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
There was no ditch leaping this year, as the day fell on Saturday when most fellows were out. There were names for the others at eleven o’clock in all the boarding houses.
A.F. Pope, Pr. Opp.
Ditch Leaping I am happy to say was carried on in great force this year on the 1st of March –
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.