THE first meeting of the School branch this term was held on Sunday, February 18th. There was a comparatively good attendance, although the weather was not favourable. After the usual hymn and reading of the portion for the day, Mr. Haslam explained a plan by which the boys might become more interested in the Union. This was that each boy should gain what information he could on some easy Scriptural subject, and that all should compare notes at the next meeting. The meeting began, as will all future ones, at 3-30 p.m., instead of 3-0.

On Friday, March 9th, after afternoon school, Mr. Fletcher, son of the late well-known Benjamin Fletcher, of Sheffield, addressed the School on the subject of “Missionary Work in Central Africa." Mr. Fletcher has been engaged in this work in Uganda for some seven or eight years, and will shortly be returning to that country. His address was extremely interesting, and in places humorous, as, for instance, when he described a Uganda church collection. After the sermon (which, to' suit the people's taste, should last from one to two hours) the congregation were asked to bring any offerings they might have to the altar rails. A scuffle would then be heard at the door, and several cows would be led in, accompanied by several barn-door fowls, and innumerable bananas and other fruits. In about half-an-hour comparative quiet would be restored, and a hymn would then be sung, with, chorus by the collection!

He spoke of the great benefits Christianity had brought to Uganda, and of the extreme earnestness and faithfulness of the converts. He also pointed out that of all the 300 native teachers and missionaries now in Uganda there was not one who received his pay other than from the offerings of the Christian converts.

He finally told us something about the rebellion of the Soudanese troops, and how he and the other Englishmen, with volunteers from the converts, had quelled it. In this war Mr. Fletcher was twice wounded. He concluded by asking us all to pray for the furtherance of the mission work in Africa. His address was acknowledged by a hearty round of applause. The Rev. C. F. Knight, Vicar of All Saints', then said a few words on the subject of missionary work, and the meeting was concluded by a hymn and prayer.

On Sunday, March 11th, Mr. Fletcher again came down, and gave an address, this time on the subject of “Work Amongst the Uganda Boys." He told us how difficult it was to get the boys to attend the meetings regularly, as they were always being moved from one place to another by the chiefs, and how Bishop Pilkington and he had first attracted the boys by a game of football. Gradually regular Sunday schools, and then day schools, had been started, and now many of the boys were themselves teaching in these very schools. Mr. Fletcher gave us many details of the hardships of the boys' life, which, however, was being ameliorated by the work of the missionaries, foreign and native, and hoped that we would help their work as much as possible by our prayers and offerings.

Meetings of the Union are held at the School on alternate Sundays, at 3-30 p.m. All information concerning the S.S.U. can be had from Kirk I (Secretary of Branch).

On February 7th, Mr. Lewis in the chair, Clementson read a Paper on “The Story of the Alphabet." The paper was divided into two sections. (I.) The origin of writing, treating of the earliest methods of recording ideas, showing how all modes of writing originated in pictures of objects. The North American Indian pictograms, ancient Mexican picture writing, ancient Chinese and Cuneiform were taken as examples. (2.) The development of the alphabet, its history being traced from the Egyptian hieroglyphics through the Moabite and early Greek to the Roman. The Paper was illustrated by lantern slides, the instrument being manipulated by Kirk. A vote of thanks was passed to the lecturer and chairman.

On February 14th, Mr. Humphreys presiding, an Impromptu Debate was held, many and various subjects being discussed. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks to the Chairman.

On February 15th the fiftieth (or Jubilee) meeting was held in the Boarding Hall, when Mr. Merrikin occupied the chair. The occa­sion was honoured by the presence of several ladies and the Head Master. Clementson moved--" That games in schools ought to be compulsory." Mr. Caudwell opposed in a very able speech, after which the motion and opposition were respectively seconded by Lister and Mr. Lewis. Of the subsequent speakers, Messrs. King and Coombe (O.B.) spoke for the motion; and against, Messrs. Chambers (0.13.) and Humphreys, Kirk, and Lipson. The mover having made his reply, the voting was taken, with the result that 11 voted for and 14 against, the motion being lost by three votes. The Chairman, in the name of the house, expressed his thanks to the ladies and Mr. Haslam for their presence and kindly interest, and with a vote of thanks to the Chair­man the House adjourned.

