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THE COZY CORNER
February 23, 1896

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.


SALLIE CHEATHAM, Edgewood, Van Zandt Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I have not seen any letters from Edgewood, I thought I would write one. We have a very good school here. My age is 9 years. Ethel Whatley and I are great chums. She is my deskmate at school. We have lots of fun together. I am expecting her to spend the day with me to-day. We have had lots of rain this week. I haven't any pets. Mr. Big Hat, tell Little Miss Big Bonnet to send me her picture. I have one of yours. I have three sisters and two brothers.


CALLIE CARTER, Tarkington, Liberty Co., Tex. -- Dear Mr. Big Hat: I will write you a letter for the first time. I am 13 years old and go to school. My father is a farmer and raises hogs to sell. I have two sisters and two brothers. Cousins, did you have a nice time Christmas? I hope you did. We had an entertainment at our house Christmas night, and had a house full of friends, and we had a nice time. Miss Big Bonnet, come again. You write real nice letters. We are going to have an examination and concert at the close of our school. Mr. Big Hat, the next time I write, I will give you a description of my home.


CORALIE CHILCOAT, McGregor, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Dear Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have often thought of writing, but something happens to prevent until now. I live five miles from McGregor. It is a very pretty little place. My sister Lettie married last Tuesday, and I have been lonely ever since she went away. She went to Dallas. Mr. Big Hat, maybe you saw her. I have a sister living there. I stayed there and went to school in 1894. I went to the East Dallas school. I had a nice time. I live on a farm. I don't pick cotton, because I have five brothers to pick it. We have a big house, big barn, and a windmill, and many other nice things. I go to school horseback. How many of you cousins are fond of horseback riding? I am. I went to the Dallas Fair. I guess I saw a good many of you, but didn't know you. Well, everybody has to tell their age, so I will. My age is 11 years. I am a very small girl. I was born on Christmas day. How many of you go to Sunday school? I do, and like my teacher.


MYRTLE SCOTT, Circleville, Williamson Co., Tex. -- Dear Mr. Big Hat: I have just learned how to write. I want to write all the time. I am 8 years old, and can read anywhere in my second reader, spell and add "great big" examples. My teacher is Miss Lizzie Humes, and this is the second year I have gone to her. Last year I learned my letters, my figures, and how to read and spell. I love my teacher very much. Our school will be out before long. We are going to have a nice entertainment. I wish you and Miss Big Bonnet could come. In one piece I am going to be a little negro girl. Last year we had a nice entertainment, too. We gave Miss Lizzie a gold watch chain. My papa takes your paper. He says I look like Miss Big Bonnet's picture. We live on a farm near Taylor. I have two brothers and three sisters. I have no pets, but want a monkey awfully bad. Miss Lizzie is going to get me one if she can. I hope you will print my letter. It will surprise my brothers and sisters, as they don't think I can write a letter by myself.


EMMA MILLER, Tadmor, Houston Co., Tex. -- Good evening, Mr. Big Hat and all my unknown cousins that read and write to the Cozy Corner! I expect most of the cousins have forgotten me it has been such a long time since my letter was in print. Miss Big Bonnet, your letter to the cousins was very nice. You must slip into Mr. Big Hat's chair real often when he is out playing foot ball and write to The News. You left it for the cousins to decide whether you are pretty or not. You say some said your mouth is too large, others say your nose turns up too much at the end. I say your bonnet is too big to tell whether you have, and are a very pretty little girl. Mr. Big Hat, I am real sorry you hurt your big toe. You must not kick the ball so hard next time, wait until you put pants on. Well, cousins, this hear is leap year -- a jolly year for the girls. This year is also election year -- a great year for picnics and barbecues. Cousins, how many of you have read "The Oregon Trail," written by Mr. Parkman? It is about two young men (one Mr. Parkman himself) traveling in the far west when that part of the United States was wild and trackless and inhabited mostly by Indians. I read it Christmas week and liked it splendid. I am a friend to the Indians and like to read about them very much. I wonder how many years will elapse before they become an extinct race? For my part, I hope they never will. I think it is cruel of the whites to keep taking their land from them. The Indians owned America several hundred years before the whites knew there was such a continent in existence. I have never seen an Indian, but would like very much to see one. I finished reading "Camping Out" last Sunday. It is about four boys. Their names are Read, Wash, Wade and Kit. Kit is the author of "Camping Out." I think it almost the best book I ever read. Cousins, I am going to keep a journal this year just for fun, and a fine journal it will be. I think it would be so nice for all of the cousins to keep a journal this year. In future years we would enjoy reading what we wrote in childhood. It has been raining, raining almost all day and everything is damp and cold. I enjoy a rainy day when I can get a favorite book and slip into some cozy corner and read without being disturbed. Cousins, boys especially, how many of you would like for the United States and England to have a war? How many of you boys that are of age would enlist in the army? Would you, Mr. Big Hat (although I don't suppose you could hold a gun or rifle straight long enough to shoot any one)? Perhaps you would be a general or colonel. That would be better. Cousins, it is 5:45 o'clock a. m. The chickens are crowing for daylight. I expect you wonder why I am up so early. Well, papa is sick and I am sitting up to give him medicine. Everything is so still and quiet, not a sound to be heard except the chickens and the naughty old spring frogs calling for more rain, and now and then a faint roar of far off thunder. It makes me feel somewhat lonely listening to the sighing and moaning of the wind. Once in a while a little sprinkle of rain beats down on the roof to let me know the clouds are still wandering about overhead. I love to be lonely sometimes. I would like very much to correspond with any of the cousins.


