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Kearsney Col lege Chronicle Vol. 5 No. 5 July, 1962 EDITORIAL A NEW SCIENCE has caught the American eye—that of Cyber nation. For those not yet acquainted with this term, it means approximately the science of knowing-what-to-do-when-computerprogrammed - electronically -controlled - self- regulating - machineprocesses become perfected. In simpler terms: how do we fill in our time when automation takes over? It may seem at first like the arrival ofthe Golden Age. Plenty of good things and plenty of time to enjoy them. It means Mass Leisure,or Mass Unemployment,depending on how one looks at it. Sociologists tell us that already we cannot cope adequately with the problem of too-much-free-time. If we dream of a Ufe of blissful lethargy, we do but deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Already large numbers of people find difficulty in filling up the leisure they possess. George Bernard Shaw said that a perpetual holiday was a working definition of Hell. Lack of occupation leads to a sense of incompleteness; frus tration follows from the feeling of uselessness; and these things can easily destroy the foundations of Society. We are in fact faced with the lamentable prospect of having to fill in our time with various forms of mass-produced pre-digested entertainment. Perhaps we feel that this problem does not affect us much at school. We say that we have no free time, anyway. I wonder! I wonder how many hours a week are devoted to the elegant art of lying idly about, soaking in a background of commercial pro grammes, neither working nor playing, exercising neither mind nor body. It is indeed at school that we should set about learning how to use this spare time, made possible by the spoonfeeding of our electronically-controlled-self-regulating teachers. If we do 153

not learn to do something about it now,we may in days to come be faced with a life of intolerable boredom. At least there isalways the solace ofa good book,if we have persuaded ourselves that there is no call to greater mental exercise. There are arts and hobbies to which wecan turn a hand,involving discipline of mind and muscle. We certainly must train ourselves for something, even if only on the grounds that the Devil finds mischieffor idle hands. There will come also social work, church work—things which we can do for no reward except the knowledge that we have been useful to others. There is no life more useless than a useless one. Two thousand years ago Ovid said, in his own tongue: "You have been ingenious, O man, to your own harm. You have built ships,and traded in gold,and exchanged the sword for the plough share,and in fact if things go on as they are, you will soon be trying to fly into the sky. That will be the day." We can afford to smile, but his dictum still holds good: we are being ingenious,to our own harm. Leisure—too much of it—is a snare and a delusion. It is something we must prepare for now, by realising that the free time we find on our hands should not be spent in a coma-life state in which we resemblea hibernating tortoise,butshould bespentactively pursuing some worthwhile mental or physical occupation. Perhaps it is pertinent to quote here from the Life of Rev. Dr. W.E. Sangster, as recorded by his son: "Perhaps the most astonishing characteristic of my father was his energy. He never seemed to be tired during his whole life. Time was never wasted. The difference between one minute and two was of considerable consequence to him. He would appear suddenly from his study. 'My boy, you are not doing anything. We'll go for a walk. I have exactly twenty-two minutes. We can walk right round the common in that time.' He then hurtled out of the house at tremendous speed and I normally had to run to catch him up. He would then discourse on current affairs (five minutes), theology (five minutes), Surrey's prospects in the county championship (two minutes), the necessity for revival (five minutes), the reality of the Loch Ness monster (two minutes) and the sanctity of William Romaine (three minutes). By that time we would be home again. He would then get his car out and drive off to preach in Chelsea. "He would reappear at 9 p.m., assure us he had a little work to do in his study,and be invisible for another hour. At 10 p.m. he came down with a pile of theological tomes and a smile of happiness. 'Well,I've just finished an article for the Sunday Times, and we can have a nice cosy evening. My dear (to my mother),just look through this chapter, will you? Margaret,just look through these titles ... Paul,I've a few references for you to check ... Mary, transpose this music for me, will you? . . . Anne, which of these two bookCovers do you find the more attractive?' My father would then settle down happily to volume three of Butler's 'Lives of the Saints', and alternately take notes and read aloud passages of special interest to the family. "About midnight he would retire to bed .. .but I think he resented sleep: time was so valuable." Cybernation had no fears for Dr. Sangster. J. F.R. 154

SCHOOL NOTES We offer our sincere sympathies to these following who sustained bereavement during the half year: Mrs. Osier, who lost her mother during the first term ofthe year. Mr. Osier, whose brother Bennie died at Easter time. Mr. Fish, whose mother passed away towards the end of the second term. Mrs. Nel, whose sister died after long illness, bravely borne. These were honoured people in their own communities, and we know that those left behind will retain happy and proud memories. We welcome the following to Kearsney this year: Sister Fox, as Matron of Finningley; Messrs. G. J. R. Currin, A. Abrahams, b.a. (Cape), h.e.d; E. R. Jenkins, b.a. (Natal), U.E.D., and (at Easter) C. E. Jeannot, (Wits.), h.e.d. Also Archdeacon P. Russell, who succeeds Archdeacon Brooke, now resident in England. We wish all these much happiness in our midst. Mr. and Mrs. Oram returned on February 25th, after an ex hilarating holiday overseas. Settling down cannot be the easiest of tasks. Mr. Oram has taken over the Secretaryship of the Old Boys' Club. Mr. and Mrs. Tedder have gained publicity and fame through winning the final of their round of Family Quiz. When the four rounds have been completed, the finahsts will have a go at one another. Mr. Harper's hymn-tune was adjudged one of the six best, out of 600 entries, in a competition sponsored by a Johannesburg newspaper and the S.A.B.C., and was broadcast over the air. He has again taken an active part in an operatic production, this time "The Vagabond King", staged by the Maritzburg Philharmonic Society. This meant nightly rehearsals over a long period and a returning to school in the small hours. Major J. H.Hopkins had the honour ofleading the March-past of Cadets in Durban, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the South African Defence Force, assistebdy Capt. J. W. Storm, and with Capt. P. Metcalf helping with the bands. Mr. and Mrs. Storm were manager and chaperon of the Natal Schools' Swimming Team in the South African championships, held in East London, in March. Included in the team were A. S. Marr and W. WC.urrer. We congratulate our Chaplain, Rev. Athol Jennings, on having satisfied his examiners in his final probation year (missing honours by two-thirds of 1 %). He will now come up for ordination at Conference in Durban. We understand that representations are being made at Conference for Kearsney to have a full-time chaplain. 155

