No. 69. MARCH, 1932. VOL. XXII.

FIAT LUX.

CONTENTS.

Notices   Gleams and Flashes
Editorial   Solution to Double Acrostic
Parents' Association   Correspondence
O.B.A. Notes Ye Chronicle
House Notes From the Hill-Top
School Football An Appreciation of the New School
Sports Accounts on 8th March, 1932 On Dit
D.C.S. Cadet Coy. Notes The Weeping Beech
D.C.S. Cadet Coy. Balance Sheet The Tuckshop
Music Notes A Parody
"Arma Virumque Cano" On Walking
The School Library Fait Lux
Scholarship and Examination Successes On Writing Letters
Merit List Events of a Summer Term
Valete

NOTICES.

    The next number of The Pharos will appear about 23rd July. Contributions must be submitted to the Editor not later than 30th June.
    We acknowledge with thanks Ruym (Chatham House County School, Ramsgate), The Ashfordian, The Langtonian, The Harveian, The Anchor (Gillingham County School), The Erithian, The Bordenian, The Beccehamian, The Magazine of the County School for Girls, Gravesend, and The Limit (Loughborough College).
    Copies of the current issue of The Pharos, or of back numbers which are in stock, may be obtained from the Editor, price 9d.
    Summer Term, 1932.—The Summer Term will begin on Thursday, 21st April, and end on Wednesday, 27th July. Holders of season tickets should see that their railway passes are made out to cover both these dates.

EDITORIAL.

“The tumult and the shouting dies,” novelties take on a more familiar aspect, gala days pass into history, and the ordinary routine of work and play becomes once more the prevailing interest. Such is the natural order of events in the present stage of the School’s history, though the immediate past has provided, as no doubt the near future will provide, new and interesting experiences for those who are interested in our activities.

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This term’s big event was, in its way, as outstanding as that of last term. The production of “Arms and the Man” started a new epoch in the annals of the Dramatic Club and made the opening of the new stage a very memorable and impressive occasion. We shall not comment on the performance, which is fully recorded elsewhere, but it is worth noting that its preparation gave opportunities to many types of helpers in a way that seems to be without parallel in our School records. Actors, artists, musicians, mechanics, electricians, business organisers and general helpers were all needed and were all ready and able to do their part. The large amount of the work done by the boys themselves was a most pleasing feature, though thanks are due to many members of the Staff for advice and supervision, and in particular to Mr. Watt, the producer. We are glad to hear that the expense of equipping the stage has been nearly met by the proceeds of this performance.

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We regret that, at the end of this term, we shall be losing Mr. Healing. His help has been most valuable to the Dramatic Club, and the success of the efforts to establish Rugby football as a School game has been in no small measure due to his experience and enthusiasm. For these and for his other services rendered to the School we offer. him our best thanks, as we wish him success in the literary work which we understand he is taking up.

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It will be realised that the present position of the School and Playing Fields gives abundant scope for open air social activities during the Summer Term. Details of the provision made for these by the Parents’ Association will be found in their notes, and it is in the hope that parents and friends will take full advantage of the opportunities offered that we print a list of the term’s events on page 28.
 

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION.

We regret that the illness of the Secretary prevents him from writing the Association Notes for this issue of The Pharos. At the time of going to press, there is a distinct improvement in his condition, and we hope that recovery will he swift and complete.

There is gratifying evidence of an increased interest on the part of parents in the Association. Many new members have recently joined. While the value of the Association to the School in the past has not been inconsiderable, it has been handicapped by a limited membership. The Executive Committee is pursuing a progressive policy, which it is hoped will make a favourable appeal to parents and help to produce the desired result. A really strong Association, representing at least a majority of the parents, can contribute considerably to the amenities of the School and to the welfare of the boys. The name and address of the Secretary may be found on the inside cover of The Pharos.

We regret that, owing to the illness of the Secretary, the Physical Drill Challenge Cup Competition, which was arranged for 16th March, has been postponed. It will take place on 11th May in the fine Gymnasium of the New School. Tea will be provided for members of the Association without charge, and will be served to non-members at a small cost.

Two Parents v. School cricket matches are being arranged this year, one to he played on a Wednesday, and the other on a Saturday. The Association will provide tea for its members. For the dates see the School Calendar printed in this issue.

In the expectation that parents will avail themselves of the pleasure of watching from the terrace some of the School cricket matches this summer, we are pleased to say that the Head Master has kindly consented to open the canteen on the days of 1st XI. games, and thus enable visitors to enjoy refreshments at a very moderate charge.

The School Sports Day, the Cups for which the Association provides, is of special interest to parents. We understand that the date this year will be much later in term than hitherto, and that the Sports will be held for the first time in the grounds of the School.

A.T.S.
 

O.B.A. NOTES.

The most important event of the season, the Annual Re-Union, was held in the Town Hall on 28th December last, and a very happy evening was spent. Numbers, though good, were not up to those of last year, and it is thought that this was due to the date being inconvenient. The Dance Committee have unanimously decided that this year’s Re-Union shall be held on Boxing Day.

Suggestions have been put forward that Old Boys should have the use of a room at the new School where they could meet for debates, etc., during the winter. Of course, it is too late to do anything this season, but the Secretary welcomes comments and suggestions.

It has also been suggested that Old Boys’ Avenue at the New School should be planted with trees, about fifty in number, the gifts of Old Boys. Each tree will bear the donor’s name, and members who are anxious to purchase a tree should let me have their names and addresses. The cost will be about 5s. each, but no money must be sent as yet.

There are still several members who have not paid their subscriptions, and I appeal to them to send them along without further delay. The financial year ends on 31st March, and all members are reminded that subscriptions will again be due.

Will members kindly note that the Annual General Meeting will be held on 31st March next. A good attendance is hoped for, as this will give an opportunity for a full discussion of the “club room” idea mentioned above.

We congratulate Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Ryeland on the birth of a son, and Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Youden on the birth of a daughter.

G. E. HARROW.

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Old Pharosians’ Football Club.

As expected, we have enjoyed a moderately successful season from a playing point of view, and at present stand about half-way in the Dover and District League. Results: -

                                                                                             Goals

           Played         Won            Lost             Drawn         For              Against         Pts.

             21                9               10                  2                47                 49             20

Points have been dropped unexpectedly in some games, but we put up an excellent performance in beating Dover Rovers 4—2 for the first time since the formation of the Club.

Our playing membership is small, totalling only about fifteen. Boys leaving School who contemplate residing in the district and who wish to continue their football activities are advised to communicate with the Honorary Secretary or any member of the Club.


