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®he learsit^a (Hhrouicle Vol. II. EASTER. 1929. No. 1. EDITORIAL. The CHRONICLE" enters upon its second year with this issue. It has primarily been a magazine in which to record the activities ol the term, and with which to keep old boys and friends in touch with the school, and, as such, has not yet been a pretentious effort. Owing to the small number of copies circulated, it has been a financial failure, and its size has had to be keptwithin moderate limits. However, we hope that with an increase in the number of subscribers we shall be enabled to enlarge the magazine in time, and introduce a few articles which will afford relief to the official notes. The first term of the year is never a very thrilling one ; there are no examinations, no plays, no athletic sports, and no official Old Boys' visits ; and this term has been no exception. The outbreak of mumps has interfered with the work of the junior classes, and has prevented the cricket teams from competing with Durban schools. While the younger boys have naturally developed imaginary swellings upon their necks, with a view to avoiding as many periods of work as possible, we rejoice to see that the seniors are at last realising that examination work cannot be crammed into the last term of the year. To all new boys—Greetings. We are glad to find them sett ling down in their new sphere,and we hope that when their turn to leave us comes they will be able to look back upon their years here and find nothing for regret.

88 School Notes. We welcome on to the Staff Mr. D. Hobart Houghton, B.A., T.I.,whocomes to take the place of Mr.G.M.Oram for six months. We wish him a successful period in our midst. We are glad to have Miss Ellis back on the Staff after her holiday in Europe. Among other things she enjoyed a trip to the Continent by air. Mr.Oram writes feelingly of the cold spell in the Old Country, and glowingly of his new Morris car, which he is to bring back with him. During the term Dr. Stanley Jackson spent a few days at the College and gave an interesting lecture on his work in the Sudan. As a result of his visit, a league, which meets weekly, and is run mainly by theboys, has been formed. The prefects for this year are Howarth,J.(head); Ash,L.V.; Slabbert, P. J.; White, E.; von Keyserlingk, C. C.; Stone, D.; Pearce, 0.W.M.; France, L.; and Balcomb, IC. Four boys sat for the Junior Certificate last year; of these Balcomb, K., passed in the second class, and von Keyserlingk, C. C., and Pearce, O.W.M., in the third. Kirk, C.0., passed his Matriculation at the February sitting. The Taalbond successes last year were as follows: Higher Taalhond: Slabbert, P. Lower Taalbond: Kirk, C.0.; Hulett, J.; Ash, L. V.; Beckett, M.; White, E.; and Willson, R. France, L., is captain of the cricket eleven,and the Committee consists of the Head, Mr. Reece, the Captain, and Hargreaves, P. One more member is to be elected. Hargreaves,P., is the tennis captain.

1%/ 89 An outbreak of mumps has broken our long period of im munity from this and kindred complaints. There have been at no time more than three cases, but it seems doubtful whether we shall be free from infection until the July holidays. ■ We gratefully acknowledge the gift of a stereoscope, with nearly two hundred photographs, from Mrs. Nightingale, and fifty books for the library, including Nelson s History of the War, from Mr. H. L. Hulett. The following boys are top of their respective forms this term: Slabbert, P., Via.; Balcomb, K., VIb.; Jacques, K., Va.; Hind, P. Vb.; Crawford, J., IV.; Smith, E., III. Beauty, our pet duiker, celebrated the anniversary of her arrival by presenting the College with a fawn. The two of them are frequently to be seen on the lawn. Hanson,H.B.,leaves us this term. He came in August, 1926, and was in the 1928 Rugby XV. His departure will afford relief to the bees that seek refuge in the College premises. Salvete:—VIb., Theunissen, A. B.(Eshowe); Weir, L.(Maritzburg). Va., Ellis, J.(East London). Vb., Hood-Williams, A. (Emfundisweni); Putterill, C. G.(Harrismith). IV., Knottenbelt, T. and C.(Rustenburg). III., Larrington, J. (Ludeke). Prep., Christie, M.(Dalton); Theunissen, R. (New Guelderland); Pencharz, H. (Mtunzini); Hulett, L.(Umhlali). 'V- ' -«■. ■■ 'iiv

90 Old Boys' News. Bromiley,W.p., has taken his at Rhodes University College. Heobtained a first class in Latin and Historyand achieved the distinction of being the senior student of his year. He has been awarded a scholarship of£60perannum to continue his studies, and now proceeds with his M.A.course. Wilkinson, C. E., who is also at Rhodes University College, hapsassed in five subjects at the end of his first year, doing excep.- tionally well in most of them. He has definitely chosen Chemistry and Mathematics for his Majors. He has also been preaching with fair regularity and recently preached on three occasions in Afrikaans. Middleton, K., has one more year to go at Rhodes University College for his Surveyors Examination. Baudert, F. R., has passed with success the first year's course inEngineering at the Technical College, Durban. Clark,D.,after a year in an accountant s office in Zululand has obtained a post with a firm of implement distributors. After this experience he hopes to tackle sugar-cane farming in the Empangeni district. He has joined the Wanderers Rugby F. C., of which Griffin, G., and Sparks, C., are already members, and Mr. N. Meiring captain. Polkinghorne, L., has retired from Durban and started opera tions on a sugar farm near Verulam. Beckett, M., has entered a branch of the Standard Bank at Kinross. He misses the athletic activities of Kearsney and finds little to do in the small dorp in which he finds himself. He hopes to concentrate on the banking examinations.

