THE second session of this society has almost finished. The following are the reports to hand.

A meeting was held on Wednesday, December 8th, with Mr. Richardson in the chair. Preston proposed, and Turnbull I seconded, a vote of censure on certain members of the committee, but the motion was lost by 25 votes to 3.

Norwood then opened the debate on "Do Ghosts exist?" Ho gave a very good speech, adducing reasons for his belief in ghosts, The sensation of the evening was the production of photographs of a ghost obtained by J. E. Lister and Barnes. The following then addressed the house :-Preston, Kirk, James, L. Glauert, Turnbull. The motion on being put to the vote was passed by 20 votes to 8.

The next meeting was held on January 29th. The subject of debate was, " Is War preferable to Arbitration ?" Barnes moved and Glauert seconded the affirmative, and Allison and L. Glauert took the negative. James and J. E. Lister also addressed the house, The motion on being put to the vote was lost by 10 votes to 3.

The meeting on February 2nd was devoted to a debate as to who was the best king of England. Almost all the members present had their, pet king, and so a good debate took place. The following addressed the house:-L. Glauert, W, N. May, Glauert, Barnes, Lister I, Wing, and J. E . Lister.

A meeting was held on February 7th to elect a Sub-Secretary. Barnes was unanimously elected.

The next debate was, "Are Athletics overdone in England?" Dalton proposed and J. E. Lister seconded the affirmative, and were supported by Allison. Coombe I, Wing, Jump 1, and Lister I spoke for the negative, which on being put to the vote was passed by 8 votes to 4. A short impromptu debate followed, in which most of the members present took part.

February 23rd was reserved for selections from favourite authors. The meeting commenced with the election of a sub-committee for making arrangements for excursions. The following were elected:­Barnes, L. Glauert, J. E. Lister.

Selections were then read by most of the members present, and a very enjoyable evening was spent.

On March 2nd there was an election of a committee-man in place of Mitchell, who had resigned ; Allison being elected.

The subject of debate was, " Should Capital Punishment be abolished l" Barnes moved and L. Glauert seconded the affirmative, Allison and Dalton moved the opposition. The following also ad­dressed the house:-J. E. Lister, J. H. Preston. The motion on being put to the vote was passed by 10 votes to 5.

On March 16th J. E. Lister gave a very interesting lecture On a " Tour in the Lake District." The lecturer showed a good many excellent slides illustrating his lecture.

ON Saturday night, February 12th, a musical evening was given in the Big School. Dalton opened the proceedings with a well rendered overture, and fully deserved the unstinted applause which he received. Brown followed with the song, " Tin Gee Gee," and was equally successful. Coore appeared to be rather "at sea" with his recitation, but apologetically explained that it was given in an emergency, and had not been studied. Pate next contributed a charming intermezzo, while Hahn's "Motor Car" was encored. Brown and DaltOn gave an intermezzo from " Cav. Rusticana." Hahn followed with the song, " Jack's the boy for me," and was quite as successful as in his previous effort. Wing, with the banjo, accompanied by Dalton, aroused an enthusiastic encore. Brown gave the song, " Nothing," in quite professional form. Dalton and Brown obliged with a few selec­tions from the °' Geisha," the boys joining in the choruses ; after which Dalton gave another pianoforte solo. Hahn gave the " Safety Pin " in quite inimitable style. The School song terminated the proceedings.

A second musical evening, under the direction of Hahn, was held in the School on March 12th. An excellent programme was presented, and the concert was undoubtedly a success. Want of space prevents us from alluding to each item, but special mention should be made of Hahn and Brown's duet, Machon's recitation, and the sketch " By Proxy," Appended is the programme :­

 

PART I.

 

Pianoforte Duet           

"Parade March."....

MONEYPENNY and WILD.

Song   

" Soldiers of the Queen."

 THOMAS.

Banjo Solo       `i

Guard March" 

WING.

Recitation         "

Modern Logic."..

