No. 15. APRIL, 1914. VOL. VI.

FIAT LUX.

Contents

Headmaster's Notes Our Portrait Gallery, No. 1
Editorial The Blackboard's Complaint
Gleams and Flashes Athletic Notes. etc.
An Old Students' Association On dit.
The Technical Institute Prize giving      Un Fait d'Historie Naturelle
"The Rivals" The Stranding of the "Robert Morris"
Scout Notes My Life
Careers for Boys Religions of Japan.
Fun in the Snow Periods of School Life, I.
The Passing of Le Quouke Light and Sound
Merit List Truth from the Well
How our Magazine is Printed  

    The next number of "The Pharos" will appear about June 30th, 1914. Contributions should be submitted to the Editor not later than June 3rd.
    Copies of, the current issue of "The Pharos" and of the December Number may be obtained from the Editor, price 6d. each, post free 7d.
    We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of "The Bromleian." We should be glad to exchange Magazines with other County Schools.

HEADMASTER'S NOTES.

    The next School Term will extend from Thursday, April 30th, to Wednesday, July 29th. There will be a School Holiday on Whit-Monday, June 1st. The Morning School will begin at 9.15, as during the present Term. The School Sports will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd.
    The Oxford Local Examinations will be held from July 17th-24th. The last day for forwarding the entry forms of candidates taking these Examinations is Friday, May 8th.

H.M.

EDITORIAL

    On the whole, the Term which has practically reached its close, has been an unexciting one. With the exception of the absence, through accident and illness, of a few boys, with whom we sympathise, and of the more or less sudden departures of others, whom we sent forth with our good wishes, the Term has been a round of, fairly steady work. The outstanding event since our last issue is the performance of the "Rivals," of which we publish below a full account. The attempt of the boys from the Senior School to give public performances of this comedy was deemed on all sides a splendid success. The immediate aim of these performances was to remove the debt remaining on the Magazine Account. It is gratifying to be able to record that this was duly accomplished. The gross proceeds of the sale of tickets amounted to £10 8s. 6d., and when all liabilities had been met, a sum of £3 5/- was available for debt-removal purposes. The amount was adequate to the purpose, and the Magazine is at last able to appear free of debt; nay, more, with a modest nucleus in hand, which, we hope, will grow from more to more.
    But it has been generally agreed that the removal of the Magazine Debt was not the most important result of the performances. They have, undoubtedly, meant much to the boys who took part. We believe that they have brought credit to the School in the town and district, and we are certain that they have developed a greater spirit of comradeship amongst the boys.
    The School is grateful to Miss McNeille for organising the performances; and to the boys for throwing themselves so whole-heartedly into the effort.
    As we go to Press, active preparations are being made in view of the Inter-County School Sports, to be held at Beckenham, on April 4th. The team has been selected, duly dieted, and trained, and will, we hope, bring back numerous honours to the School. It is unfortunate that the scene of the contests is such a distant one, for it prevents, we fear, many representative body of boys being on the spot to cheer their fellows on to victory. But as long as our County continues to cover such a considerable area, and if we desire the present federation of Schools to continue, this periodical disadvantage is inevitable. However, we trust that the boys will make the selected team feel—especially during the few days preceding the sports—that they have behind them the moral support of the whole School.

GLEAMS AND FLASHES.

    Our School necessarily shares in the honours which fall upon its Staff. A notable tribute has recently been paid to our Headmaster by his election as Worshipful Master of the Corinthian Lodge of Free Masons. We beg to offer him our congratulations, and we trust that he will enjoy a very happy period of office.

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    Our congratulations are due to Mr. Schofield, our Senior Science Master, who, at the beginning of the year, was appointed Principal of our sister institution, the Technical Institute. We offer him our good wishes in his new sphere of work. We are glad that he has resisted the appeal of a very attractive offer of a post as Senior Science and Engineering Master at Repton School, and is therefore to remain with us.

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    We are not to have the pleasure of being the first to announce as a great secret the forthcoming marriage of one of the members of our Staff. The School has probably already learned that during the Easter Vacation our History Master, Mr. Tunnell, is to be married to Miss S. E. Brown, M.Sc., of Newcastle. We understand that Miss Brown was a fellow student of Mr. Tunnell's at Durham University. The School will congratulate Mr. Tunnell very heartily on this happy event, and will give his bride a very cordial welcome to our midst. We hope that their married life will be a long and happy one.

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    It is rumoured that Mr. Tunnell's good example is soon to be followed by other members of the Staff.

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    To the great regret of the School, Mr. Thomas has been unable to be with us during the concluding weeks of the Term, owing to a somewhat serious illness. He has the sincere sympathy of the whole School, and we trust that he may have a speedy recovery.

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    During the present Term two members of our Staff have figured as public lecturers, under the auspices of the Technical Institute. Mr. Collier-Jame's has been giving a series of lectures on the subject, "The Nations of Antiquity." The special topics of these lectures, which were given on Saturday evenipgs, were:—"Egypt: Builders for Eternity"; "Egypt: The Resurrection of a Language"; "Assyria; The Scourge of the Nations"; "The City of the Seven Hills." The series has proved a very attractive one, and the Science Lecture Theatre has been well filled on each occasion. Additional interest was given to Mr. James's treatment of his subjects by the excellent lantern slides and blackboard sketches with which they were illustrated.

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    On alternative Saturday evenings during the same period a course of Music Lectures, also organised by the Technical Institute, was given. One of the subjects, "A Talk on Chamber Music, with a short History of its Development," was taken by Miss McNeille. The musical illustrations which accompanied the lecture added greatly to its enjoyment.

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    To stimulate interest in the Magazine and encourage boys to submit contributions, two prizes are being offered for competition during the current School year. A prize of 7/6 is offered for the best contribution printed in any one of the three numbers of the current volume, which is submitted by a member of the Senior School. A prize of 5/- will be similarly awarded for the best contribution proceeding from the Junior School. The age of the contributors will be taken into account in adjudging the above prizes. The awards will be announced in the Summer Number of "The Pharos."

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    The first annual Sixth Form Re-union Party was held by kind permission of Mr. Whitehouse, in the Junior School Hall on Saturday, December 27th, 1913. Those present were Costelloe, Hampden, Hosking, Kyle, McPherson, Pryer, Russell, and Watts. Tea was provided; an impromptu entertainment given with considerable success; and, after a light supper, the party broke up at about 9.15 p.m.

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    It is gratifying to note that an increasing number of Old Boys are keeping in touch with the School. Through the medium of letters addressed to the school and in other ways we have obtained sundry information regarding the doings of Old Boys:—
    Tom Hood ('10-'13) called at the School a few weeks ago. He has taken coal to Bahia Blanca and brought home wheat. En route he touched at Rio Janeiro, and got drenched in the Doldrums.
    Gerald Eastes ('12-'13) is at the Dennis Motor Engineering Works, Guildford.
    Robert Carey ('08-'10) is on his way home from Freemantle in the "British Monarch."

    A. C. Eastes ('09-'11) has enlisted as a clerk in the Royal Engineers, and proceeds shortly to Chatham.
    A letter has come to hand from G. C. Redgment ('10-'11), who writes from Johannesburg, where he has been for some time in a Training College. We are interested to note that he is soon to migrate to British East Africa, there, as he hopes, to take up work in the Survey Branch of the Land Department. We wish him all luck in his future career.

