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E. NAGLE, H. Y. LARDER.
Mr. E. F. WATLING.
Present Day India
Peace Day, 1935
The Library ..
Cri de Coeur
House Notes ..
Additional Difficulties to Homework
IT was with the greatest of regret that we learnt of the death of Mr. H. V. S. Shorter on October 18th at his home in Aylmerton, Norfolk. Mr. Shorter had been Senior Science Master since 1906, and closed a teaching career of 38 years a year last July. He had also been President of the Old Boys' Association. The School was represented at the funeral by the Headmaster, and wreaths were sent from the Common Room, and from the School. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Mr. Shorter's widow, son and relatives.
The death of Ronald Kirk on September 7th, (age 16), after a return of the illness from which he had suffered earlier, was a sad loss to the School in many directions, and cut short a career that might well have been a brilliant one. We offer our sincere sympathy to those to whom his loss is still more near.
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Peace Day this year was celebrated on September 23rd, when the School was addressed by Mr. Donald Grant, who chose as his subject " Post-War Europe." A full report will be found on another page.
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The School Chapel Service was held on October 6th when the sermon was delivered by the Rev. Canon Farrow, who chose as his text " Ye have gifts for men from God."
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During Education Week, the School was thrown open to the public on the afternoon of October 3rd. During the last two periods visitors were free to behold the working of the School, and in the evening scientific experiments were conducted, and entertainments of various kinds provided.
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Congratulations to D. N. D. Allen, A. J. R. Green, H. Y. Larder, A. J. Maude, N. Siddall, E. W. Sivil, C. K. Thornhill on being appointed prefects ; to A. A. White on being made Head of the School and Captain of the 2nd XI ; to J. W. Settle on being appointed Head Boy Librarian and on being re-appointed Captain of Football ; and to A. J. R. Green on being appointed Captain of Fives.
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Dr. Howard Somervell gave us an extremely interesting address on " Present-Day India " on October 4th, of which a fuller report will be found elsewhere.
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Congratulations to W. J. Smith on being awarded a State Scholarship of value up to £130, a Town Trust Scholarship of £50 a year and a Founder's Exhibition of £50 a year ; and to L. A. McQuillin and G. I. M. Bloom on being awarded Founder's Exhibitions.
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A hearty welcome is extended this term to Mr. Twyford who has come to teach in the junior School.
We were very pleased to hear that E. Nagle has at last been discharged (we hope for ever) from Crimicar Lane Sanatorium after a sojourn there of over 12 months.
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The School Collection this term was held in aid of the L. M. S. Hospital at Neyoor, Travancore, where Dr. Somervell is working. The extremely creditable sum of £21 19s. 9d. was raised.
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We congratulate all members of last years' Fifth Form, who helped to create a new record for the number of School Certificates wined in July.
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Although our Correspondence page is open for the discussion of any matter of general interest to the School, the number of serious contributions we receive is small, and the number of subjects discussed still smaller. We do, however, receive more communications, of one sort or another, than ever reach the public eye, for the arrow of inspiration is not always sufficiently acquainted with the grindstone of English composition. Our prize this term goes to _______ for the following :
May I hereby bring to note the fact that although two applicants have sent in a letter for the cause of school badges nothing whatever has been done about it. Could not a simple metal badge be purchased for 1/- or more if there were steps taken. If needed I could raise over a dozen witnesses and supporters to help the cause. Our fellow Sheffielders the Central Secondary Schoolboys have a small metal badge of that type. Surely the Edwardians could produce a badge if they have done. This is the third time of asking. Yours sincerely
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A programme of music and drama, including a performance of Trial by jury, was given in the School Hall on December 6th and 7th. Fuller notice of this is held over to next term's Magazine.
WITH the passing of Mr. H. V. S. Shorter on October 18th, 1935, there has snapped one of the last personal links between the School and Sheffield Royal Grammar School. Mr. Shorter was one of the staff of the old School, who was kept on at the re-founding and amalgamation of the Grammar School and Wesley College in 1905. He had therefore known King Edward's from its birth, and he was a familiar figure to every generation of boys that has passed through the School so far.
He was born in 1874, and went as a boy to Bradford Grammar School from 1888 to 1893. He never hesitated to praise Bradford in Sheffield ears that were not always fully appreciative of Bradford's merits.
In 1893 he won an Open Demyship to Magdalen College, Oxford, and in 1896 he took Second Class Honours in Chemistry in the Final School of Natural Science.
After five years at Wellington in Somerset he came back to his native County, first to Dewsbury, and then in 1902 to Sheffield Royal Grammar School. His Headmaster of those days, the Rev. A. B. Haslam, remembers him with pleasure and interest as an able and effective young schoolmaster. Then came the amalgamation, and in 1906 he was appointed to be the first Senior Science Master of the new School. For twenty-eight years he held this post. For the first twenty years he planned and guided the School Science in close conjunction with Dr. Hichens, and these two achieved for the School a reputation for turning out able chemists of which we can all be proud. Dr. Hichens, writing of this period, says " I valued him greatly as a colleague, loyal, reliable, unselfish and unsparing of himself. He was always ready to be of any help he could, whatever it was, in Games or Sports, or in organising excursions and visits to Works, or at School Gatherings, or in connection with the Old Boys. The School and I as Headmaster up to 1926, owe much to him."
After the retirement of Dr. Hichens the responsibility for the Science of the School fell still more heavily upon Mr. Shorter, and he bore the burden manfully and energetically.
He was in his early days a very successful player both of Cricket and of Football. His Cricket remained effective till only a year or two ago. When he was over fifty-five his bowling could still rout a School First Eleven. After his Football days were over he kept up with the game as a referee, and Old Boys as well as the School were often grateful for his help.
The debt of the Old Boys to him in this and in other ways was recognised by their inviting him in his last year to be President of the Old Edwardians' Association.
Of his marriage and family affairs this is hardly the place to speak in detail. But no appreciation of Mr. Shorter would be at all complete without a word or two about the home presided over by Mrs. Shorter, which was the background of his life at School. To her quiet and lovable disposition he must have owed more than can here be written. His colleagues always felt that there lay behind his active life as a Master of the School a reserve of prudence and good feeling, which Mrs. Shorter shared with him. She survives him, with their only son, Rex Shorter, who was at School in 1921, and is now Deputy Town Clerk at Southend.
When Mr. Shorter left the School in 1934 he went to live at Aylmerton, on the high ground behind Cromer in Norfolk. He built himself a most attractive little house on the edge of a wood, with an open common in front, and those who knew how wiry and fit he was expected that he would live there in a long and happy retirement. His serious illness the following Autumn caused very great regret, and in spite of all that London Hospitals and Specialists could do it could not be arrested. Though we grieve for his family we cannot regret that one to whom activity came so natural was spared from a lingering and infirm old age.
THE death of Ronnie Kirk was a painful shock to the School generally and to me personally. I had known and liked him practically from his entering the School. In his studies he had always shown more than average proficiency ; in games, especially Football, his ability was definitely above the average. Unfortunately an illness some two and a half years ago put an end to his sporting career. Last July the trouble returned and he died after an illness of about eight weeks.
My encounters with him all confirmed the good impression that I had formed of him at the first. On the sports field he was always keen and always sportsmanlike. In all his School life he struck me as even-tempered, shrewd, and upright. At the sanatorium all who knew him during his first illness there spoke well of him as a lively and agreeable boy. Almost from the beginning of his second illness, when I was in the sanatorium at the same time, he was in great physical distress. With sorrow I watched him sink gradually lower, bearing his sufferings on the whole manfully and well.
His death was a tragedy not because it has bilked the world of any rare masterpiece of art or literature, but because Ronnie Kirk was a specimen of the best type of boy that our School turns out, and the best of anything is rare enough to be very precious. Intensely honourable, possessed of some intelligence, and a good companion in the best sense of the term, he was such a boy as would always have won respect for himself, and for the School that trained him. That is why his taking-off seems so unfair, so inexplicable, and ever to my mind as I think of him comes that haunting line of Vergil's, the serene sadness of which urges one, I feel, towards the Christian ideal of a resigned trust in God's omniscience
" Sunt lacrimae rerum, et mentem mortalia tangunt."
ON October 4th, the School was privileged to hear Dr. Howard Somervell, who delivered a magnificent address on his present work in India. Those of us who heard his address six years ago expected great things of Dr. Somervell - and we were not disappointed.
When Dr. Somervell gave his last address he had returned from the Everest Expedition of 1922 and was doing surgical work in the L.M.S. Hospital at Neyoor, Travancore. After the final assault upon Mount Everest in which Mallory and Irvine lost their lives, the members of the Expedition were given two months' grace before sailing for home and Dr. Somervell found useful work in Travancore. The hospital in which he was helping served a district as large as Yorkshire, Northumberland and Durham, and comprised 700 beds for which there was one qualified white doctor. Dr. Somervell offered his services as a qualified surgeon, and upon the expiration of his leave, decided to remain there. His decision was not due so much to a desire to relieve the white doctor as to help to alleviate the appalling suffering of the Indians, and provide skilled attention for people who would either die from the after-effects of their diseases or be killed by the crude methods of the native physicians.
