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Young Scholars' Compositions.

A TRIP TO BLANDFORD RACECOURSE TO SEE THE

SOLDIERS. Not long ago there were a great many hundreds of soldiers stationed on a place called Blandford racecourse, which was not far from the town of Blandford. It was about eleven miles from the village where I live. The people that had been there said that it was the grandest sight they had ever beheld. Upon hearing this, my father resolved that all our family should go. We started off one fine morning in September, and arrived there about half-past eleven. We then walked about to see what was going on. I saw the blacksmith shoeing the horses, and the cooks cooking the food, and a great many other things. Some of the soldiers were standing apart from the rest, telegraphing to the soldiers in the other camps, by means of a black and white flag, which they waved to and fro, while a man sat on the ground with an opera glass, and watched the soldiers in the other camp with their flag. After having seen these things we returned home, and on our way we saw the soldiers pumping water out of the River Stour into the water-carts. We arrived home about nine o'clock, after having enjoyed ourselves very much.

EDWIN GATEHOUSE, aged 12. Charlton National School, Ludwell, Salisbury. I certify thut the above composition is the work of the boy whose name it bears.

CHARLES NELDEN, Master.

AN ESSAY ON "A WALK IN THE COUNTRY IN SPRING." I THINK the pleasantest season in the year in our country is spring. It is then most delightful to walk in the country. The trees, which have been quite bare and brown all the winter, begin to break forth into beautiful green shoots and buds, the grass looks quite fresh and green, and the little birds return again and begin their songs. The sweet flowers, such as primroses, cowslips, and violets, come out in full bloom, and make the whole place look lively. Then in the fields the lambs are frisking about by the side of the sheep, and about the farmyard are the chickens, goslings, and ducklings. The days are gradually growing longer and lighter; and although the weather is rather showery, especially during April, still it only refreshes everything; as the old rhyme says,

April showers bring May flowers.” When we look at the many beauties of this world it should make us think of the beautiful world to come. We should also thank God for his goodness, in not only giving us the necessaries of life, but also in making the world beautiful to look at.

ISABELLA Hill, aged 15. St. Nicholas's Girls' School, Newcastle-on-Tyne. I certify that the above is the work of Miss Isabella Hill. November 8th, 1872.

A. FLEMING, C.M.

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ESSAY ON "TRUTH." We should be truthful, not only in word, but in deed, for lies can be acted as well as spoken. We should neither do nor say anything that will deceive those around us. We are told in the Bible that “ lying lips are abomination to the Lord,” and that no liar shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. Stories are sometimes told in such a way that, although the words are true, the listeners are deceived by the manner in which they are told. If we need to repeat anything that we have heard about others, we should be quite sure that we tell it exactly as we have heard it, and not make it worse, or keep back part of the truth. We ought always to remember that God can see into our hearts; that He knows our motives, and that He can punish us as He did Ananias and Sapphira. The Bible says, “He that worketh deceit shall not dwell in My house; he that telleth lies shall not tarry in My sight.” We ought to be careful to avoid exaggeration, for it is really falsehood.

BARBARA PALMER, aged 13 years. St. Nicholas's Girls' School, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

I certify that this essay has been written by Miss Barbara Palmer without help.

A. FLEMING, C.M. We have much pleasure in inserting these three short essays, which are clearly and sensibly written. The writer of the “ Trip to Blandforul” might have told us a little more about the camp; but he was quite right not to make his essay long. The “Walk in the Country in Spring” is well done, and we will hope that next spring the description will be realised, and that the weather will not be quite so wet as it was this

paper on “Truth” is very creditable. It shows that the writer has studied the subject, and has learned to think. We have received two pieces of poetry, which are not up to our standard. We would not recommend boys and girls to devote their time to this subject. It is difficult for them to get the lines of a uniform length; it is still more difficult for them to form any idea that is not commonplace. If boys and girls try to write verses at all, they should versify a narrative; they had better let sentiment alone.

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WHEN it was said to Anaxagoras, “ The Athenians have condemned you to die,” he replied, “ And Nature them.”

THALES, as he looked upon the stars, fell into the water ; whereupon it was afterwards said that if he had looked into the water he might have seen the stars : but looking up to the stars he could not see the water,

Editor's Examinations,

Answers should reach the Editor by the 10th instant. They should

be written on only one side of the paper, and should not contain a larger number of words than would fill one-half or three-quarters of a page of this Magazine. Each answer should be signed by the writer, and should state his age from his last birthday. Boys and girls who have completed their twelfth year are eligible to answer the first question ; boys and girls under twelve must confine themselves to the second question. The papers written by scholars of the same age will be examined together, and the writers of the two best in each division will receive a prize. All papers should contain a certificate from the teacher of the school that they have been honestly worked (see address to our Readers).

Questions for this Month. FOR SENIORS. (Boys and girls of the ages of 12, 13, 14, and 15.)

Write out, in your best handwriting, “The Warden of the

Cinque Ports” (page 289.) FOR JUNIORS. (Boys and girls of the ages of 9, 10, and 11.) Write out, in your best handwriting, without the paraphrase,

“ On Flowers” (page 283.)

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The Publisher has much pleasure in giving PRIZES to the writers of the two best answers to each question in every number. The first prize will be a book of the value of Five SHILLINGS ; the second, a book of the 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.

