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ST. NICHOLAS LEAGUE
ROLL OF HONOR A list of those whose contributions were deserving of high praise: PROSE Ione Finch
Winifred Wise Helen G. Pentz Alice C. Tobie Margaret Hunloke Ben Sackheim Ethel Durbin Eckerson Edward E.
Dorothy Burns Janice Fink
Mary S. Henning
Elizabeth Eddy Dorothy I. Dixon Carroll Freeland Paul O. Barbara Simison Emelyn Wyse
McCormick Helen Cahn
Beatrice Cantwell Susie Cobbs Mildrew Andrews Phyllis Pike Ruth W. Clarke Margaret A.
Earle-Walker Dorothy Wood Marian W. Elder Helen M. M.
McClellan Virginia H. Orr Olwen Leach Ruth Gardner Dorothy Hamblin Mary E.
Longworth Dorothy E. Quinn Staats . Cotsworth, Jr. “READY." BY MABEL CLARK, AGE 16. VERSE
Betty Hardham Eleanor Stockwell Evelyn Thompson Nannie B. Crow Chas. T. Cravens Edna Lovejoy Winifred
Emily Pendleton Margaret
Peter Drummond Hamilton
Lorraine Mead Mildred A. Hayes Jessica L.
Virginia Tilson Gwenfread E.
Richardson Jill Spargur Dorothy
Helen Cochrane Louise Porter
Stephenson Ruth Sherlock
Mary Rollinson Alice L. Stone
Clarice J. Flaum Perkins, Jr.
Miriam Reid Winifred Jutten Raymond Dowden Rhoda Hellman Frederick Corning Arwen Cornell Isabella M. Ewart Kellogg Florence E. Day Laughton Thora Beeken Marion C.
Nanette Kutner Edith Clark
Grace B. Murray Margaret J. Margaret G.
Charlotte Morris Harper
Helen M. Fogg Eleanor Ellis Caroline P.
Elizabeth Benjamin D.
Althea R. Ward Katherine Kridel Rose E. Elliott Celeste Laure Frances E. Elizabeth Paisley R. Joe Stephens
Geneva Neff Dorothy Mitchell
Charles H. Le Roy Dorothy Hetzel PHOTOGRAPHS Pauline Edna Elizabeth
Harriet Sedgwick Anna Elizabeth Betty Dow Mary E. Carty
Suess Janice Thompson Anita L.
Virginia H.Clinger Nathalia Fort Gennerich Charlotte-WashPeugnet Barbara C. Potter
ington Willis Margaret
Frances Rude M. Norma Nearing
Jeanette Thurston Dorothy
PRIZE COMPETITON No. 240 THE ST. NICHOLAS LEAGUE is an organization of the readers of the St. NichOLAS MAGAZINE.
The League motto is, "Live to learn and learn to live.”
The League emblem is the “Stars and Stripes.”
The League membership button bears the League name and emblem.
The St. Nicholas LEAGUE, organized in November, 1899, became immediately popular with earnest and enlightened young folks, and is now believed to be one of the greatest artistic educational factors in the world. The St. NicHOLAS LEAGUE awards gold and silver badges each month for the best original poems, stories, drawings, photographs, puzzles, and puzzle answers.
Competitio No. 240 will close October 24. All contributions intended for it must be mailed on or before that date. Prize announcements will be made and the selected contributions published in St. NichoLas for February. Badges sent one month later.
Verse. To contain not more than twenty-four lines. Subject, “The Trumpeter."
Prose. Essay or story of not more than three hundred words. Subject, “A Good Excuse."
Photograph. Any size, mounted or unmounted; no blue prints or negatives. Young photographers need not print and develop their pictures themselves. Subject, “A Random Snap-Shot.'
Drawing. India ink, very black writing-ink, or wash. Subject, “On Duty,” or “A Heading for February."
Puzzle. Must be accompanied by the answer in full.
Puzzle Answers. Best, neatest, and most complete set of answers to puzzles in this issue of St. NICHOLAS. Must be addressed to The Riddle Box.
