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Finally, there is no statement of accounts in many houses. Surely it is not the captains of House pounds who should score the money: the offenders should lose, but is it fair to take the children's meat and cast it unto dogs ?
To the Editor of the Marlburian. SIB,- It is with some indignation that I write to ask that the XXII promotions might be made by a committee. It is quite impossible for the Captain of the XI to know who are the best fellows on House Grounds, and the result is that the XXII has been filled up with four from what are generally acknowledged to have been the two worst elevens of colts that have played here. When the notice of the last XXII promotions was posted nobody knew on what merits some of the fellows had been promoted, for on neither side was the bowling better than that on an ordinary House Ground, whereas the fielding was of the weakest possible description. It was plain that the Captain of the XI did not know the merits of fellows on House Grounds, and, therefore, when the best fellows under 16 were, as it were, paraded, he chose the best of them.
My proposal to remedy this unfair state of things is that there should be a committee, and that every fortnight they should meet and make promotions. I should suggest as well that all house score books should be sent in to them, and so, if unable to see fellows play, they could at least see whether they had been successful either in batting or bowling. I feel that if this had been done this year, we should not have had quite the same XXII as we have now.
Apologising for taking up so much space,
To the Editor of the Marlburian. Dear Sir, — As the end of term is now approaching, I wish to call attention to a serious impediment in the means of departure from this abode of bliss. Under present circumstances the special to Padaington is brought up to the platform about six o'clock a.m., and it is, in consequence, impossible for many fellows to get a place in it. A few small fellows rise at an early hour (I should think under compulsion) and having engaged every carriage by depositing in it some article of luggage, wait in misery for two hours. About 7.45, the athletocracy appear and claim the carriages.
The conse quence is that there are only two or three occupants in each carriage while the rest of the school have to wait for the 8.15. If the train were not brought up to the platform till 7.30, it would save a great deal of inconvenience to many. Hoping my humble protest will receive some attention,
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR,- In the last two House-grounds, it has seemed to me, and I have heard my opinion expressed by several others, that it is in the highest degree unsatisfactory for Houses to have their own umpires and scorers. In both House-grounds there have been some very, not intentionally we hope, doubtful decisions given, in stumping and catches at the wicket notably. When, as in both, a couple of runs will decide the match it seems very unsatisfactory for the House to have their own umpires. Again when three runs were wanted to win two consecutive no balls were called ; a curious coincidence at any time and very much so then. I also saw a very small boy scoring, and as he found time to be very enthusiastic in his applauses for his House, I have no doubt there were not a few mistakes made. Hoping to see this remedied,
I am, yours, etc.,
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR,—Your correspondent, who moves to abolish the absurd practice of giving Thursday half-holidays in honour of some distinguished 0.M., has erred a little. Of course if wo had not the existing custom, we should have two half-bolidays, two fag-days and two non.
a-fag-days per week as in winter. But that would be a quite absurd amount of work in summer, in. volving one-and-a-half hours extra preparation. So that equitably and reasonably I agree with him the School is entitled to its half-holiday without the appendage at present in vogue. But inasmuch as such honours never can fail, while Marl. borough is Marlborough, let us not take from our life the portion of the sentiment we feel to our past friends when they are posted as earning us this xápis axapis.
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR-I am writing about the system of fines for books not recovered from the pounds. To begin with the books are impounded in a very curious fashion, collected from odd quarters about Court, and made profit of by the pound keeper as though they had come into his possession lawfully. Secondly, the fines are extracted on false pretences; a list is taken to a house master and he of course signs it without question. The list is often written with wide intervals between the names, and when the paper is signed, the gaps are filled up at random.
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR, -The “Marlburian Club” has just issued its first annual Report and Balance-sheet.
The account of “Business Done" may be described, as in Punch's Parliamentary epitomes, as “None,” or nearly none. A large sum has indeed been invested in Government Stock ; but not a sixpence has been devoted to any definite object connected with Marlborough, unless the bill of £44 odd, for printing &o., be admitted as such.
The programme for 1885-6 appears to be :
(1) A dinner at Limmer's. (Perhaps Mr. L. is one of the 0.M's in need of assistance, spoken of in the original circular inviting people to join).
(2) The use of a room at the Army and Navy Hotel, Victoria Street, every Saturday and Sunday; in plain English, a con• venient lounge for a few men about town; which will probably swallow up the bulk of the annual subscriptions,
These, by the way, are hardly likely to become more numerous,
To the Editor of the Marlburian. if such proves to be the case. I do not think such a pro DEAR SIR, - Musical instruments are not allowed in any gramme worthy of a Club bearing the name of a great Public study of the College, presumably because they disturb the School; and believe it calls for comment. The proposed owners of neighbouring studies. Yet why should that com. “Marlburian Badge" perhaps savours a bit of the common bination of musical instruments known as the Drum and Fife or garden Band of Hope.
