Jack Tar. 1957. Winter




(A Branch of Dr. Barnardo's Homes)



Captain-Superintendent: COMMANDER E. S. FELTON, R.N. Lady Superintendent: MRS. E. S. FELTON Executive Officer: LIEUT.-CMDR. A. WOOLVEN, R.N. Headmaster: MR. R. E. WHEELER Deputy Headmaster: MR. L. I. NORBURY-WILLIAMS Chief Matron: Miss E. SPENCER

MR. H. FORD (Arts and Crafts, Music, English) MR. F. HINKS (Mathematics and English) MR. E. THOMASON (Woodwork, Technical Drawing) MR. N. H. RATTENBURY (Geography and English) MR. J. P. L. LANGFORD (History and English) MRS. M. FORD, L.R.A.M. (Religious Instruction) MR. A. T. HARRINGTON (Physical Training and Boxing) MR. V. C. JOYCE, L.R.A.M. (Bandmaster) MR. A. H. BUTCHER \ MR. B. A. BUSBY /

MR. G. B. MOORE       ^ Nautical Instructors MR. F. SEVIOUR ( MR. H. G. LUFF ' Mess Deck Officer: MR. V. A. WATERMAN Stores Officer: MR. J. C. HEWETT

House Parents



Sick Bay Sister: MRS. J. A. S. BEAGLEY, S.R.N. Captain's Secretary: Miss E. ADAMS Maintenance: MR. G. H. F. WHITE Head Gardener: MR. R. STOAKES Chief Cook: MRS. K. M. MEAD




Readers, no doubt, will be wondering why a summer issue of the magazine was not produced. The reasons were two-fold. First and foremost finance and secondly shortage of staff.

Inflation, it appears, is not only a national problem. Rising produc¬tion costs, coupled with a subsidy policy outside the control of the Editorial Committee, resulted in a heavy deficit and necessitated a review of the whole situation. As a result of this it has been decided to limit publication to two issues a year, although it must be empha¬sized that the situation is still precarious. Production used to be a joint enterprise when there was a resident chaplain.

Fortunately contributions are still forthcoming, both from the boys and from our friends outside the school. Mr. E. H. Cooper, an Old Boy from Watts, has very kindly submitted an excellent illustrated article on the Canadian destroyer St. Laurent and Miss Mellor again supplies an article of nautical ''flavour". Both, by now, must surely have given up hoping to see the results of their labour in print.

The School magazine has always claimed world-wide circulation, so many of our readers having ''salt water in their veins". However it is to be admitted that we were flattered by a request for a copy from Warsaw, Poland. "Jack Tar breaks through Iron Curtain" might be good publicity if we had been a Fleet Street journal, but then we are not a commercial publication.

Since the last editorial, we have said farewell to many of our friends. Miss P. Meaby, Mr. H. S. Davies, Miss I. D. Matthews, S.R.N. and Miss G. Cracknell have all left us. We thank them for their very loyal service and extend our good wishes to all of them in their retire¬ment.

In conclusion I should like to gratefully acknowledge all contribu¬tions. It is anticipated that the next publication will be June, 1958. Articles for that issue should reach the Editor by 14th March, 1958.


