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CHAPTER IX. .
NOTABLE INCIDENTS, ETC.
THE two following communications came to hand
too late to arrange the information in its proper place in the work. The Rev. J. M. Pilter, who was at the Grove in Mr. Morley's time, says: “My first night at the Grove was one of the most miserable of my existence. I fell asleep crying. However, I got to like the place, and became rather famous for telling tales in the bedroom. Once there was a pillowing niatch between the boys of two of the bedrooms as to which room should have me. I rewarded the victorious party by telling a 'moral' tale, which, I regret to say, was received with groans.
“I did not complete my term at the Grove, but left sooner than I should have done, because my father found that I was starving, inasmuch as I could not eat the underdone meat set before us. I remember Daddy Morley once lecturing me on the subject: 'Look at that meat, sir; I tell you there is not a nobleman's family in the neighbourhood that has better meat!' 'Yes, sir, please, sir, but it might be better done, sir.' The dear old governor laughed, and gave me a piece from the outside."
Mr. Pilter relates a smart thing said by a boy who is now chairman of an important district. He was a good boy and
never did wrong, and was a great favourite with the governor. Daddy Morley was lecturing some boys al dinner once for insulting a monitor, and said, “Don' you know, my boys, that he who insults a monitor insults the teachers, and he who insults the teachers insults me ?”– (here daddy paused, and patted his frontal protuberance to emphasize the me) —"and he who insults me insults the committee”—a solemn pause) —"and he who insults the committee insults the Conference! the Conference!! yes the Conference!!!” An awful silence—the force of language seemed as if it could go no further. But the boy referred to, who sat half way down one of the long dining, tables, rose to his feet, and, patting his stomach in imitation of the governor, said, “And, boys, he who insults the Conference insults the whole Connexion at large!!” Down he sat amidst the cheers of everybody. Daddy did not know what to say, and said—nothing. Mr. Pilter reminded him of this years afterwards, when he said, “Yes, I expected a hiding, but I could not help saying it, for I felt that I could cap the governor's climax.”
A SMART Reply.—The Rev. Joseph Chapman, now in London, who was at the Grove about the same time, after saying how well he remembers me setting him some sums reminds me of a smart reply of my brother's. He was once up in a class at Mr. Brownell's desk, and managed to get to the bottom, when Mr. B. said to him, “You have sunk to the bottom like lead.” “No!” instantly rejoined my brother, “Straws swim on the surface, but pearls lie at the bottom, sir,” Mr. Chapman adds, “How I envied his
bility in arithmetic. Whatever might be his position in le class at the beginning on review days, when we were ken out of the usual routine, in a few minutes he was for near the top.”
Rescue from Drowning. Reference is made elsewhere to the fact that fifty years 3o the river Aire was a stream of clear, pure, limpid ater, in which the boys were sometimes taken to bathe, nerally in the evening of a summer's day. One evening, whilst thus enjoying themselves, the floodites of the reservoir of some works higher up the stream ere opened, when the river suddenly rose, and some of le boys were in danger of being carried out of their pth. Amongst those in danger were Thomas Pearson, jw of Manchester, and Thomas Laycock, who died at dinburgh in 1876, and was Professor of Medicine in the niversity and Physician to the Queen in Scotland. These to managed to save themselves by clinging to other boys. nother boy in danger was James, a younger brother of homas Vasey, who was a small delicate boy, and who was rried off his feet. Tom saw his danger and rushed after m, but both were soon out of their depth. Mr. Farrar is at the time on the bank in charge, and seeing their nger threw aside his outer garments, and with the rest of Ś clothes on gave a leap over the heads of some of the iys and rescued the Vaseys from drowning, bringing them fely to the bank. Mr. Vasey once made a graceful usion to the circumstance in his own humorous way, when conding a vote of thanks in Conference to Mr. Farrar.
Visits to Conference.
Woodhouse Grove being only about eight miles from Leeds, where the Conference used to be held once every six years, at the beginning of the century, when the school was first opened, the boys were taken there, and on two occasions delivered speeches in Greek, Latin, and English to the assembled preachers, including, in many cases, their own fathers. The first occasion was in 1818 and the next in 1824; and as this was the last Conferenc when speeches were delivered, and I was one of the boys who were present, it is proposed to give here som account of it. There was at that time no railway ti Leeds with comfortable third-class carriages screening yot from heat, wind, and rain. There was, however, the Leed Canal flowing through the valley of the Aire, not far fron the Grove premises, on which barges drawn by horse glided slowly but safely. One of these barges was tem porarily fitted up so as to hold eighty boys with their masters True the travelling by its means was not at the expres speed at which men of business now rush in a morning t their offices and warehouses, neither was there any need it on this occasion. The boys enjoyed it all the more th longer the journey took, though most of them were wear enough before the end of the day when they arrived safel back at the Grove.
I was only a little boy, ten years of age, at the time, an can well remember the journey, and sitting in the gallery the chapel. The President was Robert Newton. Seven
e oldest boys were selected to address the Conference, ie in Greek, three in Latin, and three in English. These Jys sat in the centre of the front pew of the gallery, and the her boys beside and behind them. The speeches were mmitted to memory long beforehand. Fortunately there as no breakdown, and that such a thing should not occur rovision was made by a second boy committing to memory ne same speech, and sitting behind the chosen orator, so
at he could either prompt the speaker, if needful, or, in ase of illness or extreme nervousness, supply his place. The Greek speech was delivered by J. B. Melson, who
still living, and of whom a sketch is given elsewhere. 'hough seventy-four years of age, he can now repeat the peech as accurately as when first given. The three Latin Deeches were delivered by Josiah W. Walker, Edward Jakes, and Francis Derry; and the three English ones by Villiam Towler, John H. Farrar (a son of the Rev. .braham E. Farrar, and nephew of the Rev. John Farrar), nd John W. Draper, who afterwards became so disnguished in the United States, and of whom some ccount is given in the list of scholars. Two of the peeches are given below. It appears from an expression 1 Towler's speech that a similar visit of the boys had een paid in 1818, when speeches were delivered. The isit was repeated in 1830, when there was another Conference at Leeds. Encouraged by the success of the revious visit, preparations were made for a third journey, nd for another exhibition of the oratorical powers of the ads. Mr. J. W. Roadhouse, now of Leeds, being then the enior boy in the school, was to deliver the Greek speech.