THE SOCIAL WORLD.
Observer, Volume 9, Issue 556, 24 August 1889, Page 3
THE SOCIAL WORLD.
Notes on Current Social Events.
—Last week, Mr J. C. Firth left Auckland for Lyttelton, and Mr J. H. Witheford for Welling, ton.
— Lady Eobertson, wife of Sir John Eobertson, died at Sydney on 6th inst. of paralysis, after ■about a week's illness.
—Dr. Haines, of Auckland, has been over to Paris to see the Exhibition, and is rather disgusted at the poor show of the New Zealand Court.
—Bight hundred of the street flower women and girls of London were entertained at tea recently! by the Watercress and Flower Girls' Mission, at the Foresters' Hall, Clerkenwell Boad.
— Dr. Murray Moore, late of Auckland, is bringing out a work entitled, " Nine Years in New Zealand." It will contain some 250 pages, with a few illustrations, and will doubtless awaken interest here when published.
— Mr Peacock, M.H.E., is at present in Scotland, renewing his acquaintance with his native city— Glasgow, and the beauties of the Clyde. The latter clause would sound suspicious, only that Mrs Peacock is with him.
— In a Sydney paper, in a letter headed "To Japan and Back," the following appeared: — "Two ladies represented the softer sex ; one was a nun the other a burlesque actress. By the strange irony of fate; they had to occupy the same cabin, •and it became a matter of speculation amongst us as to which would convert the other."
— The presentation of diplomas to the Canterbury graduates took place on Saturday afternoon at Christchurch at the College Hall. Addresses were afterwards delivered by Justice Dennistoun and others. By arrangement, the students were allowed to sing humorous songs at intervals, so as not to interrupt or interfere with the serious portion of the programme.
—The temperance bodies of Victoria, New South Wales, and New Zealand are making arrangements for Canon Wilberforce of Southampton, England, to deliver a series of lectures on total abstinence in the Australian colonies. He and Canon Farrar are the two great Church of England supporters of temperance in Great Britain.
— Lady Norman, of Brisbane, rather than give dances at Government House, has started the fashion of inviting the young folks to dinnerparties. At each of these, contrary to the custom prevailing, half the guests are young and inexperienced. The dinners are not long, and not by any means tedious, and the young folks are cottoning to them wonderfully.
— The marriage of Mis 3 Worboys, only -daughter of the Presbyterian minister atAvondale, to Mr T. Renshaw, of the firm of manufacturing chemists, took place recently at her father's (the Rev. C. Worboys) house. He performed the ceremony. A number of valuable presents were presented to the happy couple - a clock from Mr Eenshaw's employees, and books from teachers ■of Avondale Sunday School, &c.
— The weekly concert at the Wesley Hall, Auckland, took place last Saturday evening, Mr P. G. Ewington in the chair. The programme was of attractive quality, comprehending pianoforte solos by Miss Phillips and Mr A. Bartley, songs by Mesdames Walters, Lawry, and Bartley, ihe Misse3 Best, and Messrs Whitaker, Webb, J. Lawry, and Macgregor, with a reading by Mr <x. H. Douglas.
— The Dialogue Club gave an entertainment at the Temperance Hall, Auckland, last Saturday •evening. Mr Tremain, the President, tock the chair. Songs were given by some ladies and gentlemen, recitations and a reading by Misses Harrison and Mitcham, and Messrs Blott and White. A dialogue, "Miss Burton's Trouble," •was taken part in by different members of the <Jlub.
— The concert in the Devonport Hall, in aid of the funds of Trinity Church, took place on Wednesday, 14th inst., and was well attended, despite the bad weather. An attractive programme of music, instrumental and vocal, was gone through, and in the second part the Eev. J. S. Hill exhibited some beautiful limelight views of the Arctic regions. A vote of thanks to the performers was unanimously carried.
— The Mount Albert Mutual Improvement Society held their weekly meeting at Ferndale on Friday evening, when two papers on * l Electricity" were read by Messrs G. Astley and J. Bees. Mr J. F. Garlick, the president, then called upon Mr W. Crosher, the electrician, to give some practical illustrations of the working of the mysterious agent, which he did with a hand dynamo, and a bichromate battery and electroscope. He also explained the working of the telephone. The Eev. Dr. Hooper sang some Indian and Mahommedan sacred songs, and Mr W. Hooper the " Old Brigade."
