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Bride-elect Honoured. Miss Joan Canning, whose marriage will take place next week, was. the guest of honour recently at an evening given by the members of the choir, the Sunday school staff, the Vailima Club, and the Bible classes of the Thorndon Methodist Church. The party, which was held at the parsonage, 93 Tinakori Road, was spent in games and competitions, items being contributed by Miss Shirley Turtle. After supper had ] e^*i served the Rev. R. B. Gosnell, on behalf of the organisations represented, presented Miss Canning with a crystal bowl, expressing appreciation of her service to the church and wishing her every happiness in the future. Mr. C. L. Worboys spoke on behalf of the choir and Sunday school, and Miss D. Worboys on behalf of the^Vailima Club. Miss Canning suitably replied, and was accorded musical honours. An American Actress. Miss Pauline Lord, an American actress, arrived at Auckland by the Monterey on Friday. Miss Lord is travelling with a friend, Miss F. Johnston, to Australia, after a successful tour across the United States, states | the "New Zealand Herald." Born in I Han-ford, California, she studied for the ! stage under Jennie Morrow Long, and made her first appearance on the stage I at the Alcazar Theatre, San Francisco, ;in 1903 in the famous comedy "Are : You a Mason?" With this start, Miss i Lord went from success to success in America, and made her first appearance in London at the Strand Theatre in 1923, where she immediately estab- ! lished her popularity. A brief entry i into films was made in 1934, when Miss I Lord appeared in "Mrs. Wiggs of the ! Cabbage Patch," while in the next year | she appeared in another production. | She stated, however, that stage work was infinitely preferable to screen work. Thirty Debutantes. With an attendance of over five hundred guests the popularity of the annual dance of. the Rangi-ruru Old Girls' Association at Beath's tea rooms, Christchurch, on Thursday night was undisputed. The introduction of thirty debutantes led to the presence of many parents. A large number of old girls counted it as one of the happiest reunions of the year, states the Christchurch "Star-Sun." With officials of the association gathered on the dais, where wide bowls of tawny chrysanthemums gave artistic colour contrast to the green walls, Mrs. Kenneth Robinson, president, introduced the debutantes to Miss JEthel Gibson, each girl then rejoining her partner for the special danoe. Esperanto Club. There was a good attendance at a recent meeting of the Hutt Valley Esperanto Club. The president, Miss M. Stirling, presided. The usual instruction period was followed by the presentation of a cleverly improvised version of "Dad and Dave," by Miss Stirling, and Messrs. Dobson and Growcott. The translation into Esperanto of some of the "slang" was decidedly interesting even if it did loose some of its colour. Party for Auxiliary Members. Members and friends of Group 4 of the V.M.C.A. Ladies' Auxiliary met yesterday at the home of Mrs. R. Glover, Karori. The lounge was attractively arranged with bowls of poppies and softly shaded lamps. The conveners of the group, Mesdames H. W. Kersley and W. J. Mason, assisted Mrs. Glover in entertaining the guests. Solos were given by Mesdames G. R. Millward and G. Glover, accompanied by Mrs. Mark Bilby, and elocutionary items were contributed by Miss Thompson. An advertisement competition was won by Mrs. R. Learmouth. Well-stocked stalls did a brisk business and a substantial sum was realised for the auxiliary. Afternoon tea was served. A Studio Dance. Bowls of shaggy chrysanthemums and vases of vivid Iceland poppies were used to decorate Miss Gwenethe Walshe's studio in the "Evening Post" building on Saturday night, when Miss Shirley Walshe entertained a number of young people at a studio dance. The hostess was wearing a sheath frock of black taffeta with a spray of white gardenias outlining the off-the-shoulder neckline, and a spray of gardenias in her hair. She was assisted by Miss Nola Tingey, who wore a frock of black taffeta, having a ruched bodice and a black stiffened net coatee, and by Miss Myrtle Barr, whose frock of apple green georgette featured a full, flowing skirt.. Been Touring in Cornwall. Mrs. L. E. Church and Miss L. M. Evans (Nelson), who* are travelling together, have