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THE COZY CORNER
March 29, 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.


PINK CAMPBELL, Damon Mound, Brazoria Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I live on a farm twenty-one miles from Rosenberg and fourteen miles from Columbus. My father takes The News and I like to read the cousins' letters. I have two sisters, one going to school in Brenham, Texas. I have four brothers. Brother Jim helps pa in the field. The other brothers are too little to do much. They help mamma at the cow pen and with the little chickens. I never went to school but eight months in my life.


MAUDIE WILSON, McDuff, Bastrop Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been over a month since I wrote last. I have just returned from a visit to my sister at Webberville, a little postoffice town. It has one dry goods store, one blacksmith shop and a drug store and postoffice. It is located on the Colorado river in a beautiful valley. It was once a thriving little village, but the overflow in the Colorado in 1869[?] washed it away and it never has been rebuilt. The principal merchants moved to Austin. The farmers will soon be through planting corn. If Jack Frost doesn't come and nip the gardens we will soon have all the vegetables we can use. Who discovered the New England coast and in what year? When was the battle of Lundy's Lane fought?


JENNIE FAULKNER, Manda, Travis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: If you will grant me space I will tell Emma Breckenridge something about "our own dear sunny south land." Come down here, Emma, and see what a girl can do. I say a girl can earn her own living in the south. My own case is a clear proof of this statement, and I know many others who are earning their own living in different ways." There are so many ways in which a girl can earn her living, but, as Mr. Big Hat says, it depends on the girl. Of course you know a princely fortune does not await you, either. I think more fields are open for woman's work in the south than elsewhere. A girl can get work in almost all the following professions: bookkeeping, clerking, stenography, sewing, teaching, collecting and many others besides. Write to me and tell me what you are fitted to do, and perhaps I can give you some information. Some one asks: If it was necessary for us to choose a profession what choice would the most of us make? As yet I have not seen what the other cousins say, but I will say that mine is chosen, and if it was necessary for me to quit teaching and select another profession I would choose next a government position, as clerk in the postal department; after that stenography. I would leave clerking and sewing out until there was nothing else left for me to do. I am glad the collections for the Houston memorial stone is progressing so rapidly, and will send something for it as soon as I am at home. I wonder why no one in Austin is collecting? It seems some one there might undertake it. Nellie Moss, I like you, but you spelled my name wrong. Where did you come from? Do you want to write to a girl? M. C. Williams, I am glad you wrote to our department. Can't you write us of some of your travels? I am somewhat of a traveler -- have traveled around over this county looking for a school, and after I got the school have traveled still farther for a boarding place. I can assure you that my experiences are quite varied in that line. You say you are a young man, and for us to guess your age. You are about 40. Genevieve Myrdock, you must not climb any more. Jennette Cline, when the clock strikes thirteen it is time to have it repaired, or get a new one. Dimpsey Quinn, it relieved me very much to hear that your sister is a girl, and I was also inexpressibly glad to know that you are a boy. You ought not to be so afraid of Leroy Stoddard. It is lucky your Aunt Grace has not seen you for a long time, or she might change her opinion of you. Cousins, I am making a "Cozy Corner scrapbook." Whenever there are letters I like they are cut out and pasted in my book. Some day I will have a fine collection of your letters. I am also saving some selections from the Woman's Century. There are some good pieces there every time. I got several letters in reply to my last letter in the Cozy Corner, but, of course, I could not reply to all of them, so please don't be offended. I shall be at home in Austin. You don't look like an angel on Peggy's head, Mr. Big Hat, but a Brownie.


ED A. HURTH, Dike, Hopkins Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have just recently become a reader of The News, and from my short acquaintance with it can truthfully say it is the best paper that ever I read, not because it gives us children a page, but because it is really in every way a splendid paper. Cousins, I have traveled nearly all my life -- from the state of Maine to the state of Florida, and all through the east. But now I am commencing to settle down and work like a good boy. I live in beautiful Hopkins county now, but my mother lives in a much more beautiful county than I do. She lives in Bexar county, in the city of San Antonio. Mr. Big Hat, as you advised me to write to my mother, I will tell you that I have received thirteen letters from her and have written fourteen to her. The fourteenth one I have just written. I am very thankful to you for printing my first letter. I was so glad to see it in print that I went out and jumped a seven-rail fence. But if you publish this letter I will jump ten rails, but I will first have to lay the rails down to be able to. The next time I write I will tell the cousins about my first coon hunt. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins not more than 12 nor less than 22 years of age, as I am only 17.


