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- THE EVALUATION OF π (1865)
- THE DYNAMICS OF A PARTICLE (1865)
- FACTS, FIGURES, AND FANCIES (1866-1868)
- THE NEW BELFRY (1872, see also: https://snrk.de/belfry/)
- THE VISION OF THE THREE T'S (1873)
- THE BLANK CHEQUE (1874, see also: https://snrk.de/page_the-blank-cheque)
THE NEW METHOD
AS APPLIED TO π
" Little Jack Homer
Sat in a corner,
Eating his Christmas Pie."
FIRST POINTED IN 1865
JAMES PARKER AND CO.
II. METHOD OF INDIFFERENCES.
III. PENRHYN'S METHOD.
IV. ELIMINATION OF J.
V. EVALUATION UNDER PRESSURE
THE NEW METHOD OF EVALUATION
AS APPLIED TO π.
The problem of evaluating ?r, which has en-
gaged the attention of mathematicians from the
earliest ages, had, down to our own time, been
considered as purely arithmetical. It was re-
served for this generation to make the discovery
that it is in reality a dynamical problem ; and the
true value of TT, which appeared an ignis fatuus
to our forefathers, has been at last obtained under
The following are the main data of the
Let U =the University, G = Greek, and P =
Professor. Then GP = Greek Professor; let
this be reduced to its lowest terms, and call the
Also let W = the work done, T = the Times,
/ = the given payment, 7r = the payment according
to T, and S = the sum required ; so that ?r = S.
The problem is, to obtain a value for n which
shall be commensurable with W.
In the early treatises on this subject, the mean
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value assigned to ?r will be found to be 40.000000.
Later writers suspected that the decimal point
had been accidentally shifted, and that the proper
value was 400.00000 ; but, as the details of the
process for obtaining it had been lost, no further
progress was made in the subject till our own
time, though several most ingenious methods
were tried for solving the problem.
Of these methods we proceed to give some
brief account. Those chiefly worthy of note
appear to be Rationalisation, the Method of
Indifferences, Penrhyn's Method, and the Method
We shall conclude with an account of the great
discovery of our own day, the Method of Evalua-
tion under Pressure.
The peculiarity of this process consists in its
affecting all quantities alike with a negative sign.
To apply it, let H = High Church, and L = Low
Church then the geometric mean = v /HL: call
this "B" (Broad Church).
Also let x and y represent unknown quantities
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The process now requires the breaking up of
U into its partial factions, and the introduction
of certain combinations. Of the two principal
factions thus formed, that corresponding with P
presented no further difficulty, but it appeared
hopeless to rationalise the other.
A rcductio adabsurdum was therefore attempted,
and it was asked, "Why should TT not be evalu-
ated ? " The great difficulty now was, to dis-
Several ingenious substitutions and transforma-
tions were then resorted to, with a view to
simplifying the equation, and it was at one time
asserted, though never actually proved, that the
ys were all on one side. However, as repeated
trials produced the same irrational result, the
process was finally abandoned.
1 1. --THE METHOD OF INDIFFERENCES.
This was a modification of " the method of
finite Differences," and may be thus briefly
Let E = Essays, and R = Reviews : then the
locus of (E + R), referred to multilinear co-
ordinates, will be found to be a superficies (i.e.,
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a locus possessing length and breadth, but no
depth). Let v = novelty, and assume (E + R)
as a function of v.
Taking this superficies as the plane of reference,
... EB = B 2 =HL (by the last article).
Multiplying by P, EBP = HPL.
It was now necessary to investigate the locus
of EBP: this was found to be a species of
Catenary, called the Patristic Catenary, which is
usually defined as "passing through origen, and
containing many multiple points." The locus of
HPL will be found almost entirely to coincide
Great results were expected from the assump-
tion of (E + R) as a function of v: but the
opponents of this theorem, having actually suc-
ceeded in demonstrating that the v-element did
not even enter into the function, it appeared hope-
less to obtain any real value of ?r by this method.
III. PENRHYN'S METHOD.
This was an exhaustive process for extracting
the value of π, in a series of terms, by repeated
(From a photograph by Lewis Carroll.)
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divisions. The series so obtained appeared to
be convergent, but the residual quantity was
always negative, which of course made the pro-
cess of extraction impossible.
This theorem was originally derived from a
radical series in Arithmetical Progression : let us
denote the series itself by A. P., and its sum by
(A.P.)S. It was found that the function (A.P.)S.
entered into the above process, in various forms.
The experiment was therefore tried of trans-
forming (A.P.)S. into a new scale of notation ; it
had hitherto been, through a long series of terms,
entirely in the senary, in which scale it had
furnished many beautiful expressions : it was now
transformed into the denary.
Under this modification, the process of division
was repeated, but with the old negative result ;
the attempt was therefore abandoned, though not
without a hope that future mathematicians, by
introducing a number of hitherto undetermined
constants, raised to the second degree, might
succeed in obtaining a positive result.
IV. ELIMINATION OF J.
It had long been perceived that the chief
obstacle to the evaluation of π was the presence
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of J, and in an earlier age of mathematics J
would probably have been referred to rectangular
axes, and divided into two unequal parts a
process of arbitrary elimination which is now
considered not strictly legitimate.
It was proposed, therefore, to eliminate J by an
appeal to the principle known as "the permanence
of equivalent formularies :" this, however, failed
on application, as J became indeterminate. Some
advocates of the process would have preferred
that J should be eliminated " in toto" The
classical scholar need hardly be reminded that
" toto" is the ablative of ' ' tiuntum, " and that
this beautiful and expressive phrase embodied
the wish that J should be eliminated by a com-
pulsory religious examination.
It was next proposed to eliminate J by means
of a " canonisant." The chief objection to this
process was, that it would raise J to an in-
conveniently high power, and would after all
only give an irrational value for TT.
Other processes, which we need not here
describe, have been suggested for the evaluation
of π. One was that it should be treated as a
given quantity: this theory was supported by
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many eminent men, at Cambridge and elsewhere ;
but, on application, J was found to exhibit a
negative sign, which of course made the evaluation
We now proceed to describe the modern
method, which has been crowned with brilliant
and unexpected success, and which may be defined
V. EVALUATION UNDER PRESSURE.
Mathematicians had already investigated the
locus of HPL, and had introduced this function
into the calculation, but without effecting the
desired evaluation, even when HPL was trans-
ferred to the opposite side of the equation with
a change of sign. The process we are about to
describe consists chiefly in the substitution of
G for P, and the application of pressure.
Let the function tf> (HGL) be developed into
a series, and let the sum of this be assumed as
a perfectly rigid body, moving in a fixed line :
let " ju " be the coefficient of moral- obligation,
and "e" the expediency. Also let "F" be
a Force acting equally in all directions, and
varying inversely as T : let A = Able, and
E = Enlightened.
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We have now to develope <t> (HGL) by
The function itself vanishes when the variable
/.., 0() = O.
0'(o) = Q ( a prime constant).
f"(o) = 2. 3 .H.
0"(o) = 220.127.116.11.
r"() = 2-34-5.P-
0"""() = 18.104.22.168.6.;.
after which the quantities recur in the same
The above proof is taken from the learned
treatise " August i dc fallibilitatc historicorum"
and occupies an entire Chapter : the evaluation
of TT is given in the next Chapter. The author
takes occasion to point out several remarkable
properties possessed by the above series, the
existence of which had hardly been suspected
This series is a function of /* and of e : but,
when it is considered as a body it will be found
that /* = o, and that e only remains.
We now have the equation
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The summation of this gave a minimum value
for TT : this, however, was considered only as
a first approximation, and the process was re-
peated under pressure EAF, which gave to *
a partial maximum value ; by continually in-
creasing EAF, the result was at last obtained,
7T= S = 500.00000.
This result differs considerably from the
anticipated value, namely, 400.00000 : still there
can be no doubt that the process has been
correctly performed, and that the learned world
may be congratulated on the final settlement of
this most difficult problem.
THE DYNAMICS OF A PARTICLE.
"'Tis strange the mind, that very fiery particle,
Should let itself be snuff'd out by an article."
FJXST PRINTED IN 1865.
JAMES PARKER AND CO.
' It was a lovely Autumn evening, and the
glorious effects of chromatic aberration were
beginning to show themselves in the atmosphere
as the earth revolved away from the great western
luminary, when two lines might have been
observed wending their weary way across a plain
superficies. The elder of the two had by long
practice acquired the art, so painful to young
and impulsive loci, of lying evenly between her
extreme points ; but the younger, in her girlish
impetuosity, was ever longing to diverge and
become an hyperbola or some such romantic and
boundless curve. They had lived and loved :
fate and the intervening superficies had hitherto
kept them asunder, but this was no longer to be :
a line had intersected them, making the two
interior angles together less than two right angles.
It was a moment never to be forgotten, and, as
they journeyed on, a whisper thrilled along the
superficies in isochronous waves of sound, "Yes!
We shall at length meet if continually produced! " '
(Jacobi's Course of Mathematics, Chap. I.)
We have commenced with the above quotation
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as a striking illustration of the advantage of intro-
ducing the human element into the hitherto barren
region of Mathematics. Who shall say what
germs of romance, hitherto unobserved, may not
underlie the subject? Who can tell whether the
parallelogram, which in our ignorance we have
defined and drawn, and the whole of whose
properties we profess to know, may not be all the
while panting for exterior angles, sympathetic
with the interior, or sullenly repining at the fact
that it cannot be inscribed in a circle ? What
mathematician has ever pondered over an
hyperbola, mangling the unfortunate curve with
lines of intersection here and there, in his efforts
to prove some property that perhaps after all is a
mere calumny, who has not fancied at last that the
ill-used locus was spreading out its asymptotes as
a silent rebuke, or winking one focus at him in
contemptuous pity ?
In some such spirit as this we have compiled
the following pages. Crude and hasty as they
are, they yet exhibit some of the phenomena of
light, or " enlightenment," considered as a force,
more fully than has hitherto been attempted by
Methods of Voting.
DYNAMICS OF A PARTICLE.
PLAIN SUPERFICIALITY is the character of a
speech, in which any two points being taken, the
speaker is found to lie wholly with regard to those
PLAIN ANGER is the inclination of two voters to
one another, who meet together, but whose views
are not in the same direction.
When a Proctor, meeting another Proctor,
makes the votes on one side equal to those on
the other, the feeling entertained by each side is
called RIGHT ANGER.
When two parties, coming together, feel a
Right Anger, each is said to be COMPLEMENTARY
to the other, (though, strictly speaking, this is very
seldom the case).
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OBTUSE ANGER is that which is greater than
Let it be granted, that a speaker may digress
from any one point to any other point.
That a finite argument, (i.e., one finished and
disposed of,) may be produced to any extent in
That a controversy may be raised about any
question, and at any distance from that question.
Men who go halves in the same (quart) are
(generally) equal to another.
Men who take a double in the same (term) are
equal to anything.
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The different methods of voting are as follows :
ALTERNANDO, as in the case of Mr. - , who
voted for and against Mr. Gladstone, alternate
INVERTENDO, as was done by Mr. - , who
came all the way from Edinburgh to vote, handed
in a blank voting paper, and so went home re-
COMPONENDO, as was done by Mr. - , whose
name appeared on both committees at once,
whereby he got great praise from all men, by the
space of one day.
DIVIDENDO, as in Mr. - -'s case, who, being
sorely perplexed in his choice of candidates, voted
CONVERTENDO, as was wonderfully exemplified
by Messrs. - and - , who held a long and
fierce argument on the election, in which, at the
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end of two hours, each had vanquished and con
verted the other.
Ex ^LQUALI IN PROPORTIONE PERTURBATA SEU
INORDINATA, as in the election, when the result
was for a long time equalised, and as it were held
in the balance, by reason of those who had first
voted on the one side seeking to pair off with
those who had last arrived on the other side, and
those who were last to vote on the one side being
kept out by those who had first arrived on the
other side, whereby, the entry to the Convo-
cation House being blocked up, men could pass
neither in nor out.
