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To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIB-I should like to call attention to a small matter, which could be easily remediod, but which at present causes great inconvenience, if not pain, to fellows taking headers off the big spring board near the shed : the matting at the end has entirely worn off, leaving several nails. Hopiog this will speedily be remedied, I remain, yours truly,

'Yoaródidos. To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR,-X.Y.Z. has written against the Debating Society. I fail to agree with him on most points. Thus :

He asserts two, or at least three years ago, this society was of the most exclusive and respectable nature; it was only then entered by fellows of some literary capacities! and yet about that time, I know from having been a member then, that many entered without pretension to literary capacities; the rules on that point have not been altered. Any one was as free then, as now,' to pat ap his name,' and was almost sure'unanimously to be elected.' During the last 4 years there have only been two cases of black.balling, both easily accounted for.

X.Y.Z. proceeds to ask whether it is fair (on the minority ?) that a considerable proportion of this society should consist of a cl183,' which he sarcastically consares,-for 'grouping en masse,' when perforce they must do so when there is no room to form 'en ligne'; for 'making most disagreeable noises, though any member, who considers that epithet just, can call a defaulter to order, and though, qoite lately, the president hushed the society from showing their dislike to a speaker; for criticising speakers,' thongh one great object of the society is, I should fancy, the development of the power of criticism; and for 'unnecessary thumping,' though thumping can hardly be hindered even in most model societies, and, if unnecessary, is at once stopped, as might be proved from a recent debale. Then X.Y.Z. considers that the exis. tence of members, who have predetermined their votes, paralyzes all attempts at debate; yet the society has existed for a long time, and during that time almost all members have come with preconceived opinions. It always has been so, and probably always will be so. The debates are not yet paralyzed, but judging by numbers at recent meetings are more popular than ever. Members will vote as they have determined. A master famed for his close attendanca at Debate, said he considered it alsolutely hopeless to prevent this 'fact,' bat he likewise said that he had never known a time when the speaking was so good. In every assembly many always will follow the example of that estimable personage, who boasts in a not unknown ditty

I always voted at my party's call,

And never thought of thinking for myself at all” And many probably form answers to arguments in their own minds.

I do not agreo either that defeat may always be expected " through a mass of indifferent fellows who pay co attention

to argament." I believe that most fellows who came to hear a recent debate on Ghosts, would before have scouted the idea that there could be such creatures. Yet the talk was certainly on behalf of the ghosts, and the ghosts carried the day-voted for, if not believed in.

Then X Y.Z. suggests that 'these intruders' go to learn to speak, but if they do, 'conceal the intention' with great care. Really! and yet an extraordinary number of new speakers have learnt to speak the past year, and debates have seldom failed through lack of speeches-witness the adjournment of three lately.

But putting X.Y.Z. aside, I must emphatically assert that there are more new speakers, better speeches, more members and visitors than formerly. This hardly supports the theory that debate is 'paralyzed'. The Debating Society has risen with the extraordinary rise of all the school institutions, during the past year, though the stirring events in the country may have contributed to the popularity of the last few meetings. It would be extremely harmful, should a harsh stop be placed on the society, directly it began to become really popular, and directly good speeches, to produce whioh it is specially intended, begin to appear: On the contrary, it would be well if it could become popular throughout the school and thus spread information on politics and other great questions, for evidently interest is felt in such subjects. Is it to be cut down at once to the higher forms, because a little noise has been made ? The Sixth have plenty of opportunity for taking to 'fellows of some literary capacity (!) in their own meetings. And the restriction would imply that the noise was caused by fellows in lower forms-most unjustly I think. I particularly noticed at a recent debate that a whole row of Fonrth Form fellows were the most quiet in the room, whereas often some prominent member of ' literary capacity' first starts cries of No! No! or a hiss. True that in political debates the Liberals bear off the palm in ' exuberance of verbosity,' the Conservatives in shouting, but still the Liberals have a fair namber to applaud them.

Occasionally I will allow the society makes a mistake. • Accidents will happen even in the best regulated families.' I have heard considerable indignation expressed because the society once replied 'Yes' when it should have said 'No'! but that unlucky 'Yes' was attered on provocation. The speaker “riled” the society. He persisted in asking a rhetori. cal question in various forms quite ten times, and the society with that innocent delight in a mild ‘score' common to all Marlburians, replied him 'Yes'! So he pitied them, and they were content to be pitied. But such mistakes seldom happen, and though there may be a tendency to degenerate into personalities and noise, yet for the present it is quite sufficient to watch over that tendency if it exists and repress it should it become strong, without making a revolution in the society and calling in radical legislation for an almost imaginary conception. I remain, sir, yours obediently,

G.RA.