91 Cricket. The heavy rains this term, while proving a boon to farmers, have interfered considerably with the cricket. This wet weather, coupled with the fact that the outbreak of mumps bas meant the cancellation of the three games with Durban schools, has taken away some of the interest from the first division cricket. However, the games played have all been enjoyable, and while revealing a dearth of bowlers, have shown added soundness in batting and fielding. We have so far won two matches, drawn two, and lost one. In spite of inexperience, France is making a capable captain. The competition games have seen some very close finishes ; on several occasions the last man has come to the wickets with two or three runs to make, and has failed. Teams A.", "B.", and "D."have raced for the leadership,and the competition closes with "D." leading by one point, after dismissing "B." for ten runs in the deciding game. The captains have been Barratt, Peppier, Slabbert and Hind ; the leading batsmen Boast II., Hind,Hatcher, Crawford, Barratt and Hansen; and the best bowlers Hansen, Peppier, Barratt, Hatcher, Kruger II., and Boast II. There is much promising talent here, notably in the batting. The games between our juniors and Stanger juniors have raised considerable enthusiasm,and we are grateful to Mr.Jackson, of Stanger, for collecting sides to play against us. Among the junior boys promise is being shown by Burdon,Crookes, Larrington and Rogers. KEARSNEY COLLEGE v. STANGER. Hulett Cup Match. At Kearsney, February 2nd. IVon by 6 wickets. Stanger, batting first, lost four wickets for ten runs, but hardhit innings by Whittaker and Jones helped towards a recovery. Our first two men were cheaply dismissed by the good bowling, but succeeding batsmen played carefully and we passed the Stanger score for the loss of four wickets. The unfinished partnership between Mr. Medworth and France realised 52 runs. Stanger. Hulett, H., b Mr.Med worth Swan,Ibw, b Balcomb .. Jackson, b Mr. Medworth Logan,Ibw, b Balcomb .. Essery, c Nilsen, b Hargreaves 5 1 0 4 II Kearsney College. Mr.Matterson, b Logan Hargreaves, b Logan Mr.Reece, b Jones Nilsen, b Hulett .. Mr. Medworth, not out France, not out .. 9 24 34 20

92 Whittaker, b Mr. Matterson .. Jones, b Mr.Matterson Dr.Beaman, not out Dyson, c Mr. Medworth, b Mr. Matterson Theunnissen c Boast, b Mr.Matterson Hill did not bat .. Extras 23 30 7 Extras II Total.. 95 Total,(4 wkts) 110 Pearce, von Keyserlingk,Boast,Howarth,Balcomb,did not bat0. M. R. W. Mr. Medworth 7 4 13 2 Balcomb . 8 1 19 2 Hargreaves . 4 0 29 1 Mr. Matterson . 5 0 20 4 Mr.Reece . 3 0 5 0 KEARSNEY COLLEGE v. DARNALL. Hulett Cup Match. At Kearsney, February 9th. Drawn. The spectators were treated to some powerful hitting by "Dick" Addison, but the fielders did not altogether appreciate his partnership with Cobbledick, which yielded 145 runs. In scoring his century Addison cleared the boundary seven times. Kearsney had two hours left for batting, and came within reach of the Darnall score,thanks to the rapid scoring of Hargreaves and Mr. Reece, who put oft 105 runs together. The latter was caught from the last ball of the day. Darnall. Addison, R., not out .. 118 Rapson,H. b Mr. Med worth .. .. 0 Cobbledick, c Boast, b Kirk 51 Boyd, not out .. .. 4 Addison,c and b Mr.Reece 12 Johnson, b Mr.Reece .. 0 Extras .. .. .. 12 Kearsney College. Hargreaves, c Addison, b Maclntyre .. Hulett, b Arde .. Nilsen, b Arde .. Mr. Reece, c Jacobs, b Addison,R. Mr.Medworth, not out Extras 63 18 4 69 6 8 Total(4 wkts decl.) 197 Total,(4 wkts) 168

93 Mr. Matterson, France, Kirk, Pearce, Boast, Balcomb, did not bat. 0. M. R. W. Mr.Medworth .. 20 8 58 1 Balcomb .. . 4 0 31 0 Mr. Matterson .. 2 0 14 0 Kirk .. . 10 0 29 1 Mr.Reece . 7 0 37 2 Boast . 4 0 16 0 KEARSNEY COLLEGE v. GLEDHOW. Hulett Cup Match. In Stanger, March 3rd. fVon by 60 runs. Kearsney batted first and were soon in difficulties. The two masters batted carefully for threequarters of an hour,and after Mr. Recce's dismissal Nilsen and Pearce helped Mr.Medworth to raise the score. The latter played an invaluable innings, which included four boundaries. Gledhow collapsed, and, but for a steady innings by Garland, would have made a very poor score. Kearsney College. Hargreaves,c Matheson,b Campbell Mr.Reece, b Campbell Mr. Matterson b Campbell Mr. Medworth, Ibw, b Garland Nilsen, c Campbell, b Garland France, b Latham Pearce, not out .. von Keyserlingk,c Camp bell, b Latham Boast, II., run out Boast, L,Ibw. b Campbell Balcomb, b Matheson Extras Total.. 122 5 16 0 50 15 0 15 Mr.Medworth Balcomb .. Hargreaves Gledhow. Latham, c Pearce, b Bal comb.. Boyd,c France,b Balcomb Matheson, run out Garland, not out Campbell, b Balcomb .. Chiazzari,Ibw,b Mr.Med worth Arde, Ibw, b Mr. Med worth Brown, c Boast, b Bal comb.. Muller,c Balcomb,b Mr. Medworth 1 4 7 30 2 O. 13 10 3 Extras M. 3 1 1 Total 60 R. 18 32 6 W. 3 4 0

