University of London.
The classified list of successful candidates at the June Matriculation Examination was issued on Wednesday last, two days after it was due, the delay being caused by the unprecedented number of candidates. The following is the list of those who were successful from the Catholic Colleges, the first place being taken by George Philip, of St. Francis Xavier's, Liverpool, who obtained the fifth place and a moiety of the second and third prizes. The * signifies that the candidate obtained marks qualifying for a prize.
Hosouas DIVISION.—(5) *George Philip, St. Francis Xavier's, Liverpool ; (13) *Joseph Delerue Murphy, Mount St. Mary's ; (16) *John Louis McCarthy O'Leary, Beaumont ; (27) *Alfred Meyer, Stonyhurst ; (36) *Alban Goodier, Stonyhurst (44) *Allan Ross, Beaumont ; (55) George Andrew Fehrenbach, Ushaw ; (73) Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloe, Edgbaston ; (77) Philip Francis Lynch, Beaumont; (83) Joseph Scott, Ushaw ; (94) Charles Matthew Annacker, Mount St. Mary's ; (too) Henry Maria Gonzaga Dix, Ushaw ; (108) Hugh Joseph O'Neill, Ushaw ; (115) Edmund Kilkenny, Old Hall ; (117) Edward Thomas Blount, Stonyhurst ; (125) Mark O'Connor, St. Francis Xavier's, Liverpool ; (126) Henry Mackin, Ushaw.
FIRST DIVISION.—Stonyhurst: Lawrence Bliss, Charles Misted, Charles Eastwood, Timothy Patrick Gaffney, Francis Ratcliffe, Arthur Roche, George Shee, Christopher Stapleton, and Alan EStern. St. Cuthbert's, Ushaw : Austin Joseph Collingwood, Charles Dunne, Thomas Hartley, Joseph Patrick McGlone, Thomas Noone, Robert John O'Brien, and John Thomas Turner. St. Mary's, Oscott : John Alkins, William Francis Bayliss, James Dey, and Arthur Welman. St. Oegmy's, Downside: Edward Michael Bird, Hugh Glynn Conolly, Charles Joseph Molyneux Hansom, and Vincent St. Lawrence. St. Edmund's, Old Hall: Charles Edward Brown, Thomas Smith, George Nicholas Sullivan, and Arnold James York. St. Stanislaus', Beaumont: Henry Cronin, Christian Jacob Danekest, Thomas Dunn, and Edmund Thomas Hale. Mount St. Mary's : William Hague, Thomas Kelly, and Dominic Lickert. St, Francis Xavier's, Liver pool : William Doran, Alfred Forshaw, and Robert Herbert Walsh. St. Edward's, Liverpool: John Thomas Cotton and James Whiteley. Si. Charles's, Notting Hill: Ulrich Jean Oschwald.
SECOND Drvisiow.--Stonyhurst: Patrick M‘Mahon. St. Mary's, Oscott : Joseph Chambers. St. Edmund's, Old Hall: Thomas Francis O'Brien. St. Charles's, Notting Hill : William Bernard Dyer. St. Bede's, Manchester: Edward Thomas Meagher. Si. George's, Weybridge ; Henry Edmund de Lossy De Ville.
The following is a summary :
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster distributed the prizes at this College on Saturday last. Many of the clergy and a large number of visitors were present. The Cardinal, in his speech, traced the history of the college from its earliest beginnings, in a small waiting room at St. Mary's, Bayswater, where his nephew, the late Mgr. William Manning, collected six small boys, to its present flourishing state, a well-built college and large grounds in one of the best situations in London, with no less than 130 students. The college had given many priests to the Church, several were working in the diocese, one was an army chaplain who had won distinction in Egypt, two were on foreign missions, and all this was with the blessing of God due to the untiring zeal of the late Mgr. Manning. His Eminence took occasion to record that every year the College is carefully examined by the Bishop of Amycla, and added : "Every year I have had the consolation of receiving from him the strongest testimony of the religious knowledge, not only catechetical, but spiritual and ecclesiastical, accurately gained by the boys." The Cardinal ended with some words of advice to the students and of thanks to the Very Rev. Dr. Butler, the Rector, and the Professors of the College. His Eminence presented bats to the boys who had made the highest average in batting and bowling. Prizes for class work and special subjects, and for the students who had matriculated at the London University were also distributed.
Exhibition at Ratcliffe College.