Peter John,infant son ofMr.and Mrs.P. Metcalf,was christened in the Chapel on May 12th. Mr. Clegg writes happily from St. Stithians, where he has settled smoothly into his triple post as Vice-Principal, Housemaster, and Biology master. Mr. R. Rutherford-Smith is now lecturing in Psychology at the University of Natal. He took a leading role in "Measure for Measure", on its first presentation in South Africa. Senior boys attended the opening night of the Passion Play in Durban on March 29th. Synod appointments this year included: Mr. K. Fish as Natal District Secretary for the Youth Department; Mr. Reece reappointed District Treasurer of the Ministerial Students Funds. It is hoped that Synod may be held again at Kearsney within the next year or two. H. A. Tedder was chosen by Rotary as Natal representative to spend a week in Cape Town, studying Parliamentary, legal and civic procedure. On February 24th slides taken by members of the overseas touringparty were shown at the school, running commentary being made by C. S. Keen, past Head Prefect. The school opened the year with a total of373 boys. We began at Botha's Hill with 96. The same dining hall serves now as then, so that we have come to resemble the old woman who lived in a shoe. Lunch has had to be held in two sessions, with day-boys bringing up the rear. However, during the past term an extension has been built on the Gillingham side (to be repeated later on the Finningley side) to serve Gillingham boys. This will ease the pressure. The platform is also being removed, and the kitchen enlarged. A separate residence has also been built for the Matron. A self-service system, we understand, is to be introduced in the dining hall. The Henderson Memorial Hall is a most impressive sight. It will not, as intended, be ready for the beginning of the third term, and various functions are having to be deferred. We wait with impatience to bring it into full use—for concerts, film shows, Parliament, Prize-giving and suchlike. After 23 years, the furniture in the Dining Hall will at last be allowed to rest in peace,we hope. The manner in which it has stood up to weekly buffeting for so long is tribute to the quality of the furniture bought in 1939. The School received unusual publicity in April and May. Photographer and reporter came up to take details for The South African Tatler, and we appeared as the chosen school in the May issue. It was an interesting write-up. At the same time photos were taken of our Assault Course, and appeared prominently in 156

a leading Natalnewspaper. Even more, action photos were taken for the South African Mirror, so that people all over the country had the opportunity to see how a school's assault course can function. The general opinion is that we must breed them tough! CHAPEL NOTES On Sunday evening, June 17th, the Lord Bishop of Natal, Bishop Inman, shared the service with Archdeacon P. Russell, and confirmed 23 boys who had been in course of preparation throughout the year. The service was attended by the full school and a large number of parents and friends. The Bishop spoke forcefully, and at times with good humour, on the words of the blessing: "Go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage; fight the good fight in faith; that you may finish your course with joy." After the service, confirmees, parents and staff were given the opportunity of meeting the Bishop informally over a cup of tea. The boys attended their first communion service at St. Agnes, Kloof, on Sunday, June 24th. The biggest event of the Chapel year was the installation of the Stained Glass Windows, designed and made by Messrs. Abbotts of Lancaster, and installed by Messrs. G. C. Shave Ltd. The makers are to be congratulated upon so fine a production. The difference they immediately made to the atmosphere of the Chapel was most noticeable, for they are both pleasing to the eye, and have deep spiritual significance. The central window is the gift of the widow and daughters of the late Mr. W. N. Cornelius, reference to whose life is made else where. The side windows will be paid from Chapel Funds in course of time. It was felt that all three windows should be pre pared at once, to ensure harmony of design and symbolism. The dedication service took place on Sunday morning, June 24th, when the Rev. J. Wesley Hunt,an old friend of Mr.and Mrs. Cornelius, conducted the service and performed the dedication. He was assisted by our previous Chaplain, Rev. V. J. Bredenkamp, who had shown interest and help in the planning of the windows, and by our present Chaplain. The service was memorable for its sincerity and dignity, as the minister told of the character of the man in whose memory the central window stood. We were pleased to have with us Mrs. Cornelius and many of her more intimate relations and friends. The Choir rendered the anthem "All from the Sun's Uprise". The services during the half-year have been greatly benefited through the vigour of the choir-singing, and their anthems have been appreciated. 157

Services have been conducted as follows: Feb. 4th a.m. Rev. A.R.Jennings p.m. Feb. 11th a.m. Rev. A.R.Jennings p.m. Feb. 18th a.m. Rev. J. W.Massey p.m. Feb. 25th a.m. Ven.P. W.R. Russell p.m. Mar. 4th a.m. Rev. A. R. Jennings p.m. Mar. 11th a.m. Rev. A.R. Jennings p.m. Mar. 18th a.m. Rev. A.R.Jennings p.m. Mar. 25th a.m. Ven.P. W.R. Russell p.m. Apr. 1st a.m. Rev. A. R. Jennings p.m. Apr. 29th a.m. Ven.P. W.R. Russell p.m. May 6th a.m. Rev. A.R. Jennings p.m. May 13th a.m. Rev. A.R.Jennings p.m. May 20th a.m. Rev. J. W. Massey p.m. May 20th a.m. Ven. P. W.R. Russell p.m. June 10th a.m. J. F. Reece,Esq. p.m. June 17th a.m. Rev. A.R.Jennings p.m. June 24th a.m. Rev. J. W.Hunt p.m. The Headmaster Congregational Practice K.G.Fish,Esq. Organ Recital, J. M.Harper, Esq. J. F. Reece,Esq. Congregational Practice H.Thorpe,Esq. Organ Recital, J. M.Harper,Esq. Don Mackenzie,Esq. P. Bester, Esq. Organ Recital, G. M.Orara,Esq. D. Wayne,Esq. Rev. A.R.Jennings Congregational Practice K.G.Fish, Esq. The Lord Bishop of Natal. Organ Recital, J. M.Harper,Esq. APPOINTMENTS Head Prefect: H.B. W.Hulett(JG). SchoolPrefects: G.W.Brown(F),T.W.Beckett(G), P.H.Bryan (G), J. W. Shire (P). HousePrefects: I. Heron(F),M.R.MacFarlane(F),S.E.Piper(F), T. G. Goodricke (G), C. C. Larsen (G). P. Daykin (P), P. D. Smith (P), B. G. Deane (P), B.H.Todd(J), E. G.Young-Thompson(J), E.von Maltitz(J). Cricket Captain: H.B. W.Hulett. Rugger Captain: O. H.G. Beier. Tennis Captain: H.B. W.Hulett. Swimming Captain: P. H.Bryan. Athletics Captain: T. W.Beckett. Drum Major: P. D.Smith. Librarians: D. J. Brothers, L. Fienberg, A. Lowenstein. (Junior): P. Allen, D. Reece. Chapel, Chief Monitor: J. F. Plummer. Bell: A. Eriksson, S. R. Gibson. 158

