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MONDA Y MOItNINO, OCT. l8, 1S75.
WE havo been unable, on account of the pres- sure of othor mattera, to devote that attention to the late examinations for tho A.A. Degree and the two Tasmanian Scholarships that tho importance of tho subject unquestionably de- mands. These examinations every year excito a deep and widespread interest in tho com- munity, and their results givo rise to a large moasuro of earnest consideration and iutolligent criticism on the part of our fellow-colonists, who aro deeply interested in the successful working of our systom of superior education. Tho opinions ontertained by many mombers of the community, capable of forming a sound judgment on the subject, indicate that thoro is a strong feeling of dissatisfaction prevailing in regard to 'tho lato examinations and their results. The
examinations of previous years, though, as I might ]havo been ahtocedontly expected, tiley did not givo satisfaction to all, were viewed 'generally with ' approval. In; most cases, tho I anticipations of our schoolmasters who trained
youths for their examination cither for the A.A. Degree or the Scholarships proved to,be well founded. In most cases, those youth» whose* provious, career and previous examinations jus- tified the hope that they would be successful, proved to be so. That this has been the case in the late examinations is, to say the least, open to serious question. We believe we are fully justified in saying that some of the gentlemen to whom was committed the laborious and anxious duty of preparing the candidates for examination were grievously disappointed with the results, thoir judgment having proved to bo erroneous. Though, as is woli known to many, various unforseen causes may operate against the passing of a successful examination ; yet we think the judgment of teachers of skill and long experience as to the talents and acquire- ments of the various candidates, and the pro- babilities of success or failure on their part, is at all times deserving of the highest considera- tion. If we are correctly informed, in the case of no preceding examination has the judgment of our schoolmasters proved to bo so far out as in the case of that which was held only a week or two ago. Wo at once acknowledge that this may be owing to the fact that the late examiner, Rev. Dr. BROMBY, did not conduct the examina- tions exactly in the same way as they hod been conducted by his predecessor. We distinctly remember that considerable disturbance and disappointment arose from the method pursued by Dr. BADHAM when he was examiner a few years ago. Granting all that can with reason and justice be advanced on the point just stated, we think that other elements claim considera- tion, in order to account for the results which were arrived at. We should be sorry indeed if, from anything we may Bay on the subject now under notice, any inference should be drawn
unfavourable to the late examiner. Dr. i BROMBY1» unquestionable ability and scholarly attainments ; his long experience as the Prin- cipal of one of the largest Grammar Schools in Victoria, and his reputation as a man of sterling integrity ave a sufficient guarantee for his com- petency in every respect for the duty entrusted to him. At the same time, we cannot divest
our minds of the impression that the dissatis-1 faction which prevails is in some measure not
without good foundation. Speaking now only of the examination for the Scholarships, we have been informed that tho examination papers set were below the mark, and, thereforo, did not fairly and thoroughly test the capacity and attainments of the candidates who exccllod in any of the sub- jects submitted. If this were so, then it will be obvious that the candidate or candidates who excelled in one or more subjects occupied a dis- advantageous position. The other candidates, who may only have reached mediocrity, stood on an equality with them. It has been affirmed, and with some show of reason, that if the ques- tions given had been of a higher standard, the
results of the examination would have been
different, It is well known that the questions in the first history paper were not within the prescribed period. When this mistake was brought under the notice of Dr. BROMBY, he did not fail to n.nke,as far as he could, full reparation. A fresh history paper was given. Now, it is at least conceivable that PIKE, suffering from dis- appointment 'at the place assigned to him when tho first declaration of marks was made, would experience feelings of discouragement when ho sut down with his competitor to answer the paper given in place of the rejected one. But wlrat was the result of this fresh contest ? It was remarkable. When the marks were added
