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April 26, 1896


[Mr. Big Hat's statement]:
     Will all the children who are interested in the erection of a memorial stone to Gen. Sam Houston get a foot rule or a tape measure and take some measurements that Mr. Big Hat will give them? Suppose, in addition, you cut some little wooden pins to drive in the ground when you have measured off the distance, so you can get a better idea of the size of the Sam Houston memorial stone, the gift of the "Little Men and Women of Texas," for it is the dimensions of this stone that he is about to give you. The slab of Texas granite on which the stone itself is to rest is six feet long and four feet wide. If you will mark a parallelogram of this size of the base as it rests on the ground. This slab is one foot three inches in thickness, which adds that much to the height of the memorial stone. The latter is five feet six inches in length, three feet six inches in width and three feet six inches in height. You can see from this that the stone, viewed from the end, would be perfectly square (three feet six inches each way), while viewed from the side it would measure two feet more in length than in height. If you will measure on a stock three feet six inches, then add one foot three inches more for the height of the base, you will get the total height of the stone, which is four feet nine inches. If you will now drive your long stick by the side of one of your stakes you can estimate very well with the eye the bulk of the stone.
     A stone like this would cost several hundred dollars, but it will not cost the cousins $100. In fact, if they will get right to work and add $25 to the amount already collected, the stone, as described, is theirs. Now you will all wonder how this can be. A generously disposed gentleman, who has watched this patriotic enterprise of The News' young people with considerable interest has offered the cousins the material itself free from quarries in Burnet county, in which he has interests. The only stipulation is that they complete immediately the fund necessary to pay the cost of cutting, polishing, inscribing and setting the stone in place. Mr. Big Hat has consulted a marble dealer and he is of the opinion that $25 in addition to the sums already received and published will do this work.
     Now, cousins, this is a generous offer and you should show your appreciation by responding at once. This is the time for the twenty or more young people who pledged themselves to engage in this work and who have not yet reported to fulfill their obligations. If each would raise a dollar the present month the individual subscriptions would do the rest. Many of the cousins have done admirably, but the burden should not be borne by a few, when all were so anxious to undertake the enterprise.
     This is certainly a much finer stone than Mr. Big Hat ever had an idea the cousins could obtain. It will be a memorial to their patriotic endeavor as well as to the hero whose valor it perpetuates. Work should be commenced on it at an early date to have it ready for the state fair, where thousands will view it before it is taken to Huntsville and perhaps be inspired by the enterprise of the children to be more active in rendering the recognition due in many other instances. As soon as the stone is completed, too, photographs will be taken of it and engraved for the department, that all may see the result of their endeavors.

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.

BAKER DU BOSE, Rising Sun, Jones Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have never written to you before, but have tried and my letters were not nice enough, so I would not send them. I am 11 years old and can pick 180 pounds of cotton in one day. I wonder how many of the cousins can do as well. I have two brothers and five sisters. My two oldest sisters are at Bruceville going to school.

OWEN LLOYD, Ruth, Coryell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I am a little boy 4 years old, and they all say that I am mean enough for two, but I don't think so. I have a little squirrel, and oh, how I love it. My uncle Jim sent me a nice little tool box Christmas, and lots of candy. Santa Claus brought me a jumping jack. He brought my dear little sister a doll, and it fared worse than Sally Rare. Its head, hands and feet were broken, and it never got any more; but sister was just 11 months old, and didn't know any better. Good day, for I must play.

ORA MAY HOLDEN, Macune, San Augustine Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: As I saw some of my schoolmates' letters in The News I thought I would write. Our school was out in January. I was sorry, for I liked my teacher very much. Girls, I will tell you how to do the boys when they get to making fund of you. Just treat them with contempt. I will ask some questions: Which is the smallest southern state? When was Alabama admitted into the union? What were Gen. Lawrence's dying words? Come again, Marion York; you write such nice letters. I have no brothers and but one sister. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins about my age, which is 14 years. Mr. Big Hat, I do not bother you often. You have not printed a letter from me in about four years. I will send in this 5 cents for the Sam Houston stone. I must stop, for I hear Peggy braying.

