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Rydal Mount School, Colwyn Bay. ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES. The annual distribution of prizes in connection with Rydal Mount took place on Friday evening. The event is one which is eagerly looked forward to by the pupils and friends, preceeding as it does the Christmas holidays. Notwithstanding the very inclement weather, there was a large attendance in the handsome hall of the noble pile of buildings. Amongst those who accepted invitation to be present were Mr and Mrs Barlow, Mr and Mrs Turner, Mr Cowpe, Mr Bracewell, Mrs Wood, Mr and Mrs Newton, Mr and Mrs Robertson, M. and Mrs J. A. Harrop, Mrs Westbrook, Mr Lancaster, Mr and Mrs Webster Dean, Mr and Mrs Shelly, Mr. and Mrs. J, M. Porter, Mr. and Mrs. Mouls- dale, Rev, J, and Mrs. Briggs, Mrs, Gunton, Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett, Mrs. Hill, Mrs. J. L. Barker, Mr. J. V. Early, Witney Mr. A. E. Sutcliffe, Rev. J. Hornabrook, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Lewis, Rev. J. Sewell Haworth, Mr. F. G. Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Mitchell, Rev. H. and Mrs. Waterworth, Dr. and Mrs. Lord, Mr. and Mrs. Hammond, Miss Hovey, Miss E. Hovey, Rev. T. E. and Mrs Freeman, Mr. and Mrs. Heenan, Mr. and Mrs. Bevan, Mr. and Mrs. E. Douglas, Mrs. and Miss Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. Plews, Mr. and Mrs. Oldham, Rev. H. and Mrs. Elderkin, the Mis-es Elderkin, Miss I. Tonkin, Mrs. and Miss Pryce-Jones, Mr. W. Pryce-Jones, Mrs. and Miss Harrop, Mr. and Mrs Guest, Rev. J. and Miss Robinson, Rev. T. and Mrs. Lloyd, Mr. and Mrs. Linekar, Mr. and Mrs. Lowe, Mrs. Nuttall, Mr. Glover, Mr. and Mrs. Bradburn, Mr., Mrs., and Miss Chettle, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Jones, Mr and Mrs. Dicken, Mrs. Little, Miss Clayton, Miss Johns, Mr. and Mrs. Kettlewell, Mr. N. Kettle- well, The Misses Smith, Miss Sowerbutts, Mr. and Miss Barlow, Mrs. and Miss Bell. Mr. J. L. Barker of Bowdon, occupied the chair, and he was supported by the Headmaster, Mr. T. G. Osborn, M.A., J.P., the Rev. F. J. Briggs, and Mr. J. V. Early, of Witney. After the proceedings had been opened with prayer by the Rev. F. J. Briggs, boys capital choir rendered Mendelssohn's part-songs (a) "The Woods," and (b) Early Spring," in a manner which was very much appreciated by the audience. THE HEADMASTER'S REPORT. The Headmaster, on rising to present his report, was received with loud applause. He said that his report would be less formal than in pre- vious years. They did not generally make the matter too formal. He would make a few remarks to the friends who had come on such a disagree- able night to the event, and to them he extended a hearty welcome. The occasion was a peculiar one, and they had not gone far to get a stranger in the chair. It was, therefore, more in the nature of a quiet family gathering. He was glad to see Mr. Barker in the chair, and also to see "old" boys who had done them the honour of being present on the occasion, and some of whom he was glad to say were governors themselves, but were too modest to come on the platform. (Laughter and applause,) They had had a happy year's work, and had got on well together. There had been little difficulties, and a little for- getfulness, but nothing to break the pleasantness of the year. The health ot the school was good, although they had had one or two scares. One boy was taken ill, and they tried to prevent more cases. They did not succeed in preventing that altogether, but they put the pupil at home, and if they did not break up the school they would have had a hospital there. The year had been a year of progress, with special achievements. It was the first time they had been admitted to the Oxford and Cambridge examinations which placed them on a level with the highest school in the Kingdom. They had not taken the highest position, but they had got on well for the first time, and more than half of the successful candi- dates were new, and that was a thing not to be ashamed of. They had got a large proportion through in their examinations. Examinations were one of the most important things in educa- tion. It would not do to undervalue examinations and substitute various devices in their places. Being a master himself he might not be an im- partial judge, but unless some better substitute be found than those suggested it would be bad for children unless they had examinations. In- spection meant taking boys by the class, and unless there was individual culture and work they were not going towards success. Amongst the other substitutes was notification, which was introduced in America, and which had been very successful there, and he could quite believe it. (Laughter). The headmaster could say at the end of the term, such and such has done well, and then he will be sent to the University and have a scholarship. It saved the trouble of examining. It would be very popular amongst his young friends, if they only got the right side of him, and he could assure them it was a very easy matter. (Laughter.) Notification was coming; he could see it coming. He remembered the days when most scholarships at the colleges were not
