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SOCIAL GATHERINGS.

The representatives of the Citizens’ Life Assurance Company and thtir friends entertained Mr T. J. Fitzpatrick (late superintendent for the company here) at a social gathering at the Oban Hotel last Friday. Mr A. Garrick (chairman), oa behalf ot the representatives, presented Mr Fitzpatrick with a gold pendant, hearing the following inscription :—"Presented to Air T. J. Fitzpatrick, superintendent Citizens’ Life Company, Dunedin, as a token of esteem, by the staff.” On the reverse side were the recipient’s initials encircled by the motto "Amor, Amicitia, et Veritas.'’ The Chairman referred to Mr Fitzpatrick’s estimable qualities and the popularity ho bad attained amongst his fcllow-workera. Several other speakers, who bad worked under Mr Fitzpatrick’s supervision, supplemented the chairman’s remarks. Mr Fitzpatrick, in responding, said he was pleased to see he had secured the goodwill, gratitude, and esteem of the agency staff, and thanked them for the beautiful souvenir. He also congratulated them on the success which attended their efforts in the work they were commissioned to perform. Several musical items were given, and after a hearty vote of thanks to the chairman and the singijfg of ‘Auld lang syne’ the meeting dispersed. Mr Fitzpatrick left by the express this morning to resume the duties of inspector of country agencies for the Citizens’ Company in Hew Zealand north. Mr J. J. Colter, from Auckland, tabes over the management of the local office.

'i he Young Men’s Winter Club in connection with Trinity Wesleyan Church brought their session for the present year to a close on Friday by an entc.tainment The president (Rev. J. J. Lewis) occupied the chair, and there was a very large attendance of members and friends. The programme was of a varied nature. An impromptu speaking contest, in which ten members took part, proved interesting and instructive. None ct the speakers. knew what his subject was to be until he stood on the platform, and then he had live minutes in which to orate. ’1 he speeches proved that the club had been of considerable benefit to the members. Mr J. C. Stephens acted as judge, and placed Mr W. Bull first, Sir G. Balfour second, and Sir A. It. Shepard third. Tee members of the gymnastic department gave displays with the dumb-bells and rods, tinder tbeir instructor (Hr F. C. Biggins), in a very creditable manner, r<fleeting great credit upon the instructor in bringing the members up to such a high pitch of perfection. Songs were contributed by Miss Brewer (encored) and Mr W. Manson, a flute solo by Mr T. Deehan, and a recitation by Mr Charles Stables. Two double quartets were rendered by members of the club. Miss Oliver and Miss ElizibethjHartley acted as accompanists. During the evening silver medals wore presented to Mr Harry Cutler, as the best all-round gymnast, and to Mr G. Swan, as the one who showed the mor-t improvement during the ses.-hn. Mr Norman Blair, on behalf of the members, presented their honorary instructor (Mr p. C. liggins) with a handsome pair of gold s'ecve links, engraved, as a slight memento of their high appreciation of his untiring labors. The proceeds arc to bo devoted to the cric ct club. Tiie president announced that he would give a silver medal for the best ali-iound player during the incoming season. '■t here was a packed house at St. Peter’s Hall, Cargill road, on Friday evening last, when the Triumph Lodge, P.A.F.S., celebrated their anniversary by a concert and social. The chairman, Ero. A. Lee Smith, in a short speech, stated that the lodge was progressing, a so the Order generally, the financial and numerical strength being both on’ the increase. Songs were contributed by Messrs Johnston, Meek, Oliver, Macfavlane, Messrs N. Black, Carolin, A, 0. Black, J. M‘Connell, A. Christie. Fleet: negations by Miss Mayhow and Mr W. Mill- ; cornet solo by Mr Keir; sailor’s hornpipe by Master Popham ; while Mr S Bindley kept the audience for twenty minutes in a laughing mood with his dulls. Miss Johnston made an efficient accompanist.

At Paterson and Barr’s shop on Thursday evening Mr Laing, the country representative of the firm, was given several handsome presents by bis fellow employes. The first consisted of an afternoon tea set with silver trar, together a nice fmit dish and cieo of teaspoons. The inscription was as follows ;—“ Presented to J. M. Laing, Esq., with beat wishes for his future happiness, by his fellow-employes with the firm of Messrs Paterson and Bair. Dunedin, 23th September, 1897.”—Mr E. S. Paterson, who made the presentation on behalf of the employes, said he did so with very great pleasure. He and the man in whose honor they met that evening had been connected with the rise and progress of the firm, and, looking back, he could safely say that from the first day until tbo present time kindly feelings and good fellowship had been entertained by one towards the other, not only with the principals, but also with all of tiro employ es who had joined since. He thought that few firms in Dunedin could surpass their record in this respect, and he took the opportunity of stating his belief that the genial management contributed largely in bringing this about. It had been their desire to show in some tangible way their appreciation of their comrade, and that his success in the future might be even greater than in the past was the fervent desire of all the employes.--Mr A. M. Barr, in a few words, endorsed all that bad been said, saying that when the proposal was first made that they should join together and do what they could to make this, the first wedding amongst them, an occasion to be remembered, the project was taken up very heartily, showing in an unmistakeable manner the kindly spiritaniraaticg them towards their friend Mr Laing He hoped this condition things would ever continue, and that Mr Laing would be long spared to enjoy health, happiness, and prosperity. Mr Barr on behalf of the firm, then handed to Mr Laing a complete set of table cutlery, expressing at the same time his hope that he would have many an opportunity to use them, and that ho might be blessed with all good things. Both Mr Paterson and himself were very much gratified to" find that their efforts were appreciated by their assistants, and be hoped the. present cordial relationships would long continue.—Mr Laing thanked them all very much for their good wishes for his happiness, and said that if he only got a percentage of all that was said and meant ho would have nothing to complain of. He trusted their present pleasant relations would last for a long time to come,

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SOCIAL GATHERINGS., Issue 10430, 27 September 1897

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SOCIAL GATHERINGS. Issue 10430, 27 September 1897

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