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So you _see_ that even after so long a time as a whole year, a little
seed of kindness may sprout in the heart; and don't you think, dear
children of New York, you who have every day the good luck of health,
happy homes, and pleasant things, that it would be delightful to bring
just one taste of such luck to the little ones in the New York
hospitals? Would you not like to blessedly surprise them on next
Christmas morning? You know the best hospital in the world can not be
like home with father and mother in it. But if you want to make the
hospitals seem almost like home to the little children for a whole happy
day, you can not begin too soon to look over all your little treasures,
and choose all you can part with. You all have cast-off toys,
story-books that have been read through, and boxes full of odds and
ends, and it takes very little to brighten the face of a poor sick child
lying alone in a hospital cot. A single pretty picture-card will do it.
Then, too, you can save your pennies and dimes, so that before Christmas
comes you can go into the stores and buy some of the books and
playthings that children like best; and all of you who can must tie on
your warm hoods and scamper away into the woods after the lovely
prince's-pine and scarlet berries. All the pretty things you can gather
to make bright the place where these other children stay will make your
own Christmas one of the merriest you ever knew, for when you are
pulling out the "goodies" from your plump bunchy stockings at home, you
will like to think of so many other little eyes and hands and hearts
brimful of the Christmas happiness which you have made.

[Illustration: OUR POST-OFFICE BOX.]

Our young correspondents ask us for so many things that it would be
impossible to gratify them all at once. Their requests are carefully
filed, however, and will not be forgotten.

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Hattie V., Cincinnati, writes:

I have a little brother eight years old, who has a great wish to
learn to play the violin. The other night he said to papa, "I wish
I was a king." "Why?" asked papa. "Because a king has so much
money, I would choose a man who had plenty of sense to rule, while
I played the fiddle." Papa gets _Harper's Young People_ for him,
and is going to have it bound.

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Minnie B., of Wisconsin, says:

I am a constant reader of _Young People_, especially the
"Post-Office." I think that game called "Wiggles" is splendid fun,
for I like to draw.

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The following is from Lilian, of Louisville:

My papa gets _Harper's Young People_ for us, and we like it very
much. My mamma longed for something nice for us to read, and she
thinks this is the very thing. She says it is healthful reading for
her three little girls, and she is as glad to welcome it for us as
the _Bazar_ for herself.

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Answers to "Inquisitive Jim" are received from Charles W. L., and F. B.
Hesse (both aged eleven years), who give correct information concerning
the establishment of the Bank of England, and from C. W. Gibbons, who
writes a full description of this celebrated institution, which we are
compelled to condense: The Bank of England was first suggested by
William Paterson, a London merchant, and was incorporated under its
present name in 1694, during the reign of William and Mary. The business
of the bank was conducted at Grocers' Hall until 1732, when the house
and garden of Sir John Houblon, its first governor, were purchased as a
site for the present building, which, although not imposing as a whole,
contains some handsome architecture based on ancient models. The
principal entrance of the bank is on Threadneedle Street, but why it is
irreverently called "the Old Lady" I do not know. Can any one tell me?

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EDWIN K. - "General" is the highest rank in the United States army. It
was created in July, 1866, and bestowed upon General Grant, who had for
two years previous held the position of Lieutenant-General. When General
Grant resigned his position on being elected President of the United
States, Sherman became General, and Sheridan Lieutenant-General.

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"SCHOOL-BOY." - Cape Trafalgar derives its name from
_Taral-al-ghar_ - signifying "promontory of the cave" - the appellation
given it by the ancient Moors.

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ROBERT N. - You will find the information you desire in the "Post-Office"
of our sixth number.

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HARRY L. G. - "American Club Skates" are the most popular at present
among boys, as they require neither straps nor heel plate, and fit very
firmly to the foot.

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DORSEY COATE. - The directions for keeping gold-fish, given in _Harper's
Young People_, No. 6, will apply to your "common fish."

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RALPH. - General George Washington was born in a modest mansion near the
Potomac, half way between Pope's and Bridge's creeks, Westmoreland
County, Virginia. Of this mansion nothing now remains but a few
scattered ruins. It was destroyed by fire while Washington was still
very young, and his father removed to a country residence in Stafford
County, near Fredericksburg.

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FRANKIE H. - We would very gladly help you and your sister "to be
industrious," but have not room enough in the "Post-Office" to describe
many things. We refer your sister to directions for pretty needle-work
in _Young People_, Nos. 2 and 5, also to suggestions for Lulu W., in
this column. You will say those are all for girls. Now boys can make
many pretty things with a scroll saw, such as frames, brackets, and
boxes, all suitable for Christmas.

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LULU W. can arrange her cards of pressed seaweed prettily by taking two
good-sized scallop shells, and fastening the shells and cards together
with a bow of ribbon at the back. By using blank cards a pretty
autograph album may be also made. It is easy to drill holes in the
shells through which to pass the ribbon, and they may be ornamented with
paintings or pictures pasted on.

A. P.

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Postage-stamp Case for Lulu W. Take a piece of perforated card-board
about two inches and a half square, work an initial or any little figure
on one side, on the other side "Stamps" in small letters. Line the
pieces with bright-colored silk, and bind three sides together with
ribbon. It can be made more ornamental by putting tiny bows at the

L. B.

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H. W. and AMELIA F. - Your suggestions to Susie H. C. are good, but not
new enough to print. Thanks for your pleasant letters.

