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LETTERS TO AUNT LAURIE
(Continued from P»Kf Thrre)
nml it was so strong with pepper that
it burned bw tongue so badly that she
had to jump, Instead of being cocoa it
whs red popper, and everybody after
tbat called the girl Cocoa Jim.
RUBY I.ANGDON,
Sawtelle, CaL
An Unexpected Welcome
lii ar Aunt Laurie:
"Oh, Henry!" cried Mrs. Stanley to
her husband, "what will become of Mnr
■aret? Although she's 17, she runs and
i limbs trees Ike a child of 10, and she
declares she "won't go to any old
boarding school." She's a regular baby
in actions, while in face and body she's
a young lady. I certainly wish some
thing 1 would come along that would
tun her and make her like other girls.
I "
As Mrs. Stanley started to make more
protests against her daughter, a young
girl sprang into the room. Her hair
was curly and it hung down in her eyes.
She held out a berry stained hand, in
which was a letter.
"Oh, mammie, here's a letter. Looks
like Bud's writing. Read it quick. Is
it his vacation? Is his school out?"
"Oh, ehlld, give me a chance to read
the letter, Go and comb your hair and
change your dress, and please take some
pumice stone and scrub the berry stain
off from your fingers; then come to me
and I will give you the substance of the
litter."
The girl turned, and closing the door
behind her, ran up the stairs to the
bathroom. She took some pumice stone
and rubbod her hands until finally the
stain disappeared. Then she went to
her room and combed her hair and
changed her dress, and appeared be
fore her mother, neat and clean.
"Harold is coming home today. Ha
ought to be here by 4 o'clock."
"Momlo, It's 3 o'clock now. I guess
I'll read Bntil Hud comes," and going
from the room Margaret took "St. El
mo" and was soon burled in Edna's ad
ventures. In about an hour the door
bell rang, and Margaret ran to the door
with a cry of joy. She opened the door
wide and there she saw a man whom
she supposed to be her brother. She
gave him a hug and a kiss, and he.
much surprised, sprang away and near
ly knocked over Margaret's brother in
his effort.
"Well, George, I've been watching you
and my sister. I guess you must have
met before," said Harold.
Margaret and the young man both
blushed, and George Stafford, for this
was the young man's name, said, "I
guess she must have taken me for you,
Harold."
"There certainly isn't much resem
blance," said Harold.
Margaret ran up the stairs as fast as
she could go, and going to her room
she locked herself in until supper time,
when she came down very quiet and
ladylike.
Never after that was Marsaret so
boisterous or noisy, as she had been be
fore she met George Stafford.
Her mother's wish had come true
MYRTLE BROWN.
Florence; aged 13; grade 9.
Moving Was Unexpected
Dear Aunt Laurie:
Last July we were living in Long
Beach. Papa was working up at Saw
telle.
We were going to move to Los An
geles Saturday, but papa sent a card
saying that we would move Wednes
day. He sent the card Monday, but we
didn't get it till Tuesday about 4
o'clock.
Mamma was intending to wash on
Wednesday, so she had her clothes
soaking. They were all wet, of course.
She hung them up dirty to get their:
dry, but only about half of them dried.
Papa came home that night about
half past 9.
The man that was going to take our
furniture to Los Angeles came with
him.
They ate their supper and then began
to pack things. We stayed up till about
12 o'clock. We got up about half past
6. Mamma and papa got up at 4.
I had to go downtown, so I dressed
ready to go to Los Angeles. We got
there just in time to miss our car. We
had to wait half an hour. I went in
to say good by to a friend of mine and
found that they were intending to come
down to our house that afternoon.
PAULINE FIELD.
Sawtelle public pchool, sixth year.
No Sugar on the Lemon
Dear Aunt Laurie:
A little girl came to spend a week
with me. She was very fond of playing
tricks.
She got a lemon one day and put salt
on it. She went where the sugar was.
