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IF you 'd be free from strife, dears,
And happy be alway,
Just make of your whole life, dears,
One glad Thanksgiving Day.

SPECIAL MENTION A list of those whose work would have been used had space

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A list of those whose contributions were deserving of high


Evelyn E. Lawrence
Ruth H. Thorp
Ruth Tucker
Beth Harrison
Harriott B. Churchill
Sylvia D. Kleve
lsabelle T. Ellis
Susan Hall
Sadie N. Steinhardt
Mamie Marquardt
Elizabeth Sussman
Margaret A. Nichols
Margaret Durick
Dorothea M.
Patsy Conway
Johnston Pugh
George W. Martin
Alice Walworth
Maud A. Newcomb
Mary M. Sierrett
Catharine Stone
Barbara Simison
Elizabeth Cleaveland
Dorothy Gray
Frances Adams


Margaret A. Hamilton William Toth Katharine Cholmeley Charlotte M. McClure Katherine Klees Karl B. Knust Carol Gallun Julie §§ Dorothy M. McNeil Louise Geddes Genevieve Fenwick Shirley White Keith Brininstool Esther Laughton Rael Tucker Donough Prince Dorothy Degraff C. Eardley Dorothy Hetzel Katherine F. Lowenberg J. W. Chase Elise Richardson Holmes Alexander Sylvia Santom Susan S. Burroughs Yetta Beneck Helen M. McDermott Mildred Ruckman Marjorie Dove Ruth Wilkinson Katherine Lewis Faith Callaghan Nellie Jennings Octavia R. Spencer Elinor E. Bramhall Mildred S. Gleason Eleanor Qrwig lsie White

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Lilla A. Roberts
Lydia Spitzer
Alison Farmer
Joyce Carr
Miriam Serber


Mary K. Folwell
Grace Waggaman

“what I LIKE BEst."
(silver BADGE)

AGE 11.

Aletha Rogers
Lawrence Genack
Betty Fowler
W. Lyle Gordon
Robert Hallas
Marion Kenned
Ernest O. Knoc
Louise Williams
Carol L. Hoffman
Elizabeth Chapple
Ruth Morse
Katherine M.

Elizabeth F.

Louise F. Paine
Alberta Woelfel
Lois E. Williamson
Elvira de la Vega
Dorothy D.
Minnie Pfisterer
Grace Rarig
Alberta F.
Eloise Andrews
Virginia Mitchell
Ruth Easton
Cornelia Smith
Alice R. Erving
Josephine Seeler
Henrietta Howell
Pauline Moorhead
Irene Tedrow
Anne Wyman
Ma hase
Edith Brock
Helen R. Newcombe
Margaret Colwell
Elinore S. Warner
Ena Francis
Mary Claxton
Claudia Smith
Frances Bissell
Charles E. Mason

Susan E. Lyman
Gladys E. Matlack
Kenneth Gorham
Katherine Burton
Dorothy G. Lyman
Ellen Haaris

Mary D. Molony
Dorothy Haussner

. Faber


Carlota McCutchen
Cornelia R.
Peggy Davidson


Alma Miller
Margaret Wilson
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Linda Buffington
Jennie H
Elisabeth V.
Sarah S. Sohn
Rosalind Howe
George E.
Judith Walsh
Alma Miller
Joyce Porter
Louise Conway
Norma V. Stemm
Evelyn J. Epley
Katherine Cause
Bertha I. Samue
Dorothy Botsford
Kathryn Hayes
Mary A. Skelding
ances Emerson
Annalee Myers
Marion Love
Alice E. Hyde
Hallene H. Woods

Anne Young
Betty Muir
Eloise Blake
Helen Bernard
Clara Johnson
Anne C. Terwilliger
Mary E. Kennedy
Gertrude Green
Mary Moore
Walter Gutmann
Anne I. Williams

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Ruth A.
Dorothy Coles
Dorothy Winship
Ellen A. Scanland
Leonard Bruml
Lisle E. Turner

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silver BADGE won June, 1921)

Miriam J. Stewart
Sarah F. Pearce
Elizabeth Marshall
Lou E. Gaillard
Marjorie S. Taylor
Helen #.
Marie Humphreys



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 widely recognized as one of the great artistic edu: onal 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.


