Hanlan on the Colonies.
“ Yes,” said Edward Hanlan to a * Star ’ reporter on the eve of his departure for America, “I have been absent some eighteen months, and my intention is, when I get home, to take my family round to the principal summer resorts, and afterwards, as Mrs Hanlan has never seen England, and I want to see the great race for the championship of the world on the Thames in September between O’Connor and Scarle, I will go there. “ Yes, you may be sure I will assist O’Connor to the best of my ability to defeat Australia—l don’t mind speaking frankly. Afterwards I will make a trip through the United Kingdom and Europe, and then return to Canada, and it I feel as I do now I will sell out my property and return to Australia and perhaps make it my future home. “ I have a great liking for this part of the world. The climate is so nice and warm that you can live twelve months in the year. You know at home in Canada you only live five, as we have such severe cold, and you are rather apt to have part of your ear or nose frozen off—that is not as I like it.
“ Enjoyed myself in Australia?— Bather, Financially speaking I have not done as well as 1 usually do away from home, but 1 cannot grumble at all. I can tell you I am very well pleased with Auckland, and 1 think that this is the beginning of a large city, I won’t forget to speak a good word for it when I return home, I wish you would return my sincere thanks to the different clubs for the very cordial way they have received me. I really did not expect anything of the kind when I came over. lam beginning to think that though defeated I am by no means forgotten by the people here. You have shown it to me every day in this week. I cannot help feeling what a grand thing it is to be a renowned athlete when you have the reception you have given me here. When I return in a year or two I hope rowing will be a little more advanced than it is, but I must congratulate you on the number of boat clubs you have here, also your men and your boats. I was very pleased with your whaleboats, and I have taken a fancy to them. Considering the difficulties you labor under, such as rough water, you have done very well, but I would like to see a bit more fine rowing, rowing in fast and best boats. Then with your glorious climate and your grand stamp of men, there is no reason why you should not obtain an international reputation, and bring championship honors to your city and your colony.”
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Hanlan on the Colonies., Evening Star, Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
Hanlan on the Colonies. Evening Star, Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
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