November 3, 1895
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.
JOSEY HERRING, Quinlan, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I have been reading the cousins' letters and love to read them so much. Papa takes The News and thinks it a great paper. I live on the farm. We moved from Dallas two years ago out here. I can pick 100 pounds of cotton a day. Our school has not commenced yet. I have three brothers and three sisters. I have a little baby brother named Claud, and he is our pet. I am 9 years old and this is my first letter to the cousins and I hope to see it in print.
WILLIE DAWSON, Stephenville, Erath Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: As we have to write a letter to read in the class, I thought I would write you, and I wish you would publish it in the children's corner of your big paper, The Dallas News. My little brother and I had a little pony and we traded him off for a single-footer and last Friday after school we got on him and off he went across the square at full speed and off I came on the hard ground, and Charley right on top of me. So I went home crying and Charley laughing. We don't ride him any more. My papa runs a saloon and one time I stole a quart bottle of wine and it seemed every man in town ran to catch me to take it from me, but I drank it all up and then got a whipping for it. I was little then; now I am 10. Our town is going to have a hundred thousand dollar college built soon. We will then have four schools.
KELLIE BAKER, Granbury, Hood Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I have never written to The News before. I've been reading some of the cousins' letter, and they were so nice and I enjoyed them as much I thought I'd join the cousins and have a jolly time, too. I am a little girl 14 years old, and if the cousins let me join their band next time I'll write you a good letter. We are having some cold weather now. I like cool weather much better than I do summer. Cousins, don't you all feel sorry for me? I have been in bed five weeks with the slow fever, but I am up now. I have one sister, but she is in the country now. She has been there three weeks. Mamma and I are going down there next Saturday, and I am going to stay a while with my brothers and she is coming home. Cousins, I have two quilts and one to quilt, and I am going to piece some to-morrow. Mamma has thirty-seven little chickens. My hair all came out after I got up out of bed. Our school commenced the 15th of September, but I was sick and could not go. I will go after christmas. Papa and mamma and myself all went haw hunting Sunday and I got two pockets full.
EVA FOSTER, Gladstone, Walker Co,. Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: May I come in this pleasant Sabbath evening and have a chat with you all? If you will welcome me I will try to be as entertaining as possible. During the lapse of time since my last writing I have watched the progress of the cousins, and have longed to be in their midst again. Mr. Big Hat, I would have written oftener but for the excellent reason that I have had nothing to write about. I have nothing new now, but your circle charms me so, I can't stay away. However, this time I thought I would have confidence enough to address the cousins, but seeing Maggie Jenkerson's letter and so many other good conversationalists I must own I am a little shy and can not appear just at my ease. Come again, Robert Campbell, I would be pleased to hear from you. My little friend Maggie J., I would like to hear from you each week. You write such a nice and interesting letter. I solicit correspondence.
JESSIE WILBURN, Rockdale, Milam Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: After a few weeks' absence from among you I now take my seat to encourage all and I hope Mr. Big Hat will encourage me, providing I need any. I guess Peggy had a nice little time eating my other letter, as I never saw it in print, but hope to see this one published. This week appeared Bessie Bee. Mr. Big Hat and all the cousins will be so sorry to loose [sic] her for a year. Our school will commence Monday and I will be glad. We will have a new lady teacher this year. We have moved since I wrote last. I will describe my new home next time I write. Cousin Rudolph, come again, I think your letters are so interesting, especially when you write about hunting. Success to Mr. Big Hat and dear cousins.
ALICE GRIFFIN, Cusseta, Cass Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I see so many nice letters in The News I will write myself. We take The News and I love to read the letters in the cozy corner. Boys, you write such nice letters! I don't think you are sleepy-headed. Sallie Wester, aren't you afraid to drive four miles by yourself? I will tell you about my pets. I have a little sister nearly 4 years old and she is as sweet as she can be. I have a horse that weighs over 900 pounds. It is as gentle as a dog and will let me do anything with it. I have a little kitten named Jumbo, and it will come when I call it. I will ask a question: What was the last battle fought in Texas? How long did it last? Bessie Bee, come once more any way. Your letters are so nice.
