Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 10. June 14, 1939
[Letter to the Star-Sun 15/4/39]
Dear Sir,—I desire to congratulate those young men who gave to the pro-letariat that breath-taking display of manliness. On yet another occasion the educated youth of God's Own Country have proved to the world as a whole that we In New Zealand, are the alpha and omega of manliness, refinement and culture. New Zealand is indeed a country to be reckoned with. We are a population of spartans and Amazons. Twenty-four educated young men have put themselves to the supreme test and unfolded to the nations that the men of New Zealand can drink a glass of beer in anything from twenty to twenty-five seconds. New Zealanders should be proud of their heritage. Not one hundred years old, progress, our watchword, has carried us to the highest stage. Youth has ever led us onward, enlightenment its guiding star. in education, spirituality, political and industrial development, and in its crowning glory—ability to drink one pint of beer in 20 3-5 seconds.—I am, etc.,
Douglas Ayers.(Christchurch "Star-Sun,"