No. 46. JULY, 1924. VOL. XIV.
|Head Master's Notes||Free Place Scholarship Awards 1924|
|Gleams and Flashes||Wembley the Wonderful|
|Parents' Association||Ye Chronicles of Ye Lesser Hole|
|Old Boys' Association||The Life of a Seagull|
|Old Boys' Cricket Club||Poultry Farming as a Career for Boys|
|School Cricket||Junior School Notes|
|The School Sports||A Visit to the Royal Yacht|
|The Swimming Sports||Travelling up the Himalayas|
|Sports Account||Our Aquarium|
|House Notes||I Wish|
|1st Cadet Coy. C.P. (F.) RE||Dover Lighthouse|
|1st Cadet Coy. C.P. (F.) RE Balance Sheet|
The next number of The Pharos will appear about 15th December. Contributions must be submitted to the Editor not later than 17th November.
We acknowledge with thanks Ruym (Ramsgate County School), The Harveian, The Ashfordian and The Beccehamian.
Copies of the current issue of The Pharos or of back numbers which are in stock may be obtained from the Editor, price 9d.
The Editor would be glad to have the names and addresses of Old Pharosians and others who would like to receive copies. The Pharos is now issued free to all members of the Old Boys' Association.
HEAD MASTER'S NOTES.
The Autumn Term, 1924, will commence on Thursday, 18th September, and end on Wednesday, 17th December. Holders of season tickets are asked to see that their railway passes are made out to cover both these dates.
Staff.—We have been glad to welcome for the Summer Term, Mr. E. I. Birks, who joined the Staff to meet the increase in the School numbers—somewhat unusually large for the new Summer Term entrants. He is a graduate of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, who has had some experience in various schools of the County. His useful work has been appreciated, and we hope he may soon secure a permanent appointment elsewhere, and carry with him the happiest recollection of the 1924 Summer Term at Dover.
The number of boys on the waiting list, and the influx of scholarship holders in September, make the outlook sufficiently satisfactory to warrant the appointment of a new permanent member on the Staff, who will take up his duties in September next. Our prospects are that we shall reach the record number of 370 boys. Every endeavour, therefore, is being made to secure for the School a master whose enthusiasm and energy will maintain our reputation both in the town, in the county, and further afield.
This increase in School numbers means that one of our Forms II. will find its home in the Technical Institute buildings. Hitherto Form II. has been housed at the Senior School, in Frith Road, and all who may be disappointed by the new arrangements are invited to be patient with the authorities responsible for the erection of the new buildings in Astor Avenue.
New Site.—Progress is being satisfactorily made with the levelling of the new site, and those who are interested in the School and its progress should visit Astor Avenue. The School Governors are now urging the Kent Education Committee to take in hand the next section of the work, which lies further up the hill. We may now be better able to form some idea as to the general "layout" of the playing fields and the buildings. The scheme for the new school occupies a premier position in the County programme; we do not suppose that the Board of Education will hamper progress, and we urge all friends of the scheme to assist in creating a popular opinion for its early completion.
Wembley Exhibition.—I should like to put on record here the grateful thanks of the School to the masters and the friends who assisted in any way to make the Wembley visit so great a success. It was a strenuous two days both for those who accompanied the expedition and for those who "stayed at home," and honours are divided in this as in so many corporate school efforts. It was most satisfactory that we did the trip so economically, and a happy suggestion, readily approved of by the parents, that the Wembley balance in hand should be devoted to the purchase of school pictures of colonial subjects, which shall be suitably inscribed as a memento of the British Empire Exhibition of 1924.
Two other pictures are waiting to be presented and "hung"—one entitled "A Very Gallant Gentleman" (presented anonymously), illustrating in colour the heroic self-sacrifice of Captain Oates on the memorable South Pole Expedition in 1911. It is firmly expected that this picture will be an inspiration to all who shall look upon it. All boys must read Capt. Scott's diary, especially the entries of Friday, 16th March, and Saturday, the 17th, when the party had lost track of dates and was experiencing tragedy "all along the line." The second picture is a large framed coloured picture, entitled "Beethoven," by the Italian artist, Balestrieri. It appeared in 1900 at Paris, and won him a gold medal. This picture has been exhibited at many centres in Europe and America, and I believe is now in the Trieste Museum. It is intended to hang this picture in the room of the Form which makes the most progress in Music during the year. This is the place to record the thanks of the School to the Parents' Association for so suitable a gift.
University News.—A special word of congratulation is due to C. W. Pelham, whose name has just appeared in the 2nd Class Honours list of the School of English Language and Literature at Oxford. Pelham is our first New College man, and it is hoped that his example will stimulate others. The Oxford School of English has a high reputation, and a good Second is a most creditable performance.
By gaining a First Class in the Honours School of Modern Language and Literature at the University of Bristol, Harry Friend has completed a most notable educational career. To his parents and himself we offer our most hearty congratulations. With his remarkable facility of expression, and big early promise of distinction in literary work, his University success should be the precursor of still greater achievement.
The School was glad to see that Eric Comer, who left us during the war period to go to a Yorkshire school, has taken his M.Sc. at Leeds University, and has become quite a specialist in the subject of chemical dyes.
Careers.—For those who are interested in careers, the issue of the Overseas Settlement Committee's Report for 1923 will be of interest, particularly in view of the attention which is being drawn to the Colonies by the Wembley Exhibition. The Dominions are making efforts to attract boys of good education, and there is not only an assurance of welcome on the other side, but attempts are being made to place the boys on farms where the owners have the same traditions and the same standard of living as the boys themselves. It is most desirable that such boys should have, in the first place, a good general education, and then some preliminary training in Agriculture. These requirements are amply met by the Kent Education Committee providing "higher education" in County Schools and agricultural training at the South-Eastern College, Wye. The Board of Education is also considering the preparation of a handbook for teachers, which will contain suggestions on the subject of giving boys in this country a better idea of the Empire and the possibilities of its development.
Victoria and New South Wales have practical schemes of farm apprenticeship; Canada and the Macdonald College, Ontario, have similar aims; and the sheep owners of New Zealand have a special scheme with the same object. Our Colonies therefore wish to train boys in the management of land and stock, with the object of their ultimately becoming farmers on their own account, to whom may be indentured later on other English home boys who are known to be capable and of good character.
If any boys happen to go out to New Zealand, they will find, at the little township of Hastings, one of the earliest members of the School, Mr. A. G. Parton, from whom I have received a very long letter descriptive of life in a modern colonial township, and a handsome volume for the School Library. We have replied to Parton, and sent him a budget of School literature, Prospectus, Pharos, etc., but as he has been away for some eighteen years he may hardly recognise his old School, for which he still has the greatest affection.
A word of thanks is due from me to Capt. Shephard and his party of Royal Marines, who did so much to entertain us at the Baths and to encourage us in aquatic sports. It was good for us to repay him and his men by a return visit of a large party of our boys to Deal—the least we could do for the great kindness received at his hands.
The School and its friends will be glad to know that Mr. Hugh Leney, who has been so seriously ill for many weeks, is making very gradual progress towards complete recovery, though we much regret he must now lay aside his public work for a considerable period.
The end of a school year leads one naturally to think of changes. Next term there will be new faces in many classrooms, while some of the boys who have been prominent in various aspects of school life will be gone. Their places will seem hard to fill, but their successors will no doubt worthily carry on their work for House, School or Team.
In one respect there is no change. Country House have again won a convincing victory in the House Competitions, and will hold the Shield for the coming year. When is a serious challenge going to be offered them? From reports and rumours that reach us it would appear that some boys take too little interest in the doings of their Houses. There is surely scope for everyone in the many activities involved in the competition. Next term two football teams and two teams for cross-country running will be required from each House. There will be many vacancies to fill. Let those who have hitherto left it to the others come forward and make an effort. And let them make the effort in time, by getting and keeping fit during the holidays and coming back with a determination to take their part in making the House Competition a real interest to every boy in the School.
