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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 2 March 17th, 1943

[Letter from Pleasantly Surprised to Salient Vol. 6, No. 2 March 17th, 1943]

Dear "Salient"—Why do people go on saying nasty things about University Reds? When I left school last year my father told me I would have to be very careful at Varsity (not because of the Tramping Club—my mother spoke to me about that) but because of Communists. Even then I stuck up for them and said, "Father, they are only like that because there has not been the redeeming influence of a good woman in their lives. If one of the unfortunate creatures accosts me I shall not repulse him but take him along to an S.C.M. study-circle (though I am sure the Evangelical Union and the Catholic Students Guild do very good work also).

But "Salient," University Reds Reds don't need changing. I met such a nice young man at Freshers' Welcome and it wasn't until people told me afterwards that I found out he was one of our most notable Reds. He didn't say anything nasty about God or cutting the throats of the bourgeoisie but was really patriotic and said the most exciting things about what the common people of the world would do to Hitler and some of the people in this University who live in ivory towers and fiddle while Rome burns and watch the lovely patterns the blood makes as it trickles down the barricades. It was just like the editorial from "Truth" that my father read out at dinner—only, of course, more cultured.

I may be only a silly little fresher-ette but if Reds are always like this I think governments are very [unclear: pid] to be so unfriendly to them.

—Yours, etc.,

Pleasantry Surprised.