Two graphic examples showed us the cruelty of these native doctors. A man was out walking one day in a rather remote spot, and had the misfortune to break his leg. Passers-by, instead of rendering assistance passed hurriedly by and the man lay there in the blazing sun, until his relatives worried at his absence, came to look for him. He was carried home and the native doctor called in. His method of cure was most strange to our eyes ; the patient was laid on the floor and in place of splints a mixture of filth and the entrails of animals applied to his head ! This was done to placate the devil who had broken the man's leg, and in nine cases out of ten the leg had to be broken again and set properly when the man was admitted to a hospital. The first duty when a man was admitted who had been treated by a native doctor, was to wash his head and disinfect it well.
Particularly gruesome was his account of the cure for ophthalmia, a fairly harmless disease which causes the eyes to become inflamed. This again was the work of a devil who had to be frightened out of the eyes before the inflammation could go down, and the witchdoctor knew how to do that. A mixture of mustard and pepper was made and applied to the eyes ; that caused the victim to shriek with agony, but no one took the slightest notice, since the doctor had said that the louder the patient shrieked the better, as the devil would be more frightened and disappear more quickly. Sometimes people so treated came to the Mission Hospital in time for their sight to be saved, but many were afflicted with blindness in one or both eyes, before skilled attention could be procured.
It was extremely easy for a man to set up as a native practitioner, with what were, to the natives, most excellent and infallible qualifications. Dr. Somervell had occasion to dismiss his cook for theft, and when on a tour in a fairly distant district, found his cook's home, with a brass plate on the door saying that he had been an assistant to Dr. Somervell and had left to set up in practice on his own. Another native came and applied for permission to go round the Hospital ; Dr. Somervell knew the fellow's motive and refused, but in his absence, the fellow managed to get round the Hospital and set up on his own, saying he had been trained in the L.M.S. Hospital. Another man called Ebenezer had come with his wife to bring their son to have a growth removed. Their stay at the Hospital was a fairly lengthy one, and half way through it, the man disappeared. On his return he was questioned, but without avail. The boy was discharged and later a man was brought in suffering from poisoning. His tale was that he had been treated by a Dr. Ebenezer for some petty complaint, had paid 20 rupees and had been poisoned by some terrible medicine. Investigations were made and it was found that the so-called Dr. Ebenezer had stolen several bottles of chemicals, and had gone round treating people, saying that he had been called in to help Dr. Somervell with an operation he could not perform ; he had killed some of his patients.
In India, unemployment was terrible, and a man's job never safe, owing to the " caste " system. If a new magistrate was appointed in a County Court who was of a different caste from the previous one, his first job was to discharge all his predecessor's servants, even the cleaners, and replace them with members of his own caste.
The Indian mind, again, worked in a way very different from ours. An Indian school was run by a European, Mr. Marsden, who, whilst inspecting his school, saw a native teacher explaining to a class the theory of eclipses, as believed by us, instead of the old Indian theory that a dragon was swallowing the moon. A few days later the native asked for leave for three days, as the dragon was swallowing the moon. When asked which explanation he accepted, he said " Both."
The Indians were unsporting and refused to " play the game." To illustrate this, Dr. Somervell gave an example of a volley-ball final between a Christian and a Hindu team, at which he was the referee. On the day before the match, one team went out and scattered broken glass over the other team's practice pitch. On the actual day of the match, contrary to the rule by which a team had to be composed of the same members throughout the competition, the Hindu team appeared with three crack players in the place of somewhat indifferent men ; the Christians protested and the Hindus were given half an hour in which to collect their proper team. The team ran away, and the Christians were declared the winners. The next day Dr. Somervell was interviewed by a representative of the disqualified team which was taking up a law suit against him and claimed 250 rupees (about X20) damages. The reason for the suit was that the Doctor had sullied their reputation in accusing them of cheating in the competition. Dr. Somervell replied with the threat of a counter-suit in which he claimed 2,500 rupees damages, insomuch as his character was being sullied by the law suit brought against him.
The School Collection was held in aid of Dr. Somervell's Hospital and amounted to the respectable sum of £22, which, we understand, has the purchasing power out there of five times as much as the same sum would here.
ON Peace Day of this year, the School was addressed by Mr. Donald Grant, who, with the help of a map of Europe, admirably illustrated the prevailing situation in that continent to an attentive audience. Mr. Grant opened his talk by describing the tense atmosphere of the Disarmament Conference. " At Geneva," he declared, " one may continually witness a dramatic conflict between War and the Will for Disarmament." Eastern Europe was a source of trouble for the League : bad feeling between Hungary and Roumania, the assassination of King Alexander of Jugoslavia, and the after-effects of the splitting up of the AustroHungarian Empire had made all surrounding countries suspicious of Hungary, and this, with the intense national spirit of Modern Hungary had led to the Little Entente. In fact, a war between Jugoslavia and Hungary, on account of the Marseilles assassination, had only been averted after strenuous efforts on the part of the League. Mr. Grant then went on to explain that European policy was dominated by the question of the " haves " and " have-nots," who respectively supported the Status Quo and Revisionist policies. Italy and Germany were foremost among the ranks of the Revisionists, and the need for expansion of the former had led to the present Italo-Abyssinian dispute.
In dealing with this last mentioned, Mr. Grant emphasised that a policy of aggression on the part of Italy would constitute a breach of International Law, yet it was to be hoped that Britain's resolute stand would have a great effect on the Italian people. (Although in the past Britain had often been slow in bringing pressure against belligerents, in this dispute her own concerns and her desire to please everybody were the cause of her attitude to Italy). However, Britain's example in demanding the cessation of exports of raw materials into Italy would probably bring the war to a speedy close. While realising that the threat to Abyssinian independence might have serious repercussions on native populations in the Empire, Mr. Grant hoped that the dispute would be settled in a way favourable to both sides. He ended by pointing out that the recent Italian army manoeuvres on the Austrian frontier showed how the Italians feared the annexation of Austria and the Tyrol by Germany.
ALTHOUGH this account must of necessity be brief, it covers a period of over seven weeks cycling.
This last summer holiday my friend A. L. C. and I cycled out to an uncle in Belgrade, camping on the way. On our 2,000 mile trip out we passed through Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Jugoslavia, and yet despite so extensive a field, we found little excitement but had a very ordinary fifty miles to be done every day.
Belgium was flat and wet ; the farms were very neat and very uninspiring, the people slovenly and apparently depressed by the damp The roads were of particularly cruel cobbles, but excellent cycle paths were provided, except in the villages where we were left to the mercy of the cobbles.
Germany was a lovely land. The hills were wild and, rolling, pine forests scented all the roads and the neat cottages did not keep their orchards hedged in but let them stray all along the roads. The people were very friendly ; the farmers brought us straw for beds when we camped and tried to chat with us, despite our very limited knowledge of German. The officials were very efficient, very courteous and very friendly ; the customs officials at Aachen were not content with passing us through the somewhat complicated regulations as quickly as possible but helped us find a farm, saw us established and arranged for all our needs to be attended to. The food too, was very good and quite cheap, especially the cakes.
Austria was mountainous, very hot and less rich than Germany. The girls were all very pretty and the native costumes they wore were very picturesque. The heat was terrific, 90 degrees or more in the shade, forcing us to ride only in the early morning and late afternoons. The roads were poor, being inches thick with dust and nearly always in need of or under repair. The food was quite as good as German and even cheaper, but the bread was spoilt by the carroway-seed in. it, a favourite flavouring in Austria and, Hungary. Vienna was badly cobbled but a fine city. The famous Ring Strasse, with all its wonderful buildings, such as - the Art Gallery, the two Museums and the Opera House, the Parliamentary Buildings and the old Palace gardens, was the finest street I have seen. We visited the Schonbrunn, an imitation Versailles, and found it very beautiful, with its stately gardens and dark clipped yews.
Vienna to Buda-Pest was an easy stretch of cycling on a magnificent new highway. Almost perfectly flat, the road was broad, made of concrete, and was evidently fairly new. Buda-Pest was not so fine a city but very interesting. Bridges, monuments and a fine Parliament House were its chief architectural attractions ; we found its ices extremely good. Food was amazingly cheap in Hungary, a pint of milk and four eggs cost 4d , a truly amazing figure. In Hungary we had a narrow escape from a farmer whose grapes we had wished to sample though being actually quite unripe we touched none. He demanded two shillings, seized our pumps and water-bottles when we refused to pay, and we only escaped from the angry man, who spoke only Hungarian, a language unknown to us, by giving him three Austrian penny pieces, and by riding quickly away. From Buda-Pest onwards, having been misinformed as to the route, we found ourselves crossing field paths and cart tracks and for some time were riding backwards and forwards between tiny villages, unmarked on the map.
It was when we reached the Yugoslav border that our real troubles began. We could not leave Hungary by road and so we were forced to cross by train. We could not register our cycles at the first station over the border and so we went on by train to Osyjek. Having no money changed into Yugoslavian currency, we had to sleep as best we could on the station platform. Next day when we went to pay our deposits on the bicycles (reclaimed when we left the country) we found our two bikes had been mislaid and we had to wait all day before they were found and registered. So late were we by then that, after sleeping once again at the station, we took a night train to Belgrade.
At Belgrade we had a jolly time. We bathed and boated on the Sava, a tributary of the Danube whose waters were about 70 degrees or more. A comfortable bed and restaurant meals of excellent quality (the Serb is a great eater despite the heat) proved welcome changes for two tired cyclists. We saw the sights of the city, now being rebuilt on very modern lines after its destruction in the war. There is an enormous new suspension bridge and a fine old Roman fort used in turn by Turks, Austrians and Serbians.
