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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 10. June 1st, 1950

To two babes in the wood

To two babes in the wood


May I as (to borrow your phrase) "the acknowledged leader of the Debating Society," apologise on its behalf for the "Night of Terror" we are alleged to have inflicted upon these babes.

In fairness to the Society's officers, however, it should be stated that the ladies did hand their names to me prior to the debate, as willing to take part in it.

However, it is not the custom of "Old Debaters" to bait innocent freshers but on the other hand the Society has always prided [unclear: itself] with providing a testing ground for speakers.

The Society welcomes members, especially freshers, to its debates, and is willing to arrange a debate on any subject suggested by any student if in our desire to offer fellowship to those young ladies, we created the impression that we wished to hurry them to "forensic destruction" we again offer our apologies.

We will be pleased, and indeed will look forward to, welcoming the lasses in question to our future debates, once they have sufficiently composed themselves after their initial entry into our ranks.—J.D.M.