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THE COZY CORNER
January 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.


ELMER PRICE, Murray, Young Co., Tex. -- Well, Mr. Big Hat and cousins, I will try for the first time to write you a few lines. I am 13 years old. I have been reading the cousins' letters for some time, but I have not taken time to write. I have been off on a hunting expedition. Seven other boys and I started on Aug. 7 and got back Aug. 12. We went over on Givens' creek and killed three turkeys and one deer.


FRANKIE HOGAN, Byron, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little girl 8 years old. I love to read the cousins' letters so well that I want to write a few lines. I have been going to school for nearly a month, but I live so far from the schoolhouse and have to go by myself. It is a long and tiresome road, too. Papa takes me sometimes, but not often, for he has lots of work to do and always says he is too busy. My little brother will be old enough to go with me next year and then I won't get so lonesome going and coming.


AZADA BOWMAN, Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am spending the day with my friend, Myra Brown. I am going to school. I am 10 years old and in the fifth grade. I like my teacher very much and I like to go to school. I have three sisters and one brother. The youngest one is 2 yeas old and can say nearly everything you tell her to. I think Isadore Miller, Miss Big Bonnet, Lilly Rowe, Kate Quimby and Ludie Sanders write good letters. Cousins, Myra Brown's father and sister took thanksgiving dinner with us. The school gave us a holiday. I had a very nice time. The boys play Indians at school. Cousin Myra and I are great chums. We have known each other since we could remember. I enjoy reading the Cozy Corner, so I'll join the band. Tell those girls that are piecing quilts that I am piecing one and don't like it a bit. I haven't pieced on it in a month. My father is cashier in the bank.


LILLY FIELDS, Granger, Williamson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I would like to join your happy band. I think the cousins write nice letters, don't you? Why don't the cousins write to Miss Big Bonnet as well as to Mr. Big Hat? I live on Wallis creek, about three miles west of Granger, on a farm. I am 13 years old. I have twin brothers about 8 months old. I have two sisters and five brothers. I can piece quilts, knit, sew, cook, iron, milk, wash, make beds and do most anything. I have been going to school, but I have stopped for a day or so. I am in the fifth grade. We came here from Alabama about two years ago. One night one of papa's horses broke out of the stable and went off and we did not hunt him until next evening, and when papa found him his shoulder was cut badly and it has been that way ever since and he can not walk on that foot. How many cousins like to read poetry? Sometimes mamma writes poetry. I had better stop before I get on a buzzard's back.


HENRY BROWN, Childress, Childress Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Cousins: This is my first attempt to write to you. I am 7 years old and I am going to school. I am in the second reader, spelling, writing and arithmetic. Mamma thinks I learn fast. I am the baby. I go to the office every morning to get the paper. I haven't any pets except a little black dog, and we are great friends. There are about fifty pupils in my room. I like to go to school. I would like to have some of the cousins write to me.


ILERA BROWN, Childress, Childress Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first letter. I was 10 years old Christmas night. I am going to school and study second reader, arithmetic, spelling and writing. Papa has been in the west four years. I have four sisters and two brothers. I live in a small town.


JIMMIE TANDY, Walnut Springs, Bosque Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I have never written to you before. Will you give me space for this letter? I am 12 years old. I've got the sweetest baby brother in the world. The other day Sister Stella was combing his hair, and he said, "Tolla, who made my nose?" "God did." "Well, did he have a hammer?" Another time he was out where the hired hand was at work. The man sent him to the house for a board which he wanted to fix a trough with. Little Guy forgot and told mamma the man wanted a piece of tobacco. She gave it to him and on the way he ate part of it. In a few minutes he came running back, holding both his hands on his stomach and saying: "Oh, mamma, I'm thick wight here; gim me thom thoda water." I don't go to school much, as I live in the country. I go hunting sometimes and catch 'possums and coons. There has been plenty of black haws, and you can catch a 'possum most any night. I am going down to see my married sister after Christmas.


