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Letters to Aunt Laurie From Nephews and Nieces DEALING IN STRANGE SHOPS Central America and Its Curio Deal er* Beat Junior (First Prize) Dear Aunt Laurie: IWAS In Port Lemon, Costa Rica, with my father and mother on a tour, of Central America. We had taken rooms at the hotel and I asked my parents If I could go out and buy a- curious watch fob which I saw In a shop around the corner. They said I could go, and I sallied forth. Now, although I was In a Spanish country, I could not speak a -word of their language, and H never occurred to me that the storekeeper could not speak Kngllsh until I stepped in the store and he said "Buenos dlas, se nore." Of course I did not-know what he was talking about, and said, "Speak English." He shook his head, and I saw I was In for it, for every one who has even been In Port Lemon knows that the merchants there are noted for bargaining and cheating. They love to bargain about the price of any object and when asked the^ price of anything will put it very high at first. Well, I showed him what I want ed and asked "How much?" He seemed to understand me and said "Dos pesos." Then seeing that I did not understand him he held up two fingers, which I saw meant two dollars. I then began to tell him In American that. It was too high, when I remembered he did not understand me and began the sign lan guage again, but I could not think of any way I could use my fingers to say halt a dollar. When I held up one finger and put another finger half way up and point ed to one of the halves, for a wonder he understood. Well, we bargained for quite a while until I gave up in de spair, paying seventy-five cents, and I went to the hotel promising myself I would never go out again unless ac companied by some person who could speak Spanish. CARLTON HENLEY. 88, Hoover street school. 1206 West Sixth street, city. ARABIAN BEABT GIVES YOUNG OWNER TROUBLE (Honorable Mention) Dear Aunt Laurie: I BOUGHT a camel from a Turk In Chicago at the world's fair. In tending to ride to Los Angeles. So I loaded all of my camping outfit upon his back and mounted. The Turk gave tk* word and oR we started. I enjoyed the ride immensely until I wished to dismount I cried, "Whoa! Woal you fool camel," *ut he went right on about his business. When every argu ment to stop him failed I slipped off his back, and he Instantly stood still. My shopping done, I tried for a long time to persuade him to start again, but either he didn't want to move or couldn't understand me. Then I tied a bunch of hay to the end of the tent pole, which was Just out of reach of his mouth, and off he went at a terrlflc pace, bouncing me up and setting me down in the crudest manner, knocking down everything and everybody that stood In his way—oggs, tinware, flour and coffee went flying In every direc tion. Potatoes shot out of the basket like bullets from a gun, knocking down several poeple, including a policeman. I held on with all my strength, not with fear of falling, but rather the thought of the egp-bespattered crowd following me. I felt relieved when we gained the open country and escaped that howling mob. On we went with the tent pole sticking out like the lance of Don Quijcote. The camel was going straight toward the stack of hay, in cfaasltig his already terrific speed. The sudden impact with the haystack sent mtf flying up In the air and set me down on top of the hay. Looking down ' I saw the camel calmly eating hay. The tent pole was driven Into the hay stack and held the camel a willing pris oner After I ecraped the flour and eg<? off I felt better, but left, the camel to his fate, knowing he had enough to eat and would not die of hunger or thlrnt until the farmer would find him. MAUDE EDWARDS. .'027 West Tenth street; Hobart school, grade i>. OWNING A KICKSHAW IN FLOWERY JAPAN (Honorable Mention) Dear Aunt Laurie: AiltT two yea/s Hgarl went to vlilt Japan. It was there that I pur chased a jinrikissha and carried the people to ace the sights. The American" ■ always flocked to the Japanese boys, thinking that they knew the way better than we American children. One day I was at the wharf thinking Los Angeles Sunday Herald Herald Junior M M r w m Till Hi 111 If ff^S^J X /l^ft^ 'K^ ' ■ ffr £? ft B ■ ->^^tf " Trf 0(1 r JJM& <TV . , CI?EEML£E^ perhaps to get a passenger. Well, I got one pretty soon. She was as large as two medium sized passengers. Her face was red from the exertion of hurrying off the boat. She came toward me and seated her self In the frail cart. I went around a small hill to the other side of the wharf and was ascending another hill when the Jlnriklsha's bamboo wheels creaked. The woman was heavy and I thought of nothing else but getting her up the hill. We were near the water's edge. The banks were overhung with willows. All of a sudden the wheels popped apart and went rolling toward the water along with the woman. She touched the water with a great splash and hung on to the willows. I drew her to the shore unharmed, only wet. I asked her name Mid where she was staying, neither of which she could tell, being so excited, I asked her what nationality she was and she exclaimed: "My uncle la a Jew and my mother Is an Eugllsfiwoman. Now do you know?" I aooji found where she was staying and when I took my last glimpse of her she was shaking her fist as me. I sold the bamboo Jinrikisha for 3 cents and returned to America. JENNIE EDMONDSON. Wiilttler, grade 7. 