March 1, 1896
[Mr. Big Hat's
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.
ABBIE THOMAS, Oak Cliff, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I thought I would write again to the Cozy Corner and go by your rules, and see if it gets published. I hope it will. I go to school on Tenth street. I am 13 years old and in the high fifth grade. I like my teacher very much. This is my first letter to the Cozy Corner, written with ink.
ALICE GRAY, Groesbeck, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: Seeing no letter from this place, I thought I would write to you. Miss Big Bonnet, I think you are not so very good looking, but newspapers can not print pictures real well. I am sorry about your doll. I am sure Sallie Rose is proud of her new head. I send 30 cents for the Sam Houston stone.
JODIE GRAY, Groesbeck, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Dear Uncle Big Hat: Here comes a country girl. How is Miss Big Bonnet? I think that she looked very fresh, out in her mother's garden, if her bonnet looks like the bonent [sic] that I pick cotton in. Sallie Rose, you have my sympathy for losing your head. Mr. Big Hat, I think Peggy has the measles, for his ears are so long that you don't need a saddle to ride him. I go to school and am in the first reader. I am 7 years old.
WILLIE ODEN, Hubbard City, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I thought I would write to the cousins, as my uncle takes the paper, and I like to read the cousins' letters. I am going to school. I am not 13 years old, and I am in the sixth grade. I see some of the cousins ask questions, so I thought I would ask one: What battle ended the revolution between Texas and Mexico? Mr. Big Hat, I may write again and tell the cousins something of the west, and of the Indians.
LOUIS WILLIS, Frost, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the Cozy Corner for some time, and thought I would write you a letter, too. I hope you will not let this go to the waste basket, as this is my first attempt to write to a newspaper. I am going to school. I have a good teacher, but he gets what he calls his "gad" after us sometimes. I will answer one of Maude Fay's questions: It was LaSalle, the Frenchman, that first landed on the coast of Texas. I will ask a question: How was Texas discovered? I am a boy, 14 years old.
DORA ELA WILLIAMSON, Kaufman, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: Here comes another little Texas girl to join the Cozy Corner. I agree with Edwin [Mc]Williams about the letters that are not fit to be printed. I go to school. I have one mile and a half to go, and when it rains it gets so muddy that I can't walk; so I ride horseback. I have one pet; it is a canary bird. It sings very sweetly. Luther Whitten, you write nice and interesting letters. I bet I can guess how Genevieve Myrdoch got the persimmons. I like to read Minnie Loveless' letters. I have cousins in Lampasas. Ida McGee had a scary time in the boat, didn't she?
JESSIE SLOAN, Whitesboro, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a girl 11 years of age, who wants to join your happy band. I have a sister and a brother, both younger than myself. I go to school every day and also take music. I like my teacher. I have only one pet, which is a pony. My papa is a doctor and is riding most every day and night. I haven't missed Sunday school for more than four years. The first year I got a gold ring, the second a nice dress, the third a gold watch and the fourth a gold watch chain. Well, this is my first letter. I will ask the cousins a question: What has the legislature no power to do? I send 10 cents for the Sam Houston stone.
EDDIE FAGG, San Saba, San Saba Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you let one more little boy into your Cozy Corner? I see so many nice long letters from the many cousins that I could not resist the temptation of trying my luck with your jolly crowd. I intend to join your summer school next summer if you will let me. I am only 13 years old and am small for my age. I go to the San Saba high school and am in the seventh grade. I think that I am the meanest boy going to school. I have more fun and get into more scrapes than any boy for miles around. I also learn a good little bit. I love history more than anything else I study. Last summer when I was studying Texas history I often referred to Mr. Big Hat's lesson. I would love to correspond with some one of my age, but not with grown people.
FLORENCE CAHOON, Temple, Bell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I did not get to read my other letter, but one of my schoolmates told me she saw it, so I knew Peggy didn't get it. I did not sent the dollar in my other letter for the Sam Houston monument, but will when papa and mamma go to Dallas to the G. A. R. encampment. My papa belongs to the G. A. R. I wonder if any more of the cousins' fathers belong? I will answer Hallie Mabel Walcott's question: There were 20,000 Americans in Texas in 1830. And Robie Louise Word's question: Stephen F. Austin was called the father of Texas because he governed his colony with such milkiness and was so kind to each and every one of them. We all had to write an essay at school the other day on "Which did the most for Texas, Houston or Austin?" I want the cousins to tell me which they think did, then I will tell which one I said. When I wrote my other letter I was 14 years old, but now I am 15. I think it is nice to have a birthday in the same month with the father and savior of our country. Can any of the cousins tell me who the savior of our country was?
LOUISE GROCE, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., Tex. -- My dear cousins: As I have written two letters to Mr. Big Hat, I send this one to the cousins, if he'll let it go in his box. I think some of the cousins write such nice letters. There's Maud Carson; she writes a splendid letter. Maud, I thank you for showing your sympathy for me, and all the other cousins who did. I am well now and only had to stay off my leg one day. We all have little accidents sometimes, and sister (5 years old) had one the other day. You'll wonder what it is, and I'll tell you. We had dug some wide, deep holes for some trees, but before we finished a big old rain came and filled them with water. The carpenter had told us not to go near them, for we might drown, but sister went anyhow, and said she knew she wouldn't "drown or fall in, either." We were sailing pieces of plank for boats, when sister's got out of reach, and in bending over to get it, in she went. The carpenter pulled her out, but she was wet from her head to her heels, and had to stay in bed the rest of the afternoon. She said it served her right for talking to the carpenter so impudently. My sister knows now "what's the first thing you do when you fall in the water." Do any of the other cousins know? I got so many valentines that I could not begin to describe them all in this letter. They have made me very happy, for they showed that my friends love me. Did any of the cousins ever read "Water Babies?" We are reading it and like it so much. It suits sister particularly well.