Having stayed longer in Belgrade than we could really afford, we found ourselves very short of time. Luckily for us however, Uncle arranged for us to go by steamer from Belgrade to the border of Germany giving us a further rest and a very pleasant change of scenery from dusty roads and steep hills. We passed through lovely mountain gorges through Austria, but were denied the finest of all by the river being too low for the boat.
After leaving the boat we cycled for about a week, passing through Nurnburg the day before Hitler arrived to hold a meeting, towards Heidelberg. We were then held up for three hours by army manoeuvres being in progress, but though we hurried on, we found no traces of the army other than baggage and a few odd men. At Heidelberg we proposed to take a boat to Cologne, but finding none suitable we tried for a lift on one of the huge German lorries. In this we succeeded though only after some argument. The driver was very kind, wrapping us up securely against the cold and giving us coffee in the early hours of the morning. We were able to see most of the gorgeous Rhine scenery as it was a full moon and the sky was very clear. We arrived in Cologne very pleased with our speed and without having spent more than a shilling each for this long lift since the driver at first refused any payment, but at last took two shillings, " for a drink." We soon reached Belgium again and there succeeded in obtaining yet another lift of about eighty miles to Antwerp. We just cashed our last cheque in time before the banks closed and boarded the boat back to England. Three days hard, but very pleasant riding saw us back in Sheffield ready, as we then thought, for two days holiday at home, only to find to our horror that we were due to start back at school next day.
J. B. H.
THE Knight in Armour was annoyed. For that matter, Mr. Chulgusset was annoyed too ; but the Knight felt he had the priority, six hundred years of it. They both gave vent to their feelings ; and here, it must be admitted, Mr. Chulgusset held the advantage. His wife did at least laugh at him, and even the spaniel cringed when his master's plaints were punctuated with a kick. The Knight had never observed the slightest change in the scowl of Otto the Black, who faced him from the opposite wall, and the maid who cleaned him on Thursdays was in love with the third footman.
He had never really been happy standing on his rickety pedestal. The people in the house never understood his feelings ; it was all very well to have his chest kept bright with "Brasso," but they had no idea how rusty his joints were getting. Now this " Pumpkin "as, in his more bitter moments, he called Mr. Chulgusset - was the final blow. The other families had always had at least one member who might have suddenly required a suit of armour. Now, even that faint hope had gone.
Just at first, Mr. Chulgusset had been very happy ; the possession of a real, live, butler was the crowning glory of his career. But when he tired of deference and turned to patronise his fellows, he found that not even the vicar was noticeably willing to be patronised - scandalous. He snorted and turkeys, and-they left him alone. Ignored, he climbed down a little, but still he was not forgiven. The Knight could have told him just how long it took to live one's way into the " county," in fact he did, in a low creaking voice, but Mr. Chulgusset never seemed to hear.
It was in November of the year Pumpkin 2 (as the Knight called it-he had, you must realise, a lot of time for idle thought), that the great burglar epidemic began. Sir Egbert Simon's house was broken into and the famous Kadra Ruby taken. Two other historic piles underwent a similar blaze of journalistic glory. Mr. Chulgusset's excitement was rising, he kicked the spaniel three times in one day and made a personal tour of inspection to see that the window-catches were not too safe. Finally, after a week's anxious waiting, his patience was rewarded, and the papers were able to announce " The Famous Chulgusset Diamonds Stolen." 11 Well," he chuckled to his wife, " at any rate they're going to be famous now " ; and as he passed the Knight he shook his fist as near as he could reach to the vizor. The Knight creaked out " Pot-belly " as loud as he could, but the Pumpkin pretended not to hear.
For a week, police and journalists did their best. Mr. Chulgusset was prepared to give interviews to all comers, and discoursed with great enthusiasm upon" my Art Treasures." When it was suggested that such revelations might attract further burglars, he only laughed happily. With the police he did not get on quite so well. His were the only finger-prints they could find, for, on being told the sad news, he had gone round to see that everything was, as he put it to himself, " in order."
The Knight, who was by this time going rusty with rage, could see some of the " art treasures," miniatures in a glass case, out of the corner of his eye. He had heard much of the talk about them and creaked " modern trash " to himself ; nevertheless, he watched. And one night he saw. He had been trying for some hours to ease off a rusty spot in his right knee, when suddenly he stiffened. A figure was moving in the gloom by the case of miniatures. Faint mutterings and grunts, a tinkle of broken glass ; and then the figure came into the moonlight and started to walk stealthily towards the foot of the staircase. Without a moment's hesitation the Knight acted. Gathering himself for one supreme effort he toppled forward on his pedestal-and full on that figure treading so carefully beneath him, he fell.
The servants who awoke during the first few seconds of the fight were too terrified by the noise to stir from their rooms. Never, for six hundred years, had the Knight so enjoyed himself. Again he was fighting for the honour of his house, again the blows were falling thick and fast on that too-Brassoed surface. At last, when the battle had dimmed to a few dull clangs, a terrified crowd appeared at the top of the stairs. The butler came down, very slowly.
Mr. Chulgusset was still beating feebly at the form which lay, stiff in victory, across his body. And from the capacious pockets of his dressing-gown there poured out upon the polished parquet an eloquent stream of miniatures.
P. F. T.
ACROSS the wide Arizona range rode Crackajack Foster on his fiery mustang Tomahawk. His four-gallon Stetson jammed on his head, he rode in silence except for an occasional word to his broncho, which continued to lope steadily across the wide expanse. Crackajack was a typical cowboy, youthful and as tough as leather. As he rode into the village of Coyote Springs he fired off a round from his well-known six-guns. The saloon owner, Samuel Bingle, casually leaning against the door-post suddenly sprang to life.
" How do, Crackajack," he said, as he recognised the oncoming rider.
" Hi, pal ! Who's in town ? Rustler, eh ! " asked Foster reining in.
" Worse ! Bluenose and gang are here."
" Whoopee, here's for some fun, buddy ! " said Crackajack with a laugh. " Who's with him? "
" The usual crowd, Hosken included ! "
Upon that Crackajack vaulted from his horse and rushed, six guns drawn, into the saloon, the Pizened Rattler. Bluenose Davies and his cronies rushed for shelter, knowing well the dangerous gleam in Foster's eyes.
Suddenly Bluenose drew a gun and fired a shot at Crackajack, but by a miraculous side leap Crackajack dodged out of the way, but was not quick enough to stop Bluenose getting out of 'the saloon.
Bluenose rushed for a horse and leaped on to its back. His big mistake was to vault on to Tomahawk who immediately made a surprise buck which sent Bluenose soaring up in the air as if shot from a howitzer. When he came down Crackajack allowed him to draw his guns and was just about to pull both triggers of his twin pearled-handlers when a dreaded voice remarked
Foster Minor, I have addressed a question to you twice already, and in spite of your friend Bingle's nudges, it has been of no avail. As you prefer to sleep in my class perhaps you will kindly write me out 29 and 30, different letters, five to 9 to-morrow morning. If you persist in sleeping I shall be forced to take you before Dr. Hosken, the head."
W. H. H.
I CANNOT do Pythagoras, Dynamics make me cry,
I cannot tell from memory what is the log of π,
And as for Apollonius - the fellow leaves me cold ;
I do not know the densities of mercury or gold.
perfect square-let's leave it there-is Double Dutch to me
Like every other bit of Algebra or Geometry,
But when the day of reckoning comes, one favour do I beg,
That I may get the one I know, that old "Alternate Seg."
don't know any Latin, so of course, ca va sans dire,
The proximity of Livy makes my inside feel all queer ;
Just show me dear old Ovid, and my courage starts to ooze ;
Mention Virgil, and I feel I want to go upon a cruise.
really couldn't tell you all the products of Mysore,
I really couldn't dissertate on winds or Ballot's Law,
I really couldn't tell you, what's a solstice or typhoon,
Still less an anti-cyclone, a tornado or monsoon.
heard of Poyning, I've never heard of Cort ;
Melbourne, Percival and Palmerston all count to me as nought ;
Old Shane O'Neill, he makes me reel, with all his blinking crew ;
And I haven't got the faintest what Pitt did in '92.
accursed name of Shakespeare makes my spinal column freeze,
His " Macbeth " makes my temperature arise some ten degrees ;
The very simplest sonnet is quite meaningless to me ;
I neither know " hiatus " nor " pathetic fallacy."
I cannot scan the simplest line, for scansion's
got me beat ;
Just mention paraphrasing, and I fly into a heat ;
But when we sit the " English book," this is my fervent prayer,
That at least one question turns upon the meaning of " or ere."
I could write
for hours like this, about the things I do not know.
But what's the use ? The masters will just say, " I told you so,"
When they hear that in the deluge I've been washed far up the chute ;
The Head will say, " No wonder ! He'd as much nous as my boot."
The Bard to elegiac metre
For grief afflicts his heart, his soul, his wit.
He's done his O. and C.-his brain-box burns
To think of what a hash he's made of it.
G. L. H.
WHAT does it mean?
What can we do
About the singing
In 72 ?
" Au clair de la lune "
And " Vive la France "
They learn to croon
Their French to enhance.
Our lessons it hinders.
