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The number of bowlers to a net must of course be limited by a rule of the play-ground. The next point would be to utilise as much of the play-ground as possible within this strip reserved for practice. I believe that even now in theory and to some extent in practice, grounds are assigned to the various houses—but the plan is incompletely carried out and much of the ground so assigned is very much worse than it need be.
At any rate I am informed by a member of the College who is a cricketer, and my own observation bears him out, that during the months of May, June, and August the number of house matches going on at one time in the play-ground was rarely more than three, generally less than three.
What I would suggest is this. Let as many creases be marked out parallel and at right angles to one another as there can matches be played wi a fair amount of safety.
Then let each of these 'grounds' be marked off (on a plan, if not on the ground itself) and numbered. Let each house have a first, second, and third eleven ground once, or if possible twice a week. Suppose there are ten houses each boasting three elevens. Thirty matches a week would give each of the Elevens two matches a week. That could be managed if room could be found in the play-ground for ten grounds at once. I am not sure whether this could be done, but I am quite sure that very nearly as much as this could be done.
And if neither the love of cricket will take so many fellows into the play-ground, nor devotion to the interests of the school or the house, then let us appeal to force or to baser motives still. Let us publish a card of the houses every autumn, as they do of the College boats at Oxford-which will exhibit at a glance the relative positions, in point of victories and defeats of the various house elevens, first, second and third-both at the beginning and the end of the current season. And when I speak of first, second and third elevens-I mean elevens as a rule which begin below the eleven and twenty-two of the College. Let each house choose one of its members to form, in conjunction with Mr. F. R. Price, and one or two others, a committee with power to act. And let that committee delegate its power to not more than three of its number. There will then be a chance of prompt and vigorous action.-H. M. D.,
P.S.-By the term 'ends' I mean practice at a net, on one side of the net only. In ten houses I include the Day Boys whom I consider equivalent to two houses, and the small Boarding houses to one. And I may add that the suggestions as to grounds by rotation applies equally to foot-ball.
CHELTENHAM ANNUAL FOUR-OARED
HIS event came off at Tewkesbury on Tuesday, June 22nd.
The Shrewsbury crew arrived at that town on Monday afternoon, and put up at the Swan Hotel. In the evening both crews pulled over the course; the Cheltenham four returning to Cheltenham for the night. In the morning the two crews had a paddle at about ten o'clock, the race being fixed for two o'clock. In the course of the morning several old Salopians and the present Captain arrived by train, and about an hour later a large number of the partisans of Cheltenham. About two p.m. the two crews left the boat house, Shrewsbury some way in advance. Cheltenham were the favourites, this was partly owing to their padaling much more steadily than their opponents, who though strong wanted a few days practice to give them finish. The length of the course was a mile. Rev. Mr. Hopkins acted as starter; Rev. G. W. Fisher and Mr. G. Hallam as umpires.
The names and weights of the crews are as follows :
I A. Glennie, rost. 2 H. Brooke, Iost. 7lb.
2 C. Peter, rost. Tolb. 3 B. Randall, rist.
3 G. Ramsay, rost. glb.
W. Crofton (cox), 5st. 53lbs. A good start was effected about 2.30 p.m. Both crews commenced with a very quick stroke, Cheltenham who had the outside, and consequently decidedly the worst station, wishing to take their opponents water, who in their turn were determined to keep it. After several strokes Shrewsbury were half-a-length a-head, and this position was kept for most of the way. The shouts from the bank were deafening, each party cheering their favourite boat. A little before reaching the railway bridge, Cheltenham began their spurt, but Shrewsbury also quickened, and at the bridge were clear of their opponents. From this point the race was virtually over, for Hughes put on a spurt, and his crew responded most gamely; Shrewsbury continued to gain, and passed the winning post two and a half lengths in front of Cheltenham. This is the sixth race that has been rowed, each school having won three.
The Annual Meeting of the Cheltonian Society was held at Willis's Room, King Street, St. James's, on Saturday, the 26th of June last. Mr. J. H. Ashton was elected President of the Society for the present year, in the room of Mr. Schreiber whose term of office had expired. Mr. S. W. Cooke was elected on the Special Committee, taking the place of Mr. W. L. Newman resigned. All the other officers of the Society were unanimously re-elected. The meeting authorised the investing of the Funds in College Shares, which has been done.
Immediately after the meeting, the Annual old Cheltonian Dinner took place. The present Eleven of the College were invited. Mr. J. W. S. Wyllie acted as President in the unavoidable absence of Mr. C. Schreiber. About 60 sat down.
