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A New Medley of Memories by David Hunter-Blair

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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.

{vii}

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

PAGE

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.


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