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Courier Junior
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Dear Juniors: We are quite proud
of the George Washington stories to
day and the stories about President
Roosevelt One Junior has written a
particularly good Btory but forgot to
sign his or heir name and did not even
giVe his or her address. It is an ex
cellent story and Is well written.
The prize in the Daily contest is
awarded to Genevieve Anderson. We
want Genevieve to let us know whose
picture Bhe wants for her prize. Next
week we will announce the name of
the prize winner in the Tri-Weekly
and we will also announce a new con
1. /Use one side pf the paper only.
2- Write neatly and legibly, using
Jfck or a sharp lead pencil.
3. Number your pages.
f4. At the bottom of the last page
write your name, age ana aaaress.
6. Do not copy stories or poetry
and send us as your own work.
6. Always tell whether you are a
Daily Junor or Tri-Weekly Junior.
7. Address the envelope to Editor,
Courier Junior, Ottumwa, Iowa.
8. Your stories must not contain
more than 200, words.
We will still souvenir album
to the first Junior who has .25 cards
sent by the Courier Junior. Besides
writing letters we want more of the
Juniors to write short stories, from 50
to 200 words, one one of the following
BUbj»' A\
We have some especially beautiful
souvenir cards for February and ev
ery Junior, writing on one of the above
subjects will get one.
One morning early in March of the
great year 1776, there was issued by
the commander-in-chief, then making
his headquarters at Cambridge, Mass.,
a brief but very interesting military
wig inmuseives as ouest^ as iiussiuiti,
to s'-ow that they were well built. or
9 hastily giving an extra brush to their
a un orm» a"u an extra pnnk lo uuur
ft toilets, to show how immaculately neat
•m they were, for the order read this
"Headquarters, Mch., 11, 1776.
"The general is desirous of selecting
a particular number of men as a
guard for himself and baggage.
His excellency depends upon his col
onels for good men, such as they can
recommend for their sobriety, honesty,
and good behavior. He wishes them to
be? from 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10
Inches, handsomely and well made
and as there is nothing in his eyes
more desirable than cleanliness in a
soldier, he desires that particular at
tention may be made in the choice of
such men as are clean and spruce.
The general neither wants them with
uniforms nor arms, nor does he de
sire any man''that is not perfectly
willing or desirous of being of this
guard. They should be drilled men."
I Fancy the dismay of the American
soldier-boy who was "handsomely and
well made," but had not been careful
to be "clean and spruce and imagine
the pride of the young soldier who was
not only 5 feet, 10 inches tall, but had
kept himself sober and honest be
Evidently the colonels did not need
very long to pick the right men, for
at noon on the following day fifty
splendid fellows were summoned and
Were formed into the personal body
guard or life-guard of the great gener
al upon whose safety so much depend
ed. .They were formally named. "The
3ommander-in-Chiefs Guard." Caleb
llbbs of Massachusetts was commls
ioned their captain, and George
Lewis, Washington's nephew, was
made lieutenant The men were all
fitted out with unusually rich and
elaborate uniforms, similar in design
to his excellency's own, so that they
might be distinguished as members of
his military household: and the de
scription of their attire fairly beggars
most of the feminine fashion-sheet ef
fusions of the present day. The scanty
records do not state JuBt what the
style was at the time the guard was
'ormed, but it was probably practically
'he same that it was three years later,
1779, when the uniform is described
"A dark-blue coat, collared, faced,
cuffed and lined with buff: the bottom
cut square and full behind with a fold
on each back skirt. Pocket flap on
either side at the waist line 10 large
gilt buttons on each lapel, 4 on each
tuff, and 4 below each pocket flap, to
mtton or hook as low as the fourth
utton on the breast, and to be flaunt*
id at the bottom. Vest red, high cut,,
•ingle-breasted with 12 small gilt but
jj'ns and pocket flaps with 4 sinjlllar
Jaittons below each. Buckskin bra«aiMas
.... •.
It was an order that would have
made all of the young soldiers in the
American army "sit up and -take no
tice" if they only had happened to
know about it. You might have found
many young men excitedly mea»
urlpg themselves oil against
tent-flans, to show how th
or squaring their shoulders and mak-1 the men of all otters believed "to "be
fitting to the shape, with 5 small gilt
buttons at the ankle and strapped un
der black shoes. White bayqnet and
body belts black stock and tie for the
hair, and a black cocked hat bound
with white tape. The commissioned
officers to wear the same except knee
breeches with 4 gilt buttons at o-e
bottom and black boots to the knee."
