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CORRESPONDENCE. We  cannot  be  answerable  for  the  opinions  of  our  correspondents. Contributions  will  be  received at the  Advertiser Office,  or at Mr. Pepperd&y's,  under cover to the “ Editor of  the Meteor.” We must have the real name of our Correspondents, not  for publication, but as a guarantee cf giod faith. To the Editor of the  Meteor. Sib ,—I am like your correspondent  “ P,” exceed­ ingly sorry to find (from his letter) that the round  jackets and “ turnover ” collars which I so strongly  advocated last Term have not  come  into  fashion.  I  am  surprised  that  no  steps  have  been  taken  about the matter, especially  as  I  was  assured  by  the last Head of  the  School that such steps should  be taken  ;  possibly  he  was too much engaged last  Term with examinations, &c., to  attend  to  such  a  comparatively  unimportant  subject.    I  do trust  that  the  present  Head of the School will defer to  the wishes of a large number of Old Rugbeians, and  endeavour  to   make  a  change  in  the  outward  appearance of the smaller members  of  the  School. I may refer him  to the Sixth  Levee Books (for I  think  the  question  arose  in  Sept.  ’59  or ’61) for  authority on the subject;  and it will be seen that a  rule already exists  on the point;  and it was passed  on account of  objections  made  by  Dr.  Temple  to  the shapeless garments of  which  I  complain now.  If the Sixth would pass a  resolution  on  the  sub­ ject,  and  communicate it to the Headmaster, I am  sure he would see how  desirable  and  feasible  the  change would be,  and  would  give  the  necessary  orders to House-masters, so that the year 1871 might  see a respectable and decently dressed  lot  of  boys  in the lower part of the School. As I said in a previous letter, I would not specify  any age or height at which a boy should jump from  round  jackets  into  “ tails,”  but  I  would  by  all  means leave  it to his own discretion.   I  emphati­ cally  deny  the  necessity  for  any  “ intermediate  state,” and I do trust that an  effort  will  speedily  be made to make the small boys look  tidy,  s.)  that  one  may  be  able  (a thing by no means  easy  now) to  distinguish  a  “ Rugby  boy ”  from  a  Rugby  “ lout” (to use a colloquial expression). And as I also said before,  do  not  let us have the  round  jackets  without the turnover  collars, for the  one without the other is absurd. I must apologise for  repeating  myself  :  I  only  re-echo the wishes of many  Old  Ruarbeians on this  subject, and I am with them  most anxious to  see a  reform speedily made in this matter ;  or  rather  a  good old custom revived. I  am,  Sir, Your  obedient  servant, HUGH  WINKLE. Oct. 12th, 1870. FOOTBALL  OF  1870. To  the  Kditor  of the  Meteor Mb.  Editob .—There  are two  points to which—  through the medium of your paper—I woulddirect  the attention of football players at Rugby, and for  which  I  would  propose  remedies.   The  first  is  a  fault  which  seems  to  have  spread  through  the  length and  breadth  of  the  School,  for  it may be  seen from  Big-side  to  the very smallest of Little-  sides, and certainly wherever it  is seen it  is a sure  sigh  that  the  game  is losing character.   I allude to the practice of playing off-side in the sorummage.  It was very muoh noticed, and strongly commented  upon  by  O.R.’s,  in the  Sixth  Match  of this year,  and the simplest  remedy  I  can  suggest is “  Do n't play  off-side."    This,  I  am  sure,  can  be  applied,  for  every  one  must  know  when  he  is  playing in  that  shabby way.   The second point is  this—proof  of  whioh  may  also  be  obtained  from  the  Sixth  Match—It is oertain that  the  defence  shown now  is muoh superior to  the  assault,  or  else  why is it  that, as the Sohool was so muoh stronger than  the  Sixth, they  did  not  kiok  a goal ?   They  ought to  have finished  the  matoh  on  Saturday,  instead of  allowing it to drag its weary length  through three  whole days, and then  being content to finish with  a  “ draw.”   My  remedy  for  this  is  Leave  off tripping or hacking-over.    Many  a good run is cut  short by a trip from behind, and if this were given  up I feel  sure  games  would  be  more decisive.   I  could  suggest  another  remedy  which,   perhaps,  may  be  regarded  with  more  favour,  and  that  is  widen the goals,  so that it may be more practicable  to  “ drop a goal ”  than it is at present, and let the  goal count if the ball pass  over the bar, whether it  touches one of the defending side or not.   Surely a  ball may be said  to be  goaled  however  it  is made  to  pass  over  the  bar,  provided  it  is  not actually  thrown. Apologising  for  occupying  so  much  of  your  valuable space, for which  my  love  of  good, legiti­ mate football  is my only excuse, I am, yours faithfully, 0. L. R. To the Editor of the Meteor. SlK,—Can any of your correspondents inform me  when the  new  volume  of  the  Bishop  of Exeter’s  sermons  is  likely  to  appear.   