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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,

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.


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

The winner of this week's prize is
MARION E. BROWN, East Croft, Beckermet.

The subject for competition this week is



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.