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DUNEDIN JEWISH BAZAAE., Otago Daily Times, Issue 7727, 23 November 1886
DUNEDIN JEWISH BAZAAE.
The bazaar and army and navy carnival for the purpose of raising funds towards the liquidation of the debt on the Synagogue was opened with great eclat at the Garrison Hall last evening. Unquestionably the bazaar in all respects is one of the most successful ancTpleasing ever held in the colony. The committee of management have provided a variety of entertainment, and all that ingenuity and industry could do to make the carnival attractive has been done. All connected with the bazaar must have been indefatigable in their efforts to promote its success, and it i 3 gratifying to notice that a community noted for its generosity and liberality to others has, on making this appeal for assistance, met with a cordial response from people of all denominations in this city. The arrangements in connection with the bazaar Me complete in every particular, and when the proceedings commenced last evening in the Garrison Hall the scene was one not easily to be forgotten. Remarkably good taste was displayed in decorating the building. The stalls were as usual arranged down both sides of the hall, with the refreshment stall facing the platform, and eaoh stall was covered with a profusion of beautiful articles, many of which were of considerable value. .There were but few flags or banners, but the wreaths and floral decorations were extremely neat, and.it appeared that the very best had been made of the best hall for Buch a purpose in the, colony. The-galleries were crowded before the time for opening, and subsequently many persons were unable to gain admittance. The floor of the hall was at first kept clear for the processions and dances, which constitute a delightful part of the entertainment, and cannot fail to be exceedingly popular. Shortly after 7 o'clock the overture was played, and remarkably well played by the Ordnance Band, under the conductorship of Mr Charles Ooombs. The Hon. Sir Julius Vogel then took his place on the platform, accompanied by the Rev. Mr Lichtenstein, Mr Hyman (president of the congregation), the Hon. Mr Shrimski, Messers Hallenstein, M.Joel, B. Isaac,R.Marks, H. Benjamin, A. Silverston, I.J.Rothschild, S. Jacobs, D. Theomin, arid, several other gentlemen. Immediately afterwards came the procession of (stallholders and assistants, who, to the number of about a hundred, formed a procession, and entering by one of the large doors, marched round the large hall and took up their positions by the-stalls. This procession _ was highly picturesque, and was received with applause; The costumes were admirable, and the variety of them may be imagined when it is mentioned that the characters in Mary Queen of Scots, the Bohemian Girl, Romeo and Juliet, Rose of Castile, Winter's Tale, As You Like It, and Der Freischutz are represented in the procession. After this a corps of tiny videttes took up positions round the hall, and then the liliputian army made its appearance to astonish and delight the spectators. The army consists of 16 little girls dressed as sailors, and 70 boys in the uniform of life guards. The appearance of the little sqjdiers is all that could be desired; they look smart and dashing enough, their bearing is good, and their drill admirable. They were led by Mr J. Moss (late dux of the High School) and went through a number of military evolutions with marvellous precision. This exhibition alone was worth more than the price of admission to the bazaar, and the applause clearly showed that such was the opinion of the spectators. On the retreat of the army some very pretty new dances arranged by Mrs Hamaun were performed by some forty soldiers, sailors and vivandieres. The mnsic for the marches was supplied by the Ordnance Band, and that for the dances by an excellent string band under the conduotorship of Mr G. R. West. INAUOUBAL ADDRESS. The Rev. Mr Lichtenstein in the following terms invited Sir Julius Vogel to open the bazaar:—''Sir Julius Vogel, the Jewish community of Dunedin, and of Otago generally, are deeply indebted to you for the very kind and generous manner in which you have placed your services at.their disposal. Notwithstanding the inconvenience and discomfort to yourself, owing to your present state of health, you have kindly consented to be here in order to take part in this opening ceremony. The audience are eager, to listen to a voice which in Dunedin has always been heard with pleasure and respect.—(Applause.)—l have now to ask you on behalf of the ooramittee to say a few words to the audience and to declare this carnival formally open. Sir Jutius VooEtsaid:—Mr Liohtenstem, Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen,—lt is I who
