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The Steward and the Governor.

I -^— 9 „ - I Some good stories arc told anent tha recent gubernatorial trip to Great Barrier,, but it would be a trifle unkind, to repeat in print the small taik which is current respecting the experience of our popular visitors, Thoi.'Q is, however, ">no cjiisodc AvliicJi has boon tlic standing joke on the Opal far a week or two pastj, an^ wJU^ wilt QwtwJy justify rep^titw^ .

At all events thefirincipal actor in the incident has gone ffrom our shores, and is free from the infiuence of the pen that worries and the gossip of the tongue that never is at rest. Therefore, it will do him no harm to relate the story of his most serious discomfiture at Great Barrier. The Opal had anchored, for the night in one of the pleasant bays for which the Barrier is so famous. His Excellency ■insisted upon deeping ashore, though the officers of the Opal were anxious that he should remain on board, and eventually he was rowed to land with ;his aide-de-camp, and quarters found for them in a settler's outhouse. There they ■slept the sleep of the just till after daybreak, when their slumbers were rudely disturbed; Ah individual poked his head through the doorway, and called, "Say there, I want soirie butter and eggs." -There'wato* no response to his peremptory demndj.'and, with an annoyed look on 'his fade; 1 he pushed the door open and shouted,-" t Get up there and tell me'if ydti've ■ got any butter and eggs." Still there was no movement on the part of the sleepers, and the intruder seizing the nearest recumbent form by the shoulders shook it vigorously, apostrophising thusly meanwhile, "Get-up, you lazy devil.. What jdo.you mean by sleeping till this time of-the day?"- Get up at once, and, fijid me ;sdme butter (and eggs. I'm the steward of the Opal." Then there was a movemenfin the other bed. The face of the aide-de-camp appeared from!its surroundings of blankets, and pointing to. fcKe sleeper, her horrified the intruder by whispering, '.-ItVhis Excellency." The steward's - time back to the ship is said to have been fast enough to establish a record.r;" Auckland Star."

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The Steward and the Governor., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2396, 9 April 1890

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The Steward and the Governor. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2396, 9 April 1890

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