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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1915

En Route

En Route.

The teams and barrackers from the three Southern Colleges to the total number of ninety, of whom nearly half were from V.U.C., left Wellington by the two o'clock train on Thursday, April 1st. On the journey little need be said save that it was robbed of some of its usual tedium by our heroic efforts to amuse the aborigines on the way side stations—efforts which seriously perturbed the parish policeman of Taihape, and threatened to land some of our more venturesome spirits in difficulties. These same efforts also caused one of our quieter and more retiring members to seek refuge in the Canterbury confines, whence we were unable to entice him during the rest of the Tournament. Considerable consternation was caused at breakfast time when it was found that the Dining Car had been left behind during the night somewhere in the middle of nowhere, and that the train would not arrive in Auckland until ten in the morning—which it duly did. Shortly after our arrival there, the weather started to perform, and soon put up a record in rainfalls. Most of us spent the rest of Good Friday page 61 alternating between sleeping and waxing prayerful over the dam(p) state of the weather.