June 28, 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.
OLA GREER, Goodrich, Polk Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my second letter, and if Peggy gets this one I won't write any more. My school is out and I will have [a] nice time with mamma and papa. We have so many peaches. This is June and the first day of July is my birthday. I will be 8 years old, and mamma is going to give me a birthday dinner.
HATTIE PRICE, Murray, Young Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will try to write a few lines to the Cozy Corner. Miss Big Bonnet, come again. Your letter was real nice. It rained here yesterday evening. Mr. Big Hat, take off your hat next time. I think you would look better. I will ask a question: What great river in the United States flows up hill?
WALTER YATES, Forney, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little boy 10 years of age. I often read the cousins' letters. I enjoyed reading Herbert Taylor's letters. I know he must be a funny boy. I wonder how is getting along, tied up in a sack. I am going to spend a week with my grandma. I like to go out in the country. Grandmas know just what boys like. I have a bicycle, and take a ride late every evening, when the roads are good. I attended school at the Forney academy.
KATIE PLEASANT, Rockdale, Milam Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Miss Big Bonnet: I have been a silent little girl in your department. I am a pupil at the Rockdale public school. I am in the fourth grade. We have a red-headed teacher. But I need not be talking about her having a red head, for I have one, too. Our school will be out in two more weeks. I am so glad of it. We are having some hard lessons now. My mother lives in the country on a large farm. She hasn't but two children, sister Ruth and myself. My father has been dead six months to-day.
NELLIE FALLON, Flemingsburg, Fleming Co., Ky. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Two long, long years have come and gone since I last saw the merry faces in the Cozy Corner. Many of the handsome, intellectual faces have disappeared, and why? Have they long since tired of our chats, or are they the bashful boys and girls? Now, Thomas Stewart, Laurence Neff, Laurence Fountain, Bessie Bee, Phelix Herring, Nell Morris and Herbert Taylor, wake up and let us hear your jolly laugh again. Cousins, why don't some of you write a description of your home. I imagine it would be very interesting, don't you, Mr. Big Hat? I would like to correspond with some bright boy or girl of the Cozy Corner. The one I receive the first letter from will be the one I'll correspond with. I am sick now and can not attend school, so I am reading books -- not trashy novels, but books by popular authors, such as "Lalla Rookh," "Dream Life" and "The Reveries of a Bachelor." Mr. Big Hat, I think it would be real nice to place a monument at Gen. Houston's grave, for he was a brave hero, but as I am from Kentucky (the dark and bloody ground) I will not take part, but nevertheless I am interested in your plan and wish you success. What has become of our editor, Lawrence. He surely can not have forgotten us. Lawrence, you asked me what part of Kentucky I lived in. I live in or close to the beautiful little city of Flemingsburg, in Fleming county. Mr. Joe Farmer, write us another very interesting letter soon. Your letter was lovely. Surely you will not keep us waiting when you make our corner the coziest of all corners. Well, well, here I am talking away, never noticing that the sun has gone down and the stars are appearing one by one. So I will bid you a fond farewell, trusting to the evening winds to bring messages of love to Mr. Big Hat and cousins. Mr. Big Hat, why didn't you print my other letter, was it too long, or was it uninteresting?
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ROBERT ONAN SOCKWELL, Paris, Lamar Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I believe I will write again to the cousins, for I wrote a lie and it was published, so I guess a letter will be published. I have been reading the cousins' letters. I love to read them. I would love to correspond with some of the girls that write to the cousins. They must be good-looking, for they write such nice letters. I am a farmer boy ,13 years of age. We have fine crops. The cotton is over knee-high and had cotton blooms the last day of May. We have roasting-ears now. There is a railroad coming through our farm. It will be surveyed through here to-morrow. It will go from Paris to Commerce. They say they will have cars running through here in ninety days. The will damage our crops very much. I live near Pleasant Hill church. We have preaching and Sunday school nearly every Sunday and have spelling matches every Friday night. I have three brothers living and one dead. One has curvature of the spine. I have two sisters and one is married. We have bought a place seven miles east of Paris. It is a nice place to live.
ERIE POWELL, Graford, Palo Pinto Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been almost two years since I wrote to the department. It is very dry here now. Everybody is crying, "Oh, the drouth; I wish it would rain." All the cousins are telling about their pet. I haven't any except two puppies and a baby sister. She is not much of a baby, either; she is 5 years old. My age is 13 years.
