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Our Letter Tiojr.
pear Little Men and Little Women: We lived
- ._ top story of a five story apartment
0t and all th. rime we were there cats
t fall out of the window At last one
isersis? «re could not and our cat Toodles. Imag
.l, pother horror when she looked down the
ifiilt d raw poor little Toodles lying in a heap
•th rtor.es below : We sent the hallboy to get him.
tat a* be <r~- BO* appear father went down and got
jstjj. I was la the drawing room crying very hard.
i-tVhtn I heard the words "He's alive" I almost
crj«d •- ■ Jo?- Toodles was all right except for a
oofir no** 1 aa<3 bronchitis from expe-ure. It was
a cold night, and the rain had frozen on the win
dow id OB which Toodles must have been lying.
He §Uppe<! °" ar ' d * ell down th shaft. He must
tan !*«s Cotra there about four hours. Now he is
tS r&tt, except That his growth is a little stunted
Kit be is thin. Hoping this will interest you, I re
oifc your truly. JOAN MACKENZIE, (aged 12.)
B. F. D. No 2, White Plains. N. Y.
Dear Lltt> Men and Little Women: One rum-
Bsr, when we were camping out in an orchard
re the basks of a creek, a great storm arose,
idft • hi sad hail. We were sitting In our tent,
Hawing to the wind thrashing the trees and the
tent ropes creaking and the rain coming down on
the canvas. when I looked out to se<» the sheets
oJ water pouring down. I saw. not far away, a
tiiy Kre" aging to a stiff weed, and I asked my
nctter If I could en out and get it. I went out
sal ijreusht It in. ■■■ th poor thing was nearly
6t»t. My brother asked to go out and get a bird,
too. w« did r.ot believe be would ret one, but
j,. mm back with two or three, and he said he
m* ever so many more Then we all put on wraps
isA Teat m search of the poor drowned creature?.
W« haft so "■"■>■ that we brought them In In
fciadfaJs. They were beaten out of trees and
Mm. ibere they had taken refuge in the storm.
This competition is open to .11 children who desire to compete, without charge or consideration
of any kind.
Thk little tfrl »Uta walking through the fields, suddenly sees this youthful artist fetching _
Be «k, her to tell him what her name is. She replies that he can easily make it out by^adding
toenher two articles of clothing which he is wearing. The name of each article of clothing con
•lt h a common name, and you should easily sues, it." Paid the little girl. "And what. pray, is
Jriur nar J"
M, :,~, *ald the little boy. "Is shown In the picture lam making.. Add together the names
« the two thii-jrs 1 have drawn on this canvas, and you will have my name.
Be. if you can teV. the names of the little boy and the little girl. ♦„,„„«.
Tor Ok r.eatr,t and «st three answers we offer the choice of a boy's Tribune watch, a sterling
*S«r Tribune badge, an Interesting book. A.i embroidery set. a box of water color paints, a box of
••taty note paper or a leather card case.
Ho * '- ■ It !s hf&rd that "So-and-so's" house Is
■*•! hair the cost of another's! The wages paid
•**'•■.• iuxm < a fcoth and the scale of entertaining
j» thf etme. yet one of the hostesst-s will say that
tousehoid *xr*nses are Just double those of her
~>r.d. To find the secret of the leakage the
«*U;gs must take herself in hand, first of all. and
•* r - : -- gave her orders to the market man and
■Osier and write weekly for her staple line of
SBW<5 BW<1 — • Otherwise tar bills will continue to
* Ottat ' *a« the chef win coon own valuable real
*** or railroad bonds for the rainy day that will
■**•-»« be*all the dost prosperous money wast
**• Its. chef knows to a dot the worth of his
J"* •» a aone>Tnak!iig stand, and becomes an
**« to The tradespeople as to the percentage
?*J «ha'J pay him for the fam.iy trade. They
*~'* •■ »"*« Om Bttesa they provide the b*.«t in
** .market at cut rat-s, so to speak, he will «■
«*»* Wsth hi * P alrona ««- * or doeE ** thrifty
Uat *"' *'■. fc!s rafialß fTom one butcher, unless
cutch.tr ' compromises for a very handsome
•atr r to "Frenchy." He has bis l**t man, his
ol mil - hl " fißh rcan and 1,..- P° ailrv man ever
,*, * '-" %1v '' t0 ECt the <arlleyt of KB variety
r^?* ; lead *rest portions thereof as v -- 1 '- T1 '*»
a/*** o***0 *** put * & * id * the **el <}t !lis v es eUlbles
j^jj * & PPnrval at this magnate of the servants'
•ail £+t oCCfc6iCinall J r has some special bargain
fi.*^ to tempt him, the bill showing U to be
!s»s—Z!T?.. ****** * ut «* Jn«i»*d ft down, U»«
-/jXfj^wJ'c£* 1 - -I, ■ i — SB*^ i m mmmmm wii ■ 111 ii i jjr^ hi Sj^^ —^r± 4
and crouched -under leaves and at the rocts of
trees, wherever they found the least shelter.