up it was found that DORAN and PIKE Btood virtually on an equality, there being only one mark of difference between them. In view of
this fact, the question suggests itself, what would have been the relative positions of the two if there had boen no mistake made by the Examiner 1 Another, and a far more important question is this, if the merits of the two papers produced had been estimated by another of un- questionable competency, in association with Dr. BROMBY, what would the results have been ? We have long been of opinion-and in this matter wo are supported by many who have given earnest consideration to the subject-that where such important issues aro involved their settlement should not be left to the judgment of one man. It will be admitted by most men who have had experience in conducting exami- nations, flint the opinion of one examiner is often materially influenced by that of his asso- ciate. After the most anxious and thorough examination has been given to the various papers submitted, points may be overlooked by one examiner which will meet the eye of another. In this, as in other matters, the best results have been found to accrue from mutual counsel. The Council of Education, being de- sirous that our annual examinations should
prove in every way satisfactory, will be ready wo believe, to carry out, if practicable, any sug- gestion offered to them that, in their judgment, would prove serviceable. Perhaps they will
I agree with us as to the desirability of associating | with the oxaminer every year Borne one whose
judgment and attainments would enable him to I render valuable assistance. ' Seeing that PIKE I stood virtually on an equality with DORAW, we
had hoped that the Government would have I taken his case into favourable consideration, ' and been enabled to otter him some assistance
towards tho attainment of the object for which he has so long striven. It would be a graceful act on their part, and one, too, that we are per
[ »uaded would commend itself to goneral ap-
proval, if they would appropriate some portion of the funds placed at their disposal, and not usod in 'former years in aid of scholarship», in promoting the interests of a young mau whose merits all are ready to acknowledge, and whose failure - if failure it can be called - ha» awoke universal sympathy. We know that one objection may bo made to this being dono ; but, to our minds, it has but little weight. It has boon objected that if assistance wore given a bad precedent would be formed. But we ask, are similar circumstances likely again to occur Í During tho many years the Scholarships Act has been in force at no previous examina- tion have two competitors stood virtually on an equality. Passing over sevoral matters con- nected with the late examinations which have given rise to much iuterchaiigo of thought and much discussion, there is one point connected with the working of the Scholarships Act which demands at the hands of Parliament immediate attention. ' Youths who have been admitted to the A.A. Dogroo and wish to preparo for the examination for a scholarship find it necessary to devote some considerable timo to this work. At prosent there are only two institutions in which tho necossary tuition can be procured tho High School and Horton College. The Rector of the former has announcod in our columns that the expense of such tuition in the case of a youth who has boen a pupil of the
High School will be £00 a year, and, in that of I othors, £100 a year. We do not think tho i terms stated aro too high ; on the contrary, we |
aro of opinion thoy constitute an inadequate remuneration for tho labour and anxiety in- curred. In the case of the man of wealth no difficulty would be experienced ; but what could the man of narrow means do in order that his son should be trained for examination for tho scholarship 1 Ho would bo compelled to say, I cannot afford the expense that must necessarily be incurred. And hone«, unless some provision is made by Parliament to meet the want referred to, tho benefits of tho Scholarships Act will bo reaped for the most part by the sons of men of wealth, to the loss and injury of the sons of thoso who dopend upon toil in some form or other for their daily bread.
