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ife 4 TVS TO All letters for this department must be addressed) "Courier Junior," "Ottumws, Iowa." TOIi. The Courier Junior Published by THE COURIER PRINTING CC, OTTUMWA, IOWA. JjJ MATILDA DEVEREAUX. EDITOR. "rOf j#.: THE THANKSGIVING CONTEST. Dear Juniors.—The Thanksgiving contest is prdving to be a splendid one Bud Efl we want all the Juniors to work the contest, we will reprint the rules |nd subjects of the contest. Thanksgiving day will be celebrated Thursday, November 24, consequently we want some splendid stories in this contest. We want the Juniors to all work In this contest because for a re ward we will give a beautiful sofa pil low already stamped, with silks to work it This will make a nice,Christ mas gift for some Junior's mother. If a boy wins the prize, we will let him •elect his own gift. If you cannot think of a Thanksgiving subject, write on one of the following. A PURITAN THANK86IVING. MILDRED'8 THANK8GIVING. THANKSGIVING AT GRAND' MOTHER'S. "OUR THANKSGIVING DINNER." This contest closes Monday, Novem ber 21. WINNER IN THE CAT CONTEST. Mabel Root is the prize winner in the cat contest. ,THE AUTHOR'S CONTEST. I •^1 &V» ''"The winner in the "Author's coii teat" will be announced next week, as well as a new contest. 4 v? SOME SOUVENIR ALBUMS. Tot the next week we will give away some souvenir albums to the Juniors having fifty cards from the Junior, providing they write a nice letter or postal card story. We #111 atill send souvenir cards for 'all letters and stories appearing in the Junior. SEVEN RULES FOR THE JUNIORS. ]!. Use one side of the paper only, j. Write neatly and legibly, using Ink or a sharp lead pencil. 3. Always sign your name in full and state your age. 4. Number your pages. 6. Do not copy stories or poetry and send to us as your own work. 6. Always state choice of a prize on separate piece of paper, with name end address in full. 7. Address the envelope to Editor, Courier Junior, Ottumwa, Iowa. "Winter Fun 'SFWi K,ti, When the first snow of winter, Like soft, feathery down. Spreads an even white carpet Over country and town. The children are out On the hillside at play, While their snowsleds a-running On the eve of each day. There's little and big On the white, slippery-slide Each boy on a sled With a girl by his side. JLnd they laugh and they shout At their health-Riving play For 'tis time of all times Oh the eve of each day. Gertie's Tea *, -v "Oh, isn't it provoking to have Han pah fail us on. a day of such impor anceT' cried" Gertie in dismay, throw ing down a letter she had just been reading aloud to her mother. "Yes,.on the day of your afternoon Itea," acquiesced Mrs. James. "It really vls too bad that Hannah's sister's birth day happens to come at the same time and that Hannah did not think of it soon enough to let us procure some one else to assist UB during the after noon. Let me see, what did she say in her letter?" Gertie picked up the letter she had tossed aside and looked it over. "She writes. 'Dear Miss Gertie—I am so •orry I cannot come to help you at your party tomorrow afternoon, but ray sister is having a birthday that I did not know of when I promised your ma to come to wait table for her. Sincerely your servant, Hannah.'" "Well, well have to get on somehow, dearie," said Mrs. jameB. "And to think that you have invited twenty girls! Mercy how will we ever get through the ordeal? Not a soul to assist us And Mrs. James looked despairingly at her daughter. Just then there came a ring at the door bell, and when Gertie opened the door there beamed the genial face of her young couBin, Tom Smith. "Hello, kiddle!" cried Tom. "How be you?" "In the deepest sort of dilemma," ^declared Gertie, leading Tom into the living room, where her mother sat sew ing. "I'm having a bushel of trouble, cousin." "Ah-ha, trouble, say you?" laughed hearty Tom, always so jovial and hap py. "Come, let me be your confessor. Hello Aunt Sue. You in trouble, too?" .Mrs. James looked up, smiling at her favorite nephew. "Yes, Tom, dear, a xftother always shares the troubles of feer children. And just now Gertie is T' greatly worried. She's giving a little tea tomorrow afternoon and Hannah has failed us. A letter just came from her in which she saye she cannot come to assist us tomorrow. You know I do not engage her regularly, for Nannie is so proficient that I can do nicely without an additional servant. But to morrow will be such a busy day that we'll need the services of a second servant—some one to wait on the table. You know Nannie will be kept in the kitchen