BY the time this is in print the re-organization of the work of the School will probably be looked upon by those chiefly interested as ancient history. We, nevertheless, think that as history an account thereof should be placed on record, so that no chapter may be wanting in the chronicles of the School to those who hereafter may desire to peruse the same. In formulating the new scheme of work, Mr. Haslam has had in view, besides other objects, that most desirable one of simplicity. Much has been gained in this direction by arranging for less changing of forms from one Master to another ; and by holding the lessons in leading subjects (e.g., Latin) concurrently throughout the School. Form Masters have to a greater extent the responsibility of teaching their own forms ; while special subjects-Greek, Modern Languages, Higher Mathematics, and Science are taken by specialists in those particular subjects. In this way the personal influence of the Form Master will be increased, while the School will reap the full benefit of the powers of special-subject Masters.
The necessity of allowing for boys taking optional subjects, particularly in the upper part of the School, and the desirability of not duplicating any of the work, has led to the adoption of a system of lessons of an uniform duration of three-quarters-of-an-hour. By this means, too, it has been found possible for all boys to receive a lesson in each of the most important subjects every day, an achievement that experience teaches is fraught with the utmost consequences to a scholar's progress.
Each school day now consists of seven such lessons, the afternoon time being prolonged until 4-15 p.m., in order to allow of this. As a compensation, however, there are no longer any classes held out of ordinary school-hours (except those in Manual Training and Gymnastics) and the extra quarter-of-an-hour on half-holiday mornings is dispensed with.
The system of punishment by detention-drill has been relegated to the limbo of things perhaps not forgotten, but of which we have but a (none too sweet) recollection.
While arrangements have thus been made for the retention on the school curriculum of all the subjects lately taught, time has been found for the resumption of others which for years have been in abeyance. Thus Sound, Light, and Heat, under Mr. Overend ; and Electricity and Magnetism, under Mr. Hodgetts, have been again added to the studies of the upper boys. The additional time thus gained for Science throughout the School has not involved a sacrifice of any time for Mathematics and Languages : on the contrary, the Latin of the Lower School, and the French and German of several classes-especially the Commercial Class-have been considerably strengthened.
The system of Report Books kept by the boys having certain inherent disadvantages, has been superseded by one of weekly mark sheets. By these, which are made up each Saturday, a boy's work and position are shown at once, and the Head Master visits each Form on the following Monday morning to read the orders and to award a meed of praise for good work, or the contrary in the case of evident slackness.
In conclusion, we would merely remark that for the full realization of all that we hope and expect from the new arrangements, the cheerful co-operation of all the members of the School is required, and that, in so complex a mechanism, all things should be done, as Caesar remarked on a memorable occasion, ad nutum et ad tempus.
THE 37th meeting of this society was held on Wednesday, February 8th, 1899, W. A. Parker-Mason, Esq., in the chair.
There was a very good attendance, but the conduct of some of those present left much to be desired. After the passing of the minutes, and attention to private business, a Debate was proceeded with on " Science V. Classics."
Science had for its champion A. E. Barnes (O.B.), who opened the debate, and had for his seconder, L. Glauert (O.B.). The opposition was in the hands of H. H. James and the Hon. Sec.
The debate which followed was taken part in by Messrs. J. G. Chambers (O.B.), Hammond (O.B.), K. E. Kirk, C. Clementson, J. H. Preston, and 0. Glauert. Owing to the disorder during the last speech however, the chairman left the chair without taking the vote.
On March 1st, the thirty-eighth meeting of this society was held, the chair being occupied by Mr. J. I-I. Hodgetts, DMA., B.Sc.
Some time was devoted to private business, and the rest of the evening was spent in reading selections from various authors. K. E. Kirk's selection from Max Adeler's " Elbow-room," caused much laughter, as did also A. P. Turnbull's reading from " Pickwick Papers." Clementson also read from " Elbow-room," and Coombe contributed a piece from that never-failing source of amusement," Three Men in a Boat." The last piece was a selection from `0 Crossing the Russian Frontier," read by J. H. Preston (O.B.).
The meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to Mr. Hodgetts for taking the chair, who, in his reply, expressed his pleasure at seeing the society still in a flourishing condition.
On Monday, March 8th, a meeting was held, Mr. Merrikin being in the chair. The minutes of the last meeting having been passed, the House considered the advisability of abolishing the I-louse of Lords.
K. E. Kirk proposed that the " House of Lords be abolished," and was followed by L. Glauert (0.13.), who opposed. B. Lister seconded the opposition, and Mr. Glauert had for his seconder the Hon. Sec.
A very interesting debate followed, in which Messrs. Chambers, Clementson, Brown, Preston, and Turnbull took part.
On the vote being taken, it was decided that the House be not abolished, by 8-2 votes.
At the close of the meeting, a vote of thanks was proposed by the Hon. Sec., seconded by Mr. Chambers, to Mr. Merrikin for so kindly taking the chair.
J. H. M..
THE following is the list of our successes according to the recently published Class Lists of the Examination held in December
SENIORs. -- Class II: A. Allison. Satisfied the Examiners W. A. B. Clementson, C. Coore, H. H. James, B. Lister.
JUNIORS. - Class I, First Division : J. A. Crowther (distinguished in Religious Knowledge, English, Mathematics, and Chemistry), A. P. Turnbull (distinguished in Mathematics). Class I, Second Division : W. S. Andrew, G. R. Bagshawe (distinguished in Chemistry). Class II: A. C. Middleton. Class III: J. H. Machon, C. C. Plowright, G. Stevenson. Satisfied the Examiners: L. J. Coombe, J. E. Dodson, M. Green, H. W. Turnbull (distinguished in Mathematics), J. R. Swinscoe.
OF late years it has come to be the custom with many learned men to reduce all ancient legends to mere allegorical explanations of wellknown natural phenomena. Tradition, they say, has so often been proved to be incorrect, that we should never place any belief in it, unless we possess fully authenticated facts upon which to base our knowledge. They demonstrate most conclusively (to themselves) that all heroes represent the sun ; that all villains are the demons of night or winter ; that all sticks and spears and arrows are the lightning, and that all cows and sheep, dragons and swans are clouds. To show to what lengths these scholars run, a clever French ecclesiastic, some years ago, wrote the following argument to prove that Napoleon Bonaparte was a mythological impersonification of the Sun.
1. Between the names Napoleon and Apollo, or Apoleon, the god of the sun, there is but a trifling difference; and indeed the seeming difference is lessened if we take the spelling of his name from the column of the Place Vendome, where it stands Neapoleon. But this syllable Ne prefixed to the name of the sun-god is of importance ; like the rest of the name it is of Greek origin, and is nE or nai, a particle of affirmation, as though indicating Napoleon as the very true Apollo, or sun.
His other name, Bonaparte, makes this apparent connexion between the French hero and the luminary of the firmament conclusively certain. The day has its two parts-the good and the luminous portion, and that which is bad and dark. To the sun belongs the good part, to the moon and stars belongs the bad portion. It is therefore natural that Apollo or Ne-Apoleon should receive the surname of Bonaparte,
2. Apollo was born in Delos, a Mediterranean island ; Napoleon in Corsica, an island in the same sea. According to Pausanias, Apollo was an Egyptian deity; and in the mythological history of the fabulous Napoleon we find the hero in Egypt, regarded by its inhabitants with veneration, and receiving their homage.
3. The mother of Napoleon was said to be Letitia, which signifies joy, and is an impersonification of the dawn of light dispensing joy and gladness to all creation. Letitia is no other than the break of day, which in a manner brings the sun into the world, and " with rosy fingers apes the gates of Day." It is significant that the Greek name for the mother of Apollo was Leto. From this the Romans made the name Latona, which they gave to his mother. But Laeto is the unused form of the verb Laetor, and signified to inspire joy; it is from this unused form that the substantive Letitia is derived. The identity, then, of the mother of Napoleon with the Greek Leto and the Latin Latona is established conclusively.
