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THE SCOTTISH CARNIVAL.

A good beginning was made last night with the carnival promoted by the Dunedin Highland Rifles for the purpose of raising funds to clear off the debt on account of their uniforms, the gallery being closely crowded at the opening hour. The Rev. Dr Stdart, chaplain of the company, presided and delivered the following address :—Friends, it is with some hesitation that I stand up to address you. While thankful for the great honor you have done me in selecting me to inaugurate your bazaar, I am deeply conscious of being unable to suitably and sufficiently commend it to you, considering the objects for which it has been organised. I yield to no one in my admiration of the volunteer movement, or of the patriotism that originated it and that supports it. From my boyhood I was brought very much into contact with old volunteers —men, who, before you were born, had rendered great service unto their country, and had sometimes occupied garrison towns when the military were required j elsewhere. I can recall, and I often recall with pleasure, the tales of the observations and experiences of these old men. I used to hear them at our industrial winter’s evening gatherings of our clachan. Sometimes they were embodied in a good Highland song, sometimes in a sort of rhythmical speech; but, however given, the young ears greedily drank them im aud the young hearts and young heads received both nutriment and stimulant from them. Friends, I noticed in those distant days how the education and discipline of drill and travel raised the volunteers physically, socially, and intellectually above their brothers and cousins who had never been a day’s march from home, or at all events not much more. You know that in those days the volunteers were often sent to render service at considerable distances from home. The Breadalbane volunteers, I was told by my father, wore sent to far-away Aberdeen on one occasion, and so commended themselves to tho maidens of the granite city that when they returned the single men were double, and the double were happy; and by this arrangement they not only promoted their own comfort, but rendered great service to the glens and districts where they were born and brought up, for from that day a general purpose to acquire English had taken possession of the young fellows, and they set themselves to acquire it, and they did so, without forgetting the Gaelic. The volunteers of this colony, so far as I have met with them, and volunteers of all sorts, are, as I regard it, the pick of tho youth of the colony, and are entitled to our commendation and assistance; and I appeal to the ladies whom I see here, and who are very anxious that my speech should end, and that they should have an opportunity of receiving your money in handfuls, and of giving you capital bargains for your money, whether there is one of them but will admit that the Highland Rifles are as compactly built a band of young fellows as walk in shoo leather. (Applause.) Yes; and when they come to Knox Church we gladly make room for them; and I find it very difficult to keep my eyes off them, with those brawny calves of theirs and those biceps. —(Laughter.) I sometimes say to myself: “Well, these men, having the opportunity, would show, would demonstrate, would prove that they are entitled in action to stand side by side with the heroes of the Black Watch. ’’—(Applause.) I am proud of the Highland Rifles, and if there is anything I sincerely on behalf of the company this evening, it is that all this noble band who arc listening to me and looking on have made up their minds that each will spend his pound—(laughter) —in buying from these stalls and in purchasing tho bargains which have been prepared for yon. lam sure you will be glad to hear that my speech ends, and that I declare this bazaar to be opened for business — for real business; not for huckstering, but for buying. Let the money change quickly, and let the stalls be cleared off; and I hope that Captain Gunn will have the opportunity of telling you at the close that the end for which this bazaar is promoted has been completely secured, and that the High land Rifles are without a burden ; and then we shall see them marching with a lighter and a brighter step.—(Loud applause.) The Hon. T. Fergus said that after the eloquent and stirring address of Dr Stuart he did not think it was incumbent on him to say very much. Ho desired, however, to express the extreme pleasure he felt at being present at that carnival. Ho must say that every ounce of Scotch blood which circulated in his frame warmed at the sight of the costume which the captain of tho Highland Rifles adorned that evening; and he was perfectly certain that if occasion required it, from the North Cape to Stewart Island throughout the colony, the volunteers would be found coming to the front to protect this land which they had chosen for their home.—(Applause.) He regretted exceedingly that during his term of office he had had to perform an unpleasant duty in bringing his hand down on the volunteer force of the colony. He regretted that the circumstances in which the Ministry were placed did not enable him to give more assistance, in a pecuniary sense, to the volunteers; but one of the most pleasing features had been the fact that, though he had to pull the pursestrings very closely indeed, the volunteer spirit—and especially the volunteer spirit as evinced by the company of Highland Riflej whom they had in their midst —had risen superior to mere monetary considerations, and that this corps kept up its prestige, kept up its numbers, and stood now ns one of the foremost volunteer companies throughout New Zealand. He believed that there was inherent in every Scotch breast, notwithstanding the distance that separated them from the Old Country, a spirit of true patriotism and loyalty loyalty to Her Majesty the Queen, and patriotism as far as the Old Land was concerned, and as far as the laud of their adoption was concerned and ho believed they were willing and ready to shod_ the last drop of their heart’s blood in defence of the interests of this new land. He trusted that the carnival which they inaugurated that evening would prove successful, and when he saw the bevy of beautiful ladies around him (laughter) and the filled stalls, he had not the slightest doubt that the coffers of the Highland Rifles would be very much enriched. He hoped that the result of the carnival would be satisfactory to the Highland Rifles and creditable to the people of Dunedin and Otago.—(Applause.) During the delivery of these addresses seats on the stage were occupied by Colonel Wales, Major Gordon, Captain Anderson (of the Permanent Artillery force), _ Captain Gunn, Lieutenant Henderson, Lieutenant M'Pherson, Messrs M'Lauohlan and M'Phorson.

