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articles in the “ Etonian,” and depended upon Mr. Sterlicg for the preparation of some essays of a graver cast.—(Hear, hear.)
UNPARALLELED INSULT TO MR. MONTGOMERY. The Hon. G. MONTGOMERY wished to inquire who corrected the proof of No. II. page 161 ? After some demur it was ascertained that the duty had devolved upon Mr. Musgrave. The Hon. G. M. then addressed the Meeting in a terrible passion :
“Sir, I have bestowed, you are well aware, much time and much study upon Godiva, but it is the last time and the last study I will employ in the service of the ' Etonian, unless a proper apology is made to me for this unparalleled outrage. In the fifty-eighth stanza, Mr. Musgrave has introduced an alteration, quite in character with Mr. Musgrave, but quite out of character with Godiva; for the tresses of her raven hair,' he has inserted the traces of her raven hair.'-(Laughter.)-I see in this, Gentlemen, no subject for laughter; to compare the hair of a Beauty to the harness of a Coach, I consider little better than sacrilege, and I am at a loss to conceive what defence Mr. Musgrave can set up for this extraordinary affront.”
Mr. MUSGRAVE proceeded to defend his alteration with some warmth. He maintained that hair and harness were in many instances synonymous, and supported his assertion by various arguments. He observed that the Greek word avtuyes signified properly a part of the carriage, but might also be translated “small rings, or ringlets.” He said there was but the difference of one letter between “the poll” and “the pole," and concluded by an allusion to the Irish custom of fastening the plough to the tail of the horse, arguing that the Hibernians, by such a practice, undoubtedly inade “ traces ” and “ tresses” synonymous terms.-(Laughter.)
Mr. O'CONNOR begged to assure his Hon. Friend, that great improvements had taken place in Irish agriculture; and that the custom to which he alluded had been abolished many years.
The Hon. G. MONTGOMERY observed, that he supposed no one but an Hibernian, or Mr. Musgrave, could mistake “ tresses” for “ traces,” and hoped he should have no occasion to repeat his complaint.
THANKS OF THE CLUB.
A Greek Version of Johnny Gilpin, by W-
The Eve of Publication, a Poem.-(N. B. The author returns thanks to an unknown friend for his suggestion of this subject.)
What shall I do?
Science wasted on Trifles. “He makes Breeches by the Rules of Trigono. metry.”—The Mirror.
Martin Sterling on Principle.
Football v. Cricket,-(A Dialogue between a Goals-keeper and a Secondstop.)
Mr. Martin Sterling's Public Appeal to Sir Francis Wentworth and the Whigs of England. Under consideration.)
On the Windsor Dialect.
A series of Essays on the respective merits of Chemistry, Astronomy, Pneumatics, Hydrostatics, Galvanism, &c. &c., considered in a scientific point of view, and containing some free animadversions on many of the received opinions of Mr. Walker; by Mr. A. Le Blanc.
The Thanks of the Club were also presented to our friends, under the following Signatures ; their favours are with many thanks declined :-“T.P.”“A Bit of a Jockey.”—“ An Irishman.”—“A Novelist.”—“ Juvenis.”— “Exchange no Robbery.”—“Black Stockings.”—“A Cricketer.”—“Found, Found, Found.”—“A.”—“No Mannerist.”—“A Critic.”—“A Pigeon.”"A Bad Shilling.”—“ Shade of King Henry.”—“A Queer Querist.”
The Thanks of the Meeting were next presented to all who had contributed any degree of Assistance to our Third Number.
REPRINT OF NO. I. The President then rose and informed the Meeting, that the demand for Copies of “ The Etonian” was so great, that a Reprint of the First Number was already necessary.
“I have thought proper,” continued Mr. Courtenay, “ to exclude from our Second Edition many local allusions, which having already had the desired effect, need no repetition. By this omission, and by compressing the type of some other pieces contained in the Number, room will be made for a Poem which is deserving of a much wider circulation than it has hitherto obtained. The Poem to which I allude is one of those which were contained in a small selection of Poetry, privately printed some time ago, under the title of “The Poetry of the College Magazine.' I see, Gentlemen, by your looks, that you have already guessed the object of my speech, and it is unnecessary for me to tell you that the Poem I mean is 'My Brother's Grave.'
