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TTIE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: JUNE 20. 1009.
S OME of the Busy Bees hv sent In word that the first prlxe story" last week was not original. It was written by a new uusy tiee, so wj be possible that the little writer did not understand the rules. The Busy Bees did not say from which book It was taken. Only a few votes have been sent In for the next king and queen. The queen bee, Rena N. Mead, has sent In her votes, and a few others. So far Eunice Bode of Falls City bas the most for queen of the Blue side and Wil liam Davis of North Tlatte and Leon Carson of Omaha have the same number for king of the Red side. The votes should be sent in within the next ten days. Two of the Busy Bees forgot to write their ages on their stories. These were not thrown in the waste basket, but they were not awarded prlxes. Fred Sorry, king bee, of Monarch, Wyo., has been writing more stories than all of the other boys. Some of the other boys have written the editor that they enjoy the page and that they will send in some stories soon. Two Busy Bees from out In the state have been visiting in Omaha re cently. Madge Daniels of Ord and Hulda Lundberg of Fremont Prizes were awarded this week to Frances Johnson, on the Blue side, and to Ruth Ashby, ex-queen, who is now helping the Red Bide. Honorable men tion was given to Gall Howard, ex-queen, on the Blue side. Any of the Busy Bees may send cards to anyone whose name is on the Postcard Exchange, which now includes: Jean Do Long, Alnaworth, Neb. lrn McCoy, tiarnaton, neb. Lillian Merwln, Beaver City. Neb. Mabel Witt, bennlnglon, Neb. Anna Gotiach, Bennington, Neb. Minnie Uottech. Bennington, Ntb. Anpi Laiin,kt. hrniuii, Nb. Marie Qallaglur. Betikelman, Neb. (box 11). Ida May, Central City, eb. Vs. a Cheney, Creigliton, Neb. Louis Halin, David City, Neb. luiea Fieldall, Dorchester, Neb. Eunice Uixia, Falls City, Neb. lnhol Heed, Fiamont, Neb. Hulda Lundiiuig, Fremont, Neb. Marion Cn(, Ulbsun, Neb. Margueilte Bartholomew, Gothenburg-, Neb. Lyd.a Kutii, tub Weil Koenlf itreel. Grand laiand, Neb. Ella Voas. 407 Weat Charles (treat, Grand laiand, Neb. Iran Costello. lit Weat Eighth street. Grand laiand, Neb. Jcasls Crawford, 46 West Charles street, Grand laiand. Neb. Pauline fichulte, 413 Weat Fourth street. Grand laiand. Neb. Martha Murpny, : East Ninth street. Grand Island, Neb. Hugh Rutt, Lcahara. Neb. Heater E. Rutt, Lcahara, Neb. Alice Temple, Lexington. Neb. Ruth Temple, Lexington, Nab. Anna Nellaon, Lexington, Neb. Edyiha Kreltx, Lexington, Neb. Marjorle Temple. Lexington, Neb. Alice (Jraaamoyer, 164a C St., Lincoln, Neb. Marian Hamilton, !iy L, St., Lincoln, Neb. Elale Hamilton, 2oj: L St.. Lincoln, Neb. Irene Ulsher, it30 L street. Lincoln, Neb, Hughle Diaher, 0 L stieet Lincoln, Neb. Loulae Stiles, LycnH, Neb. Eatello McDonald, Lyons, Neb. Milton HHxer, Nebraska City, Neb. lUrry Crawford, Nebraska City, Neb. Harvey Crawford, Nebraska City, Neb, Luclle Hazen, Norfolk, Neb. I.etlia Larkin, En. Sixth St., Norfolk, Neb. Emma Marquardt, Fifth atreet and Madi son avenue, Norfolk, Neb. Oexevleve M. Jonea, North Loup, Neb. Helen G indrlch, 4110 Nicholas street, Omaha Orrln Fisher, 1210 South Eleventh street, Omaha, Mildred Erlckaon, 2709 Howard street, Omaha. Oacar Brlckaon. 1709 Howard street, Omaha. Louis Raabe, KOI North Nineteenth ave nue. Omaha Jack. Coad. 1718 Famam street, Omaha, Lillian Wirt, 4158 Case stieet, Omaha. Emlle Krown, SZ2 Boulevard, Omaha. Meyer Cohn, 848 Georgia avenue, Omaha. Ada Morris, 3434 Franklin street, Omaha. Myrtle Jensen, 280s Isard street, Omaha. Gall Howard, 4722 Capitol avtnue, Omaha. Helen Houck, 1626 Lothrop street, Omaha. Ktnerson Goodrich, 4O10 Nicholas, Omaha. Maurice Johnson, Kit 7 Locust St., Omaha, Leon Carson. 