THE GAELIC SOCIETY
The Gaelic Society held their annua! ceilidh at the Art Gallery Hall on Thursday night. The Dunedin Pipe Band inarched to the hall, and at the entrance played several stirring Highland airs, afterwards escorting the chief of the society (Mr Dugald M'Phereon) to his seat on the platform. The chief welcomed the members and their friends, and wished them a
happy New Tear. Dr Gordon Macdonald, who had a .seat on the platform, spoko of the ofi'ec-t of the bagpipes in war. The Highland regiments, led by their pipers, turned the tide at Waterloo, and in the American War of Independence they saved the colors. In the Gluteal the act of Piper Findlater on the heights of Dargai is well known to all. In South Africa and the Soudan, under General Sir Hector Macdonald, the Highlanders upheld their" glorious record. He gave one instance in the war now raging. At the battle of the Marne the German infantry, followed by their artillery, were seen making ion Marne Hill, which dominated the surrounding flat country. General Smith-Dorrian rode up to the Sea-fort hj Highlanders and said : That hill has to be taken at all costs." The Beaforths advanced with their pipers playing, and, after a fearful struggle, took possession of the hill and held it.
'The following entertaining items were given:—Songs t 'Braw, Braw Lads' (Miss Nance Duncan), 'Whistle and I'll Oojne to Ye, My Lad' (Miss J. Dundon), ' Will Ye No Gome Back Again V (Miss M. Macdonald), 'Mary o' Argyll' (Mr J. DCameron). ' It's Just Like Being at Hame' (Mr J, A, R. Brown), 'Stirling Bridge' (Mr J. M'Pherson), ' Hoamin' in the Gloamin" (Mr P. Robb), 'Scots Wha Hae' (Mr W. H. Mackenzie), ' S'thojl leum an CiobabV (Mr TKan ■Ma-theflon), 'S'thcil leum an Gnidealtach' (Mr William Morrigon). Several encores were responded to. Violin selections of Scottish, airs were
given by Mr G-. Raffles, and the Society's march was played hy the Jhiuedin Pipe Band. Dances: Hornpipe (Mr C. M'Kenzie), double sword dance (Misse? Frame and Loudon), Highland flin# (liaeterß Smith and Wilson), reel (Mioses Frame and Ssoudon and Messrs H. M'Donald and Colon M'Kenzi-c), and wauntreu.* (Master W. Mackenzie}. Tlia national mupic \ras played by Me.-;srs Dan and A. J. M'ftr.y, and Miss Reby Dsind'jn played the accompaniments.
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THE GAELIC SOCIETY, Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915