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May 17, 1896



Individual Subscriptions $3.65.

Billy Brown, Iowa Park....10 Cents
Arthur E. Garrett, Stanton...10
Florence Ann Hulsey, Ladonia...10
Virgil Simpson, Jacksboro....10
Tom Hood, Cade....5
Katie Thomson, Corsicana...10
Annie E. Grimes, Jefferson...10
Beulah Wheeler, Honey Grove....5
Ernest Blasingame, Dike, Ok......10
Pearl Lott, Lufkin....5
Cora Cleveland, Kimball....10
Maggie Aston, Red Branch....15
Aurelia Gray, Bazette...10
Ludd Wade, Equestria....10
Grace and Annie Dunham Greenwood, Stoneham.....50
Lee Sypert, Rogers...25
Cole Jackson, Albany....15
Jimmie Johnson, Alvin....25
Eddie Fagg, San Saba....10
Bennie Russell, Curtis....26
Jodie T. McGee, Anson....10
Jewel Tutle, Canton....5
Annie Dealey, Dallas....10
Fannie Dealey, Dallas.....10
Walter A. Dealey, Dallas.....10
Edward M. Dealey, Dallas.....10
Mary Dealey, Dallas.....10
Ida Kebelman, Weatherford....10

Clara Pfeffer, Kenney, $1.00

Contributed by: Emille Freitag, 15 cents; Auguste Freitag, 15¢; Mamie Banks, 15¢; Tom Banks, 10¢; Ida Pfeffer, 15¢; Willie Pfeffer, 10¢; Hermann Pfeffer, 5¢; Clara Pfeffer, 15¢; all of Kenney, Tex.

Anna and Laura Taylor, Nacogdoches,

Contributed by: Mr. Joe Dakin, 25 cents; and the following, who gave 5 cents each: Mrs. Pratt Matthew, Mrs. A. J. Hyde, John Schmidt, Louis Schmidt, Mr. McNeil Chapman, Mrs. McNeil Chapman, Mrs.. M. H. Hayter, Fay Hayter, Hall Hayter, Bessie Hale, Luther Hale, Mr. Eugene Taylor, Irene Crain, Nannie Cubley, Fannie Stinson, Clytie Harris, Maggie Harris, Audley Harris, Jennie Weaver, Lessie Weaver, Vinton Hillenkamp, George Matthews McLean and Orailla Stinson, all of Nacogdoches; Mr. J. R. Irion, Mrs. J. R. Irion, Robbie Irion, Annabel Irion, Brownrigg Irion and Jimmie Irion of Overton; Marcellite Irion, Boerne; Mrs. R. H. Irion, San Antonio; Prof. J. M> Heard and Mrs. J. M. Heard, Jacksonville; Louis Durst, Tyler; Henry Hughes, Ethel Hughes, Julia Hughes and Laura Hughes of Dallas.

Lizzie Dakin, Iola, 40 Cents.

Contributed by: Mr. Joe Dakin, 25 cents; Mrs. Carrie Dakin, 10¢; Lizzie Dakin, 5¢.

Ernest and Charlie Wedemeyer, Belton, $2.35.

Contributed by: A. Friend, $1.; H. O. Wilson, 10 cents; E. M. Baggett, 10¢; Ernest C. Wedemeyer, 50¢; Charles H. Wedemeyer, Jr., 50¢, all of Belton; A. C. Chaffin, Little River, 5¢; Thomas Doss, Sparta, 10¢.
Tommy Campbell of Fincastle solicited $1.30 in March, which was duly accredited him, but he forgot to send the names of those who contributed. He now sends the following list, all of Fincastle: Mr. J. H. Davis, 25 cents; Dr. Wallace 25¢; J. J. Wilkinson, 25¢; Dr. Selman, 10¢; Miss Cynthia Wilkinson, 10¢; H. L. Wilkinson, 10¢; P. B. Phillips, 5¢; William Campbell, 5¢; Linna Campbell, 5¢; Tommy Campbell, 10¢.

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.

JESSIE KARNES, Pearl, Coryell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I have never written to The News, I will make an attempt. I am going to school. I am 12 years old. I have one sister and one brother. I have a pretty little pony named Maud. Give Peggy some oats and don't let him eat up my letter.

HATTIE SKAGGS, Post Oak, Jack Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you allow me to write a few lines to the Cozy Corner? This is my first letter, and if I see it in print I will write again. So don't let Peggy get it. I am going to school. We all have such nice times. This is a nice country and we have church and Sunday school every Sunday. My papa takes The News and I like it very much.

JOHNNIE SLIM, Bay City, Matagorda Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: Here is a girl, 13 years old, who wishes to have the pleasure of joining the Cozy Corner. This is the first time I ever wrote to The News. Tell Miss Big Bonnet to come again, but she ought to turn 'round the next time, so we could see her face. I have but one pet and that is my little yellow kitten. I have four sisters and one brother. I will answer Cousin Johnnie Slack's riddle and question: Too wise you are, too wise you be, I see you are too wise for me. Texas joined the union Feb. 19, 1845. My father is a farmer and has taken The News for many years, and he thinks he can't do without it. Now, Mr. Big Hat, if your mule don't eat this up and I see it in print I will write you more next time, and tell you about Bay City, of which we live within eight miles.

EDDIE FAGG, San Saba, San Saba Co., Tex. -- Dear Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I saw my first letter in print I will try my luck again. Mr. Big Hat, don't you want to trade Peggy? I've got an old gray mule I'll trade for him. Inclosed you will find 10 cents for the Sam Houston memorial stone. Cousins, I think it a shame for Texas to let the grave of her noblest hero go unmarked by a monument or memorial stone. I say he was the noblest, for I think he was, although some of the cousins may not agree with me. I know that Austin was one who did quite as much for Texas as Houston, but Houston is my favorite. Mr. Big Hat, has Texas a monument to Austin? If so, where is it? I hope to see the day when monuments are erected to all of Texas heroes such as Long, LaSalle, Magee, Zavala, Burnet, Houston, Lamar and Jones. I will ask some questions: What was the cause of the Franco-Prussian war? In what year did the south American republic gain their independence? What confederate general always rode a white horse?