CARRIE FAUST, Floresville, Wilson Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: My sister has been writing to The News a good while and I thought I wouldn't let her get ahead of me, for I think I am as smart as she, although she is 16 years old and I am only 12 years old. I made a trip to visit mamma's old friend, Mrs. Bundic. I had a right nice time while I was there. I read the cousins' letters and they are very nice. We all like the paper very much. All I read was the cousins' letters. My sister went to Corpus Christi and I wanted to go very much, but mamma wouldn't let me. My sister brought me a lot of nice shells from the bay. Papa told me tot to write because I couldn't write good enough, but I will feed Peggy on letters if she gets this one. I went to see Cousin Battersby the other day and she gave me a lovely bouquet and I have some of it yet. I like to read the boys' letters. They can write such nice ones. I think my choice of study in school is arithmetic. I am nearly to decimal fractions.


ZONA GOOLSBY, Heidenheimer, Bell Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little 9-year-old girl wanting to join your happy band. I am in school this very moment. My studies are geography, arithmetic, spelling and reading. I am living at my grandfather's. I have two sisters and no brothers. My father is dead. Bessie Bee, come again. I to read your letters very much.


JEFF MILLER, Hamilton, Hamilton Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a new cousin and I don't suppose Mr. Big Hat likes them as well as he does old ones. Genevieve, allow me to compliment you on your excellent letter. Come again. Abbie Brantley, and many others too numerous to mention. Mr. Big Hat, let me tell you my experience of to-day. All of the folks left home to go to church and I thought I would cook dinner for them (it was my first cooking) and I got out some flour made bread and fried meat and put on some fruit. I forgot the bread in the oven and I happened to open the door and all was smoke. It made me mad and I put all of the food off the stove on the table and went upstairs. By and by, I heard my sister coming and I heard her say, "Oh! oh! my! my! look! What a mess!" I was just as quiet as a mouse. After she cleaned up I came down to dinner and how I caught it! I am not going to try to cook any more soon. I can tell you. Jeremy Duncan, write to The News again. Joe Dawson, come again, your letters are nice.


MAUD CRAIN, Seven Oaks, Sequoyah Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I never have seen any letters from Oklahoma. I am going to school now and my studies are reading, spelling, geography, grammar and arithmetic. I like my teacher very much. I live on Deer Creek bottom, a mile and a half south of Seven Oaks, and about three miles east of Independence. It is very pretty here in the summer time, when the leaves are green. Mr. Big Hat, I have been to your grand state on a visit on the first Rock Island train. I have an aunt down there. There are lots of quails and squirrels on the creek and some wild turkeys. I have a brother and a sister. My sister has two pretty pet pigeons. I have a pet pony and I ride to Sunday-school. We are going to try to raise cotton here. We are going to have a cotton gin and we are going to have a big church. We have had considerable cold weather and considerable rain, snow and sleet this year. There is lots of nice wheat in this country. We live seventy-five miles away from a railroad. I am 10 years old.


MERTIE DUNCAN, Murphy, Collin Co., Tex. -- Good evening, Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am a little girl 13 years of age. I am going to school. My studies are United States history, geography, grammar, arithmetic and spelling. I went to Kentucky during vacation. Vernon Collins: I will answer your question: The "Twin Sisters" were two cannons given the Texans by generous friends in Cincinnati.


GROVER C. SANGSTER, Navasota, Grimes Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: May I ask for admittance into your little band? I am only a child 11 years old, but I can appreciate and enjoy the cousins' letters as much as any one. We live in a town of about 5000 inhabitants, and of course it has not grown in size enough to have a mail delivery, so every Sunday I go down and get my uncle's paper for him, and I always claim the cousins' sheet. How happy I should be to meet some of the cousins! Their letters are so very interesting, and they really encourage me to study hard and be a smart boy, so that I may give them some pleasure some day with my letters.


TOM BANKS, Kenney, Austin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I haven't been writing in a long time. Last Sunday there was a "fest" in the schoolhouse. A man came Saturday evening and had a phonograph. I thought it was the best thing I had ever heard. I have the chickens and the horse to feed. I will ask some questions: Who built the first steamboat? Who discovered America? I am 8 years old.


