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EDITORIAL

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CORRESPONDENCE

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CONTRIBUTIONS :-

A Fresher's Nightmare Autumnal The Little Shop The Curse ... Kubla Can't ... The Jest Sonnet Translation The-Mournful Tale. of Isabella

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IN MEMORIAM REPORTS :-

Religion and Life Mission ... U.U. Women's French Club O.U. Women's Swimming Club O.U. Women's Hockey Club O.U. Women's Lacrosse Club HALL NOTICES :Lady Margaret Hall ... Somerville College ... St. Hilda's Hall St. Hugh's College ... Home Students ...

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WE had hoped; this; Term; to be able to produce a new and totally different Fritillary, but evidently the old skin is ' not to he plucked off without flaying and death.' We will therefore, once more, set forth our appeal for the resuscitation of the Fritillary. We feel convinced that this paper, the only paper issued by the; women's colleges in Oxford, ought to become a power that is felt. It ought to voice the opinions, wishes, ideas and interests of women members of the University. At present it does not do this; it voices only the vague longings; of the aesthetic few. It is in no way representative of public opinion. We; appeal, therefore, to all women undergraduates to make this paper worthy of them, to use - it as the medium through which they may express their views on importance—on matters; of general interest and • pOlitics, current events, social life (here, in Oxford, or elsewhere), contemporary art, literature, education and science. We should, with open arms, welcome articles and correspondence on any of these subjects. If anyone has an axe to grind or a war to wage, let her do so: through the columns of this paper. We know, from experience at J.C.R. meetings and debates, that there are in every college,, people: who haVe urgent desires; and strong views on various subjects, and that there: are many, too, who have on such occasions an ever-ready flow of sprightly wit and humorous repartee. These, however, are almost

Fritillary, and it is from them, that we beg assistance to increase its interest- and influence, We needly hardly say that to those who have been and still are regular contributors, we are extremely grateful, and hope that they will continue to be our support. An encouragingly large number of contributions was received, this Term, but they reached, on the whole, a rather poor lit erary standard. Before going on to a general criticism of these, we must mention that it is not our intention to continue the practice of printing, in the Editorial, an individual criticism of every rejected contribution. It is a practice which 'is not usual, we believe, except in girls' school magazines, and we do not feel that we are in a position to offer dogmatic criticism on anything so arbitrary as modern literary art. If, however, anyone particularly desires her work to be criticised, we should be very glad to do so, to the best of our ability, through private correspondence. There are a few general remarks we should like to: make one the contributions -sent in this Term. There was in the poetry, as a whole, a remarkable similarity of theme. In almost all there were swaying poplars,- cold moonlight, dank mists, and —due, no doubt, to the approach of winter—a general atmosphere of despondency and death. We want serious poetry, and we want serious thought, but we should like to point out that serious poetry need not necessarily be gloomy and depressing. ‘There is; in most of these poems

invariably the people; who disdain to write for the

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supported by thought. There isi a lack of purpose in theme, and a lack of vigour and individuality in expression. Matthew Arnold defines poetry as a criticism of life under the conditions fixed by the laws of poetic. truth and poetic beauty,' and De Quince y says that all that is literature seeks to communicate power.' Both these definitions must exclude purely descriptive or impressionistic poetry, save as a means to enforce some great truth or to communicate some great feeling. We would beg aspiring poets to bear this in mind, and to let their artistic perceptions shape themselves into definite thought and meaning. Finally, also, we would draw attention to the question- of rhythm and metre. In very few cases was there any attempt at musical effect. The vers libre was, for the most part, merely prose, and the metre in the rhymed verse was seldom smooth or well balanced. Some writers would perhaps find prose better fitted to their style. The prose articles were most of them! too lengthy and diffuse for magazine articles, and here again there was a good deal of rather purposeless and meaningless impressionism. Prose pieces should be short and pithy, and it is more than ever necessary for them to have a beginning, a middle, and an end '—at.all costs, an end. We should be glad of more humorous pieces, both in prose and verse, in order to make the appeal of Fritillary universal. We hope also that in future we shall have a larger number of con tributions from St. Hugh's, St. Hilda's, and the Home Students; at present we are supplied almost entirely by Lady Margaret Hall and Somerville. By having the proofs printed at different times, we are now able to bring the games' and societies' reports more nearly up to date, and we hope that this arrangement will be moire satisfactory to our readers. We are grateful for the suggestions! put forward in the letter printed below, and look forward confidently to a radical reform of the Fritillary next Term. :

The prize competition for next Term is as follows :— Defend or oppose the statement that ' Originality is the curse of modern life, art, and literature.' (Prize 7/6.) The prize for The Fresher's Nightmare ' is awarded to Miss Naidul (L.M.H.) ; that for a new title for Fritillary was not awarded.

CorresponOence. To the Editor of the Fritillary. DEAR EDITOR, We have here in this Mission School two Arab students who are working for the Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board Higher Certificate. One of their subjects is English History, 1485-1714•

We are very anxious that this year they should do a good deal of reading for their History, but where are they to get the books? I have a few which I myself had at Oxford, but we need moire. Do you think that any of your readers would know students who went down last year, who would feel generous enough to give us the History books they read at college? They would be tremendously appreciated, and no doubt the giver would feel .rewarded by feeling that they were being used by students in the Holy City. Yours sincerely, ELINOR MOORE. Girl's High School and Training College, Jerusalem, 16th October, 1922.

To the Editor of the Fritillary. MADAM, In the whole University I know of nothing which deserves my modest support better than the Fritillary, for I follow the tradition of Oxford, and am a dealer in lost causes', forgotten hopes, and potentialities never realised. If my service is of any value, it is yours by inalienable right. There is no perceptible reason for the badness of the Fritillary, and therefore no discoverable remedy. Structural reforms can never reach the root of the matter, but I will suggest some that might help the growth of a new spirit. The first is a change of title, symbolic of re-birth and of the renunciation of past sins. The second is a change of interval. In its present infrequency we can tolerate the evil; assail us with it fortnightly or even twice a Term, and we shall be compelled to face and reform it. The third, which goes deeper, is a change of intent. Stop singing to us of life and death, the stars and the passing of beauty ; they are subjects of the thought that is for all time, true : but here at Oxford we have such thought daily with us in our work. We are fed with the eternal, and starved of the ephemeral, of the chocolates and cigarettes of the intellect, the commentary of activities that perish around us every hour. A caricature of the Vice-Chancellor would serve our soul's health better than a sonnet on universal loveliness. I have heard it said that whoever wants proof of the equality of the sexes has only to compare the Fritillary with the Isis. Even admitting a measure of justice in this remark, let us not wholly despair of the Fritillary. We know that intelligence lurks somewhere in the women's colleges, and if we can only pipe the right tune it must surely come out to the dance at length. In the hope that these suggestions will at least rouse controversy, I am, Madam, ever your wellwisher, INCOGNITA.