and we had expected Han nah to serve at the door and in the dining room. Tom, you have the griev ance of this family in a few words. And Mrs. James tried hard to look ser ious. "In a cup of tea, so to speak," grin ned Tom. "Well, I think-I might solve the problem of your difficulties," he said, throwing himself on the couch. "I'll take it upon myself to get you a good waitress for tomorrow after noon." "But, Tom, where can you find a re liable one on such short notice?" asked Mrs. James, a bit uncertain. "Ask me no questions, Auntie, and I'll not prevaricate," said Tom. "Bat you'll miss no silver after the tea, I can assure you. My servant will be first class." "Tom, you're a gem," vowed Gertie. "Bring along your parlor maid and I'll he your debtor for life. This tea I am giving tomorrow afternoon must be successful. And I shall look to you to help me out." "It shall be done, my lady," de clared Tom. "And I shall see that your parlor maid is here at the hour you name." "The tea is to take place between three and five," explained Mrs. James. "So the maid would better come at half-past one so that I may explain fully her duties to her." "She'll be here on the moment promised Tom. "And now ta-ta til tomorrow. I must away and find me maid." And before.Mrs. James or Gertie could thank him for his prom ised assistance he was off down the street at a-% rapid stride. So a great burden was lifted from Mrs. James and Gertie's shoulders, and they planned for the morrow with light hearts. A maid would be there on time to attend the door and to serv in the dinning room. Tom had given his word that such would be the case. The following day, at exactly half past one o'clock the side doorbell rang, and when Mrs. James responded she was greeted by a young woman with, "Hoddy, Ma'am. Are you Mrs. James? Yes? Well. I am the maid who's to assist you this afternoon at a tea your daughter is giving. May I come in and pass the examination?" "Oh, you come from my nephew, Thomas Smith," said Mrs. James. "Yes, please come right- in. You are on time to the minute." As Mrs. James Jed the girl into the living room she lcept pondering in her mind at to where she bad seen the maid before. The girl's eyes looked so familiar and her voice sounded like one that she knew very well. Still, she could not place the maid in her memory. Once in jthe sitting room Mrs. James ex plained the maid's, duties, and asked her name. "Oh, haven't I told you my name?" inquired the maid. "Well, call me Hannah, please." "Well. Hannah, you may go to the kitchen and Nannie will show you to her room, where you may lay aside your jacket and hat and put on your apron andi cap. Then please join me in the parlor." The maid bowed and withdrew to the kitchen. After she had gone Gertie stuck her head in at tne sitting room door, crying out to her mother: "Did I hear Tom's voice there, Mamma No. dear, it was the new maid sent by Tom," explained Mrs. James. "By the way, her voice did sound a bit like Tom's—as much as a girl's could sound like a boy's. That was the thing that struck as peculiar though till this moment I could not think whom the girl was like—or whose voice hers sounded like. But, dearie, hurry with your dressing. The guests will arrive before you are ready for them, I fear. Run along quickly. I'll come to hook you up in a minute. As soon as I see that the new maid is stationed at the hall door I shall come right up," .When the clock struck three the door bell rang and the new maid admitted several guests and directed 'them to the guests' chamber on the second floor, where they might lay aside hats and wraps. And before half-past three every guest had arrived and Hannah was bidden to the dining room to.take charge of things there, bhe saw that everything was in readi ness before the guests were led to the table. As Nannie had as much as she could do in her own domain, the dining-room fell into the hands of the new maid, and Mrs. James, oversee ipg things here and there, declared to herself that Hannah was a treasure. She placed the chairs at table, turned on the electric lights, drew down the shades of the windows, lighted the gas log in the grate, fille 1 the glasses with sparkling ice water, and made herself generally useful. And with every move Mrs. James would scan her head and figure, wondering all the time where she had seen the maid before. And whenever the maid spoke Mrs. James started. The voice was so like Tom's, only Tom's was a boy's voice and Hannah's was a girl's of course. During the tea the guests kept up such chatter and laughter that Gertie paid no attention