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we had picked a large basket full of
all kinds of flowers. It was near the
last of April, and we were going to
make lots of May baskets. While we
were eating breakfast my friend said
she thought It was no use to make the
May baskets because we couldn't take
them around in the rain and in another
day the flowers would be all wilted.
Her mother spoke up and said she had
just been thinking übout the little sick
children in the children's hospital and
how dreadfully lonesome they must be
on such a day.
She said she thought it would be nice
to make as many bouquets as possible
and tie them up with pretty ribbons,
then have the man to hitch up the cov
ered carriage and drive us to the hos
pital. When we arrived and entered
the budding it was very dark and
gloomy. It didn't take long to dis
tribute the flowers around and when
we had finished we saw a happy set of
little chlldden.
We told them stories and promised
to come again soon. We said we had
never spent a nicer rainy day.
14 years old, Inglewood schood, Bth
Finds Dinner Guests
Dear Aunt Laurie:
I do not always stay in the house on
a rainy day. One day last winter it
was very stormy, the wind was blow
ing, and it was very cold. In the morn
ing I staid at home and read stories
to my sick sister, and made things as
cheerful as I could for her. At noon
or at lunch time I prepared a nice
lunch for my sister and also for a sick
friend. After lunch was eaten I did
up my dinner work and cleaned up the
house. About 2 o'clock that afternoon
a friend came in to spend the after
noon with my sister and let me have
the afternoon to myself. I made up my
mind to go and see my sick chum. I
put on my hat, coat and rubbers and
went out in the yard to get a bouquet
of flowers. I found my chum was very
ill, so I did not stay long. I gave her
the flowers and returned home.
On reaching home I discovered my
aunt, uncle and cousin, who had just
come from the east. I prepared their
dinner and about 5 o'clock my parents
came home. We had a very enjoyable
evening. Some people think that a
rainy day Is a very disagreeable thing,
but If they w»re all like this one I
should enjoy them very much.
Inglewood grammar school, grade 8;
age 13.
School Days
Dear Aunt Lauriel
I always love to have a rainy day be
cause it means "stay at home," which
I like to do. /
I keep pretty quiet on this subject
until mamma says "Time for school,
girls." Shamming does no good, and
my sister and I get ready and start off
for school.
First we have singing. That's not
bad. Then arithmetic. It is the worst
stuff I ever came across. Next comes
five minutes' recess. That's all right.
History? Oh, goodness! When did
Columbus discover America? Spelling
is all right. Noon; here's the fun. We
play games and h*ve fine times.
All fun dies down when school takes
vp and we begin our awful work. Lan
guage. That's fan. Physioldgy. Oh.
dear. I couldn't tell you which side my
heart wae on if you should ask me.
Another recess. Geography. If there is
anything in the world I hate i's
geography. Drawing. I like that when
It isn't too hard.
When the bell rings for school to let
out I feel n great deal better than I
have all day, for then comes a nice
long ri<Je home In the rain.
When I get home I find out that I
know a little more than I did when I
started out for school in the morning.
Srventh grade, Inglewood. Age 12
Puddles to Jump
Dear Aunt Laurie:
On rainy days I go to school; that is
I generally do. Week before last it
rained here all week. When Hazel and
I start for school we have our long
coats on and of course have an umbrel
la over us to keep off the rain. We have
our books and lunch baskets with us.
We hold on to each .so we may be able
in some way to keep warm. It some
times is necessary to wade through
puddles of water and to jump streams.
Then we take an extra pair of shoes
and stockings. In our room some of us
sit around the stove to keep warm and
to dry out clothes. When it is raining
very hard we have no morning recess
and only one half hour noon. Then we
are excused at half past two o'clock.
I think most of the girls and boys
like to get out in the rain with their
umbrellas. At least I do.
I never neglect my music, rain or
Age 12 years, 7th grade, Orange ave
nue, Monrovia.
Reads in Rain
Dear Aunt Laurie:
I have a good many things to do on a
rainy day, but what I like most Is to
read. I like to get into a comfortable
chair and have a good book. I can
never read as long as I would like to
because I have other things to do.
I take music lesons on the piano, so
I have to practice. I have children
come over and we play games. On
rainy days is a splendid time to write
Limericks and unfinished stories. I
like to send things to you to be put in
the Junior, and it is a nice pastime.
I always go to school on rainy days,
The Week's Roll of Honor
Los Angeles, first prize, $I.oo—Vera Reardon, 1321 West Tem
ple street.
Honorable mention—Russell V. Writsinan, 1617 East Twenty
third street; Luis Smith, 417 Ulysses street.
Out of town—First prize, $I.oo—Reginald Hill, Lemon Hill
ranch, route No. 1, Santa Ana.
Honorable mention—Minnerva J. Neher, Inglewood; EHnor
Elliott, 475 Lime street, Riverside.
Los Angeles—First prize, book—Edgar Musser, 1617 Arling
ton street.
Honorable mention—Jessie Hudson, 12 McKinley avenue;
Florence L. Moore, 1211 East Washington street.
