to the House the Hon. Member stated that owing to the
introduction of Professionalism into Association the game
had gained from a spectacular point of view, so that,
as all could not be players, it produced the greatest
pleasure to the greatest number. At the same time more
skill was involved so that mere brute force was at a
The Hon. Member for Tavistock objected to
playing games from a mere 'Gallery' point of view. Pro-
fessionalism had taught us to foul and had reduced cheat-
ing to a fine art so that the healthy spirit of sport was
in danger. Rugby did not develop feet alone, it trained
the hands and eyes, developed every muscle, called for
habits of endurance and above all taught unselfishness
and self-control. Its variety of scoring was an added
charm to the game.
The Hon. Member for St. Leonards laid great
weight on the minor accidents in Association compared
with those of a more serious nature in the Rugby Game.
The Hon. M. for Gloucester pointed out that in
Rugby there was no loafing, no 'one-man' play: all
were on the move. Each man had his share and there
was room for all.
The Hon. M. for St. Austell whilst admitting
Tavistock's powerful arguments stated that one could
continue playing Association far later in life than in
Rugby, and that the former game taught unselfishness,
alertness and self-control in equal measure.
The Hon. M. for Tavistock in summing up re-
turned to his charge that it was better to train the
hands than the feet.
The Hon. M. for Portsmouth closed with the
assertion that we did not want a special game for a
special and favoured few, we wanted an average majority
and we found it in Association.
Upon the motion being put to the vote it was de-
clared lost by three votes to one, several members re-
fraining from voting.
Our Fifth Meeting took place on Sunday December
3rd to consider the advisability of conscription. Although
the majority of the speakers were in favour of it the
motion was lost by three votes to six.