MATTIE TAFT, Midway, Madison Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As it is raining this evening, so that I can not go to singing, I will spend a few minutes talking to Mr. Big Hat and cousins. I have just been reading the letters and think they are nice. I had rather read the cousins' department than any other part of the paper. It has been raining here nearly all the winter and spring, so the farmers are late about planting, although pa has about ten acres of his corn planted and I helped ma plant her garden yesterday. I am going to school. I had rather go to school than to do anything else. How many of the cousins like to study Texas history? I do. I had rather study history than any other study. I have five brothers and two sisters. My youngest sister is 6 years old and is in the second reader and word primer. She is learning fast. School will be out in three weeks and I will be sorry, for I like to go so well. I do hate to miss a day from school. We live about a mile and a half from where we have to go to school and we can not go in bad weather. Cousins, I have ten head marks in my spelling and guess I will get one to-morrow if I do not get turned down. Our teacher wanted to have a spelling match Friday, but the scholars did not, so we did not have it. There is going to be a singing convention here on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in June. Mr. Big Hat, you can hitch Peggy up to your buggy and come. I know you would enjoy it. Our teacher in singing is going to give ten lessons in singing free, but it will be at night, so I don't expect I will go.

WILLIE MASON, Kemp, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the cousins' letters for some time and thinking about writing, but I was so afraid that Peggy would get it I would not write and now I have made up my mind to write anyhow. If Peggy gets this one I will try again. I am 10 years of age and in the fifth grade. I am not going to school now. I have just had the measles. I have been planting flower seed to-day. I dearly love flowers. I will send Mr. Big Hat some flowers if mamma's old hen don't get them all. I will not write very much this time, so if Peggy gets it she won't feel better or worse for it. I inclose 50 cents for the Sam Houston monument.

LIZZIE TAFT, Midway, Madison Co., Tex. -- As it has rained so I could not go to Sunday school, I thought I would spend a few minutes talking with the cousins and Mr. Big Hat. I hardly know what to say, as it has been about three years since I wrote to the cousins. I have been thinking of writing for some time, but could not get up enough courage to start with, and I am afraid that my courage is so weak now that I will make a failure. Cousins, I think the Corner has improved so much since I wrote last. I think we have real good society here. We have preaching every Sunday in the month except one, and Sunday school every Sunday and singing every Sunday evening. I don't think there can be anything nicer than to have a good church society for wherever there is a good church there is sure to be some good people. There is nothing that pleases me better than to go to Sunday school and singing. We have had plenty of water this winter, and it is still raining. I have missed several days from school on account of rain. I do hate to miss school. I have been going five months. I am learning fast. I have been studying hard this year. Do any of the cousins love to study geometry? It is so hard that I can not learn it. I have been begging my teacher to let me quit it, but he will not. He trys [sic] to encourage me in every way that he can, but I can not understand it. I am studying algebra and I think it is real interesting. If anyone understand algebra, arithmetic is very easy to them. Cousins, do you like to diagram? I do not. We have from ten to sixteen sentences to diagram every day.

COLEMAN BENNETT, Womack, Bosque Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: Here I am again, after an absence of nearly six weeks. You will find inclosed 25 cents for the Sam Houston memorial stone. Well, boys, how many of you are now ploughing? I, for one, am plowing every day that it doesn't rain. I wish we boys were all together; we could have lots of fun playing ball. I am going fishing before long. How I wish some of you could go with me. I have an older brother, but he is going to school. I will close by asking a question: Who killed 600 men with a stick that had been used in driving oxen?

MACK HARRELL, Celeste, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write for The News, and if I am successful in getting admission I may write often. Papa has been taking The News for some time and we like it very much. I am 11 years old. I have three sisters and two brothers. I am the oldest boy. I go to school and we have a good school. I have a Shetland pony. He is fine. Papa paid $50 for him. I go to Sunday school and belong to the Junior Epworth league. Celeste is located at the crossing of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe and Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad between Dallas and Paris. We have a nice little town, situated in a very fine, black land country.

