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The Cambridge Letter

By G. L. Gobhard

CAMBRIDGE, January 23.-Cambridge University as a whole has been shocked by the sudden death of the late King George V., who paid his last visit to the town about a year ago when he opened the New University Library.

On the night of his death I was sitting in a small Cambridge cafe. It was crowded with noisy undergraduates who appeared to be in very good spirits. Up till then no one had realized the real gravity of the King's illness.

Suddenly there was a dead silence in the room and we heard over the wireless what was to be the last bulletin concerning His Majesty's health. It ran: "His Majesty's life is now passing quietly to a close."

A deep silence descended on the crowded cafe and about an hour later the news came through that the King was dead.

Annual Oxford Race

The Varsity Boat crew came up early this term and are now in strict training in preparation for their annual race against Oxford, which is one of the big events of the British sporting year.

During the last few years Cambridge have been in the habit of winning this race with almost sickening regularity, so much so that many Cambridge men would almost welcome an Oxford victory.

This, however, would appear to be an unlikely event for this year's Cambridge crew has been heralded in some quarters as the finest since the War.

Rugby Match

The annual Rugby football match between the two universities, which is second only to the boat race in a importance, resulted this year in a pointless draw. The Oxford side included a Russian player, Prince Obolensky, who is the fastest wing-threequarter in Great Britain to-day, and many a Cambridge man's heart came into his mouth whenever he saw the ball passed into Obolensky's hands. Fortunately, however, the tackling of the Cambridge side was deadly and the Russian never had a chance to use his pace.

Reception for Baxter

On Monday an informal reception was given by the members of the Cambridge University Harvard Club to Professor James Phinney Baxter of Harvard University in the John Harvard rooms in Emmanuel College. About twenty Harvard graduates were present.

The Harvard Club, which consists of Americans, who have graduated at Harvard, and of Englishmen, who have studied there, meets only two or three times a year, to welcome visitors as on this occasion.

The John Harvard rooms in Emmanuel College are kept for the use of Harvard men studying in Cambridge. They are a sort of club room, where magazines, etc., are to be found.

Sex Viri Constitution

Speculation is rife in Cambridge concerning the constitution of the Sex Viri. This is a special university court, which can adjudicate in cases where graduates and University officers are charged with breaches of university discipline or with grave misconduct and also act as a Court of Appeal respecting the decisions of the General Board of the University. It has power to deprive graduates of their degrees, titles of degrees, or offices.

The Sex Viri (six men) is composed of the Vice-Chancellor of the University and six men and is elected for two years.

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