GUS FORD, Farmers Branch, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: We are done thrashing and we had a self-supporting one. Mr. Big Hat, I like your plan for the summer school and hope you will begin soon. Lanse Mafee, I am guilty of peeping into the girls' bonnets when they are in use. I would like to peep in yours. I think if Big Bonnet had kept her mouth shut she would have been pretty. It is a new fashion of bonnet, isn't it? Cousins, what kind of badge are you going to wear at the fair? Jenny Pate, I imagine you are a funny girl. I would like to hear from the girl who said she would tell how that breastpin got in the ground. Ollie Huggins, you and I don't live far apart. America McCollum, isn't 1690 the answer to your question? I will try to tell you something about a trip I made with my cousin last summer. He lives in the timber and raises watermelons and was going to take a load to Frankford, a little town off the railroad apiece. We started early one morning, but was going to Alpha to sell first. When we got there they didn't want them and so we went to Frankfort. But we met a man coming from there and he said they didn't want any there. We next went to Renner and they didn't want any there; then to Richardson and sold our remaining melons. Roy Strong, Marion and John E. York, come again. Roy, I would like to correspond with you. Mr. Big Hat, enclosed please find 55 cents and also the names of those who contributed it to the Sam Houston memorial stone fund. I am still 11 years old.
CLAUDE GALEY, Kemp, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: This is my second trial to The News and I will try to do better than the first time. I went berry hunting twice this year and the first time I went I got a gallon and a half of berries, and the second time I got nearly half a gallon. Our school will be out on the 7th of June. My teacher is the best teacher I ever did have. Am sorry he has to give up our school, because he is good to his scholars. I guess I will have to get me a job hoeing cotton when school is out. Enclosed you will find 25 cents for the Sam Houston monument.
WALTER WARD, Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: My uncle takes The News and I read the little letters, so I thought I would write one, too. I hope Peggy won't eat my letter up, as I want to see it in print. I live five miles from town and I go for the mail by my self. I am planting me a cotton patch. I am 9 years old. Last Sunday was my birthday. I read a letter from Michia Yalley. She is a cousin of mine. I have some hogs, a calf and seven turkeys. I go fishing sometimes, but there is not much fun in it when the fish won't bite.
J. H. BERRY, Knox, Collin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I saw my other letter in print I will attempt to write again. But I will not write about pets, for I have not any in the first place to write about. Well, Miss Big Bonnet, I was glad to see you come out in your new dress and hat. May be the cousins will be satisfied now for awhile about the way you dress, and I know that they will all say that you are good looking, for I think that I am a good judge of beauty. I hope that Mr. Big Hat will organize a debating society for the benefit of the cousins, and if he does I would like to take part in it. We could then exchange ideas on some subject, and I think it would be a great benefit to all the cousins. I would like it if some of the Cozy Corner writers would urge Mr. Big Hat to put his plan into execution, if the majority of the cousins approve of it. I hope to hear from some one else on the subject. I will close for fear of Peggy, because he is worse than a cyclone.
ROWENA WADD [WADDELL], Hubbard, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: As I saw my other letters in print, I thought I would write again. Miss Big Bonnet, you are sure pretty. I was glad to see your picture in the paper last week. You must write again soon. It was too bad for you to lose your soldier dolls. Why don't some of the cousins answer the questions I asked in my last letter? Dora Bennett, come again; you write such interesting letters. I saw your picture that a little girl cut out of the paper. Lucile Dugan Shannon, where have you gone to? I wish you would write another letter. I have been hoeing cotton this spring, but it is so hot now that I don't get to hoe much. I don't love to hoe a bit, though, because it is hot work. Miss Big Bonnet, my little step sister, Conrye Bensom, says she wishes you would come out here and play with her. She gets lonesome when we are in the field. She is five years old. Miss Big Bonnet, I cut your picture out and put it in the album. I went to preaching Sunday morning, and singing Sunday evening.
WILLIAM HENRY, Quanah, Hardeman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been driving the binder team, and I could hardly get them along. I had to whip them all the time, but I was getting 50 cents a day. Papa has been having a heap of trouble with his binder. It would do fine when company was here, but as soon as they left it would begin bothering again. We have a cat that east so many mice that it makes him sick. I have a little pony that gets sulky some times and will not go when she gets tired. I am 11 years old.
