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ANNUAL GATHERING. After we went to press yesterday, re-; ports of the following events reached us : Walking MJLscoh (handicap), 2 miles. First, L 3 ;■ Second; LI. J.’Smith, scratch ... ...' 1 Hooper, 50 yards ... ... -• • 2 Minnis and. Hugo ,(25 yards) also competed. • For ,the first, lap, the competitors retained their handicapped positions, but in the second Smith passed Minnis, and in the third got on level terms with Hugo. During the fourth lap Smith secured the lead, and as Hugo attempted to mend his position by a very palpable trot he was disqualified in the next lap. At the end of the sixth lap Minnis, who had long been hanging out signals of distress stopped, leaving only Smith and Hooper in it. The latter never had a chance against his more experienced opponent, but walked in very nice style. Smith, who won this event at last years’ gathering, has much improved, and would hold his own in much better company than that opposed to him in this race. Bovs Race, Under 16 ; 440 yards (Mr. Ferryman’s prize). Macfarlane... ... ... 1 Jones : ... ... ... ••• 2 Two others competed, but Macfarlano •proved far too good for the others, winning without an effort. Consolation Race. F. Lechner... ... ... 1 Jl. .Hodder ... - ... ... ■ 2 Grilnionr, Risely, Connor, and Brown also ran. Lechner got the best of the start, which he maintained throughout, Hodder pressing him hard, and the others well up. To-day’s Gathering. There were not so many people at the Caledonian Society’s gathering to-day, but there were at least 500 people on the ground. The weather was hot, and a strongish wind blew all day, sending the dust about pretty freely. The Committee and judges were as energetic as ever, and their efforts to carry out the arrangements did not slacken in one iota. Praise is certainly due to the President, Mr. Stitt, to Messrs. Anderson, 1 Reid, Quill, Wilkie, and Scott for their untiring labors, while the Secretary’s duties at the entry tent were “ warm,” to say the least of them, and considerably dusty. •That they were warm his sun peeled and blistered face bears ample testimony. The other members of the Committee all worked well at their respective posts, and the gathering was altogether an unqualified success, though the feeling seemed to bo general amongst the country people that it would be better if the &p rts could be all got off in ono day. The sports to-day began with the Bovs’ Handicap Hurdle Race. 440 yards. Macfarlano, scratch ... ... 1 Foreman, 10 yards 2 Price and Lucas also ran. It was a very good start, but opposite the winning post Macfarlane had passed all his opponents and won as he; liked, Foreman coming second, and Price third. Lucas, who ran a very plucky laco halfway round, gave in directly he was collared. Egg and Spoon Race. R. Lechner... ... ... ... 1 Lowry 2 W. Bayliss, T. R. Hart, John Smith, Hooper. Moorshead, Groves, and Stevens also competed. They got away well together, but Lechner took the lead at once, followed by Hart, but about half way Hooper’s egg dropped, and he was out of it,, and Lowry then took second place in which order -. they finished, Groves and Stevens running a capital race for third honors, both landing their safely. The competitors did not seem to like the taste of the speons. The judge could not place the third. ‘ Tossing the Caber. M. Stift 1 H. Bailey ... ... 2 A. M‘Kay, W. Furness, H. Smith, and P. Brosnahan also competed. In this contest the timber provided proved too heavy for the competitors, and after several fruitless attempts, it was found necessary to shorten the caber by about a foot. Mr. Stitt and Bailey then both succeeded in turning, and Brosnahan made a very good attempt. In the final struggle Mr. Stitt succeeded in again turning it, Bailey failing in getting the timber over the perpendicular. : Reels and Strathspeys.; Murdoch Elder ... ... ... 1 John McKay ... ... ... 2 The playing was very superior, and the judge had all ho could do to place the competitors. Sword Dance. Murray ... ... ... ... 1 M‘Rae ... 2 Both competitors made a very creditable show of dancing indeed, but Murray proved too good for M‘Rae. Running High Leap, boys under 16. Foreman, 4ft 3in .... ... 1 : D. Loitch, 4ft 2in ... ... ... 2 Macfarlane (4ft 2in), N. Price (4ft), and N. Jones (3ft Bin) also competed. This was a very good contest between the three last left in, Foreman winning with a very pretty jump. McFarlane, as he is going in for future events to-day, refused to compete for second honors, and gave in to Loitch, Open Handicap Mile Rack. J. Groves, 10 yards ... ... 1 J. Macfarlane, 200 yards ... 2 0, Spray, 30 yards 3 • Organ (scratch), Hugo, Hunt (30 yards), Bayliss and Mayo (40 yards), also competed. . Organ and Groves went away at a very strong pace, and rapidly drew on the eaders. In the third round Organ led, with Groves close up. Hugo, Bayliss, and Mayo having pulled up. Towards the finish' Organ and Hunt dropped out, leaving Groves to win easily. Macfarlane second, and Spray third. A protest was entered against Macfarlane under rule three. . Best Dressed Highlander. Murray ... ... 1 McDuff ... ... .... ... 2. Mr'. Murray competed in a very fine dress of Murray athole tartan, and most deservedly took first honors, Mr. McDuff being second with a tartan of his own name. These were the only two competitors. Putting the Stone. Eight competed .for this event, which was decided in favor of Laughlan, Contiar being second, i

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ASHBURTON CALEDONIAN SOCIETY Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 227, 28 December 1880

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