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PRINTED CERTIFICATE OF MERIT.

suitable for framing.

Will be given in deserving cases as Consolation Prizes.

The Winner of the prize this week is

MARION E. BROWN
    East Croft, Beckermet.

Who, on appliction, will obtain an order for goods to the value 2s 6d. on
any tradesman who has an advertisement in the "Gazette"  Application should
be made at once.

The following note has been received from last week's prize winner: --

Dear Uncle Sam, --  I was pleased, as well as surprised, to see that I had
won the prize.  Please make me an order to Miss ADAIR, King-street, and
oblige, your loving niece.

MARGARET J. CONNERS, Arrowthwaite, Whitehaven.

The order has been forwarded.

Prize Winner
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"HOW I SPENT GOOD FRIDAY."

Dear Uncle Sam, --  The way in which I spent Good Friday was:  I went to
church in the morning from half-past ten to twelve o'clock.  In the
afternoon I went along the line side, for some primroses.  It was a very
nasty morning, but it brightened up towards the afternoon, and so we had a
pleasant walk.  In the evening I stayed at home and painted a little.  Your
affectionate niece,
MARION E. BROWN, East Croft, Beckermet.

Commended
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Dear Uncle Sam, --  On Good Friday morning I went to church.  There were not
many people present, because it was so wet.  After that I came home and had
my dinner.  Next I had my music lesson.  After that, I read a book called
"Ivanhoe" and then I went for a walk.  I remain, your affectionate niece,
ANNIE GRACE THOMAS, Camomile Cottage, Ponsonby

Dear Uncle Sam, --  The way I spent Good Friday was.  I got up at half-past
seven, had breakfast, and then went to Sunday School with my brothers.  It
is held at Muncaster school, so it is a nice walk.  We got caught in a storm
when coming back and got a bit wet.  I read a story book till dinner was
ready, and then waited on customers for mother till closing time.  I then
had a walk, and after tea played outside till it was time to come in and
help mother till bed time.  Altogether, I spent a very pleasant Good Friday,
as we were very busy, and I thought I had been very useful.
JOHN IRWIN, Pennington Arms Hotel, Ravenglass.

Dear Uncle Sam, --  Good Friday was our annual tea party.  In the morning it
was rather dull and showery, but in the afternoon it came out fine.  At two
o'clock we perambulated the principal streets of the town, returning to tea
at three.  After we had had our tea we were provided with a bag of nuts and
sweets and an orange piece.  Then we went into the field, where we played at
various games.  At seven o'clock there was a meeting, and hymns and
recitations were sung and said by the teachers and scholars.  At nine
o'clock we returned home, after spending a vey pleasant day.  From your
loving niece,
SARAH LIZZIE PORTER, 3, Moor Cottages, Millom.

Dear Uncle Sam, --  As last Good Friday morning was wet I amused myself by
helping dye pasche eggs and playing some indoor games with my brothers.
After dinner I went to meet my uncle, who was coming by Buttermere and over
Black Sail Pass.  After we had tea I took him for a walk over Burnmoor to
see the tarn.  We came back by the Screes, and being tired with my day's
walk, I got my supper and went to bed.  Your affectionate nephew,

THOMAS STAMPER BEATTIE, Wasdale Head.

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More Uncle Sam's Letters to
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Dear Uncle Sam, --  I spent Good Friday at the pretty village of Santon
Bridge, where I stayed two or three days with my married sister.  As it was
very wet in the morning I stayed in the house and read "Cassell's Family
Magazine".  In the afternoon it cleared up, so I took a walk up Irton fell
and had a good view of the sea, Ravenglass, Irton, and Gosforth,  I saw lots
of rabbits running about, and the birds were singing from every bush and
tree;  flowers were blooming everywhere, the lambs were sporting about, and
all nature seemed to say "spring has come."  I did not see that wonderful
pear tree mentioned in your "Stray Notes" last week, as I never saw the
"Gazette" till I got home, but I will take good care to look for it next
time I go.  Your affectionate nephew,
WILLIAM HENRY GARLAND, Wasdale Head.

Dear Uncle Sam, --  Good Friday morning being wet I stayed in the house.  In
the afternoon the weather was fine, so a friend and I walked to Parton and
back.  We arrived in Whitehaven all safe and sound at five o'clock, after
thoroughly enjoying our walk.  We spent the evening playing games, &c..
From your loving niece,
EVELYN SKELTON, 152, Queen-street, Whitehaven.

Dear Uncle Sam, --  On Good Friday I went to Seascale Hall for some milk for
the lambs.  When I came back it was raining, so I went into the barn to play
at marbles with HAROLD GUNSON.  After dinner I went to the golf links to
caddie.  When I came home I was very hungry, so I got a good tea;  then I
went to bed.  I remain, your loving nephew,
JOHN H. WARWICK, Seascale.

Dear Uncle Sam, --  On Good Friday morning I went to church at half-past
eight and at half-past ten.  In the afternoon we went for a walk round by
Dyon-side and through Prospect Wood.  Then we had a walk up the street.
After we had had our tea we went to have a look through the Museum, where we
saw a great many interesting things.  Then we had a peep in the sports
field.  I remain, your loving niece,
H. S. CROOKDAKE, Main-street, Distington.

Dear Uncle Sam, --  How I spent Good Friday was in helping mother all day,
as we were just finishing cleaning, so I had to wash the dishes, run
errands, and do all that I could, even pasting the paper on the walls, and
that is work that I like.  Your loving niece,
E. A. HARTLEY, 24, Albert-street, Workington.
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LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS WHO ARE DEBARRED FROM COMPETING FOR THE PRESENT.

January 28th, 1897, HANNAH MARY WARWICK, Seascale.
Feb. 4th, 1897, ROBERT W. SMITH, 5, Marine-terrace, Hensingham.
Feb. 11th, 1897, LIZZIE ROBINSON, Old Hall, Ponsonby.
Feb. 18th, 1897, HAROLD IRWIN, Pennington Arms Hotel, Ravenglass.
Feb. 25th, 1897, MARY E. FERGUSON, 8, Sandhills-lane, Whitehaven.
March 4th, FLORENCE DIXON, Croft House, Beckermet.
March 11th, JOHN TYSON, Braithwaite, Seascale
March 18th, JOSEPH HIRD, Holling How, Eskdale.
March 25th, ISAAC BATEMAN, Wasdale Head.
April 1st, W. H. STEPHENSON, Crown Hotel, Hensingham
April 8th, EDWARD PARRY, 8 Holly-terrace, Hensingham.
April 15th, MARGARET J. CONNERS, Arrowthwaite, Whitehaven
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The winner of this week's prize is
MARION E. BROWN, East Croft, Beckermet.
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The subject for competition this week is

"WHAT I ENJOYED MOST ON EASTER MONDAY".

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Although the letters to Uncle Sam are not so numerous as usual this week,
which is always the case during holiday times, he is unable to give the list
of names, as the space is required for other purposes.

Uncle Sam has every reason to be grateful to those kind ladies who have in
the past given him much assistance in the selection of subjects for the
children to write about, particularly as the drawing up of a list is a more
difficult task than people would imagine till they attempt it.  He will be
pleased to receive a suggestion at any time from those who take an interest
in the Band, and believe that it is a means of doing good.

Uncle Sam has received many expressions of encouragement from ladies in
Whitehaven and would be glad if the ladies in the country also could see
their way to lend a helping hand.
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