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    Since our last issue two of our boys have become old pupils, and, therefore, qualified for reference in these columns. Early in the Term, Cecil O. Rigden ('08-'14) left us to become apprenticed to Electrical Engineering. Rigden did good work for the School as Football Secretary, and he deserves the good wishes which we cordially offer him. At the very end of the Term, our Senior Prefect, E. Russell ('07-'14) has left to take up an appointment in the local Prudential Assurance Office. Russell is one of the best all-round sportsmen that the School has ever had, and the athletic side will greatly miss him. We hope his career will be a very successful one.

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    Robert Grimer ('07-'12) is now in Dover. He took R. Carey's place on board the "Saxon Monarch," and in that ship sailed from Cardiff to the West Coast of Africa, where he had a severe attack of malaria, from which he is now almost completely recovered. Thence he went to the West Indies, touched at New Orleans, and returned to Glasgow, after calling at Rotterdam and Bremen. He has left the "Saxon Monarch" and hopes to join one of the ships of the Commonwealth and Dominion Line before long.

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    Old Boys will be interested to hear that an Old Boys' Dinner is being organised to take place, on Wednesday evening, June 3rd, the School Sports' Day. It would be of considerable help if they would indicate the response which might be expected to this effort by letting the Headmaster know if they hope to be present.

CORRESPONDENCE.
AN OLD STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION.

(To the Editor of "The Pharos.')

    Dear Sir,—I have been approached by several Old Boys to write asking if it is not possible to have an Old Students' Association? On second thoughts, I have a very faint recollection that there is such an Association, and yet it is so obscure that there are many Old Boys who know nothing about it, nor have they ever been asked to join.
    If my memory does not fail me, I remember Old Students' Re-unions taking place whilst I was at School, and I remember how very much I thought I should like to attend such gatherings. Yet, now that I am qualified to attend, I have heard nothing of the Association.

    The School is growing larger and larger, and one even hears rumours of a new School. The number of Old Students must, therefore, be increasing, and it seems to me a great pity that there is no possible way in which we may keep in touch with the Masters, each other, and the School.
    At present, the only connection we have with the School is the annual Old Boys' football and cricket matches, and although all those who play thoroughly enjoy the meeting of old faces, only a very few can take part in these rare functions.
    If an Old Students' Association, could be put on a sound footing, I feel confident it would be most enthusiastically supported, and would be a great success.

Yours, faithfully,        
G. R. FRENCH.

TECHNICAL INSTITUTE PRIZE GIVING

    On the 17th of December the Technical Institute held its Annual Prize Distribution in the Town Hall.
    In the person of Dr. Malcolm Burr they were fortunate in securing one who is singularly gifted to speak on the subject of the advantages of Technical Education. As a university graduate in geology, an experimental scientist of great repute, and above all as a successful business man, commanding the close attention of all persons interested in the growing Kent Coal industry, his address was calculated to do much to stimulate interest in the application of Science to Industry. Dr. Burr reminded the students of Dover that the development of the Kent Coalfield meant very much to them, but if they were to take full advantage of their opportunities it was necessary that they should be well equipped with technical knowledge, otherwise others so prepared, would step in and take the places. There were too many men already from , the North occupying the best positions.
    Mr. Town, the Secretary of the London Chamber of Commerce, also said a few words, more particularly applicable to the work of the Commercial Courses and remarked upon the good work done by the students.
    It was both interesting and satisfactory to note the names of many old County School Boys on the long list of prize winners, and we would urge upon present boys the advisability of continuing their studies at the Technical Institute upon the close of their school work.

"THE RIVALS:" DECEMBER. 1913.

    It certainly seemed a mad project, foredoomed to failure, to attempt to produce Sheridan's "Rivals" with only one month's training; but events have proved that our boys possess the talent and the perseverance to respond to the untiring efforts of their dramatic coach.
    When the curtain rose, it is true the scenery was quite familiar having "in its time played many parts," but it served as a foil to the fine upstanding figure of Thomas in his well fitting clothes, and to the airs and graces of the loquacious Fag.
    It was, however, when the "ladies" appeared that our interest was most full roused. It seemed impossible that the beauteous Lydia of "love breathing seventeen" could be other than she appeared. Her flowing curls, complexion of roses and lilies, flashing eyes and pearly teeth belonged certainly to the Miss Languish of our dreams. It was only when a too substantial foot peeped from under the elegant skirt that we had our suspicions, justified later by the deep voice which occasionally proceeded from the lovely damsel.
    A charming maid was Lucy, a delightful simpleton with her cheerful open countenance and her innocent little curls. When, however, we saw with what glee she played her double part, how she revelled in deceit, and how she grew rich on the rewards of simplicity, we felt a distinct shock that so fair a creature should stoop to such behaviour.
    After an interesting conversation between Lydia and the much tried Julia, our two dramatic "stars" appeared upon the scene.
    Mrs. Malaprop was indeed a triumph. She was "she" all the way through. To the onlooker she gave the idea of complete ease and it was plain to see that every famous speech and "nice derangement of epitaphs" caused her keen joy.
    Sir Anthony shared with her the honours of the evening. He never forgot to look old, he quarrelled lelightfully, and was, in fact, just the warm-hearted, pig-headed, old tyrant that Sheridan depicted.
    Faulkland, the anguished lover, made his first appearance in Captain Absolute's rooms. The gallant captain was the proud wearer of a beautiful uniform, and if only he could have remembered when to wear his hat he would have been irresistible. As a lover he was charming, although his voice was scarcely powerful enough. Faulkland certainly looked his part, though we wondered if his worried expression had anything to do with stage fright.
    When teased by the breezy Bob Acres, the lover's melancholy became intensified, and we trembled for the future happiness of the fair Julia.
    The scenes between Sir Anthony and Jack Absolute went with a swing. It was good to see the brave captain's firm determination not to marry to order, and still more inspiring to see the old father become more and more volcanic until his final eruption of a torrent of red hot passion. As a contrast to this we enjoyed the reconciliation where the seemingly placid obedience of the son evoked the sly joviality of the old father.
    Captain Absolute was indeed the "very pineapple of politeness" while listening to Mrs. Malaprop reading the letter from the supposed Beverley, and we have seldom heard anything more mirth provoking than the "old she-dragon's" cry of "Me, Sir,—me—he means me!" In a later scene the exeunt of Mrs. Malaprop and Sir Anthony caused much amusement, and a dramatic moment was reached when the disillusioned Lydia favoured her admirer with a scornful "Sir" in a rich baritone voice.
    The preparations for the duel were very comic, Sir Lucius O'Trigger and Bob Acres both did well, and a special word of praise must be given to David, who filled the stage well, and was if anything more master than man. The duel itself was very well done, and the final denouement worthy of the excellent performance.
    On the Saturday evening bouquets were presented to the "ladies" of the company. Mrs. Malaprop's bunch of mistletoe was, as she herself said, a pleasing "choral" tribute to her genius. Her little speech of thanks was greatly appreciated by the audience. A bouquet, the gift of the company, was presented to Miss McNeille by Sir Anthony Absolute, and Mr. Whitehouse in a brief speech, expressed our universal approbation of the performance and our grateful thanks to Miss McNeille. The arranging of the play has done much towards drawing the elder boys together in a social bond, quite apart from their school work.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT.
(To the Editor of "The Pharos.")

    Sir,—May I, by means of "The Pharos," thank all those who gave me such valuable help at the performances of "The Rivals." My best thanks are due especially to Mr. Standring for taking charge of the finances; Mr. Darby, and Mr. Wheeler for acting as scene-shifters; Mr. James and Mr. Belchamber for erecting the scenery; Mr. Thomas for taking charge of the costumes; and to Mrs. Thomas and Miss Cotterell for "making up" (not themselves!).
    And also to the Misses Boulton, Coates, and Igglesden for providing music between the acts.
    Without the assistance of the above, and the generosity of Miss Chapman in granting the use of the Hall, the debt on the Magazine would not now be past history.

