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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 11. June 21, 1939



"The quality of mercy is not strained"—thus spoke the ardent opposer of the motion. "That the Jewish refugees should not per [unclear: permitted] to enter N.Z.," at the New Speakers Debate on Wednesday night which brought to light some promising (?) speakers. After a pleasing beginning by Miss Wecber and a dramatic outburst by Mr. Stroobant in which be called on the citizens of New Zealand to "succour the poor tormented Jewish souls." quoted and misquoted Shakespeare and denied that two people could live together, the speakers settled down to serious business. One speaker who imagined that the Jews, if allowed into New Zealand, would mulilply like guineapigs, came into danger of being thrown out by the passionate advocates for their admission.

As an afterthought it was decided to put the motion to the meeting but as most people were by this time struggling with their coats, only one person could be found to uphold it.

Mr. Edgley, whose facial expressions amused the audience as much as the speeches almost and who had obviously profited from his own recent experiences, placed Miss Weeber first and Miss [unclear: Grinlinton] and Mr. Stroobant second equal.