FANNIE KIRK, Forney, Kaufman Co., Tex. - Good morning, Mr. Big Hat and cousins! No doubt you have forgotten me, it has been so long since I wrote to The News. I do think Miss Big Bonnet could write oftener if she wasn't lazy. Her letters are so interesting and instructive. Well, cousins, these beautiful, sunny days, the refreshing atmosphere and the grass growing green on the plains have dispelled all the gloom and monotony of the long winter months and inspired every one to fresher action and determination. The noisy chatter of the sparrow and the robins perched on a hickory limb piping their mellow notes, and the song of other birds called forth from their winter homes by the balmy zephyrs of spring, give one a world in which to be happy and sets him to thinking of how happy every one must be who is continually looking on the sunny side of life! Tommy Russell, come again. Your letters are so nice. B. S. Chandler, I now you are bashful from the way you write. Take courage and come again. Don't be intimidated by the look of us girls. We are really civil and would not dare laugh at a "bashful boy." I think your suggestion wise regarding the badge plan. How many of you cousins, like reading? I am very fond of it. I attended school this winter at the busy little city of Fate, about ten miles from my home. I have seven studies. A question and I will desist: What is the difference between a soldier and a fashionable lady?

BILLY BEE, Goliad City, Goliad Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Now don't you all laugh at me because I am a little backward, for you know it takes all kinds of boys and girls to make this Cozy Corner. You can just imagine how I look for I am not going to tell you how pretty I am. I have been sitting back and waiting for the last year to write to this corner, but have been afraid some one would laugh or make fun of my letters. I have disclosed when you all get a joke on a boy you keep it running for a long time. I have been living here at Goliad for the last seventy-five years and have decided I like it better than any other country. Now, I have played it smart and almost told my age, but nevertheless I am still a boy and expect always to stay one. Now, Mr. Peggy, if you don't get this I'll come again and tell you about my city and the old Alamo of Goliad, where Fannin and his company were massacred. The old building is still standing, just as it was when it was built. It is a grand sight to any one. The rock fence still stands around its remains.

ARTHUR MYERS, Sherman, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I would like to join your happy band. I like to read the cousins' letters. I am 8 years old. I go to school. I am in the second grade. I like my teacher. This letter is the first I ever wrote.

JOHN DURHAM, JR., Ruth, Coryell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Miss Big Bonnet: Perhaps you would like to know something about the boy that is writing. I am 9 years old. I never saw my father, for he died before I was born. I have never been to school on account of my health. I have heart disease and can not go, but can pick 100 pounds of cotton in a day. I have no own brother or sister, but have one half brother and one half sister. Their names are Biven and Mary Lloyd. I have a cat, a dog and three little squirrels. Yesterday I went to the cedar brake with papa and Owen and Bob Livingstone (one of my playmates). We played all the evening. We made a spring in the creek and climbed the trees. Mamma has cabbage, collard and tomato plants nearly large enough to set out. She has nineteen little chickens, too. Miss Big Bonnet, you just look splendid. Herbert Taylor, did that buzzard take you to Canada? My stepfather is a Canadian. Mr. Big Hat, if that ugly old mule don't get this I will tell you about a rabbit hunt I went to.

BEN H. MANN, Hico, Hamilton Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: With your kind permission I would like to join your pleasant circle. I like to read the nice letters from all the cousins, and occasionally I see one from Blum, which used to be my old home. I am 13 years old and am getting to be quite a farmer. I made one and a half bales of cotton last year and over 100 bushels of corn. I will cultivate twenty acres of land this year. Papa gave me a gray 3-year-old filly (Nellie) for my own. I tell you, she is a dandy. I have just begun to plow with her. Mr. Big Hat, I would like to run you a race with her against Peggy. I have never seen a letter from this place in The News. We have quite a business place, situated in west Bosque, in the north part of Hamilton county. We have a fine eight-room stone college building with a large attendance. I was so sorry when I had to quit school and go to work, for I feel the need of an education as much as any boy of my age. Cousins, how do you like to play dominoes? I have got to be a champion player. It tickles me to beat papa. I have some cousins who live three miles in the country, and when I get on Nellie it don't take me long to get there. Then what fine times we do have!

