April 5, 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.
ABBIE THOMAS, Oak Cliff, Dallas Co., Tex.-- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little girl who wants her letter published again. I looked at the mule eating some of the cousins' letters. I felt sorry for them. I don't want you to get where he can see mine. Papa got me a donkey to ride to school. He has no name, and will some of the cousins please send me a name for him?
MITTIE ROGERS, Oglesby, Coryell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little 12-year-old girl wanting to join the Cozy Corner. This is my first attempt to write to The News. I have two sisters and one little brother. I have been going to school, but it is out now. I loved my teacher very much. Please tell Miss Big Bonnet to turn around next time. I know she must be pretty. My papa is a farmer. I haven't any pets except my baby brother and a big doll. I will answer Patti Delt McClellan's question: The month of August was named after Augustus Caesar. I will ask a few questions: How many of our presidents have been military men? Who fired the first gun in the French and Indian war? How many of our presidents were poor boys?
ERI THOMPSON, Eldorado, Jackson Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As my other letter went to the waste basket I will try again. I am a crippled boy 14 years of age and I have to write with my left hand. I have five studies. The last school I went to I got twenty-two head marks. It lasted four months. I live two miles from the postoffice and a mile and half from our schoolhouse. The latter is made of rock. I have to cut wood every evening when it is warm. I will ask some questions? Who ate grass like an ox, and for how long? Who killed Goliath? What and where is the shortest verse in the Bible?
BERTA HARRIS, Sherley, Hopkins Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little girl 11 years old asking to be admitted into your Cozy Corner. I am going to school and think nothing nicer than being well educated. I attended an entertainment last night with my older sister and enjoyed it finely. I have one brother 3 years old and a sister 18 years old, so you see I have no pets but brother. I think reading much nicer than playing with pets. Papa takes your paper and says it is the best in the world.
IMA STEELE, Clifton, Bosque Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I'm a little girl 10 years old. I live in Bosque county, near the Bosque river. I live with my aunt and uncle. My uncle is a farmer. We have seventy little chickens. My little brother and I have a fine time in the summer, wading and fishing. I have one brother and one sister. I have a pet cat named Topsy. We have been taking The News for quite awhile. I like to read the letters very much.
ISADORE MILLER, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Good morning, Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: After a lapse of several months I thought I could not refrain from writing. So I have plucked up courage this beautiful Wednesday night to take a chat with you all. Well, all the holidays are over for awhile and we have all gotten down to good work again in school, having no more holidays to look forward to this session. So we will have to direct our attention to our books instead of to pleasure. I wonder how many of the cousins thought a moment about the 2d day of March. When Texas declared herself free from Mexico, which of course caused that great war which soon afterward took place. And one of the heroes that was in that great battle is the one whom we are working so hard to get a stone for to mark the place of a true Texan, who worked so hard for the welfare of mankind. There is not a man, woman or child that is a true Texan who would not gladly give a trifle to get a suitable stone to show that Houston is remembered as a faithful, true and kind-hearted man, and to crown him "hero" of this grand and noble land that the whole United States is proud of. It is actually a shame that there is such a small stone to mark his grave. If we are not successful in our work (which I know we will be) to raise the small sum of money required for a memorial stone this agitation may result in influencing those who are small boys now, but who will some day be leading men of Texas, to discuss the matter and in later years place a fine monument at the head of Houston's grave. Mr. Big Hat, Peggy is so fat that with his big ears he reminds me of a scarecrow with attachments to tell which way the wind blows. There are so many interesting and good letters every issue that it would take a whole week to name them. Mr. Big Hat, inclosed please find $1 for the Sam Houston memorial stone fund.
LUCY HOUGH, Marietta, Indian Territory > Love Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write for The News. I am a little girl 7 years old. I go to school at Rob, but have not been able to go much this winter on account of the measles. I live on a farm. I have four brothers and two sisters. My little sister has been confined to the bed five weeks with typhoid fever, but is improving slowly. She had la grippe and measles before she took the fever. My oldest sister is married. She has one of the sweetest little babies you ever saw. I haven't any pets except my little brother. He is a great pet. Little Miss Big Bonnet, I think you are very cute with your large bonnet on.
ELLA DAVIDSON, Wells, Cherokee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I thought I would write to the Cozy Corner, as I haven't seen any letters from this little place. I will describe it. It has five stores and one salon. There are two sawmills, one about two miles and a half from town, the other is right nearby. Papa keeps a store here. Sister has a piano and can play right well. I have a colt that my brother can ride. I have pieced me four quilts, and sister pieced one and gave it to me. That makes me five. I am 11 years old. Cousins, I wonder what has become of Bessie Bee? I think she writes an interesting letter. All of the cousins write interesting letters, as far as that is concerned, but I don't think the girl cousins ought to try to discourage the boy cousins, do you?
ARRA KENNEDY, Jackson, Van Zandt Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: It has been some time since I have written to the department, but I have not forgotten it. I am not going to school now, as our school is out. I haven't any pets. I am a little girl 11 years old. My father is a farmer. My mother has been dead eight years. I have six brothers and two sisters living. I read the Cozy Corner and like it real well. Enclosed please find 10 cents for the Sam Houston stone.
CLEMMIE BUXTON, Rusk, Cherokee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Peggy and cousins: Seeing so many interesting letters, I couldn't resist the temptation of writing. I am not going to school at present. I love to go to school. I think all the cousins should strive to get an education. I am going to try my best to get a good knowledge of books. I am passionately fond of reading. Oh, cousins! I attended a big singing at Mount Hope the second Sunday in March. I live on a farm two miles south of Rusk. Marie Taylor, write again. Cousins, I think the Cozy Corner gets more interesting all the time, don't you? Mr. Big Hat, I want to join the Summer School, that is, if you have one. Cousins, I will ask a question: What are the primary and secondary highlands of South America? I wrote once before, but Peggy got it. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins over 15. My age is sweet 16.