To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR,-We have all seen how, during the last year, the Brass Band has, from a mere name, become a living and flourishing reality. Its prosperity, however, I fear, will relapse into decay, unless it has some friends to support it. At present it has none. The members each pay 3 guineas a year, but this all goes to support the Drum-Major, whose income thereby derived is none of the greatest. At present the Band is in great want of new books; but unless Drum. Major Swain gets them himself, it will have to do without. There are other small matters which render a fand desirable, e.g., the cleaning and mending of the instruments. I venture, therefore, to suggest that a subscription of 2d, a head should be raised every term from the whole school ; which would bring in about £14 per annum. This arrangement would save heads of Houses the trouble of returning innumerable twopences, as they generally have to do ; and no fellow, I feel sure, would grudge this small sam. The income which the band would thus receive, would suffice to defray present expenses, and would go towards getting some new instruments, of wbich we are deplorably in need. Hoping this will meet with the approval of the authorities,

I remain, yours truly,

A BANDSMAN, M.C.B.B.

PENNY READING.

But enough of fault-finding. Of the three partsongs, Pearsall's “When Allen-a-dale went a hunting,” Lloyd's " A sunny shaft did I behold,” Bishop's Now by day's retiring lamp,” we liked the last much the best, and the first least. The last might have been more smoothly sung, but the voices were fairly well together; and in this and the second glee time and tune wore better preserved and the words more distinctly pronounced. The chorus from Mendelssohn's Antigone for basses and tenors, barring a occasional unsteadiness in the time, went well. The second chorus especially distinguished themselves by a fine crescendo at the words "renders the savage creature tame” in the first Antistrophe; but the effect of a prolonged chord at the words “honour be given " in the second Strophe was mixed through non-attention to the time and the conductor. The solo singers were Hemsley and Tanqueray. The former spoilt the effect of his song by singing in a mechanical manner, rather as though he were marking time, but he has been an acknowledged favourite, and deserved his encore. Tanqueray has the first requisite of a solo singer, a good voice, and when he has worked off its roughness and gained more flexibility, he will doubtless be able to sing with less appearance of effort than at present. His song, Sullivan's “ If Doughty Deeds,” suited him well and was delivered with much spirit. The reader was Taylor, who recounted the thrilling adventure of Exciseman Gill, and his race with Smuggler Bill. As Petruchio, in the scene from the “ Taming of the Shrew" Taylor was decidedly good; and Askwith's Grumio was amusing, though too broadly farcial. The rest were fair; Hawkins especially struggled hard with his most difficult part, but he must learn to speak more slowly and distinctly. A pianoforte duet, a solo by Luard, and a performance by the Brass Band constitued the instrumental part of the programme. The Brass Band was rapturously received, as indeed it deserved to be, for the efforts of the performers ; but its music on this occasion was not first class ; one or two instruments—it would be invidious to particularize-were out of tone, and the effect was at times somewhat painful.

PROGRAMME. 1.-Pianoforte Daet, ...“ Mazarka des Traineanx," ...Archer.

J. G. Luard, A. E. Dawson. 2.Part-Song ...... “ Wben Allen-A-Dale went a bunting "

Pearsall. G. R. Garnett, W. J. Hemsley, H. Dobie, G. J. Jessett, G. Jo

The first of the two Penny Readings, which we are to have this term, was given on June 5th last. It was not such a genuine success as some other Penny Readings we have heard. It is of course always easy to pick holes and find fault, but without wishing to be captious, we think the gloes ought to have been better than they were. There is plainly plenty of material; in quality and quantity of voice the trebles were distinctly good, but they failed to do themselves justice mainly through a want of steadiness and adaptability in the different parts. This lack of adaptability is often so conspicuous in our oratorio practice that a hint may not be out of place here. In learning, a singer can afford to concentrate his attention on his own part and disregard everything else. But when he has mastered it and is performing it, if he wishes to do his duty by his fellow-singers, the author, and the audience, he must listen to the other parts, he must sink his individuality entirely, and remember that he is for the time being only a unit with no rights of his own at all. If he insists on his own rights, on being heard above others, and on setting the time to them, he is like a competitor in a simultaneous solo competition, not a part-singer.

