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Chase would be a reasonable and seasonable diversion. As far as I can learn, Paper Chasing was never before seen in France, and I propose to give the readers of The Cheltonian a short description of how we astonished the natives in that way.
The meet was · Les Caraducs’; 12 o'clock, sharp: the hares, the Messrs. T-.-d, two good ones to go in any country: the hounds, a scratch pack, all sizes and ages, some who knew their work well, and some who knew nothing about it, but all eager for the sport, and in number about sixteen. The costumes were as various as the wearers—colours of all kinds and descriptions, and some quite indescribable. All I need say is that in no part of the run were the Cheltenham colours last. Ten minutes law to the hares, and then with a cheery cry from the starter all are off. Down a steep bank, for the most part covered with short scrub and furze, rush the little pack, each one striving to be first at the first jump. This, though not of very formidable dimensions (being a wet ditch of from twelve to fifteen feet), was anything but pleasant to get into, as some found to their cost, for though full of water it was certainly not Eau de Cologne. This passed, a slight check occurs, as no scent was dropped for some little way, but after a cast to right and left, the cry is . Hark forward again!' Through a hovel and up a stiff bank brings us to a more level country, and away we go at a good pace, which, after a little, teaches some the meaning of *Bellows to mend.' For some miles, now, the country continues much the same, the fences are small and for the most part dry, affording very little water jumping, but the ground is everywhere undulating and excellent for the kind of sport, as nowhere can a distant view be obtained, so that the pack may be close on the hounds without seeing theru.
The incidents of the run were, with one exception, pretty much the usual ones, thorns and scratches and various rents in various parts of garments, some of which were more amusing to the spectators than comfortable to the sufferers. The exception was rather remarkable, and was this :-On descending a little glen, we suddenly came upon a large party of washerwomen hammering away at their clothes, which is the mode of washing in this part of the world. As we rushed past they all with one accord began to scream in the most frightful way: some were reported to have gone off in hysterics, and others to have fainted, but this I cannot vouch for. The pace was much too good for any to stop to make enquiries, but we afterwards understood that the poor women mistook us for escaped lunatics! What rendered this mistake more reasonable was that this took place in the immediate vicinity of a lunatic
asylum (one of the largest in France, containing above 800 patients, and kept by the Bons Fréres, and called the Bas-Joine). On future occasions the case was understood, and being known as only mad Englishmen, not mad Frenchmen, we were deemed harmless. Well, all things must come to an end, and so did the Dinau paper chase. After a run of one hour and twenty-five minutes, we find the hares arrived a few minutes before us at the place whence we started, viz., ' Les Caraducs. There we resume our more sober garments, having previously refreshed ourselves with much needed ablutions of cold water, and afterwards with bread and cheese and beer, which was duly appreciated. Then all home, after a pleasant day, which will be not soon forgotten by one of those whom the French women thought as mad as
A MARCH HARE. March 17th, 1869.
UT a few months since we had to record the early death of
C. E. Temple : India has again proved fatal to an old Cheltonian, whose name is familiar to all in the school, though eight years have passed since he left us. On the 6th of March, G. M. Kennedy died at Secunderabad from the effects of a sunstroke, and from exposure while on a iger-hunting expedition. There are few Cheltonians, either old or present, who have not heard of “Tom' Kennedy: to hear him named was but to hear him praised. A more thorough English school-boy has never gone forth from any school to fight life's battle. He was one whom we were proud to call an old Cheltonian. In his friendship he was all truth and sincerity, as the writer of these few lines can testify; for he never knew a truer friend. Death alone has been able to dissolve the bond of affection, which time and distance did but strengthen. His open, frank disposition, rendered him a great favourite with masters and his school-fellows alike. Genial and warm as the summer sun, he instilled life and vigour into everything which he undertook. For three years he was in the Eleven, and on many occasions did valuable service. In Football he was no less distinguished than in Cricket. He was the first good Racquet player we ever turned out, and has frequently held his own among first-class amateurs. In the
Athletic Sports of 1860 he won the Ladies' Prize, the first year of its institution, showing that he was not to be beaten when he undertook anything. In the summer of 1861 he passed into Woolwich, and from thence into the artillery. In England and India alike he gained the affection and esteem of all with whom he came in contact. To old Cheltonians we need say nothing : many of them have lost a friend whom they can never replace. To present Cheltonians we would say-Emulate the deeds of G. M. Kennedy, active and eager in all sports of the playground, while in no way forgetting his duties in the school. Cheltenham College has lost one of her truest and best sons. May the friendship begun here at school be renewed with increased fervour and purity in the eternity which is drawing nearer and nearer to each one of us. May the deaths of our friends be as warnings to remind us how soon our own call may come, and may it find us ready.