94 KEARSNEY COLLEGE v. GLEDHOW. Hulett Cup Match. At Kearsney, March 16th. Drawn. Gledhow owed everything to a powerful innings by MacDonald, who put on 95 runs in partnership with Campbell. At one point he hit three consecutive balls into the trees. Kearsney appeared likely to lose until France, partnered by Nilsen and von Keyserlingk, remained at the wickets for over one and a half hours,and removed any possibility of defeat. His 28 was the finest innings he has played. Gledhow. Latham,Ibw, b Mr. Matterson .. .. ] Boyd,c Mr.Medworth,b Mr.Matterson .. 18 Matheson, Ibw,b Balcomb 22 Garland, c Nilsen, b Mr. Medworth .. .. 5 MacDonald c Boast II., b Mr. Medworth Campbell c & b Mr.Med worth Chiazzari c Nilsen, b Mr. Reece Coutts, not out .. Arde, b Mr.Reece Muller, b Mr.Medworth Extras 82 30 Kearsney College. Mr.Matterson, b Boyd Mr.Reece, c Chiazzari, b Campbell .. Mr. Medworth, b Camp bell Nilsen, b Garland France, not out .. Pearce, b Latham von Keyserlingk, not out 15 21 14 28 2 15 0 3 0 0 5 Extras II Total.. 166 0. M. R. W. 15 1 45 4 8 0 54 2 7 0 31 0 8 1 31 2 Boast I., Boast II., Howarth, Balcomb, did not bat. Mr.Medworth Mr. Matterson Balcomb .. Mr.Reece KEARSNEY COLLEGE v. UMHLALI. Hulett Cup Match. At Kearsney, March 20th. Lost by 6 wickets. Although Umhlali proved too strong for us, as had been expected, the result might have been far different had not two brilliant catches been held, to dismiss Mr. Medworth and Mr. Reece. Pearce and the Head remained at the wickets for a long Total,(5 wkts) 108

95 time, tut later batsmen failed, apart from von Keyserlingk, who played an attractive and confident innings. In spite of failing light and good bowling, Umhlali passed our score for the loss of four wickets, thanks chiefly to a steady innings by Jackson. Kearsney College. Mr. Matterson, b Jackson Pearce, b Jackson Mr. Medworth,c Rapson, b Clayton, J. Mr. Reece, c Clayton, A., b Clayton, J. France, b Robertson von Keyserlingk, b Weber Boast,11.,c Weber,bRap13 8 6 9 22 0 0 Umhlali. Clayton, A., b Balcomb Jackson, R., Ibw, b Mr. Medworth .. Hulett, W., Ibw, b Mr. Medworth .. Rapson,c Mr.Medworth, b Balcomb .. Hulett, J., not out Weber,not out .. 34 17 18 7 Boast, I., b Rapson Howarth,c Hulett,R.b Clay ton, A. .. .. 10 Kruger, not out .. .. 0 Balcomls, b Weber .. 2 Extras .. .. .. 6 Extras 6 Total.. 85 Total,(4 wkts) 89 Hulett, R., Clayton, J., Robinson, Jackson, C., Hulett, G., did not bat. 0. M. R. W. Mr. Medworth .. 13 1 34 2 Balcomb .. . 9 0 38 2 Mr.Reece . 4 2 11 0 JUNIOR MATCHES. The juniors have played two matches against the Stanger boys this term and have won them both. All the players have been very keen, and have shaped well, particularly in fielding. Hatcher, in batting and bowling, has been the particular star. The following have represented the junior team: Bertram, J. (Captain); Hatcher, F.; Foss, A. M.; Crawford, J.; Balcomb, L.; Futterill, G.; Nightingale, D.; Nightingale, R.; Coventry, B.; Burdon, 0.; Maclean, D.; Larrington, J.; Crookes, E.; Rogers, N. First Game:—Kearsney, 82 (Hatcher,21 ; Crawford, 17). Stanger, 36 (Hatcher, 6 wickets). Second Game;—Kearsney, 55 (Hatcher, 18; Foss, 13). Stanger, 51 (Ffatcher,5 wickets).

are chilled by wet clothes and cold wind ; then back once more into the fray! We do not require a half-time interval, for we are cool enough; nor is the lemon necessary, for we have each swallowed a gallon of rain water. Daylight fades a little during the second half, and we see one another only as in a glass, darkly; we seize hold of one another by mistake, but we do not stop to apologise, for the air is becoming colder and we must keep running. The referee is at a loss to know to which side we belong, but we do not mind ; we are happy, and supremely comfortable in the mud! When it is all over, thirty begrimed players run back to the changing room,and plunge into hot baths—steaming hot—toemerge clean and pleasantly tired. Then out again, as darkness falls, into the rain and cold, to the Tube Station, and back we are whirled to the streets, brilliantly lighted and pulsating with movement, of central London. In three days' time we shall make another journey. That is Rugger! Boxing Notes. For some time now the juniors have been indulging in this healthy form of exercise, and there is much promising material. We hope to encourage this sport as much as possible. The preparatory boys also take a lively interest. It is rather early to look for potential champions,but judging by the way some of them knock the punch-ball about we might yet be able to produce some world-beaters. The seniors have only just started. At present it is rather awkward to arrange matters properly, for we have but little time available. The keenness shown augurs well for the future, and while the spirit is there much can be accomplished.

S.JO,-!. Jr 99 The Coolie. There had been heavy rain in the night and the countryside was fresh and green with that new-washed appearance which few can resist. I went out alone and walked through shady avenues where sunbeams danced through the green leaves, until I was out in the open grassland. There, sitting on a stone and wearing a snow-white turban, was an old man with a most remarkable face. It was strong, and there were there those lines upon it which can only be caused by great suffering. But what held one was his eyes. These were tranquil, with a merry twinkle in them which bespoke great kind ness, while the skin around them was puckered, like crinkle paper, from much merriment. "Come here, my son," he said. "Is it not a beautiful day that the All Highest has granted us in His mercy? Come,sit by me, and we shall talk of this beautiful thing, for I am an old man and have not many more days to spend here." I sat beside him and his long white beard shook and his eyes sparkled as he spoke of the sunshine and the blue sky, the stars, the fresh green shoots of spring, while even the great cane fires were beautiful when hespoke ofthem. "Yes,myson.He is everywhere. You are a Christian and I am not, but there is the same Almighty One for all, and He is everywhere." Then he spoke of love and kindness to all things, for all are a part of the one, even the snake and the ant. And then I felt that even I, too, could love all things. "Myson," he said, "shall I tell you the secret of life," and he laid his hand on my shoulder. Just then,as I waited for the great truth, I chanced to look up and I saw a boy I knew coming along the road. My heart went cold within me and I said that I must go back to school. "Thou art ashamed to be seen talking with me, my son. Even be it so: go with God." I joined my friend, and as we walked home he turned to me. "What were you talking to that dirty old coolie for?"he said. "Shut up," I snapped, and we walked home in silence.

