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Bluff Notes.

MUNICIPAL. The ordinary meeting - of the Campbelltown Council was held on Monday, 7th inst, there being - present His Worship the Mayor (Mr G. A. iWhealier) and Crs. Parsons, D. McKenzie, Hinohey. A, McKenzie, Valentine, Cruickshanks and Nichol. J. Vickery applied for transfer for carters’ license to G. Eas.tlake. — Heft in the clerk’s hands to attend to. Pire Brigade made application for certain requisites. Referred tp Fire Brigade Committee to report. Bluff school committee wrote, stating their intention to carry out improvements to school grounds, and asked permission to take about 200 loads of day from quarry or some other available site. —Granted.

Inspector instructed to provide a suitable crossing for Spencer street, and His Worship the Mayor was empowered to engage any extra labour which may be required in connection with the carting of metal for streets. Inspector reported that ho was taking action against owners for allowing cattle to wander. It was mentioned that several owners were in the habit of herding cattle in the streets, especially on Sunday mornings, and as this is an offence against the Borough bye-laws, Inspector was instructed against' all those found guilty of acting in that way. Accounts amounting to £7l 14s 8d were referred to the Finance Committee. THE BAND. According to custom for years past the Bluff band hold a very successful promenade concert on Monday evening, when a large number assembled in the Drill Hall to hear the contest music. Dr. Torrance, president of the band, announced the purpose of the gathering, and the band then opened with a rendering of the contest march and selection in very creditable style. The programme was interspersed with dancing, and was kept going till midnight. In connection with the concert a “Don Pedro’’ tournament was held, the first of its kind at the port, the winners of which were Messrs Chas. Gilson first, ■and S. Ferguson second. The prizes for “Don Pedro’’ were kindly.’donated by Messrs Geo. Preston and Pi. Dixon. Miss Keinan contributed a song which was well received, and Mr A. McClure gave a recitation. Other items were : Cornet solos by Messrs F. Wilson and W. Dixon ; euphonium solo by Mr W. Newman ; and baritone solo by Mr H. Burtenshaw. The band have pleasure in acknowledging receipt of one pound from Mr C. A. Tipping, which is the sixth donation in aid of the funds for present year, and from a friend the seventh donation has been received in the shape of a cheque for two guineas. PERSONAL, ETC. Mrs Crocket and ehildnen left by the Maheno on Monday for Melbourne for a three months' holiday. I understand that Mr Crocket follows shortly, also on recreation bent. I am glad to see Mr Waddell about again after a very severe attack of influenza. He left on Monday for Dunedin and Central Otago .for a change. There are some very mean, despicable sneaks of Igrrikins at Bluff. After Mr Metzger had given right royal hospitality to any and every one on .Wednesday night, he found the marquee let down to the ground, and its contents pillaged and his flagstaff broken down and carried down the road, and his ornamental fence also broken, to say nothing of the damage to the lawn by trampling, etc. Another phase of cowardly sneakism was manifested in the puncturing with a sharp knife or other instrument the tubes on one of Messrs Stone Bros.’ motors which was placed in Messrs Nichol Bros.’ yards for the night. This kind of conduct after such lavish hospitality to allcomers) —even to the diminutive tinkettler —is enough to curdle the milk of human kindness in anyone. a The s.s. Wainui arrived here on Wednesday, and was to leave on Friday for Hobart. The Janet Nichol from the Southern Islands also arrived here, after having to shelter at The Nuggets for a day or twoThe s.s. Horbart is due here at any time with a load of coal for Messrs Mill and Co. The technical classes are now all practically ended, and have on the whole been very well attended, and exceeded the expeclasions generally of the promoters. Amongst other classes the book-keeping class has been successfully carried out by Mr ,

G. R, George, who offered a prize at the end of the term for the most, proficient in book-keeping. This, I understand, wgs won by Mrs H. Norris, with several points to spare. It is to be hoped that the Association will continue to carry on its work next season and meet with the same success. It is now nearly time for the regatta committee to be stirring again —only. 24 months now to this important fixture. At the Borough Council meeting on Monday night the Mayor presented Cr. E. A. Nichol with a- valuable silver salver from the members of the council as a mark of their esteem and goodwill on the occasion of his marriage, whilst on the previous Thursday a presentation was made by the St. Matthew’s choir to Mr Nichol and Miss Metzger, both of whom were members of the choir. The presentation consisted of a silver teapot suitably inscribed. A good season is being looked forward to this summer as regards sport. What with the r-ecusitation of the Rowing Club, renewed energy in the Cricket; Club, and no abatement in the enthusiasm of the Bowlers — but alas ! that I should have to state it ; Where, Oh where is the swimming club ? and where, oh where can a person have a dip in all the beautiful expanse of the Bluff Harbour. There was some rumour of baths being constructed, but that lying 'Jade is as great a delusion as the Bluff salt water baths.

