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THE JUBILEE FAIR.

SUCCESSFUL ENDING. The Jubilee Fair was brought to a moab Buccos9ful conclusion lust night and tha unanimous expression of pleasure by the audience and the gratified looks on the faces of the committee and treasurer proved that the efforts made had been reciprocated and that the result was eminently satisfactory. Towards eight o'clock last evening the hall beijan to till, and it was not long bofore it became evident that the day ia not far distant when a larger building will bu necessary. Before the promenade concert began Mr DeLautour on behalf of the Ladies' Committee asked the attention of those present for a few minutes, while he read their report and made a few remarks on the general condition of the Church funds. Ho concluded by congratulating the vestry and pariahoners that during the last year," notwithstanding the depression, tho whole of the disbursements had been paid out of ordinary revenue. The character concert was opened by Mr Knock singing " The Muddle-headed Porter," a most amusing comic song. Mwb Shelton followed with " Caller Herrin," and made an inimitable fishwife. " Three little maids from school " by Misses Rees, Shelton, and Staite, came next, after which Miss Porter sang " The Gipsy Girl " in a costume which suited her to perfection, and in response to an enthusiastic encore she repeated the last verso. Mr H. Eyre Kenny said : I am deputed to present the prize for the best Jubilee ode. About a dozen poems have been sent in to the judges, the Rev Mr Fox, tho Rev. Mr McAra, and myself,and after careful consideration we unanimously decided that the prize Bhould be awarded to the writer who signs as "Trix." It may console the defeated candidates to know that, in our judgment, not one of the odes was worse than Lord Tennyson's recent effusion. I shall presently read tha prize ode, but before doing bo I should like to aay a few words on this auspicious occasion. [Our apace will not allow us to-day to give the sentiments of the speaker, which were of the moat loyal and patriotic nature] On a call for the author, Mr W. F. Crawford ascended the platform, amidst applause, to receive the prize — a tea set. In continuing the concert the duet, " Hunting Tower," by Mr L. Rees and Misß Shelton, was tmt rendered. Mr Macdonald gave " We tars that o'er the ocean sail." Tho next on the programme was a character duet from " loUnthe" by Miss Holyroyd and Mr L. Rees, the young lady singing her pan very sweeily. The trio, "Three old maids of Lee," proved a most side-splitting affair. How the ladies (Misses Staite, Shelton, and Rees) managed to get themselves up as they did was marvelous— the effect, when they turned their " other fronts " with grotesque masks, was unique and the mirth was furious. The conundrums were then read out, the first prize going to Mrs J. Sundorland, and the second to Mr R. Harper. Mr Kirk's get up in the song "The Captain with his whiskers," together with his humorous rendering of it created an immense amount of amusement. Miss Shelton's pathetic song in character, " Auntie " brought the concert to a close. All concerned are to be most heartily Congratulated on the entir3 success, the gross amount realised totalling up to £155. Among the gentlemeu who rendered assistance were Mr J. Berry and Mr Sheppard, the agent for the Accident Assurance Company. The following are the report read by Mr DeLautour, the prize ode, and tho conundrums, the first of which took first prize, while the next two (both from one author) took second. The same man alap perpetrated the last two : — LADIES' CHURCH FUND. On July 7,lBBs,ameeting of ladies took place to devise some way of raising funds to pay Off the debt on Holy Trinity Church, when it was resolved to divide the parish into districts and appoint collectors to wait upon fellow ohurchwomen and canvass for regular subscriptions. Mrs Chas. Dunlop was appointed Treasurer for the term ending March 20, 1886, when the sum of LlO2 19a 3d had accumulated in subscriptions, donations, and interest. Mrs E. K. Brown was theu appointed Treasurer, takiug over the above turn, of which LlOO was placed on fixed deposit for twelve months in the Gisborne Building Society. The result of each month's collections was paid to the credit of the fund in the Government Savings Bank, After a further term of six month's labor a ■am of L5O was placed on fixed deposit for lix months. These deposits matured in March 1887, but were allowed to remain on for a further 3 months at 8 per cent, and were paid on the 24th of the present month. The gratifying result np to date of two years' collections, donations, and interest is L 212, of which Mr A. Kempthorne very generously gave LlO, he having promised to supplement every LIOO collected with his own subscription of L 5. This Jubilee Fair was organised to assist this fund, and with the result we hope to be in a position to pay off altogether about L3OO from the debt on the Church. — Lccy J. Brown, Treasurer. p.g, — A meeting of subscribers will take place at the Maori College, on Tuesday, the sth July, at 3 p.m., when all subscribers are earnestly requested to attend. JUBILEE ODE. June 20th, 1887. AcrOB3 the waste of waters the lightning message runs ; Greater England's daughters, and England's greatest Bons Greet their glad Queen In proud array, Midst tramping steeds and claDging guns, She triumphs in their hearts to-day Queen of the never setting ray ! Full fifty icy winters, and fifty summei Euns Victoria's reign a golden thread thro' Eng' land's fabric runs ; Her tresses gold Are turning grey ; But in our daily orisons, " Save her, oh God !" we constant pray, Queen of the never setting day ! Her Empire needs no trumpet to echo oe the blast ; The ever ringing record is the engim rußbing past ; Unfettered science Guilds the day ; The magic wire, steam power vast, Unite her all-encircling sway, Queen of the never setting ray ! Zealandia ! youngest daughter of the An glo-Saxon throne. Has every nerve and tissue interwoven intergrown ; Yea, even poor Old pauper Bay, Would c'en her loyalty be shown, By changing to Vic-tor-i-A, Queen of the never setting day ! Great Empress, Queen of Nations, c Colonies and States, Forget not that some stand aloof, the poo within your gates, Whose hearts are far, Oh ! far from gay ; Divide with them your large estates, The humble poor will ever pray, — " Long life, Queen of eternal day !" Trix. CONUNDRUMS. Why is this present season like the perioi since the Queen's accession ? — Because it is long and gracious rain (reign). In what way does Mr Gladstone resembl a bad tempered wife ? — Because he is tc fond of Home Rule. Why is Mr Parnell not the stoutest man < bis party ?— Because one of them is biggi (Biggar). Why is Lord Randolph Churchill like man up in a balloon ?• -Because he has mac himself look very small in the eyea of tr people. Why is Common, Shelton and Co.'s stoi like the tailpiece of a violin ? — Because it close to the bridge (Taruheru bridge).

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THE JUBILEE FAIR., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XIV, Issue 4902, 30 June 1887

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THE JUBILEE FAIR. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XIV, Issue 4902, 30 June 1887

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