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Children's Letters xrxr ? RED CROSS QUILTS Previously received. 1.100; Ella Frazier. ?#: Elizabeth atul Grace Bigger and grandma, 7 ; Frances Crawford, 1: Miss M. D. Beale. 8; Mrs. H. H. Hudson. 15: Miss Minnie Boul ware. 14 ; Margaret Dawson. 1 : Harriet Eber harvlt. 1: Sidney Hevinan. 1: Billy Woods. 4: Dick Woods. 3: Mary and Ella Tuttle. 7; Isabella Miller. 3i Josephine Miller. 1; Fran ces Miller. 1; Miss Ella Bonlware. 6; Mrs. C. M. Brown. Douglas and Louise. 3; Lena Yen able. 1; William C. Irvine. 1: Exine Webb. 6. Total. 1.182. We have thirteen quilts made now. Isn't that fine? The baby quilt, for the French baby, is dear. 1 wish you could see it. H. A. A SQUARE FOR THE QUILT. Dear Miss Argyle : T am sending you a square for the quilt. I hope it will reach you in time. Mother and my teacher. Miss Robin son. helped me to knit it. Last year I sent you a letter, but mother wrote it for me. Now I am eight years old. and eroinp to school, so T can write for myself. Your little friend. Weems. Ya Margery F. Dameron. Dear Margery : I was so glad to get the letter that you wrote yourself. Thank you for your help. H. A. LIKES THE ENIGMAS. Dear Presbyterian: I like the letters and stories so much that I am going to try to write one. I like best of all the enigmas and will answer Margie Middlethon's. The verse is. ''Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." I will ask one also. A bibli cal enigma composed of forty-two letters and a verse in First Peter. My 15. 2. 5. 22 a son of Adam. My 4, 12, 6. 7. 13, 18 an unruly member. My 33. 38. 3. 34 the queen of flow ers. My 1, 8. 30. 3, 14. 28 a Roman Emperor. My 9, 5. 10. 32, 31 a beautiful flower of May. My 17, 19. 35, 36 a noted woman's name. My 18, 42, 39. 41. 20. 34 one of the continents. My 26, 14. 21, 7. 3 one of the ten plagues. My 23. 24, 25 a masculine pronoun. My 27, 37 a preposition. My 29. 8. 40 a rieh food for stock. My 11. 18 a plural pronoun. I hope some one will answer my enigma. Your little friend, Midland, Ya. Mary Lake Cox. Dear Mary: Yes, I think the enigmas are fine, and help our Bible study, too. H. A. MISSIONARY SOCIETY. Dear Presbyterian : In our little Missionary Society we have been making squares for the soldiers' quilts. I hope they will keep them nice and warm. I wish 1 could see the quilt that you made. I know it is nice, from what you told about it in the last paper. Your friend. Chase City, Ya. Graee Saunders. Dear Grace: Yes, our quilts are fine, and all the soldiers who see them think so. too. Your squares helped greatly. H. A. RED CROSS WORK. Dear Miss Helen: I am a little girl, eight years old. Am sending two more squares for the quilts. Glad f ean do that much for the soldiers I^ast week I made six comfort pil lows for the Red Cross I have been playing Children's Sermon GOD'S CARE FOR THE BIRDS. By Kev Stuart Nye Hutcheson, D. D. The winter is past, the rain is over ami gone: t lie llowers appear in the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come ? Song of Solomon 2:11-12. In many respects the happiest time of the whole year is the Springtime. The children who have been shut up in the house for so long by the cold and wet are out at play again. The boys are playing ball on the vacant lots. The leaves are coming out. The flowers are beginning to bloom and the birds are starting to sing again. We always know that Spring is very near when the birds come back again. Someone once wrote a little story about the message of the birds. I do not remember what the book said, but I do know that they have a message for \>s all. One is the message of God's love and care. Once Jesus said "Consider the birds. For they sow not : neither do they reap, nor gath er into barns; yet your heavenly father feed eth them. Are ye not much better than they?" God never forgets to take care of the little birds. He gives them enough to eat and enough to drink and something to wear. And if He takes that much care for them we may be sure that He is not going to forget us. God has many ways of taking care of the birds. I read of one several days ago. In the Island of Java there is a tree the leaves of which