The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, October 1902
Since the last issue of our Magazine, we have experienced a sharp shock of earthquake in Unionland, caused by no other circumstance than the visit of our travelling secretary, Mr Withycombe ! An earthquake is not usually a pleasing excitement, but when it has the effect of waking folks out of a comfortable snooze, there are possibilities of most beneficial results. For this reason quiet slumber is not conducive to work, and the world we live in is, fortunately for our characters, a work-a-day world. An awakening, too, often brings thoughts—thoughts of responsibility, of reverence, of new resolves and new hopes and prayers. We have work to do for others as well as for ourselves, whatever the world may say, and by neglecting this work, we are selling cur birthright and throwing away untold blessing.
Mr Withycombe arrived in Wellington on the evening of July 26, and was, during his stay in Wellington, the guest of Mrs Denton, in Woolcombe street, for whose kindness we are all very grateful. On Tuesday evening, July 29th, he paid us a visit at the College, and was entertained by the combined unions of the Girls' High School and of Victoria. College. In an address Mr Withycombe tracea for us the history of the World's Student Christian Union, of which we form a small part, and emphasised the practical good he had seen worked in colleges and schools through the efforts of the union alone.
Professor McKenzie occupied the chair, and welcomed the guest of the evening an behalf of the College staff. Short addresses were also given by Miss McLean, off the Girls' High School Christian Union, the Revs. Mr Glasson and Mr Scotter. the representative of our Union.
On Saturday evening Mr Withycombe addressed a meeting of the V.C.C.U., reading from the 25th chapter of St. Matthew's Gospel the parable of the ten talents, and using it to show page 22 how self-sacrifice must be our portion in this life and our joy in the next. The most practical sacrifice we are able to give as students is time. Time, to poor, hard worked individuals such as ourselves, with examinations creeping upon us with the steady slowness of a glacier, is our most precious possession, and therefore it is what God requires of us, "our firstling of the fleck without spot or blemish."
Mr Withycombe met the executive of the Union several times, with the result that working committees have been formed and a better understanding of Christian Union affairs obtained. The conveners of committees appointed are as follows:—Bible study, Mr Thompson; religious meetings, Miss Smyth; missionary, Mr Blair; membership, Mr Waugh; inter-collegiate relations, Miss Griffiths.
General meetings were arranged for alternate Saturday evenings at 7.30, and meetings for Bible study on Thursday evenings, from eight till nine o'clock.
Now, a Christian Union cannot do much in our College with out the sympathy of you and me—the students of the College. One hour every week is not very much, and it will amply repay us. No other book and no other subejct will so abundantly repay close and deep study. We must remember that the Bible contains gold, and almost anyone is willing to dig for gold—to dig gladly—even at the expense of time, energy, thought and steady perseverance in the midst of a busy life.
The Editors desire to thank all those students who, by loyal co-operation and assistance, have helped to make their work lighter in bringing out the second number of "The Spike." We thank all contributors, and regret that through lack of space we have again been forced to omit several promising contributions; and we are especially grateful to those gentle men who, to procure for us suitable illustrations of the College site, cheerfully gave up an afternoon's holiday.
We also record with regret the resignation of Miss Ross from the position of secretary to the Students' Society, an office which she has filled ably for many sessions, and though we know that the office will be well filled by Miss Roberts, who has taken her place, yet we cannot but miss the services and the assistance of one who has been a leading spirit amongst us for so long.