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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, October 1902

Science Jottings

Science Jottings.

A correspondent from the Science Department has been so overcome with scientific method that an analysis has been made of the "specimens" which haunt the precincts of the Technical School. They are divided into groups, labelled, described and put upon the shelf, just as they ought to be. There are the "old stagers,' some of whom, as a result of a greater or less degree of persuasion help less fortunate members in the production of results," and some who' are characterised by "insulated isolation." In Group II. we 'nave the "quiet and unassuming" denizens of "dark corners"—we hope it is love of chemistry which draws them aside. Group III. is to be recognised by its size—by its irregularity—and "by a certain degree of joviality." We hope that regularity and joviality are not mutually exclusive at "the other end." If so, our correspondent assuredly belongs to Group III.

Our correspondent, who is no doubt bent on a '51 Scholarship, indulges in some "researches" which we must leave to the reader, and in the last resort to Professor Easterfield, to fathom. It is suggested that the dictionary definition of chemistry be extended by the addition of the following words: "At the end of first term is apt to be considered a delusion by young lady students who endeavour to' find excuses for discontinuing scientific study." Attention is drawn to the fact "that although. 'comparable results' may possibly be obtained by 'faking' (a scientific term unknown to the Editors), still, such a system has its disadvantages, which on consideration will doubtless be evident. The last research deals with the absence of the Professorial eve, and a proverb which seems to have something to do with Saturday mornings. It begins—"When the cat's away—."