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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 1918. YESTERDAY'S JUBILEE. CELEBRATION.

NOBODY present at yesterday's fine celebration of the Jubilee of Greymouth would have imagined tnav thematter of liplding the celebration was first token up but a short week ago yesterday evening. It was no f auit of the Old Boys ' Association that preparations were left to such a late hour*-thc fault; -for this lies at the c^joi- of others, who may now.be well left to their own reflections. The Qld Boys stepped into the breach, and ill*, the light of ..what took place yesterday everybody honours them for having done so. To say that the Jubilee celebration, was a success is to put it mildly. It exceeded the expectations of the most. . optimistic amongst tue promotors of the function.' There was a spontaneity about the whole proceedings which showed more than any mere words that the hearts of all present were in thvrough sympathy with the spirit of #ie day. The West Coast, Pioneer was the only person that occupied the thoughts of the. great assemblage which tuincd' out to do honour to tlypse to whom honour is certainly due. The day Opened in a mos,t unpropitious manner, bleak, raw and miserable, with the Paparoas covered with . a thick coating i>f snow, i ... At iabout Ml noon the weather cleared, the 'sun came out later on" and ~cast*a brightness over tho whblb gathering. This was a happy omen and typified the whole ; afternoon 's proceedings — brightness was the predominant feature. He would be a callous individual who could view the V>ng procession of bright-faced children contrasted with the white locks and venerable figures of those who belong to a gen- , • ;■■■ • "

cration fast disappearing and view it unmoved. The splendid Dealing of--, those Pioneers who. .took- part-in the i procession was a theme of admiration. , The mcti and women- 'who' u'uvj coiuo thsaugh whafi these West Coast ;Pioneeis have come through and bear their weight of years so •• liiavely, arc men aii women Who have sprung from a splendid stock.- We. can we.l imagine j that nothing daunted such people when • they were in all the vigour of such a youth as theirs must have been. Alter seeing such a gathering .we no longer wonder why it was that the West Coasters of . the generation of these Pioneers made such a splendid name, for themselves throughout the length i and breadth of the Dominion. It was ! most inspiring to hear the Hon. Joseph Grimmond- speaking as. the representative man of the old type of W est ; Coasfer. There was no happier -or l more pleasing feature during; the afternoon, than the address delivered, by ', Mr- Grimmond. He was the bearer of a message from the gcneiation that is gone tp the present generation, and iw more suitable bearer of this message could have been chosen. His address was. frank, -free and breezy, yet coloured right -through with that sincerity which is so characteristic of r the type wbp overcame all the formidI able obstacles which faced those brave f hearts who landed on the Coast, in the ' sixties. Messrs. Parfitt, Willing and Barrowman, each in his characteristic stylo gave us sidelights which served 'to illuminate the life and times of tbe early days. Each helped all present as it were, "to live again the days of yore. ' ' The Hjon. Mr. Michel, though not speaking as a Pioneer, in his short address had some very fine things to say to the younger ones pvescne, and his taking this line of thought was a happy inspiration, as it is not often that such an occasion as that of yesterday presents itself for impressing upon the rising generation, the debt they owe to tlv>se who have made the way easy for them. The presentationof a gold medal and an illuminate! address to Mr. Alf Ashton, the first child born in the Borough of Grey- : mouth was the signal for a most en;thusiastic outburst, on the part of those present, and was 'quite a feature of the afternoon 's piugramme: The Chair!man, Mr. G. E. Perkins/carried out his I duties admirably, and did his best in .make all the Pioneers feel that they were at home in being present at the Town Hall yesterday. And that the Pioneers did feel thoroughly at home was clearly j>roven by the manner in which they conversed with those who came in contact with them. There jwaa nothing strained or unnatural about, the whole af termooh 's proceedings, and it was a fine sight <to see the |old people sitting down in the Young , | Men 's Club Rooms at" the conclusion of the Town Hall programme, to enjoy i the fine refreshments which were given lin such splendid abundance by all v/iio I were approached by the Ladies' Comjmittee. And to Mrs Aram.. 4 - and her .willing band of helpers trie thanks of j the Old Boys and the community are due for the kindly and thoughtful manner in which they locked after the Pioneers. Their services were accountable, in no small measure/for the success of the afternoon. They came jin close contact with; the Pioneers, aud the homely way in Avhich they carried out their duties made everybody ■- at ease. As one old gentleman -remark- j ed, "It is a pleasure to be here." This-' was the predominant note pf the whole gathering. Jubilee Day in Greymouth will ever remain a pleasant memory m ; the minds of all present. There was" ' not- a discordant note. *

