and a canary bird. I have four sisters and no brother. I am going to school now and I like to go. Miss Big Bonnet, come again; I think your picture is very pretty. Lucile Dugan Shannon, Lena Bumpas and Maud Carson, come again. I think you write such nice letters. I will ask some questions: How many Americans were there in Texas in the year 1830? When did John Tyler die? Where was William Penn born and when? I am 11 years old.
ROBBIE LOUISE WORD, Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner. I enjoy reading the letters in your department very much. Your idea of erecting a monument to the memory of Sam Houston is a grand one, and all of the cousins ought to take an interest in it, especially the Texas boys and girls. I have been studying Texas history and I have come to the conclusion that there are other patriots as deserving as Houston. I think Ernest Wedemeyer's letter was very interesting. Ollie Carleton and Mary West are good letter writers. I will answer Era Beville's question: De Soto was buried in the Mississippi river, so that the Indians could not find him and know of his death. I will ask: Why was Stephen F. Austin called the father of Texas? As Mr. Big Hat requires us to tell our age, I suppose I will have to obey the rule; I am 12 years old.
RALPH GODFREY, Mountain Peak, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I hear my mamma read the little letters. I like to hear about the pets the little children write about. I am 4 years old. I have two dogs. I keep them tied and work them like horses. I have one little sister. She is sick and can't play with me. I wish she would get well.
JOE DAWSON, Italy, Ellis Co., Tex., -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Since writing to you I have received many letters from cousins, some of whom I could not write to. I hope they will not feel offended. I am proud to say every letter I received was well written and each was such a good one that it was hard for me to decide which I could answer. Cousins, how many of you are interested in literature, especially our own writers and singers? It is a study which every boy and girl of America should be interested in; that is, every boy and girl who is patriotic and wishes to have a college education. How interesting it is to observe how our writers and poets have come from every station in life. Some of our most gifted scholars have come from the log cabin, while others, such as Longfellow, have had all the advantages of education. Washington Irving, who has been styled the "Father of American literature," was the first of our writers to be acknowledged in Europe. His "Sketch Book" and "Knickerbocker's New York" are monuments to his knowledge and skill in book lore. It is said he received $18,000 alone for his "Life of Columbus." He wrote many other books, all of which are well known. I suppose all of us have chased Indians with Cooper, looked into the wondrous human heart with Hawthorne or have had a "Visage of Death" in "Thanatopsis," and enjoyed the philosophical reasonings of Ralph Waldo Emerson; none have failed to hear the croaking of "The Raven," or been "Snow Bound" with the poet of New England, or enjoyed seeing the barefooted "Maud Muller." We have been inspired with new hope by a "Rainy Day" with Longfellow, and we appreciated "The Psalm of Life" almost as we do the Psalms of David. Lowell has given us a grand "Vision of Sir Launfal" and a fine "Fable for Critics." I hope we have all been seated with the "Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" and had a peep into "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Bret Harte gave us a good description of the "Heathen Chinee," and we have formed a delightful acquaintance with the Cary Sisters. We are certain that
you look for wrong or evil,
We have laughed with Mark Twain, and enjoyed the jokes of Artemus Ward. We know that "Flattery is like kolone water -- tew be smelt uv, not swallowed," because Josh Billings has plainly told us so. We know -- we boys -- what J. T. Trowbridge means, and the girls are real cranky about Louisa M. Alcott because she knows all about the "Little Women," and of course will not be surprised at my telling you that I, too, am real fond of "Little Women." By the way, I should like to know what has become of that little girl who said she wanted to correspond with me, but her mamma wouldn't let her. I hope she will write a letter to this department.
TOTSIE COUCH, Simpsonville, Upshur Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to The News. I am a little girl 10 years old. I am going to school now, and trying to learn all I can. The other day we had an awful rain, and as brother and I came home, we had to cross a brook which was full, so I concluded to let him venture first. He made a misstep and fell full-length, so I sent him home for the pony and I rode across. He is younger than I am, but more venturesome. I will answer Era Beville's questions: Chicago is the largest city in Illinois. The products of Alabama are cotton, tobacco, sugarcane and cereals. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins.
