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REJOICINGS AT NEW ZEALAND CENTRES.

(Per Press Association J

WELLINGTON, this day. Peace was celebrated in Wellington with, great rejoicing. It was a. day of bright sunshine, though th e keen wind blowing tempered somewhat the pleasure of the outing. Trams and 'trains loaded with passengers were making for a common centre. Gaiety and hilarity wen suggested by the many flags and garlands hung with artistic taste across the street® and from all the principal buildings.

A feature of Saturday morning was the greatest and gayest procession in the history of the city, not the least notable amongst the many notable features being the captured! German guns. The procession terminated in a fete at Newtown Park, in which many thousand people partacip'atßd. The , evening rejoicings were marked by a' huge torchlight procession to Oriental Bay, where a great^ fireworks display was held, the proceedings being enlivened by the music of many bands. Sunday was observed as a ' day of thanksgiving, appropriate services being held in the churches, and a monster special service in the Town- Hall.

The • celebrations fortunately were quite free from, accidents. To-day" luis been set aside as Children's Day! CHRISTCHURCH, this day. Christchurch whole-heartedly and' enthusiastically celebrated peace. The weather was perfect,- being warm and free from wind. The city was beflagged and decorated everywhere. In the momma a* welcome was tendered »to returned soldiers ini the King fed^ard Barracks, the gathering being impressive and inspiring. Perhaps two of the most impressive portions of the function were when at the Mayor's invitation the huge assembly stood while he read with much impressiveness an extract from a le<tte from a British woman who wrote of her feelings when she saw the field of "tlie wooden crosses of * Christ" in France. At noon the Cathedral Square was a mass of people, and they stood silently for a minute in honor of the her6ic dead. From the steps of the Cathedral a bugle sounded the "Last Post," breaking a period of tense, absorbed stillness. In the afternoon a great military procession passed through the city to Hagley Park, where a parade was held. At night several .Imposirig arches in . Cathedral' Square and various streets looked magnificent ' in colored electric lights, and some of the illuminations on the business premises were very striking. , ' AUCKLAND, this day. The Peace celebrations on ' Saturday were favored by perfect weather. The town was well decorated, and the streets of the city were thronged with immense crowds, besides those taking part in the procession, which Was the biggest ever seen- here. On arrival of the procession at the Domain Colonel Porter took the salute on the march past, and the King's proclamation was read. The afternoon programme included a football match between the League representatives anr returned soldiers. In the evening a returned soldiers' ball was held' in the Town Hall.

DUNEDIN, this day. The weather was glorious on Saturday for Peace celebrations, which began with church services at 9.30 a.m. ; at 11 there was a united open air service on the Oval. At 2.30 there was a procession 2£ miles' long. At 6.50 p.m. bherer wns a torchlight profession. At 3 p.m. a massed meeting took place at Kensington Drill Hall, at which Sir James Allen made a speech. WANGANUI, this day. The Peace celebrations were successfully held on Saturday. The weather Tas unsettled, but was mainly fine. There was a military review in the norning,, after which returned soldiers were entertained at lunch. A procession and a public meeting in Cook's Gardens took place in the afternoon, 'and fireworks display at night. ,'■'.',

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AUCKLAND, this day. Auckland threw itself with t enthusiasm into the glad task of hailihg the new era of peace, which was happily ushered in. At 8 o'clock the church bells of the city rang out triumphal joyous sounds. The citizens swarmed in thousands towards vantage points. Never before has such a procession been marshalled in Auckland. The military parade was the finest and most stirring war-like pageantry that lias been witnessed in the city, Queen street was gay with flags aaid decorative trapping, and presented a brilliant scene or color arid human, activity. Apart from vet . eraris, over a thousand heroes' of the great war participated in the Victory march. . The sight of the gallant band marching under their old leaders stirred the Auckland' crowds to.* spontaneous cheering. Overhead soared two droning machines of modern warfare. Long before the tail of the procession, comprising the civic, dignitaries^' symbolic representatives of various leagues, and picturesquely-decorated' vehicles, had left the starting point, the. head of the procession was standing at attention at the saluting grounds in the Domain. The whole parade numbered about eix thpusand, the friendly . societies .alone being an imposing spectacle. The entire route was gaily beflagged. . Multitudes filled the streets. There wa« the greatest crowd that had ever gathered . between the wharf and the Domain. It was the greatest procession that had ever marched 'through the Queen City. The military review in the Domain was marred by drizzling rain, and was custaued. -