to the new maid (who was performing her services with the greatest ease) till something happened. Kathleen Turner, a pretty, sweet girl, and one of Gertie's very best chums, said to Gertie in a low voice, and just as Hannah was serv ing her with salad: "Say, Gertie, I am awfully angry at your cousin Tom. He's acted terribly mean towards me of late." I Now, when Kathleen said that, the maid suddenly let fall some of the :.X. salad on the table, and became covered with confusion. Se had given vent to a half exclamation as "Oh, Kath—' Then had turned her attention'to the accident she waB responsible for. "Excuse me, Miss,' she said half under her breath as she removed the salad from the table cloth. And as she hurled away, tray on- arm, toward the kitchen, Kathleen glanced after her, then said to her little hostess: "What a strange voice your maid has —for a girl! I've surely heard it be fore. Have you had her long?" And so the tea passed, and no one could have found any fault with Han nah's work save for the one little ac cident with the salad. And that was so trifling that Gertie had forgotten It almost as soon as it happened. But when the party was over and the girls were assembled in the hall, prepara tory to bidding their hostess good-by, the maid came walking down the stairs, and stepped right into their midst. "Excuse me young ladies," said Hannah, suddenly, and then before their very eyes the new maid removed from her head the lace frilled cap and with it a blond wig. And then, lifting from her eyes a pair of spectacles, and rubbing some powder from her face, stood before them—not a girl, but—Tom! After the excitement, the laughter and the exclamations of surprise had subsided, Mrs.. James Bald: "Well. Tom, I had a strange feeling about your maid, Hannah, all the time. She seemed to be masquerading, somehow. But—why did you do it, you darling boy?" "Well, auntie, first I wanted to en joy the pleasure of serving these charming girls—ahem!" And Tom grinned about him. while the girls screamed with delight. "And, sec ondly. the maid I had planned on get ting for you had already found a place, and I was left in the hole. Knowing you had to have a maid for this afternoon, I decided to play at being one myself, and thus save the situation. Mamma helped me to fix up: and say, am not I a dandy-fine maid?" "You're a'darling," declared M^. James, while all.the girls echoed her. Then Kathleen catching Tom's eye, said:: "I understand why you Spilt the salad. Well, you'll have to be a bet ter maid—next time." STORIES AND LETTERS. A DESCRIPTION QF MY SCHOOL ROOM. .A Dear Juniors: I will tell you about my school room. It is twenty feet wide and thirty feet long. There are six windows, thpee 09 the north afld three o£ the south side. There are five blackboards,, one large one and four small ones, twd on the north side and two on the south side. There are six seats on. the north side %nd six on the south side, and three in the middle. There is an organ and a teacher's desk. The door is toward the east. There is a big dictionary. There are four lamps, two on the north side and one on the south side and one one in the southeast corner, There is a double floor. We have a wood stove. There is a chart in the schoolroom. The lamDs are side lamps. There are twelve pictures in the school house. Katie Dommer, age 13. Unlonville, la., R. No. 1. WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT. William Cullen /Bryant, was born Nov. 3, 1794 and died June 12, 1878. Like Longfellow, he was descended from Captain John Alden and Priscilla Mullins. He came from an active family. Hie grandfather, Dr. Philip Bryant lived to be 85 years of age, and visited his patients until a fort-night before he died. His grandmother at the age of 67, could mount a 'horse unaided from the ground. His father could lift a barrel.of cider into a cart over the wheel. His mother was a very good woman. Her favorite motto was "Never be idle," and sW always car ried It out. He knew the alphabet by the time he was 16 months old. When he was four years old he went to the district schools. At 8 he began to write verses. He was a great reader and winter evenings he would lie on his back on the floor and read hy the. flickering light of the birch wood in the fire place. j- William Cullen Bryant wrote poems all his life. At. the age of 84 he. wanted daily to and from his office, a distance of three miles. His marvel ous memory was still unimpaired. A( his death he was writing his last great poem, "The Flood of Years." Some of his poems were the fol lowing: "The Living Lost." "The