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ROSSETT. DEATH or MR. E. R. BALFOUR.—A fine rower, a good shot, and a splendid man at Rugby football are lost in Mr. Ernest R Balfour, who has just succumbed to a chill at Ardoch, Perthshire, where he had been shooting with some friends. It was only a few weeks since that, with Mr. Guy Nickalls, he won the Silver Goblets for Leander at Henley. He rowed No. 5 in the Oxford boat this year and last. For three years-1893-5-he played in the Oxford Rugby team, but gave up football for rowing. Mr. Balfour, who was the second surviving son of the late Mr. A. Balfour, of Liverpool, was only 23 years of age. Lung Balfour, as his friends called him, was especially popular in his university; with the strength of a giant, he displayed the gentleness of a woman and un- varying equanimity of temper. The tenure of office of president of Vincent's Club is always a testimony to prestige and popularity in the university, and Mr. Balfour filled the chair with especial eclat during his term of office. His geniality and innate courtesy and gentle- ness endeared him to all with whom he came in contact, and his loss will be felt and mourned in the athletic world far outside the radius of the university whith he adorned. Mr. Balfour's death seems to be another illustration of the way in which a valuable life mav fiimnlr hA thrown away by incaution. He got drenched when shooting, and omitted to change his dress as soon as he reached home and ceased moving. No constitution can be thus trifled with m safety. A chill followed, then pneu- monia, and the complaint strangled him. Another celebrated oarsman, V. Nickalls, in like manner tempted Providence last autumn, and essaped with a critical spell of rheumatic fever and six months on the shelf in the hands of nurses and doctors. For poor Balfour's half- hour s indiscretion of sitting in wet clothes nature has granted no locus penitential. He will be sadly missed in Oxford when term re-assembles after long vacation and in Leander circles he will long be mourned.

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