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The monthly meeting of the Gaelic Society was held last night in the Oddfellows’ Hall, Stuart street. Mr D. Munro, president, occupied the chair, and there was a large attendance of members and friends. The Chairman- alluded to the visit of the deputation from the society to Hakateramea, where an annual gathering of Highlanders took place. They had, he said, a splendid reception, and the proceedings were of a most enthusiastic and patriotic character. Mr John M‘Lean and Mrs E. Gordon having bsen elected members, a very lengthy programme of vocal and instrumental music was entered upon. Gaelic sopgs were a prominent feature of the evening, and these were contributed by Mrs Campbell, Miss Jane Cameron, and Messrs Duncan M‘Pheraon, Duncan Beaton, and J. Turner, and were evidently much enjoyed, two of the singers being recalled. Mrs R. MTJonald sang with feeling ‘ The flowers o’ the forest,’ with pianoforte and violin accompaniment; Mrs James M‘Donald gave in an acceptable manner ‘ Willie’s gaen tae Melville Castle ’ and ‘My ain dear Nell ’ to her own accompaniment; Mies Annie M'Donald gave a pleasing rendering of ‘ Ye banks and braes,’ while Mr W. 0. Brown created much amusement by his capital comic Scotch songs, and was twice recalled. The instrumental part of the programme was supplied by Mrs R. M‘Donald (first violin), Mr James Watkins (second violin), and Mrs James M’Donald (pianoforte), this trio giving Scotch selections with variations in a highly creditable manner. Mrs James M‘Donald acted as accompanist to the singers. Pipe-major M'Kechnie was also in evidence at intervals, his Scotch reels on the bagpipes bringing upjon each occasion a number of couples to “trip the light fantastic toe.”

The Secretary (Mr William MacLeod) intimated, in the course of the evening, that he had received a letter from the secretary of the newly-formed Gaelic Society at Invercargill, in which the writer wished the Dunedin Society every success, and he (Mr MacLeod) was sure that they would very heartily reciprocate this expression of feeling. The chairman, in the course of the evening, also introduced Mr Dugald Ferguson as an author and poet, who remarked that he was proud of being a Highlander and of the country to which he belonged.

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DUNEDIN GAELIC SOCIETY., Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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DUNEDIN GAELIC SOCIETY. Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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