Corpun file 24626 at www.corpun.com
Daily Mail, London, 9 January 1912, p.5
Equality at Eton.
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Inquiries at Eton show that Lord Ossulston was there for one
term some time ago. Lord Tankerville is reported to have said:
"I do not want him (Lord Ossulston) to be a youngster with a
title who has been kowtowed to by a sycophantic crowd of pseudo
and would-be aristocrats, who lick the boots of our young
noblemen at school in order that they may later walk into society
under their protection."
It was stated at Eton yesterday that every boy is on an equality
so soon as he enters the school. A prince may have to fag for a
merchant's son, and there are too many Peers' sons at Eton for
any exceptions to be made.
A housemaster said: "Lord Ossulston's mother is an American.
American ladies do not understand the Eton system. No British
father or mother objects to it. An English-boy would sooner be
caned for offences than undergo other punishments such as writing
out a hundred lines. The caning is done by the captain of the
house, with the knowledge of the housemaster. In the cases of
delicate or sensitive boys it is avoided as much as possible.
Caning does a boy a world of good, as long as it is not too
severe; and it is administered in quite a modified form at Eton.
Fagging is also good tor a boy; it teaches him to do things and
to learn the lesson of obedience."
No preference to Lords.
An old Eton boy who is now staying at Eton said: "At Eton
we learned that all men are equal. In selecting boys for the
Eight or the Eleven preference is not give to a boy because he is
a prince or a lord. If he has merit he will get his colours, but
not otherwise. I know a member of the Royal Family who had to
fag, and he was certainly caned, and he would have felt upset if
he had been let off -- he told me as much. Boys come from all
over the world to Eton."
There are several American boys at Eton. Birching is still done
by the headmaster in extreme cases, but it is not so general as
it used to be. The first term of boy's life at Eton is naturally
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