IDA PFEFFER, Kenney, Austin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: My two oldest brothers, sister and I went to church this morning. I like to go to church, but whenever it rains we have to travel a long muddy road. We had a heavy rain and hail Saturday morning, and have had rainy days nearly all this month. We had fine weather Christmas and I had a jolly time. I went to church in the morning and at night when they had a Christmas tree. All the little Sunday school scholars said verses from the Bible and sang pretty Christmas songs. We also had a nice time afterwards at home; we had visitors nearly all the week. Before Christmas sister and I were on a visit near Burleigh. There we had a splendid time with our friends, going visiting and taking rides, we took a ride down to the river and sat on the ferry nearly all one evening. The others always wanted to cross, but we were too nervous. Two men crossed it while we were there, but we didn't think, it looked safe. Well, Miss Big Bonnet, where is your turned-up nose and your large mouth? You ought to turn around so that the cousins could take a good look at your face, and not alone of your big bonnet. I expect we soon will have Miss Big Bonnet sitting up in the chair with the specs on, talking with us for awhile. I have noticed by some of the girls' letters that they send one another quilt blocks. I would like to exchange some. I have some very pretty designs. I pieced an album quilt last year, but have not commenced any this year.
LELA ROBINSON, Wellington, Collingsworth Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: another little girl, 11 years old, makes her first attempt to write to you. I live in the panhandle, twenty-five miles from a railroad. I have two brothers and not any sisters. There is a fine school here with eighty-five scholars. School has been suspended on account of the measles, and I am very sorry. I am in the fourth grade and study fourth reader, geography, physiology, United States history, writing, arithmetic and spelling.
CASSIE STEWART, Pine Spring, Otero Co.?, N. M. -- Mr. Big Hat: Mr. Frank Biard says I ought to write and correct a mistake that he says I made in my last letter. He says I said my dog would not run anything for any one but myself. He says I ought to have said he would not run anything for me or any one else. But Mr. Frank is off his base; he doesn't know much about dogs. Because his dog is no account, is no reason mine is not, is it? But never mind; I am raising another dog, and when he gets larger Mr. Biard will want me to take my dog and help him hunt his wild hogs.
IRENE GANNON, Marrowbone, Cumberland Co., Ky. -- To the dear little folks: I am a little girl just 7 years old and I have learned how to write and I thought I would send you a few lines from old Kentucky. I started to school the 1st of February and I think a great deal of my teacher. I went to her last fall. My papa takes this paper and I have an uncle and an aunt living in Texas. I hope they will see my letter. Papa is a blacksmith and a wood workman. He gets all the work he can do.
JOHN F. BATEMAN, Eddy, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you let a little boy of 6 years join you? I liked A. McPhail's letter. There are four kinds of hawks here, namely, the sparrow, the blue darter (it will fly high, then dart down on little chicks), the chicken hawk, which is brown with white under his wings, then another kind that is also brown but larger, that only catches rabbits and snakes. I have watched them fly over chickens and go to the pasture to scare up rabbits. I think that is the kind Cousin Archibald saw, and they are called the prairie, or rabbit hawk. I live on the farm and have watched them a great deal. Mr. Big Hat, I send 50 cents in this letter for the Sam Houston memorial stone fund. My great-grandfather cast his first vote for Sam Houston for governor of Tennessee, and my grandpa his first for him for governor of Texas.
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KATIE HAMILTON, Corsicana, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: With your permission I will walk in, this beautiful morning, and have a short chat with the many cousins of the Cozy Corner. I have long been an admirer of your paper, but of course the children's page attracts my attention most. I am 9 years old, and go to school and am very fond of studying and reading. My favorite author is Louisa M. Alcott, several of whose works I have read. If you will allow me the space I will tell you about a trip I took when I was 5 years old. My mother, Sister Ruth and myself went on a visit to my married sisters in Kimble county. On our return, while waiting for our train in San Antonio, we thought we would visit some of the historic places of the city. We first took a street car and went out to San Pedro Springs. Oh, what lovely water, clear as crystal, and running all through the grounds! We saw a great many fish in a pool of water that had been fixed so they could not get out. There were two beautiful white swans swimming along. Of course they attracted my attention most, as they were the fist I had ever seen. next we visited the Alamo, which is held sacred to the memory of those heroes who fell while fighting for our grand state of Texas.
ANNIE GRIMES, Jefferson, Marion Co., Tex.-- Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: I write to all again. Miss Big Bonnet, I think your picture was very pretty, but I could not see your face, because your bonnet hid it, but I think you are as just as big as I am. How old are you? If I had a bonnet just like yours I would stand like you to have my picture taken. Then I think I would look just like you. I have a big mouth, but my nose is not turned up. I would not care if it was, if I could write such nice letters as you do. Poor Sally Rose, I felt sorry for her. It made me think of one of my dollies. Once I was eating a lemon and I thought I would not be greedy, but give my dollie some. So I rubbed the lemon across her mouth. I rubbed the paint off and I commenced to cry, and say: "Oh, mamma, mamma! My dollie's mouth is gone away." And there was poor dollie without a mouth. In my last letter I told you about a little schoolmate of mine, named Genie Westerburg, getting burned so badly. She died the next Sunday. She went to school to the convent and the sisters loved her dearly, because she was so smart. She was 5 years old. She was full of fun and at recess would make us all laugh. She used to say a speech, and it began:
call me a little chatter box;
The last verse was:
think it is so nice to live,
And this came true. Do I write too often, cousins?