They were all nearly perished with wet and cold.
My mother took a two quart can (it was the only
thing handy) to put her birds In, and brought it
in several times as full as it could hold without
smothering the birds.
My brother fell into the creek in trying to get
a bird on the bank, but it did not matter, as he
was soaking wet already. The birds turned out
to be swallows. We warmed them and dried them,
and put them in a basket covered with netting.
All that we brought in revived, although we saw
many dead in the grass, and upon counting them
we found we had rescued sixty-three. When the
storm was over and the sun had come out we took
them out one by one and threw them into the
air, and they flew away.
EMMA BENNETT (aged 11).
No. 28 Allen street, Buffalo, N. Y.
Dear Little Men and Little Women: I am going
to tell you about Peter, a very large tiger cat, with
silky fur. He is a very wise and mischievous cat.
One day. when the telephone bell rang, he climbed
up and tried to take the receiver down. He will
cilmb upon the piano stool and put his paws on
the keys. He thinks he plays very nicely. Al
though" most cats are afraid of water, he. is not
in the least. In the bathroom the warm water
cannot be s' ut off entirely. He will get into the
bowl and catch the water in his paw and rub It all
over his face. So, you can see. he is a tidy cat.
This is my first letter to the Letter Box. Hoping
it will be Interesting enough to print. I remain, a
constant reader. HAZEL BEEMAN (aged 13).
No. 26 Fulton street. Owego. N. Y.
Dw Editor: I received my watch yesterday. I
think It is very nice. Thank you very much for It.
No. 1100 State street. Schenectady, N. Y.
The butler is the second autocrat of the estab-
M .mem. He It la that keeps his eye on the wine
cellar, and i,> the nn«-s be Imposes on his under
lings and the tips he receives from the house
guests he grows a bank account. From each tip,
too, that the other servants . in his part of the
menage get a portion comes to his palm as their
just tribute unto an aproned Cs»sar.
The housekeeper. plump and parsimonious, has a
generous share as well from all quarters, for It 1»
she that engages many of the house servant* of
lesser Importance, the butler, chef, valet, lady's
maid, within doors, and the coachman, gardener ana
chauffeur, without, beln* the only ones with which,
the master and mistress concern themselves. For
the yacht the steward and captain are engraved by
the owner, who after that just foots the bills. Re
turning to the housekeeper and her opportunities
for enriching herself, both chef and hutler remark
that her job is the snap, for she Is able to demand
from them, one and all, and get it, too. a small
fraction of their wages; otherwise unsatisfactory re
ports of the state of pantry, kitchen, laundry and
other parts of the mansion will be taken to Ihe
h**ad of the house. Occasionally, too, a well i.i»u
«on«-d. accomplished housekeeper has the knuck
of irritating some maid to the point of dismissing
hetb«ir. in which case If she has served only part
.if a month her wages are withheld, the amount
due being carefuly reckoned and placed In the pro
verbial stocking as • nest egg for the days to be
a* eat JuwCjt * fvw r#Ur*»«M Inn Mnte*>
Hotv to XOtn a Trize.
Contest No. 1 (Name Puzzle).-- Choice of a boy's
Tribune watch, a sterling- silver Tribune badge, an
interesting book, an embroidery set. a box of water
color paints, a box of dainty notepaper or a leather
cardcase for the neatest and best three answers.
Contest No. 2 (Things to Think About).— Choice
of an interesting- book, a box of water color paints,
a boy's Tribune watch, an imitation ivory paper
cutter, a leather cardcase. an embroidery set, a
boy's Tribune watch or a box, of dainty notepaper
for the neatest and best two solutions.
Contest No. 3 (Drawing Entitled "An Ocean
Dip").— Choice of an interesting book, an em
broidery set. a boy's Tribune watch, a box of
dainty notepaper, an imitation ivory paper cut
ter, a sterling silver Tribune badge or a box of
water color paints for the neatest and best two
By Miriam H. Swift, age twelve years, Sound
Bearh, Conn. Prize, a sterling silver Tribune
Hidden Proverb. — The teacher ha 3 written on the
board: "Beneath is a well known saying. The pen
is mightier than the sword." " The neatest three
correct answers were sent by Margaret King, aged
eleven years, No. 273 West 131 st street, New York
City, who wishes an embroidery set; Thomas F.