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Contributions. A FRESHER'S (BUT NOT) NIGHTMARE. An entry untriumphant past thro' her ancient gate Woke Oxford into cursing the Fresh ' population's: Fate. And so, the things that happen are in no way, you see, Fantasma Goria,' but sad reality. The spell began on Monday, when with a tuneful song ' Old Tom ' and his compatriots determined to go, wrong. Thus roused from ancient glory of a swiftly fading past, I feebly murmured, Surely— ! The College clocks are fast? ' But, bent on full maintaining traditions of this town, Copathua-like descended robed in a cap and gown. The breakfast hall being empty, I vaguely wondered Why,' And Where ' was soon decided by a table set on high. Ah, yes, of course ! ' exclaimed I, Why, surely this must be Laid specially for us Freshers for all the rest to see ! ' Thus in nirvanic rapture, I ate sedately on, Whispering : You'do look home sick! ! ' to a wise and silent Don. Outside, the sun lay glistering on many an ancient line Of cycles, that one really, could never quite define. —(Gathering up the .fragments of a sentence wildly shot By the famous undergraduette to take Just what you got I seized the least pretentious and, seated like a sage, Thought : This indeed is generous—the First Utopian Age ! ' I headed straight for New Coll. and landed at the Schools— I thought the Lecturer was mad, and others perfect fools, For how they found the missing link, to me of course is still A mystery, between the Greeks and Principles of Mill.' Then martial maids for Labour ! ' and fragile maids for Souls ! ' Tore purse and hearts asunder to reach their cherished goals:. And so to drown, with firm resolves, I tried my very best, I s'pose you've Till one beside the river cried : passed your test? ' It's quite alright,' I shouted, haphazarding with cost :

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I am in search of merely a soul that I had lost.' 0, ask the Bursar for it . . . or try the notice-

board ! . . . The tuck-shop always keeps such things for " those who can afford." ' I thanked the nymph most humbly ; proceeded thence to try To find a second Shelley dream-lost upon The High.' 0, Oxford ! ' I cried wildly, With mystic, rusty spires That breathe towards the Ages of Antiquate desires— Tell me, wise old city, of mysteries that lie In Oscar's lillied button-hole, and Gladstone's, middle eye— Explain the curve of Asquith's brow, and Addison's: abuse ; And magic power that latent slept in Johnson's worn-out shoes.' But, wrapped in sombre darkness, her streets refused to part With the spirits: that lie dreaming within her ancient heart. And so, I turned in sorrow deep to visit young Queen Cole, Who graciously had offered me her famous `Cocoa Bowl.' That picture there reminds me of the famous Trojan Maid—' —` 0, this you know is X.Y.Z., The Captain, Fire Brigade '— —',Was it not Rosetti, with " The Shady Cypress Tree "—? ' —` My dear, we had a screaming time, this afternoon at tea ! ' —` The Transmigration Theory, as you must surely know— ' The cocoa's over-boiling ! my finger's burnt0 blow ! ' I thought it was Miss C ' you know, and I felt I ought to die When hostess `K—' put on a smile and yawned a soft good-bye ! ' And so that night a Fresher went more wearily to bed, To know exactly what Was Done ' and what was Never Said 'And so I beg (in faulty Rhyme, with much apology) Of Undergrads. to teach us well their Psycholology,' In order that, for Oxford's sake, we might now all rehearse Redemptio,n. for our Souls: that lie beneath Her Fresher Curse.' AUTUMNAL. Now, when the golden poplars stand Like sentries in the quiet land, From which all sound of strife is banned By autumn's slowly dying sun ;


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When streets are strewn with russet leaves, And 'thwart the spell which autumn weaves, The tired land sighs, but scarcely grieves For restfulness, so hardly won;

before it pounds on its weary way again, you will be able to make out the words :'MISS' WHEBBY. PIANOFORTE TEACHER.' I. C. (Somerville).

Now wakes again my old desire, Flamed with the beechwood's burning fire, Thrills to the great wind as a lyre Whose master long has left it dumb. The russet leaves recall your hair, The poplar's sway, your body fair, But lo, death breathes from out the rare Scent of the last chrysanthemum. BETTY WITHYCOMBE (L. M. H.).

THE LITTLE SHOP. In one of those interminable, dreary, tramridden roads of South-East London there stands a little shop—no different, to a casual observer, from the myriad other little shops in the same road. The faded inscription above the shop-window reads F. F. Whebby. Fishmonger and Curer. Estd. here, 1875,' and if your 'bus should happen to stop opposite, you can see Mr. Whebby and his wife busy with a crowd of customers. They are both old, and under the flaring gas-jets their faces are lined and worn. ' Established 1845' no wonder For nearly fifty years they have been at it, and still Mr. Whebby slaps his fish about on the wooden table with that air of careless bravado worn by the noblest West-End fish merchant— he of marble slabs and the cool trickling fountains. If you are of a speculative turn of mind you will wonder, as your 'bus jolts you along over the uneven cobbles, why Mr. Whebby still works so hard business is good, judging by the crowd of customers, and surely in all these' years he could have saved enough to retire and become a Churchwarden. You will wonder where his children are, that they do not help him with his work. A son in Canada, you surmise, and a daughter, probably married by this time and minding a shop of her own. And then you forget all about the Whebby family, until chance takes you that way again. This time it is broad daylight, and you notice what you had missed' before. It is a small mahogany plate on the side door—a plate which, by its shining decorum, seems mutely to protest against the dirt and squalor which surround it. On it are four words, which give you the key to the whole situation—which explain those forty years of unremitting toil, that patient, ungrudging self denial of the old folks in the shop. The words are written in letters of gold, and each letter has a flourish which makes the whole rather difficult to read. But if you strain your eyes, and lean quickly over the side of your 'bus :

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THE CURSE. From hell's abyss I fling my curse— Vision and love. I know no worse. Thou shalt have riches, honours, ease, And strength to bid farewell to these. Thou shalt have loving friends, and turn By dauntless truth their love to scorn, And thine all-pitying heart shall know The depths of ignorance and woe, That thou mayest pass thy days in fire Unmurmuring, thy one desire Or thine own guiltless soul to bear The whole world's sin and pain and care. And at the last be thine the light Of knowledge, to divine aright That thine endeavour freed not one Save thy self-scorned soul alone. A.G.S. (Somerville).