On February 28th, Mr. Burvenich in the chair, a Literary evening was held. The following members read passages from popular books of fiction :-Clementson, " Marley's Ghost " (Dickens) ; Andrew, " Verdant Green;" Illiffe I, " Judge Twiddler's Cow " (Max Adeler); Davies III, " The Adventures of Potts` (Elbow Room) ; Mawhood, "The Fate of Young Chubb;" Andrew 11, "Bradley's Sausage" (Elbow Room) ; Lipson, "Valentine Vex;" Widlake, "Some Facts about Education" (Elbow Room); Kirk I, "The Lady or the Tiger" (Prank R. Stockton). A hearty vote of thanks was passed to the Chairman.

On March 7th, Mr. Caudwell in the chair, Mr. L. Glauert (0.13.) moved-" That impudence is superior to genius as a means of gaining material success in life." Kirk opposed, Clementson seconded the motion, and Andrew I the opposition. In the debate which followed, Andrew II and Lipson spoke against the motion. The mover then

made his reply, and the Chairman summed up. On the voting being taken, three voted for and five against the motion, which was therefore lost by two votes. After some impromptu speech making, and a vote of thanks to the Chairman, the house adjourned.

On March 14th, with Mr. Overend in the chair, Mr. Hodgetts gave a Lecture on " Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington." Com­mencing at the beginning of Wellesley's brilliant military career, the lecturer described his campaigns in India against Tippoo Sahib and the Mahrattas, in both of which he met with signal success. Passing on to the Peninsular War, he proceeded to relate how our armies at first met with defeat and failure, owing chiefly to the selfish cowardice of our allies. But when Wellesley, freed from the interference of incom­petent senior officers, took the command, success took the place of failure. He soon began to gain around against the enemy, and after several bard-fought battles succeeded in driving King Joseph and his forces across the Pyrenees into France, when Napoleon was forced to abdicate, and the Bourbon monarchs were restored. Not long after this the exile returned, and drew to himself thousands of supporters, including the famous Marshal Ney. A League of the Powers was formed, and an agreement made to place about 1,200,000 men in the field. Wellington, in command of the British forces, defeated Napo­leon at Waterloo (which battle was vividly described by the lecturer), after which the allies marched into Paris, and peace was restored. Wellington retired to enjoy a peaceful old age, honoured alike by his own and foreign countries for the valuable services he had rendered in the hour of danger.

The Lecture was illustrated by oxy-hydrogen views, many of which were photos of famous paintings, and all exceedingly interesting and instructive. Allison ably manipulated the lantern. The meeting concluded with hearty votes of thanks to the Lecturer and Chairman.

THE ABSENT-MINDED BEGGARS.

To the Editor of the S.R.G.S. Magazine.

Dear Sir,-As perhaps your readers know, Cricket and Football Clubs for the "Old Boys" of the School have been formed, or rather, decided upon.

I was asked about a week ago to write an account of the prospects of the coming cricket season. I consented; but after a week's con­sideration I wish I had not done so, as there is really nothing to write about, and it is difficult to write about nothing. However, I am doing my best to keep my promise. When I sent circulars out to members of the O.B.A. about a month ago, I decided to ask a few well-known friends of the School; and singularly enough, although they will receive no benefits, they are the only ones out of 120 who have replied. I have received from 20 to 30 promises verbally, but so far no one has the courage to back them up, and so we are in the peculiar position of a club, having a sum of money in hand, but without members. I hope this will meet the eyes of " Old Boys," and that they will support the kind gifts of their older friends, and also myself, since I have taken the risky course of arranging matches with Hallam, Retford Town, Wesley College, University College, and am in correspondence with Sheffield United and other Clubs.

In conclusion, I desire to thank Messrs. Harrison, Marples, Staniforth, and Stokes for their kind donations and good wishes.

Yours sincerely,

E. L. THOMAS, (Hon. Sec. pro tem.)

St. Cath's. Club, Oxford, March 16th, 1900.

Dear Mr. Editor,

I must ask you and the readers of the School Mag. not to be too critical if this does not contain the characteristics of some 'Varsity letters, for, being a " Fresher," I cannot claim to accomplish the task like an old hand of three or four years' standing.