They mus have been a fine sight in
deed, as they stepped out—and a stir
ring one, too, for they represented the
very flower of the entire army, the
most perfect in physique, the best
drilled, and above all, the finest in
It seems unbelievable that this last
and crowning glory was ture in ap
pearance that treachery lurked in the
noble ranks and that deadly conspir
acy hid behind the handsome exteriors
of mep whom the great commander
thought were his loyal protectors and
to whose care he was entrusting his
life. Yet it was so—and only the
vigilance and loyalty of others whom
he had not so trusted, one of them be
ing a humble woman, saved him from
being the victim of the traitors.
Toward the middle of June, 1776, at
a time when the British were anxious
to get possession of New York City
and the Hudson river, In order to
establish communication between
Canada and the seaboard, incidentally
separating New England from the rest
of the country and so weakening the
colonies, some members of the gener
al's, guard were suspected of being in
a conspiracy to assassinate him.
Along with some forty regular sol
diers, Drummer Green, Fifer Johnson,
and Private Barnes, of the guard, were
arrested. Prominent in the guard was
a merry, dark-complexioned Irishman,
a private named John Hickey. He
was a general favorite and enjoyed
the special confidence of General
Washington. His loyalty was never
questioned for a moment, yet he was
the arch-traitor of them all, and even
then was ploting against the life of
his chieftain and friend.
Hickey was very popular and was on
friendly terms with every one, and
particularly with Washington's house
keeper, whom he approached with hl3
treacherous plan. She craftily pre
tended to be sympathetic with him,
and offered her aid. Washington was
very fond of green peas, and it was
arranged that she should prepare the
dish, into which Hickey would then
mix some deadly poison. On Saturday,
June 15th, the peas were cooked, but
Washington was duly warned by the
faithful housekeeper, and the debonair
Hickey was caught In the very act of
putting in-the poison.
Hickey was convicted and hanged
Drummer Green was also found to
have been in an active plot against
the general's life, it having been his
appointed task to stab him he too
died a traitor's death.
In an order issued subsequently to
his first one, the cammander-ln-chlef
had said that all the members of the
guard should be native-born Ameri
cans, to lessen the danger of just such
treachery as this and it is a further
sorry fact that the first man in the
continental army to hang as a traitor
was one of the general's life-guard—
most patriotic and faithful to duty.
However this dark chapter fortun
ately was early concluded. .After the
removal of this small but dangerous
element, the guard entered upon a lotig
career of devotion, marked by such
bravery and loyalty as was to be ex
pected of soldiers holding so grave
and sacred a trust. While now and
then a man had to be executed or
severely punished for pillaging or dis
loyalty, for the most part the guard
linked names to insure the general's
safety. Constant watchfulness sur
rounded him. More than one brave
deed was performed, and more than
one dark plot against his life was
Late In 1782, when the commander
in-chief was in winter quarters at
Newburgh, a plot was brought to light
A bold move to kidnap Washington
was attempted by the enemy, in col
lusion with a man named Ettrick, who
was supposed by the general to be
loyal. Ettrick, who lived not far away,
was to invite Washington to dinner,
and as soon as he fancied himself se
cure in the house of a friend, he was
to be hurried to a boat, manned by
strong English rowers, who could
easily reach the British ships before
the general would be missed. Again,
however, it was a woman who gave
the warning. Ettrick's daughter over
heard her father's plan, and going at
once to General Washington begged
him not to accept the invitation.
Washington did accept the invita
tion, but a detachment of his life-guard
accompanied him, remaining outside
the house. The dinner was still in
progress when Ettrick heard the
guard, and thinking it was the men
who were to effect the kidnapping of
the general, leaned over, put his hand
on Washington's shoulder and said:
"I believe, general, that you are my
"I believe not, sir, but you are
mine!" retorted the commander, as
the guard closed around tlje traitor.
The grief of Ettrick's daughter at
her father's arrest moved Washington
to spare the man's life, but he was
banished from the country and made
to move at once to Nova Scotia.
