Mil FRICRER'S DEPARTURE.
Mr E T Frickor, who for the past eight yeara has been engaged on the literary staff of the ' Daiy Timea' and goes to Melbourne to-day to nocept an engagement on the 'Argus, was vesterday the recipient of a purso of sovereigns from the literary end mcclianic-.il staffs an a memento of his association wth them Mr U Fenwick (managing director) and Mrlwopony (editor) bore testimony to the value of Mr Fricker'a services-, and the hope was expitsjed that in the widsr field on which ho will in fwtnre be engaged ho will find tcope for the abilities that ho undoubtedly posae-ses. Mr Flicker oJir'ed with him the &o;,ct wishes of the Pi cabmen of Dunedin for hia future succeaa. A second presentation to Mr K T. Flicker, for many yeara reporter on the ' Daily limes, and who left for Melbourne this afternooD, took place at the Shamrock Hotel to-day. Among the many friends of Mr Fricker who had assembled wer.i tho Hon. T. Fergus, Minister of Justice and L'efence, Hir Robert Stout, tho Mayor of Dunedin (Mr H. Gourk-y). Meesra H. S. Fish (iLH.K.), J. Allea (M.H.R.). Dr Fitchett (M.H.R.), Mr J. Scobio Maokenze (M.H.R.), Messrs J. P. Maitland, R. H. Leary, R. E. N. Twopeny, J. Roberts, A. R. Ute, J. R- Thornton, S. N. Brown. Dr Barclay, J. F. M. Fraaer, B, Hallensteiu, W. Gray, W. Dawson, and Cra Lee Smith and Barron. Apologies for unavoidable non-attendance were received from tho Hon. W. H. Reynolds, Mr Thomas Mackenzie (M.H.R.), and Mr W, D. St-wart (XI.H.R.-. Mr Fergus said that they had met to bid farewell to Mr Fricb r, a gentleman who had for some years been resident hi Dunedin, and whom most of those present had come to know intimately. lie had been asked to pre<cut that g ntlemau with a •light token of the regard felt for him by some •f his personal friends. 'Jhey all regretted his leaving Dunedin, but at the samo time tht-y aongratulated him on his appointment to a higher sphere of labor on the Melbourne 'Argus.' His (the speaker's) own personal knowledge of Mr Fricker was somewhat limited, but he hid had much pltaiurc in following his career through-hia writings, ami fet eu.viuced that he had fulfilled tl e dnt'ea devolving on him in a moßt creditable manner indeed. Not only lilb central reports, but his ait criticisms, his thea-.rkal criticism?, ai.dhig literary compositions espf c : ally did him exceeding en (lit. Ho (the speaker) thought that Dunedin had reason to be proud of tho number <-f promising young literary men tl.at it had roared and sent ovtr to j >in lie Melbourne PresH, ar.d ho had not the t-lk'htest doubt that Mr Flicker would, like his three pndecessora who had left hero for Melbourne, rerleot credit on Ut-w Zsahnd. F'o would now ask the company to drink Mr Fricker'a health, and wish him prosperity and success in the new sphere of labor that he was going to occupy. The presentation that he lud the ple.'sure of handing to »i Flicker consisted fcf a gold chain and Maltese cross pendar.t, the latter bearing the following inscription : "To Mr B. T. Fricker, from a few Dunedin frieodu, on the occasion of hia dep rturo for Melbjurne. June, 1889." Tiieya 1 hopad th t, he would be long spared in health and strength to wear it, and that it would keep a'ive in hia memory kindly feelings towards his oM fiieoda, which should not be impaired by his absence from them. (Loud applause and mutical honors.) Mr FRICKER, in aoknow'wlg'mg tUe pieaentation, taid that it-was no figure of speech to say that he could not find woids to tha: It the eornpany for the kind expression of feeling snd the ban-isome present of which he w*s the recipient. Notwithstanding the complimentary rem ilka that had been made ho could not but feel that he had not occupied at all a prominent position, and he felt that it was an undeserved, aa well as a very high honor, indeed, that waa conferred on him i:i suoh an assembly meeting to bid him farewell. While ho valued highly the presentation that had been made him, ho appreciated even more highly the _ attendance of those he saw around him, for tho latt6r fact would probably be of ijreat service to him in his future sphere of lab >r. He trusted that he would be happy and comfortable where he was going, hut one tbu g he felt certain of, and that was that he coulu never make more sincere friends in Melbourne than he had duiing his residence in Dunedin.—(Loud applause.) Mr Fish remarked that Mr Fricker had made one mistake in the course of hia remarks, and that waa ia saying that he had not occupied a prominent position hero. He (the speaker) considered that a nowspaper reporter occupied a very prominent position indeed- (hear, hear,) —and he had very great pleasure in testifying to, not only the exceeding accuracy of Mr Fricker'a reports, but also to their entire fairness. Everyone was aware that a reporter, if he had any bias against a speaker, could by the manner in which he worded his report convey a meaning entirely different from that of the speaker. Ho could bear teatimony that MrFrioker's reports had been uniformly not only good, but what was far better—fair and honest. (Applause.) The proceedings then terminated.
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PRESENTATION., Evening Star, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889
PRESENTATION. Evening Star, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889
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