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”
St David’s day March 1st was an early play as usual, but there was no ditch leaping.
O Salvin. Prin. Opp.
Today being the 1st of March we had as usual an early play. The absurd practice of “ditch leaping” was not observed this year.
J. A. Whitaker
This day being the 1st of March (Saturday) the old custom of ditch leaping found its supporters, & two eights went up to the Red House, as they did last year.
J. M. Murray
As regards Macready’s caution about the beastly practise of ditch leaping I hope no future head town boy will ever think of putting stop to so old a custom.
R.B. Berens Prin Opp
Notwithstanding the order given against ditch leaping by Mr Liddell, this old custom took place as usual & was well attended. I think it a very beastly practice, and also a senseless one and should not have given my sanction to it had I been in school. I advise future Head town boys to do their best to put a stop to this custom which cannot be productive of any good to anyone.
Ditch leaping on the 1st of March was this year stopped by the Head Master on the ground that a great deal of intoxication arose from it.
Ditch leaping was this year well attended for two days.
C F L West
Ditch Leaping was kept up this year with great spirit and was very well attended considering the present extreme low state of the school.
C.F.L West OP.
There always has been ditch leaping as usual on the 1st of March. But there was not this year. It fell on a Saturday.