We regret to have to record the death of W. Burlington Highley, who was killed by an accident on the railway in London, on 3rd July. We offer our sincere sympathy to his parents and sister in their sudden bereavement.
GLEAMS AND FLASHES.
Old friends and pupils of Dr. G. W. Coopland will be pleased to know that the Council of the University of Liverpool has bestowed on him the title of Associate Professor. A paper read by Dr. Coopland at the International History Congress, Brussels, 1923, has recently been published in the Revue d'Histoire du Droit, and another read at the Congress for the History of Religions, Paris, 1923, will appear shortly in an Italian publication, the Nuovi Studio.
Many any will remember Dr. Coopland as the first Editor of The Pharos. Our Magazine owed much to him in the early years of its existence, and we offer him our hearty congratulations.
Four members of the Junior School—R. W. Austin, P. Bide, J. R. C. Cooke and H. C. Newman—have been successful in gaining K.E.C. Junior Exhibitions. Congratulations to them also.
The Benevolent Fund Collections for the Term had, on 12th July, reached the sum of £9 2s. 10d., making a total, so far, for the School Year of £36 0s. 11d.
Suitable contributions to this Term's issue from the following are held over from lack of space:—W. T. Sergeant, J. V. Horn, M. Castle, W. Walter, J. Collins, F. Whitewood, R. Fry, O. G. Shenton, D. Southey, F. Terdrey, "Per Ardua ad Astra." J. King, E. Martin, L. Pudney, A. Turner, J. Holland, E. L. Trist, G. S. Standring, L. J. Goodburn, C. Jarrett, J. Bunyan.
We are pleased to hear that T. Hopkins has, at the first attempt, gained a P. & O. Cadetship, qualifying him for training on H.M.S. Worcester.
The Winter season's social activities had ceased when Term opened, but it is gratifying to record that the programme arranged for the season was successfully carried through, with the exception of the final Whist Drive, which had to be abandoned.
The Executive Committee have drawn up an excellent programme of social functions for the coming Winter season, which will be opened by a Staff, Parents' and Old Boys' Dance at the Town Hall, on 8th October.
The success of the School Sports, on 11th June, seemed likely to be marred by the weather, but with the determination of the parents to put in an appearance at the Sports, irrespective of the weather, a fine afternoon resulted and turned out to be very enjoyable. One or two runners showed every promise of becoming good mile winners of the future.
The School is to be congratulated on the excellent swimming events on 26th June. The swimming display of the Royal Marines provided interesting entertainment which was thoroughly appreciated. Swimming being a branch of sport in which all boys love to become efficient, it may be of interest to parents to know that the Dover Swimming Club holds a class of instruction for junior non-swimmers and beginners at 7 p.m., on Tuesdays, at the Sea Baths. Parents who are members of this Club are keen to help on boys to take up this form of sport, and specially invite our boys to become members of the Club, and so supplement the instruction given in connection with School.
The Motor Outing, held by the Old Boys' Association on 28th June, of which a good number took advantage, was thoroughly enjoyed, notwithstanding the tendency of the "Brown Bus" to stay out all night.
On 5th July the Parents played their Annual Cricket match with the School team. A very enjoyable afternoon was appreciated by the considerable number of Parents who attended to view the match. The Parents' team played up splendidly, but the result was a win for the School by 40 runs—an increase of 14 on the previous year; but we hope next year to be able to proclaim a win The Executive Committee take this opportunity of tendering their congratulations to the School Captain—H. W. Stokes—for the Honours he has gained for his School, and to wish him every success when he goes up to Cambridge University next term.
OLD BOYS' ASSOCIATION.
The Annual General Meeting took place on 24th April, when there were 25 members present, with Mr. Whitehouse in the chair. The Secretary's Report for the past year, and the Balance Sheet, published below, were received with expressions of approval. In regard to the latter, it was decided to make a donation of £5 to the Cricket Club, which had lately embarked upon fresh ventures and was requiring assistance; also to defray a deficit appearing on the accounts of the London Branch. The balance then remaining was to be placed on deposit at a bank. The officers and committee were elected for 1924-5 and various events arranged for the Summer Term. A resolution to the effect that members of the Boys' School Staff should become honorary members of the Association received unanimous support.
It is to be regretted that no entries were submitted for the Old Boys' Event in the School Sports, owing, one supposes, to the claims of business upon the time of those otherwise available. We were rather more fortunate, however, in having three entries for the Swimming Event.
Our Motor Outing to Tunbridge Wells, on 28th June, was again a successful function, although fixtures for both cricket elevens occurring on this date caused the Old Boys to be in a minority. The three 'buses carried a total of 81 persons, and a balance in hand of 7s. 11d. replaces a loss on the 1923 outing. The weather kept fair and, despite small adventures, the trip was much enjoyed.
Attention should be drawn to the combined event of the Staff, Parents' and Old Boys' Associations at the Town Hall on 8th October. This is to take the form of a Dance, and will constitute the opening function of the season's activities. As the proposal originated with the O.B.A., the committee concerned may reasonably expect special support from this quarter.
The Past v. Present Cricket Match takes place on 30th July, to be followed by the Old Boys' Annual Dinner, at the Grand Hotel, at 8 p.m.
The following new members have joined since 1st April:—
L. W. Cole, 14, Elms Vale Road, Dover.
F. Greenstreet, 87, High Street. Dover.
W. Bussey, 203, Folkfstone Road, Dover.
A. J. Davis, 110, Buckland Avenue, Dover.
E. T. Blaxland, 7, Maison Dieu Road, Dover.
L. R. Phillips, Caius College, Cambridge.
F. A. Earle, 6, Park Street, Dover.
Statement of Accounts for Year Ending 31st March, 1924.
|Balance brought forward||3||18||1½||20 Pharos (Easter Term)||0||15||0|
|Share of balance, Re-union, 1923||4||17||6||60 Pharos (Summer Term)||2||5||9|
|By subscriptions.||16||2||0||83 Pharos (Xmas Term)||2||11||10½|
|Subs. paid in advance.||0||17||6||Printing, Postage and Stationery||6||18||3|
|Old Boys' Prize||0||16||0|
|Motor Outing (1923)||0||7||0|
|Balance in hand.||10||15||11|
Social Activities Account.
|Balance brought forward||0||2||11||Chinese lanterns||0||1||6|
|10-2-23-Balance Fancy Dress Dance||3||12||6||Balance in hand.||12||19||6½|
|16-2-24-Balance Fancy Dress Dance||4||9||9|
S. G. BROWNE,
The London Branch of the O.B.A. is still going strong. Our programme this year is again a varied one—our activities including visits to Wembley, Hampton Court, and the Zoo, a country ramble, a theatre party, a river picnic, a dance and the customary dinner in the West End.
We are, unfortunately, short of members, and hope therefore that these notes will so stimulate the necessary esprit de corps among Old Boys in or near London who have not yet joined, that they will send their subscriptions to the undersigned, at the London Central Y.M.C.A., Tottenham Court Road, W.C. 1.
Any Old Boys who intend visiting Town may be sure of a good welcome at the Y.M.C.A., as there are four of us living here awaiting the opportunity of greeting old comrades.
THE OLD BOYS' CRICKET CLUB.
The Cricket Club is having its usual successful season, and two elevens are fielded every Saturday, although the membership does not exceed 24. Considering the size of the Association, this is hardly a satisfactory number; members are still required, and all Old Boys, whether on holiday or living in the town, are invited to join, even if only for a few weeks.
