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5. Glee... “Foresters, sound the cheerful horn" ... Sir H. R. The Choir.
Bishop 6. Cornet Solo......... "William Tell”...
H. S. Tyssen. 7. Reading “ David Copperfield and the Waiter”... Dickens.
J. M. Harvey. 8. Song ................... “Silvia sleeps"............. Anne Fricker.
T. G. Buchanan.
“Justice Silence" ... F. B. C. De Chair.
T. R. Sale.
J. P. Cheales. "Wart"... ... ... ... F. E. Bull.
A. Curtois. “ Bullcalf” ...
S. H. Clark. 10. Glee......... “ The Song of the Vikings”... Eaton Faning.
“Feeble" ... ...
H. Maxse. A Flute solo, by A. J. C. Ross, gave unqualified satisfaction, although it is a question whether an original flute composition would not have been more suitable than an arrangement of a well known pianoforte solo of Beethoven. Ross gets a capital tone from his instrument, and plays with considerable taste. H. S. Tyssen contributed a cornet solo, but nervousness prevented his doing himself justice. The songs were ‘The Owl,' sung by J. M. Harvey in good voice, and with due rendering of the words, which gained him an enthusiastic encore ; and 'Silvia sleeps,' sung neatly by T. G. Bachanan.
The scene from Henry IV was not the success it was on the previous occasion it was presented to a Penny Reading audience. C. S. Preston's" Justice Shallow' had much merit, but it was spoilt by the amount of sotto voce employed. Evening dress handicaps the scenes' heavily. The choir was a good one, and the parts were evenly balanced. The selections were 'Ride a cock horse,' a difficult modulatory part song by Macirone which went fairly; Bishop's “Foresters, sound the cheerful horn;" which calls for no particular comment, except to shew what music our forefathers enjoyed. It is tuneful, and easily understood. The third Chorus was Faning's “ Song of the Vikings,” which was given with such 'go' that a tumultuous encore was accorded. The conducting of C. S. Preston left nothing to be desired, every point being notified and the beating being well defined. He must certainly be classed among our best penny reading conductors. Webber proved invaluable at the piano in the accompaniments, and J. M. Harvey, in order it may be supposed to make the 'Reading' portion of the title page true if the “Penny" is not, read Dickens' “ David Copperfield and the Waiter" with much humour. The entertainment was the shortest on record, being over by ten minutes after 10, and “ God save the Queen,” minus the symphony in the middle, concluded a successful evening. Programme appended. 1. Pianoforte Quartett" Auffworderung zum Tanz"... Weber.
H. Kitto, C. S. Preston, A Webber, R. E. H. Maxse. 2. Glee................“ Ride a cock horse" ......C. A. Macirone.
Fletcher, J. A. Bliss, H. W. Yeates, M. A. Ainslie, W. A.
G. S. Back. 3. Flute Solo............ “ Andante" ................Beethoven.
A. J. C. Ross. 4. Song ........
...“ The Owl”............ Stephen Adams. J. M. Harvey.
The Rifle Corps. The military year—as far as we are concerned has nearly reached to a close. The struggle tepi Tūv åplotelwv has still to be faced upon the trying field of Wimbledon, but the majority of us will soon get our temporary discharge from active duty. Most have worked worthily and well; if any are conscious of deficiency, let them henceforth resolve to rival their brothers in arms.
Drills this term have been fairly attended. On Saturday evenings especially goodly numbers have rallied to the bagle call, to learn the elements of guard mounting, or go through an hour's sharp company drill.
The past week saw us on active service. On the 23rd Lt. Col. Luce, commanding 2nd Wilts R.V.C., paid a visit of inspection; all too hurried, for the S.M. & A. Railway, not being under the military authorities, failed to realize the need of punctuality. Afterthegeneral salute and march past there was little time for further movements,-but, saving for one mistake, when someone blundered' the display was creditable enough. Col. Luce afterwards expressed his approval in a warm and very kindly letter, which is to be found in the Armoury, and will be preserved among the “regimental archives.'
