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better fortune this year. The Honour list will far in past years and a reaction has set in ; perhaps speak sufficiently for the success of our work.
the large number of those who leave at Midsummer Now for our institutions : we feel bound to regret deals a heavier blow than of old, at any rate it must the loss of the annual Prize-day festivities and of be confessed, unpleasant though it be, that 0.M's the Concert. Their celebration was perhaps im who left in 1881 would find several just causes for possible, but we hope an effort will be made to complaint against the Marlborough of 1884. prevent their again falling through. On the first night of the Rugby Match a very successful triennial
JOHN DE MAUNDEVILLE. dinner was held, numerously attended and marked This is an age of disillusions and disenchantments, by several brilliant speeches. Turning from these
and we are becoming accustomed to see modern matters to our societies, we have much to be
science and research showing up the absurdities glad and much to be sorry for. There seems
and untruth of all the pet theories and ideas of our to be a general good feeling on the part of old and
childhood. So it is perhaps with more of sorrow present Marlburians to our Mission; and both in
than surprise that we learn that not only was Sir our last issue and in this we may see the munificent
John de Maundeville not “the father of English and hearty responses to appeals in support of it.
prose," but that in all probability there never existed We must also remember that this ought not to
such a man. And this is proved forsooth by the be an abnormal state of benevolence for a large
assertion that a letter dedicating his work to Edward society like that of Marlborough. We must con.
III. is “certainly spurious," that such a man is not tinue as we have begun.
mentioned by contemporary chroniclers, and that We will not forestall the opinions that the
the name is erased from the tomb at Lièges univer. President of the N.H.S. will shortly deliver in
sally acknowledged by tradition as his. his report. We judge from the non-award of the Well, well! Let the indefatigablo grubbers after Stanton Prize that something is wanting, energy or historical truth undermine our airy castles, they canindustry. The Art Society must indeed thank its
not take away quite all the romance from the world President for the very spirited way in which he has
yet with all their grubbing. Anyhow, the work called advanced its cause. Few who were present at the
“ The Voyage and Travaile of Sir John Maundeville, conversazione will have failed to be struck with the
Knt.” remains, and this, whether written by Sir great stride the Society has made in popularity.
John Maundeville or the same person with a different But here also we must remember that the success
name, will always prove one of the most fascinating we have obtained must be maintained.
books of adventure in our language. A word or two for the Rifle Corps. We were not
Let us give some account of the book. In the very successful in shooting, but there were several
prologue he tells us that he started on his travels good individual scores and last term plenty of promis
in the year of grace 1322. The primary object of ing recruits were found. The Corps was and is still
his travels was to see Palestine, “the heritage of fairly popular, though not so numerous as in some
every gode Cristene man,” but thence he went years. There were a goodly number of Battalion
through every country whether known or unknown Drills and Field days and altogether the results
at the time. were satisfactory.
He travelled by an overland route as far as We cannot conclude our review without again
Constantynoble, through Almayne (Germany), remonstrating with the school for their criminal
nonye, Hungarie and Bulgarie. At Constantynou negligence in letting the Debating Society die a
he saw the real cross and the crown of thorns, " natural death. Let us not harrow the feelings of
which he tells us certain new and interes 0.M.'s by telling the tale of the catastrophe.
particulars, such as that the cross was made o Suffice it to remind the present Marlburians that
different kinds of wood, as recorded in t last year they neglected a most important duty, and
monkish line :marred the records of our school institutions. “In Cruce fit Palma, Cedrus, Cypressus, Oli Perhaps recruiting has been exaggerated at Marl. From Constantinoble he went on to borough; perhaps enthusiasm has been carried tcol where he saw St. John the Divine's tot
recorded in the old
e Divine's tomb, and
through some of the Ionian Íslands. In one of these he and the Brondes that weren not kyndled becomen tells us of the “ Doughtre of Ypocras, in forme and white Roseres, fulle of Roses. And these weren lykenesse of a great Dragoun, that is an hundred the first Roseres and Roses, bothe rede and white, Fadme (fathoms) in length, as Men seyn," but he that evere any Man saughe.” naïvely adds that he has not seen her. He goes on After seeing Palestine, which he considers to be a to tell us that she was transformed into this shape duty incumbent on every Christian man, he felt at by the goddess Diana, and that “sche schalle so liberty to go to other parts of the world. He does not endure in that forme of a Dragoun unto the tyme seem to have seen much of Africa, though he that a Knyghte come that is so hardy that dar come mentions Libya and Ethiopia. Of Asia, however, to hire and kisse hire on the mouthe: And then he can give us many details, especially about India, schalle sche turne azen to hire owne Kynde and and the two great potentates of Asia, Mango Chan, the ben a woman azen.” Strange to say she was still ruler of Tartary, and Prester John, the Emperor of in the shape of a dragon when Sir John left, and in India. In his day diamonds were very plentiful all probability is so still if this is really the sole || in India, where they multiplied and got offspring, condition for her release.
