THE first event of interest since the last issue of the Speculum was the Upper Yarra Amateur Regatta, in which the club was represented by a Maiden Four, and there should have been also a Maiden Eight, but, owing to misfortune, the latter did not go to the post. The four had been going well in their practice clinker, but could get a racing boat only the night before the race, when they found they could not sit her very well. However, they won the first heat easily, but were beaten in the final by a Mercantile Four. One of the crew had a mild attack of influenza, another was complaining of bronchitis, and the two other men had been hares in the annual Hare and Hounds Run two days before the race. These facts did not help to give vigour and dash to the crew. The Eight was really the Trinity Eight, but on the day of the race the influenza only left them five men able to row.
The College Race I need only refer to, as everyone knows the result well. Most of us thought the chances slightly in favour of Ormond, but we had not seen quite as much of the wily Thomson and his crew as of the Ormond, the Trinity men doing most of their later training down on the lower river.
The topic of the present moment is, of course, the Inter-University Race, which is now well established as an annual event, and which will, in a very few years, become the greatest amateur rowing event in Australia, just as the Oxford and Cambridge race is at home. In fact, one of the friends of the club, a connoisseur in the science and art of rowing, says that in two or three years we should have a crew equal to the Victorian Eight. I can only say I hope his prophecy will come true. We are certainly doing all we can to cultivate a high style of rowing, and of course the greatest factor in producing this result is Mr. G. E. Upward, who has our Eight in hand for the race with Sydney on 14th June. When this race is over some of our older men must give a little attention to the younger members of the club, among whom there is plenty of enthusiasm, and who are only waiting to be coached.
As regards younger members, we have no fear for the future welfare of the club as long as the interest in rowing continues as at present.
The 'Varsity Eight has only been finally chosen for about three weeks, as Mr. Upward and our captain had some difficulty in making the final selection. On 24th May the crew had a very pleasant day on the Barwon, and were entertained for the day by Mr. Cuthbertson, whose enthusiasm in rowing must awaken fresh interest in all rowing men who come in contact with him. We started about eight o'clock, and after a six miles' row reached the Willows and breakfasted there ', then, after a sufficient interval, we went on to Cormorant, another six
Miles, left our boat and walked across to the. Southern Ocean, about three and a half miles, and had a bathe in the surf ; back to our boat and on to the Willows, which we reached just in time to begin our tea in daylight. How much steak and chops, et cetera-especially the latter-I shall not venture to say. Among these latter was an article of diet called by the natives of those parts " puffpelunies "-ask any of the crew what they are like. Coming back, we had some misfortune- our boat was bumped in getting her over the breakwater, and began to 1111 rapidly about 300 yards from home. The banks were too marshy to beach her, so we left Mr. Upward on a dead tree projecting out of the water, ran our boat into the reeds and crawled out. Two of our men then went ahead for a pleasure boat and towed the eight to the Barwon sheds. One of the crew made a heroic effort to rescue Mr. Upward from the dead tree, but as soon as he had 1 3ist. on his back he sank rapidly, and would probably be sinking still had not Mr. Upward jumped off and waded ashore-clothes and all.
The Sydney men have been training very hard during their fortnight's stay in Melbourne, and will go to the post in better condition than the home crew, who have had lectures and hospital to attend in addition.
lie result of the race will be known before this is published, but at present the race is considered a rather open thing. The home crew have had some bad luck in their training, and a week ago were, in consequence, going very badly, but have improved somewhat since.
They can only get out just before dusk, and always come home in the
dark. However, they hope to make a good race on the 14th. The Sydney crew are-Conlon (str.), list. 21b. ; Lopez, 1 1st. ; Scott, list.
611). ; Wood, 12st. 61b. ; Sawyer, 12st. 61b. ; Lloyd, 10st. 71b. ; Coyle, 98t. 91b. ; A. J. N. Stephen (bow), 9st. ; E. M. Stephen (cox), 8st. 71b.
