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their passing was a treat-it is late in the season to criticise—but one weak point was obvious, the halves did not feed the three-quarters enough, and very rarely used their voice to let the forwards know when and where the ball was gone away. However to turn to the game, we missed Ord and Buchanan in the loose play, and none of the new members seemed to have the dash Keeling showed at the end of last year. Simpson kicked off down the hill for Mag lalen,the forwards got to their work quickly, and materially helped by Lias with short runs among the forwards, drove it

up

to their twenty-five. After some minutes in which the behinds saw very little of the ball, they got the ball back to the middle of the ground, but Fletcher picked it up smartly and called forth a reluctant cheer by a really good run up the side, though he failed to pass soon enough and no result ensued ; a smart run by Duckworth brought the ball into touch; the forwards now worked well and Kaye and Preston were conspicuous for some smart dribbl. ing, after which the game had not time to settle before Lias passed well away to Merry who made a good run and passed just in time to Lias who got in. Our opponents appealed but the decision was against them-Merry kicked the goal. Magdalen now worked hard and their forwards led by Davies and Simpson brought the game down to our quarters, where after some splendid passing by their behinds and equally good collaring by Fletcher, Packer gained a try, but Simpson failed to augment its value. After change the School rather went to pieces; they played hard, Woolner and Hume setting a good example, but seemed to have forgotten how, and the Magdalen behinds were very smart. Bailey dropped a neat goal for them, and Duckworth and another obtained tries after smart runs, and

геrу quick passing. Our forwards were not nearly quick enough on to them and the half-backs rarely told them where to

go,
but

must not expect too much of a team that had never played together before. We are sorry the names of our opponents have not come to hand.

THE SCHOOL.-S. A. P. Kitcat (back), H. C. Bett, C. E. Fletcher, W. J. C. Merry (1), C. R. Lias, T. L. Trethewy (), H. Woolner (capt), D. E. Martin, R. O. C. Hume, E. P. Kaye, R. N. Dundas, H. L. Stanton, A. S. Preston, W. F. Brown, A. F. Ferguson-Davie.

Codlin is always assuring Nell of the superiority of his good nature to that of Short.

Then again many of those characters which are not professedly humourous, are painfully wooden and unreal. It is a common criticism that Dickens could never paint a gentleman; possibly he never tried, certainly those members of the aristocracy whom he represents, such as Sir Leicester Dedlock, are as unlike gentlemen as they could possibly be. Dickens' greatest failure was in painting women; there are very few all through his novels whom we can bring ourselves to take the slightest interest in; not one worthy of being compared with the great creations of other novelists; with Ethel Newcome or Helen Pendennis, with Romola or Maggie Tulliver or Dorothea Casaubon. Besides these positive defects, we miss in Dickens, what we are accustomed to find in other novelists, that acquaintance with art and culture, with classic literature and with that of other countries which go far to purify and ennoble the views which a man takes of life.

Yet those who will read Dickens in this critical spirit will always be a minority, and there is a rapidly increasing class of readers who themselves share his deficiencies, and who will be attracted by the earnestness, the power, and the love of good and truth, which are conspicuous in all that he wrote.

wet.

football. MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE V. MAGDALEN

COLLEGE, OXFORD.

SATURDAY, FEB. 7TH. The day, which had been bright and sunny in the morning, clouded over, and a heavy shower after the arrival of our opponents made the ground rather

But in spite of this the ground was fairly decent, and we hoped for a good game, and possibly a reversal of our fortune of last term. And in the first half it looked likely; our forwards played well together, considering the amount of new blood that had to be introduced owing to various accidents. The behinds passed fairly, and some good running was done by Fletcher, Lias, and Merry, but after change, though we had the hill in our favour, we got badly beaten; the forwards adopted a useless tight game, and the passing was not nearly free enough. Our opponents seemed to recognize this and their game improved by many points; some of

we

THE SCHOOL v. TRINITY COLLEGE,

OXFORD.

This match was played on St. Valentine's day on the Common. The result, we are sorry to say, was not an exception to those of the other matches of the season; the School was defeated by 2 goals, and 2 tries to one try. Our forwards certainly did not play a loose enough game, with a few brilliant exceptions. At half-back we distinctly held them all through, Lias and Risley sometimes passing very neatly, and generally collaring well. But we were no match for their three-quarters, either in pace or weight; Shepherd especially, for Trinity, seemed to run through many of our forwards with greater ease than we cared to see.