J. S. DAVIES,
Hon. Sec.

HOUSE NOTES.

Except for the East Cup Competition the activities of all Houses have been entirely confined to Rugby this term. As Rugby football has not long been introduced at School, Houses have combined to give stronger teams, although it is quite probable that Buckland and Town could each field a full team of its own. But since the games are reported on another page we will at once pass on to the East Cup matches, which still arouse a great deal of enthusiasm. The first round resulted in a win for Buckland over Town by thirteen goals to nil. This game was very one-sided, as the score suggests, but in the other tie both games were evenly contested, Country finally winning the replay by two goals to one. The final should be one of great interest, for the teams seem quite evenly matched.

Members of all Houses are strongly urged by their captains to start training, in the Easter Holidays, for the Athletic and Swimming Sports.
 

SCHOOL FOOTBALL.
(Rugby.)

Our first Spring Term in the New School sees Rugby the official Term activity. In future all School Soccer matches will be played during the Autumn Term, leaving the Spring Term free for Rugby Football fixtures.

Enthusiasm for the game has spread to the lower forms, especially Form IV., and it is here that the principles and rules should be learned and practised so that the School may field a strong XV. in future years. The idea that Rugby is only for the muscular is wrong, for the small boy who thinks and acts quickly can often outwit a heavier opponent.
So as to obtain more enthusiasm in the games, a number of House Matches have been played this Term instead of a series of practice matches. The games have been very enjoyable, and what was lacking in theory was recompensed by the spirited manner in which the matches were played. None of the combinations proved vastly superior, as can be seen from the appended results.

During the matches, Tyrell, Newman, Blackford, Constable and Sharp have been outstanding as forwards, mainly for the untiring way they follow up the ball. Vosper and Capelli have been notable at scrum-half (smaller boys, please note), and Eade at fly-half. Amongst the three-quarters, Cooke has worked very hard, and White at full back has played consistently well. Knowing the value of place kicking, White has practised to perfect himself. Younger boys should note that place kicking is an important part of Rugby Football, and would do well to follow White's example.

On 19th March the School plays Dover "A," and we are eager to test our strength against them, although they are the more experienced team.

All the players wish to thank Mr. Pearce, Mr. Healing and Mr. Archer for so generously giving their time, thought and energy to the promotion of the game in its first stages at School.

L.W.G.
 

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(Association.)

Until this Term, only the Old Pharosians and Borden Grammar School had defeated us at Soccer, but the latter have now repeated the feat, and we have lost to Chatham House.

Borden Grammar School are to be congratulated on fielding an excellent side, whose combination and shooting attained a very high standard for a School team. Had our own attack combined better, relieving the pressure on the defence, our opponents' score would not have been so great.
Against Chatham House, although the team was below normal strength through illnesses, we were unfortunate to lose, the attack failing to finish the good work performed in mid-field. In the return match at the end of term we hope to reverse the result. To do so, the forwards must run towards the ball, not wait for it to reach them, giving the opposing defence time to intervene.

The following is the 1st XI. record for the season : -

Goals.

Played.        Won.                Drawn.             Lost.                 For.        Against.

13                56                    3                      4                      45           39

The chief goal-scorers are: - Oliver 12, Hogben 11, and Moseling 8.
In a high scoring game the 2nd XI. lost its home fixture with Chatham House by the odd goal in nine, the smaller boys from Ramsgate outwitting by better ball control the heavier School defence in the second half.
The 2nd XI. record is: -
Played.        Won.                Drawn.             Lost.                 For.        Against.

10                5                      0                      5                      34           28

As the above records indicate, the standard of football has been maintained during the first season in the New School.
L.W.G.

 

SCHOOL FOOTBALL RESULTS.
Association Football, 1931-32.
1st XI.

Dec. 16th, at Ashford - D.C.S. 5; .Ashford Grammar School 1.
Jan. 23rd, at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 3; Borden Grammar School 7.
Feb. 17th, at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 0; Chatham House School 2.
Mar. 12th, at Ramsgate - D.C.S. 1 ; Chatham House School 1.

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2nd XI.

Feb. 17th, at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 4; Chatham House School 5.
Mar. 12th, at Ramsgate - D.C.S. 3; Chatham House School 2.

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Under 15 XI.

Dec. 16th, at Astor Avenue - D.C.S. 5; Ashford Grammar School 4.

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East Cup - First Round.
Buckland 13, Town 0; Country 2, Maxton 1.
Final.
Buckland 2, Country 2, (To be replayed Saturday, l9th March.).

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Rugby Football, 1932.
Feb. 24th, at Astor Avenue - Cadets, 11 pts.; School, 6 pts.
Mar. 9th, at Astor Avenue - Cadets. 14 pts.; School, 3 pts.

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House Matches.

Jan. 23rd, Town and Maxton 12 pts.; Buckland and Country 0 pts.
Jan. 27th, Town and Country 16 pts.; Buckland and Maxton 3 pts.
Feb. 3rd, Town and Buckland 11 pts.; Country and Maxton 0pts.

C.J.S.M.
 

SPORTS ACCOUNT, on 8th MARCH, 1932.

                    CREDIT.                                                   DEBIT.

                                                   £   s     d                                                        £   s     d

4th Dec. ’31 – Cash in hand ..    ..   2   6    10     Teas to Visiting Teams   ..        ..   3 18     0

                      Cash at Bank          ..   5    10     10           Bartlett ..   ..   ..        ..   ..   ..     0          0  9

Jan. 8th ’32 – Subscriptions     ..  23 12     6     Fares       ..     ..   ..   ..   ..        ..   2   1     6

                    Subscriptions from                      26th Jan. ’32 - Harris     ..        ..   ..   0     8          6

                    Form VI Commerce 0 15     2     8th Mar. ’32 - Grigg – on account 40   0     0

8th Feb. ’32 - Subscriptions ..    ..   6   2     6     8th Mar. ‘32 – Cash in hand     ..   4 19     0

8th Mar. ’32 – Extra Sales Pharos  2   5     9     8th Mar. – ’32 – Cash at bank   ..   0   8    40

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                                               £51 16     1                                                    £51 16     1

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Audited and found correct,                                                      W. WILTON BAXTER,

             W. H. DARBY                                                                           Hon Treasurer

8th March, 1932.

D.C.S. CADET COY. NOTES.