BETTIE A. BUXTON, Rusk, Cherokee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Peggy and cousins: Supposing that perhaps you were anxious to hear from me again, I thought I would devote a little of my valuable time in ministering to Mr. Big Hat's entertainment and Peggy's appetite. To give you a list of the things that I can do would tire both you and me. A list of my studies would have the same effect. By way of closing I will say I wish to join your Summer School. Stella Oliver, your birthday and mine come on the same day. I will be 13 on the 3d of April next. I would be glad to correspond with you.
LILLIE MAY JOHNSTON, Caddo Mills, Hunt Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Bonnet and cousins: I thought I would write to you this time. I saw Mr. Big Hat on his mule last week. I thought maybe he was on his way to Galveston. I am like Marion York; I think we ought to stay at home with our mothers and fathers. My mother is dead, but I have a stepmother. My old chum and I went boat riding, and she jumped out and I fell into the water. No, Bessie Smith, I never heard that riddle until you asked it. I will ask two questions: What two whole numbers multiplied together will make thirteen? Can you take half of eleven and leave six? Now, cousins, remember that five is not half of eleven. We have Sunday school every Sunday morning. Caddo contains about 800 inhabitants. My father has a gin mill and five farms. I have four quilts, but I pieced only one of them. I am going to give a quilting, and I wish all the cousins who could would come. I hope that Mr. Big Hat enjoyed his trip. Little Miss Big Bonnet, I want one of your pictures when you have them taken. I believe most of the cousins have said what they want to be when they are grown. Well, I want to be a school teacher. I will send 5 cents for Sam Houston's stone. School is out here now. I have two married sisters living in Arkansas and one at home, and a half-sister. The latter is 13 months old and can walk, and has black hair so long that we can braid it. One of my brothers-in-law is the deputy sheriff. I would love to correspond with Bessie Smith.
CLEMMIE JONES, Rusk, Cherokee Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to The News. My uncle takes it, and I like to read the letters very much. I am 8 years old. I have two brothers younger than myself. I am not going to school now, as our school is out. I have no pets. I have some nice flowers. I have two dolls. Mamma has twelve little chickens. I am piecing me a quilt. I can help mamma cook and I can wash the dishes and sweep the floors. Mr. Big Hat, please don't let Peggy have my letter. I would rather send her a bushel of corn than to let her have my letter.
WINNIE PREWITT, Kleburg, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: I am a little girl 9 years old. This is my first attempt to write to the cousins. I have two sisters and three brothers. I have read the letters for some time, and enjoy them very much. Our school has been stopped on account of the measles. Kleburg is a small place, about half way between Kaufman and Dallas, on the Texas Trunk. It has four stores and a blacksmith shop. My papa is a merchant and is also postmaster. My only pet is my baby sister, 1 year old the 10th of this month. She is the cutest little thing I ever saw. When we tell her to whistle she will pucker up her lips and whistle so she can be heard all over the room.
from January 14, 1886, until January 29, 1901]
JENNIE MING, Bertram, Burnet Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little girl, 10 years old, who wants to join your happy band. I am in the fourth reader. Our school is out this week and I am very sorry, for I do like to go to school. My teacher is very kind to her pupils. I have two little pets, a canary bird and a little gosling. My brother takes The News and I love to read the cousins' letters. Peggy looks horrid. It would scare me to meet him in the road.
COOPER GUTHRIE, Eclectic, Elmore Co., Ala. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my second attempt to write to The News. I am not going to school now. I went to school at Clanton, Ala. till Christmas, but did not go back. I have twenty-six uncles, twenty-five aunts, three sisters and two brothers. Two of my sisters are married and one of them is in Texas.
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DOYLE L. DAVID, Mexia, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: As I never saw a letter of mine in print, I thought I would write. I have one little brother, one little sister and two older sisters. I am 12 years old. I am in the sixth grade. I have a colt and my little brother has two sheep. I have three fine dogs. They will catch rats and run rabbits. I had a canary bird, but it died. My oldest sister has a fine canary; it sings all the day long. I have been reading the pieces for "Little Men and Woman." Miss Big Bonnet must be very ugly. Give Peggy some corn and oats and he will not get so tired. Cut off Peggy's ears and you will have a nice mule. I will send 10 cents in my letter for Gen. Sam Houston's stone.