THE ENGLISH MAIL.-The Dorwent, with the Tasmanian mails on board, readied Launceston early yosterdajr afternoon. The coach' with' the Hobart Town portion loft st 6 in' the evening-the usual
hour. ' The delivery here will ' therefore take 'place J I this'morhing about110 o'clock. > t:' < . . /. f i ' « < ? i I
DERWENT SAILING BOAT CLUB.-On Saturday afternoon'the members of the Derwent Sailing Boat Club commenced their season with two raceB, one for ftrat-olass boat» .under thirty feet; and the other for second class boats exceeding thirty feet and under forty-two fest. For the tint-named boats a prize of £ó, to be won twice was offered, and a similar amount, tobe sailed for once, »as for the successful competitor in the race for second class boats. The course was from the Castray Esplanade round a buoy moored off Sandy Bay Poiut,- thence round a buoy off the gasworks, and back to tho starting point. The first class boats were"to sail over the course twice, and the second class three times. Tho eveut attracted a considerable number of spectators. Throughout the afternoon » brisk N.W. wiud was experienced, and during the laces it became very boisterous, which, although not having any effect on the large boats, did not allow of their smaller brethren displaying the whole'of their
cauvas. The starter of the races was Mr. J. Simmons^ the judges Messrs. Stuart (commodore) aud J. M. Clarke, and Mr. J. Turner acted as time-keeper. The first race on the programme was for the Becond-cjass boats, and the following well-knowu passage boats came to the Une :-1, Ripple (J. Blewitt), 2, Caro line (R. Meredith), 3, Edith Ellen (li. Denne), and 4, Evelyn (T. Young). Three other boats would have eu tel ed, but the head winds prevented them coming from the sub-ports down tho river. Mr. Simmons got the boats away well together at 2.15 p.m. ; and on the first round the buoy off Hie Gasworks was rounded in the following order :-1, Evelyn, 3'52 p.m. ; 2, Edith Ellen, 4p.m. ; 3, Ripple, 4*4 p.m. ; and 4, Caroline, 4 9 p.m. On the second round the boats still retained the aforementioned positions. Shortly afterwards the Caroline and Ripple retired. The Evelyn retained her premier position until the finish, arriving at 010 p.m., the Edith Ellen reaching the line at 6*25 p.m. A protest has been handed into the committee against the Evelyn receiving the prize, on the ground that that boat rounded the buoy on the «rone tack. If the pro- test is held good, the Edith Ellen will receive the prize. Soon after the second-class boats had been started, the competitors in the other race were called to the line, showing up as follows :-1, Fleet wing (R. Cumming), 2, Iris (W. Prentis), 3, Corsair (Wright Brothers), 4, Derwent Bell (G. Whitehouse). Some little trouble Was experienced in 'Starting the boats, but they eventually got away together. The Iris rounded the buoy olí Sandy Bay Point first, | with the Corsair in her wake, Fleetwing occupy-
ing third place and the Derwent Belle bringing np the rear. After rounding, the peak hal- yards of the Fleetwing were carried away, aud that boat, losing all chance in the race, gave up, Her example was soon followed hy the Derwent Belle. A good race resulted between the Iris aud Corsair, but the first-named maiutaining her lead till the finish, arriving abreast of the esplanade at 5.30 p.m., »md the Corsair at 5.55. During the race the Iris rounded the buoy on the wrong tack, and should the protest in the preceding race be held good, she will have to give place to the
Corsair. Considerable interest was manifested as to how the last-named boat-a new one recently built by Macquarie-would shape, and she gave every satisfaction. We uudersta-id that the protest will be heard this oveuing at the Nautilus Hotel, New Wharf.
Sr. JOHN'S SFELLINO BEE.-A spelling bee wa» held on Tuesday evening in the school-room attached to St. John'» Presbyterian Church, bot the committee forgot to »end the usual complimen- tary notice to the pro». The following report has been supplied us. A good piano afforded an opportunity to several young ladies to show their proficiency in music, amongst whom may be mentioned, specially the opening fantasia by Miss A. Owen and a duet by the Misses Stewart. The Rev. James Scott, M.A., occupied the chair, with Mr. Moir as secretary, aud Mr. H. M. Hull acted as examiner. The candidates were numerous, espe- cially amongst the young ladies, who filled the plat- form aud a side seat also, Three hundred and twenty words, many of them of difficult construction, were read out and tpelt with varied success, until the candidates were reduced to three. H. T. Hull, first prize ; second, John Colo ; third, Miss Belbin ; fourth, A. Page. It was then resolved to have three more prizes competed for by the unsuccessful candi- dates, and the sum necessary was immediately sub- scribed in the room, w hieb was crowded beyond sitting) room. The second'batch of words was selected by the examiner from the columns contain- ing tho most difficult to spell, and the reBult was, Johu Colvin, first prize, Marie Antoinette Hull, second, aud Julia Callaghan, third. The evening's amusement was brought to a close, at 10 o'clock, by a lady performing the National Anthem.