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North Wales Advertising Board. At the first meeting of the Executive Com- mittee of ufce newly-constituted North Wales Ad- vertising Board Mr Charlies A. Jones, Carnarvon, was appointed chairman, and the following vice- chairmen were elected :-Mr R. J. Jones, Holy- head, for Anglesey; Mr R. Roberts, Llandud- no, Carnarvonshire Mr E. Allen, Colwyn. Bay, Denbighshire; and Mr S. Perks, Rhyl, Flint- shire. Mr A. J. Oldiman was appointed secre- tary. Schemes for press advertising, the issuing of handbooks, posters, framed views, alburiis of views, and lantern lectures were presented and considered. The number of towns which have already joined the Board, is twenty-two, and others are considering the question. -c..
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The Temperance Movement in North Wales. HOUSE OF LORDS CONDEMNED. Sir Herbert Roberts, M.P., presided at the annual conference at Abergele on Thursday of the Denbighshire and District Temperance As- sociation, at which there were present a large number of delegates. In his address Sir Herbert Roberts urged that temperance wasi the rock on which Wales would build its local self-government. If Wales had the power to settle the, question in its own way they would quickly decide it and a step forward would be made. (Applause.) In his opinion temperance was one of the foundation stonet upon which they would develop their hirfi na- tional character, temperance work and religion going hand in hand. (Applause.) Wales was determined in the next Parliament to demand the passing of the Welsh Veto Bill and amend- ment oi the Welsh Sunday Closing Act. (Ap- plause.) Mr H. E. Prichard (Abergele) urged that tem- perance voters should be asked to support the candidates who were prepared to vote against the House of Lords having the power to veto such measures as the Licensing Bill. He pro- posed the following resolution:—"That this Association expresses its appreciation of the efforts of the Government for the promotion of temperance and its condemnation of the action of the House of Lords in frustrating and de- stroying those efforts that while it recognises that the question of.. the House of Lords must be the predominating issue in the approaching mo- mentous election, this Association emphasises the importance of keeping clearly before the elec- torate the two temperance measures relating to Wales, viz., the Welsh Local Veto Bill and the Welsh Sunday Closing Act (Amendment) Bill, and expresses the hope that all the members of Parliament for Wales will give these measures a prominent place in their election addresses." Mrs T. M. Jones (Colwyn Bay) seconded, and the reso-liutiorn was carried with applause.
Denbighshire Territorials. A meeting of the General Purposes and Fin- ance Committee of the Denbighshire Territorial Association was held at Chester on Thursday. Mr Jelf Petit presided. Plans of the proposed alterations to the Drill Hall at Denbigh were passed, and it was de- cided to forward them to the War Office for sanctioni. The Drill Hall is to be enlarged to accommodate the Yeomanry of the Welsh. Bor- der Mounted Brigade, as well as an infantry Company. Owing to the financial loss to the Association,, it was decided to take proceedings against certain members of the 4th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers who had failed to make themselves efficient. The question off the supply of boots to the men of the Territorials was considered. The As- sociation had supplied every man who went to camp for a fortnight with a pair of boots, a shirt, and braces. A lettet was received from the War Office stating that the Army Council had decided not to allow County Associations to purchase boots for the men owing to various difficulties of issue and storage. The Council stated that it was desirable that the boots worn in camp should be those worn by the men or- dinarily, and they suggested that inducements by way of compensation for wear on military service should be given to the men to provide themselves with boots of a paittern which, while suitable for military purposes, would also be useful to them as civilians.
