The Spike: or, Victoria College Review 1912
Savage Students' Korero
Savage Students' Korero.
"Kia Ora Nga Mohowao Katoa!"
Such was the greeting—in the mother tongue interpreted by "A Heath to all Brother Savages"—which adorned the title page of the programme at the Second Annual Korero of the V.C. Savage Students. We were reminded, also that "Savages are but shades of ourselves" in that striking phrase of Ovid's and these sentiments formed a pleasing prelude to an evening of much pleasure and social intercourse.
The menu was excellent and full justice was done to it by all present, our attention being drawn to it by the saying "Titiro," which means "Look here"!
The speeches were, without exception, eloquent and suited to the company and the occasion, We think Savage von Zedlitz carried off the leaves, though Savage Stevenson made the assembly sway with merriment in his toast, "The Professorial Board." One noble Savage rose and spoke on behalf of the ladies, and proposed to bring them happiness through their martyrdom; perhaps his name should be here left out, test un kindness meet him at their hands.
Space will not permit us to speak of the programme of song and story provided, or of the spell cast by certain instrumentalists, yet these things shall come again, and shall know of them.
When nothing remained of the final events on the menu or on the programme the parting words, "Haere ra ki te moe!' (Good-night, and peaceful slumbers), rang through the night, and the guests proceeded homewards, wondering, perhaps why such pleasant banquets were so seldom spread.