In consequence of some purling & greasing at School steps in coming down school, in which some small fellow got hurt, a rule has been made that the Sixth shall go down first after second & afterwards schools. How long this will remain in force is doubtful, a similar rule was made a term or two ago and soon came to neglect.
A P Hill
Some confusion having been caused by Scott’s rules about the distribution of prizes at the Athletics; which rules were made last year, at the request of the Committee he altered them & made the following:-
No Boy to take more than two first prizes.
Any Boy losing a first prize under this rule to claim the second prize for such competition, provided that no Boy shall take more than three prizes in all.
If it should thus happen that a prize or prizes in any competition remain un assigned, such prizes shall not fall to the fourth or fifth boy in such competition, but shall be at the disposal of the Committee to award to such boys as in any of the various sports may have, in the opinion of the Committee, desired & failed to obtain a prize.
In consequence of a number of fellows in the Sixth and Remove having taken to wearing ‘cut-aways’ instead of the ‘tail-coat’, Lush and I asked Scott whether there was any rule about it; after a few days he told us that he had consulted the Masters & thought that as long as dark coats were worn, the wearing of ‘tails’ could not be enforced in the Sixth & Remove.
The Athletic Sports this year took place on Oct. 12 and 13. There were two Town Boys on the committee, O.S. Macleay (Grant’s) and W. L. Pemberton (Grant’s). The mile was won by Vidal (Q. S.) in 5.20. In the races open to all Birchett (Rigauds) was third for the mile, Noyes won the long jump (16.4), Leggatt *Grants) was third in 100 yds hurdles, Jackson (Rigauds) obtained first prize in throwing at the wicket & second in throwing the hammer, Hill (Grant’s) was second in half-mile hurdles, Leggatt (Grant’s) carried off second prize in the high jump & third in 100 yds flat race. Roche (home boarder) was second in the 440 yds. The Consolation Race was run in 37 secs. by Pemberton (Grants), Busk (Rigauds) being second and Roope (Grants) third – the prizes were given away in school room & some confusion arose with the rule, stated below, wh. was made by Scott in order that all the prizes might not be carried off by two or three good runners:
“No competitor to take for himself more than two first prizes in any year, or to take the prize in the same contest in successive years.’
This is not meant to interfere with his holding or having his name inscribed as the winner on a Challenge Cup or other Prize wh. does not become the property of the holder: but merely that, in such a case, the Prizes which are so appropriated shd. be given to those next in order in the result. This rule was issued in Oct. but was not entered by Macleay.
A. P. Hill
There are this half seven Town-Boys in the Sixth:
C.M. Lush (H. B.)
E. M. Mee (H. B. Rigaud’s)
W. L. Pemberton (H. B. Grant’s)
J. L. Andrews (Rigaud’s)
A. P. Hill (Grant’s)
J. M. Macpherson (H. B. Grant’s)
H. H. O’Farrell (H. B.)
All boys must now learn either drawing or singing and the first and second division in mathematics have to take up either Applied Mechanics or Astronomy.
A. P. Hill
In consequence of some occurrences in College the following rule was added to those in art. 118.
“No corporal punishment shall be used upon suspicion only: i. e. without clear proof of the guilt of the individual punished. If there be evidence that an offence has been committed by one of a certain number, and the offender be not detected, any general punishment used shall not be corporal punishment.
On Monday the 11th June I went to Scott, in pursuance of a determination formed last Half – and asked him to allow the Under Remove to fag, urging several reasons, and among others, the small number of Townboys then having the power of fagging, and the necessity of keeping up discipline among the smaller fellows, and of giving the Town Boys a fair weight & influence in the upper part of the School, to counteract the (I am sorry to say) increasing predominance of the Q. S. S. He behaved very well in the matter, said that he was sorry to find so few Town Boys in the Upper part of the School, but had been endeavouring to remedy it, by awarding the absurd rules (his own words) brought him last Half, & that, had not Dowdeswell objected most strongly, he should then have allowed this fagging to continue. He took about a fortnight to consider, and then gave his formal assent to the Under Remove fagging & enjoying the same privileges as the Upper.