FANNIE DEALEY, Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am going to write to The News for the first time. I read the letters every Sunday and I take lots of interest in them. I hope Peggy will not be hungry when my letter arrives. I am 9 years old and I am going to school. I am very fond of reading and I read nearly every letter in the paper. Little Miss Big Bonnet looks very cute to-day, and I am going to write her soon. I think your pictures are very cute, and I get them sometimes down to The News office. I have two pets, a hen and a rooster. They are so tame that you can carry them everywhere. There is one more pet, and that is a little Canary bird. I have a little brother and he has a little rocking-horse. He got it Christmas before last and he has it yet. Our school will be out the last of May and I will be so glad. I go to school with Era Wood, one of my friends.


LE OTA FRENCH, Whitesboro, Grayson Co., Tex.-- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have written to the cousins before, but I guess Peggy got my letter, so I will try it again. We had a rain here to-day. I am going to school and am in the sixth grade. We are going to have a musical entertainment here Friday night. I would like to see some of the cousins here. I think they write nice letters. There is a big meeting going on here, held by the Baptists. I go to church and Sunday school every Sunday. I like my teachers very well. I have a black pony and can ride him everywhere I want to. He is my pet. I am glad to see the cousins taking such interest in the Sam Houston memorial stone. History is the study that I like best. I see many others like it. I will ask a question: How many judicial districts in Texas?


ELBERT FROST, Angus, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have written two letters to you before. I am a boy 13 years old. I am going to school and am in the sixth grade. I study five books. One of our teachers has quit teaching. Our school will soon be out. I like my teachers well. We have a Sabbath school at Angus and I belong to it. I wish Miss Big Bonnet would turn her face to us so we could see whether she is good-looking or not. I hop Will Oden will write again and tell us of the western country and the Indian Territory.


JOHNNIE DENNARD, Canton, Van Zandt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Having been a silent reader of the young folks' department for a long time, I thought I would write to you. I live six miles from the county seat. We have a nice courthouse. We are having a great deal of bad weather, which is causing farm work to be rather backward. This is a fine fruit country. I am not going to school now, for the school is out. The teacher had the picture of the school taken. This is my first attempt to write a letter. My age is 10 years. Give my love to Miss Big Bonnet.


HATTIE HUTTON, Wolfe City, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and little cousins: I have been reading your letters and they are so interesting that I thought I would venture to write one. I am a little girl 9 years old. I have one brother, 12 years old, and two sisters, 6 and 1 years old. We go to school and try to learn fast and have such fine times playing. We have a big school, with about 200 scholars. We also have a good Sunday school at the Baptist church.


GROVER CLEVELAND BARNETT, Osage, Coryell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is the second time I have written to the cousins. I like to hoe cotton and corn. I pick cotton and gather corn. I picked 128 pounds of cotton one day. My sack is four yards long and I pick it full. We have an organ and my sister plays on it. She plays very well. I have twenty-two marbles. We are through planting corn. We have eight pigs. Miss Big Bonnet, I wish you would show your face. Mr. Big Hat, why don't you give that dress to Miss Big Bonnet? Then she can have her picture taken and show her face like you do.


ARVIE McMANNIS, Floydada, Floyd Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been a silent reader of The News for a long time. I enjoy reading the cousins' letters very much. I hope Peggy has enough to eat without eating this. Mr. Big Hat, you look so cunning riding on Peggy's ears. Cousins, don't you think that the Houston stone fund is a fine thing? I do. I am not going to school now. It was out last week. I studied in the fifth grade. Floydada is the county seat of Floyd county. It is on the plains, and is located about seventy-five miles west of Childress, which is our nearest railroad point. It has five stores, one blacksmith shop, one saloon and a printing office. This is the prettiest country in the summer time, when the grass is green. It gets just a gentle breeze in the summer, but in the winter and spring the wind blows hard nearly all the time. Mr. Big Hat, if I ever get down to Dallas I will call and see you. Come again, Jesse Locke and Willie Wright. I enjoy your letters very much. My age is 12 years.


WILHELMINE M. CLARK, Fredericksburg, Gillespie Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: May I write again, Mr. Big Hat? Kindly admit me once more, please. I am aware my letters do not add to the improvement of the department, but as the day seems a little lonesome, yet beautiful to me, I decided to write once more for the much enjoyed Corner. The music of my sister performing at the piano, the lovely sunshine outside, all harmonizes beautifully -- it gives one a sense of peace and perfect happiness. As one leaves the cozy room where one has been comfortably enjoying a book, and enters upon the outside world, what loveliness greets the eye! The sprouting grasses and bursting buds, all telling of returning spring, with its beautiful flowers and merry birds, which inspires all with new life. My intention has been for some time past to write and acknowledge the receipt of the handsome diploma, but owing to various occurrences which drew my attention it was delayed from time to time. Mr. Big Hat, accept my best thanks for the nice diploma and your much appreciated kindness in having my paper exhibited at the state fair. The diploma of the previous summer school is framed and adorns the wall of a room. It always reminds me of your kindness and the knowledge gained of our great state through it. Some one asks if some of our papas belong to the G. A. R.? Mine does. I believe he is aide-de-camp of the commanding officers of Texas.