 DODSON.

Duet    

" Naming the Baby."..

HAHN (Maria), BRowN (Johnny).

Pianoforte Solo

"Gavotte."        

HASLAM.

Recitation        

Dr. Puff Stuff."

MACHON.

Song   

.. " Is yer Mammie allus wid yer."

COOMBE.

Violin Solo      

" Simple Aveu  

BROWN.

Recitation,       

"Innocents Abroad."

GLAUERT.

 

PART II.

 

Pianoforte Duet            

" Il Corricolo." ....

MONEYPENNY and WILD.

Song   

.. The Diamond King." 

,           BROWN.

Pianoforte Duet.. ,

            " Men of Harlech."         

The Bros. TURNBULL

Song   

" A Piece of Orange Peel."

            HAHN.

Violin Duet       "

Washington Post          

LEE and BROWN.

Recitation        

" Misadventures at Margate."

 COORE.

Banjo Solo       "

Dancing Queen." .

WING,

Pianoforte Solo

"Papillons."      

DALTON.

Song „

4, Sortofa Kindofa....   

HAHN.

Sketch 

"By Proxy."..

HASLAM, COOMBE II, CLEMENTSON, KIRK.

WE are pleased to announce that the new Magazine Club has opened its Reading Room, which has already been used by many boys, attracted by the large and varied assortment of magazines provided. Some Of the masters have been kind enough to offer subscriptions and to join the members of the Society in the Reading Room. All tastes and inclinations are provided for, as will be seen from the following list of the periodicals now in use:-Nineteenth Century, Graphic, Black and White, Sporting and Dramatic, Mac­millan's, Truth, Badmington, Pall Mall, Longman's, Argosy, Scribner's, Harper's, Punch, Boys' Own Paper, Chums, Cassells', Windsor, English Illustrated, Pearson's, Strand, Idler, Public School Magazine, Nature, Ludgate, Chambers', Hub, Photogram.

At present the Club, especially as regards its funds, is in a prosperous condition. It is much to be hoped that fellows will make this initial success permanent, by paying their subscriptions promptly, and by getting present non-subscribers to join.

THE results of the Cambridge Local Examinations of December last have been published. As far as they affect us they are as follows :­

SENIORS.-Class I: Norwood (distinguished in Latin, Greek, and French). Class II: Dalton I. Class III: Dodson I. Satisfied the Examiners : Coombe I, Eyre, Hahn, Preston.

JUNIORS.-Class I, Div. I : Allison (distinguished in Arithmetic, Latin, and French). Class I, Div. II: Crowther, Hattersley (dis­tinguished in Latin). Class II: Andrew. Class III: James, Turnbull I. Satisfied the Examiners : Bagshaw, Innocent, Lister, Machon, Turnbull II, Thompson (distinguished in French), Wing, Bookless, Carlisle.

We have recently been gratified by the receipt of the pleasing intelligence that Norwood heads the list of Senior Candidates in Classics, thereby gaining the exhibition of £30 per year for two years offered by St. John's College. We offer him our very hearty con­gratulations.

To the Editors, S.R.G.S. Magazine.

Sirs,-Will you allow me, through your columns, to call attention to a practice (arising, doubtless, in the first place, from thoughtlessness) which is becoming very prevalent among the boys of the School, or more possibly among their parents. I mean the practice of giving away the School caps to poor children, when the original owners have ceased to use them.

I remember when the caps first came out the Head Master spoke about this very matter, and asked the boys to make sure that when they were finished with they should be destroyed and not given away.

Whether this be done or not, it is at any rate possible to take off the distinctive features, namely the School arms and the red stripes, leaving still a perfectly good cap ; and this, Sirs, is what I would suggest should be clone in future cases.

I am sure, after this, all parents and boys will be careful to see that the distinctive Cap is only worn by those entitled to do so.

I am, Sirs,
Yours truly, J. G. C.