1124 North Fertleth, Omaha. Pauline Coad, 3718 Farnam street, Omaha, Wlima Howard, 4721 Capitol Ave., Omaha. Hilah Fisher, 1210 South Eleventh, Omaha. Mildred Jensen, 2707 Leavenworth, Omaha. Edna Heden, 2769 Chicago street, Omaha, Mabel Shelfelt, 4914 North Twenty-fifth rtreet, Omaha Walter Johnson, 240 North Twentieth street. Omaha. Emma Carruthers, SZll North Twenty-flftl street, Omaha. Leonora Denlson, The Albion, Tenth and Pacific streets, Omaha. Mae Hammond, O'Neill, Neb. Mac'ge L. Daniels, Ord, Neb, Zola Berideo. Orleans, Neb. Agnes Richmond, Orleans, Neb. Marie Fleming, Osceola, Neb. Lotta Woods, Pawnee City, Neb. Earl Perkins, Reddlngton, Neb. Emma Kostal, Ull O street. South Omaha. Edra Enis. Stanton, Neb. Ethel Enls. Stanton, Neb. Lena Petersen, 1211 Looust street. East Omaha. Ina Carney, Button, Clay county, Neb. Clara Miller, I'tlca, Neb. Mildred F. Jones, North Loup, Neb. Alta Wtlken, Waco. Neb. Mae Grunhe. Went Point, Neb. Klrle Staatny, Wllber, Neb. Frederick Ware, Wlnside. Neb. Pauline Parks, York, Neb. Edna Behllng, Tork, Neb. Mary Frederick, York, Neb. Carrie B. Bartlett. Fontanelle, la. Irene Reynolds, Little Sioux, la. Fthel Mulholland. Box 71, Malvern, la. Eleanor Mnllor. Malvern, la. Ksthryne Mellor, Malvern, Is, Ruth Robertson, Manilla, la. Mildred Robertaen. Manilla, la. Margaret B. Wltherow, Thurman, la. Bertha McEvoy, K. F. D. 8, Box 28, Mis souri Valley, la. Adlena Sorry, Monarch, Wyo. Box 12. i. W) To the Queen By Frances Johnson, Aged It Tears, 931 North Twenty-fifth Avenue, Omaha. Blue Bide. I. June, thou art the month Of the sweet wild rose, Thou resteth against Mother Earth's boBom in dreamy repose; Thy voice is the loitering wind that blows; Thy face is brighter than the sunset that glows At eventide, Just e'er the world to slumber goes. II. Thou, of all the year, reign sovereign queen, Thy crown is made of night's candles that shine serene. The reluctant butterflies, that float thy messengers are. While thine eyes are more beautiful than the ev'nlng star! III. Thy courtyard Is graced with flowers of every gorgeous hue. The American Beauty and clover alike do kneel to you, Miss Sweet Pea, and the spicy pinks, which cluster Grandma's door around, Have given sweetest odors to the robe which you gowned. IV. Ah, June, thou art the queenliest month of all the year. But, alRB! away art thou ebbing, much grieve we that thy end is near, And that thy noisy sister will soon be here, Before we are aware of It, I fear. Fred Sorry, Monarch. John Barron, Monarch, 'yo. Wye. Frances Johnson, 133 North Twenty.flfth Edith Amend, Sheridan, Wyo. Pauline Squire, Grand, Okl. Fred Shelley, 210 Troup street, Kansas avenue. Omaha. Marguerite1 Johnson, 931 North Twenty fifth avenue, Omaha. Mary Brown, 2322 Boulevard, Omaha. Eva Hendee, 4401 Dodge street, Omaha. Juimlta innea, 2769 Fort street, Ornaha. City. Kan. Henry L. Worklnger. care Sterling Remedy company, Attica, Ind. RULES FOR YOUNG WRITERS L. Write plainly em ome aids) ef tae paper oaly aad. a ameer the pages. B, Use pea aa4 lak, mot paull . Short ui plat4 articles will be give pasf areaoe. ae aet use ores BM worai. 4V. Orlgiaal vterieo et lvtters only wiu BSed, a, write yen nana, are ant ed Areas at laa toy ef tae Axst page. first and seoend prises ef books will be give tot the se two con tributions to this page week. sVAAxeas all aatisinilutleu to CKtLDSM'l BSVAJerXXSY, , An Exciting Boat Ride By William Wallace, Jr. (First Prise.) Grandma's Mischievous Pets. By Frances Johnson, Aged U Tears, 938 North Twenty-fifth Avenue, Omaha. Blue Side. There was great commotion la the Harris family, for vacation had come, and every one from 2-year-old Helen to dear grandma was rejoicing, for on the next day they were all going out in the country to Aunt Mary's. HARLIE, Dan and Jack had got "Tes, let's pull for the shore right yonder But what seemed moat remarkable and CI hold of a big rowboat for the at that little curve," said Charlie. "There astonishing of all was that grandma, with I summer and anticipated many the bank Is easy of access, while below it her abundance of dainty caps all ribboned ""' 11 ip up ana aown me Decomes too steep to climb. There re fine ana iruiea in lavender and old lace sua rlver near to their home. The trees there, too, where we can find a place denly declared she could not be seen In boat belonged to an old gentle- for our campfires. I'll dress the fish while auch a mussy, untrlmly looking affair as man who was only too glad to lend It to you boys gather driftwood for the fire, her old bonnet