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I AM now going to tell you of our trip to Hull Fair. We had to walk four miles to the train at Doncaster. When we got some miles we saw the beautiful scenery around us, and the river Trent. The train stopped at New Holland, and we had to go over the Humber to Hull in a steam-boat. This was very nice, for the boat rolled very much. When we got into Hull we found the town full of people, as it was the fair. After a good dinner, which we enjoyed, we went into the town and saw the fair, the monument to King William, and that to Wilberforce, who caused England to give up the slave trade. Then we went and saw the ships in the docks; and when we had gone all round these, we had our tea. Next we went back to the pier to wait for the packet coming to take us to New Holland. We got in and went across, and had to wait a long time for the train coming, but it came at last, and we all got in and rode to Doncaster. Then we had to walk four miles home, about twelve o'clock.

WILLIAM WILLIS, aged 12. National School, Adwick-le-Street, Doncaster.


ADWICK-LE-STREET is a small village of about 300 people, four miles north-west from Doncaster. The people are nearly all employed in farm work. In the middle of the village is the church, with its pretty tower all covered with ivy. It contains some ancient tombs, where some of the Washington family are buried. It is said that General Washington sprang from them. Near the church is the parish school and the master's house. Close to the village is the station, on the Great Northern Railway. The greater part of the parish belongs to Mr. Thellusson, of Brodsworth Hall. About one mile south of the village there is a curious raised road called the Roman Ridge.


National School, Adwick-le-Street, Doncaster.


As I spent a month in Nottingham last summer, I thought this short account would interest some of your readers. Nottingham is a nice, quiet town, rather hilly, but not so hilly as to be unpleasant. It is situated on the Trent, a nice river for fishing in. When you are getting into Nottingham you can see from the railway a very fine view of the old castle. It was in this castle that, in the reign of Edward III., Isabella, Edward's mother, and Mortimer, Earl of March, resided; but Edward found means of entering the castle, and, seizing on Mortimer, conveyed him to Westminster, and soon after had him hanged at Tyburn. There is a place in this castle called Mortimer's Hole. On the summit of Mount Vernon there is a grammar school, and from the top of its tower you can see all over

Nottingham. There are very many nice drives about Nottingham, one or two of which I will describe. They have a racecourse, which lies in a valley between Mount Vernon and the villages of Hyson Green and Carrington. They call this racecourse the forest, because it is where Sherwood Forest used to be. About five miles from Nottingham, on the Nottingham and Mansfield Railway, there is a village called Bulwell, and there is a common near to it where the reviews of the Robin Hood Rifles are generally held. They call this common Bulwell Forest. At a village called Clifton, on the other side of the Trent, about two miles from Nottingham, there is a very pretty walk formed by a number of large trees, placed in two parallel rows. There are some houses near where you can have tea, so, in the summer time, the people of Nottingham often go there for a walk. This walk is called Clifton Grove. Clifton is the seat of Sir Robert Clifton.

Manchester Grammar School.

EDWARD B. TOASE, aged 14.

I certify that this is the work of E. B. Toase.


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ANECDOTE OF GENERAL WOLFE.-Dr. Jno. Robison, afterwards Professor of Natural Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh, was a midshipman on board the Royal William, serving in America in the year 1759. He happened to be on duty in the boat in which General Wolfe went to visit some of his posts and to take soundings, the night before the battle which was expected to be decisive of the fate of the campaign in Canada. The evening was fine, and the scene, considering the work they were engaged in, and the morning to which they were looking forward, sufficiently impressive. As they rowed along, the general, with much feeling, repeated nearly the whole of Gray's "Elegy" (which had appeared not long before, and was yet but little known) to an officer who sat with him in the stern of the boat, adding, as he concluded, that "he would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." To-morrow came, and the life of this illustrious soldier was terminated, amid the tears of his friends and the shouts of his victorious army. The fall of Quebec was the immediate consequence of this battle.

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Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth under standing. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies; and all the things that thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.Proverbs iii., 14-17.

HEN Solomon was commencing his long and prosperous reign, we read that God appeared to him by night, and said to him-" Ask what I shall give thee." He might have asked for riches, a long life, or victory over his enemies; but his answer was-" Give me now wisdom and

knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this thy people which is so great?" God was pleased with Solomon's choice, and said to him-"Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself: wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches and wealth and honour such as none of the kings


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have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like."

Here we see that because Solomon asked for wisdom, not only did he obtain it, but got riches, wealth, and honour-to use a common phrase-into the bargain. This illustrates the statement of the text written by this same Solomon, that long life, riches, and honour are the fruits of wisdom.

But how is this wisdom to be found which is so precious that its price is, according to Solomon, above rubies? Ah, if our young readers could only know that! Let us try and search for it with the patriarch Job; possibly we may be fortunate and find it.

Where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof: neither is it found in the land of the living.

He next discovers that it is not to be found in the sea, and that no quantity of gold or silver will buy it, seeing it is far more valuable than the finest gold and the rarest precious stones.

The depth saith, It is not in me; and the sea saith, It is not with me.

It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.

It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.

The gold and the crystal cannot equal it; and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.

No mention shall be made of coral or of pearls; for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

So far baffled in his search, the patriarch again demands "whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?" Death and destruction have heard of it, for they are the fruits of sin, which is folly, but God alone knows in what it consists.

Destruction and death say: We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven. To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

Then did he see it and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.

Now comes a declaration of the voice of God telling us plainly where we may find wisdom. We trust our young readers will not forget it. "And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."— Job xxviii.

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