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0. L. BRADLEY.
forts. But I can not tear myself away good? There are a great many medicines from all that is dear to my heart, without which are any thing but pleasant to take. taking leave of Aunt Sue, whom I have But the doctors tell us they must be taken learned to love as if she were really my when we are sick, if we want to get well. aunt. And now farewell. I go to battle with the world, and whether misfortune So with the criticism. It may be bitter or success attend my struggles, your name medicine sometimes; but the patient will and your deeds shall ever have a place in be likely to be better off if he takes it. my memory, and the recollection of them Uncle Frank has been very severely critiwill serve but to excite my energy and to cized in his day, and he is glad of it now. nerve my arm. I remain, Yours with sincere respect,
The next letter is from Iowa It is
evidently written by one who has not had Miss M. S. B. The communication you
much experience in letter-writing; but he send me is good, and may perhaps be need not be ashamed of this effort. It is available in such lands as the editors of
handsomely done : the Sunday-school papers, though it is not
Davenport, Iowa, Oct. 16, 1856.
DEAR UNCLE FRANK, -I take the libadapted to my pages. I sympathize with you very deeply in your efforts to make erty of writing a few lines to you to let your pen profitable both to others and you know I am very well, and hope you
are the same. I have been a subscriber yourself. You must not, however, expect to your Youth's Cabinet for the last year, remuneration until you have had some ex. and like it very well. Davenport, the perience. I had to write at least half a place where I live, is a very nice place,
situated on the eastern side of the Missis. dozen years beforo I received a mill for sippi River, opposite the town of Rock my manuscripts. You will succeed, Island. Davenport contains over twelve though, if you persevere, and if you have thousand inhabitants, and has several fine the grace indicated in the admonition, public buildings and private residences. “ Learn to labor, and to wait.”
I hope if you ever come to Davenport, you
J. BLAINE MASON.
Galena, II., Oct. 23, 1866. tainly grant me the same privilege. For DEAR UNCLE FRANK, —Tea is just over; many years we have taken the Youth's the room lighted; a warm fire in the Cabinet
, by which I have been amused stove, and as the storm is raging without, and benefited, and many times have felt there is no danger of visitors, so I have like writing to you, but feared your criti- taken out my writing-desk to chat with cisms would be too severe. Now the ice you, and send you answers, etc. We are is broken and I slipped in; and if you will having strange weather here in the West. help me out, I will be one of your neph- September was chilly, and on the last day Your nephew,
of that month, we bad snow all day. Can you boast of as much as that? Then Oc
tober came in warm and pleasant, and we So, then, you don't like to be criti- have had charming Indian-summer weathcized. Well, it is n't pleasant, that is, it er, doors and windows all open; until todoes n't feel good to have one's composi- day it is windy and stormy again. I was tion, on which he has expended a good much pleased to find that one of my enig. deal of labor, and which, perhaps, he has the Cabinet. I consider it quite a treat
mas was good enough to find a place in made just as perfect as he is able to make to be thus honored. I have been very it, cut up without mercy. Still, don't you successful in getting answers this month. think, after all, that criticism will do you l I have found nearly all. I think the puz
LEWIS F. GOODWILL.
zles, etc., very good, and those anagrams on the epecial attention of the editor, I
" noted personages and things” are think. But aside from that consideration, capital, but none but 0. L. Bradley's wise I don't believe that I have any power in head could have invented them. I did n't expect to have found them out; but one my constitution to deny such a request as day, feeling a little lazy, I took up the this from any subscriber, when the request Cabinet, when it struck me what the first is expressed in such pleasant terms. Yes, one was, and instantly I had them all. \ I 'll write to you, Miss Mary; and you That on your name is excellent, I think, need not be at all surprised to find your don't you? But I will send my answers, kind invitation accepted, one of these days, or I shan't have room on this small sheet. and to see Uncle Frank make himself at
home at “Spring Vale.” Mind, now. I
don't say I shall come. But don't you be Spring Vale, N. Y., Nov. 4, 1850. MY DEAR UNCLE FRANK, -(For I sup- suprised, and hold up both hands with aspose that I may be allowed to address you tonishment, if you should see me at your by that familiar epithet,)--I have long had house. a desire to write to you; but within this desire was contained the wish that you Winona has sent some excellent anawould write to mo. I knew that your time was very much occupied, and feared, grams, which are filed for publication. as we were not personally acquainted, you Her enigmatical dinner-party is equally probably never having heard of me, that excellent; but as it was written on the you would think me intruding to ask you back of the same leaf which contained the to spend even a little of your precious anagrams, and I had not time to copy it, time in writing to me; yet I determined, I was obliged to send it to the shades. at the risk of your thinking me presumptuous, to ask this favor, and to do myself the pleasure of writing to you. I have
Helen. There is only one objection been very much pleased with your Cabi- that I can discover to your stanzas. They net, which I have taken since 1846 (in my are not good enough. father's name until a few years since). I remember when quite a small child to have thought that I should be sorry when I Jonathan wants to know the origin of grew too old and wise to be interested by our word mum, which is used to denote the little stories in the Cabinet ; but that silence. It was used, no doubt, in the has been improving every year, and now, first place, on account of the sound of the at the mature age of seventeen, I am, far word, as it imitates the noise we make in from being tired, delighted with every new number. Your accounts of your travels closing the mouth suddenly, while in the in Europe have been very interesting to act of speaking. The word, it seems, is a Yet I hope that your health is now
very old one.
