(From our Oton Correspondent.')
The inhabitants of this district were somewhat disappointed on Tuesday evening last. A lecture by Rev. B. J. Westbrook was announced, and every preparation made for seven o’clock. Patiently waiting till eight, and no lecturer appearing, it became a question of importance what was to be done ? Many of the visitors had come from long distances through a wretched drizzling rain. The children of the main school had prepared a good list of sacred and secular songs to assist the entertainment, and these were sung admirably, accompanied by Mr. Hi Knight, the master, on the harmonium, and giving great satisfaction to the parents and friends of the children. - Turn readings were then given by the schoolmaster, namely, “Mrs. Caudle’s curtain lecture on the Lost Umbrella,” and “ Lord Tomnoddy.” Mrs. Knight gave several songs; by particular desire, including “ Shells of the Ocean,” also taking part in the duet “ What are the Wild Waves Saying.” Messrs. Dunford and M'Neil greatly assisted to enliven the proceedings, the former singing “ Wait for the Turn of the Tide,” and the latter “The Tartan Plaidie,” etc. Refreshments were then served round, and in spite of a natural feeling of vexation at the unexplained absence of the lecturer, a most enjoyable evening was spent, many thanks being given to all who had by their genial good nature helped to drive away the dark clouds which shadowed the early part of the evening. The singing of the children was heartily enjoyed, and formed the most delightful feature of the entertainment.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 173, 22 October 1880
Alford Forest. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 173, 22 October 1880
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