I saw her go to the sugar, so 1 thought
it was sugar on the lemon.
She came and asked me to bite it. I
took a great big bite and my mouth
was filled with salt.
LENA EDMONDS,
Sawtelle city school, sixth year.
Jack Proves Protector
Dear Aunt Laurie:
One day when a man with a milk
wagon was passing our house he
stopped and asked us if we would like
to have a nice shepherd puppy. We
said, "Yes, if papa and mamma are
willing for us to have it."
Papa came out and talked to the man
and said he would take it. So one
morning he brought him. He was
LOS ANGELES SUNDAY HERALD—JUNIOR SECTION
black with a tinge of yellow and white
under his throat and legs. We named
him Jack. When he got a little older
we taught him to herd the cattle and
to bring them into the coral. He would
not let any stranger come around us
children or mamma. At last we got
him to bark when he wanted something
to eat. When he wants a drink of va
trr ho will go to the faucet and whino
till we come and give him n drink.
Now he has grown to be a big dog and
helps with lots of things.
That was something unexpected that
happened to all of v«.
MABEL, ANDREWS.
Burnett school, A 6 grade; age 12
years.
Child Plays Fireman
Dear Aunt Laurie: —
There is a little boy who lives next
door to us and he dearly loves to turn
on the water and play in it. He ie
only about three years old, but when
ever he gets the chance he runs away
and comes over to our house. Then he
just runs for the hydrant in the front
of our house. That hydrant has a
hose on it and there is a nozzle on
the hose.
When his mother or one of his sis
ters try to get him and take him home
he takes up the hose and turns the
full force of the water on them. Then,
try as they will to get him, he is too
quick for them.
So we had to fix that hydrant so
that he could not turn it on. Then he
went to the hydrant just outside our
back door. But he didn't bother that
one very long.
One morning mamma said that she
thought the hydrant on the back of
the lot was running and sol I went and
looked out, nnd there was the little
boy with that hydrant turned on and
calmly throwing the water on the
barn. This certainly was unexpected,
for that hydrant Is not like an ordi
nary one and is difficult to turn. But
the little fellow is so cute that you
•fluffs *S Uty AS c^n b* •
l^ no Xa laKe hint wAikin^v. ,
as you c*n plAinl^ see - - .
Slf h^ve *tS Puy an AoiTo-* Satd v
Ann A.'i dec(AV«^ When ever,
can't scold him and he certainly does
enjoy himself.
CHARLOTTE KIRBY.
Corona.
s •
Patience Brought Reward
Dear Aunt Laurie:
Dorothy Eaton was 15 when her
mother died. This was a sad experi
ence for Dorothy. She desired to fit
herself for a teacher and her mother
was her best friend.
One year had passed and Dorothy
and her father still lived alone on their
little farm. To attend a high school or
college had been Dorothy's greatest
wish, but she bore her disappointment
cheerfully and spent all her spare time
with her books.
Mr. Eaton would" often try to raise
the money for further schooling, but it
ji;i.-: all he could do to meet the farm's
expenses. /
Another year passed by. Mr. Eaton
struck oil on his farm and he became
wealthy. They moved to the city.
There he took care of his sister Eunice
and sent Dorothy to school.
PEARL MAY.
Sawtelle; Sawtelle city school, fifth
grade; age 11 years.
Bicycle Causes Sprain
Dear Aunt Laurie:
It was Christmas eve. I had been
expecting a bicycle for some time but
the day before Christmas I was told
that Santa Claus had run out of bi
cycles, so I was disappointed. But
they promised me a doll and I knew he
never ran out of dolls. Christmas
came. I was made to stay home that
'night and go in the dining room. The
time seemed very long. At last mam
ma said, "Santa Claus has come," and
to my surprise there stood a bicycle.
I fell back, I was so surprised. It
was raining and kind of dark and so
I tried to ride in the hall. The first
time I tried it I fell off and sprained
my ankle and could not ride any more
Christmas nor could I walk. And that
was my sad unexpected happening, as
I could not go with the rest to see
Christmas trees that day.