So she resolved to lm- the boys, for he loved to see the youths en. and get the grub-box out and set the mediately go down to the milliner's and Joy themselves In all innocent and health- table." obtain a new one. Of course Tommy, Helen ful amusement and sport The first day This plan was adopted, and soon camp nd Virginia must aocompany her, as of the boys' possession of the boat was life was evident on the bank of the river. usual. one they would never forget, or the first Smoke curled to the sky from a fine camp- When at last their destination was night, rather, for It was during the night fire over which coffee sent out a fragrenoe reached the three children sat down, each that their experience, of which I am which mingled dellolously with the smell on a chair, as quiet and contented looking about to write, happened. It all came of frying fish. The boys had brought with as little doves. about this way: The boys had been rowing them plenty of camp provisions and their However, the moment grandma was out up and down tho river most of the day, table, a big coarse towel spread on the ot l"ht tola began walking about stopping only occasionally to east tholr ground, soon looked very Inviting, Indeed, fingering every pretty hat they espied, fishing lines Into the water where they a frying-pan full of fish cooked to a turn They soon became tired of this mode of kuewr the catcb was good, and after haul- was the principal delicacy of the table and amusement and Instead invited themselves ing In several fine fish for their supper was muoh relished by the three hungry , , they spent the remainder of the time la boys. handling the oars more dextrouely. After upper the campers put things to "Nothing better than sitting round the "Let's make our stop tonight at the point rights, which meant washing three tin campflre at night telling ghost and Indian where Sand creek empties Into the river," plates, three ra: p knives and forks and stories, I say," smiled Jack. "But It all suggested Jack. "The river gets pretty . spoons, a badly-amoked frying pan aad let together just right to make a perfect wide and deep at that poiot, and the far- coffee-pot In the river and wiping them whole. I say, let's turn In early, for I'm ther we go down stream iht more Inter. iry on tne tablecloth. Then thev were as tired after a day's rowlnz and fishing eating It will beoome. Ine river five miles , put inside the "grub-box" and the box ,a though I had been cutting hay In the August fields." "One story round; then to bed to boat, to the grand feast of picking off of the hats every tempting looking cherry and luscious bunch of grapes. But their senlth of mlsohlef was not yet reached. They began eating them with such a relish that the hungriest little street waif placed before a Thanksgiving dinner could not have displayed a more extraor dinary appetite. When grandma beheld the children eat ing the Imported Paris dainties she waa both vexed and amazed. At length all turned out well and the manager, a kind man, thought It too much of a Joke to demand the cost of the fruits. Upon their arrival at Aunt Mary'e the very first thing the children did waa to explore the large grounds. The first place they went was the barn. There In the hay loft they found Uncle John's old hat and a weather-beaten suit which had clothed a scareorow. All of a sudden Tommy exclaimed: "Let's play circus 1" "Yes," was the enthusiastic reply. Another moment's adventure brought back an old, discarded, rusty parrot's cage. In this Baby Helen waa proudly placed and labeled, "Found In the dense Afrloan jungles, the most wonderful monkey In existence. " Baby endured It for a short time only, having been supplied with a newly painted bright Ted rattle. But the rattle didn't taste as good as it loeked and Helen's screams of provocation soon summoned Uncle John, who put an end to the "circus" in his own private way, of which Tommy Isn't very fond of relating. (Second Prize.) The Dream Lady. By Ruth Ashby, Ex-Queen, Aged 14 Tears, e2 Foster btreet, Evanston, 111. Red Side. Little Edna was a cripple. All day long she aat alone while Mrs. Grant, the lady she lived with, was out working. Many people