WALTER CURRY, Mansfield, Tarrant Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: The many interesting correspondents of last week's issue have impressed me very forcibly in two ways. First by the marked improvement that is being made by every one of the department, and second, in influencing me to write again to The News. It has been quite a while since I last wrote to The News. I had no reason to be discouraged, because all my letters were printed. I get a great deal of good from the letter department, and I look at it in this way: Even if no one else is benefited by my letters it is a great benefit to me. We write, and when our letters come out, we see where we made mistakes, that Mr. Big Hat corrects, and that should encourage us. In all our lives some time it may be almost necessary that we should express our thoughts on some subject in print. Therefore, I say that this department is one of the best things in the state of Texas for young people, because we have the privilege of writing and reading, and by that gaining knowledge without the cost of a cent. What is knowledge? It is clear conception, information and learning. A good motto is "Live and learn." I notice that most of the cousins are going to school. I am attending school now. This is bad weather on school children, is it not? It has been raining here for about two weeks. Well, cousins, since I last wrote I have changed my place of abode as you may have noticed from Waxahachie to Mansfield. I now live four and one-half miles southeast of Mansfield. It is a beautiful country. Were any of the cousins ever along here? If you were you will agree with me. Not only is it pretty, but it is very productive in everything. Where I live I can step just outside the door and turn my eyes to the southwest and behold the beautiful little town of Venice, noted here for its rapid growth and the fertile lands around it. Then I turn my eyes down the line of the Texas Central railroad and there is Wyatt switch, although of its history I know very little. But I guess it is noted for its ancient structures, and also for its number of houses (?). I think the number neither increases nor decreases. Well, as I leave that place it isn't but a short distance to look to the town of Midlothian. I imagine the traveler who has never seen this portion of the country when he gets into this valley and views the town on its elevated tableland, must think he has found an earthly paradise. Leaving the Texas Central railroad and looking down the line of the Texas and Pacific railroad about seven miles is Hellandville. It is a very small place, but has a good country around it. It is noted for its mud, for it is the muddiest place that I ever was in. About five miles from there is Mansfield, our town, but we can't see it from home. There are so many that write interesting letters that I can hardly ask one to write without asking all, but I will just name one or two, Annie Lee Smith, who writes short but interesting letters, and Lucile Dugan Shannon, who is very young to write so well. Come cousins, all, and let's make this department instructive and interesting.


