The Athletic Sports this year took place on Oct. 12 and 13. There were two Town Boys on the committee, O.S. Macleay (Grant’s) and W. L. Pemberton (Grant’s). The mile was won by Vidal (Q. S.) in 5.20. In the races open to all Birchett (Rigauds) was third for the mile, Noyes won the long jump (16.4), Leggatt *Grants) was third in 100 yds hurdles, Jackson (Rigauds) obtained first prize in throwing at the wicket & second in throwing the hammer, Hill (Grant’s) was second in half-mile hurdles, Leggatt (Grant’s) carried off second prize in the high jump & third in 100 yds flat race. Roche (home boarder) was second in the 440 yds. The Consolation Race was run in 37 secs. by Pemberton (Grants), Busk (Rigauds) being second and Roope (Grants) third – the prizes were given away in school room & some confusion arose with the rule, stated below, wh. was made by Scott in order that all the prizes might not be carried off by two or three good runners:
“No competitor to take for himself more than two first prizes in any year, or to take the prize in the same contest in successive years.’
This is not meant to interfere with his holding or having his name inscribed as the winner on a Challenge Cup or other Prize wh. does not become the property of the holder: but merely that, in such a case, the Prizes which are so appropriated shd. be given to those next in order in the result. This rule was issued in Oct. but was not entered by Macleay.
A. P. Hill
There are this half seven Town-Boys in the Sixth:
C.M. Lush (H. B.)
E. M. Mee (H. B. Rigaud’s)
W. L. Pemberton (H. B. Grant’s)
J. L. Andrews (Rigaud’s)
A. P. Hill (Grant’s)
J. M. Macpherson (H. B. Grant’s)
H. H. O’Farrell (H. B.)
All boys must now learn either drawing or singing and the first and second division in mathematics have to take up either Applied Mechanics or Astronomy.
A. P. Hill
On Saturday Dec. 17 there was a concert in College Hall. In consequence of the limited space there were only 150 tickets issued. It commenced at 7.30 and was finished a little before 10. P.M. A wedding march was played by the Rev R. F. Dale and W. A. Ellis in honour of Rev. E. Gilliat, who is to be married on Jan 5. A song was composed by Mr Gilliat & set to music by Mr Dale, a dialogue between a young and old Westminster; F. Rownall taking the part of the ‘old’ and G. A. Bolton of the young. Haden’s playing on the violin and Maitland’s on the piano were both exceedingly good. Amongst others, the ‘three Chafers’ sung by Pownall, Lucas, Bray and Chitty, was loudly applauded by the audience. There were suppers afterwards in the boarding houses & in College but no singing was allowed.
A. P. Hill.
As Macleay the Head Town-boy is away & will not return this term I make the following entries in this ledger:-
At the end of November Macleay went up to Oxford to try for the Balliol scholarship; he was not successful but came out seventh on the list.
The T.B. and QS match resulted again this year in a victory for the QS in the first innings.
|1. H. E. Rawson
||1. R. M. Curteis. capt
|4. W. S. Rawson
||6. Noyes, C.
||7. Noyes, F.
||10. Mackeand Q. P.
It has been officially announced by the new Governors that there will be no Play this year.
The annual Charterhouse match came off this year at Lord’s on the 20th July: and, sad to say, with the same melancholy result as last year for after a gallant fight Westminster was defeated with several wickets to go down on the part of her adversary. It is to be hoped that a successful effort will be made to break off this match on the removal of Charterhouse to Godalming, for ample evidence of this dislike that is felt for it on all hands was given by the total absence of the Old Westminster element from the ground: and at any rate if it be necessary so to compromise our position by assenting to the contest, it should always have a favourable result for us.
There are this half five TBB in the Sixth
O.S. Macleay (Grant’s)
C.M. Lush H. B.
– – Mee H. B.
