March 21st H: R: H: Princess Louise was married to the Marquis of Lorne: of course a holiday was expected, for it is not every day that a Princess is wedded, and still more rarely is royal blood united with a subject: however no holiday or part of a holiday was forthcoming though Eton celebrated their old schoolfellows marriage in their sensible manner, and people thought Scott, as being an old Etonian, would act in the same way. The matter however was compromised by an early play being given on Saturday April 1st, so that fellows could see the Oxford and Cambridge boatraces though the pretext for this early play was H: R: H: Princess Louise’s marriage it was undoubtedly given for the boat race, so we hope that next year another holiday may be obtained for the same event: and a holiday for the “boatrace” become a thoroughly recognised custom. JLW
After Xmas W. T. Dixon left. + S West took the Captainship of the football. Dixon played in the eleven. R. W. E Eastwich gave up his cup as he had smashed his collar-bone 3 times. F. Randolph succeeded him. At the end of last half we challenged Eton + they accepted to play the last day of the half, which they afterwards backed out of saying they could not get an eleven up. They played Civil Service the day before + got well thrashed. 3 games to 0 being the slate of the match when finished. We had played a draw with Civil Service, so it looked well for us + they thought so.
The Etonians sent their usual challenge for the 15th Decr which was the night of the Last Play. We had therefore to postpone the Match until the 20th, when the Etonians were only able to bring down 8 of their Eleven, with three other present Etonians. We had decidedly the best of it as we kept the ball in their goals nearly the whole time. However the fates were against us and the Etonians managed to fluke two goals.
S F Lucas Prin. Opp.
The Etonians asked us if we would lend our ground to them to play versus Civil Service. The matter was laid before Scott who went to the Dean and Chapter. They flatly refused to let any strangers play there. So I think all future applications will have to be refused.
S F Lucas Prin. Opp.
To account for the absence of the “Harrow” & Eton matches, this year, I must record that Scott would not allow the fellows in the “Play” to play football after a certain day – before which day it was impossible to play them.
On the following Friday the Eton eleven came down. They played hard for more than [an] hour without any success on either side, till a length just as they were going to finish, one of the Eton men (Lyttleton) was thrown heavily. He fell with his arm twisted under him and was helped up with a broken arm. A doctor was luckily on the ground, who bandaged it up temporarily then advised his immediate removal to the hospital. It seems, that the poor fellow has broken the small bone of the arm, which, though not as bad as the main one, is sufficient to keep his arm in a sling for some time to come. I can only add that the game was immediately stopped; that we (the Westminsters) were unutterably grieved at this accident, it is unnecessary to say. The pain must have been awful, but he bore it like a trump, and was not heard to utter a single complaint. I must not close this article without saying how pluckily and well our eleven played. There was not one under the mark. Everyone did his best, and I think the Etonians did the same. I don’t think an accident of the kind has ever occurred before at Westminster. At any rate not within the memory of any of the Old Westminsters who were looking on at the time. However it can’t be helped, accidents will happen, and I am sure that in this case, if it was nothing more than a pure accident, it was a bona fide ‘Spill’ shoulder to shoulder. No tripping up, or pushing. I hope Eton will come down next year. When we will show them again that we don’t mean them to consider themselves invincible. This match was a great improvement on last year’s, and those next year’s will improve on this, and that we shall lick Eton at football, and on the water.
The Eton and Westminster on August 3rd was won by the former by about 8 lengths owing to the want of length in the WW. The style of rowing in the school has very much improved lately a good deal owing to Forster’s good example. For particulars see Water Ledger.
J. L. Swale
A challenge to row has been sent to Eton & accepted.
P. Southby Prin. Opp.
The Westminster and Eton Race is again a reality. It was rowed this evening Aug 3rd from Putney Bridge to the end of Chiswick Eyot and although Westminster did all that Westminster could do one was obliged to succumb to the superior weight of the […]. The Etonians had a splendid crew much older and heavier than Westminster (this averaged 8 1/8lbs heavier). They rowed in splendid style. We were beat by 50 seconds. Westminster taking the lead about a quarter of a length at first when Eton went ahead and Westminster rowed a hard and plucky stern race the rest of the way. We had not been in out racing boats long enough, while Eton had always been accustomed to row in the boat they raced in. It would be better if the first eight for the future always rowed in an outrigger as the race is to be continued. We must hope for better luck next time, therefore we pride ourselves on the fact that the Westminster stroke was acknowledged the best oar in the […] by both Westminsters and Etonians and rowed most pluckily all through the race. The Etonians would not dine after the race as the Head Masters of Eton and Westminster wished to limit the number of guests invited to the dinner, which the Eton crew “voted out”. So we had dinner by ourselves at Putney.
J. C. Hawkshaw
At last we have got the Eton race. I went to Scott today and he said he would let us row under certain conditions which he afterwards told me this that he and Goodford (Head Master of Eton) should each choose an umpire and that the Umpires should choose to referee. Also that there should be certain restrictions as to the length of course, moreover that their eight should undergo a medical examination. I went to Eton informing them of what had taken place. And we now wait until the umpires are chosen when I hope all will be satisfactorily decided.
J. C. Hawkshaw