Yours truly        
E. McNEILLE

March 3rd, 1914.

BEHIND THE SCENES.

    From our coign of vantage behind the scenes during the performance of "The Rivals," we saw many remarkable incidents, and, among other things, observed:—
    That the actor who completely forgot his part in the middle of one scene, but saved the situation by saying "Good-bye, Jack!" and immediately leaving the stage, possessed more presence of mind than memory.

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    That Mrs. Malaprop's attempt to stand on air was not a very great success, and that she was fortunate in being able to mend the four-foot rent in her skirt before returning to the stage.

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    That budding moustaches were rather a bar to feminine beauty, and necessitated a lavish expenditure of greasepaint.

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    That a certain ingenious youth caused considerable amusement in the green-room by inquiring if the blind were up yet.

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    That the phenomenon in the blue knickers, gay bodice, and beautiful wig was a Boy Scout in the process of transition, and not a personified nightmare.

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    That the removal of Squire Acres' nether garments required the united strength of Captain Absolute, Julia, Lucy, Mrs. Malaprop, Mr. Fag, and Sir Lucius O'Trigger, and afforded good practice for the tug-of-war.

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    That the call-boy apparently decided to be ornamental rather than useful.

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That Fag's resemblance to a desperate brigades was only coincidence, and not a skilful attempt at defamation of character.

That the salutations under the "appropriated choral tribute" would have been much more eagerly given but for the unmixed nature of the company; and

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That all the members of the cast are deeply grateful to Miss Me Neille, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Darby, Mr. James, the members of the orchestra, and the many others who so kindly devoted their time and energies to making the affair a success.

YENI.

SCOUTMASTER'S NOTES.

During the Autumn Term, Ambulance Instructions were held weekly, and every candidate save one succeeded in obtaining his badge at the examination held by Dr. Osborne. That one did not pass, he did not fail—he made sure of that by stopping away. The successful ones were Robin son, Beaufoy, Palmer, Armstrong ii., Belchamber, Stanley, Ward, Ripp, and Standring, for the first time; and Chase, Green, Armstrong i., Bromley, and Masters on annual re-examination. Bromley and Green have obtained the Electrician's Badge, and have thereby completed their "All-Round Cords." Under the regulations for 1914, however, the First Class Badge is a necessary qualification for this distinction, so they must now make that their aim.

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Saturday outdoor parades have been more successful. The attendance has improved and rendered the games more interesting. But will Scouts please bear it in mind that by stopping away they spoil the other fellows' fun?

"Crossing the Danger Zone" was spoiled by insufficient numbers. "Camp Raiding" showed exciting possibilities, the realisation of which was prevented by the early nightfall in November, which cut the manoeuvring short. During the cold weather we have had some good Tracking Games, especially the "Race to the North Pole," which was greatly enjoyed.

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The chief event has been the Exhibition in the Town Hall. Of this another writes, but it is highly satisfactory to record that every boy, save two, either exhibited something or took part in the evening concert.

This year boys will have to "qualify" for Camp. The requirements are posted on the notice boards, and will be rigorously exacted. How, when, and where Camp will be is not yet definitely settled, but it appears probable that it will be somewhere in West Kent, whence daily excursions will be made to places of interest. There is also a possibility of a "Tramping Camp," but this will be open only to King's Scouts and those who qualify for their "All Round Cords" under. 1914 regulations. In the event of its materialising, however, such Scouts are forewarned that serious work en route in the way of historical and topographical observation and record will be required of them.

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It is also highly gratifying to state that we have reached our record membership, 31. This includes A. L. Hadlow, whom most remember. We hope most sincerely that as others in their turn leave School, they will, as re has done, stick to the Troop.

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The Inter-Patrol Contest for the School year now stands as follows:—

(I), Peewits, 357. (2), Foxes, 347. (3), Cobras, 331. (4), Wolves, 324.

 



THE SCOUT EXHIBITION.

 

The writer entered the Town Hall on February 21st very cautiously, lest he should incur the displeasure of the guardians of the peace (from Form III.) at the door.

One heard many comments in passing round the tables, but all agreed that the exhibition was most interesting.

Our School Troop evidently did not spare any effort, and a real pioneer spirit was obvious from the models exhibited. The camp, set out to scale, was very creditable, but what a long way the washhouse was from the tents. Perhaps the intention was that a good walk would help to waken up any laggard Scouts.

The surveys of the camp were splendid, and the scouts are to be congratulated on their draughtsmen.

A few enquiries elicited the fact that no case of indigestion was reported at last year's camp, a record, due to the care with which the cooks prepared their dainties. After a sight of the cakes displayed, one can believe it.

Special note may be made of the bridges exhibited. They show that the builders had appreciated constructive principles, and applied them effectively. The scout aeroplanists can at any rate aim high, and the writer is assured that the models exhibited will really fly. One of these was beautifully finished off.

Apparently, carpenters' badges are to be much heard of in the future, and the boxes with tools for the strong, and medicine for the weak, shown, represented worthy efforts.

A pleasing feature of the exhibition, and particularly the section of our school troop, was the number of boys who worked, as comrades should, in preparing the tents, fences, washhouse, etc., for the large camp model.

Our school troop has enhanced its reputation by working so hard under the direction of the Scoutmaster, and the exhibition should increase the enthusiasm of the members in scout work.

The demonstrations of actual camp work were very effectively carried out, and showed our scouts to be smart and ready boys.

SPECTATOR.
 


CAREERS FOR BOYS.

 

It is intended from time to time in a series of articles to give brief accounts of some of the less well known careers which are open to boys leaving a Secondary School, after reaching a stage of work equal to Sixth Form Standard. In some cases special preparation in addition is requisite, but this is not a1ways the case, and more often it :s only necessary that the boy should turn the knowledge he has already acquired in a particular direction. This could readily be done by private preparation.

Careers requiring an application of Science.

(I) Hydrographic Department of the Admiralty,

(a) Cartographers.-This department is entered on the results of a competitive examination, held by the Civil Service Commissioners, and, applications must be made at such times and in such a manner as they appoint. The limits of age are 17, and 25. First appointments are for two years on probation. The initial salary will be £100, rising to £120 at the expiration of the first year, and thereafter by annual increases of £15 to a maximum of £400, this increase to be dependent on the efficient discharge of the duties. A fee of £5 will be required from each candidate attending the examination.

The Competitive Examination will be in the following subjects:—

(1) English.

(2) Mathematics.

(3) Map Projection.

(4) Hydrographical Plan Drawing.

(5) French or German.

(6) Physical Geography.

(7) History of Chemistry or Physics.

Candidates must pass in each of the first five subjects.

It will at once be seen that of the above subjects, only that of Hydrographical Plan Drawing requires any attention beyond general school work, and as this is equally true of all the candidates, it necessarily follows that the standard required in this, the only strictly technical subject, is low.

(b) Draughtsmen.—This branch of the Admiralty work offers a good opportunity for an intelligent boy of average ability. The subjects of examination are:—(1) English, (2) Arithmetic, (3) Geography, (4) Drawing, (5) Mathematics; and it is necessary that candidates should qualify in the first four subjects.

As in the previous appointments, the examinations are held by the Civil Service Commissioners, and a fee of 7/6 will be required from each candidate.

