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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1910

The Bazaar

The Bazaar.

Consternation reigned at the College when it became known that the secretary and treasurer of the Gymnasium Committee were in danger of having their liberty wrested from them. Rejoicing in the possession of a much-coveted gymnasium, we suddenly awoke to our bankrupt condition. Our misery increased when we heard that a summons had been issued. Visions of these popular officers adorned with broad, arrows well nigh broke our hearts. At all hazards must they be secured from their impending peril.

With reluctance we approached the Government, the Refuge for the Destitute; but in spite of "the buoyant state of the finances of this Dominion," we were turned empty away. Necessity is the mother of invention, and a bazaar was suggested. The Students' Association Committee, therefore—to use a Times phrase—"got busy," and the best piece of work that Committee ever did was to appoint Eric Lyon bazaar secretary; he bore the heat and burden of the day, and his energy will not soon be forgotten. "Tam" Duncan was associated with him as treasurer of the bazaar fund, and "Tam's" balance-sheet at the end of the proceedings was as pretty as a picture.

The week of the bazaar was a strenuous one. Students returned from the Easter tournament just in time to erect stalls and get things into something like order before the opening day, April 1st. The ground floor of the gymnasium page 60 building was reserved for the tea room, while on the top floor were erected eight stalls, all well supplied by the many gifts of friends, and by the work of students themselves. The wives of the Professors very generously took charge of the stalls, being assisted by several students. The following were the stall-holders:—
  • Flower Stoll—Mrs. von Zedlitz and Miss Everett.
  • Produce Stall— Mrs. Richmond and Miss. Fell.
  • Sweet Stoll—Mrs. Hunter and Miss. M. Fell.
  • Fancy Stall—Mrs. Adamson and Miss. L. McIntosh.
  • Plain Stall—Mrs. Mackenzie and Miss V. Saxon.
  • Art Stall—Mesdames Kirk and McPhail, and Miss Hales.
  • Doll Stall—Mrs. Easterfield and Miss Thornton.
  • Tea Room—Mesdames Wilson and Ward, and Miss Reeve.
  • Book Stall—Miss Myers, and Messrs. Skinner and Nicholls.

The men students took charge of the numerous sideshows. Fortune-telling, in all its branches was provided, and proved particularly attractive, though numbers of people found the "Tumbling, Tommies" the most "moving" spectacle. A novel form of entertainment was the scientific displays, under the rare of Professors Kirk and Laby.

Mrs. Newman performed the opening ceremony with a gracious speech, and the weather smiled on her good wishes during the two days on which the bazaar was open, and the building, was at all times, particularly in the evening, well filled.

Visitors spent their money generously, and consequently, every stall did excellent business. The book stall, however, with its bewildering collection of books, was the most profitable. There were new books, old books, ugly books, pretty books, solid books, frivolous books, all of which went to eager buyers. It was not edifying, though, to see purchasers—mostly men—turn up the backs of the books, presumably in search of 11w happy ending. Nor shall we forget our sorrow on perceiving one of Ye Learned shamefacedly lose himself in the crowd, with a bundle of Family Heralds, valued at 6d. the lot, tucked under his scholastic arm.

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During the afternoon, the Vitetta Band discoursed pleasing music, and Miss Marjory Wilson, a clever pupil of Miss Beere, danced charmingly. Each evening, a short concert was held, Miss Hardinge-Maltby and Mr. Newton very kindly assisting.

The bazaar resulted in the handsome profit of £170, sufficient to discharge our liabilities, and leave a handsome surplus, most of which went in providing a canvas covering for the floor of the gymnasium.

The College heartily thanks all those who rendered such able and willing assistance, and we shall not easily forget the debt of gratitude which we owe the citizens of Wellington, who once more came so generously to our assistance.

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