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An "overflowing house ■ greeted the performers at tho above concert on Monday evening. The concert, which

consisted of a variety of items, all of a patio ie nature, inc'uding tableaux, glees marches, rongs, etc,, went with a awinjj from beginning to^ end- The tableau •' P«ac« " during whirh the " Doxology " was nunp, wax very beautifully. ?taged. an-J elicited such a unanimous round of I appltuse. rh\t it htd to be repeated. "Ye Gallants of England " by Mr Dunne followed, and then was given a 1 barrack room ballad by Misses Stapleton and Pfiiefer, and soldiers, which was eucored. ■ Mr Perry proved very f uocess- i ful in his eong 4i The Death of Nelson," and bad to respond to a well merited encore. "Oh listen to He Band " at sung by Mis>s Tait, (soloist) and chorusj provtd one of the hits of the evening, Miss Tait, notwithstanding her arduou 8 day's work, being in very good voice, and an encore was claicourously demanded, Mr Chas Hmiscd, who irade his debut before a Hokitika audience, then gave a cornet solo -The L-ist Rose of' which was loudly applauded. A skirt dance by Miss A Malfroy, was gracefully executed and gave great pleasure. A " Grand Review " by navals and cadets, UDd«r ' Lords Roberts and Kitchener " during which " Sons of the Sea " and " Soldier s of the King " were sung inchorus, was capital, the audience not being satisfied until the items were repeated.

After an interval often minutes the orchesta opened with a selection. A march entitled " The Maze" followed, Miss A Malfroy leading. This was one of tbe prettiest effects of the evening, the cantrasts in colourirg being very b; autiful, and an encore was demanded '' D The Deathless Army " waß then sung by Mr Rulfe who was in splendid voice, and had to respond to an undeniab'e encore. " Coming thro' the Rye " &ung by Miss Tait and acted throughout by a levy of young hdics, Wjis a very novel item and bad to be repeated. Mr Dorreen then gave a recitation " The Charge of the Light Brigade " which he recited with such fire and force that he had to respond to a vociferous encore. MrD Chrke cime next with " Let me like a soldier fall " He was in very good voice and had to saliefy his hearers by repeatl iiag the last vene. A grand tableau '• Rule Britannia " during which Mr Perry sang the solo assisted bya large chorus, brought to a conc'usion one of the most successful functions ever held in the Princess Theatre. >A strong orchestra under Mr A D Macfdrlane added greatly to the success of tbe entertaicmeDt, ther* playirg being quite a feature of the evening. The Mayor (Mr H L Michel) during the interval thanked the audience for their attendance, and specially thanked Miss Tait for tbe unflagging and most valuable help given to the various patriotic functions held during the last two years. She kad bt en tbe means of an amount of over £60 being added to tke Memorial Fuud, and he wrb sure one and all appreciated the unselfish and ready manner in which she had given her time and talent to farther the object iv view. He called* for three cheers for the lady, which were i given with a heartiness' that must have been gratifying *o the recipient of the honour.

The Hokitika Brass Band played a varied number of selections outside the theatre previous to entering, tbeir efforts being listened to by an appreciative crowd.

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PATRIOTIC PEACE CONCERT., West Coast Times, Issue 12232, 4 June 1902

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PATRIOTIC PEACE CONCERT. West Coast Times, Issue 12232, 4 June 1902

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