They might remember
To shut the " winders."
bell has rung and home we go,
As you can clearly see ;
At home I find that mother's got
A visitor to tea.
I have my tea, then homework comes
The thought I cannot bear
And mother's friend just prattles on
And I just curse and swear.
At last she goes, I can proceed,
But mother thinks " not so,"
I hate to interrupt at all,
But an errand you must go.
I've been the errand and returned
To find the table set
For supper and I haven't done
My ____ translation yet.
At last I start
to work again,
My brother marches in,
Of course he wants the wireless on
And what an awful din.
And every night I suffer this,
I'm sure the family
Conspire among themselves to make
My life a misery.
A. G. B.
OWING to the demands of Mr. Watling for a smaller and more manageable orchestra, the Orchestra has been considerably cut down for the Play this term. As you will all know by the time that the Magazine is published, a formidable work, Trial by Jury by Gilbert and Sullivan, has been tackled. This is not the Orchestra's first shot at Comic Opera, but there are very, very few left of the orchestra which played for Lionel and Clarissa.
To add to our difficulties, the music is all in manuscript, and although very plain (compared with the general run of manuscript) it is far harder to read than printed music. Rehearsals of the full Orchestra were postponed until December 12th, to give fuller scope to the more compact body.
The performance of Trial by Jury has taught us, as nothing else could, to keep our volume of sound more under control ; it was obviously ridiculous to expect, say, Frith to make his voice heard over and above an orchestra of twenty players all playing mezzoforte.
The Nachtmusik of Mozart was played as an overture and proved quite melodious. The Nachtmusik was fairly easy, apart from one or two purple patches where perfect intonation and musical precision were absolutely essential to preserve a perfect ensemble and blend.
The " skeleton orchestra " must be congratulated on its praiseworthy efforts to brighten up the hymns in the morning. The orchestra has done its part ; it only remains for the singers to do theirs.
In conclusion a hearty welcome is extended to all new members, and our best wishes are proffered to all, whether vocalists or instrumentalists, participating in Trial by Jury.
H. Y.' L.
ON Wednesday, October 2nd, a party of 25 boys visited the works of Firth-Vickers Stainless Steels, Ltd. The party was split up into smaller sections, to each of which was allotted a guide.
The party was first shown the 5-ton hammer cogging stainless steel and Staybrite ingots. The steel slabs are then run through a 30-inch reversing mill which flattens them into " moulds," which are passed through a 32-inch finishing mill until they are of the correct gauge. The sheets are then softened in the Hermansen furnaces, and later descaled by acid. They are then washed and passed down a drying tunnel to the warehouse, where they are inspected, packed and despatched. The cold rolling mill was next visited. Here thin sheets are rolled with great accuracy. In the Bar warehouse the party saw the inspection and packing of Staybrite steel for cutlery, aircraft and engineering purposes. In the same shop steel rods were precision-ground between two grinding wheels revolving in opposite directions. In the Rod mills, round, flat and hexagonal stainless steel bars were hot-rolled, as were bars of carbon and alloy steels. The bars were then annealed, ready for inspection and despatch.
The visit concluded with an enjoyable tea ; and the gift of a pair of Staybrite cuff-links was greatly appreciated by everyone.
On October 16th a small party visited Duncan Gilmour's Brewery. The party was shown the whole of the rather complicated process, and the only fault to be found was the shortness of the visit.
The Queen's Road Works of the Sheffield Transport Department were visited by a small party on Wednesday, October 30th.
The Construction shop was first visited. Here the bodies of trams and buses are constructed and repaired. The bodies are made mainly of wood, and the sides are faced with aluminium sheeting. The tops are constructed separately and secured later to the bodies. Adjoining the construction shop is, the timber section where the wood is cut, planed, gouged and sand-papered ; mortising and turning are also done there.
The air compression system was next inspected, and in the same shop the party were interested in seeing the chassis of trams overhauled and repaired.
Later on the party visited the new shop where small tramcar parts are turned out. Nuts, bolts and minor parts are made at one side of the shop, whilst at the other side the sheets and bars of hot metal are cut by guillotines into the required sizes.
The Paint Shop and Electricians' Work Shop were inspected. Seventeen coats are used in painting a tramcar, and the paint is of sufficient permanency to last the life of the car, although it has to be touched up occasionally and re-varnished. In the Electricians' Shop, armatures, etc. are wound ready for use.
At the end of this interesting visit, the party were instructed in the driving of the latest type of tramcar.
The Half-Term visit was arranged for Manchester on November 4th, and the works visited were British Tar Products at Cadishead, and The Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Works at Trafford Park.
The party travelled by private motor-coach, and the morning was occupied with the visit to British Tar Products.
The works of this company are entirely devoted to the distillation of tar and to working up the products for benzene, toluene, phenol, naphthalene, etc. The somewhat involved processes were lucidly explained by the Works officials who accompanied the party. The more agile members were conducted along the precarious " catwalk " above the stills.
At the conclusion of a very interesting and instructive visit, the company kindly entertained the party to an excellent lunch.
During the afternoon, the works of the Metropolitan Vickers Company were visited.
The members of the party were shewn a 500,000 volt spark, which was several feet long. The various stages in the manufacture of electrical equipment, ranging from huge dynamos to cookers and :traffic signs, were seen and explained. The works are equipped with a well-organised Foundry where an endless train of moulds operate. The moulds are first filled with molten metal, the castings are later removed, and are then ready for the subsequent stages of manufacture into the various types of articles required.
A very interesting visit !
THANKS to H. Appleby's munificence, we can now offer a wider choice of light reading to our younger patrons, in the form of several volumes of Chums, Army and Navy, and Strand Magazine.
All the sections of the Library have added to their stock this Term, especially the History Library. Much money has also been spent on the re-conditioning of books from the junior Fiction and other Libraries.
Despite all these improvements, however, the entries in the Library registers are only too few. The Second and Third Forms are still our sole supporters, with the exception of a few scattered readers in other Forms. This amazing lack of interest is felt in the Special Sections of the Library even more than in the Main Library.
J. W. S.
The sole contribution to the Classical Library this Term has been made by D. W. Boswell. His gift of the Complete Works of Terence and part of the works of Plautus is most gratefully accepted.
The very fact that the shelves of the Library are becoming barer makes it evident that the Library is benefitting many people. We hope that all those who use this Library will show their appreciation, when they leave, by helping to swell the small number of its volumes.
Another probable reason for the empty shelves is that numbers of Old Boys have abstracted volumes which they have omitted to return. May we offer this invitation to them to return the volumes they have borrowed and let present members of the School have the use of them.
A. A. W.
The only addition to the English Library this Term is a copy of Siegfried Sassoon's Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man, delightfully illustrated by William Nicholson. This now famous book, which won for its author the Hawthornden Prize this year, is not only a masterpiece of prose and a work of the finest poetic imagination, but, before everything else, a picture of the England which was shattered by the War. Its pages are full of sparkling anecdote and the simple language is eminently suitable for the light vein of humour which runs through the book.
I must again make a plea for a more wide-spread use of the English Library. At present only a small section of the Sixth is availing itself of the Library, and I am sorry to have to say that not a single person on either the Scientific or the Classical side has done so this Term. The English Library has a large selection of books suitable for all tastes, and everyone above the Fifth Form should make an effort to read some of them.
Outstanding among this Term's new books is Colonel T. E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which is a personal account of that shadowy figure who played such an important part in Arabia during the Great War, and who also influenced greatly the history of post-war Iraq. The recent tragic death of the hero adds interest to this much-discussed volume.
Other books include Volume II of Fisher's European History, The Tudor Despotism (C. H. Williams), Queen Elizabeth (Browning), A History of England and Europe (Mrs. H. A. L. Fisher) and Count Lutzow's Life and Times of Master John Hus.
May I take this opportunity of reminding members of the Upper School that they should avail themselves fully of the History Library, as it can be of immense value to all who study the subject.
The Modern Language Library has had two historical additions this term, biographies of Mazarin and Richelieu, by August Bailly. They are in French, and provide clear and vivid exposition of the lives of these two great statesmen. Our stock of biographies of French writers has been increased by one of Marivaux by Gaston Deschamps and one of Flaubert by Emile Faguet. All who are taking the Higher Certificate Examination this year would be well advised to read these two, which not only give the lives of the men, but include some valuable information on the Romantic Movement.
The Modern Language Library is only being used by the Sixth Form, which is a pity, since there are some good stories in it, which would well repay the slight difficulty of reading, and the Transitus and Fifth would find many of them within their scope. Incidentally, I should be glad if those Old Boys who still have books from the Library would return them.
At the Annual General Meeting of the Scientific Society, it was decided to spend some of the comparatively large balance in hand on new books for the Science Library. The new books, which include Through Space and Time, by Sir J. Jeans, and Advancing Science, by Sir Oliver Lodge, are now in the Library, and all who are in any way interested in Science are advised to make use of them.
Many books have been borrowed this Term, but only by members of the Sixth Form. There is no reason why boys in the Fourth, Fifth and Transitus Forms should not make use of the Library, and they are strongly recommended to do so.
The Art Library contains a good selection of books on Sketching, Painting, Design and Architecture. Books may be borrowed on Tuesdays at 4.15 p.m. and Saturdays at 12.25 p.m. This Term three illustrated volumes depicting the evolution of the English House have been presented to the Library by H. Appleby, and can now be borrowed. Any suggestions for new additions to the Library, or sketches for the illustration of the magazine will be welcomed.