Saturday, June 28th, was scarcely the day on which a careful general would have pushed his troops to the front, except on urgent necessity. Bat marching orders had come; transport was called up; and with the never failing resource of acting QuarterMaster Duck, horses and vehicles were found in plenty when the column started. Pushing along the Grand Trunk Road through Oude may have been hot work; the Germans found campaigning sorious
toil that sweltering Joly of 1870, even before ▸ which he has given us as a challenge rifle to be held they heard the boom of a French gun; but the for the term by the competitor who has got the M.C.R.V.C. discovered that tight belts, closely highest average during the preceding term in fastened collars, and a scorching dusty road gave them matches or in such competition as the Captain may some idea of field services in a tropical summer. prescribe. For the present term it has been won by But the steeds seemed to feel the importance of the Lieut. Manton, who has gained it for the best crisis, and rattled us well through wondering villages, average in the matches, Wiltshire meeting, monthly till a short halt was called on the downs beyond cap competitions, and Common Room Cup. The Beckhampton. There we broke up our one large officers and members of the Corps wish to company into two, gave the guides and markers a few thank the donor most sincerely for his liberality. hints, enbraked again, and hurried on without accident to the gates of Roundway Park. When at last we M.C.R.V.C. V. INNS OF COURT R.V.C. found the way to the parade ground, after unin. ten tionally marching our serried ranks close under
This match was shot on June 7th, and resulted in
a victory for the visitors by 28 points. As we were the windows and over the lawn of the house itself,
shooting nine a side this is not such an overwhelm. we were ordered to form the right of the line, which ing defeat as it appears at first sight. The shooting was composed besides of four companies of the 2nd
on both sides was very good at the short range con
sidering the bad weather, as it was raining hard the Wilts, the whole under command of Major Merriman.
whole time, and when we got back to the 500 yards, No time was lost; a short sharp drill was announced it was almost impossible to distinguish the target by the commanding officer; short and sharp it was, from the side of the hill. But even this did not
seem to have any effect on the shooting of Lieut. and very fairly smart. Markers and guides did their
Sankey who bad evidently not forgotten the range best, and considering how small has been the ex on which he was accustomed to shoot about 20 years perience of most, their work was very good. The ago. We take this opportunity of thanking him very rank and file stood to it like men, though there was
sincerely for the trouble he must have taken to get
the team together, and we hope to be able to shoot too much inclination to forget that silence is more against the Inns of Court every year for the future. than half a soldier's duty. The parade over, headed
200 yds. 500 yds. Tot.
L.-Corpl. Cheke ......... 4554414-30 2305322–17 47 by the bands, the battalion marched into the Privt. James... .......... 4244430—21 5332545-27 48
Corpl. DeJersey ......... 4432444-25 Market Place of Devizes, and soon all differences
Sergt. Thynne............ 3344534-26 3403304-17 43 of rank were forgotten in the assault made upon the L.-Corpl. Hulbert ...... 2444345–26 2444434-25 51
4444423-25 0044224–16 41 ample meal spread in the large room of the Bear
4544354-29 2442454-25 54 Hotel. A long discussion of the food, a short dis Corpl. Hussey ..............
4323444-24 0003020— 5 29 Priv. McInnes.............
3544543-27 2523544–25 52 cussion of the military state of the public with many regrets for the impending retirement of most of our
200 yds. 500 yds. Tot. familiar and devoted comrades, brought us to L.-Corp. Keating ....... 4424344–25 2445324424 49 seven o'clock. The bugle sounded once more
Lieut. Sankey...... 5442453—27 5445355-31 58
2344445—26 2045553–24 50 -and note that than our present bugler “non est Corp. Blackburn......... 4425444-27 0025454-20 47
L.-Corpl. Logan ......... 3344534-26 2522423—20 præstantior alter ære ciere viros ”—; the column
46 Priv. Gayer .......
3444454-28 4522255-25 53 fell in quietly, and marched to the outskirts of the Corpl. Mortimer......... 3342454–25 3430232-17 42
Privt. Robinson .........
