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Padwick could not recover his start and the grass favoured the light machines. F. Lazenby kept ahead well and pluckily and won with éclat; S. G. Blasson was second.
Time, 4 min. % sec. There was a good muster for the COLLEGE SERVANTS' RACE. Halloway, the winner of several previous years, was penalized 45 yards. All started at a gallop, but lack of training told, and Halloway came to the front and won easily. May and another ran a dead heat for second place, and Gough came just behind with a gallery spurt. Time, 2 min. 32 sec.
The only other event was the the DRIBBLING RACE, the two final ties of which were rua off. In the first, S. B. Prest pluckily beat J. M. Harvey; in the final tie, however, he gave place to J. P. Cheales, making a bad shot at the first of his hurdles.
The day's sports then terminated at 5 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 29TH. The weather was somewhat warmer than on the previous day, though an unpleasant easterly wind augured badly for the time of the mile.
To proceed to details : after some little delay the competitors for the 120 YARDS HURDLE Race assembled at the starting place. Padwick led most of the way, and won by almost 5 yards from Keeling in the very good time of 16 seconds.
The Lower SCHOOL 200 Yards resulted in a win for H. M. Drake, P. T. Monckton being second D. II. Gwyther third. Time, 26 secs.
A rush was then made for the Eleven, where the MILE was considered an easy thing for F. E. Bull, last year's winner. The wind, as we said above, seemed against a repetition of last yoar's time. E. K. Chambers started off with the lead, but soon left C. S. Preston and Bull to take it between them. The first lap was completed in 65 sec.; the 2nd in 2 min. 15 sec.; the 3rd in three min. 25 sec. ID the next lap J. J. Guest drew up to the leaders, but fell back again, and the lap was concluded in 4 min. 35 sec. On commencing the last lap Bull quickened with Preston in close attendance; the latter raced up opposite the Pavilion, but Bull landed the race by about 6 inches in the last yard or so : Chambers was third. The race was thus almost a repetition of last year's, which ended, it will be remembered, in a dead heat between Bull and 0. Waterfield. Time 5 min. 20 sec.
A move was then made to the tolloi to watch what many people call a tedious performance, THROWING THE HAMMER. Keeling began with a throw of 81 feet; his subsequent attempts were shorter, but provided a
provided a spice of interest, in the shape of personal danger, for a small but devoted band of Stewards. Padwick began with 76 feet, and contrary to the other competitors, improving as he went on, threw first 79 feet and ultimately 88 feet. H. Woolner in his first attempt threw 77 feet 9 inches.
The LONG JUMP then summoned us to the debate. able land lying between Big Game and the LXXX. Keeling jumped 17 ft. 7 in., Padwick topped him with 17 ft. 8 in., his next was 18 ft. 6 in., and Keeling returned the compliment with 18 ft. 7in. The winner subsequently jumped 19 feet, but put his toe over the line in doing so and disqualified the jump.-1st, H. T. Keeling, 18 ft. 7 in. ; 2nd, F. G. Padwick, 18 ft. 6 in.
THE 200 YARDS UNDER 16 was the next event. G. A. Mead won as he pleased, H. D. Houseman had difficulty in just landing the second prize. Time, 23%, a very good performance.
The School 200 YARDS followed. Bull dropped out of the race when half the course was covered. Keeling led towards the end and won by a couple of yards from Winterbotham, who headed Padwick by a yard. The time was exceptional, 19 sec.
The Higu JUMP UNDER 15 attracted a larger field than usual. H. D. Houseman, who jumped in good form, was first with 4 ft. 4 in , M. C. Bolton second with 4 ft. 3 in.
Toe HALF MILE HANDICAP produced a capital race. H. E. Pennethorne, with 125 yards start, led, but J. M. Elles with 60 yards put on a tremendous spurt in the last lap and caught him in the last five yards. C. T. Sidgwick (120 yards) was third. The time was 2 min. 11 sec.
