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Both played cautiously throughout, but Elliott was hardly quick enough in his returns, and Griffith won with 13 to his 9., Browne being odd man, the last bout was,
L. Griffith v. G. Browne.
In this Griffiith won as he liked with 21 to 10, thus scoring another triumph for the B. Dayboys. He showed good form throughout, and was undoubtedly the best man, and had he been cooler at times might have won with greater ease than he did. Bramwell and Elliott both boxed well, and would have made a good match had they drawn each other. We should like to see more entries another year.
We have only received one number of the Eton College Chronicle for April, and it is almost entirely filled with discussions about the Fives' Walls, and records of House Athletic Sports. The Senior Classic this year at Cambridge-W. H. Kennedy, of King's—is an old Etonian; being the fourth Senior Classic that Eton has furnished in the last nine years.
The Wykehamist of this month begins with an enquiry into the causes of some deterioration in Cricket at Winchester, and believes this may be attributed in great measure to the fact that the eleven indulge in too great a multiplicity of amusements or employments, instead of concentrating their energies on Cricket; also that promising young bowlers are over-worked, and thus frequently spoiled. — The Debating Society seems to have had some animated discussions : first, on the motion ‘That the Established Protestant Church in Ireland ought to be abolished,' (the Establishment? or the Church?) which was carried by a majority of one. Also the proposition “That Mr. Disraeli is wholly worthy of the confidence reposed in him," produced a very brief debate,” which was adjourned; and when resumed, 12 were found to vote for the motion, 4 against it; but it is considerately added, “Many members who opposed the motion were unable to record their votes.” Such
is Conservative terrorism !-We have said so much about Athletic Sports lately, that we fear to try our readers' patience: we would however notice these times and distances :
Throwing the Ball, (S. Gatty), 119 yds.; "there was a slight breeze blowing.' Wide Jump, (Maxwell Lyte), 19ft. High Jump with the Pole, (Birley), 9ft. ožin. The Mile, (H. Smith), 5 min. 12 secs.
We are very glad to find that Haileybury has determined to follow the example of older schools, and set up its magazine. The first number of the Haileyburian, of March 19, which is the only one we have seen, (perhaps it is not issued monthly,) makes an exceedingly good beginning by a very sensible and well-written 'Editorial,' followed by various other contributions, grave and gay, of which we venture to quote the following, as a good specimen of the lighter kind.
The Marlburian, for April ist, gives an account of the Races at Marlborough. We will merely give the times and distances of special events :—The Mile was won by E. A. Tanquery, in 5 mins. 13 secs.; and Leach, the present captain of the Eleven, was beaten for the second place by a foot only. The ground was in fair condition. Mainwaring won the 200 yards in 19 secs., which fabulously short time is explained by the fact that the short flat races were run down a decided hill. Leach with 30 yards start won the Half-Mile in 2 mins. 171 secs. The state of the ground was bad for high jumping, and Hawkins and Mainwaring reached only 5 feet. Mainwaring and Purser also won the 100 Yards in 10 secs. Leach and Tanquery together won the Three-Quarter Mile in 3 mins. 44 secs. C. J. Connell hopped 80 yards in 10 secs. In the Broad Jump, Holder did 18 ft. 21 in. The Quarter Mile was very quick, being won by Leach by a yard from Hodgson, in 541 secs. The Races were apparently a great success.
We are glad to report that the Boat Club is now in a very flourishing condition, and numbers about 120 members.
We understand that a sculling race has been instituted, and are happy to be able to afford the following particulars of this and other events :
On May 6th it is probable that a crew of Old Cheltonians will come from Cambridge to row the College boat; and on that day also all entries for the sculls will close.
On May 9th, the first heats of the sculling races will be rowed, and the final heat on Wednesday, the 13th.
On Saturday, the 23rd, the races for the Challenge Cup (house fours) begin. The final heat on the day of the Picnic, after the Shrewsbury race, which will probably take place on June 6th. This year, and in future, pewters will be given with the Challenge Cup.