C. K. T.
IT is with some scepticism that we listen to other people's tales of the excellence of their camp sites. But after our Summer camp at Encombe, the beautiful Estate of Sir Ernest Scott, in Dorset, we are fully convinced that no praise of this site can be too high. The wonderful coast and cliffs, a gorgeous succession of clear blue skies, hot sunny days, bathing and sun-bathing to the heart's content-all combined to give us one of the best of camps. In previous years vast quantities of seaweed have caused swimmers to emerge from the water looking like Father Neptunes, draped only in seaweed, but this year there was none of that. Etonians who have camped there for many years assured us that never had they known the bathing to be so good-and the driftwood !-a beachcomber's and gadget maker's paradise !
The Woodpeckers' camping, under Broughton, was a model to all. From Eton we learnt something about campfires ; but a Curlew item, in which A.A. White was inspired, will long be remembered.
RECRUITS.-Wigley and Fletcher have been invested ; Slater and Marlow will be invested soon.
TESTS.-Progress is being made with 1st and 2nd class tests. It is to be hoped that every scout will make the necessary effort to achieve 1st class as soon as possible.
Before anything else I must mention the various losses which our section has had to face this Term. We were all sorry to hear of Mr. Gaskin's decision to 'retire' from an active part in leading our section. We are glad to welcome in his place Mr. Smith.
Boswell's familiar face and energetic methods are also missing from our meetings, but from his latest letters he appears to be making full use of his time up at Oxford, his activities including outings. with the Rover Crew. At last, P/Ls G. G. Lee and Houghton have realised their ambition to become Rover Squires, and have joined the select band of critics known as the " Terrace." Both, however, have had much experience in camping, so we can say that they, deserve a year or two of restful camps ! Their places are taken, by Hepworth and Thompson, to whom we wish every success.
It is improbable that we shall ever again experience such perfect camping weather as that which we enjoyed during the Summer holiday at Windermere. The 29 boys who camped were divided into five patrols, two Clumber and three Haddon-Chatsworth, led by Sorby, Okell, Browne, Lee, G. G. and Houghton. The field in which we were under canvas was a particularly suitable one which ran right down to the water's edge, and was bordered on two sides by woods. A long strip of very flat turf, raised above the level of the rest of the camp, was aptly called " the Terrace," and on it, in front of about 11 Scouters' tents, we played Deck Tennis to our heart's content.
Seven or eight of us managed to take a dip regularly before breakfast, but, strange to say, the water appeared to get colder every morning. Certain tenderfeet were unkind enough to suggest that we did it " to get out of cooking the breakfast," but the objectors were never willing to get out of the work, as they called it, by themselves bathing.
Of course, the Lake was ideal for bathing. It was plenty deep enough for swimming in, at any rate, and, furthermore, it did not taste salty. Five or six managed to swim right across the Lake, a distance of about half a mile. We were greatly indebted to Mr. Mackereth for lending us his rowing boat in which we spent many happy hours.
Our this Term's activities have been very much disorganised by the number of Monday half-holidays we have had, and by the rehearsals for Trial by Jury. Still, under Hoppy's guidance some, of us have learnt something about some of the stars, and Hop. is also instructing an ambulance class every Friday.
With winter just beginning, outdoor work is necessarily very limited, and camping is out of the question for the next few months. Still, we have very pleasant memories of Windermere to support us, and will be kept fully occupied in raising the money we require for this year's Christmas Good Turn scheme.
J. A. F.
December is not the most appropriate time to describe a Summer camp, but happy recollections of Low Graythwaite prompt a few notes. Together with the Chatsworth-Haddon section and a few of the 212th Troop, we enjoyed a fortnight of splendid weather on the shores of Windermere. The farmer's boat and a home-made raft were used at every opportunity. Swimming and Hi-Ho paddling were also popular ; Balbirnie, Okell and Barton were among those who swam across the lake. The delightful woods behind camp were excellent for stalking and wide-games, while Football, Cricket, Stumps and Deck-Tennis were enjoyed as sparetime activities. The ideal hiking country between Windermere and Coniston Water was explored and we all spent one night away from camp. Routine work did not always proceed with the precision shown by " old hands " at the game, but useful experience was gained. Shakespeare, Gunter, Simpson and Wade completed the scouting for 2nd class badges. All but three of the section attended ; one absence being due, unfortunately, to illness Bridges joined us for his first scout camp. Best wishes to Simpson, who has left us to go to a boarding school.
This term, the addition of seven recruits has brought our three patrols up to strength. Birley, Hill, Jeffries, Langley, Parsons, Richardson and Totty have joined the Troop and we wish them ' Good Scouting' . Their preparation for investiture has been one big activity of the term. Thorpe and Cox have gained 2nd class badges and some progress has been made with 1st class badge work. We hope to make quicker progress with the latter from now onwards. Sorby has played in the School 2nd XI.
Meanwhile, camp-boxes have been painted in readiness for the next camp, and patrol boxes completed. At the time of writing the Bulls are leading in the termly patrol competition.
The Summer Camp was held near Corfe Castle at the beginning of the holidays. We had very good weather, and enjoyed daily bathing. The surrounding country was full of interest, and we had many fine walks. We attended camp fires with the Eton Troop, and one from Oxford, and realised how much we needed practice. One or two Cook's Badges were gained, and some FirstClass journeys were made.
During this Term we have done little out of the ordinary, though we took some part in the Open Day activities. We have had a few recruits, and most of them have been invested. At present we are obeying the command on the notice board, and are busily engaged in varnishing our chests !
Our Summer Camp at Arnside was particularly enjoyable. The site and the weather were both excellent. Canoeing, bathing, trips into the Lakes were the most popular and it was with regret that we returned to Sheffield after our fortnight under canvas. It is well to note here that we have already booked the site for our next Summer Camp at Falmouth from July 29th to August 12th, and we hope that every member of the section. will be able to camp with us.
This term we have progressed well with our own Winter programme. We welcome Blaskey P. H., Stanley K. P., Carter J. A., Parkin A. H., Fogg D., and Hall P. D. who have joined this term and hope others in Wentworth and Welbeck will follow their lead. The list of tests passed and badges obtained is a long one and is a sign of the activity of the section, even when out-of-door scouting is impossible. Newton H. E., Gebhard I. S., Morgans L. E. and Whatlin S. obtained their First Class Badges. Morgans L. E. passed this test at the age of 13 yrs. 6 months although he cannot wear the badge until he is fourteen years old. Newton H. E. has now obtained his green and yellow " All Round Cords."
Twenty-five other proficiency badges have been obtained.
COOK's BADGE.-Newton H. E., Gebhard I. S., Morgans L. E., Parkin M., and Newton H. H.
SWIMMER'S BADGE.-Newton H. E., Gebhard I. S., Morgans L. E.,' Parkin M., and Linsley D. W., Gebhard J.
ATHLETES' BADGE.-Morgans L. E., Whatlin S.
CYCLIST'S BADGE.-Newton H. E., Gebhard I. S., Newton H. H.
INTERPRETER'S BADGE.-Newton H. E., Morgans L. E., and Holroyd W. H.
LEATHERWORKER'S BADGE.-Newton H. E., Morgans L. E., Whatlin S., Parkin M., and Swallow R. F. E
BASKETWORKER'S BADGE.-Newton H. E.
We have already collected a certain amount of money towards building another Kayak and hope to start work on it next term. Our other Kayak has been repainted this term and is ready for service again next Summer.
Newton H. E. was invested Patrol Leader of the ' Swifts ' in Camp. Whatlin S. as Patrol Leader of the `Bulldogs ' and Buckley T. R. as Patrol Leader of the ` Ravens' have been invested this term. There has been very strong competition between the `Swifts' and `Bulldogs' for the position of leading patrol and at the moment they are racing neck and neck. We are hoping that the `Ravens,' strengthened by the transfer of Morgans from the `Swifts,' soon be giving the other patrols something to think about. Our heartiest congratulations to Mr. Glister who was presented with his " Wood Badge " this term.
THE results of the competitions last Term were as follows -: Settle won the Open Singles from Borrodell after a very stiff fight in which Settle's superior stamina pulled him through. The Doubles resulted in a win for Sherwood (Senior and Pashley, D.) over Chatsworth. The Under 14 Singles were won by Buckley, and the Under 14 Doubles by Sherwood.
This Term, as usual, Fives has been almost impossible owing to dark evenings and wet courts. The deplorable condition of the courts is at last to be remedied and it is probable that, with repaired courts and new gloves at Lynwood, Fives will become even more popular next Term.
The sole match this Term resulted in a decisive victory for the School, who defeated a Leeds University team by 12 games to none, at Leeds.
A. J. R. G.
THE achievements of M. H. TAYLOR in Swimming are no news to most of our readers, but we are able to supply the following summary of his successes to date :
Yorkshire Championships.-100 yards Free-Style, 440 yards Free-Style, 150 yards Back Stroke.
Sheffield Championships.-100 yards Free-Style, 440 yards Free-Style, 150 yards Back Stroke.
Records broken (Yorkshire).-100 yards Free-Style, 440 yards Free-Style, " Flint " Cup for best aggregate times in the three Sheffield Championships, 100 yards Free-Style, 150 yards Back Stroke, 200 yards Breast Stroke.