a happy knack which they now unfortunately seem At this period of his work he devotes a long entirely to have lost. His account of the different chapter to an account of Egypt, and the power and properties and characteristics of these diamonds is wealth of its Soldan. Sir John seems to have been very minute, “to the end that thei that knowen very intimate with this potentate, who allowed him hem not be not deceyved be Gabberers that gon be to fight in his wars against the Bedouins, and offered the Contree, that sellen hem.” In Ceylon he drank him the daughter of one of his nobles in marriage of the Well of Youth, which had the repute of on condition of his changing his religion. However, driving away all sickness, and says that he felt Sir John was not to be tempted even by so great a distinctly the better for it, though later on we learn bait, and remained true to Christianity.
that he had to return home “for Gowtes, Artetykes Accurate and scientific definitions seem the (whatever they may be) that me distreynen.” fashion now, so we will quote one of Sir John's, that Mango Chan seems to have been a very enoccurs in this chapter :-“A monstre is a thinge lightened potentate, for he was a good Christian, difformed azen Kynde, both of Man or of Best or of had a well-organized court, with his jugglers, anything elles."
philosopbers and swift messengers. However, Sir At last he reaches Palestine, and is given unusual Jobn cannot say much for the civilization of his facilities for seeing all places of interest by the subjects, the “Tartariens.” Their fashion of cooking possession of a letter from the Soldan; and he meat was primitive, to say the least of it, for “ thei certainly does seem to have made the best of his warmen and sethen here mete with Hors Donge and opportunity, for the number of curious relics he Cow Donge and of other Bestes dryed azenst the saw, and quaint stories he picked up, is something sonne.” It is perhaps hardly surprising in these marvellous. Considerations of space forbid us to circumstances that “ Princes and otheres eten not give more than one of these stories, that about the but ones in the day; and that but litille," and that origin of roses. We give his own quaint words : he calls them “righte foule folk and of evil kynde." “A faire Mayden was blamed with wronge and Prester John was also a Christian and an even sclaundred; for whiche cause sche was demed to the greater ruler than Mango Chan. He had seventyDethe, and to be brent in that place, to the whiche sche two provinces in his dominions over which were was ladd. And as the Fyre began to brenne aboute kings tributary to him. His palace was something hire, sche made hire Preyeres to oure Lord that als stupendous in magnificence and richness. Moreover, wissely as sche was not guilty of that Synne, that his subjects were not by any means so uncivilized he wold helpe hire and make it knowen to alle men, as those of his neighbours, being mostly Christians. of his mercyfulle grace. And when sche had thus The rest of the book is taken up with some seyd sche entred into the Fuyer; and anon was the account of the islands of the Indian Archipelago. Fuyr quenched and oute: and the Brondes that Most of the people,according to our author's account, weren brennynge becomen rede Roseres (rose trees), W were of “foul stature and cursed kynd.” Some
had lips which covered their faces when they went
2 to sleep, others had hair all over their bodies except on the face and palms of the hand (here perhaps we have the missing link).
In the epilogue we read that he returned home after thirty four years travel, having first written some account of his travels. In this account he tells us that he has not recorded half the wonders he has seen or heard of for want of space, and also (mark his generosity and consideration for others !) that something new may be left to other writers after him to tell, for he is aware of the weakness of human nature and " that newe thinges and newe tydynges ben plesant to here."
