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OUR Prize COMPETITIONS.

VII.

ENIGMA
I am dark, and I am light,
Rough and smooth, and dull and bright,
Oft I'm lost, and oft I'm found,
I am dug from out the ground.
Sure there's no man in this land
But has bad me in his hand !
Prince and beggar, rich and poor,
Without me conld ne'er endure ;
Ah! I'm very hard to win,
And I'm oft the means of sin.
I am strong as strong can be,
None can travel without me.
Children prize me here and there,
Thieves for me your house will dare,
Ladies wear me, so do men,
I'm of value great, I ken.

ELEANOR E. ABCHER.
VIII.

SQUARE WORD.
1. An unpleasant salute. 2. An ancient ore.
3. The heart of an apple. 4. Part of the body.

EDITH MCTIER (8).
I.
The above represents a character to whom a love-song was
addressed.

II.
ENIGMA.

E offer a PRIZE no limbs ; has no toes or heels on its feet, and no head; it has also nine hands, but no fingers, and yet it has sixteen nails : VALUE OF SEVEN SHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE to those under Seven. moves about a great deal, but never uses its feet for that purpose; teen; and a THIRD PRIZE TO THE VALUE OF FIVE SHILLINGS to it has one foot at each end, and one foot in the middle of its those under Fourteen, for the best body. This is a queer creature, and is very popular among SIX SPRING FLOWERS, PRESSED, DRIED, AND ludies and among some gentlemen. It never walks, but goes

MOUNTED. on one foot, and drags the other after it ; these feet have no

Variety will be a needful qualification, and the specimens bones in them.

should be grouped in the form of a bouquet. The names must III.

be also appended. BEHEADINGS.

We hope all our readers, in town and country, will enter for 1. Behead an apparition, and leave a landlord.

this Competition. 2. Behead an imaginary being, and leave a tract of country. 3. Behead a fabric, and leave a grain ; behead again, and We offer a PRIZE OF BOOKS TO THE VALUE OF ONE GUINEA, leave an animal.

and a SECOND PRIZE TO THE VALUE OF HALF A GUINEA, to 4. Behead a small cup, and leave a stratagem.

all Competitors-under Twenty-four, for the best 5. Behead a frown, and leave a hood ; again behead, and PAINTING OF A SCENE FROM NATURE. leave a bird. ARTHUR B. HICKS (14).

The above may be either in water-colours or “oils." We

would recommend our young artists to be more careful in IV

packing their productions, as many specimens arrived, last time, SCRIPTURE ENIGMA.

in a sadly crumpled and crushed condition. We reserve to

ourselves the right of retaining any of the specimens sent in, 1. “A wise son maketh a glad father.”

for private or public exhibition. 2. “God saw that it was good.” 3. “Thy name is as ointment poured forth."

We offer BOOKS TO THE VALUE OF HALF A GUINEA to Com4. “He is my refuge and my fortress."

petitors under Twenty-three; a SECOND PRIZE TO THE VALUE OF 5. “I am not better than my fathers."

SEVEN SHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE to those under Seventeen ; ard 6. "Two are better than one."

a THIRD PRIZE TO THE VALUE OF FIVE SHILLINGS to those under 7. The word of God was precious in those days." 8. “This ointment might have been sold for much and Fourteen, for the best paper on

MY FAVOURITE HOBBY. given to the poor. One word taken out of each of the above texts forms part of MSS. must not contain more than 1,200 words : Competitors a verse in the Book of Ecclesiastes.

must count their papers, and affix the number of words at the Fritz FOSTER (104).

end of the last page.

General conditions applicable to the above Competitions : V.

All specimens must have name, age, and address attached. DIAMOND PUZZLE.

Must be guaranteed as original by parent, guardian, 1. A vowel. 2. A conjunction.

minister, or teacher. 3. A musical instrument. 4. The answer.

Must be sent in not later than 18th June. 5. A bird. 6. An insect.

All papers must be fastened together, but different com. 7. A consonant.

petitions must be kept separate. The centrals of the above, read downwards, give the name

No specimens will be returned unless accompanied by a of a well-known Fatherland.

stamped and addressed envelope or wrapper.
WILLIE B. MOUNTJOY (131). We would call special attention to
VI.

OUR SUNDAY-SCHOOL LIBRARY COMPETITIONS,
SQUARE WORD.

in which Prizes to the value of 1. A toilet requisite. 2. An elongated circle.

TWENTY-ONE POUNDS 3. Of the masculine gender. 4. The action of air in motion are offered to competing Sunday-Schools. Full particulars

LEWIS ALDERTON (15), (with coupon) will be found on the yellow cover,

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works themselves palisaded. We increased the numar

at ber of our redoubts, and made them much more forvo

midable. We reared on a peninsula, called Mount 330) Batten, a fort of very great strength. This peninsula,

which is made into an island at high tide, is just

below that Mount Stamford where one of our very CHAPTER XXI. — My Friends in Trouble.

earliest memorable engagements with the malignants

took place. The fort there—I mean on Mount Stam. TE made good use of the pause in our active ford—remained slighted; the ground we now held

operations, caused by the slothfulness of Sir extended from Mount Batten in the east to Mount Richard Grenville, after the taking of Saltash, to Wise in the west, a distance of at least three miles. repair our fortifications and to extend them. At At Mount Wise a guard was stationed. Gasking and East Gates we added half-moons to our I think the readiness of the good townsfolk defences ; our chain of earthworks and their several of Plymouth to take an active part in their own communications were strengthened, and the earth- defence deserves to be recorded by me. For,

