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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 4 March 30, 1938

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild.

"I read when a boy of the great Buffalo Bill-of wild and self-made men. They did not go to school and did not have to pass examinations. So by Jove. I run away and go to Australia. But I had promised my father I would be a lieutenant-and be lieutenant I must! You see you cannot break a promise. So I joined the Salvation Army. I did not know what it was-but I knew it had lieutenants so I joined. You see-I thought that would satisfy my father. Then I traveled with a Hindu magician for a while-you know, juggling and suchlike. But I always thought or Buffalo Bill, and when I was in France years later. I went a long way specially to meet him-he was there with his wild west show. But then I learned that he had left France and was in Germany-and he had stayed in my own native village for three days as a guest of my father. By Jove, it was the greatest disappointment I have ever had in all my life."

The Countess burst in upon us.

"Remember Felix." she said, "at ten to we must go."

The Count waved her a cheery hand and counted.

"And when I went home again from Australia, I found that I had run away in vain-I had to go to school again. I passed my examinations as a navigator."

The Count amid numerous interruptions from the Countess, the telephone, and people walking in and out and being welcomed and dismissed, continued, in a fascinating disjointed planner the story of his remarkable

He told of his wartime experiences, his capture and imprisonment in New Zealand. He became melancholy as he told of the prison official who had suffered because of the Count's amazing escape from prison. "It was not he who was to blame, oh no! You see (the Count confidingly tapped me on the chest) always they have to look for a goat." He became lyrical as he talked of comradeship during the war.

"I have come to see the war." he said, "not from a narrow-minded standpoint; I have seen how It brings out qualities of comradeship among.