The salary commences at 7/- per day for six days in the week, and rises to 9/6 per day. The age limits are 18 and 25.

It is worthy of special note that these appointments are not open to any persons in the Civil Service. or to the Dockyard apprentices, so that they are practically reserved for boys leaving Secondary Schools.

H.S.



FUN IN THE SNOW.

 

This year, for a wonder, we were fortunate enough to have a fair quantity of snow. On the first day of the reign of the Snow King, the schoolboys and others from River gathered on the hill by River Church, and made noble efforts to wear down a good track, as the snow was deep.

On the next day many more gathered together to enjoy the fun, which promised to be good, as the snow had frozen during the night, and we could hardly stand on the track. One of the sleighs brought there had a carrying capacity of about, eight. After it had run over several dogs, and had done its best to run into any human beings that came within its reach, it was well named "The Wilful Murder."

The only bad point against the track was that at the bottom there was a barbed wire fence, over which the elder and more learned ones shook their heads and prophesied that a serious accident would soon take place. Happily, there was no serious accident, but several minor ones occurred. A youthful schoolboy, carrying a stout lady as passenger, managed to run into the fence, but, fortunately, did no damage either to himself or his passenger. The fence was damaged, much to the wrath of the owner.

Some rivalry existed between the Riverites and the Ewellites as to whose track was the better; each side claimed that honour.

The sudden thaw put an end to all tobogganing, and, guessing that we should have no more snow, we all had to pack away our toboggans for another year.

A RIVERITE.



THE PASSING OF LE QUOUKE.

 

El Costi, one of those great men of yore

Who won with fearful fighting the Sixth Hold.
Held it against all foes, and made a realm,
Drew in the petty princedoms under them,

And reign'd—him had Le Quouke offended.
For this Le Quouke had e'er an erring tongue

And awkward hands, which oft did play him false

Through thoughtlessness, and drew upon his head

The anger of his compeers and his friends

For deeds ill done or words best left unsaid.

 

And then El Costi, quick to speak or act,

Had challenged him to fight unto the death.
So toward even, when the sun burn'd low

Upon the summit of the rounded Downs,

In the Sixth Hold the two grim fighters met,

And with them others—one who watch'd the strife

With judging eye, and two who from "Ye Labbe"

Had filch'd the troughs and towels for the fight.

 

Then for a space the noise of battle roll'd,

Echo'd by cupboard caverns, through "Ye Welle";
Then dusters, dissipating chalk, whirl'd round

In dim smoke-powder'd circles, till the air

Was like the all-enshrouding mist which hangs

Above a blue lake on a summer morn.
And, as the landscape glimmers through the mist,

So through the dust the fierce, fell fighters saw

Vague visions of the close-enclosing walls.
The combat raged and louder grew the din;

From Hold to Hold the deep-toned echoes spoke

Until the air was vibrant with the sound

Of trampling feet.
 

A step upon the stair!
And there stood Reeve, who rais'd aloft an arm,

Clothed in black coal-dust, mystic, wonderful.
And cried in thund'rous voice, "Stop this 'ere fight!"

So said he, and the warriors in "Ye Welle"
Fell suddenly apart, and silence reign'd

Whilst Henchman Reeve with eagle eye surveyed

The scene of this weird battle in the Hold.
Slowly the mist of chalk was settling down,
And from the west the sun's last level rays

Bathed in red splendour all the field of war,

Where scattered relics of the carnage lay—

Desks in disorder; blackboard overthrown;
A duster dusted dustless; and a heap

Of T-squares trodden by the trampling feet.
 

All this he saw, then said in deep, gruff voice—

The voice of henchmen past and yet to be—

"Come out o' this at once, afore you're copped."

He spake, the rolling echoes died away,

And from "Ye Welle" he slowly follow'd them

Down the main stairway of the Upper Hods,

Dogged them with careful caution through the Hall,

"Lest smould'ring anger should break out again,

Until he reached the great, wipe-open door

And waited there. Long stood the faithful Reeve,

Revolving many memories, till Le Quoke

Pass'd on his iron steed through Ladyewelle,

And on the ear his wailing died away.

VICI.

 

 

MERIT LIST


Form Va.—Morgan (2), Green (2), Bromley (2), Ford (2), Cook (2), Jago (2).

Form Vb.—De Coster (2), Chase (2), Lyons ii. (2), Cahill (2), Atkins (1), Morrison (1).

Form IVa.—Standring (2).
Form IVb.—Armstrong i. (2), Hadlow (2), Knight (2), Hampson (1), Standfield (1), Virgo (1).

Form III.—Roberts (2),Gibbons (2), Parker (2), Lloyd (2), Cocks (2), Brewin (2), Dearling, (2z), Perry (1).

Form IIa.—Graves (1), Dixon (1), Hampson ii. (1), Henton (1).

Form IIb.—Hopkins (2), Blackford (2), Sibley (2), Parker (1), Palmer (1), Waite (1).

Form I.—Morris (2), Tomlin (1), Wood (1), Panter (1), Toms (1), Sibley ii. (1), Farley (1).

 

 

 
HOW OUR MAGAZINE IS PRINTED.
 

The few days immediately preceding the publication of the "Pharos" are truly brimful of expectation. Who has not been consumed with anxiety to learn once more what the familiar red covers contain; who has not suffered from insomnia, indigestion and what not through fear lest that cherished and faultless contribution, which was at last to bring its writer a just recognition in the eyes of the world, has instead been consigned to the waste-paper basket?

What is taking place behind the scenes during this time, however, is to very many, a sort of mystic cabala, which it is the function of this article to make clear.

The first operation in the evolution of the magazine, then, is to set up the type, a process which is not, as some suppose, performed by the laborious method of picking out by hand the various letters; instead of this, what is known as a "Linotype" machine is employed. An all-important accessory to this is a set of flat brass plates oblong-shaped at the top, from each of which a deep V-shaped cut has been taken. The edges of the cut are notched, each letter in a different manner, for the purpose of automatic classification. At one side of each plate a mould of the letter itself is cut. A number of these for each letter are placed in a row of receptacles in the upper part of the machine. Immediately before the operator is a series of keys very similar to those on a typewriter, the only considerable difference being that there is one set for capital, and another for small letters. When the operator desires to set up a line of type he touches in succession the necessary keys. This releases in turn the corresponding metal plates, which slide down their own grooves into a chamber in which they are adjusted and brought into alignment. The plates are then connected with a vessel containing a molten alloy, which is pressed into the moulds, thus forming a line of type in relief. This is taken from the machine whilst the plates are carried by an arm to the top, and forced by a spring on to a grooved iron bar. The grooves on the plates and on the bar are so fitted into each other that immediately the plates come over their own receptacles they fall off into them, and are restored to their right places. The metal which is used for the type is melted down so as to be used again.

The lines of type so formed are next read over and corrected, if need be, then divided into pages, and locked in a "forme" (i.e. a frame in which a few pages of type are tightly wedged.) The pages of type have to be set in by a special method, however, for when the printed sheet is folded the pages have to be arranged in numerical order. It is fairly obvious that numbers or pages which are powers of two are most convenient for this purpose. A curious fact in connection with this is that the sum of the numbers of any two pages side by side on the unfolded sheet is always one more than the number of pages that are being printed. The "forme" is next fitted into a small press driven by a pedal, and impressions taken from the type. When the machine is run up to speed, a sheet of paper or the correct size is placed in a frame which presses it against the inked "forme," and then returns to its original position, enabling the printed sheet to be withdrawn. The sheets are dexterously changed in this manner about fifteen times per minute. An inked roller descends and passes ever the type between the impressions, which receives its supply of ink from a revolving metal disc, over which it rolls in its course.