The Rev. H. E. W. TURNER (1916-1925) has been nominated by the Bishop of Lincoln to hold the Bishop's Fellowship at Lincoln College, Oxford, and has been appointed Fellow, Chaplain and Tutor of the College.
H. S. GENT (1905-1909) was a successful Conservative candidate for the Ecclesall Ward in the recent municipal elections.
A. GOODWIN (1917-1924), Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, was married in July last to Miss Mary Milner, of Tettenhall, Wolverhampton.
C. G. T. GREAVES (1921-1926), was married on September 21st to Miss K. M. Pilling, of Millhouses, Sheffield.
D. O. SWIFT (1923-1927), has been appointed Assistant Solicitor to Leeds Corporation.
S. K. ARNOLD (1922-1931) was awarded the open prize for debating by the Sheffield and District Law Students' Society, and has been elected Secretary of the Society, with A. G. DAWTRY as Assistant Secretary.
The following have passed the
Solicitors' Final Examination :
T. E. BROWN, A. H. CONNELL, H. C. HOWSON ; IntermediateS. K. ARNOLD, R. H. BUCKLEY. The Law Society's Prize, value £2 2. 0d., was awarded to A. G. DAWTRY.
At Sheffield University, G. A. ANDERSON and P. H. MONYPENNY are representatives on the Union Council ; R. A. TREVETHICK and F. S. DEVEREUX are members of the Committee of the Medical and Dental Societies respectively. P. J. WATSON-LIDDELL is Hon. Sec. for Fencing ; J. N. BOOTH and G. C. WATSON are in the 1st Rugger XV ; R. D. BOLSOVER is in the 1st Hockey XI ; J. WILLIAMS and T. A. TAYLOR were members of the Cricket XI which won the U.A.U. last season. E. CRABTREE is secretary of the Classical Society ; G. LAUGHTON and A. GILPIN are leading members of the Union Dramatic Society.
P. G. HEPPENSTALL (1905-08), who is the Headmaster of Ashleigh Road Senior School, Barnstaple, Devon, is the joint-author of Studies in the Appreciation of Art (A. Wheaton & Co., Exeter) an interesting text-book on a new plan, in which pictures, music, prose and poetry, are assembled to illustrate ways of expressing corresponding themes in various media.
R. HALKETT (1919-1922), assistant General Manager of the Sheffield Gas Company, has completed a year of office as president of the Yorkshire Junior Gas Association.
R. N. RAYNE (1923-24), who went to Oxford via Bradfield College after a short sojourn in Lynwood, has been awarded his Blue for Soccer.
The death occurred during the Summer Holidays of G. I. PAINE (1905-12), a former Head of the School and a distinguished athlete and scholar. In 1912 he held the School records for 100 yards, 220 yards, Long Jump, High jump, and 4-Mile, and proceeded as a Classical Scholar to Wadham College, Oxford.
AT the date of going to press the 1st team has avoided defeat after playing ten matches, two of which have been drawn. It is interesting to compare this record with that of the 1933-34 XI, which was generally considered to be as fine a team as the School ever had.
On December 2nd, 1933, that XI had played ten games, had won them all and had scored 85 goals to 20.
On December 2nd this year, the present XI had played ten, had won eight and scored 76 goals against 25-a very creditable performance. The scoring of individuals also shows a strange similarity. In 1933 Gray, R., had scored 31 goals, Pearson, H. E. 20, Hart F. 13. This year Gray, R. has scored 30 goals, Melling, F. 19 and Gray, W. S. 14.
There have been two occasions this Term on which the 1st XI has played brilliant football-against Mr. Saville's XI in the opening match and against the Old Edwardians late in November. The victory over Derby School by 17 goals to 0 was spectacular but too easily won to leave much satisfaction. Lincoln School, whom we were playing for the first time were well beaten after an unconvincing first-half. At Repton the team played well and deserved to win handsomely. But in many matches the play of the side was without " devil," and it was pitifully dependent on the vocal encouragement of the crowd on the touchline. There is no doubt that there are many members of the team who are slow to run into position in anticipation of a pass, hesitant in tackling, and dilatory in front of goal and these faults need eliminating before we can consider ourselves a first-class side.
E. G. S.
The Under 15 " XI have only played two matches this Term, and so their strength or weakness cannot be gauged yet. Wheatley, P. J. has been appointed Captain and has proved himself a capable leader. The first game against Doncaster resulted in an easy win for the School, the forwards in particular played well. In the second fixture against the Central School, the " Under 15 " XI were winning 4-0 at half-time, but in the second-half the defence went to pieces and they were well beaten at the end.
October 19 v. Doncaster Grammar School at home won 11-0
November 30 v. Central Secondary School, away .. lost 4-10
This year we had five of last year's " Under 14 " XI still under 14, and the prospect seemed good, but a dearth of inside forwards has made it difficult for us to build up a team. Rhodes, P. as Captain has proved himself to be efficient off the field and a capable centre-half in the field. Downing, F. C. and Parkin, M. have also done well in defence. Amongst the forwards, Mellor, P. and Powell, G. G., have improved during the Term. Four matches have been played, of which two were drawn and two lost. There is still one match to be played this Term against Nether Edge Secondary School, on December 14th.
October 19 v. Doncaster Grammar School " Under 14 " .. lost 2-5
October 26 v. Nether Edge Secondary School " Under 14 " draw 2-2
November 9 v. Firth Park Secondary School " Under 14 " .. lost 1-3
November 30 v. Central Secondary School " Under 14 " .. draw 1-1
Played at Whiteley Woods on Saturday, October 26th. This match will probably rank as School's highest win of the season. Settle won the toss and decided to play against a slight breeze into the pavilion goal. One minute after the opening Settle advanced and scored with a perfectly-timed drive.
Ten minutes later he scored again ; School, as usual, seemed content for a while with their lead and were not attacking resolutely. In fact, half-backs were to be seen trying shots from well outside the penalty area. But the forwards were not to be denied and Gray, W. S., and Sivil, G. B., added further goals. School seemed to be reserving their energies for the second half. The defence was quite sound and solid against the Derby forwards, who were completely dominated. Half time : School 4, Derby 0.
After the resumption the School forwards were in irresistible form and scored with perfect freedom. 13 goals were scored. Sivil, V.R., who played a fine game, was constantly sending over centres which resulted in most of the goals. In addition to this he scored two goals, the second of which was a splendid effort ; he scored from an angle through a space of about one foot between the Derby goalkeeper and the post. Settle again scored two goals, and Gray, R., scored so often that, although this was not one of his best games, the Derby defenders were evidently nonplussed.
Result : School 17, Derby 0.
Team.-Saville, Sivil, E. W., Howarth, Burley, Settle, Graham, Sivil, V. R., Melling, Grey, R., Sivil, G. B. and Gray, W. S.
Scorers-Gray, R. (6), Settle, J. (4), Sivil, G. B. (3), Gray, W. S., Melling, F.
Played at Repton on Saturday, November 9th, 1935. After the heavy rain, the rather long, level pitch at Repton, although it looked green enough to delight the heart of any footballer, was really a treacherous and greasy morass. We were informed that water lay three feet below the turf. For this match Sivil, E. W. had replaced Burley, W. A. at right half-back, who had dropped to full-back Settle won the toss and chose to play against the slight wind. School were quite early on the attack and it was all against the run of play, when Mumford scored for Repton. Barely five minutes later Gray R., equalised and afterwards gave School the lead with one of his characteristic narrow-angled shots. But Repton again scored through Mumford owing to some misunderstanding between Saville and Settle, who had passed the ball back to the goalkeeper. Half-time Score : School 2, Repton 2.
Shortly after the interval, the rain, which had constantly been threatening came in a steady downpour. Gray, R. was early on the mark with a rather high header from near the penalty spot, which found its way into the net. This lead was rapidly increased when Melling, in the midst of a throng of players clustered around the goalmouth, headed in from a well-placed corner kick of Sivil, V. R. But the Repton forwards, who had been out of the picture after the resumption, returned to score through Lloyd on the right wing, who sent in a weak shot, which Saville fumbled and let through. Although Sivil, E. W returned now to his old position, Repton equalised after 35 minutes. The School forwards now lost several chances ; shots from all angles just failed to score, as the miry state of the ground and heavy going made accurate shooting impossible. Nevertheless, School should have won if only because of their superior and polished play.
Result : School 4, Repton 4.
Scorers : Gray, R. (3), Melling, F.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Saturday, November 16th. K.E.S. started off strongly against this old-established club. Within five minutes Gray, R. had scored from a centre of Sivil, V. R. Gray W. S. soon followed up with two more goals, the second of which was a fine shot ; a Club defender was blocking out Gray's angle but his shot slewed round into the goal beating both defender and goalkeeper. With this lead secured the School became less resolute ; opportunities were rarely taken, and it was not until Club's swift forwards had gained two goals that the School really livened up.
Half-time : School 3, Club 2.
After the interval play became more even for some time. But the School were not to be denied, and 25 minutes from the end there ensued a hectic period, during which eight goals were scored. During this time, rare glimpses were caught of the dangerous ex-Grimsby Town centre forward of the Club, whose football was a delight to see. Sivil, E. W., Settle and Howarth easily held the Club forwards and Saville bad no real work to do. Meanwhile the forwards under the leadership of Gray, R. were scoring the goals which utterly routed the Club. Graham was constantly sending accurate passes into the goalmouth, as a result of which four goals were scored. Suffice it then to say that, although the win was a substantial one, had School produced such attacking play as in the last 25 minutes, the 25 would have been up on the board !