The .soldiers' luncheon in large marquees in the Domain was a popular event.. The. tables totalled a quarter of a mile in length. There \vas accommodation for 1600. ' ■■■''•

When th e procession passed there was an immediate rußh, and for hours, the few restaurants . opera were besieged by hungry customers. Owing to the curtailed train service, -many persons were unable to return home till the evening. Hundreds went hungry all' day. When night came the lights were flashed on, and with decorative groups and greener X afforded a carnival atmosphere, while crowds swarmed into Queen street. Jjjvm the tram<wa.y traffic was diverted. -Uiere w ere •Triany brilliant) displays, particularly the illumination of the Town Hall and ferry buildings. The postoffice was beautifully designed, bat ow.™B «> the prevailing coal shortage the illumination* were cancelled. Mt.Kden'« bonfire attracted great attention, owing to the unwcceßßfuJ monutturr 1 blaze. *

Aucklanders have never seen such a multitude thronged into the city, and they demonstrated their thankfulness at the termination of the great war. Gisborne passengers who had anticipated sailing at 2 o'clock, have been left lamenting, the departure of the Arahura and other coaßtal steamers being postponed. The city illuminations were of a patchy nature, consequent upon the coal restrictions, but the Town Hall and Harbor Board made splendid displays, in marked contrast to the Government buildings. The city was thronged with admiring crowds yesterday. To-day is being celebrated as children's day.

Gisborne was en; fete on Saturday or the occasion of the celebration of Peace, and 1 July 19, 1919 j- . will remain forevei 'in the minds of all as marking the celebration of Peace with victory. ;Th« weather was glorious. The success of the celebrations on the first day was complete in every respect, and. all entered) into the spirit of the celebrations which marked the greatest event in the history- of the world. From early in the morning Tintil late at night the joyful spirit was predominant everywhere. To many- the occasion brought .up sad remembrances of those who had helped to bring about the victory but had made the supreme sacrifice iji doing so. But the dawn of peace was an occasion for all present to rejoice, no matter what the sufferings had been. The town was gay with flags and bunting and decorative work, some fine results being achieved, and the golden sunshine of a perfect day threw a radiance over all the proceedings. The noisft of 10 successive explosions set off on the Esplanade at 9 a.m. was the signal for the commencement of the general, celebrations. People crowded into town, and! the streets presented a carnival scene. Decorated' motor vehicles*, crowded with people, were soon traversing the main thoroughfares, the giving vent to their exciteJ meht and- pleasure.^ The Tuatea and ' other boats in the harbor were gay with flags, a great number of private houses displayed! numerous flags, and 'nearly., all the children were happy' in the possession of patriotic colors. About 10 a.m. the various units m the procession Commenced to muster at the Post Office, and when a move was made shortlv before 11 a.m. Gladstone