All that now remains to be done is to fold the pages and put them in book form, to fasten the whole together with staples, and to cut off the joined edges.



OUR PORTRAIT GALLERY.

 

STUDY No. I.—W. J. R * * * *, ESQ.

 

As we pace along our famous portrait gallery, apparently the most important of the valuable collection is one in oils. At the base of the likeness is the inscription, "W. J. R****, 1914," and underneath this is a biography of this honourable personage. Upon first gazing at the intellectual, features we were anxious to know whether the possessor was an old Fifth Former of that year who had handed his name down to posterity, or whether the portrait was one of an old Headmaster.

A mere glance at the appended biography sufficed to show us that both surmises were incorrect, and that through performing the menial duties with the School School this gentleman had built up a strong connection with our Academy, and at the wish of thousands of his admirers his portrait had been given the place of honour in the gallery.

What the above-mentioned duties consisted of, our biographer omits to say, but mentions that successive layers of dust collected on all desks, shelves and window ledges while this worthy held the seals of office.

Like the views of many important people, his views have been carefully preserved and have been noted by the majority of his biographers, These are that (1), he strongly objected to there being any schools; (2), he disapproved of principals, directors, and assistant directors having offices; and (3), from a professional point of view he recommended that floors should be covered with lino. instead of carpet. This list is apparently a complete one, as ninety-three of his biographers give either two or three views.

The inevitable scandals which are woven round all people holding an important position found a prey in this gentleman; in short, he was libelled by a Headmaster, who, in giving a Scripture lesson, wishing to illustrate St. Luke's work. likened "W. J." to a temple sweeper at Ephesus. Upon searching through the High Court documents, we find no entry such as "R * * * * v. Head," so we conclude that the injured one, as a man of honour,  accepted a humble apology from the offender.

We are informed that invaluable services were rendered by our hero to the Head of the School of Art, and if this functionary required a solution of a knotty problem a bell communicating with "W. J.'s" private suite of apartments quickly brought "W. J." and the solution on the scene of action.

We are told that a kennel was specially designed for our worthy, which, much to his chagrin, he had to share with the members of the Staff. A door led off from this hutch, and our biographer is inclined to think that this worthy retired through this portal into  seclusion upon hearing the cry " Fetch Reeve to me."

He seems to have been gifted with vocal powers of the highest order, and we are told that he captured numerous trophies through his world-famous tenor singing.

Now let us return to the picture. "W. J." with his hand on his forehead, seems to be thinking about some deep question, his ponderous brow seems troubled with a still more ponderous thought, and one is very curious to know whether the intellectual look was natural, or the result of the painter's imagination.

He is seated before his kennel, in which some academical gowns are hanging; these are apparently the due rewards of his ability. "Dans cette maniθre il a dessinι sa physionomie pour la postιritι."

EOL. LETSOC.



THE BLACKBOARD'S COMPLAINT.

 

Dear Mr. Editor,—I am very ill-treated by members of the School. Of course, it would not be fair to put all the blame on the Masters. They write all over my poor face with white, stuff, called, I think chalk; It was only the other day that I heard the mistress say I ought to have ink smothered over my face to make it shine brightly; This would be a nice treat, would it not?

One day a poor little boy was sent out of the room for the cane, but I was afraid to cry for fear that the writing would be washed off, although I wished to do so. Of course, one has to consider oneself sometimes.

The boys seem to get on with algebra very well. I should think it is very hard, but I suppose that's because I don't understand figures. I often get arithmetic, or French songs written on my face. Here is the kind of song which is written upon me:

"Frθre Jacques,

Dormez-vous?

Sonnez les matines

Din, din, don.

Just fancy singing such stuff!

It is very lonely for me when the boys are out at play. I think we blackboards ought to be allowed to have a playtime as well as the boys. I don't see why we should not go on strike about this matter. I must now end my tale of woe, as the Masters and boys are coming in from play, which means more trouble and ill-usage for me.

IIB. BLACKBOARD.



FOOTBALL NOTES.

 

Since the last issue of "The Pharos" four matches have been played, of which three have been won and one drawn. The total record for the Season is as. follows:—Played, 9; won. 4; lost, 4; drawn. 1; goals for, 31; goals against, 55.

 

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SCHOOL v. OLD Boys.

December 10th, 1913.—The most important match of the season was played at the Danes on December 10th. Our opponents were the "Old Boys," and, in spite of the heavy and experienced team put out against us, we were able to retire victors by 5-1. A report of this match by an "Old Boy" appears below.


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D.C.S. v. HARVEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL.

February 4th, 1914, at Folkestone.—Before this match our team had lost Cullinane, who had left, but Macdonnell proved a worthy custodian. Our opponents began to press early in the game, and scored first. The School team, however, soon replied through Russell, and a very fast and even game ensued. In the second half we went somewhat superior, and after Robinson had put through his own goal, we ran out the winners by 5-3.

Team:—Macdonnell; Robinson, Street; Costelloe i., Russell, Lyons i.; Lawes, Lyons ii., Dewell; Atkins, Rigden.

Scorers:—Russell (2), Dewell (2), Atkins (1).


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D.C.S. v. HARVEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL.

February 25th, at Dover—Our School won this match by 4 goals to nil. The game was very even in the first half, the half-time arriving without, any score, but the fast pace told on our visitors, and we were able to win by, the above score. Rigden and Macdonnell had left since the last match.

Team:—Stanley; Robinson, Street; Costelloe i., Russell, Lyons i; Lawes, Lyons ii., Dewell, Atkins, Chittenden.

Scorers:—Russell (2), Dewell (1). Lyons i. (1).


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D.C.S. v. HARVEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL.

March 4th, at Folkestone.—The last match of the season was played at Folkestone on the 4th March against the Harvey Grammar School. Our opponents soon began to press, and before we had properly begun to play we were two goals down. We soon, however, began a very uphill fight, and four minutes from time were winning 6-5. Our opponents, however, dashed through  the defence in the last minute and equalised.

Team:—Same as previous week.

Scorers:—Dewell (2), Lawes (1), Russell (2), Street (1).

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SECOND XI.
D.C.S. SECOND XI. v. HARVEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL.

February 25th, at Shorncliffe.—The new Second XI. did not meet with much success in its first match. In the first half, with the wind and sun against them, the team fared ill, and Harvey Grammar scored five goals. In the second half, however, the Dovorians bucked up, and made some good attempts at scoring. The final score was 6-0 against the School.


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D.C.S. SECOND XI. v. HARVEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL.

March 4th, at Dover.—The Second team in this match set out to win, and came very near doing so. The wetness of the pitch did not lessen the vigour of the game. The result was a win for the Harvey Grammar School by 4 goals to 3.

Scorers:—Standring (2), Green (1).


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D.C.S. SECOND XL v. HARVEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL.

March 11th, at Shorncliffe.—In this match, owing to the indisposition of Green, we had to play with Lyons ii., a First XI. player. In the first half, we played against the wind and sun, and crossed over with the score 3-1 against us. In the second half, we played better, but lost by 5 goals to 2.

Scorers:—-Lyons ii (1), Morford (1).

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FORM MATCHES.

    Result.   

Goals.

For.

 

Goals.

Agst.

IIb.