Result : School 11, Club 3.
Scorers : Gray, R. (4), Gray, W. S. (3), Melling (3), Graham.
Played at York on Wednesday, November 20th. The rather small pitch at Bootham was in a very water-logged condition, and, although it had not been played on for a week, was very cut up near the goalmouths and mud was six inches deep in places, as rain had fallen all morning. Settle lost the toss, and had to kick against a slight wind. Play was at first very even, but gradually School gained the upper hand. The first scoring chance was accepted. Sivil, V. R. raced up the right wing, put the ball right across to Gray, W. S. who sent in a high curling shot from an awkward angle which, I think, was over the line when Gray, R. touched it. Whilst School were now superior to their opponents, they could not increase their slender lead. Just on half-time Bootham equalised with Saville out of position. Half-time score : School 1, Bootham 1.
It now came on to rain, and conditions became definitely worse ; the pitch was a morass and the light was poor especially towards the end. Yet amid the mud, play was swift and the ball was kept low by accurate passes on both sides. The wingmen, especially Sivil, V. R., could be distinguished playing with some speed, and several opportunities were missed before Melling scored with a powerful drive. But shortly afterwards, Bootham equalised with a penalty, amid the roaring of their faithful supporters. School received admirable support from Mr. Whitfield, and Gray, R. rushed the ball into the net from a neat ground pass of Gray, W. S. Although Bootham under the leadership of their left-winger, made assault after assault, Settle worked like a Trojan to stave off these last efforts in the dusky light. When the whistle finally blew, it was generally agreed that the game had indeed been a stern tussle and School merited their victory.
Result : School 3, Bootham 2.
Scorers : Gray, W. S., Melling, F., Gray, R.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Saturday, November 23rd. When play began, thanks to the Headmaster's advice, a good touch line was to be seen for this most enjoyable match. School defended the Whiteley Woods end, and gave the confident Old Edwardians a surprise, when Gray, R. scored after five minutes. School, realising how important were the first few minutes of the game, resisted their opponent's counter-attacks and clung tenaciously to their lead The second goal was scored in an amazing fashion. Gray, W. S. from 25 yards out scored with a shot, when he could not see his objective and the goalkeeper could not see him because of the throng of players in the goalmouth. Later Gray, W. S. was brought down within the penalty area and made no mistake with a powerful low drive. The next effort came from Pearson who passed to the right winger ; he sent in a low centre, which three Old Edwardians rushed into the net. Half-time score : School 5, Old Edwardians, 1.
After the interval School were held by their opponents for 15 minutes. Gray, W. S. who had recovered some of his old form, played a swift and brilliant game. He easily outwitted the O.E. defenders, and sent in centre after centre. until the O.E.s. were thoroughly routed. Burley kept a tight hand on Pearson who was a great trier. The defence was absolutely masterful and, especially in the second half, completely dominated the Old Edwardians' attack. Everyone played as if possessed to outclass these strong opponents. Gray, R. and Melling completed the scoring for K.E.S. Newman, in the Old Edwardian's goal, made a brilliant save from a penalty shot of Gray, W. S., and defied the School attack time after time. There was not a weak position in the team, and the whole team deserves exceptional praise for this most worthy display.
Result : School 8, Old Edwardians, 3.
Scorers : Gray, W. S. (3), Gray, R., (3), Melling, F. (2).
Played at Doncaster on Saturday, October 19th. When the coach which took the School Team to Doncaster pulled up before the level pitch of Doncaster Grammar School, the wind and rain were driving down the field in swirls and gusts. Settle won the toss and decided to play with the numbing hurricane wind. Gray W.S. immediately opened the scoring with a superb shot ; the space allowed him was about one yard between the keeper and the goalpost he steadied his shot and with his characteristically powerful drive, hit the ball so hard that it travelled with the strong wind quicker than the eye could follow its flight. Melling F., from near the penalty spot, hit the top of the net with a high drive, and Gray R., who this season has put in some clever work with his head, sent in a header which glanced into the goal from a neat pass of Sivil G. B. Interval Score : School 5, Doncaster 0.
Now, however, it was the School's turn to face the harassing wind. It was much to their credit that they succeeded in scoring four goals when playing in the teeth of the gale. Ball control was exceptionally difficult, and it was no rare thing to see the ball curling round and the kicker having to run towards his own goal to arrest its flight. The Doncaster forwards were speedy and efficient and Settle, Howarth and Sivil did extremely well in keeping them out. Saville had an off day but the School forwards were persistent triers and Gray W. S. and Sivil V.R. scored to reward their perseverance. Under very awkward conditions School performed a laudable feat ; both teams played well but School's stalwart defence easily won them the day.
Result :-School 9, Doncaster 4.
Scorers.-Gray W. S. (2), Gray R. (3), Melling F. and Sivil V. R.
Team.-Saville, Sivil E. W., Howarth, Burley, Settle J., Graham, Sivil V.R. -Melling F., Gray R. Sivil G. B. and Gray W. S.
Played at Whiteley Woods, Wednesday, November 27th. The weather was cold and no rain was threatening, (a most unusual state of affairs), when: School took the field against Lincoln School. This match was the first of a series of new fixtures, and School were anxious to discover what competition they were to expect. Consequently their early play was defensive until they; realised that they could easily cope with the Lincoln attack. Then the School forwards began to assert themselves but several chances were missed before' Gray W. S. opened the scoring with a very fast and well placed ground. shot' which travelled like a bullet past the helpless keeper. Shortly afterwards Gray R. headed a neat goal. Interval : School 3, Lincoln 1.
After the resumption, School forwards were in masterly form and swept the Lincoln defence off its feet. The wingmen, especially Gray W. S., who was in irresistible form, were speedy and clever, and Gray W. S. again scored with a powerful drive. The wing halves, Burley and Graham, constantly combined with their wingmen, who fed their dangerous centre forward, R. Gray ; He scored six goals, the most notable of which was a solo effort consisting of a delightful dribble and then a clever drive into the net from an awkward angle. Sivil E. W. played well at right back, but Settle (strangely enough) indulged in far too much dribbling. Later when he swung the ball about, the attack became more forceful. During the last fifteen minutes prolonged pressure was exerted by the School, and Gray W. S. led the forward line with great determination and speed.
Score.-School 9, Lincoln 1.
Scorers.-Gray R. 6, Gray W. S. 2.
Played at Whiteley Woods, Saturday, November 30th. For this match, School's " bogey," the Falcons fielded a strong eleven. Play at the commencement was very even with frequent exchanges on both sides; mostly in the School's half. The right wing was, however, very. dangerous and School's first goal came from this quarter. Sivil V. R. had raced up his wing dogged by a Falcon defender, and sent in a high shot. Melling flung himself into line with the ball, and, jumping up, deflected the ball at great speed past the harassed keeper. A splendid goal. School kept up the pressure, and in spite of Falcon's offside trap, Gray W. S. scored to give his team the lead.
Interval Score : School 2, Falcons 1.
School as usual seemed content with this lead until half of the 45 minutes had gone. Then spurred on by the cheers of a rousing "touch-line," the forwards began to put on pressure. Gray W. S. was kept partly in check by the right half of Falcons, who knew how to use his weight, and Sivil V. R., on the other wing, was in fine fettle. Melling was playing a great game and scored' two more fine goals, one of which was cleverly headed, whilst the other was definitely an opportunist goal. Sivil V. R. was rewarded for his fine performance by a perfect shot which beat defenders and goalkeeper alike. The defence was sound under the leadership of Settle, who plays consistently and well ; Forrest, in goal, had little work to do but put up a reasonable performance. The Falcons left the field dazed by the great football this school team had produced. An onlooker, who has been an authority on School teams ever since the War, remarked that the forward line put up one of the best performances he had ever seen.
Result.-School 5, Falcons 1.
Scorers.-Melling F. (3), Gray W. S., Sivil V. R.
Team.-Forrest, Sivil E. W., Howarth, Burley, Settle, Graham, Sivil V. R., Melling, Gray, R., Sivil G. B., Gray W. S.
Played at Whiteley Woods, Saturday, December 7th, 1935. The match was played in cold weather on a ground rendered hard by frost. The Lynwood Old Boys fielded a strong team and the match was strongly contested throughout. The School, kicking off made a rush down the field and Melling F. opened the score. Pearson soon equalised and for a time play was mainly in the school half. Sivil G. B. put the School in the lead again and Gray R. also scored giving the School a lead of 3-1. Immediately before half-time Pearson again scored with a rising shot from just outside the penalty area leaving the interval score at 3-2.
For some time after the resumption of the game play was even, but when Sivil E. W. was forced to leave the field owing to an injury, the Old Boys again equalised. Luckily Gray R. was enabled to score shortly before the end of the game and won the match by 4 goals to 3.
The School backs wavered a little at first but later regained their confidence Saville M. V. in goal played a very safe game and Graham G. A. at right-half enlivened the team by his fearless tackling. The forwards played well but met a more than stalwart defence in Wall and Fisher. The final score was 4-3 for the School.
