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LITTLE RIVER NEWS.

[From Our Own Correspondent,]

FAREWELL TO MR. LITTOT".

On \Vedhe.*day, May 2, a farewell soe'al wan teudered by Little Riv-r re-iidants to Mr H, Litter-, who has left Little Kiver to go and live with bis daughter, Mrs J. Barclay, at K'li'uia There were » large number pres' fin, i uludiog Messrs W. B. Montgomery, W. !-'. Ha-kinson, J, Johnson, T. Thompson: \-Jr-i.'-'l Ms Joseph Jone», Mr and Mrs G Junes, j in, Mr and Mrs Whatman,. Rev. Fox Htni iiu'iifniUß others. The evening was open (1 by selections played by Miss DawLer on thf piivrin, Miss Ennis tha violin, Mr _U ken riolincello, Mr Colombus cornet, Mr C White euphonium, followed by a Bona fr< m Mrs A. Wright Mr Litten. the guest of tb« evening, rban gare a recitation, being I liowfd by Mr H. Reed with a son<r. and Mas ter Hancock gave an Ir sh jig, Miss Dawber and Mi«s Hilda Jones gave a pianoforte duet, Mr Newton a song, and a vocal duet by Mr and Mrs A. Wright. Master Hanoock danced tbe hornpipe, while Mr Richards finished the musioal programme with a sketch. Rev. Fox, chairman of the Library Committee, then spoke a few words referring to Mr Litten's services while librarian, which position he had held for seven years, also tbat he had served in tha capacity of Vestry man, and for three years was a Sunday school teacher. He then called up Mr W, H Momgomery to make two present&tioi s to Mr Litten.

Mr Montgomery, in making tha prese >ta* tion, said Mr Litten wa3 born at Riohmoud in 1835, seventy-nine years ago, and Was eiu cated in London. In 1844, when Richmond became, a suburb of LoLdon, Mr Litten emigrated to Australia to go to his brother inlaw, Captain Dunford, the voyage out to Melbourne taking 159 days. He arrived -n Melbourne at the tima of the rush to the gold diggings, and started out for Ballarat, being, however, stopped on the way by police owing to the Ballarat riots, so he turned aside and want to the diggings about eleven miles from Ballarat, not meating with ony success Hi left Australia for New Zealand in IBGB, arriving in Lyttelton, and went to PigeoQ Bay. Not stopping there, however, he ones more went mining to the Marlborough diggings, and from there he went.to the West Coast, without msetin-j with any Huccess. Later he returned to Pigeon Bay and took up some land by the beach. Selling out there he went to Holmes Bay, wherhf> sold nut 29 years 030, opminj to L'tilu HivSr aid tuking up land in Western Vailej, fjr which he gave £8 per acre. Though they S'iw Mr Litten at the aga of 79, of wh <h fifty yearß had bean spent in New Z- aland, he waa still enjoying good health. Mr Litten taid he was not much of a speech maki-'r, and thanked them all for tkeir kind words and presentation. Supper was then handed round, being foilowel later by dancing.

NARROW. ESCAPE,

On Monday- Mr W. Lewthwaite had a nar. row esoare from a serious accident while ha was orossimg the Kinlooh bridge on the way to his farm in Okute V lley. His horse's feet slipped from under him, and the horse came down on its flank and threw Mr Lewth waite heavily on his side, By a few inohen he escaped striking his head on the rail of the bridge, tha consequences of which would have been serious. ' ;

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LITTLE RIVER NEWS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4399, 5 June 1914

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LITTLE RIVER NEWS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4399, 5 June 1914

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