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hawsers, &c., are made fast, it is of cast iron, and bolted on to great plates of iron, which are screwed into the deck). As the hawser tightened, every one fled, and after a few seconds of anxiety (though it seemed longer) one of the bollards gave way
with report like the bursting of a shell, breaking the iron plate across, and tearing the bolts out of the deck. We made the Thames stop hauling, by frantically blowing our whistle, and after 20 minutes' work patched up the remaining bcllard, and began again. Once more there was the tension, and away went the second bollard. Soon after this, the tide began to fall so rapidly, that we signalled to the Thames to stop work and wait for the turn of the tide, so she anchored astern of us, and we rested from our labours, not having moved an inch! Meanwhile the Perim steam launch had gone back to the Island, and returned with a large coal lighter and some 30 coolies, and we began emptying our cargo and throwing all our coal overboard. This went on all the afternoon while the tide ebbed, and then flowed again.
It was to be high tide at 5.30 p.m., and about 4.30 we began to struggle again.
The Thames got into position, and tightened our hawsers, which this time we fastened to another pair of bollards further forward; all the ladies and children were sent below, and the male passengers and sailors all gathered under cover. This time the bollards stood better, and it was a long tug, but at last with a loud bang they both gave way; turned a somersault, and flew overboard, while the other was dragged along the deck, tearing it up, and dashing into the smoking room, knocked a great shell hole in its side; yet the ship moved not an inch. Next we bent the hawser on to two more bollards farther forward still, and finally wound it round the capstan on the forecastle, and again the Thames began hauling-Time, 5 p.m. For a long time nothing resulted, except that all our efforts made the Chusan wobble a little, but at last-at last-about 5.30, I was watching the binnacle, when I saw that the ship’s course suddenly went half a point round to the South, I looked over the side, and could hardly believe my eyes, when I saw headlands on shore begin to move, and then with a slide, and a roll, we slipped off into deep water and were safe. The Chusan's men burst out into continued cheering, which was taken up by the Thames. The ladies came running up from below,
and every one began congratulating every one else! you never saw such a revulsion of feeling.
Once in deep water, we anchored, and examined our damages : fortunately we found they were trifling, and so as soon as we could load again the cargo we had shipped on to the lighters, we cast them off, and once more started for Aden, and now we are well out of the Straits, and rushing into the
Football. MARLBOROUGH NOMADS. v. London SCOTTISH.-This is always a keenly-contested match, and one looked forward to with the greatest interest not only by the members of the rival clubs, but also by the football public. It will be remem. bered that we succeeded in defeating the ‘Scots ' in the earlier part of this season, and ourantagonists had spared no effort to secure their revenge--and we think we may say that they had the very best team that they could get. We were by no means badly represented, but alas W. M. Tatham (our captain) was quite unable to help us ! and the best forward in England is not to be easily replaced even among the Nomads. However we buckled to and by half time (despite two drops at goal by McLagan and Harrowes respectively, which narrowly missed our posts) managed to keep our lines intact, chiefly owing to the forward play of Laurie and Turner, and the back play of Padwick, Porter and Nicholson, the last named performing repeatedly in a brilliant fashion which astonished our opponents mightily.
Wilkins, who played full back for us, treated the spectators to a sight of drop-kicking and fancy punts of a marvellous description.
The second half of the game was very even, thing we had the best of it, and the call of 'No Side' put an end to as enjoyable a drawn game as the most ardent (football) enthusiast could desire.
Besides the above-named, Vans-Agnew, C. Hawkins, and Preston played in a most determined manner for
Nomads :-E. H. Laurie (captain), A. B. Turner, C. Hawkins, W. W. Ellis, A. V. Buckland, E. Latter, G. H. Wilkinson, 0. C. Codrington, and H. S. Preston (forwards), C. L. Nicholson and R. H. Cunningham, half-backs ; J. D. Vans-Agnew, F. G. Padwick, and A. L. Porter, three-quarters ; C. M. Wilkins, back.