ix»ad was lined with- thousands of people, and 1 from every commanding position there were many- spectators. So dense was -the congregation of the public in Gladstone road -from' the Post Office to Grey street that difficulty was experienced in keeping' a clear way for "the procession. If was headed by a boy scout carrying the emblem of the British Empire — the Union Jack — followed by- the City Band, playing the march which was played when the First Wellington Battalion went into the Sorame in. 1916. The. next iit order was a motor car, containing- -..Matron F. .Price, of the Cook- Hospital and three other nurses who had been on active service. Marching behind them were 31 veterans of the Maori "ynd- South African «'w!su's, with 320 returned soldiers in . uniform and 80 inV civilian clothes, wearing their badges. ' The' High School cadets in khaki uniforms (worn for the first time) followed, the total strength /being 150. They were followed by the Boy Scouts (40), and 1 the War Emergency Club girls numbering 50. These girls, bear-j ing a Victoi-y banner and dressed in #hitei with red; white, and blue striped apron*, made a very pleasing feature of the- procession, ' The Salvation Army band -was next, and headed the second portion ofn-.the procession. The band played" '"well known melodies, such as "The Long. Long Trail," "Dear Old Home of Mine," etc. The Ancient Order of Foresters t followed,-, there being about 40 members, wearing the lodge regalia, headed by the lodge banner. The next in succession was the Loyal Orange Lodge of 30 .members, in regalia. The oars were headed by one containing the Hon. W. D. S. MacDonald, Sir James Carroll; and His Worship the Mayor- (Mr 1 G. Wildish). Then followed oars -containing the Mayoress and ,f ami ily,7others with members of local bodies and officiate, and mmv other cars, also two- ; motor ; engines -of the local Firo Brigade, , with v members in full uniform . Members of the Women's National Reserve were in a nicely decorated conveyance. . . Then followed trade displays and decorated lorries, motor cycles and horse vehicles totalling about 180. Somo of the decorated oars revealed that considerable attention and time had beer devoted. to« the work. A car driven by MrlW^ D. Lysnar was draped in the shape of a canoe, there being a; carved wbcSwork figure in front, with an arrow in its hand, while at the bock were two other large pieces of carved woodwork shaped to .make the rear of the canoe. A. car driveni by Miss McKenzie wa«> bedeqfceck with greenery, the occupants appearing as 'minstrels, and one of th» company playing a mandoline: The Gisborne Farmers • Co-operative Co. 's lorry, looked fine with a floral canopy, under which- were members of the staff in fancy costume. The familiar imitation tank "Bessie" was again in . eyidehoe; in the procession j. and it proved a suitable conveyance, for numerous children, \rho crowded on every available .-portion of the machine. Another, display consisted of a gun on a lorry decorated .with Oher Allied flags, a bulldog feeing.. one of the ..occupants, while the flag was- dragged in the dust*. A pretty exhibition' was one representing > Britannia^ and comprised , a large boat with .-Cl&.gtels inside, dressed in ..sailor 1 costume^ and, some holding' oai-s, while at file- vhetoA. of<, the boat ' was Misai M. McKsague, finely representing- Britannia,- and at the sterm of • the boat wag a^ girl representing a -Maori chieftainess. Mr *F. ;Burgess displayed a model jtßroplkne, ; with an engine working: the .prppelley. .This novel, and ingenious exhibition attracted' *a deal of attention., „^M essrs fJV J. Niven and Co t . had afTepresentaftion of the Willard battery {station.. There- were rse verat vehicles, including those^ attached s to horses,; in regard to which m'tfc'h taste had been shown iii the, decorations. A car driven' by Miss M. Ghnrch was nicely' decortedi v »vith small silk flags along the wind-screen and ?. over the radiator. • - 1 : _ v > .-- > The procession, which was about a mile in length, went 'up 1 ' to-. Roebuck road, : and ' then returned via Gladstone roa'drto the Post Office.. ' - • There was- a very < large T number of coantry settlei"s in town, and many were unaJ»|'e to;:secure luncheon, owing to the hotels ami even- bbarding-house£ riot /having staflsi on. 'Many country people, however, made <nicmc 'parties' ion the Kaiti esplanade. A ; - refreshment .tent . erected neaif tlie^bld r berth- of the Arahura/von the'lKaiti"si'de~;of the river; was ''•crowded' out' faith people 'seeking a rnealvor r refreshment. - ) • ; ■ ' .^^^tmdE&pN. 1 ; . ;.;; At nopii-aboutr- six . hundred ; veterans > returned;. pffic«rß,,n.,c,o's : . and men assembled' at the^ Garrison- -Hall to partake of luncheon. • The'.: Mayor, Sir James - Curroll,. -,the> . Hon. , , W.. D. S. MacDonald, and other public representatives were also present. ;..;.; ..,•■, Before the . meal commenced' 'Colonel W..;H. Fletcher called the assembly to attention an<J- they aU.'stood with bowed heads for five minutes as a, raarlc of respect to'the dead. . A bugler sounded the Last^ Post jat. the end of the per"iod.^' • -" : - .-''■■■• ■■■• 1 An excellent luncheon had been pro- , yidedby Mrs W. G/ Sherratt, assisted *"' a l ar g e number of young ladies who efficiently- waited "on the tables. . Alter full justice- had been done •• to * the good things, with which the tables were heavily .burdened; His Worship the --/Mayor,- Mr Gy' Wildish proposed ; the .toast of "The King." Before the gatherirfg dispersed , the Hon t W. D; 5..-. MacDonald asked all present,^ to join, with him on thia memorable occasion in thanking - Mrs Sherratt and the ladies, who had assisted her for f making the gathering .such a . splendid success. The hearts of the people, had ' been. With the soldiers , throughout^ the -"strenuous campaign, and they -.all paid-ftribute to the dead in foreign Mads. While 1 the men were standing behind the q;uns the women stood behind them' alf. Gisborne had never failed in its men and had nevei failed to show its loyalty , but withoul the women this woul'd'' have been impossible. He called on the soldiers tc give ..y: three ringing cheers for the women. The cheers were given with much gusto* and the gathering dispersed. THE SPORTS. On .Saturday afternoon the sports gathering, for returned! soldiers was held at the Reserve. There was * large attendance of onlookers and gooc entries for all events. The results o: the programme were as follows :—10( < yards, boys under 16 years— E. Mahei 1, -C. Dowdle 2, F. Daulton 3; 10( \ yards, girls under 16 — Amy Johns 1