HATTIE MINOR, Goldthwaite, Mills Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I have never seen a letter from this part, I will write. I read the cousins' letters and like them very much. Little Miss Big Bonnet, I think you write very interesting letters. Mr. Big Hat should let you write oftener. I think your picture is real cunning. I go to school at Lookout schoolhouse, and like very much to go. I will tell about my trip Christmas. My brother, sister and myself started for Taylor Dec. 23. We saw some very beautiful scenery on the way -- so many cedar trees, cedar bluffs, and the loveliest of all was a small waterfall. It rained nearly all the time. I would have been much enjoyed if it had not made me sick. They laughed at me about its making me sick to ride on the train. We arrived at Taylor about 4 o'clock p. m., and went to our cousin's house for the evening. We had a very nice time walking over town. The next day we started out in the country about eighteen miles. After staying eight or nine days we returned to Taylor, and remained a day and night, and until 2 o'clock the next day. Then we started for home. We reached Temple about 4 o'clock, and learned that the train had gone just an hour before, and that we would have to remain until 3 o'clock the next day. We made ourselves content the best we could. When we finally arrived at Goldthwaite papa was there waiting for us. If I could write as well as some of the cousins do I wouldn't mind writing; but if we never try, we don't know what we can do. This is my first attempt. I think the Sam Houston memorial stone fund is a good thing. Mr. Big Hat, you look very young to be wearing spectacles. I suppose you read so much you have ruined your eyesight.


SALLIE C. WOODWARD, Damon, Brazoria Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: Will you make room in your charming circle for another cousin? I have been reading the Cozy Corner for some time, and at last have summoned up enough courage to attempt writing a letter. I went to a Christmas tree and got several nice presents - two handkerchiefs, two ups and saucers, a little glass box covered with shells, six oranges, a game of "Authors" and an apple. How many of the cousins live on the seacoast? I lived near Nueces bay four years. The fence to our front yard was within ten feet of the water during high tides. We children used to have grand times going in bathing. We would walk out on the wharf, get on our boat and jump off in the water. We would always stay in until mamma would call us, and some times then we would not hurry out. Papa's boat was named "Black Bess," after the famous black mare of Dick Turpin's. I saw in the Corner where one or two of the cousins had been to Corpus Christi. I have been there several times We would go over in Black Bess. I have also been bathing in Corpus bay and picked up shells on the shore. I went to the gulf last fall; went to Quintana and the mouth of the Bernard river. We did not find many shells. There had been so many people down there during the summer. I have been sick nearly all the summer and fall with chills. I am not going to school now. When I write again I will describe the mound on which I live. I will not say, as some of the cousins do, "If this is not printed, I won't write again," but I hope its merits may justify Mr. Big Hat's printing it. I saw a letter from Lizzy Winston in the last paper, and I was surprised to see a letter from her. We are cousins. We have not seen each other in five years. I would like to correspond with her. Mr. Big Hat, do you and Miss Big Bonnet send your photos to the cousins? I would be very glad to have them.


JIMELLA PAYNE, Wortham, Freestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the cousins' letters for some time and will beg for a space with them. Mr. Big Hat, it looks as if Peggy is getting as many letters as you are. I am a little girl, 11 years old, and have been going to school all the year until now. Our school has been suspended on account of the measles, but I can study at home as well as at school.


FRANK ATCHESON, Keene, Johnson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: Please accept my sincere thanks for the book you sent me. I was surprised to find that I had gained one of the prizes. I am well pleased with the book. I could not study my lessons until I had read about half of it. My teacher has it down in her room now looking at it, and I am almost lost without it.


GERTIE MAY SMYRER, Estacado, Crosby Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: Here comes a little plain girl, 8 years old, wishing to join the happy band of cousins. I have one pet, a little brown pony. I call her Mattie. I can cook, wash dishes and help mamma do all kinds of housework. I went to a dance at the H. H. H. ranch Christmas.


VERNON COLLINS, Tehuacana, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As Peggy looks hungry I will write again. We have been enjoying the papers lately, as it has been too muddy to do anything but stay at home. I received your picture, Little Mr. Big Hat, for which I thank you very much, and now I wish I had one of Little Miss Big Bonnet. Although it has not been long since Christmas, it is beginning to look like spring. The grass is getting green and people are beginning to talk about gardens. My grandpapa went to San Antonio Christmas and brought some rocks from the Alamo for me. One rock is from the room where Travis was killed, one from where Bowie was killed, one from where Crockett was killed and one from Mrs. Dickerson's room. He also brought me a souvenir made of nickel and it has the picture of the Alamo on one side and the names of Travis, Bowie and Crockett on the other side. I love to read Texas history, but I love better to hear grandpa tell about the battles he was in. He was a captain in Hubbard's regiment in the confederate army and can tell lots of things that the histories don't say anything about. I am going to get all the strange things I can and have a curiosity shop when I get grown. Can you ride Peggy, Little Mr. Big Hat? I have a mule that looks like her and I can ride mine.