Magnitudes are algebraically represented by
letters, men by men of letters, and so on. The
following are the principal systems of representa-
1. CARTESIAN : i.e., by means of "cartes."
This system represents lines well, sometimes too
well ; but fails in representing points, particularly
2. POLAR : i.e., by means of the 2 poles,
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" North and South." This is a very uncertain
system of representation, and one that cannot
safely be depended upon.
3. TRILINEAR : i e., by means of a line which
takes 3 different courses. Such a line is usually
expressed by three letters, as W.E.G.
That the principle of Representation was known
to the ancients is abundantly exemplified by
Thucydides, who tells us that the favourite cry of
encouragement during a trireme race was that
touching allusion to Polar Co-ordinates which is
still heard during the races of our own time,
"/5, p6, cos #, they're gaining !"
DYNAMICS OF A PARTICLE.
Particles are logically divided according to
GENIUS and SPEECHES.
GENIUS is the higher classification, and this,
combined with DIFFERENTIA (i.e., difference of
opinion), produces SPEECHES. These again
naturally divide themselves into three heads.
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Particles belonging to the great order of GENIUS
are called " able " or t( enlightened."
A SURD is a radical whose meaning cannot be
exactly ascertained. This class comprises a very
] arge number of particles.
INDEX indicates the degree, or power, to which
a particle is raised. It consists of two letters,
placed to the right of the symbol representing the
particle. Thus, 4 ' A. A." signifies the oth degree ;
" B.A." the ist degree ; and so on, till we reach
" M.A." the 2nd degree (the intermediate letters
indicating fractions of a degree) ; the last two
usually employed being " R.A." (the reader
need hardly be reminded of that beautiful line in
The Princess " Go dress yourself, Dinah, like a
gorgeous R.A.") and " S.A." This last indicates
the 36oth degree, and denotes that the particle in
question (which is 1th part of the function E + R
" Essays and Reviews ") has effected a complete
revolution, and that the result = o.
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MOMENT is the product of the mass into the
velocity. To discuss this subject fully, would
lead us too far into the subject Vis Viva, and we
must content ourselves with mentioning the fact
that no moment is ever really lost, by fully en-
lightened Particles. It is scarcely necessary to
quote the well-known passage : " Every moment,
that can be snatched from academical duties, is
devoted to furthering the cause of the popular
Chancellor of the Exchequer." (Clarendon,
" History of the Great Rebellion.")
A COUPLE consists of a moving particle, raised
to the degree M.A., and combined with what is
technically called a "better half." The following
are the principal characteristics of a Couple :
(i) It may be easily transferred from point to
point. (2) Whatever force of translation was
possessed by the uncombined particle (and this is
often considerable), is wholly lost when the Couple
is formed. (3) The two forces constituting the
Couple habitually act in opposite directions.
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The effect of Differentiation on a Particle is
very remarkable, the first Differential being fre-
quently of a greater value than the original
Particle, and the second of less enlightenment.
For example, let L = " Leader," S = " Satur-
day," and then L.S. = " Leader in the Saturday"
(a particle of no assignable value). Differen-
tiating once, we get L.S.D., a function of great
value. Similarly it will be found that, by taking
the second Differential of an enlightened Particle
(i.e., raising it to the degree D.D.), the enlighten-
ment becomes rapidly less. The effect is much
increased by the addition of a C : in this case
the enlightenment often vanishes altogether, and
the Particle becomes conservative.
It should be observed that, whenever the
symbol L is used to denote " Leader," it must
be affected with the sign : this serves to
indicate that its action is sometimes positive and
sometimes negative some particles of this class
having the property of drawing others after
them (as "a Leader of an army"), and others
of repelling them (as "a Leader of the
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Prop. I. Pr.
To find the value of a given Examiner.
Example. A takes in ten books in the Final
Examination, and gets a 3rd Class : B takes in
the Examiners, and gets a 2nd. Find the value
of the Examiners in terms of books. Find also
their value in terms in which no Examination is
Prop. II. Pr.
To estimate Profit and Loss.
Example. Given a Derby Prophet, who has
sent three different winners to three different
betting men, and given that none of the three
horses are placed. Find the total Loss incurred
by the three men (a) in money, ()3) in temper.
Find also the Prophet. Is this latter generally
Prop. III. Pr.
To estimate the direction of a line.
Example. Prove that the definition of a line,
according to Walton, coincides with that of
Salmon, only that they begin at opposite ends.
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If such a line be divided by Frost's method, find
its value according to Price.
Prop. IV. Th.
The end (i.e., " the product of the extremes,")
justifies (i.e., "is equal to " see Latin "aequus,")
No example is appended to this Proposition,
for obvious reasons.
Prop. V. Pr.
To continue a given series.
Example. A and B, who are respectively
addicted to Fours and Fives, occupy the same
set of rooms, which is always at Sixes and Sevens.
Find the probable amount of reading done by A
and B while the Eights are on.
We proceed to illustrate this hasty sketch of
the Dynamics of a Parti-cle, by demonstrating
the great Proposition on which the whole theory
of Representation depends, namely, " To remove
a given Tangent from a given Circle, and to bring
another given Line into Contact with it."
To work the following problem algebraically,
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it is best to let the circle be represented as re-
ferred to its two tangents, i.e., first to WEG,
WH, and afterwards to WH, GH. When this
is effected, it will be found most convenient to
project WEG to infinity. The process is not
given here in full, since it requires the introduc-
tion of many complicated determinants.
Prop. VI. Pr.
To remove a given Tangent from a given
Circle, and to bring another given Line into
contact with it.
Let UN IV be a Large Circle, whose centre is
O (V being, of course, placed at the top), and let
WGH be a triangle, two of whose sides, WEG
and WH, are in contact with the circle, while
GH (called "the base" by liberal mathema-
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ticians,) is not in contact with it. (See Fig. T.)
It is required to destroy the contact of WEG,
and to bring GH into contact instead.
Let I be the point of maximum illumination of
the circle, and therefore E the point of maximum
enlightenment of the triangle. (E of course
varying perversely as the square of the distance
Let WH be fixed absolutely, and remain
always in contact with the circle, and let the
direction of OI be also fixed.
Now, so long as WEG preserves a perfectly
straight course, GH cannot possibly come into
contact with the circle ; but if the force of illumi-
nation, acting along OI, cause it to bend (as in
Fig. 2), a partial revolution on the part of WEG
and GH is effected, WEG ceases to touch the
circle, and GH is immediately brought into con-
tact with it. Q.E.F.
The theory involved in the foregoing Proposi-
tion is at present much controverted, and its
supporters are called upon to show what is the
fixed point, or "locus standi" on which they pro-
pose to effect the necessary revolution. To make
this clear, we must go to the original Greek, and
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remind our readers that the true point or " locus
standi " is in this case ap&e, (or a/o&c according to
modern usage), and therefore must not be assigned
to WEG. In reply to this it is urged that, in a
matter like the present, a single word cannot be
considered a satisfactory explanation, such as
It should also be observed that the revolution
here discussed is entirely the effect of enlighten-
ment, since particles, when illuminated to such an
extent as actually to become #we, are always
found to diverge more or less widely from each
other; though undoubtedly the radical force of the
word is "union" or "friendly feeling." The
reader will find in " Liddell and Scott " a remark-
able illustration of this, from which it appears to
be an essential condition that the feeling should
be entertained QopaSriv, and that the particle enter-
taining it should belong to the genus O-KOTOC, and
should therefore be, nominally at least, unen-
FACTS, FIGURES, AND FANCIES,
THE ELECTIONS TO THE HEBDOMADAL
THE OFFER OF THE CLARENDON
THE PROPOSAL TO CONVERT THE PARKS
Thrice the hrinded cat hath mewed."
FIRST PRINTED IN 1866-1868.
JAMES PARKER AND CO.
I. THE ELECTIONS TO THE HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL.
In the year 1866, a Letter with the above title was published
in Oxford, addressed to the Senior Censor of Christ Church,
with the twofold object of revealing to the University a vast
political misfortune which it had unwittingly encountered, and
of suggesting a remedy which should at once alleviate the
bitterness of the calamity and secure the sufferers from its re-
currence. The misfortune thus revealed was no less than the
fact that, at a recent election of Members to the Hebdomadal
Council, tivo Conservatives had been chosen, thus giving a
Conservative majority in the Council ; and the remedy sug-
gested was a sufficiently sweeping one, embracing, as it did,
the following details :
1. "The exclusion" (from Congregation) "of the non-
academical elements which form a main part of the strength
of this party domination." These " elements " are afterwards
enumerated as " the parish clergy and the professional men
of the city, and chaplains who are without any academical
2. The abolition of the Hebdomadal Council.
3. The abolition of the legislative functions of Convoca-
These are all the main features of this remarkable scheme of
Reform, unless it be necessary to add
4. "To preside over a Congregation with full legislative
powers, the Vice-Chancellor ought no doubt to be a man of
But it would be invidious to suppose that there was any
intention of suggesting this as a novelty.
The following rhythmical version of the Letter developes
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its principles to an extent which possibly the writer had never
II. THE OFFER OF THE CLARENDON TRUSTEES.
Letter from Mr. Gladstone to the Vice- Chancellor.
DEAR MR. VICE-CHANCELLOR, The Clarendon Trustees
. . are ready, in concert with the University, to consider of
the best mode of applying the funds belonging to them for
"adding to the New Museum Physical Laboratories and other
accommodation requisite for the department of Experimental
Philosophy.'' . . .
I have the honour to remain,
Dear Mr. Vice-Chancellor,
Very faithfully yours,
May 3, 1867. W. E. GLADSTONE.
The following passages are quoted from a paper which
appeared on the subject.
" As Members of Convocation are called upon to consider
the offer of the Clarendon Trustees, to employ the funds at
their disposal in the erection of additional buildings to facili-
tate the study of Physics, they may perhaps find it useful to
have a short statement of the circumstances which render
additional buildings necessary, and of the nature of the
"Again, it is often impossible to carry on accurate Physical
experiments in close contiguity to one another, owing to their
mutual interference ; and consequently different processes need
different rooms, in which these delicate instruments, which
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are always required in a particular branch of science, have to
be carefully and permanently fixed."
" It may be sufficient, in order to give an idea of the number
of rooms required, to enumerate the chief branches of Physics
which require special accommodation, owing to their mutual
(1) Weighing and measuring.
(3) Radiant Heat.
(4) Dispersion of Light. Spectrum Analysis, &c.
(5) General optics.
(6) Statical electricity.
(7) Dynamical electricity.
Of these, (5) requires one large room or three smaller rooms,
and these, together with those devoted to (3) and (4), should
have a south aspect. Besides the fixed instruments, there is
a large quantity of movable apparatus, which is either used
with them or employed in illustrating lectures ; and this must
be carefully preserved from causes of deterioration when not
in use ; for this purpose a large room fitted with glass cases is
required. A store-room for chemicals and other materials
used is also necessary."
" As Photography is now very much employed in multiply-
ing results of observation, in constructing diagrams for lec-
tures, &c., and as it is in fact a branch of Physics, a small
Photographic room is necessary, both for general use and for
studying the subject itself."
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III. THE PROPOSAL TO CONVERT THE PARKS INTO
Notice from the Vice-Chancellor.
" A form of Decree to the following effect will be pro-
" i. That the Curators of the Parks be authorised to receive
applications from Members of the University for Cricket-
grounds in the Parks, and that public notice be issued to that
effect, a time being fixed within which applications are to be
" 2. That at the expiration of such time the Curators be
authorised to make Cricket-grounds, and allot them to Cricket-
clubs or Colleges from which applications have been received,
according to priority of application. . . .
" F. K. LEIGHTON,
" April 29, 1867."
THE ELECTIONS TO THE HEBDOMADAL
" Now is the winter of our discontent." '
" HEARD ye the arrow hurtle in the sky ?
Heard ye the dragon-monster's deathful cry ? "-
Excuse this sudden burst of the Heroic ;
The present state of things would vex a Stoic !