JAMES E. MESSIMER, Tanner, Eastland Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a Texas boy to join your happy band. This is my first attempt to write to The News. Papa is postmaster at Tanner. It is only a post office. It has no store now. There was one, but it was moved away. I have a target gun, and go hunting and kill lots of rabbits. We are needing rain in this part of the country. Our school was out last April. I was sorry when it closed. I have three brothers and two sisters. Come again, Herbert Taylor. Your letters are interesting. Ruthie Miller, the answer to your question is: "Two cannons." We have preaching once a month, and singing every Sunday evening. Miss Big Bonnet, come often, your letters are interesting. My age is 14 years.
EULA WOOD, Sonora, Sutton Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will step in and chat with you a while this evening. I went with the family down on Devil's river fishing two or three weeks ago and had a good time. It is thirty-five miles from here to the river, and we went in a wagon. Near papa's other ranch, which is seven miles south of here, the valleys were yellow with flowers and dotted with green mesquites. But further down I saw lots of lovely flowers of nearly every color and description. The chapparel berries were ripe, and we children would get out of the wagon and run and gather flowers and eat berries. The further we went we found the hills higher and the valleys narrower, and near the river it is just bluff and canon. It is the roughest country I ever saw. We were bumped off of one big rock onto another and down one hill and up another. I found a bee cave and we camped there at night, but we couldn't get to the honey. Next day papa and Uncle Tom were in the wagon and mamma and we children were walking. Mamma saw what she thought was the road going over the hill and we thought we would cut across instead of following the wagon. We cut across and it wasn't the road and we came near getting lost and had to walk a whole lot more than we would have had to, had we kept to the road. We stopped at Mr. Faucett's ranch to get water and he told us to camp in his house on the river, as no one was living in it. We went on and came to where Dolan creek bubbled up out of ever so many little springs. We went on to the river and camped at the house and cooked dinner and ate a big bait of fish and some birds that papa killed before we got there. After dinner all the folks went to fish except Ludie and I. We read some and pranced up and down the river. Next day we crossed Dolan creek and went down the river and camped at a big pecan grove. Mamma, Ludie and I went up the river to Stoneway falls (as some one in Sonora named them). They are certainly beautiful and are the largest I ever saw. There is just one leap in one place, and it is twelve or thirteen feet. In another place it is slanting and there are four leaps. There is a long rock that curves round and is nearly in front of them. We went out on it. I wanted to go to the end, but mamma would not let me. We got some dewberries coming from and going back to the camp. Uncle Tom cut some bee trees and the bees got after all the folks but me. I had the headache and lay under a tree. Next day a party from Sonora came down there. There were two girls with the party that Ludie and I used to go to school with and we had a nice time together. We had all the fish we wanted, but I never caught one of them. We started home next day and saw five deer as we camped that night, but uncle couldn't get close enough to kill them. We got home next day before 12 o'clock. Miss Big Bonnet, you had better keep your big bonnet on or you will sunburn. Cousin Ida Kebelman, I guess our little editor has taught Peggy better gumption than to eat grass while he is riding her. Ludie Sanders, I have a sister named Ludie and she is just a little older than you are. Papa calls us his boys, and we have to do boy's work sometimes, but we never lived on a farm. Rachel, write again; I liked your letter. Mr. Big Hat, my Brother Lee sends 10 cents in my letter for the Sam Houston fund.
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TOM HOOD, Cade, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: Here I come again, to have a little chat with you and the cousins. I can't write much, for I have to go to the cotton patch. School is out and the evening after it was out I had to hit the plow handles. The grass pushed me around terrible, but I surely killed plenty of it. Mr. Big Hat, I went fishing not long ago and we set our hooks and went down in the branch to hunt for some berries, and while we were hunting for berries my youngest brother got some fish hooks out of his pockets, and stuck them in his shirt. Well, he and I got tired of hunting berries and decided to play a game of mumble-peg. We were sticking the knife in the ground, and both of us were running after it, and I run against him and stuck a fishing hook in my leg about a half an inch deep. But it didn't hurt much. I will ask some questions: How many times did Lee invade the north? When was slavery introduced? When was Charleston, S. C., founded? What two presidents died in office?