Competition No. 264 will close December 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 March. Badges sent one month later. Verse. To contain not more than twenty-four lines. Subject, “The Winds of March.” Prose. Essay or story of not more than three hundred words. Subject, “A Good Reason,” or “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, “In the Open.” Drawing. India ink, very black writing-ink, or wash. Subject, “Admiration,” or “A Heading for March.” 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

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BROWNWOOD, TEX. BELOVED OF MAGAZINES: Being sure you would like to hear it, I want to tell you how you helped my class. This year, my expression teacher was at a loss to know where to get an Indian play. We were to give an Indian program for the benefit of the school. I mentioned seeing an attractive Indian play in one of my numbers of St. NICHOLAS, and I offered to lend her the copy. When she read it over, she eagerly accepted it; and that was our Grammar School's graduating play! We gave it with several other Indian songs and readings in costume. A great many people told us it was the prettiest program of the year. The name of the play was, “The Finding of the First Arbutus,” in the April issue for 1920. My teacher liked it so well that she said she was going to subscribe to the magazine for herself. I recited “Biddy McCall,” from the October number of 1920, on St. Patrick's Day before the high school, and every one seemed to enjoy it. I enjoyed “The Dragon's Secret” so much, and I think “The Luck of Denewood” is splendid. I surely hope those two writers will write for us Some more. I think the LEAGUE is just wonderful, and it is the first thing I turn to every month, to get the next subject for verse, drawing, photograph, or prose. I sent in one contribution for the month of May but nothing came of it. You can’t down me, though. I'm going to keep on until I win a gold badge! I am fourteen years old, and I graduated from the grammar school this year. I will enter the high school in September, and there I will join the Camp Fire Girls. How I look forward to it! Yours for Health, Wealth, and Prosperity. I am, A devoted reader, MABLE D. STONE. P. S. My grandfather is as eager for you every month as I am. Lucky indeed was the day when you came as a birthday gift!


DEAR St. NICHOLAs: I do not subscribe for you, but my mother buys you down town every month.

We have just had a terrible electrical storm, and the water was ten feet deep in some places.

Our telephones will not work, and we have no water or lights, and the gas we have is so slow that it will hardly burn. This was all caused by the storm. . To get water to drink we have to go to the ice factory and stand in line, or else go where a water-pipe is broken. San Antonio is a wreck, all our theaters, and stores have their basements full of water and the first floors almost full. The water had so much force that it broke bridges and tore down houses. Even our paved streets were broken down by the water. We shall not have telephone or light service for two or three days longer.

I don't live near the river, or our house would have been damaged. Some people who lived there lost their homes, because the water carried

o houses, trees, bridges, and everything in its reach. . I must tell you that you are the loveliest book in the world for a girl or boy. Your devoted reader, PHYLLIS KIMMELL (AGE 10).


DEAREST St. NICHOLAs: I want to tell you of all the many happy hours I have spent with you, and that I don't think any child can afford to miss you.

And now, I want to tell you about my lovely vacation from which I have just returned. The most wonderful part to me was a trip through Yellowstone Park. Of course, the geysers are the main thing; and especially “Old Faithful Geyser,” so called because it never fails to “play” every sixty to sixty-five minutes. For four minutes, it shoots up a hundred and sixty feet. It is truly a wonderful sight.

The hotel accommodations are splendid. Away off in the ruggedness of the mountains are built the finest and most beautiful hotels.

I suppose every one has heard of the tame bears. I walked up to one and fed it candy. “Jesse James,” a cinnamon-colored grizzly bear is known as “the hold-up bear,” because he always sits in the middle of the road, and every car that comes along feeds him candy and sugar.

At Mammoth Hot Springs, we saw a wonderful old stage-coach. It was made about 1872. A few years later it was captured by the Indians and recaptured by General Howard. Many distinguished people rode in it, President Cleveland among them. . It was rather dilapidated looking, but what would n't be?

From the park we went to Minneapolis and Alexandria, Minn. We had a lovely time swimming, fishing, and engaging in the many other sports.

