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MIDSUMMER FANCIES. Have ye ever heard, as I hear, in the calm midsummer days In the deep blue days of summer, when no breath doth stir
the haze, Mystic voices floating earthwards, whispers from an unseen
land, When I, wandering, as my wont is, idly o'er the silent strand, Pause and watch the countless ripple of the laughing gladsome
waves, Where they togs and wanton gaily on the floor of the sea caves, Then from out the golden sunshine, through the air so still
and clear Laden with a sweet faint perfume from the pine tree forests
near, From the sea-green of the ocean, and the azure of the sky, From the yellow stretch of beach, where myriad seashells
scattered lie, Come the voices, bringing comfort to a soul o'erfraught with
pain, And a thousand clustering fancies crowd upon the weary
brain. Thoughts of past and thoughts of future, what has been and
what will be ; Sweeping from the mind all traces of a gross anxiety, Such as earth too oft engenders in the busy toil of life, When from morn to night we struggle in the base ignoble ||
strife. Oft too in the quiet even when its shades are creeping o'er, When the twinkling lights are shining through the open
cottage door; When the moth and sharded beetle wing their aimless
mazy flight, And the eerie bats flit swiftly round the sea.cliff loaming
white, Then they come, those mystic voices, floating from the
woodland wild, Whispering their wondrous secrets, Nature's message to her child.
lucid, but it is pleasant to read that the New Chapel will possess the dignity and beauty of a miniature cathedral, &c.
An Army Class has been formed under the superin. tendence of Mr. Bull. The other masters are Mr, Rundall and Mr. Drury. The new masters are E. C. Read, Esq., and W. H. Story, Esq.
The match against a team of O.M.'s played on the last Saturday of last term, resulted in a defeat for the school, by 3 goals, and 3 tries, to one goal.
Hockey is now being played by all the houses except Baker's.
FOOTBALL, Big games are still kept up in conse. quence of two matches which have been arranged, viz:
v. Magdalen College, Oxford, Feb. 7th,
v. Trinity College, Oxford, Feb. 14th. The Debating Society has been revived, as was proposed in a letter in a former number, as a Sixth Form Debating Society. We trust that by this means its existence will be more effective and less precarious.
We print in another column the list of contri. butions received by the College Mission Building fund, in answer to the appeal in our last number. The members of Council have subscribed with their usnal generosity.
We would recommend to the notice of those who are in the habit of strictly keeping their own marks, a little book recently published, entitled Conrad's Memorabilia for Schoolboys. It affords space for entering marks, places, work done, scores at cricket, and similar interesting records, and may be obtained from Hamilton, Adams, and Co., Paternoster Row, price 8d.
The Public School Gymnasium competition will be held in London on March 18th, probably.
Rev. E. F. N. Noel-Smith is coming down to Marlborough at the end of this week. He will hold a meeting in the Bradleian on Saturday, Feb. 7th, and preach on the Sunday following.
Bishop Kelly, acting for the Bishop of Salisbury, will hold a confirmation in the College Chapel, on March 26th, at 5 p.m.
On Wednesday, January 7th, the Master and some Marlburians past and present were invited by the Curate in charge of the Marlborough Mission to meet some of the Congregation. During the evening, singing, speeches and galvanic batteries, divided the attention of those present. We are sorry to observe
Occasional Notes. The whole School returned on Friday, Jan. 23rd.
The first thing that struck our eyes on arriving. at the College gates was some scaffolding put up round the Porter's Lodge. A belfry tower is in course of erection. This is an improvement which will deprive habitual grumblers of the pleasure of grumbling that the Lodge bell cannot be heard. The old chapel bell has been fitted up on the Lodge, for temporary use, till the belfry tower is completed.
