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The Evening Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1889.

In view of the fact that we were obliged last j year to pass some severe stric- J _, ~ . tures on the undergraduates of The (flppniv. the Un i versUy for their any-1 thing but gentlemanly behaviour at the function of 188S, we are pleased j to be able to heartily congratulate them on the way they managed matters at the Garrison Hall last night. It was in every respect save one a decided success. _ The audience was representative, enthusiastic, unusually large, and patient; the " undergrade had arranged a capital programme, which was carried out loyally according to their understanding with the chairman ; and if the speaking had been equal to the occasion or to the reputations of those who had been called upon the function would have been generally voted an unqualified success. Dr Stcart—Dunedin's G.O.M.— not only spoke well, but was in sympathetic accord with his hearers. On the other hand, Sir R, Stoct, speaking from notes, which is quite unusual with him, was visibly depressed ; and Dr Watt was not only unable to make himself heard over the building, but felt constrained, in order to avoid the appearance of being tiresome, to seriously curtail his address. The absence of the professorial staff was much commented on, and the students' sa.tiri.cal allußVOtis to tlie fact -were highly relished by the vast audience. Dr Watt struck the keynote when he said that the " capping" had come to be regarded as the "students' carnival," and to long as the fun was kept within reasonable bounds everybody would be prepared to share in it. That this was a fair statement of the position last night's proceedings amply proved. There was the best of understandings between Dr Fitcuett and the " undcrgrads," and they parted, after a couple of hours of boisterous fun, tho best of friends. The organ of the University makes a good suggestion—viz , that an officer should be appointed and recognised by the authorities, and that one of his duties should be controlling the capping ceremony ; to which we would add that tlie funct on here should be under the direction of the authorities of the local University.

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1889., Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1889. Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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