ACADEMICS TROPHY JUNE EXAMINATIONS 1. Finningley .. 51.6% 2. Gillingham .. 51.1% 3. Pembroke .. 50.1% Form 1: Wallace-Tarry 81 (P), Coleman 76 (G), Chappie 76 (P), Maxwell 73 (P), Toombs 73(G). Form 11: Allen 82(F), Dyer 75(F), Low 75(P), Reece 73(F). Form III: Pechey 76(G), Mee 76(P), Hurt 75(G), Muir 74(F). Form IV: Fienberg 86 (F), Barnard 82 (G), Smith T. 82 (P), Manicom 76(F). Form V: Brothers 81 (F), Bland 79 (P), Eriksson 76 (F), Rogaly 75(P). Form Yl: Calderwood 81 (G), Watson 76 (G), Tedder 70 (F), Williams 68(P). SALVETE We welcome the following new boys: R.J. Abdinor, B. Armstrong,P. J., D. V. and J. R.Berry, J. V. and H. A. Balcomb,D.J.Barnett,T.W.B.Bath,J.G.Bester,J. H.Blocb,R.C.Brokensha, C. G. Burton, M.L. Burton, R. R.Becker, P. R. Bissett, I. L. Burt, H. R. E. Childers, S. J. Chappie, F. R. Corden-Lloyd, D. C. Coleman, D.B. Coleman, J. B. Clapham, C. C. Comins, M. G. Cope, W. H. Coram, B. W. Challenor, C. M. Clegg, K. D. Cradock, A. C. F. Daniel, R. B. Dyer, R. J. Flderton, D.Esmond-White,R.Evans,T.T. Lloys Ellis, A.A.Lloys Ellis,C.D.Ferguson, M. Farrer, I. T. Gilbertson, I. J. Goldberg, J. R. Groom, R. E. Henderson, M. J. Hipkin, D. E. Howells, A. de la M. Hurst, J. S. Hopkins, P. G, Irons, J. D. Jackson, R. W. Johnston, G. P. Jollands, R. Kirkpatrick, R. L. Kluge, P. J. Keegan, P. A. Kirkwood, D. I. Kelso, E. J. Lowther, K. L. F. Logan, D. J. H. Muir, K. I. MacLeod, T. Maxwell, C. J. Mundell, J. D. Martindale, B. D. Mervis, L. A. McKee, J. M. Nightingale, K. C. Naylor, M. R. Oliver, M.H.Payne, A. B. Pottow, R. L, Paul, D. M.Polak, G. W.Parr, J. D.Payn. J. D. Pearson, A. M. Pechey, G. Polychronopoulos, E. Press, G. N. Reeves, M. C. Roach, D. P. Robinson, D. A. C. Richards, I. G. Robertson, P. L, Rimbault,T. F. Rawlins, R. L. Ross,F.E. Sheppard,J. C. Smith, M.J. Selbo, R. W. Schreuder, D. S. Salmond, P. G. L. Scott, G. P. Sell, C. E. Smith, O. Toombs, J. J. Tindall, D. C. Tomlinson, A. D. Turner, R. F. Taylor, R. G. Tapper, M. Vassard, B. R. van der Westhuizen, J. F. Viljoen, R. M. WallaceTarry,B.G.Williams,A.P. Walker,B.E. Walsb,R.T. Williams, A.N.Wesson, J. R. Young. Total; 109 new boys. Of the above, the following are sons of Old Boys; J. V. and H. A. Balcomb (tbe late L. L.), B. W. Challenor(H. L.), R. B. Dyer(Dr.K.W.),D.E. Howells(L.E.), J. S.Hopkins(J. H.),J. M.Nightingale (D. R.), A. B. Pottow (L. G.), G, N. Reeves (N.), D.P. Robinson(W.L. S.), D. C. Richards(R. C.). 159

EXAMINATION RESULTS, 1961 MATRICULATION: First Class; F.A.Lissauer,A.P. Meyer(I^tin,Physical Science,Maths). Second Class: D. S. Adams, D. J. AdendorfF, W. M. Beckett, D. O. Coetzee, B. L. Cole, R. G. Coleman, A. J. C. Daniel, L. A. Distiller, H. W. Gevers, O. L. Griffiths, G. A. Holden, C. M. Howarth, F. D. Hugo, H. B. W. Hulett, L. M.Johnston, A.J. Knox, M.P. Kotze,D.N.E. Leitch, P. R. Mackinlay, J. W. Muir,P. J. H.Short, M.H.Smith, M. T. Staniland, Q. K. Turner, A. H. Unstead, P. A. Volckman (Physical Science), A. F. Zurcher. Third Class: R. Farren. NATAL JUNIOR CERTIFICATE First Class: "A" Aggregate(80%): P. Bland van den Berg. "B" Aggregate (70%): A. J. Eriksson, E. Rogaly, T. Toombs. (The above obtained Provincial Bursaries.) "C" Aggregate (60%): J. E. Anderson, M. A. Barnard. J. A. Bester, A. R. Broom, J. G. Craven, R. M. Crewe, K. Davies, G. Q. Evans, S. R. Gibson, M. L. Griffiths, C.Hinch,O.H.Martin,D.M.J. Poole,R.P. Rainey, R. A. Rogers, R. B. Turner, M.J. Volckman, J. L. Wood. Second Class: P.B.J. Behr,R.D.Bickerton, F.A.Courie,J. C.Crabtree, P. K. Cunningham, J. A. Dickens, P. M. Giles, G. H. Guest, R.E. F. Hartley,D.T. Kotze,D.A.Lang,A.C.T. Murray, L. R. Nutting, P. R. A.Turner, E. M.Woods. Third Class: P. S. Brokensha, J. R. Cotterell, D.B. Doig,B. D.Dooley, F. G. C. Emmett, R. G. Duncan, D. A. Hall, A. Levy, L. G. 1. Maclaine, A. S. Marr, J. B. Milne, B. R. Morel du Boil, V. W. T. Ozard, A. S. Pringle, B. R. Rawlins, A. L. Somers-Vine, I. W. Sumner, I. D. Tomlinson, J. C. van den Berg. TAALBOND: Hoer: A.P. Meyer, M.H.Smith. Laer: M. A. Barnard, W. M. Beckett, G. O. H. Beier, A. M.R. Bishop, Bland van den Berg (Higher Div.), A. R. Broom, M.O.Brutseh,B. L. Cole,R.M.Crewe,P.K.Cunnington, K.Davies,A.J. Eriksson,R.Farren,R.J. Greene,D.G.F. Hardie, I. C. Heron, C. M. Howarth, M. A. Johnston, D. A. Lang, C. C. Larsen, A. Lowenstein, M. B. Lyons, S. G. Marr, R. A. Rogers, H. A. Tedder, R. B. Turner, P. A. Volckman, D. M. Watson, B. G. Williams. Voorbereidende: Higher Grade: D. M. Barnard, T. Coggin, A. R. Crewe, J. A. Perkins, R. O. Salvesen, T. W. F. Smith. Lower Grade: M.S. Awerbuch,C. M.Biggs,P. C. Cattell, G. M.Colloty, W. M.S. Doubell, J. P. Field, J. G.Frank, R. B. Hansen, B. Hart, G. M. Lindeque, P. S. Maxwell, D. B. Paul, N. F. Pollard, P. J. Strydom, N. J. Tomkins, C.D. van der Westhuizen, R. R. Wright. BILINGUAL CERTIFICATE: Second Class: A. P. Meyer, M. H. Smith. Third Class: O. L. Griffiths, D. N. E. Leitch, M. T. Staniland, G.D. Dyer. 160