The New Chapel does not seem to have progressed very much during the holidays. We would recommend to our readers a long description of the plan of the New Chapel, in Lucy's Marlborough Directory. The technical details are not perhaps very
that so few of the Sixth availed themselves of Mr. quest us to perform that very necessary operation Marshall's kind invitation. The loss was theirs. upon him ? People who are afflicted with such The Master gave a very encouraging account of the grievances had really better apply to the proper subscriptions for the Building Fund, and the re authorities. presentative of the Senior Prefect spoke for the Now for the rejected addresses.' They are, as enthusiasm felt by Marlborough in this her we have stated, four in number. Three are—well, undertaking.
written more or less in rhyme ; one is in prose. We It may not be known to our readers that General will begin with the former. Two are far from good, Sir Herbert Stewart, who has lately been promoted one, though very inadequate, shows promise. The to the rank of Major General for his brilliant ser. first is called “ Affinities.” We have studied it for vices in the Soudan, was at Marlborough for a term, nearly an hour, but the meaning is still hidden in before he went to Winchester.
obscurity. Had not the author concealed his name,
we would have given his house-master a hint to look EDITORIAL.
after him. We are sorry not to have room to quote It would be a wilful perversion of the truth to this unique production in its entirety. We may ob. say that members of the school appear to show the serve that the talented author has shaken himself slightest sense that they have any duty at all to free from the trammels of convention, and dispensed discharge towards the Marlburian. They appear to with a principal verb in the first two verses. be quite content to leave to the Editors, besides
"AFFINITIES.” their own sufficiently arduous duties, the task of
Stars, that from the purple depths
Of Heaven gaze out above us; composing from their own resources a large portion
Eyes, that from the far-off homes
Of hope look down upon us; of every number. It does not speak well for a school
Souls that from the pearly gates which habitually wastes so much time on the com
Steal forth and smiling listen ;
All things above-stars, eyes, and loveparatively worthless pursuits of athletics, brewing,
That watch and wake and glisten. and novel reading, that only four people in the course
Moon that in the tranquil eves
Riseth in placid wonder; of an entire term are energetic enough to devote a
And music of the hollow seas few hours to an occupation which cannot but be of
Drawn out in low-toned thunder ;
And winds that wander through the grass inestimable value to themselves, while at the same
As sunset-lights are waning; time contributing to the support of a valuable School
And all sweet sounds that nature hath,
Apart from Man's complaining. institution. The only form of composition which
The next specimen is entitled the “ The Rime of appears to approve itself to our readers is letter
the Highland tourist,” (why Rime ?). This is not writing. A letter which was sent us upon a vexed
so bad as the last, (let not the author be puffed up); question of football politics evoked literally scores
the verses, though full of painful and glaring deof answers, while many other subjects were treated
ficiencies, have a certain ring and spirit about them. in an equally copious manner. But the composition
The Highland tourist is supposed to be drowned of most of these letters is of the feeblest possible character, while many are defaced by grammatical
near a spot where a remote progenitor of his own has
committed a terrible crime. We quote the following and orthographical errors which would prove an
verses as being truly exquisite gems : infallible bar to passing the IVth standard at any
Our tourist friend was rather shocked, elementary school. Amongst others discide'
In fact he shuddered rather : (apparently for 'decide') struck us as peculiar. Per
For this Maclean gave his mother her name
Having been her great grandfather's father. haps the best specimen of our unpublished Disregarded now, an omen comes ; correspondence is the following :
Nemesis delays it no longer,
A flock of gulls. The wind now lulls,
But the tide runs possibly stronger.
What a boundless flow of description in that la
line! How vividly the scene is brought before our
STICK UP. eyes! The other two pieces need not detain us long but it is not very original. Much as we agree with || “An Apostrophe to the Turk leaving his country our correspondent's suggestion, why should he re. ll evidently the work of a very young writer.
young writer. We
hope he will try again; there is some promise in 1873 contributes eighty-three, while of the large his work, but it is not quite up to our standard. One || number who left Marlborough between 1873 and hint may be useful to him. Eschew blank verse. 1883 only twenty-seven have joined. This result has Bad blank verse is the easiest thing to write; good caused some disappointment to the Committee, who blank verse perhaps the hardest.
cannot but think that this delay in coming forward Our sole prose contribution is an essay on Psychical is due rather to a want of information than to any Research. There are some good points in this, but objection to, or want of interest in, the Club. The it shows evident signs of hasty work. We wish we aims and objects of the institution have already could find room to quote a very interesting "ghost been explained in the Marlburian more than once. story.” We shall be very glad to hear from the Briefly, they are these :—To aid in every way everyauthor again. In conclusion, if our contributors thing Marlburian that is deserving of aid or in want only knew how many cups of strong tea have been of assistance; to enable old School friends to keep required to support us under the affliction of toiling up and renew old friendships by bringing them through their productions, they would really try to together as members of one common association ; do better next time.
and to establish a definite organisation and centre
for the interests of Marlburians in their old School. THE MARLBURIAN CLUB.
