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capacity he showed the signs of the real interest
which he felt by his attendance at one of the H.R.H. THE DUKE OF ALBANY. Council meetings that intervened between the time Died March 2818, 1884.
of his visit to the College and his lamented death.
His connection with Marlborough had been formed It is but fitting that the present number of the but a short time ago, and there had not yet been Marlburian should testify to the sincere and much opportunity for him to display on our behalf heartfelt regret on the part of the School which the varied gifts and talents which had justly has been inspired by the lamented death of His earned for him his prominent position in the Royal Highness the Duke of Albany. It is natural affections of the whole country; but nevertheless that the general sorrow which has been universally sufficient time had already elapsed to show how expressed throughout the length and breadth of the heartfelt was his sympathy with everything concountry should have been echoed in the School, nected with the School; and to make us feel the with which his Royal Highness had so lately formed magnitude of the loss, which Marlborough, no a connection. The kindness which the Prince less than the rest of the country, has sustained in displayed on the occasion of his recent visit to the his untimely death. All of our readers will be College at the end of last year's Midsummer term glad to hear one of the wreaths, which were will be fresh in the minds of all present laid upon his coffin, was sent up to Windsor Marlburians; and they will not fail to recollect “As a token of the respectful and affectionate the enthusiastic reception with which he was regret. of the Masters and boys of Marlborough welcomed by all alike.
College." Bishop Tufnell in the course of his At the time of his visit the Duke of Albany address last Wednesday, during the confirmation manifested the deep interest which he had begun which was held in the College Chapel, paid a warm to take in all that affected the prosperity and tribute to the many virtues of the deceased prince, welfare of the School; and he consented to become and delivered a mournful eulogium on his widespread a member of the Council of the College. In that I sympathies and generous character.
THE ATHLETIC SPORTS, 1884.
We were not fortunate enough to gain the first requisite for a successful race-week, warm weather. Monday looked promising, but was followed by a degeneracy; the traditional east winds set in with Marlburian severity, and made onlookers feel that loitering about the field for some two hours each day was anything but a pleasure. However, there was nothing abnormal; the snow which some prophets of evil anticipated kept very kindly away. Otherwise the Races were on the whole successful; the entries in the chief events were not too numerous, owing to the fact that the two best athletes of last year were still in the School and scared off more modest competitors. The contest for the champion cup lay, as every one knew, between Padwick and Keeling, who had so close a struggle for it last year. But few expected that the former would gain a victory as easy as it turned out. Padwick, as a matter of fact, gained 45 marks to his opponent's 36; last year it will be remembered the numbers were respectively 43 and 40. Not many of the times were remarkable, with the exception of the 200 yards, 193 sec., and the Three-Quarter Mile Under 15, the time of which, 3 min. 55 sec., was distinctly above the average. The best performance was the High Jump, in which Padwick cleared 5 ft. 4 in., this being the best on record here. The distance of Throwing the Hammer was also a good deal above the usual average.
On the other hand the time of the Mile, 5 min. 20 sec., was poor, all the more so because the course had been improved by the removal of some of the ancient angles; however, the wind and the grass-course must naturally be taken into consideration.
The energy of the Race Committee had suggested various alterations in this year's programme.
The Old Marlburian Race, which had never been a success since its foundation, was dropped; the Three-Legged Race also disappeared; and in their place the Dribbling Race and the Tug of War were substituted, the latter of which at all events seems likely to be permanently popular; it produced a great deal of interest, although there did not appear to have been very much practice beforehand. The only other alteration we have to notice is the change of scene for the Fast Bicycle Race; this was run for the first time round the Eleven.
TRIAL HEATS. Although the entries were even less numerous this time than in former years, in one respect there was a marked improvement; nearly everyone who had put down his name ran, so that there were very fair fields for many of the events. No heats were required for the 100 Yards and 200 Yards Flat, the hurdle races of 120 Yards and 200 Yards, and the School Quarter-Mile; however, to compensate for these, there were the numerous heats of the Dribbling Race, and the first three ties of the Tug of War between Houses.
The first day of the Trial Heats was Monday, March 24th, when the weather was as much as could be expected; a warm sun, a slight wind, and the ground in very good order.
The first event on the card was the Flat RACE OF One Mile, which was perhaps hardly so interesting to watch as usual, the runners not exerting them. selves excessively, as is indicated by the times. In the first heat, after a false start, H. T. Keeling led the way at a fierce
until the end of the first lap, when he retired. The
slow, C. S. Preston taking the lead, which he retained to the end; C. P. Radley second, H. Woolner a leisurely third. Time, 5 min. 32 sec.