Elliott, T. G. Buchanan, D. E. Martin, H. H. Orr, R. H. Hill to make a slight stand, hitting a full pitch for 3,
Isacke, C. Tulloch, H. M. Crookenden, A. W. Yeatman, A. H.
Tanqueray, J. F. L. Hardy, H. Adams, E. Heaton, W. B.

but at 24 Peake sent in one of his fast 'yorkers,' Taylor, E. Mahon.

and bowled him clean. Mounsey, the succeeding 3.-Roading ............................................. W. B. Taylor. 4.-..............“ Antigone of Sophocles ”.........Mendelssohn. batsman, played steadily, while Hill made the runs. H. Adams, H. Crookenden, A. Tanqueray ; D. Ellison, E. Heaton, W. B. Taylor, A. W. Yeatman, J. F. Hardy, R.

Gostenhofer took Freeman's place at 37, and bowled Cholmeley.

a maiden to which Peake replied. But when he sent a 6.-Song...... “The Bird and the Letter" ... Herbert Forster. W. J. Hemsley.

pitch, Hill let him in for a fiver. Peake's bumpers full 6.-Pianoforte Solo... “ Tarantelle in Aflat"............ Heller. proved difficult to keep down, and Hodgson secured

J. G. Luard. 7.-Glee........... “A Sunny Shaft did I behold” .........Lloyd.

Mounsey at square leg off a skier ; 4 for 53. Leach 8.-Scene from “ Taming of the Shrew," Act iv., Sc iii, joined Hill, hit a 2 and 4, and caused Thorpe to

Shakespere. Petruchio, W. B. Taylor; Hortensio (friend to Petrachio),

take Peake's place at the Town end ; 8 singles were R. A. Farrar ; Gramio (Servant to Petruchio), G. R. Askwith; Tailor, J.A.H. Craufard ; Haberdasher, H. Adams ; Katharina,

added, when Peake tried from Lyne's instead of A. H. Hawkins.

Gostenhofer. The result of the changes was success9.-Song............. “If donghty deeds”...... A. H. Tanqueray. 10.-Glee...... “Now by Day's retiring Lamp" ... ...Bishop.

ful. Leach spooned a ball of Thorpe’s into 11.-Valse ................... “Fantine " .................. Battifort. Bambridge's (subs.) hands at long off, and retired, Galop.............“Orphée aux Enfers”............ Offenbach. The Brass Band.

while Hill was caught at the wicket in Peake's “God Save the Queen."

second over, 5 and 6 for 68. Hill's 34 was made by

good sound cricket, and if he continues as he has M.C.C.C, v. OLD FELLOWS.

begun, he should be one of the bests bats we have The 8th of June began with rain and dismal

ever had. Turner and Steel appeared, and the forebodings. But the rain cleared off; and the

former immediately hit a 3 and 4. Lunch intervened, pessimists did not gain all they had prophecied, for

and play stopped till 2 o'clock. Then Turner began though Peake at first was in great difficulty about get.

again, Steel helping a little ; 4 off Peake, 3 and 2 off ting eleven men to play at all, he finally succeeded.

Thorpe, 3 off Peake, and 3, 1, 2, 5 off one over of It really is shameful that old fellows should ask to Thorpe's was quick scoring. After that little treat have places reserved for them in the match, and then

Thorpe had to come off, and Peake again changed never appear, or even give an explanation of their ends, which resulted in Stanton catching Turner, 7 non-appearance. The captain had to walk about all

for 105. His score of 27 contained 3 fours, and no the morning, craving that old fellows who live in the singles. Steel got 6 and was bowled by Peake, who town or close by would come to fill up his team,

now delivered over the wicket. Martyn hit a 3, and because those who should have played never came.

met the same fate, and Curtler succumbed to one of This match, instead of generally being one of the

the strangest balls ever bowled even by Peake. It worst, should be the best in the season. At

may have pitched a third of the way. All out for other schools old fellows turn up in numbers

119. sufficient to form several elevens. Here there is

The Old Fellows then came in. Stanton followed difficulty about even one, and unless something is

Bengough's example, and was caught in the first over done, and O.M's. are more energetic, it might be as

off Steel (Lyne's) by Leach at midwicket; 1 for 0. well to drop the match altogether, and substitute

Thorpe was secured by Hill off Curtler in the 2nd some other where the teams would be more evenly

over : 2 for 4. Freeman hit one of Steel's hard, but matched, and better cricket seen.

