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The Reporter.

DOMINION DAY. The early pioneers of Southland rejoice to see another forward step in. the advancement of their adopted home. Although the weather was not of the host large numbers turned out to honour the occasion. The work of arranging the preliminary details was left in the capable hands of our worthy mayor, Mr W. B. Schndrett, and it could not have been placed in better hands. He carried out his part with credit to himself and the borough he represents. The whole of the proceedings were over by shortly after one o’clock, and like a good general he (the Mayor), wired the Prime Minister a result of the doings of this important centre as under : “.lust concluded the most important ceremonies ever held in this fair city of Invercargill. Troops and Cadets mustered in excellent strength. The public were present in thousands. Precisely at eleven o’clock I read the proclamation of His Majesty the King, unfurled the Dominion flag from the town hall, read your message to the citizens ; the band then played the National Anthem. Speeches followed, then the troops saluted the flag and fired a feu-de-joie. Later, I presented His Majesty’s gift of Colours to the Mounted and then to the Infantry Regiments. was received with the utmost enthusiasm and interest.—W. B. Scandrett, May. or.” The volunteers mustered in force, and the presentation of the colours in the Queen's Park attracted a large attendance. M’any visitors came from, the country. The day was generally observed as a holiday. Great demonstrations were held at the various centres. A TRIP TO DICKENS LAND The Dickens Land Fair in connection with the Wesleyan Church, was opened in Zealand!a Hall on Wednesday evening, and no effort has been spared to make it one of the besit yet held in Southland. It reflects' great credit on all concerned, and should result in a substantial neb return. A great deal of labour was involved in bringing it to such a state. Ladies have been working with untiring - effort during the winter months, and the sterner sex has_ not been idle. The hall is crowded nightly, and as the fair closes to-night all who can should make a point of being present. In addition to the contents of the stalL, and the beautiful decorations, the - competitions carried out every evening are alone worth the money charged for admission. The proceeds arc to be devoted to a g'ood purpose—that of the I. voiding qx t.bc ieviot street muich a building that is a credit !.o the town and district. There is no -ack of enjoyment, and to those who softer from insomnia or indigestion, of the •'■'blues,” our advice js ; Visit the Dickens Fair, and it will prove much more beneficial than all the patent medicines on the market. SOCIAL, His Worship the Mayor (Air W. B. Scandrett) and Airs Scandrett gave a social and euchre, party to the Corporation employes in Victoria on Thursday evening. Despite the wmtrv weather, there was a vei'y lai g© attendance, including numerous invited guests besides the heads of tho various departments. When Air Scandrett takes anything in hand he has a happv way of carrying it through, and he is fortunate i n having the assistance of an ideal hostess in Mrs Scandrett. The gathering took the form of a euchre party in the early part of the evening, at which Foreman Miller controlled the game in first-class style. Several handsome prizes were distributed to the winners, and Mr E. A. Phillips took an excellent flashlight photo of the gathering. An excellent supper followed, and when the floor was cleared foi dancing a numerous company took part, and with dancing, songs, duets, etc,., a most enjoyable time was spent.’ Miss Nixon sang a number of times,; and was in splendid voice, while one and all joined in making tho gathering a splendid success-. The prizes fnr the euchre wore then presented. The winners were as follows ;— Ladies : Ist, Mrs J. Philpot, 2nd Mrs M. Hawkins ; Gents ; Ist, Cr. W. A. Ott, 2ad Mr Frank Menzies. Thus Air and Airs Scandrett had the distinction of providing the first social held in Victoria Hall under the Dominion Flag, which His Worship had so successfully unfurled a few hours previous.

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The Reporter., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 23, 28 September 1907

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The Reporter. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 23, 28 September 1907