4. According to the popular story, this son of Letitia had three sisters, and was it not the same with the Greek deity, who had the three Graces ?
5. The modern Gallic Apollo had four brothers. It is impossible not to discern here the anthropomorphosis of the four seasons. But, it will be objected, the seasons should be females. Here the French language interposes; for in French the seasons are masculine, with the exception of autumn, upon the gender of which grammarians are undecided, whilst Autumnus in Latin is not more feminine than the other seasons. This difficulty is therefore trifling, and what follows removes all shadow of doubt.
Of the four brothers of Napoleon, three are said to have been kings, and these are, of course, Spring reigning over the flowers, Summer reigning over the harvest, Autumn holding sway over the fruits. And as these three seasons owe all to the powerful influence of the sun, we are told in the popular myth that the three brothers of Napoleon drew their authority from him, and received from him their kingdoms. But if it be added that, of the four brothers of Napoleon, one was not a king, that was because he is the impersonification of Winter, which has no reign over anything. If however it be asserted, in contradiction that the winter has an empire, he sill be given the principality over snows and frosts, which, in the dreary season of the year, whiten the face of the earth. Well ! the fourth brother of Napoleon is thus invested by popular tradition, commonly called history, with a vain principality accorded to him in the decline of the power of Napoleon. The principality was that of Canino, a name derived from cani, or the whitened hairs of a frozen old age-true emblem of winter. To the eyes of poets, the forests covering the hills are their hair,
and when winter frosts them, they represent the snowy locks of a decrepit nature in the old age of the year
"Cum gelidus crescit canis in montibus humor."
Consequently the Prince of Canino is an impersonification of winter;-winter whose reign begins when the kingdoms of the three fine seasons are passed from them, and when the sun is driven from his power by the children of the North, as the poets call the boreal winds. This is the origin of the fabulous invasion of France by the allied armies of the North. The story relates that these invaders-the northern gales--banished the many-coloured flag, and replaced it by a white standard. This, too, is a graceful, but at the same time, purely fabulous account of the northern winds driving all the brilliant colours from the face of the soil, to replace them by the snowy sheet.
6. Napoleon is said to have had two wives. It is well known that the classic fable gave two also to Apollo. These two were the moon and the earth. Plutarch asserts that the Greeks gave the moon to Apollo fox wife, whilst the Egyptians attributed to him the earth. By the moon he had no posterity, but by the other he had one son only, the little Horns. This is an Egyptian allegory representing the fruits of agriculture produced by the earth fertilized by the sun. The pretended son of the fabulous Napoleon is said to have been born on the 20th of March, the season of the spring equinox, when agriculture is assuming its greatest period of activity.
7. Napoleon is said to have released France from the devastating scourge which terrorized over the country, the hydra of the revolution, as it was popularly called, Who cannot see in this a Gallic version of the Greek legend of Apollo releasing Hellas from the terrible Python ? The very name revolution, derived from the Latin verb revolve, is indicative of the coils of a serpent like the Python.
8. The famous hero of the 19th century had, it is asserted, twelve Marshals at the head of his armies, and four who were stationary and inactive. The twelve first, as may be seen at once, are the signs of the zodiac, marching under the orders of the sun Napoleon, and each commanding a division of the innumerable host of stars, which are parted into twelve portions corresponding to the twelve signs. As for the four stationary officers, immovable in the midst of general motion, they are the cardinal points.
9. It is currently reported that the chief of these brilliant armies, after having gloriously traversed the Southern kingdoms, penetrated the North, and was there unable to maintain his sway. This too represents the course of the sun, which assumes its greatest power in the South, but after the Spring equinox seeks to reach the North, and after a three mouths' march towards the boreal regions, is driven back upon his traces, following the sign of Cancer, a sign given to represent the retrogression of the sun in that portion of the sphere. It is on this that the story of the march of Napoleon towards Moscow, and his humbling retreat, is founded.