ought td foel grateful for being allowed to take a. part in a celebration bo pleasing and so e*dt>llent. I thank you very much; Mr Licutonstemi for tho kindly way in which you have framed yoUr feulatlid. Souio «E tbojiappiast portions of my life have, beea spent iv Duuediii, dud A <w<Hot visit this city without, bolug delighted at being here.—(Applause.) I appear tb-uight as a substitute I m3y say iiad It bopii possible ruy rioUeague Sir Robert Sto\it would haVft taken liiy place, fhit ho ttds lirtaUle td lortve Welliug; ton; and lam sure lam faithfully representing1 him when I say.that ho oxtromely regrets not being here, and,,moreover, I venture to say that lio Would still much more regret it if he had had the opportunity df see'ilig how splendidly this bazaar has been organised. 1 Have td express the greatest surprise. I knew t should add a 1 pleasing spectacle, but I had not any idea that beyond all tho attention "and troublo and exertion in connection with what I rilay call the more material, the business portions of the baeaat, that spectacles of so pleasing a character and so completely arranged would be presented, and whoever have indulged in this labour of love I beg to most heartily congratulate.—(Applause.) I should like to give y«u briefly the history of the circumstances! which have led to tho bazaar. In May 1880 it was decided to sell the theit existing synagogue to the Masonic body, and to build another synagogue on the present site, which had been acquired at a cost of £1000. In July of the same year a tender for the erection of the new synagogue was accepted, and in November, following the corner-stone was laid by Mr Mitiifii)e Joel) the turin president. The buildings wero consecrated with the customary ceremonial on August 21,1881. Tho builJing iv its completed state cost £4830, exclusive of the cost of tho site. When it was decided tb profieed with tho erection of the building tHo Jewish coiiimuriity numbered about 90 members. Since that tittle from various causes the membership has steadily decreased,and as a natural consequence the debt has gradually increased; until it now stands at £2750, including bank overdraft. With the object of lessening the strain on the resources of dur cdnimunityi the committee on December 1? last suggested the holding ot this bazaar, aiid on January 17 following the congregation at a general meeting approvod of the committee's recommendation, and took steps to give effect to it. Now I may lay that the bazaar represents generous assistance tho whole world over. There are represented in the bazaar donations and contributions from all parts of this colony, from tha neighbouring colonies, froiU Amentia, from several European countries, from Great Britain, and from Ireland. But I speak on behalf of Ourselves when I say thiit what has touched the Jewish community most throughout their eiertions is the cordial assistance which they have rebeived from till denominations amongst which they reside.—(Applause;) Before the bazaar was intended assistance had been rendered outside of the Jewish community, but When this great effort was inaugurated that assistance became more general, and the Jews of Duuedin and Otago have tq thank persons of all denominations and of all creeds for the heartj assistance and generous dricouragerHeni which has been given to the efforts the result of which you see this evening. I cannot help thinking, when we consider the history of past times and the persecutions and atrocities which have been committed in the name of religion, that wo are fortunate in living in an age which has witnessed, so to speak, tho almost entire growth of freedom of religion.—(Applause.) We are happy of this generation. When the history of the age comes to be written and its features recorded I doubt if even the use and application of steam and Of electricity and the yet more beneficent discovery of the use of anaesthetics will stand forth more prominently than the freedom which religious worship has gained. It is a monument to the moral and intellectual development of the day that there is no restriction on those who choosfe to worship according to the creed which their fathers have taught them or which their own intelligence suggests.