Your ever faithful reader,

NASH ville, TENN. DEAR ST. NICHOLAS: Although I have only taken you for six months, I have enjoyed you so much. The month of May I spent in the West. When I was at the Grand Cañon we took some sightseeing trips. We went over to Hermit's Rest. I wanted my picture taken there, overlooking the Cañon. I had my St. NiCHoLAs in my hand, and I turned it around, so every one could see the title. Then I had my picture taken that way. Your delighted reader, EVA STEVENS (AGE 11).

NEW YORK. DEAR ST. NICHOLAS: I have been taking you for eight months, and now I wonder how I ever did without you, for you are the most entertaining

magazine I have ever read. I used to get you from the library and liked you so much that when asked what I wanted for a birthday present I promptly said, “St. NICHOLAS.” Your devoted reader, RUTH CONWAY (AGE 13).


The leaves, now fluttering from the trees,
Are turned to red and gold;

CHARADE. I-van-hoe. PI.
Mythological. AcRostic....Initials,'Pallas Athene. Cross-

words: 1. Poseidon. 2. Achilles. 3. Lernaean. 4. Lavinium. The north wind, whistling o'er the lea, 5. Alcestis. 6. Sisyphus. 7. Arethusa. 8. Tantalus. 9. Brings signs of coming cold. Hyacinth. , 10. Endymion. 11. Nausicaa. 12. Eurydice. The pumpkins, large and mellow,

From 1 to 6, Urania; 7 to 14, Cephalus; 15 to 20, Hector; 21 to
30, Andromache; 31 to 36, Vulcan; 37 to 41, Diana.
DLAMond. 1. K. 2. Hop. 3. Korea. 4. Pew. 5. A

The farmer quickly picks;
For Hallowe'en is coming,
And pies the cook shall mix.

ARITHMETICAL PUzzle. Albert, 20; Benjamin, 30; Charles, SUBTRACTIONs AND Additions. 1. Fil-let-ter. 2. Ped-ant- - ler. 3. Jab-ber-eft. 4. Smo-oth-man. 5. Imb-rue-ful. 6. Pictured PoeMs. 1. The Pine Tree. 2. The Pumpkin. 3. Dod-der-ive. 7. Cle-ave-nue. 8. Gra-yer-bua. Labor Day.

Cross-words: 1. Horse. 2. Cable. 3. 6. Scowl. 7. Scent. 8. Means 9. Nerve.

DIAMonds CoNNECTED BY A Square. I. 1. L. 2. Sew. - L. 2. Hid. 3. Limit. 4

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The Barefoot Boy. 4. The Mayflowers. 5. The Palm Tree.
Gelid. 4. Wails. 5. Gecko.

6. The Robin. 7. The Three Bells. 8. The Tent on the Beach. 9. Red Riding Hood. By J. G. Whittier.

LITERARY AcRostic. Initials, Silas Marner. Cross-words:

1. Squadron. 2. Indurate. 3. Lucidity. 4. Affright. 5. 3. Legal. 4. Was. 5. L. -
Savagery. 6. Monotone. 7. Allegory. 8. Renovate. 9. Die. 5. T. III. 1. Least. 2. Earth. 3. Armor. 4. Stone.
Nepenthe, 10. Eclipses, 11. Response. From 1 to 11, George 5. Three. IV. 1. T. 2. Lea. 3. Tense. 4. Ash. 5. E. V.
Eliot; 12 to 21, Squire Cass; 22 to 28, Godfrey; 29 to 35, Dun- 1. E. 2. Eve. 3. Every. 4. Era. 5. Y.

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(Silver Badge, St. NICHOLAS LEAGUE Competition)


READING ACROSS: 1. Business of ex

... 12 17 28 CRoss - words: 1. Staring changing commodities by barter or + 13 2 with wonder. 2. A native prince purchase. 2. A western city. 3. A ... 18 32 24 of India. 3. To consolidate. 4. conjunction. 4. To perform. 5. In . . 8 26 1 A simpleton. 5. A voracious commodities. , 15 . 19 5 fish. 6. An aromatic plant. 7. T. M. CHAPIN (AGE 10), League Member. . . 4 20 To place in a yielding substance.