Turner in the deep field ran in and by good judgPlay began soon after 12. The school went in

ment caught him, 3 for 4. Things thus looked rosy first, Bengough and Tatham facing the bowling of

till Peake and Gostenhofer got together. Then Freeman (Lyne's) and Peake, (Town). Freeman's

some nice hitting began. Curtler was bowling from first ball was a full pitch, which Bengough promptly

the Town end against a strong wind, so was not in smacked into Bambridge's (subs) hands, far out on

his usual form ; Peake hit him for a 5 and two 4's bank to square leg: 1 for 0. Hill came in next in quick succession. 3's were sent all over the but Tatham soon played on and 2 wickets were

ground, till a climax came, when Peake sont

right into Sun Lane. Martyn down for 3 runs. Thompson appeared, and helped li ball for 6

took Curtler's place, and immediately was sent for 6. But though the fielding, still continued fair, noticeably Thompson's at point, the runs came very fast; then Curtler tried bowling with the wind, and got Peake's wicket: 4 for 72. Peake’s 45 contained 1 six, 1 five, and 3 fours. On Glennie's appearance Gostenhofer hit Martyn for 6. Then Glennie sent a skyer for 4, was misjudged by Tatham, and finally run out by rather hard luck, for Gostenhofer hit a ball of Curtler's hard back into the wicket, and as it passed, Curtler jast touched it, so Glennie, who had started to run, had to retire: 5 for 97. Hardy stack steadily while his companion made the runs. Tatham began to bowl instead of Martyn, and Thompson instead of Curtler. In the latter's 3rd over Gostenhofer was caught by Leaf in the slips, 6 for 167. His 64 contained 2 sixes, 1 five, 2 fours, and 7 threes.' Hodgson, the next man, should have been caught off nearly the 1st ball, and Hardy run out off a bye, but neither event took place, so Steel again went on to try to separate them; soon Hardy was secured by Curtler off Tatham, 6 for 167. But Hodgson made some amends by managing a 7. Rogers was caught in the slips, Ward was stumped first ball, and Alford bowled. All out for 182, Hodgson being left not out for 20.

Turner and Tatham began the second innings for the School: Turner casually smote an 8, but at last was caught by Gostenhofer, after making 18 out of the 22 runs. Hill, soon bowled by Peake made way for Leaf, and then one of the longest stands over known on the Marlborough ground took place. When Leaf came ir, the score was 33, but it reached 179 before the next wicket fell. Tatham at once began work with a 6 and a 5, off Freeman. This made Peake change ends, and Thorpe was put on (Lyne's); on the town end Tatham hit a 4, and was missed in the slips, then smacked a 5, and nearly lost his com. panion, who should have been caught at midwicket. The runs came merrily, Leaf sticking in while Tatham scored. Gostenhofer followed Peake from Lyne's end : and Tatham was again missed when his score stood at 62. The first day's play then closed 101 for 2 wickets, Leaf not out 10, Tatham not out 65.

The rain which ushered in the Wednesday cleared off as on the previous day, and play commenced on a slippery ground. Freeman's first over (Lyne's)

resulted in 9 runs, in the succeeding ones he bowled a good many full pitches to leg, of which no little advantage was taken. Peake, bowling from the Town end, had a hard chance returned him by Tatham; the ball touched his hand and went on for 4. Gostenhofer after 4 overs relieved Freeman, when Peake might have held Leaf in the slips. This not being the case the runs seemed to come still faster. Thorpe took Peake's place and loud cheers congratulated Tatham on reaching his century. Two overs and Glennie followed Thorpe, five more and Feake returned, to be promptly cut for 4. . College bell showed it was time for lunch, when with the last ball of the over Tatham was clean bowled by Gostenhofer. His 116 was chiefly composed by regular hard smiting, 2 sixes, 4 fives, 5 fours, 6 threes, 13 twos. Thompson began directly after lunch, and cut Peake for 4 and 2. A run out might bave been effected, but by & mess among the fields 3 runs were gained instead. Peake was so hit about that Freeman tried from the Town; and Thompson was magnificently caught by Stanton at point off a hard cut : 4 for 218. Bengough, the next man,soon made himself felt with a 4 over the bank, and Peake again took the ball from Freeman. The latter fielded several hits splendidly in the slips. Leaf after a most patient innings, but not without chances, soon succumbed, well caught by Stanton, at cover: 5 for 242. He did exactly the right thing, blocking to desperation, and thus riling towlers and fields, while his companions made most of the runs. Moun. soy followed his example, while Bengough hit the fives and fours, but Stanton, who was in rare form, at last fetched him at point : 6 for 259. Bengough was yorked by Peake before any more runs were added, Martyn got out through one of Peake's hitting his shoulder first and then bis wicket, Leach was bowled and Curtler raised his average by being not out for 4, the innings closing for 280.

The Old Fellows went in with 218 to get, but they failed in spite of first appearances to obtain that number of runs; one wicket was down for 59, 10 for 132.

