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The Spike or Victoria College Review, June 1903

Mob Rule

Mob Rule.

"The night of April 16th was calm. Everything was calm except the heart of the "Takapuna" and the manly breast of one who was, alas! seeking calmness and repose. But it was not to be. Forty tireless undergrads with the ferocity of Captain Kidd and the ruthlessness of Bluebeard, took possession of the ship. "Ties shall be fastened in bows,' rang out the staff-order—' double collars up, and coats inside out, trousers half-mast.' Hardly were the words uttered when a band of muscular ruffians proceeded to enforce the commands, and in a twinkling all resistance was overcome. Then with savage "hakas" and barbarous war-crys was night made hideous, and the eight bells for "mid" had long since tolled before sleep at last became possible. And in that lonely cabin who shall describe the joy of the afflicted one whose misery was no longer insulted by deeds of lawless violence or the shouts of an exultant rabble?" Who, indeed?