Curiqusly enough there Is very little
mention, either in the histories or in
the records themselves, of Washing
tons life-guard. The personnel of the
corps is obtainable, in its change from
year to year, and it includes such
striking figures as Lieutenant Colfax
of Virginia, who was at one time in
command but very little is known of
their movements, their services, and
their adventures. The army, state
and navy departments in Washington
have meager Information to offer
about these dashing young soldiers,
and shelves of dusty books had to be
pulled Into the light before even this
much could be learned of them. A few
Dr. Carlos E. Godfrey of
Washington city compiled a little vol
ume of annals concerning the guard,
such information as it contains Is
authentic, much of It is fac smile.
The flag carried by the guard was
fully as decorative as were the men
themselves. It was of white silk, up
on which was emblazoned a device
showing a member of the guard hold
ing a horse by one hand, while re
ceiving. with the other a flag from the
genius of Liberty, personified by a
woman leaning upon the Union Shield.
Above was the American eagle and
the legend "Conquer or Die," the
motto of the corps.—Edith Brownell
in the American Boy.
George Washington, the hero of
American independence, and "the
father of the republic," as he is popu
larly called, was born in Westmore
land county, Virginia, on Feb. 22,
His military career began at the
age of nineteen, when he was ap
pointed adjutant general of the Vir
ginia militia.
In 1755 he accompanied General
Braddock as a volunteer and was
almost the only officer that returned
safe from the disastrous expedition.
In 1768 he took an important part
in the expedition that captured Fort
Du Quesne, where Pittsburg now
In the meantime extensive estates
at Mount Vernon had come into his
possession through the death of his
half brother. To these possessions he
added largely by marrying in 1769
Mrs. Martha Curtis, a wealthy young
Shortly after the outbreak of the
war of independence Washington was
elected commander-in-chief of the
American army, June 18, 1775.
Washington was elected the first
president of the republic and inaug
urated April 30, 1789, and he was
again elected in 1793.
At the close of his second term he
resigned, 1797.
He died from an attack of acute
laryngitis at Mount Vernon Dec. 14,
uniform described, and for the pur- war. He is one of the most nomiiar of I
pose of illustrating this little account our nYest^™
of the guard, the startling gentleman
was lifted from his clamps, borne aloft
upon a janitor's shoulders to a posi
tion beneath a skylight, followed by the office,
a curious trail of sight-seers, and
there photographed. The light even
there was not sufficient, however, and
but little can be seen besides his mili
tary outlines.
Certain it is, however, that the
guard of the commander-in-chief was
the pride and the model of the entire
American army. When, upon one oc
casion, a detachment of them were de
tailed as honorary escort to Lafayette,
that polished Frenchman paid them
the highest of compliments for their
superb bearing and their chivalry.
Genevieve Anderson, age 12.
Albia, Iowa.
Many years ago there was a man
named George Washington. He was
good and honest and brave. He led
our troops to victory against the
British soldiers. He was the first
president of the United States. Ev
ery year his birthday is observed all
over the country.
Earl E. Miller, age 7 years.
Bonaparte, Iowa.
Courier Junior.—
I would like to tell you about a
rolling pin that was among my grand
ma's wedding presents forty-five years
ago Feb. 22. It is not made like the
rolling pins of today. It has two roll
ers instead of one, but works the
same way. It has been moved about
in wagons and on the cars but it is
still good. I am 9 years old and a
Daily Junior. My face is swollen from
Frances Bolibaugh.
Eddyville. Iowa.
Theodore Roosevelt was born In
£Iew York city October 27, 1858.
When he was a boy he was delicate
and pale. In order to avoid the rough
treatment of the public schools he
was taught at home and went to a
private school. For many years he
was not strong enough to play with
other boys. He determined that he
must acquire vigor of body. He want
ed to be strong. He rode, swam, ran,
and roamed over the hills and stud
led the birds for pastime. His father
knew how to bring up boys. It can
be said in one word. It Is good, hard velt'took"the"oanTof'office" a^h^'
and plenty of work. Story books did
not interest him unless they were of
hunting, trapping or of the west. He
went to Harvard college and became
a good student. He liked history and
natural history. He graduated from
the university in 1880. He then went
to Dakota as a cowboy. While there
he wrote a few books and has since
written many more. In 1889 he was
president of the United States Civil
Service Commission. He was appoint
ed to the Board of Police Commls
•sioners, of which he soon became
president. In 1897 he began his work
as assistant secretary of the navy.
He resigned May. 6. 1898 to became
lieutenant colonel of his regiment of
rough riders. He then fought in Cuba
during the Spanish American war.