Three of the above were in a winning Junior Four in Sydney a short while ago, and the whole crew swing and catch together very well. The Melbourne crew are-McKay (str.), 10st. 101b. ; Frazer, 12st. 61b. ; Champion, 1 lst. 61b. ; Neale, 12st. 51b. ; Wray, 1 2st. 91b. ; Hopkins,
10st. 101b. ; Thomson, 10st. 81b. ; Retallack (bow), 10st. 51b. ; R. J.
Dribble (cox.), 8st.
The annual Trial Fours come off on 8th July, and considerable interest is being taken in them. Every effort will be made to help Beginners and new members to take part in these races. One might, Perhaps, imagine that the evenings now are rather too cold to row, but on the water, with the shelter from the banks, there has been little or no wind for the last month ; in fact, this seems to be the best season of the year to row, except for the too early arrival of darkness, which increases the risk of collision. Our bow (Retallack) has been suffering from the effects of collision, by the way-on one night he was bruised
!Lout the back, and a few nights after was lifted bodily out of his seat into the water. He prefers going down the river after this, where there is more room and fewer boats. W. F. H.
,_The annual general meeting of the University Club was held in the Mon. rooms on 17th of May. The secretary's report showed the club
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to be in a satisfactory condition as regarded members, and in the Intercolonial Tournament several of its members did very well. Besides the ordinary business, it was decided that the annual subscription to the club should he raised to 10s., as it was thought that the old subscription to the club, viz., 5s., was altogether inadequate. The club has on its members' roll a fair number of lady undergrads., and the courts are reserved for these after three o'clock on Tuesday and Friday.
It is probable that Balfour and Shuter, who have played for the University for the last two years, will this year stay with their college clubs, and it is intended to try and get together a team of non' collegiate men. At the meeting the following gentlemen were elected as office-bearers :—President, Professor Masson ; vice-presidents, Mr.
T. N. Fitzgerald, Mr. F. D. Bird, Dr. Springthorpe, Messrs. Love and Rendall ; committee, Messrs. H. R. Brookes (hon. sec.), F. Gawne (hon. treas.), B. Green, R. Scott, R. E. Shuter.
The Annual Tournament will, by the time this letter is published, be in full swing. As far as I can judge, the tournament this year will be a great success, the entries received are fairly numerous, and all additional event, viz., Double Championship, has been added to the programme. The lady members have already held their tournament, which was won by Miss Chomley, with Miss Eyres as runner-up. A fuller account of the matches will be found in our popular contemporary, the Undergrad. Whilst on the subject of the tournament, I must take the opportunity of thanking Drs. Fitzgerald, Bird, Masson, and Mr. Love for their generous contributions to the prize fund. I cannon conclude without reference to the action of the tennis correspondent of the Undergrad, who has criticised the action of the present committee of the club. I consider it very questionable taste for a gentleman who is comparatively unacquainted with tennis affairs at the University, to criticise so severely the action of men who have played and worked for the club for the last few years, and to whose efforts the present success of the club is largely due. Surely these gentlemen are better judges of what will benefit the club than the well-meaning but pedantic correspondent of the Undergrad. It E. S.
Football is in full swing, and we are glad to see that the Thursday matches are continued. Already two or three matches have been played, and on each occasion the University team has distinguished itself. Our old friends, " The Wanderers," had to content themselves with a draw, although they had brought a very hot team into the field.
It does seem extraordinary that we cannot keep together a senior team when we have such good material to work on. We sincerely hope that an effort will be made to revive the University football club. In Sydney the University team is the premier one. Why then should we not attain to the same pinnacle of success I Let the members who play with the various teams round Melbourne sacrifice their feelings a little, and the result will never be in doubt. While we are on this subject we might point out several men who would form the nucleus of 0 ,
splendid team—Mouritz, Carter, Wilmott, of Essendon ; Ramsay, Neill, Rocke, Hallows, O'Rourke and Connelly, of Melbourne ; Strahan, of
Fitzroy ; Barrett, of South Melbourne, and many other non-playing members. We hope, therefore, that next season the athletic men of the University will throw off their apathy and bring out a team which will lower the colours of many of the teams now playing. We are very sorry to hear of the accident to J. Mouritz, and hope that, under the Careful charge of Dr. Moore, he may soon be himself again.
UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION.
The Annual Sports of the U. A. A. were held on Tuesday, 10th June, and Thursday, 19th inst. Seven events were contested on the 10th, and resulted as follows :—
Throwing the Lacrosse Ball (Prof. Laurie's Prize).—Hugh Murray, 1; D.
MacKenzie, 2. Champion Events — Three Mile Running.—R. Buntine, 1 ; P. Laver, 2; Laurie Davies, 3; time,18min. 33sec. Throwing the Hammer (161b.) J. Bell, 68ft., 1; Laver, 2 ; Zercho, 3. Putting the Weight (1731b.)—Laver, 31ft. 9in., 1; Hutton, 2 ; Wilson, 3. Long Jump.—E. Officer, 17ft. 7in., 1;
Ramsay, 2; A. L. Johnson, 3. Kicking Football for Goal at 45 yards.—
IN • Hallows, 1; S. L. Angwin, 2. Throwing the Cricket Ball. — Zercho, 98yds . 2ft., 1; Laver, 2 ; Hutton, 3.
The great day, however, was Thursday, 19th inst., and a splendid day it was, though the ground was still a little greasy after the rain. The Water too must have been rather chilly for the divers in the Obstacle Race, and for those of the steeplechasers who failed to clear it. Medicals were to the fore, as per usual, and succeeded in pulling off the championship, with the aid of Buntine of Queen's. The fields for some of the events were not as large as might have been expected. Thus, for
theSteeplechase and Obstacle Race, in each of which two prizes are given, there were only three and two starters respectively ; this may have been accounted for in the latter case by the fact that the dive at the end of the race was anything but an enticing prospect, as the afternoon waxed chiller. The handicappers have acquitted themselves very fairly, considering all the difficulties with which they have to contend, in allotting handicaps to men whose relative form it is next to impossible for them to gauge exactly. The details of the events are as follows :-
Champion Events (100 yards).—Buntine, 1; Angwin, 2 ; Mau, 3 ; time, 101-sec. High Jump.—Hutton (Trinity), 1 ; Laver and V. Ramsay. 2 ; height,
5ft. 5in. Hurdles (120 yards).—Buntine and Hutton, 1; Laver, 3 ; time, l9sec.
Vaulting with Pole.—Hutton, 1; Zercho, 2 ; Laver and V. Ramsay, 3 ; height, 9ft. 3in. 440 Yards.—Buntine, 1; Laver, 2 ; Wilson, 3 ; time, 60sec.
880 Yards.—Gosman, 1; Buntine, 2 ; Laver, 3 ; time, 2min. 26sec. Considerable interest attached to the last event, as Buntine had scored 19 points and Laver 19.5 hitherto. Gosman went away with a tremendous lead, the other two taking matters leisurely until the last 300 yards, when Buntine made a great rush, and was overhauling Gosman very rapidly ; but his effort came too late, and Gosman won by a couple of yards, Buntine beating Laver, and thus won
the championship from him by half a point. University Handicap (100 yards).
Nolan, 3yds., 1; Lister, 7yds., 2 ; Dockery, 6yds. 3 ; time, lOyee.
