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On Monday evening, a farewell social wag tendered to Mr A. Brearley, who, for the past three year?, baa been in the employ of Mr B. T. Harris, and has decided to commence business on bis own account. His departure came as a surprise, and little time was given to get the gathering arranged. However, about fifty were present, and a good programme was gone through. The following contributed items in the way of songs and recitations: — Messrs Honeyboue, Forsyth, Herd man, Pepper, Newton, Smith, Fe'r gusson, Dougherty, Oarston, Brankin, T. Williams and Sergeant Kstall. The following toasts were honoured: —"Our Guest," Mr Forsyth; "The Ladies," Mr Branklin ; "Sport," Mr J. Swaddel,

During the evening Mr Brearly was the recipient of two presentations Mr G, Breifcmeyer, on behalf of the Oddfellows' Lodge, asked Mr Brearley to accept a past master's certificate, and, in doing so. said that Mr Brearley bad only vacated the chair at the end of last year. He had done his work well, and be trusted that in his new sphere of life he would be benefited both financially and healthfully. (Cheers). Mr Brearley, in responding, said that when he came to Little River he naver -dreamt of joining a lodge. However, be had done so, and he had not regretted it. _ His advice was to ask every youny man to join a lodge. (Applause).

Mr G. Honeybone, as chairman of the social, was the next to band over to the guest of the evening a present, and, in doing so, be said that, seeing Mr Brearley was leaving the district, be bad been asked to present him with a gentleman's companion. Pie said the time bad been short to get up a subscription, but everyone bad given well. He reviewed bis career as a footballer, and said that he was always there when he was wanted, end was always ready to help the club. He was a good sport. (Cheers.) Mr Brearley, in responding, said he would address them all as friends, and be was- loth to part with them. Hβ was not surprised to have a social tendered him, because it was the

Ufual thing. Pie wns p,oing to go, but it was for bP own j>nrd As rpga'ds football, ho p.iid thai be had never played Rugby before he came to New Zealand, but he had made up his mind to lparn the game, and be trusted he had dune his best. One word he would like to say, and that was that all the young men of Little River were sports and decent "chaps," He would always thiok well of them (Loud cheer=).

The singing of "Auld Lang Syce " by the whole company brought the social to a close.

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LITTLE RIVER NEWS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4363, 9 January 1914

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LITTLE RIVER NEWS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4363, 9 January 1914

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