G. PASCHALL BLACKBURN, Merit, Collin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As my other letter was printed I thought I would write again. I had to miss two weeks from school because I had the grippe. Our public school will close in two weeks. Santa Claus did not forget us Christmas; we all got several nice presents. I see the cousins writing about the Christmas chimney. We had a Christmas fence. Gus Ford, write again. I used to live at Farmer's Branch.


REBA GUINN, Rusk, Cherokee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: After reading the interesting Cozy Corner page, I thought I would attempt to write. It has been raining three days successively. I go to the Baptist college, and I am learning fast. I am in the sixth grade. I like my teacher very much. I have such nice schoolmates. I have one little sister and two brothers. I am a girl, 11 years old. I wish to correspond with Adelia Grebenc, if she will write first. My papa takes The News and I like it very much, especially the Sunday paper. I think some of the boys are beating the girls. Mr. Big Hat, is Little Miss Big Bonnet your sister or cousin? Her picture is real cute. Rusk is situated in a valley with mountains on every side, and also a beautiful stream flows on every side with its banks carpeted with the greenest moss, and on the hill large rocks, some about five feet long, and the stately trees everywhere, and many birds twitter among them. We have a state prison and about twenty-eight business houses here. As the cousins, as now I will call them, are telling about Christmas, I can say I had a jolly time. We stayed three days on the mountains with my grandma and aunties and cousins. We dressed more dolls, both great and small, and some of my schoolmates spent the day with me. [I] go to Sunday school every Sunday I can. We recite a verse in the Bible. My teacher, Mrs. Allen, is a good Christian woman. I think Ludie Sanders, Mary West, Florence Giddens, Magnolia Horsley and Earnest C. Wedemeyer are excellent writers. We have lots of hyacinths. I think they are real pretty and sweet. It has quit raining and some boys and my brothers have dug a deep hole and the water is bubbling like shining silver and forms a beautiful stream. I will ask a question: Who invented the clock?
     Is Miss Big Bonnet Mr. Big Hat's sister?


JENNIE BARR, Bailey, Fannin Co., Tex. -- Good evening, Mr. Big Hat, and cousins! I have been going to school. I like to go [to] school. I like my teacher and all my schoolmates. My teacher had the picture of the school taken. It was good. There were about seventy-five scholars in it. Mr. Big Hat, did you get mad when your little sister got in your chair and wrote to your cousins? My big bud would get mad if I were to get in his chair and write in his place, I believe. Miss Big Bonnet, the next time you get in your brother's chair, turn your face around, so I can see you, then I will tell you if you're pretty or ugly. That big bonnet hid you so I could not see. Oh, cousins, has not Peggy got long ears? I don't want her to get my letter; that is the reason I try to write with ink. I would rather write with a pencil, but that horrible Peggy would eat it. I think Mr. Big Hat is a good little boy to take such an interest in the children. I think we ought to be thankful to him and take more pains in writing. Miss Big Bonnet, you must get your big bud's chair often. We like you to come. I think Cousin Odis Riddle writes such funny letters. Come again, Cousin Lucile Dugan Shannon. You write an interesting letter for a little girl.


BESSIE SMITH, Whitney, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: To-day is Sunday and the sun is shining, which I am glad to see, as it has been raining the last few days. Cousin Alzada Bowman, I hope you will get those books, "Little Men" and "Little Women." I have read them, and think them very good. I also like "Joe's Boys" and "Moods" by Miss Alcot. ? Yes, my riddle has been answered. I will answer you[r] riddle: it is a sifter, isn't it? I will answer Lucy Roberson's riddle. It was: If you had but one uncle on your father's die, what kin would his brother be to you? He would be your father. Marie Taylor and Genevieve Myrdoch, come again. I have three friends who have written from Whitney. They are Lillie Boesch and Maud and Grace Melear. Lillie May Johnson, that may be the way you have always answered that riddle, but the way I have always heard it, was "stone." Mr. Big Hat, is that Peggy at the top corner of the cozy corner? If it is, I think his ears are too long, but of course he could not belong to Mr. Big Hat or Miss Big Bonnet without something large about his head, for Mr. Big Hat has a large hat, and Miss Big Bonnet has a large bonnet. How many of the cousins that take the Semi-Weekly News like the "Woman's Century?" I do, for one. I would like to correspond with some of the girl cousins, near my own age. Success to The News.


