Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 9 July 14, 1943
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Dear Miss Crompton,
I would like to congratulate you and all the other members of the Salient staff on the excellent paper you are now turning out. Having read through most of the issues from 1934 onwards and having occasionally been pressed into service for some "subbing" or a story when the deadline was near, I'm in a fair position to judge its merit.
|1.||You are printing far more concrete facts written in a reasonably interesting manner. In the past one might have to skim through three paragraphs of platitudinous empty verbiage before coming even to some minor thought.|
|2.||It also seems that at least a reasonable balance has been struck between the parties of the Right and the Left and the paper is really an organ of average student opinion. As such the matter in it must be more authoritative than when most of the copy is written by some group or groups—and of more interest to the average student for whose benefit it is published.|
Memory is but a fickle jade, yet your last two issues, especially that of June 23rd, are among the best I can ever remember reading—and I don't agree with quite a few of the views expressed. Good luck to you and keep up the good work.
J. V. Ilott.
(Mr. J. V. Ilott was a student at V.U.C. 1934-8 and was prominent in social activities, extravs and tournaments; he debated and took an active part in sports, winning an N.Z.U. blue, and now sits on Blues Committee, and, we hope, is in a position to adjudge our worth!)
Although not a member of Victoria University College, I am a frequent reader of Salient, and am considerably disquieted by the political views of the majority of its contributors.
Universities throughout the world are recognised centres of unrest and discontent, and V.U.C. shows no sign of deviating from the rule. Nazism was reared from puling infant to lusty youth within the walls of German Universities; student riots are the prelude of revolution and its accompanying turmoil of hate and blood.
Humorous and idiotic though the drivelling of your contributors may now appear, they will prove dangerous to the internal peace of this country, unless they tear down their red flags. I am, Sir,
I would draw your attention to a highly unwarranted attack upon the English public school system which appeared in the last edition of Salient under the guise of a review of "A Yank at Eton."
Your critic obviously knows nothing about the English public school, nor of its New Zealand counterpart. He piously brings forth the usual catch-phrases about class distinctions which are supposedly fostered in these public schools. As an old boy of one of them, and as one who has come into contact with old boys of many others, from both England and New Zealand, I would assure him that his assertions must be entirely groundless. In fact, the only place where I have noticed the snobbery of which he complains is amongst certain of those who have the means of acquiring this form of education, but have failed to do so. This feeling, I presume, must be attributed partly to an inferiority complex, which they would hide by a show of aggressiveness, and partly to jealousy of those whom they fear might be better off than themselves.
—I am, sir,
P. L. R. Abraham.•
May I be permitted to reply to my two critics, "J.W." and "Not Very Very Amused."
I have not a copy of my own letter beside me, but I believe that my reference was to "a small minority, very, very anti-Fascist conscious, who, haying deified Russia in their own minds, seek to bring others to worship with them." Neither of your correspondents took the trouble to quote me correctly, with the result that there is no point to either of their criticisms—and no reason for further comment on my part.
May I, in conclusion, congratulate J. M. Ziman on his review of the motion picture, "A Yank at Eton." Seldom have I seen so much irrelevant eyewash (Weir House has another word for it) concentrated in such a small space.
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