Band be allowed to make night hideous twice or thrice a Yours faithfully,
week almost under our feet. They utterly prevent work, and RUSTICUS EXPECTAT.
quite shake the Alley. Could they not practise in the Brass To the Editor of the Marlburian.
Band House ? I am sure the Brass Band would not grudge DEAR SIR, -Is the Captain of the XI in his right senses, or
them the use of it twice a week. is he not a free agent. We hope the latter, for his own sake.
I remain, yours truly, At any rate the last batch of promotions into the XXII don't
ANOTHER WOULD-BE PRESERVER, ETC. exactly reflect credit on his discrimination. No doubt it is an arduous task to pick out fellows for the XXII, and would it
To the Editor of the Marlburian. not be much better to have a committee of house-captains for
DEAR SIR, -A most pernicious practice has grown up here promotions, as at football ? If such had been the case, I of late, which it is high time to remedy. I refer to the think I may say that three of the last lot would never have been forcing to which our so-called Colts are subjected. A small put up; for not one of them was higher than sixth in his house fellow, who shows some little promise and is perhaps just good eleven. Otherwise let the colts match be abolished; it has
enough for his house eleven, is seized on by the authorities, done harm enough already. Many better innings are played
and put over the heads of fellows much better than he is, who on house-grounds, against better bowling and fielding, but no labour under the grievous defect of being big and a trifle aged. notice is taken, whereas, if a colt is lucky enough to make a
Without rhyme or 'reason he is given a net on the eleven, and few runs against the weak bowling and atrocious fielding of
sometimes even put into the XXII, merely on his reputation. his fellows, he immediately gets his colours. Perhaps the
If any bold person ventured to suggest that he is not worth Captain of the XI thinks fit to promote young fellows into all this attention, the certain answer is “He's good for his the XXII above their betters, because they shew promise for
size," and this seems to be an irresistible argument for his future years, but a fellow at the bottom of his house XV being brought forward, while bigger and better cricketers are isn't put into the XL in this idiotically proloptic manner, and
shelved. Even if the injustice done to the bigger fellows is why should it be different with cricket ?
not as great as I fully believe it to be, at any rate the colts “REFORM." do not seem to improve under the process. Naturally enough
they go up and practise, especially the bowlers, much more To the Editor of the Marlburian.
than is good for their weak and unformed muscles. DEAR SIR,-Hadn't it better be made a rule to keep some
AN UNBIASED OUTSIDER. dozen places in the twenty-two unfilled up till after the Colt's match ? Just fancy, why only three or four got in after it this year. Perhaps some of the old members of the XXII
Art Society. might be induced to resign their colours in favour of the
The third meeting of the present term was held on Colts. I remain, yours truly,
July 11th, when a fairly large meeting (53 from the "FAIR PLAY."
school and 34 visitors) gathered together to hear a To the Editor of the Marlburian. paper from A. Sidgwick, Esq., on "Carlyle."
The DEAR SIR,-I write to propose a change in our cricket
lecturer began by summarizing the long literary life arrangements ; it has been suggested before in the “Marl.
of Carlyle and asking what there was in his work
which made him when he left it the most original burian," but this term it seems to me to be a more obvious
and influential of English writers in the present necessity, viz., that as in football there should be a com
century. The popular notion of Carlyle was premittee to make promotions into the XXII.
sented in the phrase "prophet of Chelsea,” thongh The Captain of the XI with all his innumerable duties, such few who used it understood that its originator, as practice nets, and games on the XI, etc., can hardly be Prof. Seeley, meant, not a foreteller of the future, expected to be able to watch fellows playing on House
but prophet in the Hebrew sense, a preacher charged Grounds and ordinary games, while the captains of houses
with a message which he feels constrained to deliver. have seen and heard how fellows have played in games con.
Carlyle's message was to preach, amid a world of
shams and humbugs, the necessity of sincerity. In tinually.
a manifold variety of forms, in every work he proAnd I am sure to the school in general the promotions duced, whether essay or pamphlet, of history or would be far more satisfactory than many of them are at philosophy, be reiterates this central doctrine. present. Hoping this will commend itself to yours and the Against it may fairly be brought two charges, the XI captain's notice.
first that it was not original, neither the evil nor the I am, yours, etc.,
antidote being new in the world's history ; secondly COMMITTER. that the view which regards the world as made up of
themselves, because he had no idea of the time it takes for a change to work itself out. But there are two reasons why Carlyle's faults do not greatly injure the value of his work; the first that the errors are patent and can be readily discounted; the second that the fundamental doctrine of hero-worship is not a real factor in politics, and its ventilation can do no harm.