AGNES ASTON, Red Branch, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Seeing so many nice letters in The News, I am persuaded to knock at the door for admittance in the Cozy Corner. A young man living with us takes The News. Papa says he intends to take it before long. Mamma likes the "Woman's Century" very much. We did not know until lately that The News was such a remarkable paper. We have never been without reading matter since The News visited our home. We take several papers, but the widely known News towers above them all. Red Branch, the little village in which we live, is a rural place, fourteen miles from Whitesboro and about twenty-five miles from Sherman. Papa owns the gin at Red Branch, so you may guess we have to move around during the ginning season. I am not going to school now; the measles are raging to such an extent that our school has suspended. Our school is the prime object of my admiration. What about the Sam Houston monument fund? Cousins, we should not lose sight of this matter. It is a shame that there is no monument erected to the memory of Gen. Sam Houston. Sam Houston is to Texas what George Washington is to America.


BONNIE EVANS, Grand Saline, Van Zandt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here I am again, to try to describe the salt manufactures of this place. We have one salt plant here that has a capacity of 500 barrels per day. They pump the brine up out of the ground by steam power into large pans or vats. Then the brine is run into large pans and heated by large furnaces. When the brine becomes hot the salt forms on the surface and settles to the bottom, and then it is raked out with large rakes by men onto what are called draining boards. Then it is hauled off and dumped into the storage rooms, and when it gets dry it is sacked and barreled and sold. They have four pans 20x80 feet and three drainers 12x80 feet; that is the place where they make the fine table salt, but it has to be dried and ground, then put in small sacks and boxes. This is done by women and children. If I wasn't afraid that Peggy would get my letter I would give a full description of the work. We have another salt factory that turns out 350 barrels per day. I will answer Della Wild's question: Texas was admitted into the union in 1845. I will close by asking a question: When was West Virginia admitted into the union?


FLORENCE HEIMAN, Bolivar Point, Galveston Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It is quite a while since I wrote to the Cozy Corner, and I do hope Peggy will be asleep when this arrives. Mr. Big Hat, have you had any rain over in Galveston? On Bolivar it has rained for weeks and keeps it up. If Peggy were over here she would get a big drink, and her feet washed, or could take a sail in our cabbage patch. The Bolivar people feel very happy because we have a railroad over here now. It will soon be finished. It goes close in front of our house and it looks just splendid. It makes us feel like we lived in a great place. Mr. Jones is very kind. He lets the boys ride back and forth from work sometimes. I wish I was a boy. They have the best time I think, only they are not so pretty as we are. The cars scared our horses and cows nearly to death.


JESSIE WIGGINS, Hooks Switch, Hardin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As you were kind enough to print my last letter, I will try to write again. It is a very bad day, and I think of Longfellow's poem:

          "The day is cold and dark and dreary,
           It rains and the wind is never weary."

     Mr. Big Hat, I think our page gets more interesting each week. Cousins, I would like to exchange some crochet patterns. I have some very pretty patterns and will send any of the girls a pattern who sends me one.


ROWENA WADDELL, Hubbard City, Hill Co., Tex. -- Here comes another Texas girl to join your happy band. I am in the fourth grade. I go to school to my cousin['s?]. I am 13 years old. Papa took The News year before last and then missed last year. I was glad when he said he had subscribed for it again. I love to read the cousins' letters. I haven't any pets at all. My little baby brother died two weeks ago. He died just one week before his birthday. Lucile Dugan


MAGGIE ASTON, Red Branch, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been thinking of writing to the Cozy Corner for some time, so I now make the venture. I have just recovered from a case of the measles. I am glad that I will have them no more. Mr. Big Hat, it seems that the interest in the Sam Houston monument fund is abating. This enterprise should be carried to a finish. If the monument fund is not completed I will send in a contribution. I have no pets, only a colt; its name is Grace. Sister Agnes and I have two cats, but they are worthless creatures, not worth the trouble of petting. I think most of the cousins have quit claiming cats and dogs as pets, and I think it is an intelligent conclusion. Lena Brown, why don't you come again? You and I are not far apart. I will ask two questions before I close. I can see Peggy looking through the corner of her eye. How far do steamships ply up the Mississippi river? When and where was the first newspaper printed? I send greetings to Mr. Big Hat, the Little Men and Women and the matchless Dallas News.