iii3 iiAM 100 The Bus. Every school has its oldest inhabitant, if it is a school worthy of any attention whatever. Some schools have an old and trusted dog, others a master who has been there for years, while yet others have one of the senior boys who has failed to pass his Matric. eight or ten times, as their mascot. We, however, are unique, for our oldest inhabitant is the bus, or rather The Bus. It may not be actually the oldest in years, but it is certainly the most decrepit. It attends all cricket or football matches that are played "away," and often tries to convey the teams to their destination. In they get, a gay and happy crew, and with many cheers and shouts The Bus moves off. Away she rolls, bumping and pitching like a fishing trawler in heavy weather, till suddenly with a crash and a bump that smashes several heads she comes to a sudden halt. There she stays and nothing on earth will move her. We call her all kinds of en dearing names, but she will not respond to flattery; we tickle her carburetter but she is not ticklish ; we kick her and pull her about, but she takes it all with a stoic resignation and refuses to budge; finally someone lights a match and looksintothe petroltank,but even this makes not the slightest difference for it is usually full of water or paraffin, as it has been found that it matters not what we put in. We all get out and push and haul but she sticks like a mule. Suddenly without a moment's warning there is a loud report,a puff of smoke,and away she goes,leaving a trail of boys lying in the dust. On we leap with shouts of"Mind the bank,Jimmy,"as she makes a heave to starboard. The only response is "Shut up. Link,"for once she is going there is no stopping her,and she takes everything in her stride. Then suddenly there is a groan and a crash as she slows down again. This time something has fallen off. Asearch party is sent back along the road,and it returns triumphant with the carburetter or the differential or some other little part which has fallen off unnoticed. Thus wespend the afternoon until it is time to return to College again, where late in the evening we arrive, tired, sore and dirty.

101 There has been no match,it is true, but we do not care,for we have had a glorious day in the open country with plenty of exercise and excitement. Is it any wonder that we all love The Bus,for she is a part of the school, and she certainly lives up to the school motto, "Girpe Diem,"—"Take a Day," for no matter how short the distance is she always takes a day to do it. Bees. By One who Hates Them. If Maeterlinck had ever thought fit to visit Kearsney he could have doubled the size of his masterly treatise on this subject. But he failed to do so, and died in ignorance. Everywhere—bees I Swarming in the College, on it, around it, under it, they remind one of the distant approach of a fleet of invading airplanes, seeking whom they may destroy. The peace ful, studious air of the classroom is suddenly made unbearable by their penetrating din ; one's after-lunch siesta is abruptly ended by the attempts of a winged fiend to settle upon every exposed part of the body it can find; the "murmur of innumerable bees " drones through the sleepy summer air and lulls one to slumber with the same rapidity as does the buzz of a mosquito. Even the Holy of Holies is not free from their invasion,and the organist must attempt the impossible task of keeping his eyes fixed simultaneously upon the music, the boys, the preacher, and dozens of barbed arrows tipped with formic acid. My dictionary describes a bee as "a four-winged insect that makes honey." Here, again, the compiler has never been to Kearsney. Kearsney bees are too proud to make honey ; or they are too obstinate to deposit it in places where it may be found ; or else I don't get there first. For the sake of the bees I should like to believe the latter—but I am not their champion,and I avow that nothing good ever came from a Kearsney bee. Some day I shall keep bees—when I am old, penniless, and weary of life, and wish to depart from this sinful world by the quickest possible means.

102 Editorial Notices. The Kearsney College CliTonicle is published quarterly, and the next number will appear in July. The subscription is 4/- per annum. Articles from present Scholars and Old Boys will be welcome, and should be addressed to the Acting Editor(Mr. Reece). We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of The Kingswood Magazine (Bath, England). . . ■ ") .>0:;

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®he leara^i) dlltronirk Vol. II. JULY, 1929. No. 2. EDITORIAL. This term has been quite a busy one; in fact one might say, without exaggeration, that it has been an interesting one. First of all we have the Plays, and for many weeks many odd rehearsals have been held at many odd times in many odd parts of the College. Those concerned have for the time being lost their identities and have become rough sailormen, fair damsels, or weird-looking animals, while the producers have become distracted. Then we have had a visit from the Chief Inspector of Schools, and from the President of the Conference. In higher circles there is much talk of a Fete which is to be held later, to garner in money for a much-needed swimming b^h, mention of which may be made elsewhere. And, finally, we have seen a ruggetream welded together, which bids fair to be the best on record. It is a year since our Founder and benefactor. Sir Liege Hulett, passed away, and further mention of his great goodness to us is not out of place. Had he been alive now he could not but have been pleased with the progress of the school which was so dear to him. Naturally there have been fewer structucrhalnges than during the previous year, though there is still need of them ; but thetone and spirit of the school continues to be a healthy and vigorous one. As a mark of our gratitude to him for all that he has done for us, he could wish for nothing better than that we should each of us make his own virtuous life our model, and strive after the high ideals which he so constantly kept before him. Let us try to do so. /

