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thing, Sir, to which I should like to call your attention. Is it not rather hard upon School Members that they are not allowed to propose and second others wishing to become members ? Ought not all members to have the same privileges ? Hoping, Sir, that this will be considered,
I am, yours, &c.,
ANOTHER SCHOOL MEMBER.
To the Editor of the Marlburian. Dear Sir,-We are told in your 'excellent periodical' that 'this is an age of disillusions and disenchantments.' If this is so, why do eight fellows in each house still labour under the gigantic delusion that there is any fun in straining them. selves at one end a rope merely for 'eight little pewter pots ?' I hope, Sir, in our enlightened age that we shall not see such a barbarity in this year's sports. No, rather let the money devoted to the ‘eight little pewter pots' be given towards a prize for a Walking-race. This would have much more point in it than the Tug of War, and would certainly prove as amusing to the spectators. Hoping to see my suggestion adopted, I remain, dear Sir, yours,
personal appearance of the school. In mentioning further reforms I fear I should be trespassing too far on your valuable space ; so, trusting you will consider this suggestion not unworthy of a corner in your influential periodical, I hasten to remain, yours etc.,
"ορθός. To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR,—I feel quite sure that the majority of your readers will disagree with the spirit and language of your correspondent, “ School Member.” The spirit which dictated it was evidently enmity to the Sixth Form. I hoped that in this age of progress this antiquated feeling had now altogether disappeared. I am sorry to see that it still survives as a relic of a barbarous age.
Does “School Member,” or anyone else, suppose that the Sixth formed a new Debating Society for their own selfish good ? Their object is quite evident. The old society was effete, and that this was acknowledged is shown by the fact that the Speaker of the old Society himself proposed the motion that a Sixth Form Debating Society should be formed. “School Member" does not seem to have grasped the fact that the Sixth have now bound themselves by this resolution to support their Debating Society. Its prosperity is a matter which touches their honour : when it was a School Society, apparently the collective school did not think it touched their honour to support it. Under the new system we may safely hope that the result will be more successful. But if the School object to the action of the Sixth (and I believe that scarcely anybody does, but that most consider it highly patriotic) let them start a separate society, and see what its success will be. The advantages of the new Society are obvious.
There will be more inducement to members of the Sixth to speak for the reasons I have stated above, and moreover because they know that their audience will be fairly numerous and intelligent and worthy of their utmost oratorical efforts (which is more than could be said of the old Society as a rule). It is depressing to any speaker to be addressing a house of under a dozen, and I think this was the chief cause of the failure of the old Society. As to the exclusiveness of the Sixth Form D.S., any visitor will be allowed to speak, I presume, and if he makes a decent speech it will be almost sure to secure his election as a member.—Trusting, Sir, that you will insert this as a protest against the absurd sentiments of “ School member,"
I am, etc.,
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR, –In your editorial in your last issue, while discussing the events of the past year, you give but scant credit to the Rifle Corps. You say that the shooting was not very successful. Permit me to remind you that the VIII were socond at Wimbledon, a success we do not achieve every year. Also you say that the Corps is still fairly popular, though not so numerous as in some years. I think I may fairly say that the average attendance was better last term than it has been since we went to Windsor, and the numbers now fall little short of what were then. With many apologies,
I am, yours obediently,
Capt. M.C.R.V C. To the Editor of the Marlburian. Dear Sir,—The Marlborough stoop has become proverbial. It is said that a Marlburian can be recognised anywhere by his slouching gait. Some hoped that the institution of the Rifle Corps would have supplied a remedy. It has, no doubt, done some good; but even if the military members of the community are upright, the vast majority of the school retain the hereditary slouch. It surely cannot be healthy for boys thus to allow their lungs to become contracted and their whole figure misshapen.
Might not the authorities rise to reform ? The first step should be to provide backs for the seats in Hall, so that boys should not have to sit all in a lump, with shoulders well rounded, and backs hunched up, during the half-hour devoted to that meal. Much as we admire the busts with which the Hall is beautified, some of us would rather have seen the money spent with a view to improving the general health and
To the Editor of the Marlburian. SIR, -I utterly disagree with Noli Saginari.' I believe that letter was dictated by indigestion, for, to answer him in his own vein, is it not a well authenticated fact that the Spartans after their black broth adjourned to their houses for a more dainty repast. What is luxurious cr unnecessary in · Brewing ?' Surely it is an admirable and healthy thing to recruit the weary frame after football or hockey, and that at a more seasonable hour than the College tea-time. Sir,
Noli Saginari' is trying to evade facts, when he introduces his grand hallucination about the New Zealander. Marlborough brews and thrives as he may see from the review of the year in your last number. At the end, conscious that he overstretched his bow, he proposes to abate the 'most per: nicious babit.' Outwardly a very specious proposal, it does not cover his real sentiments; and I venture boldly to assert that brewing is neither luxurious or unnecessary, and I cannot say that I really believe it ever to be carried to an extravagant pitch. Instead of parading his ancient learning before past and present Marlburians, let him answer me, whether it is not a fact in Marlborough History that we have always brewed, and that our failures can never be directly attributed to the practice.