LIZZIE WADDILL, McKinney, Collin Co., Tex. -- Good morning, Mr. Big Hat. I have been reading about a great many things in a book that I got for a Christmas present. Pins were first used in France and were introduced to England when Henry VIII was king, in the sixteenth century. Then people used thorns and skewers made of wood, ivory or bone. An American named Lemuel W. Wright invented the first machine for making pins, in 1824. It was rough. Until the middle of this century it took fourteen workmen to make a pin. They could finish about 1200 an hour. Pins are made of brass and covered with tin. It takes eighty workmen to make a needle. They are made of steel. Uncle Joe, who is a jolly bachelor, says he thinks they make much smaller eyes to needles now than they did twenty years ago. Matches are made of sulphur and phosphorous. Fulton invented the first steamboat, in 1807. George Washington was born in Virginia on the 22d of February, 1732.
MAUD McLEROY, Carthage, Panola Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: As Cousin Bettie East is writing and wants me to write, I will do so. I am visiting grandma and have been reading the cousins' letters while here. I have seen many nice letters in The News from cousins, but none from the little town I live in. I live in Beckville, thirteen miles away, a very nice little town. There are two churches, Baptist and Methodist. We have plenty of good preaching and a good Sunday school. I like to go to Sunday school very much. We have a nice college and about 175 pupils. We have four teachers; two are ladies. We have a good music teacher. I live near and can attend regularly. I am 10 years old. As Cousin Bettie is telling what she can do, I am not going to be left out. I have pieced three quilts and can sew and can cook a little and help mamma with the baby. I have two sisters and two brothers younger than myself. My papa is a Baptist preacher and is gone from home every Saturday and Sunday. He has the care of four churches.
BETTIE MAY EAST, Carthage, Panola Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: Uncle Irvin takes The News, and I have been reading the cousins' letters for some time, and enjoy them so much I have decided to write one myself, if not entertaining. I do not go to school, but mamma teaches me at home. I will be 10 years old to-morrow. When I get through with my lessons I can help mamma all I can with her work. I can help mamma do most any kinds of work. I can cook, milk and sew. I have pieced three quilts and have another nearly finished. I have one brother and one sister. They are twins. They were 7 years old the 20th of January. We live three miles south of Carthage. There are three churches there. Baptist, Methodist and Campbellite. We have preaching here in the country once a month.
PHILIP FIELDS, Granger, Williamson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little boy. I can read well enough to read the children's page. Mamma says I am too young to write a letter, but I think I can write something that will interest Miss Big Bonnet and some of the other cousins, too. Well, I have no pets except a calf and a pony. One day I went to water the calf and he was picking the grass in the field. So I thought I would get on my pony and run him in like I had seen papa run the horses. But my pony ran and ran till I thought he was going to run out of his hide.
LILLY M. FIELDS, Granger, Williamson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I was almost ashamed of my other letter when I saw it in the paper and I thought I would write a better one this time. I am going to school at the Denson schoolhouse. There are thirty-four scholars in school now. My playmates are Lizzie Ederington, Leah Turner, Castle Dickerson, and Bertha Faulkenberry. Papa and I went to Granger yesterday and we got very cold coming back. I saw our old teacher that taught us last winter. Last week there was almost a flood, it rained so much. The creeks were up. Willis creek was up so it would swim a horse. We could not go to school for two or three days. My little twin brothers have two teeth each. Mae Burge, you write a splendid letter. If I were Peggy I would make a pie of the letters and give it to the pigs. I think all of the cousins write good letters. I will ask a riddle: I washed my hands in water that never rained nor run; I dried my hands on a towel that was never wove nor spun. Lizzie Lackey, I have [a] cousin whose name is Lackey. Cassie Dickerson, come again and answer my riddle, please.
DORA LINNEY, Papalote, Bee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: My school closed yesterday and I was so sorry. My teacher was so kind to all of her pupils, and we all did love her. This closes my studies until in the fall. I have a little 6-year-old sister that weighs 96 1/2 pounds. I have three sisters and three brothers. I will ask a few questions out of my hygienic physiology, just to see how many of the cousins can answer them: How can the hair stand on end? Is there any feeling in a hair? Why can not an animal stand erect, as a man does? How many bones are there in the body? I hope that some of the cousins will answer my questions.
OLA TANDY, Acton, Hood Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: Will you all permit me to join your Cozy Corner, or have you already too many cousins' letters begging to be printed? If so, lay my paper in the feed box for Peggy, if he is very hungry, but I had rather he would do without till I write again. Mr. Big Hat, it seems as if you might tell me how old you are. I would not tell anyone, not even Little Miss Big Bonnet. You tell her that I don't think her nose is very long, for it did not stick out a bit in her picture, or if it did, I did not see it. She is very pretty, indeed. You would be a great deal better looking if you were down off Peggy's ears like a nice little gentleman. I wish he would give his ears a flop and knock you off, but not hurt you. Peggy has grown a good deal since I saw his picture last. He looks like he had just finished his dinner.