KUBLA CAN'T. OR LINES ON A COLLEGE •PORTAL.

In Oxford did a female Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree Where Cher, the sacred river, ran, In summer graced by languid Man, In winter, Spartan She. A mile away the fertile ground With walls and towers was girdled round And there were gardens, bright with jeunesse doree And learned scholars famed in ancient story; And there were colleges as ancient as the hills Enfolding sunny spots, of greenery. :

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A damsel 'neath a stately portal In a vision once I saw It was an Academic Maid, And underneath her dome she stayed Singing of its grace immortal. Could I place above me Her vision and her song, To such a deep delight 'twould move ye That with music loud and long :


THE FRITILLARY. You would admire that dome in air. But now you cry, ' Beware, beware ! 'Tis, fresh green paint and stucco there— The dome that did materialise The dreaming Khanee would surprise, She who on honey-dew had fed And seen the spires of Paradise Would close her eyes with holy dread. But we—we pass beneath it,, all Who penetrate X.Y.Z. Hall.

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THE JEST. A golden and a copper tree From the next garden laugh at me. Arrayed in wealth, they smile to see My pitiable penury.

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Why is it, Oh Versailles, that you hold sway In my tired brain, this quiet afternoon? The joys of summer fade away, and soon Will come the' bitter season of decay. I long to watch, throughout one 'peaceful day, Your placid waters blurred by falling leaf, And feel again your beauty's gentle grief At Autumn's touch, 'mid evening's golden ray. For now your glorious pomps neglected lie By Louis, and his gallants, who' may throng No more the gardens planned for their delight. Like some great lily, noble and sad, you die, And your exhausted river flows along Softly, like someone sobbing through the night.

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A naked and a mirthless tree From the next garden stare at me. Were you so prodigal, that ye Must now in rags go, beggarly?'

When I must go, I'll go without a sound, Ne'er look behind, and press no friendly hand : None will remember, in these noisy halls, That which I spoke did no man understand.

The sky is richer for your mirth : Your laughing cloak enwrapped the earth : Even some wealth you flung at me— Of your contemptuous charity.

Outside, the morning deepens overhead, The sun is rising, that I longed to see Weep if you will, but oh ! forget me soon ; Put out my lamp—soon all is light to me !

Therefore again, friends, as of old Your gowns shall copper be!, and gold, And all the world shall laugh to see Your splendour mock my poverty. K. I. M. (L.M.H.).

SONNET. I needs must smile that all our days of fire', Of brave proud words, and love's high ecstacy, Should end in the stagnation of desire And death of wonder, custom-staled ; that I Sit here alone, and ponder in my mind The passionate days, we shall not know again, Before I grew polite, or you grew kind, While love's swift madness, hid its little pain. Is it not strange that I should analyse So' coldly now what once we counted far Too' sweet for speech? But years have made me wise, And lo ! we are as other lovers 'axe, And all our wealth of love is changed to this,— The casual word, and the perfunctory kiss. K. 1,--M. (L. M. H. ).

(From the German.) I. C. (Somerville).

THE MOURNFUL TALE OF ISABELLA. NOTE.—The following story of passion and woe does not even attempt to be a satire ; it is merely some impressions of European history and customs upon the highly fanciful, rather ignorant, and wholly ridiculous mind of an Oriental. In Merry England, during the time of good. Queen Bess, there lived a saintly and puritanical soul named Praiseg-od Barebones. There was also' a Mrs. Barebones and several little Bareboneses. Praisegod himself, saintly creature, was an ardent supporter of prohibition, but, sad to say, his wife did not agree with him on this subject ; neither did the little Bareboneses. One day, during a friendly and amiable disagreement in the midst of this congenial family Mrs. Barebones was forced by her husband to depart _this life a little quicker than she had entered it, with a poker in her heart. Then. Barebones, suddenly. remembering a most convincing argument that he had forgotten to expound, sent one of the little Bareboneses after her. Thus it was not long before all the children had gone after their fond mother.


