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THE SAVARY PUDDING

1935 & 1939

Refer also to SUMMER SKETCHING CAMP - SAVARY ISLAND for list of 1935 attendees


NICKNAMES & DESCRIPTIONS
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PAGE HEADERS - 1935
PAGE HEADERS - 1939
CLIPPINGS


Students at the Vancouver School of Art created a newsletter for their annual summer camp on Savary Island, called The Savary Pudding (various spellings). Sheets of 12" x 18" sketchbook paper were filled with gossip, jokes, cartoons, riddles, poems, weather reports, comings and goings, and numerous full page drawings and paintings. Once completed, they were tacked up on the wall of the Royal Savary Hotel for display and comment. A folio of 54 of these broadsheets from 1935 (various dates) and June 1939 (various dates) was given by Fred Amess to Grace Melvin for Christmas 1944. It was later acquired by Irene Catelle Porter, then by descent to her daughter, and to the editor July 11 2020.

Pages of the 1935 Pudding are noted as being Volume 2, and 1939 as Volume 3. The missing Volume 1 was presumably created in one of the earlier summer camps, either at Savary or at the first two camps at Vaucroft. At this time no information is available about Volume 1, and whether or not there were any Puddings produced after Volume 2. It is not clear if pages are missing from Volumes 2 and 3, although it is quite likely.

The folio includes a cover image by Frederick A. Amess, who presumably collected the broadsheets over the years. There are original drawings, paintings and text of or by Amess, C.H. Scott, Grace Melvin, H. Mortimer Lamb, Plato von Ustinov, Robert Hanlon, B.C. Binning, Jack Shadbolt, Mollie Lamb, E.J. Hughes, Lilette Mahon, R.P.S. Twizell, Margaret Carter, Mona Kelk, Peter Meilleur, Peter Aspell, Barbara Sharp, Ruel Wonder, Rowena McNair, and other students and visitors. Many nicknames and first names are used throughout the various broadsheets, and often a number of different nicknames and descriptions are applied to the same person, as per list below.



NICKNAMES & DESCRIPTIONS

Artist Nicknames/descriptions
Fred Amess Spud
mighty Neptune
gargantuan Nepture
the injured Hercules
Amess Singh
the Jovial Childe
Erasmus Amess
two-ton idol
King Kong Freddie
Beefy Marpole Freddie
Amessovitch of the Royal Trough
strange man-god
Peter Aspell habitue Spike Aspell
Asphodel
notorious Pete the Asp
Pietro di Aspo
Maharajah A.S. Pell
Mona Kelk Kona Kelk
Moanfull Mona the Body-snatcher
Bone-minded Mona
Kona Kelp
Man-mountain Mona
Professor M. Kelk
Harold Mortimer Lamb Morty Lamb (inclination to port)
H. Mortimer Goat
Morty the Wart
candied-camera snooper Morty Lamb
J. Mortimer Burp
Professor Lamb
a drunk and disorderly character
Molly Lamb Gun-moll Lamb
attractive Mollie-Ha-Ha
M-ha-ha
Moll
notorious Molly-Ha-Ha gang
the popular Indian lacrosse hero
the dapple-dark-loving dare-devil
Grace Wilson Melvin Queen Grace VI
Ye good Queen Grace
that indomitable hiker
Charles Hepburn Scott King Charles I
Von Scott
an unknown farmer from Marpole
happy, carefree Chuck Scott
homespun Chuck, Sweep winner
basso profundo
disolute Monarch
pine-clad brows
Jack Shadbolt J. Shadvich
Shadzan the Ape Man
Shankbolt the Versatile Vaulter
weather investigator Shadbolt-alias nuts
air-flow vaulter Shadroffski
Shaggy-Shad
Sarcastic Shad
Scragy Jack
Popeyed Bolt
Slinky convict
Shadowvitch Diabolic Satiroso
Barbara Sharp that all round Amazon
Barbarous Sharp
strong-minded Barbara
Plato von Ustinov Baron Von Ustoff
Plato Hitler
the Russian Wizard
the mat champ
OGPU caricateer
   (Russian secret police 1922-34)
Arthur Morton? Deacon Mortuary
Deacon Arthur Mortuary
The Deacon
Arturo Mortuary the Deacon of Design


