No. 65. DECEMBER, 1930. VOL. XX.
|Notices||The Pharos Meccano Club|
|Spring Term, 1931||The End of the Bazaar|
|Editorial||Speech Day, 1930|
|O.B.A. Notes||Examination Successes|
|House Notes||Merit List|
|School Football, 1930||Notes from Ladywell|
|Swimming Notes||Gleams and Flashes|
|Sports Account||Ye Chronicle|
|Cadet Notes||Goldsmiths' Letter|
|D.C.S. Cadet Company Balance||Under Canvas|
|Library Notes||Random Verses|
|Sixth Form Debating Society||The Motor Cycle Craze|
|The Musical Society||Night|
|A Postman's Task in India|
The next number of The Pharos will appear about 30th March. Contributions must be submitted to the Editor not later than 9th March.
We acknowledge with thanks Ruym (Chatham House County School, Ramsgate), The Ashfordian, The Langtonian, The Harveian, The Anchor (Gillingham County School) and The Magazine of the County School for Girls, Dover.
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.
SPRING TERM, 1931.
The Spring Term will begin on Thursday, 8th January, and end on Wednesday, 1st April. Holders of season tickets are asked to see that their railway passes are made out to cover both these dates.
A definite stage in the building of the new School has now been reached, and the completion of the general structure, with the removal of scaffolding, makes it possible for the uninitiated to grasp the general design and the relation of the parts to the whole. A visit now reveals class-rooms, hall, labs., workshops, library, and other features approaching completion, and gives a very good idea of the whole as it will he next September.
The dedication of the new lectern by Canon Elnor, on St. Andrew’s Day (2nd December), was an interesting and impressive ceremony. The Rev. A. T. Slater gave an appropriate and thought-provoking address on the value of the Bible, and the remainder of the short Service consisted of hymns, prayers and Scripture reading suitable to the occasion.
Among the many gifts which will add to the delights and uses of the new building, we gratefully acknowledge that of the Pudney brothers. As two of these have already travelled far, and the third is training for a career in the Marine Service, the gift of a model of The Golden Hind is an appropriate one. It will certainly add a note of romance, beauty and distinction to the new School Library.
We shall lose this term the services of two members of the Staff — Mr. S. A. Coase and Mr. A. A. Smith. While regretting their departure on personal grounds, we have to congratulate them on the improved status their new appointments will bring them, and to hope that the experience they have gained by spending the first few years of their teaching career at our School will prove of value. We trust also that they will look back on the time spent with us as a period of happy service. Mr. Coase is going to St. Albans School, and Mr. Smith to Aske’s Haberdashers’ Boys’ School, New Cross, London, S.E.
In their places we shall welcome in January, Mr. Arnold C. Healing, B.A., and Mr. Frank L. Kendall, M.A. Mr. Healing is at present Senior English Master at Watford Grammar School. An Old Boy of Kingswood School, Bath, he gained an open scholarship to Downing College, Cambridge, where he took the Modern Languages Tripos in French, and, a year later, the English Tripos. He is interested in Rugby football and has been a contributor to the “Review of English Studies.”
Mr. Kendall is an Old Boy of Gravesend County School, whom we are pleased to see now returning to the county of his early training. He took the Natural Science Tripos at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, following up this success with the Cambridge Teacher’s Diploma. The post he is leaving is that of Science Master at Thirsk Grammar School, Yorkshire.
On behalf of all readers of this Magazine, we would like to offer the new-comers our best wishes for the future, and to hope they will find with us congenial surroundings and abundant opportunities.
We thank the many boys who sent in contributions for this term’s issue. While some articles are promising, and a few of sufficient merit for publication, did space permit, there are a number which show a lack of finish and other signs of hurried composition. Work “dashed off” at the last minute, perhaps in response to the Editor’s announcement of the “final date,” seldom has much merit. We urge those who seriously desire to see their articles in print to prepare them early in the term, and to leave ample time for necessary revision and improvement.
The Editor would be very glad of the help of Old Boys and others in making up two files of The Pharos for binding and storing as part of the School Records. We have one file complete with the exception of Nos. 9 and 10. For the second file, we need all the issues previous to December, 1913. Anyone who will part with these possibly treasured relics of the past, in a good cause, will earn our sincere gratitude.
The Head Master’s and Mrs. Whitehouse’s “At Home” and the Annual General Meeting of Parents were held in the School, Frith Road, on Wednesday, 15th October, when a large number of parents were present.
The retiring members of the Executive were re-elected, with exception of Mr. Monckton and Mrs. Floyd. We wish to thank Mrs. Floyd and Mr. Monckton for past services, and welcome to our midst Mr. Woodham and the Rev. A. H. Taylor.
Another Speech Day has come and gone. We believe most people were satisfied with the seating arrangements, and we wou1d like to thank all those gentlemen who helped to make parents, and others, comfortable — a rather difficult task in view of the number who were present.
We are still seeking new members, and parents outside our Association are asked to kindly look inside the front cover of this issue of The Pharos, to see the objects of the Association. We hope they will then send in their names for membership. The Executive Committee extend to all parents and Staff, Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year.
At the time of writing, the membership figure stands at 98. There are still some 30 or more of last year's members to renew their subscriptions, and, as we shall soon be entering upon a new Association Year, I trust that these will now be sent along with as little delay as possible.
The first dance of the season was held on 18th October, and proved to be a great success. Some 80 people were present, and the result was all the more gratifying, as it was thought on the Thursday previous to the dance taking place that it might have to be cancelled owing to lack of support.
The Annual Dinner was held on 15th November, for the last time in the Old School. Fifty-five Old Boys sat down to dinner, a record in the history of the Association. Altogether, a thoroughly enjoyable evening was spent, and once again we are indebted to Messrs. Cocks, Gosby, Gunn, Pudney and Sharp for an excellent musical programme, and to Mr. Willis for his services at the piano. Much of the success of the occasion was due to our President, Mr. Whitehouse, whose personal letter to the Old Boys was as much appreciated as was that part of the evening's refreshment which he so generously provided.
The Re-union Dance takes place on 27th December, at the Town Hall, and you are particularly asked to reserve the date for this important function, and to get as many friends as possible to come along.
Notes on the activities of the cricket and football clubs will be found elsewhere in this magazine.
We congratulate J. M. Saunders on the results of his Final Examination at Sandhurst. He passed out 19th out of 152 successful candidates, carried off the Chemistry Prize and gained distinction in Equitation and Physical Training. He was gazetted to the Indian Army and sailed for India on the 22nd of October.
Congratulations are also offered to the following Old Boys whose marriages have been announced: - Robert Grimer, R.F.A., to Mlle. Marguerite Pignon, at Dover on 4th October.
Stephen E. Clout to Miss K. W. Cobbe, at Newark-on-Trent,. on 11th October.
G. E. HARROW.
Old Pharosians’ Football Club.
Up to the time of
writing, the season’s results have been satisfactory from the playing point of
view, though it is regretted that, owing to lack of players and pitches, the 2nd
XI. has been disbanded for the time being.
Results up to 29th November inclusive: -
Played. Won. Lost. For. Against.
.. 8 6 2
Friendly Matches .. 1 0 1 1 5
Cup Ties .. 1 1 0 5 3
Old Pharosians’ Cricket Club.
The Club, as a whole, had a good season, the 1st team winning 7 of the 14 games played, and the “A” team being successful in 8 out of 14. D. C. Simmonds had the distinction of scoring 113 not out against the Folkestone Banks C.C., and also topped the averages with 35.30. Of the new members, J. M. Davis played consistently; the bowling of L. Packer was the feature of the “A” team’s success, his 56 wickets averaging 8.78.
We are arranging an attractive fixture list for next season, and there will be several vacancies in the teams. We extend a hearty invitation to all Old Boys in the town who are interested in cricket to join us, and help to maintain the high standard of the Club.
Record for the season 1930 is as follows: -
Played, 28; won, 15 ; lost, 11 drawn, 2.
Results after 12th
July 26 — Old Pharosians 113; Folkestone Banks 2 for 0. Abandoned.
Aug. 2 — Old Pharosians 157 for 5 wkts., dec.; Royal Sussex Regt. 57.
“ 9 — Old Pharosians 145 for 1 wkt., dec.; Palmers’ CC. 71.
“ 20 — Old Pharosians 82; Old Langtonians 140 for 4 wkts.
Sept. 6 — Old Pharosians 174 for 6 wkts. dec.; Army School of Education 124.
July 9 — Old Pharosians 96 for 6 wkts., dec.; Continental Clerks 73.
“ 12 — Old Pharosians 128; Walmer 97.
“ 19 — Old Pharosians 73; Minerva 201.
Aug. 9 — Old Pharosians 113; Continental Clerks 48.
“ 30 — Old Pharosians 82; Customs and Excise 88.
Sept. 6 — Old Pharosians 70; Sea Hawks (Walmer) 77 for 9 wkts.
A. C. L. BROWNE,
Oct. 2 - At Ramsgate. Chatham House School 6; D.C.S. 2.
" 9 - At Astor Avenue. D.C.S. 2; D.Y.R.M.S. 4.
In the first place, I should like to congratulate Town House on winning the House Challenge Shield after a close fight, in which we were narrowly beaten. As has been the case so often in past years, swimming was again the deciding factor. It is not sufficient to head the list at cricket and athletics if we cannot back this up with a reasonable number of points in swimming. The football results this term have been most disappointing. Although, individually, the 1st XI. is stronger than any of our opponents, we have not yet succeeded in winning a game. At present the team does not combine well, and there is a decided lack of thrust in front of goal. I am confident that our luck will change, however, and that we shall have more success next term. In the three games played so far, Boorn has been outstanding in the defence, his positional play and anticipation having been excellent. G. Coulter has worked very hard, and Jenkins has made a most promising debut in 1st XI. football. Before we can hope to win, however, the forwards must learn to shoot more frequently. It they will only do so I see no reason why all three games next term should not be won.
The 2nd XI. shows promise, and has worked hard, but they too must learn to shoot more often, as they did with such conspicuous success against Maxton. Constable has worked hard at centre-half, and Cadman has led the forward line quite well. If we are to stand a chance for the Shield next year, a big improvement must be shown.
My first duty is to wish Scott the best of luck in his future career. We are pleased to hear that he is doing well.
Town House is to be congratulated on winning the Shield. The success of the Light Blues was due largely to their remarkable performance at the Swimming Sports, where it has become customary for Country not to excel. I should like to remind the House as a whole, and in particular the Greens in the lower part of the School, that it is the duty of everyone to learn to swim at least one length. (It should be explained for the benefit of new boys and other Greens who have poor memories, that the House receives a point for each member swimming a length or more). If this reminder has effect, I am confident that the 1930 Swimming Sports farce will not again be enacted.
We were unlucky to be defeated in the first round of the East Cup Competition. While offering Maxton our sincere congratulations on their cricket performance, we should determine to regain the Cup this season; we have every hope of being successful.
With half of the football matches of the season already played, Country is second in the House Table. This encouraging finish to the term’s football is largely a result of the steady play of the 2nd XI. The forwards have proved themselves capable of some really straight shooting, while the defence has worked hard and confidently. The 1st XI., on the other hand, has not done particularly well. Although successful in the first match, the team has done little since. The last two matches have been lost owing to the inability of the forwards to take full advantage of opportunities in front of goal. The excellent play of E. S. Smith has done much to hold the defence together.
In conclusion, I must emphasize the need for keeping keenness and enthusiasm at concert pitch. The Shield can only be ours if every member will willingly give of his best for the good of the House.
Football has been the only activity this term and, up to the time of writing, the results of the House football have not been very encouraging. Although the 1st XI. have done fairly well, having won two out of three games, the 2nd XI. have failed to gain a victory. This is partly due to the smallness of the younger members of the House, which in turn, is due to the fact that Maxton is the "baby" House, the other three Houses having almost double our numbers. This is, however, the more to our credit when we do win.
In the 1st XI., Profitt and Roebuck were conspicuous for their good play, but the forwards lacked thrust and good combination was rarely seen; had they taken more shots at goal when the opportunity arose, we might have won all three games. In the 2nd XI., Taylor, P. E. Coles and Magub are quite promising players, although, as a team, there is too much "kick and rush."
It must be remembered that it is not only the senior members of the House who gain the points for the House Challenge Shield; the efforts of the younger members are just as important, as was very easily seen last Sports Day. I hope next term, that the teams will be more successful, although the House will be hard hit by the loss of Profitt who has done so well for us at soccer and cricket.
If we are to win the Shield, and I'm sure all of you would be very proud to see Maxton at the head of the list next year, It is up to every boy to do his best, whether at soccer, cricket, athletics or swimming. Red is a sign of danger, so "Play up, Reds,” and show how dangerous we really can be.
I cannot conclude without saying that I am sure all the members of the House will join with me in wishing K. W. Donald, our late captain, every success in his new career at Cambridge.
First of all, the House must congratulate itself on winning the House Shield for the second time in its history. Our good lead in football was augmented by the swimming, and although we came down a little on Sports Day, the winning of three out of the last four cricket matches left us well at the top of the table. The decisive victories over both Buckland teams in the last House matches were a fitting finale to a successful year, and I sincerely thank all those who helped to make it so.
Our East Cup team strove valiantly, but Maxton beat them by a large margin in the first round. Despite this we have in Teasdale a bowler who gives promise of being useful in both House and School cricket in a few years’ time.
We have every reason to be pleased with this term’s football results, as we have gained ten points out of a possible twelve. Thus we are at present at the top of the House football table, and if the keenness of members of the House continues there is every prospect of finishing the season in this position.
The 1st XI. has won all three matches so far. This is mainly due to the great strength of the defence, in which Tapley and Claw have played exceedingly well. The forward line has combined quite well, but is weak at shooting, and many chances in front of goal have been lost. Incidentally the superiority of the defence is shown by the fact that goals have been scored by four different members of it. The 2nd XI. started the season well by beating Maxton, 7-2; but went all to pieces in the second match, against Country, and were as decisively beaten. This was due to the way in which the forwards, halves and backs wandered all over the field without any regard for positional play. Naturally against a weaker team such as Maxton this did not matter so much, but the whole side was hopelessly at sea against the stronger Country team. However, upon re-organisation and introduction of new forwards, the team played well to beat Buckland 2nd XI. by 4-2. Of the forwards, Waller has proved himself an efficient marksman, having scored 6 goals in three matches while Gore has been the steadiest member of the defence.
In conclusion, I should like to say good-bye in the name of the House to S. T. Claw, who is leaving us this term, and who has done much for the House in many directions for several years.
SCHOOL FOOTBALL, 1930.
This season the 1st XI. has performed most creditably, having suffered defeat on only two occasions. The nucleus of last year’s team remained at school, and there were few vacancies to be filled. We started the season by defeating the Old Pharosians, and were not defeated until, weakened by the absence of Salmon and Smith, we were narrowly beaten by Margate College.
The team has a sound defence, which is not easy to penetrate, the halves and backs having now established an understanding amongst themselves; whilst the backs cover each other well. Goodfellow, in goal, and Boorn, at back, have played consistently well throughout the season, and the whole defence has worked hard. In the attack, Salmon has been outstanding, as an average of three goals per game amply proves. The inside forwards have worked together cleverly; the majority of the goals having come from their combined efforts. The chief weakness of the team lies in the fact that although the defence and attack are both strong, there is no connecting link between them.
Although not quite as strong as in previous years, the 2nd. XI., captained by Claw, has also had a successful season. Individually the defenders have played quite well, but they do not combine amongst themselves nor support the attack sufficiently. The forwards do not shoot enough at present, and so waste opportunities of scoring. Castle has been the cleverest forward, and Hogben has been a consistent goal scorer.
The 3rd XI. has had little success this year, but several of its members show promise, notably Unstead, Slator, Jenkins and Wilkinson. With more experience, Pelham should develop into a really sound goalkeeper.
In the annual match Cadets versus School, the School gained their usual victory without much difficulty. The School defence proved too strong for the Cadets, and with the School forwards taking their chances, the result was rarely in doubt.
On behalf of the teams, I should like to wish every success to Profitt, Claw and Bell, who left during the term.
J. A. PATERSON.
Oct. 1st. at Canterbury — D.C.S. 5; Simon Langton School 1.
Oct. 4th. at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 7; Harvey Grammar School 3.
Oct. 11th. at Margate — D.C.S. 5; Margate College 2.
Oct. 18th. at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 4; D.Y.R.M.S. 4.
Oct. 29th. at Astor Avenue — D.C.S. 5; Ashford Grammar School 2.
Nov. 5th. at Folkestone — D.C.S. 2;Harvey Grammar School 1.
Nov. 12th. at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 0; Margate College 2.
Nov. 19th. at Astor Avenue - D. C S. 5; Simon Langton School 0.
Nov. 29th. at Astor Avenue - Cadets 2; Rest of School 7.
Dec. 3rd. at Guston - D.C.S. 3; D.Y.R.M.S. 7.
THE GOAL SCORER
Oct. 1st. at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 6; Simon Langton School 4.
Oct. 4th. at Folkestone - D.C.S. 3; Harvey Grammar School 1.
Oct. 11th. at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 5; Margate College 2.
Oct. 18th. at Guston - D.C.S. 3; D.Y.R.M.S. 3.
Nov. 5th. at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 0; Harvey Grammar School 1.
Nov. 12th. at Margate - D.C.S. 1 ; Margate College 9.
Nov. 19thth. at Canterbury - D.C.S. 5; Simon Langton School 4.
Dec. 3th. at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 1; D.Y.RM.S. 1.
UNDER 15 XI.
Oct. 11th. at Margate - D.C.S. 2: Margate College 5.
Oct. 18th. at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 4; D.Y.R.M.S. 5.
Oct. 29th. at Ashford - D.C.S. 3; Ashford Grammar School 5.
Nov. 12th. at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 2; Margate College 9.
Dec. 3rd. at Guston - D.C.S. 1; D.Y.R.M.S. 5.
UNDER 14 XI.
Oct. 1st. at Canterbury - D.CS. 4; Simon Langton School 4.
Nov. 19th. at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 5; Simon Langton School 1.
House Matches Results.
Oct. 8th - Buckland 1, Country 2; Maxton 2, Town 3.
Oct. 25th - Buckland 0, Maxton 2; Country I, Town 2.
Nov. 22nd - Buckland 1, Town 5; Country 1, Maxton 4.
Oct. 8th - Buckland 0, Country 3; Maxton 2, Town 7.
Oct. 25th - Buckland 13, Maxton 0; Country 8, Town 3.
Nov. 22nd - Buckland 2, Town 4; Country 3, Maxton 0.
Pl’d. Won. Lost. For. Against Points.
Town .. 6 5 1 24 16 10
Country .. 6 4 2 18 10 8
Maxton .. 6 2 4 10 27 4
Buckland .. 6 1 5 17 16 2
The only swimming activity of importance this term has been the
examination for Life-Saving Awards, in which the following were successful: -
Awards of Merit. - A. D. Dewar, L. C. Pamplin, J. L. Waller, D. C. Geddes.
Honorary Instructor's Certificates and Teacher's Certificates. - H. C. Blackford, E. H. B. Martin.
Bronze Medallions and Proficiency Certificates. - G. S. Allen, L. E. Dargan,. F. L. Garlinge,
P. C. R. Pearce. J. B. Pullee, M. W. F. Robson. A. J. T. Slater,
J. H. M. Tapley, G. S. Taylor, R. P. Townshend, S. M. West, W. M. E. White.
Proficiency Certificate. - C. R. Archibald.
It has been noticeable during the year, that boys are not taking full advantage of the opportunities for learning to swim which a town such as Dover offers, and it is to be hoped that next year larger numbers will interest themselves in this branch of sport.
SPORTS ACCOUNT ON 5th DECEMBER, 1930.
d £ s d
15th July – Balance brought Teas to visiting teams .. .. 10 4 6
forward .. .. .. .. .. 18 5 9 Morecroft .. .. .. 0 3 8
5th Aug. – Subscriptions .. .. 8 5 0 Bartlett .. .. .. .. 0 5 1
9th Oct. – O.B.A. and extra Football Repairs .. .. 0 5 0
sales of Pharos .. .. .. .. 3 18 1 Fares by bus .. .. .. 2 0 4
1st Nov. – Subscriptions .. .. 38 10 0 Harris .. .. .. .. 0 8 6
5th Dec. –
Subscriptions .. .. 5 12 6 Dovorian Coaches Coy.
.. .. transport from Oct.
1929 to Dec.. 1930. .. .. 59 18 0
Cash at Bank .. .. .. 0 12 9
Cash in hand .. .. .. 4 13 6
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£74 11 4 £74 11 4
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Outstanding Accounts about £38
Audited and found correct, W. WILTON BAXTER,
W. H. DARBY. Hon Treasurer
For the first time in the history of the Corps, these notes are not headed 1st Cadet Coy. C.P. (F.) R.E., a title of which every cadet has been proud, and though we must now leave that title behind us, we shall never forget the cordial relations which have existed between us and the company of Royal Engineers to which we were attached. Their Officers, especially Major Mowll and Major Godfrey, have always displayed the greatest interest in our work, and have never failed to give us, as far as they were able, every opportunity for improving our training. The use of the Drill Hall in Northampton Street has enabled the Corps to maintain a fair standard of musketry, while occasional lectures have been very helpful to candidates for Certificate "A."
The remarks of the Head Master on Speech Day were most encouraging, as they showed that the work of the Corps has been appreciated. We shall certainly carry on as he suggested, our new title being "The Dover County School Cadet Company," and our uniform will be the same as we have worn hitherto, except that the new badge, an Invicta, and new buttons will be substituted for those of the Royal Engineers. No doubt many will be pleased to hear that the threat of French-grey shorts and glengarries no longer exists. The change in status, therefore implies a loss of grants, a loss of title and a loss of rifles. The Corps, however, still has the privilege of entering candidates for Certificate "A," and a movement is on foot whereby a certain amount of camp equipment may be placed at the disposal of Cadet Corps by the Ordnance Stores.
Our Certificate "A " successes have done credit to the Corps this year, nine out of twelve who entered having passed the practical examination. The Senior Examining Officer made a special comment on the high standard of efficiency reached by the candidates. It is only to be hoped that these will be equally successful in the theoretical examination.
It was fortunate that a new feature was inaugurated at camp this year in the shape of a recreation marquee, for our fortnight of camping was the wettest on record. In former camps a shower of rain generally resulted in an incessant beating of drums and the noise of bugles, as the lines tried hard to amuse themselves, but this year, the result was an increase in the takings of the canteen and a larger crowd round the carefully levelled bagatelle table, the magazines and the ping-pong. The rain, however, had its amusing side; who, for instance, of the Serjeants will forget their elaborate precautions for obtaining not only a level, but a dry place to sleep in. Waterproof tent-valises were never put to a better use. So much for the weather.
Our thanks are due to the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Guilford, who gave us the free use of his land and water supply. The camp balance sheet reflects one reason for our gratitude.
Once again, Colonel Grubb inspected the Unit, and once again his report was excellent. The Corps has long recognised him as one who is always ready to give practical advice and help, and it looks forward to future occasions when he may inspect our Company after it has become cither a member of the National Cadet Association or an O.T.C. Usually, the Lucas-Tooth Inspection is held at camp, but this year, owing to the absence of the Inspecting Officer, Captain Hemming, the parade was held at School, and though the ground was rather small, the asphalt enabled a great improvement in marching to be made. Captain Hemming is another who has given practical help to the Corps by lecturing on the use of artillery to the Certificate "A" candidates, and his interesting lecture was greatly appreciated by those who were able to be present. It was unfortunate that other activities prevented many N.C.O.'s from attending.
In conclusion, we must say how much we regret the loss of Lieut. Coase, and we hope that he will find in the O.T.C. at St. Albans an outlet for the interest and ability which he has shown while with us.
Promotions : -
To C.Q.M.S. - Sjt. Blackford.
To Drum-Major - Sjt. Hood.
To Corporal - Lce.-Cpl. Ravensdale, Lce.-Cpl. Newman, Lce.-Cpl. Smithen.
D.C.S. CADET COMPANY.
BALANCE SHEET. - Autumn Term, 1930.
d £ s d
Camp balance 8 12 11½ Deficit from Summer Term .. 6 3 2½
Canteen Balance 9 4 6½ Potter and Co. .. .. .. 1 7 6
Command Paymaster .. .. 4 2 8 Musketry .. .. .. .. 0 17 6
Grant from K.T.A.A. .. .. 22 12 0 Southern Railway .. .. 1 1 9
Postage etc. .. .. .. 0 5 4
Balance in hand .. .. 34 16 10½
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£44 12 2 £44 12 2
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W. E. PEARCE,
Audited and found correct. 4th December, 1930.
4th December, 1930.
The list of additions made this term shows that our stock of books has considerably increased; for part of which we are indebted to generous donors, to whom we wish to express our thanks and appreciation. The new Form VI. Fiction Library is proving very popular, and it is gratifying to note that many of those preparing for examinations are realising the value and help derived from good reading. I recommend this example to those others who are not availing themselves of this great benefit.
It has been decided to prepare, in readiness for our entry into the new school, a Card-index Catalogue, and this is now in progress. The cards will cover both the Reference and the General Libraries, and two cabinets will provide much better facilities than our present arrangement. In this connexion I wish to impress on all borrowers the duty of registering their loans from the Reference Department. Such a rule, when properly observed, not only prevents loss of books, but also saves the Library assistants, who give their help voluntarily for the advantage of others, much time and trouble.
From what I know, the Library in the new buildings is to be one well worthy of the School, and such as many large schools might envy. Of this I hope to be able to give a full account next term.
W. UNCLES, School Librarian.
Additions, Autumn Term, 1930.
THE HEAD MASTER —
H. R. NEECH, ESQ. —
"Resources of the Empire" (Ashe and Boorman).
"Chemical Invention in the 20th Century" (Tilden).
L. F. HOPGOOD —
"Geoffrey Chaucer" (Legouis)
S. H. MORRIS—
"Short History of British Expansion" (Williamson). Vols. 1 and 2.
T. APPLEBY —
"The Thirsty Earth" (Carrier).
"Business Geography" (Huntingdon and Williams).
J. G. HAMMOND —
"The Corridors of Time" (Peake and Fleure). Vols. 1 to 4.
J. F. APPLEBY —
"Science from an Easy Chair" (Lankester). Series 1 and 2.
Copies purchased by the School.
"Science of Marking" (Thomas).
"Science To-day" (Smith and Dale).
"The Mechanism of Nature" (Andrade).
“Foreign Exchange and Foreign Debts” (Walter)
“Secretarial Work and Practice” (Nixon and Richardson)
“Sides of the Universe” (Silberstein)
“Science Teaching” (Westaway)
MRS. C. T. BOYTON -
"Neame of Kent" (Dilnot).
K. MATHESON -
"The Man in the Iron Mask " (Dumas).
G. HARRIS -
"Barnaby Rudge" (Dickens).
"Under Wolfe's Flag" (Walter).
"The Scalp Hunters" (Reid).
A. W. LYONS -
"Our Fellows at St. Mark's" (Rhoades).
"In the Clutch of the Green Hand" (Cowen).
H. C. BLACKFORD -
“The Boys of Red House" (Everett-Green).
“Hobbies for Boys" (Reindorp).
“The Three Midshipmen" (Kingston).
“The Child of the Cavern." "Around the World in Eighty Days,"
“Five Weeks in a Balloon" and" Journey to the Centre of the Earth" (Verne).
"Nat the Naturalist" (Fenn).
“Schoolboy Grit" (Hadath).
Copies purchased by the School.
TO VI. FORM LIBRARY –
"Dr. Thorndyke's Case Book" (Austin Freeman). Two Copies.
"Heart of the West" (O. Henry).
"At the Villa Rose" and "The House of the Arrow" A. E. W. Mason).
"The Man Who Was Good" (L. Merrick).
“The Scarlet Pimpernel" and "El Dorado" (Baroness Orczy).
“John of Gerisau" (Oxenham).
"Bulldog Drummond," "The Black Gang," "The Third Round" and
"The Final Count" (Sapper).
“Blind Corner" (D. Yates).
"Old Silver Grizzle" and "Billy, the Dog that made Good" (E. T. Seton).
"The Thirty-Nine Steps," " John Macnab" and"Witch Wood" (J. Buchan).
"A Knight on Wheels" (Ian Hay).
“Captains All" and "Night Watches" (W. W. Jacobs).
"The Four Feathers" (A. E. W. Mason).
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (R. L. Stevenson).
TO GENERAL LIBRARY
"Martin Rattler" (Ballantyne)
“Midwinter" and "Prester John" (Buchan).
"Tartarin of Tarascon"(Daudet). (Two Copies.)
"Adventures of Gerard," "White Company" (Two Copies of each) and "Hound of the Baskervilles " (Doyle).
"Montezuma's Daughter" and "Allan Quartermain" (Haggard).
"Chapter of Adventures" (Henty).
“Prisoner of Zenda" and" Rupert of Hentzau " (Hope).
"Toilers of the Sea" (Hugo).
"Lady of the Barge" (Jacobs).
"Three Men in a Boat" (Jerome).
"Peter the Whaler" (Kingston).
"Harry Lorrequer " (Lever).
“Island Tales" (London).
"Handy Andy" (Lover).
"Masterman Ready," "Jacob Faithful," "Peter Simple" and "Children of New Forest” (Marryatt).
"Battle of the Strong" (Parker).
“Boy Slaves" and "Boy Hunters" (Reid).
"Scott's Last Expedition" (Two Copies.)
"Master of Ballantrae" (Stevenson).
"John Verney." "The Hill" (2), and "John Charity" (Vachell).
"20,000 Leagues under the Sea," " Five Weeks in a Balloon," "Dropped from the Clouds" and "With the English at the North Pole" (Verne).
"Count Hannibal," "Red Cockade,” and "Gentleman of France," (Two Copies of each) (Weyman).
"Prefect's Uncle" (Wodehouse).
“Innocents Abroad" (Twain).
J. H. PITTOCK. Librarian.
The activities this term have been wholly taken up with the Prize-Giving performance, "The Rivals," which, according to public opinion, reached our previous standards. It was thought better to present Sheridan in modern dress than in the unsuitable costumes and wigs available. The experiment proved successful, and the play, as given, did not lose a great deal of its charm.
Next term our play-reading will recommence, and the Society would be pleased to welcome new members from Forms IV., V. and VI. Boys are reminded of the increased facilities which will be available in the new School, when our membership must include scene-painters, electricians and workers for the technical side of stage work.
SIXTH FORM DEBATING SOCIETY
At the request of several members of the VI. Form, and with the kind co-operation of Mr. Uncles and Mr. Robinson, the Debating Society has been revived. At the inaugural meeting on 26th November, which over 20 attended, J. K. Thompson was elected Secretary, and representatives of the various VI. Forms were appointed to serve on the Committee.
The first debate was held in the Parliament House (Dining Room) after School on Tuesday, 2nd December, when J. K. Thompson, seconded by C. J. S. Mumford, proposed, "That State Censorship in the Arts should be abolished." H. C. Newman and M. Hearn opposed the motion, and considerable discussion followed. Although some of the speeches were, perhaps, rather irrelevant, decided opinions were formed, and, when Mr. Robinson put the motion to the direct vote of the meeting, it was thrown out by 12 votes to 11. There were no very polished speeches, but, for a first effort, considerable promise was shown, and the Society hopes to be the means of useful training in public speaking. Debates are to be held on alternate Tuesdays, and, if the present interest is maintained, they should be very successful.
THE MUSICAL SOCIETY
The Society's activities this term have been mostly confined to practices of the School Choir for the Annual Prize Distribution on 14th November. Since that date it has been possible to hold a few meetings, when our attention has been confined to modern music. Mr. Willis has kindly spoken on the general tendencies of music of to-day, and it is hoped before the end of term to study one or two of the more prominent modern composers individually.
We wish to thank D. and G. Lewis, members of the Society, for the gift of a gramophone record of the "Pilgrims' Chorus" and the "Grand March" (Tannhäuscr).
THE PHAROS MECCANO CLUB
At the beginning of term we were sorry to lose S. E. Teasdale, our Secretary, who left school unexpectedly. We thank him for his services, and wish him every success in his career.
This term a varied programme has been successfully carried out. Two lantern lectures, one entitled "Aeroplanes" and the other "The Story of the London Omnibus," have been delivered, the latter being particularly interesting. Two model-building competitions have been held, both being well attended. At one meeting was read a selection of papers on engineering topics, composed by the members themselves. We consider the compilation of short lectures after this fashion to be of great benefit, especially among our younger members.
Only one visit has so far been paid. Despite the dirty hands involved, the visit to the Locomotive Sheds at Dover Marine Station was generally accorded "one of the best yet." Members were allowed to mount the footplates of such well-known engines as " Sir Gareth," and, in addition, were shown the tools with which repairs are carried out.
To conclude, we arc, at the time of writing, still looking forward to a social evening, at which will be presented the various prizes awarded this term for model-building.
G.B. and A.D.D.
Statement of Accounts to date, - 18th November, 1930.
d £ s d
Balance brought forward .. .. 1 11 8½ Postage .. .. .. .. 0 6 10
Subscriptions .. .. .. 1 0 0 Stationery .. .. .. .. 0 1 3
Balance .. .. .. .. 2 3 7
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£2 7 11 8½ £2 11 8½
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and found correct, L. H. R. ABBOTT,
W. E. PEARCE. Hon. Treasurer.
THE END OF THE BAZAAR
On 20th October, the miscellaneous collection of goods left over from the Bazaar was offered at staggering reductions. Those who were wise enough to come secured undoubted bargains. When the stalls were almost cleared, the remnants were disposed of by Mr. Langley, whose ready smile and inimitable wit made a perfect pleasure of the business. The arrival of the Pharos Dance Band indicated that it was time to start the informal dance, during which the Secretary retired to count the takings.
A sum of £25 was added to the Organ Fund Account, bringing the amount to the total we had set out to raise.