NETTIE BOYD, Chillicothe, Hardeman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Having seen and read so many nice letters in the Cozy Corner I come tapping for admittance. Papa takes The News and I can scarcely wait for Friday to come, because your letters are so interesting. As you are not acquainted with me I suspect you would like to know who I am. I'm a little girl 10 years old, and I live in the panhandle, six miles from Chillicothe. My papa is a drummer for a wholesale jeweler. Did any of you ever have a school at home? Sister and I have. Papa pays our teacher, Miss Carrie Carter, a salary to teach us both in music and literary. She has been teaching very nearly five months. I think I am learning rapidly. I began in the first reader. Now I am studying Swinton's word book, elementary geography, Swinton's fourth reader, Barnes' lessons in English, arithmetic and writing, Kohler's practical method for the piano and Palmer's piano primer. I am going to take up Texas history son. I think I shall like it ever so much. My teacher is sweet and kind and I love her dearly. One day she told me to give her a pencil. I said, "where is it at?" and she told me "tat" was dead. She reads a good deal to us, and opens school with reading sometimes from the Bible, "Moral Lessons," "Echoes from Foreign Shores" and Milton. Ala Swink, the answer to your question is a deck of cards. I will close by asking some questions: Who was Montezuma? Why did the Spaniards feel buoyant in spirit at treading the soil of Montezuma? What was his people called? In my next letter to the Cozy Corner I am going to give you a description of the life of the prairie dogs and owls.
CARRIE NORRIS, Bazette, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been a long time since I wrote to the Cozy Corner. I live about three miles north of Bazette and four miles south of the Trinity river. I am going to school at Buffalo. We had a nice Christmas tree at Buffalo. I wish the cousins could have seen old Santa Claus. He was a fine-looking old fellow. I can play on the organ very well. I want them to push the navigation of the Trinity river. When papa was a boy all of the cotton was shipped down the Trinity. If the navigation of the Trinity is ever finished, I will come to see you all. I would like to know if Miss Big Bonnet is going to let her picture stay in The News? She isn't very good looking, for her bonnet is too large for her head. I believe Mr. Big Hat is the best looking, if he does wear his papa's hat.
EMMETTE O'REILLY, Boyce, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As Mr. Big Hat said he would give the cousins a whole page for their letters next week, I thought perhaps my letter would be printed. Mr. Big Hat, I wish you would let Miss Big Bonnet write oftener, for I enjoyed her letter. Cousins, do you reckon Herbert Taylor has ever come to earth? I hope the buzzard has landed Herbert where he can get some writing material and that he will give a general description of his ride. Levi Bowman, why don't you write us a letter and also your sister? I am going to school now and I like to go. I have no pets but a cat and pony. Bessie Bee, come again. I enjoy reading your letters. Lucille Dowlin, I wish you would write often, for I know you. I used to live in Petty and went to school with you.
TOMIE RESSELL, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have stood it long enough. I just have to write. I would like to have some of the boys correspond with me. Let's give each other some arithmetic problems. I will give one now: If a man is to climb a pole forty feet high, and he climbs ten feet a day and falls back seven, how many days would it take him to get to the top?
RUBY DRISCOLL, Prairie Plains, Grimes Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the page "For Little Men and Women" a long time and think the children make much progress. Cousins, there is much knowledge to be gained from reading The News. My father has been taking it about thirty years. I am attending school at present, but am sorry to say that school will soon be out. As much as possible of our childhood days should be spent in the school room; in fact, we should have a thorough education before we quit school. Our first and most lasting lessons are learned around the hearth. They make an impression on us as long as life lasts. The morals of men and women are molded at our parents' knee. Cousins, learn all you can at home as well as at school, because we must take our father and mother's places some day.