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Llanrwst County School. ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES. A SCHOOL THREE HUNDRED YEARS OLD. INTERESTING ADDRESS BY MR. R. M. HUGH JONES, M.A., J.P. The Church House at Llanrwst was, on Thursday evening, filled to overflowing on the occasion of the County School prize distribution. The chair was occupied by Colonel Sandbach (Chairman of the Governing Body), and he was supported on the platform by the Rev. J. I. Farr, headmaster. The prizes were distributed by Mr R. M. Hugh Jones, M.A., J.P., Rhyl, son of the late Archdeacon Hugh Jones, Rector of Llanrwst, and a former pupil at the school. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, said that the school had dome exceedingly well during the year which endted in July. The Gov- ernors had entcDeavoured to rid themselves of the inadequacies of the buildings, but unfortunately they were stopped by the higher power. There was a scheme prepared for dealing with the whole of the County Schools throughout the county, and awaiting that scheme the Education Authority had, for the present, shelved this as well as other improvements so that others were also in the same box as themselves and at a standstill. He hoped the delay would not be long, but that in six months' time they would be allowed to proceed with the plans already in hand. He, with the other Governors, con- (gratulatedi ltIhe boys and gtirls who had won prizes during the year, but he would like to re- mind them that although it was good to win prizes, the object was gained by the hard, work that it necessitated in preparation for the exam- ination. They rejoiced at successes in the school, yet they should remember that the local- ity was but a .small spot of the Empire, and should not confine themselves to parochial mat- ters at home. It was well to know that there were many Welshmen who had risen to the ranks of fame yet they must extend that and not for- get that there were also Englishmen who had also done well. He asked them not to confine themselves to Wales alone, but to the great Brit- ish Empire, which was the greatest Empire the world had ever seen. (Applause.) Mr. Farr gave statistics of the school, and said the numbers were steadily increasing. Their pupils this year numbered 121, consisting of 62 gtirls and 59 boys. Only during one year had this number been exceeded, when the number was 129 but he hoped, with the new buildings, they would yet increase. Speaking tOo one of the Inspectors the other day, he enquired where their school stood as compared with others, when the Inspector replied that the schools were divided into three classes, namely A, B, and C, and Llanrwst was well up in the A class. (Loud applause.) Speaking for himself, he would much like to have the new buildings com- plete in 191 o, because the school dated from 1610, and it was then celebrating its tri-cen- tury. He also would much like to have a field for games. (Appllause,) The sneaker dealt with the 1851 scheme that was in operation when he entered' the school thirty-five years ago, and that went on to 1879; then there was a change, in 1894. He woruld like to see more commercial preparation in the school, one part for that branch and the other a university branch and he hoped they would branch it off on those two. lines. THE SUCCESSES. The successes gained by pupils during the year were as follows — Central Welsh Board, Senior certificates: Annie Pierce Jones, David Austen Jones, Ellen Mary Jones, Jane Catherine Jones, Nancy Jones, William Arthur Jones, Samuel Williams. Junior certificates Louisa Jane BamweU, M. J. R. Jenkins, R. G. ililoydi, J. R. Morris, Ann Jane Owen, H. 'H. Roberts, R. E. Roberts, W. A. Roberts, Robert Bagshawe Wynne. Oxford Local Senior certificate: Herbert E. Jones. Matriculation examintation- of the University of Wales Annie Pierce Jones (in four subjects). Preliminary certificate examination William _F. Barnwell, John Glyn Jones. Mr R. M. Hugh Jones was then called upon to distribute the prizes. The following were the successful schglars:- Form V. Nancy Jones. Form IV. I, Louisa Jane Barnwell; 2, Anne Jane Owen. Form III.: i, Catherine Louisa Keates; 2, Katherifne Williams; 3, Ellen Williams. Form II.: I, Phiyllis Wynne; 2, Blodwen Mary D,?,vies; 3, Hannah Ellen Hughes; 4, Mary Dilys Jones. Attendance: Alice Edwards, Grace Price Evans, Nancy Jones, Catherine Louisa Keates, Jennie Lewis, Olwen Rowlands, Mapcie Olwen Williams. Form V. t, William Arthur Jones; 2, David Austen Jones. Form IV.: I, John Rowland Morris; 2, Ro- bert Griffith Lloyd and Robert Bagshawe Wynne. Form III. I, David Henry Jones: 2, Griffith Trevor Jones; 3, Albert Pritchard Evans and Gwi'lym Jones. Form II.: I, Thomas Edward Roberts; 2, John Rees Jones; 3, Idwal Jones; 4, John Thomas Jones. Attendance: John Rowland Morris, Robert Bagshawe Wynne, Griffith Trevor Jones, Thomas Edward Roberts, John Thomas Jones. A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. Mr. R. M. Hiugh Jones said he felt it a great honour to be there by the invitation of the Governors as an old boy to distribute the prizes and to render any service he could to his. old fiiend Mr Farr. He would not say how long it was since he first entered the school as a new boy," because some of his old friends and schoolfellows were present, and he would' not give them away