February, 1926, Saturday 20

Had some fun at school, but was unfortunate enough to run against Fr. Dalton as I was turning a corner of the corridor and knocked him against the wall. He was very nice about it. I am getting into a lot of bad scrapes lately….

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September, 1926, Tuesday 7

Back again! The place is teeming with new fellows, 82 all told. We seniors, of course, felt very superior to them. Most of the college is done up and painted. In our class, Senior Honours, Fannie Cottrell and Finbarr Desmond are gone, but instead we…

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September, 1926, Tuesday 14

Dr. Scannell had yet no news about my exams. My hair will turn grey if he doesn’t hurry up. In Dr. Dalton’s English class we read some of ‘Pritchard’s Essays of To-day’. Some of them are very fine. He gave us a comp. ‘Falling Leaves’,…

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September, 1926, Monday 20

Dr. Dalton explained to us to-day the origins of ‘Dramatis personae’. The old Greek actors used to wear masks whose mouths were in the shape of a small megaphone, and through these they spoke in order to be heard by everyone in the open arena….

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October, 1926, Sunday 10

When I have least to do, then I take the longest time to do it. Yet I had a lot of free time to-day. Dr. Frend, a young Hungarian, studied in Vienna, and who is eminent as a doctor, was for tea. His English is…

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November, 1926, Thursday 25

Fr. Dalton told us in class that free-masonry was very probably one of the main causes of the French Revolution, and likewise of the Great War, as over six monarchs were deposed in 1918, and the programme of free-masonry is a world republic with no…

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