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Now Praisegod was all alone in the world. The next morning he was found dead. Needless Overcome: with deep sorrow and loneliness, he to say, the coroner returned the verdict of sought for the dissipations of foreign travel. Not ' Suicide while of unsound mind.' long afterwards we find him in that romantic Isabella in the meantime was having the time country, Spain, sitting: in a café watching the of her life preparing her trousseau during her fascinating graces of Isabella, Isabella whom: he honeymoon. She had always had an original turn had seen but once and with whom he was already of mind and the contents: of her trousseau illusdeeply in love. Hers was a figure beautiful trated this fully. It consisted of one black alpaca enough for visions of delight, and the spirit of nightdress, only one, and two camisoles emher rosy lips was everlasting joy. These charms, broidered with butterflies one of which she lost. however, were nothing compared with the glory Shit naturally advertised for it in the Times, of her hair. Spanish though she was, it was the whereupon Mr. Lloyd George forbade the adcolour of the setting sun—or perhaps orange-peel. vertisement of such things in the daily papers. That night Praisegod followed Isabella to her 'Isabella was entirely happy for many months, ancestral castle, and though he had never benefited but felicity rarely lasts long. The fateful day by any musical education he screwed up enough approached nearer and nearer ; at last it arrived. courage to serenade this beautiful Spanish lady. Alack and alas ! Isabella discovered that Mr. He played a shrill tin whistle which he had bought Chinnachinnachuchuwowwow was a Mormon and for a penny (all this was before the war) and with that he had already at least five other Mrs. the aid of a few black cats he made quite a Chinnachinnachuchuvvewwows. What did she creditable amount of sound. In fact the black do? She did nothing more or less than lead her cats and the tin whistle were so little to the liking husband by his middle and most prominent waistof Isabella's father that he came out in his pycoat button, into the Court of Inquisition. There jamas and expelled poor Praisegod from the he was tortured for the good health of his soul. premises. Until the end he declared that he was perfectly Oh Barebones, miserable Barebones, unhappy willing to become a faithful Roman Catholic, but creature that he should thus be separated from he would in no case renounce half or even a his love ! This grief was overwhelming; he knew quarter of a wife, which was very stingy of him. not what to do. After tearing out all his hair Now we find Isabella forlornly alone in the and becoming quite bald, he hired a torpedo and world. Her other amourous swains are all dead rushed up and down the North Sea. One unlucky and her pride forbids her to go back to her mother day he bumped into a mine and was blown into and father who probably would not consent to smithereens. There we leave him with the big have her in the house. In despair she entered a and little fishes, while the dolphins gather up his convent. Not long after, the sentry-go in front of remains, all except his eyes which are probably the convent perceived a gleaming light. He chalstill squinting at each other under the water. lenged no answer. He challenged again—no Let us now return to Isabella, who is underanswer. He fired. Next morning there was a going the greatest trial of her life. She was long column in all the daily papers telling how a never very much impressed by Praisegod Bareyoung nun who had had the had luck to possess bones, in spite of his gallant serenade, for she rather conspicuous hair had been shot through had already given her heart to another, an indithe head white she was drying those same gailyvidual who possessed the distinctive name of coloured tresses out of her cell window. The fitChinnachinnachuchuwowwow. Unhappy, how- ful sheen of her heady splendour had shone too ever, is the course of true love. Wretched Isabrightly in the sombre gloom of the night. Thus bella felt that she was doomed to be sacrificed to ends the mournful tale of Isabella. her father's ambition, for he intended to marry J. S. QUAI (Somerville). her to a rich Jew. She did not mind the Jew so very much, but she positively objected to being called Mrs. Isaac Hooknose. 311 fibentoriain Her father was stern and inexorable, Isabella was at her wits' end. Salvation came in the MARGARET KILROY KENYON, form of Mr. Chinnachinnachuchuwowwow. He was, strong of will and steady of purpose, so in Died in Chicago, U.S.A., October 2nd, 1922. the middle of the night he bore off Isabella and It is with the deepest regret that we record the married her. death of Mrs. Kenyon. She entered Somerville Mr. Isaac Hooknose, in spite of his riches, in the Michaelmas Term of 1920. She had led. was not really bad at heart ; moreover he loved an exceptionally full and varied life, yet she Isabella—so much so indeed that he became absoadapted herself perfectly to an undergraduate's lutely inconsolable at her loss. When his misery position. In two years: she had become almost as became unbearably intense, he ate two tons of well-known in the University as in College. raw gooseberries, an action which was swiftly As President of the O.W.I.D.S., she was an followed by a gnawing feeling in his interior. ,


THE ,FRITILLARY. able organiser as well as an inspiring leader. Her powers of acting were extraordinary, and: her performance of Everyman at St. Hilda's in the summer of 192o, and of Bluntschli in ' Arms and the. Man ' in Trinity Term of this year, are unforgettable. In the same Term she became President of the Central Committee, and had, even in the short time that she held the office, made herself permanently felt. She also divided the Coombs Prize, which is given at Somerville for the best history student of the year. Among her many friends she will be remembered, above all else, for her sense of comradeship and her unfailing sympathy and humour, as well as for her genuine modesty and an absence of anything like self-assertion.

'Reports. THE RELIGION AND LIFE MISSION. A series of meetings will be held next Term in the Schools, and in the Union, dealing with the question : What is Christianity? ' They are open to all members of the University. The provisional arrangements: are as follows : Sunday, January 28th, Bishop of Manchester : Vocation.' Sunday, February 4th, Dean Inge : Man's need of God.' Monday, February 5th, Professor Cairns, D.D. : The Fatherhood of God.' Tuesday, February 6th, Rev. Pearson , Halliday : Sin and Forgiveness.' Wednesday; February 7th, Bishop of Pretoria : Closing Address. There will also be further meetings on the successive Sunday evenings in Term.

O.U. WOMEN'S FRENCH CLUB. A successful effort has been made this Term to combine the respective College French Clubs in a United Club. This evidently supplies a need felt in the' women's colleges, for the membership, already amounts to about eighty, and we hope that when the Club is well established, still more will join. The first meeting was of a purely business nature. The constitution was drawn up, amid fairly lively discussion. The following officers were elected : President—M. Elkington (L.M.H.). Secretary—E. D. Powell (S.C.). Treasurer—E. M. Thornton (S.C.): The second meeting took the form of a joint with the men's French Club, held by invitation of the latter, at the Cadena Cafe. The motion :

That lying is a social virtue,' was carried. Among the principal speakers were Miss Mull, who opposed the motion, and Miss Noad, who spoke third. The third meeting, held on November 23rd at St. Hilda's Hall, was really the Club's first independent effort. It was unfortunate that the date should have coincided both with the Union Debate and with the performance of Macbeth ' at Wootten, but the meeting was nevertheless very successful. The Club was extremely fortunate in obtaining- the services of Monseiur Goybet, who gave a most interesting address on ' The Eastern Question.' Monsieur Goybet, who is an officer in the French Navy, has been out in the East for the last four years, and has had much experience of Eastern peoples. He gave a clear and very impressive account of the Eastern situation as a whole, and of the chief problems, which are of burning interest out there, and cannot fail to be forced immediately on the attention of the Western world. The Club is: most grateful to Monsieur Goylet for making its baptismal ' meeting, to use his expression, such a success. The O.U.W.F.C. is open to all members of the University ; those who wish to join are asked to apply to one of the Committee members in their college. .

O.U.W.S.C. President—G. MI. SHARPE (S. H.C.). Secretary—E. A. HUGHES (S.C.). Treasurer—D. PULLINGER (S. H. H.).

All the United Swimming Club matches' were held too late for notice in the Summer Number; we accordingly give the results: in this :— O.U.W.S.C. v. Cambridge (home). Won 64-16. O.U.W.S.C. v. Oxford City Ladies' S.C. (home). Won 38-26. O. U. W. S. C. v. London University (away). Lost

0-52. O. U. W. S. C. v. Bedford P.T.G. (home). Won

38-36. The cup-match aroused a good deal of interest, and was won be Somerville, the marks being :Somerville, .5o; St. Hugh's, 4i ; St. Hilda's i8; Home Students, 142 It is hoped that next year Lady Margaret Hall will send up a team. Water-Polo practices are being held regularly this Term, in Merton Street Baths, every Tuesday and Friday. Tests for membership of the United Club will be held' in the eighth week of Term. At the request of the Municipal Authorities, the Club gave a display of swimming: and diving styles to the Elementary ,Sichool Children on November 17th. If is hoped that another may be given in the Summer Term.


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O.U. WOMEN'S HOCKEY CLUB. Captain—E. B. BULL. Secretary—MI. SLANEY. Treasurer—V. PARKER.

and more quickness in making openings for her forwards. Wickham has played both left half and right back for the XI this Term. She is a useful and hard-working player, but has very little stickwork. In consequence she is often unable to i.et rid of the ball at a critcal moment. Crighton, left back, has been steady and reliable. She has good control of the ball, does not foul and usually passes well. Her hitting has improved. but she uses reverse stick too much and leaves her own man too soon, to tackle the left wing, or go across to the right. Muller, right back, has only played in one match, as the Lacrosse XII also claims her services. She has good control of the ball and a strong hit. Her hockey would be improved if she played further up the field, so that she could sup. port her own forwards and have more time to choose her moment for tackling the opposing forwards instead of having to meet them, with a rush when almost in the goal circle. Berwick, goal, has been excellent this Term. In the first match she was not severely tested, but against Chelsea. P.T.C. she made several good saves. She keeps her head well and clears to the right place.

The standard of hockey on the whole is high this season and there is abundance of good material from which to makeup the United Game. The 2nd XI forwards in particular are better than they have been for several years. Good backs are the hardest people to find, for even those, who have had a long experience of the game, are apt to think that back play consists of hard and. indiscriminate hitting and do not trouble to practise neat dodging and accurate passing. ' Turning is still rather prevalent even among players who ought to know better, and almost everybody would do well to read through the rule about interference with sticks and also to note that players who continually raise the ball are guilty of undercutting, except when it is done by: means of- a push. In the 1st XI the forward line is effective and is particularly good at shooting. The combination is sometimes quite good, but could be very much better considering the individual standard of play. MATCHES, 1922-23. Howell, left wing, has been playing very well Nov. Iith. Midlands Universities. Won 13-1. this Term. She is one of the fastest forwards, Won 5-4. gets in strong shots. and is particularly good in Nov. i8th. Cheltenham College. Won 5-1. tackling back. Her passes are sometimes rather Nov. 25th. Chelsea P.T.C. too square in midfield and she is inclined to run FIXTURES. forward before the ball is passed to her and so Dec. rith. East Gloucester Club. Cheltenham. get off-side.' 12th. Cheltenham College. Cheltenham. A. Bull, centre-forward, knows how to distribute the ball with judgment and her stick-work Jan. 18th. Chiswick Club. London. Etceteras. L.M. H. 2 4th. enables her to carry out her good intentions. She 27th. Bedford P.T.C. ? sometimes gets rid of the ball when there is a Feb. 3rd. Dartford P.T.C. L.M. H. good opening for herself. loth. London University: L. M. H. Slaney, right-inner, can make most defences 24th. Chiswick. Club. L.M. H. against her look ineffective. There is something individual and unexpected about her play and her Mar. 17th. Cambridge (?). Oxford. 19th. Highgate. London. shooting is excellent. She is not quite at home! 2 I St. Wimbledon. London. with her right wing and is inclined to muddle with her in the circler and also to try to shoot from TEAM. Goal, Berwick (S.C.); right back, Muller rather impossible angles. Leesmith, at right wing, has improved this (S.H.H.); left back, Crichton* (S.C.); right half, Term and was especially good in the last match, Parker* (0.H.S.); centre half, Fowler (S.H.C.) ; in which her passing in mid field was much better left half, Wickham* (S.H.C. ; right wing, Leesmith* (L.M.H.); right inner, Slaney* (S.H.C.); than usual. The defence lack pace and need practice to- centre forward, A. Bull* (S.C.); left inner, E. Bull* (S.C.); left wing, Howellx (O.H.S.). gether. They do not seem to be very well agreed as to interchanging and are not quick, enough in *Old Blues. getting on to unmarked men in the circle. Parker, right half, is! a steady, hard-working player. She is perhaps the best of the defence! at O.U.W.L.C. tackling, but her passing to her forwards ought • Captain—V. LEYS (St. Hugh's). to be more careful. Secretary—I. Rft. (Lady Margaret Hall). Fowler, centre-half, plays good, clean hockey ; Treasurer—M. MCAFEE (Somerville). she uses her stick well and works hard. All that The Lacrosse Club, now has its own ground in she needs is practice with the rest of the defence -


FRITILLAkV. the Parks and so it is possible to have two regular practices a week. We have been very much helped by Miss' .Surnmerhayes' coachings, and the game has certainly improved, but there are still many weaknesses. The catching is: very inaccurate, and so is the passing. The game will never be good until this is remedied, and above all, till everyone remembers to pass: forward and to get rid of the ball at once. The attacks must keep on the move the whole time and be ready, for any pass, anywhere, and pass more. The interchanging among the defences is not always good, and they ought to practice body-checking. The whole team must aim at accuracy and speed and better combination. Friday, Nov. loth. Oxford beat Middlesex 18—o. Saturday; -Nov. 18th. 2nd XII lost to Reading 2-9.

Oxford lost to Bedford P.T.C. Matches have also been arranged during this Term against Wycombe Abbey and Surrey, and after Term against London. Neither the first or second teams are yet fixed, but six of last year's Blues are still up : Leys, Ree, McAfee, Hoyle, Kinchin-Smith, Irvine, Welbourne. Saturday, Nov. 25th.