CLAUDE L. JONES, Royse City, Rockwall Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: In order that Royse may be represented on the children's page I will write. On account of the recent rains the sons of the Goddess Ceres have not planted much of their crops. The vast crowds of boys who congregate on Bois d'Arc lake announce that the season for fishing, bathing and boat riding has once more come. Bois d'Arc lake is a beautiful body of water situated about three-quarters of a mile from Royse. It is about three-quarters of a mile long, about thirty feed broad and from eight to twenty feet deep. Over its smooth surface two large rowboats are swiftly propelled; in its deep waters the swift yellow catfish plunges; along its verdant banks the monotonous frog croaks. I notice that a boy from the Indian Territory asked: Who invented steam power? A Texas girl answered: "Robert Fulton." I think the God of the universe invented steam power; James Watt the steam engine, a device for using steam power, and Robert Fulton applied the steam engine to the boat. Am I not right? The Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway company has put up a new track at this place.

EDNA LONG, Mount Vernon, Franklin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another 13-year-old girl to join your happy band. We live on a farm, six miles south of Mount Vernon. My papa is practicing law. We take The News and I like to read the cousins' letters very much. I have been going to school at Shady Grove, but school is out now. We have a pretty mule colt and I have a sweet baby brother. I will answer Pearl Wood's question: The first steamboat ran on the Hudson river. I will also ask a question: Where is the Alhambra? I send 5 cents for the Sam Houston monument. I think that Houston was a great man.

ORA MAXWELL, Anson, Jones Co., Tex. -- Good evening, Mr. Big Hat and cousins. Many happy hours has passed since I wrote to the cousins' band. I don't know but what the cousins have forgotten me. I never wrote to the paper but once before. It is right cold here to-day. It is so cold I can't get to Sunday school. The peach trees are in bloom, but I am afraid they will get killed. We don't raise much fruit here. Plums and peaches are all the fruit we have. How many of the cousins have their flowers planted? I have planted mine, but they haven't come up yet. I must say something about Miss Big Bonnet. I will be glad when she gets her new dress, so we can see more of her face and not so much of her bonnet.

LELA DAVENPORT, Iredell, Bosque Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have just finished reading the cousins' letters. I like them very much. I went to school in Dublin, Tex., but I had to stop on account of moving to Iredell. School will be out here next Friday, so I will not get to go to school until September. I live with my sister and brother-in-law, and my brother-in-law takes The News. This is my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner.

ANNIE SLOCUM, Palmer, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little girl asking admittance among the other happy little cousins. I am 9 years old and have one brother, younger than I. I haven't any pets, although I am very fond of them. I live near the little city of Palmer. I think it is a nice place. My father is a farmer. I delight in living on the farm. I think it is much nicer than in the city. I am my mamma's only girl. I help her all I can. I am learning how to cook and wash and iron. [I] was glad to learn through the Cozy Corner that my dear little cousin Aaron Roberts of Garrett is so well pleased with his teacher and that he has recovered from the measles. Come again, Aaron, I like to read your letters.

FANNIE WORTHINGTON, Goldthwaite, Mills Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have written before and my letter was not published, and as my name was not among the writers of unpublished letters I thought it advisable to write again. My papa takes The News and I enjoy reading it and also the cousins' letters. How many of the cousins like to piece quilts? I have pieced two. I am a girl 14 years old. I have been going to school, but I am not going now. It looks just like spring here and everything is green. I live two miles from Goldthwaite on a section of land. I like to live here very much. I have two sisters and three brothers. My oldest sister is in Temple. I have a pet cat and a little pug dog. The birds up here are singing lovely.

