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Wt< hid a very successful day's couroi.ig at Gougb't) Bay last Tburs day. The weather in the inornmg was very boisterous, and some of tb* party indulged in enow fights on tbe top of tbe range. On our arrival ai Mr Masefie'd's a splendid lunch wee ready for us-coffee, tea, cheese and every pleasant drink jou could think of. There were ihirty five mounted men all told, and "GeeWbiz" was chosen as master of the bounds, and was decorated gorgeously in red coat and feathers in Indian fashion, buG poor "Gee Whiz" was not strong enough to stand tbe extreme cold, ana "Henri Francais" waa elected in bis stead- Crossing tbe liver "Piipper" had the misfortune to fall off, and was saved from being washed to .-eti by the prompt assistance 'of Brother Piper, who deserves great praise for his piuuk,

Ou reaching Crown Island we managed to secure four bares, and one of them ran up a tree This caused great excitement, and a rush was made for the busb, Heating the noisy barking of the hounds ac the bottom of the gully; we were dmighted 10 see "Henri Francai3" emerge from the din with the carcase o.f a wild cat tied to bis belt, pn reaching Kear, n«y's boundary a hare was put up, and Captain biake got away in tbn lead, showing bis splendid English horsemanship, and his horse jumped the fence • beautifully, but unfortu nately the Captain was left on tbe wrong Bide and bad to olimb over. Our party now rode through Mrs Kearney's paddock, where some nice hates were secured. Every time a hare was caught tbe party adjourned to the creek for water, and ac water was getting scarce we made our way to the beach for the usual military sporte.

Juat before the wrestling competi tion "Henri Francais" way giving a b< itlianc water polo display, when an extra heavy breaker capsized rider and horse, and luckily they got ashore none the worse for the adventure.

The Walk and Trot competition re suited in an easy win for Frank Maher'a ;- Wed Latter acid Gordon Kearney came m r fiirsfc, but were disqualified for wearing riding breesbes.

The gallop was simply a procssion, Sara Curry's l ,'B& Q daliero" winning easily by six lengths.

The next item on the programme was the dinner which was a credit to our host and hoßtess—turkey, goose, swan, duck, quail were there in abund ance, with jam tarts and trifles to follow.

Id the evening a splendid smoke concert took place, and the songs that were sung would be a credit to the Cbrislchurch competitions. Mr Vangioni (chairman); proposed theCtoast of "The King," w' ich wa6 responded tp_with musical Winours. "Doctor iSViI" read out a cablegram apologising for the King's absence. Mr Arthur Williams proposed the toast of "Our Host and Hostess" (Mr and M>f :■ .

Masefield), and spoke in y;<, vusg terms of tbeir kindnes-s-and Mr T. Masefield suitably respondyed. Mr • August Lelievre proposed the toast of Mrs and Mrs V. V. Masefield, and three cheers were given for thu Masefield family. Mr Ned Latter proposed tbe toast of '"The Ladies." Three cheers v ere then given for the ladies who bdpt-d to make the func

ion such a gre.t success

The following musical items were rendered during the tvening : — Song, "Father's in the Pig sty," (with two encores) Mr A. Wiiiiam?; duet, "Love

in a Nutshell," Me»sis Gordon Kta<ney and A. Feirh Tuih item wa« the gem of the evening, ai.a wns very beautifully sung. Song, Miss Hawkins; song, "The Wild Colonial Boy," by Pupper; sqng, "Mother Bids Me Bind Her Hair," Mr H, Piper. Mr Piper has a veiy nice voice, but sang rather flat. Song, "Eventide," Miss Girlie Lβ Lievre , song, "Jessie's Dream," (with great pathos) Mr Leslie , Kearney; song, "Everybody's Doin , It," Miss Dubbie LeLievre; song, '-My Pretty Little Darling," Mr Alfred. Mr Van gioni sang "The Wearing of the Green," but he was much out of tune and needed more practice. Themar ried Jadies present sang a quartette very nicely indeed.

After a very enjoyable supper "Auld Lang byne" was sung and three cheers were given for our host and hostess, The parky then adjourned to the horse lines, and Mr Val. Masefield, after a lot of trouble, got them away with a beautiful start (or home.

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TALLY-HO., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4399, 29 May 1914

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TALLY-HO. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4399, 29 May 1914

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