[Our correspondent voices our own sentiments. We hope, for the sake of the School, that the practice referred to will die a speedy death.--EDITORS.]

Trinity College, Cambridge,
March, 1898.

Dear Mr. Editor,-Cambridge letters-and Oxford letters, too, for the matter of that-consist chiefly, so far as my experience carries me, in apologies followed by promises. This letter will be no exception to so good a rule, which provides the writer with a basis for his thoughts. When I was in Sheffield last term and saw the two Oxford Letters, and thought of the Cambridge letter which never came, I confess that I had qualms of conscience, and of set purpose avoided your reproving eye. It is the imminent danger of meeting it again which is largely influential in dragging my pen to paper now.

There is no news. How many times have your correspondents gravely given utterance to the same truth ! But you, sir, as the Editor of a paper-I substitute a " magazine " with apologies-well know that news always is and has been where the news-vendor is not ; which instances again the perversity of nature.

I should like to record a long series of successes-but I cannot. We should have won the Rugger match, but we did not. We ought, of course, to win the Socker match and the Boat Race, but we shall not. Why not, indeed, tempt Fortune by Modesty ! Our boat, how­ever, is a good one, better than it has been for some years, although at present it contains no old Blues.

I find that there is a plague of examinations this year. Hammond has two, Darbyshire has one, Blakeney has (I believe) one, Haslam has one, and so have I. We look thin and ill and woe-begone in conse­quence, you may be sure. The S.R.G.S. Cambridge Society are to meet in my rooms shortly, and the talk will be-not, I do sincerely trust, of examinations. I know, sir, how you and your colleagues and the " little victims " who play do most intensely delight in examinations. Strange how soon one loses the taste for this kind of thing

We shall be glad when some more of the S.R.G.S. join us here, as our numbers are now thinning.

I have been a good deal at the S.R.G.S. lately in thought. My chimney-piece is very largely S.R.G.S. I have a photo of the School and other S.R.G.S. photos on it. The photo of the School, however, misses the stately figures who pace " the terrace " in the interval, and the chaos of wildly kicking legs which concentrate their attention on one poor small wee ball. Perchance I shall shortly join the one or the other group again for a few fleeting days. The clock, the bedmaker, and other more intimate signals give warning of lunch, and so I must close.

Believe me, yours very sincerely,
S. J. CHAPMAN.

P.S.-Do you approve of the following parody on a famous couplet in Belloc's " Bad Boy's Book of Beasts ?
"The Senior Wrangler is a gruesome bird,
I fear that I must say the same about the third."

S. Stephen's House, Oxford,

March, 1898.

Dear Mr. Editor,-I take this opportunity of expressing sympathy with the School on the temporary loss of its chief. I hope that by the time this letter appears in print Mr. Senior will be on a fair way to recovery, and before long will be able to return to the School which owes so much to his wise rule. In saying this I am uttering the wishes of the other S.R.G.S. men up here as well.

Term is now in its fifth week, and we have got the most important events of this time of the year over. The Oxford University Dramatic Society have scored a distinct success in their rendering of " Romeo and Juliet," a somewhat ambitious piece for amateurs, although it is not untrue to say that their performance was quite up to that of " The Merry Wives of Windsor " and other plays which this Society has produced.

The Torpids, on the whole, were full of interest and excitement, one or two boats being conspicuous for their superiority, and another couple for their distinct inferiority to the others. Balliol held their position as head of the river, an honour which they are thoroughly entitled to. Amongst the other best boats must be included B.N.C. and Keble, the latter with its two boats having made six bumps.

A spirit of fairness compels me, though reluctantly, to refer to the inter-Varsity matches which have occurred this term. I grieve to say that we were the losers in the " Soccer" match by that one solitary goal which has before decided the event. In the Hockey we were still less fortunate ; but who cares about the Hockey when the 'Varsity Boat Race is near upon us? It is not fitting to boast, but still it certainly looks at present very likely that the dark blues will come in first in the race. Even at this early stage they are showing excellent form, and strength and weight are by no means lacking in the boat.

