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...Tt is a common saving that in comparison with other Societies Oddfellows do not contribute much to the social life of the community. This is considered by many as most unfortunate, but when Oddfellows do undertake any social business, there is no question of the success of the function, as instance the annual social and fiance last Wednesday of the Loyal Awarua Lodge, T.0.0.F.. M.U., which took place in the Thill Hall.

The decorations were not elaborate but they were very tastefully arranged. The floor was good, bur perhaps could have done with a little less sawdust. The music. supplied by Alessrs Grant. Bigwood and Delaney, was almost perfect : the AI.U., Mr C. 'Forbes, was all that could lie desired ; the catering, by Mr T. W. Parry, was fit for a' banquet ; and the attendance, which was something close on I,2<i couples, must have been most gratifying to the committee respon-

sible for the arrangements. Among the visitors I noticed His Worship the Mayor and Mayoress (Mr am! Mrs G. .V. Wheallen, and 'Dr. and Mrs Torrance. Mr A. J. Lister ('representing the Foresters), Miss A. Cooper (representing the Female Foresters), Mr E. Parker (from England), Misses F. Rose and M. Thomas (Ch.ristchurch), Airs Stewart (Invercargill), Air and Airs J. Walker, Airs Sutherland, Mr and Airs T. Stewart, Air and Airs Crocket, Mr and Airs Alar shall. During the evening songs were contributed by AT. AMlentine, Alessrs T. Stewart. W. Anderson. J. Finnerty. and E. Parker, the lastnamed receiving an encore' for his fine rendering of "I Would Like to be a Soldier." A duet, "Ye Banks and Braes," by Air and Airs Crocket, received an enthusiastic encore. All's T. Stewart kindly played the accompaniments.

in the course of the evening the Bro. I). McKenzie. on behalf of the officers and brethren of the Loyal Awarua Lodge, ■ presented I’Ll. Bro. (\'ah‘ntine with a handsomely framed certificate. The X . 0.. in his remarks, bore testimony to the good work done by Bro. Valentine, and hoped that the certificate would always remind him of many happy hours spent with the Loyal Awarua Lodge. Fro. Valentine iit his reply thanked the brethren for the handsome presentation, and stated that he had always tried to do his best in the interest of Oddfellowship, and if there were any young - men present who did not belong to a friendly society, he would strongly advise them to join the Oddfellows, which would be greatly to their benefit. Dancing was kept going till the early hours of the morning, when the large gathering gradually began to disperse, and regret was generally expressed that there is not another Oddfellows’ social in the near future.

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AMUSEMENTS., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 18, 17 August 1907

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AMUSEMENTS. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 18, 17 August 1907

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