May we, at this point, be allowed to make an appeal to all Old Boys and boys about to leave School, to support their own Old Boys' Association in its various activities? We would point out that, as the Old Boys field two elevens each week, it is not necessary for any Old Boy to go to other clubs for his cricket. The Club was extended owing to a demand for a second team, and only whole-hearted support on the part of all the "Old Boy" cricketers will make and keep the venture a success. Although it is rather late in the year to hold out great hopes of many new players, we trust that next year all the Old Boys will rally round and support their own Club.
Now as regards the game itself. The commencement of the season found the teams rather out of form, but at the present time, with everybody keen, excellent games are enjoyed. Ample facilities for practice are afforded, and some of the Old Boys whose cricket seemed to have finished when they left School are showing renewed enthusiasm and returning ability for the summer game.
The first XI. has played 9 games, of which 4 have been won, 2 drawn, and 3 lost;
while the second XI., out of 10 games played, has won 4 and lost 6. The results
to date are as follows:—
10th May.—lst XI. 114 (Lawes 33, Tomlin 33). Dover 117 for 6 wickets (Lamidey 4 for 33).
17th May.—Eastry 46 (Lamidey 5 for 20, including "hat trick"). 1st XI. 34.
31st May.—Walmer 1st XI. 79 (Mumford 5 for 20); 1st XI. 66 for 3 (Sutton 22).
7th June.—1st XI. 122 (Bourner 32). St. Barnabas 62 (Lamidey 4 for 26, Mumford 3 for 20).
14th June.—Kingsdown 21 (Slater 5 for 7, Mumford 5 for 13). 1st XI. 91 (Mumford 22).
21st June.—1st XI. 130 (Allin 25). Connaught Coach Works 44 (Mumford 7 for 33).
28th June.—Dover Invicta 183 (Lamidey 5 for 53). 1st XI. 126 for 6 wickets (Slater not out 36).
5th July.—1st XI. 122 (Bourner 26). Canterbury Excelsior 64 (Mumford 5 for 20).
12th July.—S.R. Mechanics 178 (Mumford 5 for 43). 1st XI. 127 (Mumford 27).
10th May.—2nd XI. 35. Walmer 2nd XI. 28 (Plater 6 for 9).
17th May.—2nd XI. 46. Kingsdown 128 (Bromley 5 for 31).
24th May.—2nd XI. 30. St. Andrew's 93.
31st May.—Walmer 2nd XI. 54 (Plater 7 for 25). 2nd XI. 59 (Barton 26).
7th June.—St. Mary's Institute 37 (Plater 6 for 8). 2nd XI. 75 (A. Davis 25).
14th June.—2nd XI. 86 (A. Davis 25). Worcester Drummers 46 (Plater 3 for 8, Chadwick 2 for 5).
21st June.—Duke of York's 2nd XI. 79 (Greenstreet 3 for 2, including hat trick). 2nd XI. 49.
28th June.—2nd XI. 83 (Greenstreet 21). Duke of York's 2nd XI. 97 (Plater 6 for 19).
5th July.—St. Andrew's 139. 2nd XI. 52 (Bromley 26).
12th July.—2nd XI. 29. Charlton Mill 70 (Greenstreet 5 for 22).
The 1st XI. has had a fairly successful season, having won six matches and lost four. Two fixtures had to be cancelled owing to rain. The team, as a whole, is sound, and, after our opening match, were not disposed of cheaply. This was often due to the steadiness of Pain and Roberts, who made a very reliable pair at "5 " and "6." All the rest have made scores on occasion, but have displayed considerable ingenuity in getting out off bad balls.
The bowling lacks variety. There is no bowler at School able to spin a ball, or the bowling would be very dangerous. At present we need hard wickets for the bowlers.
The fielding, till the second Simon Langton match, when Hicks and Leader were out of form, has been good, particularly that of Pain and Dilnot. Hicks has since improved out of all knowledge, both in batting and fielding.
Thacker has been very safe behind the wicket, most extras being due to fast bowling going away to leg.
First XI. Matches.
At Guston on 14th May.—D.Y.R.M.S. 77 (Winfield 39; Hicks 3 for 19, Muttett 3 for
13, Pain 2 for 3). D.CS. 47 (Stokes 10).
At Dover on 21st May.—D.CS. 93 (Stokes 34, Leader 25, Webb 13). St. Augustine's College 58 (Muttett 5 for 18, Roberts 2 for 8).
At Canterbury on 28th May.—Simon Langton's School 66 (Pain 3 for II, Stokes 5 for 35). D.C.S. 64 (Roberts 19, Pain 10).
At Dover on 4th June.—D.C.S. 78 for 5 wickets (Stokes 22, Webb, 12, Leader 10, Roberts 10). Staff 75 (Mr. Slater 36; Roberts 3 for 4, Muttett 4 for 33, Stokes 3 for 19).
At Ramsgate on 7th June.—Chatham House School 158 for 4 (A. Moss 83, F. Moss 35). D.C.S. 100 (Stokes 29, Pain 16, Quinlan 15, Roberts 13).
At Wye on 14th June.—D.C.S. 71 for 7 wickets (Pain 21, Hicks 19, Roberts 13). Wye College 2nd XI. 56 (Nowers 5 for 15, Muttett 4 for 1).
At Dover on 18th June.—D.C.S. 103 for 5 wickets (Stokes 27, Quinlan 24, Pain 23, Hicks 12). Wye College 39 (Stokes 5 for 11, Nowers 5 for 20).
At Dover on 21st June.—Simon Langton's School 110 (Stokes 4 for 37, Nowers 3 for 39). D.C.S. 83 (Stokes 29, Webb 10).
At Dover on 5th July.—D.C.S. 127 (Hicks 33, Nowers 21, Webb 21, Muttett 12, Jell 11). Parents 81 (Mr. Bide 22, Mr. Stanway 10; Voizey 2 for 5, Muttett 2 for 8, Stokes 4 for 29).
2nd XI. Matches.
At Dover on 14th May.—D.Y.R.M.S. 64 (Davis 4 for 9, Jell 3 for 16). D.C.S. 2nd
At Margate on 24th May.—D.C.S. 2nd XI. 85 (Hicks 27). Margate College 12 (Hicks 6 for 5, Voizey 3 for 2), and 34 (Voizey 2 for 4, Sutton 2 for 6).
At Dover on 28th May.—Simon Langton's 2nd XI. III (Richards 50; Frow 3 for 18). D.C.S. 2nd XI. 63 (Jell 40).
At Dover on 7th June.—D.C.S. 2nd XI. 63 for 5 wickets (Green 21). Chatham House School 2nd XI. 58 (Voizey 4 for 24, Jell 2 for 1).
At Dover on 14th June.—Margate College 94 (Voizey 4 for 17). D.C.S. 2nd XI. 49.
At Canterbury on 21st June.—Simon Langton's 2nd XI. 162 for 9 wickets (declared.) D.C.S. 2nd XI. 55.
May 7th—Town, 52; Maxton, 37.
Country, 54; Buckland, 15.
May 17th—Buckland, 58; Town, 32.
Country, 92; Maxton, 48.
June 25th—Country, no; Town, 73.
Maxton, 90; Buckland, 45.
June 28th—Maxton, 75; Town, 63.
Country, 67; Buckland, 47.
July 9th—Buckland, n6; Town, 18.
Country, 70; Maxton, 28.
July 16th—Country, 150 for 3 (dec.); Town, 46.
Maxton, 77; Buckland, 68.
