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half-time, the game was very even and the College || him down on the line. All this time the Nomads had not scored, but after change the Nomads seemed | played up hard and kept the ball in their twentyinclined to fall to pieces, and our opponents scored five for some time, but tries were gained in quick their four goals in quick succession. Holmes succession by Tait, both Macfarlanes, Henderson, dropped one and got in twice besides ; Coombe ob and Constable, and the Nomads seemed to tained the other try through not being marked when lose their dash, and it was only with great difficulty the ball was thrown out of touch near our goal. that the Scots were prevented from scorin, again. For us Tatham and Nicholson were most prominent. The following represented the Nomads. R. T. A. · Oct. Joth, v. Kensington, at Wormwoods Scrubs, Hughes (back), A. B. Turner, F. G. Padwick, and we were defeated by one goal, one try to nothing. C. M. Stephenson, (i). T. B. Windeler, G. N. The Nomad team was rather a scratch one, but the Wilkinson (?), E. H. Lawrie (capt.), H. M. Elder, forwards throughout played a smart combined game, E. N. Gardiner, R. G. Cross, H. Preston, E. P. A. and Nicholson was in very fine form at half, and Hankey, 0. T. Codrington, I. L. Dore, and W. W it is a matter of great regret that it was probably Ellis forwards, of whom Lawrie, Elder and Gardiner the last time he would play for the Nomads, and were perhaps the best. the loss of him behind has considerably weak. The match v. the Middlesex Wanderers was ened our team. Soon after kick off the Nomads disappointing ; we ought to have won and we had several times to touch down in self-defence, and were defeated by one goal one try to nil. The after some good dribbling and passing, Baker got forwards played well, though the collaring was in and Hargreaves placed a goal. After change not good, and for the first half penned their Cooke made a fine run for Kensington, and all but opponents, but could not quite get in. Then crossed the line, but Hughes brought him down and Vans-Agnew's ankle gave way and he was obliged to made a good drop which brought the ball back to retire. Another piece of Nomad luck as he was tack. the middle of the ground, Laud however by deter ling in splendid form. The second half of the game mined play got another try, but the place was a was uninteresting, the only noticeable features being failure. The Nomad team was as follows :
tries for the Wanderers by Sieveking and Moss, W. H. K. Ward (back), R. T. A. Hughes, A. E. the latter an International cap who plays offside a Dawson, and E. Latter (three-quarters), F. B. good deal. Windeler, and C. L. Nicholson (halves), E. H. Nomads :-R. T. A. Hughes, back; I. D. VansLaurie (Capt.), J. L. Dore, E. P. A. Hankey, A. V. Agnew, C. M. Stephenson, E. Latter, three-quarters; Buckland, G. N. Wilkinson, R. Heaton, R. G. Cross, F. B. Windler, G. N. Wilkinson, half; E W. Lawrie W. W. Ellis, and D. E. Martin (forwards).
(captain), R. G. Cross, I. L. Dore, A. E. Dawson, The London Scottish match at Lee, on October H. S. Preston, H. M. Elder, I. G. Henniker, R. de 17th, was looked forward to with considerable in. B. Horell, and W. W. Ellis (forwards). terest, and the strength of our opponents showed Oct. 31st. v. R.M.A. Woolwich, another game in that they were determined if possible to make up which the Nomad forwards had the best of it, very for the defeat of last year, and so they did, winning much the best of it, but we were well beaten by two by three goals and three tries to nil. Unfortunately goals three tries to two tries. It was a miserable day at the last moment our team was weakened by the and the ball very greasy, but the Woolwich passing enforced absence of Vans-Agnew, and Turner had was good and they have a fast three-quarter in Burn to take his place. Shortly after kick off, Tait got who got three tries for them, Blair being in while our forwards stood waiting to hear the credited with the other two. They had scored four umpire give his decision against us, a most repre times before we had at all, but the Nomads played hensible habit which lost us another try also in this up very hard and Lawrie got the first try for us this match. For some time the game was very even, and season and Wilkinson the other. The following was all through, in fact, the forwards quite held their the team, and the number of forwards playing behind own. But Maclagan made a good run, and a second will at once strike any one, and to this no doubt we goal resulted. Soon after change Padwick made a owe our defeat:strong run and all but got in, Harrower pulling W E. Latter (back); A. O. Jordan, R. H. Cunningham,
0. T. Codrington (three-quarter); F. B. Windler, G. H. Wilkinson (half); E. H. Lawrie (capt): 1. L. Dore, E. P. A. Hankey, R. G. Cross, T. G. Buchanan, S. A. C. Sim, A. E. Dawson, R. de B. Hovell, and H. S. Preston (forwards).
at Haileybury an interest for anything Marl: burian: because too from first to last, from the look over the Board School on arrival to the imbibing of lemonade on departure, the visit was made a thoroughly pleasant one for us all. Some of the party were entertained by Mr. Cook, some by Mr. Samuels, and some by J. Howard, Esq., the father of one of the Soloists; and from the comparing of reports it would seem that each division enjoyed itself more than the others.