Trinity kicked off up the hill, and a few drops were exchanged between the behinds ; finally the ball settled down in the School 25, where it remained for some time till danger for the present was averted by a gallant rush of the School forwards, led by Martin and Hume. Ferguson was collared right in front of the Trinity goal, and our forwards penned the visitors for some time. When at last the ball came out of the squash it was passed out to Bett, who however was neatly collared before he got behind the line. This failure seemed to dishearten the School forwards, for they were driven back

up

the hill, and a short run by Rogers brought the ball back into our 25. Rogers again got the ball and ran in. The place was a failure. Soon after this Fletcher carried the ball into the enemies' country, being well backed up by Risley, whose collaring at this part of the game was very neat. Trinity were penned for some time, Bett again tried in vain to pass the line, and Trinity was relieved from danger by a good run by Young. At this period rain began to fall in torrents, and shortly afterwards balf-time was called. After the kick-off the ball remained in the middle of the ground, till Risley getting it passed it to Merry, who was however soon collared. Shepherd now got the ball and ran in, but the place was a failure. After the kick out Bett made a good run and some neat passing took place among the School behinds, and the forwards getting well together drove the enemy back on to their line. The forward play of Hume and Preston was good at this period. Young and Shepherd now made some dangerous rushes, and Bloomfield got in for Trinity. This time

the ball was driven between the posts by Ferguson. Almost immediately after Young ran round everyone and got in right behind. Again the place was kicked. The ball now remained in the middle, and some good drops were exchanged, after which some splendid play by Martin, whose game was good throughout, encouraged our forwards to a great effort. The visitors were driven back on to their line and were finally compelled to touch down in self defence. Shortly after this Risley obtained a try for the School, which Buchanan failed to convert into a goal. Time was then called. Besides those already mentioned, Henniker, Harris, and Vassall were good for the visitors, while for the School, Merry, Dundas, and Robertson did their best to avert defeat. The following were the sides :

Trinity.—Ferguson (back), G. J. Young, Shepherd, Harris (three-quarters), Casson, Bloomfield (half), Vassall (capt.) Henniker, Trethewy, Wilson, Dowling, Jenner, Gamon, and Sharp.

School.-S. A. P. Kitcat (back), H. C. Bett, C. E. Fletcher, W. S. C. Merry (three-quarters), C. R. Lias, and J. S. Risley (half), D. E. Martin (cart.) A. T. Keeling, E. P. Kaye, R. N. Dundas, H. L. Stanton, A. S. Preston, A. F. Ferguson-Davie, and W. H. Robertson.

THE GRAVE.

From the German of Senlis.

O Gr our hearts are failing,

As on thy brink we stand,
Whose silent depths are veiling

An undiscovered land.

No nightingales are singing

Within thy dark profound ;
The roses friends are flinging

Fade on thy grassy mound.
With tears all unavailing

The maid forsaken weeps ;
Vain is the orphan's wailing,

It reaches not thy deeps.
Yet, nowhere else, poor mortal,

Can'st thou thy rest obtain ;
'Tis through the grave's dark portal

Thou passest home again.
Poor storm-tost heart! Thy sadness

In death shall find release ;
'Tis death shall bring thee gladness

There where thy throbbings

cease.

E.L.T.

O.M.'S.

MARRIAGES. Jan. 29th, at St. Stephen's, Westbourne-Park, Reginald Frederick Charles Francis, eldest son of F. I. Francis, of 14, Warwick Crescent, to Marion, eldest daughter of Francis Day Lockwood, of 31, Boundary Road, St. John's Wood.

Feb. 7th, Lieut. Conway Richard Dobbs Higginson, R.A., son of Sir J. M. Hig nson, K.C.B., to Agnes Isabella, eldest daughter of Lord Castlemaine.

NAVY. Commander Francis Metcalfe Ommaney has been placed on the retired list, with permission to assume the rank and title of Captain.

ARMY. 5th Dragoon Guards- Major Henry Tomkinson from halfpay, to be Major.

Royal Artillery 7th Brigade, North Irish Division-Major John Minnitt Tabor, to be Adjutant.

The Royal Fusiliers—Gentleman Cadet Guy Louis Busson du Maurier, to be Lieutenant.

West Yorkshire Regiment-Gentleman Cadet Neville Cracroft Taylor, to be Lieutenant.