Tho formalities over, a procession formed of .thirty-five pairs of children, headed by five pipers under Pipe-major M‘Donald, issued from oife of tho side doors and performed a number of movements in which they bad been instructed by Volunteers W. P. and J. L. Stuart (formerly of the Glasgow Highlanders). The children marched past in single file, and then two abreast, four abreast, and eight abreast, the latter at the quick march. The little people were

tastefully clad the girls in white dresses with Tartan sashes, and the boys in Highland costume ; and the spectacle was really a very pretty one, the elder children marching with the steadiness of soldiers, and even the little ones showing the results of close training. The next item on the programme was the dancing of a Highland reel by thirty-two of the elder youngsters. Master Willie Low next gave a sword dance, and Master R. Popham a Highland fling. The audiencs freely applauded the efforts of the children, and this was well deserved, for their dancing was really excellent. The bazaar was then declared open for business, and the visitors at once descended to the floor to inspect, admire, or purchase the articles displayed the stalls, which were set out with a capital assortment of fancy goods and eatables, and adorned in the usual way. Following is a list of the stallholders Officers’ Stall.—Misses Gunn, Prentice, Harlow, Aitken (2), Wedderspoon (2), Sparrow (2), and MTherson. ~ Non-commissioned Officers Stall.—Mrs O. Leith, Misses Wells, Maggie Wells, N. Ternent, M. Leith, Swanson, Gibb (2), and No. 1 Stall.—Misses Beadle, Lottie Beadle, R. Morgan, N. Morgan, L. M'Leod, Kate M'Leod, Rebecca Sutton, M. Allan, Stewart, Hanning, and Stabb. Privates’ No. 2 Stall.—Misses Smith, Wnght, M'Glasban, Jessie M'Glashan, [M'Lcnnan, Laurenson, and Mrs Laurenson. Produce Stall. -Mesdames Telfer andlraser, Misses M'Donald and Bisland. Refreshment Stall.—Misses 'Walker, Allan, Todd, J. Walker, Wallace, and Shepard. Flower Stall.—Misses Cameron, Stoneham, Laurenson, Reid, Button, and Norder. Confectionery Stall.—Miss Beamish. Mr Coxhead had a photographic studio on the floor, and upstairs were placed an art gallery (furnished with oil and water colors and photos), a collection of curios lent by Mr J. L. Gillies, and a number of Maori relics the property of Mr Murray Thomson, dug up by himself from his property at Murdering Beach. The Ordnance Band, under Bandmaster Robertshaw, played several selections during the evening. The Carnival remains open till the end of the week.

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THE SCOTTISH CARNIVAL., Issue 8052, 31 October 1889

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THE SCOTTISH CARNIVAL. Issue 8052, 31 October 1889

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