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Perfect weather prevailed for the welcome-home to Privates John 'Murray, James Murray, and Gordon Alexander, thus enabling a large gathering to assemble at the; Mt.- Somei's hall, when,a very successful!.and':Enjoyable evenirig.w;as spent. 31r'J.""T."Bullpresided. . .... ... During the .evening, the Rev. "A". J. Petrie, on behalf o.l: those present, extended^ most- hearty- welcome to the guests, and eloquently \, congratulated, them upon the various- and numerous battles each; one had 'fought,:' also 'relating severa,l i amusing -incidents in which a great many of our soldiers had shown themselves to great. advantage, and concluded in wishing' them every happinesis and the, very best .of;n and prosperity. Hie' 'giieits. suitably responded. .Supper waLs then fully partaken, of, .and dancing indulged 'in._.! iiitp.,'. the., early hours of mornihg. ', „,..;■■ - ....,..-. '■

On Tuesday night last a meeting was convened .for .the formation., of ■■ a menV cluj> :fpr mental and physical development:' The Rev.' A. 'J.\ /Petrie occupied the .chair, and the .meeting was well attended. The diucu.ssion.s- on the modus operandi. of the future.ehib 'clearly showed '* that talent/■ was' ' not lucking for debating purposes.' Mr Peti-ie was unanimously elected president, and Mr iMcGitigan hon. secretary and treasurer, together with the following to act as committee of management:—-Messrs J. Bull, Moses, Wood and Wise.

The following vice-presidents were aiiso elected:—Messrs F. Peter, C. J. Peter. W. Gifkin-s, W. Nosworthy,, M.P;, Peach, J. P. Peter, . J. Hood, Doak,. Turton, Lockhead, J. C. Clarke, P. Pawson, J. W. Comyns, and Capt. uSFeill. ■ ■ ■ ■ . i [

It was decided to start the debating chib immediately, and to meet every Tuesday night for that purpose. . The "Question Box" is first night's/item,: and all are heartily invited to partici-; pate. . l': ■ '■'. . ' ■ . ■ .'.•■; •■''

Affairs at the • far-west settlement of' Port Craig, Mussel Beach, continue ttr move along smoothly (says the T_uata-'. pere "Guardian"). The small'mill has been working some time, and is .now turning out from 3000' to 10,000ft 1 per day. There is now stacked on the wharf, awaiting shipment, some 300.000 ft of sawn timber. Damage to the breakwater by the recent heavy seas appears to have been greatly esaaserated, £50 being now reckoned as ample to put things right. Over. 50 men now find ■ employment here, and two locomotives are in constant commission. The company is > putting down a rail-bed equal to anything of its kind iin tho Dominioni. Suchis the sheltered situation of .the harbour loading operations can b© conducted, in any weather. '

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MT. SOMERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9604, 8 May 1919

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MT. SOMERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9604, 8 May 1919

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