Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 19 September 6, 1938
Mr. O'Callaghan (Otago) who secured the highest points, had a very fine debating style. A comparison between the marks accorded to him and to Mr. Almers (who had second highest) shows that for matter he was only one point ahead. The marks for method were the same, but his manner placed him three points ahead. His gestures were few and natural, and his sincerity obvious.
Though his reply was marred by the use of some rather thin "debaters' arguments," his opening speech was logical and convincing. His speech was forceful but did not display the gift for epigram evident in some of the others speakers, notably Mr. Myers.
Special praise is due to Mr. Morrison, whose performance, considering the circumstances, was remarkable. On Friday morning Miss M. Shortall wired that she had missed her train and could not be present to second Mr. Almers. The latter, after frantic efforts to find a seconder, located Mr. Morrison, who gallantly came to the rescue of religion and V.U.C. He had only from 11 a.m. to prepare his speech. These facts and his high marks testify to his debating ability.
To make any attempt to report the speeches would be fair neither to the debaters nor the reader. It would involve too much repetition. Briefly, the affirmative attacked churches as religious institutions and the negative attacked them as irreligious institutions. We have not space to report involved logic, but most of the memorable sayings are given as food for thought.