Strange Lady." "The Hunter's Vision," "Thanatoosis." "The Return of Youth," A Hymn of the Sea,'' "The Sick Bed." "Not Yet," "Our Country's Call." "Homer." "A Life-time," and "May Evening." He was buried at Roalyn. Beatrice L. Rickye, age 13, R. F. D. No. 1, Lucas, Iowa. NORA'S HOME WAS QUARAN TINED. Dear Editor: As I have written to the Junior page before, I though I would write again. I received my card from you and wish to thank you for it. It was the' picture of Robert Burns' birth place. My papa has taken the Tri weekly Courier two years. I enjoy reading the Junior page very much. Today is my birthday. I have re ceived four birthday cards and I atn 14 years old. We have been quaran tined for three weeks on account of diphtheria, but we are out now. Nora Dyer, age 14, Floris, la., No. 2. AUTUMN DAYS. Autumn days I consider as the sad dest of the year. When autumn comes the meloncholy days have come as William Cullen Bryant says in" his poem (The death of the flowers.) The flowers are all in their graves, the beautiful flowers which we children 1 4# OTTTJ1TWA IOWA NOVEMBER 17, enjoy gathering. The howl of the wind brings back sad thoughts to us of our dear ones who have perished with the flowers. Our parents prepare for the colder days and In a short time we children awaken from our slumbers and And the ground white with beauti ful snow and ringing of the merry sleigh bella and thoughts of .coasting. We think our saddest days have past and we begin to thljnk of Christmas and Santa Glaus. B»rtha Ruark, age 11, -Farmlngton, la., R. No. 3. HELEN'S PAPA IS A DAIRYMAN. Dear Editor:. May I Join your merry circle? I have never written before so I thought1 I would write. My papa is a dairyman. Wa milk fifteen cows. I am 8 years old. I go to school.1 My studies are reading, arithmetic, geography, language and spelling. My teacher's name is Miss McGaughey. I go to" Grove school,No. 4. I am in the fourtlv grade. I like'my teacher real well. "We had a post card shower for her last hlrthday. My birth day is in January. Helen Louise Larkin, v\ "Kvt.- Chariton, Ia., R. No. 8. EDGAR ALLEN POE. Among the geniuses of literature there are few names whose history is so. completely dark and sad as that of Edgar Allen Poe, the author of "The Raven" and "The Bells." He was born In Baltimore in 1809. His parents were awfully poor. His mother died in Rich mond in 1811 and left her three little children in the care of the public. Edgar, who was a beautiful and precocious child, wais adopted by Mrs. John Allan, by whom he was brought up in luxury, and he was an excellent scholar. He entered the university of Virginia when he was seventeen years of age and formed the habit of drink ing which wrecked his whole life. After graduating he spent a year in Europe and bedame editor of the first Southern Literary Messenger, and aft erwards of the Gentleman's magazine and Graham's magazine. He married his cousin, Virginia Clemm, when she was but fourteen years of age, and the two with Virginia's-mother, led a life of the deepest poverty for ten years until his wife's death. His mar-: rlage, rash as it seems, was one of the best things in'Poe's life. He was a kind and devoted husband and his wife re paid him with little sort of- worship. But Edgar could never rid himself of the awful tir^nk. Poe was a fine reader and elocutionist. A writer who at tended two lectures by him in Rich mond said: "I never heard a voice so musical as his. 'Twas full of the sweetest melody." During the lecture he recited "Hood's Bridge of Sighs." Poe died in Baltimore in 1849^ I. would like to exchange post cards with some. of the. Juniors. Keo Marie Riegel, age 11, Eldon, Iowa 5 HENRY* WADSWORTH LON?FEL :,I 'LOW ... In popular estimation the leadihg American poet was Henryv Wadsworth Longfellow. "v He was horn in Portland,. Maine, on February 27, 1807. During a happy, quiet childhood1 he was fond of his father's library and of school. He.graduated from Bowdoin college' in 1825, and .read,law for a short time, but, being chosen professor of modem languages at Bowdoin he went to Eu rope in 1826, and then studied in France, Spain, Italy and" Germany. He' entered upon his professorship ih 1829 and published the results of his,-trav els in a number of prose work's./ Be fore assuming.'his: duties *as professor of modern languages and literature at Harvard, he spent another year in Eu rope. Beginning his work at Harvard in 1838, he :hen located in the Craigie House, Washington's old headquarter?. His first volume of poems, "Voices of the Night," appeared in 1839, "Ballads and Other Poems'' and "Poems on Sla very," followed ir 1842 "Spanish Stu dent," 1843 "Evangeline." 