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The twentieth annual meeting of this club took place on Saturday last in the hall of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, Mr A. H. Burton presiding. An apology for absence was received from the president (Mr Alex. Wilson, M.A.) AmoDg those present were three members (Messrs Burton, Whitson, and Wathen) who took part in the club's first entertainment in the Choral Hall in 1877 and also in the last one there.

The annual report report referred co the zeal of the working members, and also to the interest taken in the club by the honorary members and the public. The roll numbers e 'gbty, while the finances remain satisfactory. Daring the paßt sesionthe following plays had been studied at the weekly meetings of members :—' Troilus and Cressida,' 'As You Like It,' 'Richard 11.,' and ' Coriolanu?.' Essays were contributed by Miss M'lntyre, Mr W. Scoular, and an honorary member. At the public reading io December last, the play of ' King John ' was read, an introductory address being given by Professor ' Salmond, D.D. In April, at the 333 rd anniversary of the poet's birthday, the programme included selections from ' King Henry V 111.,' and ' Midsummer Night's Dream,' with an address on the former play by the president. In August 'As You Like It' was given at the public reading with an address by Mr Whitson. The club decided to offer prizes for reading to pupils of public Bchools of the City and suburbs, with the approval of the head-masters. The response had been so encouraging that the Committee advised their successors to adopt the plan. On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr Wathen, the report was adopted, and a special vote of thanks was passed to the retiring officers and secretary. The following were duly elected for the ensuing year: —President, Mr Alexander Wilson, M.A.; vice-president, Mr A. H. -Burton; hon. secretary -and treasurer, Mr J. G. Sawell; committee Miss Wilkie, Miss Gordon, Mr W. Scoular, and Mr James Robertson; auditor, Mr T.-W. Whitaon.

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SHAKESPEARE CLUB., Issue 10442, 11 October 1897

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SHAKESPEARE CLUB. Issue 10442, 11 October 1897

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