ROBBIE LOUISE WOOD, Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: Many days have passed since I wrote my last letter, so I thought I would attempt to write again. My favorite author is Louisa May Alcott. I am very fond of reading. To understand literature is my highest ambition. I have no pets except my horse, but certain kinds of pets are nice to have. I think dancing is real nice if it is not carried to an excess. I do not agree with some of the cousins in saying that Gen. Houston was the most deserving Texan. I think that Stephen F. Austin deserves as much credit. Grace and Annie Dunham Greenwood, my papa is y our mama's double cousin. I would like to correspond with both of you. My address is 144 State street. My health is so poor that I haven't much chance for getting a good education. I will ask a question: In what year was the battle of San Jacinto fought?
NORA LEE TUNE, Carlton, Hamilton Co., Tex. -- Good evening, Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the Cozy Corner for quite awhile and find it very interesting. I am a little girl 12 years old. My papa takes The News. Our school was out the 24th of April, and I was so sorry. I do love to go to school. I have a large doll. I have only one pet, and it is a kitten. I do wish I could write as nice letters as Lula Kirk, Nell Moss, Luttie Sanders and several others. Mr. Big Hat, you and Miss Big Bonnet must come down to see me when peaches and watermelons get ripe. I will now describe my home: It is situated on Gilmar creek, near Gilmore schoolhouse, nine miles west of Hico, and four miles north of Carlton. It is beautifully surrounded by live oaks. I have four sisters and one brother. I am a farmer's daughter and have to work in the field. I have pieced one quilt. I will answer Willie McCayhen's riddle: It is a knot on a tree. I will ask a question: What is the capital of South America?
FRED TAYLOR, Wayland, Stephens Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here I am tapping at your door. I imagine I hear Mr. Big Hat say, "come in," but I am afraid there is a frown on his forehead. Please be patient, for this is my first letter. How are you all getting along or instead of getting long are you getting short? I tell you, the farmers had begun to look very long and hungry before the rain that came this evening. Oh, my, what a storm we had! I expect the wind did more harm than the rain did good. Well, cousins, if you could see papa's wheat stacks, you would laugh. He calls one the old Mother Hubbard stack. You would laugh to see me stack wheat on the wagon and then see it shoot out from under me. My age is 13 years. Who overran Virginia about the time the battle of Cowpens as fought?
MAGGIE ROBERSON, Liverpool, Brazoria Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been some time since I wrote the cousins' department, so I thought I would write to-day, as we could not go to Sunday school. I love to go to Sunday school and church. We go nearly every Sunday. Our school was out in February, and I was sorry, for I love to go to school. The last time I wrote to the cousins my cousin wrote, too, but my letter was not printed. Miss Big Bonnet is pretty. I wish she would send me one of her pictures. I wish she would come again soon. I hope she will find Bob and Jack. I think Herbert Taylor must have had a pretty hard time on the sea, riding the fish. I will be glad to see his letter about falling in the pond. I am glad he did not drown, and I hope he won't get hurt in the sack. What has become of our cowboy cousin, Jesse Harman? Come again, Jesse. Katie Norton, I would like to have been with you flower hunting.
JOHN RAMP, Hamilton, Hamilton Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am going to pen you a few lines. Cousins, did you ever think what a grand country we were living in? Did you ever look around you and try to count the many great blessings you enjoy? Just think of them a moment -- a civilized country, where people can have their own views about everything; a land of Bibles and a land of high-graded colleges; a land of orphan homes, and many other grand institutions. I don't like to hear people say they don't care to live in this world, and that there is nothing to live for. There is a great deal to live for, and all can accomplish a great deal for themselves and their friends if they will only try. About twenty years ago my father was walking down the main street of a certain town in Texas, when he saw a little boy about 12 years old sitting on the door-step crying. It could easily be seen that his heart was broken with grief. My father said to him: "What's the trouble, young fellow?" He answered: "My mother is dead and I have no place to go." Father was touched by his story, and asked him where his father was, and he said he went off to fight in the war and never came home again. Cousins, the story is long, but I will shorten it by saying that the boy came home with father, and father sent him to school, and to-day his name is a household word in the United States, and especially in California. He is a great evangelist. Now, see what a poor boy can do if he will try. If this gets to the press I am going to write a letter to the boy members of the Little Men and Women's department.
ANNIE COMANDA, Houston, Harris Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Miss Big Bonnet: Will you admit another 15-year-old girl into your Cozy Corner? I have been reading the cousins' letters and think some are very interesting. Our school is out, and I was so glad that I got home as soon as I could. I don't agree with some of the cousins in dancing. I don't think it is right to dance. I never was at but one dance in my life, and I didn't know it was a dance when I went, but as soon as I saw what it was I went home. Miss Big Bonnet, I think you are just as cute as can be. Whoa mule, I tell you not to eat my letter.