JOHN RICE ROSE, Corsicana, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I have nothing to do and I will write to The News. I have a nice wagon, and I like to ride in it when I can get somebody to pull me. I have only two pet. One of them named Penny and the other is named Sall. I go to school and I am in the second reader and arithmetic. I am a little boy 7 years old.


MAUD E. TREES, DeSoto, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been about three years since I wrote last. I guess you all have forgotten me before now. I like to read the cousins' letters, especially those like Bessie Bee's. I think it would be nice for the cousins to write once every month. I will describe my home: We live on a high place and we can see away off as far as seven and eight miles. There are high places on every side of the house. We live about a quarter of a mile from the road. The neighbors are not far apart. I am going to school and like my teacher. I will close by asking some questions: Who discovered the Pacific ocean and in what year? Who discovered the Ohio river and in what year? When was the stamp act passed? What was John Cabot's son's name? What four voyages did Columbus make and in what years? My age is between 16 and 18 years.


LUCILE WYSE, Bryan, Brazos Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have been reading some of the cousins' letters and like them very much. I go to school and study the third reader, geography, arithmetic and spelling. I like to go to school. I have so much fun playing, "Fox" in the morning. I am sick so much I have to miss a great deal of time from school. I am just getting over a spell of sickness now. School closes Friday for the Christmas holidays. I had a Christmas speech: "Santa Claus on the Train." I have six dolls and like to play with them very much. My father has been a subscriber for The News for about fourteen years. Irene Keeling and I go out hunting pretty rocks every now and then. I am 9 years old.


CLEMENTINA GRONDONA, Galveston, Galveston Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am 9 years old. I study, at home, music, geography, arithmetic, reading and spelling. I have five pets -- a dog named Bunko, a colt named Maysie, a canary bird named Beauty, a rooster named Clyed and a cat named Tabby. I have a dear, darling doll, Francie. I help my aunt about the house like a little woman. This is my first letter, and it is quite a task, but as I grow older I hope to do better. I close my letter by wishing you, dear Mr. Big Hat, a merry Christmas and hope that Santa Claus will bring a lot of toys.


BERTIE SWINK, Pursley, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I am 9 years old. I am going to school. This is my first letter. I helped to drive a herd of cows and de-horn them this morning. I wonder if any of the cousins who live in the city ever saw cows dehorned? I am going with my sister on a visit this afternoon about twelve miles away. I went there last Christmas and all the men and boys went bird hunting. We killed a good many birds, but one little boy got shot, though it didn't hurt him.


G. PASCHALL BLACKBURN, Merit, Collin Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Will you allow a stranger to enter your Cozy Corner? I can not read very well, but I do enjoy hearing my mamma read the cousins' letters. My papa is a preacher and is away from home a great deal. I have two little brothers and no sister. Brother Ernest and I go to school and love our teachers dearly. My little brother Clare is 3 years old to-day. We have no pets, but Ernest and I have a bicycle apiece and ride them to school sometimes.


ADELIA TABOR, Bryan, Brazos Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: Am I writing too soon? I hope not. I am glad you and Cousin Ludie liked my first letter and hope you will like this as well, if not better. I think all of the cousins write such nice letters. Since I wrote last Grandma Wilkinson has "gone home to rest." She died Nov. 21 at the age of 75 years and 11 days. She was the best christian woman I ever saw and was perfectly willing to die. We miss her very much and will do all we can to keep grandpa from missing her any more than possible. One of the cousins asked how many of us could piece quilts. I am piecing a silk one now. I have enough pieces to make it, but if any of the cousins want to help me with it they can send me colors of silk thread to work it with. I would be very much obliged to them. Cousin Mary H-----, you are 12 years old. If I knew what day was your birthday I could tell what day you were 4345 days old or vice versa. Adam and Eve died but were not born and Elijah was born, but never died. Who was the other person, Norman? I will ask a few questions: How did Elijah go to heaven? Who saw him, and what happened to that person?