104 School Notes. At the close of this term Mr.D.H.Houghton leaves us. He carries away the affection of all and sundry and leaves behind the happiest of memories of a very delightful colleague in the Common Room and a sympathetic and patient master in the classroom. We appreciate greatly the wayMr. Houghton has entered into the varied interests of the School, and are especially grateful for his work in connection with the School Plays, which owed not a little to his inspiration and enthusiasm. We trust that his career at Oxford may fulfil his highest anticipations. On May 28th we were visited by Mr. D. F. Hugo, Head Inspector of Natal Schools, and Mr.0.K. Winterton. For two days these gentlemen studied our buildings, our life and our work. Their visit is a sequel to an application from the College Council that the School should receive Government aid. While no official report has been received up to the present, yet both Inspectors expressed themselves as more than satisfied with our work, our ideals and more especially with the size and quality of the Staff for so small a school. The Football Committee for this season consists of; The Head, Mr.Medworth, J. Howarth (Capt.), D.Stone and J. Barratt. We had a brief but enioyable visit on June 4th by Rev.G.H.P. Jacques, President of the Conference. In speaking to the boys, Mr.Jacques told them of his own happy recollections of Kearsney and its Founder, for if was here that he decided to devote his life to his present work,and it was in what is now the Staff Common Room that he formally offered himself for service in the Methodist Church. The address, though short, was much to the point—two features of any speech that greatly appeal to boys—and at the close the President shook hands with the Prefects and the sons of the Manse who are here.

105 Term ended, as is usual at this time of the year, with our School Plays. We have set so high a standard for the last few years that it is high praise to say that that standard has certainly been maintained. Disaster seemed to dog the footsteps of those concerned, for on Monday, when a full dress rehearsal was to be held, the engine came to grief and there was no light. Spare parts did not arrive until within a few hours of the actual perform ance, yet all went off without a hitch. A full account of the Plays appears elsewhere, but we take this opportunity of thanking Miss Ellis, Mr. Houghton and Mr.Reece for their indefatigable enthus iasm, and congratulate them on the success achieved. In addition we must thank the parents for their splendid support in making costumes for "Alice in Wonderland"; the Band—Mr. Reece (piano), Mr. Medworth (violin), Richards (drums, etc.X Ellis and Boast (ukuleles)—for making a thoroughly joyful noise ; and the Staff and Boys who helped with scene-shifting £md the arrangement of the seating. The following boys were top of their respective classes this term;— Via. P.Slabbert. Va. A.Crook. IV. J. Crawford. Ila. R.Burnett. VIb. K.Balcomb. Vb. M.Foss. III. E.Smith, lib. R.Theunissen. We acknowledge with thanks the following gifts to the School ■: A large and handsome Oak Bookcase for the Library from Mr. A. S. L. Hulett, our Chairman. This fills a much-needed want and no longer will books be found in double rows. Books for the Library from Mrs. HL L. Hulett, Mr. Reece, Mr. Houghton and M. Crook. A Reduplicating Machine from Mr. W. Hind. A free week-end was given to the School from May 30th to June 3rd (not inclusive), which made a most welcome break in an exceptionally long term.

106 Old Boys' News. Brian Tedder has been ordered to give up all exercise of a strenuous nature for at least a year. He has damaged his spine slightly. Meanwhile he is not idle but has taken up as many odd lines on the farm as possible and is interesting himself in poultry. We wish him a speedy recovery. H. Middleton, who is still in theStandard Bankat Livingstone finds the rate of promotion in the Bank somewhat slow and has decided to study for the certificates obtainable through the Char tered Institute of Secretaries. He thoroughly enjoys exploring the beautiful spots on the Zambesi and its tributaries. He has taken up rowing for exercise. C. E. Wilkinson writes cheerily from Rhodes University College, where he is doing well in examinations and is taking a keen interest inthe work at the military camps. His company won the inter-company competition. In the Umhlali Tennis Tournament George Hulett won the Men's Singles Handicap and Jack Hulett, with his sister, won the Mixed Doubles Handicap. It was good to see a large gathering of old boys at the Annual School Plays again this year. The old boys are so scattered that we appreciate their efforts to come back to the old School on special occasions. A.T.Winship spent a fortnight with us this term. He spent a considerable portion of the time working foran examination to give him higher qualifications for secretarial work. We wish him well through it. It has been found inconvenient to publish the proposed con stitution of the Endowment Fund in this issue. Such a constitution has,however,been prepared and early next term we propose to send

107 a copy to all old boys and to other friends of the College asking for cnticisms, suggestions and financial assistance. The Fund has definitely started on its career and an amount of £10 is to its credit in the Natal Building Society. On 5th April, at Klerksdorp, Transvaal, Walter Liege Hulett. son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hulett, of Sprowston, was married to Alice Frances Marais, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wessels Marais, of Klerksdorp. P. Jackson was awarded the "Swagger Stick" of the best turned-out private inthe annual Defence Force Camp at Ladysmith. The competition for this is so keen that"Tim" is to be highly congratulated on the result. A letter has been received as we go to print from Hubert Radford, who is on the railways in Rhodesia. He has been as far North as Sekenia, and F.ast as Beira. He recalls his happy days atKearsney and hopes to pay usa visit when next he gets a holiday.

108 The Annual School Plays. The first half of the programme consisted of two oneact plays, both of a sombre tone,w hile the second showed scenes from Alice in Wonderland. A pleasing feature of the whole performance was that with possibly one exception no prompting was necessary. This indicates that both performers and pro ducers had taken pains with their parts. It was also striking that with so small a choice most of the boys fitted into their parts quite naturally, though whether this can be regarded as a compliment by the rogues of the first play we leave to those concerned to decide. In"The Night at an Inn" the acting was good and the words clearly enunciated. The story tells how three brave, but blunt, sailors, under the guidance of their clever leader,"The Toff," steal a ruby from the eye of an Indian Idol. They are followed round the world by the Idol's Indian priests, till"The Toff," who "foresees everything," lures them to their doom in a lonely inn. He had forseen everything—so he thought—but the mutual con gratulations were dramatically interrupted by the entrance of the Idol itself, green jade from head to foot, which picked the ruby up from the table, before the eyes of the horror-stricken sailors, and departed with it. It called the sailors one by one to the garden where they metthe death which they had meted out to the priests a few minutes previously. "The Toff" was the last to leave, as with bowed head, he murmured,"I did not foresee this." The grim tragedy is, however,somewhat missing when jovial schoolboys, even though made up, are acting the part of hardened sailors and villains, and also when the audience sees more humour than tragedy in seven murders in 25 minutes. Slabbert and Stone were the best of the quartette upon whom the chief burden fell, but all did well. The second play gave opportunity to Richards to display a real gift in acting and singing. The three policemen spoke clearly, but were a little unconvincing, but Richards managed to develop a real Irish brogue, and his singing of the two songs,"Come Back to Erin" and "Granuaile," unaccompanied, showed him to be possessed of the talent of his grandmother,whose singing in the past