A great deal of discussion has been going on of late as to the advisability of postponing in the future the summer eights to the end of term, and combining Common Week with Eights Week. The end aimed at was to enable leading men to get their Schools finished before they rowed in the races. At the present stage, however, serious objec­tions have been raised against this new plan, so that it seems unlikely that any alteration will be made.

The next Oxford letter to appear in this Magazine will in all prob­ability be the last this hand will write, as all good things, even happy Oxford days, come to an end sometime. Till next term, then, with best wishes for the School.

Believe me, yours sincerely,

E. KEBLE CHATTERTON.

The Editor S.R.G.S. Magazine.

THE early history of Venice, " the Queen of the Adriatic," is lost in mystery; and legends and myths take the place of facts. It seems probable, however, that the city was founded in the fifth century by refugees from the mainland, as they fled before Attila and his Huns, " the scourge of Gods and men."

The city is built on a number of small islands, situated in one of the shallow lagoons of the Adriatic, and protected from the sea by long narrow tongues of land, called Littorali, which are split up by numerous openings. On this ideal site for a maritime city there gradually grew up a powerful sea-faring population, destined to play an important part in the world's history.

There is much to prove that these early settlers in the islands were a people of a refined and cultured nature; a people too, whose religion was of a noble and elevating character, and who clung to that religion with a love and a veneration which took an abiding form in the churches now arising on all sides, adorned with the marble pillars, carvings, and decorations, which the refugees were able to carry away from their forsaken homes.

They were at the same time given to art and literature, and their love of learning is shown in the writings of Virgil, Livy, Cornelius Gallus, Pliny, and in later times Petrarch and others; while as builders and architects they were soon to take a rank that has rarely and perhaps never been excelled.

But their chief characteristic shone cut pre-eminently in their love of freedom. The homes they had secured to themselves with such labour and difficulty they were determined at any cost to maintain free and intact: For several centuries the lesson of discipline, acquired by hardship, toil, and strife, was to bear fruit in a struggle for freedom and independence that, once gained, raised Venice to a lofty pinnacle among the nations, where she maintained herself for nearly a thousand years, and from which she descended only when her great mission was accomplished and Europe needed her no more.

The first great political transaction that Venice was engaged in was in 584, in which year she sent envoys to Constantinople, then the capital of the eastern division of the Roman Empire.

A hundred years after this the first Doge was elected. Doge is the same word as " dux " or duke, and his duties resembled those of a king ; but instead of attaining to this high position by birth, he was elected by the whole community divided into three classes. Frequently son succeeded father as Doge, as the son took part in the government during his father's lifetime,

(To be continued.)

S.R.G.S. v. THE GRASSHOPPERS.

Played on January 29th on the Ecclesall Road Ground. Haslam lost the toss, and for the first half the School had to play uphill against sun and wind. At first our opponents began to press, and forced a couple of corners, with no result, however. Then Bramley got a run up on the left wing, but shot wide. We still continued to press, and forced a corner, but the ball passed behind the posts. After about a quarter of an hour's play, during which we had the best of the game, Forsdike, getting the ball and dodging the opposing back, passed to Bramley, who ran up and scored. Shortly after Mr. Richardson tried, but failed. Then the Grasshoppers rushed down, but were got away by a foul for the School. The play from here to half-time consisted of alternate rushes of each side, from one of which a goal was scored against us through Haslam missing his kick. Score at half-time ,--­Grasshoppers, 1 goal ; S.R.G.S., 1 goal. The Grasshoppers again began to press after the kick-off, and the School again retaliated, James shooting wide, and Forsdike sending in a straight but unsuccessful shot. Bramley and Forsdike after this put in some good work, and forced a corner, with no result, The Grasshoppers after this kept the ball pretty well in our half of the field, scoring twice, the first time owing to some confusion between Mr. Barton and Thomas, and the second time from a corner. The final score was :-Grasshoppers, 3 goals; S.R. G.S., 1 goal. Team.:-Cornu (goal); Haslam, Thomas (backs) ; Mr. Barton, Mr. King, Lee (half-backs) ; Bramley, Forsdike, Mr. Richardson, James, Coombe (forwards).