are deadly poison for snakes. The smell of the leaf is so offensive to a snake that when he comes near it he will turn around and go the other way. Some time ago a traveler was passing through the woods in Java when he heard a mother bird making cries of distress and flut tering around her nest up in a tree. He went around to the other side of the tree and what do you think he saw there. A large snake was slowly climbing up that tree to get the little birds. There was nothing that he could do. no he watched. Very soon the cries of the mother bird ceased. He thought niaybo the snake had gotten her. But no, in a moment he saw her again. She had flown over to a poison tree and had taken one of the leaves and carried it and spread it over the nest. N'earer and nearer came the jsnakc till it was a foot away. Then just as he was about to open his mouth and swallow the little birds, lie fell down out of that tree as though he had been shot, all the way to tin* ground, and scampered off through the grass. Then the mother bird came, and took the leaf away and the little birds were safe, for it is poison only to snakes. r The same loving God who takes care of the birds and protects them will protect us also. One of the best men who ever lived was St. Francis of Asissi. He left his flue home and everything that he had to go and serve the Lord better. He was in the fields and woods a great deal and he learned there to love the birds and the birds learned to love him. They would fly down from the trees and hover about him and he fed them with the crumbs that were always in his pockets. One day he preached a sermon to the birds, a beautiful little sermon. T don't suppose they under stood what he said to them, any more than lie understood what they said when they came every morning and sang to him, but they knew that he loved them, and that was what he wanted them to know. God made the birds and He loves them, and we ought to love and be kind to them too. Xorfolk, Va. school with my doll babies today. I go to school. My teacher's name is Miss Clarke. We like her so much. I want to surprise my father and mother. Your little friend, Mary Catherine Alexander. Dear Mary: You are doing splendidly for the quilts, and the comfort pillows are fine. H. A. A DAIRY FARM. Dear Presbyterian: I go to Sunday school every Sunday. My teacher's name is Miss Stella Pond. I have recited the Ten Command ments. I live on a farm. My father owns h dairy barn, and it holds sixty couv All the water pipes leading to difTerent parts of out farm have been frozen up for the last thirty days. We take your paper, and lilte it very much. Your unknown friend, Richmond, Va. Grace Gaulding. Dear Grace: I am glad you like the paper, and hope the pipes in the barn are all right now. Write again. II. A. AN ANSWER. Dnar Presbyterian: I'm sending an answer to Margie Middelthon's enigma. The answer is Matthew 5:8, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." I am also sending to Miss Argyle two squares for the soldiers' quilt. Helen Willson. Amelia. Va., R. F. D. No. 3. Dear Helen: It is fine the way you all are working out these enigmas. Thank you for the help with the quilts. H. A. READS THE STORIES AND LETTERS. Dear Presbyterian : I am a little boy ten years old. I go to school every day I can, and I am in the fourth grade. My papa takes the Presbyterian and he reads the stories and letters aloud. I enjoy them. I go to Rocky Springs Presbyterian church. Your friend, Clinton, S. C. McLeese Cunningham. Dear McLeese: I am glad you enjoy the stories and letters. Can't you find the answer to some of the questions in the letters? H. A. GRANDMA KNITS SQUARES. My Dear Miss Argyle: I am sending you four squares for a soldier qnilt. My Grandma Swoope knit them for me. I hope you ean use them. I am three years old and have a little sister eight months old. Her name is Ruth Ellis. I have three pet cats. Their names j?re Tom, Dick and Harry. Your littje friend, Elizabeth Swoope Hall. Katrine, Va. Dear Elizabeth : Thank you for your pretty squares. They are so nicely knit and just the right size. Thank grandma for her help. H. A. No man can safely command that has not learned to obey.