The thanks of the School arc gratefully tendered to all who helped by buying and selling, by dispensing tea and music, by packing parcels and painting price cards. They must certainly feel that joy of satisfaction voiced by Longfellow in the words —
"Something attempted, something done!"
SPEECH DAY, 1930
Our Prize Distributions have long held an important place among the institutions of the town, and that of 14th November last fully maintained the high reputation of the School. True, some delay in the arrival of our distinguished visitors furnished an unexpected opportunity for the exercise of patience on the part of a closely packed audience; but with Mr. Taylor at the organ, and the general conviction that the good things to come were worth a little patience, everyone waited good-humouredly until the familiar strains of "Land of our Birth" proclaimed that all was well.
To Mr. and Mrs. Amery and Major Astor, and to the parents and friends of the School gathered in the great audience, Canon Elnor, the Chairman of the School Governors, extended a cordial welcome, expressing, at the same time, the general regret that ill-health had prevented the Vice-Chairman (Mr. Hugh Leney), from being present.
"This is my twenty-fifth chapter of chronicles," said the Head Master, introducing his Annual Report. The phrase prompted a glance at the boys — an orderly array, over four hundred strong, extending from the platform to the distant balcony — and the realisation of the vast increase in numbers, and in the scope of the work since the days when that chronicle was young, and sundry of those whose place is now among the parents figured with distinction in those Annals.
The current chapter carried on the story of steady growth and widening effort — the sixth form practically doubled in numbers in five years with four courses of study in place of two, a new record in Higher Certificate successes, and, arising from the results in the Oxford School Certificate Examination, a warning that the increasing difficulty of public examinations makes careful, regular work, unimpeded by incidental distractions, more and more necessary for success.
As if to lend added force to this remark, came an enumeration of many, who, in their school careers, have exemplified the value of industry and determination. Wander where one will, it would seem that one may count upon finding an " Old Boy " already there, carrying on the tradition of faithful service, as do those at home, in fostering the social activities and promoting the business of the town.
The long list of extra-School organisations revealed, once again, the many-sided nature of our work, from the School Magazine, which has reached No. 64, to the youngest of all — the Meccano Club.
The generosity of our many friends, the contributions of Old Boys to the Reference Library, and the success of the great Bazaar, were not forgotten, and, with a tribute to those associated officially with the School, the Head Master closed chapter twenty-five.
A word from the Chairman, and then, in long procession, came the winners of prizes and certificates; the charm and grace with which Mrs. Amery distributed these awards, adding greatly to the interest of this, the central feature of the programme.
In expressing our thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Amery, Major Astor alluded to Mr. Amery's many activities in matters of public importance, and to the enthusiasm with which he supported any cause in which he believed. Major Astor's call for "Kentish Fire," in token of our appreciation of the presence of two of the busiest people in this country, met with an instant and enthusiastic response. His Worship the Mayor supported Major Astor in a few well-chosen words.
The Right Hon. L. M. S. Amery, M.P., was greeted with prolonged applause when he rose to speak. Having congratulated the School upon its work, he recounted something of the lighter side of a world-wide experience of men and things, with a skill which delighted his audience.
Passing to more serious matters, he referred to the great opportunities now offering in the wide spaces of the British Commonwealth. "Go early and start level with your competitors," he advised, adding that University education, for those who are prepared to make an effort to help themselves, is much cheaper in the universities of the Dominions than at Home.
The development of Africa, he said, might be taken as an example of the extraordinarily complex task in which the Empire is engaged. These diverse activities offered a life full of interest to those, who, by co-ordinated effort, were carrying out the great work. Notable, however, as past developments have been, he considered that far greater things were to come during the next thirty or forty years.
Finally, we should remember that, whether at home or abroad, we can all do something for this great commonwealth which has given to the world the outstanding example of freedom combined with order.
Canon Elnor having expressed the general appreciation of this inspiring address, the Junior School contributed a performance of "Baucis and Philemon," adapted by Miss Rookwood from the old Greek story. This item was well received, the audience being quick to realise the efforts of the performers to catch something of the spirit of an age long past. C. Watson, as narrator, told the story with creditable clearness; R. Barling .and D. Thompson presented the aged host and hostess in worthy fashion, while the immortals were well portrayed by R. J. White and K. Hart.
The Choir, encouraged, no doubt, by past successes, offered an ambitious programme, charming an attentive audience most of all, perhaps, in its rendering of Elgar's "My Love dwelt in a Northern Land. "A. W. Salmon, D. A. Lewis, G. E. Lewis, and W. M. E. White sang the quartet, "When Evening's Twilight," with taste and feeling; while G. Curry, A. G. Golding, A. D. Dewar. and P. C. Pearce were equally successful in Gibbon's madrigal, "The Silver Swan."
Expectation, born of experience, that the Dramatic Society would present the senior play in masterly fashion, was fully justified by the excellent performance of an abridged and adapted version of "The Rivals." The spirit of the original was everywhere maintained, and the presentation, carried through with smoothness and efficiency, offered an admirable example of genuine "team-work" - so much so, indeed, that it would seem inappropriate to single out particular performers; each had fully earned the hearty applause which followed the conclusion of the play.
And so, to strains of song long familiar, "the day" came to its end. The twenty-fifth chapter had passed into history.
JUNIOR GOOD FELLOWSHIP PRIZE.
C. R. Archibald
MERIT CARD PRIZES.
E. R. S. Winter (Senior School) R. V. Baker (Junior School)
L. C. Sparham
O. G. Shenton E. H. B. Martin
SPECIAL ENDEAVOUR PRIZES.
V. St. G. Wise (Senior School) N. Archer (Junior School)
MAYOR'S GOOD FELLOWSHIP PRIZE.
J. A. Paterson
CHAIRMAN’S SCHOOL CERTIFICATE PRIZES
F. L. W. Eade F. Constable
HEADMASTER'S PRIZE. THE THOMAS MEMORIAL.
M. Castle K. W. Donald
THE CLATWORTHY LATIN PRIZES.
Senior – J. A. J. Binks Junior – G. L. J. Bailey
THE TUNNELL HISTORY PRIZES.
Senior – L. C. Sparham Junior – P. D. Cooke
SENIOR SCHOOL STAFF PRIZE JUNIOR SCHOOL STAFF PRIZE
E. H. Baker A. H. Tyrell
OLD BOYS’ CADET PRIZE LORD HARRIS’ CRICKET PRIZE FOR BEST BOWLER
C.Q.M.S. H. C. Blackford W. M. E. White
Senior School –
Form VI. Arts ..
E. W. J. Moseling J. A. J. Binks
“ J. H. Pittock
VI. Science .. H. G. Hopkins H. C. Blackford
“ S. E. Teasdale W. M. K. White
“ VI. Commerce ..
V. F. West
“ V. Joint Board .. E. C. Sharp F. L. Cockfield
“ V. Oxford Local (i.). L. N. Boom L. T. C. Patterson
“ V.Oxford Local (ii.) E. W. Hampshire H. H. Madams
R. W. Milne
L. H. R. Abbott
“ IVb. (i.) .. A. D. Dewar F. Oliver
“ IVb. (ii.) ..
H. J. Burt
“ IIIa .. F. A. Cockfield I. P. Watt
“ IIIa .. L. R. Kennedy N. W. Jenkins
“ IIa .. J. Le Provost F. Gale
“ IIb H. W. Sneller
“ IIx .. A. F. M. Jackson
Junior School —
Form Ia. (i.) .. N. N. Blaxland D. M. Heller
“ Ia (ii.)
.. R. Seymour
“ Upper Transition A. E. Jacobs T. G. Skinner
“ Lower Transition R. K. Allen C. Paddock
“ Preparatory .. R. S. Harman
TUNNELL MEMORIAL SPORTS CUP.
J. A. Paterson.
CADET CORPS SECTION CUP. THE RYELAND SHOOTING CUP.
Section 1 — Sjt. H. C. Newman Section 1 — Sjt. H. G. Hopkins
HOUSE CHALLENGE SHIELD.
The "Town" House.
— Mr. J. Slater)
(House Captains—W. E. Johnson, W. M. E. White)
CLAW. — School 1st XI. Cricket, 1930; School 2nd XI. Football, 1929-30; on
Pharos Committee; to Barclay's Bank, Folkestone.
S. E. TEASDALE. — Dramatic Society; on Pharos Committee; Secretary of Meccano Club; to B.T.H. Works, Rugby.
R. G. PROFITT. — School 1st XI. Football, 1929-30; School 1st XI. Cricket (Colours), 1930; to Sir W. Crundall's, Dover.
J. A. BELL. — School 2nd XI. Football and Cricket, 1930; Apprentice, Mercantile Marine.
H. E. CASTLE. — School 1st XI. Football, 1930; House 1st XI. Cricket and Football; Inter-Unit Cross Country Run, Chingford, 1930.