— A. concert in aid of the Diocesan Home Mission Fund was held at St. John's College, Tamaki, on - Wednesday evening the 14th. Bishop Cowie was present. Gluck's overture, "Iphignie en Aulide," was played by Miss Wright, Herr Tutschka and Mr S. Jackson. Mr Wansborough sang " Across the Border," and Bellini's "Borneo et Juliette" was rendered by Miss Tilly and Master Harold King. Miss Stevenson sang » Love's Sweet Song » ; and the duel for clarionet and piano, " I Vespri Siciliani " was well given. Miss Wright and Herr Tutschka, in the "Ballade in G- minor," and a trioby the two last, and Mr Jackson, were notice «kblfe.'" : The -concert closed with ! the : 'National Anthem, ..and 'Bishop Cowie thanked the per^ formers^!-; •-• -'- , .-■.■■-.::•>
— Mrs Markham of Winterton, Lincolnshire, England, recently completed her 104 th year. She is well and hearty.
— Eear- Admiral Fairfax has been appointed Naval Lord of Admiralty, and leaves Sydney for England in about a month.
— A number of men are employed in making alterations and improvements in the grounds of Government Houße. It is likely Lord Onslow, with the Countess and family, will visit Auckland as soon as Parliament is prorogued.
— The most magnificent private home in New York is said to be that owned by Mr Henry G. Macquand, the Madison Avenue millionaire. Nearly £400,000 were spent by him in the decoration alone.
Bear- Admiral Lord Charles rfcott, C.8., who commanded the Eoyal Squadron escorting the two sons of the Prince of Wales to Australia a few years ago, is appointed to the Australian Station, in succession to Admiral Fairfax.
—On Monday evening, the 12th, Mr George Scott, of Ponsonby, celebrated the completion of his 100 th year. His wife died some eight years ago, but he has in New Zealand 7 children, 50 grandchildren, and 66 great-grand-children, or 123 in all. He is a native of Donegal, in Ireland,
and arrived in Auckland by the Jane Gifford in ! 1842. He went first to the Bay of Islands, but ( for the last quarter of a century has resided in • Auckland, and still enjoys good health, with '• faculties unimpaired.
—On Thursday, the 7th inst., being the anniversary of the birthday of Father Walter Mac- Donald, the pupils of St. Patrick's School, Panmure, took the opportunity to present an address to him. The school is conducted by Miss Honan, assisted by Miss Annie Hogan. The address congratulated the Father on the day, and alluded to the privilege they had enjoyed in being under his pastoral care, and expressed the hope that he will long be spared to continue his ministrations. An album, with photographs of a number of his friends and admirers, was also presented.
—A good story is going the rounds of London in Clubland anent a little incident which occurred at Lady Salisbury's big crush on Saturday week. Persons of all shades of political opinion were, of course, asked, and amongst them Sir William Harcourt. Now, Sir William has a reputation for saying smart things to nice women, and being an admirer of Lady Salisbury's he bethought himself as he crushed slowly up the stairs of a little speech, at once pretty and apropos. " I congratulate you, dear Lady Salisbury," quoth he, shaking hands, effusively. " You really arc the only Tory who asks anybody." " Excuse me, Sir William," replied the marchioness, sweetly, " I ask — everybody."
— The town of Hamilton, Waikato, has been struck with the celebration idea. The twentyfifth anniversary of the occupation of Hamilton by English settlers falls on Sunday the 25th inst. and it is the wish of representatives of the 4th Waikato regiment which encamped there on that date, 25 years ago, to celebrate the occasion in a fitting manner. Mr John Enox, formerly Colour Sergeant of the regiment, has written asking the Mayor to take steps in the matter. It is proposed to proclaim Monday, the 26th, a public holiday, and to invite all the members of the old co 'ps to a dinner, to be given in the Volunteer Hall, Hamilton West.
—On Thursday evening last, Mr J. McCosh Clark, ex-Mayor of Auckland, was entertained at the Northern Club, prior to his departure for Europe. Dr. J. Logan Campbell occupied the chair? After the usual loyal toast, had been given, the health of Mr Clark, as guest, was proposed by the chairman, enumerating his claims to the esteem of his fellow citizen in the public and official positions he had held, as also in respect to his private virtues. Good wishes were expressed for the welfare of himself, wife and family. Songs and recitations wound up a very pleasant evening.