would pity her, but Edna thought herself luoky, for did she not have the Dream Lady? When the pain In her back was unusually bad, the beautiful Dream Lady would come and take her away to the land of dreams. There she would see her dear little baby sister, who died so many years ago. The dear mother, whom she could remember distinctly, was not there. "O, dear Dream Lady!" Edna would cry. "Show me your face." But the sweet lady In gray always shook her head. Once a beautiful lady came to the tenement where Edna lived. She was Interested In the poor little girl and came again and again. "I see no reason why we should not get medical aid and see If you cannot be helped. I have plenty of money and no one to spend It on," said Miss Barbara. So It was arranged that an operation should take place. The great doctors said there was every hope for her recovery. "Miss Tlarbara." said Edna, on the morn ing of her operation, "do not feel badly at what I am going to toll you. I have known all along that I shall never awaken from the sleep that the doctors will put me Into. My beautiful Dream Lady prom ised me that she would show me her face and take me to live with Baby Alice." Andx In spite of everything Edna kept saying these words. The operation took place In Mies Barbara's house. She at first had only thought Edna's words wer merely thoBO of a child, but In spite of herself she was Impressed by them. A nurse entered the library, where Miss Bar bara sat with bowed head. "She died of heart failure before she had fully regained consciousness, but her last words were: 'JJy beautiful Dream Lady my mother.' " " iti. (Honorable Mention.) A Day of Adventure. By Oall E. Howard, ex-Queen, Aged 14 Tears, 4722 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, Blue Side. On the bright morning of June 5, 1909, the graduating class of Saunders sohool set out for a plcnio at Fairmount park, Council Blif n. When we ran for a car at For tieth and Dodge streets one girl had the mlbfortune to lose her pocketbook, but that didn't matter much because she waa treated to nearly everything she wished by her friends. We got out there about 1 o'clock and at 2 o'clock dinner was served. After dinner th prophecy waa read by Miss Hazel Underbill and after that the history was read by Mr. Solon Alback. Soon after dinner there were a few of the girls drinking pop when one girl tipped her bottle too high and the result was me con tents of the bottle were spilled on her skirt and waist. Later there were some boys and girls who were going up Lovers Lane, when one girl fell and cut her hand. She did not know that her hand was cut and neither did anyone else until they re turned. About 1 o'clock we all sat down to enjoy our last meal at that picnic. There was one girl who didn't like her lemonade very well, so when she had drank all she wanted she did not know where to put the rest Ohl An ideal She would use her dress on about the same order as the Japanese do. She poured it on her aklrtt She then thought that she would take aome water. After she had drank all of the water she wanted the rest went where the lemonade was put Just before supper we were up looking at the bear when one of the boya took an other boy's cap and said he was going to feed it to the bear. The owner of the cap said: "See what he will do with It" So the boy held the cap Just a little ways from the bear. At first he pretended he didn't see it and then all of a sudden he gave a Jump. That waa all of that cap, and the owner of the cap had to go home hatless. One boy, who is quite an athlete, thought he would take a stroll before supper be cause he didn't want anything left uneaten on his account. While he waa climbing rip went something. He now bas a pair of pants down at .the tailor's. Another girl, who Is not very strong, anyway, waa not feeling well when she started, and when we ' were on the car coming home she got quite sick, but by Monday morning she was able to go to school. When we were going to Fairmount park -and when we were coming home we gave all our yells. Two of them aret Rlpety, rapety, rlpety, rlne, Saunders, launders, nineteen, nine. Blue and white, blue and white, We're