CARRIE PEARL HOLMES, Oak Forest, Gonzales Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: With the editor's permission I will tell the cousins the story of a breastpin. Last summer my oldest sister, who lives at Stephenville, paid us a visit, and while here lost Baby Ruth's breastpin. Sister felt badly about losing it, because mamma gave it to her, and it was the first piece of jewelry the baby had ever had. We looked everywhere for it, but couldn't find it. So sister had to go home without it. Just before Christmas we moved to another place, two and one-half miles from our old home, and papa had a pit dug for mama to keep her flowers in. Mamma was in the pit one day and found the lost breastpin at the bottom of it. We were all so glad when it was found. We mailed it to sister in a letter and you may imagine how glad and surprised she was to get it. Now, I am going to let the cousins guess how the pin could have gotten into the bottom of a pit four feet deep, two and a half miles from where it was lost, and some time I will tell you how it happened.
HALLIE ELLIOTT, Sherman, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner. I am 11 years old. I go to school every day, and study very hard. I have four sisters and no brothers. I live in a suburb of Sherman called Elliott's Height. I was in Dallas during the fair, and had such a nice time. I was in Whitesboro last summer. We have about 12,000 people in Sherman. We have some very pretty houses and stores here. I will ask a riddle: What three letters give the name of a famous Roman general?
RENER McKEE, Grand View, Johnson Co., Tex. -- Good morning, Mr. Big Hat and all the happy band! I suppose Mr. Big Hat gets awfully tired printing so many letters; anyway, I can't keep away. There were some real interesting letters in the last issue. I had a jolly time Christmas. Ada Aldridge came over Christmas day, and I went home with her and spent the night. We did not exactly have a party, though we had some real nice violin music. Marie Taylor, come again; your letter was so nice. I have an old chum in Itasca; probably you are acquainted with her. Her name is Edna Arnold. I suppose the majority of the cousins are going to school, but I am not going. I hope to start next Monday. I think I shall improve most of my time with my books this session, and try harder to get an education than I have tried in the past. A little cyclone passed through the other night and blew our new Baptist church down. Cousins, I suppose Herbert Taylor thinks he is now as smart as Columbus, and that he will discover another world, or something of the kind, while he is out on his trip. One of my brothers went back to Georgia Christmas, and he writes that he will start home to-day. I will be so glad to see him. Miss Big Bonnet, I have just read your letter, and thought it very nice. Come again. Don't you think it would be fair for Mr. Big Hat to write one week and let you write the next week? Some of the boys have real good luck hunting, and those that don't go put in good time talking about old maids and girls afraid of mice. I don't think they should talk about old maids, for they are very nice, but as for mice, I will admit that I am afraid of them, and most any kind of insects. But it isn't very generous of them to tell us of it, is it, girls? Katie Quinby, come again, and also Abner Williams. I suppose Bertha Reed and Ethel Pearce have disappeared forever. Let us hear from you all again.
MARY CATHERINE LINNEY, Papalote, Bee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to The News. I think it is good in Mr. Big Hat to allow us children a page. I am 3778 days old. I am a farmer's daughter, and I help papa in the field and help him gather cattle and brand them. You ought to see my little left-handed brother. He is only 4 years old and he can sure fly after cattle on his old brown horse. I will ask some questions: What has two heads and one body and can not talk or walk? What is 4 years old and never 5, old as Adam and never dies? What is taken to the table and cut, but never eaten?
LUTHER McCRUMMEN, Alto, Cherokee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little boy, 8 years old. I have never been to school. I study at home. I was at Galveston last November. I went to The News office three times to see Mr. Big Hat. The first time I went he was gone to breakfast; next time he was out, and the last time he had gone to Dallas. One morning we went at 3 o'clock and saw them print The News. They start the end of a roll of paper seven and a half miles long in one side of the press and The News comes out of the other side, printed and folded. We went to the jetties on the little steamer Portland. We went on the big steamer Kentuck. We were at the coast fair and I caught sheephead fish out of Dickinson bayou. If I lived where Mr. Big Hat does I would go fishing often. This is my first letter to The News.
HUBERT LEE, Bartlett, Williamson Co., Tex. -- Dear Mr. Big Hat and cousins: To show you I have not forgotten that I promised to write again, here I am. I don't live now in Williamson county. We have moved over into Bell county, four miles northwest of Bartlett. I am pleased with our new home. We live on Indian creek. I have been going to school three months, but had to stop on account of measles. I am sorry I must miss, but I can study at home. Cousins none of you have told of so sweet a pet as I have. I am sure you could never guess what it is.
his eyes are bright as diamonds,
He is 7 months old and has two little pearl teeth. He is all the brother I have, and I have no sister. I have a pony, a dog, a cat, a calf and a gun. I have made a resolve to try to be a better boy this year and avoid getting mad. Cousin Lillian Walker, did you get the stamps I sent you? The cousin that went to St. Ives and met all those kits and cats and wives, only one went. Is this right? Mr. Big Hat, I am sorry to say it, but I have met with poor success so far in making up for the memorial stone fund, but I'll try, try again, and next time I write I'll send my own mite, if no more. Cousins, how many of you have the first dollar you ever made? I have a place filed in my first one so I can tell it. I've had it since I was 7 years old. I picked 100 pounds of cotton and papa gave me this dollar. I aim to keep it as long as I live.