In the second heat F. G. Padwick led for a con. siderable time, the others keeping together well in the rear, until the end of the third lap, when F. E. Bull drew to the front and Padwick gave up. had a good spurt and came in an easy first, E. K. Chambers and J. J. Guest being second and third respectively. The time was 5 min. 34 sec., though to the spectators the race certainly seemed faster than the preceding heat.
The next event was the THREE-QUARTER MILE, Under 15, which produced some good racing, nine or ten starting in each of the three heats. In the first, E. C. Pern led all the way, running very well and pluckily, and finished in the creditable time of 4 min. 11 secs. There was a fair race for second place between W. Yeames and R. G. Alexander, who reached the post in the order named.
In the second heat A. Benwell led for the first round but was unable to last; the others kept pretty well together, and the race was a close one, R. E. H. Maxse coming in first, B. W. Stone second, and C. G. Spencer third. Time, 4 min. 23 secs.
The third heat resulted in an easy victory for G. E. Streatfeild, who ran very creditably. H. A. Harington just beat H. M. Giveen for second place. Time, 4 min. 14 secs.
Then came the Slow BICYCLE RACE of 100 yards, in the first heat of which W. H. Voss was easily last, E. B. Sheppard last but one. In the second, F. G. Padwick brought up the rear, a considerable interval separating him from F. J. Boulton; J. Alexandroff, however, might have proved a formidable rival, had he not been unlucky at the start. The respective times were 2 min. 10 secs., and 2 min. 33 secs.
Flat RACE OF 150 YARDS, UNDER 13. — Both heats produced a number of competitors and some close racing. The first was won by D. H. Gwyther, E. C. Pern and C. G. Stansfeld being second and third ; the time given (23 secs.) was, we fear, more than dubious. In the second heat L. G. A. Collins was first, A. E. Bennett second, and A. S. Cooper third ; the stop-watch had by this time been again brought into working order, and indicated 20% secs.
The last event of the day was the DRIBBLING Race, the object of which was to dribble a football for a distance of about a hundred yards through gaps in successive rows of hurdles and to strike a post at the far end. The competitors, of whom there were a large number, raced in pairs and not in heats of three as was originally intended. The uncertainty of hitting the post was provocative of some amusement; the fickleness of fortune was especially experienced by one dribbler, all of whose efforts to strike the mark proved futile, although he had easily distanced his rival. The results of the various heats were as follows:-S. B. Prest beat A. S. Preston, H. S. Preston beat D. E. Martin, A. H. D. Purcell beat H. F. Hayhurst, G. E. Cooper beat F. E. Bull, J. M. Harvey beat A. M. White, R. H. J. de Montmorency beat G. S. Curtis, A. B. W. Willson beat H. T. Keeling, J. P. Cheales beat H. J. Cooper, R. H. Isacke beat F. G. Padwick.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20TH. The day was a good deal colder than the preceding Monday, and the east wind, which pot in its appearance according to custom, made it unpleasant work for the spectators.
The first event in the programme was the HORDLE Race of Two HUNDRED YARDS, UNDER 16. The race
was arranged in four heats on the card, but the large number of absentees reduced this number to three. The first heat ended in an easy victory for H. M. Cairnes, who was some yards before E. P. Kaye. Time, 29 secs. The rest of those who started did not reach the winning post.—The second heat followed after a dispiriting pause. T. C. Bett was first, S. A. P. Kitcat second, out of a field of five. The time was not remarkably good, 31 secs.-C. P. Radley in the third heat came in winner by a yard or two; R. O. B. Lane gained the second place after a close struggle. Time, 291 secs.
The Half-MILE followed in two heats. Neither gave any very great excitement to the onlookers, as in both cases out of those who started only three persisted to the end. In the first heat H. T. Keeling started off at a great pace, but gave up after the first lap or so. F. E. Bull and H. B. Winterbotham had a close race at the finish, the former coming in first by about two yards; J. J. Guest, who was third, trotted in placidly some 50 yards to the rear. The time was good, 2 min. 17 secs.—The second heat was a repetition of the first in most respects. F. G. Padwick took Keeling's part in making the running ; of the four others who started, H. Woolner and E. K. Chambers gave up, and H. C. Bett and C. S. Preston were left to race for first place, the former winning by some yards. Time, 2 min. 16 secs.
