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MrDodsox, M.H.R: elect, entertained

his Town and Country Committees and leading .supporters, at a sumptuous bap- — qnet last night: in the Temperance Hall. Over 150 gentlemen sat down to a recherche" repast supplied by Mr G. C. E»r((Bri of the Criterion Hotel, and doing spßßial credit in. every respect to the resources of that fine'establisbment. All the delicacies of the season, with wines of the choicest brands, and .lighter refreshments for thosb who preferred them, were'pk'ded on the table, and the heartiest jdatlceiwas doloe 1 to the' best and most numerously attended dinner ever given in Majltyorough, -.-The large, almost square, upstaifs'rbdm of the Temperance HalJ is admirably suited for a publio gathering of. Ahiaikind; and tha . guests were' seated at three long tables, with. across table at the head, without the slightest crowding or inconvenience. Viewed from any part of tHo'toomrthe assemblage^preeented an animated and picturesque Bight, fyb effect: being heightened by ;a tV&napferenoy,. e.rected-on"the wall above the Chairman's head, and bearing the memorable inscription "Mr Dodson's majority, 237,"- In^the arrangements of tht ,' dinner, the,: cuisine, and . the admirable waiting at table, the banquet in Mr Carters bands left nothing to be desired. The ohalr was filled by Mr Dodson, who was supported by Mr. A. J: LitehfieH (his proposer) and Mr James Sinclair (his seconder), on his right anrl left side reVpeoHvely.' The : yice-cbair was 1 occupied ibysMri Wm. Sinclair, Chairman of Mr Dcdson's Town Committee.

The following were the toasts given

and,resppod,ed to dining- the evening : — " The* *£neen;' Prince of Wales aMßoyal Family,, and the Governor "—proposed by the'Chairman ;- " The New Zealand Legislature, coupled with the name of Henry Dodson, Esq., the member for the Wairan " — proposed by Mr Hugh Fraser, and rasponded to hy Mr Dodaon"; "Mr Dodson's Committee* " — proposed by Mr Dodson, and responded to by Mr Wm. Sinclair; " The Traie and. lndustries of Marlborough " — proposed by Mr Thomas Watson, and responded 1 to byMr W. S. Falconer; "The Press."-^-proposei by Mr Dodson, and responded to by 'Mr

Richard Winter, of the Express ;

James Sinclair, sen."— proposed by Mr Dodson, and responded toby Mr Sinclair ;

" The memory of the- late Mr Adams, of Langley Dale "—^proposed .by Mr James Sinclair, sen., and drunk in, solemn silence ; ." Mr Gillespie, Secretary to Mr DddsonWCommittee "—proposed by Mr Win. Sindair, and responded to by Mr Gillespie; "Mr Carter, the caterer V — proposed by Mr Wm. Sinolair ; "Mr EtJDpt.podkan"— proposed by Mr Wm. Sin'ftliir, aid rcß^onded to by Mr Dodson; and "The ladies"— proposed by Mr Wm. Sinclair, and responded to by Mr James Frjet and 'Mr Edward Morgan. . : \ , - " xhe'speeoheVwere all in goodtsitd, and peeted_by_ the .audience with frequent bnrsts of,. cheering. Mr Dodson's rising to his fe^few^sr the- signal .^orry burst of applause, " Which was protracted for a lsngthened period, and every mention of

Mr'D,b^son'B Services to the district was the signal for ; fresh demor<Btr»tionß. Most of the toasts* were drunk with musical honors, and the names of Mr James Sinclair, senior, Mr Wnr/'Sinolair, and the EXfRfe&S rtoitedTTWrked;.: enthusiasm. The tono^^t^Q jneetjng throughout was thtt of ju»tifi»We_triumpti for the past, and renewed hope auFdeterraination for Jfofutnre. . '- l - a «"W-f}«ing' the 1 evening a large number of ~ excellent songs were sung, and an original long, especially qompoiedand supg by Mr Walter EV Hall, '_EJt3.'S.,'" eulogising Mr Dodson as a private ctizen and a politician, wasreoeived witk special applause. Two

oojfl^soltia^-f'fflifeLastßoXaotSjgctntir' 1 And " AnlH BobuT Gray,""— by Mi 6. M. Jonkins, were amongst the most pkasant ißaiffites oi the eVeniugr jur Forsytn rendered valuable assistance at tho piano »a aocompanyist to his own and several of the other f.ongs. During the evening Mr W. Gillespie, Mr Dodson's Secretary, announced that several gentlemen had been prevented by unavoidable reasons from 'attending. He also retulthe following ohuaottristio telegrams from Kaikouf a : — ' " Non-completion of Main Trap* 'Line of Biilway prevents accepting invitation, ■■ Present in spirit. Offrjß^an^na A. JrJalliday.V ',' Thjinks for kSTrtatiaa^ Ifegretoannbt'attend. -Wish member snecasa. . r JJeorgß-Renoer, Kaikoura Star, ±i3-sT l-.l lU. . - The proceedings, which were perfectly harmonious throughout, and perfeotly free from disturbance,' tMmia»lied about eleven o'olook. •-—■

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POLITICAL BANQUET., Marlborough Express, Volume XX, Issue 176, 30 July 1884

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POLITICAL BANQUET. Marlborough Express, Volume XX, Issue 176, 30 July 1884

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