1924

[The following entries have been transcribed from the minute books kept in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.]


After the opening ceremonies of the 87th meeting held on Sat Jan 19th, Fr. Hackforth and Fr. Ede were admitted to the Confraternitas.

The closing ceremonies were performed immediately after the initiations and the Confraternitas withdrew to the ‘B’ staircase lecture room there to partake of the Annual Banquet.

The Banquet had been devised by Fr. Passant with the aid of Sir Fenyon Digby’s treatise on XXX and was gastronomically a great success. This banquet was remarkable by the presence of several old members of the Confraternitas; these were Fratres Drewitt, Temple and Giles.

After the banquet the Confraternitas adjourned to Fr. Passant’s rooms and were there entertained by Fratres Temple and Giles. They startled their audience by adopting a most repellent make-up for the purpose of representing witches. They then invoked all the fiends of the nethermost pit; this rather questionable past time consists in burning human remains and lighting penny fireworks. Fr. Passant was perhaps the only one not to enjoy this part of their performance – for it is doubtful whether a half burnt firework placed on a table really improves that article of furniture. The Confraternitas were further startled by hearing their several names mouthed in incarnation though were later relieved when the happy prophecies regarding each misfortune were heard.

Owing to the efforts of these two enchanting witches, the Confraternitas spent a most enjoyable evening.

Signed:
J. C. Gelardi (Mag. Rot.)
L. Hill (Prin. Sen.)


After the opening ceremonies of the 88th meeting held on Feb 2nd [1924] in Fr. Passant’s rooms. Fr. Colvin Smith was elected to the Senate and Fratres XXX and Perrycoste were elected Tribunes. Mr Klioroche was proposed to the Senate for membership.

Having dispatched the serious business of the evening, the Confraternitas returned to its favourite mode of amusement – the baiting of the Magister. His more recent misdeeds and lapses in the execution of his official duties were embodied in a vote of censure which was seconded and passed. Fr. Passant suggested that he could add several more to the list of iniquities, but that in consideration for the Magister’s sensitive spirit he would refrain.

The Confraternitas then settled down to listen to a learned paper by Fr. Colvin Smith on ‘Young Germany’. The discussion was general and hardly bore on the subject of the young German writers. After the usual ceremonies the meeting broke up at a late hour.

Signed:
J. C. Gelardi (Mag. Rot.)
L. Hill (Prin. Sen.)


At the 89th meeting of the Confraternitas, Peterhouse Historical Society was welcomed as guests. The Pontifex mislaid his sacred cape and after much time had been wasted in the search, the Princeps and Magister with a fine disregard of law, but with a considerate feeling for their guests decided that the meeting be opened without the ceremonies. The Peterhouse Historical Society turned up in great force and the disparity between its members and those of Confraternitas was decidedly noticeable owing to the fact that most of the fraters had chosen this meeting for absenting themselves. Mr Temperly read a very learned and original paper on ‘Lord Acton’s Views on History’. A prolonged and ragged discussion ensued. The meeting broke at rather a later hour for a visitor’s meeting.

Signed:
J. C. Gelardi (Mag. Rot.)
L. Hill (Prin. Sen.)


The 90th meeting of the Confraternitas was held in Fr. Passant’s rooms on Monday, 4th March 1924. Great excitement was caused by an insidious attack on the Senate and officers initiates by the Tribunes, Frs. Perrycoste and Brereton, in respect to the loss of the pontifical cape on the occasion of the visit of the Peterhouse Historical Society and the consequent failure to carry out the usual ceremonies. The attack centred round Fr. Rice who was threatened with a diet of bread and water for the remainder of the term. Fr. Brereton, who led the attack in the unavoidable absence of Fr. Perrycoste, waxed long and eloquent, and finally succeeded in his nefarious scheme by carrying a vote of censure on the whole Senate. This measure was carried by 7 votes to 4, the villain of the piece, angelic Fr. Passant, escaping scot-free.

After Fr. Wood had proposed and carried a necessarily complicated budget, he read a very interesting paper on ‘Marco Polo’ and a most amusing and instructive meeting ended with the usual ceremonies.

Signed:
J. C. Gelardi (Mag. Rot.)
L. Hill (Prin. Sen.)
D. F. Wood (Prin. Sen.)


The 91st meeting of the Confraternitas was held in Fr. Passant’s rooms on Monday, 20th October 1924. After the performance of the sacred opening ceremonies and the ritualistic ordination of the Pontifex Maximus and Magister Rotolorum, the Princeps delivered his charge to seven surviving devotes of Clio and to one ex-Tribune, Fr. Perrycoste. Opening with a few words of decent diffidence, the Princeps unrolled, charmingly but XXX, his thesis, that our Lady Clio demanded greater enthusiasm and devotion than she had received during the past year. He exhorted fratres to the performance of nobler actions in her service and looked forward to a year of unfailing energy and success.

Fr. Passant, in seconding the vote of thanks to the Princeps, re-emphasised the gravity of the situation and issued a further exhortation to fraters.

The Pontifex Maximus then delivered his charge, discussing in reminiscent vein of the departed fratres. He pointed out the charitable action of the Confraternity in extending a little lamp of truth to those heathens who hitherto had trodden the path of darkness, the dignified and imposing learning of his predecessor, the typewritten letters which, for the society, represented the soul of Frater Simpson and, finally, the heresy of Frs. Berwick and Wood in bowing down before the strange god of the sextant and theodolite.