When he came back he was elected
governor of New York. In 1900 he was
elected vice president of the United
States under William McKlnley. At
./,.- .iVUt:.. ,.•
A glass case in the corridor of the
state department In Washington con
tains a life-size figure dressed in the peace conterence" which "ended
Mr. McKlnley'B death in 1901 he be
came president of the United States
and was elected president in 1904. by
the largest popular majority any pres
id en t" ever1 Sved Tn ^the
Agency. Iowa, R. R. No. 2.
I had a very nice time at school on
valentine day. I was the one to call
oft the names, and two girls carried
the valentines around to the persons
to whom they belonged. Then the
teacher came around and looked at our
valentines. I didn't get any funny
ones and I did not send any funny
ones. Well, I will close, thanking you
for your nice valentines you sent me.
Alden Doud, age 10,
Douds-Leando, Iowa.
George Washington was the son of
Augustine and Mary Bell Washington.
He was born at Bridges Creek, Va.,
Feb. 22, 1732.
He received little schooling, but
was earnest and careful in his work.
In addition to reading, writing, arith
metic he learned surveying and book
He was strong and athletic and was
more than a match for any of his com
While yet a youth he surveyed for
Lord Fairfax a large tract of land in
the Shenandoah valley, then a wilder
He was a major in the militia at 19
and when only 21 was sent to French
post on the Ohio.
He was a member of the congress
of 1774 and of 1775. From that time
his history is that of his country.
He was married in 1759 to Martha
Parks Curtis, a rich young widow. He
inherited his brother's large estate,
which Included Mt. Vernon.
He is universally regarded as one
of the greatest men in history.
He died at Mt. Vernon Dec. 14, 1799.
Your a truly,
Alta Rime, age 13.
Blakesburg, Iowa.
R. F. D. No. 1.
I am a rocking chair.
I belong to a little girl.
I am very well taken care of.
Often little girls come and sit on
me. Sometimes they use me to sit
their dolls on. I was given to my little
mistress by her grandpa when she
was one year old, arrayed in a nice
little cushion made by her grandma.
Grandpa and grandma are both dead
now. I am well thought of in my
home.- I remain, your Junior,
Fern Leota Stark.
Floris, Iowa, R. R, No. 1.
We always celebrate Washington's
birthday because he was the first pres
ident of the United States. He was
the commander-in-chief of the revolu
tionary army. He also fought In the
French aipd Indian war. Washington
was born in Virginia on the 22nd day
of February, 1732. He went to a
school called the Old Field school.
George went to school to a man nam
ed Hobby. The boys used to bring
quarrels for Washington to settle.
George's father died when he was a
boy. Washington wrote over one hun
dred rules for behavior in company.
When Washington was a little boy he
used to play soldier and he was al
ways the captain. Washington was
elected president in 1789, and served
two terms and refused the third term.
At the end of his last term he went
home to Mt. Vernon, where he died In
1799. Washington was cajHed "the
father of his country." It was said that
he was "first in peace, first in war, and
first in the hearts of his countrymen."
Maude Skirvin, age 9,
Agency, Iowa.
Theodore Roosevelt was born in
New York city Oct. 27, 1858. He grad
uated from Harvard University in
1880 and began the study of law.
In 1881 he was elected to the as
sembly from the 21st district of New
April 6, 1897 he was called by Pres
ident McKinley to be assistant secre
tary of the navy.
When war was declared against
Spain he refused to remain in this
quiet office, but went as lieutenant
colonel. He spent his summers on the
Dakota ranches, made friends with
the cowboys.
He soon learned that these cowboys
would soon make men on whom the
country might rely.
November 4, 1900. he was elected
on the republican ticket as vice pres
ident, Mr. McKinley being president
of the United States. At. Mr. McKin
ley's death September 14, 1901 Roose
the oath of office as his suc
cessor. He then became the 26th
president of the United States of
Besides being a great statesman he
is also an author. He has written sev
eral good books.
Melva E. Stewart, age 12.
Ottumwa, Iowa.
301 South Ransom street.
On February 22, 1732 a little baby
boy was born In a comfortable look
ing old farmhouse down In Virginia.
His father was a farmer and planter
and raised large crops of tobacco.
The boy's name was George Washing
ton. When he was a little boy his
father died and he was brought up by
his mother. George was a good boy.
He was honest, truthful, obedient,
bold and strong.