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Prizes

FOR ESSAYS PRINTED IN THIS NUMBER.

A five shillings book each to JOHN MITCHELL, St. John's Hospital, Exeter; and John LUNTLEY, Beeston, N. S., Nottingham.

A three shillings and sixpenny book each to_R. H. CALVERT, St. Thomas's School, Lancaster; and J. E.BYGATE, British School, Derby.

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 Publisher on receipt of a penny postage stamp for postage.

Answers to Questions in November Number. The large number of drawings that have been sent us show that the subject is a favourite one with boys. Most boys are fond of horses, and here we have horses of all kinds-race-horses, dray-horses, and Shetland ponies. Boys and girls who wish to answer the questions in our future numbers should carefully read the remarks we have made in our Address to our Readers.”

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PRIZES FOR THE TWO BEST DRAWINGS OF A HORSE.

John MITCHELL (aged 12), St. John's Hospital, Exeter. (Certified by J. S.

Larcombe, Head Master.) ROBERT H. CALVERT (azed 15), St. Thomas's School, Lancaster. (Certified by

John Hatch, Master.)

The following are the names of the best competitors in the senior division :

CLASS I. (AGE 15.) 1. Henry G. White, Sir W. C. Trevelyan's School, Seaton, Devon. 2. W. H. Crao, St. Oswald's School, Durham. 3. George Rawling, National School, Wilburn, Yorkshire. 4. Thos. Matthews, St. Leonard's School, Streatham, 5. Robert Smith, Deane School, near Bolton. 6. Emily Bailey, Sir W. C. Trevelyan's School, Seaton, Devon. 7. Arthur Higson, Deane School, near Bolton. 8. T. Dunderdale, Brook's Grammar School, Thorne. 9. Robert Partington, St. Luke's School, Heywood. 10. John Lynas, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Yorkshire.

Class II. (AGE 14.)

1. T. H. Mellor, N.S., Slaithwaite.
2. Thos. Sewart, Deane School, near Bolton.
3. G. Richardson, Pitsford N.S., Northampton.
4. Frederick Drew, National School, Wellington.
5. Herbert Walker, Welburn N.S., York,

6. Joseph Eccles, Certified Industrial School, Lostock Junction.
7. Emily Gush, Sir W. C. Trevelyan's School, Seaton, Devon.
8. Thos. Allison, St. Oswald's School, Durham.
9. Alfred Ide, Blue Coat School, Chichester.
10. Florence White, Sir W. C. Trevelyan's School, Seaton, Devon.

Class III. (AGE 13.)

1. Robt. B. Horne, Sibford School, near Banbury.
2. J. E. Grace, Albion School, Ashton-under-Lyne.
3. Alice Last, High Street, Abergavenny.
4. S. G. Radford, Beresford B.S., Walworth.
5. John Costen, Mount Zion Schools, Waterford.
6. A. G. Napper, Blue Coat School, Chichester.
7. Eliza Bailey, Sir W. C. Trevelyan's School, Seaton, Devon.
8. A. Hulse, Bradford Villa School, Harborne,
9. John Molineux, Deane School, near Bolton.
10. J. J. Glencross, New Jerusalem School, Wigan,

Class IV. (AGE 12.)

1. John Cuthbert, Hockham School, Thetford.
2. R. E Anderson, Beresford B.S., Walworth,
3. Howard Swan, Sibford School, Banbury.
4. Jas. Harradine, St. Leonard's School, Streatham.
5. George Gush, Sir W. C. Trevelyan's School, Seaton, Devon.
6. Thos. Ellis, Deane School, near Bolton.
7. G. Words, Beresford B.S., Walworth.
8. J. F. Norton, Day Street British School, Hull.
9. R. J. Horne, Sibford School, Banbury.
10. E. F. J. Spafford, Lay Street British School, Hull.

PRIZES FOR THE TWO BEST DRAWINGS OF A HOUSE.

JOHN LUNTLEY, Beeston National School, Nottingham, aged 11. (Certified by

John Pierrepont, Master.) J. E. BYGATE, Derhy British School, aged 10 years. (Certified by Wm. Crowther,

Master.)

The following are the names of the best competitors in the junior division :

Class I. (AGE 11.)
1. William Plender, Chapel Street Academy, Stalybridge.
2. Frederick Jones, Beeston N.S., Notts.
3. Fred. Woodrow, Sir W. C. Trevelyan's School, Seaton, Devon.
4. G. T. Holt, St. Leonard's School, Streatham.
5. H. T. Baugust, Castle Donington School, via Derby.
6. Jas. Overell, Trust School, Chipping Ongar.
7. Rt. Walker, Deane School, near Bolton.
8. Walter Harris, Trust School, Chipping Ongar.
9. W. F. Harris, British School, Beresford, Walworth.
10. Rt. Walker, Deane School, near Bolton,
11. W. R. Searle, Blue Coat School, Chichester.
12. John Urwin, St. Cuthbert's N.S., Bensham.
13. J. W. Davison, Bolsover School.
14. H. F. Sandwell, St. Thomas's School, Huddersfield.
15. Wm. Stacey, Blue Coat School, Chichester.

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