The Slow Bicycle RACE was won by F. G. Padwick in 3 min. 16 sec., a very fair time. F. J. Boulton rode well and secured second honours.
The next event was the Tug of War (final tie). It came off before the Pavilion steps; the contending houses being Leaf's (Mitre) and Littlefield. Leaf's, after a longish pull, were victorious. The winning eight was composed of F. E. Bull, C. S. Preston, H. S. Preston, J. M. Harvey, T. R. Sale, H. B.
Winterbotham, J. E. Alston, H. L. Stanton. The time by the stop-watch was 2 min. 32 secs.
The Rifle CORPS RACE, a quarter-mile handicap in full marching order, was run this year round the Eleven, a very great improvement on last year's system. Private Watts, with 50 yards start, won somewhat easily. Corporal Hussey (40 yards) was second. Time, 1 min. 11 secs.
The SACK RACE followed, and proved as amusing as it usually is. It would have been more so, had not a wicked suggestion to give a pash to one end of the line just before the start been treated with the neglect it deserved. F. E. Ball took the lead and kept it. H. T. Keeling was working his way to second place with mighty leaps and bounds, but D. 0. Ratherford, who ran with his feet in the corners of his sack, managed to make it a dead heat, and the pair rolled over the line and each other together.
The CONSOLATION STAKES (200 Yards) were won by C. L. Nicholson, H. C. Bett being second.
The prizes were distributed at 5.30 on the same afternoon in Upper School, where there was a fair attendance both of visitors and from the School to witness the proceedings. In Mrs. Bell's unavoidable absence, Mrs. Bull kindly consented to give them away.
but not always, and potatoes al lib.and green tea. I went all throagh the oat harvest, and did a lot of ditching. We dug a ditch 5ft. deep right across a 5 acre field, and picked up potatoes, and so harrowed the ground, and pulled mangolds, and chopped and split wood, and did a little ploughing, and generally drove out and brought home about 30 head of cattle. I also did a lot of churning, for which I used to get a little fresh butter after every churning on a piece of bread, and that was the only fresh butter I ever tasted there, as they always salt it all at once.
I worked for two days over my month, for which I got $1. For the first month I had agreed to work on trial without wages. After
month there I hired out with another farmer at $8 per month : and pulled roots and dug potatoes. Every morning at 5 a.m. I had to clean out the stables by lamp light, and every evening at 7 the same, and groom and feed the team besides. Our hours were-up at 4.45 a.m., in winter, work at 5, breakfast at 6, work 6.20 to 12. Dinner 12 to 1 p.m., work from 1 till it was too dark to see, about 6.30. Then supper. and then after cleaning out the stables turn in about 8. Nobody is in bed later than 9. At the end of the half-mouth I was sent for to Toronto.
FARMING IN CANADA.
The accompanying extracts from a letter from an Old Marlbarian may prove of interest to our readers, as they contain the experience of his first nine weeks in Canada.
I went out to my farm at once : staid there for one month on trial, and then left it. The farm peopleat least the males, took off their coats and waistcoats for every meal; and all, male and females, barring “ The Boss ” took off their shoes and stockings for meals, and in the evenings. They all slept in their every day working clothes, and mine was the only wash-band-stand in the whole house. They only took off their boots, and then they were ready for bed; and in the morning they put on their boots, went down stairs, and washed or tried to wash in a little tin hand-basin ; and that was all the cleaning they got for the day, except on state occasions. I declined to adopt this use, and so they hid my basin, but I found it over night. We fed on salt pork once a day as a rule,
MARRIAGE. March 1st, at St. Mary's, St. Helens, George Gamble, fourth son of Lieut.-Colonel Gamble, of St. Helens, to Mary, only daughter of the Rev. P. I. Watts, of Kirtling, Cambridgeshire.
DEATHS. March 21st, at 11, Cleveland Gardens, Hyde Park, Henry Richmond Droop, Esq., of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister-at-Law, aged 51.