SADIE LONG, Davilla, Milam Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here I come again, after some delay. I think Sam Houston deserves a memorial stone. Our peaches are ripe. Miss Big Cap, come down and eat blackberries with me. You are surely pretty. My chum is coming to see me to-day, and we will go flower hunting. Come again, Misses Jennie Murdock, Annie Grimes, Katie Norton, Hattie Simmons and Herbert Taylor. My dolls had such an experience as yours, Miss Big Bonnet. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins. My age is 11 years.
RUBY BAILEY, Texarkana, Bowie Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little girl to join your happy band. I have been reading the letters a long time and like them very much. I read the Women's Century, but don't like it half so well as I do the Cozy Corner. Do any of you like to go blackberrying? I do, and expect I will go this week. Velma Scott, write again. You write such interesting letters. Have any of you ever been in Houston? I used to live there, and liked it better than here. We may go back this fall, and I hope we will. I will ask a question: Who wrote and named the song, "Sewanee River?"
ALICE DAVIDSON, Henrietta, Clay Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I read a few of your letters and I liked them so well that I will write you one. I am a little girl 8 years old, and I hope you won't let Peggy eat up my letter. I saw Peggy's picture in The News, and she looks like she had the stomach ache, she eats so many letters. I go to the Sisters to school, and our school is out. I am in the fourth reader. I have a brother 13 years old. He has been to school three years at Notre Dame. If you think this is good enough to go in the Cozy Corner I will write you another letter.
NONIE ADAMS, Bryan, Brazos Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am so interested in the children's page that I thought I would write, too. I am a little girl 10 years old, and I would like to join your happy circle. I have a nice playhouse in the back yard, under a large apple tree, and a nice bermuda patch in front of it. I have so many dolls and doll boys. I have a beautiful little colt named Trilby. Trusting all my new kins people will like me. I send much love to you and all my cousins.
NELLIE WEIR, Blevins, Falls Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write The News. I have been chopping cotton this week. Papa has seventy-five acres in cotton this year. I have two sisters; one is grown, the other is 4 years old. Papa got sister and I an organ. Sister took music lessons, but I didn't. I can play a little. I have four brothers. I have no pets. We finished hoeing this morning. I can hoe three acres of cotton in a day. I was going to school, but stopped on account of hoeing. I am in the third reader. We live in the central part of Texas, in Falls county. We live on the prairie, where pretty flowers grow. I am going to get ma to let me have an ice cream supper on my birthday. I want you and Miss Big Bonnet to come and the cousins, too. If you and them would come we would have a nice time. I am 9 years of age.
WILLIAM P. GODFREY, Mountain Peak, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been quite a while since I have written to the Cozy Corner, and last week there was no letter from Mountain Peak. I guess you all think that there are no girls at Mountain Peak, but if do you are badly mistaken. How surprising it would be to you to come to Mountain Peak and see so many charming young girls, but some how or another they don't take an interest in our correspondence to Mr. Big Hat. Girls, come out and show yourselves in the page that our kind editor gives us once a week. Crops are fine in this part of the country, but are needing rain very badly. I would like to ask a question: What man has explored fartherest north, and how far did he go? If you answer this, state where you got your information. We have two Sunday schools established at Mountain Peak, and I attend very regularly.
WALDO KENNEDY, Jacksboro, Jack Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little boy 5 years old. I can not read the letters of the "Little Men and women," but my mamma reads them for me. The ones I enjoy most are those who tell about their pets. I always have mamma read Miss Big Bonnet's letters twice, they are so interesting. I live in the country and have a pony that I can ride real well. My big black dog is my play-fellow, as I have neither brother nor sister. I have two kittens that I love to play with, but spend most of my time trying to learn to play the harp. I can play several pieces. I am a dear lover of music and I hope some day to understand it thoroughly. As this is my first letter to the Cozy Corner, and I hope to see this in print. I will not write much this time. I inclose 10 cents for the Sam Houston memorial stone fund. The next time I write I intend to send for Mr. Big Hat's picture.