NODIE CAMPBELL, Mertens, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I see so many nice letters from the little children that I thought I would just step in and have a little chat for the first time in my life. I am not a very good hand to write a letter. I live one mile from Mertens. It contains seven stores and two shops. Our school has not begun yet. My studies are fourth reader, spelling, arithmetic, grammar and geography. My age is 11 years.


MARSHALL BRIDGES, Tehuacana, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little boy 12 years old asking for admittance to your cheerful little band, for I always like to join good society and like a good name. I enjoy reading the letters; they are all very interesting. I have been going to school five years at Tehuacana. It is the only school I ever went to. I like to go to school very much, so that I can try to be a good and noble man as Gen. Sam Houston was, and then my parents and country will be proud of me. I think Sam Houston was a good man. I want to fight a good fight, and I think he has and gone to rest.


VERNON COLLINS, Tehuacana, Limestone Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It is such a pleasure to me to read the cousins' letters. Abner Williams, your letter was very interesting. America McCollum, I will answer your question: The first settlement in Rhode Island was made under the leadership of Roger Williams at Providence, in the year 1636. Ollie Carleton, Lee surrendered at Appomattox courthouse, Virginia, April 9, 1865. I think Lee was as great a general as Bonaparte. I must tell you about a reunion ground here in Limestone county. It is on the Navasota river, about twelve miles from Tehuacana. Every year thousands of people meet there at the Joe Johnston camp, as it is called. The ground is laid off in lots and streets as any city is, and the streets and avenues are named for soldiers who fought for the "lost cause." The last days of July is the time selected, and for three days it is a busy city with its livery stables, bakeries, hotels and lunch stands, but the fourth day, every tent is hauled away and the place is only a sandy spot in the woods till the next reunion time comes. I saw a great many relics of the war there last summer, but what pleased me most was to hear an old soldier beat the drum which he had carried all through the war. My grandpa was a captain in Hubbard's regiment, and I love to hear him tell about the battle he fought.


J. S. GREEN, Tushkahoma, Indian Territory > Pushmataha Co., Okla. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I see so many nice letters in the dear old News, I thought I would write one. Cousins, most of you write about going to school. I have never had that privilege. My father and mother are both dead. I have no relatives except one brother. He works at the sawmill and I do his cooking and keep house for him. He teaches me at night. He says he is going to send me off to school next year, and I will be so glad. Otis Riddle, brother says he is well acquainted with you. Do you still perform on the wire? I am 10 years old.


WALTER MOSS, Sivell's Bend, Cooke Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write and I hope you have Peggy stabled. I saw a letter in The News the other day from Ellie May Butler at Sivell Bend. I was at school that day and saw Henry and Jane baptized. I saw she asked a question. If she had asked me I would have told her, but thought I would rather she would read it in The News. Alaska was purchased from Russia in October, 1867. I am studying arithmetic, algebra, spelling, United States history, civil government and grammar. I had a fine time thanksgiving day. I went over to our pasture, about a mile and a half, after a calf and had to run it three miles and then I led it one. I was afoot and when I caught it you bet I was hot. Vernon Collins, the "twin sisters" of the Texas revolution were the cannons given to the Texans from some friends in Cincinnati. My age is 159 months.


MYRA L. BROWN, Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here I am again with two more cousins with me from Hillsboro. We are all here at my home and we thought it would be nice to write to The News. Well Mr. Big Hat, I hope if you give this to Peggy that it will kill her. I don't see any use of having her any way. Why on earth don't you sell her? Some of the cousins speak of piecing quilts. I have pieced only one and don't think I will ever piece another. It is such tedious work. Cousin Dora Bennett, you have my sympathy. I know nothing of sickness and am glad to say that I never in all my life had to have a doctor. How many of the cousins can say as much? We have been spending this nice day pleasantly. We had a nice time playing logomachy before dinner. How many of the cousins like to play it? Cousin Mary West, I do not know your uncle. Ludie Sanders, thanks for saying my letter was entertaining. I think you write a splendid letter. Lee Spryt, I agree with you on who writes the best stories in the Youths' Companion. It is C. A. Stephens. Come again, Mary West, Johnny Price, Leliah Pelt, Lilly Rowe, Burett Gouger and Susie B. Fisher. I will ask a riddle. What is it that grows in winter, dies in summer and grows with its roots upwards?


