DEAR Children: Do you get your CA11101,1C HERALD on Friday? I hope so, because here is a little verse this week in honour of Our Lady's Feast of the Annunciation :— Hail Mary, full of grace. To You we pray. The Lord is with Thee. Be with us to-day. Mother of God, be with us to the end. Pray for us sinners. On You we depend.
ONE of our grown-up readers has set you another problem with numbers, hut as I couldn't do it myself I felt I couldn't ask you to (though 1 darcsay some of you would have put me to shame and done it quite quickly!) Anyway, I've set it now the other way round. You can find nut what the problem was. In the answer, you set out the numbers 1 to 16 (each used only once) in a square, like this:
1 II 6 16 8 14 3 9 15 5 12 2 10 4 13 7 Now add up all the horizontal lines. Then the vertical columns. Now the diagonal line from I to 7. And the upward diagonal from 10 to 16. It is odd. isn't it? And that is only one arrangement that does the same thing with those numbers. The clever ones among you can work out some of the others (but don't write and ask me to!).
TT is Jane and Jeremy's birth-1day to-day. They are both five years old. After Easter they are going to school. They are both looking forward to this. Daddy gave each of them a school satchel. Jeremy's is brown and Jane's is dark blue. And Mummy gave them each a box of coloured pencils and a big coloured picture book with all the letters in it. And numbers up to ten. Jeremy says he'll soon know them all. And Daddy laughed and said p'raps he needn't go to school after all. But Jeremy said: " Oh yes, please, Daddy."
Then Grannie came to tea and brought them each a box of toffees, and a big book* between them. It has lovely pictures arid a lot of pieces of poetry. And all the pieces of poetry are prayers for children to say. Jane loves the pictures. They are such lovely coloured ones. With little boys and girls and birds and lambs and angels. And the angels are so pretty.
Jeremy's favourite prayer-poem begins: