SEND OFF TO AKAROA VOLUNTEERS.
A euchre party and dance was held in the Oddfellows' Hall, Akaroa, on Tuesday evening when there wag a large attendance to bid farewell to three Akaroa volunteers who are leav iog with the 7th Reinforcements. The volunteers are Troopers Thos. McGuire, 0: Ferris and Justin Le-lievi-e
The evening was commenced with a euchre tournament, about twelve tables being filled. The winners were : —First ladies' prize, Mrs H. W. Wilkins; tadys , booby Miss H. B. Corbett, first gentleman's prize, Mr E. E Lelievre; gentleman's booby prize, Mr Thos, MeGuire.
After supper His Worship the Mayor made a presentation to the departing men from the townspeople of Akaroa of wristlet watches. In doing so, he wished them evfery good fortune and a safe return. He congratulated them upon their decision to join the New Zealand forces, and said it was the duty of every able bodied man who could get away to follow their example. He warned the departing men to resist temptations which they were bound to encounter.
Mr E. E. Lelievre also spoke, wishing the,departing men God Speed. He said tbat every man of age should go to the front. He emphasised the pressing need for men.
"They are Jolly Good Fellows' was sung, followed by the National Anthem.
Mr T. McGuire replied on behalf of the departing men, thanking the Mayor and Mr Lelievre for their kind words and townspeople for the presentation. He said they were going to do their best to uphold the traditions of those New Zealanders who had so distinguished themselves at the Dardanelles
A dance ooncluded a very pleasant evening. LITTLE RIVER VOLUNTEERS. Mr J. Jackson, of tbe Post Office staff, Little River, has volunteered for service, and baa been accepted. Mr Jackson has been at Little River for about twelve months, and was Hon. Seo. of the Wairewa Football Club. A social will be tendered to the Little River men, who are leaving with the 6th Reinforcements, at the Little River Town Hall on Saturday next, Mr J. Swaddell, one of the departing men, will be present at the gathering,
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SEND OFF TO AKAROA VOLUNTEERS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3470, 2 July 1915