Boy's Own Paper,  2 (1879–80), 422.

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[1] Remarkable Sagacity of a Dog


Animal Behaviour

[2] "Penny Dreadfuls"


Periodicals, Reading, Crime, Mathematics, Education, Human Development

    Presents a compliment to the Boy's Own Paper from James Hannington who believes that this periodical has stopped boys in his parish from reading 'baneful literature'. Goes on to boast that the periodical has 'killed three of the worst papers of the "Penny Dreadful" class' and to demonstrate the importance of this claim, presents an extract from William H Thomson's anonymous Five Years' Penal Servitude which describes the way in which two boys, who should have been reading 'Euclid and Delectus', consumed stories of 'gentlemen pirates, highwaymen, and bandit captains', a literary diet which inspired their criminal activities.

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