1st XI. BATTING AVERAGES.
|H. W. Stokes.||10||0||34||193||19.30|
|E. F. Pain.||7||1||23*||88||14.66|
|B. A. Hicks||10||3||33*||83||11.85|
|G. H. Roberts.||8||1||19||62||8.85|
|F. K. Webb||9||1||21||70||8.75|
|A. H. Leader||9||0||25||70||7.77|
|A. C. Quinlan.||9||1||24||60||7.50|
|S. J. Nowers||4||0||21||25||6.25|
|E. F. Dilnot.||7||2||11||31||6.20|
|H. R. Thacker.||5||2||12*||18||6.00|
|A. E. Muttett||8||0||12||36||4.50|
1st XI. BOWLING AVERAGES.
|A. E. Muttett||62.5||17||145||28||5.17|
|G. H. Roberts||24.2||4||49||8||6.12|
|H. W. Stokes.||100||25||231||31||7.45|
|S. J. Nowers||62.1||17||130||17||7.64|
|E. F. Pain||22.1||5||56||5||11.20|
|B. A. Hicks||19||3||50||4||12.50|
THE SCHOOL SPORTS.
Our weather record seemed in serious danger of being broken when, even as late as 2 p.m. on n11th June, rain was descending in torrents, and a sky completely covered with heavy clouds held out no hope of improvement. But by 2.30 the rain had ceased, shortly afterwards the sky cleared, and our annual athletic festival took place under ideal conditions.
We were fortunate in having the services of the Band of H.M. 1st Batt. of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who, by kind permission of their Commanding Officer, came and rendered an interesting programme. The attendance of parents and friends was good, considering the bad weather of the earlier part of the afternoon, though naturally not so large as on some previous occasions.
The outstanding performances of the day were those of J. Sharp, who won many of the Junior Events, and will hold the Junior Championship Cup, and of Quinlan, who set up a new record for Throwing the Cricket Ball. Thacker won the Senior Championship, chiefly by his good form in the shorter distance races, in all of which he secured a place in the first three, though heavily handicapped. In these events Baxter also distinguished himself, while Trist and Grilli were prominent in the Mile and Half-Mile. The latter won the Mile with a fine effort in the last half lap, after Moore, making good use of a long start, had led for the greater part of the distance. The "Farley" Cup for the first home from scratch was won by Webb.
At the end of the Sports the medals were presented by the Mayoress, to whom a hearty vote of thanks was accorded, on the motion of Mr. Tomlin, seconded by Councillor Capt. Donald, M.C.
Long jump (over 14).—(1) Frow, (2) Stokes, (3) Peyton, pri. Distance, 18 ft.
Long jump (under 14).—(1) J. Sharp, (2) Overs, (3) Bayliss. Distance, 16 ft. 8 ins.
100 Yards (over 14).—(1) Thacker, (2) Frow, (3) Baxter. Time, 11 2/5 secs.
100 Yards (under 14).—(1) Sharp, (2) Newell, (3) Taylor. Time, 13 secs.
100 Yards (Junior School).—(1) Allchurch, (2) Gutsell, (3) Hover. Time, 13 3/5 sees.
220 Yards (over 14).—(1) Baxter, (2) Thacker, (3) Voizey. Time, 26 4/5 secs.
220 Yards (under 14).—(1) Sharp, (2) Peyton, (3) Dunford. Time, 31 4/5 secs.
220 Yards (Junior School).—(1) Allchurch, (2) Hover. (3) Gutsell. Time, 33 1/5 secs.
Tug-of-War.—Town beat Maxton by 2 pulls to 1.
Throwing the Cricket Ball (over 14).—(1) Quinlan, (2) Nowers, (3) Webb. Distance, 87 yds.
Throwing the Cricket Ball (under 14).—(1) Sharp, (2) Stanway, (3) B. W. Taylor. Distance, 68 yards.
880 Yards (over 14).—(1) Trist, (2) Grilli, (3) Davis. Time, 2 m. 19 1/5 secs.
120 Yds. Hurdles.—(I) Jones, (2) Pain, (3) Thacker. Time, 19 2/5 secs.
440 Yards (over 14).—(1) Baxter, (2) Thacker, (3) Frame. Time, 59 4/5 secs.
440 Yards (under 14).—(1) Peyton, (2) Scotchmer, (3) Paterson. Time, 68 sees.
High Jump (over 14).—(1) Frow, (2) Dixon, (3) Nowers. Height, 4 ft. 7 ins.
High Jump (under 14).—(1) Sharp and Stanway, (3) Bayliss. Height, 4 ft. 3 ins.
House Relay Race (over 14).—(1) Country, (2) Maxton. Time, 1 m. 50 3/5 secs.
House Relay Race (under 14).—(1) Town, (2) Maxton. Time, 2 m. 8 3/5 secs.
One Mile (over 14).—(1) Grilli, (2) Moore, (3) Trist. Time, 5 m. 22 2/5 secs.
Sack Race (junior School).—Final—(1) Dewar, pri., (2) Moseling, (3) Bide.
Final House Points.—Town 101, Buckland 50, Maxton 50, Country 37.
THE SWIMMING SPORTS.
The swimming sports were held on 26th June, at the Baths, and a record number of spectators turned up. Captain Shephard and his team of Royal Marines very kindly gave a fine display, which was much appreciated. He showed us the various ways of swimming, viz., the breast stroke, the two side strokes, the trudgeon and the crawl. Then we were shown the different points of diving, Capt. Shephard and Mus. Rogers doing it excellently. Several fancy items were provided, including swimming a length with full pack and rifle (the whole weighing about 70 lbs.), the "Monte-Cristo" sack trick, and swimming with hands and feet tied. After several combined events, Mr. Whitehouse thanked Capt. Shephard, who replied that if we had enjoyed it as much as they, they were well satisfied. Three cheers for Capt. Shephard, the Marines, and for Mr. Constable, ended an enjoyable display.
Relay Race.—(1) Town House, (2) Country House. Town House: Thompson, Wellard,
Sparham, Grilli. Country House: R. Smith, Gray, Atkins, Cartwright.
50 Yards (2 lengths) Junior.—(1) Tombleson, (2) Scotchmer, (3) R. Smith.
100 Yards (4 lengths) Junior.—(1) Tombleson, (2) Scotchmer, (3) Hood.
200 Yards (8 lengths) Senior.—(1) Bunyan, (2) R. Smith, (3) Cartwright.
50 Yards (2 lengths) Senior.—(1) Bunyan, (2) Grilli, (3) Thompson.
Diving.—(1) Bunyan, (2) Atkins, (3) Trist.
Life-Saving Race.—(1) Jones, (2) Wellard, (3) Dellbridge.
House Points.—Town, 16.7; Country, 16.7; Maxton, 8.3; Buckland, 8.3.
Final House Positions.
|Fees from Spring Term||9||0||0||2-5-24—Repairs to bat||0||2||0|
|From Capt. Reeder for trophy||1||1||0||1-5-24—Score book||0||1||0|
|11-6-24—Sale of programmes||2||16||10||12-6-24—Roberts||0||14||0|
|17-6-24—Fees||26||14||0||Teas to Teams||11||10||0|
|26-6-24—Subs. from Teams||1||13||0||Sports Secretary's postage||0||3||6|
|9-7-24—Subs. from Country House||0||17||0||24-6-24—Beaufoy||0||15||0|
|11-7-24—O.B.A., and extra sales of Pharos||3||3||10||Fares-Folkstone (2) Ramsgate (1)||3||3||0|
|9-7-24—Subs. from Town House||0||11||0||11-6-24—Groundsmen (Sports)||1||0||0|
|18-3-24—Cash in hand||0||14||11½||15-6-24—Spicer (forms)||0||15||0|
|Cash at bank||1||14||6||11-6-24—Teas—Press and Band||1||15||0|
|Cash in hand||10||4||2½|
|Cash in hand||3||13||5|
|Dovorian Coaching Co.—to end of term—£18 18s.|
|Grigg and Son, £42 (approx. to end of term).|
|Audited and found correct,||W. WILTON BAXTER.|
W. H. DARBY.
Hon. Treas., 17-7-24
The House has retained the Shield for the fifth year, but only after a much harder struggle than at one time seemed probable. This was largely due to the very poor show that was put up at the School Sports. H. A. Stanway, under a heavy handicap through an injury, thoroughly deserved his success in gaining all our Junior points, and the Senior Relay team ran well; but next year all runners—the Juniors apparently are the worst offenders—must do an adequate amount of training. The lost ground was recovered at the swimming, and the few boys who competed did extremely well. Those members of the House who let us down at the Sports should be especially grateful to them.