There was a large assemblage of visitors in the Academic Theatre at Ratcliffe College on Wednesday morning, for the distribution of prizes. The programme opened with the overture to " Zampa " by the band. This was followed by the recital of a Latin ode to the Queen, by Trevor Hughes. Then followed the representation of scenes from Shakespeare's King John. The acting was far above the average for amateurs, most of the performers giving evidence of considerable dramatic and elocutionary ability. Then some miscellaneous musical selections were rendered and elicited much applause. Portions of The Mikado were very cleverly interpreted by the students, and an excellent entertainment was brought to a close with the National Anthem. A word of praise is deserved by the band, whose share in the programme was well sustained. The attendance was very large, and included the Bishop of Nottingham, the Lord Abbot (Anderson), Mount St. Bernard's ; and the Very Rev. Provost Harnett. The prizes were distributed by the Bishop of Nottingham. The following were the prize takers : Poetry : First prize, Trevor William Hughes ; second prize, Edward Bagnall ; accessit, Charles Bell. Humanities: First prize, Stephen McKenna ; second prize, Joseph Nolan ; third prize, Henry Pearson ; Ratcliffe Association prize, Stephen McKenna. Syntax: First prize, Charles Doyle ; second prize, Bernard Roe ; first accessit, Waltet Hickey ; second accessit, John Fox ; Ratcliffe Association prize, Charles Doyle. Gramma; : First prize, Henry Bowen ; second prize, William Doyle ; first accessit, William Maddox ; second accessit, Herbert Murphy ; Ratcliffe Association prize, William Doyle. Rudiments: First prize, Reginald Pye ; second prize, Gerald Cremonini ; first accessit, Wilfrid Hughes ; second accessit, James Evans. Elements : First prize Francis Kirk ; second prize, Ernest Powell ; third prize, Walter Holding ; accessit, Louis Williams.
After the prize distribution the Bishop addressed a few words to the company, expressing the pleasure that he felt in noticing every sign that the college was prospering and doing well. He thanked them for the entertainment they had so well given that day, and was glad to hear that the present students had beat the past students in cricket, showing that they took pains not only in their studies but in their games. They had much to thank God for, especially in having restored their President's health. He was delighted to see such a large and distinguished company of visitors on that occasion, and was also pleased to hear of the success of the Ratcliffe Association, as it showed that the past students took an interest in their alma mater, and that interest would contribute to the prosperity of the college.
St. Joseph's College, Clapham.
The annual exhibition took place on Thursday week. As usual, the college hall, decorated with garlands, flowers, and gold-lettered mottoes, was filled long before the exercises began. These consisted of pieces of instrumental and vocal music under the able direction of Mr. Thomas ,Sydney Smith, well-known in the musical world by his musical compositions. To one of these, "The Exile of Erin," Carpenter did fair justice, and gave pleasing evidence of a rich and well
trained voice. The recitations by all the boys of a class were quite a feature, and the declamation of Carr, " Jugurtha's Prison Thoughts," displayed culture, power, and feeling. The comic scene from Cardinal Wiseman's Hidden Gem was well rendered, the humorous vehemence of Henry Fitt as Bibulus, contributing greatly to its success. The chief Honours' men were William L. Smith, who won his B.A. degree at the last London University examination ; Frank MacVicars, who passed the Intermediate examination in science, and Joseph Smith, who passed the recent Matriculation examination. The principal prizemen were Beckmann, Eassie, Rohan, and Hall, who secured the highest marks in their respective classes at the College of Preceptors' examination.
Prize Day at the Liverpool Catholic Institute.
On Tuesday the annual distribution, of prizes of the Catholic Institute, Hope-street, was held in the Hope Hall, under the presidency of the Bishop, Dr. O'Reilly. Previous to the distribution recitations were given by several of the boys, while A. and C. Ross contributed violin and pianoforte solos, which were very well received. His lordship, before distributing the prizes, spoke of the work the institute had accomplished, tracing its history from its beginning, when its scholars numbered seven, to the present year ; and while congratulating all concerned with the successful condition of affairs, he could not but lament the conduct of some parents who, from various causes, too often removed their children before enabling them to receive the benefits of a sound and liberal education, thus not merely depriving the children themselves of essential progress, but also retarding the measure of praise which would ultimately accrue to the school when they grew older and had greater facilities for distinguishing all concerned in the work of their education. His lordship then distributed the prizes, the chief among which were as follows :
Prizes for Holy Scripture and Doctrine.—Sixth Form : J. Callagher and J. Shute. Fifth Form : M. M`Laughlin. Fourth Form : D. M‘Grath. Third Form : T. Thompson. Second Form : J. Martin. First Form : M. WEvoy. Mathematical Prizes (Euclid and Algebra).— Sixth Form : J. Gallagher. Fifth Form : J. Lomax. Fourth Form : G. Browne. Third Form : C. Ross. Second Form : W. Cooke. First Form : W. Haines. English Prizes for composition, reading, dictation, spelling.—Sixth Form : J. Gallagher. Fifth Form : M. M`Laughlin and J. Hodgson, equal. Fourth Form : G. Browne. Third Form : W. Whittle. Second Form : J. Martin. First Form : J. Cain. Prizes for Good Conduct.—Fourth Form : W. Pennington. Third Form : P. Halpin. Second Form : W. Devlin and J. Hammond. First Form : J. Cain. Special Mathematical Prize.—John Shute.