LOUIS HUNTER, Olive, Hardin Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: At this time I am trying to think of something to write about and I have settled on a subject, but I don't know that I will handle or discuss it to suit all. I think that when one writes to a department, especially one as well edited as Mr. Big Hat's is, they ought to try to make it entertaining to the readers. I don't say that I will interest you, cousins, but I will try to, and that is all I can do. And if this happens to get in Petty's dining-box she will dream or walk in her sleep. I am not an old writer, for this is my first letter to the Young Peoples' Department. I want to say that we have a good chance through our department to improve our talents if we only will. We are building a great structure with our lives and each and every act and deed we do is a brick, stone or tile in that grand piece of masonry. Whatever we do let us do it well, let it be ever so small. The greatest counterfeit of our material is to half do anything. Let some one neglect their duty or fail to keep their promises, and you can hear of how some other piece of masonry is being tested. There is nothing like telling the truth. If we select the best of material for our own selves, and teach others to do the same, our candle would not be hid under a bushel, but out where all can see its beautiful light, that can not be blown out by the hardest blast of temptation.


GRIFFIE LIGHTFOOT, DeLeon, Comanche Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another jolly boy 14 years old, hoping you will allow him admission in your valuable corner. I am a farmer boy and live six miles from DeLeon. We have a good farming country, I think. I am going to make a crop myself next year. My father is going to give me all I can make. I have cleared off a piece of new ground of twenty acres. I have been at work on it for six months, but I am about ready to start to school now. We have a good school. I will study history, arithmetic, grammar, geography and spelling. I am very apt to learn when I can go to school. I have not had much chance in that line, but I think I will make a doctor out of myself.


MINTIE BROWN, Alvin, Brazoria Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I saw my other letter in print I thought I would write again, and tell the cousins what a nice time I had Christmas. I spent Christmas with my friends in Alvin. I also wish to tell the cousins what my good friend, Mr. Newson, and his daughter gave me for Christmas. They gave me a nice ring, dolls and candy and a nice little book. I prize the gifts very much. I received several other presents. I hope all the little cousins had as nice a time as I did. I went to a Christmas tree. It rained Christmas day, and is raining now. Happy New Year to all the cousins!


EDNA MARTIN, Lancaster, Dallas Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I thought I would try to write a letter to your department, and I hope Peggy won't get this, as it is the first time I have ever written to a paper. Papa gets The Dallas News every Sunday and I enjoy reading the Cozy Corner very much indeed. I am a little girl 11 years old. I have not been to school this session, but I suppose I will begin some time this week. I am in the fourth grade. I study fourth reader, spelling, arithmetic, grammar, writing and geography.


ANNIE BLOCKER, Rockdale, Milam Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little girl 7 years old. I haven't many pets. I have a kitty and a doll and one little brother. I have never been to school but one session. Christmas is nearly here, and I want Mr. Big Hat to wake up St. Nicholas and send him around with a wagon load.


BONNIE EVANS, Grand Saline, Van Zandt Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat: I live in Grand Saline. There is a big salt works here. My father makes barrels at the cooper shop. I go to school. We have a large school here, and I love to go. I have studies and I am 10 years old. I have two sisters younger than I am.


MIRTIE McNUTT, Buckner, Parker Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and Miss Big Bonnet: I have been reading the cousins' letters for six months. I am a little girl 10 years old. I have six brothers and one sister. My papa and my brothers made thirty-one bales of cotton. I have for pets a little pony and a little white kitten. My pony's named Bob and kitty is Venie. I have two dolls named Temple and Blanche.


