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CHRISTMAS AT KAITAKE., Taranaki Herald, Issue 649, 7 January 1865
CHRISTMAS AT KAITAKE.
On i"loTid,i.y the i."'h instant, Ksitn'co was the «cc"c n' /rout l'estivi'v, the weather bunrj oveivthi.ig in it mortal c-uM reasonably desire. Tiie sputs •!( Uu- ailernoqu wont off in fust-rato Bfylo, tho 7.l- iuus prizes btnng closely contestcl for— howcvei tiuse were oiily a secondary consideration to what «as to lake |j!ico in the evening, The men of N'». 3 Company determined not to be far in the rear in celobrating this joyous anniversary, in order therefore to carry o\t this fooling, the liou-com-missioned oHicora and men invited the officers to partake of dinner in (lie spac'ous blockhouse, and any ttrnnger visitiag the spot would form a Vary frtvn'iftitjlo opinion of the lifoofa Military Settlers; but reiolleflt the old and worn out saying that "Ci risf ma i conies but once a year." Tbo room was tastpfnlly decorated by the Comraitteo- ably seconded by the never tiring eSbrts of tho own, tho who! a undor the ablo supnrintendeuce of .Mr. Castle?. Evorgi-eons. flowers', with banners of every do\ico, were gracefully hung iv all parU, and at night tho variegated lamps added a brilliancy senrceiy to bo imagined, in fact the "tout ensemble" was complete. At six o'clock tho chair was taken by ColorSorgeant Hall, the vice chair by Sergeant HoJgson, on th'rj right of chairnnn or post of honour Rat Captain Maco wtlKEnsign Afessonger noxt — (Lieut. Huftey unfortunately being unable to attend), and now commenced tho businesn of the ovenir~g, and well was the work, done. Tho table (improvised fot tin- occasion) showed that tho chefs' part in tbo aftair had been no sinecure. Seventy sat down to dinner and it did ono's heart good to soc such nn array of werry and joiial faces — all met for one purpose, ik, U> tiijoy themselves, and throw off caro for van Migb.« Aft'ojr Ijj? /ilotit \viis\'einO'odJ'insign I >L»mp» ; p"- gtsvc tt 'i*h.'.' Ojijietfj-" 1 ■which wartespondj c,l to wiMi de.ifouing vhcoi », next " General Came- | row," then f'ilowd "Oolottul Warro and Staff;" "''The Military Settlors;" then carao tho toast of tho evening, " The Orßcers of No. 3 Company" by Sergeant Potter in a very eloquent speech, and nwjxmded to by Captain Maco. 1 should do injustice to tho gallantry of tho men if I wero to neglect to mention the toast of tbe ladies proposed ; by Sergeant Hodgson in a very humourous speech.! About ten o'clock Capt. Mace and Ensign Messen- } ger retired and visited the lower? blockhouse, whore' tho counterpart of tho jollity nnd festivity was ' j going on. Amongst tho visitors I must mention Mr. Win. Brentonall of Xo. 1 Company M.S., who | by his admirable playing and singing kept tho wholo company in roars oi' laughter. And now tho fun grew fast and furious — song followed song — you CQald hear jokes on all sides and everything went on right moiT.ly, til. at last Iho toll-talo dock proclaimed it whs getting into tho wee hours of tho morning, and Hlling up a bumper round — overy man on his legs — " God enve tho Queen" thundered I through the buildiug followed by threo times three, I and then ended one of the jolliostand most rational day's amusement it has ever been my lot to 'Witness. — Comviuuicated. , Christu.lß at SENTfur lEilu— Christmas, ' as in tbe olden time,' was duly obsjrvod at Ssutry Hill by No. 3 Company of Military Battlers. The non-coininissionod officer!) and men united in ono common bond, out of aespeofc for their officers, and thought it would bo paying a debtofgratitudo for tbo vary hmxlsomo manner in which they have been