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The pure white cloth above the shrine ---
And years have past and thou art yow
Forgotten in thy silent tomb And cheerful is my mother's brow,
My father's eye has lost its gloom ;
Another victim by thy side;
But not more pure than thee he died.
My boyish days are nearly gone,
My breast is not unsullied now;
Cut their deep furrows on my brow-
And lov'd and link'd my heart with others; But who with mine his spirit blends,
As mine was blended with my brother's!
When years of rapture glided by :
The spring of life's unclouded weather,
My brother, grew in love together.
· No. II.
THE KING OF CLUBS.
SUCCESS OF NO. 1.
Jovis 90 die Novembris, 1820. All preliminaries having been discussed, (N. B. By preliminaries I mean a good substantial dinner, composed of beef-steaks, and a Mrs. Garraway pudding) Mr. Golightly prepared the punch-bowl, and Mr. Courtenay, after ringing for the Secretary's pen and ink, produced his Green Bag, and informed the Meeting that he was ready to procced to business. Some time elapsed before silence could be obtained, as Sir Francis was engaged in an argument with Mr. M. Sterling upon the expediency of the Bill of Pains and Penalties, and Mr. P. O'Connor was loud in a dispute with Mr. Golightly upon the propriety of adding another lemon to the punch. When these difficulties were surmounted, and order finally restored, the PRESIDENT rose and opened the business of the evening in the following manner :
“Gentlemen,—The first topic to which I request your attention, is the success which our first Number has met with.-(Hear, hear, hear.)—That success, Gentlemen, has been more complete, more decisive, more general, than the most sanguine well-wisher to our design had reason to expect. Wherever “ the Etonian” has made his appearance he has been received with unanimous applause. Oppidan and Colleger, Sixth Form and Fourth, Dandy and Bargee, bave united in a feeling of partiality to our work and its conductors :-(Hear !)–We complain of no calumny-no detraction-no prejudice. In the Tutor's study, and the Beauty's boudoir, at the Schoolboy's and the Officer's mess, we have experienced the same kindness, and we owe the same acknowledgments.-(Hear!)-Having premised thus far, it is almost unnecessary to add that our sale has been astonishingly rapid.(Hear! hear! hear! from Mr. Burton.)It is allowed by every one that our pages, considering the quantity of matter contained in them, are unusually cheap; nevertheless, our sale has been so extensive, that no demand will for the present be made upon the Privy Purse.--(Repeated cries of hear ! hear! from Mr. Burton.)-I have in this Green Bag, Gentlemen, various communications upon the subject of “ the Etonian ;" many of them, however, are too complimentary for a public reading : I shall therefore proceed to submit to you such only as contain objections to the plan or execution of the work, in order that we may have an opportunity of replying to them.(Hear, hear, hear.)
Mr. STERLING suggested that some one of the Members present should take upon himself the office of reading and supporting the said objections, and that the Chairman should afterwards reply to them in the name of the
Club. The proposal was agreed to, and there was a loud cry for Mr. Oakley. Mr. Oakley accordingly rose, and was hailed by universal acclamation.
As soon as there was once more a prospect of being heard, Mr. Oakley proceeded to return thanks for the office conferred upon him.
“ Gentlemen,—You are quite mistaken in your ideas : you have given me this employment, because you think I delight in objection and opposition ;here I beg leave to contradict you all: if you ask whether I accept this duty, I again reply-No! I have a few objections of my own-(Laughter) wbich I shall bring forward in due time, but I never will stoop to coincide in those of another"-(Hear, hear, hear.)
With these words Mr. Oakley pushed the bag and its contents to his next neighbour, Mr. Lozell, who refused it, observing, that he could not but agree in what had fallen from his Hon. Friend. Mr. Rowley observed that it was too bitter a dish for him; and Mr. Musgrave assured the Meeting that he would never run his couch that road; Mr. Burton made some remarks on the price of the material of which the Bag was composed; and Sir F. Wentworth ayowed a strong dislike of Green Bags in general. Finally, that the business, of the Meeting might not be longer interrupted, the Hon, G. Montgomery agreed to press the objections.
OPENING OF THE GREEN BAG. The Hon. G. MONTGOMERY, after inspecting one of the letters, informed the Club that he held in his hand a communication from Amicus, on the subjeet of an article contained in our last Number he meant “ The Visit to Eton”. Amicus found fault with the insertion of this article, upon the ground that it purported to come from a gentleman who had not been brought up at Eton. Amicus commented strongly upon the inconsistency of mentioning in one page that support could only be received from gentlemen who had been brought up at Eton, while in another we departed from the rea striction by accepting assistance from old Wiccamist.
Mr. M. STERLING defended the Article in the following manner :
“ Gentlemen, Of The Visit to Eton,' to which this gentleman objects, kam the author. I must confess when I wrote that paper I had no idea that such an objection would be urged, since it has been the practice of all periodical writers to write under any signature they think fit. It is needless to multiply examples of this license, since the periodical writers who have set us this example must be familiar to every one's recollection.-(No, from Mr. Oakley.)---It must be evident to you, Gentlemen, how very confined our range of topics would be, if every article were written in the character of an Etonian.(Hear, hear.)
Mr. MUSGRAVE hoped that no such restriction would be adopted, as he had by him a Letter from the Guard of the Devonshire Subscription, which, under the proposed regulation, would become inadmissible,
Mr. O'Connor, in a strong brogue, observed that he had been preparing a sentimental paper-(Loud laughter.)-signed Amelia Araminta, and hoped the said paper would not be rejected, because the said Amelia had not been educated at Eton.(Laughter.)
Sir F: WENTWORTH was heard to say something on the subject of ex post