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NOTICE FROM THE EDITORS.

In this Second Edition of No. I. some allusions of a local and

temporary character have been omitted, by which the Editors are enabled to introduce, by the kind permission of the author, from The Poetry of the College Magazine," a Reprint of “My Brother's Grave," a Poem of which the pathos, simplicity, and elegance, have been appreciated far beyond the limited circle to which the little work in which it appeared was confined, and of which many of its admirers have long regretted the difficulty of obtaining a Copy.

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AN ACCOUNT OF THE PROCEEDINGS WHICH LED TO

THE PUBLICATION OF THE ETONIAN.

6 The King of Clubs, with three times three !» cried Peregrine Courtepay, wbile he sate as chairman of a jovial meeting of congenial Spirits, before a huge old china punch-bowl, the agreeable steam of which spread wit, mirth, and good humour all around, and then to business.”—“Aye, aye," replied Frederick Golightly, «6?twas a good plan that of the old Persians: they discussed their state measures over their cups, when the animal spirits were enlivened, and the little quicksilver that stirs within us' had risen several degrees above temperate ; and we do well to imitate them. Now, then, allow me to propose The prosperity of Eton; and may the liberality with which her system is conducted be answered in a correspondent man, ner, by the reputation which her foster-children exert themselves to maintain:'"- Drunk with acclamation.)

Before, however, I venture further with the proceedings, it will be advisable that I should introduce the reader to the characters of the leading members, by whom one of the most social and best-regulated clubs which has been formed of late years at Eton, is upheld in repute and interest.

FREDERICK GOLIGHTLY would had laid a groundwork of excelrequire a pen dipped in all the co- lent abilities, and had already lours of the rainbow, to do justice struck off most of the best qualities to the ever-varying shades of dis- for which Youth is admired and position by which his conduct is loved : generosity of sentiment, actuated, and which nevertheless desire of emulation, and good hucontrive to harmonize. Nature, mour. But what might have bewhen in the very act of moulding come a chef d'ouvre was by some him, had not determined on the accident abandoned by her, and style of character she should assign it afterwards fell into the hands of to this motley production. She another artist-Folly ; whose flash efforts at effect are considered by Alas! these were either totally all good judges as immeasurably neglected, or at the best mere apinferior to the noble simplicity of pearances were kept up; to effect Nature, and to whom the finishing which many clever shifts were had stroke of the wayward Frederick recourse to; these, however, oftenwas consigned. To have done times failed of success, and the with the metaphor-This youth sure consequence was severe was a compound of good qualities, punishment and loss of character. talent and extravaganza; but the Yet he still persisted, in spite of two former were frequently so far his resolutions of amendment, obscured by the intervention of which, in his calmer hours, were the latter, that their very existence sometimes excited by the still has been often unjustly questioned. small voice of conscience, and A year or two back, at the time parental correspondence; for Frewhen the character of a schoolboy derick had a good heart, naturally is on the point of deciding itself open to conviction, but one in for life, Golightly was considered which, unfortunately, momentary one of the best whips in the school: impressions were soon effaced. the bang-up style in which he used This thoughtless career continued to dash along the Uxbridge road was for some time. In vain did bis the theme of praise, even among true friends lament the neglect and his seniors. He was consulted abuse of talents with which he on the subject of all badger-hunts was gifted. Mournful experience and bull-baits which happened is the only cure for youthful imto be going forward, and the prudence, and it succeeded in this ingenuity which he displayed in case. Our dashing Oppidan beevading all inquiries which might came at length so involved in pebe made after him, when absenting cuniary difficulties, from his extrahimself from school business, under vagance, and the expenses which pretence of indisposition, while in his favourite pursuits brought upon fact he was enjoying his favourite him, that he was betrayed into oc. pursuits, rendered him the oracle casional meannesses of behaviour, of all those who preferred hard which the low state of his finances, riding to hard reading. The week his income not answering the calls of Ascot Races was the most im- made on it, induced him to comportant period of the year with mit; however revolting they might our young Blood. His room was be to the innate nobleness of his literally the betting-stand, where disposition. His duns rendered all the juvenile amateurs of the his life miserable : it was quite imturf met to forestall their allowance possible for him to walk up town till the next vacation. At this without being accosted with atime you might often observe “Sir, you promised—” « Oh, I Frederick in the centre of the was coming down to you, Mr. Goschool-yard, attended by his levee, lightly," " The smallest trifle with a list of the high-bred cattle would be a consideration.” Pressed in his hand, which he was discuss- on all sides, he was obliged at last ing, to the great edification of his to throw himself on the affection of audience. It may easily be ima- his father, who consented to pay gined that these numerous pur- off his debts on observing a thorough suits could not possibly harmonize repentance. Gratitude for this with much progress in his studies, treatment sunk deep in the mind

of the son, and effected as entire luminaries of the Eton hemisphere a change as the frailty of human na- of fashion borrow all their lustre. ture would allow. His haunts of But, indeed, one almost forgets the idleness and extravagance were absurdity of his conduct in the abandoned, and an end put to all amusement which his sprightly connexion with those characters, sallies of humour and endless who, under pretence of ministering vivacity always afford his comto their amusement, prey upon the panions. Woe to the dandified purses of inexperienced Etonians. cit, who has just escaped from the But habits of indolence, which foggy atmosphere of Cheapside, have long grown inveterate, are in his hired gig, with his smiling not sbaken off in a moment. Having sweetheart at his side, to visit naturally an admirable memory, Vindsor, and act the gentleman which retains every thing that is on the Terrace, if he encounters submitted to it, by the application the scrutinizing stare of Freof the slightest attention, Fre. derick's glass. And as for his cri. derick soon made up for his defi- tiques on the ladies, the Hermit in ciency in the studies of the part of London would be proud to draw the school to which he belonged; on them for an additional volume but by this time the strong impulse of his entertaining work. His saby which his repentance was ac- gacity of observation on the affected tuated, has subsided. He is now modesty and demure countenances more admired for the flashy bril. of those, who just put on an apliance of his talents than for the pearance of innocence and purity steady bright flame of learning, as a masquerade dress, or from the which deep reading and consistency true spirit of female contradiction ; of study are alone capable of light- and the acuteness of his remarks ing up and nourishing; and these on the flippancy, pertness, and are not characteristics of the indivi- forward address of others, whose dual I am describing. In spite of giddy heads have been turned by the re-action which took place on the admiration which is paid them his amendment, periodical fits of in- by the gay, unmeaning danglers at dolence will often occur. There their side ; his exact discrimination remain also traces of the past in between diamonds and paste; the the indulgence he gives way to, neat elegance of the lady of rank, in a fashionable folly, which is at and the gaudy trappings of the present too prevalent in the school tradesman's wife; and between the —that of lounging up and down rose of health and its artificial subthe town, dressed to the very acme stitute ;-are the very nectar and of Bond-street ton; or, if I may so ambrosia of satirical entertainment. express myself, even in the highest It is ludicrous to see the enraptured height a higher height of ab- attitudes in which our amateur stusurdity is aimed at by the Etonian diously composes himself, when he votaries of dress. ( To see and surrenders his feelings to the overbe seen,” is the professed object of powering influence of melody, and these unwearied vicambulists. But is wafted from a consciousness of I wrong them perhaps ; to have an surrounding objects on the dying object in view does away with the strain of one of those beautiful very quintessence of lounging. pieces, which the band are in the Frederick has long been considered habit of playing : till his comthe Sun, from whence the minor panion gives him an abrupt inti

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