MAY JARRELL, Toyah, Reeves Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little 12-year-old girl to join your happy band. It has been a good while since I wrote. Mr. Big Hat, I wish you could come down and see the Chinese garden and play base ball with us girls. I will describe our town. It has a good many Mexicans and Chinese, and not many whites. We have a good school here and a good teacher. We have about thirty-eight scholars. You can go all over the town of Toyah and never find a tree as high as your head. The only nice houses here are the depot, hotel and grocery store, and they are not very nice. We have more dust storms and small rains here than any other county in Texas that I know of. We came here the first day of July, and the first thing they had, of course, was the fourth. Nearly everybody came after me and my sister, but she did not go. But I went and had a good time, considering I did not know any one. I soon got acquainted. Some of you may talk of your pets, but I have none except a little baby brother and a doll. Miss Big Bonnet, come again. You write such interesting letters. I think your mamma is right about little girls playing with dolls.


BESSIE DOTSON, William Penn, Washington Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I am sorry my letter was not published. I was in hopes it would not find the way to the waste basket, but as it did, I guess it was my fault. So I am not going to be discouraged, but will take my teacher's advice: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." My school will close in about two weeks. I, for one, will be sorry. I am 13 years old. I have six studies. We only have church here once a month and no Sunday school at all. Don't you think that is a shame? I do. I have four brothers and two sisters. Cousin Pearl Roundtree of Temple visited us about two months ago. She was anxious for me to go home with her, but, as I was going to school, mamma wouldn't let me. I hope I can visit her in vacation. I hope to see this (my second letter) in print.


ALICE FARMER, Muscogee, Indian Territory > Muskogee Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner. Papa takes The News and I enjoy reading the cousins' letters; so I thought that I would write. I am a little girl, 12 years old. I live in the Indian Territory, and think it is a pretty country. I went fishing last Saturday and caught three minnows. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins. I like to go to school very much. I haven't seen any letter from Muscogee yet. I live in town. Talequah is the capital of the Indian Territory.


EVA EVANS, Wortham, Freestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the cousins' letters for some time, and enjoy them very much. I don't like to write myself. I always liked to go to school, and hate to be absent or tardy. I am in the sixth grade. I see that all of the girls are telling about their pets, but I have none. My sister has a pet bird. It has been some time since any of the girls from Wortham have written, but there will be a good many who will write before long. Mr. Big Hat, I think your picture is very pretty indeed, but we can not tell anything about Miss Big Bonnet, for her big bonnet hides her face. We all would like very much to see her face. I know the reason she doesn't pull her bonnet off when she has her picture taken. She thinks that Mr. Big Hat is better looking than she is.


MARY SEELY, Wortham, Freestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have spent many happy days since I last wrote. I am going to school and I like to go. My cousin has been staying with us going to school, but she has gone home. I spent the day with one of my cousins yesterday. We cut out things to go in her scrap book, and we had a good time. I am in the sixth grade. Our school will be out in June. We are going to have an entertainment at the close of school. I think Miss Big Bonnet is good looking, but I think she ought to take off her bonnet when she has her picture taken. Many of the cousins write about their pets. I haven't any. I have a little sister 16 months old. We are going to have our pictures taken in the summer. We have organized a society in our school. We had a nice little entertainment the 22d of February. My father is a druggist.


AMERICA McCOLLUM, Farmers' Branch, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Miss Big Bonnet: Here I am again. I expect you all don't know me, for when I wrote before I was at Trinity Mills. I live southeast of Farmers' Branch, on the public road to Dallas. I have been going to school, but it has closed on account of measles; but I have had them. I have been staying with grandpa and grandma, going to school. Mr. Big Hat, you will find inclosed 45 cents in stamps for Sam Houston's monument fund. I think that is a grand idea, don't you all, cousins? I will close with a question: When was the first mission built in Texas?


