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town end with the wind, and, after a few minutes of good combined play on the part of the forwards, Lane made a good rush and obtained a try rather low down, which Bucknall failed to turn into a goal. A series of loose squashes at the bottom of the ground followed, in which Champneys' continued to pen their opponents, in spite of a smart piece of play by Fletcher. Then Bucknall by a very fast and neat run obtained a try right behind, which he converted into a goal.
After kick-off Hildebrand rushed the ball into Hart-Smith's quarters, and though some capital forward play by Sinclair and Fisher relieved the pressure on their side for a moment, Champneys' forwards compelled Hart-Smith's to touch down twice in self-defence. A series of loose squashes followed, until, by the exertions of Bett and Hildebrand ii, the former of whom made some very pretty passes up the hill to the three-quarters, the game was moved up right in front of Hart-Smith's goal. A useful run by Poynton, well backed up by Chappel, gave them some relief, and then 'half-time' was called.
Refreshed with lemons, Lane and Robertson, well backed up by the rest of Champneys' forwards, took the ball away into Hart-Smith's twenty-five, but were foiled for the time by the smart play of Tiarks. Then followed a good many uninteresting squashes, the special characteristic of Big Game, until Preston got hold of the ball and dribbled it in fine style right up to Champneys' twenty-five, though he failed to score. A free kick for a breach of rule was adjudged to Hart-Smith's by the umpire, but the kick was charged. However, for some time Champneys' goal line seemed in danger, notably when Fletcher by a brilliant run passed all Champneys' men but Adams, who collared him in fine style. The ball was then taken back, and squashes again become the order of the day until no game' was called, Champneys' being left victors by one goal and four tries to nil, besides which Hart-Smith's touched down sixteen times.
The figures leave no doubt that the best side won. For Champneys', besides Lane and Robertson who both played the fast game excellently, Wilding and his substitute, Wood, Atlay, Meeres, Aglen, and Hildebrand ii were the best of the forwards, but were well backed up by the rest. Behind, Bucknall was brilliant on the second day, (having had no chance on the first) and Hildebrand was very good throughout.
Bett at half-back showed some capital play, and was well seconded by Bucknall ii, and Wainwright played a good defensive game whenever that was required. The vanquished deserve to be congratulated on their plucky and persevering struggle to avoid defeat. For them Preston and Fletcher were most dangerous to the opposite side, while Poynton and Field played well half-back. Of their forwards, Stanton, and Chappel as his substitute, Macpherson, Fisher, Sinclair, and Tiarks, did most for them, and Hankey served them well as back.
Natural History Society.
On Saturday, Nov. 28th, the society enjoyed a great treat in hearing a paper on Norway, read by Julian Corbett, Esq., an Old Marlburian, whose frequent visits to the country for purposes of sport have made him an authority on the people and their surroundings. Many books and articles have been. written on Norway, but we venture to think that the paper which was so much enjoyed by all who heard it will compare favourably with any of them for freshness and picturesqueness. The single question, "why could not you wait for Corbett ?" brought the men of Norway before one in the life in a way many pages of many books have failed to do. We are happy to think that we shall be able to renew our acquaintance with it, when it appears in the Report.
There were present, Members, 41; School, 43; Visitors, 22.
It is with great regret that we have to state that ill-health will prevent the important paper from being given us, which we had hoped to hear from E. F. Im Thurm, Esq., on his visit to Mount Roraima.
MR. PRESTON'S FAREWELL.
On Thursday, Dec. 10th, the Bradleian was the scene of a noteworthy meeting. The society entered upon life more than twenty years ago, hampered by ridicule and opposition. When the time came for him, who had fought its battles through good report and evil report, to say good-bye, it was clear how great a revolution had taken place in public opinion; for besides the Common Room and their friends and the members of the society, the great majority of the leading fellows in the VIth and in the School came
together to pay a tribute of respect to the great and lasting work which Mr. Preston has done for Marlborough. The resolution which will be found below was proposed by the Master, seconded by Mr. Thompson, and supported by Mr. Mansell, Mr. Mullins, Mr. Hart Smith and H. Latter. Each speaker as he recalled memories of the past had the same tale to tell of capacity, kindliness, selfsacrifice, munificence and modesty and the hearty sympathy with which the speeches were received, and the ringing cheers that greeted Mr. Preston himself will we hope long live in his memory, as assuredly the memory of him will live long with us.
The resolution was as follows:- "This meeting desires on the retirement of the Rev. T. A. Preston from the College, to record its deep gratitude for his incessant exertions in the cause of Natural History. This College will ever remember that he founded, and for sixteen years presided over its Natural History Society, the parent and model of all similar societies in the public schools of England: that he projected, collected, arranged and catalogued the School Museum. Marlburians representing the twenty-eight years during which he worked here, stimulated and trained by him in a love of Natural History, will bear witness to his wide and accurate knowledge, his inspiriting enthusiasm, his unsparing labour, his large-hearted munificence, the extent of which they can only conjecture by that part which cannot be concealed. This meeting in bidding the Rev. T. A. Preston a regretful and affectionate farewell, wishes him health, and that happiness for himself which he has so richly bestowed on others."
The following have been elected to Foundation Scholarships this year:
1 MacVicar, H. M., Mr. Price's, Maidenhead.
2 Sedgwick, W. F., Mr. Wright's, Rugby.
3 Parker, E. J., Mr. Baker's, Winchester.
4 Foyster, G. M., Mr. Earle's, Yarlet, Stafford.
5 Meyrick, H. L., Lower iv., Marlborough College.
6 Etheridge, H., Mr. Lloyd's, Winchfield.
7 Howard, B. A., Honiton Grammar School.
8 Papillon, E. T., Upper iv., Marlborough College. 9 Macdowall, C. R. L., Mr. Curties', Godalming.