-(Loud and continued cheers.)--Notwithstanding the small circulation which was given to these Lines, their reputation has spread very widely, and the inquiries for them have been so frequent, that I have prevailed upon their author to allow of their insertion in the pages of · The Etonian.'-(Cheers.) -The addition of these beautiful lines will probably oblige us a little to exceed the usual limits we assign to extra-Etonian productions, but I am sure, in the present instance, no one will find fault with us for a transgression which will be the means of giving publicity to 'My Brother's Grave."”— (Hear, hear, hear.)–Mr. Courtenay concluded by moving the thanks of the Club to the Author of “ My Brother's Grave.”
The motion was carried by acclamation.
The thanks of the Meeting were then voted to Mr, Peregrine Courtenay, for his constant services in the good cause, who, after returning thanks, proceeded to address the Meeting in these words :
MR. COURTENAY'S PARTING SPEECH. “Gentlemen,- I believe we have now gone through all the topics connected with our publication. As this is the last time I shall have the honour of addressing you until after the Christmas vacation, allow me to say a few words upon the design and success of “The Etonian,' before we dismiss the subject altogether. :
“ The Etonian,' Gentlemen, originated in no motives but a real regard for the character of the School, and a wish to restore it to the exalted situation which it held in the olden time. Emolument was out of the question, where the work bore so small a price, and was confined to so small a circulation. Personal vanity was equally out of the question, where every Paper must appear anonymously. “The Etonian,' therefore, has ventured into publicity with the most honourable intentions, and has deserved the praise he has received, if not by the excellence of his writings, at least by the purity of his motives.-(Hear, hear, hear.)
“It is my real opinion, Gentlemen, that “The Etonian' has been a source of no inconsiderable benefit to the School. It has recalled many of her alumni from habits of idleness and dissipation; it has opened a new current of exertion to many, who before attempted nothing beyond the theme or the verses of the week; and it has roused into animation the energies of many, who had been accustomed to waste the most exalted talents upon less worthy pursuits.—(Hear, hear, hear.)
“ Apprehensions have been expressed that in the attention requisite to be paid to the work, the studies of the School might be neglected. If I thought this could possibly be the case, I would immediately give up the undertaking which would require such a sacrifice. But in the life of an Etonian moments of leisure perpetually occur, which, if they were not devoted to the pages of “The Etonian,' would be given to far less improving occupations. I have bestowed no inconsiderable portion of time and study upon “The Etonian,' but I can safely affirm that I have not spent upon it one single moment which ought to have been employed in more serious studies.
“For myself, Gentlemen, I wish, before we separate, to return you my most grateful thanks for the assistance I have received. I must confess that when I took upon me the office of Editor to “The Etonian,' I looked forward to it as a laborious and an invidious task, but the cordiality and unanimity-(No from Mr. Oakley)—which has prevailed among you, has proved my apprehensions groundless.
“It has been my wish to enlist in our undertaking (in addition to the members of the Club) all who are distinguished among our schoolfellows for genius or attainments, and I have in a great measure succeeded. If there are any to whom I have omitted to make a personal application for their support, I hope they will impute the omission to any cause rather than to intentional neglect.-(Hear, hear.)
“I cannot express in too warm terms the gratitude I feel to our correspondents at the Universities. The interest they have taken in our success has been so universal, that it has been found necessary to restrict the portion of the work allotted to foreign contributions to twenty pages. I hope this will serve as an apology to many Gentlemen, whose favours we have been obliged to decline.
"I beg leave to repeat to all our friends, my most sincere thanks for all favours past and to come, and wishing you all a merry Christmas, in my capacity of Editor, I bid you for the present Farewell.” .
The worthy Chairman sat down amidst loud and unanimous cheering from all parts of the room.
The business of the Meeting having been thus disposed of, the remainder of the evening was spent in mirth and conviviality.
In the course of the evening the following loyal and patriotic toasts were given :“ Floreat Etona.”—Nine times nine. “The Higher Powers.”—Three times three.
“Six, five, four, three, two, and one. May their interests never be separated.”
“ Cricket;”—a second beating to the King's-men, and a second meeting with Harrow.”
“ Football.” “Rowing.” “The King of Clubs, and “The Etonian.' Popularity to the first, and a good sale to the second.”
The evening was concluded by the following Eclogue in Grand Chorus, composed expressly for the occasion by the Hon. G. Montgomery, and sung in great style by all the vocal strength of the company:
SIR T. NESBIT.
Thou princely offspring of John Barleycorn!
From peer's cut glass and peasant's humble horn.
When all things wear their most attractive looks ;
The tempting windows of the Pastry-cooks ;