VELNA FEELY.
was my sad unexpected happening, as
I could not go with the rest to see
Christmas trees that day.
VELNA FEELY.
770 Harrison avenue, San Diego.
Logan Heights school, 5A grade. Age
II years.
Fisherman Surprised Himself
Dear Aunt Laurie:
One day Halstead. my chum, and
myself went fishing. We caught
twelve fish and then started home.
On the way we had to cross a bridge.
It was a queer one, as it was only a
Ing, Jt had been washed there when
the creek had overflowed that winter.
The water was about three feet del p
and very cold at this place. There
was a bank on the other side and
only about one inch of the log rested
on it.
I knew that it would be easy to
knock the log off Into the water. I
was going to run across it and when
Halstead got to the mtadle shove it
off and give him a good bath. But in
running across I jarred it so that it
turned over and I got the bath. Hal
stead stood on the other side and
laughed at me.
I grabbed the log and got out on the
other side. ROGER WISE.
Logan school, r,A grade. Age 11
years.
The Foolish Rabbit
Dear Aunt Laurie:
One day when Bunny was sitting in
the edge of a cornfield his mother came
along and told him that she had seen
a hunter prowling around, and that he
had better hide.
"Pish!" said Bunny. "I can run fast
er than any of his dogs, and he can't
shoot me."
"Never mind; you had better hide,"
said his mother.
Bunny knew it all. and he did not
heed his mother's words.
Bunny's mother went off to hide, and
told him to coma along, but Bunny was
a smart littte rabbit, as he thought, and
would not mind her.
Bunny squatted down, find was soon
fast asleep, dreaming of what a bravo
rabbit he was.
Hark! A noise came through the
bushes. Bunny sprang to his feet, and
was off, but he was too latp, for the
bound! were close behind him.
The hunter shounted: "Sick 'em, Tige!
Sick 'em, Towser and Dick! Hike!
Hike!
Tlge gave a large leap and caught
poor Bunny by the neck. Bunny cried
for mercy, but the dog would not let
him go. TRUMAN HARRIS.
San Diego, 1276 National avenue; Lo
gan Heights school, grade A 5; age 13.
Missed Beach Party
Dear Aunt Laurie:
I went down to the beach to a party,
and when I got there I found it had
taken place the day before. I played
awhile and then I went home. When I
got home my mother and all the rest of
the family had gone away.
I then went to my neighbor and asked
her where the folks had gone. She said
she did not know where they were., I
stayed there until my mother cam*
home, and I told her about the party.
She felt badly to think I had missed thu
party.
That was not the only time I wa»
ever fooled.
RENA EVELYN ERMEL,
Sawtelle public school, grade 6.
Swing Caused Accident
Dear Aunt Laurie:
It was a cool, dull day in May last
year when we attended a picnic at
Lakeside, where we always have lots
of fun. The San Diego river was flow
ing very quietly, but the water was
warm. Many children were In wad
ing and so was my big brother and I,
All went well till I went to the
swing with my little sister, who is into
everything. My friend was swinging
and asked me to push her. I told my
llttlo sister to stay quite a ways from
the swing for fear of getting hurt.
Sure enough, when I was pushing her
my little sister ran under the swing
and got hor little head knocked. Her
forehead ni all bruised and bleeding.
I got a scolding and, of course, all my
fun was spoiled then. I would have
liked staying home better that day.
At that moment I wished I had no
■later but when I think back to that
day I'm glad 1 have got my little sis
ter. • ELSE HARiii i.
Logan school; 5A grade; age 11. Box
89, San Diego.
New Oress Brought Happiness
I >rar Aunt Laurie:
One time a poor little girl was In
viti-d to a party a rich lady was giving,
to which she had invited all the chil
dren around.