DIXIE MITCHELL, Ruth, Coryell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will write a very little letter and if I don't spell the words all right next time I'll hope to do better. Yesterday four of my friends spent the evening with me, and we all had a great time. Spring has come, and the grass and trees are green, and the flowers and birds are here. The fruit has bloomed, but I am afraid it is killed, for we have had ice several times lately. Sister has cabbage up now. I have three sisters and two brothers. Papa died before I was 4 years old, and mother just lived six years longer. Cousins, I went to school with Cousin Etta Young. She had her back broken when young and a large lump has grown on her back. All the school thought a great deal of her. She is 13 years old, and is not over 3 feet high. She is quick to learn her books. I took a trip to Duffau last summer. We went in a wagon and my brother was along. If there is anything he hates, it is a cricket. We camped on a creek where the crickets were thick and he threw stones at them till after dark. I will tell next time about what I saw and did while I was gone. I will answer a question: It was Roll that lost his life by not opening a note.

MABEL BEALL, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been intending to write to you, but have neglected doing so until now. I am very fond of reading the letters in the little folks' column. We should be very grateful to The News for allowing us space in its pages. I live in Waxahachie, a beautiful little city of 6000 inhabitants. We have a large public school. I have not been attending school lately, for I have been sick. I have two brothers and three sisters. I hope some of the cousins will write to me.

JOHN RODDY, Perry, Falls Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little boy to join your happy band. My father has been taking The News seven or eight years, and of course you know if he has been taking it that long he likes it. I am just thinking as I write this whether Mr. Big Hat will give this to Peggy. I am 9 years old. I will ask a riddle:

          A beautiful maid in a garden staid,
              As ever the sun shone on;
          The first day of her life she became a bride
              And died before she was born.

BESSIE GRAY, Groesbeck, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I am going to write you again if that other letter did go to fatten Peggy. By the way, you must be short of feed; you give him the cousins' ink-splashed letters, and mamma says ink is poison. I live in the country four miles from Groesbeck. This is a pretty place now the peach trees are in full bloom and the other trees are putting out leaves. Mr. Big Hat, I think you are mean; you won't let your sister write when she wanted to. I like her letters better than I do yours.

I. D. PYLE, Wieland, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have just got through reading the cousins' letters and think they are all good. They get more interesting every time. Mr. Big Hat is very good to us, and we ought to appreciate it by doing our best. It is getting near spring now and the birds are singing so sweetly and everything seems so happy. I live about 250 yards from school and I appreciate being so close. I go every day and have a nice time. Miss Big Bonnet, I know you are pretty. I will tell you about when we went fishing. It was just after a big rain and the river was up. Everything was green and the woods were filled with the sweet perfume of the plum blossoms. There were two young men and two young ladies with us, so you know we did not catch many fish. There was a large log across the river and we had to walk it to get across. One of the gentlemen pushed our dog in and they had to get him out. I hope we will succeed in getting a stone for Houston, for he was one of the ablest generals of his time. Let us do our best and if we fail it will not hurt us to try; but let us not think of failing. I don't think any of the cousins saw my last letter, for they did not answer my questions. I will send some money soon for the Sam Houston stone. I will appreciate a letter from the girl cousins.

BESSIE DUNAGAN, Farrar, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will try for the first time to write you a few lines. I am a little girl 9 years old. Our school closed Friday a week ago. We had a concert at the end of our school. I liked my teachers very much. I have two sisters. I will ask a question: What was it that was born without a soul and died without a soul and lived to have a soul?

MINNIE MOSER, Celeste, Hunt 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 never have written with ink before and I hope you will print it anyway. I will ask a question: How many inhabitants has Texas?

JOSIE SMITH, Farr, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: As you printed my other letter of course I'll have to write again. Cousins, do any of you enjoy horseback riding? I ride a great deal. Not long ago a crowd of young folks met at a neighbor's and started about ten miles to Sabbath school. We arrived just as the people were leaving, but we stayed awhile and talked. As we were going one of the young ladies fell off her horse into the fence, but did not get hurt much. Cousin Evangel, why don't you and your sister and brother write to the Cozy Corner? I thought your letters were very nice and wish you would write again. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins if they will write me first. I will ask a question: Why can a brunette stand the sun better than a blonde?

