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MR. SHAW DEPARTS

A FRIENDLY FAREWELL LION " OF LARGE CROWD EXTREMELY GLAD HE CAME " NEVER HAD SUCH A TOUR " [ay TELEGRAPH —OWN CORRESPONDENT] WELLINGTON, Saturday From high up on tho boat deck of tho Kangitano as she glided past Glasgow \\'harf at 11 o'clock this morning on the start of her voyage to England, Mr. George Bernard Shaw, who for a month has been very much in tho public oye in New Zealand, smiled down upon tho peoplo who thronged tho wharf, and waved his hand a number of'times in farewell. - Mr. Shaw was a very prominent figure on deck, and it is no exaggeration to say that although there were many Well-known New Zealauders and others among the passengers who had friends/ to see them off, a large percentage of the spectators wore there to seo Mr. Shaw. Ho was tho "lion." Ho was hat-less and his silky white hair was disturbed by a fairly strong northerly wind, which snapped streamers and so somewhat affected the picturesque nature of tho departure. Mr. Shaw wore a jersey sweater, light coloured flannel trousers and white tennis shoes. Cheerful Frame of Mind - Mr. Shaw was in a most cheerful frame of mind, which was reflected by his broad smile. Asked if ho had anything in the nature of a farewell message to give to the people of New Zealand, his reply was most emphatic. "I never give farewell messages," ho said. '1 am always telling editors that they are the ruin of newspapers." "Have you enjoyed your stay in New Zealand?" ho was asked. "Well, I have been in New Zealand a month," Mr. Shaw answered, "and one cannot be in a perpetual state of enjoyment all that time, but I am extremely ; glad I came." Mr. Shaw added that tho trouble about New Zealand was that it was rather too pleasing a place. There might be a danger of it being over-run by the riff-raff of Europe", and he suggested that it might be a good idea to instruct the Tourist Department to say something about horrors in New Zealand. "This Place Australia" In reply to a question whether it was likely he would pay another visit to tho Dominion, Mr. Shaw :;aid a man of his age could not make plans. "Besides, there is this place Australia," he added. "Do you intend making a visit to Australia?" he was asked. "I don't know whether I will go," he replied. "They have been shouting for me'to come. I can't go this time. Perhaps some day or other 1 might drift to that land." . It was suggested to him that his column a day in the newspapers since his arrival in the Dominion would bo missed by a large section of the community. ; "Column a day!" he oxclaimed. "Two and three columns a day!" !.i His; parting words before he shook hands and walked across the deck to Lhe rail to look down upon the large .crowd on the wharf were that he was sorry to be going back. - Mr. Shaw talked with others on deck before the bugle sounded for all visitors to go ashore. He could then be seen taking a brisk walk along the deck, but he/ came back again to the rail, .and, as the Rangitane pulled out, he waved and smiled his farewell to the crowd. / Obligation to Department From friends on the wharf came the advice to passengers, "Look out for Bernard." Mr. Shaw was als.o enjoined not,to "forget about that milk business"—pert reference to the comment made by him in his broadcast address the other night. The Rangitane drew out swiftly from' the wharf and within a short time Mr. Shaw was lost from view. Further evidence of Mr. and Mrs. Shaw's appreciation of their tour of ;the Dominion is a letter received by Mr. Rf W. Marshall, Wellington district manager of the Government Tourist Department. The letter bears yesterday's date and reads:— "Dear Mr. Marshall, —Wc cannot leave New Zealand without acknowledging' our obligation to your Tourist Department in tho conduct of our tour. .'Everything has been done for us in the friendliest and completest fashion. We have had no trouble at all, and we quite agree that wo never had such a tour in our lives. Travelling without -worries did not seem possible, but you have achieved it for us. Many, many thanks. Faithfully, C. F. Shaw, G. Bernard Shaw."

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MR. SHAW DEPARTS New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXI, Issue 21776, 16 April 1934

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