No unused contribution can be returned unless it is accompanied by a self-addressed and stamped envelop of proper size to hold the manuscript or picture.
Any reader of St. Nicholas, whether a subscriber or not, is entitled to League membership, and upon application a League badge and leaflet will be sent free. No League member who has reached the age of eighteen years may compete.
Every contribution, of whatever kind, must bear the name, age, and address of the sender and be indorsed as "original” by parent, teacher, or guardian, who must be convinced beyond doubt-and must state in writing that the contribution is not copied, but wholly the work and idea of
the sender. If prose, the number of words should also be added. These notes must not be on a separate sheet, but on the contribution itself—if manuscript, on the upper margin; if a picture, on the margin or back. Write or draw on one side of the paper only. A contributor may send but one contribution a month—not one of each kind, but one only; this, however, does not include "competitions” in the advertising pages or “Answers to Puzzles.”
Address: The St. Nicholas League,
353 Fourth Avenue, New York.
Hotel,” while my father is in France. I have sevcral pets. Two black cats named "Booker T. Washington" and "Nemo." Also a dog named “Patrick Henry.” The dog is an Irish terrier.
My father is writing stories in France. His name is Edward Hungerford. I enjoy the letter box very much.
Your devoted reader,
ADRIENNE HUNGERFORD (AGE 10).
GREENSBORO, N. C. DEAR ST. NICHOLAS : Your magazine has been in our family for many years. My grandmother has about thirty-five volumes of it in her home, each volume containing twelve magazines. Every summer when we go to see her we read them from cover to cover. It is a lot of fun to compare the stories and pictures of the early nineties with those
They have furnished amusement for two generations and possibly three, for I would not be surprised if grandmother herself did not run off in a corner sometimes with one and spend a quiet hour reading.
You may believe me that if I ever have any children St, NICHOLAS will be the first thing I shall give them just as soon as they can read. Your loyal friend,
FRANCES HARRISON (AGE 14).
BLUEFIELD, W. Va. DEAR ST. NICHOLAS: I am not going to attempt to tell you how much I love you, but let it suffice to say that I will take you as long as I live !
Before I came to West Virginia, I lived in Oklahoma, near the Indian reservations. A great many of the Indians were dirty and indolent, but some of the young Indian girls were lovely. Winona, the grand-daughter of one of the great chiefs, was a dear friend of mine, and could speak English almost perfectly. She sends me beautiful little baskets that she has woven herself, and skilfully-moulded pottery of all kinds. Her old grandmother, who is almost blind, can weave the most intricate patterns on her old and clumsy loom, while Winona can do almost as well. Her brother is going to a college in Massachusetts, and he is making a fine record there.
I fear that I should not know Winona now, for I hear that she looks like a “real American."
I wish you the longest life possible, dear St. Nicholas, and hope you will live to be ten thousand times older than you are now.
Your devoted reader,
Mary MANN (AGE 14).
STEVENSBURG, VA. DEAR ST. NICHOLAS : My sister takes you and I always look forward with pleasure to the next number. I just adore “The Girl Next Door." I think it is the best story I have ever read. “The Sapphire Signet” and “Understood Betsy” were fine. It is of no use for me to mention all of the stories that I like, because I think everyone I 've read (which is nearly every one) were just simply fine.
My favorite amusement in summer is to study birds. We have three books about birds, and every bird we see and don't know the name of, we hunt up. Last summer we
a bird that we never have known the name of. We have always wanted so much to find a hummingbird nest, but have never been so fortunate as to find one. I hope we shall this summer.
You have no idea of how much use you are to me. Most of your poems are just dear. At school there are five rooms in the schoolhouse and each day in the week one room has to have some recitations. Tuesday is our day and oh, so many times have I found poems or stories for them to read or recite. I am the only one in my room who takes you, and you are very useful to us. Your loving reader,
Mary STEVENS JONES (AGE 10).
TULSA, OKLA. DEAR ST. NICHOLAS : I am writing to tell you how a club of which I am a member made a large sum of money for the destitute children of Europe.