FRANKIE PANNILL WATT, Bazette, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: The cousins' letters have become so interesting I could not stay away any longer. I am a little girl 9 years old. I go to school at Buffalo. We had a nice Christmas tree at Buffalo, and I received several presents. I went to one party Christmas, where the people had a fine supper. My deskmate, or chum, Geddes Westbrook, had to stop school on account of measles, of which her mother died. Cousin Bessie Smith of Whitney is sure a nice correspondent. Maggie Mercy, you asked what is the capital of Ireland. It is Dublin. Columbus discovered the new world in 1492. I will ask some questions: Where was Columbus born, and how many times did he visit America? When was the first almanack printed? When was the first English newspaper published? Era Beville, the largest city in Illinois is Chicago. Tommie Jackson, there is no difference between Pilgrims and Puritans. Jesse Winston's riddle is a man walking over a bridge with a bucket of water on his head. Bennie Sellers, it is the shadow that goes with a wagon and is not needed. James Taylor, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. Miss Big Bonnet, you had a bad time with Sally Rose. What are you going to name your new doll? I will send you a name if you want one. My doll's name is Rosa Fannie, but the worst of it is her head is broken off. I cried when it got broken, but mamma said that I should have another doll. 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. Well, I hear Peggy begging for something to eat, so I had better stop writing.

HARVEY SHEAD, Elk, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: It gives me much pleasure to see my letters in print, although they are among the worst in the paper. Our school is now progressing nicely. We met at the schoolhouse Saturday night and had a debate, but we will meet no more in three weeks. Our subject was: "Which would be best for a man 21 years of age to turn him loose on the world with an education or $5000?" I will ask the cousins a question: Who captured Vera Cruz? My home is situated on a high hill and is surrounded by large farms. The old settlers have moved out and Bohemians have taken their places. We have no society much, and our neighborhood is very dull. We have organized a Sunday school, and it is hoped that it will be a success.

TENNIE SLATON, Alvord, Wise Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I have never written to The News before. This is a very hilly and rocky country. I came from Corsicana, and it is prairie down there, and I felt quite strange when I found myself in this country. There is large hill right on the east side of our house, and it is just covered with rocks. Mr. Big Hat, I think you are real kind to give the little folks a whole page in The News. I enjoy reading the letters so much. Cousin Jennie Faulkner, come again; I think your letters are real interesting. I will ask a question: Who discovered the Hudson river. My age is 12 years.

BOB STEELE, Springer, Indian Territory > Springer, Carter Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here I come again to chat with you all. It is very cold to-day, and the clouds, floating over from the chilly north, look as if it would snow. I do hope it won't, for it is always so sloppy after it snows. Well, cousins, I asked some questions in my last letter and no one answered them. I guess they attracted so little attention they were overlooked, so I will ask some more! A boy being asked the number of cents he had, replied: "Five times the number I have is just forty less than ten times the number." Fritz Stewart, I received a letter from you, and answered it, and am waiting with patience for an answer. Cousins, I noticed a girl cousin wrote and asked for correspondence from boys not under 20, so that lets us out. I guess she is an old maid. Boys, cheer up, or the girls will get ahead of us. If we don't we will have to take down our flag. We have a literary at Springer every Friday night, and the declamations and recitations are real interesting.

DESMOND JACKSON, Aberdeen, Collingsworth Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you permit me to join your happy band or have you already too many letters begging to be printed? If so, just lay mine aside for Peggy. Little Miss Big Bonnet, I think you look real cute. I now there is a pretty, rosy face under that big bonnet. It is not sunburned and brown. Cousins, what has become of Fletcher Rogers? Maud Carson, you write interesting letters. Mabel McCraw, I was glad to see a letter from you. We do not live far apart as distance is counted in the panhandle. Marie Taylor, Joe Farmer and Florence Evans, come again. I enjoy your letters very much. I have a pair of canaries and think a great deal of them, as they are all the pets I possess. Mr. Big Hat, I would like to join your summer school, but don't understand about it. I will tell you something of my home in the west when I write again.

