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The good people of Onehunga mustered yesterday in great numbers, to witness the launch of the sohooner 'Lulu,' which means we are informed, in Malay, a " peach." The ceremony of christening this beautiful model schooner was entrusted to a young lady, daughter of Thomas Russell, Esq., who proved herself quite an adept, for no sooner were the blocks struck away than this young lady, a veiitable Lulu, clashed a bottle of champagne against the sides of the ves&el, which, in answer to so graceful a compliment, glided swiftly to her future horne — the water. One sailor, more enthusiastic than the rest, followed the ' Lulu ' in her wake, and seized the christening bottle and drained it of its sparkling contents. After the ceremony of launching, some fifty of the assembled guests retired to Featon's Hotel, and there partook of a very excellent luncheon, which did every credit to Mr. Clarke, of the Royal Hotel, who, we understand, provided the wines and viands. Nor were the employes unprovided for, Captain Cadell having ordered an equally sumptuous repast for them, where, we are happy to say, the greatest good feeling and joviality prevailed, Mr. Peaton seeing that their wants were well supplied. Mr. James Russell occupied the chair, supported on his right by the worthy owner of theLulu, ' Captain Cadell ; on hia left by Mr. Cooper. The vice-chair was occupied by the Hon. Hussey Vivian, supported hy Alfred Dunnage and R. 0. Mainwaring, Esqs. After due justice had been done to the usual loyal toasts, the toast of the day was then given by James Russell, Esq., who in apartioularly happy speeoh referred to his long acquaintance with Captain Cadell, and to [ the great desire that gentleman had at all times evinced in forwarding the interests of this province— and of whom he said that no ona this day stood higher in the estimation of all true well-wishera of the prosperity of this province than the gentleman whose health he !iad the honour to propose. (Great cheering. )— Captain Cadell, whose rising to acknowledge the graceful compliment paid to him by Mr. Russell was the signal for most uproarious applause, said that language suoh as he could command would but poorly convey hia deep sense of the honour his friends had been pleased to confer upon him, and he thought that his kind friend, in proposing his health, and those who had so warnuyapplaudedthesentimentsexpressedby Mr. Russell, were inclined to look too indulgently upon his humble exertions to forward the interests of this province. Captain Cadell proceeded to say that all the little difficulties and annoyances that had attended his exertions to show that vessels of a superior class could be constructed in this colony were now happily dispelled, not only by the successful launch of the 'Lula,' but by the happiness he experienced in meeting so many of his cherished friends to witness it, who had shown by their kind expressions of feeling towards him the great pleasure they had in seeing Ms efforts at shipbuilding crowned with success.— Mr. Cooper, in a neat and appropriate speech, proposed "The Press, at the same time gratefully acknowledging the kind attentions that he had received from Captain Cadell during his short stay here, and said that he was not at all surprised at the hearty echoes that followed Mr. Russell's graceful eulogiums upon Captain Cadell, for hia (Mr. C.'s) short acquaintance told him that they were well founded. This toast was briefly responded to.— Mr. Vivian and Mr. Dunnage, both m happy— the latter in really eloquent— terms, acknowledged the toast of "Lady Bowen and the Ladies of Auckland," proposed by Mr. Mainwarmg. The party then broke up and returned to town, amidst deafening cheers for Captain Cadell from the employes of the Lulu.

The French journals are pointing out that Napoleon's four great enemie3 are exactly tne same age as himself— sixty-one. They are Baron Beust, Ledru Rollin, Garibaldi, and Mazzini. Other continental public men are very olci— l^amwtuie seventy-one, Fius lA, and. Eapavtero soventy«ste, Tlwers WY9»V

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THE LAUNCH OF THE 'LULU.', Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXV, Issue 3848, 21 December 1869

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THE LAUNCH OF THE 'LULU.' Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXV, Issue 3848, 21 December 1869

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