3544454-29 4443324-24 53 town, led hy the most energetic of bands. The drive
Privt. Goddard ......... 4243545-27 0000224-8 35 home in the cool of the evening, past Silbury Hill,
193 433 wbence more than “ forty centuries looked down upon as," and the march into Court terminated not the
M.C.R.V.C. y. ROSSALL. least successful day that the Rifle Corps has known. The shooting VIII has so far shown a good record;
This return match was shot on June 21st, and was
much closer than the first match, as we won by six all matches but two have been won, with very fair
points only. At Rossall there was a strong wind scores. We wish them, though without rash from the right front, increasing slightly at 500 yards, confidence, success in the great effort that is yet
though the weather was fine and the light good. We
had a strong left wind with a glaring sun. The shootto come. The kind present of J. A. Bourdillon, Esq.,
ing all round was very good, especially that of Pte. must not be forgotten, a Snider Rifle almost new, Eadon, who made 30 at each range.
Sergt. Thynne .......... 5344445—29 3454454—27—56 Corpl. De Jersey ...... 4434444—27 2533532-23--50 L. Corpl. Cheke ......... 5545353–30 3232342-19-49 Privt. Browne.............. 3443444-26 2205454-22—48 Lieut. Manton............. 4544243-26 5433445-28–54 Priv, McInnes... .........
4333445-26 3423235-22-48 L. Corpl. Hulbert ...... 3444444-27 5333024-20447 Privt. Stack.
breaking up the President spoke a few words of thanks to all who had assisted in the exhibition.
There were present: about 50 members and friends.
185 403 R.S.R.V.C.
200yds. 500yds. Tot. Pte. Eadon I ............. 3455454-30 4434555–30—60 Pte. Eadon II............ 3444442-25 2455354-28–53 L. Sergt. Marriner...... 4344434-26 5522552-26-52 Sergt. Willmot ........ 4454445–30 2425223—20-50 Pte. Crosthwait ......... 5324445—27 2544204-21-42 Pte. Abbott ............... 2544424-25 2535052-22-47 Pte. Nesfield ............
5333445-27 2252222-17-44 L-Corpl. Ashworth ... 5444233—25 5452002–18–43
Art Society. On June 26th, before an audience of sixty-eight, including fourteen visitors, G. W. Rundall, Esq., read a paper upon “Feudal Fortresses,” giving a sketch of the fendal state of Society and the importance of castles both as strongholds of independent barons and as royal checks upon their power. The best examples of castles were to be found in France, where feudalism took a firmer hold than in England, but the history of English castles was none the less in. teresting in itself. On the Saxon burhs with their motte and base-court were planted, chiefly in the time of William the Conqueror, the shell keeps of the Nor. mans; newer and stranger sites rose rectangular keeps. The plan of a Norman fortress, with its moat, barbican, flanking towers, curtain wall, courtyard, and central keep, was made very clear both by the lucid exposition of the lecturer, and the admirable drawings and plans, the work of the Rev. W.J. F.V. Baker, J. A. Lloyd, Esq., and Mr. Baverstock. Some of these were enlarged from drawings taken by the lecturer himself at the British Museum. After Henry II. fewer castles were built, until we came to the concentric castles designed and carried out by Edward I. to hold Wales after his conquest. Io. stead of the passive resistance of the old, immensely massive keep, we find the concentric Castle has to or three lines of defence and a much better arrangement of flanking towers ; instead of the open court there is a large gate-house with bastions. The lecturer then described the ground plan of Harlech and finished with a vivid description of the various methods of attack and defence in mediæval warfare.