Mali illotices. LADY MARGARET HALL. J.C.R. We should like to start our record for the year by welcoming two new members of the S.C.R., Miss Coate, tutor in History, and Miss Chilcott, tutor in Classics. Our old chapel being now too small, owing to our increased numbers, a new one has been built in the garden, near Old Hall. This was dedicated by the Bishop of Winchester on the first Saturday of Term, and a large gathering of friends of the Hall and old students: was present at the ceremony. A shop has been opened in the Hall in aid of the building fund. To judge from the number of customers, it appears to be in every way a success, and we hope it will be as great a benefit to the building fund as it is to the members of the J.C.R. Our thanks are due to Miss Musson and Miss Anson for the hours of patient toil spent behind the counter, in ministering to our every need. T'he Hall owes a debt of gratitude to the Dramatic Society for their performances of some scenes from Shakespeare,' by Bax and Rubenstein. The Society is very much to be congratulated, both on the originality of its choice of a play, and on the talent displayed in the performance. ,

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JI7 BOAT CLUB.

PITS ident—lVii ss SKIPWORTH. Secretary—F. KENRICK. Boat Committee, 1922-3. Sculling—A. C. Roxburgh, M. Jennings, M.

Erskine Clarke. Punting—A. G. Wreford, A. Nichols. Canoeing—H. Northcott, M. Jerred.

There is considerable promise among the First Year, many of whom show much keenness. The system of half-captains has again been revived this Term, to enable: more people to enjoy the river without lowering either style or efficiency. Thanks to the fine weather, we: have been able: to do a good deal of boating, and several people have qualified for captaincies and half-captaincies this Term. The following have qualified since the last repprt Sculling.—C. Rudd, M. Erskine Clarke (Trinity Term), K. Lea, P. Sweeting,. Half-captains C.' Mackenzie, F. Church, P. Mitchell, B. Grossman, M. Jerred, E. Nutt, A. Edwards, A. Johnston (Michaelmas Term). Punting.—F. Kenrick, M. Hoyle, P. Sweeting, A. Nichols (Trinity Term). Half-captains: A. C. Roxburgh, H. Erskine Clarke:. Canoeing.—H. Northcott, S. Dimsey, F. Kenrick (Trinity Term). Half-captains : M. Blyton, Z. Barker, N. Quigley, D. Everington, M. Jennings (Michaelmas Term).

LACROSSE CLUB. Captain—I. REE. Secretary—M. ELKINGTON. The Club: consists of nearly forty members, and practices are held twice a week. At the beginning of the Term the' attacks we're not nearly up to the standard of the defences, but during the latter part they have improved to a remarkable degree, and the: team now possesses much better combination. Three 1st XII matches. have been played, and one znd XII. The 2nd XII, owing to the fact that they so seldom get regular team practice, are decidedly lacking. in combination. It is to be hoped that next Term all the members of the Lacrosse Club will make a special effort to appear at practices, so that team: play need not be limited to the 1st XII.' Matches, Michaelmas Term, 1922. 1st XII.

November 4th v. Heathfield.—Lost, 6-3. November 18th, v. Berkshire Ladies.—Won, 6-2. November loth, v. Coventry Ladies.--Won, 12-0.


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znd XII. November 2 2nd ,v. St. Michael's Convent.—Lost, 6 o. FRENCH CLUB. President—M. ELKINGTON. S ecretary —R. PARSONS.

Owing to the establishment of the 06.U.W.F.C., which aims at providing meetings of more general interest, the L.M.H. French Club decided this .TerM to concentrate mainly on conversational French. 'For this purpose the members meet tea,' kindly arranged every Monday for French ' by the Bursar. French guests are invited whenever possible. The Club has gained a number of new members from the First Year, including several outside the French school. French-speaking members of other schools are alwayswelcome.

BEAUFORT DEBATING SOCIETY. President—Miss BARKER. Secretary—Miss NICHOLS.

The Lady Margaret Hall Debating Society has undergone a metamorphis,, and started life afresh this Term as the: Beaufort Debating Society. Formerly all members of the Hall were ipso facto members of the, Debating Society, and much slackness and inattendance resulted •'it was hoped that by restricting the membership keen speakers would be enlisted, and a higher standard of debating maintained. So far the experiment has been very successful. The first meeting of the Society, consisting in a sharp practice debate, was held on October 26th. On November 8th a meeting took place in conjunction with the Home Students Debating Society, the motion being that in the present state of the country, Labour measures would be more beneficial than Conservative administration. The speeches were, on the whole, well expressed and forcible. On November 24th the. third meeting of the Society was held and. the motion debated that ' Moderation is the Rule of Life,' a motion carried in spite of the protests: of a few fiery spirits. We look forward to welcoming the Eglesfield Society of 'Queen's College to a debate on December 6th on the motion that ' the art of the past is to the art of the present as: the sublime to: the ridiculous.' It should provide rich food for controversy.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY. President—Miss Mo SE LEY. Secretary—Mliss Nicuots. This Society is in a flourishing condition; it has enlarged its membership, and has many keen

supporters both within and without its ranks:. A reading of Prof. Murray's translation of CEdipus was held on October 31st for members of the First Year, and on November 18th a performance was given to the Hall of episodes from Shakespeare by Clifford Bax and C. E. Rubinstein. The SOciety intend to produce a play early in the Hilary Term. '

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SOM:ERVILLE COLLEGE. J. C. R. We are very glad to welcome Miss Reynard, the Treasurer, and Miss Johnson, the Secretary, as members of the Senior Common. Room. Final-arrangements have been made for Miss Penrose's portrait, which Is, to be painted early next year by Mr. Helps. Somerville has figured as a typical women's college in the pages of an October number of The Sphere. The photographs were exceedingly good, but the comments somewhat misleading. A French Club has just been formed, but it has been impossible to arrange many meetings: this Term, owing to activities in connection with the newly constituted Inter-College Club. On Friday, November loth, Miss Somerville gave a lecture on Mary Somerville,' after whom the College was named, which was illustrated by some interesting lantern slides:. At a party given to: the Scouts on November 25th, the First Year acted two short plays, Enter the Hero,' by Theresa Helburn, and Waiting for the 'Bus,' by Gertrude Jennings. '

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LITERARY SOCIETY. President—Miss DARBISHIRE. Vice-President—M4sS SLATER. Secretary—MISS CANE. Treasurer—Miss STOCK.