V. L. CLEGG As Mr Hopkins so rightslayid at the concluding assembly of the Easter Term, a feature of Kearsney has always been the per manence of the Staff. This means two things: one, that when the school gets a good man, it tries to keep him; two, that the staff themselves are content. Most ofthe present staff have given almost all their teaching lives, whether long or short, to Kearsney. Mr. Clegg has amply fulfilled both categories. The school has had a good man, and he has been happy here. His departure came about only after many heart-searchings, and with no little personal reluctance. But it meant promotion, and Mr. Clegg has left to take up the post of Vice-principal at St. Stithians, Johannes burg,and none of us would deny him the honour. We well remember his arrival in 1944,and his introduction into the life of Finningley House, where he served as assistant for two years. On his marriage he and Mrs. Clegg took over the reins of Junior House for three years, before stepping into Mr. Gram's shoes for the greater responsibility of Gillingham. His life, there fore, was mainly spent in close personal contact with the boys, and this trained him and fitted him for his new post, where he is also a housemaster. In Gillingham his friendly yet firm regime endeared him both to the many boys who came under his charge for a dozen years, and to the Matrons and other personnel with whom he worked. Large numbers of Old Boys will think of him as friend and mentor and will be grateful for what he did. A Housemaster'sjob is a full one,and in itselfcould be regarded as a full-time complement to the business of teaching. But Mr. Clegg was far from content withthis and took an active interest in many other aspects ofschool life. As Mine Host at the tuckshop, he dispensed sticky drinks and stickier sweets for several years; yet while this responsibility was a pleasant one, it tied him down daily to a routine which must often have interfered with his personal convenience. He took charge of the shooting for some years, and when our rifles were commandeered he assumed responsibility in the Cadet Corps, organising the armoury and distribution of materials. Swimming, too, came under his ready|wing. So Mr. Clegg played a big part in extra-mural activities, as can be seen, and all who were served by him will be grateful. Primarily, however, he was engaged to teach. He took over the Biology Department from Mr. Milner, and to step adequately into Mr. Milner's shoes was a proposition that at the time would have been deemed an impossibility. Yet he rose to the task and throughout he years built up a Biology Department which can surely be second to none in any school. He made a point of being available in his Labs in out-of-school hours, helping and guiding 161

boys in their own private research work, and the use of the labs was extended to the uttermost. His discipline was always firm, for he realised that learning cannot come—nor the desire for it— where discipline is slack, and in none of his capacities did he ever allow a situation to get out of hand; yet the discipline was friendly, and his charges learned that this was the best system. The Easter Term must have been difficult for Mr. and Mrs. Clegg, for the rounds of farewells must have had a cumulative effect. There were personal and Stafffarewells, a farewell from the Hill Crest Tennis Club, and a farewell from the Sons of England Society, to which he and some of his colleagues belonged, and to which he gave long and enthusiastic service. Coupled with these sad partings one must also associate the name of his father, who was a welcome worker at Kearsney over the past year or two, and whose pleasant personality endeared him to all who knew him. To these our friends, and their family, we extend the best of wishes for a happy life in Johannesburg, not too much nostalgia for Kearsney, and if they return on holiday to these parts, they will be assured of a very warm welcome. J. F.R. LIBRARY The library is becoming increasingly well-used, both for ref erence and fiction, and is regarded by many students as an ideal place for quiet study. Larger tables were supplied recently, giving greater opportunity for study. Considerable quantities of old or duplicate books have been discarded and new ones bought as money permitted. Books become worn and need replacing, and readers of this Magazine are invited to send along books which they feel they no longer require. D.J. Brothers has been in daily attendance as Library Monitor, and has had the assistance of Fienberg, Lowenstein, Manicom and Ginsberg in keeping the books in order. During the first term there were 460 book withdrawals,and during the second term 510. Speaker Clerk Prime Minister Leader of Opposition Publicity Officer KEARSNEY PARLIAMENT OFFICIALS Reece, J. F. .. Roodepoort Wood,E. M. .. Waterkloof Fienberg, L. .. Fredrikstad Hemson,C.D.L. Hluhluwe Eriksson, A.J. .. Eensgevouden 162

GOVERNMENT: Justice Foreign Affairs, Propag.,Inf. Defence &Interior Rail, Trans., Posts & Tel... Bantu Administration.. Finance, Comm.,Mines .. Educ., Arts, Sci., Pub. Wks. Health «fc Social Welfare .. Lands, Ag., Food & Water OPPOSITION: Deputy Leader Watson,D. M. Brothers, D. J. .. Crewe, R. M. .. Cunnington,P. K. Murray,A.G.T. Plummer, J. F. Rogers, R.A. .. Courie F. A. Davies,K Waterval Boven Boesmanskop Creighton Colenso Magaliesberg Plumstead Randfontein Cato Manor Daggafontein Williams, B. G. Anderson, J. E. Craven, J. G. Dickens, J. A. .. Dunscombe,C.J.A. Hardie,D.G.F. Piper, R Rogaly, E. Tedder, H.A. .. and 30 CROSS BENCHERS Waterfalonder Alberton Clarence De Aar De Dooms Hill Crest Pinetown Rustenburg Tsumeb PROGRAMME Feb. 23rd .. .. Motion of No Confidence in the Government, proposed by the Leader of the Opposition. Motion Lost. March 9th .. Opposition Motion, "That the Government's Bantustan policy is endangering the well-being of the South African Community". Proposed by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, and opposed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. A tie. March 23rd .. Government Motion, "That in the interests of South African security a 9-months A.C.F. training scheme be enforced". Proposed by the Minister for Defence and opposed by the member for Alberton. Motion won. May 11th .. .. Opposition Motion,"That the recent Budget is unpractical, and that the increased taxes on liquor, books and reeords are unnecessary". Proposed by the member for Tsumeb, and opposed by the Minister for Finance. Motion won. June 8th .. .. Cross-bench Motion, "That the Government's policy for the development of the non-Europeans is the only workable policy". Proposed by the member for Bremersdorp (A. Broom) and opposed by the member for Bronkhorstspruit(D. Barnard). A tie. June 23rd .. .. Government Motion, "That the maintenance of white supremacy is South Africa's only hope". Proposed by the Minister for Justice, and opposed by the member for Rustenburg. Motion won. 163