1847. an-1 '•l-Iiawatha," 185"-. "The Courtship i't Miles St^ndish" wa» published in 1858. anr1 at different t'-mes other poetical and some prose works. His poetry has, been translated into many .foreign lan guages and have had great popularity. He was a lover of everything. He was twice married and had two boys and three girls, whom he loved dearly. He wrote po$ms about them and called .it "The children's Hotar." He tiied in Cambridge, Mass., March 1882. He left a large circle of friends t6 mourn his death. Fern Stark, age 13. 1 Floris, Iowa, Box 42. GATHERING AUTUMN LEAVES. Once upon a time some children went to gather some leaves. They took their lunches with them. Their names were May, Agnes, Mary, Frank. Susio, Bessie, George. Tommy and Theodore, They put up. their luncJhes aiid started away. They went to the woods where the leaves were thick. on the ground. When they got there they all got a drink out of a stream of water near by. Then they sat .down in the shade and talked, until dinner time. For dinner they had bread, butter, crackers with peanut butter on them, chicken, cake, cookies and lemonade'. After dinner they took some baskets and gathered all the pretty leaves they could find. They got some of their basets full and then started for home. They got home all right. And all said they had had a good time. ANNA LIKES TO LIVE ON THE FARM. Dear Juniors: I live on a farm of 167 acres. I en joy living on a farm. How many like to live on a,farm? I like to go to school. I can go to school every day for we live so close to the school house. My teacher's name is .Miss Leta Price. I like her fine. My sea.tmate is Sylv.la Stiner. My school is a public school. I will write to any of the Juniors about my age who will write to me. I have read so many of the Juniors' letters that it seems as though I know them. We have taken the Courier ever since I can remember. We all think it is a nice paper and so do all that take it. Anna Toops, age 12, Agency. Ia.. R. No. 1. „,• MY CAT. My bat's name is Kitty Clover 6.nd my little sister's name is Martha. She' has Just awakened from, sleep and both mamma and kitty Clover who have been busily engaged, mamma with her mending and Kitty Clover with her spool' of thread drops everything to. have a: little.-romp with Martha. Martha always awakes in fine spirits as lf in good humor with all the world and laughs in such a hearty fashion' that whenever Kitty Clover hears her she comes quickly to the room where Martha'is and is always ready for a romp. Kitty thinks that Martha Is the miost wonderful baby that ever was born. Bertha Ruark, age 11, Farmlngton, la., R. No. 8. WLLDA'S PAPA HA8 TAKEN COUR IER 25 YEAR8. Dear Editor: 1 am a little girl nine years old. My papa has taken the Courier for over twenty-five years. I love to read the Junior page. I have a little sister. She is seven years old. Her name is Verda. We both love to go to schooH Our teacher'# name is Miss Selma Olson of Ottumwa. I am in the fourth grade. My studies are reading, language, Arithmetic, geograpry, spelling, writ ing and drawing. I had to miss the last two weeks of my school on account of being sick. WiIda Chapman, Eddyville, la., R. No. 1. "BONNIE BESS" ETHEL'S COLT. Dear Editor: I thought I "would write you a few lines as I have not written for a long time. My teacher's name is Miss Georgia Willard Of Ottumwa, Iowa. I have a little calf named Alice and a cat named Blackey and a cow named Goldie, and I have a riding horse named Daisy. We have 6 head of horses and three head of little colts. Their names are Bonnie Bess, Helen, Bell. Nell. We-milk six cows. I ihilk 4 of them. We- have-17 head of cattle^- We are going to sell Some of our cattle and horses and colts. We will have fi calves,5 co'ws, 3 horses and--f colt after we have our sale. I have 15 post cards, 'some of them being frqm- the Courier Junior. I have 8 or 10 Souvenirs and a lot of valentines. My studies are read ing, spelling, arithmetic, grammar, history, physiology, -geagraphy. Ethel A. Dorr, age 13, Belknap, Iowa. MY SCHOOL ROOM. My school is taught by Miss Leta Price of Eldon- who boards with us. There are eight windows and one door for the school house is small, with one room. It is heated by a large stove. We have not any drawings yet but wfe are going'to. There are 15 or 16 seats and about twenty scholars go to school. There are s&veix- black, board slates with .ftve all in a row in the front of the school room apd one on each side of the school room. Anna Toops, age 12, Agency, la