The cricket was much more enthusiastically supported this year than last, and a well-balanced side was got together, although the fielding was not uniformly good. The results have been satisfactory, and some good cricket has been shown in every match. Several really promising players failed to get a place in the team, and this augurs well for our strength next year.
Our losses this term will be heavy, and we wish all who are leaving the best of luck. It was appropriate that G. H. Roberts, E. F. Dilnot and E. F. Pain should gain Cricket Caps, for no others have worked harder for the House. Personally, I should likc to thank them for their loyalty and friendship, which have contributed so largely towards any success and all the enjoyment I have derived from the delicate task of captaincy. We shall hold the shield just as long as we have representatives like them. Their departure makes the next captain's task more difficult, but if the House gives him its whole-hearted and unselfish support, we may rest confident that through his energy our record will be maintained.
Our good work in other directions has been discounted by the failure to reproduce our cricket form of last year. At one time during this term it appeared likely that we should carry off the shield, but the inopportune departure of Clark and Davis pri., and the enforced absence of Pinkney during the Swimming Sports deprived us of all hope of success.
In the School Sports, Baxter, Davis pri., and Peyton ran particularly well and enabled us to do considerably better than last year. Bunyan did all that was expected of him in the swimming events, and his were the only points gained by the House. The chief weakness in the cricket team lies in the fielding, although we also suffer from the lack of reliable change bowlers. As for the batting, at the time of writing no centuries have been made, but there is still one match to be played.
However, our prospects for the coming year seem to be pretty good, and even if we do not manage to win the shield, we shall be able to put up as good a fight as ever.
This term the House has been more successful than in the two other terms of the year. Once again we gained most points on Sports Day; but this only represented the efforts of some seventeen boys, which, in comparison with the other Houses, is a very small number. For a house of 70 members this is extremely unsatisfactory, and we cannot hope to do well when nearly fifty members are utterly useless as far as games are concerned. Every opportunity to play is given, and I think the defect is due largely to the spirit of indifference towards sport which is at present abroad in the School.
Sharp is to be congratulated upon winning the Junior Championship in fine style, and congratulations are due to all who helped to gain points on Sports Day, and in particular to the Swimming Relay Team, the Junior Relay Team, and to the Tug-of-War Team.
The Cricket Team has been very weak; Leader has batted and bowled well, and Carpenter and Frow have also done good service with the ball, but the fielding has been deplorably slack. In conclusion, I should like to thank those members of the teams who have turned up under most discouraging circumstances, for loyal service, cheerfully and unselfishly given; and to offer most hearty congratulations to Country House on winning the House Championship once more.
First we must congratulate the Country House on once more winning the House Championship Shield. Their success, though in some part due to the additional facilities for Sport which the Deal boys enjoy, could not have been attained without hearty co-operation in all branches of Sport. It is the team spirit which counts, and it is this spirit which the members of the Maxton House do not appear to possess. It is granted that the ground is not too conveniently situated for us, but that should not prevent members of the House from using it.
From the foregoing it may be gathered that the success of the House has been gained by individuals. In the Sports we scored several good wins—Quinlan surprised us by winning the cricket ball with a fine throw; Trist ran splendidly in the half-mile, which he won, and in the mile; while Jones won the hurdles. Dixon did well in the high jump, and we came second in both relays and the tug-of-war, finishing with a total of 50 points.
In the swimming, Tombleson was our only winner, coming first in both the Junior 50 yards and 100 yards. He was obviously in a class by himself.
Our cricket has been very patchy, and despite promising form in practice none of our batsmen have shown up favourably in matches. This may be due to the treacherous wickets on which the "hit-or-miss" type of innings is most successful. Quinlan won the second match with Town by some good bowling (5 for 15) and steady batting.
We seem likely to finish third in the House table.
With regard to the future, we seem to possess plenty of promising material which, infused with reasonable keenness, should improve the position of the House next year. It cannot be too strongly emphasised, however, that only enthusiasm can make a good player and sportsman of any individual, and the lethargic attitude some display toward school activities acts like a brake on the success or the School.
1st CADET COMPANY C.P. (F.) R.E.
The Cadet Corps has done a very successful term's work, and considerable progress has been made at the weekly parades, which have been well attended throughout the whole term.
During the Easter Holidays an enjoyable field day was held. Section I. and IV. were set to defend Ewell Minnis against the attack of the rest of the Company. After an exciting day's manœuvring the attacking party were successful in taking the village an hour before time.
A small Signalling Squad was formed early in the holidays, and it has succeeded in producing six proficient signallers, two of whom—Cadet Garland and Cadet Dixon—qualified to become Company Signallers. At camp we hope to enlarge this squad, which will be helped in its work by two splendid pieces of telegraphic apparatus, generously presented to the Corps by members of the Parents' Association. In addition, a Map Reading Squad and a Knotting Squad will commence activities at camp.
Throughout the term marked progress has been made at the shooting practices, and evidently this fact has not passed unobserved by several urchins who take a delight in congregating above the range, without (up to the time of writing) any loss of life. Competition for the Company Cup was extremely keen, and our congratulations are due to Sergeant Jones on his success.
We must also congratulate the members of the Corps who have received the following promotions during the term:—
Sergeant Jones to Platoon Sergeant.
Corporal Worger to Sergeant.
Cadet Dixon to Corporal.
Cadet Jarrett to Lance-Corporal.
Considerable excitement was aroused by the sudden news of the date of inspection for the Lady West Physical Drill Competition. A hurried hunt for such articles as shorts and cricket shirts ensued, and we went before the Inspector having had only three practices. It is pleasing to hear that, after all, our Corps came first in Kent.
The band continues to improve, although complaints are occasionally received from the neighbours. If all goes well, the Corps will be able to march through Sandwich into camp with the band playing.
We are indebted to the Earl of Guilford for a first-class camping ground at Sandwich Bay. A record number of Cadets are going and, if we are fortunate with the weather, an excellent camp should be enjoyed.
1st CADET COMPANY C.P. (F.) R.E.
|Balance brought forward||19||8||8½||Drum Sticks and Bugle Cord||0||15||0|
|Coil holder and coils, ete.||1||12||5|
|Rope for drums||0||4||0|
|Stamps and Receipt book||0||4||6|
|Cash in hand||7||12||3½|
|Audited and found correct,||16th July, 1924.|
W. WILTON BAXTER.
W. E. PEARCE.
Form V. Sc. (i).—Carpenter, W. V. (3).
Form V. Arts.—Leader (2), Garland.
Form V. Sc. (ii.).—Horn (2).
Form IVa.—Jarrett (3), Shenton.
Form IVb.—Sparham (2), Trist, Turner.
Form IIIa.—Baxter (3), Dilnot, S. (3), Horn (3), Hore (3), Stanway.
Form IIa.—Peters (3), Bach (3), Brooker (3), Kennett (3), Castle
(3), Smith (2), Davis (2), Belsey (2), Schroder, Baker, Mayne, Holland.
Form IIb.—Dunn (3), Rowe (3), Kennett (3), Farr (2), Taylor, A. W. (2), Binfield (2), Voizey, Hammond.
Form I.—Crofts (3), Moseling (3), Martin (3), Bird (3), Binks (3), Sponder
(3), Sparham (3), Teasdale (3), Waterman (3), Dewar (2), Smith (2), Legg (2),
Pott (2), Cooke, Tombleson, Foad, Darby, Goldfinch.
