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ROLL OF HONOR A list of those whose contributions were deserving of high praise: PROSE

Charlotte Wittman PHOTOGRAPHS Julia F. Vander Veer Dorothy Lee

William Speer
Ruth Cork
Fred Schulman

Caroline Harris
Walter Daily
Dorothy Lowery

Betty Ann Booth Mary W. Coulbourn Casper Jillson

Helen Vogel Hilda W. Abel

Elizabeth Thorp Marianna Medfee
Ethel E. Walters
Frances Miller

Alberta Ruse
Brenda Green
Mary Savacool

Margaret W.
Dorothy R. Burnett Jane Wertheimer
Florence Jackson

Ena L. Hourwich

Carol 0. Spilker
William Toth

Frances Bissell
Jeanne S. Ofiner

Alice H. Nachman Imogen Ferguson

Barbara Jack Rosalie Stork


Marjorie Goodrich Nina Lowenstein Dorothy A.

Evelyn Best Susan Hall

Stephenson Katharine Nash Rose Pollack

Marjorie E. Root Erma C. Wunderlei Edith M. Gentry Marie A. Peyré Merva Martin Carl Eardley Alison Farmer

W. Clark Hanna Dorothy Dell Betty Muir

Cora B. Wakefield Mary H. Wilde Selma Morse

Genevieve Lord Madelyn Kennedy Katharine Wolfe Mary H. Roberts Ernestine F. Wilder Marjorie A. Bly Martha L. Denny Gertrude Cross Martha E. Bali Rhoda S. Reynolds Betty Grant

Robert Cressey Ara Charbonneau Elizabeth C. Sonier William Shoemaker Cornelia M. Elizabeth de Clercq Jane Gaston

Dawson Martha McCowen Rene Lederer

Dorothy McCain Wenonah Innan Mary V. Bell Elizabeth'Gay Evelyn Wagner Delphine Caron Helen L. Duncan Herbert Hinman Thomas E. Rooney Elaine Brown Alice McCann

Leonora J. Hanna Alberta Perley Luella Sharpe Hannah Gilman Katharine Carter Marie L. Tricon Marcelyn Lichty Albert Vann Fowler Elizabeth Lumsden Walton Christian Margaret Fegtly Josephine Dunham

Ruth S. Buffington Elizabeth Page Yetta Beneck

Rowena Thom Emily M. Kellogg Virginia W. Butler Holinan D. Hoover Helen R. Post Dorothy Brown John S. Garth Sturgis Wilson Nancy Key

Lydia Spitzer Eleanor T. Wood

Jeannette Minturn Helen C. Furer

Herbert L. Block Meredith Page
Elizabeth Brooks Elizabeth Bougher Jack Seymour
Amy Armitage Dorotha Yeager Shirley Tomes
Carol Bower

Priscilla Camp

Mary E. Troxell Jackson Kemper III Stewart North

Virginia H. Powell Pamela Johnston Mary Francis

PUZZLES Corinne Condé


Berenice Lasher
Bradley P.
Mary Hawke

Dorothy Harris

Katherine Zimmerli Mona Morgan Helen W. Stewart Margaret Westoby Marjorie Taylor Kathleen Kohn Sylvia Santom Samuel Cabot, Jr. Herma J. Neeland Olive Petry

Emily W. R. Smith Frances Tuckerman Marcia Tikiob Letitia P. Clark Gertrude D. Hill Elisabeth Robertson Margaret Shea Helen B. Jane Purfield

Eleanor R. Collins Monkhouse Priscilla Alden

Elizabeth Ufford Elizabeth


Marian E. Love
Grace Harper

Ben Peticolas
Irene Renk


Elmira Horning Ruth Renk

Victor Summers Anne W. Ames Sophia Walker Geraldine Smith Barbara Bradley Josephine Comfort Beatrice R. Parvin Anne I. Williams Ellen Forsyth

Sarah K. Stafford Virginia Harris Alice Kenyon Esperanza Miller Jeannette Whitty Martha Cox

Evelyn H. Bulmer Eveleen Harryton Mary Hatch

Phyllis Krumm Winchester Wood Ruth Meade Marian Clark

Claude M. Brooks Beth Chamberlain Edna M. Klein Harriet Hancock

WHAT THE LEAGUE IS 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 now is widely recognized as one of the great artistic educational factors in the life of American boys and girls.

