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Eton, we should-if we had won that fatal fifth game-have had a very fair chance of the Cup.
What took place was, in brief, this. Winchester were in service and in the rallies altogether overmastered, Meyrick-Jones doing the lion's share of the scoring and Martyn making a good second. Against Eton our recollections of
2 are almost nil. But though our pair only got 2, we had but little fault to find with their play. Partly, we think, they had the worse luck, but chiefly it was owing to the good play of Eton; and in the other three of the first four games Meyrick-Jones played magnificently, and with great judgment, being again well backed up by Martyn. The former had repeated duels with Philipson-by repute the best player up-and repeatedly beat him in the best rallies of the match, and that not by risky volleying, but by play at once brilliant and safe. And here, as our report will be less eulogistic as it proceeds, we will record that no finer play in the rallies has ever been shown by any Marlburian than was shown by him in those four games.
Alas! in the very next game he went to pieces. The summings up of the
newspapers do not reveal this, but their details do; and while the details are more or less correct, their general remarks are merely the after impressions left by the total play on the minds of spectators not knowing the players nor watching their individual play as anxiously as we did. Nevertheless, if we had been alone in our judgment we should have hesitated to give it here. He began by one or two careless misses. Then Philipson was allowed to score 4 with a ball to which our players should have objected; and then the spirit of MeyrickJones' play suddenly seemed to evaporate, and all the “go” of it was gone. He had been hitting hard and low. He now began to lob up balls gently and high in a fashion which we at first witnessed with stupor. But when it had gone on for some time, and he did not respond to calls to hit hard, we and those near us set it down to a sprained arm illness. A week or more after the match we found that the truth was he was exhausted by his previous efforts, and this made him also lose his head a little; and after comparing notes with another spectator we have no doubt at what moment it was that the match was lost, for both of us saw him then turn white. In this 5th game Martyn did almost all the scoring (Bell's Life crediting him with 11 of the points
before the sett at 13) and the hard work, and so he did for the rest of the match, his partner, quantum mutatus ab illo, not hitting one single ball hard during the last two games.
Oh, for but six of his old strokes we cannot help sighing even now, for six, or even less than six, would have won the match, but how can we blamo him ? All we will say is that had he husbanded his strength better or been as old as Philipson he would have outstayed him in the match as he outplayed him in the first four games. The Etonians at first hardly seemed to realize their good luck. They had been steadily falling off in their play and had apparently lost heart. But now, gradually they improved, and in game 6 no one could have found fault with either of our players for not taking some of their service. In the 7th as in the 5th Martyn played most vigorously and one kept wishing every ball would fall to him to take, as in the first games one had wished they would fall to his partner. He made, however, one bad blunder in leaving to Meyrick-Jones a ball which he should have taken himself and that was perhaps the final extinguisher to our chances. But he had played well throughout and better in the last half of the match than the first.
And so once more we have to chronicle defeat, but with thanks and congratulations to this pair as to others (and how many pleasant recollections do the words recall !) for having striven with credit for their school. If both were going to the Universities we should expect both to play for the Universities. If Meyrick-Jones minds his service, eschews excessive volleying, and acquires, what it was a surprise to find he did not already possess, physique for staying, we feel sure he will represent his, and so add another to those honours, which, now that we are compelled to bid adieu to Marlborough racquets, we wish to recapitulate here.
Marlborough was first represented in a University match in 1858. The next time we were 80 distinguished was in 1880. From that time till now,
for six years running, one at least of the Oxford and Cambridge pairs has been a Marlburian. In 1884 both the players in the single match were Marlburians, and in 1884 and 1885 one of the players for Woolwich was a Marlburian. Finally, since the Wellington match was instituted we have played ten matches and only lost one.
These results have been obtained without the advantages which Eton and
Harrow must always possess, without the facilities for practice in the Match Court which they possess, but will, we hope, surrender, and without professional coaching. In one thing we are certainly better off now than formerly, and are beginning to reap the fruit of the exertions of past years.
Old Fellows such as Buckland, C. H. Leaf, and Purcell have done their best this year to help our pair by playing with them. Each year the list of such helpers should grow longer, and, with a new court in London and our own steadily improving, we shall be more on a par with Harrow and Eton. Therefore when Marlborough boys in future years carry off the cap again and again, as we trust they will, they will not perhaps be contemptuous of those who went before them and struggled hard, and not altogether ingloriously in a losing cause.
We append the Sportsman's summary of the matches, and gladly mention that there were more Marlborough faces than usual among the spectators, and among them Mr. Bambridge, Mr. Leaf, Rev. C. R. Carr (who travelled all night to be present), Quinton, Sheppard, Turner, Ord, Browning, Giveen, Templer, Benson, Bett, Lazenby, &c.