People may believe him or not, as they like. For our part we cannot bring ourselves to believe that such a pious and good man would willingly relate as truth what he did not believe to be such: besides its perfect truth was vouched for by his Infallibility the Pope. So though we will not comply with his request to the reader to say a Pater Noster and Ave Maria for his soul, we leave him with the wish Requiescat in pace andisturbed by those ghouls who would destroy his personality.
Nov.15th, v. Clifton, lost by 3 goals, 4 tries, to 3 tries.
Nov. 22nd, v. Keble College, Oxford, lost by 2 goals, to one goal, and try.
Nov. 29th, v. Marlborough Nomads lost by 1 goal and try to nil.
To turn for a moment to House Matches. Way's were a really good team and deserved the cup, though Hart-Smith's migbt have made a better fight if they had not been crippled. Baker's were strong forward, and gave Way's two days good work to beat them. Ford's did not show much at the beginning of the year, but came on wonderfully at the end. On the whole, they were all good games and the best House won.
THE SEASON 1884. It is never very pleasant work looking back on defeats, yet the chronicler of the deeds of our XV has this before him. We have however as gilding to this bitter pill, the fact that our forwards were al. ways complimented by our opponents for their quick loose play, but in almost every Match we were overmatched, and not being too well off for threequarters to start with, we lost the services of the Captain in the second match of the year; but, as has been pointed out, the clubs we play have improved immensely, and play a far more scientific game than in former years. We may put against this that the football all through the school has become much more scientific; and can only wish our successors better fortune now that a higher standard of play has been set. The gloomy details of the season are appended.
Nov. 1st, v. O.M's, lost by 2 goals, 3 tries, to 1 goal, 2 tries.
Nov. 8th, v. R.A.C. Cirencester, lost by 1 goal, and 5 tries to nil.
CHARACTERS OF THE XV. 1884. F. E. Bull, Captain (CAP. 1883). A thoroughly serviceable and fast three-quarters back; is very clever at getting away, and when once off makes the best use of his pace. A powerful place-kick. Unfortunately disabled for half the term. As captain has shown judgement and enterprise; and has kept his team well together in up-hill matches by his unfailing pluck.
H.WOOLNER, (CAP. 1883). A thoroughly good heavy forward, does hard work in the squash, and backs up well.
D. E. MARTIN, (CAP. 1883). A most useful forward, plays a loose game well, getting the ball out quick, and using his feet cleverly.
R. O. C. HUME, (CAP. 1883). Works hard in the squash, comes through well with the ball, stops a rush effectively, a safe collar.
H. C. Bert, (CAP. 1883). A good middle threequarter with good pace, picks up safely and is a good collar, should kick more.
C. R. Lias, (CAP. 1884). A first-class half, knows his game and plays it well, never losing his head.
R. W. ORD, (CAP. 1884). Comes out the squash quickly, and makes a lot of ground by good dribbling, backs up and collars well.
H. J. Davis, (CAP. 1884). Has lots of pace and collars well, but is not as good as he ought to be from his inability to pick up. Has left.
H. S. Tyssen, (CAP. 1884). A fine dashing forward, follows up hard and runs well with the ball. Has left.
H. J. Cooper, (CAP. 1884). A hard working forward, knows how to play a loose game, stops a rush well, and is a good collar. Has left.
E. ROBERTSON, (CAP. 1884). A slow but valuable 11 Jan. 1st, Henry Stanhope Illingworth, elder son of the late forward, plays hard and makes good use of his weight || H. S. Illingworth, of Arlington Street, Piccadilly, aged 36.
NAVY. in the squash.
Commander Thomas Peere Williams Nesham, to be Captain. T. G. BUCHANAN, (CAP. 1884). A quick forward,
ARMY. plays the dribbling game well and can collar, a safe
18th Hussars-Lieut. Richard Alexander Scott, to be place kick.
Captain. T. L. TRETHEWY, (Cap. 1834). A fast half with Royal Engineers--Bt.-Major Stanier Waller, to be Major. good collaring powers, backs up cleverly, but is
Bt.-Major Arthur Robert Puzey, to be Major. too selfish.