LOTIE PEARCE, Roland, Clay Co., Tex. -- Dear Cozy Corner: This being my first attempt to write to The News, I shall be brief. I am a little girl 10 years old and live twenty-five miles from my parents. The cousins may think strange of this, but I will tell you all how it came about. I came to stay a while with my uncle and aunt. They had no children of their own, and after staying a while I felt myself too much at home to go back to my parents. But my uncle is dead now and there are only three of us in the family. My aunt is raising another little girl. She is about 15 years old now. We have a family living in the yard with us and they have the sweetest baby I ever saw. He is idolized by us all. O, I do love so much to read the cousins' letters. Lauretta Faust's letter was so interesting and she has so many pets to tell about that it reminded me of my pets. We have a partnership pony and her name is Glen. She is a good traveler, but she has one fault -- she will kick at us when she gets to playing. I have a calf and an old cat and two kittens. I have a big doll that shuts its eyes when we lay it down. Her name is Cecil. I go to school at Chambersville. I love both my teacher and schoolmates. I have six studies. I have three sisters and one brother. All four of my grand parents are still living.
M. C. WILLIAMS, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: The Cozy Corner is getting so interesting I can not longer refrain from writing. I have been a silent reader for more than four years, and must say that The News is the best paper I ever read. I want to know how many of the cousins like to travel, as I have been somewhat of a traveler, and will give those that like travel my experience. Mr. Big Hat, the girls are right. I readily agree with them that they are ahead of the boys. Why, Mr. Big Hat, was so kind as to give the Little Folks a whole page last week and announce it in advance, yet to my astonishment I only find two or three letters from the boys. Boys, what's the matter? Wake up and let's send the girls home. But right here I want to say, I enjoy reading the girls' letters. Chester Rowe, I would be glad if you would give a full description of your country, as I left Mississippi five years ago to go to Arkansas, but came to Texas and found such grand inducements for a young man in the way of stock raising and cheap lands that I decided that "grand old Texas" was good enough for me. When I travel over Texas "pararlers" and look at the vast amount of fertile soil untouched by the plow, my mind runs back to friends in the "old states" who are paying from $2 to $5 per acre for fertilizers. If they would "come to Texas," and start the wheel of progress to moving it would be marching on under the "Lone Star flag" singing, "I am Nearer my home to-day than ever I was before." But I am not writing an emigrant letter, and had better quit. Like Jennie Faulkner, I would like to correspond with any of the cousins over 15 years old, and exchange pictures. I am a young man. Guess my age.
MAGNOLIA HORSLEY, Burnet, Burnet Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will tell you about Burnet county. It is situated in the central part of Texas. It is bounded on the north by Lampasas county, northwest by San Saba, west by Llano, south by Blanco, southeast by Travis, east by Williamson, northeast by Bell. The Colorado river forms a large part of the western boundary, and crosses the southern part of the county. It is a broken hilly region, better suited to stock raising than to agriculture. But cotton, corn, sorghum, cane and garden vegetables thrive here. The principal animals except domestic animals are the deer, wolf, wild cat, coon, fox, civet cat, opossum, squirrel and rabbit. The principal timer is live oak, cedar, black jack, post oak, elm, willow, pecan, hickory and chaparral. I suppose the county was named after David G. Burnet, the first president of Texas. The Colorado river is the prettiest and clearest river I ever saw. It is wide and deep and so clear that we can see pretty shells and rocks in the bottom. It is fordable when down, but it stays up a heap of the time. Sometimes a rise of twenty-five or thirty feet comes down in a wall. Then it is so large it resembles an ocean. We live about three or four miles from it. Some time in the near future we are going down there and spend the day. Then I will write and tell you more about the river. School will be out in three weeks and I regret it ever so much. Mr. Big Hat, I received my diploma in due time. I thank you very much for it, and I am going to frame it. I will ask some questions: Who was president from the adoption of the constitution, 1787, to the inauguration of Washington in 1789? Who was called the great Pacificator? Who was styled the Sage of Monticello? Who wrote the declaration of independence? Who secured its adoption? Who was the bachelor president?
JEFF C. MILLER, Hamilton, Hamilton Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: Here I am again; but I will not bother you long. I thought I'd just drop in an chat awhile. Where are all of our old writers? They have quit coming to see us. Rudolph has not come to see us in a long time. Rudolph, wake up! Boys, how many of you belong to the C. M. A.? I for one, and think it is a grand and noble order. Girls, I will have to say that you can beast us boys writing. If I could write entertainingly as you girls do, I would enter the field as a journalist. Mary West, come again. Cousins, wasn't Genevieve's letter nice in the issue of the 7th instant? I think it an honor to the corner.
WALTER T. WILLIAMS, Bellevue, Clay Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: After a long, dreary month of lying in bed, with a broken leg, I am able once more to sit up in a chair, and I don't know how I would have got through the weary days of suffering and waiting if it had not been for the cousins' letters in the Cozy Corner -- so full of life, sunshine and joyous youth. Genevieve Myrdoch, I enjoyed your letter very much. I love to see a girl who is not afraid to have a little fun. I live in Clay county, one of the best counties in the west. There is something remarkable about this county. During a severe drouth I have seen the water rise to the surface, and streams that had long been dry would run briskly. Louise M. Alcott is my favorite author. I enjoy reading her works so much, especially "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys." Mr. Big Hat, Peggy looks real scarey standing up there eating those letters. Jesse Harman, write again. I send 25 cents for the Sam Houston memorial stone. I will ask some riddles. What word becomes shorter by adding a syllable to it? Name in two letters the destiny of all living things. What is that which is neither flesh nor bone, yet has four fingers and a thumb? I have a horse and saddle and I ride a good deal. Boys, what are you going to be when you are grown? I think I will be a merchant.