MARLBOROUGH MISSION. On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 24th, an entertainment was given at Tottenham in aid of the Marlborough College Mission, by Masters and Boys from Haileybury. In spite of the very wet evening the Mission Room, Reform Row, was well filled ; and if appearances are to be trusted the audience did not think the programme at all too long.
Pressure on our space does not admit of the in. sertion of the programme, but we may state that with the exception of one glee, for which the choir were called upon rather suddenly owing to the illness of Mr. Couchman, everything went well, that Mr. Carlisle's recitations were excellent, Mr. Ash's reading amusing, and that the Soloists well earned the reception with which they met.
But whether or no the entertainment was success from the point of view of the audience a certain merit in the eyes of Marlburians should be ensured to it by the two forces which called it into existence. They were the patriotic energy of a well known 0.M., the Rev. W. D. Fenning, and the kindly feeling shewn in the matter by all at Haileybury. That an O.M. should seek to do all in his
Total Most in an Times No. of
Trung, innings. not out. innings. Avrge. L. 0. Meyrick 374
1 11 37.4 F. Meyrick-Jones 298 90
1 10 33.1 C. E. Ashfield
3 11 16.8 F. Lazenby............ 239 76 1 11 23.9 H. C. Bett
5 S. A. P. Kitcat 184 49 1
9 23 H. F. Hayhurst...... 95 37 2
9 13.5 A. Martyn 59 19 o
8.4 F. H. Browning.. 53 18 1
8.8 G. A. Miller
5.5 F. E. Bull 30 16 0
75 * not out. Winner of average bat, L. O. Meyrick, 37.4. Winner of Kewley bat, (for most scores over 20) F.
No. of Maiden Total Total
wkts. Avrge. H. F. Hayhurst 1496
117 687 40 17:1 F. Meyrick Jones 744
55 333 20 16.6 H. C. Bett
1212 97 612 29 21.1 C. E. Ashfield
284 20 145 2 72-5 G. A. Miller............
420 34 205 7 29.2 F. Lazenby
96 12 48 1 48 L. O. Meyrick
1 39 1 39 H. C. Bett bowled 5 no balls H. F. Hayhurst
power to help on any work that has been undertaken by Marlborough is fortunately no new thing; but that in such matters an active sympathy should be shown by one public School towards another is not quite
7 wide balls F. Meyrick-Jones 1 wide ball F. Lazenby
1 no ball Winner
of average ball, H. F. Hayburst.
May it in the future become more common, and may the good feeling between Marlborough and Haileybury, of which the Rev. E. F. Noel-Smith spoke at the close of this entertainment, ever grow to the benefit of both Schools !
We do not wish, however, to make out that the trip to Tottenham was any great act of self-denial on the part of the performers : because there is a certain distribution of brothers between the two Schools, or, as it was better put by Mr. Noel-Smith, “ many Hailey bury boys have brothers at Marlborough and many Marlborough boys have brothers at Hailey. bury;" owing to which there exists among many
The Rifle Corps. By Oct. 31st, the end of the Official Volunteer year, 24 out of 26 enrolled members were efficient, the other two having failed to keep all the battalion drills through no fault of their own. However, as failure to fulfil the regulations may involve money penalties on the corps, all who are enrolled are begged to use every effort to become efficient. Several vacancies have occurred, of which some are already filled up; but there is room for many more of the requisite age and stature. No field day is as yet settled, but there is reason to believe that March 25th of next year will be again chosen for a meeting of Public School Corps at Aldershot, at which, if leave be granted, we ought to be present in greater strength than on the last occasion. Bayonet exercise will go on two or three times a week. We hope to get another grant of Martini-Henri's ; if it come, we shall be able to arm one company with the regular weapon.
SIXTH FORM DEBATING SOCIETY.