GEOGRAPHICAL SPELLING BEE,-A correspondent sends us the following report of this interesting and' instructive bee held on Friday evening at the Alli- ance rooms, Macquarie.street. Mr. Brownell, one of the city aldermen, occupied the ohair, while Mr. A. Ireland, the head master of the Collegiate School, acted as geographical examiner. After a little music by a young lady performer, the work of the evening commenced by au examination of the geographical knowledge of the young people under fifteen, iii this class, Frederick Lodge, the bolder of third prize at the Memorial Hall Spelling Bee, took first here, E. Ward 2nd, and C. Snowden 3rd. A special prize was unanimously granted to Miss Ploughman. The adults then took up their position on the platform, and after a consideiable struggle these were reduced to three, one of whom succumbed to Lytteltou ; the two remaining candidates were Hugh Hull jun., and Henty T. Hull, A. A , tho former a first prize holder at St. John's Goulbourn-street Bee, and the latter a first prize holder at St. John's, Macquarie-atreet bee, B. Hullsuccumed to "Presteign," leaving his younger brother to take first prize, bimsolf taking second, and M. SiintnonB third. ' The referees wera the Rev. J. Wilkes Simmons and Mr. G. S. Crouch, and the geographies used were Cornwall and Anderson's, united with Ireland's geography of Oceania. Altogether a pleasant and instructive evening was spent, though the attendance was not as large as could have been desired. It is contem- plated to get up an historical bee in the, same
TUE MIRROR OF ENGLAND.-The matinee given at the Town Hall by the Mirror of England Troupe on Saturday afternoon was largely patronised by the public. Among those present were some two hundred of the Orphan School children with their teachers. The audience 'seemed ta enjoy the comioalties of, Mr. Yal Vose with his figures, Robin Redhead and Granny Chatterbox. Professor Saunders also gave some excellent musical selec- tions. In the evening the attendance was small, as is always the case at every performance in Hobart Town on a Saturday night. The entertainment will be open to the public this evening (or the last time
'in Hobart Town, ' '
QUEEN'S ASYLUM, NEW Tows.-By special in vitation of the proprietors, about 180 children of this inititution, witnessed on Saturday afternoon, I the panorama, "The Mirror of England." The
little folk appeared to be delighted with the beautiful scenery on old Father Thames, as well as highly amused with Robin Redhead sud Granny
CITY POLICE COURT.-The three children of the man Dobson (who is at present in gaol for want of sureties to ensure the payment of 15s. a week towards their support), were brought before Mr. Tarleton, Police Magistrate, on Saturday, charged with having no lawful means of support. Mr. Tarleton said he could not do anything with thom at present except to order them to be temporarily Beut to the Cascades. A mau named Peter Trainer was charged on remand With having deserted from the barque Harriett McGregor on the 19th August. The defendant pleaded guilty, and as he had already been in gaol a fortnight ho was only sentenced to
six weeks' additional incarceration.
A SINUOLAR ACCIDENT.-On tho 3rd inst., at Spring Bay, a mau named Thomas McDonnell, who had been engaged in sinking a ooal shaft was seated in the Pembroke Hotel with his back to a blazing (ira. The man's coat, whioh was impregnated with tar and sulphur, ignited, aud before the tiro could bo extinguished he was severely burned about the back. Tho usual remedies were resorted to but the injuries being very severe it was deomed advisable to send bim up to town. . He arrived yesterday morning in the ketch Venus, and was afterwards admitted to the General Hospital where he remains.
THE TASMANIAN RACINO CLUB RACES,-Entries
for the Champagne Stakes,' Hobart Town Cup, Tasmanian Handicap, Chichester Stakes, Weld Stakes, and Steeplechase, to be run on tho Elwick course in February next, will close at 4 o'clock this afternoon.- -Mr. George Browne will receive entries in Hobart Town, Mr. Bagot in Molbourne, and Mr. Clifcbor» in Sydney. Wo hopo to see Tasmania well represented iu the entries, moro particularly as largo fields are expected from the neighbouring colonies.