Feb. 12th-At St. Thomas', Ardwick, Walter, son of Richard Lowndes, Esq., J.P., of Liverpool, to Ethel Marian, daughter of the late Chas. E. Procter, of Macclesfield.
Feb. 23rd–At Wiesbaden, Herman Billing, fourth son of Alexander Sim, Esq., of Harrow Weald Park, to Louise Henriette, second daughter of Daniel Knoof, of Wiesbaden.
DEATHS. Dec. 28th, 1884–At Mittagong, N.S.W., Hardwick, eldest son of the late Rev. Thomas Simpson Evans, Vicar of Shoreditch, aged 52.
Feb. 16th-At Gakdul, from the effects of a wound received at the battle of Abu Klea, Major-General Sir Herbert Stewart, K.C.B., aged 41.
Feb. 16th-At Wandsworth Common, the Rev. William Henry Long Gilbert, M.A , in his 50th year.
The Middlesex Regiment.- Major Arthur Collins, retires with the honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS. Rev. F. B. De Chair ; Evening Lecturer at Wymondham Church.
Rev. Charles Robert William Hardy ; Vicar of Offley, Linton, Beds.
Rev. Edward Kemble ; Vicar of Coniston Cold, Leeds.
On Saturday, Feb. 21st, Dr. Hudson gave a very interesting lecture on meteors to those who were fortunate enough to get admission. A full account will be found elsewhere.
On Saturday, Feb. 28th, the School played a Hockey match against a team of 0.M.s brought down by J. P. Cheales, O.M.
The result was a most decided victory for us by 7 goals to nil.
On Friday, March 6th, Mr. Brandram will give us a recitation. The programme is a miscellaneous one, including selections from Shakespeare (As You Like It and Winter's Tale) and Macaulay. We believe it will take place in Hall.
Great progress is being made with the ‘Miniature Cathedral.' At present we are unable to pronounce any opinion as to its effect.
We are sorry to say that Mr. Macdonald has been very unwell and unable to take his form. We hope he will soon be restored to health and able to resume his duties.
During Mr. Macdonald's absence, the Middle Fifth has been taken by J. R. Short, Esq., of Exeter College, Oxford, formerly a pupil of the Master's at Christ's Hospital.
We hear that a new tank will be substituted for the old one in the Mound during the holidays. It will
v. OLD CHELTONIANS.—This match was played on the Queen's Football Ground at Blackheath on Feb. 14th. The Nomads placed a good team in the field but mainly owing to their feeble collaring assisted by a good deal of bad luck, which has most consistently pursued them throughout the year, they were defeated by two goals to nil.
We question very much the advisability of putting Vans Agnew forward, his defensive play behind being most valuable to his side. Hawkins, Windeler and Laurie played well forward, and Agnew though of great service would have been more so in his usual place, and might have entirely altered the result. With the exception of Wilkins the back play was very weak.
Team.-W. H. K. Ward (back), C. M. Wilkins, F. G. Padwick, A. L. Porter (:), G. H. Wilkinson, R. H. Cunningham (1), E. H. Laurie, J. D. Vans Agnew, G. H. Windeler, W. W. Ellis, C. Hawkins, E. Latter, H. S. Preston, A. S. Soden, F. N. Ellis (forwards).
v. West Kent.—This match, the last of the season, was not played owing to there being no ground available.
I should like to take this opportunity of appealing to all 0.M.s living near town who play football to become members as well as those not being football players, who may wish to join.
I should like also to point out to members of the School XV. and XL., that by rule 13 they are eligible for election as members without being liable to pay any subscription so long as they remain at School.
It is impossible for the secretary to write to each member individually, so I hope that all of last year's XV. and XL. will take this as an invitation to join, and that many will do so without delay.
I may say that this year I have got 30 new members, and hope to get 30 more before the report comes out. Anyone wishing to join please address the Hon.