COOPER GUTHRIE, Eclectic, Elmore Co., Ala. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been several weeks since I wrote to the Cozy Corner, so I will try to write again. The farmers have all planted their cotton and corn is up almost a foot high. We are having plenty of rain now. I am taking music lessons now, and I think that I am getting along fine. I used to live in Anna, Tex., about three years ago, and I have been to Dallas several times. I think Texas is the finest state in the union, and I want papa to come back if he can ever sell. Come again, Annie E. Grimes, your letters are so interesting. Mr. Big Hat, don't take me to be a boy this time. I am a girl 13 years old. My father is a merchant.

BENNIE SELLERS, Italy, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Peggy devoured my other letter, but the rule is, "If you don't at first succeed, try, try again." I am in favor of Joe Dawson's proposal of organizing the club of writing on a certain subject every week. Corn is up very nice in this section, and the farmers are planting their cotton. I was 12 years old in March. We had a big rain last night, and it wet the ground thoroughly. I will ask a question: What was Benedict Arnold paid for turning traitor?

NINA THOMPSON, Brandon, Hill Co., Tex. - Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: It has been a long time since I wrote to the Cozy Corner. I was 7 years old then, and I am most 11 now. Peggy wasn't then, and I wish he wasn't now. He has kept me out of the corner a good many times, but seeing he has a bountiful supply before him, I hasten to write before he gets hungry again. I have no pets, and don't want any. I can find better employment than trying to pet a cow, horse or hog. I think birds are nice pets, but it seems so cruel to keep them caged up, thus depriving them of their liberty just for our pleasure. I wash dishes, sweep and make beds some times, besides I have a sweet little brother 10 months old that affords me some pastime. But I always read the cousins' letters, and study my books some, too. O, Miss Big Bonnet, I want one of your pictures when you get them made. I have one of Mr. Big Hat. It looks like he would put on pants some time. Mamma has put pants on my little brother, Bond, who is 5 years old. I have three brothers and one sister. I have a 5-cent piece with the letters N. B. L. engraved on it. Who lost it? Whoever wants it, send me something of equal value and I will send it to you.

SUSAN SHORT, Flatonia, Fayette Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am so much interested in the children's page that I thought I would write, too. I am a little girl 12 years old and would like to join your band. I have attended school but very little. About the time I was old enough to go my sister took the measles and died. My mother, five sisters and two brothers are dead. I have one brother living and I am keeping house for papa and brother. I am papa's baby. My mamma died before I was 3 years old. My brother is 13 years old and is nearly as tall as papa. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins about my age. Miss Big Bonnet, come again. You write interesting letters. Some of the cousins say you are pretty. I do not know whether you are or not, but I believe you are. Hurry and get your new dress done, so the cousins can see your face. I wish Mr. Big Hat had several foot balls so you could write often.

PEARL LOTT, Lufkin, Angelina Co., Tex.-- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I present myself for membership in the happy band of cousins. All in favor of receiving me let it be known by saying "I." I read some splendid letters in The News. My papa takes the paper and he says it is the best there is. I think the Woman's Century is very nice. There is always some good stories in it every week. My age is 11 years. I haven't any pets; I don't like them very much. I went fishing yesterday, but didn't catch any fish. Mr. Big Hat, do you like turkey? I am going to raise a nice one for you Christmas and you must be sure to get on Peggy and come and take dinner with us. We raised forty-six turkeys last year. I have four sisters and two brothers. My sisters are all married and I am the baby girl. Papa gave me a little pony to ride to school and gave my brother one also. We go to school at the college in Lufkin. We have five teachers. I will inclose 5 cents for the Sam Houston memorial stone fund.

EARLY CORNELIUS, Mountain Peak, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the young folks' department. If Peggy is any ways dyspeptic he had better not bother this letter, as it contains a whole lot of indigestible matter and would be liable to make him bilious. Cousins, we should thank Mr. Big Hat for giving us a page in his valuable paper. It gives us an excellent opportunity to improve in composition and writing. I am glad to see so many young people interested in obtaining an education, for in this progressive age an education is necessary in order to have a good government. The lawyer, the farmer, the merchant and the teacher all need it alike. I will answer Ollie Sprague's questions: (1) Who called himself the Iron-handed? (2) By whom was South America discovered, and when? (1) It was De Tontl. This name was given him because he lost one of his hands and had an artificial hand made of iron. (2) Columbus, in 1492. I see some of the cousins are from Alabama. Well, that makes me think of my old home back there among those big mountains. On Aug. 7, 1893, I for the first time put my foot on Texas soil, and took a look at the big Texas that I had heard so much about. I had a very good sample of Texas mud at the start, for it was raining when I arrived at the depot. But there are not enough bad things here to keep me from saying: "Hurrah for Texas!" Boys, if we don't put on our thinking caps and write more the girls will think it is because we haven't brains enough, and of course that will not do. I see one of the girls wants the boys to tell in what they excel. I am not much of a judge, but if they excel in anything it is talking. Let's hear from some one else on the subject. I will ask a question: What officer was called Light Horse Harry? I would like to correspond with some of the cousins. I will not disobey the rules, but will say that I am 277,120 hours old.

MYRA L. BROWN, Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Some of the cousins having kindly asked me to write again, I now do so. I read a great deal, but find nothing that interests me more than the Cozy Corner does. My school will soon be out and I will be so sorry, for I like to go to school. Our schoolhouse is plastered inside and the plastering has fallen in some places in our room. It has fallen from the ceiling and has left a space the shape of Texas. The outlines are more correct than most children could draw them. My teacher asked the other day who had ever written to a newspaper. I was surprised at seeing such a small number, but I think if they would read "For Little Men and women," they could not help from writing, for the Cozy Corner is a tempting place, and if you once visit it, it is always hard to stay away. Jennette Cline, I can play on the autoharp, too, and I think it very easy to learn. Jennette, I don't think the Texas boys and girls like school quite so well as you think. Hardly any one here likes school, and they shout here, too, when it is out. Ina Click, it is too bad you have been sick so long, and I hope you will soon be well. Write often, for I enjoyed your letter, and it was quite beneficial to me. Ollie B. Cobb, I favor your letter. I can do both housework and cooking, but am not an expert at either. Come again, Odis Riddle. I am personally acquainted with Pattie Der McCullen.