The summer term of 1957 proved to be a great success. On every occasion that weather permitted, it seemed that the boys were fully occupied either on the cricket field, playing off the inter-House com-petition, or rehearsing for the National Barnardo Day Celebrations.
The term events were well under way when we learned that upon medical advice our Captain Superintendent had been ordered to bed for complete rest. The Summer Term is always a busy period, and this sad news of the Captain's illness meant that a greater effort was needed from Staff and Boys to ensure that our pre-arranged programme of events would be successfully completed.
From the record balance shown on the National Barnardo Day audit forms, the excellent Admiralty Inspection Report, and our suc-cessful Athletic Meetings, I am confident that the effort required was obtained by goodwill and personal sacrifices by both Staff and Boys.
The weather towards the end of the Summer Term was so unfavourable that we were not able to hold our annual Swimming Sports, and after several postponements it was finally decided to cancel the event until 1958.
There have only been minor changes in the school routines. One that should be mentioned is the increased facilities which has made the boys' boat instruction more interesting and given a greater number of boys the opportunity of practical boat work.
Readers of Jack Tar will be pleased to know that only eighteen boys remained in the school this year, after the main body of boys had left for summer holidays with parents and friends. This small number of boys left at the school is a record. We like to get as many boys away as possible, and much hard work and correspondence is necessary to achieve this end. The eighteen boys went to camp at New Romney for three weeks.
This autumn term started well, but unfortunately the flu caught up with us and became an epidemic. Lady Russell Cotes House was turned into a Sick Bay annexe and Johnston House used for temporary convalescence. I am happy to feel that we have now passed through the real emergency stage, and are well on the way to our normal routines and studies. This emergency once again called for complete understanding and co-operative action by all, every member of the staff tendering assistance where required, and the boys responded with excellent behaviour.

We bade farewell to about 30 boys last term and we congratulate those who sat for their R.N. examination, with 100 per cent, success, especially John Grantham and Hugh Upward for being placed 6th and 1oth respectively out of more than 600 candidates for the Examination for the Entry of R.N. Artificer Apprentices, including many boys from Grammar and Technical Schools. Congratulations to Howard House, too, for winning the House Competition for the last two terms, although it was a near thing in the summer term, as the following results show:—
Spring Term
1. Howard 53 points
2. Johnston 40 ,,
3. L.R.C.H. 34 „
4. Broughton 27 ,,
5. Arranmore 26 ,,
Summer Term
1. Howard 54! points
2. Johnston 53 „
3. Arranmore 35 ,,
4. L.R.C.H. 28„
5. Broughton 24 ,,
The school Choir secured 3rd place at the Weymouth Festival, which was very pleasing in view of the fact that they were competing against much larger schools. The result was a tribute to the hard work of the choir under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Ford.
We regret the circumstances which made Mr. N. Rattenbury decide to leave the teaching profession. We offer him our sincere sympathy and wish him every success in his future career. His place will be taken by Mr. H. Giles, an old friend of the school, to whom we extend a cordial welcome.
The woodwork room has a rather nautical appearance now that one corner of it has been reserved for a boatbuilding project. The "Cadet" sailing dinghy which is being built, is a small, light racing dinghy of hard chine construction with a plywood skin, and with a pram bow to give it increased stability. It should provide good sport next summer for those who possess some sailing (and swimming) ability.
Mr. Wylam, the R.N. Recruiting Officer, Southampton, paid us a visit during the term and gave some interesting figures. During the last four years, he stated, 65 boys from this school entered the Royal Navy, 6 as E.R.A. apprentices, and of the remaining 59 who entered the seaman branch, 33 reached Advanced Class standard, which is a very good record indeed.
I cannot close these notes without thanking all those who have contributed to this excellent magazine, and especially to Mr. Norbury-Williams who has borne the brunt of the editorial work.
Now the black-out in the laboratory has been completed it is anticipated that it will be possible to exhibit more scientific films as an integral part of the lesson. Possibly the atmosphere will be more conducive to learning if it is held in a different place to that associated with "Popeye" and Hollywood. It is quite remarkable how some boys produce an antipathy to anything labelled "educational".
Films.—Amongst nature films shown recently The Rival World is worthy of special mention. Produced in colour for U.N.R.R.A. it portrays the challenge of the rival world of insects which outnumber man by fifty millions to one. It deals with the ever-present battle to preserve the world's food supplies from the depredations of insects, using the locust and tsetse fly as main examples, the grim effect of insects on health and some of the measures taken to combat the havoc they cause. The insect close-ups are fearsome and the diseases shown in the film such as sleepy sickness and elephantiasis are unpleasant. As an adjunct to a lesson on both harmful and useful insects it cannot be surpassed.
E.R.A. Entry Class.—John Grantham and Hugh Upward are to be congratulated on passing the June R.N. Examination for the Entry of Artificer Apprentices with 77 per cent, and 79 per cent, respectively in Science. We wish them every success in their careers.
Equipment.—Recent acquisitions include a gas-operated still which produces two pints of distilled water per hour.