.Scorers.-School : Melling F. 1, Sivil G. B. 1, Gray R. 2. Lynwood Old Boys ' Pearson 2, Hearnshaw 1.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Saturday, October 5th. On winning the toss, White chose to play towards the brook. After a somewhat precarious start, the School soon gained the upper hand, and goals came fairly freely; White was the first to score from a centre by Sivil, G. B. on the right wing Walker followed his excellent example a few minutes later, by again netting one of Sivil's centres. Towards the end of the first half, Simmonite, who was playing a very plucky and skilful game, scored with a well-placed shot which left the goalkeeper wondering where the ball was. Almost immediately Ashford scored from a corner by Sivil, to leave the School four up at half-time. Rotherham now began to show signs of fatigue, after being pressed during the first-half ; the game resolved itself into shooting-in in Rotherham's goal, except for occasional rallies, one of which succeeded in getting past the defence and scoring too late, however, to have any effect on the game. In this half, White scored two well-earned goals, Walker beat the goalkeeper with a beautiful first-time shot, and Simmonite again scored with a clever shot. The School undoubtedly deserved their decisive victory and their play was steady and consistent. The backs played well and gave the opposing forwards a very bad time near goal. Sorby played well at centre-half, though he seemed a little lost at the beginning of the game. The wing-halfs combined well with the forwards, who, in their turn, fully occupied the opposing goalkeeper.
Result : K.E.S. 8, Rotherham 1.
Scorers : White 3, Walker 2, Simmonite 2, Ashford 1.
Played at Bents Green on Saturday, October 26th, on a very heavy pitch, From the start, the School's defence was hard pressed. After 12 minutes' play Nether Edge scored twice. The School passing became wild and uncertain, the forwards' attacks being repeatedly repulsed by the Nether Edge backs. 20 minutes later Nether Edge scored again, but two minutes front half-time, after a brilliant piece of passing, Fulford scored from a pass by. Ashford.
After half-time, the School began to play better, Chare doing good work at; half-back, and after ten minutes' play, Fulford scored from a pass from Walker'. Nether Edge then scored twice, one from a head, the other from a corner. Just before time, Fulford scored again. The match ended with the School, the losers by 5 goals to 3.
Scorer : Fulford 3.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Saturday, November 9th. The game opened with both sides pressing hard. After 12 minutes' play, Firth Parks were leading by two goals to none. Later, however, Fulford scored with a low-raking shot, and after some even play, Ashford equalised. The School then attacked hotly until half-time, but there was no further score.
After six minutes' play, Ashford put the School in the lead, but the Firth Park right-winger broke away and equalised. Some time after, Fulford put the School into the lead by converting Ashford's corner. Just before time, Allan put in a magnificent shot from long range and the game finished with thee final score being Firth Park 3, School 5.
Scorers : Ashford 2, Fulford 2, Allan.
Played at Whiteley Woods on Wednesday, November 20th. A thick; mist overhung the field, making visibility very poor.
After four minutes play, Fulford broke through and scored. This lead was soon increased, Ashford scoring twice and Fulford once. Bootham's inside-right was unfortunately injured and had to retire. At half-time the score was 4-0 to the School.
After half-time, Bootham' rallied and scored their only goal. The School, forwards, who were all playing extremely well, got the upper-hand and after a; furious melee round the Bootham goalmouth, Williams scored. Bootham: played up well, but as they were handicapped, the School forwards steadily increased the lead. A rather dismal game finished with the score being Bootham 1, School 11.
Scorers : Ashford 4, Fulford 3, Williams 2, Sivil, G. B. and Fretwell.
Played at Ackworth on Wednesday, November 27th. The School lost the toss and had to kick off against the wind. The ball was very light and not easy to control. Ackworth pressing hard scored, but the School fighting back splendidly scored through Fulford. Ackworth again scored but School took the lead with goals from Ashford and Fulford. Play was very exciting.
Half-time : Ackworth 2, K.E.S. 3.
The second-half was more exciting than the first, for Ackworth strove desperately to capture the lead but the School defence held out gamely. Fulford increased the lead only for Ackworth to reply. However, Ackworth tired and School dominated the rest of the game. Later goals were scored by White, Fulford (2) and Ashford.
Result : K.E.S. 7, Ackworth 3.
Scorers : Fulford 4, Ashford 2, White 1.
This season the House Football teams have only met with moderate success. The 1st XI has been playing very well, although at present they have only two points to their credit. The games with Lynwood and Welbeck were well contested, and in each we suffered defeat by only a narrow margin. Due praise must be given to Alvey, Ashford and Wheatley for their excellent performances in those matches.
The 2nd and 3rd XI's have maintained the standard of last year. Hopes however, were entertained of the 2nd XI showing greater improvement this season.
Again an appeal is made to boys in the lower forms to take up Fives. This particularly concerns those boys who do not play Football and Cricket and have no share in the sporting activities of the House.
The Swimming Sports are yet a long way off, but all who can swim would do well to start training now. Speed is vital and speed can only be gained by practice.
We started the Football season with last year's team almost unchanged. The goalkeeper's place has been ably filled by H. A. Holden, who has played well all the season. We have lost two matches to strong Haddon and Clumber sides and won ore. In both the first two matches we collapsed in the second half, the scores being very reasonable at half-time. Stamp played well in all three matches and our only star, Howarth, has held the side together in masterly manner. The 2nd and 3rd XI's have good records, the 3rd being still unbeaten.
Scouts and Fives are in a flourishing condition but Swimming, as usual, languishes this Term. We hope to resume activities in this direction next year.
This year the House consists mainly of young members, and we shall feel keenly the loss of such stalwarts as Dobson, Greatorex and Youens, P. W. We still have Melling, F. to lead the House in its sporting activities and we should have a fairly successful year, especially in the Cricket season. Our prospects in the Cross-country are quite good, with Melling and Youens, S. B. to rely on, and we hope to do well in the Sports. In the Fives and Swimming Competitions the apathy of the House will count heavily against it, but under the guidance of Mr. Exton we may hope for better things in the future. For the present our enthusiasm must make up for lack of size and exceptional talent.
It is hoped and expected that the House will have another successful year.
Last Term the House lost Taylor, who had been the House Swimming Captain for the last two years. Whilst in the House, Taylor held the English Schoolboy 100 yards Free-Style Swimming Championship and the Yorkshire Schoolboy and Open Free-Style Championships. He also broke two Yorkshire Swimming Records while he was at School. Taylor now holds the 100 yards Free Style and 150 yards Back Stroke Championships of Yorkshire, and the House wishes him every success both in Swimming and in his work at Sheffield University. Among the others in the House who left last Term was Ellis, who played some vigorous games of Football for the House 1st XI.
The House 1st XI started the season very well by beating Sherwood by 14 goals to nil. They followed this up by beating Arundel 5-4 after a hard game The third match, however, we lost to Haddon by five goals to two, after being two goals up in ten minutes. The 2nd and 3rd XI's have also won two matches each.
The House Social will be held at " Lynwood " on Friday, December 13th. All members of the House should attend and help to make the Social a great success.
The Athletic Sports and Cross-Country Run will be held next Term and all should begin practicing as soon as possible.
The Football season has again progressed with great success. Under the captaincy of " Bob " Gray the 1st XI, which contains nine players who have appeared in the two School teams, has won all its three matches played. Wentworth were beaten 21-0, Chatsworth 10-1 and Lynwood 5-2. The Lynwood match was the hardest for we were two goals down ten minutes after the start. The 2nd XI has also won all its three matches with the same ease as the 1st XI, but the 3rd XI failed in its first match against Chatsworth, losing 2-9, before the members of the team had chance to become acquainted with each other ; however, they have won the other two matches and redeemed themselves somewhat. Welbeck seem to be the real challengers and by the time these notes are in your hands you will know how we fared against them.
Congratulations to Sivil, G. B. on gaining a place in the School 1st XI, and to Forrest on being chosen to play against the Falcons when Saville was ill. Simmonite and Chare have also appeared regularly in the School 2nd XI.
Congratulations to Sivil and Larder on being appointed Prefects ; to Smith, W. J., who was awarded a State Scholarship, a Town Trust "A" Scholarship, and a Founder's Exhibition on the result of the H.C. Exam. last July. We have also lost Boswell, Miller and Marshman.
May we in conclusion exhort our younger members, especially those under 14, to learn to play Fives and swim. Larder or Allan will be pleased to teach them.
At the end of last Term we lost two members of the House, Senior, D. and Ledingham, R. G. N., who for many years have been invaluable in both Cricket and Football XI's. Besides these two, we have also lost Barker, Spedding and McInnes since last Football season, which undoubtedly explains our failure this season. However, this need not worry anyone, for in a few years the House will once more be near the top again. Once again we are setting a good example to many Houses, for on December 17th we are having our annual Social, at which we want a one hundred per cent. attendance. This we hope will help to foster the growing House spirit which suffered such a blow when Mr. Watkins left us, but which is steadily improving now Mr. Glister is settling down with us.
Congratulations to Buckley, who won the Under 14 Open Fives Competition. This seems to be our only recent success in games. None of our Football teams has attained much, although we are hoping for better results next Term. We did not expect to do much against Haddon, and our hopes of a possible victory over Arundel were frustrated by the absence of four players from the 1st XI. All our teams are very small, especially the 2nd and 3rd XI's, but we expect better things from the 1st XI, who combine and play well together.
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