S.R.G.S. v. BANKERS (1ST XI).

This match was played on our ground on Thursday, February 3rd. The School lost the toss, and played uphill first half. The Bankers rushing down after the kick of, forced a corner, and a little later shot through, a performance which they soon repeated, in spite of a good attempt of Cornu to stop the rush. After this the School pressed for a bit, but till the interval were kept generally on the defence. After half-time the School did most of the pressing, the Bankers making determined rushes now and then, by one of which they forced a corner and scored before the ball could be got away. This disaster seemed to rouse the School, for, rushing away from the centre, R. Brown, after a scrimmage with the opposing backs, . shot the ball between the goal­keeper's legs and scored our only goal. We suffered another defeat by 3-1. The Bankers on the play deserved to win, but if the opposing half-back line had been faster there is no doubt that the result would have been different. When the forwards had once passed the halves, the latter could never catch them up again. This and the inclement weather may well account for the result. Team:-Cornu (goal), Haslam, Thomas (backs); James, Samson, Coombe (half-hacks); Bram­ley, Forsdike, Mr. Richardson, Brown, Hydes (forwards).

S.R.G.S. v. CHESTERFIELD.

This match was played on Wednesday, February 9th, at Chesterfield, in fine weather. Soon after the kick off Forsdike made a good run nearly half the length of the field, and the ball was kept near the Chesterfield goal ; it was kicked out to the left by a defending back, and Hattersley centring well, Brown scored our first point. After this our forwards played a good game, showing, indeed, better passing than in any of the preceding matches. Brown and Forsdike took the ball well down the wing, and Lockwood, with a high shot, scored our second goal. Directly afterwards Buck nearly succeeded in again beating the goalkeeper with a shot from the left touch line, and the same player, again getting possession, centred in front of goal, and Forsdike scored the third point. Up to now we had been continuously pressing, but Chesterfield rallied somewhat, and one of their forwards sent in a really fine shot, which produced a still finer save on the part of Cornu. Chesterfield after this again brought the ball up the field, but licked behind. We quickly transferred the play to the other end, and Lockwood, with another long shot, scored a fourth goal, shortly after which half-time was called. The forward line was rearranged in the second portion, in which the game was more even. Several attacks were made on the Chesterfield goal, but no success crowned the well-meant efforts for some time, All the forwards in turn had a shot at the goal, and the halves took long dropping shots, which were safely kept out by the defenders. At length Lockwood with a good screw half-volley kick, scored the fifth goal. Just before time the ball was again put through the Chesterfield goal, but it was wrongly given offside, the referee thinking that Forsdike, who was standing offside, had touched it before it went through. The whistle then blew with the score: -S.R.G.S,, 5 goals ; Chesterfield, 0. Team :-Cornu (goal) ; Haslam, Thomas (backs); Swinscoe, James, Parrot (half-backs); Hattersley, Buck, Lockwood, Brown, Forsdike (forwards).

S.R.G.S. v. Doncaster G.S.

This match was played on Wednesday, February 16th. Haslam lost the toss, and the School had to play uphill against a very strong wind. Doncaster pressed at first but the home forwards broke away, and from a good centre by Innocent Buck scored. Again Doncaster pressed and at last equalised, the ball passing several players. Then the visitors' forwards pressed again and Cornu saved a high shot, but the ball struck the post and glanced through. Soon after half-time arrived with the score 1-2. In the second half the home team had the advantage of the wind and pressed; and a shot from Forsdike was put through by one of the Doncaster backs. This livened the game considerably. Forsdike ran the ball down, and from his centre Has­lam, who was now playing forward, scored. From the re-start the School forwards dashed down and Brown scored. After this the home forwards pressed mostly, Doncaster breaking away once or twice, and time arrived with the score 4-2. Team:-Cornu (goal), Coombe I, Haslam (backs), Hattersley, Lockwood, James (half-backs), Buck, Forsdike, Perrot, Innocent, Brown (forwards).

