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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 9 July 14, 1943

[Letter from J. V. Ilott to Salient Vol. 6, No. 9 July 14, 1943]

Dear Miss Crompton,

I would like to congratulate you and all the other members of the Salient staff on the excellent paper you are now turning out. Having read through most of the issues from 1934 onwards and having occasionally been pressed into service for some "subbing" or a story when the deadline was near, I'm in a fair position to judge its merit.

In my opinion, there are two main reasons for this:—
1.You are printing far more concrete facts written in a reasonably interesting manner. In the past one might have to skim through three paragraphs of platitudinous empty verbiage before coming even to some minor thought.
2.It also seems that at least a reasonable balance has been struck between the parties of the Right and the Left and the paper is really an organ of average student opinion. As such the matter in it must be more authoritative than when most of the copy is written by some group or groups—and of more interest to the average student for whose benefit it is published.

Memory is but a fickle jade, yet your last two issues, especially that of June 23rd, are among the best I can ever remember reading—and I don't agree with quite a few of the views expressed. Good luck to you and keep up the good work.

—Yours sincerely,

J. V. Ilott.

(Mr. J. V. Ilott was a student at V.U.C. 1934-8 and was prominent in social activities, extravs and tournaments; he debated and took an active part in sports, winning an N.Z.U. blue, and now sits on Blues Committee, and, we hope, is in a position to adjudge our worth!)