for anything. (Laughter.) But he belie;ved that he and his five brothers could claim to have established a record as a family in connection with that school, because for a continuous period of 21 years, with a gap of only a few months, one or more of them were receiving their education there. They owed a great debt of gratitude to the old school, and he rejoiced to see and hear such evidence of its good work and prosperity. (Aipplause.) Much tilad 'been klone isiince his day, to improve its equipment and increase its general usefulness. In the first place, it was now a dual school. (Hear, hear.) Instead of having about 30 boys, as when he first knew it, there were now 58: boys and also 56 girls. New buildings had been added, including laboratories for science teach- ing, which was then not thought of, and further buildings were in prospect to. meet the increas- ing .numbers and growing requirements of the sr school. But there was still one thing lacking, which he regarded as an almost indispensable adjunct of a school, namely, a good field for games. (Cheers.) He hoped that some means might be found to remedy this deficiency. He fully admitted that: the cult of athletics might be, and often was, carried to excess. He was no advocate for that. But he was nevertheless a firm believer in the great value of organised school games, not only as a means of physical training, but also for mentall and moral training. There was more practical headwork involved in games of cricket and football, especially for the captain, of his side, than might appear to the uninitiated. And to learn to play up and play the game," to take a beating well, without losing heart or temper, to do one's best not for oneself, but for one's side and for the credit of the school,—these were some of the lessons of endurance and pluck, fair DiLaV, and esprit de corps that might be learnt on the school playground. (Applause.) A MODERN DANGER. Much might be said as to the changes which had taken place and were still talcing place in the curriculum of secondary schools. He still had a copy of "SaJbciruae Corolla," the well- known collection of Greek and Latin prize verses, Which he had received as a boy at that school as a prize for Euclid. He supposed both Ðudåd and IÆJtÎiIb verses were things of the past there now. But the choice of such a prize for a mathematical subject would indicate nretty clearly the predominance held by the classics in the school at that time. Still, if the curricu- lum in those days was somewhat narrow, and framed rather in the interest of the few than of the many, the teaching was, he thought, sound and good as far as it went. And the danger to- day in secondary schools was rather from the great multiplicity of subjects and the endless ex- aminations, which distracted and dissipated the energies of the teaching sltaff. There was a danger of forgetting that real education was d. process which could not be rushed," but re- quired time and thoroughness: that the young mind must be al/Lowed to develop and grow naturally, without being either forced or crammed that it was still a good rule to do one thing at a time, and to do it well, and that a scholar, as his name implied, must have leisure. It was impoissible to teach efficiently side by side in one school, with the limited staff and time available, the od subjects and the new. The consequence was that Greek had practically disappeared from schools of this character and Latin was .gradually dwindling. He could not help thinking that the solution would be found partly in a further reform of the curriculum and partly hi greater differentiation of schools; scholarships wouild be needed to enable the few really promising boys, for whom the local school might be inadequate or unsuitable, to pass on to the special type of school required. He did not know whether it was necessary or advisable to spend K> much money as was now spent on bursaries in payment of the ordinary school fees: the most profitable expenditure would be directed to strengthening the teaching staff, be- cause the efficiency of the teachers was the most viftal thing to the interests of the scholars. In conclusion, he congratulated the head- master and his colleagues and the school gener- ally upon the report which they had heard that day. (Loud applause.) A Shakespearean song, "Under the Greenwood 'Tree," having been rendered by the girls, a series of Morris Dances were gone through, to traditional airs. The dancers were Grace Price Evans, F. Jenkins, Blodwien Jones, Eurolwen Jones, Jane E. Jones, Mary Dilys Jones, Lucy Nock, Annie E. Roberts, Doris Roberts, Menai Williams, Mona Williams, and Phyllis Wynne. The dances were well done, the movements of the juveniles being most graceful. This was followed by a shiort sketch entitled Mrs. Poyser has her say out." The characters were:—Martin Poyser, J. R. Morris; Mrs. Poyser, Elis Hughes; Squire Donndthome. Thomas E. Roberts; Modly, Louisa J. Barnwell; Betty, Katherine Williams. A second sketch entitled Enoc Huws" was performed in Welsh. The characters were Enoc Huws, E. Thomas Roberts; Marged Pari, A. P. Evans; Jones y Plisanon, Thomas Idwail Davies, The accompanist throughout was Miss Edith Holt The usual votes of thanks having been ac- corded, the meeting closed with the singing of the two National Anthems, three girls leading with the solo in unison.