Maxon, aged twelve years. No. 239 South Tenth
avenue. Mount Vernon, N. V., a boy's Tribune
watch; William Hadden. aged eleven years, No.
32 Carroll street. Poughkeepsie, N. V., a boy's
Tribune watch.
Things to Think About.— The two prize winners
and their prizes In this contest are Laura E.
Brooks, aged ten years. Port H. G. Wright, New
York, a sterling silver Tribune badge, and Benja
min Gomersall. aged ten y«*ars, Nyack. N. V., a
boy's Tribune watch. '
Drawings Entitled "See-Saw."— F.or prize win
ners see drawings on this page.
Our Letter Box.— See letters by prize winners.
Who would believe that the rose hugged tr> her
heart a cruel ogre, that on the swaying lily swung
a tiny beast of prey in a snug yellow Jacket, so
closely matching his home that ordinary eyes would
never detect him? Did you ever peep down into
the depths of a wild convolvulus and see nestled at
the very bottom a beautiful white spider, with
pink stripes on her sides precisely the shade of
those with which her flowery home is decorated?
How little do<s the gay. careless buttf-rfly sus
pect as she hovers over the sweet scented blossoms,
poising t" thrust in her long tubular tongue for a
From the shups the housekeeper receives her dis
count on all purchases, and very careful is she
that the linen is an ample stock, each piece being
renewed at the slightest sign of wear, and favorite
eaatoffa confiscated to adorn the table in the home
she pi ins for. Broken ornaments and nicked plates
also oomfl her w*y. as do the left-over pieces of
glassware from set.s broken and not filial out again
because the design is out of favir. So if she keeps
a •'good" position for any length of time her house
furnishing will be almost complete In all but th*
furniture. Old curtains and many other things dis
carded she sells, and frequently •ome drest given
by a generous mistress will find its way to a
•slightly worn clothing" establishment, although
nowadays the mistresses themselves send for the
heads of such «hop S . have a clothes review and
barter off to the b^st advantage such frocks as can
be resold for good prices.
Whoever notifies the second hand agent that her
presence is desired gets a trifling remembrance, for
the chance to buy a good wardrobe may occur aga n.
and the profit is great. Thin em** generally fall
to the lot of the lady's maid, who also conducts
the »ale. and expects to perform such a task every
spring and fall. Out of each consignment she is
more than likely to appraise and sell to herself
privately in the ten minutes or so of waiting for
the agents arrival some coveted frock at a great
reduction, having it whisked safely out of sight
before other eves fall upon Its charms.
la th« »übl«i *o4 c«xm« wa»U ■ fwtvaM are
original drawings. These drawings must b« In
black Ink on white paper.
Contest No. 4 (Our Letter Boxi. — A prize of $1
will be given for every letter printed under this
heading. The letter may contain incidents 'r, your
life, anecdotes of pets, novel school experiences or
things seen in travel. These stories must be origi
nal and must be written on one side oi the paper
Be sure to state your age.
Be sure to give your choice of prizes.
Be sure to give your name and address.
Contest closes on July 10. Age i 3 considered in
awarding prizes. Address your answers and letters
to Little Men and Little Women, The New-York
Tribune, New York.
By Elsa P. Fremd. ape fourteen years, Rye
N. Y. Prize, an interesting book.
draft of nectar, that among the bright petals a
cruel snare await* her! No sooner has she alighted
and folded her wings above her back to enjoy her
ambrosia than she is seized in the deadly embrace
of a half dozen yellow legs, a drop of poison is
thrust into her to still her fluttering wings and a
white silken shroud is quickly wound about her
body. Then Mistress Spider feasts at leisure on
her lovely victim, first clipping off and dropping to
the ground her head, her wings and her legs.
1, Clara Arnhelm: 2. Harold Bltz; 3. Adalr Black;
4, Le Grand H." Bakar; 6, Harriet Blodgett; 6,
George Becker; 7, Harold S. Borden; 8, Anaster
Butler; 9, Theresa Clissold; 10, Wallace T. Christie;
11, Ruth Colony; 12, Ned Cox; 13. Robert Chamber
lain; 14, Samuel Davis. Jr.; 15. Weightman Ed
wards; 16. Margaret Finan; 17, Ruth Fischer; IS,
Ethel W. Fowler; 19. Jacob Greenberg; 20, Eliza
beth A. Gridley; 21. Dave Goodman; 22. Isaac C.