LUTHER WHITTEN, Paris, Lamar Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I found my other letter in print, I thought I would write again. Our free school is still going on, but will soon be out. I study six books, and I am learning fast. I like my teacher very well. We are going to have a school picnic the last day of our school. All of the scholars are going to spread dinner together. We have about forty scholars in our school. It has been raining here from about the 1st of November. Mr. Big Hat, I think you write interesting letters. Cousins, if I were out of Texas, I could write letters, for I believe Texas is the muddiest state in the union, though I like to live in it. Mr. Big Hat, I saw that two boys wrote from Paris. I think they write interesting letters. I wonder where Herbert Taylor is now? I wish he would write again, for he writes such funny letters. Boys, you had all better come to Texas, if it is muddy all the time. There are more pretty girls here than in any other place I ever saw. There are houses about every 300 yards, and a pretty girl in every house and sometimes two or three. I am just 15 -- what they call "frying size." Well, I will hush my foolishness, and tell you about my Sunday school. We have Sunday school at one of our neighbors houses. We have eighteen scholars. It is just for little folks. We take up a collection every Sunday. I am the secretary and Miss Emma Reeves is the treasurer. The boys all laugh at me when I get up to read the minutes. You may know how I feel, for you know how bashful some boys are. The lady that we go to Sunday school [with] has a piano and you ought to hear us sing. She makes us all sing, and she says we sing well. Mr. Big Hat, I don't see why you don't put a blanket on Peggy, for it looks like she would freeze going to Galveston. I guess you pull her ears around you when you get cold, for I see that you sit up between them. You had better hold fast, for if this March wind doesn't blow you away it will fool me. I can hardly stay on the ground, much less between a mule's ears. If I was you I would buy me a fine horse, for I would be ashamed to let anybody see me riding Peggy. I don't think she will work much, for she looks like she was too lazy to do anything but eat letters. I hope she will not see this letter, for if she does it will make her mad and she will gobble it down. Why is a bunch of keys like a head of hair? Of how many members is the senate of the United States composed?
HEBER RYAN, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Dear cousins, I reckon my other letter was fed to Peggy, so I will try again. Little Miss Big Bonnet, turn yourself around the next time you get your "beauty snatched" and put your picture in the paper. We want to see your face. Little Mr. Big Hat isn't afraid to let us see his. My father is the superintendent of the public school here. We have only been here since the 3d of October. We got here after midnight, and the first time I heard of The News was hearing it called on the street a few hours later. "News! Dal-las Mor-r-r-ning New-ews!" I am 9 years old. Who invented the cooking stove?
BETTIE SKAGGS, Post Oak, Jack Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will write to you for the first time. I am twelve years old. I am going to school. I have read so many of your letters it makes me want to write every time I read one. I live in the country. I have no pets but a cat. Miss Big Bonnet, I will write to you next time. My father takes The News, and I think it is a good paper. I am afraid that this cold spell will kill most of our fruit. Mamma has about thirty-five little chickens. Mr. Big Hat, tell Miss Big Bonnet to send me her picture. I have one of yours. I have one brother and two sisters. My desk mate at school is Hattie Bemusdaffer. We have lots of fun at school. She said she would write if I did, so I did.
ELMER DAVIS, Tacitus, Haskell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: After just finishing reading the nice and interesting letters of so many of our cousins, I will endeavor to write you another. I see a great many of the cousins are taking great interest in the Sam Houston memorial stone, which I feel that every Texas boy should. Although I haven't been doing anything toward it (and I know I have not done my duty, either), yet I will try to get you some by the next time I write. I see some of the cousins are asking some beneficial questions; at least I consider them so. If we will pay attention to them, as we should and put our thoughts on them we can be a great help to each other. I will ask a few: Girls, when were needles first made? I suppose most of you use them. When were postage stamps first used in the United States? When were figures first introduced? Who made the first violin? For fear the cousins will think these questions too hard, I had best wait and see if there are any answers given before I ask any more. If they answer these, all right. I will give them some in my next letter. Luther Keeton, I think that rhyme very good. Cousins, don't you think The News gets better all the time? I do. Boys, don't get drowsy. I see Mr. Big Hat is greatly disappointed because we boys are letting the girls beat us in the Sam Houston stone fund. The girls are just doing splendidly. M. Belle Burgan, you said for the boys to put on their thinking caps and tell what we think about the girls. I can do that in a great deal less than 150 words. I think the majority of girls are just about as good as they know how to be, and they are no more likely to possess faults than we are, and I am sure they can beat the boys cooking, as a general thing. Myra L. Brown, you and Alzada Bowman write oftener. And, in fact, all of the cousins. I expect, though, we are crowding Mr. Big Hat so he will feed a lot of us to Peg. But if the letters are all like mine it will not take many to put her among the has been's. I will do all I can for the Sam Houston fund. Success to Mr. Big Hat and all the cousins.
LILLIE POPE, Cawthon, Grimes Co., Tex. -- Miss Big Bonnet: I guess you think I come too often, but I can not keep from writing. I will be glad when you get your new dress done, for I want to see your picture with it on. And please take off that horrid bonnet, so I can see your face. I will tell of my pets. I have a pet pony, a chicken named Trilby and a shepherd dog. They are all very smart. Oh! I nearly forgot to tell you that this morning as I was helping mamma with breakfast I stepped on my chicken's foot and mashed one of his toes nearly off. Almetta Horton, it is too bad that you can't have any luck with your pets. I will answer a few questions: Tommie Russell, James Madison was born in Virginia in 1751; John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln. Miss Big Bonnet, I will tell you of an accident that has happened since I commenced my letter. Mamma stopped me from writing to sew and I nearly mashed my finger off, and as it was on my right hand I will have to make my letter short. Please do not give Peggy this letter. I am sure she can't eat the 15 cents that I send in it for the Sam Houston stone.
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HATTIE BEMUSDAFFER, Post Oak, Jack Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Please let me join your band. I am a little girl 11 years old and I go to school every day. Mamma says I learn very fast. I like my teacher very much. I live in the little town of Post Oak. This is a beautiful country and very fertile.
HATTIE PRICE, Murray, Young Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I ask for admittance to the Cozy Corner. I am a little girl 10 years of age. I am not going to school now. I enjoy reading the letters so much. Little Miss Big Bonnet, I agree with Jennie Wilm about your picture. I think you would be pretty if we could see your face. Retti McClellan, the month of August was named after Augustus Caesar. I will close by asking a question: Who killed James Garfield? I want to correspond with some of the cousins of my age.