WILLIE JOE PICKENS, Athens, Henderson Co., Tex. -- Dear Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have listened to papa and mamma read the letters from the cousins for a long time. I can read in the first reader, but I can't read the cousins' letters. I am a little girl 5 years old. I am so anxious to hear a letter read in The News from me and to see my name in print. I am making me a scrap book and I want to put my letter in it. I pieced a quilt for my little bed when I was 4 years old, and Grandma Prince quilted it for me. I live six miles in the country, and I have no brother or sister to play with. I wish some of the cousins would come and spend the summer with me. I have lots of pretty Berkshire pigs, nine little calves and lots of nice playthings. I have six dolls, five white ones and one black one to wait on them. I have a little bed for them and a little cradle. If some of the cousins will come next summer, we will have lots of fun. Papa raises lots of melons and we have a nice orchard.


OSCAR LEWIS, Oak Cliff, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am 10 years old. I do hope Peggy will be asleep when this reaches you, for I don't want him to get this. I am going to school. I like my teacher very much. I have five studies. I have a nice little pony named Mack. I will answer Johnny Slack's puzzle: Too wise you are, too wise you be, I see you are too wise for me. I will ask a question: How many vice presidents of the United States were ever elected president?


DOVE POWELL, Denson Spring, Anderson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I haven't seen any letters from this county in a long time I will write a few lines, and if Peggy gets it I will write again. I live on a farm three miles from the little town of Denson Spring. They are building a new church house there. I will be glad when they get it finished. I went to a valentine party the 14th of February. I received three valentines. Did you get any, Mr. Big Hat? I'll bet you wrote some. I am going to write you an April fool letter. Come down this summer and we will go fishing. There are lots of fish in the river.


KATE NORTON, Rusk, Cherokee Co., Tex. -- Dear cousins: The day is dark and dreary; the heavy black clouds hang low, looking every minute as if the rain would descend in torrents the next. There has been so much rain out here the past few weeks that the people are beginning to complain very loudly. Farming is progressing slowly on that account. I am glad to see that all of you who write to the Cozy Corner are interested (or seem to be) in getting an education. The world is wide and cold. Just think of facing it without an education! We should seize every opportunity and use every golden moment in improving our time while we are yet young. We should take advantage of youth and county every hour well spent that is spent in study. Johnnie Gill, write again. I thought your letter was splendid. Also Willie Wight's. The former's description of the exhibition of real Indian life was very entertaining, and the latter's describing his home and his travels and scenes by the way was charming. I began this letter yesterday, but failed to finish it. This is Sunday morning, and 'tis raining. I can pass off a rainy Sunday very well, if I have anything new to read. I never care to read a book or anything else more than once. I am reading a nice book now, called "The Beautiful Tree of Life." Louise Groce, your little sister was unfortunate to fall in that hole of water. I fell in the branch once when I was about her age and I got wet from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet; but I don't know yet what the first thing is that any one does when he falls in the water, unless it is to try to get out. That is the first thing I did. Cousins, do any of you know a man named Jim Norton? He is a half-brother of mine. It has been about two years since we heard from him. If any of you know of his whereabouts, please write to me or let me know through The News. Mr. Big Hat, inclosed find 40 cents for the Houston memorial stone fund. I will ask some questions: Who was the first president of Jamestown colony? What were the last words of Arnold Winkelried? Who bought the island of Manhattan from the Indians, and what did it cost?


MINTIE BROWN, Alvin, Brazoria Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: In this letter I will try to describe my home. It is situated between two bayous. The main one is Dickerson bayou and the other is a tributary running into the main bayou. To-day we are just on an island, for the water is all around us. We had a fearful rain yesterday. There is timber on both sides of our house. It is a beautiful place, I think, when it is dry. Our nearest neighbor is about half a mile distant and we have several others about a mile from us. When we first came to the city of Alvin there were not more than half a dozen houses there and now it has about 2000 population. As the cousins speak about their pets, I will tell of mine. I have a great many, but the dearest of them all are my little brother and sister. Brother is 2 years old and sister is just 2 months old. I think she is the sweetest thing on earth. I have one dear little brother dead. I was so sad when he died, for I had no one to play with then, as that was before my other little brother and sister came, and I was more lonely than I can tell. But I have the hope of meeting him some day in a better world above, where we will never be separated again. Is not that a happy thought? My other pets are a colt and a calf and a pig and a cat, and I was going to say a little chicken, but it has just been found drowned. Was not that too bad -- the only one I had? I have two dolls. come to see me, cousins, and we will have a big play with them. I send in this 10 cents for the Sam Houston stone fund.