Another busy, and we feel successful, summer engagement season has ended. We made our first visit to Yeovil for a B.H.L. Fete, and to Templecombe to play at a fete organised by the Somerset Boys' Clubs Association. Bridport B.H.L. and Verwood Carnival were also very busy days for us, but quite enjoyable.
Our own Display Day was a very full one for the Band and we are sure all went very well. How pleased we were to have our old Padre with us just for the day, taking his usual role during our final item. Also to see and meet so many of our boys' parents and friends. It was a very enjoyable occasion.
The Admiralty Inspection took place in July and with due humility we feel quite proud of the excellent report on the playing and general appearance of the band. Of course we do realise that this result is only achieved by the hard work and fine spirit of our boys and the invaluable assistance of our staff in their work behind the scenes. Meanwhile our budding musicians of the ist and 2nd year are studying (and at times blowing) hard to retain this standard.
Many of our older band boys have left us, some to service bands, others to the R.N. or civilian life. We do wish them every success in their various careers, and say how much we miss them. Several of these boys have been to visit us recently and it is always a great pleasure for us to see them, more especially when we hear of those who are still following the musical profession and are perhaps playing in Bournemouth in such well known bands as the Royal Marines, Life Guards, Royal Artillery Mounted Band, Rhine Band of the Tank Regt. and many others.
May we mention one old boy who visited us recently? Mr. Le Gresley, who was a Drummer in our Watts Band and left us in 1938 to join the Band of the Middlesex Regiment where he served until after the war. He is married now with two children, and has his own ice cream factory in Essex. Well done. What a boy he was for busting drumheads. Thank you for the generous donation.
Now we have a term of examinations and rehearsals for our part in the programme on Prize Day, although at the moment we are rather held up by so many of our boys having the 'flu. We hope they will all be well soon and may we say in conclusion how pleased we all are to see our Captain back on duty and looking his old self again.

