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A good laugh - My mother, Mary Baker, and Thelma Atkinson took CAPPER'S for years. I have clippings from both of them. Aunt Thelma was 103 when she passed away. I wonder how old this clipping is. I'm sure she got a laugh from it.

Janie (Baker) Schaefer
Emporia, Kan.

See Them Run! - The mouse story that recently appeared in CAPPER'S made me think of the time we had a lot of corn. Several men and a cornsheller were quickly taking the corn from the crib. My husband called me to come see our dog killing rats. There were so many as they cleaned the last of the corn from the crib.

Suddenly, my husband yelled and literally jumped out of his pants. He said, 'That darned rat ran up inside my pants leg.'

I laugh yet. Sure was glad he didn't get hold of his B.V.D.'s in his haste.


Prefers shorter fiction - I have read CAPPER'S ever since I could read and have enjoyed it so much. Now, at 92, I am enjoying it still!

I am another one who enjoyed your shorter stories very much. It is too hard to remember what has been going on in stories that last more than one issue; so, I hope you give us short stories all the time, especially as we now must wait a month between installments. I have a niece who writes some very good short pieces. That gave me the idea of having readers help out with interesting stories. How long does a short story need to be?

Vera L. Cunningham
Otis, Colo.

Editor's Note: We typically consider fiction that is from 12,000 to 25,000 words - though manuscripts with a minimum of 7,500 words are also considered. For more information, aspiring authors can request our writer's guidelines, or find them online by clicking the 'Contributor's Guidelines' link.

Recipe clipping - I have one request: If possible, could the recipes be put on the page that has advertisements? That way, when recipes are cut out, one wouldn't be destroying a story on the other side. Otherwise, everything is great.

Verlin Ross
Lafayette, Ind.

Longtime readers - We have taken CAPPER'S since 1948 and will be celebrating our 58th anniversary in March. My mother gave me my first subscription to CAPPER'S for our first anniversary. We couldn't do without it. Keep up the good work.

Louise Dougherty
Bethel, Mo.

Consistent content - I have been reading this paper since the '30s, when I read it at my grandmother's. Then I read it at my mother's. Mom ordered it for me for many years, and I have enjoyed it thoroughly ever since. It gets passed on to others.

I have followed it though its changes, and I thank you for the good content it has maintained.

Helen Dunshee
Palmyra, Wis.

Letting go: Everyone should be able to identify with 'Letting Go,' Andrea Skalland's column about worrying (Editor's Notebook, June 21). We need to let go instead of running on the treadmill of worry and getting nowhere. We need to give our concerns to God, and let Him handle everything.

A real test of faith, confidence or unquestioning belief occurs when we ask Him to take our problems; however, many of us immediately finagle or maneuver the situation with our craftiness in an attempt to solve the problem, incapable of letting go.

Like Skalland, I, too, worried about getting enough rest to function efficiently the next day. At night, my mind would dwell on troublesome thoughts, knowing I was helpless to affect the outcome. Intense worry produces severe illness - even death. I'm thankful God provided me with strength and energy to live a productive life. It's easier to say, 'Let Go and Let God,' than it is to actually do it.

Nancy Catherine Smith
Scappoose, Ore.

Grandmother's quilt - My grandmother made this quilt in either 1934 or '35 from a pattern that was published in CAPPER'S WEEKLY. Apparently, at the time there was a contest to name the quilt pattern.

The story goes that my grandmother was considering two different names for the quilt and submitted one of them to the contest. It turned out that the winning name was actually the other one that she had considered but not submitted.

So, my question now is, what is the name of this pattern?

Some folks who have looked at the quilt have suggested that the name of the pattern is the Giant Dahlia, but my mother is reasonably certain that it isn't. While definite similarities between the two patterns do exist, the Giant Dahlia is not an exact match.

We are certain of the date that the quilt was made. I would appreciate any help that anyone can give.

Sharon Brown
Hesperia, Calif.

Little chief - Since 1941 (I was in the first grade!), I've been reading CAPPER'S. I'm now almost 70 years young. Last fall, my daughter, Julie, and I went on an Alaskan Cruise sponsored by CAPPER'S. It was my joy and honor to get acquainted with Ann Crahan, who was then the editor. We hit it off, as we each have a funny bone. I was expecting my first grandchild and asked if I could send a photograph along, to try to get it in the paper.

'You can try,' Ann said with a smile.

So, here is the picture of Foster, son of Thomas and Jennifer Covington. He's 6 1/2 months old. Fire Prevention Week was last month, so here's your Little Chief!

Gerri Sykes
St. Peters, Mo.