Natural History Society. On Thursday, June 19th, the novel experiment was tried of exhihiting, in the Reading Room, a few of the most interesting and beautiful objects to be seen under the microscope. Eleven microscopes in all were collected, several kindly lent by members of the Common Room, and at each was a duly qualified expounder of its mysteries. Mr. Mullins and Mr. Durrant kindly took part in this, the former showing the circulation in Cbaraceæ and specimens of the Sun-animalcule, the latter with his binocular instrument, exhibiting by condensed light, some excellent foraminiferous shells, such as are found in chalk, and Mr. Hart-Smith showed some crystals of great beauty under the polari. scope. J. M. Harvey was very successful in showing specimens of the minute Alga, Volvox globator, and C. H. Roberts had some good slides of diatoms which he carefully explained. W. H. Sharp managed to keep in good humour some living specimens of Stephanoceros Eichhornii or the Crown Rotifer, and besides these H. W. Edwards, F. N. Ellis, C. G. Spencer, and B. C. Waterfield, all largely contributed to the success of the evening by showing specimens of Blood Corpuscles, of Vorticellidæ, of Cyclops, and of Hydra vulgaris. By each instrument were placed small diagrams and a brief description of the object shown. Several of the living creatores had been supplied by Mr. Bolton, of Birminghain, others collected in the neighbourhood by members of the Section. Proceedings opened with a short address by Mr. Hart-Smith, on some points of common interest in the construction of the microscope and the use and nature of polarised light; and before
VOL. XIX.—No. 311.
made, Bere relieving Sale and Meyrick-Jones
bowling from the other end. A full pitch from the It did not rain at Henley this year, so we might latter was sent for a two, and then Heath ricked his have hoped for once for exemption at Cheltenham; knee, and retired after an admirable 31, containing but the weather was more conservative there, and
two fours and two threes. It was a terrible the customary stampedes of the umbrellaless took
misfortune for Cheltenham, and augments our place at short intervals on both days. At first,
admiration of the subsequent scoring. Jackson's however, the clouds held up, and thanks to the
career was like the bubble on the river-62, 3, 0. non-arrival of the umpires at the proper time we
Chaine had now a chance, though it was to leg, of saw the match begun on an excellent wicket. stumping Champain, who was soon after missed by Cheales went on at the Chapel end and Sale at the Buchanan off Bere; he then drove Bere to the on for other, and Hamilton (left-hand) was in with five finely. Cheales and Keeling now took up the Robinson. Hamilton had got a four between bowling, and Pierson hit Cheales to the off for four. square-leg and long-on when he was l.b.w. to Champain, too, was so busy with either bowler that Cheales—9, 1, 6,—and Robinson, after cutting Sale Sale superseded Keeling, a change which proved for four was well caught by Firth. An off drive by effective, as Meyrick-Jones took him from a snick Heath from Cheales, followed by a two off Sale, for a freely hit though lucky 44. Pierson now hit brought on Bere, vice the latter bowler, and next a ball of Cheales' high up to Firth, who misjudged over Cheales changed ends with him. Heath hit it, and some slow cricket preceded lunch. ImmediBere square for four, and Champain cut him for ately after it Blair was out-118, 5, 12—and as four to the trees; another fast snick through the Rennie quickly followed suit the innings seemed slips was minimised to one by a splendid bit of drawing to a close. But Glass at once began fielding by Padwick. Then Keeling stopped several hitting, and had made two fours off Sale, while very hot ones at cover. This punishment brought Pierson had made one off Cheales, when the latter on Sale again, and Champain cut him late for three was run out by a very smart bit of fielding by and drove him for ditto, bringing 50 up. Heath Meyrick—150, 7, 33. After a shower Glass was then cut Cheales for four, and a double change was caught by Keeling for a free 23. Another and still
more disastrous stand was then made by Ferguson í Sheppard seemed likely to do so, but executed a most and Lutyens; the latter should have been run out, inopportane pas de seul, which will always remain the ball being excellently thrown in by Padwick, the mystery of the match. Chaine tried to pull one. but Chaine badly missed him. It was a fatal Sale played crookedly, after being nearly stamped, mischance. All sorts of changes were resorted to, and Bere's wicket was shattered almost as soon as but all proved ineffective, and though we thought assailed. Keeling's not out was a most creditable both Sheppard and the captain should have innings. He had kept up his wicket when to do so tried their luck, we doubt whether it would have was his first daty. Ferguson had taken eight wickets mended matters. Ferguson hit Bere tremendously for 49 runs-a very fine performance. hard to the pavilion. Then, in one over, Meyrick Keeling and Cheales began our second innings, Jones was bit for 11, including a 5 to the off by Ferguson and Lutyens bowling. Keeling despatched Ferguson, which an overthrow made 6. The next Lutyens finely to leg for 4, and Cheales cut him still over produced 6 off Keeling, Padwick's fielding more finely for ditto, following this stroke by an on saving an additional couple. Cheales went on again, drive for 3 off Lutyens, and off ditto off Ferguson. but the parting was finally secured by Sale. Ferguson A cut for 4 by Keeling made the bowler change ends, had made 6 fours and 3 threes, and the last wicket and Keeling then sent one hard into short slip's had produced 64 runs !