He could jump the farthest, run the
it* Vv
had a
our presidents and some people think boys looking at the colt.
he should run for president again. But Again they said it could never be
he has said this makes his second tamed and George said, "You help me
term and he will not run again for
Florence Skirvin, age 13.
George Washington's birthday Is
celebrated on February 22. George
Washington was brave and honest.
He went to a little field school. He
liked to play soldier when he was a
little boy. He chopped his father's
cherry tree down when he was little.
He told his father he would never
tell a lie. He said he did it with his
little hatohet. He wore shoeB with
buckles on. He was our first president.
Flags are put on the school house on
George Washington's birthday. He
used to break colts la his day for his
neighbors. He lived In a fine house in
Mount Vernon,
^4 ',
best, ride the swiftest, swim the long-1 French post five hundred miles away
est and could beat all his friends at I and bring back the answer. There
their play. were some men went with him. They
s?rrel «lt
laent ever received. In the Russian, she thou*- very much of because it' way back an Indian raised his «tun
and Japan*-- war he suggested the once trained it would make a fine and discharged It Washington but
„rsG" .e nrofulng George» missed him. His companions leaped
fl«Id wJ.lh
on his back and I'll tame him.
After hard work they got a bridle
bit in the colt's mouth and put George
on his back.
Then began the fight.
George stuck on tight and at last
conquered the colt and began driving
it about the fiolds. But in a last mad
plunge to free himself the colt burst
a blood vessel and fell to the ground
Young George went straight to his jand
killed him?"
"I did," said George, and then he
told her the story.
"I am sorry to lose the colt," said
his mother, "but am proud to know
my son always speaks the truth."
George grew up and became a great
man and at last was called "President
George Washington."
No Name.
I will tell you and the Junior about
our old family horse. She is about 28
years old. She is very gentle and is
taken good care of in the winter, for
she is so old and gets cold very easy.
Her name if Jip. As I live on a farm
I have much work to do. I like to
work. I like to help raise corn. I like
to go to school. I like to read the let
ters and stories. I have seep two of
my friends' letters in the paper. I
thank you ever
much for my post
card. I think it is very pretty.. As
my letter is getting long, I will close.
Wishing the Junior much success, I
remain, yours tfuly,
Elsie B. Glandon age 11
Box 17.
Hayesville, Iowa.
Your loving Junior,
Nellie Hadden, age 10.
Ottumwa, Iowa.
1040 Orchard street.
George Washington was tbqrn in
Virginia on the twenty-second day of
February. In the year of 1732. When
George was a little boy his father gave
him a little hatchet, with which he
chopped down his father's favorite
cherry tree. George's father died when
he was a little boy. When George was
a little boy he and his playmates
used to pla" soldier, and he was at
ways the captain. He first fought in
the French and Indian war. He was
commander-in-chief of the revolu
tionary army. George Washington
was the first president of the United
States. He was elected In 1789. He
served two terms. At the close of his
last term he went to "his home at Mt.
Vernon, where he stayed until he died
in 1799. He was first in peace, first
in war, and first in the hearts of his
countrymen. He was called the father
of his country.
Mabel Skirvin, age 9,
R. R. No. 2,
Agency, Icwa.
We had a good time at school last
Valentine Day. We studied all morn
ing and we had a valentine box in the
afternoon. After school took up In the
afternoon we sang songs and then
the mail carrier distributed the val
entines. There were quite a few val
entines and it took about an hour to
distribute them. After this we cipher
ed till recess. I will close, hoping to
see this in print.
Your loving Junior
Jessie Carterage, age 13.
Diamond, Iowa.
George Washington was born in
1733. As a child he was very studious
at school and polite and kind to every
one. Many anecdotes are known of
his character.
Washington loved military sports
and at the age of twenty-one went on
an expedition for Governor Dinwiddle.
Later he went on many expeditions
and became a great general.
He became president of his country
in 1789 and served two terms
He died in 1799
Annie Shepherd, age 14.
119 Kruger Street,
Ottumwa, Iowa.
George Washington was born in
Westmoreland Co., Va. He was a good
student of his days. His brother Law
rence was sent to England and became
a British officer. This made Georgo
Washington want to be a soldier. He
drilled with the boys at school with
wooden sticks for guns. Lawrence
wanted him to go to sea. This Just
suited George, but he did not go be
cause his mother did not want him to.