Florrie Benson 2; pillow light for soldiers — E. F. Stone 1, C Nicholson 2 ; 220 yards — G. A. Fvomm 1. H. Hawkins 2; 440 yards relay — L. Hansen, Smith,- Walters, and R. Hansen 1, CopedOj Brown, Stephen an^ Neill 2 ; ladies' race, 100 yards— Maida Hepburn 1, Mary Davidson 2; three-legged race — R. Hansen ! and A. R. Smith 1, J. Tear and W. Price 2 ; cock fight— Cautfield and Neil 1, A. Fyson and <^. P. Judd 2; baby competition .for soldier's son or daughter — daughter of W. H. Richards 1, daughter of L'. Stephens 2. THE EVENING'S PROCEEDINGS. Early on Saturday morning a huge pile prepared for a bonfire on Kaiti irtfl was set alight by some mischievous person, but the boy scouts rallied to the call with commendable spirit, and iti the afternoon prepared another «pile for a big bonfire and kept guard over it until the appointed hour for lighting. These plucky youths had tea on the hill, and from town their camp fire could be seen near the bonfire prepared by them. -At 7 p.m. the bonfire on Kaiti hill and Simeon's hill, Whataupoko were lighted; another was lighted on a vacant section on Kaiti, and there was a blaze om Young Nick's Head. A feature of the local celebrations was the brilliant illuminations at the Herald .office*.- the building" being outlined with vari-colored electric 'lights. The display, which was arranged on behalf of the Herald proprietary by Messrs Sinclair and Co, attracted much attention on Friday and Saturday eveningSi The /illuminations will be continued. thisP evening. IRockets and other fireworks were set off from Kaiti hill and also from the'! Tjiatea's berth, and the display Was very effective. Small fireworks and "throw-downs" were in evidence every-

where and the sight of the torchlight procession was .enhanced by the night being a dark one. The Salvation Army Band Jed the procession, follow-! ed by about 60 cars and decorated » vehicles and a large number of people in! masquerade dress ; on foot. • The City Band- was in - attendance'. The Gisborne Farmers' , .Co-operative > Coy. lent car drivers a. ,n'umber of benzine lamps of considerable brilliancy,*"and. thjs, considerably'; improved the, .--geh'eral scpne. The, prpcession moved to -Grey Street and- '.'..returnee! . via ..Gladstone. R<j»ad, then, via Bright Street along P4lmerstpn, .Road too Derby. Street,' thknee. to the Post Office via Gladstone . Road. The bands then ,; withdrew, ! anld '.the procession continued via Glad- 1 stone Road: and Grey Street to the Wjukanae Beach where a huge crowd awJaited'to see the effigies burned and to hear the. impromptu concert — neither of which. 'eventuated. . r^ ■ r The two bands rendered a programme " from the. . Coronation , Hptel . balcony, which was. elaborately . . and n thfe. concluded the programme^ but the people waited about the streets, inrlarge o nuknbers* until a late hour, whilst others in! masquerade Costumes Wandered about the town, making their own fun. A AH the picture shows were well attended, - -,-.-. - i .:• i CHn/DREN'S DAY." I The second day, of the celebrations — Children's Day — was ' held to-day in fine -weather, the day having been set aside; especially- for .the. children, and wqs, taken full advantage of. Mr T. Todd, the organiser! of the motor service for conveying the children to and frbm the Park, states that he did not ~ have a single refusal from those asked to ' . give, assistance with their, cars. The transport of the children of the ( various schools of the town and the sur- * rounding district by motor cars and lorries proceeded smoothly. The children enjoyed the run; to the Park immensely. ; T. Mr Todd reported that all the child- ■■■- reji> Had been taken out . at 10.30,. and he! had gone round, and -found that no stiagglei* had been left; .Owners of f ca|ra had volunteered to make one trrj> had kindly made two. aiid everything Kad gone off splendidly. ,The B ch[ldr€?ri were having a- great day at the fi Park.'.;-; ' ■ ", : jAt the invitation of the Te Karaka 8! people,.' and With- the sanction- of his ■ — Worship the Mayor (Mr G. Wil'dish), the City Band went to Te Karaka to assist in .the function there. The SaT- "I vation Army Band 1 .played' at the Te -» Hjipara Park at the children's day pic- ; nic. :■•-■.■..

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REJOICINGS AT NEW ZEALAND CENTRES. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14966, 21 July 1919

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