There will be three prizes for the sculling races, for which the entrance fee is 2s. 6d.
There will also be Swimming Races as usual this year, probably either on the 13th or 17th of June.
It has been decided that the second four shall have a coloured
We are glad to be enabled to announce that the scores of the principal Cricket Matches played at the College since its commencement, will be published in a few days by Mr. Darter. We hear that the book will contain the addresses of, or some information about, almost every player who has ever been a member of the Eleven. The introduction also contains a pleasant sketch of the early days of The College. Any Old Collegian requiring a copy can obtain it by applying to Mr. Darter, 2, Northwick Place, Cheltenham.
TENNYSON'S NEW POEMS.
To the Editors of the Cheltonian. Gentlemen,--In the March number of The Cheltonian,' an article, justly animadverting on Mr. Tennyson's latest poems, finds fault with his use of obsolete words, on the ground that 'one ought not to be obliged to use a dictionary in reading English poetry.'
Now, I hold that whoever induces us to refer to our generally neglected dictionaries is instrumental in increasing our acquaintance with our mother-tongue, and that Mr. Tennyson deserves our best thanks for his judicious revival of many good old Saxon words which had fallen into unmerited oblivion. It is universally allowed that he who wishes to reach an Englishman's heart should use English, that is principally Saxon words; and therefore the more of such words we have, the better. In the passage taken from the 'Dream of Fair Women, of which your contributor speaks so highly, I can detect only two words of foreign extraction- stately and stature and these two have the same root.
As to the two words of which your contributor specifically complains, thorpe and byre, I have been less fortunate than he in resorting to my dictionary for the meaning of the latter. Thorpe means a homestead. There is a village called “Thorp,' near Chertsey, and doubtless there are others of the same name in different parts of the country. Thorp is by no means an uncommon termination. The meaning byre I can only guess at, but I do not think I can be far from the truth. A by-law is a law for the by, or village; by-word, a topic of conversation in the village path. By, meaning a village is still in use in the Scandinavian languages. It was brought to England by the Danes, and is consequently to be met with frequently in the North, as in Appleby, Whitby, Selby. In Scotland, I believe, by-law takes the form bir-law, or byr-law. The addition of an e gives us the form used by Tennyson, for which, no doubt, he has good authority. “Thorpe and byre' would therefore mean "homestead and village.'
With your contributor's other remarks I most fully concur. I have never been more fully disgusted than I was on reading the Laureate's latest contribution to Good Words; and I said, 'Oh! blow it! if you're a poet, have you aught that is worth the reading?' I am, Gentlemen, yours obediently,
[I think Mr. Harrison has mistaken the purport of my remarks. I most thoroughly agree with him in what he says as to the advisability of using Saxon words in poetry; but I never said a word against that, far from it; I object to the use of obsolete words which force you to your dictionary, they spoil the pleasure of reading, I do not quite see in what way they improve the poetry. With regard to thorpe and byre,' I may remark, first, that “thorpe' appears to be known to the dictionaries, where it is defined as a village.' Johnson gets this from a correspondent, and gives no example ; Richardson gives one example, and, as I have been reminded, there is another to be found in The Brook.' On the other hand Johnson knows nothing of byre,' nor does Richardson, but Webster says 'a cowhouse-provincial English ’; nevertheless we owe thanks to Mr. Harrison for his note on the word; but these thanks are not to be given for the explanation of a part of the poem, but for the explanation of the mere bare word. We should have lost little if the whole poem had been written in characters impossible to construe; meanwhile, Tennyson's use of them does not make 'thorpe' and 'byre'English words.]
THE WRITER OF THE ARTICLE.
THE CHELTONIAN FUND.
To the Editors of the Cheltonian. Gentlemen,-I am convinced that there is at present in the College many a yoring Cheltonian who would willingly join the Cheltonian Fund, were he permitted.
I hope that, should the meeting of Old Cheltonians in London be a success, of which I have little doubt, they will invite any