A Message from the King
Last Saturday was a day of special rejoicing at Beaumont College. That place of learning was keeping the seventy-fifth anniversary of its opening, and Old Windsor was invaded by a distinguished company of former alumni and other guests. From the 'King's private secretary, the Rector, Fr. Walter WeId, S.J., received the following message :
"I am commanded by the King to convey to all who are assembled to-day P., celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the foundation of Beaumont College the King's sincere thanks for their kind and loyal message. His Majesty sends his hest wishes for the future prosperity of the college."
If the shade of a bygone Jesuit, the Hon. and Rev. Joseph Constable-Maxwell, had been present at the feast, recognition of Beaumont College, as its spreading buildings exist to-day, might have been difficult at a first glance, to that generous spirit; but a closer look would have revealed that I3eaurnont Lodge, which Fr. ConstableMaxwell presented to the Society of Jesus, is still the central part of the college, to which all else has been added from time to time. And not far away, on Priest Hill, stands Beaumont's junior offshoot, St. John's, designed by Bentley and housing and educating the boys in their preparatory stages.
Father Weld presided at the diamond jubilee celebration, an occasion when eight hundred guests were entertained to luncheon. One of the veterans at the tables was Mr. John Munster, a surviving member of the first little company of Beaumont schoolboys seventy-five years ago, and treasurer of the Beaumont Union. Among the messages of congratulation received Were telegrams from the Archbishop of Westminster, the Bishop of Southwark, and a•former Rector of the College, Mgr. Aston Chichester, S.1., titular Bishop of Ubaza, and Vicar-Apostolic of Salisbury, Rhodesia.
The toast of Beaumont College was proposed by Sir Stephen Killik, K.C.S.G., whose speech laid emphasis on what the college had done and was doing. and upon the virtue of hard work. Beaumont, he said, need not fear comparison, for scholarship, with any school in the country.
It fell to Lord Russell of Killowen, an old Beaumont boy, to respond to the toast. He owned to possessing the only two qualifications needful for that task: a fierce pride in the past of Beaumont College, and an unquenchable faith in that college's future. Lord Russell had one criticism to offer, and it was that Beaumont suffered from a too frequent change of Rector. Constant changes of government, he reminded the company, carried with them a shifting of policy and worse still a shifting of tradition. But every Rector in Beaumont's long line, he stressed, had at all times done his best for the success of the school. Long might Beaumont flourish, Lord Russell prayed in conclusion; long might she continue to mould the characters and to shape the destinies of Catholic boys; and he asked the boys to see to it that they never would let down their school's good name.
Besides Mr. Munster, who spoke a few words in conclusion, Beaumont veterans at the celebration included Col. Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Bart., who entered the College in 1863, Mr. Charles Clifford (1864) and Mr. Robert Berkeley (1865).
Among other distinguished Old Boys who were present or sent messages of regret were Mgr. C. W. Smith, C.B.E., D.S.0.; Fathers Frank Woodlock, Si., Munster,
Cong. Oral. (Superior of the London Oratory), C. Lattey, S.J., and F. M. de Zulueta, SJ.; the Earl of Granard, K.P., P.C., G.C.V.0.; the Hon. Mr. Justice Langton; Lt.-Gen. Sir G. Macdonogh, G.B.E., K.C.B., K.C.M.G.; Vice-Admiral G. C. Dickens, C.B., C.M.G.; Sir Giles GilbertScott, R.A.; Brig.-Gen. E. Costello, V.C.; Professor F. de Zulueta, D.C.L.; Mr. George Ogilvie-Forbes, C.M.G.; Sir John Aspinall, and others.
Later in the afternoon the school dramatic society played Mr. G. B. Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra to an audience of guests in the school theatre.
The Spiritual Side
All these social rejoicings were second in time and importance to the religious side of the celebration. Pontifical High Mass for the jubilee was sung by the Diocesan, the Bishop of Portsmouth, an old friend of the school. Mgr. C. W. Smith (an 0.13.), of Beaconsfield, was the preacher, On the previous day a requiem was offered for all the Old Boys who are dead, among whom are to be numbered Bishop Dunn of Nottingham; Bishop Compton Galton, Si.; Fr. Herbert Lucas, S.J.; Sir Mark Sykes, Bt.; Sir Charles Russell; Francis F. Urquhart (late Dean of Balliol); Professor Edmund Gardner, and many more.
1:A view of Beaumont College from the air appears on page 16j.