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Sir Joseph War?, Leader of the Opposition, and Lady Ward, Mr and Mrs Cyril Ward, his daughter (Mrs B. B. Wood), Mr Free (the Liberal oandldate for Ellesrnere), Mr Dennehy (the Liberal organiser), and Mr S. Barclay (secretary for the Liberal com. mittee of Ellesmert), arrived by car at Akaroa on Saturday eveninp. Dr Tbacker (Liberal candidate for Cbristchurch East), also motored with the party to Akaroa,. Sir Joseph Ward had delivered a policy speech at Little liiver prior to his arrival in Akaroa which was very well attended tho Town Ball being filled to its utmost capacity On arrival at Akaroa Sir Joseph and pnrty were mpt by his Worship the Mayor and the town clerk, and later the party were entertained by the members of tbe Akaroa Borough Council to dinner. A short toast list wos gone through after dinner, when his Worehip the Mayor and Mr J- D. Bruoe (Akaroa County Chairman). both spoke to the toast of "Sir Joseph Ward," Hie Worship the Major, in proposing the (oast, said tbe residents of Akaroa had looked forward to iMr Joseph's vieit to Akaroa, but, unfortunately, it was one of tbe nlates be bad neglected in the past, but he hoped he would remedy that ovprsight by becoming a frequent visitor. It was an education to Ihe people in the district to hear prominent public mm occasionally. He drew Sir Joseph Ward's attention to tbe beauties of the placp. and said they could boast that they had the most up to date town in the Dominion for its 9iz°. The Akaroa County Chairman assured the guest tbut the people in the County extended a hearty welcome. The toast was drunk with musical honours. Sir Joseph thanked tbe Mayor and County Chairman for theii welcome. He said be had got as far as the Hill Top on one occasion and had seen what had been described to him as a very fine view, but he was unable to come further owing to pressure of Ministerial business. He had also seen Akeroa from the sea on one occasion. Though he bad not had a ghost of a show of visit'ng Akaroa before, he had known of its charm?, and considered it beautifully situated. He quite imagined it wae hard to "pull up the roots" after being planted in Akaroa for a long time. (Laughter). Akaroa had prospects of providing a good living, and had many natural beauties, and in the name of Heaven he could not see what else the people wanted. Hβ referred tv the range of hille between the harbour and the plaine, and said some day there wouid be a railway, which would be o! great value to the place and people He said he always had the greatest sympathy with those engaged in local body life, atid be thought ratepayers should recognise what they did for their district. He complimented the proprietors of the Hotel Metropole upon the excellent dinner they had all partaken of. Sir Joseph Ward, in proposing the chair man, his Worship tbe Mayor, said if the Mayor would bury the hatchet for hi 3 not coming to Akaroa before, they would work together to advance Akaroa, knock off the .tops of a few of the hills, get the railway to Akaroa, and he would be bo often in Akaroa that he would be regarded as a great nuisance. (Laughter). TEIP DOWN THE HARBOUR. On Sunday morning, Sir Joseph Ward

und uurty, ace nipanied by th ■ Mayor ami Mny Tfss (Mr and Mrß G Armstrong) and the C unt.y Chairman (Mr J. D. Bruce) and Mrs Bruce w»nt down the harbour for a launch trip. They first went to the caves and then across to Dan Rogers. The visi. tors were delighted wth the trip, and espociaUy n crested in ibe porpoises whioh followed tne boat in number?, evidently being inclined to the Opposition Party. After lufseheoo a etart was made for Christchurcn Sir Joseph Ward and party were unablo to accept Dr Thaoker'a invitatiou to travel to Okain's, as the weather looked somewhat threitening. Sir Joseph VVard expressed himself as delighted with his trip, and said that now he had found his way to Akaroa he would come again as soon as be was able.

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DINNER AT HOTEL METRPOLE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3455, 24 November 1914

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DINNER AT HOTEL METRPOLE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3455, 24 November 1914

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