NELLIE BALLARD, Whitney, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Good morning, Mr. Big Hat. As Peggy didn't get my first letter I hope he won't get this one. I visited Aquilla Friday evening, and came back Sunday morning. My aunt gave me a party while I was down there. About thirty little folks attended. We had all kinds of refreshments, and had a nice time. My little friend Mamie Greer went with me. While I was down there we had a very big rain. It rained more there than it did at Whitney. I suppose all the farmers were glad of it. I am going to school and I like my teacher very well. She is going to teach six weeks longer. One of our teachers has gone to her home in Comanche. Emma Miller, I would like to correspond with you, for you write such interesting letters to The News.

MELLISSIE JENKINS, Blackfoot, Anderson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first time to write to The News. I have written several letters, but failed to send them. I never miss reading the cousins' letters. I am glad when Wednesday comes, so we can get our paper. Cousins, do any of you ever read the Woman's Century? I do. I think it is nice, but not as nice as the children's page. Cousins, don't you think young people should read the Bible? I do. I do not go to school now. I am 9 years old.

WILLIE McCAGHREN, Glen Rose, Somervell Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat, Peggy and cousins: I will make my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner. I am a girl 17 years old. I live in the country, five miles southwest of Glen Rose. My papa is a farmer. Can any of the girls piece a crazy quilt? I can. I have two. I have the measles now, though I can sit up and write. This is Sunday and I wish I was well so I could go to prayer meeting this evening. Miss Big Bonnet, I wish you would pull that bonnet off. It reminds me of my sunbonnet. I will ask some riddles and questions: When and where was gold discovered? When and where was the first watch made? Above the earth, below the sky, not on a tree, what can it be? What is it that passes between the sun and earth and never makes a shadow? I will answer some questions: Hattie Price, you ask who killed James Garfield. It was Guiteau. Gene Kirkpatrick, you ask where was the rooster when it crowed, and everybody in the world heard it. It was in Noah's ark.

FISHER RAWLINS, Oak Cliff, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Little Miss Big Bonnet: My dear miss -- Now that sounds just like we were big folks, don't it? I like your looks so much that I am going to write to you. I think you make a much prettier picture than your brother, Big Hat. But then I'm a boy and we never see beauty in one another. I'm going to say right here that I hope old Peggy will choke if she eats up my letter. I'll send you my picture, and if you have got your new dress finished and have had your picture taken as you spoke of doing, I would be glad to have one of them. My doll's name is Susan Jane, and she never gets any new dresses. But I have a big sister 7 years old, and she has ever so many dolls and Susan Jane gets their old dresses, just as the poor country cousin gets the rich city cousins' cast-off finery. I ride my wheel, but some of the boys say it is not a wheel, but a velocipede. If it isn't a wheel I would like to know why, for it has three wheels. Mamma told me not to pay any attention to them when they would call it a velocipede, for she once heard an old lady call it (a wheel) a centipede, and she never corrected her, for she (mamma) knew what the old lady meant. Well, I have my wheel, marbles, cat, Susan Jane, ever so many books, my blocks and ever so many things I can't take time to write about. And we are going to have the summer house filled with white sand for sister and me to play in. We are going to get to take off our shoes in the morning and go barefoot in the sand. Can't you come over and play with us? I would like to have you come ever so much. I can't sew very well, but I can spell more than twenty words and count over twenty. I go after the mail and go to the market, and I went over to Dallas by myself. That is very good for a boy who is just 4, ain't it? Now you must write again if you wish to hear from me again, as this is leap year, and we are expected to answer and not write the first letters. From one who admires Little Miss Big Bonnet.

THOMAS R. LIGON, Finis, Jack Co., Tex. -- Dear Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Pa has been taking The News for a long time, and I think there is no page in any paper that is as good as the Cozy Corner. Laurette Faust, come again. Your letters are interesting. Did any of you ever visit the great panhandle of the grand Lone Star state? The panhandle country is a grand sight. With its vast prairie and the beautiful grass dotted here and there with cattle, and with the beautiful golden grain waving like the waves on a lake. Cousins, I will tell you of my first adventure in the west. One time father and I went to the Wichita mountains after post. We got there in the evening about sundown. After putting our teams out and eating our supper we retired for the night. I had not been in bed long when I fancied I could hear Indians just across the river from us. That made my blood run cold and my hair stand on ends, but I kept quiet. I listened but heard nothing further but a cayote howling on the mountain side. I was tired and after a time fell asleep. About 3 o'clock in the morning I was awakened by what I supposed to be a panther screaming near our camp. It seemed to come nearer, so I could not stand the suspense longer. I woke up father, and when he heard my dreadful panther scream he told me it was nothing but a catamount. By this time I was so thoroughly aroused that I could not rest any more that night, and it was a long time before father could get me to go with him to the mountains again.

WILLIE LAKE, Sulphur Bluff, Hopkins Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Many happy days have passed since I last wrote to you. I will again call a few minutes, to entertain you the best I can. I will give you a short description of our country. Sulphur Bluff is a beautiful little town, situated in the northeast part of Hopkins county. The country is mostly level, and its productions are corn, cotton and wheat. This part of the county is thickly settled, and most every one has plentiful crops. Very seldom I hear of hard times, but everything seems to move on nicely. Some of the cousins talk of going fishing. We have a good place for fishing here. A good many have gone fishing and have reported having a nice time and caught all the fish wanted. A party of four men went down on the creek last Friday night and reported having caught about 400 pounds, using a trammed net. I never did like to fish much, but I had rather take my share of the fun in hunting rabbits, quail, squirrels and the like. Most of the cousins speak of the education and of their schools. The advantage of an education can not be overestimated. It is something that can not be taken away from us. Thieves may steal our money, our reputation may be blasted by the tongue of the slanderer, friends may forsake us, foes may arise against us, but none of these things can reach or effect our education, when we have once acquired it. Then how important that we young people should make good use of our time while we have the opportunity of obtaining that which will be of such incalculable benefit to us. We can never be young but once, therefore we should make use of the time in storing our minds with useful knowledge. We have a fine school at this place. One hundred and fifty students are enrolled. Our school will last about two months longer. Here is an example which I will give you to find my age. From the square of my age in years take 192 years. The remainder will be the square of half my age. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins, either girl or boy, between 14 and 18 years of age.