And just as Sairey Gamp, for pains within,
Administered a modicum of gin,
So does my mind, when vexed and ill at ease,
Console itself with soothing similes.
1 Dr. Wynter, President of St. John's, one of the recently elected Con-
servative members of Council.
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The " dragon -monster " (pestilential schism !)
I need not tell you is Conservatism ;
The " hurtling arrow " (till we find a better)
Is represented by the present Letter.
Twas, I remember, but the other day,
Dear Senior Censor, that you chanced to say
You thought these party-combinations would
Be found, " though needful, no unmingled good. '
Unmingled good ? They are unmingled ill ! l
/ never took to them, and never will
What am I saying ? Heed it not, my friend :
On the next page I mean to recommend
The very dodges that I now condemn }
In the Conservatives ! Don't hint to them >
A word of this ! (In confidence. Ahem !) )
Need I rehearse the history of Jowett ?
I need not, Senior Censor, for you know it. 3
That was the Board Hebdomadal, and oh !
Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow !
Let each that wears a beard, and each that shaves,
Join in the cry " We never will be slaves ! "
" But can the University afford
" To be a slave to any kind of board ?
" A slave ? " you shuddering ask. " Think you it can,
" Not at the present moment" is my answer. 4
1 "In a letter on a point connected with the late elections to the
Hebdomadal Council you incidentally remarked to me that our combina-
tions for these elections, 'though necessary were not an unmixed good.'
They are an unmixed evil."
2 " I never go to a caucus without reluctance : I never write a canvassing
letter without a feeling of repugnance to my task. "
3 " I need not rehearse the history of the Regius Professor of Greek."
4 " The University cannot afford at the present moment to be delivered
over as a slave to any non-academical interest whatever."
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I've thought the matter o'er and o'er again
And given to it all my powers of brain ;
I've thought it out, and this is what I make it,
(And I don't care a Tory how you take it :)
It may be right to go ahead, / guess:
It may be right to stop, I do confess ;
Also, it may be right to retrogress.*
So says the oracle, and, for myself, I
Must say it beats to fits the one at Delphi !
To save beloved Oxford from the yoke,
(For this majority's beyond a joke,)
We must combine, 2 aye ! hold a <r
Unless we want to get another beating.
That they should " bottle " us is nothing new
But shall they bottle us and caucus too ?
See the " fell unity of purpose " now
With which Obstructives plunge into the row ! 4
"Factious Minorities," we used to sigh
" Factious Majorities ! " is now the cry.
" Votes ninety-two " no combination here :
" Votes ninety-three " conspiracy, 'tis clear ! 5
You urge " 'Tis but a unit." I reply
That in that unit lurks their " unity."
1 " It may be right to go on, it may be right to stand still, or it may be
right to go back."
2 "To save the University from going completely under the yoke . . .
we shall still be obliged to combine."
3 " Caucus-holding and wire-pulling would still be almost inevitably
carried on to some extent. "
4 "But what are we to do? Mere is a great political and theological
party . . . labouring under perfect discipline and with fell unity of purpose,
to hold the University in subjection, and fill her government with its
5 At a recent election to Council, the Liberals mustered ninety-two votes,
and the Conservatives ninety-three ; whereupon the latter were charged
with having obtained their victory by a conspiracy.
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Our voters often bolt, and often baulk us,
But then, they never, never go to caucus !
Our voters can't forget the maxim famous
" Seme/ electum semper eligamus " ;
They never can be worked into a ferment
By visionary promise of preferment,
Nor taught, by hints of " Paradise " ' beguiled,
To whisper " C for Chairman " like a child ! 2
And thus the friends that we have tempted down
Oft take the two-o'clock Express for town.3
This is our danger : this the secret foe
That aims at Oxford such a deadly blow.
What champion can we find to save the State,
To crush the plot ? We darkly whisper " Wait ! " <
My scheme is this : remove the votes of all
The residents that are not Liberal 5
Leave the young Tutors uncontrolled and free,
And Oxford then shall see what it shall see.
What next ? Why then, I say, let Convocation
Be shorn of all her powers of legislation. 6
1 " Not to mention that, as we cannot promise Paradise to our supporters
they are very apt to take the train for London just l>efore the election."
2 It is not known to what the word " Paradise " was intended to allude,
and therefore the hint, here thrown out, that the writer meant to recall the
case of the late Chairman of Mr. Gladstone's committee, who had been
recently collated to the See of Chester, is wholly wanton and gratuitous.
3 A case of this kind had actually occurred on the occasion of the division
just alluded to.
4 Mr. Wayte, now President of Trinity, then put forward as the Liberal
candidate for election to Council.
5 " You and others suggest, as the only effective remedy, that the Con-
stituency should be reformed, by the exclusion of the non-academical
elements which form a main part of the strength of this party domination."
6 " I confess that, having included all the really academical elements in
Congregation, I would go boldly on, and put an end to the legislative
functions of Convocation."
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But why stop there ? Let us go boldly on
Sweep everything beginning with a "Con"
Into oblivion ! Convocation first,
Conservatism next, and, last and worst,
" Concilium Hebdomadale " must,
Consumed and conquered, be consigned to dust ! '
And here I must relate a little fable
I heard last Saturday at our high table :
The cats, it seems, were masters of the house,
And held their own against the rat and mouse :
Of course the others couldn't stand it long,
So held a caucus, (not, in their case, wrong ;)
And, when they were assembled to a man,
Uprose an aged rat, and thus began :
" Brothers in bondage ! Shall we bear to be
For ever left in a minority ?
With what " fell unity of purpose " cats
Oppose the trusting innocence of rats !
So unsuspicious are we of disguise,
Their machinations take us by surprise 2
Insulting and tyrannical absurdities ! 3
It is too bad by half upon my word it is !
For, now that these Con , cats, I should say, (frizzle
Are masters, they exterminate like Islam ! 4
How shall we deal with them ? I'll tell you how :
Let none but kittens be allowed to miaow !
1 "This conviction, that while we have Elections to Council we shall not
entirely get rid of party organisation and its evils, leads me to venture a step
further, and to raise the question whether it is really necessary that we
should have an Elective Council for legislative purposes at all."
2 " Sometimes, indeed, not being informed that the wires are at work,
we are completely taken by surprise."
3 "We are without protection against this most insulting and tyrannical
4 " It is as exterminating as Islam."
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The Liberal kittens seize us but in play,
And, while they frolic, we can run away :
But older cats are not so generous,
Their claws are too Conservative for us !
Then let them keep the stable and the oats,
While kittens, rats, and mice have all the votes.
" Yes ; banish cats ! The kittens would not use
Their powers for blind obstruction, 1 nor refuse
To let us sip the cream and gnaw the cheese
How glorious then would be our destinies ! 2
Kittens and rats would occupy the throne,
And rule the larder for itself alone ! " 3
So rhymed my friend, and asked me what I thought of it
I told him that so much as I had caught of it
Appeared to me (as I need hardly mention)
Entirely undeserving of attention.
But now, to guide the Congregation, when
It numbers none but really " able " men,
A " Vice- Cacellar ins" will be needed
Of every kind of human weakness weeded !
Is such the president that we have got ?
He ought no doubt to be ; why should he not ? *
I do not hint that Liberals should dare
1 "Their powers would scarcely be exercised for the purposes of
fanaticism, or in a spirit of blind obstruction."
2 " These narrow local bounds, within which our thoughts and schemes
have hitherto been pent, will begin to disappear, and a far wider sphere of
action will open on the view."
3 "Those councils must be freely opened to all who can serve her well
and who will serve her for herself."
4 " To preside over a Congregation with full legislative powers, the Vice-
Chancellor ought no doubt to be a man of real capacity ; but why should he
not ? His mind ought also, for this as well as for his other high functions,
to be clear of petty details, and devoted to the great matters of University
business ; but why should not this condition also be fulfilled ? "
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To oust the present holder of the chair
But surely he would not object to be
Gently examined by a Board of three ?
Their duty being just to ascertain
That he's " all there " (I mean, of course, in brain,)
And that his mind, from " petty details " clear,
Is fitted for the duties of his sphere.
All this is merely moonshine, till we get
The seal of Parliament upon it set.
A word then, Senior Censor, in your ear :
The Government is in a state of fear
Like some old gentleman, abroad at night,
Seized with a sudden shiver of affright,
Who offers money, on his bended knees,
To the first skulking vagabond he sees
Now is the lucky moment for our task ;
They daren't refuse us anything we ask ! T
And then our Fellowships shall open be
To Intellect, no meaner quality !
No moral excellence, no social fitness
Shall ever be admissible as witness.
" Avaunt, dull Virtue ! " is Oxonia's cry :
" Come to my arms, ingenious Villainy ! "
For Classic Fellowships, an honour high,
Simonides and Co. will then apply
Our Mathematics will to Oxford bring
The 'cutest members of the betting-ring
Law Fellowships will start upon their journeys
A myriad of unscrupulous attorneys
1 " If you apply now to Parliament for this or any other University
reform, you will find the House of Commons in a propitious mood. . . .
Even the Conservative Government, as it looks for the support of moderate
Liberals on the one great subject, is very unwilling to present itself in such
an aspect that these men may not be able decently to give it their support."
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While poisoners, doomed till now to toil unknown,
Shall mount the Physical Professor's throne !
And thus would Oxford educate, indeed,
Men far beyond a merely local need
With no career before them, I may say, 1
Unless they're wise enough to go away,
And seek far West, or in the distant East,
Another flock of pigeons to be fleeced.
I might go on, and trace the destiny
Of Oxford in an age which, though it be
Thus breaking with tradition, owns a new
Allegiance to the intellectual few
(I mean, of course, the pshaw ! no matter who !)
But, were I to pursue the boundless theme,
I fear that I should seem to you to dream. 2
This to fulfil, or even humbler far
To shun Conservatism's noxious star
And all the evils that it brings behind,
These pestilential coils must be untwined
The party-coils, that clog the march of Mind
Choked in whose meshes Oxford, slowly wise,
Has lain for three disastrous centuries.3
Away with them ! (It is for this I yearn !)
Each twist untwist, each Turner overturn !
Disfranchise each Conservative, and cancel
1 " With open Fellowships, Oxford will soon produce a supply of men
fit for the work of high education far beyond her own local demands, and
in fact with no career before them unless a career can be opened elsewhere."
2 " I should seem to you to dream if I were to say what I think the
destiny of the University may be in an age which, though it is breaking
with tradition, is, from the same causes, owning a new allegiance to
3 "But to fulfil this, or even a far humbler destiny to escape the
opposite lot -the pestilential coils of party, in which the University has
lain for three disastrous centuries choked, must be untwined."
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The votes of Michell, Liddon, Wall, and Mansel !
Then, then shall Oxford be herself again,
Neglect the heart, and cultivate the brain
Then this shall be the burden of our song,
" All change is good whatever is, is wrong '
Then Intellect's proud flag shall be unfurled,
And Brain, and Brain alone, shall rule the world !
THE OFFER OF THE CLARENDON
" Accommodated : that is, when a man is, as they say,
accommodated ; or when a man is being whereby he
may be thought to be accommodated ; which is an excel-
DEAR SENIOR CENSOR, In a desultory con-
versation on a point connected with the dinner at
our high table, you incidentally remarked to me
that lobster-sauce, " though a necessary adjunct
to turbot, was not entirely wholesome."
It is entirely unwholesome. I never ask for it
without reluctance : I never take a second spoon-
ful without a feeling of apprehension on the
subject of possible nightmare. 1 This naturally
brings me to the subject of Mathematics, and
of the accommodation provided by the Uni-
1 See page 82, Notes i, 2.
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versity for carrying on the calculations necessary
in that important branch of Science.