S.R.G.S. V. Bankers' 2ND XI.

Played on Thursday, February 17th, on our ground. Haslam lost the toss and the School had to play uphill. The game for some time was in favour of the Bankers, but eventually the School forwards broke away, and Brown ran the ball cleverly past the backs and scored, This startled the Bankers and they pressed again, but could not score. Then the School pressed in their turn but were driven back again, and half­time arrived with the score 1-0. The second half opened well ; the School obtained a foul at the very kick-off, and pressed, but the Bankers broke away and obtained a corner, which came to nothing. Later, amid great excitement, Hattersley shot, and the ball striking

the bar bounced beyond the goal line and then into play again. The referee first gave the goal, but afterwards decided otherwise, to the great indignation of the home team. However the School forwards pressed again, and after much passing about Forsdike scored, and time arrived soon after with the score 2-2, excluding of course the disallowed goal. Hattersley (forward), James (half ), and Coombe (back), distinguished themselves by good play.

S.R.G.S. V. CHESTERFIELD G.S.

Played on Wednesday, 23rd February. Haslam won the toss and chose to play uphill. From the start the School forwards dashed away but were driven back and Chesterfield gained a corner, but this was cleared : the School broke away, and after a scrimmage in goal Hattersley scored. At the commencement of the second half the School kept up an almost constant pressure but failed to score, the referee granting a goal in spite of appeals for offside. Again the School pressed, and Haslam with a long shot dropped the ball neatly through one corner of the goal. Once more Haslam ran the ball down and his shot was put through by Forsdike, leaving the final score 3-1 in our favour.

S.R.G.S. v. PARKFIELD.

Played. Saturday February 26th, 1898. The School had to play uphill, and this gave Parkfield a slight advantage and they pressed, but were frequently driven back. Both sides showed very good play and pressed in turn, but neither could score. Soon after half-time Parkfield broke away, and after a short pressure scored. This roused the home team and they went to work with a will, the ball was put into the visitors' goal, and For-dike rushing up prevented the goalkeeper clearing, and Mr. Richardson scored, Soon after the same player put the ball through again, but it had previously been out and the goal was disallowed. After this the School kept up an almost continual pressure till full time, which arrived with the score 1-1.

S.R.G.S. V. OLD Boys.

Played Wednesday, March 2nd. The School had to play downhill, and with this advantage pressed from the very start, but the ball was put out, then after some mid-field play the School pressed and obtained a corner, and this was followed by another, which was only partially cleared and at last P. Stokes scored. After the restart the O.B.s pressed but could not score. Half-time arrived with the score 1-0. In the second half the O.B.s pressed hard and Cornu had to run out to clear, but a little later they scored, Cornu being baffled by the sun. After this the School broke away, but were driven back, and the enemy obtaining a corner, after a close scrimmage scored again. Final score, 1---2.

S.R.G.S. v. WESLEY COLLEGE.