St. Edward's College, Liverpool.
The Annual Distribution of Prizes took place on Monday, July ath. The proceedings of the day opened with a cricket match (Past v. Present), which was watched with great interest by numerous friends and former students of the college, and ended to the advantage of the Present. At one p.m. a meeting of the members of St. Edward's Society took place, and several new members were admitted. Then the guests and students adjourned to the study-hall, where, under the Presidency of the Bishop, the prizes and certificates were distributed to the successful candidates, who were warmly applauded. The Right Rev. Chairman spoke some heartfelt words of congratulation and encouragement, and wished the students a happy holiday. After the distribution, the guests were most hospitably entertained in the college refectory. The usual loyal toasts were proposed and cordially accepted. The company then broke up, evidently well pleased with the day they had spent at St. Edward's.
St. Mary's College, Woolhampton.
On Wednesday, July 13th, the annual distribution of prizes took place at St. Mary's College, Woolhampton. Among those present were the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Very Revv. Canons Applegath, Riley, Scannell, and many members of the Woolhampton Association. The proceedings opened with a few select pieces of music, sung with great taste and spirit by the students. Moliere's comedy, Le Malade Imaginaire, followed, and met with the success due to so humorous a piece and the clever acting of the players. As the examiners (the Right Rev. Mgr. Cahill, V.G., and the Rev. F. Kelleher) were unable to attend, their report was read. In it they expressed the greatest satisfaction at the existing state of order and discipline in the college, and the manifold marks of sure progress in solid learning among all the classes. The examinations had been conducted on the London University system, and in the whole college not a single failure was to be found ; many, on the contrary, having obtained the maximum number of marks, especially in Greek and French. Without giving the prize list in full, we may mention a few of the special prizes : RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE AND BIBLE HISTORY.—r. Bishop's Prize ; 2. WooMampon Association Prize : Lawrence Doran and Francis Bailey, equal. Good Conduct Prize : Henry Tyler, who earned the maximum number of marks. LATIN.— Woolhampton Association Prize : Arthur Power. MATHEMATICS.—Woolhampton Association Plize : Bernard Miller. Grand 7otal Prize, when all the totals for work done were added : Jasper Martin.
The prizes were distributed by the Bishop of Portsmouth, who congratulated the students on their signal success, and dwelt in glowing terms on the bright future that was opening for the college. After the distribution luncheon was provided for the numerous guests in the college refectory ; and in the evening the students departed for the vacation, gladdened by the thought of an additional week's holiday, which, at their request, the Bishop had kindly granted, in honour of the Queen's Jubilee.
St. Joseph's College, Weston Hall, Rugby.
At the recent examination of the Society of Science Letters and Art of London, nineteen candidates out of twenty of the Junior School obtained certificates. The subjects chosen were arithmetic, geography, history, grammar, drawing, Latin, French, algebra, and bookkeeping. The Moderator reported that "the work has greatly improved." Two students also passed the Junior Examination in the theory of music, held by Trinity College, London. The college has obtained 318 certificates from various examining bodies since June, 1879.
England owes a debt of gratitude to Douay, whose walls so long sheltered the colleges which sent to our shores so many martyrs and confessors, bishops, priests, divines, and men of mark. And it was always a joy to think that the old city was still connected with us by its English Benedictine College. But in these latter times the college had to contend with many difficulties, the greatest of which was want of ground for recreation. A country house with fifty acres of ground has now been purchased by the Prior and community of St. Edmund's at a cost of £4,600, and so Douay College will have its proper recreation grounds in a pleasant spot outside the town. It is, however, hoped, that the many whose ancestors have aided or derived profit from the old colleges of Douay, will help St. Edmund's in the outlay involved by the purchase of their much needed country house and grounds. To show the good work Douay still does, we may mention that in a report presented to the Pope in 1880, it was stated that zoo priests brought up there were then at work in England alone.