NELLIE BALLARD, Whitney, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I never have attempted to write to the Cozy Corner I now will try. I am always glad when Sunday comes, for we get The News then, and I like to read the cousins' letters ever so much. I am going to school. I like to go. I think we have a good school. I have seven studies. I like them all, but geography is the best. I like to study about the world more than any other thing. We are having bad and rainy weather here. We have had but little cold weather. I have only one brother. He is in school at Baylor university. I have no sisters. I am 9 years old. I have spent all my life in Whitney. My papa is a merchant here; he came here when the town first started, fifteen years ago. We have only a small town, but it is improving all the time. Our town voted local option on the 10th of January. This was the only town in the county having open saloons.


IBERA BROWN, Childress, Childress Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will write you again this afternoon as I am not so busy and am through [with] my work. Do any of you cousins wash the dishes? I do and go to school, too. I wash dishes in the morning and dress before school. I am still attending school and like it well. I am studying physiology, geography, arithmetic, spelling and reading. I think that is enough for a 10-year-old girl. My teacher is a very pleasant young lady and is very nice, I think. She as about forty-five pupils in her charge. We have four teachers and a very good school. I will tell you something about the farmers here and what they grow on their farms. They plant it whether it grows or not. They plant wheat, oats, sorghum, millet and Kaffir corn. We have been out here four years and haven't raised anything much yet. I think probably the season will be better this year. We have had some very good rains this fall. The farmers are preparing to plant cotton. I will quit for I am afraid Peggy will get a snap at my letter.


CHARLEY F. ROACH, Flatonia, Fayette Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another 11-year-old chap to join our Cozy Corner. I read so many nice, interesting letters in your paper, the good old News. I go to school in Flatonia and like to go. My teacher is splendid. Flatonia is a thriving little town of about 1500 inhabitants. It has two gins, one planing mill and one oil mill. The Southern Pacific and Aransas Pass railroads run through it on the south side. On the east are prairies, on the north and west timbered lands. We live on the west side, one mile and a half distant. My papa is a farmer. Our land is mixed -- sandy and black. We raise corn, cotton and all kinds of vegetables. I saw my last letter in Peggy's mouth. You don't have the trouble of pulling fodder for him, do you, Mr. Big Hat? Oh, my, what a big waste basket you have for a fodder rack. If Peggy eats much corn I will send you a bushel for him if you won't let him have this letter. I was glad to see Miss Big Bonnet, and oh, how sweet she did look! If I lived close I would claim her for my girl. How would you like for me to be your sister's fellow?


HARVEY SHEAD, Elk, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As the letters get more interesting, I thought I would write. I have been going to school for the past three months, but our school has suspended and I am at home preparing to go to work as soon as the bad weather will permit. I have a brother older than myself. He and I go hunting occasionally. Among our pets we had a parrot, which died a few nights ago, and is missed very much. I also have a little sister 2 years of age. She can repeat the alphabet and can spell in four letters.


W. W. JETER, Nelson, Indian Territory > Choctaw Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I have never seen anything from this part of the B. I. T. in your valuable paper, and as my papa is a subscriber, I thought that I would like to join the band of cousins, too. My papa is superintendent of Spencer academy. We have 100 Indian boys in this school, and we have a fine time on Saturdays playing football and sometimes we go hunting. I will tell you more about our school if this escapes Peggy.


LEAFRONIA MURRY, Pine Valley, Walker Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: the diploma and prize have been received, for which accept my heartfelt thanks. I hope to be admitted into your next school, and as a proof of my appreciation of your work I will try to make an efficient scholar. The stories are so interesting that I intend visiting the book store in search of the other volumes of "Aunt Joe's Scrap Bag."

 

- February 23, 1896, The Dallas Morning News, p. 14, col. 4-7.
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