THE ST. NICHOLAS LEAGUE awards gold and silver badges each month for the best original poems, stories, drawings, photographs, puzzles, and puzzle answers.

PRIZE COMPETITION, No. 266 Competition No. 266 will close February 1. 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 May. Badges sent one month later.

Verse. To contain not more than twenty-four lines. Subject, “The Break O'Dawn.”

Prose. Essay or story of not more than three hundred words. Subject, “Lost and Found."

Photograph. Any size, mounted mounted; no blue prints or negatives. Young photographers need not print and develop their pictures themselves. Subject, “A Sunny Corner."

Drawing. India ink, very black writing-ink, or wash. Subject, “Busy" or "A Heading for May.

Puzzle. Must be accompanied by answer in full.

Puzzle Answers. Best and neatest 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.

RULES 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 itselfif manuscript, on the upper margin; if a picture, on the margin or back. Write in ink 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,

The Century Co. 353 Fourth Avenue, New York.

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA. not know whether we would ever get out. We DEAR ST. NICHOLAS: Last March we arrived in found a place where there was a small stream. Africa and you followed us, much to my brother's Where we were, we had no idea. We saw bear and my delight. Through your WATCH TOWER tracks and deer tracks. We were out all night. we are keeping in touch with America.

About two o'clock in the morning we heard foxes “The Luck of Denewood" was very absorbing. barking, and we saw two of them. Next morning I could hardly wait for the next instalment. My we found the path and went home. Altogether, brother liked "The Dragon's Secret.”

we walked about twenty miles. Perhaps you would be interested to know We certainly were glad to get home. something of our life in this so-called Dark Con

Lovingly, from one of your readers tinent. This country is by no means true to that

SARAH AHLBORN (AGE 13). name. It is the sunniest, most beautiful country, full of flowers and birds and luscious fruits.

MOUNT VERNON, N. Y. Cape Town is a quaint old city nestling at the DEAR ST. NICHOLAS: You can't imagine how foot of the mountains, which are called the Devil's happy I am every time I catch a glimpse of your Peak, Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles, and beautiful, precious covers; but one time when you Lion's Head mountain. Just beyond the moun- were exceedingly welcome was during the first tains to the left is Table Bay. The sea and the week of my vacation, up near New London, Conmountains are so close that the city gives one an necticut. Every morning I went for the mail, impression of pastel-colored jewels washed up by before breakfast, and took the milk-pail along, the sea and clinging to the feet of the mountains. for drinking water. Lo and behold, the post

We have frequent southeastern winds known master one morning handed you out to me, for as "sou'easters. They come sweeping without Dad had forwarded you! Well, dear St. Nick, any warning from no one knows where, blowing I completely forgot about milk-pail, water, or sand into our eyes. With these “sou'easters" breakfast in my eagerness to devour your dethere appears à cloud over Table Mountain, licious contents, and when I at last reached home, known to the people of a practical turn of mind I found Mother in a state of alarm about my as “the table-cloth.” I prefer to think of it as a long absence! waterfall, which it certainly resembles as it comes Then again, when I came home from my vacain torrents of vapor over the mountain-side. tion, as I opened the door, there you were, waiting While walking on the mountain the other day for me on the table, with a lovely tennis cover, I was above the clouds, they clinging in mist to portraying the game I love and play so much.

Thanking you a hundred times for the golden The sunsets here are vividly beautiful and the hours I have spent with you, and which have stars at night are brighter than any I ever saw proved very educating and delightful. in America. We have different ones here. There

Your ever-loving reader, is the Southern Cross, which America does not

MARIE LOUISE BURTON (AGE 13). see; but though I hunt for the Dipper, I never find it.