10. Finally, the sun rises in the East and sets in the Western sea. The poets picture him rising out of the waters in the East, and setting in the ocean after his twelve hours' reign in the sky. Such is the history of Napoleon coming from his Mediterranean isle, holding the reins of government fur twelve years, and finally disappearing in the mysterious regions of the great Atlantic'
THE inaugural meeting of this club was held on Monday, Feb. 20th, when Proctor was elected Captain; G. Hallam, ViceCaptain ; and G. Blandy, Secretary,
The first run took place on the following Wednesday, when sixteen ran, Blandy and Davies I V being hares. The course they took extended to Beauchief Woods.
A second run was arranged for March 1st, but was a failure, in consequence of the hares (Dalton and Martin II) laying an insufficient " scent."
Tuesday, March 6th, was a splendid day, and a most enjoyable run to Dore Moor took place, Hallam and Mawhood doing the needful.
OUR life has not been uneventful. We have gazed erewhile on some of the wonders of nature and the triumphs of art ; but the thing which most excites our wonder and admiration is that sandwich. Of course, we did not meet with it in England. Gallant little Wales, with its unnumbered beauties of nature, revealed it not to us. The Land o' Cakes, prolific in wonders, from Waverley to the Forth Bridge, gave not this unto us. It could only be, and was only found, in the Sister Isle, but such were its dimensions that its transference (except in pieces) to this side were as impracticable as that of the Pyramid of Cheops in its integral state. Yes, we found it in the land of its birth, so to speak, and the mode of its invention was as follows:
While making the Isle of Man a convenient centre for frequent sailings, we decided, in company with a friend, to visit Dublin for exactly five hours,
We thought we should like to see the home of the eternal Irish Question, even if only for five minutes, so we went. And we may here remark that we hope some day to go again, perhaps when the said question is finally settled.
Accordingly, in conjunction with a few other adventurous spirits, (fifteen or sixteen hundred, perhaps,) we chartered a very fine steamer belonging to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, and committed our fortunes to the briny. There were those who committed more than we did, but no matter. It was very rough,-delightfully so, in fact; and everybody rejoiced accordingly, or said they did; but we have a sort of suspicion that some were romancing a trifle, That "powerful and magnificent " boat had a pleasant way of " putting her nose into it," as an old salt told us, which was highly diverting, and we recognized the suitability of the term " hurricane deck," though when we found ourself standing up against a roaring cataract of deck chairs that were playfully scudding aft before the breeze, we thought even that term did not express the whole truth. Well, when we were in sight, and almost touch, of Howth Head, the forward rudder of the "powerful and magnificent" proclaimed its independence by breaking one of its chains, and taking the bit in its mouth, so to speak, Then ensued a period of waiting, the " powerful and magnificent " lying at the mouth of the Liffey like a duck with a broken wing, while the captain ran tea-trays up to his mast-head, and some of the passengers, who seemed in a hurry, indulged in combustible language. After an hour or so, we entered the harbour as cautiously as a burglar would enter a police station, and having ascertained the time (Irish) of the return, we invaded the city whose commercial prosperity has given rise to that very old chestnut, which we will not reproduce.
