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The thirteenth anniversary of tho Port Fire Brigade was celebrated by a dinner at the Provincial Hotel yesterday evening. Amongst those present were Mr James Mills, the Mayor, Crs Murray, Gardner, Pullar, Putman, Schumacher, Millar, Read, Mitchell, Perry, Captain Cameron (U.S.S.Co.), Captain Robertson (Dunedin Brigade), Captain Taylor (L Battery), Instructor Pacey (Torpedo Corps), Messrs J. Mill, A. Dale, J, Cable, D, 0, Robertson, and C. Monson. Apologies for non-attendance were read from Dr Drysdale, Dr Cunningham, Mr W. Pedlow (each of whom enclosed cheques_ for LI Is), Captain Waters (L Battery), Captain Thomson (Naval Artillery), Captain Anderson (Shaw, Savill and Albion Company), Cr Watson, and Sergeant Mulville. Captain Mitchell occupied the chair, and Foreman Palmer the vice-chair.

After the loyal and formal toasts had been disposed of, the Vice-chairman proposed the toast of “ The Army, Navy, and Volunteers,” coupled with the names of Instructor Pacey (Torpeio Corps) and Captain Taylor (L Battery). Instructor Pacey having responded, Captain Taylor said that the Government had not done justice in reducing the capitation money to one-half, as they only now received 30s per man, which was net enough to furnish them with clothing. Mr J. Mill proposed “ Our Parliament,” coupled with their representative, Mr James Mills. This toast was dtunk with musical honors.

Mr James Mills thanked them for the manner in which they had responded to the toast. The proposer had cleverly endeavored to draw him into a political speech, bat he thought this was not the time to do so. In reference to the late “ stonewalling business ” he said that many of the speeches then delivered were well worth reporting in ‘ Hansard, ’ while others were tedious in the extreme. In the interest of the district of Port Chalmers he had given his support to the Representation Bill, considering it a very great hardship to the country electorates to divide them into large districts, for it would be almost impossible for one wan to do justice to some of the constituencies. He hoped when the next Parliament met it would be composed of seventy instead of ninety members, for at present the House was almost unmanageable, and although it was necessary to keep the Government in they could really carry none of their measures. He hoped in the next Honse they would have fewer lawyers and newspaper men, with less talking and more action. With regard to the volunteer forces, both military and fire brigade, he regretted that circumstances bad compelled the redaction of the subsidy. The feeling of the House was that the subsidy should be increased at least sufficiently to provide the men with uniforms, and he certainly should do his utmost to have that done.—(Cheers.) The Vice-chairman proposed “ The Dunedin and Suburban Fire Brigades,” coupled with the names of Captain Robertson and Fireman Galland, which was responded to by Captain Robertson. Captain Mitchell proposed “ The Mayor and Corporation of Port Chalmers.” No greater proof of the good feeling which existed between the two bodies coaid be shown than the attendance of the councillors present. This brigade had the credit of having as good a plant as any in the Australian colonies, and the manner in which the Corporation met the requirements of the brigade was all that could be desired. The Mayor returned thanks, and expressed the pleasure it afforded both himself and bis councillors to bo present at the Brigade’s dinner. He was proud to say that a good feeling existed between the Council and the brigade. Thanks to the efforts of their present and late member, they had got a suite of offices which would compare favorably with any in the colonies, and which had been obtained In such a way that there would be very little increase on the rates. Mr Elder proposed “ The Local Shipp’ng Industry.” Mr Mills thanked the company on behalf of the Union Company, and stated that the work required to be done to their fleet of vessels could be done more economically here than in even Melbourne or the other ports, owing to all appliances being handy, and under the able management of Captain Cameron. During the present year five more steamers would be added to the fleet, one being larger than the Mararoa. Captain Cameron thought there was a brighter prospect for the Port, os the time was not far distant when the vessels trading here would be of too large a tonnage to go to Dunedin, and that boats trading between Melbourne and New Zealand would be of Atlantic speed, as the public would demand the increase of speed. The Mayor, in proposing “ The Fire Brigade,” said it gave him very great pleasure to speak a few words of praise for the manner in which the brigade had performed their duties during the past year. He was happy to state that within a month they would be able to band over to the brigade the new station and rooms for their convenience. There was no doubt there had been a difference of opinion whether the brigade should be supported by the municipalities, the insurance offices, or the Government. It was only a matter of business with the companies, because in the event of the brigades being disbanded the citizens would have to pay larger premiums; therefore he was of opinion that the municipality was the proper party to support the brigade, but the insurance companies should give a small bonus in recognition of their services. The other toasts included “ United Fire Brigade Associations of New Zealand,” “Life Hon, Members,” “The Police," “ The Ladies,” and “ The Press.” During the evening several excellent songs were rendered.

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FORT CHALMERS FIRE BRIGADE., Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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FORT CHALMERS FIRE BRIGADE. Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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