R. No. 1. THE COUNTRY IN WHICH I pVE. I live two miles west of Eldon, a few rods from the Rock Island rail oad, about the same from the Better ton school houste and one miles north of the Des Moines river. The part of the country that I liv.e in I will de scribe. The soil is rich and loamy, which grows fine crops of corn, oats wheat, timothy and other grain and the vegetables are large and plentiful. This country has a lot of. coal and some: have'coal mines which all the farmers, get their coal-from. There is also a lot of timber which keeps the wind from being so strong and cold. We live in the Des Moines river val ley. There are hills north and south of us. All of our land is a little south ward slanted but not much. I like to live here. I think ny of the Juniors ould enjoy it if-they-lived here. Anna Toops, age 12, Agency, la., R. No. 1. MY CAT. One time when I went.down to the bakery after some bread, I saw a very nice mother cat at the bakery. She had two very nice little kittens. I asked the man at the store if he would give them to me. 'He said that he was try ing to get rid of them and that I could have them. So I went home and told my mother. She said I could have them both. I went down to the,cellar and got a basket that had a top. Then went to the bakery and told the man wanted them both. He put them in the basket and then I started for home. When I got-home I let them out and petted them. As days went on the kittens became very friendly. But one day the black kitty went to her bed and wouldn't come out. I went up to her and called but she would not come out. I took the gray one away from her because I didn't Know what was the matter. After a long while I went to her and found her dead. I got my brother to take her out and bury her. So I only had the gray one left. One time I left her and went up to Melrose to visit my' Junior friend, Josephine Norton. I received a letter from my sister that kitty had run away. But my brother found her down by the Y. C. A.. He brought her home. We let her come Into the kitchen and dining room on cold days, but at night she goes down into the cellar. Mabel .Root, age IS, 312 N. Court St., Ottumwa, la. MY SCHOOL. I live two miles from the school house. My two brothers and I go to school together. AS we go to school we take two other little children with us. Their names are Mabel and Ethel Ben nett. We drive to school. My three best schoolmates are Agnes Scott, Ruth Robertson and Flora McSweyn. We have great fun playing hide and go seek, black man and many other games. My teacher's name is Angeline Berry and she is a fine teacher. My studies are singing, reading, his tory, arithmetic, grammar, arltnmetlc, physiology, writing, geography and spelling. I like history the best of all my studies. We have our contest words from the superintendent. I am going to try to get them all right We have had two months of school Anna loops, age u, Agency. Ia.. R. No. 1. We have had two months of 't &WM WTBv^ 1910. "5^-. & '-W Mi viil. Wl« an*- it *t V4} 4 f^T 4,1 and I have just been late once. I received the card the editor sent me and hope to receive another. The Alcott family had many homes during the early years of Louisa, and consequently she didn't have a good education. Almost all the instruction she ever received was from her father or from the different tutors who lodged now and then in the family. In 1834, the family moved to Bos ton, where Mr. Alcott opened his famous temple school. Here Louisa enjoyed running in the common and making friends with all sorts of children. Once she was lost, and found fast asleep by the town crier. Another time she fell into a frog pond, but was rescued more frightened than hurt, by a little colored boy. The school failed however, so the family moved to Concord in 1840, and there occupied the cottage described In "Lljttle Women" as Meg's home. Anna and Louisa, the eldest of the children early felt the pinch of pov erty and saw how it was wearing on their mother, who could do so little to lighten the burden, so they went to work to see how they could help. In all this struggle with poverty, Louisa never for a moment let go her determination to be a writer. In this she was helped and encourage^ by her mother. Mrs. Alcott had thei habit of -eprlmanding or praising her children by writing them little notes and pinning them.to their pillows. To* Louisa, whose torfgue was impulsive and whose temper was stubborn, these notes came oftenest. Beth, next to May, the youngest sister, died when young and no one can tell how Louisa felt the loss of this sister', who had