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CLIPPINGS


"TO EUGENE - ARTIST-
IN APPRECIATION OF THE CULINARY ARTS
     To think of the Culinary Art is to think of Eugene - immaculately white in spotless kitchen - swift-moving, gentle, courteous, radiating a good humour that makes the veriest tyro feel that he (or she) too is really doing something.
     For these qualities Eugene & for so ably ministering to the many wants of man (or woman) - WE SALUTE THEE!!"
     From "To Eugene - Artist" by Charles H. Scott
      Savary Pudding, Volume 2, 1935

"Remembering golden days of these ten spaces of work and revel - of this high house touching the sky - it is difficult to speak - seeking through art to obtain immortality we have reached for the clouds, the green rush and the pine - who knows when we will meet again - under this sheltering roof? But to our own hearth fire, we take a whole universe of beauty."
      From "Mahon Speaks in Chinese Manner"
      Savary Pudding, Vol. 2, 1935

"A perfect holiday is a three-fold pleasure, for from the pleasures of anticipation & realization there will come that of recollection - So will it be with Savary."
      From "Savary - 3 fold" by R.P.S. Twizell
      Savary Pudding, Vol. 2, 1935

"It's time to leave you again and return to sanity and city life - But is it sanity? Sanity to part from altogether congenial company, from the noise and racket of friendly argument, laughter and a continuous 3-ring circus. To say good-bye to sunsets that whirl you in ecstacy (sic) & drench you with bewildering colour, to the movement of sunshine and shadow on the mountains and the music of the water - Farewell - Savary 1935 - and may we have many Happy Returns."
      From "Good old Savary" by Grace Melvin
      Savary Pudding, Vol. 2, 1935

"The sea is a molten background
For tall straight trees
With arms that stretch
Upwards and love the breeze
Fronds of green mix with blue
And yield to the beauty
Of the earths evening hues."
      From "Tone Pome" by Margaret Carter
      Savary Pudding, Vol. 2, 1935

"Farewell to the Green Sea that sparkles in the sun
And the dark fir;
The white wing, curving that we love
The soft stir,
The low shush of all the leaves above
The quiet whirr
of branches blowing in the sun at Savary
-
The great sky of deep celestial blue
And the pale star, the long wave washing in the night
The Shine afar -
The Silver of the moon - delight at Savary."
      From "Farewell" by Rowena McNair
      Savary Pudding, Vol. 2, 1935

"The unusual feature of this Puddin is that part of it was made in the kitchen - where wit flour(ished) like dishwater, flavoured with salt, pepper, tea leaves, the odd onion etc.
     We are now experiencing kitchen fatigue so please excuse any inconsistencies, despite Mr. Sims.
     On the events of the day as our horizon was limited, and our ears deaf to all save Eugene's commands but still things did happen with us. Our work was interrupted by various "Well Eugene how are your little helpers." By bright yellow flashes which ambled in and out, by our star? boarder eating with the kitchen help, and by a final illumination of our drab existence when two Galahads dried the dishes.
     This Puddin is giving me indigestion."
      From "Kitchen Fatigue"
      Savary Pudding, June 15 1935

"WHAT was Mr. Scott doing on the top floor Friday nite? We object! And so does our Chaperone. Which reminds us, why is Mr. Twizell on the top floor, and what excuse has he to offer for this one? And what about these mysterious car trips? We are thirsty too. What's wrong with our local Tarzans? Next time we'll ask the mates when speed is required in transporting the raft."
      From "Complaints!!"
      Savary Pudding, June 15 1935

"Mobs reach veranda of famous Royal Savary. Parade of picketeers among deck chairs of wealthy holideers. Refuse order of please for immediate dispersal – much to discomfort of millionaire loungers.
NOVEL METHODS USED BY PIXILATED PICKATEERS
      Famous Moscow “March of the Women” recalled as women wearing yellow signs and leading a red lamb at head of parade march through resort. Government fears influence of strange man god. Women said to prostrate themselves before two-ton idol. Fanatical scenes of cult worship as “Save Amess” campaign roars. Said to recall images of ancient Buddha in China. Wields weird power."
      From "SAVE AMESS CAMPAIGN BECOMES PUBLIC MENACE"
      Savary Pudding, 1939

