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CHESTERTON AND THE EMPIRE.

THE GOOD OLD COLLEGE DAYS!

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THE GOOD OLD COLLEGE DAYS! Jesus College, Oxford, of which Mr. Lloyd George is elected Fellow, has not always (says the Daily Chronicle) been an ideal home for a total abstainer. During the brave days of old, when everybody took his whack in the manner approved by Mr. Chesterton, this Cambrian College, like neighbouring Brasenose, was famous for the strong ale to which the lyric poet alludes :— There was a proud freshman of Jesus, Whose looks were intended to freeze us In his boots he wore nails, And his home was in Wales, And he lived on the strong beer of Jesus. Among the college plate is a huge silver-gilt bowl, which was presented by Sir Watkin Williams Wynn in 1732. According to tradition, this becomes the property of the first undergraduate who can drain it when filled with punch and then himself remove it without assistance. The cup has not been lifted. There is also the tradition of an observant policeman, who was consulted about the drinking habits of the mid-Victorian under- graduates. "Not what it used to be," he t said. When we finds a gentleman laying in the street if he smells o' brandy we takes 'im to the 'Ouse, and if he smells of beer we takes him to Jesus."

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