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throughout the school that the class-master shall instruct his boys in sacred, as well as in profane subjects. Above all things, Dr. Barry was most earnest in preparing his boys for Confirmation and the Communion, and the crowds of boys that thronged the last Communion at which he was present may be taken as one proof that his labour has not been spent in vain.

In the management and constitution of the school, Dr. Barry has made many alterations. One principle change has been the creation of the Juvenile Department with its separate school-rooms and boarding house. The idea has been a most happy one, and the number of juveniles is now something considerable, and still seems on the increase. Proof of success and good management is also given by every other part of the school. Due also chiefly to Dr. Barry is the general increase in the incomes of the under masters, and he has always paid especial attention to the Assistant Boardinghouse Masters, and has done much to improve their position and increase their comfort.

Dr. Barry's stay has been too short for him to claim any brilliant scholastic successes as exclusively his own-to a certain extent he gathered the fruit of his predecessor's exertions, as his successor will of his. Still, our two Balliol and other University Scholarships, and the numerous admissions gained to the India Civil Service, would seem to point out that the Classical Department has been, while under his charge, in a most efficient state, and is doing its best to equal the successes of the sister department.

Dr. Barry's place has always seemed to be the playground as much as the school-room, and the changes there introduced have been almost as numerous. Shortly after his arrival the present gymnasium was erected, and under his auspices the Boarding House Cup matches have been instituted, which have done so much to promote cricket and football. Dr. Barry took no part in any games himself, except for a short time in racquets, and this he was obliged to forego after his severe illness in the winter of 1864, which kept him from College nearly three months. He can scarcely ever forget the welcome he received when he re-appeared among the boys. Still, though not taking an active part in any game, Dr. Barry always found time to be in the playground when any good cricket or football match was on. If it was the year for us to go to Marlborough he invariably went too, and if the Marlborough Eleven came here he always insisted on entertaining some of their number in his house. In the same spirit he held the office of President of the Boating Club, and rarely, if ever, failed to witness the race between the College and Shrewsbury, or to go over to Tewkesbury for the Classical and Modern race. His annual prize at the Easter races has been one of the handsomest competed for, and one would hardly like to guess how often in the various athletic or scholastic contests, he has cut the Gordian knot of a 'close thing' by liberally giving an additional prize himself.

When Dr. Barry came, the boarding houses were small, not very comfortable, and scattered all over the town. He pointed out the evils of such a state of things, and the Boarding House Company was consequently originated, which has built almost all the new houses.

These, besides their convenient proximity to the playground, offer far greater comforts at a slight increase in expense. The College also owes to Dr. Barry the sanatorium, the absence of which was about the first point he noticed on his arrival.

Another great point at which Dr. Barry has always aimed has been to inaugurate a system of self-government, and to give a boy increased liberty until he has proved himself unworthy of it. With this view he soon introduced the system of prefects, an important change, the success of which, though uncertain at first, now seems to be complete. He also abolished the school officials originally kept to exercise an espionage over the boys. Before his time, a whole boarding house used to be compelled to walk together two by two, and under the watchful eye of a driver,' whenever they went to school or returned from the playground homewards. This ignominious system, so suggestive of a child's arrangement of its Noah's Ark, Dr. Barry soon abolished, and the fearful consequences predicted by the votaries of the old system, have not even yet come to pass. At the same time the boys had increased liberty given of going into the country, subject only to certain 'bounds,' and only in rare instances has the liberty been abused.

To old Cheltonians Dr. Barry invariably gave a hearty welcome whenever they came back to the old place, and most of us have enjoyed some pleasant dance or croquet party at Park House. Our best thanks are, I fear, the only return we can ever make to Mrs. Barry for her kindness.

The most wonderful thing about him was how he could find time for all his manifold occupations. Besides his regular duties at the College he always made a point (and that in no few instances), of visiting the sick bed of any past or present Cheltonian, and he would go a long way to undertake the mournful task of reading the burial service over one of his former pupils. He was always ready to preside or to deliver addresses at the Penny Readings, or the several educational and religious institutions of the town, and he has preached from many other pulpits besides that in the College Chapel. Yet in despite of all these calls on his time, he has found opportunity to write a long life of his eminent father, Sir C. Barry, besides composing several smaller works. His knowledge was very varied, and there were few subjects on which he had not at least a moderate amount of information. At one time he would deliver lectures on Astronomy, at another he would examine the school in Mathematics, his favourite and his strongest subject; and yet again he would test the boys' progress in the languages of modern Europe. One reason of his being able to undertake so many and such various works probably was that he had acquired the habit of early rising, and was naturally endowed with a singular rapidity in executing work. Few of his audience could have supposed that the eloquent addresses to which they listened on a Sunday were generally the composition of the same morning. The subject had of course been thought over previously, and with him thoughts rapidly actualized themselves into words. This gift, too, made him a ready and excellent public speaker, and only on one occasion has he ever seemed at a loss to know how to express his thoughts. That was when he received the late testimonial from the School. It was a parting gift from boys whom he loved well, and no wonder if his feelings were almost too much for words.

