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Our next contribution was entitled " A Fragment.” At first the Editor thought that some friend had sent him an acrostic, but little by little the truth broke on him that this "' fragment” was a lament over the new window in A House ; but the author appears to have been unduly biassed by his excessive affection for that edifice
“Whose perfect symmetry on every side
Was food for admiration, får and wide.” And again he speaks of the architect as “Rejoicing in its beauty.” No! thought the Editor, that could hardly have been. But it seems a pity that walls have no. ears : otherwise what rejoicing would be held among the red bricks of A House at so unex. pected a compliment !
There were other contributions besides these, but time pressed and Mr. Perkins was very urgent, 80 the Editor rolled up the other contributions, and for the sake of safety put them in his fender.
drowned. She will never again feel “Love's presence nigh."
But to his great disappointment, a very commonplace mariner, observing the storm, advised a speedy return to shore. advice which was immediately fol. lowed. The introduction of the storm appears a little meaningless, except to give an excuse for concluding: The reader would at once suppose that the maiden was to be drowned, and that she should return to shore without even an effort appears a little unjusti. fable.
Our next contribution bears as its title “The rising in the West,” and refers to a rising which took place in these parts in the days of Oliver Cromwell. But to one upacquainted with the geography of the country immediateiy round Marlborongh the names and references are a little tedious. The conclusion of the poem is depressing and rather apsets the generally received opinion about the Falour of the Cavaliers. For after their chief Penraddocke bad stated publicly with some pomp that the usurper was to be cast “from the throne of Whitehall,” on the arrival of some horsemen who from Andover town came “thundering down,” we learn with regret
“That band of brave heroes was melted like snow,
Too many, alas, for their courage to die.” That they should have melted like snow and fled was not creditable. In the epithet "untold” we notice at once the hyperbole, and the attempt of the author to palliate what would otherwise be the most paltry cowardice—and the fact that too many, for the courage which they showed in flying through the west country, died, does not enlist much sympathy from the reader. This composition on the whole was poor and lacked spirit.
We played with the glamour of love ; and his dower
To me was a harvest of tears,
On the tomb of the vanished fears.
Regather the poppies of youth,
Nor wake to the dismal truth.
When flattery cannot enthral ;
"O Love, O Life, is this all ?" When thy soul, from the lurements of falsehood around,
Would soar to the noble and true,
When her fair ones are holy too ;
From our old love solace to borrow-
8. L. S.
THE DECORATIONS OF THE CHAPEL.
"A small circle remained, and passing the silken rope, approached and narrowly scrutinised the picture. Among them were Theodor and Lothair, the chief patron of British Art, an R.A. or two, Clorinda, and Lady Beatrice. Mr. Phoebus, who had left the studio bat had now returned, did not disturb them. After awhile he approached the groap. His air was elate, and was redeemed only from arrogance by the intellect of bis brow. The eircle started a little as they heard his voice, for they had been unaware of his presence."
"To-morrow," he said, “ the critics will commence. You know who the critics are ? The men who have failed in litera. ture and art."'*
certainty as to their general effect as decorations of the Chapel. It is altogether unfair to look at them one by one, and minutely, as if they were Meissopiers. It must be remembered that they are intended to be viewed at a distance, and in a somewhat dim light; and that they are links in a chain which is as yet by no means complete.
Therefore I say to those who looking upon this picture exclaim “That angel, in armour of Henry II, is Anglus non Angelus," and looking upon that, say “The shepherd's arm is as long as his body;" who complain that this has no background, while that is all background; this is too bright, that is too dark, and so on-to them I say “Wait till the whole thing is complete and then pronounce upon it.” The aim throughout has been general effect rather than particularised propriety, and that this general effect will be altogether successful in accordance with the ideas of a certain large school of artists, we have no doubt. For our own part we are disinclined to criticise at all, because we infinitely prefer such ornamentation as that of the Church of St. Ouen, at Rouen, to that “qui commence de dévorer la face de l'art dans l'oratoire de Catherine de Médicis, et le fait expirer, deux siècles après, tourmente et grimaçant, dans le boudoir de la Dubarry."