I cannot help myself regarding bazaars with a kindly feeling. They are associated with many pleasures which I remember; and I was surprised not long since to read ;hat a high ecclesiastical authority passed rather a sweeping condemnation on them. I could not quite follow his reasoning, it was rather overmyhead,butif lunderstooditcorrectly it meant this: that the amusements incidental to bazaars were somewhat undignified in connection with the exercise of religion. But I think there is a wide difference between the exercise of religion itself and the surroundings which facilitate that exercise. A solemn and pure service can be celebrated under the blue vault of heaven as in the most costly edifice. The aids to religion must not be confouned with religion itself. It is natural, perhaps, that high officers of the church should do so; but to my mind the exercise of religion in its purest condition is one of so high a character, and is so distinct from the surroundings which we are now attempting to aid) that there is nothing incongruous or improper in the amusements which are incidental to the progress of a bazaar in aid of the cost of a building dedicated to religious purposes. On the other hand, bazaars call forth excellent qualities. We cannot have a bazaar organised without the exercise of a great deal of patience, a great deal of industry—of hours well spent which might otherwise be wasted—or without a great deal of generosity of feeling, of companionship and of kindliness. In short, it appears to me that a bazaar may call forth.so many high qualities that there is no harm in our throwing ourselves con amore into it and its enjoyment,"and" feeling conscious that we are doing good work. —(Loud applause.) But, ladies and gentlemen, I must not detain the fair stallholders from their triumphs this evening. I See they are impatient, to receive the numerous persons who ar£ only too anxious to empty their purses at th^talle, and it now only remains forme, therefore, to declare that this bazaar is open and to wish it the utmost possible success.—(Loud applause.) Mr Hyman called for three cheers for Sir Julius Vogel, which were given. The doors were then thrown open to admit the public to the floor of the building. The hall was soon crowded, and a brisk trade commenced. THE STALLS. The stalls, which contain articles in almost endless variety, are arranged around the hall, and present a pleasing appearance. There are nine large stalls, a cigarette stall, a comic art gallery, a fish pond, fortune-teller's cave, and a photographer's studio. The stalls have each distinctive titles, the first being named " Mary, Queen of Scots." It contains amongst other things two nicely hand-painted tables, bleached ferns under'glass, a beautiful afternoon tea-set in china and gold, hand-painted brackets, stools, tea-cozies, handsomely-dressed dolls, knitted curtains, crewel work, and a crayon drawing of the Prince of Wales. The "Bohemian Girl stall" contains a variety of woolwork, handsome brackets, crewel and macrame work, poonah painting on velvet, silver cups, children's dresses, a model of a ship, jewellery, oil paintings by Miss Marsden, and a crayon drawing of Sir Moses Montefiore by Miss Waters. At the " Italia " stall are to be_ seen beautifully painted looking glasses, Bohemian plaques pointed with plush, a handsome plush fender stool, gipsy tables, glove and handkerchief boxes, and fancy work of various kinds. There is also an oil painting of Lake Wakatipu. At the " Romeo and Juliet" stall are exhibited for sale gipsy and oval tables worked in arrassene, a beautiful basinetto trimmed with muslin and lace, handsome mantel borders, toilet sets, pictures in oil and water colours, work baskets, plush baskets, and woolwork. At the " Confusion " stall there are on view artificial flowers made of wool, under glass shades, a table with ferns, hand-painted vases, wool mats, hand bags, toilet sets, cruets, jewellery, and a large handsomely-dressed doll, wearing a walking dress made of salmoncoloured satin, trimmed with forget-me-nots. A general assortment of fancy goods is exhibited at the "Rose of Castile" stall. There are also oil paintings and glassware imported from America, and a picture set in rubies, diamonds, emeralds, and other precious stones, representing a scriptural scene. The picture has been in the possession of the donor for 80 years, and is about 200 years old. At the stall entitled " A Winter's Tale" there are mantel draperies in green, plush, and gold, tea-cozies, cushions, brackets, lace quilts, a very handsome plush tablecloth, and paintings on glass. A number of the articles at this stall were presented by Lady Vogel. The goods on view at the "As You Like It" stall consist of handpainted plaques, model ships, buckets, tablecloths, Dresden chinaware, Maori curios, crewel work, and work done in arrassene. One of the best patronised stalls during the evening was the refreshment and flower stall. This was known by the name of "Der Freischutz." It was nicely decorated with fairy lamps lent by Mr F. Hyams, vases, lanterns, and flowers. At this stall some very pleasant beverages can be obtained, such as American iced drinks. There are also ice creams and French sweets, specially imported for sale at the bazaar. In addition to the abovementioned stalls, there is also a comic art gallery, some of the best works of art on View being "The Lay of the Last Minstrel," by Poulet, and "The Flower of the Family," by A. Miller. Beside the art gallery there i 3 a fortune-teller's stall presided over by Zeobidas Aberezra, and a cigarette stall, presided over by Messrs J. Moss, J. Mendelssohn, and J. Jones. The cigarettes are made by Miss Neave. In one part of the hall Mr F. A. Coxhead has a studio, where he takes photographs by means of the electric light, which is produced by a gramme-dynamo driven by a gas engine in the Daily Times office. Mr R. C. Jones, electrician to the IJ.S.S. Company, has charge of the light, which is produced by a Siemen arc lamp of about 6000-candle power. The light from the lamp is reflected through a screen on to the person who sits for a photograph, and is thus prevented from inconveniencing the sitter by too great a glare on the eyes. Mr Ooxhead took a number of photographs during the evening, and was very well satisfied -With, the result of what might be termed a new experiment in photography in this part of the world.