Although the numbers on parade at the beginning of term were not very encouraging, there has been a marked improvement as a result of the weekly posting of the names of defaulters. The enforcement of the rule, that absence from three consecutive parades should incur dismissal from the Corps, has done much to urge cadets to attend parades regularly, and at the same time has purged the Company of those members who were of no use whatever to it.
Owing to financial difficulties we regret that a team cannot be sent to Chingford this year. It is hoped, however, that we shall compete again when we are in a position to do so. Cadets and N.C.O.'s can help in this matter of finance by paying their uniform fees to the C.Q.M.S. as soon as possible. Failing this, cadets may have to go to the expense of purchasing their own uniforms. Since we now receive no Government grant, the Corps relies entirely on its members to pay its expenses and, unless the uniform money is forthcoming, we shall run into debt, and the ultimate result will be the disbanding of the D.C.S. Cadet Company.
It was pleasing to see the Corps beat the School at Rugby, after the two losses suffered last year; and it is to be hoped that this game will be fostered by the Unit that first introduced it to the School.
This term, recruiting has been successful, but it should be remembered that not a quarter of the boys at School are cadets, and the roll could well be increased. Camp 1932, is drawing near, and one of the essential factors necessary for a good camp is a large number of cadets. Boys in Form II. especially should join the Corps now, as length of service is a great help in promotion. They will never regret it; the cadets of to-day will be the serjeants of to-morrow.
In the recent list of those successful in passing the examination qualifying for the rank of Captain, we were pleased to see the names of the following old cadets: - Lieut. M. Durban, Lieut. E. Ryeland, and Lieut. A. B. Thomas.
Cert. "A" candidates would be well advised to study the Army Training Manuals during the Easter holidays, as the theory part of the examination can only be passed by diligent application to technical instruction.
With a view to lessening the amount of elementary drill at camp and to gaining points for the Section Cup, cadets and N.C.O.'s should make every effort to attend all parades next term. They might take for a motto, "Per ardua ad castra.'
H.C.N.

D.C.S. CADET COY.
BALANCE SHEET.
-Spring Term, 1932.

                    RECEIPTS.                                               EXPENDITURE.

                                                   £   s     d                                                        £   s     d

Balance brought forwd.     ..     ..  50   2     8     Uniforms ..     ..   ..   ..   ..        ..  10   9     9

Uniforms    ..        ..   ..     ..     ..   3   8     9     Dovorian Coaching Co.  ..        ..   2 10     0

Deficit        ..        ..   ..     ..     ,,   0 14     4     Transport (Rifles) ..   ..   ..        ..   0   6     0

                                                                      Potter and Co. ..   ..   ..   ..        ..   0 10     6

                                                                      Magazines      ..   ..   ..   ..        ..   0   4     6

                                                                      Affiliation Fee ..   ..   ..   ..        ..   0   2     6

                                                                      Ammunition    ..   ..   ..   ..        ..   0   2     6

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                                               £14   5     9                                                    £14   5     9

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Audited and found correct,                                                      W. E. PEARCE,

          A. B. CONSTABLE    

MUSIC NOTES.

The School Musical Society this term confined its activities to orchestral work in preparation for the production of “Arms and the Man” by the Dramatic Society on 26th and 27th February. At that presentation the Orchestra surpassed itself in such works as the “Suites of Dances” by Lully and Handel, the March from the “Occasional Oratorio” by Handel, and “Modern Dances” by Brown. Great appreciation was shown by the audiences, the Minuet from “Berenice” captivating orchestra and audience alike.

Credit for the numbers and efficiency of the Orchestra is due to E. C. Ratcliffe, whose able leadership and enthusiasm for musical work have done much to improve this sphere of School activities. Thanks must also be accorded to the other members of the Orchestra: H. M. Kennard, J. H. Waight, G. Magub, R. Baker, C. Cox, L. H. Abbott, B. Pragnell, A. E. Cadman, H. W. Bond, T. J. Edwards, A. Bradley, M. Capelli and A. W. Lyons.

As yet there is lack of variety in the Orchestra, and to remedy this it is hoped that parents will encourage their sons to learn wind as well as stringed instruments, so as to augment an orchestra which, although creditable, is hardly commensurate with the size of the School.

The Society wishes to thank Gordon and Douglas Lewis, who took such interest in the music of the School, for the gift of the following records: — one record of “Scheherazade” by Rimski Korsakov, one record of Grieg’s “A minor Concerto,” one record of Bizet’s Suite “L’Arlesienne,” and five records of the Columbia “History of Music.”

F.L.W.E.

“ARMA VIRUMQUE CANO.”

The Dramatic Society took a bold step when it decided to open the School stage with a presentation of Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man.” Nothing on so ambitious a scale had been attempted before. From the applause of the large and appreciative audiences of Friday and Saturday, 26th and 27th February, it was evident that their highest expectations had been realised while the actors themselves must have felt that all the hard work that had been incurred in reaching such a high standard had been well worth while.

The amusing curtain-raiser “Mak and Jill” soon had everyone in a jolly mood, and the producer, the players, and last — but not least — the sheep, fully deserved the applause which was given them.

In the first act of “Arms and the Man,” dramatic action was predominant. The rich drapings and the blue of the sky beyond contrasted sharply with the crude enamelled washstand and furniture, just as the realities of life contrasted with the romantic ideas with which Raina deceived herself.

The Petkoffs’ garden, with its symbolic flowers of many hues, provided a gay setting for the lively conversations and amusing situations of the second act, the brilliant uniforms and dresses adding yet more colour to the scene. If it were possible to enjoy one act more than another, I think that this one would find highest favour. The audience, who were “in the know,” were highly amused by the unsuspecting innocence of Major Petkoff, the gradual disillusionment of Sergius, the agitation of Catherine on the arrival of Captain Bluntschli, and the vain efforts of Raina to cling to her fast-vanishing heroic ideals.

Photo]                                                                                               [C. S. Harris, Dover

“ARMS AND THE MAN” – Act II.

The final act took place in the library, of which Major Petkoff was so proud, and here again the brilliant colours of the flowers and the furniture reflected the bare facts of life, toned down by no veil of romantic imagination. This act, full of Shavian wit and philosophy, saw the final disillusionment of all except Paul and Catherine Petkoff, whose ideas were too firmly established to be changed. Even Bluntschli confessed that his chances in life had been spoiled by an “incurably romantic disposition” — a very pleasant way of spoiling one’s chances all the same.

Major Pelkoff had every reason to be proud of his “little pet,” for I. P. Watt certainly made a very attractive Raina. As she came to realise that the facts of life would not fit in with her romantic fancies, these had to be discarded, and she yielded with becoming modesty to the charms of her “chocolate cream soldier.” Sergius Saranoff (L. Goodfellow), however, was far less willing to face up to realities, although he was fully aware of them, and each fresh revelation made him wince as he saw more clearly that his life had been merely a pretence. Before the end of the play, however, he had learned that reality could not be ignored.

