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The Spike or Victoria College Review, June 1906


page 56


"At Home"

(at. last!).

This was the legend greeting us from the cover of the programme issued in connection with the bazaar held on the 31st of March.

The Students' Association was in need of funds. How to raise them was the question of the day. With great enterprise the committee decided that a bazaar was the best way of obtaining a lot for a little. The Lady Mayoress was approached, and, with her usual kindness consented to enlist the services of a committee of ladies. It is to her, and to the many ladies who worked heart and soul to make the bazaar the success it was, that Victoria College owes its warmest thanks. The Students' Association funds benefited to the extent of £180 odd, as a result of their efforts.

The bazaar was opened by the Lady Mayoress in the afternoon. It was rather unfortunate that our Athletic Sports Meeting took place on the same day, but this was unavoidable. There were three stalls, presided over by Mesdames Hislop, Easterfield, and McVilly, and a roaring trade was done.

It was in the evening, however, that the money-making was at its height. The stalls were supplemented by various side shows, and by a tea-room, presided over by Mrs. (Dr.) Fell. In the concert hall a free concert was held, and in the various laboratories demonstrations were given by Professors Easterfield and Kirk, and their students. Mr. G. W. Barltrop was kind enough to give a limelight exhibition, which was witnessed by the proverbial "small but enthusiastic" audience.

To return to the concert, the first part and a portion of the second consisted of songs by Mrs. B. M. Wilson, Misses Irvine, Van Staveren Tingey, and Strack, Messrs. Wardrop, Hockley, Wedde, and Wilson, and dancing exhibitions by pupils of Miss E. Beere, who was kind enough to assist us. The "star" item of the evening was, however, the musical recitation, "Robert of Sicily," illustrated by tableaux. Miss Jennie Arndt recited splendidly, and the musical accompaniment was artistically arranged and played by Miss E. Arndt. The life-like tableaux were executed by the students of the Technical School, under the direction of Miss Sybil Johnson and Mr. Fraser. All concerned went to no end of trouble to make the performance a page 57 success, and it is to be regretted that the noise accompanying the various side-shows prevented at least half of the large audience from hearing what was said on the stage.

The side-shows, too, were a great success, and again we thank all who took part in any branch of the bazaar, whether professors, students, or those who, though they are not of the College, have its interests at heart, for their kind and ready assistance.