On Wednesday, October 21st, R. N. Dundas moved “That this House deprecates any attempt at overthrowing the Established Monarchy in England.” C. Ll. Davies opposed. There spoke :For the Motion :
C. LI. Davies
T. LI. Davies
H. M. Lewis
For the motion ... ... ... 11
On Thursday, November 5th, after the President had explained the programme for this term, and had hinted at the proceedings of next term, he called upon Mr. Durrant for his lecture on Shetland.
The lecturer did not lay claim to very much solidity. It partook rather of the nature of a soufflé inteuded to leave, as Mr. Richardson put it, a pleasaut taste in the mouths of its audience.
The audience was therefore taken out for some metaphorical walks and, where occasion required, was rather closely packed in fishing smacks in order to get a good view of the gorgeous coast scenery. The Villians of Ure and the Holes of Scrader were visited, and a five view was obtained from the summit of Rona's Hill. A few characters, human and other. wise, were introduced, the capricious cow, and unhappy goose were studied; some Sbetland stories were told, for the truth of which Mr. Richardson subsequently appeared as a witness. The story of Johnny Sanderson, who stole the minister's bank notes, and who exculpated himself by remarking “He'll do miss it and t'war a god-send to me "-was received rather warmly.
The audience was then taken to Kirk and was somewhat scandalised at the behaviour of the lady congregation, who were all sucking sweet-meats, while the family dog patrolled the edifice as though he were on duty. Considerable amusement was caused by what appeared to be a conjuring trick. The lecturer stated that a Shetland shawl could be pulled through a wedding ring at a pinch. He produced a ring kindly lent by the president, but remarked that it was not a wedding ring. The shawl went through the operation uninjured; we think, however, that it would require a more potent spell to induce the wearer of such a gossamer garment to follow suit.
The lecture was illustrated by somo oil sketches, a genuine spinning wheel and some mica with garnets in situ.
The account of the Conversazione is unavoidably postponed
Majority for... ... 4
There were 41 present. On Wednesday, November 4th, A. S. Preston moved “That this House approves of fagging in Public Schools.” H. M. Giveen opposed. There spoke :For the Motion :
H. M. Giveen
C. LI. Davies
T. LI. Davies
S. H. Clark
For the motion ... ... ... 23
Majority for ... ... ... ... 15
There were 89 present.
Natural History Society.
SCHOOL PRIZES. Booth Prize :-H. Latter.
Farrar Prizes :-Senior-P. Horton-Smith. Prox. aco.-C. LI. Davies.-Junior :- R. B. Maurice. Hon. Men.-F. du P. Oldfield.
Stanton Prizes :-For Ornithology-H. R. Cooper. For Entomology-F. P. S. Yeatman.
Some very important additions have just been made to the series of glass models in the Museum. It may not be generally known that they are manu. factured only in Dresden, and are to be seen, we believe, nowhere in England except here and at South Kensington. The beauty and workmanship of the earlier models are even surpassed in these. For these donations we are indebted to Mr. Mapsell, Mr. H. W. Rotheram, Mr. Richardson, J. C. Greenwood, A. E. Bennett, A. C. H. Nickisson, R. A. Simson, R. M. G. Dawkins, F. Armitage, W. R. Inglis, C. H. Trevor-Roper, and R. D. Lovett. There are still some models on exhibition in the Museum which it is hoped may also come into possession of the school,
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CHARLES KINGSLEY'S NOVELS.
