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Jones, Robert Webster (ed.) / The housekeeper
Vol. XXVII, No. 9 (July, 1904)

Children's hour,   pp. 30-[31] PDF (1.8 MB)

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THE HOUSEKEEPER for July. 1904
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tell all they knew about the war, ugs        snwce,
should decide who was the winner.      The   of every kin(
one who told the most should be presented    the appetites
'0,with a picture or a biography of Washing-                     grown folks.
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anld cake should be served. This would be   miing  in deep
asaqfe way to celebrate the Fourth as well of the big g
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The River and the Sca.
IBy Emauie C. Ii ,I'
Dolly and Polly and David and Dan
Ran the way that the river ran;
"We're going to find the sea !- they cried,-
"The beautiful sea, so blue and wide!"
They followed the river, by bush and brier,
The rippling river, through mead and mire;
They ran and ran until the day grew dim,
And a little bird sang his vesper hymn;
Till the twilight deepened and stars came
And the gay little fireflies danced about;
Then hushed was all their laughter and
They sighed: "We never can find the sea!"
Dolly and Polly and David and Dan
Turned them about, and they homeward
They ran and ran, till in Mother's arms
They  were folded safe from   the night -
To-day they play by the river side,
Filled with content and an honest pride:
"Our rr -    ivlwy:- th.e far ir.
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Patriotism Without Powder.
THINK    a nice way to celebrate the Fourth
-f July would be in the following way:
It would be nice to make a tent out in th
yard of red, white and blue bunting or larg
lags. Biuting is nice also hung from tr-
to tree. If there is a pump or swing or an'
other article that is painted red, white or
blue hang the hunting of the other two.
national (Adors on It
As a sdbstiute for fire works the children
should be furnished with things that ar'
used in the United States army, such as
drums, flags and trumpets.  It would be a
very good plan to furnish each child with
red. white and blue caps and flags. If their
fathers and mothers should know stories of
the Revolutionary War, they might tell them
to the children.
It would be nice to have a picnic dinner
served in tents or in the yard or porch.
After the picnic dinner the children could
play games or have a battle. They should
divide into two parts and have flags to fight
for or to protect
The way I have proposed seems a great
deal of work. but if children were burned
with a fr -raikur or shiot with a toy pistol
this pi: no .1  re' - .alf as much work
as  tak...;T: ., < -.'  urt  child.
.ge !''.             iJENE PETERSON.
A History Match.
A   v ry nice way to c'-tlrate the Fourth
 f July  wold ht- thave a history
oell*   r ..' 3a11'..... I--v'-!iia ryV l"War
A Good Old Fashioned Picnic.
B  EING a girl, I don't care as much for
fireworks as boys do, although I enjoy
seeing Roman candles and skyrockets: still
I think there are many ways in which to
spend "the glorious Fourth," besides shoot-
inig off fireworks all day.  I will tell you
how it was the custom to spend the Fourth
in the little town of Princeton, Ky.. which
was my former home, and, in my opinion,
C'e day could not le more pleasantly spent.
About 9 or It) o'clock in the morning. the
children would all gather at the appointed
meeting  place, where were waiting   large
hay wagons. on    wvhich the children  piled
with much fun and laughter, as. of course,
everybody was In the best of spirits.  The
mamas and papas came along in carrines
n d vhicles of every kind: and. tn   ing
home, and,
bioth clhildrs
they wolId
again.  Now
ati bVOry ort
day spent li
tute for tire'
Age 12.
for a ,
hall and app
invitations a
blue ri bbon
have music,
vite overy pt:
mu1dler eighte
until the dinner hour arrived,
it tdiin r  It  onuk is  ny  tim Ih
nk of it now  Fried chicken by
good old country ham, salads,
pickles, olives, cakes and pies
d; in fact, everything to tempt
s of alreadiy hungry children and
After dinner some of the men
boys would go off and go swim-
p parts of tite creek: also some
girls who had brouglht bathinit
would have a fine time going in
il too soon the wagons drove
nounced that it was time to go
although pretty well tired out,
en and grown folks voted that
be glad when the Fourth came
I must say that I think that
cirl who would not say that a
ike this.v, ould be a good substi-
ivwrks is crtainly hard to please.
Fourth of July "Spread."
way to celebrate the Fourth Is
group of girls to rent a large
lpoint committees to get a dinner
Another set of girls could write
and tie a bow of red. white ant
s on the notes.    They should
hire a hand if possible, and in-
person in town of their age, say
een.  None should be slighted.
up T!w r-ar. was the most imporrtimit w at
of all, the one which carried the baskets
full of good things to eat.  The long pro-
cession drove through town amid the wav-
Ing of flags and the shouts of the children,
and. after driving into the country for about
three miles. at last stopped in a shady
grove on the banks of a beautiful creek.
