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A number of musical men met to-day at the Criterion to formally say good bye to Herr Otto Schweers, who leaves Dunedin for Wellington, en route to Buenos Ayres, next week. Herr Schweers left Barmen, where he had been in the employ of Ibach, to accept an engagement as pianforte tuner and repairer to Messrs C. Begg and Co. Be landed here ten years ago, and, after fulfilling engagements with Begg and Co, and the Dresden Corjpany, set up in business on his own account as a teacher. The company that assembled to-day having charged their glasses, Mr A. Finch said that it was his very pleasing duty, though undertaken at a few momentsnotice, to wish Herr Schweers very great success in the land to which he was about to sail. Those present hoped that the people in Buenos Ayres would derive the same benefit, both musically and socially, as the Dunedin people had derived from Herr Schweers's sojourn among them, and that he and Mrs Schweers would enjoy a pleasant passage acroas, and meet with good fortune in their new home. The health of the recipient was then drunk, and Mr Finch presented Herr Schweers with a purse of sovereigns subscribed by friends and well-wishers. Mr J. A. X. Reidle said that the affair had been got up at very short notice, but those who had been asked to contribute had done so willingly, indeed in no case had there been a refusal. That spoke volumes for the respect entertained towards Herr Schweers. The amount subscribed was something substantial. Mr A. J. Towsey also conveyed the good wishes of the profession, and offered their sincere wishes for Herr Schweers' prosperity. Herr Schweers said that he was not pre] pared with a long 'speech, but he must very heartily thank the company for their expression of good feeling, which he would not forget in the country for which he was about to depart.

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GOOD-BYE TO HERR SCHWEERS., Evening Star, Issue 7985, 14 August 1889

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GOOD-BYE TO HERR SCHWEERS. Evening Star, Issue 7985, 14 August 1889