Out of town —First prize, book—Lorraine D. Fuller, 288 West
Colorado street, Pasadena.
Honorable mention—Edith McCaslin, 115 North Washington
avenue, Whtttier; Kenneth Benedict, Ocean Park.
Prize story—Book—Maude Edwards, 3027 West Tenth street.
Honorable mention—Raymond D. Smith, 1100 Cypress av
enue; Marion Gray, 3667 McClintock avenue.
Prize Picture—sl.oo—Florence E. Strom, 4424 Stanford av
but when I come home I have time to
practice and play. The book I got for
a prize I read and enjoyed, and it was
so nice to have it when it was raining
so I had something to do. i
Custer Avenue school, A 8 grade. Age
13 years. 824 Kensington road. " ;..'-'
Learning to Cook
Dear Aunt Laurie: .>'.;.. }-Z ,;
A rainy day Is always the best time
for studying lessons, for then there
are no visitors to disturb me.
. The many rainy days in the past few
weeks have given me a chance to put -
all of my things in order. I havi
burned up and thrown away every
thing useless and have provided a place
for everything and intend ' to keep
everything in its place. I won't have
to turn things topsy-turvy, for when I
want something I know In a moment
just where to find it.
I like best to sit by the grate fire
and read story books wr in it storms
outdoors, for it is so comfortable in
doors. I am sorry for the poor animals
' that must stand in the rain day and
night, but am glad that the rain
means a horn of plenty for all the peo
ple of California.
During the rainy days I have spent
a good part of my time in the kitchen
learning to bake and cook. Your loving
Age 13. 3027 West Tenth street. Fifth
grade, Hobart school.
Find* Joy in Rain
Dear Aunt Laurie: '"•'..'"i'-:
This subject should not be very hard
for me to write upon, for the rainy
day is my favorite.
I try to find many errands to run, .
though sometimes they are very un
necessary. I enjoy these trips because
the air is always so cool and refresh
ing. :
' Rainy days bring unpleasant as well
as pleasant duties. After I have been
out as much as is well there is always
a large basket of stockings waiting to
be darned as well as clothes to be
mended. Now is a good day to write
your due letters and finish up all work
that has been left for such a day as
Rainy days do not come too often for
me, for I always find a pleasant book
if . those who do not approve of rain
are not pleasant company.
1305 Monterey road. South Pasadena
high school, age 13.
Ambition Is Laudable
Dear Aunt Laurie:
We have had so many rainy days
lately that l think I can write a letter
on this subject.
When it rains on school days nearly
all the school children go upstairs in
a large room that has never been fin
ished up. We only use two rooms, and
they are both downstairs. We gener
ally play tag or London bridge most,
but we also play hopscotch, marbles
Two prizes will be given in this contest this week.
One dollar for the best original paper submitted by a Los An
geles girl or boy, and one dollar for the best paper submitted by
the boy or girl living outside the city limits of Los Angeles.
Papers must be from 150 to 300 words in length, written on
one side of the paper only and with margins at top and side of
each paper.
All contributions must be signed with name and address and
name of school and grade.
Papers for this competition must be addressed Aunt Laurie,
Herald Junior, care The Herald, Los Angeles, Cal., and must
reach the office not later than Saturday afternoon, March 13.
Topic: "My Ambition."
Write a nice confidential letter, telling Aunt Laurie exactly
what you hope to accomplish in this world and what you hope to
and sometimes show. We generally
have, a pretty good time.
One day it rained pretty hard, and
then stopped and the sun came out.
There is a ditch about 100 feet from the
school house and several of us boys
went out to the creek, and there were
a lot of oranges coming down with the
current. This creek comes through an
orange grove and some of the oranges
had washed down. Nearly all of us got
our feet wet trying to get the oranges
out of the creek. There was one boy
fell in up to his waist, and the teacher
had him go home. When we got
orange's out we would take them up
stream aways and throw them in
again, and then follow them down and
try to get them again.
When it rains on Saturday I gener
ally stay in the house and read or help
mamma. One day mamma said I could
make a lemon pie. So I got the recipe
down and began making the pie. Once
or twice I had to ask mamma some
thing, but at last I got through with
it, and when I took it out of the oven
all the frosting was dried off, but we
ate it anyway. RAY LAMAR.
La Habra school, grade 8; age 14. R.
F. D. No. 3, Fullerton, Cal.
Dolls Have School
Dear Aunt Laurie:
I do a lot of things on rainy days.
I make boxes out of paper sometimes.
I read in my story books, too. I draw
on my blackboard and play school by
teaching my dolls and teddy bear, and
they are learning very fast. I play
with my games, too, sometimes.
Not long ago Margaret, a little friend
of mine, came to see me and we had
such fun. We dressed up in mamma's
clothes. Mamma let us have her hats
and skirts for a long time, and we
both ihought that it would be fine if
it would rain every day if we could
have such a jolly time.
I enjoy the rainy days at school so
much. The teacher reads to us while
we si I around the tire. Sometimes my
mamma invites some of my little
friends in and we have a taffy pulling
and we have so much fun.
