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Victoria College Capping Carnival. Thursday, June 27th, 1912

A Protest

page 21

A Protest

We've half a Coll, and half a staff,
And half a libraree;
Both underpaid and understaffed,
And underbuilt are we.

The plutocrat of Wellington
Is canny as can be-e-,
He never tries to subsidise
Our Universitee.

In other countries everywhere,
The rich men of the nation
Bequeath whatever they have to spare
To help on education.

The German and the Englishman,
The Chinaman and Yankee,
Is always proud to have endowed
His Universitee.

The donors gain immortal fame,
The nation gains the scholars;
Our plutocrats could do the same
For sev'ral hundred dollars.

If you whose bount y we implore
Can no advantage see
In giving for esprit de corps,
Do it for policee.