As Members of Convocation are called upon
(whether personally, or, as is less exasperating,
by letter) to consider the offer of the Clarendon
Trustees, as well as every other subject of human,
or inhuman, interest, capable of consideration, it
has occurred to me to suggest for your considera-
tion how desirable roofed buildings are for carry-
ing on mathematical calculations : in fact, the
variable character of the weather in Oxford
renders it highly inexpedient to attempt much
occupation, of a sedentary nature, in the open air.
Again, it is often impossible for students to
carry on accurate mathematical calculations in
close contiguity to one another, owing to their
mutual interference, and a tendency to general
conversation : consequently these processes re-
quire different rooms in which irrepressible con-
versationists, who are found to occur in every
branch of Society, might be carefully and per-
It may be sufficient for the present to enume-
rate the following requisites ; others might be
added as funds permitted.
A. A very large room for calculating Greatest
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Common Measure. To this a small one might
be attached for Least Common Multiple : this,
however, might be dispensed with.
B. A piece of open ground for keeping Roots
and practising their extraction : it would be
advisable to keep Square Roots by themselves,
as their corners are apt to damage others.
C. A room for reducing Fractions to their
Lowest Terms. This should be provided with
a cellar for keeping the Lowest Terms when
found, which might also be available to the
general body of Undergraduates, for the purpose
of " keeping Terms."
D. A large room, which might be darkened,
and fitted up with a magic lantern for the purpose
of exhibiting Circulating Decimals in the act of
circulation. This might also contain cupboards,
fitted with glass-doors, for keeping the various
Scales of Notation.
E. A narrow strip of ground, railed off and
carefully levelled, for investigating the properties
of Asymptotes, and testing practically whether
Parallel Lines meet or not : for this purpose it
should reach, to use the expressive language of
Euclid, " ever so far."
This last process, of " continually producing the
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Lines," may require centuries or more : but such
a period, though long in the life of an individual,
is as nothing in the life of the University.
As Photography is now very much employed
in recording human expressions, and might pos-
sibly be adapted to Algebraical Expressions, a
small photographic room would be desirable, both
for general use and for representing the various
phenomena of Gravity, Disturbance of Equi-
librium, Resolution, &c., which affect the features
during severe mathematical operations.
May I trust that you will give your immediate
attention to this most important subject ?
Feb. 6, 1868. MATHEMATICUS
THE DESERTED PARKS.
"SOLITUDINUM FACIUNT : FARCUM APPELLANT."
Museum ! loveliest building of the plain
Where Cherwell winds towards the distant main ;
How often have I loitered o'er thy green,
Where humble happiness endeared the scene !
How often have I paused on every charm,
The rustic couple walking arm in arm
The groups of trees, with seats beneath the shade
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For prattling babes and whisp'ring lovers made
The never-failing brawl, the busy mill
Where tiny urchins vied in fistic skill
(Two phrases only have that dusky race
Caught from the learned influence of the place ;
Phrases in their simplicity sublime,
" Scramble a copper ! " " Please, Sir, what's the time ? "
These round thy walks their cheerful influence shed ;
These were thy charms but all these charms are fled.
Amidst thy bowers the tyrant's hand is seen,
And rude pavilions sadden all thy green ;
One selfish pastime grasps the whole domain,
And half a faction swallows up the plain ;
Adown thy glades, all sacrificed to cricket,
The hollow-sounding bat now guards the wicket ;
Sunk are thy mounds in shapeless level all,
Lest aught impede the swiftly rolling ball ;
And trembling, shrinking from the fatal blow,
Far, far away thy hapless children go.
Ill fares the place, to luxury a prey,
Where wealth accumulates, and minds decay ;
Athletic sports may flourish or may fade,
Fashion may make them, even as it has made ;
But the broad Parks, the city's joy and pride,
When once destroyed can never be supplied !
Ye friends to truth, ye statesmen, who survey
The rich man's joys increase, the poor's decay,
'Tis yours to judge, how wide the limits stand
Between a splendid and a happy land.
Proud swells go by with laugh of hollow joy,
And shouting Folly hails them with " Ahoy ! "
Funds even beyond the miser's wish abound,
And rich men flock from all the world around.
Yet count our gains. This wealth is but a name,
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That leaves our useful products still the same.
Not so the loss. The man of wealth and pride
Takes up a space that many poor supplied ;
Space for the game, and all its instruments,
Space for pavilions and for scorers' tents ;
The ball, that raps his shins in padding cased,
Has worn the verdure to an arid waste ;
His Park, where these exclusive sports are seen,
Indignant spurns the rustic from the green ;
While through the plain, consigned to silence all,
In barren splendour flits the russet ball.
In peaceful converse with his brother Don,
Here oft the calm Professor wandered on ;
Strange words he used men drank with wondering ears
The languages called "dead," the tongues of other years.
(Enough of Heber ! Let me once again
Attune my verse to Goldsmith's liquid strain.)
A man he was to undergraduates dear,
And passing rich with forty pounds a year.
And so, I ween, he would have been till now,
Had not his friends ('twere long to tell you how)
Prevailed on him, Jack-Horner-like, to try
Some method to evaluate his pie,
And win from those dark depths, with skilful thumb,
Five times a hundredweight of luscious plum
Yet for no thirst of wealth, no love of praise,
In learned labour he consumed his days !
O Luxury ! thou cursed by Heaven's decree,
How ill exchanged are things like these for thee !
How do thy potions, with insidious joy,
Diffuse their pleasures only to destroy ;
Iced cobbler, Badminton, and shandy-gaff,
Rouse the loud jest and idiotic laugh ;
Inspired by them, to tipsy greatness grown,
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Men boast a florid vigour not their own ;
At every draught more wild and wild they grow ;
While pitying friends observe " I told you so ! "
Till, summoned to their post, at the first ball,
A feeble under-hand, their wickets fall.
Even now the devastation is begun,
And half the business of destruction done ;
Even now, methinks while pondering here in pity,
I see the rural Virtues leave the city.
Contented Toil, and calm scholastic Care,
And frugal Moderation, all are there ;
Resolute Industry that scorns the lure
Of careless mirth that dwells apart secure-
To science gives her days, her midnight oil,
Cheered by the sympathy of others' toil-
Courtly Refinement, and that Taste in dress
That brooks no meanness, yet avoids excess-
All these I see, with slow reluctant pace
Desert the long-beloved and honoured place !
While yet 'tis time, Oxonia, rise and fling
The spoiler from thee : grant no parleying !
Teach him that eloquence, against the wrong,
Though very poor, may still be very strong ;
That party-interests we must forego,
When hostile to " pro bono publico ";
That faction's empire hastens to its end,
When once mankind to common sense attend ;
While independent votes may win the day
Even against the potent spell of " Play ! "
THE NEW BELFRY
CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD.
D. C. L.
" A thing of beauty is a joy for ever."
East view of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch., as seen from the Meadow.
JAMES PARKER AND CO.
i. On the etymological significance of the new Belfry,
2. On the style of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.
3. On the origin of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.
^ 4. On the chief architectural merit of the new Belfry,
5. On the other architectural merits of the new Belfry,
6. On the means of obtaining the best views of the new
Belfry, Ch. Ch.
7. On the impetus given to Art in England by the new
Belfry, Ch. Ch.
8. On the feelings with which old Ch. Ch. men regard
the new Belfry.
9. On the feelings with which resident Ch. Ch. men
regard the new Belfry.
10. On the logical treatment of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.
IT. On the dramatic treatment of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.
12. On the Future of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.
13. On the Moral of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.
i. On the etymological significance of the new
Belfry, Ch. Ch.
The word " Belfry " is derived from the French
bel, "beautiful, becoming, meet," and from the
German frei, " free, unfettered, secure, safe."
Thus the word is strictly equivalent to " meat-
safe," to which the new belfry bears a resemblance
so perfect as almost to amount to coincidence.
2. On the style of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.
The style is that which is usually known as
" Early Debased " : very early, and remarkably
3. On the origin of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.
Outsiders have enquired, with a persistence
verging on personality, and with a recklessness
scarcely distinguishable from insanity, to whom
we are to attribute the first grand conception of
the work. Was it the Treasurer, say they, who
thus strove to force it on an unwilling House?
Was it a Professor who designed this box, which,
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whether with a lid on or not, equally offends the
eye ? Or was it a Censor whose weird spells
evoked the horrid thing, the bane of this and of
succeeding generations ? Until some reply is
given to these and similar questions, they must
and will remain for ever unanswered !
On this point Rumour has been unusually busy.
Some say that the Governing Body evolved the
idea in solemn conclave the original motion
being to adopt the Tower of St. Mark's at
Venice as a model ; and that by a series of
amendments it was reduced at last to a simple
cube. Others say that the Reader in Chemistry
suggested it as a form of crystal. There are
others who affirm that the Mathematical Lecturer
found it in the Eleventh Book of Euclid. In
fact, there is no end to the various myths afloat
on the subject. Most fortunately, we are in
possession of the real story.
The true origin of the design is as follows : we
have it on the very best authority.
The head of the House, and the architect,
feeling a natural wish that their names should
be embodied, in some conspicuous way, among
the alterations then in progress, conceived the
beautiful and unique idea of representing, by
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means of the new Belfry, a gigantic copy of a
Greek Lexicon. 1 But, before the idea had been
reduced to a working form, business took them
both to London for a few days, and during their
absence, somehow (this part of the business has
never been satisfactorily explained) the whole
thing was put into the hands of a wandering
architect, who gave the name of Jeeby. As the
poor man is now incarcerated at Han well, we
will not be too hard upon his memory, but will
only say that he professed to have originated the
idea in a moment of inspiration, when idly
contemplating one of those high coloured, and
mysteriously decorated chests which, filled with
dried leaves from gooseberry bushes and quick-
set hedges, profess to supply the market with tea
of genuine Chinese growth. Was there not
something prophetic in the choice ? What
traveller is there, to whose lips, when first he
enters that great educational establishment and
gazes on this its newest decoration, the words do
not rise unbidden " Thou tea-chest "?
1 The Editor confesses to a difficulty here. No sufficient
reason has been adduced why a model of a Greek Lexicon
should in any way " embody " the names of the above illus-
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It is plain then that Scott, the great architect
to whom the work of restoration has been en-
trusted, is not responsible for this. He is said to
have pronounced it a " casus belli," which (with
all deference to the Classical Tutors of the House,
who insist that he meant merely " a case for a
bell ") we believe to have been intended as a term
The following lines are attributed to Scott :
" If thou wouldst view the Belfry aright,
Go visit it at the mirk midnight
For the least hint of open day
Scares the beholder quite away.
When wall and window are black as pitch,
And there's no deciding which is which ;
When the dark Hall's uncertain roof
In horror seems to stand aloof ;
When corner and corner, alternately,
Is wrought to an odious symmetry :
When distant Thames is heard to sigh
And shudder as he hurries by ;
Then go, if it be worth the while,
Then view the Belfry's monstrous pile,
And, home returning, soothly swear,
* Tis more than Job himself could bear ! ' "
4. On the chief architectural merit of the new
Belfry, Ch. Ch.
Its chief merit is its simplicity a simplicity so
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pure, so profound, in a word, so simple, that no
other word will fitly describe it. The meagre
outline, and baldness of detail, of the present
Chapter, are adopted in humble imitation of this
5. On the other architectural merits of the new
Belfry, Ch. Ch.
The Belfry has no other architectural merits.
6. On the means of obtaining the best views of
the neiv Belfry, Ch. Ch.
The visitor may place himself, in the first in-
stance, at the opposite corner of the Great Quad-
rangle, and so combine, in one grand spectacle,
the beauties of the North and West sides of the
edifice. He will find that the converging lines
forcibly suggest a vanishing point, and if that
vanishing point should in its turn suggest the
thought, " Would that it were on the point of
vanishing ! " he may perchance, like the soldier in
the ballad, " lean upon his sword " (if he has one :
they are not commonly worn by modern tourists),
" and wipe away a tear."