MYRTLE FIELDS, Granger, Williamson Co., Tex. Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am going to write a few lines to The News. I am 11 years old. I have been reading The News for some time, and have read many very interesting letters. Papa has been taking The News for a long time, and just as soon as he gets home every Friday with The News I ask for the children's page the first thing. I go to school every day I can, and I try to learn all I can. I am going to try to make a poetess. I will tell you the first verse I ever made. I was in the field when I made it. It is about my cotton sack. Of course it is not a very good one:
think it's very wrong
I fill it very full,
Mamma said that it was pretty good for an 11-year-old girl to make. I have not finished it yet. When I get it finished I will send you all of it.
MAGGIE MASSEY, Equality, Harrison Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another 14-year-old girl, who wants to join the happy band. I am always glad when Saturday comes, so I can get to read the interesting letters which are written by the cousins. I live in the country, about three miles from town. I am going to school now. I like to study my lessons well, so my teacher will not scold me. I have three sisters and two brothers. My oldest sister is going to music school in the city. Mr. Big Hat, I have a beautiful bird. It is a yellow canary. Miss Big Bonnet, your picture is very pretty, what I could see of you, but we did not get to see your mouth and nose. I do like to read your letters. I wish you could beat Mr. Big Hat to his chair next time and write us a good long letter. Mr. Big Hat, if you will allow me I will ask a question in Texas history: What important events happened in Henderson's administration? Ida L. McGee, call again. You write such good letters. Mollie Lee Chamness, Kate Kirkley is my cousin.
JENNETTE CLINE, Chicago, Cook Co., Ill. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: You will no doubt be surprised to see that your charming paper has traveled so far as to the great and busy city of Chicago. What attracted the most of my attention and time was the merry circle of cousins, and after reading each and every letter, I was determined to seek an admittance, which I hope Mr. Big Hat will grant me. I shall be rather disappointed to find that Peggy made a meal of my letter, but nevertheless will try another time. I see some of the cousins have asked and answered questions, so I will put on also. What time is it when the clock strikes 13? It seems quite strange to read some of you Texas boys and girls' doings, and to think you have to walk so many miles to school seems ridiculous, as we only have to walk a few blocks. Edwin McWilliams, I admire your letter, and think if you practice what you preach, you will become a great man some day. I think it is a noble determination of the cousins to subscribe for that monument and you have my best wishes for its progress. The snow is about three feet deep in Chicago now, but it is great fun skating in Lincoln park. I would like to visit your section of the country very much, as I have some regular correspondents from Denison, Tex.
OLLIE ANDERSON, Granger, Williamson Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little 10-year-old girl who wants to join your happy band. I never tried to write to the Cozy Corner before, but I have been reading the cousins' letters and think them all nice. Your department is the best and most popular part of the paper. I am going to school now, but I did not go to-day, for it is too muddy. I have to walk a mile and a half to school. I live two miles west of Granger. Mr. Big Hat, you ought to come down and hear us say speeches. We all have to speak once a month. I have been going to school three months. I have received seven head marks. Lucy Robertson, you asked if you had but one uncle on your father's side, what kin would his brother be to you? He would be your father.
COLEMAN BENNETT, Womack, Bosque Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: As I have never written to the Cozy Corner before, will you kindly let me in for a while? I have never seen a letter from this part of Bosque county. I live one mile from Womack and seven miles east of Clifton. I am going to school. I like my teacher well. I have six studies. I am not like most of the cousins. I have no pets, except my little baby brother. I am 13 years old. I will send something to the memorial stone in my next letter.
AMOS D. BARBER, Mont Belvieu, Chambers Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I am 14 years old. I am going to school now. I am studying six studies. I like to read the cousins' letters. I will answer Minnie Loveless' question, who said, "We have met the enemy and they are ours?" It was Perry. Florence Cahoon's question was: "Who was the most famous man in Texas history that lived between the years 1821 and 1836?" It was Moses Austin. Sawnie Goodwyn's question was: What was called the Yankee cheese box? It was the Monitor. The Spanish first settled St. Augustine. Ben Rivers, I guess it must have been Gov. Hogg that did his chief fighting on the coast with the musquitoes. I will ask some questions: What man said, "Veni, vidi, vici," and what does it mean. And where is Lost Island, Tex.
CATHERINE F. STONER, South McAlester, I. T. > Pittsburg Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: My papa takes The News, so I get to see all the letters and enjoy reading them so much. Papa has a type writer and I write on it a great deal. I can write fast now, for he has had it for some time. I go to school and am in the forth [sic] grade. I have a pony and ride every evening. I was 11 years old last month. Do you get many letters from the Indian Territory? I live in South McAlester. It is a small town, but a live one. The Missouri, Kansas and Texas and Choctaw and Gulf railways cross each other here, and it is in the center of the coal mining country. At Krebs, four miles from here, are large coke ovens. It is very interesting to a little girl who always lived on the prairie of north Texas, as I have done. I lived in Gainesville, Tex. I inclose 10 cents for the Sam Houston Stone.
RUFUS GILBREATH, Leland, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading The News and noticing the correspondence of the young folks I decided that I would like to join them. I have been in Texas about two months and a half. I lived near Collinsville, Ala., and was going to school when I ran away from my home and parents. But I write to them very often and hope they are all right. I like Texas fine and think it a fine farming country. I am working with V. D. Kendrick, who takes The News. I was 18 years old the 3d instant and aim to see my childhood home again when I am 21 if not before. I think The News is a fine newsy paper; it comes nearer giving "all the news" than any paper I ever saw, I believe. It has rained a great deal within the last month and the farmers are badly behind with their work. Well, as this is my first I will write more next time.