All past and present Cheltonians must heartily wish him success in the new sphere he has felt it his duty to enter. The strength of family ties had prevented him from accepting a vast Indian charge, but the call to King's College seemed one that he could not resuse. He will watch the careers of all Cheltonians with great interest, and it is for them to show that he has succeeded in his two great aims-to make them good Christians and good citizens. I am, yours truly,

J. M. R.

Catullus XXXI.*

Sirmio, fairest of all lengths of land,

Or isles in sullen lake, or boundless sea
That breaks on Adrian and Calabrian sand,

And girds our Italy,

*Inserted by request of the Principal, as done in School, Nov. 30, 2.30—3.45 p.m.

Lo with what heart I greet thee once again,

Too glad to trust the tidings of fond eyes
That see thee safe, so tired of foreign plain,

And bitter Thynian skies.
Oh sweet, more sweet than all, to fling away

The toil and trouble of our travelling feet,
In the dear home our weary limbs to lay,

And find the sweet more sweet!
This, this, full payment for all toils and woes;

This, this, I welcome as I near my home ;
On the long wished-for couch what sweet repose,

What welcome when I come!
Smile me a greeting, Sirmio! Well loved lake,

Hail me with rippling laughter for your king,
And all my home for very welcome's sake
Shall find a voice to sing.

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To One under Earth.

If from thy home in moon or star
Thou still mayst watch, where green fields are,
Him who was more than friend e'erwhile,
Give to my hopes and joys a smile,
Give to my pains and woes a tear,

Give for my wandering way a fear:
Then, though no man thy smile, grief, fear may tell,

All will be well.

Yet if within the quiet house
Nought moves the peace upon thy brows,
Still soul, for ever silent sleeping,
Yet in the times of joy and weeping,
And down Life's river to Death's sea,

Dead face, light thou my way for me:
Then while thy love heaven's stars and moon may tell,

All will be well.

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This year 108 aspirants have entered for the Double Fives Matches, a greater number, we are told, than there has been any year since 1860-a very great proof of the vigour of Fives just at present. Of course every one of the 108 is not a perfect player, but there can be no better education for the would-be player than these matches. They may, sometimes, perhaps, try their partner's temper, if he is a good player and loses his match through them, but they, at all events, gain a good deal themselves.

The first two rounds present little of interest; we, therefore, begin our detailed account with the third round:

3RD ROUND. S. Meire,

A. Guthrie, J. Candy,

G. Robinson,


C. . Lawrence,

, G. Graham,

H. Porter,
C. Wood,

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T. Wise,

F. Dobson.
C. Cummine. W. Bullock,
W. Farquharson,}
C. Kennedy

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W. Dumergue. R. Williams,


{ G. Ramsay,

G. Browne, G. Pruen was unlucky in his partner, and was compelled to content himself with making 16; Lawrence and Wood proved too strong for Bradley and his partner, as indeed they would for almost any other couple possible.

4TH ROUND. C. Wood,

A. Myers, : ! } {G. Robinson,

W. Farquharson, } beat T. Wise,

A. Guthrie, W. Bullock

C. Strachan,

{& W.Candylence, } odd men. G. Ramsay, ) G. Graham.

Strachan and Graham were beaten rather easily, their play being uncertain though very promising.

The attractions of Single Fives are not nearly so great to the unskilful as those of Double Fives, for there is no hope of their being pulled through round after round by any one one's merits but their own; besides, Single Fives is of comparatively very recent growth here, and is a still more laborious game than even Double Fives. However, 31 entries were obtained, and the handicap was made out so as to give general satisfaction.

G. W. Wyatt (7) beat H. Davis (10).
A. Myers (4)

J. Aitken (7).
A. C. Bradley (4)

A. Low (8).

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