As Captain Bluntschli, H. C. Blackford played the part of the professional soldier who took life as he found it. he certainly had no illusions about it; but he knew his job well and got on with it. Yet even he confessed that his “incurably romantic disposition” had brought him back once more to see the young lady who had saved his life. The easy-going manner of the, young Swiss officer was very well expressed throughout the play, and all were particularly impressed by the fine acting in the first act when Bluntschli was trying so hard to keep awake.

Paul Petkoff, a cheerful, if short-sighted father, still a barbarian at heart, easily satisfied by material comforts, and Catherine, his wife, who, although she knew that she had Paul under her thumb, became very anxious lest he should discover her secret, were excellently played by V. Ravensdale and G. E. Fox. Catherine’s reactions as she listened to the story of the hidden fugitive, Paul’s views on washing, and the childish pride with which they both spoke of their new toys — an electric bell and a library — caused great amusement.

In contrast to the polite respect of. the Russian Officer (G. S. Allen) and the practical common-sense of Nicola (H. C. Newman), Louka (F. L. Eade) was proud and defiant, and felt keenly the indignity of doing the bidding of others who were no better than herself. Neither Nicola nor Louka had any illusions about life — its practical problems were too pressing — and this was well brought out in the cold-blooded wisdom of the former and the scornful pride of the latter.

To the actors, for their interpretations of the individual characters, and to the producer for his interpretation of the play as a whole, is due the highest praise. The stage manager, the scene shifters, the electricians, the carpenters, the scene painters, the School Orchestra, those who prepared the programmes, those who managed the business arrangements — all deserve our sincere thanks. As a result of the co-operation of many willing workers, the Dramatic Society were enabled not merely to act a play, but to give a finished performance, which, I venture to suggest, would have pleased even G.B.S. himself.

I believe, too, that besides enjoying to the full the humour of “Arms and the Man,” most of the audience were set thinking. Sergius found that the war and the love in which he had once believed were “a hollow sham.” How many of us could say that there was absolutely no pose in the life we lead, that all our actions and ideas were quite free from the “noble attitude” which proved so unsubstantial? If we cannot find any pretence in ourselves, we are at least able to detect it in others.

H.R.M.

Photo]                                                                                               [C. S. Harris, Dover

SCHOOL HALL AND STAGE.

THE SCHOOL LIBRARY.

The new Library has now been functioning for two terms, and I feel sure that its usefulness is being appreciated. Judging by the number of boys who wish to adjourn there for recreative reading during break we may say that its popularity with many is undoubted: but a surer test of what the Library is doing is provided by the figures relating to loan issues. During the last twenty weeks over 1,000 reference works have been borrowed for home study; while the General Section (excluding Junior Books) has supplied 2,500 books for leisure reading.

Our number of volumes is still increasing (with plenty of room for more), and among this term's additions is a list of gifts from donors to whom we wish to express our sincere thanks. This recurring duty of acknowledgment is indeed a pleasing one, be the gift small or large in value. I should like to mention in this connexion that the walls contain room for a few more pictures, and one day we hope each bookcase will be crowned with a suitable bust of some great master in the fine arts. The Library must always be, both in appearance and atmosphere, something different from a classroom, and while we have made a very good beginning, the work is by no means completed.

W. UNCLES, School Librarian.

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ADDITIONS, SPRING TERM, 1932.

Reference Department.

Donation Copies.

THE HEAD MASTER.
"East Kent Regional Planning Scheme" (Survey and Final Report).

H. C. BARNARD, ESQ. -
"The Expansion of the Anglo-Saxon Nations" (Ed. Barnard).

W. E. PEARCE, ESQ. -
"Science Masters' Book" - Part I - Physics (Adlam).

MISS F. AMES. -
"Literature of the World" (Richardson and Owen).

G. E. BUDGELL. -
"Outlines of Economic History of England" (Meredith).
“A History of Geographical Discovery and Exploration" (Baker).

Copies purchased by the School.

"Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry" (Taylor).
"A Text-Book of Inorganic Chemistry" (Partington).
"Practical Criticism" (Richards).
"Every Man's Story of the Old Testament" (Nairne) -5 copies.
The Pharos (Vols. I.-XVIII), bound in School Colours, in 4 parts.

General Library.

Donation Copies.

To VI. Form Library

W. H. DARBY, ESQ. -
"Kipps " (Wells).
"The Lake of Wine" (Capes).
"The Potter's Thumb" (Steel).
"Mr. Washington" (Bowen).

To General Fiction Library

W. H. DARBY, ESQ. -
"The Heart of Unaga " (Cullum).
"Montezuma's Daughter" (Haggard).

C. E. AUSTIN. -
"The Sunken Submarine" (Danrit).
"The Usual Half-Crown" (Harrison).
"From Powder-Monkey to Admiral" (Kingston).
"Hidden in Canadian Wilds" (Mackie).
"A Sturdy Young Canadian" (Brereton).

I. FLOYD. -
"The Vulture's Prey" (Stacpoole).
"Naval Occasions" (Bartimeus).
"A Tall Ship" (Bartimeus).
"McGlusky, the Reformer" (Hales),
"One of the Six Hundred" (Grant).
"The Governors" (Oppenheim).

D. C. THOMPSON. -
"Tales of Pendlecliffe School" (Hedges).

To General Non-Fiction Library

"W. H. DARBY, ESQ. -
"The Making of a Frontier" (Durand).
"From the Cape to Cairo" (Grogan).

To Junior Library

K. HART. -
"The Buff Book for Boys."
"The Oxford Annual for Boys."
"The Boy's All-Round Book."

H. FALCONER. -
"My Picture Book of Aircraft."

G. L. WATT. -
"Citizens of the Empire" (Plunket).

A. BRADLEY. -
"The Great Book of Aeroplanes."

R. LAWRENCE. -
"The Mystery of the Amazon" (Haynes).

And 29 volumes purchased by the School for the Junior Library.

SCHOLARSHIP AND EXAMINATION SUCCESSES.

Elected a " King's Scholar" of King's College, London. - J. K. Thompson.
K.E.C. Training Scholarships. - G. E. Fox (to St. Mark and St. John College, London) ; V. A. ]. Ravensdale (to Goldsmiths' College, London) ; M. W. E. \Vhite (to Trinity Hall, Cambridge).
Inter B.Sc.,
London. - H. C. Blackford, M. W. E. White.
Royal Air Force, Entrance Exam.-A. P. Day.