Trans. A.—Goodridge (3), Hopkins (3), Kemp (3), Peters (3), Austin, I. C. (3), Thompson (3), Rowe, Austin, R., Newman, Hover, Lewis, G.
Trans. B.—Gutsell (3), Foad (3), Turnill (3), Pudney, Peck, Tapley.
Prep.—Allen (3), Dewar (3), Coles.
FREE PLACE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS, 1924.
|Name of Candidate.||Elementary School.|
|L. N. Boom.||Barton Road Boys' School, Dover.|
|R. P. Kenton.||Barton Road Boys' School, Dover.|
|S. W. Marsh.||Barton Road Boys' School, Dover.|
|O. T. V. Pitt.||Barton Road Boys' School, Dover.|
|V. F. West.||Barton Road Boys' School, Dover.|
|L. C. Bingham.||Charlton Boys' School, Dover.|
|L. C. Flisher||Charlton Boys' School, Dover.|
|W. King||Holy Trinity Boys' School, Dover.|
|L. S. Byrne||St. Bartholomew's Boys' School, Dover.|
|A. S. Ware.||St. Bartholomew's Boys' School, Dover.|
|J. H. Pittock||St. George's School, Deal.|
|S. T. Claw||St. James' Boys' School, Dover.|
|G. W. Sharp||St. Martin's Boys' School, Dover.|
|L. J. Taylor||St. Martin's Boys' School, Dover.|
|W. A. Craig.||St. Mary's Boys' School, Dover.|
|E. E. Dellbridge||St. Mary's Boys' School, Dover.|
|A. R. Sharp||Swingfield, Wootton and Denton School.|
|R. A. G. Harrisson||The Parochial School, Deal.|
|C. F.Wake||The Parochial School, Deal.|
|J. Bussey||The Wesleyan School, Deal.|
H. W. STOKES.—Senior Prefect; Captain of School Games; Captain, Maxton House; 1st XI. Football, 1922-23-24; 1st XI. Cricket, 1920-21-22-23-24; Secretary Lit. and Scient. Society; Inter-County Sports, 1923.
S. J. NOWERS.—Prefect; Captain, Buckland House; 1st XI Football, 1923-24; 1st XI. Cricket, 1924; Inter-County Sports, 1923.
H. R. THACKER.—Prefect; Captain, Country House; 1st XI. Football, 1923-24; 1st XI. Cricket, 1924; Sub-Editor The Pharos; Inter-County Sports, 1922-23; Senior Champion, 1924.
G. H. ROBERTS.—Prefect; Vice-Captain, Country House; 1st XI. Cricket. 1924; House Football XI.
S. J. WHITE.—Prefect; Vice-Captain, Buckland House; House 1st XI. Cricket and Football.
W. F. CLARK.—School 1st XI. Football, 1924; 1st XI. Cricket, 1923-24
J. S. DAVIS.—1st XI. Football, 1923-24.
H. DEARLING.—House 1st XI. Football.
A. H. GUNN.—C.Q.M.S. Cadet Corps; House 1st XI. Cricket; 2nd XI. Football; Inter-County Sports, 1922-23.
D. T. JONES.—Sergt. Cadet Corps; School 2nd XI. Football.
E. V. BELSEY.—Buckland 1st XI. Football.
E. F. PAIN.—School 1st XI. Football, 1923-24; 1st XI. Cricket, 1924.
J. DELLBRIDGE.—Cadet Corps.
P. E. WALKER.—Town 2nd XI. Football.
W. E. J. DONOGHUE.—Town 1st XI. Football.
A. J. HOLLOWAY.—Country 1St XI. Cricket.
B. P. PAY
A. E. DIACK
H. W. WATERS
H. F. GOLDUP
R. C. MULLICK
F. A. EARLE
WEMBLEY THE WONDERFUL.
At 7-45, on Thursday, 19th June, all those who were to see the wonders of the British Empire Exhibition assembled at the Priory Station, under four members of the staff and their respective captains, Catching the 7.52 train, in which the party enjoyed the privilege of reserved carriages, they arrived at Cannon Street Station at 9-40. Here two 'buses were waiting, into which they somehow managed to scramble and were driven through London to Wembley—a ride which took nearly an hour.
First, just a word about the Exhibition itself. The grounds extend to more than 216 acres, and the great palaces, in anyone of which it would be a simple matter to lose oneself (a fact which, needless to say, some of the party discovered), are built on a proportionate scale. The buildings are generally designed on simple classical lines, except, of course, the lavishly decorated oriental pavilions, which stand out as striking contrasts to the more severely stately palaces.
The first, and probably the smallest, building visited was Sarawak. Sarawak's chief wealth lies in its minerals, and all branches connected with the mining were ably illustrated. The most interesting exhibit was undoubtedly a working model of an oil well drilling rig, which lay alongside a model of the great submarine pipe-line, four miles in length, which is used for loading oil tankers which draw too much water to approach far inshore. There were familiar exhibits of Malacca and Sarawak cane, in the form of polo and hockey sticks and cricket bat handles. How many of us have seen a 30-ft. python which has just swallowed a pig? The effect of its last meal was apparent in its contour.
The pavilion of Malaya, resplendent in red and yellow, with its lofty minarets and dome, could not be missed. The fisheries section inside proved very interesting, with its various snares and nets, together with a large number of splendid photographs.
Exhibits of rubber, tin and native embroidery were shown, and were only surpassed by the models of such devices as bucket dredges and hydraulic elevators used in mining.
New Zealand, with its tastefully laid-out garden, next attracted attention. In the main hall was displayed a fine collection of natural history exhibits and sporting trophies.
An interesting feature, from a scientific point of view, was the refrigerated cabinets, in which the Dominion's perishable products—butter, cheese and mutton—were stored. Specimens of wool fleece from all New Zealand breeds were shown, and a huge dome of wool was erected in the centre of the court. Outside the pavilion was seen the Maori house, "Mata-Atua," containing samples of Maori carving and curios.
After visiting this pavilion, a pleasant hour or more was spent on the banks of the lake, enjoying lunch. In the afternoon, when the heat was beginning to be felt, the party broke up and visited the Palace of Industry. Here practically every British branch of manufacture was represented. The Chemical Industries Section was perhaps the most interesting, where chemicals of all kinds were displayed in bewildering variety. The exhibit of cotton textiles illustrated every process in the manufacture of cotton fabrics, from the raw fibres to the finished article of commerce. Equally interesting was a special machine that carried out the entire process of paper manufacture. Fascinating to the schoolboy was the Food and Beverage Section, where a mechanical baking plant could be seen at work, and a host of machines were busily manufacturing chocolates, confectionery and biscuits. The remaining exhibits were too numerous to describe here in any detail, but they were all worthy of the interest displayed in them.
The pavilion of Australia, covering 5½ acres, was next visited. Here tea was obtained in the Australian restaurant. Manufactures, mining, shipping and transportation, all had special sections, and there were others devoted to dairy produce, orchards, cotton and vineyards. The timber section was decidedly interesting, as also proved the many working models of farming and lumbering. Fish, exhibited in blocks of ice, and an enormous cheese weighing 1½ tons, drew the attention of many people. A large number of interesting panoramic pictures were to be seen, illustrating the life of the lumbermen and cattlemen of Australia. The growing development of the factories was shown in the manufactures section, in which were displayed clothing, textiles, fur, leather goods and metal work.
From Australia the party passed over the Old London Bridge to His Majesty's Government Buildings. Guarded by six stone lions and supported on lofty columns, overhung by flags, it proved one of the most imposing of the palaces. Upon entering the building one was arrested by an enormous contour map of the world. In the water travelled model ships from port to port. Here, too, is the theatre in which may be seen either an aerial bombardment of London, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, or the attack on Zeebrugge, etc., realistically represented with miniature ships and guns. In the Military Section may be seen battlefields and many uniforms worn by our army in recent wars.
