Excerpt from Vox Fluminis, 1934
I think I may say without conceit that the fact that I am leaving you brings to an end one phase both in the life of Riverbend and in my own life and I want therefore to state the qualities which I have hoped would develop as special characteristics in this school which you and I have built together. I should like it to stand for solid, stable things - for hard work, for a sound academic standard, for honesty and clarity of thought, for sincerity of character and purpose. These are plain, homespun virtues, perhaps, not appealing at once to the eye; but they are amongst those things whose worth increases with the passage of time, when others, possibly of a greater superficial attractiveness, will have faded.
You have come to expect of me a review of the year's events and even in as solemn a letter as this I want to refer to the formation of our houses. Which now after much thought and discussion we have called after three fortresses of the early history of Manitoba - York, Garry and Douglas. I consider the introduction of this system to be a very important development and I hope that through your friendly rivalry and your loyalty to your hall, you may learn a greater loyalty to the school as a whole.
I am not going to say good-bye. Life in the strange way that it has. Will no doubt bring many of you into touch with me again and in any case I shall always watch the school and each one of you individually with real interest as your friend. So I shall say in closing only farewell - may you travel on in prosperity and happiness.
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