middle, where it stuck. 37.1.16. He had played Ferguson began bowling from the far end, fastish equally steadily and with more freedom than in bis round hand, which did not seem very difficult; first essay. After an off drive for 3 by Cheales, Lutyens, medium round, from the chapel. Cheales Meyrick was giveu out 1.b.w. Then Cheales made opened well with a 3 to leg off Ferguson, and a late the first of two bad blunders, in running out cat off Lutyens for 2. But Meyrick was quite beaten Buchanan. It was an impossible run. Padwick by one ball of Ferguson's, and put up the next in the began well, playing for a time steadily, and then slips by a bad stroke, which we have seen him hitting in his best form. He had just made a magnifimake too often of late. After Buchanan had been cent 5 all along the ground to the chapel, when badly missed by Lutyens off his own bowling, he cut Cheales ran him out, not quite so badly as he did Blair (slow round), who had displaced Lutyens, for 3. Buchanan, for he slipped, but still by bad judgment. Cheales imitated him, and then made a grand leg 66.4.9. Then lunch came, and amid pouring rain hit for 5. Each then got a 3 to the off from Blair, after it, we left the ground, thinking it most unlikely but ran one short, and the next ball Cheales snicked we should save the innings. The rest we report from for 2. Four balls yielded 10 runs, but Cheales, after hearsay. The fine stand made by the latter wickets sending a hard chance to long on, when he had got brought on Robinson's lobs, and most effective they 44, was well stumped, after an admirable display of proved, as he got 5 wickets for 41 runs. But if his offensive and defensive cricket. Firth appeared, and bowling was good, the batting of Firth and Meyrick. an appeal for 1.b.w. was disallowed. Singles ruled Jones was better. Firth only made 5 singles in his till Padwick appeared and hit 3 fours in succession, 36, and Meyrick-Jones only eight. The latter scored bringing ap 70. Lutyens took Blair's end, but the 10 off one over, and hit 5 fours and 3 threes in his batsmen played out time. Next morning, Padwick 38. They put on 55 during their partnership. Firth hit a square 3 off Blair, but lost Buchanan, who, but was brilliantly caught by Robinson. for his chance, had played a good and useful innings. Cheltenham went in with only 63 to make, but Cover saved a hard hit of Padwick's, but the next one some of our XI. must have remembered a second got past him for 4. Then Padwick was caught from innings of the same school in '79, which produced a hard hit in the same direction. He had hit well only 26, and another in '82 of 58, and when Sale, by and freely. Keeling was now in, stopping over after splendid bowling, upset two wickets with two balls over with great patience. The bowling, however,
a win was quite possible, quum, to become classical was palpably harder than on the previous day, the for a moment, " diu anceps fuisset certamen et nostris, ground kicking a good deal, and he was almost beaten
quia præter spem resisterent crevissent animi, hostis more than once. So was Meyrick-Jones, and when quia non vicisset pro victo esset.” But, alas! Robinhe retired, no one else could stay with Keeling. son was let off at the wicket, and when Cheales dis