At the Jubilee celebrations yester- . day an old lady pioneer was in attendance who was the mother of twentyone of a family. I Terirtorials are notified that tho parade ordered for to-day will ont take place, but a parade will be held next I j Wednesday, July i!4th in lieu of today 's parade. : Parcels of assorted drinks (assorted ito customers' tastes) promptly de- ' spatched to legal order.— Wm.Crossan, ! 1 ' Waterloo, ' ' Caversham. I A Sydney message states: — The Farmers Conference passed a resolutiion asking the Government for 5s 9a per bushel of 1917-1918 wheat. ; I ■ i

"*•. The Annual Meeting of tho Grey ! Licensed Victuallers' Association wilj, bo held in the Town Hall to-mprrow (Thursday) evening at 3 o'clock. A Melbourne cable str^;s that the | Commonwealth gold, yield for the halfyear is 641,931 ounces, ■ compared with ! 727,995 ounces for the correspondingperiod of 1917. l j

When publishing the list of the 1 Mayors of 1 Gioymouth yesterday, we mad veftently omitted the" name of our late much respected townsman, Jacob Skogland, who was elected to the high ' honour, and served the Borough of Greymouth as Mayor in 1896, 1897 [and 1898. -I

F °w ?V°« ie Complaints, ??« 8 o?J* eat Peppermint Cure. 1/6, ,2/6. . ' i

I A meeting of ladies, in . conection with the pirposea Copper trail was held in the Counciljphambcrs, on Monday, Mrs J. D. Lynch, Mayoress, presiding. There was a good attendance of ladies interested in 'the moveraent and a very satisfactory star, xv a < ; made. > Mrs J. K. Lowe was uppomLed secretary. . ' | Books you may want! "The Psalms in Modern Speech" by Professor G. JB. ' McFadgen, 5/- posted 5/4 ; • ' 'The In<dividuality of S^. Paul" by R. H. btrachan M.A. 6/- posted G/6; "The New Testament in •• Modern Speech "• by Weymouth, 3/6, posted 3/9. ''■**■ ThoLife of Lord Roberts," by Sir E Forrest, 5/- posted 5/6. Procurable at ,B. Dixon 's Tainui Street.— Advt. s !. ..•■:'.■-.•,■■■■ ■ ■ i' „ „-•;;/ I used, to be a martyr to bMricaitis, A victim sad of winter ills and ails, Till I^was told by chatty Mrs. j ■ Rightis, ; i Of a remedy, that never fails . The winter time now scarcely seems | •:. to try me, j Tho' sometimes get a twinge, you may be sure; But I always keep a large sized bottle j , by. me, ■ I Of Woods' Great Peppermint Cure.

A Melbourne cable states:— The Government is releasing the butter supplies -in the winter pool for -borne ■ : consumption. The expenses of. thft. stipendiary , stewards last year, including salaries, deputies' fees, travelling, etc., cost the New Zealand R&cftiy Conference £279(J 1 7s lid. The levy on the clubs, including £2(5 Is 6d from the previous years. totalled £2917 l#s 3d. f Bargins in costumes at Walkers sale this week Bqundry strowt — Advt, Would-be purchasers of what used to be called German sausage may take a hint from the /'i'ollowiuij: Lady' to Paliuerston butcher, oicleriug the i.eveniug meal and striving to be patriotic: "I want cr — cr — t^vo pounds of cr — cr — sausage. ' ' Butcher, briskly : j"Ah, yes, iuudain. two pounds of tne 'enemy.