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110 is still a byword in Natal. Even a police sergeant may possess feelings, and we saw in this play how a sergeant, with the criminal in his power,allowed him to go,so forfeiting his reward of£100. Alice was the piece of the evening, and the costumes alone made the play a success, quite apart from some excellent acting and the natural humour of Lewis Carroll, which never seems to grow old. A.Crook entered into the part of "Alice" with real insight. The Alice that we connect with Tenniel's pictures was definitely reproduced there was that slight touch of awkwardness, natural at that age, with its shyness alternating with boldness, that makes us all, young and old, still love her. The part could not have been bettered. Nextin order of merit was C.Putterill as the Mad Hatter. His acting in both the Mad Tea Party scene and in the Court scene, when entirely different attitudes were needed, was very good. His speaking was distinct and he managed to maintain perfect serious ness the whole time. Not far behind we would mention M.Crook as the Mock Turtle, whose doleful voice and singing brought down the house. We shall long remember his song "Beautiful Soup." It seems almost unfair to pick out for special mention individuals when all were so good, but Hind, Crawford and Burnett deserve some reference. Altogether we feel that we have appreciated the real spirit of the delightful story, and we congratulate one and all on a very charming performance. PROGRAMME. "A Night at an Inn." By Lord Dunsany. Dramatis personae: A.E.Scott-Fortescue (The Toff), E. C. Brinsiey.White ; William Jones (Bill), C. von Keyserlingk ; Albert Thomas,D.P.Stone; Jacob Smith(Sniggers), P. Slabbert; First Priest of Klesh, N. G. Nilsen ; Second Priest of Klesh, Q.Boast; Third Priest of Klesh, P. Hargreaves; Klesh (The Idol), L. France. Produced by Mr. Houghton. "The Rising of the Moon." By Lady Gregory. Dramatis personae: The Sergeant, 0. W, M. Pearce ; Policeman B., J. C. Ellis ; Policeman X., J.

iiWP III W. H. Howarth ; A Ragged Man, R. Richards. Miss Ellis. Produced by Scenes from "Alice in Wonderland." By Lewis Carroll. Dramatis personae: Alice, P. Crook; The White Rabbit, C. MacNeillie ; The Duchess, P. Hind ; The Cook,D. Nightingale ; The Cheshire Cat, H. Christie; The Mad Hatter,C.Putterill ; The March Hare,R.Burnett; The Dormouse, A.B. Theunissen ; The Gryphon,0.Burdon ; The Mock Turtle, M. Crook; The King of Hearts, J. Crawford ; The Queen of Hearts, J. Budge; The Knave of Hearts,A.Tait; Two of Spades, E. Smith ; Five of Spades, A. Engblom; Seven of Spades, E. Crookes: The Executioner, N.Rogers. Produced by Mr.Reece. The Fete. It has been decided that a Fete is to be held at Kearsney early in October for the purpose of raising funds for the construction of a Swimming Bath. This is a much-felt need, and provided that funds are forthcoming the work will begin at once. Parents, relations, friends and boys themselves will realise the great benefits to be derived from a bath of this description, and all are urged to give all the help they can in this effort. The Headmaster, Mrs. Matterson, Sister, and the Staff are holding themselves responsible for the preparations in connection with this Fete,and any suggestions or assistance with respect to stalls, side-shows, amusements and competitions will be greatly appreciated by them. We are keen to raise a sum of£300. The bath will be constructed on a slightly higher level than the new field, so that the overflow may be used for watering the field during the winter, and fresh supplies of water will be pumped up by means of a windmill.

112 Kearsney College Old Boys' Club. Established 12th May, 1928. Officers for the Year,commencing April 27th, 1929: PresiJent: The Headmaster. Vice-Presidents: N. Meiring, G. M.Gram,D. Clark. Hon. Secretary and Treasurer: A. T. Winship, 207 Ridge Road, Durban. Executive Committee: L. Polkinghorne, P. Jackson, C. Hop kins, D. Clark, C. Sparks. The following members of the Club have paid their subscrip tions to date: M.Beckett, T.Beckett, G.E. Griffin, Geo. Hulett, Geof. Hulett, J. N. Hulett W.L. Hulett, P. Jackson, N. Meiring, C.0. Medworth, L.T.Polkinghorne, J. F. Reece, C. W.Sparks, D. Sparks, J. H. Bourne, R. H. Matterson. On Satureay evening, April 27th, the Second Annual Dinner of the Old Boys' Club was held at the Federal Hotel, Durban. The following were present: The Headmaster, Mr. Meiring, Mr. Medworth, Mr. Reece, A.T.Winship, L.T.Polkinghorne, G.E. Griffin, D.Clark,C.Hopkins,F.R.Baudert,P.Jackson,W.Irving, C. W. Sparks, D. Sparks, T. Beckett, George Hulett, Geoff. Hulett. Although this was a smaller number than attended last year, an enjoyable evening was spent. After the dinner, and the toast of the King, Griffin, in an extraordinary short speech, proposed the toast of the College. In replying to this the Headmaster dwelt briefly upon the debt which every old boy must owe to his school,and upon the responsi bility he has in preserving its good name in other parts of the country, and in helping it in times of need. He also referred to the scheme for an Endowment Fund. The toast of the Club was then pro posed by Winship and replied to by Mr. Medworth, and finally Polkinghorne proposed "The Staff," to which Mr. Reece replied.