Gifford: 23, Francis H. Griswold; 24, H. Chase
Heckle; 25. Millie Hill; 26. Anna Heinsohn; 27,
Ethel Hayes; 23. Adrian Heffern; 23. Anita D.
Hotchkiss; 30. Mabel A. Hollenbeck; 31. Leo B.
Kimball; 32, Antoinette Kuntzman; 33, Helen Les
lie; 34, Frank Murray; 35. Esther Morton; 36, Bon
nie Mott; 37, Marion Parker; 38, Myra A. Platt; 39,
Ned Patterson; 40, Frederick B. Pope; 41, Charles
Rosellus; 42, Everett Rover; 43. Dorothy Sergeant;
44, Dorothy Shlpman; 45, Dorothy R. Stelle; 46,
Sydney Singleton; 47, Dorothy Scudder; 48, Ina
Tracy; 43, Grace Van Houtan; 60. Carrie Woerner.
What does little birdie say
In her nest at peep of day?
Let me fly, says little birdie.
Mother, lot me fly away.
Birdie, rest a little longer,
Till the little wines are stronger.
So she rests a little longer,
Thf>n she flies away.
What does the little baby say
In her bed at peep of day?
Paby t-ays. like little birdie.
Let me rise and fly away.
Baby, sleep a little long. r.
Till the little limbs are stronger.
If she sleeps a little longer.
Baby, too, shall fly away.
— (.Tennyson.
I dress in white or
Pale green, or pink or
And always choose a
To match my dainty
And here I He so
As hour by hour
goes by.
Sometimes I catch a
beetle, •
Sometimes a butterfly.
There is a wonderful dog In Paris whose name is
Dick and who has been taught to carry wine, news
papers and messages for his master. Every morn
ing Dick starts out with a bundle of newspapers
strapped to his back, and after ho has delivered
these he returns for a cargo of wine bottles. His
owner says that Dick enjoys this work.
Dear Editor: I received the watch which you
sent me for solving the puzzle in Sunday's paper,
and wish to thank you very much for it. Hoping
to solve other puzzles. I am. yours truly.
P. O. Box 131, Tuckahoe. N. V-
made and If the men are steady and sober they
will garner golden harvests for years. The judg
ment of a trusted groom goes far toward the pur
chase of a "horse, and he invariably finds just
the one to suit. The carriages the coachman re
ports as being In bad condition, the nags that are
sick or lame, the exchanges he suggests to keep
the traps and harness in up-to-date style all hold
receipts for him from veterinarian, salesman,
horseman and carriage builder, the harness maker
and the farrier not to be overlooked.
The woes of the automobile owner as to repairs
for machines are familiar and ever recurrent tales.
Am regards these matter-, the chauffeur takes In
hi- share of the payment most graciously. When
the question of buying the usual small supplies Is
looked Into he will be found to have some es
pecially good man who benefits him in more than
one way. Of all this the master Is thoroughly
cognizant, but he shuts his eye* to all signs, that
he may be spared such detail as would otherwise
crowd upon his business life.
The gardener, with his various charge and or
dering of necessary seeds and bushes and im
plements of all kinds, also can manage a little
market "for himself of surplus provender from the
superabundance of his raising. His bill, which
will be for much more than he needs, will be
turned in "paid." as he gets a discount for cash
purchases. He engages at -will his helpers, taking
a poll tax from each, for their wages go on the
payroU, **4 witfe that M Uunp»rtn» I* possible.
Zshing* to ThinK About.
The most Interesting member of the party
was an old man, who. though his hair was white
as snow, was still and hearty, and looked as
if he had found this world anything but a "
of tears." He had many to tell of the varied
experiences he had had since he first left home
to continue at the study of the classics, which
he had begun In the lovely in which he had
been bom. We turned when he told of being
on the river in a fearful in which, though no
lives were lost, every of the cotton which
made up the cargo was lost. This loss was the
ruin of the owner, who had hoped by an advan
tageous to redeem the fortunes of his family.
When one of the omitted words has been cor
rectly guessed each of the others may be found
by using a different initial.
Annie declined to accompany us when we went
on a tramp to the swamp to hunt for a rare
Delightful Places Where Boys and Girls Can
Play to Their Hearts' Content.