JENNIE MOORE, Wheatland, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I have seen no letters from Wheatland but mine I will write again. Our school was out week before last and I was sorry of it. As all the cousins ask questions I will ask some: In what year was Copenhagen surrendered? When did Benjamin Franklin die? When was Longfellow born? Abbie Thomas, come again. Miss Big Bonnet, you would be real pretty if you did not wear such a big bonnet.

PEARL THOMPSON, Honey Grove, Fannin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little girl 11 years old. I would like to join your band. My papa is a painter. He takes The News, and I dearly love to read the cousins' letters. I have three brothers and one sister. I go to school and am in the fourth grade. The cousins nearly all have pets. I have nothing to pet except my baby brother. He is 2 years old. He loves me dearly. Well, when is Little Miss Big Bonnet going to show her face? Will she never get her new dress done? How is Peggy? Tell him to please not eat this letter, as it is my first one.

TRUDIE WILSON, Smithville, Bastrop Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have just got through reading the cousins' letters and I can not stay out any longer. Cousins, we are going to have an entertainment here Thursday, not the whole school, but just our room. I wish some of you could come, but of course none of you live close enough. I am 9 years old and I am in the third grade. I will not tell you my studies, as I have so many you many get tired of hearing them. I have one brother and one sister younger than I am. Cousins, are any of you taking music? I am.

LELA WICKER, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little girl to join your Cozy Corner. This is my first attempt to write to The News. My school is out and I am sorry. We live two miles south of Waxahachie. I have two[?] brothers and two sisters living. One sister is married and one brother is married. My age is 12 years.

BERYL TASSEY, Sherman, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: This is the first letter I have written to you. I hope Peggy won't get it, so I will make it brief. I am 11 years old and I am in the fourth grade. If you wish to know the names of my dolls I will tell you: Bertha, Eleanor, Elena, Marguerite and John. You see I have five of them. I think I have a pretty nice pick. Don't you? I have only one pet left, and that is my kitty. Here is a riddle for the cousins: Why is a banana stand like the sun?

ANICE ATER, Atersville [Ater], Coryell Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: This is my first attempt to write to the happy band of cousins. I am a little girl 9 years old. I have no brother or sister, so I have to play by myself. I go to school all the time nearly. Our school will soon be out and I will be sad. I would rather go to school than to eat. This is a nice evening. It seems like summer. Miss Big Bonnet, I would like to have the pattern of your bonnet very much. I will ask a question: When and by whom was Connecticut settled?

FLORENCE TURE, Sterrett, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to The News. I like to read the cousins' letters and I am always glad when Friday comes so I can get to read The News. I haven't any pets to write about. School was out last Friday, and I was sorry for it. The last day I got a little pearl handled knife. My age is 14.

ADA EUGENIA HART, Nueces Town, Nueces Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: As I have not seen any letters from Nueces Town, I thought I would write. This is my third attempt to write to The News. Papa likes the paper very much. I like the cousins letters and have been a silent reader of The News for a long time. We have no school now. It was out in January. I have five sisters and no brother. I have a pony and ride him very often. Do any of the cousins like to go horseback riding? I have lots of pets -- one dog and three cats, and fifty little chickens. My sister and I milk nine cows every morning. My father is a farmer. We have Sunday school and I like to go. My age is between 12 and 15 years.

ALLIE YARBROUGH, Roby, Fisher Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little girl 11 years of age, and have never seen a letter from my community in the Cozy Corner. I am going to school and have five studies. I have to walk a half mile to school. I went fishing on Saturday, but did not catch much. This is a very dry country. I don't like to see Peggy eating that basket of letters, because I am afraid he will get mine. Did any of the cousins ever see a sandstorm? We had one a few days ago. I was at school and did not enjoy it very much.