Of course, the attention of all has been concentrated on the river this term. The Torpids came off during the time the floods were out. Still these adverse conditions did not damp the ardour of the supporters of the various crews, as they dashed down the towing path, which was submerged to the depth of two feet, to the accompaniment of firing, yelling, tom-toms, and other barbarous instruments. New bumped Baliol, thus becoming head of the river, a position which they have also attained in the Clinker fours.

In regard to the “Eight," it is to be regretted that bad luck has pursued us incessantly. For, in the first place, it was impossible for the coach to accompany them over scarcely half the course, owing to the high floods, whilst now we are deprived of the services of two men, one being the President, by an outbreak of scarlet fever. Thus, our prospects are not promising, although, according to accounts, some good work has been put in of late. In all probability the honours of the race will fall to our opponents.

In a Footer," both teams have had a fairly successful term; the “Rugger " team spoiling the hitherto unbroken record of the London Scottish ; whilst in " Soccer " we obtained a well-deserved victory over the Cantabs, whose record, I believe, was unbroken up to that point.

Naturally, the war has taken up a great deal of attention, and a fine "rag" took place by way of celebrating Ladysmith's relief and Cronje's capture. The whole place was dazzling with flags and other decorations. Someone unwittingly hoisted the Dutch ensign, and complications ensued. A Pro-Boer attempted to tear down the National flag hoisted by some undergrads., and it is needless to say that, instead of rending the flag, he himself became somewhat rent.

Huge "bonners" were ablaze in several parts of the city, one very notable one in the Broad, which was started by Jagger's men, who were afterwards reinforced by Baliol almost en bloc Together, this famous band, some arrayed in khaki, others armed with baths, pokers, and tongs, swept the streets in search of anything combustible, whilst police beat a hasty retreat, and adopted Boer tactics in not risking conclusions at close quarters.

A huge pile of scaffolding was consigned to the flames, amid roaring cheers for "Bobs 7' and Buller. The authorities, neither 'Varsity nor city, interfered. Proctors retired to celebrate the event in Coll., whilst " Bullers" and police were conspicuous by their absence. Consequently we had none of those abominable police court proceedings such as occurred at Cambridge. Keen sympathy, however, is felt for those Cantabs who became the unfortunate victims of that irate magistrate, and they have our best wishes in their efforts at obtaining redress. Last Saturday saw the departure of a detachment of the noble army of volunteers to reinforce the British troops at the Cape. The Duke of Cambridge's special Corps found many of its members up here.

No doubt it will be of interest to the School to hear that Senior has come off "proxime accessit" in the competition for the 'Varsity Greek Testament Prize.

Mr. Richardson was up here a short while ago, He comes up to take the M.A. in June.

Almost at the last moment I have received news of Norwood's splendid success, for which I heartily congratulate him.

I hope that the School will send a few more representatives up here, to swell this happy band of three, and not boycott the greatest centre of learning, for I can assure you that life here is most pleasant and enjoyable, besides the fact of being able to get in a fair amount of hard work.

That continued success and prosperity may attend the old School is the sincere wish of

Yours truly,
C. W. DODSON.

St. John's College, Cambridge,

March, 1900.

Dear Mr. Editor,

I have been asked to contribute the " Cambridge Letter " to this issue of the School Magazine,

The existing Cantabs, with the exception of Eyre, are all in their first year, having come up last October term, and while finding it hard to think that we have already left the School for two terms, we are hoping that after another our number may be reinforced by a fresh contingent from the School.

It is now almost too late to record first impressions, and the like, so it only remains for me to mention any points of interest in the term now over-with us at least.

For eight years have I observed that the successive writers of Oxford and Cambridge Letters say that there is nothing to record this term, and may I now be allowed to say so too, always excepting the most recent and brilliant of all Norwood's successes-the winning of the Powis Medal for Latin Verse. This is a remarkable achievement for one in his first year at Cambridge, and we shall all look forward to the time, next term, when he will have to read it out to the assembled and applauding multitude in the Senate House.

After this, I hardly like to name the results of the labours of the rest, but perhaps "in due course we shall be able to take our degrees" -as runs the formula signed, I believe, by the Head Master as we move one place higher-to the University.

