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BANDS’ DEMONSTRATION

FOR THE RELIEF FUND. The patriotic demonstration given under the auspices of the Dunedin Brass Bands’ Association in aid of the relief fund was highly successful, although the weather on Saturday morning augmed so ill for the venture that the expediency of abandoning it must have eroeeed the minds of the. executive. However, these gentlemen —Messrs J. H. Walker, R. Bennell, C. Begg, J. D. Hunter, E. A. An-scombe, I). M’Phersou, and J. Gray—determined, and wisely determined, to keep faith with the public. The sunyehone upon their determination, and at least 2.000 spectators repaired to the Caledonian Ground. It. is anticipated that the net sum by which the fund will benefit is £IOO, of which the Dunedin Orphans’ Club collected £25 from a lorry on their way to and from the scene, while Victor and Norman Slater collected £l.

Primarily, the demonstration was the contribution of the Dunedin bands—adult and juvenile—to the cause, and since every band from Mn.-gici to Port Chalmers was represented, the function musically vas one of the finest outdoor entertainments w© have, had this many a year. The band of the 4lh Regiment, under Lieutenant George, played tho National Anthem, tho Belgian National Air. and 'La Marseillaise,’ supplementing these selections later with the inspiriting • Sea Airs.' The marching of the Ktukorai Band attracted great admiration, and their main contribution was the favorite ‘ Long Way to Tipperary,’ with which tho Brit.sh soldiers astonished the natives of Boulogne when the first Expeditionary Force marched , through many weeks ago. The other adult bands contributing were the Dunedin and Mosgiel Pipe Bands, tho St. Hilda Band, and the National Reserve Band, while the quicksteps by the school fife and drum bands were amongst the best contributions of tho day. Albany Street (under Mr Rennie), the largest and best of the lot, evoked something like ■enthusiasm. For the rest, there was a magnificent display of dumb-bell exercises by tho Christian Brothers’ School, an exposition of marching and physical exercises by the Albany Street pupils, and an exhibition of gymnastics by the High School hoys, concluding AvitVi :x very eScctive pyramid tableau. But the most diverting period of the function waa undoubtedly the hour in which tho University students and the Orphans wore the motley, and assumed the cap and be’ls. It was an hour of real hilarity, culminating in the costume cricket match. Mr G. A. Wycherley attracted the host general attention in his ■ cleverly-conceived burlesque of Kaiser Bill, and the next best in point of consistency was Mr J. A. Haggitt’s representation of “Johnnie Walker.” In the cricket match the Kaiser was bowled first ball, whereupon he solemnly decorated the howler with a huge iron cross, and, returning to hie crease, assumed a characteristically imposing attitude, and refused to go. After consultation, a guard waa signalled for,' and when Kaiser Bill saw Master Ralph Vivian in scout's uniform advancing upon him all his dignity evaporated. He hastily handed over his sword, and ■was ignominiously led from the field by his small captor. This well-rehearsed climax had the stand and enclosure rocking with laughter. But, indeed, all the participants worked with zest and spirit, and the whole thing was happily conceived and executed, MILITARY TERMS EXPLAINED. A plan of campaign is the nearest you think your enemy will get to the scheme which beat him last time. “Divine Right” is a German monarch's claim to a partnership which was never registered at the Joint Stock Co.’s office. Uhlans are a species of German cavalry whose chief function is to get captured three times a day by war correspondents. A general is an officer appointed as provider of war news The chef, who decides when the supplies shall bo taken out of cold storage and put on the menu, is officially styled the Intelligence Department. “ The Fleet ” is that small part of the floating defences which is so newly launched that it has not even had time to reach the scrap heap. Submarines are the needles of the navy —provided with one eye apiece, and useless when they lose that. War correspondents are civilians .who save you the trouble of inventing your own war stories. “ Der Tag ” was n German naval toast, signifying “the day” upon which the Ger-’ mans would be eager to meet the British Fleet. It is now understood to have been a contraction of " the day after to-mor-row.” A mediator is a benevolent old gentleman who will settle it all for you after you have settled it yourself. A Kitchener is a remarkable implement of cast-iron used for roasting an enemy. A neutral is one who notifies both parties that ho is still carrying on his well and favorably-known cash business at the old address.

OTAGO PATRIOTIC AND GENERAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION. The hon. treasurers of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association acknowledge the receipt of the following donations to the fund.

RELIEF OF THE POOR. WHAT CHRISTCHURCH IS DOING. At a meeting of the Christchurch Committee of the Poor of Great Britain and Ireland and Belgium relief fund, the chairman stated that the meeting had been called to consider the form in which the relief should be sent. When the fund was started the idea was that no money should he cent, bub only produce, bub since then it had been found that prices of foodstuffs in New Zealand were so high that better value could be got by sending money Home. It was resolved to send Home, through His Excellency they Governor, £IO,OO0 —75 per cent, for Britain and Ireland, and 25 per cent, for Belgium, but any moneys specially earmarked for the purchase of produce will not be included in the eum. The amount collected and promised in Canterbury is £18,400.

Previously ■acknowledged ... £8,581 2 4 Dunedin,City Council, Reserves Department (fourth contribution) ... ... "Sailor" ... ... 3 16 0 0 2 6 Queenstown Daffodil Fete and private subscriptions 56 9 i* Dr E. II. Siedeberg 3 3 0 •• F.O.” 5 0 0 Misses D, and E. Goldsmith 3 0 0 Robert Woods 2 2 0 “ E.C.” 5 0 0 “ W.I.E.” 1 0 0 "Mrs S.” 0 5 0 “ R.H.” 2 2 0 “P.S." 5 5’ 0 Portobello branch (first contribution) 62 9 0 Mrs Dodd 5 0 0 H. Edser 2 2 0 J. M'Grath and Co 1 1 0 E. J. Wilson 1 1 0 Wm. Robson 2 2 0 Staff Palmerston Sanatorium and Dunedin Hospital ... 9 3 8 Employees J. Speight and Co. (ninth contribution)... 10 0 0 Employees Hillside Workshops (fifth contribution) 25 15 6 £8,787 1 1*

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BANDS’ DEMONSTRATION, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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BANDS’ DEMONSTRATION Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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