Stanton and Thorpe again commenced the batting. Thorpe hit Curtler (town) for 3 and 2, was missed off a skyer, at the wicket, in the slips, and finally ended a lucky innings by being well caught and bowled by Martyn, who had succeeded Curtler

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Iardy was soon caught at midwicket (2 for 62), nd Peake appeared, Thompson taking the ball from Steel. Stanton all this while had been hitting hard bout, but at 86 was foolishly run out, and Gosonhofer also the next ball. Few elevens can afford o lose good batsmen in this way, as the Old Fellows oon discovered. Freeman, bowled by Martya, made ray for Glennie, and Steel again went on bowling. One hit off him to square leg was prettily fielded hy jeach on the bank. Soon after the 100 was up, 'eake ran out, and was cleverly stumped, and Hennie played on: 6 and 7 for 107. Rogers made ome stand, but was given 1.b.w. to one of Martyn's jumpers ; Ward was quickly caught in the slips, nd Alford likewise after some neatly judged runs ; Iodgson being again not out, for 9. The score eached 132; both innings amounting to 314, against 99, scored by the School. Thus the School won a airly easy victory by 85 runs. If the men who enaged to play had turned up the result might have een different. Appended is the analysis and corᎾ -

O M's. 1st innings.

2nd innings.
· W. Stanton, c. Leach, b.
Steel

0
ran ont ........

50 { W. Thorpe, c. Hill, b Curtler 1 c. & b. Martyn....... 24 1. Freeman, c. Turner, b Steel 3 c. Hill, b. Martyn......

2 9. Peake, b. Cartler

45 st. Bengough, b Steel 18 i. Gostenhofer, c. Leaf, b. Thompson 64 run ont

0 I J. Glennie, run out

16 b Martyn.

5 ?. Hardy, c. Cartler, b. Tatham 27 b. Martyn

6 ?. W. Hodgson not out

20 not out.

9 1. S. Rogers, c Leaf, b. Steel 0 1.b.w., b. Martyn...... 11 W. H. K. Ward, st. Bengough, b. Steel

0 c. Turner, b. Martyn 1 2. Alford, c. Hill, b. Tatham 2 c. Leaf, b. Steel

1 Byes 3, w.balls 1........... 4 Byes 4, w.balls 1... 5

COCK HOUSE MATCH, SHARP's (MITRE) v. GOULD'S (STAR). History has so far repeated itself that the same houses have been playing for the Cup in final ties this year that played for it last. But the exciting incident of a preliminary tie match was omitted this time, and the decision of fortune has been as decided in favour of Sharp's now as it was in favour of Gould's then. Having drawn the bye twice running Sharp's had not appeared since their match with Preshute in first ties. Gould's on the other hand had played their ties through. The arrangement which allows the possibility of drawing the bye more than once in any House Competition seems a bad one. Either at football or cricket it might lead to a onesided and uninteresting Cock House Match. And the luck which benefits a weak house is certainly no boon to a strong one, which loses rather than gains by being kept out of matches.

Of the two Houses in the final tie Sharp's were on the whole the favourite, and this year at Marlborough as at Epsom prognostications have been verified. But there were plenty of chances for a different result. Neither House were taking their cricket unseen. In the one case the mantle of H. E. Stanton had fallen on to worthy shoulders in Tatham, and great paics had been taken in fielding : on the other hand L each had not been idle, and it was no secret that one formidable ruu-getter in House Matches had conceived a low opinion of the slows by which his opponents hoped to dismiss him.

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132 SUMMARY OF BOWLING. 0.M's.- 1st Innings.

Total Total Total Total Total Bowler's Name. w.balls.

balls.

movrs. wkts. G. E. Thompson

32

1 E. E. Steel

0
64

25 3 A. W. Martyn

0 40 45 0 0 W. H. R. Cartler......... 0

48 6 W. M. Tatham............. 1 56 35

2 2nd Innings. E, E. Steel

0 76 31 8 2 W. H. R. Curtler..... 1 52 33 2 0 A, W. Martyn

3 6 G. E. Thompson

0 76

0 52 25

M.C.C.O. C.S. Bengoagh o. sub. Freeman 0 b. Peake....... 31 W. M. Tatham, b.Peake......... 3 b. Gosten hofer 116 F. J. Hill, c. Hardy Peake...... 34 b. Peake

2 G. E. Thompson, b. Peake...... 12 o. Stanton Freeman 25 H. F. Mounsey, c. Hodgson b. Peake.........1

8 c. Stanton b. Peake 2

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