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[Frontispiece: Oswald Hunter Blair]

A NEW MEDLEY OF MEMORIES

BY THE

RIGHT REV. SIR DAVID HUNTER BLAIR

BT., O.S.B., M.A.

TITULAR ABBOT OF DUNFERMLINE

WITH PORTRAIT

LONDON

EDWARD ARNOLD & CO.

1922

[ All rights reserved ]

TO THE

MASTER AND SCHOLARS

OF

SAINT BENET'S HALL, OXFORD,

IN MEMORY OF

TEN HAPPY YEARS.

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FOREWORD

Some kindly critics of my Medley of Memories , and not a few private correspondents (most of them unknown to me) have been good enough to express a lively hope that I would continue my reminiscences down to a later date than the year 1903, when I closed the volume with my jubilee birthday.

It is in response to this wish that I have here set down some of my recollections of the succeeding decade, concluding with the outbreak of the Great War.

One is rather "treading on eggshells" when printing impressions of events and persons so near our own time. But I trust that there is nothing unkind in these more recent memories, any more than in the former. There should not be; for I have experienced little but kindness during a now long life; and I approach the Psalmist's limit of days with only grateful sentiments towards the many friends who have helped to make that life a happy as well as a varied one.

DAVID O. HUNTER BLAIR, O.S.B.

S. Paulo, Brazil, March , 1922.

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CONTENTS

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CHAPTER I. 1903 1904.

The Premier Duke Oxford Chancellorship A Silver Jubilee In Canterbury Close Hyde Park Oratory Oxford under Water "Twopence each" at Christ Church Church Music Gregorian Centenary in Rome Pope Pius X. Pilgrims and Autograph Cradle of the Benedictine Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

CHAPTER II. 1904.

"Sermons from Stones" Alcestis at Bradfield Whimsical Texts Old Masters at Ushaw A Mozart Wagner Festival Bismarck and William II. "Longest Word" Competition Medal week at St. Andrews Oxford Rhodes Scholars Liddell and Scott Lord Rosebery at the Union Oxford Portraits Wytham Abbey Christmas in Bute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

CHAPTER III. 1905.

A "Catholic Demonstration" Boy prodigies Spring Days in Naples "C. B." at Oxford Medical Sceptics Blenheim Hospitality A Scoto Irish Wedding Dunskey Transformed Lunatics up to date Eton War Memorial Four Thousand Guests at Arundel At Exton Park Abbotsford and Blairquhan Lothair's Bride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

CHAPTER IV. 1905 1906.

Modern Gothic Contrasts in South Wales Chamberlain's Last Speech A Catholic Dining club Lovat Scouts' Memorial A Tory débâcle Hampshire Marriages On the Côte d'Azur Three Weddings An Old Irish Peer Guernsey in June A Coming of Age on the Cotswolds The Warwick Pageant Bank Holiday at Scarborough . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

CHAPTER V. 1906 1907.

Melrose and Westminster Newman Memorial Church The Evil Eye Catholic Scholars at Oxford Grace before Meat A Literary Dinner A Jamaica Tragedy An Abbatial Blessing Deaths of Oxford friends Robinson Ellis A Genteel Watering place Visit to Dover Pageants at Oxford and Bury Hugh Benson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

CHAPTER VI. 1907 1908.

Benedictine Honours at Oxford Anecdotes from Sir Hubert Everingham and Bramham Early Rising Mass in a Deer forest A Bishop's Visiting cards A Miniature College Our New Chancellor Bodley's Librarian Dean Burgon A Welsh Bishop Illness and Convalescence H.M.S. Victory . . . . . . 94

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CHAPTER VII. 1908.

Miss Broughton at Oxford Notable Trees An Infantile Rest cure Equestrians from Italy "The Colours" A Parson's Statistics Two Anxious Mammas "Let us Kill Something" Scottish Dessert A Highland Bazaar I Resign Mastership of Hall Notes on Newman Scriptural Heraldry Myres Macership Scots Catholic Judge At a château in Picardy Excursions from Oxford St... Continue reading book >>




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