OSHKOSH, Wis. The streets of Cape Town are of cobblestones, DEAR ST. NICHOLAS: Whenever I think of you, and through them all day long little barefooted I think of a jolly old Santa Claus with a large Malay boys run, coaxing along their tiny gray bag just full of new ST. NICHOLASES! I have donkeys pulling their little carts. In these carts taken you for six months and love you dearly. are pineapples, bananas, guavas and naartjes Every summer there is a series of boat-races (tangarines).

held on Lake Winnebago, on which Oshkosh is The natives of South Africa are varied. There situated. This series of races is called a regatta. are the Hottentots, the little Bushmen, who are There are many beautiful trophies raced for every pigmies, the Zulus, and the Kaffirs. There are year. It is certainly a beautiful sight to see the also many more tribes, which would take up a boats out on the lake, and very thrilling indeed great deal of space even to name.

is the finish.
Your interested reader,

People come from all parts of the country to

The last day of the regatta was a very

stormy one. The boats were ordered out and

BEAR LAKE, PA. told to race to windward and back three times. DEAR ST. NICHOLAS: I have taken you for almost They were sailing along peacefully, but under a two years. Every month I look for you. The very black sky, when suddenly, there were no stories I like the best are the mystery stories, boats to be seen! The storm had come at last, "The Dragon's Secret," "The Luck of Denewood," and it was an unusually bad one, so the boats had and “The Blue Pearl."

all tipped over! Of course, no one won the race Bear Lake is the place where I live in the sum- that day! All of the boats were smashed to mer-time. The lake is called by that name be- kindling-wood. It was positively pathetic to cause there are many bears seen around here. see them.

Last summer, my father returning from a fish- The boys on the boats said that one instant ing-trip almost ran into one. It stood about there was smooth sailing everywhere, and the seven feet high when standing on its haunches. next they were clinging to anything they could

Two years ago, on the twenty-ninth of Sep- get hold of. The lake was churned to foam. tember, Mother, my sister, and myself were lost in Thanking you St. Nicholas for the innuthe woods. We took a wrong path and could merable good times you have given me, not find our way out again. Indeed, Mother did


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ANSWERS TO PUZZLES IN THE DECEMBER NUMBER "OUR OWN" ACROSTIC. Primals, The St. NICHOLAS LEAGUE. 2. Christmas. 3. Excelsior. 4. Wednesday. 5. Alexander Cross-words: 1. Tattoo. 2. Height. 3. Emerge. 4. Saddle. 6. Bethlehem. 7. Car. 8. Ski. 9. Two. 10. Sam. 11. 5. Turkey. 6. Normal. 7. Impose. 8. Convey. 9. Helmet. Map. 12. Ash. 13. She. 14. Ant. 15. Jay. 16. Auk. 17. 10. Orange. 11. Listen. 12. Avenge. 13. Sacred. 14. Lin- Cod. 18. Cup. 19. Ivy. 20. One. ger. 15. Enroll. 16. Accept. 17. Galley. 18. Utmost. 19. DIAGONAL WORDS. 1. A. 2. Inn. 3. Anger. 4. Never. Easier. From 1 to 25, Live to learn and learn to live; 26 to 40, 5. Regal. 6. Raw. 7. L. Stars and Stripes.

PRIMAL ACROSTIC. Initials, Pilgrims. Cross-words: 1. GEOGRAPHICAL ZIGZAG. Himalayas. Cross-words: 1. Huron. Patron. 2. Inside. 3. Loving. 4. Grouse. 5. Roused. 6. 2. Milan. 3. Tampa. 4. Japan. 5. Nepal. 6. Texas. Intent. 7. Minute. 8. Saddle. 7. Clyde. 8. Maine. 9. Sofia.

TRANSPOSITIONS. Ludwig van Beethoven. 1. palm, Lamp. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS. Great oaks from little acorns 2. sure, User. 3. shad, Dash. 4. haws, Wash. 5. chin, Inch. grow.

6. page, Gape. 7. lave, Vale. 8. beat, Abet. 9. pane, Neap. SOME SIMILAR SOUNDS. 1. Air, ere, heir. 2. Cent, sent, 10. lamb, Balm. 11. rest, Erst. 12. seat, East. 13. Kate, scent. 3. Fain, fane, feign. 4. Meat, meet, mete. 5. Paise, Take. 14. this, Hist. 15. door, Odor. 16. live, Vile. 17. real, raze, rays. 6. For, fore, four.

