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Davies being preeminent in the dribbling line, while the bill, and a brilliant run of Fletcher's having Lane and the two Robertsons were doing a host of taken the ball into Way's quarters, there it remained, work in the squash. Trethewy hurt his ankle, and I and only the most determined play of the backs Buckvall come up to take his place for the last 10 prevented a try being obtained, W. Lascelles and minutes : though new to the place he showed very well, 1 G. E. Cooper (pro Bull) showing prominently. giving Bett several chances that would no doubt have | Then conbined rushes of Way's forwards, notably of been turned to good account, but the good collaring Hildebrand and Lane, carried the ball steadily ap of Cooper proved a fatal bar. Bucknall soon after the hill, and Bett passing to P. E.. Bucknall, the wards made the best run of the day, showing plenty latter went off like the wind, ran clean round everyof pace, and succeeded in getting a try close to the one, and secured a try right behind, which his brother touch line; the goal was a failure. Time was called placed with success. Time, 15 minutes. After kick soon after.

off, Hildebrand, Wilding and Lane, by some fine play, Thus ended a game that most of the spectators brought the ball into Hart-Smith's quarters, but till would have been sorry to miss. To have been beaten change no further point was gained, though Chambers by Way's is no disgrace, and Baker's certainly made nearly got in after a clever bit of dribbling. Over it the reverse by the splendid way they played. If and over again Way's backs were prevented from any are mentioned all must be mentioned for their passing by the extremely smart collaring of Martyn, play, but yet it is hard to refrain, and Lane and and the dashing forward play of Preston. Ellis are worthy of notice for Way's forwards, while After change, as might have been expected, the H. C. Bucknall and Bett did their best behind. For Crescent had all the best of the game, their heavier Way's, while the three School forwards with Ross and squash telling irresistibly on the slippery ground: and Chappel to back them up showed what good Associa before long Bett got in after a capital ran, and H. tion may do for the Rugby game, Waterfield well C. Bucknall made a grand but ineffectual attempt deserved his subsequent promotion, and Harvey to place a second goal. For the remainder of the played in most plucky style.

time Hart-Smith’s were closely penned, and some of

the best play of the day was seen. Lane, Hildebrand, COCK HOUSE MATCH.

W. H. Robertson and Chambers brought the ball Way's (CRESCENT) v. HART-SMITH's (MITRE). through time after time, and were met with the most

1st day. Tuesday, Nov. 25th.– Result : Way's 3 determined pluck by Hankey, while Harvey and goals and 2 tries to nil.—Played on the Common Stanton were doing a power of work in the squash, owing to a hard frost and a sprinkling of snow. It and Chaine (pro Willson) collared splendidly, and is only fair to the losers to record that what had twice relieved his side by a good dribble, and Poynton been a promising team at the beginning of the term did some very smart things : but all would not do. had undergone a succession of disasters. The three P. E. Bucknall made another fine run, and bis XL caps with which they began the season were brother placed the second goal. In five minutes rapidly placed hors de combat; and of them H. L. Trethewy, who had made many strong runs, carried Stanton and E. M. Harvey played on this occasion the ball over the line, but the place was missed. for the first time for several weeks, while A. B. W. Nothing daunted the Mitre played up as hard as ever, Willson was unable to play at all, and to crown their and then within a minute of time, H. C. Buckual, misfortunes F. E. Bull, the most dangerous three who throughout had dropped, punted and collared quarters in the School, was crippled a fortnight ago, admirably, secured another try, which he turned into and condemned to watch the game. Other minor a goal by a fine kick. accidents had so hampered them, in the course of the 2ND DAY.-Hart-Smith's kicked off on a rainy term, that practice-matches had been virtually im day, and seemed for two minutes as though they possible, and they had an uphill fight to make against might keep Way's out; but that soon came to an end, intact and powerful opponents. Under these circum and, after a disputed try by Bett, a second was gog stances the first ten minutes took everyone by sur by Trethewy, which H. C. Bucknall turned into a prise. Harvey kicked off for Hart-Smith's down goal, after eleven minutes' play.

Thus ended House Matches for 1884. We can only wish the defeated House better luck in them for future years than it has had for the last two.

HOUSE GROUND-SEMI-FINAL TIES.