TASMANIAN AORICULTURAX, HORTICULTURAL, AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATION.-Entries for the forth-
coming show and ploughng match to be held at Elwick on the 3rd and 4th of November-will closo on Saturday noxt, the 23rd inst. Wo desire to re- mind our country friends that entries, together with subscriptions, must bo sont to the bon. secretary, Mr: G. S. Crouoh. Members aro requested to for. ward their anuual subscriptions.
THE ELWICK SHOW.-Tenders will bo received by Mr. G, S. Ciouch up till six o'clock to-morrow (Tuesday) evening, for the supply and delivery on the Elwick Racecourse, of 200 posts and 800 rails, subject to approval, Mr. R. MillUouso's tender for hurdles has been accepted.
THE HAMILION SHOW,-A correspondent writes confirming our telegram that in consequonco of tho gaucity of entries for the Hamilton Agricultural
how the stewards have resolved not to hold the
exhibition, whiob was advertised for the. 20th nut.
BnicmTON PLOUGHING,MATCHI- In our report of the Brighton Ploughing Matoh, ,on Friday last, it was mentioned that the plough used by Mr. Edmund Mundy, the winner of the first prize in the second class, was mado by Mr. Nioholls, whereas Mr. Pearce, of Brighton, was the manufacturer. '
NATIONAL ORDER OF UNITED TEMPLAsa-rTho Tasmanian Lodge of the above-named order will bo opened to-morrow (Tuosday) evening, at > half seven o'clook, at tho- Frioiijly Society's Hall,
INSUFFICIENTLY STAMPED. - Mr. Iw- Hughes, Wangaratta, Victoria.
THEATRE ROYAL.-It is announcedthstHoworth's original Hibernica and Comedy Company will open at the Theatre Royal on Friday evening, the 22nd inst. The entertainment will consist of a diorama illustrating a journey through Ireland, and intcr sporsed with national music and songs. Tho Hibernica has had a successful run of 70 nights in Melbourne, 48 in Syduey, and l8 in Adelaide. The scenery has been highly spoken of by the colonial press. The Hibernica is likely to prove a popular source of amusement during its sojourn in Hobart
THE CAMPBELL TOWN SHOW.-In our report of tile recent show at Campbell Town, we omitted to mention that a prize was awarded to Mr, Woodbury
for the best cheese.
DEATH OP A PIONEER COLONIST.-The Hamilton Spectator (Victoria) of the 6th inst., contains tho following notice :-" We regret to announce the death of Mr. Hutton, of Cheviot Hills, Penshurst, one of the oldest Bettlers in that 'neighbourhood.' The deceased was born at the foot of those famous border hills after which he bos named his place. Having learnt the business of an engineer on the Clyde, he left Greenock in 1833 to joiu two brothers who had proceeded him to Hobart Town. The discovery of Victjria having attracted his brother William to 'tliis country, he took up the Gazette station, and in 1846 ho was joined by the subject of our notice and his family, who aro now grown up and settlod in various parts of this and the neighbouring colonies. Mr. Hutton having obtained the lease of the western half of the aboriginal station at Mount Rouse, occupied the quarters of tbe protector, the late Dr. Watton, and he thus became the first resident of the town- ship of Penshurst. The late Mr. John Twomey was the lessee of the eastern half of the reserve, and both gentlemen died the freehold proprietors of their respective stations. At the establishment of the Mount KOUBO Road Board, Mr. Hutton was elected a member of the .Council, and continued to act for seven years, when be voluntarily retired. Tho deceased took an active interest in the establishment of the Presbyterian church at Penshurst, of which he was a member, and to which he gave a liberal sup- port. Mr. Hutton was universally esteemed in the district for his amiable qualities, and leaves a large circle of warm and attached friends ; also a widow, to ¡whom life had beori united for'the long period . of forty-four years. The deceased was buried yester- day afternoon in the old Belfast cemetery, where his brothers and other members of the family also lie."