An open meeting of the Society was held on Friday, October 27th, when Mr. Nichol Smith gave a very interesting and amusing address on Some Old Parodies,' in the course of which he read from eighteenth century collections,. The Society met for the second time on November 15th, to read Samson Agonistes.' The third and last meeting this Term will take place on '

December 4th, when Miss Dale will read a paper on Fantasy,' '

BOAT CLUB. President—F. DUNDAS. Secretary—M. U. SHARPE. Treasurer—M. N. JACKSON. Rowing Representative—C. BARRATT. Punt and Canoe Representative—M. J. CROOK.


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THE FRITILLARY. Somerville is being more than usually active on the river this Term ; besides the usual number of scullers, coaching canoes are going out nearly every day, and the number of those who row has increased enormously. Owing in part to the generosity of Mrs. Walden, the Club was able to purchase a T'ogger eight from New College at the end of last Term. It is kept on the Lower River and goes out three or four mornings each week. A fancy dress dance held at the beginning of Term raised sufficient funds to provide a coach, and slides and oars are hired from Salter's.

HOCKEY CLUB. Captain—A. B•LL. Secretary"--I—J. BERWICK. Treasurer—V. CRICHTON.

The Somerville 1st XI began the season well by beating Holloway College at Holloway by 6 goals to 2. In this match the team played very well together, but the slowness of the defence in getting back on to their own men was very apparent. Several of the First Year have joined the Hockey Club, among the most promising are G. Wilson M. Macnaughton and E. Sharp. Four of the 'First Year have also got places in the znd XI. The .2nd XI has played one match against Bedford Ladies' H.C. 2nd XI, which they lost by 5 goals to 3 ; the game was good, and above the usual standard of znd XI matches. The XI's, are as follows :— 1st XI. Goal, *Berwick ; right back, Macnaughton ; left back, *Crichton ; right half, *Simpson; centre half, Willson ; left half, Sharp ; left wing, %Edwards; left inner, *E. Bull; centre, *A. Bull; right inner, Badock ; right wing, Headlam-Morley. znd XL Goal, Hearn; left back, Freeth ; right back, H. Walker; right half, Patterson ; centre half, Glover; left half, Hutchins ;left wing, D. Walker; left inner, Watkins; centre, Tackley ; right inner, Thornton ; right wing, Macdonald.

trate in spacing and passing, while the defences need to mark more carefully and to clear sooner. Except for inter-college practice games, we have only played one match, against Reading University, which we lost, ir Provisional Team. Goal, McAfee ; point, Carpenter; cover point, Macnaughton ; 3rd man, Montague; left defence, Oakes ;right defence, Walker ; centre, Bull ii ; left attack, Beach Thomas ; right attack, Patterson; 3rd home, Bull i; 2nd home, Young; 1st home, Sharp. —

NETBALL. This Term has been most unfortunate for Somerville Netball Club (whose career has always been precarious) for it was not until the fourth week that a practice ground could be obtained. Consequently, although Somerville members take part in united team practices, only two college games have so far been arranged. The match played against the Oxford Home Students resulted in a defeat for Somerville' by io goals to 7; but the spirited play, marred only by poor combination, showed that systematic practice was all that was needed to produce a good standard of play. • Enthusiasm has not been irrevocably damped by the enforced idleness of the Club, and it is hoped that more satisfactory arrangements will be made for next Term. The Club now numbers about thirty members. Any others who would like to play are asked to notify the Secretary.

ST. HILDA'S HALL. J. C. R. Owing to structural alterations which took place at South during the vacation, there are several more rooms available, and our numbers have risen to 102. The Freshers, of whom there are forty-one, gave a performance on November 25th of Tarzan, or the Undergraduapes,' a typical skit in three acts, followed by a delightful, but all too brief, shadow play. The lighting arrangements deserve special commendation.

LACROSSE. At the beginning, of the Term we were left with about nine Lacrosse players in Somerville, but fortunately the First Year have helped to. swell the numbers and made it possible for us to produce a College XII. The team is decidedly weak, not possessing any individually good player, but is energetic and should improve a great deal next Term. The attacks must give up the idea of trying to run through with the ball, and concen-

DRAMATIC SOCIETY. A reading of ' Quality street ' took place on November 7th, with a view to discovering histrinonic talent among the First Year. On November 3oth, Rubenstein and C. Bax's Shakespeare ' was read by the' Society.


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An open meeting was held on November 7th, when the Rev. John Dover Wilson lectured to an audience of 130 on ' How Shakespeare wrote his plays.' On November 28th, Flecker's ' Hassen ' was read.

Music, and on November 22nd a Social took place, when various members 'of the Society contributed to an enjoyable programme. Movements are already on foot for the annual concert next Term, which it is 'hoped will be as successful as that of last year.

DEBATING SOCIETY.

An interesting debate was held with St. Edmund Hall on November 8th, the motion, ' That contemporary indifference to Art is an inevitable product of modern civilisation,' being carried by twenty votes to seventeen. Several sharp practice debates have been held during the Term. Two very enjoyable dances have taken place this Term, on November trth and December 2nd, and the thanks and congratulations of the Hall are due to the Dance Committee for the very successful arrangements made on both occasions., I. P. M. FREESTON, Sec.

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HOCKEY.

St. Hilda's Hall has suffered considerably through not having a ground of its own this Term. It has therefore been difficult to arrange games and practices, and though the Hall possesses 1st and 2nd Xa's, they lack combination, and further practice would be valuable. Although comparitively few Freshers are playing hockey this year, some among them are very promising and show great keenness. St. Hilda's would be very glad to know of any available field, preferably in the vicinity of the Hall.

ST. HUGH'S COLLEGE. J C. R. With the addition of fifty-nine Freshers to our number, we have become the largest of the women's colleges. We offer hearty congratulations to Miss Moberly, who has been awarded an honorary degree- for her past services to the College, to Mrs. Simpson, on being the first woman to attain the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and to 0. Lister for winning the University prize for anatomical drawing. The Debating Society has embarked on a vigorous existence of informal weekly meetings, and had a most successful joint debate with Merton on the motion, Manners maketh man.' The Literary Society has been having playreadings, and on November 25th it was lucky in securing 0. S. Walter die la Mare to read a paper on Character in fiction ' to a crowded audience. Prof. Gilbert Murray gave a very clear and interesting address on the League of Nations in the second week of. Term. In connection with the National Union of Students, we were able to secure Mr. Collis to speak on - behalf of the Students' Relief Fund, in the place of Miss Chance, who was unfortunately unable to come. On St. Hugh's Eve, the Second Year kept the College amused for three hours by a very excellent performance of The Chinese Puzzle.' .