If these were all the aims of the Club it is evident
that Members would find their chief reward in the We make no apology for calling the attention of
consciousness of having done their duty by their our readers, especially those of them who are Old old School. But the promoters go further than Marlburians, to the following remarks, which refer
this, and offer especially to younger Members to what is one of the most important, though
advantages which it may be supposed will appeal youngest, of Marlborough institutions. We feel
more directly to the principle of self interest. In a convinced with the writer that the aims and objects
word, a resolution was passed at the Committee of the Club have only to be more widely understood
meeting, held in January, that a Club-room should for it to be more largely supported, and we trust
be engaged for Members of the Club; a Club-house that not only a large number of O.M.'s of older date
is obviously beyond the means of the institution. who may see these lines will join the Club, but that
The Hon. Secretary is already in correspondence many of those who have recently left us will prove with the authorities of the Hôtel Métropole, whose their willingness to maintain touch of all that is central position will be extremely suitable for the Marlburian by becoming members :
purpose. At the Club-room Members will be able “The first formal Committee meeting of the
to meet each other, see the papers, and write letters ; Marlburian Club was held at Limmer's Hotel at the and arrangements will, if possible, be made with beginning of November, and a good deal of business the Hotel authorities by which special consideration was done. The Club numbers nearly 250 Members, will be shewn to Members of the Club. Therefore, and is now fairly started. Since the last Committee while town Members will find the Club-room a meeting many candidates have come forward for pleasant and convenient lounge, and the Hotel a election. An analysis of the names now printed in suitable place for dining, country Members will be the list of Members shows very clearly, however, certain of finding a welcome at the Hotel, and every that the supporters of the Club are for the most possible attention paid to their wants. To all those part drawn from a somewhat elderly generation of O.M.'s in London who are not members of any 0.M.’s, and that those who have left at a com larger club it seems likely that the Marlburian Clubparatively recent date have not come forward in room will be a great convenience, and it is hoped such numbers as was expected. Dividing the that many of them will be induced to join for this, College life into periods of ten years, and grouping if for no other reason. The subscription for MemO.M.'s into corresponding classes, it appears that of bers is only 10s. 6d. per annum, with no entrance those who left School between 1843 and 1853 fee, a sum which is within the reach of the thirty-six are Members of the Club, the decade slenderest purse. Candidates for election need only ending 1863 contributes seventy-one, that ending be proposed and seconded by a Member of the Club. A list of these and all other information will be ! members of the Sixth and elected solely by the Sixth Form, gladly supplied by the Hon. Sec., S. T. Fisher, Esq.,
and that visitors will only be admitted on producing a member's 4, Park Prospect, Little Queen-Street, Westminster,
ticket of admission. Pray Sir, who is responsible for these S.W.”
alterations ? I am not aware that the Debating Society was consulted at all on so vital a subject. Apparently the change
has been effected entirely to please a few members of the Correspondence.
Sixth Form. Surely, Sir, you will not decline to insert this To the Editor of the Marlburian.
protest against the high handed injustice of a narrow clique ? Sir, - I have been instructed by the Committee of the
Yours, etc., Marlborough Nomads Football Club to request you to be good
SCHOOL MEMBER. enough to publish the following resolution passed at their last
[We insert our correspondent's letter, bnt decline to hold Meeting (held on the 23rd instant) :
ourselves responsible either for the sentiments or the “That the Committee having heard of the sudden death on the 1st instant of their old friend and schoolfellow, Henry
language in which they are conveyed. – Ed. M.] Stanhope Illingworth (since its foundation a member, and for
To the Editor of the Marlburian. many years the active and energetic Honorary Secretary of
Dear Sip,-A reference to Spartan History will show that the Club), desire to place on record their sincere sorrow at his
those hardy warriors in their youth lived on black broth. Sir, the early death and their keen appreciation of the benefit which
New Zealander of the future, who will some day take his stand on the Club derived from his exertions."