HANEORD FREEMAN, High, Lamar Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I am a little boy 9 years old. I have been in Texas eight months. I like it very well, all but the mud. I go to school at Pleasant Hill. I like to go. I have a pet calf and a kitten. I go to Sunday school at the Baptist church at High every Sunday. I like to read the cousins' letters.
MAUDIE MUNDEN, Cedar Hill, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Seeing my last letter was not published I have courage to write again. I guess Peggy ate it up. I have been going to school at Cedar Hill, and oh, how sorry I was when it closed. I learned to love my teachers dearly. They were good and kind to all. I had a nice time Christmas. We all attended a nice dinner at my uncle's down in Ellis county.
GRACE CONGDON, Whitesboro, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first letter to the Cozy Corner. I will answer one of Sammie Goodwyn's questions: "What was called the yankee cheese box?" It was the invention of Capt. Ericsson, a boat. I will ask some questions: What city in Mexico is one foot below the level of the sea? In what city do they use birds as scavengers? The railroad from the City of Mexico to Vera Cruz is built on mountains most all the way. The scenery in Mexico is beautiful.
GIRLIE PRINCE, Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes still another little girl who wants admission into the Cozy Corner. I do not see any one from here writing. I like to have the cousins' letters to read. I am 7 years old and have no pets. I go to school at Eastman college and have the best teacher in the world. My papa is agent for the Cotton Belt railroad here. We had a Christmas tree at home and had a big time. I got two dolls and a parlor set and we all got a magic lantern; I mean all of us children. I have three brothers and two sisters. Next time I write I will send you all a wedding card. My dolls are going to marry.
BARBARA BLUM, Durham, Borden Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Peggy's ears look like two big carrots. Write again, Marion York. We need such letters as yours. I live three miles northwest of Durham, which consists of a store, a postoffice, a hotel and five families. Minnie Loveless, the answer to your question was Pocahontas. I had a nice time Christmas. I am 11 years old. Our teacher is from Aline, and I like her. Miss Big Bonnet ought to have her picture taken without a bonnet on. Peggy is fat because he eats so many of the cousins' letters. I hope the cousins will meet with success for the Houston memorial stone. I was born in Vermont, so I am a Green mountain cousin, but I have lived in Texas since I was 2 years of age, so I know nothing of my northern home only what is told me, and my interest are all in Texas.
LEILA HARLON, Oakwood, Leon Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to you, and I hope I am welcome. I have five brothers and one sister. I am going to school. We have about 100 scholars. I live in town and attend Sunday school every Sunday. I have not missed a Sunday this year. I am reading the New Testament through. I read it on Sunday evenings and other days when I have time. Genevieve Myrdoch, you told of your hunt; now I will tell of mine. In the summer papa took ten of us girls in a wagon. Several boys went horseback. We went three miles from town and got all the grapes and persimmons we wanted, and then we went sweetgum hunting. We didn't get any gum, but enjoyed it ever so much. I will send some money for the memorial stone fund and will help all I can. Edwin McWilliams, your letter was interesting.
HARRY KING, Godley, Johnson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the Cozy Corner for some time. I am only a little 12-year-old boy and so don't expect to see this in print. But that is all right. If Mr. Big Hat fails to publish my letter, when I get to be a man I will write again. If it was not for making my letter so long I would tell the cousins something about my city, which contains something less than 10,000 inhabitants. If this letter escapes the wastebasket, I will tell you more about my town next time. I am going to school now, but I tell you, little cousins, I have a mighty tough time of it, or that is the way it seems to me. I wouldn't mind going to school at all, if it was not for saying speeches, but that gets me. When I get up to say a speech something always gets in my throat. Saturday a crowd of young people went from Godley down on the Brazos river to have a nice time, and of course it is the nature of all boys to want to go where they have no business, or that is what older people say. So I thought it would be great sport for me to go along too, and that was not all, for I found out that I was not as good a sailor as I had thought I was, for I let a boat turn over with me in the river, and I got wet all over. Everybody laughed at me good, though I failed to see anything very funny about it myself. I am always getting into those kind of scrapes. My mother said she had seen a good many boys in her day, but never saw one just like me. Never mind, when I get big, I won't have such a hard time. Who was the author of our convenient denominations of United States money -- the mill, cent, dime, dollar, etc.?
MAUD CARSON, Mount Vernon, Rowan Co., N. C. -- Mr. Big Hat: I received my diploma last week. I think it is beautiful. I had it framed the day after I got it. Please accept my thanks for it. In September I sent in my paper, hoping to receive a diploma -- hoping, yet fearing that I would be disappointed. You can imagine my delight for the same. I hardly know how to express my thanks to you for the opportunity you gave me to so distinguish myself. I will cherish the diploma, not only as a reward of merit, but as a remembrance of your kindness to one of the children of your department. This is Sunday. I don't have time through the week to write, as I have to go to school. We certainly have a good school. We haven't had any snow this winter, and this is Feb. 9.
CORA CLEVELAND, Kimball, Bosque Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you permit a 13-year-old girl to join your band? We take your paper, and think it is the best paper in the state. I have two pets -- a dog and cat. The dog is as old as I am. Pretty old, isn't he? I will send 5 cents for the stone fund next time I write.