To turn from optimism-the weather has been very bad all the term. None of us were asked to row in the Lent Boats-but the Grammar School was never a rowing School. Eyre got his football colours at Emmanuel, and has been astonishing even that College with his tennis. Marsh has been rowing, Glauert playing football, and I hockey and tennis. Our 'Varsity has had a very successful football season, and the boat race seems already ours.

But, needless to say, the war has been our chief interest, and caused the two great excitements of the term. One, the departure of the C.U.R.V. contingent for S. Africa, and the other the "rag" on the relief of Ladysmith. The Volunteers had a tremendous ovation at the station, but one could see how they felt leaving behind what was so dear to them in College life.

The Ladysmith bonfire and its resultant convictions for "stealing wood " are well known ; but now that a free pardon has been granted to all the delinquents, only happy memories remain, and the Mayor - a Pro-Boer - has been " scored off." One might add that on occasions. of national rejoicing at Cambridge a bonfire in the Market Square, fed by wood, &c., taken from the houses and shops in the immediate vicinity, is quite expected, and not at all resented by the town-folk, who are invariably recouped for the loss.

There have been some good debates in the Union, chiefly on the War and its issues. Two visitors there have been who aroused interest and enthusiasm-not including Mabel Love, who aroused much of both in a Musical Evening-Justice Darling on" Diplomacy" at a Union Debate, and Cronwright Schreiner on the " Injustice of Annexing the Transvaal and Free States." Here the latter was heard in perfect order.

We were all very glad to hear of the School through the School Magazine, and unite in wishing it every success, and prosperity in the cricket season.

Yours very truly,
CYRIL COORE.

0 every reader, as he goes,

 

 This simple question I'll propose,

 

A question mooted near and far

 

How to pronounce B - 0 - E - R ?

 

Firstly ;

 

The hostile critics,-most unfair,­

 

Within the newspapers declare

 

Our soldier is but very poor

 

Compared with the wily "Boer."

(Row.)

Secondly;

 

But Buller, White, and General "Bobs,"

 

And all the other fighting "Nobs."

 

And " Thomas," tried in many wars,

 

Are crushing up the hostile "Boors."

(Bores.)

Thirdly.

 

Another set I now produce,

 

Who this pronunciation use

 

These people, fraught with foolish fears,

 

Call them, like di'mond merchants, " Boars."

(Beers.)

Fourthly ;

 

The linguists, who in England dwell,

 

(And on the Continent, as well;)

 

They toll us-while the war cloud lowers­

 

We ought to call our foes, " the Boers."

(Bo-ers.)

Fifthly

 

Others, whose taste for something new

 

Is great,-these are the Mighty Few,­

 

Give their imagination spurs,

 

And call our wily foe, "the Boers."

(Burrs.)

Sixthly

 

A B, an 0, an P, an B,

 

A Bore, Beer, Boor, Bo-er, Burr, we see ;

 

I prithee, gentle reader, tell

 

Which of these words these letters spell.

 

L'EGLISE.

S.R.G.S. (O.B.) v. DONCASTER G.S. (O.B.)

Played at the school ground, Collegiate Crescent, Thursday, Jan. 25th. Forsdike failed to put in an appearance, so Sheffield started with ten men ; Furnival afterwards kindly playing as sub. Sheffield, winning the toss, attacked strongly, though Doncaster had the slope in their favour, but a goal was not scored ; and Doncaster quickly transferred play to the other end, a few shots being put in, none of which had any sting behind them. From a corner, however, they nearly scored, Cornu just kicking away in time. Barnsley, who was now playing a very strong game at outside left, put in a good centre, and Brown looked certain to score, but his shot cannoned back. Half­time-Sheffield 0, Doncaster 0. On resuming Sheffield went down with a rush, and after a few minutes Wild, who was now playing right inside, easily scored from a beautifully placed corner. There was no holding the home team now, and Thomas playing splendid football on his wing, centred accurately time after time, and from one of these Barnsley rushed the ball clean through. Doncaster made a few bursts after this, but there was no danger in them, and the game ended.

Sheffield, 2 goals; Doncaster, 0.

