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derful life histories recited. Insects are amazing for them and feed them, and how to make the creatures! Every pair of bright wings, or each aquarium itself. He tells, too, which of the little tiny hum that attracts your attention during a creatures get on best together, and which plants summer day, has a past that is well worth the will look loveliest in the variously sized boxes. knowing

NOT TO BE READ LIKE STORIES Another entrancing book of the same character (although the subject must be studied by observ- Of course none of you want to read a book like ing instead of by collecting) is Dugmore's “Bird those I have been talking of straight through Homes." It tells a host of facts concerning the from cover to cover as though it were a story. birds and their young, and many charming anec- Some portions are to be read that way, but there dotes from personal observation. The pictures are parts to which you will want to refer as ocalone are a treat, showing the many varieties of casion calls, such as the descriptions of specinests and clay houses, and revealing the skill mens, the classifications, and scientific data. How

. and care of the small builders, and how they to use a book is almost as important a thing to adapt themselves to circumstances and make know as what books to get. Some books are to use of unusual materials. You will watch them be read through once, some many times, and at their work with double your present interest others should be kept on hand to turn to, like after reading this book, and you will learn how dictionaries, not of words, but of things. to discover nests and know the birds, besides telling one sort of "home" from another as soon

DON'T DROP THE OLD SUBJECT as you see it.

If you decide to take up a new subject each sumIn spring the first thing we hear that tells us mer, don't on that account entirely drop the old winter is really over is the singing, or piping, of Have that in the background, as it were, the frogs at evening.

but still be alert for fresh information upon it, But frogs do many things besides welcome in for new specimens, even though the greater part the spring, and you can find out all about them of your activity is given to the new thing. If it in Mary C. Dickerson's "Frog Book.” You will was butterflies last year, be on the lookout for like this book. Another, well worth while and any that are new to you, even while you are perdelightfully written, is Ditmar's "Reptile Book.” haps collecting wild flowers or mosses or rocks You cannot begin to guess how extraordinary

or shells this year. reptiles are until you study them and try to watch And don't think you will have to give up your them for yourself. Mr. Ditmar tells you, in the play for this sort of work. In the first place, you most entertaining way, of their habits and tricks are likely to find it the best of fun, and in the and changes; also you learn how useful many of second you will have many a summer hour when them are, especially some of the harmless snakes you will be glad to have such an interest to fall from which you want to run away. There are back on. To discover a rare wild flower or shell, good and bad reptiles, in fact, as there are of a new bird or butterfly, or to observe some fresh other things, and you will be interested to learn fact concerning an insect or an animal you alto know them apart.

ready know, adds a marvelous zest to a country If you are fond of fishing (and what boy is n't, walk. And you will be a better camper and not to speak of the girls), you will enjoy the woodsman for each newly learned fact that has book by Jordan and Evermann on “American to do with nature. What you learn for yourself Food and Game Fishes.” It tells you all about will stick to you. If you have a reliable book to the fish you catch or hope to catch, as well as fall back on, you won't make costly mistakes; and about those that are too rare or too far off for the summer will be richer for every secret of you to try for. You will also learn of the habits hers you discover. of the fish and where they are likely to be found, The more interests you have in life, the more and of the many ways in use in catching them. interesting life is going to be to you. If you

Speaking of fish makes one think of aquariums. can't play tennis because it rains, and you spend This is a form of collecting that is especially the afternoon grouching, you have really wasted satisfactory, since the specimens are all alive. your time. If you have turned joyously to doing There are many books on how to form an something else, if you have a new specimen to aquarium, that by Eugene Smith, “The Home mount or plant or bird to study up, you never Aquarium,” being one of the best. Mr. Smith miss the tennis, and your day has been a success. gives you all the information you need concern- Remember, there is n't just one thing, there are a ing a fresh-water collection, where to get your hundred waiting for you to be interested in and specimens of plant and animal life, how to care to accomplish.

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ANSWERS TO PUZZLES IN THE JUNE NUMBER NUMERICAL ENIGMA.

Pro-cur-ator. 5. Mat-hem-atic. 6. Man-age-inent. 7. Sig-nat-ures. “And what is so rare as a day in June?

8. Per-tin-ence. 9. Hyp-ode-rmic. 10 Per for-ated. 11. Cur-vatThen, if ever, come perfect days."

ures. 12. Lib-era-lize. 13. Pho-not-ypic. 14. Vac-ill-ates. 15. Pre

car-ious. 16. Sov-ere-igns. CHARADE. Antarctic.

