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Yesterday morning was anything but a cheerful one for pleasure-seekers. It was raining all Tuesday night, and the morning broke damp and gloomy. It was raining heavily when the special train for Lagmhor drew up at the Ashburton platform, and the prospect of a wet day in the open doubtless deterred a large number of townspeople from joining the excursion. At 10.30, the Ashburton brass band having arrived, the familiar cry o- “ Take your seats, please” echoed along the platform, and not a few were still thinking out the problem to go or not to go, when the train settled the matter by gliding away to the inspiriting strains of martial music. Half an hour’s ride brought the holiday-makers to the Lxgmhor crossing, on the Mount Somers line. Here all alighted, and very shortly afterwards wore walking about the pretty Lagmhor homestead, and seeing everything that was to be seen. By this time the sun was shining brightly, and patches of blue sky were beginning to appear. Still there was a “ nipping and eager air,” more suggestive of winter than of late spring. By-and-by more visitors began to arrive in traps and buggies (rom Ashburton and elsewhere, and by noon about two hundred people were upon the ground, including a good number of ladies. Every part of the fine homestead was thrown open to the visitors, and the largo woolshed had been temporarily converted into a ball room, being as clean and »S bright as anew pin, and in apple-pie order for dancing. Here too (an agreeable surprise for some of the visitors) was Mrs Butler of Ashburton, who provided lunch and dispensed liquid refreshments. After the homestead and all its wonders had been explored, dancing commenced, music being supplied by the band. A nd right merrily the couples footed it, utterly indifferent, once in motion, as to the state of the weather outside or the prospect of a wet journey home. The dan ing and the sports, which were organised on the ground, passed the hours pleasantly away. The 100 yards race was pulled off by Mr Watkins, Mr Minnis being second, and D. Leitch third. The 100 yards race for married men resulted in a win for Mr Minnis, who displayed more fleetness of foot than many gave him credit for. The running high leap was watched with much interest, Mr Watkins cleared the bar at 4ft 7in, Mr A. Innis coming next with 4ft sin, and Mr J. C. Duncan, who “ took the wood ” like a sky-rocket, was thiid with a record of 4ft Sin. The sack race, provocative of the usual amount of laughter and attended with the usual number of mishaps, was appropriated by Mr D. Leitch, who is to be complimented on his proficiency “in the bags. ” The three-legged race was another amusing event, and elicited hearty laughter. Messrs Minnis and McFarlane were the victors, getting well away from the other competitors, and in fact winning hands down. A race between Messrs McFarlane (junr.) and T. Gollings, distance 300yds, McFarlane conceding 50yds start to his adversary, was won easily by

the latter. An egg and spoon race then took place and caused peals of laughter. In the scrimmage (it will never be known how it was done exactly) one of the competitors broke his egg on the nock •of another, and the yolk went streaming down the unfortunate amateur athlete’s back, a liberal proportion running down his neck! The race was won by Mr McKnight. The last event was decidedly a novel one. Mr McFarlane, jun., offered to run 80 yards backwards while Mr Gollings ran 100 yards forwards. Most people would feel inclined to back the “forwards” man in a competition of this kind, but McFarlane can apparently run as fast backwards as forwards, for he covered the ground in remarkably quick time yesterday, beating his opponent with ease. But one accident occurred. A youth employed by Messrs Baker and Brown fell while jumping and put his wrist out. The dislocation was set on the spot, and the sufferer did not appear to be much the worse for his mishap. The return train arrived .at Ashburton about 7 o’clock, and the unanimous opinion seemed to be that, notwithstanding the weather, a very jolly day had been passed.

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ODDFELLOWS’ FETE AT LAGMHOR., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 789, 10 November 1882

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ODDFELLOWS’ FETE AT LAGMHOR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 789, 10 November 1882

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