R. M. Yetts, Sibton House, Lower Norwood.
MARRIAGES. Dec. 17th, 1884–At All Saints, Woollabra, New South Wales, Townley Ward Dowding, Major, R.M.L.I., H.M.S. Nelson, eldest son of the late Townloy Ward Dowding, Rector of Brixton Deverill, Wilts, to Florence, eldest daughter of Walter Lamb, Esq., of Kambala, New South Wales.
be larger and more durable than the present one, which has long contracted a habit of leaking.
We believe the Penny Reading has been fixed for March 28th. A. J. C. Ross has been elected to the committee.
Ar the last debate there were present 26 members and 45 visitors. A fuller account appears elsewhere.
We must congratulate the school on the large competition for the under-XV-Fives prize.
The first Ties of House Fives have been drawn as follows:
Cotton House v. Preshute.
Horner's a Bye. The first Ties of House Racquets are drawn as follows:
Way's v. Ford's
Horner's a bye.
1st Trinity III.-O. F. Waterfield, 4.
1st Trinity VI.-H. C. B. Foyster, cox. The offertory on Sunday last amounted to £15 ls. 6d.
THE Meteor understands that the Debating Society is restricted to the Sixth Form. rently do many 0.Ms.; why, we fail to see.
The Rifle Corps are making energetic preparations for their campaign on the 25th. This week they have a field day in the neighbourhood.
paratively easy game. If this victory is attributed to good play on the part of individuals, which was very conspicuous, we must not forget that much is due to the fact of our constantly having played together.
The game began with unusual promptitude just before three o'clock. At first neither side made
bard hitting of H. F. Ferguson-Davie and Buchanan's excellent dribbling. Willson seized his opportunity and made a good but unsuccessful shot at goal which was stopped by Brodhurst, who was throughout very useful in this department. The first item of success came after some fast play, A. S. Preston obtaining a very good try by some capital dribbling. This was soon followed up by Bett, who from a lead of Hayhurst's succeeded in obtaining an easy goal. At times it seemed as though the visitors might gain a point, thanks to DeChair and the two Firths; but not long before half-time Hayhurst got the best goal of the day quite from the side of the posts.
Hitherto the O.M.s had the wind and hill in their favour; and considering how little they profited by them we expected the School do to what they liked in the last half-hour. But except for an admirable though singularly unlucky shot from Woolner's stick which grazed the post, things were as well balanced as a game like hockey allows. Then Willson, who played a very good game throughout, had another try at goal from a hit out, of which he did not fail to take advantage. At this period there were innumerable corners in the 0.M.s quarters, and we must congratulate E. M. Harvey on his extremely vigorous hitting, though we fancied it was at times unnecessarily magnificent. To cut the matter short, after some rather slow play, though distinguished by the good play of Mr. Way, who was playing as an 0.M., DeChair, H. R. Firth, and Bacon, and of Buchanan, A. S. Preston, Hayhurst for us, Bett had two shots at goal, one of which he missed and the other was successful; and Woolner was rewarded for his exertions by the seventh and last goal, giving the victory to the school just before time was called. The O.M.sought not to be severely criticised, and we thank them heartily for the gallant way in which they played an uphill game. especial praise, the two Firths, DeChair, Bacon and Dr. Way. For the School Buchanan played a very skilful and accurate game, his dribbling and passing
Hockey. SCHOOL V. J. P. CHEALES' XI.
A very fair team of Oxford O.M.s arrived early on Saturday, under the captaincy of J. P. Cheales, 80 that we expected a thoroughly well-contested encounter. But not only were the O.M.s out of training; they also clearly showed what an vantage it is in Hockey to be in constant practice. The School won by seven goals to nil, after a com
We should select for
being quite a feature of the game.
A. S. Preston, Harvey, Hayhurst and Bett were also very effective in their places. A good many shots were missed and the O.M.'s got off now and then with unde. served ease.
But our backs were able to check the most dangerous rushes, and luck was against us in several cases, where we deserved goals. However let our victory suffice us.