from Saunders, we're all right Are we In It? Well, I guess, Saunders, Saunders, yes, yes, yes I A Busy Little Bee. By Helen May Mead. Aged S Tears, Blair, Neb. Blue Side. I am a little bee which flys among the Miss Ruth Doll s Lament 8 Hln Darla. AM just a doll, but a very pretty one at that I came to live In the house where I am now last Christmas eve. Sinco then my life has not been very happy. The cause of my un- happlness Is this: My little mistress, Daisy Dimple, Is very thoughtless sometimes. She will throw me aside on the least provocation and forget me for hours to gether. The other day she came Into the nursery and said to me: "My dear Ruth, I am going to dress you up In your very "UP TOU GO AND DOWN TOU COME." best frock and take you for a walk In the park." Well, this made me very happy, for I love nothing more than riding in my little wicker go-cart with Daisy Dimple pushing It So, 'Daisy began to undress me preparatory to putting my best frock on me. She bad got my dress and pettl ooat off when someone called up the stairs to her, telling her that her Auntie May was at the door in her auto, and. wanted Daisy Dimple to go for a spin with her. On hearing this, Daisy Dimple Just threw me on a hard chair, I in my little short skirt and underwalst and went off down the stairs ae fast aa she could, forgetting that I would have to lie there in that un comfortable position and suffer till she should return to me. Well, one of the windows was open, and the cold breeze blew on me and almost froze the sawdust In my body. I was really made quite 111 by It. That evening. Just before dlnnen, Daisy Dimple came rushing to me and without an apology for her treatment of me that afternoon, hurriedly prepared me for bed. There I lay, very miserable In mind and body. I love Daisy Dimple very dearly,, for Santa Claus gave me to heiy but she ought to return love for love. Well, a few days ago Daisy Dimple's friends, Paul and Marie Thomas, eame to call on Daisy Dlmplo. They were brought to tho nursery, and the first thing that 1'aul the great rough-and-tumble boy did, was to grab me up and tosa me about as though I was a halt He tossed me to the celling and said: "Up you go and down you come!" And down I did come, too, right on the hard floor, cracking one of my ears and striking my elbow so hard that the funnybone tingled for half an hour. Daisy Dimple Just laughed and laughed, crying out! "Oh, you rude Fault You'll tumble my doll's hiUr and frock. Don't play so roughly." But not a word did she say about her doll's body, nor the hurts she sustained during rough Paul's play. Well, I hod to grin and bear It, as people say when enduring hard luck. Another time Daisy Dimple waa thought less of me. She was having a party and she gave me to an ugly, stupid little girl to play with. The ugly, stupid little girl carried me about under her arm, my head down and my feet in the air. Occasionally she pulled at my hair to soe whether It waa real. Twice she pulled some ont And she got the sash I wore about my waist all smeared with ice cream, and then she threw me on a sofa in the parlor, where I lay the remainder of the day. Oh, I waa so miserable! Why won't children play with dolls in a well-behaved manner? Sometimes I wish I might turn into Daisy Dimple, and she turn Into me. Wouldn't I make her uncomfortable. I'd Just use nor as she now uses me, and make her know how it feels to be an abused doll. But I must stop talking, for there cornea Daisy Dimple, pushing In front of her my wicker go-cart Evidently she'a going to take me to the park for an outing. Oh I shall be so glad, for I do love to go ont into the park. From the smile on, Daisy Dimple's face I should Judge she loves me very much, and It may be that she dooa .not wilfully neglect me. Tou know there are' so many, many children who do not think that dolls feel. Well, If Daisy Dimple is of that opinion I suppose I must forgive her. But I do wish she'd learn more about dolls. And now I must stop, for here she Is, getting; out my best frock and hat I am to go into the park in style, you see. Well, it isn't bo bad being a doll, after alL below here U a quartir of a mile wide, piao(, UDitr