OLD SCHOLARS' REUNION.
SCHOLARSHIP TO BE FOUNDED.
The fourth reunion of old scholars of Mr. John L Young's Adelaide Educational Institution was held at Mrs. Cowan's rooms, Gawler Chambers, North terrace, on Monday evening when Mr. Harry Bickford presided over a large attendance. After the "Song of Australia" had been heartily sung the Chairman submitted the loyal toast.
The secretary (Mr E. S. Hughes) announced that Dr J. C. Verco recently promised £100 towards the scholarship fund if three or four
others would give a similar amount, or a greater number give a less sum to make £500. Mr. Peter Wood had promised to give £30, and pos- sibly more, and several smaller sums had been received or promised. He had no doubt that the £500 would be forthcoming.
The Chairman, in giving the toast of "The old scholars of the Adelaide Educational Institution," gave a brief sketch of the school. In 1850 with Mr Young he went to England via the Cape and St. Helena. He thought that island would be a good place to send the Kaiser (Voices-"Too
good") He had never spent a happier time in his life than the weeks he was with Mr Young on board the good ship Orient. In London Mr. Young showed him St Paul's Cathedral and West-
minster Abbey, but the most charming sight he witnessed was a Punch and Judy show, although Mr Young was greatly shocked that he should express more gratification at seeing a street show than at looking over the great cathedrals. The
place where they were meeting that night was on the site of the old school in the early days. One thing that impressed him most about Mr. Young as he looked backward to his school days was his kindness. He still remembered the interesting lessons he used to give them in political economy.
Mr. W. Herbert Phillipps, in giving some remin-
iscenecs of the school said he still remembered
the wonderful manner Mr. Young had of interest-
ing the boys in the lessons he imparted. He was sure this was largely responsible for the important part played in the State in politics and commerce
and public work by the old students of the
school. He had been impressed with the diffi-
culty experienced in connection with some of the public institutions he belonged to in getting younger men to take the places of the older men who were dropping out of them.
Dr. Harrold said he was at the school when it
closed. It was then housed at Parkside. What- ever knowledge he possessed he owed to Mr. Young. At school he took an interest in che- mistry, and used sometimes to conduct experi- ments at home and elsewhere. The result of one
of these was a serious explosion.
Mr. E. S. Hughes said Young-street, Parkside
was called after the principal of the school, al- though in the early days the street did not go through from road to road, and was called Young's-lane. Messrs. J. W Partridge and J. P. Roberts also gave reminiscences. Mr. E. Sims contributed a
song, and Mr. F. Johnson and Mr.F. W. Sims
rendered elocutionary items.
The memory of Mr. Young was honored in silence, and the chairman said he was the kindest man he had ever known. Messrs. A. L. Young
and Lincoln Young (sons of the late Mr. J. L.
Young) gratefully thanked those present for the appreciative references made to their father.
Mr. F. W. Bullock (treasurer of the University
scholarship fund) presented the balance-sheet, which showed that the amount in hand was £462(?)
15 . At the date of the last social it was £418. When the bequest of £200 under the will of the late Mr. J. H. Finlayson was available, it would have to bo put into a separate fund, as it was to found a scholarship in political economy. He
thought, however, that with the consent of the executors of the will, it might be possible to get an order of the Supreme Court authorising them to amalgamate the bequest with the exist-
ing fund. If that could be done there would be but little difficulty in bringing the amount to £1,000.
Mr F. G. Scammell said he did not think there was any probability of obtaining the consent of the Supreme Court to an alteration in the object of the bequest. It was thought desirable that the scholarship they were endeavoring to found should be for research work, and the consensus of opinion amongst the University professors was in favor of that course being adopted. He sub- mitted the general scheme for the scholarship.
Mr J T. Fitch (co-treasurer with Mr. Bullock)
hoped the fund would be generously supported.
Dr. J. C. Verco said the committee had de- cided that with the consent of the old scholars that the fund which they had started should be made available for research in any department whatever. It would not be necessary that the income should be utilised each year. If there were no candidate for it in any year, two years' income might be expended the following year. The fund could be increased at any time. He moved that the scheme drawn up be adopted.
Mr Howard Clark seconded the motion, which
Dr. Harrold gave the toast of the "Absent Old
Mr. Hughes mentioned that eight old scholars had passsed away during the year, and it was re- solved that letters of sympathy be sent to the friends of these, and also to the friends of Miss
It was announced that the subscriptions and promises received in the room amounted to £38/5/, bringing the total amount for the scholarship
The committee was re-elected with the addi- tion of Dr. Harrold and Messrs. Stow Smith and
Appreciation was expressed of the work of Mr. Hughes as secretary, and he was cordially thanked.
The school was opened in 1852, and closed in 1880, and the principal died on July 26, 1881, in the Red Sea. Miss Bertha Young (Mr. Young's oldest daughter) died at Bradford-on-Avon. Eng- land, on August 15. The general committee elected in 1912 were Messrs. Peter Wood, W. Her- bert Phillipps. F W. Bullock, A. W. Marshall, M. Symonds Clark, Frank Johnson, F. W. Sims, J T. Fitch, H. M Smith, R. B. Robin, and E. S. Hughes; scholarship committee, Messrs. P Wood. F. W. Bullock, J. T. Fitch, E. S. Hughes,
W. Herbert Phillipps, and F. G. Scammell, and
Dr. J. C. Verco.