We gave a luncheon and bazaar. People came and bought their luncheon and after luncheon bought hand-made articles.
Altogether we made one hundred and twenty-five dollars ($125), which we are going to give to the organization that helps the unfortunate children of France and Belgium.
I thought this was an interesting way to help.
An interested reader,
MARY ELIZABETH VEASEY.
MENDENHALL, PA. DEAR ST. NICHOLAS : We get a great many magazines, but of all you are most decidedly the best.
I read you from cover to cover and enjoy everything you contain. I enjoy all the stories, but the ones I like best are: “The Boy Vigilantes of Belgium,” “The Girl Next Door" and "Vive La France."
My friends and I went on a little picnic a week ago to-day and had a dandy time. Just before I left the mail-man brought you in; I took you along with me, and in the afternoon we took turns reading you; every one enjoyed the stories. Your most devoted reader,
HELEN H. PALMER (AGE 12).
DELAVAN, Wis. DEAR ST. NICHOLAS : Although I am not a subscriber to your magazine I enjoy you just as much, for my cousin takes you, and through her I learned to love you.
In our library are bound volumes dating from 1892. My favorite stories in these are written by the Knipes, “The Lucky Sixpence,” “Beatrice of Denewood” and “Peg O'the Ring."
I live in a small town in Wisconsin. In the summer I go to a resort in the north and in the winter I go south or west. Last year we went to Florida. I don't care for it very much as there is sand everywhere, otherwise I think it is wonderful. The bathing is the most fun and I can swim so that makes it easier. Last summer I swam a mile.
MARY ELISABETH JONES.
KINGSTON, N. Y. MY DEAR ST. NICHOLAS : I am always wild with joy when you come, dear Magazine !
My favorite stories are “Vive La France !” “The Boy Vigilantes of Belgium.”
I live in Brooklyn, N. Y., but mother and I are staying with my grandmother, who owns the "Eagle
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ANSWERS TO PUZZLES IN THE SEPTEMBER NUMBER
OBLIQUE_RECTANGLE. 1. S.
2. One. 3. Snake.
4. 2. Hired. 3. Alone.
Eking. 5. Enter. 6. Genet. 4. Crude. 5. Kneel.
7. Rebel. 8. Tepid. 9. Limit. 6. Event 7. Ruins.
8. Audit. 10. Diary. 9. Yeast.
II. Troop. 12. Yokel.
14. Lanes. DROP-LETTER PUZZLE.
16. Sugar. 17. Razor. 18. Rover.
Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Columbia, Cor: DIAMONDS. Forget-me-not. I. 1. E. 2. Alp.
nell, Fordham, George Washington, Harvard, Leland
3. Elfin. Pin. 5. N. II. 1. N. 2. Boa.
Stanford, Vassar, Wellesley.
RHYMING FISH. 1. Whale. 2. Sword. 3. Salmon.
6. Shark. 7. Trout. 8. Shad. 2, Axe. 3. Exert.
12, Sun. 3. Total. 4. Pan. 5. L.
GEOGRAPHICAL ZiczaG. Panama Canal. Cross-words:
1. Prague. 2. Manila. 3. London. 14. Albany. S. IX.
9. Canton. 1. D. 2. Ere. 3. Drone.
I. E. 10. Hawaii. II. Lisbon. 2. Ant. 3. Enter. 4. Ten.
King's Move Puzzle. WORD-SQUARE.
Pine (28—21—20—13), maple 1. April. 2. Peace. 3. Rabid. 4. Icing. (4-12—3—2-1), oak (9—17—10), ash (11-18—19), 5. Ledge. CHARADE. Car-pet. ILLUSTRATED
magnolia (26—27-34-25-33-41—42—35), cedar (43— PRIMAL ACROSTIC. Queen Elizabeth. 50—49—57–58), poplar (51—44—36—29—22—14), elm 1. Quire.
(5-6-15), walnut 6. Eleven., 7. Lobster.
(7–8—16-24-32—31), hickory 8. Ibex. 9. Zebra.
10. Acorn. (23—30—39—40—48—56—64), lime II. Balloon.
(63—62-55—47), 12. Ear. 13. Ten. 14. Hourglass.
cherry (46–38—37—45-54-61), pear (53—52—60—59). To Our PuzzLERS: Answers, to be acknowledged in the magazine, must be received not later than the 24th (for foreign members and those living in the far Western States, the 29th) of each month, and should be addressed to St. NiciIoLAS Riddle-box, care of THE CENTURY Co., 353 Fourth Avenue, New York City, N. Y.
Solvers wishing to compete for prizes must give answers in full, following the plan of those printed above.
ANSWERS TO ALL PUZZLES IN THE JULY NUMBER_were received, within the time limit, from Peter J. B'yrne—Baz: bara Beardsley-Ransford E. Kirk, Jr.-John M. Pope—"Two M's”—“Allil and Adi”— Virginia Wall.
ANSWERS to PuzZLES IN THE JULY_NUMBER were received, within the time limit, from Polly Ardra, 8—Alice Poulin 8—Miriam J. Stewart, 8—William P. Pratt, 8-Elizabeth Faddis, 8—"Larwin”, 8-Helen H. McIver, 8—Mary Catherine Hamilton, 7-Margaret K. Lehman, 7—Julia Caroline Gregg, 7—Florence S. Carter, 7–Frances E. Cummings, 6—Helen Symonds, 6—Gladys and Ruth, 6-Julian Phelps, 5—Mary J. Burton, 4-S. T. Ramage, 2—B. Sharp, 2—E. Freeland, 2-H. K. Dunn, 2—V. H. Sutro, 2—R. Labenberg, 2—V. Emmons, 2–C. B. Hussey, 2—K. Kridel, 2P. K. Brill, 2. One puzzle: R. Schlaberg-L. S. Eastman -M. —R. D. Allen-L. Gunn-M. F. Ingersoll-C. D. Halliday-C. Wilkens-L. E. Mitchell-G. Partridge—K. Childs
Cate—R. Rodgers-F. H. Sillick, Jr.- N. Alling K. S. Goodman-M. E. McGaughey-L Raffer-F. G. Searle-N. Hill—D. Busick-R. Lederhaus-F. Cook-R. Johnson-D. Morrell-F. Du Barry—T. L. Dorroh-D. Noyes-M. Courvoisier-J. Sterling-C. Morrissey-C. Kouwenhoven A. Scofield-E. Linton-L. F. McMahan-C. Schauber—M. Field-G. Green—R. M. Search-K. Morris-E. Howson. Belated answers, Gwenfread E. Allen, 8-Kenneth McIsaac, 7—B. and B., 5-Charles Mooers, 2S: V. Pick, 2—H. L. Harner, 1-C. Harrigan, 1. NOVEL ACROSTIC
Triply behead and doubly curtail deceives, and (Silver Badge, ST. NICHOLAS League Competition.) leave a grassy plain. All the words described contain the same number
3. Triply behead and doubly curtail an almanac, of letters. When rightly guessed and written one
and leave termination. below another, the initials will spell a place made
4. Triply behead and doubly curtail to begin, and famous by the Great War and another row of letters,
leave human beings. reading downward, will spell the men who made it
5. Triply behead and doubly curtail reasonable, famous.
and leave an epoch. CROSS-WORDS: 1. To exhibit. 2. Laborious.
6. Triply behead and doubly curtail noted beTo turn upside down. 4. To utter so that another
forehand, and leave a word used to express denial. may write it down. 5. Fishermen. 6. A bouquet. 7.
7. Triply behead and doubly curtail obtained, and To make noble. 8. Short and to the point.
leave an inferior dog. lowing the letter or exact words. 10. Clear to the 8. Triply behead and doubly curtail to set free, understanding. 11. Timidity.
and leave age. PATIENCE A. RUSSELL (age 14).