Oct 1860 Ordered
1 That the right of fagging belongs only to Senior Townboys and Third Elections in the Sixth Form and Remove
2 That Third Elections as such have no right or power whatsoever
3 That no boy shall be punished by any Third Election Townboy below the Sixth Form, nor struck with any racket or similar instrument
4 That no Townboy shall be punished by any Queen’s Scholar except the Captain and Monitors; nor ever without the full knowledgement of the Head Townboy
5 That Minor Candidates remain for all purposes of discipline, under the authority of the Head Townboy until their Elections
6 That no boy above the Upper Fourth shall be required to fag on the T[…]’s Courts
* Rule 6 is now upended by Scott, & making up extended to the Under Vth. The reasons for this change will be seen on referencing to article 38 in the new Ledger. March/83
Added by E. R. Dowdeswell
Barker a third election in the Upper Shell and in the Eleventh having a spite against Lockwood an Under Fourth fellow in the Eleven called him to pick up hoping to find some excuse for tanning him which being bent on he of course easily found & being supported by several seniors & third elections he took him up school & formally tanned him without the knowledge of any Sixth T.B. which as soon as we found out we these Sixth T.Bs* went to Scott & complained of this extraordinary conduct of the Q.Ss. Scott took it very coolly & did not seem inclined to do anything, on which we went to Marshall who took it up very warmly so that Scott was obliged to listen to us and on enquiring he found that the Q.Ss had both prevaricated and misrepresented the facts of the case to him and that Barker was decidedly wrong & to prevent such an open infringement of the rights of T.Bs for the future he gave us the above rules.
*Forster, Swale & myself
Fri. April 4th.) Rev. T. W. Weare, the Under Master, who has since Liddell left Westminster, made it his business to interfere in every possible way with everybody else’s, chose to give in imposition to a Sixth T.B., Maples, a thing which no master can do up school or down, but the Headmaster. The imposition was given for a trifle, which has nothing to do with the case. Going down school, Mr Weare in his benevolence kindly told Maples that he would excuse the imposition. Maples, not being particularly affected by such magnanimity, made no reply; at which Weare got angry; Maples told him the imposition was given in the beginning for nothing (too truly), at which Weare doubled the former imposition. I went with him (M.) to Scott’s house (who had not been at prayers) & explained the matter; but Scott quietly listened to me & then refuted (!!) me by saying that there was no proof that such was the rule of the school, & when I referred to Mr Weare’s own mouth (See the bottom of the third Page no. 399) Scott said there was nothing to prove that Murray had not misunderstood Weare. Against such argument there is no use reasoning. Scott finished by saying that he should give me a written rule to put in the Ledger, to the effect that every master in the school has authority over everyone in whatever form, or house. In that case we should have six Masters, excluding French &c., allocating probably without knowing what the other were about. The way in which Weare is “loved and respected” (to use his term) is not at all different from before. The Q.S. fear him on account of their elections, & hate him. The following is the new rule
In absence of the Head Master no boy in the VIth form whether Q.S. or T.B. is entitled to claim any exemption from the authority of the other Masters of the school in respect of impositions &c.
(Signed by C.B. Scott)
It is not in our power to do anything against this rule; though it is against all precedent. But I hope that whoever is Head Town Boy when we next have a new Headmaster will represent the matter to him, in order that this rule may be annulled.
The following rule has been given out by Scott, under the supposition that it will have the effect of suppressing smoking.
“In future Milibank & the Barges are to be out of bounds, the limitation that side being College Street and Abbington Street, except that Mrs Vickers’ & Staines’ shops, the Post Office at the bottom of College Street, & in the water season only the stairs for Searles’ will be considered included.”
The above rule extends to all Seniors & the Head Town Boy.
A.F. Pope. PrOpp
To the great astonishment of all Weare the Under Master had the cheek to hand Forster a boy in the Upper Fifth & on this being mentioned to Liddell, he said he was certainly right. This needs no comment.