He was a skilled surveyor and when
he was sixteen years old Lord Fairfax
hired him to survey a large area of
mountain land. George was given
good pay for his work.
Governor Dinwiddle wanted some
to a
nu to mmv
endured many hardships. On their
*™s cumpwuwuB ieapeu
°«ier upon the Indian and flung the Indian
to the ground and would have killed
him had not Washington Interfered.
Washington was elected president of
the United States April 20, 1789 and
died December 14, 1799.
Robert Lynn, age 13,
Hedrlck, Iowa.
Once there grew a great tree beside
the bank of a small stream. It was an.
oak tree. The children used to come
mother and said, "Mother, your colt' "ntil some men came and cut the
is dead." tree down. Then they cut the limbs
"Dead?" said his mother, "Wlio|off
picnics under this big tree
tlle tree and
George Washington was born Feb.,
22, 1732 at Westmoreland county, Vlr.
He lived in a plain wooden farm-house
on the Potomac river.
He had two half-brothers, Lawrenoe
and Augustine. One day George and
his brothers were burning leaves close
to their home and a spark flew on the
roof of the house and burned the house
They then moved to another planta
tion his father owned on the Rap
pahannock river.
When George was seven years old
he started to school. Hla teacher's
name was Mr. Hobby.
George was eleven years old when
his father died and left his mother the
plantation to care for.
When George Washington was
about 14 years old he wanted to be
vome a sailor. His mother at last con
sented and he had his clothes packed
and on board the ship,, but when he
started to go he saw tears in his
mother's eyes and he told her he
would not go. He then began to sur
When he was 21 yearB of age the
English wanted him to take a message
the French, who had fortB In the
Ohio valley. He toow seven guards.
George Washington was chosen
president in 1799. He died at Mount
Vernon December 14, 1799, at the age
Your loving Junior,
Esther Ramey, age 11,
Hedrick, la., R„ No. 1.
Long ago there lived a man named
Valentine. This good man was noted
in all the country for his kindness.
He nursed the sick, comforted the sor
rowing and always ready to give help
to any one In need. Valentine dearly
loved the children. After this kind
hearted man became too old to go
about his people he was very sad be
cause he thought he could no longer
be of any use. Then he remembered
that he could write loving messages
to the sick and sorrowing. Even the
little children would say when they
were sick I think Father Valentine
will send me a little letter today.
But after awhile no letters came
and soon news went abroad that good
old Valentine was dead. Then every
one said such a kind man was good
enough to be called Saint Valentine,
and from that day to this they have
called him St. Valentine. It was long
afterward before they began to cele
brate his birthday on the 14th of Feb
ruary. Your friend,
Wesley Hunt,
Maquoketa, Iowa.
Many years ago there lived a little
boy by the name of George Washing
ton. He was known to be a very
truthful boy. Once his father gave him
a little hatchet. It was real sharp so
George wanted to try it on some
fhing. So as he was passing by one
of his father's cherry trees he com
menced to chop at It. So his father
passed by and seeing the tree, called
to George and asked him who' did It.
George was afraid at first but at last
he said. "I did it, father." He was
truthful all fhrough his life. He was
born Feb. 22, 1732 in Virginia. In
1755 he served as colonel under Gen
eral Braddock and commanded the
Virginia troops ijnt.il 1758 when he
resigned on account of 111 health He
then was senator. In 1758
1 -fo
t°°k It to the
sawmill, where it waB' sawed Into
planks. Then the boards were shaped
and made Into a little rocking chair.
Mary Bradwell, age 13.
Diamond, Iowa.
George Washington was born in
Virginia Feb. 22, 1732. George Wash
ington was an honest boy and never
disobeyed his father and mother.
His father bought him a hatchet
and he thought he would try it, so he
went into the orchard and cut down
his father's cherry tree, which cost
him a lot of money, and George got
tired and went Into the house and his
father went into the orchard to see
how his trees were doing, and he saw
that his best cherry tree was cut
down. He went into the house and
said, "Who cut down my cherry tree."
George said, "I did, father."
His father died when he was eleven
years old.
He was married to Mrs. Martha
Cnrtls. She had two children, Martha
and John.
George Washington died when he
was 68 years old, on Dec. 14, 1799..
Roy Jager, age 11.
R. F. D. No. 3. Eddyville la.
command of the army of America at
Cambrjdge, Mass. In 17S9 Ha was
elected president of the United States,
In which position he served two
terms, refusing the third term In
1798 be accepted th# oeiiunand of the
,v a tr /v ..