in them, you take to them as to some tonic which braces you up and makes you feel more manly and
healthy. Almost a quarter of a century has now elapsed since A leading characteristic of most of Kingsley's the last of Kingsley's novels was given to the world, novels is that they are made the vehicle of enforcing and by this time they may be said to have established some particular viewof his own. Though very their claim to be reckoned among standard works. liberal and catholic in his opinions there were Yet it is hardly by any special excellence of plot, one or two subjects on which he felt very strongly by smartness of dialogue or clever character. indeed, and he took every opportunity in season sketches, that they are raised above the level of and out of season to enforce these views. First and current fiction, which to-day is and to-morrow is foremost stands his theory of the all-importance of cast into the oven. Their great merit to us is that! love in the career of a man; if his love is for a pure they are essentially English : a foreigner would not and noble woman, his aims are purified and the appreciate them; but they breathe a healthy spirit whole course of his existence is altered for the of bull-dog independence which inevitably finds better. If on the other hand his love is mere a way to the hearts of English men and women. calf-worship, the serious purpose of his life is His heroes are sturdy young Britons, mostly of diverted and he risks being irretrievably debased. the muscular Christian type, who have no shame In ‘Hypatia 'this contrast is vividly shown: love for but for that which is wrong ; even in ‘Hypatia' we | the high-souled and pure heroine civilizes and recognize in the hero Philammon only a Tom Thur. softens the rough young monk Philammon and nall in foreign garb. As fiction, it is true, his inspires even the abject prefect Orestes with some novels are not to be compared with those of the nobler and purer thoughts. On the other hand the Kings and Queens of fiction, such as Thackeray, sturdy Goth Amal, the brave leader of the sons of Dickens, and George Eliot. But you may be sure Odin, is enervated and kept in shameful inaction of never finding anything morbid or unwholesome || by his ignoble passion for the frivolous dancer
Pelagia. Again in Yeast Lancelot Smith, the || roué and man of the world, is spurred on to do some good to his fellow-men by his love for the fair enthusiast Argemone, while in 'Alton Locke' the hero is almost diverted from the high mission of being the poet of the poor by his infatuation for the lovely but empty Lillian Winstay, who is quite unworthy of him. We have insisted on this feature of Kingsley's novels as it was one of the most important points of his teaching throughout his life, and is brought so prominently forward in all his books.
Two of his novels “Alton Locke' and ‘Yeast' were written to attack grievances prevalent at the time. Of these · Alton Locke'is far the better both in plot and character drawing. It is in the form of an autobiography of a tailor and deals with the miserable condition of the working classes in London and the agitation this misery gave rise to culminating in the Chartist riots of 1848. It contains one inimitable character Sandy Mackaye, an old Scotch bookseller, of whom Carlyle in a letter to Kingsley says “Saunders Mackaye, my invaluable countryman in this book, is nearly perfect; indeed I greatly wonder how you did contrive to manage him-his very dialect is as if a native had done it, and the whole existence of the rugged old hero is a wonderfully splendid and coherent piece of Scottish bravura." "Yeast,' which deals with the agricultural labourers' grievances, is a very inferior book. It has no plot to speak of, its characters are dreadfully misty and impossible, and all sorts of incongruous subjects, such as long discussions on secession to Catholicism and on art, are dragged in without any rhyme or reason ; in fact it is an almost unreadable book.
The great fault of Kingsley's novels is his inability to make a coherent and intelligible plot. Some novels like Howells' have no plot, and do not profess to have any, and their success has proved that this is permissible; but when a novel pretends to have a plot it should in one respect be like that of an epic, it should have unity. Otherwise the mind of the reader is confused and bewildered and rendered unable to see its way through the labyrinth of plot and by-plot. Now unity of plot is just what Kingsley's novels want. In 'Two Years Ago, in many respects his best, it
is difficult to see what the creole singer Marie with her lover Stangrave or the drunken squire Tregooze and his wife have to do with the main thread of the story. They are all very interesting people in their way, but in this particular book they are distinctly out of place. In the same way in the last few chapters of Hypatia it is extremely inartistic to change the scene completely and introduce us suddenly to Augustine of Hippo, and create another totally unnecessary pair of lovers. It really almost looks as if Kingsley being well up in the history of Augustine had thought that as he was writing of the century in which he lived he might just as well utilize his knowledge and drag him in.
However, in spite of all his faults Kingsley will always be worth reading, if only as an antidote to the mawkish sentimentalism which seems so much the rage at the present day. He does not deal in petty drawing-room intrigues, or in any nambypamby nonsense. But he goes in for accounts of active and healthy lives both mentally and physically, and he is not ashamed of telling you that what he most delights in is a good honest scamper after the hounds on a fine open down. A notice of Kingsley's novels could not be more fitly closed than by a few verses from his Ode to the North East Wind, which convey a good idea of the spirit in which they are written:
Hark! the brave North-easter !
Breast-high lies the scent
Over heath and bent,
Through the sleet and snow,
Let the horses go!
Let the luscious South wind
Breathe in lovers' sighs, While the lazy gallants
Bask in ladies' eyes. What does he but soften,
Heart alike and pen ? 'Tis the hard grey weather,
Breeds hard Englishmen. What's the soft South-wester?
'Tis the ladies' breeze, Bringing home their true-loves
Out of all the seas.
Through the snow-storm hurled, Drives our English hearts of oak Seaward round the world.
* Come; and strong within us
Stir the Vikings' blood Bracing brain and sinew,
Blow, thou wind of God.