I remain, yours esuriens, * PROPERA STOMACHUM LAXARE SAGINA.'
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR, -I am writing to make a proposal which I am sure would be welcome to all the fives-playing members of the school, that some, if not all the fives courts should have each a roof of glass. As it is now, there are very few days on which fives can be played with any pleasure. I know one school where the courts are covered in the way mentioned above, and I believe they are a great success. As the fives courts are now having a little (out of the great deal needed) done to them, I think this is a good opportunity for making this proposal, and if the Race Committee have funds enough (and I do not see why they should not have) I can conceive no objection to it.
THE MARLBOROUGH MISSION.
On Saturday, February 7th, the Rev. E. F. N. Smith, curate in charge of the Marlborough College Mission at Tottenham, paid his annual visit to the College. In the evening a well-attended meeting was held in the Bradleian, presided over by the Master.
The Master, in introducing Mr. Smith, spoke of his own frequent visits to the district, and testified to the thoroughly satisfactory and hearty nature of the work which is being carried on.
Mr. Smith, who was heartly welcomed, then gave some account of his work. After apologising for the necessity of going over old ground, which he compared to his recollection of Marlborough rep,' he said he would take for the subject of his address the means by which he and his fellow-workers were striving to provide for the needs, physical, moral, and above all spiritual, of their large population. Under the first head he enumerated the successful
operations of the coal club, the ladies' work committee, and the efforts they were able to make towards promoting the health of the district by sanitary reforms, and making provision for convalescents. Under the second he mentioned efforts to promote the happiness of the people, and to vary the considerable monotony of their existence. Excursions for school-children, a supply of cheap books, fortnightly lectures, and social gatherings (of these latter a very successful one had been attended recently by the Master, several O.M's, and the representative of the Senior Prefect) and other agencies were in constant operation. As regards spiritual provision, satisfactory progress was being made in the growth of the congregational services, the number of communicants, and of those received into the Church, there having been recently as many as 180 baptisms. Their great need was a permanent Church. They hoped to employ workmen who would soon be thrown out of work owing to the temporary cessation of building in Tottenham. The poor of the district, who were always the most liberal members of the community, were doing all they could to help themselves. Many
subscribing their penny a week, or their 5s. a month; but they must look for considerable help outside, and, while expressing his gratitude for what had already been done by his brother Marlburians, he must ask them to go on with their efforts to help forward this great object. He must in conclusion ask his hearers, when they prayed for the progress of God's Kingdom, to devote some special thought to that little corner of it which had been committed to his charge at Tottenham.
The meeting was closed by a speech from the Bursar, in which he described his recent visit to the Mission when he preached for Mr. Smith. He was particularly struck by the excellence of the work which was being done, by the affection exhibited by the people for their clergymen, by the hearty services, the admirable singing, the effective temperance work, and, not least, by the interest felt throughout the district in everything connected with Marlborough.
SIXTH FORM DEBATING SOCIETY.
On Wednesday, Feb. 4th, in a very fair house, H. Latter moved that this House would approve of the adoption of Mr. Hare's scheme of Proportional Representation. E. K. Chambers opposed.
party. On the contrary he maintained there would For the motion :
be. In case the scheme were carried into effect, H. Latter E. K. Chambers
majorities would be more satisfactory and the un. E. Robertson
B. G. Ussher
certainty of the present elections would be obviated. L. E. Upcott, Esq.