Earl. 18. done, Node. NUMERICAL ENIGMA, "Let our old acquaintance be renewed.” CHARADE. Or, fee, us; Orpheus. 24 Henry IV'; III. 2.

METAMORPHOSES. 1. Beach, peach, peace, place. 2. Place, A FAMOUS ARCH. From 1 to 13, Arc de Triomphe; 14 to 20, plate, slate, state, stale. 3. Stale, stare, store, score. 4. Score, Ajaccio (birthplace of Napoleon). Cross-words: 1. Joan of Arc.

scare, scale. To OUR PUZZLERS: To be acknowledged in the magazine, answers must be mailed not later than January 28, and should be addressed to St. NICHOLAS RIDDLE-Box, care of THE CENTURY Co., 353 Fourth Avenue, New York City, N. Y.

SOLVERS wishing to compete for prizes must comply with the LEAGUE rules (see page 333) and give answers in full, following the plan of those printed above.

ANSWERS TO ALL THE PUZZLES IN THE OCTOBER NUMBER were duly received from Esther Laughton-Kathryn Huber—"The Three R's"—Helen H. McIver-"Allil and Adi."

ANSWERS TO PUZZLES IN THE OCTOBER NUMBER were duly received from Peter T. Byrne, 9—Elizabeth Tong, 9-John F. Davis, 9—Ruth Tangier Smith, 9—John Hopkins, 8—Kemper Hall Chapter, 8-Hortense A. Doyle, 7—Vera H. Skillman, 64"St. Anna's Girls," 6–Virginia and Henry Jeone, 5—Mary Scattergood, 5-Sydwin, 5—Dorothy Adler, 4—"Me," 4-Elinor Kendall, 4Rosalind Howe, 4—Gertrude Seymour, 4-Judith Haight, 3—Elizabeth Storer, 3–Riva M. McKamey, 3–Jean Wheeler, 3— Alice S. Goedecke, 2-Grace Hunter, 2-Janet Ross, 1-Marion Goldstein, 1-Caroline S. Russell, 1-Robert K. Mattern, 1–Virginia Smith, 1–Margaret Howley, 1–Rosmond Kuerzi, 1–Philip Mangano, 1-H. D. Blumenkranz, 1- John Winn, 1-Eileen Hogan, 1-H. Christiansen, 1-Roma Kendel, 1-Alice Winston, 1-Charles MacSherry, 1-Eleanor Seligman, 1-Edna H. Bachrach, 1-Elizabeth B. Bloss, 1—Betty Foote, 1. NOVEL ACROSTIC

One who makes spurs. 6. A body of tenants. 7. All the words described contain the same num- To convey from one place to another. 8. A ber of letters. When rightly guessed and written large cask. 9. Certain long-winged birds. 10. one below another, the initials will name a famous

A month of the year. 11. Suburbs. 12. One musician, and six letters in another row of letters who takes care of a garden. 13. A square column will name one of his compositions.

projecting from the surface of a wall. 14. Marked CROSS-WORDS: 1. To collide. 2. Vicious. 3. A by abnormal heat. 15. Worthy to be chosen. sea eagle. 4. Snug and in order. 5. To observe.

RUTH VALWAY LADUE (age 13). 6. A favorite grain with horses. 7. Empty. 8. A

DIAGONAL feminine name. 9. Teases in a petty way.

All the words described contain the same numBETTY HOWE (age 13), League Member.

ber of letters. When rightly guessed and written PI

one below another, the diagonal—from the upper,

left-hand letter to the lower, right-hand letterGalhu tou inaag, twese sucim dan dightel,

will spell the surname of an English author. Ni payhp hemos a motmen shudeh ot hare Eht thigmind kortess bomo tou teh dol sarey glifth.

CROSS-WORDS: 1. A big country. 2. A famous

reformer. 3. Brightness. 4. A place of traffic. ZIGZAG

5. A famous composer. 6. A certain young animal.

MARY REDMAYNE (age 17), League Member. (Silver Badge, ST. NICHOLAS LEAGUE Competition) All the words described contain the same num

WORD-SQUARE ber of letters. When rightly guessed and written

1. Sound. 2. Above. 3. Adjacent. 4. Mistakes. one below another, the zigzag-beginning with the upper, left-hand letter and ending with the

CHARADE lower, left-hand letter—will spell the name of a Call when you will, my first is never out; famous American general who was born in Jan- My whole is whole-of that there is no doubt; uary.