322 North Newlin avenue. / THE WHITE ANGORA'B FIRST STREET CAR RIDE (Honorable Mention) Dear Aunt Laurie: SOME time ago I was very anxious to have an Angora kitten. One day I saw an advertisement In a Los Angeles paper to sell a beautiful white Angora kitten. Thia temptation was too great for me, so I told mamma and she said she and I would go up for It the following day. How leng that evening and the next morning seemed! But at last the time came and we were actually going to the car for Los Angeles. It was a lovely ride, but I thought of nothing but the dear little kitten I was to have. When we reached the place I had the choice of four lovely Angora kittens. ] took the one I thought was the prettiest In the face. It was indeed, a beautiful kitten. When we paid for it the ques tion was how were we to get it home? The lady got a pasteboard box and put the-cat In It. She then cut holes In the box to give him enough air. She fas tened him securely In and we started off. The cat enjoyed the walk to the car, but after he got bumped around awhile on his way to his new home in Long Beach, we decided that he didn't like the Idea of ridingin a bumpy electric car. Soon from out the hole In the box came a tiny pink nose. I poked that In and immediately his tail appeared through the hole In the other end. This was Just- the beginning of our trouble. This was kept up and he was making the hole larger and larger. The people in the car began noticing the commotion in the box. The cat now and then would give a loud 'meow.' Some high school boys in the rear of the car began laughing and cahlDg "Kitty, kitty, kitty; meow, meow," and "scat," then barking like a dog. The conductor came by and looked In at the kitten, and laughingly asked for Kitty's fare. ' Mamma was so disgusted with that kitten that she didn't want to buy any more cats In Los Ange}e% if- she had to bring them home on the car. It seemed a long time to mamma be fore we reached the station. By this time the cat had got his head out of the hole, which had been made larger and larger by his attempt to get out oTTne box. JWe did not live far from the car line, so we soon reached home and re leased Kitty from his prison, tnd it didn't take him long to forget his trou bles. EDITH HIGGINS. A 6 grade. 1245 Locust avenue. Age 12 years, Long Beach, Cal., Pine school. A Turkish Experience Dear Aunt Laurie: I once lived In Turkey. One day I thought I 'would'go shopping. When I got down town I went into a shop where you buy dresses. A Turkish lady waited on me. I told her I wanted a dress. Bo the lady took me to a little room with pretty rugs all around it so the people could sit down. Then she told me to sit down. But my, I felt funny sitting on a rug. Pretty soon she came to, me and \fid me to the dressing room. It was a very little room. She brought me a very funny dress. I laughed, but she did not think it funny. Then she helped me dress. First she put a pair of trousers, then a littla Jacket, then a big red sash to put around my waist. Then some turned up shoes and tl*pn she put a big veil around my face. I went into the street and felt very funny. A friend of mine who was staying with me laughed when she saw me and next day she went and got a dress Just like mine. The lady next door asked my friend and me to come to a party that was to be at her house. We wore our dresses to the party. When we got there there were rich rugs and cushions. Then we all went Into the next room to eat. supper. When we got there there were little tabourettea all around. Then we all sat on soft cushions and rugs to eat. prp^t;- sion a negro woman came in to wait on us. She brought in sweet meats to eat. Then we said good by and went home. KATHERINE LUCID. La Habra school, Futlerton, grade 4, age 10. MARCH 14,1909 PECULIARAFRICAN PURCHASES Buy* Elephants' Tusks and Natives' Wooden Shields (First Prize) Dear Aunt Laurie: ONCE upon a time I went to Japan and bought a suit of clothes with long sleeves that reached the ground, and I bought a set of Chinese dishes and put them In a sleeve and hired a jinricksha and rode all over Japan in a minute. Then I went to Turkey and I bought a turban and a Turkish suit, and ail the money I had was a cent, and that took me all the way. I went to Africa and discovered an old diamond mine, and then went into it and found a diamond I could hardly lift. Then I found a camping place, and all of us went away for a hunj. There were Teddy Roosevelt and a couple of guards and myself. We ran upon a gorilla and a big one, too. Then Roosevelt said, "Run for your life! The gorilla couldn't find us because we were hidden in the bushes. When we got to our tent we found eight monkeys, seven kangaroos and two natives. The monktys were into everything, and a kanparoo had knocked down a sack of flour into a pan of milk. Wo followed the natives home. ami bought some of their elephant tusks and a shield made of wood. It was painted with a leopard and a fierce wolf and a hyena, and it was pretty. FREDDIE THUET. Fullerton. Oal., R. F. D. S, La Ha bra school, grade 4.. Age 9%. GENEROUS LITTLE GIRL WINS LIFELONG FRIEND (Honorable Mention) Dear Aunt Laurie: WHEN I was in New- York a few weeks ago I went around to see &H the places I had time for. I have a little niece in Southern Cali fornia and I had to get some present to bring to her. She believes in fairies and so I decided to bring her a fairy doll. I went to a big store and got a handsome one. She was delighted with the doll. It was dressed in a white-silk gown whose long folds fell about her feet. She hud gold spangles on her dress and golden hair with a golden crown on her head. My little niece Is 8 years old and her name is Hortense Golden. She was going to give a little birthday party in honor of her eighth birthday, and so I asked her little friends to come anJ bring th^ir dolls. Each brought her a.