ELMER PRICE, Murray, Young Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and company: I thought I would try to write once more to the cousins. We are having cold weather here now. It has killed all the fruit. Well, Mr. Hat, I think it is a good thing to erect a monument over Gen. Houston's grave, so the young people can say that they have done something for the great hero of Texas. I will enclose 10 cents for the monument. I think that is a fine idea of B. S. Chandler's about that badge for the cousins. We are not taking The News, but one of the neighbors is, and so I borrow the paper; but I am going to begin taking it soon. I will ask some questions: What two noted Texans committed suicide? In what country do the college and university students take pride in having their faces scarred with wounds received in duels?
TOMMY CAMPBELL, Fincastle, Henderson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As it has been some time since I wrote to the Cozy Corner, I thought I would write again. I have been going to school about four months, but will have to quit now and go to work. Miss Big Bonnet, I admire your looks very much. Your cheeks are as red as roses, and your eyes glitter like diamonds. Peggy is having such a nice time feasting on letters. (I wonder if he will eat this one.) Is there any nourishment in letters? It seems that he gets some fatty substance from them and it all goes to his ears. I am afraid Mr. Big Hat will get a fall the next trip he takes if he doesn't make him hold his ears up. (Peggy, I mean.) Cousins, you remember I was telling you in my last letter of my sister's going hunting and not getting any game. You will not be surprised at her not getting game, when I tell you she is married. I suppose she was getting the day set instead of hunting. I will answer Johnnie Slack's question: Texas joined the union in 1845. What is the longest bone in the body? What is the most popular vegetable? What sounds does the heart make, and how? Mr. Big Hat, you will find enclosed a postoffice order for $1.30 for the Sam Houston memorial stone fund. I could have sent it before this, but have been waiting, thinking I would get more. Hope you had not given up my sending it, as I promised I would. Do you require us to send the names of contributors?
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OLA DU BOSE, Rising Sun, Jones Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Hurrah for the dear old Cozy Corner! Cousins, wasn't Miss Big Bonnet's letter good, and also Marion York's letter, too? Next time Miss Big Bonnet has her picture taken don't you all wish she would turn her face so we can see it? The favorite of my studies is geography. I have no pets, but a sweet little sister 3 years old. But she isn't large. The farmers are all at work out here and prospects are good for crops. But I fear Jack Frost has nipped the fruit in the bud.
PEARL JONES, Memphis, Hall Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the letters for some time and thought I would seek a place in your Cozy Corner. I am a little girl 12 years old and am in the fifth grade. I like to study my books. I like arithmetic and grammar best of all my studies. I would like to correspond with May Campbell, because I have relatives in Athens, Tex. I will answer Cousin I. D. Pyle's questions: The most important battle in the revolutionary [war] was the battle of Quebec. The commander on the British side was Burgoyne and on the American side Wolfe. Tell Little Miss Big Bonnet to come again and let us see her little face. I will also answer Cousin Johnnie Slack's question: Texas joined the union in 1845. My deskmate's name is Denie Corey. I like her so much.
AMY SPEER, Temple, Bell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I would like to have a seat among you. Miss Big Bonnet, I read your letter before I looked at any other part of the paper and thought it ever so nice. I hope your new dress will be finished very soon, so you can have your picture taken. Sally Roses' dress is just beautiful, I know. Miss Big Bonnet, I have a doll I have had seven years. She never has needed a new head, but she does need a new nose. I have a flower garden, but have had very few blooms this year. Ivy Pyle, if you take out the cerebellum the sense will be all right, but the body will be paralyzed. Patti De R. McClellan, Putnam said: "Put your trust in God and keep your powder dry." Tommie Russell, James Madison was born in Virginia in 1751, and J. Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln. I will ask some questions: What relation is the doormat to the scraper? Why is a proud girl like a music book? Why are the boxes at a theater the saddest places of amusement?
WILLIE TURNER, Wortham, Freestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: My father takes The Daily News and I have been reading the letters of the cousins with a great deal of interest and pleasure. I am 12 years old. I am a student in the public school of Wortham and am in the sixth grade. I am learning very fast and nearly always know my lessons. We have a splendid corps of teachers.
GENE KIRKPATRICK, Marlin, Falls Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: My school is out now. I studied six studies. I am 10 years old. I liked my teacher very well. There wasn't but two boys got a whipping. I will be sorry when cotton picking time comes, because I don't like to pick cotton, when it is warm; but when it is cool, I do not mind it so much. I have twenty-two little chickens. I have a doll, and she has yellow hair. I will ask the cousins a question: Where was the rooster when it crowed and everybody in the world heard it?
OLE OLSON, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading many of your nice letters and I will undertake to write a letter also. I live in the nice little city of Waxahachie. It is in Ellis county, the banner county of the state. We have an excellent school. I am in the fourth grade. My father is employed on a construction train on the Houston and Texas Central, therefore we live on the cars and have been living so for about four years. My father has been employed on the road for about sixteen years, so you can see that I have been almost raised on the cars. Well, I will tell about my pets. I have a dog. The train ran over him and cut his tail off and three toes, but he did not sue the company for damages. We have a crow also. He mocks a billy goat and my little sister, and calls "Bob." We have a weather prophet here, but he is a sham. We have very severe weather on hand. Father gets The News every morning and we all have a look at it. If the mule doesn't eat my letter I will write again.
CLYDE DANIEL, Kerens, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading the letters for a long time, and think they are very interesting. I have never seen one from Kerens. I take music lessons. I will be glad when school is out. I am in the fourth reader. I have one sister and three brothers. Miss Big Bonnet, come again. I will be glad when you get your new dress done.
