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DINNER AT THE LEVIATHAN., Issue 7961, 17 July 1889
DINNER AT THE LEVIATHAN.
For some time past a largo number of workmen have been employed making extensive additions to the Leviathan Restaurant, of which Mrs A. D. Silk is proprietress. Mr N. Y. A. Wales, architect, prepared the plans and specifications, while Mr Hodgetta was the contractor. The building, which has just been completed, now contains over a hundred rooms, all of which are roomy and excellently constructed, and in every connection are all that could be desired. Some thirty workmen have been employed on the work, while the number of regular employes on the premises now amount to twenty-seven. Last evening, at the invitation of Mrs Silk, all those who had been employed or In any way engaged in making additions to the house were entertained at a dinner, which took place in the large dining room of the establishment, which is now capable of seating fully 200 persons. The chair was occupied by Mr Wales, who was supported by the proprietress, the contractor, and the master workmen. After the good things provided bad been done full justice to and the loyal toasts honored, Mr Walbs proposed the toast of “The Proprietress, Mrs Silk.” In doing so he said she had done him the honor to ask him to take the chair that evening, and that he felt very proud at being called upon to preside at such a large assemblage. He was sure they would honor the toast with enthusiasm, Mrs Silk was a lady of energy and spirit, considering that she had established the Leviathan by her own endeavors, and had worked up a business second to none in Dunedin.—(Loud applause.) It was always a delicate and difficult thing to speak of a lady too much, because if one did he would be immediately accused of flattery. He, however, was quite sure that it was not flattery on his part to say that if anyone came to that dining hall without an appetite any day before a meal, and looked at the table, he would soon have an appetite.— (Hear, hear.) He might go on for an hour dilating on the business capacity of their hostess, but it would be really piling on the agony, and doing no service to Mrs Silk; for he was sure they only wanted to look round the hall to see where Mrs Silk excelled.—(Loud applause.) The toast having been drunk with musical honors, accompanied by the singing of ‘ For she’s a jolly good fellow,’ Mrs Sii.k, who was received with loud and continued applause, said : Chairman and friends—l do not profess to make speeches, the management of an hotel such as this is more in my line. Nevertheless as we have assembled to-night to celebrate the completion of the addition to the premises, and in consequence of the kind manner in which you have received the toast introducing my name, 1 feel 1 mast make an effort to reply, if it only be to say a few words. First, I have to thank the architect (Mr Wales) who planned so wisely and conveniently. Then I have to tender my thanks to the contractor (Mr Hodgetta), who has carried out his agreement well and carefully. I have also to thank the workmen of all classes, who have completed their work
with all speed, and have, With great consideration, not allowed their work to interfere with my business more than was necessary. In conclusion I must thank the kind patrons who have assisted me to make the present additions, and can assure them that ( as long as I am spared to own the Leviathan it will be my chief object to make all who visit the establishment as comfortable as I possibly can. Before resuming my seat 1 must again thank you for thus giving expression to your good wishes for my welfare, which I hope to live 1 tong to merit.—(Loud and continued ap- j plause.) j During the evening several other toasts j wore proposed and duly honored, among j which were those of “ The Daughters of Mrs I Silk,’“The Architect,” “The Contractor and Staff,” “ The Employes of Mrs Silk,” “ The Ladies,” “The Visitors,’ and “The Press,” Miss Silk, during the progress of the dinner, sang two songs, while other vocal selections were contributed by several of those present. The function was a most enjoyable one, the company dispersing shortly after eleven o'clock,
DINNER AT THE LEVIATHAN., Issue 7961, 17 July 1889
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