MORS OMNIBUS UNA.
Mr. Phoebus, whose pictures had no doubt been severely handled by some more or less ignorant critic, spoke not wisely but too well, when he made that assertion. It is an undoubted and most lamentable fact that books are often reviewed, and works of art criticised, in well-known journals, by men who are utterly unacquainted with the subjects they discuss, and who have sometimes themselves signally failed both in literature and art. And indeed is it reasonable to suppose that any reviewer can know half as much about a book as the author who has made it his special study, perhaps for years ? Not infrequently a book which has cost its author ten thousand hours of hard work is reviewed by some quidnunc jackanapes, who has glanced at it for twenty minutes ; and who having read the preface, and skimmed the table of contents, thinks he is competent to pass judgment upon it.
If this is true of a book, how much more true is it of a picture !
In England at least our knowledge of art is, in ninety-nino cases out of an hundred, tenfold less than our knowledge of literature, and we must not rashly express any very adverse opinion concerning a picture which we have looked at for five minutes, while the artist who painted it has bestowed hours of thought and weeks of labour upon it.
The pictures which have just been added to the walls of our Chapel, appear to us to be somewhat unequal both in style and treatment. But they are not intended to be examined minutely apart from their environment, and we must wait until they are all in their places, before we can say anything with
[Translation from Lucretias iii. 1021-1052.]
Thus mayst thon commune with thyself awhile :
* Lothair. By Lord Beaconsfield, K.G., chapter 35.
borough Nomads in May, the bowling of Lee and Booth for the Nomads being most conspicuous; they were also beaten easily at Uppingham on June 6th.
Democritus, heart.ripe with years' increase,
The Eton Chronicle contains a detailed account of the “Eton v. Harrow”; they attribute the loss of the match to their bad fielding, which may be accounted for by the exceptionally slow state of their ground during the season. They were beaten by the Free Foresters, and also by I Zingari. At Henley Regatta, their Eight rowed very well, beating the Cheltenham boat easily: in the end however they were just defeated by Jesus College, Cambridge. Mr. Gladstone has been revisiting his old school, and gave an interesting lecture to the Literary Society on "Homer."
PUBLIC SCHOOL NOTES.
THE Wykehamist is of course very jubilant over their success against Eton, and opens with a long account of the match, which they won easily by six wickets. They were beaten by the M.C.C. by seven wickets, the bowling of Clayton and Rylott proving too much for them. The shooting VIII were defeated both by Charterhouse and by Eton.
The Carthusian for July begins with an article on Isaac Barrow; this is followed by a simple but wellwritten poem on “Cæsar and his Rebel Legions." Their XI has been fairly successful, though they were unfortunately beaten in their match against Wellington by 218 runs to 124. A very successful amateur theatrical entertainment was given at Charterhouse, on May 31st. The pieces chosen were two in number, “Our bitterest foe,” and “Cox and Box.” In the Science and Art Society, a lecture was delivered on March 23rd, by the Rev. Dr. Haig Brown, the subject being the Alphabet. Also on April 13th, a paper was read by Mr. J. W. Marshall, on the Telephone. The Shooting VIII redeemed the disaster of their cricketing brethren by defeating Winchester with a score of 369 against 330.
The Haileyburian for June, contains a list of the coming speeches, followed by an account of the life and works of William Habington, one of those many poets who have sunk into undeserved oblivion, whose very names are unknown to the average reader. Then come some interesting hints for copying coins by electrotype, and a poem entitled " The Sloggard," directed against the worshipper of Morpheus, “who drowsily sleeps till the chapel bell warningly rings, Then quick from the mattress he hurriedly leaps, and hastens to pull on his things.” The eleven were defeated by the Marl.