JIMEY HINES, West, McLennan Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to you. I have been reading some of the cousins' letters and they were so nice I thought I would write one, too. I am a little boy 12 years old. I have six brothers and one little sister. My sister is crippled in her right arm. I haven't picked much cotton yet. My mamma is also a cripple, and I have to cook, wash dishes and clean up the house.
LILY DEWITT, Cistern, Fayette Co., Tex. -- Little Miss Big Bonnett: As I have the time to write I will carpe diem. I hope to see Dora Bennett's picture in The News. I am going to send the little girl in Josserand anything I can. Cousin Sallie Bittick and myself are going to send her some silk scraps for her quilt, and some papers, cards, etc. As soon as The News arrives, I peruse the Corner, ab initio, ad finem. Well, tempus fugit and nolens volens. I must stop. Miss Big Bonnet, how do you like my Latin? Well, bon nuit for this time and next, modus operandi, I will do better.
ZUELLA POLLARD, Abbott, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I see so many lovely letters in the Cozy Corner, I thought I would write one, although I have written one before, but it was not printed. Well, cousins, how did you all like Little Miss Big Bonnet's letters? I think it real nice, but don't you think you would have taught that cat better than to bring the mouse trap over for you to carry back? Come to see me, Little Miss Big bonnet, and I will give you another cat. Hattie Simmons, you asked was "Lucile" ever married. Yes, she was. My sister has read "Lucile," and said she was married to count de Nevers. I have never read it, because I don't like poetry very well. How is it with you? I see Bessie Bee has come again, and I was very glad to hear from her, and I guess the other cousins were like me. I wonder how many of the cousins are going to the fair? I think I shall go, and would be pleased to meet any of the cousins there. I think the blue star will be very nice, then we will know when we meet one another. I have not begun school yet, and hardly think I will go any this winter. Arithmetic is my favorite study, although I don't know much about it.
LEILAH PELT, Duncanville, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Little Miss Big Bonnett: I enjoyed reading your letter very much this week. How fast the cousins are improving in the composition of their letters! I would be greatly pleased if I could write such letters as Rudolph Bollier, Maud Carson and some others. What a bright, laughing and lovely Sabbath. How it cheers and gladdens us with its sunshine and balmy breezes! Many of the cousins are no doubt rejoicing because of the pleasantness of the day and the privilege of going to church, where the truth is preached in love. Many are now in olden and country dressing or arranging things at home so as to seek the temple of God and feed upon his word, dispensed by his minister. Many are going there with hearts breaking and full of sorrow to find relief from the great teacher and giver of every good and perfect gift. Some are going with souls aglow with love and gratitude to the Lord for blessings from his hands in rich profusion. Others are going for wisdom and edification from the book of all knowledge. Others still are going simply to hear their favorite preacher and delight their minds with the "flower" and rhetoric of the pulpit. And others are going to hear the "organ play." Others, still -- Yes, many, I fear -- are going to get items of gossip, the latest fashion, to see how this and that one are dressed and to criticize the grammar, the diction and the doctrine of the preacher. All these classes are eagerly preparing to go to God's house, but I fear also that some within convenient distance of the church [stay] at home, complaining of the dullness and monotony of the day. Their dress is not exactly made to style or is too old. But, cousins, how will it be with that eternal Sabbath above, of which this one is emblematic? Cousin Braxton Rogers, I think your letters are good. In your next letter I want you to give a description of Brownwood, please. Cousin Rudolph Bollier, I think your adventure with a ghost is good, but I rather think it was a tramp instead of a ghost, don't you? I think the girls are too impatient with dull boys and predict of them that they will never amount to anything. Adam Clarke was pronounced by his father to be a "grievous dunce," and Dr. Chalmers was pronounced by his father as an "incorrigible one." Sir Walter Scott was a dull boy and when attending the University of Edinburgh he went by the name of "the great blockhead." His teacher often pronounced upon him this severe opinion: "Dunce, you are, and dunce you will ever remain." Have courage, boys, for some of the grandest spirits that the world has ever known -- men whose works and memory are endearing -- were regarded in youth as dunces. Be patient, hopeful and self-reliant, unmoved by laughter and undiscouraged by evil prophetics. Little Miss Big Bonnet, you must come again and tell more about your pets and dolls, and tell us your true name so we will known who you are. I will close with my best regards for The News, especially the Cozy Corner.