F. R. P. We have also to record the deaths of two more old Cheltonians-P. D. Williams, captain in the 19th regiment; and C. H. Bagnall, late of Oriel College, Oxford.
E have received various letters on this subject, and we must
thank ‘R. C. H.' and `An old Red and Black' for their respective suggestions. But it has seemed more convenient to us to incorporate their letters and others with the remarks which it had occurred to us to make. We hope they will excuse us.
We hope no one will object to the proposals in this article on the ground that we ought to be content with what we have. We yield to none in thankfulness to those masters and other gentlemen, who yearly give us their kind assistance; but there can be no need to tell anybody that there is room for improvement in the management of our sports. Some of the following alterations, or as we think improvements, might be made. (1) First and foremost of all culpable and alterable institutions
is the Grand Stand. The state of the case has been twice distinctly put before our readers: it is too late to do anything for this year's races; but it ought to be mended by next year, and the proposals put forward in this magazine cannot be too soon followed out, if they are' to be acted on at all. An ‘Old Red and Black' suggests that the 'Cheltonian Club might perhaps take some shares' in the proposed company, to be got up for the purpose of
buying a Grand Stand. (2) "When we have the Grand Stand and Judge's box from
the Race-course, we should have the Telegraph also.'
R. C. H. (3) The confusion experienced by the spectators through their
ignorance of the names of the competitors decreases in a degree the interest in each race. This could be remedied by having the numbers of the starters put up on the Telegraph before the race, and after the race the winner's
number, which should be left up till the next race.'-R. C. H. One principle of management should surely be that we should not diverge from recognised rules, except in cases of necessity. Accordingly (4) There should be the regular tape which the winners should
breast on coming in. (5) The starter should fire a pistol kept behind his back, not
let fall a heavy flag staff held in the air. (6) The jumping should take place over a thin lath, not over a
string (7) The mark which shows where the jumper comes down in
the Wide Jump, etc., should not be paper nor orange
peel, but a string which can be moved on at will. (8) The Cricket Ball should be thrown level at the cost of a
little trouble. We have to remember that people who read the reports in public newspapers either overjudge the
performance, or on hearing of the hill under-rate it. (9) •Hurdle Races should by all means be run straight, or, if
there must be a corner the hurdles should be stretched right across the course, and not as last year only half
way.'-R. C. H. (10) R C. H. suggests that a small bed of stiff clay should be
laid down for the wide jump, but we doubt the practicability
of this proposal. (11) Is there not a regulation amount of run allowed in throwing
the cannon ball? If so, would it not be advisable to
adopt it? (12) : Why not have a space in front of the Grand Stand railed
off, so as to prevent that obnoxious crush of people on the ladders, which gives great annoyance to people who have
got tickets and want to get in ?'—R. C. H. (13) Remembering an occurrence of last year, would it not be
well if the judge, who of course is not to be expected to leave his box, were to appoint some one to accompany
the runners of long races in the capacity of referee? (14) There might be two Consolation Handicaps, one for boys
under fifteen, the other for those over fifteen. This would do away with that fearful scrimmage (in which there is generally an accident) that occurs through 70 runners
turning round the flags at about the same moment.'-R.C.H. (15) Obviously there should be more heats in the scurry. (16) If it were possible, since heats in steeple chases are impos
sible, the ditches, or at least the ditch in front of the Grand Stand should be broader. Or better, the fellows should start so far in front of the ditch as to prevent the usual crush which occurs.
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It is proposed to try and get up a series of Cricket Matches during this summer, in Edinburgh and its immediate neighbourhood, the team to consist of old and present Cheltonians. It would greatly assist the efforts of the promoters if any members of the Eleven or Twenty-two, who are likely to be in or near Edinburgh during the month of July, would send their names and addresses either to E. H. Dickinson, 21, South Castle Street, or to John Reid, 27, Dundas Street, Edinburgh.
We have received information from two quarters, and we must thank our informants, one of whom writes from Rugby, for their kindness, that, in the words of Rugbeiensis,' the tale of Public School Life, which was commenced in the last number of The Cheltonian, is taken almost, if not quite, word for word, from a sixpenny paper-covered novel, entitled Toilers of the Thames, which