UNCLE SAM'S EXCELSIOR BAND OF BOYS AND GIRLS IN WEST CUMBERLAND.



APPLICATION FORM TO BE SUBSCRIBED TO IN CHILD'S OWN WRITING.



I wish to become a member of the Excelsior Band of West Cumberland, and in
order to qualify for the same I subscribe to the following resolutions,
namely:-



            "I will try to improve my mind by reading sensible books

"I will try to write a good plain hand

"I will be merciful and not cruel to animals, and thus set a good example to
others.

"I will not make use of profane, vulgar, or objectionable language

"I will try to be industrious and active

"I will try to be honest and truthful

"I will aim at the advancement of my condition, and will lend a helping hand
to any of my comrades of the Excelsior Band who may require my aid and
influence.

"I will urge my friends to join the Band.



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DEAR NIECES AND NEPHEWS,



            I am so pleased to see many new names on my list, and hope all
nephews and nieces will get their friends to join.  They need not write the
long form out, but merely state that they have read it and wish to subscribe
to it.  Boys and girls between 8 and 14 years of age are eligible, and
Catholics and Protestants are alike welcomed.  They should write and say:-

                        "Having read the application form, I subscribe
thereto, and wish to have my name put upon your list.



                        Name..........I           Witness

                        Address........ I.

                        Age..........I   ..........

                        Date........... I



This must be written by the applicant and forwarded to



UNCLE SAM,

            "Gazette" Office, WHITEHAVEN



Every week, a subject will be given for the members of the XL band to write
a letter on.  The letter must not exceed three inches of type.  It must be
written by the boy or girl without any assistance, signed, and posted in
time to reach the "Gazette" Office on Tuesday morning.  The best letter
received each week will command for its writer a

                        HALF CROWN PRIZE.

As it impossible to suit the tastes of all young folk in prizes, the winner
will receive an order on any bookseller, jeweller, or tradesman near the
winner's residence, or in the borough of Whitehaven, whose advertisement
appears regularly in the "Gazette", for goods to the value of Half-a-crown.
This sum will be placed to the credit of such tradesmen's account.

The subject chosen for the comrades to write upon this week, according to
the foregoing conditions, is

                        MY FAVOURITE AMUSEMENT AND WHY IT IS SO

Remember to write on one side of the paper only-not to exceed three inches
of type, and to post not later than Monday night.

Nephews and Nieces should bear in mind that they can put advertisements in
the "Gazette" for anything they want or have to sell, at the low rate of
twopence each for 20 words.

Membership tickets will be printed shortly, and supplied to comrades.



PRINTED CERTIFICATES OF MERIT, suitable for framing, will be given in
deserving cases as Consolation Prizes.