"Convoy of ten barges cleared Vancouver Harbour last heading for Songhees Reserve and Sechelt, bearing food for starving Indians. This remarkable present day give-away was made possible through the generosity of H. Mortimer Goat. Attractive Molly Ha-Ha gets big war whoop for diplomatic negotiations as Mediator. Goat bearded in den. Millions to charity."
      From "MARINE – LATE SAILINGS"
      Savary Pudding, 1939

"To the wild cheering of a hoarse-throated audience Baron Von Ustoff refused to be thrown by King Kong Freddie. Mr. Ustoff poured blood in a charming matched two piece suit of shipdeck grey."
      From "BEHEMOTHS BATTLE TO DRAW ON SHIPDECK"
      Savary Pudding, 1939

"Miss Melvin, running for Glasgow veterans beats Beefy Marpole Freddy to tape in shipdeck 10-length handicap."
      From " "GRACE" before "MEAT" "
      Savary Pudding, 1939

"Winner jubilant. Angry mob storms ship deck with cries of Unfair! Fake! Phooey! Mid-Pacific - By Direct Wire - An unknown farmer from Marpole burst into the nation's headlines yesterday when happy, carefree Chuck Scott was told he had won the Grand Camp Sweep. But just as the triumphant smile had crashed across his olfactory promontory and assaulted his lower jaw into a howling retreat from his gleaming upper bridgework, cries arose from below as an angry mob stormed the deck where he stood. They shouted loudly of unfair play. Scott, they claimed, had had inside information. The prize, they asserted, belonged to the popular Deacon Arthur Mortuary who had been clocked two minutes too soon.
      MUTINY OVER THE BOUNTY
      A puzzled, hurt look like a cold wind, sweeping clouds across mountain and chasm, twinged Chuck's sturdy features, a tear gathered, his pine-clad brows, as if bearing too great a weight of human sorrow, fell over his incredulous eyes. He faced the crowd, firm as a haggis, and asked paintively - "Who! ME?" "
      From "Scott Wins Sweep"
      Savary Pudding, June 3 1939

"Happy Chuck Scott, thrust over night down the public throat, was interviewed today.
      "I will hang on!" he states. I am glad I did not sell out my half-interest for five thousand. I shall now send my two daughters to college. I can now buy the little house by New Westminster I have longed for and have two eggs for breakfast. And, he added as an afterthought, "Who is this Deacon Mortuary?" "
      From "Farmer Remains Adamantine"
      Savary Pudding, June 3 1939

"Mr. Scott, delivered an interesting lecture on Friday evening before a tired audience. Two persons were completely bowled over by the speaker's eloquence & were later put to bed where they slept more comfortably."
      From "Lecture on Art"
      Savary Pudding, June 3 1939

"In an informal little chat with Mr. P.V. Ustinow, he tells me that he has no clear recollection of just where he viewed the stars for the first time but he thinks it was somewhere between Stamboul & Nijninovgorod. He has distinct remembrances, as a youth, of riding for miles & miles - and miles - on the back of a camel across the desert wastes. Dates were common food to him then & many a night, sitting by an oasis where he was encamped, he has spent hours listening to the lusty tales of dark-bearded men wearing scimitars & bed-sheets - His mornings were generally spent in folding the tent, milking the goat, weaving rugs or drinking coffee. (as a coffee-maker he is without peer).
      He tells me that many of his happiest moments were spent chasing the soap in the basin of the Euphrates, that ancient river running between Jerusalem & Bagdad (with extensions at both ends). Such names as these roll trippingly off his tongue: St. Petersburg, Paris, Munich, Shavotzky, Omsk, Tomsk & Constantinople, Alexandria, Haifa, Berlin, Vladivostock, Lethbridge, Calgary & Marpole. He know the night-life of all these places. His favorite food is Haschti-Paschti, a richly spiced Eastern dish that takes 7 weeks to prepare. This dish is washed down by vodka. His favorite perfume is Camel-ia.
      From "Interviews with well-known people No. 1 Mr. P.V. Ustinow"
      Savary Pudding, June 3 1939