I  heard  a  rumour  that a committee  of  selection had been named.   I  only hope the rumour  was  true,  and that we shall  soon  have  the  new  volume  out.   But  why  only  one volume ?   I  am  sure  all  Rugbeiaus, past and  present, will join with me in begging that we may  have two volumes, as  we have none of the sermons  printed  which  were  preached  between  1860  and  1870. I remain, Sir, Yours obediently,  PRAXIS. To  the  Editor  of  the  Meteor, Deak   Sib,—Your  columns  have  so often  been  the means of bringing about  improvements that I  hope  to  be  allowed to make a few complaints and  suggestions,  which, if attended to,  might, I  think,  bring about beneficial results.   In the first place, I  wish to point out an old grievance, which affects Old  Rugbeians especially, viz., that  those interested in  Rugby  are  not  informed  about  the  doings  of  Rugby.   This  is a  grievance  almost  entirely con­ fined  to  Old  Rugbeians,  as  we  see  every  week  accounts of what is done at the other great schools.  Why  should  not the  Head  of the  School  appoint  some  one to  send  np  reports of Big-Sides, House-  matches, &c.,  regularly  every  week  to  the  Field, Land  and  Water,  and  Bell's  Life  ?    For my own  part I  must  say that  I  think  there  would  be  no  very  great  difficulty  in  finding  a  suitable person  willing to undertake the duty. My second  complaint is of  the way  that  line is  kept  at  House-Matches.    This  again  is  an  old  grievance,  but  I  have  not  yet  seen any  effective  measures taken to redress  it.   About the justice of THE METEOR. 93 this  complaint  I  think  there  can  be  no  doubt.  What an outcry there  would be if  fellows  looking  on at matches came as close to the wickets on New  Big-Side,  as  they  do  to  the  scrummages  on Old  Big-Side,  and  coolly   stood  in   the  way  of  the  “ fields,” as  they  do now  in that  of the  “ backs 1”  Now I  think that the  ground  requires  to be kept  clear for football quite as much as  for cricket.   It  is true,  it may  be  urged,  that the  excitement  is  greater  amongst  Rugbeian  spectators  of  a  foot­ ball match,  than  of a  cricket  match ;  but  surely  they  ought  to  contain  their  feelings  sufficiently  to prevent their  interfering with the  game.   It is  really too bad that  a good  run  should be  spoilt by  spectators, who  have no immediate  interest in the  match,  getting  in  the  way.    I  remember,  two  years ago,  when  the  Richmond match  was  being  played  in  the Close,  an  Old  Rugbeian,  who was  playing  back for  the Richmond XX., complaining  of  the  shameful  way  in  which  the  spectators,  belonging   to  school   as   well   as   the   town’s  people,  interfered  with the  game,  and  prevented  the back-players  getting fair play.   Perhaps  your  readers may  say,  “ It is all  very  well to  point out  the  grievance,  but you have  not  pointed  out  any  remedy.”   Well, I am quite aware that it is a hard  matter to deal  with, but still I  am quite  sure that  if  it  were  impressed  on  the  School  that  it  is  a  grievance, and if they made up'their minds to stop  it,  it could  and  would  be  stopped.   In  the  first  plaoe I would enforce the rule which already exists,  that the  praepostors  of the week  should  either be  present  themselves to keep line at House-matches,  or  else  should  procure  substitutes  to  take  their  duty for them.   In the next place, I  should forbid  any members of the Sixth to take  any members of  the  School  below  the   Sixth  out   of  “ Touch.”  Thirdly,  I  should  empower  the  Sixth  who  keep  line  to levy a  fine of  Is.  on any  member  of  the  School who went out of Touch.   By these measures  I believe that the desired  reform might be brought  about, which  hitherto  has  apparently  been found  impracticable. My third  and last  complaint is  of the  small at­ tendance  at  Big-Sides.   Last  year, on more  than  one occasion, scarcely half of the caps followed up ;  whilst many of the absentees might be  seen walk­ ing  about  the  Close,  looking  on at the  different  matches, and looking, as far as  appearances, at all  events, went,  in the most  perfect health.   How  is  it, Sir,  that  the  persons  whose  duty  it  is  to  see  about  “ notes ” for Big-Side, do  not demand them  of  the  absentees  1   For  I  may  be  wrong,  but  I  firmly  believe that  in  nine  cases out  of  ten notes  are not  even  asked  for, in far  less  the  defaulters  punished for their absence. But I fear I  have been led  on by the  exigencies  of the  case to  trespass too  much on your  valuable  apace, so with many many apologies, I am, Sir, Yours, ENTRE  NOUS. To the Editor of the Meteor. Dear   S ir .—Might  I  enquire,  through  your  columns, what is going to be  done  with the news­ papers in  the  Sixth  Sohool  1   I  offer  my humble  opinion that the Bishop  of Exeter should  be asked  what  he  intended  them  to  be  done  with.   