O.M.'s.-E. H. Brodhurst (back); J. S. F. Bacon (three-quarters); H. F. Ferguson-Davie, Rev. J. P. Way (half-back); E. C. C. Firth, H. R. Firth, F. S. Robinson, T. R. Sale (wings); J. P. Cheales (Capt.), F. B. De Chair, C. S. Preston (forwards).
SCHOOL.—E. M. Harvey (back); J. S. Risley (three-quarters); F. H. Browning,
E. K. Chambers (half-back); T. G. Buchanan (Capt.), H. Woolner, H. F. Hayhurst, A. S. Preston, (wings); H. C. Bett, C. E. Ashfield, A. B. W. Willson (forwards).
thinking it will produce a bad effect on the recent successful attempt to re-start one of our most useful institutions.
How can a nervous boy for instance dare to speak for five minutes after listening to the rhetoric of ex-presidents of the Union at Oxford, or the carefully prepared speeches of school orators, when he knows that a notice of this kind will meet his eyes shortly after :-“Mr. Pump Handle next addressed the House for a few minutes ; during the course of his speech he made no remark that was either new or interesting.”
Reports thus give an opening for the wit of the reporter, and I feel certain that it is an ill-advised plan. You may say that reports like the one I have sketched never are and never will be inserted; but it struck me there was something uncommonly like it in the last report. Without having any time to work up or even learn off speeches, I and several other members of the old society used to speak at nearly every debate; but I know I should have been far more reticent if I had known my poor efforts would be chronicled for successive generations to laugh over ; in fact I don't think I would have spoken at all.
I hope therefore this new arrangement will not be suffered to exist, for having once arisen from its lethargy of past years it is a pity to see the revived society rapidly driving nails into its own coffin. I remain, yours, etc.,
F.F. Oxford, Feb. 26th.
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR,-As one of the younger generation of O.M.s who left between 1873 and 1883, and who has not joined the new Marlborough Club, may I be still further enlightened on the following points suggested by the Hon. Sec's. remarks in the Marlburian of Feb. 4th ?
1.--What are the objects described as 'everything Marl. burian' to which the funds of the Club are to be applied ? (I take it for granted that such institutions as the Maintenance Fund, the Tottenham Mission, &c., are excluded; also such cases as would more naturally and fitly come under the consideration of the Charity Organisation Society).
2. Are such friendships as are likely to be kept up or renewed by the fact of paying the same subscriptions and perhaps meeting casually in a room of the Hotel Mêtropole worth keeping up or renewing ?
3. What is the more literal and prosaic meaning of the Faguely patriotic phrase "a definite (?) organisation and centre for the interests of Marlburians in their old School ?”
4. Have we any adequate assurance that this club is not our old friend the "Old Marlburian Scholarship Fund” in another and a more insidious shape ?
To the Editor of the Marlburian. Sir,—I have observed that for the past month a con. troversy has been raging, carried on with more or less energy, in the columns of the Marlburian. The subject of the quarrel seems to be the formation of what I may call a Sixth Form debating club, and the abolition of the old School institution. Now, Sir, I have not had an opportunity of investigating the merits of this quarrel, but as one who is proud to have belonged to both these bodies, the Sixth Form and the old debating society, I should like to say a few words, if you do not think they come too late. The facts of the case, as far as I can ascertain them, seem to be these. The old debating society was in a state of something very like col: lapse, speakers were scarce, and listeners were scarcer, and the Sixth Form, which naturally supplied the greater part of the speakers, in a fit of pique determined upon forming a private debating club of their own, and by absenting them. selves from the old one, naturally ending its life. Were they right in doing so ? I am not prepared to give an answer to that question, but I am perfectly convinced that they will be wrong if they decline to return to the old state of things, if the satisfactory conditions that used to exist again present themselves. And it is with the object of urging upon the School and all concerned to do their part in renewing those conditions that I am writing this letter. I would ask the School to seriously reflect upon the past history of their debating society. Its career, like that of other institutions, has been chequered, but never, in my remembrance, alarming. It has been instrumental in doing an immense amount of
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR, -On perusing the pages of the last Marlburian, I was a trifle staggered by a novel sight, the report of the speeches at the debate. Of course if the Society have voted it, it cannot concern me or any others who have been interested in the vicissitudes of this luckless club, but I cannot help
I hope, Sir, your Chess Club will be started on sounder princi• ples and that it may have a longer innings than ours had.