D. BARTON SCOGGINS, Roxboro, Person Co., N. C. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will try once more to write to this department, as it has been so long since I have written. Cousins, you had better mind how you use "Little Miss Big Bonnett's name. Peggy will be on you about it, and then you will feel bad. Cousins, come right ahead and leg's keep this department alive. Reuben R. Woodall, answer my letter I wrote you some time ago. Mrs. Ballard, Person county was named after Gen. Thomas Person. Cousins, "get a move on you," come out from this. "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Boys, I would like to correspond with you -- any of you. Mr. Big Hat, the frost came and ruined all of the tobacco standing on the hill -- about two-thirds of the farmers' crop. It has not turned very cold here, but will soon. Papa gets the Friday News on Tuesday, and Tuesday News on Thursday or Friday.
VIOLA ALLEN, Palmer, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to The News. I have been reading some of the letters in the Cozy Corner and thought I would write. I have been picking cotton. The most I picked in one day was 252 pounds. I have no pets. I have not begun school yet, because school has not begun. Mr. Big Hat, I think you ought to have Miss Big Bonnet's picture by your's. Cousin Plarry, I will answer some of the questions you asked: Washington captured Cornwallis. Columbus made four voyages to the new world. Roger Williams was the founder of Rhode Island. Cousins, I know you all regret to hear that Bessie Bee will leave us. I guess Peggy will get this. Mr. Big Hat, I will send stamps enough to pay for one of your pictures if you will just say how many. I mean yours and Miss Big Bonnet's.
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FRANK REEVES, Belknap, Young Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I am a little boy 10 years old. I live two miles south of Belknap and ten miles west of Graham, in Miller bend, on the Brazos. This is a mountainous country, with nice, rich valleys on the river and will produce most anything. The cotton crop is not much ere, but corn and fruit are abundant. We also have plenty of game, such as deer, turkey and squirrel. Come out, Mr. Big Hat, and go with me hunting. My papa is a farmer. I see some nice letters from little girls and boys. Boys, don't be discouraged. Boasting is bad, but growling is worse. I was real glad to see a letter from my cousin, Ida Wade.
DOLL RANDALL, Wallis, Austin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: Here comes another little girl asking for admittance to your Cozy Corner. My papa is a farmer, and takes The News. I enjoy reading the cousins' letters so much. Some of them write such nice and interesting letters. Girls, I do not think you ought to complain of the boys. They are doing equally as well as we are. Boys do not let the girls discourage you. They write oftener than you do, but I like your letters best, especially those by Levi Bowman, Lawrence Neff, L. C. Fountain and Rudolph B. Little Miss Big Bonnet, your letter was just excellent. I wish you would write often. I am sure your brother will print all the letters you will write. Why do you not have him put your picture in The News, too? Cousins, aren't you all sorry winter has come again? Now we shall have no warm sunshine, no fragrant flowers and worst of all, no beautiful green trees. The great large trees look so bare and ugly. The largest trees in the world are the mammoth trees of California. One in a grove in Tulare county (according to measurement made by the members of the state geological survey) was shown to be 276 feet in height, 108 feet in circumference at the base and 76 feet at a point 12 feet above the ground. Some of these trees are 376 feet high and 40 feet in diameter. Some of the largest that have been felled indicate an age of from 2000 to 2500 years. I will ask some questions: Who was called "Old Rough and Ready?" When was Gen. Washington invited to become king? What bay is noted for its high tides? Success to The News, the little editor and his sister, Little Miss Big Bonnet!
