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OUR leading serial story for next year will be

a sequel to "Jack Hazard and His Fortunes," entitled


In it we shall meet Jack and Lion once more, and some other old acquaintances. It will be continued throughout the year.

We shall also publish a remarkable story called "CRUSOE LIFE,"

written by Rev. R. D. Carter, of Mississippi, who assures us that every word of his extraordinary narrative is true. In it he relates how, in his youth, he was cast away on a lonely island in the Pacific Ocean, and through what strange adventures he passed, until, after several months of actual Crusoe life, he escaped from his fearful solitude. This story will begin in January, and run through five or six numbers.

All our leading contributors, and the best features of the magazine as it has been conducted in the past, will be retained during the coming year. Picture stories, similar to the "Two Bad Boys" in our last number, and "How Tommy Rode the Horse to Water," which we give this month, will be a permanent attraction. For further particulars, see the Prospectus of "Our Young Folks" for 1872.

A new PRIZE PUZZLE next month!

OUR last month's picture story of "Two Bad Boys" has proved very popular, and prose versions of it have been sent in by L. O. Howard, age 12, Lou, age 12, J. S. H., age 12, Mary B. Daniels, age 13, and a boy who writes from Louisville, Ky., without giving his name. We have also received two rhymed versions, one by S. E. M., and another by Arty. The last of them is the best, and we' give it below, notwithstanding some slight faults of style, and one misstatement of fact: it is the constable, and not the owner of the apples, who drives the bad boys off to jail.

Now who can send us the best interpretation of the picture story which we print this month,"How Tommy Rode the Horse to Water?"

Bad boys were Tom and Dick;

When young they learned to smoke,

And apple-stealing was by them
Regarded as a joke.

Cigars they thought too high,

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And, as a substitute,
They visited the grapevine wild,
And smoked its dried-up shoot.
One day they went to give

Their neighbor's fruit a taste;
So many apples on the trees,

A pity they should waste !
The boys soon shook some off,

And then sat down to feast;
While just behind the owner watched,
His cane rose up like yeast.
Now Tom was on his knees,

His body downward bent-
The cane descended on the part

Thus made most prominent.
The boys jumped to their feet,

Tom rubbed the injured part,
And, though he'd always been a dunce,
That blow it made him smart.
The man then tied a rope

Around each youngster's knee,
And toward the jail he drove the two,

While crowds gazed at the three.
And now 'twixt prison walls

Repose both naughty boys;
Cigars and apples all are gone,
And with them all their joys.
ARTY, age 15.


In answer to "Student's " question about Moses recording his own death in the thirty-fourth chapter of Deuteronomy: - Dr. Cummins, in his answer to Bishop Colenso upon the true authorship of the Pentateuch, page 19, says, that the thirtyfourth chapter of Deuteronomy is really the first chapter of Joshua. It is simply a misplacement of chapters. Yours truly,

MAY F. MILLER, age 13. BROOKLYN, October 24, 1871.

Fred McIntosh, Phila., writes: "Most commentators consider this whole chapter to be an addition by Joshua, others say that it is the work of some other prophet, while all agree that it is not

the work of Moses, except a few, who say that Moses was inspired and wrote this himself. It is most probable that Joshua did write it, from the fact that Joshua was with Moses a great deal, and may have been with him on the mount when

he died."

Answered also by E. G. Richardson, and W. E. Leonard, and "Little Belle."

A CURIOUS slip of the pen occurred in our correspondent M. S. R.'s "Few Words about Oaths," which we published last month. He should have said- and of course meant to say, for he is a man of various and accurate knowledge-that "the third commandment is, 'Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain,'" instead of the seventh, as he inadvertently did say.

Bessie asks: Will you please tell me whether, in M. S. R.'s article about "Oaths," it is only a matter of conjecture, or a certain fact, that many of the commonest phrases and exclamations in our language are as much as "taking God's name in vain "?

"Theodora " is a girl still in her "teens"; but her precise age we cannot give.

Mollie H says:- "To grin like a Cheshire cat is to display the teeth and gums when laughing. Formerly the expression was to 'grin like a Cheshire cat eating cheese.' A hardly satisfac tory explanation has been given of this phrase, — that Cheshire is a county palatine (a county invested with royal privileges), and the cats, when they think of it, are so tickled with the notion that they can't help grinning."

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H. S. Clark's question was also answered by 'Bessie," and Stella Prince.

THE earliest answers to our last month's puzzles were sent in by Ida, Ethel Fisher, J. H. Ingham, Bessie G. Colt, Bessie King, B. W. Leavell, Jennie M. Druse, Fred McIntosh, Ruby, Lou and Beatrice, C. W. Gorton, Eirrac, and Annie Corkins.

NEED we remind our readers that now is the time to renew their subscriptions, and to induce their friends to subscribe, for "Our Young Folks"?