In the Naval Section were displayed fine models of ships and submarines, some nearly 10 ft. in length. Here, again, it is useless to attempt a really full description of the many things exhibited. To be properly understood they must he seen.
The Hostel was reached by 'bus a little before 8.30 p.m. After a wash and brush-up, tea was served in the dining hall. By 10 p.m. everyone was in bed, but certainly not asleep—certain boisterous spirits were a little too noisy to permit that. Breakfast, next morning, at 8 o'clock. consisted of porridge and kippers. At 10 o'clock the party was again at the Exhibition.
In the Palace of Engineering were to be seen the wonders of modern science. In the shipbuilding and general engineering section were shown exhibits ranging from delicate testing machines to models weighing up to 150 tons. Locomotives, steam turbines and oil engines were shown to the best advantage side by side with cranes, overhead transporters and lifts. The Electrical Engineering Section, with its power-station that supplies the whole Exhibition with electric light, had interesting exhibits of wireless, submarine cables and electrical domestic appliances. There was a special section for those interested in motors, where vehicles ranging from push bikes to motor lorries and omnibuses were shown. The Sea Transport Section housed many beautiful models of great ocean liners.
The Indian pavilion, with its sparkling lake, minarets and dome, was modelled on the Taj Mahal at Agra. In the Arts and Crafts Section was the beautiful work of native craftsmen in wood and ivory, silk and metal. Another interesting feature was the model of the Khyber Pass. The models of Indian railway engines and carriages attracted everyone's attention. Tile jungle exhibit, to which the King had lent some elephant tusks and the Indian Viceroy some tiger skins, was well worth seeing.
In the Indian courtyard, lunch, provided by the hostel, was eaten. From India the party went to the beautiful Burmese pavilion, which was modelled on a Burmese Royal Palace and surmounted by seven-roofed spires. There was a Government section, containing exhibits of rice and other cereals; but perhaps the most interesting was the section relating to Burmese Arts and Crafts, where wood and ivory carving, work in mother-of-pearl and metal work could be seen. Burmese mineral wealth was well illustrated in her rubies.
The East African Pavilion possessed an exquisitely carved doorway, which opened into the central court. The court contained inter alia some fine elephant tusks lent by the King. Exhibits of ivory, cocoanut, copra, cotton and coffee proved very interesting, and paintings and photographs showed the many types of East African scenery.
The Gold Coast building is built in the style of one of the old castles erected in the 15th century. Here was seen the mysterious native drum that serves as a means of communication over hundreds of miles. In the Ashanti Court, which was given over largely to curios, were to be found silk, state swords and other interesting and rarely seen articles. The mining exhibits included manganese and gold. The agricultural industry was ably illustrated in the Agricultural Court.
After visiting this pavilion, the party broke up for two hours, some going to the Amusement Park and others to exhibits they had not already seen. At 4 o'clock all reassembled in the Gold Coast enclosure and proceeded to the Canadian pavilion. This was one of the best laid-out buildings in the Exhibition, containing excellent mural decorations and many wonderful panoramic pictures. The numerous models of Canadian wheat-fields, forests and timber-yards all helped to make the exhibit intensely interesting, and the machinery department, containing motors, tractors and farming machines, occupied a prominent place. Wool, rubber products, silk arid pulp all had their special departments. One of the most interesting exhibits was a life-size model of the Prince of Wales and his horse, made entirely in Canadian butter. In the Canadian Pacific Railway building were shown the facilities for travelling and sport in Canada. Here, too, were many interesting working mechanical models.
At 5.30 p.m. the party assembled at the South-West entrance, where they boarded 'buses and were conveyed to Charing Cross Station. Here they caught the 7 o'clock train, and arrived home again at 8.36. The members of the party were all agreed that the excursion had been a huge success, and our thanks are due to the Head Master for the care he took in making the necessary arrangements, and to the accompanying members of the staff and Capt. Rowe for the responsible tasks they undertook in looking after over 60 boys.
YE CHRONICLES OF YE LESSER HOLE.
Nowe itte came to passe, whenne ye Knyghtes, Squyères ande Yeamenne hadde girded uppe theyre loynes aftre ye plesaunce of Estre, thatte oon of ye Knyghtes didde sey: "Itte greeveth me in my harte, my brethrenne, thatte oon of oure nombre shoude have departed from oure midst unsung for manie moones. Wherefore lette us nowe put us in mynde of oure dutie, ande chaunte of Templumarea." Whereuponne ye Knyghtes didde lifte uppe theyre voyces unto ye heavennes, chaunting prayse of Templumarea, howe thatte hys feete were bigge ande hys voyce lyke unto ye sweete-tonged thondre.
Bifel thatte on th' appoynted daye alle ye Knyghtes, Squyeres ande Yeomenne, togedre with theyre Overlordes, both greet ande smalle, hygh ande lowe, ande aile theyre kith allele kin, diddc hie them unto Crabbul for ye greet joust. Ande lo! ye puissant lorde Jupiter Pluvius didde thenne sey unto hymselfe: "I have reyned ande I have thondred for manie moones. Nowe will I returnne unto my beaut, ande permitte unto ye Sonne to smyle agayn." Thenne came ye Sonne, ande ryghte hartily didde laughe to see ye Squyeres combatting togedre. Somme hadde a thicke stryng to themselves, and, alack-a-daye! there came somme of theyre brethrenne in angre, ande didde pulle itte from them.
Nowe about ye seconde moone, ye Overlordes didde sey unto ye Knyghtes ande Squyères: "Come, we woude pleye withe ye withe batte ande balle." Thenne ye Knyghtes ande Squyères were ryghte merrie, an de girded uppe theyre loynes for ye strife. Ande ye Overlordes didde smyte ye balle withe ye batte, but lo! ye Knyghtes an de Squyères smote even more hartily, ande made ye Overlordes to ronne ande to amble after ye smalle sphere until ye daye was far spente.
Bifel thatte manie of ye Squyères and Yeomenne didde journeye withe certayne of ye Overlordes unto ye place thatte is yclept Wembulie, for to yncreese in knowledge ande undrestandynge, ande far to rejoyce in ye Brytyshe ande no foreygne hoomer. Thus itte came to passe thatte ye puissant Overlorde did dedecree thatte ye Knyghtes of ye Lesser Hole shoude quitte theyre habitacioun ande joyn theyre nombre unto ye Squyères of Fyve Artes. Thenne didde certayne of ye Knyghtes yclept Syentistes entre into ye Lesser Hole, togedre withe a personne of wondrous lookes, seekynge aftre lernynge in ye manere of ye strongre sexe. But soone were ye Knyghtes returned unto theyre hoome, ande didde rejoyce ryghte merriely at theyre returnne from exyle.
Ande lo! ye reste of ye deedes of ye Knyghtes, Squyères an de Yeomenne, are thei not writtenne in ye boke "Pharos" ?
" HEWIT YE SCRYBE."
THE LIFE OF A SEAGULL.
The first knowledge you have of a seagull's nest is when the male stands on a rock and cries out in a shrill, piercing note, while his mate struts about behind him, every now and again giving out a high-toned cry, which is answered by other gulls.
One bird is always on the nest of dry grass and sticks. The male usually obtains the food for his mate and himself.
There are usually three eggs in the nest, but you can fairly often see two or four. They are light brown with dark-brown spots, and are about three inches long.
A little while after, the eggs are hatched, and for many days and nights you can hear the young crying out in a tone which is very high pitched and which resembles the parents' cry. Their legs and feet are brown, and the beak is slightly darker than the legs. The body is very soft, as it is covered with a very thick growth of down, coloured so as to match the cliff, and if the birds keep still it is hard to distinguish them at a distance of about eighteen feet.