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MERIT LIST.

Form V.A. —                     Ewell (3), Wraight (2), Burden, Balsdon, Waight, McNeil, Geddes.

 “ V.B. —                           Cadman (2), Crocker (2), Kennard, Stourton.

 “ V.C. —                           Young.

 “ IV.A. —                         Le Prevost (3), Stanley (2), Coles, P. E., Gale, F., Curry.

 “ III.A. —                         Blaxland (3), Heller (2), Fittall, Pearson.

 “ III.B. —                         Bowers, Gale, S., Grainger.

 “ II.A. —                          Donald (3), Baker (3), Gilham (3), Myers (3), Jacobs (2),
Gimbert (2), Moseling, Vince, Muston, Drake.

 “ II.B. —                           Hopkins (3), Stringer (2), Godden, Platt.

 “ I.X. —                            Allen (3), Paddock, C. (3), Dunn (2), Woods (2), Jones, T. (2), Bond.

 “ I.Y. —                            Pjerce (2), Mantle.

 “ I.Z. —                            Moor (2).

 “ Upper Trans. —             Bates (3), Harman (3), Stribley (2), Smith, H. J., Kent, Howarth.

 “ Lower Trans. —             Manning (3), Paddock, A. (3), Makey (3), Kirk (3), Bilby (2), Dunster (2), Waters, Benz, Partridge.

 “ Prep. —                         Paddock, G. (3), Hopper (3), Weston.

 

VALETE.

B. R. ROEBUCK. — School 1st XI. Football (colours); School 2nd XI. Cricket; Vice-Capt., Maxton House; Junior Prefect. Apprenticed to Morris Motor Works.

S. W. MARSH. — L.C.C. Clerkship.

A. G. STONEHOUSE. — 2nd XI. Football; Bronze Medallion, R.L.S.S. Apprenticed to Messrs. Atwoods, Dover.

G. H. WHITEHEAD. — To Pearl Assurance Co.

C. E. AUSTIN. — Bronze Medallion, R.L.S.S.

H. C. YOUNG. — House 2nd XI. Football. Entering Engineering Profession.

A. P. DAY. —        School 1st XI. Football (colours); House 1st XI. Cricket.

J. A. HAYWARD. — Training at Naval School, Chatham.

L. R. E. KENNEDY. — Training at Naval School, Chatham.

F. D. GORE. — House 1st XI. Football and Cricket.

R. A. COLLINS. — House 2nd XI. Football and Cricket. Removed to Aldershot.

D. SALES. — House 2nd XI. Football and Cricket. Left Dover for Tonbridge.

W. A. FAKELEY. — Apprenticed to Mr. Waterman, Snowdown.

C. E. PARISH. — Removed to Gravesend.

A. J. TUFF. — Removed to Gravesend.

J. A. FLANDERS. — Removed to Portsmouth.

A. GILBERT. — To St. Joseph’s College, Burwash.

A. F. M. JACKSON. — Removed to Portsmouth.

P. W. DAVEY.

GLEAMS AND FLASHES.

The contributions to the School Charity Fund for this term amounted on 8th March to £7 5s. 0d., making a total for the School year to date of approximately £23. A special collection for the Waifs and Strays on 1st February realised £1 10s. 0d.

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The prize offered for verses entitled “An Appreciation of the New School” has been awarded to R. G. Simmonds, and that for the first correct solution to the double acrostic to H. G. de Carteret.

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We have to thank Professor A. A. Cock, of University College, Southampton, for his interesting and useful address on “Careers” delivered to Forms V. and VI. at School on 15th March.

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We are again indebted to Mr. C. S. Harris for permission to use the photographs illustrating this number.

SOLUTION TO DOUBLE ACROSTIC.

F        oreig       N
R       efere       E
I        o             Wa
T       rain         S
H       eliotropi   C
R       aleig        H
O       rsin         O
A       dagi         O
D       ril            L

 

CORRESPONDENCE.

The following extracts are from a letter to the Editor, written in New York, by an Old Boy of the School. Its main argument has often been put forward, but seldom with such good authority or backed by such personal experience. — (Ed.): -

Six years ago I left School, taking away with me a terrifying amount of knowledge, a lot of pleasant memories, a stack of exercise books and any amount of unheeded advice. Armed with these and a strong determination, I set out to conquer the whole wide world!! Most of the advice given me had had to do with the fact that I should first have obtained my School Certificate, but I, in my youthful ignorance and self-confidence, brushed it aside as being absolutely unnecessary, and went my own wilful way.

I obtained my first “position” without anybody asking me to show my School Certificate, and for nearly four years I roamed the world. In four years one place came to seem pretty nearly the same as another; Bombay seemed no different from Shanghai, so I settled down here in New York: and easily obtained another position without anybody asking to see my school leaving certificate.

I tried for a higher position a short time ago, and was shocked into reality by my prospective employer asking, “Did you go to a Secondary School?” and, upon my replying in the affirmative, he asked to see my school leaving certificate. I didn’t get that position!! But it did dawn upon me that only un-important positions, jobs where advancement was rare or impossible, or insignificant positions paying small salaries could be had without showing a school leaving certificate.

So I decided to go to school, a Business School, to learn something and get a diploma for myself. Here I received another shock; they would not even let me into a school unless I had a school leaving certificate to show them!! I besought the Principals; I had had four years in a Secondary School; yes, and advanced regularly every year; yes, and taken all the subjects specified. Their only answer was, “Where is your proof?” Mortified, I turned away — yes, where was it? I had left without a document of any kind that would prove that I had completed four years in a Secondary School; and they do not take your word for things in the business world!

My knowledge, my stack of exercise books, my pleasant memories, none of these could replace that all-important document, my School Certificate.

There is usually a moral to every story, though most authors will leave you to guess at it, mainly because they do not know what moral they really did mean to preach. However, I think the moral to my story is obvious.

In conclusion, let me state that there are some men who profit not at all by their experience; there are others who do profit from their experience; and there are those lucky mortals who profit from the experience of others, and save themselves untold trouble and avoidable loss. I hope that some who read this may profit from my experience.

ALFRED MOCKEET (1920-25),
18, East 68th Street,
New York.

YE CHRONICLE.