A. K. SHARP. - House 2nd XI. Football; to Midland Bank, Bournemouth.
A. J. W. JOHNSON. — House 1st XI. Football and Cricket; Clerk, Snowdown Colliery.
R. C. JEFFERY. — House 1st XI. Cricket; House 2nd XI. Football; Royal Life Saving Society Award of Merit; Apprentice, Mercantile Marine.
W. H. HARVEY. — House 2nd XI. Football and Cricket; joining Father's business.
A. J. BENNETT. — Post Office clerk.
R. J. HARVIE. — House 1st XI. Cricket; 2nd XI. Football; Apprentice, Mercantile Marine.
B. C. DOVE. — Transferred to Lewes County School.
N. KERSWELL. — With Messrs. Dorman, Long and Co.
J. Y. STAPLETON. — Removed to Ilford.
D. M. BRYAN. — Left the town.
C. W. MERRIFIELD. H. B. WINN. E. C. DORAN.
and Cambridge Joint Board Higher Certificates. — *J. A. J. Binks, L. S. Byrne,
H. G. Hopkins, E. H. B. Martin, E. W. J. Moseling, J. A. Patcrson, A. R. Sharp,
L. C. Sparham, L. J. Taylor, K. W. Donald.
London Chamber of Commerce Certificates. — S. T. Claw, R. A. G. Harrisson, R. P. Kenton, W. C. Kingsford, †V. F. West, †A. C. Youd.
Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board School Certificates. — ‡G. S. Allen, J. F. Appleby,
A. J. Bennett, M. Capelli, W. J. Chadwick, ‡F. L. Cockfield, ‡F. Constable, G. H. Coulter, J. F. Coulter, F. L. W. Eade, ‡J. R. Fordham, G. E. Fox, L. W. Goodfcllow, ‡B. V. Gutscll, C. R. Harrow, M. E. Hearn, ‡A. J. W. Johnson, ‡H. R. Mainwood,
‡S. W. Marsh, ‡V. A. J. Ravensdalc, ‡E. C. Sharp, R. G. Simmonds, ‡E. J. Smithen,
F. G. West-Oram.
Oxford School Certificates. — J. A. Bell, ‡L. N. Boorn, E. W. Hampshire, L. C. Hogben,
R. J. B. Hood, I. C. Hover, N. Kerswell, H. H. Madams, E. S. Norris, §L. T. C. Patterson, J. G. Peck, L. J. Pudney, B. R. Roebuck, A. G. Smith, C. W. Smith.
London Matriculation. — R. W. Austin, F. D. Necch, S. E. Teasdale.
OLD BOYS. — London Matriculation. — R. E. Smith.
* Distinction in French. † Group Diploma.
§ Distinction in Chemistry. ‡ Qualified for London Matriculation.
Form V. (Joint Board). — Milne (2), Bailey (2), Vosper (2), Hickman (2), Winter (2), Tyroll, Tapley, Southey, Unstead, Moseling, Cadman, Bussey.
“ V. O.L. (Ind.). — Crush, Newman, Barton, Young, Borthwick, Waterhouse.
“ IIIa.i. — Le Prcvost (2), Stanley (2), Gale, P. E. Coles, Curry.
“ IIIb. — Ovenden.
“ IIa. — Blaxland (2), Fittall, Heller.
“ IIx. — Mutton, Merrifield.
“ Ia.i. — Baker (2), Gilham (2), Jacobs (2).
“ Ia.ii. — Binfield (2), Hopkins (2), Myers (2), Parish.
“ Upper Trans. — Allen (2), Bryant (2), Dunn (2), Lawrence (2), Paddock (2), Targett (2), Watt (2), Kenward, Martin, Niblctt.
“ Lower Trans. — Harman (2), Smith (2), Jones, Howarth.
“ Prep. — Paddock (2), Kirk (2), Manning (2), Makey (2), Waters (2), Dunster.
NOTES FROM LADYWELL
Autumn Term in this part of the School needs to be lived to be understood. New faces, new voices, new and still more frequent "wanderings" of form this or that — all tend to make school life interesting, amusing and, quite rarely, of course, irritating. Our first-aid box has been in use more than once, but, alas, was useless when the casualty was "swallowed collar stud." Happily, the infant is doing well.
Prize Day induced the customary liveliness and the welcome holiday. Football matches — mostly lost — have called forth the same keenness and the same heartburning. Was ever such a hero as a goalkeeper of ten summers?
Mr. Coase and Mr. Smith, having been appointed to posts elsewhere, will not be returning after Christmas. We wish them joy and success in their new sphere, and offer our united thanks for their work among us.
Our warm thanks to kind parents, who were good enough to provide costumes for Prize Day, and to those whose generosity has improved our Junior Library. Books well read have a horrid habit of wearing out!
GLEAMS AND FLASHES
The School Charity Fund amounted on 1st December to about £16 for the current School year. This includes £6 5s. 10d. for poppies on "Remembrance Day."
The total collected for the School year 1929—30 was £34 0s. 6½d. Of this, £6 10s. 3d. was our 1929 contribution to Earl Haig's Fund. £25 was paid as our usual subscription to Dover Hospital, and the balance of £2 10s. 3½d. was carried forward.
We congratulate W. G. Ash, from Aylesham Central School, who came to us this term as a Free Place Scholar — an addition to our list published last term.
Forms IV., V., and VI. Commerce desire to thank Mr. E. W. Pudney for his interesting and useful talks on the Congo Basin, given in the early part of the term.
Following the modern craze for Midget Golf, it is rumoured that some boys arc now asking for midget home-work and midget impositions.
The Musical Society have been listening to and discussing modern music. Does that account for the strange noises heard in School one evening?
From a junior examination paper: — "Charles I. was executed by an Axe of Parliament."
Some further information, this time geographical: — "Cattle are kept and rounded up by the gauchos; these are killed and exported either as frozen meat or as tinned meat." — Poor fellows!
The following have been elected to the Magazine Committee for the current School Year: — Martin, Binks, Thompson, Claw, Eade, C. W. Smith, Hover, Bussey, J. Wise and R. Borthwick.
Our scries of articles on " Careers," contributed by Old Boys,
will be resumed next term.
YE CHRONICLE GOLDSMITHS' LETTER
What hath bifil ye mightye knightes that aunce y-roamed ye corridours of yc castel, who did fille ye harts of ye squiers withe pryde, and strook dread into ye ondcrlings? Alas! they have departed to fer places. Dnolad hath y gone unto Ecbamdrig to learn gruesome thingcs. Boz le Singom, ye fluante scrybe, and otheres, have rimouved to Nolnod, which, like a dragoun, swallowcth alle oure companye. Yponte is y-vanisht in a distaunt comtee, and Prash, who hadde returned for a seasoun, did all soudden-like quitte ye sorrowing knights and is nowthe y gone to a fer citee. Ande inne place of hem, are come straunge churls, and ye harts of ye ekle knights arc righte sadde and soore.
Buttc when thatte ye knights, squiers and yeomen were gadred togedrc, ye Overlord didde lift up his voyce, saying: "Be ye of gude cher, for grete glorie is y com upon you. For ye have in time past, toiled righte manfully, so thatte they which dwoll in Stoidmane have hadde pitee on you. Now is risen a wondrous palace onne an hille, whidre we shall depart within an twclve-monthe." And men didde looke, and bihilden ye palace, alle colored in whit and redde, and monie desired to entre therein. Butte itte was y-forbid them, and they were caste oote, and nowthe waite in patience for ye grete departoore. And agin, ye Ovcrlordc hadde sayde within himself; "I have grete counccrn for my knights, so, for hir welfar, shalle I mak them rede dailee onto ye multitude. "Whereat ye knightes were soorc dismayd, and eche soughten to mak ye odre rede firste. Yet when they cam unto ye place for reding, they sayde: Itte touchcth oure honor thatte we shoulde rede right well, "and they quit themselves manfullie, though som didde rede fast, som slow, ande one, yc wronge lessoun.
Ande after monic daycs, certaync knights rctourned fro Nolnod, and alle were gladde to see hem. Butte aune of him had encreascd in fatnessc like onto a barrel, and hadde growne himself an straunge moustache. Thenne it cam to pass that on ye appoyntcd daye, ye knights, squiers and yeomen didde wende hir waye onto ye grete Halle, wher a grete ladye didde bestow prizes on they who hadde wel striven. Thennc arose a fatte and murie wight, who spak right witilye, calling himself an olde gangstere which needed bumping offe. And when he hadde donne, cam odres, who sungcn ful sweete, whil odres didde pleye a true murie showe, in which a certayne coleric knight and a foolish woman didde mak muche mirthc. Butte when allc was ended, the night was far spent, and those who dwelt at a distaunce didde finde hir chariots had departed.