om, tu,he4. and the current Is fine. As the boys had planned on being gone telllni "turn after which the boys decided to In," and covered their fire with "Oh, that's J .st half a mils above An- from their hme for two or thre dava I should say." aald Dan. derson'e mill, lan't ItT" asked Charlie. tnt,y ba1 provided themselves with blan- Bo M hour pa,Sed In pleasant story- "r - i' Kels and an old piece ot oilcloth, the lat rlver Is fine above the dams. We'll find ter to be used as a boat cover in case of it splendid rewlng there. rain. They intended sleenina in the boat a hes and lami damn Intra in that thAV Bo the three bent on their oars and went and aa soon aa their evening chorea oil would find 4 bed of coals In the morning gliding down the river, going with the shore were completed they set about fixing for cooking breakfast Then they saw current, whloh made their rowing very their beds for the night before settling that the boat was seourely moored in its easy. Late In the evening they reached down beside their campflre to "swap place In a snug little cove, one end drawn their destination, a spot about a quarter tales" tor an hour or so while their hearty close against the bank which at this point of a mile above the greut milldama. "Say, supper eugested. was sandy and dry. An old, water-aoaked pals, rm getting mighty hungry," declared "Well, everything Is as snug as a bug log which had been carried on the bank Dan, resting on his eara. "And It's about in a rug or will be whan we turn In," said during the high water served to tie the tlaoe we went Into camp and had some- Dan. who had busied himself with bed boat to. Everything ready the boys wrap- thing te cheer up the Inner kid." making. I've got one of the blankets on ped themselves In their blankets and were the bottom ot the boat over the straw we soon fast asleep, dreaming of perils on so wisely put In while the other two are the great ocean. The alow rocking ot the left for covering. Two ef us will He In boat was aa a cradle and the three young one end and the other fellow will take boatmen slumbered more soundly than what's left at the foot First In the boat, when In their beds at home first served." and Dan laughed merrily. About midnight Dan rose to a sitting -Say, traveling on the water by day and posture, for he bad been dreaming of sleeping la harbor by night la not so bad. some sudden danger. It might have been la ItT" asked Charlie. "And supper on laad the cooler air of the night which awakened with fresh fish and ravenous appetites? him or It might have been the furious la the best part of It, I amy." . rocking of the boat Whatever the cause. TUN LOOK1NU UP TUG BOYS BEIUS LD THE FAINT GLIMMEK Of A LANTERN, Dan sat tolt upright rubbed his eyes and looked wonderingly about him. After the first waking moment he recalled the In cidents of the previous day and evening, and also the position of the boat. But now he could not distinguish any land close at hand and the boat seemed drifting down stream very rapidly and the water was more turbulent than when they had gone to sleep on Its bosom. A feeling of fear seized Dan, for he realized that the boat had broken from Its mooring and was adrift on the river a short distance above the first great milldam. An3 the night was windy and drops of rain were falling on Dan's upturned face. Quickly rousing his comrades, he explained the situation to them. Then three young fel lows sat up in the boat, eyes wide with wonder and fear. "Say, It's .a regular hurricane blowing down this river," cried Jack, seizing an oar. "Get to work, there, pals, or we'll be carried over the dam. We can't be far from it and the river Is rough and swift. Gee, what a sudden change since we went to sleep In our snug little cove!" The three boys bent on their oars, got the boat turned around against the current, but work as they might with all their com bined strength and determination, they could not make any headway against the wind and water. But they did manage to prevent their boat from being carried further down stream. AfWr two or more hours of this terrible work. Jack, his face and hands dripping with perspiration, called out