always been her especial charge, as May had been Anna's. So Beth's part in "Little Women" is really true, and ought to be appreciated. A year before the death of Beth, the family had again moved to Con cord, this time to this house known now as the .Alcott home, the home of the "Little Women." In 1861 war broke out, to her other cares was now added sewing and knit ting for the "Boys In Blue." She wished that she were a man so that she might go to war. She knew she couldn't of course, so she decided that if she could ndt fight she could care for those who did and so she decided to go to the hospital in Georgetown to nurse. She had been the nurse, of the family so that she was fitted for the place. Her experience in the hospital was more bitter than she ex pected, for she missed the freedom of her former life, her run in the morn ing in the bracing aif, and in spite of her determination, she grew sick. When it was suggested that she had better go home or she would die of the typhus, she refused. One day came, however, when she had to keep her room, and after a while she beheld her father, and she then knew that she had to go home., While in the hospital she found time to write. "Hospital Sketches." The family had been-further de creased by the marriage of Anna. Louisa went to Europe in 1865 to see if she could regain any of her former health. She stayed a year and returned home much refreshed. In one of the out-of-the-way places she sought to rest, she. met a young Polish boy, who very much interested her, and who was the original of Lourie in the story of "Little Women." Shortly after her return her pub lisher requested her to write a story for girls. She would have preferred to write a story pbout boys but she merely said, "i a try, sir." She did try and it was "Little Women" that she had written. At last she was happy to find that she was able to pay all the family debts. In her second trip to Europe, she took her sister May, with her, because May wanted to be an artist. But while they were in Europe, their brother-in law, John Pratt, died. A while after they had came home Louisa again sent Mary to Europe. Late in 1877 the mother died. May was in Europe when her mother died, but a kind friend came often to console her. In time the two married apd they made their home in Paris. After two years of happiness, the young wife died. She bequeathed her little baby daugh ter to her sister Louisa. Miss Alcott health steadily declined so that wheti^ her father was stricken for the last time with apoplexy she was too weak to wait upon him or to see him more than once or twice a- week. They died two days apart in 1888. Miss Alcott never married but she made the younger of her two nephews her heir. FOB Dora Cobler. R. R. No. 8, Ottumwa, Iowa. ili LOUISA MAY ALCOTT. Louisa May Allcott was the second daughter of four girls, and she was born on her father's birthday, Nov. 29, 1882 at German town where her father had charge of a school. When just a little glirl she liked to act in plays. When the plays in the barn failed or when the day was rainy, Louisa would gather her sisters around her and tell them beautiful fairy tales. Vida Wahle, age 12. 110 E. Court, St., Otumwa, Iowa. BLANCHE WRITE8 TO HEN RIETTA. Miss Henrietta Plaster. Dear Junior Friend:— I received your letter through the Junior page and was very glad to receive it I have been going to school and have gone nine weeks. We have had vacation since Tuesday. We had too have two days on account of dismissing for the fair. My teacher's name is Miss Jes sie Allen. She is a very good teacher v,: VV.Vn»S*'4»S J«iSjrf All Mtin tor this department mu«l beaddrsestd, A "Ceurlir Junior," "Ottumws, Iowa. THB OHILDBBN and I like to go to her very much. have never received any prises in th Junior page but post cards, as I nevel tried tor any others. I am twelve years old. My birthday is Sept. 19. I would like for you to answer this in ths Junior. Blanche Sullivan, age 12, Bloomfleld, Iowa. JOE'S FIRST LETTER. Dear Editor: i Thls is my first letter to the Junior.