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-.III. THE RUGBY TERCENTENARY.

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.III. THE RUGBY TERCENTENARY. A meeting of Rugbeans was held on Saturday at Willis's-rooms to consider the best course to adopt for commemorating the tercentenary of the foundation of the school. The chair was taken by the Right Rev. Dr. Claughton, the newly appointed Bishop of Rochester. Dr. Temple, the head master, pointed out the necessity which existed for establishing foundation scholarships at Rugby. The public school commissioners had recom- mended this step, and his acquaintance with the wants of the school had led him to see the advantages which would result from the adoption of the recommendation of the commissioners. The trustees would not be able, even it they were possessed of the requisite amount of funds; to establish these foundations unless authorised to do so by Act of Parliament. With respect to school- rooms there were at present 500 pupils in the school, and it was absolutely necessary that the school-rooms should be increased in number. At the present time it was desirable to widen the course of education, and in addition to the classics to teach experimental and natu- ral physics. This could not be doae unless additional accommodation were provided. The enlargement of the chapel, which was built when the school was much smaller than at present, was also urgently called for. The chapel in its external aspect, too, was not altogether an architectural work such as Old Rugbeans would wisk to see, for it was planned nearly 50 years since, when so much attention was not paid to the merits of archi- tectural details and effects. After having provided for these more important matters, he would be glad to find that the overflowings of the Old Rugbeans' beneficence would enable the trustees to provide a gymnasium and a boys' library. The establishment of such a library would be of the greatest value to the school, as calcu- lated to give to the boys a desire and a taste for the literature of their country. Whether the chapel be re- built or enlarged was a matter which the Old Rugbeans would have to decide for themselves. There were many old associations connected with the chapel, and if it were to be pulled down it should be rebuilt in a style of such magnificence as would compensate to some extent for the loss of those old associations. Over and above all these matters, he suggested that, on the occasion of the tercentenary of Rugby, occasion should be taken for a festive meeting, and he recommended that a dinner should be held at Rugby on the occasion of the Rugby cricket match, on the 27th June (hear). Colonel Hanmer moved the following resolution:— That it is desirable to commemorate the tercentenary of the foundation of Rugby School in one or more of the following ways: By founding scholarships, by building additional school rooms, by rebuilding or enlarging the chapel, by establishing a gymnasium and swimming bath, or by establishing a boys' library and I reading-room." Mr. Thomas Hughes, M.P., seconded the resolution, which was agreed to unanimously. I The several resolutions having passed, the Rev. Dr. Collis, in proposing the appointment of a committee to carry out their plan, congratulated the rev. chairman on J the dignity to which he had been raised of the see of ¡ Rochester, and expressed a confident opinion that in the I laborious work which he had undertaken he would earn the hearty goodwill of all with whom he came in contact as fully as he had in Worcester (cheers). The committee which he proposed consisted of the Bishop of Rochester, I Marquis of Westminster, Lord Stanley, Mr. Horsman, M.P.; Mr. Goschen, M.P.; Lord S. G. Osborne, Rev. Chancellor Massingberd, Sir J. Fergusson, Mr. C. Calde- cott, Mr. S. C. Glyn, Mr. T. Hughes, M.P. Warden of All Souls', Dean of Westminster, Mr. Arthur Mills, Mr. Mathew Arnold, Rev. Dr. Temple, Rev. C. J. Arnold, and Rev. T. *NY. Blake, which was also unani- mously agreed to. In reply to a cordial vote of thanks to him, the chair- man said that the propositions which had been agreed to were eminently deserving of the liberal support of I Old Rugbeans, and stated that an additional claim on their benevolence was to be found in the fact that already the masters of the school had raised a sum of £ 8,000 towards the tercentenary commemoration, of which X3,000 was from the chapter, and £ 5,000 from the schools.

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