The Bedfordshire Regiment-Gentleman Cadet Henry Wise Unett Coates, to be Lieutenant.

The Lancashire Fusiliers-Lieut. James 0. Nelson, to be Adjutant.

The Scottish Rifles-Captain Peter Low has been seconded for service with the Army Pay Department.

The North Lancashire Regiment-Lieut. Gerald Francis Ellison, who has ceased to be a Probationer for the Indian Staff Corps, to be Lieutenant.

The Cameron Highlanders-Lieut. Thomas Arthur Mackenzie, to be Captain.

The Connaught Rangers--Gentleman Cadet Arthur George Vaughan Chichester, to be Lieutenant.

The Rifle Corps-Lieut.-Colonel William Gerard Byron has been appointed io command a Battalion.

PASSED OUT OF SANDHURST.

Edward Dalrymple White.
PASSED THE FINAL EXAMINATION OF THE

INCORPORATED LAW SOCIETY.
William Dawson, B.A.
Ernest John Gunner
Charles Savile Rashdall, B.A.
Joseph Wilfrid Stanton

Edmund Trevor Lloyd Williams, B.A.
PASSED THE INTERMEDIATE EXAMINATION.

Frank Bedwell, B.A.
Albert Edward Dixon

Occasional Notes. On Saturday, Feb. 7th, Mr. E. F. N. Smith paid us a visit, and during evening preparation gave a large audience a very amusing and interesting account of his labours. On the Sunday following he preached in the Chapel.

The two football matches, which were arranged this term, were played on Feb. 7th and 14th. In the former against Magdalen College, Oxford, we were defeated by a goal and three tries to one goal; in the latter against Trinity College, Oxford, by two goals and two tries to one try.

Hockey has gone on energetically, despite the weather. Matches have been arranged against a team brought down by J. P. Cheales, O.M., on Saturday, Feb. 28th, and against a London team brought down by J. D. Vans-Agnew, March 14th.

We must apologise to the Rifle Corps for an unfortunate misstatement in the review of the year. We should have said that the numbers of the Corps were well above the average, and that the shooting was unusually successful, as we were second for the Ashburton Shield.

The builders have been energetic lately. The new erection at the Lodge is almost complete ; opinions differ about its effect.

We hear that the Penny Reading Committee are actively engaged in providing us an evening's entertainment for a Saturday at the end of the term.

The competition for the School single racquets was not very spirited. There is a goodly number of entries for the School Fives.

WE hear that the organ in the new Chapel will be worked by hydraulic apparatus, if the pressure from the mound is sufficient.

PRAYERS in Class Room in the morning are for the present at 7.10 a.m. Chapel after School will begin next week.

Two of the fives' courts in College are receiving the attention which has been necessary for some time. When the repairs are completed, we hope the weather will allow us to appreciate the improvement.

The annual Racquet matches with Wellington College will be played on Saturday, March 7th, at Marlborough, and the return on the following Saturday at Wellington. We shall be represented by F. Meyrick-Jones and A. Martyn, whom we wish every success.

ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS, &c. Rev. Alured Bayfield de Moleyns, M.A., Curate of St. Peter, Fleetwood.

Rev. John Frederick Scobell, M.A., Public Preacher in the Diocese of Exeter.

Rev. Henry Dealtry Thomas, Vicar of Longdon, Tewkesbury.

Rev. Charles Alfred Jones, Assistant Master at Westminster School, has been presented by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to the living of Dedham, Colchester, Essex.

PROMOTIONS, &c., IN 1884. The following have not hitherto appeared in our pages :F. H. A. Seymour, Bt. Colonel, Rifle Brigade. W. U. Wright, retired, Hon. Lieut.-Colonel, R.A. E. H. Carr, Major (Queen's Own Royal West Kent). F. M. Randell, Captain, Bengal Staff Corps. E. H. Peacock, Captain, Leicestershire Regiment. D. A. G. Lascelles, Captain, Lothian Regiment. R. A. Fraser, Captain, Inverness Volunteers. H. D. Thomson, probationer, Bombay Staff Corps.

P. Christopherson, who left in 1881, and has since been at Bedford Grammar School, is now Head of the School, Captain of Cricket and Captain of Football.

There are,

On Friday evening, March 6th, we are told Mr. Brandram will give us a recitation. however, several practical difficulties in the way at present.

