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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1910

The Smoke Nuisance

The Smoke Nuisance.

"This ambition to blow rings is the most ignoble known to man."


It is generally believed that the College Council confine its attention to appalling deficits, imminent bankruptcies, and occasional deputations to the Government. Ha! ha! Homer sometimes nods, and the Council occasionally has night off, and a merry jest. It was on an application that students be allowed to smoke in the Common Room, that Sir Robert Stout, with an exceedingly commendable desire to combat vice, rose in the majesty of his disapproval, and page 50 flung down the gauntlet before his abandoned colleagues. "The majority of smoking students never come to any good." The vicious ones hung fire: Sir Oracle had spoken. It was the moment for a master touch. Mr. E. D. Bell rose to the occasion: "Let's have a referendums" he gasped in delight; "if it's good enough for the House of Lords it is good enough for us." We understand that a keen struggle is expected. Sir Robert Stout will engage the Henry—Potts Mission for a "season"; an opposition "choir." under the baton of E. Waters, is being organised to rally the "Commoners." We are led to believe that the College is sharply divided into two parties. The one consists of those who will vote against abolition, because they want to smoke and the other consists of those who will vote against abolition, because they cannot agree with Sir Robt. Stout that the majority of our Professors have come to no good. Meanwhile, the Men's Common Club proposes to lay in a stock of best chocolate Havannas, so as to avoid disappointment on the part of the younger of its members