OLLIE HEDGPETH, Gatesville, Coryell Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another little girl to join your band of quill drivers. I love so much to read the little folks' letters. I live one mile from Gatesville. The state reformatory is in sight of our home. We can see their little lights twinkling all night long. They look very pretty, but lonely. I have been there so many times. The boys sang some for us once when I was there. I saw them at supper, and they all returned thanks aloud. It sounded like so many bumblebees. I attend school at the college. I am in the second grade. I love to go to school. I try to learn my lessons well, so my teacher will love me. I write letters to mamma and papa when I am at school. I have one little sister 3 years old and one brother; his name is Charley Culberson. He is 9 months old. I have one pet; it is a three-legged kitten, very fat and pretty.


SARAH WILLIAMS, Richland, Navarro Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to the Cozy Corner. I am going to school in two or three days. I went to school some before Christmas. My teacher gave us a week's vacation. I went to one Christmas dinner at my sister's house. Bessie Bee, come again. I enjoy reading your letters, they are so interesting. I have four brothers and five sisters. I am a little girl 10 years old. One of my sisters spent Christmas at Wortham.


MARTHA MILLER, Balsora, Wise Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: As I have not seen any letter from this part of Texas, I thought I would write. I have been reading the Cozy Corner and like it very much. I am a little girl. My mamma is dead and I have to keep house for my papa. I have four little brothers. I don't get to go to school. I like to go to school, but cousins, if any of you have to keep house you know I have no time to go to school. But I study at home and send my little brother to school. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins. I think Mary West and others write such interesting letters. I go to Sunday school every Sunday. We live on a prairie called "Wild Horse." We were the first settlers in Wise county. Papa has lived here twenty years.


KATIE PARRISH, Joy, Clay Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here I come knocking for admittance into your throng. I am a young girl of 12. I will be 13 the 23d of April. To all who will promise to send me something on my birthday I will send them a present, if they will write to me and tell me when their birthday comes. I would be very much obliged if some of the cousins would send me some pretty buttons to go on my charm string. Mr. Big Hat, you send me some. Beg your sister to let you have some buttons off of her old dress and send them to me. The whole family of us picked 2200 pounds of cotton in one day. Dear Flem Brown, for I must call you that. I sympathize with you because you have lost your parents. Be good and you will meet them by and by. Cousins, I will exchange scraps of silk, velvet and ribbon with you.


LIZZIE PARRISH, Joy, Clay Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: Will you let me in? Our school will commence next week. I have two brothers and two sisters younger than I. Mamma says I have saved her many a trip, for I went to see what was the matter with my younger sister when she got to crying. I am now 10 and she is 6 years old. I can pick 200 pounds of cotton in a day and she can pick 187. We are not done picking cotton. I have a brother between 5 and 6 years old and he picked 125 pounds in one day.


DONALD NORIE, Oscar, Bell Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I see so many nice letters from the cousins I thought I would write, too. We are done picking cotton. I can pick 302 pounds in a day. I have no pets except my little rat terrier. His name is Blue Jeans. My playmates and I had a good time to-day, watching the men ride wild horses.


LUKE TANNER, Jacksboro, Jack Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write for the Cozy Corner. I hope Peggy will not be hungry when you get this. Well, Cousin Rudolph, I think your letters are very good. As you told about the Georgia corn, I will tell about the Texas cucumber. A man came over from Arkansas to see if there was any rich land in Texas. He met a rich old farmer, and the farmer, to show how rich the soil was, asked his wife for some cucumber seeds. As they were walking over some of the beautiful land near a fence, he buried his boot heel in some of the soft dirt, dropped a few of the seeds and hallooed: "Run! Run! Run!" And before he could reach the fence the vine sprang up and grew so fast that it caught in the man's pocket and bore grown cucumbers, and he could not get over the fence until he cut them loose. I live about 100 yards from Lost creek. It is a very beautiful stream. We have great fun in summer, boat riding and swimming, and in winter skating. My age is 14 years.


THUSIE McNUTT, Buckner, Parker Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: I am a country girl 13 years old. I like to read The News better than any paper papa takes. I have been picking cotton all the fall. I am going to start to school soon. Papa has been taking The News nineteen years. My brother married two weeks ago. I have a doll; its name is Skuter. Mr. Big Hat, let Miss Big Bonnet be with you in the paper.


