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CORRESPONDENCE We  cannot  be  answerable  for  the  opinions  of  our  correspondents. Contributions for the next number should  be sent in by  this day fortnight, written on  one  side  of the  paper  only. Contributions will be received at the  Advertiser Office, or  at Mr.  Pepperday’s,  under cover  to the “ Editor cf  the  Meteor." To  the Editor of the Meteor. Sir ,—A “ Radical,” by his sweeping  mea­ sures of Reform, has incurred so much oppo­ sition,  and so  many  arguments  have  been  brought against his propositions to show that  they are impracticable, that I am sure, if he  is  an  ordinary  mortal,  he  must  have  suc­ cumbed  to  the  numerous  attacks.  Now I,  for one, think there  is  a great deal of truth  in “ Radical’s ” statements, and that many of  his proposals could be  adopted  with  advan­ tage.  I  think  that  he is  quite right in his  assertion that a body which nominally,—for it  does at present  only  nominally,—represents  the Athletic portion of the School, should be  elected  from  the  muscles, and not from  the  brains of the School.   I do not mean to say  that the Upper  School is  solely  intellectual,  for it so happens that it  now contains some of  the  best  players  at games.  Yet,  some day  it may be otherwise, and one  should  be pre­ pared for all contingencies.   While  “ Radi­ cal’s ”  franchise  would  always  include  the  best  players.   Let  us see  what  arguments  are  brought  to  bear  against  “ Radical’s ”  proposal  for  Big-side  Levee  to  consist  of  House  Twenties,  House Elevens, Crick and  Athletic  Winners,  and  the  Commissioned  Officers  of  the  Rifle  Corps.   One  corres­ pondent objects to it on  account  of its  size,  and  computes  the  number  in the  following  maimer: House Twenties 180, House Elevens  88,  Crick  and  Athletic  Winners  (say)  20,  Officers  3;  Grand  Total,  291.  Now  this  correspondent ignores the fact that  the  ma­ jority  of House  Elevens are in their  House  Twenties ;  that  the 3  Officers of the Corps  are in their respective House Twenties;  and  that a good number of winners are  either in  their  House  Eleven  or  Twenty.  The  size  would be very nearly the same as at present.  Another  correspondent  does  not  deny  the  incompetency, if I may use the  word, of the  present Levee, but indicates it by a precedent  furnished  by  the  House of Commons.   He  illogically argues “ The House passes bills,  See., of which  they  know  nothing:  wherefore,  why  should  not  Big-side  Levee go  and  do  likewise.” 8 THE METEOR. I  do  not  think  that any  of “ Radical’s ”  proposals have been  answered  satisfactorily.  He  states  this  undeniable  fact,  that  the  Levee is the “  arbiter ludorwm,"  and  as  such  should know everything about games. I remain, Sir, Your obdt. servant, ANOTHER  RADICAL. To  the  Editor  o f  the  Meteor. Dear   S ir ,—I am sorry to be forced to cry  peeeavi  to the charge of a serious offence,  to  wit, that preferred against me by your Mace-  donic correspondent, of doubting for a single  moment the wisdom of our predecessors. But in as  much  as that  evil  deed  on my  part was productive of some  good in  giving  “ Macedonicus ” an opportunity of displaying  his  loyalty,  and  in  calling  forth  so  able  a  letter from the “ Old Rugbeian,” I hope it will  meet with some small degree of pardon from  those whom it offended. But  with  all  deference to  my opponents,  who undoubtedly made a strong case out for  themselves, I would suggest that they rather  did me an injustice in making it appear that  I thought Bigside Levee could be satisfactorily  remodelled,  on  no  system but  the  one  I  suggested. Now 1 think if those  gentlemen will  take  the  trouble to  refer  to  my  letter, they  will  find that I  particularly deprecated  such  an  idea.  My  object in  writing to  you  was  to  break  the  ice, on  a  subject  about  which  I  knew  there  was  considerable  privately-ex­ pressed discontent. I thought that if the ice were once broken  many abler  heads  than  mine  might be  in­ duced  to  turn  their thoughts to the matter,  and I feel satisfied  from the answers in your  last  Meteor  that such  is the  case.  My plan  was  only  intended  as  a  suggestion,  for  it  seemed hardly fair to  set to work to pull  an  old  institution  to  pieces  without  trying  to  give some little help in  rearing a  better one  in  its  place.  The  able  letter  of  my  elder  brother Radical showed me  clearly that my  scheme was  in many respects not calculated  to  effect the  desired  improvement, from  its  want of simplicity, and of sufficient reduction  in numbers. “ Macedonicus ” too suggested an objection  well  worthy  of  consideration,  but  which  unluckily escaped  me, the danger of increas­ ing party rule. As I now believe that the plan I suggested  is not  simple  enough to  be  of much  use, I  will not trespass on your space in the answers  to the many very answerable objections, such as  the  subscriptions,  and  its  being  Dr.  