Dr. HUDSON will deliver a lecture to the Natural History Society on Saturday, Feb. 21st, in the Bradleian. The subject will be Meteors and Shooting Stars, with illuminated diagrams.

The sub-librarian of the Sixth Form Library wishes to acknowledge the gift of the English Illus. trated Magazine for 1884 from the Rev. T. N. HartSmith, O.M. The same official is desirous of taking the opportunity to remind past members of the Sixth that it is a long time since he has received the traditional 'guinea's worth of books and a photograph,' and that he would be most happy to do so. The following are rowing in their College torpids :

C.C.C.-S. G. Williams, 6.
Ch. Ch.-H. F. Wright, 7.
Keble Ist-T. Cooper, 4.
Worcester-R. B. Thompson, 7.
Hertford-J. S. Gale, str.
Lincoln

E. C. C. Firth, 2.

G. J. Elliot, 3.
New College 2nd C. S. Preston, 5.

H. A. Ferguson-Davie, 6.
Jesus—W.J. Hemsley, 5.
We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the
following contemporaries :-Brucian, Meteor, Hailey-
burian, Lorettonian, Cliftonian, Shirburnian, Kossalian,
Reptonian, Salopian, Cheltonian, Blue, Radleian,
Tonbridgian, Carthusian, Wykehamist, Wellingtonian,
Glenalmond Chronicle, and others.

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Correspondence.

To the Editor of the Marlburian. Dear Sir,-I once ventured to come before you with a suggestion about a Chess Tournament, which despite the airing you gave it in yonr estimable pages met with very little attention from those who ought to encourage such an institution. Let me again make the suggestion. I fail to see why it should not be a great success; many fellows have little opportunity at school of improving their early acquirements in this admirable game. At the university or elsewhere they find themselves behind in the race. Boys can more easily pick up the game and puzzle out problems, being proverbially persevering and energetic players. If the authorities would start a few chess boards out of their ample resources, they would find plenty of players. As for the waste of time, I am sure it would be a less waste to play this intelligent game than to sit brewing and reading norels. Hoping to have some encouragement this time, Believe me, undauntedly yours,

LANIUS.

To the Editor of the Marlburian. SIR,—The announcement with reference to the Debating Society in your last number is calculated to evoke some little astonishment in those of your readers, who, being at a distance from the scene of action, are left to gather their ideas of what has happened from your columns; and their dominant feeling is likely at present to be one of sympathy with your corres. pondent, “A School Member," until some further explanation of the high-handed coup d'etat just perpetrated is vouchsafed.

It seems to be agreed on all hands that the Debating Society, after flourishing so many years, had last term come nigh to death from atrophy. The authors of the change will no doubt point to this fact, and say,

some drastic change was beyond dispute necessary." Two replies might be made to this. In the first place I am inclined to deny the truth of the assertion. Everyone who has been any length of time at a public school knows the extraordinary and apparently inexplicable phases of school institutions. They wax and wane in the most irregular and unaccountable way. You, sir, within your own experience have probably seen many sudden revolutions in the fortunes of our school societies. I remember that the Rifle Corps appeared to be at its lowest depth, to have lost all its popularity, a very shoit timo before what will long be remembered as the zenith of its success, the year of the Windsor Review. I am strongly of opinion that if the Debating Society had been suffered to exist a year longer, instead of being so unceremoniously snuffed out, it might have recovered all its former prestige and popularity with scarcely an effort.

But the action that has been taken is open to a much more obvious criticism. Granting the necessity of some revolutionary measure, what a very curious one has been adopted! The difficulty under which the Society laboured was a dearth of members and speakers ; a happy thought strikes the authorities, “Let us make the Society barder to get into!

If it is 'gently exclusive,' if members of the school

such

To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR, -It is with awe and diffidence that I venture to suggest to you a means of making your periodical, if possible, a little more interesting to all. This term, especially, Old Marlburians hear very little of those they know, unless they are players of fives or racquets. Surely it would be quite possible to have accounts of Friendly House Matches at Hockey, which of course might be quite brief. Many interesting games are played I know, and it would be more encouraging to young players to have their names brought prominently before your large circle of readers. Confident that if my proposal meet with any favour from you, O.M.'s will find your pages more interesting,

Believe me, yours, etc.,

L.T.A. (We should be very glad to insert short accounts, if House

Captains would send them in.-Ed. M.]

are discouraged when they wish to become orators, how much better off we shall be !” Many and curious have been the objects for which coups d'état have been suggested or carried out; but oddest of all is the anticipation of the Senior Prefect and sub-librarian from their coup d'état, that it will have a “permanently good effect in reviving oratorical talent and

energy!"

were to 'absorb all the political talent outside the Sixth,' we venture to doubt whether they would put the nose of the new Society out of joint,' as M. D. appears to fancy.

