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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York • Page 64

Brooklyn, New York
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THE JUNIOR EAGLE, BROOKLYN-NEW YORK, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1911. 4 Aunt Jean's -Letter Box The Eagle unior EXT Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day, and or course you will all observe it as the appropriate occasion for special thanksgiving. The real origin of Thanksgiving as a day specially Bet apart for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1911. A little newspaper for boy nd girli pub- lished daily and Sunday in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. All of Auat Jean's niecet and nephews, who are clever writers, or who can make good sketches or photographs, are invited to contribute.

Write only on one side of the paper and be sure to five your name and address. No rejected manuscript! will be returned. Aunt Jean awards five credits for stories and pictures which are printed and two credits for sincere efforts. prayer and rejoicing must be attributed to Governor Bradford, the llrst Governor of Massachusetts Colony. In gratitude for the plenteous harvest of 1021, following npon a period of great depression, he proclaimed a day of thanksgiving to be observed In December (Old Style) of that year.

To make his proclamation practical he sent out four men ia search of Thus early in the history of the day does the turkey make his appearance, for the hunters returned with plenty of wild fowl, including turkeys, enough to feed Donald Wesley McCaskie, An Active Momber of the Junior Eagle Humane and Puzzle Clubs. tLe little colony for a week. On that first Thanksgiving Day ninety friendly Indians joined the English people in their sports and pastimes which varied the eastings. Throughout the following years frequent days of Thanksgiving were held in the New England colonies. Sometimes it was appointed once a year, sometimes twice, sometimes a year or two were skipped according as reasons for giving thanks presented themselves or not.

Dm in? 'the Revolutionary War Thanksgiving lost some of its local New England character. The Continental Congress recommended no less than eight days of Thanksgiving. They fell in April, May, July and December. Following Washingtou'j proclamation in 17S9 several Presidents issued general proclamations on special occasions, but usually it was left to the Governors of the States to determine whether there should, be a day of Thanksgiving. In the State of New York the first proclamation was Issued by Governor John Jay in.

1795. The Pilgrim chroniclers have given us no sceue more charming than our home celebrations of Thanksgiving Day as now appropriately observed. Mav this year prove no exception, and I hope you will all thoroughly enjoy the day. AUNT JEAN. may be redeemed through credits is limited, it is advisable to "shop early and avoid the rush." In fact, it is well to prepare early for Christmas, as there is usually no need to wait until the last moment.

There are just as many gifts to be had now as later, and The Eagle credits furnish an excellent method for obtaining presents for friends. There is everything in the large collection of gifts on the list to satisfy the wants of every child. Redeem your credits early and wid the rush. Thanhtgiving. Cf all the holidays in the year, Thanksgiving Day is one of the best, to boys and girls.

It is a time when we suspend our daily work to reflect upon our good fortunes and to see why we indeed have cause to be thankful. Besides that, it is a season when a little leniency is extended to boys and girls, and they can enjoy themselves in the ways always associated with Thanksgiving, especially the dinner. The young people of Brooklyn have a great deal to be thankful for. They are living in a great republic and haye their future before them. They are enjoying all the educational facilities which will make them intelligent citizens of this country.

With very few exceptions they have good health, and everything else is secondary. A good -way to enioy the coming holiday is to appreciate the fact that we are happy and fortunate, no matter what our surroundings are, and that life itself is a gift over which we rejoice and give our thanks. ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS Ragamuffin Day. Thanksgiving is also "Ragamuffin Day." All boys take delight in dressing up in funny costumes and wearing "false faces," so that no one will recognize them. Some very amusing figures are often seen on the streets, and the girls are in the fun, too.

Ragamuffin parades attract a great deal of attention, and when the boys ask for something for Thanksgiving, they generally get it. The trouble is that the children go from house to house, begging for pennies, and cause great annoyance to householders by iheir persistence. It would be all right, if there were only a few, but any boy who dons a "false face" and carries a giape basket thinks himself well equipped to avai 1 himself of this Thanksgiving charity, and he gives the day up to what he can get out of it. It is impossible to stop him, but if he would be content with a small share of what is given away, in the way of pennies and fruit, and bother householders less, he would doubtless gain more in the end. story of the "Silver Skates" had.

The story was written years ago, and It made a great sensation, and it Is still considered a fine little story for children. The full title of the story was "Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates." To get the credits, yoji must cut out the list from the paper when your name happens to be among the winners. ETHEL MEYERS The two-credit list Is printed on Saturday. The dimensions for drawings must be either four or eight Inches wide; It does not make any difference about the length of the sketches, only they must not be very long. It is the width we must have ac-curate, as otherwise the pictures will not fit in the columns of The Eagle.

YOLANDE R. LICHTENBERGER Your story is very attractive, no doubt, but if it Is lengthy It cannot be printed In The Eagle. Why not write a short story, and save the one you speak of for a school composition? I am delighted to hear that you like to write stories. Indeed, it was a shame to have the horses go unblan-keted. It must be attended to.