B. G. Ussher made a short speech, which has since * Visitor.
proved to have been aimed against the motion. In opening the debate the mover attributed the Mr. Thompson congratulated the society on having inability of certain distinguished members of the found a subject so suitable for a debating society, House of Commons to appreciate the scheme to being quite out of the question in practical politics. ignorance or intemperance. In 1874 the Conservatives In 1867 Lord Beaconsfield and Mr. Gladstone were received 200,000 less votes than the Liberals, but unanimous against it. He pointed out that a had a majority of 50 seats. The advantage of clear idea of the scheme was almost impossible. minority representation is that every man and every There were three main objections to it. 1.opinion would be represented : and crocheteers would Majority not represented. 2.- Minority over reprenot get in unless their crochet had 'a pretty wide sented. 3.-Crocheteers. He then showed that in a popularity. The ties between the representatives constituency of 25,000 with 4 seats to be polled for, and electors would be strengthened. The quality of a minority with 10,002 would get 2 seats as well as the House of Commons would be considerably im the majority of 14,998; and that it actually could proved and the destruction of local associations would come to pass that the minority should obtain 3 seats not be a disadvantage ; only the returning officers and the majority only 2 in a 5-seat constituency. would find any difficulty ; the truth of the theory Besides it depended much on chance who got the was obvious to every one, even to non-mathematicians, quota first. In a large constituency there were more among whom the mover classed himself. The scheme cliques, more wire pullers. In single-member conwas thus both reasonable and possible.
stituencies little differences were sunk, the national E. K. Chambers in opposing pointed out that the policy and the national candidate was adopted. previous speaker had not stated what were the de. Mr. Upcott found himself obliged to oppose fects in the existing system of representation that re the motion. He disapproved of 'juggling with quired remedy. He went on to contend that according numbers' as the last speaker had done. It was to the present system the majority ruled while the open to either side to take exaggerated cases. minority was heard, as was just; further the majority The principle of the scheme was ideally good, should be larger in Parliament than in the country but at present its execution would be pernicious. If to prevent the possibility of independent members Parliament is to rule the present procedure must be coalescing to thwart every government. According to altered, and a strong government would be necesHare's scheme Parliament would be flooded with sary; that is to say there must be a large and crotcheteers not strong enough to form governments homogeneous majority. There was also a danger themselves, but able considerably to impede legislation that Ireland would hold the balance between the and good government. Moreover one great means two chief parties in the House of Commons. He of educating the people, the speeches of the local disagreed with the motion on its practical application. members, would be done away with by Hare's scheme. The opposer having waived his right to reply, the Such a scheme would not have the confidence of the mover replied : Crocheteers would not necessarily country owing to suspicions of the manipulation of be of primary importance. Nor need the majority votes by returning officers. No first-rate politicians be less. As for Ireland, the loyal party would were in favour of it.
henceforth be represented, and there would be no E. Robertson, speaking for the motion, remarked grounds for fearing what the last speaker had sug. that every opinion would be represented by the pro gested. posed scheme. The House would be relieved of A division was then taken: Mr. Chambers moved much of its heavy burden by the prominence that tbat the votes of the whole house be taken, but did would be given to real questions in the elections. || not receive much support. The question was put to Mr. Chambers denied there would be a governing | the society, and there were
redstart, so rare in England, is common there, while wagtails, warblers, nuthatches, chiffchaffs, etc., are to be seen in profusion. Swallows are comparatively
In the second Zone are to be found the Alpine swift, the crag martin, the Alpine chough, the Alpine accentor, the water-pippit, and occasionally the golden eagle. By the lakes occur ring-ousels, wheatears, redpoles, crossbills and wagtails innumerable. In the highest region of all we find little but ptarmigan and snow-finches, and the red-winged
The Rev. T. A. Preston and the Master returned thanks to the lecturer on behalf of the School, for an exceedingly interesting paper. Mr. Preston pointed out it would be well if others besides Mr. Fowler would realize that ornithology is not all ‘birds' eggs.' There were present:Members
10 At a private meeting afterwards the President informed the house that it was thought inadvisable to hold the debates on Sunday.
Natural History Society.