117 Letter to the Editor. Dear Sir, I wish to lodge a complaint. After listening at keyholes, and overhearing conversations here and there, 1 have discovered that the masters are having a competition. I have suspected it for a long time. It is their aim to see who can get the most boys on the mark list in one week. Very valuable prizes are being offered to the winner, and naturally they are all very keen on beating the others. In fact I believe that Mr. Gram's gralmophone and one of Mr.Medworth's chairs form part of the prizes. Now I ask you, Mr. Editor, is this quite fair? Is it above board ? Aren't Masters free enough with their marks as it is, without competing for expensive prizes, and so getting us all on to the punishment drill list every week? There would be nothing for the drill squads to do by now, but I have discovered that the Masters get up during the night, scatter orange peel all round the place, loosen the tennis nets,and do any amount of damage so that we shall have the privilege of setting everying right again. Is it fair,sir, that the staff should so suddenly begin to get up before sunrise in order to catcthhose of us who don't happen to be in breakfast assembly on the stroke of time? What are our beds for? If /were a master I should let the boys stay in bed as long as they liked, and should probably bring them their breakfast, too. I raise a protest against this competition. How can we be merry and gay, and continue to show the keenness for our work, which has always been evident in the past, if we are preyed upon at all hours by unfeeling masters competing for a tin-pot gramophone? I remain. Yours, etc., SUFFERER.

118 Rugger. In spite of the departure of one or two outstanding players, we faced this season hopefully. Most of the team had returned, and if there promised to be no conspicuous players, there was the prospect of a well-balanced team. Our anticipations proved to be correct,for the side has settled down into a powerful combination, well led by Howarth. At first the form shown was very moderate; there was a singular lack of dash, noticeably in the disappointing game in Durban, and combined attacking movements were few and far between. After playing three games a week for several weeks, and practising hard on the other days, the team apparently became stale, and a full week free of any exercise was given. The effect was remarkable. From that week onwards the team has been inspired, and has scored 135 points to 3. The forwards have played with tremendous vigour, and the backs have been deadly in attack and defence. Perhaps the exceptionally wet weather, the cold afternoons, and the soft ground have accounted for the energy among the forwards, and the general tendency to go for the ankles, but whether this is the case or not, the form during the latter part of the term has been better than any for years. The transferring of Barratt to the three-quarter line has speeded up the back division out of all recognition, and he has developed a good understandionfg Hargreaves. Mr. Medworth has coached the team very ably, and has kept them hard at work, always setting them a good example by his own individual play. Mr. Houghton has also played, but Mr.Reece has unfortunately been out of action most of the term through injury. The senior division games have been refereed by the Headmaster, who has also helped with the coaching. Of those first division players who are not in the first eam, promising displays are being given by Foss, Hind and Balcomb. The second division is captained by Crawford, and there have been some spirited games among the juniors, even the smallest boys taking part. Fortunately the referee has not been too strict and the games have not been spoilt by the too frequent use of the whistle, as might otherwise have been the case. In defence, Crawford' and Crookes have always been good, while in attack Putterill, Nightingale, Crook and Balcomb, W., have scored a large number of tries ; in the forward line Maclean shows neat footwork, and Coventry and Rogers follow-up hard in the open. Among the younger ones. Smith has a promising side-step, and MacNeillie and Larrington are developing a good turn of speed. Mr. Gush referees in these games, and any observer can soon see that there is

119 little cause for anxiety over the composition of the fir^ team in the near future. , Kearsney College v. Stanger. Friendly. April 13th. At Kearsney. Although Stanger was strongly represented, we were unlucky not to win this keenly contested game. Kearsney soon scored, the ball travelling from Mr. Reece through the hands of all the backs, for Hargreaves to score in the corner. This try was unconverted and soon nullified by a try from Snyman and a drop goal by Hooper. Our forwardswere working very hard, but failed to heel the ball cleanly,so that the backs had few scoring chances. However, by halftime Mr.Medworth had scored twice, converting both tries, and Hooper had added a drop goal for Stanger(13-11). Mr. Medworth scored again soon after the resumption,and we had the game well in hand till hesitation cost us a try which was converted. The game ended with a draw of 16 points each. There were no threequarter move ments after our first try, due to poor heeling, but the forwards were good in the loose and alvrays up to the mark. Team: Nilsen ; Mr. Reece, Roberts, White, Hargreaves; Mr.Medworth,Barratt; Landsberg,Howarth,Kruger,C.,Kruger, H., Slabbert, Boast, S., Pearce, Boast, Q. Kearsney College v.Durban High School3rd XV. May 4th. In Durban. From the kick-off the High School nearly scored, but Kruger, H., and Stone relieved by two long kicks. After some scrappy mid-field play Barratt stole round the blind side and passed to Hargreaves, who kicked a high cross kick ; Pearce, running up strongly, gathered the ball, to score between the posts. The kick placed the ball over the cross-bar, but it had previously touched an opponent's hand (3-0). The High School pressed but Barratt and France in turn saved well,and a good kick by Stone was nullified by a forward being offside. Half-time score, 3-0. After the resumption Hargreaves was nearly over in the corner, but the ball went dead. The D.H.S. forwards heeled well, and a good threequarter movement ended with the wing racing across to score an unconverted try(3-3). Nilsen broke neatly and sprinted up field, but at the critical moment there was no one in support. Peppier snapped up a stray pass and was nearly over, before being overhauled from behind. Although Stonesaved several times

