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District News.

RYAL BUSH. We have had very fine weather for the harvest. Most of the farmers have their crops gathered in, but there are still some stocks to be seen. The crops are fairly light this season. A good number of farmers have had the threshing mill. Rabbiting is the order of the day, and good hauls are expected as the rabbits are very plentiful this season. (Owing to the late rain winter feed for sheep is going to be more plentiful than was expected. Land is still changing hands, and Mr Anderson has sold his farm to a gentleman from the Canterbury district. Mr Vyner has lately introduced a milking machine, the first to be used in the district. On Sunday last we had the Rev.' R. Ferguson from First Church, Invercargill, at Wallacetown in the morning and at Ryal Rush in the evening. He came in order to forward the church extension scheme. He gave an excellent address at both services. March 22nd. GORGE ROAD. The usual quiet of our little district has been upset this month in a very pleasant way, and we don’t mind how many more functions of the same kind take place. The first wedding was that of Mists Barbara McCallum, third ‘daughter of Mr and Mrs Jas. McCall tun, of Springburn Farm, to Mr Jas. Buchanan, fiaxmiller, of this district?. The ceremony took place at the residence of the bride’s parents, in the presence of fully fifty guests, friends from Invercargill and surrounding districts being present. The Rev. Mr Carter tied the fateful knot. The bride, who was given away by her father, had as bridesmaids her sisters, Misses Mary, Annie, and Amelia McCallum, while the bridegroom was attended by Mr M. McCallum. After the ceremony the bridal party assembled in front of the house, and were photographed by Mr Burrell, of Invercargill, who also brought the camera into operation upon the guests. Returning to the house the company sat down to an excellent wedding breakfast, presided over by Mr Carter, and honoured the customary toasts.

The young couple were the recipients of many valuable presents, both useful and ornamental. The bride and bridegroom and many of the g'uests left for Invercargill by the 5.20 pan. train. The party then dispersed, as owing 'to a recent bereavement in the bridegroom’s family, the customary evening social was dispensed with. Mr and Mrs Buchanan went to Christchurch to spend their honeymoon. The second wedding was that of Miss Dorothea, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Kiederer, of Kahikatea, to Mr T. Major, of Carrisbrook, Victoria. This couple journeyed to Invercargill to have the marriage ceremony performed, and returned by the 6 p.m. train. Quite a large party assembled at the station to welcome them on their return, but were doomed to disappointment, as the bride and bridegroom alighted on the opposite side of the train, and were well on their way home before the fact was realised, and the party, doing the best thing under the circumstances, dispersed. In the evening fully 100 guests assembled at the residence of the bride’s parents, and did full justice to a sumptuous wedding breakfast, presided over by Mr Perkins , of South Invercargill. The customary, toasts were duly honoured.

Mr Nioderer, who is the owner of the Kahikatea sawmill transformed his mill into a'.social hall, the decorations of which were in excellent taste, and at 8-30 p.m. about forty couples took the floor in the grand March, to excellent music supplied by Mr and Mrs Davis. During the evening songs w-ere given by Mrs" Nonteath, Mrs Golden, Messrs McCallum, Major, Niederer,

and others, while Mr M. McCallum 1 made an efficient M.C., and an excell- J ent evening’s enjoyment ensued. Numerous presents were received, which were much admired. Mr and Mrs Major left for Christchurch, and received a great send-off when leaving the station.

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District News., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 30 March 1907

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District News. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 30 March 1907

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