We visited the College ground to play this return match on Saturday, March 5. There was one change in the team originally selected by the captain, Forsdike at the last moment finding himself unable to play. In consequence Frost was drafted into the 1st XI., thus weakening our second team, and though he acquitted himself well, he was too small to prove really dangerous. Team :-Cornu (goal) ; Haslam (captain), Thomas (backs) ; Coombe, James, Lee (half-backs); Brown, Frost, Hattersley, Lockwood, Buck (forwards). A strong attack by the College forwards opened the game, and a corner was forced, which proved fruitless. A brilliant shot from the touch line by Whitamore struck the crossbar, the ball rebounding, and before our backs had grasped the situation the ball had cannoned back into the net. This was after ten minutes' play. On resuming we were again placed on the defensive, but our opponents were kept in check by some sterling work on the part of James, who at this special period was playing a great game. After Whitamore had threatened danger on right, Hattersley and Brown got well away, and when nearing the goal put the ball well across to Buck, who with an open goal only five yards away, shot wide. Thus a glorious opportunity was lost through, per­haps, over-anxiety. The game still continued to be fast. Coombe on the left had hard work in checking Nicholson's dashes, while on the other wing Whitamore's swinging centres were a feature of the game. At this time the College forwards simply ran over us, their combination being much superior to ours. Though their movements were slow, they were pretty to watch, and we seemed powerless to check them. One advance on the part of our forwards was worthy of note, in which Buck and Hattersley were prominent, but we never got really near the goal. Ten minutes from half-time Whitamore, receiving the ball on the wing, and being quite unmarked, scored a lovely goal with a dropping shot which Cornu quite failed to fist out from under the bar. Desultory play occupied the next few minutes, and half-time found us two goals to the bad, with the likelihood of a severe defeat. We had had much the worst of the argument so far. The second half, however, was the reverse of the first. The School played in a dashing manner, combina­tion being set aside for individual dash and pluck, which met with great success. In the first live minutes we swarmed down on our opponents' goal, gaining a couple of corners in quick succession, and the College defence had an anxious time. At last, after 22 minutes' play, the perseverance and dash of the School was rewarded. Coombe cleverly brought the ball along his wing, and though hard pressed got in a fine centre ; after a tussle in the goal mouth the ball was sent back. James fastened on it, and sent in a high dropping shot. Another scrimmage and the ball came out to Lockwood, who put a beautiful shot in the top corner of the goal amidst a storm of applause. On resuming the College were soon at the other end, but after gaining a corner were forced back. Give and take play followed for some time, hen the College forwards attacked strongly, and a scrimmage took place between our backs and the home forwards, which was suddenly ended by Coward breaking through close in ; who, sprinting strongly, gave Cornu no chance with a swift low shot. This was within two minutes of time, and though we got down to the other end the whistle put an end to the struggle, with the score standing Wesley College, 3 goals ; Royal Grammar School, I goal. Our failure was due to want of combination, especially in the first half. Any individual advance was easily checked. In the second half we could not have played a more dashing game. Of the three goals registered against us, the first was practically the result of a scrimmage ; the second must be laid to the charge of Cornu ; while the backs were directly responsible for the last. The best goal of the four was undoubtedly Lockwood's, being led up to by some grand play, and terminated by as pretty a finishing touch as it was possible to witness. The chief credit of the match, so far as the School was concerned, must rest with the halves, for though Lee was a little weak, Coombe and James played a first- class game. The forwards were far more dangerous than was the case in the first encounter, Hattersley, Lockwood, and Brown being the pick.

This last season has been exceptionally successful. It was at one time feared that when such players as Bramley, Lincey, Hampton, and Steel left us, we should be badly off, but the new recruits have proved themselves fully capable of upholding the name of the School. One great reason for our success is that the goal-keeper and backs who did duty for us in 1896-7 have again constituted the defence, and thus have derived no little of their soundness from experience. To lose only 43 goals in five and twenty matches is a record that speaks highly of the calibre of our defence, and to Cornu especially is the credit due. Our weakness has again been want of effectual combination, not necessarily confined to the forwards, but even among the halves and backs. As will be seen from the subjoined table Forsdike has been in great scoring vein. The expansive ground in Ecclesall Road has been a boon to us, and has promoted interest in School football.

FIRST ELEVEN.

