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  Item Reference: KCLCAL-1858-1859-39

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annual report april 1858 'J are held in China is that Mr Alabaster has in the short space since his appointment three years ago so far secured the con- fidence of his superiors as to his qualifications and character that he has been selected for post which involves very high responsibility that of interpreter to Commissioner Yeh As proof that he has not forgotten his old connexion with the College Mr Alabaster has sent to Dr Major succinct but very interesting account of the personal habits and character of that remarkable personage The following honours have been gained by Students of this Department At Cambridge Messrs Edward Ernest Bowen Robert James Donne and Henry Barclay Swete were placed in the first class in Classics At Oxford Mb Francis Edwaed Thompson Scholar of Lincoln obtained Second Class in Classics at the final examination At the University of London for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts George Henry Rouse Classics and Prize for the Ex- The progress of the Department of the Applied Sciences has been highly satisfactory during the past year both as regards the improvement of the Students and the numbers in attendance An extension of the curriculum of study to meet the wants of those Students who remain at the College for three years Whilst this document is passing through the press the Times" of May 10 1858 gives in letter from its Special Correspondent the following highly satisfactory statement as to Mr Alabaster's qualifications as an interpreter Let me remark here once for all that Mr Alabaster is so far as my expe- rience goes unique instance of youth who has learnt to converse fluently in Mandarin after only two years' study In terms of philosophy and art diflicul- ties of translation must of necessity occur but apart from these never hear the interpreter obliged to ask Yeh to repeat what he has said and very rarely find that Yeh requires the interpreter to repeat consider myself very fortu- nate in my medium of conversation with this great Confucian Honours in Mathematics and Edward Ernest Bowen William Leveeton Donald- animation in the Hebrew Text Scholarship SON Honours
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