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.
Scott handed a fellow the other day for his imprudence to a master & on caning him in the Library expressed a wish (in my absence) that the Q.S.S. would look after the discipline of the Townboys a little better. On the strength of this O’Brien, head monitor, sent for the fellow who had been tanned & told him that if it happened again he should tan him up school. This I could not stand. So, as they seemed determined to stick to what they said, we went to Scott & laid the case before him. He seemed to think it very trivial & said his words had been somewhat misunderstood. That a monitor had a perfect right to tan a town boy, for break of discipline, indecency, or lying, but always with the full consent of the head town boy. Phillimore (the captain) waged that if VIth T.B.s might tan, seconds could also, since they ranked about town boys, but Scott said that his meaning was that there should always be more than one boy in authority among the town boys, adding that if there were as many T.Bs as Q.Ss in the VIth he should limit power to the first 4 town boys. So we altogether came off victorious, since no Q.S. may tan without the head town boy’s leave, & the precaution concerning the seniors & VIth T.B. is put to rest forever.
Last half year we had another of more tanning rows which do more to destroy the discipline of the school than anything else. It as usual began with Marshall’s absurd idea than the house and school finally can be ruled by kindness and brotherly love alone, without the use of corporal punishment. He attacked Dowdeswell & myself and demanded whether we had at any time tanned anyone. This was nothing against myself, but Dowdeswell was convicted of having tanned someone, and was shown up to Scott who stopped him; not however for tanning as an offence, but for breaking a rule of his against the remove using that power. Marshall not content, since he had found nothing against me, asked me like a pickpocket and said I “was ignorant of the broader principles of Christianity.” Scott said nothing against me however and the affair ended. I did not remain good friends with him* however, but he and S made it up in a way at the end of the halfyear. I commenced[?] the first head Townboy and head of this house, on Marshall’s leaving, & start tanning as a regular thing, always keeping in mind not to let it be a vehicle for bullying.
J. L. Swale
Early in November this year a Sixth Town boy in Marshall’s house (Berners) had occasion to hide four fellows for making a row after being repeatedly told not to do so. One of them was seen leaving the room by Mrs Crowther- she shewed the matter up to Marshall. He asked me for a list of the fellows who had been hided before this half by us, and I gave it to him- there were eleven name; some had been hided by Berners some by Dowdeswell & some by me. Marshall shewed the whole affair up to Scott, and at the same time told us that he would have no one touched by any Sixth T.B. in his house, & that every one was to shew up to him if this rule was broken. Berners & I went to Scott & complained of this rule which would leave the house without any head at all. Scott gave us a fair hearing and told us after an hour’s conversation that he would make a new rule that no Sixth Town boy should use any stick or racket in hiding any boy; but he did not mind the use of a hairbrush of the hand. We thought that this was the last we were to hear of it; but next Tuesday evening (we went in to Scott on Friday) after third school Scott publicly put Berners Dowdeswell & myself down, depriving us of all authority in the house & in the school; making Shadwell Head T.B. & giving the management of the house to French & Hamersley the two next in order who are in the Remove. He gave as the reason for this that we had abused our authority.
*The Sixth did not consider that this entitled Shadwell to keep the T.B. ledger.
Next day we three went to Scott to ask for an explanation of this most violent measure; he could not mention any single case of hiding that we could not give a reason for- nor did he seem to have any strong personal feeling on the matter, but offered to reconsider it if we persuaded Marshall. Now this last was impossible, as he was exceedingly angry with Berners, who had been the worst in the row, & with me who had been in several rows of the sort previously. To Dowdeswell Marshall had nothing to say- he told him that if he had not insisted on being considered on the same footing as Berners he would not have been found fault with. We were put down before Dow. & I said that, so I cannot see how the two facts are reconcilable. We had a ballot in the house which was managed by French & Hamersley, to find out whether it was considered that we had been justly put down. Among twenty seven there was only one vote against us. All our endeavours however were of no use, and we were obliged to remain in our new position till the beginning of the next half (January 1858); when Scott privately told me to resume my place as Head Town boy, while Dowdeswell also resumed his. Berners had left.
We have not however considered ourselves responsible for order in the house, as we told Marshall on our honour that we would hide no one in his house except in case of personal impertinence, thereby resigning all responsibility.
Last half I tanned two under fourths for smoking, on which one of them showed up; Marshall made a row about it & spoke to Scott, who however declared that I was perfectly justified in so doing.
A.F. Pope. Pr. Opp.
I regret to state that some misunderstandings have taken place between the TBs & QS.s which might have ended in serious consequences.; but were amicably settled by Liddell – A QS, the second monitor thrashed another B.B. in the sixth with a cane in college (and I may here mention that he had before nearly been expelled for making two boys fight against my orders, as it was a perfect absurdity) for challenging the 3rd monitor to fight. This coming to Liddells ears he was so enraged that the two boys were put down from monitors, and confined to the green for the rest of the half. Every body including many QSs thought the whole proceeding on Mr Liddells part most just.