JANE FRANCES DORA LINNEY, Papalote, Bee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been a long time since I have written to The News. I love to read the cousins' letters. I will tell the cousins about my little sister. She is only 6 years old, and she weighs 96 1/2 pounds. Everybody that sees her asks what makes her so fat. It rained January out and February in here in Papalote. Everything is covered with water at present. My age is 16 years. I will ask a question: Who first circumnavigated the globe? In what year?
ANDY BURTON, Frost, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: When we first begin a task we should never grow discouraged. If at first we do not succeed "try, try again." Many have made a drag in life by the lack of will power. I am going to school now and am learning very fast. I am studying spelling, arithmetic, language, history, physiology and reading. You will find inclosed 5 cents for the Sam Houston memorial stone fund. My age is 14 years.
MAUD BOESCH, Whitney, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you admit another little cousin? I am 10 years old. I have two sisters and three brothers. I like to read all the little cousins' letters. I go to school and am in the fifth grade. I like my teacher as well as any teacher I have ever had. I have a little baby brother, who was 2 years old Christmas eve. He is about and out nearly all the time, and runs over to grandma's, who lives but a few steps from us. Our town is rapidly improving, for the people are building new houses.
ANNIE BOESCH, Whitney, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have always been an admirer of the Cozy Corner, but this is my first attempt to write to The News. My papa thinks The News is a very good paper. I have two sisters and three brothers. My baby brother's name is Freddy. I love him dearly. I go to school and am in the sixth grade. I like my teacher very well. I have but a short distance to go to school. I am in the same room as Cousins Bessie Smith and Maud and Grace Melear. Ebbie Raborn is my deskmate. I like her very well. I am 12 years old. Mr. Big Hat, you must let Miss Big Bonnet write often. We organized a literary society Saturday. We named it the Y. P. L. society. I hope we will have success. I enjoy going very much. I will be glad when spring comes again so we can all have a good time.
W. W. McELROY, Vesta, Sabine Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I have been reading the cousins' letters and I like to read them very much and would like to join you. Cousins, I have not seen any letters from this part of Texas. We have a very good country. We have had an abundance of rain this winter and it is still raining. I am living on a farm with my cousins. I like farming very well. I think it is a good vocation. This is my first letter to The News. I enjoyed Christmas and I am glad to know that so many of you enjoyed the holidays. I hope you all will see much joy and pleasure during the new year.
JULIA ELLIOTT, Sherman, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner. I am 7 years old. I started to school this year, and I am in the second grade. I study very hard, and go to school every day. I have four sisters and no brothers. I had a very pleasant time Christmas, and hope you had the same. I have been reading the letters in The News, and think they are very nice. I will ask a riddle: Which is the most wonderful animal in the farm yard?
ANGIE POINDEXTER, Kosse, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been a reader of The News, but have never had the courage to write for fear Peggy would get my letter. I have no pets, but a little baby sister. We have been having parties nearly every week, but the teacher has forbade us having any more. I had a nice time Christmas. I did not take any trip, but stayed at home. I went to five parties. I go to school. My deskmate's name is Minnie Burleson. I am in the eighth grade. I study English history, algebra, arithmetic, rhetoric, Latin and grammar. Do any of the cousins like to ride horseback? I do. I go about twice a week when the weather is pleasant. My papa is a merchant. I never lived in the country, but have always had a desire to do so. I know the country cousins have a nice time. I have been taking music the past year, but have stopped for a while. I think I will go away in two years and finish music. I expect to make a music teacher of myself. I will ask the cousins a question: If you have nine pigs and four pens, how can you put an uneven number of pigs in each pen? I would like to correspond with some of the cousins. I am 5506 days old.