We felt we were nearing a crisis in our life : it was that sandwich, though we knew it not yet. We chartered a conveyance for the purpose of seeing the sights of the city. It was the smartest turn-out in Dublin, and the horse was one of the best, if not the best, in all Ireland, We are confident as to these facts : they were communicated to us by the driver (himself one of the best in Ireland), so we know. It took some time to force a passage of the bridge over an arm of the river, but our driver, by means of the most blood-curdling threats, and the most gorgeous language it has ever been our lot to listen to, succeeded where others would have failed, and Charged triumphantly into Sackville Street. From that moment the drive was one whirling, swirling torrent of sight seeing, interrupted only by that interlude which led to our acquaintance with that sandwich : the jarvey thought we might like lunch. We said we should. Of hotels or restaurants we knew nothing. He knew all things (he said he did), and he tried a couple (by which I am now persuaded he was subsidized), with the net Loss of more than half-an-hour of precious time in waiting for " two chickens," which apparently had not yet been killed, perhaps not oven hatched. As time was precious, and we had visions of the powerfully-magnificent one departing without us, we said we would be content with some sandwiches until we returned to the boat, where we knew a good square meal was in preparation. The order was given, and then, after waiting while the corn was grown and ground, the bread made, the mustard imported, the porker reared; at last, yes, at last, we stood in its presence. That is the only way in which we can refer to the revelation that was presented to us. How to describe it we know not,-" prodigious," u mammoth,"-All terms are alike too feeble. We were provided with a cleaver by the nymph in attendance, but, except that we chipped a few fragments oil odd corners, much in the same way that tourists break fragments off the aforementioned great pyramid, we made no impression on it, and never could hope to do so. That jarvey showed us round miles of sightseeing afterwards, but the thing ever before our gaze was that sandwich. Ten or a dozen times he charged furiously into some other vehicle in a manner that would have meant annihilation anywhere else, with the only result that the air became lurid with profanity. This he said we must excuse, as it was their custom, and they meant nothing by it. We said we would try not to hear him, though how his method of coupling somebody's patronymic with purgatory every few minutes " meant nothing," was a thing we did not understand. For more than two hours we were in the air, holding grimly on to a rail, and performing trapeze acts that we had considered ourselves incapable of. He showed us cathedrals, colleges, markets, castles, prisons (he seemed an authority on these latter) ; he pointed out a never-ending succession of statues to O'Connell (several of which turned out on inspection to be those of someone else); he took us to the Phoenix Park and to the Zoological Gardens (four minutes i) ; lie took us to Glasneven Cemetery, and pointed out the burial-place of ancient kings of Ireland. By-the-bye, it seems that at one period the kings of Ireland had a way of meeting their deaths by thunderbolts at the, foot of the Pyrenees or somewhere. We have no doubt they were enterprising fellows, but that seems too enterprising. What, in fact, did we not see ? But still the central feature-the very foundation on which Ireland seemed to us to be built -was that sandwich. We believe there is nothing that sandwich might not be capable of, except walking a tight rope. As armour plate, nothing could touch it; as a dam for the new Loxley reservoir, it would be invaluable: it might even be launched into space, to do duty as another planet, but for the probability of its wrecking the solar system. All things alike pale into insignificance alongside it: in its sublime massiveness and splendid solidity, it will ever remain to us unique.
Dear Mr. Editor,
I received your letter asking me for some Cambridge news when in the midst of Exams,, which accounts for the delay in replying to you, and as I had to take a rest (!) after the labour and toil which Exams, always entail it comes about that your letter has been neglected. However I will try to make amends. I feel, though, somewhat diffident in framing a letter, after having read that bright and spirited epistle which your Oxford correspondent contributed in your last number; and so long as he continues to write in so fluent a strain my poor words are sure to be thought commonplace and dull beside his. Still, if Oxford has "the pull" of Cambridge in eloquence and choice phrases, she certainly has to play second fiddle when the honours of athletics are computed. Chief and foremost is the Boat Race, which at last, yes, at last, Cambridge has won : and such a victory ! No fluke or narrow win, but victory to the better crew. I was in at the finish at Mortlake, and I assure you, Mr. Editor, that the Cambridge crew were almost as fresh as though they had but started, while their rivals were altogether " blown " and dead-beat. It was a sight to see the men in the Cambridge boat patting each other on the back and wringing one another's hands.
The Sports, too, were most interesting, and a tie was perhaps the best result-though not the most satisfactory-for there was nothing to choose between the two sets of competitors. By the way, a Sheffielder was representing Oxford in the half-mile.