ZELA KIMBROUGH, Bazette, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner. I have long wished to write, but have always been afraid Peggy would get my letter. I am going to school, but our school has been suspended on account of the measles. I have six studies and a chart lesson. I am living with my grandma and uncle. I have two brothers. I live about three miles from the Trinity river. My uncle is a farmer. We raise mostly corn, cotton and oats here. I help pick cotton every fall. We take several papers, but I like The News the best of all. I think it is so nice of you to give us children a whole page to ourselves. The cousins' letters are interesting. I certainly enjoy reading them. I will answer Johnnie Stack's puzzle: "Too wise you are, too wise you be, I see you are too wise for me." I have a riddle I want to ask: "When is a ship said to be in love?" Come again, Miss Big Bonnet. We appreciate your letters very much. I don't think you need a new dress as badly as you do a new bonnet. I wish you would get you a smaller one, so we could get a glimpse of your face. I know you are a pretty little girl.


EVIE SWINNEY, Salem, Newton Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the cousins. I am a little girl and will be 12 the 10th of May. I study ten books. I have two sisters and one brother. I had a nice time Christmas. Santa Claus brought me some raisins, candy, apples, oranges and a book, "The Arabian Nights." Also a beautiful doll. Miss Big Bonnet, you write such nice letters. Come again. Mamma and papa have gone to Newton to see mamma's mother. Mr. Big Hat, I favor Cousin B. S. Chandler's plan concerning the badge. Well, cousins, I will close by asking a question: By whom and on what occasion were the words used: "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute?"


REITA FISHER, Ennis, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little 12-year-old girl, and wish to join this merry band. Ennis has been my home for the last two years. It is a thriving town, and since I have been here there has been a great deal of improvement made. Several churches and many lovely homes have been built, besides some business blocks. Ennis has one of the best schools in Texas, at least I think it is the best. The cousins all tell of their pets. My only pet is my little baby brother. He is not quite 6 months old. I go to school. My favorite study is arithmetic. Tell the cousins to write to me.


ANNA MOORE, Whitney, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little girl 12 years old to join your band. Bessie Smith persuaded me to write to The News. There has been a great many letters written from Whitney to the department, but few have been printed. I love to read. I have just been reading "Our Bessie," and I like it very much. Louise Groce, I have also been reading "Water Babies." I go to school. I study Texas history. I have three brothers and one sister. My sister is married to Bessie Smith's brother. Papa gets The News every Sunday. I have a pet colt and a pet pig. Bessie Smith lives close by me. There is just a fence between us. Miss Big Bonnet, next time you have your picture taken, turn around so we can see your face.


RAY BROUSARD, Double Bayou, Chambers Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I have been thinking I would write for a long time. I don't go to school because we have none. My papa is a farmer. I sometimes help him pen the cattle. I have a saddle I just got. I am taking music lessons from my cousins. I like to take them. I have three brothers and one sister. I did not have a very nice time Christmas, though I got a book and a little doll set of furniture. I have no pets except a baby brother. I cut my arm Monday morning. I cut one of my veins and if the knife had been sharper it would have cut the leader. It is not well yet, for it was swollen. I am 11 years old. I got over $3 on my birthday.


LENA GRABS, Elmo, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I wrote to the Cozy Corner once, but it did not appear in the paper. I looked for it every time papa would come home from the postoffice. Mr. Big Hat, I think your department is nice. I have no pets, only some little kittens and chickens. I think they are nice little things. I had a dreary time to-day. I had to run after the little chickens nearly all the time. It is very cold. We have about six acres of corn planted.


EVA M. ELKINS, Tula [Tulia?], Swisher Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Miss Big Bonnet: I have often thought of writing to you. I wrote about a year ago, but Peggy got it. I don't know what was the matter with it. Little Miss Big Bonnet, I think you write an interesting letter. I wish you would write a letter every week. I love to read them. You look so cute I wish you would turn around so I could see if you are pretty. Do you ever ride Peggy? Did you cry when you broke your doll's head? Mr. Big Hat, are you not afraid you will fall away up there between Peggy's ears? Why don't you ride on his back and use a bridle? Some of the cousins tell what they can do. I help do the housework and milk two or three cows and help papa feed them and feed them alone when he is gone. He is gone most of the time freighting. I am a girl 13 years old. I will correspond with any of the cousins who will write to me first.