ILLUSTRATED CENTRAL ACROSTIC. Bubolink.
PRIMAL ACROSTIC OF CONCEALED Names. Andrew Jackson.
Cross-words: 1. Adeline. 2. Nettie.

TRANSPOSITIONS. Robert Browning. 1. Bore, robe. 2. Rove, over. 6. Winifred. 7. Josephine. 8. Alice. Carol.

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10. Kate.

3. Bare, bear. 4. Seat, east. 5. Pore, rope. 6. Late, tale. 7. Garb, II. Sarah. 12. Olga. 13. Nelly.

brag. 8. Dire, ride. 9. Does, odes. 10. Paws, wasp. 11. Pane,

nape. 12. Sill, ills. 13. Tone, note. KING's Move FLORAL Puzzle.

14. Flog, golf. 1. Rose. 2. Orchid. 3. Dahlia Daisy. 5. Crocus. 6. Carnation. 7: Begonia. 8. Tulip. 9. CONNECTED SQUARES AND DIAMONDS. I. 1. Haste. 2. Alpha. 3.

10. Poppy. 11. Pansy. Order of the moves: 46-38-29-30- Sprig. 4, Thine 5. Eager. II. 1. G. 2. Dry. 3. Great. Yak. 37-28-36-35-44-53-45-52-61-54-63-62-55-64 - 56-47-40-48-39-31-32-24

5. T III. 1. Motor. 2. Olive. 3. Tires. 4. Overt. 5. Rests. IV. 23-22-13-14-15-8-16-7-6-5-12-21-20-11-4-3-10-1-2-9-18-25-17-26-19

I. G. 2. Cup. 3. Guilt. 4. Ply. 5. T. V. 1. T. 2. Era.

3. 27-34-33-42-41-50-43-51-60-59-58-49-57

Traps. 4. Ape. 5. S. VI. i. S. 2. Ace.

E. VII. *1. Estop. 2. Serve." 3. Tries. 4. Overt. 5. Pests. viii. TRIPLE BEHEADINGS AND QUADRUPLE CURTAILINGS. Merchant of 1. S. 2. Spa. 3. Spade. 4. Add. 5. E. IX. 1. Clear. 2. Leave. Venice. 1. Ele-men-tary. 2. Inc-end-iary. 3. Qua-ran-tine. 4. 3. Eaten. 4. Avert.

5. Rents. To our PUZZLERS: Answers to be acknowledged in the magazine must be received not later than the roth of each month, and should be addressed to ST. NICHOLAS Riddle-box, care of The Century Co., 33 East Seventeenth Street, New York City.

ANSWERS TO ALL THE PUZZLES IN THE APRIL NUMBER were received before April 10 from “Dixie Slope"-William T. FickingerClaire A. Hepner-Theodore H. Ames.

ANSWERS TO PuzzLES IN The April NUMBER were received before April 10 from Frank Black, 8—Ralph P. Barnard, 8.-Judith Ames Marsland, 8—Isabelle M. Craig, 7-Thankful Bickmore, 7-Florence S. Carter, 7-Gladys S. Conrad, 6-Margaret B. Silver, 6-Kathryn Lyman, 5 -Harmon B., James O., and Glen T. Vedder, 5-Guy R. Turner, 5-Henry Seligsohn, 4-Helen Wightman, 3—Gordon Pyle, 3--Elsa Roeder, 2-Eva Garson, 1–Mary Faught, 1–Douglass Robinson, 1. A GEOGRAPHICAL ANAGRAM

mal. 3. Quoted. 4. Native characters. 5. Concise. 6.

An English river. 7. In scent. (Silver Badge, St. Nicholas League Competition)

IV. LOWER LEFT-HAND DIAMOND: 1. In scent. 2. A REABRANGE the letters in each of the following phrases snare. 3. A wanderer. 4. The goddess of vengeance. to spell the names of countries. When arranged in the 5. Savor. 6. A metallic cutting stamp. 7. In scent. order given, the primals will spell the motto of one of V. LOWER Right-HAND DIAMOND: 1. In scent. the countries named. CROSS-WORDS : 1. Lend nag.

3. Applause. 4. To entreat. 5. Mother-of2. Rise pa.

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pearl. 6. A bond. 7. In scent. lord. 4. Ted sat in suet. 5. O aim a run. 6. Lay it. 7. DUNCAN SCARBOROUGH (age 15), Honor Member. Big mule. 8. A augury. 9. Save R. I. 10. Ties Ted's aunt. II. Any row. 12. I eat students. 13. No coma.