MARLBOROUGH (F. Meyrick-Jones and A. Martyn) beat WINCHESTER (H. C. Richards and C. E. M. Y. Nepean) by four games to love.
FIRST GAME.—Meyrick Jones opened the service with three aces, and as the Wykehamists did not reply, added eleven others, nearly all by service, the oppos. ing couple not taking a ball until nine points had been totalled. Martyn made the needful point and secured a love game.
SECOND Game.—This proved rather more even, but after the Winchester boys had scored 4-1, Martyn, with half-a-dozen caused Marlborough to take the lead. Nepean, however, equalised the totals, and tben put himself out with a couple of cuts. Martyn utilised the opening to the extent of six, and then Meyrick-Jones obtained the game by 15—7.
TAIRD GAME. - After 4—3 to Marlborough, Martyn put together six and Meyrick-Jones the remaining five, gaining victory by 15—3.
FOURTH AND LAST GAME.-A slow game till “five all,” when a sequence of eight to Megrick-Jones brought the Marlborians' total to 13, the eventual record being 15-7. The following is the detailed score:
2 7 1437 Martyn
1 13 8 1-23
0 7 3 7-17 In this game Messrs. M. T. Baines and H. E. Crawley were umpires, and Mr. E. M. Hadow referee. Time of match 33 min.
ETON (*H. Pbilipson and H. W. Forster) beat MARLBOROUGH (F. Meyrick-Jones, and A. Martyn) by four games to three.
FIRST GAME.—Eton won the spin of the racquet, Philipson starting with three aces. The next nine hands only produced three singles for Marlborough, but Martyn then getting possession ran up six points (9 to 3). After the total had been increased (10 to 5) Philipson equalised matters for the light blues with a sequence of six aces, four of which were by Meyrick-Jones, who applied for the trio, and although the Etonians had a further innings, he failed to score, and Marlborough eventually won the game by 15-11.
SECOND GAME.—A single apiece to Martyn and Philipson was followed by a grand run of ten aces, four by service, to the credit of Forster, and although the Marlburians were twice let in ere the game was finished, their total at the close amounted to but a couple.
THIRD GAMB.-The most noteworthy items were a run of five to Martyn and three to his partner at 92, Marlborough wins. Philipson added three, but his comrade failed to assist him, and the Wiltsbire boys in their next innings contributed the remaining six in equal shares, winning the game by 15—5.
FOURTH GAME. - Continuing his hand Meyrick Jones made the score 4-love, Phillipson replying with three, which he supplemented with a like number at his next essay, the score meanwhile remaining stationary. Five from Forster raised the Eton score to 11–4, but after 13—7 had been called, four to Martyn and a couple to bis partner necessitated a sett of five, which, after two all and three all had been called, fell to Marlborough by 5-3.
FIFTH GAME.-Marlborough now only required one game to decide the match, and after Philipson bad scored four, a sequence of seven to Martyn, considerably improved their prospects of doing so. The Etonians, however, brought the score to eight all, when Martyn with a quintette, once more took the lead, his service being especially effective. Twelve all and thirteen all were called, but after a single to each of the Marlburians Eton won the sett to five.
Sixth GAME.—This proved a runaway affair for the Etonians, Forster starting with five aces. This was supplemented by four from each of the light blues, who in the end brought the game to three all with a score of 15-3.
SEVENTH AND LAST GAME.—Every stroke was now viewed with excitement, the interval between the games being occupied by cheering and counter-cheering. After one all ” Martyn took the lead for Marlborough with three brilliant services, but after Meyrick-Jones had been put out Philipson fairly brought down the house by some of the prettiest play in the match, his placing being remarkably fine. (5—4, Eton wins). At six the sides were again level, but the hopes of the Wiltshire boys rose rapidly
when the marker, thanks to a run of five to Meyrick. Jones, called 10.6. This was their last chance, however, as Philipson in his succeeding effort ran clean ont with a sequence of nine, in which be ex. hibited some remarkable placing and service, the Marlburians losing the sixth of the series through an unfortunate misunderstanding between the pair. Eton thus won a brilliantly-contested match by four games to three, the totals standing 15-10. Time, 1 hour 35 min. Detailed score:
Eron. Philipson ......... 10 4 3 7–3 7-2 5 13-54 Forster....
1 11 2 6-0 6-3 10 2-41
Art Society. A preliminary meeting was held on Thursday, May 14th.
