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A SALMON DISSECTED.
A SALMON DISSECTED. 
 

Western Mail, Thursday 20 July 1933, page 2

A SALMON DISSECTED.

Dear, "Non-Com.," - About September 1918, at Duston War Hospital, Northampton, two other diggers and I were invited to lunch by the neighbouring squire. When we arrived (per motor!) we were introduced to three padres, also guests. They belonged respectively to the Presbyterian, Church of England, and Roman Catholic faiths.

After the usual pow-wow, we were conducted into a spacious dining-room. The first dish was salmon, "with lobster and shrimp sauce. The RC padre helped himself to the head of the fish, saying "Roma caput ecclesiae" ("Rome.is the head of the Church"). The Church of England man took the middle, saying "In medio consistet virtus" ("In the middle is the virtue"). The Presbyterian took the tail, saying "Finis coronat opus" ("The end crowns the whole").

"Bluey," our hard doer, noticing all the fish had gone, grabbed the sauce bottle, and, pretending to sprinkle it over them, said "In nomine domini ego baptiso vos" ("In the hame of the Lord, I baptise ye all").

We found out later than Blue had been a consistent churchgoer in civil life. He had "backslid'' somewhat during his A.I.F. career!

WJ Triggs, Menzies.