War's V. PRESHUTE. 1st Day.-Way's kicked off from Lyne's end, and after some squashes Wainwright made a good run to Preshute goal line, and T. C. Bett getting the ball from the squash obtained a try, which was not turned into a goal. A try was then obtained by a strong run of Hildebrand's, who again almost got another try after Meyrick-Jones had been charged for omit. ting to make his mark. Then the behind play of Coape-Smith and Taylor somewhat equalized matters. Towards the end of the game, T. C. Bett obtained a try right behind and co nverted it into a goal.

2nd Day.—Way's began by driving their opponents back in spite of the efforts of Towgood, Taylor and Bulman. Then T. C. Bett got a try between the posts, which resulted in a goal. Then Atlay, after some good passing of Way's behinds, obtained a try by a brilliant rush from

the goal line. The place was

a failure. After some good play by the behinds of both sides Hildebrand by a fine run obtained a try for Way's which was not converted into a goal. After change Preshute forced Way's back, but some punts by Briscoe effectively stopped them. After some good running and passing by Bett, Hildebrand, Wainwright, and Meyrick-Jones, the first obtained a try right behind. The place was successful. Thus Way's won by 3 goals and 7 tries to nil.

Way's were much too good for their opponents behind, but Preshute often took them through in the squash. For Way's, behind Hildebrand, MeyrickJones, Bett and Wainwright were best, while Atlay, Peake and Meeres were best forward.

For Preshute, Coape-Smith and Taylor behind, and Bulman, Towgood and Landon forward, tried their hardest to avert defeat.

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past summer, Mr. Preston exhibited some fruit of the Pyrus Japonica from the garden of Yatesbury Rectory, and some flowers of the Jerusalem artichoke from Mr. S. B. Dixon's garden at Pewsey, and stated that the plant had also flowered at Wootton Bassett and Yatesbury. The following donations were also produced a good skull of a Neilyherry Ibex, shot by F. W. Bourdillon, Esq., O.M.; some coral ornamentations from the throne of Bhudda, in the Buddha Gya temple, dating from the 6th century; and a large fragment of pumice stone, thrown up in the Java eruption of last year, and picked up in the Indian Ocean; the two latter being presented by F. J. S. Neill; and a water stone from the Uruguay River, presented by F. S. Kinch. The last is a transparent stone about two inches in circumference, nearly circular and hollow, and containing water, which is plainly seen inside. The existence of the water is accounted for by the theory that the bubble holes left in the heated rock after it has cooled get filled with water, which carries in with it flint, which settles in the form of crystals on the sides of the hole. In most

the water evaporates, but in the case of the water stones a further deposit hermetically seals the apertures, and the water remains. Sometimes the flint does not settle in the form of crystals, and entirely fills the hollow space, and agates are formed. To illustrate the various ways in which the flint is deposited Mír. Preston brought in a collection of potato-stones, sponges and agates.

The committee have recently expended about £50 in defraying expenses incurred in arranging the Museum collections.

The following books have been added to the Library :- Darwin's Earthworms, Jefferies' Gamekeeper at Home, and Wild Life in a Southern County, and Taylor's Sagacity and Morality of Plants. Members are at liberty to take home books for the holidays on application to the President.

On Saturday, Nov. 25th, Mr. Hart-Smith gave a lecture to the sister Society at Charterhouse, on “an Insect's mouth.”

The Stanton Prizes this year were for the largest number of properly prepared Botanical and Entomological specimens required to fill up gaps in the Museum collections, but no work was done wbich could justify the award of the Prizes.

Natural History Society.

A private meeting of the Society, at which 19 members were present, was held on Thursday, Nov. 20th. As an evidence of the unusual warmth of the

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echo in it, and several very amusing scenes, as that of the Sompnour and that in which the hedge-priest

of Wrotham plays his part, and the very funny scene The last meeting was held on Thursday, Nov. 27th, at the inn, when dresses and disguises get mixed up. when a fairly large audience assembled to hear Mr. (3). Edward III was published by one of Thompson converse,' as he modestly put it, upon Shakespeare's own publishers, but not with Shake. the Less Known and Doubtful Plays of Shakespeare. speare's name, so that the external evidence is The first folio, published by Shakespeare's friends against it. In spite of several great names wbich after his death in 1623, contains all the plays usually have pronounced on internal grounds for the recognised as Shakespeare's except Pericles, nor does authenticity, the lecturer could not bring himself to the second fulio add anything new. The third folio say more than that the best of it may have been (1663), contains Pericles and six other plays, three written by Shakespeare when under Marlowe's setting forth in their title the name of William influence. He then concluded by reading some Shakespeare, three others purporting to be written remarkable extracts, one of which we quote. The by W. s. These are Sir John Oldcastle, Thomas Countess of Salisbury rejects Edward's temptation Lord Cromwell, the Yorkshire Tragedy, Locrine, in these lines :-The London Prodigal, and The Merry Devil of Ed

