On Wednesday morning Mr W. B. Scandrett was again installed in the Invercargill mayoral chair. He has the satisfaction of knowing that he represents a very large majority of the people, who have implicit confidence in his ability, and judging by past experiences that confidence has not been misplaced. He has not come into office with a flourish of trumpets, but in his usual quiet, businesslike way, determined to further the interests of the town and district to the utmost.
As in former years, Mr Scandrett, on . taking office, treated a numerous companv to a reception. The one .which His Worship and Mrs Scandrett gave in Victoria Hall on Wednesday evening' eclipsed all previous efforts, and their guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. In opening, Mr Scandrett —modest man that he is—announced that he did not want the speakers to flatter him or his actions. The gathering was one simply to mark his coming into office for another term, and he trusted all present would enjoy themselves —and they did. Speeches, songs and good music, and a plentiful supply of refreshments made , the time pass all too quickly. Following is the list of guests present. The number would have been much larger but for a number of prior engagements ; The Mayor and Mrs and Miss Scandrett, the Town Clerk and Mrs Walker, the Town Solicitor and Mrs Macdonald, the Town Engineer and Mrs Sharp, Cr. and Mrs Roche, Cr. and Mrs J. Walker. Cr. and Mrs Cleave, Cr. McKay, Cr. and Mrs Ott, Cr. and Mrs W. Stead, Cr. and Mrs Martin, Cr. and Mrs Bain, the Chairman (Bluff Harbour Board) and Mrs Watson, the Chairman (High Schools’ Board) and Mrs Macalistcr, Hon. H. Feld wick (M.L.C.), Mr J. A. Hainan (M. H. R.) and Mrs J. A. Hanan, Mr A. H. Maclean (Government Auditor), the Mayor of
North Invercargill and Mrs Ekonstecn, the Mayor of Avenal and Mrs Ward. the Editor of the Southland Times and Mrs Gilmour .Corporation Banker and Mrs Smitn. Mr It. R .Wilson (architect of the Town Hall) and Mrs Wilson. Past Mayors were represented by Mr and Mrs Hatch. Mr and Mrs W. H. Hall, Mr and Mrs Raeside. Mr and Mrs Goldie, Mr and Mrs Longuet. Mr and Mrs Hugh Mair. Mr and Mrs -John Stead, Mr T. Pratt : the gas manager and Mrs Rabbidge. the waterworks engineer and Mrs Harper, the sanitary inspector and Mrs Rennie, the superintendent of the (ire brigade and Mrs Millar, Mrs H. Ross. Miss Nixon. Messrs Churton and Coaling. Mr and Mrs D. S. Thomson, Mrs Frank Scaa'drett, Messrs Hunter, Fane, and other representatives of the Press. A capital toast list, interspersed with musical items and short, politics speeches, was gone through, and thoroughly enjoyed. The hall and stage were nicely decorated with ferns and flowers, and the host and hostess soon made everyone at home. Songs were given by Mr E, R. Wilson, who proved that he can sing as well as design theatres. Mrs Ross sang sweetly and well—one never tires of Invercargill’s favourite vocalist. Messrs Couling and Churton also contributed songs, and received hearty applause. Miss Nixon sang twice in finished style, anti Mrs Frank Scandrett, lies ides being an accomplished pianiste, treated the audience to a delightful song. Had time permitted, the whole of the singers would have had to repeat their numbers. Although not an item on the list, Mr Stead thought he could not let the opportunity pass to propose the health of the Mayor (Mr Scandrett), and this ho did in a capital speech, marked by the best of feeling. The gathering dosed shortly after 11 p.m., and one and all wished the host and hostess many years of happiness and prosperity.
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Southern Cross, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 5, 4 May 1907
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