The president announced lectures for this term by E. K. Chambers on the subject of George Eliot's novels, by himself on Athens and by A. Sidgwick, Esq., of Oxford, who would if possible deliver a lecture on some literary subject to the Art Society, but if not a lecture, which he had delivered at Charterhouse on a subject of Natural History, to the N.H.S. and Art Society together. He also announced Field Days at Bishop's Cannings and Wroughton. He then proceeded to a description of the objects of the two sections which were to be formed for sketching and the study of Greek Art
. Mr. Baker, aided by Mr. Lloyd, was to superintend the first, while he himself would deliver a course of about six lectures on Greek Art. The invitation for discussion was only responded to by Mr. Lloyd, who advocated the study of Renaissance as well as Greek Art. But the President explained to him that as there was only time for six lectures the subject must be limited.
After having announced a munificent gift of photographs from Miss Preston, and exhibited some photos. illustrating the recent excavations in Rome, he read two extracts from a poem called “ Amphiaraus," one of which we subjoin :
DESCRIPTION OF A SUNSET. Then on the full-orbed eyes of him, that light-enthralled seer, Amphiaraus, fell bright shafts of glory from the sphere Whereon the power of light sat throned; the level western sky Flushed into consciouness of joy as that great globe drow nigh, While his last heaving tides of light surged up and onward
rolled With waves that leapt in tongues of fire and fell in showers of
gold, Fountains of billowy brightness, shot from out that mighty
breast, Sole spring of every hue wherein light manifold is drest, Breaking in spray and froth of flame upon the radiant face Of isles and capes of continents that swam the seas of space, On fronts of everlasting hills, the solemn silent forms, Scarred with the ruin of years, the wreck of winds and storms, Which brood upon the storied past and brooding Huge pyramids of antique lore ; now, catching fire from fire Trembled with hearts full e'en to speech; yet spake they not
so flowed The glorious torrent onward, till all space eternal glowed Instinct with life; the very heart of a burning fiery sphere The prophet stood, and all his soul was caught in whirls of fear And hope and adoration ; till the solid firmament Melted in mist of myriad shapes that went and came and went. The last flame-billow leapt and died; yet still upon the eyes, Enraptured, of the prophet king, Amphiaraus, lies The potent spell; drawn far within the white and wistful ray That beckons through the bars of gloom above the
day, They commune with infinity.
P.S.-It would be well to add that the Greek Art section will meet every Saturday fortnight at 5.30. p.m., beginning on May 23rd.
Want of space compels us to hold over some of O.M.'s news until our next issue. Printed by Chas. Perkins, at his General Printing Office,
Natural History Society. The usual preliminary meeting was held on the first Thursday of the term. The President exhibited various donations and announced the subjects of this term's lectares. These are to be two, as at present arranged, one by Rev. T. N. H. Smith, on coal mines; and one by L. W. Browne, on some astronomical subject. Specimens of two interesting plants were exhibited, the Bog-bean (Menyanthes trifoliata) and the Snowflake (Leucojum æstivum). The latter is a new plant to the district and was found by Mr. Richardson near Ramsbury. Some discussion ensued on the work to be done by the sections and various subjects of scientific interest. The Astronomical and Entomological sections are both to meet this term, the former in Mr. Ashwin's rooms, the latter in those of Rev. T. N. H. Smith. 'Notices' of any kind may be taken to Mr. Preston. Ornithological notices may also be taken to W. H. Chappel, Esq., and entomological ones to Rev. T. N. H. Smith, E. K. Chambers, or E. F. Benson.
FIELD DAY, SATURDAY, May 9th. A large party of over 40 Members and Masters paid their annual visit to New Mill, and were, as usual, kindly welcomed by Mr. Ferris. Everything in the way of vegetation was singularly backward. Only 107 plants, of which 27 were first notices, were observed, as compared with 146, 165, 95, and 117 in the four previous years. The result was creditable to the Society, as in many cases only one or two specimens of a plant were found in the course of the whole afternoon.
The notices of birds were good. There are 81 on the list, and of these 44 were seen. 15 different kinds of nests were found, and the young of the starling, rook, and redbreast.
How many times a day do we hear that someone or other of our school fellows is a beastly swagger?' We apologise to our readers for drawing their attention to the phrase. The truth remains unaltered. Now, without in the least wishing to read Marlborough a homily the evils of swaggering,' much less to blame them for the hearty contempt which they always show for the article whether genuine or otherwise, we would ask, do half the schoolboys who use the phrase use it fairly?