MABLE DAVIDSON, Henrietta, Clay Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: This is my first attempt to write to you. My papa takes The News. I think it is a very nice paper. I enjoy reading your little cousins' letters very much. I am 11 years old. I go to school. I am in the seventh grade. I will answer Hartsell Coplen's question: Noah's ark landed on Mount Ararat. I will ask you a riddle: If a barrel and a half cost a dollar and a half, what will a ton of coal come to?
EDNA L. WRIGHT, [Merriman], Eastland Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have just been having a good laugh at Peggy, standing over her basket of letters. I wonder why her little master doesn't manage some way to prop her ears to prevent them flopping. I wish to say also that I admired Miss Big Bonnet's picture very much. She has such a beautiful mouth and a cute little turned-up nose, and I was also very much taken with the pattern of her bonnet.
FLETCHER FISHER, Macune, San Augustine Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Our school closed last week and I was very sorry because I like to go to school. I am 9 years old, but I can not do much work. I have three brothers and three sisters. One of my sisters is married. I have no pets except a cat. I stay with my grandmother a good deal, but she is going to move and I will have to stop.
LENA BAILEY, Palestine, Anderson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have just finished reading the cousins' letters. I think they are all very nice. I rarely ever see any letters from Palestine. I live two and half miles from Palestine. I think it is a nice town. It is claimed to have 10,000 inhabitants and is growing larger real fast. I am 13 years old. I wrote one letter and it was not published. I suppose Peggy got it. I will be glad to correspond with some of the cousins about my age. Tom Hood's riddle is the moon. Noddie Campbell, the White mountains are in New Hampshire.
MINNIE STEVENS, Rusk, Cherokee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the cousins' letters so long that I could not resist the temptation of writing. I think the Cozy Corner has improved so much. I am going to school. My age is 15, and I am not grown y et. I thought when I was little that when I was 15 I would be grown. Have any of the cousins ever eaten any bear meat? Some people say they like it. I don't. I had just as soon eat a piece of dog. Where has Herbert Taylor gone? I heard some one say that he was off on a hunting expedition. I think Genevieve Myrdoch and chum were a cute couple. I like to read letters from west Texas. I have some home-made cousins out there. I think we had all better take Edwin McWilliams' advice, that is to improve our time. The cousins' department is a great thing in which to learn. I will ask a question: When was the first printing press introduce? Minnie Stephens, come again.
HAL WILLIS, Frost, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the Cozy Corner some time and find in it many interesting letters from the children. I think Mr. Big Hat is so kind to allow the children to write in his valuable paper. This is my first attempt, but I enjoy writing letters so much. Cousins, we are having some very bad weather now. I see that most of the cousins are going to school. It is a fine thing to have the chance of going to school and to learn to become better men and women. This is what the great creator framed us for -- to be something ourselves and to help others to be something. I wonder how many of the cousins go to Sunday school every Sunday? I go, and read the Testament every day and find it very interesting. I solicit correspondence from both boys and girls.
WILLIAM P. GODFREY, [Mountain] Peak, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my second time to write to The News. I like to read the cousins letters, and I see that they are asking a good many questions, and that is what I like. In my other letter I asked a question that I don't believe any one of the cousins can answer. I guess that Peggy got my letter as I didn't see it in the Cozy Corner, so I will ask it again: Give the name and whereabouts of a river in the world that runs six months in one direction and the other six in the other direction? I will give some answers to some of the cousins' questions: Jane Frances Dora Linney, the answer to yours is Magellan. He circumnavigated the globe for the first time in the year 1520. James Taylor, the longest river in the world is the Mississippi, counting its tributaries. The oldest town is St. Augustine, founded in the years 1566 by the Spaniards. I am 13 years old and would like to correspond with some of the cousins. I hope Peggy will have had plenty to eat when my letter gets to the office.
STELLA OLIVER, Mount Vernon, Franklin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am just through reading The News and the cousins' letters are very interesting, so I could not stay away any longer. It has been so long since I wrote I expect Mr. Big Hat and the cousins have forgotten me. Rudolph B., come again. I hope Herbert Taylor has come to earth again and will tell about his trip to the sky. Turner Shell, you asked what the longest river in the world was. It is the Amazon. Maud Bateman, it was the battle of Bunker Hill that was preceded by prayer. Some of the cousins speak of piecing quilts. I like it very well. I have pieced one and nearly another. I am a twin. My twin sister's name is Delia[?]. I think so much of her. She is a brunette and I am a blonde. Mr. Big Hat, you look like an angel on Peggy's head. I am 12 years old. Ed Hurth, I think you ought to go back to your mother. I am going to school and like my teacher very much. My deskmate's name is Belle Dozier. We have a great deal of fun. I have one brother and two sisters. We are raising a little orphan boy. He is as sweet as a child ever gets to be. He is 3 years old the 15th of April. Belle Beckham, your birthday comes just a day before mine. Mine is the 3d of April. I will ask some questions: What place is [it] that has a postoffice without a postmaster or postmistress? On what and with what did John Smith write to his people? Who of the cousins can parse "kiss?" What is if that hangs and bears and never blooms.