I was also fortunate enough to see Cambridge beat Oxford by three goals to one at Association football-at least I saw as much as the fog permitted. This year at all events, the Light Blue colour is in the ascendancy.
The Lent Races were full of excitement : Third Trinity I gained the greatest success by making six bumps on the four evenings. First Trinity I managed to retain their position at the head of the river. Emmanuel made two bumps the first two evenings, and then our ,,bow" broke down with a strained heart and we could only "row over" the last two evenings.
We got our two Rugby Blues last December, and are pleased to think that they helped to win the 'Varsity match-another Cambridge success! One of them gained the further distinction of playing for` England against Wales in the early part of this year. The weather this last term was all that could be desired ; not only fine, but even warm ; and we at Emmanuel have been playing Tennis to a great extent.
The University in general was interested in the Norrisian Professorship of Divinity at Cambridge, which became vacant by the election of the Rev. Armitage Robinson to a Canonry at Westminster. The Rev. Handley Moule, D.D., has been appointed to the vacancy, and this will mean-it is greatly f eared-his leaving Ridley Hall, where his loss will be irreparable. The term has been singularly quiet, and with most of the Classical men being concerned with Exams., work has been at a premium.
I am glad that the School has had another successful football season ; but when are we going to beat the College ? Our bi-yearly defeat is worse than Oxford's long list of successes in the Boat Race.
I offer my congratulations to Cornu on winning the Fives Cup.
I ran against S. J. Chapman here the last day of term : he had come up for a few days' dissipation. We could do with more S.R.G.S. fellows at Cambridge.
I fear this is a sadly uninteresting letter : perhaps there will be more news next term. With all good wishes,
I am, yours very sincerely,
Keble College, March, 1899.
Dear Mr. Editor,
Term passes so very quickly up here that one finds oneself at its fag end before even thinking of the terminal letter to the old School.
After all, there is not very much to tell of this (please do not think it Hibernian after the above statement) the "slowest" term of the year for 'Varsity men undoubtedly.
Footer, at its zenith in the Christmas term, has begun to jar on one's nerves (cricket is not yet in vogue), and the weather is too beastly for the river or tennis, so that no wonder the weary undergraduate sighs for the sunshine and brightness of May and June, bringing picnics up the Cher (incomparable stream!), tennis parties (neither of which functions are confined to the male sex alone), the moonlight quads (mind and get that vowel correct, Mr. Printer, it's an a), " Commem' Week," when in spite of impending " vivas" and other similar horrors, he contrives to have a delightful time and forgets his woes; and- but stop, we'll have all Sheffield up here next term if we go on in this eulogistic strain.
To put it short, Mr. Editor, I will have something to write about next term.
Still we have had one or two interesting functions ; the "toggers" (as the March boat races are called) have come and gone, and are now buried in oblivion as far as Keble is concerned, for our first boat only went up a place, and the rejoicings, including that famous "Bonner" which nearly fired the chapel, which celebrated our six bumps this time last year, were conspicuous by their absence. Still the weather was a pleasing contrast to what we had been having, and the decorated barges made a pretty spectacle in the spring sunshine.
Chatterton took his degree at Christmas, as probably you all learnt from the last number of the S.R.G.S. Magazine, and is now engaged in his turn in instilling knowledge into a scion of a noble house. (Why does one always say "scion" in connection with "noble house," Messieurs Literary and Scientific Society?)
Let's hope he will remember the Xth class room (ah, those proses) and stay his hand.
Everyone is hoping that Cambridge will win the boat race, the annual procession with Oxford in the van is getting so monotonous.
We were beaten by Cambridge at Queen's Park a short time ago in the annual soccer match ; but then you know, Mr. Editor, our outside right forward had gone lame, our inside left back had to retire, our inside middle half was but, Mr. Editor, I am sure there is no need of further explanations ; you understand, we ought to have won.
(N.B.-I hope the above technical terms are quite correct, they look nice and sound well.)