above the roar of the wind:' "I see a light on the left bank. Shall we try to pull for It? I can't hold out much longer at this sort of thing." "But the bank all along there Is like ,i high wall absolutely Insurmountable," cried Dan "Don't you remember how It looked yesterday from where we camped? I see the light, too. but I think it's a long dis tance Inland not on the bank." "Well I'm In ihe same condition as Jack," declared Charily "I'm about done for, pals. We'll have to pull for shore steep bank or no. We'll find some spot where we can climb to the top. We'll have to let the boat go." The three put renewed energy on their oars and after what seemed a very long time, they succeeded In reaching the bank which rose in front of them perpendicularly to a height of twelve or fifteen feet They rowed along under protection for some rodB, calling out, "Help!" aa loudly as they could. But their voices made little noise when compared with the roar of the elements and the onrush of water. But just as they were about to give up In despair, for all were losing strength, a cry from overhead oaught their ears. Then, looking up, the boys beheld the faint glim mer of h lantern. "Hello! Who's there?" called out a voice, struggling against the wind. The boys cried jut their dilemma, beg ging tor assistance. "We can't hold out much longer!" called out Dan. "Row about ten yards up stream." cried out the voice above them. "There Is a little break In the bank up which you may climb. But be A-utlous, for If you slip back It will be the end of you, for the water along here Is thirty feet or more deep." The boys followed the instructions which came from some person on the bank above them, and after a hard struggle both on the water and on the steep and crumbling bank, succeeded In reaching the level ground above. There they found an old farmer, who was out hunting along the bank for a strayed calf, fearing- It had gone over the bank Into the river below. And he told the boya that the high water was due to heavy rains a short distance "up river" and that tho tributary streams had poured their overflow Into the river,' causing it to swell to unusual proportions. And accompanying the rising waters was a furious wind and rain storm, and the boys had b-en the victims of it. They hurried to the farmer's house, a short distance away, where they were put Into dry beds to finish the hour or so that re mained of the night. And, lying there, talking over their exciting and dangerous experience. The boys bemoaned the loss of their old frUnd's boat and gave thanks for their own rescue at the handa ot the old farmer, but for whose timely appear ance, they mltiht have fcone down stream and over the great dams with the frail boat. "Well, paU, we'll not weep over spilt milk," philosophised Dan. "We'll have to go to work this summer and save our earnings till we have enough money to pay for the boat that through us was lost." And, In the first stages of tired slumber, fatigued Jack aud Charlie (uuubled; "Sure, Kid. flowers to get my food. Some of my brothers and sisters work with me and some of them stay In the hive all day. Then I have to help get honey for them, and for the baby bees. X have to help gather bee bread. The bees are little eggs at first, then they change to worms. They go to eleep and sleep a while ae worms and then be come little bees. Our house Is called a hive. It la a small place for so many bees but we have plenty of room. In the evening we go to bed early and sleep all night We get up with the sun and go to work early. We work all day while the drones lay around In the hive. Some people do not like us because we sting them but we never sting unless dis turbed. In a few days we die and new ones come to work In our places. After a while there comes a new queen. Then the younger queen takes some of the bees and swarms. They settle on the branchea of some tree and if the owner can catch them he will put them in a new hive and they begin their work over again. Thus they make homes for themaelvea. A Fishing Party. By Helen Haggart Aged 11 Tears, St Paul, Neb., Blue Side. Dorothy and Margaret were going camp ing down by the river with their