MARIE TAYLOR, Itasca, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Time has stolen on unobserved and has brought us to valentine day. Upon seeking the origin of valentine I find that it originated in the reign of the Emperor Claudius, and that "Valentine," or Valentinus, was the name of a considerable number of saint, three of whom were the most important, namely: Valentinus, Valentinian I, Valentinian II. The former, after long imprisonment, was beaten with clubs and finally was beheaded on the 14th of February. Many peculiar observances used to be connected with St. Valentine's eve and day in England, Scotland and some parts of France, and to which allusion is so frequently made by English writers. If any of the cousins know how we came to write or buy Valentines for our friends on that day it would be interesting for them to tell us where the custom originated. Many of the cousins I would like so much to meet, to know and, as Josiah Allen's Wife says, "neighbor back and forth with." Some of the "angelic creatures," I am sure, are very beautiful. Well, by the by, it is curious to see how women are graded in different countries. In America when we say a girl is beautiful Bab says we mean she has lovely hair, an exquisite skin, perfect postures, handsome eyes and a beautiful figure. To our sorrow a great deal is required of American girls. In Spain they are satisfied if a woman is coquettish and has lovely eyes. In England if she has a good figure, a good walk and is "well groomed." In France if she is perfectly dressed and has charming manners, and personally I think the Frenchman not only asks for but gets the best. Well, I like the literary feature in our correspondence. How many like George Elliot's works, and which of her works do you most admire? I am reading "The Mill on the Floss," having just finished "Felix Holt, the Radical," and "Daniel Deronda." The latter, to me, is the most interesting, having a "quaint and curious" heroine -- Gwendolene. And how many like to read the daring exploits of Robin Hood? I for one! Various periods, ranging from the time of Richard I to near the end of the reign of Edward I, have been assigned as the age in which he lived. He is usually described as a yeoman, and we read that his chief residence is said to have been in the forest of Sherwood, in Nottinghamshire. Little John, Marian and Friar Tuck are the most noted of his followers. It is not so romantic, however, when we know that little or no evidence can be discovered that he actually existed. Well, that "spring is advancing" is a noticeable fact, and it is with no small amount of joy that we perceive that green woods and birds will soon be here to charm us. With them come "spring fever" and horrid freckles. That is the dark side of the glowing picture. Some of the freckles, having been in winter quarters for several months, will proudly make their appearance in martial array, and I fear many mirrors may be broken on account of that disaster. The cause will be the sudden change of the temperature -- a natural result. With many wishes for the success of The News I bid the cousins "good evening!"
MAE BURGE, Ector, Fannin Co., Tex. -- Dear cousins: As Mr. Big Hat was kind enough to print my other letter, if you will open the door again this bright sunny morning, I will step in and chat with the cousins awhile. Edward Drake, you asked who invented steam power. It was Robert Fulton. Hallie Mable Wolcott, William Penn was born in England in 1718. James Taylor, the oldest town in the United States is St. Augustine, Fla. Cousins Lula Kirk, I agree with you on the subject of boys. Thank goodness I have no brothers. How many of the cousins can write on the typewriter? I am writing this letter on one. Mr. Big Hat, will you print a little story for me if I will write one that you think would stand public inspection? If so, I will write one next time I write to The News. I am very fond of stories, especially fairy stores. I will close my letter with some questions: What two presidents were assassinated, and who were the assassins? When was Nevada admitted to the union, and during whose administration? Success to The News, and may Peggy never starve to death for want of something to "chaw on."
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BESSIE L. STEWART, Sherman, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to The News. I had quite an enjoyable time Valentine's day. We had a valentine box at school, in which I got some real pretty ones. And I got some more through the mail. I went to a party that night, a surprise to our teacher. We had a real nice time. We played several games and some of the girls played on the piano. Our teacher is real nice. After the party our teacher and most of the party went to a fire. Two houses were burned. I went to the country last summer, but it didn't agree with me much, as I was sick when I came back. I enjoy reading the cousins' letters. I read them every week. I have seen so many letters from Sherman and I thought I would write too. I agree with Katie Hamilton; Louisa M. Alcott is my favorite author. I am in the sixth grade. My age is 13 years. Let us hear from Reba E. Smith again.
NELLIE MOSS, Bruceville, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: Your department has been silently admired by me for some time, and I can not withstand the temptation of joining, so I hope the cousins will welcome me to their Cozy Corner. I like Mr. Big Hat's lofty position very much in some respects. There is no danger of getting his Sunday shoes muddy or his "go-to-meeting" suit spattered, but woe be unto him if Peggy should get stuck in the mud, for all he could do would be to shake his ears. Now, do you think I mean it would be all Peggy could do to shake Mr. Big Hat's ears? Cousins, how did you enjoy St. Valentine's day? I certainly participated in the privileges of that event, but I won't promise to tell to what extent. Write again, Jenie Fauklander. Your letter was very interesting to me. V. S. Staneart, my home was in southern Louisiana, too, and it always makes me glad to read a letter from there. Lauretta Faust, I enjoy your letters so much; hope you will favor the Cozy Corner with another real soon. My favorite amusements are reading and riding horseback. I would be willing risk a race with any of the cousins (boys not excepted). I spent yesterday evening setting out various kinds of flowers. I will mention only the most beautiful (now open your eyes), the moss rose. As it seems customary for the cousins to give their ages, I will give mine too. In nine years I will be the age my brother is now. I don't have to write to my brother any more, for he is at home, so would like a correspondent about my age.
JENNIE MOORE, Wheatland, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will write again, as I see the mule is eating my other letter up. I go to school at Wheatland, and like it very much. We were all made sad recently by one of our schoolmate's dying. He sent word to all the scholars to be good and meet him in heaven. I have always gone to school in Oak Cliff till this winter. I have three pets, two pet chickens and a pet pig. This is the first time I ever lived in the country, and I get very lonesome.