Who has my last is welcomed every day,CROSS-WORDS: 1. Roving. 2. Warriors. 3. Knows what to leave unsaid and what to say Uttered with a hissing sound. 4. Quickly. 5.


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In the above illustration the names of nine poems are pictured. All the poems are by the same writer. What are the poems and who is their author?

6. Triply behead an animal, and leave a small portion.

7. Triply behead a stately home, and leave a unit.

8. Triply behead a vegetable, and leave to decay.

9. Triply behead a storeroom for food, and leave to attempt.

10. Triply behead a roundabout route, and leave a pronoun,

11. Triply behead fastened, and leave a masculine nickname.

When the foregoing words have been rightly guessed and beheaded, the initials of the eleven three-letter words remaining will spell the name of a woman famous in war work.

MARY T. ARNOLD (age 14).

SOME CURIOUS “ADS” EXAMPLE: What ad allows one to enter? ANSWER: Admit.

1. What ad is very hard? 2. What ad will stick? 3. What ad is a naval officer? 4. What ad is an opponent? 5. What ad is counsel? 6. What ad is enterprise? 7. What ad is to esteem highly? 8. What ad moves forward? 9. What ad is part of a letter? 10. What ad is fleshy? 11. What ad is to manage? 12. What ad is to arrange properly? PHYLLIS A. POPE (age 12), League Member.

NUMERICAL ENIGMA I am composed of sixty-three letters and form a couplet, defining fame, from a poem by Longfellow.

My 27-36-16-57-11 is one who confers a gift. My 1-5-46-29 is a number. My 59-51-25-20-7 is a garment. My 21-45-13-44 is elevated. My 33-49-38-63-8 is unhackneyed. My 53-2-56-18 is a given point of time. My 32-42-20-61-23 is to present for acceptance or rejection. My 1055-24-30 is nutriment. My 34-41-48-35-50 is weak or light-minded conduct. My 37-4-28-62 is any useless or injurious plant. My 58-9-52-1760 is that which incloses as a protection. My 1447-26-22 is to run swiftly. My 43-39-15-31-6 is not elaborated or refined. My 3-19-12-54 is to bewail audibly.


CROSS-WORD ENIGMA My first is in September, but not in October; My second, in October, but not in January; My third is in January, but not in August; My fourth is in August, but not in March; My fifth is in March, but not in April; My sixth is in April, but not in November; My seventh is in November, but not in August; My eighth is in August, but not in September. My whole is a popular American.

JOYCE PORTER (age 13), League Member.






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A LITERARY ACROSTIC (Silver Badge, ST. NICHOLAS LEAGUE Competition) 14 1

CROSS-WORDS: 1. Tenth 26 34 4 parts. 2. To bear witness to. 24 11 37 3. An original inhabitant.

2 30 22 4. Comprehends. 5. More

38 17 recent. 6. To come forth.. 10 33 28 7. An opening in a wall to 25 6 admit light and air. 8.

3i 18 35 Measures of weight. 9. A

21 39 bird. 10. Venturesome. 11. 36 20

Expresses gratitude. 12. A 5 23 40 broad street. 13. Mooing.

19 9 14. Blots out. 15. Toinspect. 13 3 12 When these words have

15 32 been rightly guessed, the ini29 7

tial letters (indicated by

by stars) will spell a popular collection of myths and legends; the letters indicated by the figures from 1 to 9 will spell the name of the author; from 10 to 17, from 18 to 23, from 24 to 30, from 31 to 35, and from 36 to 40 will each spell a character in these stories.




Competition) EXAMPLE: Triply behead to forgive, and leave to put on. ANSWER: Par-don.

1. Triply behead a church officer, and leave to study.

2. Triply behead a famous Shakespearean character, and leave to permit.

3. Triply behead a special business intrusted to a messenger, and leave a common little word.

4. Triply behead ill-will, and leave a color. 5. Triply behead a dweller, and leave an insect.




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