March 19th, at Calcutta, David Butler Young, Colonel Bombay S.C., Controller of Military Finance.
ARMY. Bengal Staff Corps-Lieut. Edmund George Barrow to be Captain.
The East Lancashire Regt.-Capt. William H. B. Little to be Major.
3rd and 4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regt.--Lieut. Robert Chaloner Critchley Long, resigns his commission.
THE UNIVERSITIES. Hugh Percy Highton, proxime accessit to the Natural Science Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford.
ORDINATION. Deacon—George Frederick Tanner, B.A., Clare College, Cambridge.
ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENT, &c. Rev. John P. Morgan ; Vicar of Carew, Pembrokeshire. Rev. A. F. W. Ingram ; Curate of St. Mary, Shrewsbury. Rev. G. F. Tanner ; Curate of St. Luke's, Barrow.
Owen Ilbert, Esq., Assistant Master at Tonbridge School, has been elected Head Master of Crediton Grammar School, Devon.
H. M. Leaf represents Cambridge in the double-handed and single-hand racquets.
E. H. Buckland is the representative of Oxford in both the double-handed and single-handed racquets.
In the University Boat Race 8. Swann is rowing 4 in the Cambridge Boat, and C. W. Blandy is rowing 7 in the Oxford boat.
Occasional Notes. The School breaks up, as doubtless most of our readers are aware, to-morrow, Tuesday, April 8th, and returns on Friday, May 2nd.
WE regret to announce that Mr. Leaf has found our climate too severe for his health, and has accordingly been obliged to resign his post and leave Marlborough. His loss will be generally felt throughout the School, and especially by the house of which he had only taken charge at the beginning of this term.
During Mr. Leaf's absence his form has been taken by E. S. Leverton, Esq., O.M. We believe that Mr. Hart-Smith will succeed to his house.
The Secretary of the Mission desires to acknowledge the receipt of £1 ls. from Mr. F. J. Leader for the Building Fund. He also wishes to call the attention of all friends of the Mission to the need of funds for the building of the Mission church.
We are glad to learn that help for the Building Fund has been lately also forthcoming from some of the schools which prepare boys especially for Marl. borough. The boys at St. David's School, Reigato (Rev. W. H. Churchill, O.M.), were the first to lead the way with two collections of £12 and £8 respectively, and with the proceeds of a concert given by them, which amounted to £7; while at Hartford House School, Winchfield (E. W. M. Lloyd, Esq.), after a lecture by the Rev. E. F. Noel Smith, a collection of £14 17s. 10d. was made and a contribution each term promised. The boys at Cothill House School, Abingdon (per W. R.
Carles, Esq., O.M.) have also promised some help, and other preparatory schools will, we hope, follow so good an example.
On Wednesday, April 2nd, the annual Confirmation was held in the Chapel, when the large number of 106 were confirmed. The ceremony was performed by Bishop Tufnell, acting for the Bishop of Salisbury.
A change was introduced this year in the usual practice of having both the House Glee Competition and the Solo Singing on the last day of the term. The former came off on Thursday morning, April 3rd, when the Cup was gained by Way's (Crescent). The judge was Dr. George Martin, Sub-Organist of St. Paul's.
On another page will be found a full account of this year's Races, which went off very successfully, in spite of the usual unfavourable weather. There was a large attendance of visitors.
THE Penny Reading was held on Saturday, March 22nd, and was on the whole a decided success, especially in the musical part of the programme. A detailed account will be found elsewhere.
Bore the Common Room and the School were completely successful in the return Racquet Matches played in the Wellington Court. The former won four games to two, and the latter four games to one. We may bope, therefore, that our representatives will distinguish themselves in the Public Schools' Matches at Princes, which are fixed for April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. It is not yet definitely decided whether A. H. D. Purcell's partner is to be A. Martyn or F. Meyrick-Jones.