LUCIE HEAD, Ardmore, Indian Territory > Carter Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Not seeing any letters from our town, I would like to join your happy band. The News is a welcome visitor at our house, especially on Sunday, for we all enjoy reading the cousins' letters so much. I have two sisters and one brother. One of my sisters is older and one younger than myself. I will be 10 years old in June. One of my playmates is a cousin to Bessie Smith that writes to The News. Lizzie Lackey, my grandma's name was Elizabeth Lackey. We may be some kin, for all we know. I will tell you all about our town in my next. I am a Texas girl, but have lived in the Indian Territory five years. We have no free school here, but lots of pay schools.

SADIE WRIGHT, Caddo Mills, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I can't write, but sister writes for me. I do not go to school, but study at home. I can add and subtract real well. I have a pretty doll and a kitten. Mr. Big Hat, I think you ought to walk, as Peggy looks as if it was all he could do to carry the letters and hold up his ears. I should think you would fear falling off and losing your big hat. Papa says The News is the best paper in the Lone Star state. I have two sisters. One is 2 years old. She can sing the songs "Ella, Sweet Ella," and "I Will Work for the Lord" real well. Peggy, I hope Mr. Big Hat has just fed you, so you will not eat this, as this is my first to a paper. I am 6 years old.

ELLA MIXSON, Bruceville, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I thought I would write again. My desk mate's name is Mary McGinnis. I like her so much. There are two churches in Bruceville, and one just going up. Myrtle Ford, I will answer your question. There are about 1,500,000,000 people in the world. Mr. Big Hat, I will send 10 cents in my next letter for the stone. I would send it now, but I haven't got the money. My teacher has twenty-four scholars. It is spring now, and I am so glad. Some of the scholars have to say a speech this week. One of the little cousins staid all night with me last night. I will close by asking some questions: What was the last battle of the war? What were Houston's last words? What persons may vote? Who may not vote?

ADA LASHER, Ennis, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is the first time I ever tried to write to a paper. I am a little girl 10 years old. I have lots of pets. I have a burro and cart, and a cow and calf. I go to school, and am in the fourth grade. Most of the cousins tell about what kind of town they live in, so I will. I live in a small town, but there is a nice depot here, and some nice stores. There is an artesian well at the edge of town, and there are two lakes.

BETTIE MELEAR, Whitney, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I see so many nice letters, I can not resist the temptation of writing myself. Mr. Big Hat, I think the department is improving very fast. Nellie Ballard, come again. My age is 9 years. I am going to school now, and am in the third grade. I think the best writers are Maud Carson and Rudolph Bollier. How did you all spend our last holiday, which was independence day? I had a very nice time. I will ask a conundrum: When is a little girl like a widow? How many of the cousins like to read? I do. I like to go to school, too. I am always glad when The News comes every Sunday. Our first spring month has come, and I am very glad to see it.

JESSIE LYON, Oak Cliff, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you admit one more weary wanderer into your Cozy Corner? I have long been an admirer of your letters, but didn't have enough courage tow rite. Many of the cousins are interested in literature. I have read in the past two years ninety-eight good books. Louise M. Alcott is my favorite author. Of her works I have read "Rose in Bloom," "Little Women," "Joe's Boys," "Eight Cousins," "Little Men" and "Under the Lilacs." I am in the seventh grade at school. I have only seen one letter from our town. I live in a beautiful suburban town about three miles from the city of Dallas I am very fond of horseback riding, as I have a pony of my own. Janette Cline, I am delighted to see a letter from my old home. It does seem funny to hear the cousins talk about riding to school, as I live only four blocks from the school. I would be pleased to correspond with you, if you do not object to writing first.

MAMIE KELLY, Houston, Harris Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little girl to join your happy band. I am 12 years old. I go to the Hawthorne school. I attend the Methodist Sunday school regularly. My brother works for The News. I have a little chicken with one eye and a crossed bill. The News is our favorite paper.


- April 26, 1896, The Dallas Morning News, p. 14, col. 3-7.
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