We are now settling down again after the summer recess, changes in the House complement being as follows: Ryder, Howells and Masters have all been restored; Robinson, Gavin, Mitchell, Snell and Todd have chosen the Royal Navy for a career whilst Perry and Lee have chosen the Merchant Navy. Minnis joined the Fishing Fleet as an apprentice and Sharp and Ronald Amos sought careers in civilian em¬ployment. To offset some of these vacancies we have James from Torquay, Crick from Uckfield, Glendenning from Glasgow, Haslett from Barkingside, Maynard from Bournemouth and Betteridge from Eastleigh.
Our sporting activities since the last issue of Jack Tar have been quite good. Adorning our walls in the playroom are the Victor Ludo-rum, Senior Relay Shield and Football Knock-out Cup. In football, our First Eleven went right through the past season (both in the league and in the knock-out cup) without a defeat. Luck was with us in the final of the cup game, Hudson of L.R.C.H. having the misfortune to put the ball through his own goal to give us the winning goal two minutes before time.
In athletics, Arranmore did more than hold their own. As a matter of fact we nearly pulled off the biggest surprise of the afternoon. If it had not been for a mistake on my part we might have won the Championship instead of finishing second to Johnston House. Con¬gratulations to Minnis for giving us the Victor Ludorum before leaving and to all boys who gave of their best to make it Arranmore's "best ever".
In cricket we did not seem to click into top gear, winning matches against the book, losing those that we thought we had "in the bag". That's how it goes: nothing certain until you have the points safely won.
The last item for this issue is the winning by Perry of the prize for the Best Boy of the Year. This carries a sum of money which was presented to him in savings certificates. Well done, Perry.
Viewing the past few months, we have done quite well and can rightly be proud of our efforts. Now it is au revoir. With best wishes and the very best of luck and health.
Having just finished the cricket season we should like to congratulate Broughton boys on their success in winning the Knock-out Cup. Also many thanks to L.R.C.H. for their sportsmanship in the final game.
We are all anticipating a good football season. With the keenness that prevails amongst the boys we hope to have many successes.
One item of news worthy of mention is Graham Bell's splendid performance in reaching the semi-finals of the all England Boys' Boxing Championships. Well done, Graham.
Our gains and losses in the House complement since last issue include R. Kynaston and M. Smith (Royal Navy) and K. Millard (Royal Marines). New boys J. Firmager, M. Shalts, I. Paterson and R. Kimber have settled down quite happily.
Recently we have had P. Watts, Dickinson, Leddy and the two Bell brothers staying with us for a few days. We were pleased to see them.
The winter evenings will soon be upon us. Some boys are looking forward to the recreations and hobbies they pursue during this part of the year.
During the first week of the winter term, Terrence Crossley left us to join H.M.S. St. Vincent, Tony Wood enlisted with the Band of i7/2ist Lancers and David Dart became a junior Private in the Army. Our numbers were further depleted by the restoration of Barry Bennett and Anthony Parsons. As always, our very best wishes go with all of them. To date, only Alan Herskowitz has joined us here at Parkstone and we sincerely hope that he will soon settle happily.
We look back on the summer term as a fairly successful one regarding the seasonal activities. In the Inter-House Athletic Com¬petition we managed to retain the Standard Points Cup, which was made possible by all boys in the cottage working together as a team, and also the Championship Cup, thanks mainly to those boys selected to represent the cottage in all events.
One recalls to mind the successes of Keith Harris in the mile, 880 yards and 440 yards of the senior group and also of Terrence Crossley in winning the Long Jump, Hop, Step and Jump of the senior group. Christopher Moseley and Adrian Brown were also suc¬cessful, the former in the Under Fourteen 220 yards and the latter in the Junior Hop, Step and Jump. There were others of course, who contributed towards winning this trophy and all are to be warmly congratulated.
In cricket it was possible to play off all matches without the inter¬ference of the weather and some very keen and exciting games took place. The game in which only one run decided the issue, can be well remembered. Congratulations to all those who represented the cottage on winning the League Shield!
The cancellation of the Swimming Sports was a great disappoint¬ment to all. On the other hand our Annual Display was a big success and one felt that the time given to rehearsals was well worth the effort.