planned an itinerary which includes England and Scotland, and America, states "The Post's" London correspondent. They will be in London in June, when they hope to see the chief functions of the season. They have recently been touring in Cornwall. Rug-making Demonstrated. A meeting of the Plimmerton Women's Institute was held recently, there being a large attendance. Mrs. Tunnicliffe, vice-president, was in the chair, and warmly welcomed new members. Members were reminded of the forthcoming international exhibition to be staged in Wellington under the auspices of the Women's Institute movement and of a drama festival which will be conducted in August. Mrs. Clinberg demonstrated the making of wool rugs and rugs from scraps of used celanese. The' demonstrator was thanked for her talk and presented with a colourful shoulder spray. The singing circle entertained with a negro spiritual, the solo being rendered by Mrs. Tollan. The hostesses, Mesdames Blake and Bowsie, served tea. Morris Chair as Prize. The fortnightly card party of the Wellington South African War Veterans' Association, held at the clubrooms, Lambton Quay, on Saturday night, was very well attended, and the guests thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Mesdames R. V. A. Knox and M. Wood won at bridge; Mrs. W. Sommerville and Mr. W. J. Gloyns at "500"; Mrs. C. Carberry and Mr. J. Atkinson at euchre, and Mrs C. Harris, a competition. A special prize of a Morris chair was won by Mrs. A. Clarke. Supper was served during an interval. A cordial welcome was extended to Mrs. J. J. Clark, president of the ladies' auxiliary, who has recently returned from an extended visit to her daughter in Melbourne. An afternoon will be held by the ladies' auxiliary at the clubrooms next. Wednesday week, when Mrs. Clark will be hostess. Woman Journalist's Death. The death occurred in Chelsea on May 21 of Mrs. Weston-Campbell, formerly Miss Jessie Weston, of Auckland, one of the earliest women journalists and one of the best known in London. She began writing 35 years ago under the name "C. de Thierry." She travelled extensively, visiting New Zealand and South Africa several i times.
One Hundred and One. ! The 101 st birthday of Mrs. J. Rey- : nolds, Renall Street, Masterton, was ■ celebrated on Saturday. Apart from being a little deaf Mrs. Reynolds's faculties are unimpaired. She enjoys good health; sews, reads, and knits without glasses. Every day she goes for a motor drive with her daughter, Miss Amy Reynolds, and she takes a keen interest in everything. Mrs. Reynolds was born in Middlesex in 1838, She1 was married in England and came to New Zealand in 1864, settling in the Wairarapa, where tshe and her husband took up land at "Mayfield," East Taratahi. Mr. Reynolds died 33 years ago, and for the last 30 ye^ars Mrs. Reynolds,has lived in Masterton. Of their 11 children, six sons and one daughter are living. j Bride-elect Entertained. A kitchen tea was given in honour of Miss Barbara Harton recently by Miss Roma Constable at her home in Selwyn Terrace. Miss Constable, who received the guests with her mother, was wearing a storm blue ensemble, and the bride-elect was in black taffeta. Over thirty guests were present, and Miss Harton received many useful presents in shades of blue for her kitchen. The drawing-room was decorated with Iceland poppies and autumn berries. Melanesian Mission Workers. Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Thomson, who were married in Dunedin .on Thursday night, will leave in a fortnight to take up medical missionary work in Melanesia, states the "Christchurch Press." They will be stationed at Fabuaba. Mrs. Thomson, formerly Miss Kathleen Kerr, trained as a nurse in the Southland Hospital, and took a course in maternity nursing in Master^ ton. Dr. Thomson, a graduate of Otago University, has been senior house surgeon at the Southland Hospital. May Visit New Zealand. A visit to Australia and New Zealand in the near future, is heralded by a writer in the "Sydney Morning Herald" for Alfred Lunt and his wife, Lynn Fontanne, two of the most noted among stage personalities in both the United States and England today. Negotiations opened in August have continued ever since by exchange of cables, and a decision is expected at the conclusion of present tour in the States. Relatives of Lynn Fontanne, her father, Mr. Jules