Nov. 26th.—v. IIa. Second   Won   2   1
Jan. 21.st.—v. IIa. Second   Won   3   1
Jan. 21st.—v. IIa. Second   Lost   2   3
Feb. 4th.—v. Ib. Second   Won   7   0
Feb. 25th.—and I., v, IIa. First   Lost   1   2

IIa. FIRST

Nov. 26th.—v. III   Won   9   1
Jan. 21st.—v. IV.   Won   6   5
Jan. 28th—v III.   Won   8   2
Feb. 4th.—III.   Lost   1   7
Feb 27th.—I. and IIb.   Won   2   1

IIa. SECOND

Nov. 26th.—v IIb.   Lost   1   2
Jan. 21st.—v. IIb.   Lost   1   3
Jan. 28th.—v.IIb.|   Won   3   2
Feb. 4th.—IIb.   Lost   0   7

III

Nov. 26th.—v IIa First   Lost   1   9
Jan. 28th.—v. IIa First   Lost   2   8
Feb. 4th.—v. IIa. First   Won   7   1


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FOOTBALL SIXES.

The Sixes, which were arranged to begin on Wednesday, March 18th, had to be postponed on account of the weather. This year fourteen teams have entered for the Medals, and keen contests are anticipated. The teams are as follows:—

WOOLWICH ARSENAL.—Russell (captain), Knight, Beaufoy, Panter, Gandy, Isaac.

CHELSEA.—Costelloe (captain), Pryer, Bond, Igglesden, Cuff, Corner.
FULHAM.
—Atkins (captain), Knivett, Perry, Taylor, Lewis, Lumsden.
SUNDERLAND.
—Robinson (captain), Standring, Tomlin ii., Licence, Armstrong ii., Costelloe ii.
READING.
—Street (Captain), Cahill, Gates, Hadlow, Sibley H., Parker.

WEST HAM.—Lyonss i. (captain), Masters, LLoyd, Davis F., Boehm, L., Clement.
CLAPTON ORIENT.
—Lyons ii. (captain), French, Ward, Armstrong i., Horrex, R. Wood.
SWINDON.
—Lawes (captain), Standfield, Dixon, Waite, Palmer, R., Graves.
BOLTON WANDERERS.
—Anderson (captain), Morrison, Dearling, Roberts, Friend, Hollaway.
MANCHESTER CITY.
—Stanley (captain), Morford, Bromley, Le Sage, Morrison ii., Ayling.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR.
—Green (captain), Palmer i., Bourner, Brewin, Palmer, Boehm, G.
QUEEN'S PARK RANGERS.
—Chittenden (captain), Lovely, Baynton, Ripp, Magub, Durban.
ASTON VILLA.
—Took (captain), Grew, Worster, Chase, Sibley, L., Malley.
BLACKBURN ROVERS.
—Dewen (captain), Hampson, Plater, Saunders, Hopkins, Wood, F. Resrve:—Belchamber.


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THE OLD BOYS' MATCH.
BY AN "OLD BOY."

School, 5; Old Boys, 1! The thought of it is enough, but laid bare in cold print, those figures, to an Old Boy, stand out in appalling horror. All of us were not sanguine of victory; but to be crushed, mastered, even humiliated, by such a total is a blow from which it may take years to recover. The battle for supremacy was fought at the Danes on Wednesday, December 10th, an afternoon which the Past Students have just cause to remember—though the memories are far from pleasant. The School fielded their usual team, whilst the Old Boys were represented by a side which—on paper—certainly gave the appearance of strength. The writer happened by chance to be a member of the vanquished eleven, and he, with his colleagues, is not likely to forget the gruelling received at the hands of the victors. To set forth the facts of the game may seem, to the defeated, like the opening of an old wound, yet would it be fair to the scholars to let the story of their success go unrecorded? At the start, in fairness to the Old Boys, it should be said that the majority of the players were inexperienced, few, in fact, having clothed in "footer" raiment since the annual match last season. In addition to lack of experience, those to whom the hardy game appeals every week, were in some cases inadvertently placed in positions quite new to them. It is not surprising then that the story from our point of view was one of unhappiness and misfortune. Throughout the game the superiority of the School was unmistakable and indisputable. They beat their opponents in every point. Not only did they play the better football, but were more methodical, more precise in their passing, and infinitely more dangerous in front of goal. They were a team from the moment the ball was set in motion; whereas the Past Students. were not. Our own men were completely out of joint, particularly the forwards, whose advances were simply slashed to ribbons, long before they reached Street. The Old Boys' play was altogether too close, especially against such a relentless defence as that by which they were confronted. To harp upon our weaknesses is but to revive unpleasant recollections, so to revert to the School. From first to last, they played a great game, and one which redowns highly to their credit. Besides an admirable defence, the Scholars possessed an unflinching forward line. - There was something artistic about the play of Lawes and Lyons ii., who were invariably masters of the situation. Rigden and Atkins, on the left, were constantly conspicuous; whilst Dewell, the pivot of the vanguard, was masterly in his brilliance. For the Old Boys, the play of Maynard and Fisher is worthy of note, the former combining Clever tackling with powerful kicking; whilst the latter gave a most convincing display. Fisher not only did his own work, but covered up the deficiencies of his colleagues.

In the first half, the School scored twice; whilst the Past Students replied through Fisher. It was during the second portion of the game, perhaps, that the Schoolboys exhibited their prowess in a marked degree. In spite of the sterling defence of Maynard and Lamidey, Gann was beaten no less than three times, each point being the outcome of beautifully engineered attacks. It was during these lapses, no doubt, that haunting visions of cigarette smoking came flitting across the minds of some of us—striking a note of discord. Good sportsmanship, however, prevailed throughout, and the tussle, although fought with strenuousness, was tinged by few fouls. For the School, Dewell netted on four occasions, whilst Atkins was responsible for the other goal.

Mr. Tunnel lined up the teams as follows:—School.—Street; Cullinane and Robinson; Costelloe, Russell, and Lyons i.; Lawes, Lyons ii., Dewell, Atkins, and Rigden. Old Boys.—Gann; Maynard and Lamidey; French, Sutton, and Kyle; Worster, Banks, Fisher, Reeder, and Saville.

At the conclusion of the match, the teams were entertained to tea at the School, where Mrs. Darby had prepared an excellent spread. In the speeches which followed, Mr. Standring spoke of the match; Mr. Wheeler of the Magazine; and Mr. Whitehouse combined both subjects in words of welcome. Fisher, in responding on behalf of the Old Boys, paid a high tribute to the play of the School especially that of Lawes and Lyons ii.

In closing, we offer to the School "Heartiest congratulations"; and to the Old Boys, "Heartfelt sympathy."

A.S.B.

 

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CRICKET FIXTURES.


May 6th.
—

May 13th.—

May 20th.—Harvey Grammar School, away.

May 27th.—Ramsgate County School, home.
June 3rd.
—D.C.S.  Sports.
June 10th.
—Simon Langton School 2nd XL, away.
June 17th.
—Ramsgate County School, away.
June 24th.
—Simon Langton School 2nd XL, home.
June 27th.
—Duke of York's Monitors, away.
July 1st.
—Duke of York's Monitors, home.
July 8th.
—

July 15th.—Harvey Grammar School, home.
July 25th.
—Old Boys, home.

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SPORTS' DAY.
JUNE 3rd, 1914.

The above is the date fixed far the annual School Sports. They will be held, as previously, at Crabble. There will be the usual contests for the Swimming, Senior, and Junior Championship Cup. It is to be hoped that we shall have more entrants for the Senior Cup than last year, and still more for the Junior Cup. I should like to draw the attention of all Old Boys to the fact that last year very few ran in the race allotted to them, and if they will send me their opinion as to the distance they would prefer, anything from 100 yards to 440 yards, I will place these suggestions before the Sports' Committee. Such suggestions must reach me before May 20th.

