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DUNEDIN HOSPITAL

OPENING OF KING EDWAED PAVILION. Effective speaking was & difficult task Yesterday afternoon. The three ..pz four hundred citizens who attended crowded on to the second balcony, and as many had of necessity to stand or sit a long way from the corner where the speakers were. stationed, it was a case cf shouting oat or being inaudible. By good luck all who spoke outside have fairly strong voices that carry well, so their utterances found the mark. Mr Myers (the chairman) enjoyed the advantages in tins respect. Ha was the Boanerges of the occasion, being blessed with a voice that would answer for hailing a ship in a Cape Hatteras gale. This was a fortunate circumstance, since it was Mr Myers's duty to link up the speakers and state the arrangements for the afternoon, and read the apologies, end direct the guests as to how their movements about the building could be planned to the best advantage. Mr Myers began thus: Ladies and gentlemen, —We are here to-day to assist iit opening the King Edward Pavilion, tho wards of which are probably the finest to be found in any hospital in Australasia. Before we begin I think it is proper that we should ask the string band, which the Dresden Company have kindly supplied, to play 'God Save the King.' Hats were promptly removed, and the people waited, and in about a minute Dr Falconer came on and announced "I'h.ey have playefl it." Nobody disputed the doctor's statement, but respect to the King is not to be merely an act of faith, so Mr Talboys struck up the tune, and the ' old anthem got its deserts. i The apologies included messages from Lord Liverpool, the Hon. R. H. Rhodes, and the Hon. James Allen. Mr .Myers added that in the absence of tho Minister the board considered that their chairman (Mr J. H. Walker), who had taken a very lively interest in this scheme and bad been closely connected with tho duty of raising the necessary funds, was the man on whom the honor of opening the pavilion should be conferred. Mr Walker, who spoke well, in terms that were reported yesterday, read a letter from Mr Hugh jl Ward, dated Sydney, 2nd December, in which that gentleman, who started the fund, stated that he regretted being unable to accept the invitation to be present. The letter contained these sentences: "The name of the new pavilion is ideal, and will be a lasting memory in Dunedin of a wonderful man, whose great aim in life was to see the world at peace. . . . His son, our present King, is a worthy successor to his illustrious father, and we are reaping the benefits of all the Royal teaching, and 1 am sure that when the end comes and peace is declared, the late King, so well commemorated in New Zealand, will surely know, by some Divine cause, thai his own flesh and blood and all the people of his great Empire have upheld his great teaching of Live for humanity." Mr P. Y. Wales, the architect, presented Mr Walker with a golden key, and Mr Walker announced that he would ask the board to allow him to send it to Miss I (Irate Palotta as a memento of and acknowledgment in respect to her services at the starting of the tund.

Dr Lindo Fcrgusson, dean of the medical faculty, mentioned in the course of his remarks that it was a great pleasure to fee irith them that afternoon Dr William Brown, one of the members of the original honorary medical staff. .Mrs Fcrgusson "s address was postponed until the company had assembled in the Florence Nightingale ward. In his closing remarks Mr Myers referred to the gratitude of the board to the matron (Miss Myles) and the medical .superintendent (Dr "Falconer) for their work in facilitating the day's arrangements, in spite of difficulties arising from the'hurry of finishing. Tea was served in the sun room above the wards, and the guests enioyed a itroil in the roof garden. Then all hands wandered through the pavilion, inspecting and admiring. Mr W. Downs (the controller of stores) and other officials wera pleased to point out the appointments aad explain everything, and the tour waf made very interesting. One of the innovations in this pavilion is that arrangements are mide by which parcels of fruit, etc., tent in for any individual patients are put into peparate lockers till required. The playing of the Dresden Orchestra was very keenly enjoyed, the music being reallv excellent.

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DUNEDIN HOSPITAL, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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DUNEDIN HOSPITAL Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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