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By Norah L. Lewis

“I am a woman, thirteen years previous, and a formal broncho buster. i will prepare dinner and do home tasks, yet I simply like to ride.”

In letters written to the children’s pages of newspapers, we pay attention the transparent and actual voices of actual young ones who lived in rural Canada and Newfoundland among 1900 and 1920. youngsters let us know approximately their households, their colleges, jobs and groups and the discomfort brought on by the poor charges of global warfare I.

We learn of shared universal reports of isolation, labor, few facilities, constrained academic possibilities, constrained social lifestyles and heavy obligations, but in addition of pride over talents mastered and paintings played. notwithstanding frequently challenging, children’s lives mirrored a hopeful and increasing destiny, and their letters recount their talents and backbone in addition to relations lore and neighborhood histories.

teenagers either make and perform heritage, yet until eventually lately their position has been mostly missed. In “I are looking to subscribe to Your Club,” Lewis offers direct proof that children’s lives, like adults’, have either continuity and alter and shape a part of the warp and woof of the social cloth.

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One place in Winnipeg we went over a trestle, and as we were going over this a street car went underneath. The train that we were on was a little late, and the other train was waiting. We just went out of one train into the other, and started off. That night when we went to sleep we were going over the prairie, but the next morning were in woods. We went through a thousand miles of just spruce and jackpine, with little water courses here and there. It was the same all day, and it was pretty lonesome.

When I came to this country I brought a pair of wooden shoes, but they were stolen. Would some of the girls or boys please write as I can tell them something about Holland. Dutch Tulip Amelia van Koog Glen Banner, Alta. Family Herald and Weekly Star Aprils, 1918 30 Going to Sweden My parents were born in Sweden and they have been talking about going to see the old folks. They have been saying they are going the same time as the Olympic (sic) come to Berlin. Perhaps the war will spoil it all. It is too bad for the people suffering in the war.

I guess we are all wishing the war to stop—so people do not need to suffer any longer. When the war is over and the mines are cleared away, I will go and see grandma and grandpa. I will see the midnight sun, the cuckoo bird and the nightingale in the summer; and in the winter I will see the Laplander drive their reindeers, and many other things. I have no sisters or brothers, but I have two kittens and a dog. A neighbor gave me a little white lamb last spring. I taught him to eat out of a spoon, and I named him Johnny.

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