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COMPLIMENTARY SMOKE CONCERT.

The complimentary smoke concert tendered by the c.vvoluuteers of the Otago district to thce:iimperial service men who took pait in the procession on diamond Jubilee Day was held iu the Uamson Hall last night. The chair was occupied oy Major b. N. Brown,.who was supported ou the right by ex-Captain Kirkcaldy, Mr H. Gourley (Mayor of Dunedin), Surgeon-major Coughtre!-, vvaptam M.Lttitrin (Scottish Bdrdcrers}, and Mr F. U'issel (City Guards), and on the left by Colonel \\ebb (Otago district), Captain Davis (late lßlh I'oot), Major Haigh (late Wakari Rifles), Mr Henry Jackson (Natal Carbineers), Captain Milne, i 1 ralconer (Wellington). There were about 450 other gentlemen present, among whom were a number of prominent citizens and the majority of the ex-voluuteers of Otago and exImpenal service men who were in the procession. J. he latter occupied a number of tables in front of the stage. One of these specially worthy of mention is Thomas Storey, a Crimean veteran, who had come in from Evansdale to attend the funo--tiou. .-.'•■.'

The Citizens' Band having played a selection, Ihe CHAirjus, who was received with iip plaussj iu the course of a few introductory re' marks referred to the unavoidable absence of (.-elonel Caltiin, who was in cha-ge of the exVolunteers and e.vservice men in the profession on Jubilee Day, and who was to llaVe presided that night. That Colonel Calkin was with them in spirit, was manifested by the following letter he had sent, and which he (the chairman) would read:

_ My Dear Major Brown,—l have to thank you for the invitation to be present at the smoke concert on Friday night next to be given in honor of the ex-Imperial service men, and I regret to have to ask you to apologise for my absence, as I find I shall have to go to the country on that day, and will.thcrefore bn unable to attend, I regret this exceedingly, as it would give me great pleasure to be present and to help in doing honor to the ex-Imperial men who did so much by their numerous attendance—in spite of many difficulties—to make the procession a success ou Jubilee Day. Trusting that your concert may be as great a success as the procession was, and that your guests may thoroughly enjoy themselves." Colonel Reeves had also written saying he could not_ be present, and those who understood his position would know his reason for saying so. It was, indeed; a source df gratification to the Com; mittee of Management to see such a' large altend : ance. He was sure they had not anticipated it. It was a "huge gathering that all the ex-volunteers of Dunedin would have reasou to be proud of, and he trusted that all present woull heartily enjoy themselves, and that the concert would live loug iu their remembrance. The first toast of the evening was "Her Majesty the Queen," and after the very deserving manner in which the praises of Her Majesty had been sung the v. orld over for some months past it was not necessary that he should add anything to what had already been so well said.as to the brilliaut fame of the Queen.—(Applause.) The toast was received with enthusiasm, the audience singing the National Anthem, accompanied by t'e band. In proposing the toast of "Our Guests," tho Chairman* gave a brief history of how the function they were taking part in had come about, and what led up to it. He mentioned Lieutenant M Galium and Captiiu Kirkcaldy as bein£ the originators of the movement to have the exvolunteers and ex-Imperial service men in the procession. A meeting was called, which was largely attended, and the result was that on Jubilee Day the procession of ex-volunteers and ex-Imperial service men formed a very important feature of the day's proceedings.— (Applause.) Not only were they largely present in numbers, but he thought the manner In which they did their marching up hill and down hill and saw it out to the bitter end—Colonel Webb himself congratulated them ou the fact—was more than creditable to theni; —(Applause.) it was the original intention of the ox-volunteers to recognise on .that day the largo attendance of their veteran comrades, but there were so many things in progress at the time that such a thing could not be carried out. It was not lost sight of, however, and it was decided to entertain their friends in the manner thev were doing that night.—(Applause.) Apart altogether from tho Jubilee, it was a commendable thing that the citizens of any town should recog niL-e Lhat number of their fellow-men amongst them who had served their Queen and country iu the prime of their life.—(Applause.) Such services should be oftener recognised than they were.— (Applause.) The great majority of the men were strangers to him, but at the same time he recognised that as a citizen and Briton he was under an obligation to them for having spent their best days in the service of the country.— (Applause.) On behalf of the ex-volunteers, he could say that they were proud to be in the company of these men. This was a country that had been gained in conquest whether rightly or unjustly he could not say—and not in peace, as Australia was, and some of those men had shed their best blood to gaiu this land in which they now resided.—(Applause.) There were veterans at tho foot of the hall who had seen service in various parts of the Empire and who had done goo.l service in their day, and ho was sure they would be highly gratified to find their fellow citizens rallied round them on this occasion to do them proper honor.—(Applause.) He also mentioned that the names of all those present would be taken, and lists prepared and presented to those taking part in the parade, as a souvenir of the occasion. - (Applause.) He would now ask them to fill their glasses and rise heartily and respond to the toast of the evening—"Our Guests," coupled with the name of Captain Davis. —(Loud applause.) Captain Davis said it was a very ditficult matter for hiui t > answer for tho veterans of the various departments of the'lmpei'ial service-jvlipn there were so many representatives present. Replying to the toast of "The Vetoraus" was very much like answering for the army and navy of the past, for there were present men of both services and of every comb itant branch of those services. The navy was strongly represented, but he could not classify tho men by branches, as the majoaty of them had failed to give in their ratings. Of the army the artillery was fully represented, including horse, field, garrison, mounted, and marine. It was true they had no Household Cavalry, but they had several of the Dragoon Guards/Heavy and Light Dragoons, Hussars, and Lancers.- The infantry came Well to the frontBritish infantry always did, (Cheers.) The Guards gave representatives from each of the regiments-Grenadiers, Coldstream?, and Scotsand tho infantry' of the line, light-infantry fusileers, rifles, and marino light infantry also contributed thr.ir quota. Tho Indian Army was also represented, and two men wore present from the India Company's service. The departments did not.appear as well-some of them did not appear, at. all. There were eighty-five men on veterans' roll, and he thought it would be a difficult matter to find in any other town in the British dominions so many men got together by chance so thoroughly representative of the combatant branches of the services.— (Applause.) The departments not represented were the medical, pay, and transport. Unfortunately they did not reimire the services of a paymaster—(laughter)—but fortunately they were not so shaky as to require a doctor or drag 3. It was only to be expected that some of them would get shaky with age, but none of them would ever get shaky in their allegiance to the Crown.—(Cheers.) He thought that all present must acknowledge them to be eighty tough ■'chips olf remarkably tough old blocks of tbj Rritish army and navy.— (Applause.) They were not exactly the men to be picked out to undertake a lons catrpaign, but if they were only put conveniently near the men they were wanted to get at ho fancied that with the old formation of shoulder to shoulder for feeling and touch, as it was before loose order and section inter vals were invented, they might still give a good account of themselves—(Applause.) There was no one amongst them who had borne arms during the first three years of Her Majesty's reign, but Thomas Woods, who was in the Indian Navy and fought in the China War of 1811, was present, as was also Corporal Christie, of the 3rd Li;ht Dragoon' and 17th Lancers, who served in Beluchistan in 1843, Gwalior in 1844, and Sindh in ISIS From then up to the end of the Zulu War—no one was with them who was serving later than that—they had representatives of every war in which Britain had taken part. Though tho last shot of the Crimean War was fired forty-two years ago, they had Crimean and Black Sea men by the dozen. One ship a'one—the old Rodney, probably the finest specimen 92 sailing line-of-battleship contributed no less than three; Davis (a midshipman), Archibald Fullarton (A.8.), and George I'rescott (A.8.)-{Applause.) ihe great majority of the others came from the rank and tile of the army; and he wished the public throughout the Umpire knew a great deal more of that rank and file than they did. There were strange misconceptions about the soldier as to his character aud conduct misconceptions 'which followed a man when he took his discharge and reentered civil life, and did him a serious amount of injury;; sometimes, he was sorry to say, causing him to acquire a character which had originally been bestowed upon him. Some seemed to think the soldier a disagreeable sort of charac-" tor.—(" No.") Some thought he approached the disreputable.—(" No.") He knew he did not, but that was what was thought by some people. Then a few extremists really appeared to think that he was not much better than a New Zealand J.P. appointed uuder the new dispensation.— (Laughter.) Nothing could be further from the fact. Though he (the speaker) commenced his army service carrying a color, not a musketthere were still muskets in those days—he believed ho knew the soldier, the man in the ranks as thoroughly as it was possible for a human being to know him, and he had a juster and better opinion of him than he had himself. He bad a juster and very much better opinion of him than those sections of the community to which he had referred, aud he asserted that for morality, sobriety, honesty, and all that went to make up good conduct the soldier would compare favorably with his civilian compeers. There wa3 much evidence to support that assertion, including that of the Commander-in-Chief. He knew, and they all knew, civilians who habitually conducted themselves in a manner that would entail upon the soldier continual punishment, but such civilians ] retained the respect of their fellow-citizens, held office in various churches, and were put into every position which votes would put them into, and were even sent to the House of Representatives.(Laughter.) He was sorry to say that there 1 hadbeen no honor about that for a good many years •past. Ho did not want to paint the soldier-asa saint. He was no saint. Very generally he was a single man living in camp or barracks, aud.asRudyard Kipling said: '" - : . - . " ■ "Single men in barracks ~ . : "' ' .Don't turn into plaster saints."--Bnt_'vhere_woirld they find a thousand single young men of the general iTopulattorrwho, put to live in a campor. inisolated.;barrackß,-wftft!d bekive themsslves half as well as the soldiers