Parliament had some difficulty in getting into top gear, owing to clashes with other commitments, and we feel we have not yet reaped the fullest benefit. However in the latter half of the year, when we hope to transfer to the new Hall, there seems likely to be a wider programme which will amply compensate. There has been quite stimulating speaking at times: in fact one or two speakers have difficulty in stopping! Prepared speeches have been good, with little rehance upon notes, and previously hidden talent is beginning to show. Ready support to the main speakers hascomefrom Fienberg,Hemson,Brothers,Crewe,Broom, Plummer, Williams, Anderson and Rogaly, while of the Crossbenchers Barnardhas been ready to take a part. A visit to St. Mary's was not a success—from the debating angle, at any rate— for all but four of the members preferred to blossom only as wall flowers. At the 100th meeting of Parliament, Mr. Reece referred back not only to the first meeting of such, but to the first meeting of the Debating Society at Botha's Hill, in February, 1940. The first secretary was G. C. Bazley, later killed in the War, the first debater E.H.Lowe,also killed,and the first chairman Alex Lee, who had died during the current week. As the speaker said, these names bring back poignant memories. CopiesofHansard have been ordered for the library,and speakers are encouraged to stick to political facts rather than indulge in flights offancy. Votes are better won that way. A noticeable feature ofthe session so far has been the increasing confidence placed in Government policies. Hitherto the Govern ment has taken for granted that it would be defeated. AFRIKAANSE VERENIGING Ampsdraers 1962: Voorsitter: E. von Maltitz Sekretaris: T. Beckett Bykomende !ede: M. Barnard, A. Kluge, J. Viljoen. Vrydag 16 Maart: Lesings. IDie volgendelede het lesings gelewer. R. Crewe: Voels. G. Lindeque: Die stad Pretoria. A. Kluge: Geskiedkundige plekke in SuidAfrika. A. Crewe: Motorwedrenne. Vrydag 30 Maart: Vasvrawedstryd. Vrydag 4 Mei: Debat: „Behoort skoolseuns lyfstraf te ontvang". Vrydag 25 Mei: Toneellesing: „As die nefie kom kuier". Deelnemers: E. von Maltitz, T. Beckett, C. Larsen, R. Crewe, H. Lindsay. 164

SPEECH AND DRAMA Speech and Drama adjudication took place on Monday, June 25th, and lasted throughout the morning. Juniors mainly delivered their set pieces, with one or two also offering Scripture readings and sight-reading. Quality varied, but there are some who are very promising. The seniors—none, unfortunately,from the Matric form, where good quality of speech must surely be of such great importance to those who shortly go forth to seek work—offered a varied pro gramme, involving Scripture readings, prose passages, narrative poems,speeches(Churchill and Smuts), and lectures. A very good impression was created, and it was evident that systematic prepara tion had taken place, under the guidance of their tutor. There is not much room here for full details, but A. Broom showed the best promise and had achieved a much better audience contact than last year. It would be invidious to distinguish between the others. Details, in brief, were as follows; Form V .. .. Broom A A A A; Brothers A AB; Cunnington A A B; Murray A A. Form IV .. .. Hansen A AB B; Turner A A; MuUer A A A. Form III .. CleggAAA; Beveridge A B B; Miller B. Form II .. .. Allen A B; AshbyB; BalcombB; BathB; BrokenshaA; Clapham B; Cole B; Dyer A; Elderton B; English A B; Evans B; Frank B; Hagemann C; Hittler A; Holmes A; Jackson A; Karlsen B; Kluge A; MacKay B; Mervis B; Milbank ABC; Reece A AA; Rice B; Robertson B; Schreuder A; Selbo A; Williams A B. Form I .. .. Berry B; Coleman B; Irons B; Maxwell A; Mundell A; Reeves B; Toombs A; Wallace-Tarry B; Abdinor B; Kirkpatrick A; Larsen B; Macleod A. J.F.R. ORGAN RECITALS Four organ recitals have been given in the first half of 1962 and the details are listed below. We are grateful to Mrs. J. Harper for her singing and to Mr. G. M. Gram for his recital in the second quarter. February 25th: Mr. J. M. Harper Trumpet Tune and Air.—H. Purcell. Dream Children.—Sir. E. Elgar. Prelude and Fugue in C. Minor(The Great).—J. S. Bach. Postlude.—Sir George Dyson. 165

March 25th: Mr.J. M.Harper and Mrs. Harper(Soprano). Aria: My Heart Ever Faithful.—-J. S. Bach. Fugue a la Gigue.—J. S. Bach. Aria: With Verdure Clad(The Creation).—!. Haydn. Cantilena(Sonata No. 11).—J. Rheinberger. Lord of our Being.—G. F. Handel. Festival.—Healey Willan. May 6th: Mr.G. M.Oram. Prelude and Fugue in C Major.—J. S. Bach. Trumpet Minuet.—A. Hollins. Suite Gothique.—Boellman. June 24th: Mr.J. M.Harper. Allegro and Minuet(Royal Fireworks Suite).—G. F. Handel. Variations on the "Emperor's Hymn".—J. Haydn. Trumpet Voluntary.—J. Clarke. Prelude In the "Old 104th".—Hubert Parry. CHOIR NOTES The choir this year is both large and enthusiastic and has already proved itself capable of fine singing. Several anthems have already been performed and the choir has played an important part in the leading of the singing in Chapel worship. Anthems performed so far include: God so Loved the World.—J. Goss. Good Christian Men, Rejoice and Sing.—S"/!- R. Thatcher. Come Holy Ghost.—T. Attwood. Holy, Holy, Holy, God Almighty Lord.—F. Schubert. All from the Sun's Lfprise.—P. Tomblings. The choir will embark on learning Carols in the third quarterit seems very early, but with so many activities, very necessary. J. M.H. OPERATIC SOCIETY Rehearsals have been under way since late March for "Trial by Jury", which will be performed, we hope, at the end of August. The uncertain factor is the date of completion of the new School Hall, which will decide the performance dates. Tenors, basses, and some trebles are combining with sopranos and altos of St. Mary's School, Kloof for this production, and rehearsals are going well. We hope to have a small orchestra of local and Pietermaritzburg players to provide the accompaniment. J. M.H. 166

