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Sea, Forest and Prairie
Being stories of Life and Adventure in Canada Past and Present by Boys and Girls in Canada's Schools. (1893)


On three succeeding years the school children of Canada wrote original stories for the Montreal "Witness", basing them on events which had happened in the country. These were judged by well known educationists, who awarded them prizes by counties and provinces, and the best in each province was submitted to a Dominion judge, who gave the palm to the best in the Dominion. The gentlemen who judged the stories in the first place were S. K. Dawson, Esq., D. Lit, Montreal, Que.; the Rev. Charles J. Cameron, A.M., F.H.S., Rockville, Ont; Wm. Houston, M.A. Toronto, Ont.; J. .M. Harper, M.A., Ph.D., F.E.I.S., Quebec, Que.; Mr. Justice Alley, Charlottetown,'P.E.I.; A. A,. Stockton, M.P.P., Ph.D., D.C.L., LL.D., St. John, N.B.; Prof. Charles G. D. Roberts, A.M., F.R.S.C, King's College, Windsor, X.S.; W. H. Huston, M.A., Woodstock, Ont.; J. A. Nicholson, M.A., Charlottetown, P.E.I.; Dr. J. Hall, Truro, N.S. The judges who awarded the Dominion prizes were the Marquis of Lome for the first competition and the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava for the second and third competitions. In all nearly 5,000 stories were received and carefully judged. Many of these were published in the "Witness" and republished in local newspapers, where they were specially interesting; and not a few came hack to Canada in publications from foreign countries.

The winners of the Dominion prizes were Miss Fay Selhy Holden, of St. John's, Newfoundland, for the first competition, and Miss Afaude Saunders, of Laurencetown, Nova Scotia, for the second and third competitions. The task of editing these stories so as to form a little commemorative volume was given to the Rev. Charles J. Cameron, A. N. T., F.H.S., whose work, or, more correctly speaking, a portion of whose work, lies before the reader. Mr. Cameron does not claim to have selected the best stories, but rather stories representative of the different provinces. A fair proportion of these are now publishcd for the first time. These stories are presented to the public as a fair exponent of the literary powers of young Canada.

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