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A Big Maori Wedding Feast.

."• ; Mangamuka presented a lively and picturesque ;'»' 'Appearance on Saturday, the, 9.th ? when upwards .0f, 600 natives, Representing all the tribes, from ; WfiangaVei to tha Norfch\C a pc, assembled to do iondr to a great marriage feast, whereat no less, than, five' couples were joined in the bonds of -iriatrimony. „ , '' . # ;, : FlagsVwere flying in all directions, the people 'werfe all' arrayed in their .best, the Kohukohu ' ibra'ss band was playing, aiid .everything was; as it should be,' ?' as merry as a marriage bell." 'Thtf chiefs received the visitors (and right" honourably.did they discharge their duties as hosts), I Conducting them through an avenue of houses and wtiaresj and saluting them with flags as they passed '."■ , - < ' i , -, , At: 12 "p'clook ttie pealing of the .church bell %as the signal for the! wedding procession, which ( made 1 its appeararice at the lower end of the f "'"■ avenue, and the sight of these five happy couples ''was very pleasing indeed. The brides were all .pressed in European style, some'ol the dresses •■' ;Mving come from Auckland, and I may say that i ■flomebf your fair toww belles might well envy their appearancei the Misses Smith and '."'■BifieriV' 1 especially. ••: During the procession the '■ ; I)and played the. Wedding March, and a noble- 5 ';' looking^ old: Maori! chief, in 'gaudy attire, and a; fl«lg, acted as drum major. The old lioy'ibokedas proud as if he was going to marry vine Whole lot hirpselfi .. . , .'.•The ceremony was performed in, a ; large nibau :: pavilion, about 400 feet long, by the Bey. Philip "Rakena; after which the , people formed a large '.eirclej' arijund which the wedded party marched to '■ «hakeh^nds wi?h and receive their congratula■iions.. This; done, they seated themselves in •"iront^ of the /crowd, when the, waiters and cooks / ijegan^arranging :the^ feast, Nikau leave? we?e. ; oh the ground to answer for tables for the : lank and file, while ; the bridal Vparty and i'fiorioureav guests had a table provided; The :I«weddink cakes wer'esix in number, all well made beautifqily^ !dec6rate4— one yery Jarge one, Sf ihree feet ; hjgh, being, the centre of attraction. > ; iw;;Th^waitersyrereyery attentive, and proyidea Vthe luxuries- imaginable; —/roast and and mutton, bread, vegetables, 'puddings, pastryi tarts, cakes, etc., all, Well copied and eredrt&iriy, served. The utmoft ; /' border prevailed, 'and ,the> management m this ', -respectA deserves special mention-Hhe f 9°^ W, ;3each; tribe being portioned, off arid the name. ■/.ticketed on if., The^ntics of the : Hauhsu coni^bingent web , very Amusing: They;,had a ( lpng withktwo yhite flags suspended frbmiliiWßU, ; fords' V Israel" 'and > <; Ziori " pn'tiiem m big S'red ieitersi / They were all dressed in, wh^te, and three times round- this pole, chanting, le^spmfrngmarble, before ', they v cpmmen^d: tdeat. affair was oyery 'orderly, .not one, ; v *pre^ent being the worseiof' liquor ; indeed', your, Iv'^plunt^ spreads;^ compare yery unfavourably with tnis y^urti-'OUt.V-'V^ I-; ■■'v;-'. ; '-'!r'.- : '. V v^-', \-,~; ■■' vV v,:-"- --;".::-'. r Tbere were all sorts of amuaements^-iootoalli ! v ; wrestling, boxing,; putting the 1 ston e,; ; j umping, . L; i-etc*, -whije; those yvho ;wißhed to indulge : in a could do so^oth^^ ;^rpss^and; v -" ;^VV' u .S' ' 1 --} > '-y-'y-/-/\:: i : .'-'■'. -''yr.- '- 6; ? Matiganlu^a is one of ihe priettiest spots in all f lk^e^Mskl4v^i\fiXid^ being l^Ssyvpf; access both by i^yi^land^w^tervthe going, and coming • afforded i|^pj!sSlie -l^ast^pleasrire of ithe prbceedings ,;'■■", and I. |p||3|f b^; sj^iprised; -if .o|;.the ' |^i^a^galmukaj{f 6l|tir;" andi'jthe-A oppbifcupities ; \fpt , ;^np^ : gt|im^epid,^(i/4ew^^fei^g

/> s ; iS ' returning' to' ;\f V^C : ■■'■■: :--''\^ : '„ •■''''' '/■ '-• >-^i& the Ne^ South Wa)ej3 ; Jppliee force there. is One Italian, one. Armenian, one German, &M one Irish detective." t The last is called Irish Because he speaks Gaelic, The ;' ma j ority of >the detectives are Irish by birth 'or descehjfc. !i . '.'■ —Albert Edward, of Wales, has seventeen brotbers-in -law ', 'sixteen uncles, fifty - seven cpusins,\fi£tyrejght, nephews and neices. , Great; Britain-has ;■." secured the services " of> mostrpf these distinguished relations at a remunerative *ra,te of pay . ;. ■ : ,',,;- --, —The history of Doncaster Butterscotch is th,e history of nearly every notable discover^ or business development, and is well fitted to illustrate] the' saying ~M, What great events from .little causes; spring." In 1817, Mr D. Parkinson started business as manufacturing confectioner in High-street, Doncaster, England—making a speciality of . a. sweetmeat ' called Doncaster Butterscotch.: The excellence of this article soon gaihed.'for it wide fame, and when Queen Victoria, visited* Doncaster she was induced • to , taste the local product, which so pleased her that she gave Mr/ Parkinson s an order. . Ever since that time the ; Eoyal Donoaster Butterscotch has been a household word in the North of England. ,Mr W. Parkinson, ,of Victoria-street, Auckland, is a grandson of the original maker and has tae real recipe/the genuineness of which has been testified to by no less a personage than His Excellency" the Governor, Lord Onslow^whb has been pleased to add hisjdistinguished patronage. ■ The just fame of the 4oyal' Doncaster Buttefscptch was so conspicuous that other firms soon began > to imitate, or rather try to pass on the public an inferior article done up in similar packets—another sure' sign of its excellence.,- The public are warned if they wish to get the real article to see that the trade mark, the Doncaster Church, is on every packet.

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A Big Maori Wedding Feast., Observer, Volume IX, Issue 570, 30 November 1889

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A Big Maori Wedding Feast. Observer, Volume IX, Issue 570, 30 November 1889

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