MYRA LEE BROWN, Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It is so lonesome this evening that I would like very much to see some of the cousins. We have been having such rainy weather lately and it is so very muddy here when it rains. I have started to go to school again and like to go very much. We have a woman to keep house now. Maud Carson, you do write such an interesting letter. I wish that I could write a nice long letter, for it seems that everywhere I go the people all say to me, "Myra, I saw your letter in The News," and that is the reason I would like so much to write a nice letter. Just now my cat has taken full possession of my writing desk. Miss Big Bonnett, you surely are cute in your picture, and such a nice sweet letter you have written to us. You must get up early and beat your Brother Big Hat to the office often. I should think that Mr. Big Hat would not want you to get any more foot balls on Christmas if he hurts his toes with them. Miss Big Bonnet, Sally Rose surely doesn't look anything like herself with her new head. What are you going to name your new doll? Is she as sweet and pretty as Sally Rose, and do you love her as much? I have a very sweet deskmate. Her name is Lexie Patty. We never talk in school. Come again Ludie Sanders, Reba E. Smith, Nell Morris, Ray Hill, Myrtie Kirk, Laurette Fraust and Bessie Smith and Maud and Grace Melear. I always like to see letters from my old home. Beulah Lockhart, I would like to hear you describe the old fort of Washita. Some children, twelve or fourteen of us, are going to have a little concert if the weather clears up very soon at one of my friends homes. Some of the girls' cousins said that girls were afraid of bugs and mice, but were not afraid of toads. I am very much afraid of all of them. I wouldn't touch a toad for anything, because they make warts on one, and I think warts are so ugly. Over to my friend's the other day we were going to build a fire, and what do you think ran out of the grate but a mouse? It ran from the hall into the parlor under the piano. Then we moved the piano and it ran out. I was so scared I didn't know anything. You should have seen me jump. It seemed as if it was under all our feet at once. At last I got upon a chair and I was so relieved. They chased it around several times before they killed it, and I stayed on the chair all that time. The boys call us cowards, but I don't care; the boys are not very brave about some things themselves. I hope that Louise Groce is getting well. Bessie Smith, the answer to your riddle is the word "stone." What great Texan gave utterance to the expression: "When patriots tremble the rabble hiss?"
FERNANDY PFEFFER, Kenney, Austin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It is about six months since I wrote to the Cozy Corner and I am sure Mr. Big Hat will not think that I come too soon. It has been raining every day of this week, but it is Sunday to-day and the weather is just lovely. The birds are singing their sweet songs and it seems almost like spring. Girls, have any of you many flowers? We expect to have a nice flower garden this spring. Mamma has planted many roses and I will sow some seeds. I enjoyed Christmas very well. I went to a Christmas tree at the church and I went to a ball New Year. I enjoyed Lucille Dugan Shannon's letter very much and wish she would write often. But I don't think she wrote her letter herself. I guess her brother helped her with it. I also think Odis Riddle's letter was interesting. He wrote about the cousins having funny names. I expect when he comes across mine he will also call it funny, but I really think his is the funniest of all. Why don't the Bowman cousins write any more? Frankie O'Neil, I think it would be nice to vote for the best write to the Cozy Corner and then send her the quilt block. But there are so many good writers and I do not know which can write the best letters. One of the cousins asked how many of the Cozy Corner write to Aunt Sallie. I wrote one letter to her. I also read Herbert Taylor and Rudolf Bollier's letters in the league and thought they were very nice. Boys,, now valentine day will soon be here, you all must not be so hard on the girls or you will not receive any pretty valentines. You know its leap year and the girls will be the senders. They had several leap year balls around here, but I did not go to them. Mr. Big Hat, I will send some money for the memorial stone fund for Gen. Sam Houston. I will answer this riddle: What word is it that has five letters that if you take two away will leave one? It is the word "stone."
JAMES TAYLOR, Jacksonville, Cherokee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to you. I am a farmer's boy, 14 years old. I am going to school and I like my teacher very well. Our school will be out the 1st of March and I will have to go to work. I study grammar, spelling, geography, United States history and arithmetic. I have two sisters and two brothers. I can pick 217 pounds of cotton in a day. I have received fourteen head marks at school. There was an exhibition at New Hope last night. I will ask some questions: Who drafted the declaration of independence? What is the longest river in the world? What is the oldest town in the United States?
AGNES STRAND, Cranfill's Gap, Bosque Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my second attempt to write to The News. I reckon all the cousins have forgotten me, because I have not written in a long time. I go to school now, but we have a short school term here. Some of the cousins write that they are piecing quilts. I have pieced four quilts. Do any of the cousins like to crochet? I do. I will answer some questions: Eula Duncan, the first steamboat was invented by Robert Fulton in August, 1807. Maggie M. Mercer, the capital of Ireland is Dublin. Maude E. Trees, the name of John Cabot's son was Sebastian. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins.