We at Keble still continue to monopolise the 'Varsity rugger team, Out of the fifteen playing against Lennox the other day no less than six or seven were Keble men-a large proportion, when we remember that, there are more than twenty Colleges up here from which the team is selected.
By-the-bye, one of the aforesaid Keble blues is said to have been asked in his " Divvers " viva, a few days ago, " What can you tell me about Joab ? " and after several moment's hesitation to have ejaculated with a palpable air of wisdom and relief, " Ah ! yes, sir, of coorse, Joab is my wash-pot." Needless to say, that young man found the resultlists, as far as his name was concerned, an " aching void."
A Sheffielder (though not an old Grammarian, I think), T. Smith, has just got his running ' blue" up here, and will represent the 'Varsity against Cambridge in the mile, an event which he won last term in the Freshers' sports.
The 'Varsity Soccer team is touring in Austria next Vacation, and will play five matches with native teams.
Everyone up here has a bod attack of " Gramaphone-fever," and as I write I am exactly in the same position as the Light Brigade at Balaclava, if you only substitute for "cannon" the word "gramophone," The strains of " Tommy Atkin," with a cornet obligate, mingled with as Gladstone's last speech," and the reproduction of a " highly-realistic domestic brawl," are, you will agree, not exactly conducive to complete letter-writing, especially as they are all on the go at once. Please excuse this erratic epistle, therefore.
Everyone is looking forward to the visit of the Prince of Wales next Term, who is coming up here to review the local " Bug-shooters," (i.e., the 'Varsity Corps,) and intend to give him a welcome, even unto climbing into his chariot and driving beside him, as certain venturesome souls did when he was up here two years ago, in the exuberance of their loyalty.
Ever, Mr. Editor, yours very sincerely,
P.S.---Please, Mr. Editor, if you can, give me in your "Answers to Correspondence" column a recipe for curing an ill-used piano. The gentleman next door came of age yesterday, and borrowed mine to aid the necessary harmony at his evening entertainment ; and I feel convinced, from the condition in which it was returned this morning, that that erstwhile infant made his bed in it. Why ! when I left at 2.30 a.m. he was But I won't bore you with domestic troubles. We get 'em here as well as anywhere else, the' in a slight variety of forms, and, as Shakespeare says, "'Ave to 'ave 'em whether we want 'em or not ! " Would you recommend “ Elliman's? "
S.R.G.S. v. BANKERS' 2ND XI.
This match was played on Thursday, Feb. 16th, on their ground at Wadsley Bridge. The field was in splendid condition, and the weather almost perfect.
Cornu, having won the toss, elected to play against the wind ; and for some time the play was in mid-field. The School at last, however, got away, but were repulsed, and after a short time, the Bankers ran down and scored their first goal. After the centre, the Bankers again invaded our quarters; but the play only resulted in a corner, which was very badly placed. After this, the School made another gallant attempt to score but failed,---Brown's play being especially prominent. A run down for Bankers resulted in a splendid save by Cornu, though a corner had to be conceded. After a severe scrimmage in front of the goal, the ball was headed over by one of their players. Frost effectually stopped another run of the Bankers, who, however, shortly afterwards scored another goal. The play from this time was mostly in our goal-mouth, except for a run by Brown and Cockayne. A few minutes later the Bankers scored for the third time, and things began to look black for the Grammar School. Cornu's saves were really splendid, and both the backs played well, but half-time came with the result 3-0 against us.
With the change, our men seemed to gain a little courage, but it was short-lived, and soon the game was again in our quarters. After a short time, during which our play was weak, a penalty was claimed off James. Cornu, however, saved splendidly, and no result followed. Shortly after this the Bankers again succeeded in getting the ball past Cornu, and directly after the centre the fifth and last goal was scored. After this we pressed a bit but it was of no avail. Lister's play was noticeable, but our shots resulted in nothing, and the game ended with us pressing, the result being 5-0 for them. Team :-Cornu (goal) ;
James, Swinscoe (backs) ; Coombe, Frost, Drysdale (half-backs); Brown, Cockayne, Innocent, Lister I, Froggatt II (forwards).