HIRAM J. STERLING, Mexia, Freestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: As I have never seen anything from Mexia, I will try to give you a few dots. This is my first time to write to the Cozy Corner. I am a little boy 10 years old. I am in the third grade. I have not many pets. I have one calf that I try to ride sometimes, but he nearly always pitches with me. He lost part of his tail the other night, and I can't find it to save my life. I have hunted all over the prairie for it. I have two sisters and two brothers. I will ask a few questions in conclusion: What king was it who had an iron bed? What 'bus has found room for the most people in the world? Why is the letter "K" like a pig's tail? What is the first thing a boy says when he stumps his toe?
ETHEL SEYMOUR, Hamilton, Hamilton Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: As my other letter was not in print, I guess Peggy got it. So I will try again. We have had lots of rain this winter. It is cold and cloudy now. When our school was out my teacher treated us with candy. I got the most head marks, but my teacher will not give a prize. I got the most head marks [in] school before this one, but I have not got the prize yet. I have a pet colt. I can ride it, but I can't guide it. I will answer Johnnie Slack's question: Texas joined the union in 1845. I will ask some questions: Who was the ninth president of the United States? When did Columbus die? How old was he when he died? What was the population of Texas in 1845? From what was the name America derived? Miss Big Bonnet, come again. I think you write such nice letters. Mr. Big Hat, some one turned my ink over and it got on my letter. I tried to write it over, but the paper wasn't good. If you can't make it out give it to Peggy.
ROSCOE HYATT, Stephenville, Erath Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I wrote to you once before, but only put a 1-cent stamp on the envelope. I have seen three letters from this place. The names of the boys who wrote are Roy Nebbett, Willie Dawson and Griffin Hiezer. Papa used to own "Jack," that dog Roy Neblett wrote about. I do not go to school now. The school was suspended because the small-pox was in town, and the superintendent left this morning. I have had the measles, and whooping cough. I think that Genevieve Myrdoch and Bessie Bee write nice letters. I have one pet, and that is a cat named "Rip Van Winkle." I have five brothers and two sisters. There is a new rock store going up here. We have a brass band in this town. The Fort Worth and Rio Grande railway passes through here. My age is 11 years.
FANNIE A. CHERNOSKY, Kenney, Austin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little girl, 12 years of age. I go to school and like my teacher well. I have nine studies. I study English and German, but I do not study them all in one day. The English lessons I say on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; the German lessons I learn [on] Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday I learn Bohemian. I am a Bohemian girl. My papa is a merchant. I have three sisters and two brothers. I have two pets. They are a cat and a calf. I am the oldest child at home. I help mamma do all the house work. I can sew and cook. Miss Big Bonnet, I think you are very pretty with that big bonnet on. I will ask a riddle: A man built a house. He painted it red inside and green outside, and he put [a] lot of negroes in it.
MAUDE SLAYDEN, Sherman, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first time to write to the dear old News. I have written several letters, but fail to send them. I never miss reading the cousins' letters. I am always glad when Friday comes, so we can get the paper. Cousins, how many of you read the Woman's Century? I do. I think it is nice for young folks, but not as nice as the children's page. Cousins, you think young people ought to read the Bible? I do. I don't go to school. My age is 13 years.
JESSIE MORELAND, Altoga, Collin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been nearly a year since I have written to The News, and thinking Peggy was getting hungry, I thought I would write again. I am not going to school now. I am 10 years old. I can plow and do most anything on the farm. Little Miss Big Bonnet, I wish you would pull off your bonnet. I want to see if you are good looking or not. If Peggy gets this I will write again. Success to all.
EVA PEOPLES and PAULINE KIRK, Marlin, Falls Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here we come, two little girls, 13 and 7 years of age, asking to join your happy band. We have been going to school. Our papas take The News, and we read the letters. We think the little boys and girls have some nice letters in The News. Both of our papas are farmers. We have some pets. They are a cat and some little chickens. The little 7-year-old girl got the prize in school; it was a large picture. There are a good many little girls where we live. We will ask a question: Why can't a cook eat her apron?
C. M. CLICK, JR., Abilene, Taylor Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: Papa takes your paper and I like to read the cousins' letters, and I thought I would write to you. I suppose Peggy is getting fat off the letters of careless children. I expect this will ad a little to her fish. I am going to school and am in the seventh grade. My teacher keeps me in five days out of the week. I am 4745 days old. I am thinking of leaving Texas and going to Oregon. I suppose I will have to stop reading your cousins' letters if I do. I have a question to ask: How many inches of ice will support an army? What Great show manager was a butcher in Philadelphia, when he decided to go into the show business? I am dealing in hogs now. I have several fine hogs. One is a registered Poland China hog. His name is Gen. Forest. One of my fine Chester whites got out the other day and ate some green cockleburrs and died. I was very sorry when I found out she was dead.
CELINE RECK, Claude, Armstrong Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little 11-year-old girl from the great plains of the panhandle, who would like to correspond with some of the cousins. I am in the third grade, but I don't go to school now. I will go in the spring. If Peggy is kind enough to not eat up my letter I shall write again and tell you more about our country. Mr. Big Hat, if you want to go in the farming business and work your mule to a plow instead of letting him eat up the cousins' letters you can get good cheap land out here, but you can not wear your big hat in this windy country unless you tie it on your head with a rope.
HENRY McCAGHREN, Glen Rose, Somervell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I now make my first attempt to write to you. I am a farmer's son. I am 13 years old. I have been going to school, but our school is out. I liked my teacher, for he was kind to all his pupils. We are having bad and rainy weather here. We have had but little cold weather. How many of the cousins have a gun and can shoot a rabbit? I can. I will ask some questions: When and where was the first cotton ginhouse built? When was the first cotton shipped from Texas, and what price did it bring?