After the volume of applause, which twelve little hands could muster, had subsided, Fr. Hill was re-elected to the Senate. Messrs Thompson, Blanchard, Young, Humphries, Thomas, Roberts were proposed to the Senate for membership with Mr Davenport for honorary membership.

A lengthy and disjointed discussion then arose over the Banquet and the Visitor’s Meeting. Finally, the Banquet was arranged for Nov 24th, and the Visitor’s Meeting postponed until the next term. Melancholy seized Fr. Passant when the Confraternity, with nimble diplomacy, presented him with a generous list of those possible visitors who would be the most likely to refuse. The meeting then closed with the customary ceremonies.

Signed:
Stanley. H. Bailey (Mag. Rot.)
David. F. Wood (Prin. Sen.)


The 92nd meeting of the Confraternitas was held in Fr. Passant’s rooms on Monday, November 3rd, 1924 at 8:30pm.

The sacred opening ceremonies having been punctiliously performed, the initiation of the three neophytes of Clio followed, Frs. Blanchard, Thompson and Young, with befitting solemnity. The minutes were read and confirmed. Fr. Passant thereupon leapt to his feet with a somewhat transparent eagerness and proudly announced that he had written to the first celebrated prospective visitor and received in reply a concise refusal from one, Blauch Patok, vade mecum. Fr. Passant was congratulated and encouraged to continue his good services.

The election to the Senate, after a ballot resulted in favour of Frs. Blanchard and Youngman, who immediately took their places on the Senatorial Bench. Fr. Young was elected to the office of Fabricius. The plebs then began to demonstrate nosily for representatives and Frs. Thompson and Hill were duly admitted to the Tribunicial Order after they had taken the solemn oath of their office. This concluded the business of the evening and once more the Confraternity returned to the arms of her Lady Clio. Fr. Gelardi read an interesting, if provocative, paper on ‘Mussolini’ or ‘Altruism Incarnate’. After a loyalty and prolix discussion, the meeting ended with the customary rites.

Signed:
Stanley. H. Bailey (Mag. Rot.)
David F. Wood (Prin. Sen.)


The 93rd meeting of the Confraternitas was held in Fr. Passant’s rooms on Monday, November 17th 1924 at 8:30pm. After the performance of the sacred opening ceremonies, the minutes were read and confirmed. It was then proposed and carried that Father Knox should be immediately insisted to the Visitor’s Meeting in the Lent term and Fr. Passant offered to approach Father Knox during the week.

Messrs Findlater, Attfield, A. S. Roberts and Humphries were proposed to the Senate for membership.

A discussion upon the Banquet ensued, characterised by much ‘slick’ circumlocution; certain fratres, seeking a gratuitous crown of martyrdom, offered to set aside even the most enticing of engagements for the sake of their Lady Clio. But to their relief, it was decided to postpone the Banquet until Sat: 24th Jan, 1925.

Fr. Hill, playing the part of heavy tribune, sadly drew the attention of the fratres to the nakedness of Fr Knox-Shaw. He pointed out that, in defiance of the sacred custom of the Confraternity, Fr. Knox-Shaw had omitted – he hoped through forgetfulness – to wear the collar of his order. Fr. Know-Shaw, however, basing his defence upon the sordid ground of personal comfort, destroyed this XXX; the which observing. Fr. Passant was not slow to expose the shaky foundation of the plea by stating with almost convincing emphasis that after all the collar could be removed.

Fr. Bailey was then called upon to deliver his paper, entitled: ‘Valois v. Valois’, dealing with struggle of the House of France against that of Burgundy in the 15th cent. But as the minutes might become personal at this point, the Magister prefers to state that the meeting closed with the customary ceremonies.

Signed:
Stanley. H. Bailey (Mag. Rot.)
David F. Wood (Princeps)


The 94th meeting of the Confraternitas was held in Fr. Passant’s rooms on Monday, Dec: 1st, 1924 at 8:30pm.

The sacred opening ceremonies were followed by the initiation of the two neophytes – Frs. Attfield and Findlater. Tribunicial duplicity was revealed in all its naked depravity by the Machiavellian attempt of Fr. Hill to conceal his own grave misdemeanour. Seeking to arraign our godlike Pontifex on a trumped-up change of culpable nervousness during the ceremonies, Fr. Hill only succeeded in drawing attention to himself. It appeared that Fr. Hill had dared to conceal behind his back, during the aforementioned ceremonies, a lighted offence of the Imperial Tobacco Co. With one accord fratres censured this misguided Tribune.

Fr. Blanchard, Comes, then proposed with XXX gusto, the adoption of his Budget, detailing with great craft the disbursement of the fraternal monies and the apportionment of burdens. The Budget was carried, thanks to his fine grasp of financial XXX, without opposition.

Fr. Hill, Tribune, seeking to restore his prestige in the eyes of our Lady Clio, then delivered a melancholy tirade against the lack of form and cleanliness of the casket of the sacred bullion. Fratres thereupon applauded and thanked Fr. Hill for his generosity. But this demonstration proved premature, when the Tribune merely proposed that the Fabricius should be entrusted with its embellishment.

Messrs. Owens, J. W. Taylor and Thomas were proposed to the Senate for membership. This concluded the business of the evening.

Fr. Ede then read an excellent paper on ‘Saint Joan’, provoking thereby much discussion, some invective and universal admiration.

The meeting closed with the usual ceremonies.

Signed:
Stanley. H. Bailey (Mag. Rot.)
David F. Wood (Princeps)

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