I would like to get out in the rain
and play in it, but mother won't let me.
Washington school, Ocean Park,
grade H3, age 8.
Spends Pleasant Day
Dear Aunt Laurie:
To some children a rainy day would
seem rather disagreeable, but 1 find so
many interesting things to take up the
time that I do not find it so.
I have a small library of my own,
and spend some time reading out of
one or other of the books in it. I think
that "The Boy Hunters," "Deer Slay
er" and "Black Beauty" are the most
interesting. One reason why I like
"Black Beauty" is because we had a
Mack beauty who.se name was Maud;
and it seems like reading about her.
On rainy days I collect all The Her
alils and cut out the cartoons, color
them, and fasten them together. I
have a rather large book of them now.
I also try to draw some original car
toons, and draw funny pictures, one
being of "da Bruno" as a knight with
spear and sword on his armored horse,
going ti war, with Pietro for a squire.
Sometimes I practice on the typewriter.
Sometimes I study my school lessons,
Often I play the games of tiddledy
winks, jack straws and pins with my
mother, father and sister.
If the rain continues long the neigh
bor hoys and girls sometimes come In
to play, and then we become noisy.
In spite of ail these pleasant things
I would rather it would not rain all the
McKinley avenue school, grade A4;
age 9. 947 E. Forty-eighth street.
Rainy Day Picture
Dear Aunt Laurie:
I do not dislike rainy days as much
as some children do. I know it is the
best thing for the country, and I can
always find plenty of things to do to
pass away the time. If it happens to
rain on a school day I put on my rain
coat, rubbers and legglns, which my
parents have kindly provided for me,
and go to school, mamma always fixing
ma a nice lunch. I always try to share
my umbrella with some one who has
none. The teacher does not let us have
recess and only one-half hour at noon,
then dismisses us an hour earlier than
the usual time.
When I get home I play school with
my sister or games, of which we have
quite a number. I read stories to my
sister, which she enjoys very much. As
I am three years older than she is I
read some from her books and some
from "Captain Kidd Junior" and "Sin
bad the Sailor." I always enjoy read
ing stories from my Sunday school
papers and from the Herald Junior.
Sometimes mamma makes taffy and we
have lots of fun pulling and eating it.
We enjoy playing with our dollies and
making dresses for them. Our kittens,
which are very playful, always help to
amuse us. One day mamma took my
picture when it was raining, with my
rain coat on. I hnd my umbrella over
my head. It was a very natural picture.
544 Pine street. Riverside, Cal.; Grant
school, sth grade; age 10 years.
Helping Mother
Dear Aunt Laurie:
On rainy days, when it is not too
rainy, we go to school; but if it is
raining too hard we stay at home and
help mamma.
The streets in Monrovia all slope
to each side, so the water will go to
each side.
The teachers are very nice and ac
commodating to us. They will let us
sit around the stove and get dry and
warm. Sometimes if there is not room
around the stove in our room some of
us so into the library room and take
some of our studies with us.
We don't have any morning recess
and only one-half hour noon. I do not
get much chance to eat my lunch, and
sometimes I don't finish it.
When we stay home on a rainy day
we have a good time. We sew and do
our mending and help mamma, am!
we practice our music. We don't work
all the time: We amuse ourselves in
different ways.
Sometimes I like rainy days and
sometimes I don't. The rainy and foggy
and damp days are not good for my
mother. HAZEL FOUHT.
Monrovia. 14 years old. Eighth grade,
-Orange avenue school.
Ditches Become Filled
Dear Aunt Laurie:
When it is raining very hard I have
to stay in the house. My brother and
1 have some books to read. The name
of my book is Uncle Eob. It is a very
good book. The name of my brother's
book is Terry. It is a very good book,
If it is not raining my brother and I
go down to the barn and get upon the
hay. We play hide and seek and chase
each other all around till we arc very
Then we go up to the house again.
Sometimes when it is raining very
hard my brother and I play marbles on
the floor.
I like to sec the water run down the
ditch. The water is so deep that we
can't get across it with a horse and
buggy. The water runs down across
the road by our house. If it is raining
very hard sometimes we can't go to
school. I have very good times on
rainy days. FRANK HINT,
Age 11; La Habra school, Fulk-rton,
Cal., H. F. D. No. 3.
Helpful Daughter
Dear Aunt Laurie:
What I do on a rainy day? I some
times play with my big doll ami put
her to bed. I play marbles with my
brother and sister, Dorothy. Some
times I make houses with dominoes
and cards. We play croquet on the
table and play house.
We play hide and go seek, and my
sister and I play with our dolls. Some
times we play that our dolls are sick,
and take it to the doctor. Sometimes
we bring the cat and dog in the house
and play with them.
I help mamma with the dishes. Then
it is about time to set the table and
sit down to eat.
Age 8. La Habra school, grade 1
Fullerton, Cal., R. F. D. 3.
Picture Show
Dear Aunt Laurie:
"Rainy days are a great delight to
the children in our family, for then
mother turns over the kitchen to us.
The first thing we girls do is to put on
some of mother's big aprons, while the

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