The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, June 1924
Originally plans were laid both for a luncheon and a Jubilee dinner. Difficulties of catering at Easter, however, proved insurmountable, and it was found necessary to dispense with the dinner altogether, and to hold a luncheon only on Saturday, the 19th This was done in the Concert Chamber of the Town Hall, which was crowded out, to the extent that an overflow banquet had to be held on the landing outside. The chair was occupied by Sir Francis Bell, whose remarks, though understood to be highly complimentary to V.U.C., her past, present and future, were unfortunately in-audible to everyone but those sitting in his immediate vicinity. There were many other speeches—in fact, there were far too many toasts for the amount of liquid provided to drink them in—by Professor Brown (who received what is generally described as an ovation, with musical honours), Professor Boyd-Wilson, Mr. H. H. Ostler, Mr. D. S. Smith, Mr. G. G. G. Watson; but the honours were undoubtedly carried off by Mrs. Hannah, who replied for Absent. Friends perfectly, and by Mr. Martin-Smith, who maintained in the face of all the world and its officialdom, the right of a University to free thought and free speech. It is wonderful how one or two bright spots like these cheer one up in the midst of some hours of what is, after all, the Usual Thing on occasions of this type.