Bifel thatte on a daye didde come amonge us a grete and noble knyghte, a prynce of ye Blood Royale, drivynge in a chariotte withoute horses, befor whiche didde go a smallere, withe ye limbes of ye lawe therein. Butte ere thatte he arrived alle ye knyghtes, squiers, and yeomen didde wende hir waye into ye churche of Sainte Marye, to give thankes thatte ye Skool hadde come into ye newe palays on ye hyghe hille. Thereon arose a lerned eldere of ye churche, and didde telle ye knyghtes, squiers and yeomen howwe thatte theye must battle thatte ye Skool myghte preserve hir illustrious beginnynge. Nowwe whanne he hadde made an end of spekynge on thisse wyse, ye Kadettes didde lepe into ye cars, yclept “busses,” and mak hir waye unto ye palays, ther to take uppe armes to do homage to His Royale Hyghnesse. Atte his arrival loude were ye shoutes thatte rente ye heavenes, for grete was ye joye of ye multitude atte his comyng. Nowwe whanne alle hadde welle eaten, and ye varlets bad swigged hir lemonade, all ye compagnye were assembled togedre in ye Hall, wher one of hire number, yclepte Wannem, a squier of hyghe renowne, didde bidde welcome to ye Prince, at whiche alle ye varlettes didde gretely rejoyce, and make much noyse. Thanne didde odres synge of hir countrie’s bannere, and a knyghte yclept George. And afterre thatte manye men and wys hadde spoken didde ye assembly tak hir waye into ye groundes, wher ye Prince George didde plante a tree, castynge theron muche earth, and eke much on ye groundesman who was aidyng hym, befor thatte he made his departure unto Nolnod.

Thenne cometh in truthe ye dayes of winterre, so thatte a myghtye easte wind didde blowe with bittere blaste and chill makyng alle ye varlettes to shyver in hir shoes. So chille it was thatte evene ye squiers didde relente, insomuche that theye didde allowe ye lessere frye to remayne in ye lobbyes at ye houre of brake. Rumoure also hath itte thatte ye men of sixartes, and eke ye knyghtes whych trye to teche hem, are alway blue with cold, the more so as one varlette dothe love to flyng wide ye windowes at alle tymes and in alle weatheres.

Nowwe whanne thatte.ye saysoun of Noelle was passed and gone, ye varlettes which were myghtieste didde make essaye to playe a straunge game yclept Ruggere. But ye first attemptes didde almoste make to weepe Sir Weppe and Sir Ginleab, who were techynge ye varlettes to playe. Nowwe amonge ye grete men of Ruggere is one yclept Blanc, a squier, which considerethe thatte he canne lifte ye balle betweene ye postes, iffe thatte ye conditiounes of grounde and lucke and eke of temperature and humiditie be in hys favoure. Therfor men do saye thatte he taketh sondrye instruments of mathematycks, yclept protractorres, with hym, thatte ye balle deviate notte one halfe a degree from ye appoynted angle, and eke in ye matche dothe he note fail to practice diligentlye in ye arte of kickynge.

Butte cometh atte lengthe, in ye seconde moone, a bande of strollynge playerres unto ye castel. Here didde theye telle, amid floweres of wondrous forme and hue, unknowne even to Sir Harrec, of aventures and libraryes in Bulgarye, and eke of ye fate of one which wente aboute to stele sheepe. Thenne were ye knyghtes, squiers, and varlets, and eke hir parentes and friendes so gretely delyted at ye tydynges of this manneful playe on ye stage, thatte theye climbed even onto ye hyghtes of Astorre to see what was toward. Eke ye Overlorde, being gretely pleased withal didde make a feste unto ye playerres upone ye stage, atte whych was grete rejoycyng and drynkynge of koffee. Butte most of alle admyred they ye wysdom and onderstandyng of Sir Watte, so thatte they called aloude for hym; and atte laste he didde appeare on ye stage, amid merrye tumult from ye playerres as well as from ye crowde belowe.

Nowwe grete and numerous are ye deedes in ye castel on hyghe, but if anye woulde lerne of them lette hym go rede in ye booke Pharos.

DE LA RENVAS, YE SCRYBE.

FROM THE HILL-TOP.
I.

Slowly the boy toiled up the last steep stretch of hill. He had climbed it light-heartedly many a time before, but now he was evidently in serious mood. Never again would he mount the slope as a schoolboy; it was his last day at School; on the morrow he would be setting out on a less-known path. On the eve of the great adventure he was returning to School to gaze once more on the scene he had come to know so well.

He mounted the steps to the top of the Tower, where, with the sky above and the freshening breeze around him, he could command the prospect. Leaning his elbow on the battlements, he stood silent in the twilight, while his thoughts wandered back over his school-days. Although, as a member of the School, he had passed through three different buildings, and had spent happy times in each, yet of them all this was the one that he would look back upon as his old school in the days to come. To preceding generations of boys, Frith Road would, no doubt, be a lasting memory, but for him this would certainly be his Old School. And, however surely much of what he had learnt within its walls would fade from memory, the view before him, he felt, would never be forgotten. He had seen it day after day, sometimes under a serene sky, sometimes shrouded with fog, but always impressive. And now, as twilight deepened, he looked upon it once again.

As he turned to descend the steps, he could see below him the twinkling lights of ships passing up or down the Channel or riding in the Harbour, and was content to carry this away — a scene of quiet beauty — the last impression of his Old School.

A. ANDREWS (Form VB.).

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II.

As I mount to the School this January morning by way of the steep slope, the rising mist is slowly uncovering the town. The Castle stands out cold and gray in the keen air, its flag bravely fluttering above the Keep. On the School Tower the flag is just being hoisted, so I must not loiter. A rook, perched on the top of the staff, gazes contemptuously at the slowly rising flag, and then suddenly floats off with a disdainful “caw.” When I descend the slope at 4.30 the sun has gone down, and a fog is coming up from the sea. The town is already enveloped, and of the Castle, only the Keep is visible.

As I pass the cycle shed, I glance back, just in time to see the School Flag hauled down. “The day has ended,” I say to myself — but I feel my schoolbag weighing heavily on my shoulder.

A. H. GOODBUN (Form IIIA.).

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III.

It is only a short time since the present road to the School was a mere path, and, quite recently, green grass was waving on the actual site of the building. What wonderful activity has sprung up in a short time on this spot! When, in the early mornings, the School is bathed in dazzling light, it ought to attract even the most unwilling scholar to the task of learning. No wonder we boys go cheerfully to School, even in these times of depression!

E. W. SOUTHEY (Form IIIA.).

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IV.

On my first day at School I arrived early, and stood gazing out from the playground. Coming along in the train I had some fine views, but the scene before me surpassed them all. It was a glorious morning, and this added to its beauty. Nothing seemed out of place. The Castle, the Harbour, the ridges, all fitted perfectly into the picture before me.

R BOARD (Form IIIB.).

AN APPRECIATION OF THE NEW SCHOOL.