Mumm is a term by which too good to demand absence trom your the Danes express the idea of mufling, or own country for the winter. Let me say masking. It is from this source, I suppose, to you before I close, that we live in a very pleasant villa near the village of Kingston, that we derive the word. Our word mumwhere Uncle Frank would ever be wel-ble, you need hardly be told, comes from come, and all would be done by the in- | the same root. It, too, is one of those mates to make his stay agreeable. Now, verbs which have their origin in the dear uncle, if you will spare a few mo- sound indicated in pronouncing the word. ments to write me a letter, it will be prized very much; for I feel much attached to you. Your affectionate niece,
W. M'K. “I'll keep up a regular cor
respondence with you, if agreeable.” I assure Miss Mary that I shall write to Well, go ahead; but not as you have beher without fail. A person who has taken gun, though. You have written on both the Cabinet for ten years, has some claim sides of your sheet.
MARY L. B.
AUNT SUE'S BUREAU.
HERE is a letter dated August 28th. I | privilege. I looked over part of Aunt wonder where it has been lying all this Sue's Bureau, and saw what a scolding time; to think I should have missed those she gave to us blundering urchins about grapes and flowers! Thank you, Mollie the misspelled words. Did I make any
of those horrid mistakes? If so, I would dear, for your kind offer; write again. take back, make right, and return, if I With regard to the “little corner," walk only knew which they were. I do not in and make yourself perfectly comfort- give it up yet about Aunt Sue's likeness; able.
perhaps it is impertinent in me to do so, “ City of Flowers,"
but I would so like to see it. I do not
August 28, 1856. believe she half knows, or she would give MY DEAR AUNT SUE,— Please, may n't me some faint hopes of meeting with that I have a little corner in your great big picture so much resembling Pope Pius the warm heart? I do so want to have you Ninth. Very affectionately your niece, love me—if only a little.
PHEBE. I love to read the Cabinet ever so much, and find out the answers to the Puzzler's
My friend Theodore seems to feel a little Drawer; yet I have never sent them, as I was almost afraid you would n't like it. vexed with me for dropping the S. N. I don't like Uncle Frank, because when Why, Tete, you surely would n't have he was out West he passed within a few two mothers ! One is as much as any hours' ride of us, and never called. If one deserves, and every extra “Aunt" is you will come to see me, I will give you
“clear gain." Upon re-consideration, the most beautiful grapes, and, what is better, the dearest little bouquet you ever
don't you agree with me? had, with sweet monthly roses in it. Give
Boston, Mass., October 6, 1956 my love and kisses to all my cousins, for DEAR AUNT SUE, -May I take the lib. they are mine, are they not?
erty (though I wish no such liberty had May I write again some day?
been invented) to begin so ? I had a Good-by. Your loving MOLLIE E.
good mind never to write to you for changing your name. My mother's ini
tials are S. N.; so I should have two Here is a letter from Phebe, who seems
mothers. Am I not impertinent ? I'm a little afraid that my lecture on misspelled However, you may be as formal as you
afraid I have n't been formal enough. words might have applied to her. I am like in your comments on it. But, just as happy to say I do not remember the name if my letters would be put into print! of one of the offenders; but I don't be- Yours truly, lieve she was among them. The present letter gives no evidence of short-comings Liitle Georgie's buinp of imaginative in that respect. Touching the likeness, ness must be unusually developed. Kiss suppose I should send you one through the the dear little fellow for me, will you, post-office, am I to direct it “To Miss George ? Phebe, Hazlebank, August 17th, 1856 ?"
Cameron Mils, Oct. 9, 1954. I pause for a reply.
DEAR AUNT SUE-I received the Cabi. Hazlebank, August 17, 1856. net for October last Monday. I think that DEAR AUNT SUE-Yesterday I went to there were some very good pieces ir it. our country post-office, about two miles I have read what you said about Trenton from here, and what most welcome visitor Falls. I have never been there myself, do you suppose I got ?--the Youth's Cabi- but my father was born at Trenton, and net. I have not read all of it yet. Mother my mother has been there many times. is now performing that enviable task; or, She freely indorses your opinion of the perhaps I should say, is enjoying that | beauty of its scenery. Father has gone
to California, and mother and myself board | I like the Cabinet better the longer I read with Aunt Adelia, who has a dear, sweet it. I will send an enigma along with this little boy, nearly three years old. We letter. I can not make as good ones as call him Georgie, and think that he is very the rest, but I make the best I can.* I cunning. One pleasant moonlight night, will not intrude upon your patience any about two months ago, there were no longer. Please excuse all mistakes and clouds, except a few fleecy ones here and poor writing. Your nephew, there. We went to take a walk, when
EUGENE F. RANDOLPH. suddenly a little fleecy cloud passed over the moon, just as it was passing. Georgie
* "Angels could no more." — Aunt Sue. cried out “See, George; see, the moon smokes—the moon smokes!" which made us all laugh. GEORGE F. SLY.