Lady Russell Cotes House
Months have passed since our last contribution to the magzaine. During this time many departures and new arrivals have taken place, numbers being: eight to the Services, six to "Civvy Street" and eight newcomers.
We must record, even at so late a date, that we were beaten in the final of the Soccer knock-out competition by Broughton House. Very pleasing, considering our poor record in the league.
Boxing efforts were fair, Boudier, Dawes and Scantlebury repre¬senting the School.
Sports Day saw us "on the map" for the first time, close behind Johnston House, the winners. All of us were justly proud of our efforts, especially of the Junior Relay team who brought home our first cup. Marc Boudier, as a junior, just missed the Victor Ludorum.
We anticipated much for the Swimming Sports, and it was sad that bad weather prevented them.
Cricket—again runners-up in both league and knock-out.
We are now just settling down after our transition to a Sick Bay through the 'flu epidemic. The comfort of L.R.C.H. beds is now generally known throughout the School, plus our brew of Ovaltine. Sleep was no problem With the present spell of fine weather to help we hope everyone will recover quickly.
G. AND A. M.
CRICKET Staff versus Boys—25th July, 1957
Staff won toss and put opponents in to bat first. Boys won by one run.
M. Smith, caught Norbury-Williams, bowled Langford 14
M. Moore, caught Langford, bowled Ford o
N. Minnis, caught sub., bowled Ford 4
G. Goody, caught Harrington, bowled Hinks 5
T. Wood, caught Ford, bowled Harrington 23
D. Amos, bowled Ford 10
M. Dowsing, bowled Ford o
McDonald, caught Ford, bowled Harrington 1
To Crossley, bowled Ford o
D. Nelmes, not out 1
H. Upward, caught Langford, bowled Ford 2
Extras 10
Fall of wickets:—1 for o; 2 for 8; 3 for 19; 4 for 28; 5 for 61; 6 for 61;
7 for 61; 8 for 65; 9 for 67; 10 for 70 Bowling:—H. Ford, 5 for 17; A. Harrington, 2 for 16
R. E. Wheeler, bowled Moore 10
A. T. Harrington, bowled Wood 24
L. I. Norbury-Williams, bowled Goody 5
G. B. Moore, caught Minnis, bowled Moore 15
H. Ford, caught Goody, bowled Wood 10
R. Stoakes, bowled Moore 3
J. P. L. Langford, caught McDonald, bowled Amos 2
F. Hinks, bowled Amos o
R. Read, not out o
E. Thomason, bowled Moore o
F. Seviour, bowled Moore o
Extras o
Fall of wickets:—1 for 23; 2 for 32; 3 for 45; 4 for 61; 5 for 66; 6 for 69;
7 for 69; 8 for 69; 9 for 69; 10 for 69 Bowling:—M. Moore, 5 for 19; D. Amos 2 for 17; T. Wood 2 for 21
100 yards, under 16 100 yards, under 15 100 yards, under 14 100 yards, under 13 100 yards, under 12 220 yards, under 16 220 yards, under 15 220 yards, under 14 220 yards, under 13 150 yards, under 12 440 yards, under 16 440 yards, under 15 880 yards, senior Mile, senior Hurdles, senior Hurdles, junior High Jump, senior High Jump, junior Long Jump, senior Long Jump, junior Cricket Ball, senior Cricket Ball, junior Hop, Step and Jump, senior Hop, Step and Jump, junior One Lap, juniors (A) One Lap, juniors (B)
M. Carson, Broughton 12.2 sees.
M. Packham, Howard 12.0 sees.
A. Thompson, L.R.C.H. 12.4 sees.
C. Benfell, Broughton 13.0 sees.
R. Hummel, Arranmore 14.4 sees.
M. Minnis, Arranmore 28.4 sees.
*J. Smithson, Arranmore 27.6 sees.
C. Moseley, Johnston 30.6 sees.
R. Walker, Arranmore 29.6 sees.
R. Bowyer, Johnston 22.0 sees.
K. Harris, Johnston 64.8 sees.
D. Amos, Arranmore 61.0 sees.
K. Harris, Johnston 40.4 sees
K. Harris, Johnston
R. Busswell, Broughton 12.6 sees.
M. Boudier, L.R.C.H. 12.8 sees.
P. Maclean, Howard
M. Boudier, L.R.C.H.
T. Crossley, Johnston 16ft. oin.
G. Twinn, Broughton
M. Moore, L.R.C.H.
G. Twinn, Broughton
A. Amos, Arranmore 33ft. iin.
A. Brown, Johnston
A. Thompson, L.R.C.H. 49.2 sees.
R. Walker, Arranmore 51.2 sees.
* Disqualified
Standard Points Cup: Johnston House Inter-House Championship Cup: Johnston House Senior Relay Shield: Arranmore House Junior Relay Cup: Lady Russell Cotes House Victor Ludorum: M. Minnis

These were held at Barkingside on Saturday, 20th July, our School representatives doing remarkably well between them and failing by only half a point to share the Championship Cup with Druids Heath. It may be remembered that this same Home beat us last year by two points, so perhaps next year we may go one better. Our junior relay team, however, had a clear win.
The Champion Area Cup, presented by the Old Boys, was won by Southern Area, to which we belong. This group includes the smaller Homes at Hove, Crowborough, Eastbourne, Southampton Southborough, Templecombe and Lyndhurst.
Group C Boys of 14 and 15 years
Hurdles                     Barry Bennett, Parkstone 3rd.
Long Jump                T. Crossley, Parkstone ist.
880 yards                   D. Amos, Parkstone 3rd.
440 yards                   D. Amos, Parkstone ist.
220 yards                   M. Packham, Parkstone 3rd.
Group B Boys of 12 and 13 years
Long Jump               G. Twinn, Parkstone ist.
High Jump                 M. Boudier, Parkstone 2nd.
Hurdles                     M. Boudier, Parkstone 3rd.
100 yards                   A. Thompson, Parkstone ist.
Group A Boys of 10, n and 12 years
Relay                       Walker, Benfell ist.
Howard, Cassell