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He may then make the circuit of the Quadrangle,
drinking in new visions of beauty at every step
" Ever charming, ever new,
When will the Belfry tire the view ? "
as Dyer sings in his well-known poem, " Grongar
Hill" and as he walks along from the Deanery
towards the Hall staircase, and breathes more and
more freely as the Belfry lessens on the view, the
delicious sensation of relief, which he will expe-
rience when it has finally disappeared, will amply
repay him for all he will have endured.
The best view of the Belfry is that selected by
our artist for the admirable frontispiece which he
has furnished for the first volume of the present
work. 1 This view may be seen, in all its beauty,
from the far end of Merton Meadow. From
that point the imposing position (or, more briefly,
the imposition) of the whole structure is thrill-
ingly apparent. There the thoughtful passer-by,
with four right angles on one side of him, and
four anglers, who have no right to be there, on
the other, may ponder on the mutability of human
things, or recall the names of Euclid and Isaak
1 On further consideration, it was deemed inexpedient to
extend this work beyond the compass of one Volume.
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Walton, or smoke, or ride a bicycle, or do any-
thing that the local authorities will permit.
7. On the impetus given to Art in England by
the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.
The idea has spread far and wide, and is rapidly
pervading all branches of manufacture. Already
an enterprising maker of bonnet-boxes is ad-
vertising " the Belfry pattern " : two builders of
bathing machines at Ramsgate have followed
his example : one of the great London houses is
supplying "bar-soap" cut in the same striking
and symmetrical form : and we are credibly
informed that Berwick's Baking Powder and
Thorley's Food for Cattle are now sold in no
8. On the feelings with which old Ch. Ch. men
regard the new Belfry.
Bitterly, bitterly do all old Ch. Ch. men lament
this latest lowest development of native taste.
" We see the Governing Body," say they : " where
is the Governing Mind? " and Echo (exercising a
judicious " natural selection," for which even
Darwin would give her credit) answers "where? '
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At the approaching " Gaucty," when a number
of old Ch. Ch. men will gather together, it is pro-
posed, at the conclusion of the banquet, to present
to each guest a portable model of the new Belfry,
tastefully executed in cheese.
9. On the feelings with which resident Ch. Ch.
men regard the new Belfry.
Who that has seen a Ch. Ch. man conducting
his troop of ''lionesses" (so called from the savage
and pitiless greed with which they devour the
various sights of Oxford) through its ancient
precincts, that has noticed the convulsive start
and ghastly stare that always affect new-comers,
when first they come into view of the new Belfry,
that has heard the eager questions with which
they assail their guide as to the how, the why, the
what for, and the how long, of this astounding
phenomenon, can have failed to mark the manly
glow which immediately suffuses the cheek of the
hapless cicerone ?
" Is it the glow of conscious pride
Of pure ambition gratified
That seeks to read in other eye
Something of its own ecstasy ?
Or wrath, that worldlings should make fun
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Of anything ' the House ' has done ?
Or puzzlement, that seeks in vain
The rigid mystery to explain ?
Or is it shame that, knowing not
How to defend or cloak the blot
The foulest blot on fairest face
That ever marred a noble place
Burns with the pangs it will not own,
Pangs felt by loyal sons alone ? "
10. On the logical treatment of the new Belfry,
The subject has been reduced to three Syllo-
The first is in " Barbara." It is attributed to
the enemies of the Belfry.
Wooden buildings in the midst of stone- work are barbarous ;
Plain rectangular forms in the midst of arches and decorations
are barbarous ;
Ergo, the whole thing is ridiculous and revolting.
The second is in " Celarent," and has been most
carefully composed by the friends of the Belfry.
The Governing Body would conceal this appalling structure, if
they could ;
The Governing Body would conceal the feelings of chagrin
with which they now regard it, if they could ;
Ergo . . . (MS. unfinished}.
The third Syllogism is in " Festino," and is
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the joint composition of the friends and the
enemies of the Belfry.
To restore the character of Ch. Ch., a tower must be built ;
To build a tower, ten thousand pounds must be raised ;
Ergo, no time must be lost.
These three Syllogisms have been submitted to
the criticism of the Professor of Logic, who writes
that " he fancies he can detect some slight want
of logical sequence in the Conclusion of the
third." He adds that, according to his experience
of life, when people thus commit a fatal blunder in
child-like confidence that money will be forth-
coming to enable them to set it right, in ten cases
out of nine the money is not forthcoming. This is
a large percentage.
11. On the dramatic treatment of the new
Belfry, Ch. Ch.
Curtain rises, discovering the DEAN, CANONS, and
STUDENTS seated round a table, on which the
mad ARCHITECT, fantastically dressed, and
wearing a Fool's cap and bells, is placing a
square block of deal.
DEAN (As HAMLET). Methinks I see a Bell-
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CANONS (Looking wildly in all directions].
Where, my good Sir ?
DEAN. In my mind's eye - - (Knocking heard]
Who's there ?
FOOL. A spirit, a spirit ; he says his name's
(Enter THE GREAT BELL, disguised as a mush-
GREAT BELL. Who gives anything to poor
Tom, whom the foul fiend hath led through bricks
and through mortar, through rope and windlass,
through plank and scaffold ; that hath torn down
his balustrades, and torn up his terraces ; that
hath made him go as a common pedlar, with a
wooden box upon his back. Do poor Tom some
charity. Tom's a-cold.
Rafters and planks, and such small deer,
Shall be Tom's food for many a year.
CENSOR. I feared it would come to this.
DEAN (As KING LEAR). The little Dons and
all, Tutor, Reader, Lecturer see, they bark at
CENSOR. His wits begin to unsettle.
DEAN (As HAMLET). Do you see yonder box
that's almost in shape of a tea-caddy ?
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CENSOR. By its mass, it is like a tea-caddy, indeed.
DEAN. Methinks it is like a clothes-horse.
CENSOR. It is backed by a clothes-horse.
DEAN. Or like a tub.
CENSOR. Very like a tub.
DEAN. They fool me to the top of my bent.
(Enter from opposite sides THE BELFRY as Box,
and THE BODLEY LIBRARIAN as Cox.)
LIBRARIAN. Who are you, Sir ?
BELFRY. If it comes to that, Sir, who are you?
(They exchange cards.}
LIBRARIAN. I should feel obliged to you if you
could accommodate me with a more protuberant
Bell-tower, Mr. B. The one you have now seems
to me to consist of corners only, with nothing
whatever in the middle.
BELFRY. Anything to accommodate you, Mr.
Cox. (Places jauntily on his head a small model
of the skeleton of an umbrella, upside down.}
LIBRARIAN. Ah, tell me in mercy tell me
have you such a thing as a redeeming feature, or
the least mark of artistic design, about you ?
BELFRY. No !
LIBRARIAN. Then you are my long-lost door
( They rush into each other s arms. )
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(Enter TREASURER as ARIEL. Solemn music.}
SONG AND CHORUS.
Five fathom square the Belfry frowns ;
All its sides of timber made ;
Painted all in greys and browns ;
Nothing of it that will fade.
Christ Church may admire the change
Oxford thinks it sad and strange.
Beauty's dead ! Let's ring her knell.
Hark ! now I hear them ding-dong, bell.
1 2. On the Future of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.
The Belfry has a great Future before it at least,
if it has not, it has very little to do with Time at
all, its Past being (fortunately for our ancestors) a
nonentity, and its Present a blank. The advan-
tage of having been born in the reign of Queen
Anne, and of having died in that or the subsequent
reign, has never been so painfully apparent as it
Credible witnesses assert that, when the bells
are rung, the Belfry must come down. In that
case considerable damage (the process technically
described as " pulverisation ") must ensue to the
beautiful pillar and roof which adofn the Hall
staircase. But the architect is prepared even for
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this emergency. " On the first symptom of de-
flection " (he writes from Hanwell) " let the pillar
be carefully removed and placed, with its super-
struent superstructure " (we cannot forbear calling
attention to this beautiful phrase), " in the centre
of ' Mercury.' There it will constitute a novel
and most unique feature of the venerable House."
" Yes, and the Belfry shall serve to generations
yet unborn as an ariel Ticket-office," so he cries
with his eye in a fine frenzy rolling, " where the
Oxford and London balloon shall call ere it launch
forth on its celestial voyage and where expectant
passengers shall while away the time with the
latest edition of Belts Life I"
13. On the Moral of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.
The moral position of Christ Church is un-
doubtedly improved by it. " We have been
attacked, and perhaps not without reason, on the
Bread-and- Butter question," she remarks to an
inattentive World (which heeds her not, but prates
on of Indirect Claims and of anything but indirect
Claimants), " we have been charged and, it must
be confessed, in a free and manly tone with
shortcomings in the payment of the Greek Pro-
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fessor, but who shall say that we are not all ' on
the square ' now ? "
This, however, is not the Moral of the matter.
Everything has a moral, if you choose to look for
it. In Wordsworth, a good half of every poem is
devoted to the Moral : in Byron, a smaller pro
portion : in Tupper, the whole. Perhaps the
most graceful tribute we can pay to the genius of
the last-named writer, is to entrust to him, as an
old member of Christ Church, the conclusion of
" Look on the Quadrangle of Christ, squarely, for is it not a
And a Square recalleth a Cube ; and a Cube recalleth the
And the Belfry recalleth a Die, shaken by the hand of the
Yet, once thrown, it may not be recalled, being, so to speak,
There it shall endure for ages, treading hard on the heels of
For it is but a step, saith the wise man, from the Sublime unto
the Ridiculous :
And the Simple dwelleth midway between, and shareth the
qualities of either."
THE THREE T'S,
THE AUTHOR OF
THE NEW BELFRY."
" Cal you this, baching of your friends ? "
West -view of the new Tunnel
JAMES PARKER AND CO.
A Conference (held on the Twentieth of March, 1873), betwixt
an Angler, a Hunter, and a Professor ; concerning angling,
and the beautifying of Thomas his Quadrangle. The
Ballad of " The Wandering Burgess."
A Conference with one distraught : who discourseth strangely of
A Conference of the Hunter with a Tutor, whilom the Angler
his eyes be closed in sleep. The Angler aivaking relateth
his Vision. The Hunter chaunteth " A Bachanalian Ode."
A Conference betwixt an Angler, a Hunter, and a
Professor concerning angling, and the beauti-
fying of Thomas his Quadrangle. The Ballad
of " The Wandering Burgess!'
PISCATOR. My honest Scholar, we are now
arrived at the place whereof I spake, and trust
me, we shall have good sport. How say you?
Is not this a noble Quadrangle we see around
us ? And be not these lawns trimly kept, and
this lake marvellous clear ?
VENATOR. So marvellous clear, good Master,
and withal so brief in compass, that methinks, if
any fish of a reasonable bigness were therein, we
must perforce espy it. I fear me there is none.
Pise. The less the fish, dear Scholar, the
greater the skill in catching of it. Come, let's sit
down, and while we unpack the fishing gear, I'll
deliver a few remarks, both as to the fish to be
met with hereabouts, and the properest method
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But you are to note first (for, as you are pleased
to be my Scholar, it is but fitting you should
imitate my habits of close observation) that the
margin of this lake is so deftly fashioned that each
portion thereof is at one and the same distance
from that tumulus which rises in the centre.
VEN. O' my word 'tis so ! You have indeed
a quick eye, dear Master, and a wondrous readi-
ness of observing.
Pise. Both may be yours in time, my Scholar,
if with humility and patience you follow me as
VEN. I thank you for that hope, great Master!
But ere you begin your discourse, let me enquire
of you one thing touching this noble Quadrangle-
Is all we see of a like antiquity ? To be brief,
think you that those two tall archways, that
excavation in the parapet, and that quaint wooden
box, belong to the ancient design of the building,
or have men of our day thus sadly disfigured the
Pise. I doubt not they are new, dear Scholar.
For indeed I was here but a few years since, and
saw naught of these things. But what book is
that I see lying by the water's edge ?
VEN. A book of ancient ballads, and truly I
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am glad to see it, as we may herewith beguile the
tediousness of the day, if our sport be poor, or if
we grow aweary.