Scarce hadde these joyes bin past, when cam grete dread and feare opon yc castcl, for ye nexte weeke cam ye Doctour, a manne fearsom and tirriblc to looke upon, and thundrous of voyce. He didde pounce onne manie victimes, and eeke y jabbe them in ye ribbcs. And ther was muche terroure among alle yc people. Buttc now is ye Doctour gone for a seasoun, ande we doe breathe in peace. And now doe alle ye companye of knights, squiers ande yeomen, work righte harde with muche zeal, for daily their commandours doe cvcre saye: "Excepte ye worke withoote repose, ye shal soorely falle bifor ye ogre Xam thatte cometh evere to battel in July." And Sir Tawt doth dailie utter straungc cryes, and Sir Wu doth exhortc his henchmen toe master ye texte. And as for ye noble Sir Aybeecec, doth he not still mak ye Cesenic to worke by cries of "To mee listen? "Butte ye joyouse seasoun of Noel faste approacheth, and alle doe turne from hir dailee taske in patiente cxpectatioun of ye sweete tim of plum puddinge ande riche viands. And as for ye odre actcs of yc knights, squiers and yeomen, arc they not writen in ye boke Pharos?
SKNIB YE SRYBE.
To the Editor of " The Pharos."
You request a Goldsmiths' Letter. Well, I appreciate the honour conferred upon me, for it provides me with an opportunity of appearing in print just once more. Having thanked you for this honour, I must proceed with my endeavours to inform you how the Old Boys at ‘Smith's are faring.
With the arrival of Moscling, Bird and Terry at College this term, we have now four O.P.'s at ‘Smiths. It is rather a difficult proposition finding news concerning each individual's activities on account of our residence. Bird and Terry arc living together at Beckenham; whilst both Moseling and myself reside at the Kent Hostel, Blackhcath.
Again, you must not accept our activities as those of the true University student. Distance from the home of the 'Varsity in Malet Street prevents our taking part in many of the functions and activities which are associated with it. However, the Freshers usually go up to the University buildings to attend the Fresher Socials, at which our Old Boys have caught a fleeting glimpse of real 'Varsity life. However, there is much in College life that attracts, and from personal observations I certainly think that we take full advantage of its amenities.
As regards sport, I have obtained a permanent place in the College 1st XI. at centre half; whilst Moseling has deserted the realms of soccer and plays hockey for the 2nd XI. Terry is to be seen quite often amusing himself on the College organ, but he does other things. Bird has found the Great Hall of College a very congenial place, and is often to be seen enjoying its quiet, restful atmosphere.
At the time of writing, the three newcomers are embarking on their expedition to a London School for Teaching Practice. Unless one comes to a Training College, the exciting experience of taking a class of London children for the first time can never be enjoyed. It is a marvellous sensation, and the new and unexpected problems which confront a young teacher give him an admirable opportunity of testing his reliability in an emergency. I think those of our number who are commencing their School Practice this term arc eagerly awaiting their new adventure. I trust they will not be disillusioned. At present I am pursuing my academic studies, as my final School Practice does not begin until January. Thus, not being in the midst of such mental anguish and hard work, I have the leisure to write this letter and the honour to sign it,
B. W. TAYLOR.
I had almost written "Under Water." When I yielded to the temptation to go to camp I had grave misgivings about the weather. That a hot, dry spell was predicted, I was quite aware, but I assumed the role of the old bird, knowing from past experience what happens nine times out of ten when one ventures under canvas. Hence, a special lorry was chartered and loaded with every conceivable article that a wet, cold spell suggested. Had I possessed an ark, I should have been tempted to take that, too. Anyway, 1 was justified in the event.
As for the camp itself, its arrangement was ideal. Was it not on artillery lines? However, as an old gunner, I may have been slightly biased in its favour. But the tents and marquees, it seemed to me, must have been issued on a principle of compromise; the tents for wet, the marquees for dry weather. Needless to say, the Serjeant-Major had wisely insisted that every tent must be erected to stand up against a typhoon; and every one did in fact, except the Serjeant-Major's! Had I been an eye-witness of the occurrence, 1 would have essayed a description of the Major, scantily clad, doubling for dear life in the dark hours to escape being buried under a mass of drenched canvas. I must leave it, however, to your imagination, with just a reminder that his remarks on the subject were drowned by the howling wind.
Yet, in spite of the weather, there was little or no sickness in camp; perhaps it was because of it, for they would have been very virile microbes that could have thriven under such conditions. Of course, there were a few minor casualties; somebody was sure to try to play hockey or golf with somebody else's eye. Sunburn, mirabile dictu, was the most painful ailment calling for treatment, but the epidemic gave little uneasiness to the M.O., lasting, as it did, only some six hours. As for a slight outbreak of throat trouble among the buglers, it showed that, once a bugler, always a bugler; for even when gargling, they gargled bugle calls.
So fit did we all keep, that the worst efforts of the weather did not prevent us from enjoying every moment of the day, from Reveille to Lights Out. By the way, we grew quite expert at bugle calls. There might, perhaps, have been one individual in the camp who never roused him at the stirring sound of Reveille, but even he would compensate for any remissness in this direction by prompt attention to Officers'. The Officers' Mess usually seemed to get more or less animated after Lights Out; not that this is the place to put on record the vocal and histrionic accomplishments of officers and their ladies. One can only hope that some of the shadows cast were never seen by mortal eye. I must just mention, however, that the place was haunted. With my very own eyes I saw a real ghost on more than one occasion, and I was not the only one.
'Twere long to tell of all the interesting things — of orgies in tent and canteen, when appalling amounts of drinks and comestibles vanished; of the Sports, when an inordinate number of sisters and cousins turned up to watch our gambols; of the Camp Inspection, when cameras clicked and put on record the march past, officers proudly leading; of the daily sounding of Retreat and the respectful observance of the ceremony, which has grown into a camp tradition; of the Service on Sunday morning, conducted by the Head Master in a densely-packed marquee, with the rain beating a tattoo on the flapping canvas; of many things in fact, too numerous to mention.
One night there was even something of the nature of a pogrom round about the canteen. Next morning a scene was duly enacted in the Orderly Tent. Both the pogrom and the penalty possessed high entertainment value — the former to the rabble, and the latter to the victim. But perhaps the scene which impressed me most was the following: — It was well past midnight; the waning moon had just emerged from the edge of a dark cloud and revealed a 4 ft. 6 in. cadet with great-coat reaching to his ankles. At intervals there were flashes of lightning, and the rumble of distant thunder. Overhead half-a-dozen searchlight beams were playing in their efforts to locate a droning aeroplane.
Surely his youthful mind must have been impressed, for it was his first sentry-go, and he was doing his best as smartly as if in broad daylight. Perhaps it was just as well, however, that the ghost I mentioned above, unlike the ghost of Hamlet's father, was not seen by the guard that night.
One or two mysteries I am quite unable to solve. The first is, how did the cooks ever manage to light fires and prepare breakfast in the open during the awful deluge and hurricane we had one morning? Even now I think about them whenever it falls to my lot to kindle a fire under the most favourable conditions. Another is, how some cadets managed to sleep so soundly through the lurid din of a fire alarm, that they had actually to be dragged, still slumbering, from a tent metaphorically in flames over their heads. It may be they had retired fully assured that an inundation was more imminent than a holocaust.
Alas! the end of camp came all too soon, and there was a touch of sadness in the last ceremony, when, at the sound of the bugle, the tent poles were simultaneously lowered, the cadets standing by. Looking back, one cannot help thinking what a debt of gratitude every member of the Corps owes to the officers, and, in an especial degree, to the O.C., who never spared himself on the camp's behalf. The N.C.O.'s, too, I think, deserve a pat on the back, while each one of us, from the smallest to the greatest, would like to give the Serjeant-Major a hearty slap.
The fact that a fortnight in camp under such unfavourable weather conditions was not an hour too long, speaks volumes for all those in command, and, in fact, for a Cadet Camp as conducted by the O.C. It was an acid test. I am glad I was there.
(By VARIOUS CONTRIBUTORS.)
