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Letters to Aunt Laurie From Nephews and Nieces
Christinas Present Helps Student to
Regular School Attendance
(First Prize)
Dear Aunt Laurie:
WHEN there Is no school I often
spend the time reading Tha
Herald Junior. I thought it so
good of The Herald to make the poor
children such a nice Xmas time. When
I would read the letters of the children
telling what they wanted for Christ
mas it made me so glad I had a good
home and father and mother, and did
not have to write for Santa to bring
me presents.
Father and mother gave me a pair
of rubber boots for Christmas, so if
It rains on school days I just put them
on, my overcoat and take mamma's
umbrella and go to school.
I have not misstd a day even if >t
does rain, and I have to walk two
When it is dry I ride my wheel p.ipv
got to me. I do enjoy the rain, be
cause it makes everything so nice. I
have no brothers or sisters to pla?
with me and I read and look at tha
comic sheet part of the time.
I was glad when I read the letters
where the little folks defended the
comic sheet, for I enjoy it so much.
One forenoon this winter I helped
my papa haul rock while it was rain
ing, but it didn't rain hard. I liked
this, for as we would go to the rock
I would ride on the sled.
I forgot one thing I enjoy on rainy
days. It is popping corn, roasting paa
nuts, eating oranges and apples.
I live on a ranch with my papa and
mamma, five miles east of Glendale.
and there are many other things I
could tell of that I do on a rainy day.
but X think my letter is long enough
Lemon Hill ranch, route No. 1, Santa
Ana. Tustin school, grade 3. Age 9
(Honorable Mention)
Dear Aunt Laurie:
IN the morning when the work is
done I go off to the garret and
take a book with me. "
I like to lie and listen to the rain
on the roof and so I sweep all the dust
into one corner and pull a leather mat
tress up by the window. I open my
book to a good story and read for
awhile. When I'm tired of that I take
out my sewing and work on my model.
The last time it rained I swept up
the attic and made a playhouse in it.
When I finished I thought how nice it
would be for a bedroom.
There was a rag carpet in the cellar
and a cot and as there was plenty of
furniture in my room which joined the
attic and I decided to take some out
of there and with the help of boxes to
make a nice room.
As the rafters were bare I decided to
make the room of mission style and
use it for winter only as it was too hot
for summer.
The floor was of fine pine, so instead
of using the rug I stained it, tut not
that day. First I made a washstand
out of a box, then two tabourettes for
chairs. Then I made a shade for the
light and the next day I bought stain
and played painter. I stained every
thing with brown stain, including my
After everything was dry I put up
the bed and fixed the room up fine.
Next I made a curtain and put it
on the window.
My room was now completed and it
made a pretty one.
475 Lime street. Riverside.
(Honorable Mention)
Dear Aunt Laurie:
I HAD been planning and looking
forward for weeks to the day on
which we were going to go to the
woods on a picnic. When that day
dawned it was not what I wanted it to
be, but very cloudy, and by 8 o'clock
it was raining. Great was my disap
pointment when I found I could not go.
Then I thought what a dreary day it
should be for me. Then I also thought
how much more dreary it would be for
the smaller ones who had wanted to go
so bad, for they had never been to the
woods before, while I had been there
many a time.
I decided I would not make every
body unhappy just because I had been
disappointed, but to make the day as
pleasant fo,r every one else as I could.
I took the children in the other room
and played school with them; then.
Los Angeles Sunday Herald
Herald Junior
Dorothy, Dorothy, clear little girl,
Kind little one with a curly curl.
Dorothy put on some wings one day,
And a push of the button sent her away.
Up through the roof she sped like an arrow;
Out in the open she flew like a sparrow.
after what seemed to us about fifteen
', minutes, mamma came In and told us
i she had something to show us out- in
the dining room. So we followed her
Into the dining room, ami what do you
think wo saw? It was just like a
mother to fix a surprise for us. She
had fixed up all the good things that
she knew we liked and fixed them on
the table in the prettiest manner pos
She seemed well pleased when she
saw how we enjoyed the things she
had prepared. We spent the afternoon
in helping mother get ready for com
pany that evening.
I told mother I thought this day was
spent better than if we had gone to
the woods, and she thought so, too.
Age 12 years, 7th grade.
(Honorable Mention)
Dear Aunt Laurie:
THIS is my rirst letter to The Her
ald Junior, and I like the topic.
I like the rainy days very much
if it doesn't rain too much. After a
1 good downpour, when the gutter is
. filled with water, I take my boat, put
it in thfi water and it goes sailing down
the gutter at a lively rate of speed.
I also make harbors for my boats.
When it begins to rain again I come
in the house and read Alger's books
for boys. I like them ever so much.
I have also read "Martin Chuzzlewit"
and "Great Expectations," by Charles
Dickens. I like to go to school on
High o'er the heads ot the fairies below,
Faster and faster she made the wings go.
Fast —till the Wingmaker flew on the scene
And pushed the right button to stop the machine.
—From "The Land of Lost,"' by Allen Ayrault
Green. Small, Maynard & Co., publishers.
rainy days, too. On the days that it
rains and the time seems so long pass
ing, then I think it is the time to
study about our great heroes and
poetry, like "Snowbound." I have al
ways been trying to draw Washington
and Lincoln, but have never done them
justice. Your nephew,
1617 East Twenty-third street, Twen
tieth street school, B-7 grade.
(Honorable Mention)
Dear Aunt Laurie:
AT HOME on a rainy .lay I play
with my games, study my books,
and when I am tired of them I
go under the house where my pet
bunny lives and play with him and
pet him. After a while he will go
out in the rain and play about in the
grass, and when he is very wet he
will come back in and eat his dinner.
Where we live our street is in a can
yon. Here if it rains hard iike some
of our recent rains the whole sidewalk
would be like a creek. I like to sit by
the open window and watch the rain
while the wind whistles under the
doors, raales the windows, and make.-;
the trees sway and blow the leaves
and papers about the yard, and blows
down the plants and breaks the beans
in the garden, and does all the mis
chievous things it can do.
417 Ulysses street; Loreto street
school; age 12.
MARCH 7,1909
Echo Park Playground and Clubhouse
Are Favorite Retreat
(First Prize)
Dear Aunt Laurie:
THE topic we have to write about is
a very interesting one. I do so
many things on a rainy day. When
I arrive home from school I always go
to the playgrounds. There is where we
have our nice times. The name of our
playground is Echo Park playground
No. 2. I expect you have heard some
thing about it, as The Herald gave us
the silver cup the last time we had our
tournament on September 16, 190 S. We
have a large club house, which is open
on rainy days. 1 always .50 there be
cause 1 have good tinii -.
There is a large fireplace at the end
of the club house which we sit around
and read, then when we get tired we
have games and tell riddles and have
a lot of fun.
Miss Best is one of the managers of
the playgrounds and she comes with
us aiid joins our fun.
Temple street school, grade A 7; age 13.
1321 Temple street.
Visited Hospital
De-ir Aunt Laurie:
One day it began to rain hard. I
happened to be spending a week with
my friend, and the day before the rain

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