No. 205

Towards the end of the half there was a very disagreeable TB & QS row, which caused a good deal of disturbance in the school. It began by some small TB’s being turned out of the Racquet Courts by some Juniors, who, some of their numbers being in the shell, maintained that they had a right of doing so, in spite of their position as under Elections. Accordingly all playing in the court was stopped until 3.30 school – it was Friday afternoon – the TBB and QSS disputing & blocking up the courts. It appears that a good many TBB – mostly small fellows – disapproving of the conduct of the QSS in the matter, made a point of hissing every QS as he came up & went down school. Of course all the monitors – & Scott too – thought that some notice should be taken of such a matter: accordingly, next (Saturday) morning, every one below the Shell was summoned by a notice affixed to School doors to attend in the Upper Vth room after 12. Before we had finished enquiring of the boys in the Upper Vth, one of the VIth town boys not in authority took it upon himself to send all the fellows (who were standing outside) down school.  All proceedings then had to be deferred till Monday. Of course all the QSS monitors agreed that the fellows who had hissed should be tanned, & there being a difference of opinion among the TB monitors, there was a majority in favour of tanning. Scott, however, rightly said that, it being one of the rules (vide Rules for Discipline) “that no boy should be judge in his own cause” & seeing that the offense was against the QSS, the punishment should not be administered by the QSS but exclusively by the TB monitors. Indeed he was determined throughout the whole affair to uphold his rules, & our authority, tho’ all the masters were against him, & went so far as to send a written protest against the matter being left in our hands alleging that “an offense commuted in school in the presence of the masters should not be dealt with by the boys”. The end was, that the affair was all over after Monday morning – about 12 fellows giving in their names. -exclusive of many others who were let off on the plea of being new as very small fellows, or of being low down in the school. So much for this: but with respect to R-, who had sent the fellows down on Saturday, Scott pronounced on him a sentence of expulsion, & there seemed for a time no means – tho’ all of us in authority pleaded for him as well as we could – of getting him to withdraw this extreme decision. By Monday morning, however, chiefly thro’ the very kind intervention of one of the masters, he resolved to “rusticate” him for a week & then, on condition that he did not show himself here within that time, to receive him back for the rest of the half, for the Election exams began in a week & he was one of the candidate for Election. With regards to “racquets”, Scott said that every boy in the shell possessed the same rights of turning off, even tho’ he were an under Election.

In the course of this dispute it has also come out that all so-called “rules” for racquet-courts are merely matters of tradition: a fixed written code of rules being a great desideratum.

E.G.B. Phillimore. P.O

No. 186

This morning, Monday 21st July /73., Otter (Captain) told me that there was a matter which must be decided by the Council of M & accordingly Phillimore, Rodocanachi & myself went into College where the meeting was held. It appeared that on Saturday a QS had left his gown on Grant’s steps & it was taken by the servant till after “Abbey” when he gave it to a T.B, named Lefroy, to return to it’s owner. Lefroy, as he crossed the yard, put on the gown & sat on School steps with the gown still on, waiting for the Q.S. to whom it belonged. Just then one of the Q.S. Monitors came out of College (named Holthouse) & saw Lefroy wearing the gown, he immediately told him to take it off & Lefroy, of course, did so. These were the facts of the case & on this ground Holthouse & the other Q.S. said that Lefroy ought to be tanned. I, however, said that though Lefroy had done wrong in putting on the gown, still he ought not to be tanned for it, as it was such a trivial matter, & there was no rule that a TB should be tanned for wearing a gown, although it was an understood thing that a TB should never put one on; as the other two T.B monitors agreed with me & voted against the tanning the Q.Ss were unable to carry out their intention (Vide Entry no. 182 see 8). This did not satisfy them however, so Holthouse showed up to Scott with a view, I suppose, of getting his consent to the tanning. Scott did not view the matter in the same light as the Q.Ss but he spoke to me about it & said I had acted perfectly right in not giving consent to the tanning, & that he should have done the same has he been in my place, but at the same time that, as the Q.S.s has imagined themselves insulted, Lefroy must apologise to Otter as being the chief representative of the Q.Ss. This I think a satisfactory way of settling the matter, but the hostile spirit shown by the Q.Ss has excited no little ill feeling amongst the T.Bs & it is much to be regretted that the Q.Ss took up the affair so hotly, for had Holthouse asked for an apology at first, without making an absurd fuss about tanning, the matter would have been settled quietly. This officious Monitor also spoke to me today about fellows in the second II wearing white shags up fields, but as this has always been the custom, I took no notice of it, beyond telling Otter that for the last 3 years, at least, all T.Bs & Q.Ss in the Second II had always been permitted to wear shags.