W.L. Pemberton (Grant’s)
– – Tipping (Rigaud’s)
In March another of those unpleasant rows took place which have from time to time made their appearance in the chronicle. Several articles had been missing in this house (Grant’s) from October last, when about the time of the Athletic Sports a boy named Lefroy had lost a little mechanical engine under circumstances which left no doubt that it had been stolen. All available means were tried to discover the culprit but without any result, and several other depredations were committed between that time and the play. Of course, as is always the case in these matters, suspicion attached to one boy but the event has proved that such ideas were entirely unfounded, and it needs very little if a boy be unpopular, as was to a slight extent the case with this fellow, to point the finger of suspicion at him. Well, as Jones had made a row about these losses at Christmas it was confidently expected that we had seen the last of them for nobody thought the thief would be so audacious as to persist in such a course when the probability of detection was so much greater. However soon after we returned for the present half, a pair of skates very mysteriously disappeared from Kitchin’s drawers, & were mysteriously put back when a noise had been made about their abstraction during a few days after the occurrence. In this matter also we were quite powerless, but a few days after one of the smaller boys had 10L stolen from one of his drawers where he had foolishly left it exposed to the gaze of any who from curiosity or other motive might be prowling about. As all the servants were above suspicion, the only feasible plan for detecting the culprit was tried viz:- to compel every boy return an account of his money affairs and to compare such account with any other means of ascertaining their correctness. The only account which presented any occasion for further inquiry was that of a boy named D*, a general favourite in the house, and as he was unable to explain satisfactorily the discrepancies in his return further inquiries were instituted. He was then found to have taken other boys’ books & sold them to the four booksellers in Hollywell Street, and on this being proved his friends were requested to remove him from the school, which was accordingly done. A fortnight afterwards a little fellow who had only just come to the house came forward and confessed to the theft of the money, which of course complicated matters to a much greater extent, as it seemed doubtful whether D* ought not to have his sentence mitigated when he was shown to be innocent of the charge which though indirectly had nevertheless brought about his expulsion. However Scott, & I must say I think his opinion was correct, declined to readmit him to the house and school on the ground that, taking the books was quite an equivalent offence to stealing the money, and as he was 15 years of age he was quite capable of distinguishing between right and wrong to this extent. K* who had taken the money was flogged but owing to the exceptional circumstances in his case, his youth, a severe family bereavement that had lately bereaved him, his penitence & that his confession alone could have convicted him of the guilt, he was not required to leave. The issue of this sad matter was much complicated by the interference of the Seniors who while the matter was ‘sub judice’ came to the determination to tan the little wretch and they accordingly sent for him without asking my leave, but when this reached the ears of one of the masters he put an immediate stop to the proceeding and K* got off untanned, but of course this unwarrantable interference with T.B. business caused a little ill-feeling though I rejoice to say it has soon subsided. Thus ended one of the most vexatious and distressing rows that has occurred for a long time at Westminster.
The Wooden was won this year by
H. G. Barron QS.
While the Wire fell to
H.C. Randolph QS.*
*The wire was won by H. G. Rawson Q.S.
It is to be regretted that only one T. B. took part in the competition this year, and it seems desirable that something should be done to wrest the victory next year from the QSS who during the last two years have had it all their own way.
Complaints having been made of misconduct on the part of some of the boys of Westminster School who have been climbing on the roof of the Houses of Parliament & making disturbances in the courts, the Lord High Chamberlain has ordered
“that the Westminster boys, if they conduct themselves properly, may be permitted to pass through the inner courts of the Palace, & so on to the river terrace upon Saturdays & Sundays & on other days when the houses are not sitting or Committees being held in the Committee Rooms. In case of any further disorders this leave must be finally withdrawn.”
No boys below the shell are to go into the courts of the Palace or upon the River Terrace on any pretence.
(Signed) Chas. B. Scott.
This rule was issued in consequence of some gross misconduct on the part of the Town Boys, two having gone so far as to scratch their names on the Terrace.