With regard to many, it is a certain fact; as to Send in your names in season, and avoid delay others, it is, of course, conjecture.

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NEW HAVEN, CONN., October 1, 1871. DEAR "YOUNG FOLKS": Will you please tell H. S. Clark that the "Cheshire Cat" belonged to the Duchess in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"?

Its face always wore a broad grin, and it was very fond of sitting in a tree and appearing and disappearing very suddenly, until Alice requested it not to do so, as it made her giddy. So after ward the cat vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had


I have written you a good many letters lately, and perhaps you do not care to hear from one person so often, so I will not trouble you again. One question before I close. Is "Theodora," who writes those charming sketches for "Our Young Contributors," a girl? and how old is she? That makes two questions, I see, but no matter. Your admiring subscriber,

SALLIE DAY. We are always glad to hear from you, Sallie, and hope you will not cease to write. In answer to your question, we are permitted to say that

and confusion at the beginning of the year Sub

scribing for a magazine is a very simple thing. Here is the plain business style : — MESSRS. J. R. OSGOOD & Co.

Please send "Our Young Folks," one year, beginning with the January No., 1872, to the address given below. I enclose $2.00.

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I wish to make my little niece a Christmas present, and know of nothing which will be more useful to her, and which she will prize more highly, than a subscription to "Our Young Folks." I enclose accordingly a post-office order for two dollars, for which please send the magazine one year (1872) to- Here follows the address, written in a plain hand.

Old subscribers should remember and say that they renew their subscriptions.

The letter and money, or post-office order, being carefully enclosed in an envelope, should be di

rected to


Boston, Mass. Annie Corkins. —' The postage on "Our Young Folks" is 12 cts. a year; for twenty-five copies it would be at the same rate, or $ 3.00 a year.

Errata. - For "carbonic" acid in Margaret Gray's letter about butterflies last month, read "carbolic." "28," in Enigma No. 85, should have been "2, 8."

Our Young Contributors. Accepted: "Ar kansaw Sall," by the "Prairie Nymph"; "An Echo," by Lottie Adams; "How we bought a Wagon," by John Curtis; "Maple Leaves," by Henry de Wolfe, Jr.; "Fun in Art Galleries," by R. M Walsh; and "The Humming-Bird's Nest," by Nettie A. Fiske.


Several correspondents having asked for the address of the firm of which our Young Contributor bought the "Steamship" he told about in our last number, he has kindly sent it to the "Letter Box." It is - Messrs. Geo. Richardson and Co., Central Chambers, No. 17 South Castle Street, Liverpool, England.

The story, he assures us, is a true one.


SOME NEW BOOKS. Messrs. Charles Scribner and Co., of New York, have just published a small book for young sportsmen, entitled

inson Warren, the author, writes with enthusiasm, but with great clearness, and as one who has done often and successfully what he describes for others. If boys must shoot, boat, and fish, this little book will help them do these things skilfully.

The following articles are also excellent, and if they receive only honorable mention here, it is simply because we cannot print all the good things sent us: "An Experience," by Alice M. Jones, who tells an amusing little story of finding a pock-❝ Shooting, Boating, and Fishing." Mr. T. Robet-book and being "liberally rewarded" by the the "liberal reward" in this case being ten cents! "Quebec," an interesting account of a visit to that city, by R. R. H.; "The Ashblower and the Magic Wand," a fairy story from the German, very prettily translated by Julia M. P.; "The Rhine," a sketch of travel, by Mary E.; an interesting but rather long description of "A Glimpse of Montauk Point," by Bilboquet; "A Stage Ride," by Nannie, -a description of a night spent in a diligence in the south of France; Corpus Christi Day in France," by E;"Towser," a well-written story of a dog, by Annie G. Sheldon; "Scenes in a Railway Station," by Mary A. Williams; "How two little Children went Home," by Amanda Smith; and "Nut ting," a lively little sketch, by Sadie Wellington.


The poem of “Autumn Leaves" would deserve to rank with the essays named above, but for a few such inadmissible rhymes as town and ground, song and gone, leaves and trees, etc. The same may be said of another poem entitled “Autumn,” which, with many beautiful lines and images, rhymes corn with come, lane with fame, sun and 'crown, etc. The fact that some imperfect rhymes are admissible in English poetry, and that now and then a poet of note has been too careless with his rhymes, should not be allowed to mislead "Our Young Contributors."

"Hazel-hair," by a girl of thirteen, is very musical, and would be well worthy a place in our list, but for the many repetitions of the two rhymes marden and laden. We cannot forbear giving one or two stanzas from this pretty little song:"Murmuring bees with honey laden, Know you where

Have you seen the little maiden,


"Nowhere have we seen her playing."
And the birds fly homeward, saying,
"Where, O where !"