HENRY BELL. Muncaster Vicarage, Feb. 22nd.
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR, -Allow me to make the following proposition :Why should not the Art Society give a dance in the Brad. leian? The forms, &c., could easily be removed; the piano. forte has a platform all ready for it, and the floor could have a drugget over it. I should make these two stipulations. (1) All should come in full dress (in order to limit the numbers) (2) all who come should be members next term; or an entrance fee for non-members of 6d.
1s. should be exacted. I am sure fellows would be willing to pay for it. The conversazione has always been a success, why should not a dance ? With many apologies,
good to individual speakers, and is able to give the same benefits to all who seek them; and not the least of its advantages is the means it supplies of bringing the Sixth and School together. I would ask the School to consider the importance of this last consideration. So important is it in my eyes that my chief ground of objection to the recent action of the Sixth lies in the fact that it altogether put it out of sight. Surely the lines of demarcation between Sixth and School are sufficiently marked as it is, and to do anything that would tend to still further widen the breach would in my judgment be a calamity.
Let both sides, then, do their duty. Let the School reflect
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR,—The other day in the perusal of an ancient number of your worthy magazine, I read a proposal to which I am sorry to see no heed has been paid, to wit, the illumi. nation of the Court Clock. In gain bringing forward this proposal I feel sure it will meet with a hearty response in the minds of those who are unfortunate enough to be the owners of erratio watches, and still more so in those youths not blessed with what are vulgarly termed “tickers." With many apologies for taking up so great a portion of your valuable space, I have the honour to remain,
Your obedient servant,
“HORA QUOTA EST?"
To the Editor of the Marlburian. SIR, I was delighted to see Lanius' letter in your last issue on the subjoct of starting a Chess Tournament in the School. The game of Chess is now so almost universally played, that not to be able to play it is often a very great draw. back. Even in this remote corner of the world such towns as Carlisle, Workington, Whitehaven, and there may be many more in the Diocese, have their Chess Players, and town plays against town. Each sends an “Eleven" and the results of the matches are watched with the keenest interest. I have the Subject down on my agenda paper for our next Ruridecanal meeting and mean to propose the establishment of a Chess Club in each of our villages and that we should have matches ono against another. I shall hope to hear shortly that Lanius' suggestion has been acted upon ; and some day you shall play my Parish by Post Cards, the win: ners to pay for the postage! I remember, many years ago, about, I think, 1851, Chess was played a great deal at Marl. borough; and even amongst us, the small fellows, there might be seen some twenty games or more going. The Tournament was started by a writing Master-a dreadful infliction of that period (W.P.S. will tell you all about him). I can remember as if it were but yesterday the old fellow coming round to us and asking us in that cavernous voice of his “Will you put into my Chess Tournament?”-I believe even the present Bursar was taken in.-Well it was an immense success at first. He fitted us up with plenty of boards and men, but, unfortunately, I suppose his salary was not large enough, for the next term he again applied for our half-crowns, and secured them, and then suddenly bolted. I never could make out quite why no one went after him, and of course the whole business collapsed.
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR,—There is a notice on the board of one R.V.C. Field day and there is a report on very good grounds current in the school of another. On past field days the pleasure of one or two fellows has almost invariably been spoilt by find. ing their carbine with a broken nipple or hammer. Could not the carbines be looked over and the broken ones mended, as then there would be no chance of having a long trudge just to stand and watch ? With many apologies for taking up your valuable room,
To the Editor of the Marlburian.
, and with reason, but I do not think that he assigns the right cause for it or proposes the right remedy.
Without any very elaborate calculation he will discover that the time he spends in class room or elsewhere is four times as long as he is required to sit in Hall on backless beats.