The Liverpool Regiment–Lieut.-Col. and Col. Andrew
Alfred Le Mesurier, has been appointed to command a H. C. BOCKNALL, (CAP. 1884). A fair back,
Battalion. drops and punts strongly and a good place kick, but
1 The Lincolnshire Regiment-Lieut. George Augustus Ivatt, collars too high. Has left.
to be Adjutant. A. T. KEELING, (CAP. 1884). A quick forward, | East Yorkshire Regiment-Captain George Hamilton plays up hard all the way through and can collar. Johnston, to be Adjutant.
The Royal Scots Fusiliers-Captain Arthur J. O. Pollock,
has been seconded for service on the Staff. O.M.'s.
The Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers-Lieut. John James Purdon, MARRIAGES.
to be Captain. Dec. 15th, at the Cathedral, Bombay, Percival Arthur, eldest son of the Rev. Percival R. R. Sandilands, Vicar of
The Dorsetshire Regiment-Captain Arthur Grey Tidy, to
be Major. Chudleigh Knighton, Devonshire, to Rose Emily, third
The South Yorkshire Regiment-Lieut. C. H. L. Baskerville daughter of Scholes Butler Birch, Esq., M.D., of 61, Harley
has been seconded for service on the Commissariat and Street, London.
Transport Staff. Dec. 18th, at St. James's, Paddington, George Montaga
The Gordon Highlanders-Lieut. Cecil F. N. Macready, to Butterworth, son of the Rev. George Butterworth, Vicar of
be seconded for service as Staff Lieutenant of Military Police Deerhurst, Gloucestershire, to Catherine Lucie, only daughter
in Egypt. of the late Major Charles Warde, B.S.C.
Bengal Staff Corps-Lieut. Edward James Nicolls Tasken, Jan. 6th, at Chipping Barnet, the Rev. W. F. Cobb, of
to be Captain. Addlestone, Surrey, to Hettie E. White, daughter of the late H. J. White, of Barnsbury.
Madras Staff Corps—Major Henry S. Elton, to be
Lieutenant-Colonel. Lieut. DeLacy Dayrell Passy, to be Jan. 8th, at North Tamerton, Cornwall, J. Williams Hockin,
Captain. Esq., second son of J. Hockin, Esq., Amersham House,
Half-pay-Captain Henry Tomkinson, from Beckenbam, to Caroline Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the
the 1st Rev. R. Chamberlain Smith, Rector of North Tamerton.
Dragoons to be Major. Jan. 22nd, at St. John's, Hampstead, Alfred Henry Drew,
Staff-Col. Sir Herbert Stewart, K.C.B., Major 3rd Dragoon
Guards, A.D.C., has been appointed Brigadier-General on the M.A., L.L.B., of Singapore, only son of John Matthews Drew, of Broadclyst, Devon, to Maud Frances, youngest daughter
Staff with the force on the Nile.
Captain H. M. Jackson, has been appointed Aide-de-camp of Major-General Agnew, of 6, Belsize Park Gardens, London. Jan. 27th, at St. Mary's, Nutley, Hants, the Rev. Alfred
to Sir A. E. Havelock, Governor of Trinidad, West Indies. Tanner, B.A., C.C.C., Cambridge, to Anna Maria, elder
Captain the Hon. Alwyne Henry Fulke Greville, the King's daughter of the Rev. Sumner Wilson, M.A., Vicar of Preston
Royal Rifle Corps, to be an extra Aide-de-camp to his Candover, Hants.
Excellency Earl Spencer, K.G., Lieutenant-General and DEATHS.
Governor-General of Ireland. Oct. 23rd, 1884, at Leithfield, New Zealand, accidentally Major-General Sir Henry Evelyn Wood, V.C., G.C.M.G., killed by a fall from his horse, Edmund H. Ensor, Esq., K.C.B., now commanding the Egyptian Army, to be a Major. eldest son of the late Rev. Edmuud Ensor, of Rollesby, General on the Staff, for employment on the lines of aged 43.
communication of the forces on the Nile. Nov. 17th, 1884, at Rawal Pindi, India, killed at Polo, The Queen has been pleased to appoint Col. Gerald Noel Captain Henry Bayard Rich, R.E., eldest son of Col. F. H. Money, C.B., Bengal Staff Corps, to be one of Her Majesty's Rich, R.E., of 17, Queen's Gate Terrace, Hyde Park, London. Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms. Dec. 15th, 1884, at Steelfield Hall, Gosforth, Cumberland,
PASSED OUT OF SANDHURST. Cressett Thursby Pelham, aged 41.