RAY HILL, Blossom, Lamar Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Peggy and all the cousins: I am afraid the cousins will forget me, and Little Mr. Big Hat will mark me off the list if I don't hurry up and respond to the invitations of some of the cousins to write again. I have received several letters from my new acquaintances, and hope others will think enough of me to write me a letter. The News affords us great pleasure and also gives us an opportunity for improvement. Some day, no doubt, some of the cousins will become noted in the literary annals of the country, or become renowned as orators, yet the pen is said to be more powerful than the sword. The cousins did not answer my questions. I suppose they forgot to ask their papas, for it is not supposeably what we young cousins would know of these things. But Gen. Sam Houston was one of the men in question and Gen. Lewis T. Wigfall was the other. How strange it does seem that a man like Gen. Houston, who had done so much for Texas, and had become so renowned in the history of his country, would be disenfranchised by his own people. This was nevertheless the case. Gen. Wigfall was disfranchised because he was a leader of the rebellion. Some of the cousins wanted to know who it was who said that the rabble hissed when patriots trembled. That was ex-Gov. James W. Throckmorton, a great friend of Gen. Houston. He could not bear to see his great chief badly treated, and it is said that he wept bitterly when Gen. Houston was turned out of office. He left the state capital and hastened to join the confederate army. These things I have learned from older heads than mine. We young cousins are trying to make amends for these unhappy mistakes, and by our memorial stone we hope to show the world that Sam Houston and his glorious deeds are cherished by every young American, and as Washington is to the whole American people, so will Houston be to every Texan. I think Gen. Houston did more for Texas than Stephen Austin. God, in his mysterious ways, not only spared one much longer than the other, but blessed him with a greater talent and more opportunities, but really, cousins, I do think these are such serious questions that we might omit them, for in this day and time this is a question hard to answer, and the best way to do is to place them side by side. We are all better off, as well as the country at large, that these men lived. I will ask the cousins a question: What distinguished Frenchman (I believe he was from France) came over and joined the southern army during the late war, engaging in many battles, but finally returning to Europe? What was the name of the brave general and Texan who had his head taken off by a shot from a federal gunboat on Red river? What governor of Texas flied to Mexico and died there?


LILLIE POPE, Cawthon, Grimes Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: The Cozy Corner is getting so interesting I can no longer refrain from writing. What has become of Bessie Bee? Come again, Bessie. Magnolia Horsley, you asked who was president from the adoption of the constitution in 1787 to the inauguration of Washington in 1875, Washington was. Thomas Jefferson write the declaration of independence and John Hancock secured its adoption. Cleveland was the bachelor president. Willie Oden, the battle of San Jacinto ended the revolution between Texas and Mexico. Florence Cahoon, Houston did more for Texas than Austin. Dora Linney, there are 205 bones in the body. The root of a hair is in the true skin at the bottom of a tube. To the lower end of this tube a muscular fiber is attached, which passes up to the surface of the skin. When this fiber contracts, it pulls up the hair and makes the skin around it project like a pimple. Cold makes this fiber contract, and so does fear. It is in this way that the hair "stands on end." I will ask a few questions: Name the longest bone in the body. Does the ear hear? How much blood is in the body? I will send 10 cents for the Sam Houston stone.

[Mr. Big Hat's response]:
     Lillie, did you not forget to inclose your dime? Mr. Big Hat could not find it, and Peggy swears he did not eat it, because your letter was written with ink.


EVERETT SOCKWELL, Paris, Lamar Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I am a little country boy, 9 years old. I go to school. I like to go to school. I have two brothers and two sisters. One is married. I have one brother older than I and one younger. My younger brother is a cripple. He has curvature of the spine. He can spell, but he is not able to walk to school with me. I was born in north Alabama, Lawrence county. We have lived in Texas two years. Papa has bought land. We will move to it this fall. I have no pets, but we have four mules, and I can ride any of them. I can plow and hoe. I can pick 100 pounds of cotton a day. I have five rabbit traps, but I don't catch many rabbits. My cousin, Hurschel Smith, takes The News. No one knows I am writing this letter, so if it is printed it will be a surprise. We have a Sunday school. I like to go. I can help sing and can get up a good lesson.


ELEXANDER OBRIANT MULLINS, Ardmore, Indian Territory > Carter Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been looking on for a long time, and think the Cozy Corner so nice that I will attempt to write. I am a little boy, 11 years of age. I am not going to school now. Our school was out the 21st of February. Papa is going to have me begin school at the business college in a short time. I study five books. I like to go to school. I like to read the cousins' letters. Boys, if we don't hurry up the girls will get ahead of us. I am a farmer's boy. I can help plow, and do most any kind of work. I have a pony, saddle and two dogs. I go hunting every chance I have. I remember you, Miss Big Bonnet. You look real scarey with your bonnet on. Rector Smith, don't kill all the squirrels down there in the piney woods. Your letter made me think of the hunts you and I used to take. In what year did the battle of Hobkirk's Hill occur?