R. S. STANDRING.


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JUMPING PIT.

A Jumping Pit has been made in the playground of the Junior School. The soil was removed to a depth of from ten to twelve inches, and the cavity filled with, first, a layer of a few bags of sawdust, and then with a load of sand. The pit will, no doubt, be very popular on the approach of the Sports. A taking-off board, as used in the Inter-County Sports, has been fixed.


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INTER-COUNTY SCHOOL. SPORTS.

The Inter-County School ,Sports will be held this year at the Beckenham County School, on Saturday, April 4th. Dover will be represented by the following team, which, we hope, will do the school credit:—Mile, Lyons I., Costelloe I., Pascall. Relay Race (Ό mile), Lyons I; 220 yards, Pascall; 220 yards, Costelloe; 100 yards, Russell. 100 yards, Russell, Pascall. 440 yards, Russell, Lyons I. High Jump, Russell, Costelloe. Long Jump, Russell, Pascall., Throwing the cricket ball, Russell, Pascall. Tug-of-War, Russell, Costelloe, Pascall, Stanley, Atkins, Brewin. Reserves Street, Hampden. We hope that the weather and fortune will duly favour us, and that in our next Number we shall have good results to chronicle.



ON DIT.

 

That a document beginning thus, "We, the under-thumbed, being all good men and true, do hereby thumb ourselves," has been found in the Well.

That in consequence of the valuable. information offered by the finger prints in connection with the recent County School burglary, a growing interest is being taken in the science of "thumbnology."

That the National Anthem played on a monochord by members of the Sixth Form does not appear to have a very soothing influence upon a certain Master teaching in the adjoining compartment.

That a sixpenny postal order with four penny stamps on is worth four pence.

That a member of the Sixth has had to pay the unearned increment tax on a postal order transaction.

That certain members of the Sixth Form appear to be more familiar with the phraseology of a cookery book than their Science text-book.

That in Form III. conduct marks are so highly prized that during literary moments they are called "Gleanings from the Masters."

That, according to Form IVa., the correct translation of the sentence, "On ne vit qu'ΰ Paris; on vιgθte ailleurs" is, "One lives only in Paris; elsewhere one eat., vegetables."

That the Latin phrase "Miserere Domine" means "Miserable Lord."

That, according to a member of Form V., Cupid once shot at a young lady named Hades, without the usual romantic results.

That certain IIb. boys are practising the bugle call, "Come to the cook-house door."

That they are wondering whether they will have chops with the lovely onions upon which the flower monitor is bestowing such care.

That future contributions to this column should be brief and pointed.

That the following is not to be accepted as a model.

That it might prove beneficial if those three boys of the Sixth Hold who have not as yet produced enough beard to have cause to be hindered by, the operation of shaving before their attendance at Morning School would arrive a few minutes before the sounding of the bell and dust down the desk, clean the blackboard, and see that the chalk is in the remaining fifth of the chalk-box.



UN FAIT D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE.

 

Un soir, notre professeur donnait une leηon au sujet de la fκte de Nφel. Pendant la leηon elle nous a demandι, "Quel plat prιfιrez-vous pour le dξner de Nφel? "Quelques uns des ιlθleves ont rιpondu: "Je prιfθre le dindon." La professeur a dit: "Moi, je prιfθre l'oie, mais ce goϋt est considιrι vulgaire par beaucoup de personnes." "Pourquoi? " a demandι un des ιlθves. "Je ne sais pas," a dit la professeur de franηais.

Mais le professeur de sciences, M. Thomas, qui ιtait dans la chambre voisine, le savait. Il a rιpondu immιdiatement, en anglais, d'une voix assurιe: "Because it has a dry and caustic taste." Cette rιponse a beaucoup ιtonnι une des ιlθves, qui avait pensι jusqu'alors que l'oie avait un goϋt gras et moelleux.

F.G.




THE STRANDING OF THE "ROBERT MORRIS."

 

The "Robert Morris," which was stranded off Sandown Castle on December 31st, was a three-masted barge loaded with copper for paint.

The barge had been anchored in the Downs for two or three days, and on Wednesday, December 31st, at about four o'clock, she dragged her anchors and drifted on shore.

I went to Sandown Castle when it was low tide, and found the ship was left high and dry on the beach. There was a rope going over the masts, which, I was told, was the rocket-rope. Later, the Coastguards took the rope down. The ship did not seem to be damaged then, and I think the only damage sustained was during the attempts to re-float her.

Towards twelve o'clock a large crowd of people gathered, a rumour having been circulated that attempts would be made to re-float the ship at high tide by the "Lady Vita," of Dover. A hawser was then passed from the tug to the barge by the motor-boat "Star," of Deal. The tug made a few attempts, but the successful effort was made at almost high tide. The tug was heaving, with smoke pouring out of its funnels, till at last the barge began to be gradually pulled off the shore, crashing into the breakwaters, and inflicting and receiving great damage. It was at about one o'clock that the barge was re-floated, and was then towed into Dover Harbour.

H. ROBERTS.



MY LIFE.
By THE TOWN HALL CLOCK.

 

I cannot remember the date of my birth, but I think I am between twenty-five and thirty years old. I used w be known as the "Town Hall Frying Pan." I have seen many sights since I was raised aloft—happy ones and unhappy ones. I enjoy seeing the flowers being taken into the Hall for dances and banquets and the dancers themselves enter. One of the happiest sights I witness is the small children going to their fancy dress balls. The taxis stop, and out trip "Fairies," "Jack and Jill," " Robin Hood," "Jack-in-the-Green," "Dick Whittington," and many others.

The reverse to this happy scene is Court Day on Mondays, when the prisoners come out. Some quite deserve their sentences, and others may not. Whether they do or not, poor wretches, they are marched off to Canterbury, generally handcuffed, and ashamed of themselves.

A quite different scene is that of people, looking rather dirty, going into the Public Baths. They look very much cleaner when they come out.

Polling Day is different again. Motor after motor drives up, all full of men. They go into the Hall and Note. There is always a great deal of excitement when the poll is declared from a little balcony just under my nose.

Every morning during Term time, a little after nine o'clock, I see the Red-star County School boys run round the corner; I believe that these must be the late-comers.

Through all these changes I tick on, and work-days and holidays roll on from one year to another. After all, I believe, one year is much like the last.

THE TICKER.



THE RELIGIONS OF JAPAN.

 

That man is essentially a worshipping animal is a well known fact, and in this brief' article I Intend to outline the principal religions which hold or held-for Christianity is making rapid progress in those islands—sway in Japan.

The earliest and most primitive was Shintoism, a religion which seems never to have spread from this, its original home. This religion consisted of the worship' of ancestors and two spirits called "Sin" and "Kami," together with a kind of religious homage paid to the reigning Mikado, who is head, both of the state and of the church. Marco Polo in, his book, said that the various ceremonies practised before the idols representing the spirits, are so wicked and diabolical that it would be nothing less than impiety and an abomination to give an account of them. In addition he informs us that the inhabitants were cannibals, so that this worship would seem to be on a par with that of some of the debased savages of the South Seas. One thing peculiar about this religion is that it does not accept the doctrine of the transmigration of souls, although this doctrine is almost universally received by Eastern nations.