Three heats of the 200 YARDS UNDER 15 followed. There were plenty of competitors, and all the races were close, the winner being never more than a yard away from second and third. The first heat was won by G. S. Rivington, who was closely followed by L. H. Savile and P. T. Monckton. The time was 26 secs.—The second heat was perhaps the closest race of the three. It appeared as if a dead heat would have resulted from it. However, L. G. A. Collins managed just to draw away from A. E. Krüger, who was second; A. S. Cooper third. Time 27 secs. -Those who got places in the third heat were H. M. Bucknall, D. H. Gwyther, and H. M. Drake, all of whom were close upon each other.
At this point we regret to say that the internal mechanism of the stop-watch went astray, and in consequence most of the times during the rest of the day are somewhat untrustworthy. We are unable to adequately express our admiration of the way in which the time-keeper met the crisis by a judicious use of his inventive faculties.
The Flat RACE OF 200 YARDS UNDER 15 was the next event. The first heat was won by G. A. Mead, who ran in very good form, and was far ahead of the rest of the field. M. C. Bolton was second, G. E. Streatfeild third.—The next two heats were compressed into one, and a large field was the resalt. H. D. Houseman was the winner, B. W. Stone and C. E. Harrison being second and third. In both cases the times were given as 24} secs.
These somewhat monotonous events were followed by the excitement of the Half-Mile Handicap, in which the entries were fully as numerous as usual. The large field, together with the eccentric running of some competitors, and the vigorous spurting of the scratch mer, made the race as amusing as usual ; and we noticed that the racers as they passed the pavilion were freely exhorted by names not to be found in the blue book. In the first heat the seven who came in were E. F. Benson (70 yards), H. E. Coles (130 yards), H. M. Giveen (90 yards), R. H. Isacke (80 yards), P. C. Phillips (150 yards), A. E. Rogers (65 yards), and W. Yeames (90 yards). -The second heat was also a good race; C. T. Sidgwick, with 120 yards start, in the end was easily the winner. He was followed by F. H. Bishop (105 yards), W. F. Brown (60 yards), J. E. Dixon (130 yards), A. B. Jackson (125 yards), A. C. S. Olivier (60 yards), and G. E. Streatfeild (80 yards). -The third was won by C. E. Cooper (90 yards), the other six being H. L. Bell (110 yards), J. M. Elles (60 yards), E. P. Kaye (50 yards), H. E. Pennethorne (125 yards), E. C. Pern (115 yards), E. Eardley-Wilmot (70 yards).
The Tug OF WAR came next. This was a new event, and aroused much interest. Eight members from each House competed. Only the first ties were pulled off on this day, the remainder being decided on Wednesday and Thursday. Not much science was shown throughout, some of the sides having the vaguest notions of the best way to pull. Leaf's (Mitre) beat Baker's (Fleur de Lys) without much trouble. Cotton House had a hard fight with Way's (Crescent), who appeared to have the best of the weigbt, but pulled without steadiness, and were beaten in the end. Gould's (Star) pulled Horner's (Cross Arrows) over the line without the least exertion; and Littlefield won the last pull after a good struggle with Preshute, who pulled manfully against superior force.
The Fast BICYCLE RACE OF ONE MILE was the last event, run for the first time round the Eleven, to the great convenience of spectators, although the grass course made matters worse for the bicyclists ; this and the strong wind made the times remarkably slow. There were three heats; in the first five started, S. G. Blasson coming in winner some twenty yards away from W. H. Voss. Time, 4 min. 35 secs. The second heat was won by F. Lazenby, who appeared to have got a very good machine, F. N. Ellis being second. Time, 4 min. 5 secs.
F. G. Padwick in the third heat rode strongly throughout and easily beat W. L. Beynon, who was some distance from F. Meyrick Jones. Time 3 min. 59 secs.
The bandicapping was perhaps a little too heavy.
Wednesday, March 26th.-In order to shorten the programme on the two preceding days, and also in consideration of the very onerous nature of the Tug of War, the second ties of that and of the Dribbling Race were postponed to Wednesday. In the former Littlefield drew Cotton House, and as the teams were very evenly matched, the result hung in the balance for about two minutes ; at last superior powers of endurance gained the day, and amid great enthusiasm, which not even the biting wind could check, Littlefield began to draw their opponents over, at first very slowly, and then with a rush. The struggle between Leaf's and Ford's was a repetition of that between Gould's and Horner's on the previous day, Ford's being dragged over the line almost immediately.
The second ties of the Dribbling Race were then run off with the following result: S. B. Prest beat H. S. Preston, A. B. W. Willson beat A. H. D. Purcell, J. M. Harvey beat G. E. Cooper, R. H. Isacke beat R. H. J. de Montmorency, J. P. Cheales the bye.