LESSIE CARLISLE, Killeen, Bell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little girl 11 years old, and have been reading The News and especially the Cozy Corner, and I don't see any letters from our little town. This is my first attempt. If Peggy gets this I shall be somewhat discouraged, but shall not think hard of you. I am the only girl of four children. Papa is a subscriber to The News and I like to read it very much. Killeen is a nice little town. It has four churches and a fine school, and good clever people. I hope to see letters from some of the other little folks of our town. I have no pets. I've only been in the state four months. I am from Alabama and I feel so lonesome sometimes. I wish I had a pet of some kind. If Mr. Big Hat or some of the cousins will give me instructions as to the purpose of the Houston Memorial stone fund and how to send the money I would like to contribute something.

[Mr. Big Hat's response]:
     The purpose of the fund is to place a memorial stone at the grave of Gen. Sam Houston, the hero of Texas independence. It is to be the gift of the children in the state. Contributions may be sent in stamps or money order, directed to Mr. Big Hat, in care of The News.

EFFIE MAY WILKINS, Denson Spring, Anderson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little 12-year-old girl to join your happy band. I am not going to school now. Our school was out in February. I live about four miles from Cousin Dave Powell. Mr. Big Hat, if I was you I would feed Peggy on corn and oats and not the cousins' letters. Come again, Cousin Ludie Sanders, and also Bessie Bee. My father is a farmer, and we have our corn all planted. Our farm is situated on the bank of Ioni creek, which is a very nice fishing stream. Mamma, grandma and my little brother went fishing to-day and caught twenty-eight fish. Mr. Big Hat, I wish you and the cousins were here to help eat them to-night.

[Mr. Big Hat's response]:
     If Mr. Big Hat and the cousins were there he is afraid you wouldn't get even so much as a smell of your twenty-eight fish.

LUMMIE McDONOUGH, Duncanville, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I thought I would write to the dear old News again. I hope that you will not let Peggy get this letter, for I would rather give you a bushel of corn for him to eat, for that wouldn't be so apt to kill him. Mr. Big Hat, tell Miss Big Bonnet to come and see us again and put on a little bonnet, for I want to see her face. Did you get any April fools? Papa has about thirty goats, and he said he would give me one to hitch to my little wagon. I am 7 years of age, but don't go to school, but I have a good mamma who teaches me at home. I am in the fourth reader. I have two sisters and two brothers.

VELMA SCOTT, Melissa, Collin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been intending to write to the cousins for a long time, but have not and I take this Sunday afternoon to do so. If this escapes Peggy I shall feel satisfied. How many believe in Peggy? I think he is like Santa Claus. I will try to answer some question[s]: Luther Whitten, the senate is composed of two members from every state. Ettie Morris, the first Protestant sermon in Texas was preached by Rev. Henry Stevenson of Arkansas in 1818. Ina Click, the oldest church in the United States is in Santa Fe, N. M. I have seen the church and will always remember it. Erl Thompson, Goliath was killed by David and the shortest verse in the Bible is "Jesus wept." I will ask this question: Who laid the Atlantic cable, how long is it and how many times did the ocean have to be crossed before it was completed?

PERCY LEE BENSON, Hubbard, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is the first time I have written to the Cozy Corner. I am 9 years old. I live five miles south of Hubbard. I came to Texas in 1893 from Mississippi. I like to hunt rabbits and go fishing. Rabbits and fish have little show where I am. I picked 105 pounds of cotton in one day, though my average picking is about half a hundred. Some days when the wind is blowing I fly my kite, which Puntney made for me, and windy days have not been scarce this year. I have been going to school, but the school is out now, and I just have lots of fun hunting rabbits and fishing. Did any of the cousins know that a catfish would bite? Stick your finger in one's mouth and see. Puntney has a magic lantern, and we can have a magic lantern show every night if we want to. I quit writing just now and went out to see the kite fly, but the wind was blowing so hard that the string broke. I have two dogs and a cat. The old dog goes with me on all my rabbit hunts, and you bet its a rabbit treer from Robbit Treersville. I think I and my dog could almost supply Texas with rabbit meat. Some of the cousins tell me where I can sell them, and I will go into the business at once. I will close, as I want to go over to John's and play with Arthur. A question: Who invented the cooking stove?

FERDI HOWARD, Whitewright, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Pray admit another stranger, who has long been a silent admirer of this department, and who has at last gathered courage to write to the same. Whitewright is a pretty little town of about 3000 inhabitants and is situated on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas and Cotton Belt railroads. It is in the rich black land of north Texas. Myrtle Kirk, wield your fluent pen for our benefit oftener. You should have given us your opinion of the two subjects you mentioned. I think an ideal girl is one who is polite, studious, obedient to parents and teachers, neat and kind, but full of fun. I omitted to say she should be truthful. I think truthfulness is a virtue that -- (get away, Big Ears, and let my letter alone!) As I started to remark, truthfulness is a virtue we should all cultivate. Mamie Burdine, I also am extremely fond of reading, and, like yourself, I am the only girl. One can pass away time both pleasantly and profitably in reading. I predict that Joe Farmer will some day be a famous literary man. He certainly is talented. I enjoyed reading the letter of that new cousin from Austin. I would write his name, but it might break my pen, and I could not get another. Miss Big Bonnet, tell the "picter" man to "get a move on him." I solicit correspondence from the cousins.

JEWELL LINTON, Collinsville, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the cousins' letters for some time, and have become very much interested in the Cozy Corner. Not having seen any letters from this part of the country, I though I would apply for admittance. Our school closed last Friday, having lasted five and a half months. So now I am at leisure. I wish to compliment Agnes Aston on her views as to dancing. I believe it to be generally indulged in by the lower class of people. I think Ollie B. Cobb was justly rewarded for attempting to act the "new woman." Her views concerning art, music, etc., I think to be of the very highest. I think Miss Ivy Rylie quite young to be assisting her sick teacher in school. I have but one pet, a squirrel. His name is Buntie. He is very tame, coming to get his meals quite regularly. I would like the opinion of the cousins on teaching "Robinson Crusoe" in the public schools. I live in the country four miles from Collinsville, and sixteen miles from Sherman, the county seat of Grayson county. We have a nice church here, good Sunday school and preaching. We have twelve acres in different varieties of fruit. Prospects this year are good for a heavy crop.

