Vaughan of Rugby—he was equally Vaughan of Giggleswick and Vaughan
of Wellington—was, in the opinion of his pupils at any rate, a great headmaster ; and who are better judges in such a case ? He was no innovator ; he once said that he did not often make new laws, but that he sometimes took care to see that the old ones were kept. But in spite of a touch of austerity and a touch of conservatism in his personality, all the three schools whose destinies he guided made marked progress under him. There was genuine sympathy and a welcome sense of humour in his make-up, and he had an almost uncanny memory, which extended even to the parents and antecedents of his pupils. No sixth-form Rugbeian who was there then will ever forget " the Bodger's " farewell lesson in Old Big School, when he read aloud the dialect poems of T. E. Brown, a north-countryman like himself.
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