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[From Our Correspondent]

A concert was held in aid of the Peninsula and Ellesmere Queen at Little River on Friday last, St Patrick's Day. The rain, which had been threatening throughout the day, ceased as a menace and a very quiet and enjoyable evening for the first production of the Maori concert on behalf of the No 2 Queen was the result. The Maori concerts are well known in Little River froni past experience as being worth seeing, and consequently the Town Hall was crowded, many of those who came in late having to stand throughout the performance. The concert was in every way an unqualified success. The attention to detail throughout was most noticeable, and nothing was left undone. Consequently everything went off without a hitch, everyone present was more than satisfied and declares that without a doubt it was the best concert the natives had ever given in the township for many a day.

The following apology was received from the chairman of the Group, Mr W. H. Montgomery, from Southbridge :—"Miss Birdling (No 2 Queen) and myself regret cannot attend concert tonight. .The Queen desires to thank the Little River natives for their patriotic efforts."

The programme opened' with an open chorus by the native company, followed by a song from the ever popular \Mr T. Williams, who also obliged the company in the second part. "Peg of My Heart" by Miss P. Robinson received much applause and the singer was recalledr Mr J. Denny's aptitude as a comedian is well known, even in Christchurch circles, and "I parted my hair in the middle" was heartily applauded, "Standing at the Corner of the Street", proved, if anything, even more popular. 1 In the second part of the programme Mr Denny gave "Come with me to the races" and a representation of Mr Leonard Nelson. "Mr Booze" served as an encore. The duet "Uncle Joe" by Miss W. Shipper and Mr J. Robinson created much amusement as also did "The Honeysuckle and the Bee" by Miss Ada Jones and Mr Billy Murray. The "The Little Corporal" by Mr R. Webb and "Little Boy in Blue" by Mr F. Clark,.both in costume were heartily appreciated. As usual the p'oi dances by the j Maori school children and the | Maori belles attracted much interest, both were remarkably well executed. The Irish jig, by I Miss V M. Williams, dressed in emerald green was very approipriate on St. Patrick's Day, as also was the song "When Irish Eyes are Sweet", sung by Miss Hine Parata. The "Heart of a

City", sung by Miss C. Robmsonson was excellently rendered and thoroughly deserved the encore it received. "Wont You Buy My £ Pretty Flowers" was sung by | Miss Whare Taituha, who display | ed remarkable elocutionary powers for one so young, and delivered her song with spirit and vigour. The flowers were afterwards sold and realised 8/-. .Mr T. Shipper's rendering of The Maid of Malaba" was really good Miss Pharama excelled herself in her intrepretation of Dixie Lou." Waltzing by the companywas undoubtedly one of the most popular items on the programme. Its execution was splendid, the dancing being perfection, ihe last item on the programme was "When the Blue Birds Meet Again" by Mr B. Edwards, who also received an encore. Mr J Tini, chairman then announced that Mr T Williams would sell by auction the euchre prize won by Mr Conway and Mrs Hawkes in the last euchre tournament. The following sums were realised;— Messrs J. O. Coop 5/-, Geo. Barclay 5/-, J. *. Buchanan 5/-, S. T. Harris 5/-, Mr Peters 5/-, F. Fahey 5/-, J. McQueen 5/-, Miss A. Coop 2/6, J. Keenan 2/6, Mr Lee 1/-, Miss; L. Russell 1/-, H. Reid 1/-, Miss M. Coop 2/6, Mrs J. F. Buchanan 2/6, Mrs Vanstone 1/-,. Final Mr Hemmingway 5/-. Mr J. Tini in a short speech thanked those present for their attendance and stated that the Maoris were prepared to stand by their Pakeha brethren in help ing the sick and wounded soldiers back to the road to health. A dance then followed and most of those present remained. One remarkable feature of the concert was the splendour of the costumes worn by the performers All had been made in Little River and much credit is due to Mrs R. Webb for the marked ability displayed in this connection

The principal officers responsible for the concert were:—

Chairman, Mr J. Tini; Stage Manager, Mr T. Williams and Mr Tini; Treasurer, Mr H. Karatai Secretary, Mr R. Webb;

The chorus girls were Misses M. Taituha, P. Robinson, L. Tini, C. Robinson, and W. Shipper.

All the music for the dances was supplied by the Maori performers. It is expected that £28 nett. will be realised for the No 2 Queen by this effort.

In speaking with the committee later it was learned that the natives would only be too pleased to hold concerts in other centres for the No 2 Queen, providing that the expenses were paid.. Under the circumstances I feel sure that their services will not long go begging.

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CANTERBURY QUEEN CONTEST., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3530, 24 March 1916

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CANTERBURY QUEEN CONTEST. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3530, 24 March 1916

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