Temple’s  invention,  and the like, made to it  by  your  various  correspondents;  but  I  do  wish to vindicate myself from the accusation  of frivolity.  I believed  that  discussion was  the  best  way  of  getting  at  a  satisfactory  measure of reform, and I wrote to  yon from  sincere conviction that there  was great need  of reform in the Levee. Though  a Radical  I am  sufficiently  loyal  to Rugby, to  wish it  to  have  the  very best  system of government  that  can  be  devised  for it, and so I look  forward  with eagerness  to  my  brother  Radical’s  promised scheme,  as being likely to  have  some  good practical  points  in  it, at  least  if O.R. be  as clever  a  builder as he is a dissector. But one  thing I  do hope, that he  will not  mar his plan by such utter carelessness, for I  would fain not believe it ignorance, as that he  was guilty of in his last letter. In the full swing of his  demolition  of my  assembly  “ teeming  with  anomalies,”  he  counted up its numbers in this manner, “ All  House Twenties, 180, all House Elevens, 99,  &c., <fcc., total 270.” I am reproved for uttering  sarcasms about  dust  and  row,—may  he  not  fairly  be  re­ proved in turn  for a  much  greater offence? I imagined that the weakest intellect,  that  had any  knowledge at  all  of Rugby, would  have seen that a  large  proportion  of House  Elevens are almost invariably to be  found in  their  House  Twenties.   I  believe  all  the  names  on  the  prize  boards  in the  Racquet  Court gallery were either those of Cricketers  or  Caps  of standing, and  I am glad - to say  that  I  have  not  been  in  the  School  long  enough to have known  a  head of it without  his cap. Your  correspondent  will  now,  I  hope,  understand  that  my  Levee  would  hardly  have numbered 270 members, nor yet nearly  so many as the present  Levee. Contenting  myself  with this  single illus­ tration of my able brother’s fallibility, which  rather shook my faith in the credibility of his  experience  of  Big-side  Levees, or  even  of  Rugby at  all,  and  with  many  apologies for  so fhr trespassing on your space, Believe me, yours faithfully, A  RADICAL. To  the  Editor  of  the  Meteor. Dear  Sir ,— N o doubt the  Commissioners  thought they were acting best for the School  when they made the rules about superannua­ tion.  No doubt the new rule makes away with THE METEOR, 9 aged lazy fellows, and makes  room for new­ comers ;  but  does  it  make  away  with  the  aged lazy ?  Would it not be more strictly true  to  say that it  makes  away  with  every  one  who is not good in  Classics, for  in superan­ nuating a fellow no notice whatever is taken  of his  Mathematics  or  Natural  Science.  I  do not mean to say that the marks which are  given for  Mathematics  are  insufficient, as  I  believe  they  are  given in proportion  to  the  time;  but what I do mean is that a fellow in  the first set of Mathematics, and perhaps also  good at Natural Science, being superannuated  for  not  being  good  at  Classics  is  scarcely  fair.  There are but few  who are good  both  at  Classics  and  Mathematics,  but  a  fellow  good  at  Classics  and  in  the  sixth  set  of  Mathematics,  is  not  so  likely to  be  super­ annuated as one who is poor or perhaps only  fair  in the former, and in the first set of the  latter.  How  can  we  expect  henceforth  to  have many Senior Wranglers, or even Wrang­ lers  at  all,  since  everything  here  goes  by  Classics.  Will not some  kind  friend of the  School try whether some rule could be made  by which those in the first set of Mathematics  should  be  allowed  to  remain.   We  have  known a fellow superannuated who had been  in the first  set of Mathematics  a  long time,  who  was  head  of his  Natural  Science  set,  and who got three firsts at the  Christmas at  which he was obliged to leave.  Hoping you  will  not  think  me  trying  to  reform  the  masters, I remain, yours truly, MATHEMATICAL  SWELL. To  the  Editor  o f  the  Meteor. Sie,—At  this  time,  when  everybody  is  joining in doing their best for the commemo­ ration of the coming  Tercentenary, it seems  that the School, whom it most of all concerns,  are standing still and looking at other people  trying to benefit them, but are not attempting  to leave  anything  whereby they  themselves  may benefit  generations  to  come.  Now  to  us, much cogitating, it appears that if we not  only agree with other people that the School  should do something, but  also propose some­ thing for the  said  illustrious  body  to do,  it  will at all events put those who object to our  proposal under a sort of obligation to propose  a better.  Therefore we beg to submit to the  notice  of the School  the  approaching disso­ lution  of the  Bat  Fives-court, which,  what  with the enlarged or rebuilt  Chapel, and the  new Quadrangle, will disappear from amongst  us.  