During a camping holiday on the southern edge of the "Black-moors" I decided to carry out an exploration. Packing my kit I started my exploration by proceeding towards a gaunt ruin not two hundred yards away.
I was halfway there, when, as if from nowhere, a damp, cold mist swirled around me. Desperately I retraced my steps. At least I thought I did, but within twenty minutes I was hopelessly lost.
How far I wandered I shall never know, but I shall never forget it. I could see nothing and hear nothing. I wandered on helplessly, yelling for assistance and four times I had to drag myself out of knee deep bogs, until at last I sank to the ground, exhausted and frightened.
When I woke up and looked around me I saw no mist; only an uninterrupted view of moorland on all sides with numerous stunted trees and bushes. I lit a fire and fried some bacon. When I had eaten I began to pay more attention to my position. I saw nothing I recognised. I proceeded down a path towards a clump of bushes and a couple of trees.
Hidden behind the bushes was a dismal, dirty hovel, but with a sigh of relief I ran towards it. I raised the heavy knocker which came away from its fittings, so I threw it away and opened the dust covered door.
I was in what I presumed to be the living room; a small dark, smelly room void of all furniture save an overturned chair and a grey cupboard. I opened the cupboard which was empty. The remainder of the rooms were locked. I went back to the living room and lit a fire on the stone floor, using the chair as firewood.
The moor was as quiet as it had been for the last half hour. My spirits were beginning to rise until I looked out of the window behind me. A huge bank of mist was creeping towards me. I left the hovel and broke into a run, my old fears returning, but within two minutes I could see nothing.
For ten minutes I ran on madly. Then I tripped and fell flat on my face in black mud. I sat up and took off my pack. It took me another ten minutes to regain my breath before I was able to proceed. I had been running for some time when I tripped again: my head hit some¬thing hard and everything went black.
When I woke up, I was in hospital. The bump on my head has gone, but when I think of the moors I still shudder.
Hexham Abbey is a large gruesome looking building. In it there are many tombs.
One dark night, my cousin, Garry Kirkwood, was passing the Abbey, when he saw a shadow-like form move across the door. Drawing nearer he saw it was a man; not an ordinary man, for he seemed to glide over the ground without making a sound: also his body seemed to be semi-transparent. Looking even closer he saw this man, or ghost as he now knew it was, had his head resting on his shoulder.
Next morning Garry told me what he had seen, and I, being curious, agreed to go with him that night.
We met at the Abbey at half-past eleven and waited till midnight. We were just about to go away, when Garry shouted "Look, there it is!" We saw the thing glide from the abbey door, out of the burial-ground and across the market square, where it disappeared for a minute. Then suddenly we saw it appear at the door again. We followed it into the Abbey and had just got inside the door, when it glided into a tomb.
We arranged to meet next night, but I could not go because I had sprained my ankle. So next morning I went round to see him, but he had mysteriously disappeared.
Recently, while the Abbey was being repaired, two skeletons were found, both with their skulls on one side. One of these might have been Garry. What do you think?

One Saturday, I decided to go fishing with a friend. Although it was a lovely day before we left the harbour, an old fisherman warned us that there was going to be a terrific storm, and told us not go too far in his little boat. Unfortunately we didn't take his advice.
About two hours later, when we were well out, we noticed a num¬ber of small fishing vessels returning to harbour. Then there was a sudden clash of thunder preceded by a vivid flash of lighting. My friend said that we should have heeded the old man's warning. The wind roared and our fishing gear was swept away. Suddenly my friend felt very ill and to make matters worse, our boat capsized. I kept hold of him until we were washed up on a tiny island.
Bv that time my friend was feeling better. We walked along the little sandy beach and found some of our wrecked boat. The time was now about 7 o'clock. We spied a fishing vessel and waved our torn shirts, but we had no reply. We had not eaten since dinner time and we were cold and hungry, but as the sun set we saw another boat and this time it saw us.
About two hours later we were at home and had, after a scolding from our parents, a hefty meal. Next day we apologised to the old fisherman and told him we had learnt a lesson about taking advic e from our elders.

