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Last night the sixth anniversary of the Star of the East Lodge of Good Templars was celebrated in the Town Hall by a tea meeting and concert. As is usual with the anniversaries of this Lodge, both the tea meeting and the concert were well arranged for, and success rewarded the labors of the committee, who entrusted to Mr. Thomas Taylor the duty of purveying ; and the satisfactory display of good things provided showed the wisdom of the committee’s choice. The tables were well patronised during the evening by a large number of Templars and friends of the cause, and the good things were dispensed by the following ladies : —Mesdames Turton, Tippets, St. Hill, Cook, Craighead, Vaughan, Stokes, and Ibell, and Misses Davis and Richards. After the tables had been cleared, the concert began. It was intended that the chair should have been taken by Mr. Alfred Saunders, M.HE., but owing to that gentleman’s unavoidable absence, his place was supplied by Mr. Isaac Scott. The meeting was addressed by the Rev. Mr. Keall, and the Rev. Mr. Smith, and Rev. Mr. Hands’ name was also on the programme, hut that gentleman was detained at Mount Somers by other duties, and therefore his address was wanting. Mr. Keall,afterashortreference to the success of Tcinplaryand the temperance cause in Ashburton, read an extract from a Home paper that had been quoted by a Christchurch newspaper, and which we give elsewhere. The incident was one in which a gallant sailor saved the lives of a Swedish crew ; thoroughly exhausted, he was offered some brandy which he declined. He was told by the doubtless well meaning by-standers that unless he partook of the offered stimulants he would die. He elected to run the risk of death rather than break his pledge, and chose to die sober if he were to die then. He didn’t drink the liquor, and he didn’t die, but is as well as ever. Speaking from this incident Mr. Keall inculcated the lesson of steadfastness in the cause which Templars had espoused, which he felt sure would eventually triumph. The Rev. Mr. Smith spoke of temperance as a philanthropic, patriotic, and benevolent cause—that had outlived a strong and continued opposition, and had triumphed most when most down trodden—and he claimed for it the hearty and earnest support of the Christian Church. The rev. gentleman made use of some very happy anecdotes and apt illustrations in the course of a racy, but withal telling speech. The musical part of the entertainment was under the care of Mr. Alex. Craighead, who, himself possessed of a good baritone voice, which he can use to excellent purpose, took part in the concerted pieces and sang one or two solos with great effect. The accompaniments were played by Miss Reynolds, a young lady only a few weeks from Home, who has made the piano her profession, and displays a thorough mastery of the instrument, Her accompaniments were accurate and tasteful, and the two pieces she played, one at the opening and the other after the internal, were loudly applauded. The National Anthem was sung in solo and chorus by the little glee party very spiritedly as an opening piece, and during its performance the audience rose to their feet in honor of her Majesty and joined in the last chorus. The glee party was made up of Mr. and Mrs. Craighead, Mrs. Vaughan, and Mr. Pickford, and the pieces sung by them were “ See our oars,” “ Winds gently whisper,” “ Come where my love lies dreaming,” and “ May Day,” Mr. Craighead’s “ Sexton ” was admirably gung, while Mrs. Craighead was very effective in the sweet little song “ Killarney.” Mrs, Vaughan also pleased the audience much with her two songs, and Mr. Higgins sang “ Rule Britannia” very well. Encores were frequent throughout the evening, which altogether was a very enjoyable one.' Throughout the prograine readings and recitations, both grave and gay, were given at intervals by various members of the order, and at the close the usual votes of thanks were given, as also the customary invitation to join the order of the Good Templars.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 104, 25 May 1880

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TEMPLAR ANNIVERSARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 104, 25 May 1880