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BAY OF ISLANDS COAL.

THE "INIMITABLE" THATCHER

Tun 'Sea Theoze' nnived hue yesterday fiom Russell, Bay of Islands. She left tliuie on Tuesday ; and the cai'tun lepoits Hint befoic his depaiture a good seam of coal had been found about tluee miles f torn wlieie the fust ih&co\eiy was made.

Tun Lvil Conrohu, Hyan.—lt will bo seen by the Knglish telegram* that C'orpoial Ryan was to liave lecencdthc distinction of the Vietona Cioss foi his gallantly at Cameiontown on the same oceasiontliat Scigeaut MclCeuna so distinguished himself Theioaic few, howevei, pcihapb, who know that poor E\au was, di owned in the Wailcato, in December last, between Mangatawhni aud Tuakan Seigeant Frost was also diowned at the same time, the accident having occuued tlnough the upsetting of a canoe. Liyan had pnor to his death been piomotedtothe lank of Uoipoial, he having been a lance coipoial befoie.

The 'SrußT I—At1 —At the Resident Magistiatc's Conit yesterday. Jus Woishi]) dehveied judgment in the action of Hidings v. Cuitis, in which the plaintiff sought to iccovei £25 as commission for the sale of the steamer ' Stmt,' to Mr. J. S. Wacfarlane The judgment was that the plaintiff was entitled to a sum of £21, that being the amount that the defendant, as pei the evidence, had led the plaintiff to believe lie would have, i£ he sold the vessel for £5 500.

Ahmy and Navy Our TEvsiONLUb —Elsewhcie will be found an adveihsement fioin the mihtaiy accountant, announcing the days and places for payment of pensions to the above -poi-sons,

If roars of irrepressible and uncontrollable laughter areto be taken, as the test of a vocalist's humour, Mr. Thatcher has certainly passed unscathed through that ordeal. A former visit to and performance in this town helped, we would fain believe, to obtain for him the character of the "Inimitable;" but, having exhausted our superlative vocabulary, it will be somewhat difficult to give higher expression to the appreciation which an Auckland audience manifest for a vocalist displacing such a clever and versatile genius llr Thatcher gave his first performance, on this his second visit to Auckland, last evening, in the Odd Fellows' Hall. The attendance was very good, and the repeated encores, which both Mr Thatcher and the other members of his company received, together with the burstsoflaughter whichaccompamed any local " hit" th.it was made, must have shown that the old favourites have not fallen in our estimation The Odd Fellows' Hall was, considering the short, time that has elapsed since the arrival of this troupe here, very tastefully g01 ' up, but the fittintrs arc not, at present we understand, completed. Thatcher's local, and we may say impromptu, songs, were received with a gusto better realised than described. Of course, " the powers that be " came in for a share of the vocal euhe's humour , and the City Board, which was humourously described us requiring to be veneered and French polished, the Volunteers, the C.unp at Drury, Plcuro-pncumonia, and even the highest officers of our pro\ me 1.11 and general state-ship,-were inclailediii the musical buJgetof the '•Inimitable " A more appiopriate description of this vocalist's characteristic than " Inimitable," could not bo given. He has a style pecjliJily his own, and the apparently intuitive manner m which ho lays hold of the salient points of Auckland or any other life is, as well as being amusing, surprising An indulgence in offensive peisonalities would, of course, not be countenanced by those who study the "well-being of society , for although the locahsl may obtain a little popularity for the time, in the long run, even looking at it in a pound-shilling-and-pcnee soil of light, it must fail. But Thatcher's chaiactenstie is, we believe, that he abstains fioin this, and seeks rather to v cahso the pupu'ar current of feeling, thin to attempt to injure or offend. To attempt to injure, we arc sure he would not; to offend, it must m aguvit measure deoend upon the feelings of those who are alluded to whether ho doe* 01 not If done good humouredly, and '■» lth a spice of cleverness about it, his wit wi'l no doubt bo received good humouredly, for who could behe\ c that his very clever songs about the voluiitooi -> and their gunrances <it the cvmp at Diury, or about the City Bond, and which caused such laughter, was intended to show moiu Ihiiu thw, that no:ic me so impregnable tliat they have not a weak point in ihcji" nature* T3ul: oaough of Thatcher , —and although uo speak of AFidame Vit'.lh ne\l, it is not tint we fide-^ app'cento (lie part chis lady took in the entei Liniment She sang seveial songs with groat feeling, amongst which, "Good-bye sweethcait " was, judging from tha applause, especially appreciated Small, the grcit Sin ill, we shall call him, was particularly foilunato in exciting the i i»ibilifj r of his audience ]fis make up in the " Unfortunate Man," was, if theie can bo two " Immitables," inimitable ; m fact, wo may say tint the " old favourite " did not appear \o have lost any of his ability to please an Auckland audience. ilr Oakey is a vciy clever pnnisl, and perfoimcd his part w ith great skill YVc must not omit to mention the capital duott between Madame Vilclh and Thatcher, on the -want of lodgings in Auckland, or Hint Dr Shortland is promised to be immortalized, or, that it was auuoanced that Thatcher is here —beware! beware'

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BAY OF ISLANDS COAL. THE "INIMITABLE" THATCHER, Daily Southern Cross, Volume XX, Issue 2085, 25 March 1864

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BAY OF ISLANDS COAL. THE "INIMITABLE" THATCHER Daily Southern Cross, Volume XX, Issue 2085, 25 March 1864

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