This year ditchleaping was resumed and a party consisting of TBs and QSs proceeded to the Red House on the day preceding the 1st of March, in consequence of the order given out by the Head-Master Liddell two years ago that no ditch leaping was in future to be allowed. I cannot agree with some of the former Head TBs who characterised it as a “beastly” and “absurd” practice*, since I think that if unattended with that “beastly” practice of getting drunk, no one could possibly find fault with it.
J. Gray Pr. Opp.
*vide no “370” and “424”
The contest for the Silver Racket this year was terminated on Friday the 24th of February in favour of J. Gray. The following comprise the names of the winners of it since its foundation.
Balfour QS in 1850
Armitstead QS 1851
Armitstead QS 1852
Q. Twiss QS 1853
J. Gray TB 1854
J. Gray Prin. Opp.
This year there was no leave out on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, in consequence of Liddell’s wish to break through one of the old rules.
List of Sixth Townboys after Xmas.
J. Gray Prin. Opp.
On Wednesday the 14th December the Scarlet Fever broke out in Marshall’s Boarding House, whereupon Liddell after consulting with Dr. Fincham, broke up the School, and the fellows went home on the following day. At the same time a QS was attacked with the measles.
Liddell has given us an extra week to make up for the early plays we lost, and the play itself, so we go home on Wednesday the 21st and return Wednesday 5 weeks.
Liddell’s second son died on Sunday the 4th of December, & consequently he was out of school for nearly a week. Mrs Liddell who happened to be at Brighton for her health came back to London directly. Roe and the other monitors went of Liddell’s House soon after and said that on account of his loss and Mrs Liddell’s indisposition, which of course would be considerably increased by her anxiety and trouble, and therefore would be wholly incapacitated from attending to the Play Dresses, they would rather not act this year. Liddell however very kindly said that he would attend their rehearsals if they would like that the Play should not be stopped, to which proposal they very purposely declared they would not consent.
Some small Town Boys let off some fireworks in College St in the morning about a week ago, one of them named Harrington was accordingly laid hold of by a Policeman and taken to the Station House, when Marshall heard of it he went to get him out but his entreaties were of no use, John + Martin however were more successful a short time after. Harrington had to appear in Court the next day and was fined a shilling for knocking the Peeler’s hat off.
It has been Liddell’s intention for some time to have a Public Library formed, like most of the other public Schools, and in consequence of his having a certain sum of money, about 50£, in hand, which he had saved from the yearly subscription of his own house, towards their house library, he very profoundly thought that he might with some of this begin to carry out his intentions. His plan at first was that all the other house libraries should be brought into one, but Marshall would not hear of his own being interfered with, so he was obliged to give up that idea. He told us the other morning that he should leave it in our hands as far as appointing a Committee goes, and a Chairman or President, but that there should always be the same number of Town boys & Queen Scholars as members of the committee. The Queen Scholars were to be chosen out of those in the Sixth, without any difference with regard to selection, and the Town boys out of those who happened to be in the Sixth form also. We accordingly set to work immediately and having chosen a Committee consisting of The 5 Town boys in the Sixth, Lane, Gray, Southey, Skipworth, & Morton (B.B.), & 5 Q.S. Laurie, Wilson, Edwards, Wodehouse, Dickson. Of course the first next thing was the President selection of a President, concerning which there was considerable trouble, because the votes for Morton & Laurie were always equal, so at last the drew for it and Laurie won it; His secretary was also elected in the person of Gray, & the Librarian Dickson was unanimously chosen. We then had to make certain rules concerning fines for spoiling books + sundry other things which may be seen in the Leger kept by the Secretary. We also made out a list of books which were approved of by all Committee and showed it, with the rules, to Liddell, which with some alterations he gave his approbation to. Liddell got the books for us and they were placed in the Library but on account it being so near the end of the half there are to be none given out until we come from the holidays.
C.G. Lane Prin. Opp.
Bourke* went up the to Liddell the other day to ask him to give leave on the water this half which he granted though only in the morning.
*Captain of the Eight