given by examination. A celebrated man the other day had a cousin who had some hunters, and he gave the principal amount, with the result that he got a scholarship. This was was coming on again. He knew that examinations were considered a plague, but they were a great bene- fit to the pupil and the school as a whole. They had been pressed unduly in the past, but there was a danger of a pendulum going too much the other way. After alluding to a work on Arche- ology of the North of England which had recently appeared from the pen of one in that school, Mr Osborn proceeded to say that he was much indebted to the masters for their co-operation in school work examination and sports. They must not forget the sports, which were an important part of training at school. He was grateful also to his old friend, Dr. Rogers, Mr. Linekar, and to Mr. Claxton, for their help in their respective departments. (Loud applause.) The Bijou Orchestra, under the leadership of Mr. Win. Claxton, gave a pleasing rendering of the entr'acte, Passe Pied." DISTRIBUTING THE PRIZES. The Chairman, who was cordially greeted, likened the gathering to a nice family party. He created much mirth by relating an anecdote of a gentleman and a boy from Eton at a cricket match at Lords. The gentleman asked the boy how he was getting on, and the boy replied that the headmaster was all right if it wasn't for those rotten governors. (Laughter.) He was of opin- ion that a man of letters should have been there to present the prizes, and he (the speaker) had done his best to be excused from occupying that position, but he had failed. (Laughter.) How- ever, he knew a little about it. The occasion was one to encourage the boys, and they would value the past in years to come. He was glad they were going to abolish Euclid. He never could see anything in it. (Laughter.) He would advise the boys to stick to things they did not like. They should persevere, so that in future years they would be glad that they had done so. (Applause.) The pupils were then called up by the Head- master to the stage for their prizes—handsome books. The boys applauded with much vigour as each prize winner received his prize. The Headmaster stated that nine-tenths of the school had gone in for arithmetic, and only one boy had failed. One boy—Barlow—had got the maximum number of marks in his certificate, and Mrs. Lancaster, the mother of three boys at Rydal, had given a prize for the average bat, which was won by E. J. Selby, the boy who won the open scholarship last year. A. E. W. Dean had also won a prize for shorthand. The following is a list of the prize-winners :— Form Prizes. —III., J. R. Moulsdale L. IV., G. B. Cowpe; IV., E. W. Westbrook IV.c., H. Brarewell; L. V., G. H. Porter; V.c., T. E. Waddington U.V., G. A. Potts. School Prizes.—Classics, A. E. Bestall; French, H. E. Clifton and E. W. Westbrook; mathematics, (I) not awarded, (2) P. G. Lancaster; German, T. E. Waddington English, A. E. W. Dean and J. W. Wintringham geography, F. S. Riggall; arithmetic, R. Barlow commercial subjects, W. L. Roberts writing, W, Jackson science, V. Smit h and C. R. Newton general diligence and improvement, F. C. Happold, J. P. Hutchinson, and G. W. Dean drawing, A. H. C. Sykes and F. Frith music, E. W. Robson and W. L. Roberts; O. and C. Higher Certificates, E. W Robson and H. E. Clifton. HONOURS LIST. University of Oxford.—Math. Moderns, Class I.: B. A. Bull. Honour Sch. of Nat. Science-Pre- liminary Exam. B. A. Bull and H. M. Oddy. Local Examinations.—Preliminary—Division I: G. W. Dean. N. M. Harrop, G. N. Smith. F. T. Wallis, E. G. D. Young. Division II G. P. Cowpe, J. T. Haworth. Junior—Honrs. II. G. H. Porter. III. W. A. Macfadyen. Division I. A. Baker, R. A. Bird, A. C. Capper, J. C. B. Hunt, P. G. Lancaster, C. P. Owen, H. Riggall, C. M. Slack, P. P. Smith, R. A. Swire, N. O. Vinter, J. W. Wintringham. Division II. J. P. Hutchinson, J. H. B. Tidmarsh, T. E. Wadding- ham. Senior-Division I. D. F. Hocken. University of Cambridge.