Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 8 May 5, 1938
"Gone are the Days…"
"Gone are the Days…"
The name adopted by the new Varsity paper, apart altogether from the present European situation, will remind many Old Clay "Patchians" of one activity that was available in their days, Today it is only a memory, but a great one withal.
In those days we always used to rend that the German navy always drank as a principal toast "deer tag," and one of the popular subjects of debate at the Debating Society was whether England should retain her naval superiority of two keels to one.
When Lord Kitchener visited New Zealand for the purpose first of finding and secondly then of reviewing the troops, it is said that that great man was very explosive in his comments. Whether his search was too difficult or not does not now matter at all.
M for Manly.
Be that as it may, Victoria College spring to arms, and the O.T.C. was created. Undergraduates, graduates and professors to give them their order of merit, enrolled. The professors, I remember, were Profs. Kirk, Easterfield and von Zedlitz and the movement made them young again. The O.T.C. was a company of infantry, fully officered and chock full of enthusiasm.
The parades were frequent but not too frequent. I do not think that it was on account of any exciting thought that war might be imminent that so many joined up—the war was the about four years off—but simply because Varsity men realizing they were through Coll. qualifying for leadership determined to complete their qualifications in the manifest and most sporting manner.
One example of the popularity of the O.T.C. was the attendance of nearly the whole company at a summer holidays camp up the Wanganui River where Major Lascele and Sergt-Major Rose took every ounce of surplus fat from us. It floated down the river in Jumps after parades.
Most of those O.T.C. men wen to the war all did well, many reached high rank, some were badly wounded by shell fire, some did not return. All, however, would have said that the O.T.C. was the grandest manliest, friendliest interest at College.
Of course, the uniform was, too, regarded, according to the eyes of the feminine undergraduates, as most attractive.
—Major C.A.L. Tread well, O.B.E.
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