did ? r (Applause.) Nowhere : ana every thinking man in the room knew it.-(Applause.) Still, the soldier was no saint; and it was a good thing for the Empire that he was no saint.—(Hear/ hear, f Tliere were exceptions, of course, but as a rote the saintly, soldier was about as great a fraud as the pious commission agent—(laughter) -and the pious commission agent, he took it, was about the most unmitigated scoundrel this aide of Hades (Renewedlaughter.) Helikedtospeakoftbcsoldicr ss he was—not as he was represented to be by the-more scurrilous and the more ignorant of our novelists, journalists, and, he was afraid he Would have to add, here aud there our historians. He wonciered it had never struck those writers that men to whom was given so tremendous a trnst, and who so invariably proved themselves worthy of that trust, in spite of any weakness aud failings—and all men who were worth the name of men had weaknesses and failings must be iii " ottom men of worth and integrity, probably of much greater worth and integrity than those who so scandalously wrote about them. In speaking of the soldier he had not forgotten the veterans. The whole of those had been soldiers. He included tho men-of-war's men in the term, as men trained to arms on the water were as much soldicra as the men trained to arms on the land; The whole of. them had been soldiers; and many of them were still soldiers. They had the soldierly spirit, and it was tho spirit—not the Weiring df a red or a blue coat—that maile the soldkr'. They were soldiers who, though no.longer under arms, had not forgotten, and would never forget, thfc traditions and principles of their most sacred calling, and on their behalf, and on his own, he thanked the company most sincerely for the. cordial manner in which they had received the toast. - (Loud applause.) ■ The only other toast, that of " Tho ex-Volun-teers," was proposed by Captain Davis, who referred in complimentary terms to the ex-volun-teers who had promoted the parade, speaking particularly of Messrs M'Cullum and Donald Henderson. Mr Henderson had acted as secrei tary, treasurer, and paymaster, and to Mr M'Oallum he thought the inception of the parade was due. All must admit that the parade was a > decided success, and not only so in point of numbers. There was a good deal of work to be got out of them yet if they were only allowed to do it, and the volunteer regulations might be so altered that a reserve oprps could be formed. The success of the parade on Jubilee Day also pointed to the desirability of holding an anuual paiade of that sort say, on the Queen's Birthday and' a similar meeting to the present one at night, lhe success of the whole undertaking waa due entirely to the ex-'voltfnteer?, who had defrayed all the expenses in connection with the paradesome £ls without calling upon the old soldiers forape'uny. The ex-volunteers and old soldiers were almost strangers to each other until tho parade, .but the old soldiers had beeu treated not as stranger.?, but as old conit'ades.-KApplause.) He would like to mention, in addition to the ordinary preparations of the evening, the kind gifC (jf a pipeto every veteran that had been made by Captain Kirkcaldy. It must be gratifying to the whole of the citizens to see so kindly a feeling existing between the ex - volunteers and exImperial service men. He had much pleasure in coupling with the toast of "The ex-Volunteers" the names of Captain Kirkcaldy, Captain White, and Major Haigh. ; . . .~ The toast was drank amidst enthusiasm and m-sical honors, and three cheers were given for Captain Davis. ...:,..,

A splendid musical programme was carried out, the various items being very suitable to the occasion Mr Charlen Umbers sang 'The Englishman,' Mr W. F. Young ' Soldiers of the Queen,' and as an encore 'The admiral's broom,' Mr Harry Smith ' Rule Britannia.' Mr F. L. Jones 'The of Nelson,' Mr J. T. Carter 'The British lion/ -Mr Uro gave the infantry trumpet calls in fine style. A quartet, consisting of. Messrs Bleukiusopp, F. L. Jones, H. .Smith, and Ibbotson contributed several very items, Mr Henry Jackson, one of the eighteen survivors of the massacre of the Isandula in the Zulu war of 1879, Rave an account of the memorable Rorke's Drift, in the defence HI which Mr Jackson took part The recital was very intercstinjj, and was well received. The various musical items were well siuvJ, and were received with great enthusiasm, tlie patriotic scutimeuts which many of them contained being greeted with cheers. Mr David Cookeacled as lion, accompanist during the evening. The musical arrangements were under the control of Messrs J. Richardson and R. R, Taylor, Mr D. Henderson was the secret iry, and Mr J. B. M'Galium was the general manager of the arrangements. The catering was iu the capable hauds of the Coveut Garden Company. The proceeding', which throughout were of a most enjoyable nature, were brought to a close at 11.15 p.m. by the singing of the National Anthem and cheers.

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COMPLIMENTARY SMOKE CONCERT., Evening Star, Issue 10423, 18 September 1897

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