120 with good touch kicks, D.H.S. scored again from a penalty. At this point we went to pieces,and three good threequarter movements in rapid succession gave our opponents two goals and a try, leaving them winners by 19 points to 3. Early on Boast,Q. sprained his wrist and had to leave the field. Team: France; Hargreaves, White, Stone, Peppier; Nilsen, Barratt; Howarth, Slabbert, Kruger, C., Kruger, H., Boast, S., Pearce, Boast, Q., von Keyserlingk. Kearsney College v. Durban Technical High School 2nd XV. May I Ith. In Stanger. A feature of this game was the open play of the Kearsney backs and the quick breaking of the forwards. We kicked off with the wind and within a few minutes Stone had kicked a penalty goal. After some fonvard play a burst by Nilsen led to a spectacular try, the ball travelling to Barratt, Stone, back to Barratt, and on to White, who scored. Almost at once, from a forward rush, von Keyserlingk added three more points. In turn Pearce and Stone nearly scored,and two drops by Nilsen were very little short. Our backs were combining well and a movement by Nilsen, Barratt, White and Stone ended with the latter scoring (12-0). From the kick-off Nilsen secured, sold the dummy,and gave to Barratt, who made a beautiful run before handing back to Nilsen, who nipped in and added another try (15-0). So far Kearsney had pressed continuously and were playing a very open game. With the wind, in the second half, the Tech. assumed the offensive with long kicks to touch ; but soon our backs were busy again and long runs broke down just short of the line. The for wards, notably Pearce and Kruger, C., were breaking quickly and smothering the Tech. threequarter movements. Then for a considerable time we were hemmed in upon our line, and only only hard tackling prevented a score. Our attacks were driven back by the Tech. kicking, till Pearce made a long run which ended with Hargreaves being nearly over. Then followed another spectacular movement, the ball travelling from Balcomb to Nilsen, White, Barratt, Stone and White again, who had backed up, for the latter score (18-0). Thereafter we pressed hard with Barratt tackling well, until on the stroke of time Pearce scored from a forward scramble (21-0). Team: Peppier; Stone, White, Barratt, Hargreaves; Nilsen. Balcomb, L.; Howarth, Kruger, C., Kruger, H.,Slabbeit, Pearce, Boast, S., von Keyserlingk, Putterill, M.

121 Kearsney College v. The Railway. At Kearsney. Stewart Shield Match. May 18th. Kearsney lost the toss and kiched-off against a strong wind. Fora long time the play was very ragged,the wind and light-bouncing ball making threequarter movements impossible. Mr. Medworth was almost in once, then Fearce led a good rush. The Railway did not attempt to kick with the wind, and we were pressing most of the time till a sudden burst on the Railway right wing led to a try in the corner (0-3). There was no further score before half-time, for the bounce of the ball was too much for the backs of both sides, and the tackling was particularly severe. The Kearsney forwards gave the opposing threequarters no opportunity for combining. The second half was devoted to high kicking and following-up by our forwards. No back movements were attempted, as the handling was very uncertain. Mr. Medworth nipped in and scored two tries in rapid succession,the latter of which he converted (8-3). The Railway left wing got well away, but was brought down by Stone. All our forwards played hard, Fearce being conspicuous in open work, and the Krugers tackling hard, but in spite of con siderable pressure there was nofurther score. The end of a scrappy and disappointing game found us leading by five points, though had our opponents used the wind and kicked in the first half we might have been well down. Team: Stone ; Roberts, Barratt, White, Hargreaves ; Mr. Medworth, Nilsen ; Howarth, Kruger, C., Kruger, H., Slabbert, Fearce, Boast,S., von Keyserlingk, Futterill, M. Kearsney College v. Stanger "B," Stewart Shield Match. June 8th. At Kearsney. The game was played on a cold day, while the ground was slippery after heavy ram. Stanger began with two forwards short. The run of the game was foreshadowed in the first minute, when Howarth scored after following up a high kick, and at no time during the first half did Stanger get going. Our forwards followed up magnificently and heeled cleanly, while Nilsen let out some perfect passes for Mr. Medworth to set the backs moving. Again and again the halves and backs swept down upon the Stanger line, and almost all the tries were placed between the posts and con verted. Mr.Medworth,with his kicking and running, was a tower of strength, but all the backs were impressive and very fast. For Stanger, Snyman played a heroic game, his tackling being deadly,

122 and his kicking saving many awkward situations. By half-time the score was 36-0. In the second half, reinforced by two fresh forwards, Stanger had far more of the game. In fact they pressed us to our "25" for a considerable time and were nearly over. After a good deal of forward play, a sudden intercept by Mr. Medworth started the scoring going again,and sixteen further points were added. Thanks to the softness of the ground the tackling was low and deadly, Barratt and Roberts being particularly brilliant in this respect, and as the air became more chilly the forwards played like Trojans. By the end they were becoming very fierce, and it was clear that they were enjoying themselves. For Stanger,Snyman, Charter and Visick were conspicuous, but their efforts were unfruitful owing to our forwards breaking quickly from the scrum and spread ing across to smother the movements. Final score, 52-0. France showed considerable promise at full back, for his fielding was clean and often brilliant. Scorers ; Mr. Medworth (5), Roberts (2), Stone, Slabbert, Howarth, Hargreaves and Boast one each. Mr. Medworth con verted eight, tries. Team: France; Stone, Roberts, Barratt, Hargreaves; Mr. Medworth, Nilsen; Howarth, Kruger, H., Kruger, C., Slabbert, Pearce, Boast, S., Putterill, M., Balcomb, K. Kearsney College v. Stanger "A." Stewart Shield Match. At Kearsney. June 15th. The afternoon was cold and rain threatened, when Stanger kicked off on a hard ground. The opposition was much heavier than we were, in spite of playing one man short,and for a long time a stern battle was waged among the forwards. The game was confined mostly to the Stanger half, till Mr. Medworth gave the ball to Slabbert, who ran powerfully and scored in the corner. With the wind, we gained ground by means of long kicks, though Chiazzari, at full back for Stanger, was very safe and often returned the kicks with interest. There was not a great deal of spactacular open play, but three further tries were added before half-time, Nilsen twice nipping beautifully round the blind side to put Hargreaves in. Against the wind in the second half we seemed to play even better. Howarth led the forwards magnificently, and he, Kruger, Pearce and Slabbert were always in the thick of things. Nilsen's passes from the scrum were perfect, and Mr. Medworth repeatedly