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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, October 1909

The Carnival

The Carnival.

The Capping Carnival which was held in the Concert Chamber of the Town Hall, on the evening of the 24th of June, was from some points of view, one of the most successful that has yet been held.

The Glee Club did not sing about "Sylvia," but "Full Fathom Five" and "The Watchword" were much appreciated. Solos were given by Miss Newman and J. D. Smith. The Sobbing Quartette (Misses Duigan and Fell and Messrs Bogle and Anderson) made a very melancholy and pitiful appearance which did not however, detract from the pleasure with which they were received The Capping songs were well conducted by S. J, Anderson, whilst Miss Clachan played the accompaniments. Both deserve much praise for the manner in which they performed their thankless tasks.

The second part of the programme consisted of a "Classic Sketch" entitled "Shackelton out-Shacked." The work was the result of a collaboration among A. H. Bogle, D. N. Isaacs, G. M. Hogben and J. M. Hogben.

From the point of view of the audience the performance was much more successful than any that had been previously presented at Victoria College Capping Carnival. The jokes and the plot were of such a nature as to be "understanded of the people." Professor H. K. Birk, having heard of Lieutenant Shackelton, determines to emulate the exploits of that celebrated explorer. He sets out for the South pole, taking with him such well-known characters as J. S. Krook, Nry Bodley, Rat O'Pegan, Captain Jones and Joe Carter. Much of the interest of the drama centred round the mishaps of the marvelous motor car, appropriately called "The yellow peril."

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L. P. Leary had made a special study of Professor H. K. Birk and acted his part well. G. M. Hogben as J. S. Krook and D. N. Isaacs as Captain Jones, were very successful into performance of their parts. The star of the evening was, however, C. Gamble. Many thought that Gamble was safely at home in bed and that Joe Carter was himself actually on the stage.

During the performance of the last act Misses fell, D. Isaacs and Newman, in the characters of spirits of the ice and snow, sang a very charming song and performed some very graceful actions. The whole scene, though just inclined to seem drawn out, was a pleasing relief to the boisterousness of the farce.