And the birds may look in sorrow
Here and there,
Crying, "Wilt thou come to-morrow,

With her eyes all sunshine laden,
Never more they 'll see the maiden,

The Riverside Press has recently sent out some choice books for young people, - such as 66 Four, and what they Did," by Mrs. Helen C. Weeks, well known to readers of "Our Young Folks"; "The Judge's Pets," a charming story of some real children and of their favorite animals; "Little-Folk Songs," which sing themselves very pleasantly to youthful ears; and "Stories from Old English Poetry," in which Mrs. Richardson gives the older young folks a very sensible and attractive introduction to Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and others of the great poets of England.

Mrs. Whitney, author of "Leslie Goldthwaite " and "We Girls," has written a delightful story called "Real Folks," which has just been published by James R. Osgood and Co No part of it has appeared before; it is an entirely new book, and is in Mrs. Whitney's most attractive manner, which is praise enough.

Messrs. D. Lothrop and Co. furnish a large number of bright books for boys and girls. Among their latest and best are "The Romneys of Ridgemont," a fresh and attractive story; "The Talbury Girls," a good book for, as well as about, girls; Shell Cove," a story of the shore and sea for boys; "Pro and Con," a book for both girls and boys; and a legion of other volumes, some of which are described in an advertisement in this number of "Our Young Folks," and all of them in a catalogue which we doubt not Messrs. Lothrop and Co. would be glad to send to any applicant.

NEWARK, N. J., October 26. DEAR "YOUNG FOLKS":

In regard to the question asked by "S" about taming squirrels, I would say that my plan is to feed them myself, and to be very careful about frightening them or allowing them to be frightened in my presence. Soon they will eat off my finger, and when they see I harm them not, get as bold as could be wished. Of course it is better to take them while young.

Yours truly,

WHISPERER, age 14.

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Mutual Emprovement Corner.

[For subscribers only. Names sent in must be in the handwriting of the persons desiring correspondents.]

Mr. Samuel Gray, commander-in-chief of the Grand Anti-Tobacco Army of Boys and Girls, started in this Corner, finding the duties of his office too arduous for him, resigns in favor of Frank Bolles, whose address is Box 144, Washington, D. C.

Lottie Grosvenor, Lock Box 58, New Haven, Conn. (is

R. M. Walsh says: In the United States the government makes the money. With it, the officials and servants of the government, such as its president and its secretaries, its clerks and its soldiers, are paid, and with it they pay their shoemakers and tailors. The shoemakers and tailors will need articles from outside to carry on their trade, such as awls or cloth, and they will pay the making a collection of curious epitaphs; will "Our Young merchants who import them. These merchants will have to pay the people who send them the goods, and in this way the money will be sent abroad. In America, very little money is sent out of the country itself, as there are such high duties on things imported from other countries."

He concludes with a little essay on the advantages of free trade with foreign nations, which we must omit for want of room.

R. C. says briefly: "Gold and silver is taken to the mint by its owner; a receipt is there given for its weight; it is made into coins and returned to its owner for circulation.


Folks" send her such as they may have?)

Sallie C. Day, Box 1772, New Haven, Conn. (wishes correspondents not younger than 15, fond of reading). F. H. Ingham, age 11, 267 South 19th St., Philadel phia, Pa. (fossils).

Rose Holabird, Saratoga Springs, N. Y. (desires correspondents over 16, devoted to literature, science, and art). Frank B. Conger, P. O. Box 118, Port Huron, Mich. (coins and stamps).

Titsworth and York, Box 589, Westerly, R. I. (business cards and specimens).

Nellie H. Howd, age 12, Pleasant Valley, Conn. (music and pets).

E. T., age 16, care Box 154, Portland, Oregon (roller. skating, dancing, and fun).

We, the undersigned, girls of Lancaster, Penn., and "Paper money is of many denominations. members of the Mutual Improvement Society, do desire is made at the Treasury Department at Washinga place in the "Mutual Improvement Corner" of "Our ton, and paid out for United States debts, or Young Folks" with a view to carrying out the design of through the banks, and thus comes into circu-maker, Sue M. Hart, and Anna M. Pearsol, ages bethe society. Annie Muhlenberg, Maxe Atlee, Mame Staylation."


I do not agree with S. E. M. about the phrase "Everything is lovely and the goose hangs high." I always supposed that it really was "Everything is lovely and the goose yongs high." Yong is the

tween 15 and 17.

Eva Vanderlyn, age 17, Box 1449, Oswego, N. Y. (fond of boating, riding, dancing, and fun).

Clare Ferrars, age 17, Box 1494, Oswego, N. Y. (same amusements).

Juanita," 1217 Delaware St., Buffalo, N. Y. (desires correspondents between the ages of 14 and 19). Edith Price, Chattanooga, Tenn., age 15.

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