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Marriage Rejoicings.

The rejoicings at the wedding of Mr .1. W. Bishop with Miss Lizzie Small, of Graham's Boad, were on a scale not usual among the farmers of this county. The parents of the young couple,, being old and well-known settlers, who by their sterling qualities have gained the respect and esteem of all their neighbours and made troops of friends, had. to arrange for the entertainment of a host of guests, and every invitation issued was accepted. There were at the wedding feast friends from the four corners of the country, and from many odd corners of other counties as well. The bridal party arrived from'church at about one o'clock and were received by a knot of friends at the gate, Mr John Gilmour reviving the old Scotch custom of " riding the braize," that is leaving the procession and putting his horse to its utmost speed, so that he should reach the house first and be first to offer a cup of welcome to the couple at their own door. The bride was arrayed m a dress of sage silk, trimmed with tulle fastened on the shoulder and taken to the Waist, whence ib was draped with orange blossoms, formin aj a graceful sash. Tog ue to match, with gloves of cream color, and ornaments of heavy gold, the gift of the bridegroom. Her travelling dress was of fawn cashmere with plush to match, and cape of the same material, with plush yoke. The bridesmaids' dresses were of a uniform character, with only slight deviations. Miss Nelly Bishop's was. of nun's veiling, electric blue, V front of cream silk, with hat of fawn lace, trimmed with a pretty wreath- of New Zealand bush flowers, Mended with morning glory, Miss Mary Bishop wore a similar dress, trimmed with blue and white, and a hat of white straw trimmed with cream ribbon and wild ro.scs. Miss M. A. Small's , dress was of the prevailing tone among the bridesmaids with a slight deviation as to triming, which was of blue silk to match and boAvs of ribbon clasped with a buckle of cut steel. Miss Martha Small's dress was a replica of her sister's, while little Maggie Small appeared m a fairy like dress of embroidered muslin, with pink sash and sleeves, and carrying a wreath and basket of flowers —the whole admirably suited to her tender years. Mrs J. Bishop wore a fawn dress of cashmere, Avith black silk mantle, and bonnet trimmed with fawn silk lace, feathers, and ribbon. Mrs John Small also wore a dress of fawn cashmere, black silk mantle, with slate bonnet, and salmon pink feathers. At the dinner, the usual toasts were proposed, and congratulatory speeches deKvered by the Mayor, Father Chastagnon, Messrs A. H. Shury, Brick, Gilmour, and others THE PRESENTS. The east sitting room was set aside for the reception and display of the presents, of which the following is a list with their donors: — Two handsome vases—Mrs Walter Soal. Table cloth and dOyley—Mrs Gray. Salver, with knives, forks, andjspoons— Mrs Stoddart. Glass jug and glass—Mrs Smith. Vases—Mrs Shearer. Cheese dish and marmalade jar—Mr and Mrs Quinn. Clock and Lamp—Mr Vernon Smith. Vases—Mrs D, Ryan. Porcelain jars—Mrs VV. C. Davis. Looking glass —Mrs Fitzgerald, Two toilet vases—Miss Buckley. Two vases—Mr- Kerns. Pair plaques—Miss M.Jjßishop. Set jugs—Miss McDonald. Pair saltcellars and spoons—Mrs Cole. .Handbell—Mrs Zander. Cruet stand —Mr D. Toshach. Set china —Mrs P. Devane. Pair vases—Mrs Ashton. Set china—Mrs J. Gilmour. Glass vases —Mi is Stewart. stand—Mrs Brankin. Breakfast cruet—Miss Taylor. Social Encyclopoedia (handsomely bound)—Mr Bryant. Salad bowl—Mrs M. Scott. Pair vases ajid cheese. 'sfcand-?-Miss Gilmowr, Toilet set—Mrs McConnell. Set china—Mrs W. Soal. Butter dish—Mr A. H. Shury. Silver-mounted carving set—Mrs Butler Silver teapot—Mrs Henry. Egg stand—Miss B. Brown. Lamp arid album—Mr Buckley. Teapot and fruit dish—Miss Shaw. Album—Miss Cosgrove. Shade of flowers—Miss McDonald. Set carvers—Mr J. L. Brown. Set carvers—Mr G; Body. Napery—Mrs Rothery. Set tea trays—Mrs Healey. Silver fruit set, m case, and butter dish—Miss M. Fay. Candlesticks—Misses Scott. . j Tablecover—Mrs Wood. ! Rug—Mr Denis McKendry. Set embroidered pillows—Mrs Bishop. Tea cosy—Miss N". Bishop. Pair picture frames—Mr Segers. Water bottle—Miss Pritchard. Butterdish—Miss Keeley, Fruit dish—Miss Bishop. Silver mounted biscuit barrel—Mr Hugo Friedlander. v Set of cake dishes—Miss Madden. Japanese fans, handsomely ornaniented with silver filagree—Mrs Smith. . The bride's bouquet was the gift of His Worship the Mayor of Ashburton. Dancing began m the evening m t^e lan c floored marquee m the garden, and \va,s kept up till daylight;

It is reported" that "the sum of £20,000 per week has been promised by the labor organisations of the various colonies towards he strike funds,; i ..;" *

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Marriage Rejoicings., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890

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Marriage Rejoicings. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890

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