MAMIE E. YCAST, Rincon, Dona Ana Co., N. M. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Although my oldest brother has had the good fortune to be favored by the Cozy Corner, I am somewhat uncertain whether my first letter will meet with success. I am at present going to a private school, which we are having at home here on the ranch, as the nearest public school is in Rincon, seven miles from here. My age is 9 years and I can boast of being a help in the housework. I am very fond of school and am learning fast. I take great interest in reading the cousins' letters and hope that Mr. Big Hat will give the admission to join his band.


SALLIE PITTS, Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another 10-year-old girl. I am always glad when Friday comes, for I want to read the dear old News. We have only been in the Lone Star state two years, and like it very much, although I like middle Tennessee, which is my native home, much better. We live four miles from Hillsboro. Hillsboro is improving fast. We are going to have street cars and waterworks. I have not begun school yet, but am going the 1st of January. I like to go to school real well. I have two prizes which I received in school -- a nice book and a doll. I think an education is the most important step in life. Cousins, another New Year will soon begin. Let us turn a new leaf in life and try to improve our time much better in the future than we have in the past, for we know not what we may be called to do. So let us be ready and willing. I will ask a question: What four presidents had only one daughter each, and what were their names?


WILLIAM HENRY, Quanah, Hardeman Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I have not yet noticed a letter from Quanah, but hope to see this one in print. I am 10 years old. I live seven miles from Quanah. I started to school, but it is too far and it was getting too cold for me to continue. We have had good rains this fall and the farmers are feeling good.


ARTHUR HANNA, Kerby, Hill Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I see so many interesting letters from the cousins, I thought I would try for the first time to write to the Cozy Corner. I am going to school at the present, but may have to stop after Christmas to go to plowing, but I hope not. How many of the cousins are through picking cotton? I am, and am not crying because it is done, either, and I don't think any of the rest are. I wonder if all the cousins like to read. I do. As soon as I get The News I go to reading the cousins' letters. I would like to correspond with some of the cousins of either sex. I will answer all letters.


CARRIE WILLIAMS, Bells, Grayson Co., Tex. -- Hell, Mr. Big Hat and cousins: I know you all get tired of me, but I can't help writing. Mr. Big Hat, one of my schoolmates is writing with me. She does not take The News, but she wanted to write, and I told her I guess you would print it any way. Florence Giddens, come again; you write interesting letters. I would like to correspond with you now. Will you write to The News and tell me whether you will or not? Little Miss Big Bonnet, I have a pet cat and I have a hard time with it, too. The little dog just fights it all the time, and papa said he was going to kill it because it will not catch mice. But it does not need any mice. Its name is Joe Ann. Mr. Big Hat, I won the prize for saying verses in the Bible. It was a Testament. There is a prize offered now for the best attendance and best lessons, and I am working for it. I have to say a speech Friday, and I dread it, for if I don't say it I don't know what the teacher will do with me.

[Mr. Big Hat's response]:
You should have asked your little friend to use pen and ink when she wrote. As it is, her letter is so dimly written with lead pencil Mr. Big Hat can't read it even through his specs. She must try again.


GUY EVANS, Nocona, Montague Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes a little boy who wishes to join your band. I go to school and study arithmetic, history, grammar, spelling, penmanship, reading, physiology and drawing. I am 10 years of age and I go to the Methodist Sunday school. I am in the sixth grade. I read the Cozy Corner. I guess you have seen my sister's letter in the paper. Her name is Paula Evans. She can write a good deal better than I can. I would like to correspond with any of the cousins.


LULA ADELIA PLUMLEY, Webster, Harris Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat, Miss Big Bonnet and cousins: This is my first attempt to write. I have six sisters and two brothers. I go to school with my brother and sisters. I am 12 years old. I am in the third grade and my oldest sister is in the same grade.


LAWRENCE BANKS, Eyrie, Ellis Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat: I have been going to school three weeks, but our teacher has dismissed a week for Christmas vacation. I like my teacher very well. He is a good teacher. I wish the cousins could be with me in the summer to gather flowers. We have a beautiful yard when the flowers are in bloom. I think that Mr. Big Hat is doing right in getting up the Sam Houston memorial stone fund. I will try to help the cousins with the fund.


