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12th July Celebration

A SUCCESSFUL GATHERING. The local Orange Lodge celebrated the 12th of July in Invercargill by a grand concert in the Victoria Hall on Friday evening. There was a large gathering of brethren and friends, and keen interest was manifest in the proceedings. lb The chair was occupied by the Grand Chaplain (Mr W. D. Little), and he proved himself worthy of the honour. He is a whole-hearted advocate of the Order, and a fluent speaker. He read several apologies from clergymen who were unable to attend, and a congratulatory telegram from the Grand Secretary of the Middle Island, and as most people came to hear the items on the programme instead of a long address, confined himself to a short but pointed discourse, sotting forth the principles of Orangoism in a concise manner, in the course of which he said there was need for Protestants to better themselves, otherwise there was a chance of their being ruled by a compact organised minority. Orangemen did not wish to withhold from their Roman Catholic neighbours the privileges they asked for themselves, but Protestantism stood for liberty of conscience and the liberty of the monarch to maintain those right principles by which alone the freedom of the nation could be conserved. Mi - Little infade a fervent appeal to those present to join forces with the Society to maintain those principles. His remarks were frequently applauded, especially when he told the company that he hoped to have, before Christmas, a warrant for the establishment of a female branch of the Order,

The concert programme was an enjoyable one, and each section was opened by Black's orchestra, consisting' oi six performers, and they did remarkably well—more especially in the waltz, "Xymph of the Wave.” Mr Geo. Black was in good voice, and his rendering () i "The Pirates’ Gold" was most acceptable. Miss i). Boss was to have taken part in the programme, but being- indisposed. her place was taken by Mrs Ross, who pleased the audience so much that they demanded an enCore, but as no encores were allowed the public had to abide by the decision of the chairman, who jokingly said :i "An Orangeman’s watchword is 'To surrender.,’ and as it has been decided not to allow encores, wo will go right on with the programme.” Miss Richards gave a capital recitation.

Owing to Mi - Brown, of ‘’The Idlers- ’ meeting with an accident, this talented band of vocalists had to oe excused.

Mr l.e Petit and his flute seem inseparable. and he gained warm applause for two finely played solos. Mr A. it. Thomson sang “Pear Heart” ami "Oft in the stilly night” in finish cl stylo, alid charmed ihe audience. '

in "Love's Kcho” Mrs Crowther was verv successful.

A recitation, “How to vote,” by Mr Watt, won well-merited applause,. The gem of the evening was the singing of Miss Nixon. Her line voice was heard to advantage in two pieces—■'Across the Ulpo Sea” and ”Ma Ain Polk.”

Miss Ball recited “Nothing to Wear” in a capital style, her clear enunciation being a treat. Mr A. Duncan of champion fame contributed a stirring- bagpipe selection. and Messrs Watt and Robbie gave a selected dance in linishod stvle.

The accompaniments were plavcd by Miss Morrison, A.K.C.M.

The concert closed with the singing' of "(loci Save the. King." The chairman invited all "the brethren to stay behind and have a cup of tea and a. chat, and a large number accepted the invitationBefore the concert the Y.M.C.A. Band played several selections in front of i lie hall.

On Sunday afternoon a Protestant demonstration was held in the same, hall, but the weather was very bad, and interfered with a large attendance. The service, nevertheless, was enthusiastically carried out, a nd the chair was ably filled by Mr Little, who is the life and soul of the organisation in this district. A collection was taken dp in aid of the funds oi the Y.M.C.A. Band, and was well responded to-

At Christchurch advantage was taken of the 12th of -Inly celebrations to pass a resolution protesting against Home Rule proposals of the Imperial Government’

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12th July Celebration, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 14, 20 July 1907

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12th July Celebration Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 14, 20 July 1907

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