The Rossallian begins with an article on Comic Literature deploring the degeneracy of wit at the present day. A few instances are given of the wit indulged in by Punch, after Hood, Jerrold, and Thackeray ceased to contribute to it. For example :-“ Diary.–First Sunday in the month ; tea-totallers may feel firsty, if inclined.” “A Fact not generally known.—Many people wonder why the sun sets. Nothing however is more easy of explanation; when tired with its day's journey, what more natural than that it should set.” Instances are also quoted from other comic papers,—as: “La Danse-among other fashionable announcements we read that Count M. G. de Wezele has left Eaton Square for Norfolk. Pop goes de “Wezele !" Here is also an article entitled “Modern Athletics,” arguing against the opposition made to bicycling, and urging the necessity of exercise on account of the large increase of population. In cricket the school was beaten by W. S. Patterson's team; we notice that K. P. Wilson (O.M.) distinguished himself in bowling, taking nine wickets. Their shooting VIII defeated Lythan, making the large score of 410 against their adversaries' 332.
as 6 of these 40 are resident members at Oxford and Cam. bridge, they should be sufficient for the Old Marlburians in residence at those Universities, who probably number abont 200.
I am, &o,
To the Editor of the Marlburian.
The School Swimming and Header Prizes were competed for on Friday and Monday, July 12th and 15th, respectively. For the former only three competitors started, and after a good race C. R. Fowler, the winner of last year, who was handicapped 5 yds. was beaten by E. Vickers, who, it may be remarked, is still under 15. The winner swam in capital form, completing the distance (400 yds.) in 7 min. 4 secs
Five competitors appeared for the headers. The prize was adjudged to A. W. Arkle, whose headers over the spring-board were perfect. F. W. Hodgson was a good second.
DEAR SIR,- My attention was attracted by a letter in the last Marlburian bat one about “fagging." Ever since I have been here we have got on very well without such a large extent of fagging as regular washing ap pots and cleaning ont studies. There is of course not so much objection to fagging balls at cricket because there is a certain amount of pleasure in it. But I think "fagging" in the "dirty sense" is not the work of a gentleman. Besides these objections we unfortunate fags would have our time out of school occupied by trotting down town for some trifle, when perhaps we have some purpose of our own. As for giving as a reason “Because Eion and Rugby bave it” we can get on without corsalting other public Schools.
FOURTH FORM FAG.
To the Editor of the Marlburian.
To the [ditor of the Marlburian.
DEAR SIR,- It is most unfortunate that there should be any idea that in the selection of the Stewards for the approaching Triennial Dinner, the younger generation of 0.M.'s have not been treated with due consideration. After the letter of an 0.M. in your issue of July 3rd, it may be well to make some remarks on the subject.
The office of Steward has not hitherto been regarded as ope to be coveted, but rather as a burden, and that by no means a light one The list of Stewards is simply the list of those Old Marlburians who have the privilege of paying all the preliminary expenses, in the shape of advertisements, printing, postage, &c., &c, which of course amount to a considerable sam. Naturally, therefore, there is a consider. able reluctance to ask the younger generation 10 aceept a post which they perhaps do not like to refuse, but which they must feel is a heavy tax on them.
Bat apart from this, if your correspondent will take the trouble to analyse the list of Stewards and Committee, he will find that it contains the names of Old Marlburians who have left in and between the years 1849 and 1877-a period of twenty-nine years. Of these years four are not repre. sented, one has four representatives, two have three, and the remainder either two or one. A list of 40 names, which en braces 25 years of School life, ought surely to be looked on as a very fairly representative one.
As to the question of whether 0.M.'s at the Universities are adequately represented, I cannot think that they can feel at all slighted. Suppose we take the number of 0.M.'s at U 3000 (a fair estimate I think) represented by 40 Stewards;
DEAR SIR,-I trust that you will kindly allow me a small space to give the reason lately demanded by two letters in your columos, as to why an A House III. was not allowed to shoot for the House Cup. The second letter, being merely a a feeble echo of the Arst, I will address my answer to ánpoowTÓANATOS alone.