mamma and papa and their brothers and sisters. They were folcg Monday and coming back Saturday. They started out Monday morning look ing Ilka they intended to stay a month. Dorothy and Margaret aat among the pro visions in a big wagon, with big straw hats on. The girls got out several times along the way to pick flowers. When they reached the river, the first thing they did was to get their dinner. Then they went out in a boat and fished. When Dorothy and Margaret got tired of the water they found a shallow plaoe in the river and got permission to wade. They were sitting on the bank with their feet hanging over, and paddling their hands In the water, when DorothV caught something In ber hand. She was aston ished to find that it was a tiny fish. She ran and showed It to the rest of the party and then put it back Into the river. The next day It was rainy and the girls had to stay In the tent all day. But It was bright all the rest of the week, and they went home Saturday, all 'saying they had had a good time. A Day at The Lake. By Clarice HaKgart, Aged 9 Tears, St Paul, Neb., Blue bids. It was a bright June day. Helen, Har old, Pauline and Mr. and Mrs. Smith were going out to camp by the lake. The chil dren had made plans what to do. There Was a boat In which they could row them selves. They all planned not to tip the boat over, and get wet. At 11 o'clock you could see them drive up to the lake. Harold Jumped out, but waited until the rest came before he went down to the boat. They had dinner at 1 o'clock, from fih and some tea and bread, which they had brought from home. After dinner the children went out boat ing. The lake was not very wide, and in loss than ten minutes they were across. They went back to the middle of the lake but they returned a sharp corner and Helen, who waa on the edge of the boat went over In the water. They got her In the boat but ahe waa very muoh fright ened. When they got to the shore they went home to get some dry clothes for Helen. The Bee Hive, By Jessie SohwlngeL Aged U Tears, 1024 East Avenue, Holdrege, .Neb. Blue Bide. There onoe waa a very large bee, who lived in Omaha. Hie name waa Omaha Bee. Being a very wise bee, he resolved to form a bee hive, only he thought he would have the young bees and teach them how to work, which was very kind of him. He was such a good bee that all the young bees wanted to Join, and the old bees wanted them to Join, because they all liked The Omaha Bee se much. The Omaha Bee then made some rules, whloh were very easy to follow, but some ot the bees forgot to follow them. Then The Omaha Bee reminded them of the rules, and they willingly tried again, because The Omaha Bee was so nice over it Every three months the bees elected a new king and queen. But, of course, there were aome drones who had to get to work or they' could not stay in the hive, and some times the drones would steal the other bees' honey. Then they would have a trial before the king and queen. The Omaha Bee named the hive the Busy Little Bees, and the little bees were proud to gather honey tor The Omaha Bee. Helen's Lesson. By Elizabeth Mines, Aged It Tears, Mayas, Neb. Blue Bide. "Mary I Mary I" No answer. Mary's mother called again, but there waa no an swer. Mary was lying on the grass, under a tree. When she heard ber mother call, she thought "I am not going to come, because she only wants me to practice my music lubson or do the dishes." Mary, went on reading. After a while she grew tired of reading and went over to play with her playmate Helen. When she came to Helen's home, Helen'a mother said, "Why, Mary, I thought you had gone to the Sunday school picnic" Mary said, "I did not know it was today, and I did not know anything about it" Mary hurried home and her mother aald, "Where have you beent Why didn't you come when I called?" Mary told her story. After she finished she said, "Mamma, what did Helen's mother mean?" Mary's mother said, "Tour friends came for you to go with them, but as you did not an swer, I told them to go on without you." Mary hung her head and said, "This) teaches me a good lesson, and I will al ways come when you call." And Mary kept her promise. S J TV" SA SM. IL