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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 3. March 16th, 1950


"A Rachne" is the name chosen for the new "Iiterary, journal" which replaces "Hilltop." Published on behalf of the Literary Society of Victoria. College, Wellington, New Zealand, the, magazine is characterised by a deliberate intellectualism usually described as "arty."

It is significant that the members of the editorial committee named on the back cover of the journal figure largely in the list of contributors on the same page. But the editorial policy is not as obvious as all that A note is added: "The essays in this issue do not necessarily coincide with editorial views. It is hoped to publish an essay soon . . . which citicises and carries further the doctrine of non-possession put forward in the essay on Anarchism." Yet the essay on Anarchism is by a member of the editorial committee! Evidently this member of the committee has no influence in determining the "editorial views."

Many will consider it unfortunate that the editorial committee elected to change the name of this periodical from "Hilltop" to "Arachne" at such a time. "Hilltop" was beginning to be well known. The material contained in it was far better than in the new "Arachne." The name was simpler and more effective. "Arachne" is rather a vague allusion at best and it is not improved by the faltering explanation (I take it to be such) advanced in the editorial Apart from this, Part 2 of an article now appears in "Arachne" No. 1, and there is a note that subscriptions to "Hilltop" are now overdue. All add to the general confusion.