The Master then returned the thanks of the meeting to Mr. Sidgwick for his very interesting paper.
For the next term there will be the annual Con. versazione for the exhibition of pictures, a field-day if the weather permits; and three, or if there is no field-day, four meetings The special work of the sections will be continued
MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE MISSION.
shams is merely cynical. But the loftiness of Carlyle's moral parpose, and his intense earnestness remove the second objection; and touching the first, Carlyle's advocates "may urge that while human nature remains fairly the same we cannot demand from the moralist a new doctrine so much as action at the right time.
W ben testing his doctrine of sincerity as applied to the literary profession, it is at first rather startling to contrast his praise of silence, and of the workers as opposed to the talkers and writers, with his own practice. But here again the explanation lies in his own high ideal of what a book should be; he says there is no priesthood comparable to the priesthood of books.
It may strike us as strange that Carlyle should have begun his career by studying and trying to make familiar in England the German romantic scbool, with which he seems to have so little in common, until we mark that here Carlyle is forming himself, seeking above all new ideas and trying to free himself from illusions.
Almost all great writers produce some one work, which is the climax of their effort and may be regarded as “canonical,” as being in a manner the measure of the rest. This with Carlyle is “Sartor Resartus,” the “ Clothes Philosophy,” a pretended review of the unpublished MSS. of one Teufelsdröckh (Devil's dung), the sage of Weissnichtwo (Dunnowhere), who will try to see all men as they are, without the clothes which hide the real man. Of this wonderful book, this medley of banter and grim earnest, irony and terrible directness, humour and pathos, the chapter called the “Everlasting Yea," which shows Carlyle's attitude towards religion, rises to the most sublime height of poetic eloquence and inspiration.
Carlyle's view of history is as of a bead-roll of heroes. For historical purposes the world may be divided into heroes and bumbags. Here we touch Carlyle's weakest point; his want of trust in everyday humanity; his system has no place for the average man. Five books, the “Heroes,” “ Past and Present,” and the three great historical works, develope Carlylo's notions of history. Two of the historical works, “ Cromwell's Letters and “Fred. erick the Great" show us the hero as king; here wo have two widely divergent and contrasted types of kingship. In the third, “The French Revolution," we have a record of the break-up of the rule of shams; in this lurid light sincerity is written as a “ Truth in hell-fire.” To his other historical gifts his narrative and dramatic power, bis knowledge and insight, his humour and sympathy, Carlyle here adds the imagination of a poet, and an astonishing lucidity and grasp in dealing with a subject that baffles the ordinary writer by its complexity.
The lecturer concluded by pointing out that his purpose was to explain rather than to criticise. Undoubtedly Carlyle bad his weak points. He was weakest where he touched upon contemporary politics, and his weakness arose from his ignorance of men. He was impatient, could not wait for men to reform
The assistant curacy of the Mission will be vacant at or before Christmas, as the Rev. E. S. Marshall is about to take work in the country.
It is much to be desired that his succeessor should be an O.M., and should be in Priest's Orders and able to take a large sbare in this growing and hopeful Mission work, founded and supported by his old School.
Full particulars of the nature of the post may be obtained from the Master at the College, or from the Rev. E. F. Noel-Smith, curate in charge, 14, Stanley Villas, Tottenham.
The Rifle Corps.
C. A. C. Streatfeild
J. E. James
Colours-T. Prescott. The cadets' trophy has been won by T. Prescott, and F. C. Rampini.
Reviewing the work done, during the last term, or rather during the past volunteer year, we may fairly congratulate ourselves. Never has the Corps been in so flourishing a state. During the Michaelmas term, when the ranks, which had been decimated at Midsummer, were filled by a squad of recruits, bigger than there has been for many years, we did good work, and drills were well attended, in spite of the only inducoment being one sham fight. Going on with the Lent term, we began with a field day early, and then worked doubly hard to get ourselves ready for the public school field day on Firbright Common. The success of this day was only second to that of
PRESHUTE (STAR AND CRESCENT).
500 yds. Tot. Corpl. Stack
553443428 4455433-28 56 Pte. Edwards
3454444-28 3223345—22 50 Bulman
3545444-29 2422230—15 44
the Windsor Review. In spite of the croaking prophecies of many that the Corps would go down with a run as it did after the Windsor review, this term has been rendered memorable for the largest turn out on record, and also for the fact that the average attendance has beaten any former performance, no less than ninety members having earned the half-holiday.