YACHT CLUB We have had an active second term, following a completely inactive first one. The aim has been to increase the number of outings at the same time as increasing the knowledge, proficiency and responsibility of members of the club. There must be few names better known in the Natal Yachting World than that of Goodricke. We are very fortunate therefore that Mr.Guy Goodricke has given his time in order to lecture to us. He has come up to Kearsney on most Wednesdays, and spoken very competently and interestingly on all sorts ofaspects of yachting and kindred matters. With his technical and scientific knowledge of the subject, combined with his responsible enthusiasm, he has laid a very good foundation of theoretical knowledge. Following this, we have paid four visits to the bay. We could hardly claim to have had experience of every possible kind of con dition, as the wind has ranged each time from nil to slight, but on one occasion a "buster" blew up shortly after we had completed the day's programme, and those there had first hand experience of the speed at which conditions in the bay can change, and also a grandstand view of some extremely skilful manoeuvring on the part of some Sprogs which faced the full fury of the wind. Not withstanding the calm conditions, we managed to lose a rudder, when one ofthe club fell offa Dabchick! The aim has been to reward those who show interest and dili gence with regard to lectures, with regular outings. This has not always been easy to administer, but the principle remains. Par ticular attention has been given to potential skippers. The Cadet and Dabchick built by club members have proved their value admirably, notwithstanding minor catastrophes, and the Point Yacht Club have been extremely good in lending us their unused Cadets. In addition we are greatly indebted to Messrs. Goodricke,Parr,Wilson and Johnston for the use of their respective Sprogs, Lark and Graduate. Club members are soon to have to face the fact that the club must be self-supporting, and that this in turn will mean a higher subscription. This will be all to the good, asit will eliminate hangers-on, and will give a greater sense of belonging to those who are prepared to face the extra cost. Members will also be asked to play a part in a fairly extensive maintenance programme, which will introduce them to the joys of messing about with boats. Our great difficulty is transport. The lorry is not always avail able; it also means a day away for someone to drive us, and this is not always convenient. However, where circumstances allow, we hope to sail as frequently as is reasonably possible, and to achieve an ever improving standard of seamanship and boat maintenance, H.B.T. 167

LOOKING BACK (Thefollowing article is takenfrom The Natal Mercury, May 13th, 1939) KEARSNEY ATHLETES SHINE IN FAREWELL SPORTS MEETING I WAS very sorry not to be able to get out to Kearsney to attend the farewell sports meeting which was such an unqualified success. Bazley, the school captain, had a regular field day and broke three school records. At Kearsney they always use the 16 lb. shot and Bazley put it 34 ft.9ins. He is ofa powerful build and played in the schools' rugby trials last year when he was selected as a reserve for the Natal side. This is a fine effort of his and the new distance should stand for some time in the record book. The Hulett Trophy for the best individual effort wentto Groom for his long jump — 20 ft. 5 ins. is a great effort for a schoolboy and beats J. Thomas' old record by ins, but Thomas' Under 15^ record of 20 ft. Hins. is good enough to last out the Twentieth Century. Bazley ran particularly well in both the 220 and the 440, and the competition in these races was very keen. Two of the best races were the 880 and the mile open. Never was there more than two yards separating Munro and Mark,and they fought these races out between them with the keenest rivalry — the 880 going to Munro and the mile to Mark. There was a big crowd to witness this last athletic meeting on the old ground, and it was very appropriate that Bazley's mother should have presented the prizes at a meeting in which her son had done so well. Bill Payn {George Bazley was later killed in the S.A.A.F.— Ed.) THINKING BACK: THE EARLY DAYS {Address given by Mr. Matterson at the Old Boys' Dinner, Pietermaritzburg) First of all, I want to thank the organisers of this pleasing function for the honour they have conferred upon me in making me the guest of honour this evening. There are many handicaps about the profession of teaching, but there are rewards as well. Ian Hay dedicates his best book,"The Lighter Side ofSchool Life", a book that ought to be on every schoolmaster's shelf, to "The members of the most responsible, the least advertised, the worst paid,and the most richly rewarded profession in the world". I am sure that those of us who have served Kearsney over the years feel that the last phrase is specially true,and wedelight in the welcome we get from any gathering of Old Boys anywhere in the country or outside it. Somewhere about 1919or 1920 Sir J. L. Hulett began to worry about what was happening to Kearsney House. His eldest son, Albert, had taken over the chairmanship of Sir J. L. Hulett and Sons,and was living in Durban. No other son was willing to occupy so huge a house, and,like all empty buildings, it was beginning to go to rack and ruin. Even during our occupation there were white ants below my personal dining room,and of course bws thronged the space between the floor of the upstairs verandah and the ceiling of the downstairs one, as well as every other convenient or inconvenient spot. Then some friends suggested he start a Methodist boys'school in the house, thinking that it would easily adapt itselfto the requirements ofa boarding school, and indeed it did adapt itself to this, provided the numbers did not exceed 80. 168