SALLIE SMITH, Groesbeck, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is the first time I have attempted to write to the Cozy Corner. I love to read the letters. Papa has been taking this paper about five years. Christmas is over and toys and other things are gone. I went to a wedding the other night and had a nice time. It was my cousin that married. I have been going to school. I am 13 years old. I love to go to school and study my books. I have three brothers and five sisters. Three of my sisters are married. I live on a farm and help raise cotton and corn and many other things. I have been living near Groesbeck all of my life.
EARL CLIFFORD LANIER, Groesbeck, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I suppose you would like to know something about the little boy who is going to join your band. I am 11 years old. I help milk the crows and feed them night and morning. I rope off the calves. I have one brother and one sister, and three step-brothers and three step-sisters. I go to school. I have only one pet and that is a yellow and white cat. I have traveled a little. I have lived in Georgia with my uncle two years and I helped him gin his cotton. As I was coming to Texas I saw what was to me a great deal of the world-large bodies of water, cities, etc. I would like to correspond with the cousins as long as papa takes this paper. I suppose you are busy all the time looking over the letters. I will the cousins a puzzle.
last is the half of my first;
LULA KIRK, Forney, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Hello, cousins! Well, my goodness, you need not stare in wonder and amazement that way! I'm not a varmint and won't bite, either. Well, if you are over your excitement at the approach of a stranger, I believe I'll be seated. Miss Big Bonnet, if you don't object I'll sit by you until I get better acquainted. Listen, I hear the flapping of wings. It must be Herbert Taylor returning from his aerial expedition. He doesn't know me, anyway, as I am a stranger, so I'll not bother my cranium about him. I notice some of the girls speak of bashful boys. My sakes alive! If you had my brothers to deal with you wouldn't think they were overburdened with bashfulness. It seems to me the mission of some boys is to aggravate and torment the girls. They will scare or frighten some poor little creature almost to death, and then exclaim, "What's the matter?" They say one can get behind the door in broad day light and scare a nervous girl into a duck fit. I don't know what kind of a fit that is, but I know enough of the experience, I almost pass out on such occasions. They say the girls look under the bed at night, behind trunks and peer behind the organ expecting to see a huge monster clad in white, with glistening eyes and a mouth like a hippopotamus and then squall out, "Here's Barnum's What-Is-It?" Bring the light quick!" Then if a strange girl comes in they (the boys) shy around, as mute as a mouse, appearing as if they were afraid of their shadow. Feeling incompetent to handle more important and deeper subjects I wait for more experience ones to broach new topics. I leave you as a reminiscence of my age, 5475 days, and take my exit.
LAURETTA FAUST, Floresville, Wilson Co., Tex. -- Dear Cozy Corner: I will attempt to write once more, as some of the cousins were kind enough to invite me back again. Well, Cousin Joe Graves, I will comply with your request, viz: Tell about my pets, but I expect if you knew what they were you wouldn't want to hear about them. They are cats -- two of them --and there is my squirrel, my calf and my pony, Fanny, that I used to ride when I first started to school. She is very gentle, but I have gotten many a fall off her. That was when I first began ride, though. I had to ride three miles to a country school, but I liked that old school better than any I have ever gone to since, perhaps because it was my first. Well, to go on with my pets, one of my cats is a big, old cross fellow, but he loves to be petted. My other cat is a little snow-white kitten. Joe (the big cat) doesn't like to have kitty play with him, but when he (the big one) gets to wagging his tail kitty can't resist the temptation. And that makes Joe very, very angry and he slaps Kitty. Kitty and Terror (a nickname I have given that puppy of mamma's) are fast friends and they play nearly all the time, but they are not playing now, for kitty is asleep in my lap. I love cats and mamma says I am going to be an old maid, but I don't care, for I think old maids are awfully nice, don't you, uncle? My squirrel is the cutest of all. He is such a frisky little fellow and has a pretty bushy tail, but just touch it if you want him to get awfully mad. His name is Taff. Oh, yes, I like to have forgotten my calf. She is a great big calf now. I used to have lots of fun with her last year. Her name is Winnie. I have another pony out at the other ranch. Her name is Hildred. She is very pretty and gentle, but she has never been ridden. I'll take that back; she has been ridden, too. I'll tell you how it happened. I haven't but one brother (that's enough) and he is only 14, and he won't ride a horse if he has the least idea it will pitch. So when I tried to get him to ride my pony for me he wouldn't do it, so I thought I would do it myself. But no, mamma wouldn't hear to such a thing. She and Carrie (my sister) went to town in the evening, though, and papa and Jim (my bud) were off some where and that left me at home by myself. Well, when the supreme moment (the moment Carrie and mamma were out of sight) came I put my saddle on that pony and rode her. She didn't try to pitch at all, but it is a "nine days wonder" that she didn't She went along all right her way, but she wouldn't go a single place I wanted her to, and if I pulled on the bridle to turn her she would stop. I reckon it's a good thing we don't live right in town, for I know I couldn't have a good time in town like I have out here on this old hill, or Hillside avenue, as the town dudes and dudenes call it. Sometimes I wish that I lived in town, so I wouldn't have the horse to harness up every time I wanted to go there. Now I know you are all wondering if I haven't a brother that could harness the horse for me. Yes, I have one, but he won't harness the horse for less than 25 cents, and as I am possessed of that virtue known as stubbornness, sometimes I tell him to let it alone. Some of the girls are telling how much cotton they can pick, but as I am not accomplished in that art I will desist. I don't think girls were made to ornament the field.