The business done by the various stalls during the evening was something considerable, but we were unable to ascertain the exact amount of the takings last night. The following is a list of the stallkeepers:—
No. 1 stall, " Mary, Queon of Scots."—Mesdames R.M.Marks (Mary, Queen of Scots) and A. Moss (Marie Stuart's confidante); Mr A. Mobb (Francois II), Misßes Moss (Mary Hamilton), It. Moss (Mary Beton), — Marks (Mary Seton), A. Marks (Mary Carmichael), ArWatson (Mabel in " Pirates of Fenzance.")
No. 2 stall, "Bohemian Girl."—Mesdames G. Jacobs and W. Isaacs. Misses Marsden (Arline), Isaacs (Gipsy Queen), Cohen and L. Cohen, Irvine (peasants), Jacobs. J. Isaacs, and J. Jacobs (gipsies). Rn. 3 stall, " Italia."-Mesdames I. G. Kothscliild nnd S. Jacobs. Misses levy, Montague, B. Benjamin. Martin, M'Donald (Italian ladles), Mr Sydney Jacobs (Italian dancer). No. 4 stall, "Romeo and Juliet."—Mesdames Arndfc (Lady Capulet), Silvertsen (Juliet), Misses Lowe (3). Stephcneon, Hardie (2), (ladies in waiting), Sandstein (Ttomeo). No. 5 stall.—Meßdames Lichtenstein, A. It. Hardy lAray Kobsart). Miese3 North (The Hornet), I. North (Monte Carlo), J. Malcolm (Bigot), A; Lich-
teilsteiu (SttiasJieftSauDiSudßi Ltohteilsteln (French wilting maid). ', ; .. . Noj 0 stall, "llflsij of C*ailail'»'Mci>*iineß J. Hyman^L. Mendelssohn; SlifimsKi , (dnennaa), Ml6sefl kemlelsSoHri (Hoys of Castile), L.- Solomon (Donna Uarnien); aoodliyfflfl (M%«u)ierite), L. SiriM>u*i;B.Straclmn,- Wright (cottrt Indies'), JK.glies (fldwet difl J,- Majter J..MendelßSolra (muleteer). No. 7 stall; "WlnWt'd'Wlo^-Mesdaraoa M, Joe , E. Baume, M!s;3es Burnett ((jMe'ri)f Joel (Pordita), P. Joel (Amelia). Morrison. Morrison, Bn«mo, L. Joal (shepherdesses). Mr A. Joel (I'rlnce). No. 8 stall; "As You Like It."—Mesdames J. A. Bfctc (Hqinllifd, ill, court costume), M. Hityman (itealhlrti Irt iiitntlnji costume'), Mioaeis £ avis (Colla's shepiiorcU-sa), B. Ditviff (Audroy), J. Davis (waiting maid), Herman (Culiil)i Hepburn (Phcohe), Messrs A. L. Isaacs (Orlando), J. Henuiiii (page), J. At Barr (Touchstone),
No. 9 Stall (refreshment and flnwor stall), " Dor Vrdiiiclmtz."—Mesdnmta D, E. Xheomiii nnd H. K. Hiirt (Stallholder*), Mlnstis H. itnd A. Hallonsteln fossl6tSntd)y Messrs' J. Bninlgdri, Jl.- Hyams, E. Hallensteln, A. Foletj L. H. Isaacs, Q. Clark, and \V. Thomas (representing huntresses, huntsmen, courtiers; the hermit, and Znmiel.)
DUNEDIN JEWISH BAZAAE., Otago Daily Times, Issue 7727, 23 November 1886
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