"A House plays football in lower game house-matches ;" therefore it seems to me to rank as a house.ground at best, certainly not as a house.
The House Cap has been shot for annually for sisteen years. A Honse bat never before entered, and, being a Con. servative, I see no reason for changing the old custom. Indeed the presence of 'A Housians' in the ranks at all is a most lamentable sign of decadence. They used not to be allowed to belong to the Corps at all, much less to shoot 'in the brave days of old.'
Great praise is claimed for the large contingent which comes to drill from A House. Naturally I do not know much about the smaller portion of our community, but I believe that there are seven members of A House in the Corps. Moreover rumours have reached my ears that the attendance of these members at drill is rendered compulsory by the A House master.
The question of its being 'infra dig' for Upper School fellows to associate with fellows in the Lower School, when allowed to do so, is beneath contempt, and cannot be seriously urged.
which has been opened with the Bank of England (head office). One or two Old Marlbarians have already adopted this course. Were sixty or seventy more to do so, the future of the Fund would be out of danger.
Contributions for the present year may be sent to A. K. Connell, Esq., University College, Oxford ; H. H. West, Esq., Trinity College, Cambridge ; or to myself by cheque or post office order made payable at the Chancery Lane Pust Office.
H. W, SIMPKINSON,
“OLD MARLBURIAN" SCHOLARSHIPS' FUND. Amount of Stock now standing in the names of the Trustees
£1208 108. 11d. Reduced 3 per cent. Annuities.
Account for the year 1877.
To the Editor of the Marlburian.
38 6 6 Subscriptions
78 3 0 Dividend on £1052 5s. 11d. Red. 3 per cent. 31 3 6 Balance in Bank at end of 1876......
26 10 10
"OLD MARLBURIAN" SCHOLARSHIPS.
£174 3 10
H. W. SIMPKINSON,
£ 8. d. Printing .....
4 17 6 Stationery..
0 5 6 Postage
2 4 2 Invested in purchase of £156 58. Od. Red. £3 per cent. Annuities.....
150 0 0 Balance in Bank
16 16 8
£174 3 10
94, Warwick Street, London, S.W.,
June, 1878. DEAR SIR,-I beg to forward the statement of accounts of the Old Marlbarian Scholarships' Fand, and the List of Donors and Subscribers for the past year.
I am glad to be able to report an increase in the pamber of contributors to the fund as compared with that of the few last previous years, but, considering that Old Marlbarians are now to be counted by their thousands, a subscription list which contains only 124 pames cannot be regarded as altogether satisfactory.
Owing to the change recently made in the conditions of ten. are of the scholarships, and to the fact that they are henceforth to be awarded in July and not in December, the expenses in. curred during the past year have been very small, and the Trustees have been enabled to invest a considerable sam in the purchase of additional stock. But it must be remembered that under the new regulatious £100 per annum will be required for payment of the Scholars exclusive of the working expenses of the fund,and it is most desirable that the contributions should be sufficient to allow additional investments to be annually made, so that the Fund may eventually become self-supporting. It will be seen that the income derived from stock at present amounts to something over £35 per annum.
It is belived that many more Old Marlbarians would subscribe to the Scholarships, were it not for the trouble involved in sending in their subscriptions to the Secretary. To meet this difficulty I would suggest, that any person willing to become a subscriber should give a standing order to his Bankers for the payment of the amount of his annual subscription [some time before the end of November in every year] to the account entitled "Archibald, Hanbury,and others,"
Examined and found correct,
J. ELLIOTT FOX.
THE PENNY READING.
The last Penny Reading under the auspices of the present Committee was held on July 13th. It cannot be pronounced so complete a success as many that have preceded it; the programme, to begin with, was not a very attractive one; the Scene had to be given up at the last moment; and there were rather too many signs of hurry and want of praotice. One drawback, indeed, one piece of bad taste, the visitors and not the com. mitte were responsible for. We do hope that the silly