“As easy may my intellectual soul monton. To these is to be added a seventh play,

Be lent away, and yet my body live, which has absolutely no external evidence for con

As lend my body, palace to my soul, necting it with Shakespeare's name, but was assigned

Away from her and yet retain my soul. to him in the middle of the last century (first by

My body is her bower, her court, her abbey,

And she an angel, pure, divine, unspotted ; Capell) on internal evidence only, and has been since

If I should lend her house, my lord, to thee, pronounced genuine by many competent judges—the

I kill my poor soul, and my poor soul me.” play of Edward iii.

If the writer was not Shakespeare, he certainly What tests have we for determining a play to be

caught the manner of the master when he could Shakespeare's ? The external evidence in every case write like that. is slight. We must “soak ourselves in Shakespeare The President briefly returned thanks, alloding until we fit ourselves to be true critics of his manner.

especially to the lecturer's dramatic sketch of a We must learn to evaluate the “notes ” which we

dramatic figure, Cromwell, as evidence that he chiefly find in him, his wonderful imagination, his possessed at least one quality necessary to the true restraint and sobriety, his wit and humour, his

Shakespearian critic. unerring knowledge of human nature, his largehearted charity, the form of his verse—the “true Shakespearian iambic." Artificial and mechanical

SCHOOL PRIZES. tests, such as that of the "stopped-line," have a certain value indeed, but too readily suggest the Aristophanic scale-test as applied to Aeschylus and

Colbeck Reading Prizes : Euripides.

1. A. W. Mahaffy. The lecturer sketched three plays and read extracts from them.

2. E. K. Chambers. (1). Thomas Lord Cromwell was pronounced

Hon. Mentioned :-R. N. Dundas. genuine by Schlegel, and indeed reckoned one of

Master's Prize for Latin Prose: Shakespeare's most mature productions. A most

B. G. Ussher, astonishing judgment! What would not Shakespeare

Hon. Mentioned :-A. F. B. Williams. have made of so dramatic a figure as Cromwell, a man whose life was like a stage-adventure? But the play is dull. Thus Cromwell wins the favour of Wolsey.

SCHOOL HONOUR.
I have added to my knowledge, my lord, the Low Countries,
With France, Spain, Germany and Italy ;
And though small gain of profit I did find,

Arthur Blackburn Poynton, Classical Scholarship Yet it did please my eye, content my mindwith more to the same vapid purpose; and Mr. W.

at Balliol College, Oxford. S. can be guilty of lines like

I am the wife of woful Bannister! (2). Sir John Oldcastle was a great Lollard

ERRATUM. leader. When the writer says

P. 181. 1. 20.— For D. E. Cooper read D. E. Martin. It is no pamper'd glutton we present,

Nor aged counsellor to youthful sinthe Falstaff of Shakespeare appears to be pointed at, and there are other indications that the play was

Back numbers of the Marlburian may be had of the Printer,

Waterloo House, Marlborough. really written in competition with Shakespeare, as in the way in which the conspiracy of Scroop is introduced. The play contains a simile of a King, as the prime stag of the herd, which has a Shakespearian

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THE MARLBYRIAN

VOL. XIX.-No. 317.

DECEMBER 2017, 1884.

THE MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE MISSION.

A LARGE part of this number of the Marlburian is occupied by matters relating to the Mission established at Tottenham in 1881 by the Masters and boys of the College.

I am asked to write some introductory words in explanation.

I must say at once that this is a critical moment for our Mission. From Easter 1882, when to our great satisfaction, Mr. E. F. Noel Smith consented to take charge of it, up to the present time, its progress and success have been all that could be desired, with one great exception which shall be mentioned presently.

At the head of it is an Old Marlburian, singularly well qualified for such work, and entirely devoted to it, in fact overtasking his strength by his unsparing labours. His modest statement of results gives but a bare idea of what he has done.