KATE L. CLARK, Carlton, Hamilton Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: Here comes a little twelve-year-old girl tapping at the door for admittance to the Cozy Corner. I have never read any letters from Hamilton county. Papa takes the News and I like to read the cousins' letters very much. I live in the country three miles from Carlton. I will answer Robert M. Williams' question. Sam Houston was the first president of Texas and served two years. I will write again if Peggy doesn't get this. Tell Miss Big Bonnet to come again, for I like her letters.
MARIE AYERS, Galveston, Galveston Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Having read so many letters in the Cozy Corner, I decided to write. I am 12 years of age, but I do not have many birthdays, as I was born on the 29th of February, and have only had three birthdays since I was born. I have been a boarder at the Ursuline convent for some time, but came home on the 20th of May. I am so sorry to stop school, but as school is going to close on the 10th of June I am going back this year. Mr. Big Hat, the weather is very warm here.
ETHEL EDSALL, Gip, Custer Co., Oklahoma -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will try for once to write you a line and if it is not consigned to the waste basket I will let you hear from me again. I read the stores in the children's department of The News and often think how much I would like to join your happy band. I will be 10 years old next September. I have been staying with Grandpa and Grandma Stephens for several months. I have a dear papa and mamma and four kind brothers. I have a nice pony. I ride him quite often and drive up the cows. Grandma gave me a little cow. Her name is Buttercup. She has a little calf. The colts got after it and chased it several times across the meadow and it became so frightened it jumped a high fence. I also have two beautiful pigeons. Grandpa made them a three-story house of which they are quite proud. Oh, there are many things I would like to tell you, but must stop to help cook supper, feed over 200 chickens and milk three cows. Isn't that pretty good for one of my age?
PATSY GOODENOUGH, Butte City, Silver Bow Co., Mont. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am reading The News, and especially the young people's department. I seldom see a letter from the far away north, but thinking the north should be represented, as well as the south, I beg a little space in your department. In this page I see a great many questions discussed, but as I am not much of a debater I will try to describe my home instead and leave the questions for some one else. But, to tell the truth, I have no home. The fact is, I have wandered a great deal of my life, but the place I call home and around which the most tender memories are associated is Butte City. I am sure you all have read of this city, for it is in quite a gold region. My home is situated a few miles north of this city and it is almost surrounded by mountains. The first thing I do on rising in the morning is to tip my hat to "Old Jura," and before retiring at night is to take a peep at the mountain on the left side to see if he has gone to the land of "Nod." In front of my home is a large lawn and many are the games of croquet and lawn tennis that we northern boys and girls (or girls and boys) enjoy on it in the summer. Just back of my home is a large lake and we all welcome old winter, for then the skating and sleigh-riding begins. Would not some of you southern cousins like to spend a winter north and listen to the jingle of the sleigh bells until wee small hours of morning? While I have been south a great deal I much prefer living in the north. I will not say whether I am a "puer or puella," but all of you boys know I like the girls, and as most things have a converse, all of you girls know I am in love with the boys. For fear you will think I am taking too much of your department, I will bid you adieu until my mind wanders south once more. I noticed one letter from Texas which was pretty good. A Miss Hattie Simmons, I think, wrote it. Come again, Miss Hattie. I enjoy your letters.
EDNA FINE, Carlton, Hamilton Co., Tex. -- Good evening, Mr. Big Hat and cousins, and also Peggy! I finished hoeing cotton yesterday, so I have time to tell you about the picnic I attended at Walnut Springs the 15th of May. My sister Ida and myself and several others attended from here. We boarded the train at Hico and arrived at Walnut at 12 o'clock. We had a magnificent dinner, and we ate ice cream and drank lemonade and rose the hobby horses. They made me think of Peggy, only their ears and eyes were possibly smaller. Mr. Big Hat, I looked for you, but I did not see you. I don't suppose you were there. Miss Big Bonnet, you wear your bonnet as close as I do, although I have got freckles on my face. Cora Cleveland, I am one of the big little girls, too. I weight 135 pounds, and am 15 years old. Ludie Sanders, I work in the field, but I don't have to plow. Come again; you write an interesting letter. I wonder what has become of the hunter, Rudolph Bollier, and the boy that sailed away on the buzzard, and the young man, M. C. Williams. I have been thinking of corresponding with him, but I suppose he is too old. The cousins are speaking of their pets. I have none. Bill Owens, come again; I am acquainted with Gen. Green, but if it doesn't rain soon, he is going to get killed on the field. Nora Wilson, if I could make as much money dancing as you do, I would dance, too. How many of the cousins know how to play "stealing goods?" That is our favorite play at school. Mr. Big Hat, you are out of sight upon Peggy's head. If he was to give his head a shake, off you would go. I will answer Wily McBride's question. It took Noah 100 years to build the ark. As I have run out of soap, I will close, for fear flop-ear and pop-eye will get my letter.
