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The Spike or Victoria College Review, June 1906

Our Rhodes Scholar

Our Rhodes Scholar.

When P. W. Robertson left us to go to Oxford, all knew that success lay before, as well as behind him, but even the most optimistic had no idea that his conquests would begin so soon after his arrival. He is already, after nine months residence there, a "Scholar of Trinity," having obtained a Science Scholarship, of the value of £80 a year, for three years. Since, however, he has already the Rhodes Scholarship, the authorities decided to let him have the honour only of this newly-won distinction, and a year of research abroad at the close of his Oxford course. The privileges of a "Scholar of Trinity" include, amongst other things, the right of wearing longer gowns than the ordinary ones, of reading lessons in chapel, and of devouring two extra courses at dinner. This last-named distinction is presumably included to prove that, after all, scholars are only mortal.

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Robertson was also made a member of the "Alembic," a club which consists of 3rd year science men, and discusses questions of scientific interest.

Socially he is having a thoroughly enjoyable time, and is upholding the honour of Victoria College in that direction too.