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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 15. July 29, 1953

A Convenient Story — or this Modern Age

A Convenient Story

or this Modern Age

The following article is reprinted, with permission, from the "Upper Hutt Times." It seems that even in this ban-en age the necessities of mankind are to the fore in public discussions.

If 1953 is to be looked back upon as having any special significance, it is just possible that it will be remembered as the year in which public conveniences came into their own: in fact it is so much the year of the convenience that the subject received more than passing attention from the borough fathers of Upper Hutt at their get-together last Wednesday night.

It was only a pity that the boys of Weir House could not have received Intimation of the Upper Hutt discussion and sent out a delegate if only as a courtesy gesture to add authority to the debate.

The subject was brought up without special enthusiasm by the Borough Engineer, who pointed out that a public convenience, along with other edifices, figured in irregularities on the Upper Hull town plan: there was provision in the plan for a convenience in Station Street, whereas it was also proposed to reconstruct one behind the Council building in Russell Street.

The Engineer, who wanted to know If Station Street convenience was still required on the plan, could not have anticipated the gleeful manner in which councilors tackled the subject.

Perhaps wary of having an edifice that might be used as a Mecca for prayer meetings in protest against his administration the Mayor quickly explained that the building proposed for Russell Street would be nothing ornate. "It won't be a Taj Mahal," he said.

A breath of wind to be heard outside might even have been a long, disappointed sigh coming from Weir House, where presumably, the policy is for bigger, better, brighter conveniences, and more of them.

A few puns must have been borrowed from Extravaganza—and not even Extrav of this year, which is the up-to-date authority on public convenience puns brought this Jolly little discussion along to the decision that the convenience in Station Street be deleted from the plan.

A meeting of students to consider the implications and possible serious consequences of this decision is expected to be heard in Courtenay Place this week.