Pise. This is well thought of. But now to
business. And first I'll tell you somewhat of the
fish proper to these waters. The Commoner
kinds we may let pass : for though some of them
be easily Plucked forth from the water, yet are
they so slow, and withal have so little in
them, that they are good for nothing, unless they
be crammed up to the very eyes with such stuffing
as comes readiest to hand. Of these the Stickle-
back, a mighty slow fish, is chiefest, and along
with him you may reckon the Fluke, and divers
others : all these belong to the " Mullet " genus,
and be good to play, though scarcely worth
I will say somewhat of the Nobler kinds, and
chiefly of the Gold-fish, which is a species highly
thought of, and much sought after in these parts,
not only by men, but by divers birds, as for
example the King-fishers : and note that where-
soever you shall see those birds assemble, and
but few insects about, there shall you ever find
the Gold-fish most lively and richest in flavour ;
but wheresoever you perceive swarms of a certain
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gray fly, called the Dun-fly, there the Gold-fish
are ever poorer in quality, and the King-fishers
A good Perch may sometimes be found here-
abouts : but for a good fat Plaice (which is indeed
but a magnified Perch) you may search these
waters in vain. They that love such dainties
must needs betake them to some distant Sea.
But for the manner of fishing, I would have
you note first that your line be not thicker than an
ordinary bell-rope ; for look you, to flog the water,
as though you laid on with a flail, is most pre-
posterous, and will surely scare the fish. And
note further, that your rod must by no means
exceed ten, or at the most twenty, pounds in
VEN. Pardon me, my Master, that I thus
break in on so excellent a discourse, but there
now approaches us a Collegian, as I guess him to
be, from whom we may haply learn the cause of
these novelties we see around us. Is not that a
bone which, ever as he goes, he so cautiously
waves before him ?
Pise. By his reverend aspect and white hair, I
guess him to be some learned Professor. I give
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you good day, reverend Sir ! If it be. not ill
manners to ask it, what bone is that you bear
about with you? It is, methinks, a humerous
whimsy to chuse so strange a companion.
PROF. Your observation, Sir, is both anthro-
politically and ambidexterously opportune :
for this is indeed a Hiimerus I carry with me.
You are, I doubt not, strangers in these parts, for
else you would surely know that a Professor doth
ever carry that which most aptly sets forth his
Profession. Thus, the Professor of Uniform
Rotation carries with him a wheelbarrow the
Professor of Graduated Scansion a ladder and
so of the rest.
VEN. It is an inconvenient and, methinks, an
PROF. Trust me, Sir, you are absolutely
and amorphologically mistaken : yet time would
fail me to show you wherein lies your error, for
indeed I must now leave you, being bound for
this great performance of music, which even at
this distance salutes your ears.
Pise. Yet, I pray you, do us one courtesy
before you go ; and that shall be to resolve a
question, whereby my friend and I are sorely
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PROF. Say on. Sir, and I will e'en answer
you to the best of my poor ability.
Pise. Briefly, then, we would ask the cause
for piercing the very heart of this fair building
with that uncomely tunnel, which is at once so ill-
shaped, so ill-sized, and so ill-lighted.
PROF. Sir, do you know German ?
Pise. It is my grief, Sir, that I know no other
tongue than mine own.
PROF. Then, Sir, my answer is this, Warum
Pise. Alas, Sir, I understand you not.
PROF. The more the pity. For now-a-days
all that is good comes from the German. Ask
our men of science : they will tell you that any
German book must needs surpass an English
one. Aye, and even an English book, worth
naught in this its native dress, shall become, when
rendered into German, a valuable contribution to
VEN. Sir, you much amaze me.
PROF. Nay, Sir, I'll amaze you yet more.
No learned man doth now talk, or even so much
as cough, save only in German. The time has
been, I doubt not, when an honest English
" Hem ! " was held enough, both to 'clear the
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voice and rouse the attention of the company,
but now-a-days no man of Science, that setteth
any store by his good name, will cough otherwise
than thus, Ach ! Euch I Auch I
VEN. 'Tis wondrous. But, not to stay you
further, wherefore do we see that ghastly gash
above us, hacked, as though by some wanton
schoolboy, in the parapet adjoining the Hall ?
PROF. Sir, do you know German ?
VEN. Believe me, No.
PROF. Then, Sir, I need but ask you this,
Wie befinden Sie Sick ?
VEN. I doubt not, Sir, but you are in the right
Pise. But, Sir, I will by your favour ask you
one other thing, as to that unseemly box that
blots the fair heavens above. Wherefore, in this
grand old City, and in so conspicuous a place, do
men set so hideous a thing ?
PROF. Be you mad, Sir? Why this is the
very climacteric and coronal of all our archi-
tectural aspirations ! In all Oxford there is
naught like it !
Pise. It joys me much to hear you say
PROF. And, trust me, to an earnest mind,
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the categorical evolution of the Abstract, ideologi-
cally considered, must infallibly develope itself in
the parallelopipedisation of the Concrete ! And
Pise. He is a learned man, and methinks
there is much that is sound in his reasoning.
VEN. It is all sound, as it seems to me. But
how say you ? Shall I read you one of these
ballads ? Here is one called " The Wandering-
Burgess," which (being forsooth a dumpish ditty)
may well suit the ears of us whose eyes are
oppressed with so dire a spectacle.
Pise. Read on, good Scholar, and I will bait
our hooks the while.
THE WANDERING BURGESS.
Our Willie had been sae lang awa',
Frae bonnie Oxford toon,
The townsfolk they were greeting a'
As they went up and doon.
He hadna been gane a year, a year,
A year but barely ten,
When word cam unto Oxford toon,
Our Willie wad come agen.
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Willie he stude at Thomas his Gate,
And made a lustie din ;
And who so blithe as the gate-porter
To rise and let him in ?
" Now enter Willie, now enter Willie,
And look around the place,
And see the pain that we have ta'en
Thomas his Quad to grace."
The first look that our Willie cast,
He leuch loud laughters three,
The neist look that our Willie cast,
The tear blindit his e'e.
Sae square and stark the Tea-chest frowned
Athwart the upper air,
But when the Trench our Willie saw,
He thoucht the Tea-chest fair.
Sae murderous-deep the Trench did gape
The parapet aboon,
But when the Tunnel Willie saw,
He loved the Trench eftsoon.
'Twas mirk beneath the tane archway,
'Twas mirk beneath the tither ;
Ye wadna ken a man therein,
Though it were your ain dear brither.
He turned him round and round about,
And looked upon the Three ;
And dismal grew his countenance,
And drumlie grew his e'e.
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" What cheer, what cheer, my gallant knight ? "
The gate-porter 'gan say.
" Saw ever ye sae fair a sight
As ye have seen this day ? "
" Now haud your tongue of your prating, man :
Of your prating now let me be.
For, as I'm true knight, a fouler sight
I'll never live to see.
" Before I'd be the ruffian dark
Who planned this ghastly show,
I'd serve as secretary's clerk
To Ayrton or to Lowe.
" Before I'd own the loathly thing
That Christ Church Quad reveals,
I'd serve as shoeblack's underling
To Odger and to Beales ! "
A Conference with one distraught : who discourseth
strangely of many things.
PISCATOR. 'Tis a marvellous pleasant ballad.
But look you, another Collegian draws near. I
wot not of what station he is, for indeed his
apparel is new to me.
VENATOR. It is compounded, as I take it, of
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the diverse dresses of a jockey, a judge, and a
North American Indian.
Pise. Sir, may I make bold to ask your name?
LUN. With all my heart. It is Jeeby, at your
Pise. And wherefore (if I may further trouble
you, being, as you see, a stranger) do you wear so
gaudy, but withal so ill-assorted, a garb ?
LUN. Why, Sir, I'll tell you. Do you read
the Morning Post?
Pise. Alas, Sir, I do not.
LUN. 'Tis pity of your life you do not. For,
look you, not to read the Post, and not to know
the newest and most commended fashions, are
but one and the same thing. And yet this
raiment, that I wear, is not the newest fashion.
No, nor has it ever been, nor will it ever be, the
VEN. I can well believe it.
LUN. And therefore 'tis, Sir, that I wear it.
'Tis but a badge of greatness. My deeds you
see around you. Si monumentum quceris, circum-
spice ! You know Latin ?
VEN. Not I, Sir ! It shames me to say it.
LUN. You are then (let me roundly tell you)
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monstrum horrendum, informe, ingens, cui lumen
VEN. Sir, you may tell it me roundly or, if
you list, squarely or again, triangularly. But if,
as you affirm, I see your deeds around me, I
would fain know which they be.
LUN. Aloft, Sir, stands the first and chiefest !
That soaring minaret ! That gorgeous cupola !
That dreamlike effulgence of
VEN. That wooden box ?
LUN. The same, Sir ! 'Tis mine !
VEN. (After a pause]. Sir, it is worthy of you.
LUN. Lower now your eyes by a hairsbreadth,
and straight you light upon my second deed. Oh,
Sir, what toil of brain, what cudgelling of fore-
head, what rending of locks, went to the fashion-
ing of it !
VEN. Mean you that newly-made gap ?
LUN. I do, Sir. 'Tis mine !
VEN. (After a long pause]. What else, Sir ?
I would fain know the worst.
LUN. (Wildly). It comes, it comes. My
third great deed ! Lend, lend your ears your
nose any feature you can least conveniently
spare ! See you those twin doorways ? Tall
and narrow they loom upon you severely simple
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their outline massive the masonry between-
black as midnight the darkness within ! Sir, of
what do they mind you ?
VEN. Of vaults, Sir, and of charnel-houses.
LUN. This is a goodly fancy, and yet they are
not vaults. No, Sir, you see before you a Rail-
way Tunnel !
VEN. 'Tis very strange.
LUN. But no less true than strange. Mark
me. 'Tis love, 'tis love, that makes the world go
round ! Society goes round of itself. In circles.
Military society in military circles. Circles must
needs have centres. Military circles military
VEN. Sir, I fail to see
LUN. Lo you, said our Rulers, Oxford shall
be a military centre ! Then the chiefest of them
(glad in countenance, yet stony, I wot, in heart)
so ordered it by his underling (I remember me
not his name, yet is he one that can play a card
well, and so serveth meetly the behests of that
mighty one, who played of late in Ireland a game
of cribbage such as no man, who saw it, may
lightly forget) ; and then, Sir, this great College,
ever loyal and generous, gave this Quadrangle as
a Railway Terminus, whereby the troops might
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come and go. By that Tunnel, Sir, the line will
Pise. But, Sir, I see no rails.
LUN. Patience, good Sir ! For railing we
look to the Public. The College doth but furnish
Pise. And the design of that Tunnel is
LUN. Is mine, Sir ! Oh, the fancy ! Oh, the
wit ! Oh, the rich vein of humour ! When came
the idea? I' the mirk midnight. Whence came
the idea ? From a cheese-scoop ! How came
the idea? In a wild dream. Hearken, and I will
tell. Form square, and prepare to receive a
canonry ! All the evening long I had seen
lobsters marching around the table in unbroken
order. Something sputtered in the candle
something hopped among the tea-things some-
thing pulsated, with an ineffable yearning, beneath
the enraptured hearthrug ! My heart told me
something was coming and something came. A
voice cried " Cheese-scoop ! " and the Great
Thought of my life flashed upon me ! Placing
an ancient Stilton cheese, to represent this vene-
rable Quadrangle, on the chimney-piece, I retired
to the further end of the room, armed only with a
cheese-scoop, and with a dauntless courage awaited
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the word of command. Charge, Cheesetaster,
charge ! On, Stilton, on ! With a yell and a
bound I crossed the room, and plunged my scoop
into the very heart of the foe ! Once more !
Another yell another bound another cavity
scooped out ! The deed was done !
VEN. And yet, Sir, if a cheese-scoop were
your guide, these cavities must needs be circular.
LUN. They were so at the first but, like the
fickle Moon, my guardian satellite, I change as
I go on. Oh, the rapture, Sir, of that wild
moment! And did I reveal the Mighty Secret!