Brown, Jones or Smith is a new boy: he comes with the reputation of a cricketer, gets into his house eleven, and in the moment of pride goes up to cricket without a coat: and the glories of his newly won sash are displayed to the jealous or unsympathetic gaze of his companions. He is dubbed a swagger': his fame spreads abroad through Upper School and he is generally barred from 'good' society. Now how petty and foolish this is : you cannot fathom his reason for appearing without a coat; supposing he wished to display his colours, what more does he do than a member of the XI, XXII or XV, or even a XL cap? Perhaps you would have
the latter article enveloped in a night or dunce's cap. Yet the writer has heard the criticism times out of mind.
We don't wish to fall foul of present Marl. burians when attack a subject that has always proved so attractive to old Marlburians. Dress. Ah! the many heart achings that a pair of tight trousers has occasioned. Moreover it has caused much astonishment, so that we have seen perhaps two-thirds of the school gaze dumb. donkey fashion at the ill-starred possessor. A walking stick, a stick-up collar, a ring, a red silk handkerchief, rouse indignation, but what words can describe the sensation produced by wearing your cap on the back of the head ? We confess we never found much fault for this somewhat trivial breach of school etiquette. The abhorred fashion has the merits of being cooler, perhaps more convenient; certainly more elegant, for the college cap is at best sombre and colourless, whereas the human hair has a natural grace and—but we fear to run to personalities.
We have seen a good many odd current notions of Swagger.' Marlborough once thought it swagger' to wear an Eton collar inside an Eton jacket! Let us rejoice that they have thus (or otherwise) done away with the
After all you
disfiguring practice; but it was curious 'swagger
So much for dress. Now if we said that half the charges of 'swagger' are based on a peculiarity of gait, we believe we should be doing justice to
our friend, the critical schoolboy. Fortunately all men are not by nature equal. So an orthodox gait has been assumed to be that which is most usual and straightforward. But some people are so nicely fashioned that their centre of gravity shifts as they move; they verge from side to side, forward and backwards, with a pendulum-like motion of head or arms. When motion ceases and they stand still, they are erect enough. Now some of these unfortunate gentlemen have won a certain fame to themselves, have won a XL cap or XXII cap at an unusually early age, and perhaps while actively engaged in displaying their skill in these games for others' benefit have forgotten how to walk. And so because as they do their very best to walk up
the narrow avenue of court, or the gangway of chapel, their head favours impartially either side, they are said to 'roll,' that is to say, to adopt the most odious form of 'swagger.' Schoolboys have not delicate nerves, but if you started some of the hardiest to walk alone between quintuple rows of bright (with sarcasm) faces,' they would find it very hard to walk in the conventional, erect, orthodox Marlborough fashion. We called it erect, but to do justice to Old Marlburians it is considerably out of the normal; drooping head, downcast eyes, back bent at we know not what angle. And so let the critics hear our criticism: we detest a swaggering gait,
but after all we think they ought to look at home and make a more correct standard and set a better example.
But after all these are but a few instances of swagger' as compared with the numbers that one may collect any day at School. To say nothing of the boy who always comes into form late, if not last, or another who comes into chapel needlessly near stroke, and runs the whole course in solitary grandeur, 'the cynosure of neighbouring eyes.' All this is far more odious swagger than the other external details. Again, in what form is there not a professional "funny joker,' nothing loath to quibble and argue with his master in order to display his ignorance, quite content if only his voice may be heard.
He will never know anything or answera question lest he may become usual: or he will answer one occasionally to draw down a magisterial sarcasm at his own expense.
At least the form will laugh at him; and they do laugh at him. There is also the beaming face of the sharp lad; a delightful smile lights his face, when one less gifted boy makes a mistake. He takes care too that the master shall see the smile. We have known it fail in some instances. The question missed is passed on to him, the smile grows sicklier and sicklier, and the unwelcome cry of next' turns the tables completely. If you are top of your form for the week always make it a golden rule, a law of the Medes and Persians, to ask everyone you meet where he is
, and to tell everyone else where he is ; especially your keen rival, if you know, as you probably will. The compliment is generally repaid and you ‘score." If you are asked where you intend to be for the week, always say "bottom:' what detestable impertinence to say 'top'! and yet one is 'swagger' and the other is not.
And now we have not put in a word for the professional talkers, who have always something to say in a loud voice, who secure the first intelligence and pride themselves on the acquisition and make capital of it. How much longer it would take for news to spread if it were not for these delightful people. And 'swagger' is often at the bottom of this too. We have found this in high places: the earliest news, newest jokes, funniest sayings of masters and boys bruited forth in elegant polysyllables flavoured with a spice of original criticism, are sold cheaper by the great than by the small.