DOUBLE ZIGZAG
LAURENS M. HAMILTON (age 11).

(Silver Badge, St. Nicholas League Competition)
ST. ANDREW'S CROSS

Each of the words described contains the same number of letters. When rightly guessed and written one below another, the zigzag through the first and second columns will spell the name of a famous ship, and through the third and fourth columns its popular title.

CROSS-WORDS : 1. Harvest. 2. To lose heat. 3. Knob. 4. The birthplace, in 1749, of an Italian dramatist. 5. To fatigue. 6. A dog's name. 7. A melody. 8. Quibbles. 9. Labor. 10. Fastened. 11. To yield submission to. 12. Small insects.

JOHN M. KLEBERG (age 12). I. UPPER LEFT-HAND DIAMOND: 1. In scent.

2. Depressed. 3. Proceeding from the sun. 4. A large ket

FRACTIONAL CAPITALS tle. 5. An ancient Persian coin. 6. A fabulous bird. Take % of the capital of California, 14 of the capital of 7. In scent.

Arizona, y of the capital of Louisiana, 14 of the capital II. UPPER RIGHT-HAND DIAMOND: 1. In scent. 2. A of Washington, 46 of the capital of Oregon, % of the clique. 3. Place, or room. 4. Small steel instruments. capital of Colorado, 18 of the capital of Wyoming, and 5. A claw. 6. A beast's dwelling. In scent.

make the capital of another State. III. CENTRAL DIAMOND: 1. In scent. 2. A small ani

S. H. ORDWAY, JR. (age 1), League Member.

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This puzzle consists of nine II

groups of five-letter words. When the words described are correctly guessed and arranged as indicated in the diagram, the first letter of

ALL the words described contain the same number of letters. When rightly guessed and written one below another, the zigzag of stars will spell the name of a famous composer, and the numbers from to II, 12 to 17, 18 to 26, 27 to 30, 31 to 37, 38 to 48, 49 to 54, 55 to 63, and 64 to 71, the names of nine of his works.

CROSS-WORDS: 1. One of the United States. maker or solver of puzzles. 3. Rare. 4. A companion. 5. Prominent. 6. To try. 7. To mature. 8. A color. 9. A South American country. 10. A legal term meaning to invest with a fee. II. A masculine name. 12. Idolizing. 13. Unlawful.

ISIDORE HELFAND (age 13).

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one group of words will be the VI VII same as the last letter of the ad

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reading downward, will spell the names of nine of the men who signed a famous document.

I. 1. A tenet. 2. A musical drama. 3. To scorch. 4. Unearthly. 5. A country.

II. 1. A nut. 2. Second of two. 3. The understanding. 4. Obtained from trees. 5. A place of contest.

III. 1. Designated hours. 2. Sarcasm. 3. To supply with strength. 4. Little women. 5. Attempted. 6. A kind of match.

IV. 1. A country. 2. To languish. 3. To evade. 4. A Roman garment. 5. The sea. 6. Less moist.

V. 1. A Jewish vestment. 2. Low carts. 3. A western farm. 4. Steps. 5. A phantom. 6. To entice into a snare.

7. Seizes. VI. 1. The path of a planet. 2. A tilting match.

3 A measure of length. 4. Briny. 5. Avarice. 6. Kinds.

VII. 1. Meaning 2. To lay out. 3. Short visits. 4. Coverings. 5. To call forth. 6. Strings.

VIII. 1. Heavy cords. 2. A kind of vehicle. combine. 4. A doctrine. 5. A game.

IX. 1. To discolor. 2. A kind of tree. 3. A jewel. 4. A wanderer. 5. To come forth.

EDITH PIERPONT STICKNEY (age 13), Honor Member.

DOUBLE ACROSTIC (Gold Badge, St. Nicholas League Competition) All the words described contain the same number of letters. When rightly guessed and written one below another, the primals will spell the title and surname of one man, and the finals the full name of another, each of whom perished for his country in the American Revolution.

CROSS-WORDS: 1. The ocean. 2. A continent. 3. To joke. 4. A solemn affirmation. 5. The title given to some princes in India. 6. A river of England. 7. A biblical character. 8. A feminine name. 9. Used in fishing. 10. A city in Pennsylvania.

HELEN A. MOULTON (age 15).

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GATHERING WILD ASTERS. AN AUGUST DAY IN THE HILLS."

FROM A PAINTING BY CHARLES C. CURRAN.

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