Never, never! Day by day, week by week,
behind a wooden screen, I wrought out that
vision of beauty. The world came and went, and
knew not of it. Oh, the ecstasy, when yesterday
the Screen was swept away, and the Vision was
a Reality ! I stood by Tom-Gate, in that
triumphal hour, and watched the passers-by.
They stopped ! They stared ! ! They started ! ! !
A thrill of envy paled their cheeks! Hoarse
inarticulate words of delirious rapture rose to their
lips. What withheld me what, I ask you
candidly, withheld me from leaping upon them,
holding them in a frantic clutch, and yelling in
their ears " Tis mine, 'tis mine ! "
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Pise. Perchance, the thought that
LUN. You are right, Sir. The thought that
there is a lunatic asylum in the neighbourhood,
and that two medical certificates but I will be
calm. The deed is done. Let us change the
subject. Even now a great musical performance
is going on within. Wilt hear it ? The Chapter
give it ha, ha ! They give it !
Pise. Sir, I will very gladly be their guest.
LUN. Then, guest, you have not guessed all !
You shall be bled, Sir, ere you go ! 'Tis love,
'tis love, that makes the hat go round ! Stand
and deliver ! Vivat Regina ! No money re-
Pise. How mean you, Sir ?
LUN. I said, Sir, " No money returned ! "
Pise. And /said. Sir, " How mean
LUN. Sir, I am with you. You have heard
of Bishops' Charges. Sir, what are Bishops to
Chapters ? Oh, it goes to my heart to see these
quaint devices ! First, sixpence for use of a door-
scraper. Then, fivepence for right of choosing
by which archway to approach the door. Then,
a poor threepence for turning of the handle. Then,
a shilling a head for admission, and half-a-crown
for every two-headed man. Now this, Sir, is
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manifestly unjust, for you are to note that the
double of a shilling
Pise. I do surmise, Sir, that the case is rare.
LUN. And then, Sir, five shillings each for
care of your umbrella ! Hence comes it that each
visitor of ready wit hides his umbrella, ere he
enter, either by swallowing it (which is perilous
to the health of the inner man), or by running it
down within his coat, even from the nape of the
neck, which indeed is the cause of that which you
may have observed in me, namely, a certain stiff-
ness in mine outward demeanour. Farewell,
gentlemen, 1 go to hear the music.
CHAPTER III. [see also Wikisource]
A Conference of the Hunter with a Tutor,
whilom the Angler his eyes be closed in
sleep. The Angler awaking relateth his
Vision. The Hunter chaunteth "A Bach-
PISCATOR, VENATOR, TUTOR.
VENATOR. He has left us, but methinks we
are not to lack company, for look you, another is
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even now at hand, gravely apparelled, and bear-
ing upon his head Hoffmann's Lexicon in four
PISCATOR. Trust me, this doth symbolise his
craft. Good morrow, Sir. If I rightly interpret
these that you bear with you, you are a teacher
in this learned place ?
TUTOR, i am, Sir, a Tutor, and profess the
teaching of divers unknown tongues.
Pise. Sir, we are happy to have your com-
pany, and, if it trouble you not too much, we
would gladly ask (as indeed we did ask another
of your learned body, but understood not his
reply) the cause of these new things we see around
us, which indeed are as strange as they are new,
and as unsightly as they are strange.
TUTOR. Sir, I will tell you with all my heart.
You must know then (for herein lies the pith of
the matter) that the motto of the Governing Body
is this :
" Diruit, ædificat, mutat quadrat a rotundis" ;
which I thus briefly expound.
Diruit. "It teareth doivn" Witness that fair
opening which, like a glade in an ancient forest,
we have made in the parapet at the sinistral
extremity of the Hall. Even as a tree is the
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more admirable when the hewer's axe hath all but
severed its trunk or as a row of pearly teeth,
enshrined in ruby lips, are yet the more lovely
for the loss of one so, believe me, this our fair
Quadrangle is but enhanced by that which foolish
men in mockery call the " Trench."
Ædificat. "It buildeth up." Witness that
beauteous Belfry which, in its ethereal grace,
seems ready to soar away even as we gaze upon
it ! Even as a railway porter moves with an
unwonted majesty when bearing a portmanteau
on his head or as I myself (to speak modestly)
gain a new beauty from these massive tomes
or as ocean charms us most when the rectangular
bathing-machine breaks the monotony of its
curving marge so are we blessed by the
presence of that which an envious world hath
dubbed " the Tea-chest."
Mutat quadrata rotundis. " It exchangeth
square things for round." Witness that series of
square-headed doors and windows, so beautifully
broken in upon by that double archway ! For
indeed, though simple (" simplex munditiis" as
the poet saith), it is matchless in its beauty. Had
those twin archways been greater, they would but
have matched those at the corners of the Quadrangle
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had they been less, they would but have
copied, with an abject servility, the doorways
around them. In such things, it is only a vulgar
mind that thinks of a match. The subject is
lowe. We seek the Unique, the Eccentric! We
glory in this twofold excavation, which scoffers
speak of as " the Tunnel."
VEN. Come, Sir, let me ask you a pleasant
question. Why doth the Governing Body chuse
for motto so trite a saying ? It is, if I remember
me aright, an example of a rule in the Latin
TUTOR. Sir, if we are not grammatical, we
are nothing !
VEN. But for the Belfry, Sir. Sure none can
look on it without an inward shudder ?
TUTOR. I will not gainsay it. But you are to
note that it is not permanent. This shall serve
its time, and a fairer edifice shall succeed it.
VEN. In good sooth I hope it. Yet for the
time being it doth not, in that it is not permanent,
the less disgrace the place. Drunkenness, Sir,
is not permanent, and yet is held in no good
TUTOR. 'Tis an apt simile.
VEN. And for these matchless arches, as you
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do most truly call them, would it not savour of
more wholesome Art, had they matched the door-
ways, or the gateways ?
TUTOR. Sir; do you study the Mathematics ?
VEN. I trust, Sir, I can do the Rule of Three
as well as another ; and for Long Division
TUTOR. You must know, then, that there be
three Means treated of in Mathematics. For
there is the Arithmetic Mean, the Geometric,
and the Harmonic. And note further that a
Mean is that which falleth between two mag-
nitudes. Thus it is, that the entrance you here
behold falleth between the magnitudes of the
doorways and the gateways, and is in truth the
Non-harmonic Mean, the Mean Absolute. But
that the Mean, or Middle, is ever the safer course,
we have a notable ensample in Egyptian history,
in which land (as travellers tell us) the Ibis
standeth ever in the midst of the river Nile,
so best to avoid the onslaught of the ravenous
alligators, which infest the banks on either side ;
from which habit of that wise bird is derived the
ancient maxim, " Medio tutissimus Ibis"
VEN. But wherefore be they two ? Surely
one arch were at once more comely and more
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TUTOR. Sir, so long as public approval be
won, what matter for the arch ? But that they
are two, take this as sufficient explication that
they are too tall for doorways, too narrow for
gateways ; too light without, too dark within ;
too plain to be ornamental, and withal too fan-
tastic to be useful. And if this be not enough,
you are to note further that, were it all one arch,
it must needs cut short one of those shafts which
grace the Quadrangle on all sides and that were
a monstrous and unheard-of thing, in good sooth,
VEN. In good sooth, Sir, if I look I cannot
miss seeing that there be three such shafts
already cut short by doorways : so that it hath
fair ensample to follow.
TUTOR. Then will I take other ground, Sir,
and affirm (for I trust I have not learned Logic
in vain) that to cut short the shaft were a common
and vulgar thing to do. But indeed a single arch,
where folk might smoothly enter in, were wholly
adverse to Nature, who formeth never a mouth
without setting a tongue as an obstacle in the
VEN. Sir, do you tell me that the block of
masonry, between the gateways, was left there
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of set purpose, to hinder those that would
enter in ?
TUTOR. Trust me, it was even so ; for firstly,
we may thereby more easily control the entering
crowds ("divide et impera" say the Ancients),
and secondly, in this matter a wise man will ever
follow Nature. Thus, in the centre of a hall-
door we usually place an umbrella stand in the
midst of a wicket-gate, a milestone, what place so
suited for a watchbox as the centre of a narrow
bridge ? -Yea, and in the most crowded
thoroughfare, where the living tide flows thickest,
there, in the midst of all, the true ideal architect
doth ever plant an obelisk ! You may have
observed this ?
VEN. (Muck bewildered]. I may have done so,
worthy Sir ; and yet, methinks
TUTOR. I must now bid you farewell ; for the
music, which I would fain hear, is even now
VEN. Trust me, Sir, your discourse hath in-
terested me hugely.
TUTOR. Yet it hath, I fear me, somewhat
wearied your friend, who is, as I perceive, in a
VEN. I had partly guessed it, by his loud and
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TUTOR. You had best let him sleep on. He
hath, I take it, a dull fancy, that cannot grasp
the Great and the Sublime. And so farewell :
I am bound for the music. \Exit TUTOR.
VEN. I give you good day, good Sir. Awake,
my Master ! For the day weareth on, and we
have catched no fish.
Pise. Think not of fish, dear Scholar, but
hearken ! Trust me, I have seen such things
in my dreams as words may hardly compass !
Come, Sir, sit down, and I'll unfold to you, in
such poor language as may best suit both my
capacity and the briefness of our time.
THE VISION OF THE THREE T's.
Methought that, in some bygone Age, I stood beside the waters
of Mercury, and saw, reflected on its placid face, the grand old
buildings of the Great Quadrangle : near me stood one of portly
form and courtly mien, with scarlet gown, and broad-brimmed
hat whose strings, wide-fluttering in the breezeless air, at once
defied the laws of gravity and marked the reverend Cardinal!
'Twas Wolsey's self! I would have spoken, but he raised his
hand and pointed to the cloudless sky, from whence deep-muttering
thunders now began to roll. I listened in wild terror.
Darkness gathered overhead, and through the gloom sobbingly
down-floated a gigantic Box ! With a fearful crash it settled
upon the ancient College, which groaned beneath it, while a
mocking voice cried, " Ha ! Ha ! " / looked for Wolsey : he was
gone. Down in those glassy depths lay the stalwart form, with
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scarlet mantle grandly wrapped around it : the broad-brimmed
hat floated, boatlike, on the lake, while the strings with their
complex tassels, still defying the laws of gravity, quivered in the
air, and seemed to point a hundred fingers at the horrid Belfry !
Around, on every side, spirits howled in the howling blast,
blatant, stridulous !
A darker vision yet ! A black gash appeared in the shud-
dering parapet ! Spirits flitted hither and thither with averted
face, and warning finger pressed to quivering lips f
Then a wild shriek rang through the air, as, with volcanic
roar, two murky chasms burst upon the vieiv, and the ancient
College reeled giddily around me !
Spirits in patent-leather boots stole by on tiptoe, with hushed
breath and eyes of ghastly terror ! Spirits with cheap um-
brellas, and unnecessary goloshes, hovered over me, sublimely
pendant ! Spirits with carpet bags, dressed in complete suits
of dittos, sped by me, shrieking " Aivay ! Away ! To the
arrowy Rhine ! To the rushing Guadalquiver ! To Bath !
To Jericho ! To anywhere ! "
Stand here with me and gaze. From this thrice-favoured
spot, in one rapturous glance gather in, and brand for ever on
the tablets of memory, the Vision of the Three T's ! To your
left frowns the abysmal blackness of the tenebrous Tunnel. To
your right yawns the terrible Trench. While far above, away
from the sordid aims of Earth and the petty criticisms of Art,
soars, tetragonal and tremendous, the tintinabulatory Tea-
chest ! Scholar, the Vision is complete !
VEN. I am glad on't ; for in good sooth I am
a-hungered. How say you, my Master? Shall
we not leave fishing, and fall to eating presently ?
And look you, here is a song, which I have
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chanced on in this book of ballads, and which
methinks suits well the present time and this
most ancient place.