All letters for Ola department mutf
be addressed:
"Courier Junior,"
army, which position he held until his
death Dec. 14, 1799. He was burled at
Mt. Vernon. We will celebrate hia
birthday Feb. 22 of thlB month.
Forest Weber, age 7,
Ottumwa, Iown.
1305 East Main street.
I am going to write and tell yo'i
about Valentine's day In America. Val
entine's day is not a special holiday.
St. Valentine was noted for giving
presents. In America some of the
teachers have a valentine box and we
give valentines to our playmates.
Some valentines are pretty and some
are comic. The valentines are gen
erally heart shape. 1 will give some
valentines away and hope to receive
some. Some valentines have verses
in them. Some people'have valentine
parties. Valentine day Is the foup
teenth day of February. Most all th»
people give and receive valentines.
Maude Skirvin, age 9.
Agency, Iowa.
first In peace and first in the hearts
of his countrymen.
Washington once gave some good
advice to General Braddock and
Braddock said he did not thank him
for his advice. But It would have been
better If he had taken It. One winter
Washington put on a large overcoat
and was out walking and his men 414
not know him. He
Your friend.
Vera KendalL
Agency, Iowa.
But he then thought that he could
send them kind messages and even
the sick children would say, "I.believe
I will get a letter from Father Valen
tine today." But after awhile no let
ters were received and after awhile
they received the news that the good
old Valentine was dead. Then the
people said that such a good man
should be called a Saint. After that
day he has been known as St. Valen
tine. So that Is why we observe St.
Valentine day. It was not long after
that till the people began to celebrate
his birthday by sending kind word*
and loving messages to each other.
George's father's name was Auges
tine, his mother's name was Mary.
When George Washington was 11
years old his father died leaving six
children for the mother to take care
Washington married Martha Curtis,
who had two children, Martha and
Washington was elected president
early in the year of 1789 and re-elect
ed in 1792.
While driving in the country one
day George Washington got his cloth
ing wet and had a cold He died
December 14. 1799, of a croup.
George Washington was an Ameri
can. He was born In Virginia Feb. 22, r.,
1732. Washington was a very .great
man. He was first commander-in-chief v1
of fhe American army and the first
president and was called the Father
of his Country. He was first In war,
walking along
when he came up to where some men
were at. work. The corporal told his
men to lift a heavy log, but they
could not, so the Btrong arm of Wash
ington lifted it in Its place. Washing
ton asked the corporal why he did not
help his men. He said he
the cor-
poral and Washington said he was
the general. When George
a little
boy his father gave him a hatchet.
He thought he would play wood cut
ter, so he went into his father's or
chard and chopped down a cherry
tree. His father soon found it out and
called hhi servants and asked them if
they knew who did it. They did not
know, so he caned George and asked
him. George hesitated then he said,
"Father, I cannot tell a lie. I ohopped
down your tree." His father was
pleased because he told the truth. $£
Long ago there lived a good man
named Valentine. He waB known in
all the country because of hlB klnd
nesB to the poor and sick. He dearly
loved the little children and those
who come to him for food and clothes
were never turned away. He was
very sad when he became too old to
go about the country among his peo
ple because he could not help them.
Your Junior friend,
Helen Halferty, age 11
Birmingham, la., R. R. No. 3.
Larue Jager, age 9-
R. F. D. No. 3. Eddyville la.
born In
George Washington was
Virginia, Feb. 22, 1732.
He was a kind and truthful boy He
never told a lie.
When he was a little boy his father
gave him a little hatchet.. He was
very much pleased with It. He ran
out doors to see what he could cut.
First he chopped a stick, but that did
not suit him, then he went in hia
father's garden and cut down a cherry
tree. One day his father was walk
ing In the garden and noticed that his
expensive cherry tree had beeii cut
down, he said: "Who has cut down
my cherry tree?" George said: "I did
It father. I cannot tell a lie
Take 1% cups of granulated sugar,
cup of buter, cup of milk, four
eggs, one toaspoonful of baking pow
der, one teaspoonfui of vanilla and
one square of chocolate dissolve the
chocolate in a tableapoonful of hot
water antf add to cake. Bake In lay
ers and put together with icing
O^afrer, age io,
leondo, Iowa.
.:}«V£A 8 ji

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