The Rev. Robson, then President of the Methodist Church, suggested the name of a retired headmaster from the O.F.S., as a temporary Head, and friends in Durban, who realised that such a school was long overdue in Natal, helped with funds. Sir Liege himself donated £5,000. So the school was prepared, desks of the roughest description were made at the factory, a booklet was published (to which I took strong exception, as painting a totally wrong picture), and the school opened in August 1921 with eleven boarders, two day-boys, and a staff of four, including the Head, Mr. Pyne-Mercier; there were also a very able Matron,Sister Edwards,and capable Housekeeper, Miss Charlton (still earning a living, behind the counter at Ackermanns, Durban—Ed.). So Methodism was at last doing what ought to have been done at east 30 years previously, when the Greenacres, Paynes, Crookes, Smiths, Daltons, Corbishleys and Huletts were a real power in the Natal indus trial world. Unfortunately trouble was not long in starting. Pyne-Mercier, thoiigh a very able fellow, had little knowledge of what a Public School(in the British sense) ought to be; he and his wife were used to the arrangements that obtained so generally in South Africa in those early days, when the Head and perhaps some of his senior men would take the boys from surrounding farms into their homes as boarders. Mrs. Pyne-Mercier was also too inclined to interfere both in the domestic and scholastic life, walking into classrooms demanding the ownership of unmarked clothes (even calling once upon her husband to "do me up"!), forbidding the use of the showers, or even (to their horror) wanting to kiss the boys good night! So Mr. and Mrs. Pyne-Mercier were asked to leave. A Mr. Lister, then on sick leave from the Natal Education Department' took over for a while, and a curious regime ensued about which many stories are told, all amusing,and some,I fear, apocryphal. But a picture of that happy period may be had when I tell you the replies to some of the queries I made in January 1923 when I took over. When I asked for the previous term's time-table I was told,"Oh, we didn't have a time-table. We met in the common room at the end ofevery lesson and decided what we should teach next". When I noted that there was no Latin on the syllabus, I received the reply,"We don't teach Latin. The boys don't like it". So I feel it is fair to regard 1923 as the real start of the School, with 26 boys and a staff consisting of Messrs Williams ("Skates"), Nico Meiring, Cadle and myself. Mr. Cram followed in 1924, Mr. Reece in 1927, Mr. Medworth in 1928, by which time Messrs. Williams, Meiring and Cadle had left, and Mrs. Cram,then Miss Ellis, had also joined, to start the Prep. In 1932 there came Mr. and Mrs. Milner, in 1933 Mrs. Reece, then Miss Eraser, and we had a really wonderful staff for only about 70 boys. The outcome was that we had excellent results in examinations and on the sports field. Mr. Reece coached the cricket and Mr. Medworth the rugger, and with never more than 45 boys above Standard VI we could meet the second XIs and XVs of the large Durban school and as often as not beat them. Some very large cricket scores were made. There was a very happy family atmosphere. We all lived under the same roof,and there was never any friction as the years passed and the school became bigger and better known. Close individual attention was given to all the needs of the boys and,as we lived so far away from "civilisation", we created our own "life" and became welded into a harmonious unit. As time passed, however, problems began to arise. The severe malaria epidemic in the early thirties made the whole North Coast suspect, with Stanger having an unsavoury reputation. Actually there was never a case of malaria up at the school. This malaria scare, together with the fact that the schooi was really rather inaccessible (for we did not have tarmac roads up the north coast then)a;nd the fact that the school could obviously not grow much, because of the lie oftheland,and because the original buildings were gradually deteriorating, made it clear to the school Council and Staff that they would have to face a move, if Kearsney was to become established as a Methodist School in Natal. 169

It was a big decision to make,and it was a wrench for those who had lived so happily in the old quarters, to have to face uprooting. The Methodist Synod agreed that it was the right step to take, and there began the hunt round for a site, and for money for the required buildings. The rest is modem history. The site at Botha's Hill was decided upon through the generosity of the late Mr. Clement Stott, who gave us 25 acres, and offered another 25 at a nominal rate. The buildings became a reality from the moment that Mr. J. J. Crookes put up the money for Finningley House. And so we started at Botha's Hill with two Houses, the Dining Hall, and one row of classrooms, all set on a bleak and exposed hill-top, a very grim change from the luscious avenues, orange and mango groves, flowering shrubs and trees of the old site. The school now moves on from strength to strength, and, having seen its early struggles, I rejoice in its promise. R.H.M. DUNGEON DEBATING SOCIETY Standards V and VI at the Old Kearsney used to share a lower room in the Prep. Building which,because of the low ceiling and limited window space, and encircling trees, was known as The Dungeon. I took these forms for English and Latin, and one double English period a week, was devoted to debates,of which I kept a careful record. Recently I came across my booklet for the year 1928, with titles of debates, principal arguments used, and full record of the number of speeches made. In case any of the speakers of those days (many of them now Famous Men)recollect these debates, I give here a resume of my records. Feb. 17th Feb. 24th March 2nd March 9th March 16th Result Speeches That Dogs make better pets than Cats Won 14-2 34 That games should be compulsory Won 15-1 46 That the Theatre is better than the Bioscope Draw 7-7 31 That Country Life is better than Town Life Won 12-2 36 That Boys should be taught to cook and March 30th April 13th April 20th April 27th May 11th May 18th June 1st June 8th Aug. 10th Aug. 17th Agu.24th Aug. 31st Sept. 7th Sept. 14th sew. Won 12-3 30 That men should be hanged for Murder. Won 15-0 40 ThatDay Schools are better than Boarding Lost 2-13 42 That Strict Discipline is good for a School Won 15-0 53 That Games should be played on Sunday Lost 6-9 58 That Men should be compelled to fight in War. Won 9-6 47 That School Days are the happiest. Won 14-1 42 That Civilised Men are happier than Cave Men. Lost 7-8 39 That Summer is better than Winter Lost 1-14 30 That Vivisection is justifiable Won 8-6 44 That Animals are happier than Humans. Won 11-4 45 That the Tuckshop should be abolished. Lost 6-9 45 That Everybody should learn to shoot. Won 11-4 39 That the Modern Young Lady is prefer able to the Old Lost 6-8 30 That All Schools should be Boarding Schools Lost 1-13 42 That Modern Dress needs Reform Lost 3-9 42 170

Result Speeches Sept. 21st That Exams should be abolished Lost 6-8 47 Oct. 11th Which is the best mode of Travel? Sea 6, Land 5, Air 3 36 Oct. 18th That Brains are better than Common Sense Lost 1-14 39 Nov. 9th That the Native should be educated Won 9-7 50 Nov. 16th That we are too fond of Sport Won 9-7 44 Nov. 23rd That Women should work for a living Won 13-3 51 The forms consisted of the following, with the number of speeches made during the year in brackets: Balcomb,L.(78),Balcomb,W.(57),Blaine,G.(83),Budge,J.(29),Burdon, O.(81), Coventry, B.(94), Crawford, J. (67), Crook, M.(75), Foss, A.(95), Hind, P.(101), Hopkins, J. (44), Levy, A.(54), Maclean, D.(58), Michell, W. (82), Nightingale, D.(8), Nightingale, R.(80). J. F.R. SPACE CONTROL An examination of the past ten issues of the "Chronicle" reveals that the following number of pages have been allocated to different subjects:- Cricket 95 Old Boys' Club 86 Contributions 52 Rugby 48 Speech Days 38 House Notes 32 Debate and Speech .. .. 32 School Notes 27 Athletics 23 Music and Choir .. .. 22 Old Boys' Letters .. .. 22 Swimming 20 Chapel 15 Editorial 13 Cadets 13 Tennis 8 Art 5 OVERSEAS TOUR The editor has received a very comprehensive and interesting report of the tour overseas from C. S. Keen, Old Boy, and Mr. P. le Feuvre, ex-Master. So long, in fact, that it would cover very many pages, and the Editor has had no option but to make a digest of it all. He apologises for the inevitable disjointedness of the following report and for the omission ofa great many interesting details. Mr. V. L. Clegg, who organised the tour, writes: "May I express my sincere appreciation to the two contributors. The tour was notably successful for the 'team spirit', the high level 171

