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The train convoying the Ashburton and South Canterbury Volunteers arrived here from Christchurch shortly after 12 o’clock to-day. For some time before its arrival, the Volunteers who did not go to the front and the members of the Fire Brigade, headed by the Volunteer Brass Band, 1 ! paraded the streets, and a few minutes before the special train was due, all these men proceeded to the platform, and the band struck up “ See the Conquering Hero Comes,” and other inspiriting and appropriate selections. The railway platform was crowded with people, and as the train came into sight, three hearty cheers rang out for the boys from the front. The moment the train drew up at the platform, it was

rushed by friends and acquaintances of the men, anxious to exchange greetings and satisfy themselves that the citizen soldiers were well, and none the worse for their brief campaign in the North. The train stopped for about ten minutes, and then proceeded on its journey South, amidst renewed cheering and the strains of military music by the band. The Ashburton men did not leave the train here, but went on to Timan, where a public reception by the Mayor and Borough Councillors and a campaign luncheon await the whole of the Timaru, Ashburton, and Temuka Volunteers. The Ashburton men are expected home this evening by the last train, when they are to have another reception by their comrades in arms and the members of the Fire Brigade, who propose to arrange a torch-light procession through the town in their honor.

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RETURN OF THE VOLUNTEERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 498, 22 November 1881

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RETURN OF THE VOLUNTEERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 498, 22 November 1881

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