The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, September, 1922
Congratulations on your twenty-first birthday! We thank you for the invitation to participate in the celebrations, as conveyed in the pages of your last most excellent issue—and here is our modest but warm-hearted response.
Who are we, you ask? Admittedly you may not recognise us under the formidable, collective title appended hereto, though individually we were once of some account—but hush! we must not talk of ourselves, but of you.
Sufficient then, that as your grandparents and sometime foster-parents, we rejoice with you on this festive occasion, and glow with pardonable parental pride to behold the lusty development of the offspring (in part, at least) of our wild and radiant youth.
Why, what a man you have grown! Often we dream of the days when you were hut a little child (a knowing child, withal), in the old days when we toiled up the hill to the Old Clay Patch. Ah!Those days, those days!
Now that we are exiled far from Salamanca, we find it pleasant thus to dream; but we have done something more than dream. We have gathered ourselves together, and, fortified by a "constitution" redolent with high sounding legal phraseology, we have raised the Standard of the green and gold in this far-flung corner of the wild and woolly places. Already there have rallied round the old flag a goodly assortment of ardent elaypatchers of all years and all faculties. We have talked and sung of the old times, and we have talked much of you, dear "Spike."
By common voice we are agreed that you, and you alone can adequately fulfil the high destiny of keeping alive the old spirit, of welding closer the loved bonds that bind us to our Alma Mater—yea, though we be at the farthest extremities of the earth.
That you may grow ever lustier and stronger, oh "Spike," to fulfil that destiny is in very truth the sincere wish of—
Yours most affectionately,The Association of Ex-Students of V.U.C.Resident in Otago.
George W. Reid, President.
Dunedin, August 28, 1922.
Edith Davies, Vice-President.