The Gymnasium Cup has again been won by Cotton House, with a total of 1096 marks. Captain Hodgson, of Cheltenham, again kindly consented to act as judge in the Single Competition, which came off on Thursday, April 3rd. The full scores of both of these will be found in another colump.
The Sunday afternoon Oratorio Class performed some choruses from Handel's “Messiah ” and Men. delssohn's “Elijah” during evening Preparation on Saturday, March 28th, in the Bradleian. The choruses on the whole went very well, and formed an agreeable innovation; we are only sorry that a larger number of the School were not present.
WE beg to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the following contemporaries :-Newtonian, Bar.
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR, -I think it is extremely hard that out-boarders should be treated as they are in the matter of the School tax. They are put on a level with in-boarders who, as I have calculated, do 1} of all the damage done by fellows !
To begin with, out-boarders only use hall once a day, namely for dinner. How, sir, I ask you, can an out-boarder at that meal use or break a small knife or egg-spoon ? I see that £3 18s. and £2 28. are charged for breakages in these two articles in the last School tax. Again out-boarders only use small knives once a week, namely on Saturdays, whilst on the other hand in-boarders use them twice every day and three times on Saturday, The repairs to class-rooms are also charged to out-boarders, although they hardly ever use them except during school hours, when it would indeed be difficult to break the furniture.
The in-boarders who burr, bear-fight and brew in them from morning till night, and from one week's end to another, pay no more than the out-boarders.
I will not now weary you with the unending train of arguments which presents itself to my mind, but with sincere hopes that speedy justice will be done,
“ A THRIFTY OUT-BOARDER."
To the Editor of the Marlburian. SIR,—In the editorial of your last number you printed an interesting poem by X, on “Savernake Forest by night.” You appear not to know that the poem is a mere plagiarism; the original X is one John Home, and the piece can be found by any one, who takes the trouble to look for it, in 'One Thousand and one Gems of English Poetry.' X was apparently afraid of appearing too original, and has carefully mutilated the piece with a certain amount of ingenuity. I do not know whether X meant his production to be a pure hoax, or whether he was attempting a parody which would perhaps account for some of his curious lines,
Yours etc, [Another correspondent has obliged us by pointing out the
rovian, Wellingburian, Carliol, Ley's Fortnightly,
There will be some still present in the School, and many who have passed away from it, who will remember well the name of Edward Annett, and will hear with deep regret that a career, which bid fair to be an honourable and successful one, has been cut short by a sudden and untimely death. On the 16th of March he was drowned, while boating on the Saône. The loss will be an irreparable one to his parents, and it will be almost as deeply felt by his many friends, among whom the manly straight-forwardness of his character, and his ever ready sympathy, made him universally beloved. His sudden death will not be less deplored among those who had the opportunity of following his professional
In this he has more than fulfilled the bright promise of his schooldays, and bade fair to have attained a high position in the walk of life which he had chosen.
fact. We do not care to decide whether X meant his poem for an imbecile parody or a dishonest plagiarism; but we must remind contributors that the rule which requires names to be sent in-if desired, in a sealed envelope-must be strictly attended to.-Ed. M].
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DÉAR SIR,-Of my last letter on the subject of chess little or no notice has been taken. I would therefore make a further proposal, namely, that a chess club should be formed. I have no doubt that some member of Common Room would give us the honour of acting as president.
The society should be open only to the sixth and fifth forms. The difficulty of a room could be easily obviated. For instance, the old Art Class-room might be used. The costs would be easily met by a subscription, such as the other school societies pay. Hoping that this proposal will not be allowed to drop,
I am, Yours
HOUSE GLEE CLUB COMPETITION.
To the Editor of the Marlburian. DEAR SIR,-Might I ask for space to inquire if any of your readers have copies of the earlier numbers of the Natural History Society's Report, which they care to part with, especially of the years 1868, 1869, 1870, and 1875. They are often in request for Societies or individuals desirous of completing their sets, and I should be very glad to hear of copies lying unused, if their owners would communicate with me.