troatod by them since tuoir enrolment, by asking them toft dinner which should take place on 'Boxing day. The rnomini? dawns with weather pwst auspicious, and remind- ' cX us of a Queen's day in Grail Britain, in fact tho "Britain of tho South," as this island is very appropriately ntuned, had put on all ita charms, and tho various sports came oft" with an eclat some'titnes equalled but never surpassed. r Thc sports comprised hnrdlejracing, jumping, in sacks, ronninir, leaping, jingling match, &c, the prizes for these be.ng Handsomely subscribed by Oaptnin Brasssy, and the , officors of No. S Comoany, IT.B. The dinner was served at J '5 o'ctock, and the committee who superintended tho arj raii^ements were second to none, the delicacies of the •season, with the usftal roast -beef and plum pudding, ! n»a'£in:* v repast that might be envied, -*even by those who j havo frequented the famous London Tavern, or enjoyed the spreads of the world renowned Soyer. The decorations of the blockhouse woro ur.der the superintendence of C'o'orSwgeant W. R. Churchouse, and eclipsed tho ideal by in t trotluciiu the native productions, namely, ferna, wild Convolvo us, swost pea, &c. Tiie devicss were the crown with its V 8., nn'l a scvull composed of crossed swords, for the ' hiiid t'f tho tnblo j this was lookod upon by all as a noticei nbli; feftt,n-e in tho artistic arratt'^ements ; o-nd tho Prince of - tf alfs' Feathers, with Maori paddles and rifles, bayonets ' bctd. •.'•.%t«h' a ptet&y -atldUion to tho vj«i-chairavui send, j 1 looting in fts whde 0 picture th.it in all probability was j i.ih ~r M°n !>ef>iro fn tins part of tho Northern Island ; and ; I h&l we the --raima of a- Turner, a more sylvan retreat than ! otir usu&.ly 0,-151 b ockhousa presents, might be imagined, buijwtai'il.v not so truthfully pourtrayeel The chair bain;? ta'<en hy (Jolor-Serxcant Churchoua?, and tho tables erowjod wnh the Military Settlers and thoir friends, the foHowmg oflic^rs aud ifentlemon entere4 tho room— Capt. Br.issey, os tho guest of tho e-Vfefting, Lieuts. Pitcairn, W. son, and Gosling, Dr. Webber, Kasigns Dalryrpple and Hir.t-y, Messrs. Connall, Ronalds, and tho chief Mahau. Tho ins o'tftnt imt of tho business as ro«mla the inner man accomplished, the follov.ing toasts wero proposed and ros'-on'lo'l to by tueir several fopresmtitives, tho airs btinjr p ayod cheerful y by volunteers fiom the Imperial and Co onial Forces :— " Her Majesty the Qusen," air—God Save the Qaeen. " Tho Princo nnd Princess of Wales, and tho re3t of tho Royl Family," air— Huil, Starofßrvmsvrin'c. "The Army and Navy," air— The Youn? Rocruit. '"Church and State," air— Dea/l March in Saul. "The Mi'itary Sjtf.era," air — Bonnie Bundeo. "Captain Brassey," air— Tho old English Gentleman. " Tho Chairman," air— Wiat will they say in England. " The Subaltern Officers of No. 8 J1.5.," air— Auld k\n% Syne. " Tliq Town and Trade of New Plymouth," mr—Koast Boafof .Old Englnnd. " Tho Press, air— Rule Britannia. Ths eveninu then passed away jovially, anil instead of " war's alarms,' ' tho Ma<ni nnd the Briton were seen in happy concord. And so ended tho first Boxiug Day in this our adopted land, everything: passing off A.l.— with but one exception— and that, tho absence of tbe partners of our joys and sorrows, the Ladies. But " 'IVday wo smile, .to-morrow mourn, " Noy find a rose without, a tborn." Ni'^ht throw its sable garment oh tb'es^ene, end concluded the day'r. amusements, everything going as merry as a marriago bell. — Communicated.
CHRISTMAS AT KAITAKE., Taranaki Herald, Issue 649, 7 January 1865
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