Team: Cornu (goal); Davies, Wild (backs); Chambers, Hawksley, Frost (half-backs) ; Thomas, Furnival, Brown, Cockayne, Barnsley (forwards).

S.R.G.S. V. SHEFFIELD CLUB 2nd XI.

This match was played on our ground on Saturday, January 27th. Owing to continued rain and snow the ground was in an ex­tremely sloppy and muddy condition, which hindered play greatly. Although most of the players had arrived by 2-30, a heavy shower of mingled rain, hail, sleet, and snow prevented the match beginning till shortly after 3. Then the teams turned out, and it was found that one man was missing in each.

The School won the toss, and elected to play uphill. Our for­wards, especially the two outsiders, played an extremely rushing game, and the ball was continually in the enemy's quarters. Before ten minutes were up one of the Club's backs took a goal kick, which he failed to raise, and as it rolled along the ground Mr. Nicholson took a neat shot which sent it straight between the goal posts. Three minutes later Mr, Nicholson scored again, taking a splendid pass from Fors­dike on the opposite wing. After this the Club grew desperate, and rushed the ball down into our quarters, when after a sharp scrimmage in goal's mouth, they put it through. Half-time was soon after called, leaving the score at 2-1.

When the game was resumed, the Club could do nothing against our men, who kept the ball down at their end for the whole time, although the Club now and then made a good run, which, however, did not last long. Mr. Lewis ,soon scored for the School, and Forsdike finished up by scoring two goals in quick succession, leaving the game at 5-1, At this score things remained till time, in spite of what all our forwards could do. The Club goal-keeper was well up in his work, and made some good saves. Of our forwards, Mr. Nicholson and Fors­dike played extremely well, whilst Barton and Mr. Humphreys were noticeable for their steady game. Furnival put in some extremely good work as half-back.

School Team: Merryweather (goal) ; L. Perrot (O.B.), Davies (backs): W. Furnival (O.B.), Mr. Lewis, Mr. Merrikin (half-backs) ; Mr. Nicholson, Mr. Humphreys, Barton, T. Forsdike (O.B.) (forwards). Referee: Mr. King.

S.R.G.S. v. WESLEY COLLEGE FIRST XI.

This match, played March 7th, on the College ground, was entirely a counterpart of the first this season. The ground was in indifferent condition, but apart from that our boys were distinctly out-played. The College were in splendid form, and whilst Merryweather was doing more work than anyone else in our team, the College goal-keeper only touched the ball once during the game. In the first half of the game, when the College had the worst of the ground to get over, one of their forwards (Simpson) actually managed to rush the ball past two of our half-backs, and both backs, and finally to score-a very suggestive circumstance. The College won the toss, and took their station at the lower goal. From the kick-off the ball was constantly being brought down to our goal, but for some time no point was scored, Then Frog­gatt and Davies II managed to get away, and by a splendid run obtained a corner. The ball was well placed, and hitting the under side of the goal post, rolled down the goal-keeper's face and chest, but our forwards actually failed to put it through.  After this misfortune the College kept the ball close up to our goal. They scored thick and fast, and at half-time we had live goals registered against us. The second half, in which the College had the easier end, was even worse, and when time was called the score was 11-0 against us.

Team: Merryweather (goal); Allison, Davies I (backs); Cockayne I, Bagshawe, Dunnill (half-backs) ; Plowright, Moorwood I, Barton, Davies II, Froggatt I (forwards).

S.R.G.S. V. WESLEY COLLEGE. (SECOND ELEVENS.)

School lost the toss and kicked uphill. Half-time, 2-0 against us. Second half rather more evenly contested. College won, 3-0.

S.R.G.S. v. RETFORD G.S.

The return, played at home, March 10th. Retford having the advantage of the slope taxed our defence, but were unable to score, Hartley officiating between the sticks with considerable success. In the second half Plowright, taking advantage of their goal-keeper's slowness in clearing, scored a neat point ; and soon after Froggatt took a second. The same player soon after notched another from a penalty, and we won by 3-0. The team was as follows : Hartley (goal) ; Davies I, Hooson (backs) ; Cockayne I; Bagshawe, Allison (halves) ; Plowright, Rickett, Barton, Davies II, Froggatt I (forwards).