I am, yours truly,
T. N. HART SMITH.
This competition, which, as we think wisely, had been fixed some days earlier than is customary, was held in the Bradleian on Thursday last.
Eight houses competed; Littlefield were unrepresented owing, we hear, to the want of an alto voice. The Glees chosen, de Pearsall's "Three Friends," and Franz Abt's “ The Violet's Fate," having been in
Leat's sang the last verse of the five-voice song very well, in spite of its difficulty, but were deficient in catch at the beginning, and the tenor part was weak. In the last verse of the tens Gould's showed good form; their trebles, however, were weak, and the last phrase of the fives was too much for the basses.
Both Baker's and Preshute were unfortunate; the former having lost their captain, the latter having no voices worth remark. Yet both did well so far as circumstances allowed. And here we must say a word for the general excellence of the competition. The standard reached was generally acknowledged to be higher than usual; and good singing was attained without too much striving for effect. We must congratulate the College generally upon the good proof of its musical ability, and the winners and Cotton House upon a really good performance.
THE PENNY READING.
Apother successful evening, to be added to the previous record, has resulted from the efforts of those members of the school who periodically give us entertainments called, by a misplaced modesty, "Penny Readings." The programme that was arranged for March 22nd was in itself attractive, and proved still more so from the excellent way in which it was rendered.
The main part consisted, as usual, of vocal and instrumental music; but a scene from Sheridan, and a reading from Bret Harte were also included to diversify the programme. The openiog duett was well given by Webber and Fletcher, but both here and elsewhere we noticed that the audience showed less enthusiasm for the instrumental than the vocal parts. Next came an old Spanish choras, which was rendered by the choir with considerable feeling-for though we were unable to follow the words, the music by itself sufficiently interpreted them.
Harvey's singing of “Highwayman Jack" was much appreciated by the audience, and he was called upon to repeat it. He sang with a good deal of expression, though at first we fancied he was little nervous.
Webber in bis Piano Solo-(Etade in F. Minor...Mendelssohn)-showed much delicacy of touch, and our only regret when he ceased was that he had chosen so short a piece. The pathos of “ Tennessee's Partner,” which was read by DeChair, was not enough appreciated; the audience seemed
the hands of the choirs for a longer period than is usual, it was to be expected that we should find their more obvious difficulties well surmounted in all cases, and this was borne out by the general goodness of the singing so far as accuracy and knowledge of the parts was concerned. The compositions were well chosen to shew the good points of a choir; they were lacking neither in variety of expression nor in swing and life; and the five-voice glee contained some crucial passages by which the steadiness of each part could be judged.
The winners, Way's, owed their success in a measure to the excellent quality of their material, but it must be remembered that this primary requisite cannot be turned to good account save by a choir which also possesses a fund of energy, a power of expression and sympathy which shall answer to the lead of the conductor. In respect as well of natural advantages as of a good conductor, the winners were, we think, quite equalled by more than one other house, but no other choir combined both these excellencies in so high a degree.
With fresh voices, knowledge of their parts, quiet taste, and ready answer to the conductor's call they fairly earned the judge's decision.
If we may single out a special excellence, we would award the chief praise of the whole performance to their rendering of the softer passages, which were as true, pare, and sweet in tone as could be desired. A very close second was the verdict on the Cotton House choir, and one well deserved for the excellent style iu which they rendered the words. The winners surpassed them certainly in the quality of their voices, but in careful conducting, and good use of their powers were at least equalled by Cotton House.
Horner's sang without life we thought; they seemed to be over drilled, and tired of their task before the occasion for a full display of their powers arrived. We could not help thinking that they did not do themselves justice. They sang mechanically, with little attention to their conductor, and too fast, but in spite of this the excellence of their voices, specially in the lower parts, made itself felt. quietly and tastefully, though in the last phrase of the ten-voice glee, it would have been difficult, apart from the words, to find any touch of pathos in their rendering