In conclusion, we cannot but think that M. D. would have served the interests of both the Sixth and the School better by avoiding any attempt to create friction about a change, which has taken place with the greatest harmony. Such action must tend to stir up bad feeling between the Sixth and the School, a result most earnestly to be deprecated.

As a proof of the success of the new scheme, we may refer M. D. to the account in our columns of the last debate. It may be noticed that the political talent outside the Sixth' was not prominent on that occasion.-Ed. M.]

To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR, -It struck me while reading the last issue of your paper, that the letter by "School Member" distinctly without grounds. He asks who is responsible for the alterations in the Debating Society. Why, no one else except himself and his confréres. If the society had been properly supported by the school, the Sixth would have let matters go on as they were. Whereas, now,

was

It would be interesting to hear what particular good effect is expected to follow on this revolution. It is hard to gather anything from the announcement in your last number, except the somewhat arrogant and dictatorial tone of its authors. It is hardly necessary to remark on the effect likely to be produced on the relations between the Sixth and and the School by behaviour of this kind.

In conclusion, I hope you will allow me to suggest to your correspondent (whose language can hardly be called violent under the circumstances) a possible method of redress. Surely the old Society is not ipso facto dissolved by a vote of a Sixth Form Meeting. If he and a sufficient number of his friends, resenting their treatment and the position assigned to them in the new Society, choose to shew an energetic and independent spirit, their course is obvious. A“ School Debating Society,” meeting in the Upper Fifth class room, and absorbing all the political talent outside the Sixth, would decidedly put the nose of the new Society ont of joint. Apologising for the length of this letter, I remain, Sir, your obedient servant,

M.D. Oxford, Feb. 10. [To prevent misunderstanding, we are authorised to publish a

few remarks in answer to M.D. M.D. appears to have entirely misunderstood the position of the society last term. It was practically defunct altogether. The reasons for this were two : (a) The Society had lost its old connection with the Sixth Form, and consequently the members of the latter body no longer felt it their duty to support it. (b) The rules had become very lax, and the meetings were swamped by members and visitors from the lower parts of the school; these members, who had been informally elected, took no interest in political questions, which must form the staple of the subjects discussed by a debating society. At the same time the more able members did not care to debate upon trivial subjects of no real importance. The changes made are not in reality very drastic.' The Society has returned to the Sixth Form Room; various rules, which had fallen into abeyance, have been revived ; and the society has been placed directly under the influence and protection of the Sixth. If M.D. doubts the equity of these changes, let him remember: (a) that the Sixth form members were a majority of the whole society, (b) that all vested interests have been recognised, (c) that no school member, except the anonymous correspondent in columns, has as yet declared himself aggrieved.

There is not the slightest objection to M. D.'s proposal that the non-Sixth-form members should secede to the Mons Sacer of a Fifth form class-room, but even if they

our

that estimable body have been patriotic enough to be responsible for the well-being of an old school institution. How could a society, which had died a natural death, expect to be consulted in the matter? In fact there was no society to be consulted, and the thanks of the school, instead of recriminations, are due to the Sixth Form. Believe me, dear Sir, yours obediently,

A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL.

To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR,-Knowing that your columns are always open to suggestions, I venture to propose a few improvements in the programme of the

ing races. Other Schools have found Steeple Chases a great success. I don't see why we should not have them at Marlborough. The country is fairly suited.

Also instead of the Sack Race or Two-legged Race, neither of which is very exciting and which are getting a trifle stale, would it not be possible to have an Obstacle Race? I suppose most of your readers know what the race is like. Several schools have tried it and found it a great diversion. Hoping the authorities will look with

favour on my suggestions,

Believe me, yours, etc.,

πούς. .

To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR, -When I first read the Notice about the Debating Society, my sentiments were very much akin to those of your Correspondent; but when I had attended the first meeting of the New Society, and had seen how much fuller the room was, both of members and visitors, notwithstanding the necessity of having a ticket of admission, my feelings underwent a rapid change, and I came to the conclusion that no harm had been done. There is only one

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