Since all little folk like playhouses, and grown
up houses don't seem to be Intended for small
people to play in. it Is a wonder that it has taken
the grown-ups so long to think of building houses
for the children that they could really play In and
j- pe p thfir things in and do as they please In.
without any one to say "Don't." But, fortunately.
they are beginning to think of it now, and a lot
of little people have the most delightful homes of
their very own.
It isn't necessary that these houses should be
very expensive, but where children have rich par
ents they often do cost a great deal.
On the Shaw estate, near Boston, is a beautiful
"Goodby!" says Father Bunny. "We have had our little fl: |
I cannot wave my paw to you, because it 's in a shnsr.
The children all have powder burns; my wife — I grieve to say —
A premature explosion took her pretty tail away.
'•But what of that? Your Fourth is fine! and if vo^Ve home vs^t year
We'll have the Fourth in Rabbitville. dear Bunny Boots — no tar.
Goodby. my son; you've given us the very best of times;
But still, we are not loath to leave for less exciting climes."
(To b« continued.;
With the dairy and chicken yard there Is the
same opportunity for pilfering, and on all the
large estates It gees on unheeded. Two or three esrif
put away each day from the basket gathered
mean a tidy sum in a month, and eggs cracked
or broken can always be sold to the bakeries. An
occasional Jar of cream or the pat of butter
churned in an unobtrusive little glass Jar churn
Is also a source of income, and as the year fills
out, so do the pockets of the faithful.
Just why so much "business" between the shop
keepers and the servants in large households is
permitted to go on unreproved or unlnvtstljated Is
hard to explain, except on the ground that luxury
has dulled both the energies and intellects of many
of our richest men and women, and they are con
tent to be well served at a high cost rather than
be annoyed by the petty cares that would other
wise be theirs. It stands to reason, with a free
hand to order, no economizing will be thought of.
an.] that no delicacy will appear rechauffe next
day, no matter how much in advance of the sea
son. The chef cares not for expense where house
keeping is concerned and rJchaufTage means one
order less to glean from. Fewer servants and per
sonal supervision are what is needed In the estab
lishment of the unfortunate millionaires whose ac
counts exceed those of her dearest friend, who
lives equally well, but with the ambition to avoid
waste, and at the game time protect such honest
tradeupeople as she gives her orders to from a
tborsushly Mtabllsh«4 system •! graft
variety of orchid, but I am sur» she envied ajg)
when we returned .
The omitted word, which has ten letters, may
be found by combining the letters of three ottMff
words in the sentence.
While the sun shines mak» your hay.
So the proverb old doth say.
Something you shauld lay away
Lest there come a rainy day.
Ll3ten. all ye young and gay.
To my moralizing lay.
1. Melody. g. Memory.
2. Fairy-. ;. Shower.
3. Sunbeam. S Twilight.
4. Mystery- 9. Mariner.
6. Foliage. 10. Jubilee.
playhouse, used by Mr. Shaw's (grandchildren. If
is built of logs with the bark still on and is aa
large as a small bungalow, with a living room and
a kitchen, where the stnal! people may prepare
a meal for themselves and their friends. la
Springfield. Mass., the children of the Dickinson
family have a house where all their iio:; a and toy*
are kept. The boys have a "biroTa nest." which
they bu!lt in a tre« n^ar by and in which *h«J
sometimes sleep. Little/ Miss Peters, of Hemp
stead, R. 1., has a charming little horn*, with a
real cook stove In it and a porch where sh<» and
her dolliea sit to g»t th» air after the household
duties are done.
Dear Editor: I accept with mit'h cratlflcatloq
The Tribune bart*e which I r*<-*ive<i i,i3t Friday
morning. I was very pleased with it. and, hoping
to win another prize. I r»rr,i.n your fatthfW UtUaj
reader. EDITH M. TATE.
Utica avenue. East New York. Brooklyn.
In city or country this same system prevails^
and time seem* only to perfect Its workings. Re
cently, In order to give the gardeners an incentive)
to make the best of their department and to give)
them an opportunity to make money openly— for
they are allowed a convnission on sales— a number
of our best known owners of large country places)
started miniature truck farms and are sending all
manner of green things good to eat to city mar»
kets, and in some Instances direct to large hotels.
In winter much is raised in greenhouses that for*
xnerly w«r« used for orchids or forcing garden.
plants, and this Snds ready sale and remunerate*.
well both worker and owner. ,
Grunfcld's Linen Store,
20, 21, Leipzijcr Street, Berlin, W.
Gwi Mills: Laideshut. Silesia.
Ask f»r !Ho«trmt»4 rrt«« Li»t
. So Agent* Anywhere.

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