RACHEL SANDERS, Peede, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Perhaps you all will be scared out of your wits at the approach of a stranger, but be peaceable for I won't bite, as my teeth are rather bad. But I would love to get to Lula Kirk. I think I could bite her, if she was as sweet as her letter was. I expect you people will wonder whether I am any kin to Ludie Sanders. And I think I am. She and I are sisters, but pa nearly makes a boy out of her, for he makes her plow. But I tell you Ludie can read as good in her sleep as she can when she's awake. She studies phrenology now, and I have no idea but what she will phrenologize my head in her sleep some of these nights. I am not much for reading, but she is forever reading. If I had the money I'd give it to her to go to school, for she is always wishing she had an education. She is larger than I am, but I am taller than she is, and I am the chap who put her eye out with a lead pencil accidentally. Mabel Sweetman, tell us that other story, or about the ancient city of Ponce de Leon. I am 13 years of age.


BETTIE COLLINS, Arlington, Tarrant Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Papa takes your paper and I have read the cousins' department with much interest. It is the first time I have attempted to write to you. I am a little girl 12 years of age. I go to school and I like it very much. We have a real large town -- twelve stores, 1200 inhabitants and a nice college and several two-story buildings. We live in a two-story building. We had one house to burn down. My father isn't in any kind of business now on account of old age.


HAL MIERS, Detroit, Red River Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been going to school ever since I was 5 years old. I am now 8. My little brother is 5. I am in the fifth grade. We have a dog. He is a gray hound, and we work him to our sled. We have a pretty white kitten named Boots. This is my first attempt at writing for a newspaper.


CURTIS MULLINS, Ardmore, Indian Territory > Carter Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and all my unknown cousins who write to the Cozy Corner: I expect most of the cousins have forgotten me, as if has been a long time since a letter from me was in print. I live in the country on a farm, and I am glad of it, for I think country life is so much nicer than city life. I have been going to school. Our school was out the 21st of February. I was sorry, for I like to go to school. I like my teacher very much. Some of the cousins write such nice letters. Mabel L. Sweetman, write again; your letters are very interesting. Mary Smith, the battle of Bunker Hill occurred in 1775. Eddie Rosamond, Pocahontas married John Rolfe. Mr. Big Hat, I would like to join your Summer School. I would like to correspond with some of the girls between 12 and 16 years of age. Success to Mr. Big Hat and the cousins.


LUDIE SANDERS, Peede, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Say, cousins, what do you all think of Lula Kirk's letter anyway? Now, Lula, don't get made, for I am just going to express my ideas upon your article. Your letter was nice, but I had a little fun at your expense, however. I have something over six brothers and all from home save the two youngest (they are not old enough to tease much), but I must say that when I am around them they are real mischievous. Still they can not scare me into "duck fits." I received my diploma some weeks since and think it real nice and an honor for any one to hold. Mr. Big Hat, please accept my thanks. I also thank you very much for our chat with Lauretta, for I am one of the girls that adorn the field. But ain't you really afraid sitting away up there and in the summer, when mosquitoes are bad? Peggy could give his ears a flop and off you'd go! then what would people think? Now I hope this will never occur, for I think you look real cute, but as for myself, I don't think I should like the position. Yes, I did forget to send my money and can send none this time, as I have not yet secured others to join me. Archbald McPhail, I enjoyed your bird story very much and hope you will write another one. Odis Riddle, please tell us about fox suppers, as there is nothing known of such doings in this part of Texas. Cousin Joe Dawson, I am not the girl that wanted to correspond with you, and her mamma wouldn't let her; but I did think of writing, but as I am a very poor scholar I thought my letter would not meet your approval. You would hardly think I am interested in literature, but I am, and have had very little opportunity to study. Yet I read everything I possibly can. Did you ever study the "Science of Life?" That is my present study and consumes most of my leisure moments. Do you think any one can learn to read the minds of other persons or not? I verily believe that it can be done. My Sister, Rachel asked me if I could tell whether she would marry or not, so I put my hand upon her head and said: "Yes, should you get a chance." I have at last persuaded Rachel to write, but I expect her letters will be like mine, good for nothing. Last year while I was plowing, I had put the gears on my pony, and as we had to go some 200 or 300 yards, I concluded to ride to the field. I thought I'd try jumping on, but I only noted that I landed on the other side upon my feet. I tell you, the folks did laugh, but I didn't care. With a determined will I bounded on the right place at the second attempt. I had the trembles for a while though, but after I had promenaded a few rounds with the "double shovel," I soon began to feel myself again. How many of the girl cousins can plow? I haven't plowed very much this year yet, but I shall have to soon. The other day I had to plow in one field while a young man plowed in another one. Rachel tried her hand at plowing the other day. She could not plow, and because of it she wanted to stop the horse, but instead of saying, "Whoa," she began to pull back on the plow handles, as if the horse could not out-pull her. I am fond of out-door sports, but I don't like to plow. Mr. Big Hat, haven't you forgotten that you promised to tell us about two learned deaf mutes? Some of the cousins have spoken of securing an education. I envy any one who has that opportunity, for I do not expect to obtain such; but I have one brother at Waco attending school at Add-Ran university, preparing for the ministry, and two brothers who expect to be physicians, and are now preparing for college. Gus Ford, if you do not get Dora B's picture by the time this is in print write and I will send it at once. Jesse L., please tell us about William Wallace's fight. Eugene Simmons, you and I live only a few miles apart. Ray S., I never tire of reading such nice letters as yours. Pa is the owner of twenty-one head of cattle and six horses, and there is among them a horse older than I am, and a cow some younger, yet she is the oldest of the cows, and I won't let any one else milk her unless I am from home, because they might hit or scold her. Sometimes we get in a hurry, but I always give old Lyna her time, and I plow with old Jerry (the horse), for when I plow him there will be no harsh words spoken to him. I think more of those two than all the rest of the animals, because they are growing old, and remind me of the song, "Old and Only in the Way." Some of the cousins say they like Miss Big Bonnet's letters better than Mr. Big Hat's, but I appreciate his letters. Several of the girls are telling how many quilts they have pieced, so I will say that I have nine quilted and three to quilt. This, I think, is very well for a "Texas clodhopper," and one that "adorns and ornaments the field," as I do. Willie W., come again. I was born Nov. 14, 1878, making me 17 years of age. Success to The News, its charming circle and its innumerable readers.