S.R.G.S, v. Law STUDENTS.

Played at Broomhall Park, 12th March. We lost by 3-2. Forsdike had the misfortune to put the ball through his own goal; for this, however, he made amends by scoring from a good run down. Barton took our other goal. Team: Hartley (goal); Mr. Lewis, Davies I (backs) ; Forsdike, Thomas, Mr. Merrikin (halves) ; Plowright, Barton, Mr. Humphreys, Froggatt I, Mr. Nicholson (for-wards).

THE outlook at the beginning of the Season of 1899 was not by any means cheerful ; we were left with no colourmen, and only two of the members of last year's team. Our elevens have consequently been very much lighter than those of preceding years, but a glance at the results will show that they have acquitted themselves very satisfactorily, In addition, we have been the victims of atmos­pheric eccentricities, no fewer than eight matches having to be postponed awing to the weather. During the second half of the season the teams were greatly weakened by the absence of Coombe, Furnival, Lister, and Earle. Scarcely ever in two consecutive games have we been able to call upon the same players. In Coombe's place Moorwood and Plowright were tried with moderate success, Cockayne, Hooson, and others replacing Lister.

Six matches have bean lost by a majority of five or more goals, while we have won two, v. Doncaster G.S. and Sheffield Club II, by five goals to nil. The team, perhaps, showed best form against Retford Grammar School, beating them on our ground by 3-0, after having tasted ,defeat on theirs to the extent of 8-1. Against the Sheffield Law Students we lost by 3-2 after a very exciting game. In the first match against Sheffield United II, and the second against Rotherham G.S., we were successful by three clear goals.

Our forwards showed well against all opponents of an equal weight, and were well kept in hand by Barton, but our halves were very weak, all more or less lacking dash and tenacity. The brunt of the defensive work fell upon Davies T, who is fast developing into a fine back.

We have a very promising Second XI, and there will be no dearth of recruits for the First next year. Against Rotherham (3-2), and in the first Wesley II match very good form was shown both by for­wards and backs. We badly need two or three good halves.

There has been very little practice during this term owing to the unsatisfactory condition of the ground, a difficulty with which it is hoped we may be able to cope in the future, when we obtain our new field.

Finally, the assiduity of the Grounds Committee must be com­mended. In erecting nets and flags, marking, etc., they have contributed largely to the smartness of the ground and the pleasure of the game. Their work will be of even greater importance in the summer, when the turf will need extra care and attention for Cricket.

FOOTBALL CHARACTERS.

COOMBE (Captain).-Has played this year in his old place, forward. Is speedy on the wing, and centres well. Unfortunately lost his ser­vices at Christmas. A very good captain.

BARTON (Vice-Captain and Captain). Succeeded Coombe in the captaincy of team, and proved himself a very able leader. Will un­doubtedly develop into an excellent centre. Keeps his wings well together ; dribbles and shoots well.

LISTER. -A very energetic back, with plenty of dash. His absence from the team since the regrettable accident in the first Wesley match has been very much felt. Proved himself a painstaking and efficient Secretary.

DAVIES I.--The most improved player in the team. A thoroughly reliable and resourceful back. Kicks with force and judgment, and tackles well.

FURNIVAL.--The pick of the halves. Is equally strong in defence and attack. Left the School at Christmas.

FROGGATT I.-A good wing forward. Centres and shoots well.

DAVIES IL-Plays a good inside game with Froggatt, and has scored some very fine goals.

MERRYWEATHER. - A very satisfactory goal-keeper. Has played some great games, but does not clear well.

COCKAYNE I.--An improving half. Plays a plucky and resource­ful game, and is a good tackler.

EARLE.-Plays with plenty of dash and judgment, kicks well, and is a plucky tackler. Will develop into a very fine back.

HOOSON.-A strong kicker and fair tackler. Is a very promising player.

ALLISON.-Has shown much improvement towards the end of the season, and is faster.

MOORWOOD I. - Has improved with_ experience, and is a very useful outside right.

PLOWRIGHT. - Only played as a regular member of the team since Christmas. Showed himself possessed of a very fair turn of speed.

BAGSHAWE.-Used his weight fairly, but kicks inaccurately, and is rather slow on the field.

