Little things on little wings,
Bear little souls to Heaven.
Letters to Aunt Eily.

Mintaro Station, December 26.
Dear Aunt Eily—
The old year is dying out, and the new one fast approaching, but I must not let it pass away without writing to you and wishing you and the orphans “A Happy New Year.” I intended to write before Christmas. Our holidays commenced on December 22. I like school very much, but I am glad the holidays have come. I ride my pony to school, and though I love riding I do not find it at all pleasant on hot days. Our annual examination took place a short time ago, and I obtained my compulsory certificate. I received my badge, and was very pleased to get it. I think it is very pretty. I am sure Rev. Mother finds it very difficult to do that sum you spoke of. Of course, St. Vincent’s Club will do it. Encloesd (sic) please find 5/ for the orphans. With the compliments of the season, from
Your fond niece, Gertrude.