Triply behead and doubly curtail withdrew,
and leave skill. TRIPLE BEHEADINGS AND DOUBLE CURTAILINGS
10. Triply behead and doubly curtail to separate,
and leave a prefix signifying one or once. (Silver Badge, St. Nicholas League Competition.)
When the foregoing words have been rightly EXAMPLE: Triply behead and doubly curtail an guessed, beheaded, and curtailed, the initials of the adversary, and leave a number. ANSWER: opp-one-nt. ten three-letter words remaining will spell the sur
1. Triply behead and doubly curtail inflicted cap name of a grand old man. ital punishment on, and leave to sever.
FRANCES M. SIIEPARDSON (age 15).
ILLUSTRATED CENTRAL ACROSTIC In this puzzle the words are pictured instead of described. When the nine objects have been rightly guessed and the words written one below another, the central letters will spell the name of a place that became famous in October, 1854.
CROSS-WORD ENIGMA My first is in elm, but not in tulip; My second, in' thlip, but not in catalpa ; My third is in éatalpa, but not in poplar; My fourth is in poplar, but not in plum; My fifth is in plum, but not in birch ; My sixth is in birch, but not in apple ; My seventh is in apple, but not in cottonwood; My eighth is in cottonwood, but not in spruce; My ninth is in spruce, but not in ash ; My tenth is in ash, but not in elm.
My whole is a very tall tree of Australia. FLORENCE M, GILDAY (age 12), League Member.
A valuable disinfectant. II. A commissioned officer of the lowest grade in the nary. 12. Certain weapons carried by soldiers. 13. A kind of firework used in the Great War. 14. A name given to a soldier from the United States. GRACE B. MURRAY (age 12).
TRANSPOSITIONS The sixteen letters in the first line printed below may be rearranged so to form four feminine names.
The twelve letters in the second line printed below may be rearranged so as to form four masculine nicknames. JULIUS, HE MAYOR, RAN.
NOT, JO. VIRGINIA LIGNELL (age 15).
HIDDEN PROVERBS (Silver Badge, ST. NICHOLAS League Competition.)
In the six sentences following may be found two proverbs. The first word of each proverb may be found in the first sentence, the second word of each proverb in the second sentence, and so on.
A girl and a dog walked down the street.
Please go on rolling the lawn while I go in ind put a stitch in this torn apron.
3. The boy, in a fit of anger, threw a stone at The dog.
4. She always gathers her blackberries in time to make jam.
5. No person who saves his money will ever want.
6. On the moss-covered stones sat nine hungry little children,
MLARY REDMAYN: (age 16).
ALPHABETICAL PUZZLE (Silver Badge, St. Nicholas League Competition.)
EXAMPLE: Take a letter and a notice, and make a standard. ANSWER: n sign, ensign.
Take a letter and a pair of horses, and make respect.
2. Take a letter and a part of a ship, and make to adorn.
3. Take a letter and part of a table, and make to baffle.
4. Take a letter and part of a fish, and make relating to elves.
5. Take a letter and to distribute, and make fanciful.
6. Take a black bird and a letter, and make a popular game.
7. Take a masculine nickname and a letter, and make a tree.
S. Take a young cow and a letter, and make a restaurant.
9. Take a variety of cabbage and a letter, and make part of a flower.
IO. Take a chef and a letter, and make a hard little cake.
ANDREW K. PETERS (age 1).
CHARADE My first is in an office found; sometimes half-buried
under ground; My last is always present, though far distant it
may be; My whole is small, I must confess, and none of us
could ever guess How many tons it carries over land and over sea.
HELEN A. SIBLEY.
A WAR ACROSTIC Silver Badge, St. Nicholas League Competition.)
All the words described contain the same number of letters. When rightly guessed, the initials will name a place that will be forever famous.
I. A great gun. 2. A defensive covering for the head. 3. An instrument used to hold a ship in a particular station. 4. A mark to shoot at. 5. A power-producing machine. 6. A place where arms and instruments of war are deposited for safe keeping. 7. A long, loose coat. 8. A deep ditch used by soldiers. 9. Persons of conspicuous bravery.
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