LACROSSE CLUB.

Owing to difficulties in obtaining a ground on which to play, the team has had so little opportunity of practising together that it is impossible to give any criticism of individual play, or to present an adequate report. We are very pleased that N. Muller has been selected to play in United matches. I. P. M. FREESTON, Sec. S.H.H. Lacrosse Club.

MUSICAL SOCIETY.

The Society has greatly increased in numbers this Term, and has held two very successful meetings. On October 26th, Dr. Ernest Walker played selections from French pianoforte composers to illustrate the Evolution of French

HOCKEY CLUB.

Captain—S. WICKHAM. Vice-Captain—M. SLANEY.

Secretary—M. E. CARY-FIELD. Team play has been much hampered this Term by the clashing of matches and practices with other games, so that we have seldom been able to put a full 1st or 2nd XI into the field. Individual play is good on the whole, and provided we can raise full sides next Term, the 1st XI should work up well. The 1st XI is rather inclined to leave the scoring to the centre, and the defence must still learn to combine. The 2nd XI suffers• badly from a dearth of forwards, which a whole army of promising backs does not , help. The 1st XI have beaten St. Mary's, Wantage, the High School, St. Mary's and St. Catherine's, Wantage, and have lost against Headington and the Etceteras. The 2nd XI has been unlucky


THE FRITILLARY. over matches, losing three and drawing one, often because its best members were drawn away to fill up gaps in the 1st XI.

S. H. C. L. C. The state of the College Lacrosse is still rather uncertain, for although we have had a fair number of College practises, the team has been unable to combine well owing to constant changes, in the efforts to fill the vacancies in the team since last year. The defences need more confidence and combination, and the attacks more determination. We have played two matches this Term, one against Winchester Old Girls, which we won 12-0, and one against Down House School, Newbury, which we lost, 4-8, and we also have arranged 2nd XII matches against the Convent and the High School.

BOAT CLUB.

President—Miss MILLS. Captain—N. HOARE. Secretary—J. PATERSON.

Shrew,' on November 7th Othello ' and on November Zest Henry IV,' Part I. We hope to hold the fourth meeting on December 5th. On each occasion we enjoyed some good reading. When individual taste in the matter of parts is better known, we hope to raise the standard still higher. The Club is always very pleased to welcome visitors who, are interested in Shakespeare. The intended dates of readings for next Term are January 3oth, February 13th and 27th, and March 13th. '

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HOCKEY CLUB.

Captain--Miss PARKER. Secretary—Miss ABELL. Treasurer—Miss DUNN. The Home Student Hockey Club has increased its membership since last year, and we have been glad to welcome many keen Freshers, several of whom are playing in the teams. The following have played in most of the first team matches The. Misses Parker, captain (0.W.U.H.C.), Howell (0.W.U.H.C.), Day (vice-captain), Toft, Symes, Dunn, Evershed, Carlbach, Storrs Fox, Douglas, Charlton. The Home Students have been represented in 'United matches by Miss Parker and Miss Howell. Miss Evershed has played for Oxford County. :

We were very sorry to lose Miss Evans as President at the end of last Term, but would like to welcome Miss Mills in her place. We have bought a new canoe and a tub pair, in view of the increased number of people who boat. There is a pleasing keenness in the First Year, and several of them are qualifying as halfcaptains or captains. Rowing continues with unabated vigour on the Upper River, and we are exceedingly grateful to Mr. Lusk for continuing to coach us.

We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of The 'Girton Review,' the Report of The International Federation of University Women,' and of the S. Leonard's School Gazette.' '

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SWIMMING CLUB.

Captain—I. DUNN. Secretary—N. E. TOFT. The Swimming Club has begun to hold winter meetings. The members are few and keen, but owing to the prevalence of colds the numbers of attendances have been most irregular. Water polo is the chief attraction, although several heats have been swum. A has been instituted, at the head of which is I. Dunn. The Club was very pleased when I. Dunn and I. J. J. Carlebach were asked to take part in the United Display, which was given in the middle of Term to the elementary schools.

SOCIETY OF OXFORD HOME STUDENTS. SHAKESPEARE READING CLUB.

President—Miss

GRINHAM.

The Club, which has now been in existence for two Terms, is very glad to welcome nineteen new members this Term, making a total of thirtyfour. Three meetings have been held this Term. On October 24th we read The Taming of the '

DRAMATIC

SOCIETY.

President—Miss WOR S LEY. Secretary—Miss HILLS. Treasurer—Miss DOUGLASS. The Society has had some very good meetings this Term, which have been well attended. The following plays have been read : Fanny's


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First Play,' The Knight of the Burning Pestle,' Androcles and the Lion.' An invitation was accepted from the Harrovian Society to read Trelawney of the Wells.' The Society has one member, Miss Tuffley, taking part in the 0.W.I.D.S. production of Belinda.'

THE SING-SONG CLUB. Secretary—Miss C. A. C. SIMPSON. A Sing-Song ' Club has been formed for the practice of simple two and three-part songs, and folk-songs in unison, and has made a promising start.

HOLY WELL PRESS, ALFRED STREET, Q7CEORE1


I.—The management of the Fritillary shall be in the hands of an Editor and five Committee members in the Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, and an Editor, Sub-Editor and five Committee members in Trinity Term. II.—The Editor shall be elected by the votes of the Colleges and Halls at the end of the Hilary Term, and shall act as Sub-Editor during the Trinity Term. III.—The five Committee members shall be elected, one from each of the Colleges and Halls, at the end of the Trinity Term, and shall come into office in the Michaelmas Term. IV.—There shall be a Treasurer, who shall be referable to the Editor and Committee, and who shall be elected at the end of the Trinity Term and come into office in the followinc,Michaelmas Term. V.—No member shall, for the future, be eligible for prizes who has at the time of entry been non-resident for more than a Term.


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