In repeated visits I have had full opportunity of secing how much vigour and reality he has thrown into the Mission work, and how entirely he has won the hearts of his people. Quite an unusual number of lay-workers have been enlisted to help him in various ways, and the general goodwill is shewn by the fact that from a really poor district such con

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siderable amounts are gathered for the necessary expenses and for charitable objects.

With Mr. Noel Smith is associated another excellently qualified Old Marlburian, the Rev. E. S. Marshall, who has thrown himself most heartily into the work, and is much liked in the district.

The Bishop of Bedford has been from the first a warm friend and a wise adviser. We have not forgotten the bright stirring address that he gave in the Upper School when we were beginning our enterprise. His letter given below shews what he thinks now of its success and usefulness.

Now I come to the exception referred to above. Till within the last few weeks we had absolutely nothing that we could call our own. A hired Hall for Sunday services, held on sufferance from the School Board, but liable to be withdrawn at any moment by the vote of an unsympathetic majority; a hired room for week-day uses, held on sufferance from the kindly owners of the neighbouring factory: that has been all our 'plant' hitherto.

But now at last, after endless delays, we have secured a site, just sufficient for a Church, Mission room and parsonage, in a convenient position,

Now that we have got this, the moment has como to make a further, and I trust a final, appeal to Old

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the sake of Him whom we serve-we who are responsible for this duty entreat those into whose hands this paper may fall not to pass by our appeal without consideration. If they have not already helped, let them consider whether this work does not make a claim on their sympathy. If they have helped already, will they not continue their help to a work which needs it and deserves it? If they have done as much as lies in their power, will they not bring it to the notice of others, whether Old Marlburians or not, who might be able to help? And this I specially urge on the present members of the School. They are themselves doing their part very steadfastly by their terminal contributions to the yearly cost of the Mission ; but might they not also shew their parents and friends that they have its welfare much at heart, and so bring from many quarters fresh helpers for a service in which we are all so deeply interested ?

G. C. BELL.

sources.

[We subjoin a letter about the Marlborough Mission

received from the Bishop of Bedford with the answer returned to it.]

“ STAINFORTH HOUSE,

UPPER CLAPTON,

LONDON, E.
To the Editor of the Marlburian.
THE MARLBOROUGH MISSION.

And this sum of £2,000, large as it seems, is not really large in proportion to the number of those who might help to raise it, if they felt the value of the work, and the necessity of present help.

And let me add that for years past Marlburians have not been harassed by appeals for subscriptions on any large scale.

Those who know anything of other Public Schools, Harrow, Rugby, Clifton, Wellington, Haileybury, Sherborne, &c., will also know that enormous sums have been subscribed of late years for buildings in the Schools themselves.

But our Council has quietly done a great mass of building work out of savings effected by careful management, and at this very time the great but necessary expenditure on the new Chapel is being faced without appealing to outside help. I do not deny that for the internal decoration of the Chapel we hope to be helped in due time by gifts from our friends; some handsome gifts have been already promised, and doubtless others will be forthcoming when the occasion for them arrives.

But it remains a fact that Marlborough has in recent years made far less call than many other Schools on the liberality of her sons and her friends.

I have now set forth, as briefly as the importance of the subject allows, what has been done and what is to be done. I must end as I began. This is a crisis for the Mission. Everything is in favour of progress; but we are hampered, and we may be crippled, for want of buildings of our own. If this appeal does not produce what is wanted, I do not see when or how it is to be repeated with any chance of success.

And, therefore, for the honour of the School—for is it not pledged to carry this work of mercy to the point of assured success ?-for the welfare of the people whom we have undertaken to help, and who are so generously helping us and each other and for

Sir,-As the Marlborough Mission is now taking a forward step in the acquisition of a site for a church, I will ask you to allow me to express

in your columns my great interest in the work your School is so generously aiding. I need not tell you that you have an admirable representative in the Curate-in-charge, Mr. Noel Smith. He is doing thoroughly good work, and I hope the School will heartily support him. I am especially anxious that Old Marlburians should come to the rescue, and do what they can towards providing funds for the much-needed church.

Having had three sons at Marlborough, I feel I am next thing to an old Marlburian myself, and I can pledge myself to do all in my power to help forward a work so full of present usefulness and of future promise.

WM. WALSHAM BEDFORD,

Bishop Suffragan for East London.

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