MINNIE LEE, Forney, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you allow me, an ex-member of the Y. P. C. of Texas farmers, a seat in your Cozy Corner? If so, I'll just step in behind Little Miss Big Bonnet and quietly take my seat. As I am not very talkative and "kinder bashful," I'll just keep silent for the first time and listen to your merry chat. Now, boys, don't go to casting cherpoyce[?] at me, for I declare I'll just sink right through my chair. I've warned you of my bashfulness, now beware. I don't care to join in the quarrel between the opposite sex and, as Mr. Big Hat says, we should not discuss politics or religion. I am at a loss what to write about. Shall we not discuss fashion? Now don't all speak at once; but how do you like the big sleeves? Don't you think they are out of sight? Miss Mary West, you write an excellent letter. Come again and -- but, oh! Little Mr. Big Hat says I should not be inviting others until I myself have had a welcome. I rather enjoyed Mr. Washington's personal[?] description of country life. Well, as I promised to keep silent and Little Mr. Big Hat is looking daggers at me, I will bid you good day and wait for a welcome.
LILLY ROWE, Fairy, Hamilton Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have just finished reading the young folks' department in The News. The cousins have improved so much since I began reading The News. When we first began taking your paper the letters were not nearly as interesting as they now are. Cousins, I am not flattering you, for it is really true. Our school began in September. I did not begin then, but am going now. I enjoy going to school ever so much, although I have not had the opportunity that some have had. But we should not become discouraged. We should think of the privileges that are given us, for there is ever an opportunity for us to learn something at some time, and we should improve every moment, of our time in trying to learn something that will be of use to us in after years. Well, cousins, what are you going to do Christmas? I don't know what I will do yet. I expect to have a good time, though, and hope you all will. Mr. Big Hat, you must not detain Santa Claus so long that he will not get to pay me a visit ere Christmas times are o'er. I imagine I can hear the pitter of his reindeer's feet on the house now, but of course, it is imagination and no feet. Cousin Rudolph, I am not personally acquainted with you, but have seen you when in Hamilton. I must admit that you do not look like such a venturesome youth. Please don't tell any more ghost stories, at least while school is going on, for I have to go off in a room all alone to study and can hear all sorts of ghosts dancing across the gallery. But Cousin Rudolph, you must not be offended at what I say. You say you have some sisters. And you know girls will tease. Oh! Bessie Bee! your interesting letters will e missed from the young folks' corner. You must not let this be your last time to call. Maud Carson, your letter was ever so nice. Hattie Simons, you asked if any of the cousins had ever seen a prairie dog. I should say I have. My home is in the panhandle, but I was not a cousin when the question was asked, and am not too certain that I will be, for Peggy may be hungry. If all the letters that Mr. Big Hat receives are similar to those printed this week I know he is. My teacher used to tell me my writing was like pothooks, and I think Peggy would find it a difficult task to swallow pothooks, although I never saw any. Little Miss Big Bonnet, do come again. Your letter was real nice. Mr. Big Hat, I would like to know what you are like. I know you are not like that picture in The News for I know you are lots larger than that. I can't go to the fair, so I think you might tell all those who can't go at least your age. Little Miss Big Bonnet, you tell us please. You must be an extraordinarily good little sis. I always loved to tell off on my "big bud," for a joke, you know. Mr. Big Hat, it is well enough that I'm not your little sis, for I'd tell who you were, sure. Cousins, if I was not afraid Mr. Big Hat would be worried, I would tell you about two pet prairie dogs I had once. They were such cute little things that every one admired them, but they got to be so mischievous that mamma made me give them away. Girls, I haven't told you what a nice deskmate I have. She is the loveliest girl I ever saw, and the more I'm with her, the better I like her. She is so quiet in school, but out of school she is quite jolly. Well, I think I had better close, as this is my first visit, and methinks I hear Mr. Big Hat say: "I hope it will be the last, for I'll not print this." But, if he doesn't, I will not be very badly surprised, for there is one door and five windows to this room, and one of Rudolph's ghosts is peeping at each, I think, for I hear them trop across the porch occasionally. Oh, I am not very cowardly, if I did not have to room alone. It may seem funny to the boys to think that a girl is a little bit scary, but I know I have the sympathy of most of