ALMETTA HORTON, Hallville [Hailville?], Houston Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have just finished reading the cousins' letters and think they are real interesting. I have been wanting to write for some time, but could think of nothing that would interest the cousins' so I would lay my pen aside. It is mighty hot here. This is the last day of May, but it is as warm as the middle of July. I live on a beautiful farm, five miles south of Hallville. I help my papa plow and chop cotton. My school is out. I like to go very much. I think that every boy or girl should improve their time while in school. Every hour has gold in its mouth, and if we waste our time now thinking that we can gain it in the future, we will be badly mistaken. Time lost can never be regained. Mr. Big Hat, I think the plan for Gen. Sam Houston's memorial stone is grand. I think he was a great man, but I don't think he was the only great man of Texas. I will send 5 cents for the stone. I will ask some questions: Why is a stick of candy like a race horse? Who may marry man a wife and still be single? What bones of the skull are movable? What organs of special sense are guarded by the bones of the skull? Who explored the coast of Mexico, and when? If Mr. Big Hat don't think that I am too bold, I will tell something of the life of Houston in my next letter. I would like to correspond with any of the cousins not under 15 years of age.
MATTIE EDWARDS, LaGrange, Fayette Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I've never seen any letters from this place I thought I would try to write. This is my first attempt. I'm a constant reader of The News, and think the cousins' letters are very interesting. My papa is a farmer and I work in the field, as I have no brother large enough to work much. Ludie Sanders, I can't plow. If I could I would think that I was awful smart. Come again, Ludie. I'm always glad when you come, for you always write nice letters. It is very dry here, and if it doesn't rain soon, there won't be much corn made. The farmers are becoming very much discouraged. We came from Mississippi in 1893. I like Texas much better than Mississippi. Come again, Mamie Berdine. I was glad to see a letter from you. I wish some of my old schoolmates would write to the Cozy Corner. Mr. Big Hat, you must be awfully careful of your dress. I will ask some questions: Who invented the lightning rod? Who was called "Old Hickory?" When and where was William Penn born? Jimmie Johnson, Maxie McGregor, Paula Evans and Albert C. Adams, come again. Albert, I believe your mama wrote your letter. I think she is a good woman.
CARROLL COMPTON, Farr, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: As I have never seen any letters from this part of the country, I thought I would write. Some of the cousins tell about their pets so I will them about mine. My pet is a little pony 1 year old. I can ride him. He will eat biscuits, chickens and lots of things. My brother, who is 10 years of age, has one also. As it is Sunday to-day and the sun shines, we went in bathing. I can swim a little. I think there is more birds around here than in any other place I know of. They sing all day. Ernest Wedemeyer, your letter was splendid. What has become of Joe Farmer? Papa takes The News and thinks it is the best paper there is. I think we ought to thank Mr. Big Hat for being so kind as to give us a space in his paper. I am 12 years of age, and would like to correspond with some one about that age. Our school was out May 1. I am in the fifth grade. How many of the cousins like to say speeches? I don't, for one. We said speeches every month.
THOMAS JOE ROUTH, Black Jack Springs, Fayette Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the cousins, but my first letter Peggy got, I guess. I hope you will feed Peggy before my letters get there, Mr. Big Hat. My father is a farmer and has been taking The News for many years and likes it well. We live on a large ranch. My age is 10 years.
ELLA DONNELLEY, Clarkson, Milam Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another girl to knock for admittance to your happy circle. I hope you will receive me. I read the cousins' letters and enjoy them very much. I am now staying with my cousins, but will go home this summer. I suppose my home is in southwest Texas, but I like this country very much. Crops are very good in this portion of Texas, but need rain very badly.
ARTHUR BURKETT, Burkett, Coleman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and many unknown cousins: I have never written to the cousins before, but I am very much interested in the letters. I am a little boy 12 years old and I have two brothers. My cousin and I went fishing the other day. We caught several fish. I attended a picnic last Friday. Our school is out and I am sorry, for I like to go to school. I will ask a question: When and where was the first battle in the United States fought?
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