CHESTERFIELD G.S. V. S.R.G.S.
This match was played at Chesterfield on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd. The following represented the School:-Cornu (goal) ; James, Drysdale (backs ; Coombe, Renshaw, Frost (half-backs) ; Brown, Cockayne I, Haslam, Innocent, Lister (forwards).
During the first thirty minutes Chesterfield, playing with the wind, had the better of the game. Cornu, on three or four occasions, saved brilliantly, and James defended well. Towards the end of the first half a combined rush on the Chesterfield right proved successful, and the home team scored the first goal of the match.
In the second half, Sheffield pressed vigorously, and almost every forward had a shot at goal, James and Frost also making good attempts from back. Haslam was the first to score, and shortly before time Brown, who was playing his best game, succeeded in placing two more goals to our credit. Result S.R.G.S., 3 goals; Chesterfield, I goal.
Chesterfield fell off towards the end of the second half, and although they played a strong game, were completely overmatched. Cornu was very safe in goal. James was the better of the backs, but Drysdale was reliable. Renshaw was the most brilliant of the halves, and played very pluckily throughout the game. Coombe and Frost, however, always had their respective wings well in hand. Of the forwards, Cockayne and Lister, who showed marked improvement, were faster and passed accurately. The right wing was the stronger, and Haslam (in centre) was speedy in the open but rather weak in front of goal. Innocent was still rather too leisurely in his movements, but used his weight well.
S.R.G.S. v. WESLEY COLLEGE.
Played at Broomhall Park, on Thursday, Feb. 23rd. College won the toss and elected to play uphill. The School pressed first and Beardshaw was forced to concede a corner which was placed behind. Then the College took up the pressure and Cornu brought off some good saves ; Haslam, James, and Frost also cleared well, but owing to the heaviness of the ground the play was rather slow at first. Some desultory play in midfield followed, and then the School forced a corner which was not improved on, After this the play livened up, and College pressed hard ; Cornu, Haslam, and James defending well. At this period of the game Cornu was hurt, but resumed in a few minutes. Half-time was drawing near, and it was evident that if the School could not score soon, whilst playing down, their chances of victory were rather small, Brown was playing well, but, owing to lameness, his shots were weak. Forsdike and Trotter ran down together but the latter put the ball outside. Shortly afterwards the whistle went for half-time with the score sheet blank. At the beginning of the second half the School pressed, and Cockayne, receiving the ball from Froggatt, ran right through and scored with a lovely shot in the corner of the goal. This woke both sides up, and some lively play followed, which was also rather rough. After haslam had cleared well once or twice, the College came down with a rush and owing to a misunderstanding between Cornu and Haslam, each of whom thought the other would clear, an easy shot was allowed to pass through. This seemed to dishearten the School forwards, and most of the work fell upon the backs and halves, Lee playing a fine game at this time. Wesley were now doing all the attacking, and Collins put them ahead twenty minutes from the end. Shortly after, from a penalty, Nixon again scored for the College : Cornu just tipped but could not manage to divert the ball. Even play followed, but the School could not score, Brown's lameness handicapping him very much. Cornu brought off one or two lovely saves, and though the College forwards worked hard they could not get past him again. When the whistle went both teams had had enough of it, the play at the end having been very fast. Wesley College, 3 ; S.R.G.S,, 1. Team :--Cornu (goal); James, Haslam (backs) ; Coombe, Lee, Frost (half backs) ; Trotter, Froggatt II, Forsdike, Cockayne, Brown (forwards).
H. H. James has passed the examination of the College of Preceptors, Second Class.
We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of copies of the following contemporaries :-The Eagle, The Leys Fortnightly, The Oldham Hulmeian, Our Magazine, The Savilian, The Thistle, The Vigornian.