The children were all glad to get there,
after their long drive. and In a few minut's
many of them had taken off their shoes
and stockinzs, and were cooling their feet
in the clear water of the creek.     Some
of the wee tots who were afraild to go in
wading, amnsed themselies by swinging in
the large swings which had been put up,
picking wild flowers, or gathering shells
along the bank.   The older people amused
themselves playing games of some kind,
while some of the men occupied their time
in rraking big barrels of lemonade which
!idlnit I,' 't vir loni, when the ihildtren got
,t it. 'T. tl time passed m-t pliasant-
Ihve some older pins      there to keep or-
der.  Some of the girls could bring games
such as "Authors." '"Flinch" and "t'it."  At
noon the girls should set the table and every
three or four girls should have a table to
wait on. They should have on white aprons
and every person should take some little gift
orme, such as a bunih of violets, a rose, a
Iow of ribbon, or a stall flig.
Music and the Declaration of Independence.
1 TINK    we could celebrate the Fourth of
July wti the good old pi)enics we love
so well, without the usual noise and acci-
We could do away with the toy pistols,
the fire-crackers sand the fireworks display.
I think that the program and music are al-
w\:I"  the lb,.,  part of a1 celehration. They
-,.101,be nuale moe laborate to make tup
for other 1ost fetres  The children could
take a   laIge  part in the  program.   Of
course, the Declaration of Independence is
always read.  What would a Fourth of July
celebration be without it? . And above all,
the dear old "Slars and Stripes" should be
displayed  everywhere.  The sight of it Is
enough to arouse the spirit of patriotism in
one's soul.
Age 1.                  CECIL STULTs.
My Way of Spending the Fourth of July.
A  BOUT three miles from    my home there
is a beautiful lake, with a sandy beach
and some good boats. I never see it with-
out thinking of the Fourth of July, for it
is so closely connected with the many good
times we have had there.     I have spent
'very Fourth there since I can remember,
with my friends.  We have a program    con-
sisting  of patriotic songs and  recitations.
We have plenty of flags. and a good dinner.
We are all very patriotic, and we feel that
wve can be without many fire-crackers and
torpedoes.  Two years ago my cousin got
his hand hurt very badly by a giant cracker,
and since then we have tried to rule them
off our picnic ground.
Age 12..ML M10tMRGAN.
A Fourth of July Barbecue.
T IS year, on the Fourth, we are going
to celebrate by having a barbecue.
There is a grove near town where we are
going to have our barbecue.  The people of
the town think this plan better than shoot-
ing fire-crackers and Itoman candles.
There is going to be an old fiddlers' con-
st.   And the boy or girl who recites the
best will be rewarded with a prize.
The boys and girls of the cities can go to
the parks and take their dinners with them.
They could have music, games, and histor-
ical recitations about the Fourth  of July,
which would be very interesting.
I am  sure everybody would have a good
time, and no one would get hurt by fire-
crackers and Roman candles.    I think this
plan better than celebrating in the old way.
Age 12.                 ANNAt ItoiEY.
Celebrate Our Independence.
TlEhRE are many different ways of cele-
brating the Fourth of July besides hav-
ing fireworks and little toy pistols.
My idea of celebrating the Fourth is to
have a picnic in a grove and spread the
table cloths on the grass and everybody eat
together.  In the grove have some swings,
and play games.  In the morning have some
patriotic songs and recitations.  It would
be nice to have some races, such as an egg
race, a sack race, a fat-man's race, a flag
drill and a bleycle drill.  This will teach
the children not to celebrate fireworks, but
out independence.
Another way to celebrate the Fourth is to
have a picnic near a lake or river; then
you could catch fish and take a boat ride.
The older people could pass their time in
social conversation while the young folks
played games.
Age 11).                  ItoriitBr:.
rro  ) ITGH--Ir -N QTTICIT -ITS.         p
I think aft-r r-ading our stories regard-
Ing Fourth of July celebrations, we will all
conclude that there are a good many ways
of having a glorio.s Fourth without much
gunpowder and noise.   I hope there will be
a good many experiments with the new kinds
of Fourth that have been suggested, and I
hope every one of you may have a genuine-
ly good time in whatever way you cele-
brate,-and that there may be no accidents
to any of my circle of boys and girls.