* I am 11 years old. My birthday is thr 25th of March. I get the colts from th« pasture every day and feed them, and I shell corn for the chickens. Fo't pets I have two dogs. Their names art Sport and Cute. My sister is writing this for me. Joe Dyer, age 11,^ Floris, la., R. No. 2. CARRIE'S BIRTHDAY IN JUNLT. Dear Editor: I am a little girl 8 years old.. ,iMy. -, birthday comes in June. I have two" dolls and one kitten. My kitten's name is Whitle. My sister is writing this for: me. I have '86 post card* and 10S pen nies. My papa takes the Trl- Weekly Courier. My sister reads the Junior letters to me. V" Carrie. Dyer, age 6, '»$§• Floris, la., R. No .2. MY 8CHOOL. Dear Editor: I go to school. My School will be oul next Friday. We have some pieces ta speak. My studies are arithmetic, read ing, language, Writing, physiology, geography and spelling. There are ll'W scholars in the school. Their names#]J| are Nellie Sorden, Annie Myers, Ruthi"% Franklin, Lillie Myers, Cora Blair,"*"*' Nita Smothers, Lottie Bair, Leland Sorden, Arden Smothers, Warren Smothers, David Franklin, Clemetfci Smothers, Emmet Smothers, Charley Myers and Willie Myers, Wesley White and myself. My teacher's nameM is Ada A. Morgan. I am 10 years old. I have gone to school every day this month but one. We are building a hen. house now. We have it nearly done.£|§ We have a mile and a half to walk to.TLj,, sclfool. v: Ella White, age 10, South English, la., r.. No. 2. .'- MY CAT. c.4,X Dear Editor: I have a cat. She is gra\. She is years old. Her mother, was a malte cat. She got down to a neighbo some way and then they took I some where. Then he took her 1 *}, Then a party was going bj. Tht threw her over the hedge. Then at she returned home. She is the mot'-* of 5 cats. She is a grandma to a 1: i. .. ten. f.-- A .i.' Anna Palfreynian x,r Lucas, la.. R, No. 1. MY PET KITTIE. My pet lcittie is very nice. It white and black. When we start in milk it follows us. It likes to come ir the house. My kittle will run after .V string. It will play out of doors wit" me. They were raised in the barn an.-. I brought them to the house. It H" to drink milk and it will pjay in «, leaves with me. I had two kitten? one of them ran away. It will scratcr on the screen when it wants in. W*' we come from milking it will run aii meow and meow before mamma v.-U: give It milk. I like to pluf -with Her name is Daisy. She sleeps unriei the porch and sometimes in the s-m mer kitchen on a carpet. She vill oqim« in the house and drink milk. My li't'i gray kitten ran away. I would like ti exchange cards with the Juniors. ^"v Abingdon, Iowa. GATHERING AUTUMN LZAVE3. It was on the 20th day of October when Dorothy and Oracle I l?hte, tw little cousins, nine years old asker about a dozen of their little friends who lived in the city to go»to the. country wtih them the next day. The.vS lived in town and were going out in an automobile with thiir father an%$| mother besides another man and worn-'" an. When the 21st of October arrived they got up bright arid early and be-fe fore 8 o'clock they were off to the..,.*-! country. They went to 'Dorothy's ami Grace's aunt Marie's and they were going to take dinner with her. When they got out there they played a while :. and then their cousin Harry took them to the woods and showed them all things that were interest ing to them. They saw some pretl leaves and gathered a great many, their color being reds, yellowy, green and brown. As Dorothy and Grace were going to stay a few weeks in tha country they gathered them to put in their playhouse. That evening they all went to their homes in the city except- ^4 Dorothy and Grace and they had a fine time building their playhouses and gathering leaves to trim it with. They would often take their dinner and «o to the woods to hunt leaves and stayed there all day. They stayed three weeks In the country and Grace's father ca*"° -i, after them. They took some of th« leaves home with them as they thoush they were so pretty. 4 v- Pearl Clark, a?e 10, 'jjfce Johnny Sklrvin, age 6, Floris, Ia., R. No. 2. ______ CEDAR 6ROVE IS RUTH'S SCHOOI Dear Editor: Cedar Grove is the name of out school house. There are twenty-thre« schools enrolled. My teacher's name 1J Retta Clark. I like her fine. The school A room is 31x31x12 feet. There are nine windows and two doors. There arc three windows In each side ol/ th# room and one in the north side and two In the vestibule. There are sir rows of six single cats. There are also two recitation seats. There is a large desk and chair for the teacher. We have twenty-one pictures and draw ings. The picture of the presidents is one. In the northeast corner of the room is the library which contains 113 books. The blackboard which is slate finish, is along the north side. In the center of the room is the stove which is about six feet high. The room is pa pered with light green paper. There is a cabinet of maDS just above the blackboard and the map of Iowa on the east side. The flag is hung over the round window in the north side. In th«i northwest corner are the two charts and dictionary. I Ruth Goltry, age 12, & 1 .. Russell, Iowa.