. On Thursday, Feb. 5th, a large number of members and visitors assembled in the Bradleian, to hear a most interesting paper read by W. W. Fowler, Esq., O.M., Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. The subject was the Birds of the Alps,’and as it was one on which the lecturer was known to be an authority, we considered ourselves fully justified in expecting a very pleasant and instructive evening. These expectations were not disappointed. Mr. Fowler, who was of course well known by sight to a large portion of his audience, was very well received, and before he had advanced far in his lecture, it became obvious that he was a thorough master of his subject. The lecture fell under two main heads; in the first he imparted to us the results of his own observations, respecting the causes which influence the appearance of birds among the Alps, in the second he invited us to accompany him in a long walk across a very typical part of the country, pointing out to us what we might fairly expect to come across on the way. Switzerland lies full in the tracks of the migrants from Africa to North Europe. But the Alps prove an insuperable barrier in their course. Consequently some remain in the basin of the Po; others turn aside and make their way through France or Austria. For ornithological purposes Switzerland may be divided into three Zones, that of the lakes and valleys, that of the Alpine pastures and forests, and that on the borders of the perpetual snow. There is a constant stream of intermigration between these three districts, each of which has a different bird population. The expedition which Mr. Fowler described passed through all these three districts. Starting from Lake Lucerne he made his way down the valley of the Aa to Engelberg, and thence proceeded over the Enslen Alp and down the valley of the Aar. It would be impossible to enumerate all the birds which may be seen on such an expedition. Our familiar thrush is never seen in Switzerland ; skylarks, sparrows and yellow-hammers are much varer than with us. On the other hand the black
Art Society. The first meeting this term was held on Thursday, Feb. 12th, when a large gathering assembled to hear Mr. Baker continue his account of ancient Egypt, and exhibit the illustrative magic-lantern slides which he had himself drawn for this purpose.
After a few words from the President, who exhibited a terra-cotta reproduction of an Athenian figurine from Tanagra, the room was darkened and we were transported in imagination to Egypt, to attend the funeral rites of our friend Neferhetep. We saw how the embalmed body was wrapped up and placed in its mummy-case, protected from sacrilege by sacred emblems and charms, especially by the sacred eye of Osiris, and by mysterious paintings on the outside, together with the likeness of the deceased. After the 70 days of mourning, we joined the solemn procession to the Sacred Lake, and thence, after the judgment, to the tomb. After examining the structure of the tomb, we followed Neferhetep in imagination through his journey to the lower world, under Ampu's protection, we witnessed the weighing of his heart before the judges of Osiris and the monsters ready to seize upon him if he fails in the ordeal. We saw depicted the future l'fe of the just, united for ever with Osiris and free to return to earth to receive the offerings of his descendants,
by Sergt. Hulbert with a score of 54.
Sergt. Cheke was equal, but was handicapped one point. Sergt. DeJersey was next with 53. The last named has shot well lately, having twice made 63, the highest score we have reached with the Martini. The shooting is very promising, and may our successes be as many as they were last summer.
RIFLE CORPS ACCOUNTS.
£ 8. d. Sept. 26, Balance in hand ...
2 16 0 House subscriptions
26 22 6
28 18 6
1 0 0
50 2 0 0
For share in Target...
For Carriage of the same
8 8 6 7 13
4 11 8 0
20 4 8 8 13 10
Balance in Hand
and then the contrast, the avenging deities of grotesquely horrible aspect.
Then we listened to some passages from Egyptian writings which clearly showed the idea they once had respecting the unity of God, although their notion of him was properly pantheistic, and traced the growth of Polytheism. We learnt to see in the symbolizing tendencies of the Egyptians an explanation of what was at first sight crude and grotesque in their representations of deities, so that the shapes set before us in paintings and sculpture were not thought of as the really existing forms of the gods, but were a peculiar language making known to the intelligent their proper attributes. Behind
forms which are all that the careless eye can see, the sympathetic student finds hidden a truly wonderful depth of spiritual significance.
All this account was illustrated with effective pictures. Some of the slides were quite wonderful from the minuteness and delicacy of their work, as one of a beautiful necklace, and all had that appositeness that made the listener feel that he was for the moment living in the presence of this marvellous people.
The President expressed the thanks of the Society and remarked that if the lecturer's enthusiasm and devotion to his subject had awakened in his hearers any of the interest it had stirred in himself, he was sure no better reward could be offered for what had obviously been a labour of love.
Mr. Baker has promised a third Egyptian lecture, in which he will deal with the Egyptian architecture, sculpture, and secular literature.
28 18 6
Audited and found Correct,
A. B. W. WILLSON, Captaiu.
A player may not hold his stick with the crooked part towards his body and his own elbow stuck out; for the future this will be counted as playing backhanded.
The Rifle Corps.
Among them we welcome an excaptain, W. H. Chappel, Esq. A signalling class has been organised, and is very popular. Bayonet squads will begin when the days get longer, and a prize will be given to the successful squad, consisting of a pewter each, as last year. On Saturday, March 7th, there will, we hope, be a Field day, if sufficient names are given in. The locality is not yet fixed. The monthly cup for February was won
Fifth Form Latin Verse Prize.-R. A. W. Whitestone.
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