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l1sJ , THE ASHBURIAN
Association the Ashburian receives a dollar. This helps defray the expense of the
Magazine and the cost of sending out copies to the Old Boys. Now we have often
heard, possibly as an excuse for non-payment of dues, that the Magazine isaof
little interest to Old Boys, and that what interest there is lessens each year after
lt seems to us that the fallacy of this statement lies in the fact that no one dollar
subscription, no set amount of money, could possibly guarantee an interesting
Ashburian to any Old Boy. A successful school magazine, from an Old Boy's point
of view, depends on three things. lt must contain news of general interest about
the School, as well as periodical reports of activities, news of that particular Old
Boy's contemporaries, articles and stories by people whom he knew personally. 5
The first of these three reauisites we try to fulfill to the best of our ability,
but the last two are up to you, the Old Boys of Ashbury. May we suggest a way in
which you could help us? lf all news of Old Boys was sent to the Editor and it was
not presumed that he would find out by near-say or through devious channels,
and if Old Boys would offer suggestions about their magazine-if, in other words,
they would show a greater practical interest in the writing of their magazine, issues
of greater interest to all Old Boys would naturally follow, and their success be
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THE ASHBURIAN l171
This issue of the School Magazine is dedicated to the Old Boys. It is their number.
The editors have done everything in their power to make this number interesting to
the Old Boys of Ashbury, and the Committee of the Old Boys' Association has, in
turn, done all it could to furnish us with information about Qld Boys, and has tried
to produce at least some copy for us from among their members. The result has
been interesting, and though we have not received nearly as many Old Boy articles
as we should have liked, we are pleased to notice that what we are able to print
represents, for the most part, work by Old Boys who have left in the last few years.
This leads one to wonder why that should be. lt seems to us that there are
two reasons why the younger members of the Old Boys' Association should show
greater readiness to write for the Ashburian than the older ones. First they have
left school comparatively recently. Some of their friends may still be at school,
They know the Staff. ln other words their interest in the School is very much alive
as direct associations with the School are not vet broken.
Secondly, the reason for their interest in the Magazine, may, we think, be due to
the fact that in the past few years we have made an honest effort to have the
Magazine written by the Boys themselves, and we have tried, too, by 'means ot
University Letters, to hold that interest when the Boys have left the School.
A few years ago we had occasion to outline editorially the duties and respon-
sibilities of a good school magazine, and expressed the opinion that it should ferret
out latent ability among the Boys, that it should discriminate between various types
of literary ability, and be, in effect, the medium for expression of intelligent thought
among the Boys of the School.
But there is another duty of a school magazine that was not touched upon in
that editorial, and that is its duty to the Old Boys, and, conversely, their duty to it,
A magazine of any school should form a contact between the boys at present
at that school and those who have left, lt should, too, be a link, and a strong one
at that, between the School itself and the Old Boys as a whole, in this particular case
between the Boys here, now, and those who have left, and between Ashbury and the
Gld Boys' Association.
This link, we think, does exist, but how can it be strengthened? That, it
seems to us, is a question of paramount importance, and naturally, therefore, we
have our own views on the subject. For every paying member of the Qld Boys'
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OLD BOY SECTICDN
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