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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 8 June 27, 1945

A Lying Jade

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A Lying Jade

Rumour is a lying jade, but the fickle lady hath it that recently a delightful little seance was held under the auspices of an otherwise respectable but preferably anonymous college club.

Establishment of direct communication between the here and the hereafter, between the quick and the quit, proved unsuccessful, so recourse was had to an inverted tumbler.

Cartoon by N. Adams of an academic looking into a crystal ball with a ghost behind them

Students, otherwise intelligent, found equal delight in engineering a sensitive touch on the glass as in accusing each other of exerting undue pressure on behalf of the unseen. At least one personality was named by the visitor as being distasteful to the sacred atmosphere.

To minimise the now prevailing scepticism, the four doubting mediums—or is it media?—were blindfolded. The spirit, asked the date of termination of war with Japan, replied without hesitation, SPJYQX. It is understood that diplomatic relations with the occult are temporarily suspended pending translation of this cryptic message.

Brusquely remarked one observer—"I prefer my spirits with the glass erect."