The following account of a novel idea is reported by the Isle of Wright (England) Ob-server:

" On Wednesday a very pretty little wild flower show, in aid of the Congregational Village Station Chapels, attracted a considerable number to Elm-field. The cost of getting up the show was inconsiderable, the prizes offered being quite sufficient to induce the school children to scour the country for miles in order to obtain bouquets of wild flowers, and as pleasure was afforded to so many by the little show we think it would be a good thing for our Congregational friends to extend their sphere of operations and hold the next show in Ryde, where, doubtless, much better prices could be obtained for the bouquets. Some of the children had obtained orchids rather rare in the Island. One little maid, named Sophia Joy, had a specimen of the bird's nest orchid, and must have wandered a considerable distance in the woods to have obtained it. The prizes offered for designs seem to have stimulated the inventive faculties of the children, one of whom, Alice James, was awarded a first prize for a very pretty jubilee design, the dates '1837-1887,' being arranged in tiny little white flowers on a ground of moss surrounded with a border of varied colored flowers.

The judges were Mr. John Jolliffe and Mr. Scott Conacher, who awarded the prizes as follows: Class 1, for variety - 1st, Mabel Sivell: 2d, Harry Leal; equal 3ds, E. Dallimore and Douglas Moore. Class 2, for tasteful arrangement and variety - 1st, Alice Russell; 2d, Mrs. Loveland; 3d, Gracie Sivell. Class 3, for arrangement - 1st, Edith Jeffrey; 2d, Sophie Joy; 3d, Alice Griffen. Class 4, for square bouquets - 1st, F. Wheeler; 2d, Sophie Joy; 3d, Ellen Moorman. Class 5, for design - 1st, Alice James; 2d, Ellen Moorman; 3d, Annie Grist. Class 6, for simplicity - 1st, Mrs. Griffen. Mr. Councillor H. Pollard, of Ryde, distributed the prizes to the children with a few humorous remarks to each of them. Mr. Steward explained that the amount received on the last occasion they held a flower show was exactly 4; the expenses amounted to 8s, so that there re-m lined a profit of 3, 12s, which sum was devoted to alterations made in connection with their outbuildings, so as to make them convenient for tea meetings. They had found great benefit from these alterations.

The present show originated with a gentleman in Ryde, who offered to put down 5 toward the debt on the Congregational village stations, if they would raise a similar amount, and with the kind assistance of their friends they hoped to be able to do so. Mr. Conacher said that at their last show their pastor told them that there were too many Dutch cheese patterns amongst the designs sent by the children. They had remedied this, and had seemed to have gone into Egypt this time, most of the designs being pyramidal. He was sure he hardly understood how the children got such a collection together, and thought it did them infinite credit. The chairman suggested that next time the prizes should be given to the children who made up tasteful bouquets, and also gave the correct names of the flowers they contained. The meeting concluded with votes of thanks to the judges and the chairman. The sale of the bouquets realized very fair prices".