FLORENCE EVANS, Greenville, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I promised you to write up our city in my next. The town was laid out in the year 1847, but remained a small, straggling village until the year 1880, when the first railroad, the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, reached here from the north, giving us railway connection with the outside world. The shrill whistle of the locomotive broke the slumbers of the old town and signs of life and activity were seen on every hand. The completion of the Katy road to this point was soon followed by others until now we have outlets in nine different directions by rail, making this town one of the great railroad centers of the state. The advent of the railroad found us with a population of 600 or 700, now we have near 10,000. Then we had half a dozen little country stores, now we have seventeen large dry goods stores, thirty-eight retail grocery stores, two wholesale grocery stores, six large drug stores, six hardware stores, three saddle and harness stores and three national banks, with paid up capital of $500,000. Then we had six or eight disciples of Blackstone eking out a miserable existence on the misfortunes of their fellowman, now we have more than half a hundred well fed, sleek lawyers, all with a large and profitable practice. Then we had two little puny weekly newspapers, now we boast of seven weeklies and two dailies, the Morning Herald and Evening Banner. Then we had three or four physicians, now we have more than thirty, and, strange to say, our population has steadily increased with all these doctors in our midst. Then we had a small frame hotel building on the southwest corner of the square, now we have a large, three-story building with nearly 100 rooms, another three-story brick building with thirty or forty rooms, a large two-story brick with about twenty rooms and still another with about the same capacity. Then pale Luna and the friendly stars furnished us light by night, now our streets are ablaze with electric lights that make Luna hide her face in shame. Then our courts administered justice in a little dark, dingy, ill-ventilated room on Lee street, now the lawyers thunder forth their eloquence in a $50,000 temple of justice. Then the law and gospel was proclaimed in four or five small uninviting and cheerless churches, now they are doing business at the same old stand. Besides these we have a fine system of waterworks that cost $100,000, one large compress, two cotton seed oil mills, one large iron foundry, two steam laundries. The Cotton Belt and Midland railroads have recently built a large union depot, costing $20,000, and the Katy is now erecting a $50,000 depot, which will be the largest and finest in the state. Last but not least is the Burleson college, built in the western part of the city and which would be an honor and credit to a city like Dallas, Houston or Galveston. We have many other enterprises and places of interest that I have not mentioned in this letter, but fearing that I might be trespassing upon the time and patience of yourself and cousins I will not make this letter any longer.
JOE FARMER, Honey Grove, Fannin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading this corner for a long time, and have only contributed one little morsel to Peggy, so I have decided to feed her this one more, for I want her to be fat by spring. I know she gulped my other one down her old goozle in a jiffy, and enjoyed it, too, for it was some little verses, very young and tender, so was bound to be light on her stomach. I always avoid writing anything very solid or indigestible for fear of giving Peggy the dyspepsia. Anything feeding on my thoughts will find them rich in animal food, and always more nourishing to the body than to the mind. But, for further information, ask Peg. Well, Joe Dawson, the Italian, writes like he has whole libraries of American and English literature stored away in his cranium. That's right, Joe. If more of us would mingle a little good literature with the gray matter of our brain it might help us. For my own part, I don't need it much, for I have already read Hostetter's almanac, and one number of "Peck's Bad Boy" this winter, and I can feel my cerebellum is getting as hard as a flint. I am going to keep on reading a little, though, all along until I get all of Hostetter's works read, but he issues a new volume every year, and keeps me pretty busy. I read a piece in here a few weeks ago about a girl wearing bloomers while persimmon hunting. I wish she would come back again. I'd give 40 cents to see her in her costume. I have been studying the new woman a great deal here lately, and I believe if possible I would like her better than the old edition. Here in Honey Grove there are one or two neat little volumes of the "revised works" bound in cloth with stiff backs (except when on wheels), but the type is rather bold, some think. I think it would be well for us to take up some subject to discuss, not that I could write on a subject, but if I had something to aim at I might not wobble off so far on the new woman. If Peggy had not nipped off my first buddings of poetic genius, I might now have been inditing sonnets to this corner -- or to the new woman. I know it is an animal instinct in Peggy to nip at anything green, but I hate her and have half a notion to indite one of my sonnets at her. But I am not quite mean enough to take such revenge on a dumb brute. I inclose 10-cents for the Sam Houston fund. (Yes, Peg, you can't eat a dime!)
HENRY D. PHILLIPS, Timpson, Shelby Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I am a little afraid to come again so soon, but I think you will excuse me, as I only call to bring the money I have collected for the Sam Houston memorial stone fund. I send $6.15. I will try to get more when I visit my cousin. I think the cousins are very slow about sending in their collections. Why don't you hurry up, cousins? We must not become careless and neglect this matter, after Mr. Big Hat has given us charge of it. I enjoy going to my friends and asking them to give something for such a worthy object. I had never learned to count money very well till I began this collecting. Now I can change a bill without any trouble. I have never gone to school. Mamma teaches me at home. I study the second reader, arithmetic and writing. I was 7 years old in January. Mr. Big Hat, you certainly look funny sitting on Peggy's head. I am afraid none of us would ever see you if you were to fall off in the mud and Peggy was to step on you.
MILLIE HARRIS, Carbon, Eastland Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I have never written to your Cozy Corner, I thought I would now. I am 12 years old and go to school. I have four studies. I will send 25 cents for the memorial stone of Sam Houston. My grandfather fought in the Mexican war and was with Gen. Houston , and was well acquainted with him.
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