DUNNILL. -A very fair half. Is fast, but not sufficiently tenacious.

HARTLEY. - Somewhat erratic in goal ; clears splendidly, but is inclined to run out too much. Won the match for us against Retford.

RICKETT, PROCTOR, TOWNSEND, COCKAYNE II, HALLAM. - Our Second XI forwards. An exceedingly promising quintet. They showed excellent combination in the first Wesley II match, and will certainly be of great use next year.

CARR, HARTLE.-Should develop into good halves. They stick to their men well.

TRICKETT I.-Played a good game in the second Wesley II match and is a promising back.

The following have been awarded their Caps :­

FIRST XI.-Coombe, Barton, Davies I, Furnival.

SECOND XI.-Lister, Froggatt I, Davies II, Allison, Merry­weather, Earle, Hooson, Hartley, Dunnill.

The First XI Caps will be presented after the Sports on June 1st.

THE fifth Concert was given on Feb. 10th. The attendance was  very good in spite of the inclement weather. The programme was varied and excellent. Part I. comprised a pianoforte solo by Mr. Watson, violin solos by Plowright and Simpson, two banjo solos by L. Wing (O.B.), songs by Messrs. Burvenich and Merrikin and Froggatt II., a duet by Messrs. Merrikin and Humphreys, and a recitation by Kirk.

Part IT. was devoted to what was described as an " Oriental Comedietta," The Khalifa, by Clementson and Kirk, of which the cast was as follows :­

Abdullah (the Khalifa)   C. C. PLOWRIGHT.

Lord Kitchener (the Sirdar)       K. E. KIRK.

Mahomed Traveller for Boots, Cash W. A. B. CLEMENTSON. Chemists, Limited

Hassam            W. MARSH.

Yakoub            representing the Khalifa's Army W. PROCTOR.

Selim    L. KIRK.

The scene was laid in the Soudan. The piece, which was supposed to represent a hitherto unrecorded incident in the life of the Khalifa, included a remarkable broadsword combat. For any further comments we should, in justice to ourselves, be compelled to charge advertisement rates to the above-mentioned firm.

The Concert on March 3rd was patronised by a large gathering. The first portion of the programme opened with a pianoforte solo by Mr. Watson, followed by a song by Mr. Overend. Gilmour then gave some selections with a phonograph, but the room was, unfortunately, too large for the instrument to be heard to advantage. A song by Miss Watson and a reading by Mr. Hodgetts brought this part to a close. The « Minstrels" had, meanwhile, been donning their war-paint Bones, K. E. Kirk ; Caesar, Burton ; Mr. Johnson, Plowright ; Pompey, Carr; Tambo, Crowther. Their entertainment, which was billed to consist of "songs, stump speeches, ventriloquism, lightning calcula­tions, jokes," showed an inclination to drag somewhat, notwithstanding the fact that the performers worked hard. One really good thing it did contain: Kirk's ventriloquial dialogue on the well-known story of G. Washington, sometime President U.S.A. The matter was capital and the illusion perfect.

It is with much pleasure that we record the conspicuous success of Norwood at Cambridge, where lie has been awarded the University Gold Medal for Latin Verse. Nor is this, indeed, the limit of his achievement, for we are in a position to state that be was also in the first three for the equally high distinction of the Person Prize. The two together constitute, we should imagine, an unique success for a first year man, and certainly one which the records of the S.R.G.S. cannot . match. The fact that Norwood only went up last October reflects the greater credit upon his School training, and we can rightly claim for our Headmaster kudos on account of his old pupil's success. We tender our hearty congratulations to Norwood, and shall confidently look forward to his winning still further distinctions for himself and half-holidays for his old' schoolfellows.

The mention of " halves" reminds us that the School celebrated the belief of Ladysmith in loyal fashion.

W. S. Senior (O. B.) was "proxime accessit" in the competition for the University Greek Testament Prize at Oxford.

L, Glauert (O.B) has been elected a Follow of the Geological Society on the recommendation of Dr. Sorby.

The Sports Day has been fixed for Friday, June 1st.

The Merit holidays next Term will be June 2nd and June 30th. Whit-Monday and Tuesday will; as usual, be observed as holidays,