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dinner the junior master, who was by no means wanting in spirit or authority, was left in charge of the playground whilst the other masters went to dinner. The boys became defiant, ran out of bounds, and closed against the master the large wooden gates which led from one part of the playground to another. In a short time, one of the servants, pale with excitement, rushed into the room where the other masters were dining with Mrs. Morley, and, addressing her, exclaimed, “Oh, please, ma'am, do come immediately, the boys are setting on Mr. - " Mrs. Morley and the masters instantly left the room, and proceeded to what was known as the “Chapel yard.” Two of the bigger boys had seized the master and could not be shaken off. One was the master's own brother. The other had struck him with a strong deal stick, having some sheet lead wrapped round its end. Fortunately a strong hat preserved his head from serious injury. The rest of the bystanders looked on, some with fear, others with malice. By-and-by the two boys desisted from further violence. The bell was rung for school, and Mr. Brownell led two or three of the ringleaders, who had not been guilty of actual violence, into the Grove, and pointing out the enormity of their conduct threatened to write to the governor and request his immediate return. He told them he would not attempt himself to inflict any punishment; their conduct had been so outrageous, and had led to such serious results, that its penalty must be left to the decision of the governor, and probably of the committee · itself. The boys awoke to the gravity of their position, and order was again restored. When the committee met

in the following October the whole case was laid before it, and, after due consideration, its members came in a body into the school, when the chairman, the late Rev. Robert Wood, and other members suitably addressed the boys. The youth who had used the leaded stick was expelled that very afternoon, not being permitted to sleep again on the premises. It is said that he afterwards went to sea, and during a storm he was swept overboard by a wave and perished. Several others, including the junior master's brother, were admonished, and were put on trial for three months, with the assurance that if their conduct during that time was not in every way satisfactory they would also be expelled.



M Y task is almost completed. It remains to append a

list of those who have passed through the school, with some account of their career. I have not been able to ascertain this in all cases. There are a great many concerning whom it has not been possible to obtain any information, notwithstanding that I have taken much trouble to obtain it. If the reader will carefully look over the list presented, he will be struck with the fact that so many old Grove boys have entered the ranks of the professions, and so few, comparatively, have become men of business. Divinity, law, and physic have absorbed a large proportion of them.

It will be found that, in all, 2,008 scholars have passed through the school, of which number, from the day of opening to the end of 1877, 1,770 boys were entered as scholars. Their names will be found in the first list, whilst the 238 juniors will be found in the second. Of these 1770, so far as is known, about 120 became Wesleyan ministers, or about one in every fifteen. Of these, five attained the presidential chair-one of them twice. Not only so, but the ranks of Congregationalist ministers have been recruited occasionally by Grove scholars, and in many instances the pulpits of the Established Church have received accessions of strength from the same source. One old scholar has attained to the dignity of a bishop. And not only håve the churches of this country been thus enriched by Woodhouse Grove School, but it will be found that several old boys have become ministers of the Methodist Episcopal Church of America. It will also be noticed how many have become members of the legal profession in its two branches, some attaining a high rank, and two becoming members of the Government of the day. In India one or two old scholars have been appointed judges, and at home another has had the honour of being Sheriff of London. But, perhaps, the ranks of the medical profession have received a greater number of recruits from Woodhouse Grove than even the legal. Many of these have become eminent. One old scholar became physician to the Queen; another has been a lecturer on anatomy at St. George's Hospital, London, and pathologist to the Royal Ophthalmic Hospital, and others have become equally eminent in the various towns in which they have resided. One, at least, has become a surgeon in the American army; whilst another Grove boy has been appointed chief engineer in the United States navy. Many have become civil engineers at home, and a few, military engineers in India. The Indian Civil Service has attracted several, and one old scholar has been able to render most important services to the Indian Government in this capacity, which are narrated in connection with his name (W. F. Male) in the list of scholars. His younger brother, another Grove boy, became a brave, active, and devoted

chaplain to the forces during the Afghan War, and afterwards during part of the Egyptian War. He was able to render some “service to the state,” and experienced many hairbreadth escapes, an account of which will be found under his name in the same list.

The cause of education has obtained the adherence of not a few in England, in India, and other parts of the world. Many are the eminent teachers which have sprung from Woodhouse Grove. I need hardly allude to the fact that the head of the Leys College, Cambridge, was a Grove boy; nor to the fact that the same gentleman was selected as a member of the Revision Committee of the New Testament. Other Grove boys have become eminent linguists; two brothers as specialists in Scandinavian, and another old boy becoming eminent in German literature. Woodhouse Grove has also sent forth a small army of journalists. Several of them have done, or are doing now, considerable service, some in England, others in America, others in India and elsewhere ; whilst another old scholar, though not a journalist, wields a fine but powerful and unwearied pen as our connexional editor, and is thereby rendering incalculable service to Christianity. The United States are further indebted to the Grove for one of the most brilliant scientists that country has ever possessed, a man of world-wide fame, Dr. Draper. I ought not to omit saying that the architect of the Birmingham Wesleyan College, and of the Princess Alice Orphanage, was a Grove scholar; whilst another Grove boy has attained to the rank of a “Chevalier of the Legion of Honour” in Paris.

The final scene at the Grove as a school for the sons of

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