No 521

This year St David’s day fell on a Sunday: we had an early play on the 28th of Feb.

There was no ditch leaping.

On the fifth of March we had an early play on Gibbert, an Old Westminster obtaining a first class at Oxford. On the 17th we had one asked for by Lord Lansdowne; & on the fourth of April (Saturday) we had one to see the Oxford and Cambridge race. The eight went up to see the race.

This year there was leave out on Good Friday. We had leave out from Sat. at 12 till Easter Monday night instead. I believe this is to be the regular rule for the future.

A.F. Pope Princeps Oppidanus

No 473

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”

No 370

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.

W.C. Macready
Prin. Opp.