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HIS EXCELLENCY'S REPLY.

Mr Chairman and Members ol' the Town Board. lam deeply yratef ul tor the loyal aud pati-iulii* words in whioh, ou behalf of the residents of Otautau and tlie surrounding county, you express your devotion to the King and to tho Empire. . His Majesty fully appreciates the spirit of loyalty aud solf-aaoriiice which drew his j subjects without hesitation from these distant parts of the Empire in the time of need. The devotion and co-operation of all proved its salvation. Her Excellency and I are indeed grateful for the very cordial manner in whioh you have greeted us to-day, and we feel it a privilege to have this opportunity of meeting tho people of Southland and cf observing tho progress aud prosperity of the country. I thank you for your kind words of reference to my services in the late war, and I share yonr" hope that I may be enabled while in New Zealand to assist .in cementing Imperial unity, which is -of "such" importance to the maintenance and welfare of i the Empire. ; I earnestly trust that the after effects ol ' war will swiftly pass away, and that you will in the future derive happiness and prosperity from the natural fertility of your country. JELLICOE. To Lis formal reply His Excellency added a few words and on behalf of Her Excellency and himself thanked them very deeply for the honour paid to them. It had been very pleasant for them to have had tho op. portunity of journeying through the Otautau distriot and seeing for themselves the prosperity which was evident onevery side. The loyalty of the people of "Now Zealand had proved their devotion to' the Empire, and he did not think that in any otner part of the Empire patriotism and self-sacrifice had been so. evident as in New Zealand during the recent war. The people, no doubt, had realised how much depended upon the winning of the war. Bccauso of its small population and sea communications New Zealand was very much dependent upon England for its protection and in the hour of need New Zealand had shown that it was fully anxious to show self-sacri-fice in<? loyalty to the Motherland. The people had a lot of trouble to face at th,e present time, but it only required a part pt the spirit they had thrown into the war to overcome all the difficulties before tbem. (f economy were practised in public one? private life it wquld be only a few years* before all their difficulties had disappeared, The children present were not quite old enough to realise how much the future depended upon them. They had had a- great, heritage left to them by those pioneers whose grit ahd 6euse of responsibility had enabled them to achieve so much. He hoped that when they grew up the children would show the same spirit. He asked that the children be given a holiday in remembrance of tho visit of His Majesty's representative. — (Olieers). It seemed to him that this request was a popular part of hie speeches. He concluded by wishing those present much happiness aud good fortune in the future. Prior to the luncheon at the Ofcautau Hotel; Mr G. N. Lawless, Bead Teacher Otautau Public Behool, w^s introduced to their Excellencies, wbo expressed their gratification at the attendance of the school children at the public reception, The dining room was filled to its oapaoity with the 50 guests present. In addition to their Excellencies there were present : Tho Honourable Luoy Jellicoe, Captain Curtis, Private Seoretary to the Governor -General, Captain iSangay, A.D.C., The Hon, A. F. Hawke, M.L.0., Hon. J. A. Hanan, M.P., His Worship the Mayor and Mayoress of Invercargill, ; Councillors and prominent citizens of InvercargiU, and^the Otautau guesfcg present at the official reception. The gathering was most enjoyable, their Excellencies' friendliness and graciougness of manner making everybody feel at home, Before departure to view the Birchwood Hunt Lord Jellicoe expressed to the Chairman and Town Clerk the thanks of himself and suite for the arrangements which had heen made for their reception and comfort, and how enjoyahle had been their tour through the Western District. • The Birchwood Hunt, which paraded in Main street, met at Strathmore and hunted over Messrs Lindsay Bros'. "Strathmore," T. Norman's Linton Park, and the Otau tau Racing Club's properties. Captain Curtis, of tho Governor-General's j party^ and the following riders toofc j part in the meet : j Captaiq Curbs' op Silent Pat, 0. j Ryan on Miss Trixie, H. Williams cn Wicklow, M. O'Brien on Bess, P. Langford on Farnn^ore, Miss Looney ! on Royal Guard, Miss Bweetman on I Denial, J, Moore on Walrus, A. Saunders on Bonally, F. MoKay on Lucilla, W. bheedy on Te Tua, A. Myers on Goldy, J. Forde on JNigger, J. Blee on Toby, J, Heads on Golden Link, N. Gately on Cannot, W. Mc Car thy on Lady Winston. J. Langs ford on Jack, and F. Ellis on Silver Patch. ' Lord and Lady Jellicoe viewed the Hunt with interest, and subsequently met Mr A. A: Liddell, President of the Club, who expressed the thanks and pleasure of members at the Ipresence of their Excellencies. The Governor-General replied that they were deeply, indebted to the Hunt Club for putting on the meet and wished the Club every success. Hearty cheers were given tho distinguished visitors as tbe cars started o2 towards, Winton-

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HIS EXCELLENCY'S REPLY., Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume XVII, Issue 841, 2 August 1921

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HIS EXCELLENCY'S REPLY. Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume XVII, Issue 841, 2 August 1921

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