Turning to our shooting performances, we have won all our matches, except one, and that was no easy win for the victors, whose team we had beaten on our own range, and who had amongst their numbers shots who had entered for the Queen's Prize.
On Friday, July 17th, after a parade at 7 o'clock, we met for our annual dinner. Generally this festivity takes place after a battalion drill in some neighbouring town, but we had had two outings already this term, so 125 members of the Corps sat down to a liberal meal provided in the College Dining Hall, which was followed by various toasts and songs.
SIMULTANEOUS v. ROSSALL.
Tot. Sergt. Cheke
4544454-30 4553555—32 62 Hulbert
4554455—32 3252445-25 57 de Jersey..
4334544-27 3055554-27 54 Corpl. Robertson 455454431 2453240—20 51 Stack
5534434-28 4455433-28 56 James
3435454-28 5455042-25 53 Pte. Spencer
4454455431 0255535—25 56 Streatfeild 5444555-32 5433542-26 58
208 447 ROSSALL R.V.C. 200 yds.
Tot. Col.-Sergt. Ashworth... 4304304-18 0222202-10 28 Sergt. Shakleton 3424443—24 3354453–27 51 L.-Corp. Jones
3323324-20 5222545--25 45 Corpl. Ratcliff...
3232544-23 0245452-22 45 Pte. Thuates
4440445-25 2522224-19 44 Seaby
3334352-23 0300522-12 35 L.-Corp. Nesfield 4433203-19 2022024-12 31 Pte. Jenkins
3444430-22 0434002–13 35
140 314 HOUSE COMPETITION. HORNER’S (Cross-Arrows). 200 yds.
500 yds. Tot. Pte. Spencer
4454455-31 0255535-25 56 » Rampini
3434444-26 2344554-27 53 Bugler Griffith
3444144-27 2252204-17 44
69 153 GOULD'S (STAR). 200 yds.
Tot. 4544454-30 4553555-32 62 5444555432 5433542-26 58 4245434–26 0000302-5 31
Natural History Society.
French-C. R. MacVicar
Extra Prize-F. E. Bull
B. G. Ussher
A. J. Mavrogordato
C. E. Fletcher
A. T. Bellamy
C. E. Fletcher
D. H. Gwyther
Thomas Hennings Parr, Worcester College, Oxford;
# A. M. Smith, 27th place
* Direct from the School.
THE RUGBY MATCH.
were to attempt to chronicle in full the Rugby Match of 1885 with particular notice of all the fours and threes scored in the 906 runs made in the 27 innings, we should occupy all the columns of a double number of the Marlburian. Briefer repetition of stale news will, too (we feel certain), be to the taste of our readers.
Rugby won the toss, and sent Bradby and Gaddum in to the bowling of Hayhurst from the pavilion and Miller from the nursery. Runs came fast, and the bowlers changed ends, but Hayhurst unfortunately was not in the best condition, and 40 went up for no wicket. Then Bett relieved him, and Meyrick-Jones superseded Miller. Off the latter's second ball Bradby was out, and Boughton. Legh was soon yorked by Bett. The same fate met North, and a cheerfuller telegraph showed 52—3—3. Bateson gave a quarter chance to Miller, who stopped one neatly directly afterwards. The fielding, we may mention, had hardly been up to the mark; balls had not been absolutely missed, but few had been fielded cleanly. Meyrick-Jone luck having been exhausted in his first over, Hay
hurst resumed. Two boundary cuts were made off Bett, and then Bateson was missed by Martyn, but it was a hard chance. Again Meyrick-Jones was tried, and so were Ashfield and Miller, and Bett again and Hayhurst again; but Gaddum cut Hay. hurst very prettily for 4 and Miller for 3, and at ten minutes to one the hundred went up. Then Martyn, with ambi-sinister felicity, came to the rescue. Seeing the ball go through him, the bats. men were tempted to try another run;
but it was sent back too soon for Gaddum, who retired for an excellent straight-played 49. At 123 Bateson was capitally caught by Bett, who fell down in the process, but the same fieldsman should soon after. wards have procured a run-out. Jackson was bowled by Miller, his first ball. A. C. Bradby was missed by Browning at the wicket, and he, with Wreford-Brown, put on a lot of runs till he was yorked by Bett, who also disposed of Bowden-Smith. But a long stand was made before the last wicket fell owing to Wilson being badly missed by Miller. The ninth wicket fell for 187, the tenth for 269. It will be seen from the above that the Rugby total would have been very much less had every chance been taken. But Bateson, Wreford-Brown, and