Surely if it be possible to find a place, all present  Rugbeians  will be  ready to  help in  building  a new  arena for  this  game, which  was  dear to  the hearts of their fore-runners  when as yet the Racquet Court was not, and  in  preserving “ Thompson, turner  and  fives  bat maker,” from impending ruin. HAPPY  THOUGHT. To  the Editor of the Meteor. Sie,—In spite of the  great  improvements  in  our  Chapel  Singing  effected  during  the  last year, a change has been gradually taking  place in our hymns.  We are now restricted  to about six tunes, of which three are repeat­ ed  perpetually.   They  are of a  methodical  and  old-fashioned  style;  their  names,  on  referring  to  the  hymn-book,  I  find  to  be  Crasselius, Angel’s Hymn, and Wareham, of  which, to my humble judgment, Crasselius is  the  most  detestable.  We get  tired  of  this  style of music in an old parish church, but in  a School Chapel we expect at least something  more varied, if not music of a prettier nature.  It was not always so :  but I am told by com­ petent authorities that we have at last found  our  hymn-book, which  was  hurriedly  com­ piled, to  be  full  of  gross  blunders.  About  three  years  ago  hymn-books  began  to  be  published  without music, and  all  who have  come within that time have to  sing  entirely  from  ear ?  Is this absurd or not ?  Are we  never  to  have  a  new  hymn-book ?  There  will soon be not a single member of the choir  possessing  music  in his hymn-book, and we  shall  be  bound  down  for  years  to  these  wearisome, old-fashioned tunes  that  we  use  now.   The ancient paraphrase that we sang  on Good Friday was enough of itself to point  out faults in our present book.  That such a  quaint stanza as this was sung by  a  modem  congregation seems ludicrous :— “ Dogs are around : the godless crew  Are waiting close on me to fall. My hands and feet are pierced through ; My bones stand out, I count them all.” Here  is  a  specimen,  almost  profane,  of a  hymn  in  our  present  book, which  we  are  positively unable to  sing “ When John the Apostle heard the fame, He to the tomb with Peter came, But on the way outran the same. Hallelujah!” Tlie  28th  Hymn,—to which, by-the-bye, no  music  was  ever  set,—will  be  found  to  be  simply  distressing.   I  hope  that  these  re­ marks are not too presumptuous, but I think  every  one,  in  the  Choir  at  any  rate, will  sympathise with me in a  want of  something  new in this way.—Yours obediently, K. 10 THE METEOR, made in  this  department of Rugby  School!  I sincerely  hope  that  the  selling of racquet  balls at  l|d. each  may be one of the  things  done in celebration of the Tercentenary; and  I trust  this  question  may be well ventilated  in your valuable columns.—Yours hopefully, THREE  HALF-PENCE. Racquet Court, May 15, 1867. To  the  Editor  of  the  Meteor. Sir ,—I shall probably  remind you  of  the  old fable (not HDsop’s  I believe) of the  slice  of bread, which when just toasted to a turn,  objected that it would prefer to remain bread.  Still I must  ask you  two questions, for  any  solution of which I should be greatly indebted  to any of your correspondents.  I am aware  that  they  do  not  properly  belong  to  the  Meteor's  province, but I have no other means  of publishing  them.  They  are,  (1.)  What  is a  father to  do, whose father, grandfather,  and great grandfather, have all been at Rugby  before him, and though they have not reached  a high position  in  its  YIth., have  still been  useful members of its society,—what  can  he  do when he comes down  with his son  to his  old school, with no great idea of his  classical  attainments, but  with  a  confidence  that  he  will be no disgrace to the School  or himself,  and finds there is a  matriculation  which  his  son fails to pass ?  It may be suggested, send  him to a private tutor for a time, to have his  classics  forced,  while  the  extension  of  his  mind is stopped and he loses all the pleasures  and  advantages  of a  Public School.  Well,  suppose the  son  does go  to a  private tutor,  and after a year or so comes again to Rugby  at 15| years old, say half a year backward in  ideas, and half a year in advance of his abilities  in classics.  Of course he gets into the Lower  Middle.   At  the  end  of  the  term  he  is  superannuated and  has to  leave.  And here  arises the 2nd question.  Wliat  is  a  boy  to  do who  is turned out of Rugby  at  16 or 17  years old ?  Another Public School is a very  bad, if a possible solution.  A  private  tutor  again is the only alternative if he  is to go to  college:  and  I  will  not  trespass  on  your  space to  go through  the  disadvantages of a  private tutor, But remain, your obedient servant,  ANTI-SZ7PHR  EDUCATION. THE  RACQUET  COURT. To  the Editor of  the Meteor. Sir,—Why is  it  that  the  balls at present  supplied  at  the  Racquet  Court  are  so  bad,  and last frequently but two or three rounds ?  At  Cheltenham, where  racquets  are  played  as  much  as  at  any  other  School, balls  are  supplied at the  rate  of four  for  6d.  Could  not this too be  done at  Rugby ?  When we  consider that the  old balls are sometimes sold  at Id. each, what  an  enormous profit can be