Portsmouth, Ohio, October 13, 1856. DEAR AUNT SUE-I am going to tell
you a great secret, and you must not let Troy, October 9, 1856.
any but your very particular nieces and DEAR AUNT SUE-Is that unanswered friends know any thing about it. When enigma to be like the charade of Præd ? the Cabinet for this month arrived, the I for one have tried my utmost to solve it, very first thing I opened to was your acbut have failed at last. Will you please ceptance of my June letter, and a cosy to speak to H. B. P. through the medium corner of " the Bureau” for myself among of the Cabinet? If you do so, I have no the host of warm-hearted cousins which doubt but that more than one reader of make that section of the Cabinet so very my favorite monthly visitor will be pleased. pleasant. Now, when ma saw it, she Don't you think that that animal is the complimented her little Bettio very much, onagra? I have solved some of the puz- and gave one of her sweet kisses. Oh! I zles in the October number, and send you I do believe
I have grown more in the last
you, Aunt Sue, it made me feel proud. the results of my labors.
few days than in six months before, and,
by the way, that is no very inconsiderable I believe Uncle Frank has something to amount either, for I am now almost as say about that enigma. I am not ac- large as sister Rhoda. But this letter is quainted with your friend “Onagra.” I long enough already, and I do not wish
to tire you with too much at one time. think you must mean the “Onager.” The
I inclose answers to the puzzles, etc., in animals I tried were “Tartar” and the October number, of every one but the "Quagga." Those I endeavored to fit on first, which I "give up." to “trumpet," "hautboy,” “bag-pipe,"
Affectionately yours, “clarion," etc., and I certainly succeeded
BETTIE KENDALL. in turning out some of the most remark- I should not transgress your rule of writ
P. S. Brother Will fixed this so that able heroes I ever heard of. It is too much ing on both sides of the paper. for me, and I fairly give it up.
Lettie, I suppose you did n't ihink there
was much in your “P. S.," but you can't Hayfield, Va., October 11, 1856. think with what pleasure I read it. I do AUNT SUE,—You will see by this that
so love to hear of brotherly and sisterly I have taken the liberty to write a few kindnesses ; so if you want to do your lires to you. I have received the October number of the Cabinet. I think the Aunt Sue a favor, be kind to one another, puzzles are uncommonly hard; so much and then let the one who receives the So, that I can answer bui very few of them. 'kindness write to me about it.
HENRY A. DANKER.
THE PUZZLER'S DEPARTMENT.
ENIGMA No. 21.
HISTORICAL QUESTIONS, No. 11. I am composed of 15 letters.
1. Who first struck fire from flints, and My 1, 13, 5, 4, is a species of Western when ? game.
2. Who gained the first prize of tragedy, My 8, 10, 15, 2, is an article of food. and when ?
My 6, 13, 3, 12, 14, is sometimes found 3. When was silk first brought from in gardens.
India ? My 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, is a bird.
4. When first introduced into Europe ? My 7, 11, is a preposition.
5. When first worn by the clergy in My whole is a golden law.
6. When did the Flemings first trade to
Scotland for fish?
REBUS No. 14.
Entire I am a pronoun in the second My 11, 14, 13, is a useful article.
person. Take away my first letter, and I My 8, 16, 6, 9, is an article of clothing.
am a pronoun still, but in the first person; My 7, 17, 2, 10, 12, 4, 21, 1, is a flower. put on my first, and take away my last My whole is a sentence.
letter, and I am again a pronoun in the
BUDGET OF ANAGRAMS, No. 11. 1. HER COONS. 6. HOT FUR
ALGEBRAIC PUZZLE. 2. MRS. AMITE'S 7. ANY ONE CAN.
Let t, u, v, w, x, y, and z represent HOOP. 8. STRAY CHAIR
the seven letters of a word. Then 3. CAT PAIN. 9. TO AIR CARTS.
10xyz 4. MICE DINE. 10. RODE IT.
tw5. WE HIT LAST.
tvw-16 tv + 16 H. A. DANKER.
=; 10xyz 10yz
tvw THE MOLASSES PROBLEM.
=z; and t+u+v+w=1
10xy + u There is a hogshead of molasses in my +y+10z. cellar partly full. The length of the cask
What is the word ?
ALIQUIS. is 48 inches; the head diameter, 36 inches; the bung diameter, 39 inches. There is a space of 13 inches of the bung
QUESTIONS FOR THINKERS. diameter before the molasses is reached. How many gallons of molasses are there Please to insert the following question: in the hogshead ? and how many is the What is the origin of the figures, and what empty space capable of containing ? of the letters ? I do not know, but I GULIELMUS. would like to know.
D. B. O.