the ruins of London Bridge, will read with amazement that the It may not be generally known that Stanhope Illingworth
School called Marlborough prospered for many years despite was one of the originators and the first Hon. Sec. of the now a most pernicious habit called in old days ‘Brewing.' He will no longer existing Marlborough Nomads Cricket Club, which, see beyond a doubt that this degrading practice was the cause during his Secretaryship, was the most successful effort which
of the ultimate ruin, which befell this once prosperous instituO.M's. have made at cricket.
tion. But seriously is there not enough good sense in MarlHe was a true lover of Marlborough, and the regret of the borough to see that this custom tends to violate the 'manly Committee will I am sure be shared by all the Members of
simplicity' of our School life. It is luxurious and unnecessary. the Club past and present and by other Old Marlburians to Surely now the food in hall has been so much improved and whom my dear old friend was known.
will, as we hope, be some day even better in tea, it is ungrate: I remain, yours obediently,
ful to leave College fare untouched that in our private circles F. INNES CURREY,
we may enjoy a more luxurious repast. It seems to me that Grays Inn, London,
both work and games would fare much better if this pernicious January 25th, 1885.
habit were suffered gradually to die out. Rome was not built
in a day, nor do I suppose it possible to abolish such a popular To the Editor of the Marlburian.
institution at one blow. But suffice it for the present to call DEAR SIR,—Permit me through the medium of your columns
attention to the lengths it has run and try by exhortation to to call attention to the way hockey is played here. I think I
coerce it within the range of our sumptuary laws." Sic Etruria have hardly seen a half-back hit the ball without having sticks
fortis crevit-Sic Marlburia.” -which it is sad to say are rarely or never called.
Yours, And of the new hockey sticks that I have seen, 5 out of 6
“NOLI SAGINARI." must be greatly over weight.
[We decline to be answerable for the opinions of our cortes Could not this be remedied. Hard hitting in hockey ought pondent.-Ed. M.] to be quite rare, and confined to backs and half-backs. Hockey if played as it should be is a very excellent game,
Natural History Society. but played as it is here, I am not surprised to hear it grumbled
Ex-Officio–President, H. Richardson, Esq.
Treasurer, Rev. J. P. Way.
Secretary, E. K. Chambers.
Elected-Rev. T. N. H. Smith. E. F. Benson. To the Editor of the Marlburian.
R. G. Durrant, Esa. E. Robertson.. DEAR SIR,—Will you allow me to enter a protest in your This Society held its usual preliminary meeting columns against the recent action with regard to the debating on Thursday, January 29th. The President sta society. Hitherto this society has been a School institution that various donations had been presented to and open freely to all members of the School who cared to
Society, consisting of books, coins, beetles, sk join. Many who have not wished to become members have
etc. Among these were some skulls from G.1.
Maurice, 0. M., a work on the Geology of Shrops. yet found much pleasure in attending the debates as visitors.
and a valuable book on British coins. After criticism Now forsooth we are told that henceforth the Society will be the work of the Society during the last year, he known as the Sixth Form Debating Society, that all who wish that a book had been provided to contain a com to become members must be proposed and seconded by of autographs. He also stated that an otter
contain a collection
captured on the Kennet the other day. It had Mr. Preston will be glad to receive 'notices' of somehow or other got caught in a mill wheel and any kind in the Museum. Ornithological notices was slain by the miller.
may also be taken to Rev. J. P. Way, and EntomoA short discussion followed on various subjects of į logical notices to the Rev. T. N. H. Smith, or E. K. interest. The Rev. T. N. H. Smith announced that Chambers. the Entomological Section would not meet for the present. He further urged members of the Section
SIXTH FORM DEBATING SOCIETY. to collect beetles. E. Robertson announced that By this significant change of name our readers the Astronomical Section would continue its meet. will understand that the Society has ceased to exist ings during Saturday preparation, and invited new on its old footing. At a Sixth Form meeting, on the members to join.