WALTER McCAGHREN, Glen Rose, Somervell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will write a few lines to The News for the first time. I live in the country on a farm. I am 15 years old. Papa takes your paper and we are glad when it comes. I can not say which of the cousins writes the best letter, as I like to read them all. Johnnie Gill, come again; you write such nice, interesting letters. Mr. Big Hat, I think you look real cute sitting upon top of Peggy's head between her ears. If this letter is printed I shall be grateful to Peggy that she did not eat it. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins. Tommie Russell, the answer to one of your questions was this: The name of the man who killed Lincoln was Booth.
ETTIE MORRIS, Ben Franklin, Delta Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Little Miss Big Bonnet and dear cousins: Another little 13-year-old girl is tapping at the door for admission, and I hope that some good cousins will come and let me in. I live in East Ben Franklin, one-half mile from the station. My papa is a merchant. I have been taking music lessons for a long time, but am not now, but as we have a new piano, I think I will get to take lessons again. I am going to school. I am studying six books. I have two sisters, one older and one younger than myself. Will answer two of Fannie Russell's questions: The last battle of the late war was at Bocochico, Tex., May 12, 1865. The name of the man who killed Lincoln was John Wilkes Booth. Will give my cousins two questions to answer: Who preached the first Protestant sermon in Texas? Who is the present chief justice of the United States? Of what state is he, and when was he appointed?
LILLIE MAUD DAVID, Mexia, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little girl asking for admittance into your Cozy Corner. I have a sister and a brother older than I, and a sister and a brother younger than I. I am 10 years old and am in the fifth grade. I take music from my cousin. We have a large school; over 500 pupils are enrolled. We have ten teachers. Miss Big Bonnet, the next time you have your picture taken, turn your face around so we can see it. I sit with a very nice little girl. Her name is Sophia Wood. I have a perfect horror of Peggy. I send in this 10 cents for Gen. Sam Houston's memorial stone. I would ask and answer some questions, but I am afraid Peggy will get my letter, because this is my first attempt to write.
NUMAN McFARLAND, Arkada, Fannin Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: Here comes another little boy just 5 years old to join you. I went to school this winter for the first time. I love to go to school. I hope Peggy will not be hungry. Miss Big Bonnet said when he found one written with a pencil he gobbled it down, so I will write with pen and ink. I am mamma's and papa's baby, but I help papa work. I went out last week to help him burn brush, and I caught fire, and about the time I got jumping pretty high papa got to me and put it out. None of the rest of you cousins need wish to try such work. I have no pets, only our dog. I can ride him or work him to my little wagon. I will answer Tommie Russell's question: Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth.
BURDAH WEEKS, Arlington, Tarrant Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading your letters and I thought I would like to be one of the cousins. I am a little girl 10 years of age. I go to school at the college. It is a new building. We have about 130 pupils. My papa is a brick mason. I love my teacher, although she scolds me sometimes, but that makes me love her more.
CHARLIE WINSTED, Sherman, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I saw my name in the list of unpublished letters, and my father showed me Peggy chewing up my letter, I felt quite distinguished. I am not quite 5 years old and my mother writes my letters for me. I have two large white rabbits, but a cat caught one of them. My grandpa has a large park and keeps deer in it. My cousin, Aunt Stella and myself go fishing in the park and catch little frogs. I will ask one question: Who wrote "The Brownies?" I know, for my mother told me. I will stop out of regard for Peggy's digestion.
ANNIE HILL, Rock Fence, Elbert Co., Georgia -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I was received so cordially the first time I wrote, I decided to try my fate again. I do like to travel, and it costs so little to visit the Cozy Corner the way I do. I will tell you how I get here, I just fold myself up in an envelope and a 2-cent stamp pays my railroad expenses. But when I get here I can't see any of the cousins. I just have to read what they talk about. I reckon Mr. Edison will invent something that will enable us to see each other across the continent, if he keeps on. Won't that be nice in some respects, and bad in others? I don't mind being seen some times, while I object to it very much at others, especially when I am in the pouts. When I wrote before I offered to send a pattern to any one that would send me a self-addressed stamped envelope. I had no idea that the letters would come like rain drops, though I have answered all that wrote to me. I hope all that wrote to me will receive their patterns and be pleased with their toys. I think they are very nice, and I know it is tedious to cut them. I guess I had better go or you will never want to see me out west any more. Some one said Mr. Big Hat required us to tell our ages, I wonder what he wants to know that for? I will close by telling him mine, but I don't want him to tell it. I am 15 years old.
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MAUD DENTON, Atlas, Lamar Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has rained here so much lately that we can't plant anything but a few flowers. I hope after this it will be good weather for awhile. Pearl Martindale is my deskmate. I think she is very nice indeed. Our assistant is going to teach. Our other teacher is going to leave us and I am sorry. Some of our cousins are sorry for Peggy, but I am not, because I think he gets nearly enough letters to do him a week. I hope Peggy will be asleep when this arrives. Miss May Campbell, come again. I think your letter was very nice. Spring is here with all her beautiful birds and flowers. Cousins, have any of you got the money you worked for last year? I have $10 of mine yet. Papa used to give my oldest sister and brother a bale of cotton each year for their work. Brother had $75 in the bank when he was 14 years old. He went off to school then, and he has been off at school five years. He will be at home the 20th of June. I will answer Johnnie Slack's question: Texas joined the union March 1, 1845. Now I will ask a question: How long did the Irish parliament last?