Cricket at Fort Augustus,
The Abbey School has been distinguishing itself at cricket this season, and so far has won four-fifths of its out-matches The Master of Lovat and J. F. Kelly have been the highest scorers, the latter's average being 45. The Abbey beat Mr. Corballis's team by seven runs, the score being 114 against the Abbey's 121 runs. The Abbey, in a match against the Northern Counties of Scotland, scored 152 to their opponents 148 runs ; J. R. Kelly contributing 63 runs for the School. The Abbey beat Invermoriston C.C. by an innings and ten runs ; the Cameron Highlanders by ninety-one runs ; the Fort George garrison by twenty-nine runs, and a strong eleven from Inverness by three runs.
The Exhibition Day will be on July 27th, and the school breaks up on the following day.
Birmingham Oratory Middle Schools.
At a meeting of the Birmingham School Board last week a discussion about the above schools took place, which the School Board Chronicle reports as under : The Education Department wrote to say that application had been made to them by the managers of the Oratory Schools for annual grants to a new middle-class school for boys, and the Department, before replying, asked for any remarks the Board might have to make upon the subject. Mr. KENRICK said it had been usual to refer these matters to the Sites and Buildings Committee, but he thought on this occasion it would be sufficient to move that providing there were sufficient children belonging to Roman Catholic families requiring the proposed educational accommodation the Board would offer no obstacle to the managers of Roman Catholic schools providing accommodation for their own people. This would entail that no more Roman Catholic schools should be provided in the borough than the number of Roman Catholic children would justify. Dr. CROSSKEY : Is this seconded, because I shall object to the resolution ?
The Rev. Mr. GREANEY seconded.
The Rev. E. F. M. MACCARTHY : Is it not a fact that the Hyde. road school in connection with the Oratory is larger than is required ?
Dr. CROSSKEY moved that the usual course be taken. It was a most unusual thing to pass such a resolution without referring it to the Sites and Buildings Committee. It was the first time he had heard of the resolution. Mr. MACCARTHY seconded. He said his mind was in a state of uncertainty as to the want of accommodation. The surplus accommodation at the Hyde-road schools was filled by Protestant children, who were driven into the schools by the action of the bye-laws.
The CLERK said there were several departments in connection with the Oratory Schools, and some time ago—
Dr. CROSSKEY protested against a debate excepting on the Committee, and against any ex parte statement. He might want a school for Unitarians or some other sect. Mr. Kenrick and Mr. Greaney then withdrew their resolution, and the matter was referred to the Committee.
The Dan-y-Graig Schools.
Commenting on a discussion at the local School Board last week on the subject of these schools, which ended in a suggestion by the Rev. E. J. Wolfe, that the subject be referred for decision to Mr. Gladstone or Mr. Dillwyn, the Swansea Journal remarks :
The facts are so simple, that the suggestion was almost like child'splay. The Catholics have schools for which, under ordinary circumstances, and in the spirit of the Education Act, they are entitled to a grant-in-aid. These schools, however, it is alleged, were not erected to supply a want, but to oppose and counteract the Board schools,and on this ground they are opposed. The Catholics, on the contrary, deny that any such antagonism exists, or has existed. They claim to educate their own children in their own way—the only way allowed by their Church in any time. Supposing, however, that they do mean to counteract the teaching of the Board schools, they are only acting within their right—a right of the clearest possible kind. The principle of the Education Act is that every child shall be educated—with the concurrence of its parents if possible, without it if necessary, but preferably with the concurrence. If a Catholic priest can meet the requirements of the Education Act ; if he has children to educate, and the necessary amount of funds to supply the foundation for his school system, why should he be denied the grant ? He believes, as do many others not of his faith, that education without religion is no education at all in the true sense. It is his faith—the vital question between him and his Maker, not to be frittered away on any School Board. Mr. Howell took a position which almost, if not quite, disproves his own case. The schools, he said, were managed by the Rev. Canon Wilson (the mover of the resolution which the Board was discussing), the parents have no control ; and that, he added, "knocked the bottom out " of the proposal. In the name of common sense, how? The parents use their freedom to entrust their children to Canon Wilson, just as other parents use their freedom to entrust their children to the School Board. Mr. Ho well says : "But in the former case the parents have no control." They have the right to say whether or not they desire control, and they say no. They trust their priest—their church—believing that they thereby secure wisdom and educational efficiency which no control of their own could secure. Wherein is the wrong to any one ? Wherein the wrong to the State ? Does Mr. Howell wish to compel Canon Wilson's people to distrust their priest in education ? If he does so, then we can understand his position, though we should by no means allow its validity. The people say : "This is the education we want. We are ratepayers. We ask you to deal with us impartially, and justly ; we ask you to give us the same grantin-aid that you give to other schools." We venture to say that the position is entirely reasonable, and that it ought to be reasonably and justly allowed.