It is a far cry from Whinless Down to the tropics, and from your new class-rooms to the schools of Ceylon. The latter are generally open-air buildings, enclosed only by dwarf walls. This means, of course, that the school cannot be locked and left, and if the master does not live on the premises, a watcher must be appointed. He is usually to be found after nightfall asleep on a desk, with his bed, consisting of a thin straw mat, spread out beneath him, and his loin cloth his only covering. Sometimes he carries a towel, in which he wraps his head at night. This towel also serves as a protection from rain, for although the native can endure exposure to sun that would harm a European, he will resort to any expedient to prevent the wetting of his hair by rain.
Talking of hair reminds me of a common idiom to be met with in composition books in the north of the island - "as black as hair." There is no variation: all Tamil boys have coal-black hair, and it is generally well kept, a spot of coconut oil taking the place of the English boy's father's brilliantine. In Colombo and other towns, Sinhalese men wear their hair as we do, but in the jungle and wherever there are men who prefer the fashions of yesterday, the hair is allowed to grow long and is tied into a knot at the back, whilst a handsome horseshoe comb adorns the top of the head. This is not only a decoration, but a sign that its wearer never demeans himself by carrying burdens on his head.
You must understand that that is the normal method of transport. This accounts for the exquisite carriage of Ceylonese working women. A rolled-up umbrella is always borne thus, and many a bottle of "toddy" have I feared for as it has passed me perilously balanced on a well-oiled head. Toddy is the local beer, and is obtained from the flower of the coconut palm. I met a tea estate coolie one day carrying his twin children in the same manner, but he had disappeared in the tea bushes before I could get out my camera.
To return to the school. If a rogue elephant happens to fancy rubbing his back on the corner-post of a wattle and daub class-room, little more need be said of the building. I was passing one morning by a school compound and glimpsed a fearsome-looking beast of the lizard variety, about eight feet long, swishing his dreadful tail as he made his way towards the volley-ball ground. I hurried on to the Rest House to meet the Headmaster, and, with a reasonable amount of agitation, suggested that he might warn the crocodile off the premises before school began. He failed to understand my Sinhalese, but a friendly forestry officer came to my rescue and hinted that my croc. was a cabragoya - about as fierce as a rabbit, and whose skin would make excellent shoes for ladies.
If white ants get into a school, woe betide the watcher who fails to discover them and turn them out, for they devour almost anything, working from inside and leaving the thinnest shell, until your roof beam collapses and falls in powder. Snakes, too, are not infrequent school visitors.
But the building is perhaps the least part of the school. I was travelling once on the east coast road from Batticaloa to Trincomalee. L At the latter place, by the way, there is a most wonderful natural harbour, on a map of which you find romantic names, like Dutch Bay, China Bay, Sober Island, Fort Frederick, and Ostenberg. This road is interrupted by no less than eight ferries in a distance of fifty or sixty miles, and I breathed a sigh of relief when my car scrambled successfully up the bank from each of them. Between two of these ferries, and in a most isolated situation, I came across one of the smallest jungle schools I had ever seen. The dwarf walls were made of mud, and the roof of cadjans-that is, of plaited palm leaves. The floor was of cleanly raked sand: there was a general air about the place of being well cared for. There were thirteen children present, and one teacher, an old man of fifty-four. People are less long-lived there than here, and anyone over fifty is well stricken in years. I asked the master what lessons he was taking, and was directed to a most intricate-looking timetable, of which I could not make head or tail, but which he evidently understood perfectly. I expressed my satisfaction, but said I failed to see how he could adhere to it, as he had neither watch nor clock. He replied by sending a child outside to look at the shadow cast by the school roof and told me it was twenty minutes to ten. My watch said a quarter to ten, and I am not sure that it wasn't five minutes fast. This tiny school boasted, among other things, a pretty complete set of local birds' nests.
One of these was the weaver bird's. This intelligent creature builds a nest of two storeys. In the bottom room the cock-bird sits, and near his head he sticks a dab of clay about the size of a threepenny bit, or less. On this he places a glow-worm. Whether the light from this is sufficient for him to see the would-be marauder, and whether he really does breakfast off the poor worm that has served him so well, I am not prepared to say; but so I was told, and I certainly found the clay lamp-shelf and traces of an insect-lamp in each of the nests that I examined.
I wonder if you would appreciate some of the Ceylonese schoolboy's fruit. There are mangosteens, about the size of a tangerine but wearing a rich purple shell. This you break open with a screwing movement, and find inside some snowy white segments, whose flavour can only have come originally from the Hesperides. A mango is a more messy affair, which is said to be best eaten in your bath. If you get mangoes green and unripe they taste like turpentine, but let them ripen, then cut off the cheeks to eat later with a spoon, and with your sleeves rolled well above your elbows, suck the stone for all you are worth, and you will experience one of the thrills of life cast of Suez. This mango is an illustrious fruit, for it is said that Buddha himself sought shade in a grove of these trees. Of the durrien, perhaps the less said the better. As large as a coconut and somewhat similar in shape, its skin is something like a prickly horse-chestnut. In the pulp inside are embedded seeds covered in fruit, that its devotees say is unapproachable, a mixture of caramels and garlic in flavour; but the smell of a durrien is a bye-word. Avocado pears are best eaten with pepper and salt, and have a soft pulp, in flavour akin to an English wood-nut. As delicious as their names, too, are the fruits of guava, pomelo, ramputan, and cherimoya. The most important of all fruits in the country is, of course, the coconut, and poor and unhappy is the villager who cannot secure one to offer to the thirsty traveller, for, before the fruit is fully ripe the young coconut contains a pint of the most refreshing drink.
I could tell you more of the fruits and trees: of the suriyas, whose frail primrose flowers carpet the ground; of the flamboyants clothed in flame-coloured blossoms; of a single banyan tree which could give shelter to a battalion of soldiers; of the giant forest trees that afford cover to the herds of wild elephants that still abound; but I fear to weary you. Maybe someday I will tell you of an elephant kraal, and that is worth hearing.
THE MOTOR CYCLE CRAZE
(A WARNING TO PARENTS.)
If your boy, one day, brings home a blue paper-covered book entitled "The Motor Cycle," and you overhear him mumbling something about "O.H.V.'s," "O.H.C.'s," or "Silver Hawk" beware! You will about the same time notice that he cycles more recklessly than ever, and has learnt several tricks on his machine-perhaps even to ride sitting on the handle-bars! Should he exhibit these unmistakable symptoms you are doomed. Your son has fallen to the spell of "Mademoiselle Motor-Cycle;" he is in love, and that means expense - to you; for he will soon be entreating you to buy him a motor-cycle, no matter how old, so long as it "goes." And, worst of all, you will, in the end, accede to his desire.
What a day when home he rides his mount - not new, but very old and rusty-looking to the lay eye! However, it is dear to the heart of the proud owner. See how excited he is as he shows the treasure to his admiring brother and sister, and promises to take them for a pillion ride early next morning. How tenderly the boy puts his new toy away at night! Suddenly he starts up and rushes out to the garage. On returning he explains to the amazed family that he had forgotten to turn the petrol off! What excuses he finds to ride it! "Mother, did you want a note taken to Aunt Lucy at Holfords? I'll take it" - and off he goes amid a cloud of smoke. He spends all his pocket-money on petrol, oil and "gadgets" for his beloved, but he is as happy as a sand-boy.
Then, one day, he comes in hot and covered with dust, and explains that he has had a puncture. He has pushed his heavy cycle two miles, perhaps, since he lacked a repair kit. Another time he runs out of petrol, and the performance, a tiring one, is repeated. The motor-cycle, he finds, is very slow and out-of-date. He wants a newer and more powerful mount.
This accomplished, he enters the realm of "motor-cyclists," tastes of the thrills of speed and explores new countryside and towns. He feels that all the world is within his reach. His riding becomes stylish and his fast "cornering" is a joy to watch. Stinging rain nor whistling wind seems to affect him — he loves the open road with all his heart. However, soon the novelty wears off, and he awakes to the fact that motor-cycling in bad weather is very uncomfortable — he wants a car!
P. D.COOKE (V. Jt. Bd.)
Soft sleeps the
night; the busy world is wrapped
R. J. UNSTEAD (V. Jt. Bd.).
A POSTMAN'S TASK IN INDIA
The postman's life in India is often accompanied by serious risks. A mail runner may have to travel on foot quite alone for twenty-five or thirty miles a day through dense jungle, and all sorts of mishaps may befall him there. He may be wounded by robbers, or perhaps even killed while defending his mails. He may be drowned crossing rivers with a fast current. There are then all the wild beasts of the jungle to face — tigers, lions, snakes, and man-eating apes, any of which would not hesitate to kill and eat him if possible. All these risks are faced by men striving to fulfil the Government's contract to deliver anywhere and everywhere, letters bearing a threehalfpenny stamp.
H. FRANKLIN (IIIA. (ii)).