I stumbled along, unaware that danger was approaching. Grea t clouds of mist rose from the valley and the earth appeared to be softer here. The ground suddenly began to descend and I could not stop myself from stumbling or falling, without effort. Before I could help myself, my feet began to sink below me. It was then that I realised I was trapped in a bog.
I looked around and saw a tree, but by this time the oozing mud was up to my knees. I reached for an overhanging bough, but I was too far away to reach it. Suddenly I had an idea. I threw off my coat and took my belt in my left hand. Being a long belt it reached the bough with a foot or so to spare. I grabbed both ends and pulled for dear life. After a matter of minutes I was on firm ground again. I was breathing heavily and had to rest awhile,
After a time I discarded my filthy clothes and washed them in a nearby stream. The mist was nearly gone and the welcome sun shone brightly and soon dried them. I dressed and went on my way, thinking of my strange ordeal.

It was a bright Sunday afternoon when two men rowed out from Deal in an old battered boat to Goodwin Sands. The day before, a collier had been wrecked on the sands and these men wanted some coal. Coal was dear and they could not afford to buy it.
As soon as they got to the vessel, they started to fill the rowing boat with coal. They collected as much as they thought the boat would hold: then to their alarm discovered a huge hole in the bottom, where the rotten planks had given way. By now the tide was coming in over the sands. One of them saw a fishing boat passing by and started waving and shouting to attract attention. However the crew of the trawler on seeing them thought they were only holiday makers and waved back, leaving them to their fate.

My life began when a backwoodsman named Henry Cook decided to make a fishing rod. I was a proud bamboo, very strong and healthy and, at the good old age of four years, still growing on the banks of a swamp.
One day Henry came along with a large knife and started to cut at my roots: he then gave a terrific heave and I was fiee of the earth around me. He carried me to his shack and started to trim me.
He fitted some cork to me, so that if he dropped me into the water I would float. Then he fitted some round pieces of wire onto my body and he bound then round with string and glue so that they would not fall off. He had one more thing to put on and that was the reel. He fixed two rings on my body to which he attached the reel and then threaded the line through the rings on the upper part of my body.
The next day we went fishing. My first catch was a ten pound pike.

One fine, summer day I took my little cousin to London Zoo, as I had promised him weeks before. When we arrived, there was quite a few people and lots of brightly coloured school uniforms, as the schools were giving a free visit to the children.
First of all we went to see the massive hippos, splashing and making the most noise of all; plunging into the dirty water with all their mighty strength, and rolling over on their thick, strong backs in the slimy mud. Then we went to the aquariums to examine the brightly coloured fish of all shapes and sizes, swimming about in the glass containers.
After looking at the hairy-looking monkeys and chimps, we went to see the fearless tigers, snoring as they slept in the hot sun.
After we had had a look at the reptiles and amphibians on the first floor my cousin and I went to see the tall giraffes with their bodies high up above the ground, and their long necks stretching up to the clear blue sky. Then we went to see the great hefty elephants taking their food from the people who were watching from outside the tall, thick railings. We watched them take it up in their long, powerful trunks, bellowing loudly as they received it. Then we visited the lions, roaring and licking their lips as they saw the keeper coming with big pieces of meat for the hungry beasts.
Later I took my cousin to examine the white woolly llamas with their poodle-like legs. Then I noticed that time was running short, so we soon got on a bus and were soon on our way home.

The sun is out the sky is gay,
We thank thee God for a lovely day.
At night when everyone's asleep, The midnight dew begins to weep.
Above us is the moon and stars, While God protects us every hour.
And now each one of us may say, "Thank You God for a lovely day".

Printed by the Boys at the Press of Dr. Barnardo's Homes, Goldings. Hertford.