30 0 Yards.—Nolan, 12 yds., 1 ; Finarty, 5yds., 2 ; Heath, 5yds., 3 ; time, affsec. 440 Yards.—Nolan, 18yds., 1; Heath, 20yds., 2 ; Finarty, lOyds. 3 ; time, 53i-sec. Nolan, of Ormond, thus won the Handicap, scoring 15 points, Finarty and Heath, being 5 points each, tie for second. School's Race (100 Yards).—Muir, 1 ; Rutherford, 2 ; Rankin, 3 ; time, llisec. Hurdles (120 Yards).—Langley, 1; Catford, 2 ; Rankin, 3 ; time, 20isec. 440 Yards —
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Rutherford, 1 ; Muir, 2 ; Rankin, 3 ; time, 59sec. Rutherford (Geelong C.E.0-.S.) and Muir (King's College) tied for first place with 8 points each, Rankin (St. Kilda Scotch) second, with 6 points. The Office Bearer's Race (100 yards) was won by Angwin (M.S.S.), scratch, Groom (M.U.U.), 4yds., second, and Strahan (M.S.S.), scratch, third. Godfrey (M.S.S.) ran second, but his cap flew off, and he was disqualified College Race (200 yards).—Lewis (Ormond), 1; Crouch (Queen's), 2 ; Officer (Trinity), 3 ; time, 23i-sec. One of the best races of the day. 120 Yards Handicap Hurdle Race.—Hutton (Trinity), scratch, 1; Jamieson, 2; Johnson, 3yds., 3; time, 18sec. Princess Ida Club Handicap (150 yards).—Finarty, 3yds., 1; Heath, 7yds., 2 ; Angwin, scratch, 3. Mile Running (handicap),—Murphy (Ormond), scratch, 1; J. W.•
Thompson (Trinity), 20yds., 2; Wettenhall (Ormond), 40yds., 3; time, 5min.
Mile Walking.—Elkington (Ormond), 80yds., 1 ; Hopkins, 40yds., 2 ; Harbison, 100yds., 3; time, 8min. 52sec. Steeplechase (660 yards). —R. Ramsay, scratch, 1; Jackson, scratch, 2 ; time, 2min. 14sec. Sack Race (80 yards).--- V Ramsay, 1 ; Neild, 2 ; time not taken. Kangaroo Race.—Graham (Trinity), 1;
Woinarski, 2. Obstacle Race.—Wassell (Trinity), 1; Greene (Trinity), 2.
Barrel Race.—L. Murray, 1 ; Link, 2 ; Greene, 3. Tug-of-War, 12 men a side, between Medicals and Engineers, was won by the Engineers.
Our own alive.
M.S.S. new crest.
'Varsity ball, 22nd July.
Charley held forth on Plevna.
Mr. Webb devoted—quite mashed.
Scramble for his old billet.
Graduates never write now or subscribe.
Lady Superintendent late Matron.
What price an Assistant-Superintendent ?
Auxiliary hospital, formerly Queen's Coffee Palace—residents wanted.
Lecturers at the M. H. suddenly become afflicted with zeal.
All the medicals went to Prof. Drummond one Thursday evening, and forgot their Society.
Extracts from Age sub-leader, 2nd June—"lights of the profession,"
" Sucking Sawbones."
Fifteen years, fifteen new subscribers to the Speculum, fifteen students to hear a lecture, 106 to hear a row.
Hospital committees caught some nasty fever. A Government officer should be appointed to supervise them.
Fred Bird quite hurt because so many of the fifth-year refused their poison.
Teetotal to a man. Times have changed.
A nurse who ought to know said that Scute was becoming a most populous doctor.
Dr. Lauder Brunton has been making some experiments in India on the effects of tight lacing upon monkeys. Medical Press. These experiments have already been made by a different species of monkey.
Carty Salmon in Edinburgh, after hearing Adelina Patti sing " Home, sweet Home," went sorrowfully to his digs., and wrote her an epistle saying how hard hit he was, and his bleeding heart was soothed by her photo and autograph attached by return post.
The giddy Professor shook hands with Knutsford, attended several banquets, revived an Australian Medical Student's Society in London, and put through the Medical Act, allowing Australians to sue for fees in the British Isles.
The editors of the Speculum carry arms, and are not responsible for accidents.
M.S.S. Second Term's Social is to be held in Parer's Cafe on Saturday, evening, 12th July.