BEN RIVERS, Cason, Morris Co., Tex. -- Good morning, Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my second attempt to write to The News. The last time I wrote was four years ago. I will try to write oftener hereafter. I am 12 years of age. I am going to school and have a fine school teacher. The people down here are building a large schoolhouse. Mr. Big Hat, you ought to have been down here last spring. We drained off and mudded our fish pond and all the fish, snakes and tadpoles I had ever seen were there. It has rained here nearly all day, but I live so far from school that I ride in our buggy and you know all boys like to drive.


FREDRICH LUECKE, Mechanita[?], ? Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here comes another one of your long-legged, big-footed sleepy-headed country kids. I am just waked up from last night's slumber and dreamed about going fishing and hunting and fell into the water and got out again, went home, got my dinner and then took a lazy nap. Rudolph Bollier, come oftener. I love to read your hunting stories. This is my first attempt to write in The News. If Peggy don't get this letter I will try to write about my pets next time. I am a farmer's boy. My age is between so much and so many.


ELLA GORDON, Tennessee Colony, Anderson Co., Tex. -- Little Mr. Big Hat and cousins: This is my first attempt to write to The News. Mr. Johnnie Price has disturbed my curiosity about the ghost in his room. I be that I can guess. It was that little old squirrel of his. I think I know Mr. Johnnie. If I am not mistaken, I went to school with him at Kingwillow. My age is 16. I like to live here very much. I went to a dance the other night and had a very, very nice time. I like to dance.


EDITH LACKEY, Lawn, Taylor Co., Tex. -- Mr. Big Hat and cousins: Here I come, knocking for admittance for the second time. Well, Mr. Big Hat, vacation is over and school has begun again, although the most of my vacation was spent in the field. The most of the people around here are about done picking cotton. Herbert Taylor, your letters are very good, but I think they would be better if they were more truthful. But didn't you forget to tell about falling into the pond and nearly drowning, and hallooing so loud that some little negroes came and pulled you out? As one of the cousins gave a description of Lawn, I will tell you just what kind of a place it is. Lawn is a quiet country postoffice. There is no town at all and the country is thinly settled. There is no drinking whatever, for there is not a saloon within twenty-five miles of here.


MAUDIE WILSON, McDuff, Bastrop Co., Tex. -- Good evening, Mr. Big Hat and cousins: It has been a long time since I wrote to The News last. I have been going to school, and I don't have much time to write letters. There has been a large crop of pecans raised in this part of Texas. There have been thousands and thousands of bushels sent over to Europe. There has not been so very much cotton raised here, but I think the people all have enough corn to last this year. Cousins, here is an example: James, Joseph and Daniel owned three farms whose total area was 475 9-10 acres. Daniel had 15 2-5 acres more than James and James 24 7/9 acres more than Joseph. How many acres had each in his farm?


MYRTLE RIGGAN, Splunge, Monroe Co., Miss. -- Mr. Big Hat: As this is Christmas day, I will write and tell you how I am spending it. First I will tell you what Kris Kringle brought me. He brought me some oranges, apples and some candy and a little cream pitcher. I am going to school and my teacher is very kind to us. I go to school at Shiloh. Laura Lyon, you invited me to come again. I thank you very much. I think you write a good letter. Hedwig, come again also. Odis Riddle, I have played "Laugh and Go Foot." I will ask some questions in history: When was Georgia settled? When did George Washington die? I like to read Dora Bennett's letters. I have four brothers in Texas and two at home; five have been to Texas, but one came back. Mr. Big Hat, why don't you let Miss Big Bonnet write again? Mr. Big Hat, can one write a story on both sides of the paper -- I mean if one does, will you print it?

[Mr. Big Hat's response]:
No; printers require copy to be written on one side of the paper only.

- January 5, 1896, The Dallas Morning News, p. 14, col. 3-7.
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