No. 139

The T.B. and QS match resulted again this year in a victory for the QS in the first innings.

Q. S. T. B.
1.       H. E. Rawson 1. R. M. Curteis. capt
2.       Dyce 2. Jackson
3.       Gilbertson 3. Saunders
4.       W. S. Rawson 4. Trollope
5.       Northcote 5. Pemberton
6.       Stephenson 6. Noyes, C.
7.       Randolph 7. Noyes, F.
8.       Vidal 8. Bailey
9.       Webb 9. Carter
10. 10. Mackeand Q. P.
11. 11.

 

Oswell Macleay

Prin. Opp.

No. 137

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.

Oswell Macleay

Prin. Opp.

No. 135

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.

Oswell Macleay

Prin. Opp.

No. 134

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.

Oswell Macleay

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No. 133

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.

No. 132

The cook again failed to throw the pancake over the bar this year, but he was only hissed and not booked as on a former occasion. Shrove Tuesday fell on the first of March this year so that Sir Watkin Wynn came down upon the same day, and the pancake was thrown at 10, instead of 11 o’clock as usual.

Oswell Macleay

Prin. Opp.

No. 130

In consequence of some occurrences in College the following rule was added to those in art. 118.

“No corporal punishment shall be used upon suspicion only: i. e. without clear proof of the guilt of the individual punished. If there be evidence that an offence has been committed by one of a certain number, and the offender be not detected, any general punishment used shall not be corporal punishment.

Oswell Macleay

Prin. Opp.