WILEY A. McBRIDE, Kosse, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little boy, asking to join your band. I am 12 years old. I live four miles from Kosse, our postoffice and town. I am not going to school now. I had to stay to help papa plow. I am in the seventh grade. I would rather go to school than to plow. We came from Alabama to the Indian Territory and staid there eleven months, then came to Texas. We like it here very well, and expect to stay. We have been in Texas two years. I have but one pet, and that is a bird dog puppy. I will answer some questions: Gene Kirkpatrick, it was in the ark that the rooster crowed so loud that everybody heard him. Hiram J. Sterling, the reason K is like a pig's tail is because it is always at the end of pork. I will ask two questions: When did Washington take his first wash? How long did it take Noah to build the ark?

FRED SHIPLEY, Mexia, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: For some time I have been contemplating writing for this department, but have hesitated until this morning. As this is only my second attempt to write for the paper, I fully request all critics and experts to look over and excuse mistakes. As for what I have seen of the cousins' letters I can speak well of them. I live close to Tehuacana. The Trinity university is situated at this place, and a fine school it is. Its curriculum is one of the best in the state. My intentions are to enter school there next term. What part of one's life is more pleasant than school days? A great many people never realize the advantage of an education until it is too late to get it. Nine-tenths of the school children imagine they are undergoing hardships because they are sent to school. Let us remember the time when our forefathers were youngsters striving for an education, when railroads, electricity, etc., were unknown and then we can speak of hardships. We are now living in the most enlightened age, and have the most golden opportunities ever known. Well, as there is some kind of a greedy, letter devouring apparatus at the office, and as there is danger of mine being devoured, I will make my exit.

THURMAN POE, New Castle, Indian Territory > McClain Co., Okla. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little boy 7 years old to join the Cozy Corner. I have a pet cat and a pet dog. The cat is a Maltese and of light blue color. I love to read the cousins' letters. We have no school here, but I have learned to read and write at home. I have one sister and one brother, and they are both at home now and my sister teaches me how to read, spell and write. My papa says he has been a subscriber to The News for sixteen years, and says he can't do without it, and I am glad of it, for I like so well to read the cousins' letters. My papa used to live near Dallas and went from Collin county to the plains in western Texas. He could not make anything there farming and came from there here.

MAMIE GREER, Whitney, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Good morning, Mr. Big Hat! I don't think you did me fair, because you did not print my last letter, and printed others from Whitney. I think you have a nice seat on Peggy's head, but if he should get scared and run and you should fall no one could find you, because you are so little. We have fine times playing croquet after school every evening at one of my little friend's. I am in the fifth grade, and I am 11 years of age. School has been going on seven months -- six months of public school and one month of pay school. I have been going all the time. All the school ran off the first day of April, but I did not go because I had the measles. Mr. Big Hat, you should let Miss Big Bonnet write oftener, for she writes such interesting letters. I go to the Methodist Sunday school. I have one brother and one sister, and they both go to school.

BELLE PETTITTE, Seagoville, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little 12-year-old girl knocking for admittance. I have no pets except two little brothers. I have a big doll. I live about a mile from Seagoville. As I see no letters from here, I will describe the place: There are four stores, two blacksmith shops and one gin. I will answer one of Erl Thompson's questions: The 11th chapter of John and the 35th verse, "Jesus wept," is the shortest verse in the Bible. I will ask one question: What chapter in the Bible contains four verses alike?

WILLIE STOKES, Campbellton, Atascosa Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner. I have twenty-eight little chickens. Mr. Big Hat, I can make gopher traps. Come down and catch gophers with me. We have twelve hogs. We are hoeing corn now. I have four brothers and two sisters. There are many pretty flowers here. I like to read The News very well. My age is 12 years.

FLORENCE GIDDENS, Dundee, Archer Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Is Peggy dead? No, there he stands, as big as ever, and I do believe he has a letter in his mouth. It looks like my last one, too. Never mind. Peggy, if you want to eat this one just eat it. I have had whooping cough, and I would just like to hear you whoop. Mr. Big Hat not long ago said several old letter writers would have letters in the next issue. I thought mine would surely appear, but, alas! for that letter! I hope it did Peggy good. School is out. How sad that makes some of us feel. Soon we will say "school is out," for the last time. I don't want to dwell on sad subjects just now, though. It is too pretty to-day. The lovely flowers with the dark green grass for a background form quite a nice picture just now. Joe, your visit was fine. I wish I could take a long visit. Never mind, I am going to Bellah soon, eight miles from here, and I'll tell you all about the different changes on the train. I told you about my last visit there, about the snake fight, etc. Perhaps I will have something more interesting to write about in the next. My 16th birthday is passed. I believe I shall just stop having birthdays anyway. What is the use of getting old? Dear Nell Morris, I was so disappointed because you did not send a letter with your story. Where is Adella Estes? I for one would like to see a letter from her. Cousins, when any one comes in and says, "How is you cough?" I just "let in," as the saying is, and show them for about a minute as hard as I can. I think that is the surest way of letting them know. That satisfies them, I suppose, for they don't ask any more. Cousins, Little Miss Big Bonnet, too, I don't know much of interest around here except that candy is being passed and I think I'll have it passed this way. Mr. Big Hat, "my folks" are still having birthdays. Monday was my little nephew's, and of course he came in for his share of the presents. To-day is mamma's. I gave her a lovely rocking chair. Sister cushioned it for me. It is dreadful to have so many secrets. You know, women can hardly keep a secret, but I sure kept this one about the chair. Where is Dora Bennett and the other little invalid? I sent scraps and got several friends to send, so she received two or three bundles from Dundee, anyway. Now, that I have given you the whooping cough, which quite satisfies me, Peggy, I'll stop, so you won't have any more paper to eat.

BILL OWENS, JR., Elysian Fields, Harrison Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: It has been a long, long time since I wrote to the Cozy Corner. The first time to put on long pants and had a store bought pair of suspenders, I thought I was a man and wrote to the corner. I have no sister at home. I have one, but she is married, and I have one brother married and one brother younger than myself. I am not going to school just now. The governor has me in the army battling with Gen. Green, and if it continues to rain Gen. Green will win the victory. I see the cousins write about their pets. I have a splendid saddle pony, a fine pointer, Trixy, and a bran[d] new Parker breech-loading shotgun. My younger brother, Starr, has two young hounds, 6 months old, that are hard to beat after people. They won't now hardly ever change or swap off tracks. We have a lot of fun running them. One of our half hands, a long 6 foot 2 or 3 inches, said a night or two ago if the governor would give him ten minutes start, the pups couldn't catch him. But he wasn't in it. They soon had him treed. Well, I will tell you something of our neighborhood. We live within a half mile of the Panola county line (this is Harrison) and about five miles from the state line that divides Texas from Louisiana. We have twenty odd families within two miles of us and one of the best schools in east Texas. Our teacher is A No. 1 and a yard wide, all wool, and a gentleman of the first water. And it does not turn him crazy either, as soon as he gets a little money ahead. We have preaching once a month and Sunday school every Sunday evening. Well, Mr. Big Hat, are you going to publish this or give it to "Martha?" If you give it to Martha, I hope she will have the jim-jams in a minute afterwards. I am 16 years old. I will send you some money for the Sam Houston monument if you publish this, and if you don't publish it I will send it anyway. The governor is ordering me to make a charge on Gen. Green and not to let up till it gets too dark to see the fight. So good-bye, boys. Success to The News.