Those stairs!
Each stair
Cold, stark and bare:
Not soft or carpeted
As when you go to bed.
But iron-railed, made of stone,
The sort of stair that makes you groan.
Just try to mount the Tower
As the clock strikes the hour
When you should be in class,
And the "Pre." won't let you pass.
Appreciation! - well, you said it:
Yes, Sir! and now you'll get it,
And, my word, you won't forget it.
Or, if you do, they'll soon remind you
They'll be in front, they'll be behind you,
And (especially when you're late)
You, too, will soon appreciate
Those stairs!

R G. SIMMONDS (VI. Commerce).

ON DIT.

That the popular translation of "Arma Virum que Cano" is:-" With my wiry arm, I cane.".

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That that is a suitable motto for the Staff Room door.

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That if all gloves, caps, and other articles of clothing, found at School this term were collected for sale, passing rag-and-bone merchants would weep for joy.

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That dear old ladies are very curious as to the nature of the black flash seen (and heard) at 9 a.m.

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That rumour has it that it is only a motor-cyclist of the Sixth on his way to School.

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That it was astonishing to find a severe and stentorian Serjeant in the Cadet Corps making such a docile husband in a recent play.

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That many harassed mothers have forbidden their sons to play Rugger.

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That the reason is probably torn shirts and increased laundry bills.

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That the statement that the School clocks are "syncopated" might be taken seriously.

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That the following dialogue was overheard in the vicinity of the tuckshop: -

PREFECT: "I think there's some good in young - after all."

 COMPANION: "Really!"

PREFECT: "Yes; he has just been calling me 'Sir'!"

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That a boy in Form I.Y. writes that the Priory Station roof "is held up by iron girders with a few chocolate machines."

THE WEEPING BEECH.

I see that on your recent transposition
To Higher Dover, where you daily teach
The elements of life and erudition,
A royal Prince has sown a weeping beech.

"Why not a cheerful species?" one enquires;
But what alternative does he suggest?
Not every tree responds to our desires
To emulate the things we think are best.

The pine itself has scarce a cheerful sound:
It speaks of weariness and sickly fears;
The willow brings us to the cricket ground,
Then watches our performance, shedding tears.

The oak, of course, would do, so big and terse –
But since the weeping beech did end the search,
Let's say, "Ah! well, it might be greatly worse:
At any rate, they didn't choose a birch."

R.G.H.

THE TUCKSHOP.

Interviews and Impressions by "The Pharos" Special Correspondent.

Having been commissioned by the. Management of the Tuckshop to investigate the effects and Impressions, both physical and moral, of this Institution, I now propose to make public the results of my inquiries.

A certain member of the Staff, when approached on the subject, said: "My impressions of the Tuckshop? Well, just at present, judging by the playground window, it appears to be very largely ‘humbug.' To be 'candied,' I can't honestly say that the Tuckshop has made any really definite impressions on me - although I have at times made my own very satisfying impressions on its products."

One of his hints to surreptitious masticators may be useful. He advises them not to choose anything flavoured with pineapple. "For," he said, "the scent of this luscious fruit travels, according to my calculations, at approximately ninety feet per second perhaps, and can be relied upon for instantaneous detection by any magisterial olfactory organ working under normal conditions of temperature and pressure."

The Prefects informed me that they all heartily approved of the idea of having a door for the Sixth Form only, and that they beg to suggest that a special room be set aside for the Sixth Form to eat their "tuck" in, since they consider the swelled cheek inseparable from the consumption of some of the larger sweetmeats may detract from their authority if displayed in public.

Form VI. Commerce agree that they fully appreciate all that the Tuckshop is doing for the School, and that the way in which trade has increased, and also the size of the turnover as compared with the capital are very satisfactory, but (with all due apologies to Mr. -) they consider that it should be run on co-operative lines, and not as a capitalistic enterprise. They believe that a system of insurance against premature classroom confiscation of its products might be an attractive and popular addition to the activities of the business.

The Middle School was unanimous in its support of the Tuckshop, while one member of the Second Form expressed the opinion of his fellows by saying that "the one thing he liked about this School was the cake sold in the Tuckshop!"

A Prep. boy informed me that he had a wonderful suggestion to make to the Management. "Why not," he said, "instal a big tank of ginger beer in the Tuckshop and have a pipe laid to each form room, so that we could get ginger beer at any time?" He went on to say that the expenses of the scheme could be met if each boy paid sixpence a week for using the tap.

As a whole, the School considers the Tuckshop to be a boon, and it will, in my opinion, become almost as permanent a feature as the Staff itself.

R.G.S.

A PARODY.
(With apologies to Thomas Gray.)

The school bell tolls the knell of ended play,
The frenzied mob moves slowly back to work,
Once more the masters in their own sweet way
Get on with Latin, French and Edmund Burke.

Now fades the bee-like humming in the room,
And o’er the class a solemn stillness reigns,
Save where a pupil winds his wristlet watch
Or haughty Prefect taps the window panes.

Save that in yonder white-bricked western tower
We hear at random now and then the sounds
Of those who, taking to themselves all power,
Defy the Head and pass all lawful bounds.

Perhaps in that small rebel group may burn
The heart of some young Monmouth tempting, fate,
But they must to the class-room soon return
And take a hundred lines for being late.

H.F.M. (Form IIA.).

ON WALKING.

Having once risen to the sublime height of riding a motor cycle — not my own, by the way — I remember feeling very superior as I flashed past a black-caped cyclist toiling hard against wind and rain along a lonely country road. But he would have said, with probable truth, that he was enjoying his ride in the rain The proud motorist looks down on the shabby walker, but they are both happy — the one in sitting on a cushioned seat, and the other in satisfying his longing for the freedom of the countryside.

One dons an old suit, with lunch and sketch book bulging out the pockets, seizes a stick, whistles the dog — if he has not already noted these preparations — and, with a light heart, sets out for the open country.

Once at home with Nature, time is reckoned not by the clock, but by the sun. The tramper can loiter or plod steadily on, as he pleases, and, when feeling tired, the sweet-smelling grass is his couch; perhaps only the clattering of a haycutter or a reaping machine will keep him from sleeping soundly under an old oak. Then, walking on through a Sussex hamlet, he may glimpse an old, grey church standing peacefully among ageing tombstones and black-green yews. He will be tempted to sketch it; and even if the result is poor, it is at least a souvenir of a memorable day spent in God’s fresh air.

