Fine weather prevailed at Oxford on Saturday afternoon when the University Torpids were continued, and the large number of spectators on the river banks and college barges witnessed some exciting racing.
[Div III] A extraordinary incident occurred immediately after the firing of the starting gun. The stroke of the Wadham boat caught a 'crab,' and his oar, striking the starting punt, slipped through the rowlock into the water. Without any hesitation he jumped out of the boat, and the crew proceeded without him. Although hard pressed by Jesus at the Long Bridges, the seven men gallantly preservered, and gained on Trinity II., a length only separating the boats at the finish [...]
A serious incident happened to Mr. P. R. Filleul, and undergraduate of Wadham College and a member of the Leander Club, at the Torpid races on Saturday. While the Third Division racing was in progress, Mr. Filleul had been signalling to his college eight by firing blank cartridges. He was apparently under the impression that the cartridges were exhausted, and while exchanging the revolver for a megaphone his left hand was over the orifice of the barrel when a cartridge that we was unaware of exploded, blowing away part of his hand. He lost a considerable quantity of blood before medical assistance could be obtained. Mr. Filleul is report to be going on favourably, although the wound is of such a character as to preclude at present a thorough examination.
[Div II] ... Merton were extremely lucky to get away from University II.. Under the Willows University II. overlapped, and this happened again further on, but their chance was spoiled owing to their getting into the shallow water on the Berkshire [towpath] side of the river, and Merton finished two or three feet in front.
The Torpid Races at Oxford were concluded yesterday afternoon in fine weather.
[Div I] Christ Church had no difficulty in retaining the headship, passing the flag a good length and a half in front of Balliol... Oriel made their seventh bump by overtaking Brasenose just before reaching the Long Bridges. During the six days' racing 40 bumps were made, as against 57 last year.
|B:||N. M. Bruce||10st 4lb|
|2:||J. F. West||9st 11lb|
|3:||G. D. Pidgeon||12st 10lb|
|4:||M. H. Raikes||12st 8lb|
|5:||B. Tomlinson||12st 7lb|
|6:||W. A. Akers||11st 3lb|
|7:||R. Boumphrey||10st 0lb|
|S:||N. A. Sprott||9st 8lb|
|C:||R. Fitzgibbons||8st 11lb|
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