Played 25, won 10, lost 11, drawn 4. Goals for, 58 ; against, 43. Goals scored by : Forsdike, 19; F. 13. Bramley, 6 ; Brown, 5 ; Lock­wood, 4 ; Mr. Richardson_ 3 ; Thomas, 3 ; James, 3 ; Hattersley, 3 ; Haslam, 2; Buck, 2; Coupe, 2; G. Hydes, 1; R Brown, 1; P-Stokes, 1; Coombo, 1 ; Twigg, 1 ; Waterfall, 1.

SECOND ELEVEN.

Played 6, won 2, lost 4, drawn 0. Goals for, 20 ; against, 33.

FOOTBALL CHARACTERS.

HASLAM (Captain: '95-6-7-8), An able and discreet captain; steady kick and a really sound back. His pace has been of the greatest use throughout the season, and has been one of the features of his sterling defence. "Head work" weak and rather uncertain.

THOMAS (Vice-Captain. '96-7-8). A splendid kick, tackles well, and uses his weight to the best advantage. Has ably performed his duties as vice-captain. Has been unable to play much the latter half of this season through illness and injury. An enthusiastic sportsman.

CORNU (Goal-keeper, '96-7-8). Quite the best goal-keeper the School has had for years. Has made some marvellous " saves," but is rather slow at running out to kick. Has well deserved his colours. Has an excellent record to boast.

COOMBE I (right half, '97-8). Has been played in most positions of the field and has acquitted himself excellently in all. Tackles well and has a good kick. As a forward is rather a poor shot close to goal, but has put in some very good long distance shots. Quite deserves his colours.

JAMES (centre half, '97-8). Has changed his position from forward to half. Centres well, though is rather weak at shooting at goal.

LEE (left half, '97-8). His best match was the last of the season. Was rather a disappointment as a half. Uses his weight, but is a poor kick.

BROWN (right outside forward, '97-8). A very tricky forward though rather selfish ; should pass before the ball is taken from him,

LOCKWOOD (right inside, '97-8). A plucky player though small. Has put in some very good centres. Promising for next year.

HATTERSLEY (centre forward, '97-8). A heavy and keen forward ; always works hard and feeds his wings well.

FORSDYKE (left inside, '97-8). Quite the forward of the season. Though small, has generally got the better of his larger opponent. Plays a very tricky game and shoots well. Has also earned his colours.

BUCK (outside left, '97-8). Plays a good game and centres well, though small. Fell off rather at the end of the season.

The following have also played for the Eleven :­

TWIGG (right half, '96-7-8). Quite the pick of the halves. A great loss to the School defence when he left at Christmas.

WATERFALL, '97-8. Was played in too many places to be good in one. Put in some lightning shots at forward.

FROST (right outside forward, '98). Plays a very scientific game, and a tricky one for his size.

SWINSCOE (left half, '98). His play varies from time to time ; on some days good and others bad. Should kick with more strength.

PARROT (centre half, '98). Very slow, but kicks well.

 

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Athletic Sports, The, .   ..

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Cambridge Letter

17, 85

Carmen

70

Chess ..

8

Correspondence ..

5, 17, 24, 53, 84

Cricket

11, 25, 38

„ Characters

46

„ Season, 1807,

44

Dinner, O.B.A.. ,

65

Examination, S,K. Results

47

„           Cambridge Local

84

Fives

9

Football

57, 75, 89

„           Characters, 1896-7

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„           1897-8

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„           Season, 1896-7 ..

10

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France, School Life in

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Holiday, The Ideal ..

66

In Days of Old

33

Kinder Scout, The Opening of

34

Literary and Scientific Society

49, 81

Magazine Club

83

Marlborough, The Duke of

18

Musical Evenings

82

Ode

20

Old Boys' Association

50, 65

On the Frontier

71

Oxford Letter ..

5, 53, 86

Poetry..

20, 52, 70

Public School Dormitory, Life in

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School News

15, 32, 47, 64, 79

School Life in France

56

Scripture Union

7

Venice, and the Venetians

88

With the Passing Year ..

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York Minster

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