LESSIE GRIER, Forney, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little girl tapping at the door. I have no brothers and but two sisters, and one of them is married. I have been going to school, but have stopped for a while. Little Miss Big Bonnet, your letter was nice. I wish Mr. Big Hat would turn you around. I live about seven miles from Forney. This is a pretty country out here. Tommie Russell, I will answer your question: The man that killed Lincoln was named Booth. I will have to pick cotton this year. I have a pony, bridle and saddle. I am going to ride my pony to school next winter. Mamma and I raise geese, turkeys and chickens. I have to hunt the geese and turkeys nests. The meadows and pastures are getting green again, and it looks like spring. Eva Foster, Marion York and Willie Ettie Ross, your letter were good. My age is 10 years.
CALLIE NEATHERLY, Van Alstyne, Collin Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: I go to school and I am in seven studies. I like my studies very well. I am 11 years old. I like my teacher. There are fourteen girls and twelve boys in our school. Free school has let out. We have seven teachers and I like them all.
NETTIE THOMPSON, Henderson, Rusk Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write. I am not going to school now. Papa moved to Omen to send me to school and three of us had slow fever and we moved back to the farm. My grandma and aunt are here now on a visit, and we are having a jolly time. I have four sisters and one little brother. He is the baby, nearly 3 years old, and has long, curly hair. I saw May and Tommy Campbell's letters. Their brother boarded with us in Omen and went to school. As they all told of Christmas, I will, too. I spent Christmas in bed with slow fever, but I got a big doll and lots of candy, apples, oranges and nuts. While all the little boys and girls were enjoying parties and such, I could not sit up, but I am up now. I was down over three months. I am 11 years old.
BEULAH WINNIFORD, Black Jack Grove, Hopkins Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I thought as I had been reading the cousins' letters, I would write a few lines. I am a little girl, 9 years old. I have been going to school, but have stopped a few days on account of measles. I am in the fifth grade. I am in seven studies. I like grammar and geography better than any of my studies. I have two sisters and one brother. I live northwest of Black Jack Grove about two miles. I will answer Belle Bradley's question. What two chapters in the Bible are alike? The 19th chapter of 2nd Kings and 37th chapter of Isaiah are alike. I will ask a question: Who was the youngest king that ever ruled?
BESSIE DAMON, Honey Grove, Fannin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little girl to join your happy band. I attend Sunday school most every Sunday. I think Eva Foster writes such a nice letter. My school is out. I am anxious to see April, for I am going to write an April fool letter. I have a real nice Sunday school teacher. I am a member of the league. They have nominated their delegates to attend the league conference, which will be at San Antonio the following month. I hope Peggy won't get this, for he has got one of my letters already.
ELWOOD OSBURN, Nash, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Not seeing anything in your columns from any of the little people of Nash, I thought I would write you a few lines to inform you of my joys and mishaps. I am a little boy 8 years old the 21st of March. I am going to school at Nash. I have a little dog and calf. Little sister and I go with mamma to tie up the calf. Our cow is very gentle. Sister milks on one side and I on the other. I had some sad fun Saturday evening in belling the cow. Finding the bell hanging under the shed, I decided I would put it on the cow. Failing, however, to get it on the neck of the cow, I just tied it to the other extremity. The cow, finding out the attachment, became alarmed and began kicking, jumping and running at a fearful rate, and came near running over little sister. I was just beginning to enjoy the excitement hugely when mamma fell afoul of me with a piece of plank and destroyed all my fun. So ends the belling of cows with me.
IONE GREEN, Athens, Henderson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have just finished reading the cousins' letters, so will ask admittance into your Cozy Corner. I will write a short letter, so if Peggy gets it he won't have much to eat, and will have to eat some oats to finish up his meal. How many of the cousins think Peggy gets their letters? I do, when I don't see them printed. I see some of the cousins have pets. I don't like pets. I wish May Campbell would write again; she writes very interesting letters. I know her, although she has stopped school and I don't see her often. I will answer Pearl Wood's question: The first steam boat was sailed on the Hudson river. I will also answer Carrie Wright's question: The sewing machine was invented by Elias Howe, Jr., in the year 1846. Will you allow me to ask one question: When and by whom was the Liverpool and Manchester railroad built?
BLANCHE JONES, Athens, Henderson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first letter to the Cozy Corner. I live in the little town of Athens. I like to live here very much, as it is such a quiet little place. I am in school to-day. I like to go, as we are having such pretty weather now. We have forty-six scholars in our room. I like my teacher very well. I think Florence Cahoon writes such nice letters. I like to read such nice interesting letters. Ione Green is my deskmate. I like her very much. My age is 13. I am in the sixth grade and am learning very fast. How many of the cousins are glad that spring has come? I am -- to see the pretty flowers beginning to bloom, and the nice gardens. I will close by asking a question: What city is called the Cream city, and why it is so called?