BESSIE WARD, Waco, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first letter to you and I hope Peggy won't get it. I am 13 years old. I have for pets a little canary bird, thirteen hens, two roosters and thirty little chickens. It is very funny to see our little bantam rooster run the big rooster around the yard. I have a little dog, too. His name is Jackoo, but we call him Jack for short. Nora Wilson, I am a dancing girl, too. I am in the sixth grade, and as we are the same age, I would like to correspond with you. I am going to write to you and please answer my letter. Agnes Anson, I hope you will have a better opinion of dancing girls. I love to dance and wish mamma would let me go on the stage. Genevieve Myrdock, come again. Your letters are very interesting. I have a brother who is 15 and a sister who is 17. My brother and I go hunting and fishing together, but we can't go fishing now, for quite a while, because a man got drowned in the Brazos and they used dynamite to find him. They only found one leg and one arm and killed all the fish. The last time we went fishing we caught 116 small cat. When we go hunting we walk about four miles out of town and stay all day. We take a lunch with us and walk back before dark. We have a fine time. When we go to College Heights after plover we ride on the street cars.

PEARL YARBROUGH, Tehuacana, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will not detain you long this time. Our school is out now and I am real sorry, for I like to go to school the best kind. I hope we will have a summer school here this summer. I will tell you what I have for a pet; it is a chicken. Her name is Miss Primrose. Whenever she sees me she will run after me. When she was a little chicken she got her leg broken. I don't know how. Mamma gave her to me and I raised her. You don't know how sweet she is! She is altogether lovely. The first Sunday in May the Baptists here will dedicate their church. I guess we will have a nice time. I know we will have a nice time singing and music. Everybody will take their dinner. Can you cousins play croquet? I love it the best in the world. I think I can beat all of you. I played with my sister the other day and beat her four games. My sister has a pet owl. She feeds him rabbits. His name is Jack. He is real cute. I have gone into the blackberry business. I have a real nice patch. They will bear this year, and you cousins must come and help me eat. Sister and I went hunting the other day, but didn't get to kill anything. We went fishing the other day and I had good luck, but my sister didn't have very good luck. She caught a turtle and a crawfish. She liked to have thrown the turtle on my head, so I got out of her way. We all took a boat ride in our large tank some time ago. I don't like to ride on the water very well.

VELMA SCOTT, Melissa, Collin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Seeing that my last letter reached Peggy's spacious jaws, I am going to try my luck again and see if this escapes him. I saw where one of the cousins asked if any of us liked to diagram. I dearly love to. How many of the cousins like to ride horseback? I live in a very small town in Collin county. I go to school and take music lessons. I will answer one of Ella Mixon's questions: Persons under 21 years of age, and all persons in the service of the United States navy and paupers who are kept up by the county and people who are convicted of felony can not vote. All other male persons may vote. I like to ask and answer historic questions. History is my favorite study, and I like history questions. Peggy, I will tell my age if you will first tell yours. Well, as you only bray, I will tell mine: I am six plus six, plus two years old. I love to go to school and like my teachers. I asked a question in my last letter, but as Peggy took possession of it I will ask it again: Who laid the Atlantic cable, and how long is it? Long life to Peggy!

ETHEL GORDENOUGH, Henrietta, Clay Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: Being interesting in your letters, I will avail myself of the opportunity which Mr. Big Hat has given me to write to you. I must congratulate you, cousins, on your success in filling the Cozy Corner with such charming letters. If you keep on improving at this rate, Mr. Big Hat will have to get another "Peggy" to dispose of the letters. I have been an interested reader for many weeks, but never could summon up enough courage to write to you. Jessie Lyon, I admire your taste in your selection of books. Which of Mrs. Alcott's works do you like the best? Jennie Moore, Longfellow was born in 1807, and Benjamin Franklin died in 1790. I worked the example given in last Sunday's News by Bob Steele, and found the answer to be 8 cents. Am I right, Bob? I would like to give a problem for the cousins to solve: If one-fifth of my age be subtracted from one-third of it, and the remainder be increased by five and one-half, the sum obtained will be equal to half of my age. How many cousins can tell how old I am? Do any of you like to ride horseback? I have a horse, and you may be sure I enjoy him. His name is Tinker, a queer name, is it not? Our school will soon be out, and I am both glad and sorry. Of course, I want a good education, but the weather is so warm that I can not do justice to my studies. Cousins, this is my first attempt to write to you, and if my letter finds its destination in that long-eared Peggy's stomach, I am sure I shall feel quite disheartened.

ALMA K. McCOY, Leesville, Gonzales Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have never written to the Cozy Corner before, but the letters are getting so interesting that I can not resist the temptation any longer. I am a wee, small girl, 12 years old to-day. Mamma made me a nice cake. I wish Cousin Big Bonnet could have been here to help eat it. I would like so much to see her face, but I am sure that I will never do so while she wears that horrid bonnet (unless she will visit me in May and help me eat plums). I think perhaps I could persuade her to take it off then. I live twenty miles west of Gonzales, which is the county seat, and is a flourishing little city of between 3000 and 4000 inhabitants. There is being erected there a courthouse, one of the finest in the state, which will cost the county about $75,000. It is in every sense a modern structure. The building is in the form of a cross and it contains thirty-two rooms. The tower is 100 feet high. Well, I will stop for fear of -- well, I will not say what. Oh, if I could write a letter like Joe Farmer I wouldn't be afraid of anything. He's no oyster or little boy, either.