, 29 30 . . 8. To fetter. 9. Occurrence. Novel double acrostic , 21 3 10 25 10. Plunges into. 11. A deputy. All the words described contain the same num, 9 31 16 . 12. Juvenile. ber of letters. When rightly guessed and written , 22 27 . 6 When these words have been one below another, the primals and finals, when . . . 11 . rightly guessed, the initial let- read in connection, will name a certain famous time. , 14 23 7 ters (indicated by stars) will CRoss-words: 1. An accused person's plea

that he was elsewhere when the crime was committed. 2. An ancient musical instrument having three strings. 3., Indian corn. 4. To place

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quite deep in a soft substance. 5. A city of Italy.
6. A kind of candy.
oriole J. TUcker (AGE 12), League Member.


All of the nine pictured objects may be described by words of equal length. When rightly guessed and written one below another, the zigzag (beginning at the upper, left-hand letter and ending with the lower, left-hand letter) will spell the surname of a famous story writer.

League Member.

A Military ACROStic (Silver Badge, ST. NICHOLAS LEAGUE Competition)

. . 1 17 CRoss-words: 1. A city * 16 4 12 of Persia. 2. A strong strap * . . . 14 . or cord for leading an animal. * . . 13 . . 3. A small hole. 4. Inside * 30 26 . 28 6 of. 5. A lake in central * 7 . . 5 11 New York. 6. Uneven. 7. , 10 25 19 3 Enchanting. 8. To be heavy * 22 8 24 with sleepiness. 9. A vio, , 2 18 . . lent twist. 10. A military * 27 15 9 - 20 depot. 11. To wrinkle or , 29 . 21 23 disarrange.

When these words have been rightly guessed, the initial letters (indicated by stars) will spell a prodigious event. The letters indicated by the figures from 1 to 11, from 12 to 19, from 20 to 24, from 25 to 30, each name a place associated with the great event. ELIZABETH WATERMAN (AGE 12).

Letter remainders (Silver Badge, St. NICHOLAS LEAGUE Competition)

EXAMPLE: Take placed and consumed from suffice, and leave a letter. ANSWER: Sat-i-ate. 1. Take a dog and to be ill from to shorten, and leave a letter. 2. Take the whole and to be afflicted from a two-word salutation, and leave a letter. 3. Take a boy's name and suitable from to profit, and leave a letter. 4. Take a melody and a part of the body from a recent invention, and leave a letter. 5. Take a beast of burden and a color from made certain, and leave a letter. 6. Take a beverage and epoch from to search through carelessly, and leave a letter. 7. Take a domestic animal and an abbreviation from a spicy plant beloved by the animal, and leave a letter. 8. Take away and a color from proposed, and leave a letter. 9. Take to low as a cow and to grow old from a place to anchor, and leave a letter. ' 10. Take a vessel for liquids and an animal

from to examine thoroughly, and leave a letter. 11. Take a pronoun and an article from to inclose, and leave a letter. 12. Take two domestic animals from a cookroom, and leave a letter. 13. Take two vehicles from a company of travelers, and leave a letter. 14. Take a kitchen utensil and a pronoun from a fierce animal, and leave a letter. 15. Take a snake and a color from desired greatly, and leave a letter. 16. Take a part of the body and wrath from a large wardrobe, and leave a letter. 17. Take a weight and an epoch from the weight of goods carried in a ship, and leave a letter. The seventeen letters will spell a season that is both regretted and anticipated. BETTY HOOPER (AGE 12).


The following are, when rightly guessed, letters of the alphabet; and when properly arranged, spell a name borne by a story-writer and also by a philosopher.

1. A beverage. 2. An exclamation. 3. An annex. 4. A common article. 5. A body of water. 6. A beverage.

MARGARET SMART (AGE 14), League Member.

My one, of vegetables the queen,
Behind a two, three often seen;
It is a sight to please the eye
As on the road you're walking by.
My whole, a general brave in fight,
Surrendered to our leader's might.



All the words described contain the same number of letters. When rightly guessed, the primal letters may all be found in the word “syzygy,” and the final letters spell the name of an American writer who was born in November.

CROSS-WORDS: 1. An involuntary and unnatural contraction of a muscle. 2. Certain islands in the South Pacific. 3. A sylvan deity, part man and part goat. 4. A large fish. 5. A member of a certain famous organization for boys. 6. A scolding woman. 7. The country of which Damascus is the chief city. 8. Another name for Horeb. 9. Luster of a smooth surface.

League Member.

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