About the commencement of the Christian era another religion was introduced, namely Buddhism, a religion which now numbers 340 million adherents throughout the world. In Japan the devotees divide themselves into two groups or sects, one worshipping Buddha under the name of Fo-te-ke, and the other worshipping him under the title of Budsd. Of these the latter only, who are the more numerous class, burn their dead, while the former bury them.

This religion was founded in the Fifth Century B.C. by a Hindoo named Buddha, ie., the enlightened or Sakya-muni. Buddha was the son of a king, who did everything possible to divert him from the religious life on which his thoughts were bent. At the age of 30 the prophet is supposed to have fled to Adam's Peak in the island of Ceylon where at length he died in the odour of sanctity. He taught that by the overcoming arid extinction of all human passions the faithful Hindu could attain the Buddhist Nirvana, or state of being absorbed in pure contemplation of the Divine Being. It was not until 300 years after his death that his teaching assumed a written form under the title of the "Tripitaka" or three baskets, which obtained its name from the fact that it was divided into three parts dealing respectively with discipline, doctrine and metaphysics.

In Japan this religion became greatly debased, devolving into a mere worship of the idols representing Buddha. Further, it became confused with the Hindu mythology, so that the number of idols worshipped in one form Or another is legion.

These idols were of many various shapes; Buddha alone retaining the natural human shape. Several deities are represented with more than one head; Brahma, the founder of Brahminism has four; Mahβdκva five, and so on. Besides these. the commonest forms met with are those made like a boar for the third avater or reincarnation of Vishnu, the preserver, who has had nine avaters, and on the tenth, will come to judgment. The bull, for Siva the destroyer, whose wife, Kali, helps him in his work of destruction; Ganega, the inspirer of good advice and the patron of learning, is shown (as existing) with an elephant's head and four arms, the latter in token of his desire to help the deserving. Hanuman, prince of monkeys and friend of Rama, the seventh avater of Vishnu, is appropriately represented by one of his subjects in wood. It is in his honour that the monkey is held sacred throughout India.

POLMARC.



PERIODS OF SCHOOL LIFE.
No. 1.—THE SPORT'S SPASM.

 

The period during which the keenest excitement is exhibited is that which has been termed "The Sport's Spasm." This spasm is ushered in with a tremendous fanfare. Its duration is but brief, lasting for a short three weeks. The great excitement is shown in many ways, the chief of which is the training which is carried on.

Excited youths between the ages of eight and fourteen may be seen on any evening during the spasm training hard for their feats of endurance. They make a point of running or perhaps it would be more correct to say covering, two or three miles a night so as to be in perfect form for the hundred yards' race; while expert cyclists career round the Danes at top speed in order to be in form for the slow bicycle race.

Youths of all ages commandeer possessors of watches, and force the owners to time them while they crawl along for a mile, and thus try to calculate their chances in the sack race.

Junior Boys may be seen running home from School with their lower limbs tied together so as to become the possessors of prizes in the three-legged race; while others practice "taking off " from manholes so as to be in form for the . long jump.

Young couples may be surprised of an evening in their wanderings when two would-be Olympian athletes rush by along the road, hard at their training for the long distance races.

Other would-be athletes tie pieces of rope to trees in the garden and practice the tug-of-war; while, at other times, they rush about worrying captains to discover whether they will be "No.1" or "No.2" on the rope.

Many windows are broken during this eventful period, and the reason has been assigned to the fad that boys practice throwing the cricket ball with brick-bats in the playground.

It has been said that many boys even practice the smile with which they will greet the Mayoress as they receive the just rewards for their athletic prowess, Handicaps are freely discussed, and it has been noticed by a keen observer that the form on Sport's Day is vastly superior to that exhibited under the eye of the much criticised handicapper.

It has been estimated that each person is asked at least forty times the question: "What are you going in far?"

The chances of Cup competitors are freely discussed, while each boy is prepared to risk. everything in backing his favourite.

After the eventful day all is forgotten, and, in the words of Tennyson, "The old order changeth, yielding place to new."

EOL. LETSOC.



LIGHT AND SOUND.

 

"Everything has its advantages" says The old axiom, and we may, therefore, test its truth by applying it to work. We may take, for example, the subject of light; it is not such a fascinating subject as electricity, but still, when the curtain is drawn, it becomes more attractive. The curtain has a habit of sticking in the middle among the bottles by the sink, and it varies the monotony of life to see your comrades in the window struggling to move the recalcitrant sheet. It is highly probable, however, that they appreciate the game as much as you do, although it distracts the attention of the other boys who would ordinarily have been deeply engrossed in their work, The Lower Forms like the darkness, too, and show their appreciation by peeping in at the door and making jeering remarks till they are removed either with a metre scale or by the sound of approaching footsteps.

Carbon bisulphide plays an important, part in light, for someone is constantly using it, and it is a, liquid which always makes its presence felt, or, to be more accurate, smelt. It is not a pleasant substance to deal with at the best of times, but when it lies in oily pools beside you on the bench it may be very nasty.

Paraffin is another important asset to laboratories, and, as ours is no exception to the rule, the oil keeps all comers, at a respectful distance. It is very tenacious, as many know to their cost, especially to the paper on which we record our results. It is no uncommon thing to find your answers standing out from a greasy background of paper that was once white.

Ether, again, has its own subtle perfume, but this, unlike the carbon bisulphide, is bearable; indeed, the latter is so pugnacious that it has to be pinned down with blocks of glass. The malodorous vapours find a ready exit through a broken window which some well meaning person broke during the last cold spell. The hole, although temporarily plugged ,with a sheet of drawing paper, does not prevent a few cold draughts from entering, and the atmosphere at times has been distinctly bracing.

Passing from light, we come to sound, and in the study of this subject much musical talent has been revealed, which somehow, is not appreciated at its proper worth. The musical tone of Dover is undoubtedly improving; and opportunities of hearing such music as our Town has to offer present themselves in a most generous. manner to the Dover County School. The Town Band has set instruments going in our "lab." by sympathetic vibration, although we still  lack any instrument with which to ejaculate an occasional grunt. At one time, a tiny gramophone betrays its presence by a series of inarticulate whistles and bellows; then an errand boy will signify by a series of ear-piercing whistles that "He didn't want to do it"; while the barrel organs just found out that the organ pipes are delicate instruments, but a through rubbing with a chalky duster is enough to make anything refractory, even a member of our well behaved Form. The monochords have been mysteries to many, but, when they are screwed up and one can twang them till chased away by the owner thereof, a great deal of their mystic charm is lost. The wires have an unpleasant habit of snapping and giving you practical illustrations of their elasticity when an extra fifty-pound weight is added. To have such a weight drop with a thud either on your toe or, in a more fortunate moment. On the floor beside you, is a not unusual experience.

Thus it will be seen that "there is some soul of goodness in things evil, would men observingly distil it out."

HEAT.



TRUTH FROM THE WELL.

 

A shadow of gloom has, for many of us, been cast over the latter part of the Term by the fact that Russell has left. Only those who have worked and played and laughed beside him, day by day and month after month, who have acted under his leadership as often, and known him as thoroughly, as we have done, can appreciate the  full meaning to us of this overwhelming loss.

"We know him as now; all narrow jealousies

Are silent: and we see him as he moved."

When we consider an that he has done for the School, for the Form, and for us, it seems that no expression can be adequate and no tribute sufficient to express our gratitude and indebtedness to, our regard and admiration for, the Ferre of our romance. Never before have we realised that the dispersion of our "goodly fellowship" was inevitable and simply a matter of time; now we have realised it to the full, and NOW, if ever, we must write upon the lintel of the door-post—"Ichabod."

VICI.