the girls, so that is one consolation. Well, I may not write any more, as I got a letter from home (in the panhandle) to-day and they want me to come back there. So if you never hear of me again, you may know that the prairie dogs or rattle snakes have devoured me. But I don't expect I will go until school is out here, and that is seven months in the future. And then, I like it here ever so much more than I do out there. it is as Hattie says, a beautiful country and healthy, generally speaking, but I have as good health here as I had there, and schools are superior here to those there. I don't mean that they don't have any good schools, but the one I lived near is not so good as the one I'm attending now. Mr. Big Hat, you must excuse me for intruding on you so lengthily, but I very often take a loquacious spell and want to talk all the time. The others have all gone to bed now, and I can't get to talk, so I have to take it out in writing. But really, I must quit, or the Cozy Corner will not be so cozy, for if this is printed it will give it the appearance of having been visited by a cyclone. Boys, if Peggy gets this, then you can write, one and all, for I know she will never survive it. It will prove a fatal dose. The girls have been calling the boys sleepy-heads. Girls, this is unfair, and for goodness' sake, don't do so any more. If we see that the boys are trying, let's encourage them. And, anyway, what benefit will we derive from discouraging some one else? We all, or most of us, have brothers, and would we not do all we could to encourage them? So let's not discourage some one else's brother. The boys will not criticize us, I feel sure, if we do not them. Boys, I, for one, enjoy reading your letters and like to see them in print, to know that you are striving to learn and to make useful men of yourselves. I always love to see my brothers trying to improve, and I think it is a good sign to see any boy do the same. I feel just the same toward a girl. I love to know of my girl friends succeeding well in any undertaking that will benefit them, so I hope you will all continue writing to the department. Rudolph, your ghosts are acting outrageous, so I must go to bed.
ALICE VALENTINE, Joshua, Johnson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little Texas girl to join your happy band. I will try to describe the little town I live in. It contains 8 stores, 2 blacksmith ships, 2 barber shops, 3 churches, a lumber yard and a large school. The population is about 500. It is very pretty here in the summer, but the sand is very bad. I have a pet chicken, too, Mr. Big Hat. It is very naughty. It just will roost in the house. Its name is "Sweetheart." When I knock on the floor he will come in a hurry. I tried to get my little friend to write, but she said that the editor of the Farm and Ranch wouldn't print the letters unless they took the paper, but you would print them, wouldn't you? Mr. Big Hat, why didn't you put Cousin Dora Bennett's picture in the paper? I solicit correspondence.
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LIZZIE AND EDITH LACKEY, Lawn, Taylor Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you kindly admit two western girls into your cozy corner? This is a lovely country out here. We live in a valley surrounded by mountains. There are several high ones here. We are thinking of going to the Bald Eagle peak some Sunday to stay all day. We would have lots of fun if you would come out here. We have been picking cotton all the fall. We pick about 300 pounds in a day. Isn't that pretty well for girls aged 14 and 17? We enjoy reading the cousins' letters very much, especially such letters as Bessie Bee, Nell Morris, Herbert Taylor, Rudolph Bollier and L. W. Neff write. Success to Mr. Big Hat and The News.
WILLIE BELLE NICHOLS, Rogers, Bell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I thought as this is Sunday evening and I did not have anything else to do I would write to The News. Cousins, isn't it too bad that Cousin Bessie Bee cannot be with us again for a long time? Papa has taken The News for nearly fifteen years and I think he likes it better than any paper he has ever taken. Our school will begin the 28th of October. We will have one of our old teachers that has taught here before. I live close to the schoolhouse. They tore the old house down and built a new one. I live three miles south of Rogers and about two miles and a half from the Little river. Papa has 240 acres of land in cultivation. One hundred and sixty acres of it is in the Little river bottom. I am the oldest of seven children, four of whom are girls. My age is 12 years.
TITHA WILLIAMS, Bailey, Fannin Co., Tex. -- Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: Here comes a little 10-year-old girl asking for admittance to your Cozy Corner. How many of the cousins have to keep house for their father? I for one. My mother is dead and I have to do all the work. I am washing to-day. I have to cook. I have a pet cat. I have no brothers and sisters, but Jennie Barr and I have fine times.