K<la had been wishing that she < null
go, but her poor worn-out mother had
said she had no dress to wear, so could
not go.
Poor Eda was nearly heart-broken,
for It was to be tlie very next after
noon, and she thought she could not go.
She went to her little cot that night
very sorry. In the morning her mother
said she must go to town and pay the
rent and Eda must stay at home and
look after the house. So Mrs. Elman
got ready and left Eda alone. Eda con
tented herself In looking over their
one book, which was the atlas. She
was startled by some one knocking on
the front door. She went and a mes
senger there told her that the hostess
of the party had decided to furnish th»
costumes for the party, as she wanted
the guests to dress alike.
Mrs. Elman came home and found
Eda in the new dress that was hers to
wear to the party and to wear any
time she desired.
They were very glad, and Eda went
to the party after all.
DOnOTHY FRASBR.
743 Kearney avenue. San Diego. Lo
gan Heights school, grade SA. VI years.
DUTCH TREE CULTURE
Elms on Canal Banks and Lindens
French Monarch Guarded
There Is perhaps no other well popu
lated country in the world which h;is
.so many well-wooded towns as has
Holland, says the Chicago News. Most
of the streets and grachts or canals
have avenues of trees. Utrecht has
two rows of tree! on rlther side of its
quaint canals. Its canal banks are
constructed as if in two stories. The
lower story, almost flush with the
water level, is lined with warehouse*
and vaults, while the upper story has
dwelling! mid ihopg. Both levels are
planted with trees.
So many avenues of trees make a
Dutch town exceedingly pleasant, espe
cially on a hot day. The foliage tam
pers the glare of the sun and the vistas
of green are refreshing to the eye.
These abundant growths in thickly
populated towns are highly useful as
well as ornamental. It is recognized
that from a hygienic point of view
they are valuable to the citizens.
In Holland tinse useful services are
gratefully recognized and the trees are
carefully tended by the municipalities.
The cost of this care per capita in tho
different towns varies somewhat. Last
year, for example, Utrecht devoted 21
cents (Dutch) 10 its trees for each in
habitant and The Hague 2S ceufs for
each of its 2. r>D,OOO citizens. It takes
2% Dutch cents to equal an American
cent. About ten years ago the annual
cost of caring (or the trees of The
Hague was 19 cents (Dutch) per capita,
but since that time many new trees
and shrubs have been planted through
out the city and new parks have been
laid out.
It has been found that not every
kind of tre will thrive in the streets
of a town, for trees have many ene
mies both above and below ground,
(ias escaping from pipes underground
is the worst enemy of trees, because
quite small quantities of it are deadly.
For this reason special precautions are
taken against the leakage of gas in
Dutch towns. How electricity escaping
underground acts upon trees as yet has
not been sufficiently studied to be un
derstood. Trees will not grow in very
narrow streets where the houses are
high; neither will they thrive if the
pavement does-not let in moisture aiul
air in sufficient quantities.
The best trees for street planting in
Holland are elms and lindens, but tho
elm is the hardier of the two and will
grow where a linden will not. Trees of
these kinds reach a great age, like th"
old elms along the quiet grachts of
Edam, one of the "dead" cities of the
Zuyder Zee, which saw the fleets of
Van Tromp and De Blister in the har
bor of Edam—the harbor which ap
pears so tiny to modern eyes that on?,
with difficulty imagines "the terror of
the North sea" anchoring there. Then
there are the magnificent lindens of
the Mallebaan in Utrecht, which ap
pealed to the French monarch, King
l.nuis XIV. Those lindens he com
manded his soldiers to spare on peril
of their lives.
LATIN
, L*Un i« a dead language,
As dead aa it can be;
'it killed the ancient Romans,
And now is killing me.
"Non paratus." ■ Freshle dixlt.
With a sad and mournful look ••;.
"Omne"recte," Prof, respondit;
"Nihll," scri.sit in my book. ; •
■ —Boston Traveller. t
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