Alt-Heidelberg: Heidelberg College magazine — 1906

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The guests assembled punctually at seven and at
once passed on to the dining hall, in the corner of
which blazed the Christmas Tree. To this the assembled
company paid the customary homage by singing the
Volkslied "O Tannenbaum". This disclosed who was
a new and who an old attendant at these Dinners; who
knew the melody and sang the words with vigour, and
who was stranger and found the custom an interesting
but puzzling, novelty. After this the Chaplain, Mr. Bird,
performed his office and the Dinner began.

But who was there? you will ask. Lots of boys,
some old boys, several parents, a few old friends, the
Principals and several of the Staff of course, the whole
party numbering fifty-one. Your Reporter has mentioned
the Chaplain, he will name further Mrs. Bird, General,
Mrs. and Miss O'Dvvyer, Colonel and Mrs. Currie and
the Misses Currie, Mrs. Lushington, Professor St'itterlin,
Dr. Ehrhardt, and Mr. Schölte.

Scarce has the Dinner begun when Dr. Ilolzberg
rises and reads telegrams from some absentees. The
Captain and Hodgkins send good wishes, and Dr. Denning
wished all and sundry "guten Appetit" — as well he

Now know from me that it is a feature of the Col-
lege Christmas Dinner that a number of toasts are al-
ways honoured, and these are not saved up till the end
of the feast, but interspersed between the courses; bet-
ween each course one or two speeches. First the Chair-
man, Dr. Holzberg, gives the annual toast, "The Em-
peror and the King", or as put by Mr. Catty, "The
King and the Emperor", and each and all drink it
cordially giving the precedence to his own sovereign
and none grudging the precedence thus given — so
may it always be.

Then the Army and Navy were toasted, for
were not distinguished representatives present? The
speaker, Dr. Ehrhardt, expressed the pride of the com-
pany in the Army and Navy and their satisfaction in
honouring them at the festive season, and attributed
thanks to them for the possibility of enjoying it in peace.
General O'Dwyer responded for the Services and relerred
to his long connection with the Army, and while acting
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