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value of THREE SHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE. Two books of each kind will be given-four in all; hut a Scholar, after taking one prize, cannot obtain another until an interval of six months has elapsed. Should his paper during that time obtain the distinction which would otherwise entitle him to a prize, it will be printed in its proper position, but the prize will be awarded to the Scholar who has written the answer next in merit.
Prizes FOR ESSAYS PRINTED IN THIS NUMBER. A five shillings book each to HARRY ROWBOTHAM, Moravian Boys' School, Dukinfield, Cheshire; and P. H. Payn, Sibford School, near Banbury.
A three shillings and sixpenny book each to H. G. WAITE, Sir W. C. Trevelyan's School, Seaton, Devon; and R. FAIRHURST, Wigan Union Workhouse School.
The above-named Prize Essayists are desired to send to the Publisher, Mr. JOHN HEYWOOD, 141 and 143, Deansgate, Manchester, the name of any book or books, of the value referred to, which they would like to receive, and such will be forwarded, post free, within one week afterwards. The Publisher, of course, reserves to himself the right of refusing to forward any work the character of which he may think injurious ; but with that single exception Prize Essayists may select any work they please. They will, doubtless, avail themselves of the advice of their parents or teachers in their selection.
A catalogue of three thousand works will be sent by the Publisber on receipt of a penny postage stamp for postage.
Answers to Questions in September Number. We have received so many excellent maps from scholars in the Senior Division, that the classification of the writers has been a task of considerable difficulty. The trouble would have been less if they had been copied from one model. Believing that no exercise is more profitable to young scholars than this, we have repeated the question this month for those in the junior division. We would recommend them to take John Heywood's halfpenny map of their county as the model, and imitate it as carefully as they can. These maps can be ordered through any bookseller, or obtained direct from the publisher. Maps copied from other models will, however, be received and fairly judged. Our list of names is somewhat irregular this month, as we were loth to pass without notice carefully-executed maps, creditable alike to the school and the scholar. All papers are rejected which do not contain the ages of the writers.
PRIZES FOR MAPS. ALEXANDER LAURIE, British School, Derby. (Honorary, see printed notice.) HARRY ROWBOTHAM, Moravian Boys' School, Dukinfield, Cheshire. (Certified by
Chas. J, Knott, B.A., Master.) HENRY G. WAITE, Sir W. C. Trevelyan's School, Seaton, Devon. (Certified by
R. T. Tyacke.)
The following are the names of the writers
the best papers in the Senior Division :
Class I. (AGE 15.)
Class II. (AGE 14.)
CLASS III. (AGE 13.)
Class IV. (AGE 12.)
5. W. S. Green, Derby British Schools.
28. Allen Saxon, St. John's N. S., Dukinfield. Arthur Gee has sent us a good map of Yorkshire; but as he is only ten years of age, he should have answered the second question instead of the first. Several other maps are not inserted in the list for this reason; and many papers on the English rivers are rejected because they do not state the ages of the writers.
A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE FOUR LARGEST RIVERS
THE THAMES, one of the largest rivers of England, though a small one in comparison with others, is one of the most famous in the world.
Whose ample breast displays unfurled
The ensigns of the assembled world. It rises in the Cotswold Hills, in Gloucestershire, and after a course of 220 miles, discharges itself by a wide estuary into the North Sea. It is formed by the Isis, Colne, Charne, and Leck. It is a slow river, and in consequence of this it is navigable for barges and vessels nearly to its sources. It runs through part of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex, and Essex, on the North ; and Berkshire, Surrey, and Kent on the South. Principal Torons : Oxford, Eton, Windsor, Kingston, Richmond, London, Deptford, Greenwich, Woolwich, Gravesend, Sheerness.
THE SEVERN drains Central Wales, and after a course of 220 miles, discharges itself into the Bristol Channel. It is the largest of the four principal rivers. It rises in a lake on the east side of Plinlimmon. Owing to shallows, the navigation of the Severn is not 80 easy as that of the Thames, and on account of this and its numerous windings, a canal has been dug from Berkeley to Gloucester, the chief port on the Severn. It runs through the counties of Montgomery, Shropshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire. Principal Towns : Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Kidderminster, Worcester, Tewkesbury, Gloucester, and Berkeley.
THE TRENT, next in size to the Thames, drains Central England, rising in the moorlands in the west of Staffordshire, and after a course of 180 miles discharges itself into the Humber, flowing through the counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Lincolnshire. Principal Towns : Gainsborough, Newark, Burton, Nottingham, and Stoke.
THE OUSE, the smallest of the four principal rivers in England, drains Yorkshire, and after a course of 150 miles discharges itself into the Humber. This river is formed by the Ure and Swale. Principal Towns : Ripon, York, Selby, and Goole.
PHILIP HENRY PAYN (aged 11 years). Sibford School, near Banbury.
I beg to certify that this composition has been written entirely by the boy whose name it bears.
Hugh PERKINS, Master.
The four chief rivers of England are: the Thames, the Severn, the Trent, the Ouse.
THE THAMES, 210 miles long, rises in the Cotswold Hills, in Gloucestershire, and flows east between the counties of Oxford, Buckingham, Middlesex, and Essex, on the left bank; and Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, and Kent on the right bank. Tributaries on the right bank : Kennet, Loddon, Wey, Mole. On the left bank: Windrush, Evenlode,
Thame, Colne, Brent, Lea, Roding. Towns : Oxford, Eton, Reading, Windsor, London, Sheerness. More ships are to be seen at London on the Thames than in any other port.
THE SEVERN, 220 miles long, rises in Plinlimmon, and flows through Montgomery, Shropshire, Worcester, and Gloucester, into the Bristol Channel. Tributaries on the right bank: Teame, Wye, Usk. On the left bank : Avon. Towns : Newtown, Montgomery, Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Worcester, Tewkesbury, and Gloucester,
THE TRENT, 180 miles long, rises in Staffordshire, and flows through Derby, Nottingham, and Lincoln, into the Humber. Tributaries on the right bank : Sow, Soar. On the left bank : Dove, Derwent. Towns : Stoke, Burton, Nottingham, Newark.
THE OUSE, 150 miles long, drains Yorkshire. It is formed by the confluence of two streams, the Swale and the Ure. Tributaries on the right bank : Nidd, Wharfe, Aire, Don. On the left bank : Derwent. Towns : Ripon, York, Hull, Leeds, Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, and other towns engaged in the woollen manufactures, are situated on the basin of the Ouse.
R. FAIRHURST (aged 9 years). Wigan Union Workhouse School, Lancashire. I certify that the above is the work of Robert Fairhurst.
WILLIAM BLAVER, Schoolmaster.
The following are the names of the writers of the best papers in the Junior Division :
Class I. (AGE 11.)
Class II. (AGE 10.)
Class III. (AGE 9.)
Class IV. (Age 8.)
To our Correspondents.
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