Glasgow Catholic Industrial Schools. The Report of the two schools for boys and of that for girls during 1886 is highly satisfactory. In the Boys' School, Abercromby-street, there were 202 boys ; of the 163 discharged during the three previous years, 134 or 82.2 per cent. were reported doing well. The Diocesan Inspector reported that the results of the religious examination were "very good." Of this school H.M.'s Inspector says ; I am glad to report that the school continues to be carried on in an able and satisfactory manner. I found all working very steadily and quietly. The whole place was in good order. I went over every department, the workshops, &c., and found the same careful oversight and good management. With one exception, the boys are in good health.
Of the Girls' School, the number in school was 179 ; of the 117 discharged during the three previous years, 90 per cent. were known to be doing well. The Diocesan Inspector reported that the religious instruction was "of a high character." H.M.'s Inspector reports favourably of the school, of which the internal arrangements have been improved, and he found that "work was well done" and the girls "quiet and orderly." His visit afforded him "much satisfaction." In the Boys' School at Slatefield-street, there were 157 ; of those discharged during the last three years over 82 per cent. were known to be doing well. The Diocesan Inspector states that very careful attention is given to religious instruction. H.M.'s Inspector reports of this school ; The boys behaved thoroughly well, and I was much pleased with them. I went through the workshops, and was glad to find the tailors and shoemakers working onwards and promising well. Six boys were at work in the paper-bag making.
The Report contains interesting details as to the expenses and working of the three schools, and also tabular statements regardint the Parkhead and Dalbeth Reformatories. We are pleased to hear that the managers of the Industrial Schools are greatly helped by employers of labour in Glasgow giving work to the lads when they leave the schools. The girls, too, readily find situations.
Last week the Bishop of Southwark distributed the prizes to the orphans of the Convent of the Faithful Virgin at Norwood. The many visitors were received in the prettily decorated schoolroom with a hymn of welcome sung by the girls, of whom one afterwards read an address to the Bishop. While his lordship was giving away the prizes, the girls sang several pieces with good effect. The Bishop, in conclusion, spoke a few words of encouragement to the children and of thanks to the visitors.
Ursuline Convent, Upton, Essex.
Last Wednesday a large gathering assembled at the above convent to witness the annual distribution of prizes. The results of the scholastic year have added one more proof to the many already given of the excellence of the Ursuline training and teaching. The Society of Science, Letters and Art, London, whose examinations have been attended by the majority of the students, has awarded to one of the pupils, Miss Winifred Wilson, a silver medal, the first ever merited at these examinations. This young lady was all but equalled by Miss Petrea Andersen. The number of the pupils who gained " Honours " at the examinations, and the report of the Society" general work most excellent," many candidates gaining maximum marks—speak for the efficiency of the teaching. Among the company present were Mgr. Canon Gilbert, D.D., V.G., Mgr. Fenton, Mgr. Harington Moore, the Rev. Dr.Richards, the Revv L. G. Vere, Crook, Cox, Philip, David, &c. The entertainment comprised recitals in English, French, and German, delivered with great feeling and expression. A special feature in the programme was the performance by the Choral Class of Rossini's " Carita," Sullivan's duet, "Sisters," and an unaccompanied three part "Ave Maria " by Mr. John C. Bowen. The youthful choristers displayed much excellent vocalisation and unusual musical sympathy, which reflected much credit on their efficient master, Mr. J. C. Bowen. The performance by the junior pupils of the little operetta of Red Riding Hood afforded much pleasure and amusement. The prizes for good conduct and Christian doctrine were the gift of the Right Rev. Mgr. Canon Gilbert. Special prizes for French, English composition, and natural science were given by the Right Rev. Mgr. Fenton, the Rev. L. G. Vere, and the Rev. Father David, O.S.F. At the close of the distribution, the Right Rev. Mgr. Canon Gilbert called the attention of the guests to the evident efficiency of the school at Upton, saying that he knew from experience that the "Exhibition Day" was but the outcome of the every day life and solid work done at this establishment.
St. Ann's Seminary, Edinburgh.
The distribution of prizes to the girls of St. Ann's Seminary took place on July 14th, and among the clergy present were the Very Rev. Canon E. Harman and the Rev. E. Whyte, S.J., and among the visitors the Superior of St. Margaret's Convent. The pupils number sixty, of whom ten all passed the Kensington Science Art and Letters Examination with honours. After the distribution of prizes the pupils performed some musical pieces, and gave some recitations. The Rev. Father Stuart congratulated the school on its success at Kensington. The pupils spent the afternoon in the grounds of St. Margaret's Convent by the kind invitation of the Rev. Mother.