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Bluff Notes.


A peep in at the Eagle Hotel last Friday night week disclosed a scene of great merriment, the occasion being a large gathering of citizens to bid bon voyage to Mr Paul Smith, who left by the s.s. Warrimoo on \a well-earned holiday to his native land. His Worship the Mayor, Air G. A. W'healler, occupied the chair, and on behalf of the many friends of Air Smith, presented him with a silver watch and chain, suitably inscribed, a case of pipes, and throe guineas in cash. The Chairman, in his remarks, referred to the many good qualities possessed by Air Smith, and the esteem in which he is held by the people of'the Bluff, after a residence of 84 years. Messrs Hinchey, AlcPhail.' H. Lee, F. Cooper, F. Bailey. J. Stewart, AI. E. AViig and J. Adams also spoke in flattering terms of the guest of the evening.

Air Smith, on rising to reply, was received with quite an ovation, and it was some time before the strains of "For he’s a jolly good fellow - ’ would allow him to be heard. Eventually he got a chance to say that the goodfellowship and , kindness shown him that night caused him a good deal of surprise, .and that the presents he had received ho would treasure above all things. The after proceedings were presided over by Air AlcPhail, and took the form of a most sociable social. Bongs were contributed during the evening by Messrs AlcPhail, Hinchey, Harris, 11. Lee. Ladbrook, Adams, Cooper, and Smith, and the proceedings were brought to a close with the,singing of "Auld Lang Syne - ’ and "God Save the King.’ - A large party assembled on the wharf on Tuesday to see the last of Air Smith, ami the fluttering of handkerchiefs was kept up until the Warrimoo was lost sight of in the fast approaching night. g


The annual meeting of the Bluff Cuards was held on Wednesday. Bth Inst., there being present Captain Nichol. Lieut. Lister, Mr Hinchey, and non-coms, and men. The balance-sheet and report disclosed a very satisfactory financial position. Sergts. Moss and Valentino presented reports of the shooting a nd Social conun it t ees. The new committees elected for the ensuing year were as follows ; Finance Committee; Sergt. Moss, Chrpl. Forbes, Privs. Keinan and C. Bradshaw. Shooting Committee ; Mr W. Hinchey. Sergt. Moss. Corpl. Hatton, and Privs. C. Norris a nd C. Bradshaw. Social Committee ; Sergts. Valentine. J. Dale, and Moss. Corpls. Forbes ami .Johansen, Privs-. Crofts, J. King, (Dies. Hrickson, Fox and Hatpin. .'Scrg-t Moss was appointed armourer, and Lieut. Listen- lessen 1 of the Hall. The Chairman, in his report, reierred to the success of the ?ug-of-war teams at the Christchurch military tournament. The company were also represented by four members at the Rifle Association Championship, and live members a t Trentham.


On Sunday night, while- a haavy S’alu was blowing, one of the crow of the s.s. Maori had the misfortune to have his hat blown over the ship’s side, and in his frantic efforts to g'i’ah his head gear he lost no time in falling' overboard, the chief cook noticing the mishap, lie immediately Jumped overboard to the rescue. His shouts attracted the attention of two firemen who did not take long to note the situation, and without a moment’s hesitation they also made acquaintance with the ico-cokl water. The unfortunate man who fell into the water could, not swim, and his mates had some difficulty in getting him to the wharf. Eventually, with the assistance of the officers he was got on dry land again. As a rule, firemen and crews of the Home boats arc looked upon as a rough crowd of men, but when it is a question of a fellow creature’s life in danger, they are never found wanting. and without doubt their promptness on Sunday night saved their shipmate’s life, which is a fact well worthy of being chronicled.


Something- new took place in the Methodist Church last Tuesday night, the event being a night for youngpeople, held under the auspices of

the Young people's Union. The Rev. Mr Hunt occupied the chair, and a most enjoyable evening was spent. During the evening songs were contributed by the Misses Eva S. Skerrett, A. Erasmussen, Ladbrook, Sinclair, and Isabel Hutton ; dialogues by the Misses Wiig and two other young ladies ; and recitations by Ethel Buchanan, Iris Keats, Alice George. Annie McLead, and Hugh Marcussen. **


The s.s. Wimmera from Melbourne arrived on Monday afternoon, several hours late, rough weather being the cause of the delay. One lady passenger had a good deal of knocking about, and was confined to bed on arrival in port. The Wimmera continued working till 3 a.m., and sailed at daylight on Tuesday morning. She also had on board 400 tons of fruit from Hobart for transhipment to the s.s. Corinthic. The s.s. Delphic sailed on Monday, and the Maori on Tuesday, the latter with a full cargo of N.Z. proddee direct fropi Home ports. Mr Oh as Horne, who has been away from the Old Country for six years, made up his mind to take a trip Home by the Maori within a few hours of her departure. The many friends of Mr Horne did not have time to wish him good-bye. A ship called the Milton Burns put into port on Thursday for provis!- 1 ons. She is 191 days out from Hamburg, and is bound for American ports. The s.s. Suffolk arrived on Thursday afternoon, and loads 15,000 packages of produce, including frozen mutton, beef, and rabbits. Priv. Fletcher of the Guards recently entered the ranks of the benedicts, and his comrades took the opportunity of presenting him with a handsome marble clock as a memento of their esteem on the occasion of his marriage. Priv. Fletcher feelingly acknowledged the gift on behalf of himself and Mrs Fletcher. The guards intend 'going in for the. latest up-to-date khaki service uniforms.

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Bluff Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 7, 18 May 1907

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Bluff Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 7, 18 May 1907

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