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l Mr John Fraser, having sold his ! property here and taken a farm in : the/otautau district, the residents of i this district tendered him a farewell social in the hall on the evening of i Tuesday, 17 th inst. The function i took the form of a set banquet, three tables the length of -the hall 1 being tastefully laid by the ladies. About forty persons assembled to do ■ honour to their guests, and the proceedings opened by all present rising to their feet and singing a verse of “God Save the King,’’ after ample justice was done to the good things with which the tables were , laden. Mr D. McKenzie occupied the chair, and in his opening address referred to Mr Fraser’s many good qualities as a friend, a neighbour, and a public man, his remarks toeing followed by- a song by Miss Maggie Brown, after which the chairman proposed “The Guest of the Evening,’’ which was enthusiastically drunk with musical honours. Mr Win. Fraser responded to the toast, expressing his regret that such desirable neighbours as Mr and Mrs Fraser should be leaving the district. Mr Duncan (Invercargill) next gave a, bagpipe selection, which was well received. At this stage Mr W. Strang, on behalf of those present and of numerous subscribers throughout the Aparima riding and Wright’s Bush, presented Mr Fraser with a purse of sovereigns, Mrs Fraser with an easy chair and dining-room clock, and the Misses Jessie and Greta Eraser with silver serviette rings. On rising to reply, Mr Fraser was 'greeted with cheers and applause. When this had subsided, Mr Fraser, in an able and well-chosen speech, thanked the donors for their generous gifts, and referred to the many happy years he and his wife-, and family had spent in the district. In speaking of his public life he assured those present that although removing from the district, he woidd at the end of his present term again stand for Aparima riding in Wallace County Council, and if the ratepayers returned him ho would do his best for the riding and the county as a . whole. The next item was a song by Mr W. Humphries, who had to respond to an encore. Mr A. Weir then proposed “The Farming Interests,’’ which was suitably responded to by Mr J. McLeod. Mr H. Lobb was next on the programme with a song, followed by the toast “Dairying Industry” by Mr M. Gray, and humorously replied to by Mr A. Barron. The following toasts were also duly honoured ;—“Local Bodies,’’ proposed by Mr A. McKenzie (Glen Burn), and replied to by Mr Jno. Fraser ; “ The Ladies,’’ by Mr E. Fraser, replied to by Mr W. Humphries ; “The Bachelors,” by Mr Thos. Fraser, replied to by Mr W. Southern and Mr J. McGillivray ; “The Press,” by Mr D. McKenzie, replied to by Mr Berndston ; and '“The Visitors,” by Mr J. S. Brown, replied to by Messrs A. McKenzie and J. B. McLean. The Misses Jessie and Greta Fraser .danced a shauntreuse and Highland fling respectively in the usual graceful manner. Songs were given by Messrs W. Fraser, J. Brown, and A. McKenzie, and a quartette by the Misses Brown (2) and Messrs J. Brown and H. Lobb. Miss M. Southern and Mrs Thos.. Fraser supplied the accompaniments. A verse of Auld Lang Syne, preceded by a vote of thanks to the chairman, brought an enjoyable social to a close, after which dancing was indulged in until about two a.m.

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Waimatuku., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 23, 28 September 1907

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Waimatuku. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 23, 28 September 1907