VASHTI SLADE, Clarkson, Milam Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I present myself for membership in the happy band of cousins. All in favor of receiving me, let it be known by saying "I." I read some splendid letters in The News. How many of the cousins went to the cotton palace at Waco a year ago? Papa took my sister and I, and we saw so many beautiful things made of cotton. I visited my old home in Louisiana last fall with my father. We attended a Baptist association, while there, and I met nearly all my friends. Louisiana is a beautiful country. I once clipped a piece of poetry from the Courier-Journal, "Louisiana, Dear Land that I Love," written by Hettie A. Farrar of Waco or Dallas, Tex. If any of the cousins have the words, I would be glad to get them. We live on a farm in the black land, I like it here very much, only when it rains. The mud sticks to one's feet so one can hardly walk. It doesn't rain much, only in the winter. It did not snow any here this winter, and I was glad of it. Papa is acquainted with an old gentleman at Rosebud, six miles from here, who claims to be the only man that escaped at the battle of the Alamo. His name is Rosen, and he over 90 years old. He was the only man that refused to cross over the line. I know an old lady that served in Gov. Houston's family as nurse. We have had visiting us an aged aunt. She is my grandma's aunt, so she is my great grand aunt. How many of the cousins have so old a relative? I would be so glad if Mr. Big Hat would give us a lesson on all the holidays and tell us the origin of the same. I know a great many of them, but would be glad to have them in rotation. Mamma says she wishes the ladies would manifest as much interest in the Woman's Century as the little men and women do in their department. I am going to send a contribution to the Sam Houston memorial stone fund soon. I will conclude by asking: What little girl, at the age of 13, wrote the beautiful poem, "My Kingdom."
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FANNY BOYDSTUN, Enon, Tarrant Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first letter to the Cozy Corner. Grandpa lives here and is taking the paper and I love to read the cousins' letters. Little Miss Big Bonnet, your picture was pretty, but next time take off your bonnet so the cousins can see whether your face is pretty or not. I have been going to school. I have five studies, but I like grammar and spelling best of all. Mr. Big Hat, if Peggy gets my letter I think it will be because you don't feed him enough. Emma Scott, what as become of you? Write again to the cousins. Your letter was fine. Mr. Big Hat, I want this letter printed, for I wrote it with pen and ink. I am 12 years old. I see where one of the cousins made a mistake. He said that the Mississippi was the largest river in the world, but the Amazon is the largest. I will ask some questions: Who was the first vice president of the United States? Which of the southern states was settled by the French?
NOEL DOUGLASS, Sherman, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: This is my first attempt to write to The News. I have read the letters for some time, and I enjoyed them very much. I am a little boy 9 years old. I have been going to school, but my school is out. I got the medal. I am in the fifth grade. I have a pet, it is a squirrel. I made him a cage, but he gnawed out.
WALTER BEARD, Kaufman, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As papa is a subscriber to your paper, and I like the little folks' letters so much, I thought that I would write. This is my first time, so I hope Old Peggy won't get it. Mr. Big Hat, I know you get very tired riding Peggy so much. If I knew that you would swap her, I would barter you for a trade. I'll tell you something of our country. There is all sorts of country -- black land, sandy land, rawhide land -- all in this community. I don't like it very well. I want to go back to Mississippi, but I can't get papa to say whether he will or not. We came from there about two years ago. I haven't been to school much, but I like to go fine. We had a concert last week, and I took the part of Cleveland. I am 7 1/2 years old.
VERNA BEARD, Kaufman, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner. I like it best of all. I live four miles from Kaufman. This is a very pretty country. Our school is out and I am so lonesome. Miss Big Bonnet, make haste and get your new dress done and show your face. I have a doll and a little bedstead. I have two sisters and one brother. I have a little bantam hen and she has laid fourteen eggs. Mr. Big Hat, if Peggy gets this letter I will try and do better next time, and I bet she does, for I hear her nickering for it now. Come again Jessie Q. Locke; you write a nice letter. I will ask the cousins a question: When and who discovered Parto Santo? I am 3650 days old.
JESSIE BELL DIKEMAN, Montgomery, Montgomery Co. -- Mr. Big Hat: This is my first letter to the Cozy Corner. My sister wrote to the young folks' department, but her letter did not come out. I guess Peggy ate it up, but she is going to write again. Miss Big Bonnet says she makes cyclone caves in the sand. I call them frog houses. I make them all the time in the summer when I go barefooted. I am 7 years old. Last Saturday was my birthday. I had a party and we had a fine time.
WALTER WHITE, Terrell, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As so many of the cousins are writing I thought I would write, too. My school was out to-day. I liked my teacher very much. I had five studies. The boys have started off to beat the girls. That's it, boys, let us show that we can write as well as they do. Some of the cousins have already collected a good deal for the Sam Houston memorial stone. I would have collected if I had had time. I will close by asking a riddle: Underwater and on grass; never eats or drinks.
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CLAUDE GALEY, Kemp, Kaufman Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I like to read the letters from the little people in The News. The News is a great paper. My papa has been agent for The News seven or eight years and it is a welcome visitor at our home. I am 4015 days old. We have a good little town at Kemp and have a good school. I like to go to school and I love my teacher. Tell the little cousins to come down here and go fishing and gather pretty flowers. This is my first trial to write to the cousins. Answer this question: What was it that made W. H. Harrison famous?
BERTHA THOMPSON, Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner. I have three sisters and one brother. Little Miss Big Bonnet, I think you write such interesting letters. My age is 11 years. I will ask a question: From what word of five letters can you take away tow and yet leave ten? My sister and I attend the public school in Hillsboro. I like to go very much and like my teacher, too. I hope I will pass in the next examination.
LILLIE PICKETT, Roby, Fisher Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I will write to the cousins' corner for the first time. I am going to school. I have five studies. Three of my brothers, my sisters and myself go to school. Perhaps some of the cousins have heard my grandfather preach. He preached in Dallas a long time ago at the First Baptist church. We live in a pretty place, but it is a dry country. I don't like to see Peggy eating that basket of letters, because I am afraid he will get mine. I am 12 years old. Did any of the cousins ever see a sand storm? We had one a few days ago. I was at school and did not enjoy walking home in it. Will some of the cousins send me some flower seed?
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