They walk very awkwardly, but they can fall a great distance without being killed, which is remarkable for young birds. As they grow bigger, so they get fiercer, and will fight hard if touched. But often they will come close to be fed.
They will eat almost anything—even bones—and it is amazing to see a young gull swallow half a good-sized fish and still seem hungry. The parents try to make them fly by pulling them off the nest and then letting them go. If they do not fly then, the old gulls chase them and, if they catch them, break their wings.
They can swim when very young, but landing causes them much difficulty in walking out of the water, so, as the wave brings them to the shore, they turn over and beat about with their wings until safe on dry land. If there is a swell on the water, it often causes them to be washed out, and so they only land after many trials.
As they grow, so their colour changes, and instead of being light grey with dark spots they turn nearly dark brown. They do not obtain that beautiful white colour of their parents until they are two years old, when the body is white, the wings are a beautiful grey, and beak, legs and feet yellow.
J. H. DELLBRIDGE (IVB.).
POULTRY FARMING AS A CAREER FOR BOYS.
The Great War had one very marked effect upon the poultry industry, namely that it drew the attention of a large section of the public—for various reasons—to the possibilities of poultry farming in one branch or another.
Though the tremendous boom which the egg-farming business received as an immediate result of the conclusion of hostilities cannot definitely be regarded as permanent, poultry-farming has to a great extent been stabilized, and never before has the industry been in such a generally flourishing condition as it is at the present time.
There are nowadays so many branches of poultry farming (so called), that it is necessary for the beginner to realize at the outset that whereas, with proper training, he may eventually be able to make a living as a fancier, as a pedigree-laying specialist, or as a commercial egg-farmer, he certainly cannot hope to succeed as a vague combination of all three. A very thorough training is absolutely necessary, and since a man undoubtedly succeeds best whose heart is in his work, it is best for those whose keenness has in any way abated, after a year or so's work on a poultry farm, to think twice before launching out on a farm of their own.
Undoubtedly, too, it pays, first, to have a glimpse of all sides of the industry, and put in a certain period as a pupil with both a fancier and a utilitarian. The novice thus obtains an idea of the possibilities and work in both branches, and at the end of his apprenticeship can judge for himself which branch appealed to him most.
The somewhat prevalent idea that any Tom, Dick or Harry can make a living out of poultry is as absurd as to think that all are competent to make a fortune on the Stock Exchange, or a living out of authorship. The science of breeding is very complex, and among other things a detailed acquaintance with the constituents of feeding stuffs and the desirable ratio to feed to give the best results, is most important. From the haphazard methods of our forefathers, we have developed an ultra-scientific school of theorists; to understand foodstuffs it is almost necessary to qualify as an analytical chemist and build a laboratory in the farm buildings!!
The man must have certain essential qualifications for success—an active brain, good health and strength, ability to stand almost any amount of continuous and hard work. A knowledge of carpentry, too, is essential, and a knowledge of any of the following is often helpful:—fruit, pigs, goats, bees, horses, and all farm animals.
It is best for the beginner to go as pupil on a well-known poultry farm, and pay at first a small premium; or go to an Agricultural Training College, which gives instruction in poultry, husbandry, or both. At the end of two years, and providing he is able to show at least a school leaving certificate, a certificate of proficiency from a poultry teaching institution, and proof of having spent not less than one year on a poultry farm, he will be able to sit for the "National Diploma in Poultry Husbandry," held in the autumn; fee, £5 5s.
The exam. consists of Poultry Management, Agriculture in relation to Poultry, Horticulture, Book-keeping, Anatomy and Physiology in relation to Diseases, Chemistry in its application to Poultry-keeping, and Building Construction.
Further information can be obtained of the Secretary, National Poultry Council, 31, Essex Street, London, W.C. 2, or any agricultural college.
Though the writer has not passed the diploma, he is one of several poultrymen on a large poultry farm on the South coast, and after three years is getting nearly 40s. a week salary.
I would therefore ask all young fellows who are thinking of going in for poultry-farming to digest the above article, and remember that "the fees are high at the school of experience," and that "a pound of experience is worth a ton of theory."
JUNIOR SCHOOL NOTES.
The Juniors are very proud of their four fortunate fellows who have secured Exhibitions this year. Several aspirants have already notified their intention of competing in 1925.
Our first cricket match with "Harvey" Juniors ended in a win for Dover by a margin of 57 runs. Our boys batted first, and declared after scoring 74 for 6 wickets (Cooke 29 not out, Dewar 11). Folkestone Boys made 17, but they assured us they would do their best to beat us on their ground. This they accomplished fairly easily on 12th July, scoring 135 to our 43. At the Athletic Sports, Pott had the honour of running for his House in the Junior Relay Race; while Tombleson swam with the seniors in the Relay Race at the Swimming Sports.
The latter boy also won both "Under 14" events. The keenness of the boys and the interest of parents in the out-of-door activities of the youngsters have been a source of gratification and encouragement to all concerned.
A VISIT TO THE ROYAL YACHT.
One day last summer, while on my holiday at Portsmouth, I had an invitation to go on board the Royal Yacht. As it lay a good way from the land I went to it in a pinnace, the one which the King and Queen have frequently used.
All the way round the upper deck of the yacht were small enclosures.
The lever for sounding the whistle was of silver, and it was connected to the whistle (which also was of silver) by means of a piece of silver wire. The carpets were still down along the corridors, as the King had lately returned from Cowes.
Costly Persian rugs, worked by hand, lay here and there, and the cushions on the chairs were so soft that one sank right into them.
The lower deck was as clean as the upper deck, and the brass shone as if it were gold.
The dinner, coffee and tea services had the royal coat of arms on each particular piece of china.
The main staircase led to the dining-room, which contained a long table divided in halves by the mast, with seats at each end for the King and the Queen.
The royal apartments were closed, but they could be seen over the enclosure, as it is only half the height of a door.
The wireless aerials are so thin that they can only be seen at close quarters.
L. SPARHAM (Form I.).
TRAVELLING UP THE HIMALAYAS.
After getting out of an ordinary-sized train, we transferred to a small mountain railway, and waited eagerly for the journey up the hills. When the train started, it went along some miles of level track before it at length began its ascent up the steep hillside.
As we ascended, we looked down into the valley below, and saw nothing but trees and trees as far as we could see. At the first station we came to, we got out of the train and entered a small house for dinner. When we came out of the house, crowds of beggars surrounded us and started begging and making hideous noises. Soon we were on our way again, and at last we reached Darjeeling, the end of our journey. Here we were conveyed in rickshaws (a two-wheeled carriage in which you sit while a native pushes it along) to our house, where we could obtain a beautiful view of the snow-covered mountains and wooded valleys.
A. T. BIRD (Form 1.).
We have an aquarium at School this term. In it we have a water-boatman, some water-snails, some tadpoles, and freshwater shrimps, and two funny grey long things which close tightly together and then stretch out longways. The water-boatman swims with two kinds of legs, which work backwards and forwards; he is generally on top of the water.
The water-snails are greyish-brown in colour, and crawl up the side of the glass aquarium. The fresh-water shrimp is nearly the same as the sea shrimp. The tadpoles are developing into frogs: they have already got legs.
J. TAPLEY (Trans. B.).
I wish I lived in India,
A. TURNILL (Trans. B)
One of the most curious facts of the Dover white lighthouse is that the light is caused by a small oil lamp not more than 1 ft. high. It revolves in a bed of mercury, run by clockwork. The magnifying glass, which is very thick, is arranged so that there are ten rays although there appear only four. Attached to the clockwork is one of the three fog bells, which ring after every "hoot" of the horn. Every night the keeper and one assistant sit by the light, spending most of the time winding up the clockwork, while during a fog they have to fire the electric gun every two minutes. They are told when two minutes have passed, by a little clock which makes an extra loud tick then.
J. K. THOMPSON (Trans. A.).