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The first of what it ts hoped will be an annual fixture of the Catholic federation in the Akaroa district; took place at Tikso Bay on St Patrick's Day, when over 130 people attended tho picnic held in the bay so eminently suitable for the purpose. Rev Father Bonetto presided over the function, and Mr M Daly, Secretary, with a I large and efficient committee, was

■"• '■'• v m looking after the comfort, of nil oresent. Visitors from all

••i •*!-.« i,f the Peninsula attended to ib..« ayuspntby with tbe Catholics of Akaroa

During the day sports wer9 in '■•'g A »». b.. ftli nges, and tha child ■"•• j »"i«nt*vasa feature of the

. • "i; -. ugs of war, and other am .*j| j ni*-ni;* being provided, and a large umher of handsome prizas given by tbe go nerouaity of members of tbe friends rewarded the winners of the various events.

Tbe Secretary and Organiser of tbe N'*w Zpaland Catholic Federation came down especially from Wellington to attend tbe gathering, and during tbe afternoon delivered a long and most interesting address on tbe aims and objects of the Federation. The activities of tfce Federation were ex plained io detail and tbe forcible speech of Mr Girdling Butcher was listened to with marked attention by all pre sent,

In tbe evening a dinner was given by tbe local branch of the Federation at tbe Hotel Metropole to meet tbe organiser, when a very excellent spread was provided by Host Bell, to which ample justice was done by a large attendance

Mr Kotlowski, vice pre?iient of tbe Akaroa Branch of the Federation, pre eided, tbe Rev. Father Bonetto being also present. The usual loyal toasts were honoured with enthusiasm, and tbe health of Mr Girdling Butcher was proposed in felicitous terms by tbe chairman, and suitably replied to by tbat gentlemen, wbo gave further information with regard to the Feder ation movement which though yet in its infancy, has done so much to' con solidate tbe members of tbe Catholic community in defence of tbeir rights and liberties. Tbe health of tbe Rev. Father Bonetto was also received with the utmost enthusiasm, as was his pleasant speech in reply Musical items were well rendered by several gentlemen, and tbe toast of the host and hostess (Mr and Mrs Bell) and tbeir staff brought a most enjoyable evening to a close. The following is Ihe result of the races :—

Girls' under 6—Reni Mora 1, Thelma Maher 2, Jennet Quartly 8. Boys' under G—D. Brochern 1, E. Curry 2

Boys, 10 and under—o. Vangioni 1, L Brocbene 2, B. Curry 8.

Girls, 10 and under—F Glynan 1, M. Kotlowski 2, R. Kotlowski 3. Boyd, 13 and uoder—B Curry 1, L Brocberie 2, R. Narbey 8. Boys. 16 and under—C. Bora 1, H. Lelievre 2, L. Newton 3. Girls, with hair down—Nora Lelievre 1, Greta Dierck 2, Roni Kotlowski 3, YouDg ladies' race—Mary Hollow ski 1, Ethel Lelievre 2, May Dierck 3. YouDg Men's Race—Cyril Wa'ker 1, Ralph Walker 2, T. McGuire 3 Married Men's Race—J. Mora 1, L Brocherie 2, Jules Lelievre 8. Marriei Ladies' Race—Mrs Herriot 1, Mrs Kotlowski 2, Mrs Kearney 8. Stepping competition for ladies— Miss Mary Kotlowski 1, Mrs J. Le Lievre and R. Kotlowski 2. Tug of War (married men v single) —Married men won.

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CATHOLIC FEDERATION PICNIC, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3407, 20 March 1915

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CATHOLIC FEDERATION PICNIC Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3407, 20 March 1915

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