VOLUNTEERS. The Bluff Coast Guards had a ■special parade on Tuesday evening after which they entertained their popular captain at a social and presented him with a very handsome photographic shield containing a photo of each and every member of the corps, including their hon. captain (the Rt. Hon.. Sir .1. G. Ward) and other honorary members. Surg.Capt. Torrance was to have made the presentation, and was actually present to do so, but was called away to an urgent case, and tha Mayor (Mr G. A. Whealler) performed what to him was a very pleasing duty. He spoke of the time when Capt. Nichol first joined as a private, and then went through each rank to his present one, which ho filled with credit to himself and his corps. He congratulated both the Company and its commander when wishing the latter every happiness for the future. Captain Nichol. in responding, hoped to be able to devote oken more time to volunteeringin future than he had in the past. Other speeches and toasts* were made by Mr G. R.. George, Mr Hinchey, Lieut. Salmon, and Sergt .-Major Boyle, whilst musical items were rendered by Mr George, Sergt. Moss, Corpl. Wright, Mr Stewart, Mr Raymond, Lieut. Salmon, and others, and made a very pleasant eveningpass very quickly. The shield is very handsomely framed, lettered and decorated, ' whilst the photographic work and grouping, etc., has been admirably and artistically done by (Messrs Phillips Bros., and it will shortly he placed on public view. ORANGE BLOSSOMS. A very pretty and popular wedd■ng took place at the Bluff on Wednesday when Mr Ernest A. Nicihol was married to Miss Hilda Metzger. The ceremony took place in St. Matthew's Church, which was crowded to the doors, and a large crowd waited outside and lined the paths to the doors. The church had been tastefully decorated with daffodils, a bell of the same flower -hanging over the bridal pair. The Rev. W. Swinburn pel-formed the ceremony. The organist (Miss Waddell) presided at the organ, and the service was fully horal. As the bridal party walked up the aisle the hymn “The .Voice that breathed o’er Eden" was sung, and on their leaving, “The Wedding March" was played. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked very sweet in a dress of creme crystalline silk, over glace silk trimmod with valencienno lace, lovely veil, with a wreath of orange blossoms and a shower bouquet of camellias, irexias, and maiden hair fern. She was attended by four bridesmaids, Miss Louie Nichol, Miss Shaw (Dunedin), and the Misses Chrissie and Effie Metzger. The former wore white crystalline over ‘heliotrope and green glace silk, Dolly Vardan hats with purple "and pink daisies, the latter being- dressed in creme mousselline do sole, trimmed with valencienne lace and ruched silk mushroom hats. They had bouquets of daffodils and violets. The best man was Mr D’Arcy Raymond and Mr O. Metzger as groomsman. At the conclusion of the ceremony' the guests were entertained in a large marquee on the lawn by Mr and Mrs Metzger, when

the Rev.. Mr Swinburn, who was a personal, friend of both parties, presided, and proposed the health of the bride and bridegroom. The latter proposed that of the bridesmaids, and Mr Whealler that of the parents of both parties. A number of congratulatory telegrams were received from all parts, including one from the Hon. the Prime Minister. The happy couple left by the 12.30 train ! amidst showei'S of rice and confetti. A large crowd of friends 'gathered_ at the station to see them off, including a large contingent of Coast Guards, who gave three hearty cheers for their captain and his bride as the train departed amid further showers of rice, etc., and the firing of crackers and cheering. The presents from friends in the Bluff and elsewhere were numerous and valuable, including a beautiful painting from the Nuns, and also gifts from the Borough Council, Bluff Guards, St. Matthew’s choir, etc. Several cheques were amongst them. The bride-' groom's present to the bride was a handsome gold bracelet, and to the bridesmaids pretty pearl brooches. The bride’s travelling dress was sage green, tailor-made coat and skirt, hat to match with -pink roses. AQUATICS. After a long recess the Bluff Rowing Club have again roused themselves into active existence,, and have been very busy the last two or three -week® getting their boats and gear all in working order. The formal opening’, which was postponed from last week, on Wednesday, when the Mayor, in a very happy little speech, declared the boating season duly opened. A procession of boats and launches took place, a large number of ladies being taken out in the latter. A somewhat exciting incident occurred during the pei’formancc by the boat of the leading ci’ew filling and sinking under them, necessitating their swimming back to the bo at shed with their boat —the crew being none the worse for their immersion. I did not hear the cause of the mishap, but I noticed that the captain of the club was acting as cox. As 1 he is getting weight for age I can only presume that that had something to do with it. The crews, and in fact all comers, were entexhained by the ladies ns afternood tea. I wish the club every success.

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Bluff Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 25, 12 October 1907

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Bluff Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 25, 12 October 1907

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