Pise. Nay, then, let's sit down. We shall, I
warrant you, make a good, honest, wholesome,
hungry nuncheon with a piece of powdered beef
and a radish or two that I have in my fish-bag.
And you shall sing us this same song as we eat.
VEN. Well, then, I will sing ; and I trust it
may content you as well as your excellent dis-
course hath oft profited me.
A BACHANALIAN ODE.
Here's to the Freshman of bashful eighteen !
Here's to the Senior of twenty !
Here's to the youth whose moustache can't be seen !
And here's to the man who has plenty !
Let the men Pass !
Out of the mass
I'll warrant we'll find you some fit for a Class !
Here's to the Censors, who symbolise Sense,
Just as Mitres incorporate Might, Sir !
To the Bursar, who never expands the expense
And the Readers, who always do right, Sir
Tutor and Don,
Let them jog on !
I warrant they'll rival the centuries gone !
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Here's to the Chapter, melodious crew !
Whose harmony surely intends well :
For, though it commences with " harm," it is true
Yet its motto is " All's well that ends well ! "
Tis love, I'll be bound,
That makes it go round !
'For " In for a penny is in for a pound ! "
Here's to the Governing Body, whose Art
(For they're Masters of Arts to a man, Sir !)
Seeks to beautify Christ Church in every part,
Though the method seems hardly to answer !
With three T's it is graced
Which letters are placed
To stand for the names of Tact, Talent, and Taste !
Pise. I thank you, good Scholar, for this
piece of merriment, and this Song, which was
well humoured by the maker, and well rendered
VEN. Oh, me ! Look you, Master ! A fish !
Pise. Then let us hook it. [ They hook it.
THE BLANK CHEQUE, A FABLE.
THE AUTHOR OF
"THE NEW BELFRY
"THE VISION OF THE THREE T'S.'
"Veil, perhaps, "said Sam, "you bought houses, vich is delicate English
for goin' mad ; or took to buildin', vich is a medical term for being
JAMES PARKER AND CO.
" Five o'clock tea " is a phrase that our " rude
forefathers," even of the last generation, would
scarcely have understood, so completely is it a
thing of to-day ; and yet, so rapid is the March
of Mind, it has already risen into a national insti-
tution, and rivals, in its universal application to
all ranks and ages, and as a specific for "all the
ills that flesh is heir to," the glorious Magna
Thus it came to pass that, one chilly day in
March, which only made the shelter indoors seem
by contrast the more delicious, I found myself in
the cosy little parlour of my old friend, kind,
hospitable Mrs. Nivers. Her broad, good-
humoured face wreathed itself into a sunny
smile as I entered, and we were soon embarked
on that wayward smooth-flowing current of chat
about nothing in particular, which is perhaps the
most enjoyable of all forms of conversation. John
(I beg his pardon, " Mr. Nivers," I should say:
but he was so constantly talked of, and at, by
his better half, as " John," that his friends were
apt to forget he had a surname at all) sat in a
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distant corner with his feet tucked well under his
chair, in an attitude rather too upright for com-
fort, and rather too suggestive of general collapse
for anything like dignity, and sipped his tea in
silence. From some distant region came a sound
like the roar of the sea, rising and falling, suggest-
ing the presence of many boys ; and indeed I
knew that the house was full to overflowing of
noisy urchins, overflowing with high spirits and
mischief, but on the whole a very creditable set
of little folk.
" And where are you going for your sea-side
trip this summer, Mrs. Nivers?"
My old friend pursed up her lips with a mys-
terious smile and nodded.
" Can't understand you," I said.
''You understand me, Mr. De Ciel, just as well
as I understand myself, and thats not saying
much, /don't know where we're going : John
doesn't know where we're going but we're cer-
tainly going somewhere; and we shan't even know
the name of the place till we find ourselves there!
Now are you satisfied ? "
I was more hopelessly bewildered than ever.
' l One of us is dreaming, no doubt," I faltered ;
" or or perhaps I'm going mad, or--
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The good lady laughed merrily at my discom-
"Well, well! It's a shame to puzzle you so,"
she said. "I'll tell you all about it. You see,
last year we couldrit settle it, do what we would.
John said * Herne Bay,' and / said * Brighton,'
and the boys said 4 somewhere where there's a
circus,' not that we gave much weight to that, you
know ; well, and Angela (she's a growing girl,
and we've got to find a new school for her this
year) ; she said * Portsmouth, because of the
soldiers ' ; and Susan (she's my maid, you know),
she said ' Ramsgate.' Well, with all those con-
trary opinions, somehow it ended in our going
nowhere ; and John and I put our heads together
last week, and we settled that it should never
happen again. And now, how do you think
we've managed it ? "
"Quite impossible to guess," I said dreamily,
as I handed back my empty cup.
" In the first place," said the good lady, "we
need change sadly. Housekeeping worries me
more every year, particularly with boarders and
John will have a couple of gentlemen-boarders
always on hand ; he says it looks respectable, and
that they talk so well, they make the House
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quite lively. As if / couldn't talk enough for
11 It isn't that ! " muttered John. " It's
" They're well enough sometimes," the lady
went on (she never seemed to hear her husband's
remarks), " but I'm sure when Mr. Prior Burgess
was here, it was enough to turn one's hair grey !
He was an open-handed gentleman enough as
liberal as could be but far too particular about
his meals. Why, if you'll believe me, he wouldn't
sit down to dinner without there were three
courses. We couldn't go on in that style, you
know. I had to tell the next boarder he must
be more hardy in his notions, or I could warrant
him we shouldn't suit each other."
"Quite right," I said. " Might I trouble you
for another half cup ? "
4< Seaside air we must have, you see," Mrs.
Nivers went on, mechanically taking up the tea-
pot, but too much engrossed in the subject to do
more, "and as we can't agree where to go, and
yet we must go somewhere did you say half a
cup ? "
"Thanks," said I. "You were going to tell
me what it was you settled."
"We settled," said the good lady, pouring out
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the tea without a moment's pause in her flow of
talk, "that the only course was (cream I think
you take, but no sugar? Just so) was to put the
whole matter but stop, John shall read it all out
to you. We've drawn up the agreement in writing
quite ship-shape, isn't it, John? Here's the
document : John shall read it you and mind
your stops, there's a dear ! "
John put on his spectacles, and in a tone of
gloomy satisfaction (it was evidently his own com-
position) read the following :
" Be it hereby enacted and decreed,
" 7^/iat Susan be appointed for the business of
choosing a watering-place for this season, and find-
ing a New School for Angela.
' ' That Susan be empowered not only to procure
plans, but to select a plan, to submit the estimate
for the execution of such plan to the Housekeeper,
and, if the Housekeeper sanction the proposed ex-
penditure, to proceed with the execution of siich
plan, and to fill z// the Blank Cheque for the whole
Before I could say another word the door burst
open, and a whole army of boys tumbled into the
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room, headed by little Harry, the pet of the family,
who hugged in his arms the much-enduring parlour
cat, which, as he eagerly explained in his broken
English, he had been trying to teach to stand on
" Harry- Parry Ridy-Pidy Coachy-Poachy ! "
said the fond mother, as she lifted the little
fellow to her knee and treated him to a jog-trot.
" Harry's very fond of Pussy, he is, but he mustn't
tease it, he mustn't ! Now go and play on the
stairs, there's dear children. Mr. De Ciel and I
want to have a quiet talk." And the boys tumbled
out of the room again, as eagerly as they had
tumbled in, shouting, " Let's have a Chase in the
Hall ! "
"A good set of heads, are they not, Mr. De
Ciel ? " my friend continued, with a wave of her
fat hand towards the retreating army. " Phreno-
logists admire them much. Look at little Sam,
there. He's one of the latest arrivals, you know,
but he grows mercy on us, how that boy does
grow ! You've no idea what a Weight he is !
Then there's Freddy, that tall boy in the corner :
he's rather too big for the others, that's a fact
and he's something of a Bully at times, but the
boy has a tender heart, too ; give him a bit of
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poetry, now, and he's as maudlin as a girl ! Then
there's Benjy, again : a nice boy, but I daren't tell
you what he costs us in pocket money ! Oh, the
work we had with that boy till we raised his
allowance! Hadn't we, John?" ("John" grunted in
acquiescence). "It was Arthur took up his cause
so much, and worried poor John and me nearly
into our graves. Arthur was a very nice boy,
Mr. De Ciel, and as great a favourite with the
other boys as Harry is now, before he went to
Westminster. He used to tell them stories, and
draw them the prettiest pictures you ever saw !
Houses that were all windows and chimnies
what they call ' High Art,' I believe. We tried
a conservatory once on the High- Art principle,
and (would you believe it ?) the man stuck the
roof up on a lot of rods like so many knitting
needles ! Of course it soon came down about our
ears, and we had to do it all over again. As I
said to John at the time, 'If this is High Art, give
me a little more of the Art next time, and a little
less of the High ! ' He's doing very well at W T est-
minster, I hear, but his tutor writes that he's
very asthmatic, poor fellow
" Esthetic, my dear, aesthetic ! " remonstrated
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''Ah, well, my love," said the good lady, "all
those long medical words are one and the same
thing to me. And they come to the same thing
in the Christmas bills, too ; they both mean
' Draught as before ' ! Well, well ! They're a set
of dear good boys on the whole : they've only
one real Vice among them but I shall tire you,
talking about the boys so much. What do you
think of that agreement of ours ? "
I had been turning the paper over and over in
my hands, quite at a loss to know what to say to
so strange a scheme. " Surely I've misunderstood
you ? " I said. " You don't mean to say that
you've left the whole thing to your maid to settle
for you ? "
" But that's exactly what I do mean, Mr. De
Ciel," the lady replied a little testily. " She's a
very sensible young person, I can assure you.
So now, wherever Susan chooses to take us, there
we go ! " (" There we go ! There we go ! " echoed
her husband in a dismal sort of chant, rocking
himself backwards and forwards in his chair.)
" You've no idea what a comfort it is to feel that
the whole thing's in Susan's hands ! "
" Go where Susan takes thee," I remarked, with
a vague idea that I was quoting an old song.
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" Well, no doubt Susan has very correct taste,
and all that but still, if I might advise, I
wouldn't leave all to her. She may need a little
" That's the very word, dear Mr. De Ciel ! "
cried my old friend, clapping her hands. " And
that's the very thing we've done, isn't it, John? "
(" The very thing we've done," echoed John). "I
made him do it only this morning. He has signed
her a Blank Cheque, so that she can go to any cost
she likes. It's such a comfort to get things settled
and off one's hands, you know! John's been
grumbling about it ever since, but now that I
can tell him it's your advice
" But, my dear Madame," I exclaimed, " I
don't mean cheque with a ' Q ' ! "
your advice," repeated Mrs. N., not
heeding my interruption, " why, of course he'll see
the reasonableness of it, like a sensible creature
as he is ! " Here she looked approvingly at her
husband, who tried to smile a " slow wise smile,"
like Tennyson's "wealthy miller," but I fear the
result was more remarkable for slowness than
I saw that it would be waste of words to argue
the matter further, so took my leave, and did not
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see my old friends again before their departure for
the sea-side. 1 quote the following from a letter
which I received yesterday from Mrs. Nivers :
" MARGATE, April i.
11 DEAR FRIEND, You know the old story of the
dinner-party, where there was nothing hot but the
ices, and nothing cold but the soup? Of this place
I may safely say that there is nothing high but the
prices, the staircases, and the eggs ; nothing low but
the sea and the company ; nothing strong but the
butter, and nothing weak but the tea ! "
From the general tenour of her letter I gather
that they are not enjoying it.
Is it really seriously proposed in the University
of Oxford, and towards the close of the nineteenth
century (never yet reckoned by historians as part of
the Dark Ages] to sign a Blank Cheque for the
expenses of building New Schools, before any esti-
mate has been made of those expenses before any
plan has been laid before the University, from
which such an estimate could be made before any
architect has been found to design such a plan
before any Committee has been elected to find such
an architect ?
Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge
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