OSCAR LEE, Aaron, ? Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here I come again. It is raining to-day. I guess it will kill the grasshoppers. They are thick as bees around a hive. We tried to drive them off, but it did not work. I went last week over to Mr. Timpler's and helped him bale his broom corn. He had seventeen bales in all and Mr. Carter had about 150 bales. The people have nearly all their wheat planted. We have fifty acres of wheat. School has commenced. I like the teacher. Mr. Big Hat and cousins, you must come up and take christmas with us. Winter has set in here. Mr. Big Hat, I thank you for the paper you gave me. What became of Peggy? I haven't heard of Peggy in a long time.
ABBIE BRANTLEY, Macon, Franklin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a girl 19 years old. This is my first letter to The News and I thought I would write a few lines. Since spring and summer have faded away and fall and winter enter in, there will be a great many vacant hours in which we cousins can find time to write to The News. Now, cousins, let all of us make this department interesting. I have been reading The News for more than six months and think it is such a nice paper and such nice little letters appear from the cousins. Some of you cousins ought to be over here in Texas among the pines, and hills. We have nice times going to preaching and picnics. Speaking about pets, I had a nice little pet bird and it was about to die, and I despaired of ever raising it and turned it free again. I am done picking cotton. I have picked three bales this fall. How does that do? Cotton is very sorry in this section. Corn is fine enough. Our school commenced the first of September and will be out next June and there will be two nights of speaking. Mr. Big Hat, I wish you could be with us. Come and you will surely enjoy your trip in this part of Texas. I am thinking about taking a trip to Arkansas this winter. I have heard that a crow would have to carry corn with him to keep from starving over there, and if that is a fact, I am afraid that I will come out like the crow. I think the boys are doing very nicely. Rudolph Bollier had a nice letter this week. Come again. Do any of you cousins like music? I like music when it is played well. I have an organ and accordian, so you see I have plenty of music. I am looking for one of my cousins here christmas. It has been two years since he was here. I had such a nice time with him going to a christmas tree. It was the nicest tree that I ever saw.
LENA MAY WIESE, Jones' Prairie, Milam Co., Tex. -- Here I come once again to try Mr. Big Hat's wonderful patience. I wrote you some weeks ago, but didn't have the courage to send my letter off. I see so many nice letters from cousins whom I know have gone to good schools that I feel almost as if my letters were not worth the space they occupy to print. I have attended a small country school, but what little I know of letter-writing I've learned by reading the newspapers and by criticizing the numerous letters papa receives. I also learn to spell a great many words while reading, and some that I don't know the meaning of I write down on a slip of paper and look them up in the dictionary. I am now spending my leisure time studying the dictionary, manual geography and Peter Parley's Universal History. I have some novels I want to read if I ever get time. The books are entitled "Willy Reilly" and "David Copperfield." I have a little brother just one week old to-day. He weighs only about three pounds. We haven't named him yet. I would prevail upon mamma to name him for Mr. Big Hat if I knew his real name, for I don't believe his name is Mr. Big Hat or Miss Big Bonnet, either. I would have asked to have joined the Summer School, but my sister gave away the paper containing the second and third lessons before I had learned them, and I couldn't obtain the papers elsewhere.
EMMA SHEFFIELD, Stephenville, Erath Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: I haven't written to The News in a long time. I think the girls are kind to write to you. I think their letters are nice. I wish you have been here to help me pick cotton. The most I picked in a day was 174 pounds. Mr. Big Hat, I am going to town to-morrow. I am going to start to school the first Monday next month.
SADIE KEBELMAN, Weatherford, Parker Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I have seen but one letter from Weatherford, so I thought I would write. I am a little girl 10 years old. I am in the fifth grade. This is my first attempt at letter-writing. My papa takes The News. I like the letters in the Cozy Corner and I think the stories are all nice. I have a little pony. I named her Pet, and Mr. Big Hat, I never feed him paper to eat. I will not think you like pets very much if you give paper to Peggy. I like history and arithmetic better than my other studies. The News is the only newspaper my mamma lets me read.