The following were among those present:-Messrs. J. W. S. Wyllie, Henry James, Q.C., M.P., W. Stackpoole, M.P., EyreLloyd, Captain Rochfort, Major Champain, Captain W. H. Pierson, F. R. Kempson, J. A. B. Jay, C. D. Alexander, J. H. Ashton, R. F. Gladstone, D. L. Coddington, W. Coningham, J. D. Campbell, T. L. Rolph, L. G. P. Filgate, G. Morris, R. Brettle, J. J. Courteney, A. Strong, W. Gee, J. A. Selfe, M. Hodgson, A. Smith, M. Turner, N. Baker, H. D. Fox, W. E Stokes, A. P. Young, F. R. Price, W. Perry, and many others.
The usual toasts were duly given, the toast of the eveningCheltonia Floret, Floruit, Floreat,' receiving a most enthusiastic welcome. A very pleasant evening was spent, and it was universally acknowledged to be an agreeable re-union of old friends.
The following is a list of this half's Prefects: those marked with an asterisk are leaving at the quarter : those italicised form the Committee:
MODERN. *A. T. Myers (Day boy) senior. Addison (Brook-Smith). *A. C. Bradley (Day boy).
C. Skipton (Day boy). G. G. Pruen (Day boy).
Hippisley (Bayly.) *G. W. Newman (Day boy).
C. Nicholls (Price).
Newall (Brook-Smyth). *A. Guthrie (Green).
A. Ellershaw (Wallace Brown). G. M. Bullock (Day boy).
G. Monro (Smith). J. G. Collins (Day boy).
G. Strachan (Boyce). J. Torkington (Smyth).
R. E. Hamilton (Green). W. Hind (Boyce).
Blandy Brook-Smyth). R. Shawe (Day boy).
Bagnold (Bayly). *H Laming (Brook-Smith).
Buston (Smyth). W. Pope (Boyce).
J. Tyers (Bayly.) R. Obbard (Day boy).
F. Lowe (Day boy). C. H. Candy (Gantillon).
Vivian (Bayly). A. Bell, (Wood).
R. Williams (Boyce). Gardiner (Day boy).
Oakes (Price). G. Isaac (Smyth).
Ramsay (Mugliston). C. Peter (Smyth).
D’Aguilar (Graves). Caldecott (Price).
G. Strachan has been elected Senior Prefect in place of Myers who is leaving
A room for the use of the Prefects has again been provided, and was opened on October ist. The room is that formerly occupied by Mr. Newman.
A considerable quantity of new books have been added to the Library, amounting to about 350.
The Rev. G. W. Smyth has been absent from College for some time, we are sorry to say, from severe illness. His class has been taken meanwhile by T. Case, Esq., M.A., Fellow of Brazenose, Oxford ; perhaps still better known as a prominent member of the Oxford Eleven of past years.
The circus in the Bath Road has been put out of bounds.
People talk of a 'Reformed Imposition School.' On Thursday, September 23, there were 66 boys in. Up to that date 199 had been sent in by Modern Masters; 124 by Classical. One Modern
Master contributed 31. Three masters must share the honour of having sent in 8 on one day.
There does not seem to be much rising talent in Racquets amongst the smaller boys, and indeed there are too few throughout the school who play. But fives is on the rise, there being more than 80 entries already.
For Sandhurst there passed from the Modern Department, Gambier, Dunsford, Henderson, Garstin, Sim, A. A. and T R. Macpherson, Wyatt, and Loudon ; from the Classical, Fullerton and Hopkinson. Bell, Blest, and Gordon got their Commissions free.
For Woolwich, J. Wise, J. S. Rice, and Olivier passed. The first, second, and third in Mathematics out of all the competitors were from Mr. Southwood's class.
We have by us accounts of the 2nd Eleven Cup Matches and the match with Mr. Brindley's Eleven, and the Classical and Modern Boat Race, which we are unavoidably obliged to postpone until next number. We hope those interested will forgive us.
We are glad to notice that Mr. James Lillywhite has taken advantage of the present Bicycle rage to engage the Town Hall as a Bicycle School. This will be a great improvement on the method of learning the Bicycle in the streets of the town, which at present prevails.
MR. PRICE'S SIDE v. STRACHAN'S SIDE.
This was the opening match of the half, and Strachan's side won by one wicket after an exciting game. For the losing side, Myers was top-scorer in either innings, with 26 and 34; Carter's 22 was a good innings, and Capt. Homfray (for Mr. Price), in the 2nd innings, exhibited persevering defence. Lillywhite performed a very noteworthy feat in bowling 80 balls for no runs and three wickets.
For Strachan's side, Trevithick played meritoriously for 15 and 34, Tyers for 12 and 23, Hugonin for 26 and 5. Watts (for Lillywhite), won the match in gallant form. Wood was not to be denied in either innings (five wickets). Score :