-3rd M.B.—Part I. A. W. Bourne. 1st M.B.—Parts I. and II. E. J. Selby. Open Scholarship, Downing College— I. E. J. Selby. Previous examination—I. E, J. Selby. Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board.—Higher Certificates: E.W. Robson, H. E.Clifton. Excused Part II. previous examination F. G. Wood. Lower Certificates: A. E. Bestall, F. S. Briggs, D. M. Bunting, H. C. Oliver, G. A. Potts, F. S. Riggall. Royal College of Surgeons.-First Fellowship Examination A. W. Bourne City and Guilds Institute.—Matriculation Exa- mination R. E. Heenan, J. N. D. Heenan. Institute of Civil Engineers.—Studentship B. H. Bayliss. The Chairman wished the boys 'all success in their future lives and to keep working hard. (Applause.) After the "Hunting WSong" from "Dorothy" bad been sung by the choir, Mr J. V. Early, of Witney, said he had four sons who had been to Rydal, and if he had forty more they should all go there for their education. (Laughter.) He missed some faces amongst the seniors^ in which he took a peculiar interest, and one of them now had two boys of his own. They must look for another generation of Rydal Mount boys, to maintain the splendid traditions of that school. He loved the motto, Prodesse quam conspici of the school. It taught him a lesson when he read it. He was much impressed when he read in Conan Doyle's History of the Boer War," that Lord Roberts had written to a friend have kept myself fit in case of an emergency." And Lord Roberts was an old man now 70 years of age. Lord Roberts knew that it was no use a spongy man going out. The boys of that school knew what it was to be fit on the football field. He would like to see a hundred yards handicap for governors over fifty. It would be a fine thing for those rotten old governors." (Laughter.) What better in life could they do than keep themselves fit for the work God had for them to do ? One of his chief interests was in watching his boys going out in life. His third boy was not very distinguished at that school, but he was now studying for an University College Hospital, and was trying to make himself fit for that part of Mission work. It ought to be their duty, their joy, and their privilege to keep them- selves fit to uphold the grand motto of that noble school. (Loud applause.) The Rev F. J. Briggs congratulated the boys upon their successes. There was a tendency of successful boys, however, to be "cocksure," and those who had failed had been spared that. 1 When he was in school he wished himself in the Coral Islands. It was part of the system of education in facing that which was difficult. Darwin was no use at school, and no use at the University, and his father thought he would make him a parson. (Laughter.) If he had been made one, he had no doubt he would be a good one. He was very much in earnest. He observed and thought, and that was particularly necessary in education. And through these two things had Darwin excelled in science. He would miss the boys while they were on their holidays, which he hoped they would enjoy, and return fit for more work in the New Year. (Applause.) Rousing cheers in the true Rydalian manner were given for the Headmaster, Mrs. Osborn, the Masters, and for the holidays. The proceedings in the hall concluded with the singing of the Vacation Song, the music of which was composed hy Dr. Roland Rogers, Mus. Bac. (Oxon.). In this all the boys in every part of the room joined lustily in the singing, the last verse of which is as follows And when dear Rydal schoolboy days Are past and gone for ever, And in life's strife we seek the praise That waits on high endeavour, From touch of shame we'll guard thy name, Whate'er should be our essay, Thy motto still shall guide our aiiii- Quam conspici, prodesse: litirrah hurrah I the song upraise, As blithe as bells for bridal Ring out the praise of holidays, All merry hearts of Rydal." Refreshments were served to the guests prior to departure, and the preparations for Christmas joys were heard on all sides.