of behaviour, and for the able assistance rendered so freely by my two colleagues, Mr. Nel and Mr. Storm." On Christmas day we moored in Las Paimas harbour,and toured the island. We were struck by the general poverty. Many inhabitants lived in caves or in holes dug in the ground. We drove to the top of the volcano,from where we had a fine view of a farm in the middle of the crater. We visited Columbus' house, and the Cathedral in which he prayed before setting out westwards. After Las Paimas the weather got steadily colder, and few people were to be seen on deck. It was dark and cold when we docked at Southampton. The bus trip to London wasslow:it had been the coldest night for 31 years,and the road was exceedingly slippery. It was a cold and rather cheerless welcome which the Kearsney party received when they arrived at Bentham Hall, a seventeenth-century town house, now a hostel of London University. England was just recovering from the coldest Christmas for many years, and persistent rain was the instrument which the British climate was using to warm things up. The Kearsney boys and staff looked as though they had seen better ways of warming things up! But while all was cheerless outside, Bentham Hall inside was soon transformed into warm chaos of excited greetings and exclamations, the main cry being, "Sir, Where's the telly?" Unfortunately the BBC had not been informed and as it was outside their televising hours, there was nothing to be seen on the goggle box. Messrs. Storm, Clegg and Nel did their best to create order out of chaos, and they did it very well. It was not long before everyone knew where they were to sleep, and the visit to London was on. It would be tedious to relate in diary form the excitement of the following days, but a few high points can be mentioned. The greatest Joy was expressed when it was found to be snowing heavily on Sunday morning. The usually arduous task of getting boys out of bed in time for breakfast was easy, and it was not long before Cartwright Gardens had degenerated into a battlefield into which members of staff could only venture at their own risk. That was the day we went to Brighton,and Courie decided to pick a fight with some local Teddy Boys outside the Royal Pavilion. A test match was soon in full swing, and victory was only just wrested from the Republic by the demands of British Railways Brighton to London services. And what a service! Snow had fallen all day, and amidst glaring electric flashes in the night, the train moved uncer tainly and slowly — oh, so slowly!— towards the capital. But it was worth it, even though Cecil Keen did not go for a swim as he had said he would. I think that the ice was a bit cold for him! Much of our time was spent in a motor coach. We went on one day to Windsor and a school nearby which seems to be an inferior English equivalent of Kearsney, Eton, and on another day we went out to Ely and Cambridge. On both occasions we had glorious sunshine, and the sun on the newly fallen snow was magnificent, particularly against such august backgrounds as the Round Tower at Windsor or King's College Chapel. Another outing of a rather different sort was that to the paper mills at Dartford and St. Mary Cray. To see mucky-looking pulp being turned into paper wasintriguing and interesting,andshowed us that GreatBritain has modem industry as well as ancient castles and railway services. I think that it was agreed that the most outstanding thing of the day was the lunch, which really was a first-class spread. In London itself, time was taken up with sight-seeing, evening shows and "free days", when everyone could go off and do as he liked and no questions were asked afterwards! Most people "got the hang of" the tubes fairly early on so that there was no difficulty in getting from place to plaee. This enabled cheap and quick travel to the Tower,the Houses of Parliament, over which we were shown, Madame Tussaud's Waxworks, the London Planetarium and 172

numerous Lyon's Corner-Houses. Finally we went to South Africa House where His Excellency the Ambassador, who had himself just returned from South Africa the day before, very kindly entertained us to tea. After that, we \vere shown over South Africa House by an official and Mr. Storm spent his time reading notices in Afrikaans with a far-away, nostalgic look in his eye. We went to a show practically every night,and on the whole we were im pressed by the high standard of London productions. The programme was varied: we thorou^ly enjoyed "Treasure Island" at the Mermaid; "Macbeth" at the Old Vic was a bit disappoitning; the pantomime "Old King Cole" was rendered even more amusing than usual by the antics of a little girl in a box above us who showed by her twists, giggles, shrieks and contortions that she was certainly getting her money's worth;Bertram Mills' Circus delighted even those who do not normally care for circuses; and finally — and what a climax! —"My Fair Lady" is everything that it is "cracked up" to be! Thus a tiring but terrific week sped past, and the day dawned for Kearsney to leave London. They have left behind, apart from memories, Peter, working still in his Wayfarers Office, a guide who is still spelling out the names of all the towns along the Great North Road,and an ex-member of staff, shivering, and longing for Classroom 10 and the surf thundering up the sands of North Beach. We arrived in Amsterdam on January 7th. In the Rijks Museum we saw some of the most beautiful paintings in the world, including Rembrandt's "Night Watch", and the "Jolly Toper" by Frans Hals. Two days later we made a tour of Southern Holland, visiting Allsmeer and the flower auetions, and then on to the Hague, where we were conducted over the International Court of Justice. Next morning we were in Paris, after an uncomfortable night trying to sleep in a non-sleeper,and were taken to a hotel called "The Oxford and Cam bridge". For one day we made short tours round Paris, visiting the Madeleine Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Palace of Invalides, where we saw Napoleon's tomb; then round the Louvre, with its Mona Lisa, and the Venus de Milo. From there to the Notre Dame,with its lovely Rose Windows. We needed no rocking to sleep that night I Nextday we had a 2-hour tour of Versailles,Louis XV'ssumptuous palace. We walked through gilded halls, rooms lined with fine tapestries, and breath taking piantings, and eventually to the Hall of Mirrors. The Palace has 2,000 rooms,and we tried to imagine them lit by 10,000 candles in the days of Louis. So to Switzerland, arriving ultimately at Stockalp on Friday, January 12th. This was the lower cable station. We transferred to the cable car, and up and away we went, climbing three miles and 2,000 feet in 12 minutes. There was a breath-taking view of the Sarnen valley, and the snow-clad peaks above us, from the car. Having reached the top, we crunched our way the last 200 yards up the ice path to the hotel where we were welcomed by the whole hotel staff. After we found our rooms,tested our beds for comfort,and generally settled in, we were given our future means of transport — skis. We were anxious to try the novelty of the skis, but by the end of the day could not even stand in them, let alone move. With the help of our instructors we spent most of the following day sprawling on our backs, but we had also learned to stop and do a standing turn. One day later we were crazy enough to decide to take a trip to Stockalp, five miles away, on skis!! Soon we were balancing, or trying to, thousands of feet above the valley, and before long were roaring down the slopes. The more sporting members of the party did fancy legs apart, but the novices did their classic stops by just sitting down. About one and a half hours after setting out from our hotel the last of us cruised into Stockalp. The record, incidentally, is seven minutes. Then began the painful business of defrosting in a hot bath. 173