MARIE C. TAYLOR, Avalon, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Having read a request by some for my "reappearance," it is with pleasure that the "maid of Itasca" will endeavor to entertain the cousins for a few moments, although not royally. I assure I am very much elated over my above title, and our eloquent Austin cousin, whose cognomen equals a Russian noble's, is indeed one of the rising orators of Texas, and perhaps some day may grace the literary circle. The future presents such, but the "tide may turn." Gene, familiarly known as Persimmons, did you not have a sensation of sublimity upon reading the eloquent compliment written as "sublime on radiant spires he rode?" Would I had Dryden's pen, then I would reply, but owing to my vocabulary being limited, I can only say, "So mote it be." Ina Click, I truly sympathize with you, for it must be very dull and tiresome to be indoors so much. Perhaps you see more beauty in life than we girls who have our health. I think I should like you very much. Write again. Roses are blooming in our sunny south and how much they add to the comfort and pleasure of life. In that memorable campaign which was widely known as "The War of the Roses," they broke swords and clashed shields, bathed England's plains with the blood of heroes, and the fierce contest was entitled, "War of the Roses." The flower is of greatest antiquity. Tradition tells us they grew in the Garden of Eden, planted by angels' hands. They were then of pale, dazzling loveliness, but since, by many arts, we have them in many colors. They now adorn the dreamy landscapes of the south, also grow in other countries. I think our juvenile cousins should be permitted to write to their hearts' content about their pets, brothers and sisters, etc., especially the latter, for the young ones have their joys and woes to unburden and have their themes for conversation as well as we, however, sometimes disclosing "closet skeletons." Jennette Cline, your letter was quite entertaining and we southern cousins heartily welcome you into our ranks. Of course, you love the rocks and hills of the sturdy north, but for us the roses, palms and dreamy forests of the south! "Patriotism loves home." I shall not tell you my age, as it isn't exactly in harmony with my feelings.

LAWRENCE MILLER, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Good morning, Mr. Big Hat and cousins! As I have been reading the cousins' letters and find them so pleasant, I could not keep away any longer from your department. I was 9 y ears old the 15th of January, and I am in the fourth grade. I get my report card every month and I have ranked first in my class every time but once. Our school will close the 30th of May, and there is going to be an entertainment for the benefit of the library, which I am going to take part in. We have been taking The News for many years and we all think it is a good paper and we enjoy reading it very much. I will answer Cousin Fannie Kirk's question. The difference between a fashionable lady and a brave soldier is that the fashionable lady powders her face and the brave soldier faces the powder. I will now ask a riddle: What is the difference between an engineer and a school teacher?

GRACIE McCOY, Leesville, Gonzales Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another cousin knocking for admittance into the Cozy Corner. The letters are becoming so interesting that I can not refrain from writing any longer. If this escapes Peggy's monstrous jaws I shall deem myself most fortunate indeed. I am 10 years old. Sister and I are going to school. I shall be very sorry when it is out. I have six studies. How many of the cousins are there learning to keep house? I am. Mamma says I make very nice biscuit. I make beds, churn and sweep. I think that is real nice for a little girl, don't you, Cousin Big Hat?

LAURA E. TAYLOR, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: We read your article in last week's paper with eager interest. It was a joyful surprise to see our cherished project so near fulfillment, and we feel very grateful to the generous donor for his princely gift. Anna and I regret very much not being able to send another dollar this month, as was our intention. Small-pox in the vicinity of Nacogdoches has given all of us a scare and mamma will not let us venture outside our gate. We have called on those of our friends easiest to access, but we have lots of young friends across the Bonita in West Nacogdoches to whom we have not yet spoken. The few friends on the west side, we have called on, have given us such generous encouragement we do not doubt we will be able to make up "another dollar" when we may venture among them again. And so the family of Gen. Houston "would not allow the Sam Houston normal to erect a monument!" in honor of the state's hero, "nor would it let Walker county," but to the children of Texas is according that privilege. Most assuredly we appreciate the compliment! Nor is it the first time little children have been so preferred. In a distant but memorable past, one far greater than Houston, one to whom a grateful world has erected not one monument, but millions -- even He once gave to little children as marked a preference! Recently one of the cousins called attention to the fact that very few of the cousins' letters came from the larger cities of the state, where such a variety of amusements claim the attention of the young people; and she might have observed that more than half of the cousins themselves belong to a certain class, but 'tis the best class of all, the one first in importance, and the one that since the time of Cincinnatus has given to every free country its legislators and its heroes. Houston was not only a statesman and a hero, but a patriot in the truest sense of the word, inasmuch as he did not use the privilege of his high office to enrich himself and family at the expense of the people he served. And, irrespective of class, irrespective of creed, we, the children of Texas, unite to do homage to the memory of Houston. P. S. -- Anna and I have collected some more money to-day, which we will send by Saturday's mail.

JEWEL TUTLE, Canton, Van Zandt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here I come again. I guess the cousins have forgotten me, as it has been some time since I have written to the Cozy Corner. Our school is out. I went to an exhibition about two weeks ago and had a very nice time. Cousins, have all of your had the measles? I have not, but I guess I will, for there are a good many cases down here. I have three sisters and one brother. My papa is a farmer. I have no pets except two little goslings. Miss Big Bonnet, write oftener. I have a white pony named Snowflake. She is very gentle. One day Sister Ella and I were riding and I fell off and pulled Ella off and she fell on a root and hurt her arm very badly and we have not wanted to ride together any more. What has become of Ida Hill? Why doesn't she write? I had better close for fear I will get some of the music that sister is playing on the organ mixed with my letter and Peggy will get it sure. I will send 5 cents for the Sam Houston memorial stone.

DELLA ROBERTSON, Colorado, Mitchell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another Texas girl asking for admittance into your Cozy Corner. I am 14 years old. I love to read the cousins' letters. I go to school. I am in the sixth grade. I have a little pony and I ride a great deal. I did have a little antelope, which was caught while I was staying on a ranch. When we brought it home the wolves killed it. Our school will be out the 15th of May. I do not like to go to school. I have two brothers and two sisters. My oldest sister is off at school at Oak Cliff college, Dallas.