We have given more than three prizes,
as you see, for our letters on Fourth of
July Plans. This is partly because the let-
ters received were so good, and partly be-
e*use the announcement of prizes for the
Design contest had to be put off till next
month. The time was too short for any of
the designs to be reproduced in this number
of the magazine. but next month you shall
know all about them,
With love and best wishes,
Prizes for Silhouettes.
SI'PPOSF all you children know what a
subonette Is: if not. ask father or mother,
or better still. go to the dictionary and read
carefully what it says. When you have done
that you t-il know that in order to make
a silhouette, you will need only a pair of
scissors and a piece of black paper.-or if
you have no black paper, any colored paper
will do. though black is best. Now the sil-
buotte may be of any member of your fam-
ily, any friend, or if you prefer, of the dog
'r the cat 'r thi h'rce.  Indeed. I do not
care who or what the subject of the pictire
is, but it must be made from life, that is,
you must cut it out by looking at some liv-
ing object, not at any other picture.  I am
sure you will have a great deal of fun in
trying for this contest.  You may experI-
ment as much as you like, then send me the
one picture you think is best, pasting it
neatly upon a piece of white cardboard or
paper.  Write your name, address and age
on the back of the paper, not on a separate
sheet, and mail it so that it will reach the
office not later than the twentieth of July.
Three prizes will be awarded for the best
silhouettes. Address Editor Children's Hour,
THEHrsumsu           inopoi.Minni.. and in
the lower left-handl  worr write Sliouett,
Prize Story Contcst.
Who can tell me the most about a grain
of wheat, In fifty words?  Try it and see.
Crowd all the information you can into a
connected story of exactly fifty words. Write
your name, address and age on the same
sheet of paper, and mail so that it will
reach the office not later than the twentieth
of July.   The  best two   stories  will be
awarded prizes.  Address Editor Children's
iour. Tns  Horse:c'a. Minneapolis. Minn .
and in the lower left-hand corner write Story
The Prize Winners in the Fourth of July
Story Contest were:
Virginia Mayes. Evansville. Ind.
Frances Brookman. Vermilion, S. D.
trein Pterson. Mii gn City, Ind.
Cecil Stuits, Nit. Pulaski, Ill.
Itubiy  lood, Vienna, Ill.
Those deserving Honorable Mention:     Mae
Morgan, Elk   Rivtru'. Minn.; Annah   Robey,
Coleman, Texas: Ituth Batle, Overton, Neb.;
Dora IDuggins, Iunlap, Ill.: Ituth Leonard,
Lake City, Iowa: Y'ura E. McFarland, Olney,
Ore.; Elsie E. IPlsel, New  Itockford, N. D.;
Maybe Tracey, Argonia, Kan.; Jessle Bur-
gess, Lincoln, Neb.
Change a letter in each word of the fol-
living sentences and make proverbs:
1.  Luke bay white thy sen whines.
2.  I loft atswer burneth alay wrash.
3. Crass ale love ell.
4. langer as thy lest since.
5. Fortiml savors thy breve.
6.  Home has lot quilt an o dey.
7.1I tolling store hathers so loss.
A.  Few grooms steep clear.
9.  TLo hmrns chill broads thy fare.
10. lBi..k 1iiore on leak.
11.  At lN. r Unis cut at sours.
Hiddn-m  tirds.
A place to market grain, and a tavern.
A hous-hold pet, and to arouse from
A season of rest, a hotel and a high
A domestic animal, and a boy's name.
A chiring Ldrink, and the whole.
A place where fruits are preserved for
To pilfer, and a tavern.
A girl's name, and a dessert.
To shrink from danger.
To render in twain, and a steep eleva-
To chastise, poverty stricken, and a
boy's name.
Behead to gain knowledge, and leave to
ncquire':a form of oxygen, and leave a helt;
custom, and leave a plant : imaginary, and
leave to trade; frolic, and leave a wine: the
sum, and leave to rise : to expiate. and leave
a mo'dified sound : to hire, and leave natur-
alness: a wild revel, and leave to awaken;
a fruit, and leave to place in order : a story,
and le:'ve a  iluor ; bitter censure, and leave
a relative.
The Oropped letters will spell the name
of a notcd American writer of girls' stories.
By using the same prefix in each in-
stance, change quick to idle; to enliven, to
void of life ; shape, to to tell ; real estate,
to interior; custom, to to occupy; a mov-
able lodge, to purpose; noted, to wicked; a.
blaze, to to provoke; part of a church, to to
animate; walk, to part of the foot; rigid,
to extreme.
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