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[From a Correspondent,]

Never before in the history of Palmerston has the departure of a single person been so deeply and universally regretted as that of Mr G. G. Smeaton, first assistant in the Palmerston District High School. He seemed to have entwined himself thoroughly into the affections of both young and old. As an evidence of the esteem in which he was held, he was banqueted twice during the last his stay here, the citizens' banquet being presided over by Mr J. M'Kenzie, M.H.R., and Mr J. M'Donald, Mayor of Palmerston. The Palmerston Masonic gave Mr Smeaton a banquet. On four occasions he received public presentacions. The presents were a handsome gold watch from the residents of Palmerston, a writing desk from the pupils of tho High School, an album from the High School cadets, and a past master's jewel from the Masonic lodge, presented by Sir Robert Stout. On Saturday afternoon the Palmerston Football Club, of which he was a vice-president, organised a football match, in which thirty members of the club took part, for his entertainment. A pleasant game, in which Mr Smeaton took part, was played, and at its conclusion Mr E. O'Neill, captain of the P.F.C., referred to Mr Smoaton's leaving the district, and called for three cheers for him, which were given in true footballers' style. In the evening tho residents of Palmerston turned out en maane at the railway station to take farewell of Mr Smeaton, who left by the express for Dunedin. The station platform was thronged, and Mr Smeaton went through a great amount of handshaking. As the train moved off round after round of enthusiastic cheering was given in honor of the departing gentleman, who carried with him the best wishes of the people of PalmerBton and districts surrounding.

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A POPULAR RESIDENT., Issue 8055, 4 November 1889

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A POPULAR RESIDENT. Issue 8055, 4 November 1889

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