MYRTLE FORD, Bruceville, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am going to venture back once more. Mr. Big Hat, that picture you sent me was very nice. Miss Big Bonnet, when are you going to have your picture taken? When you do, tell me, and I will send after one. I thought Mr. Big Hat was real cute. But I carried it to the schoolhouse and some one got it. I was very sorry, but could not help it. If I send another stamp will you send me another one? I am going off on a trip to the Colorado river and the mountains pretty soon. When I get back home I will write and tell you everything I saw. The measles are at Bruceville now. Some of the cousins please answer the questions I asked. One of my friends asked me if you would publish a letter if the writer did not take The News. I told him, "Yes, if the letter was good." Our school was out the 23d of February, so we haven't much more free school to attend this year.

[Mr. Big Hat's response]:
     Miss Big Bonnet hopes to have some pictures taken soon. Mr. Big Hat will send you another picture on receipt of the stamp.


ROSA LEE HAMBLEN, Moody, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here I come again! I suppose you all will get tired of me some day. So many nice letters were in The News this week that I couldn't keep from writing. When next January rolls around I will be on my way to a northern home. We are going to the panhandle. Mr. Big Hat, a cousin of mine saw my name in The News and wrote to me. I had never heard of him before. His name is Scott Hamblen. I am very nearly as tall as papa. Mr. Big Hat, you are very good looking the way you are, but would look better with pants. If I had your mule, I would sell him before you could snap your fingers -- if I could. Come when you can, Odis Riddle.


NORA NUCKOLS, Osceola, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins, I am a little girl 12 years old and hope the cousins will let me join the Cozy Corner. I love to read the cousins' letters very much and I think they are very interesting. I am going to school now and like my teacher splendidly. He is good to us all and hasn't whipped but a few boys and none of us girls. Miss Big Bonnet, you hide too much of your face. We can't see how you look. When you get your new dress made turn your face so we can see it. Mr. Big Hat, I have a sweet little cat. He is my pet. His name is Gold, for he is yellow and white spotted. Gold gets in my lap and purrs sweetly. I will ask some questions: Why didn't Gov. Houston serve his time out, and who took his place? How long did J. P. Henderson serve, and why didn't he serve his time out?


HATTIE BOWMAN, Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a girl 9 years old. I am going to school. I am in the third grade. Both of my other sisters have written to you. I thought I would write, too. We have only one pet in our house and that is the baby. She is very sweet and she can talk very well. She asks papa for his pen and some paper, and papa says, "What are you going to do with it?" She says, "Write to Big Hat." I think the school will let out the last of April and we will have such a long vacation that I won't know what to do with myself. I think I will get some linen and make some handkerchiefs.


ERMINE SPILMAN, Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you let me in to ask a question: What southern general was it (west of the Mississippi river) who when he saw his men about to become discouraged dismounted in the heat of battle and fought in a private soldier's place?

 

- March 29, 1896, The Dallas Morning News, p. 14, col. 2-7.
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