MAGGIE MASSEY, Equality, Harrison Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As it has been some time since I wrote my last letter, I will write to you again. I was real ashamed of my last letter, so I will try to do better this time. I am not going to school now. Our teacher has given us a vacation. Mr. Big Hat, it is a wonder Peggy doesn't fan you off of his head. I am almost scared to write this letter, for I know it will help fill the basket. Joe Farmer, call again; you write a splendid letter. Olive Huggins, I feel sorry for you. I know that wire did hurt you so badly. Viola, you asked if any of the cousins liked to pick cotton. I do not know whether I like it or not. I never picked cotton a whole day in all my life. Say, cousins, I will tell you what kind of a yard I have. We have a beautiful yard with fourteen cedars in it and three white jessamines. They are very pretty indeed. Miss Big Bonnet, do take that bonnet off the next picture you have taken.

CLARA PFEFFER, Kenney, Austin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Many happy days have passed since I wrote last, so I thought I would again talk a few minutes with you all. I am not going to school now, for we have a vacation for a month, but I will be glad when school begins again, because I like to go to school. I am going to Sunday school. We have several teachers and they are very kind to us. I think it is very nice in Sunday school. Miss Big Bonnet, I think you and Mr. Big Hat had a nice time hunting easter eggs. I wish I could have spent easter with you. I know I would have had a nice time hunting easter eggs with you and Mr. Big Hat. Don't you think so, too? Mr. Big Hat, will you be so kind as to give this little picture to your sister? Don't you think it favors her a little? I drew it with a lead pencil, but I think she will look at it and tell me how she thinks it looks. Well, cousins, how do you all enjoy this pleasant spring? Everything looks so pretty and green. The wild flowers on the meadows are blooming nicely; also our flowers in the garden and yard. I wish I could send Miss Big Bonnet a bouquet of pretty roses and flowers, but I think before they would reach her they would be withered. Mr. Big Hat, I will send $1 for my collection for the Sam Houston memorial stone fund.

IDA KEBELMAN, Weatherford, Parker Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: This is San Jacinto day and we have holiday, so I thought while I had time I would write my first letter to a newspaper. I am 13 years old. I send 25 cents in this to the Sam Houston memorial stone fund. Girls, hurry up and send in your dimes and dollars. Mr. Big Hat is going to get up something else. I guess it will be to buy Peggy some oats. Suppose Peggy would take a notion to eat some grass by the wayside when Mr. Big Hat goes on those long journeys sitting between Peggy's big ears! What would happen then?

CARL FISHER, Ennis, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have just finished reading The News. I think the letters are very neat and nice. I am a little boy 10 years old. I am in the second grade. I like to go to school. I have been trying to write to you day after day, but none of my letters would do. I think Louis O'Mara's letter was very nice and all the rest. I hope Peggy will not get my letter.

BLANCHE LEE ROBERTS, Garrett, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: The cousins' letters have become so interesting I could not stay away any longer. I am a girl 14 years old. I go to school at Garrett. We had a nice Christmas tree at Garrett. My deskmate is Bonnie Branch. I had to stop school on account of measles. Maggie Massey, you asked what is the capital of Ireland. It is Dublin. I will ask some questions: Where was Columbus born and how many times did he visit America? Jessie Winston's riddle is a man walking over a bridge with a bucket of water on his head. Miss Big Bonnet, you look awfully cute, but just turn your face around next time, so I can decide whether you are pretty or ugly. My opinion, though, is that you are pretty. Do any of the cousins love to ride horseback? I ride horseback to school when it is muddy. I like to go to school very well. I like my teacher fine. The birds are singing so sweetly here now, and everything seems so happy! Well, I hear Peggy begging for something to eat, so I had better stop writing. I guess if he gets this he will have a pretty good lunch.

BENJ. EDWIN ANDREWS, JR., Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Dear Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been wanting to write for some time, but could not get up the courage. Even now I am beginning to tremble. Well, I shall at least try; so here goes. I am a little boy 7 years old. I have two sisters older than myself and one little brother 4 years old. I can play my sisters' pieces by ear. I do not visit much. I have to stay with mama, who is sick all the time. I can sew on the machine, make lemonade and mustard plasters. Can any of the cousins do as much? Mama teaches me and I know lots of speeches. I wish all the cousins would write to me; and you, too, Mr. Big Hat. Please do.

WILLIE PRATHER, Black Jack Grove, Hopkins Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and little men and women: I have long been an admirer of your Cozy Corner, and have at last concluded to write. I hope my letter will pass unobserved by little Peggy. Genevieve Myrdock, your pen picture of the frontier school was a good one, and while I was reading your letter I could imagine myself at my first school (which was in one of the western counties) with the same identical "blue back speller" in hand, learning my B-a-Bas and Ca-Cas. But, oh! those days are gone, never more to return! Agnes Weathered, I think your views on the study of history excellent and should be adopted by every girl and boy of the Cozy Corner. I will answer some of the cousins' questions: Florence Coker, yes; by the Norsemen, about the 10th century. W. M. Kale, the first United States locomotive was built in the year 1831. Florida was discovered in 1512 by Ponce de Leon. I will ask the cousins some questions: Where is the greatest salt mine? Where can the sun be seen at midnight? What volcano is called the light house of the Mediterranean? What country has no extradition laws? I would like to correspond with some of the cousins of both sexes, for improvement. I will answer every letter.

LONNIE JOE WRIGHT, Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am knocking for permission to enter your cozy corner. I am a little girl 11 years old. I will tell you about some prairie dogs I had. My prairie dogs came one morning, and I had a cage built for them. One would go to work and gnaw a hole in the wire and then go to barking to the other to show it how to get out, and we would have a hard time to catch them. We would have to fill their holes with water to get them out. One ran away and a boy killed it, and asked his mother wouldn't it make a nice pie! The other one then died of loneliness, and we buried it and kept flowers on its grave all the time. I have a white shepherd dog that will swim out in the water and bring a stick or anything you throw in the water. He will bring the cow home when she is blocks away. One day he saw a cow in a lot and she looked like our cow, and he tried to make her come home. But just then he heard our cow's bell and went and brought her home. I have some kittens and a Jersey cow.

ADRIENNE S. GROUSKY, Colorado, Mitchell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another Texas girl asking for admittance into your Cozy Corner. I am 11 years old. I love to read the cousins' letters. I go to school and I am in the sixth grade. Do any of the cousins ride horseback? I think it is more fun than anything else. I used to have a little pony on which I rode every day. I ride on my brother's donkey sometimes. We have four children in our family, but one of them has gone to the convent of the Sacred Heart in Waco. She is coming back in June.


- May 17, 1896, The Dallas Morning News, p. 14, col. 1-7.
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