No. 297

One of the masters C. H. H. Cheyne who has been unwell for a long time has become much worse and been obliged to give up his post of Under Mathematical Master. A general subscription (voluntary) has been raised with which to make him some present on his leaving us, and we have been able to give him a clock and £26 in a purse. He is going to Torquay to a warmer climate.

G.S. Maxwell Prin Opp

No. 296

I had rather a disagreeable row about a tanning. I found a fellow at courts without leave and so tanned him. Jones heard of it and showed up to Scott who would not hear of courts being out of bounds. Next morning I went to Scott’s with Captain and a monitor to speak about it but he stuck to his own opinion. Here the matter ended.

No. 295

The Sports came off at the beginning of this term on the 11th & 12th September. The weather on the first was, as usual, as bad as it could well be. The second day was luckily much better and a good many visitors were present. The prizes were given away by Mrs Scott up fields.

The committee were

J. A. Turner Q.S. (Ex off)

G. S. Maxwell Hon Sec T.B. (Ex off)

W C. Aston Q.S.

E. R. Frere Treas T.B.

A. F. Gamble T.B.

C. B. Ryde Q.S.

J. F. F. Williams Q.S.

G.S. Maxwell Prin Opp

No. 294

During last holidays we were all startled by the news that the captain H. K. Rogers has committed suicide, No reason for his doing so seems to be forthcoming and I think that we are fully justified in believing that it was the result of an accident. Scott and Ingram seized upon it as an excuse for putting off the play for this year though the real reason of their doing so was that, not knowing of any good actors amongst the present upper election, they funked the trouble of coaching them. However we might very well here quote the proverb “Procrastinations in the thief of time” as next year their trouble will be doubled both Seniors and Third Elections being new to it. J.A. Turner takes Rogers’ place as captain.

No. 292

Westminster & Charterhouse 1876

For Cricket matches considered from a Cricket or scientific point of view, the Cricket ledger is undoubtedly the proper place. Other views of the game, the social aspects, & such matters find more fitting place here. On Saturday July 22 1876, The Eleven left Waterloo by the 8.10 train am, but we are anticipating. There is a consideration necessary before Cricket as everything else, namely Breakfast. This meal was provided in each of the houses & in College Hall, to the inmates of the houses & to the Queens Scholars who were to play or score etc.

From the manner in which the meal was served some might be gained into the character of the different masters. Mr James, provided a decent breakfast for the members of his house taking an interest in Cricket as it is fit & proper that a master should. Mr Jones with his accustomed meanners [sic] provided a meagre fare for the cricketers belonging to his household. The college authorities supplied ordinary breakfast. Now this may seem a trifling matter, & one unworthy of being put down on paper, but at the same time it probably helped in so small degree to turn the fortunes of the day. We arrived at the Station at about 10.10 & there found a break to convey us up the hill. The heat was something fearful. Every particle of green or rather what ought to have been green was covered with dust, or parched up by the sun. The ground was dry as dry could be.

No. 291

Lamprobatics resulted this term in an easy victory for town boys, this being generally the case. Some disappointed QSS writes to the Elizabethan & says ‘it isn’t fair’. We don’t see why not. For particulars of this match & other matches played this term vis. MCC, I Zingari, Lords & Commons, Charterhouse, etc vide Cricket Ledger

No. 290

On Wednesday July 26th the TB & QS boat race was rowed & won by the latter. A mistake was made on our part, in putting 3 Cricket fellows in the Right for the race, which was doubtlessly owing to the superintendence being in the hands of the ‘Cox’ of the Eight who couldn’t be supposed to know much about such matters.

No. 289

Owning to the Pigheadedness of the Captain of Water, the Richmond day, when a Cricket Eight, 2 boating eights, & an Old Westminster eight go up to Richmond & dine was not observed this year. It is needless to add the Captain of Water was a Queen’s Scholar anxious to let everybody know that he had some influence in School affairs which they certainly would not otherwise have discovered.