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We acknowledge the receipt of a prettily written letter from Robert S.,
St. Johns, Michigan, and answers to puzzles from Gussie L., Robert N.,
Grace A. McG., William C. R., Heywood C., F. B. Hesse, Addie A. B.,
C. M. J., Edwin Van R., Joseph S. G., Martha W. D., Bertie McJ., Charles
E. L., and C. F. D.



In California, the land of wonders, is found a wonderful plant. The
traveller who is exploring the Yosemite region in June will find
lingering patches of snow and ice amongst the cliffs, and there he may
be fortunate enough to see this astonishing production rising fresh and
superb beside its icy bed. It springs from the edges of the snow-banks,
growing ten or fifteen inches high, and is called in common phrase the
"snow-flower," from its location, not its coloring, for it is blood-red,
of the richest crimson carmine, buds, flowers, stems, leaves, and
sheathing bulb all of the same ensanguined hue. The flowers are
thickish, something like the pyrola, and its manner of growth resembles
the hyacinth, with bell-shaped flowers clustering along the upper part
of the stem, and erect, pointed leaves. This plant is mentioned by Mr.
Brace in his book on California, and specimens have been sent to the
North, but they are generally in very poor condition when they arrive.

As the years slip by, no doubt many of the now quite youthful readers of
this paper will find themselves sauntering among the snow-crowned cliffs
of the Yosemite, and to them, perhaps, the crimson banner of the
snow-flower will be unfurled. They may then like to remember that its
botanical name is _Sarcodes sanguinea_.



When they're bright and shining
Like the summer moons,
Two queer faces look at you
From the silver spoons.
One is very long, and one
Broad as it can be,
And both of them are grewsome things,
As ever you did see.

Then careful be, young people,
And do not whine or frown,
Lest some day you discover
Your chin's a-growing down.
Nor must you giggle all the time
As though you were but loons;
We want no _children's_ faces
Like those in silver spoons.

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=The Largest Tree in the World.= - In San Francisco, encircled by a circus
tent of ample dimensions, is a section of the largest tree in the
world - exceeding the diameter of the famous tree of Calaveras by five
feet. This monster of the vegetable kingdom was discovered in 1874, on
Tule River, Tulare County, about seventy-five miles from Visalia. At
some remote period its top had been broken off by the elements or some
unknown forces, yet when it was discovered it had an elevation of 240
feet. The trunk of the tree was 111 feet in circumference, with a
diameter of 35 feet 4 inches. The section on exhibition is hollowed out,
leaving about a foot of bark and several inches of the wood. The
interior is 100 feet in circumference and 30 feet in diameter, and it
has a seating capacity of about 200. It was cut off from the tree about
12 feet above the base, and required the labor of four men for nine days
to chop it down. In the centre of the tree, and extending through its
whole length, was a rotten core about two feet in diameter, partially
filled with a soggy, decayed vegetation that had fallen into it from the
top. In the centre of this cavity was found the trunk of a little tree
of the same species, having perfect bark on it, and showing regular
growth. It was of uniform diameter, an inch and a half all the way; and
when the tree fell and split open, this curious stem was traced for
nearly 100 feet. The rings in this monarch of the forest show its age to
have been 4840 years.

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=Sweet Scents.= - Perfumes were used in the early times of the Chinese
Empire, when ladies had a habit of rubbing in their hands a round ball
made of a mixture of amber, musk, and sweet-scented flowers. The Jews,
who were also devoted to sweet scents, used them in their sacrifices,
and also to anoint themselves before their repasts. The Scythian ladies
went a step farther, and after pounding on a stone cedar, cypress, and
incense, made up the ingredients thus obtained into a thick paste, with
which they smeared their faces and limbs. The composition emitted for a
long time a pleasing odor, and on the following day gave to the skin a
soft and shining appearance. The Greeks carried sachets of scent in
their dresses, and filled their dining-rooms with fumes and incense.
Even their wines were often impregnated with decoctions of flowers. The
Athenians anointed pigeons with liquid perfume, and let them fly loose
about a room, scattering the drops over the guests.



Play, baby, in thy cradle play -
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And quick goes time, quick, quick!
Grow, baby, grow, with every day -
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And babyhood will pass away,
For quick goes time, quick, quick!

Not long can mother watch thee so -
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And quick goes time, quick, quick!
To pretty girlhood thou wilt grow -
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
To womanhood, before we know,
For quick goes time, quick, quick!

Play, baby, in thy cradle play -
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And quick goes time, quick, quick!
And some brave lad will come some day -
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And steal my baby's heart away:
Ah, quick goes time, quick, quick!


Charley Bangs is a nice boy, but it was not right of him to take his big
dog Towser to school when he heard the teacher was going to give him a
flogging - And then to say he was afraid to send the dog home because it
was so vicious, and might turn on him, and bite him!


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The publishers of HARPER'S YOUNG PEOPLE congratulate their readers on
the approach of the merry holiday season, and take pleasure in
announcing the enlargement of this journal to sixteen pages, beginning
with the Christmas number, which will be published December 23.

This change will enable the publishers to give their young readers every
week an increased variety of stories, poems, sketches, and other
attractive reading, from the best writers that can be secured. The
publishers will also avail themselves of this occasion to present
HARPER'S YOUNG PEOPLE to their subscribers in new and enlarged type,
which will greatly add to the beauty and attractiveness of its

No pains or expense will be spared to make HARPER'S YOUNG PEOPLE the
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the youthful readers of America.

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