H. J. Roberts

Prin Op.

No. 93

The T. B. + Q. S. football match was played this half in March /67. We played hard for nearly an hour + at last got 1 game. Which again showed the good of having backs for the QS. only had two + we had 4. We had by far the weaker eleven but it was the having backs that prevented us from being beaten. Just reform the finish D. Davus Q. S. picked a game having carried the ball 3 long paces. It was a very good game indeed + the T. Boys played extremely well together.

The T. B. + Q.S cricket match was played on the 6th of August as the first day was wet, + was won by the T. B. by 4 wickets.

Worthcote Q. S. won the wickets + Carters T. B. the ball. The Q. S. scored 125 + 91, + the T. B. 159 + 69; the principal Q. S. scorer was Bray who made 61 + 24; for the T. B. Lee who made 56, Oliver 32 not out + Williams who played capitally for 23; in the second innings of the TB Benton scored 13, H. Lee 12 + Oliver 21 not out.

E. Oliver

Prin. Opp.

No 562

At the beginning of this half we played the Town Boy & Q.S. match at football up fields. We began on the Wednesday and played a most determined game for two hours, without either side getting a game: though I think the T.Bs had the best of it. We went on with it on the next Tuesday which was a Sts Day and played for another two hours in which T.Bs decidedly got the best of it in getting one game obtained by myself. Though we were all rather done up it was agreed to go on with it the next day (Wednesday). But when the time came the Q.S. refused to play and as several T.Bs had already gone up to fields we were […] indignant and said if they did not play then we would not play again and so the match was never continued. There is very little doubt that the T.Bs would have licked and they fairly considered this match as theirs, it having been played for 4 hours, T.Bs 1 game Q.Ss 0.

J. C. Hawkshaw

Prin. Opp.

No 553

The race of the T.B. and Q.S. Cup was rowed on Friday 28th. We tossed for boats and they got the first 8, which of course was half the race it being new this year. Before starting we agreed to turn back and start again if a foul occurred. We had not gone far before a foul occurred and we turned back and started again. It was an oar and oar race to the Old Swan, when they went slightly ahead. We picked up and passed through Battersea Bridge, whether first of second I can hardly say. Both claimed the race and there being no umpire a violent dispute occurred. We offered to row them again but they refused and one of them, I am glad to say not on the Water, behaved in a most regretful manner to me, who being so unwarranted with the cup did all I could to prevent its being guarded for. But my efforts were of no avail for they obstinately refused to row again. I told them might choose their own umpires and they chose A. Tair Esq., the brother of Tair the Q.S., who was on the bridge at the time, and he gave the race in this favour. I shall say nothing more about the race though I heartily wish it had been better decided.

J.C. Hawkshaw

Pr. Opp.

No 550

A silver cup was presented to us this year by John Hawkeshaw Esq. C.E. to be rowed for annually by the Town Boys and Queen Scholars in eights, the names of the winning boat to be engraved on it every year. There are dates and spaces, up to the year 1974 from 1859 including 16 years. It is to be kept each year by the T.B. or Q.S. Head of Water according as the TB or Q.S. eight wins it and at the end of the 16years is to belong to the T.B’s or QS’s according as they won it the most times, if they have both won it 8 times a race is to be rowed the last year to decide who is to possess it (this is something sanctioned by the donor).

J. C. Hawkeshaw

Pr. Opp.

No 524

This year the Town Boys acquired the privilege of reading Epigrams with the Queen Scholars in Hall at the end of this half. As this is never till Tuesday night it will be of no use to T.B.s; The Q.Ss stay till Wednesday morning; but there will only be one or two T.Bs staying for the Tripletts who will make use of it.

A.F. Pope. Prin. Opp.