Thank you. In the horses' name, for your kindness to them. KINGSLEY ALDRIDGE Bravo! my dear little Humane Club member, tor taking the part of the abused horse! I have great hopes that at last, mankind will treat our poor dumb animals kindly, as Is their due. I think the boys will have been very Instrumental in bringing about such a result. MARTIN R.

EISNER I am delighted to hear that you want to join the Athletic League, and I am sure that you will be- a valuable member. To join the City History Club, cut out the coupon from Eagle and send it to me. Then you-' will come down and attend the meetings, and share all the good times with the other members. We have excursions to interesting historical points, sometimes, besides having meetings for the hiBtory MARION MORGAN Your story must be original in order to get Into the Children's Page. Try again, and see If you cannot write something of that kind.

Write briefly and Interestingly, and doubtless you will succeed In sending In something of value to U9. ALICE HAVILAND I hope you will get your wish, and have a drawing accepted by the society to which you belong. You may join the Puzzle Club if you wish, and I hope you will enjoy our interesting societies, any that you may wish to join. The league you speak of, must be a very attractive one. DOROTHY BRUNNER Your drawing was not done with ink sufficiently black to Insure Its coming out well in The Euglo.

Try again, your subject was humorous, only it might have been developed further, and had a more professional style. MORRIS RESS Your drawing, "Autumn Days," was printed in Tho Eaglft, and doubtless you have seen it there before this time. I am glad to hear that you are ready to draw some more pictures. ELIZABETH DIKEMAN Your story is very well done for a girl of eleven. It is not quite the kind of story which we can use, so try again, and write as naturally as you can.

I am glad you have such a taste for writing. HELEN MINOR The picture of the ducks Is a pretty one. but too small for reproduction. It does not come out clearly enough to print. I am sorry about it for I fear you will be disappointed if we do not print it.

W. M. ESTERSOHN Your pencil sketch is interesting, but as it is done with pencil instead of ink, that bars it out from the Children's Page. If you try again, use good black ink, and make the lines distinct. WALTER BRICKER Your lust name is almost the same that the hero of the Weu Thing in Roller Skate.

Eftn since joner mtaung Became I so popular with the young peo ple, tnerc nave been various attempts of inventors to make practical use of skates for locomotion. There Is no doubt that a satisfactory skate or cycle that could be attached to the feet would be very helpful, especially in the country, where long distances have to bo covered, and some practical Ideas have been tried out. The latest pedocyele, as they are called, has been Invented by a mechanic In Los Angeles, "way out in California, and they "nave been tried out and seem to be satisfactory. A man with these skates can "Flat-Foot" Among Children. The startling discovery made by Alfred Mosley, the English educator, that most boys and girls in Brooklyn are "flat-footed," has again brought to attention this very important subject.

Any observer, who watches children as they walk, can easily notice this tendency to allow the weight of the body to fall on the heels, without making proper use of the toes and the forward part of the foot. Girls are often more guilty than boys, in not acquiring the proper springy step when they walk. Another objectionable feature is the tendency to allow the ankles to turn, instead of keeping them absolutely straight and pointing the toes out. A child's shoes will indicate this trouble, for the sole of one shoe will wear out before the other, or the heels will soon wear off in mystifying fashion. Girls seem to have weak ankles, and this walking on the instep is very noticeable.

Accident to Children. During the past few weeks there have been an unusually large number of accidents, in which children were the unfortunate victims. They have been run down by automobiles or wagons, or have been in dangerous places, just at the wrong time. When the gas explosions took place recently, a little boy was the only person killed. Other children are hurt crossing the streets, becoming panic-stricken when they might escape, if they had presence of mind.

All these accidents should prove as a warning to other boys and girls. Accidents occur so suddenly that no one has a chance to prepare his mind for them, and must act on impulse. But much of the trouble can be averted if chiidren will be a little cautious, especially in crossing the streets. They had better let a wagon or an automobile or a trolley car pass, if it is too near for them to go in front of it in safety. Redeem Credit Early.

The Eagle Premium Department has been "doing business" in its Christmas quarters, on the second floor of The Eagle Building, and the number of children redeeming coupons has greatly increased during the past week. As the supply of any one of the articles that JUNIOR EAGLE CLUB COUPON. Dear Aunt Jean: I wish to become a member of ths HUMANE CLUB. PUZZLE CLUB. LITERARY CLUB.

ART CLUE CITY HISTORY CLUB. ATHLETIC LEAGUE. The Pedocyele. I lom Popular Mechanics. travel about twenty miles an hour.

That's pretty fast for this form of locomotion. The skates have a frame for the wheels, a foundation or platform for tho foot, a set of gears, and a spiral shaft. When the weight of the wearer is applied to one of the skates the platform and shaft are forced downward, and the shaft passing through the gears works like a worm gear, thus driving the rear wheel, which is connected through a ratchet gear with the gears driven by the spiral shaft. The ratchet also forms a coaster brake, allowing the skate to speed along the pavement with ihe foot still bearing upon the platform and spiral shaft. The wheels are 6 Inches in diameter and rubber tired.

Nime Address Helen Marguerite McCaskie, Who Is oieaily Interested in the Humana Uui)..

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