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*. —«.-. The seventeenth anniversary dinner of the above was held last night at Wood's Private Hotel, Rattray street. Mr G. Horder presided, Mr Himmel was vice-chairman, and about thirty gentlemen attended. After thegood thlnga provided by Host Woods had! been done ample justloo to, the oustomary: loyal and patriotic toasts were duly' honored. Mr J. Jackson, in proposing the toast of the evening, " The Healths of Mr Bell, Mrs Bell, and Family," expressed the deep regret that tho entire company felt at not seeing Mr Bell in his customary among 1 them, and sot hearing his familiar voipe tell- 1 ing them iri Mb usual-happy way of the! interest he invariably took in themasindi-, victual* and in their work ad an organisa-! tion. Whilst they regretted his absence,, they knew the cause of it, and felt thankful that he had passed through a severe illness and was again convalescent. They one and; all earnestly hoped that he might be long spared to his family and to the community, for whqse benefit he had labored so long, ?iri.4 *§o sayncpety. A s or *ho Society, tjjey*h|d j&fwaya found jn him a kind friend and a yaiue.d'adyiaer; ma word, he was the very prototype of a ." JJnJB <sd: English gentleman."—(Applause.) Mr Jago, in responding, said: It affords, mo mueh pleasure to acknowledge, on behalf of Mr Bell and his family, the many kind things which have been said of them, and the very cordial manner in which these have been received by the gentlemen around this table. In one sense I regret that the onerous duty of speaking for Mr Bell has fallen ugon ma. In common with you all I regret Mr Bell's absence from this gathering. He, J ani "sure, "wo'jild"' f havis bpen glad to have ' been" with you, and thflugrh absent jn body is doubtless present with y°» »fl PBf "£, fin his behalf j. can assure you of the Bjndly injSeresf )ie feejs in all that concerns those who are associated in any way with him in the conduct of the

busiueps with which we are all identified. He reoognisea the valuable services rendered by this society, aud is ever ready to consider anything which affects in any way your comfort and convenience. I fear we may not hope to see him again present on likeoccasions to the present, though it would not have taken much to have pursuaded him to come out to night, and I feared to find him here when I arrived. We rejoico that Mr Bell haß been so far restored to health, and we all, I am sure, hope that he may be spared for years yet; and on his behalf I confidently assure you that he will still continue to display to all concerned that kindly concern and gentlemanly courtesy which has won for him the respect, the esteem, the reverence, and may I not add the affection, of all who are in any way associated with him. The toast of "The Runners' Society" was specially honored, and in connection with it Mr T. Jennings, who claimed to be one of the oldest runners in Dunedin, having started the work early in " the sixties," stated that a Star run which he had sold fifteen years ago for L 5 had cost him when he returned from Amerioa a few years ago LIBO to regain. It was further stated that the circulation of the paper was steadily on the increase, and that it now touched 9,000 a day. Testimony to the efficiency of the society was paid by Mr Jago and the other heads of the departments, The rest of tho | evening was spent very pleasantly, some capital songs and recitations being given. The catering was thoroughly satisfactory.

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EVENING STAR RUNNERS' SOCIETY., Issue 8000, 31 August 1889

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EVENING STAR RUNNERS' SOCIETY. Issue 8000, 31 August 1889

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