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Bluff Notes.

REGATTA COMMITTEE. Last Saturday evening a public meeting was called for the purpose of electing a regatta committee to carry out the annual fixture on 2nd January, and the following gentlemen were duly elected. ; President, Hon. Sir J. G. Ward ; vice-Presidents Dr., Torrance, Messrs C. A. Tipping, G. A. Whealler, G. R. Waddell, S. Nichol, and R. King ; committee —■ Messrs J. King, T. B. Salmon, J. Murison, E. Parker, E. A. Nichol, G. Maud, W. Hinchey, H. W. Martin, R. Back, V. Metzger, A. McKenzie, H. Lee, O. King, C. Bradshaw, and Capt. McN'eilage, with power to add. Chairman of Committee, His Worship the Mayer (Mr G. A. Whealler) ; secretary and treasurer-, Mr A. McClure. * ODDFELLOWS. At the last meeting of the Loyal Awarua Juvenile Lodge, 1.0.0. F., M.U., a quoit tournament was completed. Nineteen members competed, and the winners turned out to be —lst, W r . Spencer ; 2nd. F. Roderique ; 3rd, E. Sinclair - ; 4th, W. Crozicr. The prizes -were given by members of the Management Committee, and in the absence of the President the Vice-President presented them to tiro successful competitors, and announced that the committee had decided to hold other competitions, to commence at an early date. At the meeting two now members were elected. * AMUSEMENTS. St. Matthew’s Church of England Ladies’ Guild held a very successful social and progressive euchre party last week. Crowds of people were there, and everything was most enjoyable. Music was supplied by Grant's orchestra, and Mr D. Cockroft carried out the duties of M.C. The prizes for the euchre were won as under ;—Ladies Ist, Mi's Makeig; 2ml, Mrs Mapletoft ; booby prize. Miss Paterson; gents ; —lst. Mr H. Ivingsland ; 2nd, Mr Shivas ; booby prize, Mi- Geo. Phillipson. 4’ VOLUNTEERS. A parade was called by the Officer Commanding the District for Wednesday afternoon at .Invercargill for inspection by the Inspector-General, and owing to the par-a do of the. Invercargill corps being cancelled, the local company were ordered to parade at the Bluff. This was accordingly ’done, but on parade falling in, a. total number of seven were found to be present. Tin’s was only to bo expected when a parade was called during working hours, in this case, owing to the large amount of shipping- in port every absentee was accounted for by certificates from their employers. Col Davis and his staff arrived by the 2.40 p.m. train and inspected those present, and appeared to be quite satisfied of the genuine inability of the corps to parade at that time of the day. He intimated that he would not count this as an inspection, but he hoped to arrange a parade early in November. I noticed Lieut .-Col. Boyne and Capt. Adjutant Murphy. I understand that they have been reconnoitreing the ground between Ocean Beach and Bluff. It is the intention of the local authorities to have a parade of all the Invercargill troops on the King’s Birthday, wlrm it is expected that some four to five .hundred men will take part. Hie fighting will be between the entrance to the Harbour and the Ocean Beach. The yearly inspection of the rifles on issue to the Coast Guards by the Government Armourer took place on Thursday. The Armourer reported the rifles as being in excellent Condition, although he had to supply six new barrels. These were only necessary owing to the' ordinary wear incident, to the rifle. tlb SHIPPING. The undermentioned are the steamers which have been in port during the w-ejki.'i—S.s. Warrimoo, Tarawer a , Kaituna. Te, TTarbart, Ruapehu, Whakatane, and at time of writing the Wanaka is also due. The s.s. Tarawera came into port on Wednesday morning at 5.30 in the middle of the flood-tide, which is a very difficult feat to perform,, but the Captain appeared to have no difficulty in negotiating his vessel. I regret to notice something like three-quarters of a column in a recent issue of the Southland News about the s.s. Warrimoo leaving tha Harbour on Monday last. The correspondent has evidently - seen more

than anybody else, and has made a mountain, out of a mole-hill. He is

also apparently blessed with any amount of imagination. It is a noticeable fact that Otago papers do not imagine .so much when steamers are in difficulties on their mini banks. * BREVITIES. During the ceremony at Captain Nichol’s wedding last w r eek a littlo incident occurred, which, to those well versed in such mysteries, foretells extreme good luck to the happy pair. A black cat found its way into the church and crossed from left to right. This, my authority states, is the happiest omen possible, and we have no doubt of its realisation. Miss Murcutt, the noted traveller, is at present attracting large crowds to the Drill Hall, and great interest is being taken in her lectures. The cricket club are getting under way for the season, and are at present taking up their old pitch, in preparation for laying down a new one. Increased interest is being taken in rowing matters this season, and the first races are to oe held in about a fortnight, for which four gold medals are available for the winners of the senior, junior, maiden, and youths’ races. The Bluff Naval Band have received their eighth donation for this year by way of a cheque for one guinea from Me R. C. Frv.

At a meeting of the Fire Brigade on Monday evening the opportunity was availed of to present Mr C. Forbes with a very nice toilet bag as a slight recognition- of his many services in acting as M.C. at the Brigade's socials. I understand the Brigade are in receipt of new caps. The question of new uniforms is still under- discussion.

Tiro Learners’ (flub wind up their season next Tuesday evening with a social and dance.

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Bluff Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 26, 19 October 1907

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Bluff Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 26, 19 October 1907

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