Another warning is giveu 'in District Orders against tne weaving, of .articles of uniform with mufti. Some Territorials aud Cadets have been using their military greatcoats for •civilian purposes. Group commanders •are directed to have all juich olTcnders t dealt with under the term's of the reIgiiiation. The offence being a civil one ithe poiico are to-be requested to. take action in every case. | "If the w-ar continues," remarked Bishop Sprott at the Anglican Synod •at Wellington, "we shall have further j temporary vacancies in the staff of . clergy, as, of course, the supply of. I chaplains to the new reinforcements jmust be maintained, and also, alas! the places of those who may be perImanetly disabled for active service supplied. I know that I can confidently rely upon our people in parishes whose clergy may be called away as chaplains loyally to stand by the Church in this time of stress." An important decision was come to by the Racing Conference in regard to the profits from race-meetings. Sir George Clifford referred to a suggestion in his anual report that beyond necessary expenses aud upkeep all profits from race meetings be" devoted to war purposes. He suggested that ail eiubs should be circularised with the ! object of gaining theii 1^ assent to the juse of their funds for war loans or for ) patriotic purposes. From word he had received from a 'number of clubs <he was sure that all the clubs would fall in with the idea. A motion in this respect was carried unanimously. ■• Useful books you may require! "Upholstery ; " ' * Wood I'inishing ; -' ' "Knotting and Splicing;" "Behives"' "Taxi Driving;" "Pumps and Hy- i draulic Roms;" " Electroplating; " "Rustic Carpentry;" "The Handyman's 1000 Practical, Receipts;" "Soldering, Brazing and Welding; " " Ticket Writing and Sign Painting;" "Wireless Telegraphy. "_ Prices 2/postage 3d extra. Procurable at B. Dixon 's Tainui Street.— Ad vt. As is well known, the .prices of wheat have been gazetted, and anyone overstepping the mark is liable to prosecution. The Minister of AgriculI ture stated at Masterton recently I that the case of a man in the Rangiti|kei, who was alleged to have -overj stepped the mark had been referred : !to tne Solicitor-General, who had advised that action eouid be taken. "We j are- going to take actioii""' said the ,' Minister, "and put these people on one side and let everyone see where they are." A peculiar result, from trying a remedy recommended for influenza .was experienced by a man in Marton the otner day. He had never touched liquor, but was advised to try a stiff^ glass of hot rum and .cloves for his ailment, which was giving him a great i deal ..of trouble, tie took the advice l and the rum, and in a few minutes •went practically mad. The police had to be sent for, and to save liiin from injuring himself and others, ho had to j be tied hand and foot, and conveyed to tKe lock-up. Strange nto say, . in about half-an-hour he became quite normal again. What became of the in- ! ijuenza.we have not heard (says the "Wairarapa "Daily News t '^). - . i Mr. J. R. Stansell, of Lyall Bay, Wellington, writing on the subject of snowstorms in Canterbury. »ay&. — •'in i 'the year ISG7 I ran the 'mail coach from Timaru to Lake Tekapo, leaving JTimaru every Sunday at 10 a.m. for Burke s Pass, Lake Tekapo and Fairlie, and. had a very bitter . experience in the heavy stowstonn /which occurred in 1867, being lost in. me snow, j |aud aftei! riding some hours found my- ' self at the rear of the house from j-which I started. The following week the snow was so deep that it was- imj possible to get beyond Burke s Pass. I During the snowstorms we have ridden about .70 milejat:3s miles each way") j on. . horseback, removing the horses' i shoes .-. to prevent their hoofs ' ' balling."'lt was no uncomrnoii sight dur;ing such weather to see icicles clinging to a man 's moustache even in the ! middle of a-ifine daj r . " . ! ■■■ . ■■■• .

The question of treatment of conscientious objectors was before the annual conference of the New Zealand , Labour Party at its concluding: sessions. Tlie following -remit was endor- ' seel,, and it. was decided that a deputation wait upon the Minister for Defence to protest agains.t the general treatment of conscientious objectors: — (a) Thar*- conference aeputationise Cabinet to protest against the arbitrary and useless persecution of ' the j conscientious objectors by the . inflic- ! tion of more than one sentence for the same offence, (b) That conference also •demand a public inquiry be made into the alleged ill-treatment of- deported conscientious pbjeetorsj and demand the return of the men to give the necessary evidence. A resolution from the Brooklyn branch rof erring to the question was that, in view of the fact of ,' tlie: brutal persecutions of the fourteen deported conscientious objectors, this conference calls upon the Government:— (a) Immediately to return these men; (b) to set up a public comniission Jo inquire into, the treatment meted out to theni; (c) or release'them, they having been, sufficiently' punished for breaking a class-made law. Also,, this conference _ views i with alarm the .flouting °f British ■< justibe in re-sentenping-the conscientious objectors to a second and third term of imprisonment for the same offence, : , +.1 :■-'■: '

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 1918. YESTERDAY'S JUBILEE. CELEBRATION., Grey River Argus, 17 July 1918

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 1918. YESTERDAY'S JUBILEE. CELEBRATION. Grey River Argus, 17 July 1918

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