Why  not sell them,  and  give  the proceeds to one of the  objects in  hand at present  1 A would-be KAAAI2T02  TONUPOTEPON. THE  SCHOOL  FOOTBALL  TWENTY. To the Editor of the  Meteor. Dear  Sir ,—An Old Rugbeian has just informed  me that a motion  that  the  picked  Twenty of  the  Caps shall  wear a distinctive  uniform  has  passed  Bigside Levee.   I have before  now avowed myself  in  your  columns  as  a  Conservative,  but  it  was  natural to anticipate  in  times  like  these  that re­ form would come, even to the most conservative of  our  institutions.   It  was  natural  to  expect  that  there would  be, sooner  or  later, a School  Twenty,  and again  that  this  same  body would  expect dis­ tinctive  colours, such  as  the  cricket XI.  are  hon­ oured with. But the distressing part  of  the  news to me was  that the uniform is fixed to be jersey and stockings  of  red,  white,  and  blue.   Can  anyone  inform  me  why these  colours  were  chosen ?   They  are  strik­ ing enough,  I admit,  but  not  nearly  so  neat and  workmanlike  as  the whites  and  stripes always to  be seen in the close.  Nor are these colours, though  prettily combined in the British ensign, in any way  connected  with  Rugby  associations.   But,  worse  and worse, they  have  not  even the charm of  nov­ elty in the  football  world, for  they are  the  exact  colours worn for two  or three  seasons  past by two  large London clubs—the Marlborough Nomads and  Walthamstow,  and  things  must  have  come  to  a  pretty pass if  the oldest  football  club in existence  takes  to  copying  the  colours  of  bantlings.   Nor  can  I see that  there  is  any necessity for it.   Why  should not the  Sohool  cricket  colour be associated  as far as possible with football ?   Light  blue is the  School colour undoubtedly; the most superannuated  Old Rug. knows this, and goes to the  Marlborough  match with a tiny strip of  azure  ribbon  fluttering  from his button-hole.   Some may say that it is too  light a shade  for a football  jersey,  and  so  it  may  be,  but let us have blue of  some  tint  or  other, for  jerseys  and  stockings  will  after a visit or two  to  the laundress turn to all. manner of  shades, one of  which is sure some  day  or  other  to  suit  the taste  and complexion of  the  wearer.   Jersey and stock­ ings of  broad hoops of  dark blue and white would,  I  think,  be  neat  and  appropriate  without  being  gaudy, and  this  I  believe  to  be a uniform  as  yet  unappropriated. As  you  may  imagine,  whatever  colours  are  chosen matters but little t > Old Rugs, but one feels  a pride in  Rugby  football  and  all  connected with  it, and would like to see  at  least  the advantage of  originality  in  reform.    Quite  half  the  Rugby  Twenty will play sooner or later in matches  round  London, and why should they be confused with the  Walthamstow  and  the  Nomads,  both  of  which  clubs will  have good cause to resent the imitation.  I wish, Mr. Editor, you  could  spend  one Saturday  afternoon with me in this neighbourhood :  I would  show  you  Wanderers,  Gipsies, Wasps,  Smugglers,  Pirates, Rovers, Wrens, Hornets, and others, in  all  the colours  of the  rainbow :  you would  join, I am  oonfident, in wishing for  no  imitations.   At least,  let Rugby have the merit of  originality. Yours faithfully, A  CONSE RYATIYE  OLD  RUG. London, Oct. 24 th. To the Editor of the Meteor. Sir ,—I trust you will excuse the remarks of one  who  has  occasionally  the  privilege  of  attending  Service in the Chapel,  and  who  feels  the  keenest  interest  in  all  that  concerns  Rugby  School.    I 94 THE METEOR. believe that the School boasts of a very good  choir,  and of an excellent choirmaster, but I fail to under­ stand why they do not make more use of these  ad­ vantages.   Cannot the  Choir  be  taught  regularly  how to intone the  Service,  and  to  give  up  that  very feeble, whining attempt at it  which  they are  in the habit of making in the responses, etc.   To a  listener it appears that  six  fellows  whine  on  one  note, and six on another, and I  really believe  that  rather than the present system,  any but  the  choir  would greatly prefer the responses made in  an  or­ dinary tone of voice.   Again  asking  forgivenness  for intrusion, I am, Yours, EXTERTJS. “ BARTER.” To  the  Editor of the  Meteor. Sib,—I heard that  there was  some discussion at  Rugby  about  the  word  “ barter,” used  by  “ Tom  Brown ”  in his  speech  at  the  late  Old  Rugbeian  Triennial Dinner.    I  find  that  “ a half-volley  at  Winchester  was  called  1 a barter ’  in  honour of  a  certain  Warder  of  that  name.”   Now,  the  half­ volley  (whioh  Rugbeians  term  “ drop-kick,”)  the  Northern Light Blues can make as  much  use of as  any other “ blue ” of any other point of the compass.  I think “ drop-kick ”  in Cricket parlance is quite a  Rugby term. Yours faithfully, PHILORUGBY. NOTICE  TO  CORRESPONDENTS. “ A. L. R.”   Want of space prevents our publishing  your letter.