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LEE HALL, New Baden, Robertson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and Cousins: I have never written to The News before. We are having some cold weather now. I will be so glad when spring comes, when the trees get pretty and green and the flowers peep out of their beds and when the pretty little birds sing. Some bad boys kill nearly all the birds they see and rob the nests. I think it is a sin. How would they like to be treated cruelly? Miss Big Bonnet, you must write often; your letters are just splendid. As well as I could see you I think you are very pretty. What has become of Bessie Bee that she does not write? I think her letters are so interesting.
ORO T. KENDRICK, Waco, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: Reading the cousins' nice letters made me wish to join them. My papa takes your paper and likes it very much. He lives at Hewitt. I stay in Waco with my uncle, Will Poage, and go to school. I am in the fifth grade. I am 11 years old. I have four sisters and two brothers. The youngest is a cute little baby brother named Raymond. Bennie Sellers, I will answer your riddle. It is the noise that goes with the wagon. I would like to ask the cousins one, too. A blind beggar has a brother. The blind beggar's brother died. The brother that died had no brother. What relation was the blind beggar and the blind beggar's brother?
ROWENA WILSON, Moody, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to The News. I have read the letters for some time and enjoy them very much. I go to school. I had a very nice Christmas and received more presents than I expected. I haven't any pets at all, but I have sixteen dolls, but I don't like to play with them. I am taking music. My teacher has offered a medal. I go to Sunday school and have been going ever since I can remember. I will answer Jessie Winston's riddle. It was a man walking over a river on a bridge with a bucket of water on his head. I will answer Delia Wolf's question. Texas was admitted to the union in 1845. I will ask a question. Who invented the piano?
JOHN M. HURST, Lone Oak, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I see letters from every place but here. I used to live in Dallas county, near Wilmer, but pa sold out and bought a farm two miles south of Lone Oak. This is a rolling prairie country and the land is very spotted. Our land is black, but on both sides of us it is sandy. Lone Oak has three churches, twenty-one stores, two blacksmith shops, one hotel, two gins, a lumber yard and two livery stables. I don't like this country as well as Dallas, for I have been sick for three weeks. When we go to school at all we have to go two miles. It has rained here for the last month.
TOMMIE JACKSON, Ben Franklin, Delta Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I never see anything from this part I thought I would write. This is my first attempt to write to The News. I am 15 years old. I will ask the cousins some questions: Who invented the cotton gin? Was rice used in the days of Christ? Who invented the sewing machine? Why was T. J. Jackson called Stonewall Jackson? What is the difference between Pilgrims and Puritans? In whose administration was the greatest number of states admitted? What is the difference between a Pharisee and a Sadducee?
F. EMMA COX, Mexia, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: Here comes a little girl, 6 years old. Miss Big Bonnet wants to know if the cousins think she is pretty. We can't tell; her bonnet is so large we can't see her face. I think Miss Big Bonnet had better take her bonnet off the next time she has her picture taken. Don't be so inquisitive next time and you won't break your doll's head. Santa Claus came to see me Christmas and brought me a nice ring, a work bix [box?], a story book and several other things.
WILLIE T. COX, Mexia, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As it is raining to-day and I can't get out to play, I thought I would write to you. I love to read the cousins' letters in The News. I have never been to school any, but am learning at home, studying reading and arithmetic, and am going to start in geography. I love to study my books. I wish I was near a school, so I could go. I am 8 years old. I can plow and chop cotton and corn. I had a nice time Christmas. I got several nice presents. Several of my cousins came to see me then and we had a nice time.
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