No. 22.-JULY, 1883.

whereas I have read of special kinds of soldiers, Lettice rather quaintly said, as if poor Miriam's such as sappers and miners, and the like, to be wishes had not been the chief matter of moment. Jonanecessary for the making of fortifications and the than Thorp had been so upset ever since my father's repairing of breaches, here, in this godly town, death that he had been good for little at the farm. when the walls were battered by the besiegers' guns, and now he had mounted and gone to the war himor a weak point in the outer line of defence needed self. Poor Jonathan ! “ And mother really thinks palisading, the tradesmen went and did the work as we do better without him.” Again Lettice's letter readily as if it were the building of an ordinary house, made me smile. Grandmother was ailing ; "she yea, even more willingly; and sometimes it was never complained of the news from Marston Moor, necessary that we soldiers should stand defending and yet I think it broke her dear heart ; she keeps them at their work, and now and then they even to her bed, and says she has only one thing more to hazarded their lives in this good service.

live for, to see you come back to your home, dear It was during this time that I was again gladdened Ben! Have you the least faint hope of this, that I by receiving news from Brier Grange. Ever since I may cheer her with it? Oh, Ben! with father and had received the tidings, on my return from Corn- grandmother gone, the farm will never seem like wall, of the death of my honoured and beloved father home again to me.” Here I was fain to do as I think in the battle of Marston Moor, I had felt it impossi- Lettice had done before me, to lay my head upon the ble to seek the house of Lucy Woollcombe, and I had page and weep, such tears as Lucy had told me it only seen her on the two occasions I have mentioned — was not unmanly to shed. There were brighter the day when she and I stood in the presence of the words after this : “ We are all so proud of you, dear King, and she afterwards returned to her home under Ben ; mother looked cheerful for the only time since my escort; and when the ducking-stool had been she heard how father died, when we read about your administered to Betty Smith, and she had come promotion. She says she rejoices that she has a son to the assistance of that dishonoured and unhappy to follow in the footsteps of his father, and to think creature.

nothing too good for the cause of God. We heari Yet I had been conscious all along of a yearning the news first from General Cromwell, who has prothat only she could satisfy, and a terrible agony of mised mother, for father's sake, not to lose sight of heart at the knowledge of the great gulf which the you, if you prove yourself worthy, and he thinks you blood of my father, and of many another brave and will. What a great, good man he is. Oh, Ben! if dauntless man, seemed to fix between her and myself. you had seen the holy comforting words he wrote to I recalled sometimes with remorse, sometimes with a mother, you would learn that he is indeed a man of wild joy that nothing could stife, the knowledge that God. I took his letter, Ben, and went out and sai I could not undo the past, that I could not draw down under father's tree' in the orchard, and back with honour from the words of the little note I thought it all out as best I could, in the light of thes had written to her on the eve of my departure from letter and God's promises, and I begin to understand Plymouth with the Lord Fairfax, and that she could it a little now. But oh, Ben dear! I grow a cofari not deny the feelings that had prompted her to throw in regard to all fighting, when I remember that every the spray of cluster roses at my feet, with the kindly death upon every battle-field may mean to someone. words entwined around their stem.

at the very least, what this one death means to me; How had she felt all these long weeks of my cruel and I can only cry from my very heart, . God help silence, of my studied neglect? Had she explained and pity all!' Someone has told us that on mars them away by the necessities of my position, by the slain bodies of the Cavaliers there were found love difficulties I had to encounter in visiting her? Had tokens hanging round their necks by silken corks, she heard of my sorrow? I did not believe she had. and placed above their hearts, such as locks of ladies' If by any means she had been made acquainted with hair and trifles of that kind. Poor ladies! I think the fact that I was in trouble, it was not in her sweet dear father carried a bigger love-token ; the happines nature to withhold her hand from a few words at least of us all was bound up in bis heart.” .of comfort. The longer I stayed away from her, and Here I felt my own pulses throbbing, for did ID nourished the idea that thus I was taking vengeance wear next my heart one of Lucy's cluster roses, fadri for the slaying of my father by the malignants, the now, yet precious still ? Cavalier and Roundhead. less was I inclined to break through the crust of we are all very human, it would seem, with 03 reserve I had myself created. How ungenerous I dreams and our loves, and, alas ! also, our territle was to her, my darling, and what self-imposed hates. misery I endured! Now and then Dick Tonkin, who, I was interrupted in the reading of my letter ty I sometimes fancied, guessed my feelings pretty the entrance of Dick Tonkin into my quarters. plainly, rallied me playfully on my doleful counten: answered his well-known knock by my customary ance ; at other times he looked a little anxiously at Come in,” but directly he entered I saw qane me, as I engaged in some noisy exhibition of insin- plainly there was something amiss. cere mirth. He asked me often during these weeks “What is it, Dick ? your motherto the pleasant home in Southside-street, and never “Oh, no!" he said, much more cheerfully the had Mrs. Tonkin shown herself more kind, more expected ; “nothing personal to me, Ben, but I kr.forbearing, and more motherly to me than now. you will be troubled, because it touches your friends

And then my letter came; it was from Lettice, I saw it in a moment, as by a flash of light. Les and it was full of news. My sister Miriam was was accused of aiding the malignant cause, in te married, and happily settled with her good husband. person of the King; yet I could not utter & Fordi “My mother feeling it advisable to have a man in My tongue felt dry and parched. I only gazed the family near at hand during such times as these,” | him stupidly, waiting for his next word." it was

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