Fontanne, and her married sister, live in Wellington. Dance in Auckland. Wet weather deterred very few members of the Nga Tawa and Woodford House Girls' Schools and the Wanganui Collegiate School Old Pupils' Associations from attending the reunion dance at El Rey, Auckland, on Friday night, states the "New Zealand Herald." Strings of multi-col-oured lights suspended among the trees outside lighted the way to the cabaret, which was attractively decorated for the occasion, and brightly-burn-ing fires in the lounges sent out a welcome warmth. A large, marquee had been erected on the lawn for the serving of supper, a covered awning attaching it to the cabaret.' The guests were received by Mrs. Huthwaite Ronaldson, president of the Woodford House Old Girls' Association, Miss Patricia Wootton, president of the Nga Tawa Old Girls' Association, and Mr. Austin Carr, president of the Wanganui Collegiate School Old Boys' Association. Coming: to New Zealand. Among the passengers who have left London by the Orontes on May 20 for New Zealand are Dr. Paul Kurzweil and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Catherine Kurzweil, Doctor, of Philosophy, states the "Christchurch Press." They think of taking up residence in Dunedin. Dr. Paul Kurzweil was born in Ersekujvar, Hungary, in 1892. He is a Jew and became a naturalised Austrian in 1928. His wife attended the Academy of Music in Budapest, obtaining in 1923 the Professor Diploma for teaching th# piano, and she graduated as Doctor of Philosophy (her chief subject being musical science) at the University of Vienna in 1934. Dr. Elizabeth Kurzweil has a good knowledge of English. Pioneer Club Institute Centre. There was a good attendance of visitors and members at the recent meeting of the Pioneer Club Institute Centre. Mrs. W. J. Ross presided. The programme opened with a descriptive talk by Mrs. Thornley about Malay and India. In two brackets, the singing circle rendered the following numbers: —"Cuckoo Clock," "The Sandman," "Gentle Maiden," "Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred," "Robin Redbreast," "Apple-woman," and "Owls." Mrs. T. Hills, with Mrs. Galloway at the piano, gave two monologues. Solos were given by Mrs. J. Barnett, Mrs* Eastwood, and Mrs. K. Fowlds, and Mrs. Fowlds, at the piano, played all the accompaniments. Afternoon-tea and a social half hour completed the programme. Auxiliary's Second Birthday. The second birthday and thanksgiving meeting of the Brooklyn branch of the Methodist women's auxiliary was held recently. Mrs. Gilling presided over a large attendance. Greetings were received from the Webb Street, Aro Street, Worser Bay, and Miramar branches. A solo was sung by Mrs. Georg- Carpenter, and was followed by a play, "The Wonderful Window," presented by the girls of the church. A tableau was staged by the men associate members of the branch, representing the landing of the Revs. Bumby and Hobbs on the Pipitea Beach one hundred years ago, Mr. Chas. Freeman being, the narrator. The ceremony of lighting the candles and cutting the birthday cake was performed by Miss Crabtree and * Mrs. Balding. A duet was sung by Mrs. McAllister and Miss" Sutherland, the pianist being Mrs. Nicolson. Supper was served, the meeting concluding with the singing of the hymn. "This, This is the God We Adore," and the Benediction, pronounced by Mrs. Gillings. The Thanksgiving offering amounted to £9 10s. Fair at Rongotai Boys' College. The Minister of Education, the Hon. P. Fraser, opened the fair at Rongotai College on Saturday afternoon. The fair was organised by the ladies' auxiliary. In acknowledging the good work done by the college the Minister spoke of the encouragement given the principal and his staff by the untiring support of the Parents' Association and the ladies' auxiliary. His references to the future of the school were keenly appreciated by the parents present. Mr. Fraser was welcomed by Mrs. H. Q. Bruce, president of the auxiliary, and Mr. F. Martyn Renner, principal of the college. A wde variety of stalls in the gymnasium were well stocked and attractively arranged by auxiliary members. Keen selling, and even keener buying on the part of the large crowd, resulted in the rapid depletion of supplies, until, by the end of the afternoon, stalls were sold out. As a result of the auxiliary's work the college funds will be considerably augmented.