ABNER WILLIAMS, Mooreville, Falls Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I see letters from all parts of Texas, but never one from here. Mooreville is in the northwestern part of Falls county. It is on a high ridge between two creeks. On the south side there is a gradual slope down several miles to Deer creek, on the other side of which the steep hills with their little green valleys rise like the pictures of far off mountains. I sometimes play they are real mountains, and in springtime when the farmers are running off their fields on that side at night, I fancy they are volcanoes. The long bright light reaches heavenward, lighting the clouds with a fitful glare. The great columns of smoke mount upward, the long low valley becomes the murmuring sea, and --
On the north the slope down to the bayou is rather steep. Here the beautiful valley winds softly away until it is lost in the mazes of the far-away hills of McLennan county. The little town with its white houses grouped on the point of the hill, and surrounded on every side by the wide stretch of green cotton fields, makes one think of a crown of pearls set in a wreath emeralds. Falls county was created in 1850. It is bounded on the north by McLennan, on the south by Robertson and Milam, on the east by Limestone and on the west by Bell county. It is rectangular in shape and is about 25x30 miles in area. It is drained by the Brazos river, which flows through the middle of the county. Big creek, Little Brazos, Pond creek, Deer creek, Sandy and Cow bayous are its important branches. The soil is of three kinds, sandy, red loam and black waxey prairie. Oak, elm, hackberry, cottonwood, willow and mesquite are the most important trees. Cotton, corn, oats, millet, vegetables and fruit are the most important productions. Farming, stockraising and commerce are the principal occupations. Cotton bales and oil are the manufactures. The people are mostly from the older southern states. There are a great many negroes along the river. There are four railroads in the county. Marlin, Reagan, Lott, Rosebud, Chilton and Mooreville are the largest towns. Marlin is the county seat. It has an oil mill and boasts of the deepest and hottest artesian well in the world. Marlin was named for a pioneer family who settled it in an early day. On one Sunday night in 1829 their house was surrounded by the Indians and nearly all of the inmates killed. The children were playing in the yard when the fight began, and one of them, Isaac Marlin, hid himself until the Indians were gone; then he came out, and after examining all the bodies to see that they were dead, ran seven miles in little over an hour to tell the dreadful news. Ten days afterward the Indians attacked the Marlins again, but were defeated. It was this time that Hinchey, the negro man, ran from Marling to near Calvert without stopping, and as quick as a horse could go. A few days after this, a battle was fought about five miles above Marlin, in which the Indians were victorious. These are but a few of the many Indian fights that occurred in this region. Many good people were killed and others driven from their homes. The greatest natural wonder in the county is the falls of the Brazos, for which the county is named. The water pours over a rock about six or eight feet high. It is a great place for fishing and picnics. Mr. Big Hat and cousins, I have tried to write about my home. I am a great big school boy over 16, too bashful to write nice entertaining letters like the girls. Boys, let's quit the silly joking with the girls, and each one write a short history of his home. I think Mr. Big Hat would like it.
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GUSTAV BEIER, Bellville, Austin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: [It] has been quite a while since I wrote to the Cozy Corner. As I did not see my other letter in print I thought I would write again. But, I hope Mr. Big Hat will be kind and print it this time. Cousin Rudolph Bollier writes interesting letters. I like to read his letters very much. Wilhelmine Clark, you had better write again. I like to read your letters. I live three miles from Bellville. Every week when I get The News I look first to "Little Men and Women," to the cousins' letters and see which cousin has the finest letter. I read the page carefully every week. The cousins are writing about their pets. I had a pet bird, but he broke through the cage and flew away.
FRITZ MOTT, Deming's Bridge, Matagorda Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: This is my first attempt to write The News, but I have been reading all of the cousins' letter a long time. Mr. Big Hat, that's ____ ____ to take up for the _____ ____ [for] I am little myself. Rudolph Bollier, you sure had good luck hunting. I don't go hunting much, but if I had as good luck as you had I would go more. If Peggy doesn't get this letter I will come again. My age is 11 years.
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