motion of H. M. Lewis, Speaker of the old The Rev. T. A. Preston then gave some account society, the new society was chosen to supersede of the various additions to the Museum col the old one, which had practically died out. lections. These were in part due to the liberality To prevent misapprehensions let us state-1. of the British Museum. Among them were That the members of the old society will be a drawing of the Archæopteryx, or flying lizard, a entitled to be considered as members of the new.-2. Toucan presented by Hamerton, some humming-birds That it is not an exclusive society, confined to the from America, a bird of Paradise, some poisoned Sixth. Any member of the Modern or Upper School arrows from the Solomon Isles, and a holothuria, or is eligible; he must be proposed and seconded by sea-cucumber. This is one of those curious animals Sixth Form Members, and the election it is hoped which when irritated throws away its head, stomach will be gently exclusive. No really energetic candiand other unnecessary luxuries; these are however dates are likely to be rejected; and as speakers not presently replaced by a new growth. We further
members make a debating society, we hope there will gather that in London the holothuria is used in the be many such. The role of admitting visitors by manufacture of soup.
ticket will be enforct d. School members will be Mr. Preston also read a letter from an old mem turned out for inefficiency and in most other ways ber of the Society, E. F. Im Thurm. This gentle. the society will be as of old. It is however a Sixth man is exploring in the wilds of British Guiana, and Form Society and the Sixth Form members alone wrote an account of some of his experiences to the will determine its constitution. The Senior Prefect Demerara Argosy. He is now on the slopes of will be President, and the Sub-librarian of the Sixth Mount Roraima, and is being remarkably successful Form vice-President. in his researches for flowers, insects, birds, et hoc We desire the co-operation of the School in the genus omne.
matter, that this coup d'état may have some perHe remarks that his chief obstacle is an ecclesi. manently good effect in reviving oratorical talent astical mania which has spread over the neighbour and energy, which have been allowed to decline ing tribes. They are by no means Christians, but lately. influenced by the love of imitation, common to men
A. B. POYNTON (H00. President). and monkeys, they have erected numerous churches,
A. F. B. WILLIAMS (Vice-President). copied from a mission church at Potaro. In these they spend 6 hours a day during the week, and 8
MARLBOROUGH MISSION CHURCH on Sundays, “repeating the creed, the Lord's Prayer,
BUILDING FUND. and the ten Commendmants in the, to them, vulgar tongue, though it is quite evident that what they are
The following additional contributions have been
received in answer to the appeal contained in our saying is not understanded of the people.” They do
last number. not aim at harmony, but each man doeth “ that
From members of the Council, per the Masterwhich is right in his own eyes.” Some pray, others
£ s. d. £ 8. d. sing hymns or psalms, others deliver sermons with The Warden of Keble ... ... ... 5 0 0 appropriate gestures. They appear to incline to R. Hunter, Esq.
10 0 ritualism. At any rate they universally indulge in The Bishop of Bath and Wells
2 W. S. Seton-Karr, Esq. ...
0 0 altar pieces. An enlightened community had a
The Marquis of Bath ... ...
5 0 0 portrait of our respected Premier, another was con
The Bishop of Durham ... ... 5 0 0 tent with a page torn out of Mr. Payn's 'By Proxy.' The Rev. Canon Bridges
0 0 Let us hope they live up to it.
The Rev. M. T. Farrer...
0 0 The report this year will be unusually interesting.
The Earl of Devon ... ... ... ... 3 0 0 In an appendix will be published an analysis, care.
- 71 0 0
Other donations, per the Masterfully compiled by Mr. Preston, of the notices taken
General and Mrs. Askwith ... ... 5 00 during the last twenty years. This will show the
The Rev. W. Chambers... ... ... 5 00 average date of first appearance of insects, of laying The Rev. G. C. Bell (3rd inst.) ... 25 0 0 of birds, of first flowering of plants, etc., etc.
The Rev. J. Meek Clark... ... ... 10 The lectures this term will be as follows :-Feb
45 0 0 ruary 5th, W. W. Fowler, Esq., on “The birds of
| Per the Secretary at Marlborough College
The Rev. T. W. Lee ... ... ... 5 0 0 the Alps.” February 21st, Dr. Hudson. March The Rev. W. E. Vigor for Capt. F. 12th, E. Robertson, on Astronomy. March 26th, T.
G. V. (serving in the Soudan) 1 0 0 Corbett, Esq., O.M., on Rome.
F. C. Beazley, Esq. ... ... ... ... 1 0 0