He who tramps in the country off the main highroads will certainly store rich memories. Thus, the climb up Firle Beacon, after tea at a smuggler’s cottage, with the setting sun colouring the thunder clouds over the hills a lowering purple, will be remembered when the South Downs are mentioned, and the walker hears the jingling of harness chains as the plough horses jog along the lane with their master. Again, the tramper will feel the quiet stillness of Romney Marsh, as the big, red sun slowly disappears behind the hills of Lympne to leave the misty fields to the browsing sheep. Now, sitting gazing at a spluttering log on his hearth, with neglected book in hand, he will see himself leaning against the farmyard gate watching the clean, little pigs drinking undisturbed from the duckpond; but he will remember how, on the arrival of the djrty, black sow, the geese drove off the beast with a tremendous squawking. Once more he will be thrilled by the aerial warfare between a sparrow hawk and a crow.

To the walker. every neighbouring town will have its especial recollection. At the mention of Folkestone. the late autumn tramp with a friend will come to mind; how, as evening drew near, they were both thirsty, and how this thirst was replaced by the rasping feeling at the back of the throat given only by turnips. St. Margaret's Bay will be remembered because of a half-term holiday spent there sketching. Sandwich will recall the refreshing odour of pine trees, and the thrill of walking briskly through crystal-clear air, with blue sky overhead, birds singing, and the promise of spring in the hedgerows. The Cinque Port's charming, narrow streets, old houses, and general air of dreaminess will be recalled. A walk through fog and sea-spray will be the memory of Hythe. Such are the reminiscences of trampers, and if you will but walk you will more fully appreciate" the changeful glory of sky and sea, of mountain, moor, and river."

P. D. COOKE (VI. Commerce).

FIAT LUX.

I stood in the darkening valley,
One dull December day,
And watched the lights of the Castle
Twinkling eastward way;
I thought of the glowing Pharos
As it burned its ancient warning,
Of the flash and the roar of the mighty guns
Ere the days of peace were dawning.

I turned to the cloudy westward
And saw a dazzling sight,
A stately palace glittering
With myriad rays of light;
Yet brighter than this brightness,
The torch of Knowledge burning,
The sons of Dover tend the flame
Within those hall of learning.

O.M.R

ON WRITING LETTERS.

    What an awful bore is writing letters! As I sit at the table of despair, gnawing my pen—how unsympathetic to the teeth is the now universal "fountain" variety!—and vainly seeking inspiration from the ceiling, I wonder how on earth I am going to begin. Such well-worn phrases as "I trust you are well, as this leaves me at present" float before my mind; but I cast them aside as being inadequate to express my vast depth of feeling. Eventually, by exhausting efforts on the part of my befuddled brain, I commence. By dint of furious concentration, I continue; and at long last, through unflagging determination, I am in the happy condition of having written just sufficient to justify conclusion. For weeks I have been prognosticating this unhappy hour, and now at its cessation I feel a better man. How lovingly I insert the missive in its envelope after a brief scansion to improve its orthography! After a feverish search in the appropriate household work of reference, I may be lucky enough to discover the correct address; if not, I rack my memory and approximate to the best of my ability. The letter is duly stamped and posted. When I receive a reply, my feelings alternate between joy at my letter having reached its objective safely, and horror at the necessity of writing again in the near future!
    Many types of epistle have to be concocted. How I pity the hero whose parents are compelled through business to reside in a different part of the country! Such a sufferer is one of my close acquaintances; he dreads the approach of the week-end, when during such spare time as may be available, it will be his bounden duty to compose a saga of the week's events which must not fall below a certain standard of length. The sorrow of this unfortunate is his parents' lack of literary appreciation. Week after week, he tells me, he writes the most unutterable trash; yet his paterfamilias constantly demands increase in the quantity of his correspondence under the threat of diminished financial assistance!
    Many of us have to write business letters at some time or another. I should like to suggest an improvement in the prevalent style of their composition; the humility at present exemplified in them could well be replaced by a less stereotyped form of expression. The writer would no longer "beg to state" that he had "received yours of the 19th instant," or "request the favour of an early reply," but might enquire in genial terms after the health, prosperity and golf handicap of his correspondent, with perhaps a brief postscript re business! Trade depression would soon become an unknown quantity!
    At the risk of becoming boring, I will venture to make another suggestion. Who has not shuddered after a festive occasion, such as Christmastide or birthday, at the prospect of writing letters of thanks to all those dear relatives who have condescended to present him with useless and unwanted gifts? I propose to introduce neatly printed cards similar in purpose to the field postcards which I believe were in vogue during the Great War. The cards would express thanks in a suitable way, and leave blank spaces to insert the name of the relative in question, a description of the gift, and one's own name in appropriate places. To my mind, these cards would mark the greatest advance in time and labour saving since the invention of the vacuum cleaner. Pangs of conscience at having to invent pleasant fictions about liking the gift immensely would become less acute, for the words of thanks would not be penned by ourselves.
    I have spoken of the boredom of writing them, but think of the joy of receiving letters—apart from those monstrosities with little window-panes in the front which congregate on the doormat on the first of the month. Think of the joy of him whose parents are away, when he opens a letter from home enclosing pecuniary aid! Think of the joy of the enamoured swain on opening a communication from his beloved! Verily, romance would fade over the telephone!
    But enough! time, as usual, is flying, and I am thinking of adjourning to the cinema, or the 1st XI. Match. A voice breaks the stillness “I want you to write some letters for me this afternoon; we haven’t written to Aunt Martha for ages, and there is the vicar’s note to answer.

F. G. WEST-ORAM (Upper VI. Science).

EVENTS OF SUMMER TERM.

Thurs. April    21.   Term begins.
Sat.         “      30.   Free Place and Junior Exhibition Examination.
Wed. May      4.    Cricket — School v. Parents.
Wed.       “      11    Parents’ Association Cup Drill Competition.
Sat.         “      21    Cricket — School v. Margate College.
Wed.       “      25    School v. Duke of York’s R.M.S.
Wed. June      1     School y. Harvey Grammar School.
Thurs.     “      9     Swimming Sports.
Fri.         “      17    London General and Higher School Certificate Examination starts.
Wed.       “      22    Cricket — School v. Chatham House School.
Sat.         “      25    School v. Borden Grammar School.
Wed.       “      29    School v. Simon Langton School.
Wed. July       6     Annual Athletic Sports.
Mon.       “      11    Joint Board Higher School Certificate Examination starts.
Sat.         “      16    Cricket — School v. Ashford Grammar School.
Sat.         “      23    School v. Parents.
Wed.       “      27    Term Ends. Cricket — School v. Old Boys.
(All the above Cricket Matches are 1st XI. Home Fixtures).