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Last night was quite an event in the Waterton district, and no little stir was caused by, and much preparation made for a tea meeting and entertainment, followed by a ball, that came off in the main school. The preparations and arrangements were as complete as they were extensive, and their consummation was as complete a success as tlie most sanguine could have wished. The affair was got up by those in the district, who wish the local library to make progress, and with a view to increasing its not too plethoric treasury. The result is eminently satisfactory, and over L2O a-re expected to he handed over to the treasury. Not only had the committee having charge of the entertainment worked hard in their own district, but they had also cast their lines in Ashburton and the neighboring townships and villages, and a large number of visitors from these places attended. The tea tables, which were furnished in the very liberal style which usually characterises the Waterton ladies, were tastefully laid cut, and were taxed to the hearts content of their, fair attendants. The tea over, Mr. Joseph Clark took the chair, and the entertainment began. It comprised songs, recitations, &c. by local and imported talent, and not for many a day has anything of so superior a character as this entertainment was, hern given in the main school. Amongst the contributions to the programme by the local talent were a recitation by Mr. W. S. Taylor, and a stump speech by a young gentleman from Longbeach, while the imported talent was represented by Messrs. Harrison, who sang three songs in his usual tasteful and happy manner, being exceedingly effective .in the pathetic song “Strangers Yet Mr. G. M. Robinson, who took immensely with Scotch readings : Mr. H. A. Gates, a favorite at Waterton, and who did not last night in anyway lose caste by the comic songs he sings ; Mr. Jacobson, whose recitations always “ fetch,” found the Waterton folks equally appreciative with the other audiences who have had the pleasure of listening to him —he was also very effective in the sweet song “ See that my grave’s kept green ;” Mr. K. F. Robinson, who sang a comic song; Mr. Everett, who sang “ Nancy Lee,” and afforded a nice opportunity for those who knew the song to join in its rousing chorus. Nor must we forget to mention the happy efforts of genial Mr. Thomas, whose voice seemed to have suffered nothing by his auctioneering work during the day—in fact, Mr. Thomas has reason to congratulate himself on being the only recipient of a hoquet from the ladies. Those present will not readily forget the humor of his “ Cork Leg,” and other trifles of fun. Mr. Doherty proposed a vote of thanks to the performers, expressing a hope that the next time an entertainment was given in Waterton it would be in a “Library Hall.” Mr. Thomas Taylor proposed a vote of thanks to the urbane chairman, Mr. Joseph Taylor, which was given with “musical honors, ”in universal chorus. The others deserving of thanks also received their due compliments, and the hall was cleared for dancing, at which the youth and beauty mustered in great force, and all “ went merry as a marriage hell ” as the merry makers “chased the glowing hours with flying feet,” till the hours became small and began again to grow largo. Fully two hundred people must have attended the entertainment, and when the first batch of Ashburtonians left for home at half-past ten, there seemed to be as many preparing for the dance.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 117, 24 June 1880

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TEA MEETING AND ENTERTAINMENT AT WATERTON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 117, 24 June 1880