"Maharajah A.S. Pell - reclining on the edge of a 300 ft. cliff, eating cheese sandwich sahibs - scarin' his harum, cracking crusty gags and generally doing all right."
      From "View of the Day"
      Savary Pudding, June 6 1939

"Mr. Peter Aspell received serious head injuries (you’ll probably note the effects later) upon falling down cliff at meadows. Companions were convulsed as landslide swept by. Matters were much complicated by one horse halter, wild oats, one bucket, pretty stones collected by a blonde. However the valuables were finally picked up along with pieces of asphodel."
      From "FLASH!! EXTRA! EXTRA! ART STUDENT FALLS OVER CLIFF"
      Savary Pudding, June 6 1939

"Professor M. Kelk returned late yesterday with the remains of a deer. Expects to give lectures with it at the Van. School of Art when it has quieted down. She will outfit an expedition to go back for the wish bone sometime later this week."
      From "FAMOUS ANATOMIST RETURNS"
      Savary Pudding, June 6 1939

"On board H.M.S. Zig-Zag. From five miles out, H.M. sailors sighted a red blob on the distant shore line. Focassing (sic) his spectacles on the "blob," the Cap't. confirmed it to be J. Shadbolt (Alias Sarcastic Shad) (Alias Scragy Jack) (Alias Popeyed Bolt). They reported his location to shore officials and it is hoped that he'll be rounded up."
      From "Sailors Sight Slinkie Convict!"
      Savary Pudding, June 6 1939

"With all this beauty round us we all feel that the men could do a little painting up. May we suggest:
      1. Plucked and arched eye-brows for the Scott
      2. Sanguine finger and toenails for Mr. A-mess
      3. Hot oil and Henna rinse for Shaggy-Shad
      4. A pin-curl special for Mr. Mortuary
      5. Rubinstein’s Plastic Pack for More M’duke Lamb
      6. AND ONE THING WE ARE SURE OF – (to reduce the Fire Hazard)
           the Baron’s eyelashes singed, dimples blacklisted, perhaps Solitary Confinement."
      From "BEAUTY SUGGESTIONS"
      Savary Pudding, June 6 1939

"Molly-Ha-Ha the dapple-dark-loving dare-devil threw all fear to the winds as she slept spook-surrounded on the sand-dunes. Kept warm by generating her own heat until “the rains came” and our Molly retired to the play room wicker basket under the Union Jack, to dream of the Norwegian King and Queen."
      From "IN THE FIRING LINE – GIRL RISKS LIFE UNDER THE SHOOTING STARS"
      Savary Pudding, June 7 1939

"J. Shadbolt - Just come back from Nowersoffski - taking part in iconoclastic controversy."
      From "Hi Run - and - Firun"
      Savary Pudding, June 8 1939

"Aspel - can hit a cuspitidin at 10 paces and still make it ring."
      From "Hi Run - and - Firun"
      Savary Pudding, June 8 1939

"Crime at Deadman's Gulch. Soft spoken Dick fooled, foiled, and finished. Believed work of notorious Molly ha-ha Gang. Reward."
      From "FLASH"
      Savary Pudding, June 8 1939

"Breath-taking feats and hair-raising acts made stout-hearted men fade away, and faint-hearted women ________ ? Fake stopping of the heart caused strong-minded Barbara to show the white feather. The knife act gave everyone the shudders, and he was only stopped from performing more horrible feats by the refusal of the audience to stand any more."
      From "The Russian Wizard Causes Near Panic"
      Savary Pudding, June 9 1939

In the days of his youth father Shadbolt replied:
"From Tree to tree I'd jump and slide,
I was a Tarzan tall and strong
I played with monkies all day long."
And now in spite of all his years,
He still makes noises that rend our ears.

     From "Shadzan the Ape-Man"
      Savary Pudding, June 9 1939

"Miss Molly Lamb and Mr. Fred Amess enjoyed a pleasant canoe trip around Ragged Islands this week. Mr. Amess found Miss Lamb a delightful companion, if on the quiet side."
     From "Social Notes"
      Savary Pudding, June 9 1939

Four poems by Grace Melvin: Wet Woods in June, Sound of the Sea, The Woods at Night, Requiem.
     From "Outdoor Sketches"
      Savary Pudding, June 1939

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