RULES AND CONDITIONS Entries must be typed or very clearly written on one side of the paper only. The name and address, or pseudonym, of the competitor must be on each entry and not on a separate shoot. When a word limit is set words must be counted and the number given. No entries can be returned. Prizes nexy be divided at the discretion of the judge, or withheld if no entry reaches the required standard. Tho judge reserves the right to print or quote from any entry. The judge's decision is final, and no correspondence can be enteral into on the subject of the award. Entries must be addressed to :—The Editor. the Spectator, 99 Gower Street,
London, W.C. 1, and be marked on th3 envelope Competition No. ( ).
Competition No. 37 (SET BY " CARD.") A PRIZE of £2 2s. is offered for the best entry of two suggestions for future competitions. Competitors should bear in mind that only a limited amount of space is available for the publication of winning entries and should devise their schemes accordingly.
Entries must be received not later than Monday, December 28th, 1931. The result of this competition will appear in our issue of January 9tb, 1932.
Competition No. 38 (Set by " Ducu.") A PRIZE of £2 2s. is offered for a New Year's resolution or set of resolutions, made in rhyme. The resolutions need not necessarily be the competitors' own, but may be those they would like to suggest to others. For `example : " I will not let my motor roar
Outside my sleeping neighbour's door
No entry may exceed 24 lines in length.
Entries must be received not later than) Monday, January 4th, 1932. The result of this competition will appear in our issue of January 16th, 1932.
The result of Competition No. 86 will appear in our next issue.
Limerick Competition No. 8
A PRIZE of £1 ls. is offered each week for a new and original English Limerick verse on some subject dealt with in the current number of the Spectator. The eighth of these competitions closes on Monday, January 4th. Entries should be marked on the envelope " Limerick No. 8."
The result of the sixth of these competitions will be announced in our next issue.
[It is requested that to facilitate the work of the judges, entries should, when possible, be submitted on postcards.] Report of Competition No. 35 [REPORT AND AWARD IW " CARD."
A PRIZE of £2 2s. was offered for the best list of Christmas presents suitable for presentation to any five of the following six people. (1) The Archbishop of Canterbury, (2) Mr. Bernard Shaw, (3) Miss Peggy Salaman, (4) Mr. Gandhi, (5) Viscount Snowden of Ickornshaw, (6) The Editor of the Spectator. Response to the Christmas appeal was both profuse and generous. Gifts for the Archbishop of Canterbury, not unex- pectedly, proved difficult to choose : indeed, apart from the resignations of some of his more turbulent satellites, His Grace was scandalously neglected. But his companions should have little cause for complaint. Mr. Shaw received, as was only fitting, numerous tributes to his genius in the form of countless signed photographs of himself and autographed editions of his own works. Miss Peggy Salaman's lion cubs provided inspira- tion for her—and their—many admirers who caused a deluge of cages and travelling baskets : Mr. Gandhi's presents ranged from suits of clothes to caskets of scorpions. A popular gift for Viscount Snowden was a photograph of Mr. Winston Churchill ; and the Editor of the Spectator received 136 waste- paper baskets, 53 blue pencils, and 31 pairs of variously hued spectacles. The entries of Rev. C. E. D. de Labilliere, " Hibiscus," " Sagittarius," " Teviot," Miss Ida K. Shaw, " Celtieo," and the Rev. Cecil Grant are commended ; and the prize goes to the Rev. S. Tonkin, 24 Eaton Road, Ilkley, Yorks, whose entry is : LIST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. FOR THE -ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY. Dr. H. W. Clark's (Two Volume) History of English Nonconformity, with W. Watkin Davies'S interesting little work How to Read History
FOR MR. GANDHI:
A copy of Sartor Rewrites (a Philosophy of Clothes, by the Propliet of Silence). It should be bound in Lancashire cotton. If funds permitted, it should be accompanied by a low stool or round table, for his greater convenience in reading. The stool should be of British Oak or Pine.
FOR MR. BERNARD SHAW :
One would like to " say it with flowers," but Mr. Bernard Shaw is known to enjoy the shade. Foliage, therefore, would be more suitable. A growing fig-tree.
FOR VISCOUNT SNOWDEN OF ICKORN'SHAW : Something to induce memories and relaxation :
(a) An illuminated Gospel according to St. Matthew (the ex-tax- collector); or (b) A kaleidoscope ; or (c) A silk dressing-gown, a coat of many colours, reminding him of Joseph—the man who was so straight that he was made a ruler.
FOR THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR : • His affluence is such that he does not seem to need a single article that I can suggest. I can but offer him my autograph,, with my respectful good wishes that he may long continue to quicken our thought and widen our horizon. " Toxic."
Result of Limerick Competition No. 5
THE City of Phnom Penh has been far and away the most popular subject this week; followed at a great distance by events in Manchuria (a word that was scanned and rhymed in some unusual ways), the correspondence about the use of the English language, and the Cat in the Adage.
The prize of £1 Is. is awarded to " Thurbo," who is asked to send name and address. The following are highly Commended ; Rev. K. M. Dunlop, Mr. F. Houghton, L. R. II., W. Hodgson Burnett, J. W. IL, Cloister, C. C. I. (second entry), B. E. Stanley, Miss C. M. Kennedy and J. E. Parkinson.
THE WINNING LIMERICK
THE DOWSER'S MYSTERY (page 767.)
Mr. Christie, we hear you're a dowser, And we all of us want to know how, Sir, You divine with that stick.
Would it do its queer trick For a wireless set I Try it now, Sir ! THURSO.
Some highly commended entries :
In the peregrinations of menh, Wherever they make them and whenh, The wonders they meet Can never compete With the Pli'NOMENAL City Phnom P0101.
REV. K. M. DUNLOP.
Spectator (page 770).
To write " is " after " data," I plead, Is a singular usage indeed !
And a teacher of Latin Is shocked to find that in Tho paper ho most loves to road.
Spectator (page 770).
We Colonels of choleric hue May make a great hullabaloo ; But, be sure, we'll bo found To still centre round "
F. Mono wro.r.
The Spectator, because it " rings true."
L. R. IT.