H. W. U. Coates. Dec. 16th, 1884, at The Haven, Bournemouth, Lewis
G. L. B. Du Maurier. Albert Way, youngest son of the Rev. Henry Way, Alderbourne
A. G. Chichester. Bucks, aged 44 years.
N. C. Taylor.
PASSED INTO SANDHURST.
Reginald C. Clarkson.
General Examination, Class III.-H. G. C. Hardwick, Clare College.
General Examination, Class IV.–J. E. Bryant, Trinity . College.
CALLS TO THE BAR.
Inner Temple-Francis George Montagu Mason, M.A., Oxford, and Thomas Graham Balfour, B.A., Oxford.
ORDINATIONS. Deacons—Arthur Cecil Stopford Gayer, M.A., Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Ernest Frederick Newman, M.A., Keble College, Oxford.
Edward Taswell Richardson, B.A., Trinity College, Cambridge.
Gerard S. Rogers, B.A., C.C.C., Oxford.
Priests—Charles Buston, M.A., Emmanuel College, Cam. bridge.
David Charles Firminger, B.A., Pembroke College, Cam. bridge.
Arthur Foley Winnington Ingram, B.A., Keble College, Oxford.
Edward Shearburn Marshall, B.A., B.N.C., Oxford. Edward John Norris, B.A., Trinity College, Cambridge. Richard Somerville Wood, B.A., Exeter College, Oxford.
ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS, &c. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has presented the Rev. Charles A. Jones, Mathematical Master in Westminster School, to the living of Dedham, near Colchester.
Rev. A. C. S. Gayer; Curate of Royston, Cambs.
Rev. E. T. Sankey; Curate of Ashbourne and Mapleton, Derbyshire.
Rev. E. H. C. Stephenson ; Curate of St. Clement, Notting Hill.
Rev. Alfred Tanner ; Vicar of St. Mary's, Haggerston. Rev. A. 0. Trotter ; Curate of Hartpury, Gloucestershire. Rev. H. Westcott; Curate of St. Barnabas, Sunderland.
Horace Alfred Damer Seymour has been appointed a Commissioner of H. M. Customs.
W. P. Davis has been appointed House Surgeon at S. George's Hospital, and has recently carried off the Brodie Prize at that Institution.
In Memoriam. Lieutenant Charles William Albert Law, 4th Dragoon Guards, was killed on the 17th of January in the battle near the wells of Abu Klea.
Law was born in November, 1861, entered Marlborough in September, 1875, left at. Christmas, 1878, and received his commision July, 1882.
There can be but very few now in the school, who knew Law, not many whoeren knew his elder brother Harry, and yet the name is familiar to an unusual number of our readers, to many who never actually knew either of the brothers, for both were promin. ent in all games, the elder in the XV, and winner of the Mile, the younger in the XI—both, on the Race Committee. “What! C. W. or J. H. ? ” was the instantaneous reply once made to me by a Canadian, who certainly only knew them through the Marlburian. For me, it is impossible to think of one without the other, and the frank affection each felt for the other, the honest respect the elder never hesitated to express for the character of the younger, painfully add to the sense of personal loss which all must feel, who knew Charlie Law; not we only of his own House, but many of his contemporaries in all parts of the School Popularity may not as a rule mean much, but the feeling for Charlie Law in 'all who knew him, whether boys or masters, was the instinctive tribute to a character singularly winning, manly, simple and unselfish. A hard-worker, yet always full of fun, with high principles, and a strong sense of duty, he was the very ideal of the material out of which our best English officers are made; and though I have no particulars of his death, and never may have, I know that the Lieutenant fulfilled the promise of his boyhood, in Africa as at Brighton, and that he fell as a Christian soldier should fall, doing his duty thoroughly, without a thought of self.
W. E. M. One who knew both of them well writes to me, “ If anything could soothe the crushing grief of his friends at home it might be to know what words were spoken of him at Marlborough on the first two days of this Term. And he deserved them all, for he was as gentle as he was good and as brave as a lion."