The same two events were advanced a further stage on Thursday afternoon, March 27th, when in the Dribbling Race S. B. Prest easily beat A. B. W. Willson, and J. P. Cheales R. H. Isacke, J. M. Harvey drawing the bye. An exciting Tug was expected between Littlefield and Gould's, who had drawn the bye in the previous ties, but sach expecta. tions were falsified by the ignominious defeat of the latter house in about half-a-minute. The victors were undoubtedly the superior team, but their opponents' strength was not so well disposed as it
might have been, and they seemed to be on the less
which by good luck and nothing more was measured. favourable side of the rope.
None of those who followed attained to this, T. R. FINAL HEATS.
Sale being the next best, and H. M. Barnes easily First Day, MARCH 28th-The first day of the last. Papillon's other throwe, though far better than final heats was fine but cold. Naturally therefore those of the others, were not better than his first, such events as Putting the Weight were rather chilly, and he was left victor with a throw of 92 yards ; but the brilliant success achieved in the High Jump Sale being second with 85 yards and a fraction. greatly inspirited the spectators. To plunge in The School QUARTER-Mile came as a grateful medias res.
relief. Keeling and Padwick led off past the The first event was the 200 YARDS HURDLES, for Pavilion, but it soon became Keeling's race, and he which no trial heats had been required. Four started, walked away from the rest until the end, when H. and F. G. Padwick led, followed at a safe distance J. Davis drew up a little closer, but there was a good by H. T. Keeling. When the tape was reached ten yards between him and Keeling at the finish. Padwick won by a yard or so; Keeling a good C. L. Nicholson was a bad third. The time, considersecond and G. J. Young not far behind. Time, 254 || ing the wind, was fairly creditable. Time, 57 secs. sec.
TAREE-QUARTER MILE UNDER 15 followed immedi. The UNDER 16 HURDLES were next run on the ately. E. C. Pern and G. E. Streatfeild were the same course. Five or six ran. H. M. Cairnes led favourites and won. Many others started. R. E. Maxse easily, followed by C. P. Radley and E. P. Kaye, took a prominent place at first, and C. G. Spencer the others guarding the rear. Cairnes kept his lead, courted a safe rear throughout, but eventually Pern taking his hurdles well, and Radley seemed about to and Streatfeild were the only two in it. The latter led gain the second prize, when some baneful deity pretty well as he liked, thanks partly to his size. tripped him and he fell to earth; before he Pern, runuing as before very pluckily, could not pass could recover himself, Kaye secured the second place. him and so had to be content with a second place.
The time, 28} secs., does not challenge com Time, 3 min. 55 secs. parison with Padwick's, and was not so good as The High JUMP was the feature of the day. No usual.
one touched Padwick, but only one failed at 4 ft. 6 in. Then the weight was put; only 5 competed, The others gradually dropped off, and at 4 ft. 11 in. which was as well perhaps, as the east wind made G. J. Young, who jumped very neatly, also broke the event trying to watch. Padwick won it last down. Padwick, amid applause, cleared 5 ft. 4 in., year and this year also. The distance was not the best jump (we are told) ever made here, and the remarkable, and after the winner Woolner alone could one signal success of the programme. Height, 5 ft. beat 28ft, and that by an extra “put.” Distance 4 in. 29ft. 9in.
The next event was the 150 YARDS Under 13, in Before the distance was announced, the school which a very close race between A. E. Bennett and adjourned to the XI to see the 100 YARDS, an event L. G. A. Collins, was given in the former's favour. watched with keen excitement. The race was run Time, 21 secs. from the Sun lane end, and when the pistol was fired The spectators returned to the Eleven to witness H. J. Davis got off first, with Keeling and Padwick the HALF MILE.-H. B. Winterbotham led off and just a little behind. The two last drew up and within the others trailed after him, J. J. Guest being hind. 10 yards of the goal, Davis looking back lost a good most throughout. At the finish, after a neok and lead and Padwick breasted the tape a few inches neck race, F. E. Bull drew away from C. S. Preston, before Keeling, thus reversing last year's result. and after a keen race between the latter and Time, 10sec.
Winterbotham, Bull won in splendid form and When the paraphernalia of this course were cleared Preston took the second place, a foot ahead of away and the Eleven was free for the THROWING OF Winterbotham. Time, 2 min. 17 sec. THE CRICKET BALL, or rather before this was quite There was a temporary hitch in the College completed, G. K. Papillon threw the farthest throw, Servants' race, so the bicyclists had their turn first.